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Study shows safety tech hogs consumer interest

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LOS ANGELES: Three of the top five technologies consumers most prefer in their next vehicle are related to collision protection, according to the J.D. Power 2015 U.S. Tech Choice Study released on Wednesday. Technologies that reduce the overall burden of driving and enhance the safety of the vehicle and its occupants receive the most consumer attention. Among the technologies consumers express most interest in having in their next vehicle are blind spot detection and prevention systems, night vision, and enhanced collision mitigation systems. These findings demonstrate growing customer acceptance towards the concept of the vehicle taking over critical functions such…

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BMW Ignite Straight Six project transforms K 1600 GTL

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TOKYO: Two Japanese bike customizers came up with their take of what a BMW motorcycle should look like by using a BMW K 1600 GTL as the base. The bike comes with a six-cylinder engine and 1,649cc of displacement and the frame for Kenji Nagai of Ken’s Factory and Keiji Kawakita of Hot-Dock Custom-Cycles to design around. But in this case, Kawakita decided to retain BMW Motorrad’s Duolever front suspension on his ‘Juggernaut’ creation. As for Nagai, he went with a hand-made aluminium girder-type front forks that’s been raked out chopper-style that uses a modified headstock for his ‘Ken’s Factory…

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Toyota Rush updated

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PETALING JAYA: The Rush compact SUV has received some cosmetic changes in an effort by Toyota “to give it a tougher yet sporty image while retaining its modern and distinct form.” Three variants are offered: Rush 1.5S Automatic at RM103,300; Rush 1.5G Automatic at RM 100,300; and Rush 1.5G Manual at RM98,000. The bumper, radiator grille and bonnet have been revised, with a carbon fibre-like  finishing and a 2-tone effect on the bumper. Highlights in the form of a chrome lining stretches across the headlamp and radiator grille. To differentiate the Rush 1.5S and 1.5G, the latter has a LED…

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SIC to hold motorsport-free day every month at racing track

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SEPANG: The Sepang International Circuit (SIC) is set to hold a motorsport-free day every month at the racing track. In a bid to promote healthy living and allow Malaysians an upclose view of the track, SIC will open its doors to cyclists and joggers. SIC chief executive officer Datuk Razlan Razali said that many of the staff cycled regularly on the track when there were no events held there. “We found it very enjoyable and we hope to share the experience with others. “We would like to open the track as much as possible to members of the public but…

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Your teen’s brain behind the wheel explained

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CHICAGO: Adolescent brains negotiate risk differently than those of adults and a new study exposes what modulates their risk tolerance as they drive. Working with 14-year-old participants who were accompanied by their mothers, the research team tracked blood flow in their brains as they completed a simulated driving task. In one experiment, teens drove alone and in the other, their mothers were watching, according to the study. When driving alone, teens find risky decisions rewarding, the research revealed, but a mother’s presence can nullify that thrill, potentially leading to wiser decisions. Upon running a yellow light, blood flow increased to…

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New Hino bus launched

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PETALING JAYA: Hino Motors Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd has launched the new RN8JSKA bus which promises better safety, comfort and efficiency. Targeting the big-scale transport users in the travel industry, public transportation sector, town councils and corporations, the 44-seater RN8JSKA promises to be an idea vehicle with its high safety features, powerful 260PS engine, comfortable air suspension and anti-lock braking system with retarder and stabiliser. Its air suspension system, consisting two front and four rear bellows, promises seamless damping for enjoyable long distance rides. “As Hino continues to progress, we remain optimistic of the company’s ability to maintain leadership in…

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Ducati pumps up Diavel luxury

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BOLOGNA: The ultra-luxurious version of the Ducati Diavel will finally be available as of May 2015, for 28,990 euros (around RM113,000). Graced with a handcrafted artisanal finish, the Diavel Titanium combines titanium, carbon fiber and even Alcantara. The defining features of the Diavel Titanium, first unveiled at the 2014 Milan Motorcycle Show, are its titanium broad tank and headlamp covers, carbon fiber air intakes, dark chrome finish on the frame and a hand-stitched seat made of Alcantara. The engine is a latest generation Testastretta 11#176; Dual Spark engine unleashing 162 horses. It’s worth mentioning that its profile is meant to…

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Teacher wins Sylphy

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PETALING JAYA: It was a perfect wedding gift for Noor Atikah Sunar who won a new Nissan Sylphy under Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM)’s Chinese New Year “Test Drive and Win a Fortune” contest. The 24-year-old teacher of the Penang Japanese School, had test driven and bought the Almera sedan which qualified her to run the contest. “I cannot believe that the purchase of the Almera has led me to win a brand new Sylphy, and timing could not be better as the Sylphy will come in useful for my forthcoming wedding,” Noor Atikah said at a prize giving ceremony…

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eLearning for accident repair

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PETALING JAYA: UK-based Institute of Motor Industry (IMI) has recently launched a suite of eLearning resources to support automotive training in the area of body repair and paint. The new learning platform is to enable more automotive professionals to be equipped in accident repair to meet industry demand and respond to the rapidly changing automotive industry. According to Senior Manager of IMI South-East Asia, Matthew Stuart, “Having the equipment that can handle body damage is just the beginning. Increasingly, we see a strong demand by authorized car service centres as well as independent workshops in Malaysia for skilled individuals in…

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‘Fast and Furious 8’ set for 2017 release

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LOS ANGELES: The “Fast and Furious” franchise is set to roar into its next phase with an eighth installment due in 2017, the first without Paul Walker, the late actor’s co-star Vin Diesel said Thursday. “Furious 7” has only just raced to the top of the global box office, taking over US$1 billion worldwide in the last appearance for Walker, who died in a tragic unrelated car crash mid-way through filming. “We’re going to make the best movie you’ve ever seen,” Diesel told the CinemaCon movie confab in Las Vegas, cited by industry journal the Hollywood Reporter, which said the…

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