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2011 VW Jetta spied in California, USA

By SYF77 on 06 Jan 2010

Just as Volkswagen released a revised DSG equipped Jetta 1.6 in Singapore, news of an all new 2011 Jetta has been floating around on the internet. The above video shows the development of VW's next generation bread-and-butter model in Death Valley, California. The camouflaged prototype model seen in the spy video suggests that the new Jetta will boast all-new sheetmetal with a pinch of Audi A4 styling cues in the profile and rear-end. From the video, I observed that the new model has a more muscular side profile as compared to the existing model. Nice!. However, the dashboard of the prototype looks rather conservative. I hope that the dashboard will look better in actual production.
VW, 2011 Jetta, TSI, TDI


Naza captures Chevrolet distribution rights in Malaysia – News and analysis

By Rigval on 06 Jan 2010

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The Malaysian Insider as well as some other local websites has reported that General Motors (GM) have picked the Naza Group to distribute its Chevrolet range of vehicles in Malaysia, a few days after divorcing itself from the DRB-Hicom conglomerate.

GM’s Thai unit signed a memorandum of understanding with Naza to distribute the cars and parts in Malaysia, which is one of the largest passenger car markets in Southeast Asia. Naza, which began as a luxury car importer using the Approved Permits (AP) system utilized in Malaysia, said further announcements of the partnership details will be made known after the agreement is formalised.
Naza, chevrolet, Malaysia cars


Seeing the future of motoring through BMW's eyes

By CheeJun on 05 Jan 2010

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The nerds from BMW have united for BMW's Innovation Days Event. These are no ordinary nerds... These are nerds from Germany, one of the most pedantic and precise countries in the world. The event was held at BMW's Technology Development Hub or FITZ as they like to call it, in Munich. And boy did they come up with some intriguing stuff.
bmw, technology, car gadgets


Does batman ever get parking fines?

By 911fan on 05 Jan 2010

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Parking attendants. Love 'em (Ha!) or hate 'em they're always there and they were there last night. Waiting in the shadows for an unsuspecting owner like me to leave his car so they can plant their revolting white paper slips on my windshield. Last night was the second time this month that these 'educators' have imparted a lesson onto a new car owner like me.

Unfortunately, the 'tuition fee' last night was much higher than the lesson was worth. Seriously though, I truly suspect that these parking attendants spend part of their probation training with the Commandos or Navy SEALs. They appear when you least expect it and they slip away so quietly you'll never know they were there and leaving only their white slips behind.
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Honda's 'Small Car Concept'

By CheeJun on 05 Jan 2010

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Honda Motor Company has announced plans to unveil their Small Car Concept at the Delhi Auto Expo in India from 5 Jan to 11 2010. The whole idea of this particular concept car is to create a small and affordable Honda especially for India and other developing countries.
honda, small cars, city cars


Honda CRZ hybrid coupe. The rebirth of the CRX?

By Rigval on 04 Jan 2010

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It seems that 2010 may be the return of the small Honda sports car. Carscoop has managed to procure the supposed brochure for the new Honda CRZ and it looks pretty good with touches of the old EF series Honda CRX of 1988-1992. Especially at the rear with its split glass rear hatch. The front end is another interpretation of the current Honda design philosophy.

It is a small car with a wheelbase of 2435mm, length, width and height is 4080 mm, 1740 mm and 1395 mm respectively. The 1.5liter 4 cylinder petrol engine makes 113 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. The electric motor meanwhile produces a measly 13.4 bhp at 1,500 rpm and 78Nm at 1,000 rpm. Unusual for a hybrid but great for the enthusiast, the CR-Z comes with a six-speed manual transmission in place of the common CVT used most Honda hybrids. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h will take 9.7 seconds. Which in my mind is kind of lame.Compared with the EF series CRX with its 1.6liter 125bhp non-VTEC model, around 8.5secs, and the full monty 158bhp first generation B16A VTEC engine and 7.5 seconds, the CRZ with its 9.7 seconds is incredibly disappointing. It may be down to the weight. Latest crash protection, added refinement and of course lots of batteries for the electric motor may have made it into a heavier than expected sports car. I was actually hoping for another helping of big VTEC medicine in a small package, but it looks like I may have to wait for a TypeR version. Fingers crossed.


2010: The cars I'm looking forward to seeing

By Ragingbull on 04 Jan 2010

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Yeap! 2009 has been dusted and we're in the presence of 2010, a year that holds much promise and continued success for some and for others, the continuing fight to stay in the black. And if you're wondering, LTA did release the sales figures of the various brands in Singapore last month.

Besides the disheartening jump in the number of units from brands like Lamborghini, Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin and Bentley, the lesser Continental brands and the Koreans have also made good with the injection of all new products that boast not only good fittings but attractive and daring styling respectively.

Audi, on the back of record sales last year spearheaded by it's R8 supercar will be introducing no less than five different models throughout this year, the MINI-challenging A1, A7, A8, Q5 Hybrid and the R8 Spyder. Probably the most anticipated of the lot by most of you guys, the R8 isn't on my list of the cars to watch in 2010. Why?
audi, a1, a7, a8, q5 hybrid and 13 more...


The Mazda RX7. A recap

By Rigval on 04 Jan 2010

Attached Image We've now read in here that the new Mazda RX7 may make a reappearance within the next few years. This fact has made a lot of car enthusiasts happy, including me. Throughout the years I have had my bottom in the seat of one of these models whether as a passenger or as a driver, starting from a friend's first generation “Savana” FB series, the second generation FC series to the revered third generation FD series “Efini”.

The Wankel rotary engine utilized in the RX7, while somehow sounding pretty perverted, is turbine like in smoothness and is extremely refined even in turbo state. Aside from occasional oil seal failures to the engine and the fact that it seems to love petrol more than most normal 4 stroke engines driving and owning any of the past RX7s is a pretty good thing to do if you're a car enthusiast. Mazda's in general have surprisingly good build quality as well as interiors that feel good to the touch and lasts a long time. The ride of most RX7s are pretty good, hard but very acceptable and trips throughout the Peninsular Malaysia would not be tiring, if you kept the shocks stock of course. I think this is mainly down to the rigid nature of the car itself as well as Mazda's engineers doing it right with the suspension in the first place.

Mazda, rx7, mazda rx7 and 1 more...


New Audi A3 1.6 TDI

By SYF77 on 04 Jan 2010

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Talk about a diesel powered car some 20 years ago would bring about the image of black smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. However, today's modern diesel car engine is nothing like the smoky, dirty motors of the past. They are extremely clean, powerful and efficient. The Audi A5 3.0 TDI quattro that was launched in Singapore some time in Mid 2009 can testify to this statement.
Audi, A3, TDI, Diesel


GM extends deadline for Saab bidders

By Blogger on 03 Jan 2010

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GM has announced that it has extended its deadline for potential bidders of Saab, in a move that hands the Swedish car-maker a lifeline for survival.

GM is still continuing the wind-down process of Saab though, but in the wake of renewed interest...
Saab, Saab take-over, Spkyer


New entry-level Scirocco

By SYF77 on 02 Jan 2010

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In Singapore, the current entry-level VW Scirocco is fitted to with the 1.4L Twincharged engine. However, a new entry-level 1.4 TSI (Single Turbo) model could be arriving in the near future as evident in its recent launch in UK. It is the same unit that powers the entry level 122bhp Golf.
Scirocco, 1.4 TSI, entry level and 2 more...


How GPS has made getting lost nearly impossible and driving less adventurous

By Rigval on 02 Jan 2010

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I recently posted something about Saab going extinct and that there won’t be any detrimental side effects to any of us (except Saab owners). No volcanoes are going to erupt in Jurong, no meteors will strike Earth, no aliens will destroy the White House and no one is going to jump over a barricade and rugby tackle the Pope again. The thing that I predict going extinct is getting lost when you are driving a car to a destination.

This leads me to the Global Positioning System or GPS which most of us have in our cars. The GPS is a system if you car enthusiasts out there have no clue of what is it about is a positioning, navigation, and timing services to worldwide users on a continuous basis in all weather, day and night, anywhere on or near the Earth. What started out as a United States of America military application was made public during the Reagan administration after pilots of the ill fated Korean Airlines flight 007 who were too busy chatting up stewardesses or playing tic tac toe in the cockpit failed to realize that they were miles inside Russian airspace and that missiles were being fired at them. This resulted in a demonstration that even Russian missiles are not as unreliable as the Americans thought. Now in the last few years, GPS as a navigation tool in cars is making inroads throughout South East Asia, whether we like it or not.
GPS, getting lost, car driving and 1 more...


2011 A8 to be equipped with Google Earth

By CheeJun on 02 Jan 2010

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The Audi A8 has always been renowned for the extravagant amount of technology that the car holds, alongside with the Mercedes S class or the BMW 7 Series. Though Mercedes usually pioneers implementing the latest technology in their cars, Audi has taken a step forward by announcing that their upcoming version of the A8 will have a revised Multi Media Interface (MMI) featuring Google Earth as part of the car's navigation system.
audi a8, google earth, maps and 3 more...


The return of the iconic RX-7

By SYF77 on 01 Jan 2010

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The above image shows an illustration of what the next generation RX-7 could look like. A proper two-door coupe replacement for the much-missed Mazda RX-7 could make its appearance as early as 2011 as a 2012 model. The introduction of the two-seat RX-7 will lead to the death of the four-seat RX-8 with its 'suicide-style' rear doors, a feature which I finds rather unique among the sea of coupes.
Mazda, RX7, RX8, Wankel, Rotary


Volkswagen fires first salvo of the year!

By SYF77 on 01 Jan 2010

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Happy new year to all readers of MyCarForum! Year 2009 saw a shift in the buying pattern of motorists in Singapore. Continentals and Koreans are gaining market share at the expense of the offerings from the land of the rising sun. The major reasons being the closing up of the price difference between the continental and japanese cars, and the major improvement in the build quality of the Korean vehicles while maintaining their price competitiveness.
Volkswagen, TSI, DSG, Jetta


Undisguised interior shots of next generation Elantra

By SYF77 on 01 Jan 2010

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This is a further update to my earlier post on the all new Hyundai Elantra. Now, we have the first clear images of the completed interior of the brand's popular compact offering. Hyundai has ditched the conservative design of the current Elantra in favor of a rather radical and polarizing one, not unlike the cabin designs seen in the new Sonata and Tuscon. It takes the instrument cluster layout from the Tucson crossover and the steering-wheel design from the new Sonata, while centre console is a mixture of both.
Hyundai, Elantra, Avante and 1 more...


Tyre sidewalls...

By 911fan on 31 Dec 2009

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Like all drivers, I do nick my tyre sidewalls now and then when I take a turn too fast. Whether on a multi-storey carpark ramp or mounting a kerb elsewhere. Well the last time I nicked my rear tyre, it caused a cut in the tyre sidewall. I didn't think much of it cause it looked superficial and most importantly the tyre still works fine without any deflation.
tyres, sidewalls, deflation


'Downsized' Fiat 500 on the way!

By SYF77 on 31 Dec 2009

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In the world of modern technology, downsizing is the word. I could recall that twenty years ago, the size of a handphone could make it double up as a self defense tool. Fast forward to the 21st century, a handphone could fit into your right pocket with ease and could perform functions beyond your imagination.

Back to the automobile industry, the word 'downsizing' does not refer to the physical size of the car, but points to the capacity of the engine. The founder of this trend is none other than Volkswagen, whose renowned 1.4L twincharged direct injection engine has won the 'International Engine of the Year' award for 2009.
Fiat, 500, two cylinder, Multiair


Ferrari F70 revealed

By CheeJun on 30 Dec 2009

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New images have been revealed for the new Ferrari F70 which is set to leave rivals, the Bugatti Veyron and the Lamborghini Reventon, biting the dust. I don't feel like it looks more radical or special than the Reventon, neither does it have the presence or power of the Veyron, but this Stallion is going to be seriously quick.
ferrari f70, supercars, hypercars


2011 BMW M5 in the making

By SYF77 on 30 Dec 2009

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Having introduced the next generation 5-Series sedan, BMW's M division is now concentrating on the development of the flagship version of the series, the M5. The hotly anticipated M5 will make its first public appearance at the 2010 Geneva Show in March next year.
bmw, 5 series, bmw m5, twin turbo and 2 more...

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