Wednesday, December 25, 2013
Tuesday, December 24, 2013
1. The Tokyo Motor Show as well as the Los Angeles Motor Show 2013 took center stage over KLIMS 2013. This was because all three motor shows either overllapped slightly or were close to one another.
2. When it comes to the Tokyo motor show, it is very important for the Japanese car makers to shine at their home turf. Tokyo is what some motor journos rate as a class A motor show. A class A motor show usually has the latest car launches as well as the unveiling of lots of concept cars.
Saturday, December 21, 2013
Friday, December 20, 2013
It looks like what a small Lamborghini should look like. No surprises here as it builds on what the Gallardo looked like and added some of the latest Lamborghini styling cues from the Veneno and Aventador. I believe that the design doesn't bring anything surprising, but this IS entry level Lamborghini anyway.
Read the article over there by clicking on the link here.
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Friday, December 13, 2013
Sometimes large conglomerates get over-confident, claiming that they can do wonders. Well, Alfa Romeo is an enigma all by itself and this year Alfa Romeo Malaysia managed a dozen or so cars. Last year they managed slightly below forty cars. This is quite a sad end to Sime Darby's venture with Alfa Romeo. But somehow this end is predictable.
I mean how the heck can you try sell a premium Italian brand from one miserable showroom and service center in of all places, Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur? Everyone who sells premium cars is in Petaling Jaya, one should have stayed in Petaling Jaya instead of Jalan Ipoh. You only buy floor tiles and sanitary ware in Jalan Ipoh. How can you sell cars if you're not where the crowd who buys Alfa is? Maybe the only person that could sell Alfa Romeo in Malaysia was Ron Lim, the chap who used to run the previous Alfa Romeo distribution here who now runs Lamborghini Malaysia.
Anyway, press release from Sime Darby Motors after the jump.
They take a car that already has some classic status and rarity, throw away the original engine, plonk in a 1JZ ('tiwe' should mean twin turbo) without a proper ECU, which means that the car cannot run or even start but they give you a new 'betty' - battery. The logic amazes me.
Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Saturday, December 07, 2013
Suzuki Kizashi may not be directly replaced when the time comes - A Shame as we've driven it and it's quite nice.
With American once Suzuki's largest market being wiped out (Suzuki America declared bankrupty in 2012), sales for this (almost) large sedan dwindled as even in markets like Australia and the UK it was overpriced and underspecced compared to its rivals like the Honda Accord and the Mazda 6. The Suzuki Kizashi is also a tad undersized if compared to the current crop of Japanese mid-sized / full sized sedans. If you compare its size it is closer to cars like the seventh generation Honda Accord (2003-2007) instead of the larger eighth and ninth generation Accords that we're familiar with. You add competition like the huge Toyota Camry and Nissan Teana to the picture and you can see why Suzuki isn't really selling any Kizashis even here in Malaysia. But we've driven it and we like how it drives as well as how it looks. The car looks squat with a wheel at each corner. Very athletic looking and taut.
Friday, December 06, 2013
According to reports the first car lost control, hit the road divider and the two other Lamborghinis collided into it. Something like a Keystone cops chase scene except this was basically done by people who somehow forgot that driving too closely at higher than normal speeds could do this to them. So if you happen to drive or own superfast cars, do drive safely, smartly and carefully.
And that's all I have to say about it.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
If you noticed we've now put an 'Our Cars' link as well as a link to our Facebook site so that you may interact with us on that social network.
The interesting thing is that genuine petrolhead and motoring enthusiast Adlis K who now owns the modern classic Mercedes Benz 190e 2.3 8v with the Cossie bodykit and 190e EVO2 wheels has decided to join forces and become a contributor.
We will be featuring parts of the car's refurbishment under his hands in the coming months. Or Years. It all depends on how long he decides to keep the car. This fella is a serial car buyer, and with that comes serial car seller. So you never know. But do stay tuned folks. Things are picking up in here.
Also to come are reviews of the Suzy Alto 1.0, a few longer writeups that we have planned and other stuff. We can't exactly say as we like doing things at the spur of the moment. It makes life interesting doesn't it?
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
We can thank our lucky stars that there isn't an official Jeep distributor here in Malaysia. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a face only a person high on something would love. Daytime driving lights with indicators on top, headlights in the middle and fog lights below. And that funny grille that is totally at odds with the lower grille. What type of drugs was the designer on? This is apparent if you take a look at it full frontal.
Sunday, December 01, 2013
As per Alfa Romeo:
"The backbone of the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring is the chassis of the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione, selected for its light, rigid structure, perfect as the basis for redesigning a high-performance car. In detail, the architecture features a mid-front engine, transaxle gearbox and rear-wheel drive: this layout offers an optimal 49–51% load distribution between the front and rear ends. It features double-wishbone suspension, with forged aluminium uprights and supports and additional strut at the rear for toe-in control.
The compact, light engine is a 450 HP, 4.7-litre V8 with 480 Nm of maximum torque. The gearbox is electrically operated with 6 speeds and paddle control, while the limited-slip differential and self-ventilating brakes are marked by their generous dimensions. With this equipment, the Alfa Romeo Disco Volante by Touring accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.2 seconds and reaches 290 km/h."
It's an Alfa Romeo. Enuff' Said.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Currently the best selling non-national car in the market simply because it is fresh and new (before the launch of the all-new Vios. Nissan has a NISMO package for the car and you can buy it together with the Almera or separately. In short you can upgrade any Almera that had been purchased prior to the launch of the Nissan Almera NISMO packages.
Monday, November 25, 2013
All-New 4th Generation Honda City launched over in India. Gee.... didn't we just have a motorshow for Honda to launch something like this?
Sunday, November 24, 2013
I just drove this car a few days and God, it was comfortable and surprisingly nimble. It also felt as solid or even better than newer cars costing RM80,000. The car in question is a 1987 190e 2.3 8valve with a 2.3-16 bodykit with a front AMG bumper. The wheels are original 8.75in x 17 Mercedes Evo 2 wheels plucked from the utterly mad 190e 2.5-16 Evo 2. It makes 134hp and 205Nm in stock form.
Friday, November 22, 2013
Now that the MINI is actually a brand name instead of actually meaning something small and petite unlike the original Austin Mini, it is the biggest automotive oxymoron around. To those that aren't aware of what 'oxymoron' means it is a figure of speech that juxtaposes contradictory elements. The MINI is definitely an oxymoron as it isn't truly small. We have cars like the Smart ForTwo and those Japanese Kei Cars which are much smaller than BMW's Mini.
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
- National premiere of the new 2014 Volkswagen Polo 1.6, 3rd locally assembled model
- Unique special ‘cut out’ model of Golf displays Volkswagen’s engineering, innovation and safety
- The iconic Beetle Fender Edition first appearance in Malaysia
- “Think Blue” – Interaction of fuel efficiency and fuel saving
- The Volkswagen comprehensive model line-up and exciting brand entertainment for all walks of life
Sunday, November 17, 2013
They've displayed the luxury flagship Q70, the premium sports saloon Q50 (which has a larger 3.7liter engine compared to the 2.5liter Q70), the QX50 SUV and Sebastian Vettel's F1 car. Let's just see what Infiniti has to say - photos incorporated therein.
(-Sometimes, the press release is the most straightforward).
The Hyundai i30 is a Hyundai Elantra sized hatchback. In fact if you're in America you could buy this as a Hyundai Elantra GT. The car will be sold here in Malaysia in the First Quarter of 2014 and will come with one engine spec, the 1.8liter NU MPI 4 cylinder engine which would make 150PS and178Nm torque. It will also get the 6 speed automatic transmission and will come with lots of kit. No official price has been given as yet but we're predicting it would be sold at RM110,000 to RM115,000 which is slightly higher (due to the specs given) than the previous i30 sold in Malaysia.
Friday, November 15, 2013
Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13) opened today. And I have some comments. UPDATED
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Perodua has a sedan concept that is still a concept car that has no production ready cues whatsoever. I cannot tell as yet whether is is based on anything as I am just typing this out whilst waiting for the official tour which starts after lunch. It looks ugly especially with that stumpy boot. Not what I'd expected.
Perodua also displayed the interior and an outline of the exterior of the upcoming Perodua Viva replacement. Looks like a shruken Myvi. This is a good thing.
Aside from that, Honda's small mid engined coupe roundabout looks promising. Smaller than the CRZ it is Honda Beat in size and could be one to look out for if they produce it.
Stay tuned for more updates when I get home later tonight folks. Oh, do check out our Facebook page for updates. I sometimes update photos direct to Facebook. So do click the 'Like' button there folks.
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
KONICA MINOLTA, INC. Launches 5th Generation KONICA MINOLTA ICE-μ™ FILM for Automotive and Building Industries In Malaysia
Monday, November 11, 2013
Saturday, November 09, 2013
Either they do not know what a sports car actually is (think Mazda MX-5 or a Lotus Elise) OR they think super highly of their Malaysian made compact car.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
The Malaysia International Auto Salon - Featuring at least 30 modified cars of various makes showcasing the latest trends in aftermarket tuning. There will also be a conpetition on all the cars where visitors can vote for their favourite car on display in two categories, the Open Standard and the Open Extreme (pic below).
Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Saturday, November 02, 2013
MERCEDES BENZ 260E ( A ) " W 124 " FUEL INJECTION ! 1989 '