The retro CA7465 C8 was based on the early '90s Town Car, but Hongqi soon switched to the later '90s model that we Americans could buy into the 2010s. This is the Hongqi Qijian line, a CKD Lincoln with complete Lincoln mechanicals (including the wheezy 4.6L V8 engine) but with a Hongqi grille, lights, and badges. The glass still bore Ford's Solar Tint trademark with a little blue oval in the corner .
The BMW 1M remains a head turner and a rarity on the road. Even before it launched in 2011, BMW 1M was sold out at most dealerships across the country. And in places where units were still available, outrageous MSPRs were being thrown around, north of $10,000 over the normal price in some cases. Then it launched and the car lived up to its hype, lots of hype we might add, fueled by a genius marketing campaign in Europe and North America .
There’s an eight-inch touch-screen up front with navigation, a 4.2-inch TFT instrument panel multi-info display, a nine-inch roof-mounted monitor and 17 speakers’ worth of JBL sound. You’ll also find a dual sunroof, auto triple-zone air-con with Nanoe ioniser, 16 ambient lighting colours with four brightness levels, and Intelligent Smart Entry. The Alphard has nine airbags, VSC, traction control and hill start assist as standard.
When the Venza first arrived in calendar-year 2008, it served as another two-row option beside the more popular and RAV4 for buyers who wanted something smaller than the three-row Highlander . With bold styling that could be described as part wagon, part crossover, the Venza enjoyed the most success in 2009 when 54,410 units were sold. Numbers started to decline in the following years, and in 2014, Venza sales were down 16.3 percent with 29,991 examples sold. That’s a stark contrast to the 267,698 RAV4s sold, and the 146,127 Highlanders sold during the same period.
“This option, which involves you buying a full tank from the car rental company and returning it empty is probably the most expensive as you won’t be refunded for any petrol you don’t use,” warns a spokesman for Which? Travel. “It’s not easy to return a car with an empty fuel tank, so you’re bound to lose out. Also, you may well be charged more for the petrol provided than you would at a local petrol station.”
Be aware that any percentage-based surcharges, such as administrative fees, premium location surcharges and mandatory taxes such as the GST, are usually applied to the total cost of the bill. This can really add up as they will not only apply to the hire costs, but to any excess reduction products you purchase as well as other add-ons and fees, such as car seat and GPS hire and one-way hire costs.