It’s facelift time, apparently, as the Mitsubishi Pajero has also been facelifted, this time for the Japanese market. This is the second time the fourth-generation SUV has been updated since its introduction in 2006, never mind that the car itself was a heavily-revised version of the third-gen model, which had been around since 1999.
At the front, there’s a new full-length grille inspired by the company’s concepts from Tokyo 2013, bordered by two large vertical chrome bars. The front bumper has also been reshaped and feature LED positioning lights on higher trim levels. Exceed and Super Exceed models also get a redesigned spare tyre cover.
Inside, metallic trim now surrounds the central air vents, while the centre panel surrounding the head unit and the air-conditioning controls is now finished in woodgrain trim for the Super Exceed and piano black for the Exceed and VR-II models. Extra sound deadening material has also been installed behind the instrument panel and in the doors.
The existing Japanese market 3.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, 3.2 litre turbodiesel four, INVECS-II five-speed automatic transmission and Super Select II four-wheel drive system remain unchanged. Prices start from 2,921,400 yen (RM91,300) for the three-door VR-I petrol model, rising up to 4,930,200 yen (RM154,300) for the five-door Super Exceed diesel.
In Malaysia, the pre-facelift Pajero comes in Exceed guise with a 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, retailing at RM291,177 on the road without insurance. You can check out CarBase.my for full technical specifications and equipment of the current model.
Nissan’s Nismo tuning outfit have put their touches on the bread-and-butter Nissan Note hatchback, turning it into the Nissan Note Nismo. Exterior-wise, it gets sportier bumpers, grilles and wheels, while the interior gets sports seats. The little splashes of red around the body looks good, doesn’t it?
Nismo have tweaked the car in terms of powertrain, chassis, tyres, suspension and aerodynamics. Yes, the engine has been tweaked, but we’re not too sure to what extent. The car is supposed to have a 5-speed manual gearbox, so we’re expecting the base engine to be the 1.5 litre normally aspirated four cylinder engine that you normally find in the Note, so we don’t know how far powertrain tweaks can go.
The Nissan Note competes head on with the Honda Jazz, since both cars are B-segment high roof hatchbacks. We’ve previously seen a Nissan Note with trade plates driving around in Malaysia, and ETCM showcased the Nissan Note at last year’s KLIMS13 show, but there hasn’t been any other updates on the possibility of the car coming to Nissan Malaysia showrooms since then.
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The Ford Fiesta is now the UK’s best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time. Total sales topped 4,115,000 this month, surpassing the Ford Escort, which sold 4,105,961 in the UK from 1968 to 2000.
First launched in 1976, the Fiesta has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of the 37 years and has been Britain’s best-selling car since 2009 when it overtook the Ford Focus.
Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain chairman and MD, said: “The Ford Fiesta has gone from strength to strength and today’s car combines style, value, driving dynamics and remarkable technologies such as the multi-award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine. It continues to outsell its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one – and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.”
Ford says that over 40% of Fiesta buyers in the UK choose the 1.0 EcoBoost, and almost 90% opt for higher level specification – Zetec (most popular, £12,945), Zetec S, Titanium, Titanium X and ST models.
In Malaysia, the Fiesta facelift is available with two engines – the 1.5 Ti-VCT and the 1.0 Ecoboost. The 182 PS Fiesta ST hot hatch will be coming later this year. There’s a Raya promo offering up to RM10,000 in rebates for the Fiesta now, so this is a good time if you’ve been eyeing one.
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The second-generation Porsche Cayenne has been given a mid-life nip and tuck after four years on the market. Scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before its slated market introduction in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2015, the facelift features numerous subtle changes both inside and out, including a new plug-in hybrid model.
Outside, those changes are of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety, done to bring the Cayenne closer to the Macan visually. The front air intakes are reshaped and feature new “airblades” on the outer edges of the front end. The headlights are also more angular, and bi-xenon units now come as standard (Turbo models get adaptive full LEDs), while the bonnet has been made larger.
At the rear, the tail lights are narrower, and the internals have been redesigned to give a “three-dimensional effect”. The rear number plate recess, rear valence and exhaust outlets have also been reprofiled.
Inside, the Cayenne gets a 918-inspired multi-function steering wheel taken from the Macan. The new wheel includes paddle shifters instead of the old push-to-upshift-pull-to-downshift buttons on either side (proper paddles were previously part of a SportDesign steering wheel option). The rear seats have also been redesigned for better comfort and seat ventilation is now offered as an option.
Under the skin, some tweaks have been made for better efficiency – a new coasting function built into the stop-start system, as well as active flaps in the air intakes enable the Cayenne to use less fuel than before. Tweaks have also been done to the chassis to provide greater comfort without sacrificing the car’s much-lauded handling capabilities.
The Macan Turbo’s 3.6 litre twin-turbo V6 supplants naturally-aspirated V8 power in the Cayenne S, producing 414 hp at 6,000 rpm and 550 Nm from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm. 0-100 km/h is now done in 5.5 seconds (5.4 with the Sport Chrono pack), while the top speed is 259 km/h. Fuel consumption is down by 1 litre per 100 km to 9.5 litres per 100 km.
The Cayenne Turbo’s existing 4.8 litre twin-turbo V8, on the other hand, has been revised, boosting power to 512 hp at at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm from 2,250 to 4,000 rpm. Sprinting to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (4.4 with Sport Chrono pack) before topping out at 279 km/h, the Turbo nevertheless manages to cut fuel consumption by 0.3 litres per 100 km to 11.2 litres per 100 km.
Diesel engines have also been improved, with the Cayenne Diesel’s 3.0 litre turbo V6 now producing 258 hp at 6,000 rpm and 580 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is cut to 7.3 seconds (7.2 with Sport Chrono pack) and top speed is up to 221 km/h. Fuel consumption has also been reduced by 0.6 litres per 100 km, sitting at 6.6 litres per 100 km.
The more powerful Cayenne S Diesel’s 4.2-litre V8 engine has been massaged to produce 380 hp at 3,750 rpm, while torque remains an immense 850 Nm from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm. It now blasts to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.3 seconds with Sport Chrono pack) up to a top speed of 252 km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.0 litres per 100 km, down 0.3 litres per 100 km.
New to the range (and on the cards to be introduced here) is a plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid – the third Porsche plug-in hybrid after the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder – which replaces the S Hybrid in the lineup. The existing 328 hp, 440 Nm 3.0 litre supercharged V6 is now mated with an electric motor with more than double the power – 70 kW (94 hp) – and a 10.9 kWh lithium-ion battery.
Combined, they produce some impressive figures: 416 hp at 5,500 rpm, 590 Nm from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm, a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h. Fuel consumption, meanwhile, is down to just 3.4 litres per 100 km, a whopping 59% drop from the S Hybrid. An all-electric range of between 18 and 36 km is quoted, at speeds below 125 km/h.
Conspicuously missing from Porsche’s announcement, however, are any updates to the base Cayenne. We do still expect a new entry level model to be announced later, much like how the base Macan was revealed several months after the rest of the range, although your guess is as good as ours as to what will end up under the bonnet.
So, which one will it be – a revised current car’s 295 hp, 400 Nm naturally aspirated 3.6 litre V6, the Macan S’ 335 hp, 460 Nm twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 or even an uprated version of the base Macan‘s 2.0 litre turbo four?
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Jaguar continues development of the mid-cycle facelift of the Jaguar XJ, and this latest set of spy photos from our European spy photographers show the XJ on test at the Nurburgring, hinting at revised suspension settings.
From the side-by-side comparison images above you can see what’s changed with the front end. The XJ will get a completely new bumper reshaped around the main grille. The decorative trim where the fog lamps traditionally are have also been moved higher.
Going about with an expired driving licence and lapsed road tax, these were the most common road transport offences committed by Malaysian motorists last year, Bernama reports.
A total of 460,000 summonses for traffic offences were issued by the JPJ in 2013, with more than 80% of these being for the two aforementioned offences, according to JPJ deputy director-general of planning and operations Datuk Yusoff Ayob. The offenders were primarily in the 20- to 40-year-old age group.
The high infraction rate, he said, was largely due to the indifferent attitude adopted by road users. Thus far, only 20% of driving licence holders have opted to synchronise the licence renewal date with their date of birth as a means to never forget the expiry date of one’s driving licence.
He was speaking to reporters after monitoring a JPJ enforcement exercise at the Sungai Besi toll plaza yesterday, in which a total of 716 vehicles were inspected and 123 summonses issued for various offences, including non-conforming vehicle number plates and vehicle window tint.
Infiniti has entered the Vietnam market. Nissan’s premium brand recently inaugurated its first Infiniti Center in Ho Chi Minh City, which will house the QX80 large SUV and QX70 crossover. The new facility adopts the brand’s IREDI (Infiniti Retail Environment Design Initiative) design concept.
The Vietnamese entry is part of the next step in Infiniti’s quest to transform itself into a global challenger brand. It was earlier announced that the brand had achieved record global sales in the first half of 2014 by delivering more than 100k units, up 30% compared with a year ago.
Monthly sales records were broken in April, May and June, and the brand grew in 31 markets around the world, including key markets such as the US, China, Canada, Western Europe and the Middle East.
Infiniti is also making progress towards expanding its product portfolio. The lineup will increase by 60% over the next five years (compact hatch on the cards), and the number of engines and transmissions will more than double. By starting production in China later this year, in the UK in 2015 and Mexico in 2017, Infiniti will extend its current manufacturing footprint from Japan and the US to five countries on three continents.
In Malaysia, Infiniti will be launching the Q50 sedan very soon. The 3 Series and C-Class rival will be available as a 2.0 turbo (drivetrain from Mercedes) or hybrid, and we hear that prices will be attractive for a CBU Japan model. Find out more details and read our first drive report.
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In conjunction with Hari Raya and the upcoming holidays, Proton has announced a free 20-point safety inspection for Proton vehicles as part of its Sepanjang Raya festive campaign.
The three-day programme, which began on July 22 and ends today, is jointly organised with Petronas and the Petronas Coffee Break campaign. For those in the Klang Valley, the service will be available today at the Damansara-bound Petronas station on KM 15.3 on the NKVE, from 3 pm to 8 pm.
The press release didn’t mention it, but a check with the Proton Edar website lists three other locations aside from the one on the NKVE, these being:
Aside from the free 20-point safety inspection, customers will also be given free consultation on engine and car maintenance and educated on how to differentiate between genuine Proton parts and imitations. The company will also be giving away mystery gifts as a token of appreciation to customers.
Heads up folks, the new W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now here in Malaysia. Readers Eric Tan and Jason Lo sighted trailer loads of the new W205 today.
The angle of these photos unfortunately do not let us see the badge on the left side of the boot lid that would indicate the engine variant under the hood, but the fact that there’s no Hybrid or Bluetec badging on the right side of the boot lid rules out hybrid or diesel variants.
All the cars on the trailer look like they have the same exterior and wheel design. The alloy wheel design matches the 17-inch double five-spoke design found on the UK spec’s Sport line model, and the grille on the front is a sports grille instead of the traditional design with the hood ornament.
Given that even the W212 E-Class facelift is only available with the sports grille in Malaysia, we expect that the W205 C-Class will get the sports grille across the board for our local spec. There are various exterior packages for the W205 C-Class. While this looks like a Sport Line exterior (the middle car), the other two lines available are SE (left) and AMG Line (right).
We’re expecting the Malaysian W205 range to be available as a 184 hp/300 Nm C 200 and a 211 hp/350 Nm C 250 as base models, but the duo could eventually be flanked by a 156 hp/250 Nm C 180 at the lower end and a C 400 – or a C 450 – as a range-topper, not counting the C 63 AMG, of course.
Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz cars usually come in as a CBU for the first batch or so before full scale SKD assembly operations begin in Pekan. Could this be a first batch of CBU cars?
This is the first official teaser of the upcoming Proton Global Small Car (GSC), also known internally as the P2-30A. A glimpse of the five-door hatchback’s (projector) headlamps appear at the end of the national carmaker’s Raya 2014 ad, with the caption Nantikan Kemunculannya, which translates roughly to “wait for it to surface”.
In other words, coming soon. But we know that already, because we’ve been following this trail and updating you for a long time now. Our most recent set of spyshots came out earlier this week, where two units were spotted in the KLIA mosque compound, one showing a blue exterior colour for the first time.
We also have exclusive spyshots of the car’s interior and dashboard. Click on the dashboard pic below for a better view of the cabin and more pics.
The B-segment hatch, which will take on Malaysia’s most popular car, the Perodua Myvi (not P2′s upcoming “Axia” new model, which is smaller), won’t be bargain basement cheap though. “Now Proton wants to produce cars which are of world standard, but you have to pay a higher price. You can’t have a good car and pay a bad car price,” Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying last month.
“The new model was expected to be cheaper compared to other models in the same segment, because that is what a Proton is supposed to be. However, the prices have to be raised a little because customers are paying for something better,” he said last week, adding to the same topic.
The Raya ad pasted below features notable models in Proton history such as the original Saga (1985), Satria GTi (1997) and Suprima S (2013). Browse our archive of P2-30A a.k.a. GSC stories to see more. Nantikan Kemunculannya!
As characteristic for a Volvo, the new XC90 will come with a number of world-first safety features, the first being an automatic braking function at junctions if the car senses the driver is about to turn into an oncoming car. The company says such incidents are common at busy city intersections and on highways where speeds are higher, and that such a feature can avoid possible collisions or mitigate the severity of such a crash.
Another innovation is Safe Positioning which protects the occupants in cases where the car runs off the road due to fatigue, driver distraction and poor weather conditions. The front seat belts tighten up to keep occupants in position, and energy-absorbing functionality in the seats cuts vertical forces acting on the occupants when the car lands hard onto the terrain by up to a third, reducing spinal injuries.
The new XC90 also adds a number of features to existing systems, including a rear pre-crash protection system. Rear radars detect is a rear collision is imminent and the seat belts are tightened, lights flash to warn the driver behind and the brakes are activated to reduce the impact on occupants. Seat belt pre-tensioners are now installed on all seven seats.
In addition, the new seven-seater SUV is stronger than before – while high-strength boron steel (said to be the strongest type of steel used in the car body industry) was used in the construction of the original XC90, its successor ups the amount used to around 40% of the car’s body weight. This is approximately five times more than before.
“Committing to safety is not about passing a test or getting a ranking,” says Lotta Jakobsson, senior technical specialist of safety at Volvo Cars Safety Centre. “It is about finding out how and why accidents and injuries occur and then developing the technology to prevent them. We lead, the industry follows.”
According to Volvo, the new XC90 moves the company closer to its goal of reducing the number of fatalities or injuries in its cars to zero by the year 2020. We’ll learn more about the new car when it is unveiled in full next month.
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You VEP me, I VEP you. It was announced last week that the federal government has agreed to impose a vehicle entry permit (VEP) fee on Singaporean vehicles entering Johor, following a request from the state. The retaliatory move comes after Singapore increased its VEP fee from S$20 (RM51.50) to S$35 (RM90) on foreign vehicles entering the island republic, effective August.
Now, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport has issued a statement citing concern over Malaysia’s move, Channel News Asia reports. A ministry spokesperson said it has contacted counterparts in Malaysia for details.
The statement also explained that the basis of Singapore’s VEP and Goods Vehicle Permit (GVP) fees is not discriminatory, but serves to equalise the cost of owning/using foreign-registered vehicles on Singapore roads with that for Singapore-registered vehicles. Closing loopholes, in other words.
“Singapore-registered vehicles are subject to significantly different costs such as the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) and vehicle taxes, amongst others. In fact, the last time the VEP fee for cars was changed in 2004, it was lowered, largely because of the lower cost of COEs during that period,” the statement explained.
Basically, the cost difference in owning and using foreign-registered and Singapore-registered vehicles has widened in recent years (Singapore up), and this necessitated the VEP and GVP (S$10 to S$40 per month) fee increase. VEP for foreign-registered motorcycles remains unchanged.
Malaysian cars and motorcycles continue to enjoy the following VEP-free days and VEP-free hours:
- Saturdays, Sundays and Singapore Public Holidays;
- 10 normal weekdays per calendar year; and
- Between 5pm and 2am on all other days (these VEP-free hours are extended to start at 12 noon instead of 5pm during the June and December Singapore school holidays).
It was pointed out that the above works out to a total of around 125 days per year that are VEP-free on top of the daily VEP-free hours. So it appears that there’s a logic behind Singapore’s VEP fee increase. Does Malaysia have a rationale for the retaliatory move other than “you VEP me, I VEP you”?
Earlier this week, Kedah announced plans to impose a VEP fee on Thai-registered vehicles coming in from the north. “Currently, drivers of foreign-registered vehicles avoid getting penalised for traffic offences once they return to their country. With the VEP in force, all data on the vehicles involved in traffic offences can be retrieved and the motorists can be fined before leaving the country,” State Education, Transportation and Works Committee chairman Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain explained.
What are your views on this VEP issue with our neighbours?
The big daddy of Volkswagen sedans is currently on display at F.A. Wagen’s Volkswagen Glenmarie showroom. Say hello to the Volkswagen Phaeton 4.2 V8 long wheelbase. There are only about five units of this limo in Malaysia. The Phaeton is priced at RM838,888 nett before OTR costs and insurance, but since they are 2012 units, buyers get a RM200k discount.
The Phaeton is built on the VW Group D1 platform with a steel frame construction, so it has more in common with a Bentley Continental Flying Spur than an Audi A8, which uses an aluminium Audi Space Frame.
The 4.2 litre non-FSI V8 engine under the hood produces 335 PS at 6,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, taking the luxury car from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six speed automatic gearbox.
The unit on the showroom floor is black, with a classy brown interior. It’s a strict four-seater as the rear bench is separated into two electrically adjustable seats by a control console in the middle. There are also rear entertainment screens integrated into the back of the front seat headrests.
Like other Volkswagens in Malaysia, the Phaeton comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
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Good news for the upcoming Raya celebrations. Road users travelling during the festive period can expect discounts on highway toll rates, The Star reports.
Works Minister Datuk Fadillah Yusof said 23 highway concessionaires have agreed to provide incentives to road users in the form of free toll, discounts and rebates. Maju Expressway (MEX) is waiving toll fares for motorists on July 28.
PLUS, which operates five highways including the North-South Expressway, will be offering a 30% discount for Class 1 vehicles paying electronically (PLUSMiles, Touch n Go, SmartTAG) on July 23-24 and July 30-31. Besides rewarding its customers, the PLUS move is also to promote electronic payment and encourage motorists to travel on non-peak days.
The toll rebate can be redeemed at all PLUS customer service centres from September 1 till November 30 this year. Note that the rebate excludes Tanjung Kupang, Bukit Kayu Hitam, Bangunan Sultan Iskandar and Penang Bridge toll plazas.
It looks like engineers are hard at work on perfecting the 2015 Honda NSX, as our European spies caught the second coming of the Japanese supercar being driven hard around the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
From the outside, the camouflaged prototype appears to be pretty similar to the concepts wheeled out in Detroit 2012 and 2013. There are reprofiled front air intakes, new vents behind the front wheels, larger side scoops and a centrally-mounted exhaust outlet, but apart from that, much remains the same.
We also have a shot of the interior, which features a large hood covering what looks like a central LCD display. This differs from the concept interior shown last year, although since the prototype’s upper dashboard looks identical to that of the Acura RLX, the design may not be final.
The new NSX will make use of a Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) three-motor high-performance hybrid system, with a mid-mounted direct-injected VTEC V6 mated to an electric motor and a dual clutch transmission. This combination drives the rear wheels; meanwhile, another pair of electric motors drive the front wheels and can provide instant positive or negative torque during cornering.
Honda will build the NSX next year at its new US$70 million (RM222 million) Performance Manufacturing Center in Ohio, and the car is expected be fully revealed before the end of the year. The NSX is but one of the Japanese performance icons due to be reborn – a Toyota Supra reboot is also expected to be on the cards if the recent FT-1 concept is any indication, so it’s good times ahead for fans of Japanese muscle.
Indeed, the NSX prototype spotted on the Nürburgring appears to have been chasing a fourth-generation Supra at one point! Nothing like a bit of cross-country rivalry, eh?
Driven Web Series, powered by the new Petronas Primax95 with Advanced Energy Formula, goes big this episode. Company car-friendly 2.0 litre D-segment sedans – which is best? The Honda Accord, Nissan’s new Teana or the facelifted Kia Optima K5?
We picked the Accord – in its top-spec 2.4 litre trim – over the Mazda6, Toyota Camry and Hyundai i40 last year. It’s now time to see if it will still come out on top when put against newer rivals from Nissan and Kia. The L33 Teana, especially, as we’ve found out, is quite a car.
In this episode, we compare the cars’ looks, driving experience and ride comfort in classic Driven Web Series style – with the help of back seat-specialist Paul Tan himself. Series regulars, be sure to watch it till the end, as an uninvited guest makes an appearance too ;p
PS: The series will take a break next week (Selamat Hari Raya, everyone!), but we’ll be back the following Wednesday, August 6. Close to 1,000 hp and the real Flying Sikh awaits, so mark your calendars, boys.
Unofficial artist’s renderings of the 2015 Kia Sorento have surfaced on the Kia enthusiast blog kia-world.net, which are claimed to have been based on recent spyshots of the next-generation seven-seater SUV.
Handsome, isn’t it? Judging by these sketches, the new Sorento will feature a rounder design than on the past two generations. At the front lies a face that is inspired by the new Carnival, with a large chrome “tiger nose” grille connected to the headlights. The rear, meanwhile, looks to be an evolution of the current model‘s rump, with narrower tail lights, a cleaner rear valence design and twin exhaust outlets.
Slated to be unveiled in Korea in September, the new Sorento is expected to be based on the new Carnival, and the current model’s engines will reportedly soldier on. These powertrains include 2.4 litre inline-four and 3.3 litre V6 petrol engines as well as a 2.2 litre turbodiesel four-pot.
Also rumoured to be on the cards are the 2.0 litre petrol turbo engine from the US-market Sonata as well as a plug-in hybrid with a 2.3 litre petrol engine mated to an electric motor and a 47 kWh battery.
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Ford and Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) have officially introduced the Ford Transit commercial van in the country – the fifth-generation goes on sale in two diesel variant forms, these being a high-roof Panel Van 350L and a 13-seater medium-roof Window Van 370L.
The V347 – which was recently replaced by the latest sixth-gen in Europe and North America – is assembled at Sime Darby’s Inokom plant in Kulim. Last sold here in the last decade in its fourth-gen guise, the Transit doesn’t just mark a return to the light commercial segment for the Blue Oval in Malaysia, but a restart of local assembly operations as well.
A proven workhorse with over seven million units sold worldwide, the Transit is currently sold in six continents and 116 markets globally. Ford claims that the Transit – which measures in at 5,680 mm long, 1,974 mm wide and 2,394 mm tall (for the Window Van version; 2,606 mm for Panel Van) – delivers a best-in-class combination of fuel economy, power and cargo capacity.
Both CKD Transit body-types are rear-wheel drive offerings, powered by a 2.2 litre Duratorq TDCi engine offering 155 PS at 3,500 rpm and 385 Nm at 1,600 rpm, paired with a MT82 six-speed manual transmission. If the running gear sounds familiar, it is; the same engine and gearbox combi can be found on the Ford Ranger T6.
Standard fit items include fabric seats, manual air-con and a two-speaker CD audio system, and in the case of the Window Van, all seats are equipped with three-point seatbelts, and there are roof-mounted rear AC vents for passengers. The variant also comes equipped with hammers for emergency evacuation purposes.
As for safety kit, there’s hill launch assist, ABS with EBD and brake assist, and the Window Van variant adds on electronic stability program (ESP) and brake traction control system (TCS).
At the launch yesterday, the brand also announced the introduction of a network of nine specialist commercial vehicle (CV) centres. Located at existing Ford dealerships, these will offer dedicated sales and aftersales services for the van.
The nine Ford CV centres can be found at SDAC (Petaling Jaya), Trio Mantap (Ampang and Seremban), Capital Intertrade (Damansara), SNS Kembara (Ipoh), Sri Mutiara (Kuantan), Sibu Ngu (Sibu), Ang Trading (Muar) and Auto Lumina (Johor Bahru)
The Ford Transit Panel Van goes for RM139,888 (company commercial registration), while the Window Van is priced at RM146,888 (individual private registration).
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An accident earlier this evening on the Kesas Highway at the westbound Sunway toll booth involving a lorry and two vehicles, a Toyota Estima and a Proton, resulted in a fire.
UPDATE: Both car drivers managed to escape without injury, the lorry driver fled the scene, while a toll booth attendant sustained minor injuries.
The incident was tweeted by Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia, which advised users to avoid the Kesas Highway. No casualties were reported in the accident, which was reportedly caused by the lorry.
According to The Star, a Kesas spokesperson said that “the driver must have lost control of the lorry and rammed into the toll booth and both cars. The lorry driver fled the scene. The drivers from both cars managed to escape the fire. The accident caused a jam which is clearing up right now,” he said.
Internet users and those on social media also shared photos of the incident, which caused a crawl in both directions.
Automotive manufacturing output in Vietnam is expected to rise to meet domestic as well as export demand through a new development strategy for the country’s automotive industry.
According to Vietnam News Agency, the 10-year plan, which has been approved by prime minister Nguyen Tan Dung, is focused on building trucks, specialised vans and nine- and 10-seater vans. The strategy will also encourage the production of small and multi-purpose vans for agricultural and rural use. In addition, exports of Vietnamese-made cars is targeted to reach 900,000 units by 2035.
The auto parts industry has not been left out, either, with the introduction of advanced technologies and partnerships with major global brands expected to produce world-class parts. The industry is projected to meet 35% of domestic spare parts and accessories demand by 2020 and 65% in 2035.
The plan places emphasis on the need for collaboration among carmakers and assemblers, parts makers and research and training centres in all economic sectors.
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