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New Paul Newman documentary reveals star’s ‘racier’ side

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As one of the few true Hollywood icons, when asked if they know something about Paul Newman other than his eight Best Actor Academy Award nominations people will most likely point to his philanthropy and his Newman’s Own range of food products. However, Newman was just as accomplished behind the wheel as he was in front of the camera. A new documentary by Adam Carolla, called “Winning: The racing Life of Paul Newman,” which premieres on April 16 in Los Angeles and goes on general release on May 22, aims to understand just what it was about the sport that…

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Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003 tested in Australia

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Speed is an exciting proposition especially when you’re behind the wheel and it’s even more of a rush (no pun intended) when you are paired with the right set of tyres. The new Bridgestone Potenza Adrenalin RE003 tyres will do just that as members of the Malaysian media discovered recently in Brisbane, Australia. We were taken to the Performance Driving Centre in Gold Coast which is a world class driving centre and Australia’s leading Advanced Driver Training facility, to try out the new “treads” (as opposed to threads or swag). The RE003 replaces the previous RE002 and this premium series…

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For Alonso, time is running out

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I cannot imagine what must be going through Fernando Alonso’s mind as he gets on the plane from Shanghai to Bahrain. Three races into the 2015 season, his 15th season in Formula 1, and the Double World Champion has no points to his name. Adding a third championship is not going to happen this year. Alonso’s return to the McLaren team was probably the biggest surprise of last year’s seat swapping season. Mainly because the Spaniard was sitting comfortably at Ferrari with a contract to see him through until the end of 2016. However, it was no secret that after…

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zFAS – the brain behind Audi automated driving

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The central driver assistance controller (zFAS) is the core of future systems for automated driving currently under development by Audi AG. This mastermind unit uses cutting edge, high performance processors and will work its way into the Audi model range step by step in the foreseeable future. It is a key milestone on the road to new, automated driving functions and the pioneering role that Audi is assuming in the field of piloted driving. The technologies specialist Delphi has been awarded the contract for series production of the units. Audi developed this elemental control centre unit in collaboration with internationally…

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Vietnam’s bikers racing to upgrade as auto sales explode

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Hoang Hai turned his back on a Vietnamese business that was headed for bankruptcy and became a driving instructor instead. Now he is riding a wave of interest in car ownership as the country’s trend-setting middle class swaps two wheels for four. The Hanoi driving school where Hai works is inundated with people eager to get behind the wheel. About 300 have applied each month so far this year, double the rate in 2014. Hai, 45, says at least eight out of 10 learners don’t own a car, but they all want one. “As soon as there is an intention…

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‘Furious 7′: The amazing franchise that turbocharged into the stratosphere

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The “Fast and Furious” series is one of the rare movie franchises that has built up momentum as it goes along. Fourteen years after the first film in the saga roared into theaters, “Furious 7″ opened to an astounding US$384 million (RM1.4bil) globally. That establishes a new high-water mark for the “Fast and Furious” films and ranks as the fourth biggest debut in history. The only films to top that figure are two “Harry Potter” pictures and “The Avengers” – rarefied company indeed. “The action gets bigger, every film gets bigger and consequently, you’re seeing a bigger result,” said Nick…

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D-Max adapts to changing tastes

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With almost 100 years of automotive experience, Isuzu Motors continues to be renowned for its commercial vehicles that are fuel-efficient and robust. In a recent interview, its general manager (light commercial vehicle – product planning and vehicle engineering) Makoto Tamazawa said that in the last decade, the demand for interior comfort from pick-up truck buyers had increased significantly. This is in tandem with the evolution of the pick-up truck, from an austere utility vehicle to a dual-purpose leisure vehicle-cum-workhorse. The Japanese automaker’s new-generation pick-up trucks feature an interior with executive car-like ambience, and a ride quality geared towards passenger car…

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Senior drivers striving to stay on the road

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Don Robertson isn’t the type to let a snowstorm on the first day of spring — or his age — stop him from doing his appointed rounds. “Driving means to keep motivated,” says “Mr. Don” as he set outs in his SUV to pick up a fellow Jersey Shore senior who no longer holds a driver’s licence. “You don’t be still and you don’t get stiff,” adds the sexagenarian New Jersey native who once drove 2-1/2 ton trucks for the US army. “As long as you keep moving, you can keep going.” With 20,000 Americans turning 65 every day, seniors…

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What’s coming to 2015 NY auto show

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This year’s New York show is expected to be bigger than Detroit for new model unveilings and will have a greater mass-market focus in terms of cars on show than the Geneva show that only closed its doors to the public two weeks ago. And of course, being a North American show, there are going to be a host of new US cars on show. Home-grown stars Perhaps the most eagerly awaited of those will be the Cadillac CT6, the luxury marque’s new flagship and the first one that really could give Europe’s finest — the S Class Mercedes and…

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What’s next for ‘Top Gear’?

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With Jeremy Clarkson officially getting the boot from the BBC, it appears likely that the pubcaster’s “Top Gear” franchise will be reinvented once again with new hosts. James May, who has co-hosted the show with Clarkson and Richard Hammond since 2003, has indicated that he and Hammond would not continue without Clarkson. All three hosts’ contracts are up at the end of the current season. Speaking to reporters in London on Wednesday, May expressed his dismay at the situation that led to Clarkson’s canning – his physical assault on a “Top Gear” producer during filming earlier this month. “It’s a…

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