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  • British heritage, Chinese production

    What happens when a prestigious British car company get taken over by a Chinese automaker? Pretty good things apparently.

  • Gracefully matured: 2020 Honda City RS

    The Civics' little brother is growing up, and we're starting to see the family resemblance.

  • First Hand Review: Riding the Kawasaki Ninja 125

    A performance machine in a displacement choked country.

  • TVS Apache RTR 160 4V SmartXonnect

    A powerful motorcycle with built-in navigation that greets you by name.

  • 2020 Mahindra XUV 300 W6

    Remember how the Tivoli was the first "normal" car made by SsangYong? When the XUV 300 is somewhat similar, being the first Mahindra in Bangladesh that does not look like a dressed-up work truck.

  • 2020 Mahindra TUV 300

    An old school rear-wheel drive, body on frame compact SUV from India that is only offered with a five-speed manual transmission. Making it quite a unique specimen in its segment. To put it in a sentence-an engineer’s dream, a designer’s nightmare. Every design element on the TUV300 is there to serve a function and has been put together with minimal regard to the overall aesthetics.

  • 2020 Mitsubishi Xpander

    The Mitsubishi Xpander is a seven-seater multi-purpose vehicle built to carry around large families. Designed in Japan and produced in Indonesia, the car is best known for its polarizing front end. We took it out for a spin this week and here's what we think.

  • 2020 BMW 218i Gran Coupé

    For the purists, it’s sacrilege. For BMW, it’s a dive into competitive waters. For the rest, the BMW 218i Gran Coupé is a front-wheel, compact luxury sedan and contender in the same class as Audi A3 and Mercedes CLA.

  • BMW M Track Days 2019

    Through October 3rd to 7th, BMW owners and media personnel from around Asia were invited by BMW Group Asia to attend BMW M Track Days 2019 at Malaysia’s Sepang Formula 1 circuit. Over the course of four days, BMW owners and automotive journalists—typically used to street cars in their home countries—were treated to an experience worthy of the performance and prestige of BMW’s M Division and the ballistic missiles with tyres that are M cars.

  • 2019 Toyota Camry Hybrid

    The Toyota Camry, since the late 80s, has been a veritable superhero among cars, but a masked one. Like Superman, it has hidden in plain sight as a reliable, capable force of good—that no one ever recognises.

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Review

    2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300

    The world loves SUVs. Everybody is making one including Aston Martin, Porsche and Bentley whose creative ethos previously relied on

  • Quirky French lion - 2018 Peugeot 2008

    At least in these parts. Obscure French cars built for European markets tend to be that way—you’ll be hard pressed to find a person on

  • Renault KWID Climber

    The original heavily muscled Renault KWID concept was wild, like a Hot Wheels toy come to life. Reality suggested the car become

  • 2019 Suzuki Ciaz

    Utilitarian comes to mind when you think of Suzuki. Known for making manic fast bikes and dominating the world of commuter,

  • 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe

    The world has changed in the past decade. Right wing fascists are running the world, millennials are now in positions of power and

  • 2018 Suzuki Ciaz

    What a surprise. Suzuki DOES make cars bigger than a suitcase. Except our local market barely seems to know anything about that. So we asked the dealership to send us one for a drive. They sent us two.

  • 2018 Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross

    The Eclipse Cross has nothing to do with the Eclipse sports coupe we've all come to know and love— despite floors falling off at

  • 2018 Proton Preve

    While the unregistered Proton was being delivered to me for the test drive, a traffic sergeant stopped it to check for papers. I received a call because the traffic sergeant wanted to verify we were not on a joy ride.

  • 2018 BMW F90 M5

    If there's any petrol-head who requires an introduction to BMW's famed M-division, it's highly likely that they're not a petrol-head at all. For over 45 years, the letter “M” in the context of German performance cars has meant an undying pursuit of driving thrill,

  • 13 cup holders, 2 men and a Toyota Rush

    Toyota and Daihatsu went and redesigned their aging five-door crossover into something resembling what people wanted: a not-so-mini SUV.

  • 2018 Proton Saga

    Back in the late 90s and early 00s, government pool cars meant only two models—locally assembled Mitsubishi Pajero SUVs built by

  • 2018 BMW X3

    The X3 is BMW's contender in the same class of luxury crossovers such as the Audi Q5, Porsche Macan, Jaguar F-Pace and Mercedes GLC. All of these you will see on Bangladeshi streets on a good, traffic-free day.

  • 2018 Landwind X5

    Front wheel drive, city oriented SUV with enough space for five chubby biriyani loving adults. It's a mid-size 'jeep-gari' on a budget.

  • 2018 Toyota Corolla Altis

    The Toyota Corolla is not JUST a car. Almost everyone in Bangladesh that has been in a car has been in a Corolla. It is ever present in our collective line of sight and was almost on the verge of becoming a national heritage. It moved Bangladeshi people like it the Ford Model T did the Americans of the early 1900s. And now we have the new Corolla.

  • 2017 Great Wall Wingle 6

    Great Wall makes another budget pickup truck with updated looks, interiors and mechanicals. It is cheap but is it cheaply made? We find out.

  • 2017 Hyundai Tucson

    This is the third generation of the crossover SUV from Hyundai. While the original two generations (2005-2010 and 2009-2015) were small and rather frumpy looking, the current model has clearly grown up.

  • Haval H9

    The Haval H9 is the one proper SUV from the same guys that bring in Great Wall pickups. It is also the biggest they have, comparing easily to the Toyota Land Cruiser Prado.

  • Honda Vezel Hybrid

    Test Drive: Honda Vezel Hybrid

    The Vezel is the go-to compact SUV for Bangladesh right now. But that's the petrol version. How good is the hybrid version then?

  • Test Drive: 2017 Haval H6

    The Chinese are great at many things. China is basically a Business Process Outsourcing startup posing as a country with one party rule, exploiting cheap labour for decades to produce every last imaginable thing on the planet. From phones to motorbikes to toys and cheap knock-offs, they've managed to dominate global manufacturing in every industry, except one – cars. Until now.

  • 2017 BMW 530i

    The BMW 5-series gets a complete redesign, with new engines and all new tech adapted from the 7-series flagship. It's a significant car for the Bangladeshi market, and we take a closer look.