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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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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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18 people die on Malaysian roads every day, says JPJ

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JOHOR BARU: An average of 18 people die every day in road accidents nationwide according to 2014 statistics, said the Road Transport Department (JPJ). Director-general Datuk Seri Ismail Ahmad said that during the same period, an average of 1,330 accidents were recorded daily. “JPJ is facing is a huge challenge to reduce these figures, especially with almost 1.5 million new cars being registered annually,” he said, adding that there were 600,000 new drivers registered in 2014. He stressed that in the England, a country with a population of 60 million people, only 800 people were killed in road accidents annually.…

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Ferdinand Piech quits, ending an era at Volkswagen

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HAMBURG/FRANKFURT: Ferdinand Piech, a towering figure at Volkswagen for more than two decades, resigned as its chairman on Saturday after losing a showdown he had provoked with chief executive Martin Winterkorn, ending an era at the iconic German carmaker. Piech, the 78-year-old grandson of the inventor of the Volkswagen Beetle Ferdinand Porsche, had previously seen off other executives who crossed him, including his own hand-picked successor as CEO, Bernd Pischetsrieder. But this time he was unexpectedly isolated in a five-to-one vote of Volkswagen’s steering committee last week, as labor representatives, the state of Lower Saxony and even his own cousin…

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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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