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Lost in space Roomier, better equipped and more handsome, but hardly a driver’s car
Microscopic mirrors in Audi’s new headlights create a better beam while being more sensitive to other traffic.
2021 Audi A8 Plug-in Hybrid the ultimate City car. If your job is making money in the Square Mile, this is how you get there.
Well, that year has gone very fast, as it only seems like yesterday that I was taking delivery of my bright blue Focus. I’m really going to miss it when it goes.
The key to maximising profits is platform sharing, and Mercedes- Benz certainly looks like it has this licked, judging by the number of models that sits on the MFA2 platform. It stands for Modular Front-wheel-drive Architecture 2 and underpins every small car that the company makes, and some that aren’t so little. First there was the A-Class hatchback, then the saloon iteration, and this was followed up by the B-Class MPV. Next came the CLA-Class four-door Coupé, then the Shooting Brake and after that it was time for the SUVs to come to the fore, with the GLB-Class midway through last year, and just before Christmas last year, the GLA-Class made its debut. Once you take into account the long-wheelbase A-Class saloon that is China only, it makes eight different silhouettes, all built on the same chassis. I’d say that the bean counters at Mercedes-Benz can pat themselves on the back and have really put the MFA2 underpinnings to good use.
Lancia’s road warrior – a rare track test of the only D23 left from the Carrera Panamericana assault. This D23 is the last-remaining reminder of Lancia’s first entry into the international elite of sports car racing. Words by Ton Roks. Photography by Frits Van Eldik.
The Soviet-designed ZIS 110 was definitely not a Packard, according to John Bath and Hakan Sjoholm, who explain why... Words: John Bath and Hakan Sjoholm. Photography: Peter Haventon Images: John Bath and Hakan Sjoholm Collections.
Three extravagantly overstuffed SUVs stray out of their comfort zones. Which prevails in this superpower summit?