The Fiorano pilgrimage

If paradise on Earth does not exist, a small Emilia-Romagna village located a few miles from Modena might come very close to it. There’s a hidden track located in Fiorano… where the greatest drivers have driven and tested all the best tricks from the Prancing Horse brand. Driving briefly the SF90 there was a dream …

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Test Drive: Land Rover Defender 90 SE 200 PS Auto : it’s all in the family

The Defender is an institution, the European counterpart of the legendary Jeep. In one form or another,it has been on and off the roads since the late 1940s. The current Defender was launched at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show. Does it still live up to the reputation of the previous generation? Gerry McGovern is Land …

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Test Drive: Toyota RAV4 Plug In hybrid : The country Prius feels at home in town

The RAV4 (for Recreational Activity Vehicle) was born in 1993. It was a fun and very compact vehicle. (In fact, it was 90 cm shorter than the current version!) Over the years, it grew in size... and  power. It’s the most popular SUV in the world, having sold more than ten million copies so far. …

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Tom Karen: the forgotten designer

His name probably won’t ring a bell... However, Tom Karen is a very eclectic designer who is still active, even though he is 95 years old! None of the cars he designed is a “masterpiece” in  automotive history but they all had something unusual. His aim was never to design 'fashionable' cars but rather to …

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Fiat Tipo Station Wagon or Cross : do you want to be reasonable or trendy?

Last Spring, the Fiat Tipo received a new front end. Refreshing it should allow it to remain successful. The Tipo is currently without direct competitors. Its keen pricing is in line with FIAT’s tradition, delivering great value for money. However, there’s a new sexier version in the range... The Tipo range was launched back in …

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Test Drive: BMW 420i Cabriolet: Endangered Fun

In the automotive industry, today’s truths might be different tomorrow. After advocating articulated hardtop for years, BMW is now going backwards and use a good old canvas top on its new 4 Series Convertible. Always nice to rediscover a classic while enjoying a nice sunny Fall season. The 420i Cabriolet interior is obviously a carbon …

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Test Drive: Renault Arkana E-TECH Hybrid: the SAC with the French Touch

The Sports Activity Coupé or SAC concept was a BMW creation that Audi and Mercedes copied before “percolating” (as economists would say) on mainstream brands like Kia with the XCeed or Toyota with the C-HR. This time, it's the French’s turn to get on the bandwagon with the Renault Arkana. Peugeot and Citroën will come …

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Test drive: Opel Insigna GSI: The well-kept secret

Saloon cars sale have been declining for many years... and those that don't have four rings, a bavarian propeller or a three-pointed star on the bonnet have an even tougher life! Mainstream manufacturers saloons are disappearing one after the other but, fortunately, there are still some worthy of interest for driving enthusiasts. The Insigna GSI …

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Test Drive: Mercedes-AMG A45 S: Big spades of fun

The kings of drift and counter-steering won’t probably be impressed reading this AMG A45 S  spec sheet. A small 2.0 turbocharged four pot engine ; four-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox will surely never wake up an enthusiastic driver in the middle of the night. And yet... we would have spent days and nights behind …

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Museo Storico Alfa Romeo: the time machine

The Italian brand is celebrating its 111th anniversary this year... a good reason step back in time and have a look at the brand’s long and eventful history by visiting the Alfa Romeo factory museum in Arese, Italy. Archetype of the Formula 1, this Alfetta or Tipo 158 was famous from 1938 to 1951. Designed …

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