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Jeep launches new Cherokee

Jeep has given its off-roader Cherokee a refresh for 2008. Taking styling cues from the original Cherokee, the all-new model has been brought up to date with a new suspension and steering system, while the interior benefits from leather interior, heated front memory seats, climate control, electric windows and cruise control as standard. A new feature is also the powered Sky Slider full-open canvas roof which can be operated while driving. All-new Cherokees get a full-time four-wheel drive system as standard across the range too. The 2008 Jeep Cherokee will be available with a 2.8-litre diesel engine only and a choice of manual and automatic gearbox.




Volvo confirms full details of its new XC60 range

Volvo's new XC60 4x4 will offer a choice of 13 colours, three engines and three trims, with the ground-breaking City Safety system standard across the range, the company has confirmed.

The three engines include the high-performance six-cylinder T6 petrol (which comes only with Geartronic semi-automatic transmission) and two five-cylinder diesels, both of which have a six-speed gearbox: a manual gearbox as standard, and with Geartronic as an option.




New Honda Jazz details announced

Honda has announced details of its new Jazz which will go on sale in autumn. The new Jazz sports a new look and increased luggage space; boasting 399 litres in 1.4-litre models. It also benefits a Double-Trunk feature which features in the luggage bay that can be configured in four ways to accommodate different-sized loads. There are two new low-emission engines added to the line-up in 1.2-litre 90bhp and 1.4-litre 100bhp form, which offer 55.4mpg and 120g/km of CO2 and 54.3mpg and 123g/km of CO2 respectively. The 1.4-litre engine is also offered with Honda's i-SHIFT automated manual transmission, found on the Civic. With this gearbox, the 1.4 can obtain the same 120g/km CO2 emissions as the 1.2-litre car.
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