Fast Lane: Grumpy Cat and Georgia May Jagger for Opel

Internet sensation Grumpy Cat and supermodel Georgia May Jagger will be featured alongside Opels for the automaker's calendar next year.
Internet sensation Grumpy Cat and supermodel Georgia May Jagger will be featured alongside Opels for the automaker's calendar next year. PHOTOS: OPEL, DAVID TING, BENTLEY, DAIMLER, TOYOTA

Grumpy Cat and Georgia May Jagger for Opel

Next year's Opel Calendar will be another collectible.

Filling its pages is a unique photographic mix of Internet celebrity Grumpy Cat (real name Tardar Sauce), supermodel Georgia May Jagger (daughter of Rolling Stone Mick Jagger) and a lovely assortment of Opels that include historical models, current production cars and futuristic prototypes.


'Dress-up' package for Mazda 2 worth $2k

Trans Eurokars is bundling a complimentary "dress-up" package worth $2,000 with its entry-level supermini.

The package lets the buyer customise his new Mazda 2 (above) with personalised decals or a full-body wrap. For a limited period, the Mazda dealership is also throwing in a bodykit and spoiler worth another $2,000.


Car boot turns postal drop-off

Daimler's city car division has tied up with DHL in Germany to allow Smart car owners to specify their vehicle as the delivery address for online purchases. The deliveryman can also pick up parcels in the same way.

To be beta-tested in four German cities, the app-based service uses a connectivity box (which can be pre-installed or retro-fitted) in the vehicle and one-time keyless digital access that expires after a successful delivery.


Largest Bentley showroom

Bentley Motors has opened its largest showroom (above), spanning about 6,967 sq m.

Located in Dubai, the six-storey flagship facility features a luminary facade with 160,000 LED lights, capable of displaying a full spectrum of colours that include the automaker's complete paintwork palette, graphics, video streams and special effects.

Another highlight is a water curtain with number plate recognition technology - it can project the name of a regular customer when he arrives in his Bentley.


New-age Toyota taxi in the works

Toyota Motor Corporation and the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations are collaborating on a next-generation taxi (above) for the country. The as-yet-unnamed taxicab will replace the trusted Crown Comfort from next year.

Toyota's taxi tradition dates back 80 years to 1936, when its Model AA was first used to pick up fares.

David Ting

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 20, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe