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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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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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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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Thai auto sector on recovery path

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BANGKOK: Thailand’s car and truck exports in April increased 17.66 per cent year-on-year to 82,130 units, confirming a recovery in the sector. In terms of value, the cars and trucks export was 18.21 per cent higher at 39.102 billion baht, Automotive Industry Club of Federation of Thai Industries deputy chairman Surapong Paisitpatanapong said. He said the automotive export value including engines, parts and spare parts stood at 57.288 billion baht, an increased of 9.29 per cent year-on-year. Automobile export is increasing due to the rise in eco-cars export to Europe, North America and Australia, while export to Asian markets is…

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New Triton arrives

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KUALA LUMPUR:  The fifth-generation Mitsubishi Triton was launched here today in five variants, with prices starting from RM68,000 and rising all the way to RM109,000. Its first-in-class features include push start button with keyless operation, Xenon headlamps with daytime running lights and, yes, paddle shifters. Mitsubishi said the Triton’s best-in-class features include having the most powerful engine performance in its class with maximum output of 176hp, peak torque of 400Nm and a turning radius of 5.9 metres. As with most pick-up truck in the market now, the Triton combines the comfortable interior of a passenger car with the functionality and…

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Concept 101: BMW Motorrad unveils a new kinda of bike

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MUNICH: BMW Motorrad unveiled at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este a new study, titled “Concept 101,” that could forecast the future of the brand’s baggers, an exclusive type of custom bike especially popular in the United States. For the German constructor, this model represents elegance, power and luxury on two wheels. Quality materials, precious wood and leather figure in the refined fabrication of these baggers, a cruising motorcycle equipped with luggage compartments. Designed to slice through the air, the Concept 101 has a futuristic appearance, with a low centre of gravity, extended exhausts, an aluminum frame, LED rear lights…

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BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage surfaces

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MUNICH: The new BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage – the CSL has finally broken cover to pay tribute to the classic and iconic BMW Coupe from the 1970s. In the past the material of choice was aluminium, but today it’s carbon fibre or carbon fibre reinforced plastic for the Coupé Sport Leichtbau (CSL – Coupé Sport Lightweight) Hommage. BMW Design head Karim Habib explained that the Hommage gets an elongated body with uniquely positioned air deflectors, wide wheel arches spoilers for the roof and tail – just like the first CSL, and provides an optimal airflow along side the vehicle. The…

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Audi makes clean fuel breakthrough

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INGOLSTADT: German carmaker Audi has started producing its first quantities of e-benzin, a synthetic fuel that can be used like traditional petrol but without the harmful sulphur or hydrocarbon emissions. While a host of automotive experts have declared electricity as the fuel of the car’s future with hybrids being used as a stop gap to wean drivers off their fossil-fuel focused dependence while the next generation of extended range batteries are prepared for mass market, Audi is hedging its bets. It may have been one of the first premium car makers to bring hybrids and plug-in electric vehicles to its…

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