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Turbo version is Calibra's swansong

VAUXHALL'S Calibra - the fleet market's favourite coupe - will be replaced by a two door Vectra in 1998.

Coupes are struggling to keep market share across Europe and America, and one answer to falling demand is to produce coupe versions of popular fleet cars. A coupe version of the Vauxhall Astra is planned to challenge Ford's Puma - the Geneva Show star based on the Fiesta.

Peugeot is working on an image car and Volvo plan a coupe based on the 850, with five cylinder engine, a spin-off from the company's tie-up with TWR, the company behind Volvo's British Touring Car successes. Ford is saying nothing about future products but there have been hints as to what they might be with a series of concept cars based on a Mondeo floorpan.

The Calibra bows out with a low volume 4x4 Turbo version on sale from September 1. The 152 mph turbocharged version has the 2.0i 16 valve engine, a black body and cream leather interior, and Irmscher body kit. The cars have ABS brakes, central locking and a sophisticated anti-theft system plus air conditioning. Just 51 cars will be available, the last Calibras to hit the streets. Price of the car is £27,975.

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