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I always try to be nice to a brand new engine, even if the handbook doesn't say I have to.
The way I do it (which isn't necessarily right) is, for the first 1000 miles or so...
Don't labour the engine (i.e. never drive in too high a gear for the road speed and gradient.)
Avoid 'foot to the floor' acceleration.
Don't exceed 2/3 of the maximum RPM (the red line on the rev counter) unless you have to go slightly over in top gear to achieve your desired speed. 70 on the motorway won't be a problem.
Try to vary the engine speed a fair amount, rather than just sitting at the same speed in the same gear for long periods.
Once you pass 1000 miles, slowly stretch beyond 2/3 of maximum RPM. By the time I've hit 2000 miles, I'm happy to take the car to the red-line every now and again and generally just start driving it as I would for the rest of the time that I have it.
Currently in Horatio's garage:
2010 Laguna III Initiale.