Over here in Europe we get the BMW 1 three door hatch which is... a bit cheaper than the 2 (starting at 21.900€ for the 105hp 114i). Also: the new Renault Twingo (/Smart), although I was disappointed at how unhoonable they made the car - according to the reviews I read, anyway. Hopefully something the wizards at… » 12/18/14 2:06pm 12/18/14 2:06pm

Unemployment, exclusion and fundamentalism.

Yes, all things considered we're a pretty rich nation. However, there are parts of the country that are struggling hard economically, especially in the south, which has long focused on heavy industry. This means a lot of the (uneducated) immigrants came over here in the 50's… » 9/26/14 4:37pm 9/26/14 4:37pm

Did a road trip from Belgium to Sweden in my Skoda Octavia a couple of years ago (same platform & vintage as the Toledo). Autobahn, country roads, city centers, through fields & lashing rain... car never missed a beat. Same couldn't be said of the other car in our convoy, a much newer, much more luxurious Lancia… » 8/29/14 10:10am 8/29/14 10:10am

We actually do have a "mega" shopping mall and mall strip not that far outside of the city limits, but I get your point :). In the the city center there are a couple of smaller shopping centers, the most notable of which is located in a fully renovated historical palace. » 6/04/14 2:50am 6/04/14 2:50am

This. Multiple times already I've heard/read people claiming that current BMWs are not as good as they could be because of the enormous investments necessary to develop the "i" range. Well, I've test driven an i3 and think it's a very impressive vehicle. If it succeeds and they can distill the technology of that car… » 1/28/14 11:55am 1/28/14 11:55am

Being a Belgian, I'll chime in: no, we don't have any mountains worth the name. But, in contrast to the Netherlands, we have a lot of what we call "false flat": very gentle sloping topography. You almost can't see it's going up and down, but you sure feel it.

Furthermore, we have this unhealthy addiction of wanting to… » 10/25/13 2:03pm 10/25/13 2:03pm