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PETALING JAYA: Ford invites all members of the public to join its‘Future of Safety with Ford’ tour – a fun, interactive and hands-on experience designed to raise awareness of road safety – as it stops in Malaysia. Aimed at both vehicle drivers and passengers, the safety tour features Ford experts sharing tips and advice on a range of topics – from choosing the right child seat, to considerations for driving while pregnant. Participants will also have the chance to try on proprietary suits that Ford engineers use in designing vehicles to address the needs of drivers with specific mobility issues,…

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Asean among key production hubs for Mitsubishi now after US retreat

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TOKYO: The president of Motors Corp (7211.T) said Japan, SouthEast Asia and Russia will become the automaker’s principal production hubs after it calls time on making cars in the United States later this year because of dwindling output there. “Japan, Asean (countries), and Russia will be the main points of production for our company,” said Tetsuro Aikawa, President and Chief Operating Officer of Japan’s sixth-biggest automaker. Aikawa was speaking at a news conference today after his company confirmed plans to end output at its sole North American plant in Normal, Illinois, and serve the US market from factories in Japan…

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Hyundai second in JD Power study

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WASHINGTON: Hyundai finished in second place for this year’s J.D. Power 2015 Automotive Performance, Execution and Layout (APEAL) Study with merely two points away from its closest competitor in the midsize car segment. While the Hyundai Sonata finished in second place – from last year’s first, it was found that the other models from the Korean carmaker managed to increase their scores this year, which included the Elantra, Genesis, Santa Fe, Tucson and Veloster. The study has been around for the last 20 years and examines owners’ assessments of the design, layout and performance of their new vehicle after 90…

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Lexus revs up with world’s first ‘heartbeat car’

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SYDNEY: Driving a great car can stimulate the senses and quicken the heartbeat. Now Lexus has created the world’s first vehicle that directly translates the driver’s heart patterns into a visual display across the bodywork. The one-off RC F high-performance coupe is the result of collaboration between Lexus Australia and the creative agency M&C Saatchi. Different technologies have been integrated into the car to monitor the driver’s heartbeat and use the data captured to send an electric charge through the bodywork. The body panels are finished in an electro-luminescent paint, produced by the US specialist Luminor, which reacts to the…

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Honda opens Silicon Valley facility to advance connected mobility

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SAN FRANCISCO: Honda marked the opening of its new Silicon Valley R&D facility last week, using the occasion to unveil a refreshed 2016 Accord featuring Honda’s first application of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also announced a new open innovation R&D initiative, Honda Xcelerator, which will provide resources to breakthrough technology innovators to help rapidly develop prototypes with the potential to transform the automotive experience. Honda’s Silicon Valley operation, which was first established in 2000, is charged with researching and prototyping innovations and harnessing new ideas and technology. Current areas of focus include connected mobility, novel human-machine interfaces, supporting…

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Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Germany this year, says daily

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FRANKFURT: German carmaker Daimler is planning to test self-driving trucks as early as this year, executive board member Wolfgang Bernhard told a German newspaper. “We are positive that we will get approval for tests on German motorways within the next weeks,” Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung quoted him as saying. “Then we will start immediately.” First tests of semi-autonomous trucks will take place in Daimler’s home state Baden-Wuerttemberg while the start of production is 2-3 years away, Bernhard, who is in charge of Daimler’s trucks business, told the paper. “We are leaders in this technology and will stand up for ourselves,” Bernhard…

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Fiat Chrysler US to recall vehicles to prevent hacking

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DETROIT/SAN FRANCISCO: Fiat Chrysler will recall 1.4 million vehicles in the United States to install software to prevent hackers from gaining remote control of the engine, steering and other systems in what federal officials said was the first such action of its kind. The announcement on Friday by FCA US LLC, formerly Chrysler Group LLC, was made days after reports that cybersecurity researchers used a wireless connection to turn off a Jeep Cherokee’s engine as it drove, increasing concerns about the safety of Internet-enabled vehicles. The researchers used Fiat Chrysler’s telematics system to break into a volunteer’s Cherokee being driven…

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10 life-saving devices in cars

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The highest price we pay for car crashes is the loss of human lives, so it is no wonder that automobile manufacturers invest heavily in safety technologies that can save lives. As high-tech as these technologies are, they are not built to handle drunk driving and speeding, running the red light, fatigue or distracted driving. Nevertheless, some safety technologies can be invaluable if used responsibly. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and chief executive officer Roland Folger and Volkswagen Group Malaysia dealer training management manager Ian Rashid MacQuistan talk about the top 10 picks on some of the safety equipment and technologies used…

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Toyota Innova to be used as TEKS1M vehicle

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) has confirmed the Toyota Innova as the second MPV model fit for TEKSI 1Malaysia duty. The unveiling of the taxi model would be done this Tuesday after much speculation in the industry since May. SPAD’s initial decree two years ago that only the Proton Exora was good enough to be used for TEKS1M, was greeted with protests from many quarters, with some claiming that the move was anti-competition even if the intention was to ensure passengers’ safety and comfort. The Innova sold in Malaysia is a two-litre model. The TEKS1M fleet is…

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ETCM announces first round Riang Raya winners

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KUALA LUMPUR: Three new Nissan owners received the surprise of their lives when they were informed of being selected as winners of Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s (ETCM) ‘Riang Raya’ (Round 1) Campaign. The pioneering campaign ended in June, which offered three new Nissan owners the opportunity to host their own party worth up to RM50,000 and includes the services of an event organiser, venue rental, food as well as beverages to name a few. The three winners were Suhaila Binti Saleh who purchased a Nissan Grand Livina 1.6L A/T, Tan Yoke Leong who bought a Nissan Almera 1.5V AT and…

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