It’s that time of year again, when we look back at some of our greatest hits this year. After completing a decade of operation last year, our 11th year has been spectacular! We spent the year driving more dream cars than ever, went on overseas test-drives every other month, and somehow even managed to grow revenues by 50% this year without compromising on our ethics. Advertorials will always be labelled as such, and we will never do any under-the-table work for carmakers, the opposite of which seems to have become a trend in our industry nowadays. On a personal note,
The Saudi Cabinet has approved an increase in the price of petrol across the Kingdom, effective from the first day of Rabiul Thani in the Islamic calendar, equivalent to January 11, 2016. However, national oil conglomerate Aramco said on Twitter that it was immediately closing petrol stations until midnight on Monday, when it will resume sales at new prices from Tuesday, 29th December itself.
With a governmental push for “green” initiatives, the ubiquity of hybrid cars is inevitable in the UAE, even if the current lukewarm sentiments are due to lack of actual subsidies to reduce the higher prices of hybrid cars, as in Western countries. However, a few local car dealers have taken it upon themselves to offer hybrid models that make sense to cost-conscious consumers. One such model is the Nissan Pathfinder Hybrid, which costs almost the same as a regular Pathfinder at Nissan’s dealership in Dubai.
We’ve never been fans of wagons. Wagon-love is only a thing among bloggers who claim to be car enthusiasts, yet drive about in boring cars that are not wagons. The idea of unassuming powerful wagons is cute as well, but doesn’t work in a flamboyant market such as ours, where looks are everything and power cannot be used anywhere. However, this Volvo V60 Polestar has caught our fancy in a big way.
The Renault Clio RS 220 Trophy has set a new lap time on the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife racetrack, in 8 minutes, 23 seconds, as set by German magazine Sport Auto, and Renault is claiming the crown for the “fastest hot hatch” on the ‘Ring. There’s some fine-print though.
The previous-generation Mustang, despite all its flaws, was about as perfect as you could make a muscle-car design. So when the new-gen Mustang was unveiled, it caused quite a stir due to its polarising styling — you either loved it or didn’t love it. Nobody hated it though. What the Mustang had become is a more traditionally-stylish coupe, with a billion improvements under the skin.
We always knew our Toyota FJ Cruiser would become sought-after one day, just like the original FJ40 it gets its name from. What we didn’t know was that it’d happen so soon.
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