Flagship sedans are all about big numbers. From their length to the number of aircon vents, numbers seem to follow them. But in the case of the A8L, the smaller numbers has hyped its appeal. Audi is a forerunner in using aluminum in their construction and have used it to great effect on the Audi R8 supercar.
Applying this same technology to their luxury flagship, the car benefits immensely from its Audi Space Frame design that weighs 40% less compared to an all-steel construction. A smaller kerb weight has wide ranging effects on a car’s performance from its handling to fuel economy.
Tipping the scales at just 1,880kgs versus the Mercedes-Benz S400’s 1,945kgs, the 65kg difference equates to carrying one less person around.
Last week, the LTA announced that COE quota for the period of February to April would see an overall increase over the period of November to January. This is definitely good news to car buyers, as this would lead to lower COE prices and therefore lower car prices too. Or, will this not be the case?
More than 52,000 visitors excluding children came to experience more than 150 cars on display at the recently held Singapore Motorshow 2015.
The Singapore Motorshow, making a return after six years, was held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre from January 15-18, 2015. Organised by Motor Traders Association of Singapore (MTA), some of the key highlights for this year’s show included more than 20 new cars being showcased in Singapore, three concept cars and a Russ Swift precision driving performance brought in by Subaru.
Toyota has launched the x-wave as an option on the five-door Aygo x-pression model. Finished in black, the roof is factory fitted and is full length, ensuring that anyone travelling in the rear seats also gets to enjoy some of the wind-in-the-hair experience.
The roof is electrically operated, using a simple switch next to the map light control in the headlining.
The new SKODA Fabia provides much more scope for customisation than ever before. With 125 colour combinations, there are almost no limits to customers’ wishes. The Czech manufacturer now presents a very special, creative interpretation of its new small car: the Skoda Fabia Street Art. For this purpose, Portuguese graffiti artist Armando Gomes has turned a Fabia into a unique, multi-coloured work of art on four wheels.
The Skoda Fabia Street Art was created in several stages. To begin with, Armando Gomes laid the groundwork by applying the lines and geometrical shapes to the body of the car. The surfaces were then sprayed in different colours.
Mirai, Toyota’s first hydrogen-powered production car, has amassed an exceptional 1,500 orders in its first month on sale in Japan. Due for introduction in most worldwide markets later this year, the ground-breaking saloon has far exceeded expectations: Toyota’s initial plan was to sell about 400 units by the end of this year.
Due to the large volume of orders received, Toyota expects some customers will experience longer waits for delivery than originally expected. The orders taken so far divide roughly 60:40 between government/fleet customers and private individuals.
The development programme for the most powerful and most exclusive McLaren model to-date has been stepped up over the winter months, with the limited edition McLaren P1 GTR being put through its paces across Europe and the Middle East. Ahead of the start of production later this year, and the launch of the bespoke Driver Programme, the track-only model will make its global debut in production form at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March.
As testing continues, the McLaren P1 GTR looks set to be one of the fastest to ever wear the famous McLaren ‘speed mark’. Through significant weight-saving measures and track-optimization of the petrol-electric powertrain, McLaren P1 GTR will boast a power-to-weight ratio increase in excess of 10 percent over the road-going model, to more than 700 PS per tonne.
The Porsche Cayenne represents the brand's first foray into a new segment when Porsche wanted to diversify its portfolio. And the objective was simple. To build a mass market SUV that reflected the Porsche DNA. In practice, that proved to be much harder but Stuttgart applied its decades of racing engineering experience into what was at the time unknown territory.
But that formula turned out to be a sales success with 550,000 Cayenne sold since its introduction in 2002. Before the Cayenne, nobody expected an SUV to offer decent driving dynamics but the dynamic SUV has since paved the way for a whole new generation of deftly agile behemoths.