Hot Models for 2007

by : Kraig Johanssen

Each year, car companies continue to surprise the public with their new cars. For this year, five car companies/brands are offering hot models.

Mazda Motor Corp. has announced two special editions for the summer season. These are the Tamura and the TS 2-based Mazda 6 Kumano.

Based on the existing TS trim, the Tamura' is available on five-door Mazda 3 1.6 and Mazda 6 2.0 hatchback petrol models. An exterior sports styling kit is an added equipment plus the savings of up to ?3,126 over the equivalent TS models.

Available as a 2.0-litre petrol or diesel five-door, the TS 2-based Mazda 6 'Kumano' exudes upgraded Xenon headlamps and 'dark brushed finish' alloy wheels as well as savings of up to ?555.

Both equipped with quality , the two comes free with either mica or metallic paint, and are offered in limited supply. You need to spend ?13,795 for the Mazda 3 Tamura and ?15,995 for the Mazda 6 Tamura; the petrol version of the Kumano is worth ?17,550 while the diesel costs ?18,650.

Saab offers its new 9-3 with new styling cues and engines. An all-wheel drive, it also features all-new bodywork in front of the windscreen and many more other detail changes. The availability of four-wheel drive for the first time as well as the introduction of a twin-turbo diesel engine that ensures a class-leading efficiency is among the technical highlights.

The new Saab 9-3 is available as Saloon, Sport Wagon estate or Convertible and will be offered starting September with prices at ?18,575 for the 1.8i petrol Airflow Saloon and ?34,495 for the 2.8 V6 petrol Aero Convertible.

Honda Motor Corp. is expanding the image of its Accord range by adding the sporty GT and the entry-level SE diesels to the line-up. For September this year, the ?20,767 GT will be available with Dark Graphite alloys, a boot spoiler, and other one-of-a-kind exterior trimmings that include an exclusive Premium White Pearl paint option. Further additions include sports suspension, satnav, and Bluetooth as standard equipment.

With advantages like an ?18,000 price tag that includes alloys, Bluetooth phone kit and a six-speed gearbox from rivals, the SE highlights value and both cars has Honda's acclaimed 2.2-litre i-CDTi diesel engine.

Daihatsu also has something to offer starting this July: its new Materia mini MPV. It is a small five-seat people carrier that is built similarly like the Renault Modus and Vauxhall Meriva. The single trim level has alloy wheels, air conditioning, electric windows and mirrors, six-speaker CD stereo, keyless entry and a sliding/reclining 60/40-split rear seat. The metallic paint at ?325 is the only factory option. Made powerful by the 1.5-litre petrol engine, the Japanese car maker claims that the car is capable of 46.3mpg combined, and emits 165g/km of CO2.

Prices start at ?10,995 and an additional ?800 will be required to have an automatic. A three-year unlimited mileage warranty is available with roadside assistance as standard.

Volkswagen, for this year, offers its new Golf. The German car maker has announced pricing for the new Golf estate ahead of its launch in August. The ?14,347 entry-level 1.6 S is actually ?180 cheaper than the equivalent five-door 1.6 S hatchback; and these figures make the car very intriguing.

The SE and Sportline are the two other available trim levels, which feature three engine options: a 100bhp 1.6-litre petrol, a 103bhp 1.9-litre, and 138bhp 2.0-litre TDI diesels. At ?20,417, one can afford to buy the range-topping 2.0 Sportline with DSG automatic gearbox and diesel particulate filter.

Air conditioning, remote central locking and electric windows are found on the S models. Extras such as alloy wheels and an alarm are featured on all SE cars while sports suspension is the addition on the Sportline trim. With the rear seats up, load space is 505 liters. But when they are folded, load space is at 1,550 liters (loaded to the roof).

So, have you decided which car you would want for this year?