Two cyclists who were killed in an alleged hit-and-run incident near Bristol have been named as a married couple.

Motoring: Time for some tough torque - Roger Bell is impressed by the muscular new Citroen XM 2.5TD Room to move: Citroen's XM 2.5TD / Road Test

THE TORQUE generated by an engine, its twisting power, is not the usual stuff of saloon-bar conversations. It should be. Torque represents the muscle behind snappy acceleration; and Citroen's new XM 2.5TD musters more of it than any rival. Many larger, more powerful petrol engines, including Citroen's own 3.0-litre V6, do not get close. Even BMW's acclaimed six-cylinder turbo diesel is well beaten, although it does develop more horsepower.

Pembroke: Pulling in the prizes

NO ONE can accuse Jim Bloom of not living and breathing his business. Mr Bloom, who runs Cranswick, the Yorkshire livestock breeder and pig feed group, is a keen breeder of the animals at his farm.

Citroen to offer extended warranty

Citroen has become the first European car maker to offer a three-year, 60,000-mile new car warranty. The scheme, which follows Audi's announcement last week of three-year cover on its new A6 range, currently affects only the executive XM range, though it may eventually be extended to other models.

Nationalism, globalism and the automobile

Once upon a time (say, 25 years ago) all manufacturers made cars to suit the national temperament and road conditions. Jaguar, MercedesBenz, Lancia, Citroen and Buick were national icons; everyone played the same national game.

C'est magnifique]

Citroen's ZX diesel is Britain's cheapest-to-run family car, according to a survey by Fleet Management Services. Over four years and 80,000 miles, a ZX costs 18.84p per mile, including interest, fuel, servicing, repairs and depreciation. The ZX's low depreciation helps it to beat cheaper rivals, such as Vauxhall's Astra 1.7D.

Science: IT becomes worshipful: The City's newest livery company is very 20th century;it's for information technologists. Lynne Curry reports

It could have been a Porsche; at the moment it's definitely a Volvo, though it may be changed to a Citroen, perceived as somewhat sexier. The car is the premier prize in a pounds 25-a-ticket draw to be held at an autumn ball, and its image is not without significance: the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists, organisers and hosts, are concerned to project the right one.

Almanack: Taylor comes on strong

THE Highland Games season is upon us and invitations aplenty have arrived on the doormat of Gary Taylor, the 1984 Olympic weightlifting silver medallist and one of the 'strong boys' invited to toss cabers and the like. Taylor is particularly in demand because he happens to be Strongest Man in the World and therefore can sell tickets as well as lift up a Citroen 2CV and carry it some 25 metres.

MOTORING / Auto Biography: The Citroen ZX Estate in 0-60 seconds

THERE'S an advertising campaign currently running for the Citroen ZX Estate, featuring the neat, jaunty machine snaking its way snappily along a mountain road. The slogan goes: 'The Citroen ZX. Now with improved load-holding.'

Motoring / Road Test: Nice and easy on the i: The new Renault Laguna scores good marks for looks, value, and executive gadgets. But it has the wrong letters after its name, believes John Simister

Did you see BBC 2's From A to B a couple of Fridays ago? In this marvel of motoring voyeurism we saw the soul of the company-car driver laid bare. We learnt about a world of features, trim levels, sunroofs and status. For example, if a car has the letter 'i' in its model name, its driver is a man (or woman, though they are less bothered by such bijouterie) truly to be reckoned with. Letters after names, like university degrees, confer proper kudos. The lower orders must genuflect to the glitter of gadgets.

French handouts refuel car market: Government incentive scheme to scrap old bangers brings buyers back to the motor showrooms

A FRENCH government scheme to persuade people to scrap old bangers has kick-started the car market.

Motoring: And pop goes the diesel: Great diesels such as the Citroen Xantia are really catching on, says John Simister

With most cars, petrol power is normal and diesel an aberration. Start up a Vauxhall Cavalier, for example, and you expect the smooth hum of a petrol engine, not the clatter of a diesel.

MOTORING / Auto Biography: The Citroen Xantia 1.9 TD SX in 0-60 seconds

AS WE observed in these pages earlier in the year, the petrol- engined Citroen Xantia does all the things Citroens are supposed to do - go up and down like a hovercraft, use more glass than Kew Gardens, display a bonnet profile like a submerging submarine, and generally look as if flair still has some meaning in automotive design.

Crime threat to drivers of top cars: After four attacks on motorists in a week, the RAC has warned owners of luxury marques. Martin Whitfield reports

DRIVERS of expensive cars were warned to take extra care yesterday after the fourth serious car-crime incident within a week.

EXHIBITIONS / Every picture tells half a story: If it has just opened in London, it's probably photography. Tom Lubbock reviews a retrospective of the great Bill Brandt, and rounds up Blumenfeld, Citroen, Modotti and more Brandt

IN THE library of photography, the fiction section turns out to be bigger than one thought. Robert Doisneau's immortal Kiss is now famous for not being the spontaneous clinch it once seemed. Robert Capa's Moment of Death, some have claimed, was a moment rehearsed. And the Barbican's Bill Brandt retrospective seeks to dispel any illusions about the photographer being a documentary realist. The curator, Ian Jeffrey, calls him 'an illustrator, with a taste for melodrama'. We're asked to see his camera not as a witness to the world, but principally as a medium for making pictures.

Bumping into Belgians on holiday

IT WAS hot and we had the windows down, going about 30mph on a narrow, twisting road in Cornwall; Madonna was singing 'Rain, feel it on my fingertips.' Cindy said: 'This is an absolutely crap song.'
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