2008

2008 SsangYong Kyron | new car review

The Kyron is the third sport-utility to appear under SsangYong’s 4×4 portfolio. The five-passenger Kyron is a mid-size SUV powered by the familiar package of an ex-Mercedes-Benz 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol making 150bhp and 214Nm of torque. A five-speed auto transmission directs drive to the wheels. Kyron is a conventional compact…

2008 SsangYong Actyon | new car review

Talk about unusually styled cars and SsangYong’s Actyon scores a point or two. But with BMW’s upcoming X6 also aping similar kind of a design trend, the Actyon seems likely to have engraved its name in the automotive arena by starting this trend. SsangYong has made a name for itself…

2008 SsangYong Rexton II | new car review

Competing in the mid-size SUV segment alongside more established Korean players such as Hyundai and Kia is the Rexton II from SsangYong. With this new vehicle, SsangYong moves a bit away from its utilitarian appeal for customers looking for a stylish, yet infinitely practical and drivable off-road vehicle. It can…

2008 Toyota Land Cruiser | new car review

2008 Toyota Landcruiser   Embodying all the rugged characteristics and off-road reliability that has made it famous, the 2008 Land Cruiser adds a new dimension of driving pleasure, perceived quality and comfort. The new Land Cruiser is big, powerful, comfortable, has a fantastic four-wheel-drive system, plush suspension – all packaged…

2008 Toyota RAV4 | new car review

2008 Toyota RAV4   A soft-roader with oodles of appeal – that’s the RAV4 for you! Updated last year when the RAV4 went under the scalpel and came out bigger than before. Available earlier in four- and two-door form, the smaller version has been given the chop this year. If…

2008 Toyota Yaris | new car review

2008 Toyota Yaris   Toyota’s ‘small bundle of joy’, the Yaris, slots itself in the supermini segment with two body styles – hatchback and sedan. Both the models are quite popular with individual buyers as well as the fleet brigade. In urban areas where parking spaces are becoming increasingly difficult…

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser | new car review

2008 Toyota FJ Cruiser   Toyota has gained a reputation for producing off-road vehicles that perform day in and out without much of a fuss on black tops or sand strewn vistas. The Landcruiser and Prado have established their credentials unequivocally in the region. And now there is yet another…

2008 Suzuki XL7 | new car review

Suzuki launched their all-new XL7 crossover SUV in the Middle East markets at the 2007 Dubai International Motor Show. It competes in the mid-size SUV category alongside the likes of the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero and Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Sorento and the Hyundai Santa Fe. The 2008 model…

2008 Suzuki Swift | new car review

The Swift is the Japanese MINI of the affordable supermini segment. It is Suzuki’s global car and finds its place all the way from Asia to the Americas. A blend of eye-catching good looks, Japanese quality and European-inspired driving dynamics, along with excellent handling, the Swift packs a punch. Available…

2008 Suzuki Jimny | new car review

As fresh and distinctive as ever, the Jimny, Suzuki’s diminutive compact SUV has provided many customers with their first taste of 4×4 motoring. The Jimny is every inch the compact, chunky SUV that backs up style with substance, as capable of tackling forays off the beaten track as it is…