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  • GALLERY: F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé in Lisbon

    The global media test drive of the F44 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé has recently concluded, and yours truly was on hand to put the new compact four-door coupé through its paces – something which you’ll read about in due time. For now, we’re bringing you a massive 206-image photo gallery, shot on location in Lisbon.

    A new entry into BMW’s compact car lineup, the 2 Series Gran Coupé is Munich’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz CLA. It’s similar to its Stuttgart rival in more ways than one, because while the two-door 2 Series Coupé is rear-wheel drive, this car is based on the same front-wheel drive architecture as the latest F40 1 Series – a fact which will no doubt have purists frothing in the mouth.

    Still, putting the engine ahead of the front wheels does at least mean that BMW can give the Gran Coupé compact proportions and a low-slung roofline without compromising interior space too much. This, together with the larger body, means that the car is obviously more practical than the two-door coupé, with 33 mm of extra rear knee room, 14 mm more headroom and a 430 litre boot that is 40 litres larger.

    Design highlights include angled headlights that flank a conjoined trapezoidal double kidney grille, a frameless six-window glasshouse and a short rear end with slim tail lights and a gloss black horizontal strip. Inside, the basic dashboard is lifted from the 1 Series with an angular design, silvered controls, controls clustered according to their functions and optional ambient lighting embedded in the decorative trim.

    Of course, the Gran Coupé comes with a whole host of added gadgetry, including the Intelligent Personal Assistant voice control and the Digital Key that allows you to use selected Samsung smartphones to unlock and start the car. Safety-wise, the car comes as standard in Europe with autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning (watch as these get dropped for our market).

    On the options list is the Driving Assistant package with lane keeping assist, rear collision warning and crossing traffic warning, as well as adaptive cruise control with stop and go and the Parking Assistant. The latter comes with the reversing assistant that allows the car to reverse exactly the way you came in.

    Under the skin, the Gran Coupé is constructed from a mix of high-strength steels and aluminium body panels to reduce weight while maintaining a high level of torsional stiffness. This is aided by added bracing such as a boomerang-shaped strut at the rear of the car. Suspension options include a passive setup in standard and M Sport forms – the latter being 10 mm lower – as well as adaptive dampers.

    As with the 1 Series, the Gran Coupé gets the near-actuator wheel slip limitation (ARB) system, an advanced traction control that made its debut on the electric i3s. With a slip controller positioned directly in the ECU, rather than being integrated into the stability control, the system allows for swifter, more precise wheel slip control. Together with the stability control, ARB is claimed to significantly reduce power understeer.

    Also fitted is the BMW Performance Control torque vectoring by braking, as well as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) that also uses the brakes to simulate a limited-slip differential. The xDrive all-wheel drive system is also fitted as standard on certain models.

    The Gran Coupé gets the usual range of BMW turbocharged engines, with four of them available at launch. The base petrol mill is the latest version of the B38 1.5 litre three-cylinder in the 218i, now five kilograms lighter and delivering four more horsepower, with outputs sitting at 140 hp at 4,600 to 6,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,480 to 4,200 rpm. An extra 10 Nm of overboost is delivered in fourth gear and higher.

    As such, the 218i is able to get from zero to 100 km/h in 8.7 seconds before hitting a top speed of 215 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at between 5.0 and 5.7 litres per 100 km, while carbon dioxide emissions are said to be 29 grams per kilometre with the new engine, at 114 to 131 grams per kilometre. It is the only model in the range to come with a six-speed manual gearbox, with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission optional.

    Exclusive to the United States is the 228i xDrive, utilising a 231 hp/350 Nm 2.0 litre four-pot. On the diesel side, the 220d gets a 190 hp/400 Nm 2.0 litre twin-turbo unit, delivering a zero-to-100 km/h time of 7.5 seconds, a top speed of 235 km/h, fuel consumption of between 4.2 to 4.5 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 110 to 119 grams per kilometre. Both engines get an eight-speed torque converter automatic.

    At the top of the range is the mid-range M Performance variant, the M235i xDrive. This uses BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine yet – an uprated B48 2.0 litre unit that also sees service in the X2 M35i and M135i. With 306 hp between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm and 450 Nm from 1,750 to 4,500 rpm, it races to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds before hitting the limiter at 250 km/h. It also offers a fuel consumption figure of 6.7 to 7.1 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 153 to 162 grams per kilometre.

    Unique features for the M235i are a sport version of the auto gearbox, a mechanical Torsen limited-slip differential, a strut tower brace, additional strengthening around the front subframe and centre tunnel, and standard M Sport steering, brakes and suspension. Visually, the high-performance model is differentiated by the standard M Sport package, a mesh grille, larger air intakes and Cerium Grey exterior highlights.

    As yet, there are no details on when the 2 Series Gran Coupé is coming to Malaysia, or the variants that will be offered over here – although the two petrol models, the 218i and M235i xDrive, are obviously prime candidates. Of course, we will bring you more news as we have them.


    GALLERY: BMW 220d Gran Coupé
    GALLERY: BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupé

     
  • Proton Saga for Pakistan will use lower displacement 1,299 cc engine to secure better tax benefits – report

    Yesterday, it was reported that Proton’s partner in Pakistan, Al-Haj Automotive, was in the process of introducing a range of Proton vehicles, including the Saga facelift, which is currently being tested and will be the first Proton model to be introduced in that market.

    Now, CarSpiritPK reports that the Saga that will be sold in Pakistan will feature a different, downsized engine in order to secure improved tax benefits. The car will still feature a 1.3 litre engine, but this will have a displacement of 1,299 cc to bring the car into a lower tax structure, which will make the car cheaper to sell.

    The Saga’s existing S4PH 1.3 litre VVT mill has a 1,332 cc displacement, so this could well be a cylinder resleeve job to meet the capacity requirements, or it could be an entirely fresh engine altogether, coming from Geely. That’s because the Chinese automaker has a 1,299 cc four-pot called the 4G13 (no, it’s not a Mitsubishi, despite the familiar model code), available in both turbocharged and normally-aspirated forms.

    In its NA guise, the Geely unit offers 87 hp and 120 Nm, which isn’t far from the S4PH’s 95 PS and 120 Nm. Either way, a Hyundai-sourced four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual will remain the partnering transmission choices. The report adds that development of the new 1,299 cc unit is expected to be completed by May this year, following which mass production will begin.

    The X70 is another Proton model that has been earmarked for Pakistan, and will apparently be sold there from 2021 with a 174 hp and 255 Nm 1.5 litre turbo engine used by other Geely and Volvo models, and not the 181 hp/300 Nm 1.8 litre turbo unit in our CKD X70, again to secure tax benefits. Like our X70, the partnering transmission will be a seven-speed dual-clutch unit, which replaces the previous conventional six-speed auto.

    In March last yar, Proton announced that it would be setting up a local assembly plant in Pakistan, which will be owned and operated by Al-Haj. The factory in Karachi is being built with an initial investment of US$30 million (RM126 million), and is expected to commence operations before the end of this year. As part of the agreement, Al-Haj will be the sole distributor for Proton vehicles in Pakistan.

     
  • 2020 Honda Civic facelift – spec-by-spec comparison

    The 2020 Honda Civic was officially introduced on Wednesday, and three variants of the locally-assembled model are available namely a base 1.8 S, a mid-spec 1.5 TC and range-topping 1.5 TC-P, at prices ranging from RM113,600 to RM139,600.

    The styling revisions for the tenth-gen FC are pretty minimal. There’s a new front bumper, which integrates the black trim into a single piece running across the width of the unit, as well as a new rear bumper garnish. The range-topping 1.5 TC-P also gets a new piano black “wing” on the grille and a boot spoiler, as well as a new 18-inch alloy wheel.

    No mechanical changes, including that of the powertrain/drivetrain combo. A normally-aspirated 1.8 litre SOHC four-pot offering 141 PS and 174 Nm powers the 1.8 S, while the two 1.5 variants feature the familiar L15B7 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo four-cylinder engine, which continues to offer 173 PS and 220 Nm. Both engine choices are paired with an Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT), which drives the front wheels.

    New equipment being introduced with the facelift include front parking sensors, automatic wipers, and 60:40 split-folding rear seats (previously, a fixed bench), while the seven-inch Advanced Display Audio head unit now features a rotary on/off and volume control knob as well as physical function buttons.

    The 1.5 TC now comes equipped with LED headlamps and fog lamps (previously, halogen units) as well as LaneWatch, while the 1.5 TC-P now features the Honda Sensing suite of safety and driver assistance systems. Standard safety kit for the Civic includes six airbags, front parking sensors, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), ABS, EBD, brake assist, Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill Start Assist (HSA) and a reverse camera.

    Five colours are available for the Civic facelift – Lunar Silver Metallic, White Orchid Pearl, Modern Steel Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and a new shade, Passion Red Pearl.

    For more info on the Civic facelift, check out our review of the refreshed C-segment sedan and compare the new Civic’s specifications against its rivals on CarBase.my, but for now, here’s the spec-by-spec breakdown of the three variants:

    2020 Honda Civic 1.8 S facelift – RM113,600

    Gets as standard:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.8 litre i-VTEC normally-aspirated engine
    • 141 PS (139 hp) at 6,500 rpm, 174 Nm at 4,300 rpm
    • Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT)
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Electric power steering (EPS) with 5.7 metre turning radius
    • MacPherson struts (front), multi-link (rear)
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)
    • 1,251 kg kerb weight
    • Boot capacity of 519 litres
    • 0-100 km/h in 10.4 seconds
    • 200 km/h top speed

    Exterior

    • Halogen headlights with automatic on/off function
    • LED daytime running lights
    • Halogen front fog lamps
    • Automatic rain-sensing wipers
    • Body-coloured door handles
    • 16-inch alloy wheels with 215/55 profile tyres

    Interior

    • Three-spoke leather steering wheel
    • Black fabric seats
    • Eight-way power adjustable driver seat
    • Full-colour LCD instrument meter
    • Single-zone automatic air-conditioning with touch panel controls and rear vents
    • Cruise control
    • Econ fuel-saving mode button
    • Smart entry and push-start ignition
    • Remote engine start
    • Walk-away door lock
    • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
    • Seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with rotary on/off and volume control knob and soft-touch function buttons, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, smartphone connectivity, HDMI port
    • Eight speakers
    • Two USB ports
    • 16-inch spare wheel

    Safety

    • Six airbags (front, side and side curtain)
    • Rear seat Isofix child seat anchors with top tethers
    • Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA)
    • Agile Handle Assist (AHA)
    • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)
    • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD)
    • Auto brake hold
    • Brake Assist
    • Hill Start Assist
    • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
    • Front and rear parking sensors
    • Multi-angle reverse camera

    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC facelift – RM129,600

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1.5 litre DOHC VTEC Turbo engine
    • 173 PS (171 hp) at 5,500 rpm, 220 Nm at 1,700 to 5,500 rpm
    • 1,314 kg kerb weight
    • 0-100 km/h in 8.2 seconds

    Exterior

    • LED headlights
    • LED front fog lights
    • Chrome-finish door handles
    • 17-inch alloy wheels with 215/50 profile tyres

    Interior

    • Black leather seats
    • Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning with touch controls and rear vents
    • Paddle shifters
    • Premium interior garnish
    • Auto dimming rear-view mirror

    Safety

    • Honda LaneWatch camera system

    2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P facelift – RM139,600

    Adds on:

    Mechanicals

    • 1,327 kg kerb weight
    • Electric power steering (EPS) with 5.9 metre turning radius

    Exterior

    • Trunk spoiler (rear wing)
    • 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 profile tyres

    Interior

    • 17-inch spare wheel

    Safety

    • Honda Sensing suite of safety/driver assistance systems, consisting of:
    • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
      Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS)
      Lane Departure Warning (LDW)
      Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS)
      Road Departure Mitigation (RDM)
      Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
      Low Speed Follow (LSF)
      Auto High-Beam (AHB)

    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC-P facelift


    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.5 TC facelift with Modulo accessories package
    GALLERY: 2020 Honda Civic 1.8 S facelift

     
  • March 2020 week 1 fuel price – RON 97 up, diesel down

    Another Friday, and despite the developments that have unfolded in the past week, there is an update to the fuel price for the coming week (February 29 to March 6), with an increase in the price of RON 97 petrol on the cards.

    Users of RON 97 will have to pay two sen more for the fuel, which will go for RM2.40 per litre in the coming week. There is no change to the price of RON 95 petrol, which continues to stay at its fixed price ceiling of RM2.08 per litre, as it was last week.

    The price of Euro 2M diesel, however, has dropped by one sen to RM2.13 (RM2.14 last week), still below its RM2.18 capped price. This also means that Euro 5 diesel, which costs 10 sen more, will be priced at RM2.23 per litre.

    The finance ministry said that based on Automatic Price Mechanism (APM) calculations, the government will absorb a total of RM6.12 million to subsidise fuel for the period of February 29 to March 6.

    These prices remain effective until March 6, when the next fuel price update is announced. This is the eight edition of the current weekly fuel pricing format for the year and the 60th edition in total for the format, with runs from Saturday until the following Friday.

     
  • No planned price hike for CKD Toyota models – UMWT

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has announced that there are no planned price increase for CKD locally assembled Toyota models “at this time”. UMWT’s CKD line-up consists of the Toyota Yaris, Vios, Rush, Hilux, Fortuner, Innova and Hiace.

    “Earlier in the year, the finance ministry gave assurance that if any CKD model was affected by increased prices as a result of the transparent methodology of reporting the open market value (OMV), the increase would be fully absorbed/exempted by the finance ministry during 2020,” the company said in a statement.

    “Factors such as exchange rates and tax revisions can affect prices, but as far as possible, the company has always tried to maintain price stability by absorbing the increases as much as we can,” said UMWT president Ravindran K.

    This statement is a rather obvious response to Honda Malaysia’s announcement on February 21, which saw prices for the locally assembled Jazz, City and CR-V rise by 5.3% to 9.25%. Honda said then that the price hikes were caused by a review of customised incentives for its CKD models, and that it was not related to the OMV/excise duty valuation change issue that surfaced this year.

    What’s this OMV/excise duty issue about? More on that here and here.

     
  • PLUS Malaysia receives ISO 39001:2012 certification for road traffic safety management systems

    Highway operator PLUS Malaysia is the first in Malaysia to receive the ISO 39001:2012 Road Safety Traffic Management System (RTSMS) standard by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), after being the first Asia Pacific highway to receive the Prince Michael International Road Safety Award last December.

    Managing director of PLUS, Datuk Azman Ismail received the certification from NIOSH chairman, Alice Lau Kiong Yieng in conjunction with the recently-held OSH Unity and Sustainability programme. The highway operator has rolled out a series of short- and long-term initiatives for the improvement of road safety by reducing the severity of road crashes, with the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) being used as the benchmark for road improvement, it said.

    The human factor is a key element in preventable mishaps, and to that end PLUS has collaborated with NIOSH for the co-development of the Expressway Operations Safety Passport (EOSP) programme to prevent human errors, especially amongst highway workers. The EOSP certification is mandatory for all roadside workers on PLUS highways before they are allowed to enter their work zones, the highway operator said.

    The strategic collaboration between PLUS and the authorities has reaped the rewards, the highway operator yielding the lowest accident rates (2.4%) compared to other roads and highways around the country. PLUS has also employed modern technology for the enhancement of its highway operations and services, applied to its highway patrol vehicles, traffic monitoring centre and the upskilling of its employees’ digital capabilities.

    With 1.7 million users served daily with a staff count of 4,000, PLUS leverages on the 3E (engineering, education and enforcement) approach towards managing safety on its highways since 2017, according to the highway operator.

     
  • Suzuki Jimny production to start in India in May 2020, mostly for exports – could be a new 5-door version

    The fourth-generation Suzuki Jimny is a car that’s high in demand from markets across the world, and the sole Japanese factory producing the small off-roader is at full stretch. Help is on the way though, from Maruti Suzuki in India.

    According to Autocar India, production of the Jimny will start in May this year, at Maruti Suzuki’s factory in Sanand, Gujarat, which has spare capacity. According to a source, “a bulk of the production will be exported,” which gives Maruti a business case for introducing the model in India, as domestic demand alone would not suffice.

    The source added that Maruti is looking at monthly production of 4,000 to 5,000 units of the Jimny, and six months after exports commence, the model will be launched in India with a sub-Rs 10 lakh (RM58k) price tag. The Jimny is also known as the Gypsy in India.

    There are separate reports saying that the Indian-made Jimny will be a five-door version of the existing model, which has a three-door body. However, the rumoured five-door model should tuck in under four metres in length to benefit from lower taxes in India. The three-door Jimny is 3,480 mm long, so there’s some room to grow.

    The Jimny is powered by the widely-used K15B 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine with 102 hp/130 Nm, paired to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The transmissions are linked to a part-time 4WD system with low range transfer gear (2H, 4H, 4L) – this ain’t no soft-roader.

    Now, with recent rumours of the Suzuki brand making a comeback in Malaysia via the Naza Group, perhaps there is a chance of this Indian-made five-door Jimny reaching our shores? With five doors and a slightly longer body, this Jimny might be an even better canvas for those cute Little G and Little D conversions.

    The price has to be right though, for both the importer and consumer. The Jimny is coveted by many, but its ASEAN prices vary – from RM93k in Indonesia to RM199k in Thailand and the equivalent of RM346k in Singapore.

    Are you interested, and if yes, what would be a fair price? Before you shout RM50k, bear in mind that the third-gen Jimny was launched here back in 2013 from RM87k, and that was an old car (it arrived after 15 years in production) with zero hype. And our ringgit was stronger back then.

    GALLERY: Suzuki Jimny at GIIAS 2019

     
  • Pure electric BMW 5 Series, 7 Series to debut soon?

    BMW’s aggressive expansion of its electromobility portfolio has given rise to many highly anticipated products, such as the iNEXT electric SUV and Vision M Next. Now, reports suggest that the automaker will introduce battery-electric versions of the existing G30 5 Series and G12 7 Series.

    According to German newspaper Handelsblatt, the 7 Series electric is expected to be launched in 2022, while the 5 Series is due a year later in 2023. Both models will be made at the existing production line and crown their respective model range.

    Before some of you start dismissing the legitimacy of this news, it’s worth remembering that BMW has already started doing road tests for the upcoming G20 3 Series electric. All three sedans share the same CLAR underpinnings, so battery-electric versions of the 5 and 7 is only a question of when, not if. Expect the larger sedans to be fitted with larger battery packs, as well as more powerful motors to match their petrol or PHEV counterparts.

    Speaking of the powertrain, all electrified BMW models will be powered by the automaker’s fifth-generation eDrive technology, which it claims can deliver a zero emissions driving range of up to 700 km. The system will first be introduced with the iX3, which boasts a driving range of 440 km thanks to a 74 kWh prismatic battery pack. There will still be some use of cobalt in the battery, but reduced by two thirds, BMW says.

    In fact, just last June, BMW showcased the Power BEV, a mad electric rocket powered by three motors that produce over 710 hp. It was clad in the shell of the G30 5 Series, and at full pelt was good for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of under three seconds.

    The three drive units are split – one mounted at the front axle and two (a double drive unit) at the rear axle. Those at the back are control separately, allowing e-torque vectoring and maximum thrust in the corners. BMW says this setup offers a more effective and precise power delivery, and acts as an “enhanced” version of a limited slip differential, much like what the folks at Porsche are doing.

     
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  • Citroen Ami revealed – cutesy fully-electric microcar with 8 hp electric motor, 5.5 kWh battery; from RM28k

    Earlier this month, Citroen dropped teasers for a new electric vehicle and we now know exactly what they cooked up. This is the new Ami, and it is the production version of a similarly-named concept that made its debut one year ago. Designed to make electric mobility accessible to the masses, the cute, two-seat microcar is actually classified as a light quadricycle in France, just like the Renault Twizy.

    Measuring just 2,400 mm long, 1,390 mm wide and 1,520 mm tall, the 485-kg Ami doesn’t take up a lot of space and with a turning diameter of just 7.2 metres, is perfectly suited for urban city driving. Fun fact, the Ami is actually smaller than a smart EQ fortwo.

    Featuring a boxy and an almost symmetrical shape, the Ami is certainly a unique sight to behold. Unlike the concept that had a more futuristic vibe to its design, the look of the end product is a lot more down to earth, even if it is still a bit unconventional.

    According to Citroen, the large glass panels represent 50% of the total surface above the body line, allowing for plenty of natural light to flood the cabin and promotes visibility. In a nod to the carmaker’s history, the side windows open by manually tilting upwards, just like the classic 2CV.

    On both ends, there’s a double-tier lighting setup for the headlamps, taillights and turn indicators, making it tricky to tell which way the vehicle is facing at first glance. To add to the confusion, the Ami sports asymmetrical doors that open in opposite directions, and the raised “bumps” seen on both sides of the vehicle perfectly mirror one another. You want quirky French design? Well, here you go.

    Fortunately, Citroen designed the rear of the car to have a window that extends a little further outward, as opposed to the one in the front that neatly tucks into the top of the vehicle’s nose. This, along with the decorative stripes on the quarter windows, do help to lessen the confusion.

    For customers who want some degree of customization, the Ami can be had with Pop or Vibe styling packages. The former adds on a roof spoiler along with sporty decals, while the latter goes for a more chic look featuring graphic accessories and roof rails.

    The Ami’s cabin is equally as interesting, with a flat-top dashboard that has an organiser to keep regularly-used items within easy reach. The carmaker says that “every nook and cranny is exploited to its fullest while storage space is cleverly distributed throughout the passenger compartment,” and this includes a recess at the passenger’s feet that can accommodate a cabin-sized suite case.

    Creature comforts include air-conditioning and that’s about it. There’s no dedicated infotainment system, and you’ll need to rely on your smartphone and/or a Bluetooth speaker for entertainment and navigation functions. Not a bad idea, considering how many of us rely on Google Maps, Apple Maps and Waze for the latter instead of a built-in solution.

    For motivation, the Ami is powered by an 8 hp (6 kW) electric motor – about eight times that of a standard home air-conditioner unit – that is good for a top speed of 45 km/h. The motor draws power from a 5.5-kWh lithium-ion battery, which provides a driving range of up to 70 km and can be charged via the on-board electric cable tucked near the right door. Once plugged in to conventional 220-volt socket, a full charge takes about three hours. Recharging can also be done at a regular charging station wallbox using a suitable cable.

    To keep track of the vehicle’s status, there’s the My Citroen mobile app that provides drivers with access to information like available range, charge status and time remaining for a 100% charge, mileage, maintenance alerts, after-sales appointment scheduling, and even locate nearby public charging stations.

    Given its classification as a quadricycle, the Ami can be driven without a driving license in the European Union from 16 years old on average (14 years old in France). There are also several ways of using the EV, including buying it outright, long-term rental or car-sharing when order books open from March 30 in France (first deliveries in June) – other countries (Spain, Italy, Belgium, Portugal and Germany) will follow later.

    Those who prefer the first option will need fork out the base price of 6,000 euros (RM27,890) including VAT in France. There’s also the option of a long-term rental contract (48 months) with a monthly payment of 19.99 euros (RM93) per month and downpayment of 2,644 euros (RM12,290). Lastly, the Ami will be part of PSA’s Free2Move car-sharing fleet with a price of 0.26 euros/minute (RM1.21/min) on top of a monthly subscription fee of 9.90 euros (RM46).

     
 

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Latest Fuel Prices

PETROL
RON 95 RM2.08 (0.00)
RON 97 RM2.40 (+0.02)
RON 100 RM2.89
VPR RM3.50
DIESEL
EURO 2M RM2.13 (-0.01)
EURO 5 RM2.23 (-0.01)
Last Updated 29 Feb 2020



 

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