Test Drive: Lexus NX350h: Strengthened assets

If you think the Toyota RAV4 is too popular, the new Lexus NX should be more appealing to you : it is a more luxurious and refined version of the aforementioned SUV. Built on the same TNGA-K platform as the RAV4, the Lexus NX is available as a plug-in hybrid or, as in the case of …

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Test Drive: Mazda CX-5 2.0 SkyActiv-G: 100% convincing

Mazda just revised the CX-5, its most popular SUV- representing no less than 35% of the brand's sales. Mazda really treats its customers who like simplicity as well as a serene driving experience. After a week spent behind the wheel, serenity is what sums up best this new 2022 model-year CX-5. There’s a widespread idea …

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Test Drive: BMW 420i Gran Coupe: A stylish improved access

Despite the current huge popularity of SUVs, the Gran Coupé bodywork remains popular in the BMW range. Ingress is easier than with a 2 door-coupe body even though it is less practical than a good old 4-door saloon. True, this 5-door design lends the car a racy and sporty style that fits rather well the …

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On its 160th birthday, Opel’s museum offers enthusiasts a virtual tour!

Opel was created back in 1862 and the brand produced various things before assembling cars and trucks. On its 160th birthday, Opel now offers a new, free of charge, virtual tour highlighting the major events of Opel’s history. This completes the museum virtual visit available since 2021. The various  themes being the Roaring Twenties, the …

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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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