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Lucky Toyota customers win Tokyo holiday

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SHAH ALAM: A total of 20 lucky Toyota owners and their partners recently won the grand prizes of an all-expense paid five-day/four-night trip to Tokyo. The winners, who will also visit the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show, had joined the Toyota Buy & Win contest which ran from May 1, 2015 until June 30, 2015. The Tokyo Motor Show will run from October 29 to November 8, 2015. Of the 20 winners, 10 of them had bought a Vios, four a Hilux, with the remaining six winners split equally between the Camry Hybrid and the Corolla Altis. The winners came from…

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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia donates to Orang Asli

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TANJUNG MALIM: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia recently donated 30 bags of rice to an Orang Asli community at Ulu Slim, Perak. The donation was in conjunction with an off-road test drive session of the 2015 Mitsubishi Triton by the Malaysian media. The 437km drive from Ara Damansara, Selangor to Batu Ferringhi, Penang consisted of a mixture of highways, off-road, windy country roads, and a stopover at Tanjung Malim for lunch. The fifth-generation Mitsubishi Triton pick-up has segment first-in-class features such as Push Start Button, Keyless Operation, Xenon HID Headlamps with integrated Daytime Running Lights, Tilt and Telescopic Steering and Paddle Shifters.…

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Hyundai concepts to highlight high performance N sub-brand

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FRANKFURT: N’s the name and Hyundai aims to put the sizzle into it. The Korean car maker is expected to showcase its high performance sub-brand N at the 2015 Frankfurt International Motor Show, come next month. The result of intensive testing and product development, the sub-brand N builds on Hyundai’s successful motorsport experiences and technology capability to drive future performance-oriented and race-track-capable models forward and bring “the most thrilling winding road” fun to car crazy customers. Highlighting Hyundai Motor’s support for performance and engineering competency, a preview of the New Generation i20 WRC car will appear on stage during the…

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New TVR sports car already sold-out for 2017

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LONDON: TVR has received over 250 orders for its new sports car, despite no information on its name or what it will look like. In just six weeks, TVR has filled its upcoming sports car delivery quota for 2017. No information has been published yet about its appearance or name, but it appears that the classic, quality reputation of TVR has ensured that fans of the brand are willing to take the risk. Potential buyers were required to put down a deposit of nearly US$8,000 (around RM34,000), with those who missed out on the 250 first spots being warned that…

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Kia Soul EVs taking part in wireless charging project

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LOS ANGELES: Wireless charging systems, capable of transferring high power without need for precise alignment between the charger and the vehicle, are currently under development for electric vehicles, with the Kia Soul EV being the tester car for this research. Wireless charging technology has the potential to significantly enhance the convenience of electric vehicles – and so increase the appeal and acceptance among consumers – while possibly enabling smaller battery pack sizes and reduced vehicle weight. The system is being developed by Hyundai-Kia America Technical Center Inc (HATCI) and Mojo Motability Inc – a wireless power technology company, after being…

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What’s rocking at 2015 Indonesian auto show

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JAKARTA: It’s hard to argue that the Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show 2015 (GIIAS), which is being held at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE), BSD City, Tangerang from Aug 20 to 30, is one of the biggest auto shows in South-East Asia. The venue, located about 33km from the capitol city of Jakarta, sits in an area measuring 220,000sq m with an indoor exhibition space of 60,000sq m and featured an impressive array of exhibitors. Up to 34 automotive brands participated in the auto show with more than 320 exhibitors from Indonesia’s automotive supporting industries and it includes the likes…

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Brits rush to book MX-5 roadster ahead of official sale

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LONDON: The Brits have always had a love affair with the MX-5. Ahead of its official on-sale date of Aug 29, advanced orders of the all-new roadster have passed the one thousand mark, with British buyers spending more than £20 million as they rush to get hold of the fourth-generation of the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car. With prices starting from £18,495 (OTR), the all-new Mazda MX-5 is set to reaffirm Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector. Maintaining the driver-focused ethos it’s famed for, the latest MX-5 was conceived and developed under the concept of “innovate in order…

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Caltex kicks off RON97 promo

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PETALING JAYA: Chevron Malaysia Limited , which carries the retail brand Caltex has announced its RON97 promotion at all Caltex Stations nationwide. The promotion is for a six-week period and aims to reward customers nationwide – more than 190 lucky customers will stand a chance to walk home with a share of over RM110,000 worth of prizes. Two grand prize winners will be drawn weekly, each walking away with RM5,000 in cash while 30 winners will walk away weekly with StarCash worth RM300. For JourneyTM Card and BCard winners, each will be rewarded with an additional 10,000 BPoints when they transact using…

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10 automakers sued in US over ‘deadly’ keyless ignitions

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LOS ANGELES: Ten of the world’s biggest automakers were sued on Wednesday by US consumers who claim they concealed the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning in more than 5 million vehicles equipped with keyless ignitions, leading to 13 deaths. According to the complaint filed in federal court here, carbon monoxide is emitted when drivers leave their vehicles running after taking their electronic key fobs with them, under the mistaken belief that the engines will shut off. The 28 named plaintiffs said this can injure or have “deadly” results for people who inhale the colourless and odourless gas, including when vehicles…

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Kia shows off first exterior shots of new Sportage

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FRANKFURT: Kia Motors has today revealed the first official exterior images of the all-new Sportage. The SUV will make its global debut at the Frankfurt International Motor Show on Sept 15. Entering its fourth-generation, the Sportage features a bold, progressive design, with the vehicle’s designers creating a sense of power and agility from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing. The ‘face’ of the all-new Sportage represents the biggest change…

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