The Skoda Rapid is the first model in a series line-up that embodies Skoda's new design. Sharp lines as well as large spaces dominate the car's appearance. In Germany, the Rapid begins at a price of 13,990 Euros. More cars: http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-07/e-16314895-9798
The new Mercedes E class T-model in the AMG version is powered by a 5.5-liter turbo engine with a 386-kilowatt performance. It packs quite a punch, needing just 4.4 seconds to make the sprint from from zero to hundred.More Cars: http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-07/e-16314895-9798
A small car with a lot of sound - that's the Empi imp Buggy. It was the sound of the 1960s, synonymous with hedonism, fun and freedom. The Empi company built the buggy series in 1960s in California. It was modeled on the Volkswagen Beetle.More cars: http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-07/e-16314895-9798
Drive it! presents new and old players on the compact car market as well as a family car with plenty of muscle under the hood. Read more: http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-07/e-16314895-9798
The Focus Electric is Ford's first all-electric car. The automaker says it can go up to 160 kilometers on a single charge, and that its battery can be recharged in just 3 to 4 hours using high-voltage current. The Focus Electric is to be the first of an entire fleet of electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models that Ford has planned. For more go to http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-14/e-16332210-9798
Audi RS models are all the top performers in their respective segments. The RS 4 Avant was launched 12 years ago. Now Audi presents the third generation of the executive sports station wagon. Its 4.2-liter V8 engine generates 331 kW and powers the car to to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds. Top speed is 250 km/h. For more go to http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-14/e-16332210-9798
Sea to Sky is one of the world's craziest enduro races. This motocross event includes three stages, on the beach, through the forest and up a mountain. The competition is held in Kemer, Turkey. For more go to http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-14/e-16332210-9798
The car bears the VW logo but this 1954 convertible is no run-of-the-mill Volkswagen. Built on a VW chassis by the Beutler brothers in Switzerland, its elegant, light alloy body is a fine example of prestige craftsmanship. For more go to http://www.dw.de/drive-it-the-motor-magazine-2012-11-14/e-16332210-9798
Porsche has launched a new 911 with four wheel drive. It offers more safety and more motoring fun. Via a central display, the driver can see how power is distributed between the wheels. The new model has a wider rear end and an elegant illuminated crossbar element between the two taillights. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798
Setra has been in the bus manufacturing business for more than 60 years. Originally part of an independent company, it is now part of the Daimler group. The engines of the company's latest model already meet the Euro 6 emission standards due to go into force in 2014. And the new ComfortClass is the only coach of its class to have all the available safety technology. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798
What could be better than driving a Bentley through the Italian countryside? Test driver Christoph Bauer enjoys the dolce vita in fine English style in a Bentley T2, surrounded by polished wood interiors and the smell of real leather.The first and second T-series were built at the same time as the Rolls Royce Silver Shadow 1 between 1965 and 1980--and share practically the same design. The T2 version of the hand assembled. V8-motor has a cubic capacity of 6.8 liters and 223 horsepower. Read more: http://www.dw.de/program/drive-it/s-9690-9798
With just under 35,000 units sold between January and September of 2011, the VW Tiguan was the most popular SUV in Germany. The facelift performed in Wolfsburg this year gave it an even more quintessential Volkswagen look: unspectacular perhaps, but certainly popular.During the same period, rival Hyundai sold around 9,000 of its ix35s. It was launched at the beginning of 2011 as a successor to the Tucson, and has a much more European look than its predecessor. We took the two rivals out to see how they matched up.
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. The Bavarians are starting with the sedan model which has grown in its dimensions. The wider carriage is especially noticeable on the road. The flatter layout is reinforced with the new BMW grill and an overall sportier appearance. drive it! takes the new BMW for a spin on a racetrack.
"Mobility can change the world" is the motto of the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show. Asia and above all China have now become one of the most important markets - if not the most important market - for high-end German carmakers like Audi, BMW and Mercedes. Tokyo is also crucial for the Germans because Japan is home to their biggest rivals in the mass-selling small and mid-range segments. The event sees a strong emphasis on new technologies in the fields of environmental protection, safety and energy. In total the show presents 26 world premieres, and drive it! brings you all the highlights and latest trends.
In this edition of Drive It! We look at the souped-up John Cooper Works Coupe of the Mini; a battle of efficiency between electric and diesel Smarts; and the new Mercedes B-Class tries to combine the stylish with the solid. present it!
The Mini family welcomes a rather flash new addition: the John Cooper Works Coupé. The design is extravagant, featuring a low and sporty profile and a chunky rear.The two-seater also boasts an active rear spoiler that automatically rises at speeds in excess of 80 km/h in order to increase the pressure on the rear axle. There are four engines available for selection. We treated ourselves to the most dynamic one, delivering 155 kilowatts of power.
There's been a lot buzz around the VW up! Now it's time to see if Volkswagen's smallest offering lives up to the hype. We pit the VW up! against the Ford Ka Titanium and the Peugeot 107 Filou. Which one has the"wow"factor? Which is more fun to drive? drive it! puts all three to the test
If you like your Audis on the sporty side, just swap the A for an S.That mantra holds true for Audi's flagship sedan, the A8. The new S8 packs a V8 motor but uses just 10.2 liters of fuel per 100km. Audi delivers that economy with its"Cylinder on Demand"technology. Before the S8’s launch this summer, we push Audi's luxury sportster to its limit.
The Beautiful Winner of Many Design AwardsThe DS4 is the second model in Citroën's new DS series, a throwback to the French automaker’s legendary cars of the 1950s. As well as its stunning exterior, the five-door coupé delivers great driving performance, making the DS4 a real challenger to VW's Golf GTI. drive it! took the Citroën out for a spin and discovered it has many weird and wonderful features, like massaging front seats!