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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://youtu.be/T0RExZjpzgk 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 Guiness 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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McLaren shows off 570S Coupé, its most usable car

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NEW YORK: McLaren has announced the global reveal of the McLaren 570S Coupé, the first of three in its Sports Series family. The sports car, with driver optimised layout and high performance, shares its DNA with the McLaren Super Series and Ultimate Series that sit above it in the range hierarchy. The Sports Series introduces McLaren race-derived technologies and design values to a new segment and audience. As its names suggests, a power output of 570PS (562bhp) with light weight construction to give a class leading power-to-weight ratio of 434PS per tonne. The 570S accelerates from 0 to 100kph in…

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Pan Borneo Highway to be toll-free, says PM

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BINTULU: The Pan Borneo Highway will be toll-free, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said today. He said the highway was the main artery connecting Sarawak and Sabah and there were no alternative routes between the two states. This was unlike the case in peninsular Malaysia where the North-South Expressway was the main link and there were many alternative routes, he said when launching the first phase of the highway, the Pan Borneo Sarawak, that costs RM13 billion. Najib said toll was imposed on the North-South Expressway in peninsular Malaysia but the people could choose to travel on the…

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MAI expects higher sales despite GST

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SHAH ALAM: The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) expects vehicle sales for the first six months of this year to be higher than 333,142 units recorded in the corresponding period last year despite concerns over the goods and services tax (GST) that will come into force tomorrow. MAI chief executive officer Mohamad Madani Sahari said that the higher total industry volume (TIV) expected for the first half of this year was based on robust January to March TIVs. He expected March TIV to hit 55,000 units, higher than the January and February TIV of 51,000 and 52,000 units, respectively. “There was…

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Hyundai aims to have autonomous driving tech on market in 2020

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SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co said today it aims to commercialise autonomous driving capabilities in some of its cars in 2020, as the South Korean automaker plays catch-up in the increasingly competitive technology. Car makers such as Mercedes <DAIGn.DE> and General Motors Co <GM.N> as well as technology giants like Google Inc <GOOGL.O> and Apple Inc <AAPL.O> are already developing driverless vehicles which can complete whole journeys without human input. But some analysts expect self-driving cars will not appear on global markets until the early- or mid-2020s, partly due to regulatory hurdles. Hyundai Motor, like other automakers, already has autonomous features…

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Construction of Pan Borneo Highway begins

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BINTULU: Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway, a project first discussed when Malaysia was formed in 1963, begins today. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak will launch the upgrading of an existing road to Bakun Dam from KM-32 of the Bintulu-Miri trunk road. Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem and Works Minister Datuk Seri Fadillah Yusof are also set to be present. The building will continue in segments in the third quarter of this year, starting from Tanjung Datu, the western most tip of Sarawak. The 40km portion will bring road connectivity for the first time between Tanjung…

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