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  • Geely and Aisin to establish JV for gearbox production

    Geely Luo You Engine Company, a subsidiary of Geely Auto Holding, is to establish a new joint venture with Aisin for the production of six-speed automatic gearboxes, parts and sales. The initial plan is to produce 400,000 units per year.

    Under the agreement framework, the JV will have a registered capital of US$117 million, with the transmission specialist injecting US$70 million for a 60% share. Geely will invest US$46.80 million for the remaining 40% stake.

    With the launch of Geely’s ‘2020 Strategy’ and ‘Blue Geely Initiative’ core strategies, the Chinese carmaker is seeing greater need for automatic transmissions that offer six gears or more, with its own capacity for gearbox production not being able to keep up with demand. The JV with Aisin will lower purchasing costs and raise efficiency, Geely says.

    “By establishing this new joint venture with Aisin we will be able to raise Geely’s core competencies in powertrain development and production, and accelerate our 2020 Strategy and Blue Geely Initiative. From today both parties will be able to work together on technology development and application to create a long term strategic partnership,” said Geely Auto Group president and CEO, An Conghui.

    An was speaking at the 2018 Beijing International Auto Show, where the Hangzhou-based carmaker revealed the Concept Icon SUV and hybrid versions of its Bo Rui flagship sedan.

    GALLERY: Geely Bo Rui GE MHEV

     
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  • PT TALKS: Toyota C-HR – too expensive? BMW X3 and Range Rover Velar – what’s missing for Malaysia?

    Our Toyota C-HR review we posted last week has over 100 comments at the time of writing, with many arguing whether or not the crossover is worth the money. Meanwhile, two new premium SUVs – BMW X3 and Range Rover Velar – launched within a day of each other last week garnered a lot of interest over what they offer, as well as what they don’t.

    So, in this week’s PT Talks, Hafriz and Matt discuss Toyota’s opinion-dividing model – is it too expensive, and a case of style over substance? Plus, the new X3 and Velar – both have ok specs, but what’s sorely missing in the Malaysian models?

    Do let us know your thoughts on these topics, plus any other comments or feedback on our new segment and/or set. Don’t mind the toys and props, though – we’re just having a little bit of fun ;)

     
  • Mercedes-AMG C43 Sedan and GLC43 CKD now in M’sia – from RM409k and RM469k; up to RM91k less

    Mercedes-AMG performance is now being offered at more affordable prices, as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched locally-assembled (CKD) versions of the C 43 Sedan as well as the GLC 43 SUV. Both models were first introduced in fully-imported (CBU) form in May last year.

    Let’s get to the best bit first, the price. We’ll start with the C 43 Sedan, which in CKD guise, is priced at RM408,888 on-the-road without insurance – it is RM91,000 less than the CBU version. As for the GLC 43, the high-performance SUV was priced at RM538,888 as a CBU unit, but is now just RM468,888, or RM70,000 less, as a CKD model. Prices are inclusive of a four-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    In terms of specifications, both cars are identical to the CBU models. Both are powered by the same M276 DELA 30 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 with 362 hp (367 PS) and 520 Nm of torque. Power is directed to the wheels via a nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission as well as the automaker’s 4Matic all-wheel drive system. The latter is a rear-biased system that distributes torque according to a 31:69 front-to-rear split.

    Performance-wise, the C 43 Sedan will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 4.7 seconds, while the GLC 43 takes 4.9 seconds to do the same. Both cars top out at an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.

    On the handling side of things, the C 43 retains the CBU’s AMG Ride Control adaptive damper, with Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings. These correspond with the AMG Dynamic Select system, which itself has Eco, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual drive modes that also adjusts engine, transmission and steering response.

    As for the GLC 43, it continues with an AMG sports suspension based on the Air Body Control system. This is backed by ADS Plus adaptive damping, which offers Comfort, Sport and Sport plus damping modes. The AMG Dynamic Select system is also present here.

    The exterior kit list appears to be unchanged despite the lower prices, as both cars still come with an AMG Line styling package, Night Package and LED Intelligent Light headlamps. Model-specific items on the C 43 Sedan include 19-inch AMG two-tone five-twin-spoke alloy wheels and a front spoiler lip.

    The GLC 43 meanwhile, gets 21-inch AMG two-tone five-twin-spoke wheels instead, along with black roof rails, exterior chrome package and aluminium-look running boards with rubber studs on the sides.

    Mercedes-AMG C 43 Sedan (left), Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 (right)

    As for the interior, black Artico man-made leather/Dinamice microfibre upholstery can be found in both vehicles along with piano black and aluminium trim, designo red seat belts, powered front seats with memory function, panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting and AMG floor mats.

    Other items include a Thermotronic dual-zone climate control system, 360-degree camera, Parking Pilot, COMAND Online, an 8.4-inch infotainment display, 13-speaker Burmester sound system, Keyless Go with push start, Pre-Safe (includes autonomous emergency braking), seven airbags and a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel.

    As mentioned at the start, the C 43 Sedan goes for RM408,888, while the GLC 43 is priced at RM468,888. Buyers can opt in to the Performance Agility Care package, where they will enjoy the benefits of Agility Financing and scheduled vehicle maintenance. As an example, the C 43 Sedan can be had with a monthly installment of RM4,088 over three years, inclusive of all service charges. Interested?

    For detailed specifications of the CKD C 43 Sedan and GLC 43, head on over to CarBase.my

    GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG C 43 4Matic Sedan

    GALLERY: Mercedes-AMG GLC 43 4Matic

     
  • SPYSHOTS: Borgward BX5, BX7 ahead of M’sian debut

    Chinese-owned German carmaker Borgward, which has been slated for a Malaysian arrival has been spotted by our reader Muhammad Najib. Seen here are the BX5 (here in white) and BX7 (black) SUVs on the back of a trailer along the PLUS highway. It was reported earlier this month that the brand will be launching two new models at the Malaysia Autoshow, which will be kicking off this weekend.

    The launch at the event will also herald the duo’s arrival into the ASEAN market, where more than 100 distributors will receive their distributorship certificates, according to Malaysia Automotive Institute CEO Datuk Madani Sahari. Local partner Go Exim has plans for local, CKD assembly, and Borgward was reported in April to be considering the recently created automotive hub in Bagan Datoh, Perak as a potential site.

    The BX7 is a seven-seater, mid-size SUV which was first unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, and aims to infuse rigourous German engineering, advanced technology, reliability, a distinct sporty wide body in a 4.7 metre-long form, powered by A 224 hp/300 Nm 2.0 litre turbocharged engine with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    As the naming convention implies, the BX5 is a more compact five-seater, which first surfaced a year after the BX7 in Geneva. This model is 4.5 m long, powered by a 1.8 litre turbocharged mill with 190 hp and 280 Nm of torque, driving a six-speed auto gearbox and all-wheel drive.

    The BX5 will feature “equipment based largely on mass-production technology,” the company said. The Malaysian debuts for the BX5 and BX7 are just around the corner; do stay tuned as we learn more.

    GALLERY: Borgward BX7

     
  • April 2018 week four fuel prices – unchanged yet again

    It’s Wednesday, bringing us to our mid-week musings for our national fuel prices… which have no changes to show for this week.

    The fourth week of April sees fuel prices remain level from last week, at RM2.20 per litre for RON 95 (unchanged), RM2.47 for RON97 (unchanged) and RM2.18 per litre for Euro 2M diesel (unchanged).

    As par for the diesel course, Euro 5 diesel stays 10 sen pricier than the Euro 2M equivalent and therefore will be pegged at RM2.28 per litre, also unchanged from the week prior. This marks the fifth consecutive week since the last price fluctuation for all fuel grades and types, which saw a 10 sen hike across the board from mid-March.

    This week’s fuel price announcement is the 57th since the system took effect at the end of March 2017. Here, the RON 95 petrol retails for 10 sen cheaper than at the beginning of the weekly fuel price float, while RON 97 is now 13 sen per litre cheaper. Meanwhile, diesel now is two sen cheaper than at the programme’s start, from RM2.20 per litre.

     
  • Volvo XC40 T5 Twin Engine – PHEV version debuts

    Volvo has chosen this year’s Beijing Motor Show to unveil the new XC40 T5 Twin Engine, the plug-in hybrid version of the compact SUV. With the new variant, every SUV in the Swedish automaker’s line-up is now available as a PHEV.

    For now, the company hasn’t revealed exact specifications of the T5 Twin Engine powertrain, but it should be similar to what was shown to us back in October 2015. The base engine used is a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder Drive-E unit that makes 180 hp, which is supplemented by a 55 kW electric motor and a seven-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission.

    We were told at the time that the total system output was rated at 250 PS and 400 Nm of torque. This setup is almost identical to the one used in the new Geely Bo Rui GE, which is also celebrating its premiere in Beijing.

    There’s not much different in terms of the XC40 PHEV’s design, with the addition of a charging port on the left side being the only notable revision along with the dedicated badges. It’s much the same story on the inside, with the Sensus system now gaining additional drive modes. The example you see in these photos is wearing the R-Design trim.

    The XC40 was recently crowned 2018 European Car of the Year, and has already gone on sale in a number of markets. However, order books for the compact SUV have yet to be opened in China, or in Malaysia for that matter.

     
  • 2018 Peugeot 5008 launched in Malaysia – RM174k

    Local Peugeot distributor Nasim has introduced the second-gen Peugeot 5008 in Malaysia, the seven-seater C-segment SUV making its official debut today following a public preview earlier this month.

    As mentioned in our preview report, the 5008 – which measures in at 4,641 mm long, 1,844 mm wide and 1,640 mm tall – arrives here in a single Allure THP variant form, powered by a 1.6 litre THP 165 turbocharged petrol engine with S&S automatic stop/start continues, with 165 hp at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm of torque at 1,400 rpm in the way of output.

    The mill is paired with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission, driving the front wheels. Performance figures for the 5008 include a 0-100 km/h time of 9.2 seconds and a 206 km/h top speed. The MY-spec 5008 sits on 18-inch Los Angeles shiny Haria Grey alloy wheels and 225/55 profile tyres.

    There’s Advanced Grip Control, which uses the chassis electronics to manage the available grip according to the road surface. Five drive modes are available, in this case Mud, Snow, Sand, ESP Off and Standard, accessible via a rotary dial located next to the hill descent control button.

    The 5008’s interior features a layout that was first seen on the second-gen Peugeot 3008, with a futuristic wraparound dashboard adopting Peugeot’s i-Cockpit layout.

    Highlights include a 12.3-inch digital instrument display above a small, flat-top/bottom steering wheel as well as an eight-inch centre touchscreen for the infotainment system, which comes with MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and Arkamys 3D sound staging.

    Standard equipment includes full LED headlights, LED fog lights, ‘Claudio’ black leather upholstery, fabric dash/door trim, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry, push-button start, an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with memory, auto lights and wipers, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, second-row air-con vents, cooled armrest storage and a 180-degree reverse camera. Also on are cruise control and a powered tailgate.

    The 5008 is equipped with three individual second-row seats, and the 40:20:40 split-fold units can slide forward/backwards and are reclinable (five different angles). A one-touch tilt-and-slide function provides access to the 50:50-split third row that also fold flat and can even be removed.

    Boot space is marginal with all seven seats deployed, but with the third-row seats folded it is 702 litres. With the second row also folded, it becomes 1,862 litres, increased even further to 1,940 litres with the removal of the third-row seats.

    Safety-wise, the 5008 comes equipped with six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), ESP, hill assist descent control (HADC), hill start assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, tyre pressure monitoring, driver attention alert and front/rear parking sensors.

    The fully-imported (CBU) Peugeot 5008 is available in four exterior colours, these being Emerald Green, Amazonite Grey, Nera Black and Pearl White. It’s priced at RM173,888 (on-the-road, without insurance), and comes with a five-year/120,000 km warranty as well as three years’ free 24-hour Peugeot Assistance.

    Check out the complete specifications of the new Peugeot 5008 at CarBase.my.

     
  • FIRST LOOK: Range Rover Velar in Malaysia – RM530k

    Here’s a quick all-you-need-to-know walk-around video of the Range Rover Velar, just launched here in Malaysia. Priced from RM530k, the premium SUV asks for a lot, but as you’ll see in this clip, it offers a whole lot in return too.

    The Velar is meant to slot in between the smaller Evoque and larger, more luxurious Range Rover Sport in the Range Rover line-up. Size wise, it’s half a size larger than compact exec-based SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLC and BMW X3.

    Under the hood is JLR’s 2.0 litre Ingenium turbo four with 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque. Being a Range Rover, power is sent to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 6.7 seconds, and it goes up to 217 km/h.

    So, what do you think of the Range Rover Velar – does it have as much wow factor as the Evoque did in 2011?

    GALLERY: Range Rover Velar P250 R-Dynamic

     
  • BMW Concept iX3 unveiled at Beijing Motor Show – based on the X3, 268 hp, 400 km all-electric range

    BMW is presenting its new Concept iX3 at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show, which was first teased not too long ago. The all-electric SUV, or Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) in BMW speak, is based on the G01 X3 but gets its own distinct styling which we will get to later.

    Like the X3, the concept rides on the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) that is used on current models like the G11 7 Series and G30 5 Series, and will also feature in the next-generation G20 3 Series and G05 X5. BMW says the Concept iX3 showcases the versatility of the platform, which can accommodate a pure combustion engine, plug-in hybrid drive system or battery-electric solution.

    The Concept iX3 adopts the last item, and showcases the fifth generation of the brand’s eDrive technology. Aside from more powerful batteries, the electric motor, transmission and power electronics are now contained a single electric drive unit for a more compact packaging.

    According to BMW, the concept features a 268 hp (200 kW) electric motor, which is supplied by a 70 kWh battery. The battery comes with a new charging control unit that supports fast charging of up to 150 kW, allowing it to be charged in just 30 minutes from specific DC charging stations – the car appears to use a standard Type 2 socket instead of a Combo CCS plug, however. When fully charged, a range of more than 400 km (WLTP cycle) is possible.

    Visually, there are some notable differences between the all-electric concept and the regular X3. The most obvious of which is seen at the front, where the kidney grilles are now joined – a cue seen on the i Vision Dynamics from last year.

    The lower apron is also more angular in appearance, especially in the bottom intake that is highlighted by high-gloss black trim. There are also small side inlets at the corners of the bumper, but we still see the near-identical bonnets lines as on the X3.

    Along the sides, the Air Breather on the left is now joined by a dedicated charging port and has been garnished with the BMW i logo. As for the rear, the X3’s standard taillights remain untouched, although the exhaust outlets have been omitted to reflect the zero emission powertrain. In their place is a diffuser element that features the same blue accents scattered around the exterior.

    The production version of the Concept iX3 will be built in Shenyang, China by BMW Brilliance Automotive, a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Auto. When it launches, it will compete against the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Mercedes-Benz EQC.

     
  • Everus EV Concept debuts – all-electric Honda HR-V?

    Honda has unveiled a new concept at this year’s Beijing Motor Show called the Everus EV Concept, which previews the first mass-production EV model Honda will introduce exclusively in China in the future.

    At first glance, it certainly looks like a futuristic version of the Honda HR-V, with almost all the same lines as the B-segment crossover and even the high-mounted rear door handles. However, the front fascia features 3D-effect headlamps, the Everus badge and the grille has been redesigned to accommodate what should be a charging port.

    The lower apron now sports a prominent intake, with the “mouth” being flanked by slim LED strips in the corners of the bumper. Blue lighting strips are also aplenty here, as seen at the base of the bonnet, bumper lip and side skirts.

    For now, the release doesn’t include any details about the electric powertrain that is used, but we are told the production version will go on sale this year. The crossover will be marketed under the Everus brand owned by Guangqi Honda, a joint venture between Honda and Guangzhou Automobile Group (GAC Group).

     
 

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