S o bit by bit, the online troop is moving up the Asian continent: In addition to Markus Stier, who is hanging around in China with the Audi Q3, colleague Grüner has now also set off - to India. Not for fun, but to tell us about the first Grand Prix hosted by the seventh largest country in the world.
Still slightly in culture shock, Grüner reports on Indian traffic, the Stairway to Heaven and the regular power outages. The Formula 1 cars do not hum along the route like an ecodrive, but our outpost is dependent on the dedicated line to the headquarters. It is moody, so that Grüner has to keep fighting for 'Indernet' access - to be able to deliver delicious stories and pictures away from the race. One can only hope that the drivers don't have to work as hard at the weekend to scare the tuk tuks off the track.
Lamborghinis in Kazakhstan and good manners in France
Colleague Carsten Rose had also left the headquarters to pay a visit to the neighboring continent: Kazakhstan was on his travel plan. He expected more flops than tops there - and was disappointed: In addition to donkeys, cows and goats, you can also find concentrated horsepower in the form of Lamborghini and Ferrari on Kazakh asphalt. So here you know what makes the road sound good - even though the latest auto motor und sport issue on the kiosk is from July.
Our CvD Wittich did not go to China, not to India and not to Kazakhstan. He went to beautiful France - because of the good traffic and a bit to go on vacation. Back at headquarters, he raves about the good manners of the French when it comes to zipping, in the roundabout and at the rest stops.
The editorial staff does not propose anything to the A4 Good
However, Wittich's comments on the new Audi A4 facelift cannot be described as enthusiasm. The majority of the editorial team agrees with this tenor and predicts that the new A4 will not be competitive with the new BMW 3 Series - the changes are too minimalistic for that. But there are also little people who are happy about even smaller details: I've always been at war with these kitschy LED garlands - and they are finally off the table with the A4.Bravo!
There is also applause for the new Mazda Takeri study, which will be presented at the Tokyo Motor Show in December and gives a preview of the upcoming Mazda 6. 'Please build in series like this.' Is our wish with a view of the grille that is pulled down far, the narrow headlights and the roofline trimmed towards the coupé --beta '> This is how a coupé works, this is how a classic works
' This is how a coupé could work ', says colleague Gerhardt, addressing the mini-designers and pointing to the Takeri. But simply let the roof drop backwards, make two seats out of four and add the suffix 'Coupé' to the name.
Colleague Baumann does not give a coupé workshop, but advises colleagues from Porsche that Shortening the wheelbase of the Panamera, deleting the two rear doors and moving the engine to the rear - that's how you make classics.
You can see what else has moved our colleagues in the editorial team this week in our large photo show .