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2018 Range Rover Velar

By Martin O’Neil THE GOOD: A beautiful car with huge visual appeal and revolutionary design; New technology and cabin design outshines rivals; Refinement of the engines are second to none in the segment; First class materials and build quality; and Decent ride comfort and handling. THE BAD: Not as sporty or dynamic as some might have hoped; Some body roll ...

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Mid-Sized SUVs

2017 Audi Q5 2.0 TDI Sport vs Mercedes-Benz GLC 220d By M. Costello It is no secret that luxury car manufacturers absolutely love producing mid-sized SUVs based on passenger-car platforms, because aspirational upper-middle class family types are buying them in droves. The newest entrant to the class is Audi’s second-generation Q5, which mates clinical design with cutting-edge cabin technology, and ...

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Lexus says that hydrogen is the future, not battery-electric cars

By S. Corby “Despite what you’ve heard from many major car corporations (especially Tesla), electric vehicles are not the future, and never will be.” These were the words spoken by Paul Williamsen, Lexus’s Manager of Global Strategic Communications. He adds that, this is the case because the battery charging times will never fall to acceptable, practical levels. It’s “a simple ...

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Compact Luxury Saloons

  Alfa Romeo Giulia Veloce BMW 330i M Sport Jaguar XE 25t R-Sport By M. Costello When it comes to the premium car market, compact luxury sedans (saloon cars) remain a pivotal business element for any serious player looking to succeed. While luxury car-makers seek to diversify their portfolios by making small entry cars and more crossover SUVs, sedans still ...

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Volkswagen and Audi engine boss arrested for role in ‘Dieselgate’

Compiled By Martin O’Neil Wolfgang Hatz, former Head of Engine Development at the Volkswagen Group, has reportedly been arrested as part of investigations into the ‘Dieselgate’ emissions cheating scandal. According to a joint investigation by the Suddeutscher Zeitung newspaper, and the NDR and WDR television networks, Hatz was arrested last month by prosecutors in Munich who are investigating the affair ...

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2017 Audi A5 TFSI quattro v Lexus RC200t

By P. Maric The Audi A5 TFSI and Lexus RC200t are to cars that look like the real thing from a distance, but in actual fact they’re softer versions of their respective performance siblings, the RS5 and RC F. But that doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. At the end of the day, the major difference is probably ...

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Mercedes-Benz to recall 1 million cars globally for engine fires, local impact unclear

By Martin O’Neil Mercedes-Benz will recall around 1 million vehicles across various model lines, after numerous reports of engine fires as a result of a faulty fuse. According to a report published by industry journal Automotive News, parent company Daimler announced the recall after 51 fires were reported – the majority being in the USA. Several model lines are affected, ...

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2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe

By Curt Dupriez The 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLC Coupe encompasses captivating styling inside and out, heightened dynamics, an improved steering wheel and is a sportier SUV in a lot of the right places. However, all that glitters is not gold. The downside is that the powertrain is a bit lacklustre (feels low on power), cabin space and boot space is compromised ...

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2017 Audi SQ7

OUR RATING: 9 / 10 By Anthony Crawford THE GOOD: Sublime turbo-diesel V8 that sounds like a petrol V8 – even at idle; Very well refined diesel engine; Advanced technology that enhances road-holding and cornering; Remarkable ride quality even on 22-inch wheels; Well kitted out and great cabin comfort and kit; Big on active safety; and Optional carbon ceramic brakes ...

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