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Billboard wars: BMW vs Audi

BMW vs Audi

BMW vs Audi

It seems the advertising battle between arch-rivals Audi and BMW is well and truly back on.

BMW has placed a huge advert for its new 5 Series on a billboard directly above the largest Audi dealership in Hong Kong. Continue reading

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Formula One World Champion’s F1 car for sale

Former Formula One World Champion Jaques Villeneuve’s 2001 Honda Lucky Strike is currently for sale on Auto Trader.

Villeneuve’s F1 car, minus the engine, is advertised for sale by R&E Hendersons, for £29,995. Continue reading

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Sebastian Vettel’s car for sale on Auto Trader

It’s not just cute little Autobots who find buying and selling cars through Auto Trader easy. Formula One’s Sebastian Vettel – touted as the next Michael Schumacher – has been spotted reading Auto Trader.

And one particular advert caught his eye: a 2008 Toro Rosso. Continue reading

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The abandoned £200,000 Aston Martin DB5

Aston Martin DB5 1964

Aston Martin DB5 1964

Hot on the heels of an abandoned Jaguar XJ220, this 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is expected to sell for £200,000 at Bonhams’ Monte Carlo auction on April 30.

The left-hand drive classic is estimated to need another £200,000 in restoration, having spent the last 20 years sitting in a barn. Continue reading

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BMW design takes off

BMW Embraer

BMW Embraer

Business jet manufacturer Embraer enlisted the help of BMWs design team in 2004 – and now the result is ready to fly.

In its mission to create the ultimate executive jet interior, BMW and Embraer studied the optimum functionality, quality and efficiency of the cockpit, passenger and baggage areas.

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What the election means for motorists

The televised debate

Election fever is at an all-time high and with more than 34 million motorists in the UK; we look at what the top three political parties will do for drivers.

The Treasury gets a massive amount of revenue from motorists – the 65 per cent tax charged per litre of fuel raises around £25 billion each year alone. But the price of car ownership is escalating at a crippling pace. Continue reading

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Chinese ‘Leaf’ concept claims ‘negative emissions’

Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has unveiled its new ‘Ye Zi’ concept – which literally translates as ‘leaf’ – ahead of next week’s Beijing Auto Show.

The strangely familiar car name was reportedly chosen because this new concept actually gathers energy from the world around it, in the same way as a plant. To labour the point slightly, the vehicle is also shaped like a leaf. Continue reading

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New Saab 9-5 (almost) ready to roll

Saab 9-5

Saab 9-5

The new Saab 9-5 has been a long time coming. In fact, we weren’t sure we’d ever have the chance to get behind the wheel such was the stickiness of the Swedish manufacturer’s financial wicket.

So it’s great to see Saab’s chief test driver, Peter Johansson and his team of chassis experts are putting the final touches to the way the 9-5 drives. But don’t just think that all they have to do is play around in the snow of Sweden or pound the Nurburgring for hours on end. Oh no.
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Mini E Race laps the Nurburgring

Mini E Race

Mini E Race

A tweaked version of Mini’s electric car, called the Mini E Race, has lapped the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 9:51.45 minutes.

In doing so, the BMW Group has become the first manufacturer to lap the infamous circuit with an electric car at race speed.
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Renault’s free road trip – with a catch

Renault’s free road trip – with a catch

“Fancy spending a month this summer driving across Europe, in Renault’s latest two open-top cars, and being in with a chance of winning the £40,000-plus pair of striking two-door models in the process?

“If this sounds too good to be true….” It almost definitely is. Continue reading

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