Nissan has completed its acquisition of a 34% equity stake in Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) to become the largest shareholder in MMC, with the latter becoming part of the Renault-NIssan global alliance. With MMC expected to contribute around one million units, the Alliance is now expected to hit 10 million units for fiscal year 2016 (Renault and Nissan sold 8.5 millions cars last year), making it the third largest automotive group in the world. Nissan has also nominated four representatives to the board of MMC including NIssan Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn as its chairman-elect. In this video message, Ghosn outlines the plans for the newly constituted Alliance. ... See more
During the 2013 US Grand Prix at Austin, Texas, the Red Bull Racing team managed to change all four wheels of Mark Webber's car in 1.92 seconds. The world record achievement still stands even though the Williams team did manage a similar feat at the European Grand Prix this year. One of the key components that makes up for a rapid stop is the design of the wheel nut. As always, they don't do things in half measures in Formula 1. So for anoraks out there, there's nothing better than a proper boffin - Red Bull Racing team manager Jonathan Wheatley - giving a 'hands-on' explanation on the topic of Formula 1 wheel nuts. ... See more
The intense yet delicate task of managing Audi Malaysia's Facebook page.
Sunday, 16th October 2016 saw two blue ribbon motorsport disciplines decide their respective champions. Both Marc Marquez and Sebastien Ogier clinched their titles in style by winning their races. Marquez is now the youngest three-time MotoGP champion by taking the win in the Japanese grand prix, while Sebastien Ogier secured his fourth drivers' title in the World Rally Championship by winning the Rally de España. ... See more
It's heartening to know that in the seemingly ruthless and ultra-competitive environment of the car industry, many auto companies remain committed to their respective Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programmes. Contrary to mind-boggling suggestions by a certain politician telling companies (without CSR programmes) to channel their monies or funds to politicians or political parties, we like to think nothing comes close to the good old way of being there physically to lend a hand and showing that you care, as demonstrated by these generous folks from Ford and its distributor, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) in conjunction with Ford's 11th annual Global Caring Month where more than 20,000 Ford employees, retirees and dealers participate in hundreds of community service projects across six continents. The recipient in this case was the Lovely Nursing Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, and a total of 40 employees from Ford and SDAC participated. You guys are heroes! ... See more
Snazzy new Honda CR-V to be turbocharged; stays as a 5-seater.
The new generation BMW 5-Series is lighter, faster, smarter and more efficient than before (of course), and it'll have a plug-in hybrid variant in the 530e. But more importantly, is it prettier? You be the judge. ... See more
In the future, helmets won't be required anymore according to BMW. Its Motorrad bikes will be self-balancing, powered by a zero-emission source, yet retain the analogue characteristics that make riding fun. The rider's equipment - namely the visor and suit - is 'intelligent' and plays an integral part in liberating the rider so that he/she can enjoy the 'ultimate riding experience'. Cool. ... See more
If you think the car brands are having a tough time dealing with the Takata airbag recall, spare a thought for Samsung as it has just announced a halt to all sales and exchanges of the self-combustible Galaxy Note 7 flagship smartphone. If you have a Note 7, please stop using it. Full statement here: https://goo.gl/712BCM ... See more
According to Honda Malaysia, 23% of Honda vehicles affected by the Takata airbag recall from the Central region have yet to undergo the critical fix, this is in comparison to Northern (9%) and Southern (8%) regions. As such, Honda Malaysia is extending the operations of its temporary service hubs dedicated to Takata airbag replacements till 31st December 2016 as well as expanding its mobile hubs to shopping malls within the Central region. Note that these facilities are in support of Honda dealerships (you may elect do so at the dealers, of course) in an effort to reach out to remaining owners who have yet to replace faulty airbags that have in certain cases proved deadly. ... See more