REVIEWING THE REVOLUTION
It is absolutely, unbelievably fast, how 2016 has passed us. Penning my thoughts as usual, I reflect back, two years ago when I joined Wheels Asia. Back then, we were like any other automotive magazine, sharing content relating to the automotive scene. Today, we’ve grown and developed our core content to streamline ourselves with the government’s initiative to push for a car-lite society.
Don’t get me wrong, Wheels Asia is simply looking to harmonise the two factions that have differing opinions on how the roads should be used. While our roads are still pretty much biased towards the fact that it was solely developed for cars, there is no denying that many are taking up cycling by the masses and are utilising the two-wheeler for various functions, such as for mode of transportation and exercise.
Cycling will be an inevitable issue that the government has to tackle; such as the development of road-sharing infrastructure with cars apart from the usual Park Connector Network (PCN). These will definitely benefit those who are looking to turn competitive and can use our island’s network of roads safely and efficiently to train.
The issue however, is entitlement. More than often, squabbles on the road break out between cyclists and drivers for indiscriminate lane-hogging or worse, dangerous driving that endangers the lives of those around them. Singaporeans need to learn to be more tolerant, less quick to temper and of course, understand that cyclists are a growing trend on the road and they will be here to stay for a while.
In this final issue of 2016’s issue of Wheels Asia, we end it with a blast with the amazing Audi R8, previously touted as an entry level super car that is easy to drive and relatively invincible in the hands of the right driver. We also drive its closer rival, the Mclaren 570S and found out that while it was brilliant and superb in many aspects, it appeals more for the serious petrol head. Too little for too much money? Well, we also test drove the Volvo S90 and found Scandinavian perfection in a sedan and for the individual who needs a daily drive, we found the SEAT Leon and Hyundai Tucson turbo pretty impressive.
We headed to Sepang International Circuit and pitted our motoring journalist driving skills on the circuit, pushing Porsche’s amazing machines to their limits while guided to drive closer to the edge of perfection. Also, we followed Toyota behind the scenes and found out just how much they treasure the environment, as much as they enjoy building eco-friendly cars. Of course, with Uber and GRAB penetrating the industry and redefining the need for private transport, our writing duo talk about the car-lite experience and how it is working to be a real deal for ex-car owners.
Here’s to wishing our dear readers, a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.