Volkswagen has announced a series of price cuts and specification improvements on many models in the company’s line-up.

The Lupo sees all prices reduced by £1,000 until 30 September 2004. This means prices now start at £6,790 for the entry-level 1.0-litre E model, while the range-topping 1.6-litre 125 PS GTI costs £12,455.

The Polo Twist continues on, after proving to be one of the most popular models in the Polo range. In addition to the standard Polo spec, the Twist adds semi-automatic climate control, 14″ alloy wheels, front electric windows and metallic or pearl effect paint. From now until 30 September, prices for the Twist start at £8,995 for the 1.2-litre with 65 PS and rise to £10,495. The Twist is available with three or five doors and with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines.

Despite previously refusing to offer concessions on the slow-selling new Golf, VW UK has added semi-automatic climate control to all S models until the end of the year, previously a £495 option. This means Golf prices start at £11,995.

Until the end of September, the Bora S 1.6 is reduced by £1,580, the S, SE and Highline reduced by £1,200, and the Sport models cut by £1,400.

Tin-top Beetles are reduced by £500 (with a further £250 available off the 1.6-litre) until the end of September.

A new trim level appears in the Passat line-up: the Trendline is based on the entry-level S, but adds alloy wheels, a multi-function steering wheel and cruise control for no extra cost. It’s priced at £14,995 for the 2.0-litre 130 PS petrol saloon model.

Finally, the Sharan MPV gets a new S model, which features ABS, air conditioning, seven seats, remote central locking with alarm, twin front and side airbags plus a curtain airbag system among other items. Prices start at £17,495 for the 2.0-litre 115 PS, but until the end of September, all Sharan models benefit from a price reduction of £1,000.