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  1. Generations and generations of our older folks have always advised us against buying our first car before our first house. Now, for the serious petrol-head, that is as unacceptable as Lindsay Lohan without makeup. We need the car, we don't just want one. We are prepared to live in our cars. If you don't agree to these Terms and Conditions, you just aren't a petrol-head and you don't have to read this anymore. Right, Now to business. The house; I'll be quoting as an example will be a conventional 3 room HDB flat located in the favourable Bishan/Ang Mo Kio area. The car the house is going against, is a Ferrari. Any one in fact. The F430, the California or the 599. But for simplicity sake, I'm going to use the F430. Of course, the house looks like the obvious choice. But is it? Well lets find out. For a HDB flat in Bishan or Ang Mo Kio that is going to set you back roughly S$450,000 just for a box in the sky. Then you still have legal fees to pay, not to mention your time spent running around on buses and trains (since you don't have a car) to find that dream home of yours. Time is money my friends and with the 2 or 3, maybe even 6 months of looking around you could have invested in the stock market, started a business. Anything! But no, you were burning fuel in the buses, spending sleepless nights thinking whether a house facing North or South was better for your future leather couch. Then, you'd need another S$100,000 to do up the house decently so that you will actually want to stay there. That is already S$550,000 gone into the house, not counting the time you spent, your transport costs and the sleepless nights. Things are looking bleak for our older folks' advice. However, what you do get at the end is a nice loft, a place to stay and more importantly, your girlfriend can marry you. So what about the Ferrari? Let me demonstrate the ease of the entire transaction. While you were running around in your bus or train, I simply switched on my computer, went to the particularly popular website called SgCarMart and typed in
  2. Making its world debut at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show on 6 March 2012, the face-lifted RX range, consisting of the RX 270, RX 350 and RX Hybrid, is set to arrive in Singapore in Q2 this year. The new RX exterior features a new, more elegant and aggressive frontal design. An enhanced interior offers an expanded choice of colour schemes, new trim finishes, a new steering wheel, a revised instrument binnacle and a second generation Remote Touch Interface (RTI). The versatility of the RX Hybrid
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    [extract] Most people think of tyres as round, black things you fit to your car. But to four British artists chosen in partnership by Cooper Tire Europe, and the UK
  4. Diesel cars have never been popular in Singapore, especially the bigger engines. But i'm pretty sure there's a lot of driving enthusiasts out there who would love to own a diesel car, if the tax wasn't so high. In most countries, diesel cars are actually quite popular due to the fact that diesel is cheaper than petrol. Well, things are going to change around here, soon enough... As announced by the Minister for Finance, Mr. Tharman Shanmugaratnam, in his FY2012 Budget Statement, the special tax for Euro V compliant diesel cars will be revised with effect from 1st January 2013. Instead of the current rate of $1.25 per cubic centimetres (cc), the annual special tax for a Euro V compliant diesel car will be computed based on $0.40 per cubic centimetres (cc) of engine capacity, subject to a minimum annual payment of $400. The revision to the special tax structure for Euro V compliant diesel cars is made in recognition of its improved emissions, relative to pre-Euro V diesel cars. Motorists can choose to pay the special tax annually or 6-monthly, together with the road tax. The revised special tax for Euro V compliant diesel cars will result in nearly 70% savings to owners, as shown in the table below: According to LTA, the special tax for diesel taxis and Euro IV diesel cars will remain unchanged at $5,100 per annum and $1.25 per cubic centimetres (cc) respectively. Click here to check out new diesel cars currently in Singapore.Diesel cars
  5. [extract] Honda revealed its 2012 Geneva Motor Show line-up with 2 sports car concepts, a prototype of the European CR-V as well as the debut of the all-new 1.6 Diesel engine all appearing on the Honda stand. The stunning Honda NSX Concept will make its European debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Highlighting the design and technology direction for Honda's next generation supercar, the NSX Concept features a V6 mid-mounted engine and will employ a range of new technologies including the innovative Sport Hybrid SH-AWD
  6. The SARTRE project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) - with Volvo Car Corporation as the only participating car manufacturer - has successfully completed the first test demonstrations of a multiple vehicle platoon. The test fleet included a lead truck followed by three cars driven entirely autonomously at speeds of up to 90 km/h - with no more than 6 metres gap between the vehicles. "The aim is for the entire road train to be completed in autumn 2012. By then we will have four vehicles after one lead vehicle driving at 90 km/h," says Erik Coelingh, technical project manager at the Volvo Car Corporation. The SARTRE project is being driven by seven European partners and is the only one of its kind to focus on the development of technology that can be implemented on conventional highways in which platooned traffic operates in a mixed environment with other road users. Recognizing that the challenge of implementing road train technology on Europe's highways is not solely a technical matter, SARTRE also includes a major study to identify what infrastructure changes will be needed for vehicle platooning to become a reality. A number of stakeholder discussions will therefore be held. The participants in the first discussion included technical experts, politicians, legislators and traffic safety researchers. At the workshop a number of non-technical challenges for road trains were discussed, such as legal regulations, product liability and driver acceptance of automated vehicles. Key future requirements identified were the need to agree a common terminology for platooning, such as criteria for defining when a vehicle becomes fully, as opposed to partially or even highly automated, and the need to address multiple and varied national regulatory law or to harmonize regulatory law.
  7. Maserati, crewed by a team led by Giovanni Soldini, set sail today in an attempt to establish a new record for the Cadiz-San Salvador crossing. Maserati's first record challenge is an Atlantic crossing of 3884 miles. Giovanni Soldini and his crew of seven experienced yachtsmen set sail this morning at 11:50:08 hrs GMT from the port of Cadiz, heading to San Salvador (Bahamas). The crew's ambitious objective is to set a new record over the Cadiz-San Salvador distance, a journey of 3884 miles across the Atlantic that has never been attempted by a monohull yacht before now. Skipper Soldini is accompanied by German yachtsman Boris Herrmann (navigator), American yachtsman Brad Van Liew and Spaniard David Vera (both watch leaders) as well as four Italians: Gabriele Olivo (trimmer), Guido Broggi (boat captain), Corrado Rossignoli (first bowman) and Marco Spertini (second bowman).
  8. Honda today announced that the Honda Civic will race in the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC). "We have made a decision" said Honda CEO, Takanobu Ito "to enter into the WTCC with the European Civic. We will develop a totally new engine for this project and we are all excited about starting this new challenge." For this project, Honda has formed a joint partnership with Mugen and J.A.S. Motorsport. Mugen will manufacture a bespoke racing engine developed by Honda R&D and will maintain the engine in every race along with the team. J.A.S. Motorsport will develop the race car, using the new Honda Civic 5door produced in Honda's manufacturing plant located in Swindon (UK). The racing engine is a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder direct injection turbo-charged petrol engine, developed in accordance with FIA's Super 2000 regulations. Honda's ambition is to join the WTCC as early as this season, with a string of "inaugural rounds". Discussions are currently being held with the FIA, but these rounds would include Japan (held on 21 October 2012 at Honda's Suzuka circuit), followed by China and Macau. Honda will then enter a two car team, managed by J.A.S. Motorsport, into every race in the 2013 championship season. Racing has always been a fundamental element of Honda's DNA . In the late 1950s Honda first entered the Isle of man T.T and then Formula 1 in the 1960s. The FIA WTCC is the next chapter in Honda's on-going commitment to world motor sport and provides a perfect platform to demonstrate its racing spirit to Honda's numerous fans around the world.
  9. [extract] Audi is breaking new ground with its urban concept technology study, a 1+1 vehicle for city driving. The electric-powered show car has four wheels, but does not fit into any current automobile category. Weighing just 480 kilograms, the Audi urban concept combines elements of a racecar, a roadster, a fun car and a city car into a radical new concept. It has the potential to set the trend for a new form of mobility. The question "How much car is necessary to deliver driving pleasure and urban mobility in an entirely new way?" was the starting point for the Audi urban concept. A model of a glider was kept in the studio during the development process as an example of lightweight construction, efficiency and reduction
  10. [extract] Television and movie memorabilia fans can get excited. Both the original Pink Panther car and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are headed to auction. The Panthermobile has been to auction once before since being created in 1969 by Jay Ohrberg. You may remember the designer as the mind behind hardware like K.I.T.T., the Back to the Future DeLorean, the General Lee, the Ford Gran Torino from Starsky and Hutch as well as Batmobiles from both 1966 and 1989. This was a busy guy. The Panthermobile is expected to fetch between
  11. [extract] Meet Red Dragon, a custom-built Ford 350 Super Duty Monster Truck which produces a ground-shaking 1308 bhp and comes complete with an air-cannon mounted on the back that can fire a fridge-freezer 80 yards. The hand-built truck will be one of the must-see attractions at the all-new Top Gear Live (www.topgearlive.co.uk) on11
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  13. A yellow flag at two upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races will generate some green to fight breast cancer. Chevrolet will make a US$200 donation to the American Cancer Society for each caution lap that a specially themed pink Camaro SS pace car runs in upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races at Atlanta Motor Speedway and Richmond International Raceway. The Atlanta race begins 7:30 p.m. Sunday (televised on ESPN). The Richmond race is 7:30 p.m. Sept. 10 (televised on ABC). Chevrolet's commitment to battling breast cancer won't stop on the track. In its centennial year, the brand is partnering with the American Cancer Society's Making Strides Against Breast Cancer initiative leading up to October, which is national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Chevy's Nov. 3 birthday. Other Making Strides Against Breast Cancer events will be announced later. "For 100 years, Chevy has been helping people along the journey of life in countless ways," said Alan Batey, Chevrolet vice president, Sales and Service. "But as we all know, sometimes life's journeys take detours or end too early. Together with our race fans, Chevrolet wants to help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer, more birthdays and longer journeys." Currently, Chevy driver Jimmie Johnson (No. 48) is tied for the lead in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series points. Johnson is the defending NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and winner of five consecutive championships.
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