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With effect from the 1st of June this year, 2 new classes of driving licenses will be introduced. They are the Class 3C and 3CA licenses, which will allow the holder to drive all Class 3 vehicles, with the exception of light goods vehicles, mini vans and small buses.

The new scheme will enable drivers with foreign driving licence to pass only the Basic Theory Test to convert the licence to Class 3C licence. The Class 3CA licenses will only allow the holders to drive automatic private vehicles.

Revisions have also been made to the existing Class 3 and 3A licenses. Work Permit and S-Pass holders with foreign driving license who have plans to convert to a local Class 3 license will have to pass the Class 3 Practical Driving Test (PDT), on top of the existing BTT.  New test rates will also be put in place from June this year. The existing rates, which were introduced in 1997, are no longer as sustainable as they once were, owing to the increase in operating costs. The test fee for the Basic Driving Theory Test, Final Driving Theory Test and Motorcycle Riding Theory Test will be increased from S$6.00 to S$6.50. The test fee for the Practical Riding Test, Practical Driving Test, and Proficiency Driving Test will be increased from S$20 to S$26 on Jun 1, 2015, and to S$33 on Jun 1, 2016.

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Since the unrelenting rise of COE premiums, local distributors have been forced to spec their cars with ever higher options to help consumers make sense of the extra cost of cars here. These days, a Japanese sedan is so well-equipped that they hardly differ in features to a continental. The only real division between continental and Japanese makes now is brand loyalty and personal preference.

At first glance, the subtle exterior changes to the Mazda 6 are easily missed but a closer inspection reveals the new grille that features a ‘wing’ element which extends into the new headlights. The model is also the first to feature the new Mazda Adaptive LED Headlights that are significantly brighter and gives the new car a distinctive nocturna...

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Toyota retained the top spot as the most valuable automotive brand in the BrandZ Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report 2015. Toyota’s brand was valued at $28.9 billion and maintains its top 30 position in the all-sector ranking.

In the 10 years since the BrandZ report was first published. Toyota has been crowned brand value leader in the automotive sector eight times, and second on two occasions.

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The SEA Games will be held from the 5th to 16th of June. As such, several roads leading into and out of key sports venues will be closed off to civilian vehicular traffic. The roads include those along the Bishan Sports Centre, and it also affects Horne Road near Jalan Besar Stadium.

The road closures, which are scheduled from this Thursday onwards, will be strictly enforced. Only police and emergency vehicles are allowed in, and any illegally parked vehicles will be towed away.

The carpark driveway used to access the Sports Centre has been closed to vehicular traffic from now until 11:00pm on Sunday, 14th of June. Access will only be granted to Horne Road will be closed from 5:00 pm to 11:59 pm from Monday, 1st of June  to Thursday, 4th of June, and from Saturday, the 6th of June to Thursday, 11th of June.

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The Volkswagen Group continues to expand its production capacity in China with the addition of a new vehicle plant of Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW) in Changsha, southern China, which was inaugurated on Sunday by Prof. Dr. Jochem Heizmann, Member of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft and President and CEO of Volkswagen Group China. This plant is the Group’s 119th global facility and its 20th in China.

The new plant in Changsha is about 900 km to the west of Shanghai. Production of the Volkswagen New Lavida is beginning there after only two years of construction. Other models of the Volkswagen and SKODA brands are to follow. The total capacity of the plant is about 300,000 vehicles per year. The plant is creating more than 4,000 new jobs, together with 4,000 more in the neighbouring supplier park.

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Honda will put the real-world fuel economy of its super-efficient 1.6 i-DTEC engine to the ultimate test in an 8,500mile drive across all 24 adjoining EU countries, with the aim of setting a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for fuel efficiency.

On Monday 1st June 2015, two members of Honda’s European R&D team will climb into a Honda Civic Tourer and set out on an epic journey from Aalst, Belgium. Heading towards the Netherlands and Germany, their trip will see them navigate the Continent in a clockwise direction, with the aim of returning to their starting point some 25 days later, on June 25th, having covered a planned total of 8,459miles.

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In response to our news 'Volkswagen with the most number of customer complaints', James Page, General Manager for Volkswagen Marketing and Communications, said, "We regret that 12 of our customers were dissatisfied with our products and subsequently lodged complaints with the Consumers Association of Singapore over the last 14 months." 

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By Benjamin G. Kline posted 2 days ago
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Toyota Esquire

Launched in Japanese markets in October last year, the Toyota Esquire may be seen as a budget and slightly smaller version of the Toyota Estima, aimed squarely at the Mazda Biante and Nissan Serena. Basically the same car as the Toyota Noah/Voxy, the Esquire features slight differences in its exterior and interior. The Noah is the base car - a large family MPV - while the Vellfire-inspired Voxy is a “sportier” version, and the Esquire is the more “deluxe” variant. Confused? We are too.

The Toyota Esquire, apparently, targets those who wants a car that apes the more luxurious (and expensive) Toyota Alphard. This Esquire is based on the third-generation Toyota Noah, initially launched in January 2014.


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Posted 27 May 2015
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