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‘Miami Vice’ Ferrari up for auction

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LOS ANGELES: The white 1986 Ferrari Testarossa used extensively in the classic 80s cop show will be going under the hammer at the Mecum Daytime Auction in Monterey this August. The star of Miami Vice wasn’t Don Johnson, or Philip Michael Thomas, it was the bright white Ferrari Testarossa that the undercover cops raced through the streets on the trail of drug dealers and other miscreants. Famously the car was black when it arrived on set but director and executive producer Michael Man decided to have it repainted white so that it could be seen clearly during night-time scenes -…

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Jeremy Clarkson blocked from launching ITV auto show until April 2017

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LOS ANGELES: The race to sign the new motoring show from Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May, the former presenters at hit BBC show “Top Gear,” took a fresh twist Tuesday when it emerged that the three are blocked from appearing in a rival auto show on British broadcaster ITV until April 2017 because of a no-compete clause in their old BBC contracts. The news is significant because the BBC is in the process of revamping “Top Gear,” fronted by radio disc jockey Chris Evans, which it will re-launch in April next year. This would give the show a…

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Have Hyundai, will travel

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PETALING JAYA: Win an all-expense-paid trip to Spain and be among three lucky Hyundai customers to witness first hand how the Hyundai i20 performs at the upcoming World Rally Championship (WRC) in Tarragona, Spain. According to managing director of Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM), Lau Yit Mun, the Hyundai Motorsport Team has established itself as a genuine contender in the tough WRC environment since its debut last season. “This year the Hyundai Motorsport Team will carve another important milestone by adding the fourth Hyundai i20 WRC into the race. The i20 WRC which is the culmination of Hyundai’s latest high performance…

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Car dashboards that act like smart phones raise safety issues

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SAN FRANCISCO: When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smart phones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea? Car companies answer with an emphatic yes. They say outsized dashboard displays that behave more like smart phones will boost revenue and attract buyers. And they also insist the new screens will make driving less dangerous, because of well-integrated voice controls and large touch screens that will keep drivers from fumbling with more dangerous mobile phones. But the increasingly elaborate screens have also sparked a…

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia reports healthy growth

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia achieved a 53 per cent sales growth for passenger cars in the first half of 2015 with 5,163 units registered from 3,366 units in the same period of last year. President and chief executive officer Roland Folger said the growth was mainly driven by locally produced models, such as the C, E and S class, with sales increasing by 62 per cent to 3,787 units. “The E-Class, in leading the pack, registered 1,967 units sold and the performance was a 41 per cent increase from the first half of 2014, ” he added. He told reporters…

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Shell offers discounts up to RM30 on engine oil

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KUALA LUMPUR: Shell is offering instant cash rebates, inclusive of GST, for the coming “Balik Kampung” holidays, allowing drivers to enjoy discounts up to RM30. Shell’s special cash discount promotion is valid till the end of July and currently available at participating Shell stations, workshops and spare part shops nationwide (whilst stocks last). The promotion helps drivers save RM20 for every purchase of a Shell Helix HX7 synthetic technology motor oil and RM30 for the fully synthetic Shell Helix Ultra with PurePlus Technology. “We wanted to extend this opportunity for more Malaysian drivers to experience what a motor oil made…

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Nearly 30,000 Toyota cars recalled in Malaysia

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SHAH ALAM: UMW Toyota Motor is making another round of recalls to check for defective Takata air bags. The Toyota distributor said 29,985 cars are involved in the latest round and covered the Vios, Corolla Altis and Yaris that were manufactured from April 2007 to December 2008. As is standard policy, any change in parts will be done free of charge. The local announcement is part of a worldwide recall Toyota and Nissan made as they expanded the recall previously confined to North America. According to a Reuters report, Toyota recalled on June 16 1.37 million vehicles in the United…

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Honda Civic Tourer achieves 2.35L/100km on 13,500km-journey

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LONDON: The Guinness World Records title for ‘Lowest fuel consumption – all 24 contiguous EU countries (all cars)’ has gone to the Honda Civic Tourer 1.6 i-DTEC, which recorded an average consumption of 2.35 litres per 100km over the 13,497.6km journey. The journey is similar to travelling from the Johor Causeway to the Bukit Kayu Hitam Immigration complex in Kedah (818km) – roughly 16 times, and stopping just nine times for diesel after averaging almost 1,500km per tank. The duo from Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team, Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren, spent a total of £459 (RM2,800) on…

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B10 biodiesel: Mum’s the word until MAA collates feedback from car companies

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PETALING JAYA: Car makers other than BMW and Mercedes-Benz are silent on the proposed plan by the Malaysian Government to introduce B10 biodiesel from October. The industry players whom CarSifu reached declined to be quoted on the issue, with one official saying the Malaysian Automotive Association would be the right authority to make a stand on the B10 programme. When contacted, Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) president Datuk Aishah Ahmad said the association, which represents the major car companies locally, is seeking feedback from its members over a one-month period before it could comment on the matter. However, one Japanese truck…

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British-made Civic Type R to be exported to Japan

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TOKYO: Honda has announced that the new Civic Type R, built in Britain, will be destined for customers in Japan. The first units to be shipped from Honda of the UK Manufacturing are due to arrive in Japanese showrooms from autumn this year. This news, issued by Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo is a further boost for the 3,000 workers at the British plant, as it follows the recent announcement of new investment at the plant of £200 million, with the plant becoming the global production hub for the next generation Civic five-door model. The first Civic Type R rolled off…

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