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BMW AF­FRONT BMWIS to re­veal a GT vari­ant of the com­pact 1 Se­ries at Oc­to­ber’s Paris Auto Show and— deep breath— ad­mit it’s a front-wheel drive. It will be the first of many. Just asbmw calls its SUVS Sports Ac­tiv­ity Ve­hi­cles (SAVS), it ap­par­ently calls the 1 Se­ries Gran Turismo a Com­pact Ac­tiv­ity Tourer (CAT). Calm down now— the claim is made ONBMW Blog, an un­af­fil­i­ated US en­thu­si­ast web­site re­spon­si­ble for the 2011 April Fool’s Day joke that Bim­mer was about to re­lease an M3 pick-up. BMW Australia spokesman Piers Scott says he has ‘‘ no in­for­ma­tion on such a car’’.


The Aus­tralasian New Car As­sess­ment Pro­gram (ANCAP) has launched a cam­paign to raise the crash test­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion’s pro­file and high­light the im­por­tance of five-star cars. ANCAP wants more new-car buy­ers to con­sider the crash test rat­ings. The cam­paign in­tro­duces a ‘‘ crash test fam­ily’’ to re­mind buy­ers of the im­pli­ca­tions of crashes. View

GOOD OIL Petrol prices could fall this year. Shell pre­dicts oil prices could drop to about $70 a bar­rel from the cur­rent price of $110-plus, cit­ing high volatil­ity in the econ­omy and en­ergy mar­kets. Royal Dutch Shell has re­vealed its 2011 re­sults: prof­its rose 54 per cent to $28.6bn.

TIME’S SIGNS Nanny-state signs, traf­fic sig­nals, kerbs and bar­ri­ers have been re­moved from one of London’s busiest streets. And road safety ex­perts be­lieve the re­moval of ‘‘ street clut­ter’’ on Ex­hi­bi­tion Road will make things safer for mo­torists and the mil­lions of pedes­tri­ans and tourists who visit the mu­seum area in the bor­ough of Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea.

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