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  • Mitsubishi Pajero facelift goes on sale in Japan

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    It’s facelift time, apparently, as the Mitsubishi Pajero has also been facelifted, this time for the Japanese market. This is the second time the fourth-generation SUV has been updated since its introduction in 2006, never mind that the car itself is a heavily-revised version of the third-generation model, which had been around since 1999.

    At the front, there’s a new full-length grille inspired by the company’s concepts from Tokyo 2013, bordered by two large vertical chrome bars. The front bumper has also been reshaped and feature LED positioning lights on higher trim levels. Exceed and Super Exceed models also get a redesigned spare tyre cover.

    Inside, metallic trim now surrounds the central air vents, while the centre panel surrounding the head unit and the air-conditioning controls is now finished in woodgrain trim for the Super Exceed and piano black for the Exceed and VR-II models. Extra sound deadening material has also been installed behind the instrument panel and in the doors.

    The existing Japanese market 3.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, 3.2 litre turbodiesel four, INVECS-II five-speed automatic transmission and Super Select II four-wheel drive system remain unchanged. Prices start from 2,921,400 yen (RM91,300) for the three-door VR-I petrol model, rising up to 4,930,200 yen (RM154,300) for the five-door Super Exceed diesel.

    In Malaysia, the pre-facelift Pajero comes in Exceed guise with a 3.8 litre naturally-aspirated petrol V6, retailing at RM291,177 on the road without insurance. You can check out CarBase.my for full technical specifications and equipment of the current model.

     
     
  • Nissan Note Nismo – first photos of the sportier hatch

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    Nissan’s Nismo tuning outfit have put their touches on the bread-and-butter Nissan Note hatchback, turning it into the Nissan Note Nismo. Exterior-wise, it gets sportier bumpers, grilles and wheels, while the interior gets sports seats. The little splashes of red around the body looks good, doesn’t it?

    Nismo have tweaked the car in terms of powertrain, chassis, tyres, suspension and aerodynamics. Yes, the engine has been tweaked, but we’re not too sure to what extent. The car is supposed to have a 5-speed manual gearbox, so we’re expecting the base engine to be the 1.5 litre normally aspirated four cylinder engine that you normally find in the Note, so we don’t know how far powertrain tweaks can go.

    The Nissan Note competes head on with the Honda Jazz, since both cars are B-segment high roof hatchbacks. We’ve previously seen a Nissan Note with trade plates driving around in Malaysia, and ETCM showcased the Nissan Note at last year’s KLIMS13 show, but there hasn’t been any other updates on the possibility of the car coming to Nissan Malaysia showrooms since then.


    Nissan Note at KLIMS13

     
     
  • Fiesta becomes UK’s best selling nameplate of all time

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    The Ford Fiesta is now the UK’s best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time. Total sales topped 4,115,000 this month, surpassing the Ford Escort, which sold 4,105,961 in the UK from 1968 to 2000.

    First launched in 1976, the Fiesta has led the small car segment in the UK for 27 of the 37 years and has been Britain’s best-selling car since 2009 when it overtook the Ford Focus.

    Mark Ovenden, Ford Britain chairman and MD, said: “The Ford Fiesta has gone from strength to strength and today’s car combines style, value, driving dynamics and remarkable technologies such as the multi-award-winning 1.0 litre EcoBoost engine. It continues to outsell its nearest retail competitor by more than two to one – and that really tells the story of this extraordinary car.”

    Ford says that over 40% of Fiesta buyers in the UK choose the 1.0 EcoBoost, and almost 90% opt for higher level specification – Zetec (most popular, £12,945), Zetec S, Titanium, Titanium X and ST models.

    In Malaysia, the Fiesta facelift is available with two engines – the 1.5 Ti-VCT and the 1.0 Ecoboost. The 182 PS Fiesta ST hot hatch will be coming later this year. There’s a Raya promo offering up to RM10,000 in rebates for the Fiesta now, so this is a good time if you’ve been eyeing one.

     
     
  • Porsche Cayenne facelift shown ahead of Paris debut, scheduled to come to Malaysia Q1 2015

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    The second-generation Porsche Cayenne has been given a mid-life nip and tuck after four years on the market. Scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show in October before its slated market introduction in Malaysia in the first quarter of 2015, the facelift features numerous subtle changes both inside and out, including a new plug-in hybrid model.

    Outside, those changes are of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it variety, done to bring the Cayenne closer to the Macan visually. The front air intakes are reshaped and feature new “airblades” on the outer edges of the front end. The headlights are also more angular, and bi-xenon units now come as standard (Turbo models get adaptive full LEDs), while the bonnet has been made larger.

    At the rear, the tail lights are narrower, and the internals have been redesigned to give a “three-dimensional effect”. The rear number plate recess, rear valence and exhaust outlets have also been reprofiled.

    Inside, the Cayenne gets a 918-inspired multi-function steering wheel taken from the Macan. The new wheel includes paddle shifters instead of the old push-to-upshift-pull-to-downshift buttons on either side (proper paddles were previously part of a SportDesign steering wheel option). The rear seats have also been redesigned for better comfort and seat ventilation is now offered as an option.

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    Under the skin, some tweaks have been made for better efficiency – a new coasting function built into the stop-start system, as well as active flaps in the air intakes enable the Cayenne to use less fuel than before. Tweaks have also been done to the chassis to provide greater comfort without sacrificing the car’s much-lauded handling capabilities.

    The Macan Turbo’s 3.6 litre twin-turbo V6 supplants naturally-aspirated V8 power in the Cayenne S, producing 414 hp at 6,000 rpm and 550 Nm from 1,350 to 4,500 rpm. 0-100 km/h is now done in 5.5 seconds (5.4 with the Sport Chrono pack), while the top speed is 259 km/h. Fuel consumption is down by 1 litre per 100 km to 9.5 litres per 100 km.

    The Cayenne Turbo’s existing 4.8 litre twin-turbo V8, on the other hand, has been revised, boosting power to 512 hp at at 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm from 2,250 to 4,000 rpm. Sprinting to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds (4.4 with Sport Chrono pack) before topping out at 279 km/h, the Turbo nevertheless manages to cut fuel consumption by 0.3 litres per 100 km to 11.2 litres per 100 km.

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    Diesel engines have also been improved, with the Cayenne Diesel’s 3.0 litre turbo V6 now producing 258 hp at 6,000 rpm and 580 Nm from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is cut to 7.3 seconds (7.2 with Sport Chrono pack) and top speed is up to 221 km/h. Fuel consumption has also been reduced by 0.6 litres per 100 km, sitting at 6.6 litres per 100 km.

    The more powerful Cayenne S Diesel’s 4.2-litre V8 engine has been massaged to produce 380 hp at 3,750 rpm, while torque remains an immense 850 Nm from 2,000 to 2,750 rpm. It now blasts to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (5.3 seconds with Sport Chrono pack) up to a top speed of 252 km/h. Fuel consumption is listed at 8.0 litres per 100 km, down 0.3 litres per 100 km.

    New to the range (and on the cards to be introduced here) is a plug-in Cayenne S E-Hybrid – the third Porsche plug-in hybrid after the Panamera S E-Hybrid and the 918 Spyder – which replaces the S Hybrid in the lineup. The existing 328 hp, 440 Nm 3.0 litre supercharged V6 is now mated with an electric motor with more than double the power – 70 kW (94 hp) – and a 10.9 kWh lithium-ion battery.

    Combined, they produce some impressive figures: 416 hp at 5,500 rpm, 590 Nm from 1,250 to 4,000 rpm, a 0-100 km/h time of 5.9 seconds and a top speed of 243 km/h. Fuel consumption, meanwhile, is down to just 3.4 litres per 100 km, a whopping 59% drop from the S Hybrid. An all-electric range of between 18 and 36 km is quoted, at speeds below 125 km/h.

    Conspicuously missing from Porsche’s announcement, however, are any updates to the base Cayenne. We do still expect a new entry level model to be announced later, much like how the base Macan was revealed several months after the rest of the range, although your guess is as good as ours as to what will end up under the bonnet.

    So, which one will it be – a revised current car’s 295 hp, 400 Nm naturally aspirated 3.6 litre V6, the Macan S’ 335 hp, 460 Nm twin-turbo 3.0 litre V6 or even an uprated version of the base Macan‘s 2.0 litre turbo four?

     
     
  • SPYSHOTS: Jaguar XJ facelift reveals some details

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    Jaguar continues development of the mid-cycle facelift of the Jaguar XJ, and this latest set of spy photos from our European spy photographers show the XJ on test at the Nurburgring, hinting at revised suspension settings.

    From the side-by-side comparison images above you can see what’s changed with the front end. The XJ will get a completely new bumper reshaped around the main grille. The decorative trim where the fog lamps traditionally are have also been moved higher.

    The fact that the headlamps are covered up also points to a revised design, perhaps employing LED technology to keep up with rivals such as the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

    Find out more about the current Jaguar XJ on CarBase.my and compare it to its nearest rivals.

     
     
  • 460,000 summonses for traffic offences issued by JPJ in 2013, largely for expired driving licence and road tax

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    Going about with an expired driving licence and lapsed road tax, these were the most common road transport offences committed by Malaysian motorists last year, Bernama reports.

    A total of 460,000 summonses for traffic offences were issued by the JPJ in 2013, with more than 80% of these being for the two aforementioned offences, according to JPJ deputy director-general of planning and operations Datuk Yusoff Ayob. The offenders were primarily in the 20- to 40-year-old age group.

    The high infraction rate, he said, was largely due to the indifferent attitude adopted by road users. Thus far, only 20% of driving licence holders have opted to synchronise the licence renewal date with their date of birth as a means to never forget the expiry date of one’s driving licence.

    He was speaking to reporters after monitoring a JPJ enforcement exercise at the Sungai Besi toll plaza yesterday, in which a total of 716 vehicles were inspected and 123 summonses issued for various offences, including non-conforming vehicle number plates and vehicle window tint.

     
     
  • Infiniti enters Vietnam market with QX70, QX80 SUVs

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    Infiniti has entered the Vietnam market. Nissan’s premium brand recently inaugurated its first Infiniti Center in Ho Chi Minh City, which will house the QX80 large SUV and QX70 crossover. The new facility adopts the brand’s IREDI (Infiniti Retail Environment Design Initiative) design concept.

    The Vietnamese entry is part of the next step in Infiniti’s quest to transform itself into a global challenger brand. It was earlier announced that the brand had achieved record global sales in the first half of 2014 by delivering more than 100k units, up 30% compared with a year ago.

    Monthly sales records were broken in April, May and June, and the brand grew in 31 markets around the world, including key markets such as the US, China, Canada, Western Europe and the Middle East.

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    Infiniti is preparing a “Q30″ hatchback to fight the Mercedes A-Class and BMW 1 Series

    Infiniti is also making progress towards expanding its product portfolio. The lineup will increase by 60% over the next five years (compact hatch on the cards), and the number of engines and transmissions will more than double. By starting production in China later this year, in the UK in 2015 and Mexico in 2017, Infiniti will extend its current manufacturing footprint from Japan and the US to five countries on three continents.

    In Malaysia, Infiniti will be launching the Q50 sedan very soon. The 3 Series and C-Class rival will be available as a 2.0 turbo (drivetrain from Mercedes) or hybrid, and we hear that prices will be attractive for a CBU Japan model. Find out more details and read our first drive report.

    Infiniti Q50 in Malaysia

     
     
  • Proton Sepanjang Raya campaign – free 20-point safety inspection today at selected Petronas stations

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    In conjunction with Hari Raya and the upcoming holidays, Proton has announced a free 20-point safety inspection for Proton vehicles as part of its Sepanjang Raya festive campaign.

    The three-day programme, which began on July 22 and ends today, is jointly organised with Petronas and the Petronas Coffee Break campaign. For those in the Klang Valley, the service will be available today at the Damansara-bound Petronas station on KM 15.3 on the NKVE, from 3 pm to 8 pm.

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    The press release didn’t mention it, but a check with the Proton Edar website lists three other locations aside from the one on the NKVE, these being:

  • BKE 2, Seberang Jaya (Butterworth-bound)
  • Ayer Keroh 3, Melaka
  • Gambang, Kuantan
  • Aside from the free 20-point safety inspection, customers will also be given free consultation on engine and car maintenance and educated on how to differentiate between genuine Proton parts and imitations. The company will also be giving away mystery gifts as a token of appreciation to customers.

     
     
  • SPYSHOTS: Mercedes-Benz C-Class W205 sighted on a trailer in Malaysia – is this a first batch of CBU cars?

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    Heads up folks, the new W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is now here in Malaysia. Readers Eric Tan and Jason Lo sighted trailer loads of the new W205 today.

    The angle of these photos unfortunately do not let us see the badge on the left side of the boot lid that would indicate the engine variant under the hood, but the fact that there’s no Hybrid or Bluetec badging on the right side of the boot lid rules out hybrid or diesel variants.

    All the cars on the trailer look like they have the same exterior and wheel design. The alloy wheel design matches the 17-inch double five-spoke design found on the UK spec’s Sport line model, and the grille on the front is a sports grille instead of the traditional design with the hood ornament.

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    Given that even the W212 E-Class facelift is only available with the sports grille in Malaysia, we expect that the W205 C-Class will get the sports grille across the board for our local spec. There are various exterior packages for the W205 C-Class. While this looks like a Sport Line exterior (the middle car), the other two lines available are SE (left) and AMG Line (right).

    We’re expecting the Malaysian W205 range to be available as a 184 hp/300 Nm C 200 and a 211 hp/350 Nm C 250 as base models, but the duo could eventually be flanked by a 156 hp/250 Nm C 180 at the lower end and a C 400 – or a C 450 – as a range-topper, not counting the C 63 AMG, of course.

    Traditionally, Mercedes-Benz cars usually come in as a CBU for the first batch or so before full scale SKD assembly operations begin in Pekan. Could this be a first batch of CBU cars?

     
     
  • Proton teases new GSC hatchback in Raya 2014 ad

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    This is the first official teaser of the upcoming Proton Global Small Car (GSC), also known internally as the P2-30A. A glimpse of the five-door hatchback’s (projector) headlamps appear at the end of the national carmaker’s Raya 2014 ad, with the caption Nantikan Kemunculannya, which translates roughly to “wait for it to surface”.

    In other words, coming soon. But we know that already, because we’ve been following this trail and updating you for a long time now. Our most recent set of spyshots came out earlier this week, where two units were spotted in the KLIA mosque compound, one showing a blue exterior colour for the first time.

    We also have exclusive spyshots of the car’s interior and dashboard. Click on the dashboard pic below for a better view of the cabin and more pics.

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    The B-segment hatch, which will take on Malaysia’s most popular car, the Perodua Myvi (not P2′s upcoming “Axia” new model, which is smaller), won’t be bargain basement cheap though. “Now Proton wants to produce cars which are of world standard, but you have to pay a higher price. You can’t have a good car and pay a bad car price,” Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was quoted as saying last month.

    “The new model was expected to be cheaper compared to other models in the same segment, because that is what a Proton is supposed to be. However, the prices have to be raised a little because customers are paying for something better,” he said last week, adding to the same topic.

    The Raya ad pasted below features notable models in Proton history such as the original Saga (1985), Satria GTi (1997) and Suprima S (2013). Browse our archive of P2-30A a.k.a. GSC stories to see more. Nantikan Kemunculannya!

     
     
 

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