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Detroit Uncertainty Adds To European Gloom

Hope For 2010 Rally Fades, But France Aid Limits Damage There. Fiat’s Marchionne Sees Chance Of Huge Corporate Shakeout. Merrill Lynch Though Has Some Optimistic Thoughts for 2009 . Next year looks like being torrid for European car sales, with the possibility that some major players might be taken over or lesser mortals expire completely, according […]

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Toyota iQ review

  Big Car Features In A Tiny Vehicle. Looks Like A Smart, But Width, Packaging Adds Utility. **** out of 5 At first glance the new Toyota iQ appears to be a little Mercedes Smart city car lookalike. But when you get up close it is bigger and chunkier. Look inside and you will find […]

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Audi Q5 review

Drives More Like A Car Than An SUV. Great Quality, Sophisticated Ride, Handling; But Pricey. Modest Looks Fail To Inspire Wow! Factor, Until You Drive It. **** out of 5 GRANADA, Spain Audi took its time getting into the compact premium SUV market, so you’d expect that this rival for the BMW X3 would be a formidable […]

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Volvo XC60 review

Handsome, Safe, Practical. What A Time To Launch An SUV, Even Disguised As A Crossover. What A Time To Launch Anything, Come To Think Of It. Nifty Slow-Speed Crunch Avoider Might Be A Deal Clincher. **** out of 5 “repetition of global warming mantra is enough to establish the fact” EDINBURGH, Scotland What a time […]

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Ford Ka Review

Pretty, Practical, Well Made. New Body Hugely Better Than Original Bland, Cheap Looking Design. Stylish Options Make Personalisation Easy. I Still Think The Name Is Dopey Though. **** out of 5 IBIZA, Spain It is Ka as in shah, but not to be confused with car. The name of Ford’s smallest car has always been […]

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Smart Fortwo ED review

Battery Power Does The Business In Town. Limited Range A Worry, But Mega Cheap Costs Will Sway Many. Electric Smart Runs Out Of Steam After 60 mph, But So What? Eerie Silence Threatens Pedestrians, Pets, But V8 Recording Will Help ***** out of 5 “There will be a burgeoning market in exterior sound systems. I’d […]

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Honda Jazz review

Simply The Best. Magic Interior Even Better; It Looks A Bit Racier. Previous Car’s “Faults” Ironed Out. Wrinklies Will Still Love It, Younger Downsizers Too. ***** out of 5 Honda says it wanted to make the Jazz the best small car in the world and I can’t think of any reason to argue about that. […]

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BMW 3-Series review

Face-Lifted – A Tweak Here, A Squeeze There. Fantastic Diesel Provides Amazing Seamless Power. Driving Experience Means 3-Series BMW Retains Top Spot. ***** out of 5 Don’t Let The Dealer Experience Put You Off. “Would you believe that a leak in the system which supplies water to the wind screen would too challenging for a BMW […]

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Ford Model T Review

At 100, Shows Modern Car’s Quality, Safety. PARIS Some economic Cassandras predict the Western world is about to revert to the living standards of a century ago, so it’s a good time to find out what it would be like living with the first production motor car, the Ford Model T, which first clanked out […]

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Citroen 2CV Review

  From Peasants And Potatoes To The City PARIS – The Citroen 2CV, celebrating its 60th anniversary at the Paris Car Show, was designed to carry 4 farmers and 50 kilos of potatoes over unmade roads at up to 60 km/h, but ended up as a fashion icon notching up sales of over 5 million. Citroen showed […]

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Skoda Superb review

Huge, Handsome, High Quality. Czech Branch Of VW’s Big Family Saloon Will Phase Passat, For One. Gizmo Changes Saloon Into Hatchback At Touch Of A Button. Time To Dump That Silly Name Though. **** out of 5 “While Skoda agonises about the new name, the country should join in and decide whether it wants to […]

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Mazda RX-8 R3 review

Anachronistic Gas Guzzler. Fantastic Performance, Equipment, Handling, Quality, Looks, Price. Great Qualities Doomed By Fuel Extravagance. Is Mazda Keeping Rotary Credentials Warm For Hydrogen Age? *** out of 5 You have to admire Mazda’s persistence, its sheer determination not to give up on its rotary engine investment. It has just face-lifted the Mazda RX-8 with […]

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