We drove the 230 HP Skoda Octavia Combi RS: the delight of sportiness

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We vividly remember the roaring sound of the Skoda 130 RS coupés in the legendary Boucles de Spa, now decades ago. These works rally cars showed dramatically the craftmanship of these men in Mlada Boleslav. In 1986 the Skoda 130 almost won the legendary event in the Belgian ardennes, and this on Czech winter tires.

In the presently held Legend Boucles de Spa our rally master Freddy Loix is nowadays to be seen behind the wheel of the historic Skoda Group B 130…

And this sporting tradition continues in today’s production cars. Because the Skoda men fully know the secrets of designing and building a thoroughbred sporting car, with excellent handling and exhilarating performance.

The 230 HP Octavia Combi RS , being now the fastest production Skoda Octavia ever produced, showed this all the way again in our test. Just read on…

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Nissan sees the future electric car becoming your personal (home) powerhouse

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The “smart” home power station according to Nissan: the Nissan Leaf is charged through solar energy generated on the roof of your house, gives its power to the home battery storage unit, and is also smartly connected to the national power grid…

The future will be bold, according to Nissan. Cars will not only connect for safe (self)driving or to keep you socially informed and entertained, they will also connect to your home power grid, take in energy when it is cheap and you don’t need it, and give it back when you ask for it.

Connected via your home to the national and European power grids, it functions as an energy provider, ironing out the peaks of demand for these power grid systems, which is very welcome indeed to avoid power disruption(s) and shortages. In this way it also alleviates the need for (very) large investments by the energy network companies to cope with the power demand surges…

We attended a very interesting conference in London, where Nissan steps into this energy “sharing” future, together with very promising and strong partners like energy providers Enel and the UK National Grid, who see also the advantages of this concept.

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The new Alfa Romeo Giulia is from June for sale in Belgium…

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This is what Belgian Alfa Romeo enthusiasts have been waiting for: orders can now be taken from June onwards at Belgian dealerships for the new Giulia. It is available in three versions, Giulia, Super and Quadrifoglio. Not less than five new engines are offered, notably the 2,2 litre diesel with either 136, 150 or 180 HP. One can choose between a six speed manual or the well proven 8 speed automatic from the group.

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We drove the Renault Talisman Initiale Paris Energy TCe 200 HP EDC: enjoying the panache and performance of a noble French grand tourer…

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The Talisman has already impressed us with its excellent comfort, style and handling. The frugality of its 130 HP Diesel engine was nothing short of astonishing. Of course we wanted to know more. Given its state of the art suspension and chassis, this Talisman would be even more exhilarating to drive with more power, coupled to Renault’s latest 7 speed dual clutch automatic transmission. The dynamic Renault PR team provided us with a magnificent top of the range “Initiale Paris” version, a Talisman which offers all the luxury and panache of a noble French automobile. It proved indeed to be an exquisite experience, just read further…

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C4 Picasso gets facelift with new front-end, new petrol engine and even more ease of use…

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Thomas Brémond @ Dream On Productions

The second-generation Citroën C4 Picasso launched in 2013 has proved successful, appealing to over 300,000 customers with their remarkable design and comfort.

The New generation C4 Picasso is coming in summer 2016, boasting a new front end, a two-tone roof and more customisation possibilities, including a choice of four distinct interior design schemes.

And to ensure that travelling in the New C4 Picasso remains a unique Citroën experience, it features new intuitive and useful technologies such as the Hands-Free Tailgate, a new connectivity offering with CITROËN Connect Nav and a new engine, the PureTech 130 S&S EAT6.

Thomas Brémond @ Dream On Productions
Thomas Brémond @ Dream On Productions

We will be keen to lay our hands, later in the year, on this significant Citroën, which is in our eyes indeed one of the most comfortable mid-size people carriers around…

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A SUV as strong and big as a bear: the new Skoda Kodiaq

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What’s in a name, you would say. Well, for the clever people of Skoda, it is quite important, and fittingly so.

ŠKODA’s new large SUV is to be called Kodiaq. The name refers to the Kodiak bear that lives on the homonymous island off the southern coast of Alaska; its spelling is derived from the language of the indigenous people – the Alutiiq.

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We drove the Audi A4 Avant Sport 2.0 TFSI 252 HP S Tronic Quattro: the delight of experiencing sportiness to perfection…

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Don’t we wish it all: a perfectly engineered and elegant car with silky smooth yet massive power, a delightfully fast and alert gearbox, steering with precision, hugging you behind the wheel like a thoroughbred Gran Turismo. A car where every meter you drive it is an automotive adventure of the highest order.

Well, such a car is this A4 Avant, engineered to perfection by the Audi men and women. A car, where we (almost) run out of superlatives to describe for you the unique experience of driving it.

Just read on…

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We drove the Dacia Sandero Anniversary 2 TCe 90 HP Easy-R: technology and comfort for all…

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A Dacia never fails to please and surprise us. So cleverly made with existing, well honed Renault technology and “savoir faire”, they are built to offer you very nice transport at a very attractive cost.

When we heard that the latest Sandero is not only offered with the new generation Renault TCe 3 cylinder 90 HP petrol engine, but also with the recent Renault “Easy-R” automatic transmission, we were very keen to test it for you. Just read and look further…

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