Drive it!: The Motor Magazine

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Drive it!: The Motor Magazine
This edition of Drive it! brings you all the latest news from the North American International Auto Show. But as well as sneaking a peak at future concepts in Detroit, we also take a nostalgic trip back in time and attempt to answer a much-debated question: do you drive faster but at greater cost or take a more laid-back and less risky driving style while at the same doing the environment a favor?Present it! North American International Auto Show in DetroitThe North American International Auto Show is traditionally the first major car fair of the year.Visitors from all corners of the world flock to Detroit to check out the latest models and trends set to take off in the coming year. 2013 promises its fair share of world premieres and new ideas. It's not just about American manufacturers showcasing on home ground, though; major German carmakers are also keen to impress. Mercedes, Audi, Volkswagen and Porsche are all represented at the show. Drive It! takes a look around. Examine it! Speed Limits - Which Pace Makes Sense?Two drivers, two cars, and one mission: a trip covering Germany north to south.Two drivers take on Germany's longest autobahn. Driving instructor Dirk Loitz will be driving flat out wherever he can. Ralph Müller is likewise a driving instructor but also a fuel economy trainer. He sticks to the advisory (i.e. voluntary) speed limit of 130 km/h, but reckons he won't forfeit much time. 210 km/h v. 130 km/h. Theoretically, that could put over three hours between the drivers over this distance. But what's the result in practice? What is the impact in terms of fuel consumption? And is it really true that speed limits enhance safety? Drive It! delivers the answers.Test it! The Hyundai i20Eager to keep up in the highly competitive small car segment, Hyundai has given its i20 a revamp. In addition to some sharper styling, the i20 now has a new, more efficient diesel engine under the hood. The unit was designed and developed at Hyundai's development center at Rüsselheim, in Germany. The 1.1-liter three-cylinder engine delivers 55 kilowatts, and consumes 3.2 liters of gas over 100 kilometers; in everyday driving conditions, however, that figure can quickly rise to 4.5 liters. The little Hyundai scores points with its functional steering wheel, and its automatic headlights and wipers. Just a couple of years ago, features like those would have been unthinkable in a car in this segment. Vintage! A BMW Stretch LimousineThere are some people who just can't bear to part with anything. Guilty as charged, says Bernhard Kremann, who created a stretch BMW limo all of 20 years ago.To cut a long story short, the backyard tinkerer took two damaged BMW 7 series, stretched them, and then joined them together. The one-of-a-kind creation sports six doors - but creating the middle two was a bit of a challenge, to say the least. Just like the rest of the car, the middle doors are likewise made out of two halves joined together. The blood, sweat and tears were all worth it. Bernhard and his friends from the skittles club feel like kings when they hit the road in the 5.8 meter long limo.
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