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  • FIRST DRIVE: 2019 Nissan Leaf EV in M’sia – RM188k

    The slow trickle of fully-electric vehicles in Malaysia continued with the launch of the second-generation Nissan Leaf in July. The original model was introduced here back in 2013, and this latest model gets a much more dynamic design, more power and a far longer range – all while being just slightly more expensive than before at RM188,888 on-the-road without insurance.

    Despite looking radically different, the Leaf is still a conventional five-door, front-wheel drive hatchback. However, it now makes 150 PS and 320 Nm of torque, 41 PS and 66 Nm more than before – allowing it to slash nearly four seconds off its zero-to-100 km/h time, down to 7.9 seconds.

    It also has a much larger 40 kWh lithium-ion battery that bumps range up from 195 km to 270 km – and that’s on the more stringent WLTP cycle. Every Leaf comes with a 6.6 kW wallbox that will provide a full charge in around seven hours, while a CHAdeMO port allows the use of 50 kW DC fast charging, topping up the battery in less than an hour. The car also gets a number of new features, including autonomous emergency braking and an e-Pedal function for single-pedal driving.

    But there are many questions to answer here. What’s the new Leaf like to drive? Are the quoted numbers actually believable? And, most importantly, is the Leaf actually usable as everyday transport, especially with our limited charging infrastructure? We answer these questions and more in this in-depth video review, which you can watch above. As usual, leave your comments after the jump.

     
  • PACE 2019 – enjoy exclusive deals on all Mercedes-Benz models and test drives with Hap Seng Star

    The paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) – co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus – returns this year, and will take place from November 2-3, 2019 at the Setia City Convention Centre. At the event, you’ll get to enjoy attractive deals available for the entire Mercedes-Benz range, through Hap Seng Star.

    There will also be a wide range of Mercedes-Benz models on display at PACE, including the A 250 Hatchback AMG Line, A 200 Sedan Progressive Line, C 200 Avantgarde, C 300 Coupe AMG Line, E 200 SportStyle Avantgarde, GLA 200 Urban Line, GLC 250 4Matic AMG Line and the S 560 e Exclusive. A variety of models will be available for test drives as well.

    Mercedes-Benz is one of several premium makes that will be present at PACE 2019, with others being Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, MINI, Renault, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you be able to enjoy irresistible year-end promos from brands present at the show, you’ll also be able to mingle with us, the writers!

    For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher and RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    That’s not all, as there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    TyrePlus Malaysia currently operates 60 outlets across the country, and TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries for over ten years. Their professional tyre and car services offer quality work including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle.

    The inaugural PACE last year proved to be a resounding success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 brand new units and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky buyer was also named the grand prize winner of the lucky draw, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here for more details on PACE, and we’ll be announcing more promotions from participating brands closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re only a few weeks from PACE, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • Mazda teases EV shape ahead of TMS 2019 debut

    Mazda has confirmed the debut of its first mass-production EV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, and it has now released a teaser video for the new model’s debut on October 23. The Japanese automaker had previously run the EV architecture within the bodyshell of a CX-30, and while the teaser video doesn’t reveal much below the window line, the vehicle here does bear crossover shape.

    Mazda alludes to a ‘coupe-like’ cabin, which is also hinted at by the tapering roof line, while noting that styling has been influenced “while exploring new directions more in touch with futuristic values and changing lifestyles”. The company also said that the new model’s design “embodies the expansion of Kodo’s expressive range,” which could mean that the new EV will still retain familiar cues.

    So far, we know that Mazda has developed e-TPV (Electric Technology Prove-Out Vehicle) test mules which are powered by an electric motor with 140 hp and 264 Nm of torque, fed by a 35.5 kWh battery. The eventual powertrain for the model that will debut in Tokyo remains to be seen, however rumours say that the Mazda EV will come in two versions; a pure battery-electric model, and another with range extender powertrain.

    This range extender unit could be a small rotary engine that was referred to last year in the company’s technology briefing, which was claimed to be compatible with a wide variety of fuels including liquified petroleum gas (LPG), compressed natural gas (CNG) and possibly even hydrogen.

    Mazda confirmed last year the return of the rotary for the range extender role as part of its longer-term electrification and connectivity strategies, even though it remains committed to maximising the potential of the internal combustion engine.

    We’ve also seen the interior teaser, which reveals a floating centre console and the use of what appears to be natural fibres for its upholstery. A flat panel ahead of the floating console could be a vertical display. Lastly, Mazda also mentions ‘adopting a unique door concept’; what do you think it might be?

    GALLERY: Mazda e-TPV electric prototype

     
  • AD: Wheelcorp Premium Setia Alam Year End Fiesta – deals on BMW, MINI; attractive financing rates, gifts!

    It’s the final quarter of 2019, and what better way to reward yourself than with a new ride. The Wheelcorp Premium Year End Fiesta takes place this October 26-27 at Wheelcorp Premium Setia Alam, and will run from 10am to 6pm on both days. Here’s what’s on offer from BMW and MINI brands at Wheelcorp Premium.

    BMW models here include the latest CKD 330i M Sport, X3 M Sport and the X4 M Sport among many others, and these can be offered with complimentary car insurance worth up to RM5,000*, a BMW Advanced Car Eye 2.0 camera setup worth RM2,500* and window tint and car coating worth RM4,888*.

    Meanwhile, attractive financing rates start from 0.33%*, and you’ll also get high trade-in value* on your current vehicle towards your new BMW, and complimentary tickets* to a concert in Genting. There’s more; for every BMW booking signed at this year-end fiesta, there will be a complimentary BMW modern duffle bag.

    Deals await those keen on the iconic British brand, too. The MINI range is offered at the year-end fiesta with monthly instalments from as low as RM2,388*, interest rates starting from 0.77%*, insurance rebates of up to RM2,000*, while buyers can also score themselves a trip to Great Britain*, the home nation of MINI.

    Buyers will also get a complimentary MINI Advanced Car Eye 2.0 camera setup worth RM2,500*, as well as complimentary window tinting and car coating worth RM4,888*, and complimentary Genting concert tickets*. What’s more, you’ll also receive complimentary gifts for taking a MINI on a test drive at the year-end fiesta.

    For every MINI booking signed during this year-end fiesta, there will also be a complimentary MINI colour block duffle bag. Keen to get a new BMW or MINI in your driveway in time for the year’s end? Head on over to the Year End Fiesta at Wheelcorp Premium Setia Alam, where you just might score yourself the BMW or MINI you’ve always wanted.

    To find out more, head over to the Wheelcorp Premium Facebook page by clicking here, or make a phone call to 012 399 8652 if you wish to speak to a representative. Alternatively, you can get in contact with Wheelcorp Premium via Facebook Messenger, here.

    *Terms & conditions apply.

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  • Bentley EXP 100 GT concept – see it up close via AR!

    When Bentley turned 100, the British automaker launched a raft of celebratory models in the form of centenary editions, as well as the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car. It’s currently on tour globally, but unfortunately won’t land in markets such as ours.

    It’s not all gloom and doom, though. To make up for its absence, Bentley Kuala Lumpur has introduced an augmented reality app for the EXP 100 GT, allowing visitors to explore the concept car via the latest Apple iPhones and iPads.

    Through the app (it can be downloaded by scanning the QR code below), users are able to explore the vehicle in 3D, and even step inside to interact with the seats and steering wheel. Interactive elements are rather limited, but the AR experience itself is pretty unique.


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    The photos you see below is nearly the full scale (it’s 5.8 metres long!) and works via a placemat on the floor. A smaller, desk-sized version is also available. For those who are really eager to sample the augmented reality technology from the comfort of your home, then simply download the A4-sized version from the app and have it printed out. Again, this only works with compatible Apple devices.

    If you don’t have the supporting devices, don’t worry, because Bentley KL will be opening its doors to the public at its showroom from October 23 to 31, 2019. The new Continental GT with the RM108k styling kit option will also be on display.

    GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT with Styling Kit

     
  • October 2019 week three fuel price – RON 97 up 1 sen

    It’s Friday, which means another round of the weekly fuel update. Another price adjustment upwards in store for RON 97 petrol for the coming week, but the increase is minor.

    From tomorrow, October 19, RON 97 will be priced at RM2.68 a litre, which is a sen up from the RM2.67 last week. As always, no change in the price of RON 95 petrol, with the fuel conitnuing to be sold at RM2.08 per litre, the maximum price that consumers will pay no matter how high market prices push pump prices.

    Meanwhile, Euro 2M diesel will continue to retail at RM2.18 per litre, while Euro 5 diesel – which is 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel – is priced at RM2.28 per litre.

    Based on the finance ministry’s Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, RON 95 would be priced at RM2.38 per litre and diesel at RM2.31 per litre without the price cap in place. The government said it will absorb an estimated RM123.81 million in fuel subsidy costs from October 19 to 25.

    These prices will remain in effect until October 25, when the next set of fuel pricing adjustments will be announced. This is the 41st edition of the current weekly fuel pricing format, which is announced every Friday. The weekly prices are in effect from Saturday until the following Friday. The system will end when the government begins its targeted petrol subsidy programme (PSP) for RON 95 petrol early next year.

     
  • PACE 2019 – buy a Subaru Forester with EyeSight and get a complimentary three-year maintenance package

    Only two weeks to go before the paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2019 – co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus – takes place at the Setia City Convention Centre, and the premium vehicle-focused sales expo, which runs on November 2-3, promises plenty of great deals.

    If you’ve been looking at the Subaru Forester, then make sure you head on to the event, because every purchase of the SUV, which is equipped with the automaker’s EyeSight suite of safety systems, will come with a free three-year maintenance package.

    Plenty of safety and driving assistance kit in the EyeSight suite, the list being made up of Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. That’s not all, because Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, a Side View Monitor and a Blind-Spot Detection system is also in the mix.

    Subaru will be making its first appearance at PACE, joining Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo at the event. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car or bike – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you be able to enjoy irresistible year-end promos from these brands, you’ll even be able to mingle with us, the writers!

    That’s not all, for buyers have plenty of other things to look forward to. For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher and RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    There’s more – as there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    TyrePlus Malaysia currently operates 60 outlets across the country, and TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries for over ten years. Their professional tyre and car services offer quality work including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle.

    The inaugural PACE last year proved to be a resounding success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 brand new units and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky buyer was also named the grand prize winner of the lucky draw, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here to find out more about PACE, and more promotions from participating brands will be announced closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re only a few weeks from PACE, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • Toyota C-HR facelift gets manual, GR Sport in Japan

    The facelifted Toyota C-HR has gone on sale in its home market of Japan, and in a bit to increase its sporting pretensions, the car has been given a new GR Sport variant, getting some visual flair from the Toyota Gazoo Racing motorsports division.

    General styling revisions for the facelift include a lower grille that is now even larger than before, incorporating the upper air intake and extending wider towards the corners of the front bumper. The front lip is also painted for a more dynamic look.

    The head- and tail lights have also been redesigned – the former now comes with LED lighting as standard, and higher grades get projector units that combine the daytime running lights and sequential indicators into a single “eyebrow” graphic. On these range-topping models, the tail lights also feature blocky graphics and are joined together by a new gloss black spoiler.

    Added to that, the GR Sport gains a more aggressive front fascia, similar to other similarly-badged models in Toyota’s lineup. The grille is more angular, making space for larger corner air inlets, and there’s also a separate intake under the grille. It also sits on massive 19-inch Y-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels.

    Changes are fewer inside, with the only addition being the Orchid Brown colour scheme. Here, the GR Sport gets a few unique features of its own, such as a smaller-diameter steering wheel from the facelifted 86, sports seats, dark silver interior trim, aluminium pedals and a smattering of GR badges on the seats, steering wheel and even the starter button.

    Toyota is fitting all models with a Display Audio infotainment system, replete with SmartDeviceLink smartphone mirroring and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The car also gets a Data Communications Module (DCM) that enables the addition of optional T-Connect remote vehicular tracking and operator-enabled services, the latter including a concierge and an emergency call function.

    The C-HR continues to come as standard in Japan with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. New features include the intelligent clearance sonar to guard against pedal misapplication, as well as the optional rear cross traffic auto brake and 360-degree camera system.

    While other markets will receive a more powerful 184 hp 2.0 litre Hybrid model, the JDM model soldiers on with the same two powertrain options as before. The first is a 8AR-FTS 1.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 115 PS and 185 Nm of torque, paired to a CVT. For the first time, Japanese buyers also get an option of a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching.

    The sole Hybrid model continues to utilise a 94 hp/142 Nm 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle engine and a 72 hp/163 Nm electric motor, delivering a combined 122 hp and a WLTP-rated fuel efficiency figure of up to 25.8 km per litre. The GR Sport variant is available with either engine choice, with the petrol version only available with the manual gearbox.

    The GR Sport models also get a few under-the-skin tweaks, such as a centre floor brace to improve structural rigidity, as well as specially-tuned springs, dampers, anti-roll bar and steering for a more dynamic driving experience. The facelifted C-HR goes on sale in Japan today, with prices ranging from 2,367,000 yen (RM91,100) to 3,095,000 yen (RM119,100).

     
  • September 2019 Malaysian vehicle sales down by 13%

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data for the month of September 2019, which saw a total of 44,666 units delivered in the month. The most recent result is 6,482 units – or 13% – less when compared to the 51,148 units recorded in August.

    According to the association, the decline is largely attributed to the number of public holidays that saw a shorter working month, as well as consumers withholding their purchases in anticipation of the Malaysian Budget 2020 (Bajet 2020) announcement.

    Even so, the sales volume for September 2019 is 13,426 units – or 43% – more than the 31,240 units delivered in the same month last year. Looking at year-to-date total industry volume (TIV), the first nine months of 2019 saw 442,991 units delivered, which is 11,864 units – or 2.6% – less than the same corresponding period in 2018.

    For the month of October 2019, the association expects sales volume to improve upon September’s recorded figure due to a longer working month.

     
  • Hyundai iMax N “Drift Bus” – 402 hp, 555 Nm, 8 seats

    Hyundai’s line of N performance vehicles such as the i30 N and Veloster N are all well and good, but their latest creation is a lot more special. This is the iMax N “Drift Bus,” and as you can see, it’s a Grand Starex (also known as the iMax in Australia) that has undergone quite a number of modifications to become a bit of a monster.

    Unfortunately, you can’t actually buy the iMax N due to it being a one-off concept, which started out as an April Fool’s joke earlier this year but ended up being turned into a reality courtesy of Hyundai Australia.

    The company started out by throwing out the standard 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which made just 168 hp and 441 Nm of torque. In its place is a 3.5 litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with 402 hp and 555 Nm, with drive being sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a welded differential.

    According to Drive, the size of the engine meant the firewall had to be opened up to make room, while bespoke mounts and a new tailshaft were required to ensure the driveline fits. The MPV’s air-conditioning system had to be discarded too, which is why the sunroof is open in the video so everyone inside can breathe properly.

    Content with the powertrain, the team then went on to modify other aspects of the large van by adding on 348 mm discs brakes and four-piston calipers at the front (the rear drum brakes are untouched), adapting the i30 N’s wheels to a six-stud pattern, fitting a custom splitter from an aftermarket part for a Nissan GT-R, moulding an i30 N’s rear bumper to size, slapping on N badges and painting it N Performance Blue.

    Inside, Hyundai fitted the front seats, shift paddles and a steering wheel from the i30 N, while re-upholstering the remaining back two rows of seats – complete with stitching and logos. Yes, this isn’t a stripped-out iMax, and you’ll be able to bring seven of your friends along for a ride.

    The end result is certainly entertaining, as you get to see a practical, eight-seat MPV that weighs more than two tonnes go sideways for most of the time on the Pheasant Wood race track in Marulan. The iMax N will make its public debut at this weekend’s World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park.

     
 

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