RAY MASSEY: Honda gambles on a new diesel-powered civic

With the demonisation of diesel cars by scaremongering politicians leading to a slump in sales, why would you launch a new diesel car now?

Add to that the Volkswagen ‘dieselgate’ scandal, in 2015, over rigged emissions tests, and the recent use of monkeys by German carmakers to test exhaust fumes, and the picture is far from rosy.

But Honda is boldly adding a new diesel variant to the line-up of its British-built Civic. Is it mad? Bosses don’t think so. 

Ray Massey road tests new Honda Civic diesel in Rome 'It's a smooth operator — particularly on motorways — and drives and handles well with ample pulling power and a precise six-speed manual gearbox', says Ray Massey Fuel consumption is its trump card with a claimed average of 80.7 mpg  Mercedes-Benz last night unveiled its new A-Class super-mini. It is priced from about £22,000 and will be  available with new 1.4 litre petrol and 1.5 litre diesel engines Buyers of new Aston Martins now get the chance to own a birth certificate and a glossy book documenting the built of the car that's sitting in their garages or on their driveways The Jaguar XJ-SC is photographed here with Princess Diana, in baseball cap, at the wheel alongside her personal protection officer Ken Wharfe, with Prince Harry peeking between them and Prince William’s head just out of view The Jaguar XJ-SC is photographed here with Princess Diana, in baseball cap, at the wheel alongside her personal protection officer Ken Wharfe, with Prince Harry peeking between them and Prince William’s head just out of view

The Jaguar XJ-SC is photographed here with Princess Diana, in baseball cap, at the wheel alongside her personal protection officer Ken Wharfe, with Prince Harry peeking between them and Prince William’s head just out of view

It also features personalised leather and Harris Tweed seat trims chosen by Princess Diana, and is finished in British Racing Green to match the Aston Martin that husband Prince Charles acquired around the same time.

A spokesman for the show said: ‘The Princess was regularly seen driving this majestic model from 1987 to 1991. Then, when the two Princes outgrew their small rear seats, she sold it to the Jaguar Heritage Trust.

‘The following year, Diana replaced the British-made XJ-SC with a German-made Mercedes 500SL – a controversial decision which caused quite a commotion at the time as no member of the Royal Family had purchased a foreign car in memory.’

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