An EC Commission report says that the gap between new car prices in Britain and those in Europe has widened in the last six months, with certain models costing upto 76 per cent more in the UK than on the Continent, reports the UK`s `Independent` newspaper (13/7/00). The report, published today (13/7/00), reveals the Vauxhall Astra is 54 per cent more expensive in the UK than in the cheapest European country, while the Renault Laguna is 60 per cent higher. The biggest difference, according to the report, is the Fiat Bravo, which is 76 per cent higher in Britain than in Europe.