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| EUROPE | NEW TECHNOLOGY  
Audi Smart Factor 2016 drone steering wheelVorsprung durch Technik – Audi’s promising new modus operandi leading eventually to the ‘Smart Factory’

You can’t but feel pity for Audi’s strategists. With the scope for unique technological individuality of its cars shrinking both progressively and inevitably, Audi’s strategic thinkers came up with a plausible plan capable of breathing some vital new life, albeit in different form, into its Vorsprung durch Technik mantra


  | Self-parking cars - Bosch and Daimler’s car2go pool know-how
 
| Europe fastest growing luxury car sales scene


 

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ROAD TEST |  PORSCHE 718
Porsche Boxster 718 Road Test AID NewsletterPorsche’s reworked Boxster/Cayman hits the road with new 718 name and just 4-cylinders

Since this summer Porsche’s junior sports car range, still sharing much of its structure and underpinnings with the legendary 911, has presented itself in Europe with a new appearance, all-new, high-torque 4-cylinder Boxer engine with lower fuel consumption and, for the first time, with a new name: the 718 Boxster/Cayman


  | Fall and rise of Porsche’s fortunes
 
| Porsche, thanks to Macan, has changed up a gear

 



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New Techonology, Bosch Daimler self-parking Self-parking cars - Bosch and Daimler’s car2go pool know-how

The way technology has progressed, in the near future specially equipped cars will look on their own for vacant spaces in say a city parking garage and on request will return to the waiting driver all by themselves, using either a button on the car’s key-fob or a smartphone app 

  > AdBlue blows fresh life into diesels
 
> Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle

 


 

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New product evaulation test - BMW 2-Series Active TourerNot a Driving Machine – 1st FWD BMW aims for niche that is no longer hot

New Active Tourer, first BMW-badged car with front-wheel-drive, has been developed to do battle with same concept Mercedes B-Class and Volkswagen’s roomier family size Golf Sportsvan. UK prices for BMW’s first-ever People-Carrier start at Ł22,475 for the manual 136PS 3-cylinder petrol-fuelled 218i 

  > New Product | Moving on up - VW Passat
 
> All about the right product - Porsche

 


 

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SEAT Leon X-PERIENCE new product test evaluationSEAT Leon X-Perience, with new 4WD Leon estate heads for Quattro country

With eyes focused on the perpetually expanding market for affordable and versatile family-size cars with four rather than two driven wheels, VW Group’s SEAT offshoot has joined its Czech Škoda brother by also launching its Golf-based Leon estate with a near go-anywhere all-wheeldrive system 

  > In Europe hybrid car engine still lacks drive
 
> UK - Europe’s hybrid capital

 


 

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New Product test - Volkswagen Golf GTE plug-in PHEV hybridVolkswagen’s plug-in Golf GTE reaches UK shores - Taxing issue

Not so long ago, particularly in key non-diesel car markets like the US, where Toyota has been selling annually well over 200,000 Prius range hybrids alone, the media has continually challenged Volkswagen to turn its widely admired technical automotive know-how to latest state-of-the art hybrids.  

  > New Product | Moving on up - VW Passat
 
> Porsche drops conventional hybrids in favour of plug-ins

 


 

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New product vehicle evaluation VW Passat 2015MY Varriant Estate BlueMoving on up - VW Passat
VW’s award-winning new Passat is not a car that private buyers lust after
  > NEW PRODUCT TEST - Porsche Macan


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Porsche Macan S studio blue 2015MY We’ve got 2nd stage ignition - 
Porsche Macan

Stylish Macan set to lift Porsche’s annual sales to 200,000 + units this year
  > NEW PRODUCT TEST - Audi’s TT prestige symbol


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Audi TT 2015MY blue studio shotAudi’s driveway prestige symbol replaced
All-new Audi TT sports coupé slips into UK dealer showrooms
  > Mini 5-door - Rebirth of British automotive icon


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Mini 5-door product test plus mini sales history western europe
Mini 5-door - Rebirth of British automotive icon
New larger Mini takes to the road, this time with four doors

  > NEW PRODUCT EVALUATION | New Twingo - Full of smart ideas


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Volkswagen Passat 2015MY product review  

New VW Passat - scaled up Golf VII
Last remaining big player in Europe’s long-fading Upper-Medium sector

 
> NEW PRODUCT | Renault’s all-new Twingo III, the rear-driven city car


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Renault Twingo Smart Forfour 2014 white side  

New Twingo - Full of smart ideas
Renault’s all-new Twingo III, the rear- driven city-car

 
> Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle


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AdBlue pump
AdBlue blows fresh life into diesels

Opel-Vauxhall details its squeaky-clean 2-litre SCR diesel engine

 
> Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle


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Nissan Qashqai 2014MY road and product evaluation
The ubiquitous Nissan Qashqai

Trendsetter has turned around Nissan’s flagging fortunes in Europe

 
> Late to Crossover party - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross


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Mercedes-Benz new steel piston technology
Heart of steel
Diesel piston technology for latest diesel engines moves full circle
 
> Opel/Vauxhall rolls out brand-new Euro 6 diesel


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Vantastique New Renault Trafic green
Vantastique – Renault’s new Trafic 
Renault hopes to steal market share in Europe’s recovering van market
 
> Renault Group, in photo finish, nudge aside Peugeot-Citroën


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Toyota Aygo 2014MY range test
Toyoya Aygo - Not exactly up, up and away

Toyota’s new Aygo faces stiffening headwinds from all directions
 
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New product | Late to Crossover party - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross

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Suzuki SX4 Cross test car
Late to Crossover party - Suzuki SX4 S-Cross
Suzuki’s new SX4 S-Cross joins UK’s crowded SUV-Crossover scene 

 
> Nissan’s reworked new Qashqai – builds on successful qualities

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2014MY Volkswagen Polo Bluemotion side
VW - Why four or more when three will do?

Volkswagen unveils some of its latest EU6 petrol and diesel engines
  > Zafira Tourer - company’s 1st Euro 6 diesel

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Seat Leon ST estate dimensions side
SEAT’s new Leon Estate

Pretty, dynamic and yet surprisingly functional when needed
  > Dacia Logan - Romanian immigrant with a difference

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Audi generation three
Rebirth of design icon

Audi’s 3rd generation TT adds new shine to Vorsprung 
durch Technik
  > Nissan Qashqai – builds on successful qualities

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Nissan Qashqai 2014MY side profile shot
Qashqai – Nissan’s hero

Nissan’s reworked new Qashqai – builds on successful qualities
  Dacia Logan - Romanian immigrant with a difference

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Romanian immigrant with a difference
Dacia Logan MCV – fourth Dacia model to reach British shores
  New Product Baby Crossover boom - Renault CapturDacia Logan MCV side shot blue UK

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Cayenne – Porsche’s hero
Porsche’s top-seller by far, some 84,000 Cayennes sold last yearPorsche Cayenne diesel 2014MY

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Swimming with the stream - Mazda3
Mazda3 – Impressive alternative to VW’s class-leading Golf


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New Mini technology will spread to small BMWs
Output should reach 400,000 by 2018
New 2014MY BMW Mini produced in Oxford


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Midlife redo - big infotainment upgrade
Opel/Vauxhall’s facelifted Insignia looks like it means business
Vauxhall Insignia facelift 2014MY


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Future belongs to the risk takers - Audi A3 Saloon
Audi is chancing its luck with booted A3
Audi A3 Saloon red side


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Opel/Vauxhall rolls out brand-new Euro 6 diesel
Farewell to high NOx diesels Opel/Vauxhall’s Euro 6 engine
Opel Vauxhall Zafira Tourer UK red


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Mercedes’ reworked new E-Class estate 
Club-class long-distance cruiser with King-size boot
Mercedes E-Class T-Model 2013MY red side cut-out


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Volvo’s V60 Plug-in - Diesel that thinks it’s electric 
Perfect for green commuter, shame about its price
Vovlo V60 plug-in side view charge


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Sudden spring in SEAT’s step - 3-door Leon
Leon’s sportier 3-door bolsters SEAT’s European sales blitz
SEAT Leon SC 2013MY side view


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Baby Crossover boom - Renault Captur
Renault’s captivating new Captur Crossover hits UK dealerships
Renault Captur UK dims photo


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It’s third time round for Porsche’s Boxster
Same fun, more wallet-friendly and a great deal more practical
Porsche Boxster Dims side


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Škoda’s all-new Club-Class Octavia
Škoda’s all-new Octavia estate arrives at UK showrooms
Skoda Octavia 2013MY dimensions photo


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New Mercedes S-Class
Mercedes’ new luxo-barge S-Class cleared for take-off
Mercedes-Benz 2014MY S-Class grill front


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Drive on air - Peugeot compressed air hybrid
Peugeot’s compressed air hybrid car could be a game changer
Peugeot HYbrid Air


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BMW/Sixt’s DriveNow car-sharing scheme
AID took the opportunity to test BMW’s DriveNow scheme
BMW/Sixt DriveNow toggle




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