Large Cars

2008 Volkswagen Passat | new car review

Euro-bland styling conceals a very impressive mechanical package in this Volkswagen model. Not changed from last year, the Passat is Volkswagen’s answer to the  Japanese, Korean and American mid-size cars not forgetting its home competition. The Passat has grown in stature and size through its 34 year old career and…

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…

2008 Skoda Superb | new car review

The Skoda Superb is an executive car based on the platform of the Volkswagen Passat (but was elongated by 10 centimetres) and shares its mechanicals with that model. It is currently the largest and most luxurious model in Skoda’s lineup. Neither frivolous, nor bland, the Superb looks, well… simply handsome!…

2008 Subaru Legacy | new car review

The Legacy is Subaru’s flagship sedan and competes in the executive mid-segment sedan category here in the Middle East. Not changed much since 2006 when it underwent the designer’s scalpel, the Legacy carries on unabated although the station wagon model has gone off the radar. The Subaru brand is quite…

2008 Nissan Altima | new car review

Nissan’s bread and butter car in the mid-size sedan category when it comes to the Middle East market, the Altima has grown up from being a basic no-nonsense sedan to one that bustles with new technologies. For the 2008, the Altima is totally new both inside as well as outside…

2008 Peugeot 607 | new car review

The Peugeot 607 has been in the region for many years now and carries on gamely. In a segment where the badge counts a lot, there have been rare sightings of the 607 on the roads of the Middle East. What is surprising that Peugeot still tries to sell this…

2008 Mercury Montego | new car review

Is the Montego the beginning of a new adventure for Mercury in the Middle East? Mercury’s version of the Ford Five Hundred made its 2008 model debut last year, featuring new front-end styling, bigger engine and six-speed automatic transmission. Although, Mercury had been selling the car for quite some time…

2007 Lincoln LS | new car review

The LS is the most youthful of the Lincoln range, and the Lincoln that’s the most European in its temperament. In fact, the Lincoln LS shares its chassis architecture with the Jaguar S-Type. This is a whole lot of car. The LS stands for “luxury sport” or if it doesn’t,…

2008 Kia Optima | new car review

The Optima from Kia is one of the better examples of a mid-sized sedan offering. Once again, this European-flavoured car benefits from its Hyundai connection, but Kia have consciously stayed away from Hyundai’s styling influences and indeed the Optima sits on its platform all of its own. The styling is aimed at making the Optima…