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Application for 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup opens

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KUALA LUMPUR: Dorna Sports SL, the commercial rights holder for the motorcycling sport of MotoGP, has announced that application for its 2016 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (SAATC) has opened. The application period is open till Aug 15 and invites those from Asia, Australia and New Zealand to apply for selection, aged between 12 and 20 (specifically born between Jan 1, 1995 and Feb 1, 2003). The 2016 pre-selection event will be held at the Sepang International Circuit from Oct 20 to 21, before this year’s Shell Malaysia Malaysian MotoGP, and successful applicants will have the opportunity to get involved…

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No more monthly fuel price announcements

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KUALA LUMPUR: There will be no more announcements of monthly petrol and diesel prices from now on, said Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek. “We have decided to stop the practice of announcing the prices on the last day of the month. “From now, motorists will only know if the prices at midnight,” he told reporters after attending an Umno Youth GST Open Day briefing here today. Last month, the announcement of the fuel prices was made through the Domestic Trade, Cooperative and Consumerism Ministry website. In June, motorists were informed that RON95 petrol and diesel…

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VIDEO: The smart forrail – a new way of commuting?

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LONDON: Drive or take the train? This can sometimes be a dilemma for some, but a “smart” answer would be to use both modes of transportation simultaneously. A division of Daimler AG, smart autombile manufactures and markets a range of microcars and subcompact vehicles and has transformed one of its cars into a…wait for it…smart forrail. What once began life as a smart forfour, the car has been transformed into a train that holds four passengers comfortably – and yes it literally corners like it’s on rails. It took engineers six months to transform the car, equipping it with 22-inch…

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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   that motorsport head Pascal Couasnon feels will surely 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…

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Bentley Continental GT Speed re-imagined

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LONDON: Bentley is taking its fusion of luxury and performance to new extremes with the launch of the Continental GT Speed Breitling Jet Team Series. This exclusive series is limited to just seven cars, each inspired by one of the seven Breitling Jets. Renowned for their precision, speed and daring, this summer the Breitling Jet Team will be performing across the United States and Canada. To mark the occasion, Bentley’s Mulliner division has re-imagined the Continental GT Speed to mirror the distinctive look of the Breitling Jets, fusing extreme customisation with high speed. The exterior is painted in a striking…

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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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Scania Southeast Asia gets a woman boss

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SHAH ALAM: A woman has been appointed to head Scania Southeast Asia. Marie Sjödin Enström replaces James Armstrong as the new managing director. A Swede, Enström began her career with Scania in 1984. Her last position was as managing director of Scania Assistance at Scania CV AB, Sweden where she was the global head and was responsible for eight centres in Europe and Latin America. “I am looking forward to lead Scania Southeast Asia into maintaining its leading position in the truck and bus market of this robust and developing region,” said the mother of two. Armstrong ended his five-year…

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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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