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Honda aims for 13,679.4km Guinness World Record title

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TOKYO: Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine will undergo an 8,500mile (13,679.4km) real-world fuel economy test across 24 contiguous European countries with the aim to set a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency. The test will occur on June 1, where two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team – 18-year colleagues based in Swindon, UK – Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren. The duo will take turns to helm a Honda Civic Tourer for the epic journey from Aalst, Belgium. The remaining 23 countries, in alphabetical order, are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,…

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Michelin advocates road safety

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KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to promote road safety awareness for the Malaysian petrochemical logistics community, French tyre-maker Michelin has become the exclusive tyre partner for the Petronas FMDrive 2015 competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, pits tanker-drivers and their driving skills against each in a series of obstacle courses held at the Shaziman Transport in Durian Tunggal, Malacca recently. During the event, Michelin showcased its latest X Multi tyre range that the tyre-maker is touting to offer high levels of safety and durability when travelling over different road conditions, while providing less rolling resistance to help improve…

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Over 250 Lexus NXs in Malaysia recalled

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PETALING JAYA: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is recalling the NX to replace the ABS actuator in the SUV. The subject vehicles are equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), Traction Control System (TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control System (VSC) which are controlled by the ABS actuator. Due to the improper shape of a component inside the ABS actuator, there is a possibility that a resin component could be damaged during its press fitting assembly, creating minute resin fragment(s) which could become stuck in the actuator. If this occurs, the oil pressure control may be delayed when the Anti-Lock Brakes are activated, causing…

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VW Tiguan gets new range of engines and infotainment systems

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WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen has updated some key equipment specifications of the Tiguan for the new model year. Along with a new generation of engines, the compact SUV now also boasts new radio and radio navigation systems. The Tiguan has been one of Volkswagen’s global best sellers for more than seven years. The 2.0-litre diesel engines will have more power. The output of the 138hp engine was increased to 148hp, while the 174hp engine now delivers 181hp. At the same time, CO2 emissions have been cut by up to 17g/km, and all engines comply with the EU6 emissions standard. Based on the…

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Police arrest 2,012 traffic offenders in Ops Warta

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 2,012 traffic offenders were slapped with warrants of arrest since Ops Warta was launched nationwide on May 19. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that police were confident of arresting traffic offenders who had yet to pay their summonses. “The operation has entered phase two and we not only mount roadblocks but also visit their office or work place. “If they are still stubborn, we will continue with Ops Warta,” he told a press conference after a hospital programme to mark 208th Police Day celebration here. Of the total 1.59…

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Push for work commute safety as accidents rise

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SEPANG: Every day last year, three people left home for work and did not return alive, according to a work fatalities survey. The statistics by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) also showed that out of the three daily deaths, two occurred while commuting to and from work. “Although the number of work-related accidents in the country has dropped over the past 10 years, the number during work commutes is on the rise. “It has increased by 62% over the past 10 years to 28,037 in 2014. In the same year, 646 people were killed while they were travelling to and…

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Raising toll fares not the answer to reduce jam

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KUALA LUMPUR: Higher toll fares is not the answer to cut down traffic jam on the highways, said MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen. He was referring to a proposal by Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof who had on Monday suggested increasing the fares during peak hours as a way to ease road congestions. He said it was a wrong approach to solve the problem as it would only add financial burden to the people. He called on the Government to improve the current public transport network instead. “Traffic jam cannot be avoided during peak hours when…

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Carsifu closing in

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PETALING JAYA: Automania is changing. There’s a perfectly good reason if you can’t access the site from 9am to 11am today. We are integrating a car classifieds system with the auto site, which will then be rebranded as Carsifu. Improvements to the Star Media Group’s auto site will be ongoing as we aspire to make it your go-to place to buy and sell cars backed by reviews of the day. So stick around and make use of carsifu.my.

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Mazda CX-5 production crosses one million

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HIROSHIMA: The one-millionth Mazda CX-5 rolled off the assembly line at the end of April. The company’s popular compact SUV achieved the landmark less than three years after going into production in late 2011. Only one other model from the carmaker – the Mazda3 – has reached the figure faster. Introduced to the fast-growing global segment in February 2012, Mazda’s first-ever compact crossover was also the first production model with the complete range of SKYACTIV Technology and a KODO: Soul of Motion design. The CX-5 thereby ushered in a new era at Mazda that has helped put the carmaker on…

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Cadillac showcases China’s first 4G/LTE in-car telematics system

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SHANGHAI: GM-owned Cadillac is partnering with Shanghai OnStar on a new in-car online entertainment system plus supporting smartphone and Apple Watch app. Unveiled at CES Asia on Monday, the new system will be the first of its kind in China and will offer connection speeds of up to 10 times faster than current 3G in-car networks. As well as enabling more, and richer data to be pushed to the car dashboard, a 4G/LTE connection will be strong enough to provide high-speed wi fi access for several devices simultaneously. Cadillac also unveiled the MyCadillac app for smartphones and the Apple Watch…

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