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Mystery Lamborghini, eco-Citroen and £12m Rolls Order - This Week

Cactus Airflow

Citroen to unveil C4 Cactus model powered by fresh air

It's just a concept for the time being, but Citroen's new C4 Cactus Airflow 2L is set to marvel the crowds at the Paris Motor Show. It's a lightweight, specially designed, aerodynamic car with a fuel economy of 141mpg.

Improving on their 1.6 BlueHDi model (which only does a mere 91.1 miles to the gallon), Citroen have combined their standard Cactus 1.2-litre PureTech engine with HybridAir technology, which uses pressurised air to turn the wheels, rather than the usual electricity. With a unique, streamlined bodywork and wheels, and automatic air intakes in the wheels and front bumper, this new design cuts fuel consumption almost in half.

Lamborghini's mystery new model

Lamborghini have announced that they'll be revealing a new car at the upcoming Paris Motor Show, and have done so in the vaguest possible way. Known for their eccentric flare and dramatic motor show surprises, Lamborghini have released half a sketch of their latest model, along with the caption “once perfection is achieved, you can just double it”, aptly managing to be mysterious and clumsy at the same time.

No other information has been given, but general consensus is that “double it” means “four doors”.

500 people a day lie when applying for car insurance in the UK

Last year, UK insurers uncovered nearly 3,500 fraudulent applications every week. According to statistics recently released from the Association of British Insurers, hundreds of people fail to disclose information like previous claims and motoring convictions on a daily basis.

One applicant actually tried to hide four previous claims, a motoring conviction and a three year prison sentence. Instances of people using false names and trying to cover up bad credit ratings also occurred. By far the most common lie told was about how many miles the applicant drove in a year. The ABI were keen to remind people that any incorrect information on their application could invalidate their cover.

RAC claims UK's new car tax system will cost the taxpayer £167 million

The RAC have attacked the DVLA's plans to switch an automated system of taxing, saying that the intended changes will enable a massive surge in tax evasion. The DVLA is replacing the "redundant" paper tax discs with an electronic system on 1st October, and insist that the idea of their plans leading to more tax evasion was "nonsense".

The RAC have produced survey results of over 2000 drivers, indicating a potentially dire lack of awareness or understanding in the public. According to the stats, just under half of drivers couldn't say when the switch was, and 36% didn't even know a change was taking place.

A DVLA spokesman dismissed the survey: "There is absolutely no basis to these figures. We have a proven track record in making vehicle tax easy to pay but hard to avoid, with over 99% of all vehicles taxed."

Chief executive of the DVLA, Oliver Morley, compared the situation to the policing of the UK's TV licenses.

Rolls Royce LHD

Rolls-Royce have taken largest ever single order - for £12 million

Hong Kong tycoon Stephen Hung has placed an enormously expensive order with Rolls-Royce, for thirty Rolls-Royce Phantoms. The cars will apparently be used for guest transportation at a new resort in Macau. The order includes two of the most expensive Phantoms ever made, with gold-plated decoration on both interior and exterior.

Any Rolls-Royce Phantom will cost you over £350,000, but more often than not additional features push the price to £500,000 or higher.

Stolen Jaguar E-Type returned to its owner after 46 years

New York lawyer Ivan Schneider, now 82, had his classic British sports car vanish without a trace in 1967. Police informed him then that chances were slim he'd ever see it again. Fast forward to this week, when US port authorities were performing a routine check on a collection of vintage vehicles on their way to Holland. One of the officials identified the E-Type as Schneider's stolen prize, the transportation was immediately halted, and the vehicle was returned. Despite the car's relatively terrible condition, Schneider has declared the result a “miracle” and vowed to restore it to working condition.