Malaysian motor vehicle sales

How The Malaysian new vehicle market did in 2019

♦ The Total Industry Volume (TIV) in 2019 was 604,287 units, the first time that the volume of sales crossed the 600,000 level since 2015. The achievement was helped by a boost in December with total sales of 54,842 units, the second highest monthly volume in 2019. ♦ While sales of passenger vehicles rose by 3.2% […]

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Finance Ministry gives firm assurance that new reporting methodology will not increase vehicle prices during 2020

In the past couple of weeks, there has been speculation that a new tax structure will result in new vehicle prices increasing after the Chinese New Year period. The matter (which related to excise duties) was even documented in the Government Gazette at the end of last year, catching the car companies by surprise. Needless […]

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Mercedes-Benz and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group establish new joint-venture to handle smart brand globally

Mercedes-Benz AG and China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have formally established a global joint venture company to handle the German carmaker’s smart brand. Pending regulatory approvals, the company will have its global headquarters in Hangzhou Bay, Ningbo with operational sales functions in both China and Germany. The total registered capital of the joint venture will […]

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Land Rover New Defender

New Land Rover Defender gets advanced connectivity with world-first dual e-SIM hardware

Unlike its predecessor which was developed long before the electronic age, the new Land Rover Defender is filled with advanced technologies, particularly in the area of connectivity. At CES 2020 in Las Vegas, the world’s largest consumer electronics show which is on this week, Land Rover is displaying the 4×4 model as the first vehicle […]

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Toyota to build a prototype city of the future in Japan! (w/VIDEO)

When ‘Toyota’ is mentioned, the first thing that comes to mind will be the motorcar. This is the product that the company has been making since the 1930s and is a global leader in the auto industry. However, motor vehicles are not Toyota’s only business (in fact, textile looms feature in its earliest history) and […]

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Lexus Safety

Democratizing safety to achieve zero traffic accidents

It’s not so long ago that the safety provisions in cars – even those at the top end of the market – did little except provide protection when an accident had happened. Passive safety features, such as seatbelts, airbags and a strong body construction were the key elements. The thinking then was to provide as […]

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Daimler PPC

Tom Tom, Bosch and Daimler’s Predictive Powertrain Control help trucks run more efficiently

TomTom, Bosch and Daimler have announced their joint work on Daimler’s Predictive Powertrain Control (PPC), an advanced driver assistance system (ADAS), or smart cruise control, for commercial vehicles. Trucks can use TomTom’s highly-accurate ADAS Map and Bosch’s electronic horizon to automate driving functions on highways and, in Europe, on inter-urban roads too. The system is […]

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Autonomous vehicles

Teaching autonomous vehicles to recognise the behaviour of human drivers

The age of autonomous cars – vehicles that can operate without human control – is coming. It’s not charging at us but with the amount of investment and R&D going into such technology, there will come a time when the companies are ready to sell autonomous vehicles. The introduction won’t be global, just as electric […]

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Blue cars

Motorists continue to like the blues – for their vehicles

As the year comes to an end, PPG – a leading supplier of automotive paint globally – looks at the colours motorists chose for their new vehicles in 2019. Because PPG operates in some 70 countries, it has been able to get data on consumer preferences although it must also be said that the data […]

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