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Audi RS3 sportback review 2011

Audi RS3 Sportback review

Understated Pocket Rocket Understated That Is, Until You Floor The Accelerator, Look At The Price Amazing Performance Coupled With Placid Alter-Ego rating **** out of 5 For – goes like stink, great handling/road holding, high quality Against – lots of money for anonymous looks  VELDEN, Austria – Audi’s latest little hot-rod will blast you past most everything […]

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Mercedes E 350 CDI Estate review 2011

Mercedes E 350 CDI Estate

Old Style Mercedes-Benz Quality rating **** out of 5 For – Highly practical load-lugger with 7-seat versatility Against – Ridiculous wiper/ indicator stalk. Foot-operated ‘hand’ brake During the nineties and early noughties Mercedes-Benz seemed to lose its way as it tried first to grow organically and then by acquisition. Its then chairman Jurgen Schrempp made a series of […]

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Renault Promotes Tavares As Investors Yearn For Nissan Action

Investors yawned when Renault announced that Carlos Tavares would replace Patrick Pelata as number two to CEO Carlos Ghosn, although news from Paris suggesting that the French government would be taking a more active role in managing the company might have caught their attention. Pelata lost his job after the botched industrial espionage investigation. Ghosn, […]

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Chinese Manufacturers Gear Up For Emerging Markets Assault

If It Works In Third World, Developed Markets Will Be Next Headlines in the financial media point to growing worries over the sustainability of China’s booming economy, where burgeoning car sales have enriched the German premium manufacturers. But there is another factor for established manufacturers to worry about, and that is China’s long-term plans to […]

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Lutz, Minus Media Minders, Blasts Global Warming Reporting

Lutz, Minus Media Minders, Blasts Global Warming Reporting Before Bob Lutz retired from GM last year this controversial and voluble executive was always accompanied by a media minder ready to intervene if the great man wandered into politically sensitive areas. So when Lutz’s new book – “Car Guys versus Bean Counters” (Portfolio Penguin $26.95) dropped […]

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