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  • Honda M’sia 17th Anniversary promo, up to RM15k off

    It’s the end of the year, the season for shopping and great deals. Here’s Honda Malaysia attempting to lure carbuyers with its 17th Anniversary promotion, which offers a “year end bonus” plus “low instalment” or a straightforward “cash option”. The deals are valid in the month of December and are worth up to RM15,000.

    That headline amount is for the only CBU imported car in the list, the Honda Odyssey. Elsewhere, B-segment buyers can opt for the Jazz (petrol or hybrid) with RM5,500 off, or the booted City (also with a hybrid option) with RM4,000 off. Incentives for the Civic and Accord are RM4,000 and RM9,000 respectively.

    Looking for an SUV? The entry-level seven-seater BR-V comes with a RM5,500 rebate, while the HR-V and CR-V will both come with RM4,000 rebates. There’s also a year end giveaway contest where 100 Honda buyers will take home an iPad Pro or LED TV.

     
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  • December 2017 week three fuel prices – down again

    It’s Wednesday again, and it’s one that will be all that sweeter for motorists because for the second week in a row fuel prices are going down after reaching record levels in November.

    From tomorrow, December 14, RON 95 will cost four sen less at RM2.25 per litre (down from RM2.29 per litre last week), while RON 97 will be down five sen at RM2.52 per litre (down from RM2.57).

    Meanwhile, the price of Euro 2 diesel will be one sen lower at RM2.20 (down from RM2.21), and Euro 5 diesel – always higher by 10 sen over Euro 2M – at RM2.30 per litre. These prices take effect from 12.01am until December 20, when the next round of fuel prices will be announced.

    This is the 38th weekly fuel pricing update since the system’s implementation on March 30. Compared to March 2017 prices, which was the last month before weekly pricing came into effect, RON 95 is down by five sen (from RM2.30 per litre) and RON 97 by eight sen (from RM2.60 per litre), while Euro 2M diesel is back to level (RM2.20 per litre).

     
  • Hyundai Kona receives five-star ANCAP safety rating

    The Hyundai Kona has been awarded a five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The rating applies to all variants of the B-segment SUV sold in Australia and New Zealand from September this year.

    In the frontal offset test, the Kona managed to score 14.07 out of 16 possible points, with the passenger compartment holding its shape. Pedal and steering wheel displacements were also well controlled, according to an official report.

    Moving on, the model achieved perfect scores in the side impact test (16 out of 16 points) as well as the pole test (two out of two points). Whiplash protection was also rated as ‘Good’, while pedestrian protection is ‘Acceptable’.

    All these, along with a full seat belt reminder score of three out of three, contribute to a total overall score of 35.07 out of 37 possible points – enough for a five-star rating.

    For the New Zealand market, six airbags (dual front, side and curtain), blind spot monitoring (BSM), lane support systems (LSS), and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) all come as standard on the Kona. However, the last item is an optional extra on the Australian base variant.

     
  • Mazda Festive Carnival – demo units from RM65,000

    From now until December 31, 2017, Bermaz Motor will hold its nationwide Mazda Festive Carnival, with exclusive deals, lucky dip and instant gifts for those who sign up for any Mazda vehicle.

    Also available are Mazda 2 and CX-5 demo units, with prices starting from RM65,000 for the B-segment model. Meanwhile, demo CX-5s can be had from as low as RM110,000.

    New Mazda owners will receive a five-year/100,000 km warranty as well as a three-year/60,000 km free scheduled maintenance (including labour and parts). Only the BT-50 pick-up truck retains the previous three-year warranty coverage.

     
  • Tesla Model S gains Novitec personalisation, tuning

    German tuning and accessories company Novitec has released tuning parts and accessories for the Tesla Model S, which apply to both the car’s exterior as well as under its skin.

    For post-2016 facelifted Model S, there is a body kit finished in naked carbon-fibre, which comprises a front spoiler lip, rocker panels, rear spoiler lip and a diffuser. All the parts are aerodynamically optimised, says Novitec. So too are the Novitec NV2 21-inch wheels, made with wheel specialists Vossen, featuring slanted spokes which are “always in an aerodynamically optimal position relative to the airflow.”

    The changes don’t end with the wheels – which are available in 72 different colour finishes – as personalised wheels tend to go with at least a tweak in ride height. To this end, a coilover suspension kit is available for cars without air suspension, and the coilover kit allows variation of the car’s ride height by up to 40 mm, with Comfort, Normal and Sport settings for the dampers. Cars with air suspension fitted, meanwhile, can have the Novitec suspension module fitted which will reduce the ride height by 25 mm.

    Better stopping performance is available courtesy of a carbon-ceramic high performance brake kit comprising 380 mm x 34 mm vented discs with six-piston calipers for the front axle, and 360 mm x 28 mm discs with four-piston calipers for the rear axle. These can be had as a set or for the fronts only.

    The interior hasn’t been left out, with a range of leather or Alcantara upholstery and trim options available. There are even options for the layout and stitching of trim. What do you think of this kit for the American, all-electric car, dear readers?

     
  • Toyota and Panasonic eyeing joint EV battery business

    Toyota and Panasonic have just announced an agreement to begin studying the feasibility of a joint automotive prismatic battery business. It’s intended to address the growing demand and expectations for electrified vehicles. Both Japanese giants are targeting further advancements in automotive batteries, which is the heart of an EV.

    Hybrid champion Toyota is no stranger to green technology, but like many carmakers, it was caught slightly flat-footed by the current electric wave. The company is now working on the development of a full range of environmentally friendly vehicles including hybrids, plug-in hybrids, fuel-cell vehicles and EVs. Toyota previously bet on hydrogen-powered FCVs like the Mirai being the future, instead of EVs.

    Panasonic has positioned automotive lithium-ion batteries as one of its key businesses, and the firm’s EV batteries are used by many automakers worldwide (it’s currently the market leader). The electronics company is making efforts to further enhance the safety and capacity of its automotive prismatic batteries.

    Toyota and Panasonic, which started their business relationship in 1953, recognise the importance that further advancements in battery performance, price and safety, as well as a stable supply capacity, will be crucial in the popularisation of EVs. Recently, Toyota got into an agreement to jointly develop basic structural technologies for electric vehicles with Mazda and Denso.

     
  • Ares Project Panther – a modern take on an Italian icon

    Italian coachbuilder Ares Design has unveiled its latest project, which marries the underpinnings of the modern Lamborghini Huracan with styling inspired by the classic De Tomaso Pantera.

    It is called Project Panther, and will enter production in 2018 at the company’s new Modena factory. Placed under the ‘Bespoke Creations’ service, the Panther will be built in very limited numbers, which isn’t surprising given the complex nature of commissioned builds.

    The reimagined bodywork you see here is the work of Ares Design’s in-house design team, led by Mihai Panatescu, and retains elements of the Ghia-designed original (pictured below). Modern touches include LED daytime running lights for the pop-up headlights, strongly tapered lines and what is likely functional aerodynamics.

    Elsewhere, the large, carbon-fibre engine cover meets up with the car’s grated taillights, while the lower apron accommodates the quad tailpipe setup. A set of Pirelli P Zero tyres with Formula 1-esque coloured strips are also found here here.

    As mentioned at the start, the Huracan will be used as the Panther’s base, including the mid-mounted 5.2-litre V10 engine paired with a dual-clutch automatic gearbox and all-wheel drive system. Performance figures are non-existent for now, and will likely be provided at a later date.

    “We started Ares three years ago with unprecedented demand to work on the personalisation of clients’ cars, and have satisfied well over 200 customers with unique interiors, exterior design elements, bodywork engineering and performance upgrades,” said Dany Bahar, founder and CEO of Ares Design.

    “Our new facility in Modena works perfectly for the growing market of special requests from car enthusiasts and Project Panther is the first of a portfolio of cars – and other surprises – that we will be presenting at an official opening in January,” he added.

    According to the company, a series of images of the Panther have already been shown in private to clients, enough for a number of them to place their deposits. Official sales of the model will begin in the second half of 2018, with prices likely well beyond the reach of most people.

     
  • AD: TintNOW.my promo – get goodies worth RM200!

    Malaysia’s first ever on-demand car tint website, TintNOW.my is having a special promo for the holiday season. Each purchase from now till January 31, 2018 will come with goodies worth a total of RM200 – a RM100 Touch N’Go card and a RM100 Petron fuel card which are essential for your balik kampung trips.

    This promo extends to all car tint packages purchased on TintNOW.my, right down to the entry-level options which start from RM550. TintNOW.my is the only car tint website that allows you to select your preferred car tint package and pay online. TintNOW.my will then collect your car, carry out the tint installation and return car your safely back to you. All this can be done from the comfort of your home or office – you only need to lift your finger, we will do the rest.

    TintNOW.my helps solve the key issues associated with car tinting: having the time to send your car in. This all-online service, brought you by paultan.org, features five main benefits:

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  • Head over to TintNOW.my to enjoy this special promo today, while stocks last. All major credit cards and bank transfer are accepted, and the website is also mobile friendly.

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  • VIDEO: How Volvo overcomes turbo lag in its engines

    Turbo lag, or the delay between summoning acceleration via the car’s throttle and the response from the engine, is a perennial challenge for engineers developing turbocharged engines. With the latest PowerPulse engine from Volvo, the Swedish brand claims to have found a solution to turbo lag, and a simple one at that.

    Put simply, the turbocharger draws energy from exhaust gases which drives one turbine connected to another on the intake side, which forces a denser intake charge – hence, forced induction – for more oxygen and eventually higher engine outputs.

    Because it takes time for the turbocharger to spool up from a state of lower engine revolutions and thus lower exhaust gas flow rates, there will be a delay between throttle input and engine response, which is what we know as turbo lag.

    Volvo’s solution here for its turbodiesel engine is to have a tank of compressed air fed by an electrically driven air compressor, fed from the air intake filter. This compressed air awaits throttle input, and is then injected into the exhaust manifold side of the turbocharger to help spool up the turbine.

    For its forced-induction petrol engines, Volvo employs both supercharging and turbocharging to eliminate turbo lag. Here, the mechanical supercharger takes the role of the electric air compressor in the aforementioned turbodiesel, as it spools up more instantly than the exhaust-driven turbocharger. In the T8 Twin Engine variants, any lag in response is further alleviated by the presence of electric drive assistance.

    The presence of Volvo’s air compressor-assisted turbocharger is made possible by the increasing electrification of its models, with modular battery packs that will fit the company’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) and Scalable Platform Architecture (SPA) platforms.

     
  • FIRST LOOK: Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo

    Recently, Porsche distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance previewed the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo in Malaysia ahead of its official launch sometime next year. We were on hand to deliver a walk-around video tour of Zuffenhausen’s first ever wagon, which you can watch above.

    We know that the Sport Turismo will be offered in base Panamera 4 and plug-in 4 E-Hybrid trims, along with the car you see here, the range-topping (for now, at least) Turbo. Although pricing information has yet to be released, the standard Panamera four-door already retails at a cool RM1.55 million for the Turbo, so expect a relatively modest price increase for the extra space.

    Tacking Sport Turismo at the end gets you completely new bodywork aft of the B-pillar, with an elongated window line, an equally long roof contour and a sweeping rear windscreen, plus a prominent D-pillar that transitions into the shoulder section coupé style. There’s also a extendible roof spoiler, which generates up to 50 kg of downforce on the rear axle and also reduces drag and wind noise with the panoramic roof open.

    Inside, the Sport Turismo is available with a centre rear seat for the first time on a Panamera, and can also be specified with two individual power-adjustable rear pews. Open the boot and you’ll find 20 litres of additional luggage space, at 520 litres for the petrol variants and 425 litres for the 4 E-Hybrid. With the seats folded, this can be expanded to 1,390 litres (1,295 litres for the plug-in hybrid).

    Other than that, the Sport Turismo is identical to the sedan, with the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system sporting a 12.3-inch touchscreen, forming part of the digital Porsche Advanced Cockpit that also includes touch-sensitive controls with haptic feedback. There’s also a range of driver assists including Porsche InnoDrive with adaptive cruise control.

    The range of engines include a 330 PS/450 Nm 3.0 litre turbo V6 in the Panamera 4, which is paired with a 136 PS electric motor in the 4 E-Hybrid to produce a total system output of 462 PS and 700 Nm of torque. The Turbo gains a 4.0 litre biturbo V8 that punches out 550 PS and a whopping 770 Nm, enabling it to blitz the zero-to-100 km/h benchmark in 3.6 seconds before topping out at 304 km/h.

    All models get Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, plus rear-wheel steering, adaptive air suspension with new three-chamber technology and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dampers. Also equipped are the enhanced Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control Sport (PDCC Sport), Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) and active roll stabilisation, as well as electromechanical power steering.

    But enough writing – watch as our man Hafriz Shah takes you through the ins and outs of the new Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo, and let us know what you think in the comments after the jump.

     
 

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