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Ducati Posts Record 1H Profit in 2022, 33,265 Bikes Delivered – Ducati Malaysia Sees 50% Improvement

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Ducati posts record 1H profit in 2022, 33,265 bikes delivered – Ducati Malaysia sees 50% improvement

2022 Ducati Streetfighter V2

Despite challenges faced in supply chain management faced by automotive manufacturers worldwide, Italian motorcycle maker Ducati has managed to post a record first half profit and revenue in 2022. The Borgo Panigale firm recorded 542 million euros (RM2.45 billion) in revenue for the first half of this year, an increase of 5.4% over the 512 million euros (RM2.31 billion) revenue recorded in 2021.

Operating profit for Ducati has gone from 59 million euros (RM267 million) to 68 million euros (RM307 million) in the first six months of 2022, a 14.8% increase. This translates to 33,265 motorcycles delivered to customers worldwide, a drop of minus 3.6% compared to the same period in 2021 which saw 34,515 bikes off the showroom floor.

Ducati’s home market of Italy remains its biggest, with 6,028 motorcycles delivered, followed by North America with 5,239 units. Europe shows strongly on Ducati’s order books, with Germany selling 3,745 motorcycles and France with 2,647. In the Far East, China is a significant market for Ducati, with 2,411 motorcycles delivered, a 12% increase.

2022 Ducati Desert X

Worldwide, the Multistrada V4 is Ducati’s best selling model as of July 2022, with 6,139 units delivered. This is followed by the Monster, with 4,776 motorcycles delivered, and the Scrambler Ducati 800 family with 3,999 motorcycles reaching customer hands.

For Malaysia, Ducati has posted 50% better sales performance over the same period last year. As for profitability, a similar 50% increase was recorded. Going forward, Ducati Malaysia is working closely with the Ducati Corse team for an exciting MotoGP experience for all Malaysian Ducati fans, said Dennis Michael, head of company.

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Still Less Than 1,000 EV Charging Stations in Malaysia, Infrastructure Development Has to Speed up – MOSTI

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Still less than 1,000 EV charging stations in Malaysia, infrastructure development has to speed up – MOSTI

Since it was announced last October during Budget 2022 that electric vehicles (EVs) would be completely exempt from import and excise duties starting from January 1 this year, there has been a steady stream of EVs making their way into the country.

With these incentives set to run until December 31, 2023 for fully-imported (CBU) EVs and December 31, 2025 for locally-assembled (CKD) EVs, things should move at an even faster pace next year.

However, the public charging infrastructure, integral to the growth of the new format, is struggling to keep up, based on their numbers at least. According to science, technology and innovation (MOSTI) deputy minister Datuk Ahmad Amzad Hashim, the number of public EV charging stations in the country is still low, with less than 1,000 recorded nationwide.

He said that the ministry had targeted to have five times that number in place nationwide this year, but to date, the number of EV charging points is still far below the target, as Bernama reports.

“Our initial target for this year was 5,000 EV charging stations nationwide, but the number is still less than 1,000. Efforts are being done now with the government calling all stakeholders to meet. This will allow us to look into ways to increase the number of charging stations,” he said.

“Our focus is still geared towards major towns, but we have also received requests from other states for charging facilities, which would allow these vehicles to travel from state to state,” he said, adding that the ministry is looking at ways to accelerate the development of the charging infrastructure.

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DBKL Teliti Beberapa Kawasan Lain Di Sekitar Ibu Kota Sebagai Lokasi Bebas Kenderaan Seperti Jalan TAR

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DBKL teliti beberapa kawasan lain di sekitar ibu kota sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan seperti Jalan TAR

Susulan kejayaan penutupan Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Jalan TAR) pada setiap Ahad sejak 28 Ogos lalu, Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) sedang meneliti beberapa kawasan lain di ibu kota untuk dijadikan sebagai lokasi bebas kenderaan.

Antara lokasi yang dilihat berpotensi untuk mewujudkan kawasan pejalan kaki di tengah bandar adalah di sekitar Bukit Bintang, menurut Timbalan Menteri Wilayah Persekutuan Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.

“Selepas Jalan TAR, kita bercadang untuk melaksanakannya di sekitar Hotel Federal kerana kawasan itu ialah lokasi tumpuan pejalan kaki. Bagaimanapun, kita masih dalam sesi libat urus dengan pihak berkepentingan serta orang awam dan sekiranya berjaya, perkara itu akan diumumkan nanti,” katanya seperti yang dilaporkan Bernama.

Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah pula berkata pihaknya menerima maklum balas positif daripada semua pihak termasuk peniaga dan orang awam berhubung penutupan Jalan TAR pada setiap Ahad.

“Oleh itu, kita merancang untuk membawa lebih banyak program dan aktiviti untuk menjadikan tempat itu lebih meriah. Perkara ini bukanlah sesuatu yang mudah untuk dilaksanakan, jadi kita perlu mendapatkan maklum balas orang ramai bagi menyelesaikan sebarang masalah yang mungkin timbul selepas itu,” katanya.

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Singapore Hikes ERP Toll Rates to Ease Congestion

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Singapore hikes ERP toll rates to ease congestion

Motorists who frequently drive into Singapore, do take note. Rates for electronic road pricing (ERP) in Singapore will increase by SGD$1 (RM3.22) at five expressway locations as a result of traffic build-up at various stretches of expressways in August, the city-state’s land transport authority (LTA).

The increase of rates apply to the ERP gantry on the AYE before Alexandra towards the city centre (8:30am – 9am), the set of three gantries on the AYE after Jurong Town Hall towards the city centre (5:30pm – 6pm), the set of four gantries on the southbound CTE after Braddell Road and the PIE slip road towards the southbound CTE (8:30am – 9am), two gantries on the PIE at Kallang Bahru and the slip road into Bendeemer (8:30am – 9am), and two gantries on the northbound CTE after PIE (7:30pm – 8pm).

The highest rates will be at the southbound CTE gantries, which will charge motorists SGD$4 (RM12.90) at the stipulated time between 8:30am and 9am. Before this, ERP rates were last revised in July, according to Channel News Asia.

Rates for other, previously unannounced ERP gantries and timeslots remain unchanged, according to the Singapore LTA. “With these adjustments, the number of locations and timeslots charged is still significantly lower than the number charged pre-Covid,” it said.

The land transport authority of the city-state said that it will continue to monitor traffic speeds and congestion levels closely, and determine if the electronic road pricing rates need to be adjusted further, according to the report.

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