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VW CFO Poetsch to become chairman

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BERLIN: Volkswagen’s finance chief Hans Dieter Poetsch was set to become the new VW chairman as he was endorsed by the carmaker’s top-level committees and ex-chairman Ferdinand Piech. Europe’s biggest carmaker has been looking for a permanent successor to Piech, who was ousted in April after clashing with chief executive Martin Winterkorn over strategy but still wields influence through his family holding. One day after proposing to extend the CEO’s contract by two years until the end of 2018, the supervisory board’s executive and nomination committees proposed to elect Poetsch, 64, as chairman, VW said today. “Mr Poetsch distinguishes himself…

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Either shut up or make some Noice-y

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PETALING JAYA: Speak up, rally support from friends and get rewarded. That’s the gist of what a new app called Noicey is attempting to do. Noicey is a community-based platform for consumers to share their everyday experience with friends, family  and followers – and earned Noicey tokens that could be exchanged for products, services or experiences. According to the developer Cloud Creatures, Noicey gives consumers direct access to genuine opinions and reviews on the best and worst places, products and services. It is a way to bring together like-minded individuals through private and public in-app communities and rewards everyone with…

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Continental debuts new SportContact 6 (SC6) tyre

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HANOVER (Germany): Continental, the German tyre-maker, has officially debuted its latest SportContact 6 (SC6) tyre for the high performance segment. The new SC6 is available in 41 dimensions for wheel sizes of 19 to 23 inches and it gets an improvement of 14% in steering precision, 11% for dry road handling, 7% for durability and comfort, 4% for overall grip and 2% for wet-grip over its predecessor – the ContiSportContact 5 P. The 350kph-approved tyre possesses a new high-grip “Black Chili” compound that has high levels of adhesion and is soft enough to mould itself to the uneven road surfaces…

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Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo for the fans

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FRANKFURT: Specifically for the 66th International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Bugatti has transformed a virtual project into tangible reality. The French super sports car brand will be presenting its virtual concept Bugatti Vision Gran Turismo, which it developed in cooperation with Polyphony Digital Inc, creator of the Gran Turismo video game franchise, as a real show car. The project is the brand’s tribute to its great racing tradition of the 1920s and 1930s and its victories in Le Mans 24-hour races. “When the target group suddenly grows from 450 Veyron owners to several million fans, gamers and high performance…

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Open-top luxury in the S-Class Cabriolet

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STUTTGART: The new S-Class Cabriolet is the first open-top luxury four-seater from Mercedes-Benz since 1971. It will have its world premiere at the Frankfurt International Motor Show in September. Also on show in Frankfurt will be a superlative dream car from Mercedes‑AMG in the guise of the S 63 4MATIC Cabriolet. Its 5.5-litre V8 biturbo engine offers an output of 585hp and peak torque of 900Nm, AMG Performance 4MATIC all-wheel drive with rear-biased torque split as standard and acceleration from 0 to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds. The new S-Class Cabriolet has innovative solutions such as the luggage compartment bulkhead made…

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How dogs dictate car buying choices

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ATLANTA: With the growing choice of cars on sale it can be difficult enough to find one that caters for the entire family’s needs, especially if said family extends to the dog, too. According to the latest data from Nielsen and Harris Poll, 62% of Americans have at least one pet in their home and 95% of US pet owners consider said pet a crucial member of the family. Nowhere is this consideration more pronounced than among dog-lovers. Almost three quarters of pet owners (71%) own at least one dog and a quick glance at the sums involved – US$2.6…

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Tesla Signature series Model X to begin delivery Sept 29

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SAN FRANCISCO: Tesla Motors Inc said on Wednesday it would begin delivering its first luxury electric crossovers, the Model X Signature series, on Sept 29 to customers who have already reserved the sport utility vehicles. The premium-priced special version of the Model X, eagerly awaited since it was announced in early 2012, will be priced between $132,000 and $144,000, a Tesla spokesman said. Chief executive officer Elon Musk tweeted that the first production cars would be handed over Sept. 29 at the company’s factory in Fremont, California. It is customary for automakers to debut higher-priced versions of their cars before…

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More motorists using cashless toll payment

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KUALA LUMPUR: Full implementation of cashless toll at major toll highways beginning Sept 9 is expected to run smoothly with positive acceptance from the general public. SMART Tunnel’s Chief Operating Officer Mohd Fuad Kamal Ariffin attributed this to the increasing sales of the e-payment cards, including the Touch’n Go (TnG) and SmartTAG’s. He said promotions undertaken by highway concessionaires had boost the sales of the devices, especially among city dwellers. “As of today, the percentage of our sales is encouraging and we are confident it will reach our target. “With our current promotion activity on full ETC (electronic toll collection),…

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Want that used car Goo Kantei-certified? Read on

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KUALA LUMPUR: No one wants to buy a used car that’s going to be problematic and become costly to repair. Having the car inspected by an authority – whether that’s your own trusted mechanic or a specialist organisation – before signing on the dotted line is a prudent move. Motorists now have a choice when it comes to used car inspection by specialist organisations. A Japanese outfit has just entered the local scene offering such a service that is already being done by Puspakom. Car Credo is offering the Goo Kantei service, which carries out an inspection of used vehicles…

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Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus in limited edition packs

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KUALA LUMPUR: Leading motorcycle engine oil brand Shell Advance has launched its flagship product, namely Ultra with PurePlus Technology, in limited edition packs. This is in conjunction with the 2015 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix. These limited edition packs come in different collectible designs. The Shell Advance Ultra 10W-40 features the Malaysian Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) riders and also Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin while the 15W-50 features the Ducati Corse MotoGP team. Both fully synthetic motorcycle engine oils retail at RM68.30 for a one-litre pack. Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process that converts natural…

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