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A new addition to the extreme G-Class model family: the G 63 AMG 6x6 has a model brother in the form of the G 500 4x4². The show car is a new highlight in the rich history of the G-Class and blends all the advantages of the model series. The series-production models of the G-Class supply the unshakeable foundations in the form of the body and ladder-type frame, which compensate for the considerably increased performance of the G 500 4x4² without any problem and also without any type of reinforcements.

The G 63 AMG 6x6 offers an amended version of the ruggedly determined permanent all-wheel-drive powertrain with portal axles. The engine compartment houses a completely new V8 engine with a displacement of four litres, direct injection and biturbocharging. Also new is the chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping. Finally, on the inside, the G 500 4x4² occupants enjoy comfort and an ambience on a par with a luxury saloon.

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In FY2014, the government collected 8% of the total revenue for the year from COE premiums and registration taxes. Expect that figure to rise to 10% for FY 2015, for vehicle quota premiums of up to $5.08 billion are projected for FY15.

That will make up 6.9% of the estimated $73.21 billion in revenue from April 2015 to March 2016. $2.12 billion, or about 2.9% of the total revenue projected, will be collected from motor vehicle taxes. The said taxes refer to the Additional Registration Fee, which is incurred when a vehicle is first registered in the country.

2013’s slight alteration to the ARF rules meant that taxes fell 8.5% from the same period in FY2012. Vehicle quota premiums happen to not follow the same trend; they have been steadily rising since FY2006. With up to 75% spike in the number of COEs available for 2015, an estimated 38.7 % increase in vehicle quota premium revenue and a 17% rise in motor vehicle taxes does not seem all that ridiculous.

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Wearnes Automotive introduced British Marque McLaren to Singapore several years ago. But their relationship is set officially end, for after 3 years, they will officially appoint a new official dealer in the form of Eurokars.

With the Eurokars takeover, McLaren Singapore will have a new home as well. Currently they are based in the Wearnes showroom at 45 Leng Kee Road, but will soon move to a new Eurokars home at 5 Leng Kee Road.

Eurokars already has an impressive line of marques in Singapore, which include anything from your everyday Mazda to the finest Germany currently produces, the Porsches.

The McLaren representatives apparently approached several parties during the period of the last Singapore Grand Prix to pitch for the official rights to distribute the brand. The two parties which were shortlisted have extensive experience in dealing with super-sports and ultra-luxury cars.

SG: Eurokars to become official dealer for McLaren

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Kia Motors will unveil a new Kia cee’d ‘GT Line’ specification in Geneva on 3 March 2015. The new GT Line offers buyers the sporty looks of the high performance Kia cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT and the versatility of the conventional cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types – 5-door cee’d, 3-door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon.

The exterior of the GT Line features ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia’s well-known ‘tiger-nose’ grille. At the rear of the car, both the cee’d hatchback and pro_cee’d include the wider GT bumper and twin exhausts, while the Sportswagon is fitted with dual exhausts and a subtle rear diffuser. All GT Line models are fitted as standard with the GT model’s eye-catching side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and a stylish new 17-inch alloy wheel design.

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 While worldwide demand for the new MINI 3-door and the new MINI 5-door launched a few months ago increases continuously, production of two model variants from the preceding generation of the original in the premium small car segment is about to come to an end.

 The two individual 2-seater models MINI Coupé and MINI Roadster will finish their career together and as planned. In taking this step, the British car manufacturer continues the change of generation in its model program and in terms of vehicle production at the Oxford plant. The new MINI 5-door is now produced there in seven engine variants, as is the new MINI 3-door.

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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Tharman Shanmugaratnam announced in his 2015 Budget Statement that the Carbon Emissions-Based Vehicle Scheme (CEVS) will be updated for all new and used cars and taxis imported into the country from the 1st of July onwards. The existing scheme was first introduced in January 2013, and was put in place to attract more buyers to purchase low carbon emission vehicles. It is set to expire on the 30th of June this year.

The CEVS has helped to significantly reduce carbon emissions from vehicles locally. Since the scheme was implemented 2 years ago, about 65% of the vehicles registered met the criteria and qualified for rebates. 5% of the vehicles didn’t, and their owners had to pay a surcharge.

Under the revised CEVS for 2015, all new cars and imported used cars registered for road use from the 1st of July will be classified into 2 categories – low carbon emissions, and high carbon emissions. A car, which produces carbon emissions of less than or equal to 135g per kilometre, will fall into the former, and will net its owner rebates of between $5000 and $30,000. Vehicles that fall into the latter, will incur a surcharge, which will range from $5,000 and $30,000.

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The Volkswagen Golf has been a dominant force in the hatchback segment for the last couple of years. So much so that often it overshadows its rivals in the segment. With the new Peugeot 308, the French are coming back having learnt a thing or two from the Germans.

Peugeot improved the new hatch from the ground up with a new chassis. What they call the EMP2 which it shares with the new Citroen C4 Picasso. Peugeot followed a mantra of light weight when they designed the hatch.

Made with a combination of steel, composites and aluminum, the car weighs 140kgs less than the one it replaces. Even the tailgate is made from a special Thermoplastic material that shaves another 3kgs off. What this adds up to is a hatch that at 1150kg is one of ...

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The third generation Skoda Superb will be celebrating its full public premiere – just two weeks after its debut in Prague. The brand’s new flagship is the best Skoda of all time and features an emotive design, the most room of any vehicle in its segment, and innovative MQB technology.

Skoda will also be celebrating the premiere of the sporty Skoda Fabia Monte Carlo and the racy Skoda Octavia vRS 230. Skoda is highlighting the brand’s high dynamics through the strength of its appearance at this year’s Geneva Motor Show. In 2014 Skoda achieved a new sales record: selling 1.04 million vehicles, the carmaker delivered more than 1 million Skoda vehicles to customers for the first time in a single calendar year.

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