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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage emerges

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MUNICH: The new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – the CSL has finally broken cover to pay tribute to the classic and iconic BMW Coupe from the 1970s. In the past the material of choice was aluminium, but today it’s carbon fibre or carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the Coupé Sport Leichtbau (CSL – Coupé Sport Lightweight) Hommage. BMW Design head Karim Habib explained that the Hommage gets an elongated body with uniquely positioned air deflectors, wide wheel arches spoilers for the roof and tail – just like the first CSL, and provides an optimal airflow along side the vehicle. The…

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Audi makes clean fuel breakthrough

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INGOLSTADT: German carmaker Audi has started producing its first quantities of e-benzin, a synthetic fuel that can be used like traditional petrol but without the harmful sulphur or hydrocarbon emissions. While a host of automotive experts have declared electricity as the fuel of the car’s future with hybrids being used as a stop gap to wean drivers off their fossil-fuel focused dependence while the next generation of extended range batteries are prepared for mass market, Audi is hedging its bets. It may have been one of the first premium car makers to bring hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles to its…

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Moto Guzzi introduces Audace and Eldorado

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MILAN: Moto Guzzi’s latest brace of premium road bikes, the rebellious Audace and the refined Eldorado, are an example of how changing one ingredient of a classic recipe can make a huge impact. The Audace and the Eldorado both have the same powerplant, protruding on either side of what is essentially the same frame, which is in itself based on the company’s flagship California. And yet, both bikes have different personalities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7vej3mVRxY Audace Despite its ups and downs as a marque over the decades, one Moto Guzzi business decision has remained – the development of its 1,400cc “big block” transversely…

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Myvi owners celebrate 10 years with record gathering

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PETALING JAYA: It was a gathering to remember. Perodua celebrated 10 years of the Perodua Myvi in one of the largest gatherings of owners coupled with the unveiling of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Myvi. Perodua has produced only 12 units of the limited edition Myvi, of which 10 is for purchase. During the event, lucky contestant Syed Mohamad Izzuddin Syed Ahmad Termizi from Perak won one unit. “We are happy to celebrate this important milestone with our loyal customers and will be giving one lucky participant a 10th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Myvi as a big thank you,” said…

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Too few belt up at the back, says transport minister

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TOKYO: More Malaysian passengers should belt up in the back seats as a study shows few do so, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said a study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) showed that only 7% to 9% of people belt up in the back seat. He said this was despite the high rate of road deaths in the country, of which 6,674 died last year. “Our road fatality rate is very high, and we have introduced many measures, including the back seat belt requirement. “Unfortunately, adherence to the law is still very…

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Perodua testing its first sedan prototype

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LANGKAWI: Perodua is gaining significant ground in its bid to launch its first sedan. President and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said the second national carmaker had reached the prototype stage and had even evaluated the platform, engine and transmission for the new model. He said local engineers and designers would be heavily involved in the project after consultation with its partner Daihatsu Motor Co. He, however, remained tight-lipped when asked on the launching date. “We have tested the prototype. It is going to be a good car, I have to admit. It will be a dream come…

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Jaze-the-man! Malaysian racer wins in Monaco

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PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar made Malaysian motorsport history with a flawless drive to bag his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 World Series win in Monaco. The Petronas talent programme driver’s breakthrough was achieved on one of the championship’s trickiest circuits. He also caught the eye of the motorsport world watching the support event of Sunday’s Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. Jazeman took off from pole position in the 21-lap race that was briefly interrupted by a red flag due to a messy incident on the opening lap. But the Fortec Motorsports driver held his composure to become the first Malaysian to…

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Autonomous braking really does cut car crashes

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LONDON: If you’re in the market for a new car, new research highlights why you should pick one that comes with autonomous emergency braking (AEB). Thatcham, the UK-based automotive technology and research body has been studying insurance claims to discern if the technology is already making a tangible difference to road safety. It found that third-party injury claims are 45 percent lower on drivers of the latest-generation VW Golf — which comes with AEB as standad -than on an equivalent vehicles, such as a Ford Fiesta or Audi A3. “When we saw figures based on an initial small sample, we…

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Proton dangles 7-year warranty in latest promo

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SUBANG JAYA: Proton has announced an extended warranty of seven years on selected models. The “Even More Value” promotion also offers a 1.99% loan interest rate per annum on the Saga and Iriz, a full financing scheme for civil servants and other deals for  graduates  and  undergraduates. The “Even More Value” promotion is ongoing nationwide from now until the end of June. “Proton is  the  only  original  equipment  manufacturer  (OEM)  to  offer  a  seven-year  extended  warranty programme in the country,” said Proton CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah. “Customers can also enjoy up to 26% discount on service packages for selected…

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Malaysia needs 180,000 auto workers until 2020, says PM

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PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Malaysia needs about 180,000 workers to fill vacancies in the automotive industry from now until 2020. From 2000 until 2014, a total of 550,000 workers were involved in the automotive industry, one of the main contributors to the national revenue and the economy. “In 2014 alone, some 21,000 people were involved in the automotive industry and about 180,000 workers more are needed until 2020. “Apart from providing employment, the automotive industry is also a contributor to the stable national revenue. Human capital is very important as we strive to master technology,”…

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