Test Drive: Skoda Octavia Combi 2.0 TSI DSG7 RS: measured enthusiasm

The modern Octavia was launched 25 years ago and the  fourth generation is now available. Despite the current health crisis, it remains the Czech automotive brand’s best-seller. The RS version we tested for you is only available with powerful engines. Our test TSI-engined car makes do with 245 BHP and even the 2.0 TDI Diesel …

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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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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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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 Citroën Ami: made for the city

What is a 'real' Citroën? Of course, There are many answers to that question but the brand's DNA includes ingenuity, original technical solutions and a quirky side. From that point of view, the Ami is indeed a real Citroën, in the tradition of the Goddess and the 2CV. The Ami looks like no other… It …

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Lancia Lambda: the modern car was born 100 years ago!

One hundred years ago, the modern automobile was born. The Lancia Lambda was the first car to have a self-supporting body, independent suspension as well as an avant-garde V6 engine. The name of the Turin-based manufacturer rhymes with technical prowess... (Text: Dimitri Urbain) Simple and uncluttered… this first prototype of 1921 shows the new independent …

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New car test: Peugeot 308: a winning combination

Contrary to popular belief, there are still quite a few hatches and estates being sold in the world. Enough for Peugeot to justify carrying on with the 308 adventure and introduce these two body styles right from the launch of its newcomer. It features a complete range of engines : petrol, diesel and, of course, …

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Opel/ Vauxhall Grandland: back in stride again!

The Opel Grandland was introduced four years ago. It now gets a mid-life restyling and lost the "X" of its early days. It gets the brand’s new “Vizor” face. We recently could test drive all available engines... The "Vizor" grille is Opel's new face. Directly inspired by the Manta of the 1970s, it gives the …

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Test drive: Nissan Juke 1.0 DIG-T 117 DCT N-Design: does boldness still pay off?

It's been a year and a half since the second generation Nissan Juke hit the road but I hadn't had the chance to try it yet. It still wears its distinctive style and atypical face but is now grown up and offer better accommodation… even though interior space is not its forte. However, it uses …

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