The Unmistakable Allure of Continental Cars in Singapore
There are as many definitions of ‘Continental car’ as there are number of people who defines them. For some, it’s simply because these cars are from the continent of Europe that’s why they’re called as such. Others say that in everyday conversation, when someone refers to a car as ‘Continental’, they just simply want to highlight that the car’s signal and wiper controls are reversed – Continental cars have the signal controls on the left and wiper controls on the right, while for Asian cars, it’s the reverse. Then again, for some group of people, ‘Continental’ simply means ‘atas’.
The Rise of ‘Continental’
Whatever definition ‘Continental’ has in your book, one thing is certain, Continental cars have an unmistakable allure, especially in the Singapore market. Consider these statistics from the Land Transport Authority (LTA). According to LTA’s Total Annual New Registration of Cars by Make, there were 3,598 BMWs registered in 2015 (up 11% from previous year); for Volkswagen, it’s 3,056 (up 21% from previous year); and for Audi, there were 2,093 new cars registered (up 33% from previous year).
Clearly, this is an indication of Singaporean’s strong appetite for these types of vehicles. And for good reason. These cars are replete with rich history. In an article from globalcarsbrands.com, it’s said that: “German car companies have a history of manufacturing high class vehicles where performance is more important than appearance. Following the “function over form” principle, German car brands focus on functionality and quality. These valuable qualities make Germany the leader of auto production in Europe, and place it among the top 5 countries in the whole world for vehicle manufacturing.”
An average Singaporean echoes this view. In an informal poll, responses on “why would you buy a Continental car” is pretty on point:
“Every single cent paid for a continental car is worth it. Everything is high quality. For example, the leather used to wrap the seats is factory-fitted. This means better quality leather that lasts as opposed to leather that feels synthetic and doesn’t wear well.”
“The level of fit and finish in the interior is what sells me on a Continental car. Even the quality of the plastics used in the interior.”
“Engines, well-engineered. Suspension system and chassis, sophisticated. Ergonomically, they are the best.”
Not just Continental, Infiniti is on the rise too
But our growing fascination over ‘atas’ vehicles are not only confined to German-made cars. Infiniti, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Nissan, is also slowly gaining popularity as well. In the same LTA statistics, new registered Infiniti cars more than doubled in 2015 compared to previous year, at 222 (vs. 91 in 2014). Thanks to good review it’s been receiving not only from local car enthusiasts but globally, as well.
What Matters Most
But no matter what make of vehicle you’re driving in this diminutive island of ours, what’s important is you get to keep what you bought into in the first place – be it quality, luxury, unparalleled engineering or magnetic beauty. What you want is to have a peace of mind that no untoward incident can take all these things away from you. Keeping your precious vehicles covered by car insurance in Singapore and making sure that your insurance provider has a dedicated claims specialist to assist you in time of need are things you must have in your checklist.
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Volkswagen VWG009002 Scirocco 1.4 (A) TSI
Volkswagen VWG009001 Scirocco 1.4 TSI DSG (A)
Volkswagen VWG009003 Scirocco 2.0 Sport TSI DSG (A)
Volkswagen VWG009004 Scirocco 2.0 TSI (M)
Volkswagen VWG009005 Scirocco 2.0 TSI DSG (A)
BMW BMW016001 M135i 3.0 3dr
BMW BMW016002 M135i 3.0 5dr
BMW BMW016003 M235i Coupe 3.0
BMW BMW011008 X5 M 4.4
Infiniti INF001001 FX37
Infiniti INF001002 FX50 Sports
Infiniti INF002001 G37 Convertible 3.7
Infiniti INF003001 M25
Infiniti INF003004 M35 Hybrid
Infiniti INF003003 M37 Sports
Infiniti INF003002 M37
Audi AUD011001 S3 2.0 TFSI quattro (M)
Audi AUD011002 S3 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro S-tronic (A)
Audi AUD015001 TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI S-tronic (A)
Audi AUD015002 TT Coupe 2.0 TFSI S-tronic S-Line (A)
Audi AUD015003 TT Roadster 2.0 TFSI S-tronic (A)
Audi AUD015004 TTC 2.0 TFSI S-tronic
Audi AUD015010 TTR 1.8T Tip
Audi AUD015006 TTR 2.0T FSI S-tronic
Audi AUD015008 TTS Coupe 2.0 TFSI quattro S-tronic (A)
Audi AUD015009 TTS Roadster 2.0 TFSI quattro S-tronic (A)
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