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  • Jaguar XJ 2.0 Ti facelift on display at BSC – RM740,043

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    The facelifted Jaguar XJ has made a surprise appearance at the Bangsar Shopping Centre – the refreshed luxury sedan is seen here in base 2.0 Ti guise, and a call to Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia confirmed that it is now on sale.

    Changes to the big cat include a redesigned front bumper incorporating a sharper grille, along with updated LED tail lights with “J-signature” graphics and a revised rear bumper with dual oval exhaust tips.

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    Inside, there is a new InControl Touch Pro infotainment system with a quad-core processor, a 60 GB solid state drive and an eight-inch colour touchscreen. This is mated to a revised 12.3-inch virtual instrument cluster that can now display a full navigation map, much like the new XF and F-Pace.

    The Ford-derived 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is unchanged from before, making 240 PS and 340 Nm of torque. The ZF eight-speed automatic transmission is also unchanged, sending the engine’s power to the rear wheels. Under the skin, electric power-assisted steering has been added, along with the All-Surface Progress Control (ASPC), a sort of low-speed cruise control for slippery surfaces.

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    Standard kit is fairly basic – you get xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights, a powered bootlid, navigation and the regular 280 W Jaguar Sound system with the base price. The car seen here is fitted with a bunch of options, including the new full-LED headlights, 20-inch Kasuga alloy wheels, a pair of 10.2-inch rear entertainment screens, an ambient lighting pack and a 825 W Meridian Surround Sound system.

    The price listed on the spec sheet is RM740,043. Sources within JLRM said that this price is inclusive of these options and excludes on-the-road costs, and that the price of the standard car is actually RM645,000 (also not OTR). More local information of the Jaguar XJ will be available soon, so stay tuned.

     
  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia strengthens CSR efforts, including free Child Car Seat Rentals with paultan.org

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    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) today reinforced its CSR commitment in the country by announcing that it will contribute over RM200,000 for initiatives that support the growth and development of Malaysian society.

    The initiatives are guided by four core CSR pillars adopted by MBM – road safety, the arts and culture, investing in knowledge and corporate volunteering. For the first aspect, MBM is continuing its collaboration with Driven Communications (paultan.org) by contributing an additional 135 child car seats worth RM50,000, through its MobileKids initiative, to the Child Car Seat Rental Programme.

    The programme, which was launched together with paultan.org in 2015, serves to educate families on road safety by providing child car seats for rental on a first-come-first-serve basis. Last year’s programme saw MBM contributing 110 child car seats to the programme. With this move, the company’s total contribution now stands at 245 child car seats.

    To ensure that the Malaysian performing arts scene continues to be promoted, MBM will announced an additional sponsorship of RM120,000 to KLPac. MBM holds a strong belief that the arts has the power to build bridges and foster creativity and innovation, and has thus far contributed over RM1.2 million.

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    For young ones, where education is a vital component in their upbringing to be future leaders, MBM will also donate 205 units of pre-owned computers to primary schools and non-profit organisations. Both Teach for Malaysia and Monfort Boys Town will each receive 50 computers, while three vernacular primary schools will get 35 computers each.

    MBM will also continue its annual celebrations for children during festive seasons, where it encourages its employees to share personally-selected gifts with children who are in need. The programme provides the chance for MBM staff to bring cheer to underprivileged children.

    Said staff will also be involved in a beach cleaning programme later this year as part of efforts to ensure the preservation of the environment. Additionally, MBM will also supports its employees who will participate in this year’s Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon, scheduled to take place in August. As a corporate sponsor of the marathon, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will be donating RM20,000 to Hospis Malaysia.

    “CSR is part of our commitment to the Malaysian community. We want to be an enabler for future generations, and contribute to the community in a meaningful way. It is when we help those who are in need that we are truly making a difference in the world. Today marks the launch of a campaign which we hope will enrich the lives of the various groups involved,” said Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and CEO, Dr Claus Weidner.

    Watch the video below for testimonials from parents who participated in last year’s balik kampung child car seat rental campaign.

     
  • Mercedes-Benz S400h now gets AMG bodystyling package option in Malaysia from RM27,000

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    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is now offering an AMG body styling retrofit package for the V222 S-Class for those who want a little more oomph for their S400h’s visual looks.

    You can choose from either Package A for RM27,000 which consists of just the AMG bodykit, or Package B for RM54,200 which adds on 19 inch 5-twin spoke alloy wheels wrapped with Pirelli P Zero tyres. As you can see from the image above, buying the parts as a package gives you savings of up to RM10,400 from the original individual parts prices.

    There are existing S400h owners who have downgraded from the standard 20 inch alloy wheels down to the same 19 inch AMG wheels provided in this package for better ride comfort, durability (thicker tyre sidewalls for better resistance against pot hole damage) as well as reduced tyre replacement costs.

    In other S400h news, we also hear Palladium Silver (a sort of light grey) will eventually be replaced by Selenite Grey, which is few shades darker. The CKD production line is already rolling out Selenite Grey cars.

     
  • 2017 Opel Zafira facelift leaked in online configurator

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    Having been introduced in 2011 in its original form, the Opel/Vauxhall Zafira will be given a facelift soon, judging by these pictures of which have surfaced online. The images come from an online configurator, of which the link was sent to AutoEvolution.

    From the images, the facelifted Zafira no longer sports a pair of vertical boomerang-shaped headlight and fog light assemblies at the front. Instead, there’s a more conventional set, while the bumper and grille have also been restyled to fit the new look. Elsewhere, there are no other changes. All in all, the facelifted Zafira certainly appears to have carried over some design elements from the new Astra.

    Inside, the seven-seater gets greater revisions, including a significantly redesigned dashboard along with a larger multi-info display. It also gets a new three-spoke steering, far fewer buttons and a new infotainment system with a larger screen. The latter is likely the latest IntelliLink from the new Astra, which features GM’s OnStar concierge and emergency service and supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    It has yet to be known as to what power options there will be for the facelifted Zafira. However, it is expected to get a new turbocharged 1.4 litre petrol engine as well as a new 1.6 litre diesel mill, both taken from the new Astra. The model is slated to appear some time this year.

     
  • VW moves KL ASEAN purchasing office to Thailand

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    Volkswagen has moved its ASEAN purchasing office from Kuala Lumpur to Thailand, the Bangkok Post reports. The new unit will be up and running in August at Scania’s assembly plant in Samut Prakan.

    The decision to relocate to Thailand is a simple business one, as the Land of Smiles is home to about 700 companies that are suppliers to VW, compared to 200 in Malaysia, explained Noshir Desai, GM for procurement at VW’s ASEAN regional office.

    VW shipped 136 million euros worth of auto parts from ASEAN to Wolfsburg last year, up 21%. Half of that total came from Thailand. This move puts VW closer to the majority of its vendors in the region. The European giant has operations in four countries in ASEAN – Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines.

    The VW exec declined to give an update on future projects such as Thai eco-car development. VW was one of 10 applicants for the scheme, and the Kingdom’s Board of Investment had already approved the bid before it was hit by the “dieselgate” emissions-cheating scandal late last year.

     
  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia teases W213 E-Class

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    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has revealed a new microsite teasing the arrival of the W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class – the tenth generation of the three-pointed star’s executive sedan should make its way here soon.

    Expect the Malaysian-market W213 E-Class to only be offered in a sole 184 hp/300 Nm E 200 variant with a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder, as it is the sole petrol variant in production so far. Later on, world markets will get a 245 hp E 300, as well as a 333 hp E 400 with a 3.0 litre turbo V6, although it is unclear if any of these will be offered here.

    Based on the Modular Rear Architecture (MRA) shared with the C-Class, the new E-Class’s more voluptuous styling and S-Class-esque interior hides a number of key features, including new 84-LED Multibeam headlights, the Digital Car Key function that turns your smartphone into a key via Near Field Communication (NFC), a new COMAND interface as well as touch pads on the steering wheel to control various functions.

    Plenty of other technologies are included, such as a new Remote Parking Pilot system that enables the car to autonomously move in and out of a parking space (controlled using a smartphone), Active Brake Assist, Evasive Steering Assist which detects and assists evasive steering manoeuvres, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Lane Change Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Pre-Safe Plus and more.

    Notably, the Pre-Safe system has been updated with new Impulse side (uses seat bolsters to push occupants away from a side impact to provide more survival space) and Sound (primes the ears for a loud crash using a short interference signal if the car detects an imminent collision) capabilities. Of course, we have no idea if any of these features will be fitted locally until the launch.

    Interested in buying one? Register your interest by clicking here.

    GALLERY: W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class at the 2016 Bangkok International Motor Show

     
  • BMW opens Millennium Welt Kuantan 4S dealership

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    BMW Group Malaysia recently introduced Millennium Welt Kuantan as the latest dealership in its network in Malaysia. Located along Jalan Teluk Sisik in the Pahang state capital, Millennium Welt Kuantan is a 28,000 sq.ft. 4S facility manned by 20 staff.

    The concept and architecture of Millennium Welt Kuantan reflects the latest furniture and identity of BMW. Besides a showroom that can house six models, the facility has an Isetta Cafe, customer lounge, handover lounge and discussion area.

    “The state of Pahang and its surrounding areas in the east coast of Peninsula Malaysia is a developing market for us. The area contributes over 150 vehicles to the premium segment and has a potential to grow by over 20% over the next few years,” said Han Sang Yun, MD and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia.

    “The Millennium Welt Group are no strangers to us at BMW Group Malaysia; they are our premium partners in Seremban and Batu Pahat and they are back to back Gold Category Winners in the BMW Excellence Club Award at the BMW Dealer Awards in 2014 and 2015. This makes them the perfect candidate to develop the business in the area,” Han added.

    Millennium Welt Kuantan can be contacted at 09-5161666.

     
  • 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R previewed in Malaysia

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    After all the hype, seeing the bike at the motor show in Bangkok and lots of speculation, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R is finally on show in Malaysia at Chear Motorrad Puchong. However, the bike will only be on display today and tomorrow there, before shipping out to another showroom.

    As Motorrad’s offering to the entry-level/small displacement market, the G310R was much anticipated after news first broke last year that BMW was producing it’s first small-displacement motorcycle in nearly 60 years. The 2016 G310R was developed in conjunction with BMW Motorrad’s Indian manufacturing partner, TVS.

    The G310R comes with a 313 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that has a claimed 34 hp and 28 Nm of torque at 7,500 rpm. The cylinder orientation is reversed, putting the intake facing forward. This lets the engine be tilted a little further forward to place weight over the front wheel, while giving the exhaust a straight path to the rear.

    Paired to the engine is a six-speed mutli-disc wet clutch transmission, which allows for a 0-100 km/h time of just 7.85 seconds. Other bits include adjustable rear wheel suspension, with up to 10 levels of adjustment. Greeting the rider is a fully digital instrument cluster that also displays, aside from various other functions, the current gear selected.

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    The front brake discs are 300 mm in diameter, and utlises a ByBre (by Brembo) four-piston caliper, with two-channel ABS. The rear is a 240 mm disc with a single-pistol caliper. This small BMW, with 17-inch wheels, is targetted at the new rider, or the rider who simply wants a simple, easy-to-use daily rider, who wants a high quality, reliable motorcycle. Seat height is a less than intimidating 785 mm, allowing for riders to plant their feet with confidence.

    Weighing in at 158 kg, an easily manageable weight for any rider, the 2016 BMW Motorrad G310R comes in three colours – Pearl White metallic, Cosmic Black/Polar White and Strato Blue metallic. No pricing was revealed but we were told that it would be more than the RM25,000 advertised on local classifieds website Mudah recently. October 2016 was the tentative launch date according to staff there. The G310R might be this year’s most anticipated motorcycle. Rivals to the G310R include the KTM 250 Duke at RM21,021, the Benelli TnT300 at RM20,129 and the Kawasaki Z250SL at RM15,389.

    What do you think? The next big sensation in the Malaysian motorcycle scene or flash-in-pan because the G310R requires a ‘B’ license to ride? Leave a comment with your thoughts and opinions below.

     
  • 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, 982 km range

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    The Blue Oval is now offering the 2017 Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid, which is said to be able to “go further than any other.” The headline figure here is a range of 982 km (610 miles) on a full tank and battery charge.

    Changes to the Fusion’s hybrid powertrain software and regenerative braking allows the new Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid to travel further – up from the 2016 model’s 885 km (550 miles). The all-electric range is an estimated 34 km (21 miles). Upon depletion of the battery charge, the petrol engine will kick in and the car functions like a normal hybrid.

    Ford says that the Fusion Energi’s 610-mile range is nearly triple that of the upcoming Tesla Model 3, which is claimed to offer a total range of 346 km (215 miles). The brand added, “the Model 3 doesn’t run on petrol, so is also must be recharged immediately when its battery is depleted.”

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    “Plug-in hybrids are electric vehicles until you run down the battery, then they work exactly like a conventional hybrid. Fusion Energi – with a full battery and a full tank of gas – can go from San Diego, through Los Angeles and all the way up to San Francisco, and still have up to 110 miles (177 km) of range remaining,” said Wade Jackson, marketing manager for Ford Fusion.

    The Ford Fusion Energi is one of six electrified vehicles from Ford, the others include the Fusion Hybrid, C-Max Hybrid and Energi, Focus Electric and Lincoln MKZ Hybrid. Ford says that it will be add 13 new electrified vehicles to its line-up by 2020 at an investment of US$4.5 billion, and over 40% of the company’s nameplates globally will be electrified by 2020.

    GALLERY: Ford Fusion Hybrid at KLIMS 2013

     
  • SEAT to launch sub-Ateca compact crossover in 2017

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    SEAT will be introducing a new compact crossover in 2017, according to president Luca de Meo. The upcoming car will sit below the SEAT Ateca in the Spanish brand’s lineup.

    “Thanks to the Ateca and its little brother, the crossover we’re going to launch next year, SEAT will be present in the segments showing the highest growth in the market,” de Meo said. “With the Ateca, the company is launching a product offensive that will expand and strengthen the model lineup.”

    No details have been disclosed regarding SEAT’s upcoming compact crossover, however, reports have indicated that the Ateca’s little brother could be based on the next-gen Ibiza. Word is that the impending compact crossover could be offered exclusively with front-wheel drive.

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    Elsewhere, the company is also expecting the new compact SUV to be a hot-seller – as seen by the response received by the Ateca. Labelled as an “internet sensation,” 7.2 million people from Germany, Spain, the UK, France and Italy have shown interest in the Ateca.

    Furthermore, over 300,000 configurations have been made of the model, online. The Ateca, the brand’s first SUV, will be available across SEAT’s dealership network from the beginning of June onwards.


    GALLERY: SEAT Ateca

     
 

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