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  1. Time for a new thread. Part 1, click here. Part 2, click here. This highly customised model is so cute, look just like a life size hot wheels toy car! Volkswagen Dune Buggy Not to be confused with the Australian built Country Buggy, the dune buggy (a.k.a beach buggy) is a recreational motor vehicle with large wheels, and wide tires, designed for use on sand dunes, beaches, roads or desert recreation.
  2. Hi, Would like to know how many will consider buying a EuroIV diesel car instead of the normal petrol car? The first consideration is of coz diesel car gives better mileage and maybe cheaper daily running cost. While car uses petrol is kind of rather standard on the cost of daily running. Your comments and thoughts plzzzzz...
  3. so after reading so many bad reviews about the civic hybrid and several good reviews about the pirus i'm wondering if 100% electric cars will be a good move in the near future, if the battery can withstand our sunny temperatures anybody got any experience to share? what is the lifespan of such batteries? the civic groups complain a whole lot about their batteries but the people who own the piruses seem to be very happy with their cars, so it does seem like a split down the middle
  4. Noticed more and more cars on the road and in carpark lots that at first glance, looks like some model (usually higher performance of the range) but ultimately gives the game away with a lack of attention (or funds) to the details. I am not censoring out the VRN since I believe that anything that is on the outside of the car do not belong to you and if you dare to fake it, don't be afraid to flaunt it. Let me start off with this particular one I saw... Mods itself, I will say it is ok but why on earth will you put the ///5 badge there? Even putting just the /// badge beside the 535i is fine if it adds 5bhp...
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  6. TL;DR - A horrifying accident involving 14 cars occurred along Bartley Viaduct just two days after Christmas. If you happened to drive along the Bartley Viaduct on 27th Dec, you would have witnessed a rare (not to mention expensive for those involved) occurrence. It's not every day you get to see 14 cars collided into one another in a straight line. There's even a bird's eye view of the incident! Watch this 56-second video to see how it looks. What happened? A chain reaction collision involving 14 cars occurred, leading to a long pile-up on the rightmost lane of Bartley Viaduct. We spotted a few familiar models in the carnage. Honda Fit Honda Vezel Toyota Prius Alpha Toyota Altis Toyota Vios All the cars seemed to have suffered some form of structural damage, especially the ones sandwiched in the middle. For all drivers who do their daily commute via the Bartley Viaduct, take note of this stretch of road. There are no speed cameras there and a perfect spot for cars to speed and/or tailgate. So, who pays for the damages incurred? The rule of thumb is that the first driver who caused the first collision that led to all subsequent crashes is the party at fault. While tailgating might not be an illegal offence in Singapore, insurers might not look lightly at your claims if you met an accident due to tailgating a vehicle ahead of you. Source: Budget Direct Singapore To identify the liable party in a chain reaction accident, it is important to reconstruct how the accident happened - Whoever’s actions caused the initial accident will be the responsible driver. There are even some cases where multiple drivers may be responsible. Which is why presenting quality footage to your insurers could potentially absolve you of any blame. Check out Sgcarmart's best car cameras for 2023! Online Hoo-ha: Good luck to the last of the 14 cars. For any inexperienced drivers, you should have learnt this during your Basic Theory. A motorist should stay at least 2 car lengths or 2 seconds behind any vehicle in front of them. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  7. TL;DR - Two cars were seen beating the red light at Jurong Gateway, clearly intentional from the way they slowly inched out bit by bit over the stop line. GOAT stands for Greatest of All Time. As the name suggests, GOAT is an internet slang initialism used to compliment an honorable mention. But not in this case. Watch this 63-second shocker to know what I mean. What happened? These two drivers were seen not conforming to the traffic light as they budged out of the stop line. As long as you have a bit of common sense, when the traffic light turns red and a green man appears, it means cars are supposed to stop for pedestrians to cross the road. We don’t need Albert Einstein’s IQ to know that. Do you reckon these two drivers firmly believe this is really their grandfather’s road? Or are they playing a game of drag race? Nobody asked but I would root for the Kodiaq, simply because it has a higher horsepower than the Cerato. (Not to mention, the Cerato also had a head start so it’s sort of playing ‘cheat’ here). Source: Sgcarmart Source: Sgcarmart Online Chatters They see me rollin', they hatin'... Regardless, it should be every driver’s utmost priority to be a safe driver not just for themselves but also for the wellbeing of other users. Have good manners and drive kindness home on the road. ========= Be the first to get the latest road/ COE news and get first dibs on exclusive promos and giveaways in our Telegram SGCM Community. Join us today!
  8. Watched a repeat of TopGear (episod in china) and the 3 men condemned whatever cars made in china. I think today, china's cars are not really up to international standard yet in terms of safety, performance, etc but since these B&B cars are for their domestic markets where the majority of buyers dont really know anything better, china car makers will continue to churn out millions of mediocre cars yet still find buyers queue up, end of the days making tons of money. Is there a incentive for them to make better cars, to match the quality/performance etc of say VW etc, let alone the highend conti/jap/korean cars? Those china buyers who have the taste / money for better cars, in typical chinese 'culture', will buy imported cars, coz no china car makers have the prestige / history / brandnames to attract buyers who want not only good cars, but also 'face'/status only brands like Merc/BWM (RR also) etc could provide. Patrioism is more or less non existent when it comes to the rich, except state owned companies buying mic highend cars for their bosses? Bottomline, will it be almost unforeseable china made cars will ever match the quality / status of highend foreign-made cars? not in the next 10/20 years? The expanding domestic B&B car markets are big enough to occupy them for a long time, export is hardly something they have time to think about.
  9. At every car show or new model introduction, auto manufacturers would always come out with a long list, stating the unique features of their cars, but many a times, these features might just be forgotten over time, or simply taken for granted. These features may be a real technology break through (e.g. engine, gearbox, safety, etc.), or mechanical / electrical (e.g. spoiler, door opening mechanism, head / tail light, etc.). To kick start, anyone still can recall the following terminology? - Twin Door - Bi-Modal Trunk - Waku Waku Gate Sounds familiar? or are they aliens to you? or you think you know something about it? Well these are fanciful names given to boot / trunk / tailgate that open in more than 1 way. Twin Door by Skoda When the 2nd generation Skoda Superb was unveiled in 2008, the car come with many wow factors. But the one that really standout, at least to me, is the dual opening boot lid. It feel just like a small magic show, to see the 4 door sedan opening up it boot in 2 fashion, one like a typical sedan, and the other like a sport back. And after owning one for close to 4.5 years, I can attest to the usefulness of this feature, that ever allowed me to fit in up to 4x 24 - 28" language at one go, and even transporting a 3ft fish tank with the rear seats in-place (not folded). Bi-Modal Trunk by BMW Shortly after the Skoda Superb go on sales in early 2009, BMW follow suit with it own version of dual opening mechanism on the 5 series Gran Turismo Concept (which later debut as the love or hate it 5 GT), and give it the name Bi-Modal Trunk, which sound a little more sophisticated than the Czech brand. While it offer the same flexibility of a hatch back when opened in full (sport back mode), it offer much less practicality when opened in sedan mode, due to it limited access to the boot via the tiny yet wide opening boot lid. Waku Waku Gate by Honda The dual opening mechanism seems very much forgotten till 2015, when Honda introduce it on the new JDM Stepwagon, and somewhat take this concept to the next level, by allowing the tailgate to be used by passenger to access into the last row of the MPV! All are welcome to post the unique features of your car(s), or what you have came across. Up next, what are so special about these MPVs, Nissan Prairie, Toyota Raum and Toyota Isis?
  10. Time for a Part 2 as the original thread has clocked >10,000 posts (10,100 posts to be exact). Kudos to @Theoldjaffa for starting the thread and allows many of us to have a glimpse of unusual / rare car models on our road, or even overseas! OK, this is a definitely an unusual car in BMW history. Look closer, this is NOT a normal E30 320i Convertible... For those who still catches no ball, it has a fixed B & C pillar! Yes, this is the BMW E30 3 Series Baur TopCabriolet. The convertible came courtesy of a Stuttgart-based coachbuilder named Baur, who had a long history with BMW and apparently saw the market for a BMW convertible before BMW did. So the two teamed up to make a convertible 3-Series – with only one little problem. It wasn’t quite a convertible. Baur had to start its convertible 3-Series by taking an already-built 3-Series coupe and sawing off the roof. As a result, there wasn’t any extra rigidity built into the body or the chassis – since the car was never intended to be a convertible in the first place. So Baur had to engineer this rigidity into the top. The result of this was a convertible of … unusual proportions. For one thing, it isn’t a full convertible: the top panel comes off, and only the soft top over the rear window retracts like a typical convertible top. But then there are the pillars. In “roof open” mode, the A-pillar is still in place, of course. But so are the B-pillar, and the C-pillar. And there’s a huge bar connecting the B-pillar on the left side of the car to the one on the right side – even when the top is off. Even though there was a factory BMW 3-Series convertible on the E30 body style, it didn’t start out that way. Instead, Baur made another 14,426 E30 3-Series convertibles, with the unusual targa-ish convertible roof and all the pillars and bracing in place before BMW finally took the reins and did a factory convertible with a normal roof and no extra pillars or bracing. Read more about the 3 Series Baur in the following post I have made last April. @jimmyfong @Mockngbrd any idea how many Baur left in Singapore?
  11. I am wondering, with COE being so high, should gov give COE rebates to households with 3 kids or more? Cars being a limited resource now, doesn't it make sense for a car to transport 5 people around vs 1 person on the road? If that one person cannot drive, all he adds is 1 person to the public transport load. Plus it helps to encourage kids which I feel is one of the biggest problems we have as a nation. Example, if the household rebate is 20%, you pay COE of 80% of prevailing price. If you scrape the car early, you will only get 80% COE rebate from remaining COE. When you sell the car to others, you have to top up the 20% of the remaining COE to prevent the next owner from benefiting from the reduced COE and the car COE gets converted to normal COE. This is to prevent profiteering.
  12. https://mothership.sg/2020/03/chicken-car-run-over/ Driver almost run over a family of chicks.... Luckily every one of the chicks manage to survive, imagine how brutal it will be if one of it died.. The driver also has an expired road tax and is still driving the vehicle!!
  13. any bros here know any reputable agents to do self import cars like BMW or Merc from Germany? would be nice if u can share the process although i have read it on onemotoring
  14. https://www.wired.com/story/netflixs-hyperdrive-american-ninja-warrior-cars/ Lol I'm watching it now.
  15. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/electric-vehicle-ev-common-charger-grant-lta-condo-15247874 Condos, private apartments eligible for new grant to install electric vehicle chargers Good news for Electric car owners: As always, the devil is in the details: What if the car doesn't move and hog the lot Who is going to pay and can you 'steal' the charger by parking next to it and removing his charger Will there be new fire hazards rules - eg a fire system on top of the charger and a fail safe switch to avoid electrocution What kind of charging points? Like phones, each car may have different charging cables or points... Should be interesting..
  16. SINGAPORE - Retiree Steven Chia placed an order for a Mercedes-Benz GLB from authorised agent Cycle & Carriage last September, and waited seven months for it to be delivered - more than double the usual time. Mr Chia, 62, said: "I was supposed to collect my car last December or January this year, but I was told that because of the Covid-19 lockdowns and the war in Ukraine, shipment was delayed. I finally got my car on April 23." For motorists looking to buy a new car, be prepared to wait - possibly as long as Mr Chia, if not longer. Carmakers reeling from supply chain disruptions brought about by the pandemic are now facing another whammy - the prolonged war in Ukraine. The Eastern European country invaded by Russia in February is a major supplier of automotive parts - from electronic components to seats to wire harnesses, which bundle kilometres of electrical wires in a vehicle. The conflict is disrupting production, and this is affecting more than a dozen vehicle manufacturers, including Volkswagen, Audi, Porsche, BMW and Renault. Unlike the chip shortage, which manufacturers could overcome by leaving out certain features, a vehicle cannot be assembled without wire harnesses. While Japanese and Korean manufacturers are less affected, the war also has other indirect consequences like raw material costs, which is impacting the entire industry. Associate Professor Tan Yan Weng, head of the Logistics and Supply Chain Management Programme at the Singapore University of Social Sciences' (SUSS) School of Business, said car buyers can expect delays of new model launches as well as longer delivery timelines. "For certain makes of cars, a lead time of three months may now be six to eight months," said Prof Tan. A senior manager at a major dealership said: "Almost every other month, there's an update of production delay or new model launch delay. Everything is so fluid. "It is still manageable now as we have ample existing stock to sell. But things may worsen towards the last quarter of the year." Volkswagen Group Singapore managing director Ricky Tay said the company currently has a "sufficient supply of cars to cater to sales". "It is a blessing in disguise because demand has fallen with high COE prices," said Mr Tay, but he admitted there was uncertainty ahead. He reckons that electric cars are bearing the brunt of the supply chain disruption, echoing what Volkswagen Group chief executive Herbert Diess has said. Mr Diess said in a recent interview with Financial Times that the economic risks posed by the Russian-Ukraine war were "very much worse" than those posed by the pandemic. His German counterparts, however, were more coy when asked about the impact the latest supply chain crisis had on the Singapore car market. An Audi Singapore spokesman said two new electric models due to be launched next year are now "pushed back by two years". Two other models - the SQ7 and SQ8 - which were due here in the first quarter of this year are also slightly delayed. But she said the latter was not because of Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but because of another ongoing supply chain disruption: insufficient shipping capacity. Other new car arrivals that are delayed include the Toyota Corolla Cross (from third quarter to fourth) and the BMW 8-series range (second quarter to third). BMW Group Asia managing director Lars Nielsen said: "The war in Ukraine is impacting the country's automotive supply industry. Combined with the ongoing semiconductor bottlenecks, these supply limitations can lead to production adjustments and downtimes at our European plants. "While we do not foresee any immediate impact on our business in Singapore, we are faced with a positive challenge of more demand than supply." A Daimler South East Asia spokesman said delays in the delivery of Mercedes-Benz cars here cannot be ruled out. "In Singapore, we are working intensively with our authorised dealer Cycle & Carriage to ensure our customers receive their new vehicle as soon as possible. However, since the situation remains volatile, partial delivery time shifts for individual vehicle models cannot be ruled out completely." Porsche admitted that there is a longer waiting time for delivery of some models, but did not elaborate. "We view the armed conflict in Ukraine with great concern, and the degree of impact on our business activities is still continuously determined by experts in a task force team in Germany," said a spokesman for Porsche Asia Pacific. Ms Jasmmine Wong, chief executive of Toyota and Suzuki dealer Inchcape Greater China and Singapore, said customers who bought two recently launched models - the Toyota RAV4 Hybrid and Lexus NX450h+ - will experience a "slightly longer waiting time". "We still have stock for customers who do not insist on certain colours," she said, but otherwise, the wait will be "three to four months" versus "one to two months" previously. Ms Wong added that the delay is not because of Ukraine, but the ongoing supply chain disruption. Over at Tesla Singapore, there is still no word on when the Model Y will go on sale here despite the car having been inspected and approved for sale by the Land Transport Authority back in early January. It is understood that the delay is because of Shanghai's latest Covid-19 lockdown in March. Tesla registered only one car in April - down from a monthly average of 60 units in the first quarter, and around 150 a month when it started delivering cars from July last year. Source: Straits Times
  17. Volvo Cars bets on electric vehicles Volvo Cars is only going to sell electric vehicles by 2030, the Swedish firm has said. It will phase out all car models with internal combustion engines by then, including hybrids. The carmaker is also planning to invest heavily in online sales and simplifying its products. It is trying to capitalise on growing demand for electric cars, including in China, which is already one of its biggest markets. Carmakers are also responding to pressure from governments around the world to beef up their electric car plans. New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, for example. "To remain successful, we need profitable growth. So instead of investing in a shrinking business, we choose to invest in the future - electric and online," said chief executive Hakan Samuelsson. Its online push means customers will be able to order cars to their own specification online, but also through a dealership. Volvo will not be investing in cars with hydrogen fuel cells, as it does not think there will be enough demand from customers. There is also a question mark over hydrogen's availability in comparison with charging points for electric cars, a spokesman said. Volvo previously announced that by 2025, half of its sales would be fully electric, with the rest being hybrids. "There is no long-term future for cars with an internal combustion engine," said Henrik Green, the firm's chief technology officer. In February, Volvo abandoned plans to merge with Chinese car giant Geely. But the two companies said instead that they would form a partnership to make components for electric cars that would be used by both firms. Global carmakers continue to pursue alliances to spread the cost of the transition to electric cars, tougher emission rules and autonomous driving, as well as pooling expertise and resources. In January, shareholders approved a merger between Fiat Chrysler and France's PSA Group, creating the world's fourth biggest carmaker. The new group, Stellantis, would be able to "bet big on new innovations in electric, connected and autonomous vehicles", analysts said at the time. https://www.bbc.com/news/business-56245618
  18. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/politics/budget-debate-new-coe-criteria-for-evs-charging-points-to-be-installed-in-nearly-2000-hdb-carparks-by-2025
  19. Another typhoon that badly hit Japan. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/typhoon-hagibis-tokyo-central-japan-left-devastated-11995730
  20. JOHOR BARU: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced that the Government has decided to implement the Vehicle Entry Permit fee for all foreign vehicles entering Johor. Najib said that the decision was made following a request made by the state. "I have discussed the matter with Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and have also informed Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar of our decision. "I have instructed him to inform the Road Transport Department (JPJ) so they can work out the details before the VEP is implemented," he said during a buka puasa event organised by the state Wednesday. "We will make an announcement later on the date of implementation and the rates for the VEP," he said. Najib also assured that a portion of the collection would be channelled to the state Government.
  21. Taking this off the 2020 thread, who wants to predict which cars will sell well in the current economic climate? IMO, if the economy isn't doing too well, the brands with larger margins like the conti premium marques will fair better. The up and coming cars with a higher price tag will have to fight with the traditional best sellers. Budget buyers will opt for lower cost cars from the more peripheral brands, as well as the PI cars. But for those opting for PI cars, make sure your T&C is watertight. With COEs diminishing in quantity, the cost will go up and if the deal looks too good, beware and think twice in case you get convinced and come to complain how the seller didn't deliver. It's sometimes not the fault of the PI or AD, they will have to compete with others with larger bidding limits. So, I'll venture to say, the top 6 won't change much, maybe we will see some KIA as they launch new models, and if the new EVs reach us, they may boost the numbers for Hyundai. But the Audis, Mercs and BMWs will dominate the top 5 for a few years to come until the COE drought gets better.
  22. Especially at highway near the chevron marking. Is it illegal?
  23. EV6 and Yuan Plus will be interesting The interior is quite crazy with the big Chinese character Yuan Hoping it's just the Chinese spec n local spec wont be so excited abt it's Chinese roots lol Search electric on sgcarmart for the rest of the upcoming ⚡ range at the bottom https://m.sgcarmart.com/new_cars/listing.php?MOD=Electric&MAK=&VT=&PR1=0&PR2=&DEP=&DT=&EGC=&FUEECO_C=&POW_C=&TRN=&FUE=&OMV_C=&REGION=&ASL=1
  24. Anyone has passion for classic cars? Do you like them, hate them or indifferent. I had 2 previous experience of driving old COE cars, 70's registered. Only car I could afford then, but it was really fun. Had a Mini Clubman and a BMW E21 before. Likes - simple engine, any mechanic also can fix - no such thing as fuel injection, carburretors. Very few of the same cars on the road. Even sports car drive pass also look. dislikes - rust, high road tax, take loan must pay football money. I like best the Triumph spitfire, Ford Mustang, MGB and Alfa spyder.
  25. Any mcfers here care to tell me for auction in sgcarmart 1) how it works 2) what is Rebate Amount As At 31-03-10 3) usually why cars in the auction list 4) the condition of cars << can gurantee or not ty
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