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Thieves steal RM2mil worth of luxury cars

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KUALA LUMPUR: A gang of thieves stealthily climbed over a fence at a workshop near Salak South here and made off with RM2mil in luxury vehicles, including a Bentley and a Porsche. City CID chief Senior Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad said the theft occured at around 9.15am on Sunday at the workshop along Jalan Empat, off Jalan Chan Sow Lin. “The stolen cars are a Bentley Continental Supersport, Range Rover Evoque, Audi A5, Toyota Vellfire and Porsche,” he said yesterday. “Based on the CCTV footage, more than five suspects are believed to be involved in the theft,” he added. The…

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Toyota expert tells why electric cars are not practical

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YOKOHAMA: Battery-powered electric vehicles don’t have a practical future as a long-range alternative to conventional cars even if technological breakthroughs allow them to be charged quickly, a top engineer at Toyota Motor Corp said. Electric vehicle (EV) supporters have touted developing high-speed charging technology as the way forward for cars like Nissan Motor Co’s LEAF. But Yoshikazu Tanaka, chief engineer of Toyota’s hydrogen fuel-cell car Mirai, said that would guzzle so much energy at once as to defeat the purpose of the EV as an ecologically sound form of transportation. “If you were to charge a car in 12 minutes…

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Enhanced Assurance DuraPlus launched

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KUALA LUMPUR: Imagine a set of tyres that can take a driver the gruelling distance of approximately two and a half times around the world. The Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus is engineered to let drivers go up to 100,000km and comes reinforced with DuPont Kevlar for added protection, delivering tremendous value through a longer lasting and more durable tire. Designed for small-to mid-sized passenger vehicles, the Assurance DuraPlus tire boasts an improved version of Goodyear’s proprietary TredLife Technology with a new enhanced tread compound, combined with a DuPont Kevlar overlay for added reinforcing. “With consumer-driven needs at the center of all…

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China’s biggest auto show opens amid growth slowdown

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SHANGHAI: Global car makers showed off hundreds of vehicles in China’s commercial hub Shanghai today, as the world’s biggest auto market continues to attract despite a sharp deceleration in sales growth. At China’s premier auto show, foreign car makers admitted an economic slowdown in the world’s second largest economy had taken its toll, but said the market was simply too big – and important – to ignore. China’s economy expanded 7.4 percent last year, the slowest in nearly a quarter of a century. “The market will increase less than in former years, but still much higher than in any other…

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Volvo shows off Lounge Console for the busy business executives

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SHANGHAI: Volvo Cars has unveiled a new concept at the Shanghai Auto Show that takes executive in-car luxury to a new level. Labelled the Lounge Console, the concept offers busy chauffeur-driven business people the ultimate executive accessory – a compact and versatile solution to expanded storage and comfort. The Lounge Console replaces the front passenger seat, providing a wealth of functions and amenities. “We started this work by looking at the executive lifestyle. With our progressive approach to premium design and functionality we analyzed the needs and perspective of the chauffeur driven executive, designing the car around him or her…

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Buy ASX and get 5-year maintenance and warranty

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PETALING JAYA: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced that customers who buy the ASX will receive five years’ worth of free maintenance and warranty. Mitsubishi Motors is the first to offer a five-year free maintenance package for the compact SUV segment. The free maintenance offer covers labour charge, engine oil, oil filter, air cleaner, transmission oil, fuel filter, brake fluid and coolant to name a few.(Limited to the first 1,000 units only, terms and conditions apply) Priced at RM117, 334.31 (2WD variant) and RM131, 828.59 (4WD variant), the ASX is powered by a 2.0-litre MIVEC engine with an output of…

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Mercedes-Benz Concept GLC Coupe near production ready

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STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz revealed its latest near-production-standard Concept GLC Coupe that’s even more compact than the GLE Coupe and no…it isn’t a rebadged Bavarian-made X6 that’s part of a bad joke. The X6-shaped concept comes in measuring 4,727mm-long, 2,151mm-wide, 1,593mm-high and with a wheelbase of 2,827m while equipped with wing-look exterior mirrors, increased ground clearance and side running boards. Styling features include powerdomes on the bonnet, large side intakes and an upright radiator grille with a twin-blade louvre that’s characteristic of sporty Mercedes-Benz models. A 9G-TRONIC nine-speed automatic transmission manages power delivery from the 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 direct-injection engine’s 362bhp at 5,500rpm…

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VW debuts C Coupé GTE

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WOLFSBURG/SHANGHAI: Volkswagen is displaying the C Coupé GTE Concept at Auto Shanghai. Positioned between the Passat and Phaeton, the nearly 5m-long plug-in hybrid is smacked in the C-segment if it were to go into production. Technically, the C Coupé GTE consists of a four-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TSI gasoline engine, an 8-speed automatic gearbox, an electric motor integrated in the transmission housing and a 14.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. The TSI engine produces 207hp, the electric motor makes 122hp, and the combined system gives 242hp  and 500Nm. The concept car can travel up to 50km in zero emissions E-mode, at up…

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540C Coupé is most affordable McLaren

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SHANGHAI: The McLaren 540C Coupé is set to be launched at the Shanghai Motor Show. The most affordable McLaren yet, the 540C Coupé joins the recently revealed 570S Coupé in the Sports Series as the brand brings its race derived DNA to a new audience and segment. These introductions bring the number of new McLarens launched in 2015 to four as the brand continues its rapid growth. Globally available and priced from £126,000 (around RM682,000), the 540C Coupé can be pre-ordered now with deliveries scheduled in early 2016. The 540C Coupé shares similarities with the models in the Super Series…

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Nissan brings its A-game to Auto Shanghai

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SHANGHAI: Nissan unveiled the all-new Murano Hybrid and Lannia, as well as two Nismo products – the Nissan GT-R Nismo and 370Z Nismo variants at Auto Shanghai 2015. The Murano Hybrid is Nissan’s flagship crossover that will go on sale in China from June onwards. Performance comes from a new 2.5-litre supercharged QR25DER petrol engine that’s being supplemented by an 15kW electric motor paired with a Lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery and all of which gets mated to an Intelligent Dual Clutch System. The hybrid will churn out a combined output of about 250bhp and 329Nm of torque According to the company,…

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