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First Lotus Evora 400 rolls off the line

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LONDON: Today marks the first Lotus Evora 400 to roll out of the British carmaker’s Hethel assembly facility. A select few comprising of the senior management, manufacturing and engineering staff witnessed first-hand as the very first Evora 400 was driven off the assembly line and being the first, it will be used as a promotion car from now on. The Evora 400 finished in metallic black, was first seen during this year’s Geneva Motor Show. Its performance has eclipsed its predecessor – the Evora S, in terms of performance by clocking in six seconds faster at the company’s Hethel test…

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Falken unveils latest ZE914 and SN832i tyres

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KUALA LUMPUR: Stamford Tyres, the exclusive distributor of Falken tyres, has unveiled a pair of tyres that’s designed to suit the needs of small to mid-sized vehicles, namely the Sincera SN832i and the sport-comfort Ziex ZE914. The Falken Sincera, priced from RM150 to RM380, comes in 33 sizes ranging from 50 to 70 series profiles and can be fitted onto wheels sizes ranging from 12 to 16-inch. The Japanese tyre maker claims its Sincera tyre is capable of delivering high levels of durability thanks to its widened reinforced internal steel belt for better mileage while providing maximum wear performance. With…

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VW test drives at Jakel Mall, KL

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KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with the upcoming Aidilfitri, Volkswagen Malaysia is offering test drives to visitors of Jakel Mall in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, Kuala Lumpur at every weekend of the Ramadan month. Volkswagen models available are the Polo, Polo Sedan, Jetta and Golf R and test drives are held between 10.30am and 8.30pm from July 3 to 5 and July 10-12. The company’s “0 downpayment and 0 interest” campaign for the Polo Sedan, Jetta, Passat and Tiguan models allows buyers savings of up to RM48,000. In addition,  Jakel customers will be rewarded with exclusive Volkswagen Raya packets at any Volkswagen…

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Nasim reveals ultimate Peugeot protection plan

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KUALA LUMPUR: Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor for the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, has introduced a five-year protection plan that’s designed to cover the original purchase price of the car – Peugeot Protect. The plan is backed by Axa and Affin Bank and is meant to address the event of total loss of a Peugeot vehicle due to theft, accident, fire, flood or natural disasters – since motor insurance policies do not cover the original purchase price of the car. It also affords Peugeot owners the ability to utilise the plan at any time during the five-year period to…

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BMW Group and NTU start electromobility research

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SINGAPORE: BMW Group and Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) have launched a new electromobility research programme, involving the all-electric i3 and plug-in hybrid sports car  i8 that runs on electricity and petrol. This new research programme will be conducted at the Future Mobility Research Lab located on the NTU campus, which is the BMW Group’s first joint lab in Southeast Asia. Both parties will be injecting a combined S$1.3 million to drive the new research projects, on top of the initial S$5.5 million funding allocated to the joint lab in 2013. The new research programme will focus on two new…

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Eagle i dashcams now available

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PETALING JAYA: Eagle i, has introduced its latest range of car video recorders (CVRs) allowing motorists the ability to provide irrefutable proof of the goings-on during commutes, with prices starting from as low as RM88. O&G 8lectricals (M) Sdn Bhd, the distributor of CVR brand Eagle i, has launched four new camera models with a complimentary 8Gb micro-SD card, starting with the range-topping EG-6019 costing at RM458 – now at a promotional price of RM428. The range continues with the EG-6018 at RM328 (now RM298), the EG-6008 at RM228 (now RM198) and finally the EG-218 at RM118 (now 88). The…

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Petron fuels Workshop on Wheels along PLUS Highway

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KUALA LUMPUR: Petron Malaysia has signed a six-month memorandum of understanding (MoU) with PLUS Malaysia to supply fuel to the highway concessionaire’s emergency roadside assistance provider – Workshop on Wheels (WOW). The MoU sees Petron supplying all 28 WOW vehicles – comprising of 16 vans, six motorcycles and six tow trucks, with its Petron Blaze fuels in order to curb the number of cases of highway users being cheated by unscrupulous tow trucks and workshops. There are currently nine Petron service stations located throughout the North-South Expressway, Butterworth-Kulim Expressway and Linkedua. “We are pleased to be the partner of WOW…

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Want your supercar in carbon fibre? Check out Vitesse | AuDessus

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WASHINGTON, D.C.:  A US outfit near here that specialises in making bespoke automotive pieces from carbon fibre has begun to offer its services globally. Vitesse | AuDessus said it handcrafts bespoke carbon fibre exteriors, interiors, components and monocoques for supercars such as Bugatti Veyron, McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918, Lamborghini Aventador. Carbon fibre offers huge weight savings over aluminium and steel and increased structural rigidity. There are few full carbon fibre exotics and supercars on the market today. Thus, each full carbon fibre automotive machine delivered may become more valuable than its standard version. Carbon fibre exteriors typically range…

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Toyota Mirai goes the distance

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ASPEN: The future of mobility is ready to hit the road – and keep going…and going…and going. That’s according to Toyota, lah. The Japanese car maker is gearing up to make a splash in the key US market with the new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The Mirai will offer an EPA-estimated 67 miles per gallon equivalent (mpge) city/highway/combined (3.5l/100km) when it hits dealerships in California this fall, and an EPA-estimated driving range rating of 502km on a single fill of hydrogen. Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz announced the EPA-estimated performance figures at the Aspen Ideas Festival in…

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Honda offers window tint installation from RM1,500, but only if you want to

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PETALING JAYA: If you have just bought a new Honda car,  here’s news for you. Honda Malaysia says you are entitled to install the optional window tint films from RM1,500. There are four types of tint films being offered (see table below), with 3M and Ecotint being contracted to supply the films. Honda Malaysia said the films would also help hold glass fragments together in case the glass breaks in an accident. The films are available in various thickness and comply with Road Transport Department (JPJ) regulations on permissible visible light transmittance (VLT). JPJ regulations state that front windscreen must…

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