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Proton was once at the Geneva International Motor Show

There will no longer be a Geneva International Motor Show. Over the 119 years the event has been run, numerous carmakers have taken part - including Proton. At the 2010 event, the Malaysian carmaker displayed the EMAS concept which was...

Federal Highway in Selangor in the 1990s

The Federal Highway in the early 1990s, looking towards Shah Alam, Selangor. On the right side, the open land is the Glenmarie area just cleared. Proton was starting to build its engine casting plant there. At the same time,...

The first Lamborghini returns to Geneva

In October 1963, a fairly new Italian car company presented its first prototype, a sportscar it designated ‘350 GTV’, at a motorshow in Turin. The company was called Automobili Lamborghini, founded by Ferrucio Lamborghini who had up till then...

A brief history of speed traps in Malaysia

Speed traps using cameras have been used in Malaysia since the 1970s when equipment supplied by Gatso was acquired by the PDRM. The Gatso cameras, which became popular with law enforcement authorities worldwide, were invented by former racing driver...

Origins of the 2-tone ‘floating roof’ styling feature

The 2-tone (usually black on top) colour scheme that has become common today can trace its origins to the first generation of the Renault Captur which was launched in 2013 in Europe. Although such an idea was available before...

Perodua has been offering free Tweckbot services since 2011

The Perodua Tweckbot team will be in Melaka this weekend to provide Perodua owners a free check of 50+ points of their vehicle. The location will be at Lotus’s Melaka Cheng and they will be there until March 10,...

Michelin’s 10-wheeler ‘frankenstein’ Citroen test vehicle

Ever since the first car was invented, engineers have made them faster and faster, resulting in greater demands on many areas of the vehicle. Not only did the stresses on the drivetrain and bodywork increase but the tyres –...

When James Bond used a Saab 900 Turbo

James Bond aka Agent 007 has been known to use many cars, with the Aston Martin DB5 being his favourite. Over the years, we saw him provided with different cars by ‘Q’ but never a Saab. In the Ian...

Mazda revives R&D team to accelerate rotary engine development

Nicolaus Otto and other engineers developed the internal combustion engine at the end of the 19th century. From then on, it would become the propulsion unit for motorised vehicles and evolve in different ways. However, while there were many...

Evolution of Ford showrooms in Malaysia

Ford first began selling its cars in Malaya in 1909. They would have been imported (from Ford Canada then) by traders who imported motor vehicles, among other goods, and probably parked outside shop lots in the larger towns. Birth of...

Proton’s forgotten TGDi engine

On this day in 2016, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, as Chairman of Proton then, fired up an engine which was in a room 10,500 kms away in the UK. It was a brand new engine intended to be the...

The unseen designs of Calty, Toyota’s advanced studio

Calty was Toyota’s earliest overseas R&D facility, having been established in 1973. It was situated in California, where new design trends often began and provided Toyota with ideas on the direction to take in future vehicle design, especially for...
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