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Preview: Hyundai Elantra 2021 World Premiere In Hollywood

Wednesday, March 11th, 2020

Hyundai Motor is showing a preview of its 2021 Elantra at a world premiere event in Hollywood. Teaser video below.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The upcoming seventh-generation Elantra features an edgy and aggressive look based on parametric shapes and textures, which reflects Hyundai’s new design identity.

The world premier press conference will take place at 7 p.m. PT on Mar. 17, at The Lot Studios in West Hollywood, Calif. and will be livestreamed around the world.

The Elantra is Hyundai’s bestselling car globally, with more than 13.8 million Elantra/Avante models sold since its introduction in 1990.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The ‘Immersive Cocoon’ interior layout creates a driver-focused user experience.

The new Elantra returns to its sport sedan roots with a ‘Parametric Dynamics’ design theme.

The new vehicle platform offers a sporty four-door-coupe look with longer, lower and wider proportions.

Teaser video and more details below from the press release.

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Review: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic Luxury Sports Car

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Having test-driven the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic for the past week – courtesy of Audi Singapore – I found the luxury sports car a thrilling ride suited for urban roads of Singapore. This is the conclusion of a two-part review following the test drive.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The front-wheel driven car is powered by a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 227bhp and 370Nm of torque, which is plenty light 1,285kg that the facelift weighs.

 

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The ride for the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic is firm, while the steering is light but precise.

Mid-drive acceleration is responsive especially in Sport mode with the maximum 370Nm at 1,600rpm.

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Test Drive: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic in Singapore

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Tried out the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic last week to check out the latest facelift for the luxury sports car. This is the first half of the review, which concludes tomorrow.

It's been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

This latest update to the Audi TT Coupé sees the new direct injection 2.0 TFSI engine with 230hp replacing the previous 180hp 1.8 TFSI.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt.

 

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The design vocab of the Audi TT Coupé comprises geometric shapes, circles and strong lines. Managed to find matching environs to shoot the car.

The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the second generation in 2006 and the third generation in 2014.

The latest Audi TT Coupé is now more masculine, progressive and sportier.

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SGMotorshow2020: Audi Launches e-tron Full-Electric Model

Sunday, January 12th, 2020

The e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model and was launched in Singapore at the Singapore Motorshow 2020, together with the new Audi A1 Sportback, Audi Q3 and new variant of the Audi A7 Sportback. Prices below.

The Audi e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model.

The Audi e-tron full-size SUV is Audi’s first full-electric model.

Audi also celebrates two years of successful implementation of “Audi on demand” in Singapore.

In terms of performance, the two electric motors produce up to 300kW to the four wheels, making the car an electric quattro that’s capable of tackling any terrain.

 

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Launch of the Audi e-tron at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

A full charge gives the car a range of over 400km.

in addition, the car features an exceptionally effective recuperation strategy with its integrated electrohydraulic brake control system.

 

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Markus Schuster, Managing Director of Audi Singapore, on the Audi e-tron.

Audi is the first carmaker to use such a solution in an electrically powered series production vehicle.

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SGMotorshow2020: Maserati Debuts Levante GTS In Singapore

Saturday, January 11th, 2020

The Maserati Levante GTS is equipped with a 3.8-litre Twin Turbo V8 engine, one of the most powerful engines ever fitted in a Maserati. Prices below.

Dashboard of the new Levante GTS. Image courtesy of Tridente Automobili.

Dashboard of the new Levante GTS. Image courtesy of Tridente Automobili.

A high performance variant built around a muscular twin-turbo V8 Ferrari-built engine, the 2020 Levante GTS brings the GT philosophy to the SUV segment in its purest form.

The exterior of the Levante GTS features a new, more aggressive design with subtle performance and aerodynamic enhancements that hint at the maximum potential of the 530bhp engine.

The rear-biased four-wheel drive system ensures that the Levante GTS delivers extreme off-road capabilities and on-road racing dynamics.

The V8 engine produces a staggering 530 bhp and 730 Nm of torque.

0 to 100 km/h takes an exhilarating 4.3 seconds, with top speed at 291 km/h.

 

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Launch of the Maserati Levante GTS at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

Maserati is displaying its full range of models at the Singapore Motorshow 2020, from the executive luxury Quattroporte flagship sedan, the striking Ghibli sports sedan, and the Levante ‘Maserati of SUVs’, to the iconic GranCabio.

Prices below.

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SGMotorshow2020: Hyundai Venue, Ioniq Hybrid & Ioniq Electric

Friday, January 10th, 2020

Komoco Motors brings in more electrified powertrains of Hyundai in its commitment to a sustainable environmentally-friendly future.

 

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Hyundai launches the 2020 Hyundai Venue with Smartstream Gamma II 1.6 engine – at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

The Singapore Motorshow 2020 saw the Southeast Asia debut of Hyundai’s sub-compact urban SUV – Hyundai Venue, equipped with new Smartstream Gamma II 1.6 engine with Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT).

Its second generation electrification was manifested in the newly enhanced Ioniq Hybrid with a refreshed design; as well as the launch of the new Ioniq Electric with upgraded 38.3-kWh battery, capable of achieving a range of 311 km in total.

Enhancements to existing models include the Hyundai Santa Fe 2.4 with enhanced SmartSense, Advanced Safety and Convenience Technologies; as well as the locally enhanced Hyundai Avante 1.6.

More details below from the press release.

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Event: Singapore Motorshow 2020 at Suntec City (9-12 January)

Thursday, January 9th, 2020

Singapore Motorshow 2020 is in town for four days from 9-12 January at Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre, Levels 3, 4 & 6. Tickets at S$6 each. Free for children below 120cm. Check out photos of the show here.

MG re-enters the Singapore market and launches 3 models at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

MG re-enters the Singapore market and launches 3 models at the Singapore Motorshow 2020.

More than 100 cars will be on display from more than 36 automotive brands, with 20 new automotive launches during the show.

Automotive brands launching new models or showcasing their ranges include Audi, BMW, BYD, Ducati, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Land Rover, Lexus, MG, Maserati, Mazda, MINI, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, ŠKODA, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

Making his return to the Singapore Motorshow is three-time Guinness World Record holder and British precision driver, Russ Swift.

Sponsored by Subaru, the popular performance involves an exciting display of stunts throughout the 45-minute shows, which take place at least three times a day.

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GOJEK Unveils GoalBetter Benefits Programme for its Singapore Drivers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

GoalBetter will offer a suite of benefits – including insurance, medical teleconsultation and fuel rebates – for private-hire drivers in Singapore.

GOJEK GoalBetter launch at Andaz.

GOJEK GoalBetter launch at Andaz.

GOJEK has today unveiled GoalBetter, its dedicated benefits programme for driver-partners in Singapore.

Launching in an initial pilot phase to selected drivers on April 1, GoalBetter will roll out to all eligible drivers from June.

GoalBetter is built on four pillars: better earnings stability; better protection; better flexibility; and better experience.

Through partnerships with third-party service providers, GOJEK will offer its driver-partners a suite of benefits that align with GoalBetter’s four pillars.

Details below from the press release

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Caltex Launches Singapore’s First Fuel Payment App

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

The CaltexGo mobile payment app offers fast, hassle-free fuel payment from the comfort of your car.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, at the launch of CaltexGo mobile fuel payment app in Singapore.

Chevron Singapore, which operates the retail brand Caltex, has introduced Singapore’s first fuel payment app.

“As part of its new digital transformation, Chevron has opted for an agile approach to its first mobile payment solution, listening closely to user feedback and learning from industry best practices towards developing a minimum viable product for fuel payment,” said Chevron’s General Manager of Products for Singapore, Shahid Ahmed, when I chatted with him during the app’s launch.

The CaltexGO mobile payment app is the front-end of an integrated digital eco-system that offers cashless payments and helps consumers locate a service station, enjoy automatic loyalty LinkPoints collection, exclusive mobile offers, and electronic receipts at their fingertips.

CaltexGO responds to key consumer pinch points identified in the retail brand’s recent consumer insights analysis.

Chevron notes that refueling can be seen as a chore which drivers strive to mitigate.

Having to wait for a pump, long payment queues, and the complexity related to loyalty and payment systems were the top inconvenience grouses by drivers at service stations.

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Huawei demos proof of concept driverless car in 5 weeks

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Huawei showcases driverless Porsche Panamera driven by the Mate 10 Pro, leveraging the smartphone’s powerful computer chip and AI (Artificial Intelligence) engine.

Huawei boasts that it is the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.

Huawei boasts that it is the first mobile device manufacturer in the world to use an AI-powered smartphone to drive a car.

The aim of the “RoadReader” project is to push the boundaries of Huawei’s object recognition technology and put the learning capabilities, speed and performance of its AI-powered devices to the test.

The AI engine in the Huawei Mate 10 Pro transforms the Porsche Panamera into a driverless vehicle that does not just see, but also understands its surroundings.

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