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The Volvo XC60 combines the right sprinklings of what one expects of an upmarket crossover SUV. It has the useful ground clearance, the excellent quality interior and a stylish Swede body to wrap it all up. But despite its delicately brutish looks, the car is better suited to trundling down tarmac streets than beaten paths but that’s not a bad thing either.

For what the XC60 does on road, it does very well. And now with the improvements in this latest Drive-E model, it’s even better than before.

 

Exterior

From the outside the new car looks virtually identical to the one it replaces. But it does come with a new grille, new lights and the black plastics that used to surround the edges have been removed entirely. Our test car came e...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 2 hours ago
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Audi Singapore welcomes the new A3 Cabriolet.  The Cabriolet completes the Audi A3 family range, which was awarded the prestigious 2014 World Car of the Year title.  At the top of its class, the Cabriolet features a systematic lightweight design, efficient engines and high-performance assistance systems.

Its length increased from 4.24 to 4.42 meters, its wheelbase from 2.58 to 2.60 meters and its width from 1.77 to 1.79 meters. Only its height (1.41 meters) was reduced by 15 millimeters (0.59 in). The front of the Audi A3 Cabriolet is characterized by the Single frame radiator grille. The rear overhang plays a key role in the harmonious proportions of the two-door car. The windshield frame is made of aluminum and an aluminum-look trim strip runs around the entire car. On the flanks, the design features a taut tornado line and contoured sheet metal surfaces that create a fascinating interplay of light and shadow.

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Posted 9 hours ago
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The Peugeot QUARTZ Concept unveils a new vision for the Crossover segment at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. This next generation SUV blends dazzling design with innovative materials and a powerful HYbrid drivetrain to create the ultimate premium family car experience.

The strong, powerful and sporty style of the Peugeot Quartz combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon. Sleek lines convey a dynamic feel that’s further accentuated by short over- hangs and the dramatic 23-inch wheels sitting inside generously rounded wheel arches. At 4.5m long and 2.06m wide, the Quartz has an athletic stance on the road that’s further emphasised by its long bonnet and louvres that help improve airflow to the engine.

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Posted 10 hours ago
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The championship battle is getting very tasty indeed. Coming into Singapore, Rosberg had a 22 point lead to teammate Lewis Hamilton. In qualifying, Rosberg was beaten to pole by Hamilton by a margin of about 7 thousandths of a second. One would expect Rosberg to repeat his Singapore 2013 performance by making a brave lunge into the first corner. Sadly that wasn’t the case. Rosberg, on the install lap, complained of electronic gremlins. His steering wheel failed, which led Mercedes to switching the faulty wheel out for a spare. On the grid, as everyone pulled away for the warm-up lap, the spare failed as well, which left him with no clutch, and hence, was unable to pull away. He was wheeled into the pitlane, where Mercedes scrambled to try and get Rosberg’s ailing W05 to start. Elsewhere on the circuit, the CT-05 of Kobayashi ground to a halt even before they formed up on the grid for the start. The car suffered from both brake failure and electronic problems.

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Posted 24 hours ago
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Volvo Cars has released the first images of the R-Design version of the all new XC90, aimed at buyers looking for a head-turner that radiates a truly sporty and dynamic look. The release of the R-Design follows Volvo’s release of 1,927 individually numbered black First Edition XC90’s which were offered for sale exclusively online and sold out in 47 hours.

The R-Design exterior includes a number of distinguishing details, such as grille, front spoiler, silk metal window surround, integrated dual exhausts, integrated silver roof rails and silver matt mirror covers. 20-inch R-Design alloy wheels complete the stylish, dynamic look. 

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Ford Motor Company unveiled the stylish new C-MAX and Grand C-MAX with a new sleek exterior design, beautifully crafted interior with improved stowage ideas, and major fuel efficiency and CO2 emissions improvements.

The five-seat C-Max and seven-seat Grand C-Max will also offer superior comfort and refinement when they go on sale in early 2015. The models will introduce advanced technology including Ford’s SYNC 2 voice-activated connectivity system.

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The Ferrari Store Singapore celebrated its official opening in grandiose style with the attendance of F1 Driver, Fernando Alonso.  Together with VIP guests and Ferrari fans gathered at Marina Bay Sands, the Scuderia Ferrari driver authenticated the Singapore store with his grand flourish.

The relocated Ferrari Store Singapore unveils to the city state the brand's new retail concept.  With an emphasis on its products, the latest design elements and fixtures brings together Ferrari's history and heritage amidst the backdrop of a modern aesthetic.  Boasting 175 square meters of retail space, the store also features two main window showcases where Fan and Lifestyle products are displayed.

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Posted 20 Sep 2014
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Ferrari revealed the 458 Speciale Spider to a select group of customers back at Pebble Beach, and rumour had it then that the car will be revealed at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. We now have official confirmation that Ferrari will indeed pull the wraps off the car at next month’s Paris Motor Show.

Only 458 units were originally planned, although do expect more to be produced under Ferrari's new CEO Sergio Marchionne, for he aims to increase the production of Ferraris gradually over the next few years.

The 458 Speciale Spider will be powered by the same 4.5-liter V8 engine as in the coupe. The powerplant will make 605 hp and 540 N of torque, and it should have similar performance to the coupe version.

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Posted 20 Sep 2014
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More than just a ride into the future!
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An entertaining hybrid - yes, there is one!
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