VAUXHALL has revealed its new Astra estate, but the car is not on display in Birmingham – instead it made its debut in Madrid last week.
Vauxhall claims the Astra estate (pictured) will be the most versatile and among the most spacious load carriers in its class.
With a wheelbase extended by 86mm (more than three inches) over the hatchback launched this month, it boasts 505 litres of luggage space up to window level with the rear seats in place, and 1,570 litres to roof level with the seats folded.
The estate's boot has vertical sidewalls and storage areas beneath the floor and at either side. Engine options will be the same as the hatchback ranging from a 90bhp 1.4-litre to a 170bhp 2.0T, while 1.7 CDTi and 1.9 CDTi versions will be offered in two different power outputs.
New look front and back
MG ROVER had heavily revised versions of the Rover 25 and 45 as well as MG ZR and ZS models on its stand in Birmingham this week.
The new-look Rover 45 and MG ZS were revealed last month, but the Rover 25 and MG ZR were shown to the public for the first time.
Both cars have new front and rear end, while the revised interior includes a new centre console, better security and improved equipment levels.
Both the Rover 25 and MG ZR are said to be better to drive with improved brake feel and ABS as standard.
Driver safety is pure BLIS
VOLVO showed new-look versions of the S60 (below) V70 and XC70 in Birmingham with extra features available as well as improved quality.
The S60 has a new mesh grille with a more prominent chrome frame and revised front and rear bumpers as well new light clusters.
The V70 has a 'waterfall' grille angled more rearward to match the headlamps, while the XC70 has a larger mesh grille, like the XC90. Volvo promises more noticeable differences between S, SE and Sport models in the S60 and V70 ranges.
Inside the aluminium trim has an improved finish and wood-effect panels are replaced by real walnut veneer. All models are fitted with a new dashboard centre.
From late 2004 Volvo will introduce its Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) which uses a digital camera in the door mirrors to monitor surrounding traffic and alert the driver with a warning lamp in the A-pillar (inset).