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  • Perodua introduces ProGanti – affordable alternative service parts brand with six-month warranty

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    Aside from launching the updated 2016 Perodua Myvi, the national carmaker also introduced a new line of affordable alternative service parts brand called ProGanti. The move was done to encourage its customers to use quality and reliable parts at an affordable price.

    In the early stages, six common parts will be introduced under the ProGanti banner, which is tested and distributed officially by Perodua, and sold with a six-month warranty. By the end of 2016, more ProGanti parts will be added to make a total of 30 items.

    Perodua customers who are interested in obtaining the ProGanti parts for their respective vehicles should head over to Perodua service centres as well as selected spare parts distributors.

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  • Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio joins Italian Carabinieri

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    Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoglio has a new job, and it doesn’t involve tearing up a race track. The Italian carmaker has delivered two units of the high-performance sedan to the Carabinieri, the national military police of Italy.

    Not to be confused with the Polizia di Stato, you know, the ones with the Lamborghini Huracan, the Carabinieri has been around for over 200 years, and is even older than the country itself. More on that later.

    As for the Giulia Quadrifoglio, the police cars are powered by a 2.9 litre bi-turbo V6 engine with 505 hp and 600 Nm of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed manual transmission, allowing for a 0-100 km/h time of 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 307 km/h. Perfect for chasing down the bad guys.

    However, only a select few members of the Carabinieri will have the opportunity to drive these cars. Furthermore, they will need to complete a special driving course conducted by Alfa Romeo instructors at the Varano de Melegari circuit before they can do so.

    On the exterior, the colours of the Carabinieri are seen on the classic livery. No substanstial changes have been made to the car’s body, with the only notable addition being the roof-mounted LED siren lights.

    It’s a different story inside, where a police radio, passenger-side tablet and new switchgear to control the lights and siren have been added. Other equipment include a defibrillator, portable cooling units, weapon storage compartments, and LED flashlight holders.

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    Set to operate in Rome and Milan, both units of the Giulia Quadrifoglio police car will be used for special operations such as transporting organs and blood, as well as for escort services at institutional ceremonies. It will also provide rapid response and deliver essential emergency services.

    As mentioned earlier, the Carabinieri is actually older than Italy itself. The force was founded by Victor Emanuel I, Duke of Savoy and King of Sardinia almost half a century before modern Italy came into existence. The outfit’s name comes from the carabina, the rifle they traditionally carried.

    While we wouldn’t expect the Carabinieri to use its new police cars for any high speed pursuits, they certainly make the outfit ooze in “cool factor.” Other high-performance cars in its stable include a pair Lotus Evora S sports cars.

     
  • Porsche unveils new 550 hp twin-turbo V8 engine

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    Over at the 37th International Vienna Motor Symposium, Porsche has quietly brought in a new 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8 engine, Car and Driver reports. The engine on display will be making its way into the new Panamera Turbo and Cayenne.

    Said to be loosely based on Audi’s turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 mill in the Audi S4, Porsche’s unit comes with two twin-scroll turbochargers and is said to produce 550 hp at 5,750 rpm and 770 Nm of torque from 1,960 rpm to 5,500 rpm, while the redline is at 6,800 rpm.

    More powerful than the outgoing bi-turbo 4.8 litre V8 unit, the new engine is also claimed to be more fuel efficient because of its cylinder-deactivation system. It possesses a “half-engine mode” which is activated at low loads between 950 rpm and 3,500 rpm, cutting fuel consumption by up to 30%.

    Meanwhile, the engine is also optimised to have a start-stop system for hybrid applications, as highlighted by the brand. According to Porsche, the new unit will also have “significantly reduced CO2 emissions” as well.

    To be built next to Audi’s turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 engines, both units are made to fit onto longitudinal architectures such as the MLB platform from Audi (paired with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission) and the MSB platform from Porsche (mated to a PDK dual-clutch transmission).

    The new twin-turbo engine will make its appearance in the Volkswagen Group’s upmarket models in the future, more specifically in Audi and Bentley models and the Lamborghini Urus SUV.

     
  • 2016 Perodua Myvi Advance gets new two-tone colour scheme; SE and Advance now up to RM3,800 cheaper

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    It’s official – Perodua has announced that its popular B-segment hatchback, the Perodua Myvi, will now receive a two-tone colour scheme for the range-topping Advance model, as well as lower prices for both the SE and Advance variants.

    No pricing for either model has actually been released so far, however – although a dealer told us that the SE is now RM3,800 cheaper, retailing at RM46,168 for the manual version and RM49,168 for the automatic, while the Advance is now priced at RM54,318 (RM3,650 cheaper). The two-tone Advance is RM800 more expensive at RM55,118; all prices are on-the-road with insurance.

    As we’ve seen in the earlier leaks, the Myvi Advance gets a new Ebony Black top to go with the Electric Blue paint scheme. The gloss black finish covers the roof, cant rails, A-, B- and C-pillars, door mirror covers as well as the rear number plate garnish. New door visors, currently an option, are also fitted here.

    The whole thing does give off a look that’s rather reminiscent of the new 2016 Toyota Passo Moda, which is available in a similar colour scheme – a hint of what’s to come for the next-generation Myvi, then?

    No other changes have been revealed as yet, so expect the Advance to retain the same amount of kit, including leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearknob, PVC coil mats, a touchscreen navigation system, a reverse camera, dual airbags and ABS with EBD and brake assist. The existing 102 hp/136 Nm 1.5 litre 3SZ-VE DVVT four-cylinder engine should also be retained on SE and Advance models.

     
  • VEP system will be ready in time for implementation

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    According to the Road Transport Department (JPJ), the development process of the Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) system is progressing well and is almost completed.

    JPJ public relations office Mohamad Sazali Baharudin told The Sun that the system would be ready in time for its implementation. An official announcement on the VEP system is not expected to be made until July or August this year.

    “Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, or his deputy, will make the official announcement when it is truly ready,” said Baharudin. Earlier reports indicated that the system would become operational in June, according to the Johor state government.

    The VEP system will be rolled out in three phases. The first involves vehicles entering from Singapore, which will be implemented in a few months time. Phase two involves vehicles entering Malaysia from Thailand. Finally, phase three will be for vehicles from Brunei and Indonesia entering Sabah and Sarawak.

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    With its implementation, foreign vehicles will be required to register under the Road Charges (RC) with the JPJ for a fee of RM10, with a five-year validity. They will be issued a radio frequency identification (RFID) card that will record details of vehicle owners (entrance in and out of the country).

    The system will also allow the authorities to monitor overstaying foreigners and curb cloning of vehicles. Additionally, foreign vehicles that are compounded within Malaysia will be barred from returning to their home countries until the summons are settled.

    Deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the system would see a RM20 charge per entry for each foreign vehicle.

     
  • DRIVEN: 2016 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner – first impressions of the new pick-up and SUV in Malaysia

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    Remember when Toyota was the leader in the non-national market? You won’t have to jog your mind too far back – the Japanese carmaker last topped the sales charts in 2014, and was still vying with Honda for the title until the last month of last year, ultimately losing its long-held crown to its closest rival.

    So imagine our surprise when we found out just a month later that the rug had unceremoniously been pulled under Toyota’s feet. Almost every brand struggled to sell cars in the first quarter of 2016, but the world’s largest carmaker was probably hit hardest – as of March, the company sold just 10,216 vehicles, putting it not just well behind Honda, but behind Nissan as well.

    The disappointing performance came about mainly as a result of a significant price hike (due to the depreciating ringgit), but an ageing lineup could be blamed as well – this despite the launch of the facelifted Camry, Avanza and Rush, as well as the tax-exempt Camry Hybrid in 2015. Toyota’s increasingly unfashionable image – particularly among our readers – probably didn’t help matters, either.

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    Tasked to reverse its fortunes are the new 2016 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner, both launched today. These are very important vehicles for the brand in Malaysia, particularly the Hilux – the ubiquitous pick-up forms the backbone of Toyota’s commercial vehicle range and makes up a significant chunk of its overall sales.

    Both the new Hilux and Fortuner are built on a new platform and come with completely revised looks and engines, as well as a smattering of new equipment and safety kit. The competition has really stepped up the game over the past few years, so it’s great to see that Toyota has finally come to the table armed to the teeth.

    But the new trucks will have a mountain to climb to tackle a vastly different market from the one their predecessors entered more than a decade ago. Will they be good enough to keep up with the times and, more importantly, revitalise Toyota’s sales? We take both on a quick spin in Malaysia – both on- and off-road – to find out if they have promise.

    Read the review of the 2016 Toyota Hilux and Fortuner here

     
  • DRB-Hicom managing director Syed Faisal Akbar appointed as Proton non-executive chairman

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    Proton today announced the appointment of Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar, the group managing director of DRB-Hicom, as its new non-executive chairman following ex-chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s resignation on March 31.

    The automaker also said that Syed Faisal – who was appointed to his DRB-Hicom post in March this year – will also be taking on the role as chairman of Group Lotus.

    Prior to his appointment at DRB-Hicom, Syed Faisal was the CEO of Malakoff. Before joining Malakoff, the 50-year-old – who is an accountant by profession – was the CEO of Gas Malaysia Berhad from June 2013 to December 2013.

    He was also the executive director of Konsortium Logistik (KLB) from June 2013 to December 2013, and was previously group MD of POS Malaysia from 2008 to 2011 as well as the CEO of New Straits Times Press (NSTP) from 2003 to 2008.

     
  • Lexus GS F now in Malaysia, priced at RM1.1 million

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    If the idea of a BMW M5 or a Porsche Panamera doesn’t quite float your left-field boat, here’s something that should do just the trick – a Lexus GS F.

    The performance sedan, which made its debut last year in Detroit, is now available in the country through official channels via Lexus Malaysia. Not exactly cheap at RM1.1 million (on-the-road with insurance), but it’s no pushover.

    The car is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.0 V8 engine offering 477 PS at 7,100 rpm and 530 Nm of twist at 4,800 to 5,600 rpm. This is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, which features four different performance modes (Normal, Eco, Sport S and Sport S+, the latter designed for the racetrack).

    Performance numbers for the 1,865 kg rear wheel-drive offering include a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a 270 km/h top speed.

    The GS F features Lexus’ Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD), which is also found on the RC F coupe. The system has three modes – Standard, Slalom (emphasising nimble steering response and agility) and Track, which enhances high-speed stability.

    Other novelties include structural reinforcements, a unique suspension system, carbon-fibre rear spoiler as well as upgraded brakes, complete with bright orange calipers. As for wheels, the car sits on 19-inch multi-spoke items with front 255/35 and rear 275/35 tyres.

    The interior features leather and carbon-fibre trim finishing, and the equipment list includes a F Design steering wheel and front sports seats, dual-zone auto climate control and a 12.3-inch electronic multi-vision screen.

    Also on the standard kit list is a 17-speaker Mark Levinson sound system with which the driver can tune in to the big V8’s soundtrack in Sport S and Sport S+ modes – the RC F’s Active Control System is present, but the sound from the mill can be further amplified with the rear speakers chiming in.

     
  • 2016 Perodua Myvi facelift leaked: new two-tone look?

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    What do we have here? A brochure of the so-called 2016 Perodua Myvi facelift has appeared on various social media platforms, showing a Myvi 1.5 Advance wearing a new two-tone look. Set to be unveiled this Saturday, May 7, it looks like the update will be a (very) minor one. That’s not really a surprise, of course, considering the current version was only introduced early last year.

    The image above reveals that the Myvi will gain a new Electric Blue-Ebony Black two-tone combo, with the pillars, roof, side mirrors, rear spoiler and back door garnish all receiving the dark finish. Also new are matching (black) door visors, which could be offered as standard on the top model (currently a cost option). The rest of the vehicle appears unchanged.

    Currently, the Perodua Myvi 1.5 is priced at RM49,968.50 (MT) and RM52,968.50 (AT) for the SE variants, while the range-topping Advance Edition goes for RM57,968.51, on-the-road including insurance. It’s yet unclear if there will be changes to the pricing. So folks, what do you think of this new version?

     
  • 2016 Porsche Macan launched in M’sia with new kit

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    The 2016 Porsche Macan officially makes its Malaysian debut today, bringing with it an updated equipment list, a more powerful engine, as well as enhancements to its visual presence.

    First up, the base model Macan’s 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine gains a 15 hp bump in power to now produce 252 hp at 5,000 to 6,800 rpm. Peak torque is increased by 20 Nm to 370 Nm, available at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.

    Performance-wise, the Macan 2.0 will make the century sprint in 6.7 seconds, an improvement of 0.2 seconds. Tag on the optional Sport Chrono Package and an additional 0.2 seconds is slashed from that time. Top speed here is 229 km/h. The mill is paired to a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission, with drive sent to all four corners.

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    Only the base Macan 2.0 gets the power bump, while other variants retain their respective outputs. However, the equipment list has been uprated across the range.

    New full-LED headlamps that are now available as an option. Identified by its four-point LED spotlights within, the lighting units come with the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus).

    Said system features dynamic and static cornering light function and speed-sensitive headlight range control as standard, with a separate mode for adverse weather. Furthermore, PDLS Plus also includes a camera-based dynamic beam control and the Intersection Assistant to light up the area the Macan is turning into.

    Inside, the 2016 Macan receives the new Porsche Communication Management infotainment system that was first introduced in the 991 facelift. Displayed on a new seven-inch touchscreen positioned in the centre stack, the system has a smartphone-like user interface with a proximity sensor, multi-touch gesture selection, WiFi hotspot and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

    The new navigation system here is available in 3D for the first time, and can be controlled via voice commands. It can also deliver real-time traffic info and Google services. Also part of the cabin upgrades is the new Connect module, which contains an integrated smartphone compartment in the centre armrest for charging and optimised signal reception.

    For now, no prices have been revealed for the new Macan. According to Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), a full price list for all variants will be revealed later, but it is expected to remain the same as before. The base Macan 2.0 is currently priced at RM435,000, the Macan S at RM590,000, Macan S Diesel at RM560,000 and Macan Turbo at RM820,000.

     
 

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