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Google exec takes wife to Maranello, gives her a Ferrari FXX K

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MARANELLO: Love is giving. For a Google executive, it meant buying his wife a Ferrari FXX K. Supercar owner and enthusiast Benjamin Sloss kept the gift a secret by telling his wife, Christine, he would be bringing her to Fiorano to do a little lapping in their 599 XX as a birthday treat. And he did just that. But that was far from all he had planned. In fact, when they arrived at the track recently, Christine found a beautiful FXX K, clothed, like all their Ferraris in a yellow livery, waiting for her. Naturally enough Christine, who is also…

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Infiniti reveals Q30 interior

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HONG KONG: Infiniti is giving the world a sneak peek of the Q30 interior ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. Infiniti said the interior of the Q30 takes the expressive forms and curves of the exterior and turns them into “an individuality that embraces the driver and passengers”. Infiniti interior designers have selected top quality materials and processes to create a premium modern ambience. One tactile detail is the Dinamica suede-like material from Italy. Used increasingly in the high-fashion industry, it now lines the roof and support pillars of the Q30 cabin. Driver…

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British High Commissioner is first Discovery Sport owner

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KUALA LUMPUR: British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victoria Treadell, is the proud owner of the first Land Rover Discovery Sport in Malaysia. She received the keys to Firenze Red Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0L Si4 from Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Tuan Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali at an exclusive customer event held in conjunction with the vehicle’s Malaysian debut recently. “I am thrilled to be amongst the first to own a Discovery Sport, part of the exciting new generation Land Rovers.  It is British engineering and design at its best. Its capability and versatility makes it a…

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More freebies from UMW Toyota

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SHAH ALAM: Three more Toyota models will be offered with additional accessories at no extra charge, from September 1. These models – the Toyota Corolla Altis, Innova and Alphard – join the Vios and Hilux in UMW Toyota Motor’s campaign to give customers even more value. All Corolla Altis variants now come with a free custom-designed Aerokit and DVD-AVN infotainment system, with a seven-inch touchscreen. The infotainment system has SD card, USB thumbdrive, smartphone and Bluetooth connectivity, and comes with a reverse camera. Access to internet is available with a wireless broadband service. Meanwhile, the Innova also gets a free…

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More petrol stations selling Euro4M petrol from today

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KUALA LUMPUR: Other petroleum companies have started selling higher-grade petrol from today following the introduction of the Euro4M RON97 petrol by Petronas last month. Chevron, Petron and BHPetrol were among the companies that have started selling the Euro4M fuel, which helps reduce air pollution and improve engine performance, among other benefits. But Shell continues to sell its normal RON97 petrol at Euro2M-spec. However,  its RON97 V-Power Racing fuel, available since 2010, is already Euro 4M-compliant. The Euro4M standard comes with lower benzene, sulphur content as well as Reid Vapour Pressure (RVP) levels which ensures good vehicle operability. With largely reduced…

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Land Rover comes up with see-through trailer concept

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LONDON: Land Rover is developing a see-through trailer concept that would completely remove the blind spot created when towing a caravan or trailer. This transparent view would allow the driver to clearly see vehicles coming up behind and help driver confidence by improving visibility whilst manoeuvring. The prototype ‘Transparent Trailer’ system combines the video feed from the vehicle’s existing surround camera system – which includes the reversing camera and a camera on each wing mirror – with a video from a digital wireless camera that is placed on the rear of the trailer or caravan. The video feeds are then…

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Porsche’s soaring sculpture pays homage to 911

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STUTTGART: It’s an arresting sight to say the least.  British artist Gerry Judah has created a nearly 24-metre-high sculpture comprising three pillars, each crowned with a Porsche 911 mounted at the top. The vehicles hail from different 911 generations paying tribute to the icon’s vast history.  The sculpture, titled “Inspiration 911”, was officially introduced on Monday at Porsche headquarters in Zuffenhausen, Germany.  It was in this same place that the first 911 rolled off the assembly line in 1963. At the Monday event, the Porscheplatz was cast in a combination of lights, film, and vehicle choreography. Using the glass facade…

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Internet entrepreneurs back Chinese Tesla rival NextEV

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FRANKFURT/DETROIT: A group of deep-pocketed China-based Internet entrepreneurs and financial investors, including Tencent and Hillhouse Capital, is backing an effort to create NextEV, a new rival to US electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. Hillhouse is also an investor in Uber, the US ride sharing service.The backers have hired ex-Ford Motor Co executive Martin Leach to build a global automaker, a NextEV spokesman said on Monday. The backers have also recruited experts with previous experience at Tesla, BMW AG, Volkswagen AG  and other major car companies. The NextEV investors are among several Chinese technology entrepreneurs with little or no automotive…

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Motorcycle licence fees reduced

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PUTRAJAYA: The fees to obtain a motorcycle licence will be reduced to tackle the scourge of those who ride without licences. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said the fee would be dropped from RM350 to RM299 beginning this month. “We found that as many as three in ten youngsters were still riding without a licence,” he said. “Such an act is serious and unacceptable,” he said, adding that road safety was still a major issue in the country. Liow said driving schools had already agreed to the reduction, which will take effect when the MyLesen programme is launched…

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VW upgrades skills of 58 sales people

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KUALA LUMPUR: Fifty-eight Volkswagen Group Malaysia’s sales consultants have graduated with the International Basic Training (IBT) certification. Held for the third year, the IBT included 15 days of classroom training designed to develop sales competence and to provide knowledge of brand and history, and Volkswagen’s technology. Having completed the training, these candidates were then examined in all these area which not only consist of written exam but also video analysis and role plays. The scoring was done by a panel of judges comprising region managers and dealer sales managers. “At Volkswagen, we are focused in training and development to provide…

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