Cars like the Lotus Exige have become rare. Actually they are pretty much extinct, as the Exige ceased production in 2021, as did the Elise and Evora, to be replaced by the more-modern new Emira. We got a chance to drive the Exige 410 Anniversary Edition. The Exige has been around since 2000, but still as exciting to drive, if not more so.
The McLaren GT is the British brand’s most luxurious model in its extensive SUV-free lineup. While most McLarens are usually supercars with loud exhausts and small boots, this one is supposed to be — as the name suggests — their luxury grand touring model.
MySyara, a UAE based automotive start-up, has acquired a major auto parts distributor in the UAE for US$ 2.6 million. With the integration of supply chain within its business operations, the start-up has launched ‘MySyara Supply’ which aims to deliver a seamless way to supply parts to garages, thereby cutting down the waiting times for garage customers.
What you are about to read are our first impressions of the 2022 Toyota Land Cruiser, based on a quick lunch-break visit to the showroom as well as a very short spin of a private car on city streets. We weren’t invited to the media launch event held in the UAE, which was seemingly attended only by “agreeable” scribes and influencers, but taking a closer look at one of the most hyped new cars to be launched in the Middle East in 2021 (after the latest Nissan Patrol Nismo earlier this year) gives us some insight on why Toyota is trying to control the messaging so tightly.
The Infiniti QX60 has been the brand’s cash cow for the past few crossover-crazy years. Despite its popularity, the three-row crossover was growing too old for its job, as the current-gen model launched in 2012. So the 2022 Infiniti QX60 skipped a year and launches as a completely revamped model.
There have been several high-profile post-lockdown car launches that set the internet on fire. The Nissan Patrol Nismo, the Chevy Tahoe and the upcoming Ford Bronco featured prominently among them, but those were all SUVs. The only small car to “trend” is the Volkswagen Golf GTI, which shows that cars might be giving way to SUVs, but the legendary O.G. hot hatch is always going to be around.
If you felt the ancient Nissan Patrol Super Safari is unreasonably expensive, don’t fret. That’s because Toyota is waiting in the wings to up the ante. Now on sale at the UAE dealer are two “limited-edition” variants of the Land Cruiser 70 Series – The Land Cruiser 76 and Land Cruiser 79 Overlander edition. With even more ancient bones than the Nissan Y61, the LC70 wagon and pickup should give you a taste of 1980s offroad motoring at an eye-watering price.
Carasti, a UAE-based car subscription platform, is now offering a “mini lease” option, where a user can order a brand new car for 12-to-24-month lease, with no paper contracts and home-delivered, using just the Carasti app. The company has raised a US$ 3 million Pre-Series A funding round to fuel their expansion with further such offerings.
We were invited to check out Carzaty, the Middle East’s hottest digital-focused car dealership that operates in Oman and the UAE. Carzaty sells pre-owned cars with a warranty and puts a priority on the customer experience. Their “showroom” is called the Car Hub and we went to the one in Dubai. You can find all their cars and book a test-drive at www.carzaty.com
The all-new Cadillac CT5 directly competes with cars such as the compact BMW 3-Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class. In CT5-V form seen here, the V version has now been repositioned as an entry-level performance model, with a future Blackwing model taking the fight to the BMW M3 and the Mercedes-AMG C 63. However, this car is an entertainer in its own right.
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