Renault has unveiled its new third generation Clio. The new model will go on sale in October initially as a three-door with the five-door following in January 2006. At 3.99m the new model is longer than the outgoing Clio, and will be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines. The petrol engine range comprises a 1.2 litre 16V (75hp), a 1.4 litre 16V (98hp) and a 1.6 litre 16V (113hp) unit, while the 1.5 litre dCi diesel engine comes in a choice of three power outputs: 70hp, 86hp and 106hp. Transmissions include a six-speed manual and a robotised ‘quick shift’ gearbox commanded by paddles located behind the steering wheel. Servicing intervals will be every 18,000 miles for petrol-engined versions and every 12,000 miles for diesel-powered cars.

Terracan from just TOTAL announce title sponsorship at 2005 Manx International Rally TOTAL ISLE OF MAN LTD, a subsidiary of the country’s fourth largest energy company, TOTAL UK, is delighted to announce it will be title sponsor at the forthcoming 2005 Manx International Rally, set to take place from Thursday 28th until Saturday 30th July. The Manx International Rally, an established event in the Isle of Man’s motorsport calendar and currently in its 42nd year, is described as ‘the most spectacular tarmac rally in Europe’. It also serves as a qualifying round for both the British and Irish Rally Champsionships and the West Euro Cup. TOTAL ISLE OF MAN has supported the event for several years but is delighted to step up its commitment for 2005. John Ryder, General Manager at TOTAL ISLE OF MAN explained: ‘The name TOTAL has long been synonymous with motorsport and rallying in particular. This combined with the fact that TOTAL has been supplying residents with fuel since 1989, meant the event provided us with a perfect opportunity to give something back to the local community in which we serve. An opportunity, which quite frankly, we couldn’t miss.’ John continued: ‘Furthermore, the Island presents a fantastic backdrop against which the elite drivers of the British Rally Championship can demonstrate their skills.’ Richard Bargery, Event Director at Manx International Rally said: ‘With the event just a few weeks away, we are delighted to welcome on board such a high profile sponsor. TOTAL is a respected brand in the world of fuel and motorsport. Its expertise in these areas will undoubtedly further strengthen the event’s status, both at home and abroad.’

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