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News round-up - April 13, 2011

News round-up - April 13, 2011 News round-up - April 13, 2011 News round-up - April 13, 2011
 
Published on: April 13, 2011
Published on: April 13, 2011

News round-up - April 13, 2011

Today's news round-up is a little earlier as I've got to go do some parenting...

The run up to the Auto Shanghai and New York Auto Show feature heavily. Paddy was quick to the chase this morning with a piece on the new Audi Q3 crossover. Full details and a set of images have been released and we believe it'll start at €33,000 in Ireland. Click here for the full story.

The Q3 is unlikely to have much of an impact on 2011 car sales, but we're glad to report that SIMI has confirmed that the 50,000-car milestone was reached today. Estimates for the year differ depending on who you're talking to, but we should all be thankful for the industry's continued success - it helps the economy no end. Anyway, enough preaching, go read what Alan Nolan, Director General of SIMI, had to say: Sales of new cars hit 50,000.

So, back to the shows. As previewed last night, the Lexus LF-Gh concept has been revealed in full, while Citroen and Subaru have released teaser shots of their DS5 and XV concept cars.

Al Suttie found a few quirkier news stories too, including the €70,000 MINI (that's its bespoke rev counter below with a Rolls-Royce typeface), a 600hp Maserati GranCabrio, a mid-engined Fiat 500 that'll do 250km/h and Transit van that wants to be a racing car.

There's more too, but I'll let you discover that for yourself. It's all on our News Page.