Construction works for five stations on the new Jurong Region Line (JRL) are expected to start next year and slated for completion in 2026.
The five stations are Choa Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang West, Tengah, Hong Kah and Corporation, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said yesterday. The authority has awarded two contracts worth $739.5 million to construct the five MRT stations.
The stations will form part of JRL, Singapore's seventh MRT line, which is set to open in three stages from 2026. Comprising 24 stations, the line was announced last year to improve connectivity in the Jurong area, with the aim of boosting the area's transformation into a second Central Business District.
Renault plans to cut 7,500 jobs in France by 2016 as a result of declining sales in Europe. This represents 17 percent of its current workforce in the country. The company would achieve its target mainly by not replacing retiring workers and by offering early retirement.
The French carmaker's sales in Europe sank 19% between January to November 2012, which is the steepest among major car manufacturers in the region.
The plan would save Renault 400 million euros a year in annual fixed cost, which is required to lower its break-even point. Despite the reduction in workforce, CEO Carlos Ghosn announced that no plants in France will be closed.
Year 2012 is tough but 2013 is not expected to be smooth riding either. Carlos said at the Detroit Motor Show that he expects the European market to be "difficult" in 2013, predicting that car sales would fall about 3%, after contracting 8 % in 2012.
Renault's action adds further woes to France's ailing industrial sector.
For those who find the WRX STi too soft for your liking, Subaru has a more driver-focused car for you, its limited edition WRX STi S207.
According to Subaru, their new WRX STi S207 'aims to be the world’s most enjoyable vehicle, providing a feel-good experience to all those who travel in it regardless of road conditions and enhancing driver skill'.
That's quite a big claim but unfortunately, we won't be able to verify that as all 400 units of the S207 are meant for consumption in Japan only. That said, we hope at least one unit will make its way here like its predecessor, the S206.
Using the JDM model's 2.0-litre turbo four instead of the 2.5-litre that we get here, it outputs 324bhp and 431Nm of torque, an increase of just under 30bhp and 30Nm. Thank the new ECU, twin-scroll ball bearing turbo and a new exhaust for the increase.
Elsewhere, a quicker steering gear ratio of 11:1, a new flexible tower bar, DampMatic II front suspension with adjustable damping, front-rear Active Torque Vectoring, revised Brembo 6-pot brakes in front and 4-pot brakes at the rear and specially designed 255/35R19 performance tires round up the handling enhancements
Visual highlights of the car includes new 19-inch black wheels, new mesh grille with red accents and a new front lip on the outside. Inside, owners get new STi Recaro front bucket seats and new STi sports instruments.
Still not special enough? Not a problem. As an option limited to 200 of the 400 cars, you can get the Nurburgring 24-hour race-inspired 'NBR Challenge Package' with the unique dry carbon rear spoiler. To further stand out from the rest of the S207s around the world, you can also opt to be one of the 100 of the 200 'NBR Challenge Package' cars and get the pictured “NBR Challenge Package Yellow Edition” units.