Car talk

Ryan Borroff
Renault’s new Captur could be most exciting in years
Renault has revealed one of its most exciting new models in years. The dynamic-looking Captur urban crossover is stylish and a little quirky, which is just what a Renault should be. The compact SUV will rival Nissan’s Juke, Peugeot’s forthcoming 2008 and the Vauxhall Mokka. Could this be the start of a product revolution at Renault?

Mercedes unveils new CLA model
Mercedes-Benz has set out to establish a whole new product segment with its latest CLA model, revealed at the Detroit motor show this week. The four-door, front-wheel drive coupe will sit under the C-Class in its model range and go on sale in May. Mercedes is chasing younger drivers with the car and hopes to poach drivers from other brands.

Smart Fourtwo city car hits streets
The new electric Smart Fourtwo city car is now on sale. The two-seater is eligible for the government plug-in car grant and on-the-road prices start from £12,275 (includes plug-in grant of £3,993) plus a battery lease charge of £55 per month. The car can be charged via a standard household socket or charging bay and takes seven hours for a full charge.