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car industry

Ice road testing boosts the north

Published onsdag 9 november 2011 kl 13.08

Despite a mild autumn, it's boom time for Sweden's road-testing garages, as thousands of new cars are on their way to a small town in Sweden, ready to test the latest models to see whether they can deal with snowy and icy conditions.

The town of Slagnäs is near the edge of the Arctic Circle, with about 15 testing facilities. The industry association says that the business has gone up by about 15 per cent this year. Car brands that test there include Audi, BMW, Mercedes, Hyundai, Ford and more. They need to make sure that the cars can keep out snow and cold before they are released on the market.

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