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GM set to storm India as Korea costs climb

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BEIJING/NEW DELHI: General Motors aims to grab at least 5 percent market share in India within the next decade, as it sees that market overtaking Japan as the world’s third biggest with projected annual sales of 8 million vehicles by 2025. The Detroit carmaker, which is losing money in India even after 18 years there, will unleash a product blitz aimed at reviving sagging sales, and will make India a new global manufacturing and export hub, taking some of the strain off South Korea, where labour costs have ballooned in recent years. As part of a strategic plan due to…

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D-Max’s new feat: From Bangkok to Singapore on one tank of diesel

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BANGKOK: Several car companies have been boasting about their fuel efficiency figures of late. All part of the bigger goal to sell more cars as they chalk up bragging rights from fuel economy runs. Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Isuzu come immediately to mind. In the latest round of the Dura-Miles Challenge, Isuzu is at it again and the achievement is indeed remarkable for the distance travelled. It has once again pushed the envelope by using the D-MAX pick-up truck to go from Bangkok to Singapore, a distance of 1,809km, using less than the full content of its 76-litre fuel tank. This…

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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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