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Byline: by Mike Torpey

WEDNESDAY is the most likely time for a car accident during spring.

Analysis of nearly 30,000 crashes in 2006 by Accident Exchange, a leading accident management company, found that 5-6pm on a Wednesday was the worst time for bumps, scrapes and crashes in March, April and May.

Throughout the rest of the year, Friday is the worst - you are twice as likely to be involved in a crash (17.10% of accidents) than on a Sunday (8.9%).

VOLKSWAGEN has set up an internet microsite for its Tiguan compact 4x4, due in Britain next year.

The off-roader makes its public world debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September, but anyone interested can register online at www.volkswagen.co.uk/ti guan.

The diesel-powered Tiguan, at 4.4 metres long, and 1.85 wide, will be similar in size to the VW Touran compact people carrier.

THE new Dodge Nitro off-roader and Dodge Avenger saloon arrive in the UK this summer.

The front-wheel drive Avenger, here by September, shares its side profile with that iconic US muscle car, the Dodge Charger, and prices will start from pounds 14,995 for the 2.0-litre petrol Avenger SE, and pounds 15,995 for the SE 2.0-litre diesel.

Dodge's Nitro 4x4 comes with either a 3.7 litre petrol or2.8-litre diesel engine, and arrives in July. Model prices will run from pounds 18,990 to pounds 23,490.

NISSAN'S luxury brand has unveiled a 2008 Infiniti G37 Coupe, which arrives at retailers across the US in August and in the UK next summer.

The second-generation G37 Coupe gets a new 3.7-litre V6 engine to replace the 3.5-litre unit, and generates 330bhp.

YOU can now buy a diesel-powered 1.9-litre Suzuki Grand Vitara in a three-door body style, priced at pounds 14,999. Previously, diesel Grand Vitaras came with only five doors.

The new three-door 1.9 DDiS gets manual transmission and can achieve an average 38.2mpg.

BELSTAFF.the legendary name in motorcycle clothing, is back in the UK with a new range, said to be a marriage of Italian design and British heritage.

Belstaff can trace its roots back to 1924s.

SOME 85% of British motorists find driving stressful, with women tending to get more stressed than men, according to a survey by the Civil Service Motoring Association.
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Date:Apr 3, 2007
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