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New Aprilia RSV4 and Tuono turn up the heat

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SEPANG: NAZA Premira, the sole distributor of Aprilia in Malaysia, has introduced two new dynamic two-wheeled machines – the RSV4 RF Limited Edition and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory, while priced with GST at RM138,800 and RM118,800 respectively. The Italian bikes use the same engine – a 65-degree V4, but have different characteristics with the 999.6cc RSV4 pushing out 201hp at 13,000rpm and 115Nm of torque at 10,500rpm, while the 1,077cc Tuono is graced with 175hp at 11,000rpm and 121Nm of torque at 9,000rpm. The RSV4 would be the most unique of the pair, being limited to only 500 numbered…

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Suzuki GSX-S duo eager to hit the streets

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SEPANG: Suzuki is looking to attract street riders with its latest GSX-S (Street) offerings of the naked GSX-S1000 ABS (RM68,400) and the fairing-equipped GSX-S1000F (RM74,400). Both bikes come with a saddle height of 810mm as well as a wheelbase of 1,460mm and are similarly sized at 2,115mm-long, 795mm-wide and 1,080mm-tall – only the S1000F is 100mm taller at 1,180mm and weighs 15kg more at 214kg (wet). Both two-wheel machines uses the same 999cc four-cylinder engine found in the 2005 GSX-R1000, only it’s been specifically tuned for street use with the bulk of power found in the low to mid-range of…

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Mazda Miata and Porsche Boxster: Different yet similar

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LOS ANGELES: There’s more in common between the new 2016 Mazda Miata (also known as MX-5) and the 2015 Porsche Boxster than meets the eye, according to MazdaPartsUSA.com. The US Mazda parts retailer in Raytown near Kansas City has compared the new 2016 Mazda Miata to a 2015 Porsche Boxster in a side-by-side format. Comparing everything from horsepower and curb weight to 0-100kph times and prices, the comparison shows a high degree of similarity between the latest Miata and a current Boxster. “In my opinion, a 2016 Miata offers about 90% of the performance of a new 2015 Porsche Boxster…

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New Pajero Sport makes world debut

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TOKYO: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has announced the world premiere of first full-redesign of the Pajero Sport mid-size SUV in seven years in Thailand. The all-new Pajero Sport is a new-generation mid-size SUV developed to a “Stylish & Comfortable Off-road SUV” concept. Touted as a full-feature off-road SUV, the all-new Pajero Sport brings with it a refined and high-quality exterior design, high-quality vehicle performance and a comfortable interior, environmental performance on a par with the best in its class, and a comprehensive advanced safety features. In its appearance, the all-new Pajero Sport uses the MMC’s new “Dynamic Shield” front face design…

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Order book opens for new Lexus ES

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PETALING JAYA: Lexus Malaysia has started order taking of the new facelifted ES model that is available in three variants. For Peninsula Malaysia, the on-the-road without insurance prices (private registration) for the ES 250 Premium is RM259,200, ES 250 Luxury (RM278,600) and the ES 300h Hybrid (RM355,100). The model now features a large spindle grille and chrome accents for the LED fog lamps, and a more aggressive styling for LED headlights and tail-lights among its improvements. Powertrain remains the same 2.5-litre Dual VVT-i engine with six-speed transmission for the ES 250 Premium and ES 250 Luxury, while the ES 300h Hybrid…

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Final draw for Diamond FUSO contest

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PETALING JAYA: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd, authorized distributor of FUSO trucks in Malaysia, is calling for the next batch of eligible entries for its Diamond FUSO Contest for a chance to win a Mercedes-Benz GLA and RM130,000 worth of prizes. With one grand final draw remaining, the contest is open to all FUSO truck owners with vehicles registered between December 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015. “The first Diamond FUSO contest in 2014 was a huge success receiving over 700 entries. Due to the overwhelming response from our customers, we are delighted to run it for the second year in a…

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Clarkson and ‘Top Gear’ presenters sign with Amazon for new car show

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LONDON: Britain’s former BBC “Top Gear” host Jeremy Clarkson has signed an exclusive deal with Amazon to present a new motoring show for the online retailer’s subscription service alongside co-presenters Richard Hammond and James May. Clarkson had generated both controversy and profits for Britain’s publicly-funded broadcaster. His BBC contract was not renewed after he physically attacked a member of the “Top Gear” production staff in March. The 55-year-old had become the popular face of the programme by mixing a passion for cars with a swagger and blunt commentary that offended numerous groups over the years, including environmentalists, mental health charities…

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Researcher says can hack GM’s OnStar app, open vehicle, start engine

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BOSTON/DETROIT: In a sign that automotive connectivity is not without its share of woes, a researcher is advising drivers not to use a mobile app for General Motors Co’s OnStar vehicle communications system, saying hackers can exploit a security flaw in the product to unlock cars and start engines remotely. “White-hat” hacker Samy Kamkar posted a video on Thursday saying he had figured out a way to “locate, unlock and remote-start” vehicles by intercepting communications between the OnStar RemoteLink mobile app and the OnStar service. Kamkar said he plans to provide technical details on the hack next week in Las…

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Audi goes OLED

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INGOLSTADT: Audi’s Matrix OLED lights will be presented at this year’s Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA – International Motor Show) in Frankfurt this September. The Vorsprung durch Technik (Advancement through Technology) brand and its Matrix OLED lights are being touted by the company as the perfect synthesis of high-tech engineering and design. The company is currently trying to implement OLED technology in production rear lights and will be shown for the first time in a concept car at the IAA. In each Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) unit, two electrodes – of which at least one must be transparent – incorporate numerous thin…

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VIDEO: Jaguar F-Pace tested to extremes

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NEW YORK: From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of Northern Sweden, the new Jaguar F-Pace has been thoroughly tested to the limit in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. As the first performance crossover from Jaguar, the F-PACE offers a blend of performance, design and practicality. To ensure that every system functions perfectly under the most extreme conditions, the new F-Pace has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programs the company has ever devised. At the Jaguar Land Rover test facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden, average winter temperatures…

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