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Mercedes-Benz To Unleash Another Compact Model Come March 2015

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If you like what you’ve seen from Mercedes-Benz’s range of compact cars lately (A-, CLA-, GLA-, B-Class), you may be pleased to know that a fifth model from Stuttgart is set to make a global debut come March 2015 – possibly at the Geneva Motor Show.

Incoming is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Shooting Brake, which for visual aid, you can imagine a CLS-Class Shooting Brake (see above), but smaller. The baby estate/ wagon model will bear the same architecture as its compact siblings, with a front-wheel drive layout, a 4MATIC four-wheel drive option, and common engines from the existing pot of choices seen on its compact siblings.

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Would You Drive A Car Named Sergio? Not Even If It Looked Like This?

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A sight to behold, meet the Sergio. This exquisite piece of design hails from the legendary car design firm, Pininfarina, and has been officially green-lit for production to make the world a more beautiful place.

The Sergio’s underpinnings is based on the Ferrari 458 Spider along with the roadster’s 562hp 4.5-litre V8 engine and seven-speed dual clutch gearbox. Everything else however, is custom built as you can see.

This two-seater barchetta features half doors which rotate vertically to open, integrated headlights with LED technology, and a rear bonnet design meant to facilitate cooling of the engine bay while also projecting Pininfarina’s unique design DNA.

Moving into the interior, the Sergio shares much of the Ferrari 458 Spider’s innards to keep things functional and essential. Look beyond that however, and you’ll see a unique, floating, aerodynamic headrest which is connected to the roll bar rather than the body of the seats.

All this dramatic visuals are not just for show. The Sergio also showcases various aerodynamic studies and doesn’t even have a windshield, opting instead for a wing in the front bumper to improve aero.

It’ll be very unlikely to see one in the metal because only six will be produced by Ferrari, making it incredibly rare. Plus, all six have been pre-sold to customers selected by Ferrari.

Camo-Wrapped 2016 Audi Q7 Spied On The Streets Of Germany

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Audi’s range topping Q7 SUV is already entering its ninth year now, and as we have reported earlier, the German carmaker has already started working on a successor. The second-gen Audi seven-seater was supposed to unveil sometime end of last year, but unfortunately got delayed due to an emergency redesign.

Thanks to our reader Sam, for sending in the spyshots of the camo wrapped next-gen Q7 prototype. Snapped on the streets of Germany, these pictures reveal the true shape and design cues that will be featured on the forthcoming large German SUV.

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As you can see the front fascia is dominated by a 2016 Audi TT-like single frame grille and headlights. If you look closely, you will also notice that the LED daytime running lights are somewhat similar to the ones on the new Volvo XC90. Interesting….

The overall shape and profile of this behemoth however, is much sharper and less bulky than its predecessor. On top of that, the taillight appears to be slightly larger than the current model, while the new A8-inspired twin rectangular exhaust tips are nicely tucked away beneath the bumper.

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If you have read our previous stories about the new Q7, then you would have known that the 2016 Q7 will be first to utilise Volkswagen Group’s next-gen MLB Evo platform. The new modular architecture will eventually underpin various Volkswagen Group large SUVs including the third-gen Cayenne and Touareg as well as the Bentley SUV.

From what we hear, with the use of various lightweight materials such as aluminium and carbon fibre, the 2016 Q7 will be shed as much as 350kg compared to the current model.

Like before, the engine line-up will include a variety of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel units. For the first time, Audi will also offer a diesel plug-in hybrid variant.  Rumours suggest this setup can output 373hp and 700Nm of torque, while offering an electric only range of 50km.

The 2016 Audi Q7 is tipped to be unveiled sometime early next year.

That School Run Is About To Be Completed Much Quicker, Thanks To BMW

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BMW has just pulled the wraps off its second-generation M variants of its X5 and X6 models prior to its public debut at the LA Auto Show in November. And as we all know, once BMW gives the M treatment to its cars, they become something much more potent.

Starting with the engine, the same M TwinPower V8 Turbo engine is back in place for both models but has now been tweaked to put out more power. The 4.4-litre V8 that is mated to a pair of TwinScroll turbochargers now puts out 575hp (previously 552hp) and the already insane amount of torque is bumped up further to 750Nm (was 680Nm). All that power is sent through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which allows both models to accelerate from a standstill to 100km/h in 4.2 seconds and on to a limited top speed of 250km/h. Late to send the kids for football practice? Never again. Continue Reading ›

AES Implementation Has Reduced Fatal Accidents, Says Transport Minister

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Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai stated that the installation of 14 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras nationwide has helped lower the fatal accident rate by 36% in the past eight months, according to a report from The Star.

He added that an analysis carried out by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS), showed that with the implementation of the AES, only 12 fatal accidents were recorded compared to 19 prior to the introduction of the AES. Continue Reading ›

Malaysia Gets B7 Biodiesel Starting Next Month

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Beginning next month, Malaysia will start implementing the Biodiesel B7 programme for the subsidised sector, as reported by the New Straits Times Online.

The new B7 biodiesel will have an increased concentration of palm oil in its blend, up from the current five percent to seven percent in diesels sold within the Klang Valley.

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