A motoring round up courtesy of IAN LYNAS, Northern Ireland judge on UK Car of the Year…

1. Citroen to offer more quirky cars

the Citroen Cactus

The Citroen brand’s reinvention hinges on offering unconventionally designed cars that emphasize comfort and feeling good.

The move in this direction started with the quirky-looking-but-successful C4 Cactus and has continued with the Aircross crossover concept. This youthful styling from Citroen certainly sets its cars apart from the competition.

Meanwhile, the MINI continues to sustain its popularity, not just here in Northern Ireland, but around the world. Last year a new all-time annual sales record with a total of 338,466 vehicles delivered to customers worldwide, an increase of 12 percent compared with the previous year.

 The three door version remains the most popular with the new Clubman which was launched in October proving a popular choice.

2. Toyota RAV4 takes the hybrid route

Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

A popular sight on the roads of Northern Ireland is the Toyota RAV4, now comes news of hybrid versions of this popular SUV which is a favourite of families with its youthful styling and complement of up to the minute technology.

This is the most powerful SUV to date from Toyota with just short of 200bhp and a rest to 62mph in less than nine seconds. Added bonus with a hybrid, low emissions and good economy.

The styling of this new Toyota is pleasing to the eye and the interior has a premium feel, an area where driver and passengers can enjoy the high level of technology.

There is a 4.2 inch TFT multi information display and multi media and navigation systems with a seven inch touchscreen.

Prices for the new RAV4 range start at £23,695 and peak at £30,795 and most of the sales are likely to be private.

3. A motoring legend honoured

the legendary Peugeot 205 GTi

The Peugeot 205 GTi has been named the greatest hot hatch of all time at the Performance Car Show.

Launched in 1984, this Peugeot has attracted the affections of enthusiasts ever since. It saw off legendary cars like the Ford Escort RS Cosworth and the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Evolution having been part of a shortlist of 50.

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