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Authorities says it has at all times inspired adoption of inexperienced automobiles by selling varied initiatives

Electrification will be the future, however some locations present higher progress than others. Right here, the steps being taken could be deemed small and sluggish, with hybrids and plug-in hybrids remaining a trickle within the bigger scheme of issues, and full electrical automobiles very a lot nonetheless a rarity. Price is the most important hurdle, after all, however as is the case nearly all over the place, authorities help is essential to progress. Domestically, insurance policies and initiatives haven’t been at all times been clearly and constantly outlined, which is why the point out of 1 a few days in the past got here as little bit of a shock. Talking on the Dewan Rakyat, deputy transport minister Datuk Kamaruddin Jaffar mentioned the federal government has at all times inspired the usage of automobiles utilizing inexperienced know-how by selling varied initiatives, and amongst these are a 50% discount in street....




Nissan to reject Renault integration proposal – no to merger, sure to equal capital relationship – report

In response to reviews, Nissan is about to reject a administration integration proposal from alliance associate and main shareholder Renault. The Japanese carmaker can even name for an equal capital relationship to interchange the present lopsided one. In response to Japan’s Nikkei, citing sources, Nissan’s administration feels the corporate has not been handled as an equal of Renault below current capital ties, and a merger would make this inequality everlasting. This has beforehand been cited because the contentious challenge that received former Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance chief Carlos Ghosn into the difficulty he’s in now. Dealing with costs in Japan, Ghosn insists that he’s a sufferer of a boardroom coup and “backstabbing” by Nissan executives against nearer ties with Renault. Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa declined to remark. “Now just isn’t the time to think about such issues. In the mean time we’re targeted on bettering Nissan’s earnings efficiency. Please give us time....


VIDEO: 2019 Nissan X-Path – Hybrid vs 2.5L vs 2.0L

The 2019 Nissan X-Path facelift is now formally on sale, with 4 variants and three engine configurations to select from. The two.0L and a couple of.0L Mid each share the MR20DD 2.zero litre four-cylinder petrol engine, making 144 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The two.5L 4WD makes 171 PS and 233 Nm of torque, whereas the two.0L Hybrid combines the identical MR20DD 2.zero litre engine that’s married to a 41 PS/160 Nm electrical motor. Xtronic CVT is customary for all fashions. By now, one of many few curiosities you could have is, how do they really stack up in opposition to one another? Is the Hybrid actually the quickest of the bunch, as per Nissan’s claims? Nicely, within the video above, we put all three facet by facet in a drag race to seek out out. To recap, the brand new X-Path vary is priced from RM134okay to RM160okay.....




SPYSHOTS: W213 Mercedes-AMG E63 facelift noticed

The W213-generation Mercedes-AMG E 63 4Matic+ is the primary of its lineage to undertake all-wheel-drive – as denoted by the 4Matic+ suffix in its full identify – with the intention to successfully harness the 612 hp and 850 Nm outputs (in S guise) from its M178 four.zero litre biturbo V8 engine. This powertrain is anticipated to stay within the facelift, although doubtless with some output development. Don’t be fooled by the lamp disguise – significantly on the rear – within the improvement automobile noticed on checks, as a result of the W213 E63 and corresponding mainstream fashions are anticipated to undertake the newer-style, sharper-looking items as seen on the sleeker-roofed CLS for its mid-lifecycle replace. Right here, the E63 continues to get AMG-specific identifiers comparable to deeper entrance bumpers with massive air intakes. The intakes themselves seem much like the pre-facelift, and the adjustments are prone to be additional alongside....


Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante revealed

That is the Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante, the convertible model of the RM2.88 million hardtop DBS Superleggera that we noticed in Malaysia final month. A good looking drop prime model of AM’s flagship coupe – what’s to not like? “DBS Superleggera produces a spectacular and relentless stage of efficiency and so for the Volante, we focussed on bringing that further stage of sensory overload that solely an open-top Tremendous GT can ship contained in the cabin,” mentioned govt VP and chief inventive officer Marek Reichman. Let’s begin with a Volante’s defining characteristic: the roof. Incorporating eight layers of insulation supplies and acoustically enhancing supplies, the material prime enormously improves the consolation of the inside cabin for all occupants when up, however permits a real orchestra of sound to pour into the cabin when retracted, Aston says. With a class-leading stack top of 260 mm for the automobile’s folded roof,....




Jaguar to keep away from large touchscreens, says design chief

Chances are high, you’re in all probability studying this from a touchscreen, a know-how that has grow to be commonplace for city folks at the very least. Automakers are heading that manner with automotive interiors as nicely, amongst them the Tesla Mannequin S with its portrait-oriented show situated on its centre console controlling infotainment and vehicular capabilities. Jaguar design chief, Ian Callum nonetheless isn’t so eager on the thought, as Bloomberg reviews. “Not if I will help it,” Callum responded as to whether Jaguar would set up massive, iPad-like screens in its vehicles. “In the event you’re driving 80-90 miles an hour (128-144 km/h), and you’ll in some nations, legally, you don’t wish to be flipping round an iPad seeking to transfer your door mirrors or your seat controls. You want to have the ability to really feel your manner by means of the automotive with out it for greater....


2019 Proton Persona facelift launched – fr RM42,600

The 2019 Proton Persona facelift has simply been launched right here on the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre, almost two months after Proton launched the primary set of official photographs. As earlier than, 4 variants are on provide, beginning with the Normal MT (RM42,600), Normal CVT (RM44,600), Govt CVT (RM49,600), and Premium CVT (RM54,600). Thoughts you, costs are decrease by RM5,000 in comparison with the 2016 launch, so there’s that. In response to Proton, there’s roughly 303 adjustments achieved to the Persona, so let’s dive straight into it. The outside revisions are fairly important – it now incorporates a new sweeping chrome trim up entrance that spans throughout your entire width of the automotive. Proton calls this the “Ethereal Bow” design, which wraps below the grille. In fact, the brand new grille additionally options the acquainted “Infinite Weave” sample we first noticed on the X70 SUV. The headlights are carried over....




2019 Proton Iriz facelift launched – from RM36,700

Whats up everybody! We’re on the Kuala Lumpur Conference Centre the place Proton has simply launched the facelifted Iriz hatch and Persona sedan. Right here, we’re concentrating on the Iriz, which receives a large number of latest options and enhancements – amounting to a complete of 367 modifications – wrapped in a reasonably substantial redesign. We’ll begin with the one piece of knowledge you’ve all been ready for, and that’s the worth. In a shock flip of occasions, the brand new Iriz vary kicks off round RM3,700 cheaper than earlier than – regardless of the addition of round RM1,400 value of upgrades and added equipment, in accordance with Proton – at RM36,700 for the 1.three Customary MT, rising to RM39,700 (down RM1.1k) for the CVT model and RM44,700 (down RM1.7k) for the 1.three Government CVT. The facelift sees the reintroduction of the RM46,700 1.6 Government CVT variant, which was discontinued....


Citroen C3 Aircross launched in Malaysia – RM116okay

Following its preview on the finish of final yr, the Citroen C3 Aircross has now formally made its Malaysian debut. Out there in a single variant, at a worth of RM115,888 on-the-road excluding insurance coverage, it enters the B-segment SUV class alongside its French compatriots, the Peugeot 2008 and the Renault Captur, that are already current within the Malaysian market. The C3 Aircross, which measures in at four.15 metres lengthy, 2.Zero metres large and 1.64 metres tall, with a 2.6 metre-long wheelbase, has the identical powertrain as that seen at its preview final November. The unit in query is a 1.2 litre three-cylinder PureTech turbocharged petrol engine, which produces 112 PS at 5,500 rpm and 205 Nm of torque from 1,500 rpm. Energy is distributed to the entrance wheels by a six-speed computerized gearbox. Gasoline consumption is rated at 5.three l/100 km on the NEDC cycle. Thus geared up, the....




SPIED: 992-gen Porsche 911 Targa on highway and ‘Ring

The Porsche 911 nameplate spawns a plethora of variants throughout every life-cycle, and the 992-generation mannequin is not any totally different on this respect. Right here, we’ve spy pictures of the forthcoming Targa, identifiable by its metal-finish roll-over bar and rear windscreen in distinction with the extra open construction of the 911 Cabriolet. Technical particulars for the 992-generation Targa have but to be launched, although the previous 991 and 997 generations have employed all-wheel drive for the open-air two-door. Powertrain for such a configuration is already in place for the newest Neunelfer, the place the Carrera 4S receives the newest iteration of the three.zero litre flat-six biturbo producing 450 PS at 6,500 rpm and 530 Nm of torque from 2,500 to five,000 rpm. From the daylight opening downwards, the 992-generation Targa seems manufacturing prepared, with camouflage tape utilized to the place the ‘Porsche’ script is positioned on different variants already....


REVIEW: Honda CB1100RS vs BMW R nineT vs Ducati Scrambler vs Kawasaki Z900RS vs Triumph Bonneville

Alright, we get it, retro bikes are flavour of the month within the Malaysian bike market in the mean time with the decision and value of nostalgia interesting to many riders, particularly those that have taken care of life’s requirements and the mounted deposit has matured. So, in a momentary lapse of purpose, the writer had the concept of gathering retro bikes within the litre-class, obtainable on the market in Malaysia through the official distributors, and seeing what was what. We gathered collectively, for the primary paultan.org Retro Bike Rumble, the 2019 Honda CB1100RS, the BMW Motorrad R nineT Racer, the Ducati Scrambler 1100 Sport, the Kawasaki Z900RS and the Triumph T120 Black. This turned an train in simpler stated than carried out and the logistics concerned in doing so had been… effectively… considerably troublesome. On this specific case, the place comparability is being made by way of design fashion....




Tan Chong Subaru Automotive (Thailand) launched – produces new Subaru Forester for Malaysian market

TC Manufacturing and Meeting Thailand (TCMA TH), a subsidiary of Singapore-based, Hong Kong-listed Tan Chong Worldwide Restricted (TCIL), along with Subaru Company (previously often known as Fuji Heavy Industries), has formally launched TCIL’s first meeting facility in Thailand. The power, which covers round 100,000 sq. metres within the Ladkrabang Industrial Property, is operated by a three way partnership firm – Tan Chong Subaru Automotive (Thailand) Restricted, or TCSAT – with TCMA TH proudly owning a majority share of 74.9%, whereas Subaru Company holds the remaining 25.1%. Positioned within the Ladkrabang Industrial Property, and occupying round 100,000 sq. metres, TCSAT is Subaru Company’s third manufacturing unit on the planet after its Gunma web site in Japan and Subaru of Indiana Automotive in the USA. The power was constructed with an preliminary funding of 5 billion baht. The plant utilises high-performance robotics at a number of levels of meeting, together with paint....


Authorities planning enlargement of AWAS cameras

The federal government says it plans to extend the variety of Automated Consciousness Security System (AWAS) cameras, particularly added at accident-prone places with the intention to enhance street security and scale back the accident price, Bernama studies. The proposal for the expansion in digicam numbers is on the overview stage, and the federal government can be reassessing the places of the cameras for higher effectiveness by updating their checklist of accident-prone areas based mostly on the newest information. At present, 45 AWAS cameras are in operation nationwide. Of the 45 cameras, 29 are used for monitoring pace restrict offences, whereas the remaining 16 are for site visitors mild regulation. “Extra cameras can be put in. The set up prices and digicam operations will solely be decided when they’re put in,” deputy transport minister Datuk Kamarudin Jaffar stated in response to a query concerning the price of buy, set up and....




Authorities might take away worth cap on RON 95 petrol when focused gas subsidy scheme is launched

The federal government might take away the worth cap on RON 95 petrol as soon as the focused gas subsidy scheme comes into impact. In line with home commerce and shopper affairs minister Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail, no choice has been made as but, however Putrajaya is exploring the accessible choices, The Star stories. “We have now two choices. We may take away the cap as soon as the focused subsidies come into impact, or we may keep it. The Cupboard has not selected this but. We may even should resolve on whether or not the focused subsidies will likely be based mostly on the present capped worth, or on a float pricing system,” he mentioned. Following the introduction of the weekly gas worth float system at the beginning of the 12 months, it was introduced in February that the retail worth of RON 95 petrol would stay capped....


Contact ‘n Go PayDirect now on out there on LDP

Contact ‘n Go has introduced that its PayDirect system is now out there on the Damansara-Puchong Expressway (LDP). This brings the variety of highways which are PayDirect-enabled to 11, with 5 extra resulting from be added within the close to future. Simply to recap, PayDirect permits customers to hyperlink as much as three Contact n’ Go playing cards to their eWallet app. As soon as linked, the toll fare will robotically be deducted from the eWallet each time a linked card is used at a toll sales space (both by tapping it on a reader or through the use of a SmartTAG), with none deductions on the bodily card itself. If the eWallet has inadequate funds, solely then will the fare be deducted from the bodily card’s steadiness. Nonetheless you may protect the steadiness on the cardboard when you allow the auto-reload characteristic within the eWallet. Reloading the eWallet is....




SPIED: BMW four Collection Convertible – top-down testing

As soon as once more, our spy photgraphers have captured the upcoming BMW four Collection Convertible out and about working street exams, and right here, it has been noticed with its prime down. Provided that this newest batch of photographs see the automobile in sun-seeking mode, it ought to be talked about that this forthcoming G22-generation automobile makes use of a cloth soft-top, changing the folding steel roof of previous. The four Collection coupe and convertible fashions have traditionally been two-door variations of its modern three Collection earlier than it adopted the brand new figuring out numeral, and as such this G22-generation automobile will draw closely from the Cluster Structure (CLAR)-based G20 three Collection, and can due to this fact have loads that’s basically related. This can embody drivetrain and the entrance half of the cabin and physique, and due to this fact prone to share most, if not the....


2019 Kawasaki Z400 SE ABS and Z250 ABS launched in Malaysia – RM28,755 and RM21,998, respectively

Now in Malaysia are the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABC and Kawasaki Z250 ABS bare sports activities bikes, priced at RM28,755 and RM21,998 respectively. Costs are really useful retail from Kawasaki Motors (Malaysia) (KMSB) and don’t embrace street tax, insurance coverage and registration. The Z400 ABS is available in under the Z650 bare sports activities in Kawasaki’s lineup and carries a 399 cc, DOHC, eight-valve, liquid-cooled parallel-twin that places out a claimed 45 PS at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm of torque at eight,000 rpm, fed by EFI. Energy will get to the bottom through a six-speed gearbox, with help and slipper clutch, and chain remaining drive. Braking for the Z400 ABS is finished with a single semi-floating 310 mm petal disc clamped by a two-piston calliper whereas the rear brake makes use of a single 220 mm petal disc with dual-piston calliper, with two-channel ABS. Rolling on 110/70R-17 and 150/60R-17....




Malaysia automobile gross sales knowledge for March 2019 by model

After a gradual month in February, automobile gross sales picked up significantly in March, with 54,776 autos delivered final month. This represented a rise of 14,938 items or 37.5% from that recorded in February. Right here’s a fast breakdown on how most manufacturers carried out final month. As denoted by the inexperienced arrows within the desk under, each passenger automobile model improved on their efficiency in comparison with what they achieved in February. When it comes to proportion features, right here’s what it seemed like for the highest 5 – Perodua (+35.zero%), Honda (+44.7%), Proton (+16.1%), Toyota (+25.eight%) and Nissan (+85.zero%). Others within the prime 10 additionally did effectively, together with Mazda (+45.1%), Mitsubishi (+77.6%) and Isuzu (+71.7%). Elsewhere, sturdy performances from Volkswagen (+90.9%) and Hyundai (+115.four%), however percentage-wise, it was Renault that confirmed one of the best bounce from February to March, with a 1,262.5% enhance. Within the premium....


SPIED: Mercedes-AMG GLS63 noticed – 600 hp V8?

With the X167 Mercedes-Benz GLS formally out, it’s solely a matter of time earlier than the AMG 53 and 63 fashions roll out. Proper right here, in line with our spy photographers, is a prototype for the latter. It’s nonetheless utterly camouflaged, however particulars just like the cross-drilled rotors (entrance and rear), gigantic 22-inch wheels, and quad trapezoidal exhaust exits all level in direction of the AMG 63 badge. In any case, the highest GLS is more likely to share the identical M178 four.Zero litre biturbo V8 because the upcoming GLE 63, outputting round 600 hp and 850 Nm of torque. The M178 engine may also be discovered within the present E 63 S, AMG GT and G63. Within the E 63 S, the output allows a Zero-100 km/h time of three.four seconds, whereas the highest velocity is electronically restricted to 250 km/h. At launch, the GLS 63 might probably....




2019 Vary Rover Evoque: 5-stars in Euro NCAP take a look at

The second-generation Land Rover Vary Rover Evoque has been awarded 5 stars within the newest crash security take a look at by Euro NCAP, placing it on equal footing because the Velar and Discovery, each of which have been not too long ago awarded the 5 star score. The Evoque scored 94% for grownup occupant security, which is the best ever achieved by any Jaguar Land Rover product. Little one security occupant can also be commendable, with a rating of 87%. Pedestrian and security help methods, then again, are rated at 72% and 73% respectively. To recap, the most recent L551 Vary Rover Evoque is nearly dimensionally equivalent to its predecessor, however sits on the automaker’s new mixed-material Premium Transverse Structure that’s each safer and presents extra inside area than earlier than. The platform additionally permits electrification expertise – the Evoque might be had with a 48-volt mild-hybrid model, although....


New Renault Megane RS 280 Cup previewed in Malaysia – handbook and dual-clutch, from RM280ok

Say good day to the newest scorching hatch on the town, the brand new Renault Megane RS. Renault Sport’s newest Megane enters the senior sports activities hatchback area that has the Honda Civic Kind R and Volkswagen Golf R – each are additionally formally offered in Malaysia. In fact, the Megane RS is not any stranger to our market, however lots has modified within the transition to this newest era. Based mostly on the fourth-generation C-segment Megane hatchback, which doesn’t have a three-door model, the newest Megane RS is five-door hatch. Which means two extra doorways than the earlier RS, which bodystyle Renault did try to model as a coupe. It’s much less distinct consequently, however that’s not likely an issue since its rivals have the identical format (ten items of the three-door Golf R have been offered right here, although). Additionally totally different is the engine, which is now....




Toyo Proxes TR1 launched: replaces T1R, from RM199

On the Sepang Worldwide Circuit this morning, the Toyo Proxes TR1 was formally launched for the Malaysian market. The brand new Extremely Excessive Efficiency tyre replaces the Proxes T1R, that includes an uneven tyre sample that Toyo Tires says improves moist climate efficiency and cornering stability. The TR1 merges the designs of the Proxes T1R and the Proxes Sport, with the previous’s lengthy slanted groves and lateral slits contributing to higher water drainage. The broad grooves, high-stiffness rib and tapered slits, alternatively, are lifted from the Proxes Sport, growing cornering grip and stability in addition to additional enhancing water drainage. A brand new characteristic of the Proxes TR1 is the “put on course of finder” indicator, utilizing 5 stars to indicate tyre put on – customers are extremely really helpful to interchange their tyres at zero stars. The supplies are one other spotlight, with Tremendous Energetic Polymers and a excessive....


AD: Can changing your automobile’s gas hoses enhance your well being, your automobile’s efficiency and the setting?

A typical automobile gas system is made up of some sections; every use a unique kind of hose It in all probability by no means crossed your thoughts, however do you know that by merely changing an usually neglected half in your automobile, you may enhance not simply its efficiency, but additionally your well being and the setting? We’re speaking about your automobile’s gas traces and the hoses that make up the gas system. In a nutshell, the gas traces take gas out of your automobile’s tank – by way of a gas pump – to the digital gas injection (EFI) system utilized by all fashionable vehicles. The injected gas is ignited within the combustion chamber and generates the power required to energy the automobile. The gas line consists of hoses with tubing and different parts. Petrol is very flammable, which is why guaranteeing the integrity of a automobile’s gas....




Petronas AutoExpert car servicing makes world debut in Malaysia, 100 shops worldwide inside 5 years

Petronas Lubricants in the present day launched the primary Petronas AutoExpert service centre in Malaysia. The outlet within the nation is operated by Autohaus KL in Shah Alam, Selangor, and is the primary in a future chain of service centres that Petronas goals to develop not simply regionally, however globally. The corporate has set its sights on growth throughout 30 international locations within the subsequent 5 years, and is focusing on the introduction of 100 shops throughout the globe, in markets corresponding to China, India in addition to international locations in Latin America and Europe. The Autohaus KL outlet will function seven days every week from 9 am to six.30 pm, besides on public holidays. It’s staffed by 12 personnel and options 14 car work bays, and has the capability to service as much as 40 automobiles every day. Within the case of Autohaus KL, clients at this Shah Alam....


March 2019 Malaysian automobile gross sales rebound, up 37%

The Malaysian Automotive Affiliation (MAA) has launched gross sales and manufacturing figures for the month of March 2019, and after a mushy February, issues improved considerably in March. A complete of 54,776 automobiles had been delivered in March, which is 14,938 models or 37.5% increased than the 39,838 models that had been recorded in February. The efficiency was additionally higher by 9.58% than the corresponding interval final yr, through which 49,987 automobiles had been bought. The year-to-date whole business quantity (TIV) numbers for the primary three months of the yr stands at 143,064 models, an enchancment over the 135,110 models in the identical interval final yr. In keeping with the affiliation, the upper gross sales figures was a results of an extended working month and in addition because of the rush for deliveries by corporations having their monetary yr ending on March 31. It added that the outlook for April....




Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato makes a comeback – 38 items solely, 19 Coupe and 19 Speedster fashions

Now this one actually is shocking. Keep in mind the Aston Martin V12 Zagato from 2012? Nicely, that’s about to make a comeback. Italian impartial coach-building firm, Zagato, has introduced that it’s going to construct 38 items of the particular mannequin, though this time manufacturing can be break up into 19 Coupes and 19 Speedsters. That’s proper people, the Vantage V12 can be obtainable as a Speedster for the primary time (Aston Martin by no means made a Speedster mannequin of the Vantage earlier than). Each fashions are constructed to commemorate Zagato’s 100th anniversary, and their official identify is sort of a mouthful – the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage TWINS by R-Reforged. Based on Zagato, the pair will get the standard bespoke remedy, this time paying tribute to the design language from the 1950s and 1960s. Firm boss Dr Andrea Zagato mentioned: “The Aston Martin V12 Zagato Heritage....


VIDEO: Chatting with Proton designer Azlan Othman

It’s an fascinating time for Proton, because the nationwide carmaker experiences its greatest change but by its partnership with Geely. With the X70 SUV grabbing the headlines and with many extra Geely-based fashions coming quickly, the corporate is at a crossroads because it nonetheless must promote its indigenously-designed merchandise. We are able to begin to see its technique in updating the latter because it gears up for the launch of the facelifted Iriz and Persona, that are extra intently aligned to the design seen on the X70. We had fairly a number of questions, and by chance Proton’s chief designer Azlan Othman was available to reply them and provides us some clues concerning its future design course. Why do the Iriz and Persona proceed to have considerably totally different entrance finish designs? How a lot native enter will the locally-assembled X70 have? And the way a lot of a job....




Man purchased a Ford Ranger, wins a Ford Ranger Raptor

Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the only real distributor for Ford in Malaysia, lately concluded its “Purchase a brand new Ranger, win a Ranger Raptor” contest by handing over the keys of a Ranger Raptor to the unbelievably fortunate winner. Shahrul Iman bin Sulaiman from Pahang bought a brand new Ford Ranger XLT Plus and now has two Rangers, together with the fascinating Ford Efficiency truck. “Profitable the Ranger Raptor was one thing surprising and is unquestionably the most important win in my life. Thanks Sime Darby Auto ConneXion and Ford – I can undoubtedly drive residence in type this Raya,” he stated, clearly understating issues. The “Purchase a brand new Ranger, win a Ranger Raptor” contest ran from October 2018 to January 31 this yr along side the launch of the facelifted Ford Ranger. The RM199,888 Ranger Raptor is powered by a 2.zero litre EcoBlue bi-turbo diesel with 213....


April 2019 week 4 gas value – RON 97 up as soon as extra

One other Friday, one other weekly gas value replace. No pleasure for RON 97 petrol customers, as a result of the gas goes up as soon as extra, and this time it’s fairly a leap. As of tomorrow, April 20, RON 97 will probably be priced at RM2.80 per litre (up 12 sen from its RM2.68 final week). There’s in fact no change within the value of RON 95 petrol, which continues to be pegged at RM2.08 per litre, the utmost value customers pay irrespective of whether or not excessive market costs push pump costs past that. Likewise, the pegged Euro 2M diesel continues to be priced at RM2.18 per litre, whereas Euro 5 diesel – which is all the time 10 sen extra – is at RM2.28 per litre. The federal government says that with out the worth cap in place, RON 95 petrol would price RM2.50 per litre,....




Subaru confirms there might be a next-generation BRZ

Sports activities automobile followers hoping for a second-generation Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ, now you can breathe a sigh of reduction. In line with an article posted by Drive, Subaru has confirmed that it’s going to hold the rear-wheel drive coupe in its line-up. We’re engaged on it. There might be a second-generation BRZ,” mentioned a Subaru spokesperson. Particulars on the platform that might be used for the all-new Toyobaru twins stay a thriller for now, with Subaru saying its newest SGP platform is not going to be used because it was strictly developed for all-wheel drive purposes. The Subaru World Platform can already be discovered within the present Impreza, XV, Ascent, Forester, Legacy and Outback. “It’s a really versatile platform, however we make all-wheel drive automobiles. That’s our forte, all-wheel drive,” defined Thomas Doll, chief government officer of Subaru of America. Of their present kind, the Toyobaru twins use an tailored....


Ferrari F8 Tributo debuts in Malaysia – fr. RM1.068 mil

Naza Italia has formally launched the Ferrari F8 Tributo together with the 10th anniversary celebrations of Ferrari Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. We’re the primary nation within the area (and the second after China) to showcase the 488 GTB substitute, which made its debut final month in Geneva. Measuring four,611 mm lengthy, 1,979 mm huge and 1,206 mm tall, the F8 is marginally longer (+43 mm), wider (+27 mm) and decrease (-7 mm) than the 488 GTB. It’s additionally lighter – with light-weight choices, the F8 ideas the scales at 1,330 kg, which is 55 kg lighter than the 488 Pista (1,385 kg). The corporate says that the outside styling of the automotive showcases components of a brand new design language that the corporate is heading in direction of. The modifications usually are not simply geared in direction of the visible, however supply a 10% enchancment in aerodynamic effectivity over the....




FIRST LOOK: 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift – fr RM110ok

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra facelift has lastly landed on Malaysian shores, with the one 2.0L Government mannequin on sale for RM109,888 (on-the-road with out insurance coverage). Included within the value is a five-year/300,000 km guarantee, in addition to 24-hour highway help. Below the bonnet, the Elantra is powered by the prevailing 2.zero litre Nu naturally-aspirated four-cylinder that makes 152 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at four,000 rpm. The mill is paired to a six-speed computerized transmission, with drive directed to the entrance wheels. Sadly, the Elantra Sport with the 1.6 litre T-GDI has been dropped from the vary. As you’d have the ability to inform, the outside design is nearly fully overhauled. Options embody halogen projector headlights, LED daytime operating lights, 17-inch five-spoke alloy wheels shod with 225/45 profile tyres, leather-based upholstery, three.5-inch TFT-LCD multi-info instrument cluster show, seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system (with Android Auto and....


VIDEO: Contact ‘n Go, RFID, PayDirect – what do Malaysian drivers consider them; the nice and the unhealthy

Contact ‘n Go is just about half and parcel of life for Malaysian drivers. It’s in all probability protected to say that nobody actually likes paying toll in Malaysia, however for individuals who use the Contact ‘n Go card, SmartTAG, Contact ‘n Go eWallet, RFID and now PayDirect, there’s no denying that each layer of innovation makes doing the deed extra handy. When you’ve got not heard of PayDirect, it basically permits customers to hyperlink as much as three Contact n’ Go playing cards to their eWallet app. As soon as linked, the toll cost will mechanically be deducted from the eWallet every time it’s used (both by tapping it on a reader or by utilizing a SmartTAG), with none deductions on the bodily card itself. Within the occasion that the eWallet has inadequate funds, solely then will the fare be deducted from the cardboard’s steadiness. Reloading the eWallet is....




Genesis Mint Idea – an electrical Korean MINI rival?

Consider a premium automobile and one would normally think about a big rear-wheel drive sedan with loads of grace, area and tempo, however individuals are inclined to overlook that upmarket small automobiles are profitable enterprise as nicely – because the success of BMW’s MINI and Mercedes-Benz’s compact automobile vary proves. Now, Hyundai’s luxurious offshoot Genesis is heading down that path with the Mint Idea, the corporate’s tackle a high-end electrical metropolis automobile. In pursuing a smaller kind issue, Genesis has most likely produced probably the most cohesive interpretation of its nascent design language but, draped over a particular three-box profile and quick overhangs. The signature quad-lamp graphic is mirrored at the back and front, stretching throughout the width of the automobile to kind wraparound mild bands, whereas the opening of the crest-shaped grille has been minimised according to the diminished cooling necessities of the electrical powertrain. Alongside the facet, the....


Michelin’s first flagship retailer for premium, UHP tyres

Michelin has formally launched its first flagship retailer for premium performance-oriented tyres at SpeedLine Kota Damansara. The primary of its form in Malaysia, the shop carries a full vary of Michelin tyres, together with ultra-high efficiency (UHP) Pilot Sport tyres in addition to racing tyres. Michelin motorsports merchandise, too. “Through the years, the development for tremendous sports activities vehicles and ultra-high-performance tuning in Malaysia has continued to rise, and we’ve got seen a rise in demand for top efficiency tyres amongst shoppers. The partnership with SpeedLine will permit us to supply our UHP merchandise to this particular group of automotive fanatics who require tyres made for sport efficiency,” stated Pascal Nouvellon, MD of Michelin Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Brunei. Nouvellon added that this partnership is consistent with Michelin’s plan to enhance product availability within the Malaysian market. “As we’ve carried out through the years, we are going to proceed to....




Autonomous Proton Exora sampled by Tun Mahathir

On the 5G Malaysia Showcase in Putrajaya, prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was taken for a journey in an autonomous Proton Exora whereas being accompanied by communications and multimedia minister Gobind Singh Deo. As reported by Soyacincau, the demo car ready by Celcom was fitted with an array of cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors permitting it to sense its environment. These inputs are linked to a driverless system developed by eMooVit Know-how, a startup centered on autonomous driving applied sciences, which is headquartered in Singapore. This technique is able to Stage four autonomous driving, so the car can basically drive itself. Nevertheless, a driver continues to be required behind the wheel, so the steering wheel and pedals can’t be omitted from the cabin. Moreover, the system is linked to a central server to make sure it obtains the most recent mapping info. This Car-communication goes each methods too, because....


System 1 to make a return to Malaysia, says Tun Dr M

System 1 would possibly make a come again to Malaysia’s Sepang Worldwide Circuit (SIC) if Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has his means. He stated this when talking on the American Malaysian Chamber of Commerce luncheon in Kuala Lumpur in a The Star report. Whereas not offering a selected date, Dr Mahathir stated, “we intend to deliver again the Grand Prix, however I don’t know if it’s subsequent yr or the yr after.” Citing substantial native curiosity within the Grand Prix, Dr Mahathir added, “we wish to deliver again the race right here, as a result of it has stimulated many Malaysians to enter the automotive business.” Dr Mahathir acknowledged that regardless of not internet hosting motorsports premier race, SIC nonetheless has a busy calendar internet hosting races and occasions. Nevertheless, he felt that by internet hosting System 1 once more, spectator numbers would enhance. “We can get spectators,....




2019 Nissan X-Path facelift in Malaysia: spec-by-spec comparability for all variants – from RM134okay to RM160okay

Edaran Tan Chong Malaysia (ETCM) has lastly introduced the official pricing for the Nissan X-Path facelift, and it’s certainly the identical set of figures we first noticed on the 2019 Malaysia Autoshow. The entry-level 2.0L 2WD prices RM133,888, 2.0L 2WD Mid at RM145,888, 2.5L 4WD at RM153,888 and the highest 2.zero Hybrid 2WD at RM159,888. All fashions are EEV-certified and share the identical Xtronic CVT with handbook mode. Included within the value is a five-year limitless mileage guarantee programme, and within the case of the two.zero Hybrid, it additionally covers hybrid elements and the lithium-ion battery. Early birds additionally get to take pleasure in a two-year or 40,000 km Periodic Upkeep Service (whichever comes first). Now, let’s undergo them one after the other. Nissan X-Path 2.0L 2WD – RM133,888 Will get as commonplace: Mechanicals MR20DD 2.zero litre four-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine 144 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm at....


2019 Toyota Yaris launched in Malaysia, from RM71ok

The 2019 Toyota Yaris has lastly been formally launched in Malaysia. The hatchback sister of the B-segment Toyota Vios comes with the identical 1.5 litre Twin VVT-i engine because the sedan, with 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque at four,200 rpm. The 2NR-FE DOHC unit is paired to a CVT automated gearbox with seven digital ratios, which UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) calls Sport Sequential Shiftmatic Mode. The Yaris measures four,145 mm lengthy and 1,730 mm broad, with a 2,550 mm wheelbase. These dimensions are much like the booted Vios, however the five-door hatchback’s general size is 280 mm shorter. Just like the Vios, the suspension consists of entrance MacPherson struts and a rear torsion beam. Brakes are ventilated discs in entrance and drums on the again. The highest spec 1.5G will get rear disc brakes. Malaysians can select from three trim ranges – J, E and G. The bottom....




2020 Hyundai Sonata – eighth-gen mannequin debuts in NY

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has been offered on the ongoing New York Worldwide Auto Present, a number of weeks after the Korean carmaker lifted the veils off of the eighth-generation (DN8) mannequin earlier in March. Styling-wise, the newest Sonata definitely instructions fairly a little bit of presence, with clear inspiration from the Le Fil Rouge (HDC-1) idea. Following the theme of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’, the Sonata now wears a four-door coupe physique that’s remeniscent of the Volkswagen Arteon and Audi A7 Sportback. On the entrance, the Digital Pulse Cascading Grille that blends seamlessly with the sculpted bonnet. Relying on the variant, two totally different decrease apron designs are current, with the extra refined possibility sporting a large chrome trim that bisects the higher horizontal grille slats and decrease consumption, with nook inlets besides. A extra aggressive look includes a bumper with loads of angular intakes, together with a wide-width one additional....


Mitsubishi Raya promo – RM4,000 off ASX and Outlander, as much as RM6,000 off Triton, plus service offers

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has kicked off its annual promotion for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays, with rebates throughout the lineup in addition to reductions and free presents whenever you service your automobile. To begin with, from now till Might 31, all variants of the ASX and Outlander obtain a RM4,000 rebate. The ASX is obtainable in 2WD and 4WD flavours, priced at RM118,866 and RM133,336 respectively, whereas the Outlander retails at RM137,888 for the two.zero litre mannequin and RM152,888 for the two.four litre. The recently-facelifted Triton pick-up truck, in the meantime, is obtainable with RM4,000 off the VGT MT (retail value RM100,200) and VGT MT Premium (RM112,500), RM2,000 off the VGT AT (RM105,990) and VGT AT Premium (RM118,600) and RM6,000 off the range-topping VGT Journey X (RM135,200). All costs are on-the-road with out insurance coverage, excluding the aforementioned rebates. Additionally on provide are just a few goodies for these....




Contact ‘n Go PayDirect now obtainable on 10 highways

Click on to enlarge Contact ‘n Go has elevated the variety of highways which are PayDirect-enabled to a complete of ten, with six extra set to affix the record sooner or later. Throughout its preliminary introduction earlier in February, PayDirect was provided on simply three highways – Duta-Ulu Kelang Expressway (DUKE), Kemuning-Shah Alam Freeway (LKSA) and the Stormwater Administration and Highway Tunnel (SMART). New additions to the record embrace the Guthrie Hall Expressway (GCE), Kajang Dispersal Hyperlink Experessway (SILK), Maju Expressway (MEX), Lebuhraya Grand Sepadu (GRANDSEPADU), Ampang-Kuala Lumpur Elevated Freeway (AKLEH), Kuala Lumpur-Kuala Selangor Expressway (LATAR) and Cheras-Kajang Freeway (GRANDSAGA). As a refresher, PayDirect permits customers to hyperlink as much as three Contact n’ Go playing cards to their eWallet app. As soon as a card is linked to the eWallet, the toll cost will robotically be deducted from the eWallet at any time when a linked card is used....


2020 Audi S5 – three.Zero TDI gentle hybrid, 347 PS & 700 Nm!

The Audi S5 is, for the primary time, out there with a diesel powertrain. The second-generation S5 made its debut almost three years in the past, and was powered solely by a turbocharged three.Zero TFSI engine. This time, the S5 will get an electrified three.Zero litre TDI V6, which is similar unit discovered within the SQ5, S6 and S7 TDI. Right here, the electrified diesel mill produces 347 PS and 700 Nm of torque (equivalent to the SQ5 TDI). The century dash is managed in four.eight seconds (four.9 seconds for the Sportback), and the highest pace is capped at 250 km/h. As compared, the petrol-powered S5 Sportback makes 354 hp and 500 Nm of torque, and sprints from Zero-100 km/h in four.7 seconds. The most important distinction between the 2 powertrains is gasoline consumption. The mild-hybrid TDI engine has a median studying of 6.2 litres per 100 km versus the....




Jaguar I-Tempo wins 2019 World Automobile of the 12 months award

The winners of the 2019 World Automobile Awards had been introduced at this 12 months’s New York Worldwide Auto Present, with Jaguar popping out on prime in three of the six classes lined. The British carmaker’s first all-electric car, the I-Tempo, took residence the coveted World Automobile of the 12 months award, including to its checklist of accolades that additionally embrace the 2019 European Automobile of the 12 months and 2019 German Automobile of the 12 months. The I-Tempo confronted shut competitors from one other electrical SUV within the type of the Audi e-tron, whereas the Volvo S60/V60 got here in third. Different fashions vying for the award embrace the G20 BMW three Sequence, Ford Focus Mk4, Genesis G70, Hyundai Nexo, W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Suzuki Jimny and Volvo XC40. That’s not the one award the I-Tempo took residence, because it was additionally named World Inexperienced Automobile of the 12 months....


AD: Hap Seng Star Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned Bonanza – Licensed autos ranging from RM158ok

In the case of buying a Mercedes-Benz Licensed Pre-owned car, discovering one in wonderful situation at a pretty worth is of the utmost significance. Fortunately, Hap Seng Star is ready to help you in that regard with the Mercedes-Benz Pre-owned Bonanza taking place from April 20 to Could 5, 2019 (9am to 6pm every day) at Hap Seng Star Kinrara Pre-owned Centre Kinrara. On the largest facility for pre-owned Mercedes-Benz autos in Malaysia, you’ll be spoilt for selection in relation to discovering the suitable mannequin. Relaxation assured that whichever car you decide, you’re getting a Mercedes-Benz that meets the excessive requirements of the Mercedes-Benz Licensed programme. Automobiles below the Licensed programme are sourced from authorised MBM sellers, with the situation that they aren’t older than six years or exceed 125,000 km in mileage. They have to even be devoid of any identifiable structural harm and be absolutely serviced and maintained....




2020 Yamaha MT-07 to return with turbocharging?

Extremely popular within the Malaysia market is Yamaha’s MT-07 however the mannequin is getting a bit lengthy in tooth now, after its launch in 2015. Nevertheless, a few photographs have emerged, sourced from tmcblog.com and greatrider.com, exhibiting what’s presupposed to be a Yamaha MT-07 with turbocharging. These patent drawings present a two-cylinder mill with a turbocharger put in, with the exhaust headers siamesed into the turbocharger and the pressured induction air going up the left aspect of the engine. Turbocharging for bikes will not be new, after all, with all of the Japanese producers popping out with a pressured induction motorbike again within the 1980s. Turbocharging for bikes fell by the wayside by the mid-1980s, with developments in consumption tract and cylinder head engineering delivering all the ability riders might deal with with out the complexity, weight and lag of utilizing a turbocharger. However with more and more tightening emissions....


2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Version revealed in New York – a homage to the legendary #46 BRE racer

Nissan has one other factor to rejoice this 12 months past its GT-R heritage, as a result of 2019 additionally marks the 50th anniversary of its Z sports activities automobiles. To mark the event, the Japanese carmaker is presenting this, the 2020 Nissan 370Z 50th Anniversary Version. Unveiled in New York just lately – the identical metropolis the place the unique Datsun 240Z (S30) made its United States debut half a century in the past – the particular version mannequin pays homage to the #46 BRE (Brock Racing Enterprises) Datsun 240Z that gained a number of SCCA Nationwide Championships with John Morton behind the wheel. The automobile itself is predicated on the Nissan 370Z, which is the sixth technology within the Z line-up after the S30, S130, Z31, Z32 and Z33. Mechanically, the automobile retains the acquainted VQ37VHR three.7 litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine that develops 332 hp and 366 Nm....




JPJeBid on-line automobile quantity plate bidding system detailed – pilot venture begins with FC collection plate

The federal government has rolled out the brand new digital automobile quantity plate bidding system it mentioned could be launched this yr, albeit three months later than that proposed by the transport ministry. The street transport division (JPJ) started the web automobile registration quantity bidding system (JPJeBid) in pilot venture type on April 15, kicking issues off with the FC plate collection. Because it progresses, the JPJeBid system is anticipated to broaden its scope to different collection plates, although there isn’t any point out of when this can occur and if it’s going to stay just for use with particular plates. Because it stands, the bidding course of for the FC plate ends on April 19. A fast verify reveals that the system is run beneath the scope of the division’s present MySIKAP on-line transaction system, the characteristic being listed beneath the registration quantity administration menu. In keeping with the....


F54 MINI Clubman receives styling, tools updates

The F54 MINI Clubman has lastly been given a facelift, practically 4 years after the second-generation mannequin made its debut. Other than the standard styling updates, the Clubman’s listing of obtainable tools and choices has additionally been expanded. Specializing in the outside first, the Clubman features new grille designs, with Cooper variants sporting chromed slats that masks the black bar on the pre-facelift mannequin. In the meantime, Cooper S fashions have a honeycomb mesh sample quite the earlier oblongs. The lighting items have additionally been given an replace, with the LED headlamps now benefitting from an optionally available Matrix perform for the excessive beam. The LED fog lamps have additionally been restyled to incorporate a driving mild ring, whereas LED taillights now come as normal. Identical to the most recent F56 MINI, you’ll be able to have the latter with a Union Jack design too. New physique colors have additionally....




2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 scooters in Malaysia quickly

A teaser video has appeared on BMW Motorrad Malaysia’s Fb, exhibiting the 2019 BMW Motorrad C 400 scooter with a caption saying its city two-wheelers, the C 400 X and C 400 GT, will likely be in Malaysia quickly. That includes BMW Motorrad Connectivity, the C 400 pairs with the rider’s sensible telephone and permits bought navigation, playlist administration and answering telephone calls. The C 400 X and GT will be a part of the BMW Motorrad C 650 Sport and C 650 GT scooters in Malaysia, priced at RM68,500 and RM72,500, respectively. Whereas no data has been forthcoming on pricing, we hazard a guess on the C 400 vary of scooters coming in across the RM45,000 worth level. Carrying a 350 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder with overhead cam and four-valves, the C 400 produces 34 hp at 7,500 rpm and 35 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. Energy is transmitted....


G20 BMW three Collection lengthy wheelbase unveiled in China

China’s urge for food for prolonged sedans continues unabated, with the most recent mannequin being the G20 BMW three Collection lengthy wheelbase. Unique to the Center Kingdom, the automobile will probably be in-built Tiexi, Shenyang in collaboration with its native companion Brilliance, alongside to the usual variant that may proceed to be bought there. Munich says that the LWB model accounts for almost 80% of three Collection gross sales in China, so clearly it is a crucial new mannequin for the propeller model. The additional 11 cm stretches the wheelbase to almost three metres at 2,961 mm, and the overall size has grown to four,821 mm – the automobile is now the most important in its section throughout, says BMW. This frees up an extra 43 mm of rear legroom for mid-tier executives to stretch out. In any other case, it’s the identical as some other G20 three Collection, sporting....




2019 Porsche 911 Speedster debuts – 1,948 items solely

The Porsche 911 Speedster Idea from final 12 months has made manufacturing, and the finalised automobile has made its debut in New York. Restricted to 1,948 items worldwide, the Speedster’s order books will open in Might and is predicted to succeed in sellers in late 2019. Made to have fun the 70th anniversary of Porsche constructing sports activities automobiles, the 2019 Porsche 911 Speedster is a really fascinating automobile, even should you’re not a 911 diehard, and particularly so in case you are. Primarily based on the earlier technology “991.2” and never the most recent 992, this future collectible is powered by a naturally-aspirated four.Zero litre flat-six with 502 hp and 470 Nm of torque, as discovered within the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS. The motor revs until 9,000 rpm, and on this software, it has been enhanced with particular person throttle our bodies that make the throttle response even....


JPJ collected RM4.23 billion in income for 2018 – up three.32% in comparison with 2017; 69% from street tax renewals

The Street Transport Division (JPJ) has collected RM4.23 billion in income for final 12 months, the majority of which was from street tax renewals, mentioned transport minister Anthony Loke. In line with The Star, Loke mentioned that street tax renewals accounted for 69% of the quantity, a rise of three.32% when in comparison with the income collected in 2017. “I need to take this chance to congratulate all JPJ officers for his or her onerous work through the years,” he mentioned throughout his speech on the 73rd JPJ Day celebration lately. Loke additionally mentioned JPJ was now among the many high 4 departments with the very best income collected, moreover the Customs Division, Inland Income Board and Immigration Division. “To be able to keep high quality service for the folks, JPJ should make sure that its providers all the time exceed the folks’s expectations,” he famous, including that “they should....




FC quantity plate open for tender through e-bidding course of

In search of the proper quantity plate to your tenth-generation Honda Civic? Then you definitely’ll be happy to know that the Highway Transport Division (JPJ) has opened tenders for the FC quantity plate collection, with biddings to shut this Friday, April 19, in response to the Information Straits Occasions. The introduction of the brand new collection comes a few 12 months after the earlier FB collection, as promised by the authority then. In a brand new improvement, patrons are actually in a position to bid for his or her superb quantity plates on-line through an e-bidding system, as a part of a JPJ pilot programme. “This [e-bidding for FC series] is a pioneer undertaking [by JPJ] and the method ends on April 19 at 11:59 pm,” stated transport minister Anthony Loke, including that the official outcomes for profitable bidders shall be introduced at midday the subsequent day. Perusing the web....


Mercedes-AMG GLC63 facelift – new look, identical brawn

The brand new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 facelift has simply been unveiled, lower than two months after the up to date X253 Mercedes-Benz GLC was launched. Simply as you’d count on, the range-topping mannequin will get all of the upgrades first seen with the brand new GLC, though not a lot tinkering has been accomplished mechanically. Let’s begin with the apparent. The SUV will get refreshed LED headlights with new LED DRLs, new LED tail lights design with ring-shaped graphics, 20-inch AMG alloy wheels (21-inch models out there as choice), revised 90 mm twin trapezoidal tailpipes, in addition to a model new graphite gray metallic paint. It’s the identical story inside – all the pieces however the trim has been carried over wholesale, that means the digital instrumentation and upgraded Mercedes-Benz Person Expertise (MBUX) from the up to date GLC are included, although they every function AMG-specific capabilities and shows. MBUX....




2020 Toyota Highlander debuts at NYIAS – three-row SUV positive factors TNGA platform, Three.5L V6 and a pair of.5L hybrid

Toyota has unveiled the fourth-generation Highlander on the 2019 New York Worldwide Auto Present, which has been redesigned to tackle different three-row SUVs in its section. The brand new Highlander is constructed upon the Toyota New International Structure (TNGA), which can be utilized in different fashions just like the Corolla, RAV4, Camry and Avalon. Toyota additionally notes that the SUV is now 60 mm longer than earlier than, with all of it devoted to bettering cargo quantity within the rear. Lots much less aggressive when it comes to styling, the most recent Highlander now sports activities a smaller trapezoidal grille rather than the “Gillette Mach 5-like” setup on its predecessor. The usual LED headlamps are additionally extra angular this time round, and they’re now remoted from the grille. Elsewhere, the fog lamps have shrunken in dimension, whereas a large decrease consumption completes the decrease apron. Considered from the facet, the....


DRIVEN: 2019 Proton Persona facelift – a fast pattern

The Japanese idea of steady enchancment, kaizen, is a staple of the world we reside in as we speak, as a way for a lot of firms to ramp up productiveness and cut back waste. Whereas the method, made widespread because of Toyota, is supposed to maintain organisations aggressive in a fast-moving world, it may also be used to make working modifications to merchandise, fixing sure points that weren’t obvious throughout improvement. Take Proton, for instance. When the nationwide carmaker launched its newest B-segment contender, the Iriz hatch, again in 2014, we remarked that it was a basically strong automobile held again by a number of obtrusive flaws. For the entire automobile’s security credentials and impeccable journey and dealing with steadiness, we discovered fault with the automobile’s lack of refinement, less-than-perfect ergonomics and some suspect high quality points. Within the ensuing years, the corporate continued to make small however significant....




Malaysia doesn’t want KL-Singapore Excessive Velocity Rail for now, however third nationwide automobile nonetheless important – Tun M

The federal government might need simply given the East Coast Rail Hyperlink (ECRL) the inexperienced mild, nevertheless it appears just like the KL-Singapore Excessive Velocity Rail (HSR) challenge gained’t be taking place, for now. Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad stated that Malaysia’s predominant focus proper now can be to enhance its current rail system by way of electrification and double-tracking, The Star reported. “In the mean time, a high-speed rail isn’t too needed, particularly whether it is simply between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. So we gained’t construct the HSR simply but. However we’ll wish to enhance the standard and the providers of our current railway system. That may be accomplished, and has been accomplished to some extent by double-tracking and electrification,” the PM stated. “Electrification additionally doesn’t pollute the atmosphere and, on the identical time, permits us to journey at excessive pace. With double-tracking on our railways, this may....


Aston Martin Rapide E debuts in Shanghai – scorching EV makes 610 PS and 950 Nm, restricted to only 155 models

Aston Martin has unveiled its first ever all-electric automobile, the Rapide E, on the 2019 Auto Shanghai. The Rapide E can also be the primary automobile to be constructed on the automaker’s state-of-the-art St Athan manufacturing plant, in any other case referred to as its Dwelling of Electrification centre. Prospects can already place their orders, however costs are solely obtainable on software. Manufacturing of the posh mannequin is restricted to 155 models and was developed in collaboration with Williams Superior Engineering. Powering the Rapide E is an 800-volt electrical structure system that’s encased in carbon-fibre and kevlar. The 65 kWh lithium-ion battery pack is made utilizing over 5,600 18650 format battery cells, and is positioned the place the unique 6.zero litre V12, gearbox and gasoline tank had been positioned. This configuration, in response to Aston Martin, lets the 800-volt system to function extra effectively, that includes higher charging and thermal....




All-new Nissan Sylphy unveiled at 2019 Auto Shanghai

Did the next-generation Nissan Almera from just a few days in the past wow you? Effectively, it seems Nissan isn’t planning to decelerate with its shock and awe method, because it has introduced the all-new, fourth-generation Sylphy at this yr’s Auto Shanghai. Intrigued? Visually, the brand new Sylphy sports activities a extra aggressive entrance finish bearing the model’s signature V-motion grille. That is joined by angular headlamps with a particular “boomerang” lighting signature inside them, in addition to concaved sections within the decrease apron that accommodate the L-shaped trim surrounding the fog lamps. Sturdy creases on the bonnet main from the grille to the A-pillars mission a way of energy, and the general stance of the automotive is wider as nicely. Alongside the perimeters, the results of the sculpted bonnet is made extra apparent, as are the distinguished shoulder traces throughout the wheel arches. A carryover from the outgoing Sylphy....


Volkswagen SUV Coupe Idea debuts in Shanghai

Volkswagen is premiering numerous new SUVs on the ongoing 2019 Auto Shanghai, one among which is the all-new SUV Coupe Idea. It represents FAW-Volkswagen’s first coupe-styled SUV, and its imminent introduction falls in keeping with the automaker’s plan to aggressively populate its SUV vary. VW has additionally not too long ago launched the T-Roc, Tharu and Tayron fashions in China. Because the title suggests, the SUV Coupe Idea combines “avantgarde design, sporty proportions and excellent efficiency.” It sits on the acquainted MQB platform, which implies the automotive might probably share the identical powertrain and driveline as different SUVs within the group. In that case, anticipate a high-performance R mannequin to crown the line-up as effectively. Design-wise, its entrance face seems to take after the T-Roc, that includes an enormous radiator grille that blends along with the LED headlights. The entrance apron can be bold-looking, full with an extended chrome strip....




Honda X-NV Idea debuts in Shanghai – EV HR-V

Honda unveiled the X-NV Idea on the 2019 Auto Shanghai, which previews an upcoming mass-production electrical car from Dongfeng Honda scheduled to go on sale within the second half of 2019. When you suppose you’re taking a look at a restyled HR-V, you’re not improper. Nevertheless, the X-NV does get its personal distinctive entrance and rear extra akin to the China-only XR-V (the HR-V model bought by Dongfeng Honda), with a “tusk-like” search for the entrance bumper, joined by a big trim piece working by way of the center of the decrease apron. Different notable cues on the entrance embody blue accents on varied components of the bumper, together with on the not-Honda brand positioned throughout the single-louvre grille, which seemingly hides the automotive’s charging port. In the meantime, the XR-V-based rear is sufficient to persuade you that this isn’t a HR-V, with the kinked taillights fully absent right here.....


Lexus LM unveiled for Asia – final luxurious Alphard

That is it, the brand new Lexus LM. You don’t have to be a automotive knowledgeable to know that it’s a Lexus-badged Alphard, however that’s not a foul factor for the reason that Toyota Alphard and Vellfire are very a lot the wealthy man’s limo of selection in our a part of the world. And that’s the place Lexus is aiming the LM at – this isn’t a world product, however one that’s “quickly to be out there in China and choose Asian markets.” Now, the Alphard and its barely sportier Vellfire sister will be had in normal and Govt Lounge specification, with the latter boasting higher-spec captain seats within the center row. These two particular person chairs are bigger than common objects and have therapeutic massage capabilities. A a lot much less frequent sight on the valet parking is the Royal Lounge. This final Alphard/Vellfire spec transforms the boxy....




Perodua Bezza Restricted Version – all 50 items offered out!

Lo and behold, all 50 items of the Perodua Bezza Restricted Version that have been completely on sale throughout the 2019 Malaysia Autoshow have been offered. The particular mannequin was based mostly on the Bezza 1.three Premium X, however will get accessorised and priced at RM44,890. At RM3,000 costlier than the 1.three Premium X, the Bezza Restricted Version is completed in a matte black bodykit with pink pinstripe, matte black rear spoiler, blacked-out roof, darkish gray alloys, pink wing mirror caps and geometric graphics on the bonnet and decrease sides. It’s solely accessible within the sole Ivory White paint. Inside, the Bezza LE comes with GearUp seat covers with new pink stitching, pink air vent surrounds and GearUp coil mats. On the mechanical facet, issues stay unchanged. It’s powered by a 1.three litre Twin VVT-i engine that makes 94 hp and 121 Nm of torque, and it’s mated to a....


New Renault Megane RS teased forward of M’sia debut

Followers of scorching hatches will probably be glad to know that the most recent Renault Megane RS is coming to our a part of the world, because the mannequin is being teased on Renault Malaysia’s official web site. Based mostly on the fourth-generation Megane, the Megane RS first made its debut on the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Present. The Megane RS is offered in three trims – Sport, Cup and Trophy – all of which use a 1.eight litre turbocharged four-cylinder tuned to totally different outputs. With the Sport and Cup fashions, the engine serves up 276 hp (280 PS) and 390 Nm of torque, whereas the Trophy comes with 292 hp (300 PS) and 420 Nm. All that energy is shipped to the entrance wheels by certainly one of two transmissions, with the primary being a tried-and-true six-speed handbook, or a six-speed Environment friendly Twin Clutch (EDC) automated. Two chassis....




Z177 Mercedes-AMG A35 L 4Matic – just for China

That is the Mercedes-AMG A 35 L 4Matic, which is actually the long-wheelbase model of the efficiency sedan that the corporate revealed in March 2019. Just like the common A-Class L Sedan, the A 35 L will probably be constructed by Beijing Benz Automotive, a three way partnership between Daimler and its Chinese language companion BAIC Motor. In comparison with the A 35 Sedan, the A 35 L comes with a 60 mm acquire by way of wheelbase, with the ultimate determine at 2,789 mm in comparison with 2,729 mm. Past that, the automobile is nearly similar from each single side, because it nonetheless will get the AMG styling therapy on the entrance with a twin-louvre grille, AMG Line entrance apron with canards, and a entrance splitter. Across the sides, there are 19-inch, aspect skirts and devoted AMG badging on the C-pillars, whereas the rear will get a diffuser insert....


Lotus Sort 130 – world’s first British EV hypercar confirmed, first all-new Lotus mannequin since 2008

At the present time has been a very long time coming. After numerous stories circling on a attainable all-new mannequin, Lotus has lastly confirmed the suspicion – the British automaker is certainly engaged on a hypercar, and will probably be totally electrical, no much less. Only a single photograph (extra like a teaser) of the automobile is proven, the above illustrating the brand new Lotus Sort 130 by means of computational fluid dynamic modelling. It’s laborious to inform what the hypercar will seem like at this level, however Lotus says the modelling demonstrates the automotive’s distinctive traces and airflow. Firm CEO Phil Popham stated: “Sort 130 would be the most dynamically completed Lotus in our historical past. It marks a turning level for our model and is a showcase of what we’re able to and what’s to come back from Lotus.” At launch, the Sort 130 is alleged to turn....




Mercedes-Benz Idea GLB unveiled in Shanghai

Have you ever ever stayed up late at evening watching Mercedes-Benz’s line-up of SUVs, questioning if there’s room for one more mannequin between the GLA and GLC? Properly, the German carmaker has requested itself that precise query, and has provide you with this, the Idea GLB. The SUV idea is making its debut on the ongoing Auto Shanghai, and serves as a preview for a collection manufacturing mannequin that can come afterward. Nevertheless, whereas it could be labelled a “idea,” an excellent share of the automobile actually seems to be just about manufacturing prepared, a minimum of to our eyes. Based on Mercedes-Benz, the Idea GLB locations emphasis on spaciousness and robustness, and the figures actually appear to counsel that. Dimension-wise, the GLC measures four,634 mm lengthy, 1,890 mm extensive, 1,900 tall (together with the roof field) and encompasses a 2,829 mm wheelbase. The GLA is clearly so much smaller....


Putrajaya to be a rail hub with ECRL station – report

Click on to enlarge Now that the East Coast Rail Hyperlink (ECRL) is again on observe and operating via Putrajaya as one among its 20 stops, the federal administrative capital is ready to be a rail hub, The Star experiences. This will probably be much more so if the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore Excessive Velocity Rail (HSR) undertaking is efficiently renegotiated and comes again to life – the unique plan had Putrajaya as one of many stops. At the moment, the town is linked to the KLIA Specific Rail Hyperlink (ERL), whereas the MRT Sungai Buloh-Serdang-Putra­jaya line is below building and is predicted to begin working in 2022. The ECRL is scheduled to be accomplished by the tip of December 2026. “It will enhance passenger connectivity to different elements of the peninsula’s west coast in addition to present direct hyperlink to KLIA. It is a vital improvem­ent to the only interchange through....




Volkswagen Tarok pick-up idea debuts in New York

Volkswagen has as soon as once more proven the Tarok pick-up truck idea, this time on the 2019 New York Worldwide Auto Present. The pick-up idea first made its debut on the Sao Paulo Worldwide Motor Present final November. Allow us to remind you, should you like what you see right here, you’ll be glad to know that Volkswagen would make “barely any modifications” to the Tarok’s design from idea to sequence manufacturing. Now, the MQB-based truck measures about 5 metres lengthy and options distinct pick-up cues like a double-cab physique and a rear mattress for storage. What’s quite unparalleled is that the rear seats might be folded down, permitting extra-long gadgets like a surf board to be positioned within the again. Different exterior styling parts embody a entrance finish impressed by the Atlas Tanoak, sunroof, LED lighting, roof bar and sculpted sides. Contained in the cabin reveals a contemporary....


Transport ministry reiterates that there aren’t any plans to implement Car Finish of Life coverage, scrap previous vehicles

The federal government says there aren’t any plans to implement a Car Finish of Life (ELV) coverage to remove previous automobiles from the street, The Star studies. This was reiterated by transport minister Anthony Loke in response to a information report printed by Nanyang Siang Pau, which mentioned there have been plans to reintroduce plans for the coverage by the second quarter of this 12 months. “That’s pretend information. There aren’t any ELV insurance policies for now. As I already mentioned many occasions, there have been research earlier than this, however there isn’t a consideration (by the federal government). I’m shocked on the article, which was printed earlier than acquiring clarification from the ministry,” he mentioned. The report by the Chinese language each day had quoted Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari as saying that previous automobiles might be required to undergo an inspection earlier....




Audi AI:ME debuts in Shanghai – constructed for megacities

Audi has unveiled the AI:ME at this yr’s Auto Shanghai, which serves as a preview for an autonomous mobility idea for the megacities of the longer term. The AI:ME is the third imaginative and prescient automobile from the model to be used in clearly outlined areas, with others being the AIcon and PB18, with a fourth idea arriving in September 2019. Whereas the AIcon is geared in the direction of long-distance drives, and the PB18 is designed to be used on race tracks, the AI:ME was developed with city mobility in thoughts. As such, it’s a reasonably “compact” automotive, measuring four.three metres lengthy, 1.9 metres extensive, 1.52 metres and with a 2.77-metre wheelbase. Motivation is offered by a 168 hp (170 PS or 125 kW) electrical motor driving the rear wheels, however excessive acceleration values and high freeway speeds aren’t the focal factors of the automotive. As an alternative, Audi....


SPIED: W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class seen in Stuttgart

A prototype of the next-generation W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been noticed as soon as once more, this time revealing a tad extra pores and skin than earlier check mules. What’s clear is that the flagship sedan will get a bigger radiator grille than the present W222 mannequin, and the partially lined LED headlights reveals what appears like triple, vertically-mounted LED DRLs which might be linked to an extended horizontal LED bar up high. The grille additionally options an enormous glass panel, indicating that it’ll include a spread of driver help techniques, of which is able to embody at the very least Degree 2 autonomous driving, sources say. Additionally seen is an unapologetically apparent digicam that must be a part of the 360-degree digicam system. Different driver help techniques could embody Lively Parking Help, adaptive brake lights, Keyless-Go, Arms Free Entry and Driving Assistant Package deal. The final merchandise is a....




East Coast Rail Hyperlink (ECRL) is again on, RM21.5b saved – building could begin subsequent month, 2026 completion

Click on to enlarge Prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad held a press convention immediately to formally announce that the East Coast Rail Hyperlink (ECRL) is again on observe after a suspension and prolonged negotiations with China. A press release from the PM’s workplace stated that the federal government selected to return to the negotiating desk because it didn’t wish to pay RM21.78 billion compensation with out getting any advantages. The result’s a mutually helpful for each Malaysia and China, and an improved deal for Malaysia in comparison with the earlier settlement. It pressured that early criticism of the ECRL was in regards to the excessive price of the deal signed by the BN administration, and never the mission per se. The price is now RM44 billion, which is a discount of RM21.5 billion or 32.eight% from the earlier whole of RM65.5 billion. The price per kilometre is now RM68.7....


F60 MINI Cooper S Countryman Pure launched – from RM229okay; PHEV mannequin will get RM18okay Wired Bundle

MINI Malaysia has introduced updates for its F60 MINI Countryman line-up in Malaysia, which sees the introduction of a brand new Cooper S Countryman Pure variant. Moreover, the Cooper S E Countryman All4 (the plug-in hybrid mannequin) can now be had with a Wired Bundle, which incorporates an prolonged checklist of apparatus. First up, the Cooper S Countryman Pure. By way of pricing, the variant retails at RM228,888 on-the-road with out insurance coverage, making it RM20,000 cheaper than the higher-spec Cooper S Countryman Sports activities which you continue to should buy. For that cash, you get a 2.zero litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine that makes 189 hp (192 PS) and 280 Nm of torque. An eight-speed Steptronic automated transmission is paired with the engine, permitting for a zero to 100 km/h time of seven.four seconds, and a prime velocity of 224 km/h. Customary tools fitted to the Pure embody LED headlights....