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  • Citroen C5 X crossover debuts – petrol, plug-in hybrid powertrains; Level 2 autonomous driving capability

    Following development car spyshots and an official teaser, the Citroen C5 X has now made its debut as a crossover, departing from the previous generation’s sedan shape. Inspiration for the design of the C5 X came from the CXperience concept that as unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show, says Citroen.

    These are exemplified in the V-shaped light signature at the front and rear of the car, applied to the lifted station wagon/shooting brake silhouette of the C5 X. Measuring 4,805 mm long with a 2,785 mm wheelbase, 1,865 mm wide and 1,485 mm tall, the new Citroen wears a high waistline and a ‘kick’ located above the rear wheels for a lower appearance.

    The tailgate features a load sill for ease of loading luggage, into a luggage compartment that accommodates 545 litres with the rear seats in place, or up to 1,640 litres with the seats folded. The tailgate is motorised, and includes a hands-free function for convenience.

    According to Citroen, the C5 X will be available with internal combustion petrol as well as plug-in hybrid engines, the latter offering a maximum combined output of 225 hp. This is the same peak figure as produced by the 1.6 litre PureTech petrol-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain in the Peugeot 508 Hybrid, and Citroen claims a pure-electric top speed of 135 km/h and range of 50 km – the latter the same as the figure claimed for the Peugeot, which packs a 11.8 kWh lithium-ion battery.

    For reference, the 508 Hybrid is charged through a Type 2 connector, which takes four hours for a full charge from a dedicated 3.3 kW 14 A socket, or one hour 45 minutes when using the optional 6.6 kW 32 A three-phase AC Wallbox charger.

    Citroen aims to recreate the ride comfort of its iconic cars in the C5 X with Advanced Comfort suspension that is fitted as standard, while the PHEV variant gets Advanced Comfort active suspension with a choice of three selectable modes. Here, the Progressive Hydraulic Cushion setup softens the suspension over harsh sections of road, while providing support for cornering. Rolling stock is a set of 19-inch wheels and tyres in ‘tall and narrow’ proportions, according to Citroen.

    Occupant accommodations in the C5 X come courtesy of Advanced Comfort seats, which feature a high-density layer and thickened structured foam in its construction in order for its occupants to feel relaxed, even after the longest journeys, says Citroen.

    Inside, the fully digital driver’s instrumentation is complemented by a large-scale, full-colour Extended Head-Up Display, which Citroen calls a first step towards augmented reality. This aids is providing a more relaxed driving experience as its driver will no longer need to take his or her eyes off the road to acquire information, such as speed, navigation and phone calls, says Citroen.

    Taking centrestage on the dashboard is a 12-inch high-definition touchscreen, offering screen mirroring for smartphones while its interface draws from tablets in enabling access to customisation, settings and display preferences, as well as the use of widgets on its home screen.

    Device connectivity is accommodated with four SUB-C sockets, along with a wireless smartphone charging pad. The infotainment system also features natural voice recognition, with a digital personal assistant that answers questions and executes commands.

    Active safety equipment in the C5 X is made possible by an array of cameras and sensors, which enable Level 2 semi-autonomous driving, says Citroen. The included Highway Driver Assist combines adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go and lane keeping assist, which lets the driver hand over steering and speed control to the vehicle when driving on motorways.

    The suite of active safety systems also includes long-range blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and Top 360 Vision (surround view cameras) which offers an all-around view of the vehicle’s immediate surroundings. Further conveniences include promixity hands-free access and start, which unlocks and locks the doors of the C5 X as the driver approaches or leaves the vehicle.

    The Citroen C5 X goes on sale in Europe from the second half of 2021, with a choice of internal combustion petrol as well as plug-in hybrid powertrains.

  • PDRM’s MyBayar Saman 50% discount for online payment extended till April 15 – pay via portal or app

    The PDRM’s traffic investigation and enforcement department (JSPT) has announced an extension to the 50% discount for summonses paid via MyBayar Saman. The offer was supposed to be from March 25 to April 11, but the last day has been pushed forward to April 15, which is this Thursday.

    The good news is that unlike previous “saman sales”, one does not have to brave the long queues at the main police stations. That’s because MyBayar Saman is a new online initiative, and the 50% discount is an introductory offer of sorts. Paying via MyBayar Saman also means skipping a third party, as you’ll be paying direct to PDRM.

    To use MyBayar Saman, you will need to go to the online portal ( or download the app from Google Play, the Apple App Store or Huawei’s AppGallery. Fill in your particulars as well as the OTP that will be sent to your phone. Then, log in, semak, and choose the summonses that you want to pay off. Choose your payment mode (FPX or credit/debit card), hit the pay button and you’re done. The app has transaction history, too.


  • Toyota BZ electric SUV teased, to be revealed April 19

    It’s safe to say that Toyota has been rather behind the curve on the electric vehicle front, despite having plenty of experience with hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell technology. But the Japanese juggernaut is planning a huge onslaught of zero-emissions cars that are slated to arrive within the next few years, and it’s beginning by teasing the first new model that will be revealed on April 19.

    Slated to make its world premiere at the upcoming Auto Shanghai motor show, the car will be marketed under the Beyond Zero banner, with Toyota having already registered trademarks for BZ1 through BZ5, plus an X suffix for each. The first model is expected to be a mid-size SUV, around the same size as the RAV4.

    The sole teaser image shows a look that’s a departure from the Toyota norm, shorn of a massive lower grille. Instead, there’s a black bar up top joining a pair of sharp headlights with an array of projectors, while a slim centre intake and vertical corner inlets sit below. There also appear to be blacked-out panels below the headlights, although that could just be the lighting of that particular photo.

    No details have been revealed just yet, but the new car will almost certainly be based on the new e-TNGA platform for electric vehicles. The architecture will underpin no less than ten battery electric models that will be introduced from here on out, which will also include a mid-sized crossover and sedan, a large SUV, an MPV and a compact car developed in partnership with Daihatsu and Suzuki.

    By the way, the SUV you see here will spawn a Subaru version as well, as part of an expansion of a partnership that has already sired two generations of the Toyota (GR) 86 and Subaru BRZ. That one won’t arrive so soon, however, as it’s only set to go into production around the middle of the decade.

  • Karamjit Singh aiming for return to Asia-Pacific Rally Championship in 2022 with Cisco Racing in an Iriz R5

    The formation of the Cisco Racing team will serve as a stepping stone for Karamjit Singh, as the “Flying Sikh” is aiming for a return to a bigger stage, the Asia-Pacific Rally Championship (APRC). However, Karamjit will first need to cross a few hurdles before this can come into fruition.

    According to Cisco managing director Rabin Nijhar, round one of the 2021 Malaysian National Rally Championship (MRNC) from June 26-27 will the first stage to determine the relevancy of the partnership with Karamjit. An encouraging result – be it a win or close to winning – will allow Cisco Racing to proceed to the next stage, which is to become the overall MRNC champion this season.

    If these two targets are met, Cisco Racing will set up a platform to welcome assistance from larger parties that not only have the funds, but are more experienced in the world of rallying. With the newfound support, Cisco Racing will then proceed to compete on an international level at the APRC with Karamjit.

    Should everything fall in place, a Proton Iriz R5 is expected to join the team around February or March next year. The rally machine is developed by Mellors Elliot Motorsport (MEM) in the United Kingdom and was responsible for the Group N-winning Proton PERT (Petronas Eon Racing Team) in the FIA Production Car World Rally Championship. The outfit also developed the Satria Neo S2000.

    Rabin noted that for those who are interested to work with Cisco Racing and be involved in this project, they can do so immediately and not have to wait for the first two targets to be met.

    Karamjit has already expressed his interest to compete on an international level previously, and that mission received the support of the ministry of youth and sports. Back in December 2020, it was reported that the ministry will seek sponsors for the RM3 million needed, although this is still ongoing with no good news from either side for now.

    GALLERY: Proton Iriz R5 brochure

  • Sime Darby Auto Selection introduces new extended warranty programme for its pre-owned vehicles

    Sime Darby Auto Selection (SDAS), in collaboration with Guard My Ride (GMR) and RHB insurance, has introduced an extended warranty programme for its pre-owned cars. Vehicles with a mileage of under 140,000 km and are less than eight years old are eligible for the programme, which is available to customers who purchase pre-owned vehicles from SDAS.

    The new programme offers comprehensive warranty coverage as well as repair and service for a number of components, which are:

  • Engine system
  • Rear/front axle
  • Electronic system
  • Transmission oil leaks
  • Steering system
  • Turbo system
  • Braking system
  • Air conditioning system
  • Cooling system
  • Ignition system
  • Fuel system
  • Transmission system
  • The extended warranty programme, which is priced between RM2,200 and RM6,900 per year depending on the vehicle age and type, also offers complimentary towing service to nationwide panel workshops for repair and servicing as well as insurance coverage and insurance underwriting.

    The collaboration will see GMR being the service provider for all the extended warranty claims, towing service and repair work, while RHB insurance is the motor insurance and insurance underwriter provider. The programme can be purchased from SDAS Glenmarie; for more info, visit the SDAS website.

  • Honda to debut EV proto, new PHEV at Auto Shanghai

    Honda has announced its list of exhibits for the Auto Shanghai 2021 show, and there will be some new metal there. By the way, this is an actual live motor show, just like those we used to attend and read about before the pandemic. China has managed to keep Covid at bay, and the Shanghai show will open next week, April 19.

    The Japanese carmaker says that its booth will host the world premiere of a “prototype model of the first Honda-brand electric vehicle in China” as well as the world debut of a new plug-in hybrid model.

    No further info, but when Honda says prototype, it usually is a rather advanced version of an upcoming model, something that isn’t world’s apart from what will hit the showrooms. Could the EV prototype be a development of the SUV e:concept that they showed at the Beijing show in September 2020?

    Then, Honda said the SUV e:concept “will be mass-produced as soon as possible” although it didn’t reveal any powertrain tech or specs. The SUV concept’s interior was designed by Honda China’s young designer team, and it features a rectangular steering wheel, four seats and a large, portrait touchscreen that flows into the floating centre console. Check out the bold two-door SUV here.

    Besides the EV prototype and mystery new PHEV, the H brand and its two local partners GAC Honda and Dongfeng Honda will have the marque’s entire electrified range on show, including regular hybrids, PHEVs and EVs. There will be a tech booth showing off the third-generation Honda Connect system and the company’s omnidirectional ADAS safety and driver assist system.

    At the Beijing show, Honda said that the omnidirectional ADAS system offers improved recognition, prediction and decision-making performance, with new hardware to enable these enhancements. The latter includes widening the front camera angle and adopting a 360-degree radar, allowing the system to detect vehicle peripheral environment more accurately.

    GALLERY: Honda SUV e:concept

  • Karamjit Singh and Cisco Racing to compete in 2021 Malaysian National Rally Championship in a Gen2 4WD

    Cisco Security Academy has announced the formation of its new racing team – Cisco Racing – which will participate in the 2021 Malaysian National Rally Championship (MRNC), with national rally legend Karamjit Singh as its lead driver.

    In December last year, it was reported that Karamjit had to sell his personal Proton Waja in order to purchase a new Saga that would be used as an e-hailing vehicle. The news caught not just the attention of the public, but also Cisco managing director Rabin Nijhar, who decided to reach out to Karamjit. What started out as a simple job offer eventually lead to Cisco Racing being formed.

    “After 2020, I was looking for an exciting opportunity when I came across Karam’s story, and we at Cisco were in a unique position to help. As we come out of the Covid pandemic, Malaysia needs a comeback story to rally behind, and I believe that Karamjit Singh is that story. We are excited to bring Malaysia together to support a true national icon,” said Rabin

    “I’m very passionate about rallying, it’s been my job for nearly thirty years. I’ve been driving professionally since 1988, it was only up until recently that I’ve had trouble finding sponsors but the fact is, I can’t live without rallying. It is my passion and I just want to rally as much as I can and I am really looking forward to this event and getting back into the groove. I’ve missed rallying so much,” commented Karamjit.

    For the upcoming MRNC season, which will kickstart in Sepang from June 26-27, Karamjit will be joined by his long-term and experienced co-driver, Jagdev Singh. “I am absolutely thrilled to get back into the car with Karam and must thank Cisco for giving us the opportunity to get back into competition,” said Jagdev.

    “Karam and I go back a long way and we first partnered back in 1997, representing Proton and Malaysia in the Asia Pacific Rally of China. Since then, we have done many rallies together both locally and internationally, winning nearly every event we entered. I’m certainly looking forward to the first event in June and will put in 100% towards securing a win for us on our return!” he added.

    Karamjit will pilot a Proton Gen2 2.0L Turbo 4WD at the MRNC, which has been in use since 2017. Powered by a Mitsubishi 4G63T engine and four-wheel drive system, it was originally developed in 2007 by Proton, with the national carmaker being the technical partner for the Felda Rally Team at the time. The team was led by Brian Palmer, who was responsible for Proton’s rally machines like the Satria 1.6 Group A that competed in the 1997 WRC Safari Rally and won in the Formula 2WD/A6 category.

    This year marks a revival of sorts for rallying in the country following the end of the Malaysian Rally Championship (MRC) after its 2018 season, with the new MRNC taking its place as the highest national rally competition in Malaysia. The 2021 season originally featured five rounds, with the first set to start in April. However, the pandemic resulted in the first round being cancelled, with round two essentially taking its place.

  • Honda 1 Million Dreams campaign – City, BR-V and HR-V winners from brand collaborations announced

    Honda Malaysia has officially announced the final three winners of its 1 Million Edition cars that were up for grabs in its 1 Million Dreams campaign. The three special edition models, which were prizes in contests organised by brand partners Cuckoo, Shopee and Watsons, were presented to the lucky winners at an event earlier today.

    Megawati Affendi was named by Cuckoo as its winner, and she drove off with the City that was the prize in that particular contest. The Shopee contest winner was Muhammed Faisal Adnan, who won the 1 Million Edition HR-V, while Mohd Aisamuddin Mohd Azilah took home the BR-V after he was named the winner in the Watsons contest.

    The first four winners were announced on March 27 during the company’s 1 Million Dreams Grand Finale Funfair held at Stadium Bukit Jalil. Chuah Sze Yong, Lim Lye-Gaik and Abdul Hakim Mohd Radzi won the special edition Civic, CR-V and Accord respectively, while police officer Shaiful Rezza Abdul Razak took home the 1 Million Edition Jazz that was specifically reserved for frontliners in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.

    All seven one-off models, which celebrate Honda Malaysia’s one millionth vehicle built and sold here since it was established in 2001, are dressed in a Platinum White Pearl exterior, a black roof, black alloy wheels and red accents on the front end, door mirrors and wheels. Inside, there are embossed headrests and a red steering wheel 12 o’clock marker. Also included are 1 Million Dreams exterior and interior badges and a special leather key pouch.

    “Last month, Honda Malaysia reached its one millionth sale unit milestone and celebrated the achievement with all Malaysians. The company presented four of the 1 Million special edition models to the lucky winners at the 1 Million Dreams Grand Finale, and today, I am very privileged to be here celebrating this outstanding achievement with all of you and presenting the final three 1 Million models to the lucky winners from our brand partners,” said Honda Malaysia’s newly-appointed MD and CEO Madoka Chujo.

    “We are happy that the collaboration has curated greater excitement and experience for our customers in their journey of improving their living standards and completing their dream homes. We look forward to greater collaborations like this to inspire more to live healthier and happier,” said Cuckoo International founder and CEO Hoe Kian Choon.

    “The Honda 1 Million Dreams campaign has provided a lucky and loyal Shopee user a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and from a brand they cherish. Being able to make a user’s dream come true further reminds us that strategic partnerships between brands, driven by a common goal, is effective as our customers stand to benefit from our shared efforts,” said Shopee Mall Malaysia head Kenneth Soh.

    “Being the leading health and beauty retailer in the country, rewarding our members have always been one of the initiatives of our loyalty programme. We would like to thank all the Watsons members’ participation and look forward to expanding our collaboration with Honda Malaysia,” said Watsons Malaysia MD Caryn Loh.

    The presentation event held earlier today also saw Honda Malaysia revealing its one millionth customer, Ahmad Sirwan Mat Tuselim, who purchased a Civic. To commemorate the milestone and mark the achievement, Honda Malaysia, together with Cuckoo, Shopee and Watsons, presented Ahmad Sirwan with a token of appreciation in the form of gifts worth more than RM8,000.

    GALLERY: Honda City 1 Million Edition

    GALLERY: Honda HR-V 1 Million Edition
    GALLERY: Honda BR-V 1 Million Edition

  • JPJ offers 70% discount for saman, now till June 11

    In conjunction with JPJ’s 75th anniversary, the road transport department is offering a 70% discount for summonses. This offer is for summonses that are compoundable, and is not for cases that have moved to the courts. The offer is from April 13 to June 11, which is a 60-day window.

    The 70% reduction is for all summonses issued under the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 (Act 334) and Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715), including blacklisted cases. Note that for blacklisted cases, the offender will have to present himself at a JPJ office for a “redocumentation” process, before payment can be made.

    The offer is also extended to summonses that are still active and which compound period is still valid, if payment is made within the offer period. The department says that this offer is to reduce the financial burden of the rakyat, which has been affected by the economic issues brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    JPJ summonses can be paid at the department’s offices and branches, UTC outlets, kiosks and online.

  • ACE 2021 – drive home a Lexus UX with immediate delivery and SST rebates, plus RM2,550 in vouchers!

    We’re counting down the days to the Auto Car Expo 2021, co-sponsored by Carsome – the sales-driven car expo for mainstream brands is happening this weekend, April 17 and 18 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). While the show is primarily for more affordable carmakers, there will also be a few premium marques on display, with one of those being Lexus.

    If you’re looking for an edgy, yet luxurious Japanese crossover, look no further than to the Lexus UX, with ready units available for immediate delivery. As such, you’ll be able to take advantage of the sales and services tax (SST) rebate, with prices starting from as low as RM236,443.50.

    Lexus joins a great selection of premium brands available at ACE, which also includes BMW and MINI. Looking for something a bit more budget-friendly? The range of mainstream brands are healthy to say the least, with Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Toyota and Volkswagen all present.

    Find something you like while visiting ACE? You’ll be able to test drive and purchase your ideal car, whether new or pre-owned. What’s more, you’ll be able to take full advantage of SST exemptions for even greater savings. You’ll also get to check out some interesting MSF Racing cars on display!

    And that’s not all. In addition to the promotions from participating brands at the event, you’ll also be able to enjoy the various deals being offered by For a start, the first 200 customers to book a new car will receive a RM2,550 combined voucher.

    This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher. On top of all this, confirmed bookings will enter you into a lucky draw that can win you prizes that include ten mobile phones worth RM2,300 each and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    As we are still amid a global pandemic, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be tested to ensure their body temperature is below 37.4ºC before they are allowed to enter. You will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and enter your details for contact tracing purposes.

    For added safety, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields on top of the usual masks. All major touch points, including the display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. We will provide hand sanitisers at the event, and we also highly encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Additionally, we will impose a strict maximum limit of 1,200 people in the venue space at any one time. We made the decision to go lower than SCCC’s allowed cap of 1,700 people under the current government SOPs (50% of venue capacity) to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Once inside, visitors will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Children aged 12 below and senior citizens aged 60 and above will also not be allowed to enter.

    Click here for more details on ACE 2021. Are you excited for the event? We know we are, and we can’t wait to see you there very soon!

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