Fast Lane: New Mercedes-Maybach droptop limited to 300 units

Mercedes-Maybach's  first cabriolet
Mercedes-Maybach's first cabrioletPHOTO: MERCEDES-BENZ
Jaguar’s first all-electric car
Jaguar’s first all-electric carPHOTO: JAGUAR
The X5 xDrive25d
The X5 xDrive25dPHOTO: BMW
Volkswagen Golf gets overhaul
Volkswagen Golf gets overhaulPHOTO: VOLKSWAGEN
Aston Martin’s latest Vanquish S
Aston Martin’s latest Vanquish SPHOTO: ASTON MARTIN
Mazda’s new CX-5
Mazda’s new CX-5PHOTO: MAZDA

New Mercedes-Maybach droptop limited to 300 units

New Mercedes-Maybach droptop limited to 300 units Mercedes-Maybach has launched its first cabriolet (pictured), shortly after the Mercedes-Benz S-class Cabriolet was unveiled.

Limited to 300 units and with a net price tag of €300,000 (S$455,658), it comes with a wide choice of interior colours.

It is powered by a 6-litre V12 with an output of 630bhp and 1,000Nm. It hits the century mark in 4.1 seconds.

Audi software can distort emission results: report

Audi software can distort emission results: report Audi cars with automatic transmissions have a technology capable of distorting emissions when they are tested, Volkswagen says. The luxury flagship of Volkswagen is battling allegations over a reported discovery of a new cheating software device.

Reuters, quoting Germany's Bild am Sonntag newspaper, reported a week ago that the California Air Resources Board (Carb) had recently discovered the software in an older Audi model, which is unrelated to the device that triggered last year's diesel emissions test-cheating scandal at parent VW.

The software in Carb's discovery lowered carbon dioxide emissions by detecting whether a car's steering wheel was turned as it would be when driving on a road and was used in diesel and petrol models in Europe for years.

Earlier, Bild reported that the United States Environmental Protection Agency had opened an investigation into Audi over the latest reported software discovery.

Chrysler sued for rigging engines

Dodge truck owners in the United States are suing Chrysler, claiming some engines were rigged to hide emissions as much as 14 times higher that the law permits.

Bloomberg reported that the Michigan-based unit of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is the first American car-maker to be sued for this. Similar claims were made against German carmakers.

Volkswagen AG admitted that it installed devices designed to fool emission testing in 11 million cars worldwide in a scandal that may cost it €18.2 billion (S$27.6 billion).

Claims of rigging vehicles have also been made against Mercedes-Benz, which has denied the allegations.

The suit against Fiat Chrysler was filed on Monday in the Detroit federal court on behalf of almost 500,000 Dodge Ram truck owners.

Jaguar's first all-electric car

Jaguar is working on its first electric car, an SUV based on its freshly launched F-Pace. Sporting a large glass roof and cutouts in the hood, the so-called I-Pace puts Jaguar in the race to meet ever-tightening rules on emissions.

Scheduled for production in 2018, it is said to have a range of more than 500km. That means owners can drive from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur without range anxiety. It will have 294kW and 700Nm of torque, allowing it to hit 100kmh in four seconds or so.

Mercedes-Benz in September said it will offer 10 all-electric models by 2025, while Tesla Motors has a target of boosting its car-making capacity by 10 times from last year's levels to 500,000 vehicles a year by 2018, reported Bloomberg.

BMW X5 xDrive25d makes debut

A 2-litre version of the BMW X5 has landed. The X5 xDrive25d - boasting all-wheel-drive, coasting functions, eight-speed transmission - is powered by a 1,995cc turbodiesel.

It has 231bhp and 500Nm of torque on tap, allowing it to accelerate to 100kmh in 7.7 seconds and a top speed of 220kmh. Average fuel consumption is claimed to be 5.6 litres for 100km.

Volkswagen Golf gets overhaul

Volkswagen has unveiled an updated version of its Golf hatchback.

The revised car will have gesture control for its premium infotainment system (with the largest display in its class) and a new 1.5-litre TSI Evo engine with cylinder cut-off to conserve fuel.

Besides this 150bhp engine, there will be a 230bhp power plant - in the GTI Performance.

The Golf will have an improved seven-speed dual-clutch. The car comes with LED lights, new front and rear bumpers and dynamic turning lights for the top-of- the-range variant.

More powerful Aston Martin Vanquish S

Aston Martin's latest Vanquish S is powered by a 600bhp V12 paired with a revised eight-speed autobox.

It sits on a suspension "honed to deliver greater poise and precision".

Its exterior features new exposed carbon-fibre splitter and diffuser, plus striking new quad exhaust outlets.

New Mazda CX-5 to arrive next year

Mazda's new CX-5  is slated to land in Singapore in the second half of next year.

It sports a new design, with ultra-slim headlights flanking the grille. It features the brand's efficient lightweight SkyActiv technology.

Engines include a 2- and 2.5-litre petrol and a 2.2-litre turbodiesel.

New features include G-Vectoring Control for better cornering performance, head-up display and a remote-controlled power tailgate.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 19, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Subscribe