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Coming soon: Get down from LRT and drive an EV to your destination

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KUALA LUMPUR: Come May, LRT users will be able to rent an electric car for a couple of hours from five LRT stations in the Klang Valley instead of having to use either a taxi or a bus to go to their next stop. A carsharing deal is being worked out between RapidKL and electric car company Comos (Cohesive Mobility Solution) to give public transport users another option of moving around. “You can pick up a car at the Pasar Seni LRT station and drive it to a meeting at CapSquare or to Lorong P Ramlee,” Comos chief executive Badrulhisham…

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F1 Malaysian GP to continue until 2018

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SEPANG: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has announced that the Formula 1 Petronas Malaysia Grand Prix will continue for the next three years. “After negotiations with Formula 1 management we have succeeded in procuring the extension until 2018. “With that Petronas has also agreed to be the title sponsor for the next three years,” he told reporters after giving the winning trophy to Scuderia Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel at the Sepang International Circuit Sunday. Najib said there was a need to develop the race further as an event that would not just gain international spectators but also Malaysian…

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Vettel wins F1 Malaysian Grand Prix

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SEPANG: Sebastian Vettel put Ferrari back on the winning trail after delivering a surprise triumph at the Petronas Malaysian Formula One Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit. It was a brilliant strategy by the four-time world champion. He opted to stay on the track when the safety car emerged on lap four. Both Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – pitted. It proved to be the wrong call for Mercedes as neither Hamilton nor Rosberg had the pace to catch and pass Vettel in the final stint. The German clocked 1’41:05.793 over the 310.408km race to give Ferrari…

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Watch out, Mercedes pick-up truck is coming

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FRANKFURT: Mercedes-Benz plans to launch a mid-sized pickup truck, expanding its premium brand into a lower-priced bracket in a bid to narrow the sales gap with arch rival BMW. Pickup trucks have gained popularity in recent months as petrol prices eased, with sales of such models accounting for 90 percent of global pretax margins at General Motors and Ford, according to analysts. Mercedes, owned by Daimler, said on Friday it would launch a mid-sized pickup truck in the next five years, adding customers were increasingly demanding trucks that have features traditionally found in passenger cars. “A similar example was the…

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Ford CEO Fields received US$18.6 million in 2014 compensation

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DETROIT: Ford Motor Co chief executive officer Mark Fields made US$18.6 million in salary and other compensation last year, below the US$23.2 million that predecessor Alan Mulally received in 2013, the company said on Friday. Last year’s compensation for Fields, 54, was for half the year as CEO and half as chief operating officer. For 2013, he made US$10.2 million as COO. Mulally, who was replaced by Fields on July 1, made US$22 million in salary and other compensation for 2014. Ford’s board decided he deserved a full year’s worth of stock awards because the company felt his impact for…

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Here’s why car companies are telling you to buy before April 1

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has urged potential car buyers to do so before April 1 as most car companies planned to reduce their inventories with attractive offers. Its president, Datuk Aishah Ahmad, said the companies wanted to start selling the cars with Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1 and were reducing their stocks in which the Sales and Services Tax (SST) had been paid. “Even though some car companies would reduce the price come April 1, the current offer is better. After April 1, they would only be able to claim back only 20 per…

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Three QX70 show off ‘Inspired Light’

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https://youtu.be/sGb4Kh1j37c RIYADH: Three QX70 vehicles were transformed into moving light painting brushes at an Infiniti campaign here to mark its expansion in the country recently. Light painting, a genre of art that requires only darkness and light to create any number of shapes, illustrations, patterns, moods and themes were brought to life using cars. The three cars were used as canvas to create giant colourful images as part of Infinit’s move to illustrate its passion for performance, design, pushing boundaries and originality. The light show, named “Inspired Light by Infiniti”, was performed by Canadian light painter Patrick Rochon and…

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Local media tour VW assembly operations in Pekan

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PEKAN: Volkswagen Group Malaysia recently organised a media tour of its plant. The “Assembly – To –Drive” trip also included a drive of all four locally assembled Volkswagen models – the Passat, Jetta, Polo Sedan and Polo Hatchback. “The Pekan plant is part of our long term strategy for sustainable growth and expansion in Malaysia. This plant is a key milestone for us, as it enabled us to produce affordable German engineered vehicles for Malaysians. Additionally, we have created highly qualified job opportunities here,” said Volkswagen Malaysia managing director Armin Keller. The trip was held last week in conjunction with…

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Rain can change race dynamics at Malaysia F1

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SEPANG: There is a high chance of rain at the Petronas Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday. In the opening leg in Australia two weeks ago, Mercedes were dominant on a dry track with Lewis Hamilton a runaway winner and team-mate Nico Rosberg second. There was no rain-tyre testing during the off-season. And if it rains on race day, it will make for an interesting outcome. Pirelli chief Paul Hembery is keeping his fingers crossed heavy rain does not fall in the early stages of the race. Pirelli are the official tyre supplier this season. “There have been no rain testing…

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India’s Mahindra in talks to buy Italy’s Pininfarina

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MILAN/LONDON: India’s Mahindra & Mahindra is in talks to buy a majority stake in luxury car designer Pininfarina in what would be the latest Asian bid for an iconic Italian brand, three sources with knowledge of the matter said on Wednesday. Shares in Milan-listed Pininfarina, which has designed cars for Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls-Royce and Cadillac, jumped 21 percent to 4.96 euros (RM19.80), their highest in nearly a year on hopes of a takeover by India’s largest maker of sport utility vehicles. A spokesman for Pininfarina said the company did not comment on market rumours. Mahindra declined to comment. One of…

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