CAR TALK

 
Ryan Borroff
NISSAN MURANO CROSSCABRIOLET
It's fair to say that automotive history is not exactly littered with convertible SUVs so it's a niche that remains broadly unexplored by most manufacturers. Still, Nissan has just shown its convertible crossover SUV at the LA Motor Show and here it is. It remains to be seen whether the only place in the world that Nissan sells its surprisingly stylish Murano CrossCabriolet is in California when it goes on sale early next year.

BID FOR A BIT OF THE DARKNESS
Fancy owning a piece of rock and roll history? No? Well how about the next best thing? A Honda CR-Z GT Hybrid Coupé, previously owned by Justin Hawkins, former frontman of the legendary The Darkness, is up for auction today and it’s only got 1,400 miles on the clock. The question of how rock and roll a hybrid CR-Z is is questionable, but then you can also level the same question at The Darkness. www.british-car-auctions.co.uk

AUDI’S FIRST RS VERSION A3
For the first time Audi, is introducing an RS version of its compact A3, powered by a turbo-charged, five cylinder 2.5-litre TFSI engine which produces 340PS and can accelerate to 62mph in just 4.6 seconds from standstill. Priced at £39,900 on the road, the A3 RS gets all-wheel quattro drive, lightweight carbon fibre-reinforced plastic flared wings, a widened track and 19-inch alloy wheels. Order books open next month.