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  • Ora Good Cat EV launched in Malaysia – 400 km range for RM140k, 500 km for RM170k; 8 yr battery warranty

    The Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat electric hatchback finally gets its official Malaysian market launch today, following the opening of order books two weeks ago and having collected more than 100 bookings on the opening weekend. In Europe earlier this year, this car was launched as the Funky Cat.

    The Ora Good Cat arrives in Malaysia with two battery capacity specifications in two trim level variants – the 400 Pro and the 500 Ultra, priced from RM139,800 on-the-road, without insurance for the 400 Pro, and RM169,800 for the 500 Ultra.

    Both trim levels feature the same powertrain configuration, which is a single electric motor producing 143 PS and 210 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.9 seconds and top speed is 152 km/h, according to Great Wall Motors.

    GWM Ora Good Cat specifications list – click to enlarge

    The 400 Pro variant gets the 47.8 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery which offers up to 400 km of battery range on the NEDC cycle (around 20% less on the WLTP test protocol), and this takes eight hours for a full charge from a 6.6 kW AC outlet via a Type 2 connection.

    Meanwhile, DC fast charging yields a 0-80% state of charge in 46 minutes. Charging from 30-80% can be done in just 40 minutes. In terms of the latest WLTP protocol, the European-spec Funky Cat is rated for a range of 310 km on the WLTP cycle.

    The larger of the two batteries is a 63.1 kWh version that is featured in the 500 Ultra, featuring a ternary lithium battery that offers up to 500 km of range on the NEDC cycle, which will take around 10 hours to be fully charged from an AC outlet. If DC fast charging at 60 kW is used, a 0-80% charge can be done in around 40 minutes.

    In terms of equipment, both variants of the Ora Good Cat in Malaysia gets 18-inch alloys shod in 215/50R18 tyres and receive a tyre repair kit as standard, active front grille intake, automatic headlamps, LED tail lamps and rear fog lamp, electrically adjustable side mirrors, automatic wipers and a panoramic sunroof as standard.

    Instrumentation in the Ora Good Cat is by a seven-inch multi-information display with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The interior of the Ora Good Cat gets as standard suede leather dashboard covering with synthetic leather seat upholstery, multifunction steering wheel, two USB ports for the front occupants, one USB in the rear passenger compartment and one USB port for the digital video recorder, as well as one power outlet.

    Both variants also get electric adjustment for the driver’s seat while the front passenger seat gets manual adjustment; the 500 Ultra adds a massage function for the driver’s seat.

    Safety equipment for the Ora Good Cat includes adaptive cruise control, intelligence cruise assistance, AEB, forward collision warning, low speed emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and lane centring assist. Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are the Wisdom Dodge System, emergency lane keeping, lane change assist and blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and rear cross traffic braking.

    Exterior colours are Coral Blue, Hamilton White, Sun Black for the single-tone selection, joined by Mars Red and and Hamilton White schemes with the contrasting black roof.

    Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are Verdant Green with a white roof, and Hazel Wood Beige with a brown roof. Here in Malaysia in two variants, the GWM Ora Good Cat is covered by a five-year, 150,000 km warranty, with the drive battery getting an eight-year, 180,000 km warranty.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat

     
  • Selangor state government announces allocation of RM145 million for series of roadwork projects in 2023

    The Selangor government has approved an allocation of RM145 million for the purpose of improving the network of road systems in the state next year. This was announced by menteri besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari in his presentation of the state’s 2023 budget yesterday.

    According to Amirudin, a total of RM40.98 million will be distributed to the public works department (JKR) to carry out the construction of new roads in several locations. The areas involved are:

    • Kampung Sri Indah A to Sungai Buloh Hospital (RM10.98 million)
    • The Sungai Kelambu-Genting Sanyen connection road (RM13.5 million)
    • Kampung Ulu Chuchuh to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) (RM16 million)

    He said that these new roads would be a catalyst for economic growth in the areas surrounding several districts such as Gombak, Kuala Langat and Sepang.

    In addition, a total of RM65.3 million has also been allocated to upgrade a number of major routes to ensure that they can accommodate an increase in traffic flow. They are:

    • Jalan Bukit Rimau in Klang
    • Jalan Reko in Hulu Langat
    • Simpang Tiga Jalan Rahidin in Sungai Buloh
    • The Jalan Kampung Bukit Dugang intersection in Sepang
    • The road to Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tiram Jaya in Kuala Selangor
    • Jalan Sungai Panjang from the Kuala Selangor-Teluk Intan intersection to Parit Empat Timur in Sabak Bernam

    The state has also allocated RM11.8 million for the construction and upgrading of bridges and overpasses. Projects that are expected to start in 2023 are:

    • The construction of a new bridge at Kampung Sungai Buah in Sepang
    • The construction of a new bridge at Sungai Serigala in Hulu Selangor
    • The upgrading of the Bagan Sungai Besar bridge in Sabak Bernam

    Allocation has also been provided for several other infrastructure projects, including RM3 million for phase two of the installation of light-emitting diode (LED) street lights across the state, state road gazette work (RM1.5 million) and state route gazette programmes (RM2 million).

     

  • Chery Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro in Indonesia – 1.5T and 2.0T engines, remote engine start, from RM105k

    Chery Motor has launched the Malaysian-bound Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro in Indonesia with six variants available across the two models. The Tiggo 7 Pro is available in four variants starting with the Tiggo 7 Pro Comfort at Rp368.5 juta (RM105k), the Luxury at Rp398.5 juta (RM113k), the Premium at Rp428.5 juta (RM122k) and the Tiggo 7 Pro Two Tone at Rp433.5 juta (RM123k).

    The five-seater SUV which was previewed and available for booking in Malaysia is powered by a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired to a CVT gearbox with nine-virtual ratios. The powertrain produces 115 kW (155 hp) and 230 Nm of torque to drive the front wheels.

    On the outside, the Tiggo 7 Pro Comfort is fitted with 17-inch wheels while the other variants get an 18-inch set. All four variants are equipped with LED automatic headlights with daytime running lights, keyless entry with remote start, follow-me-home lights, reverse camera, LED tail lamps, front and rear fog lamps along with a roof rack. The hands-free powered tailgate is only available in the Premium variant.

    Standard onboard features include an electronic parking brake with auto-hold, a seven-inch LCD meter cluster, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 10-inch infotainment display, an eight-inch dual-zone air-conditioning display and three USB ports.

    Reserved for the higher variants are features such as powered front seats, six speakers instead of four, ambient lighting, a wireless charger, a panoramic sunroof, and the Intelligent Voice Assistant. The latter allows the ambient lighting, sunroof, air-conditioning and sunroof functions to name a few, to be voice-activated.

    The Tiggo 7 Pro’s full suite of Advance Driving Assistant features is only available in the Premium variant. This includes adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, 360-degree view monitor, lane departure warning, blind spot monitor, and reverse tendency alert which works like rear-cross traffic alert. Only the Premium variant gets six airbags while the rest makes do with four.

    As for the Tiggo 8 Pro which was also previewed in Malaysia recently, two variants are available for the Indonesian market with the Luxury starting from Rp518.5 juta (RM147k) and the Premium from Rp548.5 juta RM156k). The seven-seater SUV is powered by a larger 2.0 litre turbocharged four cylinder direct-injection petrol engine with 187 kW (250 hp) and 390 Nm of torque to drive the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    Standard exterior offerings across both the Luxury and Premium variants include 18-inch alloy wheels, LED automatic headlights with daytime running lights, LED taillamps, hands-free powered tailgate and keyless entry with remote engine start. On the inside, the more expensive Premium variant stands out with four-way powered adjustments for the front passenger, seat memory function for the driver and a panoramic sunroof with electric sunshade.

    Available in both variants are items such as 6-way powered driver seats, a rear view camera display, illuminated door sills, ambient lighting, dual-zone air-conditioning, a wireless charger, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, three USB ports, a 10.2-inch touchscreen infotainment display, eight speakers, eight-inch LCD air-conditioning panel and refrigerated armrest storage. Like the Tiggo 7 Pro, the Tiggo 8 Pro also gets the Intelligent Voice Assistant feature.

    For safety, both variants of the Tiggo 8 Pro come with six airbags, hill-start assist and hill descent control. However, only the Premium variant gets the Advanced Driving Assistant system with features such as intelligent high-beam control and traffic sign recognition along with the abovementioned features such as lane departure warning, blind spot detection, rear-cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow and autonomous emergency braking.

    With the Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro being launched in Indonesia, its arrival in Malaysia draws even closer. Bet you’re excited! Which section of the SUVs did you find most appealing?

    GALLERY: Chery Tiggo 7 Pro previewed in Malaysia (local specifications may vary)

    GALLERY: Chery Tiggo 8 Pro previewed in Malaysia (specifications may vary)

     
  • Master Maserati Driving Experience held in Malaysia – first event outside of Italy starring the MC20, Levante

    Maserati is currently on a revival path that has seen the launch of a new halo car in the form of the pretty MC20, its first supercar in 15 years since the MC12 went out of production in 2005. The MC20 is just the start of a process to rejuvenate the Italian carmaker’s line-up, with the Grecale as well as an all-new GranTurismo and GranCabrio also involved.

    The trident brand was first founded on December 1, 1914, meaning it will turn 108 years old come December. To ensure its continued survival, Maserati is reinventing itself with a subtly revised logo and to preach the message that it has attractive new offerings on the way.

    One way to appeal to a wider customer base is to provide a hands-on encounter with the cars, which is precisely what the company is offering with its Master Maserati Driving Experience. Traditionally, the event is held in Italy at the Varano De’ Melegari and Autodromo di Modena circuits, providing those attending with the opportunity to the drive the most powerful Maserati models.

    However, in a break from tradition, the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in Malaysia played host to the Master Maserati Driving Experience recently, marking the first time the event is held outside of Italy. We were given the opportunity to attend the event to try out a selection of cars with chief instructor Andrea Fausti flying in from Italy to tame our inner Fangio.

    The brainchild responsible for bringing the Master Maserati Driving Experience outside of Italy is Takayuki Kimura, who was appointed managing director of Maserati’s Asia-Pacific region last July. The goal was simple: to demonstrate the unique balance of performance of Maserati cars. For this, the star of the show was undoubtedly the MC20, with two units specifically brought into Malaysia and joined by the Levante SUV.

    The day began as most driving courses do, with Fausti explaining the basics like the importance of seating position, pedal control and how to properly take a corner on track. Balaclava and helmet on, our first time on track was in the MC20.

    With 630 PS and 730 Nm of torque from a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6, the MC20 is nothing short of rapid on the two main straights of SIC. Through the corners, it displayed impressive balance and agility that inspired confidence, with the experienced instructor seated beside urging me to push on.

    Lap after lap and with a constant rotation of drivers, the pair of MC20s in their stunning shades of Blu Infinito and Giallo Genio remained composed and continued to deliver on track, leaving big smiles on those that exited through the dramatic butterfly doors.

    The next stint was in the Levante Trofeo, a big SUV with a 3.8 litre twin-turbo V8 churning out 598 PS and 730 Nm, which isn’t that far off from its sleek stablemate. There is certainly a contrast on track with the Levante, but it still managed to hold its own on track and deliver some surprises in the bends, disrupting what some might think an SUV is capable of. The howling V8 adds to the theater of it all, particularly when barrelling down to turn 15 and continuing to turn 1.

    While this isn’t a full-on track day where we were given unlimited laps, the short but sweet experience left us (and probably the customers that came after our media session) wanting more, which is precisely the purpose of the Master Maserati Driving Experience. The event serves as the perfect platform for would-be customers to audition cars beyond the run-of-the-mill road test drive before they commit to being a member of the Maserati family.

    Based on the Master Maserati Driving Experience website, entry fees range from 900 to 5,000 euros (RM4,200 to RM23,336). Our session is the GT level that sits just above the entry-level Engine Start, while beyond that, you’re looking at more intense courses like the Sport and MC20 Master, the last of which teaches participants how to bring out the most from the MC20, with and without driver aids.

    We were told that Maserati has more of these activities planned for the future, and with the line-up set to expand in the coming months and years, there’s certainly plenty to look forward to from the trident brand in our part of the world.

     
  • What is that car with antennas at the PM’s office?

    Speculation has been rife on Malaysian social media about a black Volvo XC90 seen driving into the Prime Minister’s office in Putrajaya after the recent orgy regarding the country’s new Prime Minister. The vehicle with blacked out windows carries a civilian registration number and is equipped with an antenna farm on the roof rack along with a roof box.

    Numerous theories were put forward as to the function of this vehicle and we approached a source to get to the bottom of this. Speaking on condition of anonymity, our source firstly said, “that vehicle belongs to the police, more specifically the VIP security detail.”

    “The vehicle serves two functions. One, it is a communications relay for the other vehicles in the convoy, carrying several high powered transmitters and usually operating in the UHF and VHF bands,” our source explained. “This allows`all the vehicles in the convoy to tie into the same comms net and communicate with other stations on the same net,” our source added.

    “Another primary function, aside from communications, is the vehicle functions as a signals jammer.” At this point our source pointed out the information he was telling us, while not exactly unavailable through open sources, is classified as “Secret” in Malaysia.

    “The signals jamming is to prevent bad guys from using mobile phones or RF (radio frequency) signals to detonate bombs, or to prevent signals going out to execute an ambush,” he said. “This is common use for military operations, especially convoys. In this case, a civilian vehicle is used for operating in urban areas.”

    Our source declined to give us the frequencies on which the device operates but some have noted the loss of mobile phone and other signals as the vehicle passed them by. So, there you have it, it is a mobile command post, of sorts, specifically designed for high value target vehicle convoys operating in a built up environment.

     
  • Volkswagen ID.3 in Malaysia walk-around – 425km range with 58 kWh battery, RM260k from Weststar

    Here at paultan.org, we typically cover vehicles which are officially distributed by their brand custodians in the country, though in the case of electric vehicles, the selection of models sold through their official distributors in Malaysia remains limited for the time being. Open up your choices to include grey market imports, and the selection expands.

    One such car is the Volkswagen ID.3. This particular unit is brought in by Weststar Motors, as the fully electric hatchback is not part of Volkswagen Malaysia’s product line-up. Slotting neatly into the C-segment hatchback category, the ID.3 is a Golf-sized pure EV model, and in fact replaces the zero-emissions variant of the perennial best-selling nameplate, the e-Golf.

    The ID.3 does however depart significantly from the Golf in terms of design, wearing a silhouette that is notably more MPV than conventional hatchback, with a bonnet that slopes considerably down from the base of its A-pillars.

    Sitting on the manufacturer’s EV-specific MEB architecture, the ID.3 is approximately the size of the Golf, albeit with much shorter overhangs to maximise cabin accommodations. Wheelbase benefits significantly as a result, where the ID.3 spans nearly 2.8 m between its axles, nearly 125 mm longer than the 2,636 mm wheelbase of the Golf.

    Of course, the key differentiator for the ID.3 relative to the Golf is its powertrain, which is a single electric motor driving the rear wheels with 204 PS and 310 Nm of torque. Thus equipped, the 0-100 km/h run is elapsed in 7.2 seconds and top speed is 160 km/h. Of the three battery pack sizes available globally for the ID.3, it is the mid-range 58 kWh battery pack specified for the car we see here, yielding a range of 425 km on the WLTP test protocol.

    For charging, the ID.3 packs an 11 kW onboard AC charger, which means that a wallbox outlet will bring a 10-80% charge in around four hours via as Type 2 plug. Find a DC charging outlet, and the ID.2 can take fast charging at up to 120 kW, which gets the ID.3 across the same 10-80% state of charge in 30 minutes through a CCS charging plug.

    If you are considering an EV for its uniqueness compared to traditional ICE-powered offerings on the market, the ID.3 delivers with its cabin, where it is a significant departure from the Golf save for a similar steering wheel, while the large windscreen offers that expansive view forwards. Sitting atop the dashboard is a floating touch control infotainment unit, joined by a smaller instrumentation display for the driver.

    The price? Weststar Motors has listed this unit at RM260,000, which is a fair chunk more than Volkswagen Malaysia’s circa-200 PS hatchback offering, the locally assembled Golf GTI at RM227k. To be exact, this makes 245 PS and 370 Nm from its EA888 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-four turbo petrol, driving the front wheels through a seven-speed wet-clutch DSG transmission.

    Would you spring for this, or wait a little longer for Volkswagen Malaysia to officially launch the larger ID.4?

    GALLERY: Volkswagen ID.3 1st Edition Pro Performance

     
  • 2022 Audi A8L facelift in Malaysia – new D5 flagship sedan with 340 PS 3.0L turbo V6; priced from RM1 mil

    Here’s a full gallery of the facelifted Audi A8L, which is available in Malaysia in a sole S line 3.0 TFSI quattro variant priced at RM1,046,907.50 on-the-road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. The four-ring brand’s flagship sedan is currently in its fourth generation (D5) – first launched here back in 2019 – and the mid-cycle update was revealed globally last November.

    For the money, you’re getting a 3.0 litre biturbo V6 petrol engine with a 48-volt mild hybrid system that puts out 340 PS (335 hp or 250 kW) from 5,000 to 6,400 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,370 to 4,500 rpm. The mill sends power to four wheels via an eight-speed tiptronic automatic transmission and Audi’s quattro all-wheel drive system.

    This setup is unchanged from what we had before and allows the limousine to complete the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.7 seconds and on to a top speed of 250 km/h. Claimed fuel consumption on a combined basis is 8.3 litres per 100 km, and also making a return is adaptive air suspension with selectable modes.

    In terms of exterior equipment, the A8L comes with digital Matrix LED headlamps, OLED (organic light-emitting diode) combination taillights as well as 20-inch 20-spoke structure style alloy wheels in Graphite Grey.

    The S line package is also standard and features a black, honeycomb-like insert for the wider singleframe grille and more subtle garnishes for the fog lamp surrounds on the redesigned front bumper. The rear bumper also gets reprofiled slightly as part of the facelift, while the headlamps have a distinctively new light signature.

    As for the interior, it remains largely the same as the pre-facelift model, with highlights in the front passenger compartment being the hidden air vents, a four-spoke steering wheel and no less than three displays, two of which are touchscreens, with one ahead of the driver serving as the 12.3-inch Audi virtual cockpit plus.

    Rear passengers also get their own 10.1-inch displays and rounding off the entertainment features is a Bang & Olufsen premium sound system. For comfort, there’s four-zone climate control, an extended ambient lighting system and all seats (upholstered in leather) come with ventilation and massage functions. All doors also come with a soft-close function, as is common among flagship sedans in this class.

    On the safety and driver assistance front, the A8L comes standard with Audi pre sense front and rear, adaptive cruise control, efficiency assist, swerve assist, turn assist, lane change assist, an exit warning system as well as front and rear cross traffic assist.

    The A8L arrives as a fully-imported (CBU) model and each purchase comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, three years free maintenance and five years roadside assistance with Audi connect support.

     
  • 2023 European Car of the Year finalists announced – 7 cars including Toyota bZ4X, Nissan Ariya, Peugeot 408

    The finalists for the 2023 European Car of the Year award has been announced, where 27 ‘candidates’ from the preliminary rounds have been narrowed down to just seven. The list of vehicles consists of new cars which have gone or will go on sale before the end of the year in five or more European markets.

    The following are the finalists for the award:

    In case you haven’t noticed, all of the finalists are either SUV or crossovers, except for the Volkswagen ID. Buzz. Like the ID. Buzz, the Nissan Ariya, the Toyota bZ4X/Subaru Solterra and Jeep Avenger are all fully electric vehicles. Among those expected to arrive in Malaysia include the Kia Niro, Nissan Ariya and the Toyota bZ4X.

    A final round of voting will take place early next year with the winner set to be announced at the Brussels Motorshow on Friday, January 13. The ‘Car of the Year’ award has been given out since 1964, with last year’s award going to the fully electric Kia EV6.

     
  • Volkswagen to fix laggy touch controls, air-con sliders

    Volkswagen has admitted that mistakes were made with its touchscreen infotainment controls, which have been found wanting in terms of ease of use, Car Magazine reports. Volkswagen CEO Thomas Schäfer said in interviews at the 2022 Los Angeles Auto Show that remedies will be implemented within two years, the magazine reported.

    Criticism of the MIB3 touch control-based infotainment system has coming from vehicle owners and road testers alike, as installed on vehicles such as the manufacturer’s ID range of electric vehicles as well as core models such as the Golf.

    “In this rush to create these vehicles to be quick off the mark and so on, the team had come up with different ideas. We know what we need to do,’ Schäfer said, noting feedback from clinics and from journalists saying that improvements are required.

    Software updates will be launched as soon as the northern hemisphere winter of 2022, while physical updates will take longer to roll out. That said, new hardware will be installed within the next 18 months, according to Car Magazine.

    “The new 3.0 software is coming now. It will not be the sliders and hardware, but the software will be a tremendous step up in the next few weeks,” Schäfer said. Hardware changes will come in 2024, while revised steering wheels will be rolled out from next year, beginning with the new Tiguan, he said.

    Last month, Schäfer said in a LinkedIn post that the carmaker will be bringing back the push-button steering wheel in light of criticism from users levelled at the current touch-sensitive surface design.

    In addition to the Mk8 Golf range, Volkswagen models in Malaysia which feature these touch controls include the Tiguan Allspace facelift, Arteon and ID.4, while models which continue to use physical button on their steering wheels include the Passat Elegance, R-Line and Tiguan Allspace Life variant.

     
  • Shell Recharge Skudai R&R south-bound DC charger – 120 kW CCS2, book via ParkEasy, RM2.80/min

    Shell Recharge has launched a sixth highway DC charger, this time at the Skudai R&R south-bound along the PLUS highway. However, unlike the previous five locations, the Skudai location features a StarCharge 120 kW charger instead of an ABB 180 kW charger.

    Booking and payment for the charger can be made with Shell’s ParkEasy app. In the app, choose Shell HPC Southbound and then choose Skudai R&R South. Use our referral code R88W3N2T when you download the ParkEasy app and you’ll get some free credits to try it out.

    The StarCharge 120 kW charger is configured so only 1 car can charge at any time, even though it features 2 CCS2 guns. To use the charger, you will have to pay RM4 for the first minute (an activation fee), and RM2.80 per minute for subsequent minutes.

    A minimum ParkEasy balance of RM200 is required before you can start charging. You can reserve the charger 10 minutes in advance. You can also collect BonusLink points when you recharge.

    Shell Recharge Gold & Platinum members can reserve the charger up to 1 hour in advance and charge at a cheaper rate of RM1.60 per minute for Gold and RM1.40 per minute for Platinum.

    Don’t forget to use our referral code R88W3N2T when you download the ParkEasy app and you’ll get some free credits to try it out.

     
 
 
 

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Last Updated 24 Nov 2022