Charles Babbage designed the first mechanical computer in 1821, just as Napoleon was gasping his last breath. He called it the Difference Engine. Some 190 years later, Audi has pulled of the same trick of introducing something utterly different - from anything else in its range - with a turbocharged 3-cylinder car. Like Babbage's device back in 1821, it needs a bit of explaining.
The use of a 999cc 3-cyclinder turbocharged engine in a Audi raised eyebrows when it was introduced earlier this year. Previous versions of the four-door hatch, which Audi calls a Sportback, used a 4-cylinder 1400cc unit making for good performance in the lightweight (1 tonne) car. But astonishingly given the loss of one cylinder and 400cc, the new 2015 A1 has ...
The LTA will open the new flyovers linking Yishun and Seletar Aerospace Park to the CTE on the 28th of November at 5 am. Once the expressways are through to commuter traffic, motorists heading towards Yishun or Seletar Aerospace Park from CTE (SLE) can use the new Exit 16. In the opposite direction, motorists from Yishun and Seletar Aerospace Park can also connect directly to CTE (City) and Yio Chu Kang Road via Seletar West Link.
It is hoped that the new link will ease the current heavy traffic conditions experienced along Lentor Avenue and Yishun Avenue 2.
The BMW 3 Series has always been the marque’s best seller and for good reason. It’s fun, dynamically inclined and typically has great styling. Also it comes with a blue and white propeller badge that most hold in high regard for assorted reasons.
BMW has revived the old 318i moniker for 2015 in the facelift of the now 3-year-old F30 generation 3er, but with a twist. It now comes with a 1.5l three cylinder modular engine that will be adapted for various cars in BMW’s stable in the coming months. This is the big change over the E90 318i, which had a relatively large 2.0l engine that didn’t put out a whole lot of power. But we’ll get to the engine and performance in a bit.
Replacing the highly popular 316i that had a 1.6l four cylinder en...
The Audi RS 7 piloted driving concept has once again driven to record times. The autonomous car took to the challenging FAST Parcmotor race track near Barcelona in Spain and recorded a fastest lap time of 2:07.67 minutes over the 4.2 km long circuit.
In September, the Straits Times reported that the motor industry has found ways to get around car loan curbs - a development that is keeping vehicle demand and certificate of entitlement prices buoyant. As covered in my previous article, Scheme or Scam, these ways may include balloon schemes, invoice inflation and overtrades.
Now, I’m not a very financially savvy person, and in truth I’ve only bought one car in my life – which compared to most people, doesn’t count for much. Which is why when I had the opportunity to talk to someone from within the automotive industry, I jumped at the chance.
As mentioned last week, Steven Lim is a car broker – a middleman who links buyers with sellers of cars. We met up a few weeks ago, and over co...
We first tested the Veloster some time ago back in 2012. Generally impressed by its styling, we concluded that the engine was the car’s only real Achilles’ heel. Back with some minor updates for 2015, the Veloster continues to impress with its design that’s still not quite gone out of date, but keeps its slightly underpowered engine.
What’s new though, is so subtle it takes a bit of squinting to figure out what Hyundai have done to refresh the Veloster.
You’ve got a new hood which loses the twin air vents but keeps the sculpting around where the vents used to be and the car now comes with a new wheel design. The 1 + 2 door coupe/hatch hybrid body remains, which means the love-it-or-hate-it bit of the car that defines it the most is sti...
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God created the world in 7 days, so that number has reverent significance to many. It represents new beginnings, breathtaking masterpieces and awe-inspiring wonderment; a fitting name then, for what BMW calls its technology leader and innovations platform.
Throughout its nearly four decade long history, the 7 Series has always been the harbinger of the direction that the BMW group is taking on with its cars. Everything that goes into a 7 Series will at some point find its way down the line up through to all BMW cars. So it’s an important car then.
They don’t call it the flagship for nothing, and this new one codenamed G12 (G11 for the short wheelbase) has a long heritage to live up to and a tradition to carry on. The tradition of bring...