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German carmakers buy Nokia maps to fend off digital rivals

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FRANKFURT/HELSINKI: German carmakers BMW, Audi and Mercedes, will pay around €2.5 billion  (RM10.6bil) to buy Nokia’s maps business, a transformational deal that will help them to develop self-driving cars. Daimler BMW and Audi will each hold an equal stake in the business, known as HERE, keeping it from falling into the hands of a new rivals which are emerging from Silicon Valley. The premium carmakers agreed to pay €2.5 billion. The deal has an enterprise value of €2.8 billion (RM11.8bil), including liabilities worth nearly 300 million euros (RM1.3bil), Nokia said. The transaction is likely to close in the first quarter…

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Hello Taiping, Nissan 3S centre is here

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PETALING JAYA: Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) recently launched the Nissan 3S Centre in Taiping, its 19th 3S Centre in the country and  the second Nissan 3S centre to open this year after the Johor Jaya Mega 3S Centre in May. The new ETCM Taiping 3S Centre has a total build-up area spanning over 17,846 sq ft, and is strategically located to provide convenience to the surrounding community. This one-stop centre offers customers the ease of being able to test drive and purchase a range of new Nissan models, get them serviced, and obtain spare parts for their Nissan vehicles –…

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New BMW 7 Series basks in latest Mission: Impossible limelight

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NEW YORK: Car makers just love tie-ins with pop culture devices. An example are movies which are replete with alliances with car makers. The Transporter with Audi, Jurassic World with Mercedes-Benz and James Bond with Aston Martin. The theme continues with the Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which has teamed up with BMW to showcase a number of its models that includes the fifth generation BMW M3 (F80) and the BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR (K46) in part of the high-octane stunt scenes that dominate the show. The film which was just released at the end of July showcased the…

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Apple and Google tech rolling out to mainstream brands

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LOS ANGELES: A year after both Apple’s Car Play and Google’s Android Auto in-car smartphone connectivity systems were announced, the technologies are finally arriving in mass-market cars. So, if you’re looking for a new set of wheels, Hyundai, Honda, Volkswagen and General Motors already offer support for your handset. In June, Hyundai became the first car company to start rolling out Android Auto on its production vehicles, starting with the current generation Sonata but promising to bring the system to the rest of its model range in the near future. However, this week it went one better by offering existing…

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London borough seeks crackdown on noisy supercars

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LONDON: On one of London’s most exclusive streets, the drivers of some expensive cars are getting ready to leave their parking spots. The owners of the Lamborghini and KTM X-Bow edge onto the road and drive off, the roar of their engines heard down Sloane Street. Such supercars are a regular sight in the wealthy Knightsbridge neighbourhood – home to some of the British capital’s most expensive properties. And while they draw admiring glances from passersby, residents complain their drivers make too much noise, often at late hours. “The real problem for us is at night when they race up…

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New Pajero Sport makes world debut

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TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the world premiere of first full-redesign of the Pajero Sport mid-size SUV in seven years in Thailand. The all-new Pajero Sport is a new-generation mid-size SUV developed to a “Stylish & Comfortable Off-road SUV” concept. Touted as a full-feature off-road SUV, the all-new Pajero Sport brings with it a refined and high-quality exterior design, high-quality vehicle performance and a comfortable interior, environmental performance on a par with the best in its class, and a comprehensive advanced safety features. In its appearance, the all-new Pajero Sport uses the MMC’s new “Dynamic Shield” front face design…

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New Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono turn up the heat

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SEPANG: NAZA Premira, the sole distributor of Aprilia in Malaysia, has introduced two new dynamic two-wheeled machines – the RSV4 RF Limited Edition and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, while priced with GST at RM138,800 and RM118,800 respectively. The Italian bikes use the same engine – a 65-degree V4, but have different characteristics with the 999.6cc RSV4 pushing out 201hp at 13,000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,500rpm, while the 1,077cc Tuono is graced with 175hp at 11,000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. The RSV4 would be the most unique of the pair, being limited to only 500 numbered…

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Suzuki GSX-S duo eager to hit the streets

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SEPANG: Suzuki is looking to attract street riders with its latest GSX-S (Street) offerings of the naked GSX-S1000 ABS (RM68,400) and the fairing-equipped GSX-S1000F (RM74,400). Both bikes come with a saddle height of 810mm as well as a wheelbase of 1,460mm and are similarly sized at 2,115mm-long, 795mm-wide and 1,080mm-tall – only the S1000F is 100mm taller at 1,180mm and weighs 15kg more at 214kg (wet). Both two-wheel machines uses the same 999cc four-cylinder engine found in the 2005 GSX-R1000, only it’s been specifically tuned for street use with the bulk of power found in the low to mid-range of…

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Mazda Miata and Porsche Boxster: Different yet similar

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LOS ANGELES: There’s more in common between the new 2016 Mazda Miata (also known as MX-5) and the 2015 Porsche Boxster than meets the eye, according to MazdaPartsUSA.com. The US Mazda parts retailer in Raytown near Kansas City has compared the new 2016 Mazda Miata to a 2015 Porsche Boxster in a side-by-side format. Comparing everything from horsepower and curb weight to 0-100kph times and prices, the comparison shows a high degree of similarity between the latest Miata and a current Boxster. “In my opinion, a 2016 Miata offers about 90% of the performance of a new 2015 Porsche Boxster…

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Register for Road Charges or be barred, motorists told

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GELANG PATAH: Singapore-registered vehicles that aren’t registered under the Road Charges (RC) with the Road Transport Department (JPJ) before Sept 1 will be turned away from entering Malaysia. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said the mandatory online registration applied to all private vehicles, public buses, taxis, goods vehicles as well as diplomatic cars. He said the registration would start on Aug 15 and vehicle owners had to pay RM10 for the RC, which is valid for five years. “By having the system, we will have a clearer picture on the number of foreign vehicles entering Johor Baru through…

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