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Noise barriers will be installed on the PIE after initial trials have been successful. The pilot batch of the 6 metre-high barriers were installed along Anak Bukit Flyover in October last year, and more will be installed along along West Coast Highway near Block 44, Telok Blangah Drive, and the new flyover along Braddell Road, near Block 138, Bishan Street 12.

Also slated to receive the barriers, is the stretch along to Swiss View and Greenbank Park. They will run for 400 metres along each side. A tender has been called and works will begin next year.

The installation will help test the efficacy of said barriers along along at-grade sections , which, more often than not, are obstructed by trees, lamp posts, signs, drains and uneven terrain.

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With over 1.5 million produced, the New FIAT 500 has a refreshed exterior and interior, retaining the unmistakably 500 look that has made it such a global success but at the same time making it even more attractive and contemporary. It has not grown in size but it has grown in maturity with advanced technologies, improved efficiency and even more customisation ideas. In this way, FIAT has carefully evolved and refined the features which has made it an Italian masterpiece in the first place.

Available in two body styles (hatchback and convertible), the New 500 will be available in three trim levels: Pop, Pop Star and Lounge. All models have LED daytime running lights, seven airbags and a 5-inch Uconnect infotainment system with six speakers, AUX-IN/USB ports and steering wheel remote controls as standard equipment.

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Two sporty Chilli models have been added to the Kia Picanto range, which now features EU6-compliant engines. The Chilli variants are part of the Picanto Originals series, a rolling programme of high-specification, value-priced models changed at frequent intervals to offer buyers something out of the ordinary.      

Both of the new Chilli models are 3-door cars powered by a 1.2-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine developing 84bhp and 120Nm of torque. They offer buyers the option of a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic which will be particularly attractive to those who do most of their driving in congested towns and cities.   

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 Bentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets.

Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada in a grand tour of epic proportions. To commemorate this spectacle, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customization with immense speed.

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Esso service stations in Singapore will be launching an improved petrol formulation with increased additive to help improve engine performance. While Synergy continues to be the family name for our fuels products, the new petrol will come with new grade names to help customers better differentiate the fuel offerings.

Syn 2000 will now be called Synergy Regular, Syn 5000 will be called Synergy Extra and Syn 8000 will be called Synergy Supreme+, to show how the petrol helps give a deeper engine clean, and improve engine performance and responsiveness.

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It comes as no surprise that the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have clinched yet another one-two. However, what is surprising, is the way the pair got to finishing where they are; both Hamilton and Rosberg had woeful getaways at the start, and the fast starting Williams of Massa and Bottas managed to pass both Mercs. The thing that came as the biggest surprise for everyone, was that the Williams were matching the pace of, or even outpacing the works Mercedes cars. This meant that despite both Rosberg and Hamilton having DRS on the straights, they were unable to pass. Frustration set it early on in the race, as Bottas, clearly the faster of the 2 Williams, wasn’t allowed pass by the team. By the time the team allowed Bottas through, the damage has already been done, and the undercut has become ineffective. In a bid to clear the Williams, Mercedes pulled Hamilton in for an early pitstop, and the undercut proved effective and put the Briton in the lead. Rosberg was brought in the next lap, and Williams decided to clumsily respond to the Mercedes counter strategy by stacking the cars, losing Bottas yet more valuable time.

Right at the very beginning, the Lotus cars crashed, which spat the McLaren Honda of Fernando Alonso into Jenson Button, which rendered the Briton’s car too severely damaged to continue.

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Pre-loved, or abused?

Last weekend, I opened up the used car classfieds, to find out how much I could sell my car for, just to find out which way the wind is blowing in the used car market. To my surprise, listed prices for some of the cars of the same year and model as mine were more than what I paid for it in 2009.

That means, in theory, that I could sell my car today, at the price I paid for it in 2009, and still make a few thousand dollars extra. In effect if I sold my car today, I would have driven for free for the last 6 years and would even make some money.  As Chen Tianwen declared, that is simply “Un un un un un believeable”.

This is all possible because, according to the Straits Times, many of you, my fellow drivers, are snapping up eight to nine-...

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As COE prices are expected to further fall over the next couple of years, many are purchasing eight to nine year old cars to tide them over until the prices actually fall. In 2014, a standard close to end of life car had an annual depreciation of less than $10,000, which is the price of the car, deducted from the scrap rebate divided by the number of years before the COE expires. With demand being driven up, the purchase prices have gone up with it, and thus, depreciation can now reach upwards of $14,000 yearly.

However, buyers waiting for the drop in COE prices aren’t the only ones driving up demand of said cars; firms such as Uber are also acquiring older machinery to rent out to their drivers. Loan curbs have also driven motorists to purchase older vehicles.

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Posted 3 Jul 2015
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