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Lightning does strike twice as far as the Japan Car of the Year award goes as Volvo took home the #JCOTY crown for the second year running -- a feat never managed before by a foreign brand. The win by XC40 follows last years achievement by the XC60, adjudicated by a panel of Japan-based motoring journalists and industry experts. See how the #Volvo fared against the top contenders below:

1. Volvo XC40 (363 points)
2. Toyota Corolla Sports (314 points)
3. Volkswagen Polo (197 points)
4. Toyota Crown (170 points)
5. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (156 points)
6. Mazda CX-8 (111 points)
7. Alfa Romeo Stelvio (106 points)
8. BMW X2 (47 points)
9. Honda Clarity PHEV (36 points)

Lightning does strike twice as far as the Japan Car of the Year award goes as Volvo took home the #JCOTY crown for the second year running -- a feat never managed before by a foreign brand. The win by XC40 follows last year's achievement by the XC60, adjudicated by a panel of Japan-based motoring journalists and industry experts. See how the #Volvo fared against the top contenders below:

1. Volvo XC40 (363 points)
2. Toyota Corolla Sports (314 points)
3. Volkswagen Polo (197 points)
4. Toyota Crown (170 points)
5. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross (156 points)
6. Mazda CX-8 (111 points)
7. Alfa Romeo Stelvio (106 points)
8. BMW X2 (47 points)
9. Honda Clarity PHEV (36 points)
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If owners of combustion-powered cars are to adopt electric vehicles, there has to be compelling reasons for them to make the switch. While the Audi e-tron GT is only a 'concept' at this point (production in 2020, showrooms by early 2021), this stunning-looking four-door coupe is the stuff of dreams and what EVs need to be. Audi reveals that the e-tron GT is jointly developed with Porsche, so it is expected to share hardware with the forthcoming Taycan. Assuming that no major revisions are made on this jaw-dropping design, Audi have the prettier car, by a mile.

With a wheelbase of 2900mm, the size of the e-tron GT is closer to that of an A6 than the A4, but it uses a mix of carbon-fibre, aluminium and high-strength steel body to pare down weight, with the lithium-ion battery pack (all 90kWh worth) spread over the floor to give it a low centre of gravity. And the GT will need that since its two electric motors generate a combined output of 594hp, giving it a 0-100km/h time of 3.5 seconds. Range is 'over 400km per full charge', based on the more stringent WLTP testing. #Audi #etronGT
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As predicted (and confirmed in a press release below), the Nissan Board of Directors voted unanimously to relieve Carlos Ghosn of his duties as chairman and representative director of Nissan. Now what?
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The board of directors for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. met today at the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama. At the beginning of the session, the board acknowledged the significance of the matter and confirmed that the long standing Alliance partnership with Renault remains unchanged and that the mission is to minimize the potential impact and confusion on the day-to-day cooperation among the Alliance partners. After reviewing a detailed report of the internal investigation, the board voted unanimously:

1. To discharge Carlos Ghosn as Chairman of the Board
2. To discharge Carlos Ghosn as Representative Director
3. To discharge Greg Kelly as Representative Director

4. To study the creation of a special committee to appropriately take advice from an independent third party regarding the governance management system and better governance of director compensation. Further to the mandate, the three independent directors – Masakazu Toyoda, Keiko Ihara and Jean-Baptiste Duzan – will lead this matter.

5. To approve establishment of an advisory committee chaired by Masakazu Toyoda and including Keiko Ihara and Jean-Baptiste Duzan. The committee will propose nominations from the board of directors for the position of Chairman of the Board.
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As predicted (and confirmed in a press release below), the Nissan Board of Directors voted unanimously to relieve Carlos Ghosn of his duties as chairman and representative director of Nissan. Now what?
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The board of directors for Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. met today at the company’s global headquarters in Yokohama. At the beginning of the session, the board acknowledged the significance of the matter and confirmed that the long standing Alliance partnership with Renault remains unchanged and that the mission is to minimize the potential impact and confusion on the day-to-day cooperation among the Alliance partners. After reviewing a detailed report of the internal investigation, the board voted unanimously:

1. To discharge Carlos Ghosn as Chairman of the Board
2. To discharge Carlos Ghosn as Representative Director
3. To discharge Greg Kelly as Representative Director

4. To study the creation of a special committee to appropriately take advice from an independent third party regarding the governance management system and better governance of director compensation. Further to the mandate, the three independent directors – Masakazu Toyoda, Keiko Ihara and Jean-Baptiste Duzan – will lead this matter.

5. To approve establishment of an advisory committee chaired by Masakazu Toyoda and including Keiko Ihara and Jean-Baptiste Duzan. The committee will propose nominations from the board of directors for the position of Chairman of the Board.
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Amazingly, for the 15th year in a row, someone named Sebastien has been crowned the champion of WRC. Between Loeb (nine-time consecutive winner from 2004 to 2012) and Ogier (from 2013 to 2018), the two Sebastiens (both French) have dominated the pinnacle of rally motorsport in an unprecedented fashion. While Loeb is still ahead in the title count, he won all of them with Citroen, whereas Ogier achieved his six titles with Volkswagen (4) and then Ford (2), with this year's crown going down to the wire in the final race in Australia. Ogier is returning to Citroen in 2019 and is contracted to drive for the French team for two years. There's still some ground to make up before we can talk about Ogier matching or even surpassing Loeb's feat, but you wouldn't bet your house against that, would you? #Ogier #WRC #FordFiesta ... See MoreSee Less

This low-slung, sporty-looking MPV could conceivably be the replacement to the Proton Exora. If your interest is piqued, you'd be in good company. The Geely Jia Ji (嘉际) is expected to go on sale in China in early 2019 and will offer a myriad of powertrains including a 48V mild hybrid, a plug-in hybrid -- both paired with a 1.5-litre turbocharged engine and 7-speed dual-clutch transmissions -- and a 1.8-litre turbo four-pot with 6-speed auto (just like in the Proton X70). The mild hybrid model is good for 190hp/300Nm from its 'base' engine, while the PHEV variant is capable of 258hp and 385Nm. Geely terms the Jia Ji as a 'strategic global MPV' and that it represents 'a new branch in Geely Auto's product layout'. If these images are anything to go by, the Jia Ji is a tasty prospect. So how long before it can become the Exora? #Proton #Geely #Exora ... See MoreSee Less

Because the cab and cargo bed of a truck arent prominent visual differentiators, how a pick-up looks from the front matters a lot. The heavily-facelifted Mitsubishi Triton with its bold and loud diamond shield face will no doubt divide opinions but we think this is the makeover which the truck needs, after the rather muted first attempt on the fifth-gen Triton. The refreshed Triton is expected to arrive in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019, along with mechanical upgrades and a slew of active safety features. Read more here: https://goo.gl/jgU7VD

Because the cab and cargo bed of a truck aren't prominent visual differentiators, how a pick-up looks from the front matters a lot. The heavily-facelifted Mitsubishi Triton with its bold and loud 'diamond shield' face will no doubt divide opinions but we think this is the makeover which the truck needs, after the rather muted first attempt on the fifth-gen Triton. The refreshed Triton is expected to arrive in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2019, along with mechanical upgrades and a slew of active safety features. Read more here: goo.gl/jgU7VD ... See MoreSee Less

The new 12.3-inch digital cockpit on the facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class. #NeverStopImproving #CClassRally #MercedesBenzMalaysia ... See MoreSee Less

With local assembly not on the cards and sales volume expected to remain stable (2018 will end with around 1,000 units sold), Lexus Malaysia is instead focusing on what it does best -- improving the ownership experience of its customers. Lexus owners who frequent the flagship showroom located at Mutiara Damansara would've noticed the refreshed facade and interior upgrades the utility underwent recently. It's clear that the 'spindle' is here to stay as the motif is generously applied to the architecture along with an upgraded ambience that exudes comfort and exclusivity; case in point being the high-tech discussion 'pods' which are akin to first-class suites found on passenger aircraft, as well as the use of new premium materials on all touch points. According to Lexus Malaysia, these cool features will be implemented across all showrooms (seven in total) eventually. On the product front, Lexus Malaysia will be unveiling two new 'entry-level' models soon, namely the all-new UX crossover and the seventh-generation ES sedan. ... See MoreSee Less

It's not quite Santa, but the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car is coming to town in conjunction with the Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018 happening on 2nd to 4th November. If you want to see the M5 Safety Car up close, head to Bangsar Village this Wednesday 31st October, there's also a meet-and-greet session with three-time world champion Loris Capirossi and grandstand tickets to be won. In the meantime, tell us which safety car you prefer 😉 ... See MoreSee Less

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