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Autumn arrivals

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After the summer's face-lifts and new city cars, there are plenty of funky new cars being released in the autumn.

Audi TT

The much awaited third generation TT may look fairly familiar, but there's a lot of new engineering under the skin. Using the new VW Group MQB platform has helped it to drop a bit of weight, even with a slightly longer wheelbase.

A sharper front end sees the Audi badge move up to the bonnet from the grille and the LED headlights slimmed down for a more modern look, while a minimalist new interior uses Audi's Virtual Cockpit design for a TFT display in front of the driver, rather than a centre console screen.

Engines will be a 2.0 litre TDI diesel unit with 181bhp, a 2.0 litre TFSI petrol with 227bhp and a 2.0 litre TFSI TTS range topper with 306bhp. Gearboxes are a six speed manual or S-Tronic.

VW Scirocco

This is a face-lifted model rather than an all new design, but cosmetic changes are subtle. More work has taken place under bonnet, which now houses the 1.4 litre TSI and 2.0 litre TDI engines used by the Golf. The chassis has also received some work to improve handling and there's an up to date new infotainment system for every model. The hot Scirocco R has also been updated, with the Golf R's 2.0 litre TSI engine for 296bhp.

Renault Twingo

While the last Renault Twingo was a rather lacklustre affair, the French company seems to have been spurred on by the success of the Fiat 500 for this new version, which offers sparkling good looks and some clever engineering from £9,000. It's rear wheel drive and even has the engine mounted in the rear, which gives it plenty of interior space and reduces the turning circle. The 900cc petrol engine will be offered in 69bhp and 89bhp variants, with an expected fuel economy figure around the 70mpg mark and CO2 emissions below 100g/km. A Renaultsport tuned variant is something devoutly to be wished...

Citroen C4 Cactus

As part of its corporate restructuring, Citroen has come up with something rather clever here. Part of the booming compact urban SUV sector, the C4 Cactus is a little more original than its rivals, with funky design touches, such as the protective 'airbumps' on the flanks, a front bench seat, roomy boot and very modern fascia. It's lightweight for great fuel economy and rides upon a nifty platform for an engaging driving experience.

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