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  • Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival – Season 5 Round 2 sees high-impact track action in Sepang heat on Day 1

    The return of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival to the Sepang International Circuit for Round 2 of Season 5 brought public attendance back to the festival, and with it renewed excitement from the wheel-to-wheel action on the racetrack.

    As before, competitors are classified in four different categories – Super Sporting for professional and elite racers, Sporting for amateur/gentleman racers, the Promotional class for celebrities, and the Rookie class for stand-out young talent, who share the grid with the Super Sporting class.

    Super Sporting

    Racing commenced with the Super Sporting category and drama unfolded almost immediately, where the first lap saw contact between Eddie Lew of Laser Motor Racing and Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel of Prima Pearl TD Racing Team, resulting in both getting eliminated from the race.

    Up ahead, the lead pack of Mitchell Cheah (Prima Pearl TD Racing Team) and Mark Darwin (Laser Motor Racing) stretched their margin to 10 seconds ahead of the closest competitors, while Freddie Ang of Telagamas Toyota fought his way through the field for an eventual third-place finish, ahead of Hayden Haikal of Axle Sports.

    By the chequered flag, Cheah held his lead until the end to win the race, holding a 2.1 second gap over Darwin. “Conditions were extremely difficult today with the heat. I was just focused on the task in hand and to do my best to avoid making any mistakes. To be honest that was quite difficult to do with Darwin putting me under tremendous pressure,” race winner Cheah said of his Race 1 outing.

    The second-placed finish in Race 1 represented a strong comeback for Darwin, having missed the first two races of the season due to illness. “It’s great to be back on the podium having missed their first two races of the season due to COVID-19. It was a tough race, Cheah was extremely quick today and there really wasn’t anything else that I could do to catch him,” Darwin said of his race.

    Rookie Class

    Promising young talent was showcased in the Rookie Class, which once again saw Nabil Azlan take victory for his second race win of the season. Muizz Musyaffa followed shortly behind for his second-place finish, with the podium completed by Muhammad Hamdany. This also represents the second and third podium appearances for Muizz and Hamdany, respectively.

    “It wasn’t the easiest race for me with Muizz on my tail. It was very tough and I just had to maintain a good pace. The heat was also very hard on the tyres this afternoon and that required me to constantly change my braking point into the corners,” said Nabil.

    “I feel amazing. Today was good and I could stay with the leaders throughout the race. As the conditions got hotter however, I began to lose a lot of time as I couldn’t turn into the corners as well. I’ll certainly be gunning to make it four for four (4 races and 4 podiums) in Race 2 tomorrow,” Hamdany recalled of his Race 1 outing.

    Sporting Class

    Racing for the Sporting Class was paused shortly after it began on the first lap, where a major crash disabled two cars and brought out the red flag. Following a 15-minute recess to clear the track, the race for the amateur and gentlemen racers continued with the top three positions unchanged.

    Naquib Azlan of Axle Sports wasted no time from the restart, growing his lead from the field gradually in the early and middle stages of Race 1 for the Sporting Class. The Rookie Class graduate stretched his lead to nearly four seconds, before Tom Goh of S&D Tama Motorsports wound up the pace and narrowed the gap in the closing stages to 2.3 seconds by the waving of the chequered flag.

    Abdul Miqail of 23 Motors diced with Bradley Benedict Anthony of Crestmax Motorsport, doing battle for most of the race and taking the fight to the very last lap, when 16-year-old Miqail made the pass to take his podium result in the Sporting Class.

    Promotional Class

    The Promotional Class for celebrities saw actor Zizan Razak take control early on in Race 1, clearing a gap that stretched to 12 seconds from presenter Nabil Ahmad in second place by the chequered flag, while TV host Ahirine Ahirudin rounding up the podium in third place.

    The start of Race 1 for the Promotional Class saw Shukri Yahaya jump the start, leading to his disqualification for his first race of the weekend. Not knowing the status of his race, Shukri slowed to let the field through before resuming his chase, gradually fighting his way through to finish second.

    Meanwhile, singers Nabila Razali and Khai Bahar completed Race 1 in P4 and P5 respectively, while Janna Nick finished in sixth. TV host Ain Edruce finished seventh, while Singer Wany Hasrita completed the race in eighth.

    In addition the racing action on track, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival featured an urban street dining area featuring food trucks serving local delicacies, while those looking for a different kind of action on wheels could take to the pump ramp for bicycles and skateboards.

    On stage, Malaysian band Bunkface was the headline act, followed by Indonesian singer Judika on the second day of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival for Round 2 of Season 5.

    On Sunday, the racing action continues at the north track of the Sepang International Circuit, where the top five race finishers in each category in Race 1 go to Race 2 in a reverse-grid format.

     
  • 2022 Perodua Alza video teaser #3: 2-3-2 seat config for three-row, seven-seater layout shown

    Perodua has published yet another teaser video for the soon to be launched 2022 Perodua Alza. This is the third one in what seems to be a daily series. This time, the focus is on the new Alza’s seat config.

    No surprises here, since the 2022 Perodua Alza will carry over the Daihatsu Xenia’s 2-3-2 seven-seater configuration over three-rows. The teaser video depicts a typical Malaysian family consisting of 2 parents, 3 kids and 2 grandparents sitting comfortable in the Alza – parents in the front, grandma with 2 kids in the middle row and grandpa keeping another kid company in the third row.

    All seats look to be equipped with three-point seatbelts, and we also notice that grandpa seems to be able to fit in the third row without much issues. What do you think of what you’ve seen so far – does the Perodua Alza look like it is spacious enough for your family’s needs?

    The tentative RRP for the new Alza is RM62,000 for the X, RM68,000 for the H and RM75,000 for the AV, OTR without insurance for Peninsular Malaysia. Actual prices will be revealed during the official launch, which is set to happen next month.

    Check out our full first details report and spec-by-spec comparo piece to learn more about the new Alza.

     

  • 2022 Perodua Alza video teaser – 360 panoramic view monitor shown, activated from steering button

    Perodua continues to release teaser videos for the new 2022 Perodua Alza, and today’s video features the car’s 360 degree panoramic view monitor, which is available on the top 1.5 AV model.

    The teaser video shows a Perodua Alza 1.5 AV in the new Vintage Brown paintjob driving past a goods lorry being unloaded. The driver presses the camera button on the left spoke of the steering wheel to activate the 360 degree panoramic view monitor feature, which then allows her to easily see how close she is to the lorry next to her as she drives past it.

    Personally I feel the steering wheel is the preferred position to place this button – there are some cars that put it on somewhere on the dashboard requiring you to remove one hand from the steering wheel to activate it. If you’re in a situation that needs the monitor in the first place, you might feel a little kelam kabut looking for the button if it’s not easily within reach like on the steering wheel.

    Of course there are also some systems that are even more advanced and integrated – the 360 camera comes on automatically if the parking sensors detect an obstacle around the car at low speeds so you can immediately look at what’s going on.

    The tentative RRP for the new Alza is RM62,000 for the X, RM68,000 for the H and RM75,000 for the AV. These prices are on-the-road, without insurance for Peninsular Malaysia. The actual prices will be revealed during the official launch, which is set to happen next month. Check out our full first details report and spec-by-spec comparo piece to learn more about the new Alza.

     
  • 2022 Kia EV6 GT-Line AWD in Malaysia – EV with 77.4 kWh battery, 506 km range, 325 PS AWD, fr RM301k

    Dinamikjaya Motors, a subsidiary of Bermaz Auto (BAuto) and the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, today launched the Kia EV6. The electric vehicle (EV), which first made its global debut last year, is being offered in a sole GT-Line AWD variant that comes fully imported (CBU) from South Korea.

    Built on the same Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP) architecture also used by the Hyundai Ioniq 5, the EV6 is actually sized differently than its close cousin, measuring in at 4,695 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,550 mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2,900 mm. As for the Ioniq 5, it is 4,635 mm long, 1,890 mm wide, 1,605 mm tall and its wheelbase spans 3,000 mm.

    For our market, the EV6 is specified with the Long Range AWD powertrain. As such, it is equipped with a water-cooled 77.4-kWh lithium-ion battery that provides up to 506 km of range following the WLTP standard. The battery powers a pair of electric motors, with the one at the rear being rated at 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) and 350 Nm, while the front unit delivers 101 PS (99 hp or 74 kW) and 255 Nm of torque. Together, the e-motors provide all-wheel drive and a total system output of 325 PS (321 hp or 239 kW) and 605 Nm of torque, which is good for a 0-100 km/h time of 5.2 seconds and a top speed of 183 km/h.

    Thanks to the E-GMP platform, the EV6 features a multi-charging system that is compatible with both 400-volt and 800-volt DC fast chargers without the need for any special adapter or additional on-board charger. The maximum DC power input (CCS2 connection) supported is 350 kW, which gets the battery from a 10-80% state of charge (SoC) in just 18 minutes.

    As 800-volt DC chargers are uncommon, when the car is plugged into a more mainstream 400-volt charger, the inverter performs a boost conversion of the incoming power to 800 volts before sending it to the battery. With a 50-kW DC input, it’ll take 73 minutes for the battery to go from a 10-80% SoC.

    There’s also AC charging support (Type 2 connection) up to 11 kW (operates on 240 volts), and a charger capable of outputting that amount of power will fully charge the battery from 10-100% in seven hours and 20 minutes. Every EV6 will only come with a basic three-pin to Type 2 AC charging cable to plug into a domestic power socket, but you’ll be waiting a long time to juice up the battery this way, 32 hours and 45 minutes to be exact. You’ll need to find your own Type 2 to Type 2 charging cable.

    While the rudimentary AC charging cable is included, a wallbox is not. Instead, Dinamikjaya Motors says it will provide customers with a list of wallboxes that are readily available in the market and advise them on which brand and model best suits their needs, limited of course by their type of residence and electrical infrastructure.

    For public charging, customers will have access to a DC charger that will be set up at Kia’s new flagship dealership in Glenmarie, albeit pay to use. Additionally, the company will work with existing charging network operators in Malaysia to widen charging accessibility for its EV6 customers.

    In terms of equipment, the GT-Line appearance package is identified by body-coloured wheel arch cladding, a more aggressive front apron and gloss black accents. The rear apron is also different from the regular Wind exterior, as the black trim is recessed at the corners for the reflectors, accompanied by dashed pins that integrate the reverse light.

    Other items on the kit list include LED projector headlamps, DRLs, taillights and rear fog lamps, while the wheels are 20 inches in size and fitted with 225/45 profile Continental PremiumContact 6 tyres specifically developed for EVs. You also get retractable door handles that are flush with the car’s body when locked, a powered sunroof, a powered tailgate with hands-free operation, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry and start as well as remote start.

    Inside, the EV6 features black suede upholstery with white leatherette accents. Imitation leather is also used for the steering wheel and door panels, which are accompanied by GT-Line interior trim, silver door handles and a metal accelerator pedal. For comfort, there’s a dual-zone climate control system with rear vents, while interior charging of devices is handled by no less than two 12-volt power sockets, four USB-C ports and a Qi wireless charger.

    No shortage of tech either, there are a two 12.3-inch displays on the dashboard, with one serving as the digital instrument cluster. Meanwhile, the other is a touchscreen for the infotainment system that supports both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and is paired with a 14-speaker sound system developed by Meridian.

    For party tricks, the EV6 comes with Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA) which allows you to remotely move the vehicle forwards or backwards using just the key fob. This should be helpful if you’re trying to park in a very tight spot and worry you won’t be able to open doors to get out.

    Additionally, the system is also capable of semi-autonomous parking when an appropriate parking space is detected (perpendicular or parallel). Drivers will be able to choose if they want to be inside the car during the self-park process or outside and using the key fob – both options will still require a physical input (pressing a button) from the vehicle owner as the process is carried out.

    The EV6 also includes an integrated charging control unit (ICCU) charging system that enables bi-directional charging, also known as Vehicle-to-Load (V2L) support. This means the EV’s battery can double as a high-capacity external power bank, supplying up to 3.6 kW to power most electronic accessories.

    Another fancy bit of kit are the powered front seats that come with a one-touch recline function (Kia calls this Premium Relaxation) on top of functions like lumbar adjustment, ventilation and memory for the driver’s seat. The rear seats are less fancy as they are just 60:40 split-folding and don’t slide like they do in the Ioniq 5. When folded down, the boot space is expanded to 1,300 litres from the default 520 litres when they are up. On that mention, the EV6 comes with a front trunk (frunk) that offers an additional 20 litres of storage space.

    Moving on to safety and driver assistance systems, seven airbags (front, side, curtain and driver’s knee) are standard along with the usual array of passive systems like ESC, ABS, EBD, brake assist, traction control, hill start assist, brake auto hold (works with the electronic parking brake), front and rear seat belt warning, rear occupant alert, a 360-degree camera and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

    As for the active systems, the EV6 comes with High Beam Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist, a Blind-Spot View Monitor that also enables Safe Exit Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with junction turning monitoring. You’ll get some semi-autonomous driving features too, namely Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop & go support as well as Lane Following Assist (LFA).

    The EV6 is offered in five colours, namely Moonscape (a kind of matte grey), Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl, Runway Red and Yacht Blue. A five-year, 150,000-km vehicle warranty comes standard, and the battery is covered for up to seven years or 150,000 km, whichever comes first – the latter is two years more than the global standard warranty for the battery.

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    Dinamikjaya Motors notes it will expand its EV service network over time, but in the start-up phase, EV6 owners can get their vehicles serviced at the Bermaz EV Centre of Excellence in Glenmarie, while the northern (Penang) and southern (Johor Bahru) regions will each have their own EV service outlet. In other major cities and towns, a dealer network of mobile teams will provide 24 hours roadside assistance to customers.

    Finally, let’s talk pricing. The EV6 GT-Line AWD retails for RM300,668 on-the-road without insurance, with current EV incentives and sales tax factored in – V-Zion tinting film is included too. It should be noted that the first batch of cars, which we were previously told totalled just five units, have all been accounted for.

    Customer deliveries are expected to take place from the third quarter of this year, assuming there are no production delays at Kia’s AutoLand plant in Hwaseong where the EV6 is produced. Don’t expect the EV6 to be cheaper by becoming a locally-assembled (CKD) model anytime soon, as we’re told there are no such plans for the Inokom plant for now.

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    There’s no denying the EV6 costs more than the Ioniq 5, which tops out at RM269,888 for the highest Max variant (including the optional RM10,000 extended warranty and service package). Then again, the Kia EV does come with some features the Ioniq 5 Max doesn’t, including the fancy remote parking system, more speakers (Meridian 14-speaker system vs Bose 8-speaker), a sunroof (though it does lose out on the Hyundai’s solar roof).

    The Ioniq 5 Max’s AWD powertrain also has marginally less power by comparison at 305 PS (302 hp or 225 kW) and 605 Nm, while also being equipped with a smaller battery (72.6 kWh) battery that delivers comparably less range (430 km).

    So, what are your thoughts on the Kia EV6? Do the specifications and available equipment justify its asking price, or are there other options that you’re interested in? Let us know in the comments below.

    GALLERY: Kia EV6 GT-Line official photos

     
  • Slow car cuts into right lane on highway, causes accident – check mirrors, keep your distance, people

    The highway should be where road-going vehicles are less likely to encounter incidents with others, given that everyone should be travelling in the same direction along the same stretch of tarmac.

    As demonstrated here from footage while northbound on the PLUS highway around KM312.6 near Tapah, however, last-moment manoeuvres can and do lead to collisions – even if the apparent perpetrator themselves appeared to emerge unscathed. Watch the incident from the front- and rear-facing cameras, and it becomes clear that more than one factor has come into play.

    The camera vehicle is travelling in the right-hand-side lane – the quicker of two lanes – as it approaches slow-moving traffic in the left lane, in which two large trailer trucks are followed by a white Honda City.

    Just after the 18-second mark, the driver of the City puts on the indicator, though it almost immediately makes the lane change into the path of the camera vehicle. Here, the driver of the Honda City changes lanes, crossing into the path of the camera vehicle without first being sure that there will be enough of a gap to enter the lane.

    Given the immediacy of the white car’s lane change, it would appear that not enough consideration was exercised here. Less easily done, but no less crucial is the identifying of potential hazards as a right-hand lane user, which in this case is slow-moving traffic potentially moving into the right-hand lane. From the forward-facing camera’s vantage point, it appears that the camera car narrowly avoided colliding with the City.

    Meanwhile, the camera car is followed by a blue Suzuki Swift, which starts in footage holding a reasonable distance from the camera car. It closes the gap, however, and it is at this point where the camera car has to apply emergency braking.

    From the front camera we know it has just missed the City in front; the situation at the back isn’t as positive, as the driver of the Swift has not anticipated or reacted quickly enough to avoid collision, and so the two cars make contact. Parts break and go flying, though the occupants of both cars emerge relatively unharmed, and pull over no doubt to exchange details.

    Regressing to the front camera footage, the Honda City has not stopped and continued on its way, overtaking the two trucks, apparently oblivious to the drama that has unfolded.

    Perhaps we could all take a leaf out of the motorcycling handbook, specifically, to operate as if everyone is out to get you, as the saying goes. It may be most relevant to the more vulnerable motorist, which in this case, applies to the three key vehicles involved in this incident.

    Ideally, we would be in vehicles with a comprehensive set of active safety features such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keeping assist and the like, however drivers with these at their disposal remain the exception rather than the rule for the time being. As such, the best feature in one’s safety toolkit is the driver’s own situational awareness.

     
  • 2022 Kia Carnival CKD – AEB, ADAS and a 12-speaker Bose sound system on the high-spec 7- and 8-seaters

    Last week, Kia dealership AZ Master Motor announced via a Facebook post that the locally-assembled version of the Kia Carnival was open for booking, also indicating an estimated price for the CKD version of the MPV, which will be available in seven- and eight-seat forms.

    Now, via another Facebook post, the Seri Kembangan outfit has revealed some of the specifications of the variants as well as some of the equipment they will feature. The CKD range will consist of a mid-spec eight-seater, a high-spec eight-seater and a high-spec seven-seater.

    Kit-wise, it was previously suggested that the locally-assembled Carnival would get the 12.3-inch digital instrument display that isn’t present on the 11-seater CBU unit, and this is the case, but it will only be found on the high-spec versions. The mid-spec eight-seater continues on with an analogue instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch multi-info LCD display.

    The rear lighting elements on the CKD will go the LED route (bulbed on the CBU) across the entire range, and the audio has been bumped up from the six-speaker setup in the CBU to a 12-speaker Bose sound system, again found on all three variants.

    Like the CBU, the mid-spec eight-seater features manual headlight leveling, and the seating configuration for both eight-seat variants include multi-function, long sliding adjustable second-row seats, while the third row bench features a 60:40 layout. Upholstery for both variants is in leatherette, like on the CBU model.

    The high-spec eight-seater gets additional kit, including a dual powered sunroof, LED interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats as well as a memory function for the powered driver’s seat. As for the high-spec seven-seater, it gets leather seats, and the variant also features a centre walk-through for its second-row Premium seats.

    The most significant addition to the CKD Carnival on both high-spec versions is with ADAS, which was not found on the CBU 11-seater (and now, on the mid-spec eight-seater). The driver assistance suite adds on autonomous emergency braking (FCA) with junction turning detection, smart cruise control (SCC) blind spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA), lane following assist (LFA), lane keeping assist (LKA), driver attention warning (DAW) and high beam assist (HBA).

    In terms of powertrain, the CKD Carnival should retain the Smartstream R 2.2 VGT turbodiesel as seen on the CBU version. The oil burner, which puts out 199 hp at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm, is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with drive sent to the front wheels.

    Pricing for the CKD Carnival has been estimated to be between RM235,000 to RM260,000, which is quite a bit more than the existing imported unit, currently going for RM196,341. The 11-seater configuration allowed it to be classified as a commercial vehicle, affording it lower taxes as a result. The CKD versions do get more in the way of kit, but we’ll have to wait for the official introduction to know the full complement and final pricing.

    GALLERY: 2022 Kia Carnival 11-seater CBU in Malaysia

     
  • myTukar Auto Fair 2022 in Puchong – Mercedes A250 from RM2.5k/month, BMW 328i GT from RM1.2k/month!

    The myTukar Auto Fair 2022 is happening again next weekend, July 1 to 3, returning to the myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South. As you can expect, there will be plenty of vehicles for you to choose here, and if you’re looking for something a bit more premium, we have two great options just for you.

    For a sporty vehicle that will turn heads, you can’t go wrong with the W177 Mercedes-Benz A-Class, seen here in higher-spec A250 AMG Line trim. You won’t have to break the bank to take home this spicy little number, as it’s on sale for RM228,700, equating to instalments starting from just RM2,507 a month*.

    The A-Class is the quintessential Stuttgart hatchback, and the fact that you can’t buy a regular five-door new anymore means this is one of the best chances you’ll get of scoring arguably the better-looking body style. The A250 comes fully imported and with the desirable AMG Line bodykit to boot, and this particular unit has had a rear spoiler and diffuser fitted to make it look more like the full-fat AMG models.

    Inside, the A-Class belies its entry-level tag with a premium look and feel, highlighted by the world’s first application of the now ubiquitous Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX). This latest infotainment system is showcased to its absolute limit here, with twin 10.25-inch displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity and the advanced “Hey Mercedes” voice control system.

    While the base A200 gets a Renault-sourced engine and gearbox, the A250 is powered by Mercedes-Benz’s own 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, producing 224 PS and 350 Nm of torque and mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    This 2019 unit – which has covered just 28,572 km in three years – is myTukar Certified, meaning it has undergone a 160-point inspection. The report turned up no issues with the engine, transmission, battery, suspension, tyres, brakes or air-conditioning, as well as zero errors from the on-board diagnostics and absolutely no defects on the exterior and interior. It’s as spotless as they come.

    If you’re looking for something much more spacious, you can have a look at this 2015 BMW 328i Gran Turismo. Big space doesn’t mean a big price, as this Bavarian carryall is yours for just RM111,600, or as low as RM1,223 a month*!

    The GT is based on the sweet-handling F30 3 Series but offers the interior space of the larger 5 Series, with plenty of rear legroom and a big boot, plus frameless windows for that classy coupé-like experience. The 328i is in turn the top trim level sold in Malaysia, coming with the Sport exterior package, 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry and a reverse camera, along with all the usual BMW trimmings.

    Power comes from a punchy 2.0 litre turbo four-pot that churns out 245 PS and 350 Nm, sent to the rear wheels through ZF’s creamy eight-speed automatic. Remarkably, it has travelled just 47,079 km in seven years; it too is myTukar Certified and carries no mechanical faults, diagnostic errors or visual blemishes.

    But what if you want something else? Don’t worry, as there are more than 1,000 other cars for you to check out at myTukar Auto Fair 2022. For greater peace of mind, every myTukar Certified car has undergone a 160-point inspection – just like these two cars here here – to make sure it is free from major accidents, fire, and flood damage.

    All myTukar Certified cars also undergo an extensive refurbishment and reconditioning process to ensure it’s as good as new. myTukar has its own state-of-the-art Refurbishment Centre to carry out the refurbishment of the vehicle. Both the interior and exterior of the vehicle, including all electronic features, will undergo repair and refurbishment according to myTukar Certified Pre-Owned standards. All this is done under strict compliance as myTukar’s priority is its customers’ safety.

    What’s more, every myTukar purchase comes with a FREE one-year extended warranty and two FREE service appointments, both of which are rare in the used car marketplace. And if you have somehow unearthed a problem with your car or simply changed your mind, you can return it within five days of your purchase, no questions asked, thanks to myTukar’s money back guarantee.

    myTukar Experience Centres such as the one in Puchong South are one-stop centres that facilitate a seamless car-buying journey, designed with customer convenience in mind. Every step of the process – including Puspakom inspection, JPJ registration, loan applications and insurance arrangement – is handled by the company. You can trade in your current vehicle, too, and on-site product experts will provide a trade-in offer on the spot, giving you maximum value for your vehicle at the event.

    And that’s not all. Every purchase made at the event will put you in the running to win an all-expense-paid trip to Sydney, Australia. This is just one of several rewards worth a total of up to RM800,000, including offers such as interest rates as low as 1.88% for the first 150 customers.

    You’ll also stand a chance to win up to RM1,000 in vouchers in the Spin & Win promo, as well as prizes worth a total of RM12,000 – including an iPhone 13, an iPad, a PlayStation 5, an Android Smart TV, a Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum, a Karcher water jet and vacuum and a Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine.

    Of course, there are more than just cars at the event, including food trucks to sate your thirst and hunger. For everyone’s safety, there will be a number of COVID-19 precautions enforced, including mandatory mask usage and regular sanitisation by the event crew and staff, particularly frequently-touched surfaces.

    The myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South is located along Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP) at Lot 14225, KM 3.8. It’s just before the Puchong Barat toll plaza if you’re coming from IOI Mall and Bandar Puteri, on your left side – it’s hard to miss.

    Incidentally, the mysterious orange box that was last seen at the myTukar Plentong event will appear at various locations nationwide, so be sure to scan to find out more!

    With so much in store for you, you’d be wise to head over to the myTukar Auto Fair 2022 at myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South, happening on July 1 to 3 from 9:30am to 9pm daily. For more information, visit the official myTukar event website, where you can also check out the available inventory. You may also contact:

    Call : 03-7890 4499
    WhatsApp : 018-2249999
    Email: [email protected]

    myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South
    Lot 14225, KM 3.8,
    Lebuhraya Damansara–Puchong,
    47100 Puchong, Selangor

    *Terms and conditions apply

    GALLERY: 2019 Mercedes-Benz A250 AMG Line at myTukar Auto Fair 2022


    GALLERY: 2015 BMW 328i Sport Gran Turismo at myTukar Auto Fair 2022

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  • Expired road tax, driver licenses must be renewed by June 30 – driving test re-sit required after deadline

    The road transport department (JPJ) has issued a statement to inform road users with expired driver licenses which expired from January 13, 2021 that the deadline for renewal is June 30. This follows a prior statement by the JPJ which stated that those caught with long-expired licenses could have them revoked, and be made to re-sit driving tests.

    Holders of these expired licenses will have to get them renewed before the deadline or they will have to re-take the driving tests, as required of first-time license applicants as stated in the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333).

    This notification is specifically for license holders who have been granted extensions to the validity of their expiring licenses, which covers learner driver license (LDL), probationary driver license (PDL), competent driver license (CDL) and vocational license (PSV and GDL) holders.

    This came after the phase one implementation of MCO 3.0 that was announced by the Malaysian government from June 1, 2021 leading to the exemption announced by the minister of transport on October 14, 2021.

    According to records within the JPJ database as of June 22, 2022, there are a total of 904,081 LDL holders and 14,216 PDL holders, while there are 197,030 CDL holders and 89,809 PSV and GDL holders.

    Meanwhile, users have also been advised to ensure that the road tax for their vehicles have been renewed by the same date, that is June 30, 2022 to avoid falling foul of the law according to Secion 23 (1) of the Road Transport Act 1987 for expired road tax. To that end, JPJ states that there are 4.4 million road tax discs that have not been renewed for three years for the period ending June 30, 2022.

     
  • Puspakom’s July 2022 schedule for mobile inspection truck unit and off-site tests for Sabah, Sarawak

    Puspakom has released the July 2022 schedule for its mobile inspection unit for Peninsular Malaysia, and off-site testing for Sabah and Sarawak.

    The mobile inspection unit truck will visit Perak, Johor, Terengganu, Kelantan, Pahang and Negeri Sembilan. The purpose of this initiative is to serve those living far away from Puspakom branches. Services offered include routine, transfer of ownership and voluntary vehicle inspections, among other tests.

    Click to enlarge schedule

    There’s no fancy “transformers” truck in East Malaysia, but personnel and equipment for off-site tests will visit Ranau, Kudat, Kota Belud, Semporna, Kunak, Kapit, Limbang, Lawas and Marudi, among other smaller towns in Sabah and Sarawak.

    The vehicle inspection company says that customers can go straight to the stated locations at the set dates, without needing to make an online appointment, as one would normally have to do for Puspakom branches. The mobile inspection unit’s normal operation hours are from 8am to 6pm, but some are from 8am to 1pm (marked in red), so check first before heading there.

     
  • KTM 450 Rally Replica dual-purpose off-road racer

    Drawing on its prowess in motorcycle off-road and rally racing is the 2022 KTM 450 Rally Replica from the maniacs in Mattighofen, Austria. Not just a motorcycle with off-road looks, the 450 Rally Replica carries the same equipment as KTM’s rally motorcycles.

    As a limited production motorcycle, of which only 70 will be made, the 450 Rally Replica is designed to compete in the Dakar Rally, complete with a tall instrument gauge and navigation screen tower. As for the fuel tank, aside from the unit located in front of and between the rider’s legs, an auxiliary fuel tank is installed in the rear, giving a total fuel capacity of 33-liters.

    Underneath the plastic bodywork, a chrome-moly trellis frame differs from the unit used in KTM’s EXC-F 450, being built to a race specification, with aluminium alloy swingarm. Fully-adjustable suspension is used on the 450 Rally Replica, a 48 mm diameter WP XACT forks in front matched to a WP XACT Pro monoshock, with an adjustable steering damper located in front of the tank.

    To reduce rider fatigue during long distance stage races, the 450 Rally Replica’s ergonomics was developed based on feedback from professional off-road motorcycle racers. Despite the seat looking thin, the material it is made of provides support as well as grip.

    In the engine room, a 449.3 c, liquid-cooled, SOHC, single-cylinder mill comes with a Keihin Engine Management System (EMS). This is complemented with an airbag with twin intakes while a standard fitment Akrapovic takes care of the exhaust gases.

    Of special note on the 450 Rally Replica is the six-speed Panel gearbox, with gear ratios taken directly from the KTM Factory Racing Dakar Rally machines. As befits a purpose built racing motorcycle, the 450 Rally Replica tips the scales at 139 kg.

     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 23 Jun 2022