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Infiniti finally debuts QX30 concept

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GENEVA: Making its debut at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show, the QX30 concept cements Infiniti’s ambitions to expand into the global premium compact segment. The QX30 concept combines the sleek lines of the coupe with the command sitting and all-wheel drive of a crossover. “QX30 concept embodies our conviction to give customers the freedom to go wherever they want, whenever they want – in a style that turns heads and makes a statement,” said Infiniti president and CEO Roland Krueger. The QX30 concept is the latest in a series of concept vehicles for which Infiniti has announced a definite…

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Bentley shows off EXP 10 Speed 6 concept

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GENEVA: Bentley Motors is showing the future direction of luxury and performance with the EXP 10 Speed 6 at the 2015 Geneva International Motor Show. The concept is a British interpretation of a high performance two seater sportscar. From the racing success of the company’s early years to the international motorsport success of today, ‘speed’ is part of Bentley’s DNA. This inspiration is expressed throughout the EXP 10 Speed 6, where iconic Bentley design cues are fused with progressive craftsmanship techniques and modern technologies. Copper elements are used as accents to both exterior and interior features to highlight the performance…

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Honda reveals 2015 Civic Type R

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GENEVA: At a special event, Honda has revealed the all-new Civic Type R ahead of its official global premiere on March 3. Revealed in an extraordinary animation and lighting sequence, projected high above the heads of the audience, complete with the raw sound of the engine revving, the ‘race car for the road‘ is the most extreme Type R ever built. A world-first application of Honda’s new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine, aggressive function-led styling and pioneering new chassis technologies combine in the new Civic Type R to deliver one of the most immersive and rewarding driving experiences. Billed as…

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More design awards for Hyundai Motor

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MUNICH: Hyundai Motor Company has received further international recognition for its design vision from the prestigious iF Design Awards jury. The Hyundai Motorstudio won three iF Design Award 2015 titles, across ‘Product’ and ‘Communication’ disciplines for its brand collections, along with one gaining special recognition as the ‘Gold’ winner, a first for the Hyundai brand. The Hyundai Motorstudio itself won an iF Design Award 2015 in the ‘Communication’ category – recognition for the brand’s creative vision. The Hyundai Motorstudio ‘Collection’, which includes simple yet unique design of everyday items such as pencil cap sharpeners, tumblers, cups and stools, won a…

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Latest Volvo S60 launched in Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR: The new Volvo S60, featuring a more purposeful and dynamic facade, has been launched in Malaysia. The range-topping 2.0-litre S60 T5 is powered by a 240hp turbo petrol engine, and the entry-level 1.6-litre S60 T4 has a 180hp turbo petrol engine. Both powertrains are paired with a 6-speed Powershift transmission complete with Geartronic. The S60 T4, is priced at RM221,888 while the S60 T5, is priced at RM268,888. Prices are on-the-road without insurance. Both variants will come with Volvo’s extended coverage plan which includes a 5-year warranty, 5 years of free service including parts per scheduled maintenance, and…

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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia gets new boss

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has appointed Won-Chul Yang as its CEO, effective Feb 12. Yang joined Mitsubishi Corp (MC) in Seoul in 1992. From 2003 to 2006, he was the manager of MC Tokyo and moved on to become the director of strategic planning and coordination in Mitsubishi Motors Sales Korea Ltd. He has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. Prior to becoming the CEO of MMM, Yang was the company’s senior vice president of strategic planning and coordination since 2012. During his tenure, the company went through a milestone launch of Mitsubishi Motors’…

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Porsche scoops two top awards in UK

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LONDON: Porsche is proving it is the benchmark sports car manufacturer once again, with the announcement today of two of its latest models being recognised as ‘best-in-class’. At the UK Car of the Year Awards 2015, the Boxster GTS won ‘Best Open Top Car’ while the Macan took the trophy for ‘Best SUV’. The Boxster was launched with a GTS version for the first time last year. Joining other current Porsche models wearing the highly-revered ‘GTS’ nameplate – the Cayman, 911, Panamera and Cayenne – this benchmark roadster is even more dynamically focussed than other Boxster models. Boasting 330 hp,…

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2015 Geneva Motor Show ready to rumble

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GENEVA: Automania is in Geneva – international city, financial centre and global hub of diplomacy – for the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. Top marques from around the world are eager to show what they have to offer in production cars and concepts at the first major European car show of the year. Supercars, small SUVs and hot hatches look set to be the big draw when the show opens to the public from March 5-15. (Read Automania’s What to look out for at Geneva show with lotsa photos) Much of what will be showcased at the most prestigious event on the…

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March fuel prices up 25 sen

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PETALING JAYA: Petrol and diesel prices will go up by 25 sen per litre from March 1, the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry announced in a statement today. RON95 petrol will be priced RM1.95 (up from RM1.70), RON97 petrol at RM2.25 (up from RM2) and diesel at RM1.95 (up from RM1.70). This follows the ministry’s decision to set the market prices of RON95 petrol and diesel on a managed float, starting from Dec 1 last year. In the statement, Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek said prices were determined based on the average cost price of the product during February…

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Mazda bets on diesel-only car for Japan launch of key 2015 model

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TOKYO: Japan’s Mazda Motor Corp will sell only diesel-powered cars in the domestic launch of its key model for 2015, gambling it can convince the country’s army of hybrid petrol-electric drivers that the days of sooty, noisy diesels are long gone. Masamichi Kogai, Chief Executive of Japan’s fifth-biggest auto maker, placed his diesel bet in Tokyo on Friday as he unveiled the CX-3, a compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV). “In Japan, more and more people are choosing to drive diesels,” Kogai said. The CEO also said the greater power offered by diesel engines is a selling point for bigger cars, including…

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