Go to breakfast with your mates, have a few laughs, get into someone else’s car and drive off in a convoy of similar cars.
Sounds like fun? It sure is. Many car enthusiasts share their interest with other likeminded individuals, and get together fairly frequently for meetups and mass drives.
This time, we feature the S.A.V.E, or Singapore Aircooled VW Enthusiasts*. The aptly named group are a bunch of people who love classic Volkswagen cars, and are trying to prevent those cars from becoming recycled into the new generation of Beetles.
40 cars showed up for the event, with around a 100 odd members, friends and family there to soak in the atmosphere. The plan was to have an informal breakfast, talk about everything VW and go for a mass...
As the usage of personal mobility devices (PMDs) continue to rise in popularity, it comes as no surprise that the LTA has had to step in and come up with new regulations to ensure that pedestrians and PMD users are able to coexist in relative harmony. Expect the new regulations, which will govern the type of devices that should be allowed, and at what speeds they can travel at, and areas which they can be utilised within, will be gradually reviewed and developed by Q2 2016.
The advisory panel in charge of the rules was put together by the LTA earlier this week. It consists of 14 members headed by Parliamentary Secretary for Transport Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim. The other members are made up of a range of transport experts, grassroots leaders, cyclists, users of PMDs and motorised wheelchairs.
The panel is currently taking in views from members of the public, and this will continue for 6 months. A public online survey has been made available for users to voice out their opinions, which is accessible at www.activemobilitysurvey.com. There will also be focus-group discussions to further refine the existing draft ruling.
After all, there are many reasons to eye a pre-loved car. Top amongst those reasons of course is price. Apart from not having to take a big hit from depreciation the moment you sign for your new car, you’re also saving loads up front due to not having to buy Certificates of Entitlement at their current sky-high prices.
At the same time, the rules for car loans enacted in 2013 also require you to pay downpayments upfront of 40 or 50 percent for any new car’s purchase price, and settle any car loan within five years.
Audi is presenting the next step in its pioneering automotive lighting programme at the IAA in Frankfurt. The Vorsprung durch Technik brand is forging ahead with new Matrix OLED lights that open up further creative opportunities for design due to their thin and flat composition and significantly increased homogeneity, which makes them even more adaptable within today’s lighting installations than point light sources like conventional LEDs.
Matrix OLED lights are a perfect synthesis of high‑tech engineering and design – initial projects are currently underway to implement OLED technology in production rear lights. They are being shown for the first time in a concept car at the IAA.
Volkswagen Singapore has announced the arrival of the all-new Passat here in Singapore.
In its eighth incarnation, it promises to be better than ever before, and uses completely new internals and externals to ensure it can take on its German rivals on equal footing.
Staying true to its name as the people’s car, Volkswagen have given the Passat advanced technology not even found on more expensive cars, at a price that proves competitive. These include full LED headlamps with cornering lights, a useful feature when you’re going round bends at night and need to see ahead, as well as an automated parking function known as Park Assist, which can now take on even head-in parking, a first for any sedan car in the world.
From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of Northern Sweden, the new F-PACE has been tested to the limit in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Jaguar’s performance crossover offers an unrivalled blend of performance, design and practicality.
To ensure that every system functions perfectly even under the most extreme conditions, the new F-PACE has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programmes the company has ever devised.
Ferrari announces the launch of the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top along with the highest level of technological innovation and with cutting-edge design.
Ferrari was the first manufacturer to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at clients seeking open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound.
Since the inaugural race in 2008, the Marina Bay Street Circuit has received numerous alterations to the track layout in a bid to either make the racing closer, or to improve the safety for both drivers and spectators. Bar the 2009 repositioning of the pit lane exit, the 2015 refresh may be the greatest change yet, as the whole T11 – T13 complex will be reprofiled and/or altered to improve the racing.
However, racing certainly wasn’t on the URA’s plans when the area around the complex were altered; the enhancement works were done to integrate Esplanade Park and Empress Place, which should form a new arts, culture and lifestyle district.
The FIA green-lighted the realignment, which will see T11 will remain relatively untouched, even though it will now sit much tighter with the left-hand side of Fullerton Road. This will make the corner speed a little lower as compared to last year. Drivers will now utilise the left lane of the Anderson Bridge, before accelerating to similar speeds to previous years. The hairpin T13 has been widened in a bid to aid overtaking.