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Infiniti Q60 in Cuba
The late Fidel Castro probably would have approved of this. An American-born car designer of Cuban parentage tracing the roots of his parents' birthplace, bringing along with him the new INFINITI Q60 coupe which he designed – the first US-spec car registered in Cuba in 58 years. Alfonso Albaisa, the executive design director of Infiniti, grew up in Miami and currently resides in Japan overseeing four design studios across the globe. This was his first opportunity to visit Cuba and to see the curves of the mid-century modern architecture of his great-uncle Max Borges-Recio, which includes the Tropicana, Club Nautico as well as Borges Recio's own home. In the process, Alfonso may have also found the origins of his own design DNA expressed in the flowing lines of the cars he pens. #infinitiQ60
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Christmas is coming, so heres something that might bring cheer to Volkswagen owners in Malaysia.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia will indemnify owners the cost (in part or full) of repairs related to Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) for vehicles that have passed their 5-year warranty periods on a goodwill basis. There are conditions however; only cars manufactured up till Dec 2013 with a mileage of no more than 200,000km and a full service record by authorised dealers qualify; wear and tear parts are excluded. While the VPCM Customer Care Goodwill programme isnt an extension of the vehicles warranty per se, the repairs undertaken will get a 2-year warranty. The goodwill programme may also cover repairs not related to the DSG but these would be judged on a case-by-case basis. VPCM will also be announcing details on Economy maintenance packages for cars older than five years in due time.

Christmas is coming, so here's something that might bring cheer to Volkswagen owners in Malaysia.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia will indemnify owners the cost (in part or full) of repairs related to Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) for vehicles that have passed their 5-year warranty periods on a goodwill basis. There are conditions however; only cars manufactured up till Dec 2013 with a mileage of no more than 200,000km and a full service record by authorised dealers qualify; wear and tear parts are excluded. While the VPCM Customer Care Goodwill programme isn't an extension of the vehicle's warranty per se, the repairs undertaken will get a 2-year warranty. The goodwill programme may also cover repairs not related to the DSG but these would be judged on a case-by-case basis. VPCM will also be announcing details on 'Economy' maintenance packages for cars older than five years 'in due time'.
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The stingy ways of UMW Toyota with safety specs may be a thing of the past if the updated Camry range is anything to go by. Apart from adding a more affordable hybrid variant and replacing the 2.0G with a better equipped but lower priced 2.0GX, the newsworthy bit is the much improved safety specs of the four-car line up. In a nutshell:

- All variants now come with seven airbags, vehicle stability control and hill start assist
- The Hybrid Luxury variant adds Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (imagine rear sensors with a much wider field of detection)
- Driving video recorder is a standard fit for both Hybrid variants

Prices for the revised range are as follows (incl. GST and Insurance):
- 2.5 Hybrid Luxury (RM174,900)
- 2.5 Hybrid Premium (RM164,900)
- 2.0GX (RM159,900)
- 2.0E (RM152,900)

The stingy ways of UMW Toyota with safety specs may be a thing of the past if the updated Camry range is anything to go by. Apart from adding a more affordable hybrid variant and replacing the 2.0G with a better equipped but lower priced 2.0GX, the newsworthy bit is the much improved safety specs of the four-car line up. In a nutshell:

- All variants now come with seven airbags, vehicle stability control and hill start assist
- The Hybrid Luxury variant adds Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (imagine rear sensors with a much wider field of detection)
- Driving video recorder is a standard fit for both Hybrid variants

Prices for the revised range are as follows (incl. GST and Insurance):
- 2.5 Hybrid Luxury (RM174,900)
- 2.5 Hybrid Premium (RM164,900)
- 2.0GX (RM159,900)
- 2.0E (RM152,900)
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When you have a Japanese tyre manufacturer sponsoring a leading Italian football team with star players from all over the world, you're always going to get an eclectic cast for your promotional videos. Dubbed AC Milan vs Drift Cars, this short clip features Keisuke Honda (Japan), Alessio Romagnoli (Italy), Ignazio Abate (Italy), Gabriel Ferreira (Brazil) and Franco Baresi (Italy). Yes, Franco Baresi, the AC Milan legend. In terms of hardware, there's a Nissan GT-R driven by Masato Kawabata as well as a Toyota 86 piloted by Hideyuki Fujino, both are members of the Team Toyo Tires Drift. Happy Friday! ... See MoreSee Less

The third collaboration video between TOYO TIRES and AC Milan! While the AC Milan stars engage in beautiful passing techniques, two sports cars equipped with...

Red Bull Desert Wings 2017
Winter can be a bit of a downer for followers of Formula 1, MotoGP or even WRC. But no matter how your Christmas dinner turned out to be, you can always rely on the Dakar Rally happening once again. It starts on 4th January 2017 and will run across the plains of Argentina, Chile's deserts and the high-altitude terrain of Bolivia. Red Bull representation has just about every category covered - cars, bikes, quads and trucks. And they are called Deserts Wings.
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Porsche with free insurance.

If this isnt a sign of how competitive the automotive market has become in Malaysia, then we dont know what is. Often said to be the brand that sells on its own, Porsches official distributor in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance, is now packaging one years worth of vehicle insurance for free if you register a new Porsche before 31st December, 2016. The quantum of incentive might not sound much if your car is worth RM87,000, but add another zero to that sum to make the base price of a 911 Carrera (RM870,000) and the premium (incl. GST) would be worth just a shade under RM25,000!

Porsche with free insurance.

If this isn't a sign of how competitive the automotive market has become in Malaysia, then we don't know what is. Often said to be the brand that 'sells on its own', Porsche's official distributor in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance, is now packaging one year's worth of vehicle insurance for free if you register a new Porsche before 31st December, 2016. The quantum of incentive might not sound much if your car is worth RM87,000, but add another zero to that sum to make the base price of a 911 Carrera (RM870,000) and the premium (incl. GST) would be worth just a shade under RM25,000!
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Signs of life at Proton

Any event that ends with Bill Withers’ Lovely Day can’t be all bad. Proton launches fourth model in five months.

Ambassadorship done right