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  • Seong Hoe Premium Motors BMW and MINI showroom reopened in Melaka, with 30 kW DCFC at RM0.40/min

    Seong Hoe Premium Motors, the longest-serving BMW authorised dealer in Malacca since it opened in 1979 has officiated its newly refurbished showroom. It’s now home not only to a wide range of BMW vehicles but will now also include those from the MINI brand following their recent inclusion of the MINI portfolio.

    With a large built-up area of over 7,100 sq ft, the showroom is capable of displaying up to 10 BMW vehicles along with three MINI models on the mezzanine floor where the MINI showroom is located.

    “We owe it to the support of our loyal and strong customer base over the past four decades in delivering the Premium Ownership Experience. To date, we have successfully delivered over 400 units of vehicles annually. Seong Hoe Premium Motors is anticipating to deliver over 1,000 units of BMW and MINI vehicles within the next three years,” said Loy Suan Chiow, general manager of Seong Hoe Premium Motors.

    The newly renovated showroom features an upgraded suite of premium services and facilities including BMW Service, BMW Lifestyle, BMW Financial and Insurance Services, Fast Lane Service, Roadside Assistance along with Pickup and Delivery Service. MINI Service, Lifestyle and Accessories are also available.

    Aside from the complimentary Wi-Fi, the dealership also features a New Car Handover Lounge, Isetta Bar, an RATC (reception at the car) bay and a BMW AC and DC charging station. Up to 30 kW DC fast charging is available while AC charging is rated at 22 kW.

    The charging station is available to the public, BMW and MINI electric vehicle owners via the chargeEV app. DC charging will cost RM0.40 per minute for owners of BMW and MINI vehicles and RM0.60 per minute for the public. For AC charging, it’ll cost RM2 per 10 minutes.

    Those interested in vehicles from the BMW Premium Selection can view them at a new facility located nearby the dealership. Operations of the newly refurbished Seong Hoe Premium Motors showroom are between 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Saturday and 10 am to 3 pm on Sundays and public holidays. The showroom is located at Lot 2020, Jalan Semabok, Taman Sinn Semabok, 75050 Malacca.

     
  • GWM Poer EV pick-up truck coming to Malaysia?

    As part of Great Wall Motors’ growth plan in Malaysia announced at the Malaysian launch of the Ora Good Cat, sedans, SUVs and pick-up trucks will make up the nine models the company plans to roll out within three years.

    Given the direction of Great Wall Motors towards electrified vehicles (xEV) otherwise known as new energy vehicles (NEVs) in its native China, one such model from the Chinese brand could be the Poer EV that was shown at the 2020 Beijing Auto Show, which as its name implies is a fully electric version of the double-cab pick-up truck.

    Great Wall Motors claims that the EV version of the Poer packs an electric powertrain producing 204 PS and 300 Nm of torque, according to Car Sales. This is powered by a ternary lithium battery that offers range of up to 405 km, according to the website. The 500 Ultra variant of the Ora Good Cat also uses a ternary lithium battery pack, which gives the hatchback a range of up to 500 km on the older NEDC testing cycle.

    Comparison to the Poer EV electric pick-up truck will likely drawn with the Radar RD6 electric pick-up truck from under the Geely umbrella, which is built on Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) that will offer the RD6 the options of single- or dual-motor powertrains.

    This also means that by using the basis of the Geely Haoyue VX11 and therefore, the future Proton X90 seven-seater SUV, the RD6 is of unibody construction and thus departs from the pick-up truck norm of a separate body-on-frame chassis build.

    Two other pick-up truck models from GWM have been open for booking in Malaysia, the Poer P12 and Poer P11, both powered by a 2.0 litre turbodiesel engine producing 163 hp and 400 Nm of torque mated to a Smart Torque on Demand 4WD driveline. Previous screenshots of the GWM website noted that the P11 will be priced upwards of RM110k, while the P12 will be from above RM130k.

    The Haval H6 and Haval Jolion have been sighted testing on Malaysian roads and are set to join the Ora Good Cat in Malaysia, and are expected to be part of the group of nine models to be introduced to this market in a span of three years.

    The Haval H6 PHEV is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged engine and electric motor, with 243 PS and 530 Nm in total system output as offered for the Thai market. Meanwhile, the Haval Jolion is also offered in Thailand as a hybrid, with an electrified 1.5 litre turbocharged mill producing a combined 190 PS and 375 Nm, which are sent to the front wheels through a seven-speed DCT.

    GALLERY: 2021 GWM Cannon, Australian market

    GALLERY: 2021 Great Wall Pao

     

  • BYD Atto 3 in Malaysia: pre-book for RM1.5k; 410 km Standard est RM150k, 480 km Extended est RM170k

    After announcing that the BYD Atto 3 will be launched this December 9-11 2022 with limited invites for the public, the fully electric crossover is now available for pre-booking. The Atto 3 is among a wide range of BYD vehicles set to be introduced in Malaysia by its official distributors, Sime Darby Motors.

    The Atto 3 ‘Standard Range’ is estimated to cost RM150k while the Atto 3 ‘Extended Range’ is expected to go for around RM170k. To book, customers will need to put down a RM1,500 deposit which is refundable. The pre-booking is only for the first 100 units of the Atto 3.

    The fully electric crossover is available with two different battery capacities. The Standard Range model is fitted with a 49.92 kWh battery pack while the Extended Range model is equipped with a larger 60.48 kWh battery. BYD claims the Atto 3 Standard Range can go up to 410 km on a single charge, based on the NEDC test cycle (345 km WLTP) while the Extended Range can return up to 480 km of range on the NEDC test cycle (420 km WLTP).

    Both options are BYD’s in-house developed Blade LFP battery packs used to power a front-mounted electric motor, effectively making the Atto 3 crossover front-wheel drive, with 204 PS and 310 Nm of torque. The Atto 3 supports AC charging up to 7 kW along with DC fast charging up to 70 kW or 80 kW depending on the battery capacity. With up to 80 kW DC fast charging, the Atto 3 can be charged from 0-80% state of charge (SoC) in 45 minutes.

    The Atto 3 will be available in five colours – Ski White, Boulder Grey, Forest Green, Parkour Red and Surf Blue. With a price range of between RM150k to RM170k, the Atto 3 will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Kona Electric which ranges between RM156k to RM208k. This also puts the Atto 3 in direct competition with GWM’s Ora Good Cat which was just launched in Malaysia yesterday, starting from RM140k.

    The Atto 3 recently made headlines in Thailand after it caused a frenzy among local buyers with long queues starting from as early as 3am for a slot to purchase the electric crossover.

    With its imminent local launch, coupled with the buzz the Atto 3 has generated, BYD’s incredible global sales momentum for NEVs looks set to continue. Last week, the company announced that it had sold one million NEVs in just six months. NEVs is a term used in China to refer to electried vehicles including hybrid, PHEV and fully electric vehicles. How do you think the Atto 3 will be received in Malaysia? Pricing is pretty competitive eh?

    GALLERY: 2022 BYD Atto 3

     
  • 2023 Ducati Scrambler updated – more fun, less weight

    Rationalising its Scrambler lineup to three models, the boys from Borgo Panigale now offer the 2023 Ducati Scrambler in three flavours – the Scrambler Icon, Night Shift and Full Throttle – and expected to make its public debut in March 2023. For Malaysia in 2022, the Ducati Scrambler Icon is priced at RM57,900 while the Nightshift goes for RM66,900.

    Power for the Scrambler Icon, Nightshift and Full Throttle still comes from Ducati’s iconic Desmosdue air-cooled V-twin producing 73 hp. Going on a diet, the Scrambler now weighs 4 kg less than previous, thanks to a redesigned trellis frame as well as some lighter engine internals.

    The Scrambler swingarm is also new and combined with a shock absorber with mounting point located to the centreline. The frame redesign now has the main frame and rear sub-frame separated, making crash repairs and modifications easier.

    A slightly increased steering head angle makes the Scrambler easy to use both in manoeuvring and in city traffic. Wheels are redesigned for 2023, but retaining the original 180-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel.

    Weight savings of 2.5 kg gained in the engine room, aside from the revised engine internals, also include a new eight-disc clutch with a softer lever pull. Equipped with a bearing mounted shift drum, the new clutch is more compact with a smaller side cover, allowing more space for the rider’s foot.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

    New for the Scrambler is ride-by-wire throttle which allows the fitting of Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and two riding modes – Road and Wet. Standard equipment is cornering ABS and the Scrambler Icon and Nightshift come ready to be fitted with the optional Ducati up-and-down quickshifter (supplied as standard on the Full Throttle) while the Ducati Multimedia System with connects the the rider’s smartphone is optional across the range.

    Other design changes include the headlight, which is now a full LED unit, also with redesigned LED taillight and LED turn signals. The LED DRLs, forming the distinctive Scrambler ‘X’, are now tapered and sharper for a modern aesthetic.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

    Information is now displayed on the new 4.3-inch color TFT cluster, giving the Scrambler a more modern outlook. The steel tank has been redesigned, as are the side covers, and equipped with an interchangeable cover that, along with the fenders and details on the headlamp, allow the rider to customise the Scrambler to his or her wishes.

    The Scrambler Icon comes in three colour choices – ’62 Yellow, Thrilling Black and Ducati Red – which can be combined with six accessory kits to give a total of nine colour combinations including Rio Celeste, Jade Green or Velvet Red. A revised handlebar is lower and closer to the rider, allowing more control over the bike while seat has been redesigned, with a more tapered and streamlined shape.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

    Meanwhile, the Scrambler Full Throttle is the sportiest of the 2023 Ducati Scramblers, inspired by US flat track racing motorcycles. Features include a shorter front fender, omitted rear fender, red tags on the alloy wheels, a street-legal Termignoni silencer and Ducati Performance LED turn signals aside from the earlier mentioned quickshifter.

    Available as an accessory is the Rosso GP19 seat cover, giving the Full Throttle a sporty single-seat look. Coming standard are side number plates bearing the number 62, the debut year of the original Ducati Scrambler, a skid plate and variable section handlebar.

    Coming in a cafe racer style is the Scrambler Nightshift, fitted with stitched saddle in a shade of dark leather. The standard equipment spoked wheels are finished in black, combined with side number plates, a minimal front fender, no rear fender, black finishes for the aluminum aesthetic details, as well as compact LED turn signals.

    As befits the Nightshifts cafe racer design, a flat handlebar and bar end mirrors are standard equipment. The Nightshift comes in Nebula Blue with bodywork finished with alternating accents of glossy and matte surfaces.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon


    2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
    2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

     
  • Get rebates up to RM75k on BMW, MINI, Motorrad at the Millennium Welt Year-End Extravaganza 2022! [AD]

    As the year 2022 approaches its conclusion, the year-end is a good time to reward yourself with a new ride. Millennium Welt is offering you one of the last opportunities to own your dream BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad through some unbeatable deals.

    These deals will be offered at the Millennium Welt Year-End Extravaganza 2022, which will be taking place from December 2 to 4, 2022 at all Millennium Welt showrooms in Seremban, Batu Pahat, Kuantan and KL North, from 10am to 6pm.

    Here, you’ll be able to get BMW Financing with the interest rates from as low as 0.77%, as well as cash rebates of up to RM75,000*! What’s more, with every purchase of a new BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad or one from the BMW Premium Selection, you are entitled to a complimentary staycation* at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur!

    That’s not all, if you are considering a purchase from beyond the realm of brand new vehicles, you can get into a BMW Approved Used car from as little as RM119,800. Also, all units from the BMW Premium Selection and MINI Used Cars Next range will come with warranty coverage as well.

    Are you ready to close out the year with great value deals from Millennium Welt? Contact your preferred Millennium Welt showrooms, and head to the Millennium Welt Facebook page to find out more. You might just ring in the new year with a new ride.

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  • JPS issues flash flood warning for areas in Johor, Perak, Kedah, Pahang, Selangor & Negeri Sembilan

    Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran under Kementrian Alam Sekitar dan Air released an alert yesterday on the possibility of flash floods in a few areas around Malaysia.

    The areas possibly affected include hotspots in JB and Pontian in Johor, Larut, Matang and Selama in Perak, Bandar Baharu and Kulim in Kedah, Temerloh and Bentong in Pahang, Hulu Selangor and Hulu Langat in Selangor and Jelebu and Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan.

    It has been raining pretty hard this afternoon and after a quick check on social media we found a post by Jabatan Penerangan WPKL showing minor flooding on Jalan Tun Razak in front of the Shell, with cars still being able to pass by. There is also a report of a flash flood causing a traffic jam on Jalan Genting Klang. Flash floods have also been reported in Putrajaya, Sepang and Dengkil.

    As always, try to avoid affected areas if possible, do not try to force your way through flooded areas as it might cause considerable damage to your car. Please also make sure you have Special Perils insurance coverage add-on for your vehicle so you are covered in case your car gets stuck and suffers flood damage.

    If you do not have to urgently go anywhere this week it might be a good idea to work from home. Make sure you also always park your car on elevated ground, especially towards the evening.


     
  • 2023 C28 Nissan Serena – 1.4L e-Power hybrid with 163 PS & 315 Nm, flagship Luxion variant, Pro-Pilot 2.0

    Nissan has launched the all-new Serena in Japan with sales of the purely petrol-powered models starting this winter followed by e-Power hybrid models next year. Prices range between 2.7 million yen (RM87k) to 3.2 million yen (RM104k) for the purely petrol-powered models. As for the e-Power hybrid versions, prices range between 3.1 million yen (RM100k) to 4.7 million yen (RM152k) for the new, high-end Luxion variant.

    The purely petrol-powered models are fitted with a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with 150 PS and 200 Nm of torque. There are 2WD and 4WD options for the purely petrol-powered Serena with power transferred to the wheels via a Xtronic CVT gearbox.

    On the other hand, the e-Power hybrid variants of the all-new Serena are powered by a new 1.4 litre engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 163 PS (120 kW) and 315 Nm of torque. According to Nissan, the new powertrain delivers more power and smoother acceleration with reduced engine noise. The e-Power models also get the e-Pedal Step feature to maneuvers the vehicle using just the accelerator.

    Basically the e-Power system uses the electric motor to move the car, with the small engine only functioning as an electricity generator.

    In terms of dimensions, depending on the variants, the all-new Serena measures between 4,690 mm and 4,765 mm in length, between 1,695 mm to 1,715 mm in width and between 1,870 mm to 1,885 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,870 mm. The current Serena measures 4,770 mm in length, 1,740 mm in width and 1,865 mm in height, with a 2,860 mm wheelbase.

    All variants of the new Serena are fitted with 16-inch wheels and LED lighting all round along with hands-free powered passenger doors on both sides. An Autech kit is also offered with the all-new Serena with a more prominent front grille design, along with sportier bumpers and wheel design. Nissan said the vehicle’s structure has been optimised to deflect crosswinds and improve stability at high speeds.

    On that note, the new Serena was also built with the aim to reduce motion sickness and this is done by offering firmer suspension for smoother vehicle movement and improved stability while a new seat design serves to better accommodate passenger movements while on the move.

    The highlight of the all-new Serena’s cabin is the switch-type gear selector along with the widest windshield in the minivan category for improved visibility. Standard features include an electronic parking brake, a seven-inch infotainment display, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, dual-zone air-conditioning and six speakers.

    The all-new Serena boasts the most spacious cabin in the minivan category with 120 mm additional rear legroom compared to its predecessor. Additionally, the e-Power models can be specified with a 100V AC power source to power external electronic devices.

    As mentioned above, with the all-new Serena also debuts the new Luxion variant that sits above the Highway Star variant. Exclusive features in the Luxion variant include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display, wireless charging, a head-up display and the ProPilot 2.0 advanced driver assistance system which enables hands-free driving at speeds of over 40 km/h. The other variants are fitted with the standard ProPilot system. Only the Luxion variant comes with a seven-seater layout while the rest are designed to accomodate eight occupants.

    Standard ProPilot features include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, collision avoidance steering assist and adaptive cruise control to name a few. The ProPilot 2.0 system adds ProPilot Park with memory function and ProPilot Remote Park.

    When in operation, ProPilot 2.0 also works hand-in-hand with the NissanConnect Navigation system to automatically alter the vehicle’s acceleration, braking and even steering operations based on speed signs and map information for smoother operations.

    What do you think about the design of the all-new Serena? Let us know in the comments!

     
  • GWM in Malaysia – 9 new models in three years including sedan, SUV and pick-up truck, CKD fr 2023

    Great Wall Motors has announced its plans for expansion in this region in terms of product offering as well as network reach, following the Malaysian market launch of the Ora Good Cat fully electric hatchback.

    The brand aims to introduce nine models in the Malaysian market in the next three years, and these will consist of sedan, SUV and pick-up truck models in the new energy vehicle (NEV) category, said the president of GWM for the Asian region Zhang Jiaming.

    Great Wall Motors aims to be the leading EV brand in Malaysia, the company announced. In terms of network growth, GWM plans to have 15 outlets across Peninsular Malaysia, with most of these to be 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centres with 70% of the total to be located in urban areas.

    The first five outlets are to be opened in December spanning the northern, southern and central regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Zhang said. Meanwhile, local assembly (CKD) operations will commence next year, and 2,000 jobs will be created locally as a result.

    The just-launched Ora Good Cat is expected to be joined by the Haval H6 and Jolion in Malaysia

    Great Wall Motors officially entered the Malaysian market in July this year, represented in the country by wholly owned subsidiary Great Wall Motor Sales Malaysia. In addition to the Ora Good Cat EV hatchback, the Haval H6 and the Haval Jolion are also expected for the Malaysian market, both of which have been sighted running tests on Malaysian roads.

    Given the new energy vehicle (NEV) focus of Great Wall Motors, it is the electrified versions of the H6 and Jolion which can be expected, and the former is sold in Thailand as a plug-in hybrid.

    The H6 PHEV packs a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 167 hp and 285 Nm of torque, mated to electric drive that brings a total system output of 326 hp and 530 Nm. Meanwhile, the Haval Jolion Hybrid gets a powertrain also featuring a 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, making 190 hp and 375 Nm in total system output.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat

     
  • Audi e-tron GT, RS e-tron GT – EV models in Malaysia by Q2 2023; 800V, 487 km range, 0-100 km/h 3.3s

    PHS Automotive, official distributors of Audi vehicles in Malaysia has revealed that the Audi e-tron GT will arrive here in Q2 of 2023. This follows after news that Audi’s new range of e-tron electric vehicles will soon be sold here.

    The 2022 World Performance Car of the Year will be available here in two variants – the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT. Currently, the PHS Automotive’s RS range includes the RS Q8, RS3 Sedan, RS5 and RS7 Sportback, RS4 and RS6 Avant, to name a few.

    Both the Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are driven by two electric motors (effectively making it all-wheel drive) and are similarly powered by an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery. EV range is up to 487 km (based on WLTP) while power is delivered via a two-speed transmission.

    The e-tron GT produces 476 PS (350 kW) and 630 Nm but with Launch Control, its output can be bumped up to 530 PS and 640 Nm for a short 2.5-second period. The e-tron GT’s 0-100 km/h time is 4.1 seconds and at full throttle, it’ll hit a 245 km/h top speed.

    As for the RS e-tron GT, it produces 598 PS (440 kW) and 830 Nm of torque but is capable of producing up to 646 PS (475 kW) with boost mode. This allows it to slingshot from 0-100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, with a top speed rated at 250 km/h.

    The e-tron GT’s 800-volt architecture means it supports DC fast charging up to 270 kW and 22 kW AC charging. With the DC fast charger, the e-tron GT can be charged up to 80% SoC (state of charge) in just 22.5 minutes. A mere five minute charge will return up to 100 km of driving range.

    How do you like the Audi e-tron GT’s looks compared to its cousin, the Porsche Taycan? Sharing the same electric architecture and platform as the e-tron GT, the Taycan in Malaysia is priced between RM540k for the base-model, rear-wheel drive variant and RM991k for the Taycan Turbo S which offers up to 468 km of electric range based on the WLTP cycle. So how much do you think the e-tron GT will be priced here? Let us know in the comments!

    GALLERY: Audi RS e-tron GT

    GALLERY: Audi e-tron GT quattro

     
  • Gov’t ministries given two weeks to discuss targeted subsidies, says Anwar – fuel, electricity under focus

    Prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given relevant government ministries two weeks to discuss and analyse the matter of targeted subsidies, including that for fuel. He said it was imperative that steps should be taken quickly to ease the burden on the poor, given the rise in the cost of living and price of goods.

    “I have given them a period of two weeks to analyse and explore all the implications (of targeted subsidies) and also discuss with the private sector and investors so that they understand that the purpose of the subsidy is to ease the burden of the poor,” he said at a press conference following a special National Action Council meeting with government departments and agencies over the weekend.

    Present at the meeting were officials from the finance ministry, the ministry of agriculture and foor industries, the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry, the ministry of energy and natural resources as well as those from the statistics department.

    He said that following the formation of the cabinet, the ministers from these departments will discuss the results of these findings with their ministries as well as relevant agencies before presenting the results to the cabinet.

    Anwar stated that he wasn’t against subsidies, but they had to be distributed to the right channels. “I have no problem with subsidies for the people, especially the poor. But our explanation in full, when it comes, is that this sub-section should be targeted. Otherwise, like in the case of fuel subsidies, the subsidy benefits everyone, including the rich,” he said.

    “The rich should not benefit. For industries, concessions such as improved incentives and other benefits will be provided so that the removal (of subsidies) will not burden them,” he added.

    The new PM also touched on the subject of electricity tariffs, saying they would have to be reviewed as the benefits received by the poor are almost the same as that for the rich. “For me, it is not reasonable, because while it is called a subsidy, it benefits others,” he said.

    While stating that the subsidy for electricity would continue, he said that the rich and big industries should not receive subsidies because it would be a huge financial burden to the government.

     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 24 Nov 2022