With the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz's A-Class Saloon here in Singapore, fans of the classic sedan bodyshape now have one more option to consider when buying into the premium segment.
With selling mass market front-wheel drive cars looking more like an attractive business case for the German manufacturers in these astute times, we were naturally curious to see if the new Baby Mercedes still possessed that polish associated with its badge, and so eagerly took one out for a review!
If you are a fan of connected technology, there is much here that will impress. The cabin of the saloon is comfortable, premium and high-tech. You get the new generation infotainment system, complete with the twin 10.25-inch displays and the MBUX voice assistant. There's 64-colour ambient lighting, built-in navigation and smartphone integration as well, so all your day-to-day needs will be covered.
While on the road, the car is comfortable and light on its feet. we did find however, that while power comes easily from the 1.4-litre engine, the drivetrain still lacks refinement and makes a fairly unsavoury sound when worked hard.
Should that one flaw deter you from making a purchase? We don't think so. With the saloon priced just $2,000 more than the equivalent A-Class Hatchback, there's no denying that the car sports an increased practical appeal. Plus, its a saloon, which is classy, and fitting for a Mercedes. Share with us what you think in the comments below, or read our full review here!
The A-Class Saloon also packs a 420-litre boot, 50 litres more than the hatchback.
As usual, here are some photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz. Your actual specifications may vary.
A post about a customer who refused to pay after a battery replacement workshop rendered its services has gone viral online.
Spotted on its own facebook page, FastFix Car Battery Replacement Service explained how the whole issue came about.
It wrote in its post that its client, Mr C, reached out to them saying that he needed help as his car could not start. After listening to the symptoms the car showed( car still cranks and aircon is not as strong as before), the workshop concluded that it needed a new battery.
However, upon reaching Mr C, whose car was parked in the CBD and hence the need to pay for ERP charges, the guys from FastFix realised that it wasn't the battery that needed replacing.
Concluding that there was nothing the guys from FastFix could do to help, Mr C was then asked to pay for the labour fee that had been pointed out before in their Whatsapp conversation. Unfortunately, Mr C disagreed and refused to pay the $50 that they had agreed on as nothing has been done to his Kia.
There was not much FastFix could do which probably prompted them to 'share their story' of the client on their facebook page.
Here are some of the notable comment in the post.
From 18 September 2019 to 24 September 2019, a series of highway closures in the Marina Centre district will be held to promote the establishment and dismantling of race infrastructure.
The 12th edition of the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix will take place from Sept 20 to 22.
The road closures will take effect at 12.01 am on Sep 18 to facilitate the set-up of race infrastructure, and will go on until 5.30 am on Sept 24.
Affected roads will be progressively re-opened after the race to enable earlier traffic access, added LTA.
During this period, road corridors will be open at selected hours:
Those driving can access the Marina Centre area via a single lane along Raffles Boulevard via Nicoll Highway or Temasek Boulevard (except for buses and vehicles with W, X and Y plates) from 12 am to 1 pm on Sep 21 and 22.
Taxis will be able to use the single-lane access at all times, except when the race is on.
Traffic wardens will be on-site to direct traffic and assist the public, while directional signs will also be put up in the area.
Car parks at the nearby Suntec City, Millenia Walk and Marina Square will remain open.
MRT HOURS EXTENDED ON RACE DAYS
MRT operating hours will be extended on race days (Sep 20 to 22), LTA said. Select feeder buses services will also be extended to match the last train services.
Free shuttle buses will be available between Lavender MRT station and Gate 1 of the circuit park on race days. These will run from 2.30pm to 12.30am on Sep 20 and 21, and from 3.30pm and 12.45am on Sep 22.
Mobil 1 is a name synonymous to many and has a longstanding history. We check out three automotive establishments, which have trusted Mobil 1 over the years.
Who is Brenntag?
Brenntag is the global leader when it comes to the distribution of chemicals. Its diverse operations span across 580 locations in 76 countries.
One of the products that it officially distributes is Mobil lubricants, which range from commercial vehicle lubricants to passenger vehicle lubricants (including motorcycle oils), with the latter branded as Mobil 1.
How Mobil 1 works with Brenntag?
As the Authorised Distributor for Mobil 1 engine oils in Singapore, Brenntag has a strong focus and understanding of the automotive landscape in Singapore, as its Asia Pacific headquarters is based here.
Brenntag has been partnering with car dealers and automotive workshops that allow consumers here to have the best Mobil 1 products to choose from. Why Mobil 1? Because automakers trust Mobil 1 - more than 70 of the top performance vehicle models roll off factory lines with Mobil 1 motor oil.
We check out three successful automotive workshops that have built trust in Mobil 1 products over the years.
MBM Wheelpower: Automotive maintenance grandeur
Since 2001, MBM Wheelpower's vision is to be Singapore's premier independent workshop, offering a very high level of service, with none of the expected high costs.
And when you turn up at the sixth floor at Sin Ming Autocity, you'll know MBM isn't mucking about - we dare say that it even tops the service outlets of authorised dealers.
Its intricate fittings, such as lounge sofas, and a cigar and wine bar, isn't a grand hotel lounge, but the waiting lounge of MBM Wheelpower. MBM Wheelpower is one of the trusted and leading independent car workshops in Singapore. With over 38,000sqft of space, it can serve up to 80 cars daily, providing a one-stop solution to all.
From bread-and-butter models like the Honda Vezel, to rare and exotic cars like the Lamborghini Aventador, MBM Wheelpower has the skills to handle various makes and models.
Besides the usual service routine, it has a body and paint centre, with a state-of-the-art chassis alignment system that is able to correct accident vehicles to OEM standards.
With its high levels of service and hospitality, Mobil 1 is the lubricant used for MBM Wheelpower's services. It complements MBM Wheelpower's abilities with its top-quality service and expertise.
As Mobil 1 has different levels of specification and approvals for its lubricants, it caters to the various makes and models that MBM services and maintains every day.
To find out more about MBM Wheelpower, head on down to its website, here.
Juzz For Cars: A partnership over decades
For those au fait the BMW brand, the Juzz For Cars name is probably one many will know of.
As a preferred car servicing outfit for BMWs and MINIs, Juzz For Cars also offers state-of-the-art diagnostics, bodywork repair and aftermarket support all under one roof on the third floor of Sin Ming Autocare.
Juzz For Cars prides itself with its high levels of care and expertise in handling its customer's cars. This includes the little details, from making sure car seats, steering wheels and body panels are protected before work begins.
Founder of Juzz For Cars, Amos Mok, has a strong passion for cars. Since its inception in 1999, there has been one brand of oil that Amos and his team has trusted, and that is Mobil 1.
"Mobil 1 sells by itself with its longstanding history in the industry," says Amos. "We know that it works, and as car enthusiasts ourselves, we only trust the products that we would use ourselves on our customers' cars."
And it is that level of trust that the customers at Juzz For Cars have expected from Amos and his team over the past two decades.
For example, it provides a pickup and drop-off service for customers with busy schedules. It means customers can have their cars picked up from their preferred locations.
With follow-up calls to ensure customers are at ease, customers can trust that Juzz For Cars takes care of their rides - the same way that Mobil 1 is a trusted lubricant brand.
To find out more on Juzz For Cars, check out its official Facebook page here.
AbwinM9 Service Centre: A new outfit with a long history
AbwinM9 Service Centre covers all aspects of car servicing, from parts replacement to repair and diagnostics for all makes and models.
AbwinM9, strategically located in the East at Premier @ Kaki Bukit, might be a new outfit, but it is no stranger when it comes to our local automotive landscape.
Abwin's experience with commercial vehicles spans over two decades, from the sales of new and used commercial vehicles to servicing and bodywork repair.
And with AbwinM9 Service Centre, it is through its new passenger vehicle service offerings using Mobil 1 lubricants that the AbwinM9 team and its customers have seen positive results. This brings a new level of value added service to its clients.
According to Hong, AbwinM9's Chief Mechanic, his recommendations for Mobil 1 to customers has seen positive results. "One of my customers switched to Mobil 1 fully synthetic, which gave him better fuel consumption and quieter engine operation. He came back to buy eight servicing packages using Mobil 1 with us immediately," quipped Hong, with a smile.
That customer, which Hong says is a private-hire driver, is one of many examples he shared on his customers' experience with Mobil 1. And for private-hire drivers, fuel consumption is ever so important, as it can have an impact on revenue.
"Mobil engine oil brings about a positive experience for our customers, including myself. I'm using Mobil 1 products for my own car," said Jack Goh, Managing Director of AbwinM9. "You don't need to be a car enthusiast to know that Mobil 1 works, and it needs no introduction - everyone knows it is a very good lubricant brand," added Jack.
To find out more on AbwinM9 and its services, head to its website, here.
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Skoda adds yet more incentive to opt for its excellent Superb with its 1.8 TSI variant, so naturally we take one up North into the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia to test it out.
Despite being a more affordable alternative, the Superb Ambition didn't disappoint at all. From the inside at least, the 8.0-inch infotainment system was still intuitive to use, with two physical knobs to control the volume and scroll through menus, while the car remained very compliant and comfortable on the road throughout the 1,400km drive.
For sure, features such as ventilated seats, ambient lighting, and a sunroof have been omitted in this variant, but at a good $29,000 discount off the 2.0-litre Laurin & Klement variant (as of 10 September 2019), we think these are features you can live without.
The 1.8-litre turbocharged lump is good for 177bhp and 250Nm of torque, meaning there is no stark difference in performance against the 2.0-litre powerplant as well. And that, in our eyes, is good enough reason to consider shopping for the more affordable option. Read our full review here!
The following pictures show the car in other specifications.
Or perhaps you might be more keen on the facelifted 2020 model?
Nissan presented drawings of design esport chairs inspired by three of the most famous auto manufacturers' cars, Armada, GT-R Nismo and Leaf, at the celebration of National Video Games Day.
Nissan has implemented the language of design and selected unique characteristics of each vehicle, together with the "Zero Gravity Seat" concept for many Nissan vehicles to look at gaming chairs.
The Nissan-inspired GT-R NISMO chair adopts a sporting strategy with a race-inspired silhouette, lightweight carbon and aluminium fibre, red leather and synthetic suede details.
Focused on comfort with a climate-controlled seat, pluck black and brown leather pillows and additional lumbar support over lengthy game hours, the Armada Gaming Chair has the classic character of an SUV.
Finally, a technologically advanced strategy requires the chair inspired by the all-electric leaf. Integrated USB charging ports add features, while electric blue-inserted light-grey leather seats indicate power efficiency.
The three chair designs are being unveiled just a few months after Nissan announced its partnerships with esports gaming teams Faze Clan and OpTic Gaming. "For any company trying to reach the Gen-Z and millennial-minded audience, streaming and esports is an enormous opportunity," Robert Cross, Nissan's director of media and activation said when announcing the partnerships earlier this year. "We believe this partnership presents a new approach in introducing ourselves and connecting with millions of fans through their favourite gamers."
Nissan has no plans to build the chairs at this time, but reps say the company will gauge public interest via Twitter and go from there.
Someone in Argentina chose to park his or her car in the wrong spot and was taught a lesson by the Supermarket's employees.
As reported by Fox News, the driver of a silver Peugeot 208 decided to park the small French hatchback in an area where shopping trolleys are stored. To get back at the driver for causing much inconvenience, the employees decided to surround the Peugeot with dozens of shopping carts so it couldn’t get out.
Images of the hilarious scene were shared online by facebook user Arnold Angelini who was took the photos after catching a movie in the shopping center at around 11pm . He wrote in Spanish, throwing his support behind the supermarket employees.
The post went viral on Facebook and since its posting one week ago, more than 6,900 users have shared it
Who says performance cars need to come with a sporty ride? Last week we tested the BMW Alpina B5 to see if Alpina's take on the performance saloon is a viable alternative to the BMW M5.
So what sets this Alpina apart?
Firstly, the interior has received a host of luxurious touches to set it apart from the regular 5 series: The digital dashboard in the B5 has its own Alpina-specific design and colour scheme, for example, while the handcrafted Alpina steering wheel is made of Lavalina leather (the same leather used in Rolls-Royce cars), and features blue/green stitching.
But what truly sets this car apart from the rest of the performance saloon pack is what is underneath you: With a suspension designed to deliver comfort and refinement in spades, the Alpina is not just comfortable, but sublimely comfortable.
Adding to the comfortable cruise is the fact that the B5 is joyously easy-going to drive, with the lightest of pressure on the accelerator sending the car wafting rapidly down the road.
With the abundance of humps and rumble strips on our local roads, would Alpina's take on the performance saloon, with its effortless and classy character, be a better suit for your everyday commute? Read our full review here!
Construction works for five stations on the new Jurong Region Line (JRL) are expected to start next year and slated for completion in 2026.
The five stations are Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West, Tengah, Hong Kah and Corporation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday. The authority has awarded two contracts worth $739.5 million to construct the five MRT stations.
The stations will form part of JRL, Singapore's seventh MRT line, which is set to open in three stages from 2026. Comprising 24 stations, the line was announced last year to improve connectivity in the Jurong area, with the aim of boosting the area's transformation into a second Central Business District.
"In autumn, it's easier to pay attention to the little things." - Emily Bronte
Autumn is my favourite season. I mean, who doesn't appreciate watching the tree and plant leaves turning into multi-coloured works of art before lastly falling away? There are many reasons why I enjoy fall and why I believe this is the best season to travel to Ishikawa.
For those who have been following us closely, we recently partnered with Follow Me Japan for another exciting MCF HangOut last July. And for those who missed the event, I am here to share with you what I have learned.
Ishikawa is very accessible.
Japan is a country where one visit is not enough to satisfy you. I have backpacked and travelled from Tokyo to Okayama and I must say, I will go back again and again. And Ishikawa is highly recommended if you do not like to stay put in one city only.
If your travel plans already include Tokyo, Osaka or Nagoya, you should spare yourself some time and head over to Ishikawa!
What is the best way to explore Ishikawa?
Taking a Shinkansen (Bullet Train) from Tokyo Station will only take you 2hrs 30mins, and driving from Nagoya will only take you 3 hrs 30 min. And definitely, I will highly recommend driving as it will be more cost-saving and there are tons of scenic roads that you will chance upon in Ishikawa.
Follow Me Japan has a long-standing relationship with Toyota Rent-a-Car in Japan, and now you can easily rent a car in Japan at a great price using this link! The user interface is something you are familiar with, and the best part is it is in English! So no more guessing game for the time being.
FMJ car hakusan white road by Jack Lee, on Flickr
And Follow Me Japan is giving away a Free IDP with any car rental of 2 days or more. Check out this page to find out more!
Where should I stay?
That will depend on your budget. If you have a higher SES, then definitely you do not want to cheap out when you are travelling. However, Ishikawa is suitable for everyone and anyone! So here is my list of recommendations. From onsen to Zen, I am sure there is one right one for you!
Better known as Kagaya Bettei Matsunomidori, this peninsula faces the Sea of Japan on both the east and west side. There are plenty of scenic spots where you can take in the traditional culture and superb views stretching back to the olden times.
A hot spring with 1200 years long of history. A wounded white heron at this underwater hot spring is said to have recovered its injuries and regained its strength.
The whole inn has the impression of a museum with an arrangement of local, traditional handicrafts that convey Japanese refinement. This inn promises a time of comfort and relaxation that gives mature couples an authentic Japan experience. The idea of this ryokan is an all-inclusive scheme. You can enjoy Junmai Daiginjo, Japanese premium sake during dinner time.
It is a quaint onsen ryokan that brings the best of Nanao to your doorstep. So if you would like to have a "staycation" and still want the best of Ishikawa, this is it.
And pro-tips for you, you can request to have your room to face Nanao Bay. So you can wake up with a majestic sea-view.
Since its inception in 1855, Tadaya has been run by the same family for five generations. Unlike the other ryokan that occupies large, modern-style houses in the area, Tadaya features a classic one-story hiraya design that extends towards Nanao Bay and sits on a tiny mountain known for its beautiful sunsets.
And when you stay in Tadaya, the best part will be the meals. You can have it served inside your dining room within your room and a selection of cuisine can be chosen from fresh seafood to Noto beef. All the delicacies that you can ask for in Ishikawa! And if you are adventurous, you can book Rikyu (a type of room category), and you can fish from your room!
3) The Share Hotels Kumu
Opened in August 2017 after renovating an old office building of 44 years in the centre of Kanazawa city. KUMU is a community-based hotel aiming for a "cultural salon" where acclaimed creators active in Kanazawa gather and connect the traditional culture of Kanazawa to the future.
You can enjoy the space that makes you feel Zen's aesthetic such as "imperfections and simplicity". As a place where tourists and local people gather, KUMU has shared spaces where events and workshops are held.
4) Hotel Nikko Kanazawa
The reason why this might be a popular choice when visiting Kanazawa is it provides an ideal mix of value, comfort and convenience. It offers a romantic setting with an array of amenities designed for travellers like you.
And what’s more about this hotel is that there is a TOYOTA Rent a Car in Kanazawa Station East Exit inside the building. Now you can just pick up a car whenever you want and start driving!
If you have already rented a car with Follow Me Japan and are looking out for accommodation, here's a promotion for you! Book your hotel through this link, and you will receive a $20 shopping voucher per night for every room booked! And it is valid for up to four nights! If you travel with a family of six, assuming 2 per room, and stay four nights in Ishikawa, you will receive a whopping $240 of rebates! Don’t forget to book the hotels using the same name as the car rental to be entitled to the promotion.
What to do in Ishikawa in 2 days?
So if you are already convinced to go to Ishikawa and are asking, what can I do there? I shall not bore you with my recommendation as each to his own. But. Every Singaporean is Kiasu. And when you rent a car in Ishikawa and pick up from certain outlets, the tourism board of Ishikawa will provide everyone with "present coupons"! All you need to do is to travel to the respective coupon venue and collect the gift inside — no need to pay. If you were to ask, everything inside is up for grabs! And I have spoken to a local, the stuff they give are worth JPY15,000 in total.
Unleash the Ash Ketchum inside you. "Gonna catch them all!"
Ten must-do things in and around Ishikawa
1) Drive along Hakusan Shirakawago White Road
2) Eat Noto Beef
3) Try at least one Ruby Roman
4) Try Malga Gelato, the gelato which is better than the Italian ones
5) Buy some Wajima lacquerware
6) Visit Kakusenki Gorge
7) Visit Omicho Market and savour a bowl of Kaisen don
8)Taste the gold leave ice cream
9) Take a photo of Tojinbo Cliffs
10) Walk down the memory lanes of Takayama
And lastly, Ishikawa is a beautiful place where it has long scenic roads, beautiful views of mount Hakusan and the Sea of Japan. I wish I am there while I am sharing this with you. Maybe the next Autumn I will be there cruising along the Chirihama Nagisa Driveway.
Ex-Top Gear and The Grand Tour host Richard Hammond is in a new sponsored video for Ford's Ranger Raptor again. This time round, he tries to impress his daughters by being a cool dad.
Published on the DriveTribe YouTube channel, Hammond proclaims that the 210bhp 2.0-litre, twin-turbocharged diesel Ranger Raptor is a “brilliant family car” and proceeds to show us what he means by sending his two teenage daughters the local shops for some shopping. At the shopping center, we can then see him getting bored while waiting for his daughters to return. After quite some time spent trying to entertain himself, his daughters return from the shops with their loots.
Probably sick of talking to himself, he then proceeds to entertain himself by bringing the Raptor through a "shortcut" on the way home. Of course, the daughters have no idea the shortcut is actually an off road track and we can see in the video later that they are probably not going to be happy with all the bouncing about in the truck.
The automobile industry's focus on safety in the past two decades has completely changed the way consumers shop for vehicles. Nowadays, features such as side airbag protection and anti-lock brakes are as important to a consumer as fuel efficiency or reliability.
There is one aspect of automobile safety, however, that most people give relatively little thought to, and yet is pivotal to the safety of a car - the windshield.
Windshields and the importance of protecting them
Many people do not realise that windshields of today are actually safety devices in themselves, designed to work in conjunction with the other restraining systems of the car. Airbag systems, for example, require the strength of a properly bonded windshield in order to function properly. If the airbag deployment causes the windshield to pop out, the airbag will not provide the intended protection for the passenger.
Windshields are responsible for up to 30 percent of the overall structural integrity of a car. The strength of the windshield helps prevent roof cave-ins in rollover type accidents. An important factor of which many drivers are not aware is that the original factory-installed windshield is by far the strongest and best protection for the vehicle. A replaced windshield, even when performed by a qualified technician, will never be as strong as the original.
Nevertheless, windshield damage does occur. Common windshield damages include chips and cracks inflicted by flying road debris. The vulnerability of windshields is largely due to the composition of glass. Although it appears smooth, glass actually contains bumps and ruts invisible to the naked eye. As tiny debris flies through the air it becomes lodged in these microscopic flaws, resulting in windshield cracks.
Is there a solution?
To avoid windshield damage and hence windshield replacement, owners can invest in products such as protective films or chemicals designed to absorb impact. Protective films are typically applied to the exterior of the windshield and reduce the damaging effects of items like flying pebbles or rocks. The impact of debris that may shatter an unprotected windshield often causes just a minor chip, if at all, in one covered with a protective film. Specially-formulated chemicals similarly protect windshields by bonding with the surface of the glass and smoothing out the microscopic imperfections.
ClearPlex - Invisible Windshield Protection Film
ClearPlex is a patented film applied to the exterior surface of a windshield, preventing damage from ordinary highway rock strikes and road debris. ClearPlex is virtually invisible, providing optical clarity and UV protection.
The product is the first and only optically clear protection film for vehicle windshields and is designed to take on whatever the road dishes out - leaving the glass in pristine condition.
Benefits of ClearPlex
As said, pebbles, rocks or other debris on the roads can cause damage to the windshield. With ClearPlex installed, impact from the damage which will shatter normal, unprotected glass only leaves a small dimple on the film, thus protecting the windshield and leaving the glass completely undamaged. This could prove critical at the point of impact as shattered glass would impair the driver
Someone has posted an image of the upcoming Land Rover Defender on Instagram.
The long-awaited SUV, is seen here free or almost free of any camouflage.
According to the Instagram user, the photo was snapped on the film set of the latest James Bond film where the all new Defender is set to star.
We are already aware it will look different from the previous-generation Defender thanks to the official teasers from Land Rover but from this photo, the Defender does look a little softer and more of a fashion statement than a proper off roader. Of course, Land Rover will disagree and point us to the impressive amount of ground clearance shown.
Set to be launched at the Frankfurt Auto Show next month, the SUV is rumored to be launched in 110 guise first with engine options consisting of three petrol models available, namely a 296bhp 2.0-litre, a 398bhp plug-in hybrid, and a 395bhp 3.0-litre six-cylinder.
Lamborghini has apparently revealed their limited edition hypercar on the owners-only Unica app.
Supposedly called the Sian, we are sure it isn't boring to look at or to drive. Based on the Aventador, the car looks like it is influenced by the Terzo Millennio concept. Lamborghini fans would notice the “63” logos on the car's vertical fins which is a reference to Lamborghini’s founding in 1963.
According to The Drive, the car will have a 6.5-litre V12 engine taken from the Aventador SJV which also means that it should have at least 760bhp. Interestingly, there are rumors that it will also have an electric motor that produces 30bhp, making the total power output just under 800bhp a possibility.
The car is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10th of September.
Nissan might be asking more than 10,000 employees to leave. This comes after the company projects its profit to fall further for 2019.
As reported by Kyodo News, sources from the company told the new agency that the news of the job cuts will come when it releases its April-June earnings figures as nett profits hit a nine-year low going into March.
Jobs which will be cut are expected to mostly come from factories in regions with low utilisation rates and through early retirement options. Nissan only planned to axe around 4,800 employees back in May but the numbers has grown by quite a bit since then. If the numbers turn out true, he move will see the company reducing its overall global workforce by around 7%
The report also suggested that it may also streamline output in its domestic market as Nissan saw its global vehicle sales fall 4.4% to 5.52 million units in fiscal 2018. The company reckons things will be worse as sales is projected to be nearly halved for the 2019 financial year.
The Toyota Supra and BMW M2 Competition might be fighting it out in different market segments but they actually are quite similar on paper. Both are rear wheel driven and they are both powered by a 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six that will allow them to sprint to hundred kilometres per hour in almost the same time (4.2 vs 4.3 seconds). So on a drag strip which one would be a faster car?
Shot by Cars.co.za, one might think that the 404bhp M2 Competition will win with its additional power and torque but the 335bhp Supra is actually the lighter car, allowing Supra to put down its power more efficiently.
In the video, we can see that that is what happened as Supra launched better despite it having problems putting down its power. However, as the speed rises, the superior power and torque figures of the M2 Competition meant that the Supra's advantage was short-lived.
In the end, the BMW won with a quarter-mile time of 13.36 seconds while the Toyota did it in 13.44 seconds.
Here is another reason to start owning an electric vehicle in Britain. The amount of charging stations has surpassed petrol stations in Britain.
According to Nissan U.K., the country has around 9,300 locations where EV owners can charge their cars and out of those, 1,600 of them has the ability to fast charging, which can bring up a typical battery’s capacity from 0 to around 80 percent in less than an hour, in cars that support it.
With the introduction of the Ultra-Low Emission Zone in London, car owners are switching to EV as solutions for their daily commute, with the demand of battery-powered cars increasing by 158.1% this month alone.
While EV stations have increased by quite a bit since 2011, petrol stations have been slowing decreasing and the currently count stands at 8,400.
Within its first few hours of operation in Las Vegas yesterday (Wednesday), an autonomous shuttle bus that is part of a ballyhooed study of driverless vehicles on public roads was involved in a collision with a truck. No injuries were reported. Details from the incident are still emerging. Members of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department have not commented on the collision or issued a report. Nor have officials from Navya, the French company that manufactures the shuttles. There were passengers on the shuttle when the crash took place, according to reports from KSNV-TV. A spokesperson for AAA, which is a sponsor of the study, says the shuttle was stationary when the truck struck the left-front side of the vehicle.
The shuttle, which is the first to carry members of the public, has no traditional vehicle controls such as a steering wheel or a brake pedal. But a human safety steward is aboard the shuttle and can stop operations with the push of an emergency button. During regular operations, the eight-passenger shuttle is expected to run on a fixed 0.6-mile loop in the Fremont section of the city, making three stops along the route. The shuttle will be taken out of service for the remainder of the day, but organizers expect to restart operations Thursday, according to city officials, who also stated that the driver of the truck was cited by police in a post on the city’s Tumblr page.
The incident turned a celebratory atmosphere sour. Only hours earlier, Las Vegas had hosted a welcome party for the shuttle, with appearances from Las Vegas mayor Carolyn Goodman, comedians/magicians Penn & Teller, and race-car driver Danica Patrick. The electric shuttle, owned by mass-transit company Keolis, is touted as the first to integrate with traffic lights, which could help transportation officials learn ways to improve traffic flow.
The new high-tech Skoda Kamiq compact SUV has arrived ahead of Geneva, promising class-leading space
Skoda is one of the last mainstream brands to enter the hugely competitive and popular compact SUV sector, but the brand has finally arrived with this, the new Skoda Kamiq. The newcomer looks set to become one of the most practical and tech-laden offerings in the class.
The Kamiq’s shape takes inspiration from both the rest of Skoda’s SUV family and the recently revealed Scala hatchback. Its front puts a twist on the ‘four-eye’ lighting arrangement seen on the Karoq and Kodiaq; slim top units house four LED elements that integrate both daytime running lights and – in a Skoda first – scrolling indicators.
Below them sit the main headlamps, with LED tech available, and cornering lights. Other typical Skoda 4x4 cues include the heavily contoured bonnet and upright grille, which contribute to the Kamiq’s chunky look. The tail-lamp design and Skoda lettering in place of the usual logo give the rear end a strong resemblance to the Scala’s.
Measuring 4.24 metres front to rear, the Kamiq is one of the longest cars in the sector – but this, combined with a roofline that’s 106mm lower than that of our current class favourite, the Citroen C3 Aircross, means that in the metal the Skoda doesn’t quite offer the same SUV presence as its French competitor.
However, thanks to its long body the Kamiq is set to become one of the most spacious cars in the class. Rear kneeroom is a match for the Octavia’s, so four six-footers can get quite comfortable in the cabin.
A 400-litre boot can’t quite match the 455-litre volume of Europe’s best-selling small crossover, the Renault Captur, but the 1,395-litre space with the seats down is much larger. Some models will offer a folding front passenger chair, enabling the storage of objects up to 2,447mm long.
Up front, the dashboard takes on a design direction first seen in the Scala. This includes a sweeping ‘wing’ that highlights the cabin’s width, further emphasised by air vents that extend into the door panels. Skoda appears to have focused on quality, too: textured soft-touch plastics cover the top of the dash and padded material trims the door inserts.
It feels a cut above many of its rivals, while the wing dips in the centre to both mirror the shape of the car’s grille and to house the infotainment touchscreen. At 9.2 inches, the display in top-spec models will be one of the largest in the sector, and it can be combined with an optional 10.25-inch customisable digital instrument panel. These features, plus wireless smartphone charging, USB-C connectivity, mood lighting, an electric tailgate and lane assist, should ensure the Kamiq leads the class tech race.
There are few surprises under the new car’s bonnet; every model will be front-wheel drive, and all four engine options are known quantities. The single diesel is a 1.6-litre TDI producing 113bhp and 250Nm of torque, while petrol buyers can choose from 1.0 engines making either 94bhp or 113bhp, or a 1.5 turbo. With no sporty vRS version in the pipeline, this 148bhp unit will be the most powerful option available.
Prices for the Kamiq should be confirmed later this year, but expect a similar cost to that of the SEAT Arona
If you are in the market for a sports car, this is one of the best time to get one as there are plenty of fresh choices around. See how the perform in a drag race together.
Shot by Carwow, we have four cars in this race with the first one being the 365bhp Porsche Cayman GTS with a turbocharged 2.5-liter flat-four as its powertrain. It is the default class leader and is expected to win but with a 394bhp Audi TT RS Roadster included in the test, it might have its work cut out.
Of course, we have to have the Toyota Supra included in the test and with a 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six that is believed to be underrated at 335bhp, it should not do too bad. Lastly, the guys at Carwow threw in a tuned Alpine A110 as a wild card but with 'only' 300bhp thanks to Litchfield, it looks like it would be last in the race. Or would it be...
A software engineer has successfully implanted into her forearm her Tesla Model 3's keycard chip. she can now enter her car by simply waving her arm near the car’s sensors.
The YouTuber, who goes by the alias Amie DD, is no stranger to ‘body modification'. A couple of years ago, she an RFID tag inserted into her arm so that she could open the front door at her house. Being a software expert, there were probably other things she could do with the chip in her arm too.
So when her Tesla Model 3 arrived, she though that her car's keycard would use a similar RFID technology that would allow her to simply transfer the data from the card to her existing chip. However, it didn't work out hence she had to remove the chip from the card and insert it into her arm.
For those of you who aren't afraid of seeing blood, you can watch her other video whereby she shows us how the chip is inserted into the her arm.
Since then, she has managed to get it to work, as long as her forearm must be about 25 mm from the car’s center console before it will start up.
This might be the first few photos of the actual car shot without its camouflage on. The car was photographed recently at its own commercial shoot.
As reported on Carscoops, the new Golf Mk8 seen here is painted in the same color as recent prototypes, confirming that the many renderings previewing the latest Golf’s design have been spot on.
Design wise, it is still unmistakably a Golf and that is no bad thing. While the guys here don't think that it is the prettiest Golf (that goes to the Mk5) ever produced, it still is no plain jane.
Inside, the car will have a fully-digital gauge cluster and a large touchscreen for the infotainment system in the center of the console. It will also support over-the-air updates, which has made VW ensure the car’s software remains safe from cyberattacks by featuring over 100 million lines of code, versus the 10 million needed by a new car a decade ago.
The new Golf is expected to be revealed officially in October.
We know Mazda has said that it will not be producing any rotary-engined sports car but once again, Mazda is teasing us with these RX-8 mules.
These prototypes were spotted at the Nurburgring undergoing tests, with one painted blue while the other is finished in black and wears the RS trim bodykit. Interestingly, the blue unit features a piece of black and white camouflage across its front fascia which is odd to say the least. Both also sounded different from each other as they went past the camera.
Without any info on what is happening, we can only guess that Mazda might just be testing the rotary engines that are meant to work with the electric motors in a future vehicle...
Hoping to see a hot version of the new sleek-looking Mazda3? Unfortunately, Mazda has declared that it has no plans for such a vehicle.
According to Cars Guide, Mazda's head of Global Development and Product Planning Hiroyuki Matsumoto was asked about whether a high-performance Mazda3 could be a possibility.
“We are capable of creating engine to answer such demands for more power, but at the moment we have no plan to do it,” he replied.
It is no surprise that the company has no interest in performance version of the 3 despite the car's Program Manager Kota Beppu, recently saying that he would love to see the return of the Mazda3 MPS. While this is just a guess from us, it does seems like Mazda would rather concentrate its efforts on pushing itself more upmarket than spending money on making hot hatches.
Meanwhile, closer to our shores, the new Mazda3 will be launching officially soon and will be powered by a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine that is paired to a mild hybrid system.
Formula 1 driver Daniel Ricciardo has a go in the new Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R at Goodwood. Interestingly, he chooses to go sideways up the hill.
We have no idea why he did so but instead of going flat out on the hillclimb, Ricciardo choses to go sliding with the handbrake at relatively low speeds. We are sure he is having fun and we are also pretty sure the rear tyres is going to have a few flat spots after this peculiar run.
As for the car, it is the current record holder at the Nurburgring for the fastest production front-wheel drive car and compared to the Megane R.S. Trophy, the Trophy-R is 130kg lighter and with 296bhp, the car will complete the century sprint in 5.4 seconds. It tops out at 262km/h and is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.