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ERP rates at 4 gantries along the MCE and ECP  will be lowered from the 4th of August. This comes after LTA’s latest quarterly review of traffic conditions on the 29th of July. For motorists that pass through the 2 gantries along the ECP, both KPE and City-bound, fees will only be charged after 8 am. Currently, commuters have to pay $1 from 7.30 am onwards.

The two gantries on the west-bound MCE, before the Maxwell Road exit and on the slip road to Marina Coastal Drive, will have a $1 reduction in rate from 8.30am to 9am. At present, motorists will have to pay $3 per gantry.

From the 4th of August, new ERP gantries along the AYE will begin operation, in a bid to control traffic flow from between Jurong Town Hall Road and North Buona Vista Road. Those that utilise the expressway from after Jurong Town Hall, on Clementi Ave 6 and Clementi Ave 2 slip roads will have to fork out S$2 between 7.30am and 9am, and S$1 between 6pm and 7pm.

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The 2014 World Car of the Year adds the potential for zero emissions motoring to its reputation as the new A3 Sportback e-tron becomes the first plug-in hybrid to join the Audi range. The spacious five-door compact hatchback combines a conventional 1.4-litre TFSI petrol engine with an electric motor to deliver impressive performance, exceptional efficiency and, equally crucially, complete freedom from range limitation. The first e-trons will arrive with customers in early 2015.

The modified 1.4-litre TFSI unit, in this application featuring a peak power output of 150PS, is linked by a clutch to a 75kw electric motor, which is integrated into a specially developed six-speed S tronic transmission sending power to the front wheels. Combined, the two power units generate 204PS of system power and 350Nm of system torque, good for a 0-62mph sprint of 7.6 seconds and a top speed of 137mph. According to the ECE standard for plug-in hybrid cars, the A3 Sportback-based e-tron is capable of covering up to 176.6mpg with CO2 emissions of just 37g/km. With the combination of electric motor and combustion engine, an overall operating range of up to 584 miles is possible.

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McLaren will use its presence at the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance to showcase its ultimate track focused model, the McLaren P1 GTR, in design concept form.

 Conceived after requests from buyers of the road legal McLaren P1 for a track focused edition of their car, and available for purchase only to this group as a fully comprehensive programme to include driving events, training and vehicle support, the McLaren P1 GTR will go into production in June 2015 when the 375th and final example of the road car has been completed.

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Daniel Ricciardo won the Hungarian Grand Prix last Sunday! He was joined by Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton on the podium. The race started with Hamilton starting from the pitlane, and his teammate, Nico Rosberg on pole. All hopes for a decent finish for Hamilton seemed to have gone up in smoke when his Mercedes veered off track in turn 2 on the first lap. However, Caterham’s Marcus Ericsson crashed after he touched the astro turf on the apex of turn 3. It was a massive shunt, which brought out the safety car.

Rosberg, Vettel, Massa and Bottas were caught out, for they have crossed the pit entry line and were unable to pit. The rest of the field behind did. The extra lap demoted the 4 drivers right back in the pack. What’s more, Rosberg suffered from brake overheating issues throughout the safety car period, and after the safety car pulled in (it was extended after Romain Grosjean crashed at the same corner) his smoldering brakes proved ineffective at passing the Toro Rosso of Jean Eric Vergne.

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The LTA will match Malaysia’s toll charges should they increase the current rates. When asked why, the LTA has replied that it has been a tradition for Singapore to match Malaysia’s toll rates at the Causeway and the Second Link.

This comes after Malaysia has said that they will raise toll charges for all vehicles with exception to motorcycles travelling from Singapore to Johor through the Johor Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Complex at the Causeway.

LTA noted that these causeway toll changes deviate from Malaysia's earlier announcement to impose an entry fee on foreign-registered vehicles entering Johor. When the new charges kick in, those travelling by car will have to pay about S$6.50 (RM16.50) for a return day trip to Singapore, as compared to the current one-way charge of roughly S$1.10 (RM 2.90). Buses would have to fork out S$5.20 (RM13.30) for a round trip, and taxis would be charged S$3.20 (RM8.20) per two-way trip. 

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Introduction

Lexus, like many Japanese companies, has approached the automotive business in a very cautious and carefully considered way. It is the reason why its best-sellers are a staple of saloons and SUVs, and why it has stuck by and large to naturally aspirated petrol engines. It has worked wonderfully for the brand, especially in the United States, as these tried-and-tested formulas have been perfected to allow near peerless reliability.

But as it faces more dynamic and aggressive competitors, it cannot rest in its comfort zone anymore. It made the LFA, which has one of the most magnificent V10 engines of the automotive world, and now we see Lexus creating its first-ever turbocharged petrol engine in the new boldly-styled NX SUV. Things are c...

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Porsche announced the new generation of the Cayenne with the key characteristics of which include sharper design, boosted efficiency and an extensive breadth of standard features. As a sports car among sport utility vehicles (SUVs), besides offering five seats and extensive features, the Cayenne offers a lot of room for a lot of driving fun; combining high performance and typical Porsche design DNA.

The new generation of the Cayenne will be launched in five versions: Cayenne Diesel, Cayenne S, Cayenne S Diesel and Cayenne Turbo. The highlight is the Cayenne S E-Hybrid, which makes its world premiere as the first plug-in hybrid in the premium SUV segment. This model, together with the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder super sportscar, makes Porsche the world's only car manufacturer to offer three plug-in hybrid models.

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Aston Martin has confirmed that a bespoke product programme for a new super saloon that will see the revival of the historic Lagonda nameplate in a strictly limited series.  The Lagonda badge will once again sit proudly on a luxurious and exclusive super saloon.

The stunning luxury super saloon revives the Lagonda philosophy of ‘the finest of fast cars’ and will be offered exclusively in the Middle East, as a result of specific market demand.

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