Fast lane: New Aston Martins based on Bond car?

An Aston Martin DB10 is displayed in London on Oct 21, 2015.
An Aston Martin DB10 is displayed in London on Oct 21, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS

New Aston Martins based on Bond car?

Aston Martin built 10 DB10 sports cars and not one of them is for sale. The rarefied DB10s were built exclusively for James Bond in the upcoming movie, Spectre.

But the DB10 is more than just a screen car. It is widely expected to be a preview of the next new Aston model - perhaps the new DB9 or V8 Vantage.

It also hints strongly at the British brand's new design language - significantly more modern, more aggressive and less Jaguar-ish than before.


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Meanwhile, the company has tied up with Chinese investment group ChinaEquity to explore the development of an electric Rapide.


More compact Volvos

Volvo Cars is to extend its range of compact cars into new segments on its compact modular architecture, a smaller but equally advanced version of its scalable product architecture.

The first car using this architecture is expected to be launched in 2017, with several more to follow.

The Chinese-owned Swedish brand aims to hit sales of 800,000 in the next few years - up from under 500,000 currently. This will be propelled by smaller models, as well as new flagship cars such as the S90 and V90.



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Fifty 650S Can-Ams for 50th anniversary

McLaren will make 50 units of the 650S Can-Am to mark the 50th anniversary of the Can-Am racing series. Based on the 650S Spider, the race car will be powered by McLaren's 641bhp 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8. It is said to clock a 3-second century sprint and a top speed of 329kmh.


Honda self-driving car by 2020

Honda will have a self-driving car for sale by 2020, challenging rivals Toyota and Nissan which are also betting on the future of autonomous vehicles, reported Agence France-Presse.



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Revised Kawasaki

Kawasaki's revised ZZR1400 (above) is able to meet Euro 4 emission standards without sacrificing its 200bhp output. It has a new instrument cluster featuring high-visibility dials and LCD displays using a dot-pattern background, plus black/white interchangeable displays for easy reading in both day and night time.

It wears new Brembo brakes, an Ohlins rear shock absorber with unique settings and Akrapovic silencers.


Young new drivers go

New drivers are increasingly attracted to electric or ultra-low emission cars, a UK survey has revealed.

This is in line with futurologist Ian Pearson’s forecast of electric cars becoming the “new normal” by 2026.

The state-funded poll revealed that more than 81 per cent of 14-year-olds plan to make their first car purchase an electric one.

About 800 teens between 14 and 17 years old were polled.

Elsewhere, 17-year-olds who are learning to drive right now also specified that they want to get behind the wheel of an ultra-low emission vehicle when they pass.



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Special-edition Caravelle

Volkswagen has launched a special edition of its Caravelle people carrier which pays tribute to its "love van" of the 1960s.

With a red-and-white exterior, the Caravelle Generation Six looks as groovy as the original. Inside, decorative inserts on the dashboard blend with high-tech gadgets.

The Generation Six is available with a 2-litre turbodiesel engine mated with a seven-speed dual- clutch gearbox. One version makes 150bhp, while another 204bhp.



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Refreshed Honda looks edgier

Honda's 2016 CBR500R sports a completely refreshed and edgier look, with new features such as adjustable pre-load front suspension, a larger fuel tank, adjustable brake levers, "wave" style ignition key and a shorter exhaust muffler with internal structure tuned for a satisfying low, crisp exhaust note.


Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 24, 2015, with the headline '(No headline) - CTFAST19'. Print Edition | Subscribe