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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 05:38


The Datsun mi-DO has been unveiled at the ongoing Moscow motor show – it’s essentially a hatchback version of the Datsun on-DO, which is a sedan based on a Lada platform. Parallels may now be drawn between Datsuns on-DO/mi-DO and Ladas Granta/Kalina.

Measuring 3,950 mm long, 1,700 mm wide and 1,500 mm tall, the mi-DO hatch is 387 mm shorter than the on-DO sedan. Width, height and wheelbase are shared between the two, as is the interior, although we see a neat touch-screen-like display on the centre stack.

Their faces are slightly different as well – front bumper and headlamps are more angular, the latter looking quite Audi-ish and featuring projectors. Round the back, you’ll see unique d-shaped tail lamps with clear lenses on top. More coherent-looking overall than the sedan, we think.

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As on the on-DO sedan, a 1.6 litre petrol engine feeds 87 hp to the front wheels through a five-speed manual or optional four-speed auto. ABS, two airbags, heated seats and heated door mirrors.

There’s visibly less boot space than you get in the sedan, but the rear seats – besides being able to fold, the seat bases can be tumbled forwards, so presumably the seats can fold flat to be flush with the boot floor.

Engineered and built in Russia, the mi-DO is set to go on sale there next year. Meanwhile, the on-DO sedan, which debuted in April, has received more than 2,000 enquiries since order-taking began in July.

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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 04:31

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At yesterday’s launch of the new Infiniti Q50, we saw a QX70 (formerly and more popularly known as the FX) with different wheels sitting outside the showroom and enquired about it. Turns out that the QX70 is now available with a sport package, with an S badge added.

The QX70S is basically the regular crossover with the GT Premium optional package and Sport bits thrown in. It is priced at RM500,000 on-the-road without insurance, RM30k costlier than the RM470k QX70 GT Premium. The standard QX70 is priced at RM435k.

Let’s go step by step with this new kid on the block. The QX70 is powered by a 3.7 litre V6 engine with 320 hp and 360 Nm. The naturally-aspirated VVEL engine is paired to a seven-speed auto and there’s AWD. It’s a big machine, and 0-100 km/h in 6.8 seconds is respectable. Top speed is 235 km/h.

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The GT Premium package adds on maple interior accents, an 11-speaker Bose stereo with 10GB Music Box, HDD navi with eight-inch touchscreen, voice recognition, Around View Monitor, Intelligent Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning with Prevention and Intelligent Brake Assist with collision warning.

The QX70S further adds on mega six-spoke 21-inch wheels (20-inch standard) with 265/45 rubber, black headlamp housing and dark chrome trim on the side profile.

Inside, a dark cabin greets you – trim, leather and headlining are all in black for the S. Things that actually contribute to sporty driving are active dampers (Infiniti calls it Continuous Damping Control) with Auto/Sport modes and sport seats with adjustable side bolsters and thigh support.

Six years on and the “370Z SUV” still looks like nothing else on the road. You’ll stand out in this, for sure.

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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 03:35

A diehard Land Cruiser fan living in Japan and looking for a box-fresh 70-series model? Well, your prayers have been answered: the Toyota Land Cruiser 70 has been rereleased in the Land of the Rising Sun for about a year – sales there having terminated 10 years ago – to celebrate the model’s 30th anniversary.

In 1984, the heavy-duty 70-series model was produced to replace the 40-series model as the main Land Cruiser line split off as a more spacious and comfortable SUV. That line has progressed to the Land Cruiser 200 and Prado models we know today, but the 70-series model has soldiered on as a separate harder-working workhorse that is still being offered in places like Australia, Africa and the Middle East.

The ol’ girl has been under the knife since it was discontinued in Japan, with a radically different front fascia and interior, but elsewhere much remains the same. These new models will feature commemorative badging on the front fenders, as well as a leather key case and a leather maintenance record holder.

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A 1GR-FE 4.0 litre VVT-i V6 is the sole engine offering, producing 231 PS and 360 Nm. Power is sent through a five-speed manual to a part-time four-wheel drive system with a dual-mode automatic locking hub. Combined fuel consumption is rated at an astounding 6.6 km per litre (no, that’s not a typo).

The specifications read like they come from another era (because they did), not least of which being the safety features consisting of just dual airbags and ABS. There are, however, a couple of optional extras aimed at hardcore off-road drivers, these being a powered winch and front and rear electric differential locks.

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Two body variants will be offered for this rerelease – a four-door wagon and a double-cab pickup, the latter appearing in Japan for the first time and capable of hauling up to 600 kg of cargo. The wagon will cost 3,600,000 yen (RM109,000), with the pickup slightly cheaper at 3,500,000 yen (RM106,000).

In addition, Toyota is also introducing special edition versions of the regular Land Cruiser 200 and Prado, called the Bruno Cross and Argento Cross respectively. The former features “super chrome” metallic paint, aluminium wheels, nappa leather seats and plated side mirrors, while the latter gets silver-and-black seats and roof rails, dark metallic grey wheels and a geometric instrument panel.

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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 02:30


The Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) is approaching the Uber issue carefully, and is wary about taking action against the transport service provider, as it has proven to be popular amongst Malaysians, according to reports.

SPAD chairman Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar told The Star that Uber customer satisfaction is high, and that the service seems to be picking up customers that taxis left behind.

“We have received a lot of reports on Uber. Our own officers have gone in to use the service, and ministers also say it is excellent,” he told the English-language daily. “But the thing is, they (Uber) are not operating within the system. If anything goes wrong… Nobody should be allowed to operate outside the system when everyone is bound by the law.”


Taxi drivers have termed the Uber service “kereta sapu” (illegal taxi), according to the SPAD chairman, but he added that taxi operators must also do better to give customers the service they want, The Star report said. Syed Hamid also said that Uber had failed to respond to SPAD’s calls.

Bernama reported recently that Gabungan Persatuan dan Syarikat-Syarikat Teksi Semenanjung Malaysia (GABUNGAN) has called on SPAD to act against Uber. Apart from taking away their customers, taxi operators claim Uber is not bound by the law, and that if an accident happens, passengers are at risk.

“As far as I know, they (Uber) also do not have public liability insurance which puts the safety of passengers at risk,” Syed Hamid told The Malaysian Insider. The fact that Uber utilises private cars which have no operating licence is already against existing public transport laws, he added.


Still, the SPAD chairman acknowledged the excellence of Uber’s services, saying to TMI that the public would not use regular taxis if their service was not up to mark. Any improvements to public transport are welcome, but they must be within the system, he added.

Uber’s services currently cover 57 cities in 22 countries. It launched in KL in October 2013, and recently introduced the budget UberX service here.

In an interview with our sister publication TechAttack.my, Uber regional GM Michael Brown revealed that each Uber driver undergoes a screening process during hiring, which includes a criminal background check, driving history check, as well as an ongoing quality assurance via a passenger-rating system. He added that Uber cars are covered by insurance for both driver and passengers.


Uber only supplies the technology and the system to connect customers to transport providers. The cars are all supplied by third-party partners comprising limousine companies. MyTeksi’s GrabCar service follows the same concept. Though Uber doesn’t reveal its partners, some of the rides we took before were operated by companies like Extreme Limousines & Tours. This information is available to you in your Uber ride’s receipt.

Learn more about Uber here:

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Date: Thursday, 28 Aug 2014 01:42


16 years after the last one rolled off the production line, the Suzuki Vitara has finally been revived, this time as a small SUV that slots under the current Grand Vitara and looks to fight cars like the Nissan Juke, Peugeot 2008 and Ford EcoSport.

The styling is based on the iV-4 concept shown at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. Only one image and a teaser video have been released so far, but judging by how intact the concept’s design appears to be from the front, we’re expecting the rear of the car to be quite similar as well.

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The Vitara will be available with a choice of petrol and diesel engines which Suzuki claim produce low carbon dioxide emissions as well as “outstanding” fuel economy in its class. Buyers will also be able to spec an optional ALLGRIP four-wheel drive system, as well as various colour and trim customisation options.

Making its debut at the Paris Motor Show in October, the new Suzuki Vitara will make its way to UK showrooms beginning next spring.

GALLERY: Suzuki iV-4 Concept from Frankfurt 2013

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 11:20

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Now that the wraps have come off the 2015 Volvo XC90, the Swedish automaker has announced a limited series run to front-line the second-generation seven-seater SUV’s arrival on the scene. The First Edition, as it’s called, will be made up of 1,927 individually-numbered vehicles, the specific number being a celebratory nod to the year the company was founded.

What’s unique about the series isn’t in how many vehicles there are, but rather the fact that the entire First Edition run will only be available for sale via digital commerce through www.volvocars.com. The online store will begin selling the first XC90s on September 3.

The First Edition XC90s, which will feature uniquely numbered tread plates and a distinctive badge on the tailgate, will be available in supercharged and turbocharged T6 AWD (320 hp and and 400 Nm) and D5 twin turbodiesel (225 hp and 470 Nm) forms. Both engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The edition will feature black an Onyx Black exterior and eight-spoke, 21-inch inscription wheels, as well as an interior featuring nappa leather seats done in a shade called Amber, complete with a Charcoal leather dashboard and Linear Walnut inlays. Also on, a 19-speaker, 1,400 watt Bowers & Wilkins audio system.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 10:25


It’s about time! We already have the A-Class and CLA-Class (along with their 45 AMG derivatives); all we need now to complete the triumvirate is the GLA-Class, spotted here on a trailer by reader Syafiq Saif.

The cars appear to be GLA 250s, fortified with 4Matic all-wheel drive, AMG Sport bodykits and the Night Package, which gives them gloss black trim on the wing mirrors and dechromed window frames.

We contacted Mercedes-Benz Malaysia to find out if these cars were theirs or grey-market importers’, and they responded that they were “very excited” about the new model. We take that as a yes, then.

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Being a ’250′, a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo petrol engine sits under the bonnet, giving you 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque, as it does in the A 250 and Infiniti Q50 2.0 Turbo. It’s enough to push the GLA to 100 km/h from rest in 7.1 seconds. The engine is mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox.

The GLA-Class is a crossover based on the W176 A-Class’ platform. It debuted in August 2013, and the GLA 45 AMG in January 2014.

Mercedes-Benz GLA 250 AMG Sport official shots

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 08:32


Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Madani Sahari claimed that Malaysia was on track to achieve its target of reducing the prices of cars in the country by 25% by 2018, with new cars launched this year priced between 7% to 19% lower than before.

According to The Sun, Madani said that the institute is targeting an average reduction of 5% this year, following a 4.97% reduction the year before.

“One of the most obvious reasons is market competition because the government has liberalised the automotive industry. When there is market competition, the players have to compete, in terms of pricing,” he told reporters.

He also said that a gradual reduction in car prices was vital in retaining the values of used cars, as well as giving manufacturers enough time and opportunity to optimise their operations, lower production costs through the reduction of wastages and increase quality and productivity.

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In other news, Madani said that MAI is expecting an uptick in car sales from September onwards, particularly with the Perodua Axia and the Proton Compact Car (PCC) launching soon. Overall, the institute predicts sales to surpass the 670,000 units projected by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) this year, with sales of 700,000 units expected in 2015.

He also talked about the future of Proton and Perodua, saying that both national carmakers have begun on their respective transformation plans and that MAI is confident they will be able to achieve their targets.

“We are confident with the existing management of Proton and Perodua to deliver what they need to do to be globally competitive,” Madani said. “I know what they are doing and I’m confident they will achieve the target.”

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 06:53


The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) today released the latest round of test results at the ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards in Kuching, Sarawak – four models make up the set for Q3 2014 testing, which is part of the agency’s move towards a more frequent “test-and-publish” programme following the conclusion of its three-phase pilot project.

The four vehicles that underwent the latest round of crash test evaluation are the 2014 Honda City and 2014 Honda Jazz, the Tata Vista and the upcoming Perodua Axia. The result summary for the vehicles in both Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) and Child Occupant Protection (COP) is as follows:

  • Perodua Axia 1000-E built 2014, MY2014 – Adult: 4 stars, Child: 4 stars
  • Honda City SV built 2014, MY2014 – Adult: 5 stars (4 stars, two airbags), Child: 4 stars
  • Honda Jazz SV, built 2014, MY2014 – Adult: 5 stars (4 stars, two airbags), Child: 4 stars
  • Tata Vista GZX 1.4L built 2014, MY2014 – Adult: 3 stars, Child: 3 stars
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The Tata Vista, which scored 9.24 points out of a possible 16 in Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), is produced in India and is only available in Indonesia and Myanmar. The agency says that this is the first time a car of Indian manufacturing origin has undergone ASEAN NCAP assessment.

Both Honda City and Jazz models that were tested were Thai-built models for the Thailand market, with the six airbags variant scoring five stars, and the two airbag version obtaining four stars. In the AOP rating, the Honda City broke the record score in ASEAN NCAP testing by managing 15.80 points, surpassing the previous high of 15.73 points obtained by the Ford Fiesta. The Jazz scored 15.58 points.

The Perodua Axia, meanwhile, has the honour of being the first vehicle in the evaluation programme to be launched into the market with ASEAN NCAP results, and is set to be the most affordable 4-star car (in both AOP and COP) in the ASEAN region, according to the agency. It managed an AOP score of 12.91.

Read all about our ASEAN NCAP coverage, including Phase I, Phase II and Phase III test results from the pilot project.

2014 Perodua Axia test result data
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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 06:40


Reader Zulhafiz Ramli has kindly sent in these photos of a covered Nissan Serena S-Hybrid on a trailer. He managed to grab a shot of the rims – those are the facelift model‘s rims. Does this mean the facelift is heading towards an introduction here in Malaysia?

The pre-facelift MPV was launched in Malaysia in July 2013, fully-imported (CBU) from Japan and priced at a competitive RM150k, thanks to its duty-free status at the time. The tax exemptions have since expired, although existing units retain that selling price. We understand that Edaran Tan Chong Motor has plans to locally-assemble the vehicle – could we be looking at a CKD unit here?

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Unveiled last year at the Tokyo motor show, the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid facelift has an updated front bumper, new-shape headlamps and a redesigned front grille. There are also new alloys and new LED tail lamps with S-shaped internals.

New equipment available in Japan includes Emergency Brake and Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Around View Monitor (AVM) with Moving Object Detection (MOD), Emergency Assist for pedal misapplication and Driver Attention Alert.

Nissan Serena S-Hybrid facelift at Tokyo 2013

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 05:15


It has been 12 years since Volvo pioneered the seven-seater SUV, and now there’s finally a new one – the 2015 Volvo XC90. The second-generation family hauler is a big deal for the Swedish carmaker as it is the first step in the brand’s US$11 billion (RM34.7 billion) rejuvenation.

The first production car built on the new Scalable Product Architecture (SPA), the new XC90 features the company’s new design language, with T-shaped “Thor’s Hammer” headlights flanking the large grille. That grille contains Volvo’s updated iron mark badge with the little arrow finally aligned with the iconic diagonal bar running across the grille.

The sculpted bonnet, sharp crease along the beltline and bulked-up haunches above the wheel arches give the car some added muscle, further bolstered by new wheels measuring up to 22 inches in diameter. Meanwhile, Volvo’s distinctive rear design is updated with slim “tattoo-like” tail lights.


Two exterior styling themes will be available for the new XC90. The Urban Luxury package features body-coloured lower trim, polished stainless steel details such as the front and rear skid plates and side scuff plates as well as 21-inch polished alloy wheels. The Rugged Luxury pack, on the other hand, has matte black trim, stainless steel skid plates, illuminated running boards and 22-inch wheels.

We’ve seen the interior before – it was revealed a month ago – but it’s good to run through the specifics again. The cabin is said to be the most luxurious for a Volvo to date, with soft leather and wood teamed up with handcrafted details such as the crystal glass gearknob from Swedish glassmaker Orrefors and the diamond-cut start-stop button and volume control knob.

The seats have also been designed to free up space in both the second and third rows without sacrificing comfort. The rear-most seats provide “class-leading comfort” for two passengers up to 170 cm tall.

An important new feature of the interior is the portrait-oriented tablet-like touchscreen, an integral part of the new in-car control system. The display reduces dashboard clutter, controlling everything from music to navigation to even the climate control. Also included are a suite of internet-based services, “state-of-the-art” voice control as well as native integration with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto.

The XC90 will be offered with a range of two-litre petrol and diesel Drive-E engines – part of Volvo’s new Versatile Engine Architecture (VEA) family of powertrains – as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. Two petrol options will be offered: a 254 hp, 350 Nm turbocharged T5 as well as a 320 hp, 400 Nm supercharged and turbocharged T6.

Diesel models include a 190 hp, 400 Nm D4 that consumes around 5.0 litres of fuel per 100 km, as well as a 225 hp, 470 Nm twin turbo D5 that is claimed to offer class-leading fuel consumption of around 6.0 litres per 100 km.


At the top sits a new “Twin Engine” T8 plug-in hybrid model with a supercharged and turbocharged petrol mill powering the front wheels and a 60 kW (80 hp) electric motor driving the rear wheels. Together they churn out around 400 hp and 640 Nm, while being capable of a 40 km all-electric range as well as carbon dioxide emissions as low as 60 grams per kilometre.

As befits a Volvo, the new XC90 will come with a raft of safety features and will be key to the company’s aim of zero accident fatalities or injuries in a new Volvo car by the year 2020. Two new world firsts include Safe Positioning which reduces injuries if the car runs off the road, as well as an automatic braking function at junctions if the car senses the driver is about to turn into an oncoming car.

All of Volvo’s auto brake systems are now packaged under a single umbrella, called City Safety, and they will all be standard on every new XC90. These features now protect against vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and are now functional both day and night.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 04:10

Q50 Launch Main

The Infiniti Q50 was officially launched this morning at the marque’s Jalan Tun Razak showroom in KL. The Q50 – a premium compact exec that will do battle with the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4 and Lexus IS – is available in Malaysia with two engines, a 2.0 turbo and a 3.5 hybrid. You know that already from our showroom preview and test drive report.

The Q50 2.0 Turbo is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque from 1,250 to 3,500 rpm. The direct-injection four-cylinder unit is paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox with manual mode and Downshift Rev Matching.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has an ongoing partnership with Daimler, and the Q50′s drivetrain is from Mercedes-Benz. It can be found in the W212 E-Class facelift, and the upcoming W205 C 200 is expected to carry this combo as well. Infiniti’s version of the engine has specific tuning.

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Zero to 100 km/h is done in 7.2 seconds and top speed is 245 km/h. That’s comparable to the 184 hp/270 Nm BMW 320i, which is good for 7.3 seconds and 235 km/h. The W204 Mercedes C200 does 7.8 seconds and 235 km/h, so they’re all in the same ballpark. Like the German duo, the Q50 is rear-wheel driven. Claimed combined fuel consumption is 13.6 km/l.

Powering the Q50S 3.5 Hybrid is a 298 hp, 338 Nm 3.5 litre Atkinson-cycle V6 mated to a 62 hp, 270 Nm electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a seven-speed automatic transmission. Total system output is 364 hp and 546 Nm, mighty enough for 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.

The Q50 2.0T GT, at RM248,800 on-the-road without insurance, looks like good value for a CBU Japan import, and that’s before you scan the very decent spec sheet.

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Auto LED headlamps, keyless entry and push start, 10-way powered driver’s seat with memory (8-way for passenger), power steering adjustment, dual LCD screens, rear view monitor and tyre pressure monitor (TPMS) are all standard. Customers can choose from three leather colours – black, grey and beige – to go with the nicely-textured “Kacchu” aluminium trim.

Should that be not enough, Infiniti is offering a RM30,000 “Premium Touring and Technology” upgrade package (RM278,800 total) that includes 18-inch alloys (with obvious Enkei branding, 17-inch on Standard, run-flat tyres for all), a 14-speaker Bose sound system, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS) and high beam assist, a choice of aluminium or maple wood trim, and the Infiniti Driver Assist System bundle.

The latter package includes Blind Spot Warning with Intervention, Lane Departure Warning, Around View Monitor (with Moving Object Detection Backup Collision Intervention), Active Lane Control and Predictive Forward Collision Warning with Intelligent Cruise Control.

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The RM30k upgrade also includes Direct Adaptive Steering, the “steer by wire” headlining tech act for the Q50. Operation is entirely electric, though there’s still a mechanical link for the direct steering in the form of a safety clutch – our man Jonathan likes this pioneering system, and you can read his review to find out more. The standard 2.0T GT comes with regular EPS.

The RM398,800 Q50S Hybrid gets all of the above, and more. Interior additions include a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar and torso support, sunroof, aluminium pedals and magnesium steering wheel paddles. It also looks more aggressive thanks to a S-specific front fascia and 19-inch wheels, backed up by sport-tuned suspension and uprated brakes.

We have had two stints with the Q50, one in the USA and one on home ground, read the reviews to learn more about the sports sedan. Also check out our full showroom picture gallery of all three variants. Interested? You can also compare the Q50 2.0T GT, 2.0T GT Premium and Q50S Hybrid with each other, or even against other class rivals on CarBase.my.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 03:58


The global-market XV50 Toyota Camry facelift has been unveiled at the Moscow motor show, following a teaser earlier in the month.

The popular D-segment sedan gets a face with added aggro, comprising a slim front grille with a big chrome bar on top, LED-infused headlamps, plus a huge trapezoidal lower intake with integrated fog lamps.


Bolder than our current car but still less so than the US-market Camry facelift, the new car also features a reshaped rear bumper and a chrome strip bridging the tail lamps. There are also new-design alloys.

Inside, there’s a new backlit instrument panel with a 4.2-inch colour TFT display between the dials, an updated steering wheel with three spokes and a restyled centre console with a new 6.1- or 7.0-inch screen. The meter panel now has a two-dial layout as opposed to the pre-facelift car’s three-dials.


As for what’s under the hood – the 181 hp 2.5 litre four-cylinder and 249 hp 3.5 litre V6 engines carry over, along with the six-speed auto box. No word on the Camry Hybrid yet.

In Russia, the base 2.0 litre engine has been updated with a version that has 150 PS mated to a six-speed auto, as opposed to the pre-facelift car’s four-speed auto. We’re not sure if the ASEAN market will get this new engine and gearbox combo.

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Date: Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 03:00

Well, it had to come sooner or later. Here’s the very last episode of the 2014 season of Driven Web Series, and we’re ending things on a ‘high’.

We’ve all got to start somewhere, right, and in the blind, relentless and competitive climb up life’s ladders, sometimes the badge becomes more important than the kind of car it adorns.

Looking past all the badgery, we assemble the very new kid on the block, the Audi A3 1.8T quattro, the supermodel Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 and the king of the hill - the BMW 3 Series… in economy 316i form.

Three sedans that represent your first step towards four-ringed/three-pointed star/propeller-roundel ownership. And guess what – they can’t even agree on which axles to send power to!

So can we agree on which entry-level premium sedan deserves your hard-earned bread – or will, say, a fourth party leap in at the very end and beg to differ?

We sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed watching this season of Driven Web Series as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. If you missed any of our previous episodes, watch them here. Until next time!

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 12:17

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Following its preview in Ford showrooms since the beginning of the month, Sime Darby Auto Connexion has finally given the Ford EcoSport its official debut in the country – the compact five-seater SUV was introduced moments ago at a launch event in Symphony Suite, KLCC.

The Thai-assembled EcoSport – which made its ASEAN premiere at last year’s Bangkok Motor Show and which was showcased at KLIMS13 last November – arrives in two trim levels, these being Trend and Titanium. Both are powered by a 1.5 litre Ti-VCT normally-aspirated mill offering 110 PS at 6,300 rpm and 142 Nm at 4,400 rpm.

The unit is paired with a six-speed Powershift dual-clutch transmission, the Getrag 6DCT250, the same powertrain and drivetrain configuration as found in the B299 Ford Fiesta facelift. A 1.0 litre EcoBoost variant is expected to join the lineup at a later stage, when the Powershift option becomes available (the 1.0 litre currently only ships with a manual transmission, where it is sold in Australia).

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Dimensions-wise, the EcoSport measures in at 4,273 mm long, 1,765 mm wide and 1,675 mm tall (+291 mm, +43 mm and +186 mm respectively compared to the Fiesta), with a wheelbase that’s 2,519 mm long (+30 mm over the Fiesta). Other numbers include a 200 mm ground clearance, 362 litres of boot space (705 litres with rear seats folded) and a 52 litre fuel tank (nine more than the Fiesta, which has a 43 litre capacity tank).

We’ve highlighted the full specifications in our preview post, and the brochure is on hand here again, but here’s a general spin on things if you’re not inclined to peruse it.

The Trend is the baseline variant, and is equipped with black fabric seats, manual air-conditioning, keyed ignition, front and rear fog lamps, a six-speaker Ford Sync infotainment system, steering wheel audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering adjustment and 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/60R16 tyres.


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The Titanium, meanwhile, goes the leather route for the seats, steering wheel and gear lever, and the driver’s seat gets adjustable lumbar, with a centre armrest added on. The variant also gets a single-zone automatic climate control system as well as auto lights/wipers and a powered tilt/slide sunroof.

Other additions include keyless entry and push-start ignition, and there’s also an additional 12V power socket at the side of the rear seat. The Titanium also rides on 16-inchers and the same tyre size, but the wheel is of a different design.

Exterior-wise, there are some slight cosmetic differences, this being that the Titanium’s front grille is black with chrome accents (Trend’s is painted silver) and its roof rails are finished in silver (black on the Trend).

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Common safety equipment to both is electronic stability control, traction control, ABS with EBD, hill launch assist, emergency brake assist, rear seat Isofix mounts and dual airbags for the Trend – the Titanium features a Safety Pack, which brings the airbag count to seven (front, side and curatin as well as driver’s knee airbag)

Five exterior colours are available for the EcoSport, and unique to the Trend is Candy Red, while variant specific shades for the Titanium are Mars Red and Winning Blue. The last two colours, Midnight Sky and Frozen White, are available for both trim level variants.

Finally, pricing – the Ford EcoSport Trend is priced at RM92,888 while the EcoSport Titanium goes for RM103,888, both on-the-road with insurance. The EcoSport comes with a five-year/200,000 km warranty and three-year/60,000 km Extended Service Plan (ESP) free maintenance programme.

We’ve driven the Ford EcoSport – read our Thai test drive report of the SUV.

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 12:08


After 12 long years since the first generation model debuted in 2002, the Volvo XC90 finally receives a second generation. It will make its world debut in its hometown of Sweden tomorrow but as usual, photos of the car have leaked onto the internet, allowing us a first look at the family SUV.

All petrol variants of the XC90 will be powered by Volvo’s 2.0 litre Drive-E engine, which tops out as a hybrid T8 with a combined 400 horsepower. The hybrid can do 40 km in EV mode. The next rung down is the T6, which has a 320 horsepower output. For fans of oil burners, the D5 will do 225 horsepower from its twin-turbo diesel engine. All engines are mated to an eight-speed auto.

We’ll be back with full details once the full press kit is out. For now, read our Volvo XC90 infohub and have a look after the jump for the full gallery and start dreaming!

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 08:14

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The Infiniti Q50S Hybrid has quietly cropped up on Infiniti Malaysia’s website, with a list of standard equipment and an estimated price of RM400,000.

The Hybrid adds a few extra accoutrements to the already comprehensive equipment of its 2.0t Standard and Premium siblings. Exterior additions include the S-specific front fascia and 19-inch wheels, while the interior gets such niceties as a 12-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar and torso support, aluminium pedals, solid magnesium steering wheel paddles and an Around View Monitor.

Powering the Hybrid is a 298 hp, 338 Nm 3.5 litre Atkinson-cycle V6 mated to a 62 hp, 270 Nm electric motor, a lithium-ion battery and a seven-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control. Total output is 364 hp and 546 Nm, enough for the car to go from 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds on its way to an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h, while combined fuel consumption is rated at 6.2 litres per 100 km.

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Under the skin, the Hybrid gets the newfangled steer-by-wire Direct Adaptive Steering system and a sport-tuned suspension, as well as a host of driver assist systems including Blind Spot Intervention, Lane Departure Prevention, Back-up Collision Intervention, Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Forward Emergency Braking, Intelligent Cruise Control and Active Lane Control.

From the looks of it, the Q50 lineup will be launched in Malaysia very soon. We’ve driven the Infiniti Q50S Hybrid twice already, and you can read Jonathan’s impressions from the Nissan 360 event in California as well as Anthony’s comprehensive local review.

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 05:24


It seems that the availability of Euro 5 diesel in Johor, originally reported to be from July 1, has been delayed. Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Madani Sahari has said that Euro 5 diesel will now only be available in the southern state in a month’s time, The Sun Daily reports.

“We are going to implement first in the Johor area because of the need of our lorries to go into Singapore for the lower HSU (Hartridge Smoke Unit) requirement. The company that has agreed to do so need to do some engineering works.”

“We as an observer, an outsider, thought that it is a straight-forward thing, just pump in the Euro 5 and that’s it. Actually, it’s not that straight-forward. They need to do some engineering work in the petrol station and that work needs to be approved by the local authorities like the Fire Department and so on. So that’s still a work in progress, but it will be out in a month’s time for Johor,” the daily quoted Madani as saying.

In June, we reported that BHPetrol had agreed to supply Euro 5 diesel in Johor, following discussions with the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) and MAI. The imported fuel is slated to be available at 15-20 out of its nearly 50 stations in the southern state. It was reported to be priced at RM2.10 per litre, 10 sen more than current Euro 2M-grade B5 biodiesel available in the country.

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Singapore’s National Environment Agency earlier lowered the maximum permissible level of emitted black smoke from 50 to 40 HSU, with January 1, 2014 being the original effective date; later, a six-month grace period to comply was given.

“Now, other oil companies are also thinking (about it), but they are still undertaking a study on whether it is feasible for them to introduce Euro 5 in the southern part of Malaysia,” Madani added. “Actually, it is an open platform – anybody can start supplying Euro 5. It is not exclusive to any oil company.”

Further reading here: Euro 5 diesel to be sold at selected locations in Johor.

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 04:57

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Great news for paultan.org readers! Thanks to BHPetrol, you now stand a chance to win a lifetime experience on the legendary Nurburgring track in Germany where a complete motorsport adventure, including driving around the Green Hell in a sports car, awaits you.

Not only that, you also stand a chance to bag prizes equivalent to a year’s usage of fuel, on a monthly basis. The BHPetrol Fuel Your Way to Nurburgring contest, which is exclusive to the paultan.org network, will kick start on September 2 and run for up to three months.

So, try to contain the excitement for now and watch this space same time next week :) You will soon find out how to be in the running to win this once-in-a-lifetime motoring experience, with BHPetrol and its Infiniti 2x Advanced premium fuel with 800ppm double dose of German additives.

Stay tuned!

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Date: Tuesday, 26 Aug 2014 04:12


Chevrolet Malaysia has opened up registration of interest for the eight generation D-segment Chevrolet Malibu in Malaysia, and today we have scanned copies of a Chevrolet Malibu brochure to show you.

The Malibu’s 2.4 litre Ecotec DCVCP engine does 165 horsepower at 5,800 rpm, and 225 Nm of torque at 4,600 rpm. It drives the front wheels via a six-speed automatic gearbox. It’s built on GM’s Epsilon II platform, shared with the Opel/Vauxhall Insignia and the Buick Regal.

From what we hear, the Malibu will get four airbags, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, keyless entry and push start, a remote engine start system, a six-speaker Chevrolet MyLink Radio audio system with a 7 inch colour touch screen with a behind-screen storage compartment, HID automatic headlamps with washers, a leather interior, 8-way electrically adjustable front seats, a 60/40 split foldable rear bench, cruise control and single-zone automatic climate control.

Last month, we saw a black example at Naza Automall PJ, and a check with sales personnel yielded an estimated price of RM175k, with a discount for early bird bookings.


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