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‘Handsome Datuk Seri’ being probed in luxury car scam

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KUALA LUMPUR: A “Datuk Seri” is being investigated for cheating some 100 luxury car owners into parting with their vehicles under a car-for-sale scam worth more than RM10mil. The “Datuk Seri”, who is in his 40s from Kuala Lumpur, was detained for questioning by the police in February and March, but was released after a remand order was rejected. Datuk Seri Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar said the suspect had used an automobile company here to resell the cars to a third party. “So far, police have recovered 24 cars ranging from Alphards, Volkswagen, Mercedez-Benz and BMW,” the Deputy Home…

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New Mitsubishi car prices post-GST

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced new prices for its models with reductions ranging from RM200 – RM2,000 on selected variants. The ASX 2WD and 4WD compact SUV is locally assembled in Malaysia while the other Mitsubishi models are imported as CBU (Completely Built-Up) units from Thailand (Mirage, Attrage, Pajero Sport, Triton) and Japan (Pajero and Lancer). “Taking into consideration of difference in the tax rate of 4% (from 6% GST and 10% of Sales and Service tax (SST)) and weakened Ringgit against the US Dollar, we remain committed to provide all Malaysians with a pleasant ownership and…

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Amazon Japan starts selling electric cars

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TOKYO: First it was books, then household products; now you can buy an electric car from online shopping giant Amazon. The Japanese unit of German auto giant BMW started selling its i3 electric models on Amazon.co.jp. The high-end automaker’s small electric vehicle has been popular in European and North American markets, but BMW Japan wants to find more customers through the online retailer, a spokesman said in Tokyo. “We have 46 dealers (which sell the electric model) in Japan, but we hope this e-selling will cover the entire market more thoroughly,” the spokesman said. “This will widen the sales channel…

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Petrol station owners claim they are losing money

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PETALING JAYA: Fluctuating fuel prices have not caused any problem in running petrol stations, but dealers said they are losing money. Petrol Dealers Association of Malaysia president Datuk Hashim Othman said a centralised system was used to key in the prices of petrol and diesel, and there has been no trouble so far. “The prices of fuel are keyed in at the headquarters and we use a computerised system that syncs the prices. “So far, we have not encountered any issues when operating the petrol bunks,” he said. Hashim, however, said that the fluctuating prices were causing the business to…

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Facelifted Camry launched, hybrid version at RM175K

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PETALING JAYA: The refreshed Camry, including a locally assembled hybrid variant, was officially launched today. UMW Toyota Motor says it is confident most Camry buyers would go for the RM175,000 hybrid, adding that it expects  7,000 of the hybrid variant to be sold out of 9,000 units of this model. The hybrid comes with over 200hp and excellent fuel economy. The Camry Hybrid model comes with enhanced safety features such as seven airbags, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert system which is useful when reversing out of a parking space, as well as Nano-e  purifier, an air cleaning system…

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New CLS 400 coupe open for orders

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has announced the availability of the new CLS 400 coupe, priced at RM598,888 (on the road without insurance). The price is inclusive of GST (Goods and Services Tax). The new CLS Coupe has futuristic Multibeam LED headlamps that automatically provide the best possible illumination, whatever the road and traffic conditions. Assistance systems include the standard fit Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can help to avoid rear-end collisions through autonomous brake application if necessary. There are also Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, Stop and Go Pilot, Bas Plus with Cross-Traffic Assist, Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection, Pre…

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Lower prices for Nissan cars post-GST

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KUALA LUMPUR: KUALA LUMPUR: In line with the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the Malaysian Government, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) will reduce the prices of its Nissan vehicles effective from today. “The prices of our CKD models have been reduced by 0.3% to 2%, and the reduction varies from model to model. However, the prices of our CBU models remain unchanged,” announced ETCM’s director of marketing and product planning Tan Keng Meng. For details, call ETCM’s Customer Relations Department at 1800-88-3838.

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Vauxhall launches new Vivaro taxi kebabi

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LONDON: For many years now, after a good night out, it’s almost been mandatory to get your taxi driver to stop off at the local kebab house for a quick doner. Now, thanks to Vauxhall’s ingenious new Taxi Kebabi, having your kebab and getting home are no longer a problem. Based upon the 9-seat Combi model, this class-defining Vivaro features two gas-fired spit rotisserie grills, salad bowls integrated into the arm rests, chilli dispensers and of course a tasty selection of sauces. Taxi driver Justin Trafik said: “The vinyl seats and floor covering will prove a real boon for the…

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Honda’s 660ccs of open-top fun

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TOKYO: A new mini-roadster, set for launch in Japan this week, turns every trip into a mini adventure and could well find itself arriving on European shores. The car in question, the Honda S660 is an exercise in perfect miniaturisation. It looks like the company’s flagship NSX supercar, albeit one that’s been washed at too high a temperature. However, while its proportions have shrunk, the fun has been turned up to 11. The S660, which is so called because it runs a three-cylinder motorbike-derived 660cc engine with a turbocharger bolted onto it, offers a 45/55 split weight distribution, a great…

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Volkswagen maintains prices post-GST

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KUALA LUMPUR: Volkswagen is maintaining its vehicle prices, following the implementation of GST (goods and services tax) on April 1. In a statement, Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director Armin Keller said the mathematics of the GST is not as simple as finding the difference between 10% (sales tax) and 6% (GST). “There is a different tax treatment for different models at different supply chain stages. Our calculation shows that, in general, the GST is neutral on car prices, meaning that it will not see any immediate increase or decrease in vehicle prices,” he explained. “This applies to every model and…

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