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  • Audi TT teasers begin – registration of interest open


    Audi Malaysia has opened registration for interest for the third generation Audi TT, indicating that a launch will happen very soon. If you’re interested in the new ‘Daredevil’ as Audi calls it, head on to the form and sign up with your details.

    The Audi TT coupe first made its world premiere at last year’s Geneva Motor Show, while the open top Roadster version got its debut later in September 2014. Audi is even toying with the idea of a more practical five-door TT with the TT Sportback concept and perhaps even a crossover-styled variant in the form of the TT Offroad Concept.

    Based on the VAG group’s new MQB platform, the new Audi TT is just slightly (2mm) longer than the outgoing model, although the wheelbase has grown by 37 mm to 2,505 mm, granting shorter overhangs. It is also a little narrower at 1,837 mm but is the same height at 1,353 mm. The sportier TTS is 10 mm lower.

    The interior’s most impressive feature is the new Audi virtual cockpit, a 12.3 inch TFT LCD display which replaces the traditional instrument panel. This eliminates the need for a central MMI screen, which allows the dashboard design to be streamlined.

    Like its predecessor, the new Audi TT features a steel/aluminium hybrid space frame construction, but is further optimised to reduce yet more weight. The 2.0 TFSI variant now sits at just 1,230 kg, 50 kg lighter than the previous model. Suspension is McPherson struts at the front and multi links at the rear, and the new car keeps the optional adaptive magnetic dampers of its predecessor.

    The base model is the 1.8 TFSI with 180 hp and 250 Nm ated to a six-speed S tronic dual clutch gearbox, which can do the 100 km.h sprint in just 7 seconds. The 2.0 TFSI can do 230 hp and 370 Nm. The TTS’s 2.0 TFSI does 310 hp and 380 Nm.

    Interested? Sign up at the registration of interest form.

  • DRIVEN: W212 Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid – 1,500 km from KL to Bangkok on a single tank of diesel

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    Madness is truly measured by the mile on a long-distance eco-drive challenge. This one, like most, started out normally enough, mainly as a matter of intrigue to see whether it’d be possible to do that distance on a single tank of fuel, in a ‘let’s see if we can make it there’ manner.

    By the time the end came twenty three hours later, it had pretty much degenerated into a zany competition, at times involving some of the slowest driving ever seen on public roads, all to see who could be the most frugal about it.

    You can probably see where this is all getting at, and for that, a previous challenge is to blame. The seeds were planted for this one in December last year – it was at the preview of the Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid that someone from the press corps suggested to Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) that we attempt to replicate the Africa-UK challenge undertaken by the car back in June.

    Then, Brit motoring hack Andrew Frankel – together with a relief driver – had taken the E 300 Hybrid out from Tangier, Morocco to Goodwood in England, covering 1,968 km on a single tank of diesel. Deciding to present an Asean angle to it in a similar vein, MBM decided to take up that offer of a challenge, resulting in a 1,500 km-long drive last month to see if the car could make it from Kuala Lumpur to Bangkok on a single tank.

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  • Audi R18 e-tron gets new aerodynamics package

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    Audi has improved on the car that has bagged it three 24 heures du Mans titles in a row – the revised Audi R18 e-tron quattro makes its debut at the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps race this weekend.

    In this case, the improvements to the 2015 season car consists of a new bodywork configuration, which makes the Spa racer significantly different from the version with which Audi won the WEC season opener at Silverstone.

    The latest update has a bodywork version developed specifically for the Le Mans 24 Hours race this year, and the detailed solutions has resulted in reduced downforce, significantly lowering drag on the R18.

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    The new package sees all the turning vanes, wings and similar elements being no longer mounted so steeply in the airflow, and there’s now less curvature to the wing profile.

    The differences to the sister specification – which generates higher downforce levels – also includes a fundamentally different front fairing and modified sidepods. Elsewhere, openings have been relocated on the inner surface of the rear fenders for venting the wheel arches and the bodywork rear edge now features an unusual rear wing support.

    There are also slight mechanical changes, and these are revisions to the R18 e-tron’s cooling system and a new suspension setting which restricts the spring displacement on the car to a smaller range. Do we hear four-in-a-row then?

  • GALLERY: VW Jetta Limited Edition now in showroom

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    After getting wind of the Volkswagen Jetta Limited Edition’s presence in showrooms, we headed to Volkswagen Rawang for a closer look at the yet-to-be-launched Jetta LE, which some dealers are referring to as the “Sport Edition”. Already teased by VGM, it will be officially revealed in early May, which is of course just around the corner.

    Few will be confusing the Jetta Limited Edition with the standard CKD car, for it appears significantly sportier with the addition of a five-piece original Volkswagen Zubehör bodykit, which consists of a front under spoiler; side skirts; rear under spoiler and boot lip spoiler.

    Nice kit, but it wouldn’t work without the LE’s 17-inch “Silex” five twin-spoke alloys, which are wrapped with locally-made 225/45 Goodyear Assurance TripleMax tyres. It’s a one-inch upsize from the regular Jetta’s 16-inch rims with high profile 205/55 tyres. Ecotint window film completes the package, although we’ve also seen some ads touting Llumar tint.

    We understand that the LE will also come with a Blaupunkt Philadelphia 835 touchscreen head unit with navigation, which has yet to be fitted to this locked demo car.

    Word is that the current RM134,888 price will remain – which effectively means that all the above goodies are yours for “free” – with a cheaper “Club Edition” (with navi and tint, without bodykit and rims) joining the range. We’ll see, but for now, check out the first live gallery of the Jetta Limited Edition below.

  • VIDEO: 2016 Audi RS3 emerges from mother R8 V10

    At, we’ve seen more than our fair share of video-based hijinks as manufacturers resort to creating the oddest, most attention-grabbing commercials to promote their vehicles. But it’s been quite a while since we’ve seen something quite as strange or as disturbing as the latest spot for the new 2016 Audi RS3.

    The video starts out innocuously enough, with the outgoing R8 V10 (a Competition model, no less) sitting in a sort of futuristic dystopian chamber. Then, robots disassemble the rear bumper and the weirdness begins – the entire rear section of the car starts to split open, the V10 emits its trademark piercing wail to simulate screaming, and what’s that weird gooey brown stuff the robot squirts onto the engine?

    But by far the creepiest part of the whole video comes near the end, when the RS3 emerges from the “womb” covered in some kind of waxy red substance, before it gets cleaned up for its reveal. We really don’t understand how the RS3 is “related” to the R8 – yes, the former is four-wheel drive like the latter, but it’s front-engined, has a far more doldrum five-door hatch body style and comes with five cylinders instead of ten.

    Still, there’s no denying that the RS3 has all the makings to be quite an exciting car, with the 2.5 litre TFSI turbo five-pot pushing out (hah!) 367 PS and 465 Nm of torque through a seven-speed S tronic dual-clutch transmission. Just keep the weirder, wilder ideas to yourself next time, okay, Audi?

  • Smuggled luxury cars confiscated by Kedah Customs


    The Kedah Customs Department have confiscated a total of 81 luxury vehicles, believed to have been smuggled into the nation, according to a New Straits Times report. The cars, believed to have been imported illegally from Thailand over the course of four months, are said to be worth a total of RM7.5 million with excise duty factored in.

    Said smuggled vehicles were seized at a number of locations around the state including Durian Burung, Bukit Kayu Hitam and Langkawi. The list of smuggled luxury cars include a Porsche Boxster S, Lexus RX 300, MINI Cooper, Nissan Fairlady (350Z) and an unspecified Maserati and Jaguar.

    A total of 15 suspects were arrested during the crackdown – one of them identified as a 50-year old government servant. “The suspects are believed to have smuggled in the vehicles from the neighbouring country and used fake registration number on them… they later sold the vehicles at cheaper price than the market price,” said department director, Abdul Latif Abdul Kadir.

    The case now falls under Section 135 (1)(d) of the Customs Act 1967 – if convicted, the involved individual will be slapped with a fine of up to 10 times the seized item and/or a three-year prison sentence.

    In an unrelated incident, the Road Transport Department (JPJ) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have seized a total of 153 vehicles, worth RM13 million, during an operation in Terengganu. A number of the smuggled cars originated from Singapore, whereby forged paperwork were provided. This allowed for “cloned” vehicles to be sold at much lower prices in the market.

    A new system to help curb the sales of cloned vehicles is said to be devised by the Road Transport Department come June 1. According to reports, said system will be integrated into the current vehicle insurance system, thereby allowing officials to keep track of vehicles that are written off and whether or not said vehicle had its documents cloned later on and sold.

  • Ops Warta begins May 15 – settled your summons yet?

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    Last week, it was reported that Ops Warta is set to begin next month, starting from May 15. Today, traffic police have reminded the public that there will be no delay in the commencement of operations from then, and they will begin serving 1.59 million outstanding arrest warrants against traffic offenders who have yet to settle summonses from the date.

    To avoid any hassle, Bukit Aman traffic chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Fuad Abdul Latiff said the public is urged to check their traffic summons and make payment before the operation starts.

    Motorists can check if they have outstanding summons through many avenues –,, and at traffic police counters, post offices, Maybank ATMs, plus selected shopping malls and Road Transport Department (JPJ) branches.

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    To make it easier for those who wish to settle their summonses, Fuad said that all traffic police stations nationwide will be extending their front counter operation hours until 10 pm from Monday to Friday beginning May 5.

    Previously, Fuad had said that while multiple warnings have already been given over the past two years, the remaining offenders have refused to settle their summonses. He added that Bukit Aman has worked with the Employees’ Provident Fund and the National Registration Department to track down the addresses of these traffic offenders.

    “We have the full list of these offenders, which had been distributed to state traffic police chiefs for further action,” he told reporters at an event today. He said that the all-out operation would be done by conducting roadblocks nationwide as well as with door-to-door ‘visits’ to arrest errant offenders, which will begin after the two weeks grace period from May 1 ends.

  • VIDEO: 2015 Audi Q7 detailed inside out in new feature

    Here’s a walk-around video of a different kind. Prepared by Audi UK, the 2015 Audi Q7 gets illustrated from the outside in with this five-minute long video. The second-generation seven seater leviathan from Ingolstadt is now on sale in Europe with prices beginning at €60,900 (RM239,849).

    As per the usual routine of most walk-around features, the video begins with a rundown of the new Q7’s evolutionary aesthetic cues, from its bold hexagonal Singleframe front grille to its (optional) Matrix LED headlights, with ‘double arrows’ LED daytime running lights housed within.

    At the rear, an electronic tailgate is standard on all variants with dynamic ‘sequential’ side indicators on the taillights available on S Line models and above. While being 36 mm shorter than its predecessor, the 2015 Audi Q7 is also up to 325 kg lighter in base 3.0 TDI trim – a weight trim equivalent to offloading a grand piano, as stated in the video.

    Audi Q7

    Inside, the third row seats are now electronically-operated while up front, a completely redesigned dash layout gets trimmed in aluminium wherever possible. The latest Audi MMI infotainment platform now features a retractable 8.3-inch screen with controls handled by a larger MMI Touch interface.

    Elsewhere, a quad-zone climate control system is available on S Line models and above while rear passengers receive additional entertainment in the form of dual 10.1-inch (detachable) Android tablets. A Bang & Olufsen Advanced Sound System with 3D technology can be ordered as a cost option – said system is made up of 23 speakers, together with a re-engineered subwoofer and a 1,920 watt amplifier.

    Under the bonnet, the aforementioned based 3.0 TDI diesel variant pushes out 272 PS and 600 Nm of torque while the 3.0 TFSI petrol unit produces 333 PS and 440 Nm of torque. Two e-tron variants will be made available, a 3.0 TDI quattro and a 2.0 TFSI quattro model – the former destined for Europe while the latter, Asia. An eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission is the sole option.

  • Peugeot concept car teased again through new images


    Peugeot has teased its mystery upcoming concept car again, this time with a series of photos and sketches depicting what appears to be a rather low-slung supercar.

    From the small glimpses of the car’s exterior, we can see the brand’s signature claw-shaped headlights, large, intricately designed five-spoke wheels, broad haunches, triple-claw tail lights, a retractable rear spoiler and plenty of red detailing throughout. The more complete sketches show clear influences from the 2012 Onyx concept, albeit with a racier slant to it.

    As before, there’s no indication as to where and when the unknown supercar will surface – only that it is “coming soon” – but the fact that there are no major motor shows in the near future, coupled to the possible clues scattered throughout the previously-released video below (“codes of GT,” anyone?) hint that it could actually be Peugeot’s Vision Gran Turismo concept for the Gran Turismo 6 video game.


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