Subcompact Cars

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.

Friday, 8 June, 2012, 12:00am

Revamp looking good

Popular with housewives and driving instructors since its launch in 1982, the Nissan March has always been a practical ride for undemanding drivers.

The new, fourth-generation March has been redesigned to look good and use less fuel in town. Available at HK$145,800 with a five-year warranty, the new car is one of the most mum-friendly drives in town.

20 May 2011 - 12:00am

Compact Ractis ticks all the boxes

Japanese marques often launch cars in Hong Kong before any other foreign city. This is because Hong Kong drives on the left, as the Japanese do, and the marques can easily ship us cars off their main production lines. Hong Kong gives the marques' global export strategists their first foreign media, customer and dealer feedback about their new models.

24 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Enjoy a smooth ride in a Polo

Considering it's been around for the past 35 years, it's surprising that the Volkswagen Polo hasn't featured in the European Car of the Year awards, an honour that went to its bigger brother, the Golf, in 1992. But the fifth generation of the Polo walked away with this year's award and, having just driven it, it's easy to see why.

26 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

High note

Honda owes much of its success to its ability to turn its innovative concepts into production models.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am


We can't live with them and we can't live without them. They pollute our planet but we will never stop using them. They are beautiful, sleek and some of us worship them. Welcome to the world of cars

What sort of car is that?

A car is much more than a metal box with four wheels. What sort of cars are these?

1. a limousine

5 Dec 2008 - 12:00am

Car of the year sells on wave of nostalgia

It's amazing the nostalgia and affection a piece of metal with four wheels can generate. While the Italians are chaotic with their politics, nobody can knock them for car style. The Fiat 500, winner of this year's European Car of the Year, is coming to the city, and half the cars have already been sold ahead of their arrival.

14 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

AT A GLANCE: Mitsubishi Colt Ralliart Version-R

What drives it? A 1,468cc, 16-valve, DOHC 4-cylinder MIVEC Turbo engine, linked to a six-speed Invecs III CVT transmission.

How fast is it? According to it has a top speed of 210km/h and makes 0-100km/h in around seven seconds.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

R is for radical

Here's another one of those boy-racer cars that's as flashy as it is quick. Ranged against the Ford Fiesta ST, Mitsubishi's souped-up Ralliart R has similar, out-there performance, yet it's even more keenly priced than Ford's pocket rocket.

22 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Big deal

Cathay Pacific Holidays is offering an interesting fly-drive package to Sapporo, without accommodation, that provides a car with an English-language navigation system for exploring the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido.

16 May 2007 - 12:00am

Suzuki has Lamborghini running scared

It was a road rage event of David and Goliath proportions when the driver of a lowly Suzuki hatchback decided to take on a late-model Lamborghini in a chase through rush-hour Sydney traffic.

Police said trouble flared when the driver of the yellow Italian sports car took exception to the booming music coming from the Suzuki Swift as the two cars drew alongside each other.

15 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Short and sweet

SUZUKI HAS AT last made an affordable compact that doesn't look awful. But there's a caveat with the latest Swift: the Hong Kong models of this runabout were made in Japan, without the side airbags of the European-made versions that earned a four-star rating in New Car Assessment Programme crash tests.

20 Aug 2005 - 12:00am


The Suzuki Swift (right) arrives in Hong Kong next week, says Desmond Yu of Island Motors (tel: 2518 0729). Available in 1.3-litre manual and 1.5-litre automatic versions, and priced between $109,000 and $132,000, the Swifts suggest Suzuki has sportified its runabouts with bolder lines and 'intelligent keyless functions' inside.

16 Jul 2005 - 12:00am


North Point reader Steve Ellul kindly sends us a portrait of his father, Jim, with his beloved Triumph (below), painted from photos by his college-mate, designer Nik Coole.

Steve Ellul says car or bike portraits make splendid presents.

4 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Dark secret

I MISSED OUT on the whole boy racer thing. In my village, tractors and cars of indeterminate breed tied together with baling twine were the transport of choice. Hence, when I was asked to road test the Honda Civic, my heart sank. A family saloon held no attraction to me and I had no idea that the Civic was dear to the heart of the racing fraternity.

5 Jun 2004 - 12:00am