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New Auto Trader TV advert

Keep your eyes open for the new Auto Trader television advert. It’ll be on tonight during “Trial and Retribution” which is on ITV1 at 9pm – and it’s on the Auto Trader website now.

Speaking of adverts, some of us went to the cinema last night to see “There Will Be Blood”. At least five of the adverts before the film were for cars, as dealers are gearing up for the big push to sell 08-plate cars from Saturday.

These were the two ads that made the biggest impression on us: Citroen’s amusing ‘unmistakably German’ advert for the C5 and Ford’s ‘beautifully arranged’ Focus advert – watch the videos below. Continue reading


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Did Michael Schumacher quit F1 too soon?

Michael Schumacher

Michael Schumacher is testing for Ferrari today as the new F1 season is just three weeks away.

It’s not the first time he’s come back from retirement to sample the latest Formula 1 car from Ferrari.

Is he missing the sport? Does he regret quitting in 2006? Would you like to see him make a comeback?


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The matchstick McLaren F1 car

 Matchstick McLaren

Want to build your own McLaren F1 car?

You’ll need 956,000 matchsticks, 1,686 tubes of glue and six years.

Have you spotted any other pictures of cars made from unusual thing? Post your links below or email pictures to

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Are you going to a race in 2008?

Lewis Hamilton

Tickets are selling quickly for the 2008 British Grand Prix thanks to Lewis Hamilton’s success.

Are you going to the British F1 round this year? What other races will you be watching?

We picked some of our favourites today including the British Rally, British GT racing and British Touring Car Championship.


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More pictures from Autosport International 2008

Picking a selection of images from this year’s Autosport International show was difficult because there were just so many gorgeous cars on display.

So in addition to our slide show of images, we’ve added even more pictures from the show below:

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Our Cars of the Year: Ford Focus

Ford Focus

Web editor Adrian Higgins picked the Ford Focus as his car of the year.

Ever seen Golden Eye?

Remember the comedy car chase featuring a fantastic hairpin-crammed road, an Aston Martin DB5 and a Ferrari F355 GTS?

This road, in the south of France was one setting for the launch of the 2008 Ford Focus, and I attended the car launch. Continue reading

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Happy New Year

We wish you all a very happy new year!

Read more about what we’ve got coming up in 2008.

The Auto Trader team. 

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Our Cars of the Year: Audi R8

Audi R8

Junior Writer Andy Goodwin’s Car of the Year was the Audi R8.

One of the best cars I’ve ever driven is the Audi RS4. Even on a massively wide speed-sapping runway the German super saloon still felt oh-my-god fast as I pushed the accelerator to the floor.

It was the first car I had driven which felt like it accelerated as hard in fourth gear as it did in second. Continue reading

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Our Cars of the Year: BMW M3


Junior Writer Vijay Pattni’s Car of the Year is the BMW M3.

With British boxing dominating the sports headlines at this time of the year, it was almost fitting for BMW to unveil its most anticipated model with one of the year’s knockout figures – 414bhp.

In the world of billion-horsepower Bugattis and fiery Ferraris, 414bhp might seem a little diluted. Continue reading

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Our Cars of the Year: Porsche 911 GT2

Porsche 911 GT2

Deputy web editor Stuart Milne picked the Porsche 911 GT2 as his car of the year.

It’s the fastest Porsche 911 ever built by the supercar shamans from Stuttgart and for that alone it shouldn’t need an explanation.

But if you really need me to explain, let me give you some numbers. 3.6-litres. 530 horsepower. 204mph. Continue reading

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