Mercedes E-class – all class

mercedes-e-class.jpgThe florid Yank leaned forward to emphasise his point, no mean feat given his girth.  BMWs are fur the fellah whose makin’ his money. Mercedes, on t’other hand, are fur the fellah whose made his money,” he leered.  This good ol’ – and no doubt oil-rich – boy was how a certain Merc buyer was described (well, more or less) by a marketing bloke when I asked him to define the marque’s demographic. Continue reading Mercedes E-class – all class

First test of BMW X3 SUV

bmw-x3-suv-1.jpgTheoretically, you could launch just about any motorised vehicle in Germany – a Korean sports car, a Yank tank, a hulky bulky SUV, you name it – and it would end up feeling fabulous.  The joy of driving the country’s speed-limitless freeways and its smoothly surfaced and spectacularly twisty back roads is such that it rubs off a feeling of wellbeing onto whatever you happen to be piloting. Continue reading First test of BMW X3 SUV

Ford Transit gets 4WD

transitawd04.jpgThe Ford Transit has for decades been the standard working horse of Europe and much of the rest of the world – the F-150 for our friends across the pond. The versatile work-a-day hauler was recently named Van of the Year by a pan-European panel of automotive journalists. (Why didn’t they ask us? Just ’cause we can’t find “Yurp” on a map doesn’t mean we don’t have an opinion!) Continue reading Ford Transit gets 4WD

VW says sales this year up 11 per cent

volkswagen-logo.jpgVolkswagen AG, Europe’s biggest automaker, said Wednesday that sales for all its brands rose 11 per cent through the end of August compared to last year, but warned that its German plants were barely profitable.  Horst Neumann, the management board member who oversees human resources, told a meeting of nearly 15,000 VW workers in Wolfsburg that the company had sold 3.75 million vehicles in the first eight months of the year, Continue reading VW says sales this year up 11 per cent

2007 Lexus LS 460

2007lexusgs.jpgIt is difficult for a company to establish itself as a manufacturer of luxury cars of the highest class and quality. That was the aim of Lexus when, 17 years ago, as a division of Toyota Motor Corporation, the LS 400 was launched in America and Europe. Americans are generally more pragmatic and less traditional than Europeans, and they soon recognized the LS 400 as a car offering superior quality at a lower price than its most prestigious competitors from either continent. Continue reading 2007 Lexus LS 460

First Mercedes Benz CL600 Coupe Video Review

mersed.jpgI believe this is the first video review of the all new 2007 Mercedes CL. The review was shown on the German TV channel VOX and is obviously in German. I would love to translate the video for you, but that would be very hard and time consuming, so if you are unable to understand the video and what the guy is saying, then just enjoy the video and the beautiful CL. Continue reading First Mercedes Benz CL600 Coupe Video Review

Audi R8 in detail

030__scaled_600_002.jpgAs the autumn air grows more crisp, the tension around the launch of Audi�s Project AU714, also known as �R8�, is building to a virtual crescendo. The car�s debut is now only a matter of days, rather than weeks, away. Though more and more development mules continue to appear, two just last week in Arizona alone and spotted multiple times, Continue reading Audi R8 in detail