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US safety agency to jumpstart revamp of new car rating programme
WASHINGTON: The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said Wednesday it is reviving a long-stalled effort to overhaul the five-star crash rating programme for all new vehicles.
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BMW Unveils 2 Series Gran Coupe - Smallest 4 Door Coupe In The Range
What a time to be alive. Ladies and gentlemen, BMW has brought the 2 Series Gran Coupe into the world - something that was probably eventually going to happen, but we didn't expect it to happen so soo...
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Vincent Cobee to become new head of PSA's Citroen, says mag
BERLIN: Vincent Cobee (inset), a former Mitsubishi production chief, is set to become the new head at PSA’s Citroen unit, German trade magazine Automobilwoche reported today, citing company sources.
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Latest generation Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C launched
SEPANG: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today introduced the new generation of the Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C. The GT R and GT C are priced at RM1,712,888 and RM1,558,888 (prices are on-the-road without in...
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LG Chem sees electric vehicles accounting for 15% of all car sales in 2024
SEOUL: South Korea’s LG Chem, one of the leading electric vehicle (EV) battery makers, expects global sales of EVs to grow more than five-fold from 2018 levels to account for about 15% of global veh...
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Tesla gets nod to start manufacturing in China
SHANGHAI: Tesla Inc was added to a government list of approved automotive manufacturers, China’s industry ministry said today, as it granted the electric-vehicle maker a certificate it needs to star...
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Singapore’s Ryde to launch carpooling service here on Nov 1
Zou says Ryde will not take any commission on payments.
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Buy a brown Tesla Model S if you want to save money, say experts
Over 25% of brown Teslas were discounted at least 10% compared to the average Model S vehicle in the United States.
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Isuzu To Put The New D-Max 1.9 To The Test At Borneo Safari
Fresh from its recent launch, the new Isuzu D-Max 1.9 will face its litmus test when it undertakes the task of conquering one of Asia’s most extreme off-road events – the Borneo Safari.
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Porsche Expands Taycan Range With New 4S Variant
Porsche has pulled the covers off the Taycan 4S, the third and latest member of its electrified sports saloon range, first unveiled in September this year.
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Grab a new Mitsubishi Triton at RM10,000 off!
In conjunction with the year-end festivities, Mitsubishi Motor Malaysia (MMM) is offering cash rebates on all Mitsubishi models, or a 0.88% interest rate on selected Triton variants, exclusive to Mayb...
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You don’t need an AMG GT R, the GT C is enough to blow your socks off!
Alongside the GT R, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has just launched the facelifted Mercedes-AMG GT C at the Sepang International Circuit.
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Karongsa makes RM5.2b offer for 100% stake in PLUS
New suitors have surfaced for highway concessionaire PLUS Malaysia Berhad, now with Tan Sri Halim Saad and Datuk Wong Gian Kui the latest in line with an offer for RM5.2 billion, The Star reports.
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Ministry suspends Petrol Subsidy Programme microsite which exposed users’ bank account details
PETALING JAYA: The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has suspended the newly-launched Petrol Subsidy Programme microsite after a tech portal reported that it exposed users’ bank account d...
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Rolls-Royce gets bionic artist Viktoria Modesta to represent Black Badge family
LONDON: Rolls-Royce joins the Black Badge line's hyper luxurious aesthetic with bionic performing artist Viktoria Modesta's bold and futuristic aesthetic to create a campaign defining the family of ex...
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All-New 2020 Honda Jazz Teased Ahead Of World Premiere
Honda has released its first teaser image of the all-new Jazz which is all set to make its global debut next week at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.
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Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Launches New AMG GT R and GT C, RM 1.7 Million and RM 1.5 Million
It’s hard to believe that the Mercedes-AMG GT has been around since 2014, as its sharp looks and styling still looks relevant and fresh today.
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The new Toyota Yaris is as impressive as it looks!
Ahead of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota has unveiled the fourth-generation Toyota Yaris.
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It’s hard not to stop and stare at the new Mercedes-AMG GT R
The new Mercedes-AMG GT R has roared its way to Malaysia, priced at RM1.7 million on-the-road before insurance.
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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia year-end promo – up to RM12,000 cash rebate or low interest rate from 0.88%
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is offering customers cash rebates of up to RM12,000 or interest rates from as low as 0.88% (applicable with Maybank or Public Bank hire purchase only) for selected Mi...
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Fully electric Volvo XC40 Recharge unveiled, offers 400km range
GOTHENBURG: Volvo Cars on Wednesday introduced the XC40 Recharge, the company’s first ever fully electric car and the first model to appear in its brand new Recharge car line concept.
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Urban SUVs driving huge growth in CO2 emissions, says IEA
PARIS: The undying popularity of sport-utility vehicles has made them the second-biggest contributor to the growth of global CO2 emissions in recent years, just behind the power sector, the head of th...
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F1 teams approve Toro Rosso name change to Alpha Tauri
Toro Rosso in action during qualifying at the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Union and GM leaders have a deal to end strike, now workers will decide
UAW workers have been on strike since Sept 16, but have reached a tentative deal with GM on Wednesday.— AP DETROIT: General Motors Co and the United Auto Workers union reached a tentative agreement ...
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Ford’s Driving Skills for Life Programme Is Coming To Sabah
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, has announced that for the first time this November, Ford’s global Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme will be headi...
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Nissan X-Trail Hybrid subscription price slashed to RM1,800 per month on 3-year contract – RM700 less
Last month, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) expanded its Leaf subscription service to include the X-Trail Hybrid as well, offering a monthly payment of RM2,500 per month on a three-year contract.
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Volvo Cars aims to be climate neutral by 2040
STOCKHOLM: Volvo Cars, owned by China’s Geely Holding, is targeting a 40% reduction in the carbon footprint of each car it manufactures by 2025 as it bids to become fully climate neutral by 2040, it...
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Mazda teases the centre console of its new EV, looks like something from a Volvo
Mazda has further teased its much-anticipated foray into electric vehicles once again, this time showing off the materials used (sustainable ones) on its interior trim and seats, and a very clear side...
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Haval H9 teased – 7-seat SUV finally coming soon?
If it seems like ages ago that the seven-seater Haval H9 SUV was supposed to be here, that’s because it was.
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Honda teases image of next-generation Jazz
TOKYO: Honda has released its first teaser image of the all-new Jazz which is set for its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show on Oct 23.
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Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup clocks quicker lap at Sepang
Following the launch of the new Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup, the highly-anticipated Renault Sport Track Day made a comeback at the Sepang International Circuit, this time in a night session.
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Say hello to BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe
MUNICH: BMW went and did a "Gran Coupe" on the 2 Series, which refers to a 4-door version of the car for better practicality.
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New Toyota Yaris unveiled
TOYOTA CITY: Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) has globally unveiled the new model Yaris.
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Jaguar Land Rover's new 3D printed glove
WHITLEY(UK): Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing – a lightweight 3D-printed glove which could help better protect employees from th...
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Honda acquires Drivemode, developer of smartphone apps for drivers
TOKYO: Honda R&D Co., Ltd. (Honda R&D), a research and development subsidiary of Honda, announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of the California-based Drivemode, Inc., in order t...
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Tata looks for Jaguar Land Rover partners, but rules out sale
NEW YORK: The Indian conglomerate that owns Jaguar Land Rover said it is open to finding partners for the automaker but isn’t planning on selling the embattled unit.
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Polestar 2 Enters Final Development Stages, All Set To Enter Production In 2020
All set to enter production early next year, the Polestar 2 electric performance fastback’s chassis development is now in its final stages.
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Toyota Gives Daihatsu Copen The GR Treatment, Makes It Even More Desirable
Toyota Motor Corporation yesterday announced the launch of the new Copen GR Sport in Japan.
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All-new Isuzu D-Max could be fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking
It’s probably fair to pass the all-new Isuzu D-Max off as nothing less than impressive.
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All-new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe to take on the Mercedes-Benz CLA
After seeing the success of their 4-door coupes on the upper-echelon with the 4 Series, 6 Series and the recently launched 8 Series, BMW has once again brought its “Gran Coupe” treatment to the ot...
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Sunway road closures this Sun morning for Good Run
Click to enlarge Those who frequent the Sunway City area and Subang folks, take note.
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Singapore’s Ryde carpool app launches in Malaysia – Klang Valley, no commission, drivers keep 100% fares
Ever wondered how much less congested our roads would be if everyone heading from the same area, to the same destination shared cars?
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Bridgestone Malaysia announces new managing director
PETALING JAYA: Bridgestone Tyre Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Bridgestone Malaysia) has announced the appointment of Michael Chung Wing Kay as Managing Director.
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Audi testing 5G on its home turf
INGOLSTADT: Audi has partnered with Deutsche Telekom to conduct tests on a 5G network in a real setting at its base here.
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Blackline adds sporty undertones to the Bentley Continental Flying Spur
If you’re in the midst of customising your new Bentley Continental Flying Spur – in that we mean Crewe’s all-new four-door grand tourer (as they would like to call it), it might be wise to check...
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Fuel subsidy mechanism for M40 ready by March 2020
The government is currently carrying out a study on the mechanism for the petrol subsidy programme (PSP) for the M40 middle income group, and the results are expected to be ready towards the end of th...
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Isuzu Hicom Malaysia receives ISO certifications
Isuzu Hicom Malaysia (IHM) has been awarded the prestigious International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO 14001:2015 Environ...
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Surging SUV demand is spooking German workers building sedans
MUNICH: Germany’s car industry built its world-class reputation on sedans like the Audi A4, the BMW 5 Series and the Volkswagen Passat, reliable models that look good in the family driveway or compa...
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Faraday Future founder files for bankruptcy to repay personal debts
Yueting has raked up a personal debt of US$2bil. — Reuters LOS ANGELES: Faraday Future founder and chief executive officer Jia Yueting has filed for bankruptcy in the United States and plans to turn...
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WATCH: New Honda Civic preview drive in Thailand
PETALING JAYA: Whoaa! Time passes in the blink of an eye.
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Aid recipients eligible for fuel subsidies can check status online
PUTRAJAYA: The 2.9 million recipients of Bantuan Sara Hidup (BSH) who are eligible for fuel subsidies can start checking their status online.
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Hyundai keen to develop self-driving cars, unveils RM147bil investment plan
SEOUL: Hyundai Motor Group said it plans to invest 41 trillion won (RM147bil) in mobility and other auto technologies by 2025, part of which will be directed to an ambitious effort to become more comp...
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Volkswagen offers peek at next Golf
WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen has published the first rendering of its upcoming Golf.
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Morris Commercial teases return of the J-Type van
LONDON: After having secured the right to the Morris Commercial name, a British brand under which a series of vehicles were made from the mid-1920s to the late '60s, the resurrected company - now func...
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Toyota Copen GR Sport compact convertible sports car launched in Japan
TOKYO: Toyota has rolled out the Copen GR Sport compact convertible sports car in Japan, armed with a 660cc turbocharged engine and a powered-folding hardtop.
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Nissan Malaysia drops subscription fee for X-Trail Hybrid by RM700!
First introduced with the Nissan Leaf in July this year, the Nissan Subscription Programme was extended to the X-Trail Hybrid shortly after.
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Renault Sport Track Day at Sepang; Megane RS 280 Cup sets sets new record
SEPANG: Following the launch of the new Renault Megane RS 280 Cup, the Renault Sport Track Day made a comeback with a twist at a night session at the Sepang International Circuit.
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Shell and BonusLink announce 1st winner of BMW X3
KUALA LUMPUR: Neeraj Kumar N Krishna Kumar from Penang was announced the first grand prize winner of the Menangi 3 BMW X3 contest by Shell and BonusLink at a special celebration for winners, held at S...
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Tenders to be called for RM980mil works for Pan Borneo Highway project
KUALA LUMPUR: The government will call for tenders for three new work packages worth RM980mil for the Pan Borneo Highway project in the first quarter of next year, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
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Harley stops output of LiveWire electric bike key to revival bid
NEW YORK: Harley-Davidson Inc has halted production of LiveWire, the debut electric bike it’s counting on to attract new riders.
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UMW upbeat on achieving car sales target
SHAH ALAM: UMW Holdings Bhd is confident of achieving its automotive sales target for this year.
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In Mali, love for Italy's vintage scooter is timeless
Seck Seydou riding his Vespa through the streets of Bamako.
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Nikaijaya Resource KL Is The First Dealer With Thew New Nissan Retail Concept
Little by little, Nissan is making a comeback in Malaysia through small, but significant steps.
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The Uniti One might just be the perfect city runabout EV
The electric vehicle market is booming faster than ever, with car companies increasingly joining the revolution.
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The new Toyota Copen GR Sport is one feisty-looking toy car
Toyota has just launched the new two-seater convertible Copen GR Sport – an OEM vehicle manufactured by Daihatsu, developed by Toyota Gazoo Racing.
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Lamborghini Huracan more successful than predecessor, the Gallardo
In just five years of production, Lamborghini announced that the 14,022nd Huracan has rolled off the assembly line.
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Bring back a decent spare wheel, say annoyed motorists
LONDON: Today's motorists are often in for a nasty surprise when they get a puncture, since most modern cars do not come with a proper spare wheel.
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Jaguar I-PACE the first all-electric car to offer taxi rides on Nurburgring
An experience made famous by the BMW M5 is about to take a silent turn as Jaguar will be offering taxi rides around the Nurburgring in the all-electric I-PACE for the first time.
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The 4S is the thinking man’s Porsche Taycan
If the prices of Porsche Taycan Turbo and Turbo S sent chills down your spine during its recent unveiling, there is now a new variant which will raise our hopes (and dreams) of owning Zuffenhausen’s...
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Renault Captur Trophy, sporty orange SE coming soon
The Renault Captur was never given the RS treatment by Renault Sport, but Malaysian distributor TC Euro Cars has taken things into their own hands and injected some RS flavour into the compact crossov...
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Who called the fashion police? Golden SUV deemed 'too dazzling'
DUSSELDORF: The driver of a shiny gold-coloured SUV in Germany had his vehicle confiscated at the weekend after police deemed the car was just "too dazzling." Police said on Monday the gold foil exte...
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Car tyres likely a major source of microplastics in coastal waters
LOS ANGELES: Driving is not just an air pollution and climate change problem: Turns out, it just might be the largest contributor of microplastics in coastal waters.
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Boeing and Porsche partner to develop flying car
STUTTGART: Porsche and Boeing have announced that they've officially teamed up to explore the development of premium flying cars designed for urban environments.
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Volkswagen may sell or list Lamborghini
WOLFSBURG: Volkswagen is looking at options for its luxury brand Lamborghini, including a sale or stock listing, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter.
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The third-generation Isuzu D-Max is one angry-looking pick-up!
After eight long years, Isuzu has finally given the D-Max a full-model change with newly improved mechanical innards to go with its refreshed exterior styling!
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Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 “Sports Cup Edition” unveiled to celebrate 15 years of club sport racing
Porsche has revealed a new commemorative model – the 718 Cayman GT4 Sports Cup Edition – at the Sportscar Together Day to celebrate the opening of the Porsche Experience Centre in Hockenheimring a...
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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport win sixth consecutive F1 constructors’ title
Despite Ferrari’s resurgence after the summer break, it was a matter of time before Mercedes-AMG sealed their sixth constructors title on the trot, and they did it in style over the weekend at the J...
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ETCM launches new Nissan showroom with global CI
Local Nissan distributor Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has officially opened the doors to the first showroom in the country to comply with the carmaker’s Nissan Retail Concept (NRC). The facility, o...
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Mercedes-AMG GT facelift teased – M’sia launch soon
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has teased the imminent arrival of the facelifted AMG GT by posting a brief video on its social media pages, which features a shadowy look at the car’s revised front end...
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E-hailing and Grabcar drivers baffled by Government regulations
PETALING JAYA: E-hailing drivers are baffled over what they say are discrepancies in the statements issued by the Transport Ministry and the Land Public Transport Agency (APAD). This came about after...
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All-electric Uniti One city car launched in the UK
LONDON: The all-electric Uniti One three-seat compact city car, which has a 300km travel range, is priced from 15,100 pounds (RM79,529) in the UK, including government subsidy.
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UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge returns
PETALING JAYA: UD Trucks and its sole distributor and partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE), recently kicked-off the annual UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) in sear...
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Priceless BMW (E12) 530 MLE Returns Home – The M5 Before The M5
After a year of painstaking restoration, BMW South Africa has unveiled its latest restoration project – the track-inspired BMW 530 MLE; a limited edition “homologation” special developed special...
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Volkswagen Teases Golf Mk8 Ahead Of World Premiere Later This Month
Developed continuously from one generation to the next, the Volkswagen Golf has become a firmly established model worldwide.
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Government considering possibility of buying PLUS
Even though the government is open to all proposals from the private sector for the purchase of PLUS Malaysia, finance minister Lim Guan Eng has said that the government is also considering the possib...
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Decision on Johor-Singapore RTS link by end-October
The transport ministry says that a decision on whether Malaysia will continue with the Johor Bahru-Singapore Rapid Transit System Link (RTS Link) project will be made by the end of October, as per the...
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SPYSHOTS: New Toyota Corolla Hybrid in Malaysia
The new Toyota Corolla has just been launched in Malaysia, so what’s this taped-up car about?
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SPIED: Volvo V60 T8 Inscription seen in Malaysia again
The second-generation Volvo V60 has been spotted in Malaysia again, this time by paultan.org reader Chris Khoo.
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Tokyo 2019: The Toyota LQ Concept Is A Car That Wants To Emotionally Connect With You
Toyota will display the LQ concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show this October.  The next generation of the Toyota Concept-i, first seen at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in 2017, is equi...
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Tokyo 2019: Toyota To Unveil Next-Gen Mirai Concept Next Week
Toyota recently announced that it will preview the second-generation Mirai fuel cell electric concept vehicle (FCEV) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show next week.
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Automation incentives to boost confidence – Madani
Incentives proposed for automation in Budget 2020 will help boost business confidence in investments, said Malaysia Automotive Robotic and IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari according to Be...
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Buyer of PLUS must ensure 18% toll reduction – LGE
PLUS has been in the news a fair bit lately.
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KLIA and KLIA2 get new ride-hailing pick-up points
In a media statement, Malaysia Airports announced that as of October 12, it has designated new pick-up points for ride-hailing services such as Grab, intended for passengers arriving at the Kuala Lump...
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Oct 12–18: RON97 petrol up 7 sen
PETALING JAYA: The price of RON97 petrol is down by 7 sen per litre while RON95 and diesel prices remain the same for the following week.
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Budget 2020 - Of targeted fuel subsidy and toll collections
KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, during the tabling of Budget 2020 in the Dewan Rakyat today, outlined the criteria for the Targeted Fuel Subsidy and also announced that there will be an 1...
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BHPetrol educates primary school kids on road safety
KUALA LUMPUR: BHPetrol is hard at work again to raise road safety awareness among primary school children for the tenth consecutive year for its "Cerah Ceria Bersama BHPetrol" programme.
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Renault ousts CEO in post Ghosn-era reset
Delbos would be supported by two newly appointed deputies during the interim period.
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Here’s your chance to witness how a child seat can save a life
Minister of Transport, YB Tuan Anthony Loke has made an announcement that the use of a child restraint system (CRS) will be made mandatory starting from next year.
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Budget 2020: govt to acquire Kesas, LDP, Sprint, Smart – tolls rates up to 30% less, free during off-peak hours
This just in. The government’s plan to takeover four highways in the Klang Valley has been given the green light during the tabling of Budget 2020.
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