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DIESEL sales in the first half of the year were 60 per cent up compared with last year's and higher, at 140,000, than for the whole of 1991. By the year's end, more than one in five new cars will be powered by derv-oil. The boom is not driven only by the promise of fuel economy - typically 20-30 per cent better than for a petrol car of comparable price and performance. The improved choice of models, from about 30 only 10 years ago to about 150 now, means more buyers are trawled into the diesel net.

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Sailing: Fischer king of tides: Ragamuffin proves the attraction

FOR THOSE who were finding proceedings in the Two-Ton World Championship a little tame on the Hampshire coast yesterday, a short burst of power from Syd Fischer's Ragamuffin brought a spectator fleet thinned by dismal weather to the 50- footer course for a dose of adrenalin.

Motoring: The Independent Road Test - Some top notes, but none exactly floral: Are diesel engines desirable? Phil Llewellin is impressed after 10,000 miles in the Citroen ZX Aura. But, below, the view on the species is less than rosy

THE AVERAGE British motorist clocks about 10,000 miles a year. My wife and I have just completed that distance in only three months, driving a comfortable, well-equipped Citroen ZX Aura powered by the increasingly successful French manufacturer's 1.9-litre turbocharged diesel engine. Citroen's name is no longer synonymous with the eccentric styling and engineering that made the 2CV and the DS such fascinating cars. But even the marque's most fanatical devotees admit that today's more conventional approach makes commercial sense.

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

FOR all the entirely appropriate praise heaped on the Citroen ZX, the company's smartest move of recent times, it has left traditional Citroen fans drumming their fingers. The ZX is clever, agile, chic and practical. But although better than most of the Escort-class cars it's aimed at, it's better at the same game. Whatever happened to the company's legendary habit of making up its own rules?

Road Test: A dedicated follower of fashion: These days Citroen eschews idiosyncracy in favour of accomplishment. The Xantia saloon brings new standards to fleet customers, reports Roger Bell

CITROEN describes its Xantia as 'the car to eclipse all others'. Can France's new middleweight really be that good?

Motor gloom

THE European car market will contract by more than 12 per cent in 1993, according to Jacques Calvert, chairman of Peugeot Citroen.

Country Matters: Wings of fury among the fruit trees

TO MOW an area of grass about 40 yards by 10 may not sound a very challenging proposition. The snag is that this is my orchard, and that as well as a dozen fruit trees it contains my four beehives.

Motoring: Auto Biography: The Peugeot 306 IN 0-60 Seconds

IF THERE is a motor industry equivalent of rubbing your stomach and patting your head at the same time, it's trying to invent a car that is simultaneously a Citroen ZX and a Peugeot 205. The ZX did what cynics said Citroen couldn't do and devotees said it wouldn't do - compete with an Escort in the meat-and-potatoes market and make it look like designer cuisine. And the 205 was simply the best small hatch of the Eighties.

MOTORING / A tale of two Citroens: John Fordham drives the stylishly eccentric XM giant and a new version of the economical AX supermini

SINCE the 1980s, Citroen has been at pains to establish that its products are aimed at regular Joes and Joannas, not automotive weirdos who aren't happy unless their cars have the suspension and handling of hovercraft and the carrying capacity of hearses.

AUTO BIOGRAPHIES / The Citroen XM and Citroen AX Diesel in 0-60 seconds

GOING PLACES: Much improved, smooth and powerful 2.0-litre light-pressure turbo on XMs; top speed 131mph, 0- 60mph in 8.2 secs. Modestly performing, frugal and quiet diesel in AX; top speed 96mph; 0-60mph in 13.2 secs.

Road Test: Wanted - a little Gallic flair: Roger Bell finds the new, Coventry-built Peugeot 306 nippy, but without novelty

COVENTRY has been the cradle and the graveyard of the British motor industry. Alvis, Armstrong-Siddeley, Austin, Hillman, Humber, Lanchester, Lea-Francis, Riley, Standard, Sunbeam, Triumph - RIP. The city's car-making tradition is kept alive today by Ford-owned Jaguar and the Peugeot Talbot operation at Ryton, which serves French masters.

Money Grouse: Confusing insurance offer follows loan by Citroen Finance

SIGNING up for a loan can bring unwelcome and confusing offers from insurance companies, as Independent journalist Jason Nisse has discovered.

Pensioners outraged by the price of staying warm

NORMALLY an afternoon at the Cambridge House day centre was lovely, with a hot lunch and bingo. But yesterday the peace was shattered by government plans to put VAT on fuel.

Man dies on training course

A businessman collapsed and died while taking part in a management training course in freezing fog. Geoffrey Ledgard, 46, a car sales manager for Citroen, is thought to have suffered a heart attack while walking in the Brecon Beacons in Powys, Wales. Four of his companions tried in vain to revive Mr Ledgard, a married man from Much Wenlock, Shropshire.
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