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Proton prices to go up this month

With the weakened Malaysian ringgit, businesses in Malaysia have been experiencing rising costs of production and the national carmaker is not immune to this situation, even though its cars have a high local content. The prices of all models will be increased by between RM312 and RM2,021, depending on the model and variant.


2016 Porsche 718 Boxster and Boxster S

The ‘718’ is a reference to the 4-cylinder Porsche 718 mid-engine sportscars that won numerous races back in the 1950s and 1960s, including the legendary Targa Florio and Le Mans. The highlight of the new model series, which will be available in Malaysia from the third quarter of 2016, is the newly-developed 4-cylinder flat engine with turbocharging which generates more power and yet consumes less fuel.


Toyota’s sales target for 2016

With the economic situation uncertain and an industry forecast of a 2.5% drop in new vehicle sales, UMW Toyota Motor has set a lower target for 2016. The company aims to sell 87,000 vehicles, of which 85,000 units will be from the Toyota brand.


All-new BMW 7-Series launched

The BMW 7-Series goes into a new generation (G12) for the sixth time in Malaysia since the first generation appeared in 1977. In conjunction with BMW’s 100th-year anniversary this year, the German carmaker’s flagship model is offered at a special price for the two variants which are the 740Li and 730Li.


Jaguar XE arrives in Malaysia

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has introduced the all-new Jaguar XE sports sedan, completing the marque’s sedan car range which has so far consisted of the XF and XJ model lines. The XE, which marks the brand’s entry into a new segment, has an innovative structure with extensive use of aluminium to reduce weight. Prices start from RM340,000.


Opel GT Concept

Although Opel cars are no longer sold in Malaysia, the brand is still active in Europe. It has a full range of models and also some sporty models. To show what its sportscar of the future could look like, the company will display the GT Concept at the Geneva Motorshow next month. It is proposed with a 1-litre turbocharged engine which can propel it to a claimed top speed of 215 km/h.


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Costco Maui Gas Station Hours

The station is open 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Yes, it’s a big deal when Costco opens up a gas station on Maui!

Not only is it the biggest gas station on the island, it is Costco’s biggest in the nation with 20 pumps. The really great news is the new station appears to be driving gas prices down as well, with gas stations in Wailuku suddenly offering gas around $4.20 a gallon.

Costco has wanted to add a gas station to its Kahului location for at least the past five years and now it has happened! The gas station was officially opened with regular, unleaded gas priced at $3.99 a gallon – approximately thirty cents cheaper than the island wide average on Maui.

Maui’s island wide average price for regular gas was $4.31 the day of the opening, which was down from an average of $4.54 a week prior to the Costco opening. The state average was $4.21 – the highest in the nation, followed by Alaska with an average price of $4.05.

“This will change the face of gas prices on the island”, predicted Jeff Cole, Costco’s Vice President for US gasoline operations.

The first person to pump gas at the station’s opening was a 93-year-old male Costco member who was selected by the company.

Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa was the second to pump gas at the station’s opening. Mayor Alan Arakawa issued a statement saying, “It’s about time. I think Maui residents will finally see some lower gas prices, thanks to Costco.”

The entrance to the station is on the Paia side of Costco’s Haleakala Highway entrance. The station is open 6 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

I drive from upcontry Kula to Lahaina 6 days a week. I am very happy Costco has brought their gas station to Maui. I went fill up my tank last week and antisipated a lone wait in line. Everything was very well managed and I was in and out in about 5 min.

Just about everyone vacationing on the island has to go by Costco which makes it very convenient when returning their rental cars before heading to the airport.

Maui timeshare owners staying at Westin Ka anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Ka anapali Beach Club or any of the Kahana timeshares and Kihei time shares will enjoy the savings in filling up their tanks on a rental car return.…

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Celebrating the 350 part #1: Chevrolet 350 V8

THE POWERPLANT (Part 1 of 2)

One of the great paradoxes of automotive history is that while the Ford Motor Company was the first mass manufacturer to produce affordable V8-powered cars, it is the Chevrolet small-block V8 that has gone on to become the most famous and loved of all eight-cylinder engines.

In naming the 10 best engines in history, Ward’s AutoWorld found a place for the Ford side-valve flathead V8 but the only postwar V8 from Detroit to get a spot was the Chevrolet 350 cubic-inch unit.

The postwar boom in the US created a huge proliferation of new models and, by the mid-1960s, what became known as the horsepower race. In our current era where the same basic engine might be found in Peugeots, Citroëns and the Australian Ford Territory, it is difficult to grasp the fact that General Motors was so rich that most of its divisions had a unique range of V8s and in multiple variants.

When the Chevrolet Division introduced the 350ci V8, Buick had a 340 (as well as its 300, 400 and 430), Oldsmobile had a 330 (plus its own 400 and a 425), Chevy’s closest sibling Pontiac had a 326 (and yet another 400 and its 428) while GM’s flagship brand Cadillac had a solitary 429.

None of these engines could match the production life of the Chevy 350 which made its debut in the 1967 Camaro 350SS, tasked with the challenge of stealing sales from the phenomenally successful Mustang.

Although replaced by the Generation II LT and Generation III LS engines in the 1990s, it was not discontinued until 2003. And it remains in production in Mexico as a crate unit for Chevrolet Performance.

To understand the significance of the 350 it is necessary to look at the history of Chevy’s small-block V8.

High-compression V8 engines had been a key element in GM’s postwar plan. Alfred P. Sloan Jr, who effectively ran the corporation from 1923 (as President) to 1956 when he finally retired as Chairman of the Board, wrote in My Years with General Motors: “At the close of World War II we made the projection that for an indefinite period the principal attractions of the product would be appearance, automatic transmissions and high-compression engines, in that order; and that has been the case.”

While Cadillac had always been GM’s top brand, Oldsmobile was usually the one where new engineering was first applied. So it made sense for the high-compression V8 engines to make their 1948 debut in both marques for model year 1949. The chief designer of the Cadillac engine was Ed Cole (see below).

In 1952 Cole was transferred to Chevrolet Division where the engineers were already at work on a new high-compression V8 intended for the Corvette. The view at the time was that without a powerful V8 engine the model would have to be discontinued as the ‘stove-bolt’ 165hp straight-six …