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Woman arrested in connection with fatal collision on DUKE

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KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested a 35-year-old woman who is believed to have been driving the Myvi which crashed into and killed a family of three along the Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE) on Saturday. Police are now on the hunt for another Myvi, who eyewitnesses said was racing with four others, during the 1.05am incident which also left two young girls orphaned. Kuala Lumpur staff officer for Traffic Investigation and Regulation Deputy Supt Markandan Subramaniam said the woman was arrested while she was seeking treatment for a bruised lip at the Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL). “She was driving the Myvi…

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May fuel prices unchanged

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PETALING JAYA: The price of RON97 and RON95 petrol and diesel for the month of May remains unchanged. The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry confirmed Thursday that fuel prices will remain at the current rates of RM1.95 per litre for RON95 petrol and diesel, and RM2.25 for RON97 petrol, inclusive of GST. RON95 petrol and diesel are not subject to GST. Earlier this evening, the Petroleum Dealers Association of Malaysia expressed anxiety as the Government had yet to inform it of any change to pump prices. Its deputy president, Datuk Zulkifli Mokti,  told The Star Online that as of 8pm today, the association…

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Avis order creates Europe’s largest fleet of Nissan EVs

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COPENHAGEN: Nissan and Avis Denmark have signed a deal to create the largest fleet of Nissan electric vehicles (EVs) in Europe, with a new order of 401 Nissan e-NV200 vans and 60 units of the electric LEAF. In 2014, Avis ordered 400 LEAF electric cars and after placing them through its leasing scheme has added the e-NV200 electric light commercial and passenger vehicle variants to its offering. To meet demand in the Danish market, the company has ordered 60 more LEAF, bringing its total EV fleet to 861 vehicles. “We had great success already with the LEAF in Denmark and…

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VW gears up for Worthersee with first madcap concept

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PRAGUE: Meet the Funstar, a very cool pickup take on the Skoda Fabia, that may give fans a hint about what to expect at this year’s biggest car tuning festival dedicated to all things Volkswagen group. Every May, Reifnitz in Austria plays host to the Worthersee, a sort of Glastonbury festival for people who love all things customized and Volkswagen – including the car companies it now owns. And this year is no different, with the 2015 Worthersee running from May 13-16. VW uses the event to gauge response to new ideas, features and styling cues but more excitingly, to…

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Honda and Suzuki unveil new bikes

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PETALING JAYA: It was a good week for the motorcycling community as Honda and Suzuki unveiled new fuel-injected two-whellers. On Tuesday, Honda introduced the EX5 Dream FI, which is equipped with the PGM-FI technology. The air-cooled 109.17cc engine with a compression ratio of 9 to 1 is said to offer better fuel efficiency compared to its now discontinued predecessor. “The EX5 FI is a considerable upgrade from the EX5 110 launched two years ago. “It is a product I can recommend with full confidence as the specifications of the FI model is based on customer requirements,” aid Boon Siew Honda…

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Weiron’s hot streak continues in Alabama

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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s Weiron Tan is on a roll. The 20-year-old maintained his superb start to the Pro Mazda Championship campaign in the United States by winning Round 4 at the Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama. It was his second straight podium in the championship after finishing second in Round 3 at the Nola Motorsports Park in Louisiana earlier this month. The track proved to be a happy hunting ground for Weiron as he scored a dominant victory on Monday and a runner-up finish at the Pro Mazda Winterfest in February. The rookie driver for Andretti Autosport showed he meant…

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Profit beat wins VW respite after boardroom clash

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BERLIN: Cost cutting and an improving European car market helped Volkswagen post higher-than-expected profit in the first quarter, easing the pressure on management following the shock ouster of long-standing chairman Ferdinand Piech. Four days after Piech quit in a showdown with his chief executive, Europe’s largest automaker reported a 17 percent rise in operating profit and the first quarterly increase in earnings for seven years at Spanish division Seat. Operating profit reached 3.33 billion euros (US$3.65 billion), Volkswagen (VW) said on Wednesday, close to the top end of forecasts in a Reuters poll of analysts and well above the average…

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F1 to get later start to 2016 season

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MELBOURNE: Formula One’s 2016 season will see the latest start to a championship since 1988, with the opening Australian Grand Prix scheduled for April 3. Melbourne’s Albert Park street circuit has usually hosted the opener in March, though it was pushed back to April in 2006 to become the third round on the calendar when Melbourne hosted the Commonwealth Games that year. “The 2016 Formula One Australian Grand Prix event dates are 31 March–3 April, 2016, with the later start date set to condense the season, which finishes in November,” local organisers said on Tuesday. The 1988 season also started…

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PLUS planning gantry toll system as early as 2018

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SEREMBAN: Toll concessionaire PLUS will introduce the gantry system to collect toll electronically along all its closed highways as early as 2018. PLUS chief operating officer Muhammad Fuad Khusairi said the move was to check traffic congestion at toll plazas. The concessionaire was looking at several systems which had been implemented in other countries. “Under the system, a gadget or sticker will have to be installed on the windscreen of vehicles. The toll will be calculated using the Radio Frequency Identification or RFID system. “There will also be a CCTV network installed on the gantries. The system will be able…

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Subaru Outback launched in Malaysia at RM225K

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Subaru Outback was launched here today, priced at RM224,846.30. The Outback was the world’s first crossover, successfully combining the benefits of a passenger estate car with the all-road capabilities of an SUV. The key highlights of the fifth-generation SUV are: > Revamped chassis, steering, suspension and brakes > New crossover look with a bold body shape, bigger tires and muscular fenders > Enhanced off-road performance with Symmetrical AWD system and X-MODE > Improved Active and Passive safety systems It gets a 2.5-litre  4-cylinder boxer engine producing  173hp and 235Nm of torque and all-wheel drive. Power to all…

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