Monday, May 04, 2015

Guest post: Top 5 Pre-Loved Hot (and Warm) Hatchbacks under RM60,000

Today is a public holiday in Malaysia. It is therefore a day to chill and relax.  So we now have an article written by my friend and fellow petrolhead Firdaus Asri. You may remember him as the chap who wrote that eye watering article about his latest purchase (and spending), the Volkswagen Golf R Mk6. Now he gives us a list on his favourite fairly new and affordable used Hot (and warm) Hatchbacks that you can get in Malaysia. 

My Top 5 Pre-loved Hot (and Warm) Hatchbacks

I have always had a soft spot on hot hatches because I grew up in the one that kick-started the whole hot hatch genre thing, it was a 1976 VW Mk1 Golf. A short trip back to memory lane, I vividly remember that my parents bought it from my almost abnormal uncle and for years it was pretty much the only car that we had that sort of worked and worked well.

Sunday, May 03, 2015

Sunday Car Porn: Light years away from the current crop of Ferrari - The 365 GTB4 'Daytona'

The Ferrari 365 GTB4 'Daytona' is my favourite Ferrari of all time. It is light years away from the current crop of Ferrari with their cutting edge technology and wind tunnel sculpted looks. This was purity of design. But in 1968 this was considered a milestone in what Ferrari claims to be 'extreme high performance front engined sports car'. It was produced from 1968 to 1973.

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Parents killed with one child on DUKE highway - All because of a car club convoy and what I believe is another important reason....

This was taken from the Star:-
KUALA LUMPUR: A family of three, including a seven-month-old baby, was killed when the vehicle they were travelling in overturned after it was rammed by a speeding car at the sixth kilometre of the DUKE Highway here.
The impact of the crash resulted in 35-year-old Fairuz Nizam Husain, his wife Nova Safitri Azhari, 27, and their daughter Nur Firuza Annisa being thrown out of their Mitsubishi Pajero Sport four-wheel drive vehicle.

Race Tech: Racing technology right from the 3D printer: BMW makes water pump wheel for DTM racecars

The usage of 3D printing for plastics and nowadays alloys has now progressed via leaps and bounds. Even in the field of motorsports manufacturers are toying around with 3D printing. BMW has embraced this method in their DTM and GT3 cars with a 3D printed aluminium ally water pump wheel.There are already 500 water pump wheels in DTM and Z4 GT3 in use and according to BMW, worked without a hitch in races.


Ms Cheong Chuu Yng, 26, from Perak was the big winner of the night and drove home the BMW.  She received the keys to the new car from Shell Lubricants General Manager, Mr Leslie Ng

Shell Lubricants Malaysia held an event to celebrate a successful 2014 with more than 700 business partners. The event also gave recognition to 12 mechanics from Helix Branded Workshops around the country. One of the guests wins a BMW 320i, the grand lucky draw prize in the event. The prize car marks the recent global partnership between Shell and BMW. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

200 unit limited run Volkswagen Beetle Bug Edition launched in Malaysia

Volkswagen Malaysia officially launches Volkswagen Beetle Bug Edition. The car is the 1.2TSI Sport version with Volkswagen Bug side sill, side decals, body stripes and a Bug logo. It costs RM146,888, up by RM6,000 for the normal Sport version. Only 200 units of this Bug will be offered starting May 2015. It will be available in five colours - Graciosa Brown, Deep Black, Pure White, Saturn Yellow and Tornado Red)

Lotus confirms Crossover vehicle which will be built in China

2006 APX Concept car

Lotus recently confirmed plans to build a Crossover vehicle according to an interview between Autocar and Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales. The vehicle should be part of the recent arrangement with Goldstar Heavy Industrial, China to build market and sell Lotus vehicles in China.

The crossover or SUV is scheduled to be produced in 2019 and will initially remain a China only model. But there would always be a chance that it would be made for other regions. The market in China loves crossover vehicles and being the largest market in the world, could be the key to Lotus' long term survival. It would be beneficial for Proton too as Proton owns Lotus. Dividends and bonuses.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Spotted for sale: Mercedes Benz 190E Evolution II Replica - The price asked? A whopping RM50K

You're not going to see this for sale very often. This is a replica of the 1990 Mercedes Benz 190E 2.5-16 Evolution II. Asking price is an extremely high RM50,000 for something which is not an original. Simple tell-tales would be the fact that the original was only made in left-hand drive. The fact that there were only 502 made by Mercedes Benz means that if it were a real thing it would also cost in excess of USD$100,000 these days. I actually wrote about the original here some days back in fact.

Trucking News: Iveco launches its range of vehicles in Malaysia

(L-R) Iveco GM Koray Kursunoglu, Iveco Regional MD Michele Lombardi, Federal Auto MD Cheng Seng Fook and Iveco Biz Mngr Ken Choy with the Stralis prime mover

Iveco, one of the world leaders in road transportation, enters the fast-growing truck market in Malaysia in partnership with exclusive distributor Federal Auto Holdings Berhad. Today, it has introduced a full range of vehicles and services that provide complete solutions for the commercial vehicles industry. 

At the press conference earlier today, they officially presented to the Malaysian market the Iveco Stralis and Iveco 682 heavy commercial vehicles, the Iveco Trakker off-road truck, the Iveco Eurocargo medium truck and also the New Daily light commercial vehicle. These models will be on display to the public at the Malaysia International Bus, Truck & Components Expo, which will be held in Kuala Lumpur on 14-16 May 2015.

DTM 2015 - BMW Motorsports are defending champions and some new rules and regulations for 2015

Munich (DE), 27th April 2015. Much will be new when BMW Motorsport kicks off the 2015 DTM season in Hockenheim (DE) this weekend. For the first time for 15 years, each event in the popular touring car series will feature two races with the same number of points up for grabs on Saturday (40 minutes) and Sunday (60 minutes). In total, 18 races await the BMW drivers and teams over the course of nine weekends.

Trucking News - Volvo Prime Movers still the preferred choice for Malaysian Railway's Multimodal Freight company

Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia with YBhg. Dato’ Sr. Ahmad Zainuddin bin Jamaluddin, Director of Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd

Volvo Trucks recently delivered the final 14 units of the Volvo FM440 trucks from a total of 50 units to Multimodal Freight Sdn Bhd, a wholly owned subsidiary of Keretapi Tanah Melayu Bhd.

Monday, April 27, 2015

The Nissan Cefiro A31 'Skyline' mod a.k.a the R-TERTIPU

Heavily modded - more R34 than A31 

I was perusing through some older photos and thought I'd like to discuss about a certain old Nissan that was, or still is quite popular with the car modding and drift scene - the Cefiro A31. This car was produced from 1988 to around 1994. It shared the same platform as the Nissan Skyline R32 and the lesser known Nissan Laurel. It shared its MacPherson strut front suspension with the S13 Silvia with the exception of the 4WD version which shares the same front and rear suspension as the R32 Skyline GT-R.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sunday Car Porn: Abarth 850 TC and the even madder 1000 TCR

1000 TCR

They don't make 'em like they used to. A lot of people say that but in this case, it is very true. Car regulations and profit margins have stopped tuners and also manufacturers to come up with totally bonkers cars. Take for example this Abarth 1000 TCR from the mid 1960s. Totally bonkers.

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