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Renault Captur previewed 

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KUALA LUMPUR: TC Euro Cars, the sole franchise holder of Renault in Malaysia, has previewed the French-made Captur urban crossover. The vehicle is estimated to be priced from RM118,000 to RM123,000 and will make its official debut in Malaysia sometime in the fourth quarter this year. The new crossover looks to provide something safe, sporty and versatile to new owners by combining a high SUV-like driving position with the space of a multi-purpose vehicle and a car’s driving enjoyment. The French carmaker built the Captur on its new Clio hatchback’s platform while rolling on 17-inch wheels with 205/55 series tyres…

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VW Polo R vs skiing

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WOLFSBURG: A ferry that waits for nobody, breath-taking fjord scenery in Norway and a unique race. That is what you get when Aksel Lund Svindal – Norway’s downhill gold medallist – meets compatriot and Volkswagen rally driver Andreas Mikkelsen. The result was a wonderfully wild preparation for round eight of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) – the Rally Finland, which gets underway on Thursday – and provided some captivating videos and photos. Svindal and Mikkelsen were embroiled in a spectacular head-to-head sprint on the world-famous Lyseveien road in the southwest of Norway, which features 27 hairpins spread over 29…

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Fire and ice for the Jaguar F-Pace

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LONDON: From the searing heat and dust of Dubai to the ice and snow of Northern Sweden, the new F-Pace has been tested to the limit in some of the most inhospitable environments on earth. Jaguar’s performance crossover offers an unrivalled blend of performance, design and practicality. To ensure that every system functions perfectly even under the most extreme conditions, the new F-Pace has been subjected to one of the most demanding test programmes the company has ever devised. “We developed the F-Pace to offer the ride, handling and refinement demanded from a Jaguar, together with exceptional levels of ability and composure on…

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Malaysian Automotive Association lowers vehicle sales outlook

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PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has revised its total industry volume (TIV) for this year to 670,000 from 680,000 units earlier, owing to declining vehicle sales in the first half of this year. According to MAA, sales from the start of the year to June fell to 322,184 from 333,156 units in the previous corresponding period, mainly due to subdued business optimism and moderation in consumer spending as a result of the economic uncertainties and increased cost of living. MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad said on Tuesday that stringent lending practices, especially for hire-purchase loans, also had an…

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VW overtakes Toyota as world’s biggest carmaker

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MUNICH/TOKYO: But staying on top will be a challenge for the German maker of the Golf and Polo, as deliveries are falling in China, destination of a third of its global sales, making it overly reliant on relatively stagnant western European demand. “The hunt for scale only makes sense if it boosts synergies, something VW hasn’t really been able to achieve,” said Stefan Bratzel, head of the Center of Automotive Management think-tank. “Dependence on China is VW’s weak spot and managing such a large group inevitably poses problems.” VW has been pushing for greater scale under Chief Executive Martin Winterkorn’s…

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Hail the Ferrari 488 Spider

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MARANELLO: Ferrari has just revealed the 488 Spider, its most powerful ever mid-rear-engined V8 car to feature the patented retractable hard top. Ferrari was the first car maker to introduce the RHT (Retractable Hard Top) on a car of this particular architecture. This solution ensures lower weight (-25 kg) and better cockpit comfort compared to the classic fabric soft-top. Just like all previous spider versions of Ferrari’s models, this is a car that is aimed squarely at people looking for open-air motoring pleasure in a high-performance sports car with an unmistakable Ferrari engine sound. https://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=1TPOcbDnquY Ferrari said the car has been…

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Stay safe with Ford

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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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Toll rate review next year, 5% seen

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KUALA LUMPUR: Toll rates under the biggest highway operator in the country – PLUS Malaysia Bhd – will be up for review next year. However, instead of a 10% rate hike, the quantum that is being looked at is about 5%, said sources. Nevertheless, the final decision on the toll rates proposed by PLUS would depend on the Government. The source also dismissed any possibility of a toll rate hike this year. “For sure there will be no toll rate hike this year as stated in the concession agreement when PLUS Expressways Bhd (PEB) was privatised at the end of…

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MAI and Perodua team up to develop dealer capability

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CYBERJAYA: The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Perodua have jointly rolled out the Dealer Entrepreneurship Enhancement Programme (DEEP) to further increase competitive capabilities of local automotive dealers. DEEP is designed to give homegrown businesses the tool needed to improve their professionalism in the areas of human capital development and business acumen. MAI chief executive officer (CEO) Mohamad Madani Sahari said the collaboration was aimed at enhancing technical skills and entrepreneurship of more than 100 Perodua dealers within five years. “The programme is also an initiative to meet the 2014 National Automotive Policy core strategy to increase competitiveness and capacity in the…

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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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