Automania http://www.automania.my Car news, reviews, previews, classifieds, price guides Mon, 02 Mar 2015 02:44:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 March fuel prices up 25 senhttp://www.automania.my/news/petrol-prices-may-go-midnight/ http://www.automania.my/news/petrol-prices-may-go-midnight/#comments Sat, 28 Feb 2015 14:36:01 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66807 PETALING JAYA: Petrol and diesel prices will go up by 25 sen per litre from March 1, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry announced in a statement today. RON95 petrol will be priced RM1.95 (up from RM1.70), RON97 petrol at RM2.25 (up from RM2) and diesel at RM1.95 (up from RM1.70). This follows the [...]

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Mazda bets on diesel-only car for Japan launch of key 2015 modelhttp://www.automania.my/news/mazda-bets-diesel-car-japan-launch-key-2015-model/ http://www.automania.my/news/mazda-bets-diesel-car-japan-launch-key-2015-model/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:05:31 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66799 TOKYO: Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp will sell only diesel-powered cars in the domestic launch of its key model for 2015, gambling it can convince the country’s army of hybrid petrol-electric drivers that the days of sooty, noisy diesels are long gone. Masamichi Kogai, Chief Executive of Japan’s fifth-biggest auto maker, placed his diesel bet in [...]

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Yamaha aims to launch 2-seater car in Europe, says sourcehttp://www.automania.my/news/yamaha-aims-launch-2-seater-car-europe-says-source/ http://www.automania.my/news/yamaha-aims-launch-2-seater-car-europe-says-source/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:58:03 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66794 TOKYO: Japanese motorcycle maker Yamaha Motor Co Ltd aims to start making and selling two-seater cars in Europe as early as 2019, targeting environmentally-conscious drivers, a person familiar with the plan told Reuters on Friday. Yamaha will spend “tens of billions of yen” to build a manufacturing plant in Europe, though the location and scale [...]

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Kia shows off unusual SPORTSPACE Concepthttp://www.automania.my/news/66772/ http://www.automania.my/news/66772/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:28:38 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66772 FRANKFURT: The SPORTSPACE Concept is what Kia calls the ultimate “getaway” car – a practical vehicle for everyday business use, yet a stylish and athletic grand tourer – ready to eat up the miles for business or leisure. Conceived and developed at Kia’s European Design Centre in Frankfurt under Europe chief designer Gregory Guillaume, the [...]

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Here’s the new Mercedes-AMG GT3 track killerhttp://www.automania.my/news/new-mercedes-amg-gt3-track-killer/ http://www.automania.my/news/new-mercedes-amg-gt3-track-killer/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 11:31:49 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66759 AFFALTERBACH: Mercedes-AMG will ring in the 2015 motorsport season at the beginning of March with the sonorous sound of the V8 engine: the new Mercedes-AMG GT3. It will be making its debut appearance at the Geneva Motor Show. The Mercedes-AMG GT3 will blaze new trails in customer sports with its intelligent vehicle concept. The excellent [...]

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2015 Audi R8 heads for Genevahttp://www.automania.my/news/2015-audi-r8-heads-geneva/ http://www.automania.my/news/2015-audi-r8-heads-geneva/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:05:24 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66733 GENEVA: At the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, Audi will present the second generation of its high-performance R8 sports car. The mid-mounted V10 and newly developed quattro all-wheel-drive system ensure breathtaking performance, especially in the top-of-the-range version with 610PS, which not only powers to 100kph from rest more rapidly than any series production Audi in history [...]

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US Senate panel OKs auto industry whistleblower incentivehttp://www.automania.my/news/us-senate-panel-oks-auto-industry-whistleblower-incentive/ http://www.automania.my/news/us-senate-panel-oks-auto-industry-whistleblower-incentive/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:53:17 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66730 WASHINGTON: A measure that would offer financial incentives for auto industry employees to expose safety defects won unanimous backing from a US Senate panel on Thursday. The vote by 13 Republican and Democratic members of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee sends the legislation, which would allow whistleblowers to share in auto company penalty [...]

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On the road with VW Beetle 1.2 TSIhttp://www.automania.my/car-reviews/volkswagen-beetle-zooms-future/ http://www.automania.my/car-reviews/volkswagen-beetle-zooms-future/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:49:51 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66713 When it comes to distinctive automobile shapes, few are as iconic as the Volkswagen Beetle. I have always been fond of the Beetle, my first car was a classic 1970 original. The ‘people’s car-turned-modern icon’, now in the second-generation of its contemporary form, dubbed simply as ‘The Beetle’, still continues to be one of the [...]

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Is Silicon Valley the future of the US car?http://www.automania.my/features/silicon-valley-future-us-car/ http://www.automania.my/features/silicon-valley-future-us-car/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:46:57 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66716 After Tesla and Google, Apple appears to be readying for a plunge into the industry long rooted far away in the steel belt of the US upper Midwest. According to various media reports, the maker of iPhones and iPads has created a special unit baptized “Titan” with hundreds of staff to begin developing an electric [...]

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Perodua raises awareness with National Kidney Foundationhttp://www.automania.my/news/perodua-raises-awareness-national-kidney-foundation/ http://www.automania.my/news/perodua-raises-awareness-national-kidney-foundation/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:01:21 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66698 PETALING JAYA: National automaker Perodua contributed one unit of its best-selling Axia car to the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the ‘World Kidney Day’ celebration. Members of the public stand a chance to win the Axia by participating in the ‘Spot & Ride’ contest as well as raise awareness about [...]

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Sime defers listing of motor arm to H2 this yearhttp://www.automania.my/news/sime-defers-listing-motor-arm-h2-year/ http://www.automania.my/news/sime-defers-listing-motor-arm-h2-year/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 04:11:17 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66695 KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Bhd, which saw its net profit decline by 47% to RM437.4mil for the second quarter ended Dec 31, 2014, will defer the listing of its automotive arm to the second half of this year. “Our intention is to achieve the best valuation. As such, when the external landscape is not conducive, [...]

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Nissan says can meet US sales goal with capacity in South Korea, Japanhttp://www.automania.my/news/nissan-says-can-meet-us-sales-goal-capacity-south-korea-japan/ http://www.automania.my/news/nissan-says-can-meet-us-sales-goal-capacity-south-korea-japan/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:24:21 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66692 YOKOHAMA: Nissan will be able to meet its goal of taking 10 percent of the US market in two years without any major new investments and by making use of capacity available at factories in Japan and South Korea, a top executive said on Friday. With sales in the United States growing at nearly twice [...]

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GM’s Indonesia closure highlights automakers’ emerging markets woeshttp://www.automania.my/news/gms-indonesia-closure-highlights-automakers-emerging-markets-woes/ http://www.automania.my/news/gms-indonesia-closure-highlights-automakers-emerging-markets-woes/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:04:13 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66688 DETROIT: General Motors Co’s decision to shutter a car factory in Indonesia comes as global automakers rethink the timing and scope of investments in emerging markets once touted as engines of growth. Global automakers poured billions into Brazil, Russia, India, China and other emerging markets during the past few years. For now, some key emerging [...]

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Isuzu adventure to Tip of Borneohttp://www.automania.my/features/isuzu-adventure-tip-borneo/ http://www.automania.my/features/isuzu-adventure-tip-borneo/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:35:43 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66663 When my editor assigned me to accompany Isuzu Malaysia’s third Dura-Mission, which saw the expedition heading up to the literal Tip of Borneo and into the mists on the slopes of Mount Kinabalu, I was a little apprehensive. Although I had gone on other off-roading trips as a passenger/observer, this would be the first time [...]

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Toyota i-Road heading for Tokyohttp://www.automania.my/news/toyota-road-heading-tokyo/ http://www.automania.my/news/toyota-road-heading-tokyo/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:55:20 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66653 TOKYO: The Toyota i-Road is entering service in a new car-sharing programme that’s located in central Tokyo in April. The i-Road is an all-electric ultra-compact three-wheeled vehicle that is already in service as part of a co-ordinated public transport scheme in Grenoble, France, and has also been put through its paces within Toyota City in [...]

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Watchmaker Bremont pays homage to Jaguar E-typehttp://www.automania.my/news/watchmaker-bremont-pays-homage-jaguar-e-type/ http://www.automania.my/news/watchmaker-bremont-pays-homage-jaguar-e-type/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:42:43 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66643 LONDON: British watchmaker, Bremont, has revealed two new watches that pays tribute to the 1961 Jaguar E-type sports car, which became the fastest production car in the world and was described as “the most beautiful” by Enzo Ferrari. Dubbed the MKI and MKII, both watches now add to the existing six chronographs previously created to [...]

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Infiniti gets musicalhttp://www.automania.my/news/infiniti-makes-sweet-music-cars/ http://www.automania.my/news/infiniti-makes-sweet-music-cars/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:01:20 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66632 DUBAI: Maybe the desert heat has something to do with it. Infiniti Middle East has announced the launch of “Chromatic,” an audio composition and animation made entirely from the sounds and shapes of the Infiniti range. Both the video and sound track are set to be distributed globally by Universal Music Group. Conceived in April [...]

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Singapore consumers group accuses oil companies of profiteeringhttp://www.automania.my/news/singapore-consumers-group-accuses-oil-companies-profiteering/ http://www.automania.my/news/singapore-consumers-group-accuses-oil-companies-profiteering/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:23:15 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66627 SINGAPORE: consumer watchdog Con­sumers Association of Singapore (CASE) said that oil companies were “profiteering” from the recent Government petrol duty hike. Shell’s 95-octane grade now costs S$2.02 (RM5.38) a litre before discount, while its 98-octane grade is priced at S$2.26 (RM6.02) per litre. The company’s premium V-Power costs S$2.63 (RM7) a litre. While this is [...]

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Mercedes C 200 Avantgarde drivenhttp://www.automania.my/car-reviews/mercedes-c-200-avantgarde-driven/ http://www.automania.my/car-reviews/mercedes-c-200-avantgarde-driven/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:35:14 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66478 The C-Class has been a bread-and-butter model for Mercedes-Benz. Still is today, just as the 3 Series rival is to BMW, as they expand merrily into all sorts of niches in the pursuit of mo’ money. Where once it was the entry model for those aspiring for a little luxury in their lives, the Stuttgart [...]

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Mazda Biante: Bring on the spacehttp://www.automania.my/car-reviews/mazda-biante-bred-space/ http://www.automania.my/car-reviews/mazda-biante-bred-space/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 05:33:26 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=66514 Space – the looming question that comes to mind when we recently drove a Mazda Biante over the course of a weekend. And what a tiring weekend it was after becoming a makeshift ‘pick-up’ service for friends with this RM149,797 (on-the-road with insurance) eight-seater that’s in direct contention with the similarly-sized and shaped Nissan Serena [...]

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