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Shanghai bets on home-grown cars

Despite the slowdown in the market for cars on the mainland, Shanghai is moving into higher gear, beginning construction on an automotive research campus yesterday.

Thursday, 10 May, 2012, 12:00am

Captivating experience

The new Ferrari and Maserati showroom in Repulse Bay brings Italian luxury cars to the doorstep of the Southside rich, and at a prominent tourist spot frequented by mainland visitors.

Its highlight is the Ferrari 458 Spider, the world's first sports car to have a fully retractable aluminium hard-top.

10 Feb 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

Ways to spin your imagination into gold

Virtually anything can be a decent investment if bought at the right price and managed correctly.

Discovery Bay golf carts

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Wants + needs

Cars by Lauren

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Maserati Quattroporte Automatic

What drives it? A 4.2-litre V8 with a six-speed ZF automatic transmission on 18-inch wheels.

How fast is it? Very. The 400-horsepower V8 pumps out 460Nm of torque at 4,520rpm, reaches 100km/h in 5.6 seconds and tops out at 270km/h.

2 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

An Italian Love Affair

Graham Allen

Formula One and the racing greats - Lauda, Regazzoni and Villeneuve - captivated Graham Allen, a railway engineering manager. He remembers attending motor shows in Britain during the 1970s and 80s, and thinking, 'One day I will own one of these machines,' although it wasn't until 1997 that he bought his beloved Dino.

3 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Forever Ferrari

THERE ARE SOME BRANDS that strive for style. And there are some for which the mere mention of their name defines it.

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

Forza Ferrari!

Dealerships, clubs, museums and directories for the Ferrari fanatic.

Want one? Go to Italian Motors, Ap Lei Chau Centre, Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, tel: 2873 9288 (www.italianmotors.com.hk).

9 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

An Italian Renaissance

WILLIAM IS GOING to become unbearable. My brother-in-law has always been stubbornly loyal to Alfa Romeo, leading the rest of the family to tease him by offering the number of a towing service in case he breaks down on the way over for Sunday lunch.

4 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Footdown

Alice Siu of Volvo Cars Hong Kong says the sound system in the new variable-roof Volvo C70 (below) offers 'concert hall' sound when the metal roof is up, or become 'an open-air arena' when it's down.

6 May 2006 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: MASERATI QUATTROPORTE

What drives it? A 4.2-litre V8 with a six-speed duo-select automatic gearbox, independent front and rear suspension with double-wishbone geometry and anti- dive and anti-squat features, four cross-drilled ventilating discs, 11-spoke, 18-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P Zero Rosso tyres.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Power and passion

WHEN YOU'RE LENT a Maserati Quattroporte for the day, you're entitled to daydream a little of brisk flits on Route Twisk, or slow cruises in Central, just to catch the eye of everyone you know. But when a friend told me he was getting married that day, I thought the top-of-the-range Maserati was a potentially fitting set of wheels for newlyweds.

1 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Footdown

Porsche Centre Hong Kong shows how a Cayenne S can look sporty with a five-metre kayak on its roof at the finish of the dealers' third Outward Bound Adventure Race in Sai Kung on Sunday. We congratulate the dealer in backing the 20km kayaking, swimming and trail-running charity event for 85 four-man teams, won by Team Sunnto PowerBar (below). More motor traders should back local sport.

18 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Rumble on the runway

THE FIRST THING that strikes me about the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti is how different it looks up close. I've been half-expecting a bulbous, over-weight two-plus-two coupe. But this is a goddess with a slender figure accentuated by scalloped sides and an all-aluminium body stretched taut over a long wheelbase.

10 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

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