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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 10:13

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Peugeot’s cave of a stand at the 2014 Paris Motor Show had this on the main stage – the Peugeot Quartz Concept. Billed as a “new vision for the crossover segment” and a “next generation SUV” the Quartz sits on the same EMP2 platform that underpins the new 308, so this could be an early preview of the next-gen 3008.

Peugeot says that the Quartz combines the body of an SUV with the cabin of a saloon, whatever the latter means. Its imposing 4.5 metre long and 2.06 metre wide frame sits on massive 23-inch wheels. Fronting the long bonnet is a grille with a chequered pattern that shifts depending on the angle you view it from.

A glass roof flows towards the rear wings and incorporates two spoilers to further enhance aerodynamics. These are aligned with the Coupe Franche separator between the two Quartz finishes: mineral grey at the front, inspired by rock crystal, and matte black for the rear wings, offset by splashes of red.

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Inside, basalt can be found on the centre console, alongside digitally woven textile. Peugeot says that this innovative process can create large and complex components that can be used as soon as they come off the machine – no cutting required. The textile is woven with polyester fibre from recycled plastic water bottles.

The concept uses a plug-in hybrid drivetrain comprising a 270 hp/330 Nm 1.6 THP engine supplemented by two 85 kW electric motors (front and rear axle) and mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox.

There are three driving modes: ZEV (zero emissions electric vehicle), Road (ICE and front electric motor) and Race, which combines the engine and both electric motors to get the most out of the chassis along with a limited-slip differential.

Peugeot Quartz Concept at the 2014 Paris Motor Show

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 08:30

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The recently-launched Perodua Axia has garnered 32,000 bookings since the order books opened in August, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh has said, according to a Bernama report.

6,000 Axias have been delivered to customers to date, but the waiting period for the standard model (unclear if what’s meant is Standard E or Standard G) has now lengthened to six months, due to “overwhelming response,” Aminar told the national news agency.

“It (the delay) is not due to the issue of capacity as Perodua’s plant produces 7,000 to 8,000 units a month. It is the issue of having the right parts and we are now working closely with the vendors,” he said, adding that by year-end, Perodua hopes to reduce the waiting period to one-and-a-half months.

The order tally on launch day numbered about 13,500. Perodua revealed then that it aimed to sell 30,000 Axias by the end of the year, and that a significant majority of the orders were for the Standard G variant.

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 07:28


It’s T-minus one day to the tabling of Budget 2015. The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has expressed their wishes; now it’s Perodua’s turn. The Rawang-based carmaker hopes car financing will be made easier for buyers, reports The Malaysian Insider.

“The average (car loan) rejection rate is 28%. At one stage it was at 35%,” TMI quoted Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh as saying.

“On the one hand, the government encourages people to use quality affordable vehicles, and while we respect the policy of the central bank, we hope it does not get too strict on those who meet the requirements.”

Aminar hopes the government will make things easier for first-car buyers, particularly those who live in areas where efficient public transport is not available. “They need to have their own transport… we hope to provide a solution to that,” he told the publication.

Apart from that, Aminar also expressed his concerns about rising living costs amidst the dawn of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST is scheduled to take effect next April.

Last week, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Madani Sahari said that Budget 2015’s auto-related matters are likely to align themselves with NAP 2014’s aspirations. Budget 2015 is also expected to yield a list of zero-rated or tax-exempted items with respect to the upcoming GST – will our petrol and diesel be GST-ed?

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 05:35


A completely new Jaguar XF might be upon us in the near future, judging from the array of spyshots. A heavily camouflaged prototype has been captured undergoing what looks like endurance testing around the roads of Europe, as well as on the Nurburgring.

The Jaguar XF first was revealed to the world in 2007 and was positioned as a competitor to the mid-size luxury car segment – which is dominated by the Audi A6, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. With rivals already being updated, it’s no surprise a new version is required to stay competitive.
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From what we can gather, the car seems to have an elongated wheelbase compared to the current version. With the Jaguar XE revealed, the company should be able to increase the size of the new XF in order to further distance it from its smaller sibling as well as offer class-leading interior room.

As for powertrain concerns, it’s safe to say that there is a high possibility that engines from the Ingenium range will be employed. Transmission options should echo that of the Jaguar XE, with drive going to the rear wheels. Expect all-wheel drive to be offered at a later date.

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 04:26


The Toyota Prius+, as what it is known in Europe or Prius V in America, has received a mild update for the 2015 model year. Changes include updated styling – that brings it more in line to current design cues, added equipments and colour choices.

An updated front end consists of a new upper grille with the Toyota badge now sitting further out in front. New cylindrical projector headlight assemblies contain LED technology for both the low and high beam. Finer details include a contrasting black and chrome plating in the headlight modules.

Faint traces of an ‘X’ design is present on the front end due to the lower grille adopting a trapezoidal shape that’s currently being featured on the latest Toyota models. At both corners, revised air intake designs with the LED daytime running lights seamlessly integrated complete the changes.


Biggest update on the rear is the adoption of new taillight designs, which feature a “light guide” treatment and red inner lenses. At a quick glance, the design does seem to echo the rear light design of the latest Subaru Forester. Other updates include a new license plate trim and a revised bumper with a diffuser.

Updates for the interior include a dark silver metallic finish for the driver’s switchgear and air-conditioning dial control as well as chrome finish on the door handles. A new 4.2-inch colour TFT information screen sits on the upper housing of the centre console, providing data on fuel consumption and such.

The updated Prius is fitted with the Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system which includes a touchscreen with Bluetooth connectivity and a reverse camera. An upgrade is available – dubbed the ‘Toyota Touch 2 Go’, which provides satellite navigation, live traffic information and text-to-speech functions amongst many more.


As for added equipment, electric seat adjustments and Intelligent Park Assist are now offered. An emergency brake signal – which triggers all side indicators in the event of sudden and heavy braking, is also featured along with Hill-start Assist Control.

The updated Toyota Prius+ is Euro6 emissions compliant and comes with two new colours for the European market, ‘Dark Sherry metallic’ and ‘Attitude Black mica’. New sound absorption material has been added into the rear compartment to improve NVH levels.

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 04:05


Owning a Volkswagen is made easier with FA Wagen’s attractive low instalment financing packages. This offer is made exclusively for selected pre-registered and pre-owned Volkswagen models, which includes showroom demo units.

Valid until the end of October, the promotion will see fantastic deals offered for a wide range of Volkswagen models. To serve your curiosity, selected pre-owned models are offered with an attractive instalment plan starting from as low as RM653 per month.

If you up your budget a little, there are also selected pre-registered models with minimal mileage to be had from RM718 per month. You will find that the most affordable offerings in this fleet include the Polo Sedan, Polo Hatchback, Passat and Jetta.

That’s not all, as the great deals continue with more than 70 pre-owned Volkswagen cars up for sale, with rebates from RM10,000 up to RM140,000 for selected models. Every pre-owned Volkswagen model purchased during this period comes with a complimentary three-year service package.


Apart from the four models mentioned above, the wider variety of pre-registered and pre-owned Volkswagen models include the CC, Cross Touran, Golf, Scirocco, Sharan, Beetle, Tiguan and Touareg, model years of which range from 2012 to 2014.

Customers can look forward to an enriching Volkswagen ownership experience through FA Wagen, backed by years of strong automotive sales and after-sales experience via its parent company, Federal Auto Holdings Berhad.

For more information, please visit FA Wagen’s website or your nearest FA Wagen showroom. You can also check out FA Wagen’s updated online list of pre-owned cars for sale.

*Terms and conditions apply.

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FA Wagen showrooms

Jalan Pelukis U1/46, Seksyen U1
40150, Shah Alam Selangor
Phone: +603 5569 5663

Petaling Jaya
Lot 7, Jalan 222 Section 51A
46100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Phone: +603 7960 0801

Alor Setar
Lot.305, Lorong Perak 16, Mergong Industrial Estate,
5150, Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman
Phone: +604 7301 846

Sg Petani
No.9, Jalan Perdana Heights 2/1 Perdana Heights
8000, Sg Petani, Kedah
Phone: +604 4215 501

51/2 Milestone Jalan Skudai, Tampoi
81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
Phone: +607 238 9301

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 02:44


It’s clear that we at paultan.org write about cars more than we do bikes, unless the matter at hand concerns a new interesting model launched locally or more bizarrely, a car using a bike engine. But in the case of this stark raving mad Kawasaki Ninja H2R, it would be socially irresponsible of us not to cover it. Just look at it!

This be-winged (we’re not talking about fancy fairings here of course, there are actual downforce-generating wings attached to it) two-wheeler rocks a supercharged 1.0 litre inline-four engine that’s tuned to 300 hp. On a lightweight, all-carbon-fibered-up bike, its power to weight ratio will put the Koenigsegg One:1 to shame.

Those wings aren’t just for show either, as the H2R will probably shoot past 320 km/h at full pelt (brown pants are recommended if you want to attempt this, though). Behind the naked carbon-fibre fairing is a tubular steel trellis frame (in green for effect), while Kawasaki’s first single swing-arm connects the rear 17-inch wheel.

A toned down, i.e., less insane road-legal Street version is expected to be unveiled soon (this Track concept doesn’t have headlights and it runs on slicks after all), which could have its output lowered to around the 200 hp mark. Still, if it looks anything like this one, it’ll surely be worth writing home about.

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 01:32

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It’s not Paris Motor Show without a crazy concept from Citroen, and the French brand’s Divine DS is this year’s wild child. Described as a true expression of the DS brand’s DNA, the Divine DS is a four-door car that’s 4.21 m long and 1.98 m wide, putting it in the C-segment hatch ballpark.

The wide front end of Divine DS features ‘wings’ that were first seen on the DS 5LS and DS 6WR. The radiator grille is a sea of floating diamond shapes of different sizes and in varying shades of chrome.

The front light signature, inspired by the eyes of the DS 3 facelift, consists of LED modules designed to resemble diamonds, with Swarovski Crystal Fabric at the base to “bring the light to life.” The headlamps are laser diodes. At the back, the LED lights feature retracting scales that create what Citroen calls a “magical, hypnotic effect.”

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More scales inside the four-seat cabin, which features work from Maison Lesage, France’s most prestigious embroidery house. There’s no rear window, so passengers can immerse themselves in an intimate, sophisticated cocoon, Citroen says.

It’s not important in a exploratory styling concept, but the Divine DS is powered by a 1.6 THP engine with 270 hp and 330 Nm of torque.

A mad reptile of a car that wouldn’t look out of place in an alien movie, sci-fi dreams of year 2114, or a next-gen shootout with the VW Scirocco R and Renault Megane RS.

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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 00:34


The 2014 European Car of the Year is now here in Malaysia! Though it’s not exactly at the showrooms yet, the new Peugeot 308 has been previewed to dealers yesterday by Peugeot distributor Nasim Sdn Bhd.

The preview unit is a diesel automatic, as seen from the automatic gear shifter and the 5,000 rpm redline seen in the new-style instrument panel mounted close to the windscreen.

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Does this mean Peugeot’ll bring in a diesel variant of the new 308 to fill in the gap voided by the previous-generation Ford Focus TDCi, though? Peugeot currently offers diesel engines in the 508 and 508 SW.

Diesel engine options include a 1.6 HDi doing 92 hp/230 Nm or 115 hp/270 Nm, or a 2.0 litre BlueHDi producing 150 hp/370 Nm. Since this preview car is an automatic, it should have the 150 hp engine with a six-speed auto, the same combo found in the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in Malaysia.

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For petrol engine and automatic gearbox, the 308 offers a new PureTech 1.2 litre e-THP engine with 130 hp and 230 Nm, mated to a six-speed auto. The 1.6 litre THP 156 from the outgoing car is also available but only with a six-speed manual so far.

In Europe, Peugeot says that its new C-segment five-door hatchback is contributing towards the brand’s move upmarket, as upper trim levels are getting the bulk of the orders. Last we heard, the new 308 should see a 2015 introduction in Malaysia.

You can follow the Peugeot Malaysia Facebook page for updates. Thanks to Dato’ Billy Goh from Peugeot Batu Pahat and Jordan Wong from Peugeot Setia Alam for the photos.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 10:12

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In an interview conducted by Car and Driver, Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales has stated that the company is set to expand its range of models to include sedans and crossovers. In relation to that, should a front-engined Lotus be produced, “it would be a real Lotus. Which means for ride and handling it could be a benchmark.”

With Proton being the parent company of Lotus, it should be clear enough that technology-sharing is “overwhelmingly likely,” according to Gales. “If we’re looking at four to six years in the future then our partner is Proton. Proton is a volume manufacturer and has parts modules that we could use for future models.”

Elaborating on the possible expansion of the Lotus range, Gales has confirmed that the company is intending to build radically different types of cars, apart from its core models. For enthusiasts who fear that Lotus may be aiming to echo Porsche, fear not. “I would only exclude anything that doesn’t fit the Lotus brand,” says Gales.

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A future with front-engined, front-wheel drive Lotus cars is highly likely due to Proton’s entire range consisting of cars with said configuration. The company has produced a front-wheel drive car with the Elan – which ended production in the 1990s. A Lotus sedan has also been produced in the form of the Lotus Carlton.

For now, there is no official word on when we can expect the new models to arrive or even what they are. Gales is currently prioritising to company’s future with long and short-term plans that should see the company grow financially in time to come.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 09:06

Above: Proton Iriz EV prototype in South Korea

Budget 2015 will be tabled in Parliament this Friday, and ahead of that, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) hopes the government will extend the excise duty exemptions given to locally-assembled (CKD) hybrid and electric vehicles, reports The Star.

The latest iteration of the National Automotive Policy (NAP 2014) officially brought an end to duty exemptions for all electric vehicles (EV) and hybrids with engines displacing under 2.0 litres.

The tax breaks are now reserved instead for those that are assembled in Malaysia (this time with no engine size limitations), with those for hybrids set to expire on December 31, 2015 and those for EVs set to end on December 31, 2017. Only two cars currently qualify for these tax breaks – the Honda Jazz Hybrid and Mercedes-Benz S 400 L Hybrid.

Above: Honda Jazz Hybrid – the first hybrid vehicle to be assembled in Malaysia

“What the MAA is requesting is for the time period (for the tax exemption) to be longer so that it can be more viable,” MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad told StarBiz, adding that she hoped there would be incentives to encourage electric vehicle- (EV) related infrastructure, like the setting up of more charging stations and reductions in battery costs.

MAA statistics say 51,125 vehicles found Malaysian homes in August 2014 – a mild leap from 51,106 in the same month last year – while 444,534 units were sold year-to-date in August 2014, representing a 2.7% jump over last year’s 433,025, The Star reports. A few months back, MAA raised its 2014 total industry volume (TIV) forecast to 680,000 units – 10,000 more than before.

So what can we expect from Budget 2015? Last week, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) CEO Madani Sahari said that Budget 2015’s auto-related matters are likely to be aligned with NAP 2014’s aspirations. Budget 2015 is also expected to yield a list of zero-rated or tax-exempted items with respect to the upcoming Goods and Services Tax (GST) – will our petrol and diesel be GST-ed?

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 07:42

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Yes, we know. It may be a tad overdone but we can bet for every one person who thinks the hype around the new Proton Iriz is getting out of hand, there are five who are keen on knowing more and more about it and possible future variations of the car.

So here it is, exclusive renderings of what a Proton Iriz R3 could look like. Dressed up in R3’s ‘Fire Red‘, the car does convey its sporting intentions quite well. In front, a new grille with R3 badging – and without the ‘Proton Wings‘ design cue, plus a gaping air intake are sure to catch anyone’s attention.

Further changes include the addition of LED daytime running lights (DRL) which are now in conjunction with added air intakes. Darkened headlight assemblies carry on the more aggressive aesthetic upgrades. Profile wise, darkened alloys – 16-inch designs, are featured.

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Black sideblades à la Porsche Macan provide a nice offset while there is a more pronounced side skirt design. The side mirrors are now finished in black, along with the roof which should help to further accentuate the ‘floating roof’ design.

Moving on to the rear, a new diffuser with a single, central exhaust pipe take centre stage. The NEXLIDE lighting system from the Proton Iriz Active concept makes its way here, along with a new darkened spoiler. The most telling detail would be the ‘Turbo’ badging in place of the ‘VVT’ one.

It would make sense for a possible Iriz hot-hatch to go the forced-induction route, should Proton actually choose to make one. What do you guys think of a hotter version of the Iriz? This writer is certainly looking forward to it. Let us know your opinions in the comments below.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 06:55


Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) will hold the its first Hyundai Experience Car Fest 2014 at the Bukit Jalil Stadium this weekend, from October 10 to 12. The event will be open to the public, with plenty of complimentary driving experiences and family activities in store.

A variety of vehicle performance tests – including obstacle avoidance, braking and steering techniques, as well as a slalom course – will be on offer to showcase Hyundai’s ABS, EPS and suspension technologies. An off-road experience with the company’s 4×4 models is set to wow participants too.

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Test drives of Hyundai’s popular models will be available as well, of course. Those interested to join the event are encouraged to register first by calling 1-300-13-2000 or by visiting Hyundai Malaysia’s Facebook page for more information.

The Hyundai Experience Car Fest 2014 will run from 9:00am to 6:30pm daily. Next up, the event is scheduled to welcome Taman Tebrau in Johor Bahru from October 17 to 19.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 05:42


The Road Transport Department (JPJ) will be called upon by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to clarify the procedures surrounding the tender of vehicle number plates, Bernama reports.

PAC wants further details on the standard operating procedures (SOP) of the said tender so it can be made public knowledge, as it has resulted in controversy and negative public perception of the government as well as the winning bidders of the number plates, according to PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

“(Translated) Therefore, it’d be better if JPJ, through the Transport ministry, gives the relevant information to PAC,” he said in a statement. “At least it may reduce public anger.”

All this has come about, of course, over the recent Selangor BMW number plate tender results – five winning bids were not named and the amounts paid not disclosed, apparently (and ironically) to avoid negative public perception.

JPJ director-general Datuk Ismail Ahmad has said that BMW 1, BMW 2, BMW 7, BMW 9 and BMW 10, all of which went to “Anggota Pentadbiran Kerajaan” (government administration personnel), were all paid for.

“They made bids for the numbers and they got it. We withheld their names and the figures to avoid negative public perception,” The Malaysian Insider quoted him as saying.

He said the winning bidders comprised royalty, judges and cabinet ministers, and that it was standard operating procedure to keep the names a secret and to never disclose the names of bidders who were members of the royalty.

“It is not about transparency. It is our SOP and we have no bad intention in keeping this information a secret. We want to avoid speculation and doubts. As long as one has the money and used the proper channel to get the numbers, they can have it, whoever they are,” he said.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 04:35

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Unlike the usual motor show stand where carmakers display every piece of metal they have, Renault’s unique Paris 2014 “space dune” display had one undisputed star – the new Renault Espace.

A school of colourful Twingos and the EOLAB concept aside (literally at the edges of the stand), it was all about the Espace, with several units of the MPV turned crossover sitting on little hills.

The Espace was a pioneer of the MPV genre when it debuted 30 years ago, and the people mover has been a success over the decades for Renault, which shifted over 1.25 million units over four generations.

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But the big MPV is out of fashion now. According to IHS Automotive, European sales of big MPVs such as the Espace, Ford S-Max, Volkswagen Sharan and Mercedes-Benz V-Class, just to name a few, dropped 45% to 230,800 units in 2013. Renault sold just around 8,400 Espaces last year; something also to do with the MPV’s age no doubt.

Many in the market for a big family car are shifting to SUVs, and that’s the segment the new Espace is trying to cross over to, pun intended. Seen it before? That’s because the production Espace is a faithful reproduction of the Initiale Paris concept from Frankfurt 2013.

It’s a big car at 4.85 m long (for both five- and seven-seat forms) and 1.87 m wide, with a generous 2.88 m wheelbase that’s 16 mm longer than the old Grand Espace’s. The crossover however sits 63 mm lower than the MPV, and has a high waistline and ground clearance to emphasise the SUV theme. The standard wheel range goes up to 19 inches, with 20-inch rims on the options list.


It may be a crossover now, but Renault boss Carlos Ghosn proclaimed at the unveiling that the new Espace will continue to provide the nameplate’s “warm and welcome interior, bathed in light” like the original. That’s will be deliverd by a 2.8 square metre “Lumiere” panoramic windscreen that incorporates a fixed glass roof over the front seats. A panoramic roof is optional.

Sitting on the Renault-Nissan Alliance’s CMF (Common Module Family) platform, the new Espace is up to 250 kg lighter than the old Grand Espace, and the significant reduction is evenly split between the body, chassis, powertrain and equipment, Renault says. Aluminium is used for the doors and bonnet, Noryl plastics for the front wings and thermoplastics for the tailgate.

Renault’s new flagship can be had with three downsized 1.6 litre turbo engines – the Energy dCi 160 twin-turbo diesel (160 hp, 380 Nm, six-speed EDC dual-clutch), Energy dCi 130 diesel (130 hp, 320 Nm, six-speed manual) and the Energy TCe 200 petrol from the Clio RS hot hatch, which has 200 hp, 260 Nm and a seven-speed close ratio EDC dual-clutch ‘box.

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All three engines feature stop start and brake energy recovery. All measures combined, the new Espace is over 20% better in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

By the way, the Efficient Dual Clutch ‘box employs shift-by-wire control, and the absence of mechanical linkage allowed Renault to implement the floating console and ‘aviation-style’ gear lever you see above.

The Espace boasts an “orchestra conductor” called Multi-Sense. With four preset modes (Eco, Comfort, Neutral, Sport) and a configurable Perso mode, it manages the car’s engine response, 4Control four-wheel steering, steering weight, gearbox calibration and dampers.

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Together with the above, choosing a mode also alters the in-car ambience. Things that change are the ambient lighting (green, blue, white, red, purple), instrument panel colour and content, engine sound, front seat massage settings and climate control. Multi-Sense can be controlled via the long R-Link 2 touchscreen or an iDrive style rotary knob located between the gear lever and electronic parking brake.

Other notable kit include a 12-speaker Bose Surround Sound system (with subwoofer and Centerpoint 2 tech), Ford Kuga-style foot triggered tailgate (opening angle can be set) and an impressive automatic seat folding system.

The latter can be controlled via the touchscreen or from a button panel in the boot. Simply choose the formation you want, hit the button and voila, the chairs fall like dominos! The choreography happens irrespective of head rest positions. The Espace may no longer look like an MPV, but this is one cool MPV trick others should take note of.

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Alas, there are no plans for a right-hand drive version of the Espace for now, as the UK is not expected to deliver sufficient volume to make RHD conversion viable (previous car was discontinued there in 2011). It also means that this interesting vehicle won’t be available in Malaysia via official distributor TC Euro Cars for the foreseeable future.

Ghosn let slip that a new Renault D-segment sedan will surface next year as part of the marque’s big car renewal programme; if the new Espace is a sign of things to come, we can expect a uniquely styled and innovative “new Laguna” to challenge the Peugeot 508 and Ford Mondeo pretty soon, if RHD is available.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 04:03

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If you’re gearing up for a new set of premium wheels, why not consider a brand new Audi? Euromobil, the official distributor of Audi in Malaysia, is offering an attractive financing package for selected Audi vehicles with rates as low as 1.58%.

The special financing package is extended to a wide range of models including Audi A3 Sedan 1.8 TFSI quattro, the enhanced Audi A4 1.8 TFSI and 2.0 TFSI quattro, Audi A5 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro, Audi A6 2.0 TFSI, Audi A7 3.0 TFSI quattro, Audi A8 L 3.0 TFSI quattro, Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro as well as Audi Q7 3.0 TFSI quattro Luxury Edition. Now, that’s quite a range.

If this has got your attention, you just need to make a date with Audi at their roadshows this month at the following venues and dates:

  • 8 – 12 October 2014 @ The Gardens Mid Valley, KL
  • 16 – 19 October 2014 @ Queensbay Mall, Penang
  • 22 – 26 October 2014 @ Setia City Mall, Shah Alam

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Also, why not take a test drive to aid in your decision? Book your test drive beforehand at www.audi.com.my/testdrive. And for added peace of mind, you will be pleased to know that all brand new Audis come with a four-year warranty.

For more information, drop by the roadshows listed above, all of which take place from 10 am to 10 pm daily. You can also call your nearest Euromobil showroom to find out more:

  • Audi Centre Glenmarie: 03 7688 7688
  • Audi Kuala Lumpur: 03 2145 7422
  • Audi Damansara: 03 7722 3100
  • Audi Juru: 04 508 1188
  • Audi Johor Bahru: 07 234 4830

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 03:25

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The 2015 Porsche 911 GTS range has been unveiled to assume the position between the existing 911 Carrera S and the track-optimised 911 GT3. Offered in both coupe and cabriolet bodystyles – each with a choice of rear- or all-wheel drive – the 991-generation 911 GTS gets a 430 hp 3.8 litre flat-six engine – 30 hp more than the Carrera S.

That translates to slightly better 0-100 km/h times, with the GTS Coupe doing the deed in 4.0 seconds flat, and the GTS Cabrio in 4.2 seconds. Top speeds of all models exceed the 300 km/h mark, with the rear-wheel drive coupe with manual transmission maxing out at 306 km/h. Fuel economy is unchanged, however, at as low as 8.7 litres per 100 km.

Other mechanical changes over the regular models include the inclusion of the Sport Chrono package, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dynamic dampers (10 mm lower) and sports exhaust system as standard fitment. All models get the 911 Carrera 4’s wider rear track with matching flared wheelarches too.

Like the Cayenne, Panamera, Boxster and Cayman GTS models before it, the 911 Gran Turismo Sport range gets bespoke smoked headlamps, unique black air intakes, black chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes, matte black 20-inch wheels and of course, its fair share of GTS badges. Leather and Alcantara adorn the interior, naturally.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 01:43


The public can now check the status of their towed vehicles through WhatsApp, Telegram and SMS, according to a Bernama report. The service has been made available by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), with the cooperation of the Road Transport Department (JPJ).

Mayor Datuk Ahmad Phesal Talib said the status of towed vehicles can be checked by sending the vehicle registration number to 013 666 3255 either through WhatsApp, Telegram or SMS.

“From there, we will inform the vehicle owners the location of their towed vehicles and the compound fine they have to pay,” he told reporters after opening the new Towed Vehicle Storage Depot in Jalan Galloway yesterday.

“To ensure that the public are well aware of the service, DBKL has put up 30 information notices around the city, especially in towing hotspots such as in Bukit Bintang, Jalan Pudu and Bangsar areas.”

The opening of the new storage depot, Ahmad Phesal said, was to enable motorists in the city to reclaim their towed vehicles from a nearer location.

“Prior to this, many city dwellers lamented having to reclaim their vehicles from a towed vehicle depot in Jinjang, which is quite far from here. So, we set up this depot here (in Jalan Galloway), which will be operating 24 hours a day to ease them to reclaim their vehicles,” he said.

Between January and September this year, 6,105 vehicles had been towed in the city, involving compound fines of RM143,370, the mayor said.

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Date: Wednesday, 08 Oct 2014 01:29


Heaven knows how many special-edition, tuned hachirokus there have been since the sports coupe’s 2011 reincarnation; here comes another to make us lose count once again.

This is the Toyota 86 14R60, a limited-edition 86 that’s been released for Japan. The 2.0 litre flat-four features an improved air intake, an upgraded air filter and an auxiliary oil cooler, so it should make a little more than the 200 PS and 205 Nm of torque we’re familiar with.

The six-speed manual gearbox has been enhanced with revised gearing, a lightweight flywheel, a performance clutch, and working to improve handling are braces on the struts and in the boot, plus a limited-slip diff and an adjustable suspension with revised bushings.

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The anchors have been uprated as well – at the front sit 365 mm discs clamped by 6-pot callipers, while 330 mm discs and two-pot callipers bring up the rear.

Bodykit’s a given, of course, and it includes restyled bumpers with carbon-fibre canards, side skirts and flared wheelarches. You’ll also find a carbon-fibre roof, a GT-style rear wing, twin central tailpipes, a rear diffuser and 18-inch forged magnesium wheels wrapped in Bridgestone 235/40 series rubber.

Step aboard and you’ll find a steering wheel, gear knob, gear gaiter and handbrake gaiter wrapped in Alcantara, as well as sports seats, TRD-branded sill plates and floor mats. According to 7Tune, production of the Toyota 86 14R60 is limited to 100 units, and they’ll cost from 6.3 million yen (RM189k) a pop.

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Date: Tuesday, 07 Oct 2014 10:08


As previously report, the Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) has predicted that the prices for new cars could drop by about one to three percent once the Goods and Service Tax (GST) is implemented next year. A new report by Bernama has now indicated that the prices could be offset by costlier imported auto parts.

This is because the parts which are mostly imported from Japan could be affected by the potential appreciation of the yen against the ringgit, causing the savings of the slightly lower prices of new cars to be countered against as components would cost more.

In response to the potential drop in new car prices, Royal Malaysian Customs Department GST Director, Datuk Subromaniam Tholasy, has been quoted by Bernama as such, “So, I will never say that car prices will go down. I don’t know, nobody knows.”


According to him, the foreign exchange rates poses as the main factor. “There is some savings but we must always remember, the biggest cost for cars are not the tax components, i.e., GST, it is the foreign exchange rate”. As for the case with used cars, Subromaniam predicts that values will dip further.

“When new car prices come down, what happens to the old car? It will go down even further next year. If you want to change (old car), you change this year. If you are going to change next year, probably it will be worse off, unless you are making a first purchase of a new car,” he told Bernama.

MAI has reported that the total industry volume (TIV) has seen a rise this year as compared to the same period a year ago. From January to July this year, a three percent rating was chartered for the TIV as opposed to last year’s period. The forecast for TIV was revised to reflect a change from 670,000 units to 680,000 units.

The CEO of MAI, Mohamad Madani Sahari is also adamant that the values of used vehicles will continue to dip, by an average of five to ten percent per year once GST is implemented.

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