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Last spring Lotus and Siemens VDO announced a plan to collaborate on integrating a variety of technologies from the two companies with the goal of producing a high performance powertrain with reduced CO2 emissions. Since then, Siemens VDO has been subsumed into Continental and the companies have now revealed the results of their work. The partnership took an Opel Astra and through a series of cost-effective technologies achieved a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions. At the same time, torque was incr

Opel's latest mini-car, the second generation Agila, is now available in Europe. The little car shared with Suzuki has received its official CO2 ratings and two of the three engine combinations qualify for the reduced vehicle tax bracket in the UK. The 65 hp 1.0L gas engine and 1.3L 75 hp diesel are both rated at 120 g/km meaning that a UK tax disk only costs £35 a year for the Agila. The five-seat Agila is also being priced aggressively at £7,595.

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