Saturday, Dec 20, 2014Saturday, Dec 20, 2014

Motoring

 
SINGAPORE - It is that time of year again. Time for us to honour the best the automotive world has to offer, time to celebrate motoring at its best, time for The Straits Times Car of the Year.
Half-expecting the driver in a growling be-winged Mitsubishi Evo pulling ahead to cut into my lane, I eased off the throttle.
Would you pay nearly $50,000 more for a car that is 0.3 seconds quicker and 2kmh faster than another that is almost identical to it? Porsche believes you will.
How would an electric car- sharing scheme further our ambition to be "car-lite"? In short, it does not.
The woman in charge of AMG communications said rather curtly that the 12-cylinder S65 test-cars have all been assigned to writers from "our most important markets".
A fuel cell car is essentially an electric car. But instead of a battery pack that is recharged via an external power source, the fuel cell car makes its own electricity.
The future is here. No, really, it is. Because that is the name of Toyota's first mass production hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV) - Mirai, which means future in Japanese.
Not far from where the first security robots are deployed for street patrol and just around the corner from where Google is plotting its foray into the automotive sector, a black Mercedes-Benz S-class plies silently.