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  • Ford Fiesta ST displayed at Asia Klasika – RM149,888

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    We bring you live shots of the Ford Fiesta ST from the Asia Klasika 2014 event at the Pullman Putrajaya Hotel, where the car is being previewed this weekend.

    There are four units here today – two in Spirit Blue and the other two in Molten Orange. Two are on static display while the other pair, wearing trade plates, are being offered for short test drives.

    Under the bonnet sits a 1.6 litre EcoBoost turbocharged engine offering 182 PS at 5,700 rpm and 240 Nm (290 Nm of time-limited overboost) from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. Coupled solely to a B6 six-speed manual transmission, the hot-hatch gets to 100 km/h from rest in 6.9 seconds and carries on towards a 224 km/h top speed.

    Fully imported (CBU) from Cologne, Germany, the Ford Fiesta ST is priced at RM149,888, OTR with insurance (or RM145,842 without insurance). Offered is a three-year/100,000 km warranty. See full specifications here.

     
     
  • Indonesia to change fuel subsidies before end of year

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    Seems we’re not the only ones in the region planning to rationalise fuel subsidies of late – according to Reuters, Indonesia’s new government is set to make changes to its petrol and diesel subsidies before the end of the year.

    The republic’s chief economics minister Sofyna Djalil told the news agency that the government is planning a fuel price hike of 3,000 rupiah (RM0.82) for possibly as early as November 1, and that policy correction will be done before the year is up at the latest.

    Djalil, an advisor to newly-sworn in President Joko Widodo (popularly known as Jokowi), had said before that the current subsidies were not reaching their intended target group, but declined to comment further this time, Reuters reports.

    The new minority coalition government has to deal with a US$23 billion (RM75.48 billion) fuel subsidy bill – Indonesia’s biggest fiscal problem. The subsidy regime is the main contributor to the budget and current account deficits faced by South East Asia’s biggest economy.

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    Finance minister Bambang Brodjonegoro told Reuters that the trade ministry will introduce policies to curb any rise in inflation, and that sections of society most affected by any subsidy changes will be compensated for.

    According to the news agency, petrol prices went up by 44% last year, but outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono avoided ordering another hike this year, despite a weakening fiscal position.

    Officials within Jokowi’s government have said that any money saved from reduced subsidies would be spent on projects in areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, education, and health.

    Meanwhile, it was reported recently that the auto industries of Malaysia and Indonesia could collaborate on an ASEAN car, and that Proton is expected to be involved. Jokowi was said to have expressed interest in the project.

     
     
  • Hyundai’s motor integrated six-speed auto for hybrids

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    Hyundai has announced a new six-speed automatic transmission for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) at the company’s annual International Powertrain Conference in Namyang, South Korea.

    The new six-speed automatic gearbox integrates the electric motor and is said to apply a number of new technologies that deliver tangible benefits to the customer. The new unit will be fitted to future Hyundai hybrids, including the upcoming new Sonata Hybrid.

    The set-up means that almost all of the hybrid powertrain components are contained within the transmission, minimising energy losses and increasing fuel economy.

    A new traction motor and electric oil pump (EOP) have been fitted, while the torque converter has been removed completely. A lighter torsion damper, and new engine clutch, which features fewer clutch discs, reduce drag and contribute to a more efficient transfer and use of power.

    The most significant change is within the oil pump system. It achieves improved fuel efficiency by removing the mechanical oil pump causing hydraulic losses and by applying a new electric oil pump which automatically optimises the system according to driving conditions.

    With fewer components, the new transmission weighs 130 kg (wet) – making it lighter than its previous version – yet still delivers 280 Nm of torque.

     
     
  • AD: Enjoy 0% interest and win prizes worth over RM100,000 when you test drive any Renault model!

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    TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Renault in Malaysia, is now offering special 0% interest financing when you purchase any Renault model, from now till December 31, 2014! This special promotion is applicable to all Renault models including the Renault Fluence sedan, the Renault Koleos SUV as well as the high-performance 200 hp Renault Clio RS and the 265 hp Renault Megane RS.

    That’s not all. You will also put yourself in the running to win prizes collectively worth more than RM100,000 when you test drive any of the models mentioned above. Prizes up for grabs includes a Samsung 48” LED Smart TV, a Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone and more.

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    You will also enjoy peace of mind motoring with three years, or 100,000 km of warranty with all Renault models. With the Renault Fluence, the deal is sweetened with five years of manufacturer’s warranty (unlimited mileage) and five years of free service including a courtesy car for service jobs that take more than two days.

    For more information about this special promo, please call +603-7956 3013 or visit www.renault.com.my or the brand’s official Renault Malaysia Facebook page.

     

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  • VIDEO: Honda Civic Type R stars in ‘The OtheR Side’

    The hotly-anticipated return of the Honda Civic Type R is coming next year, and to hype the launch of the upcoming hot hatch – promising to be “the most extreme and high-performing model to wear the famous ‘Red H’ badge” – still further, Honda Europe has launched a heart-pumping interactive film on YouTube called ‘The Other Side’, starring the blood-red Geneva 2014 concept.

    The near-three-minute dual-video campaign, shot by acclaimed commercials and music video director Daniel Wolfe and scored by Bobby Krlic of The Haxan Cloak, showcases the duality of the Civic as well as the Honda brand as a whole – one side representing the company’s traditional reputation for engineering excellence, technology and reliability; the other of high performance carved from its years of racing heritage.

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    Two stories are portrayed in parallel in the two films. The first video sees a family man in a white Civic picking his daughter up from school in the daytime, while the second shows the same man participating in an art heist at night in the aforementioned Type R. Despite the contrasting tone, both films mirror each other in composition, and viewers can switch between the two by holding down the ‘R’ key on their keyboard.

    There are surprise endings to both these videos (we won’t spoil them for you!) so head on to hondatheotherside.com to experience them yourself.


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  • 2014 Honda Jazz and City to race in Sepang 1,000 km

    HMRT will test their Challenging Spirit with the All-New Jazz as Car 26 and for the first time, the City as Car 27. (2)

    Meet Honda Malaysia Racing Team’s new race-prepped duo, based on the 2014 Honda Jazz and City. They replace HMRT’s winning pair of previous-generation Jazz racers, and will compete in the 2014 Sepang 1,000 km (S1K) endurance race in December.

    The blue and white half-twins have been worked on since March this year, and feature special ball joints to adjust the roll centre and bump steer for better handling around the track. Both have had its internals stripped out, of course, and now weigh just 1,030 kg in race trim.

    With team director Akkbar Danial leading the charge, HMRT will field returning drivers Eddie Lew, Aaron Lim (2013 S1K overall winners) and Farriz Fauzy in the new cars. The fourth driver will be announced soon.

     
     
  • Kia GT concept to be built, smaller sports car likely

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    The green light has been given for the production of the Frankfurt 2011’s Kia GT concept – paving the road to a possible 2016 introduction – according to Autocar UK.

    The British publication stated that Kia executives confirmed the presence of the rear-wheel drive sports sedan in the company’s plans as it pursues a sportier image first cultivated with the cee’d GT and pro_cee’d GT hot hatches.

    While the suicide doors will likely be replaced by more conventional units, Kia is looking to keep as much of the concept’s fastback shape and striking detailing as possible. Also on the cards for the production GT will be an upscale, technologically-advanced cabin with a unique design.

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    The concept was powered by a 3.3 litre turbocharged V6 developing 388 hp and 534 Nm, but it is unclear whether the production version will use this engine. Currently parent company Hyundai Motor Group has two naturally-aspirated, direct-injected engines suitable for the role – a 348 hp/400 Nm 3.8 litre V6 from the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and a 425 hp/510 Nm 5.0 litre V8 from the US-spec Kia K900.

    Kia is also looking to produce a smaller sports car to sit under the GT both in size and price, likely a production version of the 2+2 GT4 Stinger concept shown in Detroit earlier in the year. The company’s UK boss Paul Philpott said a focused two-seater model to rival the Mazda MX-5 would have been ideal, but concedes that the global market isn’t likely to be big enough to support such a car.

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  • Lower accident rate since implementation of AES

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    According to a report by The Star, the implementation of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) has managed to reduce accident rates in the country by up to 36.84% since coming online eight months ago in 14 locations. The entire network was implemented on September 23 2012.

    A study conducted by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) showed that a total of 12 fatal accidents were recorded since the implementation, as opposed to a total of 19 prior to the AES system being employed. “This means AES has managed to help reduce fatal accidents by 36.84% or seven cases within the period of eight months,” said Transport Minister, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.

    From the MIROS study, it was also found that motorists were less likely to go over the speed limit is six hotspots, with the previous percentage of compliance at 63% jumping to 91%. At four junctions where the AES system is active, the amount of motorists who beat the light dropped from 4.3% to 2.2%.

    He also added that international studies concerning the AES system have proven to reduce the road fatality statistics from a range between 17% to 71%. In addition to that, a total of RM51,434,650 worth of summons have been collected from September 2012 to the end of August 2014. Up to December 17 2012, a total of 10,136 cases were brought to court.

     
     
  • Citroen Grand C4 Picasso MPV officially launched at new Puchong showroom – 2.0 turbodiesel, RM185k

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    The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, announced and previewed in June, has been officially launched at the brand’s new Puchong showroom, which opened its doors this evening. The 4,000 sq.ft Citroen Puchong is a 1S showroom located within IOI Business Park, fronting the LDP and opposite IOI Mall.

    The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is available in a sole 2.0 BlueHDi variant in Malaysia, priced at RM184,926 on-the-road excluding insurance. The engine is a turbodiesel making 148 hp at 4,000 rpm and 370 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. It’s mated to a conventional six-speed automatic transmission.

    The seven-seater MPV goes from 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 207 km/h, while returning 4.6 litres per 100 km on the European combined cycle. Emissions are low for its kind, at just 120 grams of CO2 per km.

    The new Citroen Puchong showroom is located opposite IOI Mall, fronting the LDP

    Available equipment includes keyless entry and start, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system located below an enormous 12-inch digital instrument cluster, navigation, 360-degree surround view system, reverse camera, dual-zone automatic climate control in front and air vents for the second (pillar-mounted dual-zone blower control) and third rows (roof-mounted single-zone blower control).

    The GC4P also features a panoramic roof, an electrically-powered tailgate, an automatic parking system and 18-inch wheels wrapped with 225/45R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tyres, among others things Four exterior shades are available for the Grand C4 Picasso, these being Noir Onyx (black), Blanc Banquise (white), Blue Teles and Rouge Babylone (red).

    Official distributor Naza Euro Motors is offering a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. The company has collected 30 bookings for the Grand C4 Picasso so far.

     
     
  • Land Rover considering new, all-electric Range Rover

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    It would seem that Land Rover is seriously considering an all-electric variant of the Range Rover. According to Autocar, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) group engineering director Wolfgang Ziebart had hinted at such plans with the company keen to echo the success of the Tesla Model S.

    Further cementing that an EV-type model from Land Rover is imminent, the company’s chief designer Gerry McGovern has hinted that a new “incredibly luxurious, low-slung” model is being developed with intentions to expand the current Range Rover line.

    Don’t be surprised if the upcoming model shares some of its underpinnings with the soon-to-arrive Jaguar CX-17 SUV. With that said, one can expect the electric Range Rover to be engineered mainly for use on the road, with off-roading capabilities courtesy of height-adjustable suspension.

    All-wheel drive will then be possible via two electric motors, each one powering the front and rear axles. The Range Rover’s aluminium monocoque is expected to be modified to accommodate the battery pack, which has to have a range capable of matching the official Tesla Model S figure of 265 miles or 426 kilometres.

    GALLERY: Range Rover launched in Malaysia

     
     
 

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