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The history of the automobile in Germany is long a lucrative. The Germans are renowned for delivering practical, functional vehicles that are durable and reliable. But not only that, they can be incredibly stylish too. Sadly, Britain has lost much of its car making industry. But the Germans are still developing pioneering cars. Cars that are breaking records and changing expectations. As well all love a countdown, let’s take a look at the best German car manufacturers to keep an eye on.



Volkswagen



With a history dating back to the 1930s, VW hold a place in the heart of car lovers all over. They’ve produced some of the most iconic vehicles on the road today. This includes the loveable Beetle and hippie-friendly campervan.

Known as the ‘peoples car’, VW continue to make some of the most reliable cars you can take out on the road today.




Porsche



The word Porsche has become synonymous with sexy. Thanks to their hard working German design team, Porsche cars are some of the most coveted vehicles around. They’re known for impeccable style and sensational speed. 


They continue to break barriers and remain loved by teenage boys all over the world. The distinctive shape of the Porsche Carrera GT  is instantly recognisable all over the world. There are now Porsche enthusiast clubs that partake in rallies in Germany and internationally.





BMW



Where Porsche is all about sex appeal, BMW is all about style. A favourite of those in the world of business and leisure, BMW is one of the most respected car brands in the world. James Bond even took a break from his beloved Aston Martin to take a spin in a BMW. Although admittedly it didn’t end up in the best condition (though his cars rarely do). It has been existence since 1917 so you can be sure these guys know what their doing.




Mercedes



This is another iconic German brand with a rich history of pioneering design. They’re perhaps the only car company to have inspired an instantly recognisable song: “oh lord won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz”. With their headquarters still based in Germany, Mercedes are very much an international company. Mercedes provides services for buyers and owners of Mercedes vehicles in the UK. And when you’re a Mercedes driver, you want only the finest service.




Audi
Known for producing some of the best quality automobiles on the market, Audi are a trusted name in the world of car engineering. They are among the best-selling luxury cars in the world. One of the most recognisable products from Audi is the Audi TT. They seemed to be everywhere on roads throughout Europe and America for the best part of the 2000s. Jeremy Clarkson may have described them as a “hairdressers car”, but that didn’t halt their popularity. Audi has origins that date back to before the 19th century. As with other German car manufacturers, they’re known for combining reliability with luxury.

As you can see, the Germans have to be thanked for playing their part in developing some of the most loved cars in the world. Danke Deutschland!

Audi has launched some impressive cars over the years. There is one model that you seldom see motoring websites talk much about. It’s a car that a lot of people secretly long for! The car in question is the Audi S8.



It’s one of those models that deserves more than a mention from the motoring fraternity. Maybe they think people are only interested in sports cars? I don’t know. But, today, I am going to dedicate a blog post to the mighty Audi S8.



Undoubtedly you are a car enthusiast just like me. And you’ll know about the model I am talking about. How much do you know about the Audi S8? And why does it have to be a “dirty little secret” among car fans? Let’s remind ourselves of why we wish to have the S8 in our performance car collection.



It’s a car only those with style and panache will buy


People with almost limitless bank balances often buy cars like Range Rovers and Ferrari’s. Don’t get me wrong; there’s nothing bad about those particular vehicles. It’s just that they aren’t to everyone’s tastes.


If money’s no object, only the discerning motorist will opt for an Audi S8. It’s a somewhat exclusive car that you seldom see on the road. And that’s one of the big appeals to us, of course.



It’s got a powerful beating heart



The Audi S8 might be a large saloon and rather heavy. But, that doesn’t mean it can’t pounce on its prey like a lion! Audi has chosen to use the brilliant 4.0-litre TFSI V8 with an eight-speed automatic box.



Its beating heart is a twin-turbo monster that delivers an impressive 512 brake horsepower. Put your foot down in this car, and you’ll hit 60 mph in a mere 4.1 seconds. This is supercar territory!



Of course, supercars come with a high price tag! The bad news is an Audi S8 isn’t that much cheaper than one. Still, on that subject, the current generation has been in production since 2012. That means you’ll find some used cars for sale so you can save some cash on the purchase price.



The only downside is that fuel economy is pretty dire at 29 MPG combined. But that’s probably why there’s a 90-litre fuel tank! Still, if you wanted frugality, you should go and buy something like a Toyota Prius instead.



There’s no manual transmission option with the S8. Instead, you’ve got the eight-speed dual-clutch DSG. As you may well know, it’s a Tiptronic unit rather than a standard automatic. Most high-performance cars these days come with Tiptronic gearboxes. There’s nothing unusual here with the Audi S8.



Connected to the drivetrain is the famed Quattro 4×4 system. It works well on the Audi S8 and is excellent even in wet weather. This is not a car that will surprise you at speed.





Should you go out and buy one?

If you’ve got the cash available and the driveway space, why not! You get a lot of car for your money. And, despite its premium nature, it doesn’t cost a fortune to maintain.


Last month OSV Ltd compiled an interesting report on the UK’s most searched for car brands of 2015 so far. This month, OSV have taken the report one step further and matched the results with the UK’s best selling cars from the start of the year. Are the most searched for car brands the best selling? Read on to find out.

When you read the list of the top ten best selling cars it will be easy to understand why these cars are the UK’s best sellers. Each have their own fan base, but they also have a few common traits. Generally, all the cars in the list are considered reliable and are competitively priced. But is reliable and cheap what the UK internet user searches for?

According to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), we’ve run down the best selling cars of the year so far.

Ford Fiesta

Why?

The Ford Fiesta has dominated the UK Car market for as long back as we can remember and it’s no surprise why. The Ford Fiesta is great to drive, it’s comfortable, handles well, stylish inside and out and there are some great deals available. What’s not to love?


How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Ford dominated our most searched car brands list so this result comes as no surprise.


Vauxhall Corsa

Why?

Ford’s biggest rival Vauxhall comes in at second. Like the Fiesta, the Vauxhall Corsa is well priced, spacious and has a range of engines to suit every type of driver. But does this mean Vauxhall are Ford’s biggest competitor when it comes to Google?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

This result is one of the most surprising of the whole report. Vauxhall, who are Ford’s closest competitor in best selling cars is nowhere near them when it came to most searched car brands. Vauxhall found themselves in 4th position but does this mean car enthusiasts are losing interest in the brand? Only time will tell.

Ford Focus

Why?

Safety is one of the main selling points of the Ford Focus. In at number three, and the second Ford entry, the Focus is considered to have the best handling, it’s refined and has low C02 emissions.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

As mentioned above, Ford dominated the search list, so we’re not surprised to see more than one car in the best selling list.

Nissan Qashqai

Why?

Considered one of the most practical small SUV’s, the Qashqai is reliable, smart, economically friendly and extremely refined. What more could you ask for?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

The Nissan brand didn’t make it in our top 5 list which may come as a surprise to many considering the Qashqai is so high on the bestsellers list. Nissan came in at 6th and was narrowly pushed out of the top 5 by Mercedes.

Volkswagen Golf

Why?

Comfortable and an enjoyable drive, the reliable golf comes in at number 5. With it’s modern and practical build and strong resale values, Golfs are a popular choice for a number of car buyers – but are they popular with UK internet users?

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Volkswagen barely made the top 20 let alone the top 5, they came in at an unbelievable 17th. Maybe it’s because people feel they know the brand inside and out or maybe they’re losing interest. It will be interesting to see if they retain their position throughout the year.


Audi A3

Why?

The beautiful Audi A3 is the 6th best selling car of the year so far. Surprising? We think not! Audi have struck the right balance between comfort and control with the A3 and with some great Audi A3 lease deals on offer, this is a perfect choice for many drivers.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Audi landed the impressive third spot in the most searched for car brands list and as a brand, they’ve gone from strength to strength. They have a strong following and a beautiful range so it’s no surprise they made both lists. If the A3 was slightly cheaper then maybe it would be higher on the bestsellers list, but with a slightly more premium price tag we think they should be happy with their position.


Mercedes-Benz C Class

Why?

This seriously classy car is one of the most desired by women, it also makes a very popular company car. Here at OSV we’ve a range of great Mercedes lease deals which are always really popular so we’re delighted to see the C Class in the list.

How does it compare to our most searched car list?

Mercedes just made the list by landing in at number 5. The luxury car brand are often in the news so it’s no surprise that they are searched for and purchased on a regular basis.

They’ve also recently shown off their driverless car which has made headlines across the globe. If driverless cars become more talked about maybe Mercedes will rise to an even higher position.

Volkswagen Polo

Why?

It will come as no surprise to many that another Volkswagen makes the top 10. The VW Polo is competitively priced, comfortable to drive and has a plush inside cabin.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

As we already mentioned Volkswagen not being higher on the most searched car brands list, will come as a huge surprise to many. Maybe next time we do this they’ll be higher on the searched list or lower on the bestsellers. Watch this space.

Fiat 500

Why?

With it’s unusual design, cheap price and safe reputation, the Fiat 500 is in at number 9. This supermini is the perfect car for a variety of drivers.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

Fiat, like Volkswagen, placed fairly low on the most searched car brands list, coming in at number 16. Unlike Volkswagen, we weren’t too surprised with Fiat’s position. With a trusted and well known range, it just goes to show that people aren’t necessarily searching for cars they’re going to buy.


Vauxhall Astra

Why?

Our second Vauxhall in the list and in the tenth spot is the Astra. With its great looks, smooth ride and secure handling, this car is a perfect choice for many. But many will be surprised that the Astra is only in 10th position. Usually the Astra is a lot higher in the bestsellers list so it will be interesting to watch where this places by the end of the year.

How does it compare to our most searched car brands list?

With the Astra falling to number 10, this could explain why Vauxhall are only at number 4 in the most searched list. Are the car brand losing its following? Only time can tell.

Finally, it may be interesting to note that BMW are the only car brand that was featured in the most searched list to be excluded from the best sellers top ten. With its premium price tag, it doesn’t take a genius to figure out why. But what car do you think would be on the top sellers list if money wasn’t an option?

About OSV Ltd

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Showcasing 8 of the coolest modified Audi R8 sports cars from around the world. The Audi R8 was introduced by the German automaker Audi AG in 2006 and is a mid-engine, 2-seater sports car using Audi’s trademark quattro permanent all-wheel drive system.

The car was exclusively designed, developed, and manufactured by Audi AG’s high performance private subsidiary company, quattro GmbH, and is based on the Lamborghini Gallardo platform. The fundamental construction of the R8 is based on the Audi Space Frame and uses an aluminium monocoque which is built around space frame principles. The car is built by quattro GmbH in a newly renovated factory at Audi’s ‘aluminium site’ at Neckarsulm in Germany.

The following are 8 cool examples of owners who have modified their Audi R8 cars.
Chrome Audi R8 Spyder
This cool car needs just the kind of flash personality to go with it – someone like Elton John, for example. Audi has created this chrome version of its R8 Spyder for the Elton John Aids Foundation, and it was a fitting example of glamour for the White Tie and Tiara ball event from the foundation. Apart from the fact that the model is pretty much the same as a standard R8 Spyder with a V10 engine, we get no other details. But then again, that mirror finish just about speaks for itself.

Reiger Audi R8
This new styling aero kit features a front spoiler, side skirts, rear skirt, diffuser, rear wing, fog lights, and exhaust tips. It can be ordered from the Rieger online shop and will give the V8 Audi R8 a similar R8 V10 look. The car also received suspension tuning with an adjustable kit to drop it on the 20 or 21-inch rims.

Project Kahn Audi R8
Kahn lowers the suspension and slaps on 20′ F1-X rims made of lightweight carbon fiber.

Heffner Performance Audi R8 Twin Turbo
Heffner’s not bothered with much in the way of spoilers and trinketry, but it has gone ABSOLUTELY MENTAL on the engine. The 5.2-litre V10’s fitted with a twin-Garrett-turbo setup running 6psi of boost, which wrings 725bhp out of the original engine.

PPI GTR-10 Limited Edition Audi R8
The gold striping and look-at-me wing dangle it precariously on the edge of acceptability, but we’ll let off the PPI GTR-10 on account of its 601bhp. The V10 gets a roof-mounted air intake, vented liftgate glass, a free-flow exhaust system and remap job. Cool!

Stassis Challenge Extreme Edition
A hot new intake manifold, barky exhaust system and clever ECU software boosts power by 28% to 540bhp. It also gets lowered suspension, wide 20-inch alloys, uprated brakes and a stealthy satin finish.

Wheelsandmore Audi R8 V10

It’s got a special height-adjustable racing coilover suspension setup, stainless exhaust and remap job, which boosts power to 592bhp. It also looks v cool…and evil!

Motoren Technik Mayer Audi R8 V10
The V10’s been fiddled to produce 580bhp, there’s a funky new exhaust, downforce-fond body accoutrements, lightweight wheels and, of course, bright green paint. Yes it’s shouty and gauche, but that’s what an R8’s all about, right?

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