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The Toyota Wow Road Tour is here

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PETALING JAYA: Fancy taking a once-in-a-lifetime exhilarating joyride with a professional stunt driving instructor in a Toyota 86 or Vios TRD Sportivo? If your answer is yes then simply make your way to the Toyota WOW Road Tour which is taking place in six locations nationwide over each weekend starting May 30 to June 21. The inaugural event will be held at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil (Car Park B), Kuala Lumpur on May 30 and 31 with a lot of festivities, fun and great deals galore. The other events will be held subsequently at Juru Auto City, Penang and…

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New Peugeot 508 launched

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SHAH ALAM: The all-new Peugeot 508 sedan has been officially launched sporting fresh looks and is available in three variants the 508 turbo high pressure (THP) sedan, the 508 SW THP station wagon and 508 GT turbodiesel. The estimated on-the-road price starts at RM175,000 for the THP; RM185,000 for the SW and RM205,000 for the GT. The THP and SW THP comes with a 1.6 litre twin scroll turbo engine that produces 165PS and 240Nm of torque while the GT comes with a 2.2 turbodiesel HDI engine which outputs 206PS and 450Nm of torque. All engines are mated to a…

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Bienville Legacy set for world debut

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LONDON: The Goodwood Festival of Speed will host the global public debut of the Bienville Legacy – touted to be one of the most powerful four-cylinder production motorcycles ever created from June 25 till 28. The motorcycle has undergone over three years of development and is being widely acknowledged as one of the finest examples of two-wheeled design ever produced. Born at the Bienville Studios in New Orleans, Louisiana, the JT Nesbitt-designed Legacy is said to advance motorcycle design with patented suspension leveraging one composite leaf-spring with the engine mounted at its centre. Carbon-composite blades allow for rake and trail…

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Honda aims for 13,679.4km Guinness World Record title

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TOKYO: Honda’s 1.6 i-DTEC engine will undergo an 8,500mile (13,679.4km) real-world fuel economy test across 24 contiguous European countries with the aim to set a new Guinness World Records title for fuel efficiency. The test will occur on June 1, where two members of Honda’s European Research & Development (R&D) team – 18-year colleagues based in Swindon, UK – Fergal McGrath and Julian Warren. The duo will take turns to helm a Honda Civic Tourer for the epic journey from Aalst, Belgium. The remaining 23 countries, in alphabetical order, are Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,…

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Michelin advocates road safety

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KUALA LUMPUR: In a bid to promote road safety awareness for the Malaysian petrochemical logistics community, French tyre-maker Michelin has become the exclusive tyre partner for the Petronas FMDrive 2015 competition. The competition, now in its fourth year, pits tanker-drivers and their driving skills against each in a series of obstacle courses held at the Shaziman Transport in Durian Tunggal, Malacca recently. During the event, Michelin showcased its latest X Multi tyre range that the tyre-maker is touting to offer high levels of safety and durability when travelling over different road conditions, while providing less rolling resistance to help improve…

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Over 250 Lexus NXs in Malaysia recalled

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PETALING JAYA: Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is recalling the NX to replace the ABS actuator in the SUV. The subject vehicles are equipped with an Anti-Lock Braking system (ABS), Traction Control System (TRAC), and Vehicle Stability Control System (VSC) which are controlled by the ABS actuator. Due to the improper shape of a component inside the ABS actuator, there is a possibility that a resin component could be damaged during its press fitting assembly, creating minute resin fragment(s) which could become stuck in the actuator. If this occurs, the oil pressure control may be delayed when the Anti-Lock Brakes are activated, causing…

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VW Tiguan gets new range of engines and infotainment systems

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WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen has updated some key equipment specifications of the Tiguan for the new model year. Along with a new generation of engines, the compact SUV now also boasts new radio and radio navigation systems. The Tiguan has been one of Volkswagen’s global best sellers for more than seven years. The 2.0-litre diesel engines will have more power. The output of the 138hp engine was increased to 148hp, while the 174hp engine now delivers 181hp. At the same time, CO2 emissions have been cut by up to 17g/km, and all engines comply with the EU6 emissions standard. Based on the…

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Police arrest 2,012 traffic offenders in Ops Warta

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KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 2,012 traffic offenders were slapped with warrants of arrest since Ops Warta was launched nationwide on May 19. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said on Wednesday that police were confident of arresting traffic offenders who had yet to pay their summonses. “The operation has entered phase two and we not only mount roadblocks but also visit their office or work place. “If they are still stubborn, we will continue with Ops Warta,” he told a press conference after a hospital programme to mark 208th Police Day celebration here. Of the total 1.59…

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Push for work commute safety as accidents rise

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SEPANG: Every day last year, three people left home for work and did not return alive, according to a work fatalities survey. The statistics by the Social Security Organisation (Socso) also showed that out of the three daily deaths, two occurred while commuting to and from work. “Although the number of work-related accidents in the country has dropped over the past 10 years, the number during work commutes is on the rise. “It has increased by 62% over the past 10 years to 28,037 in 2014. In the same year, 646 people were killed while they were travelling to and…

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Raising toll fares not the answer to reduce jam

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KUALA LUMPUR: Higher toll fares is not the answer to cut down traffic jam on the highways, said MCA Publicity Bureau chairman Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen. He was referring to a proposal by Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof who had on Monday suggested increasing the fares during peak hours as a way to ease road congestions. He said it was a wrong approach to solve the problem as it would only add financial burden to the people. He called on the Government to improve the current public transport network instead. “Traffic jam cannot be avoided during peak hours when…

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