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  • Toyota Concept-i Ride and Walk unveiled, Tokyo debut

    Earlier this year at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Toyota unveiled the Concept-i aimed at provide a warmer, more welcoming look into the future of mobility. Now the Japanese carmaker is expanded the range with the Concept-i Ride and Walk vehicles debuting at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show next week, delivering new ways of moving about in concert with the company’s new Start Your Impossible initiative.

    First up is the Concept-i Ride, a two-seater mobility pod designed for wheelchair users. The diminutive runabout features gullwing doors that open wide, giving easy access to the driver’s seat that slides towards the entrance. The doors also supports the loading and unloading of a wheelchair, which can be stored in a compartment behind the front seat.

    Traditional controls such as the steering wheel and pedals have been eschewed for a joystick, and driving assists such as automated parking are available at low speeds for peace of mind. An AI Agent incorporated in the large instrument display provides relevant information for wheelchair users such as where barrier-free facilities are located.

    Also shown is the Concept-i Walk, essentially a scooter of sorts with three wheels and a size that Toyota claims is equivalent to a pedestrian walking. The aforementioned AI Agent is here as well, and works with the vehicle’s sensors to ensure driver safety, warning the rider of any dangers and performing evasive measures autonomously. The wheelbase also varies according to speed, aiding stability.

    Unlike a Segway, there’s no shifting of weight involved to steer the Concept-i Walk – instead, there’s a simple joystick, making it easy to use. A low floor enables a wider variety of riders to use the vehicle, such as children, the elderly and skirt-wearing women.

    Toyota also envisions a vehicle sharing service for the Concept-i Ride and Walk that will enable greater access to universal mobility, similar to Volvo’s new Care by Volvo subscription service. For the Walk in particular, the idea is for a first- and last-mile mobility service that works in conjunction with other transportation facilities, for use in outdoor locations such as moving between sightseeing spots.

    GALLERY: Toyota Concept-i Ride

    GALLERY: Toyota Concept-i Walk

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  • Malaysia vehicle sales data for Sept 2017 by brand

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) vehicle sales data for the month of September 2017 saw 40,981 units being delivered, down by 10,739 units from that shifted in August (51,720 units). According to the association, the 20.8% drop in sales was due to a short working month in September and a more stringent vetting process in hire purchase loan approvals.

    Only a few brands registered a climb in sales compared to the previous month, as a break down of who sold what in September reveals. The top five players – Perodua (-22.9%), Honda (-18.8%), Proton (-30.3%) and Toyota (-23.9%) and Nissan (-15.6%) – all recorded a dip, as did the likes of Mercedes-Benz (-21.8%), Ford (-24.2%), Mitsubishi (-40.2%), Peugeot (-40.9%) and Renault (-62.5%).

    No change with Audi and MINI, both brands selling exactly the same number as they did in August. The few gainers were led by BMW, which registered a 9.5% increase in volume compared to August, enough for it to pip Mercedes in the sales rankings for September.

    Volkswagen also saw increased sales (up by 9.8%), with promos continuing to boost sales for the brand. Finally, Subaru had the biggest percentage jump of all the brands, up by 46.7%.

    Click on the chart below to view a larger version.

  • Toyota Hilux to get an early facelift in Thailand?

    A mid-life refresh is due for the eighth-generation Toyota Hilux, according to a report by Thai website headlightmag. The report indicates that Toyota is pushing for a market introduction of a revised Hilux Revo in Thailand as early as next month.

    Apparently, the changes will largely be focused on visual enhancements, primarily with an updated face that will bear a greater resemblance to the Tacoma in a bid to give the pick-up a more rugged and muscular appearance. No mechanical changes will reportedly be made – currently, the Hilux is available with a choice of two engines – the 2.8 litre 1GD-FTV and the 2.4 litre 2GD-FTV.

    Back home, the Hilux was just recently updated with better kit, although the number of variants have dropped down from eight to six. Prices start from RM87,200 for the Single-Cab 2.4 MT 4×4 to RM130,900 for the Double-Cab 2.8G AT 4×4.

    For a more detailed look at the local Hilux and its specifications, head on to and click here for the full price list.

    GALLERY: Toyota Hilux 2.8G with optional Tough Package

  • Honda Malaysia announces Toichi Ishiyama as new managing director and CEO, replaces Katsuto Hayashi

    Honda Malaysia has named Toichi Ishiyama as its new managing director and chief executive officer, replacing Katsuto Hayashi, who assumed the role for one and a half years. Ishiyama-san will officially assume office on November 1, 2017, where he will relinquish his current role as president and CEO of Honda Atlas Cars in Pakistan.

    With a career in Honda that spans 25 years, Ishiyama-san has served various roles in countries like Japan, USA, Thailand, China and Pakistan. The 48-year-old brings with him more than 20 years of experience in researching markets and product planning to continue Honda Malaysia’s strong momentum.

    This year, the company is aiming to hit its target of 100,000 units in sales, and Ishiyama-san believes the strategy put in place by his predecessor will be a successful one. Under Hayashi-san’s leadership, Honda Malaysia has strengthened its position as the number one manufacturer in the non-national segment and number two in overall total industry volume (TIV).

    Katsuto Hayashi (left), Hayashi-san’s drawing of the BR-V

    The company’s strong performance includes having the highest-ever domestic market share in Malaysia as well as the largest (within each country) among all of Honda’s global operations – a feat recorded in January 2017, at 19.2%. More recently, the company achieved the highest local market share in its history in March 2017, at 20.5%.

    During Hayashi-san’s tenure, models like the tenth-generation Civic, fifth-generation CR-V, BR-V as well as the refreshed Jazz and City, were introduced the Malaysians. The last two models were made available with the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, making Malaysia the only country outside of Japan to offer the hybrid powertrain. Coming soon will be the fifth-generation Civic Type R, with order books now open for the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the Nurburgring.

    Hayashi-san will move on from Malaysia too begin his new role as the general manager of Overseas Operation Division (Americas) and Regional Operation (North America) at Honda in Japan. We at wish him all the best.

  • 2018 Ducati Monster 821 unveiled, 109 hp, 86 Nm

    DU 2017-09-07 MONSTER 1502

    With the promise of five new models to be unveiled at the upcoming Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) show in Milan, Italy this Novemeber, Ducati has pulled the covers off the 2018 Ducati Monster 821, celebrating 25 years of the Ducati Monster. Coming with the famous V-twin, the Monster 821 comes clad in historic Ducati Yellow, a throwback to the original Monster 900.

    Carrying the latest iteration of the liquid-cooled Testastretta V-twin, the Monster 821 puts out 109 hp at 9,250 rpm and 86 Nm of torque at 7,750 rpm. Making its debut for the Ducati’s Monster 821 series naked sports bikes is a full-colour TFT LCD display.

    Also available is a Ducati up-and-down quickshifter and Ducati Multimedia system, which come as optional accessories. Part of the new Monster 821 design is a new racing silencer and headlight.

    DU 2017-09-07 MONSTER 1502

    Taking some of the feature of the Monster 1200, the Monster 821 also has a completely redesigned tank and tail, inspired by the original Monster from 1992. Standard equipment is the Ducati Safety Pack, which comprises of Bosch ABS and Ducati Traction Control, allowing for easy adjustment of ABS, DTC and Power Modes.

    Braking is done by Brembo , with dual 320 mm discs and M4-32 monobloc radial callipers at the front, and a single calliper at the back. Suspension is with 43 mm diameter forks, and an adjustable monoshock in the rear.

    In Malaysia, the current model year Monster 821 retails at RM66,999, and is available in Ducati Red and Matte Black. Other models in the range are the Monster 1200 S at RM119,000 and Monster 1200 R at RM160,999.

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride – FCV with 1,000 km range

    Here comes another interesting concept from Toyota, the “Fine-Comfort Ride,” which the company proposes to be “a new form of premium saloon.” The proportions clearly beg to differ, but in it are clever ideas, one of which is the employment of flexible seating layout that adjusts to an individual’s posture.

    Toyota said the concept of “wearing comfort (being wrapped in comfort)” embodies the future of mobility that provides additional values and is not simply just another “ride.” There’s also an Agent function with touch displays built into the side windows, which allows the driver and occupants to freely access information. All four seats swivel freely as well.

    The Fine-Comfort Ride is a fuel cell vehicle (FCV), which means it gets the same propulsion technology as the Toyota Mirai. Instead of relying on conventional batteries to power the electric motor, the hydrogen fuel cell system attains electrical power by fusing hydrogen and oxygen to produce the required voltage. The source of “fuel” is hydrogen and hydrogen only, with the byproduct being water vapour as opposed to CO2. Refuelling takes just three minutes.

    With this concept, Toyota claims a cruising range of 1,000 km, which is almost twice that of the Mirai. As for the size of the vehicle, it’s actually considerably larger than the Vellfire, being 4,830 mm long, 1,950 mm wide, 1,650 mm tall and a wheelbase of 3,450 mm.

    The Vellfire on the other hand, is 4,930 mm (+100 mm), 1,850 mm wide (-100 mm), 1,895 mm tall (+245 mm) and with a wheelbase length of 3,000 mm (-450 mm!). Suffice to say, the Fine-Comfort Ride can comfortably seat six individuals, Toyota claims. The pictures show four rotatable seats, but there is another two-seat bench at the rear end of the vehicle.

    Toyota is set to display the concept car at the upcoming 45th Tokyo Motor Show, which runs for 12 days from October 25 to November 5, 2017. The theme this year is “Beyond the Motor.”

  • September 2017 Malaysia vehicle sales down by 20.8%

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data for the month of September 2017, and only 40,981 units were delivered during the month. This represents a decrease of 10,739 units or 20.8% from the number of vehicles that were registered in August.

    The association said the slump in vehicle sales was due to a short working month in September and a more stringent vetting process in hire purchase loan approvals.

    Compared to the same corresponding month in 2016, the sales volume in September 2017 was 7,144 units – or 14.8 % – lower. As for total industry volume (TIV), the year-to-date figure for September is 425,711 units, 1.8% higher than that registered at the same point last year (418,277).

    For October, the association is projecting the sales volume to increase again because of a longer working month.

  • 2018 Honda Super Cub 50 and 110 production moves to Japan, with LED lights, Pro version – from RM8,683

    A motorcycle legend, the Honda Super Cub, is updated for 2018 with the Super Cub 50 and Super Cub 110, and production of both models will move from China to Honda’s Kumamoto, Japan factory. Now coming in base and Pro versions, Japanese domestic pricing, including 8% consumption tax, is set at 232,200 yen (RM8,683) for the Super Cub 50, while the Super Cub 50 Pro retails for 253,800 yen (RM9,491).

    Meanwhile the Super Cub 110 is priced at 275,400 yen (RM10,299) while the Super Cub 110 Pro will set the buyer back 297,000 yen (RM11,107). New for the next generation Super Cub is LED lighting for the headlight and turn signals, along with detachable side covers for enhanced usability.

    Still carrying the air-cooled, single cylinder power plant, the Super Cub 50’s mill displaces 49 cc, while the Super Cub 110 has a 109 cc engine. The Super Cub 50 has a power output of 3.7 PS at 7,500 rpm, with torque rated at 3.8 Nm at 5,500 rpm, while the Super Cub 110 clocks in at 8 PS at 7,500 rpm and 8.5 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm.

    Fuelling is by Honda’s PGM-FI electronic fuel injection, and power gets to the ground via a four-speed centrifugal clutch gearbox and chain final drive – the Super Cub 110 has a larger chain than the 50. Braking is with drum brakes front and rear, while a telescopic fork holds up the front end and twin shock absorbers prop up the back, in traditional Honda Cub style.

    Based on the standard Super Cub 50 and 110, which roll on 17-inch wheels, the Pro version of the Super Cub comes with 14-inch hoops and a basket mounted over the front fender and a rear carrier, with the headlight and turn signals relocated to the front of the basket. The Super Cub Pro is designed for the needs of the newspaper and small package delivery market segment, which is still in demand in Japan.

    The Super Cub 50 is available in Pearl Shining Yellow, Virgin Beige, Moonstone Silver Metallic-U, Tasmania Green Metallic, and Urbane Denim Blue Metallic. The Super Cub 110 is available in Glint Wave Blue Metallic, Classical White, Virgin Beige, Tasmania Green Metallic, and Urbane Denim Blue Metallic, while the Pro version of both Super Cubs comes in Seychelles Night Blue.

  • Hyundai BTR Edition Elantra Sport Concept for SEMA

    The SEMA show in Las Vegas, United States has traditionally been a hub for tuning houses to showcase their extravagant renditions of production cars, and the coming iteration sticks to the proven formula, judging by the Hyundai BTR Edition Sport concept seen here, set for its debut next month.

    Blood Type Racing, which lends its initials to the car, builds upon the Hyundai Elantra Sport as a base, and applies an AutoArt bodykit and paintwork to its exterior. This includes a ‘track-ready’ front lip kit and rear wing, while rolling stock is a set of 19-inch wheels with Toyo T1 Sport tyres mounted.

    Helping the car attain that lowered stance is a set of HSD coilover suspension, while stopping duties are handled by a Fella big brake kit. Other chassis modifications include sway bars, an additional strut tower brace, and chassis brace from Pierce Motorsports.

    Under the hood, the Elantra Sport’s 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine gains a new air intake, revised ECU and a Devil’s Own water/methanol injection system. No output figures quoted but as standard, the Elantra Sport cranks out 204 PS and 265 Nm of torque.

    Inside – though not pictured – is the interior which has also been reworked, receiving a carbon-fibre steering wheel, new upholstery and diamond-stitched floor mats. Other features include LED interior lighting and a custom tool set in the luggage compartment. What do you think of this customised Hyundai Elantra, dear readers?

    GALLERY: Hyundai Elantra 1.6 Sport

  • 2017 EICMA to see launch of new Benelli 250, 400 and 750 parallel-twin engines, new TnT 300 sports bike?

    Italian motorcycle maker Benelli is set to reveal a trio of power plants at the upcoming EICMA, or Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori show in Milan, Italy this November. The three mills will displace 250 cc, 400 cc and 750 cc, and will follow its parallel-twin engines as used in the current model 302R sports bike and TRK 502 adventure bike.

    With its design, research and development headquartered in Pesaro, Italy, and manufacturing base in Wen Ling, China as part of the Geely group, Benelli is looking to cover niche areas in a value-for-performance motorcycle segment. “In terms of engine platforms, we are seeking to expand very rapidly in these two segments, the 400 and 750, and we will have different type of frames in different types of bikes,” said Dante Bustos, Benelli marketing director for Americas, Asia and Africa regions.

    “We are also working on the lower displacement engines, like the 150 cc single-cylinder, and also 250 cc single-cylinder, which is our target for next year,” said Bustos. According to Bustos, Benelli is not just concentrating on the small bike market, but expanding throughout the entire displacement range and will be showing at least 10 new models at EICMA.

    This will, he said during an exclusive interview with, include expanding the Benelli TRK adventure bike range into the 250 cc and 750 cc engine sizes, a niche currently occupied by machines such as the Honda CRF250L, Kawasaki Versys-X 250 and Suzuki V-Strom 250. Bustos said the TRK 250 and 750 versions will be hitting the market by 2019, or perhaps earlier.

    “2018 we are going to release three new motorcycles, new frame and new type of bike,” said Bustos. “We cannot release too many models in a year, but we plan to release a 250, a 400 and 750 between 2018 and 2019,” he continued.

    “We are also planning to release a brand-new engine type in the coming years,” Bustos. Pressed for details, Bustos declined to comment, but said it will be very interesting for the rider.

    Bustos said all the new developments will be shown at EICMA, including new headlights, design style and the such, which also includes a new TnT300 naked sports. Other new developments in the pipeline for Benelli include electronic riding aids for its current model range as well as an electric motorcycle.


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