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Young drivers can benefit from Vauxhall's latest offer.

Young drivers can benefit from Vauxhall's latest offer.

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Cash-strapped young drivers rejoice — Vauxhall is to offer drivers between 18 and 20 one year’s insurance cover for a one-off payment of £99.

To qualify, you’ll need to opt for one of Vauxhall’s Corsa Excite or Limited Edition models.

Undated Handout Photo. A new generation MX-5 will be unveiled this year. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News.

Undated Handout Photo. A new generation MX-5 will be unveiled this year. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News.

The car maker is teaming up with insurance provider ingenie, and each car is fitted with ‘black box’ technology which monitors driving style, including speed, acceleration, braking and cornering.

As an added bonus, to reward good driving, each driver can earn the entire cost of the insurance back with good driving — up to £33 per quarter — meaning the total cost of insurance for twelve months could be paid back.

That’s because every 10 days, or 40 miles, ingenie will provide the driver with a score based on how well they are driving, along with feedback messages in a smartphone app on how to improve, and how much money they’re on track to save. After every three months, an overall score is provided and money can be reclaimed.

Commenting on the promotion, Mark Pinkney, Vauxhall’s marketing programmes manager, said: “This is groundbreaking news for young drivers, some of whom could still be paying upwards of £2,000 for insurance when they’re 18. We wanted to provide young drivers who buy their cars through Vauxhall retailers with affordable insurance to help them get on the road.”

Undated Handout Photo. A new generation MX-5 will be unveiled this year. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News.

Undated Handout Photo. A new generation MX-5 will be unveiled this year. See PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News. Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout. WARNING: This picture must only be used to accompany PA Feature MOTORING Motoring News.

The waiting is nearly over, as Mazda is getting closer to unveiling its next generation MX-5 roadster.

2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the popular compact drop-top, and the Japanese car maker has announced plans to reveal the fourth generation model to an exclusive audience at two special events being held in Spain on September 3-4. The initial unveiling will take place in Barcelona simultaneously to similar events in Japan and the U.S.

Mazda’s guests will be the first to see the all-new MX-5, which holds the Guinness World Record as the bestselling two-seater sports car of all time. Almost 945,000 MX-5s have been produced since 1989.

Honda has announced a series of offers on Civic models, as well as a new special edition.

All Civic models are available with 0%APR finance and up to £500 deposit contribution, so the 1.8 SE Plus costs from £239 per month, the 1.6 i-DTEC from £249 per month, and the recently introduced Civic Tourer from just £249 per month.

The newly-introduced Civic Black Edition also starts at £249 per month, and adds gloss black exterior detailing, aluminium badges and a gloss black roof spoiler. In addition, all customers ordering a new Honda can choose the comprehensive care plan for the fixed price of just £555. Offering five years servicing, warranty and roadside assistance, the plan gives potential savings of up to £1,290 plus the complete peace of mind that most of the major running costs are covered for the next five years.