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When big businessmen want to impress (or perhaps intimidate) their counterparts, they drive to meetings in a supersized multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
The NX is not a smaller version of Lexus' popular RX sport-utility vehicle. Neither is it a classier version of the Toyota Harrier, with which it shares a platform.
The A3 Sportback e-tron is Audi's first plug-in hybrid. This means that the car is happy to move around on battery power alone. But its engine will come to the rescue when the batteries start running low.
It is probably pointless now to say how irrelevant and wasteful SUVs are. The world just cannot seem to get enough of them, high pump prices be damned.
BMW's new M4 Coupe is fast. So fast, in fact, that it has reached our shores barely a month after an international test-drive programme in Portugal.
BMW has a knack for making cars which display driving characteristics that are, well, BMW-ish.
Driving a Lexus is always a pleasure, even if the car is not an entirely new model but one with a minor facelift.
Problems faced by car owners in the first years of a vehicle's life have risen for the first time in 16 years, driven by problematic engines and transmissions, research company JD Power says.
Three-cylinder engines used to be the preserve of budget cars. They were light, economical and inexpensive. But most also tended to be tinny, wheezy and buzzy.

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