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  • Peugeot e-Legend – a fully-electric retro-styled coupe

    Peugeot has unveiled the e-Legend concept, which will be heading to the Paris Motor Show next month. The fully-electric two-door coupe pays homage to the automaker’s classic 504 coupe, five decades after the latter came on to the scene.

    In general terms, the shape of the chunky, angular 4.65 metre-long offering has plenty of American muscle-car overtones and presence, but some elements of those lines do draw a parallel to another study from not too long ago, the Nissan IDx from 2013.

    Unique styling propositions come in the form of twin module headlights and a lower front bumper offering a throwback to an era of chrome-plated stainless steel bumpers through its projected shape. The rear, meanwhile, features the signature three claw graphic for the tail lamps. Within heavily flanked wheel arches reside 19-inch wheels, and the study is finished in a shade of grey subtly tinted with champagne, giving it a varied shade depending on lighting conditions.

    The external styling may be a bit old school, but it’s all cutting edge under the skin. The e-Legend is powered by an electric powertrain that features two motors, one driving each axle. The system has 456 hp and 800 Nm in terms of output numbers, and performance figures include a 0-100 km/h time of less than four seconds and a maximum speed of 220 km/h.

    In terms of other technical parameters, the system wasn’t detailed thoroughly, but there’s a 100 kWh battery which gives it around 600 km of travel as rated under the new WLTP protocol, and the automaker says that 500 km of charging distance can be accomplished in 25 minutes via fast charging, with wireless induction charging also catered for.

    A total of four drive modes are available for the car, two being manual drive modes. The first is a cruising mode called Legend, in which three small display headset screens recall the analogue dials seen on the 504 coupe, while the other, Boost, offers a wide field of immersion with projection of the road via a single large screen.

    The other two modes are autonomous, the e-Legend having been designed for level four autonomous driving. One of these is called Soft, which minimises the level of information display and digital projection to provide more serene surroundings. The second autonomous mode is Sharp, which provides full connection to all digital activities.

    In these modes, a new iteration of the automaker’s i-Cockpit retracts the drive-by-wire, compact steering wheel under the console to offer a clean, unfettered flow to the front fascia, which houses a 49-inch curved screen and a Focal audio soundbar. The main drving controls remain accessible via a centre console integrated in the driver’s seat, and this houses a rotary controller and a six-inch touch screen.

    The front seats also recline and the side armrests deploy automatically, opening up a large storage area and an induction charging area for smartphones. A 12-inch display screen built into each of the sun visors offers occupants the ability to either watch a movie or indulge in a spot of video gaming. The doors also each feature a 29-inch screen, so there’s no shortage of visual projection.

    For those autonomous moments, the e-Legend comes equipped with a voice-activated personal assistant to limit the need for physical interaction in accessing functions. Working with Soundhound, the automaker has come up with a system that allows voice commands to control a wide range of operational aspects.

    In a simple sentence, the driver can change their driving style, listen to their favourite playlist or even open or close the electrified doors of the vehicle. The system responds with a digitised voice in up to 17 languages. Peugeot says that a version adapted to its production vehicles is just within two years of a working debut.

    The cabin itself features a strong presence of blue, the seats being in a turquoise shade of the colour. The upholstery is finished in silk velvet, which is interweaved with a modern technical mesh. Elsewhere, trim elements includes dark Paldao wood to provide a contrast to the primary blue. A fragrance diffuser completes the entire immersive experience.

     
  • paultan.org PACE at Setia City Convention Centre – Lexus joins the fray on display this November!

    We at paultan.org are hard at work preparing for our first ever Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE), powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 4M. Happening on November 3 and 4, 2018 at the Setia City Convention Centre, PACE is the ultimate sales-driven car expo primarily focused on premium brands and vehicles.

    Speaking of which, one more brand is participating in PACE and it’s Lexus. The Japanese premium carmaker joins a whole host of other prestigious brands such as Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen, Volvo and Kia. Test drive and purchase your dream car here – whether new or pre-owned, PACE has you covered. There’s even an extended meeting session with us, the writers!

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg – you’ll also enjoy attractive offers from paultan.org, on top of the great year-end promos from participating brands. Every booking gets you 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.

    And that’s not all. The first five customers with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans) each day (10 over both days) will also receive a free gift worth RM3,000**, while one lucky customer (also confirmed) will be able to score a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000**, in 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!

    Click here for more details on PACE and to register your interest. Are you excited yet? We know we are, and we can’t wait to see you guys 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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  • Honda Malaysia says Takata airbag replacement completion now at 84%, urges laggards to respond

    Following transport minister Anthony Loke’s threat to blacklist stubborn owners who refuse to get their recalled Takata airbag inflators replaced, Honda Malaysia (HM) has once again urged Honda owners to do so, while highlighting its efforts to make it as easy as possible for customers to answer the call.

    HM said that as at September 20, it has replaced more than 236,800 units of the Takata driver front airbag inflator, which translates to a completion ratio of 90%. Include front passenger airbag inflators replaced, and it’s over 496,400 units or 84%. Stock availability for both driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacement is at 100% for all models, and all related costs will be borne by HM.

    Affected Takata inflators may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. This could rupture the airbag inflator casing and cause injury or death to vehicle occupants.

    Click to enlarge affected model list and Mobile Hub locations

    HM says that 94 authorised service centres nationwide are on standby to prioritise the airbag recall, and customers are encouraged to make an appointment with their preferred outlet. In addition, the carmaker has set up Mobile Hubs at selected shopping malls and Petronas stations. Replacement activities at Mobile Hubs do not require advance appointment, and walk-ins are welcomed.

    If that’s not enough, HM has Mobile Teams from dealerships operating door-to-door in selected areas. Staff will be in Honda uniform and they will carry an authorisation letter. The Mobile Teams will do the replacement work on-site for customers who are genuinely unable to go to the dealership or Mobile Hub.

    Even parallel imports or grey market cars, which were not sold by HM, are included. Owners of these Hondas are advised to contact Honda dealerships to check on the status of their vehicle. If affected, arrangements can be made for replacement, with cost of parts and labour to be borne by HM. The company also urged all Honda vehicle owners to register their cars at dealerships so that information sent can reach them.

    Owners can check their vehicles’ product recall status at www.productrecall.honda.com.my or www.honda.com.my or call Honda Malaysia’s toll free number at 1800-88-2020 or visit any Honda authorised dealer.

     
  • Ferrari confirms Purosangue SUV, LaFerrari replacement, hybrid powertrains, V6 engine family

    Ferrari unveiled its latest five-year plan on its Capital Markets Day this week, together with the new Monza SP1 and SP2 speedsters. Maranello has big plans this time around, with a slew of high-profile announcements confirming many things that have long been rumoured and suggested.

    By far the biggest news is that Ferrari has finally, definitively confirmed that it is building an SUV. Only it insists it’s not an SUV, but a whole new breed of Ferrari, called Purosangue. This translates to “thoroughbred”, suggesting that, despite how blasphemous a Ferrari SUV would be, it is truly deserving of the Prancing Horse shield – we’ll just have to wait and see.

    The Purosangue will ride on a new front-engined, rear-wheel drive platform, which will have a rear transaxle and the option of all-wheel drive – likely a similar system to the GTC4Lusso‘s, with a separate front gearbox. This is one of two modular platforms the company will use moving forward, the other being a mid-engined platform that will be used by the successor to the 488 GTB/Spider.

    The latter platform will also underpin a new, more powerful supercar that will sit atop Ferrari’s mainstream range. Both mid-engined models – as well as the current front-engined 812 Superfast – will form the sports car side of Ferrari’s four-pronged product line, which will also include gran turismos (Portofino, GTC4Lusso), Special Series models (488 Pista) and the new, limited edition Icona models (Monza SP1, SP2).

    The gran turismo lineup will also feature a new model with more classical styling referencing Ferrari’s vast and illustrious back catalogue, while at the sharp end of the range, a replacement for the LaFerrari has also been confirmed – although that’s only coming in the company’s next mid-term plan. All in all, as many as 15 new vehicles will be introduced by 2022, with the Purosangue slated to arrive closer to the end of this period.

    Also outlined is Ferrari’s powertrain strategy, which will continue to utilise a naturally-aspirated V12 – the “pinnacle of Ferrari,” said the company – and a turbocharged V8, both of which will be continuously improved and upgraded with new technologies. There will also be an all-new V6 family that will be “based on a particular innovative architecture.”

    These engines will, for the most part, be augmented with hybrid electric technology, derived from the world of Formula 1. This technology will be used to increase specific output without adding turbo lag, and Ferrari said that up to 60% of its lineup will be electrified by 2022 – including all of its sports cars and a new range of plug-in hybrid gran turismos. To keep weight down, multi-material construction will be used for its cars.

    Last but not least, Ferrari will introduce its first active safety systems in the near future, and while it will not commit to building autonomous vehicles for now, it will incorporate new sensors, artificial intelligence and electronic architecture to provide customers some form of Ferrari-specific autonomy.

    According to the company, all these measures will allow it to enhance the capabilities of its cars in all directions, being faster, more comfortable, more versatile and more fun to drive.

     
  • New Celica or MR2 is next after Supra, says Toyota

    More sports car news coming from Toyota, which is hosting journalists at its Supra first drive event. It’s inevitable that someone from the media would ask about the “Three Brothers”, and this is what Masayuki Kai, assistant chief engineer of the A90 Supra had to say.

    But before that, Three Brothers refers to Toyota’s 90s trio of sports cars – the Supra, Celica and MR2. Yup, there was a time when one could walk into a Toyota showroom to be greeted by the A80 Supra, T180 Celica and SW20 MR2 on the same floor – just imagine that!

    Over the past few years, there has been much talk about the revival of the sports car family, and there’s no smoke without fire, especially when the president of the company is a car nut and racing kaki as well. Also, with the resurrection of the Supra, Toyota would already have two out of three in the current range.

    The next one to complete the trio could be a new Celica or new MR2, according to Kai san. “We want to have Celica back, we want to have the MR2 back. The biggest was Supra. Supra was number one, the biggest demand from the market. Now that we’ve brought Supra back, what will come next depends on the market needs,” he told Road & Track.

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    According to the US magazine, the engineer hinted that the Celica – a rally hero in its past life – could come back as an AWD compact performance coupe to compliment the rear-wheel-drive Toyota 86 and A90 Supra. The missing piece could also be a Mid-engine, Rear-wheel drive, 2-seater – if a business case can be made. “Or maybe it could be a completely different model. We’ll have to wait and see,” Kai said.

    But aren’t sports cars low volume products that aren’t in demand in today’s SUV-driven market? Kai agrees. “Sports car are becoming more and more expensive to develop. So a single company cannot afford to invest in all the tooling for parts and components, because the volume of sports car is quite small.

    “A sports car requires a lot of specific components that you cannot share with other cars. The suspension components we’re using on the Supra, you can’t use on a sedan like Camry or Corolla. And as you know, all the homologation issues are also getting more and more complex and difficult,” he told R&T.

    The upcoming A90 Supra will be the flagship, the 86 will be the middle child

    The new Supra, due to hit showrooms next year, got around that cost/volume hurdle thanks to Toyota partnering with BMW – the A90 and third-generation BMW Z4 that was revealed last month share the same bones.

    “I’m quite sure if we did not make this cooperation, they could not have brought the Z4 back on the market alone. And without their cooperation, we would never have been able to bring back the Supra. So it’s clear for us, we needed this partnership,” Kai added.

    That doesn’t seem to be a problem for Mazda though, which has continuously given us the MX-5 since the first-generation NA came out in the late 80s. The current fourth-generation ND from Hiroshima is rather brilliant, too. “Maybe if you’re developing sports cars over a very, very long time, like Mazda, you have to know how to make it cheaper. I believe they have a lot of know-how, gathered throughout the development of the MX-5,” Kai conceded.

    In contrast, Toyota had quit sports cars for a long period, only recently returning to the market with the 86. “I believe there are a lot of things we need to learn from Mazda. They never stopped developing the MX-5. They continuously developed that car. If you don’t do this — like Toyota, stopping the Supra for 16 years — it’s extremely difficult to bring it back,” he told the US rag’s Bob Sorokanich. By the way, this is the same engineer who told the press that a manual transmission A90 Supra is ready and awaiting the green light.

    But when there’s a will, there’s a way, more so when the will comes from company president Akio Toyoda. “Akio has always said that as a company he would like to have Three Brothers, with the GT86 in the middle and Supra as the big brother,” Tetsuya Tada, chief engineer of the new Supra and 86, said last month.

    So, with the Supra and 86 in place, which Toyota sports car do you want as the final brother – FWD/4WD Celica or a compact new MR2 with open-air possibilities? The latter seems like the more difficult project to pull off, but I’ll be rooting for it.

    In the meantime, check out Toyota’s tiny S-FR concept from the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show below. Would you rather have this instead? Such a tease you are, Toyota.

    GALLERY: Toyota S-FR Concept from Tokyo 2015

     
  • Lexus RX300 Special Edition in Malaysia – RM434k

    Lexus Malaysia has introduced the RX300 Special Edition, a model that’s based on the RX300 Luxury but with additional accessories. It’s priced at RM434,000, making it RM10,000 more expensive than the RX300 Luxury.

    Fitted to the ravishing SUV is a set of Lexus-genuine accessories, starting with the lower front lip for additional protection and side mouldings. There’s also an integrated one-piece side step to help ease ingress and egress, particularly for children or elderly individuals.

    There are also custom door visors with chrome accents, as well as a step guard that’s installed at the rear bumper. This prevents scuffing when loading or unloading goods. Other accessories include the Welcome Door Lamp (with Lexus logo and wording projection), Touch ‘n Go reader/transmitter (not RFID compatible) and Digital Video Recorder (DVR, dashcam).

    No changes to the powertrain, so the standard 8AR-FTS 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine continues propulsion duties here. It’s turbocharged to produce 235 PS and 350 Nm of torque, with power sent to all four corners through a six-speed ECT automatic transmission.

    As usual, the RX300 Special Edition comes with a five-year unlimited mileage factory warranty. All accessories fitted to the CBU Japan SUV were installed by trained personnels at UMW Toyota Motor’s own Accessories Centre in Bukit Raja, Selangor.

     
  • Jaguar F-Type 2.0L Ingenium now in Malaysia, RM576k

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has given the 2018 model year Jaguar F-Type Coupe its official debut in the country. The refresh brings about a minor set of exterior and interior updates and also introduces to the local market the 2.0 litre turbocharged Ingenium engine variant that was unveiled last year.

    Exterior revisions include new LED headlights and a redesigned bumper at the front, while the rear now features revised tail lights and a new single exhaust tailpipe finisher. Completing the update is a new 18-inch wheel design and a new exterior colour called Silicon Silver.

    As for the interior, the F-Type now comes equipped with lightweight slim-line seats, with the use of pressure-cast die-cast magnesium alloy for the seat frames resulting in a weight saving of around eight kg from before.

    New trim also finds its way on to the two-seater in the form of chrome and aluminium accent finishers, and the interior colour schemes for the F-Type have also been enhanced and now includes Siena Tan leather as an option across the range.

    Standard fit equipment now includes a Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10-inch touchscreen. The system features a powerful quad-core processor, a high-speed 60 GB solid-state drive (SSD) and an ultra-fast Ethernet network, among other things

    In this application, the direct-injection 2.0 litre petrol engine offers 300 PS at 5,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,500 – 4,500 pm, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds and an electronically-limited 250 km/h top speed.

    The introduction of the engine makes for a lighter car, and as such there’s a change in the spring rates, which has been reduced by four percent in front and three percent at the back to compensate for the reduction in corner weights. Incorporating lessons and information gleaned from the F-Type SVR programme, the valving of the monotube dampers has also been reworked to improve the balance of ride comfort and handling.

    Finally, the price – the 2018 F-Type 2.0L Ingenium goes for RM575,800 (excluding road tax, registration and insurance), and comes with a ‘Jaguar Care’ programme incorporating a five-year/150,000 km warranty and five-year/65,000 km servicing (whichever comes first) as well as a three-year roadside assistance programme.

     
  • J.D. Power 2018 Malaysia Customer Service Index: Mitsubishi ranks highest, Mazda, VW & Nissan behind

    Mitsubishi has come out on top in the 2018 J.D. Power Malaysia Customer Service Index (CSI) Study, finishing ahead of Mazda, Volkswagen and Nissan. Based on a 1,000-point scale, Mitsubishi scored 814 points, Mazda netted 786, whereas VW and Nissan are tied at 776. Toyota, which was the top car brand in the 2017 study, slipped four spots to finish fifth, with a score of 772 points.

    Three other brands were ranked in the study, with Honda finishing in sixth with a score of 752, Perodua with 742 points and Proton with 739 points. All three automakers fell below the industry average score of 754 points – other brands such as Ford, Kia, Subaru and Hyundai were not ranked due to small or insufficient sample size.

    The study found several key findings. Satisfaction is higher among customers who used express service than those who didn’t (784 vs 733 respectively), and the average time used for an express service is 125 minutes compared to 150 minutes for regular service.

    Similarly, service provided in under three hours is also crucial. Customers are more satisfied when the time taken to service the vehicle is within three hours (767 points). The score drops considerably when it takes longer (726 points).

    Communication between technician and customer also seems to boost satisfaction levels. The score for those who spoke with their technicians (56%) and agreed to additional work recommended by their service advisor is 801 points, versus 729 points for those who did not speak to their technicians but still proceeded with the recommendations.

    Other factors influencing customer satisfaction is personal interaction with the service advisor and use of digital technology, such as making a service appointment online or via a digital app. J.D. Power country manager for Malaysia, Muhammad Asyraf said “the use of electronic devices in the vehicle owner interaction processes at the dealership are primarily targeted at improving owner convenience and enhancing dealer efficiency. However, it is important to also recognise the value of human interaction.”

    “The availability and accessibility of well-trained and professional staff at the dealership go a long way toward building customer relationships and engagement, with technology also acting as a key enabler in the process,” he added.

    Fast access to the service advisor during a vehicle drop off also contributes to the scoring process. Satisfaction is higher among owners who were first greeted by a service advisor upon arrival (82%) than when greeted by someone else (769 vs 698 respectively). Satisfaction is also higher among owners who waited to speak to their service advisor for five minutes or less than among those who had to wait for more than 5 minutes (772 vs 734 respectively).

    The results are based on responses from 2,957 new-vehicle owners who received delivery of their new cars between March 2015 and July 2017 and took their vehicle for service to an authorised dealer or service centre between March 2017 and July 2018. The study was fielded from March through July 2018. The study measures overall satisfaction based on five factors (in order of importance): service quality (25%), vehicle pick-up (21%), service initiation (20%), service facility (17%) and service advisor (16%).

     
  • paultan.org Mystery Fuel Test for Nissan X-Trail 2.0 owners (2015 onwards) – enjoy a free holiday on us!

    Dear readers, we are looking for owners of the Nissan X-Trail 2.0 (T32, MY2015 onwards) for our paultan.org Mystery Fuel Test. If you drive one, join us for the fuel test this September 29-30 weekend and you’ll get to enjoy a free drive convoy and a night’s stay at a hotel for you and your partner in Johor, all on us.

    The Mystery Fuel Test will be a simple convoy drive of similar cars, with the participants required to provide feedback on the fuel’s performance, driving feel and consumption at the end of each day’s drive. To achieve consistency, we’re looking for stock or unmodified examples of the T32 X-Trail 2.0 only.

    If you own a suitable Nissan X-Trail 2.0, and you’re interested in joining the paultan.org Mystery Fuel Test, please fill up the simple form below. We will contact you very soon with the details. Thank you!

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  • Driven Movie Night – win Venom premiere passes!

    It’s time for another Driven Movie Night! To celebrate the release of Venom in the cinemas on October 4, we’re offering you the chance to watch it with us first, courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment, Malaysia! Our lucky winners will get to join us for the premiere on Tuesday, October 2 at 8.30pm at GSC One Utama, Petaling Jaya.

    Ten pairs of tickets are up for grabs, which means we’re giving out 20 passes. All you need to do is watch the trailer below and answer two simple questions. Since we’re feeling extra generous, we’ll be giving out exclusive #Venom merchandise to selected lucky winners too! You have to be quick though, as the contest closes on Friday, September 28.

    One of Marvel’s greatest and most complex characters takes centre stage as Eddie Brock (Tom Hardy) becomes the host for the alien symbiote Venom. As a journalist, Eddie has been trying to take down the notorious founder of the Life Foundation, genius Carlton Drake (Riz Ahmed) – and that obsession ruined his career and his relationship with his girlfriend, Anne Weying (Michelle Williams). Upon investigating one of Drake’s experiments, the alien Venom merges with Eddie’s body, and he suddenly has incredible new superpowers, as well as the chance to do just about whatever he wants.

    Twisted, dark, unpredictable and fuelled by rage, Venom leaves Eddie wrestling to control dangerous abilities that he also finds empowering and intoxicating. As Eddie and Venom need each other to get what they’re looking for, they become more and more intertwined — where does Eddie end and Venom begin? To see how things turn out, take part in the contest now.

    *Contest closes on Friday, September 28, 2018. Winners will be announced on paultan.org and notified via email and SMS on Monday, October 1, 2018. The announced results are final and any disputes will not be entertained. The movie screening will be held on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 8.30pm at GSC One Utama in Petaling Jaya, and winners must collect their passes at the above venue one hour before the screening time. Due to screening location, the contest is open to Klang Valley residents only.

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