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Why Volkswagens do not impress me

[extract] I was sitting in a chair at the reception area of a dance academy waiting for my daughter to finish her dance lesson when I realized why Volkswagen never rocked my boat, the GTI included. As I wrote elsewhere a few years ago, the reason I thought the GTI was not a fulfilling car to own was that the Mark5 Volkswagen looked too much like a mini MPV instead of a stonking hot hatch. When you parked it beside to its cousins the Audi A3 or the Skoda Octavia or even the larger sized A4, you

Rigval

Rigval

Cyclist thinks he has the right of way, but netizens flame him

Now this will probably open up a can of worms or two. Who do you reckon is in the wrong? The cyclist or the driver of the Audi? Filmed by the cyclist on 5th of July along mandai road, a white Audi A1 could be seen pulling out of a small lane and into the path of a cyclist who was doing less than 30km/h on his bike. According to the source SG Road Vigilante, the guys there reckoned the car did not notice or did not care about the cyclist, barely cutting him off. W

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

 

Faces of MCF: Up-and-coming newbie kdash

The love for cars transcends all boundaries. Just the other night when I was washing my car, a little nod of acknowledgement turned into a conversation that could've passed for one between two long-lost friends, between a 37-year old Toyota 86 owner and myself, who have never met prior.   My other half struggles to understand this. How can people from different social, geographical and cultural backgrounds, of different age groups, get together and talk for hours on end about metal boxes on f

SGCM_editorial

SGCM_editorial

 

What makes a sports car?

A lot of people still equate the term sports car to one that offers fire-breathing, neck-breaking performance. One that is measured in 0-100km/h sprint times and top speeds.   But is that always so?   Take the car pictured above, for example. The Kia Forte Koup. I know that it is a controversial topic, but many still deride the Koup for its lack of outright grunt.   That is despite its other positive qualities, like its sweet handling and smashing good looks.   So what if it doesn't go t

BenCee

BenCee

Mazda 2 performs a "wheelie" after colliding into a Nissan Qashqai at a red light

Wheelies seem like a pretty cool trick or stunt to look at. Motorcyclists are not the only ones that can perform such stunts, but drivers can also perform wheelies. Don't believe me? Watch it here:  What Happened? A Mazda 2 hatchback that performed a last-minute lane change near a red light ended up rear-ending a Nissan Qashqai instead. However, the Nissan SUV easily absorbed the blunt impact from the collision. The rock-hard sturdiness of the Nissan SUV

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

 

Malaysia may be forced to charge a S$35 VEP for foreign vehicles

Malaysia might be forced to begin charging a daily Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee of S$35 for foreign vehicles entering their country, according to its Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.   As reported by Malaysia's Oriental News Daily, this comes after our government decided to implement the Reciprocal Road Charge (RRC) on foreign-registered cars entering the our country. The RRC is fixed at S$6.40 or RM20 and will come into effect on 15th of February this year.   The Transport M

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

 

How workshops are eating your money

Many of us know that workshops are overcharging us. Whether it is an authorized workshop or it be Ah Tan's Motor (fictitious name). Many times we have no idea at all as to what went wrong and we will blindly listen to what the mechanics are telling us, nodding our heads as though we understood everything they said (or did not say). Most other times, we just grumble a little and hand over our ATM card. After all, when something goes wrong with our car, we just want to get it fix as soon a

Hkapd

Hkapd

 

Proton, maker of cheap cars, to change strategy to become world-class carmaker

Proton’s immediate plan is to change its strategy to become a world-standard carmaker, newly-appointed chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has said, according to a Bernama report.   The former PM said Proton has always been labelled as a maker of cheap cars. “Now Proton wants to produce cars which are of world standard, but you have to pay a higher price. You can’t have a good car and pay a bad car price,” he told reporters. He said that when the Proton Preve and Suprima S were introduced, peopl

Deeq

Deeq

 

COE classification by OMV ?

In recent years, the downsizing of engines by premium brands has led to luxury cars competing for a slice of the Cat A COE, which is of 1600CC capacity and below. For instance, a 1.6-litre Volvo S80 is something unthinkable 10 years ago but it is available today.   Before that, Cat A COE used to be dominated by work horses such as the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. With the tightening of COE supply, prices are sure to head north.   As premium brands would normally command higher pro

SYF77

SYF77

 

Are motorists subsidised?

Juxtapose a recent proposal to keep public transport fares affordable for lower-income groups with the perennial complaint about high car prices (higher for some now), and you have a veritable class divide.   Our bus and train fares are among the lowest in the developed world, based purely on distance covered. But when it comes to service quality standards such as network comprehensiveness, waiting time and reliability, the comparison becomes murkier. Alright, let’s not mince words: The standa

SGCM_editorial

SGCM_editorial

 

BYD debuts the Tang SUV

China manufacturer, BYD, has just introduced its Tang, one of the fastest SUVs around with a total output of 505bhp and 720Nm. And it can do 50km/L.   Yes, this is a hybrid. A very fast one actually. For sale only in China, the Tang gets its huge output from the combination of a 2.0-litre turbo petrol which puts out 205bhp and two electric motors that produce 150bhp each. Power is then channelled to each wheel via a six-speed automatic transmission.   Like most hybrids, the Tang has a differ

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

 

New green policies good but bring back diesel duty at pumps too

There are few better ways to motivate people to go green than through the colour of money.   Thus, the higher petrol duty and tightened Carbon Emissions-based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) are, in principle, effective environmental policies.   The 15-20 cent/litre increase in petrol duty came into effect yesterday, while the revised CEVS - with bigger carrots and bigger sticks - will kick in from July.   The former is supposed to persuade motorists to drive judiciously and to plan their routes bef

SGCM_editorial

SGCM_editorial

P-plate driver hides in his BMW X5 M after an uncle confronts him for flashing his 'centre' finger

Chiu cheng drivers, road hoggers, self-entitled pedestrians have one thing in common - they make drivers lose their temper and anger them. And naturally, we find ourselves making comments about them, staring and even hand gestures, similar to how this BMW driver flashed his finger. Watch it here: The "Centre" Finger It is unclear what happened between the BMW X5 driver and the pedestrian before the video, except that the BMW X5 driver supposedly gave him a big "centre" f

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

 

Time to reconsider the speed limit?

Is it time for LTA to revise the speed limits on our expressways?   The only conceivable purpose (to me at least) for imposing laws regulating the maximum speed we can drive at is safety. It keeps us safe; it keeps the people/objects around us safe. But is our current speed limit on the expressway an over-enthusiastic curb (i.e. is LTA being too kiasu)? My answer is YES.   The reason? It is no longer reasonable to restrict our expressway speed at 90km/h or less (for passenger cars) in most

Blogger

Blogger

Tyres are crucial to your safety, get them replaced by the professionals you trust

Think you need a new set of tyres? Just leave it to the professionals at Borneo Motors and Champion Motors to sort it out - you deserve to drive with peace of mind. Text and photos by Goh Zhi Xuan You’ve probably heard and read about this a dozen times, but I’ll reiterate, tyres are the most important part on any wheeled vehicle. Think about it, they are the only point of contact between your car and the road. The tyres are the ones doing the heavy lifting to keep you safe and so

Deeq

Deeq

$800,000 Mercedes G63 gets chased by a Volkwagen van, rear-ends a stationary Honda Vezel at a red light

It is not every day you get to see the legendary Mercedes G63 in Singapore.  And it is even rarer to see one involved in an accident.  Watch it here:  What Happened? A Mercedes G63 and a Volkswagen Transporter 'chiong-ed' along Yishun Ave 8 upon the red traffic light signal turning green.  Its 4.0-Litre Bi-Turbocharged V8 engine and all-wheel-drive drivetrain instantly picked up speed.  Directly behind the G-wagon was the Volkswagen Transporter.  Alth
 

Having a lowered ride: Cool or uncool?

According to Stomp, a Singapore-based online journalism web portal where readers are encouraged to contribute interesting news, a lowered Mitsubishi Lancer was seen needing help crossing a speed bump near Gek Poh Shopping Centre in Jurong West. As reported from the website, the male passenger had to alight from the Lancer and manually lift its front lip while the driver cautiously drove pass the speed hump. While yours truly here loves lowered cars and can understand why some owners want to

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

How to steal a carpark lot like a professional a#$hole 👊👊👊

So today, we have a video that highlights the ultimate Singaporean gangster driver.   Uncle Koba has watched this video more than ten times and still raging internally 😈 Unspoken rules of parking There are 'unwritten rules' when it comes to parking whether it may be at a HDB, condominium, shopping mall or wherever. A vehicle waiting to park can wait for a lot to open up within a 'three lot range' from the front and rear of his vehicle. This range varies from person to perso

kobayashiGT

kobayashiGT

Man forgets to pray for a romantic V-Day and ends up giving his girlfriend an early 'present'

Update: After scrolling through TikTok, a video of the couple enjoying their romantic anniversary ride came up.   This couple is the ultimate definition of 'loving each other through thick and thin'.  Posted recently, on Facebook, a video of a man taking his significant other for a romantic drive garnered the attention of numerous netizens.  Taken from the back, the video shows a man in a red shirt riding a white Vespa. Attached to his vehicle is a matchin

unicornfloof

unicornfloof

 

Malaysia might limit all vehicles to go no faster than 110km/h

I am sure most of us car nuts enjoy going across the causeway for a spin. And usually, that spin is likely to be a brisk one. Bad news for those who actually do, because according to paultan.org, the government is mulling over the idea of installing speed limiting device in all vehicles.   The vehicles subjected to the 110km/h speed limiting includes all passenger cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles. Emergency vehicles and other law enforcement vehicles would be exempted from the speed

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

Cam lorry's late reaction to a reckless Lexus RX300's e-brake causes it to rear-end the SUV

A pet peeve of mine is when commercial vehicles (Eg. Vans, lorries, tipper trucks) travel on lane 2 of the expressway.  And I am certain this is a pet peeve of many drivers in Singapore.  Due to the speed limit imposed on these vehicles, they often cause a slow down in the lane they are travelling in (assuming traffic is clear and they are driving under the speed limit).  However, just because they are commercial vehicles, does it give them the right for passenger vehicles to "bul

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 d

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)

thatJDMahboy

thatJDMahboy

 

Welcome to MacRitchie Reservoir... to pay!

It was a beautiful Saturday morning and I was heading to MacRitchie Reservoir (MR) for a good run. As I was driving into the carpark, I was unpleasantly surprised to be greeted by a saluting gantry.   MR is a beautiful park where families like to go for a weekend stroll. I am not sure why National Parks (NPs) decide to charge for parking now as the renovated carpark was free of charge all along. The probable reason could be that NPs is trying to recover the cost of renovating the toilet and d

SYF77

SYF77

PMD rider gets from Yishun to Ang Mo Kio in 5 mins

We know PMDs can be fast if you know what to do to increase its performance. Check out how this rider goes from Yishun to Ang Mio Kio in less than 5 mins. Of course, being electric-powered, there is plenty of torque to pull away from the rest of the traffic. The camera car gets dropped once the lights turn green but soon manages to follow behind after some time. No traffic lights along Lentor Avenue? Let's switch into 'max speed mode' then! we are no scientists or mathematici

chitchatboy

chitchatboy

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