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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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Audi teases Prologue Avant Concept

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INGOLSTADT: Audi announced that its Prologue Avant Concept will debut at Geneva and will feature the same 3.0-litre TDI V6 found in the upcoming Q7 e-tron quattro with 750Nm of torque. There’s going to be 350bhp and under the hood coupled to an electric motor that relies on a lithium-ion battery pack with 14.1kWh of energy , providing up to 54km of emission-less propulsion. The combined power figures have been rated at 450bhp and 750Nm of torque, while an eight-speed tiptronic manages power delivery (via a flat shift-by-wire selector lever) to its quattro all-wheel-drive system. In terms of performance the…

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Lexus, Mazda get highest marks in Consumer Reports auto brand study

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DETROIT: Toyota Motor Corp’s Lexus brand finished on top of the Consumer Reports annual “brand report card” for the third straight year, the influential US magazine said on Tuesday. Japanese brands took four of the top five places. Mazda Motor Corp was second and the best finisher among non-luxury brands. Toyota came in third, followed by Volkswagen AG’s Audi from Germany and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd’s Subaru from Japan. For the first time, a US brand made the top 10. General Motor Co’s Buick came in seventh, just behind VW’s Porsche. “Today, many domestic models can go toe-to-toe with the…

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Qoros 3 City to make international debut

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SHANGHAI: Qoros, the new Chinese car brand with international standards of engineering and quality, will host the international premiere of its latest production model at the 85th annual Geneva International Motor Show on Mar 3, 2015. The new Qoros 3 City SUV is designed for a more premium metropolitan lifestyle, perfect for urban cruising and country driving. And thanks to innovative connectivity, drivers can make the most of every journey. Its modern design and flexibility is exemplified by its increased ground clearance, large wheels, and a more commanding driving position. It offers generous space and more control for an exciting…

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Selected Mercedes-Benz cars recalled

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is doing a recall for a limited batch of E-Class (model Series 212) and CLS-Class (model Series 218). In a statement, the automaker said this was due to Daimler AG discovering an issue with the rubber seal of the engine compartment in certain E-Class and CLS-Class vehicles. Rectification work will start in mid-March, and each session is expected to take less than an hour. “Mercedes-Benz Malaysia adheres to the highest standards of safety, and will attend to all affected vehicles promptly,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and CEO Roland Folger. For details, call 1-800-88-1133 from Monday to…

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