A rare Lamborghini Diablo owned by Jamiroquai lead singer Jay Kay and used in the band’s Cosmic Girl music video is up for sale with a whopping £549,995 price tag.
The Viola metallic Lambo is one of only 16 right-hand-drive models, and one of two identical cars that appeared in the video. The first was written-off following a crash during filming, while the second example, now on sale, also had its share of bad luck. A camera fell from height, smashing the car’s windscreen – but Jay Kay continued to drive it for the rest of the shoot without a windscreen.
“You’ll often find rare, exotic and famous cars on Auto Trader, but it’s not every day you’ll find one from hyperspace,” said Auto Trader’s cars editor, Andy Pringle.
“One of three classic supercars used in the Cosmic Girl video – it’s the only one that the ‘Space Cowboy’ actually owned – so although it might price-out most music fans at over half a million pounds, there could be a love affair reunited on the cards if Jay Kay’s browsing Auto Trader this week.”
The Lamborghini is being sold through Amari Supercars in Lancashire. The dealership first sold the car to Jamiroquai in 1996. Since then it’s had two owners, but returned to Amari recently after spending some time as part of a Lamborghini collection in Germany.
The video, which was released in 1996, also featured a Ferrari F40 and Ferrari F355 Berlinetta. Jay Kay is a huge petrolhead, appearing on Top Gear four times over the years. He has held lap records twice as part of the show’s ‘Star in a Reasonably Priced Car’ feature, and he’s also appeared at Goodwood Festival of Speed in his bright green LaFerrari.
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Citroen is taking on the top-selling Nissan Juke compact SUV with its all-new C3 Aircross, and the French brand has drawn first blood by undercutting the ageing Nissan’s prices. The new C3 Aircross, which goes on sale from 1 November, will cost from £13,995. The cheapest Juke is almost £900 more expensive.
Yet another entrant to the supermini-sized crossover SUV sector, the new C3 Aircross replaces the dull C3 Picasso supermini MPV; SUVs are very much where it’s at these days. It was revealed in Paris a few months ago and wears the same modern Citroen styling first seen on the C4 Cactus and, more recently, the vastly improved C3 supermini.
The C3 Aircross was first seen as a concept at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.
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Citroen will sell the C3 Aircross in three trim lines: Touch, Feel and Flair. However, as with Nissan, the price-leading £13,995 car is likely to be a slow-seller. Touch trim is pretty sparse and many will prefer to upgrade the entry-level non-turbo 1.2-litre PureTech 82 engine to Feel trim: that costs £15,100, with a beefier turbocharged 1.2 PureTech 110 version costing £16,200. This is the real-world entry-level price for the C3 Aircross.
The comparable 1.2 DiG-T 115 Nissan Juke Acenta costs £16,785.
There’s a 130hp version of the PureTech motor for £16,600 and either 100hp or 120hp 1.6-litre BlueHDi turbodiesels that, in the current climate, likely won’t be as strong sellers as they may have been in the past. Citroen is also offering a city-friendly EAT6 auto gearbox alongside the regular manual.
Exact specifications will be confirmed nearer the time, but Citroen is already claiming best-in-class interior space, both front and rear, plus a modular boot that expands to as much as 520 litres, even with the sliding rear seat still in place.
The Citroen C3 Aircross joins an ever-growing compact SUV sector originally defined by the Nissan Juke. Competitors include the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008, Vauxhall Crossland X and Fiat 500X, plus the upcoming Seat Arona, Hyundai Kona, Kia Stonic and Skoda Karoq.
The sale of Vauxhall/Opel from General Motors to PSA Group has been completed ahead of what Opel chief Michael Lohscheller is describing as a “historic day”.
The deal makes PSA the second biggest car manufacturer in Europe behind Volkswagen Group, accounting for a market share of 17 percent.
“We are proud to join Groupe PSA and are now opening a new chapter in our history after 88 years with General Motors,” said Lohscheller. “We will continue our path of making technology `made in Germany´ available to everyone. The combination of our strengths will enable us to turn Opel and Vauxhall into a profitable and self-funded business. We have set ourselves the clear target of returning to profitability by 2020.”
PSA announced plans to buy Vauxhall and sister company Opel in March as part of a £1.9 billion deal. Since then, speculation about the future of Vauxhall’s UK plants in Luton and Ellesmere Port has been rife – with the company refusing to comment about potential job losses.
Cost cutting and streamlining is a priority for the firm’s new owners, though, with a goal of two percent profit by 2020 and six percent by 2026.
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PSA chairman Carlos Tavares said: “We are witnessing the birth of a true European champion today. We will assist Opel and Vauxhall’s return to profitability and aim to set new industry benchmarks together. We will unleash the power of these iconic brands and the huge potential of its existing talents. Opel will remain German, Vauxhall will remain British. They are the perfect fit to our existing portfolio of French brands Peugeot, Citroën and DS Automobiles.”
As the deal comes to a close, PSA has announced a number of new appointments for its management team.
- Christian Müller, previously vice president global propulsion systems – Europe and with Opel since 1996, succeeds William F. Bertagni as vice president engineering.
- Rémi Girardon, previously senior vice president group industrial strategy at PSA, will succeed Philip R. Kienle as vice president of manufacturing.
- Philippe de Rovira, previously group controller at PSA, replaces Michael Lohscheller as chief financial officer.
- Michelle Wen, group supply chain management network director at Vodafone procurement, will be joining the Opel leadership team, replacing Katherine Worthen as vice president of purchasing and supply chain.
PSA has been working with Opel/Vauxhall since 2012. The first collaboration, the Vauxhall Crossland X, is now on sale, with the Grandland X SUV set to follow later in the year.