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The Toyota Celica is back!

By Blogger on 18 Dec 2009

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Thierry Dombreval, vice president of sales and marketing of Toyota France, has confirmed that the Toyota Celica will make its return in 2010. This will be the 8th generation of the rear-wheel drive sports coupe and Toyota will be developing the new Celica in collaboration with Subaru. The old Celica was a banging good car and I bet the new one will be even better.
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The future of motoring

By Blogger on 18 Dec 2009

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This is the real deal. It is NOT a hybrid. This is the Honda FCX Clarity. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell which generates energy to run the electric motor so the only emissions coming out from the exhaust is, water. The 'new' Prius is now obsolete. If you wanted to make a real fashion statement Mr Di Caprio, you could have just bought one of these instead of 3 'Priuses'.
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Facelifted Ford Galaxy receives power 'Boost'

By Blogger on 17 Dec 2009

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The subtly facelifted Ford Galaxy MPV that will be making its world debut at the 2010 Brussels Show in January 2010. More significantly, the revised MPV marks the debut of Ford's all-new 2.0-litre EcoBoost turbocharged petrol engine, which is highly efficient.

The new 2.0-liter EcoBoost STCi engine employs turbocharging and direct injection technologies. It pumps out 203HP at 5,500 rpm with a maximum torque of 300Nm, delivered across a broad 1,750-4,500 rpm range.
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How hard is it to sell a lesser known car in SG?

By Ragingbull on 17 Dec 2009

Attached Image The year's coming to an end and it caps off a great 10 plus months for me in driving the newest cars injected into the market in 2009.

But looking back, it just makes me realise how somewhat 'traditional' the local market is, that brands like Skoda and Renault have been given the coldest of shoulders when buying a car. And it's even more troubling that apart from the usual suspects of impression makers like Audi and Volkswagen, Skoda was actually the other brand that stood out from the rest.

Yes yes I know they're owned by VW and nearly the whole car besides the glued badge at the front and rear are from it's German parents, but if that's the case, why is it that Skoda isn't doing better or as good as Vee-dub? In a recent article in the Straits Times, a compiled list showed that VW posted a 99.5% increase in their sales figures from a year ago, while Skoda didn't make the list.
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Audi A1 teaser

By Blogger on 17 Dec 2009

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This is Audi's idea of a teaser shot of their upcoming subcompact A1. While most automakers like to shroud the car in a sea of black with just the headlights on, or drape a cloth over the entire body to reveal just the grille, Audi have decided to vandalise walls.
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2011 BMW 3 Series spied!

By Blogger on 17 Dec 2009



The king of compact luxury sedan is set to be reborn in about 2 years' time. Expect exceptional aerodynamics with a Cd figure of around 0.24. Turbocharged units will be in full circulation at BMW by the time the new 3 Series hits the streets. We may see a 1.5L three-cylinder petrol turbo engine delivering about 150hp (112kW) while their diesel counterparts are likely to offer around 300Nm of torque. The 8-speed automatic gearbox that makes its debut in the 7 Series will find its way into the upcoming 3 series.
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Malaysia imposes a 20 litre cap at petrol kiosks...

By 911fan on 16 Dec 2009

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If you haven't been keeping up with the news lately, Malaysia just started a new rule for foreign registered cars. From today onwards, foreign registered cars will not be allowed to pump more than 20 litres of petrol within 50 kilometres of border areas. Put a cap on those tear ducts because it's not all that bad.

Unless the Malaysian authorities have found a way to measure the amount of petrol you've pumped, you can just easily pump 20 litres at this petrol station then go on to the rest to top off your tank. Assuming you're that determined. True that it's an inconvenience but only a minor one for those looking for half-priced petrol. Be warned though. If you're caught flouting this rule, there'll be a heavy price to pay. Literally, in the region of RM$100,000. I'm sure corrupt Malaysian officials will be having a field day with this one for a while to come.
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Toyota Wish - Parallel Importers vs Authorised Dealer

By Blogger on 16 Dec 2009

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For those who are considering the latest Toyota Wish that was recently launched from Borneo Motors, there might be some things you should take note before you sign on that cheque book.

Although the Borneo Motors (BM) Wish does come with seemingly better interior equipment, when you go chassis deep, it might be a different story.

The BM Wish might come with higher quality leather and a high-end audio system but transmission wise, it is equipped with a 4-speed automatic while the Toyota Wish 1.8X from the Parallel Importers (PI) is equipped with a silky smooth 7-speed CVT gearbox.

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2010 Nissan Qashqai facelift

By Blogger on 16 Dec 2009

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Here's a first look at the revised Nissan Qashqai, launched about 3 years ago. Most of the cosmetic changes concern the front end. Such as the hood, bumper, fenders, grille and headlights to give it a more aggressive look.

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The silent performer

By Blogger on 15 Dec 2009

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Bridgestone just launched their new flagship touring tyre, the Turanza GR-90, in Bangkok. The GR-90 is the successor to the critically acclaimed GR-80. Touring tyres are essentially comfort biased.
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Lamborghini Ankonian Concept

By Blogger on 15 Dec 2009

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This will probably be the coolest looking 'environmentally friendly' Lamborghini the world has ever seen. Its a concept of the new Lamborghini Madura which is scheduled to be Lamborghini's first ever supercar attempt to please tree-huggers. Its downsized, sophisticated aerodynamic slimmer body means that the Madura is slated to be more environmentally friendly than its other fuel guzzling counterparts.
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Audi R8 Spyder

By Blogger on 15 Dec 2009

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There was always a group of people who thought the Audi R8 looked a little odd, disproportionate, and boring when put side by side with its cousin the Lamborghini Gallardo. It drives brilliantly, has a Lamborghini engine but those blokes still thought, nah.. its still just an Audi.
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2010 MB E-Class convertible unveiled

By Blogger on 15 Dec 2009

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Mercedes-Benz is completing the E-Class family with the introduction of a convertible model that will replace the outgoing CLK drop top. It will compete head on with the BMW 3-Series and Audi A5 cabriolets.
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Upcoming Korean "battleship"

By Blogger on 14 Dec 2009

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If the success of the latest Kia Cerato Forte has caught the attention of the Japanese, they better be well prepared for the next assault in the form of the all new 2011 Hyundai Elantra (or Avante in our Singapore Market).
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Official Honda CR-Z brochure leaked

By Blogger on 14 Dec 2009

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Here's the official brochure of the new Honda CR-Z, hailed as the successor to the CRX of the late 1980s.

The brochure confirms that the CR-Z's hybrid drivetrain will comprise of a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit and an electric motor, with power being transferred to the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine delivers an output of 113bhp at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 145Nm at 4,800 rpm. The electric motor, on the other hand, delivers 13.4bhp at 1,500rpm and 78Nm at 1,000rpm.

As a result, the CR-Z performs the century sprint in a rather relaxed timing of 9.7 seconds. The published fuel consumption is 25.0km/L. Those who are expecting the CR-Z to be a CRX replacement would be disappointed with the performance of the car. Nonetheless, this is the most stylish hybrid car to date.
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The Alfa Romeo Giulietta (aka the New 147)

By Blogger on 13 Dec 2009

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Alfa's car christening department has gone a little mad.

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First, with their MiTo, now the Giulietta. Bringing back the illustrious and beautiful name from the 70s.

I'm not saying it's a bad thing. I think the name is brilliant! It's just a feeling that they were trying a little too hard with the Mito. But the Guilietta.. that sounds fantastico!
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2010 Maserati GranCabrio

By Blogger on 12 Dec 2009

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Prepare some tissue paper. Just in case you start drooling..

This one is definitely a looker.

Normally you'd see a middle aged man who suddenly realises that he has a wad of cash in his back pocket and doesn't know what to spend it on. Strangely, a Maserati would appear in his garage the next day. Maseratis are the relatively cheaper alternatives to the Ferraris and the Lambos. The problem is, while people in their 20s and 30s buy the Horses and the Bulls, the Trident badge is neglected! I don't really know why. Maybe its because they have the 4 door Quatroportte in their line-up which sort of gives Maserati the 'family-super-car' image. This however, casts that stereotype away. Far far away...
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Tricked out Mclaren SLR '999'

By Blogger on 11 Dec 2009

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This is what happens to a car when its owner has too much money and hails from the land of Ricola sweets.

The Mclaren SLR alone costs a bomb, US$495,000 to be exact. This incredibly garish, pimped out SLR on the other hand costs US$4.5 million on top of the base price because of its 24 carat gold accents. It is all thanks to Swiss designer Ueli Anliker. The Mclaren now looks more like a Pussycat Doll's handbag than a car..

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VW extends it's global domination

By Ragingbull on 11 Dec 2009



VW has announced today that they've bought a 19.9% stake in Japanese carmaker Suzuki.

I think it's brilliant. Suzuki, as of recently, has been churning out cars that have actually been worth the mention like the Swift which have a few awards in it's pockets and even the SX4 which handles like a dream. Both...
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Smashing'em up!

By Ragingbull on 10 Dec 2009

Itís coming to the end of the year and it caps off a very eventful time the guys in the automotive industry have had these 12 months or so. Brands have been sold, budgets cut back on, the shift to hybrid and electronic productionÖeven motorsports couldnít escape the wrath of the economic depression and the changing climates.

But the money has to be spent, and nowhere is it being spent better than in the development of passive and active safety features on the latest cars initiated into the market. Since there isnít really any way for us to appreciate these cutting-edge features unless youíre involved in a crash of sorts, Iíve provided some links to the NCAP safety videos of a couple of recent car models and one that should be launched very early in 2010.

Nothing beats watching all of it in slow-motion.

Chevrolet Cruze
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dlVwDdavJWs

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