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MCF Hangout with INFINITI

Over 40 MyCarForum (MCF) members gathered at the INFINITI showroom on Leng Kee Road last Saturday, to get up close and personal with the new INFINITI All-New QX50. Particularly unique about the All-New QX50 is that it offers INFINITI’s VC-Turbo engine, the world’s first variable compression engine in a mass production car. To get MCF members to know more, Isaac Tan, Product Specialist of INFINITI, was on hand to chat a little bit more on how it all works, including sharing about its other advanced features such as its Active Torque Rod vibration cancelling engine mounts, and the All-New QX50’s safety assistance features. Idris Talib, from sgCarMart’s Editorial Team, also shared his experience driving the INFINITI QX50, and how it fares against other mid-sized SUVs in the market. Aside from checking out the QX50 and the rest of the range INFINITI has to offer, MCF members at the event also stood a chance to win attractive lucky draw prizes. MCF members also checked out the QX80, a large SUV with a lot of road presence. Isaac shared how the All-New QX50's Active Torque Rod works to cancel out vibrations from transmitting into the cabin, with a strategically placed active engine mount. Idris also shared his experience driving the All-New QX50, and how the car offers a spirited drive despite having a CVT transmission. That wasn't all the activities at the showroom. Participants also played a round of Bingo! One lucky MCF member walked away with the grand lucky draw prize, a weekend driveaway with the INFINITI All-New QX50, worth $1,000.

Here's everything you need to know about Ishikawa.

"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! 1) MATSUNOMIDORI 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.   2) TADAYA   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.        
 

The Vehicle Entry Permit system for foreign vehicles entering Malaysia starts

The Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system for foreign vehicles entering Malaysia via the causeway from Singapore has begun operating and ends on 15th July 2016. Starting from today, the system is undergoing its trial run and will be handled by the Road Transport Department (JPJ) to ensure the VEP system runs smoothly, according to Paultan.org.   For drivers going in from the 16th of July, do take note that a VEP charge of 20RM will be imposed.   Registration of vehicles for VEP will be until the end of the year and an estimated 120,000 Singapore vehicles have registered under the VEP system. You can register for the VEP here.   The report also added that the system will be able to detect Singapore-registered vehicles that have yet to settle their old summons that have already been issued. However, it does not state whether the JPJ will insist on paying the fines on spot before entry is allowed into Malaysia.   Expect congestion to be bad in the coming weeks for those venturing up north.

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Second Opinion - The Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 and its rivals

Toyota recently launched their 11th generation Corolla Altis and it is a pretty well-resolved car. Since this 1.6-litre sedan category is such a hotly-contested segment, we thought it would be nice to have a second opinion of the Corolla Altis comparing with some of its closest rivals…   Kia Forte K3 1.6 First up, our recent Sedan of the Year winner, the Forte K3. Despite being launched last year, the car still looks pretty darn fresh. No surprises given that the Koreans have been producing cars that are almost guaranteed to look good without burning a big hole in your wallet. At press time, it is almost 10 grand lesser than the rest while being the most well equipped. It also felt like it had the most room among the others. However, all is not that well when you start driving. Steering, while being the sharpest and most direct, feels slightly artificial. I wasn't too sure I liked the variable steering weight system also as I found myself changing between ‘Normal’ and ‘Sport’ every now and then. I couldn't find fault with the ride and grip level were as good as the rest.   Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI DSG Personally, I have always found the Jetta to be a handsome car. So it took me by surprise when I thought it didn’t look as sharp as it had always been to me when we parked the cars side by side. Having sampled the Jetta over quite a few miles couple of years ago, it felt good to be back behind the wheel of one. The chassis feels stable, steering reassuring and engine strong. Just like how I remembered. However, unlike then, age has ruthlessly caught up and the interior is starting to feel a little bland as compared to the other two. Not having much equipment on board hurts its scorecard too. Glad to report interior space is more than adequate and overall, the car feels a notch better in quality than the rest.   Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 The Corolla Altis. I’m sure most people should have driven or sat in one at least once in their lifetime. I spent most of my teenage years in one and not once did it break down. It was never the fastest nor the best-looking but it was loyal and dependable. Coming to the latest one, I must say Toyota has definitely upped its game and gave it a great looking face. I would even go as far as saying the Toyota is the most handsome one here. Moving inside, the car has grown quite abit and build quality is much improved. Equipment levels are acceptable too. On the move, the Toyota is the quietest and feels lively. Comfort level is definitely on par or better compared with the rest in this segment. Its new Super Continuously Variable Transmission with Intelligence is also worth commending for not being like most whiny CVTs in lesser cars.   If you have yet to read our comparison story between the Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 and its rivals, click here.

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Oil change scams, sounds familiar?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-avpx8UTakIHave you ever visited a workshop just for a normal service or oil change, and ended up spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars? Can you trust someone else to take care of your car?   These guys went undercover to investigate, and revealed being ripped off at a popular oil-change chain. They are going in for the advertised US$19.99 oil change, but wait till you see the charges all 3 of them ended up paying. And was the work even done? Watch the video to find out.   After you watch the video, i guess the moral of the story is to make sure you know your car well enough, and keep records of your servicings. Also, will be good if you just stand around and watch them do the servicing. Will also be good to visit car forums(like mycarforum, duhh....) and get feedback of workshops you wish to visit.   So the next time you visit a workshop for a simple oil change, you might wanna just insist on just the oil change alone if you know your car is doing just fine :)

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Toyota recalls 340,000 Priuses globally to fix parking brake issue

Toyota Motor Corp. said today it is recalling around 340,000 of its latest Prius model in Japan and overseas to fix a parking brake issue.   The recall covers models produced between August 2015 and October 2016, and affects around 210,000 vehicles in Japan and 94,000 in North America, Toyota said, adding that the balance would be recalled in Europe, Australia and other regions.   No accidents have been reported in Japan in connection with the issue, a Toyota spokeswoman said, while declining to comment on whether any accidents had occurred overseas.

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TRD releases customisation options for Toyota C-HR

The dust for Toyota's new small crossover has barely settled but Toyota Racing Development (TRD) already has some upgrades for it.     Starting with the aesthetics, TRD has split its lineup into two separate collections, namely the Aggressive Style or the the Extreme Style. To put it simply, road warriors will want the Aggressive Style, where the car will be dressed up to look more erm, aggressive. The full set of bodykit includes new front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and a small tailgate lip spoiler. You can also change your front grill to one with either a black or silver garnish.   For the off-road fans, the Extreme Style will be more suitable for you. TRD tries to give the car a more rally-ready look with a a smaller front spoiler with silver trim, fender extensions, mud flaps and a black tailgate lip spoiler. New 18-inch TRD wheels complete the look.       Those looking for power upgrades will be disappointed as there are no products that will increase engine output. But handling-wise, TRD has a new product called Motion Control Beam (MCB) that might interest owners. Designed to absorb vibrations and deformation that will occur during normal driving, the MCB is said to increase body rigidity and improve turning responsiveness, allowing the driver to feel more in control of his vehicle.  

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Do you need to warm up your car before driving?

We are sure most of us have been told by 'automotive experts' that one should always wait for the car to be warmed up before driving off. Is it true?   According to Jason Fenske from his YouTube 'Engineering Explained' channel, cars with electronic fuel injection do not need to be warmed up before lightly driving off. This is because almost every vehicle built over the last quarter of century has fuel injection, which in turn compensates for the temperature changes as the car gets warmed up.   So what you really need to do is to wait between 15 and 30 seconds to make sure that the engine oil flows thoroughly throughout the engine before moving off. Of course, common sense will tell you that you shouldn't rev the car hard until the car is fully warmed up.   Watch the video below for an more in depth explanation!   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKALgXDwou4

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More photos of Audi R8 V10 Plus

The Audi R8 V10 Plus. What a memorable experience. Not having driven a supercar before, I was intimidated by its width at first but soon enough, i gained confidence and boy oh boy, it was a lovely drive. This is definitely ranked pretty high up there as one of my all time favourite drives. I say so because I found myself missing that V10 note, the very responsive gearbox, the security of the quattro system and yes.. did i already mention the V10 note?   Anyway, here are some unpublished photos of the feature where the R8 starred in. Hope you readers like it!   The V10 Plus comes with harder spring and damper rates than the lesser V8 and V10 models. It rides pretty firm but never crashes into the bumps when going over the rougher stuff. Still pretty good considering it loses the magnetic system which the normal V10 gets.   0-100km/h in 3.5 seconds and 0-200km/h in 11.3 seconds. Credit goes to the engine in the above photo.   Plus variant means more carbon fibre parts inside and outside. All in all, 50kg of weight has been shaved compared to the normal V10 R8. Love the way the door handle protrudes towards the driver to allow him/her to open for the door easily.   Some may argue that this makes the car feel dated but to me, only a proper handbrake is right.   Fun ends at 8,700rpm.   Paddles are a joy to use.   B&O sound system performs well but the V10 sounds better actually!   Sideplates finished in carbon. Sexy.   LED headlights piercing through the thin mist on a very cool night..    

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Leicester City players awarded a BMW i8 each

Leicester City players were awarded by their chairman with a brand new BMW i8 each after their historic English Premier League win a few months ago.   According to Carscoops, the club's chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha is said to have forked out almost S$2.70 million to buy 19 BMW i8s. Not that the chairman's wallet would hurt, as he is worth more than S$4 billion. Four players from the he championship squad didn't receive an i8 as one of them has moved to Chelsea while the three others were only briefly used as substitutes.   The cars were all specced identically with only the different alloy wheels distinguishing one from another.

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Mazda MX-5 wins both 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year

The Mazda MX-5 (known as Mazda Roadster in Japan) has won the 2016 World Car of the Year award. It is the second Mazda to win the award, following the Mazda 2 (known as Mazda Demio) in 2008. The third generation MX-5 was one of three finalists for the same award in 2006, as was the Mazda 3 in 2014. In addition to taking the main award this year, the MX-5 has also been named World Car Design of the Year. It is the first time in the history of the awards that a single model has taken both titles.   World Car of the Year was established in 2004 by an international group of automotive journalists, and the judging panel this year consisted of 73 journalists from 23 different countries. The MX-5 was announced victorious over other finalists Audi A4 Sedan/Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz GLC at the New York International auto show on March 24. The other finalists for World Car Design of the Year were the Jaguar XE and Mazda CX-3.   “What a wonderful honor, to have the Mazda MX-5 named both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year,” said Masahiro Moro, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, and Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever, and proof that every Mazda looks as incredible as it drives, and drives as incredibly as it looks. While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster. We say ‘Driving Matters’ in our advertising,* and we prove it in our cars.”

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Ever went Go-Karting...On a cruise?

You can do a lot of things on a cruise ship nowadays. Ice skating, surfing, and rock climbing have set sail alongside the usual cruise ship activities of eating, drinking, tanning. But Norwegian Cruise Line is adding something that caught our attention – go-kart racing.   The new gimmick will be aboard the Norwegian Joy, a 168,000-ton, 20-deck liner. Its two-level kart track has what looks like seven to eight turns, based on the image above. It's a fine looking little circuit, although it looks a bit narrow – we wouldn't count on much wheel-to-wheel racing. The elevation changes are appealing, though.   The Norwegian Joy will be able to carry 4,200 passengers and 1,700 crew when she sets sail in summer 2017. The hulking cruise ship is 1,069 feet long, or just 23 feet shorter than a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier. As for activities aside from karting, Norwegian Joy will feature bumper cars, a 360-foot water slide, simulators, two casinos, and luxury retail outlets. And for the ultra-wealthy, there's The Haven, which is made up of 74 private luxury suites, all serviced by a butler, and includes private lounges, pools, dining areas, and a third casino.   There is a catch, of course. Norwegian Joy is only slated to sail from Shanghai and Beijing, but detailed itineraries haven't been published yet. Still, if you're looking for a truly bizarre sensation while racing, you'll want to book passage on Norwegian Joy and give driving a kart on a boat a try.

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Porsche's new app allows you to connect your car to your Apple Watch

Porsche has just released an iOS App for the newly-launched Apple Watch. It will allow the owner to interact and control certain functions his car, provided his Porsche is fitted with a Porsche Car Connect unit. Some of the models that will have that include the latest Macan, Cayenne, Panamera and 918 Spyder.   Interesting and useful functions that the app offers include 'My Car' which lets you know how far you have travelled and how much range you have left till empty. 'Find your car' allows you to track your car's location while 'Remote' allows you to see whether the windows, doors and sunroof are open or closed. 'Theft Mode' will alert you if there are any break-ins and if you feel like there is a need to sound the horn or flash the lights, you can do so too.   A particular feature which would be very useful in our climate is the 'pre-cool' function where owners can set the cabin temperature of the car before they arrive at the car.   For those who have a hybrid model, the app will also let you keep an eye on the charging times and other stats.

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Take part in our sgCarMart contest and stand a chance to win attractive prizes!

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Understanding Singapore's COE system

Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) give Singaporeans the right to own a vehicle. COEs are integral to the Vehicle Quota System (VQS), a landmark scheme implemented to regulate the growth of vehicle population in Singapore which, due to land space, is unsurprisingly among the densest in the world.   The VQS determines the exact number of vehicles allowed on the road. Other measures to curb vehicle growth like raising taxes and fees do not have the advantage of knowing the exact increase needed to get a desired level. Under the VQS, vehicle growth could be pegged at 3% every year with the expansion of roads and highways taken into consideration. The VQS was implemented in 1 May 1990 and the first bidding under the system started on 2 April 1990. Public buses, school buses and emergency vehicles are exempted from this scheme.   In the 80’s, as Singapore developed and Singaporeans grew affluent, car ownership became prevalent. Thus, there was a desperate need to manage the rapid growth in the number of vehicles in relation to Singapore's road capacity. Between 1975 and 1990, the growth rate of the car population was as high as 12% per annum before the recession of 1985, which triggered the government to undertake a combination of usage and ownership measures, including parking charges and the Area Licensing Scheme (or ALS, and later the Electronic Road Pricing or ERP) while steps to curb ownership comprise vehicle taxes (such as the Additional Registration Fee or ARF) and excise duty. To further control the growth of vehicle population the Vehicle Quota System (VQS) was introduced. The VQS was the key proposal of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Land Transport, chaired by Professor Hong Hai, which released its report in January 1990.   The VQS was then implemented on 1st May 1990 and the first bidding started on 2 April 1990. Under this system, a Certificate of Entitlement (COE) had to be bidded for that category of vehicle. A certain number of COEs would be released every month for bidding. Once successful and only when one owns a COE, which is valid for 10 years, that registration of the vehicle could take effect.   Central to the VQS is the outcome of capping the growth rate of the vehicle population at 3% per annum, compared with an average of 6.8% per annum in the three years prior to the implementation of the VQS. It was reported that without the VQS, the growth rate would have spiralled over the last 10 years and traffic would have grounded to a halt, adversely affecting Singapore's economic development and quality of life(None of us would want that).   VQS started as a Closed Bidding System where bidders would not know how much others had bid. The quota premium payable was the lowest successful bid. Those who had bid this amount or more would be entitled to a COE at the lowest successful bid price. But due to lack of transparency, it led to high fluctuations in the quota premium. In June 1999, the COE Open Bidding system was designed and tested, and was carried out in June 2001 in tandem with the closed bidding exercise. Every month, half of the quota was allocated for open bidding and the other half for closed bidding. In April 2002, the COE Open Bidding System totally replaced the Closed Bidding System. With open bidding, bidders could monitor the current COE prices and revise their own bid.   In 1998, a Government Parliamentary Committee was appointed to do a review of the VQS nine years after its implementation. The Committee presented its findings to Minister for Communications, Mr Mah Bow Tan, on 2 March 1999. The Committee affirmed the effectiveness of the VQS as one of the key pillars in Singapore's traffic management strategies and recommended that the scheme be retained. The growth rate of 3% per annum was fixed until 2005 and thereafter constantly reviewed.   So with all that being said, due to its effectiveness, it is almost certain that the COE system may be here to stay for good :)

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New Go-Kart track in Singapore

Singapore will soon boast a world-class 950-metre karting track capable of hosting world championships. The international-standard track at the Singapore Turf Club (STC) grounds at Woodlands will be completed by mid-September 2014.   The new circuit will be built by Arina International Holding. It will be the second karting track here, after the opening of the 750m Kartright Speedway in Jurong in 2010.   The site at Jurong, however, is unable to host international championships as the sport’s world governing body CIK-FIA’s regulations require that competition tracks are at least 800m in length.   The Turf Club leased the plot of land to Arina in April for three years at a cost of S$450,000, with an option for another 3. Arina is headed by Mr Richard Tan, who has been running the KF1 Corporate Challenge karting event — usually held a week before the Formula 1 Singapore Grand Prix — here since 2011.   Mr Tan declined to be interviewed, but it is believed he aims to get the track ready before this year’s Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix, which takes place from Sept 19 to 21.   Richard operates a construction company and the only major works needed to get the facility ready on time are building the paddock area and resurfacing the track. It will cost Mr Tan about S$1.5 million on top of land cost.  

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The NSX will cost nearly S$1 million once it arrives here

The Honda NSX is slated to come Singapore some time next year and according to paultan.org, it is going to cost S$888,888 without COE.   The hybrid, all-wheel drive supercar which comes with a 3.5-litre V6 turbocharged engine and if the price is accurate, it will as expensive as Porsche's second most expensive car, the 911 Turbo S coupe. Its cabriolet variant, which is the most expensive, cost nearly S$940,000 without COE. With the same amount of cash, you could also get yourself a Lamborghini Huracan LP580-2 which will set you back S$840,000 without COE.   While our local distributor for Honda did not confirm whether the price reported is accurate, they did mention that the car will cost not far away from the S$1 million mark.

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New performance brand for Toyota to rival the Germans?

Toyota might soon have an official performance division for its models like how Mercedes-AMG and BMW M is to their normal models. While the Japanese carmaker already has its TRD sub-brand (Toyota Racing Development) making many parts to juice up its cars, it is not as motorsport-oriented as the brand's other performance arm, Gazoo Racing.   In an interview done by Autocar, Gazoo Racing and Toyota’s powertrain division boss, Koei Saga, said that he wants to see Gazoo Racing expand its road presence outside of Japan, potentially turning the motorsport division into a company like BMW M.   “In Europe, the challenge is bigger because we have more competitors here, and it is also an issue of cost. However, I am very much working on that so we can have a brand like the M brand,” Saga said.   At the moment, the tuning arm already sells complete performance vehicles like the 86 GRMN and the Mark X GRMN. Expect to see its forthcoming Supra sports coupe to be fettled by them too!

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Audi RS3 goes head to head with BMW M2

Audi's RS3 goes head to head with BMW M2 in this video review shot by Carfection. Hosted by Henry Catchpole, only one can be the winner in this high-performance compact car shootout.   Watch the video and see whether the RS3's award-winning and characterful 400bhp 2.5-litre turbocharged five-cylinder can shine above the 365bhp M2's much-lauded playful handling...   https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=PeAJ3SiDPao

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Euro 2016 Weekly Recap with Hyundai Motor - Week Five

In this weekly recap of the UEFA Euro 2016 Tournament brought to you by Official Sponsor Hyundai Motor, we look back at the action that took place over the past week.   Portugal stunned hosts France on an extra-time winner from Eder to win the European Championships.   Portugal capped off an unpredictable tournament with a surprising upset, made all the more incredible considering the fact that superstar Cristiano Ronaldo only managed 25 minutes on the field before being taken off due to a knee injury, after he and Dimitri Payet collided in the ninth minute.   The French team started the game with zealous energy, creating several chances, but failed to convert. Ronaldo's departure had the effect of seemingly deflating both teams, with little attacking action from both sides. As the game seem headed into extra-time, a couple of close chances from both sides could have sealed the victory, but neither side managed to finish their chances off.   In the 109th minute, substitute Eder broke the deadlock with a brilliant strike, Cutting in from the left, he fired a marvelous shot from over 20 metres out, which nestled in the bottom left corner out of French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris' reach.   The all new Hyundai Elantra   The all new 2016 Hyundai Elantra combines performance innovation, modern and dynamic design precision, as well as a simple, driver-oriented design for a comprehensive driving experience. Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language speaks to the car's modern identity and its sporty and future-oriented design. The interior boasts best-in-class equipment and luxurious comfort, and the new Elantra is also equipped with intelligent preventive safety features, setting the new standard of riding performance and safety.   Click here to read sgCarmart's review of the all new Hyundai Elantra.

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Singapore supercar to debut in Geneva

Singapore's first supercar will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March next year.   The Vanda Dendrobium - built by Vanda Electrics, a unit of family- owned Wong Fong Engineering Works - is an electric two-seater with four Yasa motors powered by Formula E lithium batteries.   To be built by Williams in Oxford, the United Kingdom, the car will go into production 18 months after the Geneva show, according to Vanda Electrics chief executive Larissa Tan.   She says only "10 to 20" will be made, all right-hand-drive.   Some changes have been made to the car since it was first announced in February. The final product is not as curvaceous or as long as the initial concept.   Instead, it sports an edgier design, with aerodynamic elements which accentuate the wheels, and the passenger cell "floating" in the middle.   The Straits Times had a sneak peek of the computer renditions, but was not allowed to reproduce them ahead of the Geneva show.   The Dendrobium - named after an orchid because of the way its doors and roof open for easy access - will have a steel or carbon-fibre frame.   Aluminium, which was announced earlier, is not economically feasible for such a low-volume car, the company says.   Vanda would not reveal specs, but the car is expected to hit 100kmh in under three seconds and a top speed in excess of 250kmh.   It will have a range of about 320kmh on a single charge.   Ms Tan says the next car has already been conceptualised. It will be a roadster that harks back to the classic styling of the 1950s.   She says car manufacturing in that era was characterised by innovation and change.   "The time has come again," she says. "Everyone's looking at electric cars now. We're on the cusp of change."   She says Vanda - which has about 20 employees and is backed by private investors - is not "re-inventing the wheel". Rather, "we're good at innovating, packaging and marketing".   The two supercars are, however, lighthouse projects to bring attention to Vanda's bread-and-butter electric mobility products.   Two are already ready for the market. One is a light truck with a swoppable chassis, battery packs for various ranges and a payload tracking system. It will be made in China and targeted at markets such as Australia and Indochina, with a proposed price tag of below US$30,000 (S$41, 538).   The other is a single-seat e-scooter targeted for densely built-up cities. A distributor has been appointed in Japan for the two-wheeler, which will sell for about US$3,000.   The low-slung Dendrobium (standing no more than 1.2m), however, will be pricier.   Ms Tan would not reveal exact figures, but says it will be "in the millions".

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This owner wants a Civic Type R pretty badly

What if your head tells you that you can only afford a Mitsubishi Lancer GLX but your heart is beating for a Honda Civic Type R? This owner might have an answer that.   Not that we approve of what he did to his Lancer GLX but we must say that this is a pretty good effort in trying to make his car look like a Civic Type R! The bumper is almost an exact copy while the grill and headlights are shaped as much as possible to look like the real deal.   The below is how a real Civic Type R looks like and how the Lancer GLX looks like originally.    

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Singaporean drives his GT-R to Everest Base Camp

Kah Chuan Hoong claims to be the first person in the world to drive any kind of supercar to the base camp of Mount Everest. He recently did so in his modified Nissan R35 GT-R.   Driving from Singapore, the brave soul drove through all sorts of bad roads to reach Everest's base camp, which is located 5,380 metres above sea level. While his car appears to be relatively stock, he did raise the front ride height and modified his front bumper so that it would allow the car to clear obstacles on the journey up. We also suspect the car to have its ECU remapped to allow the car to consume lower quality fuel and also survive the high alttiude it would encounter.   Check out more photos of his amazing journey here.          

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Euro 2016 Weekly Recap with Hyundai Motor - Week Four

In this weekly recap of the UEFA Euro 2016 Tournament brought to you by Official Sponsor Hyundai Motor, we look back at the action that took place over the past week.   Perhaps the story of the week is Iceland's expectation-defying run to the quarter-finals, which saw them dispatch England 2-1 along the way. The victory marked a historic moment, as Iceland progresses the farthest they have ever gone in a major tournament. Goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney's fourth minute penalty. For England, the loss marked yet another humiliating and disappointing exit from a major tournament.   Unfortunately, the Icelandic squad's fairy-tale tournament came to an end early this morning, as the team fell 2-5 to hosts France.   In another underdog victory, Wales shocked Belgium 3-1 to progress into the semi-finals. Ashley Williams' goal cancelled out Radja Nainggolen's 13th minute opener. Hal Robson-Kanu scored a stunning goal after eluding three Belgium defenders in the penalty box with a slick Cruyff turn, and Sam Vokes also got onto the score sheet to cap off Wales' remarkable day.   In other results, Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after playing out a 1-1 draw. Italy and Germany also played out a 1-1 draw, with the match going to a bizarre round of penalties. Players from both teams had some horrible misses, perhaps none more so than Italy's Zaza, who skied his penalty after a head-scratching and elaborate jogging-on-the-spot run up.   The semi-finals will see Portugal face off against Wales, while hosts France take on Germany.   The new Hyundai Sonata   The seventh generation Hyundai Sonata, launched in 2015, builds on the incredible success of its predecessor, offering a more refined look through the new Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. The new model also has a stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced noise, vibration and harshness, as well as advanced safety and convenience features, raising the bar for the mid-size sedan segment.   Click here to read sgCarmart's review of the new Hyundai Sonata.   Click here to take part in sgCarMart's monthly contest for a chance to win a weekend drive in the new Elantra, as well as Euro 2016 merchandise!

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Acura NSX GT3 prepares for race debut in 2017

Acura motorsports is on a roll, fresh off a near production NSX winning its North American racing debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the Time Attack 2 class, Acura has released the first official images of the NSX GT3 racecar as it prepares to campaign in North America in 2017.   The twin-turbo NSX GT3 was photographed with exposed, lightweight, carbon fiber bodywork at Gingerman Raceway in South Haven, MI as part of its continued development at circuits throughout the U.S. The vehicle is slated for homologation as an FIA GT3 class racecar this fall.   The Acura NSX GT3 racecar features custom bodywork and aero components including a large deck wing spoiler, underbody diffuser and enlarged hood vents for efficient engine cooling. The NSX GT3 racecar is powered by a 3.5-liter, 75-degree, twin turbocharged DOHC V-6 engine using the same design specifications as the engine in the production 2017 NSX, including the block, heads, valvetrain, crankshaft, pistons and dry sump lubrication system. The engine is paired with a 6-speed, sequential-shift racing gearbox, delivering power to the rear wheels.   The NSX GT3 is produced by the Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, the exclusive manufacturing home for the new NSX. Its twin turbocharged V-6 engine is also assembled in the State of Ohio. Initial development of the NSX GT3 racecar was conducted by the company’s Japan race engineering arm with testing on race circuits in Europe and Japan. Additional development, testing and final homologation to FIA GT3 global racing specifications is currently being undertaken by the company’s North American race engineering group, Honda Performance Development (HPD), in Santa Clarita, California.   The NSX GT3 racecar will advance the rich legacy of Acura sports car racing campaigns and championships, including the 1991, 1992 and 1993 IMSA Camel Lights manufacturer and driver championships, and the 2009 American Le Mans manufacturer, driver and team championships in both the LMP1 and LMP2 classes.   Acura currently campaigns a pair of TLX GT cars with Real Time Racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. On Sunday, 26 June, Acura’s Ryan Eversley completed a sweep of the doubleheader race weekend at Road America in the TLX GT.

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