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Road Test: 2012 Mercedes-Benz GLK 220 CDI 4Matic

It is strange how small changes in exterior can have a big impact on the car’s appearance. The updated Mercedes-Benz GLK looks all-new, although basically only things that have changed are the lights. Both the headlights and rear lights have been restyled. Beneath the new headlamps are the LED daytime driving lights, which are standard in the GLK. At the rear, GLK has new rear lights and a new underguard, which is optionally available in chrome. The chrome-plated tailpipes integrated to the rear apron are a standard feature. In addition, the roof rails have a new design and there are also new wheel designs in sizes 17, 18 and 19 inches available for the updated GLK.

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Road Test: 2012 Volkswagen Passat Alltrack 2.0 TDI 4Motion

The new Volkswagen Passat Alltrack offers features of an SUV in the form of a conventional Passat Estate. From the outside, the new Passat Alltrack looks very similar to the Passat Estate, except being 30mm higher off course. In addition, the Alltrack can be recognized from the 17-inch alloy wheels, new bumber styling, flared side sills, silver roof rails and front and rear underbody guards. The window surrounds, door mirror housings and radiator grille have matt chrome finish. Naturally there are also Alltrack signatures at the front and rear of the car.

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Classic Race Cars

Ford GT40 (1964-1969)

In the 1960s Henry Ford II wanted to bring the Ford Motor Company back to the racing circuits. One of the main goals was to win the 24h Le Mans. The endurance race, that Ferrari was dominating at the time. To compete seriously at Le Mans, Ford needed a 200-mph mid-engined car that could maintain a 120-mph average lap speed after 24 hours, and Ford needed the car quickly

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Classic Sports Cars

Lamborghini Countach LP400 (1974-1977)

Lamborghini introduced Countach LP5000 prototype at the Geneva Motor Show in 1971. The car was styled by Marcello Gandini of the Bertone design studio. Marcello Gandini was the same man who had also designed the Lamborghini Miura. The Countach prototype had a striking design. The car’s shape was wide and low, but not very long. One of the Countach’s trademarks were the scissor doors. The front hinged scissor doors were stylish, but there was also a practical reason. The car’s tubular spaceframe chassis meant that the door sills were very high and wide, which made it a bit difficult to get out of the car. And because of the width of the car, the conventional doors would have been impossible to use in a confined space.

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Classic Sports Cars

Mercedes-Benz 300 SL “Gullwing” (W 198) (1954-1957)

The road version of the Mercedes-Benz 300 SL was unveiled in February 1954 at the International Motor Sports Show in New York. Series production began in Sindelfingen in August 1954 and the price was fixed at 29,000 Marks – a quite enormous sum at the time, especially when you compared the new model alongside the Mercedes-Benz 170 Vb – on sale at 7,900 Marks.

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Road Test: 2012 Audi A5 Cabriolet 2.0 TFSI quattro

The Audi A5 model series offers three body types. The Coupe looks fantastic, Sportback is more useful with its rear doors, and this Cabriolet is perfect for sunny weather. Audi updated the whole A5 model series for 2012 and added a few design details to its exterior. At the front the most noticeable changes are the new headlights which now have a wedge shape. LED daytime running lights provide a distinctive look with the optional xenon plus headlights. Also the front grille and the front bumper have been redesigned. At the rear the lights and the bumper got a little facelift. The rear lights are optionally available with continuous LED light strips.

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