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  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride – FCV with 1,000 km range

    Here comes another interesting concept from Toyota, the “Fine-Comfort Ride,” which the company proposes to be “a new form of premium saloon.” The proportions clearly beg to differ, but in it are clever ideas, one of which is the employment of flexible seating layout that adjusts to an individual’s posture.

    Toyota said the concept of “wearing comfort (being wrapped in comfort)” embodies the future of mobility that provides additional values and is not simply just another “ride.” There’s also an Agent function with touch displays built into the side windows, which allows the driver and occupants to freely access information. All four seats swivel freely as well.

    The Fine-Comfort Ride is a fuel cell vehicle (FCV), which means it gets the same propulsion technology as the Toyota Mirai. Instead of relying on conventional batteries to power the electric motor, the hydrogen fuel cell system attains electrical power by fusing hydrogen and oxygen to produce the required voltage. The source of “fuel” is hydrogen and hydrogen only, with the byproduct being water vapour as opposed to CO2. Refuelling takes just three minutes.

    With this concept, Toyota claims a cruising range of 1,000 km, which is almost twice that of the Mirai. As for the size of the vehicle, it’s actually considerably larger than the Vellfire, being 4,830 mm long, 1,950 mm wide, 1,650 mm tall and a wheelbase of 3,450 mm.

    The Vellfire on the other hand, is 4,930 mm (+100 mm), 1,850 mm wide (-100 mm), 1,895 mm tall (+245 mm) and with a wheelbase length of 3,000 mm (-450 mm!). Suffice to say, the Fine-Comfort Ride can comfortably seat six individuals, Toyota claims. The pictures show four rotatable seats, but there is another two-seat bench at the rear end of the vehicle.

    Toyota is set to display the concept car at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show, which runs for 12 days from October 25 to November 5, 2017. The theme this year is “Beyond the Motor.”

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  • September 2017 Malaysia vehicle sales down by 20.8%

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data for the month of September 2017, and only 40,981 units were delivered during the month. This represents a decrease of 10,739 units or 20.8% from the number of vehicles that were registered in August.

    The association said the slump in vehicle sales was due to a short working month in September and a more stringent vetting process in hire purchase loan approvals.

    Compared to the same corresponding month in 2016, the sales volume in September 2017 was 7,144 units – or 14.8 % – lower. As for total industry volume (TIV), the year-to-date figure for September is 425,711 units, 1.8% higher than that registered at the same point last year (418,277).

    For October, the association is projecting the sales volume to increase again because of a longer working month.

  • 2018 Honda Super Cub 50 and 110 production moves to Japan, with LED lights, Pro version – from RM8,683

    A motorcycle legend, the Honda Super Cub, is updated for 2018 with the Super Cub 50 and Super Cub 110, and production of both models will move from China to Honda’s Kumamoto, Japan factory. Now coming in base and Pro versions, Japanese domestic pricing, including 8% consumption tax, is set at 232,200 yen (RM8,683) for the Super Cub 50, while the Super Cub 50 Pro retails for 253,800 yen (RM9,491).

    Meanwhile the Super Cub 110 is priced at 275,400 yen (RM10,299) while the Super Cub 110 Pro will set the buyer back 297,000 yen (RM11,107). New for the next generation Super Cub is LED lighting for the headlight and turn signals, along with detachable side covers for enhanced usability.

    Still carrying the air-cooled, single cylinder power plant, the Super Cub 50’s mill displaces 49 cc, while the Super Cub 110 has a 109 cc engine. The Super Cub 50 has a power output of 3.7 PS at 7,500 rpm, with torque rated at 3.8 Nm at 5,500 rpm, while the Super Cub 110 clocks in at 8 PS at 7,500 rpm and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Fuelling is by Honda’s PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, and power gets to the ground via a four-speed centrifugal clutch gearbox and chain final drive – the Super Cub 110 has a larger chain than the 50. Braking is with drum brakes front and rear, while a telescopic fork holds up the front end and twin shock absorbers prop up the back, in traditional Honda Cub style.

    Based on the standard Super Cub 50 and 110, which roll on 17-inch wheels, the Pro version of the Super Cub comes with 14-inch hoops and a basket mounted over the front fender and a rear carrier, with the headlight and turn signals relocated to the front of the basket. The Super Cub Pro is designed for the needs of the newspaper and small package delivery market segment, which is still in demand in Japan.

    The Super Cub 50 is available in Pearl Shining Yellow, Virgin Beige, Moonstone Silver Metallic-U, Tasmania Green Metallic, and Urbane Denim Blue Metallic. The Super Cub 110 is available in Glint Wave Blue Metallic, Classical White, Virgin Beige, Tasmania Green Metallic, and Urbane Denim Blue Metallic, while the Pro version of both Super Cubs comes in Seychelles Night Blue.

  • Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept for SEMA

    The SEMA show in Las Vegas, United States has traditionally been a hub for tuning houses to showcase their extravagant renditions of production cars, and the coming iteration sticks to the proven formula, judging by the Hyundai BTR Edition Sport concept seen here, set for its debut next month.

    Blood Type Racing, which lends its initials to the car, builds upon the Hyundai Elantra Sport as a base, and applies an AutoArt bodykit and paintwork to its exterior. This includes a ‘track-ready’ front lip kit and rear wing, while rolling stock is a set of 19-inch wheels with Toyo T1 Sport tyres mounted.

    Helping the car attain that lowered stance is a set of HSD coilover suspension, while stopping duties are handled by a Fella big brake kit. Other chassis modifications include sway bars, an additional strut tower brace, and chassis brace from Pierce Motorsports.

    Under the hood, the Elantra Sport’s 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine gains a new air intake, revised ECU and a Devil’s Own water/methanol injection system. No output figures quoted but as standard, the Elantra Sport cranks out 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque.

    Inside – though not pictured – is the interior which has also been reworked, receiving a carbon-fibre steering wheel, new upholstery and diamond-stitched floor mats. Other features include LED interior lighting and a custom tool set in the luggage compartment. What do you think of this customised Hyundai Elantra, dear readers?

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  • 2017 EICMA to see launch of new Benelli 250, 400 and 750 parallel-twin engines, new TnT 300 sports bike?

    Italian motorcycle maker Benelli is set to reveal a trio of power plants at the upcoming EICMA, or Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori show in Milan, Italy this November. The three mills will displace 250 cc, 400 cc and 750 cc, and will follow its parallel-twin engines as used in the current model 302R sports bike and TRK 502 adventure bike.

    With its design, research and development headquartered in Pesaro, Italy, and manufacturing base in Wen Ling, China as part of the Geely group, Benelli is looking to cover niche areas in a value-for-performance motorcycle segment. “In terms of engine platforms, we are seeking to expand very rapidly in these two segments, the 400 and 750, and we will have different type of frames in different types of bikes,” said Dante Bustos, Benelli marketing director for Americas, Asia and Africa regions.

    “We are also working on the lower displacement engines, like the 150 cc single-cylinder, and also 250 cc single-cylinder, which is our target for next year,” said Bustos. According to Bustos, Benelli is not just concentrating on the small bike market, but expanding throughout the entire displacement range and will be showing at least 10 new models at EICMA.

    This will, he said during an exclusive interview with, include expanding the Benelli TRK adventure bike range into the 250 cc and 750 cc engine sizes, a niche currently occupied by machines such as the Honda CRF250L, Kawasaki Versys-X 250 and Suzuki V-Strom 250. Bustos said the TRK 250 and 750 versions will be hitting the market by 2019, or perhaps earlier.

    “2018 we are going to release three new motorcycles, new frame and new type of bike,” said Bustos. “We cannot release too many models in a year, but we plan to release a 250, a 400 and 750 between 2018 and 2019,” he continued.

    “We are also planning to release a brand-new engine type in the coming years,” Bustos. Pressed for details, Bustos declined to comment, but said it will be very interesting for the rider.

    Bustos said all the new developments will be shown at EICMA, including new headlights, design style and the such, which also includes a new TnT300 naked sports. Other new developments in the pipeline for Benelli include electronic riding aids for its current model range as well as an electric motorcycle.

  • Toyota investigation on aluminium materials from Kobe Steel reveals no issues, other materials ongoing

    Last week, it was reported that Kobe Steel, a major Japanese steel manufacturer, disclosed it had fabricated data about the quality of the aluminium and copper it had provided to clients, among them a number of automakers.

    News of the emerging scandal prompted a response from Japanese automakers affected as a result of the altered or falsified data issued by Kobe Steel, with all saying they were investigating the issue.

    One of the automakers was Toyota, which said last week that Kobe Steel aluminium-based materials were used in hoods, rear doors and peripheral areas in its vehicles, but added that the issue was limited to its plants in Japan and that factories in other countries weren’t affected.

    Now, the automaker has issued a statement in response to the matter. It said its investigations had
    identified the aluminium plates purchased directly from Kobe Steel, and analysis had revealed that the materials were up to all applicable statutory standards as well as its own internal standard in terms of safety and durability requirements.

    It added that investigations are ongoing for other products from Kobe Steel that were subsequently identified, among them copper and steel products (tubes, wiring and powder), saying it will continue to examine non-aluminium items on the list for any potential issues or impact.

  • SPIED: G20 BMW 3 Series seen again, with interior

    The upcoming, G20-generation BMW 3 Series has been spotted running road trials again, and this time we have images of its interior. The test vehicle pictured appears to be a plug-in hybrid variant, judging from the ‘Hybrid Test Vehicle’ sticker appended to its driver’s door and charging socket flap just after of the front wheel arch.

    Here, we can see the adoption of a digital instrument cluster new graphics, along with a revised interior brought up to date and modelled more closely after that of the G30 5 Series. The multi-function steering wheel also get a redesign, though the final, production iteration may almost certainly see more options, especially with M Sport trims.

    The centre console is home to both the iDrive infotainment controller, as well as a new gearknob design, which is reminiscent of the one in the new 2 Series. On its exterior in front, the kidney grilles appear to have its vertical slats significantly canted inwards, which could be an indication of active grille louvres. As with its earlier sighting, the test mule still wears a considerable amount of cladding.

    BMW’s platform approach here is via the Cluster Architecture (CLAR) which the G30 5 Series and G11/G12 7 Series share, and the upcoming G20 3 Series here is expected to follow suit for weight reduction and technical innovations. Here, it is expected to share more with the G30 5 Series in adopting extensive use of aluminium and some magnesium, rather than carbon-fibre as seen in the G11/G12 7 Series’ structure.

    Powertrain options in the G20 3 Series should include the marque’s range of three-, four- and six-cylinder engines fuelled by either petrol or diesel, with the aforementioned plug-in hybrid options to come as well; a fully-electric variant has also been tipped to be in the works.

    Along with the standard rear-wheel drive layout, all-wheel-drive options should remain, and the range-topping M3 (as well as the corresponding two-door M4) is a certainty.

  • McLaren confirms two new Ultimate Series models

    McLaren has confirmed it will be launching two new models parked under its Ultimate Series banner, where you’ll also find the P1. The first, rumoured to be codenamed the P15, is said to be the “most extreme, track-concentrated road car McLaren has yet designed.”

    Our first glimpse of the P15 will only come in the first quarter of 2018, and it will be delivered ahead of a second future Ultimate Series model (codenamed BP23), a “Hyper-GT.” Similar to the P1, the upcoming Ultimate Series models will be produced in very limited numbers, and if you want one, tough luck – all examples have already been accounted for.

    McLaren says the P15 will be a road legal track car that sacrifices daily usability to give the “most intensive driver experience around a circuit.” The company adds the car will be the purest expression its ‘form follows function’ philosophy, and will feature a design described as brutal.

    The accompanying teaser gives us a look at one part of the car, its triple-pipe exhaust setup, which is only one away from matching the Pagani Huayra. Autocar UK reports the P15 will not receive a hybrid powertrain (like the P1), and will instead use an enhanced version of the M840T in the Super Series-branded 720S.

    The car is said to be built around McLaren’s Monocage II carbon-fibre tub, with a weight of less than 1,300 kg to ensure a power-to-weight ratio that eclipses that of the P1. Only 500 units are expected to be produced by McLaren, and the car’s name will be revealed before the end of this year.

  • W205 Mercedes-Benz C200 AMG Line – RM254,888

    The new Mercedes-Benz C 200 AMG Line marks the latest variant to join the local W205 C-Class line-up, slotting above the C 200 Avantgarde with a price of RM254,888 (on-the-road without insurance). This brings the C 200 offering to three flavours – Avantgarde, AMG Line and Exclusive – and it’s available for the first time in the sporty AMG Line.

    The equipment list largely mirrors the C 200 Avantgarde (RM253,888), but for RM1,000 more, you get the full AMG Line makeover, starting with unique exterior bumpers, 18-inch five-spoke AMG alloy wheels (similar to the C 250 AMG Line), flat-bottomed steering wheel and sports suspension. It doesn’t get the panoramic sunroof and adaptive LED headlamps like on the C 250 AMG Line, but LED high performance headlamps are standard.

    Elsewhere, the kit count matches the Avantgarde, with Artico faux leather upholstery (but not on dashboard – that’s only on the C 200 Exclusive and C 250 AMG Line), black open-pore ash trim, analogue clock, seven-inch Audio 20 head unit, push-start button, dual-zone automatic climate control, roller blinds for the rear side windows and rear windscreen, Parking Pilot and a reverse camera.

    Besides the stiffer sports suspension, no changes have been made to the mechanics. It gets the same 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 184 hp at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,200 to 4,000 rpm. For reference, the C 250 bumps output to 211 hp and 350 Nm.

    Drive is sent to the rear wheels through the new-for-2017 nine-speed 9G-Tronic automatic transmission. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.2 seconds and it maxes out at 235 km/h, while fuel consumption is rated to be between 5.6 to 6.1 litres per 100 km. The usual Dynamic Select drive modes and engine start/stop function are standard as well.

    Head on over to to compare all the W205 variants on sale in Malaysia.

  • VIDEO: Nissan teases electric SUV for Tokyo show

    For the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show (TMS), Nissan is set to reveal a new concept that “embodies the future of Nissan Intelligent Mobility,” which is being teased in a video by the Japanese carmaker.

    It was previously rumoured the TMS concept will be an electric SUV, and the vehicle we see here certainly looks the part (Faraday Future FF 91, anyone?). The large SUV features a flat-faced front that progresses to a rakish windscreen. There’s also illumination along the bonnet and the gentle slope of the roofline, but beyond that, everything else is shrouded in darkness.

    Details about the concept are scarce for now, but it is expected to use a revised version of the new Leaf’s platform, albeit with a larger battery pack and more powerful electric motors. The electric powertrain covers one part of the Nissan Intelligent Mobility vision, which was announced at this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

    The other aspects of the vision include Intelligent Driving that includes technologies like ProPILOT autonomous driving. In the video, we see a digital signboard that reads “Autonomous Drive Recommended,” and should expect the concept to showcase such features.

    Lastly, Intelligent Integration focuses on how cars integrate into society, with the concept being able to connect to social infrastructure such as road, information and electric power networks via vehicle-to-X (V2X) technology.


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