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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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Downside to rising SUV demand
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 company lot. But a shift in consumer taste to more hulking vehicles is...
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VW CEO says electric car shift won’t hurt margins
MILAN: Volkswagen does not expect the shift in production towards electric cars aimed at averting billions of euros in European pollution fines to hurt its profit...
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Flux is Malaysia’s new car subscription service with a large selection of models
When it comes to content and services, we usually pay via a subscription.
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Flux Offers Flexibility In Car Ownership With Their All-Inclusive Monthly Car Subscription Service
Malaysians are spoiled for choice when it comes to mobility solutions.
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Car thieves able to overcome anti-theft devices: report
As vehicle security technologies advance, so do the skills of thieves who try to overcome them in order to gain access to vehicles.
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Luxury cars’ anti-theft devices prove no match for skilled car thieves
SHAH ALAM: High-tech anti-theft systems installed in luxury vehicles appear to be no match for skilled car thieves who are making off with vehicles equipped with sophisticated gadgetry.
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Audi Centre Setia Alam opens – four storeys, latest CI
Audi has opened the doors to its new 4S centre in Setia Alam, with nearly 60,000 sq ft of space and based on the Audi Terminal architecture concept.
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Tesla deliveries miss Wall Street estimates, shares fall 6pc
NEW YORK, Oct 3 ― Tesla Inc said yesterday its deliveries rose less than 2 per cent in the third quarter, missing Wall Street estimates and sending its shares down nearly 6 per cent in trading after...
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BMW unveils new X5 M and X6 M, now with Competition variants
It seems like we all just can’t get enough of performance SUVs (or SAV – Sports Activity Vehicle, in BMW speak), as BMW has just unveiled the X5 M and X6 M, now available in Competition guises.  ...
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Nissan may move British SUV production overseas on Brexit
LONDON: Nissan will consider moving production of its SUVs outside Britain if the country leaves the European Union without a deal, said people familiar with the matter.
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Cockpit of Mercedes' new Maybach SUV will smell like a bed of flowers
STUTTGART: The new Maybach version of Mercedes-Benz sports utility is set to be one of the best-smelling mudpluggers of all time.
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Caravanning with a VW Golf? Not crazy but do-able
WOLFSBURG: Caravanning is not a big thing in Malaysia but it is in Europe.
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Three winners for ‘Car of the Year’
PETALING JAYA: The CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards is back! And this year, it will be held at Hotel Istana, Kuala Lumpur, tonight.
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California startup Canoo plans to sell electric cars by subscription
NEW YORK: Canoo, a California startup that plans to offer electric vehicles by subscription, unveiled its first model at its headquarters in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
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2019 CarSifu awards: 3 top winners to be revealed
PETALING JAYA: The CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards is back!
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Honda to cease diesel vehicle sales in Europe by 2021
TOKYO: Honda Motor Co Ltd said on Monday it would phase out all diesel cars by 2021 in favour of models with electric propulsion systems, as the Japanese automaker moves to electrify all of its Europe...
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Honda to cease diesel vehicle sales in Europe by 2021
TOKYO, Sept 24  — Honda Motor Co Ltd said yesterday it would phase out all diesel cars by 2021 in favour of models with electric propulsion systems, as the Japanese automaker moves to electrify all...
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Ferrari's revolutionary SUV to be more powerful than the competition
MARANELLO: Back in early 2018, Ferrari made an official announcement about developing its first SUV, which was originally supposed to be launched in 2020, but has been pushed back to 2022.
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Will Europe soon see an electric car selling for under €10,000?
Renault’s K-ZE should be released in China sometime in 2020.
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Climate protesters tell carmakers 'the party is over'
People taking part in a bicycle demonstration on a highway to protest against climate-damaging cars, as the Frankfurt Motor Show gets underway.
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Porsche 911 is the most profitable car of 2019
NEW YORK: The most profitable car launched in the past year was not a Tesla.
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GM recalls 3.5 million US vehicles due to braking issue
WASHINGTON, Sept 11 — General Motors Co is recalling 3.46 million US pickup trucks and SUVs to address a vacuum pump issue that could make braking more difficult and increase the risk of a crash.
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Ford makes big electric push in Europe with new launches
FRANKFURT: Ford Motor Co said on Tuesday it would launch eight electric vehicles in Europe this year, a key step in its target of achieving a majority of its overall sales from electric cars by the en...
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Climate groups clamour for SUVs to be banned
FRANKFURT: Climate groups including Greenpeace and Deutsche Umwelthilfe called today for sports-utility vehicles (SUVs) to be banned as part of a wider campaign to curb pollution by the auto industry.
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paultan.org PACE 2018 visitor bought a Mercedes-Benz GLC, wins RM25k luxury holiday in lucky draw
What’s better than the joy of having a shiny new premium car in the porch?
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Aston Martin unveils first video of upcoming SUV
LONDON: Aston Martin had shared photos of an almost-complete prototype of the DBX in late 2018, showing off a sturdy capable of tackling extreme terrains from the Arctic to the sweltering deserts of t...
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Melting Greenland to host first electric racing series
LONDON: Greenland will be one of five climate-threatened locations to host the first Extreme E championship in 2021, the pioneering all-electric off-road racing series said today.
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Nasim launches new Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUV Plus
PETALING JAYA: Peugeot’s official distributor in Malaysia, Nasim Sdn Bhd, has launched its latest 3008 SUV Plus and 5008 SUV Plus sport utility vehicles (SUVs) with new...
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2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé to launch at Frankfurt Motor Show
STUTTGART: The new Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupé will be unveiled at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show which starts September 12.
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Nasim Launches New Peugeot 3008 SUV Plus And 5008 SUV Plus
The second half of 2019 begins with a bang for Nasim Sdn Bhd, as they launch the new Peugeot 3008 SUV Plus and the Peugeot 5008 SUV Plus.
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New Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Coupe exudes style and performance
The world just can’t seem to get enough of SUVs these days, so it’s no longer sufficient just to offer one body style for each SUV model.
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Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUV Plus launched from RM151K
PETALING JAYA: Peugeot distributor Nasim San Bhd has launched the new 3008 SUV Plus and 5008 SUV Plus.
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Peugeot 3008 Plus and 5008 Plus launched in Malaysia – from RM151k; 1.6L Active and Allure CKD variants
The new Peugeot 3008 THP Plus and 5008 THP Plus have been officially launched in Malaysia today, with Nasim offering two variants – Active and Allure – for each SUV.
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Claims data points to high-end electric car risks, says AXA
DUEBENDORF (Switzerland): Electric luxury cars and sport utility vehicles (SUVs) may be 40% more likely to cause accidents than their standard engine counterparts, possibly because drivers are still g...
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‘Tesla killers’ having a really hard time killing Tesla
NEW YORK: It’s a trope that’s been around roughly as long as Elon Musk has been in the car business: When a new electric vehicle is unveiled, it’s dubbed a potential "Tesla killer.” But from ...
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Audi Malaysia Launches All-New 2019 A6, RM 589,900
Despite having a relatively small market share, Audi Malaysia has been committed to rejuvenating their aging product range.
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Trusty Land Rover 'Disco' is still the Swiss army knife of SUVs
BERLIN: The brand-new Land Rover Defender is set to touch down at the 2019 Frankfurt car show, but a replacement for its more comfy mud-plugging sibling, the Discovery, is still not in sight.
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Peugeot to make a larger mark in Thailand with five new models
Peugeot is set to introduce at least five new models over the next couple of years in Thailand and models earmarked for this invasion includes two SUVs while the the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 will be the ...
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The magic is in the mix: Why tyres matter more with electric cars
BERLIN: Though they come in many shapes and sizes, EVs (electric vehicles) like the Renault Zoe, the BMW i3 and the Kia Soul, usually have one thing in common: narrow tyres.
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Peugeot 3008, 5008 to arrive in M’sia as CKD models
The Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUVs have surfaced on the French marque’s Malaysian Facebook page, which means that locally-assembled versions of the duo are about to arrive.
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Alam Perkasa’s new national car proposal – Mimco Alif EV SUV, Giugiaro design, 60k units/year, 80% exports
Italdesign Parcour, designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro The government is due to reveal its partner for its New National Car Project (NNCP), and we’ve just learnt the identity of one of the bidders.
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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV completes Pilot Sport family in Malaysia
With the launch of the Pilot Sport 4 SUV, Michelin Malaysia has now answered the call of high-performance SUV owners with a tyre specially developed to match their vehicles.
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Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV launched in Malaysia – new UHP tyre for SUVs, 17 to 23 inches, from RM700
There’s a new ultra high performance tyre for SUVs in town, and it’s the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV.
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Limited Time Offer – Volvo XC60, Low Interest Rate Starting From Just 0.62%
Crowned the 2018 World Car of the Year at last year’s New York Auto Show, the XC60 is one of the best SUVs on sale today.
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Mazda to CKD CX-5 2.5L Turbo, CX-8, CX-30 – report
Bermaz Auto, the official distributor for Mazda cars in Malaysia, is set to introduce the CX-8, updated CX-5 turbo, and the CX-30. According to a report by The Edge, all three SUVs will be locally ass...
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Honda planning EV platform for US-destined sedans and crossovers
TOKYO: Later this year, Honda's compact and fully electric modular Honda E will go on sale - but, only in Europe.
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CGSCIMB Research expects lower auto TIV delivery during Jul-Aug 2019
KUALA LUMPUR (July 19): CGSCIMB Research has maintained its “Neutral” rating on the Malaysian automotive sector and said June 19’s total industry volume (TIV) fell 30% month-on-month due to fewe...
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Mazda CX-30 launching in Europe ahead of Malaysia
COLOGNE: Mazda's range of SUVs is growing even wider: the Japanese company is set to roll out the new compact CX-30 in late September that's based off the Mazda3 and will start at about US$27,000. At...
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Electric SUV prototypes from China's Aiways attempt epic Xian-Frankfurt drive
XIAN: Aiways, the Shanghai-based personal mobility provider, has started what is believed to be the longest point-to-point drive of a prototype electric vehicle ever attempted.
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Volkswagen unveils advanced manual gearbox
WOLFSBURG: At a time when many drivers are opting for refined automatic gearboxes, Volkswagen has come up with a surprise new take on the trusty stick shift, which is claimed to save up to 5 grams of ...
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Mazda CX-30 Confirmed For Malaysia, CKD Plans Mulled
Following our earlier report in April, Bermaz Motor has now confirmed that the first ever Mazda CX-30 will be launched in Malaysia.
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Perodua to continue selling Alza despite SUV trend
Thanks to the global buying trend that is favouring SUVs, demand for MPVs is reducing, and it appears Malaysia and the region is in line with the general consensus.
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GALLERY: 2019 Audi Q3, A1 – what to expect for M’sia
Last week, we were on hand to test drive the new, facelifted B9 Audi A4 in the Italian Alps, which you will read about sometime in the near future.
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This Is The Last Volkswagen Beetle Produced, And You Can’t Buy It
On Wednesday, the Volkswagen plant in Puebla, Mexico – the world’s only source for the Beetle, bade farewell to the last Volkswagen Beetle.
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Last Volkswagen Beetle drives into the sunset
Volkswagen rolled the last Beetle off the assembly line on Wednesday, the end of the road for a car that ran from Nazi Germany through hippie counterculture, but failed to navigate a swerve in consume...
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New BMW X7 launched in Malaysia – xDrive40i Design Pure Excellence, 7-seater flagship SUV for RM889k
Here it is, the BMW X7, officially launched just three days after BMW Malaysia announced that its new flagship SUV was open for booking.
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Bye, bye, Beetle
PETALING JAYA: The last Beetle will roll off the VW assembly line in Puebla, Mexico, today.
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Slow transition to electric fells BMW’s CEO after just one term
MUNICH: When BMW AG picked Harald Krueger to run the company more than four years ago, he was the perfect candidate.
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The BMW X7 SUV is now open for booking in Malaysia
The boss of The Boss, the all-new and first ever BMW X7, is now open for booking.
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Extreme E electric SUV uses special Conti offroad tyres
LONDON: Two new Continental tyre types, specially developed for the off-road racing series Extreme E, made their global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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Big cats of Instagram: Pakistani elite’s love of exotic wildlife
Bilal Mansoor Khawaja beams as he runs his palms over the ivory coat of a white lion, one of thousands of exotic animals at his personal “zoo” in Karachi, where a thriving wildlife trade caters to Pakistan’s gilded elite.
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Toyota Mark X To Return With Mazda's Straight Six Engine And Rear-Wheel Drive Platform
Earlier in April, Toyota announced that it has performed the last rites for the Toyota Mark X. The world paid its respect, and grumbled that yet another rear-wheel drive sedan is bowing out as consume...
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In brief: China’s Nio recalls around 5,000 electric SUVs over battery fire risks
Chinese electric-vehicle startup Nio recalled nearly 5,000 of its ES8 electric SUVs after a series of battery fires were reported in the country over the past few months, The Verge reported.
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Credibility of minister, cops at stake in Koh, Amri disappearance
The home minister is one of the most senior officers in the Cabinet.
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Police's 'selective efficiency' gives us cause for serious concern
COMMENT | The Home Affairs Minister Muhyiddin Yassin is one of the most senior ministers in the Cabinet.
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BMW Motorrad unveils first motorcycle with electric powertrain
MUNICH: BMW Motorrad on Tuesday used the company's NextGen event dedicated to technological and service-oriented development to debut its latest motorcycle concept, the all-electric Vision DC Roadster...
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SUVs more attractive to women than men, says Aston Martin
PETALING JAYA: British carmaker Aston Martin is gearing up to launch its first SUV (sports utility vehicle), the DBX and its research has shown that it catches the attention of women than it does men.
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The Mercedes-Benz EQC will change the way you see electric vehicles
At the recent launch of the new S560e, Mercedes Benz Malaysia also took to stage the new Mercedes-Benz EQC as the first fully-electric production vehicle by the three-pointed star made its first appea...
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Upcoming NAP may bring some uncertainties to auto sector: MIDF research
KUALA LUMPUR: The upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) could bring about some uncertainties to the local automotive sector, as it could involve measures to support a potential third national car,...
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MIDF: National Automotive Policy could adversely impact auto sector
KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — The upcoming National Automotive Policy (NAP) could bring about some uncertainties to the local automotive sector, as it could involve measures to support a potential third...
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Nissan’s Survey: Sedans Are Not Dying, Millennials Bring New Hope
Globally, deliveries are of sedans of all sizes and segments have been on a downtrend.
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GM may revive Hummer as an electric car
The Hummer H3. NEW YORK: A zero-emission Hummer sounds as paradoxical as non-alcoholic whiskey, but General Motors Co. is mulling over the idea of building an electric vehicle that would bring the def...
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Kia teases Seltos SUV before June 20 world premiere
SEOUL: Earlier this year, Kia began teasing a compact SUV with nothing but design sketches and badge images.
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BMW Choose Your World roadshow from June 21 to 23 – check out the new G02 X4, F39 X2 M35i and G05 X5
Recently, BMW Group Malaysia introduced a range of new models in its X family of SUVs – the G02 X4, F39 X2 M35i and G05 X5 – and now the company is inviting members of the public to check these ca...
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Toyota Camry Is Now RM7k More Expensive, Priced From RM196.9k
Effective today, the selling price for the all-new Toyota Camry has been raised by RM6,988, bringing the new price to RM196,888 (excluding insurance).
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Ford uses recycled plastic bottles as underbody shields in vehicles
DETROIT: When you recycle plastic bottles, do you ever stop and think about where that plastic ends up?
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Mercedes-Benz GLB SUV with 7 seats targets families
STUTTGART: Just a couple of months after the concept version was shown off at Auto Shanghai 2019, Mercedes-Benz unveiled on Tuesday the production model of the GLB, the newest member of the company's ...
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Kia XCeed to get fully-digital instrument cluster
LONDON: The all-new Kia XCeed urban crossover will get Kia’s first fully-digital 12.3-inch Supervision driver instrument cluster when it is launched across Europe later this year.
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Toyota To Introduce At Least 10 EV Models From 2020 Onwards, Brings Forward Electrification Targets
When the first generation Toyota Prius was launched in 1997, many laughed at Toyota’s quirky hybrid.
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Toyota e-TNGA EV Platform Detailed – Basis Of Future EV Models
Just last week, we reported that Toyota and Subaru will be joining forces to develop a dedicated EV platform, which will form the basis of more models in the future.
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Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake is an AMG we may never get
It’s true that Mercedes-AMG will fiddle with any Benz they can get their hands on.
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Would you take this Hyundai Kona Hybrid over an HR-V Hybrid?
The Hyundai Kona can now be had with a hybrid powertrain as a response to European customer’s strong demand for more eco-friendly SUVs in addition to the Kona Electric.
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FCA-Renault revival may hinge on Nissan stake cut, says sources
PARIS, June 10 — Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV and Renault SA are looking for ways to resuscitate their collapsed merger plan and secure the approval of the French carmaker’s alliance partner Nissa...
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Ford unveils first pure EV to launch in China
SHANGHAI: Ford China has revealed the Territory EV, a compact SUV which is also the first pure electric model to launch in the country.
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Kia's new small SUV is named Seltos
SEOUL: Kia has announced that "Seltos" will be the name of its new global compact SUV.
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Toyota And Subaru To Jointly Develop EV Platform – New EV SUV Coming
Toyota Motor Corporation and Subaru Corporation have announced that both companies will jointly developed a new electric vehicle (EV) platform.
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The new Kia XCeed looks like a desirable SUV, would you want one?
Kia has just released first images of their new Kia XCeed crossover, a sporty and stylish alternative to their traditional large SUVs. Conceptualised at the brand’s European design centre in Frankfu...
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Jaguar's Ian Callum calls it a day, new design director named
Callum has transformed Jaguar design in the past 20 years.
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Perodua Aruz SUV reaches 25,000 bookings, 52% fulfilled; May 2019 sales reach 22,943 units, 106k YTD
Perodua is working to make enough Aruz SUVs to meet demand, and today the national carmaker announced it has closed the gap between orders and deliveries.
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Tesla Model Y SUV likely to be made in Fremont, says Musk
SAN FRANCISCO: Elon Musk said that Tesla Inc.’s current "default plan” is to produce the Model Y sport utility vehicle at its sole auto plant in Fremont, California.
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Ford v. Ferrari Is A True Underdog Movie Set To Excite
These last few years may have been a bit peculiar for Ford.
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The reinvention of steel could make car bodies 30% lighter
A red-hot steel plate passing through a press at the ArcelorMittal steel plant in Ghent, Belgium.
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New 2020 Lexus RX to offer better driving dynamics and new lighting system
Set to go on sale in August 2019, Lexus has given us a general outlook as to what the 2020 Lexus RX will offer as the brand commits to cement its status as a pioneer of luxury SUVs. One of the biggest...
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GALLERY: BMW X5 through the years – E53 to G05
Yesterday saw the preview of the G05 BMW X5 in Malaysia, and as usual BMW Group Malaysia took the opportunity to showcase a number of previous-generation models alongside the latest fourth-gen Sports ...
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Hyundai Santa Fe TM launched in Malaysia – 2.4 MPi and 2.2 CRDi, Executive and Premium, from RM170k
Six months after the new Hyundai Santa Fe was previewed at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) in November, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has finally announced the start of sales in t...
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Hyundai Nexo FCEV set for launch in South East Asia
SHAH ALAM: Hyundai Motor Company (HMC) and Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) are currently developing plans to distribute the flagship Nexo - a crossover hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) spor...
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New car subscription service starts trial in Malaysia, plans from RM999/month
Owning a car is a huge commitment.
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It’s not just avocado toast: American millennials love sedans
NASHVILLE: Recent research reveals that the youngest generations of US car buyers – millennials and Generation Z – may have their sights set on sedans.
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SPYSHOTS: G05 BMW X5 xDrive40i and G02 X4 xDrive30i spotted in Malaysia – both with M Sport kit
It looks like BMW Malaysia is gearing up to introduce the new G05 X5 and G02 X4, after both models were sighted at Ingress Auto Puchong by paultan.org reader Sean Leong.
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