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  • Genesis G70 gets world’s first 3D instrument display

    Genesis’ big bet on the compact executive segment, the G70, was unveiled last year to take on class stalwarts such as the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and Audi A4. Now that the car has gone through its first 13 months on the South Korean market, Hyundai’s luxury offshoot has seen fit to give the sedan a round of minor updates for the 2019 model year.

    The first is that the car is finally getting a 12.3-inch digital instrument display instead of the twin analogue gauges offered at launch. However, rather than simply copying the screens from other carmakers, Genesis has introduced three-dimensional viewing technology, a world first.

    This rather cool system gives some depth to the flat screen without the need for 3D glasses, using a camera to track the driver’s eye movements. There are Modern, Space and Edge design themes available, and users can also turn off the 3D effect if they so wish.

    Other changes include a handsfree powered bootlid, an air purifier and high-definition digital media broadcasting (DMB, essentially Korea’s mobile TV broadcasting system) and an auto hold function for the electronic parking brake, now fitted as standard across all models.

    Also standard is the fuel-saving sailing function for the eight-speed automatic transmission, previously only offered on the 3.3T Sport model – which now gets 19-inch “dark sputter” alloy wheels, too. There’s also a new Dynamic All-Wheel Drive system with a mechanical limited-slip differential.

    Otherwise it’s the same G70 as before, powered by either a 252 PS/353 Nm (255 PS with the Sports package) 2.0 litre Theta II turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, a 202 PS/441 Nm 2.2 litre R VGT turbodiesel or a range-topping 370 PS/510 Nm 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6.

    GALLERY: 2018 Genesis G70

     
  • paultan.org PACE 2018 – save RM45k on an Audi A7!

    The first-ever paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) powered by Petron Blaze Euro 4M is mere weeks away, and we’ve got even more goodies in store for you. In addition to offers from Volvo and Lexus, Euromobil has a good deal going for the Audi A7 2.0 TFSI.

    At RM456,XXX, this represents a huge RM45,000 discount off its regular list price, while its stablemates the Audi Q3 and the Audi A6 will also be offered with discounts of their own, at RM25,000 and RM30,000, respectively. If you’re a fan of the four rings from Ingolstadt and you are after something more distinct than an SUV or sedan, the A7 might be just your ticket.

    Audi will be joined by numerous other makes at PACE, and these include BMW, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen and Volvo, where each of these will be present at the expo with their own end-of-year deals. Beyond the automakers, there will also be 30% discount on all window tint packages from Llumar as well as a 15% discount on all car wrap packages by Wrapz63.

    Each booking of a car at PACE will be complemented by a combined RM2,000 worth of vouchers**, including a RM500 Petron fuel voucher, RM500 Kuziq Glanz car detailing voucher, RM500 Stigo mini electric bike voucher and a RM500 voucher for new Self-Healing Paint Protection Film Door Cups by Llumar.

    But wait – there’s more. The first five customers to secure a purchase, such as via approved loans each day will win a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 worth RM3,699**, while one lucky customer (who will also have confirmed a purchase) will be in the draw to win a holiday for two worth RM25,000**.

    There will also be preferential lending rates from co-sponsor CIMB for purchases of new hybrid cars*, competitive rates for tenures up to nine years, plus on-the-spot approval with CIMB 1-Minute InstaApproval for salaried professionals. Have your identification card* with you, and you’ll be set!

    Finally, there will also be an extended meeting session with us, the paultan.org team. head on down to PACE at Setia City Convention Centre on November 3 and 4; click through here to find out more and to register your interest. See you there!

    * Terms and conditions apply.
    ** Valid for new car registrations only. For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Naza Kia, valid for the Kia Stinger only.

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  • paultan.org PACE 2018 – up to RM25k off an Audi Q3!

    We’re just around the corner from the first ever paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 4M, and we’ve got yet another great deal to share with you.

    Fancy a swift and compact SUV? Audi distributor Euromobil offering the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI from RM239,XXX, with savings of up to RM25,000. The Q3’s turbocharged engine puts out 180 hp and 320 Nm of torque, and is paired with a seven-speed S tronic transmission for efficient performance.

    Audi is just one of a good selection of other premium brands also set to be present at PACE, including BMW, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen and Volvo – all with their own irresistible year-end offers. Also on offer are attractive deals from us at paultan.org, such as a 30% discount on all window tint packages from Llumar and a 15% discount on all car wrap packages by Wrapz63.

    Every booking also comes with a combined RM2,000 voucher**, including a RM500 Petron fuel voucher, RM500 Kuziq Glanz car detailing voucher, RM500 Stigo mini electric bike voucher and a RM500 voucher for Llumar’s new Self-Healing Paint Protection Film Door Cups.

    If that’s not enough, the first five customers who secure a purchase (i.e. approved loans) each day (10 over both days) will receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 9 worth RM3,699**, while one lucky customer (also confirmed) will be able to win a grand prize in the form of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000** via our lucky draw.

    Co-sponsor CIMB is also joining in with preferential financing rates as low as 2.34% p.a. for new hybrid cars*, competitive rates with repayment period of up to nine years, as well as on-the-spot approval with CIMB 1-Minute InstaApproval for salaried professionals. Just bring your identification card*, and you’re set!

    Last but certainly not least, there’s even an extended meeting session with us, the paultan.org team. So come on down to PACE on November 3 and 4, 2018 at Setia City Convention Centre, and you can click here for more details on PACE and to register your interest. Come one, come all!

    * Terms and conditions apply.
    ** Valid for new car registrations only. For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Naza Kia, valid for the Kia Stinger only.

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  • paultan.org PACE 2018 – check out the Kia Stinger with 365 hp 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 and rear-wheel drive!

    Just two weeks to go until the first ever paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 4M kicks off, and among the various new metal that will be on display at the event is Kia’s most premium offering to date – the brand new Stinger.

    The South Korean carmaker may be a newcomer to the segment but the Stinger comes with all the right ingredients. Like any sports sedan worth its salt, it’s rear-wheel drive and has a chassis developed under the watchful eye of ex-BMW M chief engineer Albert Biermann.

    It also comes with a choice of two powerful engines. The GT Line gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder that delivers 251 hp at 6,200 rpm and 353 Nm of torque from 1,400 to 3,500 rpm. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and will get from zero to 100 km/h in six seconds flat.

    But it’s the high-performance GT version that has grabbed the headlines, with its 3.3 litre twin-turbo V6 delivering a stonking 365 hp at 6,000 rpm and 510 Nm of torque between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. It gets to 100 km/h over a second quicker, blitzing past the benchmark in just 4.9 seconds.

    Only at PACE will you be able to check out the Stinger right next to other similarly-priced premium competitors from the likes of Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen and Volvo. You’ll also be able to enjoy attractive deals from us at paultan.org, such as a 30% discount on all window tint packages from Llumar and a 15% discount on all car wrap packages by Wrapz63.

    Every booking also comes with a combined RM2,000 voucher***, including a RM500 Petron fuel voucher, RM500 Kuziq Glanz car detailing voucher, RM500 Stigo mini electric bike voucher and a RM500 voucher for Llumar’s new Self-Healing Paint Protection Film Door Cups.

    If that’s not enough, the first five customers to secure a purchase (i.e. have their loans approved) each day (10 over both days) will receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 9 worth RM3,699***, while one lucky customer (also confirmed) will be able to win a grand prize in the form of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*** via our lucky draw.

    Co-sponsor CIMB is also joining in with preferential financing rates as low as 2.34% p.a. for new hybrid cars**, competitive rates with repayment period of up to nine years, as well as on-the-spot approval with CIMB 1-Minute InstaApproval for salaried professionals. Just bring your identification card**, and you’re set!

    Last but certainly not least, there’s even an extended meeting session with us, the writers! So come on down to PACE on November 3 and 4, 2018 at Setia City Convention Centre, and you can click here for more details on PACE and to register your interest. Whether you’re coming alone or bringing the entire village along, we can’t wait to see you guys there!

    * For selected units only.
    ** Terms and conditions apply.
    *** Valid for new car registrations only. For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Naza Kia, valid for the Kia Stinger only.

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  • Porsche electric SUV, sports car in the works – report

    Porsche is going great guns into the increasingly populated electrified vehicle market, with a battery-electric SUV, fully electric sports car and a Targa version of the forthcoming Taycan, according to a report by Autocar. “You can expect a SUV BEV (battery-electric vehicle) by 2022 at the latest,” said Porsche finance director Lutz Meschke at an event in Germany last week.

    The report states that Meschke referred to the electric SUV as ‘big’, which initially hints at a Cayenne-sized model, however the latest E3-generation Cayenne is just one year old and may not be due for a full model change until five year’s time, it continues.

    The current Macan’s lifecycle is a closer fit for the timeline mentioned, as the mid-sized platform sibling to the Audi Q5 is due for replacement in 2021. There are however other possibilities; these could be a variation of the Audi e-tron, a re-engineered E3 Cayenne or a new-from-scratch electric Porsche SUV, the report notes.

    The Boxster and Cayman could be suitable for electrification, adds Meschke, which represents a growth in the brand’s EV portfolio reflecting the direction of previous Volkswagen Group CEO Matthias Müller, who committed to having an electrified version of every model in each of the group’s brands by 2023.

    A fully electric two-door, compact sports car could also adopt the J1 architecture which underpins the Taycan, the report adds, though taking this direction will also mean a reduction in battery size, range and performance, it notes.

    A new PPE architecture is being developed in parallel with the Taycan, and the former could be market-ready by 2022, the report says, which is when Porsche’s battery electric SUV is set to go on sale. It remains to be seen whether or not the PPE platform is versatile enough to form the basis of multiple powertrain layouts and firewall heights, it added.

    Even before the Taycan has made its debut, work on a Targa version of the all-electric Porsche is already underway, and it will also be built at the Zuffenhausen plant alongside the Taycan. Not much in details is available for now, though Autocar hints at a large sliding roof that will retract into the rear hatch area, it said.

    Electrification will extend to the marque’s most iconic nameplate, the 911, which will include a hybrid version in the forthcoming 992-generation model. Though the full-model refresh is due to make its debut later this year, the hybridised version won’t be joining the line-up at launch, rather it is slated for its debut in 2022. This is part of the VW Group-wide strategic target of having an electrified version of every model by 2023.

    Electrification of the 911 is a challenge posed by the hurdles presented by battery packaging, which are likely to be aided with the advent of next-generation solid-state batteries, Autocar reported. However, solid-state technology for this application may be a decade from production reality, it adds.

    GALLERY: Mark Webber tests the Taycan

    GALLERY: 2015 Porsche Mission E concept

     
  • SPYSHOTS: BMW 8 Series Convertible hits the ‘Ring

    The forthcoming soft-top version of BMW’s flagship two-door, the 8 Series, has been spotted doing the rounds again at the perennial European proving ground for performance testing, the Nurburgring in Germany. Previously seen by our spy photographers whilst testing on-road, here we get another look at the upcoming open-top model.

    The example seen here, like the ones previously spotted, is also all but fully uncovered save for the obvious BMW roundel badges, bootlid upper and rear quarter panels. This example is also likely to be the M850i variant, as suggested by the dark blue brake calipers front and rear, complemented by darkened kidney grilles as well as M Sport bumpers at each end.

    As with the fixed-roof 8 Series, six- and eight-cylinder powertrain combinations will feature in the 8 Series Convertible, with the likely M850i variant pictured here powered by the firm’s 4.4 litre biturbo petrol V8 which outputs 530 hp and 750 Nm of torque, channeled to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system, likely also to include an electronic differential lock.

    This will be complemented by the 3.0 litre, twin-turbocharged diesel 840d, which produces 320 hp at 4,400 rpm and 680 Nm from 1,780 to 2,250 rpm in the coupe, and will also be paired to an eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel-drive. As with the coupe, active anti-roll bars could be optional here as well.

    The full suite of driver aids and connectivity equipment from the coupe should feature here in the convertible as well, namely Driving Assistant Professional, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking to name but a few on the active safety front.

    Digital connectivity via BMW Connected is expected as well, most likely featuring Open Mobility Cloud for mobile device connection with the car, the NFC-enabled Digital Key, Remote Software Upgrade and more. Given its minimal state of camouflage, this combination of a full electronics convenience suite with open-air conveyance should be not far from its debut; fancy one?

     
  • Pan Borneo Highway to be completed, talks with finance ministry, state dept needed – works minister

    The Malaysian federal government is committed to the completion of the Pan Borneo Highway project in Sabah and will collaborate with the Sabah state government in resolving issues surrounding its construction, according to a report by The Star.

    Land acquisition is among the issues faced, and despite the challenges the project will be implemented, and workers as well as companies involved in the construction of the highway have nothing to worry about, said works minister Baru Bian. In May, it was reported that the Sabah section of the Pan Borneo Highway could be dropped; across Sabah and Sarawak, the highway would span 2,325 km.

    “I understand that they are very jittery about the whole thing, including the government’s direction regarding the Pan Borneo Highway in Sabah. But I want to give assurance that the Federal government will carry out the project. It is our project and we want to see it completed well so that everyone would be happy,” the works minister said.

    Acquisition of land has been a major hurdle in Sabah where the project is set to take place, and the Selangau MP said that the Works Ministry will need to work with the state government in order to get around the matter. “The land acquisition process includes evicting land dwellers, who could be staying there either legally or illegally,” he said, adding that eviction and land valuation are under the state government’s jurisdiction.

    “I understand that the Land and Survey Department has an enforcement team working on eviction,” The Star reported Baru as saying, adding that the government will discuss with the finance ministry on how to best implement the remaining packages despite budget constraints in order to prevent delayed payments and ensure that all stakeholders are happy.

    The highway project in Sabah is separated into 35 work packages worth RM12.8 billion, with seven of these packages implemented between April 2016 and December 2017, the daily reported. An independent consultant will be appointed for the reviewing of project costs, and to discover whether or not there is room for negotiation with the project delivery partner for price reductions, Baru added.

     
  • Tesla secures land for $2 billion Gigafactory in China

    Here’s a spot of good news for Tesla, which has of late appeared in the news for the wrong reasons. The electric carmaker has signed an agreement with the Shanghai government for an 860,000 square metre plot of land to build its first overseas Gigafactory, Tesla said in a Chinese social media post on Wednesday, reported by Reuters.

    This development marks a key step towards Tesla and Elon Musk’s goal of making cars locally in China for China. A trade war is currently ongoing between the world’s two largest economies, and tariffs imposed by Beijing on US-made goods including cars have caused the price of Tesla’s EVs to rise.

    In July, Tesla signed a deal with Shanghai authorities to build its first factory outside the US, with annual capacity of 500,000 cars. The move to manufacture in China would double the size of Tesla’s output and help lower the price of its cars in the world’s largest auto market, which has a big appetite for both EVs and premium cars.

    “Securing this site in Shanghai, Tesla’s first Gigafactory outside of the United States, is an important milestone for what will be our next advanced, sustainably developed manufacturing site,” said Robin Ren, Tesla’s VP of worldwide sales.

    While Tesla did not mention the price it paid for the land, Reuters pointed out that the Shanghai Bureau of Planning and Land Resources said on Wednesday that a plot of land measuring 864,885 square metres had been sold at auction at a price of 973 million yuan ($140.51 million). Tesla, which started hiring for the new factory in August, had said that it would raise capital from Asian debt markets to fund the plant’s construction, which will cost around $2 billion.

     
  • 2019 Hennessey Heritage F-150 – 19 units only, 758 hp

    Hennessey Performance (HPE) has introduced the final addition to its range of Heritage Edition vehicles, which are influenced by the Ford GT ’67 Heritage Edition. The 2019 Heritage F-150 is the vehicle in question here, and it joins the 2019 Heritage Mustang that was revealed back in August this year, as well as Hennessey’s 2005 Ford GT and 2018 Ford GT Heritage Edition.

    Based on the F-150 Crewcab pick-up truck with a 5.0 litre V8, HPE added a 2.9 litre supercharger, high-flow air intake, catback exhaust system and upgraded the fuel system components. The result is 758 hp and 894 Nm of torque, which translates to a 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) time of just 4.3 seconds and a quarter-mile drag time of 12.6 seconds at 180 km/h.

    Customers will not to fork out at least US$94,950 (RM394,916) to secure one of these Heritage Edition trucks, but only 19 units will be made (available for export to international markets). The lucky few who can own one will be able to configure their purchase in either a sport truck (lowered) or an off-road ready (lifted) setup.

    Should you prefer the sport truck look, a lowering kit, sway bars, Brembo brakes and 22-inch wheel with tyres will be fitted. For the more traditional off-road fan, the package includes LED lights, Hennessey bumpers, 20-inch 10-spoke wheels with 35-inch tyres, a three-inch lift kit and a front suspension levelling kit.

    Regardless of your choice, you’ll get the Heritage Edition livery graphics as standard along with, embroidered headrests, exterior badging, serial numbered dash and engine plaques, engine calibration and a three-year warranty.


     
  • AD: Hap Seng Star proves its the best as champions at Mercedes-Benz SEA II Skills Competition 2018

    It’s never easy operating a large dealership for a premium brand as globally renowned as Mercedes-Benz. This is more so when the brand is associated with the famous tagline – ‘The Best Or Nothing’.

    In order to meet the growing demands and expectations of the privileged Mercedes-Benz clientele, it’s paramount that Hap Seng Star and its team of skilled customer service professionals are well-equipped and adept in offering the best aftersales service in light of more sophisticated customers and technologies.

    During the recently concluded Mercedes-Benz SEA II Skills Competition 2018, which marked the tenth anniversary of the event, Hap Seng Star and its experienced team locked horns with other glory seekers from Malaysia and around the SEA region.

    The biennial competition has been held since 2008, and was designed to bring together Mercedes-Benz dealers and their teams to be tested on their on-the-job skills & competence. This year marked the first time that members of other countries in the region were invited to participate in the competition, which saw a jump in the number of participants from 133 back in 2008 to a whopping 631 this year.

    A fierce battle awaited the Hap Seng team and the reward is well worth the challenges that awaited them. The reward? To be declared the best when it comes to technical know-how and adeptness within the Mercedes-Benz network. With the competition taking place just once every two years, this was the perfect platform for Hap Seng Star to showcase why it’s the go-to Mercedes-Benz dealership in Malaysia.

    On competition day, there was an air of excitement in the hall of Wisma Mercedes-Benz Malaysia but Hap Seng Star’s finest showed no signs of fear or unsteadiness before plunging into the challenge with the aim to coming out on top.

    Those representing Hap Seng Star would be competing in five categories, including the Qualified Maintenance Technician (QMT), Qualified System Technician (QST), Certified Diagnostic Technician (CDT), Certified Service Advisor (CSA) and Qualified Parts Process Specialist (QPPS). With five participants in each category, all 25 will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges comprising of skilled experts and the senior management within Mercedes-Benz Malaysia.

    As the competition intensified over the day, the cheers from Hap Seng Star camp only grew louder to boost the morale of their participants. Suffice to say, all the effort put in by the Hap Seng Star participants proved worthwhile as the dealer was named the overall champion by winning three out of the five categories, with podium finishes in four of the five categories it entered.

    The individual winners from Hap Seng Star not only took home cash prizes as high as RM10,000 and trophies for their outstanding performances, but also secured some very important bragging rights in the presence of other participating dealerships. More importantly, they have added another colourful chapter in Hap Seng Star’s history of participating in the competition.

    Since the competition first started in 2008 with just two categories – Certified Maintenance Technician and Certified Diagnosis Technician – Hap Seng Star has voluntarily thrown its hat in the ring to prove it was among the best in the business.

    Hap Seng Star’s 2018 competition results (left), past results (right)

    While the scale of the event grew over the years, what remained a constant was at least one member of the Hap Seng Star team would be named champion in a category, or at the very least, claim a podium finish, as the results table clearly shows. Certain patterns are also made known, with consistent wins in the Certified Service Advisor category (2018, 2016, 2014 and 2010) except in 2012. This year is especially meaningful as it is the first time Hap Seng Star scored a hat trick of victories in three categories.

    All in all, the Skills Competition by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia continued to deliver the excitement by bringing together all dealers in the spirit of competition. While it may be all “fun and games,” the competition throughout the years always remains focused on its goal to challenge those under the Mercedes-Benz banner to strive to deliver excellent service.

    As one of the biggest dealerships for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in Malaysia, Hap Seng Star’s victory proved it had what it took to be declared the best and be positioned above the rest in its field. Of course, its competitors will be back next time with a renewed passion to win, and Hap Seng Star will continue pushing because the best never rest.

    You can find out more about Hap Seng Star’s achievements over here, as well as success of its parent company, Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad, here.

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