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  • Bentley EXP 100 GT concept – see it up close via AR!

    When Bentley turned 100, the British automaker launched a raft of celebratory models in the form of centenary editions, as well as the futuristic EXP 100 GT concept car. It’s currently on tour globally, but unfortunately won’t land in markets such as ours.

    It’s not all gloom and doom, though. To make up for its absence, Bentley Kuala Lumpur has introduced an augmented reality app for the EXP 100 GT, allowing visitors to explore the concept car via the latest Apple iPhones and iPads.

    Through the app (it can be downloaded by scanning the QR code below), users are able to explore the vehicle in 3D, and even step inside to interact with the seats and steering wheel. Interactive elements are rather limited, but the AR experience itself is pretty unique.


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    The photos you see below is nearly the full scale (it’s 5.8 metres long!) and works via a placemat on the floor. A smaller, desk-sized version is also available. For those who are really eager to sample the augmented reality technology from the comfort of your home, then simply download the A4-sized version from the app and have it printed out. Again, this only works with compatible Apple devices.

    If you don’t have the supporting devices, don’t worry, because Bentley KL will be opening its doors to the public at its showroom from October 23 to 31, 2019. The new Continental GT with the RM108k styling kit option will also be on display.

    GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT with Styling Kit

     
  • October 2019 week three fuel price – RON 97 up 1 sen

    It’s Friday, which means another round of the weekly fuel update. Another price adjustment upwards in store for RON 97 petrol for the coming week, but the increase is minor.

    From tomorrow, October 19, RON 97 will be priced at RM2.68 a litre, which is a sen up from the RM2.67 last week. As always, no change in the price of RON 95 petrol, with the fuel conitnuing to be sold at RM2.08 per litre, the maximum price that consumers will pay no matter how high market prices push pump prices.

    Meanwhile, Euro 2M diesel will continue to retail at RM2.18 per litre, while Euro 5 diesel – which is 10 sen more than Euro 2M diesel – is priced at RM2.28 per litre.

    Based on the finance ministry’s Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, RON 95 would be priced at RM2.38 per litre and diesel at RM2.31 per litre without the price cap in place. The government said it will absorb an estimated RM123.81 million in fuel subsidy costs from October 19 to 25.

    These prices will remain in effect until October 25, when the next set of fuel pricing adjustments will be announced. This is the 41st edition of the current weekly fuel pricing format, which is announced every Friday. The weekly prices are in effect from Saturday until the following Friday. The system will end when the government begins its targeted petrol subsidy programme (PSP) for RON 95 petrol early next year.

     
  • PACE 2019 – buy a Subaru Forester with EyeSight and get a complimentary three-year maintenance package

    Only two weeks to go before the paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2019 – co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus – takes place at the Setia City Convention Centre, and the premium vehicle-focused sales expo, which runs on November 2-3, promises plenty of great deals.

    If you’ve been looking at the Subaru Forester, then make sure you head on to the event, because every purchase of the SUV, which is equipped with the automaker’s EyeSight suite of safety systems, will come with a free three-year maintenance package.

    Plenty of safety and driving assistance kit in the EyeSight suite, the list being made up of Pre-Collision Braking and Throttle Management, Lane Sway and Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lead Vehicle Start Alert. That’s not all, because Lane Change Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, a Side View Monitor and a Blind-Spot Detection system is also in the mix.

    Subaru will be making its first appearance at PACE, joining Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Renault, Volkswagen and Volvo at the event. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car or bike – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you be able to enjoy irresistible year-end promos from these brands, you’ll even be able to mingle with us, the writers!

    That’s not all, for buyers have plenty of other things to look forward to. For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher and RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    There’s more – as there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    TyrePlus Malaysia currently operates 60 outlets across the country, and TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries for over ten years. Their professional tyre and car services offer quality work including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle.

    The inaugural PACE last year proved to be a resounding success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 brand new units and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky buyer was also named the grand prize winner of the lucky draw, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here to find out more about PACE, and more promotions from participating brands will be announced closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re only a few weeks from PACE, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • Toyota C-HR facelift gets manual, GR Sport in Japan

    The facelifted Toyota C-HR has gone on sale in its home market of Japan, and in a bit to increase its sporting pretensions, the car has been given a new GR Sport variant, getting some visual flair from the Toyota Gazoo Racing motorsports division.

    General styling revisions for the facelift include a lower grille that is now even larger than before, incorporating the upper air intake and extending wider towards the corners of the front bumper. The front lip is also painted for a more dynamic look.

    The head- and tail lights have also been redesigned – the former now comes with LED lighting as standard, and higher grades get projector units that combine the daytime running lights and sequential indicators into a single “eyebrow” graphic. On these range-topping models, the tail lights also feature blocky graphics and are joined together by a new gloss black spoiler.

    Added to that, the GR Sport gains a more aggressive front fascia, similar to other similarly-badged models in Toyota’s lineup. The grille is more angular, making space for larger corner air inlets, and there’s also a separate intake under the grille. It also sits on massive 19-inch Y-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels.

    Changes are fewer inside, with the only addition being the Orchid Brown colour scheme. Here, the GR Sport gets a few unique features of its own, such as a smaller-diameter steering wheel from the facelifted 86, sports seats, dark silver interior trim, aluminium pedals and a smattering of GR badges on the seats, steering wheel and even the starter button.

    Toyota is fitting all models with a Display Audio infotainment system, replete with SmartDeviceLink smartphone mirroring and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The car also gets a Data Communications Module (DCM) that enables the addition of optional T-Connect remote vehicular tracking and operator-enabled services, the latter including a concierge and an emergency call function.

    The C-HR continues to come as standard in Japan with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist. New features include the intelligent clearance sonar to guard against pedal misapplication, as well as the optional rear cross traffic auto brake and 360-degree camera system.

    While other markets will receive a more powerful 184 hp 2.0 litre Hybrid model, the JDM model soldiers on with the same two powertrain options as before. The first is a 8AR-FTS 1.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 115 PS and 185 Nm of torque, paired to a CVT. For the first time, Japanese buyers also get an option of a six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching.

    The sole Hybrid model continues to utilise a 94 hp/142 Nm 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson-cycle engine and a 72 hp/163 Nm electric motor, delivering a combined 122 hp and a WLTP-rated fuel efficiency figure of up to 25.8 km per litre. The GR Sport variant is available with either engine choice, with the petrol version only available with the manual gearbox.

    The GR Sport models also get a few under-the-skin tweaks, such as a centre floor brace to improve structural rigidity, as well as specially-tuned springs, dampers, anti-roll bar and steering for a more dynamic driving experience. The facelifted C-HR goes on sale in Japan today, with prices ranging from 2,367,000 yen (RM91,100) to 3,095,000 yen (RM119,100).

     
  • September 2019 Malaysian vehicle sales down by 13%

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) has released vehicle sales data for the month of September 2019, which saw a total of 44,666 units delivered in the month. The most recent result is 6,482 units – or 13% – less when compared to the 51,148 units recorded in August.

    According to the association, the decline is largely attributed to the number of public holidays that saw a shorter working month, as well as consumers withholding their purchases in anticipation of the Malaysian Budget 2020 (Bajet 2020) announcement.

    Even so, the sales volume for September 2019 is 13,426 units – or 43% – more than the 31,240 units delivered in the same month last year. Looking at year-to-date total industry volume (TIV), the first nine months of 2019 saw 442,991 units delivered, which is 11,864 units – or 2.6% – less than the same corresponding period in 2018.

    For the month of October 2019, the association expects sales volume to improve upon September’s recorded figure due to a longer working month.

     
  • Hyundai iMax N “Drift Bus” – 402 hp, 555 Nm, 8 seats

    Hyundai’s line of N performance vehicles such as the i30 N and Veloster N are all well and good, but their latest creation is a lot more special. This is the iMax N “Drift Bus,” and as you can see, it’s a Grand Starex (also known as the iMax in Australia) that has undergone quite a number of modifications to become a bit of a monster.

    Unfortunately, you can’t actually buy the iMax N due to it being a one-off concept, which started out as an April Fool’s joke earlier this year but ended up being turned into a reality courtesy of Hyundai Australia.

    The company started out by throwing out the standard 2.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which made just 168 hp and 441 Nm of torque. In its place is a 3.5 litre twin-turbo petrol V6 with 402 hp and 555 Nm, with drive being sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox and a welded differential.

    According to Drive, the size of the engine meant the firewall had to be opened up to make room, while bespoke mounts and a new tailshaft were required to ensure the driveline fits. The MPV’s air-conditioning system had to be discarded too, which is why the sunroof is open in the video so everyone inside can breathe properly.

    Content with the powertrain, the team then went on to modify other aspects of the large van by adding on 348 mm discs brakes and four-piston calipers at the front (the rear drum brakes are untouched), adapting the i30 N’s wheels to a six-stud pattern, fitting a custom splitter from an aftermarket part for a Nissan GT-R, moulding an i30 N’s rear bumper to size, slapping on N badges and painting it N Performance Blue.

    Inside, Hyundai fitted the front seats, shift paddles and a steering wheel from the i30 N, while re-upholstering the remaining back two rows of seats – complete with stitching and logos. Yes, this isn’t a stripped-out iMax, and you’ll be able to bring seven of your friends along for a ride.

    The end result is certainly entertaining, as you get to see a practical, eight-seat MPV that weighs more than two tonnes go sideways for most of the time on the Pheasant Wood race track in Marulan. The iMax N will make its public debut at this weekend’s World Time Attack Challenge at Sydney Motorsport Park.

     
  • PACE 2019: Mazda 3, Mazda CX-5 2.5L Turbo, CX-8 and CX-9, plus exclusive Mazda merchandise on offer

    Mazda is increasingly premium in its direction, which makes it a great fit for the returning paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) 2019, co-sponsored by Michelin and TyrePlus. The premium vehicle-focused sales expo takes place this year at the Setia City Convention Centre from November 2-3, and the Japanese brand will be there amongst the upmarket establishment.

    The automaker from Hiroshima, Japan will be represented at PACE 2019 by the CX-5 Turbo, CX-8 and CX-9 SUVs which drive the brand’s premium aspirations. Clothed in the brand’s unique design language inside and out, the SUV trio gets G-Vectoring Control (GVC Plus on the CX-5) as well as the full suite of active safety and driver aids. Both the CX-5 Turbo and seven-seater CX-9 are powered by a 2.5 litre Skyactiv-G turbo petrol producing 228 hp and 420 Nm of torque.

    Meanwhile, the CX-8 for our market gets a choice of the 2.5 litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine with 192 hp and 258 Nm of torque, or the 2.2 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel with 188 hp and 450 Nm of torque. For those keen to sample the vehicles first-hand, the CX-5 2.5 Turbo, CX-9 and Mazda 3 2.0 will be available for test drives. Exclusive Mazda merchandise will also be available on site during PACE 2019.

    Mazda is just one of the prestigious brands at the event, including Audi, BMW, Bufori, Harley-Davidson, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, MINI, Renault, Subaru, Volkswagen and Volvo. At PACE, you’ll be able to drive and purchase your dream car or bike – new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered. Not only will you enjoy irresistible year-end promos from these brands, you’ll even be able to mingle with us, the writers!

    For a start, the first 150 new car customers will receive a combined RM2,450 voucher*, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher, a RM680 premium Babel Fit gym membership voucher, a RM500 Reebonz shopping voucher and a RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    We’re also giving away a combined RM1,270 voucher for the first 50 pre-owned car orders, which includes a RM770 3M tinting voucher and RM500 Kuzig Glanz car detailing voucher.

    There’s more – as there will also be a lucky draw for those with confirmed purchases (i.e. approved loans), with 10 units of the new Samsung Galaxy Note 10 worth RM3,699* up for grabs, as well as a grand prize of a free holiday for two worth RM25,000*!

    Co-sponsor Michelin is one of the global leaders in tyre development, passionately innovating to make mobility safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly. It offers a wide variety of quality tyres, ranging from the eco-friendly Energy XM2+ and highly efficient Primacy 4, to the ultra high performance family of Pilot Sport 4, Pilot Sport 4 SUV and Pilot Sport 4 S.

    TyrePlus Malaysia currently operates 60 outlets across the country, and TyrePlus has been in operation in over 22 countries for over ten years. Their professional tyre and car services offer quality work including routine oil changes, battery changes, brake system inspections, brake replacements, and vehicle servicing – that all add up to a well-running, long-lasting vehicle.

    The inaugural PACE last year proved to be a resounding success, with 214 cars worth over RM50 million sold over two days – 180 brand new units and 34 from the pre-owned selection. One lucky buyer was also named the grand prize winner of the lucky draw, taking home a free holiday worth RM25,000.

    Click here to find out more about PACE, and more promotions from participating brands will be announced closer to the event, so stay tuned. We’re only a few weeks from PACE, and we can’t wait to see you there!

    *For Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia, valid for all models except the Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Vento and Volkswagen Jetta models. For Renault, valid for the Renault Koleos and Renault Megane RS only. For Subaru, valid for all models except the Subaru XV. For Mazda, valid for all models except the Mazda 2, Mazda 3 1.5, Mazda CX-3, Mazda CX-5 2.0 Mid 2WD and Mazda BT-50. Not valid for Harley-Davidson bikes.

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  • Honda Breeze introduced in China – restyled CR-V with Accord face; 1.5T and i-MMD hybrid; from RM106k

    We first saw images of the Honda Breeze back in August this year, and the restyled CR-V has now been formally introduced in China. A product of Guangqi Honda (aka Guangzhou Honda or GAC Honda) – a joint venture between the GAC Group and Honda Motor Company – the Breeze will have a pre-sale price of 180,000 yuan (RM106,339).

    In terms of dimensions, the Breeze is almost identical to the CR-V, as it shares the same width (1,855 mm), height (1,679 mm) and wheelbase (2,660 mm). However, the Breeze is slightly longer at 4,634 mm compared to the CR-V’s 4,596 mm.

    The revised styling, which appears to be inspired with the tenth-generation Accord in mind, is likely the reason for this difference. The Solid Wing Face design is prominently on display here, with a large chrome bar on the grille that is flanked by a pair of “jewel eye” headlamps.

    There’s also a more aggressive front bumper with a trapezoidal-shaped lower intake, and this is joined by decorative slits and the fog lamp enclosures. The latter features trim that “splits” the upper and lower section of the SUV, and this stretches down the sides right on through to the bumper at the rear.

    On that mention, the Breeze’s taillights sport a sleeker, flatter design and does without the vertical element that is found on the regular CR-V. The taillights wrap around a pronounced lip on the tailgate just below the rear window, with no chrome garnishing in sight. Further down, there are trapezoidal-shaped exhaust finishers placed below slimmer reflectors.

    While there are no official photos of the interior, the Breeze’s cabin is identical to the CR-V, sharing the same dashboard design and five-seat layout. In terms of equipment, the Breeze is available with Honda Sensing and Honda Connect 2.0, while others features include wireless charging and a hands-free tailgate.

    Customers will be able to choose from a 1.5 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine (190 hp and 243 Nm) mated to a CVT – marketed as Sport Turbo – or a Sport Hybrid powertrain. The latter is Honda’s Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive (i-MMD) system also used in the CR-V Hybrid, which consists of a 2.0 litre DOHC i-VTEC Atkinson-cycle engine, dual electric motors and an e-CVT – total system output on the Breeze is 212 hp and 315 Nm of torque.

     
  • New Volvo S60 teased again, Malaysian launch soon

    The new Volvo S60 is really coming soon to Malaysia, as this is the second teaser by Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) following the first hint early this month.

    A year ago, we were told by VCM that the third-generation S60 would reach our shores in Q3 2019, so it’s just about on schedule as promised. The new S60 is the the first Volvo to be made in the United States and global distribution started in the second quarter of this year.

    Malaysia is Volvo’s regional assembly hub, and the S60 will eventually roll off the plant in Shah Alam for domestic consumption and exports to Thailand, but early batches could be CBU imports, which is the typical style for VCM – we’ll see in a bit.

    The international press drive in the US last year showcased the S60 T8 Twin Engine Polestar Engineered and the S60 T6 AWD R-Design that you see here. We’re not expecting the 405 hp/670 Nm Polestar-tweaked car – stuffed to the gills with branded kit such as Ohlins adjustable suspension and Brembo six-pot brakes – to reach Malaysia as it will be prohibitively expensive.

    The T6 AWD is more likely. It’s powered by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine, which is under the hood of all S60s. In this guise, there’s a turbocharger and supercharger combining for 310 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The twincharged engined is mated to an Aisin eight-speed conventional automatic transmission.

    There will be local assembly, and when it starts, we’re expecting a CKD T5 with 254 hp/350 Nm (FWD, just turbo) and (non-Polestar) Twin Engine plug-in hybrid variants – of course, the latter will be dependent on CKD PHEV incentives by the government for a competitive price tag.

    As usual, base Momentum, luxury Inscription and sporty R-Design trim levels will be available globally, but expect VCM to push the latter, as the S60 will be the most sporting model in its range. The red S60 you see in the VCM teaser above is an R-Design, similar to the one in our pics above.

    The new S60 looks fantastic, doesn’t it? If you’re into wagons, the estate sister of this car, the V60, would be drop dead gorgeous. It has been spotted running in Malaysia more than once – in August and earlier this week – so there could be a chance that VCM is looking to introduce the model in the near future. Or is there a surprise double launch waiting for us around the corner?

    Both sightings were of the wagon in T8 Twin Engine AWD plug-in hybrid guise, in posh Inscription trim. The ICE part of the PHEV consists of a 2.0 litre twincharged Drive-E engine with 303 PS/400 Nm, a crankshaft-integrated starter/generator and an eight-speed auto. An electric motor – juiced by a a 10.4 kWh lithium-ion battery – on the rear axle provides 88 PS/240 Nm for a total system output of 390 PS/640 Nm.


    GALLERY: Volvo S60 T6 AWD R-Design

     
  • 2019 Renault Megane RS 280 Cup EDC laps Sepang International Circuit in two minutes and 38 seconds

    TC Euro Cars (TCEC) recently held the Renault Sport Track Day at the Sepang International Circuit, which provided 30 owners the opportunity to test their skills and performance of their Renault Sport cars.

    Prior to the start of the night session, the company took the opportunity to unleash the latest Renault Megane RS 280 Cup EDC to see just how fast the hot hatch can lap the circuit.

    The result? Well, the new Megane RS in stock form with Yokohama AD08R tyres managed to clock a time of two minutes and 38 seconds, which is an improvement over the previous best time set by the previous-generation Megane RS 265 Cup by a whole three seconds.

    The current Megane RS 280 Cup on sale holds several advantages over its predecessor, as its 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine makes 280 PS (276 hp) and 390 Nm of torque compared to the RS 265 Cup’s larger 2.0 litre turbo-four with 265 PS (261 hp) and 360 Nm.

    Additionally, it packs Renault’s 4Control four-wheel steering system for improved cornering efficiency as well as rally-style four hydraulic compression bump stops for better handling. For the EDC-equipped model, Multi-Change Down and launch control functions are available in Sport and Race modes, the former allowing drivers to downshift by several gears by holding down the left-hand shift paddle.

    While the Renault Sport Track Day is focused on driving performance, safety remains paramount, as only experienced drivers were allowed to drive on the track by themselves, with first-time track drivers being accompanied by a professional instructor.

    This provides a safe environment for owners to challenge themselves by continuously trying to set quicker lap times. The event also gave participants the chance to experience the track capabilities of the new Megane RS 280 Cup, as they were offered taxi rides with professional drivers.

     
 

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