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Hatchbacks

Tests grow more strict

The European New Car Assessment Programme's (NCAP) safety ratings are frequently referred to in Hong Kong car showrooms, but marques are finding crash tests are getting more harsh.

Wednesday, 15 August, 2012, 11:15pm

Chic hatch is practical

Compact, well-styled and economical, the three-door Audi A1 has proven to be a popular urban runabout in Hong Kong.

Last Friday, the Bavarian marque held the Hong Kong launch of its five-door hatchback version, the Audi A1 Sportback.

8 Jun 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

Hitting the right notes

Peugeot has built a solid reputation for functional cars in Hong Kong.

The RCZ Coupe shows the French marque has stepped up its styling.

Assembled at Magna Steyr in Austria, and launched in 2010, the 1.6-litre RCZ Coupe has aerodynamic aluminium roof arches, prominent front and curvy rear wings on 18-inch wheels.

24 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Making technology work

Head-up display systems are useful. They enable you to see how fast you are going, how much petrol you have left and other significant information in a reflection on the windscreen, without taking your eyes off the road. BMW has fitted head-up displays into its 5 Series since 2004 and the latest system is a key part of the M5 luxury saloon, which was launched in Hong Kong this month.

18 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Fan club growing

Hyundai has developed a staunch following for its 2.4-litre Santa Fe (HK$279,470) and two-litre Tucson (HK$206,163) sports utility vehicles in Hong Kong.

Sales of its 2.4-litre diesel H-1 van (from HK$183,800) have also grown from 'around 15 units per month', when it was introduced in 2008, to 'close to 100 cars per month', says dealer Hyundai Hong Kong.

21 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Big in stature

Hong Kong's Mini traditionalists might wonder whether BMW's 'little car from Oxford' is still little.

At April's Shanghai Auto Show, the marque presented a range of 10 models, including the four-door Mini Countryman and premium models such as the Mini Inspired by Goodwood and the quick John Cooper Works variant.

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Offer to draw buyers

If you order a Fiat 500 over the border before its mainland launch on September 15, you might be offered a limited-edition First Edition, with Chinese characteristics.

29 Jul 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

C-Class now 'speaks' Putonghua

The Mercedes-Benz C-Class is the German marque's largest-selling car. Codenamed W 201 at its 1982 launch, the car has evolved from a boxy 'Baby Benz' to a sophisticated and stylish inner-city drive.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

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