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Volvo’s integrated child booster seat celebrates 25th anniversary

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STOCKHOLM: From the creators of the three-point safety belt in 1959, Volvo is now celebrating its 25th anniversary of the introduction of the first ever integrated booster cushion for children in 1990. The Swedish carmaker’s celebration is in conjunction with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week that’s being held from now till May 10. The booster cushion was essentially a redesigned centre armrest that elevated the seating position of the child so that the existing central three-point safety belt could be used more effectively. In doing so, this removed the need for further accessories for child restraints for older…

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Perodua opens first flagship 3S centre

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PETALING JAYA: Perodua’s first flagship one-stop 3S centre, called Perodua Sentral, open for business here today. Perodua Sentral is a new benchmark for the car maker as it focuses on seamless sales and aftersales operations. “This new outlet will set a new standard and benchmark for all our other outlets in the country with focus on delighting our customers,” said Perodua president & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. The Sales, Service and Spare Parts outlet will also house Perodua’s own café within the showroom, which will feature a signature dish for customers to try out. The RM40mil 3S centre has…

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VW working hard to quickly find Piech successor, says CEO

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HANOVER: Volkswagen aims to quickly find a successor to Ferdinand Piech who quit as chairman week before last, after 13 years in the position, following a damaging public leadership dispute with chief executive Martin Winterkorn, the CEO said. “The executive committee and the supervisory board are working hard to swiftly resolve the remaining issues with regard to the composition of the supervisory bodies in the best possible manner,” Winterkorn said at the carmaker’s annual shareholder meeting today. Winterkorn, who was backed in the showdown with Piech by VW’s works council and stakeholder Lower Saxony, said the group had “clarity” on…

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Mazda honing MX-5 racer

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LOS ANGELES: Mazda rolled out a pair of engineering development models of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar for testing at Mazda Raceway earlier on Friday. As a part of the development process, the cars will be tested in public on the first test day of all remaining race weekends during the 2015 MX-5 Cup season. The challenge is complex as Mazda is evaluating seven tyre manufacturers, eight brake suppliers, and seven suspension kit partners for 392 base combinations. Using advanced analytics and simulations, Mazda Motorsports and engineering partner Long Road Racing will perform a great deal of the testing…

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BHPetrol presents prizes to OrangeMania winners

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PETALING JAYA: BHPetrol recently held a prize giving ceremony for the winners of the BHPetrol & Partners OrangeMania Campaign which took place at the Royale Bintang Hotel, The Curve here. The lucky winners walked away with an iPhone 6 and an iPad Mini3. And those who attended the event and participated in the on-the-spot quizzes received gifts like BHPetrol vouchers, LINE dolls, and TGV movie cards from senior marketing manager of BHPetrol, Baba Tan. “We are glad that this promotion has attracted more customers coming to our stations and we hope they will continue to be our fans. We wish to congratulate all the winners…

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KL gears up for first street race

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KUALA LUMPUR: The streets here are about to get hotter in August when the Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix makes it debut in the heart of the city. Yes, we are finally getting our own street race here in Kuala Lumpur, thanks to GT Global Race (M) Sdn Bhd, which has a five-year agreement with Kuala Lumpur City Hall to organise it. “The intention to make it into an annual event is there and hopefully we will still be doing it 50 years from now. The Macau Grand Prix has been running for more than 60 years now,” said project…

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Chinese national escapes blazing Maserati on SPRINT Highway

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PETALING JAYA: A 32-year-old Chinese national escaped death after his Maserati Quattroporte crashed into a side railing on an elevated portion of the SPRINT Highway and burst into flames before plunging to the road below. Selangor Fire and Rescue department director Othman Abdullah said a team of six fire fighters were deployed to the scene at KM3.7 of the SPRINT highway after a distress call was received at about 3.20am on Tuesday. The team reached the scene five minutes later. “The car was completely destroyed in the blaze, but the driver managed to escape safely,” he said. It is learnt…

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Make child seats in cars compulsory, Govt urged

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Consumers Association has urged the Government to introduce a law making it compulsory for child seats to be installed in cars carrying infants and young children. It said statistics have shown that child seats reduce the risk of death by 71% for infants and 54% for children between the ages of one and five. Maconas secretary-general Datuk Amarjit Singh Gill said in a statement yesterday that making child seats compulsory could help save the lives of children in accidents. “Thousands of vehicles are driven daily and children ranging from infants to five-year-olds are at risk because…

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Police and JPJ determined to put a stop to illegal racing

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police said they were determined to stop illegal racing, while the Transport Ministry has ordered the Road Transport Department to step up enforcement against illegal racers. The moves follow allegations that several Perodua Myvis, which were racing on the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), caused a Mitsubishi Pajero to crash. A couple and their seven-month-old infant in the Pajero were killed in the accident on Saturday, which has led to a public outcry. “We do not want illegal racers to spill more innocent blood,” Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said yesterday. He said he would ensure that…

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GM set to storm India as Korea costs climb

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BEIJING/NEW DELHI: General Motors aims to grab at least 5 percent market share in India within the next decade, as it sees that market overtaking Japan as the world’s third biggest with projected annual sales of 8 million vehicles by 2025. The Detroit carmaker, which is losing money in India even after 18 years there, will unleash a product blitz aimed at reviving sagging sales, and will make India a new global manufacturing and export hub, taking some of the strain off South Korea, where labour costs have ballooned in recent years. As part of a strategic plan due to…

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