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The SMART Tunnel in Kuala Lumpur and the thrill of driving through a tunnel

By Rigval on 14 Jan 2010

Attached Image One good reason to drive up north and into Kuala Lumpur is the SMART tunnel. It is presumably the longest stormwater drainage system in South East Asia and has a 4km long tolled motorway tunnel built into it. The tunnel is limited to light vehicles and if you were to drive up and into it (at a cost of RM2.00), you’ll realise that driving through a 4km long tunnel is an automotive experience to behold. However if you drove through this tunnel with any car with an engine that gives you a sense of occasion from its noise, things are even better.
SMART Tunnel, Kuala Lumpur and 3 more...

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The new Porsche 911 Turbo...mercy mercy me...

By 911fan on 14 Jan 2010

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I attended the launch of the new 911 Turbo last week at Stuttgart Auto's Leng Kee Road showroom. Well...to be honest, I didn't even know there was a 'new' Turbo in the works. When they finally unveiled the Turbo, low and behold it looked exactly the same as the previous model. I seriously think the Porsche designers are getting lazier with every 'new' Porsche. I know Porsche calls it 'evolution' but it looks as if evolution has skipped over the latest Turbo.
Porsche Turbo, 911 Turbo and 1 more...

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Are you being deceived by your car loan interest rates?

By Blogger on 14 Jan 2010

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Ever wondered why so many wealthy Singaporeans advocate paying full cash for car purchases? Ever wondered what makes your car loan so profitable that dealers add a 'loading fee' to 'push' buyers to take up loans of minimum tenures? The answer lies in the deceptively quoted interest rates.
car loans, interest, finance and 1 more...

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Peugeot SR1 marks new design language

By SYF77 on 14 Jan 2010

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The Peugeot SR1 hybrid 2+1 seater roadster concept that will be displayed for the first time at the upcoming 2010 Geneva Salon in March marks the stylistic design trends for the brand's future models.
Peugeot, SR1, 2010 Geneva Salon and 2 more...

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Pay thru your nose if you wanna drive to Sentosa

By 911fan on 13 Jan 2010

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Last week Sentosa announced that with the opening of their Resorts World Sentosa, they'll be increasing charges for private vehicles entering into Sentosa. Currently it costs $2 per car with additional $2 per passenger. From January 18 onwards though it'll cost $6 to drive into Sentosa on weekdays between 7am and just before noon, and $7 per car on weekends, regardless of the number of people in the car.
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The safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

By Rigval on 13 Jan 2010

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All this talk about cyclists and their rights to use the road has got me feeling slightly worried. It was not so long ago that legislators and lawmakers managed to convince car manufacturers to rethink and redesign cars to include energy absorbing bumpers, bonnets, windshields and A-pillars. According to various sources, up to 1 million people pedestrians worldwide are killed every year due to collisions with vehicles and this very bit of information had made legislators rise up to protect the supposed victims of all running down cases.

In 2006, Citroen and Jaguar launched cars with bonnets that pop up by 5cm in order to give ‘better cushioning’ if it detects a frontal impact. We also note that there have been attempts at reducing pedestrian deaths have focusing solely on education and traffic regulation. But the question is which party is given the education? The drivers of the vehicles or the pedestrians? At least future drivers go through the painfully boring driver’s Ed classes that would basically inform them on the do’s and don’ts regarding motoring in general. Who actually tells the pedestrian that he should cross at designated areas or look left and right? Of course these facts are thought in school at an early age. But they do forget. Some of them at least. Or they forget when they take a little too much alcohol or they’re just plain suicidal.
motoring, cyclists, pedestrians and 1 more...

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The Subaru Impreza GDA/GDB Scoop - The universal bonnet scoop

By Rigval on 13 Jan 2010

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It seems the Subaru Impreza WRX or the WRX STI Top Mount Intercooler scoop from the version 8 (applied model C to E in Subaru talk) is making headways in every vehicle out there. Check out the Toyota pickup above and you'd see the famous scoop looking its best. Modders are willing to put this scoop on any car they see fit. In Malaysia, I've seen the scoop on a Proton Wira, Proton Waja, the new Proton Saga, a couple of Perodua Kancils, a Perodua Myvi, Hyundai Accents and aside from the two pictures that I have posted here, on a Mitsubishi Airtrek Turbo. While it may serve a purpose for directing air into the Airtrek's intercooler better than the smallish NACA type duct on the stock bonnet, I think its blasphemy. Doing a Mitsubishi/Subaru hybrid somehow doesn't gel in my mind.
Subaru Impreza, car mods, scoop and 1 more...

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The sport of drifting. Is it any good?

By Rigval on 12 Jan 2010

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I recently met up with a few friends right after the Goodyear Formula Drift Malaysia. Some Malaysian bloke named Tengku Djan won the event in an 180sx with a S15 front end. It was during this conversation that one of us actually asked ‘what goes on during a drift competition’. Answers were given and I later went home and did some googling. I found out that some of our ideas on what a drift competition were correct and we did agree on one thing. A drift competition consists of 2 blokes in rear wheel drive cars trying to go round at least two corners, one left and one right, the fastest and in the most stylish way. It also came to our conclusion that it is the shortest form of car racing there is and it isn’t a real race anyway as you don’t even need to overtake your opponent. One has to lead in the first heat and the other in the second.

In Formula Drift, the drivers are judged on speed (the faster the better), line (the car must come as close as possible to the designated front and rear clip points; the car must change direction at pre-determined transition point), the angle of rear slip (bigger is better) and overall impression (or showboating) , which is a subjective criteria that includes drama and excitement. The competitors are then judged by some judges and a winner is the one that wins the round and then the event.
Now after reading the above, I surmised that drifting is like ballet or gymnastics, or even diving. Other people judge your performance instead of an actual victory by coming number one or something like that. Car control would be paramount as you’ve only two corners to prove your worth although some would then say “Only two corners? So few? How hard could it be?”. And that’s the million dollar question.
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Why Volkswagens do not impress me

By Rigval on 12 Jan 2010

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I was sitting in a chair at the reception area of a dance academy waiting for my daughter to finish her dance lesson when I realized why Volkswagen never rocked my boat, the GTI included. As I wrote elsewhere a few years ago, the reason I thought the GTI was not a fulfilling car to own was that the Mark5 Volkswagen looked too much like a mini MPV instead of a stonking hot hatch. When you parked it beside to its cousins the Audi A3 or the Skoda Octavia or even the larger sized A4, you’d notice that the Golf is at least 2-3 inches taller and looks bigger. I noted that the A3 is also a hatchback with the same chassis underpinnings and it is still so much lower and looks so much daintier. Maybe Audi A3 owners don’t go to IKEA as much as their younger Golf owners do. Those with the money to afford an A3 would pay IKEA to deliver the cupboard they bought right to their doorsteps. Of course the Mark 6 Volkswagen GTI is better in that it is lower in profile compared to the Mark 5. Volkswagen had learned its lesson I presume.

Of course there are some that’ll state that the GTI made by Volkswagen handles better than any Audi A3, but if any Audi buyer wanted a sportier car from Audi, they’d buy the TT or the S3, which are both nice cars to drive. I’ve driven a TT and yes I’d get one over a GTI. Irregardless of the fact that it’s much more expensive. It looks a whole lot better too.
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Chevrolet Aveo RS concept

By SYF77 on 11 Jan 2010

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Ford Fiesta, VW Polo, Honda Jazz - Take a close look at the Chevrolet Aveo RS concept. It has caught my attention and you had better pay attention too!
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Garmin lets your voice guide you home

By Ragingbull on 11 Jan 2010

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Are you the kind who pokes fun at the male/female voice that comes with a GPS system, spewing mechanically accented directions at you on the way to a destination?

Well complain no more!! Garmin has now introduced a record-your-own-voice feature for their navigational instructions on their latest GPS systems!
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My top 5 peeves as a Singapore motorist

By Blogger on 11 Jan 2010

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I am sure that there are many things that irritate, frustrate and tick us off when we drive on Singapore roads. Here is the top 5 list of motoring related things that get me just that little bit hot under the collar.
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Rolls-Royce brings Halloween early this year...

By CheeJun on 10 Jan 2010

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The new Ghost is finally in town. Rolls Royce has unveiled the new "Baby Roller" as its affectionately known to the Singaporean public. It may be smaller than the Phantoms in Roll Royce's line, but the figures are not something to be laughed at. This is a Rolls Royce that you would actually want to drive rather than to be chauffeured in.
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Mirror mirror on the wall, who's the greenest of them all?

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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The Volkswagen Passat EcoFuel has recently edged out the Toyota Prius for the title of "greenest car in Europe." The International Automobile Federation (FIA) sanctioned the Eco Test that evaluated a number of cars. The winning Passat is powered by a 1.4-liter TSI inline-four fueled by natural gas. VW's TSI engines are turbocharged and direct injected.
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Cycling at hell's gate

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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It was a Thursday evening and I was on my way home, sitting on a bus along Eunos Link. I was looking out at the traffic with a tired mind after a long day at work and suddenly, this uncle cyclist caught my attention.
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Men better at parking than women

By CheeJun on 10 Jan 2010

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The fairer sex won't be too happy about this, but a German study has shown that men are better at parking than women. The results of this study may potentially cause some outrage, but its really not as bad as it seems for women.

parking, carparks, men vs. women and 2 more...

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F1 to the rescue of Saab!

By SYF77 on 10 Jan 2010

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The "F" in F1 could stand for "First Aid" now. [laugh]

In a surprise turn of events, Formula One tycoon Bernie Ecclestone and partner Genii Capital emerged as a rival to Dutch super-car maker Spyker Cars NV in making last-ditch efforts to buy General Motors Co.’s Saab unit.
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Should cyclists have their own lane on Singapore roads?

By CheeJun on 09 Jan 2010

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Its like a grandma walking up a flight of stairs in a 'liftless and escalatorless' office building during rush hour. She doesn't take up the entire space, but her walking stick does and no one can get past from the side. People are held up, late for work and no one's happy. This is the same for the motoring community when it comes to cyclists here. The roads are far too narrow to accommodate cyclists especially at peak hours and if there is a bunch of them, chances are the whole left lane will be clogged up with traffic. And if you want them to go on the footpath, that's illegal. Its the Singaporean law against us all over again...
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Are you ready for an Indian sedan ?

By SYF77 on 09 Jan 2010

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Following its world premiere at last year's Geneva Salon, Tata brought its oddly named Pr1ma concept car back home for the New Delhi motor show. Designed and built by famous Italian coachbuilder Pininfarina, the Pr1ma is suppose to offer an indication of how the next generation of Tata saloons could be stylistically interpreted.
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Finally! LTA announces a date for the new OPC scheme!

By 911fan on 08 Jan 2010

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I don't mean to sound pompous but perhaps someone at LTA actually read my entry 3 weeks ago and decided to get their act together. They've finally announced a date for when the new OPC scheme will be implemented.
OPC, off-peak car, new OPC scheme




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