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Lexus revealed its all-new NX at the Beijing Motor Show, a model that marks the marque's entry into the fast growing premium compact crossover market. According to market, the NX will be available with three powertrains: a highly efficient hybrid in the NX 300h; a new, Lexus-developed 2.0-litre petrol turbo unit in the NX 200t; and naturally aspirated 2.0-litre petrol engine in the NX 200. Front and all-wheel drive versions will be available, together with Lexus’s quick-response stop and start system.

The NX has been designed to look as though it is has been cast from a single piece of metal. Strong, flared wheel arches house 17 or 18-inch wheels, giving the car a crouching, muscular stance.  Lexus’s signature spindle grille is the central focus of the NX’s angular shape, reinforced by LED headlamps and daytime running lights. The grille blends seamlessly into a sculpted bonnet, creating strongly contrasting surfacing that projects a sense of depth.

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At the 2014 New York International Auto Show, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars debuts Ghost Series II to North America. Ghost Series II delivers the latest industry-leading technology from Rolls-Royce clad in a subtle re-design. It exudes the timeless yet cool, modern luxury that the car’s customers, the Captains of Industry, entrepreneurs and successful business men and women who are the wealth and job creators in our economies, demand. The launch of Ghost Series II consolidates Ghost’s position as the most popular car in the $250,000+ class, and as a cornerstone of Rolls-Royce’s continuing success.

On unveiling Ghost Series II to a packed hall in New York’s Jacob Javits Center, President of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars North America, Eric C. Shepherd, said, “The Rolls-Royce Ghost Series II is the ultimate entrepreneur’s business tool. Following the worldwide success of its predecessor, I am confident that this re-designed and updated Rolls-Royce will continue to attract increasing numbers of new customers to the marque, in particular business leaders seeking an oasis of calm in a chaotic business world.”

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A 33-year old Malaysian man attempted to drive out of the Woodlands Checkpoint yesterday at roughly 10:45am yesterday after he failed to produce his travel document after he was directed for further checks. This is the 4th case of checkpoint security breach in 2014. So far, all the offenders have been arrested, and he was no exception. The ICA officers arrested the offender by locking down the arrival car zone.

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The 508 SW we tested last year was quite an impressive example of how far Peugeot has come. It offered Germanic levels of engineering and quality from an unlikely manufacturer. And now, that same manufacturer has come up with an even more impressive variant of it.

While external dimensions remain more or less similar, this new estate hides an interesting drive train. Not only is it an economical diesel, it’s also an electric hybrid. And it claims an impressive 1,800km range on a single tank.

 

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From the outside, the RXH appears to be a more butch variant of the previous 508 SW. The top half of the front fascia remains similar to the normal 508 but a larger beefier bumper gives it a more rugged appearance. Lined with three r...

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The redesigned Volkswagen Touareg has made its debut at the Auto China show in Beijing.  With a refreshed styling of the front and rear, new features, trims and greater efficiency, Volkswagen’s rugged yet refined premium SUV is more competitive than ever.

The front-end design of the Touareg features larger headlights (bi-xenon as standard across the range), a deeper new radiator grille with four instead of two horizontal fins and a re-profiled bumper, all of which lend the Touareg a wider appearance. At the rear like the front, the redesigned bumper lends the Touareg a wider look than before, with a new rear diffuser between the twin tailpipes and LED rear fog lights integrated in the bumper.  New door mirror caps, a range of new wheel designs and new paint colours complete the exterior makeover.

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Infiniti announced a slate of new 2015 models during a press conference at the New York International Auto Show, including exclusive versions of Infiniti’s two flagship models – Q70 performance luxury sedan and QX80 Limited full-size SUV. In addition to the new QX80 Limited and Q70L (Long Wheelbase) models, both the QX80 and Q70 have been redesigned for the 2015 model year.

Leading off the parade of world debuts was the 2015 Infiniti QX80 Limited, an ultra luxury full-size SUV that starts with every available feature of the standard QX80 and then adds subtle exterior upgrades and an interior that wouldn’t be out of place in an ultra-executive boardroom or private jet.

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Volkswagen has officially started its used car business in Singapore. Named Das WeltAuto (German for ‘The World Car’), the new division of Volkswagen Group Singapore operates out of a brand new showroom at 1 Chang Charn Road – just a few steps away from Volkswagen’s Alexandra Road facility.

The new showroom has a total floor area of 7,225 sq ft to house both retail and office functions. There is enough room for over 30 cars to be displayed at one time.

All used Volkswagen cars sold by Das WeltAuto are under four years old and have covered less than 90,000 km. They go through a stringent 115-point check and come with a minimum 12-month warranty.

Servicing, grooming and touch-ups (if necessary) are all done before a car is finally approved for sale. Buyers receive a Certificate of Quality that guarantees the mileage and service history.

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The Chinese Grand Prix saw Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton cruise his way to an easy victory. His teammate, Nico Rosberg, didn’t have that smooth of a race. He told his engineers pre race that the car’s clutch felt perfect, but when it really mattered, it wasn’t perfect, dropping Rosberg to a lowly 7th from 4th. He was passed by hard charging Massa, who collided with Alonso in spectacular fashion, although both vehicles could continue the race with just the sidewall markings missing. While witnessing the whole incident unfold, Rosberg drove into Bottas, sending Bottas off the circuit. The pace of the W05 was apparent, as there were laps where Rosberg closed almost a 4 second gap to the car ahead. Massa’s pace was impressive too, right until a botched pitstop saw him get lapped. Red Bull was the team that shocked the paddock the most, for both cars in podium positions, lapping only slightly slower than the Merc. Once again, Vettel was told to make way for his younger Aussie teammate, although this time, he refused to concede. Still, with stale rubber(well compared to his teammate at least), he ran wide in T1, and allowed Ricciardo to cruise through. From there, Vettel struggled, and Alonso passed him as well. A couple of laps down the road, Rosberg passed Vettel too, and the Mercedes and Ferrari were now locked in a battle for P2. Vettel was then overtaken by the lapped Caterham of Kamui Kobayashi, who actually set a faster laptime that lap than Vettel did in his RB10. The Force Indias had decent pace as well, and so too was the Williams of Bottas. The only Mercedes-powered team that floundered was McLaren, with yet another disappointing race, with both Button and Magnusson being lapped.

Rosberg continued his charge, and managed to get pass Alonso well before the end of the race. Ricciardo was closing the gap with every corner, but he couldn’t pass Alonso before the end of the race. The race ended 2 laps early due to an over-eager flag man, that waved the checkered flag at Hamilton on lap 55. Rosberg leaves China as the championship leader.

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