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Group picture before the fun began

Three days of driving in beautiful Bali brought out the best in the three cars we were able to test on the trip. Oneshift was invited by MINI to truly experience the Cooper Convertible, Cooper S Convertible and Clubman Cooper S in one of the most beautiful islands south of us.

A 6-car convoy of fellow journos had the opportunity to test these excellent machines in a place where they would be in their own element.

Ismail from BMW Group Indonesia, welcoming us to warm and sunny Bali

Once we touched down at the Ngurah Rai International Airport, we were whisked away to Made’s Warung in Benoa, where we were briefed about what lay ahead for the next few days, and were handed our cars for an hour-plus dr...

Posted 12 hours ago
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Recently, a minister announced that we do not need much space to have sex. Being in different cars on different days of the week has endowed me the special powers of spatial awareness. Today, we look at a few cars we have recently reviewed which we find ideal to get jiggy in.

Opel Astra 1.0 Easytronic

The engine of this car is a frugal 1.0 3 cyl, with a tiny turbo charger, giving you a punchy enough 103bhp and a maximum of 170Nm of torque. Mated to a 5-speed automated manual, what better way to get there, then with such an engaging drive to get the heart pumping?

With an extendable boot area of 370 litres to 1210 litres, there is quite the bit of room to snuggle up in. Unfortunately, utility space is marred by a dip in the boot ...

Posted 14 Oct 2016
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Hatchbacks are pretty cool cars to have around. They carry the impression of a youthful, fun-loving owner, who loves a sporty drive.

There are those who’d look to buying a hot hatch, like a more premium Golf GTI, or a raw pocket rocket of a Swift Sport.

Then there are those who would want all of that, without breaking the bank, or their backs.

We recently tested two hatches which were built with quality, and fuel efficiency, and also the driver in-mind.

With right-sized engines to meet higher levels of fuel efficiency, while providing excellent power delivery, the Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost and Opel Astra 1.0 Easytronic, both have 1.0 engines, 3 cylinders, a small turbocharger, and deliver their drive through the front wheels.


Posted 7 Oct 2016
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There are sedans, crossovers, SUVs, MPVs and the odd coupe. Then there are station wagons. 

Most of us would think the direction of the SUV or MPV when we think utility. Then, there are some of us who want utility without in-laws, and car-like handling.

SUVs tend to offer pretty decent space, but handling tends to take a backseat, with tofu-like characteristics, and bouncy castle ride. MPVs on the other hand offer the option of the third row, but this may be seen as a red flag to some, as it would mean the in-laws hopping on for the ride, or you become the driver of the “happy clappy bus” during your lunch hour with colleagues.

The humble station wagon has come a long way, from being somewhat the car which parallels the base t...

Posted 28 Sep 2016
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Many of us have gone back and forth comparing compact sedans from different makes. The amount of added scrutiny when it comes to cars which are related is more evident, especially trying to find out what the differences are in specifications and equipment levels.

The Hyundai Elantra and Kia Forte K3 are two sensible compact sedans (some of you may not know this, but oth cars are built by the same parent company). Heavy on equipment levels, and their sights targeted at their Japanese counterparts, their offerings are worth heavy consideration if you are looking for something for your daily commute.

We first look at where it really matters, the interiors. The Hyundai Elantra and the Kia Forte K3 both sit on the same platform, with a ...

Posted 19 Sep 2016
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We tested the Mazda 6 and the Subaru Legacy a while back, both were extraordinarily good in terms of size and the comfort that they brought. The full-sized sedan is the go-to car for those who have always wanted something with more space and presence, without breaking the bank by not going full on for premium makes.

There are the common brands that you see on our roads, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. We decided instead to look at two lesser seen sedans, which bring value, and are actually able to put a smile on your face.

Mazda’s original 6 was a hit with the Singapore market when it was launched back in 2002. The third generation car is all grown-up. Dimensions-wise, the car has gone bigger. Interior space has improved ove...

Posted 14 Sep 2016
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De-Registering Your Car, How it is Done

Unfortunately for us, COEs determine the lifespan of our cars. Short of doing a renewal, to extend the life of the car, cars here must be de-registered and scrapped or exported.

I know, many of us car-lovers have personified our cars, they have become a part of our lives, but once time has about run out, how do you deal with scrapping?

I’ll Do it Myself!                                        

Firstly, you will need to obtain a Transaction Pin here from e-Services@one.motoring, using your Singpass to log in. The Transaction Pin allows you to do a number of things, like transferrence of ownership of your vehicle, transfer of Preferental Additional Registration Fee (PARF) or for a rebate in COE. In this case, the pin would be used for...

Posted 6 Sep 2016
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As many families are switching from sedans to cars that can offer a little more than just transport, we tend to take a lean to more utility, especially when we have a young family in tow.

While many have found that apart from sporty-good looks, the ease of loading and unloading with station wagon-like utility, and easy entry and exit have made the SUV a choice mode of transport for young families. Today, we look at the practical and value-for-money aspects of new 2 makes, the Kia Sportage and Suzuki Vitara.

The Kia is the larger vehicle at 4,480mm in length versus the Vitara’s 4,175mm, but what kind of flexibility would both cars offer?

Apart from groceries, there are other items that a young family would find themselves loading i...

Posted 2 Sep 2016
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