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Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS enter

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KUALA LUMPUR: Porsche franchise holder Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has revealed two new additions – the Porsche Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS. Separating the Boxster GTS and Cayman GTS is not just their starting base prices (including all duties – excluding insurance) of RM660,000 and RM700,000 respectively, but also a difference of 10hp and 10Nm in performance. Both cars have the same wheelbase at 2,475mm, as well as overall length (4,404mm) and width (1,978mm) with the exception of height – the Boxster GTS stands at 1,273mm-tall, while the Cayman GTS is taller at 1,284mm. Both cars get a new spoiler…

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Dr M focuses on Proton

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PETALING JAYA: Proton Holdings Bhd chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks candidly about the national automaker’s product quality and the direction ahead for the auto company. Proton is marking its 30th anniversary this year. Do you feel the marque could have done better? It has been 30 years. We have made considerable progress. The first Proton car had only 18% local content. But now, we can have practically 100% local content – design, testing, clay models; everything can be done in-house now. Currently, we are not doing so well, for various reasons. Now, we want to change the image of…

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Proton faces huge hurdles ahead as it turns 30

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PETALING JAYA: Next Tuesday, Proton will be 30 years old. For most car makers, it’s a day of celebration, signifying progress made during its time in existence. For Proton, it will be that but also a lot of reflection. Part of it will look at how Proton has produced 4 million cars but at the same time, production has been languishing way below its optimum capacity. It will look at the successes it has had with some models and the failures of others. But more importantly, for chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and CEO Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah, it’s about…

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Elantra springs a limited Sport Edition

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SHAH ALAM: The Hyundai Elantra line-up in Malaysia has just expanded with the entry of a Sport Edition, limited to only 999 units. The variant gets a full sport body kit which includes the front and rear bumpers as well as the side skirts; Twin Tail Pipes; a limited edition sticker to go with the sporty outlook of the car; and a 6.2-inch Audio Visual In Car Entertainment that has Audio, DVD and Bluetooth functions (with an option to add-on a reverse camera for RM300). The RM91,928 (on-the-road without insurance) Sport Edition, only available in Creamy White and Phantom Black, …

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Volvo introduces swivelling child seat concept

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GOTHENBURG: Volvo Cars’ design team has created a swivelling child seat concept that allows a the parent to swivel the seat counter-clockwise when seating the child and then lock the seat in a rearward facing position. The concept also provides storage for small items beside the seat and a storage space underneath for diapers, blankets, or other larger items and enough space for a tote bag at the front of the seat under the dashboard. The Excellence Child Seat Concept, which also provides a function to help small children safely lean back and sleep, is based on Volvo’s belief that…

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Five toll plazas to go cashless

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GEORGE TOWN: Toll payment will go cashless at five toll plazas in Penang and Kedah from Sept 9. A PLUS Malaysia Bhd official confirmed that a message that has been circulating over Whatsapp that only Touch N Go cards and SmartTag devices could be used at the toll plazas at Bukit Kayu Hitam and Jitra at the North-South Expressway, Kubang Semang and Lunas at the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway, and the Penang Bridge. He said the Association of Highway Concessionaires Malaysia would issue an official statement on the matter. The message was attributed to PLUS. A motorist said Thais coming into Malaysia…

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Alfa Romeo museum re-opens its doors

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MILAN: The Museo Storico Alfa Romeo in Arese, Italy, opened its doors to the public this week after a four-year restoration and renovation project, while presenting the new Giulia. The museum not only exhibits some of the Italian brand’s most iconic cars, it also has lots of activities to entertain visitors. The museum, designed by the architect Benedetto Camerana, houses a total of 69 cars, covering the evolution of the brand and its mark on history dating back to the introduction of the 24 HP in 1910, the very first A.L.F.A. produced. On the ground level, the emphasis is on…

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First Lotus Evora 400 rolls off the line

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LONDON: Today marks the first Lotus Evora 400 to roll out of the British carmaker’s Hethel assembly facility. A select few comprising of the senior management, manufacturing and engineering staff witnessed first-hand as the very first Evora 400 was driven off the assembly line and being the first, it will be used as a promotion car from now on. The Evora 400 finished in metallic black, was first seen during this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Its performance has eclipsed its predecessor – the Evora S, in terms of performance by clocking in six seconds faster at the company’s Hethel test…

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Falken unveils latest ZE914 and SN832i tyres

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KUALA LUMPUR: Stamford Tyres, the exclusive distributor of Falken tyres, has unveiled a pair of tyres that’s designed to suit the needs of small to mid-sized vehicles, namely the Sincera SN832i and the sport-comfort Ziex ZE914. The Falken Sincera, priced from RM150 to RM380, comes in 33 sizes ranging from 50 to 70 series profiles and can be fitted onto wheels sizes ranging from 12 to 16-inch. The Japanese tyre maker claims its Sincera tyre is capable of delivering high levels of durability thanks to its widened reinforced internal steel belt for better mileage while providing maximum wear performance. With…

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VW test drives at Jakel Mall, KL

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KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the upcoming Aidilfitri, Volkswagen Malaysia is offering test drives to visitors of Jakel Mall in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur at every weekend of the Ramadan month. Volkswagen models available are the Polo, Polo Sedan, Jetta and Golf R and test drives are held between 10.30am and 8.30pm from July 3 to 5 and July 10-12. The company’s “0 downpayment and 0 interest” campaign for the Polo Sedan, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan models allows buyers savings of up to RM48,000. In addition,  Jakel customers will be rewarded with exclusive Volkswagen Raya packets at any Volkswagen…

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