The moral of the story: Don't buy cars in Singapore.

That nugget of knowledge comes courtesy of Fast and Furious 6 star Vin Diesel, who came to the realization after learning that a Toyota Prius rings the registers at an astounding $154,000 in US funds. Other notable vehicles that shock and awe the cast of FF6 include the Subaru BRZ at $130,000 and the BMW 6 Series Coupe (engine not specified) that empties the Singaporean wallet to the tune of $330,000. "That's gnarly!" announces Michelle Rodriguez, who reprises her role as Letty in the flick. Luke Evans, who plays the villain Owen Shaw, is similarly surprised to find out that a Honda Accord costs $130,000 in Singapore.

Why the ludicrous pricing? According to the video below, much of the high cost of cars in Singapore is due to taxes designed to discourage the purchase of automobiles on account of traffic concerns. The solution, according to the government of the small island nation, is to make cars so expensive through the use of what's known as a COE, or Certificate of Entitlement, that nobody (except the very rich, of course) wants to buy one. Problem solved. Scroll down below to watch the video.


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      Tracey J
      • 1 Year Ago
      When I lived there, it wasn't so important to have a car. Public transportation is the way of life. There are plenty of taxis, buses and even the MRT. The island is in beautiful shape because of the rules they have enforced. While I don't agree with all of them, it's their country and it is BEAUTIFUL and CLEAN.
      finzenchrome
      • 1 Year Ago
      Simple math. The population density of tiny Singapore is 19,000 people per square mile. One in ten own a car, so that\'s 1,900 cars per square mile. Total land area is 274 square miles, so there are about 521,000 POV\'s cramming the 2,000 miles of roadways in Singapore. No wonder a citizen has to buy a Certificate of Entitlement worth about the price of a Porsche Boxster just for the privilege of driving around Singapore for ten years! That\'s aside from the jacked-up prices of vehicles which are all imported. Oh and BTW Wikipedia rocks!!!
      WaterBoy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I lived in Singapore for 2 years and loved their public transportation. Sure you might have to walk a couple of blocks to an MRT train or less than a block for the buses, but it also made me much healthier. Made sure I had an extra pair of Asics or Nike running shoes at all time while I was there. Yes it might take a little more time to get to your destination, but I think most of my life I was always in a rush to get some where, never relaxing to enjoy the ride and experiencing life at a slower pace. You might have to go to the market a little more often to replenish your supplies (rarely had anything spoiled in my fridge) and always keep an umbrella handy for the rainy seasons.
      Lawrence Chow
      • 1 Year Ago
      I lived in Singapore for 15 yrs(also lived in many other countries including USA for 15 yrs) and the public transportation system is among the best in the world. Plenty of buses (and the stations display when the next bus will arrive in minutes), taxis, subways that take you everywhere. Too many cars fukcs up a city. Traffic jams, pollution etc.
        suthrn2nr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Lawrence Chow
        but that takes away our FREEDOMS. I should have the freedoms to create a traffic jam if I want.
      Louis MacKenzie
      • 1 Year Ago
      Example of cutting the feet instead of making a bigger pair of shoes.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Sekinu2
        • 1 Year Ago
        Obama probably loves it lol
          Maverickfiveo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Sekinu2
          Wait, only allowing the very rich to enjoy personal transportation by making it cost prohibitive for the working class is socialism? And therefore Obama would like it? Maybe I don't understand socialism or liberalism, but this doesn't sound like either of them...
        Sherry09
        • 1 Year Ago
        If you think Helen`s story is unimaginable,, four weeks ago my girlfriend basically got paid $5464 workin fourty hours a month an their house and they're friend's step-sister`s neighbour has done this for seven months and recieved a check for over $5464 in there spare time from there pc. the guide on this address, ...................... www.Rich6.com
        davidramos
        • 1 Year Ago
        Singapore is a small island nation, takes about 2 hours to drive across it. You can not compare it to America. Its subway is safe and clean and takes you everywhere incredibly fast. I dont care if it is socialism or not that place is incredibly awesome for being a city state. Probably a century ahead in infrastructure of any us city.
      benleonindubai
      • 1 Year Ago
      that terrible head on accident that happened last year involving a Ferrari 599 GTO- that was priced at $1.4m- that's bugatti veyron territory anywhere else in the world. It sounds expensive, but for a country that could fit into New York City nearly twice over, its a necessity to avoid it turning into one giant parking lot.
      njss
      • 1 Year Ago
      In 2000, I was on a guided tour of Singapore. The tour guide was explaining the car taxes and he said that, for example a Honda Accord sells for $130,000. From the back of the bus, I yelled out "I'll sell you mine for half that."
      Jonathan Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      It didn't used to be so bad, back when the Singapore dollar was worth much less. In 2003 it was worth slightly more than half of the US dollar. Back then, prices of its cars minus the COE were about the same as in its neighbour, Malaysia – which also placed ridiculous import taxes on cars. Of course, as Singapore's fortunes rose, so did its exchange rate (it's now 0.79). But the prices of cars in Singapore dollars remained roughly the same place, so, like everything else in the island, they became massively inflated. Of course, you could argue that Singaporeans as a whole have become much richer in the past ten years, so a car remains as (un)affordable as ever.
      lhoie666
      • 1 Year Ago
      ROUND 1 Gina Carano & Michelle Rodriguez.... Showed the wrong picture! LOL! Fail!
      rafaelkinchenraf
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the Bugatti Veyron is in Singapore, how much will it cost?
        NY EVO X MR GUY
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rafaelkinchenraf
        Your soul
        Anita
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rafaelkinchenraf
        an arm a leg and a pint of blood
        rafaelkinchenraf
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rafaelkinchenraf
        I wonder how much will the Singapore people charge me if I build a home? 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, livingroom, dining room, and kitchen.
      salmo60
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one uses the term "gnarly" any more!
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