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Cars for Angola

When talking about car production, one would hardly mention the african continent. There's a great Renault-Dacia factory in Morocco, some factories in South African and not much happening in between. Yet, there have been some crazy projects, like the time they wanted to built Polos in Angola... War! Our journey starts

The other Ford Escort

With the US-version of the Escort, Ford was trying to achieve two things : tapping the compact-car market and selling the same car on both side of the pond. It failed. Twice. The Ford Escort mk1 was a great success in the late-60s and the early-70s. In Great-Britain, but also in

A motorsport road-trip

From Paris to Le Mans, then Magny-Cours, then back to Paris, for a series of motorsport events. Toyota France's HQ, Vaucresson Everything about a road-trip has to be unusual, including the vehicle. You can't do a genuine road-trip in a Citroën C3 ! The vehicle of choice is part of the experience.

Brilliance BS6

When you're thinking about Chinese cars, you're perhaps thinking of small, cheap cars. But there was a crazy project. A large sedan that was supposed to compete with the best iron from Germany and made in the poor region of Liaoning. Behold the Brilliance BS6 ! Humble beginings In the 80s, the

Zhengzhou, China

By Joest Jonathan OUAKNINE   Zhengzhou Let’s start with a bit of history. Zhengzhou (to be pronounced “jeng-joe”) is a town in the geographical middle of China with a very ancient history. According to legends, the very first kingdom of China was founded nearby, in 2500 BC, by the Five kings. It’s also

Ford Barchetta-Capri

Chapter 1 This journey starts in Cologne, Germany, in 1983. Bob Lutz is the chairman of Ford of Europe. The blue oval is about to launch the Fiesta Mk2. It's a completely rebodied Mk1. But he knows that the supermini market is about to get very competitive. There's the Austin Metro,

Alpine – the story of a French Marque

The early days of Alpine Alpine is a legendary brand, in France. Back in the early 50s, the Renault 4cv was light, widespread and inexpensive. And with the introduction of the “1063”, there were now some performance parts available. It was the perfect start for a small sports car. A few