More than 350,000 of the sports tourer have been sold since the market launch in late 2011. Now the best-seller from Mercedes-Benz has undergone a major facelift including exterior and interior enhancements along with attractive, redefined design and equipment lines.
The easiest way to recognise a face lifted B-Class with a petrol or diesel engine is from the front: a new bumper, wide radiator trim with two louvres and daytime running lamps in the headlamps give the vehicle a more pure and vibrant appearance. The rear bumper has also been modified and now features a contoured covering and an additional chrome trim strip. LED High Performance headlamps create a more striking look, both day and night. These increase safety at night due to their wide beam pattern and light of a colour similar to daylight. Bicolour tail lamps featuring LED technology provide emphasis and make the vehicle more visible.
Mr. Axel Pannes will take up the post of managing Director of BMW Group Asia, with effect from 1 November 2014.
Mr. Axel Pannes (42) has been working with the BMW Group since 2002. Prior to his new appointment as the Managing Director of BMW Group Asia, Mr. Pannes has served in various functions in the BMW Group headquarters in Munich, Germany, as well as in the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars head office in Goodwood, United Kingdom. His work experience includes Sales & Marketing, Business Development, Sales Channel Strategy, as well as Retail Development – with his last held position as the Vice President of Retail Development for the BMW Group.
Toyota is bringing zero-emissions motoring to Europe’s crowded city centres with a fleet of its i-ROAD and COMS ultra-compact electric vehicles. The chic and colourful three and four-wheelers are set to prove how clean and easy urban motoring can be by taking part in a major pilot programme in the French city of Grenoble.
Toyota is a key partner in the three-year low-carbon car sharing scheme, which is expected to transform the way people plan and make local journeys.
Peugeot is showcasing its 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator at next month’s Paris Motor Show as a proactive approach to lowering fuel consumption and emissions. . The 2L stands for two litres per 100km, equivalent to 141mpg, and is based on a production version of the Peugeot 208 1.2-litre PureTech 82hp 5-seater Hatchback.
To achieve such high fuel economy, Peugeot and its project partners used technologies previously reserved for competition and luxury models. Weighing just 860kg(100kg less than the production car), the concept is a mix of steel, aluminium and composites. Engineers embarked on a careful selection process to choose only those materials compatible with existing production facilities and a high manufacturing output. In addition, the process involves reducing consumption without changing the car's characteristics, retaining a style synonymous with high-end products and services.
One can’t really blame you if you have difficulties distinguishing between the line-up of signature hatches MINI displays, but attentive drivers would insist on the lack of performance the old One possesses. After all, I dare admit that the public’s perception of a MINI lies strongly with the Cooper range.
But going forward, MINI has engineered a whole new One, which we felt was bound to capture your attention, especially for the first-time MINI driver. 3 cylinders, check. 3 doors, check too. So what else’s interesting?
It takes one with a keen eye to notice that the One doesn’t come with daytime running lights and xenon headlamps as compared to those on board the Cooper range. Not forgetting the subtle One badge at the rea...
LTA has decided to match Malaysia’s increase in toll charges, and will implement the said increases on the 1st of October. Expect to pay $3.80 in toll fees if you are in a car, which is an increase from $1.20 previously. Also, for cars entering Singapore, a toll fee of $2.70 will be charged. Motorists will have to pay $6.50 for a round trip, which is roughly 5 times the amount as compared to before.
For vans and light commercial vehicles, you’ll have to pay $5.80 to leave Singapore, and to pay $4 to re-enter the country. For those crossing the causeway in heavy vehicles, expect to fork out $7.70 to leave Singapore, and $5.30 to enter again. If you happen to drive a bus, a fee of $3.10 will be charged for leaving the country, and you’ll have to part with $2.20 to re-enter the country. If you happen to drive a cab and have to shuttle your guests across the causeway, you will have to pay $1.90 to leave Singapore, and $1.50 to enter it again.
MINI has reached an impressive milestone as the three-millionth MINI rolled off the assembly line at the Oxford plant in the UK. Two million MINIs have been exported from the UK to more than 110 countries over the same period.
Plant Oxford currently produces the MINI, MINI 5-door, MINI Convertible, MINI Roadster and MINI Coupé models. The success of the MINI brand can be seen in the positive developments at Plant Oxford since 2001. Back then, a single shift of around 2,400 employees produced about 300 cars a day. Today, the Oxford site employs around 4,000 people. Working three shifts, the plant produces around 1,000 MINI cars per day.