REVIEWING THE REVOLUTION
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!