Automania http://www.automania.my Car news, reviews, previews, classifieds, price guides Fri, 24 Apr 2015 11:50:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Study shows safety tech hogs consumer interesthttp://www.automania.my/news/study-shows-safety-tech-hogs-consumer-interest/ http://www.automania.my/news/study-shows-safety-tech-hogs-consumer-interest/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:48:23 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71087 LOS ANGELES: Three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are related to collision protection, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study released on Wednesday. Technologies that reduce the overall burden of driving and enhance the safety of the vehicle and its occupants receive the most consumer [...]

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BMW Ignite Straight Six project transforms K 1600 GTLhttp://www.automania.my/news/bmw-ignite-straight-six-project-transforms-k-1600-gtl/ http://www.automania.my/news/bmw-ignite-straight-six-project-transforms-k-1600-gtl/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 10:45:05 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71121 TOKYO: Two Japanese bike customizers came up with their take of what a BMW motorcycle should look like by using a BMW K 1600 GTL as the base. The bike comes with a six-cylinder engine and 1,649cc of displacement and the frame for Kenji Nagai of Ken’s Factory and Keiji Kawakita of Hot-Dock Custom-Cycles to [...]

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Toyota Rush updatedhttp://www.automania.my/news/toyota-rush-updated/ http://www.automania.my/news/toyota-rush-updated/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:09:12 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71111 PETALING JAYA: The Rush compact SUV has received some cosmetic changes in an effort by Toyota “to give it a tougher yet sporty image while retaining its modern and distinct form.” Three variants are offered: Rush 1.5S Automatic at RM103,300; Rush 1.5G Automatic at RM 100,300; and Rush 1.5G Manual at RM98,000. The bumper, radiator [...]

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SIC to hold motorsport-free day every month at racing trackhttp://www.automania.my/news/sic-to-hold-motorsport-free-day-every-month-at-racing-track/ http://www.automania.my/news/sic-to-hold-motorsport-free-day-every-month-at-racing-track/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:42:23 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71108 SEPANG: The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is set to hold a motorsport-free day every month at the racing track. In a bid to promote healthy living and allow Malaysians an upclose view of the track, SIC will open its doors to cyclists and joggers. SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said that many of [...]

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Your teen’s brain behind the wheel explainedhttp://www.automania.my/news/your-teens-brain-behind-the-wheel-explained/ http://www.automania.my/news/your-teens-brain-behind-the-wheel-explained/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:41:41 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71134 CHICAGO: Adolescent brains negotiate risk differently than those of adults and a new study exposes what modulates their risk tolerance as they drive. Working with 14-year-old participants who were accompanied by their mothers, the research team tracked blood flow in their brains as they completed a simulated driving task. In one experiment, teens drove alone [...]

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New Hino bus launchedhttp://www.automania.my/news/new-hino-bus-launched/ http://www.automania.my/news/new-hino-bus-launched/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:51:10 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71170 PETALING JAYA: Hino Motors Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd has launched the new RN8JSKA bus which promises better safety, comfort and efficiency. Targeting the big-scale transport users in the travel industry, public transportation sector, town councils and corporations, the 44-seater RN8JSKA promises to be an idea vehicle with its high safety features, powerful 260PS engine, comfortable [...]

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Car makers to profit from China’s booming used markethttp://www.automania.my/features/car-makers-to-profit-from-chinas-booming-used-market/ http://www.automania.my/features/car-makers-to-profit-from-chinas-booming-used-market/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:44:34 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71083 The vast majority of cars in the world’s biggest auto market are purchased new, but a second-hand trade is beginning to emerge in China despite traditional buyer reluctance — and foreign manufacturers are hoping to benefit. In China one used car is sold for every four new vehicles, the opposite of Europe and the United [...]

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Ducati pumps up Diavel luxuryhttp://www.automania.my/news/ducati-pumps-up-diavel-luxury/ http://www.automania.my/news/ducati-pumps-up-diavel-luxury/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:16:48 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71066 BOLOGNA: The ultra-luxurious version of the Ducati Diavel will finally be available as of May 2015, for 28,990 euros (around RM113,000). Graced with a handcrafted artisanal finish, the Diavel Titanium combines titanium, carbon fiber and even Alcantara. The defining features of the Diavel Titanium, first unveiled at the 2014 Milan Motorcycle Show, are its titanium [...]

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Teacher wins Sylphyhttp://www.automania.my/news/teacher-wins-sylphy/ http://www.automania.my/news/teacher-wins-sylphy/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 04:11:36 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71060 PETALING JAYA: It was a perfect wedding gift for Noor Atikah Sunar who won a new Nissan Sylphy under Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM)’s Chinese New Year “Test Drive and Win a Fortune” contest. The 24-year-old teacher of the Penang Japanese School, had test driven and bought the Almera sedan which qualified her to run [...]

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eLearning for accident repairhttp://www.automania.my/news/elearning-for-accident-repair/ http://www.automania.my/news/elearning-for-accident-repair/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:59:20 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71049 PETALING JAYA: UK-based Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) has recently launched a suite of eLearning resources to support automotive training in the area of body repair and paint. The new learning platform is to enable more automotive professionals to be equipped in accident repair to meet industry demand and respond to the rapidly changing automotive [...]

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‘Fast and Furious 8’ set for 2017 releasehttp://www.automania.my/news/fast-and-furious-8-set-for-2017-release/ http://www.automania.my/news/fast-and-furious-8-set-for-2017-release/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:49:33 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71051 LOS ANGELES: The “Fast and Furious” franchise is set to roar into its next phase with an eighth installment due in 2017, the first without Paul Walker, the late actor’s co-star Vin Diesel said Thursday. “Furious 7” has only just raced to the top of the global box office, taking over US$1 billion worldwide in [...]

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Rolls-Royce unveils most sumptuous Phantom yethttp://www.automania.my/news/rolls-royce-unveils-the-most-sumptuous-phantom-yet/ http://www.automania.my/news/rolls-royce-unveils-the-most-sumptuous-phantom-yet/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:32:57 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71041 LONDON: The British luxury car maker has shared details on the Phantom Limelight Collection, the latest line of bespoke models out of its workshops in Goodwood, England. The new limited edition will consist of just 25 cars. Designed exclusively for prestigious clients with high expectations, the new luxury sedan is defined by its lavish cabin, [...]

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Toyota Mirai qualifies as Nascar pace carhttp://www.automania.my/news/toyota-mirai-qualifies-as-nascar-pace-car/ http://www.automania.my/news/toyota-mirai-qualifies-as-nascar-pace-car/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:21:38 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71098 WASHINGTON, D.C.: The Toyota Mirai will be the first hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle to pace a Nascar race. It will lead the Toyota Owners 400 Nascar Sprint Cup Series  field to the green flag at Richmond on Saturday night. The Mirai was tested and approved by Nascar to pace the Toyota Owners 400 Nascar [...]

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Myanmar to draft policy for setting up foreign auto assembly plantshttp://www.automania.my/news/myanmar-to-draft-policy-for-setting-up-foreign-auto-assembly-plants/ http://www.automania.my/news/myanmar-to-draft-policy-for-setting-up-foreign-auto-assembly-plants/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:11:08 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71037 YANGON: Myanmar will draft a comprehensive policy in months to enable foreign automakers to establish assembly plants in the country, Xinhua news agency reported Thursday, citing reports. A committee is to be formed to develop the policy involving the Union of Myanmar Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Myanmar Engineering Society and Myanmar Automobile [...]

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Volkswagen chairman denies fresh attempt to push out CEO, says paperhttp://www.automania.my/news/volkswagen-chairman-says-is-not-seeking-to-push-out-ceo-says-paper/ http://www.automania.my/news/volkswagen-chairman-says-is-not-seeking-to-push-out-ceo-says-paper/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 03:07:11 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=71035 BERLIN: Volkswagen chairman Ferdinand Piech is not seeking to push out chief executive Martin Winterkorn, Bild-Zeitung reported on Thursday, citing Piech. “We talked things through last week and agreed on a cooperation,” the newspaper quoted Piech as saying. “I am not pushing the dismissal of Martin Winterkorn.” Earlier on Thursday, Germany’s NDR broadcasting network reported [...]

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Mercedes C-Class now locally assembledhttp://www.automania.my/news/mercedes-c-class-is-now-locally-assembled/ http://www.automania.my/news/mercedes-c-class-is-now-locally-assembled/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:50:53 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=70909 PETALING JAYA: The locally assembled C-Class is now available, says Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today. Specifications remain the same as the previous CBU model, which was launched in September 2014. The C-Class CKD models will be available in two petrol engines – C 200 AVANTGARDE Line and C 250 EXCLUSIVE – priced at RM269,888 and RM299,888 respectively. [...]

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Jeep Wrangler shaken and stirredhttp://www.automania.my/car-reviews/jeep-wrangler-shaken-and-stirred/ http://www.automania.my/car-reviews/jeep-wrangler-shaken-and-stirred/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:51:17 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=70875 When it comes to having an off-road pedigree, there is one car that takes the cake. This car doesn’t just have good breeding, it created a whole pedigree of its own. I’m of course talking about the Jeep Wrangler. To cut a really long story short, this go-everywhere-take-everything-on machine first started life as a special [...]

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Renault Fluence updated, now in two variantshttp://www.automania.my/news/renault-fluence-updated-now-in-a-choice-of-two-variants/ http://www.automania.my/news/renault-fluence-updated-now-in-a-choice-of-two-variants/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:54:47 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=70847 KUALA LUMPUR: Renault has refreshed its Fluence sedan in Malaysia with the marque’s current dynamic-looking grille styling that features a large Renault logo with long horizontal strip. Launched at the Renault roadshow in Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur today, the Fluence is now available in two variants of entry-level Expression (RM108,888 on-the-road without insurance) [...]

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Audi makes synthetic diesel from water and carbon dioxidehttp://www.automania.my/news/audi-starts-making-synthetic-diesel/ http://www.automania.my/news/audi-starts-making-synthetic-diesel/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:51:59 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=70834 BERLIN: A pilot plant in Dresden has started production of the synthetic Audi e-diesel. The plant which began operating in November, 2014, is set to produce over 3,000 litres of Audi e-diesel over the coming months. The plant, run by Audi partner sunfire, operates according to the power-to-liquid (PtL) principle and uses green power to [...]

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Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce gets a showinghttp://www.automania.my/news/lamborghini-aventador-750-4-superveloce-gets-a-showing/ http://www.automania.my/news/lamborghini-aventador-750-4-superveloce-gets-a-showing/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:19:48 +0000 http://www.automania.my/?p=70923 SINGAPORE: The Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce (SV) made its debut in Singapore – merely two months after the Geneva Motor Show, with 750hp on-tap and 690Nm, it’s 50kg lighter and takes 2.8sec to reach 100kph from standstill. This particular “bull” is the third and most powerful Aventador, which has been deemed worthy to wear [...]

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