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Looks aren't everything

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They say it is what is inside that matters. And when it comes to cars, that is what really matters

Cars in the ‘press fleet’ of an automobile manufacturer tend to be driven very hard indeed, and while I'm not going to name and shame some in the industry, very often they are not just driven hard, they are driven badly. Often in the name of grabbing a ‘dramatic picture’ or a short video, vehicles are made to do things they really should not unless they are the test mule being put through its paces. With some companies, the press cars are immaculately maintained and the companies don’t just hand out their cars willy-nilly to all and sundry. Other companies, well not so much, usually the mass-market manufacturers. So when you get a press car that has done around 5000-odd km, you know you are getting a car that would have done at least 20,000 km in the real world. And that really is not a bad thing, because when you drive a brand new car, you have no idea whatsoever how living with that car will be, Worse you do not know how that car will age.

That was the case with the Tata Nexon I recently drove. It had, quite clearly, been through its paces. Not that you could make out anything externally, it still........

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