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  • 2018 Jaguar XJR575 – 575 PS, 700 Nm, 0-100 in 4.4s

    Jaguar has introduced the 2018 model year Jaguar XJ, and the luxury sedan range is now topped by a new model teased at the recent Goodwood Festival of Speed – the Jaguar XJR575. Jaguar Land Rover’s 5.0 litre supercharged V8 engine now puts out 575 PS and 700 Nm of torque, which is 25 PS more than in the XJR. 0-100 km/h is done in 4.4 seconds and top speed is 300 km/h.

    Exterior details include a rear spoiler, side sills, front bumper and lower air intakes featuring Gloss Black surrounds. Updated XJR575 exterior badging and twin bonnet louvres mark the vehicle out from the rest of the range while 20-inch Farallon gloss-black wheels with red painted brake calipers wrap it up.

    Inside, the XJR575 features bespoke embossed tread plates, 575 intaglio and diamond-quilted seating available in Jet/Jet and Ivory/Jet colour options and finished with additional 575 branding.

    Available in the standard wheelbase form, XJR575 customers will be able to choose between two bespoke exterior colour finishes created by JLR Special Vehicle Operations – Velocity Blue and Satin Corris Grey.

    For 2018MY, the XJ range features a number of tech upgrades. With the limo, one gets 4G WiFi capability for up to eight devices, a larger Touch Pro 10-inch touchscreen on the centre console (with pinch and zoom functions), Forward Traffic Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Driver Condition Monitoring, among other things.

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  • MRT Corp, Rapid Rail to find ways to reduce vandalism

    The recent acts of vandalism on facilities of the newly-launched Phase 2 of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang MRT line has spurred action from the Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) – the company said it is working with operator Rapid Rail to find a way to fix the issue, according to The Sun.

    Director of strategic communications and stakeholder relations Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah also urged Malaysians to be more civic conscious and take better care of public property, because the company would otherwise have to waste unnecessary funds and time on repairs.

    “Everyone should be proud of this new facility and should play their part in looking after the facilities. Use them carefully and think of the next person who has to use them,” he said, adding that there are ongoing investigations to identify the suspects involved in the incidents, as well as the cost of the damages.

    Najmuddin previously posted on Facebook about his disappointment regarding the vandalised facilities at the Merdeka, Bukit Bintang and Maluri stations, saying, “So many scratches on benches and walls. Damages in toilets – a toilet in an OKU [bathroom] was broken two days ago.”

  • New Suzuki Swift Sport – first official photo released

    Suzuki has released the first official photo for the all-new Swift Sport, which is set to make its debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

    In terms of visuals, the car distinguishes itself from the standard Swift thanks to a new front bumper that no longer sees the fog lamps being linked together. The face also features a new intake and wider grille, the latter sporting a wave-like mesh rather than a honeycomb design.

    Beyond this frontal view, Suzuki did not reveal any further information about the performance-focused Swift, although previous reports have hinted at a car that will tip the scales at around 870 kg, which is 200 kg less than the previous-gen Swift Sport.

    Where the regular Swift is available with either a K10C 1.0 litre Boosterjet turbocharged three-cylinder or K12C 1.2 litre twin-injector Dualjet NA four-cylinder, the Swift Sport could get a more powerful 1.4 litre BoosterJet four-pot from the Vitara S.

    We’ll have to wait until the Frankfurt Motor Show to find out just what the new Swift Sport’s specifications will look like. For now, what do you think of Suzuki’s latest hot hatch?

    GALLERY: Fourth-generation Suzuki Swift

  • Gov’t proposes e-call device for all new vehicles in Malaysia from January 2019 – MAA urges deferment

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has called on the government to defer the mandatory implementation of emergency call devices until the industry is ready. The plan has proposed the devices to be implemented on all newly-registered vehicle starting from 2019.

    Details of the proposed emergency call equipment are scarce, except that it is to come from one as-yet unnamed Malaysian supplier, an arrangement MAA president Datuk Aishah Ahmad has called ‘ridiculous’ because of possible major complications should there be any issues arising from that single supplier.

    This is due to anticipated increases in eventual car prices if the e-call devices are implemented, as well as a lack of confirmed regulations and device specifications for the e-call device, she added.

    The installation of the e-call devices into new motor vehicles can be very costly, said the MAA. This is due to the increase in excise duty, import tax and GST which will in turn increase the overall cost and subsequently the on-the-road price of a vehicle if the device is considered part of a vehicle, the association said.

    It added that such a move would defeat efforts towards reducing car prices gradually in Malaysia, which was promised by the ruling government during the 13th General Election. The proposed January 2019 implementation also allows for too little lead time for the industry to comply, and there are also concerns that the benefits of the system will only be tangible when the necessary infrastructure is in place.

    A comprehensive and holistic study is required to justify the mandatory implementation of the e-call service in Malaysia, MAA said in a statement. This study should include an analysis of road fatalities in Malaysia, and of any deficiencies in the notification of or response by emergency response teams, in order to support the proposal for the devices’ implementation.

    To date, Russia is the only country known to have a similar setup in place – should this proposal receive the green light, Malaysia will be the second country globally to have emergency call devices installed in road-going vehicles.

    The MAA also recommended that the e-call service and devices not be made mandatory for new vehicles in Malaysia.

  • Malaysia vehicle sales data for June 2017 by brand

    The Malaysian Automotive Association has released new vehicle sales data for the month of June 2017, and it appears that the automotive industry couldn’t quite sustain the momentum it built up in May – which saw an 18% increase in sales thanks to new car launches and Hari Raya promos.

    It’s not such a big gap, however, with sales last month of 50,275 units only being down 0.6%, or 325 units, compared to May. Of more concern is the 12% dip vis-à-vis June 2016, which corresponds to a difference of 7,087 units; even so, the year-to-date figure of 284,461 units still shades the 275,483 vehicles that were registered in the same period last year, by 3%.

    Market leader Perodua had a strong month, its sales having gone up 3.5% or 610 units to 17,821 units. It’s the same story for Proton as well, which enjoyed a marginal increase of 0.7% or 49 units to 7,225 units, enabling it to retain a solid third position in the local market.

    The non-national leaders haven’t fared so well – second-placed Honda recorded a drop of 3.8% or 345 units to 8,808 units, down from 9,153 units the month before. But that’s nothing compared to Toyota, which saw sales plummet 12.2% or 742 units to 5,330 units. Nissan rounded off the top five with sales amounting to 2,738 units, up by 3.3%.

    On the premium side, Mercedes-Benz continues to lead with 1,241 vehicles sold, a healthy 14.1% increase compared to the month before, while BMW shifted 8.4% more vehicles to end the month with 925 units to its name. Elsewhere, it’s been a great month for Audi (+42.3%), Volkswagen (+34.7) and Mitsubishi (+26.8%), although it hasn’t been so good for Lexus (-31.3%), Ford (-16.7%), Subaru (-13.0%) and Peugeot (-13.1%).

    Click on the table below to view an enlarged version.

  • Same TnG card must be used throughout journey to enjoy flat parking rate at MRT Park and Ride facilities

    Commuters who are planning to use the Park and Ride facilities at MRT stations must use the same Touch ‘n Go (TnG) card throughout their journey to enjoy the RM4.30 per entry parking rate.

    This was clarified by Mass Rapid Transit Corporation (MRT Corp) after several complaints from users where they weren’t charged the RM4.30 per entry rate, and had to pay the hourly rate despite using the MRT service.

    “The same card used to enter the Park and Ride has also to be used at the fare gates of the station before boarding the MRT train because this is the only way that we can differentiate who has parked and ridden on the train, and who has not,” said Datuk Najmuddin Abdullah, MRT Corp strategic communications and stakeholder relations director, in an official statement.

    Therefore, MRT users who wanted the flat parking rate have to ‘tap in’ and ‘tap out’ at the same station with Park and Ride facilities. “We have had instances where a user took the train at a station attached to a Park and Ride, and then returned to the park and ride by bus This will result in the standard hourly rate being charged,” said Najmuddin.

    Commuters should also note there is a two-hour time limit between exiting the final MRT station and exiting the Park and Ride parking facility. Therefore, those who go on a MRT joy ride without disembarking at any station other than the one they originally started from would not enjoy the flat rate.

    To ensure commuters are aware of such guidelines, more signboards will be erected at corresponding Park and Ride locations where the RM4.30 flat rate is applicable.

    This includes the Sungai Buloh, Phileo Damansara, Maluri, Taman Midah, Taman Suntex, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Bukit Dukung and Sungai Jernih stations. All other parking facilities along the Sungai-Buloh Kajang MRT Line are owned and controlled by external parties.

  • Mitsubishi reveals next-gen MPV ahead of GIIAS 2017 – 1.5L MIVEC engine, seven seats, keyless operation

    At long last, Mitsubishi has unveiled the first official photos of the production version of the Mitsubishi XM Concept. The carmaker isn’t ready to reveal the model’s official name just yet (reportedly called the Expander), and has labeled it as its “next-generation MPV” in the meantime.

    Said to offer the best of both MPV and SUV worlds (a la Honda BR-V), the model offers seating for up to seven occupants spread across three rows. Despite competing in the “Low MPV” segment, the interior certainly appears to have an upmarket feel to it.

    From what we can see, the dashboard’s design scheme is largely made up of surfaces finished in beige, accompanied by a black upper dash and touches of faux wood, silver and gloss black trim.

    This multi-colour approach is also applied to the doors, but the seats are upholstered in beige fabric instead. Unlike the concept’s free-standing infotainment display, the one on the finished product is integrated into the centre stack (likely only for higher variants). Even though we weren’t provided with more photos of the interior, Mitsubishi claims the MPV will offer generous cabin and luggage space, the former further supported by convenient access to the third-row seats.

    Stepping out of the vehicle, the bold front end that was present on the concept appears to be carried over, albeit with production-ready revisions. The brand’s Dynamic Shield face sees the adoption of a triple-tier lighting arrangement, with the upper area being taken up by LED daytime running lights and thick-slat grille.

    Meanwhile, the main halogen reflector headlamps occupy the outside of the ‘X’ design, and are certainly generously proportioned. The lower apron doesn’t have the concept’s large skid plates, and instead accommodates the car’s fog lamps and front brush guard.

    The rear also appears to be a carbon copy of the concept, also featuring the ‘X’ look, although there isn’t a two-tone paint scheme. The sculptured taillights also come with conventional graphics here, but you still get the floating roof look courtesy of the blacked-out section of the D-pillars.

    In terms of dimensions, the Expander measures 4,475 mm long, 1,750 mm wide and 1,700 tall. The carmaker says the first two figures “surpass many competitors without getting unwieldy,” and the MPV is “wider and larger than common MPVs in its class.”

    However, Mitsubishi did not reveal the vehicle’s wheelbase, but did quote a class-leading ground clearance of 205 mm. By comparison, the BR-V has a ground clearance of 201 mm, with a length of 4,456 mm, width of 1,735 mm and height of 1,666 mm. The BR-V has a wheelbase spanning 2,662 mm, so we’d expect the new Mitsubishi MPV to be within proximity.

    On the specifications front, a 1.5 litre MIVEC four-cylinder petrol engine provides the motivation, paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic that sends drive to the front wheels.

    The vehicle will also come with keyless operation, which can also remotely turn on the LED lights on at the touch of a button, something that should come in handy in a car park. Furthermore, the headlights come with a welcome home, remaining on for 30 seconds when exiting the car at night.

    Full details of Mitsubishi’s next-gen MPV will be revealed later on August 10, when it makes its first public debut during the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS). The MPV is set to be launched in Indonesia in fall of 2017 (priced around 189-246 million rupiah (RM60k-79k), and will be produced at the company’s new Indonesian factory in Bekasi Prefecture, West Java Province.

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept at IIMS 2017

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept official images

  • Malaysia auto sales – TIV 3% up at 2017 halfway point

    Figures released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) show that a total of 50,275 vehicles were sold in Malaysia in June 2017. This is 0.6% or 325 units lower than the number of cars sold in May 2017. It is also 12% or 7,087 units lower than the same month in 2016, largely due to a short working month with the Hari Raya holidays.

    This set of figures also show us the industry’s report card at the halfway point of 2017. With six months gone, the total industry volume (TIV) is 3% higher than in the first half of 2016 – with 284,461 versus 275,483 units. MAA’s TIV forecast for 2017 is flat growth of 1.7% to 590,000 units, so things are very much on track if the momentum is maintained in the second half.

    The automotive club expects sales in July to hover around June levels, with delays in the vehicle registration process due to uncertainties arising from the liberalisation of motor insurance expected to have an effect.

  • GALLERY: 2017 Honda City Hybrid in Malaysia, RM89k

    Announced by Honda Malaysia (HM) last week, here’s the new 2017 Honda City Hybrid in the metal. The sedan sister to the Honda Jazz Hybrid will only reach dealerships by mid August – this is a media preview at HM’s Hari Raya open house.

    Malaysia is the only market outside of Japan to introduce the Jazz Hybrid, and it’s the same with this City Hybrid, which is called the Grace Hybrid in Japan. The JDM sedan was launched earlier this month. As previously explained, this unique situation is due to our country’s Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) incentives as well as the public’s high market acceptance of hybrid cars.

    Honda was a hybrid pioneer when launching the Civic Hybrid here 10 years ago, and the 2011-2013 “golden era” of tax-free CBU hybrids saw the company introduce the Insight, CR-Z, Civic Hybrid and Jazz Hybrid in Malaysia. The latter was also sold as a CKD model in 2012, when it became the first locally assembled hybrid car. By the end of 2013, Honda had 55% share of the local hybrid market, before the tax-free CBU hybrid window closed. With this new hybrid duo, HM is back at it again.

    The City Hybrid shares the same hybrid powertrain as the Jazz Hybrid. That means a Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that combines a 1.5 litre engine with idle stop, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox with an integrated electric motor, a lithium-ion hybrid battery and an electric driven compressor.

    The engine used here isn’t the one found in the regular City facelift, but a unique Atkinson cycle DOHC i-VTEC unit with 110 PS and 134 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Combined with a 30 PS (22 kW)/160 Nm electric motor, the system produces a combined 137 PS and 170 Nm of torque, as per the Jazz Hybrid.

    At 1,188 kg, the hybrid is 76 kg heavier than the City V, but the electrified variant has significantly more reserves than the regular 1.5L City’s 120 PS and 145 Nm.

    Honda claims that the Sport Hybrid i-DCD (Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive) system delivers performance equal to that of a conventional 1.8 litre naturally-aspirated engine (the Civic 1.8 makes just 4 PS/4 Nm more), with much lower fuel consumption. The claimed official figures are 4.0 litres per 100 km for the Jazz Hybrid and 3.9 litres per 100 km for the City Hybrid.

    For an in-depth look at the Sport Hybrid i-DCD system, and how it differs from Honda’s previous Integrated Motor Assist hybrid system, click here.

    The City’s sedan body with a 536-litre boot aside (no reduced capacity for the hybrid, but it has a temporary repair kit in place of a spare tyre), technical differences from the Jazz Hybrid include 16-inch wheels with 185/55R16 tyres (175/65R15 on the Jazz) and a larger turning radius of 5.7 metres (versus 5.6 m).

    On the equipment front, the City Hybrid has slightly more kit than the cheaper RM87,500 Jazz Hybrid. The sedan gets a shark fin antenna, chrome door handles, auto folding wing mirrors, rear air con vents, steering paddle shifters and a rear armrest with cupholders. All the above are not offered with the Jazz Hybrid, as are remote trunk release and rear USB ports.

    It’s not the range topping City though. At RM89,200 on-the-road without insurance, the City Hybrid is priced and specced between the RM82,030 mid-spec E and the RM89,240 top-spec V. This is the same positioning HM used for the Jazz facelift range.

    As the one below the range topper, the City Hybrid lacks the City V’s LED headlamps and foglamps, leather seats/steering/gear knob and curtain airbags (leaving four bags, dual front and side). Of course, it does get some unique-to-hybrid items such as a special instrument panel display and a hybrid-specific stubby gear lever.

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    You can tell a City Hybrid from a City E by the hybrid’s 16-inch rims (like the V), LED tail lamps (like the V) and Hybrid badges on the boot and sides. There are no fog lamps here, though (the V comes with LED fog lamps).

    Colour options are Lunar Silver Metallic, Modern Steel Metallic and White Orchid Pearl (unique to the City Hybrid; RM120 option). The City Hybrid comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with 10,000 km service intervals, as per the regular City. As with HM’s other hybrids, there’s an additional eight-year warranty for the lithium-ion hybrid battery.

    The City and Jazz Hybrids are CKD locally-assembled in Melaka. Production of the City Hybrid has already started and it will be available at selected dealerships for test drives from mid August. The Jazz Hybrid is already available for viewing at selected showrooms. Click on the charts above for the list of showrooms with hybrid test units.

  • Mitsubishi’s new ‘small crossover MPV’ shows its face

    Ahead of its official world debut at the 2017 Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) in August, a leaked photo of Mitsubishi’s upcoming “small crossover MPV” has found its way online courtesy of Autonetmagz.

    Mitsubishi has already provided several teaser images of the production version of the Mitsubishi XM Concept, reportedly called the Mitsubishi Expander. They depict a vehicle that retains plenty of the striking details that were present on the concept, most notably the sculpted front end.

    The leaked photo gives us our first look at the model’s face, which features a two-tier lighting setup, where the upper section appears to be LED positioning/daytime running lights. Mitsubishi’s signature Dynamic Shield is present here, and isolates the main halogen reflector headlights from the LED units and lower fog lamps.

    Other details that are visible include the thick slats for the grille that connects the LED units, main air intakes below the number plate holder and chrome trim pieces that outline the Dynamic Shield. Among the cues from the concept that didn’t make it into production are the front skid plates (now a full bumper with fog lamps) and the light bars on the upper grille.

    Set to compete in the “Low MPV” segment in Indonesia, the Expander (should it be called that) will rub shoulders with popular nameplates like the Toyota Avanza, Daihatsu Xenia, Honda Mobilio and Suzuki Ertiga. The Expander will be produced at Mitsubishi’s new factory in Bekasi, West Java.

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept at IIMS 2017

    GALLERY: Mitsubishi XM Concept official images


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