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  • Malaysia and Singapore aiming to restart cross-border travel from August 10 under RGL and PCA schemes

    Malaysia and Singapore are aiming to resume cross-border travel between the two countries beginning August 10, which will also see the implementation of two schemes – the Reciprocal Green Lane (RGL) and Periodic Commuting Arrangement (PCA) – to cater to different groups of travellers.

    “The RGL scheme will enable cross-border travels for essential business and official purposes between both countries. Eligible travellers will have to abide by prevailing Covid-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed upon by both countries, including undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab tests,” read a joint statement issued by the ministry of foreign affairs of both countries.

    “They will also be expected to submit to the relevant authorities of the receiving country a controlled itinerary and adhere to this controlled itinerary during their visit,” it continued. Meanwhile, the PCA scheme is meant for residents who hold long-term immigration passes for business and work purposes in the other country to enter that country for work.

    “After at least three consecutive months in their country of work, they may return to their home country for short-term home leave, and thereafter, re-enter their country of work to continue working for at least another three consecutive months. These travellers will also have to abide by the prevailing Covid-19 prevention and public health measures mutually agreed on by both countries,” the statement read.

    Both countries are currently in the midst of preparing the requirements, health protocols and application process to enable cross-border travel between them, which will be published 10 days before the August 10 targeted start date. Malaysia closed its borders on March 18 following the start of the movement control order to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Moving forward, the two countries will develop other appropriate schemes for the cross-border movement of people including a daily cross-border commuting proposal for work purposes for travellers from both countries, while considering the required health protocols and available medical resources in both countries to ensure the safety of citizens of both sides.

  • AD: Michelin E-Wallet Cashback – get rebates with two or more tyres purchased from Tyreplus and affliates!

    Tyres, like other components in a vehicle, need regular attention. With many cars likely having remained stationary for months during the movement control order (MCO), Michelin Malaysia has introduced the Michelin E-Wallet cashback campaign which will be applicable across all Tyreplus and Michelin-affiliated service centres in Malaysia from now until August 2020.

    As the country strives to implement improved practices with social distancing in mind, making transactions through e-wallets helps reduce physical contact. Customers will be entitled to cashbacks through the GrabPay, Boost and Touch ‘n Go e-wallets, and this is applicable to all transaction methods.

    For purchases of Michelin tyres measuring 14 to 15 inches in diameter, customers will be entitled to a RM10 cashback per tyre, RM15 for 16-inch tyres, RM20 for 17-inch tyres and RM25 for tyres that are 18 inches and larger. Good news for owners of vehicles such as pick-up trucks, as this also applies to commercial light truck Michelin tyres.

    “As we adapt into a new normal for Malaysia, we are happy to introduce the E-Wallet Cashback campaign to not only alleviate any financial burden but also to raise awareness for better road and tyre safety. This can easily be done by mitigating the risk of faulty tyres after prolonged neglect since the beginning of the MCO,” said managing director of Michelin Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, Oliver Biggart.

    Here’s how you can get cash back with your Michelin tyre purchases. Buy your selected Michelin tyres from participating outlets, then scan the QR code to access the microsite or click here redeem your cash rebates. The e-wallet code will be sent to by SMS, e-mail or both channels. Enter the code into the e-wallet app of your choice, and enjoy the cashback! Redemptions are valid until 11:59pm, August 12, 2020.

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  • Audi e-tron Black Edition, Vorsprung models unveiled

    Audi UK has released the new e-tron and e-tron Sportback Black Edition, along with a range of new trim levels such as Technik, S line, Launch Edition and range-topping Vorsprung trims. All models sit on 20-inch wheels at the very least, and get adaptive air suspension, LED lighting, Audi Virtual cockpit and MIB 3 MMI Touch infotainment system with voice recognition as standard.

    The Black Edition model, on the other hand, is based on the e-tron S line but gets privacy glass, matrix LED headlights and full LED tail lights as standard. Lowered air suspension with sports tuning and 21-inch Audi Sport wheels are standard, though the latter gets an anthracite black finish. This black treatment also extends to the Singleframe grille, front and rear bumper inserts, window trims, roof rails and door mirror surrounds.

    Vorsprung models get larger 22-inch Audi Sport wheels with matte titanium finish, orange brake calipers, and optional virtual door mirrors. It’s also recipient of the most advanced digital matrix LED lights, which uses a processor to continuously adjust a million micromirrors for the best beam pattern in any given driving situation.

    Other options include electrically adjustable, heated steering wheel and diamond-stitched super sport seats, 19-speaker Bang & Olufsen audio system, powered soft-closing doors, and heads-up display.

    New e-tron customers in the UK will get one RFID payment card to access a vast network of charging stations operated by 18 suppliers across the UK and Europe. Those who buy the e-tron before December 31, 2020 will receive a free 12-month subscription to the e-tron Charging Service and an account credit equivalent to 1,000 miles-worth of electricity at no extra cost.

  • 2.7 million traffic summons dating to 2010 not settled

    A total of 2.7 million traffic summons, some dating as far back as 2010, are still unsettled. With a value of approximately RM800 million if compounded, these summons cover a variety of traffic offences.

    This was revealed by Datuk Seri Shaharuddin Khalid, JPJ Director-General, in a Bernama interview. Amongst the offences committed were speeding, using a mobile phone while driving and driving without a licence. “JPJ will take action against road users who do not pay their outstanding summons, including blacklisting their names if they renew their driving licence,” said Shaharuddin.

    In another development, Shaharuddin said his department is in the process of standardising the national speed limit to 110 km/h for all highways. He said this limit will be applied across the nation with the exception of the North-South Highway (PLUS) for the Menora tunnel section, which is limited to 70 km/h to reduce the accident rate at that stretch.

  • Sixth-generation Ford Bronco debuts – two EcoBoost petrols, removable panels and washable interior

    Here it is, after much teasing, the all-new, sixth-generation 2021 Ford Bronco has arrived. Traditionally a two-door ladder-frame off off-roader, the latest-generation Bronco is also available as a four-door version, and both are based on the T6 platform that also underpins the current Ford Ranger.

    At launch, the 2021 Bronco comes with a choice of two petrol engines; an inline-four and a V6. The first is a 2.3 liter EcoBoost turbocharged unit that produces 270 hp and 420 Nm of torque, while the other is a 2.7 litre EcoBoost turbo producing 310 hp and 542 Nm of torque. A Getrag seven-speed manual gearbox is available for the 2.3 litre version only, while a 10-speed automatic transmission is available for both engine variants.

    Both two- and four-door Bronco models are offered in seven trim levels – the base variant, Big Bend, Black Diamond, Outer Banks, Wildtrak, Badlands and the limited-run First Edition, which will be capped at a total of 3,500 units. The base variant two-door Bronco starts from US$29,995 (RM128,093), while the base four-door starts from US$34,695 (RM148,165).

    All Bronco variants get a Terrain Management System with G.O.A.T. (Go Over Any type of Terrain) modes, starting with five modes in the base variant, six in the Big Bend and Outer Banks variants, seven in the Black Diamond, Badlands and First Edition variants; these include a Baja mode for the Wildtrak, and Rock Crawl and Baja for the Badlands and First Edition variants.

    The seven-speed manual is described as a six-plus-one transmission, essentially a six-speeder with the addition of a low-range crawler gear. The ratio for first is 4.283:1, while the crawler gear gives a 6.588:1 ratio. For reference, reverse gear is 5.625:1.

    Two choices of transfer case are offered. The standard unit is a 4X4 with part-time selectable engagement, offering two-speed electronic shift-on-the-fly with a 2.72:1 low ratio, while the option is 4X4 automatic on-demand 4H engagement and a two-speed electromechanical transfer case with a 3.06:1 low ratio. When the manual is paired with the electromechanical transfer case, this gives a crawl ratio of 94:1, says Ford.

    A Dana 44 solid rear axle with a five-link coil spring setup is paired with the front independent suspension with alloy A-arms, while Bilstein position-sensitive dampers feature front and rear, and selected models get the stabiliser bar disconnect function. Both ends can be optionally specified with Spicer Performa-Tek electronically locking differentials.

    In terms of rolling stock, the base variant starts with 255/70 tyres on 16-inch silver painted steel wheels, while the Big Bend steps up to 255/75 tyres on 17-inch aluminium wheels in Carbonized Gray. Two choices are available for the Black Diamond; a 17-inch gloss black painted steel wheel or a high-gloss black painted aluminium wheel, and both are shod in 265/70 tyres.

    The Outer Banks variant gets 255/70 tyres on 18-inch machined and black high-gloss painted aluminium wheels, while the Badlands variant gets 17-inch machined and Carbonized Gray finish aluminium wheels. Rounding up the wheelset choices are the beadlock-capable, 17-inch black high-gloss painted forged aluminium wheels, which are optional on the Badlands and standard on the Wildtrak and First Edition.

    As part of the Sasquatch Package, the beadlock-capable forged aluminium wheels are mounted with 315/70 mud terrain tyres, and this package also includes the electronic locking differentials, 4.70:1 final drive ratio, high-clearance suspension, the position-sensitive Bilstein dampers and high-clearance fender flares. This package can be specified on all variants, and is standard on the Wildtrak, Badlands and First Edition.

    In terms of bodywork, the two-door model comes with a removable three-section roof, left and right front sections and a rear section, or a premium painted modular four-section top that adds a removable panel over the rear seats and cargo area. Meanwhile, the four-door model has four removable roof sections, comprised of left and right front panels, a full-width centre panel and a rear section panel.

    All Bronco variants come with removable doors, and the cowl-mounted mirrors ensure rearward visibility is retained when the doors are removed. For the four-door models, all four doors can be stowed away in the Bronco in protective door bags. Trail sights on the front fenders also double as tie-down points, and can take loads of up to 150 pounds (68 kg).

    Inside, grab handles are integrated into the modular instrument panel and centre console, while Molle hooks can be specified into the seat backs. Attachment points built into the instrument panel lets users mount their on mobile device rack, and 12-volt outlets throughout the vehicle help power cameras, phones, navigation devices or others, says Ford.

    The Bronco also gets the 12-inch Sync 4 infotainment system that supports over-the-air updates and integration with the FordPass Performance app with off-road navigation, and the Sync system also displays the 360-degree camera feed with ‘off-road spotter’ views to help in more technical terrain, such as during rock crawls.

    Features on the top Lux package include a 10-speaker B&O sound system, a heated steering wheel, two additional USB smart charging ports, voice activated touchscreen navigation and a wireless charging pad.

    Selected Bronco variants get washable rubberised floors with integrated drainage to allow hosing down a soiled interior, along with marine-grade vinyl seating surfaces to resist mildew. The dashboard-mounted hero switches fature seamless silicone rubber, while the overhead-mounted upfitter switches are also silicone sealed to protect against the elements and enable customisation with pre-wired leads to key accessory points, says Ford.

    Safety kit on the six-generation Bronco includes front airbags, integrated side curtain airbags within the upper structure, roll stability control and trailer sway control. The Mid pack adds Co-Pilot360 with pre-collision assist and AEB, BLIS with cross traffic alert, lane keeping assist, auto high-beam headlamps and rear view camera with assistant gridlines. The High pack adds a 360-degree camera system, Forward Sensing System and side mirror LEDS, while the Lux pack adds Evasive Steering Assist.

    Available in 11 exterior colours, the 2021 Bronco can be fitted with more than 200 dealer-installable accessories, along with the Mid, High and Lux packages depending on variant. The sixth-generation Ford Bronco follows it predecessors in being built at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan, and Ford has started taking reservations online for both two- and four-door models for a fee of US$100 (RM427).

  • New Shell Helix Power, Protect engine oils launched

    Car guys choose engine oils based on specs, but how many motorists in the real world know exactly what those number-letter combos mean? “Power” and “Protect” as benefits should be more universal, and this is the approach Shell is taking with its new Helix engine oils.

    The new Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect are fully-synthetic engine oils that focus more on the benefits to users and less on technical specifications, helping motorists choose the right product based on one’s driving style and needs.

    According to Shell, “Power” features special performance-focused additives that maximise engine power and deliver faster acceleration for smoother drives on highways, hilly terrain and open roads. The 0W-40 oil retails for RM280 for a four-litre pack.

    The engine protection-focused additives in “Protect” help cleanse engine components for longer engine life in cars that operate under stressful stop-start driving conditions. The RRP for this 0W-30 oil is RM240 for a 4L pack.

    Compatible with all 0W, 5W or 10W spec oils, both are suitable for most types of cars on Malaysian roads today. The new products feature PurePlus Technology, an “ultra-pure base oil” made from natural gas.

    According to Shell, engine oils are traditionally “low involvement” products, and while Malaysians are known for their love for cars, the majority are put off by technical terms and tend to leave vehicle maintenance to their workshops or service centres.

    “With the new Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect, we aim to return the important engine oil decision making to the car owners. Simply choose one that suits your driving style or needs,” said Nyon Kam Yew, Shell Lubricants GM for Malaysia and Singapore.

    In conjunction with the launch of Shell Helix Power and Shell Helix Protect, Shell Malaysia is running a promotion where every customer will get a free replica Scuderia Ferrari race car with the purchase of a 4L pack from any participating workshop. This is valid from now till stocks last.

    The company also marked the launch of the new engine oils by distributing complimentary packs and care kits to Grab drivers as part of its #BecauseWeCare initiative.

  • 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy revealed in the US

    Hyundai has revised the Palisade for the 2021 model year, which sees the addition of a new Calligraphy trim level as the range-topper in the line-up, above the existing Limited. No pricing was mentioned for now but the updated three-row SUV is set to arrive at dealers in the country from July onwards.

    In terms of specifications, the Palisade Calligraphy, like the rest of the range, is powered by a 3.8 litre Atkinson-cycle petrol V6 engine that produces 291 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 355 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. The mill is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and Hyundai’s HTRAC all-wheel drive system as standard. The latter is optional for other trims – SE, SEL and Limited – and comes with a hill descent control function as well as a Snow drive mode.

    The Calligraphy also looks different compared to other Palisade trims, as it sports a revised grille mesh design with triangular elements like what we’ve seen on recent Hyundai models. Additionally, the SUV also comes with trim-specific 20-inch alloy wheels and side door garnishes, while the rear features accent lighting and an ultra-wide LED high-mounted brake light.

    Inside, you get a seven-seat layout (2-2-3) with two individual seats in the second row and all the luxuries that the Limited comes with. This includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, a Harman Kardon sound system, triple-zone climate control and an ambient lighting system. To these, the Calligraphy adds quilted leather door panels, a microfibre-suede headliner, a perforated leather steering wheel and cargo sill protection plate.

    As for the rest of the line-up, the 2021 Palisade with the Premium package and above will absorb items included in the former Drive Guidance package like the 10.25-inch touchscreen, Highway Drive Assist, SiriusXM Radio, Blue Link and Driver Talk.

    Meanwhile, multiple device connection capability, HD radio and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay have been added to the SE model and above for vehicles without navigation. Furthermore, LED headlamps are now standard, while sunroof and LED map lights have been added to the SEL model and above.

    The Palisade’s trailer pre-wiring connectors, an important feature for buyers who tow, has also been upgraded from a four-pin connector to an enhanced seven-pin connector design. Finally, a premium melange headliner has been added to the Premium package.

  • Elmina Motors’ Honda 3S Centre opens in Shah Alam

    Honda Malaysia and Elmina Motors have opened the doors to the 28th Honda 3S Centre in the country, this one located in Kampung Baru Subang, Shah Alam. The facility sits on a 85,377 sq ft land and costs nearly RM22 million to build.

    The new centre features 20 work bays, 12 of which are servicing bays, four general repair bays, two tyre service bays, one air-conditioning service bay, and one electrical bay. The daily turnover rate is 30 cars.

    In typical Honda 3S fashion, the lounge features complimentary Wi-Fi access, kid’s corner, complimentary food and beverages, as well as car wash, road tax renewal and insurance coverage renewal services. However, note that the pantry and kid’s corner are closed during this RMCO phase, and customers interested in dropping by should make prior appointments and adhere to recommended health precautions.

    Meanwhile, Honda Malaysia said it recorded more than 647,100 service intakes in the central region in 2019, a 5.4% increase from 2018. The opening of this facility is timely, the company says, and will cater to the increasing customer demands in the region.

  • Do you want the Benelli TnT135 as an electric bike?

    It appears the Benelli TnT135 mini moto, sold in Malaysia at RM8,198 – the SE version retails at RM10,098 – has an electric powered version. Sold in the US as the CSC Motorcycles City Slicker, the mini electric motorcycle (e-bike) is priced at USD 2,495 (RM10,654).

    Styled identically to the TnT135, the City Slicker installs a 3.2 kW (peak power) electric motor in the swingarm, just ahead of the rear wheel. With a nominal 1.5 kW in rated power, the City Slicker draws power from a 72 Volt, 26 Ah battery pack which takes the place of the TnT135’s single-cylinder combustion engine.

    The City Slicker’s battery pack is removable and charging is claimed to take between six to eight hours using domestic current. This gives the mini moto e-bike an estimated 100 km of range at 35 km/h or 60 km at 60 km/h, with top speed governed to a maximum 75 km/h.

    While the range and speed numbers might not sound too impressive, certain countries, especially in Europe, allow for low powered e-bikes to be ridden without the need for a motorcycle rider’s license. On CSC’s website, the City Slicker is touted as a substitute for an electric bicycle but with better safety features and riding comfort.

    As per specifications for the TnT135, the City Slicker rolls on 12-inch wheels, shod in 110/70/12 and 120/70/12 tyres front and rear, respectively. Weight for the City Slicker is 99kg, which compares against the TnT135’s 115 kg.

    Braking is done with single hydraulic discs, 220 mm diameter and 190 mm diameter, respectively. An added feature of the City Slicker is the provision of reverse drive, something easily done with DC power.

    Other riding conveniences include a lockable storage compartment where the fuel tank would be on a normal motorcycle, as well as lockable front forks. LED lighting is used throughout and in the instrument panel, a battery charge indicator is added to the usual readouts.

  • Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept debuts – 6.4 litre HEMI V8; 450 hp, 610 Nm; 0-96 km/h under 5 seconds

    Jeep is looking to steal the spotlight away from the all-new Ford Bronco by revealing this, the V8-powered Wrangler Rubicon 392 concept. This isn’t a model that customers will be able to buy just yet, as the company is gauging the public’s reaction before deciding if it wants to proceed with production.

    Given that the Bronco lacks a V8 option at launch, Jeep is clearly trying to one-up its competitor with the Wrangler Rubicon 392, and the specifications certainly looks promising. Under the bonnet, there’s a 392 HEMI engine, which is a 6.4 litre (392 cubic inch) V8 that produces 450 hp and 610 Nm of torque.

    To get the engine to fit into the Wrangler, the vehicle’s engine mounts had to be upgraded and the frame modified. Along with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the off-roader will get from 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) in less than five seconds, and there’s a dual-mode exhaust system to make sure the V8 rumble is heard clearly.

    The powertrain isn’t the only star of the show, as the Wrangler concept also gets Dana 44 axles, a Selec-Track full-time two-speed transfer case along with Tru-Lok electric front and rear axle lockers. The Jeep also features Rubicon rock rails, steel bumpers with a Warn winch, a steel belly pan, 37-inch mud-terrain tyres as well as a Mopar two-inch lift kit with monotube Fox shocks.

    All these improvements allow for 336 mm (13.25 inches) of ground clearance, 863 mm (34 inches) of water fording capability, a 51.6-degree approach angle, 29.5-degree breakover angle and 40.1-degree departure angle.

    The concept seen here doesn’t look to different from a regular Wrangler, save for the air scoop on the bonnet and custom half doors. It also sports a Granite Crystal exterior finish adorned with Bronze accentuated tow hooks, badging, springs, shocks and wheels, as well as the Wrangler’s Sky One-touch retractable top. Inside, is features Red Rock-coloured leather bolstered seats with gold stitching, along with a performance steering wheel.


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Last Updated 11 Jul 2020