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Published:Sunday | July 17, 2022 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Before the Palisade took over as Hyundai’s ultra premium model, the Santa Fe was holding down the fort for the automaker. With production starting over two decades ago, this SUV has always been a ‘do-it-all’ vehicle, that had the perfect...

Published:Sunday | July 10, 2022 | 12:07 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The subcompact SUV has dominated the automotive sector for so long that we sometimes forget about the mid-size SUV. These vehicles are usually dual purpose, as they can be used for domestic driving, as well as off-road excursions. The Everest has...

Published:Sunday | May 22, 2022 | 12:08 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

In 2018, Hyundai took a bold step by unveiling their mid-size SUV, the Palisade, which eclipsed their previous top-tier model, the Santa Fe. With a wheelbase of 2900mm and height of 1750mm, its a bona fide eight-seater that is intended to stand out...

Published:Sunday | April 24, 2022 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Mazda seems to have found a sweet spot with a well-shaped exterior, a luxury inspired interior and a fun-to-drive engine with the CX-9. I remember seeing the CX-7s in the past and admiring their utilitarian functionalities, but hating their design...

Published:Sunday | February 27, 2022 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Originally known in some regions as the Sedona, this is a minivan that has been on KIA’s sales lot since 1998. Now, it solely goes by the nametag Carnival and comes with all the amenities most families are looking for. The first generation had an...

Published:Sunday | February 13, 2022 | 12:10 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Mini is progressively stretching its wings, from its stronghold in Britain, where it first debuted in 1959. Now the company has been making changes to adapt to the active emission laws sweeping Europe, by developing the Countryman plug-in hybrid...

Published:Sunday | November 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

There are only two cars that have a silhouette that was quirky when unveiled and became cultural icons: Mini and VW Beetle. Both lived up to their names, as the Beetle, shaped like its namesake animal, and the Mini were very small vehicles, with...

Published:Sunday | November 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Making its debut in 1998 at the E53, the X5 has brought BMW great success in the mid-size luxury SUV segment. It has a very bold and aggressive look, which also exuded luxury and was a status symbol for many. When the company took over Land Rover...

Published:Sunday | October 31, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Ford Everest has come a long way from its debut in 2003 when it had strong affiliations with Mazda. Back then, it used many of the components of the Mazda BT-50 and the Ford Ranger. It was as though the company was testing the waters...

Published:Saturday | October 23, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Porsche’s internal codes for the 911 (pronounced nine eleven) models throughout its seventh generation are superconfusing, with names such as 930, 964 and 992. Luckily, the company recognised this and labelled all the models 911 for the public to...

Published:Saturday | October 9, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Macan is a high-performance luxury crossover SUV that started production in 2014 and became an immediate hit with the public. For many, it was the right size in an affordable income bracket and had the emblem of a brand that was seen as...

Published:Saturday | October 2, 2021 | 12:07 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

With the massive success of the VW Beetle, which was a quirky designed vehicle that was intended to be reliable and economical, you would think the company would do more experimental vehicles like this. Instead, they played it safe over the years,...

Published:Saturday | August 28, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

AutoGuide.com, several years ago, ranked the Toyota Corolla as the best-selling vehicle of all time. So it came as a surprise to many in the industry as to why Toyota took so long to do a SUV version of the Corolla. In July 2020 the company started...

Published:Sunday | August 8, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

With the constant push by automakers to expand vehicle categories, VW, in 2002, decided to design a model for the mid-size SUV bracket, calling it the Touareg. The name seems to have been carefully chosen, as its origin is traced to a nomadic tribe...

Published:Sunday | June 13, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

In the spring of 2019, Jeep decided to do something dynamic with its brand by adding a pickup, the Gladiator. The brand dabbled in this market before with the Comanche in 1985 but ended production in 1992. This was like a Jeep Cherokee, which was...

Published:Sunday | May 23, 2021 | 12:08 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The first time I drove a CX-5 was in 2013, and the company was eager to show off its SkyActive technology. The vehicle boasted a lightweight engine that was nippy and fuel efficient, which lived up to its hype. But in the back of my mind were two...

Published:Sunday | May 9, 2021 | 12:14 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Audi reminds me of one of those companies that move to its own pace, as it doesn’t seem to be too distracted by many of the changes of its rival German automakers. For years, the brand has stood beside its tried-and-true Quattro system, which has...

Published:Sunday | May 2, 2021 | 12:06 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Jeep silhouette is an iconic one that was made famous in World War II for its practicality and durability. To relive this glory, the brand decided to start the Wrangler series, in the ‘80s, which in essence took its design theme from the...

Published:Sunday | March 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The subcompact SUVs are all the craze these days, because of their ride height and storage capacity, plus, they are usually built on a car’s chassis. This greatly improves the ride comfort and manoeuvrability, while it gives them the ability to...

Published:Sunday | March 7, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

After seeing so many companies enter the SUV market, BMW decided to give it a go in 1999 when it launched the X5. It featured an all-wheel-drive system and a luxurious interior that lived up to its sedan standards. In typical German fashion, the...

Published:Sunday | February 21, 2021 | 12:05 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Comfortable Runabout Vehicle or Compact Recreational Vehicle (CR-V), depending on which country you are in, has been a hit since its inception in 1995, when Honda decided to introduce their first SUV to the market. It had only one trim level,...

Published:Sunday | January 24, 2021 | 12:08 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

The Honda Accord, which started production in 1976, has steadily grown into the hearts of drivers over the years. In the late ‘90s, before the SUV craze, this was the vehicle for upper management, as it had the space and exuded class. Currently,...

Published:Sunday | August 9, 2020 | 12:07 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

It has been clear that Suzuki has made some tweaks to its production of automobiles, which sees it producing vehicles that are more domesticated and practical. In the past, the XL7 was an extension of the Grand Vitara, which had an extra set of...

Published:Sunday | July 19, 2020 | 12:11 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Since 2018, with the release of the Audi Q8, the company is adamant that it wants a place in the mid-size luxury crossover coupe market. BMW was the first company to do so in 2008 with the X6, and Mercedes Benz followed suit with the GLE Coupe in...

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2020 | 12:16 AMKareem LaTouche - Automotives Coordinator

Mazda seems to be streamlining its models with a sleek silhouette to showcase uniformity on all platforms. This is most obvious with the bold nose, which has an underbelly outlined with chrome that extends to the circular LED headlights, which wrap...

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