Friday, September 30, 2016

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launches the C-Class Cabriolet and the SLC Roadster

The Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars Collection is what Mercedes-Benz calls their sports cars and coupes. They have expanded the Malaysian official sports car line-up with the introduction of two new models, the all-new C-Class Cabriolet & the new generation SLC Roadster, offering a wider range of options for connoisseurs of dream cars.

Audi Malaysia and Swire Motors officially open Audi Puchong


So many things happened yesterday - F1 pre-race parties, car launches, a diesel fuel launch and showroom launches. Which brings us to this piece of news. Audi Malaysia has announced the appointment of Swire Motors as the latest authorised dealer for the Audi brand in Malaysia.  Audi Puchong has already begun operations early September at a temporary Audi Puchong Showroom located at the SetiaWalk Mall, with after sales support provided at a dedicated facility nearby. This interim arrangement will precede the construction of a fully-fledged Audi Puchong 3S centre that will begin operations in 2018. 

Happenings: At the Renault Sport Formula One Pre-Race Party at the Renault Flagship Showroom


I attended Renault's pre-race Formula One party yesterday. The event was organised by TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the sole franchise holder of Renault cars in Malaysia over at the Renault Showroom and lepak place over at Section 13 Petaling Jaya. A total of 120 lucky F1 fans yesterday were treated to a special appearance by Renault Sport Formula One™ team drivers – Kevin Magnussen (middle- right) and Jolyon Palmer (middle-left).

AUDI RS 3 SEDAN LAUNCHED OVER AT THE 2016 PARIS MOTOR SHOW - 400HP / 480NM 2.5LITER 5 CYLINDERS


Audi has launched the Audi RS 3 sedan at this year’s Paris Motor Show. The RS 3 Sedan is the first compact Audi sedan to bear the RS label. It will be sold under the “Audi Sport” label, with presales of the compact RS model first start in China and in the United States in spring 2017. The two countries must be the brand's most important markets for the RS models.

Kimi Raikkonen tries his hand at Fire Fighting and Fire Truck Driving courtesy of Shell V-Power



It is Formula One weekend here in Malaysia. So there have been lots of happenings here and there. This time, Scuderia Ferrari driver, Kimi 'The Ice Man' Raikkonen gets to try out a Fire Truck courtesy of Shell V-Power. 

Audi launches the Second Generation Q5 at the 2016 Paris Motor Show


The 2nd Generation Audi Q5 has been launched over at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. This popular compact luxury crossover SUV basically gets Audi's current, slightly more edgy styling compared to its more rounded looking predecessor bringing the Q5 more in line with current trends. A simple way to say how it looks like would be to take the newly launched (in Malaysia) Audi Q7 and shrink it down a bit.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Honda Civic Type R revealed at the 2016 Paris Motor Show - Based on the hatch with production scheduled for 2017


Honda has revealed the CIVIC TYPE R concept car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. It is based on the current and just launched Honda Civic Hatchback. What this new Type R is seen to have is a continuation of the current Civic Type R 2.0 turbo - a whole lot of aero addenda and that 2.0liter VTEC Turbo engine.

NAZA Italia reveals the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T in a simultaneous global debut with the official launch at the Paris Motor Show


Not too shabby for Malaysia eh? We actually get to view the newest Ferrari at the same time it is launched officially at the 2016 Paris Motor Show! NAZA Italia, official importer of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, has unveiled the Ferrari GTC4Lusso T in a simultaneous global debut event. The reveal was held at the St. Regis Kuala Lumpur today, in tandem with the car’s official launch at the Paris Motor Show.

Renault Showcases New Models, Refreshed ones and a Concept Car at the 2016 Paris Motor Show


Renault is currently showcasing electric vehicles, new designs and a completely refreshed line-up at the 2016 Paris Motor Show. Significant models include the refreshed
 Renault ZOE electric car, the premiere of the Renault Koleos Initiale Paris and the Renault TREZOR Concept car.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

BMW wins CarIT-Award 2016 - Magazine awards the BMW 7 Series' Remote Control Parking system as a leading technology system


Honestly, there are tons of awards for everything out there. There are awards for the Best of, the Worst of in every darn field you can think of. I searched on Google for the BEST UNDERWEAR AWARDS and lo and behold - the INTERFEEL AWARDS - "A selection of worldwide recognized professional of the intimates, swimwear and sportswear industry will reward the know-how and collections of Interfilière Shanghai exhibitors" came up. Wow. An award for Lingerie. So anyway, BMW just won something called the CarIT-(magazine) Award 2016 in the "Connected Car" field for their Remote Control Parking System in the BMW 7 Series.

THE ALL-NEW PROTON SAGA IS LAUNCHED - PRICES START FROM RM36,800 to RM45,800



The 3rd Generation Proton Saga has been launched. It comes in 3 variants – Standard (MT & CVT), Executive and Premium with prices starting from RM36,800 to RM45,800 in Peninsular Malaysia. 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

The BMW M3 is 30 years old! - I reminisce on the E30 M3 a bit and let BMW tell the rest and a limited Ed Anniversary Model previewed - Lots of Pics!

The BMW M3 is 30 years old this year and its reputation today is totally peerless when it comes to the mid-sized sports car segment. In the mid 1980s, the very first M3 were homologated for the German Touring Car Championships and it won a whole lot of races obviously. It was this first M3, based on the BMW E30 3 Series that started it all. So much so that everyone wanted a E30 M3 back in the day. 

The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft to work together on next generation connected & autonomous driving systems


The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Microsoft Corp. have signed a global, multiyear agreement to partner on next-generation technologies to advance connected driving experiences worldwide. The companies will work together to develop next-generation connected services for cars powered by Microsoft Azure, one of the Microsoft’s intelligent cloud offerings. These new services will improve customer experience via advanced navigation, predictive maintenance and vehicle centric services, remote monitoring of car features, external mobile experiences and over-the-air updates.

Monday, September 26, 2016

The New Jetta 1.4 TSI launched - Three Variants and Prices start much lower than before - RM108,990.

New Jetta Highline

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today officially launched the new Volkswagen Jetta to the Malaysian market. The new Jetta is the first Volkswagen model to be launched by VPCM, since the company officially began operations in September. Taking over the sales and aftersales network from Volkswagen Group Malaysia who will concentrate on the assembly of Volkswagen cars in Pekan, Pahang and also Audi Malaysia. But today is the day of the new and improved Volkswagen Jetta.

Happenings: Ford Malaysia CSR Volunteer Projects for the Ford Global Caring Month 2016 - At the Lovely Nursing Centre in Petaling Jaya



Ford Motor Company kicks off the 11th annual Global Caring Month in September with Ford volunteers from more than three dozen countries around the world signing up for community projects, including a growing number of emerging markets from Cambodia to Laos, and Myanmar to Samoa. For Malaysia this year, Ford together with its local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) continued its charitable giving at the Lovely Nursing Centre in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Happenings: The 2016 SHELL RIMULA TECHNOLOGY FORUM AND GALA DINNER IN MIRI, SARAWAK

The recently held 2016 Shell Rimula Night was attended by more than 350 participants throughout Malaysia. It was held in Miri, Sarawak and a Shell Rimula Technology Forum was held together with it.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

The All-New Proton Saga Teaser Video and photo stills

Here are some still photos of the all-new, and soon to be launched Proton Saga from the Proton Cars video posted on their Facebook page. I have also posted it down below for your viewing pleasure. We have already driven the car in a closed test session. The car will be launched mid this week and it is expected to cost between RM37,000 to RM45,000 and will come in 4 variants - 1.3manual Standard, 1.3CVT Standard, 1.3 Executive CVT and 1.3 Premium CVT . You can read about the initial drive impressions and see more teaser pics here if you're interested!

Opinion: And the ugliest car sold in Malaysia today is.......NOT the Nissan Almera

This afternoon I was having some drinks at the mamak over at Desa Sri Hartamas with some friends. And then the car in the picture above passed by. An Infiniti QX80. Then it hit me that the QX80 IS the ugliest car sold in the country right now. Actually, the world. Allow me to explain.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

3rd Gen Proton Saga open for booking,Teaser Pics & SHORT TEST DRIVE of all variants


The Proton Saga. A Malaysian icon. Like Nasi Lemak, Roti Canai and Fried Mamak Mee. A symbol of something affordable for the masses. It has been awhile since PROTON started selling the 2nd generation Saga BLM and now they've come up with a replacement which will be prices from RM37,000 to RM45,000. The car is scheduled to be launched very soon and here you have some teaser pics of the car, some technical details, some other details and my very short test drive of ALL of the variants that would be on sale 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ferrari reveals the new V8 powered Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T


Ferrari will launch the new Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T at the upcoming Paris Motor Show sometime mid next week. This Ferrari is the first four-seater in its history to sport a turbo-charged V8 engine and this actually brings a new Ferrari GT concept aimed at owners seeking a car that is sporty, practical and versatile, as well as perfect for driving on a daily basis. Something which are almost never done with a Ferrari. That engine, and the practical shooting brake styling makes it possible.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Commercial Vehicle, Truck, Bus News: PETRONAS URANIA with ViscGuard launched for the Malaysian market


PETRONAS Lubricants Malaysia recently launched PETRONAS Urania with ViscGuard™ here in Malaysia. The Urania is PETRONAS' commercial vehicle lubricant (CVL) formulated to effectively guard against engine deposits build-up. Malaysia is a key market for PETRONAS Lubricants and is crucial to growing its business in Asia.

An Update on the all-new Proton Persona - The media drive, CSR initiative in Jengka 19, Persona Sales figures and other aspects on the car

The CEO of Proton, Dato' Fuaad Kenali (right) with Ogawa San (left) flagging us off - Yes, I was inside this car number #1!

Last 19th and 20th of September members of the Media went on the Proton Persona Media drive. The entourage was flagged off from the Proton Centre of Excellence, Subang Jaya and there were 60 participants from the media and also from PROTON's Senior Management and staff. This 2 days 1 night event was basically a drive to  Kuantan, Pahang and back to Subang Jaya.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Auto Bavaria Mega Event is on this 23rd to the 25th of September 2016 at Bukit Jalil - BMW cars, BMW bikes, MINI etc. etc. offers galore!


In case any of you are interested in BMW, their largest authorised dealer Auto Bavaria are having their Mega Event over at Bukit Jalil Sports Complex, Car Park B this coming weekend - 23 to the 25th of September 2016 from 9am to 9pm daily (the staff participating are sure to have sore everything after the event is over!). You could say that this could be the Karnival Jom Kaypoh of the car industry. But limited to only one brands lah.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

New Volkswagen Jetta Open for Pre-Booking - Priced from RM110,000 to RM130,000

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is now opening the order books for the new, enhanced Volkswagen Jetta. The estimated price for the new Jetta ranges between RM110,000 to RM130,000 and it is available in four colours - Candy White, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black. There will be three variants - Trendline, Comfortline and Highline.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Spotted For Sale: 1985 Toyota Starlet 1.3 (m) - Another 1980s Toyota that had a following back in the day


This EP71 Toyota Starlet you see here was from a time when Toyota actually produced some nice to drive cars instead of just chasing profit margins. We had the AE86s as well as the Celica, Supra and also something called the Starlet Turbo. The Starlet was what Toyota had beneath the Corolla in the days prior to the Soluna/Vios. I think it was a nice name for a small little car. I do wonder why Toyota stopped using the moniker.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ford Partnering with Global Cities on New Transport Solutions beginning with San Francisco - Ford Transit shuttle buses to play a key role


 
The Ford Motor Company is teaming up with major global cities, starting with San Francisco, in order to help solve congestion issues and help people move more easily now and for the future. Ford has decided to establish a new City Solutions team as part of its Ford Smart Mobility LLC to lead expanding mobility efforts with key cities worldwide. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

BMW issues a press release to tease another pic of the upcoming 5 Series sedan

BMW has basically issued a press release stating that the upcoming 7th generation, 'has it been that many already', BMW 5 Series will be produced over at the Dingdongfling plant in Lower Bavaria. I actually meant Bingoblingbliing. No, Dingolfling. 

It's D I N G O L F I N G.

I however think this is a clever way to tease another pic of the upcoming 5 series actually. 

ASEAN NCAP releases upcoming all-new Proton Saga crash test results - Do note that the car isn't launched yet!

Spy photo of the Proton Saga...put on the web a couple of months ago and now viraled everywhere!

ASEAN NCAP must be really excited. At the ASEAN Automobile Safety Forum, AASF, in Phnom Penh, ASEAN NCAP has released its latest test result for the 3rd Quarter of 2016 for the upcoming 3rd generation new Proton Saga (which was wrongly stated in the press release below as the 2nd generation Saga). Proton will be launching this new A segment sedan sometime very soon (by next month at the latest) and in the test, the all-new Proton Saga scored 13.33 out of 16.00 points in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) category, which placed the model in the range of a 4-Star rating. 

Truck News: Trucker Zulkifli bin Saad makes history by being the first Malaysian to reach the Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge 2016 World Finals

Malaysian trucker, Zulkifli bin Saad made history when he was announced as one of the Top 5 finalists of the Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2016, sealing his entry into the World Finals which was held shortly after the event over at Varberg, Sweden. He basically made history twice actually. This was his first time participating in the Malaysian leg of the Fuelwatch Challenge and he managed to win it in one go. Then he managed to enter the world finals, challenging the best around the world!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

DRB-HICOM and PROTON PRESENTS CARS TO MALAYSIAN OLYMPIC MEDALLISTS OF RIO 2016

 
Earlier today, DRB-HICOM and PROTON Holdings Bhd had presented a total of eight cars to the nation's Olympians who had succeeded in winning the medals at the recent Rio Olympic Games. Proton hopes that with the record achievement (our best performance at the Olympics to date) at the recent Rio 2016 Olympic Games, more talented Malaysians will be inspired to achieve greater heights and make our country proud. The cars are a big gesture of appreciation indeed and should be an incentive to those who want to reach greater heights.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Electric Vehicles: Renault-Nissan Alliance Hits Milestone of selling 350,000 Electric Vehicles and Maintains Position as Global EV Leader

The Renault-Nissan Alliance is ahead of everyone in terms of electric cars sold globally. They have announced that they have sold 350,000 electric vehicles since December 2010 when they first started selling the Nissan LEAF (pictured above). Now from that 350,000 vehicles,  It has now hit an important milestone as from January to August 2016, they've sold 100,000 EVs in total. Imagine that, 100,000 people bought EVs from either Renault or Nissan throughout the world. 

Opinion: Usually I see it as not a Car Problem but something else called the Owner Problem

Hello folks. I had to take a few days from writing as I believe I needed a short break away from writing stuff. I spent the long weekend doing everything else except sit at the computer. I think this is a good thing as it has refreshed me in some ways. And the fact that I think that there is more to life than just motoring per se. But I am back to tell you about what is actually happening to cars in Malaysia - the owner problem.

Friday, September 09, 2016

MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2016 organised by Malaysia Automotive Institute to be held from 10 to 13 November 2016 - EEV to be main focus

 
Another motor show is coming our way. The Malaysia Autoshow 2016 (formally known as the ASEAN Autoshow in 2015 will be held from 10 - 13 November 2016 at the MINES International Exhibition Convention Centre (MIECC). Car companies have lined up special deals only available at the show. These range from exclusive car deals and discounts offered only during these four days with attractive financial packages. And you can win a Kia Rio!

Thursday, September 08, 2016

The Volvo S60 T6 is now accorded EEV status - Now 306hp costs RM238,888 instead of RM280,888!!!!!

The Energy Efficient Vehicle tax break status is a very good thing for us Malaysians. Recently we've heard the way the EEV status affects the pricing of premium European cars in ways that suddenly make them even more affordable than before. We've seen a few Volvo cars (which are locally assembled at one of the longest running assembly line in Malaysia) receiving the price reduction like the Volvo V40 T5 Drive-E, XC60 T5 & T6 and XC90 T8. Now the Volvo S60 T6 gets a price reduction. RM238,888 (OTR without insurance, making this car the fastest European sedan under RM250,000 that you can buy.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Honda Accord facelift launched in Malaysia - Enough tweaks to keep it fresh for awhile longer


After teasing the facelifted Honda Accord on their website, Honda Malaysia have launched the facelifted 9th Generation Honda Accord. Three variants like previously are offered. All have upgraded specs and some interior trim changes, which include redesigned front bumpers, 7 inch infotainment screen and the top of the line 2.0VTI-L and 2.4VTi-L get LED headlights to complement the LED Daytime Driving Lights.

INDUSTRY NEWS: PROTON RENEWS ITS AGREEMENTS WITH ITS WORKERS' UNIONS

PROTON Holdings Bhd has renewed its Collective Agreement with its workers' union members at a recent signing ceremony held at the PROTON Centre of Excellence here in Subang Jaya, Selangor. 

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

World’s First Genesis Studio Opens in Hanam, South Korea - Hyundai strengthens its new standalone luxury brand at home


 Hyundai is slowly making its Genesis luxury automotive brand into its own special standalone luxury brand. It will open its first dedicated "Genesis" brand space or studio as it is called, inside a newly built cultural complex called ‘Starfield’ in Hanam, 30km east of Seoul on September 9, 2016. 

SHELL ADVANCE Launches Limited Edition packs and the chance to win free Main Grandstand tickets to Shell Malaysia MotoGP 2016



Shell Advance has announced the introduction of specially designed limited edition packs for four variants of its Shell Advance motorcycle engine oils – Shell Advance Ultra with PurePlus Technology 10W-40 (1L) and 15W-50 (1L), Shell Advance AX7 10W-40 (1L) and Shell Advance AX5 Scooter 15W-40 (0.8L). Together with this, there is chance for 500 people to win Grandstand tickets for the upcoming 2016 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Monday, September 05, 2016

THE MITSUBISHI TRITON IS LAUNCHED WITH A NEW MIVEC VGT TURBODIESEL ENGINE


The new Mitsubishi (L200) Triton pickup truck which was launched in 2015 has more power now. There is a new 2.4liter aluminium block 4 cylinder MIVEC variable geometry turbo (VGT) engine powering it. It makes 181ps and a whopping 430Nm torque from the engine and you get to drive it with a 6 speed automatic transmission as well as a manual. Quite marvellous tech has gone into the engine. Which is why I am writing about it. Usually I am not so bothered about a variant launch instead of a totally new car launch.

Opinion: My actual thoughts on the newly launched Honda City X and Jazz X Malaysian specced limited editions

Since the launch of the current City in 2014, 87,000 units have been sold. The current Jazz, launched here in 2014 has sold 34,000 units to date. But the last few months have been a very tough period for vehicle sales here in Malaysia. So in order to drum up sales in a weak market, Honda has launched  the limited edition Honda City X and Jazz X sometime last week. Honda claims that the 'X' supposedly means X-clusivity, X-citement and X-cel. 

Truck News: UD Trucks delivers several Quester 8L to their new owners in Johor Bahru

 Since its introduction in May this year, the UD Quester 8L has been receiving tremendous response from new and existing customers. The UD Quester truck is the first real heavy-duty Japanese truck designed with heavy duty chassis,heavy duty cab and associated heavy features but they are coupled with the Japanese reliability of its fuel-efficient engines and also of its build quality. 

Commercial Vehicle, Truck & Bus News: BF Goodrich tyres introduces the BFGoodrich Route Control and BFGoodrich Cross Control tyres


BFGoodrich tyres, the well known American tyre brand has now introduced their commercial vehicle and truck tyres, the BFGoodrich Route Control and BFGoodrich Cross Control. The commercial vehicle tyres follow in the footsteps of the passenger vehicle tyres which was launched earlier this year.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

TEST DRIVE: VOLVO SC60 T6 & T5 - These two are the SUVs for you to consider

XC60 T5

The Volvo XC60, launched in 2008, is a compact crossover SUV that has been selling extremely well globally since 2009. It is the first Volvo that brought out the styling philosophy you see in the current V40 and the S60/V60 cars. The newer XC90 SUV has moved the goalposts for premium to luxury SUVs slightly further afield but it is curious to see how the XC60 drives. I managed a few days in the XC60 T6 2.0 FWD and the T5 2.0 FWD, the two XC60 variants that are sold here in Malaysia.

Friday, September 02, 2016

Perodua and the 59th Merdeka Day celebrations

 Perodua celebrated the Merdeka day this year by having its own mini parade on the eve of Merdeka and by taking part in actual National Day celebration in Dataran Merdeka on 31st August 2016. The two-day celebration was began with a 22 car parade comprising of all 11 old and current models produced by Perodua at the manufacturer's headquarters in Sungai Choh, Rawang. Perodua then participated in the Merdeka Day parade with the two Perodua Bezza (their 11th model) seen above.

Thursday, September 01, 2016

September is Ford Malaysia's ‘Truck Month’ - Deals await customers

Ford has announced that September 2016 is ‘Ford Truck Month’. They are offering special deals that make September the best time for Malaysians or anyone who can buy a car in Malaysia to become an owner of a new Ford Ranger pickup truck, which in my opinion is one of the best you can buy here in Malaysia. Especially since it now comes equipped with a reverse camera (even the 2.2XLT - prior to this only the 3.2 Wildtrak had the pleasure of such an option).

All-New Renault Koleos Launched - At showrooms mid-October, available at an Introductory price of RM172,800+

TC Euro Cars (TCEC), who are the authorised distributors of Renault cars in Malaysia have launched the all-new Renault Koleos SUV. This is Renault's new flagship SUV and it looks pretty good in the flesh...or metal to be exact. 

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia is Official Distributor of Volkswagen Cars in Malaysia - Announces 5 year Manufacturer Warranty for all Volkswagen Cars


Volkswagen Group Malaysia have officially announced that the European automotive retail specialist Porsche Holding Salzburg (PHS) will become the official distributor of Volkswagen cars, under the new company name of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM). VPCM is managed by European automotive retail specialist, Porsche Holding Salzburg, is the largest and most successful automotive distributor in Europe. The Salzburg, Germany-based company was founded in 1947, and operates today in 26 markets in Western- and South-eastern Europe, China, and in Columbia and Chile in South America.

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