Fast Lane: Audi Q8 "coupe-SUV" revealed

Q8 “coupe-sport utility vehicle”
Q8 “coupe-sport utility vehicle”PHOTO: AUDI
The JB11 JetPack
The JB11 JetPackPHOTO: JB11
Fourth-generation X5
Fourth-generation X5PHOTO: BMW
Jaguar Land Rover is developing off-road self-driving sport utility vehicles (above) in a project named Cortex.
Jaguar Land Rover is developing off-road self-driving sport utility vehicles (above) in a project named Cortex.PHOTO: JAGUAR LAND ROVER
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Audi Q8 "coupe-SUV" revealed

Audi has unveiled the first official photos of its Q8 "coupe-sport utility vehicle". The five-seater is slightly smaller than the Q7, but with a generous, elegant interior. It is expected to arrive as early as the fourth quarter of the year, available initially with a 3-litre turbocharged V6.

Features include HD Matrix LED lights, 21-inch alloys and adaptive air suspension. There will be options for all-wheel steering, 22-inch alloys and head-up display. At 4,986mm long and 1,995mm wide, it is 66mm shorter than the Q7, but 27mm wider.

China's Geely appoints new CEO for Group Lotus

China's Geely has appointed its vice-president and chief technical officer Feng Qingfeng as chief executive officer of Group Lotus. Mr Feng replaces Mr Jean-Marc Gales, who is leaving for "personal reasons". Geely Holding acquired a controlling stake in Group Lotus last year as part of its agreement to acquire 49.9 per cent of Proton from Hicom.

JB11 JetPack to make European debut

The JB11 JetPack, capable of flying at 320kmh and at heights of more than 3,000m, will make its European flight debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 next month.

The only product of its kind to be certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration, the California-made JB11 will be flown by a trained pilot to tackle Goodwood's iconic Hill Climb.

Bentley Mulsanne limousine with a 5.5-second century sprint

Bentley's new Mulsanne has landed, available as an Extended Wheelbase measuring 5,825mm long, 1,926mm wide and 1,541mm tall. A 250mm extension of its wheelbase to 3,516mm ensures plenty of room for rear occupants.

The car weighs 2,730kg (more than a Rolls-Royce Phantom) and offers a 443-litre boot. It comes with airline-style electronic leg-rests in the rear. Powered by a 6,752cc biturbo V8 developing 512hp and 1,020Nm at 1,750rpm, the sporty limousine hits 100kmh in 5.5 seconds.

Eurokars Group establishes an endowed scholarship at SMU

Multi-franchise Eurokars Group has become the first automotive company in Singapore to establish an endowed scholarship at the Singapore Management University.

Established last year, the Eurokars Group Endowed Scholarship is available to full-time undergraduates and aims to provide financial assistance to needy students with gross per capita monthly household not exceeding $1,900. Eurokars' total contribution of $250,000 is complemented by a matching grant from the Government.

A bigger and more powerful BMW

X5 BMW's fourth-generation X5 sports a new interior with superior refinement and technology. The car will feature an active chassis system for variable ride height and adjustable dynamics.

BMW has sold more than 2.2 million X models since the first X5 appeared in 1999.

The new car has a wheelbase which is 42mm longer than its predecessor's, an increase in vehicle length of 36mm, an extra 66mm of width and a 19mm increase in height. It will debut with a 3-litre turbocharged inline-six making 340hp and 450Nm, allowing it to hit 100kmh in 5.5 seconds.

The car will arrive in the fourth quarter of the year.

A Jaguar Land Rover self-driving SUV to brave the elements

Jaguar Land Rover is developing off-road self-driving sport utility vehicles in a project named Cortex. The £3.7-million (S$6.6-million) project is exploring all-terrain, all-weather autonomous capability.

Unlike autonomous cars, which are typically hampered by adverse weather conditions, the group aims to make a driverless SUV which will operate smoothly in dirt, rain, ice, snow or fog.

New Lamborghini Singapore showroom

Lamborghini Singapore has opened a new showroom in the Leng Kee Road motorbelt. Incorporating Lamborghini's new corporate design, the showroom reflects the need for increased space with the company's recent expansion of its model line-up.

Spanning more than 530 sq m, the complex is Lamborghini Singapore's largest showroom to date. Inside, a client lounge with a car configuration system and ready samples of cabin materials make choosing a Lambo as effortless as hitting 100kmh in one.

Continental opens third R&D centre

German components maker Continental has opened its third research and development (R&D) centre in Singapore.

The new seven-storey building is next to its first two R&D centres in Boon Keng Road. It has a floor space of around 11,000 sq m and will accommodate employees from its Interior division and Transmission business unit, allowing it to hire more than 500 employees with future-ready skillsets in the next few years.

Peugeot 508 SW to come next year

Peugeot has unveiled its new 508 SW, an unusually sleek wagon with frameless doors and a spacious interior.

Measuring 1.42m tall and 4.78m long, it portrays a dynamic body shape with smooth-flowing lines. It is slated to arrive in the second half of next year.

Number of British drivers open to electric vehicles doubles: survey

The number of drivers in Britain who would consider buying an electric car as their next vehicle has doubled in the last year from 15 per cent to 30 per cent, according to the Britain Under the Bonnet report from Close Brothers Motor Finance. A further 40 per cent said they would consider buying one in the future, just not as their next vehicle purchase.

The findings follow recent figures from industry experts. The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders revealed sales of alternatively fuelled vehicles, including electric cars, rose by 23.9 per cent last year and now accounts for 5.5 per cent of the market.

The research suggests that two-thirds of those who would consider purchasing an electric vehicle would do so because of their purported environmental friendliness. Some 55 per cent trust they will be cheaper to run and 29 per cent believe they would deliver a better driving experience.

But 28 per cent said they would not consider making the switch, mainly because of higher purchase cost, long charging time and limited range.

Hyundai Tucson to get diesel mild-hybrid powertrain

The new Tucson sport utility vehicle is Hyundai's first model with a diesel mild-hybrid powertrain. Equipped with a 48-volt electric motor system paired with a 1.6-litre turbodiesel, the car promises fuel savings of up to 7 per cent.

Singapore dealer Komoco is considering bringing this in later this year or early next year.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 09, 2018, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe