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Want that used car Goo Kantei-certified? Read on

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KUALA LUMPUR: No one wants to buy a used car that’s going to be problematic and become costly to repair. Having the car inspected by an authority – whether that’s your own trusted mechanic or a specialist organisation – before signing on the dotted line is a prudent move. Motorists now have a choice when it comes to used car inspection by specialist organisations. A Japanese outfit has just entered the local scene offering such a service that is already being done by Puspakom. Car Credo is offering the Goo Kantei service, which carries out an inspection of used vehicles…

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Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus in limited edition packs

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KUALA LUMPUR: Leading motorcycle engine oil brand Shell Advance has launched its flagship product, namely Ultra with PurePlus Technology, in limited edition packs. This is in conjunction with the 2015 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix. These limited edition packs come in different collectible designs. The Shell Advance Ultra 10W-40 features the Malaysian Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) riders and also Malaysian Moto3 rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin while the 15W-50 features the Ducati Corse MotoGP team. Both fully synthetic motorcycle engine oils retail at RM68.30 for a one-litre pack. Shell PurePlus Technology is a revolutionary gas-to-liquid (GTL) process that converts natural…

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Kia Sportage 2WD introduced

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Sportage two-wheel drive (2WD) sport utility vehicle is the latest offering from Naza Kia Malaysia. It is the second model to be introduced by Naza Kia Malaysia this year following the launch of the Rio five-door in May. “Sleek, exceptionally functional and packed with safety features, the Sportage 2WD promises to deliver the style and performance to match modern, hectic lifestyles,” said Naza Kia Malaysia acting head Roshdy Hassan. The Sportage 2WD has a “tiger nose” radiator grille and piercing front projector headlamps with LED light guide and fog lamps that sit beneath the front end of…

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DS offensive in compact cars

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LONDON: The DS 4 gains new impetus with two new versions, a dynamic hatchback and a crossback. The DS 4 crossback offers “go-anywhere” looks and a higher driving position. “DS embodies the spirit of avant-garde. In the case of new DS 4, the brand’s spirit is expressed through an offering made up of two body styles: a new premium hatchback and an unprecedented new offer: DS 4 Crossback,” said DS Automobiles chief executive officer Yves Bonnefont. They have a new front end – sporting the DS Wings grille design – new DS LED Vision headlamps. Refined features include door panels…

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Three more Toyota models upgraded, same old price

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SHAH ALAM: UMW Toyota Motor is offering three more Toyota models with additional accessories at no extra charge. These models – Corolla Altis, Innova and Alphard– join the Vios and Hilux in UMW Toyota Motor’s campaign to give customers even more value with their purchases. Vios The additional features which were offered on certain variants of the Vios are now available for other variants. The upgraded DVD-AVN (Audio-Visual-Navigation) Infotainment System with Reverse Camera is now provided free of charge for Vios 1.5E besides the Vios 1.5 TRD and 1.5G. The DVD-AVN Infotainment system, designed by Toyota, has a 7-inch Capacitive…

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Peugeot’s latest concept car Fractal inspired by all the senses

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PARIS: The Peugeot Fractal, which will be making its official debut at the Frankfurt motor show on Sept 15, has been designed to engage a driver’s ears and sense of touch as well as simply being easy on the eyes. In fact, it’s an electrically powered coupe that comes with its own theme tune, created by sound engineer Amon Tobin, which plays whenever the car’s doors are remotely opened via its smartwatch app. But that’s just the start. Much research has been done on how acoustics and auricular stimulation can heighten an experience or make it more immersive or memorable.…

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Google exec takes wife to Maranello, gives her a Ferrari FXX K

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MARANELLO: Love is giving. For a Google executive, it meant buying his wife a Ferrari FXX K. Supercar owner and enthusiast Benjamin Sloss kept the gift a secret by telling his wife, Christine, he would be bringing her to Fiorano to do a little lapping in their 599 XX as a birthday treat. And he did just that. But that was far from all he had planned. In fact, when they arrived at the track recently, Christine found a beautiful FXX K, clothed, like all their Ferraris in a yellow livery, waiting for her. Naturally enough Christine, who is also…

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Only 45,000 Singapore vehicles have signed up for VEP

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JOHOR BARU: Only 45,000 Singapore vehicles have registered for the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) levied on foreign cars entering Malaysia. State Public Works, Rural and Regional Development Committee chairman Datuk Hasni Mohammad admitted that the VEP registration system still needed some improvement. “Only 45,000 foreign vehicles have registered for the VEP compared to the expected 500,000 vehicles. “The two weeks starting Aug 15 did not allow all the foreign vehicles to be registered online or over the counter,” he said after visiting the VEP registration counter at Sultan Iskandar building, here, on Tuesday. Tuesday was the first day of the…

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Infiniti reveals Q30 interior

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HONG KONG: Infiniti is giving the world a sneak peek of the Q30 interior ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show this month. Infiniti said the interior of the Q30 takes the expressive forms and curves of the exterior and turns them into “an individuality that embraces the driver and passengers”. Infiniti interior designers have selected top quality materials and processes to create a premium modern ambience. One tactile detail is the Dinamica suede-like material from Italy. Used increasingly in the high-fashion industry, it now lines the roof and support pillars of the Q30 cabin. Driver…

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British High Commissioner is first Discovery Sport owner

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KUALA LUMPUR: British High Commissioner to Malaysia, Victoria Treadell, is the proud owner of the first Land Rover Discovery Sport in Malaysia. She received the keys to Firenze Red Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.0L Si4 from Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd managing director Tuan Syed Mudzhar Syed Ali at an exclusive customer event held in conjunction with the vehicle’s Malaysian debut recently. “I am thrilled to be amongst the first to own a Discovery Sport, part of the exciting new generation Land Rovers.  It is British engineering and design at its best. Its capability and versatility makes it a…

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