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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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RM170k Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI now available

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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DRB-Hicom and Volkswagen Malaysia has just launched the new CKD Volkswagen Passat 1.8 TSI.

The event was officiated by the prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and it would be sold for RM170,888. This model will be rolled out through its Pekan plant and the D-Segment sedan will later be joined with other models in the Passat product line which will be priced from RM169,888.

Currently, the Passats on the roads are CBU model which was sold for RM184,888 and the CKD version is pretty much the same. It is powered up with a 1.8 TSI turbocharged engine paired with a 7 speed DSG transmission gearbox. Taking only 8.5 seconds to reach 100km/h, this one top speeds at 220km/h.

Among the goodies that it comes with are LED tail lamps and bi-xenon integrated daytime running lights and you also get 6 airbags and cruise control. Minneapolis 17 inch alloy wheels are wrapped with 235/45 CSC3 tyres and it is also fitted with a 6.5 inch touchscreen unit. Manufacturing and assembly of the CKD Passat started late last year and they have since produced 311 units and they are planning to start exporting to the surrounding regions by 2014 where they are currently assessing the local vendors to help them achieve their target.

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Mercedes-Benz launches the third generation of A-Class vehicles

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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German automotive giant Mercedes-Benz has unveiled their new, third generation of the bubbly A-Class model. Coming in with fiber-optic cables and LED modules on its rear taillights, you get one of the coolest compact models around.

Designed for the younger drivers, Mercedes-Benz surely have drawn their experience and inspiration from its previous generations and put the best into this one.

The car can be paired with an iPhone app and will be made to run on either petrol or diesel. It will come in the form of the A180 which is powered up with a 1.6 liter engine boosting out 115 horses while the A200 comes with a 156 horsepower 2.0 liter engine and the top of the range would be the A250 model that comes with a 2.0 liter engine that pushes out 211 horses. The 1.6 model comes with the CAMTRONIC system which is the first model to be fitted with this revolutionary technology. According to Mercedes, the new A-Class emits only 99g of CO2 per kilometre which is also another first.

Diesel choices also come in threes which are the A180CDI, A220CDI and the A200CDI which are mated with either the 6 speed manual transmission gearbox or the 7G-DCT dual-clutch automatic transmission gearbox. The cool and totally revolutionary 4MATIC AWD system is also included. Apart from the long list of acronyms, they also provided the radar-controlled Collision Prevention Assist in this one.

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Nissan to experiment new technologies in Nissan DeltaWing

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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Japanese automotive giant Nissan is set to unveil one of the most futuristic cars ever in their new Nissan DeltaWing at the upcoming 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours race.

This surely is a radical move by the company through its project and it will be the perfect platform to test if the car would be road worthy in the near future.

Coming in with some very cool pioneering technology, the DeltaWing is set to turn heads when it is unveiled where despite its looks of a truly sports car, it is powered up only through a 1.6 liter, 4 cylinder engine with the new DIG-T or Direct Injection Gasoline – Turbocharged technology. This would essentially be the same engine which is being fitted in the recently showed Juke DIG-T.

Despite the lower CC engine, it is able to boost out some 300 horses and its set up is totally different where the drive actually sits towards the rear axle of the car. According to the company, the fact that the engine is rear mounted (thereby making the back really heavy) gives it more manoeuvrability and aerodynamics. The DeltaWing is actually made to test out its new economical and efficient vehicle concept through the PureDrive aerodynamics and efficiency which will be used in their road cars in the future.

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The New RM97k Toyota Prius C now availabel in Malaysia

| Auto News, General | August 11, 2014

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After the long wait and crazy anticipation, UMW Toyota Motor has launched the new Toyota Prius C and the RM97,000 price tag will surely be an exciting option if you are planning to own a Prius.

The Prius C which is known as the Aqua in its native land in Japan would be the cheapest hybrid car in the market here where it is only RM1k cheaper than the Honda Insight.

Set to compete against the Insight, the Prius C comes with a full hybrid system, very much the same found in the older sibling which is the Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive and is powered up with a 1.5 lier petrol engine which is the same one fitted in the Toyota Vios while the electric motor uses the revolutionary Atkinson cycle that gives it a 61PS push on its 144 volt Ni-Mh battery pack.

The front wheel drive vehicle comes with a CVT transmission gearbox and you can choose between the 3 driving modes available namely Normal, ECO and EV where the ECO mode gets you a combination of both worlds while the EV is when you drive up to 45km/h purely on battery power. Comparatively, the Prius C is smaller than the Honda Insight while the insides are slightly different from the original Prius as well. Technology wise, you get the Tracton Control, the Vehicle Stability Control, ABS, EBD as well as 5 colours to choose from.

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