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BMW i3 production variant garners accolades in the UK

BMW UK completed 2013 with several core engagements which included an update on its production electric vehicle, the BMW i3, and the upbeat trend of its best selling compact sedan, the 3 Series. On the interior amenities side, the Munich-based marque set an M laptimer iPhone app straight and introduced Music streaming service rara via the BMW ConnectedDrive.

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Shell Helix’s Driven to Extremes World Championship ends on a high note

The recent Shell Helix Driven to Extremes World Championship South African edition saw the Dutch Oil & Gas company treated 190 participants and guests from 23 countries to an unforgettable adventure on wheels and more. Multiple country contestants including the six winning entries from Malaysia joined in the festivities of the Shell Helix Driven to Extremes competition in Cape Town.

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Mazda to exhibit next-generation car connectivity at its inaugural CES participation

  At the 2014 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas, Nevada, Mazda will be exhibiting its next-generation car connectivity system, the Mazda Connect. The CES descends on the City of Sin from 7 – 10 January and showcases a myriad of breakthrough consumer electronics, gadgets and technologies. Last year, the CES had approximately 3,000 exhibitors and was visited by more than 152,000 attendees through the four-day exhibition, according to the CEA. Mazda Connect already instilled in the new Mazda3 The Mazda Connect, a next-generation car connectivity system, is already a regular fixture in the all-new Mazda3. And just for the CES, the Hiroshima-based marque will introduce an application platform that encourages the development of applications for use in vehicles. This will be the first time Mazda partakes in the CES. Mazda Connect is designed to offer the convenience and fun of your smart phone in a form that is safe and appropriate for in-vehicle use. At CES, Mazda will display its new-generation Human Machine Interface (HMI), developed with safety as its top priority to allow the driver to deal with a wide variety of information while behind the wheel. The HMI minimizes the amount of time the driver’s eyes are off the road, and includes a 7-inch center display offering maximum legibility, a Commander Control designed to be operated entirely by feel, and an Active Driving Display or... Read More

Volvo nabs IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recognition

The Volvo S80 has picked up the 2014 Top Safety Pick+ recognition from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), according to a latest release by Volvo Car Group. Last year, the Volvo S60, XC60 and XC90 had each earned a Top Safety Pick+ award, when IIHS extended its scope by integrating the small overlap test in 2012.

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