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  • Ford Ranger Raptor coming to Malaysia – KLIMS 2018

    At long last, the much anticipated Ford Ranger Raptor will finally be launched in Malaysia, and it will make its grand appearance at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018) this Friday, November 23, at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

    There’s not much left to say about the high-performance pick-up truck, really. Under the bonnet is the all-new 2.0 litre bi-turbo EcoBlue diesel engine, making 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque. It’s mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission with Raptor-specific control logic, which makes use of the multiple drive modes under the Terrain Management System.

    While the engine and transmission are the same as the Ranger Wildtrak, the chassis and suspension cannot be any more different. To know more on the differences, click here. Meanwhile, enjoy the video, as well as the epic set of action photos below. Be sure to visit the Ford booth at KLIMS – see you guys there!

    GALLERY: Ford Ranger Raptor in Malaysia

    GALLERY: Ford Ranger Raptor static photos

  • Carlos Ghosn to be arrested in Japan on suspected financial law breach, removed as Nissan chairman

    According to a report by Asahi Shumbun, Carlos Ghosn could be arrested after in Japan after the Nissan chairman was questioned over suspected under-reporting of his corporate salary by several hundreds of millions of yen.

    The (suspected) crime is a violation of Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, and the authorities have already begun searching the offices of Nissan’s headquarters and other locations.

    Nissan has since issued a statement saying that it would promptly remove Ghosn from his positions as chairman and representative director at Nissan, with Nissan CEO Hiroto Saikawa set to propose the matter to Nissan’s board of directors.

    Also on the chopping block is Nissan representative director Greg Kelly, who was discovered to be “deeply involved” in reporting compensation amounts in the Tokyo Stock Exchange securities report that were less than the actual amount.

    The Japanese carmaker said it had been conducting an internal investigation over the past several months regarding misconduct involving Ghosn and Kelly, with information being supplied to the Japanese Public Prosecutors Office.

    Ghosn, who relinquished his roles as Nissan president and CEO last year, is currently a chairman at the Japanese carmaker, as well as at Mitsubishi. He is also the chairman and CEO at Renault and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance.

    The French national was largely credited for the turnaround of Nissan from near bankruptcy and his radical restructuring of Renault between the late 90s and early 2000s.

  • PACE 2018 – 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold, close to 20k visitors over one weekend

    To say that it exceeded all our expectations would be understating it. The inaugural Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2018 powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 4M surpassed our targets in terms of cars sold, value of vehicles sold, test drives and visitors; and we at Driven would like to thank all our partners and readers for your invaluable support – we are truly humbled, thank you.

    Readers? Most of the almost 20,000 visitors who came through Setia Alam Convention Centre’s doors over the November 3-4 weekend were readers of, and we know this not just from surveys, but because 90% of the the marketing, promotion and publicity for PACE was done on Driven’s own platforms – mainly on and

    To be honest, there was a degree of risk with this approach as opposed to casting a wider net (radio, outdoor, social media), but we decided to put full faith in the size and strength of our audience.

    PACE is a sales show – think of it as a multi-brand premium showroom with a carnival setting – so the quantity of visitors alone wasn’t enough. We, and the exhibitors, needed quality. We needed people to buy cars at PACE, to do their year-end car shopping (whether actual or window) at PACE.

    We knew from the first few hours of the show that all the hard work done setting up the event and marketing it in-house would pay off. We expected an easy Saturday morning and a growing stream of visitors after lunch, but the pre-lunch crowd on Saturday (some were even waiting for the gates to open) was encouraging. By the end of the first day, we’d have achieved our internal targets for the entire weekend.

    The final tally is 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold. Of this, 180 units were new cars and 34 were from the pre-owned selection. The total amount of cars sold was double our target, and 70% of the buyers named as their main reference for all things automotive. Mercedes-Benz, via official dealer Hap Seng Star, sold 79 cars over the weekend, while BMW and MINI dealer Wheelcorp Premium sold 54 units, big numbers in the premium context.

    Of course, the mainstream premium sedans and SUVs attracted the most attention (along with the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class) but among the cars sold were two Volkswagen Golf Rs, and a couple of AMG models and BMW 740Le plug-in hybrid limos. And wait for this, a Kia Stinger too!

    The amount, value and variety of cars sold at PACE confirms the size and quality of‘s reach – Malaysia’s number one automotive website is followed daily by true car buyers and car enthusiasts alike.

    We’re happy to report that the exhibitors are satisfied with the sales garnered from PACE, but there could be more to come as the seeds have been planted, so to speak. Test drives from all participating brands ran throughout the weekend – Mercedes-Benz, for instance, recorded over 310 test drives at PACE, which is Hap Seng Star’s highest ever test drive tally over one weekend.

    Another vote of confidence came in the form of new model introductions and previews. The new Audi Q2 and second-generation Audi Q5 made their first official Malaysian appearance at PACE, where visitors were the among the first in the country to touch and feel the SUVs, which will be launching soon. Also making their debut were the Jaguar E-Pace and Volkswagen Arteon – expect to see both cars in showrooms next year. The freshly-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class facelift and A-Class were also on display.

    We hope that you enjoyed getting up close and personal to the premium machines at PACE 2018. We at Driven would like to record our appreciation for all the exhibitors and visitors who came to the show. Thank you, and see you next year!

  • Porsche drops teaser video of 992-gen Porsche 911

    Porsche is close to revealing the eight-generation (992) Porsche 911, so much so that it has decided to drop a teaser video on its Facebook page, which hints at an imminent world debut.

    As with all official teasers, the 12-second-long clip gives very little in the way of details, but prototypes of the upcoming 911 have already been spotted multiple times in varying guises, one even featuring the outgoing 991.2 and the new 992 side by side on a road test. Suffice to say, we have a pretty good idea of how the succeeding model will look like, and it’ll be more of an evolutionary design approach.

    In the video, it’s clear that the 992-gen 911 will get a full-length rear LED strip, as well as a revised front fascia with four-point LED headlights and horizontal LED DRLs. For a clearer picture of what it could potentially look like, perhaps the spy photo below will help paint a better picture.

    As you can tell, the previous visual cues apply here – a set of more squared-off air intakes reside in each corner of the front bumper, while horizontal strakes within the rear bumper vents take after the front intakes.

    Powertrain details have yet to be confirmed, though the main Carrera models with the 3.0 litre turbocharged flat-six are most likely to resume service. Likewise, both manual and dual-clutch automatic transmissions are expected to feature, as are both rear- and all-wheel-drive layouts. The seven-speed manual and PDK dual-clutch transmissions should also soldier on.

    No further images of the 992 model’s interior this time, though we have previously seen that it will employ a layout similar to those applied to the latest Cayenne and Panamera, which for the driver, will feature instrumentation with a larger central tachometer flanked by a pair of digital screens (Advanced Cockpit).

    GALLERY: 992-gen Porsche 911 development testing

    GALLERY: 992-gen Porsche 911 spyshots

  • 2019 Honda Wave 125i – price drops to RM5,999 for single-disc, RM6,299 for double-disc, LED headlight

    Updated for next year is the 2019 Honda Wave 125i from official distributor Boon Siew Honda Malaysia, priced at RM5,999 for the single-disc brake version and RM6,299 for the double-disc equipped underbone bike. This is a price drop from last year’s pricing of RM6,263 for the single-disc and drum brake and RM6,549 for brake discs front and rear, when GST was still in force.

    New to Honda’s Wave 125i is an LED headlight for lower power consumption and longer service life. As a kapchai targetted towards the middle and higher end of the commuter market, the Wave 125i has proven popular with urbanites.

    The large under seat storage compartment, with 18-litres of capacity, also provides a larger seat for greater riding comfort. Fuel is carried in a 5.4-litre tank, which Honda says will give an estimated 300 km of range.

    Fed by Honda’s PGM-Fi, the Wave 125i uses a single-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled 124.9 cc power plant that produces 9 hp at 7,500 rpm and 10 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Power for the Wave 125i gets to the ground via a four-speed centrifugal clutch automatic gearbox and chain final drive.

    The two 2019 Honda Wave 125i single- and double-disc brake versions come with three colour choices – Pearl Magellanic Black with Candy Scintillate Red, Pearl Magellanic Black with Pearl Nightfall Blue and Force Silver Metallic. Availability of the Wave 125i at authorised Boon Siew Honda dealers is from this month.

  • Lamborghini SC18 debuts – one-off road-legal race car

    Unveiled alongside the Lamborghini Urus ST-X Concept is this, the Lamborghini SC18 – a one-off build by the Italian automaker’s motorsport division, Lamborghini Squadra Corse. Unlike the track-only SUV, the SC18 is homologated for road use, but designed primarily for track purposes.

    It’s based on an existing Aventador, but designed in synergy with the customer and Centro Stile Lamborghini. The SC18 paves the way for further personalised development projects for motorsport customers under the Squadra Corse brand, so if you’re a regular at the tracks, this should tickle your fancy.

    Immediately noticeable is the car’s more extreme aerodynamics. The front bonnet features huge air intakes in the style of the Huracán GT3 EVO, whereas the sides and rear feature fins, fenders and air scoops that are inspired by the Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.

    Additionally, the rear end gets the customary carbon-fibre wing with three built-in mechanical adjustments, which generate the required level of downforce at any speed and on any circuit. The tail lights are brand new, spanning the width of the tail but broken in the centre where the badge sits, like with the Terzo Millennio concept. As for the engine cover, the car has a dozen (yes, 12!) air vents to improve heat exchange and help cool the V12 motor.

    Speaking of which, the SC18 is powered by Sant’Agata’s top-of-the-line 6.5 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine, delivering 770 hp at 8,500 rpm and 720 Nm of torque at 6,750 rpm (same as Aventador SVJ). Power is put down to the ground via an ISR-optimised (Independent Shifting Rod) seven-speed gearbox and all-wheel-drive system. To complete the package, a special exhaust system has been fitted for that unmistakable Lamborghini sound.

    Considering its racey purposes, the car features ultra lightweight materials for weight reduction, and the body is made of carbon-fibre. The blacked-out, single-nut wheels measure 20-inch up front and 21-inch at the back, shod with specially-developed Pirelli P Zero Corsa tyres. A special telemetry system has also been fitted to measure all performance aspects on the track.

    The bespoke road-legal race car is finished in Grigio Daytona with red highlights, whereas the cockpit features black Nero Ade Alcantara with cross-stitching in red Rosso All and carbon-fibre sports seats. It sits 109 mm above the ground, which makes for an incredible show of speed even at standstill.

  • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe to make M’sian debut at KLIMS

    It looks like Hyundai Malaysia will be displaying the all-new Hyundai Santa Fe this week at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2018). The company changed the cover photo on its Facebook page, clearly showing the sleek new headlights of the fourth-generation SUV.

    Let’s do a quick recap. In terms of design, the seven-seat Santa Fe takes after the Kona, sporting a more rugged look that’s fronted by slim LED DRLs (Hyundai’s new identity for its SUVs) and a large Cascading Grille. The main beams are LED (projector units) and are built below the DRLs.

    The Santa Fe’s profile is highlighted by a strong shoulder line that stretches from the headlights to the tail lights, and the near-flat roofline gives off a familiar silhouette as its predecessor. At the back, it gets a pair of LED tail lights with unique checkered C-shaped graphics.

    Inside, the cabin is completely redesigned and takes after the Kona as well. It features a three-tiered dashboard, with a freestanding seven-inch infotainment display positioned up top, followed by slim air vents, dual-zone climate control and a Qi wireless charging tray below.

    Rearward visibility is improved thanks to the larger rear quarter glass (41% bigger than before). The longer wheelbase (2,765 mm, 65 mm longer) also means that there’s more legroom for passengers in the second and third row. In the second row, legroom is up by 38 mm and the seat is 18 mm higher. There’s a new one-touch seat folding function for easy access to the third row seats – headroom back there is up by 22 mm.

    To recap, the seven-seat SUV made its world debut earlier this year, and there are up to six engines (four petrol and two diesel units) available on offer. It starts with the 2.0 T-GDI petrol turbo (232 hp, for Korea), 2.0 GDI, 2.4 MPI and 3.3 MPI naturally-aspirated petrol units, whereas the diesel range is comprised of the 2.0 litre and 2.2 litre CRDi turbodiesel engines.

    It’s unclear which engines we will get, but the 2.2 litre turbodiesel (making an estimated 200 hp and 434 Nm of torque) and 2.4 litre MPI petrol are potential candidates. All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that’s developed in-house, which Hyundai says is lighter than the older six-speeder despite having two extra ratios.

    Drive is sent to all four wheels (Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system) with electronic variable torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. Four drive modes are available (Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart) – in Sport, up to 50% of torque is distributed to the rear wheels. In comfort mode, about 35% is sent to the back, but in eco mode, power is primarily sent to the front wheels for optimal fuel efficiency.

    Other upgrades include a more responsive steering, new suspension setup that improves vehicle stability, comfort, NVH and overall quietness, more extensive use of sound deadening materials as well as the optional self-load-levelling suspension that continuously adjusts ride height regardless of vehicle load.

    For safety, it gets a head-up display for the first time, Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance features which bundles Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Rear Occupant Alert, Safety Exit Assist and Speed Limit Info Function.

    As with all Hyundai models, the Santa Fe boasts extensive application of high-tensile strength steel – in fact it features more high-strength steel than any other Hyundai vehicle with 57%, or 15% more than the older model. Also standard are six airbags.

    Interested? Be sure to see the vehicle in person at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from November 23 to December 2.

    GALLERY: 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe

  • Volkswagen Tharu and Tayron SUVs join China line-up

    Volkswagen has announced the addition of three new SUVs to its China model portfolio – the Tayron, Tharu and T-Roc joins the currently available Touareg, Tiguan and Teramont to make it six SUV models in that market’s current line-up.

    The Chinese version of the T-Roc has been on sale in China since summer. Built by FAW Volkswagen, the localised model has a wheelbase that is 85 mm longer than the European T-Roc. The Tayron and Tharu were officially introduced at the Guangzhou Auto Show. Both were teased in March this year during the premiere of the new Touareg in Beijing.

    The Tayron, which is built by FAW Volkswagen, was introduced in China at the end of October. Sitting on the automaker’s MQB platform and derived from the Tiguan, the Tayron – which gets its name from a combination of the words ‘tiger’ and ‘iron’ – is targeted at China’s middle- to upper-class SUV market.

    The Tharu, meanwhile, is SAIC Volkswagen’s take on what a ‘powerful family SUV’ should be. Also underpinned by a MQB chassis, the Tharu measures in at 4,453 mm long, 1,841 mm wide and 1,632 mm tall, with a 2,680 mmm wheelbase, placing it in the compact class and in between the Tiguan and T-Roc in terms of size.

    The automaker says that with a luggage compartment of 455 litres, which can be increased to up to 1,542 litres with the rear seats are folded, the Tharu isn’t short of space.

    The SUV push is set to continue – three new models are due to be introduced next year, including a localised version of the recently-unveiled T-Cross sometime in the spring. By 2020, the automaker is aiming to have 12 SUV models on sale in China.

  • AD: Visit 3M Auto Care and 3M AutoFilm at KLIMS 2018 – keep your car looking fresh and staying cool!

    As anyone would know, a car is a big investment, and like all big investments, it needs to be taken care of to keep it looking and working at its best. As the years pile on, any car, whether it’s a budget runabout or the latest high-horsepower supercar, will lose its initial new-car lustre, and that will undoubtedly take the shine off things – whether you’re driving it or planning to sell it on.

    Thankfully, there are products out there that will help you keep your car looking fresh, and you can experience the very best of what 3M has to offer at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). The world-renown American company has brought automotive science to a whole new level, and you’ll be able to check out the various innovations in car care and window tint.

    The 3M Auto Care range of car care products such as the innovative 3M Paint Protection Film can help to maintain the quality of your paint and shield it against the elements. Their do-it-yourself headlight protection products will also revitalise your headlights which is not just important for appearance but also safety.

    Check out the full range online at the 3M Auto Care Flagship Store on Lazada

    At KLIMS 2018, you’ll also enjoy exclusive deals on 3M professional service packages, along with discounts for the 3M Auto Care range of DIY products. Entrepreneurs looking to open their own car detailing business can also get a one-on-one meeting with the 3M team to join the 3M Authorised Auto Detailer network.

    Unable to make it to the show? Don’t worry, as you can visit the 3M Auto Care Flagship Store on Lazada to browse the wide variety of 3M products on offer. Those of you keen on a business opportunity in car care can also contact Vincent from 3M at 016-929 7991.

    Of course, while maintaining your car’s aesthetics is important, it’s equally vital to ensure that the interior of your car stays cool, day in, day out. Sure, it’s nice to return to a car that isn’t scorching hot at the end of a sunny day, but the punishing rays can do more than just inconvenience you. Not only are they harmful to your health, but they can also damage various parts of the cabin, such as the dashboard and seats.

    That’s why you need to choose the right window tint film for your vehicle, and at KLIMS 2018 you’ll be able to experience demonstrations on 3M AutoFilm to help you do so. These demos will cover various topics such as UV and infrared rejection, security, non-metallised film and heat rejection, ensuring that you’ll pick the right film to suit your car and your needs.

    You’ll also find out what distances 3M Multi-Layer Optical Film (MOF) technology from other products on the market, and check out how 3M Scotchshield Crystalline AutoFilm protects occupants with its advanced adhesive. Visitors will be able to experience first hand how 3M Scotchshield Crystalline AutoFilm outperforms other competing products as well.

    Check out all of 3M’s products at Booth 2260 at KLIMS 2018, happening at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from November 23 to December 2. The show is open from 11 am to 10 pm on weekdays and from 10 am to 10 pm on weekends, with tickets priced at RM20 and RM25 respectively. Register your interest to visit the 3M booth here and you’ll get an instant reward in the form of a code that gives you 10% off on 3M Auto Care products on Lazada.

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  • New national car to drive other sectors, says Mahathir

    The new national car project (NNCP) has been a big talking point since prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mooted it in June, and Astro Awani reports that the he is standing firm behind his brainchild.

    At a press conference during the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting in Papua New Guinea on Saturday, the premier claimed that the automotive industry will be the driving force behind other sectors of the economy, particularly engineering. “A car is a kind of catalyst for other things. If you want to learn manufacturing of certain products, engineering-wise, you have to start with a car,” he said.

    Mahathir added that Malaysia’s past national car projects have allowed it to develop new skills that it would not have obtained otherwise. “To make a car, you have to make 4,000 different components and then put them together. It’s not easy, but we have mastered it in a very short time. Now we can design, produce the prototypes, test, do the clay models, everything. Even the engines, we can produce ourselves.

    “Nowadays when you design a car, you don’t draw on a piece of paper. You use technology to design, look around, look inside, see every angle, place it before a building to see how it looks like,” he said. “Today, our people can design those things. If we didn’t have a motor car project, I doubt whether we could have mastered all the new technologies with regard to design.”

    The new national car is due to enter production in 2020, with a prototype expected to be ready by early next year. The Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) has recently said that it has received over 20 proposals from the private sector for the project, which finance minister Lim Guan Eng said will not use public funds.


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