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  • Wire across Kesas highway bike lane – no injuries


    A Facebook posting that has been going viral alleges that a member of the Kesas Highway patrol was injured at the east-ward tunnel on the Kesas Highway bike lane at 5.35 a.m. on October 21st, 2016. The injury was supposed to have been caused by a strand of wire strung across the tunnel entrance.

    From a statement posted on the Kesas Highway Facebook page, no injuries were caused by the said wire, but instead it was found during a routine bike lane patrol. The statement adds that the wire was removed before any untoward incidents occurred, calling it an act of sabotage by irresponsible parties.

    Kesas has filed a police report, and said that the picture going viral on Facebook was taken from police investigations into the matter. Further to this, Kesas would like to remind all motorcyclists using the Kesas Highway between the hours of 11.00 p.m. and 6.00 a.m. are allowed to use the main carriageway instead of the bike lane, for safety reasons.

  • Proton welcomes government’s move to offer ride-sharing drivers RM4,000 rebate for a new Iriz


    Following today’s Budget 2017 speech, where prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak actively endorsed ride-sharing services such as Uber and Grab, Proton has issued a statement saying that the announcement has “brought a new excitement” for the company.

    As mentioned by the PM, Proton has agreed to offer a RM4,000 rebate for those buying a new Iriz to become a ride-sharing driver. This offer is specifically targeted at the B40 income earners – those with a household income of up to RM3,855.

    The local carmaker says that it welcomes the move, and is happy to be working with ride-sharing companies, with the aim of helping to uplift the livelihood of the B40 group. The statement also says that Proton is “thankful to the government with its clear objective to support the national car in its effort to spur the automotive industry, as this initiative provides tangible growth and economic opportunities.”

    Uber Malaysia has also issued a statement on this new announcement, which you can read here.

  • Ducati 959 Panigale, Hypermotard 939, Monster 1200 R, XDiavel and Multistrada Enduro in M’sia, fr RM71k


    At a mass launch event in Petaling Jaya, held in conjunction with the 2016 Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Ducati Malaysia unveiled five models new to the Malaysian market. These are the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale, Hypermotard 939, Monster 1200 R, XDiavel and Multistrada Enduro.

    When we tested the 2016 Ducati 959 Panigale, we were quite taken with Ducati’s “entry-level” supersports bike. Ducati Malaysia has confirmed the retail price of this 157 hp 955 cc Euro 4-compliant Superquadro V-twin at RM99,999, including GST.

    For street-going fun in a light and nimble chassis, the event saw the reveal of the Hypermotard 939, 939 SP and Hyperstrada, all variants on the basic 939 engine. Pricing for the 2016 Hypermotard 939 is RM70,999, while neither pricing nor availability was provided for the Hypermotard 939 SP and the sports-touring Hyperstrada.


    Using the Euro 4 937 cc Ducati Testastretta 11 that produces 113 hp, the 2016 Hypermotard series sees an increase of top-end torque by 10%, with an 18% improvement in torque at medium engine speed. An oil cooler is added to improve engine durability and reliability.

    Also known as “the bike that saved Ducati,” the 2016 Monster 1200 R made its Malaysian debut, at a price of RM139,999. Coming with the 1,200 cc Testastretta 11 DS ‘R’ engine, this V-twin delivers 10% more power and 5.5% more torque than the Monster 1200 S, at 160 hp and 131 Nm of torque.

    Standard fitment is an Ohlins steering damper, with updated suspension internals. The 2016 Monster 1200 R stands a little taller than the S version for better ground clearance during cornering, and weighs in at 180 kg, with two colour schemes available – Ducati Red and Thrilling Black.

    On the dual-purpose side of things, with an emphasis on the “go anywhere” aspect is the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. We tested the RM119,999 2016 Multistrada earlier this year, and the Enduro version – at RM129,999 – is more of the same, with a bias towards off-road riding.

    Coming with a 30-litre fuel tank, and semi-active Ducati Skyhook suspension, the Multistrada Enduro rolls on 19-inch front and 17-inch rear wheels. Three different paint schemes are available – Ducati Red, Phantom Grey and Star White Silk – as well as a full range of touring accessories made by Touratech for Ducati.


    The 2016 Ducati XDiavel is a cruiser interpreted by Ducati in its own inimitable way as a “power cruiser” that manages 40-degrees lean angle in corners. Retailing at RM135,999, the XDiavel is powered by by the Testastretta DVT 1,262 V-twin, that produces 156 hp and 128.5 Nm of torque at just 5,000 rpm.

    There are 60 permutations of riding position – four footrest positions, five seat positions and three different handlebars. Additionally, the rider can choose between a standard seat and comfort seat with backrest. The 2016 XDiavel is the first Ducati to use belt-drive.

    So there you go, five new Ducati models in Malaysia. Which one do your have your eyes on?

  • Uber Malaysia happy with Budget 2017’s endorsement; partnership with Proton a world-first – statement


    Uber has issued a statement regarding the unique endorsement given to it at today’s Malaysian Budget 2017 announcement. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the government is encouraging the B40 group, especially BR1M recipients, to increase their income by joining ride-sharing app companies such as Uber and Grab.

    In his speech, the PM said that the B40 group (bottom 40% earners in Malaysia) could earn up to an additional RM1,500 a month for part-time drivers working between 10 to 40 hours per week, and RM4,300 for those working more than 40 hours per week.

    Even more surprising move than the direct endorsement of the ride-sharing service, the government has also announced that BR1M recipients without a car can now purchase a Proton Iriz more easily, with the the downpayment made using BR1M and an additional rebate of RM4,000 to be provided.

    In Uber’s statement, the company added it has engaged local carmaker Proton as a partner in this initiative, which is a world-first. Both parties “share the same vision to drive Malaysia forward through technological innovation and creating economic opportunities,” said Leon Foong, general manager of Uber Malaysia.


    Read Uber Malaysia’s statement in full below:

    We are delighted that the government and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have recognised how Uber can positively impact the socioeconomic status of Malaysians in the B40 segment. By providing the choice to earn at the touch of a button to Malaysians from all walks of life, driver-partners can provide for themselves and their families, as well as have greater independence to pursue their dreams.

    We are also thrilled to be engaging Proton, the national car manufacturer, as a partner and will make an announcement with more details soon. This is the first of its kind in the world for Uber. Just as Uber has been a key pioneer in the ridesharing industry, Proton has also pioneered the automotive industry in Malaysia. We share the same vision to drive Malaysia forward through technological innovation and creating economic opportunities.

    The initiative clearly provides tangible growth and economic empowerment. It is also a clear win for the ridesharing industry and shows forward-thinking leadership. We commend the Malaysian Government for this astute, people-centric Budget!

    Wherever we operate, Uber has positively impacted people and cities and we have positively contributed to the local economy. Ridesharing is here to stay and Uber will certainly continue to do our part in improving urban mobility in Malaysia.

  • Budget 2017: RM55 bil to build East Coast Rail line, RM100 mil to repair Gua Musang-Tumpat train tracks


    Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced at today’s Budget 2017 speech the allocation of RM55 billion for the development of the East Coast Rail Line project, which is a 600 km-long line that will connect the Klang Valley with the East Coast.

    The line will start from Port Klang, connecting townships such as ITT Gombak, Bentong, Mentakab, Kuantan, Kemaman, Kerteh, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu and will end in Tumpat.

    Meanwhile, RM100 million will be allocated for the repairs to the Gua Musang-Tumpat sector of the East Coast railway line that was destroyed during floods, while the frequency of ETS services for the Johor Bahru-Padang Besar route are to be increased.

    A total of 19 sets of trains are to be acquired – at a total cost of RM1.1 billion – in stages until 2019.

  • Budget 2017: Gov’t encouraging BR1M recipients to become Uber and Grab drivers – RM4k rebate for Iriz


    In today’s Budget 2017 speech, prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that the government is encouraging the B40 group (those with a household income of up to RM3,855), especially BR1M recipients, to increase their income by joining ride-sharing app companies such as Uber and Grab.

    For those who already own vehicles, the PM said that their income could reach up to RM1,500 a month for part-time drivers working between 10 to 40 hours per week, and RM4,300 if working for more than 40 hours per week.

    For those without a vehicle, the government has announced that a downpayment for a vehicle can be made using BR1M, with a rebate of RM4,000 being provided for the purchase of a Proton Iriz.

  • Budget 2017: PM Najib Razak announces RM29 million allocation to upgrade Federal Highway motorcycle lane

    The dangers of the Federal Highway bike lane

    A stern warning was issued by the police that all motorcyclists must use the dedicated motorcycle lane along the Federal highway.

    Bikers claim that the motorcycle lanes are unsafe to use – the lanes, specifically the tunnels, were poorly lit, and prone to flooding.

    We decided to see if there was any truth to these claims. You won’t believe what we discovered…

    Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Tuesday, 28 June 2016

    During the announcement of the Malaysian Budget 2017 (Bajet 2017), prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that RM29 million will be allocated to upgrading the motorcycle lane on the Federal Highway.

    This includes enhancing the drainage system (to prevent flooding), as well as building two overhead ramps, as part of efforts to make it safer for motorcyclists who use the route. However, he did not disclose when the works will start and by when it is expected to be completed.

    As we revealed in our feature story, the Federal Highway motorcycle lane can be quite dangerous for those who use it, with poorly maintained roads, lack of proper signage, construction works, and poorly lit tunnels.

  • VIDEO: Tesla shows off its new fully autonomous tech

    Tesla recently announced that all its future electric vehicles made from now on would feature the company’s new-generation full self-driving hardware, which allows for up to Level 5 autonomy (fully autonomous driving with zero driver input required).

    To showcase just how advanced the new technology is, the company has released this video that shows a Tesla Model X driving itself to a Tesla office, dropping off its passenger, before seeking and parking itself, all without the need for any human interaction.

    Along the way, we see the car navigating itself through junctions, intersections, roads, as well as merging onto the motorway. We are also shown what the car’s cameras are seeing at certain times as well.

    As a disclaimer, the person in the driver’s seat is only there for legal reasons, and did nothing throughout the car’s autonomous journey. It is certainly an impressive feat, but one that requires a lot of testing, especially in regards to safety, before it can be introduced to the masses.

  • B8 Volkswagen Passat spotted on the road in Malaysia


    The B8 Volkswagen Passat has been spotted on Malaysian roads again, this time thanks to reader Azmil Kamil.

    As seen in our previous sightings of the B8, the rear-end features reshaped LED taillights, along with a pair of exhaust exits integrated into the lower apron. Elsewhere, we also see 18-inch ‘Dartford’ alloy wheels, which could indicate this is the top-spec variant, likely the Highline (following the variant nomenclature used for the Vento and Jetta facelift).

    No front view of the car, but there will be a sleeker front-end, and items such as full-LED headlamps and a forward-facing camera (possible for an AEB feature), based on our earlier report.


    As for engines, the 380 TSI (seen here) will likely receive a 2.0 litre TSI mill (220 PS/350 Nm), while a lower 330 TSI variant should get a 1.8 litre TSI turbo four-pot with 180 PS and 250 Nm. Both engines will be paired to a DSG dual-clutch transmission.

    The B8 Passat is built on the company’s MQB platform, which sees an increase in wheelbase to 2,791 mm (+79 mm), despite being smaller overall. Other benefits of the new architecture include a larger boot space of 586 litres (+21 litres) and a weight reduction of up to 85 kg.

  • Malaysia Budget 2017 live updates (auto/transport)


    Malaysian Budget 2017 (Bajet 2017) will be announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at 4pm today. We will be posting live updates on any automotive- and transport-related announcements from his speech here. Will there be special incentives for first-time car buyers or electric vehicles?

    Auto/transport updates:

  • The limit for motorcycle loans for civil servants has been increased from RM5,000 to RM10,000.
  • A total of 97,000 street lamps will be erected, including 3,000 LED street lamps at junctions. This will involve 7,500 kampungs nationwide, including in Sabah and Sarawak.
  • An allocation of RM1.2b for the building and upgrading 616 km of kampung roads and bridges to improve connectivity with towns.
  • To maintain state roads, a total of RM4.6 billion will be allocated to all states under the Malaysian Road Records Information System (MARRIS).
  • A RM5,000 grant for taxi drivers to purchase new vehicles, plus the offering of individual taxi permits. An allocation of RM60 million has been set aside for this. This will benefit 12,000 cabbies who have ended lease contracts with taxi companies.
  • The government is encouraging the B40 group to increase income by joining ride-sharing app companies (Uber, Grab). For those who do not own a vehicle, downpayment can be made using BR1M and a RM4,000 rebate will be provided for the purchase of a Proton Iriz.
  • An allocation of RM29 million for the upgrading of drainage and two overhead ramps for the Federal Highway motorcycle lane.
  • To stimulate private investment, infrastructure projects such as Jalan Lok Kawi-Pengalat-Papar in Sabah, and Jalan Kg Keruak-Gua Musang-Kuala Berang to be carried out. Also, Batang Lupar bridge in Sri Aman.
  • To ramp up the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway between Sabah and Sarawak.
  • A RM55 billion East Coast Rail Line will be built – 600 km-long from Klang Valley to the East Coast. Starts from Port Klang and will pass by Gombak, Bentong, Mentakab, Kuantan, Kemaman, Kerteh, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Bahru. Terminates in Tumpat.
  • A RM100 million allocation for the repair of the Gua Musang-Tumpat train line.
  • Nineteen new train sets for the ETS train service, in stages till 2019.
  • An allocation of RM114 million for the building of rural roads in Sarawak.
  • 6.30 pm – The Budget 2017 presentation by PM Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has concluded. The above are the transport-related points, but there was nothing about the reported “first time car buyer scheme” or incentives for electric vehicles.


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