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BMW i3 review

BMW’s Electric Car Is A High-Stakes Gamble. Anyone Not Opting For Range-Extender A Candidate For Funny Farm. “One investment bank says BMW will lose nearly €200 million annually on the i3. BMW says the project will make money from day one” BMW’s new i3 electric city car, which will be formally launched at the Frankfurt […]

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Peugeot-Citroen Makes Progress, But Remains Challenged

Generated Cash In First Half, Thanks In Part To Slashed Spending. Peugeot-Citroen looks to be in slightly better financial shape than feared, but still faces a tough route back to break-even, according to investment bankers. In the first half of 2013, Peugeot-Citroen’s automotive losses shrank to €510 million, better by €147 million compared with the […]

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Aston Martin Vanquish Centenary review

Aston Martin Celebrates 100Years With Vanquish Centenary. “Each version comes with complimentary glass keys, leather key pouche, solid silver Rollerball pen, and cufflinks” You could be forgiven for thinking that Aston Martin dates from its first James Bond movie appearance in 1964. But the British-based luxury sports car maker has just celebrated its 100th birthday. […]

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Fiat 500L Trekking review

More Room, Less Style Than City Car. No All-Wheel Drive, But Looks As Though It Might Go Off-Road. City Brake Control Cuts Accidents, Gives You Lower Insurance Costs. Wouldn’t You Want An Espresso Machine On Board? For – more utility than 500 Against – at price of ruined looks **** out of five Fiat is […]

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BMW Z4 Sdrive18i review

Engines, Details Improved. Competition Includes Boxster, SLK. For – looks terrific, goes well, high quality. Against – expensive, Boxster. *** out of five SIENA, Italy – BMW has launched an improved version of its Z4 roadster, with improved engines and more equipment, and design changes to add more class and presence. This car has to […]

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Unsustainable Finance Stabilises European Car Sales

Manufacturers, Desperate To Keep Factories Moving, Buy Sales. Europe’s Feeble Growth Won’t Cut Unemployment Or Resolve Debt Crisis. “The big issue for manufacturers is this uncertainty” The West European car industry at the moment is a bit like the proverbial Potemkin village. On the outside everything is looking shiny and better, the sales slump has […]

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