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The Independent Road Test: Hello, this is your computer speaking: The Renault Safrane is strong on gadgets, space and style but, in its 2.0-litre form, is weak on power and personality, says Phil Llewellin

Winning the equivalent of a bronze medal in the Car of the Year awards gave the new Renault Safrane a good start in life. Only the Nissan Micra and Fiat Cinquecento attracted more points than the French challenger, which went on sale in Britain last month.

Motoring: Batten down the hatches: Citroen's ZX 16V is a strong GTi contender, but it lacks that charming old zaniness, says Roger Bell

CITROEN is no longer making quirky cars for individualists. The zany model that charms as much as it irritates is a car of the past. In joining the establishment - with great showroom success, judging by recent sales - Citroen has abandoned its heritage in the name of commercialism. It follows that the latest ZX, the car to beat in the big-selling Escort class, is predictably good but well short of memorable.

Adverts criticised

Two advertisements were mainly responsible for a 70 per cent increase in the number of complaints about advertising to the Independent Television Commission last year. The advertisements - one for Vespre panty liners, and the other for a Citroen ZX car - were responsible for more than 1,000 of the 3,504 complaints from viewers, the ITC reported.

Rallying: Vatanen's warm-up for desert

ARI VATANEN and Pierre Lartigue yesterday won the first skirmish for Citroen in their two- week battle with Mitsubishi on the Paris-Dakar Rally.

Rallying: Meals on wheels at the Cafe Xinjiang: Jeremy Hart reports from Hami, China, on the home-away-from-home comforts for competitors in the Paris-Peking Rally

IT COULD have been any cafe serving breakfast anywhere in France on post-Maastricht Monday morning. The air was full with Gallic gossip, the smell of baguettes and coffee, the horizon was bordered by a vineyard in which ripe grapes hung heavily on vines. The scene was quintessentially French.

Rallying: Teams in sponsor row

CITROEN and the French-run Mitsubishi team could face a pounds 6.2m fine after an anti-tobacco group won a court order for alleged illegal cigarette advertising on the teams' cars and drivers in the Paris-Peking Rally which have appeared in the French media.

Rallying: Citroen's flow threatened by Niva and Volga: Jeremy Hart reports from Kazhakstan on the perils and unexpected successes of the Paris-Moscow-Peking Rally

TIMO SALONEN, the 1985 world rally champion, suffered minor burns to his face yesterday when his Citroen caught fire on the fifth stage of the Paris-Moscow-Peking rally in Kazakhstan. The fire was so fierce that it destroyed the pounds 100,000 car in less than five minutes.

MOTORING / A diesel with Gallic charisma: John Fordham reports on Citroen's ZX Turbo, as good as they come in its class

LAST year, Citroen put aside traditional idiosyncrasies - such as gas suspension that surged like a departing hovercraft and concept-car cockpit exotica - to get down and mix it in the Ford Escort market. Without losing its individuality or regular fans, the company pulled off a spectacular coup with the glamorous, four-model ZX range, and increased its market share in the UK by over 20 per cent.

The Independent Road Test: Something to keep under your bonnet: Citroen's new ZX TD could be just what the good Dr Diesel ordered. Phil Llewellin spent a week driving the Aura model

GLOP] The fuel tank belched, despite being little more than half full, and spewed a foaming dollop of smelly, oil-like fuel on to my slacks and shoes. I have no qualms about operating a self-service petrol pump while dressed in my best suit, but this all-too-common incident was a reminder that the wise driver wears old clothes while filling a diesel.

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