Toyota 86: The people’s sports car

On Tuesday last, the Toyota 86 made a spectacular entry at the Yas Marina, with the world’s first synchronised 3-D mapping unveil. And with it comes the hibernating sporty spirit of Toyota back into our world. But amidst all the fanfare and great expectations of Toyota, the 86 faced its …

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New Passat marks a milestone in environment-friendly production

Thinking Blue, Volkswagen en route to reducing environmental impact of production by 25 per cent by 2018. Volkswagen’s Think Blue initiative has been setting people – at least some of them – thinking in our part of the world, where few think twice before driving an extra mile or digging …

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Peugeot 508 review: Bon Jour, Gentlemen!

Peugeot’s range in the Middle East was getting to be slightly jaded in variety, especially after the withdrawal of 407 and the continuing absence of an SUV – like the globally available 4008. But as the spirited RCZ earlier suggested, change is underway. And this year, the elegant new 508 reiterates …

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Auto China 2012: Top picks

When we were young students of literature, we were encouraged to read from the masters of story-telling the world over. Even to write like them. The hope was that some day, the writing would evolve into what could be called original and perhaps even masterly. I guess the same holds …

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Swaidan adds reliability to used cars

Dubai: If you have a car to sell or insist on buying a car with credentials and well-checked whereabouts, there is a new address to check out. Swaidan Motors, a quality used cars operation has been launched by Swaidan Trading Co. LLC, part of the Saeed & Mohammed Al Naboodah Group. …

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2012 Volkswagen Tiguan Review: Everybody loves the Tiguan

For a brief moment, in the parking lot where I met the Tiguan for the first time, it looked like an overgrown Golf. Quickly getting over the illusion, I realized that, it is one extremely roomy passenger cabin fitted with a sporty engine, and a styling that renders boot space …

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Beijing Auto Show: A peek into China

As the Beijing Auto Show 2012 opens doors to the trade and the public, here is a look at market insights gathered from reports of the show that will conclude on the 2nd of May. Many new models throng the market and several concepts are being unveiled at Auto China, …

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Added protection for Al Futtaim customers

Al-Futtaim has launched a handy automotive insurance product for new and pre-owned vehicles that will assure customers of three hassle-free years. Protect+ is a package of four very useful benefits for owners of Toyota, Lexus, Hino, Honda, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Volvo and Automall, the pre-owned vehicles division of Al-Futtaim. Protect+ …

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Now, Ducati rides on Audi

Last week, AUDI AG confirmed the news about two hot wheels from Bologna rolling into its stables. The acquisition of the tradition-steeped Italian sports motorcycle manufacturer Ducati Motor Holding S.p.A. With Ducati, the German brand will now be flanked by three traditional Italians – the other two being Lamborghini and …

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2012 Lexus GS Review: If sport is the spice of luxury…

…then the redesigned Lexus GS is the recipe you are looking for. It saves you the bother of choosing among luxury, looks and a sporty drive. As we cross the milestone of our 100th post, we bring you the new line of Lexus: essentially designed for a sporty experience with a …

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