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  • Perodua Tweckbot free 50-point checks for Christmas

    Perodua’s Tweckbot free car checks are back, this time for Christmas, which is just around the corner. The mobile vehicle service team will be offering 50-point checks, as they did three other times this year during peak travel periods.

    The Tweckbot team will be stationed at the Giant hypermarket in Kota Damansara this weekend (December 15-17, 10am to 5pm), to provide free checks to all Perodua vehicles. The inspection comprises engine, transmission, coolant (coolant level, fan and temperature), brake (fluid and pad wear), power steering, clutch, tyre, suspension and electrical (battery, lights and water) checks, with each routine taking 10-15 minutes.

    Additionally, a 20% discount on parts and accessories will be given to all vehicles that return to Perodua service branches and dealers.

    “Perodua Tweckbot represents our commitment to customers in providing them with the very best in terms of products and services. It is also one of our road safety campaign initiatives. At Perodua, you matter most, and we want to ensure that during this festive period and school holidays, your Perodua vehicles are in the best possible shape,” said Perodua President and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

     
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  • Continental to bring new battery charging tech to CES

    For next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Continental will be showcasing two new battery charging systems, which will be of benefit to all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

    The first involves inductive charging, a concept that has been explored by other companies as well. The idea is to transfer charging power wirelessly from a ground-based charging pad to a receiver pad on the underside of the vehicle.

    Continental says it has developed a micronavigation solution that uses magnetic field sensors integrated in the ground pad to more accurately position the vehicle. The unit receives signals from the EV, and responds by sending sensor data to the vehicle.

    The location system operates on a long-range frequency band, and works well even if snow or leaves cover the ground pad. The company claims its solution is up to ten times more accurate than a conventional parking assistant.

    It also claims up to 90% better efficiency, with the system being rated at a charging rate of 11 kW. A 20-minute charge can provide up to 20 km of driving range, and the system will “repark” automated electric vehicles when they are fully charged. A single charging station will therefore be able to cater towards many vehicles.

    While wireless charging might sound like the way forward, cables continue to be a more widespread option for now. In light of this, Continental has developed what it calls the AllCharge, allowing any charging point to be used, regardless of charging rate, type of current, or voltage level.

    In the case of cable-based charging, alternating current (AC) from the grid is converted into direct current (DC), which is then used to charge the vehicle’s battery. This conversion is either done in the charging station, or the vehicle’s on-board charger.

    Although DC charging is faster by comparison, high setup costs limit their availability. With higher charging rates being more in demand, Continental’s approach involves turning the electric powertrain itself into a “charger,” instead of installing more and more charging technology into a car.

    According to the company, this requires specially adapting the electric motor and the inverter (used to convert between DC and AC power) to enable them to support charging as well. The only extra component needed in such a system is a DC/DC converter, which ensures that power flows to the battery at the optimal voltage level at all times.

    Since AC charging is no longer affected by the limitations of an on-board charger, with the appropriate AC infrastructure, AllCharge can charge the battery at a rate of up to 43 kW. This will quicken charging times of vehicles with larger vehicles, and Continental expects production of the technology to start in 2022.

     
  • Porsche Museum showcases its oldest 911, from 1964

    What a gorgeous sight, you say. But this “901 No.57” wasn’t always looking so good. After three years of restoration, the Porsche Museum will finally present the newest addition to its collection, and the oldest 911 that it holds, at the special exhibition “A legend takes off” from now till April 8, 2018.

    The red coupe was built in October 1964 as one of the first series-production models of the sports car known back then as the 901. Almost exactly 50 years later, Porsche Museum happened to find this rare item and decided to buy it with a view to restoring it back to its original state.

    Porsche originally developed and presented the successor to the 356 under the type designation 901. However, just a few weeks after starting production in the autumn of 1964, the two-door had to be renamed due to a trademark dispute, and from then on bore the name 911. As they say, the rest is history.

    All of the customer vehicles produced up to that point were manufactured as 901s, but sold as 911s. Amazingly, Porsche’s factory collection had lacked one of these rarities for 50 years – yes, Porsche itself did not have the earliest version of its brand-defining sports car.

    In 2014, while valuing a collection of items long forgotten about in a barn, a German TV crew working on an antiques and memorabilia programme stumbled across two 911s dating back to the 1960s. After making enquiries with the Porsche Museum, it emerged that one of the two sports cars with the chassis number 300.057 was one of the rare models built before the model line was renamed.

    The Porsche Museum decided to buy both 911 models at the estimated price determined by an independent expert, and in doing so closed a key gap in its collection of classic Porsches.

    One of the crucial factors in favour of purchasing No.57 was the fact that the old 911 had not been restored in any way, giving the specialists at the museum the opportunity to restore it as authentically and as true to the original as possible. It took three years to bring the very rusty hunk of metal to its original state, using genuine body parts from the time taken from a different vehicle.

    The engine, transmission, electrics and interior were all repaired following the same principle. The general rule was to retain parts and fragments where possible rather than replacing them. These intricate restoration methods used by the Porsche Museum as the standard approach are precisely the reason why it took so long to bring this highly historically significant sports car back to life.

    Amazing, and it reminds us of this 1972 BMW 2000 Touring restored by BMW Classic Customer Workshop. Even Japanese modern classics can enjoy such factory help, by Mazda for the NA MX-5 and Nissan for the R32 Skyline GT-R. Old is gold, most of the time.


    GALLERY: Fifty years of the Porsche 911

     
  • Formula 1’s use of grid girls under “strong review”

    In a world that is seeing greater female participation in all forms of motorsport, Formula 1 is conducting a “strong review” on its use of female promotional models or grid girls, according to BBC Sport.

    In an interview with BBC Radio 5, F1 managing director Ross Brawn said that it was a “delicate topic,” adding, “We’re trying to respect all parties. There’s a lot of people [who] respect the tradition of the grid girls and there’s people who feel that it has become a bit dated, so we’re addressing that.”

    Chief executive officer Chase Carey, who took over from Bernie Ecclestone when American corporation Liberty Media bought the sport early this year, added, “What we need to do is get as many points of view as possible and make a decision right for the future of the sport.”

    Carey said that the matter wasn’t high on the priority list when he took on his job. “On the list of things I have been dealing with, grid girls wasn’t really up there on top, with all respect,” he said. Even so, he said that he wanted the sport to “engage everybody” regarding the matter, adding that he would “love” to see a female Formula 1 driver.

    “Is it something from the past, or is it something distinct that should be part of the future?” he said. “I don’t think it will be a personal decision for me. I may have a point of view but, when you have a sport, you are dealing with teams and a large ecosystem and a large fanbase that is very passionate. There is never going to be a consensus, but a set of views.”

    The usage of grid girls has been debated as social attitudes have changed, and certain venues have begun to experiment with other alternatives, such as using male models instead of female, as well as children as mascots. In a poll conducted by BBC Sport, 60% of voters said that grid girls should remain in Formula 1.

    This follows a greater trend that has already seen other top racing series scale down or completely end their use of grid girls. The World Endurance Championship (WEC) stopped having female promotional models on the grid since the 2015 season, a move that has been followed by a number of MotoGP teams and venues.

     
  • Lamborghini Urus makes launch debut in Singapore

    The Lamborghini Urus recently celebrated its global premiere at the company’s headquarters in Sant’Agata Bolognese, and has now made its launch debut in Singapore, just a week later. Reservations for Lamborghini’s second SUV model (first being the LM002) are now open in Singapore (price not given), with deliveries set to take place in 2018.

    The Urus’ Singapore debut marks the SUV’s first appearance outside Italy, with the event taking place at the ArtScience Museum in Marina Bay Sands. To celebrate the occasion, 122 Lamborghini cars assembled to break the record in Asia for the largest number of Lamborghini cars in a convoy.

    Under the bonnet, the Urus is powered by a specially-developed 4.0 litre twin-turbo V8, which outputs 650 PS and 850 Nm of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox is paired with the mill, along with an all-wheel drive system to divert torque appropriately frontwards and rearwards.

    Performance wise, the sub-2,200 kg SUV will make the century sprint in just 3.6 seconds, with the next 100 km/h arriving 9.2 seconds later. The top speed is pegged at 305 km/h, and it’ll only take 33.7 metres for the Urus to come to a full stop from 100 km/h.

    Dubbed the “world’s first super sport utility vehicle (SSUV),” the Urus’ styling is as you’d expect of a Lamborghini – striking, and yet retaining certain cues of the similarly-named concept that previewed it five years ago.

    The angular theme of the exterior is reflected inside the cabin as well, which comes with a mix of leather, Alcantara, aluminium, carbon fibre and wood. Customers will also have a plethora of personalisation options to browse through to create their dream Urus.

    GALLERY: Lamborghini Urus

     
  • LDP, KESAS, Sprint, Smart Tunnel Xmas toll discount

    Klang Valley highways under the Gamuda Group will have toll discounts on Christmas Day. Users of the Lebuhraya Damansara-Puchong (LDP), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (KESAS) and Sprint Highway will pay lower rates from midnight of December 24, while Smart Tunnel users get the discount from 6am on December 25 to 6am on December 26.

    The discounts range from 20 sen to 60 sen, and is expected to benefit nearly 800,000 users. See the chart above for included classes and the exact discount for each highway.

    “For Litrak and Sprint, we have carried out this proactive move yearly especially for major festive seasons, where we highly believe in the act of giving back to the community,” said Sazaily Bin Saidi, CEO of Litrak and Sprint.

    KESAS, Litrak, Sprint and Smart also teamed up to organise a “Back to School” corporate social responsibility programme, where 90 less fortunate children received pocket money and a set of school supplies for the upcoming school year. Persatuan Kanak-Kanak ini Disayangi Subang Jaya, Pusat Jagaan Penyayang Nur Iman Kuala Lumpur and SK Pulau Indah 2 Klang were beneficiaries.

     
  • AD: Own a Jaguar XE from only RM238k, or a Land Rover Discovery Sport for RM288k this weekend!

    The best Christmas surprises don’t come in boxes. You can enjoy your holidays in style with a Jaguar or Land Rover of your choice, all at unbeatable value at The Christmas Weekend Sale this December 16 and 17, hosted by Sime Darby Auto Connexion Petaling Jaya.

    For starters, the Jaguar XE premium sports sedan can be yours from only RM238,000*, while the Land Rover Discovery Sport starts from RM288,000*! These Jaguar Land Rover Approved certified pre-owned models have a minimum of a comprehensive two-year/100,000 km warranty or up to a five-year/150,000 km coverage. There’s also a minimum of 24 months of Jaguar Land Rover Roadside Assistance.

    Other selected new car models, meanwhile, are available with cash rebates of up to RM80,000*. If that’s not enticing enough, each new car purchase will come with a Christmas gift worth RM3,000** too! All new models come with Jaguar Care or Land Rover Care package, which includes a five-year/150,000 km warranty, five-year/80,000 km servicing and three years of Jaguar Land Rover Roadside Assistance.

    For more details, head on over to Sime Darby Auto Connexion Petaling Jaya (click here for Waze location) or call 03-9212 3103. Alternatively, point your web browser to www.jaguar.com.my/offers or www.landrover.com.my/offers.

    *Promotion is valid based on availability and applicable to selected models and units only. While stocks last.
    ** Not applicable to Land Rover Defender. While stocks last. Terms and conditions apply.

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  • Why is the 2018 Honda CBR250RR not in Malaysia yet?

    Now getting a little long in the tooth, the current model Honda CBR250R, with its single-cylinder engine, has been soldiering on, despite the release of the CBR250RR in Indonesia in 2016. Many readers are, naturally, asking why our neighbour gets this all-singing, all-dancing quarter-litre sports bike, while we settle for less.

    We posed this question to Nobuhide Nagata, chief executive officer of Boon Siew Honda (BSH), during the BSH media gathering held at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). Nagata explained that the Honda CBR250RR as it stands is not currently Euro 4 compliant, and this much-awaited sports bike will only enter Malaysia after it has passed homologation.

    “This is because Malaysia certification rules are very close to Euro 4, and for us to certify the CBR250RR only for Malaysia will be very expensive,” said Nagata. “So, it is better we wait for the CBR250RR to pass Europe law, then we can bring it here,” he said.

    Pressed on the question whether it will be confirmed if the CBR250RR will come to Malaysian shores, Nagata said the chances are good, but a lot will depend on final pricing. “If the bike is too expensive, then it will be difficult to sell, if only a small quantity,” Nagata said.

    Currently available only in Indonesia and the Japanese domestic market, the CBR250RR is also scheduled for potential introduction to the Philippines. Those nations have emissions rules that are easier to comply with than Euro 4, whilst Malaysia’s standards are close enough to European limits as to make a minimal difference.

    There you have it, boys and girls, the reason why the Honda CBR250RR is not in Malaysia, and not likely to make it much before the end of next year. In the meantime, the current model 2017 Honda CBR250R, relatively unchanged since 2011, retails for RM21,940 in black, with the red and yellow versions going for RM22,258.

    GALLERY: 2017 Honda CBR250RR “The Art of Kabuki”

     
  • Honda Freed Modulo X officially launched in Japan

    The Honda Freed can now be had in a new Modulo X flavour, more than a year after the second-generation model made its debut in Japan. As with most Modulo X models, this one gets its share of exterior and interior add-ons as well.

    Beginning with what you can see on the outside, the Freed Modulo X receives a full body kit, comprising new bumpers front and rear, side skirts, and even a tailgate spoiler. Complementing these items are a black grille, side mirrors, plus LED fog lights (and DRLs). The sporty-looking MPV can also be fitted with a slightly lowered suspension setup and a set of 15-inch alloy wheels.

    Moving inside, customers will find unique Modulo X seats, piano black trim, leather-wrapped steering wheel and dedicated floor mats. A nine-inch infotainment system with navigation function can also be specified, as well as a driving video recorder and Electronic Toll Collection transceiver.

    The Modulo X can be ordered in either six- or seven-seat versions, coupled with a Sport Hybrid i-DCD or 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC powertrains. The Honda Sensing suite of systems come as standard regardless of model choice, and prices range from 2,830,680 yen (RM103,067) to 3,152,520 yen (RM114,785).

     
  • AD: Medan Quantum Ford Mustang year-end promo – 5.0L GT from RM370k, 2.3L EcoBoost from RM335k

    It is one of the most iconic nameplates in automotive history, having first made its debut nearly five decades ago. Now in its sixth generation, the Ford Mustang continues to embody the spirit of the “pony car,” available with a stoking 5.0 litre V8 or a more economical 2.3 litre EcoBoost engine.

    As part of its year-end sale promotion, Medan Quantum is offering you the chance to drive home the venerable Mustang with discounts of up to RM39,999. All cars are of the 2016 model year, and come well equipped, plus thoroughly inspected to ensure they are of the highest quality.

    Those who are leaning towards the EcoBoost-powered Mustang can secure one at a promotional price of RM335,000, which a RM25,000 discount from the regular. You’ll also have 317 PS and 432 Nm of torque at your disposal from the 2.3 litre turbocharged powerplant, with drive going to the rear wheels.

    Should you want more power, the GT variant is the more attractive proposition, with its 5.0 litre naturally-aspirated V8 serving up 416 PS and 530 Nm of torque. The V8 variant is being offered at a special price of RM370,000, which is a huge markdown from the original price of RM409,999.

    All Mustangs sold by Medan Quantum come with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, leather seats, Shaker premium audio system, SYNC 2 infotainment system with navigation function, dual-zone climate control, automatic headlights, keyless start, driver profile selection, and 19-inch alloy wheels.

    They also come with a free two-year Guard My Ride (GMR) warranty package, which includes comprehensive coverage on mechanical and electrical parts/components and breakdowns, along with a towing service if required. With 73 GMR panel workshops across Malaysia, including in Sabah and Sarawak, Medan Quantum also makes it convenient for customers to have their vehicles serviced.

    If you’ve had your sights set on a Ford Mustang, there’s no better time to take advantage of Medan Quantum’s year-end promotion. For more information, head on over to the company’s official website or Facebook page. You can also contact the following outlets:

    Medan Quantum Sdn Bhd (HQ)
    Lot 532, Jalan Jelatek,
    54200 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Contact: Rashid – 017-278 7776, Bazreen – 019-226 3215

    Damansara Branch
    No. 436, Lot 13690,
    Tempat Kg. Sungai Kayu Ara, Daerah Petaling,
    47400 Petaling Jaya
    Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
    Contact: Abu Garcia – 017-328 3839, Chong – 012-217 6688

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