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Weekly Round-Up: JPJ Is Rebranding, AKLEH Will Be Closed Partially Until November, Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance Outlines 2022 Plan ( 2017-09-22 )

Road Transport Depratment (RTD) is rebranding

The Road Transport Department (RTD) will be rebranded so that it will not be seen as a department which inconveniences the public, said its new director-general Datuk Shaharuddin Khalid. He said he was determined to improve the department’s administrative practices and transform it into an excellent and top-notch road transport enforcement body in the Asean region. (SOURCE: BERNAMA)


AKLEH will be closed partially for maintenance

Several parts of the Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Highway (AKLEH) here will be closed from Sept 22 to Nov 15 for the Sungai Bunus Flood Mitigation Plan (RTB) project by the Department of Irrigation and Drainage (DID). Motorists are advised to plan their journeys and use alternative routes to avoid getting caught in the traffic congestion on the affected routes. (SOURCE: BERNAMA)


Toyota Yaris facelift launched in Thailand


Japanese car maker Toyota has introduced the 2018 Yaris facelift in Thailand. The all new Yaris is adapted the front fascia from the Yaris Ativ, a five door sedan that was launched early of the year. The Yaris is kicking with 1.2 litre Dual VVT-i four cylinder petrol engine producing 86 PS and 108 Nm of torque mated with CVT gearbox. On the inside, the Yaris gets the similar design dashboard like the Ativ, however, the infotainment touch screen is absent, replacing with 2-DIN audio head unit. The high spec gets push start and keyless entry, volume button on the steering, digital auto aircond and Optitron meter panel. Safety wise, the Yaris comes with seven airbags, ABS, EBD, BA, VSC and HAC as standard across all variants.(SOURCE: OVER DRIVE)


Singapore will continue hosting Formula 1

Singapore will continue to host Formula One races until 2021 after agreeing on a four-year deal. Chase Carey, Chairman and CEO, Formula 1, said: “The Singapore Grand Prix is a signature Formula 1 race and therefore we are very pleased that it will continue to feature on the calendar for a further four years. The first ever night race in this sport is one of the most thrilling events of the year, taking place against the stunning backdrop of Marina Bay. Meanwhile, Lionel Yeo, Chief Executive of the Singapore Tourism Board, stated that the race has provided an excellent platform for businesses to test bed new lifestyle initiatives and products. Thus, Malaysia is confirming that it will no longer host any F1 races from 2018. (SOURCE: FORMULA ONE)


Renault Nissan Mitsubishi alliance outlines 2022 plan

The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance have outlined their plans for electric cars in the near future. These new cars will include a new generation of electric batteries and motors which will also have fast charging capabilities and a range of over 600 kilometres. The alliance plans to launch 12 new electric cars by 2022 with shared platforms and many more models with plug in hybrid technology.

The companies will also streamline their other powertrain offerings, with 22 of the alliance’s 31 engines to be used throughout the organisation by 2022. These 22 engines will account of 75 per cent of the alliance’s output. As of 2016, only 14 out of 38 engines were used across multiple brands. As far as self-driving technology goes, the alliance plans on having a “highly autonomous” system, requiring continuous monitoring by the driver, available for highway use by 2018 and city use by 2020.

Under the new strategy, the three automakers hope to grow annual sales from over 10 million this year to 14 million by 2022. Revenues are forecast to grow from US$180 billion ($226 billion) in 2016 to US$240 billion ($300 billion) by 2022. (SOURCE: CAR ADVICE)


Toyota Launches New Sports Car Range For Japan

Under the brand name GR, which comes from Toyota’s motor sports brand Toyota Gazoo Racing, the auto giant unveiled seven cars remodeled as sports editions, including the Vitz compact, Voxy and Noah minivans, and the Prius and Mark X sedans. At the entry level is GR Sport. These vehicles tend to be more of a styling exercise than true performance cars. There will also be a GR Parts department for aftermarket upgrades. Buyers will be able to purchase products from the GR Parts range at Toyota dealerships as well as at new GR Garage showrooms. (SOURCE: AUTO NDTV)


BMW plans to ditch car keys

BMW is reviewing the necessity of car keys, says Ian Robertson, the company’s board member responsible for sales during Frankfurt Motor Show. BMW is considering to make BMW App on their customer’s smartphone to lock and unlock their vehicle. For now, BMW's smartphone app allows drivers to control various functions of the car and the ability to use a phone as verification before starting the car could replace physical keys. “We are looking at whether it is feasible, and whether we can do it. Whether we do it right now or at some point in the future, remains to be seen,” Robertson said.

However, getting rid of a physical key altogether could mean one less thing to carry around, but it could also leave motorists stranded if their smartphone malfunctioned, was lost or stolen, or the battery died. (SOURCE: IOL)


Proton’s Iranian subsidiary dissolved

Proton Holdings Bhd’s indirect wholly owned subsidiary Proton Motor Pars Co (PMP), set up in Iran in 2011 to engage in car assembly or building of vehicles and relevant accessories and spare parts, has been dissolved without starting any operation. The dissolution of PMP is part of the streamlining exercise undertaken by DRB-Hicom to close down companies that are dormant or have ceased operations. (SOURCE: THE STAR)

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