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Please Do Not Forget About Your Kid(s)...

07 January 2019 - 08:59 AM

On and off, we have came across news about parents leaving their kid in locked car or at home, while rushing to run errands, but mostly nothing serious happened to the helpless young ones. This latest incident is really heart wrenching though...  [bigcry]  [bigcry]  May the boy rest in peace.  :a-rip:

 

5-year-old boy falls to his death after he was locked inside 8th floor Woodlands office

 

SINGAPORE - A five-year-old who was accidentally locked inside his parents' eighth floor Woodlands Close office was found dead at the foot of the building on Saturday (Jan 5).

 
Soo Jia He is believed to have attempted to escape through a window after he had been left alone for around 10 minutes, said his parents.
 
Soo's mother, who gave her name only as Ms Hu, told Shin Min: "Our home is only a five-minute drive from the office. I couldn't believe that when we rushed back to the office, we would see my son's body lying on the ground floor."
 
Ms Hu added that she noticed that the office window was opened when she returned to the scene.
 
She believed that her son could have fallen from the window in a panic, having witnessed their car driving away, a friend of the family told The Straits Times at the boy's wake on Sunday.
 
The police said that they were alerted to a fall from height case at 11 Woodlands Close at about 9pm. The boy was found lying motionless at the foot of the building and was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene. The police are investigating the unnatural death.
 
Chinese-language newspaper Shin Min Daily News reported that the boy's parents had taken him and his brother to their office that day, and he had fallen asleep while they did some work.
 
The couple run an education centre, though there were no lessons held on Saturday.
 
When it was time to leave, the boy's father switched off the lights in the office and they drove home with his older brother.
 
It was only when the couple arrived at the carpark of their home did they realise that they had left their son behind.
 
When ST visited the building on Sunday afternoon, candles and joss sticks had been placed near the accident site - following a ritual the parents had commissioned for their son earlier that day.
 
The boy was the youngest of the couple's four children and he was doted on dearly by everyone, said the boy's father, who wanted to be known only as Mr Soo.
 
They have a daughter and two other sons, the oldest of whom is 18. The other two are in primary school and secondary school respectively.
 
"It is a tragic accident that nobody could have foresaw", Mr Soo told ST at the boy's wake on Sunday night. He said both he and his wife had not slept since the accident the day before.
 
He said: "We don't know for sure how it happened, but all that does not matter now, the end result is still the same.
 
"Just like that, our son is gone. How are we going to be okay again?"
 
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And please, for the seek of the deceased and his parent, don't start questioning how could such things have happened, or condemning the parent, as they are already filled with guilt...  [:(]  

 

Let just help to remind ourselves and people around us to be more careful and mindful when dealing with young children, and think twice about leaving them alone, even just for a short while...  [shakehead]  

 


COE Bidding – 1st Round of January 2019

05 January 2019 - 08:28 AM

[flowerface] Community Service by MCF [flowerface]

 

2 useful links for our dear MCFers, who are following the bidding exercise:

Real Time COE Bidding Results

Check Your COE Bidding Status

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Past Bidding Results (2001 - 2012)

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Past Bidding Results (2013 - 2018)

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Trend Chart (Jan 2017 - Dec 2018) *chart taken from www.sgcarmart.com
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PQP (2013 - 2018)
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The details of the January 2019 1st open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows:

Tender opens: Monday, 7 January 2019, 12 noon
Tender closes: Wednesday, 9 January 2019, 4.00 pm
Tender results: Wednesday, 9 January 2019 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website)

The total quota available for this tender is 5,048 for the following vehicle categories:

NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES:
Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,815
Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,245
Category D: Motorcycles => 1,112

TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES:
Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 330
Category E: Open Category => 546


2019 2nd Gen Range Rover Evoque

24 November 2018 - 11:55 AM

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Evoque R-Dynamic "First Edition"

 

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Evoque D240 HSE

 

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Evoque D240 HSE R-Dynamic Black Pack

 

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Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, now with more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque, available in 127 countries, is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology - designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain - it meets the needs of today's customers.
 
Building on the original's instantly-recognisable design, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the distinctive coupé-like silhouette, typified by its distinctive fast roofline and rising waist that identify the Range Rover family.
 
The outstanding volume and proportions are amplified by its pronounced shoulders and powerful wheelarches that, alongside 21-inch wheels, combine to create a strong and dynamic attitude.
 
The introduction of jewel-like elements such as super-slim Matrix LED headlamps provide a more sophisticated front and rear lamp graphic. Flush door handles add to the smooth, sculpted aesthetic, while sweeping directional indicators create a purposeful signature. Optional R-Dynamic details and burnished copper accents add to the unique appeal.
 
Inside, the finely crafted design integrates uncluttered surfaces and simple lines with carefully curated premium materials to create a luxurious, minimalist, digital cabin. Technical textiles that use recycled plastics are offered as premium alternatives to leather, such as a Kvadrat wool blend and Dinamica® suedecloth, as well as Eucalyptus and Ultrafabrics™ options. The cabin is designed to be a calm and serene space, ensuring comfortable, healthy and happy occupants, with technologies such as the twin touchscreen Touch Pro Duo system, featuring new, faster software, 16-way seat controls and cabin air ionisation that complement the increased interior space.

 

The compact footprint is almost identical at 4.37m, yet built on Land Rover's new Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage - the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.
 
The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery. At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.
 
The lowest emitting CO2 derivative is the 143g/km front wheel drive, manual transmission with 150PS Ingenium diesel engine.
 
The most popular all wheel drive, automatic transmission vehicles, come with a choice of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. This is where the 48-volt mild-hybrid system is used to reduce CO2 emissions to as lows as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) (based on NEDC Equivalent test procedure).
 
An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range.
 
Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 - technology first found on full-size Range Rover - automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).
 
Combining all-terrain capability with on-road composure, the Evoque's new MacPherson Hydrobush front and Integral Link rear suspension and Adaptive Dynamics technology deliver not only improved refinement and stability in all conditions, but enables the agile handling that makes Evoque ideal for the tight city streets of many countries around the world.
 
The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first 'ClearSight rear-view mirror' that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.
 
The new Range Rover Evoque is also the first in the world to feature Ground View technology, which effectively makes the bonnet invisible by projecting camera imagery onto the upper touchscreen to show the driver a 180-degree view under the front of the vehicle. This is useful when negotiating difficult parking spaces, navigating high city centre kerbs or tackling rough terrain and is the realisation of the Transparent Bonnet technology previewed by Land Rover in 2014.
 
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
 
Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.
 
Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver's preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort.
 
SUSTAINABILITY
 
Jaguar Land Rover has focused on reducing the environmental impact of vehicles and operations. This has included reducing the CO2 it takes to build each car by 46% versus 2007 levels and the purchase of zero carbon electricity for all UK operations. As a result, Jaguar Land Rover has now worked with the Carbon Trust to certify as Carbon Neutral, the UK manufacturing and production development sites, from April 2017 to March 2018. This includes the manufacture and development of the new Range Rover Evoque.
 
Built on Land Rover's new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, Evoque fuses efficient Ingenium diesel or petrol powertrains, hybrid-electric power and sumptuous, sustainable materials. Up to 33kg of natural and recycled material is used in each Evoque to minimise environmental impact. The recycled materials are taken from a mixture of post-consumer or post-industrial sources within the supply chain.
 
Land Rover's drive for sustainability is further reflected in its move towards a wider choice of responsibly-sourced interior materials that retain the Range Rover Evoque's trademark luxurious feel. Featuring ground-breaking textiles and trim finishes, two new seat options are on offer.
 
Customers can choose seats upholstered in a premium alternative to leather developed by Danish textile experts, Kvadrat - a high-quality material that combines a durable wool blend paired with a technical Dinamica® suedecloth, made from 53 recycled plastic bottles per vehicle.
 
In addition, customers will have the option of a new Eucalyptus textile produced from natural fibres that when grown, uses significantly less water than traditional materials and features alongside a new lightweight performance material not derived from animals. Each option has a sumptuous feel and unique design, offering a truly premium alternative to leather.
 
The new Evoque will be available from launch with a 48-volt mild-hybrid electric vehicle powertrain that harvests energy normally lost during deceleration and stores it in the underfloor battery. At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), while under braking, the engine will shut off to minimise emissions. This technology combines to reduce fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions, now as low as 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) and CO2 emissions of 149g/km (NEDC Equivalent).
 
When the driver accelerates, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration, reducing fuel consumption and making the new Evoque an ideal SUV for driving in congested, stop-start city traffic. This mild hybrid powertrain will be joined by a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle model in 2019.
 
Customers can also choose between six Ingenium four-cylinder powertrains, with three petrol and diesel variants, respectively. The most efficient of these is the 150PS diesel (FWD) with emissions of 143g/km (NEDC Equivalent) and 5.4l/100km (52.3mpg) while, at the other end of the performance scale, there is a 300PS AWD petrol model with 400Nm of torque, emissions of 186g/km (NEDC Equivalent) and 8.1l/100km (34.4mpg).
 
CAPABILITY
 
The Range Rover Evoque is based on Land Rover's new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, which has been designed for hybrid-electric power - 48-volt mild hybrid, 3-cylinder Plug-in Hybrid - and three- and four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. The new body is 13% stiffer than its predecessor, which together with rigidly-mounted subframes reduces noise and vibration intrusion into the cabin. With a 21mm longer wheelbase and compact new suspension design, the compact SUV delivers increased interior room and improved handling in all conditions.
 
The Ingenium engines have been advanced with new technologies to make them quieter and more refined, while the ZF nine-speed automatic gearbox has been recalibrated to ensure a smoother, more progressive drive on all-terrains.
 
Integral Link rear suspension separates lateral and longitudinal forces to enhance body control and agility, providing greater comfort and confidence on the road. At the front, MacPherson strut Hydrobush front suspension features fluid-filled bushes to minimise the high-speed wheel vibration felt through the steering wheel.
 
Adaptive Dynamics combines intelligent sensors and continuously variable suspension dampers that monitor road conditions every 100 milliseconds. The system constantly adjusts the dampers to give a composed ride with maximum control, regardless of any change of terrain or surface.
 
Active Driveline is introduced on new Evoque, which is an electronic torque vectoring system that constantly balances the distribution of engine torque across both front and rear axles when cornering to improve grip and steering confidence. Driveline Disconnect fully disengages drive to the rear wheels when cruising to reduce frictional losses and improve fuel economy, before seamlessly re-engaging in a fraction of a second when conditions dictate to ensure no loss in traction.
 
The new Evoque raises the bar for all-terrain capability in the compact luxury SUV sector, with a unique blend of inherent off-road ability and enhanced technology to provide traction on all surfaces and in every condition. Ground clearance is 212mm, while approach and departure angles are 25 degrees in the front and 30.6 degrees in the rear.
 
Terrain Response 2 is available as standard for the first time on new Evoque with All-Wheel Drive and automatic transmission. Not only will this allow drivers to choose from four modes (Comfort, Sand, Grass-Gravel-Snow, and Mud & Ruts) to optimise performance and capability, but the new Auto mode enables Evoque to select the most appropriate mode for the conditions and automatically adjust its torque delivery to suit the terrain.
 
Evoque's maximum wading depth of 600mm can be effectively monitored with optional Wade Sensing. Ultrasonic sensors in the exterior mirrors accurately measure the depth of the water, which is displayed on the central touchscreen.
 
The latest Evoque will come with a variety of all-terrain technologies such as Hill Descent Control, Gradient Release Control and All-Terrain Progress Control. Allied with features such as the world-first ClearSight Ground View (a realisation of Land Rover's transparent bonnet concept), which grants greater visibility beneath the vehicle when tackling uneven terrain, the latest Range Rover Evoque has all the credentials to go above and beyond.
 
There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
 
Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.
 
TECHNOLOGY
 
ClearSight Ground View - the realisation of Land Rover's transparent bonnet concept previewed on the Discovery Vision concept - is a world first. Cameras in the front grille and on the door mirrors project a feed onto the central touchscreen to show what is ahead of and underneath the front of the vehicle with a virtual 180-degree view. Helping the driver maintain visibility when negotiating extreme terrains as well as high city-centre kerbs, this is yet another technological evolution that makes the new Evoque ideal for traversing the urban jungle, the actual jungle and everything in between.
 
The new smart rear-view mirror transforms into an HD video screen at the touch of a button. By displaying a rear-facing camera feed onto the mirror, the driver's view remains unrestricted by passengers or large items in the back, while also providing a wider 50-degree field of vision using a camera positioned above the rear window. This technology also delivers clearer visibility in low light conditions.
 
Designed with a protective lip to prevent mud and water soiling the lens, there is also a hydrophobic coating that repels water spray. In the unlikely occurrence that the camera is ever obscured, drivers can change back to a traditional rear view mirror at the flick of a switch.
 
Land Rover's Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is central to the digital interior experience, combining two sleek 10-inch high-definition glass touchscreens, a 12.3-inch driver display behind the steering wheel and full-colour head-up display. The result is a beautiful, 'hidden until lit' interior filled with state-of-the-art digital interfaces. The ergonomic design and capacitive switches are easier and more intuitive to operate, allowing the driver to easily control a wide variety of technologies.
 
There is smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as Click & Go rear-seat tablet holders with charging capability, 4G WiFi hotspot (for up to eight devices) and six USB slots located throughout the cabin. The new Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings technology, which uses advanced artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver's habits over time. The 'self-learning' technology recognises the driver from their key fob and phone and will set up their seat and steering column position on approach, allowing for up to eight profiles to be registered. After a few journeys, Evoque remembers the driver's preferred temperature settings, media preferences and commonly dialed numbers depending on the time or day of the week.
 
The InControl Remote smartphone application allows customers to stay in touch with their Evoque, no matter where in the world they are. Customers can use their phone to find their vehicle or check the remaining fuel range, lock and unlock the vehicle remotely, as well as pre-heat or cool the cabin to the desired temperature. Evoque is future-proofed, with wireless software updates to the infotainment and vehicle systems which means the compact luxury SUV continuously improves over time, without having to visit a retailer. To ensure the wellbeing of occupants, Evoque is fitted with Cabin Air Ionisation technology that removes impurities from the environment. When paired with Air Quality and pollen filters, plus a more peaceful cabin thanks to reduced road noise levels, Land Rover engineers have ensured a more relaxing and refreshing experience on any journey.

Do You Love MCF? If So, We Need Your Help...

23 November 2018 - 11:59 PM

Don't worry, we are not making it compulsory for all to adopt a dog, or crowdfund to build a bridge, but just something very simple, and doable by most, if not all MCFers. [nod]

Of late, it have came to our attention that makan thread has been showcasing non-edible stuff, hobby thread slowly transforming into an advertising platform, piak piak and vulgarities becoming a norm in almost every other thread, and even cat fight going on in a thread created for pet lovers. You know what (and who) I am referring to... [rolleyes]

I would like to remind you that MCF is an open forum for members from all walk of life to share their knowledge / experience, raise meaningful queries, and be engaged in healthy discussions. Rules are to be followed, so that every members can have an enjoyable time with MCF. [flowerface]

Thus, I urge all of you to revisit the thread below, which was created by the admin some 10 years ago, to understand what are the do's and don'ts in MCF. Let help to make this forum we loved, a better place to be for all new and existing forumers. Thanks in advance for your understanding and look forward to your fullest cooperation. [:)]

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COE Bidding – 2nd Round of November 2018

18 November 2018 - 06:38 PM

[flowerface] Community Service by MCF [flowerface]

 

2 useful links for our dear MCFers, who are following the bidding exercise:

Real Time COE Bidding Results

Check Your COE Bidding Status

[sunny] [sunny] Good Luck to all vested! [sunny] [sunny]

Past Bidding Results (2001 - 2012)

Spoiler


Past Bidding Results (2013 - 2018)

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Trend Chart (Nov 2016 - Oct 2018) *chart taken from www.sgcarmart.com
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PQP (2013 - 2018)
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The details of the November 2018 2nd open bidding exercise for Certificates of Entitlement (COEs) are as follows:

Tender opens: Monday, 19 November 2018, 12 noon
Tender closes: Wednesday, 21 November 2018, 4.00 pm
Tender results: Wednesday, 21 November 2018 (Available on the www.onemotoring.com.sg website)

The total quota available for this tender is 5,045 for the following vehicle categories:

NON-TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES:
Category A: Cars (up to 1600cc & 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,818
Category B: Cars (above 1600cc or 97kW (130bhp)) => 1,241
Category D: Motorcycles => 1,103

TRANSFERABLE CATEGORIES:
Category C: Goods Vehicles and Buses => 331
Category E: Open Category => 552