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World premiere of new Porsche Boxster Spyder

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NEW YORK: Porsche will celebrate the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment. Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension…

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New promotions by Scania Malaysia

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SHAH ALAM: Scania Malaysia has launched a two years free Scania Maintenance offer. This is in addition to the two years free Scania Assistance and ten years free Scania Fleet Management that already comes with Scania vehicles ordered today. Scania Maintenance is part of a range of maintenance from Scania Contracted Services. It includes assistance call-out charges, travelling charges to/from the breakdown site, inspection for factory recommendation, lubricants, filters and labour for maintenance. Now, it is free for every Scania truck, bus and coach chassis for two years (subject to mileage limit). “Scania vehicles are a precision machine backed by…

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How the refreshed Camry stacks up against rivals

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PETALING JAYA:  Automania’s Rizal Johan was out all day yesterday driving the new Camry including Toyota’s first locally assembled hybrid – the Camry Hybrid. The top-ranging Camry 2.5L Hybrid has an in-line four cylinder engine mated to the electronically controlled continously variable transmission (E-CVT) transmission which produces 160PS and 213Nm of torque and an electric motor which outputs 143PS and 270Nm.  It comes with seven airbags, one more than its nearest competitors. The Camry is also available in 2.0 litre variants: the mid-spec 2.0G and base model 2.0E. We can already tell you now that the new Camry, sporting a…

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Bookings open for Ford Mondeo

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KUALA lUMPUR: The technology-rich new Ford Mondeo is available for bookings, and its estimated retail price is RM203,800. The new Mondeo has a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that is mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, featuring 240ps and 345Nm of torque, with fuel economy rated at 8 litres per 100km. It has Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system, which boasts a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen to operate phone and entertainment using voice commands. Safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control and traction control. It also has 10-way adjustable front seats, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters, full-LED headlamps with Ford’s adaptive…

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Three Ferraris win design awards

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MARANELLO, ITALY: Three Ferraris have won the prestigious Red Dot Award, the world’s leading product design competition which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The recent FXX-K has been named Red Dot Best of the Best for the top design quality and ground-breaking design, while both the California T and LaFerrari were also singled out by the international jury for Red Dot Awards for the high quality of their design. Approximately 5,000 innovative entries from 56 nations were in the competition. The work of the Ferrari Style Centre headed by Flavio Manzoni was selected by an international jury made up…

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Honda announces cheaper CKD cars

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KUALA LUMPUR: Will car prices go down after GST comes into effect? Honda answers that much-asked question with a clear yes. It has announced that locally assembled models will be RM500 to RM2,500 cheaper with the deployment of the goods and services tax (GST) from today. Honda assembles the Jazz, City, Civic, CR-V, Accord and HR-V in Malaysia. For example, the City 1.5L V is now RM89,467.80 compared to the pre-GST price of RM90,813.50. The HR-V 1.8L V is RM118,229.10 compared to RM118,815.30 previously. Fully imported models are now priced slightly higher. For example, the Odyssey will see a price increase of…

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Broadly lower car prices as GST kicks in

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGQBHzpUWwA KUALA LUMPUR: Toyota and Lexus cars will see price reductions of up to RM4,000 or 2%, with the implementation of GST (goods and services tax) on April 1. In a statement, UMW Toyota Motor president Datuk Ismet Suki said, “UMW Toyota Motor will pass 100% of the cost savings to the customers upon buying Toyota and Lexus models during the new tax structure’s implementation.” Ismet added that the company would be transparent in its business transaction and it would strictly adhere to the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2014. National automaker Proton also announced price reductions of up to…

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April fuel prices unchanged but 6% tax on RON97 petrol

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PETALING JAYA: Fuel prices for April remain unchanged, but there will be a 6% Goods and Service Tax (GST) imposed on RON97 petrol. In an SMS reply to The Star when asked about April fuel prices, Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek replied, “No change”. Bernama reported, quoting a Ministry spokesman, that April fuel prices for RON95, RON97 petrol and diesel were unchanged, but the 6% GST on RON97 petrol would be applicable. The prices will come into effect at 12.01am on April 1.

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Nissan Leaf is glow-in-dark Guinness World Record holder

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LONDON: The Guinness World Records title for the largest glow-in-the-dark painting has been claimed by the all-electric Nissan Leaf and its 207.68m2 self portrait. Similarly with glow-in-the-dark paint, Popbangcolour motoring artist Ian Cook painted the front section of the Leaf, which was overseen by an official Guinness World Records adjudicator Fortuna Burke. Cook used the tyres of the Lead to drive the glow-in-the-dark paint across the surface of the canvas. Nissan received the award on Mar 20 after 61 hours that required 60 litres of luminous acrylic paint and a large PVC coated canvas. The innovative finish applied to the…

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Bridgestone unveils Adrenalin RE003

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SUBANG JAYA: Bridgestone Tyre Sales Malaysia launched its third-generation Potenza Adrenalin – the RE003, that builds on its predecessor’s (RE002) sporty capabilities in terms of wet and dry traction, handling stability and ride comfort. The RE003 is primarily for high performance sports cars, which comes in 20 different sizes that ranges from 15 to 18 inch wheels with 35 to 55 series tyre profiles and are priced roughly from RM200 to RM800 per tyre. With the new tyres, the Japanese tyre manufacturer is catering to the needs of drivers who are interested in experiencing sports driving performance on winding roads.…

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