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  • VIDEO: Exclusive early look at the new Nissan Sylphy

    The new Nissan Sylphy is now open for booking (estimated prices are RM115,300 for the 1.8 E, and RM125,500 for the 1.8 VL, CBU Thailand), but its official Malaysian launch is more than a week away. But fret not, as we’re giving you an exclusive early walk-around tour of the new C-segment contender.

    This new Sylphy is quite a bit different than the old one you’re familiar with. The original G11 was launched way back in 2008 after all. So it’s time you get cozy with the new version, starting with our video tour that explains all the changes, both inside and outside.

    You can read our full and exclusive review of the new B17 Sylphy to know more about the car’s intricacies and how it is to drive and live with. But even us writers know that words can only do so much, so go ahead and watch the clip above. There will be more videos coming of course, so do subscribe to our YouTube channel when you’re done. Thanks for watching :)

  • Audi A3 – third-gen is 2014 World Car of the Year


    The Audi A3 has been declared the 2014 World Car of the Year at the ongoing NYIAS. The premium small car was chosen from an initial entry list of 24 vehicles, then a short list of 12, then three finalists, the other two being the BMW 4 Series and Mazda 3.

    The other 2014 World Car Awards winners are the Mercedes S-Class (World Luxury Car), Porsche 911 GT3 (World Performance Car), BMW i3 (World Car Design and World Green Car).

    Of the Audi A3, the jurors said: “It might borrow styling hints from its bigger brothers, but the A3 still offers classic, chiseled contours and even better interior trim levels. With a superb choice of engines and four body styles, the A3 range packs a hefty premium punch in the small luxury segment.

    “Audi should be complimented for making this A3 ride like no other A3. All the old shimmer over rough surfaces has gone, replaced by a silky smooth ride that approaches limousine quality.”

    Audi is no stranger to the World Car Awards, having in its bag the inaugural 2005 World Car of the Year title (Audi A6), three World Performance Car titles in 2007 (Audi RS 4), 2008 (Audi R8) and 2010 (Audi R8 V10), plus two World Car Design of the Year titles in 2007 (Audi TT) and 2008 (Audi R8).

    The Audi A3 Sedan is expected to hit the Malaysian scene sometime in June.

  • Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept teased, Beijing-bound


    Volkswagen is set to unveil a more hardcore version of the already-hot Golf R Mk7 at the upcoming Beijing motor show. The Golf R 400, as it will be called, will be shown as a concept at first, but there’s a small possibility that it may see light as a production model in the future. It would be a good model to lust after, after all.

    As you’d probably have guessed, the Volkswagen Golf R 400 concept will feature an uptuned 400 PS engine, which is a significant bump from the standard Golf R’s 300 PS 2.0 litre turbocharged motor. The four-wheel drive machine promises a 3.9 second 0-100 km/h time and a 278 km/h top speed, compared to the standard R’s 4.9 seconds and 255 km/h.

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    A visual makeover will accompany the newfound performance too. The teasers suggest more aggressive bumpers, bigger wheels and flared wheelarches, the last of which is modelled after those on the 1988 Rallye Golf G60. The front grille/headlamp signature highlight – red on the GTI, chrome on the R – will be presented in ‘Lemon Yellow’ this time round.

    The exterior will be finished in what Volkswagen calls ‘Silver Flake’ metallic, which is played against the contrasting carbon-fibre wing mirror caps and gloss black roof. The latter could possibly be a subtle teaser for a lightweight carbon-fibre roof option for future go-faster Golf models.

  • Honda HR-V – official pics of US-market Vezel shown

    Honda HR-V US-01

    Reports from earlier this month pointed to the HR-V name being used for the US-market Honda Vezel, and it is now confirmed with the first official photos of the US-market Honda HR-V, released at NYIAS 2014.

    A faithful reproduction of the Urban SUV Concept from Detroit 2013, the HR-V is built on the same global compact platform that underpins the Honda Jazz (Fit in USA).

    The HR-V will feature a versatile and spacious interior thanks to a unique centre tank layout. Honda is second to none in packaging, and the HR-V will come with the Jazz’s famous folding Magic Seats. To sit under the CR-V in Honda’s SUV lineup, the HR-V will be launched this winter in the US. No mention of powertrains yet.

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    In Japan, the Vezel can be had with the new 1.5 litre Sport Hybrid i-DCD system that combines a normally-aspirated 1.5 litre direct-injection DOHC engine with a 29.5 PS/160 Nm lithium-ion-powered electric motor, matched to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. There’s also a regular 131 PS/155 Nm 1.5L CVT combo.

    We’ve covered the Honda Vezel extensively since the Jazz-based crossover made its debut at Tokyo 2013. Since then, sporty and hardcore versions of the B-segment SUV have been rolled out by usual suspects Modulo and Mugen.

    The Honda Vezel/HR-V will be coming to Malaysia in the near future, and we’re putting our money on the HR-V name being used here. Which do you prefer? By the way, THIS was the original Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle, a tall box that existed in the noughties.

    Honda Vezel world debut at Tokyo 2013

  • Hyundai Tucson facelift 2.0 manual spotted at JPJ!


    We couldn’t really believe our eyes when we saw this. Anol Alias has sent in these shots of a facelifted Hyundai Tucson 2.0 with a six-speed manual gearbox sitting in the JPJ car park.

    As it doesn’t have MS Design front and rear skid plates nor LED tail lamps (2.4 Executive Plus only), this should be an Elegance-spec car. The wheels look smaller than the 17s we currently get, and there’s no AWD badge on the tailgate.

    A peek inside reveals manual air-con, no keyless start and the basic audio system (AVN system for Executive Plus variants only) – consistent with the Elegance trim. Except the seats here are fabric.


    The row of driver’s side buttons (ESP off, hill descent, centre diff lock, instrument panel brightness) are blank. And of course, who could miss the do-it-yourself gear lever and clutch pedal?

    Our current 2.0 Elegance six-speed auto doesn’t come with VSM or ESP, and has only two airbags. With a blank ‘ESP button row‘, we have little hope in that field, but would it be too much to wish for more than a pair of airbags in this manual variant?

    The golden question is this: is Hyundai-Sime Darby seriously thinking of bringing this manual SUV to market? And if jadi, how much cheaper would it be than the RM133k asked for the 2.0 Elegance auto?

  • Formula E Putrajaya ePrix – circuit layout unveiled

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    Circuit details for the second round of the 2014/2015 FIA Formula E Championship have been revealed with the layout of the Putrajaya Formula E race, which will take place on October 18.

    The 2.56 km-long ePrix course is located near Perdana Putra, which houses the Prime Minister’s Office, and will use much of the main high street, running along buildings such as the Ministry of Finance. The temporary track will feature 12 corners.

    The circuit, put together by the FIA, Formula E and local promoter Formula E Malaysia (FEM), also plies the Seri Wawasan Bridge and Putra Mosque. It will see drivers tackle a mixture of straights, slow to medium speed corners, a hairpin plus a tight first-corner chicane providing good overtaking opportunities.

    Formula E Putrajaya circuit layout

    Last month, the circuit design for the season opener of the championship was unveiled – Beijing’s 3.44 km street circuit will run around the grounds of the Olympic ‘Bird’s Nest’ Stadium. The next circuit, the Formula E Punta del Este ePrix in Uruguay, to be held on December 13, will be revealed six months prior to the race.

    The 10 city-centre races in the inaugural 2014/2015 Formula E calendar will see ten teams, each with two drivers, going head-to-head in the Spark-Renault SRT_01E full-electric single-seater race car.

    Formula E races will be held over a single day in order to minimise disruption to each host city, with a free practice session, qualifying and 60-minute race – followed by a live music concert – taking place on a Saturday.

  • AD: 2014 Range Rover Evoque is now out! Get up close and personal with it at Land Rover Malaysia’s exclusive preview this weekend

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    For those who have been waiting for the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, the good news is that it’s finally here and Sime Darby Auto Connexion is hosting an exclusive preview of the 2014 model this weekend. Guests will be introduced to three variants of the 2014 Range Rover Evoque, comprising the five-door petrol and diesel as well as the three-door petrol units.

    Priced from RM399,888 onwards, the 2014 Range Rover Evoque arrives with some significant updates. It is the first production car to feature a ZF nine-speed automatic transmission promising a smoother drive and better fuel economy.

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    New to the 2014 Range Rover Evoque are several driver aid features – Perpendicular Parking, Exit Parking and Parallel Parking assistance, which essentially help the driver park the Range Rover Evoque. There’s also a new Surround Camera feature for Malaysian specs, which combines video feeds from five cameras to project an all round view of the car.

    For a better understanding of the new 2014 Range Rover Evoque and perhaps a first hand driving impression, visit the exclusive preview hosted by Sime Darby Auto Connexion this weekend at the following locations:

    Date: April 19 (Saturday) & April 20 (Sunday)
    Time: 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Venue: Sime Darby Auto Connexion, Jaguar – Land Rover (Petaling Jaya and Jalan Ipoh)

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    Don’t forget to bring the family along! For more information, please contact the Land Rover Flagship Centre at 03-7946 3800 (Petaling Jaya) or Sime Darby Auto Connexion Jalan Ipoh at 03 6253 6888.

    *Every new Range Rover Evoque comes with 5 years or 300,000km of warranty and 5 years or 80,000km of free scheduled maintenance.


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  • 2015 Acura TLX taking the fight to Infiniti and Lexus – offers world’s first DCT with torque converter

    2015 Acura TLX Unveiled at NYIAS

    Unveiled at the New York International Auto Show is the production version of the 2015 Acura TLX. The new sports sedan from Honda’s North American luxury arm – which replaces both the smaller TSX (a rebadged Euro-market Honda Accord) and the larger TL – was previewed by a concept car in Detroit earlier in the year.

    It seems that the car revealed in Detroit was a “concept” in name only, the styling of the production car staying faithful down to the distinctive standard-fit “Jewel Eye” LED headlights. Only the wing mirrors, the rear valance design and some of the fancier chrome trim appear not to have made the cut.

    The TLX is 97 mm shorter in length than the TL, sitting at 4,831 mm, while maintaining the same wheelbase (2,775 mm) and distance between the front and rear seats.

    2015 Acura TLX

    Those who step inside will be able to treat themselves to optional Milano leather upholstery as well as alloy and wood-grain trim pieces. A push-button gear selector array, as seen on the NSX concept, replaces the traditional gear lever, while an electronic parking brake with Automatic Brake Hold further simplifies the central tunnel.

    Kit available on the TLX include a seven-inch touchscreen with AcuraLink (a version of the HondaLink cloud-based infotainment system with Siri Eyes Free voice activation), Bluetooth hands free, USB connectivity, navigation with 3D view and traffic rerouting, powered front seats with heating and ventilation, keyless entry and push-button start, a GPS-linked climate control system and a 455 watt, ten-speaker Acura/ELS Studio Premium Sound System.

    Under the bonnet, the TLX comes with two powertrain options. The first is a 2.4 litre DOHC i-VTEC inline-four producing 206 hp and 247 Nm, mated to a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, the world’s first with a torque converter for smoother start-stop driving and “off-the-line torque multiplication” which Acura claims offers superior acceleration over a conventional DCT.

    2015 Acura TLX V6

    Stepping up to the 3.5 litre SOHC i-VTEC V6 nets you 290 hp and 362 Nm, an increase of 10 hp and 18 Nm over the previous 3.5 litre engine in the TL. The mill features Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which shuts down a bank of cylinders when not needed in order to save fuel, as well as stop/start. The new nine-speed automatic gearbox, which is significantly lighter than the six-speed unit in the TL, is the sole transmission option for the 3.5.

    Both models get Acura’s Precision All-Wheel Steer (P-AWS), but only the 3.5 gets the option of the next generation torque-vectoring Super Handling All-Wheel Drive (SH-AWD), which is now 25% lighter. Lightweight construction makes the TLX lighter than before – the two-wheel drive 3.5 litre model with the Technology Package, for example, swings just under the 3,600 lbs (1,633 kg) mark, about 145 lbs (66 kg) lighter than the equivalent TL.

    Apart from the usual barrage of safety equipment, the TLX is also the first Acura to feature Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), which scans painted lane lines and cat’s eyes to determine if the driver is straying out of their lane, adding corrective steering input and braking force if necessary.

  • DRIVEN: New Nissan Sylphy 1.8 is a smooth operator


    Say hello to the new Nissan Sylphy, which is now open for booking ahead of an official launch later this month. Those who follow Nissan Malaysia’s Facebook page might not be surprised, and if you’re a reader, you should be pretty familiar with the B17 Sylphy.

    The Sylphy story started in Malaysia back in June 2008, when the G11 was launched into a class occupied by the Toyota Corolla Altis and Honda Civic. Nissan’s take on the C-segment was a unique one, and the Sylphy became known for its outstanding comfort and refinement. Not the most flashy car in town, but the Sylphy stood out as a silky smooth, soothing family car.

    The G11, known as the Bluebird Sylphy in its home market, wasn’t designed as a global car and had a JDM quirky feel about it. But this car is made for the world. The B17 is called Pulsar in Australia, Sentra in America/Middle East and Sylphy in Japan (Bluebird tag dropped), China and ASEAN. Malaysian Sylphys are imported CBU from Thailand, which also ships the car Down Under.

    The new Sylphy looks so different from its predecessor that we wouldn’t have guessed the lineage. But will it carry over the unique qualities of the G11, or are we looking at a different animal altogether? This exclusive pre-launch test drive report will answer that question, as well as provide you a fresh perspective from a Sylphy virgin, plus an idea of where the new entrant stands in a class full of talent.

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  • New Nissan Sylphy open for booking in Malaysia!


    After nearly a week of teasing the car, Nissan Malaysia has finally announced on its Facebook page that the all-new Nissan Sylphy is open for booking. Estimated prices for the new C-segment sedan are as such: RM115,300 for the Sylphy 1.8 E and RM125,500 for the 1.8 VL.

    Among others, Nissan’s new offering has six airbags, a five-star ANCAP safety rating, four-wheel disc brakes with traction and stability control, ABS and BA as standard across the range, with a new 131 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre Twin C-VTC engine matched to an improved Xtronic CVT transmission.

    The top-spec VL adds on 17-inch wheels, keyless entry, dual-zone climate control, rear air con vents, leather upholstery and projector Xenon headlamps.

    Check out the official leaflet in the gallery below for more details or better yet – exclusively on – read our full review of the new Nissan Sylphy to find out if it’s any good.


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