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.
For those who had watched The Grand Tour, you would have remember Richard Hammond drag racing a Porsche 918 Spyder against a Nissan Patrol which he lost.
In the race, the normal-looking Patrol SUV managed to walk away from the 887bhp hypercar and the guys in the show did not reveal how the large SUV did it.
To find out the answer, the crew at 1320 Video recently took a trip to Dubai to check out this insane Patrol and the work that has gone into making it as fast as it is.
For those who are too lazy to watch the full clip, we can reveal that the Patrol uses a full Nissan GT-R VR38 drivetrain that includes a stroked out 4.1-litre engine that lifts power to more than 1900bhp.
I saw a first generation Honda City on the roads the other day, kinda like the one in the picture above. Judging from the license plate, it looks like it was registered around 1997 or 1998, there or thereabouts.
You may think, so what? And normally I would too. But it caught my eye that day because I suddenly realised that, in Singapore, cars of that era are rapidly disappearing from our streets now.
Lots of these cars, from the period of between 1996 to 1999, have ended up as the victims of the COE "flood" of the past few years, as they ended up bound for the scrapyard once their 10 year "lease" is up, and their owners took the opportunity to get a brand new car.
Aside from the City, other previously popular cars that have met the same fate include the Corollas, Civics and Lancers from that era. Remember this one?
And the Liftback version with its crazy rounded lights?
The once ubiquitous Lancer, with its triangular taillamps that drew comparasion with the Mercedes-Benz C-Class of that period, is also pretty much gone now.
The EK Civic, with its bug-eyed headlamps, is also getting increasingly rare, although it has fared slightly better in terms of survival thanks to the "tunability" of its VTEC engine.
It just feels like such a shame that cars like these, which used to populate our roads in great numbers just over a decade ago, have now been relegated to endangered species status. Don't you think so?
Volkswagen is giving it's slow-selling Phaeton flagship another chance at life with a mid-life facelift. Set to be revealed at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, the updated Phaeton features new technologies.
The cosmetic changes up front include a more chiseled design with bi-xenon headlights complete with LED running lights and a new grille. At the rear end, changes are limited to the new light units and a restyled bumper. The redesigned alloy wheel round off the exterior updates.
Moving on to the interior, a new steering wheel and instrumental panel are joined by fresh trim finishes and the option of Google Maps on the RNS810 satellite navigation system.
The updated Phaeton will be available with a choice of two wheelbase options, two back seat versions (three seats / two individual seats) and four engines including a V6 FSI petrol with 280HP, a V8 petrol with 335HP, a range-topping W12 petrol with 450HP and a V6 TDI diesel producing 240HP.
The 2011 Phaeton will go on sale this August.