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Is your Club out this weekend?

If you are out and about this weekend with your club, why not tell us what you are doing. My local club here in England, South West Saab, are attending a big classic show organised by Footman James. The Bristol Classic Car Show takes place at the Bath and West showground just outside Shepton Mallet [...]

Volkswagen: Engineers of Emotion

Design that makes you feel cool. Performance that makes you feel energized. Forward-Thinking Technology. That's the Power of German Engineering.
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Acoustic Innovation: e-sound by Audi

Audi's future e-tron models will cover long distances powered by practically silent electric motors. To ensure that pedestrians in urban settings will hear them, the brand has developed a synthetic solution: Audi e-sound.Sound is an especially exciting aspect of a vehicle. Although it can be described in physical terms, there is no substitute for experiencing it firsthand. A car's sound is emotional, not intellectual. Although we consciously register a car's sounds only occasionally while on the road, they are always there -- playing a crucial role in the driving experience. Sounds send signals. Low-range frequencies suggest power and composure, while mid-range frequencies emit sportiness and agility.In a series-production Audi, a combustion engine currently supplies the music. Conversely, the motor in an electric-powered e-tron is not an option, as it is too quiet and its high frequencies are not exactly melodious. Audi's e-tron models will therefore feature a synthetic sound signature. Rudolf Halbmeir teamed up with his colleagues Axel Brombach and Dr. Lars Hinrichsen to create it.The e-sound by Audi may be artificial, but it is authentic. In fact, the e-tron itself generates its sound by the millisecond. Dr. Lars Hinrichsen, the expert for hardware and software, explains: "Data relating to the electric motor's rotational speed, vehicle speed, loads, and other parameters is continuously supplied by the vehicle to the control unit. It then uses this data to generate sound."
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Video showing parts of the Volvo Ocean Race village in Itajai, Brazil.
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BMW M5. Test-drive teaser.

This is just a short BMW M5 teaser to make you smile for this weekend.We took these shots on an airport near the Nürburgring, Germany.
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To find out which German turbocharged 4-cylinder sports sedan sits at the top in their segment, U.S. magazine Road and Track tests the BMW 328i against the Mercedes-Benz C250 Sport. With the new generation F30 328i, BMW moved away from â?¦ Continue reading

Another Satisfied Customer

Richard was a capable and professional salesman. He's the type of guy who you'd want to know in private life, such as if he were a neighbor. The night I met him to buy my 2008 Jetta, he had about 100 irons in the fire, but I always felt like my purchase was very important to him. He even drove to a nearby convenient store for soft drinks because my finance meeting was running a bit late and the dealership was closing. I can't say enough about Richard and I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a used car or a new car sold by M.A.G.

2012 Volvo XC60 R-Design

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Swedish Model Goes To The Polestar Gym, Comes Back Stronger

2012 Volvo XC60 R-Design front 3/4 view

BMW has its M Division. Mercedes-Benz has AMG and Audi has a range of S- and RS-badged models. Volvo has... well, what does Volvo have, anyway? Yes, we're all familiar with the brand's sterling reputation for safety, and in recent times, for attractive Swedish design. Not long ago, with the introduction of the latest S60 sedan, Volvo even took a stab at injecting some so-called naughtiness into its machinery. And while all those adjectives are welcome, Volvo's reputation in the United States has never really included performance, despite some credible offerings like the 240 Turbo, 850R and S60R.

Interestingly enough, that's not necessarily the case in its home market of Sweden, where Volvo has been racing and winning in competition for years, oftentimes with the assistance of a tuning company known as Polestar. Since 1996, Volvo has been working with Polestar in an official capacity, and for 2012, the automaker is introducing its United States customers to a slew of Polestar-infused models.

Volvo's entire range of five- and six-cylinder models have been bolstered with performance updates from Polestar, and for the purposes of this article, we'll be taking a closer look at the XC60 crossover. As it turns out, this Swedish 'ute offers up plenty of reasons for consideration, even in the face of stiff opposition from Volvo's formidable competition in the entry-level luxury segment.

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