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  • Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain to star in 2022 KL Fashion Week

    The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is set to trade the rugged outdoors for more fashionable surroundings for a week later this month. That’s because the 3.0L flagship variant of the third-generation D-Max will be part of the upcoming 2022 KL Fashion Week (KLFW), gracing the red carpet as the official vehicle of the event.

    This year’s KLFW, which runs from August 15 to 21 at the Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, is themed ‘The Bigger, The Better’, which is an apt descriptor for the D-Max. Isuzu Malaysia, the event’s Official Ultimate Lifestyle Vehicle sponsor, will be showcasing three units of the D-Max X-Terrain in areas around the event location.

    The first is a Valencia Orange unit that depicts the truck’s fun and adventure nature, while the second is an Onyx Black that highlights its stylish and premium side. The third is a Silky Pearl White unit, which the company says illustrates its sophisticated and intelligent nature. One will be placed at the main fountain of Pavilion, one at the connection to Quivio and one across the street in front of Fahrenheit.

    The company says that with its tech and features, which includes a 360? Around View Monitor, wireless mobile phone charging, Android Auto and wireless Apple Carplay connectivity as well as a host of advanced driver assistance systems, the D-Max X-Terrain revolutionises the way pick-up trucks are viewed as a lifestyle vehicle in an urban setting. Be sure to keep an eye out for the D-Max displays if you’re in the area during the period.

    GALLERY: 2022 Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain 3.0L

     
  • GALLERY: 2022 Honda City 1.5 V petrol sedan vs City Hatchback 1.5 RS e:HEV hybrid; RM91k – RM110k

    Launched in Malaysia last December, the Honda City Hatchback arrived as a bodystyle that much more closely resembles the City sedan, at least from the front, as the current, fourth-generation Honda Jazz has not found its way officially into the Malaysian market.

    Why not the Jazz? According to City Hatchback large project leader Rei Sakamoto, the City nameplate has become a well-built brand, and development of both sedan and hatchback models were incorporated to maximise efficiency and to build both models on the same platform, and this decision was made for the regional market.

    Therefore, it is the City nameplate in both sedan and hatchback forms that we receive in the Malaysian market, and here we have brought together an example of each – a City 1.5L V sedan and a City Hatchback 1.5 RS e:HEV.

    The City Hatchback here in RS trim packs the e:HEV hybrid powertrain, which packs a 109 PS/253 Nm electric motor for propulsion, and is charged by an Atkinson-cycle 1.5 litre engine making 98 PS at 5,600 rpm to 6,400 rpm and 127 Nm from 4,500 rpm to 5,000 rpm; the latter can also clutch in to augment the e-motor for added drive at higher speeds where it is at its most efficient.

    The City sedan and City Hatchback closely resemble each other, especially viewed from the front, albeit with differences in equipment for the hatchback in RS trim that brings a honeycomb grille in black with a gloss black grille bar, darkened internal sections for its LED headlamps, front fog lamp surrounds with extended louvres and a faux diffuser insert for the rear bumper.

    For comparison, the front fascia of the City sedan in 1.5 V trim gets a chromed grille bar, horizontally-slatted grille and regular-sized foglamp surround inserts, along with a body-coloured lower intake edge (this is black on the hatchback’s RS trim).

    Moving along to the sides, the 1.5 V sedan gets side mirror covers in its body colour while these on the 1.5 RS e:HEV hatch are in gloss black. Rolling stock on the 1.5 RS e:HEV are 16-inch two-tone machine-finished alloy wheels shod in tyres measuring 185/55, while the City 1.5 V sedan wears identically sized wheels and tyres, though with the former in a single-tone finish.

    The most apparent differences between the City sedan and Hatchback are located behind the front seats, though there are differences between the two to be found in front as well.

    Dashboard architecture is the same between the sedan and hatchback, with detail differences brought by their respective trim. packages. The RS trim of the Hatchback brings gloss black trim for steering wheel inserts, air-conditioning vent surrounds and contrasting red inserts on its leather and suede upholstery along with red contrast stitching on the steering wheel.

    By comparison, the black leather upholstery in the 1.5 V sedan is offset by cream-coloured panels, matching contrast stitching and silver air-conditioning vent surrounds.

    Honda City Hatchback 1.5 RS e:HEV (left), Honda City 1.5 V sedan (right); note the Ultra seats of the Hatchback

    At first glance, the rear passenger compartment of the City Hatchback and the sedan appear largely similar when the seats are in place. The versatility of the Hatchback becomes apparent when the Ultra seats can be folded to accommodate tall objects in the cabin, with the seat base folding rearwards to make space on the cabin floor for cargo.

    The rear seats in the City sedan fold down too, albeit with a smaller aperture due to the fixed rear bulkhead. In terms of outright luggage capacity, the City 1.5 V sedan holds 519 litres (409 litres if you plump for the RS e:HEV hybrid due to its intelligent power unit), while the City Hatchback holds 289 litres with its seats in place, or 841 litres with the rear seats folded. Loaded up to its roof, the Hatchback will take 1,189 litres.

    As of July 1, 2022, these are priced at RM90,600 (without Sensing suite) and RM109,800, respectively, following the brand’s adjustment of prices which now include SST. Both the City Hatchback and City sedan are covered by a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and come with five times free-labour servicing. On hybrid variants, the lithium-ion battery gets its own eight-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    We have already spent time with examples of the two bodystyles. Here, you can check out the in-depth reviews of the City sedan as well as of the Hatchback.

    2022 Honda City Hatchback RS e:HEV

    2022 Honda City 1.5V

     

  • PLUS Sg Perak R&R Petronas to close from August 8

    Those who ply the North South Highway, take note. PLUS has announced that the Petronas station at the Sungai Perak R&R (KM249.4, southbound) will be closed from August 8 for upgrading works.

    The petrol station closure will be for an indefinite period, until further notice. Note that this closure is specifically for the Petronas station and not the entire R&R, which will remain open.

    If you’re in the habit of fuelling up at this R&R, or cutting it close, keep this in mind. After crossing the river, it’ll be an uphill climb to the Menora tunnel and your next chance to refuel will be in Ipoh. Do have enough in the tank, drive safe.

     
  • 2022 Jaguar F-Type facelift in Malaysia – full gallery of 2.0L P300, revised exterior, full digital display, RM689k

    Alongside the new facelifted Jaguar XF, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has also introduced the facelifted Jaguar F-Type in Malaysia, with prices starting from RM688,800 for the refreshed coupe.

    The F-Type is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine producing 300 PS and 400 Nm. The engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with power being sent to the rear wheels. Performance figures include a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h.

    Changes to the exterior include slimmer LED headlamps, complemented with three-blade LED daytime running lights. The front end also sports a redesigned front bumper to accommodate a larger front grille, alongside a new clamshell bonnet.

    The exterior on this particular unit, finished in a striking Firenze Red paint job, is also specified with the Black Exterior Package. As such, the Jaguar and model badges, window surrounds, front grille surrounds, fender trims and front lip are finished in black.

    At the rear, the new taillight design was inspired by those on the I-Pace electric SUV. The 20-inch Style 6003 split-spoke wheels you see in the images, wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tyres, are optional items, while the Switchable Active Exhaust system is standard. As standard, the F-Type comes with 18-inch Style 1036 10-spoke wheels finished in Gloss Sparkle Silver.

    The Switchable Active Exhaust system can be activated by a switch on the centre console for some extra growl. The dual exhaust tips from before have been replaced with rectangular ones. Also present on the centre console is a switch to deploy the boot lid spoiler.

    Inside, the F-Type is furnished with sport lightweight seats, a 10-inch InControl Touch Pro infotainment display with Apple CarPlay, a single-zone air-conditioning system and a 380 watt Meridian sound system. The 12-way electrically-adjustable seats on this example are wrapped in a combination of Ebony leather and suede.

    Also new to the cabin is a fully digital instrument cluster, departing from the analogue unit from the pre-facelift model. Safety and driver aids include six airbags, a driver condition monitor, park assist, lane keep assist, cruise control and a reverse camera.

     
  • 2022 Jaguar XF facelift in Malaysia – full gallery of updated 2.0T P250 R-Dynamic HSE, from RM499k

    Back in June, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia announced the arrival of the facelifted Jaguar XF 2.0-litre R-Dynamic in Malaysia. We now have a full gallery for a better illustration of the changes that have come about with the refresh.

    As it is the P250 variant, the Jaguar XF gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder Ingenium engine, paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission, which drives the rear wheels. Output is rated at 250 PS (hence the P250 designation) and 365 Nm, which is good enough to propel the XF from zero to 100 km/h in 7.1 seconds. Top speed is limited to 250 km/h.

    Compared to the pre-facelift model, the updated XF now looks sleeker with a number of exterior design revisions. Its front bumper has been revised to accommodate larger air intakes and a larger front grille. The most apparent and significant change up front are the headlamps, with new ‘J-graphics’ for the daytime running lights.

    That’s not all – the headlamps now feature quad projectors slotted between the ‘J-graphics’, in contrast with the dual projectors in the pre-facelift model. The rear bumpers and side fenders badges have also been revised.

    There are significant changes on the inside as well. For starters, the dashboard is now fitted with an 11.4-inch curved glass infotainment display, which is 48% larger than before. As you’d expect, it comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, but what stands out here is the Meridian sound system.

    While that offers aural pleasure, cabin serenity is ensured by the segment-first Active Road Noise Cancellation feature that actively reduces cabin noise while on the move.

    The centre console is now home to a touch-sensitive air-con control panel, replacing the physical buttons from before. Less obvious are the air-con vents – the ‘pop up’ vents seen previously have now been replaced with conventional vents. The same applies to the ‘pop up’ gear lever in the pre-facelift model, now replaced with a conventional gear lever. Also new to the cabin is a fully-digital instrument cluster and steering wheel design.

    In terms of safety features, the facelift XF is equipped with driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control as well as a Driver Condition Monitor. The 2022 Jaguar XF facelift is priced from RM498,800, before road tax, registration and insurance. Including accessories such as a cross bar (RM2,197) and a roof box (RM7,316), the price of this particular example is listed as RM508,313.

     
  • AD: Buy a new BMW or MINI from Wheelcorp Premium, enjoy up to RM9.3k in gifts with the Merdeka promo!

    Celebrate freedom with a new car purchase this month as Wheelcorp Premium is holding a Merdeka Celebration sales promotion in this month of August, which takes place August 13 to 14. Here, you’ll find great financing deals on new BMW and MINI purchases as well as a host of free gifts.

    Get cash rebates of up to RM30,000 when you buy a BMW with Wheelcorp Premium, and when you do, you’ll receive complimentary Merdeka sign-up gifts worth up to RM9,257. These consist of Trapo Classic car mats worth up to RM480, BMW car care product set worth RM486, a BMW Floating Wheel Centre Cap set worth RM585, and vouchers for window tint from Rayno worth RM3,300.

    There’s more. You will also receive a BMW M suitcase worth RM1,420, a BMW credit card holder worth RM486, as well as vouchers for vehicle coating worth RM2,500.

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    With your purchase of a new MINI from Wheelcorp Premium, you will get a Trapo Classic car mat set worth up to RM480, vouchers for Rayno window tint worth RM3,300, a voucher for vehicle coating worth RM2,500, as well as a MINI Kids Wing trolley – complete with debossed logo – worth RM830.

    Ready to celebrate independence this month with your purchase from Wheelcorp Premium this month? Click here to find out more, and you may find yourself on your way to buying a new BMW or MINI very soon.

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  • Chery Omoda 5 caught testing in Malaysia – right-hand drive version; B-SUV rival to X50, HR-V coming soon

    Chery has said that it will return to Malaysia in 2022, bringing with it SUVs including the latest Omoda 5, which is our topic for today. Now, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen the Omoda 5 testing in Malaysia, but these images by readers Wafi Rahman and Colin Wong are clear, and Wafi’s set even includes interior shots.

    The interior pics show that this is a right-hand drive test mule, confirming the fact that Chery is developing a RHD version of the Omoda 5 for global markets. The SUV recently entered its domestic market, but China is a left-hand drive country. Besides Malaysia, ASEAN neighbours Thailand and Indonesia are RHD, and so are Australia and South Africa.

    Malaysia is a good place to rack up endurance testing miles, given our hot/humid weather and variety of driving situations. Chery could also be evaluating tech or ADAS based on our traffic conditions.

    If the previous set of spyshots weren’t so immediately obvious, it’s now beyond doubt that this camouflaged SUV is the Omoda 5, thanks to the front shot you see above. The Chery’s distinctive scaled grille is obvious even with the disguise, and we also see the lowered placement of the headlamps, with a slim LED eyebrow connected to the grille. The coloured stem of the wing mirror is also an Omoda 5 cue.

    The dashboard design, steering wheel and doorcards of the RHD mule we see here differ from the LHD interior though – it’s either they’re coming up with a separate cabin or this is just a placeholder dashboard. We’ll see, but this is a more conventional-looking dashboard compared to the sweeping Mercedes-style cockpit China gets.

    In China, the Omoda 5 has seven variants including some with the 1.6 litre TGDI engine paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. The 197 PS/290 Nm 1.6T is good for 0-100 km/h in 7.8 seconds. There’s also a more economical 1.5 litre TCI + 9CVT powertrain and a new energy (China’s term for electrified cars) version. Dimensions wise, the Omoda 5 is 4,400 mm long and 1,830 mm wide. That’s 70 mm longer and 30 mm wider than the Proton X50.

    What do you think of the Chery Omoda 5 as a rival to the X50 and hot new Honda HR-V?

    GALLERY: Chery Omoda 5 global debut

     
  • Food delivery strike in Malaysia today – Grab responds

    Yesterday, it was reported that food delivery riders were set to go on a 24-hour nationwide strike today to protest against what they claim is unfair compensation paid to riders. The strike was supposed to have begun at 12am today.

    Riders are reportedly unhappy about the compensation that they are getting. According to Abdul Hakim Abdul Rani, the vice-president of Persatuan Penghantar P-Hailing Malaysia, riders are paid a flat rate per delivery and earn incentives depending on the time and distance of the order placed.

    However, he claimed that riders are not properly compensated for deliveries that may take a longer time to complete. He added that many riders are pressured to complete more deliveries daily to meet their income target, and said that the 24-hour protest is to make companies aware of how riders are feeling about their current situation, where they feel they are earning less despite performing more deliveries.

    Following the announcement of the strike, which is being called the “Food Delivery Blackout,” Grab Malaysia has issued a statement clarifying that there was no reduction in base fares for their delivery services, The Star reports.

    In its statement, the company said the recent concern raised by a delivery-partner was due to a glitch in its system, where the rider noted a discrepancy in his earnings. The ride-hailing service provider said it has since rectified the issue by transferring the shortfall to all affected partners. It added that it had clarified the matter via its official communication channel to its partners on July 21.

    “We apologise for the inconvenience this may have caused for our partners and would like to encourage our partners to reach out to us via our Facebook, or visit us at Grab Driver Centre & Kiosks (GDC) should they have any further queries,” it said.

    The company also reassured all users, including its consumers and merchant-partners, that it remains committed to supporting its delivery-partner community. It said it had introduced various efforts to support its delivery partners through the years.

    Grab said that its initiatives included on-the-job protection with free personal accident coverage and a partnership with EPF to ease contributions, as well as assisting its riders with reducing operational expenses through discounts on petrol, vehicle maintenance and daily necessities, among others. It added that it had also introduced multiple promotions and campaigns to provide more jobs for delivery riders.

    Have you had issues in getting food delivered to you today? Share your thoughts about the matter with us in the comments section.

     
  • 5G technology to help reduce traffic congestion, support self-driving cars in Malaysia – UTM lecturer

    The emergence of 5G, or fifth-generation broadband cellular technology is aimed at offering even quicker operation of networked devices, and the construction of infrastructure in support of 5G in Malaysia stands to improve operations in several sectors, among them traffic flow as well as public transport, according to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia School of Electrical Engineering lecturer Bruce Leow.

    Issues such as traffic jams, inefficiencies in public transport and more are to be addressed by 5G technology, using a central system that uses artificial intelligence, Leow said in an interview with SAYS.

    “Currently, the systems run independently. They are not connected, which means that things like traffic lights don’t talk to each other. But with 5G, traffic lights can talk to each other, then they can be synchronised and change according to the traffic conditions,” Leow explained.

    The implementation of 5G technology will also benefit development of autonomous vehicles and the accompanying technology. Malaysia has public roads which support the testing of autonomous vehicles, with the first test route defined in November 2020 and approved the month after.

    Located in Cyberjaya, this test route was developed by Cyberview subsidiary Futurise in collaboration with the ministry of transport and the Sepang municipal council under the National Regulatory Sandbox initiative, and is one of two routes earmarked for this purpose. Part of that endeavour involved the development of urban mobility, including autonomous vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    At the time, eMoovit Technology was announced as the first company to gain approval to use the route for the testing of its autonomous vehicle testbed, a self-driving Proton Exora. eMoovit Technology operates under Singaporean firm Moovita, which specialises in providing driverless software solutions for urban environments.

     
  • Lorry crashes into 11 cars at Shah Alam traffic lights

    Stationary cars rammed by a lorry, again. This time, eleven vehicles were damaged when a trailer lorry crashed into them at a traffic light intersection in Shah Alam. Specifically, it happened noon yesterday at the Persiaran Tengku Ampuan traffic lights, in front of the McDonald’s Section 22 drive-through outlet.

    Fortunately, no one was injured and all the owners of the cars involved went on to make police reports. Shah Alam district police chief Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim said that investigations found that the trailer could not stop in time when the vehicle in front of it suddenly braked. He added that urine tests on the truck driver was negative for drugs and he had no previous criminal record.

    “The case is being investigated under Section 42 of the Road Transport Act 1987 for dangerous driving. Witnesses are asked to assist investigations by contacting investigating officer inspector Muhammad Hasrul Suhiami at 011-31215697,” he said, reported by Sinar Harian, which posted the image above.

    Sounds familiar? Last month, a lorry ploughed into queuing vehicles at the Causeway, Singapore-bound. Two weeks ago, there was an accident on the PLUS highway where a cement lorry crashed into some cars and skipped into the opposite direction. In April, at the infamous Menora tunnel stretch on the PLUS, a lorry with faulty brakes ploughed through five cars.

    And of course, who can forget the one last year at Jalan Ipoh where a speeding lorry squashed a Myvi in front of the famous yong tau fu restaurant.

    The latter incident led us to dive deep into the rules and regulations governing commercial vehicles, mandatory inspection, maintenance and the enforcement aspects. What’s the root cause behind all these lorry accidents and what should be done to reduce these accidents? Full story here.

     
 
 
 

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