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Diesel debuts set to steal the show

NEXT week's Motor Show Live in Birmingham will have a strong diesel flavour as new models and diesel variants are seen for the first time.

SEAT will launch a new Ibiza Cupra with a 160bhp 1.9 TDI engine, which will make its world debut in Birmingham. It will go on sale later this year along with a 180bhp 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol variant.

SEAT will also show the new Altea 'multi-sport vehicle' (below), more versatile than a traditional five-door hatchback and sportier than a traditional MPV, which goes on sale in July.


Peugeot will have the new 407 saloon and SW (pictured below) on display, as well as a range of new diesel engines for its other models. The 307 gains a 136bhp 2.0-litre HDi engine, also used in the new 407, while the 206 gets a new sporty diesel in the GTi HDi 110.


Ford will showcase some sporty diesels for the first time, as well as ST and RS Fiestas on the largest ever Ford stand at a European motor show.

As well as the Fiesta ST150 that will go on sale at the end of this year and the Fiesta RS Concept – both shown at the Geneva motor show earlier this year – Ford will show the Fiesta Zetec S TDCi using a 90bhp version of a 1.6-litre common rail turbodiesel, along with a new high-performance diesel Mondeo, the 155bhp 2.2-litre TDCi with more torque than any other four-cylinder diesel production car.

Vauxhall will launch a new sporty brand in Birmingham called VXR. Two existing models will be in the VXR range – the VX220 and the Holden-sourced Monaro 5.7 V8 coupe.

The new Tigra will be seen in the UK for the first time before its launch later this year, offering customers a hard-top convertible with an electric folding roof. A one-off Vectra diesel will be on display tuned by Vauxhall sister company Opel, with a 212bhp 1.9-litre CDTi engine.

The diesel version of the all-new Land Rover Discovery will also make its debut, using a new 2.7-litre V6 common rail diesel engine.

The Nissan Primera has been freshened up with an improved interior, a colour reversing camera instead of black and white, and wider availability of hi-tech features.


Volvo will show facelifted versions of the S60, V70 and XC70 for the first time, as well as the recently introduced S40 and V50 models.

Technology on display also includes Volvo's Blind Spot Information System fitted to the door mirror to detect other road users that might be difficult to see.

Renault will show a production version of the new Modus – a Clio-based small MPV – which will go on sale in September and features cornering headlamps, a split tailgate and an optional integrated cycle rack system.

Toyota will show revised versions of the Corolla with a revised front end, upgraded interior materials and new 89bhp 1.4-litre common rail turbodiesel option.


Lexus will show its new RX400h petrol-electric hybrid at Motor Show Live before the car goes on sale in the winter. Lexus claims it will offer the performance of a V8-engined large SUV with better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions than the standard RX300.

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