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Held on the 24th July 2015, the Porsche Circuit was an exhibition to celebrate 30 years of Porsche in Singapore together with SG50. Porsche cars are exclusively distributed by Stuttgart Auto, a part of the Eurokars group.

The exhibition showcased several interesting things about Porsche, including six generations of the venerable 911, as well as Porsche’s Le Mans winning cars and drivers.

 

 

Porsche fans were immediately greeted with Porsche Design lifestyle accessories the moment they stepped in the door, a great place to start picking out affordable (relative to the cars) Porsche items such as shirts, bags, shoes and even watches. Porsche Design is the luxury lifestyle arm of Porsche, and aims to bring about motoring and motor...

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Story and Photos by Alvan Sio posted 2 days ago
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50 Shades of Grey

When I bought my first car in the late noughties, I brought my dad along for the test drive. Afterwards, I met up with the car salesman to ink the deal separately, only announcing my decision later in the evening. Dad had only one thing to say about my purchase: “You didn’t get the white, did you?”

No, I went with the blue instead. But his opinion – no white please – may be coloured by public perceptions of what various car colours say about their drivers.

However, when I asked him about it some years later, he said he was merely concerned that white cars would be too difficult to maintain.

With increased COEs flooding the market, many of you will be shopping for a new car and signing your papers soon. You’ve decided on a make and mod...

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Posted 2 days ago
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Road Knowledge and Safety

Arc de Triomphe

 

Have you been to Paris recently? All the cars there have loads of small dents, a generous sprinkling of paintwork scrapes and a driver honking his/her horn while driving.

But here’s the thing – despite the Arc de Triomphe circuit seeming a bit like Sepang on F1 weekend, despite the frenzied lane changing, there seems to be contradictory lack of high speed big-damage smashes in Paris.
How often per day do you see a serious three-car pile-up in France’s capital? Probably not as often as on the PIE. According to recent World Health organisation figures (admittedly a few years old), France has a rate of 4.9 road fatalities per 100,000 inhabitants, and 8.5 fatalities per 100,000 vehicles. Singapore's figures come in at a...

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Story and Photos by Jeremy Torr posted 23 Jul 2015
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Toyota Estima Aeras Premium Moonroof 2.4 (A)

Introduction, Exterior

The purchase of an MPV is usually the result of circumstance rather than choice. They are unwieldy around town, cost more to buy and run than their smaller counterparts, and are often as good to drive as a boat. They’re like the automotive equivalent of spending the night in a backpackers’ hostel, cramming many people into a tiny space, resulting in a package that’s often compromised.

However if you are driving kids more energetic and hyperactive than the Energizer bunny for a day out, then there’s no car more pleasurable to drive for the occasion than the MPV. The neighbours may drive a flashy 2-door coupe, but for sure it won’t have 2 ISOFIX points in the middle row, a third row for the kiddies’ grandparents or...

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Posted 20 Jul 2015
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Good as gold?

With soaring COE prices, lots of people are putting their company goods vans to dual use, by making them their personal rides. What’s the good, the bad and the ugly about having a van as your daily driver?

First of all, if you’re contemplating this route, you need a registered company to buy a G plate vehicle. And by right, you can only use the G plate on company business – and also, apparently only company employees are allowed to ride in the vehicle.

And as for company minibuses (those with PA plates), you can only buy one if you have a certain number of employees. Likewise, only company employees may ride in it.

Apart from these, what other serious advantages or disadvantages are there? We’ll lay them all out for you.

 The Bad - N...

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Posted 20 Jul 2015
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Refresh the interior

Perhaps it’s time for you to buy a new car – or it would be if these were the early 2000s, a time when people regularly bought new cars, used them for 4 to 5 years, and traded them in when wear and tear began to show or expensive parts (like gearboxes) needed replacing.

But enough reminiscing. Welcome back to the real world. It’s 2015. With the sky-high prices of COEs today, unless you have at least 50k cash spare, you’re going to have to live with your car for a while.

Fortunately, it’s only in Singapore that cars are given a lifespan of 10 years – they are designed to last much longer, with proper care and maintenance. So if you have a wad of cash that’s burning a hole in your pocket, instead of buying a new car right away (wait, COE...

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Posted 13 Jul 2015
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Setting the New Benchmark Ė Ferrari 488 GTB

Today we witnessed the arrival of something really special from the stables of the famed prancing horse marque.

The leader in its class, Ferrari’s mid-engined berlinetta has always been the essence of the brand’s racing heritage and cutting edge technology, fused into one exhilarating super sports car.

The 488 GTB was jointly unveiled by Mr. Dieter Knechtel, Managing Director, Ferrari Far East, Mr Nicholas Syn, Director, Ital Auto and Mr Jeremy Gaw, General Manager, Ital Auto at Ital Auto’s showroom, Singapore’s exclusive authorised dealer for Ferrari. This car represents a significant milestone for Ferrari, as this is its first mid-engined supercar that is turbo-charged since the F40.

488 represents the displacement per cylinde...

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Story and Photos by Alvan Sio posted 8 Jul 2015
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Lot-snatchers, brake-jammers & 'kookoo' drivers

Road bullies, hoggers, Sunday Drivers, drivers that can’t seem to properly align their car in a parking lot - if there's any kind of bad driver you haven't seen, there are other drivers who probably have.

And now you can, too, thanks to the increasing popularity (and lower prices) of in-car cameras. Many of us may have at some point uploaded our own in-car videos of bad drivers we encounter on the roads, to Youtube and other video-on-demand platforms. 

But before you upload the next one, simmer down! The rising trend of bad driving may indicate that drivers in Singapore are getting more reckless, uncivil and selfish, but it may also indicate that you yourself are guilty of some of these anti-social habits below. 

In-car cameras cut bo...

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Posted 7 Jul 2015
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You May Be Guilty Of
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