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In off-roading circles, the Nissan X-trail was known as the ‘little engine that could’. Although modest both in size and stature, the X-trail impressed with its incredible off-roading ability that for the most part, kept up with the big boys on the trails. Naturally Nissan capitalized on its ability in every ad possible.

But as the interest to off-road diminishes, people are moving to SUVs for more practical considerations like space. And this has led to the deluge of soft-roaders that are flooding the market these days.

While Nissan has made a nod to changes of the times by making the latest X-trail quite a bit more practical, it hasn’t forgotten its off-roading roots and it shows.

 

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 7 hours ago
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Honda’s CR-V is already one of the most popular compact SUVs sold around the world. In the first nine months of last year, the CR-V was the world’s best-selling SUV. The model has become essential to Honda’s success in the world, and a comprehensive range of enhancements to the fourth-generation CR-V will now further broaden its appeal.

Highlights of the 2015 model-year CR-V include a new diesel engine and nine-speed automatic transmission that deliver an unrivalled power-to-consumption ratio, world-first safety technology; an all-new connectivity and infotainment system, as well as enhanced suspension and optimised NVH measures for a more refined yet dynamic drive.

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World-renowned actor and aspiring film maker Idris Elba has embarked on an epic 750 mile road trip in the new Jaguar XE, the most fuel efficient Jaguar ever produced.

Driving from London to Berlin in winter conditions, whilst documenting his journey through film, Idris will test the class-leading fuel economy credentials of Jaguar’s new sports saloon, while enjoying innovative in-car technology, cutting-edge driver aids and entertainment systems to help navigate his way across four countries.

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The LTA has officially began construction of 2 MRT stations, the Stevens and Mount Pleasant MRT stations, on Sunday. Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew was at the groundbreaking ceremony, and also unveiled an underpass that will improve connectivity with the Singapore Chinese Girls' School with the Stevens MRT station, whilst serving as the linkway for the interchange with the Downtown Line.

The underpass will spawn roughly 60 metres, and will be 11 metres deep at its deepest point. It will run under Bukit Timah and Dunearn roads, and the two entrances start just outside the school. All works are scheduled for completion in 2019. As for the 2 MRT Stations, expect them to be operational by 2021.

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The Peugeot 308 looks set to reach even greater heights with the arrival of a new dynamic flagship – the dazzling 308 GT. Available in Hatchback and SW body styles, both models offer assertive new styling, outstanding performance-oriented engines and bespoke chassis modifications to create a lower ride height. The enhancements clearly show Peugeot’s continued move up-market, highlighted by the 308’s recognition as the 2014 European Car of the Year.

The new Peugeot 308 GT retains all the elements which have made the 308 range such a huge commercial hit around the world. This includes the striking exterior design, innovative Peugeot  i-Cockpit cabin, versatile interior and high perceived quality. Remarkable engine efficiency, with high fuel economy and ultra-low emissions, is also part of the 308 GT package.

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Toyota announced it is to increase production of its Mirai fuel cell car. The hydrogen-powered saloon was launched in Japan on 15 December last year and will be introduced in selected  markets during 2015.

The new plan calls for production to increase from 700 units this year to approximately 2,000 in 2016 and around 3,000 in 2017.

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Introduction

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.

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 23 Jan 2015
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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?

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Posted 23 Jan 2015
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