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  • All-new Toyota Corolla hatch to debut in New York

    March 24, 2018 12:07 AM 33

    Toyota is making a big deal of a hatchback version of the Corolla being back. — AFP picNEW YORK, March 24 — Although the Toyota Corolla was withdrawn by the Japanese auto giant from a number of markets a few years ago now, replaced in most cases by the Auris, the Corolla is still the biggest-selling car in the world with more than 40 million sold to date. The Corolla

  • New ‘collaborative parking’ technology being tested

    March 23, 2018 8:56 AM 24

    Ford collaborative parking — Picture courtesy of Newspress/ FordLONDON, March 23 — According to a study commissioned by Ford, drivers can spend the equivalent of more than a whole day each year searching for a parking space. However, the stress of searching for that elusive empty space in busy car parks could soon be a thing of the past, and that’s because

  • BlackBerry to provide software for Jaguar Land Rover EVs

    March 22, 2018 5:33 AM 24

    JLR, which was bought by the Tata group in 2008, said last year that all its new cars would be available in an electric or hybrid version from 2020. — AFP pic LONDON, March 22 — BlackBerry Ltd and Tata Motors Ltd’s Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) said today they reached a licensing agreement to use the Canadian company’s software in the luxury car brand’s next-generation

  • BMW introduces new premium sports activity coupe BMW X2

    March 21, 2018 7:31 AM 30

    The X2 looks a lot like an X1 with a fastback roofline, although the X2 emphasizes its sportier credentials by being 3.2 inches shorter than the X1. — Pic courtesy of BMWKUALA LUMPUR, March 21 — BMW Group Malaysia has introduced its new BMW X2, a new compact premium sports activity coupe (SAC), with the ideal balance between sporty driving dynamics and exceptional

  • 2018 Maserati Ghibli now available in Malaysia

    March 20, 2018 8:27 AM 32

    The starting price for the standard model Ghibli is RM618,000 (inclusive of local taxes and duties), while both the GrabLusso and GranSport variants are priced at RM668,800. — Picture via MaseratiKUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The 2018 Maserati Ghibli, the marquee’s best-selling vehicle in its history, is now available in Malaysia with two models, the Ghibli

  • Peugeot targets DS turnaround after Macron endorsement

    March 16, 2018 2:24 AM 29

    French carmaker PSA unveils its new DS7 Crossback SUV car during a media presentation in Paris February 28, 2017. ― Reuters picPARIS, March 16 — Peugeot maker PSA Group’s struggling luxury DS lineup will end a five-year sales slump in 2018, divisional boss Yves Bonnefont predicted, thanks to its new DS7 Crossback SUV and a little help from French President

  • Porsche could build flying taxis, says sales chief

    March 3, 2018 12:52 PM 29

    The new electric Porsche Mission E concept car is presented during the Volkswagen group night ahead of the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt, Germany, September 14, 2015. — Reuters picFRANKFURT, March 3 — Volkswagen’s sports car maker Porsche could develop a flying passenger vehicle to compete with rivals in a possible market for urban air taxis

  • Pininfarina teases new concept

    March 3, 2018 1:00 AM 28

    Pininfarina HK GT concept teaser image. — Picture courtesy of PininfarinaHONG KONG, March 3 — There used to be a time when a motor show wasn't a motor show if it didn't have a least one concept car on show with gull-wing doors, but then things took a turn to the sensible side. But like most fashion trends that come and go, gull-wing doors are back in style

  • Toyota: US tariffs will substantially increase car prices

    March 2, 2018 1:40 AM 33

    A man walks past Toyota Motor's logo at the company's showroom in Tokyo November 6, 2013. — Reuters picTOKYO, March 2 — Japanese car giant Toyota this morning warned that US steel and aluminium tariffs would harm automakers and “substantially” increase the price of cars sold in America. The firm was reacting after US President Donald Trump announced

  • Renault green lights Ghosn for four more years at the top

    February 15, 2018 11:35 PM 36

    Carlos Ghosn was tasked with piloting the 'Drive the Future' plan. — AFP picPARIS, Feb 16 — French auto giant Renault’s board yesterday backed a new four-year term for chief executive Carlos Ghosn and set up his succession by naming a number two. “The board decided to propose to renew the mandate of Carlos Ghosn which will be put before the general assembly