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Victorious VW rally team pulls off local Polo Trophy launch

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SHAH ALAM: The limited edition Polo Trophy was introduced to Malaysia on Friday in conjunction with Volkswagen’s success in the World Rally Championship (WRC). It’s basically a dressed-up Polo, which comes with contrast wing mirrors, a rear spoiler, satellite navigation and tinted windows. Side and bonnet stickers complete the picture. Only 100 units would be made available, with each priced at RM89,888. “Today’s Polo Rally Weekend is an important one for the team. What a great way to be able to share with you another side of the brand,” said Volkswagen Group Malaysia managing director Armin Keller. “Volkswagen has had…

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Partial Sprint Highway closures to enable MRT bridging works

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PETALING JAYA: Major road closures will be taking place on two Sundays – on Sept 6 and 13, totalling 18 hours – along the Sprint Highway at KM3.6. The stretch of the highway to be closed is from Phileo Damansara to Tropicana. The move is to facilitate the construction of a link bridge for the Phileo Damansara MRT Station entrance. Measuring 78.6m, the bridge crosses Jalan 16/11 and the Sprint Highway. “We need to close the entire road to ensure the safety of road users as we will be bringing in three cranes,” said MMC-Gamuda KVMRT Sdn Bhd deputy construction…

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Renault to go after 1-tonne truck segment with ALASKAN Concept

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PARIS: Renault wants a piece of the light pick-up truck action and is showcasing the ALASKAN Concept as a prelude to a production truck that would cater for work and leisure and everyday motoring. The pick-up market is a segment that accounts for more than one-third of global  Light Commercial Vehicle sales. Over 14 million such vehicles were sold in 2014. The ALASKAN Concept is a striking show vehicle that paves the way for a pick-up that will have a global calling. It combines a payload of one tonne with athletic styling to meet the needs of business users and…

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Porsche 911 GT3 RS is yours from RM1.8mil

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SEPANG: The new Porsche 911 GT3 RS is billed as breaking down the barrier between street-legal sports cars and race cars. With a lap time of seven minutes and 20 seconds, the new 911 GT3 RS even beats the historic record of the Carrera GT super sports car of just under seven minutes and 29 seconds on the North Loop of the Nurburgring. “The 911 GT3 RS models have always stood for top sportiness and emotional appeal,” said Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) chief executive officer Arnt Bayer at the recent launch of the car at Sepang International Circuit. The…

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Perodua Sentral flagship sets new standards – VIDEO

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PETALING JAYA: Perodua is aiming for its new flagship Perodua Sentral 3S centre to set new standards in providing quality service and customer satisfaction. The first-of-its-kind in Petaling Jaya’s Section 19, was officially opened today and offers a one-stop centre for a variety of services including a mini Road Transport Department counter to facilitate new vehicle registration. Built and furnished at a cost of RM36mil, the new centre also has Pre-Owned Vehicle service to help customers trade in their vehicles for a new Perodua. “Perodua Sentral is the personification of our transformation initiatives to become globally competitive. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHBS3Eljquc “The building…

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Jaguar previews F-PACE ahead of Frankfurt

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LONDON: The F-PACE has been known for some time and Jaguar today gave the world a preview with the release of an exclusive image and film. Camouflaged prototypes have already been seen showing the everyday usability and ride and handling of the F-PACE, by supporting Team Sky on the Tour de France, enduring more than a quarter of a million miles of extreme testing at JLR test centres in Dubai and Sweden, and tackling some of the most challenging roads in world. The F-PACE will be the first ever compact luxury SUV from the famous British luxury and sports car…

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New Fiat 500 and singer Ella Eyre debut new track

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LONDON: The new FIAT 500 and British singer-songwriter Ella Eyre created history on Wednesday night by debuting a re-mastered iconic track on stage together. A star-studded crowd gathered at an exclusive event in Potters Fields Park here to witness a specially re-mastered version of the number one track “Best Of My Love” by The Emotions. The new FIAT 500 and Ella performed the track on a giant vinyl record, 15 metres in diameter, with the new car laying down the opening beats. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DmkHAyB5RVk Sebastiano Fedrigo, Head of Brand, FIAT UK, said: “With more than 1.5 million units sold worldwide, the…

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Aston Martin launching limited DB9 GT Bond Edition

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LONDON: British luxury carmaker Aston Martin is celebrating the release of James Bond film “Spectre” with the launch of a special “Bond Edition” of its DB9 GT, limited to 150 examples. Using the 6.0-litre, V12-engined grand tourer – the most powerful DB9 to date – as its starting point, the special edition adds Spectre Silver paint, sterling silver Aston Martin badges on the front and rear, and “007 Bond Edition” exterior badging. Inside, it features numbered sill plaques with the 007 logo, gun barrel embroidery and a special Bond Edition start-up screen on the infotainment system. A suite of Bond-themed…

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INRIX Road Weather offers smarter way to avoid dangerous driving conditions

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SEATTLE: INRIX Road Weather aims to give drivers the sort of heads up as to the prevailing conditions that a traditional weather forecast can’t provide and in doing so try to reduce road traffic accidents caused by adverse meteorological conditions. INRIX’s new service draws real-time data from connected vehicles actually on the road thanks to a partnership with the Global Weather Corporation (GWC) analyzes that information to predict how weather patterns are changing as well for alerting other drivers to immediate road surface conditions. “INRIX has been focused on making driving not only more efficient, but also safer,” said the…

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30 world debuts to blitz LA Auto Show

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LOS ANGELES: The Los Angeles Auto Show has announced that 30 world debuts, totalling 50 vehicle unveilings overall, would be introduced. Almost every manufacturer will be making news, and while most have yet to announce details, a few manufacturers have begun to share their debut plans. Specifically, Infiniti will have a global reveal of its all-new QX30 crossover and Hyundai will host the world premiere of its all-new Elantra.  Other debuts include Jaguar’s first luxury SUV, the F-PACE (slated for first showing at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September), and Kia’s next-generation Sportage. Other automakers officially confirming premieres include Alfa…

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