ADVERTISEMENT

News

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

0

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,”…

Share.

Daimler and Qualcomm to develop in-car tech, wireless charging

0

FRANKFURT: Carmaker Daimler on Saturday announced a partnership with mobile technologies company Qualcomm Inc to explore wireless recharging of mobile phones in cars as well as recharging of electric cars without cables. The move forms part of a broader push by Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz, as well as rival German carmakers BMW and Audi to build their expertise in software and telecommunications to bolster their status as high-tech carmakers in an era when tightening emission rules force them to downsize engines, once a mainstay of profit. In a joint statement, Daimler and Qualcomm said they were assessing the application…

Share.

Contest for Nokia’s HERE seen as a three-way race

0

STUTTGART: The contest for Nokia’s maps business has become a three-way race between German carmakers, a consortium including Uber and Baidu, and a third group including China’s Tencent and Navinfo, people familiar with the process said. Finland’s Nokia has started an auction of its maps business HERE while it completes its 15.6 billion euros (US$17.2 billion) takeover of network equipment maker Alcatel Lucent. German automakers Daimler, BMW and Volkswagen’s premium brand Audi have teamed up with private equity firm General Atlantic to form what is being described as the “Industry consortium”, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday.…

Share.

Mazda, Mitsubishi add 624,000 more cars to Takata air bag recall

0

TOKYO: Mazda and Mitsubishi Motors Corp said on Friday they would recall about 624,000 more vehicles to replace air bag inflators made by Japan’s Takata Corp, following similar moves last week by domestic automakers. Mazda said it was recalling about 112,000 vehicles including the Atenza sedan, Bongo van and two models it builds for Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. A spokesman said it was still working out plans for any recall overseas. Mitsubishi Motors is calling back about 100,000 cars in Japan and 412,000 overseas, it said.

Share.

Teen girl training to start own car workshop

0

KLANG: It gets pretty lonely in class at times for Nurmaizatulhana Mohd Ramli, who is the only female training to be a mechanic at a college here. “I hope more girls will now be able to join the training programme as it looks like the Government may increase the budget for skills training,” said the 17-year-old who is studying automation at WIT College. Under the 11th Malaysia Plan, technical and vocational education and training is targeted to focus on programmes to produce skilled talent to meet industry needs. Nurmaizatulhana, who is from Kampung Delek near here, said she decided to…

Share.

Tesla Model S heading to Malaysia

0

KUALA LUMPUR: Tesla is coming. Malaysians will see the flashy electric cars zipping silently along the roads of the country by 2016, if not earlier. Well, it won’t be showing up in showrooms yet, if that’s what you are thinking. Greentech Malaysia is leading the charge in bringing in 120 Tesla Model S as demonstrator units to be leased to government-linked companies and agencies to try out and assess over a 24-month period. Its CEO, Ahmad Hadri Haris, said on May 14 that it hopes to settle the paperwork and approval processes for tax exemptions and Approved Permits within two…

Share.

Refined Hilux launched in Thailand

0

TOYOTA CITY:  Toyota has completely redesigned the Hilux pickup, which was unveiled in Bangkok on Thursday, marking the start of sales of the new model in Thailand. The eighth-generation Hilux pioneers a “new era” of easy-to-drive, stress-free toughness, while still providing the ruggedness, performance, responsiveness and safety expected from the model. Available in Single Cab, Extra Cab and Double Cab configurations, the tough yet refined Hilux appearance is achieved by contrasting the front panel with its sturdy bumper section and the integrated look of the slender upper grille and LED headlamps. Body side wheel flares are integrated with the overall…

Share.

Ford sales growth mainly from Asia in next decade

0

DEARBORN: Ford Motor Co sees most of its corporate sales growth over the next decade coming from the Asia Pacific region despite the recent slowdown in China auto demand, a top executive said Thursday. “When I take a look at Ford’s growth over the next five to 10 years, we believe roughly 60 percent of the growth will be in the Asia Pacific region,” said Dave Schoch, president of Ford’s Asia Pacific region. Ford’s Asia Pacific sales in the first quarter totaled US$2.3 billion, or 6.8 percent of the company’s total. China and India will be the big engines for…

Share.

China jails ‘Fast & Furious’ Lamborghini, Ferrari drivers

0

BEIJING:  Two unemployed men who crashed a Lamborghini and Ferrari as they reportedly staged a “real-life Fast and Furious” race through Beijing were sentenced to jail Thursday for dangerous driving, the court said. According to reports a woman passenger in Tang Weitian’s green Lamborghini was left with a broken spine in the accident. The other driver Yu Muchun, 20, drove a red Ferrari. Tang, 21, was sentenced to five months in prison and fined 10,000 yuan (US$1,600), Beijing’s Chaoyang District People’s Court said in an online post. Yu was jailed for four months and given an 8,000 yuan fine, it…

Share.

Largest Nissan 3S Centre opens in Johor Baru

0

JOHOR BARU: Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has opened its largest one-stop-shop Nissan 3S (Sales, Service and Spare Parts) centre that’s six-stories high and spanning over an area of 256,000 square feet. Dubbed the Mega Johor Jaya 3S Centre, the facility costs approximately RM25.5mil. It comes equipped with more than 400 parking bays, a 30-car showroom, 36 service bays and a capacity to service up to 150 cars per day. Amenities include a lounge with Wifi connectivity and a kid’s corner, Other facilities include a certified pre-owned and used vehicles section, hire purchase and insurance division and a vehicle distribution…

Share.
1 2 3 894