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THE CAR MAKETH THIS MAN
I refer to Lynn Tan’s column in your May issue [Her World Of Motoring: The Car Maketh The Man].
I couldn’t agree more with her final statement in the story – “It is, first and foremost, how you perceive yourself driving a particular car that made you buy it in the first place.”
I’m like the man in the article’s picture, driving a DS4 Crossback (unfortunately, no longer sold by C&C). I like the car due to its flashy “bling bling” headlamps, its sportier small-crossover look and, most importantly, its badge which is hardly seen on the road. It just reflects who I am.
Driving-wise, the DS4 runs on diesel, which gives me 800 kilometres per full tank and is high on torque (pun intended), enabling me to overtake easily. I don’t think I will trade in my car for anything else right now.
Citroen’s designer crossover has distinctive styling, but it still takes a sharp-eyed reader (or in Zhiwei’s case, an owner of the model in question) to identify the DS4 Crossback in the cropped photo used for Lynn’s column in last month’s issue. The French car brand has a faithful friend in this man.
A DIFFERENT KIND OF INFLUENCER
My husband changed his car to Volvo S90 after he read a positive review in Torque magazine! And he likes the informative reviews section of your revamped website, but they should show more pictures of the cars reviewed.
The Volvo S90 is a safe choice in more ways than one. After all, the regal Swedish sedan is the Straits Times Car of the Year 2016 and one of the Torque team’s favourite four-door rides.
FC3S & GT3 RS
How is a tuned Mazda FC3S RX-7 a “bengmobile”? [Torque website story: 10 worst cars for a first date]. So, is a Porsche 911 GT3 RS a beng car, too? And who are you calling an ah beng?
Petrolheads, regardless of their beng-ness, should read our action-packed review (pg 64) of the latest 911 GT3 RS – which is available in ah lian Lizard Green, swee!
DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH
Mitsubishi is really taking the path of no return by focusing only on sports utility vehicles and pickup trucks [Torque website story: Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross review].
SUVs continue to be very sellable and businesses always have transport needs, so Mitsubishi’s product-range strategy is sound. The triple- diamond automaker also has the Attrage and Space Star catering to the bread-and-butter segment in Singapore and the rest of South East Asia.
But we remember Mitsubishi’s glory days of rally-honed rockets – turn to pg 96 for our Rear View of the Lancer Evolution X.
REVERSE-PARKING INTO THE PAST
I read your website article “Using a car’s self-parking feature for the first time” and noticed that you used a 2007 Volkswagen Touran. I think a car that is more than 10 years ago is not really suitable to be used for this feature.
In fact, I can tell you that current Volkswagen models can do much more than that. Apart from parallel parking, they can also do park rearward or forward into perpendicular parking spaces. Beyond that, they can even reverse-park a trailer.
The feature in question is from our archives. The writer tried Volkswagen’s self-parking feature for the first time in 2007, when it was just introduced, in a facelifted first-generation VW Touran. We are aware that the Park Assist available in current Volkswagen cars can do much more than just parallel parking. Thanks for the feedback, Martin.
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