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  • AD: Audi Centre Setia Alam Year End Festival on Nov 16-17 – rebates up to RM30k, 5 years free maintenance

    The Audi Centre Setia Alam Year End Festival is happening this weekend (November 16-17) from 9am to 7pm, and if you’ve had your heart set on owning the very best that Ingolstadt has to offer, you’ll want to make your way there for the best deals on Audi models.

    At the event, you’ll enjoy rebates of up to RM30,000 on selected Audi models, including the tech-filled A4 sedan and dynamic Q5. The first five customers who register their cars before December 17, 2019 will also be treated to merchandise from the Audi exclusive range.

    To make sure you find the right Audi, test drives will be available for selected models, with free gifts to be given out to the first 120 people who get behind the wheel. While you’re experiencing the excitement of Vorsprung durch Technik, there will be fun activities like a colouring contest and movie screening to keep your family entertained, along with delicious food and beverages.

    Once you’ve found the perfect Audi that suits you, rest assured that each purchase will be accompanied by a standard five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is further bolstered by a five-year/75,000-km free maintenance package. Existing Audi owners will also get to enjoy a 15% discount on all parts for the entire month of November.

    So, register your interest here, and make your way down to Audi Centre Setia Alam this weekend to take your very first step into Audi ownership. For more details, contact 03-3362 6555.

     
  • Petronas organises first EV Fluids Symposium in Turin

    Petronas Lubricants International (PLI) recently held the inaugural Electric Vehicle (EV) Fluids Symposium at its Global Research and Technology (R&T) Centre in Turin, which provided a platform for experts from across the globe to discuss and present EV innovations that contribute to a cleaner, energy-efficient and more sustainable e-mobility future.

    The one-day event was attended by more than 120 participants, including industry experts from the across the world, where they shared future EV technology trends, their market relevance and the role of fluids in the evolution of e-transmission and battery technologies. The symposium also saw discussions on how EV technological developments have an important role to play in managing the climate challenge that exists in our world today.

    “At PLI, we’ve pledged to double our investments and dedicate 75% of our R&T expenditure in projects that contribute to reducing CO2 emissions. PLI’s venture into the EV market that was announced earlier this year through Petronas iona range of e-fluids reinforces our commitment to the development and deployment of fluid technology. The EV Fluids Symposium is our next initiative to work together, deliberate possibilities and set a shared agenda towards a cleaner future,” said Giuseppe D’Arrigo, PLI managing director and group chief executive officer.

    At the symposium, PLI also shared the findings of the industry’s first global study in EV technology and fluids, with particular focus on the primary aspects of an EV, the electric drive unit and battery. Conducted in partnership with FEV Consulting, the study provided a detailed look at innovations that are beneficial to improve the performance and durability of EVs, as well as the necessary steps to increase the uptake of EVs among consumers.

    “Change is a challenge, and with the rapid integration of electric vehicles into the global mobility eco-system, that challenge is being met with unprecedented and active collaboration between OEMs, academia, and the world’s smartest engineering teams. I am encouraged to see the focus and ambition here at the EV Fluids Symposium. The twin imperatives of climate change and air quality can only be tackled by truly maximising the efficiency of our planet’s mobility machines, amongst others,” commented Roger Atkins, founder of Electric Vehicle Outlook.

    Aside from the various talks by experts at the symposium, guests were also treated to a tour of the R&T’s product development laboratory and mechanical testing facilities to have a better insight into the work that goes into developing Petronas e-fluids.

    Petronas has been focused on reducing its carbon footprint, and the EV Fluids Symposium is another initiative by the company to attain that goal. Since the introduction of Petronas Carbon Commitments in 2012, the company has decreased its monitored carbon footprint by 13% from 2017, which is a cumulative 12 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

    The company is also collaborating with Daimler Automotive in green projects towards low-carbon fuel and vehicle emissions control. More recently, Petronas established the Carbon Commitments Guidelines and a New Energy unit to enhance capabilities in the renewables domain.

     
  • 2020 Kia Optima/K5 revealed in first official images

    Kia has released the first official images of the all-new Optima, or K5 as it is known in its home market, and if you liked the prior sketches put forth by the Korean carmaker, you’ll like the look of the fifth-generation model.

    A radical departure from the outgoing fourth-generation car, the latest Optima certainly gives an “intense first impression” as suggested. Adopting a sportback-like profile, the D-segment model certainly has a more dynamic look to it, with no shortage of attention-grabbing cues that make it stand out from the crowd.

    The front end features a wider version of the company’s signature “tiger nose” grille, with the pinched middle section meeting up with two creases on the bonnet that stretch all the way to the windscreen.

    Additional lines leading to the A-pillars can also be found originating from the tip of the tri-element headlamps, which blend into said grille, and sport “extended V” LED daytime running lights. To add to its visual presence, there’s an aggressive front bumper with larger corner inlets, while the central intake is highlighted by U-shaped trim.

    While the new car has a rather busy face, its sides are “simpler” by comparison, with a main character line running beneath door handles and another from the wheel arches for an element of depth. A unique touch here is the chrome trim that runs along the top of the side windows, wrapping around the base of the rear window.

    Moving towards the rear, we find small taillights that integrates the same V-shaped motif seen at the front, with the Kia logo placed just beneath the lip spoiler on the trunk lid, along with a full-width light bar linking the two clusters. Further down, the faux diffuser and dual chrome exhaust finishers contribute to the sporty look of the sedan, together with corner “outlets” beside the slim reflectors.

    There are no live photos of the interior just yet, but based on an earlier sketch, expect an entirely new dashboard layout that is less cluttered and dominated by two displays. There’s also a new steering wheel design, piano key-style switchgear on the centre stack and a rotary gear selector, with additional controls (likely for the electronic parking brake and drive modes) placed just in front of the armrest.

     
  • More Touch n’ Go payment options at PLUS highways

    Touch n’ Go stakeholders PLUS Malaysia and CIMB have announced that the two parties have come to an agreement for providing additional payment options at PLUS highways across the country, the highway operator and the banking group said in a joint statement. The additional payment options will be facilitated by Touch n’ Go Sdn Bhd via the TnG RFID tag.

    The open payment facility will give users the options of linking their TnG RFID tags to a bank account, credit card or debit card of their choice, in addition to the Touch n’ Go e-wallet. Over time, the RFID-driven payment system is expected to replace the TnG card that has been the de facto mode of payment for toll transactions in the country, the statement said.

    The Touch n’ Go RFID services will initially be available at 10 open-system toll plazas at PLUS expressways by January 1 next year, followed by all 83 closed-system toll plazas on PLUS expressways by April 1, 2020. It is also the intent of CIMB and Touch n’ Go to roll out the open payments facility to all highway concessionaires in Malaysia in the future, the statement added.

    This scheme is being devised and coordinated in collaboration with the ministry of transport, minstry of works and the Malaysian Highway Authority, the statement said, adding that there will be ‘absolutely no disruption’ to the current services rendered by the physical Touch n’ Go card, SmartTag or PayDirect.

    The Touch n’ Go RFID service have been in operation as a pilot on select expressways in the country from the beginning of 2019. There are currently over 700,000 tags installed on vehicles in Peninsular Malaysia, and the tags are currently linked the the Touch n’ Go e-wallet for funds, the joint statement said.

    “RFID transactions will be real time, as our highway customers will receive immediate notification of their balance and CIMB/TNG have given their commitment to this high standard of service delivery,” said PLUS managing director Datuk Azman Ismail.

    “We will continue to innovate from within and ensure we are always working with our toll concessionaire partners to bring convenience and effective multi-dimensional solutions to Malaysian road users. We see this as the next phase in the evolution of payments, one that is more inclusive and suitable for the future of Malaysia’s expressways,” said CIMB Group CEO Tengku Datuk Sri Zafrul Aziz.

     
  • SPYSHOTS: Porsche Panamera facelift – interior seen

    The second-generation Porsche Panamera facelift has been spotted again, and this time we’ve gotten a look at part of its interior; namely, the dashboard. Here, earlier guesses have been confirmed where the revised Panamera is seen here to feature the new steering wheel design from the 992-generation Porsche 911, though most of the dashboard architecture appears carried over from the pre-facelift car.

    As such, the centre console with the haptic feedback controls remains, as do the touchscreen display and the driver’s instrumentation set with a central analogue tachometer – of a similar design as the pre-facelift Panamera’s, rather than the vintage-look item in the 992 Neunelfer – flanked by digital displays.

    Judged on its exterior, the development car here appears to be the Turbo variant, with twin LED DRLs on each side of the front bumper and a split deployable spoiler on the rear bootlid. Changes for this facelift include the aforementioned front DRLs which are now spaced further apart and a different styling treatment for the top centre of the front bumper where the licence plate resides.

    The full-width, three-dimensional tail lamp assembly has also been mildly revised for the update, where a central light strip now appears more integrated with the main tail lamp elements which are now closer to the upper edge, in a fashion similar to that of the Sport Turismo facelift development car sighted earlier.

    The Panamera’s powertrain line-up should be similar, if not identical to that for the Panamera Sport Turismo, which is expected to include a mild-hybrid setup pairing a 48-volt electrical architecture with a 2.9 litre biturbo V6 petrol which currently serves in Porsche as well as Audi models. This should augment the 440 hp/550 Nm outputs this produces in ICE-only form, on top of improving emissions and economy.

    Transmission can be expected to retain the services of the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic which the Panamera currently uses, as is all-wheel-drive. At the upper end of the Panamera ladder, the firm’s 4.0 litre biturbo V8 petrol can also be expected to continue here, in both ICE-only and plug-in hybrid forms, the latter represented by the 680 hp/850 Nm Turbo S E-hybrid in current guise.

    GALLERY: Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo facelift spyshots

     
  • Toyota Yaris range updated in Thailand – Phase 2 Eco Car spec, new SUV-style Yaris Cross optional kit

    The Toyota Yaris range has been updated in Thailand. The eco car, and Toyota’s entry level model in the kingdom, now complies with Phase 2 eco car regulations, which require improved fuel economy and lower emissions than the original batch of eco cars.

    The main news is under the hood, which has a revised 3NR-FKE four-cylinder engine. Like the previous 3NR-FE, it’s a 1.2 litre unit, but the Dual VVT-i has been upgraded to Dual VVT-iE, and the compression ratio is now 13.5:1, up from 11.5:1.

    It’s mainly for efficiency (auto start stop is now standard as well), but output figures are up slightly – from 86 hp/108 Nm to 92 hp/109 Nm. The E20 gasohol compliant engine is paired to a Super CVT-i auto transmission.

    The Yaris variants have been streamlined too, from the previous five (J Eco, J, E, G, G+) to just Entry, Mid and High. The base Entry is equivalent to the previous J Eco, the Mid is E and High is G+. There are additional equipment and things such as a new 6.7 inch touchscreen and front/rear video recorder make their debut. Prices are from 539,000 baht (RM73,607) for the Entry (unchanged) to 649,000 baht (RM88,628) for the range topper, which is 10,000 baht costlier than before.

    Safety wise, it’s ABS/EBD/BA, VSC, Hill Start Assist and seven airbags (front, side, curtain, driver’s knee) as standard across the board.

    Looks wise, the ASEAN Yaris is unchanged, but there’s a new Yaris Cross optional pack that brings SUV-inspired looks to the five-door B-segment hatchback. It’s pretty much like our Perodua Axia Style, but the Yaris Cross isn’t a standalone variant, but a pack of accessories that you can add on to the regular car.

    The package, which is now being offered at a promotional price of 35,000 baht (RM4,779), consists of front and rear black bumper skirting, which of course have silver “skid plates” in them to emphasise “SUV”. Also in black are the matching side skirts, wheel arch cladding and the roof. The wheels are 16-inch two-tone items, and they are indeed further away from the body when compared to the standard Yaris.

    Unlike the Axia Style, the Yaris Cross sits on a unique spring and short absorber suspension set, which gives it an obvious 30 mm lift. There are no roof rails, but there’s a ‘Cross’ logo for the tailgate. What do you think of the SUVised Yaris Cross?

    In Malaysia, the Yaris is powered by a 1.5 litre NR engine (as we don’t have eco car rules to contend with) with 107 PS and 140 Nm of torque. The Bukit Raja-assembled model comes in three trim levels – J, E and G -and is priced from RM70,888 to RM83,888 on-the-road without insurance.

    GALLERY: Toyota Yaris in Malaysia

     
  • Zapp i300 e-scooter – Made in Thailand, 587 Nm torque and priced at the equivalent of RM28k in UK

    A new scooter brand named Zapp has entered the UK market with its first model, the Zapp i300. Priced at 5,250 pounds sterling (RM28,000), first deliveries will be made to UK customers by the end of this of the Thailand made electric scooter (e-scooter), reports Motorcycle News.

    The Zapp i300 is powered by an interior permanent magnet electric motor rated at 14 kW, or the equivalent of 19 hp, and is capable of producing 587 Nm of torque, housed in a lightweight chassis made from aerospace grade aluminium. Range in ECO mode is claimed to be between 60 to 90 kilometres from twin 1.25 kWh lithium-ion battery packs that weight 5 kg each and power goes to the rear wheel via a carbon-fibre belt.

    With regards to performance, the i300 gets from 0 to 50 km/h in 2.35 seconds and to 70 km/h in 4.1 seconds. According to Zapp, the i300 performs at the same level as a 300 cc scooter but its maximum speed is capped to 96 km/h and weight is 90 kg.

    Despite being a small e-scooter, the i300 comes with a fairly impressive lost of standard equipment. This includes floating front disc brake with four-piston brake calliper and rear disc brake with two-channel ABS. Other items are upside-down front forks with preload adjustment, preload-adjustable rear monoshock with pushrod actuation, single-sided swingarm and high-resolution LCD instrument display.

    Zapp also claims the i300 has been aerodynamically tested and is designed to be energy efficient in urban use. The frame and seat is designed in-house by Zapp and eschews the normal underseat storage space commonly found in scooters.

     
  • 2019 Renault Captur Trophy LE in Malaysia – RM108k

    TC Euro Cars has officially launched the limited edition Renault Captur Trophy, and it’s priced at RM107,980. The price is identical to the base Captur, so you’re not paying more for exclusivity. It’s also available on Renault Subscription – prices start from RM1,499 monthly for the two-year Fixed Plan package.

    We’ve gone over the car before, but a quick recap won’t hurt. Unique to the Captur Trophy is of course the Trophy Orange paintwork, and it comes complete with a bodykit (with chrome accents) and three-dimensional black chequered flag decals on the sides. A hands-free powered tailgate is standard, too.

    Inside, the seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system comes with GPS navigation and internet connectivity, the latter enabling app support such as Waze, Joox, and more. Black combination leather seats are standard, as are the front centre armrest, front-facing dash cam, scuff plates, boot sill guard, reverse camera, and the usual list of safety features.

    There are no mechanical changes, though. Power comes from the same 1.2 litre TCe 120 petrol engine (now with auto stop-start), outputting 120 PS and 205 Nm of torque from 2,000 rpm. It gets a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission as standard, and the claimed combined fuel consumption figure is 5.9 litres per 100 km (16.9 km/l, NEDC cycle).

    Now, TC Euro Cars will reward five lucky customers of the Captur Trophy with the chance to drive the all-new Megane RS for a month. Subscription customers who opt for the Switch Prime Plan will get to enjoy up to four months’ access to the Renault Renault family of cars, such as the Koleos and the Megane RS.

    There is also the Renault Honour trade-in programme, which guarantees the future value of your Captur should you choose trade it in for any brand new Renault model in the future. The Renault Honour programme is available for a limited time only.

    Again, the Captur is priced at RM108k, and included in the price is a five-year manufacturer’s warranty with unlimited mileage, as well as a five-year or 100,000 km free service and maintenance (including parts and labour) package.

     
  • 2021 Range Rover: Design & luxury over off-roadability

    Land Rover is gearing up to introduce an all-new Range Rover model in the next two years, and it’s said to be the most road-focused crossover the automaker has made in its history. According to a new Auto Express report, the new model will be offered in mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric guises.

    Interestingly, Land Rover will prioritise design, on-road comfort and luxury ahead of off-road performance, marking an obvious pivot from the brand’s hallmark USP. Company design director Gerry McGovern said Land Rover wants to show its ability to stretch and be different.

    “We always have been quite pioneering. Let me just put it this way – if people like Bentley and Rolls-Royce can do an SUV, why can’t Land Rover or Range Rover do a luxury car,” he said.

    The report also suggested that the new model will be underpinned by the same MLA platform as the upcoming flagship Range Rover (it will also be electrified), which can accommodate two electric motors (one on each axle) to make it an all-wheel drive SUV.

    Technical specifications are sparse, but due to its smaller footprint, it won’t get the same 100 kWh battery as the full electric Range Rover. However, reports suggest that it will still provide around 480 km of driving range on a full charge due to the lighter kerb weight. It’s understood that will take place at the company’s Castle Bromwich facility.

    Meanwhile, Land Rover’s aggressive electrification plans will see it introduce a new range of plug-in hybrid models, starting with the second-generation Evoque. Primary propulsion comes from a newly-developed 1.5 litre three-cylinder Ingenium engine that’s married to an electric motor, with the latter tipped to produce around 108 hp. This hybrid powertrain will also be repurposed for the Discovery Sport PHEV, which is due shortly after the Evoque PHEV.

    Other models to be electrified include the all-new Defender, although the off-road beast will use a larger 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine instead. The engine will be augmented with an electric motor, and a small battery pack will offer an all-electric driving range of nearly 50 km. Exciting times for Land Rover, no?

     
  • 992 Porsche 911 Turbo, Turbo S nearing production

    The 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo is nearing production readiness, with the German sports car maker itself releasing images of pre-production examples undergoing development exercises in Nice, France. Our spy photographer sources have also spotted the forthcoming Turbo around the Nurburgring area, likely in preparation for circuit testing at the famed Nordschleife.

    Porsche works driver Jörg Bergmeister has also been photographed alongside what appears to be a 992-generation 911 Turbo Cabriolet, the drop-top development car pictured here wearing the wheel design from the 991-generation Turbo S Exclusive. This, like its fixed-roof twin, looks all but ready for production.

    So far, we know that the next 911 Turbo will be powered by a 3.8 litre twin-turbo flat-six engine in both its standard and Turbo S forms, the latter possibly producing up to 650 PS and 800 Nm of torque in the latter and at least 600 PS in standard Turbo guise, according to Car and Driver. With its most potent powerplant, the Turbo S should gain on its 0-100 km/h time and top speed of 2.9 seconds and 330 km/h respectively.

    The 3.8 litre biturbo flat-six in the Turbo S is largely unchanged, save for updates to its cylinder liners, exhaust manifold and fuel injectors, as well as larger turbochargers. The BorgWarner variable geometry turbochargers now feature larger housings on both the exhaust turbine and intake compressor sides and intercoolers have been relocated from behind the rear wheels to directly above the engine.

    Meanwhile, the catalytic converters are redesigned for less back pressure and improved flow and an optional sport exhaust alters both exhaust volume and sound, a 911 Turbo first, according to the website. More power also means more heat, therefore Porsche have also developed further measures for the 911 Turbo to be able to reject the additional thermal load, comprising new heat shielding, updated materials, additional cooling air channels above the hottest components and two electric fans.

    Building further upon equipment in current 992-generation models, the 911 Turbo and Turbo S are said to also incorporate an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission as the sole gearbox choice, using the same ratios as those in the 911 Carrera but with a new final drive ratio for the Turbo S to attain its top speed.

    The rear limited-slip differential is electronically controlled while the centre differential is a hydraulically controlled limited-slip unit, and the front differential is a conventional, open item. The 911 Turbo S gets Porsche Active Suspension Management with two modes – Normal and Sport – as standard, including rear-wheel steering, while an optional sport suspension setup the car by 0.8 inch (20.3 mm) from the base Turbo and 0.4 inch (10.2 mm) from the standard Turbo S setup.

    The increased engine outputs are also supported by larger rolling stock on the 992-generation Turbo S, now with staggered wheel diameters. These now comprise of Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres which measure 255/35R20 in front and 315/30R21 at the back, housing 419 mm carbon-ceramic front brake discs with 10-piston calipers, while the rear axle gets 391 mm brakes.

    The Porsche 911 line-up has historically spanned a wide range of versions, with the Turbo and Turbo S assuming the supercar-chasing role among its conventional model range stablemates outside of the Motorsport department GT models. What do you think, folks? Looking forward to the latest iteration of the 911 Turbo and Turbo S?

    GALLERY: 992 Porsche 911 Turbo spyshots

    GALLERY: 992 Porsche 911 Turbo Cabriolet spyshots

     
 

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