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Cadillac showcases China’s first 4G/LTE in-car telematics system

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SHANGHAI: GM-owned Cadillac is partnering with Shanghai OnStar on a new in-car online entertainment system plus supporting smartphone and Apple Watch app. Unveiled at CES Asia on Monday, the new system will be the first of its kind in China and will offer connection speeds of up to 10 times faster than current 3G in-car networks. As well as enabling more, and richer data to be pushed to the car dashboard, a 4G/LTE connection will be strong enough to provide high-speed wi fi access for several devices simultaneously. Cadillac also unveiled the MyCadillac app for smartphones and the Apple Watch…

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New Triton arrives

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KUALA LUMPUR:  The fifth-generation Mitsubishi Triton was launched here today in five variants, with prices starting from RM68,000 and rising all the way to RM109,000. Its first-in-class features include push start button with keyless operation, Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights and, yes, paddle shifters. Mitsubishi said the Triton’s best-in-class features include having the most powerful engine performance in its class with maximum output of 176hp, peak torque of 400Nm and a turning radius of 5.9 metres. As with most pick-up truck in the market now, the Triton combines the comfortable interior of a passenger car with the functionality and…

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Concept 101: BMW Motorrad unveils a new kinda of bike

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MUNICH: BMW Motorrad unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este a new study, titled “Concept 101,” that could forecast the future of the brand’s baggers, an exclusive type of custom bike especially popular in the United States. For the German constructor, this model represents elegance, power and luxury on two wheels. Quality materials, precious wood and leather figure in the refined fabrication of these baggers, a cruising motorcycle equipped with luggage compartments. Designed to slice through the air, the Concept 101 has a futuristic appearance, with a low centre of gravity, extended exhausts, an aluminum frame, LED rear lights…

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage surfaces

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MUNICH: The new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – the CSL has finally broken cover to pay tribute to the classic and iconic BMW Coupe from the 1970s. In the past the material of choice was aluminium, but today it’s carbon fibre or carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the Coupé Sport Leichtbau (CSL – Coupé Sport Lightweight) Hommage. BMW Design head Karim Habib explained that the Hommage gets an elongated body with uniquely positioned air deflectors, wide wheel arches spoilers for the roof and tail – just like the first CSL, and provides an optimal airflow along side the vehicle. The…

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Audi makes clean fuel breakthrough

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INGOLSTADT: German carmaker Audi has started producing its first quantities of e-benzin, a synthetic fuel that can be used like traditional petrol but without the harmful sulphur or hydrocarbon emissions. While a host of automotive experts have declared electricity as the fuel of the car’s future with hybrids being used as a stop gap to wean drivers off their fossil-fuel focused dependence while the next generation of extended range batteries are prepared for mass market, Audi is hedging its bets. It may have been one of the first premium car makers to bring hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles to its…

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Moto Guzzi introduces Audace and Eldorado

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MILAN: Moto Guzzi’s latest brace of premium road bikes, the rebellious Audace and the refined Eldorado, are an example of how changing one ingredient of a classic recipe can make a huge impact. The Audace and the Eldorado both have the same powerplant, protruding on either side of what is essentially the same frame, which is in itself based on the company’s flagship California. And yet, both bikes have different personalities. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7vej3mVRxY Audace Despite its ups and downs as a marque over the decades, one Moto Guzzi business decision has remained – the development of its 1,400cc “big block” transversely…

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Myvi owners celebrate 10 years with record gathering

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PETALING JAYA: It was a gathering to remember. Perodua celebrated 10 years of the Perodua Myvi in one of the largest gatherings of owners coupled with the unveiling of the 10th Anniversary Commemorative Limited Edition Myvi. Perodua has produced only 12 units of the limited edition Myvi, of which 10 is for purchase. During the event, lucky contestant Syed Mohamad Izzuddin Syed Ahmad Termizi from Perak won one unit. “We are happy to celebrate this important milestone with our loyal customers and will be giving one lucky participant a 10th Anniversary Commemorative Edition Myvi as a big thank you,” said…

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Too few belt up at the back, says transport minister

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TOKYO: More Malaysian passengers should belt up in the back seats as a study shows few do so, said Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai. He said a study by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros) showed that only 7% to 9% of people belt up in the back seat. He said this was despite the high rate of road deaths in the country, of which 6,674 died last year. “Our road fatality rate is very high, and we have introduced many measures, including the back seat belt requirement. “Unfortunately, adherence to the law is still very…

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Perodua testing its first sedan prototype

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LANGKAWI: Perodua is gaining significant ground in its bid to launch its first sedan. President and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said the second national carmaker had reached the prototype stage and had even evaluated the platform, engine and transmission for the new model. He said local engineers and designers would be heavily involved in the project after consultation with its partner Daihatsu Motor Co. He, however, remained tight-lipped when asked on the launching date. “We have tested the prototype. It is going to be a good car, I have to admit. It will be a dream come…

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Jaze-the-man! Malaysian racer wins in Monaco

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PETALING JAYA: Jazeman Jaafar made Malaysian motorsport history with a flawless drive to bag his maiden Formula Renault 3.5 World Series win in Monaco. The Petronas talent programme driver’s breakthrough was achieved on one of the championship’s trickiest circuits. He also caught the eye of the motorsport world watching the support event of Sunday’s Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix. Jazeman took off from pole position in the 21-lap race that was briefly interrupted by a red flag due to a messy incident on the opening lap. But the Fortec Motorsports driver held his composure to become the first Malaysian to…

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