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Audi A3 wins World Car of the Year Award 2014

April 18th, 2014

Results of the annual World Car of the Year Awards have just been announced at the New York International Auto Show with the Audi A3 named as overall winner beating the BMW 4 Series and Mazda3 to the prize.

The A3′s win remarkably continues a winning streak of sorts by ensuring another VW Group MQB-based vehicle wins the overall gong for the second-year running following the Volkswagen Golf VII’s success last year.

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Volvo marks 50 years of child protection with new inflatable child seat

April 15th, 2014

This admirable spirit of innovation in the name of safety continues, and in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of its collaboration with Dr Aldman, Volvo rolls out revolutionary Inflatable Child Seat Concept, an innovation that makes carrying a child seat around a much more convenient affair than what parents of today go through.

Lawrence Abele, Design Manager at the Volvo Monitoring and Concept Center in Los Angeles and the designer behind the new seat, had his two children in mind while designing the concept seat: “For me child safety is always the number one priority and when we lived abroad with two toddlers we had to haul bulky child seats through airports and then into taxis. For many, traveling with young children is a challenge; any assistance to simplify the parents’ life with young children is a great thing.”

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All-new 2015 Nissan Murano set for NY debut

April 15th, 2014

Nissan has taken the sheets off its all-new third-generation 2015 Murano ahead of its scheduled debut at this year’s New York International Auto Show later this week. Sporting design cues previewed in the Nissan Resonance Concept vehicle from last year’s Detroit Auto Show, the new Murano, like its predecessors, continues distinguishes itself from the competition with a highly advanced and futuristic appearance.

The prominent glass areas of the first-generation Murano were retained and expanded with the new model’s design, including the use of its jet-inspired roof and D-pillars that appear disconnected from the roof that help visually lighten the cabin. Another key element is the continued refinement of the boomerang-style headlights and taillights, which were originally introduced on the Nissan 370Z.

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Jensen Motors Ltd revives iconic British automotive brand

April 15th, 2014

One of the most loved British marques of all time has a new champion in the classic car restoration industry: Jensen Motors Ltd is now trading from its Oxfordshire premises.

The company may be new, but its team has over 30 years’ experience in all aspects of restoration and rebuild.

Fully acquainted with Jensen-focused traditional techniques, machine presses, model range and history, Jensen Motors Ltd’s personnel boasts expertise across areas as varied as ground-up restoration, upgrades, engine rebuild and classic model modernisation.

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Volvo Trucks offering Classic Parts and Filter Kits at promo prices

April 14th, 2014

Owners of Volvo Trucks in Malaysia, particularly of older ones such as the FM9, FM10, FM12, and FL10 models, will get to enjoy promotional prices on parts and lubricants via the Classic Parts for Classic Trucks campaign and Filter Kits and Oil promotion.

The Volvo Classic Parts for Classic Trucks campaign offers special pricing for wear and tear parts as well as engine and chassis component to customers of older Volvo truck models. Developed to create competitively priced parts to second and third trucks owners, the classic parts are available in all Volvo owned dealers and authorized private dealers nationwide, the Classic Parts offerings are of the same 100% high quality and specifications as the Volvo Genuine Parts.

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Mazda SkyActiv vehicles hit 1 million mark

April 14th, 2014

Mazda’s new generation of SkyActiv vehicles, namely the CX-5 and latest full model changes of the Mazda3 and Mazda6, have collectively hit the one million-unit production milestone, reaching 1,040,000 units at the end of March 2014, two years and four months after production of the Mazda CX-5 began in November 2011.

Although Mazda had earlier began retrofitting SkyActiv engines into models such as the Mazda2, previous-generation Mazda3, and Biante MPV, the CX-5 was the first model to incorporate the full suite of SkyActiv technologies into is make-up encompassing engine, transmission, body, suspension, and chassis.

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Production version of Lexus NX to make Beijing debut

April 14th, 2014

Lexus has released the first details of its all-new, sharply styled luxury compact crossover ahead of its unveiling at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show.

Described as a mid-sized SUV by the company, the NX is Lexus’ first foray downwards from the RX in SUV market. It will go head against the likes of the BMW X3, Audi Q5, and perhaps the Range Rover Evoque.

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Mazda3 and Mazda6 commence production in China

April 11th, 2014

Mazda has commenced production of the all-new Mazda3 and Mazda6 in China ahead of the two model’s scheduled debut at the People’s Republic in May.

Production of the 3, known there as the Mazda3 Axela, takes place at the Changan Mazda Automobile Co. Ltd. (CMA) plant, in Nanjing, China, whilst the Mazda6 Atenza is being produced on consignment by FAW Car Co. Ltd. (FCC) in Changchun.

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New Shell Helix Ultra unveiled with patented PurePlus Technology

April 11th, 2014

Shell has unveiled an improved version of its Shell Helix Ultra fully synthetic engine oil incorporating the new proprietary enhancement of Shell PurePlus Technology alongside the existing Active Cleansing Technology that are claimed to offer improved protection against deposit build-up and sludge.

Alongside the launch of this new range-topping oil, the Shell Helix core portfolio has been restructured to help drivers more easily identify which is the best lubricant for their vehicle. The comprehensive line of multi-fuel passenger car motor oils ranges from mineral oils Shell Helix HX3 and HX5, to HX6 and HX7 oils with synthetic technology, to the fully-synthetic and top-of-the-range Shell Helix Ultra.

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Audi and JV partner to produce plug-in hybrid in China

April 10th, 2014

Audi and its Chinese joint-venture partner FAW will be launching a new plug-in hybrid model made in China specifically for the Chinese market. The Audi A6 L e-tron will be based on the long-wheelbase Audi A6 L developed specially for the Chinese market and will be produced at the FAW-Volkswagen joint venture plant in Changchun, northern China.

Zhang Pijie, President of FAW-Volkswagen: “Audi and FAW have been cooperating closely for more than 25 years. Together, we have built up the premium segment in China. Now we are cooperating on the next generation of automobiles.”

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