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Mercedes CLA review

Another Small Car To Worry Audi, BMW. Design Stands Out As Beautiful Compared With Bland Opposition. Is That Enough To Triumph? Probably. For – beautiful looks and drive, excellent quality. Against – technology needs to be tamed. **** out of five The new CLA is part of the new breed of small Mercedes designed to […]

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Porsche Panamera Diesel review

Diesel Changes Panamera From Sports Car To Grand Tourer. Highly Refined. Great For Crossing Continents. Other Premium Executive Cars Do The Job Better And More Cheaply. For – It’s a Porsche. Against – It’s a Porsche – doesn’t bring the best out in fellow road users  Porsche enthusiasts may feel there are two things wrong […]

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Tighter E.U. CO2 Rules Will Cost Industry €12 billion

Germany Wins “Supercredits” Increase, Delay. VW Faces Biggest Challenge. Environmentalists heaped derision on the E.U. agreement to tighten cars’ carbon dioxide emissions, but investors pointed out that despite the delay in reaching the 95 g/km target and the implementation of “supercredits”, the industry will have to spend a total of €12 billion to comply. The […]

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GM Europe Dumps Chevy, Looks Serious About Fixing Europe

Chevrolet Cannibalized Opel-Vauxhall Sales And Had To Go. General Motors’ decision to close down Chevrolet in Europe shows it is really serious about turning around financially troubled Opel-Vauxhall, according to investors. It has been a big week for GM after appointing Mary Barra CEO, announcing it will stop production in Australia, deciding to sell its […]

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Mazda3 review

Impressive Alternative To VW Golf. Looks Good, Exudes Quality. “if you want style, reliability, value the Mazda3 is a strong contender”. For – Stylish, well built, value for money. Against – Zoom Zoom, SKYACTIV, KODO. **** out of 5 WICK, Scotland – Mazda of Japan is one of those small, low profile car companies that […]

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Skoda Rapid Spaceback review

Another Niche Filled. Much Thought Given To Load Lugging, Stuff Stowing. For – practical, unpretentious, rugged. Against – plain looks, some might still remember old Skodas. *** out of 5 Skoda has expanded its range again with the Rapid Spaceback, aiming  to broaden the Rapid’s appeal to compact family hatchback buyers. Skoda says its main […]

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Volkswagen XL1 review

Volkswagen XL1 Hybrid The “World’s Most Fuel Efficient” VW, Hesitant About Electric Cars, Now In The Fast Lane. Volkswagen’s diesel electric XL1 plug-in hybrid car which will soon go on sale in limited numbers across Europe, is the most fuel efficient and aerodynamic production car in the world, capable of more than 300 miles per […]

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