drive it! - This time, we're taking a ride on the road ... and in the water. But before we arrive in Rotterdam for a city tour on a swimming bus, we present the new Audi Q3, one of the latest contenders in the compact SUV market.We'll also take a summer ride on a special three-wheeler before putting the Mercedes SLK, BMW Z4 and Audi TT to the test. And we'll check in with competitors at the Porsche Carrera World Cup as they face off against the challenging "Nordschleife" track at the Nürburgring.
The Motor Magazine 20.12.2011 | drive it!
This week: The BMW 3 series is one of the most sold premium vehicles in the world-successful in 132 countries. Now BMW is bringing the sixth generation of the 3 Series on the market. drive it! takes the new BMW for a spin on a racetrack.
Compacts: Peugeot 207 vs. Daihatsu Sirion. drive it! compares Peugeot 207 with the Sirion from the Toyota subsidiary, Daihatsu to find out which offers better value for money.
Comeback of Jeep Compass. Two years ago production of the Jeep Compass was halted. Now it's back, completely redesigned - made possible by the integration of Jeep models into Italian carmaker, Fiat.
The Mercedes F 125 made its world premiere at this year's Frankfurt International Motor Show. Its the latest research vehicle from Mercedes Benz.
Peter Frühauf got his first Opel Manta in the'70s as a present from his grandmother. It marked the beginning of a love affair that has lasted to this day.
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Join us this week for an in-depth look at the exclusive and elegant new BMW 6-Series coupe. After that we head for the hills to test three Asian SUVs. We also visit Daimler for a look at one of their latest projects - the driverless car.present it! The BMW 6-Series CoupeAfter presenting its new 6-Series convertible, BMW has now launched the coupe version of the model. drive it! Took out a 640i with a 235 kW engine -- 35 kW more than the model's predecessor.All of the coupe's motor variants come equipped with a standard 8-gear automatic transmission and automatic start-stop functionality. BMW has also set new standards with its adaptive headlights, which swivel as the car corners. compare it! Opel Antara vs. Mazda CX-7 vs. Mitsubishi OutlanderThis week drive it! Went off-road to test the abilities of three low-priced SUVs. Opel's new Antara faced off with two competitors from Asia -- the Mitsubishi Outlander and Mazda CX-7.The latest version of the Antara comes equipped with a 2.2-liter diesel motor that puts out 135 kW of power, more than either of Opel's competitors in the test. It also has the lead in terms of consumption. But is that enough to take the laurels? test it! Peugeot 508 Sedan and Station WagonPeugeot's new 508 supersedes the earlier 407 and 607 ranges. It's available both as a sedan and station wagon and drive it has put both through their paces.On the outside, the big Peugeot strikes an elegant and refined pose, and inside packs as much quality and attention to detail as any Audi, BMW or Mercedes. The trunk isn't the largest in its class but is spacious nonetheless. All in all, it has a certain German feel to it - but is it as good to drive?
inside it! Mercedes Driverless CarsA car navigating Mercedes'test track may sound like nothing unusual, but who's driving it? No one, because this is Mercedes'fully automated driving system in action.Daimler is treading new ground by using it to test driver aids and other safety features. It means that dangerous scenarios can be simulated with centimeter accuracy and without a human test driver having to risk life and limb. vintage! The Silvretta ClassicSummer is here, and so is the Silvretta Classic car rally. It's the perfect opportunity for Austria's classic car enthusiasts to dust off their vehicles and take them out for a spin.152 vehicles signed up for the rally's 14th outing, ranging from pre-war old timers to some more recent classics. They had just three days to cover the scenic 540-kilometer long route through the Austrian mountains.
The Motor Magazine - 17.08.2011 | drive it!
The Beetle is dead, long live the Beetle! VW is launching a second attempt to resurrect its legendary cult model. The new version bears a closer resemblance to the original - while both the technology and price are distinctly modern! Plus we have two station wagons for under 10,000 euros: the Dacia Logan and Lada Priora. And the Mercedes CLS: a slick and stylish coupé version of the E-Class.
The Motor Magazine - 11.05.2011 | drive it
Audi is one of the few carmakers that put real racing car technology into their road-going models. The latest example is the Audi RS 3; 250 kilowatts make it drive like a Porsche. If you like it more elegant, then the Jaguar XF could be for you. But even the Jaguar has to bow to young-at-heart classic car, the Borgward Isabella convertible.
The Motor Magazine - 01.09.2011 | drive it!
This week's drive it! combines the old and the new. At the cutting-edge we look at Audi's high-spec A6 Avant and Daimler's new climatic wind tunnels. And we turn the clock back 60 years. Mathis Kurrat takes us on a nostalgic trip through the Alps in the original VW camper van to Bella Italia.
The Motor Magazine - 24.06.2011 | drive it
The advantage of doing something last is that you can profit from the experience of everyone else. That's the position Audi is in with its very first hybrid model. We check out the technology-packed Q5 Hybrid.Can the VW Golf shut out the fierce competition from Ford's new Focus? We check them out. And we lust over two vintage convertibles made in heaven - the Borgward Hansa 1500 and VW Beetle.
The Motor Magazine - 07.09.2011 | drive it!
A legend turns 50. The E-Type Jaguar is one of the most beautiful cars ever made. We celebrate its birthday. Plus a test drive in the new Ford Focus. And the smart and its most avid followers gather in Italy for a four-day celebration of the little car.
The Motor Magazine - 24.08.2011 | drive it!
Racing safely in the streets - drive it! presents the latest in sports cars and new automotive safety technology.present it! The Porsche Panamera DieselPorsche is introducing the Panamera Diesel as the long-distance comfort sedan for this series. With its 80-liter fuel tank, the car is able to travel more than 1,200 kilometers non-stop. Yet the Gran Turismo's 84 kilowatt engine is still economical, needing only 6.5 liters to travel 100 kilometers.With low friction tires, the car is even less expensive to run, with consumption going down to 6.3 liters. But with a starting price of 80,183 euros in Germany only the well-heeled will get the chance to drive one. compare it! Renault Clio Gordini RS vs the Citroen DS3 Racing and MINI John Cooper Works ClubmanThis time Compare it! hits the track with three really racy mighty mites. The test models all weigh in at less than 1,300 kilos and are less than four meters long, but they have plenty of power under the hood.The MINI John Cooper Works Clubman, Renault Clio Gordini RS and Citroen DS3 Racing all produce at least 147 kW of power and can easily get up to speeds of 220 km/h. The Clio Gordini's flashy striped design means the car cannot be missed. For those who are a bit more discreet, there is always the DS3 racing. drive it! finds out if the two French challengers can surpass the tiny British classic speedster, the MINI. test it! The Golf Convertible Makes a ComebackGermans used to call the old Golf convertible the"fruit basket", because its distinctive fixed rollover bar resembled a huge handle. The bar was great for acrobatic types who catapulted themselves into the car without having to open the doors.Now Volkswagen has introduced a new generation Golf convertible that does away with the rollbar altogether. Should the car overturn, an automatic rollover protection system hidden behind the rear seats deploys instantly. We put the new VW convertible to the test.
inside it! The Ford Safety Tour Shows off New Seatbelt AirbagsAirbags can save lives. While we don't often see them, it's comforting to know that they're there, ready to inflate in a fraction of a second. Front airbags are a standard feature in modern vehicles, and many models also offer head, knee and side airbags.Now Ford has developed seatbelt airbags to protect passengers in the back. If a serious collision occurs, compressed gas from a cylinder under the seat is dispensed through the belt buckle into the seatbelt. The airbag hidden inside the belt pops out and inflates. drive it! was on hand at the Ford Safety Tour to take a closer look.
vintage! Mercedes Benz Celebrates its 125th Anniversary In StyleCarl Benz invented the first automobile 125 years ago -- and the company that bears his name is celebrating this anniversary. At the Classic Days vintage car and motorsports event, hosted at Schloss Dyck, Mercedes Benz showed off many of its iconic models.This included the original Benz car from 1886, with the inventor's great-granddaughter Jutta taking a seat behind the wheel. Also on show was Mercedes'legendary 300 SLR roadster, which made its debut at the Mille Miglia endurance race in 1955. Back then Hans Herrmann was at the wheel. He's now 83 years old, but drive it! coaxed the legendary race car driver to get back in the cockpit once again.
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An SUV with a fuel consumption of just six liters per 100 kilometers? Mercedes wants to make that possible with the third generation M-Class. We also compare the Citroën DS4 with the Alfa Romeo Guiletta. And the driverless car: how driving assistants are taking over.
present it! The Next Generation Mercedes M-Class
Mercedes is introducing the new generation of its M-class series. The automaker has traditionally been behind the curve when it comes to eco-friendly technology, but they want to change that now.The new M-class is expected to consume 25% less fuel than its predecessor and it will meet European emissions standards too. All the gas and diesel engines have been redesigned with seven-speed gearboxes - and they, too, consume less fuel, thanks to the start-stop function. The new M-class resembles both the CL luxury convertible and the E-Class, but all in all it's kept the traditional M-Class look. Drive It! takes the new car out for a spin. compare it!
Citroën DS4 and Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Italian and French carmakers have style down to a tee, from the cut and form to the fabrics and colors. But what about the technology?We compare the Citroën DS4 and the Alfa Romeo Giuletta. Both carmakers want their designs to be different and eye-catching, but we take a closer look at just how they drive, and how comfortable they are inside with our seat test.
inside it! Driving Assistance Systems
Just a few years back, driving assistant systems were only reserved for luxury cars. But now you can find the specialized programs in all sorts of new cars, in almost every segment and class.These systems can help you park, pass other cars on the road or even turn night vision into day. Drive it! tests three cars, from the compact, mid-sized and luxury segments. We also visit an engineer in the city of Aachen who shows us a car that drives itself. Are drivers even necessary anymore? We find out.
spot it! Best of British Logos
This time Drive it! takes a closer look at the logos of English automakers. Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar are synonymous with luxury, and their trademark logos are as well-known as the cars they adorn. But what's really behind Bentley's winged 'B'? Why did Jaguar choose the big cat as its symbol? And who is the mysterious woman that inspired Rolls Royce's iconic hood ornament the "Spirit of Ecstasy", also known as the "Flying Lady"?
vintage! The VW-Porsche 914
The moon landing was no doubt the most pioneering event of 1969. But what Volkswagen and Porsche came out with that year also looked to many sports car lovers like something out of this world.The VW-Porsche 914 polarized people -- and still does today. Some consider the car a rotten compromise, others a true maverick. Still the numbers speak for themselves -- some 120-thousand 914s were built, making it the first mid-engine car to rack up six-digit sales figures.
compare it! Rolls Royce Ghost vs. BMW 760 | drive it
Status symbols on wheels don't get much classier than a Rolls Royce Ghost or a BWM 760 li. drive it! decided to take a closer look at these masterpieces of modern automotive design.In visual terms the two are worlds apart. The BMW 760 li measures 5.21 meters and looks far more delicate than the even longer Rolls Royce Ghost. This is a question of sports versus style. The English gent is as majestic as a stately home. The BMW 760 li boasts supreme sportiness: with an exterior that fits like a tailor-made suit.
Большой тест-драйв (видеоверсия): BMW Z4
Машина, привлекающая взгляды и вызывающая безграничное уважение в новом выпуске «Большого тест-драйва». В российских условиях она абсолютно бесполезна большую часть года, но 3-4 месяца на ней можно поездить. Комфортно ли погружаться в машину, на что похож процесс раскладывания крыши, смог ли Стиллавин закрыть крышку багажника, в котором находился Вахидов, как умудрилась сломать палец одна из девушек и чем от неё пахло. В качестве постскриптума будни российского автомобилиста.
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drive it! presents practical vehicles for every day driving as well as racing machines that prove their stuff on Europe's racing and test tracks. present it!: the Ford Focus Station WagonFollowing the release of its Focus sedan, Ford is now adding a station wagon to the Focus range. It was designed in Cologne and built in Saarlouis in south-west Germany, making the car an all German effort.Thanks to a complete makeover, the new station wagon combines practicality and style, and Ford is hoping it'll prove a hit with both private buyers and fleet managers. The rear seats can fold down, extending the luggage space from 476 to 1,500 liters. compare it!: Porsche Cayman R - BMW M1Say the words"sports car made in Germany"and many people will think of Porsche. Its cars have always been the ones to beat on the race track but now there's a challenger vying for Porsche's crown.The BMW Series 1 M Coupe is set to take on Porsche's lightweight track missile, the Cayman R. Both cars have six-cylinder engines and nearly identical performance. The BMW has the engine in the front, the Porsche has it in the back, but both are rear-wheel drive. Can the BMW pull ahead of the Porsche? examine it!: Ergonomic Seats - back-friendly at a priceBack pain after long car trips is something many drivers are familiar with. The reason is simple - most car seats can only be moved forward and backward, without height adjustment. As a result they do not accommodate to different drivers'builds. New ergonomic seats overcome those difficulties.Equipped with high backs and adjustable headrests and seating surfaces, they can be varied in seat height and inclination. Both Mercedes and Opel offer ergonomic seats at an extra cost.test it!: Seat Alhambra Four-Wheel DriveSeat has extended its Alhambra range to include a permanent four-wheel drive model. The 2.0 TDI with six-gear manual transmission is also available in an all-wheel drive version. The family van is ideal for customers who want to drive safely under wintry road conditions.Despite its 103 kW the all-wheel drive model reportedly only uses six liters of diesel fuel per 100 kilometers. in Germany the suggested retail price for the Alhambra 4x4 starts at 32,000 euros. spot it!: Red Bull Hare ScrambleThe Red Bull Hare Scramble is a race that takes Enduro bikes and their riders to the limit. The event - the biggest, most extreme Enduro race in Europe - was held for the 17th time in Eisenerz, Austria. More than 1800 riders from 37 countries enter the qualifying trials that limit the actual race field to the top 500 riders.Steep banks and muddy hills demand all the skill the riders can muster. Despite unpredictable weather, as many as 35,000 fans show up to watch the challenge. drive it! has a look as well. vintage: Mercedes C111More than forty years ago, car lovers the world over watched as the Mercedes C 111 rounded the track. Presented in 1969 as a two-seater with a fiberglass body and Wankel engine under its hood, the C 111 created a real stir in the motor world. True to the Mercedes motto"only the best is good enough,"it was developed almost to the point of going into series production.The C111 was widely praised for its unusual design, but the 1973 oil crisis blocked it from getting onto the road. The Wankel engine was thirsty, not thrifty, so the car was sent out to the track instead. drive it! recalls a much-loved model that never made it into the showroom.
Neu 2011 : Audi Q3 2.0 TDI - Test Video ............................Oeni
Audi lässt den neuen Q3 los. Wer jetzt bestellt, soll sein Kompakt-SUV November 2011 ausgeliefert bekommen. Kann der Ingolstädter überzeugen?
Urban City SUV -- So eine umständliche Wortkreation kann sich eigentlich nur eine Marketing Abteilung ausdenken. In diesem Fall war es die von Audi und die wollen damit den neuen Q3 charakterisieren. Was bedeutet das? Zunächst mal ist es doppelt gemoppelt -- Urban und City ist eigentlich das gleiche -- Nämlich Stadt. Also heißt das neue kleine Q-Nesthäkchen Stadt-SUV. Aber was soll das? Ein SUV ist ein schickerer Geländewagen und warum muss der in die Stadt? Genau da liegt das Problem -- Mit den heutigen sogenannten SUV fährt sowieso kaum jemand ins Gelände -- Die meisten fahren eben in der Stadt und dafür sind die Offroad-Monster wiederum viel zu groß. Was liegt also näher, als dieses Segment zu schrumpfen und Autos zu bauen, die zumindest jeden Kantstein erklimmen. Audi hat sich im VW Konzern umgeguckt und den passenden Baukasten gefunden.
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