When the second-generation Toyota Vellfire was launched alongside the third-generation Toyota Alphard recently back in January, Toyota's Japanese press materials described the more striking Vellfire's sheet metal to be focused on “boldness”, whereas the Alphard's styling was claimed to emphasise “luxury”. Despite the marketing gibberish, there is no doubt that the pair look extremely arresting, oozing presence in abundance.
The second-generation Toyota Vellfire, in our opinion at least, appears to be more elegant all-round than the Alphard. It misses out on Alphard's massive and bling-y chrome grille, instead adopting a simpler and more conventional grille with horizontal slats.
While the Vellfire sports a completely different front fa...
The Free Pre-Peak Travel scheme was introduced in 2013 in a bid to reduce congestion on the rail network during the morning rush hours. It has proven to be so effective at doing just that, that the LTA has announced the scheme will be extended for another year to the 30th of June in 2016.
Commuters who end their journey before 7.45am on weekdays at 18 designated MRT stations in the city area will continue to enjoy free travel on the rail network. Commuters who exit at these stations between 7.45am and 8am will also continue to enjoy a discount of up to 50 cents off their train fare.
While BMW has just gotten in on the mini MPV game with the 218i ActiveTourer, Mercedes-Benz started the trend way back in 2005 with over 350,000 units sold worldwide. Here we have the latest facelifted second generation that Mercedes-Benz assures us addresses the previous issues of performance and handling.
Externally, the entire front fascia has been given a more aggressive ‘arrow-head’ design that brings the model up to date with the new corporate design of the brand that first debuted on the E-Class. The sleeker profile has elevated the family MPV to a pseudo sporty status. Both front headlights have been replaced with completely new LED units that are a lot brighter than before. Same goes for the tail lights that have been given ...
Aston Martin showcased the stunning new DBX Concept in the esteemed 2015 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.Entered in the event’s prestigious Concept Cars and Prototypes class, the DBX Concept defies conventional thinking about the high luxury segment and points to a bold new future for GT travel in the 21st Century.
Unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show, the DBX Concept widens the appeal of the iconic British luxury brand and reaches out to a more diverse global audience than ever before.
The all-new FIAT compact sedan debuted at the Istanbul Motor Show. Designed in Italy at the FIAT Chrysler Automobiles Centro Stile, and developed in Turkey together with Tofaş R&D, one of FCA's largest research and development centres, the new model will be manufactured in the Bursa plant in Turkey, which has been designated Gold Medal status by World Class Manufacturing in recognition of its efficiency, quality and eco-friendliness.
The new saloon is currently known as “FIAT Aegea Project” in recognition of the strategic importance of FIAT Chrysler Automobiles’ Turkish operations since the first joint venture between what was then known as FIAT Group and Koç Holding commenced in 1968.
Quality is a word one associates with the German automakers. However, Volkswagen seem to be the exception, for, for the past 2 years, the Wolfsburg-based manufacturer has topped the list when it comes to the number of customer complaints.
Ford is introducing new Ka Black and Ka White editions of its city car, with exclusive and stylish exterior and interior designs. The Ford Ka Zetec Black and Zetec White editions offer a sophisticated, personalised design with black bodywork or white bodywork and white interior detailing. Both colour schemes create a classic look with a fresh, contemporary appeal, which also reflects trends in clothing and technology for pure, uncomplicated styling.
The latest special editions are available with Midnight Black or Crystal White bodywork. An optional body colour roof spoiler is offered, while black 16 inch five-spoke alloy wheels are standard.
The Toyota Alphard was first launched in 2002, and almost immediately became a huge sales success in Hong Kong. The Alphard is a favourite among the chauffeur-driven rich in Hong Kong, having given up their German sedans for these ultra-comfortable sofas on wheels. On local shores however, sales of the Alphard only picked up from about 2008 onwards, slightly after the launch of its second generation.
The Alphard is actually named after brightest star in the Hydra constellation, and there is no doubt that the bulk and presence of the third generation Alphard will draw attention just like how a bright star would.
Featuring a fresh new design for the third generation, the Alphard’s styling is definitely not what on...