2007

2007 Volkswagen Golf | new car review

2007 Volkswagen Golf   The Volkswagen Golf is, along with the Beetle, one of Europe’s leading automotive legends. Appearing, down the years, in various guises from sedate runabout to hot hatch, its characteristics for soundness and performance are well established. Now, however, there is a new variant to add to…

2007 Volkswagen Passat | new car review

The long-lived Passat (33 years this year and counting!) received its most recent makeover in 2005, so don’t expect any surprises this year. Those with long memories will realise that this is the sixth generation Passat – and unquestionably the best, carving out a serious niche for the company in…

2007 Volkswagen Phaeton | new car review

The Phaeton is Volkswagen’s first attempt at building a large sedan that is luxurious enough to compete for attention with other established German luxury car makers. It has been in the Middle East market, where it has received a mixed reception, for around three years. When they began work on…

2007 Volkswagen Polo | new car review

The Polo is one of the most successful and versatile small cars in Europe and it has once again raised the bar with a new engine/gearbox combination that makes it the first vehicle in its class to have a six-speed automatic gearbox with gear ranges which are closer together for…

2007 Toyota Yaris | new car review

Well on its way to becoming the world’s largest automotive manufacturer, Toyota is known for its acumen when it comes to recognising trends and immediately acting to seize opportunities. Its earlier offerings in the small car segment or the supermini class consisted of the funky xA which catered to the…

2007 Toyota Camry | new car review

The Camry is consistently ranked as one of the most popular vehicles in the Middle East market. It is Toyota’s “bread-and-butter” vehicle, so its marketing and sales strategy is cautious, aimed squarely at the centre of buyer demographics, as most Camry buyers are not car enthusiasts. The Camry is positioned…

2007 Toyota Aurion | new car review

The needs of mid-size Sedan class customers have significantly evolved during the past few years. This is particularly evident among customers in their thirties, who express a desire for a sedan which will meet their functional needs, but also provide a luxurious and prestigious environment, coupled with responsive power and…

2007 Toyota RAV4 | new car review

First introduced in Japan in 1994 to cater to consumers wanting a vehicle that had most of the benefits of an SUV, the RAV4 or “Recreational Activity Vehicle, 4-wheel drive” caught on well with the consumers and its early success paved the way for other compact SUVs such as the…

2007 Toyota Fortuner | new car review

Though the Toyota Fortuner mid-size sport utility vehicle was produced initially for some Asian, African and Latin American markets, the Japanese manufacturer extended its marketing to this side of the world too. Launched in the Middle East only last year, the Fortuner is the second newest nameplate in the Toyota…

2007 Suzuki Ignis | new car review

A wonderfully little oddball machine, the 5-door Ignis is another supermini concept from Suzuki. It is marketed as a miniaturised sports utility with ample ground clearance for light duty. Based on the platform of the Wagon-R (not available in the Middle East), the Ignis has undergone further improvements in all…