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Iveco gets in on Malaysian truck market

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KUALA LUMPUR: The commercial vehicles market just got a little more competitive with the Italian truck manufacturer Industrial Vehicles Corporation (Iveco) looking to make serious headway into the Malaysian market. Iveco and Federal Auto Holdings have entered an exclusive partnership that will see the introduction of the Italian manufacturer’s full range of vehicles and services along with complete solutions for the commercial vehicles industry. The vehicles in mention, equipped with Euro three compliant engines, are the Iveco Stralis and 682 heavy commercial vehicles as well as the Trakker off-road truck, Eurocargo medium truck and the new Daily light commercial vehicle.…

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Caterham racing comes to Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA: British sportscar manufacturer, Caterham Cars, expanded its Caterham Racing series to Malaysia on Saturday, with a new championship starting at the Sepang International Circuit. The inaugural event was won by 420R driver Adrian D’Silva and was the first race in a new 10-round series. Caterham’s brand-new, standalone championship will feature up to 12 racers competing over five weekends at the twisty Sepang circuit. The racers, driving six Supersport and six 420R models, completed 10 laps of the track with Pye Tan Sen and Azman Yahya completing the podium places in second and third respectively.  The Supersport class was…

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Audi on demand kicks off in San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO: Audi is testing a new service here that gives customers a new way to experience the brand and its range of vehicles at the touch of a button. With Audi on demand, customers can reserve an Audi by the day for up to 28 days.  The premium service is currently available in San Francisco as part of a beta programme and will be rolled out across additional US cities in the coming years. Audi on demand gives customers access to a wide range of the Audi vehicle lineup, from the Audi A4 sedan to Audi R8 supercar. Via…

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Motorists in Klang fuming over RM1,000 fine

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KLANG: Motorists here are seeing red over alleged RM1,000 compound fines issued by the municipal council for illegal parking, Malaysia Nanban reported. Several of them who spoke to the daily said some roads in Klang had become hotspots for towing action against illegally parked cars. Resident V. Gopalakrishnan said drivers would not double-park illegally by the roadside if there were enough parking spaces. He said many parked by the roadside to run quick errands, such as going to the bank. He said many parking facilities were privately owned and the rates were exorbitant and added that rather than punish errant…

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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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MAN to unveil new tipper truck

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KUALA LUMPUR: MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd will be unveiling of one of its most robust TGS trucks at the Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo 2015. The event will be held at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre at the Mines Resort, Seri Kembangan from May 14 to 16. MAN will be introducing the TGS 41.480 8X4 rear tipper truck which is specially designed for usage in rough off-road conditions to transport ore and seams from open-cast mines. This latest addition to the Malaysian market is the answer to businesses in the mining industry, geared…

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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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