BMW Asia today launched the new BMW 7 Series – the flagship BMW model that embodies sporting elegance, refined powertrain technology and luxurious comfort in equal measure – which is set to reinforce its position as the most innovative sedan in the luxury segment.
BMW Asia today launched the new BMW 7 Series – the flagship BMW model that embodies sporting elegance, refined powertrain technology and luxurious comfort in equal measure – which is set to reinforce its position as the most innovative sedan in the luxury segment.
The new ECO PRO mode with the addition of the coasting mode, and proactive driving assistant functions, helps the BMW 7 Series driver to maintain an extra-efficient and economy conscious driving style. The new coasting mode, in particular, has been designed to decouple the combustion engine when it is overrunning at speeds between 50 km/h and 160 km/h. In coasting mode, the new BMW 7 Series is subject to a far lower rate of deceleration as it freewheels along the road with no engine braking effect and minimal fuel consumption.
This way, the kinetic energy built up by the vehicle can be harnessed and – through forward-thinking driving aided by the proactive driving assistant – translate into fuel savings of up to five percent. The coasting function is clearly visualized for the driver‟s benefit in the multifunctional instrument cluster and the central Control Display, and can also be deactivated if desired.
The large, full-width air intake dominating the lower section of the modified front apron of the new 7 is now split into three sections, a pair of chrome bars marking its outer sections and adding further depth to the car‟s sporty looks. Two narrow vertical air intakes sit beyond even the LED foglamps to the left and right of the wide intake. Adhering to the Efficient Dynamics philosophy, these are included as part of the “air curtain” technology, which lowers fuel consumption at higher speeds by forcing the air to flow more aerodynamically around the front wheels.
The optimum interior soundproofing of the BMW 7 Series takes the on-board experience another step towards perfection. Additional insulation materials in the B and C-pillars, skirts and boot area team up with intricate sealing around the window frames and exterior mirrors to minimise driving noise.
All of which bring the sound experience generated by the new Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System even more powerfully to the fore. The 1,200-watt music system is hooked up to 16 speakers, some of which are positioned behind illuminated, satin-finish aluminium grilles sited in the mirror triangles of the doors and the parcel shelf. The most attention-seizing member of the speaker line-up is the illuminated centre speaker which extends out of the instrument panel and uses B&O Acoustic Lens Technology. Its distinctive form guarantees perfect sound quality in every seat.
When the music system is switched off, the centre speaker retreats back into the instrument panel almost without trace. Meanwhile, the new ambient lighting for the interior creates a pleasant ambience, especially at night. Footwell lights for the driver and front passenger and indirect roof liner illumination via lights integrated into the B-pillars further enhance the feeling of well-being. The colour of the ambient light can be altered according to taste.
The new BMW 7 Series will be available at Performance Motors‟ showrooms from 5 October 2012.
Partnering up with Woking’s special ops unit, McLaren Singapore reveals three unique Singapore Edition MP4-12Cs on the first night of the 2012 Singapore Grand Prix weekend
Following conversations with customers and racing enthusiasts, McLaren Singapore began working closely with McLaren Special Operations, the division of McLaren Automotive that delivers bespoke projects, to create a special model to pay homage to racing in Singapore with a special 12C Singapore Edition.
Production of the 12C Singapore Edition is limited up to 3 units only and the design of the personalised colour combination is inspired by each customer’s desire to pay tribute to McLaren’s illustrious racing history.
Singapore’s sensational and scenic night race has firmly placed the city island on the motorsports map and so it is only befitting for the 12C Singapore Edition to be launched on the very first night of the racing weekend. Proudly unveiling the car are Mr Andre Roy and Mr
Pang Cheong Yan, Group Managing Director and Managing Director of Wearnes Automotive respectively.
The key of the very first unit was presented to the customer tonight by none other than Mr Ron Dennis, Executive Chairman of McLaren Automotive. The owner was strongly influenced by the livery colours of Mika Hakkinen’s racing days. The striking Rocket Red lines, blended into a Carbon Black and Silver base, gives the first 12C Singapore Edition its stunning appearance. The customised airbrush paintwork certainly evokes racing passion and showcases the expertise and another facet of what McLaren Special Operations can do.
The next eye-catching physical enhancements are the front and rear bumpers which are inspired by the HS Edition and the GT3 race car. These bespoke components contribute to the performance and handling of the car. To further enhance its street credentials, the ultra lightweight rims feature 19” (front) and 20” (rear) diamond-cut spokes in black and the McLaren logo is printed on the underside of the Airbrake, so is visible when the car is in ‘Aero’ mode or under heavy braking.
Open the dihedral doors and emblazoned prominently on the sides of the sills are the specially-designed “SINGAPORE EDITION” branding with the head of a lion to symbolise the country. Piloting the car with the standard Alcantara steering wheel from the cossetting Harissa Red and Alcantra seats, one can sense the racing character of the 12C Singapore Edition from the enhancements of the Rocket Red finishing to the aircon vents and surrounds of the instruments panel.
Under the bonnet, the 12C Singapore Edition cars are powered by a 3.8-litre twin turbo engine that delivers an immense 600bhp and 600Nm of torque. 0-100km/h acceleration takes just 3.3 seconds before a top speed of 330km/h is achieved.
The retail price for the bespoke 12C Singapore Edition cars is available upon application. McLaren Singapore will work closely with MSO again to individualise the next two 12C Singapore Edition cars based on the customers’ personal motorsports influences. Only one car remains unspoken for.
Raising the benchmark for convenience, infotainment & safety in the new BMW 7 Series.
A unique combination of driver assistance systems and mobility services has enabled the newly-launched BMW 7 Series to once again demonstrate its innovative edge and technical eminence over its rivals and enabled the opulent flagship BMW limousine to maintain its leadership position in the luxury segment.
BMW ConnectedDrive is an intelligent link-up between driver, car and the outside world that maximizes in-vehicle convenience, infotainment and safety via an extensive portfolio of technology features.
“BMW ConnectedDrive reflects the philosophy of integration of the vehicle, driver and environment in an intelligent network. Through intelligent interaction between online services, driver assistance systems, call centre services and integration solution for smartphones support, Connected Drive plays a pivotal role in providing BMW drivers with more comfort, the right information at the right time, as well as that reassuring feel of being safe while on the roads,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.
Some of the new Connected Drive features that are making their debut in the new BMW 7 Series, include; Anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant that can partially dim to avoid dazzling the oncoming vehicle; and Driving Assistant Plus which will intervene by decelerating the vehicle or even pulling the brakes to avoid a collision; Park Assistant that facilitates parallel parking alongside the road; contactless bootlid opening system that opens the tailgate with a leg-movement sensor while the driver’s hands are full; just to name a few.
New-generation Navigation System Professional: display and control in the third dimension.
The latest-generation Navigation system Professional is compelling at first glance for its revised design and honed operating system. The tried-and tested menu navigation has been consciously retained and augmented by further functions. The user interface has benefited from a complete graphic revision and now comprises 3D elements throughout, while the entire architecture of the individual menus is now presented in virtual, three dimensional spaces. Thanks to its 1.3 GHz processor and dedicated 3D graphics card, using the system with its high-quality animations and dynamic transitions is an experience, supported by imagery boasting unprecedented levels of contrast and brilliance.
The PIE menu: greater operating convenience at a click.
The interactive map view also comes with the option of selecting special functions directly from the map: using the iDrive Controller, the driver can mark a spot in the interactive map to open the PIE menu. This radial menu offers quick and easy access to a host of options. Depending on the information stored, the driver can have POIs in the area flagged up, read up on any stored details, start navigation to any of the points, alter the map view and have the current location or destination displayed. If further information on a POI – e.g. telephone number, online data or email address – is also stored, the driver can instantly access these and make a call, visit the homepage or compose an email.
Split-screen display with more detailed guidance views.
The split screen in the central information display likewise comes with added functions. To facilitate the driver’s orientation while entering the destination by selecting the country, city and road, the chosen location is additionally displayed in the map view on the split screen. If required, the zoom function can be used to verify whether the destination shown in the relevant section of the map is the intended one.
For the navigation process itself, the familiar low-level guidance via arrows in the split screen has now been joined by a high-level guidance variant. This is automatically activated when the driver reaches a certain point ahead of the next navigation instruction. From a specified distance, which varies according to the category of road, the arrow display turns into a schematic, perspective view of the surroundings, offering the driver even better orientation thanks to its enhanced depiction of the location and precise lane guiding. For an optimal picture, the perspective view changes in stages to a top view of the junction or intersection as the vehicle approaches it, while a dynamic vehicle indicator pinpoints the car’s current position.
Then there is the 3D city model option that offers an impressive view to aid navigation. If the relevant representation of the city is stored in the car, a highly realistic depiction of the surrounding streets and houses makes it easier for the driver to find his way around.
The multifunctional instrument cluster display.
In place of the classic instrument cluster in which four circular analogue dials inform the driver of speed, rpm, tank level and oil temperature, the new BMW 7 Series now offers, for the first time, a multifunctional instrument display. The basic layout with four circular dials is retained, while a virtually invisible 10.25-inch integrated screen provides an entirely novel and engaging display experience that deliberately evokes modern electronic devices. It allows the driving experience modes COMFORT, SPORT and *ECO PRO to be individually shown, for example. In addition to colour differentiation, the information content of the instruments is also varied according to the driving mode selected, thus presenting the driver with a display that is optimally adapted to the situation at hand.
(*ECO PRO mode is not available for the BMW 760i / Li.)
BMW Night Vision.
At the heart of the Night Vision system is an infrared thermal imaging camera integrated into the BMW kidney grille. This provides a live video image which clearly highlights any objects giving off heat, despite being far beyond the range of the high beam. The system recognises pedestrians, cyclists and animals in plenty of time, even when they are outside the headlights’ beam of light. The automatic pedestrian recognition control unit then analyses the image to determine whether the vehicle is on a collision course with any pedestrians or cyclists. If a person at the roadside is deemed to be potentially at risk, a high-resolution icon will flash up in the central Control Display or the BMW Head-Up Display as a warning.
Anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant with intelligent control.
The BMW 7 Series is now available with Adaptive LED Headlights which provide a further safety boost when driving at night. The bright white light they emit illuminates the road ahead with an exceptional intensity. Together with the High-Beam Assistant, the Adaptive LED Headlights with cornering lights as well as variable headlight distribution, they continue to represent the ultimate in lighting technology. The anti-dazzle High-Beam Assistant in conjunction with Adaptive LED headlights ensures that the driver can enjoy optimal visibility at all times without having to switch manually between high and low beam. The system uses a camera integrated into the rear-view mirror to identify vehicles travelling up to 400 metres in front. Oncoming traffic is picked up when it is still 1,000 metres away. With the High-Beam Assistant activated, the headlights are partially masked as and when required in order to eliminate the danger of dazzling vehicles as they draw closer. If necessary, however, the High-Beam Assistant can also adapt to the traffic situation by switching to low beam on one or both sides.
Driving Assistant Plus brakes to a halt if required.
The Active Cruise Control system Driving Assistant Plus builds on the familiar cruise control system with Stop & Go function (ACC with Stop&Go). For an enhanced interpretation of the traffic situation ahead, the full-range radar sensors are now supplemented by a front-mounted camera on the rear-view mirror. When driving in heavy-flowing traffic or traffic jams, the driver is able to safely move along with the flow and let the vehicle’s automatic systems handle the tasks of stopping and pulling away again as well as approaching junctions where there are already vehicles waiting ahead. Combining radar and video data in this way improves detection of other vehicles and cuts the system’s reaction time. If a vehicle ahead brakes very sharply in free-flowing traffic, requiring the driver to take action, he is prompted to do so by a two stage warning. Simultaneously to this, the activation thresholds of the Brake Assist system are lowered, activating the brake priming function in the process. If the driver fails to react to the acute warning, Driving Assistant Plus will intervene to decelerate the vehicle itself, even braking it to a stop depending on the situation. With Driving Assistant Plus, the upper limit of the operating range for the Active Cruise Control with automatic distance control has now been increased by 30 km/h, meaning it is available at speeds between 30 km/h and 210 km/h. The intelligent cruise control function continues to be active at speeds above 210 km/h.
Active Protection monitors the driver’s behaviour at the wheel.
The BMW 7 Series now boasts an even more extensive Active Protection safety package thanks to the addition of the Attentiveness assistant. The system’s electronics analyse driving behaviour on the basis of various signals such as steering angle, road speed and other engine parameters. If the system increasingly detects telltale signs of fatigue starting to build up, the central Control Display encourages the driver to take a break by displaying a coffee cup symbol. At the start of every journey when the driver and front passenger fasten their seat belts, the Active Protection motorised belt retractors reduce any belt slack. If the car enters a critical pre-crash scenario, the driver and front passenger belts are pulled tight, and the side windows and sunroof are closed. Active Protection deduces that a collision is likely based on data from the front-mounted camera or radar, an emergency braking manoeuvre initiated by the driver, or the onset of heavy understeer or oversteer. If a crash is unavoidable, the system will automatically brake the car afterwards without any intervention required from the driver. Following the initial impact, the car is slowed to a standstill with a maximum deceleration rate of 5 m/s² and its brakes then locked for a further 1.5 seconds. This reduces the likelihood of – or even prevents – a secondary collision.
Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display using road sign symbols.
In combination with the Professional or Business navigation system, an optional Speed Limit Info is available to keep the driver notified of the detected speed limit for the current stretch of road. The front-mounted camera integrated into the rear-view mirror continuously monitors road signs, including variable-message overhead signs on motorways and dual carriageways. This information is checked against the navigation system’s database of speed limits. The camera is also able to take into account additional signs or temporary restrictions, for example at roadworks. As with speed limits, a No Passing Info display can now also be flashed up in the instrument cluster or BMW Head-Up Display in the form of a road sign until the restriction has been lifted. Furthermore, drivers now have the benefit of a Speed Limit Device, which caps the car’s maximum speed at between 30 and 230 km/h, as set by the driver.
Yet more unrivalled driver assistance systems and mobility services.
Apart from the highlights detailed above, BMW ConnectedDrive in the BMW 7 Series encompasses a host of sophisticated features and technologies designed to delight anyone seeking supreme convenience, infotainment and safety.
These include the existing full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the rear view camera and Surround View, Parking Assistant, and contactless bootlid opening system.
Web Launch for Audi RS5 Cabrio ahead of Paris Motor Show
Instead of waiting till the Paris Motorshow next week to unveil the new RS5 Cabriolet, Audi elected to do something new—launch the car online to more than 10 thousand motoring journalists via a livestream on a website specially set up for a September 6 launch.
The online unveiling of the new 450bhp and 430Nm 4.2-litre V8 FSI RS5 Cabriolet was the first time Audi had officially unveiled online through the internet. Thousands of viewers were treated a live presentation of the RS5 Cabriolet by host Martin Haven with special appearances by Audi DTM drivers, Rahel Frey and Edoardo Mortara.
The live webcast was an ideal platform to showcase the prowess of a car engineered to provide “sporty performance whilst providing a fantastic open-top driving experience” as Edoardo Mortara shares against the roar of the RS5 Cabriolet’s V8 engine.
COE Prices climb higher in all but the Category A segment
Certificates of Entitlement (COE) have closed higher in all but the Category A (cars under 1,600cc) segment following this round of bidding.
Category A (Cars under 1,600cc) segment COEs managed to close $5,000 lower this round at $63,000.
Elsewhere across the board, prices climbed upwards with Category B (cars over 1,600cc) COEs rising by $8,309 to close at $88,500.
Prices in the Category E (Open Category) have also increased by $1,991 to finish at $89,990.
The full results are as follows:
Category A (Cars below 1,600cc) : $63,000 (-7.9%)
Category B (Cars above1,600cc) : $88,500 (+10.3%)
Category C (Commercial Vehicles) : $57,809 (+0.8%)
Category D (Motorcycles) : $1,852 (+2.8%)
Category E (Open) : $89,990 (+2.2%)
A total of 996 Cat A, B and E certificates were awarded in this round’s bidding exercise compared to 991 in the last round. A total of 1,611 COEs were awarded.
Ferrari Launches new V12 F12 berlinetta at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
At the heart of Ferrari’s fastest and most powerful road car sits rests a new heart. The 6,262cc V12 engine has been engineered efficiently to allow the latest prancing horse to put out a mind-blowing 740bhp with 690Nm of torque. These figures combine to let the F12 blitz from 0-100km/h in just 3.1 seconds, and taking only 1’23” to complete a lap of the Fiorano circuit in Italy, faster than any other Ferrari road car every built.
Designed and built as a collaboration between the Ferrari Styling Centre and Pininfarina, complementing the F12’s powerful heart is an aggressive yet appealing aerodynamic aesthetic that has been designed to perform as well as it looks.
A key feature in the new F12 is its Aero Bridge, where the bonnet is used to created downforce. Air passing over the upper part of the car will also get drawn into air intakes in the rear wings.
The Ferrari F12 berlinetta will be on display at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (just outside the Ferrari Store) from now till 23 September. Prices start from $1.2 million for Ferrari’s supercar and at the time of launch, we heard that some 30 odd units have already been pre-ordered.
Launch of new Audi A6 Hybrid offers more choice for consumers
The multi-award winning Audi A6 line-up in Singapore welcomed a new member to its family on 14 September 2012—the A6 Hybrid.
Equipped with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine and lithium-ion electric motor, the new A6 Hybrid is capable of a combined 245bhp with 480Nm of torque. Mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the Hybrid is capable of making 0-100km/h in just 7.5 seconds before topping out at 240km/h.
Benefitting from its electric motor, fuel efficiency is a published 16.1km/L while CO2 emissions is published at 145g/km.
At launch, the Audi A6 Hybrid is priced at $278,150 with COE.
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Round 1 of September COE prices see lowered prices in most categories
Certificates of Entitlement (COE) prices have recorded lowered prices in most categories following this round of bidding.
It might be the demand for new Category A offerings from Volkswagen and Hyundai, or buyers taking advantage of the previous round's lowered prices, Category A (Cars under 1,600cc) COEs this round closed a marginal $1,111 higher at $68,000.
On the other hand, Category B (Cars above 1,600cc) COEs have again dipped, this time by $7,811 to close at $80,191.
Prices in the Category E (Open Category) have dropped by $5,991 to finish at $87,999.
The full results are as follows:
Category A (Cars below 1,600cc) : $68,000 (+1.6%)
Category B (Cars above1,600cc) : $80,191 (-9.7%)
Category C (Commercial Vehicles) : $57,334 (-3.4%)
Category D (Motorcycles) : $1,801 (-11.7%)
Category E (Open) : $87,999 (-6.8%)
A total of 991 Cat A, B and E certificates were awarded in this round’s bidding exercise compared to 980 in the last round. A total of 1,618 COEs were awarded.
Seventh-generation golf is bigger, faster and more efficient thanks to a raft of new innovations.
36 years and 29 million units later, the seventh generation Volkswagen Golf continues to bring class leading innovation and performance to the small family hatchback class.
Built upon a MQB (Modularer Querbaukasten) platform or Modular Transverse Matrix, the new Mark VII Golf brings a new standard to its class, allowing for access to new powertrains and technologies (in safety and infotainment), features previously found in vehicles in higher, premium, segments.
Despite being built bigger (59 mm longer wheelbase), the new Golf is almost 100kg lighter, stronger, and 23 percent more efficient than before, thanks to new production techniques. A longer wheelbase with extended height width and length now offers more head and leg room for passengers. Luggage space has also been increased by 30 litres from 350 to 380 litres.
On the inside, drivers will benefit from improved ergonomics with Volkswagen’s new generation of touch screen information systems as standard.
Significantly, the new Golf will feature an array of class leading safety and electronic innovations.
A multi-collision brake system; which automatically brakes the vehicle after a collision, to reduce kinetic energy significantly and thus minimise the chance of a second impact is equipped as standard. Also standard is the PreCrash system found on the on the Touareg. If it detects the possibility of an accident, it pre-tensions seatbelts and closes the windows and sunroof, leaving just a small gap, to ensure the best possible protection from the airbags.
Other electronic aids include Adaptive Cruise Control; Front Assist, which can bring the vehicle to a complete stop and operates at speeds of up to 150 km/h; and City Emergency Braking, which operates at up to 30 km/h. Driver Alert System, as introduced on the Passat, monitors the driver’s inputs, to detect any signs of tiredness; while a camera-operated Lane Assist system can help keep the car in a specific lane, providing countersteering assistance where necessary. A Dynamic Light Assist system optionally masks the vehicle’s high beam lighting, making for brilliant illumination without dazzling on-coming traffic.
And for the first time, the Golf will be available with driver profile selection with a choice of Eco, Sport, Normal and Individual modes. Cars with the DSG gearbox a fifth option – Comfort – is also offered.
Powering the Golf is a new range of petrol and diesel engines, all of which incorporate Stop/Start and battery regeneration systems. At launch, the petrol engines are a 1.2-litre TSI 85 PS unit returning 4.9 l/100 km and 113 g/km), and a 1.4-litre TSI 140 PS unit with Active Cylinder Technology, which can deactivate two of the cylinders, and achieves up to 4.8 l/100 km and 112 g/km).
Honda’s CR-Z hybrid sports coupe ups its sport credentials with new Mugen Aero and Sports packages.
Celebrating a decade of offering hybrid powered Honda models in Singapore, local Honda distributor, Kah Motor in Singapore is offering two special Mugen Aero and Mugen Sport packages for its 124bhp and 144Nm Honda CR-Z Sports Coupe.
“Honda Hybrid Power has become a very special part of the Honda line-up in Singapore,” says Mr Nicholas Wong, General Manager of Kah Motor. “We celebrate 10 years of Hybrid Power with these very special Mugen packages.” Honda launched its first notable hybrid model, the Honda Civic Hybrid, here in Singapore back in 2002.
With the Mugen Aero package the CR-Z gains a more aggressive sporty appearance by way of the Mugen front under spoiler, rear under spoiler, side under spoiler, front sports grille and rear wing. Honda also says that with wind tunnel testing for the kit design saw the CR-Z Mugen rear spoiler help generates additional down force from the rear wing, improving traction and high speed stability.
But the most perceptible difference finds itself hidden from sight but acutely felt in a CR-Z with the Mugen Sports package. The new sports suspension, with large damper pistons, “rebound springs” and a better balanced spring and damping rate significantly improves handling and traction. Having five adjustable damping levels also means that ride height gets reduced by 15 to 20mm. The Sports kit also come with Mugen bits like a ‘hybrid’ green fuel filler cap, a Mugen-designed floor mat and a carbon fiber round-head gear knob.
Despite the sporty enhancements, the CR-Z’s acclaimed 20km/L fuel consumption figure is unlikely to take a hit with eco-coaching browbeating the driver into driving efficiently (fuel consumption-wise).
Kah Motor is offering the first 10 CR-Z customers a Mugen Aero Package, worth $6,500. They will also be giving away a Mugen Sports Package worth $5,000 on top of the Aero Package for the first 3 customers of a Honda CR-Z 6-speed manual transmission. At time of publication, prices for the six-speed manual CR-Z start from $142,900, no thanks to steadily climbing COE prices.
Motoring extravaganza at the Johor Bahru International Auto Show 2012
Taking place in neighbouring Johor, the Johor Bahru International Auto Show will take place between 30 August to 2 September 2012 at Persada Johor.
Long awaited, this will be the second time that the Southern Region Motor Event will be staged in Johor since 2003. It will also be one of the first events to feature a combination of motorsports at a motor show.
The event venue will showcase the latest and best supercars, tuner cars and motorsports vehicles to regale visitors complimented by rock concerts and pole dancing performances. Don't miss out on the drifting performances that will be taking place at the open-air carpark in front of the exhibition hall.
The Johor Bahrun International Auto Show 2012 will be held at Persada Johor Exhibition Hall from 30 August till 2 September from 1030 - 2100.
New Oneshift.com Logo Highlights the Commitment to Enhance Awareness and Engagement
Gearing up towards the next stage of its growth, Oneshift.com has rebranded itself with an updated Logo design to allow it to differentiate itself and better engage audiences, partners and clients.
The new Oneshift Logo will serve the dual purpose of creating an identity and increasing visibility.
“Oneshift.com has come a long way since its launch back in 2006 as a car buying resource for prospective car buyers to make informed choices,” says Evan Lee, Managing Director of Oneshift.com. “We have since upgraded our website with a wider range of services, like used car listings, value-adding and catering to the needs of our viewers. With our new logo, we hope to increase our brand visibility as our Oneshift brand of service continues growing.”
The logo redesign now encompasses an illustration of a car’s front view. This demonstrates Oneshift’s commitment as a brand to the automotive industry at large. The image of a car lets viewers to draw an immediate association between the existing Oneshift brand and motoring.
The decision to adopt a new, dynamic font for the logo reflects the brand’s commitment towards progress and underscores the commitment towards providing top-notch quality services to all our stake holders—viewers, members, clients and partners.
In line with the new developments, a more vibrant choice of colours have been picked out to further enhance the youthful energy and enthusiasm driving the Oneshift brand forward and with the new form, the Oneshift brand looks to advance further in the coming future and the brand grows from strength to strength.
Volkwagen heats up the competition in the Category A segment of the market with the launch of the new CrossPolo compact crossover and Passat Sedan in 1.4-litre TSI form.
Following the success of the standard Polo and its variants, Volkswagen has introduced yet another member to the family—the CrossPolo.
Embodying a rugged-sporty character, the five-door CrossPolo is endowed with an anthracite coloured front apron, with integrated front fog lights and large air inlet in the centre. Black wheelarch extensions, plastic guards at the front and rear bumpers, silver anodised roof rails and 17-inch ‘Budapest’ alloys help impress a tough all-terrain image. Ride height has also been raised by 15mm to better overcome obstacles.
While the CrossPolo’s interior trim remains similar to that in the standard Polo, it comes tricked out with embroided ‘CrossPolo’ signature, two-tone fabric seats and coloured stitching throughout the cockpit, giving the car a premium appeal. The car is also more spacious than the standard Polo with280 litres of space in the rear, extendable to 952 litres with the rear seats folded down.
The Volkswagen CrossPolo is powered by the German carmaker’s award-winning 1.2-litre TSI engine with 105bhp and 175Nm of torque. Mated to the brand’s seven-speed dual –clutch gearbox, the turbocharged 1.2-litre CrossPolo can make the 0-100km/h century sprint in just 9.9 seconds before topping out at 188km/h. For that level of performance, fuel efficiency is published at just 18.2km/L with CO2 emissions of 128g/km.
Looking to further spice up the Category A segment, Volkswagen will also be offering a 1.4-litre version of its seventh-generation Passat. Despite its smaller heart, the Passat 1.4 TSI will have 122bhp with 200Nm of torque.
The Passat 1.4 may be the entry model in the range, but notable features like keyless entry, electric seats, hands-free park assist and Easy Open sensor-controlled boot comes as standard.
Prices start from $126,300 for the Volkswagen CrossPolo and $155,800 for the Volkswagen Passat 1.4 TSI.
Slight reprieve for prospective buyers as COE prices fall.
Certificates of Entitlement (COE) prices have experienced a significant slide following this round of bidding. Possibly due to reduced demand following sky-high car prices, the drop brings slight reprieve for prospective buyers.
Category A (Cars under 1,600cc) COEs this round fell $6,612 to close at $66,889.
Category B (Cars above 1,600cc) COEs have also dipped by $6,500 to close at $88,002.
Prices in the Category E (Open Category) have dropped by a slight $1,044 to finish at $93,990.
The full results are as follows:
Category A (Cars below 1,600cc) : $66,889 (-9.8%)
Category B (Cars above1,600cc) : $88,002 (-7.3%)
Category C (Commercial Vehicles) : $59,334 (+1.8%)
Category D (Motorcycles) : $2,013 (-3.3%)
Category E (Open) : $93,990 (-1.1%)
A total of 980 Cat A, B and E certificates were awarded in this round’s bidding exercise compared to 1,018 in the last round. A total of 1,602 COEs were awarded.
Audi launches the brand new Q3 premium compact SUV at the Audi Q3 Arena at Marina Bay.
It may have been a long time coming, but Audi has finally unveiled the latest addition to its ‘Q’ family of sport utility vehicles (SUV). With the Audi Q5 and Q7 making up the ‘Medium’ and ‘Large’ sizes, Audi’s latest addition, the new Q3 completes the range as the ‘Compact’ member of the family.
Designed with a raised coupe-like profile, the Audi Q3 can be considered a compact crossover (SUV-like cars with ample ground clearance but boast a sleeker shape) that is purpose built to cater to the demands of an active lifestyle, the requirements of a city-friendly commute and the expectation of luxurious comfort. With the launch of the new Audi Q3, the car checks off all the boxes for form and function.
On the outside, the new Q3 boasts all the design elements that are distinctively Audi. It is characterized by a sharp and sleek design, accentuated by the brand’s wedge-shaped headlights and LED daytime running lights. Benefitting from Audi ultra, the German carmaker’s use of materials like aluminium and high-strength steel in its lightweight vehicle construction process sees the Q3 weigh-in at just 1,445 kilograms (for the base model).
Under the bonnet, the new Q3 is powered by a choice of two turbocharged 2.0-litre TFSI engines that deliver 170bhp with 280Nm of torque and 211bhp with 300Nm of torque respectively. Mated to Audi’s seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, the Q3 can manage the 0-100km/h sprint in 7.8 and 6.9 seconds respectively before topping out at 212km/h and 230km/h respectively.
Inside, the Audi Q3 comes equipped with a host of features, among them Audi’s updated MMI multimedia interface. Highlighting more practical concerns, Audi says that the 460litre (extendable to 1,365litres) capacity in the boot is class-leading. One thing’s for sure, the 1,070mm width in the rear will easily accommodate the stowage of a mountain bike, or two.
Prices for the new Audi Q3 start from $221,988 for the 170bhp variant and from $234,988 for the more powerful 211bhp variant.