Volvo Cars’ all-new XC90 – which will be revealed in August – will offer the most comprehensive and technologically sophisticated standard safety package available in the automotive industry. The new technologies will take the company a significant step closer to its vision that no one will be killed or seriously injured in a new Volvo car by 2020.
The standard safety package on the all-wheel drive, seven seat premium SUV will include two world first safety technologies: a run-off road protection package and auto brake at intersection capability. These innovations will form part of a suite of safety features that will make the all-new XC90 one of the safest cars ever made.
Singapore Power has undertaken a $2 billion project to upgrade the power supply network, and have built two 200 metre temporary roads, which lead the heavy vehicles directly to the construction sites from the expressway, at the cost of $4 million. The roads have been built so the heavy vehicles could bypass schools and residential areas. This comes after the rise in fatalities from accidents involving heavy vehicles – in 2013, 44 died from collisions with them, a 40% increase from the 32 in 2012.
One of the temporary roads, which opened in May and spans an extra lane of a stretch of the CTE, will allow the trucks to enter and exit the May Road construction site without utilising the cramp and narrow roads close to Hong Wen School and the residential neighbourhood around McNair Road, Towner Road and May Road. The first of the 2 roads were opened in January. Once again, an extra lane was built along a stretch of the expressway, this time the PIE, in the direction of Bendemeer in Geylang Bahru.
Cars entering Malaysia via Johor will have to pay a levy of not less that RM50. This announcement comes after Singapore decided to raise fees for foreign-registered vehicles entering the Republic from July. Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi believed the levy is fair, for the Singaporean currency is stronger than the Malaysian Ringgit. So far, there has been no news of when the new levy will be implemented, although it is expected that they should start charging the levies at the end of the year.
Singapore's Ministry of Transport has responded to the matter, and has expressed concern that Malaysia is intentionally picking on Singaporean motorists, for only vehicles entering Malaysia by Johor will be charged. That said, should the levy be introduced, it is expected that less cars make the journey across the causeway.
The new C-class elevates the model range to an even greater level than its rivals with a new standard of comfort and poise within the executive sedan market. Featuring technologies that were previously only available in the flagship S-class, the new baby Merc has truly grown far beyond its executive beginnings.
The new C-Class offers sensuous and clear design and a host of technical innnovations as well as a comprehensive scope of standard equipment and exemplary emissions and fuel consumption figures. this all adds up to substantial added value and long-term savings on motor vehicle tax and at filling station.
Kia Motors has built a reputation for world-class design over the recent years. The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has now added to the Korean brand’s award haul with a pair of prestigious design titles. Kia received International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) in the transportation category for both the GT4 Stinger concept vehicle and the 2014 Soul, earning Silver and Bronze honors.
The IDEA is an assessment of global design, which recognizes designs that affect quality of life, and promise significant economic impact through innovation in categories such as Automotive and Transportation, Design Strategy, Computer Equipment and Environments. The 2014 competition included 2,000 candidates from 39 countries with each entry evaluated for innovation, benefits to the user and client, sustainability and visual appeal.
The BMW Group celebrated the opening of its first Driving Center in Asia, located in Incheon, Korea. The investment totals 75.5 million US Dollars up to 2020 (77 billion Korean won), and around 100 new jobs have already been created.
The BMW Group has driving experience centers in both Germany and the US, however the Driving Center in Korea is the first one worldwide to combine both a driving track and a dedicated brand experience. It will open its doors to the public in early August 2014.
Infiniti officially introduced the brand and its premium vehicles to customers in Vietnam. The company inaugurated its first Infiniti Center showroom in Ho Chi Minh City. Initially, Infiniti will introduce the full-size SUV QX80 and the iconic crossover QX70 to the Vietnam market as customers will be able to enjoy the premium execution, the performance, and the craftsmanship brought by the brand's vehicles.
The Infiniti Center in Vietnam adopts the signature IREDI (Infiniti Retail Environment Design Initiative) design concept. It creates a highly distinctive, original Infiniti branded retail environment – the look and feel that aligns with Infiniti’s brand identity consistently around the world.