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    Volvo flogs the XC90 for the last time

    2015 Volvo XC90 revealed in full glory for the first time.
  2. Mirai which is 'future' in Japanese is Toyota's production fuel cell vehicle. It will arrive for the summer of 2015 in European and American markets while Japan receive the first cars at end of this year. Japanese premier test-drive a Mirai last month and give the thumb up. Watch a video.
  3. For the first time in more than 10 years, we are seeing fewer vehicles on the roads, which is attributed to government's intent to cut annual growth rate from 3 per cent down to nought-point-five. Singapore's rental car population in contrast grew by 6.5 per cent, effectively doubling the rental fleet over a nine-year period. A rental co spokesman puts the demand down to large number of foreigners coming here to live and work. Given a smaller annual vehicle population growth rate vis-a-vis an expending car rental population, we could safely infer a small percentage of Singaporean motorists have given up on car ownership. Should the trend continues we might see an easing of COE premiums gradually over the coming years when the bulk of vehicles reached their 10th year mark. Let's pray...
  4. Car debuts later in Paris. Korean automaker KIA has updated its mid-size SUV model, the Sorento. The nameplate is a stalwat among leasing customers because of versatile seatings and a high-riding stance. Engines lined up for the new car are expected to include two gasoline lumps, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.3 V6.
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    Kia Sorento 2010

    This is the redesigned new-for-2015 KIA Sorento. Debuts in Paris. Korean automaker KIA has updated its mid-size SUV model, the Sorento. The nameplate is a stalwat among leasing customers because of versatile seatings and a high-riding stance. Engines lined up for the new car are expected to include two gasoline lumps, a 2.4-liter 4-cylinder and a 3.3 V6.
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    2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Caught hold of sight on the latest M-B C-class on our roads last week. To my surprise, Mercedes' new compact luxury sedan is low-slung. The stance is almost sports car-like. Looking on from front quarter view, the new C-class is easily passable for the SLK coupe albeit with a pair of extra doors. Simply stunning and is truly a piece of aspirational product. Mercedes-Benz's all-new C-class is altogether posher. It's no longer the entry level Merc sedan - that duty has gone to the CLA. The latest C-class - codenamed W205 - has gained ranks in the quality stakes even the design mimics the brand's flagship model, the S-class. The new compact luxury rear-wheel drive car rides on Mercedes' new 'MRA' architecture. It has a wheelbase lengthened by 3 inches (76mm) over the preceded model; the new model is 4 inches (101mm) longer and 1.5 inches (38mm) wider. To compensate for the extra weight of being a larger car, Mercedes has endowed the 2015 model-year vehicle with hybrid aluminium sheetmetals to save 200 pounds (90kg) in weight for better agility and driving dynamics. #Mercedes You could read a first review on 2014 M-B C-class upon this link, http://www.carbuyer.com.sg/test-drives/355-mercedes-benz-c-200-review-from-c-to-shining-c
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    2014 Mercedes-Benz C-Class

    Absolutely, right. LTA rules that series with vowels will be omitted from the system. Hence, it explains why 'SE'-series didn't pass mustard. On that note, I think I do like "8854" or "5488".
  8. Now it seems Toyota is fighting back. The new Camry has been styled by real designers when past recitations had no styling at all. Ugly because it's lost uncle-ness or because this is the boyracer's Kai Mei Rui? As I read and understand the Camry is everywhere new save for the roof bit...and name. In marketing nonsense speak, they would try to sell you the all-new Camry. But in this case, they hadn't. Camry has actually simplified the job of a psychic or medium. Because she (it pleases feminists and equal gender rights activists) could predict as a matter of factly the number one selling car in America for the next 10 years. Underneath all that newness is the extra 10mm in Camry's track that explains its newfound aggression plus the extra length which grew 45mm made the sporty part convincing by stretching itself sleek. On the road, Toyota promised fun handling in the mid-size sedan with a pair of rear multi-links. Factory floor robots have been tasked with putting in more weld spots on the car's structural sections to bolster rigidity so that ride quality doesn't fall apart easily on the road. Camry's electric steering has also been fettled for better reactiveness and greater two-way telepathy communication between car and driver. Which is in a good way if you are intent of driving in the Camry to the Mojave. Snowfall have been forecasted in the arid part of the United States...
  9. Yes. No, it isn't a refreshed model. The 7th generation American XV50 Camry was dealt with a head-toe mid-term overhaul by Toyota to counter cynics who actually think that the Japanese automaker's mid-size sedan is a dishwasher on four wheels. Debut now at the New York auto show.
  10. Driven In 140 Char: 2014 Honda Odyssey 2.4 EXV-S (CVT) ‘Driven In 140 Char’ delivers itemized driving impression in (more or less) 140 English alphabet characters (just like Twitter!). It proffers of an alternative to run-the-gamut mainstream with a no-holds-barred altitude and drivel perspective. Fast action drivers will love the quickie read. So, seat back. Pop the soda. Chill. Enjoy the ride. Driven on 15 April, 2014 What is it? Fresh minted off factory floor, this is Honda’s popular MPV nameplate in its fifth outing and the first with sliding rear doors. Underpinning Be assured you aren’t catching a rerun because the fifth-generation Japanese-built Odyssey rides on a brand new ‘ultra-low-floor’ platform. Ride & Handling A softly-sprung and quiet chassis (but it will fidget on broken surface) cradles Baby to a smoothing doze. Plus, speedy thrills around bends wouldn't interrupt Little Snoozing One as the Odyssey exhibits good body control. NVH It’s polished, comfortable and quiet riding just as sweet vibes from Honda’s Earth Dreams are enough to delight a keen driver even as the wife engrosses herself in Odyssey EXV-S’s parody OSIM chairs. Powertrain Honda has built a drone-less simulated 7-speed CVT tranny. It’s found on the Odyssey. And they have thrown in a pair of steering rim-mounted paddle-shifters for good measure. Cabin Dash: Level of quality inside the EXV-S is nearly up there with European offerings of its class. The high set dash cowl fools driver into thinking he’s behind the wheel of an Accord. Driving position and ergonomics are impeccable; wood-effect plastic trim is ACCEPTABLE! Controls: Center stack’s touch sensitive controls duplicate smartphone experience; powered driver seat takes chore out of car-sharing with spouse. Odyssey’s spacious third row seats are fiddly to stow. Space: With one-touch electric dual sliding rear doors, 7 seats and kiddo-friendly ingress and egress why bother in a full-size Toyota Alphard? Walk-through flat floor is the clincher for the EXV-S. Design Honda’s in-your-face concept car bling nose job (embellished with OTT chromeworks on range-topper EXV-S) is let down by Odyssey’s prosaic and frumpy body style all the way round the back. Why, Honda?! Bottom Line Not everyone routinely agree on Nina Davuluri. Which is why the new-for-2014 Odyssey EXV-S is, in my opinion, Singapore’s best mid-size people carrier of the year. What's in store Price: $198,900 (as tested), Power: 174hp, Torque: 225Nm, 0-100: 11.5s, Kerb weight: 1,855kg, Fuel economy: 12.7km/l, CO2 emission: 187g/km Gallery
  11. A brand new Mercedes-Benz S350 BlueTec belonging to an elderly German couple suffered a total write-off after a fierce fire started in its engine bay at a small town in Germany. The cause of fire was not mentioned in the report but it was said that the flagship sedan suffered extensive damage under its hood. At the heart of Mercedes' W222 S350 BlueTEC is a 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel powerplant mated to a 7-speeder auto 'box to produce an output of 258hp and 620Nm of torque that will launch the 2-tonner sedan up to a max speed of 250kmh. Photos: www.merkur-online.de
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    2014 Honda Jazz / Fit (GK Series)

    It's not a van. Or a Volvo estate. But the '15 Jazz. Where have all the chairs gone?!
  13. The ix25 (photos) is a sub-compact crossover built upon a variation of the i20's supermini platform. It will be sold exclusively in China. However, the global compact crossover boom means Hyundai could well build the car in international plants for worldwide consumption. If sold locally, the ix25 would be similar in most ways to the Matrix, Hyundai's popular small MPV that sold well during the noughties as it found favor with Singaporean families looking for an "affordable" and versatile runabout. The ix25 debuts this month in Beijing.
  14. Honda's a genius in churning out state-of-the-art small cars. Here's why. The 2014 Honda Jazz is 4cm shorter but it offers 138 liters more cabin-space volume and nearly 13cm of extra rear legroom - compared to the predecessor. Here's how Honda engineers eked out extra room in a shorter car. For starters, Jazz's wheelbase has been stretched further apart by 3cm allowing its rear seat bench to move back outwardly by 7.6cm. Next, engineers made the centrally-mounted fuel tank located beneath the front seats thinner liberating more space for passengers but retains the same liter-volume as previous models. Plus, the new Jazz could be served in a hedonic shade of lemonade yellow to go with its packaging.