Off-Road Vehicles

Lai See

The Dongfeng EQ2050 looks just too much like the Humvee

Friday, 19 November, 2010, 12:00am

Latter-day warriors take to the steppes in their Hummers

On a recent drizzly day in Ulan Bator, the Mongolian capital, Terbish Bolor-Erdene became de facto grand master in an unlikely parade.

The 30-year-old entrepreneur led a procession of shiny new Hummers through the Mongolian capital, pausing briefly at the city's central square before rumbling out to the vast steppes of this north Asian country.

16 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Singer left in wheelchair after crash seeks damages

A former Canto-pop singer who escaped death in a car accident on the mainland but is now in a wheelchair and has brain damage is claiming damages from the driver.

20 Jul 2010 - 12:00am

Rugged off-roader is cool to drive

In its 31-year history, the Mercedes-Benz G-Class has won the Paris-Dakar Rally, is used as the Popemobile and is a multipurpose cross-terrain vehicle employed by many modern armies.

28 May 2010 - 12:00am

Tengzhong to reach deal on Hummer purchase 'within days'

Despite widespread fears the deal had hit the skids, Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery is poised to complete its takeover of General Motors Corp's Hummer division within days.

3 Oct 2009 - 12:00am

Beijing may stop Tengzhong from buying Hummer

The National Development and Reform Commission is reported to be on the verge of rejecting Sichuan Tengzhong Heavy Industrial Machinery's bid to buy the Hummer brand from bankrupt General Motors Corp.

26 Jun 2009 - 12:00am

Jeep and cheerful

Once we drove the car of a millionaire. Then came Bear Stearns, Lehmans and Iceland, and some of us are back into little cars quicker than you can say 'cardboard box'. Such a comedown can be a trauma in 2009 Hong Kong, where you are what you drive. You need wheels that can still get you about between jobs, but won't make you look an out of place loser on Conduit Road.

3 Jan 2009 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Land Rover Defender

What drives it? A 122hp 2.4-litre turbo diesel engine married to a six-speed manual transmission on 16-inch wheels.

How fast is it? Probably faster than Tarzan; it hits 100km/h in 14.7 seconds and tops 131km/h.

How safe is it? The Defender's fitted with anti-lock braking with traction control and front and rear disc brakes.

1 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Suzuki SX4

What drives it? A 1,490cc DOHC

16-valve VVT engine, with a three-mode AWD system linked to an automatic box.

How fast is it? In 4WD mode the 1.5-litre model produces 110bhp and the Sport delivers 145bhp. Top speed figures haven't been released for the Hong Kong cars, but the European 1.6-litre models can hit about 170km/h.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Urban versatility

If ever there is a crossover car in camouflage, the SX4 must be it. There are very few 4x4 hatchbacks produced anywhere in the world, so a test drive in Suzuki's compact off-roader is a rare opportunity in Hong Kong.

30 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Footdown

Buy a Lotus Elise R (HK$649,000) or any of three Exige S demonstrator cars (from HK$765,000) this month, or while stocks last, and Richburg Motors will fly you to the British marque's Hethel factory, says the dealer's spokesman, Fai Tsang.

9 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Sporty spice

A SMALLER, CHEAPER, faster, more nimble model - that's the essence of Range Rover Sport, which is designed to make a meal out of the benchmark BMWX5. No doubt, Land Rover hopes it will also clean up the likes of the Volkswagen Touareg and Porsche Cayenne along the way.

3 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Big in the city

YOU NEVER FORGET your first and they set your preferences for life. Mine was known as 'Fergie'. He had no airs and graces and was equally happy working with the cattle or helping out in the fields. He carried me over the sand dunes and I could barely hear the throaty rumble of his voice over the roar of the waves.

11 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE

LAND ROVER DISCOVERY 3

What drives it? A Jaguar-derived 4.4-litre petrol V8 engine with a ZF six-speed gearbox on air suspension, power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering and up to 19-inch wheels. You get Terrain Response features on a full-time four-wheel-drive system, and traction control, dynamic stability control, hill descent control and more.

11 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Rage against the machine

It looks like any other parking ticket. In a see-through wrapper, slipped under the Range Rover's windscreen wipers sits the scourge of London drivers: the fixed penalty notice. Andy is outraged at the prospect of a GBP100 ($1,500) fine. There are no yellow lines, it is 8pm and Soho has too few residents to warrant a neighbourhood parking scheme.

21 Mar 2005 - 12:00am