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Ford unveils text driving system

Texting while driving is, of course, illegal and stupid, and that’s why Ford has unveiled its latest piece of technology.

Part of the company’s SYNC in-car communication application, its new text-to-speech service reads out a driver’s text messages while the car is on the move.

To help advertise the usefulness of the service, Ford commissioned some market research and found that one third of drivers admit to texting behind the wheel. Despite that, 95 percent of those surveyed agreed it was dangerous.

Due to come with the new B-Max MPV first, before being added to the SYNC systems in the Focus and Kuga, it only works with BlackBerry phones at the moment, though Ford is looking to make other brands compatible.

Drivers are able to respond to text messages using voice recognition, although not to spell out unique replies – they’re given a choice of ten set text templates.

Ford’s Christof Kellerwessel said: “Text messages can be a distraction for drivers, so the benefit of a system that can read messages aloud from compatible smartphones is obvious.”

Phone use while driving is on the up, and has recently been slammed by safety groups including Brake, whose recent research found that 44 percent of young drivers say they text behind the wheel.

Ford’s system will at least go some way to mitigating the dangers, though the best advice is simply to forget about your phone while driving. When was the last time you received a truly urgent text message?

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Introducing the NEW FORD B-MAX at Dees

The new Ford B-MAX has been developed especially for the urban driver. While compact in size, its ingenious, easy-access door system gives you a 1.5m wide aperture to a class-leading, spacious and refined interior.

Alongside its unique design, the B-MAX has a multitude of technologies to make driving easier, more enjoyable and more efficient. For example, Active City Stop helps prevent collisions in slow-moving traffic, by automatically braking for you, if necessary. With Ford SYNC® you can control your music and phone, with simple voice commands – SYNC® can even read out your text messages. And a revolutionary 1.0 litre EcoBoost petrol engine delivers the power of a 1.6, with best-in-class fuel economy.

Find out more about the ingenious new Ford B-MAX: its design, driving experience, performance and efficiency and safety and security levels.

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New Renaultsport Twingo 133 revealed

Renault has revealed the new Twingo 133 RS, the baby of the Renaultsport bunch.

The car conforms with the new styling direction of the updated Twingo range, revealed recently, but also adds elements seen in the current Renaultsport pack, comprising the Clio 200 and the Megane 265.

Most notably the car gets the F1-style blade in the front bumper, while around the back there’s a new diffuser, twin chrome tailpipes, and more aerodynamic rear wheel arches.

Mechanically the Twingo remains as was, with Renault claiming that “its performance and grin-inducing driving characteristics remain intact,” although there has been a slight drop in CO2 emissions.

The three percent efficiency improvement means the 1.6-litre petrol car with 133bhp now returns 150g/km and 43.5mpg.

A Cup pack is available for those that want the firmest Twingo experience, adding lower, stiffer suspension, as well as a set of 17-inch black alloys with wider tyres than the standard ones.

The Twingo RS is available now at Motorparks priced from £13,565.

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Jaguar F-Type Roadster – The production name for the C-X16 Concept

The Jaguar F-Type is the production name for the C-X16 Concept and will arrive as a Roadster first in early 2013.

Despite Jaguar making it clear that F-Type isn’t supposed to continue the lineage of the D-Type and E-Type per se, it’s a nice nod to the past in a car that is the future.

The Jaguar F-Type will arrive first as a Roadster in spring 2013, before the F-Type Coupe follows on a year later. Jaguar say the challenge was engineering the F-Type as a Roadster so they wanted to crack that before they delivered the Coupe F-Type.

Jaguar are keen to deliver an F-Type that’s as close to the C-X16 as possible, but the Coupe won’t be getting the nod to the E-Type that we saw in its side-opening rear hatch. It’s not a practical solution and, nice though it was to see, that will bite the dust when the production F-Type Coupe arrives in 2014. But otherwise expect an F-Type that’s faithful to the C-X16 Concept.

Engines on offer are likely to be a a fairly broad spectrum including the new V6 petrol and the V6 diesel with a hybrid setup of some description arriving a bit further down the line. As for driving dynamics, Jaguar reckon the F-Type will be as sharp – if not as powerful – as the XKR-S.

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New Seat Ibiza in Swindon Motorpark from next month

Seat IbizaThe new Seat Ibiza supermini will be launched next month in the UK and will be available to view at Swindon Motorpark. The new Seat Ibiza boasts reshaped headlights that now include sculptural elements inside the clusters similar to the new Alhambra MPV and the recently-revised Exeo family of executive class saloons and estates. The front grille is smaller and sharper with the front fog lights taking a rectangular shape. The rear of the new Ibiza has redesigned tail lights and the rear bumpers have been changed with sharper lines tracing the rear ‘diffuser’ section.

The new model is introduced next month without a price increase the entry-level Ibiza 1.2-litre 60 PS E in three-door SC bodystyle remains available at just £9,995 RRP on the road.

Managing Director of Seat UK, Peter Wyhinny, said “we’re really excited about the imminent arrival of the new Ibiza in the UK. This stylish new supermini ticks all the boxes for buyers by being not just significantly more modern to look at, more stylish, more practical and, with the debut of the Ibiza ST FR, significantly more fun. But, crucially, our best-seller is now also even more affordable, too! Seat celebrated record sales in the UK in 2011 and, with the arrival of the new Ibiza, I’m confident we can look forward to continuing that success through 2012 and beyond.”

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