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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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Perodua on a high as sales exceed expectations

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RAWANG: Perodua expects sales to exceed 195,000 units this year especially with the introduction of the energy efficient Axia model, says president and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. “This would be the stretch target for this year,” he said, adding that the figure would be better than the targeted sales of 193,000 units forecast earlier. He said there was overwhelming response for the Axia with bookings, to date, amounting to 62,000 units since the model was launched on Aug 15, 2014. “This is our best record. The overwhelming response towards Axia proves that the product we introduced meets…

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BMW diversifies the 2 Series coupe

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MUNICH: From March 2015, the BMW 2 Series coupe will get new entry-level engines, a further four-wheel drive model and additional equipment options. With the market launch of the new BMW 218i Coupe, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the BMW Group’s latest engine family will be featured for the first time in the sporty compact model. The newly developed power unit delivers a maximum output of 136hp and a maximum torque of 220Nm available at 1,250rpm. The car’s BMW TwinPower Turbo technology comprises a supercharger that is integrated into the exhaust manifold, a further developed direct petrol injection system,…

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Chrysler renames itself as FCA US

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DETROIT: Chrysler Group LLC said it had changed its name to FCA US LLC effective immediately to follow the naming convention of its parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) NV. Italian automaker Fiat SpA took management control of Chrysler in 2009 after the American company emerged from government-sponsored bankruptcy. Earlier this year Fiat completed its purchase of all outstanding Chrysler shares, and listed the company on the New York Stock Exchange in October. Chrysler said the change of name does not affect the company’s headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, its holdings, management team, board or brands. FCA US employs more than…

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