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Lotus builds Elise GREAT Britain

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lotus Cars Malaysia has today announced the limited edition Lotus Elise GREAT Britain for sale locally. The car is based on the recently introduced Elise 20th Anniversary and is equipped with standard and additional options exclusive to the Malaysian market. It was introduced in conjunction with the GREAT Britain marketing campaign by the British High Commission to Malaysia. The campaign is the biggest British international marketing initiative to woo tourists and investors to the country. Weighing in at 924kg, the special edition Elise is touted as a sports car designed for the performance enthusiasts. The GREAT Britain package includes…

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Dealerships huff and puff to keep up with car owner demands, says study

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SINGAPORE: Vehicle owners in Malaysia are expecting more out of their dealer service experience, and authorised service centres are struggling to keep pace with those rising demands, according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2015 Malaysia Customer Service Index (CSI) StudySM released last week. The study, now in its 13th year, measures overall service satisfaction among owners who took their vehicle to an authorised service centre for service maintenance and/or repair work during the first 12 to 24 months of ownership. Service satisfaction is examined exclusively in the mass market segment. The study evaluates new-vehicle owner satisfaction with the service…

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Perodua launches loyalty programme

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PETALING JAYA: Perodua launched its latest and most comprehensive customer loyalty programme which rewards purchases for all its products, services and even by participating in official Perodua events. “This programme, which we named ‘UFirst: Perodua’s passport for brighter and better days’ aims to offer the best programme for our valued customers. The name UFirst represents our commitment in placing our customers’ needs first in our offerings and in building lasting relationships with them,” said president & CEO of Perodua, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh. Aminar said that to be a part of this programme, a customer must register at Perodua’s website for…

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Hyundai cuts prices on SUVs to counter China slowdown

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BEIJING: South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co cut the price of two sport-utility vehicle (SUV) models in China by as much as 11.8 percent, the company said on Tuesday, the latest carmaker to do so as a sales slowdown grips the world’s largest auto market. Hyundai said the price cuts of up to 30,000 yuan (RM18,600) on the larger Santa Fe model and 20,000 yuan (RM12,400) on the ix35 SUV were aimed at increasing its competitiveness in China, where it is due to launch the new Tucson SUV in September. The South Korean automaker’s shipments in China fell 14 percent in…

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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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Beijing to limit cars, factories to ensure clean air for war anniversary

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BEIJING: Beijing will limit the number of vehicles on the streets and shut factories to ensure clean air during a commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, the government and media said today. The heavily polluted capital, often cloaked in a choking grey haze, will hold a military parade on Sept. 3, which is likely to centre around Tiananmen Square in the heart of the city. The parade will be a highlight of a series of events the government has planned for the anniversary of Japan’s formal surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. From Aug. 20…

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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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