Wheels Asia - - Contents -

Since its hum­bled begin­nings some two decades ago, Wheels Asia has been mainly been the re­port­ing end of all things au­to­mo­tive. How­ever, trends flow with the times and it is only pru­dent that we adapt and change the way we think, to ride these waves for the sake of pro­duc­ing in­ter­est­ing, choice con­tent that our read­ers find rel­e­vant in to­day’s proceedings.

As such, we had em­barked as the first mag­a­zine in Singa­pore to take on the up­hill task of gelling and har­mon­is­ing cars and bi­cy­cles. Chal­leng­ing it was, since driv­ers never re­ally took a fancy to cy­clists on the roads, some­times al­low­ing tem­pers to fly, lead­ing to un­for­tu­nate and avoid­able al­ter­ca­tions.

Wheels Asia aims to pro­vide com­pre­hen­sive re­views on both cars and bikes, while si­mul­ta­ne­ously ad­dress­ing key is­sues that in­trigued in­di­vid­u­als might have, such as boot space, the kind of bikes that they should look if they have an ex­ist­ing ve­hi­cle that needs to ac­com­mo­date it. Apart from re­views, we liken the car and bi­cy­cle, their sim­i­lar traits, char­ac­ter­is­tics and how well they com­ple­ment each other; be it an aero­dy­namic bi­cy­cle in the fast lane with a sports car, or an SUV that takes trails bikes to their grounds in ab­so­lute fer­vour.

With cy­cling rapidly be­com­ing a vi­able form of car­dio for Sin­ga­pore­ans, there the need to cre­ate a source where read­ers; both driver and cy­clist or an en­thu­si­ast of both, can grab and re­fer to for the lat­est cars and bi­cy­cles and how to keep fit like a rac­ing driver. It is en­cour­ag­ing at the very least, that other me­dia sources are fol­low­ing suit and tak­ing up the daunt­ing task of com­bin­ing cars and bi­cy­cles in their monthly is­sues, so the bur­den of turn­ing Singa­pore into a car-bi­cy­cle-friendly en­vi­ron­ment isn’t com­pletely on our shoul­ders to bear.

In this Suv-ruled is­sue, we duly re­view the sporty Mazda CX-3 cross­over that has landed on our shores; a less daunt­ing car to drive if you’re keen to step into the world of SUVS, al­beit step by step. Want something big­ger? We’ve got the feisty Jaguar F-pace and the gar­gan­tuan In­finiti QX80 in­volved too. Tra­di­tion­al­ists aren’t left out though, and can ex­pect some plea­sure in read­ing our Mercedes-benz E-class and Volk­swa­gen Pas­sat R-line re­views.

We had the es­teemed chance to drive some cars that en­thu­si­asts can only dream in this life­time; the BMW clas­sics, the clas­sic MINI, the E30 M3 and the as­tound­ing 745i around the most scenic lo­ca­tions in Bavaria, Mu­nich. We also head to Japan to join other Asian jour­nal­ists as Toy­ota smashed its all-new Prius as tes­ta­ment to the bil­lions of dol­lars, and years of ex­pe­ri­ence in build­ing safe and re­li­able ve­hi­cles. Our writer also joined the fuel-sav­ing movement, driv­ing as fru­gally as he could in a Volvo com­mer­cial truck in the bid to show­case the Swedish brand’s se­ri­ous­ness when it comes to keep­ing Arc­tic caps chilly and cold.

In the av­enue of two-wheel­ers, we re­view the Cube Litening C:68 SLT Zer­ob­lack. We also get the low­down on Team Sky’s tac­tics with Ni­co­las Por­tal, find­ing out how the cham­pi­onship win­ning team crafts win­ning moves in a field of al­ready-amaz­ing ath­letes.

Waste no more time, pages are await­ing and time’s a wastin’, let’s go!

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