the 60-strong Smart Roadster for 16 000 Euro

the 60-strong Smart Roadster for 16 000 Euro Fans of the roadsters are encouraged to save 3000 euros extra and buy a new version of Smart with a less powerful motor. Still the cheapest double Smart open-top was worth 18 330 euros.The new Smart is equipped with 61 HP engine instead of the 82-strong. The car accelerates to 100 km/h for 15.5 seconds, and fuel consumption does not exceed 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers.In its basic version, the Roadster is equipped with a roof made of synthetic material, which have to be removed manually. There is a version with automatic drive, but it is available only for dopolnitelnuyu cost.System stability ESP, as in previous models, the Roadster, is included in the "staffing" 61-strong version.17.07.2003. . . Читать полностью -->

Hope Spa-Francorchamps melted like smoke

Hope Spa-Francorchamps melted like smoke The Belgian chamber of representatives rejected the proposed new law, which provides for the postponement of the ban on tobacco advertising in international sports competitions from 2003 to 2006. The adoption of this law would save the Grand Prix of Belgium. By a margin of only six votes (77 votes to 71 votes) hopes to return to Spa-Francorchamps in the formula 1 calendar, the dissipated like smoke.A new law in late November, was approved by the Senate, the lower house of the Belgian Parliament. However, in order for the law to come into effect, it was necessary the creation of a special Fund, which finances programs to prevent tobacco use and obtaining the approval of the house of representatives.In the last few weeks some political and economic leaders condemned the serious financial loss in the region Spa and the loss of the image of Belgium after leaving Formula 1. The result was a heated political struggle mainly against members of environmental organizations in the government for the repeal of the law banning tobacco advertising at the race in Formula 1 until until the entry into force of the decision of the Council of Europe for the full ban on tobacco advertising on the territory of the European community in 2005 or 2006.Grand Prix of Belgium 2003, which had previously been on the circuit in Spa-Francorchamps, already erased from the 2003 calendar year because of the ban tobacco advertising in Belgium from August next year.. . Читать полностью -->

German auto has lost confidence

German auto has lost confidence The magazine conducted a survey of 80 000 potential customers, inviting them to describe the advantages of 138 different models of cars. Among the "losers" were two models of the Volkswagen Golf and Polo (photo). Audi TT got the "unit", and BMW and Mercedes received only satisfactory evaluation.The winners, with a few exceptions, were of Asian brands. Among them, Honda, Hyundai, Lexus, Mazda, Nissan and Toyota - all of them have received the highest rating.Against the winners were selected only Ford. Though only partially. Overseas models of the automaker's most scored only good".09.08.2003. Читать полностью -->

Audi presented the Chinese elongated A8

Audi presented the Chinese elongated A8 For the first 9 months of this year, Audi sold in China 45 702 machines. This is 66% more than a year ago, said at the presentation of the elongated Audi A8 L in Peking chef Chinese divisions Andreas Degas. The new A8 L was presented to the Chinese public on Sunday, local models (photo).According to Dehesa, he has revised upwards the previous plans for sales of vehicles in the local market, according to which the company wanted to increase their sales only 40%."The most faster pace in China is a growing market of luxury cars," - said Degrees. He believes that this is a consequence of income growth, the Chinese and the overall development of the economy of this country.Today the market of China has reached the 4th place after the USA, Japan and Germany. In 8 months it sold a total of 1.25 million pasinski cars. This represents a growth of 72% compared with the previous year.Audi produces and sells in China model A6 (50 000 according to the plan for the current year), A4 (8000), and TT coupe. Читать полностью -->

F1: Michael Schumacher - 35!

F1: Michael Schumacher - 35! On Saturday, January 3, six-time champion of Formula 1 Michael Schumacher celebrated its 35th anniversary.The future "the Red Baron" was born on 3 January 1969 in the town of Kerpen near Cologne. In four years he first sat behind the wheel of a racing map, and his first championship won in 1984, becoming the best kart driver among juniors in Germany.His birthday Michael celebrated in the company of his wife Corina, daughter Gina Maria and son Mike in the small Norwegian town of Trysil 180 kilometres from Oslo, where the family Schumacher usually in the winter skiing.Age does not prevent the German racer - plans Michael seventh title in Formula 1. According to technical Director of Ferrari's Ross Brawn, the team will do everything to make the season of 2004 was for Schumacher, the most successful in the career. "Michael motivated as ever in life," says brown.03.01.2004. . . Читать полностью -->

Vitor Meira got a place in the Team Menard

Vitor Meira got a place in the Team Menard After a successful performance in Indianapolis, where he finished in 12th place, Vitor Meira got a place in the Team Menard, which he was, until the end of the season."Vitor has impressed us with her patience and perseverance," said the head of the team, John Menard. We gave him the opportunity to try yourself in Indy, and the results were magnificent. Now we want to give him the opportunity to get the experience of riding in all ovals that visits IndyCar, that he was prepared to fight for the title next year".26-year-old Brazilian still worked as a tester in the Team Menard. After just three days of training in may, he started 26th in Indianapolis, showing in qualifying the best result among the pilots, the speakers on the machine with the engine of Chevrolet.Meira will replace the team of Jacques Lazier.10.06.2003. . . Читать полностью -->

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