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The Time Tunnel: November 2010

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Four years is a long time in the motor industry – it’s amazing how quickly things can change. For the time tunnel this week, we turn back the clock to November 2010.

OrlandoChevrolet – the dust was still settling following the Paris Motor Show where Chevrolet unveiled a range of new models, including the Orlando MPV, the Cruze hatch, the Aveo supermini and the Captiva SUV all making their debuts. The unveiling was seen as a statement of intent from the American firm – giving the company a fresh model in all of the the majority of the segments. It wasn’t to be however and just over three years later, Chevy left the UK market, with GM opting tofocus on the more established Vauxhall brand.

DSC_2156Skoda – The Yeti was celebrating its first anniversary on the UK market. The compact SUV could trace its roots back to a concept car from 2005, but actually went on sale four years later in 2009. It proved enormously popular with buyers, leading to a six month waiting list for some models. So popular infact, that second hand examples were briefly selling for more than factory-fresh ones. The Yeti’s popularity surprised even Skoda, who had planned on selling 2,500 examples of the little SUV, but would infact sell over 4000 by November of 2010.

61542-a-citCitroen – the French firm took the wraps of the newest member of the DS brand, the DS4. Based upon the DS High Rider concept from a year prior, the DS4 was well received at the Paris show and would launch in the UK the following year. The DS4 was joined by the new C4 as well as the updated C5 – now with LED daytime running lights and new rear light units. Most importantly it now featured a new 1.6 litre, e-HDi engine with revised emissions of just 120g/km of Co2

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