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Alfa Romeo Giulia boasts lightweight body and slick styling

Alfa Romeo has a long and storied history in the automotive world, but the Italian marque has suffered its fair share of difficulties over the years. Alfa's range was made up of just two small hatchbacks between 2008 and 2013, but exciting things are happening in Turin. The 4C supercar launched in 2013, and now the new Giulia has all the right ingredients to take on midsize sedans like the BMW 3 Series and Audi A4. Read More

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Volkswagen turns to the Miller Cycle for improved efficiency

Manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned in the quest to improve the efficiency of their internal combustion engines. Just this week, we've seen a fastidiously engineered diesel engine from Ford and a camless engine from Qoros. Now Volkswagen, no stranger to doing whatever it takes to lower consumption (figures), has joined the party by releasing a 1.5-liter Miller Cycle engine tasked with improving fuel consumption and increasing low-down torque. Read More

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BMW X1 xDrive 25i: The consummate all-rounder

Not even BMW, a brand built around the slogan "ultimate driving machine," has been able to avoid the pull of front-wheel drive. It started with a minivan – the Series 2 Active Tourer – but the space-saving tech has quickly spread across to BMW's smallest SUV. So, is the X1 worth the sticker price and can a roomy family SUV really be built on the skinny carcass of the Mini Cooper? After spending a week in the xDrive25i, we have some answers.Read More

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Audi TT RS packs five-cylinders of supercar-rivaling fury

In a world dominated by downsized, four-cylinder engines, Audi has staunchly stood by its five-cylinder turbo. The new TT RS joins the RS3 in offering the unique motor, but ramps up the power and torque for a supercar-rivaling sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) of 3.9 seconds for the RS Convertible, or 3.7 seconds for the Coupe, which makes it just 0.1 seconds slower to 100 km/h than the Lamborghini-derived R8 V10 Spyder.Read More

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