Test Drive: Nissan Qashqai mHEV XTronic 2WD: Will the former king regain its crown ?

The Qashqai was launched back in 2007 and it was an instant hit, selling like hot cakes. Sure, there was not much competition and the Qashkai made the most of it. By the time the second generation arrived, in 2014 it was another story : the segment was much more crowded and it was a follower …

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Design master class : Pierre Leclercq (Citroën) returns to the ESA school, Liège

A few weeks ago, Citroën’s styling boss, Pierre Leclercq, visited his former school, the ESA in Liège. During this Master Class, he reflected over his career as a car designer, his works and... explained what lies on the less glamourous side of the automotive design scene! « Design is complicated... when I started my studies, the …

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Test drive: Mercedes C300e: the hybrid comes of age

It's a real shame : regulations are enforced too quickly and are detrimental for plug-in hybridcars,  tax benefits currently available on them will already be over by the end of the year. While the very first hybrid cars available clearly lacked range in ful electric mode, the current crop offers a much more compelling electric …

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Short test : Toyota Aygo X : a breath of fresh air

More and more manufacturers abandon the A segment (city cars). However, Toyota is determined to stay... The Aygo renewal sees the Japanese manufacturer launching a mini SUV. This will appeal to a new clientele attracted by the body style but who do not need a bigger car. The previous generation Aygo was a city car, …

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Alpina is now part of BMW Group ! by Paul-Edouard Urbain

One could say Alpina is to BMW what AMG is to Mercedes, or even, in a way, what Abarth is to FIAT. Unlike AMG or Abarth, Alpina adds a unique enhanced comfort and luxurious side to the upgraded performance it offers. Burkard Bovensiepen was still reading engineering when he developed a twin Weber carbs intake …

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Test drive: Mercedes EQS450+: No steering wheel needed !

Let’s be honest, that’s the first time we spend a whole week behind the wheel of a fully electric car .  It was rather positive for us. Admittedly, the € 145.000 EQS is not the cheapest full electric car available but it’s good enough to be a real threat for the internal combustion-engined S-Class. Aboard …

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Short test : Ford Fiesta and Focus 2022: connected and electrified

There’s now only one way to go for car makers : hybridization, even a minimal one, is now compulsory. It’s a good way for them to be seen as « modern » and even better as « eco-modern » companies. Ford  doesn’t cut corners… had the Brussels Motor Show taken place, we could have discovered  the revised Fiesta and Focus. …

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Test Drive: Renault Kadjar dCi 115 EDC : Old World order

Renault introduced the new Austral just a few days after our test took place, making it somewhat instantly outdated.  However… What a pleasure it was to be behind the wheel of a reasonably sized SUV sipping diesel! No weird hybridized power plant here : in most cases the Kadjar just gets you from A to …

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Test Drive: Dacia Duster 1.3 TCe 150 EDC: The right choice

A while ago, we focused on the fifth birthday upgrades the second generation Dacia Duster got. We tesed a Duster last September and more recently, a top-of-the-range version came our way. Now, we better understand why this car is such a success. Once again, it is clear Renault got it right offering affordable cars through …

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The new Tonale launches a new era for Alfa Romeo

The metamorphosis... that's how Alfa Romeo names the release of its new compact SUV, with an emphasis both on connectivity and electrification. In addition to the brand's one hundred and twelfth anniversary, 2022 is also the year of the 60th anniversary of the Giulia and the 50th anniversary of the Alfasud. These two models made …

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