Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
All change - learning tips and tricks for replacing your motor oil. Striking a new Note - Nissans European-made hatchback. Blast from the past - the Fiat Dino Spider. Plus: all the news from the Geneva Motor Show.Examine it! The 2014 Geneva Motor ShowGeneva is traditionally the first stop of the year on the European motor show tour. It was first held in 1905 - at the time also featuring bicycles. These days the annual event boasts 700 exhibitors showcasing their products to 700,000 visitors, making it one of the most important shows on the planet.Drive it! shows you the world premieres and concept cars, plus the latest developments on the alternative drive front.Test it! Nissan NoteNissan says it engineered the second generation of its Note in Europe for Europe, packaging lots of technical goodies inside a sporty compact hatchback design to deliver carefree city driving.For a few euros more, buyers get technology normally reserved for the higher-priced classes, such as the All-Round Monitor consisting of four cameras: one in front, one behind and two on the sides. It comes with blind-spot and lane-departure warning systems plus another assist that spots moving objects when driving in reverse. Together they make up Nissan's very own 360 Safety Shield. Taste it! Skoda Rapid SpacebackHot on the heels of the Skoda Rapid notchback is the new Spaceback. Dont be fooled by the name, however - there's actually less room than in the sedan.Typically for Skoda, it features a very sober interior design, and while the Czech car doesn't look out of place parked alongside sporty European marques, it's certainly more affordable. With a starting price in Germany of 14,990 it aims to tempt drivers who want a little pizzazz along with their luggage space.Inside it! Change the Oil Yourself and SaveNormally a car's engine should run like ... a well-oiled machine. But if a car-owner neglects to change the oil on time, it can damage the engine beyond repair; and a new engine can be costly. By the time the oil pressure warning light glows red out on the road somewhere, it's generally too late.Drivers therefore have to remember to change their oil regularly. Many have the shop do it - but in fact it's easy enough for anyone to take care of at home. Master mechanic Alexandra Feders walks us through the process and explains what to watch out for. Vintage: Fiat Dino SpiderIt's a Fiat with the heart of a Ferrari - the Fiat Dino Spider. Many think it's the most beautiful car Fiat ever built. In the mid-1960's, Enzo Ferrari built a new Formula 2 car - with an engine to match. But the rules at the time required that each Formula 2 engine come from series production of at least 500 units.Thus the idea was born to put the new Ferrari engine in a Fiat to meet this requirement. Only 525 units of the Fiat Dino Spider were built - making it a sought-after collector's item today.

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