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Honda offers window tint installation from RM1,500, but only if you want to

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PETALING JAYA: If you have just bought a new Honda car,  Honda Malaysia has news for you. You are entitled to install the optional window tint films from RM1,500. There are four types of tint films being offered (see table below), with 3M and Ecotint being contracted to supply the films. Honda Malaysia said the films would also help hold glass fragments together in case the glass breaks in an accident. The films are available in various thickness and comply with Road Transport Department (JPJ) regulations on permissible visible light transmittance. JPJ regulations state that front windscreen must have more…

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B10 biodiesel okay for our cars, says Mercedes-Benz

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has declared the B10 biodiesel safe for use in its diesel-powered vehicles. It said Daimler AG’s research and development on the blend has found no risks our current diesel vehicle fleet in Malaysia. “After having initially stated that the B10 biodiesel blend requires further consideration, we are now pleased to inform our customers about the B10 Biodiesel blend suitability for all Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles currently sold by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia outgoing president and CEO Roland Folger. “We have service intervals of 12,000km to ensure our customers are not affected by the diesel quality.  Our…

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New firm in deal to deliver Sarawak highway project

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PUTRAJAYA: A newly set-up company has joined the Works Ministry and the Sarawak Government in signing a memorandum of understanding to build the Sarawak portion of the 2,239km Pan Borneo Highway. The company, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd (LBU), has been appointed as Project Delivery Partner (PDP) to manage and supervise the project. Sarawak was represented by state secretary Tan Sri Morshidi Abdul Ghani, while secretary-general Datuk Seri Zohari Akob signed for the ministry yesterday and LBU chairman Tan Sri Abang Ahmad Urai Abang Mohideen signed for the company. The ceremony was witnessed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun…

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Proton offers free car inspection

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KUALA LUMPUR: Proton will offer a free 30-point inspection to all national car owners from July 9-15 as part of its initiative to promote vehicle safety awareness during the festive season. “Customers can enjoy this free inspection at all Proton authorised service centres, nationwide, and selected Petronas petrol stations between 3pm and 7pm during the one-week duration. The free 30-point check includes inspection of fluid level, battery, pedal operation, fuel and the brake system. Customers would also enjoy free consultation on engine and car maintenance, Proton added. Chief executive Datuk Abdul Harith Abdullah said Proton has taken upon itself the…

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July petrol prices up, diesel unchanged

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PETALING JAYA: The price of petrol will go up in the month of July by up to 20 sen per litre, but the price of diesel remains unchanged. The price of RON95 petrol will increase by 10 sen to RM2.15 per litre while RON97 petrol will increase by 20 sen to RM2.55 per litre, which includes Goods and Service Tax, according to the Petron Petrol Dealers Association president Datuk Alang Zari Ishak. The price of diesel will stay the same at RM2.05 per litre. “We have received word of an increase effective midnight,” he said Tuesday night. Asked to comment…

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Application for 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup opens

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KUALA LUMPUR: Dorna Sports SL, the commercial rights holder for the motorcycling sport of MotoGP, has announced that application for its 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) has opened. The application period is open till Aug 15 and invites those from Asia, Australia and New Zealand to apply for selection, aged between 12 and 20 (specifically born between Jan 1, 1995 and Feb 1, 2003). The 2016 pre-selection event will be held at the Sepang International Circuit from Oct 20 to 21, before this year’s Shell Malaysia Malaysian MotoGP, and successful applicants will have the opportunity to get involved…

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No more monthly fuel price announcements

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KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no more announcements of monthly petrol and diesel prices from now on, said Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek. “We have decided to stop the practice of announcing the prices on the last day of the month. “From now, motorists will only know if the prices at midnight,” he told reporters after attending an Umno Youth GST Open Day briefing here today. Last month, the announcement of the fuel prices was made through the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry website. In June, motorists were informed that RON95 petrol and diesel…

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VIDEO: The smart forrail – a new way of commuting?

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LONDON: Drive or take the train? This can sometimes be a dilemma for some, but a “smart” answer would be to use both modes of transportation simultaneously. A division of Daimler AG, smart autombile manufactures and markets a range of microcars and subcompact vehicles and has transformed one of its cars into a…wait for it…smart forrail. What once began life as a smart forfour, the car has been transformed into a train that holds four passengers comfortably – and yes it literally corners like it’s on rails. It took engineers six months to transform the car, equipping it with 22-inch…

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F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

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LONDON: Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change   that motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels will surely happen, eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18. “If the sport decides to stay with 13 inch, we respect it but it would not…

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Bentley Continental GT Speed re-imagined

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LONDON: Bentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets. Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada. To mark the occasion, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with high speed. The exterior is painted in a striking…

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