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  • SPIED: New Volvo V60 T8 Inscription spotted in M’sia

    Last year, Volvo unveiled the second-generation V60, which is the second model in its 60 Series line-up after the XC60 SUV. The mid-sized wagon has now been spotted on Malaysian roads thanks to reader Zuhril, who snapped a few photos of an example wearing trade plates around Bukit Jelutong, Shah Alam.

    Styling-wise, the V60 is very similar to the S60 sedan from the front leading to the B-pillars, with the most prominent (and obvious) difference being the wagon body style. Both 60 Series models share an identical interior, although the V60 offers more boot space due to its shape.

    At first glance, one might be inclined to think that the car in the photo above is just the V90, the larger wagon sibling of the V60, but the giveaway here is the V60’s reflectors, which are located on the rear bumper just above the trapezoidal-shaped exhausts.

    Volvo V90 (left), V60 (right)

    The car seen here appears to be dressed in Inscription trim, as indicated by the silver strip between the exhaust outlets as well as the aluminium finish on the roof rails; cars in R-Design trim get a body coloured lower apron and black roof rails instead.

    Meanwhile, the badging on the tailgate points towards a T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid powertrain, which is already available with a few Volvo models sold here, including the S90, XC60 and XC90. In the V60, a Drive-E 2.0 litre supercharged and turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine serves up 303 PS (299 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 2,200 to 4,800 rpm.

    The mill features a crankshaft-integrated starter/generator (CISG), and is paired with an Aisin-sourced AW TG-81SD eight-speed automatic transmission. It is also augmented by a 88 PS (87 hp)/240 Nm rear electric motor for a total system output of 390 PS (384 hp) and 640 Nm.

    Powering the electric motor is a 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery that is located in the transmission tunnel, as with other Volvo 90 and 60 Series cars based on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA). When fully charged, the battery is capable of providing up to 49 km of electric-only driving range. The rated fuel consumption for the V60 T8 is 2.1 litres per 100 km based on WLTP regulations.

    Will you be looking forward to the arrival of the V60? Or are you the type of person who prefers sedans (or even SUVs) instead of wagons? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

    GALLERY: Second-generation Volvo V60

  • UMW Toyota upgrades infotainment system on Fortuner and Innova – 9.0-inch screen, Apple CarPlay

    Alongside the introduction of the Hilux 2.8 Black Edition earlier today, UMW Toyota also announced some minor upgrades for the Toyota Fortuner SUV and Innova MPV, with both vehicles getting a new infotainment system. The Fortuner 2.7 SRZ and 2.4 VRZ variants now come with an infotainment system featuring a 9.0-inch touchscreen display and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support.

    While there is no change in the price of the Fortuner 2.7 SRZ AT 4×4 and 2.4 VRZ AT 4×4, that for the 2.4 AT 4×4 has been increased slightly, the variant now priced at RM171,500 on-the-road without insurance, a RM2,000 hike from the previous RM169,500 when SST pricing was announced last September.

    The Fortuner line-up also looks to have been reduced from four variants to three, with the Fortuner 2.4 VRZ AT 4×2 missing from the updated price list.

    The Innova 2.0 X and 2.0 G variants also get the same infotainment system as the Fortuner, so that adds on a 9.0 inch touchscreen and Android Auto/Apple CarPlay connectivity. The current Innova range is rounded off by the 2.0 E automatic, with the 2.0 E manual missing from the updated line-up.

    There are no price changes for the Innova, which continues as that from when the company’s SST inclusive price list was annouced last year.

  • 2019 Yamaha XSR 155 launched in Thailand, RM12k

    New entry into the Thailand market is the 2019 Yamaha XSR 155, priced at 91,500 Thai baht (RM12,364). This naked sports comes in retro styling and is targetted to the young rider looking for something different from the Yamaha MT-15 or YZF-R15.

    Carrying the Yamaha VVA (Variable Valve Actuation) liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant displacing 155 cc, Yamaha Thailand did not supply any power or torque numbers for the XSR 155. However, based on the R15 which comes with a similar engine, a figure of 19.3 hp with 15 Nm of torque would not be out of the question.

    Fuelling is by EFI while power gets tot the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. 10 litres of fuel is carried in the tank while seat height is 810 mm off the ground and the XSR 155 has a claimed weight of 134 kg.

    Suspension is with telescopic forks in front and a monoshock at the back, adjustable for preload. Braking is done with a single disc front and rear, with hydraulic callipers.

    There are four colour options for the 2019 Yamaha XSR 155 – Premium Grey, White/Red Sports Heritage, Black Elegance and Green Wanderlust. Rolling on 17-inch alloy wheels, the XSR 155 is shod with 110/70 rubber in front and 140/70 at the back.

  • GALLERY: C27 Nissan Serena J Impul – from RM148k

    Here’s a full gallery of the Nissan Serena J Impul, which was first introduced in Malaysia back in December last year. This two-tone example is priced at RM149,888 on-the-road without insurance, but customers can opt for a version with a single-tone black exterior finish for RM2,000 less at RM147,888.

    Aesthetic improvements here include a front apron with chrome garnishes for the fog lamps and lower lip, a chrome-plated rear lip, 18-inch Impul Millennium alloys in a black and polished finish (with 225/40 series tyres), as well as mocha-coloured diamond-quilted leather seats. Optional items are an in-car portable cooler box (RM488) and a DVD player head unit with navigation function (RM800).

    The rest of the kit list is pretty much identical to the Premium Highway Star variant, and includes automatic LED projector headlamps, powered sliding doors, a seven-inch instrument cluster display, keyless entry and start, a 6.75-inch head unit, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, a 10.1-inch rear LCD panel, six airbags and an around view monitor, just to name a few.

    The Serena J Impul retains the same MR20DD 2.0 litre direct-injected four-cylinder petrol engine, which serves up 150 PS and 200 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with an Xtronic CVT that drives the front wheels, and is assisted by a 2.6 PS/48 Nm ECO electric motor that replaces the starter motor.

    Included in the price is a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, and the Impul accessories come with a separate three-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).

  • DRIVEN: 2019 Proton Saga facelift – 4AT’s where it’s at

    When it comes to Proton, no car comes close to encapsulating its better days quite like the Saga. The national carmaker’s evergreen first model has remained a significant entry point to its lineup whilst other nameplates have come and gone, and ever since it was relaunched back in 2008, it has consistently been one of the strongest offerings in its lineup.

    Despite (or perhaps because of) it being the cheapest Proton, the Saga has always possessed a wonderfully uncomplicated character, paired with a spacious cabin, a pliant ride and well-judged equipment levels. It’s no surprise, then, that sales have remained strong even as the company slipped down the sales charts.

    But strong sales are no longer enough. Backed by the might of the Geely empire, Proton has big plans for the future, aspiring to be the number one brand in Malaysia and number three in ASEAN. To do this, it not only has to introduce a slew of new Geely-based models like the X70, but its existing volume sellers will also need to attract more buyers than ever before.

    It’s no longer good enough for the Saga to be good, then – it really needs to take the fight to the Perodua Bezza. So this time around, Proton has given the sedan a proper shot in the arm with the latest facelift, giving it a new look, several new features and a new gearbox. Yes, I said gearbox, with proper gears. Are these all enough to see off its sworn enemy? We drive the car to Ipoh and back to see what’s what.

    Read the review of the facelifted 2019 Proton Saga here.

  • Proton X70 Merdeka Edition launched – 62 units only

    Proton has revealed the Proton X70 Merdeka Edition, of which only 62 units will be available. The limited edition is in conjunction with Malaysia’s 62nd independence day, which falls on August 31, 2019.

    The X70 Merdeka Edition is based on the top Premium 2WD variant, but adds on accessories for a slightly altered appearance. The Flame Red exterior paint you see here is contrasted with a Quartz Black roof (includes A pillars, wing mirrors, area around the glass roof and rear spoiler), and there are door visors and a rear bumper scuff plate.

    The latter two items are lifted from the X70’s optional genuine accessories catalogue.

    Inside, you’ll find new floor mats and a trunk mat. The set is in black, and has a quilt pattern with red piping. Of course, no special edition is complete without emblems – here, you’ll find one on the tailgate and one inside. The latter, which is located just below the passenger side air con vent, is numbered XX/62.

    Two colour options are available – Flame Red, of which there will be 26 units; and 36 units in Snow White. There are no mechanical changes, which means you’ll get a 1.8 litre turbo engine with 181 hp/285 Nm, paired to a six-speed automatic transmission channeling drive to the front wheels.

    The Proton X70 Merdeka Edition is priced at RM126,100 on-the-road without insurance, which is RM2,300 more than the Premium 2WD’s sticker price.

    GALLERY: Proton X70 Premium 2WD

  • August 2019 week three fuel price – no change

    It’s Friday, which means yet another round of the weekly fuel update, and there’s little to report on that front, because there is no change in the price of RON 97 petrol for the coming week.

    From tomorrow, August 17, RON 97 continues to be priced at RM2.49 a litre, as that set last week. No change of course for RON 95 petrol, which continues on at RM2.08 per litre, the maximum price consumers pay no matter how high market prices push pump prices.

    It’s the same for Euro 2M diesel, which continues to retail at RM2.18 per litre, and Euro 5 diesel – which is 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel – is priced at RM2.28 per litre.

    The finance ministry says that according to Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, RON 95 petrol would be priced at RM2.19 per litre while that for diesel would be at RM2.21 per litre without the price cap in place. The government added that it will absorb an estimated RM47.10 million in fuel subsidy costs for the period of August 17 to 23.

    These prices will remain in effect until August 23, when the next set of fuel pricing adjustments will be announced. This is the 32nd edition of the weekly fuel pricing format, which is announced every Friday. The weekly prices are in effect from Saturday until the following Friday.

  • GALLERY: MINI 60 Years Edition – price from RM256k

    MINI Malaysia recently launched the MINI 60 Years Edition to commemorate the brand’s 60 years of existence, and we now bring you a live gallery of the limited-edition model. Based on the Cooper S 3 Door Hatch, only 60 units will be offered, with each priced from RM255,888 (RM6,000 more than the standard Cooper S 3 Door), on-the-road without insurance.

    The 60 Years Edition can be identified by its black bonnet stripes with Aspen White and British Oak pinstripes, as well as 60 years badging on the side scuttle. There’s also a floor projection of the 60 years logo from the side mirror when the doors are opened.

    Buyers will be able to choose from two exterior colours, with the first being a new British Racing Green specifically recreated for the edition, complete with a Pepper White roof and mirror caps. The second option is a Melting Silver shade, which is paired with a Jet Black roof and mirror caps.

    The car is also specified with the 60 Years Chili equipment pack, with items like LED headlights, LED fog lamps, white turn indicators and LED rear lights in the Union Jack design. The 17-inch 60 Years Spoke two-tone alloy wheels are also exclusive to the model.

    Moving inside, you’re greeted by MINI Yours leather lounge upholstery in Dark Maroon with green contrast stitching. The ’60 Years’ insignia is also found on the corners of the seats, side sills and on the lower spoke of the MINI Yours Walknappa leather sport steering wheel.

    The rest of the kit list consists of a 6.5-inch touchscreen central display, automatic climate control, velour floor mats, Apple CarPlay connectivity, a rear-view camera and a MINI Excitement Package offering ambient lighting adjustment with a choice of 12 colours. Other regulation items include Comfort Access, front/rear Park Distance Control, cruise control with braking function and Performance Control.

    Under the bonnet, there’s a BMW 2.0 litre four-cylinder TwinPower Turbo engine offering 192 hp and 280 Nm of torque. This is mated to a seven-speed DCT Steptronic sports transmission, allowing for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 6.7 seconds and a 235 km/h top speed.

    In celebration of the brand’s 60th anniversary, owners who purchase the edition from now to August 31, 2019 will enjoy coverage under the 60 Months MINI Service + Repair Inclusive programme.

    This will provides owners with 60 months or 80,000 km (whichever comes first) of free scheduled service and 60 months of unlimited mileage warranty. Should you purchase the edition after August 31, the car will be covered by a four-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service.

  • Honda partners with Tealive, Unifi and Astro Radio to give away 9 cars, part of ‘Terima Kasih 900K’ campaign

    Honda Malaysia (HM) has announced a collaboration with Tealive, Unifi and Astro Radio to further boost its Road to 900,000th Unit Milestone campaign. Launched last month, the campaign – which has the tagline “Terima Kasih 900K” – builds towards HM achieving the sales milestone of 900,000 units in the third quarter of 2019.

    The campaign will see lucky Malaysians win nine Honda models. Three of the “free cars” will be given away to participants of contests organised by Astro Radio, Tealive and Unifi.

    “The collaboration with these homegrown brands is a first for HM and will offer more value to Malaysians. It is a gesture of appreciation for the customers’ trust that has helped make each of these brands, including Honda, a sought-after brand in Malaysia. I am pleased to note that we have been receiving encouraging participation, and I believe this campaign will further elevate the joy of owning a Honda car for our customers,” said HM’s MD and CEO Toichi Ishiyama.

    The first winner of the nine Hondas is Mohamad Adib Fida’iy bin Mohamad Hanapi, who only had to snap a photo at a Honda dealership. He will be driving home a top spec Civic 1.5T at the Road to 900,000th Unit Milestone Campaign Grand Event at the end of September.

    “I certainly never expected to win, much less become the first winner in this contest. I have always wanted to own a Civic. It is really a dream come true! I really like the sporty design. The powerful driving performance of this model has also impressed me,” said the incredibly lucky man.

    Eight Honda models are still up for grabs in the campaign, which is running at all 90 Honda dealerships nationwide as well as the nationwide tour that will happen throughout August and September. To participate, register your details through QR code or the campaign’s website before taking part in the activities or contests to earn giveaway tickets. The more tickets collected, the higher the chance to win a car. Good luck!

  • Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X now comes with ‘Flying Sports Bar’ as standard – no price increase

    The 2019 Mitsubishi Triton has been spotted wearing a rather unique looking sports bar on its bed, something that wasn’t there when it was launched earlier this year. Upon enquiry, the “Flying Sports Bar”, as it’s called, has been added to the range topping Triton VGT Adventure X variant since mid year.

    Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) probably called the sports bar that because it appears “floating”, as opposed to being fully stuck on the edges of the truck’s bed. Instead, the sports bar is joined to the bed at two small sections per side. Looks distinctive, that’s for sure.

    MMM says that the Flying Sports Bar is exclusive to the Adventure X trim level, and the sticker price for the top spec 2019 Triton remains unchanged at RM135,200.

    Launched in January, the Dynamic Shield-faced Triton is more than just a facelift. MMC’s one-tonne truck receives a new six-speed automatic gearbox (up from five), and the Super Select 4WD II system with Off-Road Mode and hill descent control. New comfort features include an air circulator with two rear vents on the roof (comes with its own control panel with four fan speeds), rear USB charging ports and soft touch padding in the cockpit.

    The Triton is powered by a 2.4 litre MIVEC turbodiesel with 181 PS and 430 Nm of torque at 2,500 rpm. This engine – which has an aluminium alloy block and variable geometry turbo – is now standard across the Malaysian Triton range (not including the workhorse Triton Quest), which was previously split between the 2.4L MIVEC and the older 2.5L turbodiesel. Also, all five variants are 4×4 now.

    Safety has seen an upgrade as well. Driver assist features such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW with LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Auto High Beam (AHB) and seven airbags are now available on the top-spec Triton Adventure X.


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Last Updated 10 Aug 2019


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