2007

2007 Suzuki Jimny | new car review

A tiny all-wheel drive car that is surprisingly good when the going gets tough, partially because it is so light, Suzuki’s Jimny still keeps going strong. There’s no doubt that in a world where SUVs are big and bigger, the miniscule Jimny defiantly makes a case for itself. With its…

2007 Suzuki Swift | new car review

The Swift brings to the compact car segment a blend of eye-catching good looks, Japanese quality and European-inspired driving dynamics, along with excellent handling. It has the individuality to attract the most discerning of supermini customers. Intended to compete in the B segment with the likes of Peugeot 206, Opel…

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…

2007 Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 | new car review

Though predominantly a manufacturer of small cars, Suzuki decided to enter a bigger SUV category than they were traditional known for and hence launched the Suzuki Grand Vitara XL-7 in 2001. The first-generation XL-7 was a vehicle that was essentially a stretched Grand Vitara with the company’s 2.7-litre V6 engine…

2007 Suzuki SX4 | new car review

Suzuki’s brand new SX4 is a distinctive 4-door hatchback that blends the characteristics of sporty compacts exemplified by the Swift, with those of lightweight SUVs such as the recently launched Grand Vitara, to create an exciting small car alternative. Following Swift and Grand Vitara, the SX4 represents Suzuki’s third global…

2007 Saab 97X | new car review

The 9-7X is built on the same platform as the Chevrolet Trailblazer, and is affectionately known (by geeks) as the Trollblazer, referencing Saab’s hometown of Trollhattan in Sweden. This is despite the fact that the Saab is just as American as the Chevy, built as it is in Ohio. In…

2007 Rolls-Royce Phantom | new car review

Two years after the launch of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and its rapid establishment as the worldwide, market-leading, super-luxury saloon, a second model was launched at the 2005 Geneva Motor Show. This new Phantom with an extended wheelbase offered additional interior space for the rear occupants while maintaining the elegant exterior…

2007 Opel Vectra | new car review

The Vectra is Opel’s contender in the mid-size car market and again like the Astra, hasn’t been pushed aggressively to highlight its capabilities. It is available as a four-door sedan and station-wagon along with a five-door hatchback, known as the Vectra GTS. The most distinctive feature of the Vectra is…

2007 Opel Corsa | new car review

Opel is one of those brands that is slightly obscure here in the Middle East. This European subsidiary of General Motors is still testing the waters here in the region. The entry level car in their line-up is the Corsa that is available in two-door or four-door hatchback variants and…

2007 Mercury Grand Marquis | new car review

The 2007 highlights of Mercury’s flagship offering in the market include a simplified lineup with two comprehensively equipped trim levels — GS and LS – and two new exterior colors and three two-tone exterior combinations are introduced. The Mercury Grand Marquis has the most horsepower and torque, the roomiest interior…