Automania http://www.automania.my Car news, reviews, previews, classifieds, price guides Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:57:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Rain can change race dynamics at Malaysia F1http://www.automania.my/news/rain-can-change-race-dynamics-at-malaysia-f1/ http://www.automania.my/news/rain-can-change-race-dynamics-at-malaysia-f1/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:52:21 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68461 SEPANG: There is a high chance of rain at the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. In the opening leg in Australia two weeks ago, Mercedes were dominant on a dry track with Lewis Hamilton a runaway winner and team-mate Nico Rosberg second. There was no rain-tyre testing during the off-season. And if it rains [...]

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India’s Mahindra in talks to buy Italy’s Pininfarinahttp://www.automania.my/news/indias-mahindra-in-talks-to-buy-italys-pininfarina/ http://www.automania.my/news/indias-mahindra-in-talks-to-buy-italys-pininfarina/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:28:04 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68458 MILAN/LONDON: India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is in talks to buy a majority stake in luxury car designer Pininfarina in what would be the latest Asian bid for an iconic Italian brand, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Shares in Milan-listed Pininfarina, which has designed cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac, [...]

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First image of new Kia Optimahttp://www.automania.my/news/first-image-of-new-kia-optima/ http://www.automania.my/news/first-image-of-new-kia-optima/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 02:55:51 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68451 SEOUL: Automania has been priming you for the release of the all-new Kia Optima. Kia has just shot out the first picture of the actual car that is due for a New York world debut. It will be available with multiple engine choices,and the car will feature a more spacious interior, class-up premium features and [...]

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McLaren to introduce 570S Coupe at NY showhttp://www.automania.my/news/mclaren-to-introduce-570s-coupe-at-ny-show/ http://www.automania.my/news/mclaren-to-introduce-570s-coupe-at-ny-show/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:53:31 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68401 LONDON: McLaren has announced that the first model to be launched in its Sports Series family will be called the 570S Coupé. This V8 powered, carbon fibre structured two seater will show its beautiful yet aerodynamically optimised form for the first time in less than a week when it debuts at the 115th New York [...]

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Mercedes-Benz boosts GLE appealhttp://www.automania.my/news/mercedes-benz-increases-gle-appeal/ http://www.automania.my/news/mercedes-benz-increases-gle-appeal/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:31:58 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68428 STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz has revised the GLE, its best-selling the SUV, featuring a more appealing front and rear and extensive measures which make new benchmarks with regard to emissions and the drive system possible. Set for an unveiling at the New York auto show next month,  fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are reduced by 17 per [...]

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Volvo Trucks opens new Ipoh dealershiphttp://www.automania.my/news/volvo-trucks-opens-new-ipoh-dealership/ http://www.automania.my/news/volvo-trucks-opens-new-ipoh-dealership/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:41:44 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68425 IPOH: Volvo Trucks has opened a new Ipoh dealership and this cements another achievement in the company’s strategic Dealer Operating Standard (DOS) Enhancement Programme that was initiated three years ago. This programme aimed to raise the bar in customer care and to ensure that all dealership processes comply with the Volvo standards of quality products [...]

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Ford aims to triple exports from India with US$1bil planthttp://www.automania.my/news/ford-aims-to-triple-exports-from-india-with-us1bil-plant/ http://www.automania.my/news/ford-aims-to-triple-exports-from-india-with-us1bil-plant/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:49:25 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68419 AHMEDABAD: Ford has invested US$1bil in a new plant in western India which will help the automaker triple exports from the country, chief executive Mark Fields told reporters today. Ford plans to make India an export hub for compact cars such as the EcoSport, a sub-four metre sports utility vehicle, and the newly launched compact [...]

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What’s next for ‘Top Gear’?http://www.automania.my/features/whats-next-for-top-gear/ http://www.automania.my/features/whats-next-for-top-gear/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:28:44 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68415 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’ [...]

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India’s long road to tougher law against killer drivershttp://www.automania.my/features/indias-long-road-to-tougher-law-against-killer-drivers/ http://www.automania.my/features/indias-long-road-to-tougher-law-against-killer-drivers/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:06:24 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68411 One month after Anita Rajput’s son was crushed to death by two buses as he walked home in the Indian capital, the distraught mother cannot bear to send her remaining child back to school. “Has anything changed? How can I let him out on the road? What if my younger son meets a similar fate,” [...]

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Modular mojo: Toyota re-engineers its appealhttp://www.automania.my/features/modular-mojo-toyota-re-engineers-its-appeal/ http://www.automania.my/features/modular-mojo-toyota-re-engineers-its-appeal/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 05:49:25 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68406 Toyota Motor is looking to cast off a reputation for making reliable, but often dull, cars in a wide-ranging review of its designs, technologies, factories and supply deals – a full makeover aimed at staying on top in a cut-throat industry. For decades, the Japanese automaker carved out global leadership by using common parts across [...]

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Over half of teen driver crashes due to distractionhttp://www.automania.my/news/over-half-of-teen-driver-crashes-due-to-distraction/ http://www.automania.my/news/over-half-of-teen-driver-crashes-due-to-distraction/#comments Thu, 26 Mar 2015 04:02:07 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68394 WASHINGTON: Whether talking to passengers, checking their hairstyle or using a smartphone, driver distraction is a factor in six out of 10 car accidents involving young drivers. The AAA describes its findings as the result as the most comprehensive research to date on the subject based on analysis of video footage of car crashes involving [...]

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BBC dumps Jeremy Clarkson after producer attackhttp://www.automania.my/news/bbc-dumps-jeremy-clarkson-after-producer-attack/ http://www.automania.my/news/bbc-dumps-jeremy-clarkson-after-producer-attack/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:30:59 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68382 LONDON: The BBC said today it would not renew the contract of Jeremy Clarkson, the hugely-popular but divisive presenter of its motoring programme “Top Gear” after what it called an unprovoked physical attack on a producer. Clarkson, 54, who has generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly funded broadcaster, was already on a final [...]

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Bugatti Veyron ‘La Finale’ bids goodbyehttp://www.automania.my/news/bugatti-veyron-la-finale-waves-goodbye/ http://www.automania.my/news/bugatti-veyron-la-finale-waves-goodbye/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:19:41 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68361 PARIS: The Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse “La Finale” marks the company’s last instalment for its supercar – first seen in 2005 – and this will be example number 450. With 8.0-litres of displacement for its 16-cylinders in ‘W’ configuration and four turbochargers, the original managed to produce 987bhp and 1,250Nm of torque that shot [...]

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BMW gets role in new Mission Impossible moviehttp://www.automania.my/news/bmw-gets-role-in-new-mission-impossible-movie/ http://www.automania.my/news/bmw-gets-role-in-new-mission-impossible-movie/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:18:35 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68341 MUNICH: It’s confirmed, BMW is now the exclusive worldwide automotive partner of the next instalment of Paramount Pictures’ legendary action film franchise, “Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation”. The movie is set to have its theatrical release from July 31 and this is the second time BMW has “accepted the mission” to lend its support to [...]

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Jaguar XF high-wire acthttp://www.automania.my/news/jaguar-xf-on-a-wire/ http://www.automania.my/news/jaguar-xf-on-a-wire/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:48:10 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68323 LONDON: The all-new 2016 Jaguar XF has been revealed through a dramatic ‘high-wire’ water crossing in the heart of London’s business district. Expert British stunt man Jim Dowdell, veteran of Hollywood movies including Bond, Bourne and Indiana Jones, drove the “new cat” 240m across a high-wire to highlight the lightweight aluminium-intensive architecture featured on the [...]

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Sneak peek at new Peugeot 308http://www.automania.my/news/sneak-peek-at-new-peugeot-308/ http://www.automania.my/news/sneak-peek-at-new-peugeot-308/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:44:48 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68332 SHAH ALAM: Nasim Sdn Bhd hopes that the soon-to-be-launched all-new Peugeot 308 THP would give it a comeback boost in the C-segment category. In an exclusive sneak preview of the car before its launch next month, Nasim chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George said that the car would be the first of the three [...]

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Mazda2: From Bangkok to Penang on a single tankhttp://www.automania.my/car-reviews/a-thai-adventure-with-a-mazda2-diesel/ http://www.automania.my/car-reviews/a-thai-adventure-with-a-mazda2-diesel/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:13:36 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68244 While the latest generation 1.5-litre Mazda2 SkyActiv launched locally in January had proven to be a success due to its innovative styling and design, local distributor Bermaz Motor wants to up its appeal by giving a taste of a more efficient diesel-powered variant. Called the Mazda2 SkyActiv-D, our test drive entailed a 1,200km single-tank journey [...]

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2015 Bangkok motor show girlshttp://www.automania.my/news/2015-bangkok-motor-show-girls/ http://www.automania.my/news/2015-bangkok-motor-show-girls/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 06:10:15 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68215 BANGKOK: The Bangkok International Motor Show is an iconic symbol of Thailand’s automotive industry. This year’s event marks the 36th edition, and the 12-day show is being held at Challenger Hall 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani from March 25 – April 5, 2015. It is renowned for its lovely auto show models, and once again, [...]

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Falken reveals bespoke tyre for hybrid SUV drivershttp://www.automania.my/news/falken-reveals-bespoke-tyre-for-hybrid-suv-drivers/ http://www.automania.my/news/falken-reveals-bespoke-tyre-for-hybrid-suv-drivers/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:23:55 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68203 FRANKFURT (Germany): Falken has revealed its take on the future of tyres – designed to the point where it could meet the demands of hybrid SUV drivers with both extended range and dynamic handling. Inspired by motorcycle rubber, the Japanese tyre manufacturer showcased the different tread areas that could point the way to how drivers [...]

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Thailand expects to produce over 2 million cars and trucks this yearhttp://www.automania.my/news/thailand-expects-to-produce-over-2-million-cars-and-trucks-this-year/ http://www.automania.my/news/thailand-expects-to-produce-over-2-million-cars-and-trucks-this-year/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 04:12:06 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=68200 BANGKOK: Thailand expects to produce 2.15 million cars and trucks this year, an increase of 14.36% compared to last year, said Thailand Automotive Industry Club. Its deputy chairman, Surapong Paisitpatanapong, said the production included 1.2 million units for export, an increase of 6.94% from last year’s 1.12 million units. “The production target for domestic market [...]

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