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  • 2018 Perodua Myvi dimensions compared to its rivals

    One of the big questions concerning the new Perodua Myvi is where the car sits in relation to other vehicles on the market. The first two generations of Malaysia’s most popular model sat in the awkward space between the A- and B-segment, and with the introduction of the significantly longer and wider third generation, we wondered if it has finally moved into the class above.

    To find out if it has, we’ve prepared a table comparing the dimensions of the new car versus the main B-segment competition, including its fiercest rival, the Proton Iriz. We’ve also included the previous-generation Myvi as well as the smaller Axia, for good measure. Do note that the measurements for the Volkswagen Polo and Ford Fiesta are for the previous-generation models, as the latest ones have yet to be sold in Malaysia.

    As you can see, the Myvi, measuring 3,895 mm long, 1,735 mm wide and 1,515 mm tall, is now smack in the centre of the B-segment hatchback market, with most dimensions within tens of millimetres of other vehicles. Notably, it’s one of the widest here, shaded only by the Peugeot 208, although its 2,440 mm wheelbase – shared with the outgoing model – is the shortest compared to the others.

    Compared to the old car, the new one is a massive 210 mm longer and 70 mm wider, but the 55 mm lower height gives it a sleeker profile, albeit at the expense of headroom. The increase in size also gives the Myvi breathing room above the Axia, as it is now 225 mm longer, 115 mm wider and 5 mm taller. The 277 litre boot is also 69 litres larger than the outgoing model and 17 litres larger than the Axia.

    Next to the Iriz, the new Myvi is 10 mm shorter, 15 mm wider and 35 mm lower and has a 115 mm shorter wheelbase, so the Proton still has the size advantage; however, its boot is dwarfed by the 62 litre larger boot of the Perodua. Given that the old Myvi already had a larger interior than the Iriz, expect the new one to widen that gulf still further.

    To recap, the new third-generation Myvi has been designed completely in house featuring greater sophistication, equipment levels and safety. Longer, wider but lower than before, it gets items such as standard-fit LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start and stability control, as well as an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader, up to six airbags and autonomous emergency braking.

    Power comes from new 1.3 and 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engines from the Toyota NR family. The smaller 1NR-VE is the same engine found on the Bezza, and it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 2NR-VE, on the other hand, has been lifted from the Toyota Vios, and it produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed auto is on offer.

    What do you think of the new look? Sound off in the comments after the jump. You can also read our comprehensive launch report as well as our first impressions review.

    GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

     
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  • Petronas new points scheme for Mesra loyalty programme – up to 3x as many points as competition

    Petronas has announced a new points structure for its Mesra loyalty programme, where customers now stand to receive three Mesra points for every litre of fuel purchased from Petronas. All types of fuel from the national fuel company are eligible, including Petronas Primax 95 and 97, as well as Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 and Euro 2.

    The Mesra card scheme offers more points in return than other brands, Petronas suggests, where 100 litres purchased will bring 300 points, compared to 200 points and 100 points respectively for two other unnamed fuel brands. Customers can apply for the Mesra card at any of the more than 1,000 Petronas stations nationwide, or online at www.mymesra.com.my .

    “This new point structure will provide greater savings to our customers, where they can redeem points in a faster and more convenient manner, at any of our over 1000 stations nationwide. Additionally, we have many rewarding programmes and campaigns in place running all-year long,” said head of marketing for retail business Abang Jimmy Abang Mordian.

    In conjunction with the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team’s fourth consecutive world championship title scooped this year, Petronas is also offering a limited edition ‘Petronas 4X World Champion’ T-shirt at RM15, plus 200 Mesra points. The T-shirt retails at RM20, and will be available at Mesra outlets from December 1, while stocks last.

     
  • 2018 Perodua Myvi – bookings up to 6,000 on first day

    Perodua has announced that orders for the third-generation Perodua Myvi reached 6,000 units on Friday, the day after the B-segment hatchback was officially launched.

    At point of introduction, that figure stood at 5,000 units. Statistics revealed that 78% of the bookings were for the 1.5 litre variants, and the preferred exterior colour was Granite Grey, which is new and exclusive to the 1.5 litre model.

    Perodua president and CEO Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid Salleh thanked Malaysians for their strong endorsement of the car, and said the company remains committed to maximising deliveries to ensure that Myvi is delivered speedily to customers. The initial sales target for the D20N is 6,000 units a month.

    The automaker also began deliveries of the car yesterday, and the first customer to receive his Myvi was Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar.

    The three grand prize winners of the Myvi 12 Iconic Years Anniversary SMS & Win Contest were also among the first owners of the new Myvi – Chin Mei Ling, Mohd Nazmil Mohd Nasir and Ong Kok Seng were each presented with keys to a Myvi 1.5 Advance yesterday.

    The new Myvi is available in four model variants, and pricing starts from RM44,300 for the 1.3 Standard G manual and RM46,300 for the automatic. Next, the 1.3 Premium X goes for RM48,300, followed by 1.5 High at RM51,800 and the range-topping 1.5 Advance at RM55,300. All prices are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

    For more information about the 2018 Perodua Myvi, check out our comprehensive launch report and spec-by-spec comparison posts as well as the full specifications of the car at CarBase.my. We’ve also driven the five-door hatch, and you can read our first drive review, here.





    GALLERY: Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

     
  • RENDERED: 2018 Perodua Myvi sedan – new flagship?

    Launched on Thursday, the new Perodua Myvi has taken the country by storm. But a question on a lot of people’s minds is, well, what’s next? Specifically, what would happen if Perodua decides to build a sedan version of the Myvi, like how it built the Bezza out of the Axia?

    Wonder no more – Photoshop rendering wizard Theophilus Chin has used his skills to visualise what a four-door Myvi would look like, and it doesn’t actually look too bad. The longer, lower body suits the conversion better than its tall, boxy predecessor, and even the rather ungainly Bezza.

    The front end is identical to the donor car, and the six-window glasshouse has been retained, giving the sedan a sleeker profile than the Bezza. Around the back, the short deck incorporated classy L-shaped tail lights and a number plate recess relocated on the tailgate instead of the bumper. The black rear valance with integrated dual exhaust exits is unlikely to be on the production version, however.

    To recap, the new third-generation Myvi has been designed completely in house featuring greater sophistication, equipment levels and safety. Longer, wider but lower than before, it gets items such as standard-fit LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start and stability control, as well as an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader, up to six airbags and autonomous emergency braking.

    Power comes from new 1.3 and 1.5 litre engines from the Toyota NR family with DOHC and Dual VVT-i. The smaller 1NR-VE is the same engine found on the Bezza, and it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 2NR-VE, on the other hand, has been lifted from the Toyota Vios, and it produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm.

    What do you think of Theophilus’ effort? Sound off in the comments after the jump. You can also read our comprehensive launch report as well as our first impressions review.


    GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

     
  • REVIEW: 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler – RM65,900

    So, everyone and his uncle wants a retro-styled motorcycle these days, and bike manufacturers are more than happy to fulfil this need. It is a matter of meeting market needs and generating profits, after all.

    I mean, what’s so difficult about it? You take an engine, throw it in a steel cradle frame which is cheaper than any sort of aluminium beam frame you can design, grab a design from the sixties or seventies and there you have it.

    A little astute marketing, sell the image, and you will have droves of hipsters lining up to buy these things, which are then sold for a premium over motorcycles that cost less, but perform better. But, sometimes, just occasionally, the sweet spot is hit, and you do get a retro machine that delivers what is asked for in image, and can actually go round corners in an interesting fashion.

    Case in point is the 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler priced at RM65,900 including GST, which follows on from the “Modern Classics” range. The earlier models in the lineup took Triumph’s classic design style, and put it on the T120 and Street Twin machines, which, unsurprisingly, have become best sellers.

    While we have previously ridden the Triumph T120 Dark and Bonneville Bobber, along with other retro bikes such as the Ducati Scrambler Icon and Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Racer, the Street Scrambler intrigued us, as we have always been a fan of stripped-down motorcycles with an eye to performance. As we were to find out, the Street Scrambler is the same as, but different from, the current crop of retro bikes on the market.

    Read the full review of the 2017 Triumph Street Scrambler after the jump.

     
  • Hyundai Tucson – 2.0L Premium 4WD debuts, RM160k

    Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has officially introduced the 2.0i MPi Premium 4WD Tucson, bringing the number of variants available locally for the third-gen SUV to four. The Premium 4WD takes over the range-topping position previously held by the 2.0 CRDi diesel, which made its debut in August.

    The other two Tucson variants on sale in this market are the 2.0 Mpi Elegance, which was launched last November, and the 1.6 T-GDI that was announced in June.

    The Premium 4WD Tucson is powered by the same naturally-aspirated Nu 2.0 litre MPi four-cylinder petrol engine found on the Elegance. Output figures for the mill are identical – 155 PS at 6,200 rpm and 192 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

    The variant features twin LED positioning headlamps with static bending lights, dual-zone fully automatic air-conditioning, a panoramic sunroof and a roof rack for loading flexibility on top of that found on the 2.0 CRDi. Safety kit includes six airbags, ESC, vehicle stability management, hill start assist, hill descent control, ABS with EBD and brake assist and Isofix rear child seat anchors.

    The 2.0 MPi Premium 4WD is priced at RM159,888 on-the-road without insurance, and like the other Tucson variants, comes with a five-year or 300,000 km (whichever comes first) warranty as well as a 50,000 km or three-years free service programme.

    GALLERY: Hyundai Tucson 1.6 T-GDI turbo

     
  • 2018 Perodua Myvi virtually tuned by Durian Works

    The new Perodua Myvi has only been launched yesterday, but already budding artists have begun using their creative juices to visualise what a tuned version would look like. A small design concern called Durian Works has submitted a couple of sketches to us showing a sportier Myvi, and we think it looks pretty handsome, wouldn’t you agree?

    Starting off by giving the B-segment hatch a bright yellow coat – not seen on the Myvi since the pre-facelift second-generation SE and Extreme models – the designer then set off providing the front end with a larger grille and air intakes, the latter featuring a mesh grille pattern. There’s also a larger front splitter and deeper side skirts compared to the standard 1.5 litre models.

    Moving to the rear, a rear skirt, more pronounced faux bumper air vents and a sizeable rear wing have been added to give the Myvi a more aggressive appearance. Larger wheels inspired by the Honda Civic Hatchback fill out the wheel arches and complete the look.

    To recap, the new third-generation Myvi has been designed completely in house featuring greater sophistication, equipment levels and safety. Longer, wider but lower than before, it gets items such as standard-fit LED headlights, keyless entry, push-button start and stability control, as well as an integrated Touch ‘n Go reader, up to six airbags and autonomous emergency braking.

    Power comes from new 1.3 and 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engines from the Toyota NR family. The smaller 1NR-VE is the same engine found on the Bezza, and it makes 94 hp at 6,000 rpm and 121 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The larger 2NR-VE, on the other hand, has been lifted from the Toyota Vios, and it produces 102 hp at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm at 4,200 rpm. A five-speed manual gearbox and a four-speed auto is on offer.

    What do you think of the new look? Sound off in the comments after the jump. You can also read our comprehensive launch report as well as our first impressions review.

    GALLERY: 2018 Perodua Myvi 1.5 Advance

     
  • Tesla Model S wagon commissioned – space for dogs

    British coachbuilder Qwest has just revealed its latest project – a one-off Tesla Model S wagon. According to Autocar, the Norfolk-based specialist has been working on the project for over a year, and is well on schedule for completion by Christmas this year.

    As seen in the pictures, the entire top-rear section of the vehicle have been redesigned. Materials aft of the B-pillars were chopped, and in its place rests a custom-built enclosure made entirely from carbon-fibre (CF). The CF top – supplied by specialist car part manufacturer that usually crafts Formula 1 car components – then gets bonded to the car’s original aluminium chassis.

    Notice the missing windows? Those too require custom manufacturing, and the company has named Pilkington as its supplier. The painting process, on the other hand, will commence later this week.

    But how did this project actually come about, you ask? Well, Qwest managing director Dorian Hindmarsh said it was actually an outcome of a conversation he had with an entrepreneur friend, who wanted a more spacious car with all the qualities of the Model S. The sloping roofline of the original car simply doesn’t allow enough room.

    Naturally, one can only imagine the cost of a build this ambitious. The figure starts from £70,000 (RM385k) and is separate from the cost of the car, which starts from £58,600 (RM323k) for the base 70D model. Of course, pricing is subject to customer’s requirements and specifications.

    No details pertaining to its performance have been revealed as yet, but Qwest hopes to set the record for the fastest-accelerating estate-bodied vehicle. Currently, the title belongs to the Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo Turbo S E-Hybrid, which manages the century sprint in a blistering 3.4 seconds.

     
  • Tesla Semi – futuristic truck with Enhanced Autopilot; 0-97 km/h sprint in 20 seconds with 36-tonne load

    The Tesla Roadster may have generated quite a bit of buzz, but the sports car isn’t the only thing the Palo Alto-based company unveiled recently. Joining it on stage is the new Semi, a battery electric truck that promises to “deliver a far better experience for truck drivers, while increasing safety and significantly reducing the cost of cargo transport.”

    The Semi is powered by four independent electric motors on the rear axles, and will go from a rest to 97 km/h (0-60 mph) in just five seconds. Of course, this is without a trailer hitched to it, but Tesla says with a full 36,287 kg-, or 80,000-pound load, its truck will complete the sprint in 20 seconds.

    For some perspective, Tesla claims the feat will take about a minute in a regular diesel truck, and 15 seconds without any load tying it down. The Semi also climbs 5% grades at a steady 105 km/h (65 mph), whereas a diesel truck maxes out at 72 km/h (45 mph) on the same grade.

    As the electric truck doesn’t require any shifting or clutching, it allows for smoother acceleration and deceleration. Moreover, its regenerative braking recovers 98% of kinetic energy to the battery, which Tesla says gives it “basically infinite brake life.”

    Tesla will also introduce Megachargers, a new high-speed DC charging system that is said to provide 644 km (400 miles) of range in just 30 minutes. These will be installed at strategic points and along heavily trafficked routes, enabling recharging during loading, unloading, and driver breaks.

    Speaking of the driver, the Semi’s cabin features a centred driver position with two touchscreen displays that provide easy access to information. The truck’s systems also sync with a fleet’s management system to support routing and scheduling, as well as remote monitoring.

    On the safety front, the Semi is fitted with a reinforced battery, surround cameras impact-resistant glass and on-board sensors that detect instability and adjusts torque to each wheel and brake actuation to prevent jackknifing. There’s also Enhanced Autopilot, with systems such as Automatic Emergency Braking, Automatic Lane Keeping, Lane Departure Warning and event recording. Several Semi trucks can also form a conga line where all of them autonomously follow a lead Semi.

    Tesla says the Semi is a more cost-efficient solution for fleet owners, with claimed fuel savings of more than US$200,000 (RM832,400) over a million miles (1,609,344 km). The company also provided some consumption data for the Semi, which consumes less than 2 kWh of energy per mile, and is capable of 500 miles of range at GVW and highway speed.

    Given that 80% of freight in the United States is moved less than 402 km (250 miles), the Semi fits a wide range of shipping applications. Coupled with the low and stable nature of electricity prices – which average $0.12/kWh in the United States, owners can expect the above-mentioned savings.

    With no engine, transmission, after-treatment system or differentials to upkeep – the Tesla Semi also requires significantly less maintenance. Its battery follows a similar composition to its other products and is designed for repeated charging cycles for over a million miles.

    Meanwhile, its motors are derived the ones found in the Model 3 and have been validated to last more than one million miles under the most demanding conditions. Reservations for the Tesla Semi can be made for US$5,000 (RM20,810) per truck, and production will begin in 2019.

     
  • Toyota FT-AC “adventure” concept to debut in LA

    Toyota looks set to roll out yet another concept car, dubbed the Future Toyota Adventure Concept, or FT-AC for short. There’s absolutely no details to go by – Toyota released just one teaser image of the vehicle on its press site, void of the usual accompanying text. All we know is the concept vehicle will be making its debut on November 30 at the Los Angeles Motor Show.

    However, judging by the name and picture, it will very likely be purposed for off-road ventures, complete with LED lights mounted to the roof. This is typically seen on extreme off-roaders, but it’s unclear whether it will be an SUV or a pick-up truck. According to Automotive News, Toyota is currently updating the 4Runner, Sequoia and Tundra, although there’s also a good chance of the FT-AC being a new standalone model.

    With huge polymer wheel arches and prominently squared front bumpers, it’s hard to dismiss the concept’s rugged appeal. What do you think the FT-AC will shape to be, dear readers? Personally, this thing screams SUV, but it’s all up in the air right now.

     
 

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