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  • Toyota C-HR concept teased ahead of Paris reveal

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    Next month’s Paris motor show is set to welcome the Toyota C-HR, a compact crossover concept with a hybrid powertrain that marries “a bold new design language” to “an agile, engaging driving experience.”

    The carmaker says the C-HR reveals its “unique take on the C-crossover segment.” The above teaser image shows slender high-mounted headlamps, a rakish windscreen and rear window, a roof spoiler and some striking LED tail lamps, but little else.

    Toyota has been testing an SUV with an Auris body on top of it – see spyshots below. This reminds us of when the Lexus NX prototype was being tested with a Lexus CT body.

    Could this be the production version of the C-HR concept?

     
     
  • AD: Great deals for new and pre-owned Volkswagens plus an enticing ownership experience at FA Wagen!

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    If you’re looking for a new Volkswagen, FA Wagen – a subsidiary of Federal Auto – should be first on your list to visit, for right now, the authorised Volkswagen dealer is conducting a mega sales promotion for both their new and pre-owned cars.

    Rebates of up to RM103,000 are up for grabs for brand new Volkswagen models, while pre-owned cars are available with rebates of up to RM140,000 for selected models.

    For every brand new Volkswagen, customers have the option to choose between a cash discount of up to RM103,000* or opt for the unique “Give Me 5″ campaign. Selected new Volkswagens, purchased by October 31, come with five amazing offers:

    • 5-year warranty
    • 5-year free maintenance
    • 5-year mobility guarantee
    • 5-year free road tax
    • RM500 petrol voucher

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    So that’s a five-year warranty, five-year free maintenance, five-year mobility guarantee plus five-year free road tax! And that’s not all – you even get a RM500 petrol voucher. How cool is that?

    The promotion is extended to a variety of new Volkswagen models which include the CC, Cross Touran, Golf, Jetta, Passat, Polo, Scirocco, Sharan, the new Beetle, Tiguan and Touareg, with model years ranging from 2012 to 2014.

    And you’d be delighted to know that some performance models are in the mix as well – such as the Golf GTI, Golf R, Scirocco R and the rare Passat CC R-Line.

    That’s not all, as the great deals continue with more than 70 pre-owned Volkswagen cars up for sale, with rebates from RM1,500 up to RM140,000 for selected models. Every pre-owned Volkswagen model purchased during this period comes with a complimentary three-year service package.

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    The pre-owned model range comprises the Golf, Jetta, Beetle, Passat, Polo, Scirocco R, Sharan, Tiguan and Touareg, with model years ranging from 2011 to 2014.

    Customers can look forward to an enriching Volkswagen ownership experience through FA Wagen, backed by years of strong automotive sales and after-sales experience via its parent company, Federal Auto Holdings Berhad.

    Excited? Then you have no time to lose. For more information, please visit FA Wagen’s website or your nearest FA Wagen showroom. You can also check out FA Wagen’s updated online list of pre-owned cars for sale.

    *Terms and conditions apply.

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    FA Wagen showrooms

    Glenmarie
    Jalan Pelukis U1/46, Seksyen U1
    40150, Shah Alam Selangor
    Phone: +603 5569 5663

    Petaling Jaya
    Lot 7, Jalan 222 Section 51A
    46100, Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
    Phone: +603 7960 0801

    Alor Setar
    Lot.305, Lorong Perak 16, Mergong Industrial Estate,
    5150, Alor Setar, Kedah Darul Aman
    Phone: +604 7301 846

    Sg Petani
    No.9, Jalan Perdana Heights 2/1 Perdana Heights
    8000, Sg Petani, Kedah
    Phone: +604 4215 501

    Skudai
    51/2 Milestone Jalan Skudai, Tampoi
    81200, Johor Bahru, Johor
    Phone: +607 238 9301

     

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  • Daihatsu UFC-3 Concept to debut at IIMS 2014 – previews next generation Perodua Alza?

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    The blue compact MPV you see above is the Daihatsu UFC-2 Concept, which premiered at last year’s IIIMS in Jakarta. It was an updated version of the original UFC Concept from IIMS 2012.

    Daihatsu is said to be launching an updated UFC-3 Concept (yellow image of the car leaked can be seen below) at this year’s IIMS 2014, with a production version of the car possible launching next year.

    The product is essentially a front wheel drive 7-seater B-segment MPV based on a passenger car platform, a big contrast from Daihatsu’s previous take on a 7-seater MPV for Indonesia, the Daihatsu Xenia, sold here in Malaysia as the Toyota Avanza. This change reflects the Indonesian consumer’s new more sophisticated taste buds, looking for a more car-like driving experience for their 7-seaters.

    ufc3-smallBy now you would have already figured this out – this will eventually become the next generation Perodua Alza. Daihatsu’s competitors have already launched similiar products in the country – you have the Suzuki Ertiga, the Mazda VX-1 (a rebadged Ertiga), the Honda Mobilio and the Chevrolet Spin.

    Perodua once said that it would be launching a car every year, cycling between an all-new model and a product update. With this year’s big launch being the Perodua Axia (launching tonight), what’s next for the company?

    We think the next candidate for a full model change is most likely a new Perodua Alza, which will likely be based on the production version of this Daihatsu UFC Concept. The Alza was first launched in late 2009 and facelifted earlier this year, so a full model change would be logically next in line.

    We think we could possibly see a full model change for the Perodua Alza sometime in 2016, with perhaps a facelift for the second generation Perodua Myvi (launched mid-2011) coming next year.

     
     
  • GALLERY: Porsche Macan in Malaysian showroom

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    Launched last week, the Porsche Macan is already making Sime Darby Auto Performance’s showrooms busier then ever. This will be a proper volume seller for Porsche, much more so than the Cayenne and Panamera. No surprises there, considering the new Macan’s (relatively) attractive prices.

    The base Macan starts from RM420,000. We say start because that’s the figure before you factor in the various optional packages available. Start ticking all the boxes and you’ll be paying a lot more than the base price. And before you say that that will make it too close to the base RM550,000 Cayenne V6, remember again that that, too, is the pre-options price.

    Prices aside, the Volkswagen-sourced but Porsche-tweaked 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine pushes out 237 hp and 350 Nm of torque here. It’ll do 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, on to a top speed of 223 km/h through the range-standard seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. It’s claimed to consume just 7.2 litres per 100 km in the combined cycle.

    Exterior wise, you can spot the base Macan by its badge on the rear hatch, black brake calipers (instead of silver on the Macan S/Macan S Diesel and red on the Macan Turbo; optional Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) is yellow) and two rhombus-shaped tailpipes (quad round pipes on Macan S/Macan S Diesel, quad rhombus on Macan Turbo). Other visual differences (chrome highlights, aluminium roof rails, carbon-fibre side blades, etc.) are optional extras.

    Inside, you get a choice between piano black, brushed aluminium, wood or even carbon-fibre trim on the dashboard. The tidy clock above the front fascia is part of the optional Sports Chrono Pack, and the cabin looks rather bare without it installed. Available as cost options are 14-way comfort seats, 18-way sports seats, leather-covered dashboard, panoramic sunroof and plenty of other details.

    Standard features vary between the variants. For instance, Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) dynamic dampers is standard across the range, but all models above the base Macan (RM545,000, 245 hp/580 Nm Macan S Diesel, RM560,000, 340 hp/460 Nm Macan S and RM785,000, 400 hp/550 Nm Macan Turbo) get air suspension with ride-height adjustment too.

    All prices are Nett Selling Price before OTR costs (registration fee, road tax) and insurance. As usual, all Macan models come with a four-year warranty as well as a four-year free service, parts and maintenance package.

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  • Win premiere screening passes to The Equalizer with the Driven Movie Night contest!

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    The Driven Movie Night is back again with yet another contest that will see winners catch the latest blockbusters before everyone else in the country. This time around, lucky winners will take home special passes to watch Denzel Washington taking on the mob in The Equalizer on September 24 at 9.00 pm, Cathay Cineplex at eCurve 16.

    A total of 20 pairs of tickets are up for grabs, that means a total of 40 passes. All you need to do is answer a few simple questions right here and give us your best slogan. Watch the trailer below to get started.

    In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a former black ops commando who has faked his death to live a quiet life in Boston. When he comes out of his self-imposed retirement to rescue a young girl, Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), he finds himself face-to-face with ultra-violent Russian gangsters. As he serves vengeance against those who brutalize the helpless, McCall’s desire for justice is reawakened.

    If someone has a problem, the odds are stacked against them, and they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.

    To see how things turn out, take part in the contest now :)

     

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  • Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition unveiled

    Aston Martin has officially unveiled its Carbon Edition treatment on the new Vanquish. Previously seen on the DB9 and the DBS, the new special edition features a monochrome design theme that either comes in Carbon Black or Stratus White. The special edition is available on both the Vanquish and the Vanquish Volante.

    As is the case with the DB9 Carbon Edition, it’s mostly an aesthetic upgrade. Standout features now include black side window surrounds, 10-spoke gloss black alloy wheels and darkened headlights. The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Edition is still powered by the same 6.0 litre V12 with 568 hp and 630 Nm of torque, mated to a Touchtronic III eight-speed automatic gearbox.

    On the inside, changes are limited as well. The rotary dials on the centre console now come in black with the fascia being adorned with Herringbone carbon-fibre inserts. Paddle shifters with carbon-fibre accents and black anodised speaker grilles of the Bang & Olufsen sound system complete the theme on the interior.

     
     
  • 2015 Ford S-MAX unveiled ahead of Paris debut

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    The covers have been pulled off the new 2015 Ford S-MAX ahead of its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show next month. The second generation of Ford’s low-slung seven-seater MPV was previewed by a concept at Frankfurt last year.

    An evolution of the outgoing model’s design, the styling of the new car has stayed relatively faithful to the earlier concept, with Ford’s now familiar Aston Martin-esque grille, swept-back headlights, small fender vents aft of the front wheels, teardrop-shaped side window profile and wide tail lights.

    The only major changes are the addition of door handles, more production-friendly side mirrors, smaller wheels and more conventional front and rear fascias that replace the concept’s chrome-heavy units.

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    Inside, the more fantastical features such as the Citroën-like tall windscreen and the gear selector that appears to be nicked from a Jaguar have been dispensed with. It’s still very familiar, however, with a sporty-looking three-spoke steering wheel, a digital instrument cluster and a tall centre console with a large central screen flanked by slim air vents.

    New features include adaptive steering, power-folding second- and third-row seats, a hands-free tailgate activated by waving a foot under the rear bumper (as seen on the Kuga), an electrically-adjustable steering column and even heated and ventilated massage seats.

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    Safety-wise, the S-MAX now comes with second-row side airbags, perpendicular automated parking, rear cross-traffic warning, lane-keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and automated braking.

    Engine options have not been finalised, but they are expected to be a 2.0 litre TDCi diesel with 118 hp, 148 hp and 177 hp outputs, as well as Ford’s new 1.5 litre EcoBoost petrol four with 158 hp and a range-topping 2.0 litre EcoBoost petrol with 237 hp. A six-speed manual and PowerShift dual clutch transmissions will be offered, as well as four-wheel drive for the first time.

     
     
  • Peugeot 208 HYbrid Air 2L – just two litres per 100 km

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    Another year, another Peugeot 208 hybrid – at Frankfurt last year, Peugeot premiered its 208 HYbrid FE, which showcased an engine/electric motor combination. This year, for Paris, the French automaker will be showing a 208 HYbrid Air 2L Demonstrator concept, which works on a petrol engine/compressed air pairing.

    Fuel economy is of course the name of the game here, and the car boasts a fuel consumption of just two litres per 100 km, courtesy of the dual energy system. The base car is a production version of the 1.2 litre PureTech 82 hp 208. It still has a 1.2 litre motor, but a compressed air hydraulic system is used to assist and even replace the petrol engine to enable maximum efficiency during acceleration and starts.

    The system is made up of a compressed-air tank located below the boot, a low-pressure tank near the rear axle acting as an expansion chamber and a hydraulic system consisting of a motor and a pump in the engine bay. An epicyclic geartrain replaces the manual gearbox from the base car and offers automatic operation.

    The 208 HYbrid Air 2L can run in Petrol mode, powered only by the 1.2 litre mill, best utilised for travelling at fixed speeds such as on highways, as well as in compressed air-only mode in urban environments. There’s also a Combined mode, which mixes the use of both energy sources and is optimised for transition phases in urban environments, such as standing starts and acceleration.

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    Regeneration for the compressed-air tank is done while slowing down (during braking or when off the accelerator) or by part use of the energy developed by the three-cylinder petrol engine to compress the air. Either way, maximum pressure for the compressed air system can be achieved in just 10 seconds.

    The sterling fuel economy isn’t just accomplished through the workings of the HYbrid Air system, but from light-weighing the car as well. The study lops off 100 kg from the base 208, tipping the scales at 860 kg.

    A mix of steel, aluminium and composites are to be found. In the case of the latter, carbon composites are used for the body panels, sides, doors and roof, along with the suspension’s coil springs.

    The automaker adds that the weight shedding hasn’t just centred on the use of new materials, but on redesigning existing parts for improved weight efficiency as well. Like the 208 HYbrid FE, this year’s concept has also been fine-tuned aerodynamically, with a number of improvements to reduce drag, including a lower stance on the road.

     
     
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid facelift unveiled in Japan

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    The Toyota Camry Hybrid facelift has been launched in Japan, shortly after the regular Camry facelift made its world debut at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show.

    Visually, there’s not much separating the regular Camry from the Camry Hybrid, other than Hybrid Synergy Drive badging on the rear, a Hybrid badge on the front wings, and a blue glow on the Toyota logos.

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    The engine continues to be the 2.5 litre combustion engine version of Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive II system (the Prius uses a 1.8 litre combustion engine system), found also in Lexus cars such as the ES 300h.

    The system’s 2AR-FXE 2.5 litre Atkinson cycle four cylinder can do 160 PS and 213 Nm on its own, but in the THS II system it’s coupled with an electric motor combo that can produce 143 PS and 270Nm of torque. The combined output that can be generated by both power sources via the torque split device is 205 PS.

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    In the facelift car, fuel economy has improved from 23.4 km/L (JC08 cycle) to 25.4 km/L, but this is only for the base model which has fuel economy strategies such as smaller 16 inch alloy wheels. The higher end variants use larger 17 inch wheels and keep the same 23.4 km/L economy rating.

    The Camry Hybrid facelift gains the Camry facelift’s new instrument cluster as well, so the new colour multi-info display can display the Hybrid Synergy Drive system’s status in a more interesting way since it’s in colour, as opposed to a simple low resolution monochrome in the pre-facelift car.

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    According to our sources, the Camry Hybrid’s introduction in Malaysia as a CKD hybrid with tax exemption has been pushed to 2015, instead of the original target launch time of by the end of this year.

    Thus, we might be getting the Camry Hybrid in facelift form instead of the pre-facelift model that we’ve already seen at JPJ and driving around public roads with a registered number plate. UMW Toyota previously indicated a price tag of close to RM200k.


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  • Proton PCC undisguised – driven by Tun Mahathir

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    Surprise, surprise. Exactly 10 days before its launch, the Proton PCC/Iriz has been spotted completely undisguised right here in Kuala Lumpur. How could that be, we hear you ask? Well, you only need to look at the driver to find out. It’s Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Proton chairman himself behind the wheel of the Malaysian carmaker’s upcoming “game changer”. Let’s call it his own personal teaser/preview.

    It’s quite a looker in the flesh, we’ll tell you that much. Even without referring to its external dimensions, the new Proton is visibly larger than the Perodua Myvi. It looks much longer and wider. The rear end can finally be seen in full, with its LED lamps and rear hatch neatly nestled within a separate layer from the side body panels – what Proton designers have dubbed the ‘chamfered’ look.

    The car was covered soon after it was parked in Pavilion, so we couldn’t get any close-up or interior shots. Oh well, these new pictures already show the new Myvi-fighter in more detail than we’ve seen before – internal leaks aside, that is. In any case, Proton has released revealing interior photos of the PCC/Iriz for us to see last week, anyway.

    As is to be expected, the car here is the range-topping 1.6 Premium variant, which we now know will carry a RM59,888 price tag in five-speed manual form, or RM62,888 with a CVT transmission (both metallic, OTR with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia). As revealed in an official tentative price list yesterday, the range will start at RM42,438 for the base 1.3 Standard MT, coming within hundreds of the Myvi’s prices.

    Eight variants and seven colours will be offered, and we’ve already detailed the exterior and interior differences between the models last week – now backed up by the full official specifications and equipment list. Safe to say (pun intended), it will be an attractive package no matter what variant you choose, with standard electronic stability control and a five-star ASEAN NCAP crash safety rating across the whole range.

    The official BetulBetulOnz teaser microsite also mentions that the order books for the Proton PCC/Iriz have opened, so you can now register your interest in Proton showrooms nationwide. We’ll have more – confirmed prices, full technical/equipment details and a comprehensive photo gallery – from the official launch this September 25.

     
     
 

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