Kia Seltos GT Line: Cool, compact crossover

The Kia Seltos competes in a rather crowded compact crossover segment populated by the likes of Honda’s HR-V, Toyota’s C-HR, Mazda’s CX-30, MG’s HS and Hyundai’s Kona. The initial launch variant is the top GT Line, with a 1.4-litre turbo engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission – the same drivetrain as the Hyundai i30’s if it is returned for […]

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Long-term Test: Time, effort needed to go green with the Toyota Prius PHV

The Toyota Prius PHV (plug-in hybrid vehicle) offers around 50km of electric range with the reassuring backup of a fossil-fuelled powertrain. Does combining a large battery and petrol tank put range anxiety to rest? Or does it end up an unsatisfactory compromise? First, here are my most salient observations about the car. Having two powertrains add more weight. The Prius […]

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Fast Lane: Renault Megane RS Trophy lands in Singapore

Renault Megane RS Trophy lands in Singapore The souped-up version of the Renault Megane RS hot hatch has slipped into Singapore without fanfare. The Land Transport Authority has approved the car for sale earlier this month. The Trophy’s 1.8-litre turbocharged engine churns out 300hp, up from 280hp. Other upgrades include a stiffer chassis, mechanical limited slip differential and Recaro seats. […]

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Racing returns to Colorado National Speedway, where “what’s normal is not normal” – The Denver Post

Renee Waltemeyer has been around Colorado racing her entire life, but she’s never seen anything like this. “This year is just kind of different,” she said. “What’s normal is not normal.” Waltemeyer, who along with her husband formed Renee and Adam Waltemeyer Racing, has sponsored drivers at Colorado National Speedway for almost three decades. Though this season has been stressful, […]

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Fast Lane

BMW 4-series to arrive by the fourth quarter of this year BMW’s new 4-series Coupe is bigger and bolder. It is 128mm longer, 27mm wider and 6mm taller than its predecessor, with a wheelbase extended by 41mm to 2,851mm. With slender pillars, long doors with frameless windows and a flowing roofline, the car is sleek. A massive grille in front makes a bold […]

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Me And My Car: Beetle nut

Video game developer Cash Ong spends his days creating mobile entertainment for others. But in his own time, he finds joy in something a lot more tangible – a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle which he has owned since 1999. It is the 47-year-old’s second Beetle. He had a 1961 Baja Beetle – a version made for offroad use – when he […]

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Treasure hunter

In the summer of 2018, Englishman Paul Mitchell was at his home just outside of London, planning a round-the-world trip to celebrate his upcoming 40th birthday. He started surfing travel websites leisurely, but ended up on Google Maps frantically trying to locate a particular carpark in Singapore. Something had caught his eye on a travel blog. Among parked cars in […]

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Fast Lane: Facelifted BMW 5-series include plug-in hybrid

Facelifted BMW 5-series include plug-in hybrid BMW has unveiled its facelifted 5-series. The car sports new LED headlights, a new (and bigger) grille, three-dimensional rear lights and trapezoidal tailpipes. Variants include the BMW 530e, a plug-in hybrid with a 2-litre engine paired with a an electric motor and eight-speed autobox. Its combined output is 292hp and 420Nm, allowing the sedan […]

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Me And My Car: Beetle nut

Video game developer Cash Ong spends his days creating mobile entertainment for others. But in his own time, he finds joy in something a lot more tangible – a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle which he has owned since 1999. It is the 47-year-old’s second Beetle. He had a 1961 Baja Beetle – a version made for offroad use – when he […]

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