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  • 2009 VW Passat wagon test car w/Bosch-Mahle turbocharged 1.2-liter, 3-cyl engine, from WardsAuto.com

    Think turbocharger and you may think high performance, but the latest generation of cars are using turbochargers in order to maintain performance whilst engine capacity decreases in the push for improved fuel economy. Volkswagen is no stranger to forced induction, having used turbochargers on diesel vehicles for many years and on gasoline vehicles more recently in the last few generations of Golf and Passat. Those cars have mostly used 2.0 liter engines though - a capacity that dwarfs engineering firm Bosch's latest 1.2 liter, 3-cylinder Passat. Along with partner Mahle, the Bosche Mahle...

  • Hartge BMW X6 styling pack
    Hartge adds more aggression to BMW’s X6 with new styling pack

    There’s no shortage of tuners offering upgrades for the new BMW X6, and to add to this specialist BMW tuner Hartge has just unveiled its new aerodynamic kit for the sporty crossover. For those of you that have seen pictures of the high-performance X6 M and felt underwhelmed by the...

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    German governor says Magna is best choice for Opel

    The contents of the bids for purchase of Opel submitted by Fiat, Magna and Ripplewood Holdings on Wednesday - and BAIC on Thursday - haven't yet been disclosed, but today the governor of the German state where Opel is headquartered said he thinks Magna's plan is the best for Opel. Though Hesse...

  • Hamann 2009 BMW 7-series
    Hamann adds BMW 7-series to arsenal

    German tuner Hamann usually specializes in tuning exotic sports cars but occasionally the firm lends its expertise to more sedate segments in the car world. Now, Hamann has announced a tuning package for a car that fits into the latter, the 2009 BMW 7-series luxury saloon. Hamann has been working...

  • 2009 Opel Insignia
    Merkel reluctant to help Opel, but dealers rallying to buy stake

    General Motors, like a lot of other carmakers, is having a tough time lately - some might say tougher than most. Opel, GM's German subsidiary, and Vauxhall, Opel's UK-based doppelganger, are taking it on the chin as well. Today German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the government would be...

  • caractere design program facelifted audi a3 004
    Caractere modified Audi A3 balances taste with tuning

    Unlike many of their competitors, the Belgians at Caractere don't do the European version of tacky, flashy tuner cars. Instead, they focus on adding minor enhancements that give the owner a unique look without clamoring for attention. The design program for the Audi A3 offers a range of front and...

  • 2009 Audi A4

    Though overall sales figures have slumped through the end of 2008 and start of 2009, there are occasional bright patches of news as carmakers grab market share from long-time competitors or reach individual sales records. Audi has done just that, beating BMW's 3-series and Mercedes-Benz's C-Class in its home market for the year. The rivalry between Audi and its German colleagues is deep, and though the brand doesn't sell as well in the U.S. in relation to BMW and Mercedes, its success in its home market serves to prove how fierce the competition is. Audi sold 98,714 A4s in Germany in 2008...

  • Lorinser Mercedes SL-Class
    Mercedes-Benz SL-Class tuned by Lorinser

    The Mercedes-Benz SL-Class is without doubt one of the most handsome cars on the market but with a few subtle mods the svelte roadster can be made much more appealing. The latest styling kit from German tuner Lorinser proves this proposition, with little more than a complete bodykit for the...

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