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F1 tyre size a deal-breaker for Michelin

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LONDON: Michelin has no interest in supplying tyres to Formula One unless the sport agrees to make them bigger, a change    motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels sure will happen eventually. The French company and current suppliers Pirelli are the only bidders for the three-year contract from 2017, when rule changes could be introduced to make the cars quicker and harder to handle. Michelin have stressed that their bid depends on a change of tyre specification from 13 inch to at least 18. “If the sport decides to stay with 13 inch, we respect it but it would not make sense…

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KTM RC250 and 250 Duke show up

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PETALING JAYA: KTM is getting into serious contention with its direct competitors after having unveiled its latest 250cc offerings – the RC250 and 250 Duke, brining the fight to its popular Japanese 250cc rivals. The two bikes arrived hot on the heels of its smaller 200cc RC200 and Duke200, barely a year after their launch, and are not mere upgrades from them, but rather a de-tuned version from its larger RC 390 and 390 Duke siblings. According to the KTM Malaysia CKD, these bikes are “ready to race” and are the performance benchmarks with a few differences between them other…

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Hyundai’s ‘A Message to Space’ campaign wins awards at Cannes fest

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CANNES: Hyundai Motor’s pioneering ‘A Message to Space’ campaign has won three Bronze Lions in the Film Craft, Direct, and Outdoor categories at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. Since launching on April 13 this year, the Hyundai Motor campaign has been centre of attention on social media around the world. The ground-breaking film has taken the internet by storm, attracting more than 65 million views on YouTube with AdWeek ranking the film number one in its chart of the 10 most watched ads on YouTube in April. In addition, the video was aired more than 800 times…

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Next Audi A4 unmasked

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INGOLSTADT: The new Audi A4 and A4 Avant (wagon) is putting the heat on its German rivals with a series of innovations to refine and enhance every aspect of the driving experience. Technological highlights of the new car include the Audi virtual cockpit, the Audi Matrix LED headlights, the Audi smartphone interface, the Bang & Olufsen Sound System with 3D sound, the Audi phone box with wireless charging, the head-up display, and new driver assistance systems and Audi connect services. The focus here is on two innovations. The optional Audi virtual cockpit, a fully digital combination instrument, features a 12.3-inch…

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Facelifted Mercedes A-Class comes blazing in

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STUTTGART: Mercedes-Benz has revealed the new which promises better comfort and sporty performance. It comes in a dizzying array of 17 versions with the A160 at one end and the A 45 4MATIC at the other. In combination with the 7G-DCT dual clutch transmission, the A-Class now has “Launch Assist” for even faster acceleration from standstill. The new-generation A-Class is also the first Mercedes-Benz model to be sold with comprehensive smartphone integration: from the beginning of 2016 the infotainment systems Apple CarPlay (for iPhone owners) and MirrorLink will become available. Striking lines, dynamically curved surfaces and coupé-like window lines characterise the…

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Toyota upgrades virtual crash dummy in safety research

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TOYOTA CITY: Toyota’s latest virtual crash dummy software has introduced a new muscle model that is able to simulate changes in occupant posture prior to collisions. Until now, the Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual human model software was only able to simulate changes in posture after a collision. THUMS Version 5 can simulate a variety of states from relaxed to braced, thus enabling more detailed computer analysis of injuries caused by collisions. This makes it possible to more accurately study the effectiveness not only of seatbelts, airbags and other safety equipment, but also of active safety technologies such…

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You can now book the Ford Mustang

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PETALING JAYA: Ford in Malayisa has started pre-launch order taking for the iconic Mustang ahead of its arrival in December. Malaysians can choose between the new turbocharged, fuel-efficient 2.3-litre EcoBoost variant priced from RM435,000 to RM450,000, and the classic 5.0-litre V8 from RM550,000 to RM565,000. Both engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The new 2.3-litre EcoBoost engine, which produces an impressive 310 horsepower, was designed specifically for Mustang to meet the needs of drivers looking for outstanding performance and fuel efficiency. “This 2.3-litre EcoBoost fastback is a perfect fit for Malaysia, because it delivers the legendary power and…

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Porsche wants journalists in on its driving programme

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SINGAPORE: Porsche Asia Pacific is targeting journalists to spread the good word about its cars via the Porsche Media Driving Academy. The Porsche Media Driving Academy, an annual driving programme for journalists in the region, is designed to highlight the performance of Porsche cars through different courses of active driving with emphasis on Porsche’s roots in motorsports. The programme comprises three performance courses – Individual, Professional and Elite. In each course, Porsche instructors will guide participants on how to drive the cars properly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifn7Mfu51IE “The Porsche Media Driving Academy offers journalists the right amount of attention and guidance that heighten the…

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Volkswagen to launch budget car family in 2018

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FRANKFURT: Volkswagen plans to launch a family of low cost budget cars in China and possibly elsewhere starting in 2018, its chief executive said in a newspaper interview today. “We will bring a budget-car family to market in 2018, with an SUV, saloon and hatchback,” Martin Winterkorn told Bild am Sonntag newspaper. Europe’s largest automaker had for years been pondering a budget car but difficulties in hitting internal cost targets had thwarted approval of the project. The vehicles – to be built in China – will cost between 8,000 euros (RM34,000) and 11,000 euros (RM47,000), Winterkorn said. Previously, the company…

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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia wants safer roads for children

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KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is offering 110 units of child car seats to members of the public during this festive season – rent free. Available on a first-come-first-served basis from now till the end of the year, the company is intent on making road travel safer for children with its free child car seat rental programme. While we encourage motorists to ensure that their vehicles are in good condition before a long drive, we also urge those travelling with young children to take advantage of this added safety feature to safeguard the occupants in the vehicle, especially children,” said Mercedes-Benz…

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