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Drivers, drink enough water to stay alert

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LONDON: Did you know that being dehydrated while driving is potentially dangerous? A recent study by Britain’s Loughborough University revealed drivers who only have 25ml of water an hour made more mistakes on the road. So avoid dehydration by drinking plenty of water. Keep a bottle of water with you, but make sure you have stopped in a safe place before you have any food or drink. “People give a lot of consideration to the influence of alcohol and drugs on driving; but virtually no thought at all to dehydration,” said Institute of Advanced Motorists chief examiner Peter Rodger. “A…

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Bollywood’s Salman Khan guilty in deadly hit-and-run case

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MUMBAI: An Indian judge today convicted Bollywood superstar Salman Khan of killing a homeless man in a 2002 hit-and-run after a night out drinking, rejecting his claim that his driver was to blame. D.W. Deshpande found Khan guilty of culpable homicide after driving his Toyota Land Cruiser into a group of homeless men sleeping rough in suburban Mumbai after spending the evening in an upmarket bar. One man was killed and several others were injured in the incident. Khan, the star of blockbusters such as “Dabangg” (Fearless), looked dejected after hearing the verdict, his eyes downcast, according to an AFP…

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VW moves to rev up sales with zero-interest promo

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KUALA LUMPUR: Volkswagen Group Malaysia has announced a zero-interest financing campaign on selected models. The zero interest offers are available until June in two financing schemes of 5-year or 7-year monthly instalments. The campaign applies to the Jetta, Golf 1.4, Passat and Tiguan 1.4. “The ‘Zero %’ campaign is a great proposition for Malaysians to own Volkswagen cars. Anyone can take advantage of these deals as we have a whole range of car options to suit whatever your driving style, needs or preferences are,” said Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director Armin Keller.

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Tesla unveils Powerwall home battery

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LOS ANGELES: Electric car pioneer Tesla has unveiled a “home battery”, which its founder Elon Musk said would help change the “entire energy infrastructure of the world.” The Tesla Powerwall can store power from solar panels, from the electricity grid at night when it is typically cheaper, and provide a secure backup in the case of a power outage. In theory the device, which typically would fit on the wall of a garage or inside a house, could make solar-powered homes completely independent of the traditional energy grid. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NvCIhn7_FXI “The goal is complete transformation of the entire energy infrastructure of…

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Car clubs: We aim to build ties, not hold street races

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PETALING JAYA: The main purpose of joining car clubs is to develop stronger relations among members and not to organise street races, said car clubs. “The road is not for racing or reckless driving. It is for everyone to drive safely,” said Khairul Nizam, who is a member of the MyviClub (MyviC). Khairul, a court interpreter, said his club’s activities were limited to tea gatherings, dinner outings and charitable activities. “We keep ourselves updated on the club. We really don’t do much else than socialise, and so incidents involving other car club members tarnish our image,” he said, adding that…

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Motorists recount nasty encounters with illegal racers

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KUALA LUMPUR: Local motorists are full of tales of their encounters with illegal racers on the roads. Client services manager K. Geetha, 46, said she and her family were on their way from Penang to Kuala Lumpur a few years back when they were suddenly “sandwiched” between two racing cars. “They must have been speeding because one second they were 100m away and the next moment, the two cars were beside us. “One swerved to the left while the other sped towards the emergency lane,” she said, adding that the driver in the second car eventually lost control of his…

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Volvo’s integrated child booster seat celebrates 25th anniversary

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STOCKHOLM: From the creators of the three-point safety belt in 1959, Volvo is now celebrating its 25th anniversary of the introduction of the first ever integrated booster cushion for children in 1990. The Swedish carmaker’s celebration is in conjunction with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week that’s being held from now till May 10. The booster cushion was essentially a redesigned centre armrest that elevated the seating position of the child so that the existing central three-point safety belt could be used more effectively. In doing so, this removed the need for further accessories for child restraints for older…

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Perodua opens first flagship 3S centre

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PETALING JAYA: Perodua’s first flagship one-stop 3S centre, called Perodua Sentral, opens for business here today. Perodua Sentral is a new benchmark for the car maker as it focuses on seamless sales and aftersales operations. “This new outlet will set a new standard and benchmark for all our other outlets in the country with focus on delighting our customers,” said Perodua president & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. The Sales, Service and Spare Parts outlet will also house Perodua’s own café within the showroom, which will feature a signature dish for customers to try out. The RM40mil 3S centre has…

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VW working hard to quickly find Piech successor, says CEO

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HANOVER: Volkswagen aims to quickly find a successor to Ferdinand Piech who quit as chairman week before last, after 13 years in the position, following a damaging public leadership dispute with chief executive Martin Winterkorn, the CEO said. “The executive committee and the supervisory board are working hard to swiftly resolve the remaining issues with regard to the composition of the supervisory bodies in the best possible manner,” Winterkorn said at the carmaker’s annual shareholder meeting today. Winterkorn, who was backed in the showdown with Piech by VW’s works council and stakeholder Lower Saxony, said the group had “clarity” on…

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Mazda honing MX-5 racer

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LOS ANGELES: Mazda rolled out a pair of engineering development models of the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Cup racecar for testing at Mazda Raceway earlier on Friday. As a part of the development process, the cars will be tested in public on the first test day of all remaining race weekends during the 2015 MX-5 Cup season. The challenge is complex as Mazda is evaluating seven tyre manufacturers, eight brake suppliers, and seven suspension kit partners for 392 base combinations. Using advanced analytics and simulations, Mazda Motorsports and engineering partner Long Road Racing will perform a great deal of the testing…

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