The new, higher toll rates at the causeway is now in effect. To add on to the rise in toll rates in August for vehicles entering Johor via the Causeway, vehicles headed to Singapore will now have to pay a higher toll fee as well. It will now cost one $3.10 to complete a round trip.
Traffic was smooth into Malaysia on Wednesday past midnight, and it is expected to stay that way, as motorists reduce or even stop heading to Malaysia unnecessarily.
Subaru has yesterday announced that the Subaru Levorg has won the ‘Good Design Award 2014’ from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion (JDP).
The Subaru Levorg Sports Tourer, recently launched in the domestic Japanese market, was praised by judges for its dynamic form, while managing to maintain Subaru’s typical strengths of good visibility and versatile cargo space. It is the third consecutive year in which Subaru has won the award.
BMW is embarking on a research project, which will pave the way for highly automated driving in China. “Vision Zero” is a strategy for achieving accident-free mobility that is being pursued right across Europe in many different arenas – social, political, scientific and industrial.
Following on from research projects in which BMW vehicles have already clocked up thousands of kilometers of highly automated driving on German and European motorways, a project is now being launched in the world’s largest car market, China, as the next logical step in the development of this technology. The fast-expanding Chinese market includes the metropolitan regions of Beijing and Shanghai and a growing number of other megacities.
The new Passat is one of the most innovative cars in its class. Equipped with progressive drive, assistance and infotainment systems, it is high-tech encapsulated in a powerful design with sharp proportions. The eighth generation Passat is currently being launched in Europe, and already, Volkswagen has come up with something more: the German car maker is showing the Passat GTE in a world premiere at the Paris Motor Show – the first Passat with a plug-in hybrid drive system.
It is a zero-emission and long-distance vehicle in one and available as a saloon or estate. In GTE mode, the Volkswagen also has a sporty side. Plug-in hybrid, means the combination of a turbocharged direct injection petrol engine (TSI) with an electric motor, which is supplied with energy from an externally (or in Charge mode) chargeable lithium-ion battery. Thanks to this battery, the Passat GTE can cover a distance of up to 31 miles in all-electric mode and thus with zero emissions. At the press of a button next to the gear lever, the driver can also control the all-electric mode ("E-Mode") at will – for example, at the end of a drive when the destination is in a city.
Volkswagen is celebrating the world premiere of the new Golf Alltrack at the Paris motor show this week. Technical and visual properties of the Golf Alltrack include a 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, higher ground clearance, wheel arch mouldings and flared side sills that offer body protection, newly designed bumpers and many other independent exterior and interior features.
Power units are a TSI petrol engine and three diesel engines, all powerful turbocharged direct injection units. The 1.8-litre TSI with 180 PS is an entirely new addition to the Golf range. Diesel units will comprise a 1.6-litre TDI with 110 PS, plus two 2.0-litre TDI engines with 150 and 184 PS. The versions with 180 PS and 184 PS transfer their power to the all-wheel drive system via a standard six-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG).
The successful Drive-E powertrain with a 245 hp petrol turbo T5 engine that was made available earlier this year for the V40 is now being introduced for the V40 Cross Country – with the added capability of AWD.
With 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque, the V40 Cross Country delivers all the power that drivers have come to expect from a Volvo. Adding to the refinement and fuel-efficient driveability is the 8-speed automatic gearbox with optional paddles on the steering wheel for manual gear shifting. Customers can place orders from January depending on their respective markets.
BMW Group Asia and CapitaCommercial Trust announced that they are entering into a partnership focused on sustainability and innovation, starting with plans to jointly install electric vehicle public charging stations at several CapitaCommercial Trust properties within Singapore’s Central Business District.
The target is to install public charging stations at the following five locations and to commence operations as early as end 2014:
Ferrari will debut the 458 Speciale A(Aperta), the new limited edition special series as a celebration of the success of the various versions of the 458.
Dedicated to just 499 Ferrari collectors, the 458 Speciale A is the most powerful spider in Ferrari's history, effortlessly combining extreme performance with the pleasure of drop-top driving. Its aluminium retractable hard top, which takes a mere 14 seconds to deploy or retract, helps reduce the weight difference with the Speciale coupé to just 50 kg.