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  • 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e now in Malaysia – W206 PHEV with 313 PS, 117 km EV range; fr RM355k est

    2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e now in Malaysia – W206 PHEV with 313 PS, 117 km EV range; fr RM355k est

    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has introduced the C350e AMG Line to the fifth-generation (W206) C-Class range. The new plug-in hybrid variant is locally assembled (CKD) in Pekan, Pahang and is currently listed with an estimated price of RM355,000 on-the-road without insurance.

    It joins the existing C200 Avantgarde that goes for RM292,888 and replaces the C300 AMG Line that was previously priced at RM333,888. The latter was confirmed by MBM during a press conference following the reveal, and a quick check of the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia website revealed the C300 spec sheet has indeed been removed.

    The C350e features a 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine that serves up 204 PS (201 hp or 150 kW) at 6,100 rpm and 320 Nm of torque from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. This is augmented by an electric motor rated at 129 PS (127 hp or 95 kW) and 440 Nm, which is integrated into the nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

    This setup yields a total system output of 313 PS (308 hp or 230 kW) and 550 Nm, which is good for top speed of 245 km/h (0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds), or 140 km/h if running purely on electricity. On that mention, the C350e has a lithium-ion battery with an energy capacity of 25.4 kWh that enables an all-electric range of up to 117 km following the WLTP standard – the battery is covered by a six-year/100,000-km warranty on top of the usual four-year manufacturer warranty.

    For context, the fourth-generation (W205) C300e facelift, which was previewed in Malaysia way back in June 2019, had a 13.5-kWh battery for up to 50 km of electric-only range. That model was never launched here – we did get the pre-facelift model though – so the return of a PHEV variant for the C-Class means the G20 BMW 330e now has a direct rival.

    In terms of charging, the C350e supports AC charging at a max capacity of 11 kW, with a full charge taking two hours when plugged into a charger capable of that output power. Unlike in Thailand, the Malaysian-spec C350e does not come with DC fast charging at 50 kW, which is capable of getting the battery from a 0-80% state of charge within 20 minutes.

    Standard equipment for the C350e includes the AMG Line package, which is represented by a grille insert featuring a star mesh pattern, sporty front and rear bumpers, more prominent exhaust finishers as well as a rear diffuser-like element. This is accompanied by the Night Package that adds black trim on the exterior. The C350e is the only W206 C-Class variant that comes with self-levelling air suspension on the rear axle to compensate for the battery’s weight, while the front stays on steel springs.

    2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e now in Malaysia – W206 PHEV with 313 PS, 117 km EV range; fr RM355k est

    Other items are Digital Light LED headlamps with Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, a panoramic sunroof, 18-inch AMG five-spoke alloy wheels, Thermatic dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a Nappa leather sports steering wheel, Artico man-made leather upholstery, metal-weave trim, powered front seats with memory function, ambient lighting, manual sunblinds for the left and right rear doors, a wireless charging pad, Guard 360, Keyless-Go, AMG floor mats and Hands-Free Access.

    Infotainment is the Mercedes-Benz User Experience, which is linked to an 11.9-inch central touchscreen and 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display. The system supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and comes with a LTE communications module for Mercedes me connect services, a fingerprint scanner and augmented reality for navigation.

    As for safety and driver assistance systems, the C350e is equipped with, Pre-Safe, pre-installation for Distronic, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist as well as the Parking package with a reverse camera, Active Parking Assist with Parktronic and a 360-degree camera.

    GALLERY: 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e AMG Line preview in Malaysia

    GALLERY: 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e AMG Line preview in Malaysia official photos

  • Grab’s bid to buy foodpanda ASEAN unit falls through – Delivery Hero says it has terminated discussions

    Grab’s bid to buy foodpanda ASEAN unit falls through – Delivery Hero says it has terminated discussions

    Delivery Hero has announced that talks between it and Grab over the sale of its foodpanda Southeast Asian business to the latter have ended, Business Times reports. In a statement, the German multi-national online food ordering and food delivery company said it had terminated discussions on the potential sale, without naming any parties.

    This comes following weeks of speculation on whether the deal would be struck. Earlier this month, it was reported that Grab’s bid for the foodpanda’s Southeast Asian business had fallen through, with the talks having collapsed due to issues concerning pricing. This was then denied by Delivery Hero, which said that negotiations for the potential sale were still ongoing.

    In its announcement, the Berlin-based company said that at the start of the month, it remained optimistic that it would reach agreeable terms to ink a deal. “At that time, the company believed it had reached an alignment with the potential buyer on the fundamental terms regarding the sale of the business. However, Delivery Hero took the decision to withdraw from negotiations as this is no longer the case,” its statement read.

    Grab’s bid to buy foodpanda ASEAN unit falls through – Delivery Hero says it has terminated discussions

    News of the potential sale first emerged last September, when German business magazine Wirtschaftswoche reported that Delivery Hero was in negotiations to sell the foodpanda brand in the region to Grab for more than one billion euros (RM5.1 billion).

    While its Asia business – which covers Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos – is Delivery Hero’s largest market, growth has dropped since pandemic lockdowns eased, and the company was said to be looking to focus on profitability following years of heavy investment.

    Delivery Hero said it remains open to mergers and acquisitions and will continue to assess potential strategic alternatives, but added that it will only proceed with negotiations where there is a high certainty of closing a deal.

  • JPJ eBid: SWK and BRV number plates up for bidding

    JPJ has announced that SWK and BRV are the next number plate series to go up for bidding on its online auction platform, JPJ eBid.

    Sabah’s latest running number series is ‘SWK’, and it opened for tender yesterday, February 22. The bidding period on JPJeBid is five days, ending 10pm on February 26. As usual, the results will be out the following day. The whole process is online now, as it has been for some time, and bidders will get the good (or bad) news via email.

    Also available on JPJ eBid is the Selangor series ‘BRV’. The bidding period starts today February 23 and will close at 10pm on February 27. Results will be out the day after the auction closes.

    New car coming soon and want a nice number plate for the new ride? Why not DIY and skip the reseller’s markup and runner fees? If you have never bid for a number yourself, check out our step-by-step guide on how to navigate JPJ eBid and the techniques needed to get your preferred number at “retail price”.

    It’s quite a nice duo we have here today – SWK is good for Sarawak (funnily, the plate is from Sabah) and BRV is of course a Honda model. Unfortunately, the BR-V has been discontinued in Malaysia and the new model will not be introduced here. Plate swapping is of course possible.

  • Sime Darby Motors may need to raise car prices following 2% service tax hike in March – reports

    Sime Darby Motors may need to raise car prices following 2% service tax hike in March – reports

    In Budget 2024, the Madani government announced a 2% service tax increase from 6% to 8%, and it will start on March 1. Exemptions include services for food and beverage, telecommunications, vehicle parking and logistics; but expect to see the tax hike in areas such as vehicle servicing, which has labour charges.

    It may be just a service tax increase and not an overall sales and service tax (SST) hike, but car prices might go up as well, in tandem with the overall cost of doing business. At least that’s the case for the Sime Darby Group, reported by The Edge.

    According to group CEO Datuk Jeffri Salim Davidson, Sime Darby – which motors division is a distributor and/or dealer of brands such as BMW, BYD, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, Volvo and Porsche – is expected to increase car prices in Malaysia. Sime Darby also recently became the majority shareholder of UMW Toyota Motor (Toyota and Lexus) and Perodua via a takeover of UMW.

    Sime Darby Motors may need to raise car prices following 2% service tax hike in March – reports

    According to the report, Jeffri said Sime Darby will treat the tax rate increase, which will be applicable to all other automotive players as well, as part of its cost of doing business. However, the increase won’t be a flat 2% as there are many factors involved.

    “In theory, yes [car prices will increase]. But the car price is set depending on competition, so it won’t exactly be 2%. And then we have other factors that come into play. So, it’s difficult to say exactly that car prices will go up by 2%,” he told the media on Wednesday.

    This is an example of prices indirectly affected by a seemingly unrelated tax, as the overall cost of doing business increases and companies seek to maintain their margins. Speaking of higher prices, there’s also the high value goods tax (HVGT) and fuel subsidy rationalisation to ‘look forward to’ this year.

  • Jaecoo J7 – Malaysia to be the first SEA country to launch SUV in first half of 2024; CKD; from RM160k est

    Jaecoo J7 – Malaysia to be the first SEA country to launch SUV in first half of 2024; CKD; from RM160k est

    Malaysia will be the first country in Southeast Asia to get the Jaecoo J7, which will be launched in the first half of 2024. Jaecoo will be marketed as a completely separate brand from Chery and its introduction here will be accompanied by 20 dealerships ready to go nationwide.

    The J7 has already undergone off-road testing at the Malaysia 4WD Training and Experience Centre (M4TREC) last month, with the company boasting the capability of the All Road Drive Intelligent System (ARDIS) with seven selectable terrain modes.

    Prior to this, the premium off-roader was previewed to members of the media as well as potential dealer investors, where we also got initial specifications. Under the bonnet of the J7 is a 1.6 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine that outputs 197 PS (194 hp or 145 kW) and 290 Nm of torque, paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    In terms of dimensions, the J7 measures 4,500 mm long, 1,865 mm wide, 1,680 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,672 mm. That makes it about the size of a Toyota Corolla Cross while also smaller than the Mazda CX-5.

    Other key stats include a ground clearance of 200 mm, a wading depth of 600 mm, 21 degrees of approach angle and 29 degrees of departure angle. The J7 also has a maximum towing capacity of 1,300 kg, a roof load capacity of 75 kg as well as a boot space of 412 litres.

    A finalised kit list isn’t out yet, but the preview vehicles were equipped with a head-up display, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 14.8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, climatised front seats, dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a powered tailgate and a panoramic sunroof. There are also 21 intelligent driving functions (or ADAS), including automatic emergency braking (AEB), lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, just to name a few.

    At the time, we were told the J7 will be priced close to the Chery Tiggo 8, which goes for RM159,800, and it will be locally-assembled (CKD) from the start. The J7 isn’t the only ruggedised SUV coming our way, as there’s also the GWM Tank 300 that arrived in Malaysia earlier this month. Which one are you looking forward to?

    GALLERY: Jaecoo J7 preview in Malaysia

    GALLERY: Jaecoo J7 at M4TREC

  • 2024 WSBK: Petronas MIE Racing Honda show team colours – Adam Norrodin and SuperKIP to race

    2024 WSBK: Petronas MIE Racing Honda show team colours – Adam Norrodin and SuperKIP to race

    Opening their campaign for the 2024 World Superbike Championship are Petronas MIE Racing Honda, at a special launch at Phillip Island circuit in Australia. With Malaysian national oil company Petronas sponsoring MIE Racing in 2023, the team will campaign both WSBK and World SuperSport (WSSP) in 2024.

    Leading the charge for Petronas MIE Racing Honda in WSBK are Malaysian racer Adam Norrodin and British rider Tarran Mackenzie, both of whom earned a promotion to the top rank after spending time in WSSP. For the WSSP team, MI Racing will field Malaysian rider Khairul Idham Bin Pawi, better known the racing fans as “Super KIP” and Japanese rider Kaito Toba.

    Adam Norrodin

    All four riders are rookies in their respective categories and team principal Midori Moriwaki is placing high hopes on their shoulders for this year. “I am happy and proud to present the Petronas MIE Racing Honda team, along with the four incredibly strong riders who will represent them,” said Midori.

    “Adam and Tarran have demonstrated their significant talent and competitive spirit by scoring points at every opportunity and securing the team’s first victory in the SSP category before moving to SBK this year,” she added.

    Moriwaki and Petronas share a common mission to facilitate the growth path of young Asian riders on the world stage, with the team’s riders representing both Malaysia and Japan, as well as the UK. The team is mounting their challenge on the Honda CBR1000RR-R and the CBR600RR with the bikes debuting at the opening round of WSBK at Philip Island on February 24 and 25.

    Adam, riding the #27 CBR1000RR-R superbike, is optimistic about his chances this year in WSBK. “This year I jump up to the 1000cc bike, which marks the start of a new chapter for me. It’s an exciting challenge and I will work very hard to learn and progress, round by round,” said Adam.

    Khairul Idham Pawi

    Meanwhile, Super KIP is happy to be back in the saddle on the #89 WSSP CBR600RR and cannot wait to get started. “Our tests at Almeria and also here have gone well and have allowed me to get to know the new bike and team. It’s all been quite positive so far, and we’ve already improved a little in terms of top speed,” said Khairul.

    The racing Honda CBR1000RR-R and CBR600RR are decked out in Petronas’ iconic teal green livery with a gold stripe marking the oil company’s 50th anniversary. In Malaysia, the 2023 Honda CBR1000RR-R 30th Anniversary Edition superbike retails at RM208,000.

  • 2024 Suzuki Jimny 5-Door launched in Indonesia – 102 PS/130 Nm 1.5L; 4AT and 5MT; priced from RM142k

    2024 Suzuki Jimny 5-Door launched in Indonesia – 102 PS/130 Nm 1.5L; 4AT and 5MT; priced from RM142k

    The Suzuki Jimny 5-Door has been launched in Indonesia following its initial debut in India in January 2024. Revealed at this year’s Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS), the elongated off-roader is priced from 476.5 million rupiah (RM145,986).

    That amount is for the four-speed automatic variant, but there’s also a cheaper five-speed manual option at 462 million rupiah (RM141,563). Customers have six colour schemes to choose from, including three two-tone ones with a Pearl Bluish Black roof, although these cost an addition three million rupiah (RM919). There are also optional upgrade packages that are themed (Camping Style, Marine Style, Street Style) and include a variety of accessories.

    Regardless of transmission type, the Jimny 5-Door gets the same AllGrip Pro 4WD system and K15B engine as the 3-Door. The latter is a 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated inline-four petrol unit serves up 102 PS at 6,000 rpm and 130 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

    2024 Suzuki Jimny 5-Door launched in Indonesia – 102 PS/130 Nm 1.5L; 4AT and 5MT; priced from RM142k

    The 5-Door is clearly a larger vehicle than the 3-Door and has an increased over length of 3,965 mm (315 mm) and wheelbase of 2,590 mm (+340 mm), resulting in a larger turning radius of 5.7 metres (compared to 4.85 metres). The width (1,645 mm), height (1,720 mm), front track (1,395 mm), rear track (1,405 mm) and ground clearance (210 mm) are identical for both models.

    With the 5-Door, the approach angle is reduced to 36 degrees (37 degrees for the 3-Door), and the same is also true of the breakover angle at 24 degrees (28 degrees for the 3-Door) and departure angle at 47 degrees (49 degrees for the 3-Door). An upside is there’s more legroom for rear passengers than there is in the 3-Door, which is also a four-seater.

    In terms of standard equipment, the Indonesian-spec Jimny 5-Door gets a black front grille with chrome accents, which is something not found on the 3-Door, so that’s one way to tell them apart. Other items include 15-inch alloy wheels (with 195/80 profile tyres), LED projector headlamps, front fog lamps, automatic air-conditioning, fabric seat upholstery as well as a 9-inch Display Audio head unit, the last of which is exclusive to the 5-Door and larger than the 6.8-inch in the 3-Door.

    2024 Suzuki Jimnny Indonesian spec sheet

    The lengthened body of the 5-Door also brings with it side and curtain airbags for a total of six, with the 3-Door having just the regular dual front airbags. No active safety systems available for either model, leaving just the passive stuff like ABS, ESP, hill start assist and brake assist.

    Comparing pricing, the 5-Door with a manual transmission costs 18.1 million rupiah (RM5,547) more than the 3-Door with the same gearbox. The gap becomes 15.1 million rupiah (RM4,627) with the automatic variants. In Malaysia, we only get the Jimny in 3-Door guise which retails for RM174,900 (OTR without insurance), so if the 5-Door makes its way here, expect to pay more for the longer body model.

    GALLERY: Suzuki Jimny 5-Door at Singapore Motorshow 2024

  • Hong Leong Yamaha goes racing with Yamaha Tekhne AHM Motor Sports team in 2024 Malaysian Cub Prix

    Hong Leong Yamaha goes racing with Yamaha Tekhne AHM Motor Sports team in 2024 Malaysian Cub Prix

    Continuing its legacy of involvement in Malaysian motorcycle racing, Hong Leong Yamaha Motor launches the Yamaha Tekhne AHM Motor Sports team. A partnership between Yamaha and automotive parts giant Tekhne, the team has a history in the local motorcycle racing scene going back 35 years.

    The team will compete in the CP150 and CP125 classes in the 2024 Malaysian Cub Prix. A team of five young riders is led by Kenny Chua as team chairman and chief executive officer William Chua.

    In the CP150 class, the Yamaha Tekhne team will field Iqbal Amri Malik, Faiz Zekri dan Syukran Aizat. Meanwhile in the CP125 category, the challenge is led by Afizad Supaat and Iqram Danish for this season.

  • PJD Link not cancelled, simply postponed to review the realignment in PJ, says Selangor exco member

    PJD Link not cancelled, simply postponed to review the realignment in PJ, says Selangor exco member

    The Petaling Jaya Dispersal Link (PJD Link) isn’t quite dead yet, it seems. The project hasn’t been canned, but a decision on it has been postponed to allow for a realignment review to be made for certain areas, as Scoop reports.

    According to Selangor infrastructure and agriculture exco member Izham Hashim, although the state government has yet to make any decision regarding the project, the developer has been informed to review the alignment plans involving Petaling Jaya.

    “The state government’s stand is simple. There is a need to relook the highway alignment, especially in PJ. We have informed the developer to propose some ideas,” he told the publication. The news report added that PLAN Malaysia Selangor has apparently approved PJD Link’s SIA, allowing the project to commence.

    Izham said the state government will make a decision after an internal meeting is held between the respective state and parliamentary representatives to discuss the social impact assessment (SIA) findings. “Prior to this, we did not have information pertaining to the SIA. There are also some protests over the project. We will discuss them in his meeting,” he said.

    He added that the state government has requested that what has been tabled at the Selangor Economic Action Council be postponed until the internal meeting is held.

    PJD Link not cancelled, simply postponed to review the realignment in PJ, says Selangor exco member

    The proposed 25.4 km-long, dual-lane elevated expressway project was initially cancelled in July last year, and then said to be open to revival in the future should it meet requirements. It is aimed at connecting Damansara to Bandar Kinrara in Selangor, linking the north and south of Petaling Jaya by passing through Petaling Jaya Utara, Bandar Utama, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Petaling Jaya city centre, Taman Dato’ Harun, Taman Medan Baru, Taman Sri Manja, Bandar Kinrara and Bukit Jalil Technology Park.

    The original plan for the route has 11 interchanges, located at Bandar Utama, SPRINT, Damansara Intan, Jalan Universiti, Federal Highway, Jalan Barat/Jalan Sultan, NPE, KESAS, Jalan Puchong, Jalan Kinrara 1 and the Bukit Jalil Highway. The expressway, which was to be 100% privately funded, was originally targeted to commence construction in mid-2023 with an estimated completion time of three years.

    The project was approved in principle by the cabinet in November 2017 before the state government approved the project, again in principle, in September 2020, subject to environmental impact (EIA), social impact (SIA) and traffic impact (TIA) assessment reports.

    On July 31, then caretaker Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari had announced the state government’s decision to scrap the project due to unsatisfactory impact assessment reports. However, he later said the project could be revived in the future if it met requirements and satisfied the public.

  • 2024 Audi Q2 updated in Europe – new 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, 8.8-inch touchscreen, more safety tech

    2024 Audi Q2 updated in Europe – new 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, 8.8-inch touchscreen, more safety tech

    While the Audi Q2 may not live to see another generation, the German carmaker has announced a tech update for the compact crossover in Europe. Now with a slightly higher starting price of 28,600 euros (RM147,935) in Germany, changes to the Q2 bring it more in line with other models in the range.

    According to Audi, every new Q2 will be equipped with the 12.3-inch virtual cockpit digital instrument cluster and an 8.8-inch touchscreen effective immediately. The latter is linked to the brand’s MMI infotainment system and also sees a redesigned centre console with storage compartment in place of the previous rotary dial control.

    As for the virtual cockpit, it is a common feature in many Audis and replaces the Q2’s traditional dials with a high-resolution (1,920 x 720 pixels) display. This comes with a number of customisation options, including specific designs depending on the chosen equipment level.

    2024 Audi Q2 updated in Europe – new 12.3-inch virtual cockpit, 8.8-inch touchscreen, more safety tech

    In addition to the new-for-the-Q2 displays, the crossover also adds traffic sign recognition, lane departure warning and rear park assist to its range of standard equipment. Everything else about the Q2 remains unchanged from before.

    The Q2 was first introduced in Malaysia back in 2019 and we even got the facelifted model in 2021 before the PHS Automotive takeover in 2022. At last check, the facelifted Q2 retails for RM236,900 (OTR without insurance), but it has since been removed from Audi Malaysia’s lineup, leaving just the Q3 as the company’s entry-level crossover.

  • VinFast enters Indonesia – four EVs to be launched; EV factory with 50,000-unit annual capacity to be built

    VinFast enters Indonesia – four EVs to be launched; EV factory with 50,000-unit annual capacity to be built

    VinFast has presented its range of right-hand drive electric vehicles (EVs) at this year’s Indonesia International Motor Show. At the event, the Vietnamese carmaker displayed the VF5, VF e34, VF6, VF7, VF8 and VF9, with the first four models set to go on sale in Indonesia to cover segments A to C.

    At the event, the company said it will partner with local suppliers to establish a nationwide charging network, while also announcing partnerships with five dealers. It also revealed it will provide 600 EVs through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed with three Jakarta-based companies, namely PT Energi Mandiri Bumi Pertiwi, PT Sumber Amarta Jaya and PT Teknologi Karya Digital Nusa Tbk.

    In terms of model rollout, VinFast has opened the order books for two models in the A- and B-SUV segments, which are the VF5 and VF e34 respectively. Further details such as model pricing, order times and aftersales policies will be announced within the first half of 2024, the company noted.

    These initiatives build upon the company’s previous announcement that it would set up a local EV manufacturing plant in Indonesia. With an investment capital of 18.6 trillion rupiah (about RM5.7 billion) the plant is expected to have a capacity of 50,000 units yearly and create thousands of jobs.

    VinFast VF5

    Referring to VinFast’s Indonesian website, the VF5 will feature a front-mounted electric motor rated at 136 PS (134 hp or 100 kW). This is powered by a 37.23-kWh battery that provides a range of up to 349 km following the NEDC standard.

    The VF5 will get from 0-100 km/h in 11 seconds and supports DC fast charging, with a 10-70% state of charge (SoC) reached in under 30 minutes. It’s a relatively small car, measuring in at 3,967 mm long, 1,723 mm wide, 1,578 mm tall and has a wheelbase spanning 2,514 mm. Other dimensions include a ground clearance of 168 mm and boot space of 260 litres.

    As for the VF e34, it measures 4,300 mm long, 1,768 mm wide, 1,615 mm tall and its wheelbase spans 2,611 mm. The larger size also sees an increased boot capacity of 290 litres, while the ground clearance is listed at 180 mm.

    VinFast VF e34

    The VF e34 also has an electric motor at the front, albeit more powerful at 150 PS (148 hp or 110 kW) for a 0-100 km/h of around nine seconds. There’s also a higher-capacity battery at 44.5 kWh, although the claimed range is a specific 318.6 km (NEDC) – a 10-70% SoC takes 27 minutes.

    The VF5 is offered in six colours schemes, including two two-tone options with a white roof, while the VF e34 comes in monochrome hues. Interestingly, the warranties differ for these models, with the VF5 being covered for seven years, while it’s 10 years for the VF e34.

    GALLERY: VinFast VF5

    GALLERY: VinFast VF e34

    GALLERY: VinFast launch at Indonesia International Motor Show 2024

  • New year, new car! Auspicious promotions await you at Sime Darby Motors City this weekend, Feb 23-25!

    New year, new car! Auspicious promotions await you at Sime Darby Motors City this weekend, Feb 23-25!

    Motor into the Year of the Dragon with style and authority, as you catch the opportunities and prosperity that awaits. First stop: Sime Darby Motors City this weekend, February 23-25. Auspicious deals from BMW, BYD, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI and Volvo are in store, and if you’re into two-wheelers, BMW Motorrad too.

    Start the year right with a new ride, with the bonus of great deals and attractive perks!


    BMW enthusiasts, you’re in for a treat with exclusive attractive rebates on selected BMW models from Auto Bavaria, the premier dealership for all things BMW. The great prices will be topped off with low interest rates and a complimentary BMW Wallbox for selected models, providing convenient and efficient home charging.

    BMW’s all-electric models come with a high voltage battery that is supported by an extended warranty of eight years or 160,000 km, ensuring peace of mind for years to come.


    Go on and express yourself fully with a new MINI. Unleash your inner dragon and grab the opportunities that come your way with a fun and agile partner. Attractive cash rebates coupled with low interest rates are in store, along with special deals for corporate sales – enquire at Auto Bavaria.

    Also, this is the last chance for you to own the MINI Countryman, a great combination of fun and practicality.

    BMW Motorrad

    Bikers, ride into a year of prosperity with a new BMW Motorrad. Auto Bavaria’s open house this weekend will have irresistible deals on selected models. There are also hassle-free financing packages tailored to meet your needs, so you can fully enjoy the freedom afforded by a two-wheeler.

    Ride with confidence, knowing that you’re backed by a comprehensive three-year warranty. Test rides will also be available for selected models.


    If you’re considering a new EV, head over to Hyundai to check out the marque’s Ioniq EVs that are strong in tech and unique in design.

    Plenty of perks await, including a ParkEasy Plus bundle that comes with RM720 worth of ParkEasy credits, 15% discount on Shell Recharge High Performance Charging sites and 10% cashback on Shell Recharge Destination Sites for one year. That will ease you nicely into electric motoring.

    For ICE-powered models, you’ll drive home with a Touch n Go card with RM600 preloaded. Don’t forget to enquire about the attractive rebates and low financing rates from 1.58% this weekend!

    Jaguar Land Rover

    There’s a new arrival over at Jaguar Land Rover, and it’s the latest Range Rover Evoque facelift. Ever so stylish, check out the revamped SUV’s latest tech and features, and give it a spin around the block this weekend.

    No shortage of perks at JLR, including a complimentary insurance voucher worth up to RM22k* when you purchase selected new vehicles, five-year warranty and servicing, plus three-year roadside assistance.

    There’s also a wide selection of pre-owned models with minimum two years of warranty and servicing, combining value and peace of mind. The approved Jaguar I-PACE at RM379k* is an example of the good deals in store. Get more details from Jaguar Land Rover showrooms in the Klang Valley @ Ara Damansara (03-92123102) and Penang (04-2913116)


    BYD has took the Malaysian EV market by storm with the BYD ATTO 3 and BYD Dolphin, combining the latest in battery technology which is the blade battery with great value for money. The latter is boosted further this weekend where you’ll find attractive financing rates from 0%, special cash rebates and complimentary wallbox for your home charging needs.

    Also on offer are charging credits to ease you into habit of charging, and a three-year service package.


    You’re a tough guy and pick-up trucks are your sort of thing? You would already know about Ford’s legendary Ranger, so come over this weekend to sample the Ranger XLT, XLT Plus and the desirable and capable Raptor.

    Sign on the line this weekend and you’ll get a two-year free maintenance programme. The Ranger XLT Plus comes with an exclusive set of cup holders worth RM565 from the Ford Genuine Accessories range.


    If you’ve had eyes on a sleek new Volvo, this is the time to act, as all models come with complimentary Polestar and the VSA5+ service and maintenance package. This is applicable to all Volvo models, whether it’s one of the sleek and practical SUVs or a handsome Swede sedan.

    Auto Selection

    Don’t forget to check out the wide range of quality used cars from Auto Selection, Sime Darby Motors’ pre-owned car division. Purchase with peace of mind, as vehicles from Auto Selection are free from flood, fire or major accident damage, and the mileage you see is always actual – no tampering!

    Auto Selection performs full inspection and refurbishment on cars and provides extended warranty and complimentary service packages. There are also amazing limited time deals for this weekend’s open house, as well as high trade-in value. Don’t skip Auto Selection!

    Once again, the location is Sime Darby Motors City, February 23-25 – RSVP here.

    *Terms and conditions apply

  • Proton Arena was once crash tested by ANCAP in 2009 – two-door ute was given a one-star safety rating

    Proton Arena was once crash tested by ANCAP in 2009 – two-door ute was given a one-star safety rating

    For throwback Thursday (last week), the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) dug through its archives and uploaded a video of a crash test involving the Proton Jumbuck, which we know here as the Arena.

    The Arena is based on the Wira but with two less seats to make room for a bed at the back. Launched in Malaysia in 2002, the ute would eventually make its way to Australia in 2003 and continued to be sold there until 2009. A replacement was mooted in the past but this never materialised.

    ANCAP tested the Jumbuck in September 2009 and gave it a one-star rating in terms of occupant protection, with the vehicle scoring just 1 out of 16 points in the offset crash test carried out at 64 km/h.

    In its report, ANCAP said “the passenger compartment was severely deformed” and “protection from head injury was poor for the driver and passenger.” The Jumbuck did better in the side impact crash test with a score of 7.39 out of 16 points, although it was pointed out that “there was a high risk of life-threatening chest injury for the driver.”

    ANCAP also pointed out “the Jumbuck has minimal safety features,” as no variants of the model came with airbags, seatbelt pretensioners, ABS/EBD/brake assist, electronic stability control and more. Following the report, Proton Cars Australia advised ANCAP that this model is being discontinued and the Jumbuck was axed after seven years in Australia.

    In the years after the Jumbuck, other Proton models tested by ANCAP performed better. These included the S16 (Saga) in 2010 that got a three-star rating, while in 2013, the Exora got a four-star rating. The same year also saw the Preve and Suprima S receive a five-star safety rating.

  • PDRM saman 50% discount at Program Madani Rakyat Zon Tengah event – Feb 23-25 in Kuala Selangor

    PDRM <em>saman</em> 50% discount at Program Madani Rakyat Zon Tengah event – Feb 23-25 in Kuala Selangor

    PDRM is offering 50% discounts on saman from February 23-25. The campaign is in conjunction with the Program Madani Rakyat Zon Tengah event happening at the Kompleks Sukan Kuala Selangor. The hours are 9am to 10pm on all three days.

    The cops say that the 30% discount is applicable to saman excluding those involving traffic lights, emergency lane, double line overtaking, dangerous overtaking/queue cutting, accidents, non-compound (NC), court cases, exhaust modification and those involving heavy vehicles/lorries. Also not included are Op Selamat tickets.

    Great opportunity for you to wipe the slate clean at half price, if you’re in Kuala Selangor and kawasan yang sewaktu dengannya.

  • Woman found dead inside parked car at hospital in Ipoh – victim feel asleep without opening windows

    Woman found dead inside parked car at hospital in Ipoh – victim feel asleep without opening windows

    A woman was found dead inside a car parked at the parking lot of the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital on Tuesday, reports The Star. According to the police, the woman was sleeping in the backseat without opening the car windows and the case has been classified as sudden death while awaiting post-mortem.

    Ipoh district police chief ACP Yahaya Hassan revealed the victim was taking care of her father who was warded at the hospital. “She had come to the car to rest at the backseat without winding down the windows,” he said.

    “The police had received a call from the hospital’s security guard on Tuesday evening stating that he believed a woman was unconscious, and had probably died inside the car. With the help of firefighters, the car doors were opened, and checks by medical officers confirmed that the woman died,” he added.

    Yahaya advised the public not to have the habit of sleeping in their cars. This is because if the car engine was switched off, the air-conditioning system would not function which can lead to a lack of oxygen that can cause sudden death. It’s also not advisable to sleep in a parked car with the engine and air-conditioning running because it can resulted in carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.


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