New Opel Astra first drive: Aesthetic and technical maturity

The renewal of the Opel range continues: After the Mokka and Corsa, it's the Astra's turn to abandon its GM platform and join the Stellantis portfolio. The five-door version has just been joined by a station wagon called "Sports Tourer". Of course, the latest Astra features the new in-house 'Vizor' front end with Intellilux LED …

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New car test: Dacia Jogger: seven is enough!

Dacia is decidedly full of ideas. The brand has a habit of filling in market niches forgotten by its competitors in a very bright way. While new cars are getting horrendously expensive by the day, the Romanian brand is lining up a keenly priced and completely refreshed range covering the needs of young adults, budding …

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Test Drive: Opel Grandland HYBRID 225: In the move

In 2022, driving a hybrid car is nearly compulsory. Dimitri already told you about the midlife facelift Opel did on the Grandland last year. Now, Opel lent us a Hybrid 225 test car so that we could get a taste of it. Given the fact that we live in a city centre and that charging …

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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: 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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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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Hazel Chapman (1927-2021) : Madame Lotus nous a quittés…

Veuve de Colin Chapman, Hazel vient de décéder dans sa nonante-quatrième année. A l’heure où la place des femmes dans la société est toujours plus importante, Hazel Chapman a été véritablement une pionnière. Dès les années 50, elle a su s’imposer, tant par ses qualités humaines que commerciales dans un milieu masculin, voire macho. Des …

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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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Want a new Ford Escort? It’s possible!

The first generation Ford Escort was produced between 1968 and 1974 while the second generation carried on until 1980. These were rear-wheel drive cars, powered by Kent or Pinto engines available in several displacements, from 1 to 2 litres. Ford soon developed sportier version and even racing ones. These got a Lotus twin-cam under the …

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Ferrari 296 GTB: more than 800 horsepower and a V6 is back !

For the first time since 1974, Ferrari is getting back to V6 power. The all-new Berlinetta 296 plug-in hybrid debuts with over 800 horsepower! It is as much rooted in tradition as it is looking forward to an electric future... The new 296 GTB (for 2992 cc and 6 cylinders, Gran Turismo Berlinetta) is an …

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