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Witness something interesting on the road? MyCarForum will pay you $10 per published post!

TL;DR – If you spot an accident or see something interesting happening while you drive, MyCarForum has just set up a WhatsApp account to accept user-submitted content! We are offering $10 for each piece of content published on MyCarForum's social media, website, or related pages.     MyCarForum - are we giving away money? Why yes, yes, we are! But there are no free lunches in the world. We want something from you! We've been covering stories from third-party news sources for a while now. While that's all fine and dandy, we realise we don't have actual juicy content that comes from us. That's all about to change You can now submit videos/images/stories to MyCarForum via WhatsApp. If your submission finds its way to our Facebook page, blog or other affiliated sites, we'll PayNow you $10 per submission within three to five working days! Some general FAQs for further clarification While I'm sure you may have tons of questions, here are some questions we figured you might have. Will we disclose your personal information to the public? Of course not! We will not reveal any personal details without your consent. What we require from you when you submit your content will be as follows: What if someone else submits the same video to us? By submitting your content to us, you agree to our Terms & Conditions set in place for this new initiative. We will, in good faith, assume you're the original owner of the content and pay you the incentive accordingly (if we publish it). If another person claims that the video belongs to them, we will only pay the $10 to the person who first submitted the content via WhatsApp. When will the content go live? Our team will have to review and vet the content before publishing it. It usually takes around 30 minutes to 2 hours. We seek your kind understanding and patience. You can follow us on Facebook or stalk our blog to check if we've used your submission! I've submitted the video/image, but I haven't received payment By submitting your content to MyCarForum for review, you understand and agree that you will not receive compensation unless MyCarForum publishes your content. You will receive $10 per post via PayNow within 3 working days after MyCarForum publishes your submission. Please ensure that the number you used for your submission is the same number linked to your PayNow account. Do I need to be a mcf member to submit content and be eligible for the $10 pay-out? Nope! You are not required to be a registered MCF member to qualify for the $10 pay-out. But it doesn't hurt to be one to keep up to date with Singapore's largest motoring community! Become a member today! Terms and conditions You can view our full Terms & Conditions below: https://bit.ly/3GJVI9E An important takeaway (if you're too lazy to read) to note - MyCarForum will only PayNow you if we publish your submission. If it doesn't appear on our social media, blog or affiliated sites, you will not qualify for payment.    
      If you have any further queries, feel free to shoot us an email @ mcfblog@sgcarmart.com     ----------------------- Witnessed an accident? See something interesting on the roads? Submit your image/video/news via MyCarForum's WhatsApp. We'll pay you $10 per post!  

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

Raunchy couple breaking in the suspension of the new VW Golf at MCP

TL;DR – A couple gets videoed getting extremely intimate in the new Volkswagen Golf at a multi-storey carpark. They should honestly get a room.   Video footage of a couple getting hot and steamy at a multi-storey carpark surfaced earlier today (3rd August 2021). Here’s the video for your viewing pleasure. Update: SGRV has removed the video from their FB page But, we've got you fam. Here's a GIF     Isn’t that the new Volkswagen Golf? It does look like it doesn’t it? It was released just a couple of months ago too and it’s crazy expensive. !!THIS IS NOT AN AD!! New way to break in your car? Perhaps they’re breaking in the new suspension of the car? In the back seat. At the same side. Online Chatter Let’s see what people have to say. Should be good. Knew someone would say something like this Honestly, just get a room. Or tint the damn windows.   --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!  

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

Cyclist thinks protective gear makes him invincible, bus shows him otherwise

It is always good practice to wear protective gear whenever you are cycling. However, being decked out in protective gear doesn't grant you superpowers or special protection against other road users/vehicles. Watch this short clip and find out what I mean: This incident occurred at a junction along Hougang Avenue 9. A blatant disregard for traffic law The traffic lights were green, which permitted the cam car and Bus 109 (travelling in the opposite direction) to proceed.  Despite having the right of way, the bus driver could be seen giving way to a pedestrian dressed in a white t-shirt before moving off. As the bus driver moves off, a cyclist riding from the pavement sped across the pedestrian crossing. This "genius" did not conform to the red man signal and ended up getting hit by the bus. Clearly in the bus driver's blindspot It is necessary to state that it is NOT easy driving such big vehicles (Eg. buses, trucks).  Although it may be easier for others to spot these larger vehicles, amplifying their road presence, this also means that these larger vehicles will have an increased number of blind spots which prevent their driver from having a clear view of his surrounding. Netizens' comments I hope this incident does not break the bus driver's rice bowl tho.  Agreed, a very challenging but necessary change to the system.  Any cycling community willing to defend this stupid cyclist, please step up now. Public Service Announcement to the cycling/fixed gear community     --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!  

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

Watch how this Honda Shuttle beat a red light, without actually beating one

What do you do when you are rushing for time (for whatever reason), and the odds are stacked against you? Watch how this Honda Shuttle "skips" a red light by taking a shortcut: What happened? This incident took place along Corporation Road, at the junction of Yung Sheng Road.  In the dashcam footage, a red Honda Shuttle is seen driving aggressively behind the cam car. Moments later, as the Honda Shuttle approaches the red traffic light, he slows down abruptly. And just when you think he is about to come to a complete stop... He decides to swerve to the nearby filter lane, perform an illegal U-Turn, and go to another filter lane to "skip" that red light (Intelligence +10).  Thinking out of the box Undoubtedly, this driver possesses quick thinking and decisive skills, which are used for the wrong reasons.  Like the one featured in the video, such manoeuvres should not be performed as they are purely reckless and hazardous to other road users.   Exploiting a loophole? According to Chapter 276, Section 112 Part IV No. 54 of the Road Traffic Act, crossing a single continuous white line is allowed only when the road ahead is clear.  Don't be mistaken, this is no loophole. What the driver doesn't realise is the fact that he did not obey traffic directions as indicated.  Although it is uncertain how many offences he committed, I am pretty sure he has committed at least 1 offence from the "skip traffic light" Jutsu. Netizens' comments Yup, from the looks of it I am sure this is not his first time.  Someone forgot about the 9th SAF core value - "Don't get caught" Judging by the way he drives, the sai sure at custom already. Well, what do you think of his actions? And what offence do you think he committed?      --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

Man prowls entire carpark and did extensive research on kerb weights after being denied season parking

That's a really long wall of text, so I'll sum it up for you. The owner of a 2011 Mercedes Viano was denied a HDB Multi-Storey Car Park season parking with the main reason being the excessive weight (more than 2,000kg) of the vehicle.   So what does he do? He proceeded to spend some time checking out the various cars parked in HDB MSCP and came up with a short list of cars that weigh more than 2,000kg. If you look at this excerpt from HDB's website regarding the parking restrictions for commercial vehicles (the Mercedes Viano is predominantly used as commercial passenger buses), it is a straightforward rule that commercial vehicles parking in a sheltered car park must not exceed 2,000kg. With the rationale behind it being safety and environmental concerns as well as "efforts to preserve the character and ambience of residential estates"... Hmm, maybe HDB just find the Viano too ugly to be parked in a housing estate? In all seriousness though, this netizen has a point, this issue likely stemmed from outdated regulations. These regulations were probably established back when commercial vehicles weighing more than 2,000kg are agricultural behemoths.   Maybe HDB should look into updating its regulations? in the meantime, I suppose this guy should get rid of the Viano and get something else, like one of the cars he mentioned instead?

Typicalcarguy

Typicalcarguy

Watch this BMW cut across two lanes in front of THREE Traffic Police officers

Here's a rare occurrence - A BMW driver actually using his signal when changing lanes! Maybe it's because of who's behind him?  Watch the full video below to find out more! The incident took place along Paya Lebar Road, at the junction of Arumugam Road, before Caltex station. A rare occurrence A BMW 116i can be seen in the video, using his signal lights, and changing lanes from lane 2 to lane 4 to turn into Caltex. However, behind the BMW is not just one, BUT THREE TP ON THEIR BIKES. NGL, but the sight of TP bikes on the road somehow cause anxiety to road users (Touch your heart, don't say they don't). Definitely a head-turner As the BMW hatchback changes lanes, honking from disgruntled road users can be heard. You can see all three TP officers staring and observing the BMW. Luckily for that BMW driver, he wasn't stopped by any of the TP for his actions. It must have been one stressful drive. Wouldn't want to be in his shoes. Netizens' comments LMAO NGL the BMW driver is either ignorant or not experienced enough to "chu pattern" in front of three TP behind him.  100% Agree, being gracious and courteous goes a long way.    --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

$500,000 GTR with $4000+ worth of parking fines tries to escape $6.52 parking fee

TL:DR – The title says it all. The owner claims that he ended up paying the $6.52 in the end, and the accumulated fines were due to the inability to navigate slopes at the MSCP because of the GTR’s lowered stance.   When you drive an eye-catching car like a Nissan GTR, you’d better be on your best behaviour on the roads. There are digital eyes everywhere! Trying to escape paying carpark fees is not an example of ‘best behaviour’. Here’s the video for a weekend laugh.   Updates on SGRV While normal tailgating out of carpark videos can be mundane, this update piqued my interest. The fines Let’s have a look at the fines.   HOW IN THE WORLD DOES ONE RACK UP SUCH AN INSANE AMOUNT OF PARKING FINES? The whole argument that “Home MSCP too steep” is also somewhat weak. Park at an open-air carpark maybe? Does this car look familiar? So, we did some searching for GTRs on sgCarMart like we do every day (just to drool over things we cannot afford) and we found this: Compare that with the GTR in the video. I'm sorry this was the best shot we could get.... it's lowered after all. Do you think the hood vents on the body kits look somewhat similar? If they are the one and the same, that’s defnitely a creative way to ‘siam’ the $4000+ parking fines. Online Chatter Zero logic. Absolutely zero. Well, to be fair, he sent an image of the payment     ======== Receive a $10 PayNow transfer for every submission we publish on Facebook! Simply WhatsApp us ➡️ https://bit.ly/3c6JERA    

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

Mazda 3 driver fails to stop at stop line and pretends to be Singapore’s most courteous driver

TL;DR – Mazda 3 driver exits a carpark, does not stop at the stop line and almost collides with cam car. The driver then proceeds to wave his hands to “give way” to the cam car. Whut?   This incident happened on the 17th of August 2021, Tuesday @ 11.15pm A Mazda 3 driver exiting the Sengkang General Hospital carpark failed to stop at the stop line which almost led to a collision with the cam car that was travelling on the road perpendicular to the Mazda 3. While incidents like this are commonplace, what happens next is what makes this story interesting. Here’s the 51-second video   YaYa Papaya You’ll notice that the Mazda 3 driver makes some hand gesture of sorts initially. If it’s unclear, don’t worry, it gets better. He then winds down his window and you’d think that the Mazda 3 driver would apologise and carry on with life. But nope! He waves his hand to ‘allow’ the cam car to move! Eh hello?! You were in the wrong, and now you’re acting all high-and-mighty ff? Online Chatter A lot of unnecessary problems if you ask me.     --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

Childish Shariot driver thinks out of the box on how to manage his anger after vehicle cuts into his lane

TL;DR – A Honda Shuttle makes a super-illegal left turn to block the path of cam car at a slip road. The cam car had initially cut into the Honda Shuttle’s lane and the Shuttle driver was having none of it.   If someone cuts into your lane abruptly, how would you react? Whack that high beam? Sound the horn? Curse the other driver in the comfort of your car and forget about it in five minutes? That’s what I would do. But, in this latest 3-minute video, we have a Honda Shuttle driver who takes his anger management issues to the next level.   So angry for what? Drivers experience this every other day The video begins with a common sighting – a vehicle (cam car) cutting into the path of another vehicle (Honda Shuttle) to enter a slip road. We do not know whether the driver of the cam car signalled their intention to lane change. Cam car enter the slip road, Shuttle drives past as if it’s going straight. Everything seems fine and dandy, right? WRONG! Out of nowhere, the Shuttle appears in front of the cam car and stops there. We then realise that the Shuttle is a Shariot car. It doesn’t even belong to the driver! Wait a minute, hold up For the Shuttle to end up there, doesn’t that mean it had to turn left here? That’s illegal AF though, right? RIGHT?! Uncle, why you so childish? Eventually, the driver steps out of the vehicle to reveal a singlet wearing Uncle. Who uses his phone to snap a picture of the cam car’s license plate. Both parties at fault? While we don’t know what happened before the recording, I must say that the lane change by cam car felt rather abrupt and could have posed a moderate level of danger for vehicles in its rear. But that does not justify doing something illegal to prove a point. Online Chatter Cheap car hard to find though. COE so high. Remember, two wrongs do not make a right.     ----------------------- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

 

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.

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

Dumb YP with no driving license, argues about road regulations

An entitled YP passenger of an idle Renault Megane Diesel got into a heated debate with an uncle when he was told to turn off the engine. Here's the video for your reference: According to the Facebook post, a man was sitting at a coffee shop when he noticed the parked Renault Megane Diesel had its engine on for more than 15 minutes. This led him to approach the passenger, telling him to turn the engine off while waiting in the car. However, the man was met with hostility as the YP passenger alighted from the car and started filming him. As seen in the video, the passenger repeatedly questions the man on his authority and mentions no laws state that it is illegal to “leave the car on”. He then continuously asks the man if he has taken his theory test, which provoked the man even more. The irony of it all The man corrects the passenger angrily and tells him to leave the area upon finding out that the YP passenger doesn't even have a driving license! According to the Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, it is an offence to leave the engine of a motor vehicle running while it is stationary for reasons other than traffic conditions. If convicted in court, first-time offenders will be fined up to $2,000, while repeat offenders will be fined up to $5,000. Netizens’ reactions   ---  Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

unicornfloof

unicornfloof

 

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.

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

 

Subaru-powered turbodiesel-electric hybrid Army vehicle

The US Army is currently testing a prototype all-purpose vehicle powered by a Subaru turbodiesel-electric hybrid drivetrain. Called the ULV (Ultra Light Vehicle), it is meant to replace the HUMVEE.   Commissioned by the Secretary of Defense and developed by the US Army's TARDEC (Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center), the ULV addresses some of the HUMVEE's shortcomings and serve as the next generation of go-anywhere military truck.   Unlike the HUMVEE's V8, the ULV's petrol motor is a Subaru turbodiesel boxer making 175 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. However, even the military is changing with the times with a hybrid drivetrain. According to Jalopnik, the hybrid system is comprised of two Remy electric drive motors and a 14.2 kWh Navitas Li-Iron Phosphate Battery, which at peak power can generate 180 kW (241 hp).     TARDEC says the ULV has a range of 337 miles at 35 mph on level ground. On pure electric power, it can cruise up to 21 miles with the advantage of doing so in sheer silence. The electric motors mean that a driveshaft is no longer necessary, and when combined with an improved undercarriage it's a significant improvement over the HUMVEE's ability to shield occupants from roadside mines, whose blasts originate beneath the vehicle.     Though the Ultra Light Vehicle is so in name only, and at 13 thousand pounds actually weighs about 3,500 pounds more than the HUMVEE, it has a better power-to-weight ratio thanks to its hybrid drivetrain. In accordance with specs put forth by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the vehicle will have a payload capacity of 4,500 pounds and cost of $250,000 per unit over a 5,000 unit production run. Testing is scheduled to finish sometime this year, whereupon a determination for production will be decided.  

Deeq

Deeq

Renault Megane RS tries to outrun a Mercedes-Benz GLA45 and fails

TL;DR – A Megane RS shows us how its 6-speed manual transmission can't outshift the GLA45s' 7-speed DCT transmission   A user-uploaded video on Complaint Singapore features a Megane RS and a GLA45s drag racing from one traffic light to the next. Here's the video for reference:     Where? The 22-second video takes place in the CBD area of Singapore, along Central Blvd. It's not a Hyundai The caption of the video states that the car racing the Mercedes is a Hyundai, but it's not. It's a Renault Megane RS Manual vs DCT Towards the end of the video, you'll notice that the GLA overtakes the Megane RS before the video cuts off. So, does that mean that a dual-clutch transmission is better than a manual one? Let's see how Google answered this question. Online chatter   Whoa. Why so angry? LOL BlueSG car also faster\   --- Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

This Hiace driver is a hero Singapore did not ask for but definitely a hero we need on our roads

Not all heroes wear capes; some of them drive a Toyota Hiace. In this video, a cam car and a silver Hiace were waiting to turn right at a junction. As the green signal came on, both vehicles started to make their turns. A silver Prius suddenly charges straight through the junction out of the blue, clearly ignoring the red light signal on the road.  The front of the van almost swipes the side of the car as it rushes past both vehicles. Unimpressed, the cam car follows the silver vehicle and forms right behind it in the next junction. However, the van driver was not going down without a fight. As he reaches the same junction, he sticks to the left lane.  He then proceeds to charge towards the Prius, only to abruptly stop in front of it, narrowly missing it by an inch.  According to the cam car driver, the van driver confronted the other driver as he slowly straightened out his vehicle.  That ought to teach the Prius driver a lesson for beating the red light! Netizens' reactions He most definitely was not!  With the way this Prius drives, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more clowns like this on the streets of Singapore.     ======== Receive a $10 PayNow transfer for every submission we publish on Facebook! Simply WhatsApp us ➡️ https://bit.ly/3c6JERA  

unicornfloof

unicornfloof

 

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 :)

Deeq

Deeq

Tesla Model 3 lets a BMW 535i eat dust and showcases its insane torque at a traffic light

According to LTA, the number of new Teslas in Singapore increased from 8 to 487 from July to Q3, 2021.  Regardless, the number of Teslas in Singapore remains small and unreported in user-submitted video platforms...until TODAY!  Warning: The video contains wheel spins, turbo spooling, engine revving, and exhaust burbling Excited? Watch the video here: The Cars Involved What Happened? The "race" took place at Orchard Road, where the BMW 535i (cam car) attempted to chase down a Tesla Model 3 Performance. Upon the traffic light turning green, you could hear the wheel spin of the BMW 535i as all 300 BHP was sent to the car's rear wheels. Meanwhile, the Tesla Model 3 Performance was almost silent, apart from the noise coming from its tyres.  Tesla's instantaneous torque coupled with its All-Wheel Drive and 473 BHP allowed it to gap the BMW 535i within seconds.  I would say that the Tesla smoked the BMW 535i, but...there isn't any exhaust system on a Tesla. How to smoke when there isn't any smoke? You could hear the BMW driver laughing to himself in defeat and telling his passenger that his BMW was no match for the Tesla.  BMW driver Could Not Swallow His Pride Moments later, both cars met at another traffic light, where they raced again. Sad to say, it was just a copy-paste of the previous race.  At this point in time, you just feel so bad for the BMW 535i driver.  Netizens' Comments Probably the only thing the BMW can win the Tesla in. That's some audacity right there. Funny sia.     ======== Receive a $10 PayNow transfer for every submission we publish on Facebook! Simply WhatsApp us ➡️ https://bit.ly/3c6JERA

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

 

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.

Deeq

Deeq

 

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.  

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

Singapore’s very own version of Street Fighter: Bonus stage level

If you’re familiar with the bonus stages in Street Fighter 2, you’ll remember whacking the crap out of a car to get additional points for a high score. We have a Singapore version But unlike Ryu and Ken, this guy uses a motorcycle helmet on a taxi. Here’s the video. The incident happened at Keat Hong Close, Bukit Batok, Singapore. And another angle Why so triggered Based on the video, it’s unclear why the 90s Ah Beng look alike got so heated up. He walks around the taxi yelling profanities and smashing his helmet all over even though there was a child on board. What are the damages? Broken mirror. Make that two mirrors Broken rear window. How much force does one need to use to cause this? And of course, multiple dents and knocks all over the taxi. Police brought in In the video, a male passenger can be heard talking to the authorities on the phone. In the caption of the Facebook post on Roads.sg, it states that the Police arrived to ‘handle the situation’. Online chatter As always, it’s always a joy to read the comments.     Thinking of selling your car? sgCarMart Quotz guarantees the highest selling price for your car. We’ll even give you $100 cash if you find a better offer elsewhere! Get a free quote to find out how much your car is worth today!

jameskarlchan

jameskarlchan

 

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

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

 

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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chitchatboy

 

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 :)

Deeq

Deeq

 

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.”

Deeq

Deeq

 

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.

Deeq

Deeq

This SMRT Bus has a new proximity sensor - a honking Mitsubishi Eclipse

A bus driver fails to stay in his lane and swipes the side of a Mitsubishi Eclipse. The video starts with the cam car approaching a traffic junction as he drives down MacPherson road.  The driver promptly stops right behind a green SMRT bus in the middle lane. On the right lane, a red Mitsubishi Eclipse patiently waits for the green arrow indicator to light up. As the light turns green, both the bus and Eclipse start to move forward into the junction. The bus then makes its right turn, cutting into the path of the red Eclipse. Upset that he is unable to make his turn, the driver of the car proceeds to spam the horn at the bus, which sounds a lot like a proximity sensor. The bus driver adamantly continues to make the turn, which led to the gigantic vehicle swiping the left side of the Eclipse. The video ends with the red car finally making its turn. Reckless bus drivers Earlier this year, an SBS bus driver almost collided with another driver after making a reckless right turn at Piccadilly Junction. The driver was going through the junction as the traffic light turns amber.  Instead of stopping, the bus suddenly makes a right turn, causing the driver to swerve out of the way. While Singapore has seen its fair share of bus drivers driving recklessly, this incident raises an important question. Are our current training routines and regulations sufficient for bus drivers or should there be more implemented? Netizens’ reactions     ======== Witnessed an accident? See something interesting on the roads? Submit your image/video/news via MyCarForum's WhatsApp. We'll pay you $10 per post!

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