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Since a chance meeting back in September last year in Germany, I’ve been looking forward to the arrival of the Twizy on our shores. While it isn’t the typical snorting performance car we usually get excited about, the cutesy new French electric still has us eager to jump in.

Besides its size, the futuristic design has it looking like something right off a sci-fi flick. Measuring just 2.3 metres by 1.1 metres, you could theoretically park up to three of these into a standard lot. With a range of up to 100km when driven ‘sensibly’, the Twizy should be enough to carry itself through an average day’s commute.

Unlike most electric cars that require a special charging station, the Twizy gets a full charge in 3.5 hours via a standard three-...

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Story by Benjamin G. Kline & Renault, Photos by Renault posted 4 Apr 2014
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BMW xDrive technology

Like the opening scenes of a Bond movie, we were shuffled onto a luxury yacht for our short secretive ride to an island just off the coast of Sentosa. For the first time, in local automotive history, BMW managed to borrow Lazarus Island for an exclusive driving event.

Usually an idyllic and tranquil island that sees the occasional jogger from nearby St John’s Island, it offered a unique venue for BMW to show off the driving capabilities of their X-series Sport Activity Vehicles.

Unlike conventional Sports Utility Vehicles, the SAVs from Munich have a greater emphasis for on road performance whilst at the same time retaining the practical attributes of an SUV. 

 

BMW xDrive technology

One key element that helps retain the dynamic qua...

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Story and Video by Benjamin G. Kline, Photos by BMW Asia Pacific posted 18 Mar 2014
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Oneshift recently concluded the Car of the Year 2013 awards with a visit to each of the winning showrooms to personally congratulate the management on their win. 

Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG - Overall Car of the Year & High Performance Car of the Year

For all its conservative dimensions, the A 45 AMG has the performance envelope of a larger car with an exhaust sound to match. Every upshift is met with a thunderous crack that pierces the air. It is a supercar packed into a small car body.

 

McLaren 12C Spider - Best Sound & Supercar of the Year

By the final week, the 12C started to edge ahead and eventually ended the polls with just 19 votes ahead of the R8 V10. Even our Editorial team was surprised at the result with most of the team p...

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Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline posted 4 Mar 2014
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Introduction

For the past few decades, Stuttgart’s Turbos have gained popularity for their unfriendly introductions of inexperienced drivers to the side of a guard rail or pit wall. And it was this fearsome reputation that has it both feared and respected even among the most experienced drivers.

However, the model has come a long way from those rear wheel drive 930 Turbos that used to be dubbed the ‘Widowmaker’. And despite gaining ever more horsepower and speed over the generations, the Turbo has been tamed enough to trust the missus with. Make no mistake that despite gaining some docility through the generations, the Turbo is no less tenacious.

On this very morning, we’re primed to find out just how tenacious the new 991 Turbo S really is. And ...

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Story by Benjamin G. Kline, Photos by Porsche Asia Pacific posted 21 Feb 2014
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Most enthusiasts would scoff at gaining any driving pleasure from anything in the new Category A COE where cars of 130bhp and below reside. The latest change have seen pure driving machines like the BMW 3 series and the Mercedes-Benz A-class booted into the Cat B where some believe they belong.

However, long before the regulations came into effect, Volkswagen was already there with fun hatchbacks that offered endless driving fun and practicality. And just to prove that fact, the German brand recently packed up a dozen journalists for a road trip across Malaysia to prove how fun their current Cat A line up can be.

With no less than 13 models in their lineup, Volkswagen assures us that there’s definitely a model to suit everyone for ever...

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Story by Benjamin G. Kline, Photos by Volkswagen Singapore posted 20 Feb 2014
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Introduction

Planning to buy a car this year? Here’s a roundup of what new models we expect to see on our roads in 2014. It’s yet another new year and let’s see what it heralds for the motorheads. The changes to the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system will kick in February, which will see several new models with engines smaller than 1.6-litres being pushed into the Category B. Undoubtedly, this will ease the prices of Category A COE premiums, which will be further alleviated by an increase in the COE supply later in the year. While most Singaporean car buyers will be watching the COE changes closely, we are excited by the new models to reach our shores this year. Here’s the roundup.

First Quarter

Toyota Corolla Altis

When: January

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Posted 3 Feb 2014
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Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past quarter, the local automotive industry has been hit with yet another seismic regulation change. Announced last September, the government will implement a cap on horsepower for cars in the below 1,600cc category of the COE also known as Cat A from next month onwards.

This was seen as a move by the government to end the dominance of premium cars in the Cat A market that has seemingly pushed out the Japanese makes in the past few years. Where premium makes like BMW and Mercedes-Benz introduced 1.6-liter turbocharged models that competed directly for the limited COE quotas with other bread and butter cars.

But with the new ruling where the categorization takes into account the horsepower,...

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Posted 29 Jan 2014
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2013 has been a turbulent year for the local motoring industry more so than in previous years as the industry took multiple hits that had the whole industry reeling from the effects. One can’t begin a summary on the industry without talking about the changes in the MAS ruling on car loans during Q1 of 2013.

In the wake of the Budget 2013 announcement, the government announced that it would place a cap on car loans to lower the national debt to income ratio. The new ruling stated that cars with an OMV of over $20,000 will only be allowed a maximum of 50% loan of the purchase price while those with an OMV under $20,000 will be allowed a maximum of 60% loan of the purchase price.

With this new announcement, the local motoring industry w...

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Story by Benjamin G. Kline posted 31 Dec 2013
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ROAD TEST
The go fast and go anywhere SUV
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The McLaren 12C Coupe, need we say more?
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Road Trips

We go on a drive through Australia's picturesque Northern Territories courtesy of Avis Car Rental.
With a long weekend coming up once again in October, John Toh shares an enjoyable road trip up north for the family.
The majestic Blue Mountains in Sydney is truly a sight to behold and are named because of an iconic blue tinge the