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Design elements key for car consumers, says study

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SAN FRANCISCO: Forget reliability, performance or high-tech features when it comes to cars, consumers are more likely to fall for looks than anything else. Researchers from San Francisco State University, led by associate professor of marketing Minu Kumar, set out to understand what it is about a particular car or marque that creates loyalty or ignites a spark of passion among consumers. They examined data from over 700 consumers relating to their opinions of 30 vehicles based on elements such as styling, perceived workmanship, safety and cost and discovered that looks have the biggest influence. Aesthetes are obviously the major…

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Hyundai to debut smartphone optimised in-car infotainment

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, CALIFORNIA: Hyundai is doing the unthinkable at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) by showing a new Display Audio system with no CD player or embedded navigation system. Display Audio is a high resolution seven-inch color touch-screen display that has been optimized specifically for enhanced smartphone integrations and the latest generation Blue Link system. iPhone owners can use Apple CarPlay to take the familiar features from their iPhones and put them right on the touch-screen display while driving. Android Auto brings the Android experience into the car by ‘projecting’ apps and services into the Display Audio system. Android…

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Giant trucks adopt Nissan’s tech

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YOKOHAMA: Why would a company that makes super-sized, two-story-high mining trucks license technology developed for passenger cars? These ore-hauling dump trucks are so huge, they make ordinary cars look like miniatures. The technology is Nissan’s proven Around-View Monitor (AVM) and Moving Object Detection (MOD, jointly developed with Clarion), which combine to help drivers pull in and out of tight spaces while avoiding pedestrians and obstacles. AVM and MOD play key roles in Nissan’s Safety Shield system that helps keep drivers out of harm’s way. They also solidify the foundation upon which Nissan is developing its advanced Autonomous Drive system, which…

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Special edition Ford Focus available

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KUALA LUMPUR: A special edition of the Focus C-segment car is available at all Ford showrooms in Peninsular Malaysia for a limited time. Offered in Winning Blue and Frozen White, the special edition Focus is priced at RM131,888 on-the-road with insurance. It has extra features such as a full body kit, day time running lights, special edition decals, sports carpet mats and leather seats. The Focus features a Duratec 2.0-litre Ti-VCT GDi engine that delivers 170ps of power and 202Nm of torque with a six-speed Ford PowerShift automatic transmission. The special edition Focus comes with Ford’s Extended Service Plan (ESP),…

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KLEM to set up 3,000 charging stations by 2017

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KUALA LUMPUR: KL Electric Mobility Sdn Bhd (KLEM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of US-based Masers Energy Inc, is investing RM1.5bil to set up 3,000 charging stations for zero-emission vehicles within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle over the next two years. The project, called “KL Electric A-gogo,” which was inked with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), will also involve the setting up of a zero-emission car sharing service. KLEM chairman and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Suhaimi Abdul Rahman said the stations would be rolled out from next month, with the first phase, comprising between 10 and 50 stations, set to be completed…

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Renault-Nissan boss shares career advice

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http://www.slideshare.net/LinkedInPulse/carlos-ghosns-crazy-good-career-advice Carlos Ghosn of Nissan and Renault shares the career advice he gives to his own children: “Embrace diversity.” He shares his practical advice for building your career, based on his own diverse experiences, and how to lead a team—even when you’re half their age.

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World debut for new MINI JCW at Detroit

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DETROIT: The new MINI John Cooper Works sees its world premiere at the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, also known as the Mecca of the US automotive industry. The auto show will be held from January 17th – 25th, 2015. This model takes hallmark MINI driving fun – already intensified in the latest generation – to a level of irresistible racing passion. A particularly powerful turbo engine, suspension technology precisely attuned to the race track and an aerodynamically optimised body design give the new MINI John Cooper Works outstanding performance properties. The most important components of…

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Volkswagen on track for new global sales record

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WOLFSBURG, GERMANY: The Volkswagen Group delivered over nine million vehicles from January to November for the first time ever this year. About 9.08 million vehicles were handed over to customers worldwide. “The 10 million mark (for 2014) is within reach in spite of all the uncertainties in the global automotive sector”, said Volkswagen Group board member (sales) Christian Klingler. In the period to November, about 3.34 (12.9% growth) million units were delivered in China, the group’s largest single market. A total of 3.55 (5.7% growth) million vehicles were delivered to customers in the overall European market. The group delivered 807,700…

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Acura NSX for world debut in Detroit

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DETROIT: The production version of the highly anticipated Acura NSX supercar, successor to the legendary original NSX, will make its world debut at the 2015 North American International Auto Show on Jan. 12, 2015. The model will reflect the production design and specifications of the mid-engine Acura supercar that is slated to launch in 2015. To celebrate the impending debut of NSX, Acura released a 30-second teaser video that gives an early glimpse of the production car and the sound of its three-motor, twin-turbocharged Sport Hybrid power unit. View the video on Acura’s YouTube channel at youtube.com/Acura. “The next-generation NSX…

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