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Behind the Scenes at Land Rover’s Development Center

posted by on 2 July 2012 in Tech

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It’s not every day that we’re invited into the secret confines of a manufacturer’s development center, but Land Rover offered us a behind-the-curtain look at how the company’s trucks earn their reputation. From the prototype labs to the proving track, and even a stint on the hallowed off-road grounds at EAstnor, we spent a day on the inside. More…

Prepare to Love Four-Cylinder BMWs Again – Inside the New N20 Engine

posted by on 9 May 2011 in Tech

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It’s been a long time since BMW sold Americans a four-cylinder car. But we suspect that’s all about to change with the introduction of the N20 two-liter. We take a look inside this incredible new engine. More…

The Future Lives Underneath Audi’s Unassuming A5 “Beast”

posted by on 17 March 2011 in Tech

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Don’t be fooled by this fairly normal looking Audi A5; it’s keeping secrets. Underneath its modest skin awaits the future of automotive performance. More…

How to Pull Off the Scandinavian Flick

posted by on 12 January 2011 in Tech

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Born of necessity on the snow-packed back roads of Norway and Sweden, the Scandinavian Flick abandons the traditional dry-pavement racing line for one that looks at first like a colossal error in judgment. Check out how to master the technique that turns the gas pedal into a second steering wheel. More…

Prepare to Drive the Autobahn

posted by on 19 July 2010 in Tech

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American tourists are often intimidated by the prospect of driving the Autobahn for the first time. To avoid turning a joy ride into certain disaster, we’ve compiled some advice based on numerous trips that have taken us from scared shitless to confident and capable. More…

Selfless Safety- Volvo Pedestrian Detection With Auto Braking

posted by on 31 March 2010 in Tech

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When the new Volvo S60 arrives this year, it will feature an all-new safety system, one that could save the lives of people not even in the car. We look at the technology behind the car that stops for pedestrians. More…

Volvo’s Electric C30 Batteries

posted by on 2 February 2010 in Tech

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Our man Stu takes a drive to Indianapolis to see how an American company is helping Volvo establish a future in the electric vehicle market. More…

BMW’s New Single-Turbo Six

posted by on 13 January 2010 in Tech

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Just as we were getting used to BMW’s incredible N54 twin-turbo six, the company drops a new one on us. You may as well get familiar with the new N55, because it’s going to be just as prolific as its predecessor. More…

AC/DC Rocks! A Look at Porsche Cayenne S and BMW X6 Hybrids

posted by on 3 November 2009 in Tech

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What would Max Hoffman think? That’s what we keep asking ourselves as we look at the way in which BMW and Porsche apply hybrid technology to their fast SUVs. We’re pretty sure the wise businessman would at least applaud the brilliant marketing effort. More…