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The Toyota Corolla claimed the world’s best seller status in 2013, with internal data confirming 1.22 million recorded sales. It’s evidence of the enduring popularity of a name-plate that has been going strong since 1966, amassing a record 40.72 million cumulative sales by the end of February this year.

It’s not just a single car that’s achieved this feat, but a model range that has regularly changed with the times to give customers exactly what they want, right at the heart of the market. The appeal of the latest generation Corolla is proving particularly strong, helping it post a 5% year-on-year increase in sales across 150 countries and regions worldwide.

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Volkswagen released design sketches of the Golf R 400 concept car, ahead of its official unveiling at the Auto China show in Beijing tomorrow.  As the name suggests, the Golf R 400 is an even more extreme concept version of the already powerful Golf R hatchback, with power increased from 300 to 400 PS.

As well as a series of engine modifications to increase power, the R 400 features body and bumper modifications, flared wheel arches, up rated wheels and a reworked interior that includes motorsport shell seats with integral head restraints and belt openings.

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Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the new Mazda MX-5 Miata (Japanese name: Mazda Roadster) 25th Anniversary Edition sportscar at the New York International Auto Show. The special edition model was created to celebrate 25 years since the launch of Mazda’s iconic roadster, the Mazda MX-5, at the Chicago Auto Show in the USA. Also, the automaker revealed a newly-developed SKYACTIV-Chassis that will form the basis of the next generation all-new Mazda MX-5.

For more than 20 years, the MX-5 has come to symbolise Mazda’s car-making philosophy and the Japanese brand’s tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Since its launch in 1989, the Mazda MX-5 has consistently offered the kind of fun that only a lightweight sportscar can deliver, and has won a huge variety of fans from different countries, cultures and age groups. More than 940,000 units have been produced so far (to end March 2014) and the model continues to hold the Guinness World Record for the best-selling two-seater sportscar.

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Land Rover yesterday confirmed that the first member of the all-new Discovery family will be the Discovery Sport premium compact SUV.

The announcement was made by Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Design Director and Chief Creative Officer, during his speech at the 2014 New York International Auto Show:  "I am proud to confirm the nameplate that will make Discovery a family of vehicles for the first time. It will be called Discovery Sport and will go on sale in 2015." 

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The Peugeot 208 DKR's muscular, thoroughbred yet beastlike forms provide a clear indication of its serious desire for success.  It is behind the wheel of this purpose-designed machine that Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres will defend the colours of Team Peugeot Total on next year's Dakar rally.

Three weeks after the exciting news that Peugeot, Red Bull and Total have decided to join forces to contest the 2015 Dakar, the car that will spearhead the team’s challenge has finally broken cover. The 2008 DKR shares an unmistakable family resemblance with Peugeot’s road-going crossover, although with more muscular forms and more imposing overall proportions that have been honed to meet the challenge that lays ahead. Its spectacular lines are the fruit of close cooperation between the experts at Peugeot’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department, and the newcomer’s likeness with the production version is quite astonishing.

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The Volvo Trucks launch campaign for the new truck series continues to win awards. In the global advertising competition Art Directors Club Awards, Volvo Trucks’ campaign claimed the most awards of all nominees – including the prestigious Black Cube award.

Volvo Trucks’ six live test films for its new series of trucks, including the viral hit The Epic Split, have been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube. On April 9 it was time for the jury in the advertising competition the Art Directors Club Awards to pick the most creative advertising campaigns. The Volvo Trucks campaign was nominated in an impressive fifteen categories and won seven gold awards.

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The LTA will temporarily close down Upper Bukit Timah Road (between Hume Avenue and Hillview Road) on Tuesday, 22 April 2014, from 1.00am to 5.00am. The closure will facilitate the erection of beams for the construction of a pedestrian overhead bridge as part of the DTL2 project. Access to and from Jalan Asas will be maintained.

Motorists who are travelling to the affect areas are advised to drive carefully and observe signs for directions. Traffic Marshals and Auxiliary Police will be on scene to guide motorists. 

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The LTA is calling a tender to invite contractors to submit the cost proposals and bid to build a new bus terminal near Changi Business Park, off Changi South Avenue 1. The terminal will be built to support the Bus Service Enhancement Programme, and is expected to be operational by second quarter 2015, with SBS Transit handling the outfitting and preparation for revenue service. The new terminal will incorporate parking bays for 12 buses, an office for the bus operator, a canteen, and a rest area for bus drivers.

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