Footdown

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 April, 2006, 12:00am

Sarah Wong of Bentley Motors has sent us a photo of the New Bentley Arnage Diamond Series, which celebrates 60 years of Crewe craftsmanship and shows the resurrection of the 'Flying B' mascot on a production Bentley for the first time since the late 1970s.


Only 60 models will be built, Wong says. Special features include diamond-quartered wood marquetry and diamond-quilted leather seat upholstery.


'The Diamond Series is distinguished by a stainless steel matrix to the front bumper (left), new, larger diameter 19 inch x 8J twin-spoke alloy wheels, a unique design, and Union Flag badges on the front wings,' Wong says. 'A new range of Heritage paint colours is also available.'


Sounds just the job for Hong Kong or Macau tycoons who need an alternative swish to the 25 Rolls-Royce Phantoms that are said to have been sold here. The Maybach looked flash on Derby Day at Sha Tin, but we haven't seen many around town.


Repulse Bay readers, please train those binoculars on the Maybach Centre, and report any activity.


Honest Motors launched the Presage Highway Star yesterday, says spokesman Chan Wai-to. 'It has a newly designed front chromed grille with larger air intake, and sells for $253,800,' he says. 'It has a keyless-go system, Plasmacluster Ion air-conditioning, 10 airbags, and ABS with EBD. This vehicle can carry anything up to a mountain bike, thanks to the one-touch seating arrangement for the second and third-row seats. The seating can be rearranged in seven different modes, from eight-seater to super-luggage mode.'


Mazda Hong Kong (tel: 2893 1112) will next month launch the new Mazda8, the so-called next-generation people-mover, says spokesman Kari Chim. Although the price has yet to be decided, the dealer says about 250 Mazda8s (below) will be shipped here 'on account of the 23 per cent year-on-year increase in [Hong Kong] demand in 2005 for upper-segment multi-purpose vehicles'. Mazda is 'studying the prospect of introducing the Mazda8 to other global markets'.


Clear the Air Hong Kong will discuss motoring issues at its monthly meeting, from 6.45pm on Tuesday, at the Contes D'Orient Gallery, 52 Hollywood Road, Central. The voluntary organisation's meeting agenda includes idling engines (6.50pm-6.55pm) and 'an in-depth discussion' about Citybus (7.20pm-7.45pm).


We dream of driving a City- bus, but we draw the attention of the Transport Department and the police to the tour-bus chaos outside the Lamma ferry pier, Number 4. Every night, about 7.10pm, we see about a dozen buses, many parked on the pavement, and at least a couple brazenly idling on the waterfront. This is a poor advertisement for Hong Kong.


Clear the Air Hong Kong's website (www.cleartheair.org.hk/), presents frightening fug readings and its explanations of bad gases, respirable suspended particles and ozones could make you think twice about buying big-emission fasties, sports utility vehicles and convertibles.


Finally, the Hong Kong International Auto Parts Fair opens today at the AsiaWorld-Expo, hall 9, near the Hong Kong International Airport, 10.30am-5.30pm, and closes at 4pm on Tuesday. You can register for free admission at www.hkautopartsfair.com.