Honda reveals all-new City and refreshed Accord

Japanese carmaker Honda unleashed its latest contender in the tiddler sedan category – the fifth-generation City – at a virtual Middle East launch on Tuesday. The newcomer – sourced from Honda’s Tapukara plant in India – is a distinct departure from its predecessor,


Land Rover Defenders get heavy-duty V8 upgrades touted as fastest of their kind

Land Rover has upped the ante in its bid to make the Defender a byword for all things off-road by releasing a series of powerful V8 versions of the tough tyke. The new models are being touted as the fastest and most gutsy vehicles to ever bear the name. And, if the performance figures that have b


Peugeot 508 GT has style, price and performance working in its favour

A few of my formative years were spent in Tanzania in the mid-1970s, and one of my enduring memories from this period is of the plethora of Peugeot 404s and 504s plying the lumpy, potholed roads of Dar es Salaam. There was a reason for the Gallic brand’s popularity in the region: its cars we


Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster drops the roof and raises the bar

Savour the moment. Take it all in. The Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster is a pretty-looking thing, isn’t it? A caveat: as beautiful as this car is, it is extremely colour-sensitive. My test car is in Riviera Run – or blue, in non-Aston speak. And the hue doesn’t quite do justice


Mercedes reveals new 4-cylinder C-Class range

The exponential growth of the crossover / SUV genre has triggered a corresponding decline in the sedan segment, but an all-new Mercedes C-Class is still big news. The Stuttgart carmaker whipped the covers off the revamped W206 generation on Tuesday and says the compact sedan remains as integral to


Road test: the Vanderhall Venice provides raw fun on three wheels

Vehicles with a trio of wheels are an oddity, unless we’re referring to three-wheeled taxis – dubbed tuk-tuks in Thailand and auto rickshaws in India. My only previous hands-on exposure to such a contraption was via the retro-laced Morgan Three-Wheeler in 2014, and I’m having fla


Audi reveals electric tearaways the e-tron GT and RS

For those looking for cars with a bit of zip and pizzazz, electric options seemingly become more appealing with every new release. So it is that Audi has just revealed its e-tron GT. It’s not the brand’s first foray into non-fossil fuel power – there are already a number of


How McLaren aims to rebuild supercars to roar into electric era

There’s nothing quite like the roar of a revving McLaren engine to set a petrolhead’s pulse pounding, or the full-throated scream as it tears across the tarmac. Yet new gas-fuelled engines like McLaren’s could be illegal in many countries by 2030. The supercar maker, like all au


Peek inside: New Peugeot 2008 SUV and 508 GT roll

Peugeot has introduced a pair of new rides into the UAE, in the shape of the all-new 2008 SUV and a GT version of its 508. The two models are the latest in the manufacturer’s resurgence into Middle East markets, with vehicles it hopes will strike a chord with both the urban and desert-dwell


Phantom Iridescent Opulence: A Rolls-Royce featuring 3,000 feathers is ready

Rolls-Royce is continuing its pledge to make each of its vehicles as individual as possible with the launch of the one-off Phantom Iridescent Opulence.  The covers came off the marque’s latest bespoke offering, alongside the usual general fanciness, its centrepiece dashboard made


Porsche announces electric cars ambition for 2030

By the end of this decade, more than 80 per cent of all vehicles sold by Porsche will be electric, its chief executive Oliver Blume told Bild am Sonntag in an interview on Sunday. This will include fully electric and hybrid variants, while Porsche will continue to offer its 911 model wi


Wealthy buyers show interest in supercars despite Covid-19 pandemic

Despite a downturn across the car industry during the Covid-19 pandemic, there were signs the luxury and sports car sector fared comparatively better in 2020. One dealer of top-level cars said there had been an increase in the sale of used cars as wealthy buyers prevented from taking expensive ho


Renault reveals its most beautiful budget crossovers

In India, Renault has officially unveiled the new Kiger, which is distinguished by beauty in design and economical in fuel consumption. The new Kiger comes with a chassis built on modified CMF-A platforms, approximately 4 meters long, 175 cm wide, 160 cm high, and the distance between the wheel a


How the Cadillac CT-4 gives refined edge to power

Drivers who fancy a speedy, stylishly contoured car that won’t leave their bank balance in ruins have plenty to choose from these days. Many US manufacturers have been producing vehicles of this sort for decades, in fact, and a lot of them have been understandably popular. Harder to find is


Road test: Chevrolet Corvette Stingray C8 proves it can be worth tweaking a beloved formula

Radically altering a tried-and-tested formula is fraught with danger. Get the mix even slightly wrong and the magic is lost. Many people don’t like change; keep giving them what you’ve always dished out and they’re happy. However, on the other hand, experience can help you turn


Take a look inside Tesla's redesigned Model S and X

Remember when Elon Musk said during an earnings call in October 2019 that Tesla only continued to build the Model S and X for sentimental reasons? Now we have refreshed, updated ‘Plaid’ versions of each.   Tesla has given the cars all-new interiors, with updated screens and cli


Shell takes aim at electric car market with ubitricity purchase

Shell has purchased the ubitricity, one of Europe's largest electric vehicle (EV) charging point providers. The petrochemicals giant said Monday that it would buy a 100 per cent stake in the Berlin-based startup without disclosing the price.   “The move represents a further step in S


Maserati unleashes million-dirham MC20 supercar in Dubai

Maserati staged the Middle East reveal of arguably its most ambitious car to date, the mid-engined MC20, in Dubai on January 20, with more than 300 VIPs, guests and media able to view the car up close at The Lodge, a warehouse-style space tucked away in Al Quoz. The MC20 signals a new beginning f




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