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  • New Porsche Boxster Spyder to debut at NYIAS 2015

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    Porsche will be pulling the wraps off its new Boxster Spyder at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. The new addition will top the 981 Boxster range and offer a “traditional sports-car driving experience but with contemporary performance,” says Porsche.

    Like the previous-gen Boxster Spyder, the classic fabric roof is opened and closed by hand, and it’s only available with a good ol’ manual transmission. It’s for purists, and they will also like the 20 mm lower sports suspension, brakes taken from the 911 Carrera and more direct steering.

    The lightest yet most powerful Boxster is moved by a 3.8 litre flat-six with 375 hp, enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 4.5 seconds. Top speed is 290 km/h. Radio and air con are not standard to save weight, but one can tick those boxes at no extra cost. Porsche Communication Management (PCM) is a cost option.

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    Looks good, doesn’t it? The Boxster Spyder’s front and rear ends are from the new and hardcore Cayman GT4, and the roadster has two prominent streamlined bulges that extend down along the long rear lid behind the headrests, a tribute to the 718 Spyder from the 60s.

    The interior of the new car creates an atmosphere that “elicits a feeling of pure driving pleasure” more so than in any other Boxster, Zuffenhausen claims. The driver and passenger sit in light sports bucket seats with large side supports, while the new steering wheel with a diameter of just 360 mm adds to the mid-engine roadster’s impression of agility.

    The Boxster Spyder is very desirable, but here a more realistic alternative, in price if not local availability.

     
  • GST: No change in Volkswagen Malaysia’s retail prices

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    Volkswagen Malaysia has updated its prices with GST – all models and variants maintain their nett selling prices (excluding OTR and insurance costs), inclusive of GST.

    However, for all locally-assembled (CKD) models, you’d have to fork out RM18 more (due to a 6% GST on handling and number plate fees) and RM27 more for all fully-imported (CBU) models (due to a 6% GST on inspection, handling and number plate fees). Then there’s insurance, which is of course subject to its own 6% GST.

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    For instance, where you’d previously pay RM90,628 for a CKD Polo 1.6 Hatch, OTR without insurance, you’ll now pay RM90,646. In the case of the CBU Golf TSI, it’s RM164,635 now, versus RM164,608 before.

    Volkswagen Malaysia last revamped its prices in January, when the prices of all models and variants, except for the Tiguan, were upped.

     
  • GST: Updated Lexus prices – decrease of up to RM14k

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    Next up to announce its range-wide post-GST price list is Lexus Malaysia and as a whole, it’s good news all round. From the looks of it, only the ES 300h hybrid is expected to cost more following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

    For starters the Lexus CT 200h now costs RM255,727.50 on-the-road (OTR) without insurance – a drop of RM1,158 or 0.45% when compared to its pre-GST price tag. The recently-launced Lexus NX range now begins at RM287,199 OTR sans insurance for the 200t variant while the range-topping NX 300h goes for RM372,110 – a decrease of RM2,890 from its pre-GST price tag of RM375,000 for the latter.

    Lexus GST pricelist Sheet1 copy

    On the other end of the scale, the LS range will now witness a decrease of up to RM13,677 courtesy of the dip in price for the Lexus LS 600h L. The sole model to be priced higher is the ES 300h with its price rising slightly to RM353,201 – a minute increase over the original figure of RM353,000.

    The reduction lines up well with what was said earlier on by UMW Toyota president Datuk Ismet Suki. “There will be price reduction up to RM4,000 or 2% for Toyota and Lexus models,” he said. As one can see from the attached graphic, the 2.04% decrease for the GS 350 F Sport model confirms Ismet’s statement.

     
  • New Mitsubishi Triton open for booking – from RM71k

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    The new Mitsubishi Triton is now open for booking and listed on Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s website, with estimated introductory prices from RM71k to RM114k (OTR with insurance and GST). The CBU Thai-assembled pick-up truck will be officially launched in May.

    The new Triton’s arrival is of course no surprise – we’ve covered its launch in Thailand late last year and more recently showed you undisguised spyshots of a registered unit in Malaysia.

    In Thailand, the Triton debuted with a new 2.4 litre turbodiesel MIVEC VGT engine with 182 PS, 430 Nm of torque and 20% better efficiency; but Malaysian-bound Tritons will have a 2.5 litre VGT engine with 178 PS and 400 Nm from 2,000 to 3,500 rpm, an improved version of the current 178 PS/350 Nm DI-D motor.

    The new engine not coming here could be because of our lower quality diesel, but an extra 50 Nm shot of torque isn’t bad. The gearbox is a five-speed auto with paddle shifters for the top variant.

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    Equipment wise, MMM is highlighting the above-mentioned shift paddles, HID projector headlamps with LED daytime running lights, dual-zone auto air con, auto headlamps and wipers, and a 6.1-inch touchscreen head unit with reverse camera for the top-spec, auto-only VGT Adventure. It rolls on 17-inch wheels and has an extra sport bar for the bed, as seen in our spyshots above.

    One rung below, the VGT AT and VGT MT (five-speed manual) comes with keyless entry and a push start button. Both also get the touchscreen HU, but without the camera. There’s a new rotary selector for the Easy Select 4WD system (2H, 4H, 4L) to replace the old vibrating stick, but only for the VGT Adventure and VGT AT.

    There are also two non-VGT (variable geometry turbo) workhorse variants, namely the Triton 4X4 MT and the Triton Quest 4X2 MT. The latter’s ‘Quest’ name replaces the old ‘Lite’ moniker. Tilt and telescopic steering is available for all 4WD models.

    Full price and equipment lists for all variants, plus roadshow schedules, are in the gallery below. Do also browse our 2014 Thai Motor Expo gallery for an accurate preview of new Triton.


    2015 Mitsubishi Triton at 2014 Thai Motor Expo

     
  • GST: UMW Toyota’s new prices – all models cheaper, except four Vios variants up RM36-132 after insurance

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    UMW Toyota has updated its prices with GST on its website. All models and variants see price reductions of between RM160 and RM4,900, except for the Toyota Vios – four out of five Vios variants are pricier after insurance (which is subject to its own 6% GST).

    The Vios J manual, E auto, G auto and TRD Sportivo are costlier by RM36, RM54, RM110 and RM132 respectively. Only the Vios J auto is cheaper, by RM164. However, if we take insurance out of the picture, all Vios variants are very slightly cheaper than before.

    Toyota GST pricelist copy

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    All other models and variants are cheaper than before, OTR with insurance – chiefly, the Corolla Altis enjoys price drops between RM1,954 and RM2,315, while the Hilux is RM545-899 cheaper. The Previa is over RM3,600 cheaper, and the Alphard is RM4,400-4,900 cheaper.

    The Camry is not in the list, because the 2015 model is set to be launched tomorrow (April 2). We’ll know the Camry’s GST prices then.

     
  • GST: Euromobil announces revamped Audi prices

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    Euromobil has announced a range-wide price update following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) today. In line with most of the changes happening across the board from other marques, prices for all Audi models, except for the A4 1.8 TFSI, will see a decrease of up to 4.42%.

    The aforementioned slash pertains to the Audi Q3 2.0 TFSI quattro model – which now wears a price tag of RM252,900 on-the-road (OTR) sans insurance – a decline of RM11,700 from the original price of RM264,600. Other significant drop in prices include models such as the A6 3.0 TFSI quattro, A7 3.0 TFSI quattro and A8 L 3.0 TFSI quattro with figures falling by as much as RM13,600, RM15,000 and RM16,000, respectively.

    Audi GST pricelist Sheet1 copy

    As mentioned earlier, the only model that sees a price increase is the Audi A4 1.8 TFSI, which now sports a price tag of RM239,900 – a 0.8% increase from the pre-GST price tag of RM238,000. The Audi A1 and A1 Sportback have been dropped from the line-up early this year.

     
  • GST: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s new prices – all models cheaper, E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid down RM10k

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    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has begun posting GST prices on its website – we’ve tabled them all for you along with the old (pre-GST) prices so you can compare.

    The B-Class, C-Class, CLS-Class, ML-Class and R-Class is absent from this list because their prices have not been updated with GST. This could be because changes are forthcoming for these models – either new/facelift models, CKD or phasing out.

    As you can see below, all models see price drops of between RM1,000 and RM4,000 – except for the E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, whose OTR without insurance price has been reduced by a significant RM10,000 to RM338,888!

    Mercedes-Benz GST price list

     
  • Construction of toll-free Pan Borneo Highway begins

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    Fifty two years after the project was first mooted, construction of the Pan Borneo Highway has finally begun. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak launched the upgrading of an existing road to Bakun Dam from KM32 of the Bintulu-Miri trunk road yesterday, with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem present, The Star reports. It will be toll-free, the PM said.

    The project will be built in segments, starting from Tanjung Datu to Sematan, the 40 km stretch bringing road connectivity for the first time between the westernmost tip of Sarawak and the area represented by the Sarawak CM. This segment is scheduled for completion by the end of 2018.

    Next up is the 740 km stretch from Sematan to Miri, which will begin construction in the third quarter of 2016, and is scheduled for completion in Q1 2023. The Sarawak portion from Tedungan to Merapok, sandwiched between Brunei, will see construction from early 2018 to early 2023.

    The daily reports that the Pan Borneo Highway will mostly mirror the existing trunk road, and it involves the widening of the present three-metre wide single-carriageway into a dual-carriageway. Presently, the trunk road isn’t in good shape and requires major maintenance due to heavy usage. This means slow progress, estimated at 19 hours between Sematan and Miri.

    Announced by the PM in Budget 2015, construction of the 1,663 km Pan Borneo Highway (936 km in Sarawak, 727 km in Sabah) would be fast-tracked under a public-private-partnership implementation model, with total cost estimated at RM27 billion. The highway is expected to bring economic benefits to the region. According to a Government study of Peninsular Malaysia’s North South Expressway, highway construction induces a multiplier effect of four times to the economy.

     
  • SPYSHOTS: 2016 smart fortwo cabrio needs no camo

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    A sole prototype of the 2016 smart fortwo cabrio has been spotted undergoing tests prior to its (possible) world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Its Renault Twingo-based, fixed-roof sibling along with the larger smart forfour model were introduced last year.

    With the prototype sporting minimal camouflage, one can see that the smart fortwo cabrio will most likely mirror the coupe from the roof down with the same mesh front grille and squared-off head and tail lamp assemblies. The ghastly-looking wheels are a prototype-only accessory, obviously.

    The roof mechanism is expected to be carried over from the previous-generation smart fortwo cabrio – an electronically-operated fabric roof slides back à la Fiat 500C while the frames will have to be removed by hand. Dimensions should remain the same with a length of 2,690 mm, a width of 1,660 mm and a height of 1,550 mm – the latter could differentiate slightly from its fixed-roof stablemate.

    Spy-Shots of Cars

    As for powerplant options, the cabrio is expected to mirror the standard variant. That means a base 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine with 60 PS/91 Nm of torque. Following that, a 1.0 litre, three-cylinder mill with 72 PS/91 Nm occupies the ‘middle-child’ slot while a 898 cc turbocharged mill with 91 PS/135 Nm tops the range.

    All of the rear-mounted engines can be mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed Twinamic six-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive going to the rear wheels. Things are likely to remain the same on the inside while the list of safety features which includes five airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, Crosswind Assist and Lane Keeping Assist will be retained.

    GALLERY: 2015 smart fortwo

     
  • The santan test – more accidents caused by santan?

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    Remember the report that said that santan-rich cuisine such as nasi lemak could lead to increased road accident fatalities? Apparently suggested by the Malaysian traffic police chief, the report understandably went viral across the nation.

    It’s a serious matter, this. It goes against what every Malaysian has been brought up to believe – that nasi lemak is our friend, be it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. So is nasi lemak, or rather one of its defining ingredients, santan, more of a foe than a friend we thought it is?

    That’s precisely what we at paultan.org wanted to find out. To end this all-important debate once and for all, Paul Tan himself and yours truly, Hafriz Shah, planned out an elaborate test to see if the consumption of santan really does cause drivers to feel sleepy behind the wheel.

    Read our findings after the jump!

     
 

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