Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
VW presents the most fuel-efficient mass- produced natural-gas-powered car in the world. Plus: our car tester finds nothing to complain about in the new BMW 3 Series Touring wagon. And a question of trust: how far can you drive a car on an "empty” tank?Present it! The VW Up! Eco DriveThe Volkswagen Eco Up! is currently more fuel-efficient than any other car powered by natural gas in the world. According to the manufacturer, the new thrifty city dasher burns only 2.9 kilograms of natural gas per 100 kilometers, and its engine produces 50 kilowatts of power.That's the equivalent of a car whose gasoline consumption is 4.4 liters per 100 kilometers. The Eco Up! costs about 2,500 euros more than a comparable gasoline car, but the low price of natural gas means it amortizes after about 40,000 kilometers. Test it! The BMW 3 Series TouringThe 3 Series is BMW’s best-selling car. We check out the new 328i Touring wagon with 180 kW of power. But unlike previous models, that doesn’t mean an inline six engine with a 2-8-liter displacement. The new version is powered by a downsized power plant: now a turbo four-cylinder with a capacity of just two liters.Examine it! Fuel range indicators - how much is left in reserve?When the fuel gauge reaches reserve, driver get nervous. Almost no one carries along an emergency gasoline can anymore. Can you rely on modern digital range indicators? Will you make it to the next filling station? Or is there a bit of fuel left over even after the display shows zero kilometers?Taste it! The Opel MokkaEver enjoyed a mocca by the sea? Drive It! takes you along on an alternative scenario, putting the new Opel Mokka through its paces down the beach in Sankt Peter-Ording. The model we test is the 103 kW gasoline-powered model. Safety features such as collision alert and traffic sign recognition are available as optional extras.Vintage! The Lloyd ArabellaThe Lloyd Motor Works in Bremen rolled out the little economical Arabella from 1959 to 1963. But with its constant faults, it quickly acquired a reputation as a lemon. Water collecting regularly in the trunk even earned it the nickname "Aquabella". Lloyd fan Jürgen Henrichs is ready to sell his. But he's got plans to replace it with a new, ultra-modern Arabella of his own design.
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