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Full episode 13.06.12 | 00:30 - 01:00 UTC

Drive it! - The Motor Magazine

Full episode

Drive it! - The Motor Magazine

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Present it! The Mazda CX-5

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Picture it! The Volvo C30 Electric

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Test it! The Opel Insignia 2.0 BiTurbo

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Examine it! 2012 Wörthersee Golf GTI Festival

In this edition of Drive it! environmental issues feature in two reports - one examining the new C30 Electric from Volvo, and the other providing tips on how do drive more efficiently. Plus: a look at the latest new releases as well as a trip to a tuning meet.

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Present it! The Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is the company's first entry in the highly competitive compact SUV market.

The CX-5 offers a choice between one gasoline and two diesel-powered engines, available with front- or all-wheel-drive systems and a manual six-speed or seven-speed automatic SKYACTIV-Drive transmission. Mazda's new design philosophy - called "KODO - Soul of Motion" - is in full effect here. Fine-tuning of the engine and chassis was done by Mazda's European design center in Oberursel, Germany.

Picture it! The Volvo C30 Electric

Volvo has sent out a little test fleet of vehicles with electric motors in order to research and advance worldwide trends in electromobility.

The test centers on the C30 Electric, which Volvo is using to examine the driving patterns of electric car drivers. How often is the car used daily, what is its range, and how far does it owner drive it? The data collected while the cars are both stationary and moving is sent back to Sweden to form a huge database. The results will be used to help improve the electric car of the future. Whether the C30 Electric will make it to volume production remains an open question.

Test it! The Opel Insignia 2.0 BiTurbo

The Insignia has been Opel's flagship model since 2008. Last year it received a technical overhaul and facelift.

But Rüsselsheim has upped the ante with a new engine -- a BiTurbo diesel that delivers 143 kilowatts. The engine offers flexible power, with plenty on tap even at low revs and without turbo lag. This at a rated fuel consumption of 4.9 liters per 100 kilometers. Drive it! tests the Insignia BiTurbo.

Spot it! Learning to drive economically -- with a stick shift and software

The right style of driving can definitely save fuel. But how do your achieve your efficiency goal?

It's claimed that software, a computer, and a USB stick can help by recording driving behavior. When the data is evaluated, the driver can be given tips on how they personally can drive with greater fuel-efficiency. Drive it! tested two forms of this service.

Examine it! 2012 Wörthersee Golf GTI Festival

For more than three decades the annual Wörthersee GTI festival has been a highlight of the year for fans of souped-up Volkswagens.

This May again saw fans gather in Austria for the biggest GTI meet in the world. It was all about seeing and being seen. The fantastic weather meant the pimped-up finishes and chrome could really shine. Nine Volkswagen apprentices presented their own "Golf GTI Black Dynamik" study with a black & red body, a 265 kW TSI engine and lowered sports suspension. One of the other stars of the show was the new Golf GTI convertible.

  • Date 13.06.12 | 00:30 - 01:00 UTC
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  • Date 13.06.12 | 00:30 - 01:00 UTC
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    13.06.12 | 15:30 - 16:00 UTC
    14.06.12 | 03:30 - 04:00 UTC
    14.06.12 | 09:03 - 09:30 UTC
    15.06.12 | 22:30 - 23:00 UTC
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