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  • Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Tuned by Impul launched in Malaysia – two variants, RM146k and RM156k

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    Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has given the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid a bit of flair, with the introduction of the dressed-up Serena S-Hybrid Tuned by Impul in the country. Two Impul variants are available – the 2.0L Impul Highway Star, which is priced at RM145,578 and the 2.0L Impul Premium Highway Star, which goes for RM155,863, both on-the-road without insurance.

    As you’d expect, the Impul job adds a fair amount of kit. There’s a new front bumper (though it’s not as dramatic as the Impul Serena Premium Version in Japan), a rear bumper spoiler, side skirts and a roof spoiler, with chrome-finished sport ducts and a bonnet fin adding further bling.

    Rounding off the exterior add-ons are 18-inch Impul Aura SX-50 alloy wheels finished in gloss gun metal, wrapped with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 rubbers.

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    Otherwise, it’s pretty much your everyday Serena S-Hybrid, save one little revision. The interior of the Impul Highway Star has been left untouched, but the Impul Premium Highway Star adds diamond-stitched combination leather seats – with an Impul logo embossed on the front seats – into the equation.

    Existing CKD Serena S-Hybrid owners wishing to get in on the action can do by retrofitting the Impul package on their ride, though no prices were mentioned for going this particular route.

  • JPJ releases tender results for F number plate series; “F1” goes to Sultan of Johor for RM836,660

    The results are out – JPJ has released details of the highly sought-after F series registration plates for the federal territory of Putrajaya. The top single digit registration, F 1, went to the Sultan of Johor, DYMM Sultan Ibrahim for the sum of RM836,660. Meanwhile, single- and double-digit number plates commanded well over six figures.

    A collector of exotic, classic and otherwise highly collectible automobiles, the Sultan of Johor also collects distinct number plates such as this. He also paid RM520,000 for the coveted “WWW 1” number plate when it was released in 2012, as well as RM748,000 for the “W1N” registration. This surpasses the previous registrations as the most expensive regular Malaysian number plate.

    The registration F 12 – for an F12berlinetta or F12 tdf, perhaps? – was also successfully bid for by a member of royalty, Tengku Muhammad Faris Petra Ibni Sultan Ismail, for the price of RM110,000. Reverting to the top 10 list, four out of the top 10 F plates went to private limited companies, with the highest company bid going to Herald Accord Sdn Bhd for the F 3 plate at RM344,300. The last of the single digit plates, F 9, went to Trans Penang Innis Sdn Bhd for RM404,800.

    Peruntukan anggota pentadbiran kerajaan, or government administrative officer allocation, shows up in a couple of instances amongst the double-digit entries, specifically F 18 and F 38. These were just three such units allocated for government use in a preliminary list of 47 entries, in contrast with five government allocated “BMW” prefix plates in the top 10 alone. Incidentally, the total value of the top 10 F plates (excluding the government-allocated one) comes to RM3,628,080.

  • Next-gen Nissan Serena leaked in brochure images


    The next-generation Nissan Serena has been leaked in a series of brochure images, showcasing the MPV’s fresh new looks, inside and out. Previously, we posted spyshots of the new MPV, which includes a good look at its cabin, and it appears that the design is consistent here as well.

    Starting with the front, Nissan’s V-motion grille takes centre stage here, featuring a two-slat setup, with the Nissan logo positioned between. Flanking the grille are new headlamps that are not only less rounded than before, but are divided by a body-coloured accent that extends into the Serena’s character line, and on to the rails of the rear sliding doors.

    The new face also features a more aggressive-looking front bumper and sculpted hood that follows along the contours of the redesigned headlamps. Other pages of the brochure also show an optional ‘Rider’ bodykit that replaces both the front bumper and grille that sport a multi-slat design instead. The former also comes with larger, more angular fog lamp enclosures.


    From the rear three-quarter angle shot of the Serena, “floating roof” design is part of the Serena’s exterior overhaul, with part of the D-pillar being painted black to create the illusion. Other black-painted areas include the A-, B- and C-pillars, side mirrors and roof.

    At the rear, the bumper follows the same aggressive look of the front with a small lip attached. The ‘Rider’ pack introduces a new rear bumper here, with more prominent reflector/fog lamp sections. Meanwhile, the hatch door gets a larger chrome accent fitted above the number plate holder. New alloy wheels are also part of the Serena’s new look.

    Big changes indeed, and they continue into the cabin as well. The layout you see here is identical to what we saw in earlier spyshots. For starters, The top dash now includes a wider instrument binnacle that feature new digital displays within. As one of the brochure images show, the MPV’s reverse camera and tachometer can appear on said display.

    Elsewhere, the reshaped air-con vents are now positioned alongside the centre stack, which is also of a brand new design. Featuring a silver surround, it plays host to the car’s new air-con switchgear, gear selector, electronic parking brake, the push-start button and the large touchscreen infotainment unit.

    Like its predecessor, the new Serena will still be capable of ferrying seven people. For passengers in the second-row, there are flip-up trays fitted behind both the front driver and passenger seats that can be stowed away if needed. Other returning features include the sliding central second-row seat that acts as both an armrest and additional storage space.

    What do you think of the all-new Nissan Serena? Do you think it looks better than its predecessor? Let us know what you think about the MPV in the comments below.

    GALLERY: Next-gen Nissan Serena spyshots

  • 2016 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer in Malaysia – RM59,900

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    The 2016 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer has arrived on Malaysian shores at a price of RM59,900. This light dual-purpose styled sports-tourer has been gaining accolades from the press and riders overseas and local riders were awaiting news of its local release.

    Powered by an 849 cc three-cylinder DOHC 12-valve liquid-cooled inline engine driving a six-speed gearbox, the 2016 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer complements the standard Yamaha MT-09 (RM44,653). Standard on the MT-09 Tracer are ABS and traction control, along with the upright position of a dual-purpose and different bodywork.

    Producing 113 hp at 10,000 rpm and 93 Nm torque at 8,500, the MT-09 Tracer is setup as a distance tourer with the added capability fo being docile enough as a daily rider. Weighing in at approximately 190 kg dry, the Tracer comes equipped with an 18-litre fuel tank, which gives it a respectable range.

    Coming only in Race Blu for the Malaysian market, the 2016 Yamaha MT-09 is expected to hit selected authorised Yamaha dealers in mid-July at a price of RM59,900 including GST, but excluding road tax, insurance and number plates. A full range of accessories is available for the MT-09 Tracer, but it is not known which, if any, that local distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia will be bringing in.

    Local rivals to the 2016 Yamaha MT-09 Tracer include the MV Agusta Stradale at RM99,917, the Triumph XRx at RM66,900, the Ducati Hyperstrada at RM74,999 and the BMW Motorrad F800 GS at RM61,900.

  • Renault Alaskan breaks cover – the French Navara


    After appearing as a concept at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Renault Alaskan officially makes its global premiere in production guise, marking the French carmaker’s foray into the one-tonne pick-up truck market. The Alaskan will initially go on sale in South America later this year, and will be considered for other markets after.

    If the design echoes of a certain Japanese pick-up truck, that is because the Alaskan is basically a remodelled version of the Nissan NP300 Navara. Visual cues unique to the Alaskan include a new front grille, smaller projector headlamps with C-shaped LED DRLs, and new front bumper. The truck also comes fitted with 16- or 18-inch diamond-effect alloy wheels.

    Three cab versions will be offered for the Alaskan – single, double and chassis. Additionally, buyers can also choose from a short or long bed, and wide and narrow bodies. As the Alaskan is based on the NP300 Navara, it too rides on a box frame, with five-link rear suspension.


    According to Renault, the Alaskan has a ground clearance of 230 mm and is capable of towing trailers of up to 3.5 tonnes – a best in class claim. The utilitarian pick-up also comes with features like four quick-fit hooks, C-channels and a bed-mounted 12 V power supply,

    Inside, it is pretty much a carbon copy of the NP300 Navara’s cabin, save for the Renault badging. The kit list here includes powered and heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, keyless entry with push-start, five-inch TFT infotainment system (or seven-inch touchscreen unit in select markets) and 360-degree camera to help improve external visibility.

    Under the hood, the Alaskan employs a 2.3 litre twin-turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, which comes in two states of tune – 160 hp and 190 hp. The 2.3 litre mill is also used in the Australian-market NP300 Navara, available as a single- (YS23DDT) or twin-turbo (YS23DDTT) setup.


    Depending on markets, two other engine options are available as well. The first is a 2.5 litre petrol (160 hp), while the other is a 2.5 litre turbodiesel (160 hp and 190 hp). The engines are mated to either a six-speed manual gearbox or seven-speed automatic transmission, plus two or four-wheel drive.

    To bolster its off-road capabilities, four-wheel drive versions of the Alaskan feature an electronic limited-slip differential that uses employs braking sensors to monitor wheel speed before slowing down the wheels that are rotating faster than others to improve traction.

    There is also a rear locking differential with a mechanical lock for more demanding situations, while hill start assist and hill descent control systems are present to help navigate steep slopes. The safety suite includes ABS, EBD, BA and an electronic stability program (ESP).

  • 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S: from concept to reality


    Three-wheeled motorcycles – or trikes, as they are commonly called – are something of a ‘weird Alice’ in the biking world. They lean the wrong way, they take up too much road space, they have none of the benefits of a car or a motorcycle.

    But, in certain markets, notably the US, trikes are immensely popular, especially amongst the senior crowd and riders who are disabled, but still want to experience the joy of riding in the wind. Can-Am is one of the best known trike brands, and its range offers trikes from plush tourers to sporty run-abouts.

    In the case of the 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S, what began as a turbo-charged concept inspired by NASCAR racing cars has turned into reality. Coming with ‘Sports’ mode, this trike boasts of the ability to let the rider ‘drift’ to his or her heart’s content.


    Looking faithfully similar to the concept trike, the 2016 Can-Am Spyder F3-S lets the ride let loose with “controlled rear tyre spins,” while maintaining vehicle stability. Manually activated, Sport mode switches off the Spyder F3-S’s traction control.

    However, the stability control remains activated, preventing the Spyder F3-S from rolling over. Can-Am claims the 2016 Spyder F3-S produces 115 hp and 130 Nm of torque, certainly enough to be entertaining, whether on two or three wheels.


    The Can-Am Spyder F3-S is powered by a Rotax three-cylinder EFI liquid-cooled inline engine, mated to a six-speed manual or semi-autimatic gearbox with reverse gear. Braking is by Brembo and suspension by Fox, with a full suite of electronic stability aids.

    Can-Am trikes are represented in Malaysia by BRP-Eon. There are two models currently on sale – the Can-Am Spyder RT-S at RM149,138 and the RT Limited at RM170,050. Both prices are on-the-road.

  • Canadian inventor demonstrates omni-directional wheels; meant for existing vehicle designs

    How often have you had to make a three-point turn, or more? If you’re a city dweller, you’d be hoping for this to come to fruition. A Canadian inventor, William Liddiard has come up with omni-directional wheels to overcome the problem of manoeuvring in tight spaces.

    The idea isn’t a new one; concepts such as the Honda U3-X also operate on a similar premise of omni-directional mobility. However, according to the inventor of these wheels, they are made to be installed on existing vehicle designs.

    “Unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels,” Liddiard said.

    “Designed to be used in all weather and road conditions, they are stronger, faster and more accurately controlled than prior art. They can take a beating. The tires can have the same build characteristics as regular tires and you can drive in all directions, and turn on the spot when needed,” he continued.

    It isn’t a production-ready innovation, sadly, but Liddiard said he was looking to sell the wheel design to a company like Goodyear or Honda, and currently it is very much a work in progress.

    Initially the wheel design was said to produce 32,540 Nm of torque, which Liddiard later admitted was actually a mistake, and that the actual figure was much lower. Additionally, the wheels need to be revised to attain a more realistic speed.

  • BMW Motorrad smartphone cradle – only 195 euro

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    What do you get for the BMW Motorrad rider who has everything? Aside from the obvious answer “more of the same”, you can now purchase the official BMW Motorrad smartphone cradle for the rider who absolutely has to be connected all the time.

    Designed to hold smartphones up to five inches, this robust plastic hardcase has an anti-slip, vibration- and shock-proof gel pad to protect your smartphone against the worst the road can throw at it. Designed to provide a clear view of the phone’s screen to the rider, the cradle can be set in horizontal or vertical formats.

    Fastened to the motorcycle’s handlebars using the BMW Motorrad Navigator holder – available at an additional price of 65 euro (RM290), the cradle features internal charging using an onboard socket – a special accessory – via micro-USB, or wireless charging to Qi standards. An LED displays charging state.

    The BMW Motorrad smartphone cradle costs 195 euro (RM872) and is available from all BMW Motorrad dealers.

  • More deaths and accidents expected this Raya – police

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    As Op Selamat 9 is conducted for this year’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri season, casualties on the road can be expected to increase even further, says the chief of federal police Traffic Enforcement and Investigation Department (TEID) Datuk Mahamad Akhir Darus in a New Straits Times report.

    Motorists, especially those driving back to their hometowns this festive season, should practise safe driving if they want to reach their destinations safely, he said.

    “While life and death is determined by God, and it is not our place to say about whether there will be many deaths or not, the trend shows that number of accidents and fatalities might continue to increase this time around (Op Selamat 9).

    “If road users still continue to flout traffic rules, have no respect for others and drive recklessly, there will surely be a hike in accident cases,” said Akhir. He added that the Op Selamat recorded 330 deaths last year, up 39.2% from the 237 deaths in 2014.


    Among the major causes of fatal accidents were losing control of the vehicle, entering the opposite lane, attempting to overtake at dangerous spots and making dangerous turns at junctions.

    These were caused by factors including reckless driving, flouting of traffic rules, inconsiderate behaviour on the road, and selfish acts, added Akhir. Statistics also showed a total of 20,458 non-fatal accident cases during 2015’s Op Selamat for Hari Raya compared to 18,484 cases the previous year, according to the report.

    For Op Selamat 9, the latest which started June 29 and will run until July 13, Akhir said the TEID will be “going all out” with its enforcement concept, while focusing on six major offences – illegal use of emergency lanes, overtaking at double lines, running red lights, speeding, jumping queues and using mobile phones while driving.

    The authorities have also formed 14 emergency response teams comprising personnel from multiple agencies, including the police, Fire and Rescue Department, St John Ambulance, Civil Defence Department and Red Crescent Society for the operation, Akhir added.

  • Mercedes-Benz files patent for tyre cooling system; can also be adapted for tyre warming in cold weather


    Wet tyres typically spell less grip and pave the way for loss of control, but Mercedes-Benz has an idea: it has applied for a patent for a system which uses water spraying to control tyre temperatures.

    Through monitoring of tyre temperatures, the system applies a cooling spray of water to the tyres should they exceed a pre-determined threshold. The idea behind it is to prevent tyres from overheating under hard use in hot weather, which could lead to tyre failure. “Increased driving safety is achieved as the bursting of tires can be prevented by applying the fluid to a tire which is overheated,” says the company’s patent application.

    Conversely, the system could be employed in much colder climates; it can spray warm water on tyres to reduce the build-up of snow and ice, and to prevent under-inflation in cold weather. According to the patent, water can be heated from the vehicle’s coolant system for its cold climate application.

    This system also employs sensors to detect rainfall that might cool the car’s tyres, and it also collects rainwater or melted snow from the windscreen and rear window to refill the reservoir for the temperature management system. So far, this idea is only at its patent application stage, so it remains to be seen if such a device will materialise and reach production.


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