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MINICooperSCountrymanSport: ‘Built for theadventurer’ t u M INI Malaysia lastThursdaysurprisedguests after launching theMINICountrymanPlug- InHybrid,when itunveiled theCooperS CountrymanSports too.The formercarwas what theevent’smostly-mediaguestswere expecting,butMINIMalaysiawanted todo thingsdifferently, as itusuallydoes. Anyway, theCooperSCountrymanSports,which

achievedafive-starrating in theEuroNCAPcrash test, is the newestMINI tobe locallyassembled in thecountry.Malaysia isalso thefirstmarket in theworldoutside theNetherlands to locally-assemble thisCountryman. TheCooperSCountrymanSports isequippedwith the exclusive JohnCooperWorks (JCW)Package,with itsexterior featuringanall-newdesign.Thepackage includes theMINI JCWaerodynamickit,whichconsistsofa frontapronwith

built-inairducts forcooling thebrakes, arearbumperwithadiffuserdesign andMINI JCWdoorsillfinishers. There isalsosports

suspension,19-inchMINI JCW “CourseSpoke”withrunflat tyres,ParkDistanceControl in the frontandrear

sportsautomatic transmissionwithpaddle shifters.Thecar iscapableofdelivering 192hpand280Nmof torque.0-100km/h dash is7.4secondsand topspeedof 224km/h,while“onlyconsumingan averageof6.5 litresper100kmof fuel,” boastsMINI. ThenewMINIcomes inBritish

available forChilliRedandBritishRacingGreen. Theretailprice isRM245,888 (on theroad forpersonal registration,withGST ,without insurance)andyou’ll alsoget fouryears’unlimitedmileagewarrantywith free scheduledservice. It iscoveredbyMINIMalaysia’sfive-year RoadsideAssistanceprogramme,available forallnewMINI vehicleswithacomprehensive listofservices that include a24-Hour,365-days-a-yearaccidentandhelpon thephone andon-the-spothotline, free towingservicesandwhen needed (over200km fromresidentialhome),replacement vehicle,seamlessmobility,accommodation,mobility servicessolutionsaswellasrepatriation services. ThisCountryman isalso availablewith theMINIFull

and therobot-likePark Assistwhichhelps the driverduringparallel manoeuvres. On the inside, there isanthraciteheadliner, whichdetailsarealso seenon thesunvisors, the inner lighting housing,rearroofgrab handlesand theA,B andCpillars.There’s alsocrosspunch

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RacingGreen,ThunderGrey,Light WhiteandChiliRed.Theblackroof isavailable forChilliRed,British RacingGreen,ThunderGreyand LightWhite; while the white roof is


leather incarbonblack aswellasaMINI JCW steeringwheel. For infotainment,communicationanddriving experience, theCooperSCountrymanSportsoffers, for thefirst timeever,an8.8-inch touchscreendisplaywith navigation. It featuresasplitscreen functionallowing twomapviews tobedisplayedat thesame time.This canbeoperatedvia the touchscreen technologyor alternativelyvia theMINI touchcontrolleron thecentre console.Meanwhile, theMINIhead-updisplaykeeps thedriver fully in thepicture,ensuring thatnot just the roadaheadbutallkeyvehicle informationremains visibleatall times.Entertainment isbyHarmanKardon, whichhasa360-wattoutputand12speakers. Under thebonnet isa two-litre, four-cylinderMINI TwinPowerTurboenginepartneredwithaneight-speed

CircleProgramme,by the way.With80%margin offinancing,ownership

of thenew locally assembledMINI

Countrymanstarts fromRM2,998per month. Other thanat allauthorised MINIdealerships nationwide, thishotMINI is


BNor ‘ nothing ’ forPenang

alsoavailable at the“Volts& Vibes”roadshow whichstarts todayandwill last till June24.Go

towww.mini.my for

informationon theroadshow.

State assured



ifwewin, saysNajib

BY EDMUND LEE AND IMRANHILMY newsdesk@thesundaily.com G EORGE TOWN: Voters in Penangwere yesterday told that they can expect to get “nothing”, and continue to be hit by floods and other mismanagement issues if they support the Opposition. In a meet-the-people session in Balik Pulau yesterday, caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak said only with BN winning federal and state powerwill they be assured of a bright future. “More big projects

will come if we are given themandate to regain power in Penang,” he said at the event in SMK Seri Balik Pulau. Najib criticised the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition led by former prime minister T u n D r M a h a t h i r

Najib being received by BarisanNasional supporters at the event yesterday in Balik Pulau, Penang.

government had failed to fulfil the 51 p l e d g e s ma d e throughout the 10- year period of its administration. Najib said the s t a t e gove rnmen t

in Kampung Seronok, Sungai Ara. Najib added that toll charges will be abolished formotorcyclists using both Penang bridges if BN regains power in the state. “This is an additional itemwhich will be included in the Penang BN manifesto after discussionwith state BN leaders,” he said in his speech to about 6,000 supporters at the event whereNajib also launched 12Health Ministry projects worth RM1.64 billion for the state.

Mohamad, whomhe alleged is unreliable and cannot be trusted. “If you all want more (benefits), let BN win in the coming polls,” he said, adding that only his coalition canbe trusted tobringmajor changes to the state.” He said the Penang DAP

allegedly approved 39 hill slope projects compared to only four by the BN government when it ran the state. He also announced the approval of a RM10.5 million allocation to construct a flyover formotorcyclists

The caretaker primeminister pledged to abolish tolls for all motorcyclists on both Penang bridges.


Copwhodraggedmanoff plane sues airline WASHINGTON: A former Chicago aviation police officer who helped drag a 69-year-oldmale passenger off a parked United Airlines plane last year in an incident that drew international outrage is suing the airline and the city which subse- quently fired him. James Long, one of several of- ficers involved in removing David Dao from the April 9, 2017, flight tomake roomfor airline employees, filed the suit on Tuesday against United, Chicago’s Department of Aviation and its commissioner, Ginger Evans. The lawsuit, filed in the circuit court of Cook County, Illinois, al- leges he was not properly trained on how to use force. Video footage recorded by

other passengers showed Dao being dragged by Chicago aviation police, including Long, down the aisle of the plane. Dao had been asked to give up his seat to airline employees on a flight from Chi- cago to Louisville, Kentucky, but

he refused to do so. Dao suffered a concussion, a broken nose and lost two front teeth as a result of the fracas. He later settled for an undisclosed sum with the airline, which apologised for how he was treated. – Reuters

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