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May New Car Launches Ready For Take-Off

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It's set to be a busy summer for the UK auto industry, with new models galore on the way. The launch list for May has an interesting selection but has nothing on June, coming up later.

May 2013 Car Launches

Dacia Sandero Stepway – continuing down the affordable and practical path, we have a more rugged version of Britain's cheapest car, the Sandero supermini. Allegedly SUV inspired, it's no good for mudplugging but has a comfortable ride height, 40mm elevated over the original Sandero, as well as chunkier styling, including beefier tyres and wheel arches. It will be with us on 1st May for between £8,000 and £10,800.

BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo – also on the 1st May is this compact executive car, expected to have niche appeal, so great for those who need affordable luxury and mass-market reliability but like a bit of exclusivity. It's larger than the 3 Series Touring, inside and out and more expensive, at about £29,000.

Rolls-Royce Phantom Series II – You won't see too many of these in the supermarket car park either! This second generation of the classic luxury car has been updated both cosmetically and with new technology. It's also more economical than the original, not that that's likely to trouble buyers too much, who will need about £300,000 to spare.

Peugeot 208 Gti – the French brand's latest attempt to revive its hot hatch glory days will be delivered to boy racers near you on May 1st for £18,000. However, this car shows just how much the hot hatch has matured and is a far more sophisticated vehicle than that designation might suggest.

Volkswagen Golf Gti – the superior hot hatch is in its seventh incarnation and still leading where others follow, priced from £26,000-£28,000. This time there are two versions – a standard model and a performance tuned alternative, but both are great all-rounders, as usual.

Subaru Forester – by 15th May we should have fully digested all of the above and be ready for the new, improved Forester, offering better performance, refinement and fuel economy than its predecessor. It's not a snip at £23,000-£30,000 but should be good value for money.

Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo – unlikely to trouble the 4x4 market with a release on the same day is this £65,000 luxury hybrid. Some might argue that a hybrid Porsche is missing the point, but this one comes with a 3.0 litre V6 and the menacing elegance of a jungle cat.

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