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Tue, 4 Aug 2020, 6:55 AM
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Proton unit offers new graduates 2.98% on their first car
SUBANG JAYA: Fresh graduates, take note.
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Genesis names new global chief
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Company has appointed its executive vice president, Jaehoon Chang, as the new global head of the Genesis brand.
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Used car dealers enjoy record sales, spurred by govt perks
PETALING JAYA: Used car dealers are reporting record-high sales, spurred by the government’s tax incentives and customers downgrading to cheaper vehicles in light of the economic uncertainty created...
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Pandemic revs up race for US online car sales
DES MOINES: After years of being part of a future that never quite arrived, the coronavirus pandemic has put US online car sellers on the map.
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Nissan accepting electricity as payment for parking
YOKOHAMA: Nissan is giving customers yet another reason to love their electric cars: the ability to pay for parking with electricity.
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Volkswagen South Africa boss Schaefer takes over at Skoda in shake-up
PRAGUE: Volkswagen’s Czech carmaker Skoda Auto named VW’s South Africa boss Thomas Schaefer as its new chairman today as part of a wider shake-up at the German autos group.
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Subaru Stops Taking Orders For The BRZ Because The New One Is Coming
After eight long and successful years, the Subaru BRZ (and Toyota 86) are finally coming to the end of production... but the next generation is around the corner.
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2020 Toyota Hilux facelift open for booking in M’sia – from RM94k est; 5 variants; new Toyota Safety Sense
After teasing the facelifted 2020 Toyota Hilux just a few days ago, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has now officially announced the start of order taking for the refreshed pick-up truck.
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Face mask not required when in private vehicles, any saman already issued will be cancelled – Ismail Sabri
The wearing of face masks in crowded public places is now compulsory by law, but many have gone into overdrive, from the aunties spreading caution on WhatsApp to even the police it seems.
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Elephants cause panic among highway users in Gerik
IPOH: The presence of three elephants at the East-West Highway near the Puncak Banjaran Titiwangsa rest and service area in Gerik caused panic among road users who were passing by the area last night.
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Dealer to operate Lexus Mutiara Damansara
PETALING JAYA: UMW Toyota Motor has announced that its luxury brand outlet in Mutiara Damansara has been transferred to a dealer, effective Aug 1.
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Merging onto a highway is less nerve-wracking if performed properly
BERLIN: Merging onto the highway isn't an easy task for those with weak nerves: You're trying to judge the speed of the other cars and match it before the approach lane runs out and there's no more ro...
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Pre-pay for a Toyota maintenance package and save
PETALING JAYA: UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is introducing Toyota Service Savers (TSS), a maintenance package which can be bought during a new vehicle purchase.
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Racing fears for future after Goodwood crowd trial axed
LONDON: Glorious Goodwood felt more like Gloomy Goodwood this weekend despite the sunshine after a pilot scheme to welcome 4,000 spectators was cancelled at short notice due to an uptick in coronaviru...
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Upgrade your car's satnav and sound systems for better entertainment
BERLIN: Hardly any other part of a vehicle ages as fast as its entertainment system.
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Suzuki first quarter profit nearly wiped out as coronavirus hits sales
TOKYO: Suzuki Motor Corp today saw its operating profit nearly wiped out during the first quarter because of plunging car demand in India, its biggest market, where coronavirus infections continue to ...
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Turnover tops RM4bil at Chengdu Motor Show
CHENGDU: A total of 38,907 orders worth 6.8 billion yuan (RM4.1bil) were placed during the 23rd Chengdu Motor Show that ended Sunday in Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.
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Indonesia B40 biodiesel plan still on track
JAKARTA: Indonesia's plans to raise the bio-content of its palm oil-based biodiesel to 40% — known as B40 — is back on schedule with a target for implementation by July 2021, Coordinating Minister...
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Lamborghini’s 820hp Essenza SCV12 Will Spit Green Fire On Its 40 Owners
The Essenza SCV12 is the ultimate Lamborghini, at least for now, and houses their most insane V12 engine to date.
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Proton aims to unseat Perodua as top auto brand in Malaysia first before ASEAN exports – Li Chunrong
Despite its lackluster efforts in the past, Proton has always had an interest in exporting its cars abroad.
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MotoGP 2020: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle GP cancelled
Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has announced the cancellation of this year’s Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
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Continental accelerates development of car systems with supercomputer
BERLIN: German car parts manufacturer Continental is now operating its own supercomputer with the goal of accelerating the development of driver assistance systems as well as robot vehicle software.
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Testers give airbag jackets high marks in protecting motorcyclists
BERLIN: For motorcyclists, any chance to minimise damage from an accident is worth it, and according to a test by a European motoring association, airbag jackets fit the bill, offering extra protectio...
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Aug 1-7: RON95 and RON97 petrol prices unchanged, diesel up 1 sen
PETALING JAYA: There are no changes in the fuel prices for RON95 and RON97 for the Aug 1-7 period with the price of RON95 and RON97 remaining at RM1.68/l and RM1.98/l respectively.
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2020 Toyota Hilux facelift teased by UMWT – Malaysian launch of the pick-up truck just around the corner?
Selamat Hari Raya Aidiladha! How has your holiday been so far?
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August 2020 week one fuel price – only diesel goes up
With Friday comes the usual weekly fuel price update.
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Veloster N Is First To Get Hyundai’s 8-Speed Dual-Clutch For 2021
Few automakers would have gone through the trouble of making a new gearbox for their hot hatch, but Hyundai just did.
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Computing is the new horsepower, says Audi
INGOLSTADT: Carmakers that once competed mainly over the power of their engines are now vying over a much less tangible sort of power as they race to develop automated vehicles - computing.
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VW says CEO Diess enjoys full backing from supervisory board
FRANKFURT: Volkswagen moved to quash rumours that chief executive Herbert Diess had been sidelined by issuing an unsolicited declaration of support, following clashes with the company’s labour leade...
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Panasonic to boost energy density in Tesla batteries by 20%, says exec
Panasonic recently lost its status as Tesla’s exclusive battery supplier.
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Mitsubishi Xpander vs Honda BR-V – spec-by-spec comparison of 7-seat MPVs ahead of Xpander launch
At long last, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has confirmed that the Xpander is finally, finally coming to Malaysia.
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Quill Automobiles offers a free Samsung TV for every new BMW purchased
PETALING JAYA: BMW's authorised dealer, Quill automobiles, together with Samsung Electronics Malaysia, have collaborated to allow new owners to drive home a complimentary TV.
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Groupe PSA unveils new eVMP platform for future electric vehicles
PARIS: Groupe PSA has announced that from 2023 onwards, it will launch vehicles in the C and D-segments ranging from sedans to sports utility vehicles in different regions of the world.
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First all-electric Polestar 2 delivered
GOTHENBURG: Sino-Swedish carmaker Polestar has delivered its first European Polestar 2 customer car at its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden.
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Only 40 units of Lamborghini Essenza SCV12 to be issued
SANT’AGATA BOLOGNESE: Automobili Lamborghini presents the Essenza SCV12, the track-only hypercar in a limited edition of 40 units, developed by Lamborghini Squadra Corse and designed by Lamborghini...
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What is it like to watch a film at KL drive-in cinema: A Star writer's experience
The writer's view of the LED screen, parked at the last row of M-Junction drive-in cinema at Matic, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.
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GMC's electric Hummer to be revealed this fall
DETROIT: GMC announced on Wednesday that its all-electric super truck will debut later this fall and will begin production in fall 2021.
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Vehicle sales strongest in June, positive sign for H2
PETALING JAYA: Vehicle sales are off to a good start with June marking the strongest monthly total industry volume (TIV) growth and potentially indicating a positive start to the second half of 2020.
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Opinion: What if you can’t resell your electric car?
HONG KONG: Would you still buy an electric car if you knew you wouldn’t be able to resell it in the future?
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Hyundai Almost Goes Full Racetard With The Santa Fe N Performance
We’re not sure who’s asking for a racer boy Santa Fe, but that isn’t stopping Hyundai from trying that look on for size.
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2020 Honda City gets teased for Malaysian yet again
Honda Malaysia has dropped another teaser for the fifth-generation City on its official Facebook page, and just like the first one that contained a rather strong message to competitors, this one is no...
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Sebangga Mitsinbo opens Volvo 3S centre in Sabah
Volvo Car Malaysia has announced the opening of its 14th dealership in the country with the launch of its new 3S centre in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
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JB-Singapore Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project officially resumes after Causeway signing ceremony
As reported earlier, today saw the prime ministers and transport ministers of Malaysia and Singapore meet at the Causeway for a signing ceremony that marks the official resumption of the JB-Singapore ...
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GM CEO says spinoff of the automaker's EV assets not off the table
Barra announcing GM's electric vehicle technologies and upcoming products at the GM Tech Center campus in Warren, Michigan, in March.
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Russia considers built-in breathalysers for cars to curb drink driving
MOSCOW: Russia is considering fitting cars with devices that breathalyse drivers to clamp down on drink driving and is looking at ways to encourage manufacturers to install them in vehicles fresh off ...
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In a pandemic, no better way to travel than a VW Grand California
BERLIN: For some it's the worst of times, for others, the best: While the coronavirus pandemic is roiling the travel industry, makers of RVs can barely handle the surge in demand.
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Mercedes Benz CLE: Another Day Another New Mercedes Model
Just two days after T-Class was announced, another new model called the CLE is also coming Mercedes Benz must be feeling bored/brave at the moment because it feels like every other day, Mercedes is...
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JPJ August 2020 70% saman discount – details, T&Cs
Click to enlarge The JPJ is offering a 70% discount on summonses issued by the road transport department and the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD, previously known as SPAD). The offer is for the e...
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Volvo Trucks' tandem axle lift raises the bar
The tandem axle lift is a highly innovative function that gives optimum driving mode with fuel saving capability.
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Naza launches Merdeka sale campaign
KUALA LUMPUR: Naza Motor Trading, a subsidiary of the Naza Group and Malaysia’s largest vehicle importer, has kicked off the "Merdeka Beli & Menang" campaign.
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JPJ Offering 70% Discount On All Summonses During Merdeka Month
Dengan laungan Merdeka! Merdeka! sekali lagi kita bebas daripada tanggungjawab membayar penuh saman JPJ dan SPAD.
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Audi delves into next-generation OLED technology
INGOLSTADT: Audi introduced digital OLED technology in the Q5 last month, which improves road safety and allows for personalisation of the taillight signature.
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Bank Negara says banks to provide flexible repayment
KUALA LUMPUR: The banking industry will provide a targeted moratorium extension and provision of repayment flexibility to those severely impacted by the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, Bank Negara...
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Thousands of Daimler employees trim hours to save jobs
FRANKFURT: Thousands of Daimler employees have agreed to cut their hours and give up bonuses this year to save jobs amid the coronavirus crisis, the German carmaker said Tuesday.
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Road Transport Act amendments detailed – increased fines and longer jail terms, not just for drink-driving
Further details have emerged on the amendments to Sections 41 to 45 of the Road Transport Act 1987, which will see heavier penalties being meted out for a series of serious driving-related offences.
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Proton to expand trade-in used car management network to 36 outlets in 2020, to manage resale values
Like it or not, a car’s resale value plays a big role in the purchasing decisions of most Malaysians, and Proton is looking to improve the standing of its vehicles in the marketplace by expanding it...
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All-electric Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne gets first US customer
BARCELONA: World-renowned car fanatic and businessman, Michael Fux, has commissioned a striking Hispano Suiza Carmen Boulogne to add to his collection, and in doing so becomes the first US customer fo...
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BMW invests in faster and cheaper 5G rollout
LOS ANGELES: BMW i Ventures is investing in GenXComm, a company with ground-breaking technology that improves the performance and capacity of communication networks, and aims to significantly increase...
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Hyundai wins 2020 FMOTY awards
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor has won two 2020 Future Mobility of the Year (FMOTY) Awards for HDC-6 NEPTUNE and the company’s built-in e-scooter.
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BMW M Performance Parts for new 5 Series, M5 and M5 Competition
MUNICH: BMW is also offering an extensive range of BMW M Performance Parts for the new 5 Series, M5 and M5 Competition.
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Proton to have more used car outlets
SHAH ALAM: Proton aims to have 36 used car outlets nationwide in 2020.
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Pakatan's proposed petrol subsidy programme shelved
KUALA LUMPUR: The targeted fuel subsidy programme proposed by the previous Pakatan Harapan government has been shelved.
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Tesla's Musk says open to supplying batteries to other automakers
SEOUL: Tesla Inc chief executive officer Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the company is open to licensing software and supplying powertrains and batteries.
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F1 makes way for drive-in cinema in Mexico
People attending the drive-in cinema set up at the Hermanos Rodriguez racetrack in Mexico City on Sunday.
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S. Korea launches safety probe into Tesla vehicles
SEOUL: South Korea said it is investigating suspected safety issues with vehicles made by US automaker Tesla Inc, which is competing strongly with Hyundai Motor Co in the South Korean electric vehicle...
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Next-generation of Mercedes Citan to include T Class for families
STUTTGART: Drivers are mostly familiar with the Mercedes Citan as a leisure activity van.
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PM Announces 3-Month Targeted Moratorium Extension
After calls for an extended loan moratorium, our PM has spoken up.
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Loan moratorium extended by 3 months for jobless, reduced monthly instalments for those with pay cuts
Prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has announced a three-month extension to the bank loan moratorium, which was supposed to be for six months ending September 30.
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Gov’t cancels the B40/M40 petrol subsidy programme
The petrol subsidy programme (PSP), which was supposed to have begun this January but was deferred to a later date, will not see the light of day, the Malay Mail reports.
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JPJ offering 70% discount on saman from August 1-31
The JPJ is offering a 70% discount on summonses issued by the road transport department and the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD, previously known as SPAD). The offer is for the entire month of Augu...
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Jaguar Land Rover names ousted Renault boss as CEO
Bollore will take over at JLR on Sept 10, replacing Ralf Speth, whose tenure ends after more than 10 years.
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Global tech show CES to be only online in 2021 due to Covid-19
LAS VEGAS: CES, the biggest global tech and gadget show, held every January here, will be only online in 2021 due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, organiser Consumer Technology Association s...
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Isuzu D-Max Takes The Lead In Thailand
Not every car manufacturer has been hit as badly by COVID-19, and Isuzu seems to be coming out on top – at least in Thailand.
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Renault confirms details for Megane models
PARIS: Renault has unsheathed the full details of its updated Mégane Hatch and Sport Tourer models and this includes the performance-oriented RS and a new Plug-in Hybrid model.
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Porsche ranks highest overall in J.D. Power Apeal study
ATLANTA: US customers have rated Porsche highest among all automotive brands in the J.D. Power 2020 US Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study.
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Ducati has an assisted pedal-power bike, meet the e-Scrambler
ROME: Ducati, together with Thok Ebikes, have created the e-Scrambler. The e-Scrambler from Thok is an "urban ready" e-bike that uses an aluminium frame and high-end components inspired by the design...
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Drunk-Driving Can Now Land You 15 Years In Jail, RM150,000 Fine
Unless you’ve been stuck in a ditch for the past couple of months, you’d be well aware that drunk driving has been a rather hot button issue lately.
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Tesla hiring in Shanghai as production ramps up
Model 3 vehicles are seen during a delivery event at Tesla's factory in Shanghai in January.
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Kia Sorento gets new Terrain Mode
LONDON: Kia's fourth-generation Sorento sports utility vehicle (SUV) will be equipped with a newly-developed "Terrain Mode" feature when European sales start in the second half of 2020.
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Renault ZOE is best-selling electric car in Europe
PARIS: On the electric market, ZOE is the best-selling car in Europe, with growth of nearly 50% to 37,540 units in the first half of 2020 and a record level of orders at 11,000 units in June.
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Hyundai unveils new air-conditioning tech for better air quality in cars
SEOUL: Hyundai has unveiled three new air-conditioning technologies – ‘After-Blow’, ‘Multi-Air Mode’, and ‘Fine Dust Indicator’ - that improve in-car air quality.
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Peugeot gets new design chief
PARIS: Matthias Hossann has been appointed Peugeot brand design director, and will take up his post on July 28.
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Jaguar Land Rover develops contactless touchscreen to help fight germs
LONDON: New contactless touchscreen technology developed by Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Cambridge will help keep drivers’ eyes on the road and reduce the spread of bacteria and viruses i...
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Polestar 2 launches with new ways to enjoy streaming media on the go
GOTHENBURG: Polestar 2 is the first car in the world to feature an infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS, with Google apps and services built-in.
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Hydrogen champion Hyundai races to electric as Tesla takes off
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Co, an early backer of hydrogen cars, has watched the electric rise of Tesla, including on its home turf.
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'What if it rains?': KL drive-in cinema operator answers your FAQs
Following the pandemic, drive-in cinemas have popped up all around the world including in Luton, Britain.
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Mitsubishi XPANDER To Be Launched In 2020 - Honda BR-V, Perodua Aruz has a challenger
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia today announced that the Mitsubishi XPANDER Seven-Seater Crossover will arrive on our roads this year, but just not exactly when.  After Indonesia, Malaysia is next in l...
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Hap Seng Star Autohaus KL reopens with latest corporate identity; lifestyle boutique and VIP lounge
Hap Seng Star (HSS) has opened Autohaus KL at the dealer’s original downtown location, which is part of the Menara Hap Seng 3 complex.
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7-seat Mitsubishi Xpander set to debut in Malaysia soon
KUALA LUMPUR: The new Mitsubishi Xpander, a seven-seater vehicle, will be launched in Malaysia this year.
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Mitsubishi Xpander launching in Malaysia this year – seven-seat MPV to rival the Honda BR-V, Perodua Aruz
Well, it’s official. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has confirmed that the Mitsubishi Xpander will make its launch debut here this year.
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Auto parts makers shine spotlight on aluminium's role in electric vehicles
LONDON: A faster paced energy transition through a speedier shift to electric vehicles has created a new, substantial demand stream for aluminium and major opportunities for auto supply chain firms fl...
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