Volkswagen displayed the potential of its flagship Golf R hatchback at the Auto China show in Beijing, in the form of the Golf R 400 concept. Based on the standard Golf R hatchback, which with its turbocharged 300PS engine and 4MOTION four-wheel drive, the Gold R 400 ups the ante with 400PS and an extra 70 Nm of torque, making it a total of 450 Nm available from 2,400 to 6,000 rpm.
Developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, the arm responsible for high-power and customisation projects, the Golf R 400 uses a modified version of the engine found in the Golf R: a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The extra power of the 400 helps propel this six-speed DSG-equipped model from rest to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds, a whole second faster than its 300 PS sibling. Its top speed is 174 mph.
There have been loads of accidents involving private buses in recent years, and some of them can be attributed to the lack of training to deal with emergency situations as compared to their public bus-driving counterparts. The Singapore School Transport Association (SSTA) has rolled out a campaign in a bid to reverse this worrying trend. Private bus drivers will receive incentives when they enrol in safety courses, and insurers are willing to give a $50 rebate for policy renewal after the driver has completed the course. All this will be done to curb and hopefully reduce the number of accidents involving a private bus, and to drive down the insurance premiums.
A counter through the app store of your respective smartphone OSes will return numerous taxi booking apps, all with the pros and cons. Now though, it seems that one app is being preferred by Cabbies islandwide. Enter the world of the ‘GrabTaxi’. Despite its bugs, it has been steadily drawing crowds of taxi drivers with its incentives. It now has the second largest network of taxis in Singapore. Cabbies love the app for it aids them in finding for jobs in obscure places, enabling them to earn significantly more per day. The only larger network of taxis in Singapore is ComfortDelgro.
When you find yourself shopping for an MPV, its appearance is the last thing on your mind. The MPV is one of the most functional categories of automobiles out there. Even so, Honda granted us a sweet reprieve from the hum drum of box on wheels MPVs with their last two generations of the Odyssey.
Not only were they a looker, the handling also benefitted from the lower stance which made driving an MPV a little easier on those trading up or down (depending on whose view point: wife or hubby) from their Evos and WRXes.
The Odyssey is no longer the sleek low-down sled we used to love but has grown in overall height and size. Going back to its stereotypical MPV outline, the new car appears much like the rest of the MPVs curren...
The Toyota Corolla claimed the world’s best seller status in 2013, with internal data confirming 1.22 million recorded sales. It’s evidence of the enduring popularity of a name-plate that has been going strong since 1966, amassing a record 40.72 million cumulative sales by the end of February this year.
It’s not just a single car that’s achieved this feat, but a model range that has regularly changed with the times to give customers exactly what they want, right at the heart of the market. The appeal of the latest generation Corolla is proving particularly strong, helping it post a 5% year-on-year increase in sales across 150 countries and regions worldwide.
Volkswagen released design sketches of the Golf R 400 concept car, ahead of its official unveiling at the Auto China show in Beijing tomorrow. As the name suggests, the Golf R 400 is an even more extreme concept version of the already powerful Golf R hatchback, with power increased from 300 to 400 PS.
As well as a series of engine modifications to increase power, the R 400 features body and bumper modifications, flared wheel arches, up rated wheels and a reworked interior that includes motorsport shell seats with integral head restraints and belt openings.
Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the new Mazda MX-5 Miata (Japanese name: Mazda Roadster) 25th Anniversary Edition sportscar at the New York International Auto Show. The special edition model was created to celebrate 25 years since the launch of Mazda’s iconic roadster, the Mazda MX-5, at the Chicago Auto Show in the USA. Also, the automaker revealed a newly-developed SKYACTIV-Chassis that will form the basis of the next generation all-new Mazda MX-5.
For more than 20 years, the MX-5 has come to symbolise Mazda’s car-making philosophy and the Japanese brand’s tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Since its launch in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has consistently offered the kind of fun that only a lightweight sportscar can deliver, and has won a huge variety of fans from different countries, cultures and age groups. More than 940,000 units have been produced so far (to end March 2014) and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sportscar.
Land Rover yesterday confirmed that the first member of the all-new Discovery family will be the Discovery Sport premium compact SUV.
The announcement was made by Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, during his speech at the 2014 New York International Auto Show: "I am proud to confirm the nameplate that will make Discovery a family of vehicles for the first time. It will be called Discovery Sport and will go on sale in 2015."