Latest Stories

  • Double park without leaving your phone number? It’s illegal – your car can be towed away, plus RM300 fine

    Dealing with a double parker has got to be one of the most inconvenient and infuriating things one could encounter on the road. First of all, it’s already illegal to double park, but what makes the offense so much worse is the fact that some double parkers don’t even have the courtesy to leave their phone numbers behind.

    We’ve all been there, and every passing minute becomes increasingly dreadful. Such was the case for one lady who painstakingly waited 30 minutes for the owner of a double-parked Proton Iriz (illegally dark tinted as well, mind you) to move her vehicle.

    The offender seemed pretty nonchalant about the act, and even took her sweet time to load items into the vehicle. To add fuel to fire, she was also seen carrying a toddler onto her lap as she sat in the driver’s seat.

    The victim’s husband, Shahrudin Suhilee, took to Facebook to share her plight, saying “for those who like to double park, especially at crowded spaces like hospitals, please don’t be selfish and remember to leave your phone number behind.”

    “My wife nearly cried in the moment. All the errands, including picking up the children from school, was delayed” because of this selfish act, he added. “Luckily it was my wife instead of me who was caught in the situation,” Shahrudin said while commending his wife for the patience shown.

    Now, let us remind you again that double parking is not legal anywhere in Malaysia, and so is the act of vigilantism. That means victims are encouraged to practice restraint and not take the law into their own hands.

    The best thing you can do is contact the local council to have the double-parked car towed away. Some would argue that it will take time for the police or local authorities to remove blocking vehicles, but the law is still a law. If you must double park, even for a hot minute, at least have the decency to leave a number behind, alright? Otherwise, prepare to pay a fine sum of RM300 for your convenience.

     
  • Geely builds a second battery plant for its EV push

    If you want to build more electric vehicles (EVs), you’ll need more batteries, and Chinese automaker Geely is taking steps to secure more of the latter by building them in-house at a second battery plant.

    News reports from China indicate that the automaker has begun construction of a battery plant in Fuling district. The facility, which will have a manufacturing capacity of 12 gigawatt hours (GWh), will augment existing production from its first plant, located in Ganzhou city, Jiangxi province.

    The new project’s estimated timeframe is 24 months, with plans to begin trial production in late 2023. According to reports, the facility – which will have a final capacity of up to 30 GWh – will be purposed for battery research and development as well as forur the production of battery cells, modules and packs.

    The new factory is being built in collaboration with Ganzhou-based EV battery maker Farasis Energy, one of the top 10 battery manufacturers in China. The 12 GWh Fuling venture is the second strategic cooperation between the two companies, the first being with the Ganzhou plant.

    The two parties first decided to team up in December 2020, and a deal was signed to develop battery production that would eventually reach an expected capacity of 120 GWh, although it has not been discloed as to when this capacity will be reached.

    Total investment in the Ganzhou project – which began in May last year – by Geely’s technology group was said to be around 30 billion yuan (RM18.97 billion), of which 8.5 billion yuan will be used to get the facility reaching a yearly capacity of 12 GWh in the first phase.

     

  • Volkswagen ID.7 and ID.7 Tourer – production versions of I.D. Vizzion and ID. Space Vizzion concepts named

    Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion

    Volkswagen previously unveiled the I.D. Vizzion concept back in 2018, which previewed a fully electric sedan that will sit at the top of the ID. line-up that currently includes the ID.3, ID.4, ID.5, ID.6 and ID.Buzz. If

    The upcoming flagship EV also goes by the codename Aero, but when it finally enters production, it will simply be known as the ID.7. This is according to Auto Motor Und Sport, with the German publication recently sighting a listing for the name in the European Patent Office – Volkswagen also has other protected names from ID.1 up to ID.9.

    The ID.7 will be joined by the ID.7 Tourer, which is essentially the wagon version of the former that is currently being previewed by the ID. Space Vizzion concept (codenamed Aero B) from 2019. The new ID. duo will be based on Volkswagen’s MEB platform and be produced in Emden, Germany alongside the ID.4.

    Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion

    The ID.7 models will serve as the all-electric counterparts of the Volkswagen Passat, which is also offered in sedan and wagon body styles. We don’t have official specifications just yet, but the concepts do give us some idea of what to expect.

    In the case of the I.D. Vizzion, it features a 111-kWh battery for up to 665 km of range as well as a dual-motor setup delivering 306 PS (302 hp or 225 kW) – the rear gets two thirds of the power. Performance-wise, it takes 6.3 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h and will hit a top speed of 180 km/h.

    Volkswagen ID.7 disguised prototype

    Meanwhile, the more recent ID. Space Vizzion’s battery has a gross energy capacity of 82 kWh (77 kWh usable) for up to 590 km of range following the WLTP standard. Like its sedan counterpart, it also comes with a rear-biased all-wheel drive powertrain rated at 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW), with the option of rear-wheel drive. Volkswagen says the wagon EV has a drag coefficient of 0.24 and will complete the century sprint in 5.4 seconds.

    According to InsideEVs, the ID.7 will most likely be launched in 2023, with the wagon arriving later in 2024. A disguised example of the ID.7 looking very unlike the concept was sighted undergoing testing earlier this year.

    GALLERY: Volkswagen I.D. Vizzion concept

    GALLERY: Volkswagen ID. Space Vizzion concept

    GALLERY: Volkswagen ID. 7 spyshots

     
  • Singapore car refuels in Johor, leaves without paying

    Click to enlarge

    Here’s a curious case of a Singaporean car fuelling up in Johor and leaving without paying. Curious because we can’t quite pin down how exactly it happened – perhaps you can help.

    So here’s the case. The Singaporean-registered Kia Sorento you see here bought diesel at a petrol station in Bukit Indah, JB. Except that the driver didn’t actually buy the fuel, as he/she allegedly left the station after filling up, without paying. The petrol station then put up a notice and a CCTV screengrab of the Kia, asking the owner to come back and settle the bill.

    As with most misdemeanours these days, it went viral, picked up by social media pages in Singapore. The caption on the SGRV Admin Facebook page reads “Kia Sorento Diesel failed to made payment for fuel at Bukit Indah, Johor. Bukit Indah JB petrol station cashier asks to post”. They did a number plate search for SNA 9151 S and the official info shows 2.2D, so it’s diesel that was allegedly stolen.

    By the way, unlike RON 95 petrol, Singaporean vehicles are allowed to pump diesel in Malaysia, but the purchase is limited to 20 litres per day at petrol stations within 25 km of the Malaysia-Singapore border (Bukit Indah is within the zone). The price of diesel in Singapore is around S$3 (RM9.60) per litre and in Malaysia, subsidised diesel is capped at RM2.15 per litre for Euro 5 B10 and B20 blends. Based on these prices and the 20L limit, the savings for the Kia Sorento is RM149.

    Not paying for what you bought is not right. Singapore residents are already saving so much (more so with the current SGD-MYR exchange rate) and surely going viral for a gain of less than S$50 is not worth it? Inflation is creeping up everywhere (newsflash to Malaysians: yes, even in SG), but unlike in Malaysia, you’re quite well off if you have a car, and this is the latest Sorento, not a Picanto. There’s also a chance that the driver truly forgot, of course.

    But what puzzles us is how this happened. Presumably, the Kia driver went for a cash purchase and the cashier didn’t ask for payment before authorising the pump? It’s quite the norm for them to ask to hold some cash for full tank purchases, so perhaps this transaction slipped through. What do you think?

     
  • 2023 BMW M2 teased: new G87 to be revealed this year

    We’ve known as early as November that the new G87 BMW M2 was coming this year, with confirmation from Munich itself. Since then, we’ve seen spyshots and an official teaser of the car, and now a new video from BMW M has informed us that the compact high-performance coupé is indeed around the corner.

    The 35-second film shows us plenty of bright lights and attractive people, but you won’t find the actual car – look closely and you’ll instead find appearances of the outgoing F87 M2 and, bizarrely, a Tesla Model S. But hey, at least we won’t have to wait long to know what the real car will look like, right?

    Slated to coincide with BMW M’s 50th anniversary this year (as was the M4 CSL), the new M2 is expected to be the last hurrah for a rear-wheel-drive, non-hybrid M-car with a manual gearbox option. It should closely follow the template set by the current model – in particular, the successful Competition – powered by an updated (and detuned) S58 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six from the latest M3 and M4.

    The power figure is reportedly in the region of 456 PS, with up to 497 PS tipped for more hardcore models like the Competition and the CS. All this should be sent exclusively to the back wheels via an active locking differential and either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, as before.

    The extra performance will almost certainly be paired to a more muscular body with flared wheel arches, larger, more angular air intakes (no full-height grille from the M3 and M4, thankfully) and BMW M’s trademark side gills and quad tailpipes.

    Spyshots of the interior show the latest M steering wheel with M1 and M2 buttons, along with the Curved Display with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a massive 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen. This widescreen display panel will have already been fitted to the standard 2 Series by this summer. The M2 will be built at the same Mexican plant (in San Luis Potosí) as the regular 2er from the fourth quarter of the year.

    GALLERY: G87 BMW M2 spyshots

     
  • Abandoned, scrapped taxis incur losses of RM2.9 billion due to rental cost, reduced consumer demand

    Some 70,000 taxis are abandoned and left to deteriorate into scrap metal due to the decline in demand for taxi services in the country since 2014, with losses estimated to be around RM2.9 billion, Harian Metro reported.

    The RM2.9 billion figure was derived from the total number of taxis comprised of an estimated 2,500 executive taxis and 67,500 regular taxis, and the rough calculation was based on the examples of a four-year-old executive taxi valued at RM80,000 each while a regular taxi such a Proton Waja or Proton Persona valued at RM40,000 each, said Gabungan Teksi Malaysia president Kamarudin Mohd Hussain.

    A large proportion of that total involved cars used in the Klang Valley, and that just 40,000 taxi drivers out of 110,000 nationwide, including Sabah and Sarawak, are still surviving in the industry, said Kamarudin.

    The situation for taxi drivers has only become worse when the Covid-19 pandemic hit, Kamarudin said. Of the taxi companies that had gone bankrupt, 60% of these were due to taxi drivers who no longer wanted to drive the taxis because they were unable to pay the rent for these taxis, which in turn was a result of reduced demand from consumers, he said.

    As a result of their bankruptcy, the taxis formerly operated by the taxi companies have in some cases been abandoned at their respective depots, while some other taxis have been disposed of at scrap yards, he continued.

    Most of the taxi drivers who have stopped driving taxis have turned to other sources of income such as operating small businesses, driving lorries, farming, or for the aged drivers, retiring and depending on family members, Kamarudin told Harian Metro.

    Kamarudin also said that the relevant authorities need to revamp existing policies in order to reduce the gap between taxis and e-hailing transportation providers in order to create healthy competition in the public transport industry. “It is time that the more experienced and knowledgeable industry players are absorbed by the government into policymaking units in order to revive this industry,” he said.

     
  • 2022 Porsche Taycan 4 Cross Turismo in Malaysia – fr RM555k; RM90k less from EV incentives; 456 km range

    Launched in Malaysia last October, the Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo is essentially the wagon version of the Taycan that has been designed with ruggedness in mind. We get three variants to choose from here, including the base Taycan 4 Cross Turismo, followed by the Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and the range-topping Taycan Turbo Cross Curismo.

    In this post, we bring you a gallery of the base option, which comes with two electric motors for all-wheel drive, adaptive air suspension and the Performance Battery Plus that offers a gross energy capacity of 93.4 kWh (83.7 kWh usable) and operates on an 800-volt electrical architecture.

    For charging, the electric vehicle supports AC inputs (Type 2 connection) up to 22 kW, with a full charge requiring five hours. With DC fast charging (CCS2 connection), it takes around 23 minutes to get the battery from a 5-80% state of charge when plugged into a charger capable of 270 kW.

    This setup is identical for all variants, but there is a difference in terms of how much power you get from the electric motors. The Taycan 4 Cross Turismo is rated at 380 PS (375 hp or 280 kW) and 500 Nm of torque, but the former can be temporarily increased to 476 PS (469 hp or 350 kW) when the overboost function is enabled.

    With these figures, the base variant takes 5.1 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h and will hit a top speed of 220 km/h. It will also offer between 389-456 km of range following the WLTP standard, which is slightly more than the other two variants that have between 388-452 km available, but with more power.

    Styling cues that mark out a Taycan Cross Turismo include black body cladding along the lower portion of the vehicle’s body, an increased ground clearance of 20 mm compared to its sedan counterpart as well as skid plates front and rear.

    Specify the optional Offroad Design package and the ground clearance is raised another 10 mm for a total of 30 mm, while special flaps are added at the corners of the front and rear bumpers, along with the end of the side sills to protect from stone impacts. Inside, it’s pretty much identical to the Taycan, with standard equipment for the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo being four-zone climate control and triple displays.

    It should be noted that the options list for the high-riding EV wagon is rather long and you can find all of it on Porsche Malaysia’s online configurator. Just going through the photos of this example, we find that it is fitted with 21-inch Cross Turismo Design wheels, black aluminium roof rails, a fixed panoramic roof, the Sport Chrono package and a Bose surround sound system.

    As for pricing, the Taycan Cross Turismo originally went for RM645,209 (Taycan 4 Cross Turismo), RM728,727 (Taycan 4S Cross Turismo) and RM968,928 (Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo) – these are on-the-road prices without insurance and options but factoring in the ongoing sales tax exemption (50% as this is a CBU model).

    These older prices do not account for the EV incentives outlined by the government in Budget 2022, which began this year. For a brief recap, CBU EVs are completely exempt from import duty and excise duty (until December 31, 2023) as well as road tax (until December 31, 2025).

    As such, the Taycan 4 Cross Turismo currently retails for RM555,000, which is RM90,209 less than its original asking price. The Taycan 4S Cross Turismo and Taycan Turbo Cross Turismo also benefit from these incentives, priced at RM617,000 (RM111,727 less than before) and RM798,000 (RM170,928 less than before) respectively.

     
  • 2022 Maserati MC20 Cielo debuts with electrochromic folding glass roof – only 65 kg heavier; 630 PS, 730 Nm

    Maserati has officially taken the veils off the new MC20 Cielo, a convertible version of its halo sports car. Cielo, which means ‘sky’, weighs just 65 kg more than the coupe, and it’s not just your regular drop-top.

    See, the roof here is constructed of a two-piece folding electrochromic glass, taking approximately 12 seconds to open or close. The glass can be transformed from clear to opaque at the touch of a button (through the infotainment display), and the automaker says this design decision comes at no expense to the car’s aerodynamics and torsional rigidity.

    Mechanically, the MC20 Cielo is unchanged from its coupe sibling. Powering the car is the new Nettuno 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 that makes 630 PS at 7,500 rpm and 730 Nm of torque from 3,000 rpm. It redlines at 8,000 rpm and features a pre-chamber combustion system derived from Formula 1.

    An eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard, driving the rear wheels. Maserati has yet to release its performance figures, but don’t expect it to stray far from the coupe – it does the century sprint in 2.9 seconds, 0-200 km/h in 8.8 seconds, and a top speed of over 325 km/h. Standard fit items include a limited-slip, self-locking mechanical differential, although an electronic version is optional.

    The example here is finished in a new three-layer metallic colour called Acquamarina, which is available through the Maserati Fuoriserie customisation programme. It also ships with a myriad of advanced driver assist systems, such as autonomous emergency braking, traffic sign information, 360-degree surround view camera, and more.

    Customers can specify the optional 12-speaker High Premium Sonus faber audio system, an award-winning in-vehicle audio system that has been acoustically positioned and optimally tuned for the convertible.

     
  • KTM ETS, Intercity Jul-Dec 2022 ticket sales now open

    Keretapi Tanah Melayu (KTM) has announced that ticket sales for KTM ETS and KTM Intercity for trips from July 1 to December 31 this year are now open.

    The ETS will have 32 services, which include 10 services on the KL Sentral – Butterworth route, 10 services for the KL-Sentral – Ipoh route, eight services on the KL Sentral – Padang Besar route, two services on the Gemas – Butterworth route and two services from Gemas to Padang Besar.

    The KTM Intercity operates with 22 services including two Ekspres Timuran, six Ekspres Selatan and 14 Shuttle Timuran. Starting from July 1, the Ekspres Rakyat Timuran service will operate again from the Johor Bahru Sentral station to Tumpat, and so will the Ekspres Selatan from JB Sentral to Gemas. This is because the route from Kempas Baru to JB Sentral is closed for double-track upgrade works.

    “Ticket sales are open for six months to allow the public to plan ahead, especially for those who are celebrating Hari Raya Aidiladha, the school holidays or holidaymakers. The country’s borders are now open and we expect an increase in tourists till the end of the year. Customers are encouraged to buy tickets early to enjoy a cheap fare and choice seats,” said KTM CEO Mohd Rani Hisham Samsudin.

    There are some ongoing promos to take advantage of. The Syoknya Naik Keretapi 2.0 campaign that was launched on May 17 offers a RM15 discount with the CUTIKERETAPI2 promo code for journeys until November 30 this year. For group travel, the Keluarga Malaysia package offers 25% discount for groups of four and above in a single transaction – use the promo code KMKTMB22.

    Tickets can be bought on the KTM mobile app (KITS) or www.ktmb.com.my.

     
  • 2022 RGNT Motorcycle No. 1 Classic SE e-bike now in Europe, range of 148 km, 120 km top speed, RM63.6k

    Updating its electric motorcycle (e-bike) offerings the RGNT Motorcycle No. 1 Classic and the Scrambler No.1, RGNT Motorcycles from Sweden has released the Sports Extended or ‘SE’. Currently available in Europe, the No. 1 Classic SE is priced at 13,495 euros (RM63,671) while the Scrambler No. 1 SE goes for 14,495 euros (RM68,389) with purchase made via RGNT’s website.

    The ‘SE’ model appellation is available for either e-bike in RGNT’s catalogue and features regenerative braking and a new ‘Boost’ mode which gives an additional 20% power increase at the expense of battery life. Additionally, an ‘SEL’ limited edition model is available with added accessories, chrome plated fenders, two-tone paintwork on the “tank” and seat upholstered in brown.

    Also new is the instrument cluster, a TFT-LCD screen the size of a tablet with more more personalisation options. The new thumb operated joystick makes it easier to safely interact with the cluster while riding, allowing for displays changes to be made on-the-fly.

    Other updates include a new RGNT app, giving riders real-time updates on charging status and remaining charging time, battery range, and bike location. Planned future upgrades for the No. 1 e-bike range includes tactile feedback, always on IoT-connectivity for security, bike status and automatic software and design upgrades.

    Power for the RGNT No.1 is stored in a 9.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery pack weighing 60 kg, chargeable using either a Type 2 charger or domestic current. Charging time is claimed to be three hours from 20% to 60% while taking the battery from 0% to 100% requires six hours, with range claimed to be 148 km and a governed top speed of 120 kmh.

    As for performance, the rear wheel hub-mounted motor is rated at 9 kW, with a peak performance of 21 kW and a peak torque of 390 Nm (this is not a typo.) The No. 1 tips the scales at 163.3 kg with a seat height of 810 mm. Classed as an L3e-A1 electric vehicle in Europe, the No.1 is entirely hand-built in Sweden.

     
 
 
 

Latest Fuel Prices

PETROL
RON 95 RM2.05 (0.00)
RON 97 RM4.70 (+0.37)
RON 100 RM5.60
VPR RM6.20
DIESEL
EURO 5 B10 RM2.15 (0.00)
EURO 5 B7 RM2.35 (0.00)
Last Updated 26 May 2022