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A high court judge has dismissed a customer’s claim that his BMW 550i was of an unsatisfactory condition. The customer in question is a regional sale manager by the name of Mr Chan Chee Kien. He bought a BMW 550i in 2010 from Performance Motors for S$378,100, and the car had to be returned to the dealer 12 times in 14 months, with the earliest faults occurring just 2 months after delivery.

As it turns out, Chan’s Ultimate Driving Machine is anything but; the car spent roughly 11 months in the workshop, so much so that he no longer wanted the car. He then sued Performance Motors for misrepresentation and breach of contract.

Apparently, the car was riddled with up to 30 separate defects, even though 18 of them were not detectable or reproducible, and may just be simple issues which could be solved through maintenance. This led Justice Chan Seng Onn to believe that Chan’s claims were overly exaggerated, especially after he found it extremely difficult to pick out major faults in the car when it was taken for a test drive.

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SINGAPORE: The Traffic Police will begin installing 20 digital speed enforcement cameras across 11 locations islandwide from Mar 1.

The police said the 20 new cameras will be operational round the clock. The cameras will be painted in bright colours and reflective tapes, and will be placed alongside speed camera zone signs, according to a news release on Thursday (Feb 26).

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Hardly ever spoken in the same sentence, SUVs and performance don’t always go hand in hand. But BMW changed that recently with the new BMW X4 and now they’re hoping the new X6 will inspire the same conclusion.

Similar in design to the smaller X4, the X6 is far more imposing with its pronounced snout and flared kidney grilles. While the X5 was brilliant on road, BMW says the X6 is even better. Considering how the X4 was just as impressive, you better believe it.

Like the X5 we tested awhile back, the new X6 shares much of the mechanical bits. Up front, a rumbling 4.4-litre V8 hides under the large bulbous bonnet. An improved TwinPower Turbo unit means the new car gets a 10% boost in horsepower bringing the total figure to 450bhp. Comb...

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 Land Rover has strengthened its fastest-selling model, the Range Rover Evoque. The luxury compact SUV features a comprehensive range of new design features and technologies to reinforce its status as the market leader.

Range Rover Evoque’s cutting-edge exterior design has been further enhanced with a selection of carefully chosen revisions. These updates include a new front bumper, two new grille designs, all-LED headlamps and three new alloy wheel designs.  These changes will enhance Evoque’s unique design to a broad range of customers.

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A new addition to the extreme G-Class model family: the G 63 AMG 6x6 has a model brother in the form of the G 500 4x4². The show car is a new highlight in the rich history of the G-Class and blends all the advantages of the model series. The series-production models of the G-Class supply the unshakeable foundations in the form of the body and ladder-type frame, which compensate for the considerably increased performance of the G 500 4x4² without any problem and also without any type of reinforcements.

The G 63 AMG 6x6 offers an amended version of the ruggedly determined permanent all-wheel-drive powertrain with portal axles. The engine compartment houses a completely new V8 engine with a displacement of four litres, direct injection and biturbocharging. Also new is the chassis with dual spring/damper struts and adjustable damping. Finally, on the inside, the G 500 4x4² occupants enjoy comfort and an ambience on a par with a luxury saloon.

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In FY2014, the government collected 8% of the total revenue for the year from COE premiums and registration taxes. Expect that figure to rise to 10% for FY 2015, for vehicle quota premiums of up to $5.08 billion are projected for FY15.

That will make up 6.9% of the estimated $73.21 billion in revenue from April 2015 to March 2016. $2.12 billion, or about 2.9% of the total revenue projected, will be collected from motor vehicle taxes. The said taxes refer to the Additional Registration Fee, which is incurred when a vehicle is first registered in the country.

2013’s slight alteration to the ARF rules meant that taxes fell 8.5% from the same period in FY2012. Vehicle quota premiums happen to not follow the same trend; they have been steadily rising since FY2006. With up to 75% spike in the number of COEs available for 2015, an estimated 38.7 % increase in vehicle quota premium revenue and a 17% rise in motor vehicle taxes does not seem all that ridiculous.

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Wearnes Automotive introduced British Marque McLaren to Singapore several years ago. But their relationship is set officially end, for after 3 years, they will officially appoint a new official dealer in the form of Eurokars.

With the Eurokars takeover, McLaren Singapore will have a new home as well. Currently they are based in the Wearnes showroom at 45 Leng Kee Road, but will soon move to a new Eurokars home at 5 Leng Kee Road.

Eurokars already has an impressive line of marques in Singapore, which include anything from your everyday Mazda to the finest Germany currently produces, the Porsches.

The McLaren representatives apparently approached several parties during the period of the last Singapore Grand Prix to pitch for the official rights to distribute the brand. The two parties which were shortlisted have extensive experience in dealing with super-sports and ultra-luxury cars.

SG: Eurokars to become official dealer for McLaren

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Posted 25 Feb 2015
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Kia Motors will unveil a new Kia cee’d ‘GT Line’ specification in Geneva on 3 March 2015. The new GT Line offers buyers the sporty looks of the high performance Kia cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT and the versatility of the conventional cee’d model family. The GT Line specification is available on all three cee’d body types – 5-door cee’d, 3-door pro_cee’d and cee’d Sportswagon.

The exterior of the GT Line features ice-cube LED daytime running lights and deeper bumpers surrounding Kia’s well-known ‘tiger-nose’ grille. At the rear of the car, both the cee’d hatchback and pro_cee’d include the wider GT bumper and twin exhausts, while the Sportswagon is fitted with dual exhausts and a subtle rear diffuser. All GT Line models are fitted as standard with the GT model’s eye-catching side sill mouldings and rear LED light units, and a stylish new 17-inch alloy wheel design.

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Posted 25 Feb 2015
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