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Compact Cars

Luxury cars score poorly in new U.S. crash test

Several luxury cars, including the top-selling Mercedes-Benz C-Class, scored poorly in a new frontal crash test designed to mimic what happens when a car hits another vehicle, power pole or tree.

Thursday, 16 August, 2012, 3:52am

Volkswagen aiming for pole position

Volkswagen aims to replace Toyota as Hong Kong's No 1 car seller in terms of sales, product range, and after-sales service by 2018.

That means Volkswagen will have to nearly double monthly sales to 6,000 cars over the next six years in a market where the number of new car registrations grew just 8.35 per cent a year on average in the five years to 2011.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:04pm

Living up to the hype

Alfa Romeo has a long tradition of making stylish, racy cars.

Founded in 1910 as A.L.F.A (Anonima Lombarda Fabbrica Automobili), the marque began at the Portello factory in Milan and, in the following year, entered a car in the Targa Florio, an open road endurance race.

6 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Juke has broad appeal

Nissan has made crossover vehicles for a decade. The popular 3.5-litre Murano in 2002 merged the size of a sports utility vehicle with the comforts of a saloon and soon became a best-seller. The smaller, two-litre Qashqai has been equally impressive as a tall, economic hatchback.

11 May 2012 - 12:00am

Drivers' seventh heaven

Toyota's hybrids seem increasingly sanctimonious about their fuel economy, and the name of its latest model, the Prius V, has an ecclesiastical ring to it.

Yet, the Japanese marque has good reason to believe the new seven-seater can win converts to its fuel-sipping technology.

20 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Ford to launch new 'global' Focus early next year

Ford Motor will launch the new generation of its best-selling Focus compact car on the mainland 'early next year', the first of 15 new models that will more than triple the Detroit car manufacturer's line-up in the world's biggest car market.

5 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

New, bolder Beetle races ahead

The Volkswagen Beetle needed a thorough overhaul to compete with the latest urban runabouts, and the newest version is a vast improvement on its predecessor.

Launched last week in New York, Berlin and Shanghai Auto, which closed yesterday, the latest Beetle looks bolder than the New Beetle of 1998, and could have the stylish BMW Mini and Audi A1 in its sights.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Resistance is futile

The season of Christmas shopping and running the family around for festive get-togethers may be an opportune time to launch a multi-purpose vehicle. Although the timing was coincidental, when the wrapping came off the 2011 Mazda 5 MPV in Hong Kong this month, the Japanese carmaker's compelling gift was a sportier and more stylish reincarnation of the compact people carrier.

18 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Bolt out of the blue

BYD looked set to become one of the leading forces in the mainland motoring industry earlier this year. The company only started manufacturing cars in 2005, but in the first quarter of this year it topped sales figures on the mainland with the F3. For total production figures, the carmaker came in fourth place, behind two Volkswagen joint ventures and General Motors.

6 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Cloud over new official Prius cars

The government is awaiting the delivery of 174 of Toyota's newest model of the Prius hybrid car, which reportedly suffers from faulty brakes.

9 Feb 2010 - 12:00am