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Stand to win a special edition Myvi at Perodua’s big bash

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KUALA LUMPUR: Perodua is inviting all Myvi owners to come together for what it hopes will be the biggest Myvi gathering in the country on May 24. “We are hosting a public celebration in conjunction with the Myvi’s 10th anniversary or “Myvi 10niversary Celebration”, which will be held to mark this historic occasion in Setia Alam City Mall, Shah Alam,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. To participate in the “Myvi Nation, the Biggest Myvi Gathering”, a Myvi owner and/or driver must register at Perodua’s official website www.perodua.com.my from April 21 to May 10 with a minimal…

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Model makeover helps skirt China autoshow crackdown

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SHANGHAI: Amid the razzmatazz, music and crowds at the Shanghai autoshow on Monday, hundreds of attractive young women, and men, mingled among the stands and company booths, introducing the newest sedans and handing out pamphlets. For years, often skimpily dressed female models have been a staple at China’s big autoshows – as much of a draw as the latest car models themselves. This year is different – the organisers have banned models from the Shanghai show. Indeed, as China’s premier car exposition opened on Monday, the tone was more subdued, though models said many had found ways to get around…

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Kia faces upmarket test in China with K9 sedan launch

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SEOUL: Kia Motors Corp released its K9 premium sedan in China on Monday, kicking off its journey upmarket with a model whose sales have been paltry both in the United States and at home in South Korea. Kia and sister Hyundai Motor Co are banking on the world’s biggest auto market to boost sales of high-end cars, which garner fatter profit margins and can raise the profile of models up and down the brand. But Kia – China’s third-ranked passenger car maker when paired with Hyundai – is introducing its K9 during a period of sluggish growth in the local…

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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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