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Perodua assists flood victims

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RAWANG: Perodua, in collaboration with Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), has distributed RM40,000 worth of emergency supplies to the flood victims in Kelantan and Terengganu. Perodua is also offering assistance to all Perodua vehicle owners who were impacted by the flooding. This includes towing services, discounts on selected parts and free inspections to determine the amount of damage done to the vehicle. Perodua’s customers whose vehicles were damaged during the recent floods are encouraged to call the Perodua’s toll free customer care line at 1800-88-6600. Perodua President and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said the automaker will reimburse towing service fees…

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MAI: local carmakers gaining market share

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) expects Proton Holdings Bhd and Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) to continue improving their market shares against foreign rivals next year. The Government-backed institute, however, said that it was reviewing its car sales forecast for 2015 for release next month, after it took into account the impact of falling oil prices, the weaker ringgit against the US dollar and the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST). “Based on the new models and the variant planning of the national car companies and the potential attractiveness of these models and variants, we…

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Tougher tests for Scania Driver Competition

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KUALA LUMPUR: Scania recently launched the Scania Driver Competition 2014/2015 Malaysia-Singapore to find the best drivers from the two countries. Up to RM50,000 worth of prizes are to be won. Submission forms with theory questions will be tougher this year, and drivers will be tested on their knowledge of transport laws and regulations, fuel-efficient driving techniques, safe-driving techniques, occupational risks and health, and emergency response. Submission forms can be obtained from www.scania.com.my and Scania Malaysia branches and must be submitted at the branches or [email protected] before May 31, 2015. Shortlisted finalists for both trucks and bus drivers will then vie…

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BHPetrol customers rewarded again

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PETALING JAYA: BHPetrol customers were rewarded again in the recently concluded “Exclusive Permanis Campaign and Consumer” contest, which had ran for two months. A special prize giving ceremony was held at The Royal Chulan Damansara to award the final winners with Manchester United merchandise items. The contest’s first stage winner, known only as Sulaiman, took home a Microsoft Surface tablet and a exclusive Manchester United USB. As for the contest’s second stage, the main prize winner was Yusnita MD Yusoh who took home a 40-inch television, a home theatre system and an exclusive Manchester United thermos. Another 47 winners in…

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Proton intensifies its assistance for flood victims

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SUBANG JAYA: Proton Holdings Bhd has reiterated its concern in helping those badly affected by the current flood crisis in the East Coast. The national automaker had reactivated its Proton We-Care Prihatin Banjir programme recently. “Although we initially offered a 20% discount on all the repair works to cars affected by the floods, we have decided to take up this programme more effectively under our corporate social responsibility initiative after monitoring the conditions that is worsening in the East Coast states of Kelantan and Terengganu, and Northern parts of the country,” said Proton chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah.…

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World-first tech from Volvo Cars for cyclist safety

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World-first technology by Volvo and POC connects cycle helmets with cars LAS VEGAS: In a ground-breaking collaboration, Volvo Cars, protective gravity sports gear manufacturer POC and Ericsson will present an innovative safety technology connecting drivers and cyclists for the first time ever at the International CES in Las Vegas (January 6 to 9, 2015). The technology consists of a connected car and helmet prototype that will establish 2-way communication offering proximity alerts to Volvo drivers and cyclists and thereby avoid accidents. No car manufacturer has previously put a stake in the ground to help address the problem by using Connected…

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Chevrolet on choosing the best city SUV

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BANGKOK, THAILAND: Driving the congested, bumpy and sometimes flooded streets of Bangkok is not for the timid. That’s why SUVs are an increasingly popular choice for urban motorists who want a vehicle with higher seating position and ground clearance as well as flexible spacious interiors and bold exterior styling. Once a person decides to buy a sport utility vehicle it becomes a question of which kind: A full-size SUV built on a truck platform or a midsize SUV built on a car platform. “Picking the best SUV for city life is a matter of personal preference. Full-size and midsize SUVs…

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Ultimate Himalayas trip in a Unimog

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NORTH-WEST INDIA: Ever since May 2013, a Mercedes-Benz Unimog 435, 1300L model, has been the “honeymoon suite” of Jennifer, 37, and Peter Glas, 42. Over a year and a half ago, they set off to discover the world in their almost 29-year-old Unimog. Driving through the Indian subcontinent and Nepal, they had some spectacular adventures in the last year. However, the biggest challenges to date were awaiting them in north-west India. Roads up to the Indian Himalayas are only open during the summer months. Few of the 4,000-metres-plus and none of the 5,000+ mountain passes are passable between November and…

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Porsche 918 Spyder in global recall

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ATLANTA: As a precautionary measure, Porsche will replace chassis components in 205 vehicles of the 918 Spyder model worldwide. In a statement, Porsche said the reason for this is that for vehicles that were manufactured in a certain time period, defective parts were used from a delivery batch, whose functionality cannot be permanently guaranteed. No complaints have been made known (such as a break of a component) from customers up till now, according to Porsche. The problem was identified during in-house quality inspections and remedied immediately. The owners of the vehicles, which could be exactly traced, were contacted directly by…

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Google self-driving car prototype ready for road trials

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google on Monday announced that the first completed prototype of its self-driving car is ready to be road tested. “We’re going to be spending the holidays zipping around our test track, and we hope to see you on the streets of northern California in the new year,” the Internet titan’s autonomous car team said in a post at Google+ social network. The prototype is a manifestation of plans that California-based Google revealed in May to build its own autonomous car minus typical features such as steering wheels. “They won’t have a steering wheel, accelerator pedal, or brake pedal……

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