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  • Toyota Passo facelift gets enormous new front grille

    Introduced in 2016, the Toyota Passo has been given a mild facelift, with most of the updates being aesthetic in nature. The bulk of the visual changes are reserved for the more fashionable Moda model, which receives a huge front grille, L-shaped fog light bezels and a new Brilliant Copper Crystal Mica paint option.

    The range-topping G Package model also gets an optional appearance package that adds a new 10-spoke alloy wheel design, additional LED positioning lights in the fog light bezels, part-synthetic leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped gearknob. The standard X model remains largely unchanged, with a silver strip on top of the grille being the only new addition.

    Elsewhere, Toyota has added the new Smart Assist III active safety system, which adds pedestrian detection for the autonomous emergency braking (AEB) system and auto high beam. Front and rear parking sensors have also been made standard equipment, while a 360-degree camera system is available as an option on Moda variants in conjunction with a dealer-fitted navigation system.

    Mechanicals remains unchanged, so the Passo soldiers on with the same 1.0 litre 1KR-FE three-cylinder petrol engine as before, making 69 PS at 6,000 rpm and 92 Nm at 4,400 rpm and paired only to a CVT. A choice of either front- or all-wheel drive is available.

  • 2019 Mazda 3 – illustrations show exterior and interior

    We’re eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new 2019 Mazda 3, and while there’s still a month to go before the C-segment contender’s expected debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, motoring news portal Carscoops has come across a few illustrations that appear to show the car’s full exterior and interior design.

    These images, which look to have come from either an owner’s manual or a parts brochure, reveal a car inspired by the Kai Concept from last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. The front end is reminiscent of the recently facelifted Mazda 6, with the thick grille surround flowing underneath the slim headlights. The bonnet shutline has been separated from the grille and headlights, in a similar fashion to the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

    Along the side, the long bonnet, short tail proportions of this sedan version have been retained, but the predecessor’s upswept beltline has been straightened somewhat, though the C-pillar kink remains. Moving to the rear, the two piece tail lights get four circular light cans as on the Kai, while the number plate recess has been moved to sit within the bumper.

    The interior again draws its design cues from the show car, with air vents that flank the (likely digital) instrument cluster, and climate controls that sit within a slit underneath the upper dashboard – which now also holds the air vents for the passenger side. One difference is that instead of a widescreen display that runs across the dashboard, the infotainment screen returns to being a freestanding unit in the centre.

    Mazda is promising big new technologies for the fourth-generation 3, including a new SkyActiv-X petrol engine that combines spark ignition and a diesel engine’s compression ignition to deliver considerable fuel savings. Underpinning the car is a new, more rigid architecture – reportedly incorporating torsion beam rear suspension instead of the current car’s multilink setup – for improved refinement, comfort and handling.

    GALLERY: Mazda Kai Concept

  • Toyota C-HR x Adidas Japan collaboration for Thailand

    Toyota Thailand has collaborated with Adidas Japan for a range of products with co-branding, including the Toyota C-HR and Adidas sportswear. The theme is “Disrupt to Create” and the crossover features “Adidas inspired design”.

    Two colourways are available – black and white. The lower half of the white car is in black, and the black car has white sections below – the latter is perhaps more similar to Adidas shoes with a white layer of Boost.

    Both feature black rims with white inserts, red pinstripes on their contrasting lower body sections, and line graphics on the rear fenders and doors. Adidas logos can be found on the hatch (below the C-HR badge) and on the pillars next to the rear lights.

    No mention of the C-HR Adidas going on sale, but the collaboration has yielded 1,200 sets of Adidas goods with C-HR branding, for buyers of the funky SUV. The three-piece set includes a pair of Adidas Adizero Japan Boost running shoes, an Adidas Climalite jacket and a 30-litre backpack. The shoes can be had in black or white, but the other items are black-only.

    In Thailand, the C-HR is available either with a 1.8L naturally aspirated engine (as seen here) or a 1.8L hybrid powertrain. Prices range from 979,000 baht (RM124,393) to 1.159 million baht (RM147,327). Here, the imported C-HR is not just interesting to look at, but a good drive too, although it’s a fair bit costlier than the locally-assembled Honda HR-V – read our review here.

  • PACE 2018 – get rebates of up to RM80,000 on Jaguar Land Rover models; new E-Pace on preview

    As you all know, we’re counting down the days to the first ever Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) powered by Petron Blaze 100 Euro 4M, and besides the various deals already being offered by participating brands, Jaguar is also presenting the new E-Pace publicly for the first time in Malaysia!

    Yes, the brand’s first ever compact SUV is making its way to our shores, and you can pore over the handsome new model right at the event. And if you’re smitten by the other Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles also on display, there are plenty of offers in store for those as well.

    Right off the bat are complimentary vouchers for genuine Jaguar and Land Rover accessories, worth RM1,000 for the Jaguar XE and XF, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque and Range Rover Velar, RM3,000 for the Land Rover Discovery and RM5,000 for the Range Rover and Jaguar F-Type.

    Those in the market for a new Jaguar XF will also be able to take advantage of an ongoing offer of an RM80,000 rebate* for the sedan, while customers wishing to trade in their Jaguar or Land Rover will be given a complimentary valuation by a team of experts who will be able to provide a trade-in value on the spot.

    Jaguar and Land Rover join a good selection of other premium brands also to be present at PACE, including Audi, BMW, Kia, Lexus, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Volkswagen and Volvo – all with their own irresistible year-end offers. Also available are attractive deals from us at, such as a 30% discount on all window tint packages from Llumar and a 15% discount on all car wrap packages by Wrapz63.

    Every booking also comes with a combined RM2,000 voucher***, including a RM500 Petron fuel voucher, RM500 Kuziq Glanz car detailing voucher, RM500 Stigo mini electric bike voucher and a RM500 voucher for Llumar’s new Self-Healing Paint Protection Film Door Cups.

    If that’s not enough, the first five customers who secure a purchase (i.e. approved loans) each day (10 over both days) will receive a free gift worth RM3,000***, while one lucky customer (also confirmed) will be able to win a grand prize in the form of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*** via our lucky draw.

    Co-sponsor CIMB is also joining in with preferential financing rates as low as 2.34% p.a. for new hybrid cars**, competitive rates with repayment period of up to nine years, as well as on-the-spot approval with CIMB 1-Minute InstaApproval for salaried professionals. Just bring your identification card**, and you’re set!

    Last but certainly not least, there’s even an extended meeting session with us, the writers! So come on down to PACE on November 3 and 4, 2018 at Setia City Convention Centre, and you can click here for more details on PACE and to register your interest. Whether you’re coming alone or bringing the entire village along, we can’t wait to see you guys there!

    * For selected units only.
    ** Terms and conditions apply.
    *** Valid for new car registrations only. For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Naza Kia, valid for the Kia Stinger only.

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  • 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro revealed

    Updated for next year’s riding season is the 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro, revealed ahead of its official launch at the EICMA show in Milan this coming November. Improvements have been made to the Multistrada 1260 Enduro’s ridability and ease-of-use along with more power being made available lower down the rev range.

    The new 1,262 cc Testastretta DVT with variable cam timing fitted to the 1260 Enduro gives 158 hp and is smoother in the bottom of the power band. According to Ducati this allows for fewer gear changes, allowing the rider to concentrate on the business of enjoying the ride.

    A Ducati DQS up-and-down quickshifter is now standard, along with riding modes and a new ride-by-wire setup that gives precise throttle control. This is couple with Bosch Cornering ABS, cornering lights, wheelie control, traction control and vehicle hold control in the Multistrada 1260 Enduro’s suite of riding aids, all of which can be controlled from the Ducati Link app and the rider’s smart phone.

    Rolling on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear spoked wheels, the 1260 Enduro has a recalibrated Sachs semi-active electronic suspension with 185 mm travel at both ends. Fuel is carried in a 30-litre tank, which Ducati says will give 450 km of range and then some.

    The 2019 Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro will be available in Ducati Red and Sand, appearing in European Ducati dealerships early in the year. A full range of accessories is available from the official Ducati catalogue, including Touring, Sport, Urban and Enduro packages.

  • Mitsubishi Malaysia sees sales growth in 1H FY 2018

    Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced its sales performance during the first half of the company’s financial year (FY 2018) from April to September. During that period, it managed to deliver 4,788 vehicles, which represents a 66% increase from the same period in the last financial year (FY 2017).

    The encouraging figures were largely due to the sales of the Triton and Outlander, with the former accounting for 3,120 units sold, while the seven-seat SUV saw 1,345 units sold. Both models also saw a significant spike in sales from the April-September period in FY 2017 by as much as 482%.

    “Late last year, we have repositioned our Triton variants to benefit our customers not only in terms of handling, performance and safety, but also to price it affordably to cater for different customers. The positive sales results were also further boosted by the tax holiday period from June-August 2018” said Tomoyuki Shinnishi, CEO of MMM.

    “We are also pleased to share that the Triton is still, the only pick-up offering up to 200,000 km or five years of warranty. That means our customers will get to travel more mileage with an added peace of mind,” he added.

    The introduction of the locally-assembled Outlander in September 2017 – first with the 2.0 AWD model and followed by the 2.4 AWD later in January 2018 – was also a cause for the sales performance of the SUV.

    “MMM is overall looking at a very positive outlook for the future. We thank our customers for their support towards the Mitsubishi brand. For our customers confidence and satisfaction in our products and services, MMM is committed to continuously deliver only the best,” Shinnishi ended.

  • VPCM launches Volkswagen Cares loyalty programme

    Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has launched the “Volkswagen Cares” customer loyalty programme. Key to this initiative is the Volkswagen Cares mobile app, an after-sales-led effort using a new platform to engage with customers and improve the ownership experience.

    The app comes with a list of sales and after-sales features, including service offers, owner rewards, educational videos and tips, event updates, and 24-hour roadside assistance. Available for both iOS and Android, non-Volkswagen owners are also welcome to download the app to access offers, video content and event updates via push notifications.

    “Volkswagen is better experienced than explained, and this mobile app was conceptualised with this thought in mind. This mobile app not only makes our services more accessible to our customers, it’s also a way for us to appreciate and connect with our loyal customers,” said VPCM MD Erik Winter.

    App aside, an integral part of Volkswagen Cares is Volkswagen Care Plus (VCP), a programme for owners with vehicles five years and older. With a one-time payment of RM138, VCP member privileges include three 20% service discount vouchers, two-year extension of roadside assistance and a RM100 merchandise voucher. Interested customers can sign up at any VW dealer and receive a membership card.

  • Jaguar E-Pace will be previewed in M’sia at PACE 2018

    The Jaguar E-Pace will make an appearance at the upcoming Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE), which is set to take place at Setia City Convention Centre on November 3 and 4, 2018, First revealed in July 2017, the E-Pace is the smaller sibling to the F-Pace, and competes against the Audi Q3, BMW X1 and Mercedes-Benz GLA.

    The small SUV’s design is largely influenced by the brand’s lead sportscar, the F-Type, with headlamps, taillights and grille shaped in a similar fashion. Compared to the F-Pace, the E-Pace’s body is a lot more roundish in appearance, and there’s the obvious size difference – the E-Pace measures 4,395 mm long (2,681 mm wheelbase) compared to the F-Pace’s 4,731 mm (2,874 wheelbase).

    Inside, the wraparound cockpit is accompanied by various technologies already present in other Jaguar models like the Touch Pro infotainment system with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument panel and Velar-like climate controls.

    The E-Pace is available with diesel and petrol engines, with the latter the more likely to be offered in our country. The 2.0 litre Ingenium petrol mill comes in two states of tune – 249 PS/365 Nm and 300 PS/400 Nm, with both sporting a nine-speed ZF automatic transmission and AWD. In Thailand, the E-Pace comes with a 2.0 litre Ingenium turbodiesel (150 PS/380 Nm) with the same driveline.

    GALLERY: Jaguar E-Pace (Thailand spec)

  • KLIMS 2018 – back after five-year hiatus, visitors stand to win Toyota C-HR, Honda City, Perodua Myvi, flights

    The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show makes its return for 2018 following a five-year break, after its last showing in 2013. Themed ‘Beyond Mobility’, this year’s coming edition, KLIMS’18 will be the venue for the launch of new passenger car models, motorcycles, concept cars, commercial vehicles and automotive products, said president of the Malaysian Automotive Association Datuk Aishah Ahmad.

    The motor show will take place from November 23 until December 2 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), where the show’s opening hours will be 11 am until 10 pm on weekdays and 10 am until 10 pm on weekends. Each visitor entrance ticket to KLIMS’18 will put the ticket holder in the running to win a Toyota C-HR, Honda City and Perodua Myvi.

    Entrance fees for adults are RM20 on weekdays and RM25 on weekends; students and children aged 12 years and below will be charged just RM5 on both weekdays and weekends. A family package is also available, where a family with up to five children aged 12 and below can enter for RM40 on weekdays and RM50 on weekends.

    “Visitors to KLIMS’18 will experience an overhauled KLIMS from its predecessors. There are new attractions such as vehicles developed and imagined by students from our country’s universities, displays of exotic vehicles, the longest limousine in Malaysia and customised art on bikes and vehicles. The new venue for KLIMS’18 at MITEC will also give visitors an interesting visiting experience,” said Datuk Aishah.

    Entrance tickets to the motor show are now available for online purchase at Airasia Red Tix, where each online purchase of a KLIMS’18 ticket will also be eligible for a fortnightly draw of prizes comprising Airasia return flights to Bangkok, Hong Kong, Bali, Taipei, Jakarta and Shanghai. Additionally, each show ticket purchase is also eligible for the draw of a grand prize that is an Airasia return flight to Tokyo, Japan.

    GALLERY: Toyota C-HR

    GALLERY: Honda City

    GALLERY: Perodua Myvi

  • FIRST DRIVE: 2019 Mercedes-AMG G63 with 585 hp V8

    The Mercedes-Benz G-Class is a bit of an institution by now, the bombproof off-roader having existed in some form or another since 1979. Well, after nearly 40 years there’s finally an brand new model, and don’t let the same old, same old exterior design fool you – this time, “all new” really means all new.

    Despite being significantly larger than before, it now weighs up to 170 kg less than before, thanks to a body made from a mix of high-strength steels and aluminium panels. The new suspension setup was also developed in partnership with Mercedes-AMG, while inside there’s a new Widescreen Cockpit display from the latest E-Class and active safety features like Distronic adaptive cruise control and Parking Assist.

    That’s before you get to the engine, which is a 4.0 litre twin-turbocharged V8 available with either 422 hp and 610 Nm in the G 500, or 585 hp and a massive 850 Nm in the fire-breathing Mercedes-AMG G 63 that you see here. All models get a nine-speed automatic transmission, with the G 63 also receiving its own transmission and chassis upgrades and an AMG Performance 4Matic four-wheel drive system.

    To get your appetites whetted ahead of the G 63’s launch here in Malaysia, we sampled the full-fat AMG version in the south of France earlier this year, and you can watch our video review above to find out just how well (or otherwise) the new Geländewagen takes to the open road. As usual, let us know your thoughts in the comments section after the jump.


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