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  • VIDEO: Havoc Raya with the Ford Ranger Wildtrak

    We might still in the midst of Ramadan, but doubtless many families will already be looking forward to the Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities. But with that comes the inevitable problem – what car is going to fit all your relatives and all the odds and ends you’ll need to bring on your balik kampung trip?

    For this particular pair of brothers, salvation comes in the form of the new Ford Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4, the range-topping variant of the mainstream (read: non-Raptor) Ranger family. In fact, it’s powered by the same engine as the Raptor – a 2.0 litre Bi-Turbo four-cylinder diesel that produces 213 PS and 500 Nm of torque, paired to a 10-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive with a locking rear differential.

    Other standout features include a novel Easy Lift Tailgate and the SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The Wildtrak 4×4 also gets advanced safety features including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and semi-autonomous parallel parking assist – features that are all firsts in the pick-up truck segment.

    But how do all these features help Iz and Baby to salvage their Raya holidays? Watch as our man Hafriz Shah extol the virtues of each in this lighthearted video, which you can watch above. Enjoy!

    GALLERY: Ford Ranger 2.0L Wildtrak 4×4

     
  • Driven Movie Night: X-Men: Dark Phoenix premiere tix!

    Have you ever watched a movie and wondered about the story behind some of its characters? Now, fans will get to see the development of Jean Grey with the return of the Driven Movie Night, and we’re giving you the chance to be among the first to watch X-Men: Dark Phoenix thanks to 20th Century Fox Malaysia.

    A total of 15 pairs of premiere tickets are going up for grabs, which means a total 30 passes to the movie. All you need to do is to watch the trailer below, and answer two questions. Be quick, though – the contest closes on Monday, May 27, 2019.

    One of the most beloved characters among the X-Men, Jean Grey, is now one of the X-Men’s most powerful and formidable foes. During a life-threatening rescue mission in space, Jean is nearly killed by a mysterious cosmic force that tranforms her into one of the most powerful mutants of all.

    Fighting her increasingly unstable power and her own personal demons, Jean spirals out of control, tearing the X-Men family apart and threatening to destroy our planet. Watch as the X-Men unite to save Jean from evolving into the iconic Dark Phoenix, while trying to save the world at the same time.

    *Contest closes on Monday, 27 May 2019. Winners will be announced on paultan.org and notified via email and SMS on Tuesday, 28 May 2019. The announced results are final and any disputes will not be entertained. The movie screening will be held on Tuesday, 4 June at 9.00 pm at MBO Atria 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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  • May 2019 week four fuel price – RON 97 down two sen

    Another Friday, which means the usual weekly fuel price update. There’s more good news for RON 97 petrol users, because the price of the fuel has dropped again for the coming week, although not by as much as it did last week.

    As of tomorrow, May 18, RON 97 will be priced at RM2.68 per litre (down two sen from RM2.70 last week). There is of course no change in the price of RON 95 petrol, which continues to be pegged at RM2.08 per litre, the maximum price consumers pay no matter how high market prices push pump prices.

    Likewise, the pegged Euro 2M diesel continues to be priced at RM2.18 per litre, while Euro 5 diesel – which is always 10 sen more – continues to retail at RM2.28 per litre.

    Based on Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, RON 95 petrol would cost RM2.38 per litre, while diesel would be priced at RM2.45 per litre without the price cap in place. The government added that it will absorb an estimated RM99.19 million in fuel subsidy costs for the period May 18-24.

    These prices will remain in effect until May 24, when the next set of fuel pricing adjustments will be announced. This is the 20th edition of the weekly fuel pricing format, which is announced every Friday, and takes effect from Saturday until the following Friday.

     
  • 2019 Toyota Avanza facelift officially launched in Malaysia – 3 variants; blind spot monitor; from RM81k

    At long last, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has launched the 2019 Toyota Avanza facelift in Malaysia, which will be offered in three variants – 1.5E (RM80,888), 1.5S (RM83,888) and 1.5S+ (RM87,88). All the prices mentioned in the brackets are on-the-road without insurance, and includes a five year/unlimited mileage warranty.

    Powertrain specifications are the same for all three variants, consisting of a 2NR-VE 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 105 PS (103 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. The engine, which is also found in the Rush and Perodua Myvi, is paired exclusively to a four-speed automatic transmission that sends drive to the rear wheels.

    Exterior equipment that comes standard across the range include bi-LED headlamps, a shark fin antenna, a roof spoiler with LED brake lights, and front fog lamps. All Avanza models also get 15-inch alloy wheels by default.

    However, only the 1.5S and 1.5S+ variants come with a two-tone finish for the wheels. Additionally, the middle and top variants are also fitted with electric retractable side mirrors, as well as dark chrome trim and red reflectors on the tailgate.

    As for the interior, fabric upholstery is the only available option, as is a digital manual air-conditioning system. In other areas, the base 1.5E comes with a three-spoke urethane steering wheel, a standard analogue instrument cluster with a small display and only four speakers for the double-DIN head unit.

    Moving up to the 1.5S adds on red accents to the instrument cluster and a multi-info display, along with chrome door handles, six speakers and a steering wheel-mounted media controls. The 1.5S+ swaps out the basic head unit for a more feature-packed 6.75-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, plus voice recognition and a reverse camera.

    In terms of safety kit, it’s still two airbags at the front, ABS with EBD and Isofix child seat anchors on the outer second row seats. The 1.5S+ marks the first time the Avanza is offered with a blind spot monitor and rear-cross traffic alert, although these features are absent in the 1.5E and 1.5S.

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    The 1.5S+ is also the only one that comes with a front digital video recorder (DVR) as standard. UMWT offers a number of optional accessories for the Avanza, starting with a rear DVR (RM350) and ceiling-mounted rear monitor (RM1,500) for the 1.5S+ only.

    Meanwhile, 1.5E customers can specify the same Display Audio system from the 1.5S+ for an additional RM2,350, and/or front and rear DVRs (RM1,240). All variants can also be fitted with Toyota security and solar film for RM2,120.

    Finally, four colours are offered to interested parties, including Black Metallic, White, Dark Red Mica Metallic and Silver Mica Metallic. These colours are available for all variant types.

    2019 Toyota Avanza 1.5S

    2019 Toyota Avanza 1.5E

     
  • April 2019 Malaysian vehicle sales take a 8.8% dip

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released sales and production figures for the month of April 2019, and the strong sales performance in March could not be replicated last month.

    A total of 49,964 vehicles were delivered in April, a drop of 4,812 units or 8.78% less from the 54,776 vehicles recorded in March. This was however better than that managed in April 2018, with an increase of 2,917 units or a 6.2% improvement over the 47,047 units sold then.

    The year-to-date total industry volume (TIV) sales numbers for the first four months of the year stands at 193,028 units, which is 5.97% or 10,871 units higher than the 182,157 units managed during the same period (January-April) in 2018.

    According to the association, the reason for the higher sales in March was due to the rush for deliveries by car companies having their financial year ending on March 31. It also said that things were softer in April because consumers were waiting for Hari Raya festive season promotions. As such, it expects the May volume to be higher now that promotional campaigns are underway.

     
  • A90 Toyota GR Supra launched in Japan – 2.0L and 3.0L engines; three grade levels; from 4.9 million yen

    Following the market launch of the new A90 Toyota GR Supra in the United States, the reborn sports car has now been introduced in Japan after a 17-year hiatus since production of the fourth-generation A80 ended in 2002. The Supra is also set to be introduced in Malaysia later this year.

    For the Japanese market, the Supra will be offered in three grades – SZ, SZ-R and RZ – priced from 4.9 million (RM186,420), 5.9 million (RM224,465) and 6.9 million (RM262,498) yen respectively. All three grades feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive as standard, but unlike the US-spec cars, there are two engine options.

    The range-topping RZ comes with a BMW-sourced B58 3.0 litre turbocharged straight-six engine, which serves up 340 PS at 5,000 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,500 rpm.

    Meanwhile, the SZ-R carries a smaller-displacement B48 2.0 litre turbo four-cylinder with 258 PS at 5,000 rpm and 400 Nm from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm. The base SZ also comes with the inline-four, albeit with just 197 PS at 4,500 rpm and 320 Nm from 1,450 to 4,200 rpm.

    Unsurprisingly, the RZ is the quickest in the zero to 100 km/h sprint, taking just 4.3 seconds to do so. As for the four-cylinder versions, the SZ-R requires 5.2 seconds to complete the feat, and it’s 6.5 seconds for the SZ.

    Another thing to note is only the RZ and SZ-R grades come with adaptive suspension and a rear active differential – these items are absent for the SZ. A Sport mode is available for all Supra grades, which increases the responsiveness and characteristics of the car for a more dynamic driving experience.

    In terms of exterior equipment, the RZ is identified by its 19-inch wheels with 255/35 front and 275/35 Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres, as well as exhaust tips measuring 100 mm in diameter. The variant also gets a red-themed Brembo brake system where the front features 348 mm discs and four-piston calipers, while the rear sees 345 mm discs and single-piston calipers.

    Further down the pecking order, the SZ-R is fitted with smaller 18-inch wheels instead, also with Michelin tyres (255/40 front and 275/40 rear). The SZ gets even smaller 17-inch items with run-flat tyres (225/50 front and 255/45 rear). Both also come with 330 mm brake discs, coupled to two-piston front and single-piston rear calipers, along with 90-mm diameter exhaust tips.

    Moving inside, RZ and SZ-R cars come with eight-way powered seats, while the SZ only has manual seats. Upholstery used for the RZ is a mix of Alcantara and red leather, but the latter is available in black for as a cost option. The SZ-R gets the Alcantara/black leather pairing instead, with black fabric reserved for the SZ.

    In other areas, the SZ only gets dark silver trim, with carbon-fibre trim being found in the remaining two grades – the RZ benefits from sports pedals as well. A dual-zone climate control system is standard on all three variants, as is the Toyota Supra Connect infotainment system.

    The latter consists of an 8.8-inch touchscreen and a 12-speaker JBL sound system (RZ and SZ-R) or four-speaker setup, with a variety of functions like telematics and Apple CarPlay support. There’s also a head-up display but only for the RZ and SZ-R – a digital instrument cluster display is standard for all three variants.

    Safety kit is rather comprehensive across the range too, as all grades come with the Toyota Supra Safety suite, which includes autonomous emergency braking, lane departure alert, blind spot monitor, adaptive cruise control and rear-cross traffic alert.

    Customers will also have access to a range of accessories, like a luggage soft tray, a portable toilet, ergonomic seat cushions, seat belt soft pads, car covers, a rescue hammer and even a child seat.

    However, the most interesting stuff are the GR Parts, including the Toyota Gazoo Racing Recorder, which allows drivers to log their driving data to an SD card. This can be supplemented by an optional dashcam, which synchronises the video with the recorded information.

    There’s also a TRD body kit (pictured here) available that consists of a front spoiler, side skirts, side door garnishes and a boot spoiler. Cough up even more yen and you can also get yourself a set of 19-inch forged aluminium wheels in a multi-spoke design, or carbon-fibre side mirrors caps, or even have “Toyota Supra” projected from the puddle lamps.

    Last but not least, let’s talk colours. In Japan, the Supra is available in White Metallic, Ice Grey Metallic, Prominence Red, Deep Blue Metallic, Silver Metallic, Black Metallic, Lighting Yellow and Matte Storm Grey Metallic.

    Interestingly, there’s a catch with the final grey option, with Toyota explaining that only 24 examples finished in said colour will be scheduled for production this fiscal year. As a result, customers who want their Supra in Matte Storm Grey Metallic will have to submit their request before June 14 this year. If their lucky enough to win this “colour lottery,” they’ll get to buy their car in the “rare colour.”

     
  • KTM MyRailtime app launched, offers real-time Komuter train schedules for the Klang Valley

    Train operator KTM has launched the MyRailtime app, which is a journey planner for those who use the KTM Komuter service. For now, the app – which aims to provide real-time train schedules – supports Komuter lines in the Klang Valley (Port Klang-Tanjung Malim, Sungai Gadut-Batu Caves, Skypark Link). The KTM Komuter Utara, ETS and Intercity train schedules will be added to the app by September.

    It was launched today by transport minister Anthony Loke, who said that he came up with the idea after receiving multiple complaints that the KTM Komuter trains were often late. “I have received complaints that the commuter trains are often late. That is not true. Due to phase one of rail upgrading works in the Klang Valley, our commuters’ frequency have dropped from one in every 20 minutes to one in every 45 minutes,” he said.

    “So if a passenger misses a train, they will have to wait at least for another 45 minutes for the next train. I understand their frustration. With this application, passengers will know exactly what time the train will reach the station,” he added.

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    It has been trying times for those who rely on the KTM Komuter, as the rail lines have been undergoing Klang Valley Double Track (KVDT) upgrading work since 2016, with reduced frequency as a result. The KVDT project includes the laying of new tracks that will be easier to maintain, the replacement of 20-year old signalling equipment to reduce metal theft and service disruption, installation of radio systems, upgrading of 16 stations and a new feeder station in Sentul for generation of more electricity to increase train frequencies.

    Phase one of the work is expected to be completed by mid 2020. Phase two of the upgrading work will be for commuter tracks outside of the Klang Valley. The KVDT’s original promise was to half train intervals from the original 15 minutes to 7.5 minutes.

    Recently, there was a rare spot of good news for KTM Komuter users. A 20% discount for all KTM Komuter fares on all sectors (Klang Valley, Northern, Southern) started in April 2019.

     
  • 2019 Ford Focus ST Mk4 – the wagon makes its debut

    In February, Ford unveiled its new fourth-gen Focus ST, announcing that the Sport Technologies derivative of the Focus Mk4 would be sold in five-door hatchback and estate body-styles like its predecessor. The car made its debut in hatchback form, and now, the wagon has finally been revealed.

    Aside from the additional cargo space brought about by the extended cabin, the ST wagon is identical to the hatchback in terms of specification. Like the hatchback, this one will be available in both petrol and diesel forms.

    The petrol variant is powered by an all-aluminium 2.3 litre EcoBoost twin-scroll turbocharged unit offering 276 hp at 5,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm to 4,000 rpm. Mechanical highlights include an electronically-actuated wastegate, which offers closer control of boost pressures for optimised engine performance, as well as a bespoke air intake and exhaust system, along with a new intercooler.

    The other engine option is a 2.0 litre EcoBlue variable geometry turbo diesel, and this puts out 187 hp at 3,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque between 2,000 rpm and 3,000 rpm. Two transmission choices are available – the petrol engine can be paired with a six-speed manual, which has been enhanced from before, or a new seven-speed automatic, while the diesel will ship with the six-speed manual. Curiously, there’s no mention of an automatic option for the oil burner.

    The ST features a Borg-Warner electronic limited-slip differential (eLSD), the company’s first application of this in a front-wheel drive model, and the petrol variant also comes with a launch control function, although customers will need to specify the Performance Pack for its inclusion.

    New bits to the ST – which sits 10 mm lower than a standard Focus – include selectable drive modes (Slippery/Wet, Normal, Sport and, for models specified with the Performance Pack, Track) as well as anti-lag, which enables boost pressure to build faster on demand and improves power delivery in Sport and Track drive modes.

    The suspension system features Continuously Controlled Damping (CCD) units, which monitors suspension, body, steering and braking inputs every two milliseconds and tailors damping response accordingly. The brakes have also been upgraded, the system on the new car offering almost four times the fade resistance performance of that managed by the third-gen.

    The front half of the wagon’s interior mirrors that of the hatchback – the black and grey cabin gets metallic hexagonal and satin silver decorative elements to provide highlight contrasts, and the Recaro seats can be specified with high-quality cloth, leather, or partial leather and Dinamica options. Dedicated ST cues include a sports steering wheel, an ST-embossed aluminium gear knob, scuff plates and alloy pedals.

    Like on the hatch, there’s a SYNC 3 infotainment system with an eight-inch colour touchscreen and support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and as for driver assist equipment, items on the list include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop & go (a.k.a. low-speed follow), speed sign recognition and lane-centring, as well as Active Park Assist 2, which provides fully-automated parking to be accomplished at the press of a button.

    GALLERY: 2019 Ford Focus ST Mk4 five-door hatchback

     
  • SPIED: 2020 Ford Mustang Bullitt – facelift model due?

    It has only been 16 months since Ford introduced the Mustang Bullitt, but curiously, our spy photographers have managed to spot what looks like an updated version of the pony car in Dearborn, Michigan. Judging by the camouflage masking, we can expect slight changes to be done to its front fascia.

    More specifically, the fog lamps appear to be positioned a few centimetres higher than the outgoing model, and the housing beneath looks more angular as well. There are no discernible changes elsewhere – the 19-inch aluminium wheels with red Brembo calipers are carried over, and the rear is identical as well, save for the unsightly factory test exhaust tips.

    Under the bonnet, things should remain unchanged as well. While there are rumours of a petrol-hybrid Bullitt, the updated model will most likely draw power from the same 5.0 litre V8, offering 475 hp and 569 Nm of torque. Existing parts such as the active valve performance exhaust system, open air induction system, a Shelby GT350-derived intake manifold – with 87 mm throttle bodies – and new powertrain control module should continue serving duties as well.

    With that, the existing Mustang Bullitt – equipped with a six-speed MT82 manual transmission – sprints from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under four seconds, and has a top speed of 262 km/h, which is 12 km/h more than a regular Mustang GT. The gear shifter features a white cue ball shift knob as a nod to the original Bullitt.

    If this test mule is indeed the updated Mustang Bullitt, then expect it to be introduced later this year. Factory-installed options should include Recaro sports seats and a Bullitt Electronics Package, which includes navigation, driver memory seats and mirrors, an upgraded sound system and Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert. The optional MagneRide semi-active suspension system should also be available.

    GALLERY: 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt

     
  • 2019 KTM 790 Adventure in Malaysia – RM78,800

    Eagerly awaited by Malaysian adventure riders is the 2019 KTM 70- Adventure, which now has an official price of RM78,800. Announced by official distributor Eurotech Wheel Distribution, the price for this CBU motorcycle excludes insurance, road tax and registration.

    However, only pricing for the 790 Adventure has been released with no news about the higher spec 790 Adventure R. Rumour has it that documents have been sighted that the 790 Adventure R will be sold in Malaysia at a price of RM84,400 but this has not been verified.

    Using a new version of the KTM LC8c two-cylinder mill, the 790 Adventure’s engine displaces 799 cc and produces a claimed 94 hp and 88 Nm of torque. This is matched to a six-speed gearbox and KTM’s Power Assist Slipper Clutch (PASC).

    Equipment fitted to the 790 Adventure includes ride-by-wire, traction control, cornering ABS, offroad ABS and offroad ride mode. Braking is done with twin 320 mm diameter discs in front clamped by four-piston callipers and the rear wheel with a 260 mm disc and two-piston calliper while fuel is carried in a 20 litre tank.

    Rolling on spoked wheels – a 21-incher in front and 18-inch at the back – suspension for is by WP with a 43 mm upside-down fork and preload adjustable monoshock. Competition for the 2019 KTM 790 Adventure in Malaysia includes the Triumph Tiger XCX at RM74,900 and the BMW Motorrad F 850 GS at RM79,500.

     
 

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