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Vauxhall launches new Vivaro taxi kebabi

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LONDON: For many years now, after a good night out, it’s almost been mandatory to get your taxi driver to stop off at the local kebab house for a quick doner. Now, thanks to Vauxhall’s ingenious new Taxi Kebabi, having your kebab and getting home are no longer a problem. Based upon the 9-seat Combi model, this class-defining Vivaro features two gas-fired spit rotisserie grills, salad bowls integrated into the arm rests, chilli dispensers and of course a tasty selection of sauces. Taxi driver Justin Trafik said: “The vinyl seats and floor covering will prove a real boon for the…

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Honda’s 660ccs of open-top fun

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TOKYO: A new mini-roadster, set for launch in Japan this week, turns every trip into a mini adventure and could well find itself arriving on European shores. The car in question, the Honda S660 is an exercise in perfect miniaturisation. It looks like the company’s flagship NSX supercar, albeit one that’s been washed at too high a temperature. However, while its proportions have shrunk, the fun has been turned up to 11. The S660, which is so called because it runs a three-cylinder motorbike-derived 660cc engine with a turbocharger bolted onto it, offers a 45/55 split weight distribution, a great…

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Volkswagen maintains prices post-GST

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KUALA LUMPUR: Volkswagen is maintaining its vehicle prices, following the implementation of GST (goods and services tax) on April 1. In a statement, Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director Armin Keller said the mathematics of the GST is not as simple as finding the difference between 10% (sales tax) and 6% (GST). “There is a different tax treatment for different models at different supply chain stages. Our calculation shows that, in general, the GST is neutral on car prices, meaning that it will not see any immediate increase or decrease in vehicle prices,” he explained. “This applies to every model and…

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2015 Mitsubishi Triton opens for bookings

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KUALA LUMPUR: The new Mitsubishi Triton will be launched in Malaysia in May. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has opened bookings for the new pick-up truck, with estimated prices ranging from RM71,000 to RM114,000. “In Malaysia, the Triton has found 55,000 proud owners since its launch in 2006. The new fifth-generation Triton was developed based on the concept of Smart Utility Truck,” said MMM chief executive officer Won-Chul Yang. “The new Triton sets new standards and has many first-in-class features which will delight our customers,” he added. Segment first-in-class features include a Push Start Button for engine ignition, Keyless Entry, Xenon…

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World premiere of new Porsche Boxster Spyder

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NEW YORK: Porsche will celebrate the world premiere of the new Boxster Spyder at the New York International Auto Show. The new top model of the Boxster range retains the unique and unmistakable character of the previous Spyder, which has already attained cult status. For example, the classic roadster top is still opened and closed by hand, and the Boxster Spyder is only available with a manual transmission, benefiting both weight savings and driver enjoyment. Staying true to roadster DNA, the Boxster Spyder offers a traditional sports-car driving experience combined with truly exceptional performance. This includes a firm sport suspension…

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New promotions by Scania Malaysia

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SHAH ALAM: Scania Malaysia has launched a two years free Scania Maintenance offer. This is in addition to the two years free Scania Assistance and ten years free Scania Fleet Management that already comes with Scania vehicles ordered today. Scania Maintenance is part of a range of maintenance from Scania Contracted Services. It includes assistance call-out charges, travelling charges to/from the breakdown site, inspection for factory recommendation, lubricants, filters and labour for maintenance. Now, it is free for every Scania truck, bus and coach chassis for two years (subject to mileage limit). “Scania vehicles are a precision machine backed by…

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How the refreshed Camry stacks up against rivals

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PETALING JAYA:  Automania’s Rizal Johan was out all day yesterday driving the new Camry including Toyota’s first locally assembled hybrid – the Camry Hybrid. The top-ranging Camry 2.5L Hybrid has an in-line four cylinder engine mated to the electronically controlled continously variable transmission (E-CVT) transmission which produces 160PS and 213Nm of torque and an electric motor which outputs 143PS and 270Nm.  It comes with seven airbags, one more than its nearest competitors. The Camry is also available in 2.0 litre variants: the mid-spec 2.0G and base model 2.0E. We can already tell you now that the new Camry, sporting a…

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Bookings open for Ford Mondeo

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KUALA lUMPUR: The technology-rich new Ford Mondeo is available for bookings, and its estimated retail price is RM203,800. The new Mondeo has a 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine that is mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, featuring 240ps and 345Nm of torque, with fuel economy rated at 8 litres per 100km. It has Ford’s SYNC 2 connectivity system, which boasts a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen to operate phone and entertainment using voice commands. Safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control and traction control. It also has 10-way adjustable front seats, adaptive cruise control, paddle shifters, full-LED headlamps with Ford’s adaptive…

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Clarkson show goes on without ‘Top Gear’ label

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LONDON: Britain’s Jeremy Clarkson will continue to appear on an international tour of live auto shows despite being dropped as the presenter of hit series “Top Gear”, the BBC said on Tuesday. The stage shows with Clarkson and his former “Top Gear” co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May were planned before Clarkson was dropped for hitting a producer. Under an agreement between BBC Worldwide and its partner Brand Events, the tour can continue but without the BBC and “Top Gear” labels, under the name “Clarkson, Hammond and May Live”. A BBC Worldwide spokesman said the shows would go ahead “so…

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Three Ferraris win design awards

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MARANELLO, ITALY: Three Ferraris have won the prestigious Red Dot Award, the world’s leading product design competition which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year. The recent FXX-K has been named Red Dot Best of the Best for the top design quality and ground-breaking design, while both the California T and LaFerrari were also singled out by the international jury for Red Dot Awards for the high quality of their design. Approximately 5,000 innovative entries from 56 nations were in the competition. The work of the Ferrari Style Centre headed by Flavio Manzoni was selected by an international jury made up…

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