In areas with limited space for parking, storing your luxury exotic outside on the street or in a parking garage is hardly acceptable. Out in Singapore, Hamilton Scotts ‘Sky Garage Apartments’ looks to solve that issue with its luxurious parking option.
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The obscure Swedish sedan was named “Car of the Year” by a local publication called “Consumer Guide”, according to Saab’s PR department. Car taxes in Singapore are severe and import restrictions make it difficult for residents to actually buy a new car, so Saab may get bragging rights, but seeing any extra dollars from this is unlikely.
Anyone who has spent time looking for fake watches, knockoff handbags or other wonderful Asian products has likely come across the site Alibaba.com
Today’s find on the slightly notorious site is a lot of 150 right-hand drive Dodge Neons in Singapore. The vehicles are advertised as brand new and look like they have about 14 years worth of dust on them. For only $1,350 a piece, you can have your very own brand new car from 14 years ago – but whether it runs is another matter.
Alternately, The Truth About Cars has suggested a different use for the Neons – a spec racing series. There’s an idea we can get behind.
Several very high end sports cars were destroyed yesterday, caused by a torrential rain that flooded Singapore’s St Regis Residences at Singapore’s upscale Orchard Road.
Several BMW’s, an Audi, a Lamborghini, a Ferrari, a Porsche and an Aston Martin were parked in the underground when it flooded. By the looks of the photos, many of the cars were completely flooded. The heavy rains also damaged a local mall, so retail therapy is out of the question for these unfortunate owners.
Think the $41,400 sticker price for a BMW 335i is bad? Be glad you don’t live in Singapore where the same model will run you $260,000, about what an Italian exotic would retail for in the United States.
Singapore residents who want a private vehicle must pay for a special permit that allows them to keep the car for a decade – the permit alone costs $55,000 USD, as much as a Porsche Boxster would in America. In 2008, the permit cost about $2,000. On top of that, buyers must pay a 150% duty on the vehicle upon importation. Not surprisingly, car ownership rates in Singapore sit at around 15%, compared to 82% in the United States.
Singapore is ruled by an authoritarian regime (famous for outlawing chewing gum in the name of etiquette and cleanliness), and is strongly pushing for residents to adopt mass transit as a practical solution to reduce congestion, and cut down pollution. While Singapore boasts outstanding air quality, it fears that it could become similar neighboring islands like Hong Kong, which has fewer restrictions on vehicle ownership but is riddled with heavily polluted air.
The structures in place leave car ownership as a privilege for the wealthy, and car dealers are now looking to peddle premium brands to the wealthy, since they are largely unaffected by an increase in ownership costs. “The extra $20,000 to S$30,000 on the [new vehicle permit] is nothing when the total car price is $300,000 or more,” one dealer told Bloomberg. No wonder that companies like Lamborghini do well in the tiny Asian country, with a special preview for their upcoming LP-7004 Aventador being held exclusively for that market.
Now here’s something you don’t see every day. And be thankful you don’t.
One of Vivid Racing’s customers, Shawn, out in Singapore, sent them over these shots of his Mazda RX-8 sporting a custom widebody conversion and a lot of design cues taken from Lamborghini. In particular there’s a lot of Reventon in the kit, not to mention a front end that resembles the Estoque sedan concept.
Modifications aren’t limited to the body either, with a nice set of Prodrive forged wheels and some AP Racing brakes.
GALLERY: Lamborghini-Styled Mazda RX-8
[Source: Vivid Racing Blog]
Membership certainly does have its privileges, especially when it comes to being an Aston Martin aficionado. Now Aston Martin owners and fans can get access into the Aston Martin Club Lounge in Singapore.
A new lounge for lovers of all things Aston Martin, this chic space is located at The Prime Society in Singapore’s Dempsey Hill neighborhood. Just recently opening its doors, the club can boast the first location of its kind in the world and its decor is all things Aston Martin. You’ll be treated to pictures of the sports cars lining the walls and coffee tables made from Aston wheels. And of course, when you order a beverage, specially mixed cocktails in martini glasses referencing Aston Martin’s different models are always on tap. And why you’re relaxing, members have the added privilege of a specially designed cache locker to safe-keep their belongings.