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MAI expects higher sales despite GST

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SHAH ALAM: The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) expects vehicle sales for the first six months of this year to be higher than 333,142 units recorded in the corresponding period last year despite concerns over the goods and services tax (GST) that will come into force tomorrow. MAI chief executive officer Mohamad Madani Sahari said that the higher total industry volume (TIV) expected for the first half of this year was based on robust January to March TIVs. He expected March TIV to hit 55,000 units, higher than the January and February TIV of 51,000 and 52,000 units, respectively. “There was…

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Hyundai aims to have autonomous driving tech on market in 2020

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SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co said today it aims to commercialise autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. Car makers such as Mercedes <DAIGn.DE> and General Motors Co <GM.N> as well as technology giants like Google Inc <GOOGL.O> and Apple Inc <AAPL.O> are already developing driverless vehicles which can complete whole journeys without human input. But some analysts expect self-driving cars will not appear on global markets until the early- or mid-2020s, partly due to regulatory hurdles. Hyundai Motor, like other automakers, already has autonomous features…

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Construction of Pan Borneo Highway begins

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BINTULU: Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway, a project first discussed when Malaysia was formed in 1963, begins today. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will launch the upgrading of an existing road to Bakun Dam from KM-32 of the Bintulu-Miri trunk road. Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof are also set to be present. The building will continue in segments in the third quarter of this year, starting from Tanjung Datu, the western most tip of Sarawak. The 40km portion will bring road connectivity for the first time between Tanjung…

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Ford revives Lincoln Continental, aims at US and China

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NEW YORK: Ford will resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand’s image in the United States and China. Ford’s Lincoln unveiled a prototype of the future Continental sedan on Monday ahead of the April 3-12 New York auto show, which will feature many of the Continental’s future rivals, including the Cadillac CT6 sedan from General Motors Co, a new Jaguar XF sedan from Jaguar Land Rover and a bevy of super-premium models from Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz. Ford retired the Continental name in 2002, and joined its rivals in…

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Perodua dealers appeal to Govt on sales tax

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SHAH ALAM: The Perodua Dealer Association has urged the Government to allow its members to reclaim the 10% sales tax on invoices issued prior to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1. In a statement, Perodua Dealer Association president Wan Kamal Wan Ismail explained that after April 1, the 10% sales tax will be replaced with a 6% GST. “This means unsold stocks, which 10% sales tax already paid, will be hit by an additional 6% GST after April 1. Each independent dealer will stand to lose an average of RM230,000 on double taxation after…

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New Peugeot 208 shows its colours

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PARIS: Peugeot’s best selling model, the 208, returns with numerous changes inside and out and even includes two granular-to-the-touch colours, more personalisation options, new technology and improved engines. The new Peugeot 208 intends to go on sale across Europe from June onwards with the addition of its new ‘textured paint’ finish of either Ice Grey or Ice Silver. In addition, an optional personalisation pack of Lime Yellow or Menthol White is also offered, which can be applied to both the interior and exterior. According to the French carmaker, the new textured colours not only emphasises the new 208’s curves, but…

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Racing suspended at Nurburgring after fatality

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BERLIN: Racing for certain classes has been suspended at the Nurburgring circuit until further notice following the death of a spectator during an endurance event, it was announced on Sunday. A spectator was killed and several others were injured after being struck by a car racing in the first event of the VLN Endurance Championship on Nurburgring’s notorious Nordschleife circuit on Saturday. The Nissan GTR car being driven by Britain’s Jann Mardenborough, 23, who escaped unhurt, came off the track and flew over the security barrier before landing upside down in an area reserved for spectators. Several fans were hurt…

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Aston Martin to expand model range for export markets

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LONDON: Aston Martin has announced it will widen its product offering for markets outside of Europe. Aston Martin will start work this year on new models intended to broaden its customer reach in export markets such as China and the Middle East. The British government has committed support of up to £6.9 million, conditional on investments in new products from Aston Martin. “Expanding our product range to enable a greater reach into export markets is an essential part of our Second Century business plan,” said Aston Martin CEO Dr Andy Palmer on Sunday. “Having this support from the Government to…

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Win a Kia Cerato

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SHAH ALAM: Those who book a Kia car or test drive any cars at Setia City Mall, Setia Alam from April 1 to 5, 2015 still stand a chance to win the grand prize – a 2.0-litre Kia Cerato. Naza Kia Malaysia chief operating officer Datuk Syed Abdull Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar said, “This year, with Kia On Tour, we hope that we can bring the Kia driving experience to all Malaysians, which we hope Kia enthusiasts all around Malaysia will take the chance to get to know more about Kia products currently in the market such as Kia Cerato,…

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Range Rover SVAutobiography takes luxury to new heights

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LONDON: Land Rover will unveil the Range Rover SVAutobiography at the 2015 New York International Auto Show, adding even more luxury, design sophistication and performance to an enhanced line-up. Speaking ahead of the exclusive model’s world premiere in New York, Land Rover’s Design Director and Chief Creative Officer Gerry McGovern stated: “With the SVAutobiography we have taken the opportunity to optimise the Range Rover’s luxury execution and precision while delivering beautiful detailing that considerably enhances the customer’s experience of our flagship vehicle.” Exclusively crafted at Special Vehicle Operations’ (SVO) Technical Centre in the UK, SVAutobiography features unique exterior design enhancements,…

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