Following the introduction of a revised Corsa range, Vauxhall has added a special edition of the powerful VXR hot hatch.
The Corsa VXR Blue Edition gets its name from the standard Arden Blue exterior paint finish, while inside there are further touches of blue, such as the stitching on the leather steering wheel and on the air vents.
The model also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels, tinted glass and supportive Recaro seats. It saves £445 over selecting these options separately.
Under the skin the VXR Blue Edition retains the powerful 1.6-litre turbocharged engine that delivers 189bhp - enough to propel it to 60mph from rest in 6.8 seconds and on to 140mph.
The Corsa VXR Blue Edition is on sale from February with a price tag of £19,245 - including 20% VAT.
l Motorists in remote areas may be given a discount on the cost of fuel under plans being considered by the Government, Treasury Chief Secretary Danny Alexander has said.
There is increasing pressure for the Government to take action to reduce the burden on motorists faced with increasing prices at the pumps, with ministers considering introducing a “fair fuel stabiliser”.
Mr Alexander said the Government was also taking steps to introduce a “discount scheme” for drivers in remote communities who depend heavily on their cars but are faced with higher fuel costs.
Prime Minister David Cameron has indicated that a fuel duty stabiliser was being examined, although Mr Alexander acknowledged there were difficulties with the plan. The concept of the fuel stabiliser is to peg fuel duty to the price of oil so that when the price of oil goes up the proportion of tax goes down, and vice versa, maintaining a steady price for consumers.
Mr Alexander told BBC1’s Politics Show: “We as a Government are looking at the idea of the fair fuel stabiliser, as the Prime Minister has been saying.
“It’s a complicated idea and it’s difficult to see precisely how we achieve it but it’s something that we are looking at very carefully to see if we can reduce the burden of fuel duty.”
Ford’s all-new Focus comes to the UK in March, with a two-model line-up of five-door hatchback and five-door estate.
With more than 1.4 million sold in Britain since its launch in 1998, the Ford Focus has become a favourite with consumers for its value, comfort, safety and handling.
Ford is claiming the new Focus also offers customers the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship and outstanding fuel economy.
It also claims the new model takes the legendary Focus driving dynamics to a new level.
Stephen T Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe, said: “We are very excited about introducing the new Ford Focus to the European market given the strong heritage this model has here.”