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Kia GT4 Stinger Concept

Jan 10 2014 12:41 AM | Alpine in Articles

Kia has announced plan to unveil a new concept car, the GT4 Stinger at North American International Auto Show on 13th Jan.

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Kia GT4 Stinger concept announced with rear-wheel drive & 315 bhp

Kia has announced plans to introduce the GT4 Stinger concept at the North American International Auto Show.

Set to be unveiled on January 13th, the GT4 Stinger is a low-slung 2+2 sports car with a "Tiger Nose" grille and vertical LED headlights. The model also has a carbon fiber front splitter, a ventilated hood and 20-inch alloy wheels.

Power is provided by a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that develops 315 bhp (235 kW). Detailed performance specifications were not released but Kia confirmed the concept has rear-wheel drive.

Source: Kia

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Tender called to flood-proof MRT stations

Dec 03 2013 11:04 AM | Jeretto in Articles

LTA has called a tender to install flood barriers at another 19 MRT stations. The stations - all on the Circle and North-East Lines - include Holland Village, Kent Ridge, Serangoon, Chinatown and Clarke Quay. Vent shafts, glass panel gaps and other openings will be sealed at the stations.

Part of the project also involves flood-proofing a Circle Line facility at Bukit Brown and the North-East Line's Sengkang Depot. The tender will close next month.

This is the third batch of stations that will be outfitted with flood prevention systems. The LTA had previously awarded two tenders to set up flood barriers at 17 MRT stations for $7.8 million.

On the other hand, national water agency PUB has stepped up its drainage maintenance from once to thrice a week. It is also planning to improve drainage at 36 more flood-prone locations. Its measures include building the Stamford Detention Tank near the junction of Tyersall Avenue and Tyersall Road, as well as deepening and widening the Sungei Pandan Kechil canal. These are on top of 176 ongoing drainage improvement projects islandwide, such as at major canals in Rochor and Alexandra.

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Kia K900 - Kia Quoris

Dec 02 2013 02:39 PM | OptimusPrime in Articles

Something we wont get to see here.

The highly anticipated all-new Kia K900 (known as Kia Quoris in other overseas markets) was unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show that began on November 20. The 2015 Kia K900 is Kia Motors’ first-ever rear-drive, luxury sedan with an extensive list of standard equipment, world-class accommodations and stunning design that will redefine consumer perceptions and expectations of the Kia brand.

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Let’s take a closer look:

Elegant Exterior Design

-    Long 119.9 inch wheelbase and wide 63.8-inch front and 64.1-inch rear track of the V8

-       Standard 19-inch multi-spoke chrome wheels(V8-equipped models) are shod with 245/45R-19 tires up front and 275/40R-19 tires at the rear

-    Signature Kia grille with LED headlights

-    16 LED bulbs provide powerful, natural light for enhanced luminosity

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Opulence Within

-    Three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel features controls for audio, cruise control, entertainment and vehicle information

-    Heated wheel is available on the V6 luxury, V6 Technology and both V8 models

-    High-grade leather is standard and soft Nappa leather is available in black or white with contrasting piping

*The Nappa leather is the result of a 2 year search to find just the right softness, durability and consistent texture!

-    Soft-hue LED interior lighting

-    Front seats feature standard multi-stage heating and ventilation

-    Full-length panoramic roof with power retractable sunshade

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Sophisticated, Intuitive Technology and Safety

-    12.3 inch full color LCD screen is easy to read and easily configurable, featuring different themes depending on the drive mode selected

-    900-watt Lexicon high-fidelity auto system featuring a trunk-mounted 12-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers

-    Kia’s exclusive UVO eServices telematics software

-    Front and rear park-assist sensors and cameras

-    Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system that provides an audible warning to the driver if oncoming cross traffic is detected from the rear while the K900 is in Reverse

-    Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

-    Kia’s first use of Advanced Vehicle Safety Management (AVSM)

Flagship Performance

-    Comes with a 3.8-liter Lamba V6 engine that produces 311 horsepower

-    An optional 5.0-liter V8 engine produces 420 horsepower.

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As music continues to be a continuous theme for Kia, with the Soul hamsters and Lady Gaga, Kia proves it has reached a new level of elegance and sophistication, as it opened its press conference at the 2013 LA Auto Show with a duet performance featuring a violinist and bassist.

View the press conference video to listen to the musical performance and learn more about the new K900. Also, if you are in the LA area to attend the auto show, we hope your take a closer look at  the Kia 900 and share photos with us!

2013 Los Angeles Auto Show Press Conference Video.


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Kia Optima K5 (Official Press Release)

Dec 01 2013 12:53 AM | OptimusPrime in Articles


Kia's Award-Winning Mid-size Sedan Returns with Improved Design, New Premium Amenities And Technological Enhancements

- Iconic design updated with dynamic and eye-catching front and rear fascias
- Kia's best-selling Optima now offers more uplevel features and options to enhance comfort and value

NEW YORK, March 27, 2013 – Kia Motors America (KMA), one of America's fastest-growing car companies over the last five years , unveiled a significantly updated version of its best-selling Optima mid-size sedan today at the 2013 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS). Just three years ago, Kia turned the automotive world on its head when the Peter Schreyer-penned Optima mid-size sedan was unveiled at the 2010 NYIAS. Since that time, Optima has become Kia's sales leader, selling more than 150,000 units last year and gaining worldwide acclaim for its European-inspired design and fun-to-drive performance. The 2014 Optima, built in the U.S.* at Kia's West Point, Ga., facility (KMMG), arrives with updated front and rear fascias, retaining the vehicle's dynamic and sporty proportions. Available in LX, EX, SX and SX-Limited trims, the Optima's new premium amenities and convenience options make Optima an impressive player in the competitive mid-size sedan segment. The 2014 Optima is expected to arrive in Kia retail showrooms in the third quarter of the year, and pricing will be announced closer to the vehicle's on-sale date.

"With the latest version of the Optima, Kia continues to advance value to new levels of sophistication, offering mid-size sedan consumers new premium amenities and convenience upgrades, as well as a refinement of the world-class design that so completely transformed our brand," said Michael Sprague, executive vice president, marketing & communications, KMA. "The Optima is the cornerstone of Kia's design evolution and epitomizes the brand's goal of building highly-captivating, value-positioned vehicles."

* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are built in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

Improvement of an Already Iconic Design

In a mid-size sedan segment long dominated by function over desirability, the 2014 Optima cements the model's status as a trailblazer of combining style and substance in an affordably priced vehicle. Refining the Optima's sculpted, high-end appearance, Kia's Frankfurt-based design team improved the vehicle's front and rear fascias and the brand's signature tabbed grille. The vehicle's bold stance and aerodynamic shape are further accentuated by updated rear diffusers and a sweeping trunk lid. Lighting up the European-inspired design are striking front LED positioning and fog lights, along with clear, newly designed LED rear lamps.

The improvements continue within the cabin of the 2014 Optima, as drivers are greeted with more upscale and high-tech amenities. Activating the Optima's push button ignition brings two new displays to life: a 4.3-inch TFT LCD instrument cluster and optional high-resolution 8-inch navigation and telematics screen, featuring UVO eServices, an 8-speaker Infinity® sound system, HD Radio™® , SiriusXM™ Satellite Radio and SiriusXM Traffic™4. All-new seat designs ensure a comfortable drive in the powerful and spirited sedan, while an optional new Blind Spot Detection (BSD) system, which includes rear cross-traffic alert and rear parking sensors, improve convenience and peace of mind.

Every 2014 Optima, comes well equipped with a generous roster of standard features. The LX trim offers dual exhaust with chrome tips, solar glass, exterior mirror turn signal indicators, front fog lights, exterior heated mirrors, chrome accented exterior door handles and new 16-inch alloy wheels fitted with 205/65R16 tires and a six-speed automatic transmission. The volume-leading EX trim offers larger 17-inch alloy wheels fitted with 215/55R17 tires, leather seats, 8-way power adjustable driver's seat, and an illuminated front cup holders. Moving to the SX trim, consumers will find stylish new 18-inch polished alloy wheels with 225/45R18 tires, unique front and rear lower bumpers and side sills, aero wiper blades. The SX-T includes HID headlights with auto leveling. Elevating to the top-of-the-line Limited trim brings Optima to another level of sporty refinement, adding unique 18-inch chrome wheels, new LED fog lights, red brake calipers, an electronic parking brake, chrome accented side sills, and premium Nappa leather seats.

Dynamic and Efficient Powertrains

The 2014 Optima is available with two powerful Theta II powerplants featuring gasoline direct injection (GDI) technology: a 2.4-liter GDI four-cylinder or a 2.0-liter GDI turbo engine. A 2.4-liter hybrid powertrain is also available. The 2.4-liter GDI engine is available on LX, EX and SX models while the more robust 2.0-liter turbo GDI engine is offered exclusively to the SX. This turbo-charged unit delivers V6-type power with a four-cylinder's efficiency. Each engine choice is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission featuring Sportmatic® clutchless shifting. New for the 2014 Optima, and exclusive to the sporty SX variant, is Drive Mode Select (DMS), which adjusts transmission shift points and steering weight, offering owners a customizable driving experience.

Kia: One of the World's Fastest Moving Global Automotive Brands

Kia Motors America is one of only three auto brands to increase U.S. sales in each of the past four years, and in 2012 the company surpassed the 500,000 unit mark for the first time. With a full line of fun-to-drive cars and CUVs, Kia is advancing value to new levels of sophistication by combining European-influenced styling – under the guidance of chief design officer Peter Schreyer – with cutting-edge technologies, premium amenities, affordable pricing and the lowest cost of ownership in the industry. Kia recently joined the exclusive ranks of Interbrand's "Top 100 Best Global Brands," and is poised to continue its momentum with seven all-new or significantly redesigned vehicles scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2013. Over the past decade Kia Motors has invested more than $1.4 billion in the U.S., including the company's first U.S. assembly plant in West Point, Georgia – Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia – which is responsible for the creation of more than 11,000 plant and supplier jobs. The success of the U.S.-built* Optima and Sorento in two of the industry's largest segments has fueled Kia's rapid growth and is complemented by Kia's comprehensive lineup which includes the Soul urban passenger vehicle, Sportage compact CUV, Optima Hybrid, the Forte sedan, 5-door and Koup compacts, Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and the Sedona minivan.

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Kia Soul 2014

Aug 26 2013 11:21 PM | Alpine in Articles

The hamsters are back again.....

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Higher Speed Limit For KPE Soon

Nov 13 2013 10:13 AM | Alpine in Articles


Speedier travel on KPE soon

Raising limit to 80kmh will bring it in line with upcoming Marina expressway

The speed limit for the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway (KPE) is set to go up from 70kmh to 80kmh as early as next month - six years after the largely underground highway opened.

The Straits Times understands that the limit will be revised to be in line with the limit for the Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE), which opens at the end of the year. The KPE joins the MCE, which also joins the Ayer Rajah Expressway.

New speed-limit signs, covered in black plastic wrappers, have been placed in the tunnels, checks revealed. But certain stretches with sharper curvatures may retain the 70kmh limit.

Speed limits on other expressways are mostly 90kmh.

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Marina Coastal Expressway Sets To Open On 29 De...

Nov 13 2013 10:19 AM | Alpine in Articles


Singapore's first undersea road - Marina Coastal Expressway - set to open on Dec 29

The Marina Coastal Expressway (MCE) - Singapore's first undersea road, costliest expressway and one with the widest tunnels - will open on Dec 29, four years after the $4.3 billion project started.

The 5km expressway, at $860 million per kilometre, has a 420m section that goes under the sea-bed just south of the Marina Barrage. There are five lanes in each direction.

Linking the Kallang-Paya Lebar Expressway to the Ayer Rajah Expressway (AYE), it will allow swift east-west travel.

Drivers currently using the East Coast Parkway (ECP) to join up with the AYE can switch to the MCE from Dec 29. The ECP will be downgraded to an arterial road that serves the Marina downtown.

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MAS Car Loan etc guidelines

Apr 11 2013 08:41 AM | Onechoco in Articles

Extracted courtesy of  MAS Website.

MAS Imposes Financing Restrictions on Motor Vehicle Loans

Singapore, 25 February 2013 … The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) will re-introduce1 financing restrictions on motor vehicle loans granted by financial institutions.
2   The maximum motor vehicle loan amount will depend on the open market value (OMV) of the motor vehicle purchased:
In addition, the tenure of a motor vehicle loan will be capped at 5 years.2
(i) For a motor vehicle with OMV that does not exceed $20,000, the maximum loan-to-value (LTV) is 60% of the purchase price, including relevant taxes and the price of the Certificate of Entitlement, where applicable; and
(ii) For a motor vehicle with OMV of more than $20,000, the maximum LTV is 50%.
3   The financing restrictions are necessary to encourage financial prudence among buyers of motor vehicles.  In this prolonged environment of very low interest rates, there is greater risk of buyers over-extending themselves on motor vehicles.  
4   The financing restrictions will not apply to loans for the purchase of commercial vehicles3.  They will also not apply to loans for the purchase of motorcycles.
5   The rules will take effect from 26 February 2013.4
1 MAS previously had in place financing restrictions on motor vehicles loans, from February 1995 to January 2003.  

2 For re-financing facilities, only the cap on loan tenure applies.  The sum of the tenure of the refinancing facility and the number of years since the first motor vehicle loan granted to the borrower for the purchase of that motor vehicle was first disbursed, cannot exceed 5 years.  A financial institution may re-finance the full outstanding balance under a motor vehicle loan, subject to its credit assessment of the borrower.

3 “Commercial vehicles” refers to goods vehicles (not including goods-cum-passengers vehicles), omnibuses, school buses, private hire buses, excursion buses, private buses, engineering plants, private hire cars and taxis.

4 The rules will apply to loans granted for the purchase of motor vehicles where the date on which the agreement to purchase a motor vehicle is on or after 26 February 2013, or where there is no agreement to purchase a motor vehicle, the date on which the borrower successfully obtains a COE is on or after 26 February 2013.  In the case of re-financing facilities, the rules will apply where the application date of such facilities is on or after 26 February 2013.

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Motorcyclists '23% better' behind the w...

Nov 18 2013 03:34 PM | Moveyman in Articles

Finally, a leading insurer’s data shows what we’ve all know for years – we are safer behind the wheel than non-motorcyclists

MOTORCYCLISTS are 23% safer behind the wheel of a car than non-motorcyclists, according to a leading insurer.

Equity Red Star compared car drivers to car users who also have an insured motorcycle, and found the latter 23% less likely on average to make a claim on their car policy.

The firm also adjusted the figures to take into account the different typical ages of car drivers and motorcyclists, and still found the riders to be 21% better behind the wheel. The results showed motorcyclists were 20% less likely to make a bodily injury claim on their car policy.

The insurer examined 200 million policies between 2007 and 2012.

Rob Clark, Equity Red Star’s Head of Retail Motor, said: “A motorcyclist could, behind the wheel of a car, be said to be 23% better.”

Clark presented the data yesterday at a conference organised by the Motorcycle Industry Association to examine evidence that increasing the number of motorcyclists on the road could actually improve safety.
The conference was held in the offices of the Department for Transport in London.

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Kia Forte K3

Oct 14 2013 09:32 AM | OptimusPrime in Articles

2014 Kia Forte Review

A swoopy shape, LED lights and plenty of optional extras make the 2014 Forte attractive, but is it more than just a pretty face?

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