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What are the types of vehicle insurance in Malaysia?

| General | 9 hours ago

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Owning a car does not only mean having your name as the owner of the vehicle. You need to know about road tax and insurance as well. So before you buy any vehicle, whether it is new or used, take note of the 3 main types of vehicle insurance in Malaysia because it is compulsory to have this before you can get a road tax for your vehicle to be ‘legal’ in the country.

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What to look out for in Malaysian used cars?

| Auto TIps & Tricks | September 18, 2014

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Buying used cars in Malaysia can be very exciting and in some ways fulfilling if you know where to start and how to go about with it. If you are not careful, you might be cheated. Malaysian cars have certain similar traits that you need to look out for as Malaysian drivers are very unique. We list out the top tips for you before you go shopping.

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Negotiating Tips for buying a used car

| Auto TIps & Tricks | September 15, 2014

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Buying a used car can be quite a challenging process especially if you are not sure where to start. In fact, it can be quite distressing because it requires some research and homework before you find a car you like. As you might be buying a used car from a dealer or an individual owner, you will need to negotiate for the best price before you can think about inspecting and other issues. So how should you go about with this? We teach you how.

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How to inspect a used-car?

| Auto TIps & Tricks | September 12, 2014

Have you ever come across the term ‘accident-free’ when you are browsing or a used car? What does this term entail and what does it not cover? When you are buying a used car, the last thing you want is to purchase one which was involved in a major accident. After all, why would anyone sell a perfectly fine car if not for a ‘dark’ history? One time or another, you might have already heard of the term ‘kereta potong’ which is a nightmare for anyone who bought a used car of this type.

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Ferrari Malaysia

| Automotive Brands | August 28, 2014

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The Prancing Horse emblem is perhaps one of the most recognized brands in the world today. It is synonymous with speed, lifestyle and class all around the world especially with its proud name of Ferrari. No matter where anyone goes, Ferrari is always seen in the highest level among car lovers and just about anyone.

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VW Polo set to be rebadged by Proton

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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The recent acquisition of national carmaker Proton Group by DRB-Hicom which is the Malaysia assembler of Volkswagen cars have many anticipating just where the future directions are for Proton.

For those of you who are wondering, this would mean that Proton could just be re-badging the VW car in the future. According to a report in the Business times, VW have earmarked the highly successful Volkswagen Polo for a Proton rebadging campaign.

Reports state that Volkswagen AG has identified the Polo as the best vehicle to be re-badged by Proton and a special tem to look into this exercise will be led by Soh Wei Ming, the Operationg Head of VW Asia Pacific. Currently, the VW Polo is being sold in Malaysia where the 1.2 TSI model is retailing at RM113,888. With this exercise, the locally-made Polo which will be marketed under the Proton brand would be able to push the price down to below RM70,000 which could spell trouble for many best-selling cars in the segment like the Vios and the Myvi.

No news on whether which Polo would be involved but judging by the markets which Proton is strong in, it could well be the Volkswagen Polo Sedan and this could be the start of a really interesting partnership.

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Volkswagen launches flagship R models for Golf and Passat

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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Volkswagen Malaysia recently launched their R series of vehicles for the Malaysian market and it comes in the Golf R and Passat CC R models respectively.

These 2 models are the flagship performance vehicles in their own accord where the Passat CC R-Line is priced at RM373,888 with a choice of 9 colours. The Golf R meanwhile is sold for RM268,888 and you get to choose between the 6 colour choices that include Candy White, Rising Blue, Tornado Red, Deep Black, Reflex Silver and United Grey.

The Golf R needs no introduction where it is the performance model for the iconic Golf GTI and it comes with a 2.0 liter,4 cylinder TSI turbo engine paired with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG transmission gearbox. It takes only 5.7 seconds to reach the century mark and top speed at 250km/h through its proprietary 4MOTION all-wheel drive system. The 5 door hatchback model comes with 19-inch “Talladega” alloy wheels wrapped with 235/35 rubbers and an 8 speaker DynaAudio sound system.

The Passat CC R-Line meanwhile is packed with 300 over horses through its 3.6 litre V6 engine that also comes with a 6 speed DSG gearbox and the 4Motion all-wheel drive system. A panoramic tilting glass roof and 18-inch “Mallory” wheels are included and a 10 speaker sound system.

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Renault launches the affordable ZOE electric car

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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Launched at the Geneva Motor Show, Renault is moving the bar higher with its ZOE electric car.

This is in alignment with the ‘Electric Mobility for All’ concept and the full-electric car is supposedly more affordable where it is about the same bracket as diesel vehicles in Europe where under the respective government incentives, it will be sold starting from €15,700 in France and £13,650 in the United Kingdom.

However, one would need to lease the battery which is at €79/month which is required for a 36 months period. This will be fitted with a numerous patents filed for the design and its ‘Range OptimiZEr’ is a combination of 3 Renault innovations which are the new-generation regenerative braking, its revolutionary heat pump and the specially designed and made Michelin Energy E-V tyres. This means that the Renault ZOE gets you up to 210km which is the highest in the EV market today.

On top of that, the ZOE also comes with the Caméléon charger. As eco-friendly as it gets, it does not emit any CO2, CO or NOx and that is just for starters. It also comes with 3 trim level for the inside where you can choose either the entry level one or the other 2 more luxurious themes, which are the ‘Techno’ and the ‘Zen’ which comes with a L’Oreal supplied scent diffuser as well as air ioniser and an air toxicity sensor.

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Tan Chong signs agreement to build Subaru vehicles in Malaysia

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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It seems that more and more automotive brands are looking to set up manufacturing plants in Malaysia and the latest brand to make it to our shores would be Subaru.

This came in the light of the confirmation by Tan Chong Motor Holdings who assemble and distribute Nissan cars in Malaysia that they have entered into an assembly agreement with TC Subaru Sdn Bhd through its subsidiary Tan Chong Motor Assemblies.

No confirmation as yet on where the Subarus are going to roll out from but it was previously reported that it will come through its Segambut plant and the agreement will take effect from March 6, 2012 to December 31, 2013 and could be extended where the installation cost and such will be borne by TC Subaru. The news have been circulating for a while now after Fuji Heavy Industries, the manufacturer of Subaru cars signed and MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with Tan Chong where it would see Malaysia becoming the production hub for the brand catering for the ASEAN region.

Production is scheduled to start in the next few months and they are looking to roll out 5,000 units each year and that would involve the Subaru XV Crossover. The vehicles will be sold not only in the Malaysian market but will also be exported to Indonesia and Thailand while they are also looking to expand their dealer network here as well.

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Toyota unveils 2012 Yaris Hybrid

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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If there is one automotive company who knows about hybrid cars, it would be Toyota and that is what they have done at the Geneva Motor Show where they unveiled their 2012 Toyota Yaris Hybrid.

Meant to compete in the B-Segment hybrid sector for the European market, it comes with a 1.5 liter gasoline engine and together with the electric motor, you get up to 100 horses which comes with the revolutionary Atkinson-cycle engine.

This means that the compact car gets you the full hybrid technology vehicle, much like the Prius C (or Aqua) where it records only 79g/km of CO2 which is the best in its class. Fuel consumption in the Yaris hybrid is only at 3.51/100km. You will surely appreciate with the revolutionary Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive and it would surely be a great step forward for the company and particularly the Yaris which is the best-selling core model in Europe.

This will be the second core model that comes with the HSD after the Auris Hybrid. Apart from the extremely cool looking aerodynamics and the design, it also comes with LED lighting and a hybrid blue finish on the dashboard. You also get the Hybrid Energy Monitor as the CVT gear knob designed and made specifically for the hybrid operations. Current government incentives and rising demand for hybrid vehicles might just see this one coming our shores. So keep your fingers crossed people.

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