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Toyota i-Road heading for Tokyo

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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 Nagoya, Japan. The new trial will see iRoad paired with Park24’s Times Car Plus service, which allows members to ulitise a fleet of share-cars at any time of day. The scheme will also incorporate elements from Toyota’s Ha:mo urban transport template, which has also been…

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Watchmaker Bremont pays homage to Jaguar E-type

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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 complement each of the six ‘continuation’ lightweight E-type sports racing cars currently being built by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations. According to Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, the new watches feature a design inspired by the Jaguar E-type sports car that goes together with…

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Infiniti gets musical

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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 2014 with agency TBWA-Raad, Infiniti sought to create a library of sound generated by elements of the cars themselves: brakes, tyre spins, gear shifts, seatbelt clicks, exhaust roars and internal alerts. “This is the first time an automotive maker in this region has created a…

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Singapore consumers group accuses oil companies of profiteering

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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 2 cents lower than yesterday, prices are still higher than the Government’s announced duty hike of 15 cents a litre for intermediate grade petrol and 20 cents a litre for premium petrol. Shell’s pump prices before the Government announcement were S$1.86 (RM4.95) a litre for…

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VW CEO sees BMW, Daimler managers as potential successors, says mag

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FRANKFURT: Volkswagen boss Martin Winterkorn sees Andreas Renschler and Herbert Diess, who are joining VW from rivals Daimler and BMW respectively, among his potential successors, according to German weekly magazine Stern. “The decision about who will succeed me is not an easy one for the supervisory board,” Winterkorn, whose contract as chief executive runs until 2016, was quoted as saying. Both Renschler and Diess were in the running, the magazine said on Wednesday. “Both colleagues are managers who did good work in their previous jobs, otherwise we would not have hired them,” Winterkorn told the magazine, adding that internal candidates…

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Thai auto exports up in January, domestic sales down

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s automotive vehicle exports in January rose 14.09 per cent year-on-year to 92,440 units, boosted by increased exports to markets such as Europe, Australia as well as North, Central and South America. In value terms, exports rose 10 per cent year-on-year to 41.151 billion baht, and total exports including of engines and auto spare parts increased by 5.84 per cent to 59.281 billion baht, said Surapong Paisitpatanapong, deputy chairman of the Automotive Industry Club of Federation of Thai Industries (FTI). Meanwhile, the domestic sales volume in January fell 12.9 per cent to 59,669 units with the country’s economy yet…

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MINI Bangsar issues open house invite to all

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KUALA LUMPUR: MINI Bangsar wishes to usher in the Year of the Goat with fun filled activities and hot MINI models during their upcoming ‘oopen house’. The dealership’s event will be held on Feb 28 to Mar 1, with highlights of the day including activities for the whole family such as Live Chinese Calligraphy Art and Dragon Beard Candy-making demonstration. Visitors will also be treated to a special Lion Dance performance on Sunday at 11:00am. MINI Bangsar will also be offering irresistible festive deals for the hot MINI Hatches and the MINI Countryman throughout the weekend. For more information, call…

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Shell pledger drives home Mazda2

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KUALA LUMPUR: The conclusion of Shell Malaysia’s #ShellPledge contest found a lucky grand prize winner to drive home the recently launched Mazda2 with SkyActiv technology. While the winner, Emily Yap, drove home a brand new Mazda2, three second prize winners each received a Samsung Galaxy tablet, five third prize winners received a jawbone Bluetooth portable speaker and 20 consolation prize winners received a Starbucks gift car. “I am thankful to Shell Malaysia for this wonderful prize and I stand by my #ShellPledge to continue practising fuel efficiency in my daily driving,” said Yap. The contest was held in October 2014,…

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Aston Martin reveals Vulcan

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LONDON: The Aston Martin Vulcan will make its world debut at the 2015 Geneva motor show. The Vulcan is a track-only supercar and the British luxury brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date. The new all-carbon fibre supercar – limited to just 24 examples worldwide – is powered by the most potent iteration yet of the company’s naturally-aspirated, 7.0-litre V12 petrol engine with 800-plus bhp. This front mid-engined, rear-wheel drive sports car draws extensively on the brand’s rich GT motorsport experience. Its power-to-weight ratio exceed those of the GTE cars which compete in the FIA’s annual World Endurance Championship.…

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Toyota unveils fuel-cell car assembly line

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TOKYO: Toyota president Akio Toyoda on Tuesday unveiled the assembly line that is making the first mass market fuel-cell car. The world’s biggest carmaker plans to produce 700 units of the four-door Mirai sedan — powered by hydrogen and emitting nothing but water vapour from its tailpipe – by the end of December. Production of the car whose name means “future” in Japanese is scheduled to expand to 2,000 units in 2016 and 3,000 units in 2017. The Mirai, which is being made at the firm’s Motomachi Plant in Aichi, central Japan, can travel about 650km without refuelling, some three…

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