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Nissan Qashqai review

Builds On Successful Qualities. Redesign Still Understated, But Why Change Winning Formula? For – solid all-rounder with proven appeal. Against – opposition catching up. **** out of 5 The new Nissan Qashqai looks remarkably like the old one, which is a tribute to the huge success of the 6-year old original, and not to mention the […]

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Lexus GS 300h review

An Answer To A Question Nobody Asked? For – Beautifully made. Against – Lacklustre performance, reduced boot space. Despite being constantly near the top of reliability and customer satisfaction charts, Toyota’s premium brand Lexus has struggled to catch on in Europe against the might of Audi, BMW and Mercedes. After nearly 25 years Lexus achieved […]

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Renault Unveils New Long-Term Plan For Sales, Profit

Does It Have More Chance To Succeed Than Commitment 2009? Investors were impressed by Renault’s financial performance last year, but they were less enamoured of its new long-term plan which some dismissed as unambitious. In 2013 Renault’s car manufacturing business raised operating profit to €1.2 billion from €780 million, thank mainly to its low-cost Dacia […]

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Fiat Chrysler Future Clouded By Debt Mountain

Selling Ferrari, Maserati Would Help Clear Decks. “Marchionne is a gambler. He likes to take risks but it’s paid off so far” CEO Sergio Marchionnne has finally nailed down the merger of Fiat and Chrysler and the next stage is creating an organisation fit to challenge global  leaders like Toyota, General Motors and Volkswagen. Marchionne’s […]

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Investors See Mercedes Boosted By New Models, Lower Costs

CLA, S-class Win Sales; C-class Set To Impress Too. “BMW’s 3-series faces tough competition in its third year of production”. It’s like a virtuous circle for shareholders at Daimler’s Mercedes Benz, as attractive new cars boost sales while investment in more efficient manufacturing boosts profits. The imminent launch of the new C-class is going to […]

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Skoda Yeti Outdoor review

Formidable Performer Made-Over. Still Looks Great, Goes Anywhere, Does Anything. Not The Cheap Option Any More. For – cute, flexible, rugged, useful. Against – prices push it up against formidable opposition. **** £24,720 Let’s get this confession over with right from the start. I love the Skoda Yeti, its striking but modest squared-off lines, and […]

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Cadillac CTS review

Can U.S. Pizzazz Trouble Germans? CTS Likely In Europe Soon As Cadillac Cranks Up Europe Effort. “Many of these art deco skyscrapers in Detroit are empty, save from a bit of vegetation sprouting from some windows” For – handsome, luxurious, drives well, awash with technology. Against – lacks German brand power, but not much else. […]

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