5 reasons to love and hate Lifan Solano
On the one hand, it seems everyone knows that the Chinese cars of “zero” years suffered from mediocre reliability, while pleasing with good equipment for little money. On the other…

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5 reasons to love and hate Range Rover Evoque I
Range Rover cars in Russia have an extremely controversial reputation. On the one hand, any “Range” is a symbol of prestige, luxury and status of the owner. On the other…

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class II c run: a new V6 with old timing problems and a V8 with chances for badass
The second-generation CLS, featuring a much greater variety of versions compared to the first (here, four-wheel drive, and even station wagons), turned out to be a machine in general not…

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They scold, but admit: what Kolesa.ru readers think about Chinese cars

The past two weeks, inspired by the Shanghai Motor Show, which had 4 of our journalists, were marked by Chinese premieres and news. There were so many of them that some readers were perplexed, some were enraptured, and some were even outraged. But something else became interesting to us: what is the general attitude of the audience towards Chinese cars? Is there a shift, and how do the majority vote for or against?

Our curiosity is quite logical and easy to explain: in the comments, critics usually gather in detail indicating the reasons for the low popularity of Chinese cars, but the voting results, as they say, are not always so straightforward. Continue reading

French design, wrong name and best layout: myths and facts about IL-2125 Combi

In the mid-sixties, Izhevsk decided to organize automobile production. The corresponding government order prescribed the creation of a car factory on the basis of Izhmash, where Moskvich clones would be produced. However, almost at the same time, an “automobile” GKB-88 was created at the engineering design bureau. It employed young and ambitious enthusiasts, in a short time created on the basis of the “four hundred and eighth” Moskvich new universal car, whose body was a cross between a sedan and a station wagon. Moreover, it was not a hatchback – the same as the newest French Renault 1 released in 1965: after all, the fifth door (also the boot lid) had a noticeable protrusion below the glass, which formed another visual volume. Continue reading

Light against the light: Does the ceiling light in the cabin help from blinding the headlights?

Blinding the driver with headlights of oncoming cars in the dark is an eternal problem. And with the advent of modern halogen lamps with increased luminous efficiency and cheap kits for self-installing xenon, it has become only sharper …

If the rear blinding was partially overcome by the use of electrochromic auto-dimming mirrors (although budget cars usually do not have such a function), then backlight is still dangerous for cars of almost any class and price. Continue reading

Mercedes-Benz E-Class W211
Let the majority of the “luxury” options of this car, such as keyless access, rain sensor, navigation and parking sensors, are available in modern mass C-class machines, but the balance…

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Dangerous steering, minivan body and foreign design: myths and facts about Lada Kalina
Outwardly, the Lada Kalina was so different from the angular "chisels" and the "pregnant-swollen" VAZ-2110 that they immediately tried to catch her in "tarnishing connections with foreign cars." Moreover, the…

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Kia Cerato II with mileage
A beautiful car, still appearing as it is today, besides, it promises small investments in operation, taking into account the simplicity and low cost of construction. Or not? We will…

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5 reasons to love and hate Lifan Solano
On the one hand, it seems everyone knows that the Chinese cars of “zero” years suffered from mediocre reliability, while pleasing with good equipment for little money. On the other…

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