Infiniti sets sights on Hong Kong luxury market

Infiniti sets sights on Hong Kong luxury market

Infiniti is looking to muscle in on the city's crowded luxury sector after becoming the first carmaker to open its global headquarters in Hong Kong.

Friday, 7 September, 2012, 10:57am

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

A Mercedes-Benz in a 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.

16 Aug 2012 - 3:52am

New engines race ahead

Smaller blocks again took the main honours at last month's car boffins' 'Oscars', the 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards, in Stuttgart.

The best of last year's show was Fiat's 875cc TwinAir two-cylinder turbocharged unit in the Fiat 500.

27 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

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

Hybrid gets an overhaul

The Lexus GS mid-range executive saloons are popular on airport or cross-border runs. The new GS hybrid version, the GS450h, updates the comfort and may cut the cost of driving on business.

15 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Ultimate social class

Hong Kong is still a key car market in Asia. Recession-hit marques might unveil their latest cars in booming Beijing or Shanghai, but they also know Hong Kong owners have developed brand loyalties for generations and are arguably more discerning.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Seeing is believing

The Volkswagen CC was launched at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show as the world's first four-door coupe in the US$30,000 to US$40,000 class. The CC (for Comfort Coupe) was sold to nearly 270,000 people around the globe, Volkswagen says, because it had the luxury and drive of luxury makes, but at a more competitive price.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nissan to set up Infiniti plant in China

Nissan's luxury brand Infiniti is setting up a production base in China through its joint-venture partner Dongfeng.

21 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Export strategy success

Hyundai has built a strong following in Hong Kong. A decade ago, the South Korean marque was regarded as 'cheap', but then the Santa Fe and Tucson sports utility vehicles became worldwide hits on account of their mechanics, durability and economy.

6 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Transport for all tastes

The Mercedes-Benz B-Class seems a car for many tastes - a hatchback with almost van-like space.

First launched in 2005, the Compact Sports Tourer has been a success, thanks to its build safety and smoothness of its front-wheel-drive ride.

The latest B-Class is more agile and efficient, and with lots of updates.

16 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

From GP to school run

Subaru's popularity in Hong Kong grew with no-nonsense Imprezas, functional Forester wagons and brutish, rally-tested WRX STI, with rear spoilers as big as bookcases.

In recent years, the Japanese marque has refined its designs and shown how its saloons can be speedy safety cars at the Macau Grand Prix, and still be sufficiently comfortable for school and supermarket runs.

2 Mar 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

Carmakers giving global models a China twist

Two years ago, on a visit to a General Motors plant in Lordstown, Ohio, US President Barack Obama dubbed the Chevrolet Cruze the 'car of the future'.

Indeed, the model has proved one of GM's biggest post-bankruptcy successes and is on track this year to overtake the Toyota Corolla as the best-selling compact car in the US.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Winning formula

The BMW M5 has always offered the comfort of a prestigious luxury saloon and the exhilaration of a sports car. When it was first launched at the Amsterdam Motor Show in 1989, the BMW M5 was the fastest production sedan in the world, and proved so popular that the Bavarian marque launched more versions in 1989, 1998 and the popular five-litre, 500hp E60 version in 2005.

25 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Luxury on a lavish scale

Audi has stretched the comfort zones of its latest A8 long-wheelbase limousine. The Bavarian marque has given its top-of-the-range luxury saloon an extra 130mm on its 3.122-metre wheelbase to extend legroom inside.

11 Nov 2011 - 12:00am