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Mazda/Ford to build new plant in Thailand

Mazda/Ford to build new plant in Thailand

The new passenger car plant will be alongside the existing plant which makes pick-ups and SUVs New Mazda2 is likely to be first model to be made in 2009 AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT)?? the joint-venture manufacturing operation of Mazda and Ford ? will build an additional plant to produce passenger cars. […]

Daimler without Chrysler

Daimler without Chrysler

Daimler CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche next to a pylon with the company’s new name Selling off Chrysler meant losing the Jeep brand too Following the October 4th approval by shareholders of DaimlerChrysler AG to rename the company Daimler AG, subsidiaries around the world will also have a change in name. […]

Proton Neo and Waja launched in Indonesia

Proton Neo and Waja launched in Indonesia

Visitors checking out the?Neo at the 15th Indonesia International Motorshow recently Indonesian price for the latest Waja is equivalent to about RM60,200. PT Proton Edar Indonesia (PT-PEI), a subsidiary of Proton Bhd, has begun selling the Proton Neo and Waja after its launch at the 15th Indonesia International Motorshow recently. […]

Toyota Valvematic pushes fuel-efficiency higher

Toyota Valvematic pushes fuel-efficiency higher

After VVT-i comes Valvematic, a new variable valve lift mechanism developed by Toyota which is claimed to improve petrol engine efficiency by 5% [–] 15%. The new mechanism, announced in Japan yesterday, combines VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligent), which continuously controls intake valve opening/closing timing, with a new mechanism that continuously […]

Mazda rotary engine is 40 years old

Mazda rotary engine is 40 years old

The first Mazda rotary engine in 1967 40 years have passed since Mazda began selling its first rotary engine-powered car and in that time, approximately 1,970,000 rotary vehicles have been produced. Mazda remains the only carmaker that was loyal to the rotary engine although many had taken licenses in the […]

Renault uses Malaysia for Laguna 3 teaser campaign

Renault uses Malaysia for Laguna 3 teaser campaign

Remember the mysterious blue car which was seen in Mont’ Kiara, KL, some time back. For a very short while, there were various suggestions that it was a Nissan, a Proton, a Honda but finally, it was established that it was a prototype of the new Renault Laguna3. It was […]

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Consumer Study

Alternative Fuel Vehicles Consumer Study

Vehicles which run on alternative fuels or have hybrid powerplants have been around since the mid-1990s but it is only after the rapid hike in fuel prices in recent years that sales of such vehicles have speeded up, especially in the US market. However, in the rest of the world, […]

Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has begun accepting applications for its Toyota Environmental Activities Grant Program which is designed to support environmental revitalization and conservation activities, both in Japan and overseas, for the purpose of sustainable development. The program was established in commemoration of TMC?s receipt of the Global 500 Award […]

First Chinese-made MG cars roll out

First Chinese-made MG cars roll out

The MG7 adapted from the MG-ZT On the 59th anniversary of Nanjing Automobile Group Corporation (NAC), the grand foundation for the company?s ?NAC-MG Project? was laid in Nanjing Pukou New & High Technology Industry Development Zone in China. The NAC-MG project is NAC?s ?53 million acquisition of UK?s MG Rover […]

Fiat + Yamaha in MotoGP

Fiat + Yamaha in MotoGP

For the next two MotoGP world championships, Fiat Automobiles will be the new Title Sponsor of Yamaha which, starting this season, will be called the Fiat Yamaha Team. While Fiat?s press release declares that this is ?an original sponsorship deal which, for the very first time, links the four-wheel with […]