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BMW engine development expert Duesmann set to become Audi chief in April, says paper
BERLIN: BMW’s engine development and purchasing expert, Markus Duesmann, is set to become the CEO of Volkswagen’s Audi premium brand, after BMW dropped its opposition to his early departure, a Ger...
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Proton sets up new 3S centre in Kuantan
KUANTAN: Proton has officially opened its new 3S (Sales, Service and Spare parts) centre in Kuantan - making it the third dealer outlet in the state of Pahang to carry the company’s new corporate id...
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Sept 14-20: RON97 petrol up 3 sen to RM2.53
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Volkswagen ID. R sets record on China's 99-turn route
WOLFSBURG: In a first, the all-electric Volkswagen ID.
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Caltex fuels the future campaign
PETALING JAYA: Visitors to the Caltex service station in Bukit Jalil today experienced a pleasant surprise when pulling up to refuel their vehicles.
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Proton 1 Tank Adventure returns
PETALING JAYA: The second running of Proton’s 1 Tank Adventure, the event that invites Proton owners to experience the sights, sounds and cuisine of Malaysia while driving economically, is set to ki...
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Audi testing digital sealing in car production
SINGAPORE: Audi is testing a new method of body sealing at its paint shop in Gyor, Hungary.
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First look at 2020-spec Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500
YOKOHAMA: Nissan and its motorsports arm Nismo have offered a first look at the 2020-spec Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 race car.
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Tesla testing powertrain with record-breaking power for Model S
SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla's CEO has announced that a modified Model S "just set record for fastest 4 door ever at Laguna Seca" thanks to its "Plaid" powertrain and new chassis, both of which are undergoing...
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Toyota using Tesla-style Panasonic batteries for China hybrids, say sources
TOKYO: Toyota Motor Corp has started using the same type of battery that Panasonic Corp designed for Tesla Inc in some of its plug-in hybrids sold in China, sources familiar with the matter said.
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Delphi develops new tech to halve EV charging time
FRANKFURT: Delphi Technologies is the first in the industry with volume production of a 800 V silicon carbide (SiC) inverter, one of the key components of highly efficient next-generation electric an...
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Pininfarina and partners to develop high-performance EV platform
FRANKFURT: Automobili Pininfarina has announced a strategic collaboration with two partners to jointly develop a high-performance electric vehicle (EV) platform.
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Booking opens for new Toyota Corolla Altis
SHAH ALAM: UMW Toyota Motor has started taking orders for the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis which will be launched locally soon.
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Dynamo Lubricants launches in Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR: Dynamo Lubricants Group, a lubricants producer and supplier of products for automotive and industrial use, has landed in Malaysia.
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Thailand's local assembly of high-voltage batteries for BMW
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New Volvo 3S dealership opens in Mutiara Damansara, PJ
KUALA LUMPUR: Volvo Car Malaysia has opened a new dealership to serve the affluent Mutiara Damansara township of Petaling Jaya.
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Volvo's entire product range electrified
GOTHENBURG: Volvo debuted the hybrid version of the XC40 SUV, the final model in the brand's entire product range to become available with an electrified powertrain.
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European automakers tell governments they must help sell electric cars
FRANKFURT: Europe’s carmakers are telling governments they must help build electric car charging points and provide consumer subsidies to boost sales of battery-powered vehicles and assist the indus...
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VW teases ID. 4 in Frankfurt wrapped in vapourwave camouflage
Volkswagen is teasing the next ID, suspected to be the newest iteration of the ID Crozz (pictured 2018 Crozz concept).
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The Honda Civic Type R fit for a King
PETALING JAYA: Honda Malaysia presented the Civic Type R to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Yang di-Pertuan Agong XVI Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri'ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sult...
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'Ford v Ferrari' actors say race car drivers a special breed
Bale (left) and Damon posing at the Toronto film festival on Sept 9.
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VW kicks off new chapter with updated logo
FRANKFURT: In a preview before the first Frankfurt Motor Show press day, Volkswagen unveiled their redesigned brand logo representing the company's fully electric and connected future.
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Daimler enlists computer game designers to encourage efficient driving
FRANKFURT: Daimler is hiring computer programmers to create games that encourage electric and hybrid vehicle owners to drive more efficiently, the company’s research chief Markus Schaefer said today...
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Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS gets global debut
FRANKFURT: The Mercedes-Benz VISION EQS show car celebrates its world premiere.
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All-new Shell fully synthetic heavy duty engine oil launched
KUCHING: Shell Malaysia has launched the all-new Shell Rimula Ultra 5W 30, the most advanced fully synthetic heavy-duty diesel engine oil yet which complies with the European ACEA E6 and ACEA E9 spe...
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Geely to bring air taxis to China in tie-up with Daimler-backed Volocopter
BEIJING: German startup Volocopter said it plans to form a partnership with Zhejiang Geely Holding Group that will bring its air taxis to China and that it has raised 50 million euros in fresh funding...
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Finland to back increase in fossil fuel taxes
OSLO: Finland’s new government will propose a tax increase later this year on fossil fuel used for transport, as well as measures to help expand electric-vehicle-charging networks, the country’s e...
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Climate groups clamour for SUVs to be banned
FRANKFURT: Climate groups including Greenpeace and Deutsche Umwelthilfe called today for sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) to be banned as part of a wider campaign to curb pollution by the auto industry.
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You can now charge your EV at Genting Highlands
GENTING HIGHLANDS: The highland resort now has a charging station for electric cars.
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Kia opens Tampoi 3S centre in Johor
KUALA LUMPUR: Kia now has a dealership in Tampoi, Johor Baru, bringing the number of outlets to six in the state and 45 nationwide.
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Smart's redesigned EQ fortwo and EQ forfour to get premiere in Frankfurt
STUTTGART: Smart's updated EQ fortwo and EQ forfour will be shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show, set to be held Sept 12 - 22.
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'DDP 1' plate number fetches RM152,999
Nik Azhan (centre) said the 'DDP 1' bid, which was secured by a company, was among four bids made for the plate number.
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Karim Habib lands design chief job with Kia
SEOUL: There's no dearth of jobs waiting for Karim Habib.
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VW keeping vintage Beetle alive with electric conversion offering
WOLFSBURG: With Volkswagen officially ceasing production of the Beetle in July, VW announced last Thursday its plans to keep the iconic model with over seven generations of history alive and running i...
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Porsche raises stake in Croatian sportscar maker Rimac to 15.5%
FRANKFURT: Porsche, a unit of Volkswagen on Friday said it had raised its stake in Croatian sportscar maker Rimac to 15.5%.
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Thailand to legalise ride-hailing services by early 2020
As part of the approval, ride-hailing firms in Thailand must verify the identities of drivers and operate a 24-hour complaint centre.
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Toyota brings TNGA platform to small cars
BRUSSELS, Belgium: New platforms under the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) philosophy have delivered a step-change in the ride, handling and styling of new models.
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Kitchenware biz buys Isuzu Elf Smoother with AMT gearbox
SHAH ALAM: Commercial kitchenware business Tembikar Gemilang has taken delivery of the first Isuzu Elf Smoother truck with factory-fitted Automated Manual Transmission (AMT). Foo Sek Wee, director o...
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2020 2nd-gen Nissan JUKE launched in Europe
LONDON: The new 2020 second-generation Nissan JUKE compact crossover made its global debut recently in five cities across Europe (London, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Cologne).
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Volkswagen introduces VIP insurance plan for Malaysia
PETALING JAYA: Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) announced the launch of its insurance programme, the Volkswagen Insurance Plan or VIP.
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JLR to launch 30 new vehicles in China over next two years
BEIJING: Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) plans to launch 30 new or revamped vehicles in China in the next two years, it said on Wednesday, seeking to build on a recent recovery in sales in the world’s bigge...
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Sian: Lamborghini's most powerful supercar ever
BOLOGNA: Lamborghini has released the first images of its new supercar, a hybrid christened Sian with a combined power of 819 hp, which is a new record for the Italian auto manufacturer.
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BMW Malaysia's Elite M Card for more benefits
KUALA LUMPUR: BMW Malaysia has introduced the BMW Elite M Card for owners of BMW M Performance cars.
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Catch the world premiere of Porsche Taycan tonight
STUTTGART: Porsche's first all-electric sports car, the Taycan, will celebrate its world premiere on Sept 4 September from 3pm CEST (9pm Malaysia) – on three continents at the same time at NewsTV. ...
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2019 updated Proton Saga gets over 10K bookings
SUBANG JAYA: Bookings placed for the 2019 Proton Saga, which was launched on 6 August, have now exceeded 10,000 units.
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Beetle convoy heads to VW Fest 2019
SHAH ALAM: Beetle Club Malaysia (BCM) recently organized their second-year Merdeka Convoy to VW Fest 2019 where 22 Beetle owners took part.
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2019 updated Mazda CX-5 is coming: New 2.5L turbocharged variant
BANDAR SUNWAY: The 2019 updated Mazda CX-5 will be previewed at Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall from September 4 to 9, 2019.
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Ford to hold Ranger Raptor Deep Dive Workshop
KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the sole distributor of Ford in Malaysia, announced that the company will be holding its ‘Ranger Raptor Deep Dive Workshop’. The initiative is free...
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VW to unveil first car built on MEB electric platform at Frankfurt Motor Show
WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen announced last Friday that the fully electric ID.3 will make its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next week.
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Buying new glasses? Don't forget to bring your helmet
BERLIN: The optician might seem like the least likely place to need to wear a helmet - but here's why it makes total sense to bring it along.
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Japan and France to explore cooperation on auto technology
TOKYO: Japan and France today said they had agreed to share information and explore deeper cooperation in next-generation auto technology, a move that could also be aimed at repairing the strained all...
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Aston Martin unveils first video of upcoming SUV
LONDON: Aston Martin had shared photos of an almost-complete prototype of the DBX in late 2018, showing off a sturdy capable of tackling extreme terrains from the Arctic to the sweltering deserts of t...
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Ford's 2020 Explorer Hybrid amps up fuel efficiency
DETROIT: The hybrid version of Ford's family-oriented Explorer SUV recently received a refresh focused on improving the model's fuel economy - one of the variants has an EPA-estimated range of over 80...
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World's first car to come with built-in Apple Music is Porsche Taycan
STUTTGART: Porsche is planning to become the first car maker to offer music streaming service Apple Music built into a model with their upcoming Taycan.
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Aug 31-Sept 6: RON97 petrol price dips to RM2.50
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Toyota won't build cars at UK factory the day after Brexit
LONDON: Toyota will not build cars at its British factory the day after Britain leaves the European Union as part of plans to handle any disruption from a potentially disorderly Brexit.
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Volkswagen Malaysia launches used car programme
KUALA LUMPUR: Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today launched Das WeltAuto, Volkswagen’s global used car programme that offers customers certified used cars they can trust.
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Porsche's Macan Turbo gets an update
STUTTGART: Despite Porsche launching the Macan S in December with the company's "sport" designation, the new Macan Turbo's updated engine has power that outshines the athletic compact SUV by 80hp.
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Sono unveils Sion's moss-covered interior
MUNICH: A few months after Sono Motors revealed the production exterior of the Sion EV, the company has unveiled its minimalist interior whose air is cleaned by integrated moss.
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Facelifted Perodua Bezza sedan expected at end-2019, 5-seater SUV in 2020
PETALING JAYA: Perodua is looking to launch a facelifted Bezza sedan at end-2019 and a 5-seater SUV (sport utility vehicle) in the second half of 2020, according to a recent AmInvest Research report o...
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Mitsubishi opens showroom in Sitiawan
SITIAWAN: A new Mitsubishi Motors 3S centre (sales, service and spare parts) was opened in Sitiawan, Perak recently by authorised dealer Lofty Ambition Sdn Bhd.
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New VW Golf enters final testing phase
WOLFSBURG: A new Golf is rolling up to the starting grid, marking the eighth generation, and VW is heralding its imminent arrival with a teaser photo showing the car in camouflage.
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Land Rover Defender heads to Frankfurt — from remote Kazakhstan
LONDON: Land Rover has given a first glimpse of the new Defender ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on Sept 10.
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Honda City in two new colours and extra kit
PETALING JAYA: Honda Malaysia today introduced a special edition City that comes in two new colours and additional equipment.
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Hyundai launches foldable 7.7kg electric scooter for last-mile trips
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Group unveiled on Aug 26 the latest prototype of the compact electric scooter concept first announced in 2017.
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Auto Bavaria delivers the first BMW i3s in Malaysia
PENANG: Auto Bavaria, the largest authorized BMW dealership in Malaysia, recently delivered the first premium pure electric vehicle, the BMW i3s to its first customer in Malaysia.
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MINIfest returns with The 60 Years Special
PETALING JAYA: MINI Malaysia invites MINIacs to celebrate 60 passionate years of MINI which is taking place on Sept 7, 2019 at the Indoor Arena of Bukit Kiara Equestrian & Country Resort.
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'Fastest woman on four wheels' Jessi Combs killed in bid to break land-speed record
Combs, 39, was attempting to become the fastest woman on Earth in her 52,000hp jet-powered car when she was killed.
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One-off BMW X6 finished in 'world's blackest black' to go on display in Frankfurt
MUNICH: At this year's Frankfurt Motor Show, which kicks off next month, BMW will display the only vehicle ever finished in Vantablack, the "world's blackest black" which makes objects finished in the...
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BMW M8 Gran Coupe to make world premiere at 2019 LA Auto Show
MUNICH: Concluding a press release outlining their recent series of successful launches, BMW confirmed that the M8 Gran Coupe will make its world premiere at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show in November...
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Audi to unveil all-electric off-road concept car at Frankfurt Motor Show
INGOLSTADT: Audi will be taking to the International Motor Show in Frankfurt this September to introduce its 100-percent electric off-road concept car to the world.
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Volkswagen's former chairman Ferdinand Piech dies
FRANKFURT: Ferdinand Piech, Volkswagen AG’s former chairman and chief executive, who transformed the German company from a struggling midsized carmaker into a global automotive powerhouse, has died,...
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The 'Oxford' rides again
KUALA LUMPUR: In 1955, a team of six Oxford and Cambridge university students armed with two Land Rovers embarked on a 10,000 mile journey on-land from London to Singapore and now, 64 years later, the...
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Nissan's Infiniti names new design head as another non-Japanese exec exits in shake-up
BEIJING: Nissan Motor Co’s premium brand Infiniti said it has named Taisuke Nakamura (pic) as its new design chief, replacing Karim Habib who resigned from the post.
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Modenas Power Store opens in Kota Damansara
PETALING JAYA: Motosikal Dan Enjin Nasional (Modenas) has opened its flagship Modenas Power Store 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre in the Kota Damansara area and features riding gear, test-...
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Proton opens flagship 4S centre in Sabah
KOTA KINABALU: Fook Loi Corporation (Sabah) Sdn Bhd (Fook Loi), officially opened the first Proton flagship 4S Centre in Malaysia and the opening ceremony was officiated by the Chief Minister of Sabah...
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No congestion charges on private vehicles, says Loke
GEORGE TOWN: Congestion charges will not be imposed anywhere in the country on private vehicles to improve the ridership of public transport.
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Aug 24-30: RON97 petrol up two sen, RON95 and diesel unchanged
PETALING JAYA: The fuel prices of RON97 will increase by two sen, while RON95 and diesel will remain the same from Saturday.
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Russia starts sales of 'Putin limousine', eyes Chinese market
MOSCOW: Russia opened a showroom today selling its first post-Soviet luxury limousine under the Aurus brand, a type of car used by President Vladimir Putin at his inauguration last year.
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Proton drives DRB-Hicom growth in June quarter
KUALA LUMPUR: DRB-HICOM BHD made a net profit of RM46.2mil in the three- month ended June 30, driven by strong sales at subsidiary Proton Holdings Bhd.
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Tesla modifies Models S and X's suspensions via OTA update
SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla has begun rolling out the latest over-the-air (OTA) software update for its Models S and X, a change that actually modifies the models' suspensions, according to Electrek on Wedne...
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Hyundai unveils first image of '45' concept
SEOUL: Hyundai has given us a first glimpse of its new all-electric 45 concept.
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VPCM appoints Kurt Leitner as new co-managing director
KUALA LUMPUR: Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is pleased to announce the appointment of Kurt Leitner as its Managing Director, with immediate effect.
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Volvo Trucks gives back to Malaysia’s underprivileged
SHAH ALAM: Volvo Trucks, one of the world’s largest heavy-duty truck brands, recently launched its corporate social responsibility initiative comprising the contribution of a heavy-duty Volvo FM330 ...
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Hino Truck hits reliability milestone
PETALING JAYA: A Hino truck operated by courier company GD Express Sdn Bhd (GDEX) has reached one million kilometres without the need to go through an engine overhaul, and this was celebrated in a Rel...
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Ford Ranger sales carnival: August till October 2019
KUALA LUMPUR: Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, announced the ‘Ford Ranger Weekend Sales Carnival’ for Peninsular Malaysia which runs this August until O...
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All-electric Volkswagen ID.R to stand before China's gateway to heaven
BEIJING: Volkswagen is in an all-out offensive to promote its electric mobility in China and to make it as memorable as possible, it'll be pitting its ID.R against the country's 1,519m Tianmen Mountai...
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Bentley marks centenary celebrations with EXP 100 GT Concept
LOS ANGELES: Bentley has released new dynamic images of its visionary EXP 100 GT concept car which was crowned ‘Best of Show’ prize at the pinnacle Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. Alongside t...
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Flying car prototype almost ready for take off, says minister
KUALA LUMPUR: Work to construct Malaysia’s first flying car is 85% complete, says Entrepreneur Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof.
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Lotus Evija electric hypercar with 2,000PS goes public
LOS ANGELES: The all-new Lotus Evija hypercar has made its public debut at the world-renowned Monterey Car Week, which drew to a close at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday.
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Expect lower-priced CKD Proton X70 in November, says AmInvestment Bank
Proton CEO Dr.Li Chunrong with the popular X70. KUALA LUMPUR: The sales volume of Proton will continue to be the key driver of the local car industry, with the locally assembled X70 stepping up the pa...
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Targeted fuel subsidy plan to be revealed in two weeks
PUTRAJAYA: The targeted fuel subsidy plan for RON95 petrol will be announced in two weeks, says Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail.
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Car seats: Make sure the belt is fastened tightly enough
BERLIN: If you have a car seat with an integrated belt, you're probably afraid of pulling it too tight, lest you make life uncomfortable for the little one.
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1,200hp Drako GTE supercar revealed
SAN FRANCISCO: Silicon Valley-based startup Drako Motors unveiled last week its first production model, a limited production electric supercar called the Drako GTE.
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Ford Ranger Raptor drops 'breadcrumbs' for driver to retrace steps
COLOGNE: Breadcrumbs might not have been the best way for Hansel and Gretel to retrace their steps (spoiler alert: stones work much better).
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July vehicle sales up nearly 20% on longer working month, says MAA
KUALA LUMPUR: Passenger and commercial vehicle sales rose 19.5% in July to 50,853 due to the longer working month and the Malaysian Automotive Association expects the sales volume to be maintained in ...
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McLaren announces Ultimate Series supercar at Pebble Beach
WOKING: An all-new Ultimate Series McLaren supercar, focused on the exhilaration of pure, open-top driving, will be announced by CEO, Mike Flewitt during a customer briefing at the Pebble Beach Concou...
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2019 Audi A6 arrives here at RM590K
KUALA LUMPUR: The new 2019 Audi A6 sedan with a 3.0-litre TFSI quattro S tronic configuration has arrived in Malaysia, priced at RM589,900. The 3.0-litre TFSI V6 turbocharged petrol engine accelerate...
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Audi A8 L luxury sedan launched at RM880K
KUALA LUMPUR: The Audi A8 L flagship luxury sedan with a 3.0-litre TFSI quattro Tiptronic powertrain and mild hybrid technology is launched in Malaysia at RM879,900. Only offered here in the long whe...
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Infiniti to introduce QX55 sport utility coupe in 2020
SAN FRANCISCO: Infiniti today announced that a new luxury sport utility coupe will soon join its line of luxury vehicles.
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