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Crooked JPJ staff will pay, says D-G

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JOHOR BARU: The Road Transport Department will not protect staff found collaborating with syndicates, including the one involved in cloned vehicles. JPJ director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said those involved in cheating the public would have to face the music. “So far, investigations carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on cloned cars did not point to anyone from the department but to outside syndicates. “Nevertheless, we have been working with MACC on this for the past six months and they are free to probe anyone,” he said after attending the department’s state-level JPJ Day here yesterday. Ismail said…

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Ian Callum named UK Designer of the Year

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LONDON: The man who has led Jaguar’s visual metamorphosis over the past decade is the 2015 recipient of the Designer of the Year award, an honor bestowed on the individual deemed to be the most influential currently operating in UK design. Presented by The Drum, by the UK’s biggest marketing publication, the award is based equally on overall career success, a person’s influence within their professional sphere and their output over the last year. And in scooping the top honor and being named at the head of The Drum’s annual “Designerati” list of the 100 most important people in UK…

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New Mustang will be the fastest Ford ever sold in Europe

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COLOGNE: At a special live-streamed event on Monday, Ford continued to stoke up excitement about the latest iteration of its classic muscle car – set to go on sale in Europe for the first time in its 50-year history – by demonstrating its vital performance statistics. And those statistics are very impressive the 5-liter normally aspirated V8 version of the car will be able to accelerate from 0-100kph in 4.8 seconds, making it faster than the 2005 Ford GT hypercar and as quick as the current Porsche Cayman and Bentley Continental GT V8, yet significantly cheaper than either. Even the…

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Apple Watch, the remote control for your Porsche or BMW i cars

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PETALING JAYA: With the global debut of the Apple Watch last Friday, Porsche and BMW have begun touting the connectivity possibilities Apple’s latest offers with their cars. Drivers can now access Porsche Car Connect functions even more conveniently, without having to reach for their iPhones. However, the Apple smartphone still continues to manage communication with the vehicle and integrates the Apple Watch as an additional display and control element.          The Apple Watch provides information on the vehicle status and allows certain vehicle functions to be monitored and controlled by tap and gesture input. The “remote” display, for instance, visualises whether…

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Porsche 918 Spyder on 1,000km road trip to celebrate feat

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LONDON: A dream drive for one Porsche enthusiast will become a reality this week when Ingo Georges Vandenberghe from Austria joins a special road trip around England and Wales in a Porsche 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid super sports car. Ingo, 27, won the prize in a competition hosted on the Porsche Facebook page to celebrate the landmark of reaching 10 million Facebook fans worldwide. Now, he will visit a series of top cultural and motoring landmarks from the unique vantage point of the cockpit of the 918 Spyder. At each stage on the car’s 1,000km journey, Porsche owners and enthusiasts…

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70 exhibitors heading for commercial vehicle expo

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KUALA LUMPUR: A commercial vehicle exhibition will be held from May 14 to 16 in Seri Kembangan, with the organiser promising a strong line-up of exhibitors and “exciting fringe programmes”. The Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo, which bills itself as the region’s largest such exhibition, will be held at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre at the Mines Resort City in Seri Kembangan, Selangor. According to Asian Trucker magazine and expo organiser, over 70 local and multinational brands are expected at the show that will take up 8,000 sq m of floor space. Several major brands will…

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Perodua Q1 sales jump 30%

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PETALING JAYA: Perodua sales for the first quarter ended March 31 jumped 30% to 57,200 units from 44,024 units in the corresponding quarter last year due to strong demand for its current models. Perodua also posted its highest monthly sales record of 22,500 units in March. “March represented our highest monthly sales record with an expected market share of 34% based on our estimated total industry volume of 65,500 units in March,” president and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh (pic) said in a statement. The strong performance was partly due to the strong demand for the Axia, which…

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VW Taiping opens

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PETALING JAYA: Goh Brothers Motor Sdn Bhd has launched a brand new Volkswagen showroom in the heart of Taiping. Located along Jalan Simpang, the 3S facility – Sales, Service, and Spare Parts— was unveiled by Goh Kian Sin, Executive Chairman of Goh Brothers Motor Sdn Bhd and Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Malaysia on Friday. The opening ceremony was attended by customers, members of the media and guests. Speaking at the launch Gohsaid, “Since our appointment as an authorised Volkswagen dealer in 2007, Goh Brothers Motor now operates seven dealerships in Malaysia, located mainly in the northern region. “And…

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No entry for m-cycles in KL public parks

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KUALA LUMPUR: Motorcyclists are prohibited from riding their bikes on walkways in public parks of Kuala Lumpur. Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said City Hall (DBKL) would take action on errant motorcyclists and build barriers to prevent them from riding on those paths. “Lanes in the park are made for cyclists and pedestrians. “Motorcyclists are endangering pedestrians and families at the park. “We have issued 20 summonses to motorcyclists who were riding on the walkways in Perdana Botanical Gardens, Titiwangsa and Kepong Metropolitan Park. “Each summons issued is RM100. “We are also working on installing mechanical barriers to…

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Discovery Sport gets new Ingenium diesel engine

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LONDON: The Land Rover Discovery Sport will get the new Ingenium diesel engine that offers enhanced performance and economy. The 2.0-litre four-cylinder Ingenium diesel engine is designed to deliver class-leading torque and power outputs, combined with refinement, reduced CO2 emissions and lower fuel consumption. The Discovery Sport’s EU6 compliant Ingenium engine will be available with two power outputs, 150PS and 180PS. The new 150PS derivative in its five seat set-up provides fuel economy of up to 57.7mpg and CO2 emissions from 129g/km, whilst the TD4 180PS in its standard 5+2 configuration delivers 139g/km and 53.3 mpg on the combined cycle.…

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