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Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’ unveiled

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LONDON: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has introduced the Wraith ‘Inspired by Music’. A Lyrical Copper exterior paint finish, presented with a blend of brushed and polished textures hints at the use of copper in high-end audio systems. On opening the car’s coach-doors, attention is drawn to re-imagined speaker grilles, here presented in copper theme, and engraved with the words ‘Bespoke Audio’. The door panniers and floor mats have been crafted from finely-woven leather to add an additional depth of tactility to the car’s interior cabin. Copper-coloured door inserts, which start at the front of the cabin before tapering at the rear,…

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Lexus Hoverboard lifts off

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https://youtu.be/awAzM9kTvC0 TOKYO: Following the unveiling of the Lexus Hoverboard in June, the luxury automotive company is completing a full and final reveal of the project concluding a successful testing phase which took place in Cubelles, Barcelona. Mark Templin, Executive Vice President at Lexus International said: “Embarking on this project, we set out to push the boundaries of technology, design and innovation to make the impossible possible. With this project we call ‘SLIDE’, we collaborated with partners who share our passion for creating enjoyment out of motion. Even through combining our technology and expertise, we discovered making a hoverboard isn’t an…

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Motorists rush to pick up RM50 notes in Singapore

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SINGAPORE: Motorists on the Bukit Timah Expressway (BKE) were treated to a rare sight – money strewn all over the road. The incident took place at around 6.20pm near the area where the Seletar Expressway (SLE) connects to the BKE. A YouTube video uploaded by the Singapore Reckless Drivers Community yesterday showed a sizeable swathe of the expressway littered with RM50 notes. The video, taken from a vehicle’s dashboard camera, showed several motorcycles and vehicles parked on the left road shoulder as people rushed to pick up the notes. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEnhdsuSQx8

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Off-roaders on track for Frankfurt

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FRANKFURT: Automobile sales continue to climb, and across carmakers’ ranges SUVs and crossovers are contributing more and more to these record numbers. Therefore expect them to be the star attractions of the upcoming Frankfurt motor show. BMW on Tuesday reported that global sales of its X5 SUV have climbed 25.9% over the past six months, despite its premium price tag. What’s more, its even more expensive coupe sibling, the X6, has also experienced a 22.7% bump in popularity since January. In the US, where manufacturers revealed their monthly sales this week, Land Rover set a new July sales record of…

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Electric cars charging up the ranks in Europe

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BRUSSELS: European consumers have snapped up 143,595 alternatively fuelled vehicles (AFV) over the last three months, a 17.4% jump over the same period in 2014 — according to new figures from the European Automotive Manufacturers Association. AFVs as a group include plug-in electric, hybrid vehicles, and those powered by propane or natural gas, rather than petrol or diesel. And while a 17.4% sales boost to 143,595 vehicles may not sound like much — especially considering that in May alone, some 1.5 million cars and vans of all shapes and types of propulsion were sold across the same continent — when…

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Harman says car hacking risk restricted to Fiat Chrysler

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NEW YORK: Harman International Industries Inc, which supplies car infotainment systems to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and many other manufacturers, said the hacking risk that led to the recall of 1.4 million Chrysler vehicles last month seemed to be restricted to the Italian-American automaker. “We do not believe this problem exists in any other car outside of Fiat Chrysler,” Harman chief executive Dinesh Paliwal said on Tuesday. Harman Kardon-branded infotainment products are part of Fiat Chrysler’s Internet-connected Uconnect telematics system, a collection of driver aids and entertainment services. Two veteran cybersecurity researchers recently used a software vulnerability in Uconnect to…

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Federal Highway BRT proposal sparks debate

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PETALING JAYA: A healthy debate has been sparked among experts, builders and motorists with the news that a Bus Rapid Transit system will be built along the Federal Highway to end road congestion. The highway, built in 1967, was initially a four-lane road and expanded in 1992 into six lanes. Spanning 45km from Seputeh to Klang and connecting major cities such as Shah Alam, Subang Jaya and Petaling Jaya, the highway experiences traffic snarls even past midnight. Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had announced recently that a ground-level BRT would be built along the Federal Highway to end…

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Malaysian racer Jazeman needs corporate sponsors for F1 drive

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CYBERJAYA: Jazeman Jaafar needs the financial help from the private sector to realise his Formula One dream. On Tuesday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin admitted that his ministry could not bear the full financial cost of supporting Jazeman’s drive in F1. The 22-year-old Jazeman has been offered a race seat with one of the Mercedes-powered teams in next season’s F1. To secure the seat, Jazeman needs an annual budget of RM63mil and that’s simply too much for the Sports Ministry. “Jazeman and his father have met me a few times and they have disclosed the cost needed to become…

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Roads around circuit closed for KL City Grand Prix race

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KUALA LUMPUR: Those intending to see the KL City Grand Prix are advised to take public transport because roads around the circuit will be closed from Friday to Sunday for the event. Jalan Ampang, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Raja Chulan, Jalan Perak and Jalan P. Ramlee will be closed from 7.30am to 6pm during the three-day race. City Internal Security and Public Order chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Wan Abdul Bari Wan Abdul Khalid urged those attending the GP to use public transport. “Yes, we know there will be traffic jams, but it does not mean you won’t be able…

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Lotus builds Elise GREAT Britain

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KUALA LUMPUR: Lotus Cars Malaysia has today announced the limited edition Lotus Elise GREAT Britain for sale locally. The car is based on the recently introduced Elise 20th Anniversary and is equipped with standard and additional options exclusive to the Malaysian market. It was introduced in conjunction with the GREAT Britain marketing campaign by the British High Commission to Malaysia. The campaign is the biggest British international marketing initiative to woo tourists and investors to the country. Weighing in at 924kg, the special edition Elise is touted as a sports car designed for the performance enthusiasts. The GREAT Britain package includes…

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