Saudi Arabia’s Public Transport Authority has received instructions from “higher authorities” earlier this year to set a maximum limit on the ownership of private vehicles, according to Al Watan newspaper.
Toyota’s SUV line-up in the GCC is already crowded, with every niche filled with a model or two, mostly with offerings built in the Far East. However, Toyota offers a completely different set of SUVs in the West, such as the C-HR, the Highlander and the 4Runner, which fill segments in North America that are already taken here. So as a compromise, Toyota is now offering hybrid versions of some of those SUVs in the Middle East, as a way to differentiate them from existing offerings here. First came the C-HR HEV (while killing off the short-lived Prius here), and now the Highlander HEV has debuted in UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Nissan recently took the covers off the all-new X-Trail. Better known as the Rogue in the US, where it is currently the best-selling Nissan, a lot of new tech has been added to the interior along with the fresh exterior design.
The front fascia gets interesting with the split-headlight design, but then things get conservative in the middle with the V-motion grille. It’s not all show though, as air curtains in the front fascia and active grille shutters improve the aerodynamics at speed. The rear design is also quite subdued.
The top variant of the X-Trail gets an all-digital instrument cluster,
Hyundai Santa Fe’s latest generation debuted quite recently, in 2018. Now two years into its life, it would’ve been normal for the crossover to go through a mid-cycle facelift. But this time, Hyundai has decided to give the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe a complete overhaul with a plethora of changes, including a new platform — or at least that’s what they claim. It must be a modified version of the old one, considering a lot of the car still looks the same.
The full-size luxury coupe flashes a blingy design that has always made it stand out, despite its relatively-lacklustre performance credentials compared to German rivals. So, when the time has come to give it a refresh for the 2021 model year, Lexus has chosen to confine the changes to a few new colour options, wheel options, suspension tweaks and slightly less bulk to carry around.
Kia Motors Corporation has revealed the first official images of the new Kia Sorento, ahead of its first public appearance at the 2020 Geneva International Motor Show in March, which will be followed by a regional launch in the Middle East soon.
With the entire global car market making a vigorous shift towards crossovers, sedans are turning more and more irrelevant by the day. Especially in the small-car segment, individual buyers are wooed by the high-riding hatchbacks on stilts. But sedans are not dying without a fight. Honda has launched the seventh generation of their sub-compact sedan, the City.
Volvo introduced the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first-ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its new Recharge car line concept.
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