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Cheryl Tay

Singapore’s only female full-time motoring and motorsports photojournalist. Independent automotive consultant and prominent local motorsports personality Cheryl Tay is uniquely passionate about all things cars and motorsports. She also has a strong passion to share her interest and knowledge, hence having a dream to become the ‘Oprah Winfrey of cars and motorsports’ and create a multimedia platform for her sharing. - A female in a male-dominated world, Cheryl Tay is Singapore’s only female full-time motoring journalist and motorsports blogger and she regularly writes for prominent titles in Singapore, Asia and internationally. (See full list of titles that Cheryl Tay writes for here.)

BMW Concept M4 Coupe

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On 15 August, surrounded by both current and historic BMW models, BMW M tonight offered a first outlook on a high-performance sports car of tomorrow – the BMW Concept M4 Coupe. The car was unveiled at the BMW opening media reception for the iconic annual Pebble Beach/Monterey automobile weekend.

P90131219-lowRes“The BMW Concept M4 Coupe reflects the BMW M philosophy in ideal form: It combines motor racing genes and unrestricted everyday suitability in a highly emotional overall concept. For four generations, the BMW M3 has put motor racing on the road and the BMW Concept M4 Coupe consistently continues to pursue this fundamental idea. The new model designation “M4” refers – like all other BMW M automobiles – to the series on which this concept car is based,” explains Dr. Friedrich Nitschke, President BMW M Division.

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Disco Volante by Touring at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013

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American debut for the Disco Volante by Touring at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance 2013

  • Back from the victory at Villa d’Este, the Disco Volante #1 flies to America together with its 2012 style model
  • Touring donates the style model of the Disco Volante to Pebble Beach Company Foundation for its charitable purposes. The model will be auctioned by Gooding on August 18, 2013
  • The style model served the design development and was showcased at 2012 Geneva Motor Show
  • Only the auction winner will have the opportunity to own both the style model and the rolling car
  • The Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring makes its first appearance in America at the Pebble Beach Concours on August 18, 2013
  • Pebble Beach is the most important Concours d’ Elegance outside Europe. The cars designed by Touring Superleggera have received 6 class awards and a Best of Show in the history of Pebble Beach

Touring Superleggera showcases the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring on the prestigious Concept Cars Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours this year. The car, which has just won the Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes at the Concours d’Elegance Villa d’Este, comes to the United States 60 years after the first American journey of the legendary Alfa 1900 C52 that inspired the new design.

With the Disco Volante, Touring rejuvenates its purest tradition: to create new and exciting shapes for the most performing and interesting chassis. When applied to Alfa Romeos, this philosophy gave birth to masterpieces that marked the history of design and automobiles.

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The new CC R-Line

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Tailored for performance

Immaculately dressed and always ready to perform – that’s the new Volkswagen CC R-Line, which makes its debut in Singapore on 17 August 2013.

CC R-Line (640x427)

As the first four-door coupe in its class, the CC has always set itself apart from ordinary saloon cars. Now, the new CC R-Line furthers this distinction with a redesigned front bumper – complete with vertical chrome bars painted in gleaming black – and bottom radiator grille.

Individualised side sills, ‘Mallory’ 18-inch alloy wheels (five double spokes) and a further chrome element integrated into the cover above the fog lights complete the exterior package. The radiator grille is also adorned by an R-Line logo.

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New BMW Business models now available in Singapore

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BMW Asia today introduced the new BMW 116i Business, BMW 316i Business, BMW X1 sDrive20i Business and BMW X3 xDrive20i Business, which will be retailed by Performance Motors Ltd. The new BMW Business models have been competitively equipped and priced to appeal to a wider customer audience.

BMW 116i Business:

Unique driving pleasure in the premium compact segment.
The new BMW 116i Business is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine with an output of 136hp and a maximum torque of 220 Nm. It takes 8.7 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start. With an average EU fuel consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 134 grams per kilometer, the BMW 116i Business offers an impressive combination of performance and efficiency.

Driven by BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the engine comprises of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS.

Other fuel-saving features include Brake Energy Regeneration, electromechanical servo-assisted steering, as well as the unique-in-its-class features like the eight-speed automatic transmission with Automatic Start/Stop function and ECO PRO mode.

On top of these fuel saving features, the BMW 116i Business comes standard with essential equipment such as Comfort Access system, electrical seat adjustment with memory function, Park Distance Control Sensor (Rear), Xenon headlights, BMW Radio Professional and a hands-free kit with a USB interface.

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Car Ownership Struggles in Singapore

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Owning a car in Singapore now is getting to a point as tough as asking my grandfather to climb Mount Everest. I can’t even begin how horrible the conditions are – high COE prices, higher ERP prices, stricter loan regulations.

I came across this letter on Facebook addressed to a Mr. XXX from “a very disgruntled and upset middle-income Singapore citizen” and I thought it summed up the situation quite well.

Here’s the letter from Mr Thomas Choo:

Dear Mr. XXX,

I have been wanting to get this off my chest for quite sometime now but sadly couldn’t as I have been busy tending to my family needs until I saw the latest COE prices which prompted me to do so.

Have you ever wondered are your so-called policies effective in keeping the car population at a manageable level? I seriously do not think so. Look at your measures taken so far, increase COE prices, increase ERP prices, implement new car loan policies etc etc. Is any of them effective at all?

Look at the COE prices now. Despite the fact they are at ridiculous levels now, people are still buying new cars without batting an eyelid. Especially the rich where COE prices are not even in their equation, be it 10k or 100k.

You then increase ERP prices, hoping to keep our roads smooth-flowing, especially during peak hours. Has it worked? Not only our roads are still congested, people are flaring up more due to the constant jams now. Tempers fray, people get more impatient, road rage occurs, accidents happen more frequently.

Thereafter you came up with the brilliant idea of imposing new car loan policies whereby potential car buyers had to fork out at least half of the car’s value in cold hard cash. All these in an attempt to keep away people from buying cars. What has it done in the end? Your wonderful idea caused a lot of used car dealers to go bust as all their cars were stuck in their showrooms, gathering cobwebs in the process.

Now, a car has been put out of reach among many people, especially those from the lower and middle income groups. Some of these people I know really need one, be it for work, family or other purposes. Sadly, due to your measures, they are unable to afford one now, even a bread and butter model in the market. The funny thing is, you guys keep complaining our birth rate is at an all-time low, we are not getting married and starting a family but hey, have you ever tried taking public transport with 2 kids, 2 strollers and other barang barangs in tow? Their cash has been reserved for family needs, where to find an extra 50k to place as downpayment for a car? Makes sense, no?

The general public’s resentment is clear for all to see. You do not need to be a rocket scientist to know this. Heck, I don’t even know whether in a few years’ time, do I have the means to extend my COE or do I have to end up sending my very well-maintained car to the scrapyard if the COE prices maintain at the same rate as they are now? The thought is mind-boggling, to say the least.

Oh ya, and before you tell us not to keep complaining and help to think of solutions instead of running our country down, please be reminded that the one earning a million dollars salary is YOU, not us. If we need to help you think of solutions then what are you here for?

Last but not least, if you can’t even control the car population now, what makes you think you can do so when you welcome 6.9 million people to our tiny island in 2030?

A very disgruntled and visibly upset middle-income citizen

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