It's a standard thing for many court-issued fines - not just for traffic offences. The fine isn't a payment for some specific service, it's a punishment; so it's fairer that for any given offence a rich person would have a big fine and a poor person would have a small fine. The court simply decides to fine you X days… » 12/18/14 7:44am Yesterday 7:44am

It's standard practice to peel off all your vinyl logos before selling a work vehicle - protects your reputation. In the worst case, vehicles resold with the original logos even get used for impersonation. This is why blue lights are removed from emergency vehicles before auction. » 12/17/14 11:34am Wednesday 11:34am

If you really, really want a Bedford 4x4 there are (relatively speaking) lots of them cheap on the other side of the Atlantic - the Bedford MK (and the bigger TM) were the backbone of British armed forces in the 1980s and 1990s, and are now being sold off due to replacement by more modern trucks. » 12/16/14 9:10am Tuesday 9:10am

Driving standards may be consistently higher in Germany than in, say, the USA - but at such a high speed, you would have very little time to react if somebody pulls into your lane or if something else goes amiss. And all that extra kinetic energy is going to crush two or three vehicles, not just your own. I think it's… » 12/15/14 3:22pm Monday 3:22pm

Any of the Big Three can benefit from hooking customers when they're young. Brand loyalty is incredibly valuable; those young professionals who buy something like a CLA might replace it with an E or an R when they have kids, maybe an S when the kids move out... maybe an SLK for the mistress... » 12/15/14 11:09am Monday 11:09am

For what it's worth, my S320 CDI L gets 40mpg (although those are British gallons). It's surprisingly cheap to run. The build quality is incredible, although that's offset by the sheer complexity - no matter how well engineered each thing is, there are more things that can break. Admittedly, most of that complexity… » 12/13/14 11:19am 12/13/14 11:19am

There's a secret, invite only, insufferable group on Facebook called "Automotive Industry." Most auto journalists are members, and the discussions are usually trite, meaningless pablum like the food being bad at the Kia Sorrento event or self-serving announcements on how they're moving from The St. Louis Tribune to…

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If any of you are actually willing to pay $10k for these in North America, then I'm going to pull a dozen unloved BX (and maybe CX) out of scrapyards on this side of the Atlantic, clean them up, fill in a few forms, and ship them over to North America for HUGE PROFIT. Especially the 4x4 version. » 12/12/14 9:12am 12/12/14 9:12am