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Carmakers and their quest to be special

Sports variants include the Audi RS5 Sportback (above) and the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door.
Sports variants include the Audi RS5 Sportback (above) and the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door.PHOTOS: ST FILE
Sports variants include the Audi RS5 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door (above).
Sports variants include the Audi RS5 Sportback and the Mercedes-AMG GT53 4-Door (above).PHOTOS: ST FILE

Carmakers are churning out so many special models that it is becoming difficult for any one of them to clearly stand out

The first commercial mobile phones appeared some 30 years ago as brick-sized contraptions that were barely portable.

Yet, they were immediately a status symbol because they were rare and expensive.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 16, 2019, with the headline 'The quest to be special'. Print Edition | Subscribe