We’ve just tested the 2015 Jaguar XJ L 2.0 Ti over at motoring-malaysia’s very active original page folks. Head over there to read the review.
We covered the Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2015 which was held recently over in the Thai city of Hua Hin. It was fun watching the driver’s duke it out ensuring that they were economical yet consistently fast over a set circuit.
The Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Challenge 2015 saw Ms. Louise Marriott became the first female driver and New Zealander to be named Asia Pacific’s most fuel-efficient driver. This was the first time Volvo Trucks has included women participation, four women, representing the expanding number of female drivers within the Fuelwatch community and the industry-at-large.
Now aside from the on-road challenge, there was an off-road challenge too, this was won by Mr Ravi Poleboina of India (pictured above). He clinched the top prize with a notable achievement of 12.5% less fuel consumption relative to fellow contestants.
Click here to read the full report and see the pics!
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Century Battery Malaysia had produced two videos in order to educate vehicles owners about batteries in general. The vids may be over a year old, but somehow, not much promotion has been made by them and no one actually knows that these locally produced videos exist. (Notice the lack of views to date).
Have a look and see. You may gain some know-how.
- Fizzy: A Top 10 Asian Extreme Sports Championship BMX freestyle rider
- Shuk: Malaysia’s first pro Flyboard performer and instructor
- Rizlan: A Paramotor pilot and member of Malaysia’s pioneer North Pole Free Fall Expedition
- Nasa: Skydiver and BASE jumper with over 200 jumps to date
Oh, by the way folks……
No. I haven’t forgotten that the all-new Mazda 3 2.0 was just launched in Malaysia. The reason is that I did not have the time to get myself over to One Utama where they had launched it and I have not made it to any showrooms to have a look at it. Anyway, Mazda seems to have only brought in one fully imported CBU model – the 2.0 Skyactive sedan at RM138,935 OTR with insurance (with no hatchback in sight at the moment). It comes with a 3 year /100,000km warranty and a 3 year / 60,000km free servicing packages.
Expect the CKD model by the third or fourth quarter of 2014 (which I presume would be RM10,000 cheaper at the very least). The CBU Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactive sedan gets a high compression 2.0liter 4 cylinder engine to get a whole lot of efficiency (and power). 162hp and 210Nm torque via a 6 speed automatic gearbox. It only weighs 1295kg too! Impressive figures and this could now be the performance C segment car to get here in Malaysia….. IF and WHEN they assemble it locally. Only then.
Why did I just say that? Well, at almost RM140,000 you could just go and buy the entry level CKD Honda Accord 2.0VTI (something like the one in the pic above). Of course, throwing around an Accord through high speed corners may be unbecoming but the Accord is a whole lot of car for the price. It is very well built and it also handles very well but compared to the Mazda 3 CBU weighs 200kg heavier and at least 20hp down in power and 20Nm down in torque. But you get a D segment instead of a C segment car. Think of the image boost it may be able to give you at the office car park. Of course, The Mazda 3 is actually quite large for a C segment car these days. And it is good looking too. I somehow think the lines flow better here than in the larger Mazda 6.
No, I am not suggesting merely for the sake of image and style. The thing about the Malaysian market is that prices are so screwed up that an imported Mazda 3 costs as much as a Mazda 6 competitor that is locally assembled. Sometimes it would be wiser to just buy the bigger car – which incidentally has a longer warranty too (5 years unlimited mileage warranty).
And if you are patient, RM10,000 in savings could be had if you just wait for the CKD version of the Mazda 3. So whilst the Mazda 3 looks promising on paper, in terms of price, I’d wait awhile for the CKD version.
Let’s just do everything in short little blurbs.
National Automotive Policy
The National Automotive Policy was announced recently and basically there is really nothing for most of us Malaysians to get worked up about. As I’ve already posted on motoring-malaysia.s Facebook page, the summary is as follows:
NAP2014 in a nutshell…no more cheap imported hybrids after existing stocks run out except for CKD. Which is only one car at this moment- Honda Jazz hybrid.
Malaysia will be energy efficient car producing hub and such cars produced here and sold may get tax incentives. This means cars with hybrid, electric, bluemotion, blueeffiency, efficientdynamics, passmotion, locomotion, etc (see which two i made up).
APs stay the same plan of supposedly getting rid of them and as usual some review on them APs. I.e same shit till 2015.
Excise duty will not be abolished as the government needs it to fatten up its coffers but expect a gradual cut of taxes and duties from now on. Boo…as we’re still going to pay huge amounts of taxes but the ‘upside’ is the fact thst your second hand car resale prices dont plummet like crazy.
Lucky there isnt some STUPID end of life policy in there (just some voluntary inspection request to vehicle owners – which is obviously unnecessary as do you really, really, really see any cars on the road that are disasters waiting to happen? No..there aren’t many and notice that most of the accidents are caused by stupidity, carelessness and recklessness) . I’m still reading the text of the speech…will update more if necessary
Ron95 Petrol Subsidy to be given to those that deserve it.
I’m sorry. I deserve it as much as the next person as my cars all state that they should use a minimum of RON95. Anyway, what kind of system should be use to determine whether we are eligible or not for the subsidised petrol price? Would I still get a subsidy if I drove my 1998 Proton Wira instead of my 2012 Mercedes as I own more than one car? Would I need some ridiculous sounding ‘Kad Petrol 1 Malaysia’ that I would need to show to get the subsidy? Would the subsidy only be applied to Perodua Viva or cars below 1000cc?
Too many variables for something like this to be done properly. Let’s just wait and see. Anyway, what was stated by Tengku Adnan Mansor, Federal Territories Minister has already been taken out of context and spun round and around already. The truth of the matter is that the matter is still under discussion and I suppose, with this uproar it’ll quieten down for a while and things remain the same for a while longer. Typical.
2014 Toyota Altis Launched.
Same as the All-new Toyota Vios. You get average technology with a badge every Malaysian loves. And decent looks too (which will attract a lot of buyers) Buy the car. Be normal. Be safe. Be just like any other Ah Kau, Ahmad, Arumugam who buys Toyotas. Be a face in the crowd. Don’t stand out. No. That Altis with a bodykit does not make it a Lexus LFA okay.
I have written about this car in two earlier posts. Just look for it if you have the time. I just don’t have the passion to write about this cash cow of a car anymore. Typically Toyota. reliable as heck, slightly dull but a sure seller.
Facelifted 2014 Kia Optima K5 Launched
This one I quite like. You get LED driving lights in the redesigned front end, a diffuser-like rear bumper for the rear, a new flat bottomed steering wheel (very sporty), 6 airbags (very safe), a whole lot of features and really good looking 18inch alloy wheels (the pre-facelift ones were horrid). All for a RM149,888 completely imported from South Korea. It also comes with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty and most probably free servicing for at leat 3 years too.
I like this new look. Those LEDs and rear diffuser make the car look better. Those wheels however make the car look better. The old disc-like multi spoke ones were cheap looking and made this Korean car look like some…well, cheap Korean car. This one is better. Question is would you take this car over the newly launched Honda Accord or not?
We can thank our lucky stars that there isn’t an official Jeep distributor here in Malaysia. The 2014 Jeep Cherokee has a face only a person high on something would love. Daytime driving lights with indicators on top, headlights in the middle and fog lights below. And that funny grille that is totally at odds with the lower grille. What type of drugs was the designer on? This is apparent if you take a look at it full frontal.
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