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First Drive: Audi Q3 2.0 TDI SE

What do you do if you hit on a sales winner? Simple really: make variations on the theme and snare as much business as you possible can. Audi already has some form in this department: the Q7 SUV made a … Continue reading

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First Drive: Mini Coupe

In the space of a decade, BMW has achieved something many thought impossible. Since 2001 its Mini range has clocked up two million sales and is available in 90 markets around the world. Not bad for something cynics thought would … Continue reading

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First Drive: Audi A5 Coupe

As the self-styled king of niche markets, recent years have seen Audi’s model range and sales figures soar. It’s no coincidence; the German firm has discovered a winning formula in the way it can identify potential in new model sectors. … Continue reading

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Shining Star: Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

There is an argument that very little technology trickles down from Formula One to the road car world. For example, you don’t see many affordable carbon fibre cars, high-revving engines or button-festooned steering wheels. In truth that’s probably a good … Continue reading

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First Drive: Porsche Panamera Diesel

Thanks to the existence of the Cayenne, Porsche is no longer a stranger to diesel technology. In fact, offering an SUV without a diesel option is something of a no-no for all the obvious financial reasons. Even a performance firm … Continue reading

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The lion and the pussycat: The Mercedes SL 63 AMG

If the SLK has ever been criticised for looking a bit too weedy, one glance at its biggest of brothers, the SL 63 AMG, would be enough to make even Chuck Norris think twice about getting involved. The SL is … Continue reading

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First Drive: Volkswagen Beetle

Volkswagen is pitching its new Beetle as a car for the 21st century. In common with so many fashionable items from the past, it would be appropriate to view this as a reboot of the classic automotive icon. Of course … Continue reading

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First Drive: Porsche 911 Turbo S

Ask any sports car fan which marque rules the roost, and it won’t be long before the name Porsche crops up in the conversation. Having built nothing but full-on performance cars for almost a century – and its only foray … Continue reading

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