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  1. TLDR: Powertrains: US carries over the 1.8l with 139hp now, 2.0l dynamic force with 169hp available like the hatch. US hybrid variant TBA, Europe/China gets the 1.8l hybrid found in the Prius, carries over the 132hp 1.6l with improvements. No word on the 2.0l higher output hybrid variant. USA gets 6spd rev-matching manual or dynamic force CVT with launch gear like the hatch . Chassis: Also TNGA like the hatch, shares same extended 2700m wheelbase as outgoing sedan and current wagon aka Touring in Europe. Tech: Apple Carplay and Amazon Alexa available, no word on Android Auto yet. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Some China variants get rear air-conditioning, TBA for other markets. Sport/Prestige: See videos below. China has both, EU Prestige only, TBA other markets. The Sport will likely be the base look in USA, with XSE taking a more aggressive look (see imgur link below). SG Predictions: Unclear whether SG will get Sport or Prestige. I'm guessing Prestige as we got the same sedan look as Europe last gen. We should likely get the current 1.6l or the improved EU one. Not sure if 1.2 turbo or 1.8/2.0 hybrid will appear here. Not sure also if Toyota will bring in the hatch or just the sedan. Given Thailand took a full year to launch the SEA market Camry, I expect PIs to bring the sedan before Borneo does, like the Camry (I learnt my lesson with my Camry post, so now I've titled it 2019/2020. Fingers crossed for the rear aircon too. More info: China Launch: https://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/toyota/25357603.html EU Press Release: https://newsroom.toyota.eu/new-sedan-joins-toyota-corolla-hybrid-family/ Sporty Video: Prestige Video (featuring rear aircon vents): Sport vs Prestige vs USA XSE: https://imgur.com/a/GOsx7zX Europe Lineup: China Levin/Sport Comparison: Interior Prestige: Sport:
  2. Toyota Claims Its New Combustion Engines Are a Game-Changer The Chief Technology Officer argues the new engines are completely different than current ICEs. Toyota's CTO mentioned the new engines are going to have a shorter piston stroke, which was "a very difficult task" to accomplish. These inline-fours are all going to be smaller to "revolutionize vehicle packaging," enabling lower front ends for better efficiency by optimizing airflow. The torque lost in the process will be compensated by the instant response of an electric motor. These new engines are being developed primarily with hybrids in mind. As to when the first cars will hit the streets with the new engines, expect to see them around 2027. Toyota is developing the powertrains to run not just on fossil fuels, but also on biofuel, hydrogen, and even synthetic fuel. Nakajima claims this new engine family "has lots of room to play," suggesting there are plenty of engineering tricks the company won't divulge for now. https://www.motor1.com/news/722314/toyota-claims-game-changing-engines/
  3. Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/719326/porsche-911-hybrid-debut-may-28/ A completely new era for the Porsche 911 will begin on May 28. Porsche plans to reveal the first road-going 911 hybrid, pushing the iconic sports car into the modern era. We've seen the 911 hybrid in prototype form for over two years now. Porsche tells us that development is now complete, amassing 3.1 million miles in the process. Some of that mileage comes from the Nürburgring, where Porsche shares a rather tantalizing clue as to what badge the electrified 911 will wear. We're told the hybrid laps the Nordschleife loop in 7 minutes, 16.9 seconds, 8.7 seconds faster than "the corresponding version of the predecessor model." Basic math brings us to 7:25.6, and a quick look through recent Porsche 911 Nurburgring lap times brings us to the 992-generation Carrera S, which turned a 7:25 lap back in 2020. Images shared from Porsche don't reveal badges, but the lack of bonkers bodywork points to something on the milder side. A Carrera S with a hybrid powertrain certainly fits that bill. “For the first time in our icon’s 61-year history, we are installing a hybrid drive system in a roadgoing 911," said Frank Moser, Porsche vice president for the 911 and 718. "This innovative performance hybrid makes the 911 even more dynamic. We left nothing to chance during development and tested the new 911 under all sorts of conditions all over the world from the freezing cold to scorching heat, as was the case during the final stages of testing in Dubai." Details of the hybrid powertrain are as yet unknown. Porsche tells us it's aimed at performance, not efficiency, and we were previously told it won't be a plug-in hybrid. With a 'Ring time of 7:16, is should be plenty fast without losing its capability to carve corners. All will be revealed on May 28. Be sure to check back in 18 days time, we'll have everything you need to know.
  4. While it look more like a facelift of the 5th gen Serena (C27), this actually a brand new model from Nissan, and it is now available in 3 drive train options: petrol only, petrol hybrid and ePower (EV). The gasoline version uses a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated engine with 150 horsepower (110 kilowatts) and 200 Newton-meters of torque offered with or without all-wheel drive and a CVT. There's also a hybrid e-Power model (2WD only) with a new and quieter 1.4-liter engine producing 98 hp (72 kW) and 123 Nm. Combined with the electric motor, the total system output is 163 hp (120 kW) and 315 Nm.
  5. This thread is set up for discussions on anything technical, features or functions for the 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid 2.0 It is not for the discussion on the price or cost related issues, comparison with other makes/models and similar irrelevances.
  6. Nissan's e-POWER technology gives you the instant power of electric cars with the range and convenience of a petrol car for you to power through life. The automotive industry is one that is ever-changing and always innovating. The world went from petrol-hungry cars to hybrids and electric cars. And the goal stays the same - it is all about keeping pollution at bay and promoting sustainability. We all want a world with a future for ourselves and our future generations. And doing our part does not have to come with any sacrifices; just opt for Nissan's e-POWER range of cars and you can enjoy the best of both worlds between electric cars and internal-combustion engine (ICE) cars while doing your part for earth. Nissan's e-POWER technology allows you to enjoy the driving experience of an EV without the need for charging Enjoy the EV experience without worrying about charging Like an Electric Vehicle (EV), an e-POWER Nissan is solely driven by an electric motor. However, with an ICE onboard to provide charge to the battery when required, there is no need to plug the vehicle in for charging. This means that you won’t have to worry about the need to access a charger while driving one - simply refuel as you would with a conventional ICE car and enjoy the instant power it delivers. Thanks to the ingenious e-POWER technology, you won't have to spend hours to recharge your car, nor would you have to worry about an extremely limited range on a single charge when you go on long road trips. Nissan's e-POWER technology can be found on various cars across its line-up, allowing you to choose something that fits your needs. A stylish and compact hatchback with loads of practicality, the Nissan Note e-POWER is the perfect first car The Nissan Note e-POWER is your perfect first car If you are searching for the first car in your life, you won't go wrong with the Nissan Note e-POWER. This is a stylish and compact hatchback that offers plenty of practicality to go with its look while being easy to drive. In fact, they are such a great first car that even driving instructors are opting for them as learner cars! Apart from being practical and easy to drive, the Note e-POWER has a spacious and comfortable interior Thanks to the e-POWER drivetrain where the 1.2-litre engine is only used as a generator to produce electricity, the Note e-POWER achieves a real-world tested fuel economy of 24.4km/L . You won't have to worry about hefty spendings on fuel. Furthermore, you'll still get to enjoy the instant power from the electric motor that drives the wheels - it puts out 114bhp and an impressive 280Nm of torque for a zippy city driving experience. The Nissan Kicks e-POWER is a cool crossover with lots of personality and style Practicality upsized with the Kicks e-POWER For those with small families who want something with a little more space and increased practicality, the Nissan Kicks e-POWER is an excellent choice. Its elevated ride height makes getting in and out of the Kicks e-POWER an effortless experience The generous 423 litre boot is large, accessible and expandable Being a compact crossover with its elevated ride height, getting in and out of the Kicks e-POWER is easy and effortless. The large and accessible rear cargo space further makes it a great choice for families - with a generous 423 litre boot, loading groceries or a pram doesn't have to be a convoluted process. Inside, you'll get a comfortable cabin that is well put-together with plenty of soft touch materials. You can also opt for the Premium Plus variant and enjoy additional intelligent safety features for a safer drive and amber-coloured Nappa leather for a plush and luxurious ride as well. With 127bhp and 280Nm of torque, the Kicks e-POWER will give you an electrifying drive all while sipping on fuel. The Serena e-POWER is the perfect ride to bring your extended family out for a drive; and even better yet, the stylish new 2024 model is on the way! Maximum hauling capacity for the family with the Serena e-POWER Nissan has truly thought of everything with its range of e-POWER cars - if compact cars aren't what you are looking for, worry not, for there's the Serena e-POWER. If you are someone who often brings your extended family out on outings and trips, or simply enjoy the practical utility of a car that has a large capacity, the Serena e-POWER is just the car for you. With the Serena e-POWER, there's plenty of space, be it for cargo or passengers; it also has a unique dual opening tailgate for maximum practicality With its large angular body shape, the Serena e-POWER offers plenty of cabin space along with the practicality as a cargo hauler when required. It also has a unique dual opening tailgate that allows easy loading of cargo without the need to open the tailgate in its entirety. And above all, the upcoming 2024 Nissan Serena e-POWER will be even bigger and better than the Serena e-POWER that you currently see on Singapore roads! The new Serena e-POWER doesn't just have a fresh, new and stylish design, but it is also faster and even more versatile than ever before. The impressive style of the Nissan X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE is unmistakable on the roads Enjoy refined luxury with the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE The X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE, with its stylish design might just be the most boldly-designed member of the e-POWER range here. And style isn’t just all that it offers - the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE has a premium cabin that complements its refined and comfortable drive to give you a relaxing and luxurious experience. Hop on inside and you'll be greeted by the premium and luxurious cabin that will seat up to seven Compared to its predecessor, the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE has grown in all aspects to result in a larger cabin that will seat up to seven. With its twin 12.3-inch infotainment display and instrument cluster, along with a leather-cladded interior, the cabin of the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE is decidedly upmarket. With a combined power output of 211bhp and 525Nm of torque, the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE is quite a beast Unlike the rest of the e-POWER lineup, the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE has a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine to rapidly charge up its battery to power its dual motors on each axle. This results in a combined power output of 211bhp and 525Nm of torque propelling it from 0-100km/h in 7.2 seconds. As you can see, the X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE isn't just a premium SUV, it is one that has impressive power and the practicality of an eco-friendly e-POWER drivetrain as well. Nissan e-POWER lets you enjoy the best of all worlds Naturally, Nissan's e-POWER is the preferred choice of drivers in Singapore - with close to 4,500 e-POWER models on the road since its introduction , the popularity of these cars is clear to see. In fact, Nissan clinched the position as one of the top five best-selling brands in Singapore last year. What are you still waiting for? You should hop right into your favourite Nissan e-POWER model and start your journey with the instant power that so many are already enjoying on Singapore’s roads. With Nissan e-POWER, you can enjoy the smooth, powerful and seamless drive of EVs without the hassle of charging it, all while enjoying an excellent fuel economy, doing your part to save the earth and your pockets. And there's no compromise to be made - From the compact Note e-POWER, to the sporty Kicks e-POWER, the Serena e-POWER large family MPV, and the luxurious X-Trail e-POWER e-4ORCE SUV available in Nissan's current line-up, there is surely an e-POWER to suit your needs.
  7. A handsome looking 7 seater (better looking than the 2nd gen Skoda Kodiaq imo), in the latest iteration. The third-generation Peugeot 5008 plugs into Europe's already crowded SUV segment in more ways than one. It's available with a fully electric drivetrain but you can also have the three-row family hauler with a plug-in hybrid setup. Alternatively, the French brand part of Stellantis plans to sell a cheaper mild-hybrid model as well. Essentially, the new 5008 is an enlarged version of the latest 3008 introduced in 2023. It sits on the STLA Medium platform and has the following dimensions: 4,788mm long, 1,890mm wide, and 1,689mm tall, with a generous wheelbase of 2,898mm. While SUVs nowadays tend to have swoopy rooflines, the new Peugeot 5008 retains the boxy shape of its predecessor to maximize interior space. It largely inherits the design of its E-3008 smaller brother, complete with the same 21-inch display positioned atop the dashboard. There are also 10 customizable touch controls providing shortcuts to often-used functions accessible from the center console. The most affordable version will be powered by a turbocharged 1.2-liter gasoline engine fitted with 48V technology. This tiny three-cylinder mill sends 136 horsepower to the front wheels via a six-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission featuring a built-in electric motor. The plug-in hybrid combines a 150-hp combustion engine with a 123-hp electric motor for a total system output of 195 hp channeled through a seven-speed, dual-clutch auto. This PHEV can cover more than 80Km on electric power before the gas engine starts feeding from the 60L fuel tank. Then there’s the fully electric E-5008 model available in multiple configurations. The single-motor, front-wheel-drive versions come with 210 hp and 228 hp, both of which offer an instant torque of 254 pound-feet. Step up to the dual-motor, all-wheel-drive model, and the combined output is rated at 318 hp. Stick to the front-wheel-drive model and Peugeot installs a 73.0-kilowatt-hour battery good for 500Km. The bigger 98.0-kWh pack means fewer stops at a charging station since the range grows to 660Km. The dual-motor, all-wheel-drive version gets the bigger battery but efficiency takes a hit due to the vehicle's higher curb weight. Those batteries are guaranteed for eight years or 100,000 miles during which Peugeot is sure charging capacity won't drop below 70 percent. A heat pump comes as standard, as does the 11-kW charger. You can optionally get a 22-kilowatt charger, while DC charging can support up to 160 kW. In this case, it takes 10 minutes to put enough energy in the battery for 100Km. Spending half an hour at a charging station replenishes the battery from 20 to 80 percent.
  8. The new face does not look like a Porsche at a quick glance. Putting the look aside, one of the highlight is it unique active suspension system. The optional Porsche Active Ride, available for E-Hybrid, allows the car to lean into corners like a motorcycle, by keeping the body flat and even overcompensate for the vehicle’s pitch and roll movements The standard two-chamber, two-valve air suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management separates the damper’s compression and rebound control for greater comfort. Rear-axle steering is also optional for all model. Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid Porsche Panamera 4 Porsche will offer four different E-Hybrid powertrains, including the all-powerful Panamera Turbo E-Hybrid. It packs a revamped twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 engine and an electric motor powered by a 25.9-kilowatt-hour battery. Total output is 670 horsepower and 929 Newton-meter of torque, sending power to all four wheels via an eight-speed PDK transmission. It can hit 100 kilometers per hour in 3.0 seconds and reach a top speed of 314 km/h. The Panamera and Panamera 4 get a turbocharged 2.9-liter V6 engine under the hood. It produces more power than before, pumping out 348 hp and 499 Nm of twist – an increase of 23 hp and 50 Nm, respectively. The V6 can propel the regular model to 100 km/h in 5.0 seconds and help it reach its 272 km/h top speed. The all-wheel-drive Panamera 4 can achieve that same feat in 4.7 seconds, reaching 270 km/h.
  9. Wonder what the possible pricing will be... Launching during next month's car show... http://www.sgcarmart.com/news/article.php?AID=14442 If it is about Vezel or Qashqai pricing... Maybe can sell like hot cakes...?
  10. 2024 MG3 hybrid. Combined output at 192bhp. Petrol engine itself generates 105bhp. 0-100kmh in 8.0sec. Hmm..under COE classification, I wonder it falls under CAT A or CAT B. https://www.autoexpress.co.uk/mg/mg3/362380/new-mg3-hopes-disrupt-renault-clio-and-vauxhall-corsas-supermini-dominance
  11. Source: https://www.motor1.com/news/712023/porsche-911-hybrid-confirmed-summer-debut/ Porsche's Annual and Sustainability Report for 2023 is out, all 239 pages of it. The most important detail mentioned in the lengthy document is news about the 911 hybrid. We get to see the electrified sports car early this summer with a six-cylinder engine. It's touted as an "ultra-sporty hybrid" and promises to make the iconic sports car "even faster and more efficient." The partially electrified model will be a new member of a revamped 911 lineup, likely known internally by its "992.2" codename. Interestingly, Porsche hints there will be more than just one version with a hybrid setup, saying the hardware will be used in "selected derivatives of the 911 model line." Porsche doesn't go into any details about the 911 Hybrid, although it does say the newly developed powertrain takes after the firm's racing division. Presumably, lessons learned from the 919 and 963 programs have helped the road car division engineer an electrified 911 to meet increasingly stringent emissions regulations. About a year ago, CEO Oliver Blume said the new car wouldn't be a plug-in hybrid, so no charging port. Separately, Frank Moser, Vice President of 911 and 718 model lines mentioned last year the hybrid model "should not get too heavy," which would explain the non-PHEV route. A plug-in hybrid would've required a bigger battery pack, adding weight and complexity while creating packaging issues. According to sources close to Porsche, the 911 Hybrid will reportedly have a 48V starter motor built into the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The umpteenth variant of the 911 is said to have an electric motor powering the front wheels while the combustion engine is going to drive the rear axle. Consequently, it'll have all-wheel drive. The e-motor is expected to get its juice from a small, lightweight lithium-ion battery pack developed specifically for this application and mounted behind the rear seats. The weight penalty is unlikely to exceed 220 pounds compared to an equivalent version that doesn't have the extra hybrid bits. The juiciest rumor surrounding the 911 Hybrid is the possibility of an electrified GT2 RS with a mild-hybrid setup. The combined output from the electric motor and a twin-turbo 3.8-liter flat-six is expected to surpass 700 horsepower. The torque figure is unknown, but rumor has it that a "significant increase" is planned over the 911 Turbo S' 590 pound-feet. A weight distribution of 39:61 front/rear is mooted. The crown jewel of the 992 family is apparently scheduled to come out in 2026. A fully electric 911 isn’t happening this generation since Porsche has said an EV won’t be released this decade. The goal is to keep selling 911s with combustion engines for as long as possible, even if that means switching to synthetic fuel to meet stricter regulations. Porsche has been producing nearly carbon-neutral eFuel since late 2022 at its factory in Chile. It's worth noting the European Union has already agreed to exempt synthetic fuels from the 2035 ban on new cars that generate harmful emissions. It could mean the 911's days with combustion engines are not numbered after all.
  12. A recent meet up with some friends and auto buddies led me to think if I should jump onto the latest trend, and the biggest thing in the automobile industry now is the tide of change, from internal combustion engines (ICE)s to electric vehicles or EVs. With the COE of my car running out in just a little more than three years, I am keen watching this page. But if I go by current trends, costs and also a deeper dive, I am likely to stay with the traditional gas guzzler. For context, I have to mention my current car usage. My trip to work is rather short, with minimal traffic jams. I do commute between two to three worksites, which is made much easier by hopping into the car and then driving between these destinations. They are also not too far apart, but if I factor in time for taxis or private hire vehicles (PHV)s, I will spend a significant amount of time waiting. There are no direct buses between the sites. I also take longer journeys on the weekend to fetch my little one to enrichment classes, visit the in laws, church and such. With the family in tow, all four seats as well as the baby seat are filled up on such runs. I also do errands. However, the operating radius is not large apart from the occasional runs or meet up with friends and business related meet ups. So my annual mileage works out to be just a tad over 10 000km, which is not a lot by anyone's standards. Now let's look at the three basic kinds of engines you can choose from now. ICEs, hybrids and EVs. I have the ability to charge near or at my home or access them easily at work. Currently there are certain 'perks' that the government is offering for cars with better emissions. Why the inverted commas? Well these so called rebates are handed to the seller / car makers to package into their pricing, BUT and this is the big but, you have to return half of these rebates when you scrape the car! Secondly, let's talk about the battery cost. Whilst it may seem that you save on petrol costs, especially if one gets a EV, don't forget to check the cost of the battery. There are now more and more reports of sticker price tag shocks for EV owners when they need to fix or replace these batteries. We are not talking hundreds or even thousands of dollars. We are talking tens of thousands, yep, costs that amount to the that which may match the OMV or basic cost of the car. You might feel it will not happen to you, but some of these 'accidents' are basically nothing more than going over the kerb or bumps and scratching the bottom of the cars. The stuff even the most careful drivers may end up doing once in a while. Now imagine facing such a bill and finding out that the EV has little residual value if the battery is kaput. Or a monumental repair bill to fix or replace that battery. How about hybrid cars? Again, if you drive like a cabbie, and accumulate 30 to 40k a year, it might make more sense, since you get significantly higher mileage with the true hybrids than a ICE car. The car hybrid battery tends to require replacement around the eighth or ninth year, just when many car makers end their battery related warranty. So you may be a few thousand dollars out of pocket when you wish to replace that battery, and then unless you renew the COE, that car will only be driven for a couple more years. So you really have to sit down and fish out that calculator and determine if the annual mileage, the total amount of petrol saved justifies the outlay for the battery. Some hybrid cars are only hybrid in name with a token battery just to get that rebate, so you need to check the details and do the maths. You will also need to add in maintenance, and whilst EVs tend to require less visits to the workshop for the engine, you need to make sure there are trained mechanics which can back up the car, and the numbers are thin on the ground currently, even if you return to the original sellers. Many do not, baulking at their charges, but with the kind of electronics inside, things could get dicey if you go beyond just tires and wiper replacement. As for tires, you also need to know EVs use larger wheels and also different tires. Many budget cars currently run on 15 or 16" wheels and you spend about $100-$150 per tire. Expect to double or triple that for EVs, due to their heavier weight. Speaking of maintenance, the EVs are not entirely similar to their ICE cousins. Ever sat in a Tesla or even a BYD? It feels more like a PC on wheels than your traditional car. Some Tesla owners have been caught out when their cars are doing software updates, and you could have a dead car just when you need to rush out. There are changes afoot, but touchscreens are harder to use when you're driving and having to dive four or five layers into their menu just to turn down the volume or air con temperature is not only a hassle but dangerous whilst driving. Now that we are talking about the interior and ergonomics, I also dislike the Tesla car handles. You need to pry them out, and I much prefer the traditional ones with a generous hand grip. Try handling groceries or a struggling baby whilst opening your car door and you'll understand. The other issue is safety. We already mentioned that you can crash the OS, so you're effectively locked out of the car. How about potential fires? Already, with the advent of personal mobility devices, we are witnessing huge increases in household fires related to charging issues. Overseas we have witness huge balls of fires when the EVs burst into flames. Firemen often standby and wait for the fires to burn out, because it is really hard to put out the fires related to the batteries. Woe betide any cars parked next to them. Is my decision process too conservative, too dated? There is still some time before I need to commit so I shall be watching this EV / hybrid space very intently.
  13. To be unveiled in Japan in September 2022. Although it is sized between the HR-V and CR-V, but this new SUV will be replacing the CR-V in the Japanese Market, as they just announced the cease of CR-V production days before introducing this latest ZR-V. A strange move to me. For those of you who are follow motoring news closely, you may find that it look very familiar and that you have seen it somewhere. Well, the same model is available in the USA recently, but using the HR-V nameplate. Another head scratching decisions by Honda...
  14. Source: https://insideevs.com/news/694239/toyota-cuts-ev-sales-expectations-record-profit/ Toyota Motor Corp. lowered its electric vehicle sales expectations for this fiscal year by a rather significant 39 percent, from an initial 202,000 units to a less-than-stellar figure of 123,000, the company said in its second-quarter financial report. However, let’s not forget that the Japanese company is one of the three biggest carmakers in the world and that its EV portfolio is pretty sparse, at least at the moment, so it’s no surprise that Toyota is leaning on its internal combustion and hybrid models to help it reach record profits by the end of this fiscal year that closes on March 31, 2024. Previously, the Japanese group predicted that its operating profit would match a record-high level of 3 trillion yen ($20.1 billion), but with the latest financial report, that prediction has gone up to 4.5 trillion yen ($30.15 billion). Until the fiscal year ends, Toyota wants to sell 3.6 million traditional hybrids worldwide, up from an earlier outlook of 3.5 million, while total electrified vehicle sales – including EVs, hybrids, plug-in hybrids, and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles – are expected to reach 3.9 million, up 42 percent from the previous fiscal year. Electrified vehicles will account for about 37 percent of the carmaker’s total sales. In total, the Toyota and Lexus marques are expected to manufacture a record 10.1 million vehicles this fiscal year, while the outlook for consolidated global retail sales has gone up to a record 11.38 million units in the current fiscal year. In the last fiscal quarter, Toyota registered a pretty rare double-digit operating profit margin of 12.6 percent worldwide, more than double the year before when it had a margin of 6.1 percent.
  15. This shall be my retirement ride, if the COE continues to remain at the current level. Anything higher, will go BMW liao. Five-Door Suzuki Jimny Spied Flaunting Its Longer Wheelbase The Suzuki Jimny is about to grow a bit bigger and gain an extra pair of doors to make the little SUV a bit more utilitarian. These spy shots catch one of them testing in Europe. Aesthetically, the five-door Jimny looks identical to the existing version, except for the lengthened body and extra doors. The spy photographer estimates that the wheelbase is about 300 millimeters longer than the existing 3 door variant. The width and height appear to be unchanged. Another interesting note from the photographer was that this vehicle seemed to be driving without producing any engine noise. This suggests that the Jimny might be getting a hybrid drive train. It's not clear whether the existing 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine making 100 horsepower (75 kilowatts) would continue to be available or whether this potentially electrically assisted setup would completely replace it. Switching to the turbocharged, mild-hybrid engine would give the Jimny improved emissions. This might rectify the current issue that limits the model's availability to a two-seat, commercial product in Europe. According to a rumor from Japan in 2021, Suzuki plans to call this model the Jimny Long, which fits with exactly what it is. The same report claims this version uses a turbocharged, mild-hybrid engine, which fits with what the photographer of this one is saying. For JDM models, price for the five-door would be about 300,000 yen more than the three-door unit. This Jimny Long, or whatever it final name is, is expected to be unveiled by end of this year, and become officially available from 2023. Stay tuned for more info.
  16. Replacement for the Fit Shuttle, but I guess Honda decision to drop the "Fit" moniker in attempt to make the new model a class above the Fit. IMO, this is a decent model (in look and size) comparable to the Airwave.
  17. Hyundai Kona debuts with a bigger body and buyers will be able to get the new Kona as an EV, hybrid, combustion engine only, and a sporty N Line model. Hyundai's designers started by creating the new Kona EV and then applied the look to the other versions. In front, all of them share a distinctive light bar along the hood's edge. The headlights are below this strip on the outer corners. The lower fascia's styling is the primary differentiating factor among the 2024 Kona models. The EV has pixel-like elements there, and the styling shares some cues with Hyundai's Ioniq vehicles. The standard ICE vehicle has a rectangular opening in this space. The N Line has a more aggressive appearance by using a trapezoidal element. From the side, the 2024 Kona models share a similar look. The hybrid- and combustion-powered variants have body cladding on the fenders. The EV and N Line keep this section in the body color. The N Line has a rear spoiler, silver side skirts, and available black pieces for the mirror caps and roof. The rear matches the front by having a light bar stretch across the hatchback. Like the headlights, the tail lamps are in the lower corners. The N Line gets dual exhaust outlets. The new Kona EV is 4,355 millimeters long, which is 150 millimeters longrr than the existing model. The wheelbase increases by 60 millimeters while the width is wider by 25 millimeters. Inside, the new Kona has a pair of 12.3-inch screens that share a single bezel. The gearshift is now on the column behind the steering wheel. Below the big displays, the center stack includes a pair of vents and the controls for the HVAC system. In the second row, there's a simple rear bench. The company's announcement says that it follows the rest of the new Kona's "21st-century urban design aesthetic." The automaker isn't yet disclosing powertrain specifications or pricing details for the new Kona. Hyundai will release that info in the coming months.
  18. Both the exterior and interior have the Land Rover vibe, and seems up market.
  19. Range Rover Evoque (New Age Hybrid Coating) + 10 x Complimentary Maintenance Advantages & Benefits: ✔ Exceptionally long term durability up to 60 months ✔ Back up with 3 years warranty ✔ Free 10 times complimentary maintenance with any packages sign ups ✔ Free Complimentary Parking at their detailing studio ✔ Fantastic water repellent effect ✔ Bird dropping, water spots, bugs splatter resistance ✔ Anti-soiling and dirt-repellent ✔ UV exposure , Thermal, Acid Rain, Oxidation & Scratches resistance ✔ Helps to prevent water marks, dirt, algae and bird fouling from adhering ✔ Presents wet look, high glossy finishing at all times ✔ Drastically reduces cleaning frequencies, saving energy, time and cost ✔ Wallet Friendly (No more polishing/waxing require) ✔ Suitable for all colour car including matt paint ✔ Eco-friendly and harmless to neither human nor the Earth ✔ Professional competence paint protection specialist ensures all vehicles are coated with consistency and fine quality workmanship For more inquires Email - [email protected] Call / SMS / WhatsApp : +65 81610131
  20. I recently had a PHEV - the BMW 225 XE as a temporary replacement car. While the 225XE is not exactly a 100% electric car, but if you keep the battery charged up, you can technically run on full electric power for about 25km. Was eager to try out how it is like to be living with an EV in Singapore and here are my observations: Driving on pure electric power was weird (like driving around with your engine shut down) in the beginning. But i kinda enjoyed it after awhile, i guess. Biggest challenge with the short range is...eventually, it will fall back into petrol powered mode and it takes forever to charge the battery up again until you plug-in again. A domestic power point + the supplied cable is not enough, you'll need a wall box to be installed in order to safely charge the car. It's a big pain to find places to charge when you're out of the house and run out battery juice. While there are quite a number of charging points, but they're often operated by different service providers (each requires u to become a member + place deposit/min fee etc. etc. to use). When you eventually find it, you'll end up staring at the grass for the next 2-3 hours waiting for the car to charge up.🤣 The instant torque of the electric motor + engine is super addictive a total blast when overtaking with 385 Nm of near instant torque !!! No one will be willing to wait 2-3 hours for the battery to be fully charged. Not practical for anyone who does not have a charger at home. Oh ya... this short, fat and very family looking car does 0-100 in 6.7 sec 😈 ultimate sleeper car! Long term cost of maintenance is a big question mark. In conclusion, Singapore's infra is still far from being EV friendly. The most practical way for someone who does not have a home charger to drive an EV...go the PHEV way if you want to experience electric car and yet can fall back to the petrol engine for a decent drive if u run out of juice.
  21. Honda Jade (New Age Hybrid Coating) Advantages & Benefits: ✔ Exceptionally long term durability up to 60 months ✔ Back up with 3 years warranty ✔ Free complimentary maintenance with any packages sign ups ✔ Free Complimentary Parking at their detailing studio ✔ Fantastic water repellent effect ✔ Bird dropping, water spots, bugs splatter resistance ✔ Anti-soiling and dirt-repellent ✔ UV exposure , Thermal, Acid Rain, Oxidation & Scratches resistance ✔ Helps to prevent water marks, dirt, algae and bird fouling from adhering ✔ Presents wet look, high glossy finishing at all times ✔ Drastically reduces cleaning frequencies, saving energy, time and cost ✔ Wallet Friendly (No more polishing/waxing require) ✔ Suitable for all colour car including matt paint ✔ Eco-friendly and harmless to neither human nor the Earth ✔ Professional competence paint protection specialist ensures all vehicles are coated with consistency and fine quality workmanship For more inquires Email - [email protected] Call / SMS / WhatsApp : +65 81610131
  22. Lexus CT200H (New Age Hybrid Coating) + 10 x Complimentary Maintenance Advantages & Benefits: ✔ Exceptionally long term durability up to 60 months ✔ Back up with 3 years warranty ✔ Free 10 times complimentary maintenance with any packages sign ups ✔ Free Complimentary Parking at their detailing studio ✔ Fantastic water repellent effect ✔ Bird dropping, water spots, bugs splatter resistance ✔ Anti-soiling and dirt-repellent ✔ UV exposure , Thermal, Acid Rain, Oxidation & Scratches resistance ✔ Helps to prevent water marks, dirt, algae and bird fouling from adhering ✔ Presents wet look, high glossy finishing at all times ✔ Drastically reduces cleaning frequencies, saving energy, time and cost ✔ Wallet Friendly (No more polishing/waxing require) ✔ Suitable for all colour car including matt paint ✔ Eco-friendly and harmless to neither human nor the Earth ✔ Professional competence paint protection specialist ensures all vehicles are coated with consistency and fine quality workmanship For more inquires Email - [email protected] Call / SMS / WhatsApp : +65 81610131
  23. A local company has started offering a mobile charging service for electric vehicles (EVs). This is said to be the first of its kind in Singapore. The service by Power Up Tech (P.Up) is targeted at EV owners who may not have convenient access to a permanent charging point. Each visit lasts 30 minutes to an hour to bring the EV up to about 80 per cent of battery charge. So range anxiety is not a problem anymore. Maybe while waiting can also charge handphone. 😄
  24. Here come the Vezel Hybrid competitor... All new Toyota C-HR (even the name remind us of HRV)
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