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A convertible is the perfect car to explore Hong Kong this summer. Hans Schlaikier selects five that are sure to turn up the heat.

Saturday, 1 September, 2012, 12:47am

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Straight to the heart of the matter of hanging on hold with Cathay Pacific

There have been a few responses to our item yesterday on the time it takes to get through to a human being at Cathay Pacific's Marco Polo Club.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Warhol's sweeping strokes on hand-painted 1979 BMW M1 a perfect pop art tribute

Andy Warhol is a man who needs no introduction. Paying tribute on the 25th anniversary of his death, BMW has dedicated its Art Cars programme this year to the father of pop art.

Following the display last year at the Hong Kong International Art Fair of the M3 painted by Jeff Koons, a 1979 BMW M1 racing car used as a canvas by Warhol, will be showcased at this year's fair.

12 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Flex appeal

Lamborghini has kept the V10 Gallardo alive with a number of limited edition variants since it was launched in 2003 - with a mainly cosmetic difference. Last year it brought the Bicolore and Tricolore versions to Hong Kong. This month, the LP 560-4 Noctis arrived.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

European adventure

One of the challenges of owning a supercar in Hong Kong is being able to control it in crowded places.

Most luxury car dealers offer their customers basic training in handling potentially volatile vehicles.

Usually at tracks, such courses allow devotees to legally rev-up cars without endangering other road users, and emerge a more confident driver.

9 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

MiTo is epitome of cool

The Alfa Romeo MiTo is one of the most attractive cars in Hong Kong, particularly in red. Launched in 2008 as the Italian marque's answer to the BMW Mini and Audi's A1, the three-door, five-seater MiTo has a shield-shaped grille, sculpted V-shaped bonnet and clear lens, and teardrop headlamps inspired by the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione.

27 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Dream car has it all

Founded in 1967, AMG originally built and tested engines for racing cars. Its initials stand for Aufrecht, Melcher and Gro?aspach, the birthplace of one of its two founders, Hans Werner Aufrecht, a former Benz engineer. Now based in Affalterbach, near Stuttgart, AMG is a subsidiary of Daimler and modifies Mercedes-Benzes into collectors' items.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Hefty price for 'big cat'

The new Jaguar XKR-S is the marque's fastest and most powerful production car, and the coupe version has just arrived in Hong Kong. The model seems ideal for cross-border highway runs, comfortable inside, and should impress the city's rich at bonus time.

23 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The fast and the curious

If anything signified the exclusivity of Top Marques Macau, it was the two-metre-tall bodyguard shadowing an Indian nobleman at the Asian launch of the Knight XV. Then there was the vehicle itself - an armoured luxury SUV that resembles a supersized Range Rover-cum-Humvee on the outside but comes with an interior and price tag worthy of a Rolls-Royce.

2 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

For the elite

Hong Kong's motoring elite is braced for the arrival of the McLaren MP4-12C, the most eagerly awaited new sports car of the year. At HK$3.95 million, this carbon-fibre miracle of Formula One engineering does 0-100km/h in three seconds and has a top speed of over 320km/h.

21 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

BORN to thrill

The recently held 64th Frankfurt Motor Show was without doubt one of the highlights of the car industry's calendar. The event was attended by some 800,000 visitors and featured about 1,000 exhibits from 32 countries.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Live life in the fast lane

Lamborghini is mobilising its 200 Hong Kong and Guangzhou owners into a fast-lane consumer force.

The Italian marque has launched the Lamborghini HK ELITE Club, offering its local supercar owners a host of lifestyle privileges and deals on luxury products, spas, more than 70 exclusive hotels, restaurants 'and practical services across the globe'.

30 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Model cars

CMC Classic Model Car (HK) - 1938 Bugatti 57 SC Atlantic Coupe (HK$2,928)

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Facelift for cult favourite

The Subaru Forester has developed a cult following in Hong Kong over the past decade because it is easy to handle, has lots of space and is fitted with an excellent four-wheel drive.

9 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Symbol of unification

Lamborghini has been busy in China. The Italian marque sold 206 cars across the nation last year, a 'growth of 150 per cent over 2009', and 138 units were booked in the first half of this year. Sales are expected to grow with the delivery of 'over 200 ordered' Aventador LP700-4, and last month's opening of its 15th sales outlet in China, Lamborghini Macau, with partner Kam Bo Motors.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

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