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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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Ford revives Lincoln Continental, aims at US and China

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NEW YORK: Ford will resurrect the Lincoln Continental as its top-of-the line luxury sedan, betting the classic name will help rebuild the brand’s image in the United States and China. Ford’s Lincoln unveiled a prototype of the future Continental sedan on Monday ahead of the April 3-12 New York auto show, which will feature many of the Continental’s future rivals, including the Cadillac CT6 sedan from General Motors Co, a new Jaguar XF sedan from Jaguar Land Rover and a bevy of super-premium models from Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz. Ford retired the Continental name in 2002, and joined its rivals in…

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Perodua dealers appeal to Govt on sales tax

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SHAH ALAM: The Perodua Dealer Association has urged the Government to allow its members to reclaim the 10% sales tax on invoices issued prior to the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on April 1. In a statement, Perodua Dealer Association president Wan Kamal Wan Ismail explained that after April 1, the 10% sales tax will be replaced with a 6% GST. “This means unsold stocks, which 10% sales tax already paid, will be hit by an additional 6% GST after April 1. Each independent dealer will stand to lose an average of RM230,000 on double taxation after…

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Russian superhighway could connect London to New York

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MOSCOW: Russia has unveiled ambitious plans to build a superhighway that, in theory, could make it possible to drive from London on one end to New York on the other. According to a report by The Siberian Times, the head of Russian Railways is asking the government to seriously consider his project dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development, the first modern transportation corridor that would link up the Pacific to the Atlantic Ocean. Plans call for the construction of a new high-speed railway and the development of major roads that would span the length of Russia, link up with existing transportation…

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