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More doors, but is there enough space in the back?

Audi A1 Sportback road test and review TOM SCANLAN says the Audi A1 Sportback says something about its owner… The Sportback version of Audi’s A1 has five doors, and a touch more head and shoulder room for passengers in the rear. This costs £560 more than otherwise equivalent 3-door A1s. New options include colours, with […]

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Proton Gen-2 Ecologic

Humberside’s police force have been running LPG cars for 15 years. Is it time for you to convert? Frederic Manby looks at a Proton LPG conversion and gives his views. The Ecologic may be fuelled by LPG, but is it a gas to drive? GAS-POWERED vehicles are common in mainland Europe, but not so in […]

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Aston Martin Rapide

Famed for its sports coupes and grand tourers, Aston Martin has produced its first four-door sports saloon. Frederic Manby checks it out. With classic Aston Martin looks, the Rapide is sure to be admired wherever it goes. EDDLESTON, south of Edinburgh. The Barony Castle Hotel is waking to another day in the Scottish Borders. It […]

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BMW 530d

Diesel power is set to be Britain’s choice when it comes to the new BMW model, says Frederic Manby. He found the 530d’s engine serene and the automatic gearbox seamless. The  5 Series is now complete, says BMW. BMW says its 5-series is now complete with the arrival in showrooms of the  Touring estate model. […]

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Citroen DS3

Refinement is the name of Citroen’s game with its new DS3 hatchback. Frederic Manby found it to his liking, both in the fittings and furnishings and its general performance. Citroen is making a big name for itself with its modern, forward-looking designs. IT has been compared with BMW’s Mini for its chic shape but what […]

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Maserati Granturismo S

Cruising round the Yorkshire Dales, Frederic Manby puts Maserati’s coupe to the test. The Maserati looks as good as it sounds. DENT, the other day, in a Maserati. I’d been visiting a member of my family who could actually afford a Maserati. Indeed, he’d ordered one years ago at a London motor show but the […]

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Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI LWB BlueEFFICIENCY

Blue is becoming the new word for green. But has Mercedes’ foray into the genre won over Frederic Manby? It’s long, it’s low and it’s sleek. But is it green? Read on…. I’LL write it only once: Mercedes-Benz S 350 CDI LWB BlueEFFICIENCY. It tells us that this is the longer version of the S-Class […]

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Ford Mondeo

It has long been a staple of family men and sales reps. Frederic Manby takes a look at the latest Ford Mondeos. Ford has great hopes for its 2011 range of Mondeo models. THE Mondeo is Ford’s largest car in Europe. It is big enough for most of us. In Britain, eight in every 10 […]

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