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First drive: 2018 Volvo XC40 in Italy

First drive: 2018 Volvo XC40 in Italy

Volvo is on a roll at the moment. Since it was taken over by Geely back in 2010, some skeptics thought it was the beginning of the end for the semi-premium Swedish car manufacturer. But since the launch of the XC90, Volvo has come back on the radar in a big way as a properly premium brand. After launching the impressive XC60 recently, the Swedes have taken on a new segment, the lucrative Compact SUV market, with the launch of the all-new Volvo XC40, currently dominated by the Germans.

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Lotus Elise Cup 260 joins limited edition Lotus fleet

Lotus Elise Cup 260 joins limited edition Lotus fleet

After the Evora GT430 and the faster Evora GT430 Sport, Lotus revealed another limited edition car from their stable called Lotus Elise Cup 260 recently. The production of this puny little car is limited to just 30 units worldwide. Just like the GT430 Evoras, the Elise Cup 260 banks on aerodynamics and lightness to improve its performance.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets sharper with new version

2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets sharper with new version

The current generation of the entry-level Mercedes-Benz A-Class is the third one in its timeline. This generation turned the quirky old A-Class into a well-proportioned hatchback. But with several lacklustre years under its belt, it was getting old and Mercedes has brought out a new one. They’ve taken the covers off a sharper A-Class which ticks all the right geek boxes, if not the enthusiast ones.

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Porsche launch studio in Beirut, 2018 Cayenne arrives in UAE showrooms

Porsche launch studio in Beirut, 2018 Cayenne arrives in UAE showrooms

Porsche recently opened the Porsche Studio in Beirut, a first for the region. Similar to “Porsche on Sylt” and the “Porsche Studio Guangzhou”, the new site in the Lebanese capital adopts an innovative sales format, which enables the sports car manufacturer to interact with a wide spectrum of target groups. Located in the city centre, the new premises offer visitors a range of the brand’s services.

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We drove the Ferrari 812 Superfast at Dubai Autodrome (video)

We drove the Ferrari 812 Superfast at Dubai Autodrome (video)

The new Ferrari 812 Superfast is the fastest regular-production car to come out of Maranello. It is quick enough to keep up with the LaFerrari up to the 100 kph mark, and outright beat the Enzo. Our resident journosaur Gautam drove the Ferrari 812 Superfast at the global launch, so you can read about the car in detail. But while I and Arabic editor Tammam were not invited to the event in Italy, we did get to drive it at the Dubai Autodrome racetrack recently for a couple of laps. You can check out Tammam’s Arabic video review,

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