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  • 2022 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan and GLA35 teased for Malaysia – both to launch soon as CKD models?

    It looks like Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is gearing up to reinforce its AMG line-up, as the company has teased not one but two models on its social media pages.

    On Facebook, we find a silhouette of what looks like the V177 A 35 4Matic Sedan, which initially arrived as a fully-imported (CBU) model back in September 2019. The performance compact sedan will likely be reintroduced as a locally-assembled (CKD) model this year, with a previous dealer posting (now taken down) hinting at such back in May this year.

    The current, non-AMG A-Class variants, namely the A 200 Progressive Line and A 250 AMG Line, are already CKD offerings as of October last year, with both recently being revised for the 2022 model year. The A 35 is visually differentiated from them by its twin-louvre grille (the non-AMG variants have a single louvre instead) and increased performance.

    The latter is a result of its M260 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that supplies 306 PS (302 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a seven-speed AMG Speedshift 7G dual-clutch transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which allows for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds.

    The A 35 is currently unlisted on MBM’s official website, but prior to its removal, the CBU version was priced at RM336,278 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of the SST exemption. In CKD form, we expect the price tag to drop closer to the RM300,000 mark. Perhaps RM306k for 306PS?

    Meanwhile on Instagram, MBM posted an image of an SUV, which, based on the design of the DRL graphic, points towards the GLA. The Panamericana grille is an indicator that this is the H247 GLA 35 4Matic, which made its global debut in December 2019.

    Like the A-Class Sedan, the current GLA range is also CKD and consists of two variants, including the GLA 200 Progressive Line and GLA 250 AMG Line (both were also updated recently). The GLA 35 will be the newcomer to the line-up, although it’s uncertain if it will arrive as a CKD model seeing how it was never even offered here in the first place, even as a CBU. MBM has offered AMG versions of its sedan and SUV models that are CKD in the past, so there’s a high possibility that it will happen for the GLA 35.

    In terms of mechanicals, the GLA 35 shares the same M260 engine and AMG Performance 4Matic system with the A 35, although the transmission is an eight-speed AMG Speedshift 8G DCT dual-clutch transmission. It’s slightly slower in the century sprint too, taking 5.1 seconds.

    The Panamericana grille is also fitted to the GLA 45, which is another model that hasn’t made it to our shores. We’re still leaning towards the performance SUV teased being the GLA 35 for now, as the vehicle depicted in the image lacks a rear wing. With the GLA 45, the rear wing is part of the AMG Aerodynamics Package, which was specified for previous iterations of the X156 GLA 45 launched in Malaysia, and it’s not likely MBM will exclude it if it does plan to launch the latest GLA 45.

    In any case, we’ll have to wait for the company to provide more details, but are you looking forward to potentially more affordable AMG models in Malaysia? Which one is more appealing? The A 35 or GLA 35?

    GALLERY: V177 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic Sedan (CBU)

    GALLERY: H247 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic

  • smart #1 on sale in China – EV SUV with up to 560 km range, RM120k-RM149k price, Brabus version teased

    Two months after the order books were opened, the smart #1 has officially gone on sale in China with the official announcement of prices. The car, which is both the company’s first SUV and its first dedicated electric vehicle, is slightly cheaper than previously expected, with all models retailing under the 230,000 yuan (RM151,500) mark.

    In fact, a new entry-level Pure+ variant has been added to drop the price to 181,600 yuan (RM119,600). The Pro+, meanwhile, is more expensive than its pre-sale estimate of 190,000 yuan (RM125,200) suggested, costing 196,600 yuan (RM129,500). The Premium+ tops the range at 226,600 yuan (RM149,300).

    All models are powered by the same rear-mounted electric motor, producing 200 kW (272 PS) and 343 Nm of torque, enabling it to get from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Also fitted to all variants is a 66 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of 535 km on the CLTC cycle.

    The Premium+ is slightly more efficient thanks to silicon carbide being employed in the motor (likely in the inverter), enabling it to travel an extra 25 km at 560 km. China’s test cycle is clearly more lenient than the WLTP, on which the #1 managed a range of only 439 km.

    Charging the #1’s battery to 80% takes seven and a half hours using a 7.5 kW AC wallbox, although European models can support up to 22 kW of charging power that will slash the time needed to under three hours. The car can also accept up to 150 kW of DC fast charging that can fill the battery in just 30 minutes.

    The #1 is the first product of a joint venture between Geely and Mercedes-Benz, riding on the former’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) and exhibiting the latter’s design. As such, the pebble-smooth aesthetic has shades of Stuttgart’s own creations, with details that include full-width LED head- and taillights, a trapezoidal front air intake with contrasting surrounding trim, flush door handles and a “floating roof” with an inset smart badge.

    Inside, the #1 features a pill-shaped dashboard that flows into the tall “floating” centre console. The cabin is dominated by large 12.8-inch touchscreen, incorporating a globe-style “Inspiration Planet” interface with video game-style low-polygon elements (including a fox avatar as part of its voice control system, which is claimed to be able to learn the user’s voice using artificial intelligence).

    The operating system runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 processor and pumps music through an optional 13-speaker Beats sound system. A slim 9.2-inch instrument display and an available ten-inch head-up display are also fitted, while a smart car smartphone app (confusing, I know) allows users to access vehicular functions and other services remotely, such as playing a light and music show on the outside.

    Other features include six-way power-adjustable seats (with heating and ventilation), dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a large panoramic glass roof, Qi wireless charging and a hands-free powered tailgate. There’s even a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that allows the car to charge another electric vehicle at up to 3.3 kW.

    smart is offering several incentives to early-bird customers, including rebates of up to 12,000 yuan (RM7,900), a lifetime powertrain warranty, a 7.2 kW wallbox charger (also designed by Mercedes) and a gift package for those who order before September 30.

    As part of the launch, the company also previewed a high-performance version of the #1, featuring twin nostrils ahead of the bonnet edge. This matches the rumoured Brabus variant that was spied in April, reportedly producing 299 kW (406 PS) from twin electric motors that provide all-wheel drive.

    The #1’s Chinese-market launch is just the start – the car will also go on sale in the United Kingdom starting in December. It will make its Malaysian-market debut soon after, with Proton Edar being appointed as the local distributor for the smart brand.


  • 2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder teased in India – mild/full-hybrid B-SUV developed by Maruti Suzuki

    Here’s the first official look at the new Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which has been teased in India ahead of an expected world debut on July 1.

    The Hyryder is a B-segment SUV that sits above the Urban Cruiser, Toyota’s smallest SUV in India, a sub-4m car based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The UC Hyryder will be longer than four metres and will compete in a rather crowded segment that includes the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Hector and local player Tata Harrier.

    The image and video teasers show glimpses of the Hyryder’s exterior, as well as bits of the interior and features. It’s clear that the Hyryder will be available as a hybrid, and the ‘self-charging hybrid electric SUV’ is of the proven conventional variety, and not a plug-in. The front end has the two-tier light layout made popular by Hyundai, with the main beam sitting below slim LED signatures on the top level.

    We also a glimpse of the Hyryder’s rear end, which sports chrome “wings” for the Toyota badge and double C-shaped LEDs. The inner ones have a long tail that point to the number plate recess, which is on the tailgate. Those multi-branch two-tone wheels look familiar, like the 17-inch items we had with our 2019 C-HR update.

    A second video teaser shows the Hyrider’s air con switched on remotely via a phone app, which pre-cools the car before your entry. The AC itself is a single-zone automatic unit with a digital display. Sharp silver borders of the centre stack can be seen, hinting at a very sculptured dashboard. We also see stitching on the two-tone dash and a floating-style infotainment screen.

    Full-hybrid aside, Toyota says that the Hyryder will also be sold in mild-hybrid form, with the system provided by Suzuki, its capital alliance partner and regular collaborator in India.

    “By bringing together strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realisation of a carbon-neutral society in India,” Toyota said.

    Toyota also announced that both companies will start production of a “new SUV model developed by Suzuki” at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) from August, and that Maruti Suzuki will have its own version of this SUV. The two companies are planning to export the new model, including to Africa.

  • 2022 Jaguar F-Pace facelift launched in Malaysia – 2.0L R-Dynamic; revised styling; Pivi Pro; from RM599k

    Following the launch of the updated XF two weeks ago, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has now introduced the new Jaguar F-Pace facelift in Malaysia. The brand’s first SUV was revised back in 2020 and is arriving here in a sole variant, the 2.0L R-Dynamic, which retails at RM598,800 including 10% sales and service tax (SST), but before road tax registration and insurance.

    Design changes made to the F-Pace begin at the front, where there are slimmer LED headlamps featuring a “double J” daytime running light signature to mimic recent Jaguar models. The grille also gets a new diamond mesh pattern for its insert, which has been brought further forward so it’s no longer recessed.

    As for the rear, the tailgate has been slightly reshaped to accommodate slender LED taillights inspired by the I-Pace to emphasis the vehicle’s width, with the latter also incorporating Jaguar’s “chicane” lighting graphic.

    The changes continue on the inside, where the F-Pace receives an entirely new dashboard architecture and centre console that are more angular in their design. More modern in appearance, key changes from the previous model include the new gear selector, which is now a short lever instead of a rotary dial.

    Switching between the available drive modes (Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow and Dynamic) can be done via a smaller dial beside the gear lever, while Configurable Dynamics enables drivers to set engine response, gearbox shift points and steering weight to suit their personal preferences.

    Elsewhere, there’s an 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen sitting prominently below the centre air vents and above a new control panel for the dual-zone climate system with integrated displays. The larger touchscreen operates the more advanced Pivi Pro infotainment system that supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with a wireless charging pad adding to convenience.

    Other standard equipment that comes with the F-Pace are autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, cruise control with speed limiter, driver monitoring, along with other advanced driver assistance systems. Like its sedan sibling, the F-Pace also gets Active Road Noise Cancellation that generates an opposite phase sound wave to remove the noise heard by occupants from the exterior.

    For power, the F-Pace comes with an Ingenium 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque, which is directed to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. So configured, the SUV takes 7.3 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h.

  • Weststar DCFC on Jalan Tun Razak now on ChargEV – 60 kW DC fast charger listed at RM1.40 per minute

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    The electric vehicle landscape is becoming a more welcoming one in Malaysia, and the latest to join the expanding network of charging locations is Weststar Motors, which has announced its collaboration with ChargEV for the availability of DC fast chargers at its Jalan Tun Razak showroom.

    These will be available to use 24 hours a day, seven days a week, says Weststar Motors, and a quick check reveals three charging plug types, each rated at 60 kW; these are comprised of CCS2, CHAdeMO and Type 2 plugs.

    Charging at these 60 kW DC outlets is priced RM1.40 per minute, which means that charging a car such as the Hyundai Ioniq 5 at the 60 kW outlet from 10% to 80% should take slightly less than the 47 minutes the carmaker states it will take when charged at 50 kW. Meanwhile, making use of an AC charger at Weststar Motors’ Jalan Tun Razak location is priced at 25 sen per minute.

    Among the recent additions to the ChargEV network of electric vehicle chargers is BMW, which has had several of its dealers in Malaysia join the network, and ChargEV has also reduced its charge pricing as its members already pay a yearly subscription fee of RM240 in order to use its network.

    (Also check here for the full list of DC fast charger locations in Malaysia.)

    Chargers on the ChargEV network have predominantly been AC units, which the firm has started upgrading to new ones from November last year. At the time, ChargEV’s AC chargers were of those rated at 3.7 kW, 7.4 kW and 22 kW.

    Just prior to that, ChargEV also became part of a joint venture from a term sheet signing between Yinson Green Technologies and GreenTech Malaysia Alliances (GTMA) for the development of EV charging infrastructure in Malaysia.

  • Kove Motorcycles entering Malaysia market soon?

    If you’ve not heard the name Kove Motorcycles, based in Lhasa, Tibet, don’t worry, you might just see the brand name in Malaysia some time in the future. From a Cycle World report, the “Kove Hyper” brand name has been trademarked in Malaysia, along with the Philippines, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel and Mongolia.

    Kove, better known in its home market of China under the name Colove, or Tibet Summit Colove Motorcycle Sales, has previously produced motorcycle designs that… strongly resemble… offerings from other manufacturers, notably from Japan and also a 500 cc BMW Motorrad GS look-a-like. What is new from Kove is news of a four-cylinder 400 cc inline-four with a claimed 16,000 rpm redline and peak power of 72.4 hp at 13,500 rpm.

    Alongside the 400 cc four-cylinder screamer, Kove has also shown designs for an 800 cc parallel-twin, similar to the KTM Duke 790/890. Since the actual 790/890 two-cylinder mill is already manufactured in China for KTM by CFMoto (and used in the CFMoto 800MT adventure-tourer), it remains to be seen if the design is used under licence, similar in design or an outright clone.

    Colove is a company under the Tibet New Everest Industrial Group, founded in 1995 and entering into a partnership with scooter maker Kymco in 1998 to import the CB and GY6 engine production system and manufacturing technology. The company has production facilities in Chongqing, Taizhou Zhejiang, Jiangmen Guangdong, Chengdu, Yanshi Henan, Xinhua Henan, Renqiu Hebei, Linyi Shandong and Wuwei Gangsu, producing medium and large displacement motorcycles, commuting motorcycles as well as three-wheelers and electric vehicles.

    In recent years several brands from China have entered the Malaysian market, notably under the banner of MForce Holdings who currently market the Benelli, CFMoto and WMoto brands locally, among others. What do you think? A four-cylinder 400 making 72 hp sound exciting, especially if you value things like engine reliability and longevity?

  • From Proton/Perodua to Merc/BMW, it’s ready stocks at myTukar Auto Fair 2022 – July 1-3, Puchong South

    Have you checked out the queues? It’s not just at restaurants these days, but long queues for new cars is the new normal. It’s an industry-wide issue and it affects all kinds of cars, no thanks to parts supply issues sparked by the pandemic and high demand. The latter also stems from Malaysia’s sales tax exemption for passenger cars.

    Never mind discounts, today, the main question to car dealers has to be “got stock?” You can skip the months of waiting (over a year in some cases) by looking at used cars, which you can drive away immediately.

    When it comes to pre-owned cars, there’s no better marketplace than the myTukar Auto Fair 2022, which is happening this July 1 to 3 at the myTukar Retail Experience Centre in Puchong South. There will be a huge variety of pre-owned vehicles to choose from, all with extended warranty and a free service package for peace of mind.

    At the event, you’ll find over 1,000 myTukar certified cars ranging from Protons and Peroduas to premium Continental options from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. You’ll be spoilt for choice, but whichever car you pick, it would have undergone a thorough 160-point inspection. What this means is that myTukar has already verified that its certified cars have no mileage tampering, and is free from major accidents, fire, and flood damage.

    The 160-point inspection covers the engine, steering, brakes and suspension, transmission and clutch, exterior and interior checks, and also the underbody and under the hood.

    In addition, all myTukar certified cars go through an extensive refurbishment and reconditioning process to ensure that it is as good as new. myTukar has its own state-of-the-art Refurbishment Centre to carry out all necessary works on the interior and exterior, including electronic features. myTukar promises strict compliance as the company’s priority is the safety of its customers.

    To back up its promise of quality inspection and refurbishment, every myTukar purchase includes a FREE one-year extended warranty, and you’ll be able to service your car for free with them TWICE. If that’s not enough peace of mind, should you encounter an issue with the car or have simply just changed your mind about a vehicle, you can just return it thanks to the company’s five-day money back guarantee – no questions asked.

    Besides the wide variety of cars and the quality of the fleet, myTukar also puts importance on the customer experience. Everything is designed for a seamless buying journey with customer convenience in mind. myTukar Experience Centres are ONE-STOP centres, and Puspakom inspection, JPJ registration, loan applications and even insurance arrangement is handled by the company.

    If you have a current car to trade-in, that can also be done on-site. Just bring your car to the myTukar Auto Fair 2022 and the company’s product geniuses will be able to provide you with on-the-spot trade-in offers with maximum value for your car.

    As if all the above isn’t enough motivation for you, the myTukar Auto Fair 2022 event has RM800,000 worth of rewards in store. Purchase a car at the event and you could be in the running to win an all-expense paid trip to Sydney, Australia. There are also special offers, such as loan interest rates as low as 1.88% for the FIRST 150 bookings, as well as the chance to win up to RM1,000 worth of vouchers through the Spin & Win promo.

    Besides the Sydney holiday, there are also RM12,000 worth of lucky draw prizes to be won. These include an iPhone 13, an iPad, a PlayStation 5 console, an Android SmartTV, a Xiaomi Mi robot vacuum as well as a Karcher water jet, a Karcher vacuum and a Nescafe Dolce Gusto coffee machine.

    Hungry after all that browsing? Food trucks will be present at the event. As for Covid-19 prevention, masks are mandatory at all times, but physical distancing is not compulsory. The event crew and staff will be frequently cleaning the whole venue as well as frequently-touched equipment and surfaces such as cars and communal facilities.

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

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

    For more information, visit the myTukar Auto Fair 2022 homepage, or browse the wide selection of vehicles currently available in the myTukar inventory to see what’s on offer. Head on over to the myTukar Auto Fair at the myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South this July 1-3, from 9.30am to 9pm daily. You may also reach out to the company below:
    Call : 03-7890 4499
    WhatsApp : +6018-2249999

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

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  • Klang Valley motorists estimated to spend 44 hours stuck in traffic jams monthly, says UiTM lecturer

    Motorists in the Klang Valley are estimated to spend at least 44 hours a month in their vehicles being stuck in traffic jams, according to Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) senior lecturer Ismaniza Ismail. Speaking to Harian Metro, she said most employees are forced to spend at least one or two hours in their vehicles during their daily commute to and from work.

    “Imagine how much time is wasted every day due to traffic jams. Imagine, every morning, an employee gets up early to go to work and comes home early to avoid traffic jams. Even though [he or she] works the full eight hours daily, there is still an hour or two that is ‘lost’ due to the journey,” he said,” said Ismaniza.

    She added that this can affect the cost of productivity. “If the average hourly wage is RM7, multiply that by two hours and 22 working days, the productivity loss is estimated at RM308 a month which is ‘wasted’ on the road,” she explained. The stress arising from being stuck in a traffic jam can also influence the physical, emotional and mental well-being of individuals, which could affect the work environment, she noted.

    The issue of worsening traffic congestion has been a hot topic as of late, with many calling on the government to tackle the matter. Ismaniza suggests flexible working hours as an effective initiative worth considering to counter congestion and encourage work productivity.

    “Flexible work weeks that provide the option of working days as practiced in many developed countries or working from home are also alternatives that can increase work productivity as there is less risk of getting stuck in congestion,” she said. “However, this cannot be applied to certain occupations such as teachers, who have no option to go out to work and also road users who send their children to school,” she added.

    Upgrading the quality of existing public transport services with a more extensive network of routes is another effort that should be implemented, and these services must be efficient in their operation, Ismaniza said.

    For now, she said motorists will have to be wise to deal with the issue according to their own capabilities while awaiting action from the government. “If you must travel [by driving] as there are no other options, you’ll have make a sacrifice (time, cost) but I think that is still acceptable.

  • Gojek not planning to enter Malaysia despite vehicle sighted with logo for promotional video shoot in KL

    Motorcycle-based ride-hailing service provider Gojek has confirmed that the company does not have plans to enter the Malaysian market, despite a vehicle having been sighted bearing the firm’s logo, according to Tech In Asia.

    The vehicle that was sighted with the Gojek logo was being filmed as part of a promotional campaign that is scheduled for release later this year, the company told the news site. According to the land public transport agency (APAD) website, there are a total of 33 licensed ride-hailing providers in Malaysia as of June 7, 2022; Gojek is not included in the list at time of writing.

    The vehicle was a black, fourth-generation Honda City which had the Gojek logo affixed to its side, according to images published by The Vocket.

    Gojek was brought into the local limelight in 2019 when then-minister of youth and sport Syed Saddiq expressed intentions to bring the Indonesian-based ride-hailing service into Malaysia, though transport minster at the time Anthony Loke that there was no decision made to allow Gojek to operate in Malaysia.

    A day after the minister’s statement, Gojek received the green light in principle from Cabinet for implementation of its service in Malaysia. However, towards the end of last year, deputy transport minister Datuk Henry Sum Agong said that the government will not allow motorcycle ride-hailing services to operate, after considering the high number of road accidents involving motorcycles in Malaysia.

    More recently, a transport consultancy firm suggested that motorcycle-based ride-hailing services be considered again in Malaysia in light of the worsening traffic congestion. Malaysia seemed hesitant to introduce motorcycle-based ride-hailing services compared to neighbouring countries, said transport expert Rosli Azad Khan, even as other countries have managed to operate them safely.

  • 2022 Perodua Alza video teaser #4: electronic parking brake with auto brake hold shown; a first for the brand

    Perodua is continuing its teaser campaign for the soon-to-be-launched 2022 Perodua Alza, with the latest short video focusing on one of the MPV’s convenience features, the electronic parking brake (EPB).

    A first for the local carmaker, the EPB will only come standard in the range-topping 1.5AV, which is estimated to retail for RM75,000 on-the-road without insurance The other variants, namely the 1.5X (RM62,000 estimated) and 1.5H (RM68,000 estimated) will come with a regular handbrake instead.

    In the clip, we can see that the EPB switch is located on the centre console near the gear lever for the car’s standard D-CVT automatic gearbox. There’s also a separate button to engage the automatic brake hold function, while also in the vicinity are buttons for central locking.

    The opening shot of the video also gives us a glimpse of the Alza’s exterior, which looks very similar the latest Toyota Avanza and Daihatsu Xenia. As the showcase here is the EPB, the MPV shown is likely the top-spec 1.5A, with notable cues seen being auto retractable wing mirrors with integrated turn signals as well as Adaptive Driving Beam LED headlamps with sequential turn signals.

    Previous teasers centred around the Alza’s seven-seat configuration in a 2-3-2 layout as well as the 360-degree panoramic view monitor and Drive Mode buttons, both of which are located on the steering wheel for quick access. In one of those videos, we also see some systems that are part of the Perodua Smart Drive Assist (PSDA) suite, including Lane Departure Warning and Prevention and Adaptive Cruise Control.

    A full breakdown of specifications by variant can be found here and we should expect more teasers to pop up in the days leading up to the launch of the all-new Alza. Have you already placed a booking?


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