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  • RON97 petrol price April 2024 week three update – premium fuel price still unchanged at RM3.47/litre

    RON97 petrol price April 2024 week three update – premium fuel price still unchanged at RM3.47/litre

    With Wednesday comes the weekly fuel price update in Malaysia, as announced by the finance ministry for the coming week of April 18 to 24, 2024.

    As before, there is once again no change in the price of RON 97 petrol, which means the premium petrol grade continues as before at RM3.47 per litre; the same as it was last week, and which in fact has remained thus since September 2023.

    The subsidised RON 95 petrol carries on at its ceiling price of RM2.05 per litre, as set by the Malaysian government in February 2021, however that is set to change this year.

    Also unchanged are retail prices of diesel, with Euro 5 B10 and B20 blends priced at RM2.15 per litre, and Euro 5 B7 is priced 20 sen more per litre at RM2.35 per litre.

    These fuel prices will take effect from midnight tonight until Wednesday, April 24, 2024, when the next set of fuel price updates will be announced. This is the 16th edition of the weekly fuel pricing format for this year, and the 275th in total since the format’s introduction at the start of 2019.

  • Bangkok 2024: Changan Deepal L07 sedan, S07 SUV EVs – 258 PS, 66.8 kWh battery; up to 540 km of range

    Bangkok 2024: Changan Deepal L07 sedan, S07 SUV EVs – 258 PS, 66.8 kWh battery; up to 540 km of range

    Launched in Thailand at the beginning of this year, the Changan Deepal L07 sedan and S07 SUV electric vehicles have been displayed at the 2024 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS). The L07 sedan will also form the basis of the Chinese-market Mazda EV sedan that is tipped to be called the EZ-6, which will be distinct from the upcoming model that is destined for Japan, Europe, North America and Australasia.

    Differing in bodystyle but sharing a common powertrain, the L07 sedan and S07 SUV are both powered by a 258 PS/320 Nm rear-mounted motor, which draws energy from a 66.8 kWh ternary lithium NMC battery that offers the S07 SUV 485 km of range, and the L07 sedan gets 540 km of range, both on the NEDC testing protocol.

    Likewise, charging capabilities are matched across both the L07 sedan and the S07 SUV, with DC charging of up to 78 KW enabling a 30-80% recharge in 35 minutes. As with the commonly used standard, DC charging is via a CCS2 connection, and AC charging is through a Type 2 connection.

    L07 sedan (above); S07 SUV (below)

    In terms of physical dimensions, the L07 sedan measures 4,820 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,480 mm tall, while the Deepal S07 SUV measures 4,750 mm long, 1,930 mm wide and 1,625 mm tall; both have an identical wheelbase of 2,900 mm. Ground clearance for the L07 sedan is 150 mm, while the S07 SUV stands 165 mm clear of the ground. The L07 rolls on 245/45R19 tyres, while the S07 SUV has 255/45R20 units.

    In the S07 SUV, in-car features include a driver’s head-up display with AR navigation, a 15.6-inch touchscreen, 14-speaker audio, Bluetooth phone connecitivity, wireless Apple CarPlay, multi-colour LED ambient lighting, gesture recognition, a wireless device charger, online navigation and music streaming, voice control (in Thai and English), mobile remote control and OTA software update capability.

    For ADAS kit, this includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, front collision warning, AEB, lane keep assist, traffic jam assist, and lane departure warning.

    Also part of the suite of advanced safety features in the S07 SUV are blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, rear cross traffic braking, door opening warning, driver fatigue monitoring, automatic high beam, and safe distance warning.

    L07 sedan (above); S07 SUV (below)

    Also on are front, front side and side curtain airbags, brake assist, ABS with EBD, ESP, traction control, hill hold assist, hill descent control, front and rear seat belt reminders, 360-degree camera suite with Transparent Chassis, DVR dashcam, tyre pressure monitoring system and ISOFIX child seat anchors.

    The L07 sedan gets driver assistance systems, safety kit and in-car features which are largely similar to those of the S07 SUV, plus the addition of a 10.5-inch LCD driver’s display.

    The S07 SUV gains rear touchscreen adjustment for the front passenger seat position and roof sunshade whereas the L07 does without, though the the sedan does get dual-zone air-conditioning and a PM2.5 filter, while the SUV adds a PM2.5 monitor and an ion generator air purifier.

    In Thailand, the Changan Deepal L07 sedan was priced from 1,329,000 baht (RM177,020), while the S07 SUV was priced from 1,399,000 baht (RM186,212) as of the models’ launch in January this year.

    Changan Deepal L07

    Changan Deepal S07

  • 2024 Nissan Qashqai facelift debuts – third-gen SUV gets bolder styling, new tech; mild hybrid, e-Power

    2024 Nissan Qashqai facelift debuts – third-gen SUV gets bolder styling, new tech; mild hybrid, e-Power

    Just a little over three years after its initial debut, the third-generation Nissan Qashqai has been given a substantial facelift that brings with it a bolder exterior, a tweaked interior as well as new technologies. Since its reveal in February 2021, over 350,000 units of the third-generation SUV have been sold in Europe, and Nissan aims to maintain that popularity with this mid-cycle refresh.

    Starting with the outside, the Qashqai’s new face brings it in line with the Ariya by featuring a larger and more prominent grille. Unlike its fully electric stablemate, the Qashqai’s grille is designed with inspiration from the patterns of ancient Japanese armour scales, which sees dozens of comma-shaped elements in gloss black making up the insert.

    The daytime running light signature is also more distinctive, with an upper light strip meeting with five small lenses that are shaped like the “commas”. Together, they wrap around the sharper main headlamps which have an adaptive high beam module joined by a smaller unit for wider beam distribution. Nissan points out the upper light strips double as turn indicators with a sequential function, the latter being a first for the SUV.

    The rear of the Qashqai sees less pronounced changes, with the taillights retaining the same shape but now with a new signature that mimics the front DRL “commas” as well as having clear lenses and a “super red” shade.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai facelift debuts – third-gen SUV gets bolder styling, new tech; mild hybrid, e-Power

    Buyers now have the choice of a N-Design grade which sees the lower sides and wheel arches be painted in body colour, complemented by 20-inch alloy wheels. Other options include differing trim finishes depending on the chosen grade, along with wheel sizes ranging from 18 to 20 inches. New colours offered include Pearl White, Pearl Black and Deep Ocean, two of which (except the black) are available with a two-tone roof.

    Moving inside, upper grades receive Alcantara applications on the dashboard, door inserts, door armrests, centre storage lid and knee pads. There are also finer changes like new patterned materials for the centre console (around the redesigned gear selector) and insert between the upper dashboard and glovebox, while the seats get quilted leather and there’s ambient lighting for a more premium look.

    The general layout of the dashboard isn’t too dissimilar to the pre-facelift model, but there’s a new Nissan Connect infotainment system that is more powerful to provide built-in Google services such as Google Maps, Google Assistant, access to Google Play and more – this is presented in the form of a larger, wide-format touchscreen.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai facelift debuts – third-gen SUV gets bolder styling, new tech; mild hybrid, e-Power

    Other technology upgrades for the Qashqai include a revised around view monitor that employs four cameras and features a 3D function to make it even easier for the driver to spot hazards. This works together with the Moving Object Detection system, which sounds an alert when it perceives a moving object in the proximity of the vehicle.

    To further aid the driver, there’s also an “invisible hood view” that allows the position of the front wheels to be seen as if looking at them from just behind. Adding to the AVM’s capabilities is Parking Spot Location Memory which allows the driver to save frequently visited parking locations so the car using GPS. With this, the car will remember the precise position to allow perfect parking each time – particularly useful when the available space is a tight fit.

    Meanwhile, the digital instrument cluster will change the design of the dials depending on the chosen drive mode, with Sport making them red, green in Eco or grey in standard mode. If you prefer less distractions, there’s also a “minimal” mode, with e-Power-equipped models having an addition energy flow display.

    2024 Nissan Qashqai facelift debuts – third-gen SUV gets bolder styling, new tech; mild hybrid, e-Power

    On that mention, the Qashqai will only be offered with electrified powertrains that include said e-Power system where the front wheels are driven by an electric motor rated at 190 PS (188 hp or 140 kW) and 330 Nm of torque. The motor draws power from a 1.8 kWh battery that is charged exclusively by a 1.5 litre turbocharged inline-three variable compression petrol engine with 156 PS (154 hp or 115 kW) – the engine is not linked to the wheels at all.

    Besides the e-Power system, the SUV can also be had with a 1.3 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol unit augmented by a 12-volt mild hybrid system. This engine has outputs of either 140 PS (138 hp or 103 kW) and 240 Nm or 158 PS (156 hp or 116 kW) and 270 Nm), paired with either a six-speed manual or CVT – all-wheel drive is optional.

    Last but not least, the suite of driver assistance systems has been enhanced, including a recalibrated autonomous emergency braking function that detects risks and reacts more quickly in case of a possible collision. The Emergency Lane Keep System also automatically activates upon start-up, while the Intelligent Speed Assistance system does more to attract the driver’s attention if he or she exceeds the identified speed limit. Drivers can also set a custom profile for their preferred level of intervention.

  • Free bus rides to Madani Raya event in JB tomorrow

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    The Madani 2024 Aidilfitri celebration series of events will start tomorrow at Johor Bahru, before open houses in Sabah (April 20), Melaka (April 22), Kelantan (May 2), Kedah (May 4), Penang (May 5) and Terengganu (May 9). Prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be at the events along with state leaders.

    The southern state is kicking things off tomorrow at Padang B, Angsana Johor Bahru Mall, 5pm to 7pm. Perbadanan Pengangkutan Awam Johor (PAJ) is offering free shuttle buses for the event, and the public can park at Giant Tampoi or Danga Bay Convention Centre and take the bus to Angsana.

    The buses to Angsana from Giant Tampoi and Danga Bay Convention Centre will operate from 3pm to 4.30 pm to get people there, and from 6.30 pm to 7.30 pm for the return trip. Taking the bus from these two locations might be much easier as the area around Angsana will be packed.

  • Mazda EZ-6 EV teased for 2024 Beijing Auto Show, to replace Mazda 6 in China; Mazda 6e for other markets

    Mazda EZ-6 EV teased for 2024 Beijing Auto Show, to replace Mazda 6 in China; Mazda 6e for other markets

    With the current-generation Mazda 6 coming to the end of production this year, the Japanese manufacturer is set to unveil the sedan in all-electric guise at the Beijing Auto Show next week, WhichCar has reported.

    Said to be badged ‘EZ-6’, the upcoming sedan is designed from the ground up as an electric vehicle, however it isn’t solely a Mazda development, and instead is based on the Changan Deepal SL03 and therefore built on a Changan platform, and is said to sport dimensions identical to those of the Chinese model.

    The SL03 is otherwise known as the L07, which was launched with the S07 SUV in Thailand at the beginning of this year, offering up to 485 km and 540 km of range (NEDC) for the S07 SUV and L07 sedan, respectively.

    The upcoming ‘EZ-6’ will be for the Chinese market, and according to Tycho de Feijter on X/Twitter, Mazda has filed for trademarks for the terms ‘Mazda EZ-6’ and ‘Mazda EZ-60’ in China, with the former likely for the sedan based on the platform codenamed J90A, and the latter likely to be for an upcoming SUV codenamed J90K.

    Mazda EZ-6 EV teased for 2024 Beijing Auto Show, to replace Mazda 6 in China; Mazda 6e for other markets

    Third-generation Mazda 6 in Malaysia

    A different naming convention appears to be in the works for the Japanese manufacturer’s upcoming model for other markets such as Japan, Europe, North America and Australasia, according to WhichCar, noting that Mazda has filed to trademark the ‘Mazda 6e’ and ‘6e’ names with the European Union Intellectual Property Office last month to secure its use for “automobiles and their parts”, and “electric cars and their parts”.

    The separate naming structure could see the future Mazda 6 for those markets use the manufacturer’s own Skyactiv Multi-Solution Scalable Architecture, in preparation for its full-scale launch of EV models from 2028 that is part of its three-phase roadmap.

    Currently, Mazda’s EV model range globally consists of the MX-30 and the CX-30 EV that is for the Chinese market. In Malaysia, the MX-30 EV was launched in December 2022 in two variants, priced at RM199k and featuring a 35.5 kWh battery for up to 199 km of range.

  • JPJ eBid: ANM and VML number plates up for bidding

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

    Perak’s latest running number series is ‘ANM’, and will open for tender on April 19. The bidding period on JPJeBid is five days, ending 10pm on April 23. 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 WP Kuala Lumpur series ‘VML’. The bidding period starts on April 20 and will close at 10pm on April 25. 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”.

  • 2024 Peugeot 408 – first public appearance in Malaysia happening from April 20-21; CKD; launching in May

    2024 Peugeot 408 – first public appearance in Malaysia happening from April 20-21; CKD; launching in May

    The Peugeot 408 is set to make its first public appearance in Malaysia this weekend from April 20-21, 2024 during Peugeot Malaysia’s Sinar Raya open house. The event will take place at several Peugeot showrooms, so register here if you want to get up close with the fastback crossover and even place a pre-booking.

    Scheduled to be launched here in May, the 408 will be offered in three locally-assembled (CKD) variants, including the base Allure, mid-spec Premium and range-topping GT. No official pricing, but we were told the target audience are those considering a Honda Civic or Accord, so it is speculated to start around the RM140k to RM150k range.

    All variants will share the same turbocharged PureTech engine, which is a 1.6 litre unit with 218 PS (215 hp or 160 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. This drives the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

    According to a leaked brochure, which should be taken with a pinch of salt until full details are revealed on launch day, the Allure will come standard with LED headlamps with automatic high beam, LED taillights, automatic wipers and 18-inch alloy wheels in a Granite Grey finish. Inside, the base option comes with partial leather seat upholstery, a powered driver’s seat, a 10-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen as well as a six-speaker sound system.

    The base option also gets six airbags, a reverse camera, rear parking sensors, traffic sign recognition with speed limit info, lane keep assist, cruise control (presumably adaptive) and autonomous emergency braking.

    Stepping up to the Premium adds 18-inch wheels in a Granite Black finish, black Nappa leather seat upholstery, a memory function for the powered driver’s seat, advanced lane keep assistance, lane change assist, a blind spot monitor and reverse warning (presumably rear cross traffic alert).

    2024 Peugeot 408 – first public appearance in Malaysia happening from April 20-21; CKD; launching in May

    Peugeot Malaysia Sinar Raya participating showrooms

    Going up even higher to the GT, the kit list builds upon the Premium by gaining 20-inch Monolithe Black wheels, matrix LED headlamps, Naboo Blue Nappa leather seat upholstery, a massaging function for the driver’s seat, a 10-inch ‘3D Quartz Display’ instrument cluster, a Focal sound system, a 360-degree camera and a 10-inch infotainment touchscreen with fully customisable touch panel attached for quick access to certain functions.

    The current 408 made its global debut in June 2022 and marked a radical departure from past iterations, which adopted a sedan body style, by being a crossover. Riding on Stellantis’ EMP2 platform, the 408 measures 4,687 mm long, 1,850 mm wide, 1,510 mm tall and with a wheelbase that spans 2,787 mm. For context, that’s about the size of a Civic that is 4,678 mm long, 1,802 mm wide, 1,415 mm tall and has a wheelbase of 2,735 mm.

    GALLERY: 2024 Peugeot 408 preview in Malaysia

    GALLERY: 2024 Peugeot 408 leaked brochure

  • Porsche Approved Hari Raya Open House happening this month – enjoy an additional one-year warranty

    Porsche Approved Hari Raya Open House happening this month – enjoy an additional one-year warranty

    Passion never ages, just like a Porsche. There are no old Porsches, only new owners. If you’ve been obsessing over getting a Porsche of your own, there’s no better time to do so than at the Porsche Pre-Owned Cars Day set to take place across Porsche Centres in Malaysia this month.

    With the Porsche Approved programme, you can rest easy knowing that you’re getting a high-quality sports car that performs just as well as it did when new. To provide this peace of mind, every Porsche Pre-Owned model comes with full documented vehicle history.

    Porsche Approved vehicles are required to undergo a thorough 111-point check and professionally prepared by certified technicians with Porsche Genuine Parts before they are allowed to meet their future owners. If that isn’t enough peace of mind for you, a Porsche Approved two-year warranty accompanies each Porsche Approved vehicle.

    Celebrate the Hari Raya festivities at the Porsche Pre-Owned Cars Day and treat yourself to a wide line-up of dreamy sports cars from Porsche that need little introduction, from the iconic 911 to the all-electric Taycan. With its arresting looks and performance befitting the brand’s first electric sports car, the Taycan is a testament to Porsche’s commitment to continuously push the boundaries of what’s technologically possible for a road car. This is an electric sports car that you’ll want to experience first-hand.

    Place a booking on your desired Porsche Approved model at the event and receive an additional one-year Porsche Approved warranty for better peace of mind ownership as well as a Porsche Design travel luggage*. For a limited time only, enjoy additional savings on selected Porsche Taycan models on top of an exclusive complimentary three-year Shell Recharge Platinum membership.

    To make your Porsche ownership journey even more seamless, you can schedule an appraisal and trade in your current model. A successful trade-in will be rewarded with a RM1,000 Porsche Lifestyle voucher, where you get in style with the latest Porsche apparels. An extra treat for the lovers of classics is a newly restored Porsche 964 at Porsche Centre Ara Damansara. The Porsche Pre-Owned Cars Day is happening at Porsche Centre Ara Damansara from April 20-21, 2024 from 9am to 6pm – register your interest now.

    Porsche Centre Penang and Johor Bahru will host the Porsche Pre-Owned Car Day from April 27-28, 2024 from 9am to 5pm. With so much in store, this is one event you don’t want to miss if you want to be a part of the Porsche family and enter into its hallowed heritage.

    *Applicable for the following Porsche Approved models: Taycan, Macan, Cayenne and Panamera.

  • Petrol subsidies in Malaysia confirmed to be reduced this year – unsubsidised RON95 to be RM3.38/litre?

    Petrol subsidies in Malaysia confirmed to be reduced this year – unsubsidised RON95 to be RM3.38/litre?

    Economy minister Rafizi Ramli has reportedly confirmed that Malaysia will reduce subsidies for petrol this year in order to reduce the country’s fiscal deficit, Malay Mail reported, citing Bloomberg.

    The Malaysian government remains on track in focusing its handouts on aid for the needy, Rafizi said, adding that the government ‘needs to manage the sequence’ of subsidy cuts, as there is a risk of inflation picking up even before the cuts are implemented. “We are sticking to it,” Bloomberg quoted the minister as saying in an interview.

    The government aims to reduce its fiscal deficit from 5% in 2023 to 4.3% of gross domestic product (GDP) this year, and Rafizi said that the country plans to phase out blanket subsidies for RON 95 petrol which formed the bulk of the RM81 billion spent by the government last year, according to the report.

    “In order to reach the fiscal target of 4.3 per cent, a certain timeline has to be abided. Otherwise the dollars and cents will be off,” Rafizi was quoted by the news outlet as saying.

    Petrol subsidies in Malaysia confirmed to be reduced this year – unsubsidised RON95 to be RM3.38/litre?

    In Malaysia, only locally-registered vehicles are allowed to use subsidised fuel – currently priced at RM2.05 per litre for RON 95 petrol and RM2.15 per litre for Euro 5 B10 and B20 diesel – and unsubsidised RON 95 petrol went on sale in Perlis in February 2023 at RM3.22 per litre, with diesel at RM3.45 per litre at the time. According to the website for unsubsidised fuel outlet Double (purple website screenshot above), unsubsidised RON 95 sells for RM3.38 per litre as of today (April 17).

    Last year, Rafizi stated that the subsidy programme for RON 95 petrol to replace the blanket subsidy programme would be introduced in second half of this year.

  • Perak state govt proposes Tg Malim – Lumut highway

    Perak state govt proposes Tg Malim – Lumut highway

    The West Ipoh Span Expressway (WISE) from Gopeng to Kuala Kangsar was only recently approved, but the Perak state government is already proposing another new highway – from Tanjong Malim to Lumut.

    According to MB Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad, the proposed highway is one of the projects forwarded to the finance ministry’s attention. It’s a long term plan that will improve logistics from the Automotive High Tech Valley (AHTV) in Tanjung Malim to the Lumut Maritime Industrial City (LuMIC) on the coast.

    “We had 10 projects listed when PM Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim visited Perak recently. First, we listed a water transfer project from Sungai Perak to Kerian, and secondly, the Tanjong Malim – Lumut highway. So, the products manufactured at AHTV will be sent to LuMIC to be exported and we’ll boost the Lumut port,” he told reporters in Parit Buntar yesterday.

    The Kota Tampan ADUN added that the project will take time to implement and is expected to start along with the development of AHTV in Tanjong Malim, which is of course also the home of Proton. Apart from the start and end points, there are no details yet on the exact proposed route and distance.

    More on the WISE here, which Gopeng – Kuala Kangsar route bypasses the Menora Tunnel on the PLUS.

  • BYD pick-up truck spotted completely undisguised – PHEV first, EV version later; to be called the Shark?

    BYD pick-up truck spotted completely undisguised – PHEV first, EV version later; to be called the Shark?

    Here’s an even clearer look at BYD’s pick-up truck, which was spotted completely undisguised in Mexico by AutoDinamico. The upcoming rival to the Ford Ranger and Toyota Hilux is still without a name for now, but there are some possible options based on recent trademark filings for ‘Shark’, ‘King’ and ‘King L’, as previously reported by Australia’s

    Of the three, the Shark name seems very likely and fits in well with BYD’s marine-themed Ocean line-up of cars that include the Seal and Dolphin electric vehicles (EVs). The BYD pick-up truck is expected to get a fully electric powertrain later on as an alternative to a plug-in hybrid option that will be initially offered at launch.

    Details are limited, but the PHEV setup is said to feature a 1.5 litre turbocharged inline-four petrol engine augmented by a pair of electric motors – one on each axle. Exact outputs are also unknown, with some reports claiming 496 PS (489 hp or 365 kW), while others claim the pick-up truck will pack 687 PS (677 hp or 505 kW) to match the Fang Cheng Bao 5, an off-road SUV from BYD’s sub-brand.

    Design-wise, the Shark (let’s call it that for now) sports a boxy front end that is reminiscent of the current Ranger, but without the C-shaped daytime running lights. Instead, each headlamp flanking the branded grille has a light strip dividing the two main lighting elements.

    A prominent skid plate gives the Shark a more rugged look, while the roof rails and a sports bar suggest this to be a higher-spec variant. As for the rear, the rectangular taillights are connected by what appears to be a light bar across the tailgate.

    Previous spyshots of the interior show the pick-up truck will have a digital instrument cluster as well as a large infotainment touchscreen, robust-looking grab handles, a flat-bottomed steering wheel and chunky gear selector.

    GALLERY: BYD pick-up truck spyshots

  • 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line on display at Volkswagen Tour at 1 Utama New Wing until April 21

    2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line on display at Volkswagen Tour at 1 Utama New Wing until April 21

    Launched last month, the Volkswagen Touareg R-Line is making its first public appearance at the Volkswagen Tour showcase, returning to 1 Utama this week, from today until Sunday, April 21. The flagship SUV will be displayed alongside the Arteon R-Line 4Motion, Mk8 Golf GTI and Tiguan Allspace.

    The showcase, located at the New Wing, Oval Concourse on the Lower Ground floor, will also provide free ice cream and Volkswagen merchandise to those who visit. There’s also a racing simulator competition with prizes to be given away.

    Locally assembled in Pekan, Pahang, the CKD third-generation Touareg arrives in facelifted form, priced at RM472,272 with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Power comes from a 3.0 litre turbocharged petrol V6 producing 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque, sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

    Highlights include IQ.Light matrix LED headlights, 20-inch “Braga” alloy wheels, a massive 15-inch infotainment touchscreen, a 13-speaker, 730-watt Dynaudio Consequence sound system, self-levelling air suspension and a full complement of IQ.Drive driver assistance systems. There’s even night vision, a first for a Volkswagen in Malaysia.

    Can’t make it to the Volkswagen Tour this week? Not to worry – you can check the big SUV out in our full photo gallery below.

  • Johor state gov’t to develop multi-tiered Automated Rapid Transit to ease traffic congestion in Johor Bahru

    Johor state gov’t to develop multi-tiered Automated Rapid Transit to ease traffic congestion in Johor Bahru

    Automated rapid transit system in China

    The Johor state government intends to develop a multi-tiered automated rapid transit (ART) system in the city of Johor Bahru in order to address traffic congestion in the city, Bernama has reported. DYMM Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar and Regent of Johor Tunku Mahkota Ismail had consented to the proposal to be presented at the federal level for further consideration, said Johor menteri besar Datuk Onn Hafiz Ghazi, according to the report.

    “At the state level, we have obtained consent from the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the Regent of Johor to implement the multi-tiered ART as preparation for the increase in the number of travellers to Singapore after the completion of the Rapid Transit System (RTS),” Onn Hafiz said.

    “Johor Bahru also requires various public transportation options to facilitate the smooth movement of the public in and out of the city, he said, adding that the Johor government is committed to transforming its transportation system through the increased use of electric vehicles, including in its public services.

    Johor state gov’t to develop multi-tiered Automated Rapid Transit to ease traffic congestion in Johor Bahru

    The Johor state government will be implementing initiatives to introduce electric buses through the Johor Public Transport Corporation (PAJ), Onn Hafiz added.

    Meanwhile, bus service provider Handal Indah has invested RM80 million towards the purchase of 60 EV buses and to develop charging infrastructure for the buses as part of its commitment towards environmental sustainability, Handal Indah founder and chairman Lim Han Weng.

    The first automated rapid transit system in the country arrived in Johor in January 2021 for its bus pilot testing programme, and is managed by Mobilus, a joint venture of 51:49 share between Ireka Corporation and CRRC Urban Traffic, the latter a member of the CRRC Group.

    The ART multi-carriage vehicles have a passenger capacity of more than 300 passengers in three carriages, and can be expanded to accommodate around 500 passengers in five carriages, according to a report by The Edge Markets at the time.

  • 2024 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain with Ironguard power roller shutter in Malaysia – fr RM156k, limited units offered

    2024 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain with Ironguard power roller shutter in Malaysia – fr RM156k, limited units offered

    Isuzu Malaysia has introduced a new variant of the Isuzu D-Max pick-up truck that comes with an Ironguard power roller shutter. Priced at RM155,938.40, it costs RM3,000 more than the regular 3.0L 4X4 X-Terrain it is based on and will be offered in limited units.

    Said power roller shutter is essentially a motorised cover for the bed of the pick-up truck that can be locked and has an anti-theft design to deter break-ins. To further protect valuables stored in the bed, the cover is also water and dust resistant.

    Opening or closing the roller shutter can be done using the key fob, buttons near the tailgate or inside the cabin as well as via a dedicated mobile app. Other features include rails for mounting accessories, bed illumination and there is also an anti-pinch mechanism to prevent squished limbs.

    Aside from the Ironguard item, the rest of the pick-up truck is pretty much identical to the standard X-Terrain. Under the bonnet is still a 4JJ3-TCX 3.0 litre inline-four turbodiesel making 190 PS and 450 Nm of torque, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission and selectable four-wheel drive system.

    The kit list includes automatic bi-LED projected headlamps, LED DRLs, front and rear LED fog lamps, roof rails, 18-inch dark grey alloy wheels with 265/60 profile all-terrain tyres, a 4.2-inch multi-info instrument display, keyless entry and start, remote engine start, ambient lighting, a 9-inch touchscreen head unit (with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), leather seat upholstery, a powered driver’s seat, illuminated sill plates and a wireless charging pad.

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    Safety and driver assistance features are seven airbags, the usual array of passive systems (ESC, traction control, ABS, EBD), hill start assist, hill descent control, front and rear parking sensors, an around view monitor, autonomous emergency braking, pedal misapplication mitigation, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

    Like the X-Terrain, a sports bar and cargo tray are optional add-ons, but the Ironguard-equipped variant comes with one less colour option. Available hues are Islay Grey, Valencia Orange and Onyx Black – the Dolomite White Pearl option is the fourth colour for the standard X-Terrain. A seven-year, unlimited-mileage warranty accompanies each purchase, with the Ironguard power roller shutter being covered for 18 months.

    GALLERY: 2024 Isuzu D-Max with Ironguard Power Roller Shutter brochure and price list

  • KL Car Free Morning is back this Sun after Raya break

    KL Car Free Morning is back this Sun after Raya break

    The KL Car Free Morning (KLCFM) working committee has announced that there will be KLCFM this Sunday, April 21. This comes after the weekly Sunday morning open circuit around the city took a two-week break for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.

    As usual, KLCFM will start at Dataran DBKL near Dataran Merdeka and city centre roads will be blocked off to traffic to allow cyclists, runners and skaters full freedom on Sunday mornings.

    It’s the longer 7km route this Sunday, and there will be free bicycle rental, dance sessions and an appearance by the DBKL brass band. The city council’s horses will also be there and you can ride in their wagon. Lucky draw, too. KLCFM is from 7am to 9am.


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Last Updated Apr 04, 2024