Issue: June 15, 2011   (Archive)
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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.

Actively economical
If you rack up serious mileage in your car, then fuel cost must be an important factor when you consider a replacement. You must know that diesel engines are known for their economy, right?

End of The Road
One of my most memorable test drives included a run up my secret Road to Nowhere in a Subaru WRX STI. The Road to Nowhere is like a mini-highway, narrow and winding, but boasting center lines and regular signage.

Wraith squadron
Rolls-Royce motor cars presented Asia's first touring exhibition of the brand in Hong Kong, hosting an exclusive brand showcase at the iconic Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong, for two days early last month.

Fiesta time
Once a Ford person, always a Ford person - I cannot prove if this is always true, but I am definitely a case in point. I was conceived in a Ford, born in a Ford (1938 Coupe), and raised with a series of Ford half-ton pickups as the family cars.



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