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  • Mazda 3 – global production hits five million unit mark

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    Mazda has announced that total production of the Mazda 3 has reached the five million unit mark. The milestone was reached at the end of April, and covers all models of the 3 since production began 12 years and 10 months ago back in June 2003.

    The first-gen BK was around until production halted in 2008, and it was eventually replaced by the rather short-lived BL, which arrived on the scene in 2010. Currently, the 3 is in its third-generation form, having debuted in mid-2013, with a facelift just around the corner.

    In Malaysia, the BM is being sold in both sedan and five-door hatchback forms, both being locally-assembled in Kulim, Kedah. Available variants are the GL Sedan, high-spec Sedan and a single trim Hatchback version, the CKD versions having premiered in April last year. The car had originally made its debut in Malaysia in March 2014, with the sedan going on sale here in CBU form.

    The automaker says that the 3 is very much a core model for it, accounting for approximately one third of the company’s annual sales volume. Currently, the vehicle is manufactured at the company’s Hofu Plant in Japan, Changan Mazda Automobile in China, AutoAlliance in Thailand and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation in Salamanca, Mexico. The car is also assembled in Vietnam.

    GALLERY: 2015 Mazda 3 Sedan CKD


    GALLERY: 2015 Mazda 3 Hatch CKD

     
  • 2016 Honda Supra GTR 150 in Indonesia – RM6,435

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    The 2016 Honda Supra GTR 150 was recently released in Indonesia by official distributor PT Astra Honda. Also known in the Vietnamese market as the Honda Winner, the Supra GTR is entering an already crowded Indonesian 150 cc under-bone (kapchai) scene.

    Launched in conjunction with a 3,200 km tour of Kalimantan and Sulawesi where 20 riders will take the 2016 Honda Supra GTR 150 across rugged terrain, the Supra GTR 150 is powered by a 149.16 cc four-valve, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine that drives a manual, six-speed gearbox.

    Power is claimed to be 15.9 PS at 9,000 rpm, while torque is rated at 13.5 Nm at 6,500 rpm. Hydraulic disc brakes perform stopping duties on both ends of the Supra GTR 150, while suspension is with a telescopic fork in front, and single absorber at the back.

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    During the launch, a special model of the 2016 Honda Supra GTR 150 was on display, in adventure guise. According to a report by autoevolution, there was no information as to whether this was a pre-production prototype, or simply a concept model, but it certainly looks interesting.

    Coming in two variants, the 2016 Honda Supra GTR 150 retails for 21,300,000 rupiah (RM6,435) for the Supra GTR 150 Sporty – in Cruiser White and Spartan Red – while the Exclusive, which comes in Gun Black and Grande Blue, goes for 21,500,000 rupiah (RM6,495).


     
  • Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza notches up 70,000 orders in India, waiting period extends up to nine months

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    It appears that the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is becoming a firm favourite among buyers in India. According to Autocar India, the model has received more than 70,000 orders since it officially entered showrooms there in March 2016.

    Dealerships in the country say that about 50% of the bookings for the Vitara Brezza are for the higher-end ZDi and ZDi+ variants, which currently has a waiting period of nine months. Meanwhile, the lower variants – LDi, LDi (O), VDi and VDi (O) made up the rest of the orders, and had a waiting period of seven months.

    Economic Times India reports that due to the high demand for the B-segment SUV, Maruti is looking to increase the vehicle’s production in the country. In terms of numbers, Maruti wants to increase Vitara Brezza production at its plant in Gurgaon to 120,000 units, an increase of 40,000 units from what it initially planned.

    The increased production should help support Maruti’s plan to commence exports of the Vitara Brezza to Nepal by the end of this month, reports Indian Autos Blog. The carmaker will also be looking to direct units to Indonesia later this year.

    The Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza is powered a Fiat-sourced 1.3 litre DDiS 200 diesel engine that develops 90 hp at 4,000 rpm and 200 Nm at 1,750 rpm. Drive is directed to the front wheels via a five-speed manual transmission. Prices start from 6.99 lakh rupees (RM42,896) to 9.68 lakh rupees (RM59,403).

    With the encouraging response to the Suzuki SUV in India, do you think the Vitara Brezza would be a best-seller in Malaysia it were to, let’s say, be rebadged as a Proton model? If you need some idea of just what that might look like, check out this year’s April Fool’s joke before sharing your thoughts.

     
  • New Honda Civic in M’sian dealerships from June 11

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    The new 2016 Honda Civic will be in Malaysian showrooms on June 11, 11am to 4pm, according to a customer invite sent to readers Muhammad Hamidie and Calvin Tey by their Honda SAs, and forwarded to us. “The dream ride has arrived,” the e-invite proclaims, touting “exciting features you have only dreamed of, brought to life.”

    The new Civic made its first official Malaysian appearance at the recent My Auto Fest 2016 event, and we’ve spotted in on the road during ad filming, but this is the opportunity for all and sundry to get up close and personal with the all-new FC.

    We’ve already done so, and you can check out our test drive report of the new Civic from Thailand, as well as a New vs Old gallery with the FC butt-to-butt with the ninth-gen FB. Some eager dealers have also detailed the variants and specifications for the Malaysian-spec CKD Civic, which differs slightly from the Thai-spec car.

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    We’re set to get three variants of the new Civic, one with a 1.8 litre NA engine and two with the new 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine. Six airbags, a reverse camera, electronic parking brake with auto brake hold, rear air-con vents (not available in Thailand), eight-way powered driver’s seat, remote engine start, walk away auto door lock, and a seven-inch touchscreen audio will be standard.

    The turbocharged model adds on leather seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, 17-inch two-tone alloys, paddle shifters and a higher grade of trim. Opt for the Turbo Premium and you’ll be rewarded with dual-zone air-con, full LED headlamps and LED fog lamps. Expect a range of Modulo accessories from Honda Malaysia.

    Probably the most anticipated non-national passenger car launch this year, the new Civic is just around the corner now.

    GALLERY: Malaysian-spec Honda Civic 1.5 Turbo Premium

     
  • LaFerrari Spider confirmed on Top Gear’s comeback

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    Top Gear is back, with episode one of Series 23 airing over the weekend. What did you guys think of it? Good? Bad? Well, regardless of your thoughts on the revised show, the first episode did reveal some big news – Ferrari will indeed build a convertible version of its LaFerrari hybrid supercar.

    We previously covered this topic a few months ago, when an interesting photo made its way around the internet. The photo featured a Ferrari-branded carbon-fibre box with an illustration of what looks like a LaFerrari without its roof on the top.

    During the ‘Star in a Reasonably-Priced Car’ segment of the show, chef Gordon Ramsay and actor Jesse Eisenberg came on stage to share a few words with host Chris Evans. While discussing the most interesting car the celebrities had ever owned, Ramsay undoubtedly brought up his own LaFerrari.

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    A little while later, the Masterchef US host brought out a box, which is identical to the one seen in the earlier photo. Ramsay then says that Ferrari will make a limited edition of the LaFerrari, called the LaFerrari Spider, confirming that such a model will indeed come into existence.

    While the hardtop version will only have 499 examples, Ramsay claims that Ferrari will only make 100-150 units of the LaFerrari Spider, making it extremely rare. He then opens the box to reveal the key to said upcoming model. Yes, Ramsay did indeed order one for himself.

    Closer to home, Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, who is the CEO of the Naza Group of Companies had previously posted an image of the “famous” box as well. A sign of good things to come?

    Of course, there is currently no official technical info about the LaFerrari Spider, but it is expected that the hardtop’s 950 hp and 900 Nm hybrid powertrain will be employed. In that configuration, a 6.3 litre naturally-aspirated V12 engine is paired to Ferrari’s HY-KERS system, with power being sent to the rear wheels through to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    As for the roof, the LaFerrari Spider may use a removable hard top instead of a mechanical-folding mechanism in the interest of keeping the weight down. A soft top option is plausible but may not hold up well when the car is in full sprint. The hardtop has a top speed exceeding 350 km/h.

    How good would a LaFerrari Spider look? Or is the hardtop version a better look instead? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

     
  • Mazzanti Evantra Millecavalli – 1,000 hp, 1,200 Nm

    After releasing 10 video clip teasers, Mazzanti Automobili is finally ready to reveal its latest creation, the Evantra Millecavalli. Never heard of it? That’s fine, because the only thing you need to know about the new supercar are the performance figures.

    Claimed to be “most powerful street-legal hypercar ever built in Italy,” the Evantra Millecavalli packs a 7.2 litre biturbo V8 engine under the hood. Millecavalli, in Italian, means “a thousand horses,” so no prizes for guessing how many horses the mill generates (1,000 hp). Peak torque, meanwhile, is rated at 1,200 Nm.

    According to Mazzanti, the Millecavalli is capable of “destroying” the 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) sprint in just 2.7 seconds. Although the company did not divulge the car’s top speed (or what gearbox it uses), it is rumoured to be around the 400 km/h mark.

    The Millecavalli is based on the original Evantra that was released in 2013. Visually, the car is very imposing with a body kit, accompanied by slits and cuts here and there. All these revisions will no doubt have a purpose to keep the car stable at high speeds.

    Mazzanti will reveal more details of its new car when it premieres in Torino next week. Only 25 examples of the Evantra Millecavalli will be built, and each one will probably cost a substantial amount. Interested?

     
  • Don’t smash up double-parked cars, police remind

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    This is something that many who live and work in the Klang Valley encounter on a daily basis. Sometimes we are blocked, sometimes we block. Double-parking is a common sight especially in busy business centres like Bangsar Telawi, Damansara Uptown and USJ Taipan. It’s a blood boiling situation when blocked by an unresponsive double-parker, but whatever it is, don’t take the law into your own hands.

    “I would like to remind motorists not to take the law into their own hands when they are faced with these types of incidents. Instead, call our traffic officers or the local council to tow away the offending vehicle,” Federal traffic police chief SAC Mahamad Akhir Darus told The Sun. He added that those caught double-parking will be issued a summons that carries a RM300 fine.

    Mahamad Akhir said that double-parking is becoming a serious issue in the Klang Valley, with private cars and delivery truck drivers doing so for their “convenience”. “Double parking restricts the view of pedestrians crossing the road, increasing their risk of being hit by vehicles. The law is that double parking is a no-go. just keep looking until you find a proper parking spot,” he urged.

    Pagi tadi di Pasar Nibong Tebal. Berang dengan kereta yang diparkir sesuka hati, pemandu lori melanggar kesemua kereta yang menghalang jalan.

    Posted by Sri Sanjeevan Ramakrishnan on Sunday, 21 February 2016

    Some would argue that it will take time for the police or local authorities to remove blocking vehicles. “I understand the public’s concern but a law is still a law,” the man in blue added. Don’t do this.

    Inconsiderate double-parkers that have seen their cars damaged have received little sympathy. In February, a lorry driver rammed his truck into over 20 cars along a busy road in Nibong Tebal. The incident made headlines, and the majority of netizens applauded the lorry driver.

    Parking lots are hard to come by in some areas, and if you choose to double park (it’s illegal, we’re not condoning it), the least you can do is to leave a contact number on the dashboard and respond promptly when contacted, or when you hear the horn.

     
  • BMW 750Li Celebration Edition Individual for Japan

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    BMW Japan has announced a BMW 750Li Celebration Edition Individual to commemorate the automaker’s 100th anniversary. The special G12 7er is part of the five celebration models that have been announced for the market. Priced at 18.8 million yen (RM696,000), the edition – which begins selling on July 9 – will be limited to just 70 units.

    The special long-wheelbase model – with a Design Pure Excellence exterior – adopts a variety of equipment from the BMW Individual programme, led by an Azurite Black body-finish and 20-inch BMW Individual styling 649 forged wheels with 245/40 front and 275/35 rear tyres.

    The interior – also featuring Design Pure Excellence elements – is dressed in a ton of Individual items. There’s a Merino caramel full leather interior, and the Alcantare roof lining is also finished in the colour, while contrast is provided by a piano black finish interior trim, and other Individual bits include a multi-function steering wheel with wood trim and door sill plates.

    The edition also features a sky lounge panorama glass sunroof, rear comfort package plus, rear massage seats and a heat comfort package as well as a Bowers & Wilkins 1,400 watt, 16-speaker Diamond surround sound system. It’s also equipped with remote parking and an ambient air package, among other things.

    No mechanical changes to the edition, the 4.4 litre Twin-Turbo V8 mill in the 750 Li good for 450 PS at 5,500 rpm and 650 Nm from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm. Partnering the powertrain is an eight-speed auto transmission.

     
  • BMW i8 Celebration Edition in Protonic Red for Japan

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    Remember the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition from this year’s 2016 Geneva Motor Show? Well, BMW Japan has decided that the special edition model would be the perfect gift to commemorate the German marque’s 100th birthday. However, you’ll have to buy said gift.

    Visually, the car is identical to the one shown in Switzerland. Aside from the obvious Protonic Red paint, there are also Frozen Grey accents on select areas of the i8’s body. The wheels in this case, are BMW’s 20-inch W-spoke 470 lightweight alloys finished in Orbit Grey metallic.

    Other exterior bits include BMW’s Laserlight headlamps that are superior to LED units. As for the cabin, there is a generous serving of carbon-fibre trim pieces alongside the leather upholstery. There are also unique door sill plates, and a serial number plate to indicate the model’s rarity as you’ll find out later.

    Everything else however, is status quo. Therefore, the 2+2 hybrid sports car is powered by a 231 hp 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder BMW TwinPower engine, paired with a 131 hp electric motor. Together, the system provides a total system output of 362 hp and 570 Nm of torque.

    BMW Japan is asking 22,000,000 yen (RM813,963) for the BMW i8 Protonic Red Edition, and only 20 units will be offered exclusively for the Japanese market in a mix of left- and right-hand drive configurations. So, this or the 600 hp M6 Coupe special?

     
  • Arch Motorcycles and Keanu Reeves KRGT-1 cruiser

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    Actor Keanu Reeves, famous for his roles in action movies Speed, Point Break and The Matrix trilogy, teamed up with self-taught engineer, designer and fabricator Gard Hollinger to produce the Arch KRGT-1. This video, released by Arch Motorcycles, shows the KRGT-1 being put through its paces after recently receiving 50-state certification.

    Powered by an S&S Cycle 2,032 cc V-twin, built specifically for Arch Motorcycles, the mill has two-cylinders set at a 45-degree angle, and fuelled by EFI. A six-speed custom-built Arch gearbox puts the claimed 126 hp and 165 Nm of torque to the ground via chain-drive and an eight-inch wide rear wheel.

    Billet aluminium is used extensively throughout the KRGT-1, including the fuel tank, which is machined out of 242 kg to produce two separate 9 kg fuel cells that are then joined together, providing a space in middle for the Arch down-draft air intake.

    This attention to detail is carried over into the machined billet aluminium swingarm, that contains hollow pockets and wiring channels to reduce weight. The swingarm detail is completed with machined titanium adjusters and a Cr-Mo hollow axle.

    Weighing in at 244 kg, the Arch Motorcycle KRGT-1 has a seat height of 700 mm, with a 19-litre fuel tank. A MotorbikeWriter report has said that Arch Motorcycles is the process of building its second model, perhaps called the KRGT-2.

    The Arch Motorcycles KRGT-1 is available for purchase on order, and a USD12,000 (RM49,630) deposit is required before the build will proceed. Minimum indicative price for a fully-completed KRGT-1 is approximately USD78,000 (RM320,850), depending on buyer specifications.


     
 

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