California is welcoming the car world to Los Angeles for its annual auto show. German carmakers are out in force, hoping to woo US customers. Also on the show: Opel presents its colourful new city car, the Adam. We test out Chevrolet's compact SUV, the Captiva. And we look at two Ford Cosworths, ordinary family cars which were transformed into speed demons.
This year's Los Angeles Auto Show boasts 20 world premieres. German carmakers are also well represented. VW is showing off the convertible version of the Beetle. Porsche is presenting it newest Cayman line, and Mercedes is flaunting its high performance sports car: the SLS AMG Black Series.
The Opel Adam, named after the car company’s founder Adam Opel, is a real piece of designer motoring. The funky new city car is unconventional and eye-catching. The colours of the roof and body can be mixed and matched, enabling owners to give their Adam that personal touch. Drive it! has already taken a test drive in Opel's new urban runabout, which comes onto the market at the start of 2013.
The Captiva, Chevy's compact SUV, is a good all-rounder. Its roomy interior and its affordable price tag make it popular with families. We put the Chevrolet Captiva through its paces, to see if it delivers what it promises.
Driving at night can be strenuous --especially on the eyes. The market is full of special night vision glasses that promise to reduce glare. But do they really work? Drive it! decided to find out and tested four pairs ranging in price between six and 269 euros to see whether they're worth the money.
They're fast, rare and boast huge spoilers -- the Ford Sierra RS Cosworth and the Ford Escort RS Cosworth. Two ordinary family car models were transformed into lean, mean driving machines that gave purebred race cars a run for their money. Christian Gratl, son of a race car driver, shows us what the Cosworths can do.