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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...

ProJET and their much-loved hotdogs remembered

Older Malaysians will remember that there was a brand of fuel called ProJET sold 20 years ago. The ProJET business was a joint venture between American petroleum company Conoco Philips and Sime Darby which started in 1999. ProJET was the...

The first-ever ASEAN Car of the Year

While Europe can have a single Car of the Year (COTY) award that encompasses different countries, it is not easy to have one for the ASEAN region. The major markets have different tax policies that create different price structures...

How Citroen would have designed a cybertruck

Tesla’s Cybertruck looks like no truck you’ve seen before with its futuristic angular shape, flat surfaces and pyramid-like roof. But such a design concept was actually proposed in 1980 by Carrozeria Coggiola (which later designed the original Saab 9000)...

The first Car of the Year in Malaysia?

It's that time when Car of the Year (COTY) awards are being given out for the best of the new models launched in Malaysia. In 1974, almost 50 years ago, what was likely to have been the first Car of...

When Proton ‘exploded’ the Waja engine

In the early 2000s, shortly after the Waja was launched, Proton had a unique display at the Pusat Sains Negara in Kuala Lumpur which showed the various parts of the new car's engine. Different from the Wira engine The 1.6-litre engine...

Origins of the Porsche badge

Today, the Porsche badge is familiar to just about anyone and regarded as a famous design in automotive history. However, its design was not on the first car of the brand in 1948; in the early years, all that...
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