96,000 timber sleepers would have been replaced with concrete ones on the NSL come end-April 2015. Works to replace the aging wooden sleepers, which we changed for reliability, began late last year. To facilitate the programme whilst not affecting day-to-day operations, train services had to end half an hour earlier on weekday nights, whilst operation speeds dropped to 40 from 80 km/h. More will eventually be done to up reliability and improve frequencies.
With the NSL done, it is the EWL’s turn to receive fresh sleepers. Expect slight delays of up to 10 minutes from now on, which will eventually be lifted when track works on the EWL are complete.
Porsche has been privy of the Cayman and Boxster’s potential right from the beginning. Thus explains why the entry-level Porsches have never been allowed to go anywhere near its 911 bigger brother. That’s because with its mid-engine setup, the Boxster is inherently more balanced than the rear engine configuration of the 911. But lately Porsche seems to be relenting and is slowly stoking the baby brother to its full potential.
The Boxster GTS and the new Cayman GT4 are signs of change at the Stuttgart factory. Understandably the 911 will always be the favoured son but at the very least the Boxster and Cayman are now getting the same development effort to make them the best they can be.
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Volkswagen has given the Touareg a significantly sharper look and enhanced it technically in all areas. Features of the new Touareg generation include a redesigned front and rear, new driver assistance systems such as Automatic Post-Collision Braking System as standard and an improved layout of the suspension.
The latest Touareg is identifiable visually by its redesigned front and rear. Striking features at the front are the bi-xenon headlights and new grille. At the back new rear lights are used. The range of colours has been updated to new: ‘Reef Blue Metallic’, ‘Sand Gold Metallic’, ‘Black Oak Brown Metallic’ and ‘Moonlight Blue Pearl Effect’; the designers have also given a new look to the alloy wheels.
Maserati announced the launch of a new entry-level engine for its flagship luxury sedan, the Maserati Quattroporte. The launch event took place at the brand new Maserati showroom and was attended by Maserati clients, media and other VIPs. Guests were able to explore the new home of Maserati in Singapore, experience the brand and build a closer relationship with Hong Seh Motors, the official importer for Maserati in Singapore.
The new Quattroporte comes equipped with a 3.0-liter twin turbo V6 330 hp engine as an addition to the existing portfolio of the 530 hp V8 Maserati Quattroporte GTS, the 410 hp V6 Quattroporte S and the 275 hp V6 Quattroporte Diesel.
Following the world debut of the next-generation RX in New York on 1 April, Lexus has revealed its luxury SUV will be available with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. The RX 200t was presented for the first time at the Shanghai motor show. Designed for selected markets around the world, the model is powered by the in-line 4-cylinder engine first deployed in the NX range.
The unit features VVT-iW intelligent/wide variable valve-timing, a low-inertia turbocharger and an air-to-liquid intercooler. Target output in the RX is more than 225bhp. The engine will be matched to a 6-speed automatic transmission with ratios tailored to support strong acceleration from standstill and at overtaking speeds.
Infiniti took the covers off its Infiniti Q70L Bespoke Edition at Auto Shanghai 2015, showcasing its concept car-inspired interior for the first time in front of the predominantly Chinese crowd.
The special version of the production Q70L, with 150mm longer wheelbase, features four luxurious seats wrapped in rich white quilted leather. This exploration is meant to fill the gap between the current interiors in production cars and luscious interiors of Infiniti’s concept cars.
Aston Martin’s manufacturing facility in Gaydon has been rumoured to be running at close to max capacity, and they may run into problems trying to add a new model to the line-up. The British firm has plans to carry on and manufacture the DBX though, which basically means they need to find another plant to manufacturer said vehicle. Company reps are reportedly considering a number of options, which include building an all new plant in a Southern state in the United States. Whilst building an all new plant may be costly, tax breaks and incentives may it financially viable. Another option would be to take over the former Jaguar plant in Coventry.
That said, it will be some time before Aston could actually put the DBX into production though. 4 proper doors and and an internal-combustion engine will have to fitted in place of the futuristic bits on the concept car.