Issue: February 11, 2009   (Archive)
Saturday, December 20, 2014   

Last of the defenders
If you've always wanted a piece of Land Rover heritage, forget the Range Rover that is selling like hot cakes despite its HK$2 million-plus sticker price. Instead, go for the Land Rover Defender 90 (HK$418,000 up), which is going for about a fifth of that price.

Shining star
On the wall in the harborview office of Andreas Binder, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz (Hong Kong), hangs a framed picture of a Mercedes-AMG GT in yellow - one of the eight available colors.

Genesis of luxury
The arrival of the second-generation Hyundai Genesis has one wondering if the biggest Korean carmaker has started to query its wisdom of using such a glorified name.

Leading light in class
A facelifted version of the Mercedes- Benz CLS was previewed recently at the PMQ Courtyard in Central, and the event was something of a breath of fresh air as far as local new car launches are concerned.

A sporty new discovery
The land rover Discovery Sport - unveiled just before last month's Paris Motor Show (which is said to have attracted 1.25 million visitors this year) - is scheduled to hit the local showroom floor early next year.

Back to the future
The recently introduced BMW-i division is for a new generation of vehicles employing plug-in technology. It has now got two models in the current range: the i3 urban electric compact car and the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar.

New chapter in XE-cellence
I visited the Paris Motor Show this month not as an automotive journalist but as a visitor, stumping up the entrance fee of 14 euros (HK$138). As such I missed all the presentations as well as the talks by the bosses, but the good thing was that I felt closer to the true market or the people who actually have the intention to buy cars.

The grand tour
I don't know whether it's just me, but the name Active Tourer sounds like a smaller, lighter and, perhaps, more agile Grand Tourer or simply GT type of sports car.

X makes four
From Juke to Qashqai to Murano, Nissan has produced a range of crossovers that are stylistically unconventional in design and beautifully simple in their powertrain. Now joining the trio is the all-new X-Trail, which was unveiled last week in Hong Kong.

Polo match
If not for the special hue of blue, which the automaker calls cornflower blue, you are forgiven not to have spotted the fact that the pictures here show the "new" Polo from Volkswagen.

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