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A bit of google-fu with the words “fun roads to drive in Singapore” recently turned up four road names from a forum thread long dead and buried, from a website for local drivers of a certain marque. This badge, incidentally, has the marketing slogan “sheer driving pleasure” – so there’s good reason to trust that their testimonials are accurate.

Nevertheless, as a budding motojournalist, objectivity is key. I needed to see for myself if their recommendations made sense or not. After all, eventually, I want to do road tests of cars – but for now, a test of roads has to suffice – to find roads that, as the title suggests, deliver maximum driving pleasure.

With these qualifications in mind, I grabbed my camera, gave the “let’s go gai-gai...

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Posted 9 hours ago
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Nissan Qashqai 1.2 DIG-T

To the uninitiated, no one would guess that this Nissan crossover sports possesses anything less than a 1.6 or 1.8-litre powerplant under the hood. However, the fact is that the Qashqai was recently launched with a tiny 1.2-litre engine that surprisingly packs enough 'oomph' for day-to-day urban driving.

The 4-cylinder turbocharged motor pushes out 114bhp and 165Nm of torque, figures that are not dissimilar to the naturally-aspirated 1.6-litre engines from most Japanese manufacturers. Not only does this small engine give the car fairly good fuel economy for its size at about 12km/L, but it also puts the car into Category A COE, making it rather competitively-priced next to its competitors.

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Posted 5 Mar 2015
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It is common knowledge that the climate is changing and not for the better. As a growing and developing nation, we are consuming and emitting more carbon than ever.  To address the issue, the government came up with the National Climate Change Strategy (NCCS) in 2008. The NCCS was a result of the cooperation between the various governing bodies; namely the National Environmental Authority (NEA) and the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (MEWR).  The purpose of the NCCS was and still is to tackle the threat of climate change, which also includes efforts at mitigation. Effective mitigation means cutting emissions, and an assessment that states that global emissions need to be cut by fifty percent from 1990 levels by 2050, with ...

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Posted 4 Mar 2015
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As the Chinese New Year approaches, we list down a few common superstitions related to cars that some Singaporeans believe in, and we find out the reason behind these beliefs too.

Many superstitions for cars for Chinese New Year are actually applied from existing superstitions and beliefs people have from their home.

 

1. A pair of oranges on the dashboard

The oranges show that the owner of the car is looking forward and ready to welcome the New Year. Also, many believe the pair of oranges brings good luck, and of course, makes a rather good looking decoration too.

 

2. Cleaning the car – inside and out – before the New Year

Just like how spring cleaning is done to a house before the New Year, spring cleaning has to be done to...

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Posted 21 Feb 2015
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The most recent round of COE bidding is out and brings with it great news for prospective car buyers. As expected, COE prices have dipped further, with Category A COE prices seeing a new low in a very long time.

Category A COE price has fallen yet again, down to $57,199. It has dipped by $4,803 from $62,002 of the previous bidding exercise.

Category B COE has also seen a drop of $4,139 to $66,751, from $70,890.

Category E COE, usually used for cars belonging to Category B, has also seen a fall in prices, shedding $4,020 and settling at $67,901, down from the previous $71,921.

COE demand was expected to taper off for this bidding, leading to lower prices. The decreased demand could likely be due to the crowd rushing to buy new cars ...

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Posted 17 Feb 2015
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Before the drive

Our neighbour’s traffic police department were recently hot on the heels of Singaporean registered vehicles during the New Year 2015 holidays, seeking remuneration for past speeding offences. Many Singaporean drivers were handed fines for violations that were more than 7 years old. So do check before you cross the border, and avoid making traffic violations on your journey, lest you are prevented from returning home at a surprise road block.

Check if you have any existing traffic violations

Sign up for an account at the Malaysian authorities to check if you have any existing Malaysian summons under your vehicle’s registration number.

 

Safety

Make sure that your tyres are well-inflated and the car’s fluid...

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Posted 17 Feb 2015
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Alfa Romeo to Ford

As we settle in to the New Year, here is the roundup of cars heading to Singapore in 2015...

Alfa Romeo
4C - Q1 2015 (Launched at the Singapore Motor Show)

Two whole years after its first public debut in 2013, one of the freshest and most seductive Italian metal on the roads, the Alfa Romeo 4C is finally here. It extensively features carbon fibre and aluminium in its construction to keep its weight down to just 895kg. Coupled to a lightweight turbocharged 1.7-litre engine producing 237bhp and a six-speed twin clutch gearbox, the car will do the century sprint in just 4.5 seconds. We recently found out for ourselves whether this Italian beauty drives as good as it looks! 

 

Giulietta QV / facelift - Q1 2015 (Launched at the Singapore M...

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Posted 13 Feb 2015
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Volkswagen Touran

The Volkswagen Touran is a family favourite. When we tested the TDI diesel variant last year, we loved it for its spacious interior that was versatile and well-put together. At the same time, our pockets adored it for its efficient diesel engine that delivered brilliant fuel economy.

At just $141,000, the Touran scores top marks for practicality. It seats seven people comfortably, pampers its occupants with acres of space within, and even with the third row of seats in place, there’s still enough boot space for a stroller and some weekend shopping. With all the second- and third-row seats folded away – something which takes less than a couple of minutes to do – the Touran can accommodate a cavernous 1,913 litres of ...

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Posted 6 Feb 2015
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