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F1 gears up for new season

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The 2015 season looks set to deliver excitement with renewed rivalry in the Mercedes camp, two world champions changing teams and the return of Honda engines. What a difference a year makes. And no other season in the history of Formula 1 (F1) demonstrates this better than the 2014 season which saw attention grabbing headlines every step of the 19 race season. This time last year, we knew we were in for a very different style of Formula 1. The most radical technical regulation shake up meant that the engineers had their hands full trying to create a high performance…

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Road legal, street legal, barely legal

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You might not be able to drive a lowered car on the road but what you can drive will surprise you. As car fans, many of you will be familiar with the terms “road legal” or “street legal”. For those who do not, these are terms that refer to cars, bikes and trucks that are equipped and licenced for use on public roads. Those who fail to fulfil such criteria are deemed “street illegal”, i.e. do not even dare dreaming of driving such cars on the road unless you feel like generously contributing to the economic well-being of the country…

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MyDriver – Where to boss?

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Drivers in some east Asian countries, where drinking is part of the social fabric, have long been able to hire people to take them home in their own cars if they think they’ve had one too many and can’t safely drive home on their own. This type of driver-for-hire service has been around for 10 years in countries like South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and China. Today, it looks like Malaysia will join this bandwagon, as driver-for-hire company MyDriver set up shop in Kuala Lumpur. “I learned about this service from my friends who have actually experienced it in South Korea…

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Big and bad is back at Detroit

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Big and brash is beautiful after all. Or so it appears in the world of the American vehicle enthusiast, after the Detroit auto show this week rolled out a series of ever-larger cars and menacing trucks. At a time when there is a trend for many objects to become smaller, and after some hints the auto world was going the same way, this year’s Detroit auto extravaganza presents a stark contrast. It has much to do with the low cost of gasoline, experts say, but is also about taste. Take the aptly named new Nissan Titan pick-up truck, unleashed Monday…

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Daihatsu dismantling ‘Toyota Way’ as market changes

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When Daihatsu Motor Co launched the Mira e:S minicar in 2011, the Toyota affiliate thought it had found a model for emerging markets. The Mira e:S – e for eco, S for smart – was capable of going 30km on a litre of gasoline for a sticker price of just 795,000 yen, or $6,637. And indeed, the car was a hit, super-charging Daihatsu’s earnings. A number of improvements – in manufacturing, engineering, procurement – went into the car. But the real secret to success, says Kosuke Shiramizu, Daihatsu’s chairman at the time, lay in taking something out of the company’s…

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Detroit’s blue skies clouded by worries about fuel economy

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Auto industry executives see nothing but blue skies in the US market, especially compared with troubled Western European economies or slumping emerging markets. There is just one, increasingly vexing problem: The vehicles American consumers will pay a premium to own are not the fuel-sipping small cars or electricity-powered models that they have been lavishing capital on to meet government emissions regulations. Instead, what is selling as gas prices fall are big trucks, SUVs and high-performance luxury cars. The disconnect between sales trends in the United States and regulatory demands is the hot topic among executives gathered for the annual Detroit…

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Automakers salivate over ‘oasis’ Cuba

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The world’s most prominent automakers are hungrily eyeing up Cuba after its rapprochement deal with the United States. But trade restrictions that are still in place for Americans and a litany of concerns about Havana’s policies means they are unlikely to dive in any time soon. Washington and communist Cuba in December began the painstaking process of restoring diplomatic relations and easing the five-decade-old trade embargo. President Barack Obama declared that the United States was ready for a “new chapter” in relations. It still needs Congress to fully lift the embargo – and if that happens it could take some…

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Bring on the power: Detroit auto show roars to life

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Luxury and performance vehicles look set to steal the headlines at the first major international auto show of the year in Detroit, further proof the industry is back to its boisterous best after near-collapse. The world’s top vehicle manufacturers were Sunday putting their finishing touches to their extravagant display stands and there was no mistaking the prevailing sense of optimism and anticipation. The US auto industry last year clocked up its best year in sales in nearly a decade and, with the low cost of gas and low interest rates, has created what analysts are calling a near-perfect storm. With…

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Ford Everest scales the peaks

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It looks like the all-new Ford Everest will have plenty of new and first-in-the-segment features to offer when it finally comes off the production line in a few months’ time. At the global unveil of the production model in Beijing recently, the consensus among the Ford team implied “customer expectations fulfilled” as attributes of their latest SUV were shared with journalists from China, Asean and other countries across the Asia Pacific. “We are meeting the needs of our customers more than ever before,” said David L. Schoch, Ford Motor Company’s group vice-president and Asia Pacific president. “The newest member of…

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Detroit auto show revs up amid ‘perfect’ industry conditions

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A surging economy, more jobs and cheap gas: the US auto industry will celebrate a confluence of near-perfect conditions as it unveils its latest wheels in the annual Detroit car show next week. After racking up the best year in sales since 2006, the last year before the financial crisis hit, automakers will put out for display some 40 new car and truck models, hoping to seduce buyers to make 2015 even better. The cars will be more powerful and decked out with ever-more high-tech bells and whistles that are making them safer than ever, while pushing slowly toward the…

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