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Long-term test — 2017 Honda CR-V – Week 1

Week 1: The 2017 Honda CRV arrives at AutoMiddleEast long-term garage. Here are our first impressions. Text and Image: Amit Benjamin With the departure of our long-term Audi A5 40 TFSI, it’s now time to welcome a new arrival at AutoMiddleEast towers. Ladies and gents, say hello to the 2017…

2018 Bentley Bentayga Pikes Peak challenge

Bentley will attempt to tame the infamous Race to the Clouds in the 2018 Bentayga SUV Apparently, the Nürburgring is a bit last week if you are Bentley. While most manufacturers are still indulging in some good old sabre rattling at the famed German circuit, the Crewe carmaker has decided…

2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53: New addition to mental-Merc line-up

Mercedes’s swoopy saloon gets a new AMG variant: say hello to the 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 and it’s coming to the Middle East soon! Mercedes-AMG seems to have taken upon itself to add further confusion to the already contrived automotive nomenclature that’s prevalent in the motoring world these days. Meet…

Land Rover resurrects iconic Defender, at a price!

The Brits resurrect the Land Rover Defender for just one more last final no-really-we’re-serious-this-time run with a V8-engined limited 70th anniversary edition for AED760,000! No, you’re not confused. Land Rover really did hype the heck out of the Defender’s end of production in 2016, going on and on about the…

Toyota reveals all-new Avalon

New fifth-generation, 2019 Toyota Avalon shares platforms with Lexus and introduces loads of new kit and tech to the model including, wait for it… Engine Sound Enhancement For the fifth-generation Avalon, Toyota has decided to go all out in an attempt to make the model more relevant to private car…

Infiniti Q Inspiration Concept shows its face at 2018 Detroit motor show

Infiniti reveals the future of family sedans in ‘Murica… and it’s, er, interesting Ladies and gents, welcome to the future of sedans, at least Infiniti’s interpretation thereof. And admittedly, it looks really rather good. But it’s not merely aesthetics that have our interest piqued, it’s the clever engineering that sits under…

Ford reveals new Edge ST performance crossover

Performance crossovers have long been a thing, but now Ford’s launching a performance budget crossover with the new Edge ST It was only a matter of time – the Blue Oval is selling more crossovers than ever and in its home market in the US Ford has just posted the…

2017 Lincoln Continental — Road Test

Lincoln’s latest crack at the luxury saloon market is a strong comeback effort, but is it enough to unseat the Germans? Text: Amit Benjamin. Images: Amit Benjamin and supplied So, this is the sedan that’s supposed to bring back Lincoln’s glory days? Is it up to the task? To be honest,…

Toyota reveals mega GR Super Sport Concept supercar

Toyota shakes up the supercar world with the launch of Gazoo Racing performance sub-brand and the mind-bending 1,000-horsepower GR Super Sport Concept In supercar-dom the term ‘racecar for the road’ is a tattered old cliché. And now, Toyota, of all carmakers, has literally delivered on that promise. It recently launched…

Long-Term Test — 2017 Audi A5 40 TFSI – Week 4

Week 4: Our Audi A5 long-term tester leaves AME HQ. It’s time for the obligatory round-up of how it’s behaved over the past month or so. Text and images: Amit Benjamin After more than four weeks of humble service our long-term Audi A5 40 TFSI S line Coupe — to give…

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