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Honda Civic Tourer achieves 2.35L/100km

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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 – 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 fuel alone…

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MAA collecting feedback from car companies on B10 biodiesel

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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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AP policy for used cars stays for now

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Government still retains the approved permit (AP) policy for the import of used cars, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said. He said the abolishment of the policy was still being studied as it was a rather complex exercise. “At the moment, the policy still applies. We have yet to resolve a few things,” he told reporters after the breaking of fast with students hosted by the International Trade and Industry and Ministry here yesterday. Meanwhile, Mustapa said the Government had identified the export of vehicle components as a potential sector that could contribute…

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Renault launches Talisman, replacing laggard Laguna

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PARIS: French carmaker Renault today launched its new Talisman model, replacing the Laguna at the top of its private passenger vehicle range in the hope it will do better against the German competition. Aimed at a sector long dominated by German offerings from BMW and Mercedes, the Talisman will be marketed in France from the end of this year, and then rolled out in the rest of Europe, north Africa and Turkey. “The market for these big road cars is about a million a year in Europe. There is no reason for Renault to be absent from the segment,” a…

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Ford offering Raya goodies

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PETALING JAYA: In conjunction with the upcoming Raya festivities, Ford and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) today announced attractive cash rebates of up to RM12,000 on select models nationwide through July 31. Customers can choose between cash rebates – up to RM12,000 for the Fiesta, up to RM10,000 for the Focus, and up to RM8,000 for the EcoSport – or 0% interest for up to five years. Buyers who confirm their bookings through July 31 will also receive exclusive Ford merchandise, while stocks last. In addition to this Raya sales promotion, Ford is offering all customers a free…

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New Fiat 500 makes appearance

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ROME: Its time to “boogy” with Italian carmaker Fiat, after the company introduced its third-generation 500, which now takes over the torch of continuity after it was officially revived in 2007. Eight years on, the 500 has garnered more than 1.5mil in deliveries, but now it’s back with a refreshed interior and exterior, gotten a little more rounded, a little more mature and a little more technologically advanced. Still maintaining its size, the new 500 will be sold in the UK starting this September and prices will range upwards from £10,890 OTR (RM66,000). There are only two body styles -…

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Next up: A 7-seat BR-V crossover from Honda

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JAKARTA: While the HR-V has given Honda lots of reasons to smile, the BR-V ( Bold Runabout Vehicle) could soon step up the joy. From Indonesia comes the first official sketches of the all-new BR-V Prototype which will make its world premiere at the upcoming Gaikindo Indonesian International Auto Show 2015, scheduled for Aug 20 – 30, in Tangerang, Indonesia. The 7-seat BR-V was jointly developed for the Asian market by Honda R&D Asia Pacific Co., Ltd., in Thailand, and P.T. Honda R&D Indonesia. This model will be introduced to the Indonesian market as Honda’s new generation crossover utility vehicle…

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Don’t run the risk of car theft and identity theft

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BOSTON: Vehicle thefts may be falling in the US and the UK, but the emergence of a new generation of smarter car has also seen with it the emergence of an equally smart car thief. “The FBI reports in its 2013 Uniform Crime Report that a vehicle is stolen every 45.1 seconds in the United States, which amounts to more than US$4.1 billion in lost assets each year,” said Patrick Clancy, Vice President of Law Enforcement, LoJack Corporation a company that develops anti-theft and tracking devices for vehicles. “With only 54.8 percent of stolen vehicles being recovered, auto theft is…

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Denmark is streets ahead when it comes to smart roads

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COPENHAGEN: Danish holidaymakers planning a roadtrip this summer may find that the journey is less stressful and gridlocked than usual. That’s because Denmark has just become the first country to adopt GPS probe data to monitor traffic and congestion levels on a national scale. The system, provided by INRIX, allows the Danish Road Directive to track the real-time movement of vehicles on a road network stretching 4000km, meaning that it can alert drivers immediately to unexpected congestion, accidents or other road problems, as well as more effectively deploy its own recourses. However, what makes the system truly smart is that…

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