Station Wagons

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

Volkswagen aiming for pole position

Volkswagen aims to replace Toyota as Hong Kong's No 1 car seller in terms of sales, product range, and after-sales service by 2018.

That means Volkswagen will have to nearly double monthly sales to 6,000 cars over the next six years in a market where the number of new car registrations grew just 8.35 per cent a year on average in the five years to 2011.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:04pm

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

Size isn't everything

A host of celebrities and about 500 Audi fans had good reason to welcome the Q3 compact premium sports utility vehicle to Hong Kong this month.

The third and most compact member of the Audi Q series, the Q3 is available here in two models, both fitted with two-litre turbocharged, FSI petrol engines, a seven-speed S-tronic gearbox and quattro four-wheel drive.

25 May 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

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

Life is a cabriolet

Visitors to the Audi A5 show at Ocean Terminal last weekend were drawn to the 333 horsepower of the S5 Coupe (HK$858,000), and dealer Premium Motors offered deals on the first 50 sales of the 211hp A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI (at HK$525,000 up).

17 Feb 2012 - 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

Peter Ho indulges in a bit of horseplay at BMW party as he goes from horseback to horsepower

What better way to launch a hot new car than with hot 'his and hers' celebrities?

At the unveiling of its new 5 Series car at Ocean Terminal on Friday, BMW invited actor Peter Ho Run-dong and model Ana Rivera to pit their good looks against those of the M5 sedan - 'a super racing car in disguise'.

8 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Powerful and spacious

BMW's third-generation 6 Series Coupe exudes power. Due to be displayed at the BMW showroom in Wan Chai this weekend, the big 2+2 seater is half a centimetre closer to the ground on 18- or 19-inch wheels, 74mm longer than its predecessor, at 4.894m, on a 2.855m wheelbase.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Technical sophistication

Audi has launched several exciting new cars in Hong Kong over the past year, from the chic A1 compact and the halo R8 convertible, to the sleek A7 Sportback 3.0 TFSI quattro (HK$857,700) and plush A8L 4.2 FSI quattro limousine (HK$1,769,050) which stretched VIPs to last month's Van Cleef & Arpels store opening in Central.

7 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Vehicle value-adding tactics

If you're planning to buy a new car, you'll have to face the fact that, once the warranty has expired, the value is going to drop significantly when you put it on the market, unless it's a highly sought-after ultra-luxury model.

13 Jun 2011 - 12:00am