Run-flat tyres – an example of technology transfer from motorsports

Run-flat tyres, though seemingly a recent development, have been around since the 1930s although they were not as commercialized like today. From the 1980s onwards, most of the major manufacturers developed tyres that could continue to be used even when the air pressure was lost due to a puncture. This capability was initially required for […]

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Italdesign and Williams Advanced Engineering offer complete range of services to design and develop high-performance EVs

Henry Ford believed in his company owning and managing every aspect of making cars – including even owning the plantations of rubber trees that provided rubber for his cars. But as the years went by, specialisation began and while carmakers focussed on designing and manufacturing cars, some activities were also farmed out to other companies. […]

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Following Proton’s increasing sales numbers, Proton Commerce business is also on the rise

The momentum started in 2020, in spite of the pandemic situation, and put Proton in a strong position to accelerate into 2021. With an appealing range of offerings, cumulative sales in the first quarter of the year (Q1) were the highest since March 2012, with a large number of orders as well. This has created […]

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Daihatsu, Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota to jointly develop specifications for vehicle communications devices

The auto industry has been developing autonomous vehicles that can operate on their own, without human control, and sometime in the future, perhaps all vehicles on the road will move around autonomously. However, besides imagery and sonar scanning to detect other vehicles and road-users so as not to knock into them, vehicles can also communicate […]

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Toyota to use motorsports to develop hydrogen-fueled engine (w/VIDEO)

Motorsports have long been used for the testing and development of many new technologies which have eventually been used for everyday cars. Engineers who work with racing teams have to do so under challenging conditions that also require speed due to competition, and this provides fertile ground for developing new solutions to improve performance. Toyota […]

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2021 Tokyo Motorshow cancelled, next one may be in 2022 or 2023

The 2020 Geneva Motorshow was the first motorshow ‘casualty’ of the COVID-19 pandemic. Just days before it was due to open, the organizers were forced to cancel it when the Swiss government banned gatherings of more than 1,000 people. Thereafter, other similar events had to be cancelled as the pandemic swept the globe, forcing manufacturers […]

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Yamaha offers newly developed 350 kW/476 ps electric motor for hyper-EV models (w/VIDEO)

Yamaha Motor has completed development of an electric motor which it claims reaches the industry’s highest class in output density. This unit, which can be used in hyper-EV models to provide exceptionally high performance, is available for ordering for commissioned prototype development from this month. This would be useful for companies which are not established […]

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RM570 million Sime Darby Motors City officially opened at Ara Damansara in Selangor

Making the purchase and ownership of cars as convenient as possible is important to retain customers so they continue with the brand the next time they replace or get an additional car. For many companies, providing convenience has been through making retail outlets 3S – offering sales, service and spare parts. In this way, they […]

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DK Leather Seats Sdn Bhd enters Business-to-Consumer market

Demand for automotive leather seats has increased substantially since the 1960s with the rapid growth of the automotive industry. Once found only in the most expensive models, leather upholstery is now available as standard or as an option in all price ranges of cars. With this trend taking place, DK Leather Seats Sdn Bhd (DKLS) […]

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BMW continues to be the largest exporter of vehicles from the USA

BMW first began selling its cars in America in the mid-1950s and as their popularity grew, the carmaker began to consider making some of them there. The decision was finally made in the early 1990s, and Spartanburg County in the state of South Carolina was chosen for the factory site. It would be the first […]

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