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New qualification for working on live electric / hybrid vehicles coming

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia could be the first within the ASEAN region to develop an international version of the Institute of the Motor Industry’s (IMI) Level 4 Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Qualification. The UK-based institute announced that it is now looking to partner with the Malaysian government and local institutions to help develop an international version of one of its latest qualification, the L4 Award in the Diagnosis, Testing and Repair of Electric/Hybrid Vehicles and Components (QCF). The qualification will enable technicians to safely carry out repairs on the live high voltage electrical components and systems of electric or hybrid vehicles. Developed in…

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Forza Ford Focus RS breaks cover

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BERLIN: A unique all-new Ford Focus RS, featuring an exterior designed by players of Forza Motorsport for the Xbox ahead of the international 2015 Gamescom event in Cologne, Germany. The special Forza Focus RS was driven to the event – and accompanied during the evening – by the Stig from BBC’s Top Gear, who will feature in the new Forza Motorsport 6 game for the Microsoft Xbox One console. The all-new Focus RS is the third generation of Focus RS cars, following models launched in 2002 and 2009. Developed by a global Ford Performance team, the RS features a specially-engineered…

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Volkswagen updates EA211 engine

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DETROIT: Volkswagen of America has announced its plans to provide a new turbocharged 1.4-litre TSI (EA211) engine for the Jetta, thereby replacing its current turbocharged 1.8-litre and a naturally aspirated (NA) 2.0-litre engine. The new turbocharged 1.4-litre is derived from the existing EA211 engine, which features an aluminium construction along with direct injection to produce 150hp at 5,000rpm and 250Nm of torque from 1,400rpm. The German carmaker said it should provide 7-13% better fuel over its turbocharged 1.8-litre and naturally aspirated 2.0-litre engines. The 1.4-litre petrol engine features a lightweight aluminium construction, an integrated (into the head) exhaust manifold, and…

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Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ unveiled

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LONDON: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced the Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’. A Lyrical Copper exterior paint finish, presented with a blend of brushed and polished textures hints at the use of copper in high-end audio systems. On opening the car’s coach-doors, attention is drawn to re-imagined speaker grilles, here presented in copper theme, and engraved with the words ‘Bespoke Audio’. The door panniers and floor mats have been crafted from finely-woven leather to add an additional depth of tactility to the car’s interior cabin. Copper-coloured door inserts, which start at the front of the cabin before tapering at the rear,…

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Lexus Hoverboard lifts off

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https://youtu.be/awAzM9kTvC0 TOKYO: Following the unveiling of the Lexus Hoverboard in June, the luxury automotive company is completing a full and final reveal of the project concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona. Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an…

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Motorists rush to pick up RM50 notes in Singapore

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SINGAPORE: Motorists on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) were treated to a rare sight – money strewn all over the road. The incident took place at around 6.20pm near the area where the Seletar Expressway (SLE) connects to the BKE. A YouTube video uploaded by the Singapore Reckless Drivers Community yesterday showed a sizeable swathe of the expressway littered with RM50 notes. The video, taken from a vehicle’s dashboard camera, showed several motorcycles and vehicles parked on the left road shoulder as people rushed to pick up the notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnhdsuSQx8

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Off-roaders on track for Frankfurt

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FRANKFURT: Automobile sales continue to climb, and across carmakers’ ranges SUVs and crossovers are contributing more and more to these record numbers. Therefore expect them to be the star attractions of the upcoming Frankfurt motor show. BMW on Tuesday reported that global sales of its X5 SUV have climbed 25.9% over the past six months, despite its premium price tag. What’s more, its even more expensive coupe sibling, the X6, has also experienced a 22.7% bump in popularity since January. In the US, where manufacturers revealed their monthly sales this week, Land Rover set a new July sales record of…

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Electric cars charging up the ranks in Europe

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BRUSSELS: European consumers have snapped up 143,595 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) over the last three months, a 17.4% jump over the same period in 2014 — according to new figures from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association. AFVs as a group include plug-in electric, hybrid vehicles, and those powered by propane or natural gas, rather than petrol or diesel. And while a 17.4% sales boost to 143,595 vehicles may not sound like much — especially considering that in May alone, some 1.5 million cars and vans of all shapes and types of propulsion were sold across the same continent — when…

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Harman says car hacking risk restricted to Fiat Chrysler

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NEW YORK: Harman International Industries Inc, which supplies car infotainment systems to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and many other manufacturers, said the hacking risk that led to the recall of 1.4 million Chrysler vehicles last month seemed to be restricted to the Italian-American automaker. “We do not believe this problem exists in any other car outside of Fiat Chrysler,” Harman chief executive Dinesh Paliwal said on Tuesday. Harman Kardon-branded infotainment products are part of Fiat Chrysler’s Internet-connected Uconnect telematics system, a collection of driver aids and entertainment services. Two veteran cybersecurity researchers recently used a software vulnerability in Uconnect to…

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Federal Highway BRT proposal sparks debate

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PETALING JAYA: A healthy debate has been sparked among experts, builders and motorists with the news that a Bus Rapid Transit system will be built along the Federal Highway to end road congestion. The highway, built in 1967, was initially a four-lane road and expanded in 1992 into six lanes. Spanning 45km from Seputeh to Klang and connecting major cities such as Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, the highway experiences traffic snarls even past midnight. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had announced recently that a ground-level BRT would be built along the Federal Highway to end…

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