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News in brief - Feb 8, 2012

Published on: February 8, 2012
Published on: February 8, 2012

News in brief - Feb 8, 2012

It has gone suspiciously quiet this week. No doubt all the press offices are waiting for the perfect moment to announce their Geneva Motor Show plans. Opel has already confirmed its line-up, which will include a 280hp OPC version of the new Astra GTC. Alongside will sit a 195hp BiTurbo Insignia, which is the most powerful diesel car yet made by the company. It promises to be clean as well so don't rule it out for the Irish market.


We've already looked at the Mokka crossover, which will be sold here, while we'll not waste too much time on the electric bicycle concept called RAD e.


Click here to read more about the Opel Mokka.

General Motors provides the tenuous link to the next item, which is the continuing saga of Saab. There is more talk of a Chinese saviour, using Saab's pre-GM technology to keep it going until it can develop the stunning PhoeniX concept (below). We won't be rushing down to Paddy Power on that one for a while.


In fact, we'll need to be extra careful if we're rushing anywhere soon, as Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has confirmed that a full audit of Ireland's speed limits and how they are applied will be undertaken. We thought that had been done already, but there you go. There's certainly no doubt that the limits are inconsistent and often unrealistic. Let's just hope this doesn't cost the earth to put right.

Speaking of cost (see what I did there?), the National Consumer Agency is celebrating a potentially landmark victory in the courts, whereby a second-hand car dealer based in Galway was fined and ordered to pay a customer back the full amount of his car's price (€4,000) after it was found to be 'clocked'. There have been very few cases brought in this way and let's hope it has an effect on the widespread activity.

Click here for '50% chance of hidden history on 2009 cars' story.

Finishing on a more upbeat tone, Aston Martin has sent us its first images of the limited edition Zagato model, based on the V12 Vantage. Sadly, we can't show you the production-ready model until tomorrow, but here's the concept to drool over. You get the idea. Naturally it'll be at the Geneva Motor Show next month, alongside a revamped V8 Vantage.