Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
Up, Up and electro - VW sparks up its cute compact. | Coupé or station wagon? |Mercedes mixes up its body types with the CLS Shooting brake. | Romaniacs - the world's toughest motorcycle enduro rallPresent it: VW E-Up!The power center of VW's new high-tech subcompact the E-Up is a small but spunky 60 kW / 82 hp electric motor. The lithium-ion battery is stowed on the floor between the axles. This architecture leaves the cargo space with sufficient room for luggage. And the forecast 160 kilometer range will definitely suffice for most commuters.Examine it: No chance for used car shopping - How dealers snap up all the bargainsCar shopping online is practical. Numerous used-car websites offer convenient search functions and put shoppers in direct contact with sellers. That's the theory. In practice, wily dealers snap up the best bargains immediately using special software. But private individuals also have options.Test it: Mercedes CLS Shooting BrakeMercedes has moved on with the second generation of the CLS luxury four-door coupé, and introduced a station wagon version: the Shooting Brake. It's kept the four doors, and added plenty of cargo space under a big back hatch. Drive It! tested the CLS 350 CDI.Admire it: 2013 Romaniacs Enduro RallyThe Romaniacs extreme enduro rally is a truly punishing event for participants. Over four days the field of amateurs and professionals cover some 600 off-road kilometers through the wild terrain of the Romanian Carpathian Mountains. It means insane inclines, rushing rivers and seemingly impassable rock formations. An extreme challenge for both man and machine.Vintage: Schloss Bensberg ClassicsSchloss Bensberg provides a suitably stately setting for the annual vintage car meet that bears its name. This was the fifth time the event brought together modern and old-school classics. But the annual extravaganza is more than just a meet-and-greet affair. As every year it included a vintage rally taking drivers through the rolling hills of the charming Bergisches Land region near Cologne.
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