Memorable Millennium Motorshow Echo's sedan version here More towing services
Bumper to bumper Toyota Echo Sedan

Headline: Memorable Millennium Motorshow

SINGAPORE's Millennium Motorshow - the Republic's largest so far - has ended. In the 10 days from Nov 10 to Nov 19, 131,000 tickets were sold. This was 13 per cent lower than the 150,000 projected by the organisers, who blamed the wet weather for the lower attendance. Despite that, the show "made some money", said a Motor Traders Association executive. Individual exhibitors were not entirely disappointed. Malayan Motors had a number of serious enquiries for its $1.7 million Rolls-Royce Corniche; Massa Motors said its wacky Fiat Multipla six-seater created more interest than the new Alfa Romeo 147; and Audi agent Premium Automobiles had a memorable time. Among the more innovative exhibitors at the show, Premium's highlights included a "tattoo" session. Apparently, several visitors asked for the stick-ons to be placed on their bellies, legs and cleavages.

Headline: Echo's sedan version here

BORNEO MOTORS has brought in the sedan version of the Echo (above). Equipped with a 1.3-litre 16-valve VVT-i engine, the car fills a niche once occupied by the 1.3-litre Corolla (the new Corolla is available as a 1.5 and 1.6-litre). The five-speed manual goes for $78,988 while the four-speed automatic is tagged at $81,988, both inclusive of COE. The pricing places the chic Japanese compact sedan right in the territory of the Koreans.

Headline: More towing services

THERE must be more breakdowns these days. Comfort Automotive Services (CAS) and the Automobile Association of Singapore (AAS) said they were beefing up their motoring programmes to include towing services. For as low as $25 a year, CAS' 24-hour recovery plan promises breakdown and towing assistance within 45 minutes. AAS, meanwhile, has launched its Total Recovery Truck - a workshop cum tow-truck.