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  • GALLERY: Mitsubishi Triton Extra Hardcore roadshow offers fun for the family, at Setia Alam this weekend


    Happening today and tomorrow (October 1-2), the Mitsubishi Triton Extra Hardcore roadshow takes place at the Setia Alam Convention Centre carpark where Malaysian motorsport athlete Leona Chin and rally champion Kenneth Koh will be on location to give showgoers thrill rides in the updated Mitsubishi Triton, now packing the more powerful and more economical 2.4 litre, MIVEC VGT turbodiesel engine.

    Alongside is a specially outfitted obstacle truck, set up to showcase the Triton’s capabilities with challenges such as the side traverse, uneven ramps, staircase ramp and the imposing peak ramp. In addition to the Triton, the Pajero Sport has also been enlisted to partake in the passenger ride proceedings.

    Admission is free, and visitors who test drive any Mitsubishi model at the roadshow will receive exclusive merchandise for free while stocks last, and those who commit to making a booking on any Mitsubishi vehicle at the roadshow will receive a special edition Ralliart umbrella.

    Fear not if you are located further north or south of the Klang Valley; the roadshow will also take place at the Juru Auto City car park in Penang on October 8-9, and subsequently at the Plaza Angsana car park in Johor on October 15-16. The events take place from 10am until 8pm at all three locations; the last thrill ride session on each day is at 7pm. For more information, visit the official Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia webpage, here.

  • October 2016 fuel prices – RON 95, 97, diesel all up!

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    It’s the end of the month, and we all know what’s coming – fuel price updates! The question is this: will it go up, or come down? For October 2016, unfortunately, it’s all up for RON 95, RON 97 and diesel.

    For the month of October 2016, RON 95 will be priced at RM1.80 per litre (up 10 sen compared to September 2016), RON 97 at RM2.15 per litre (up 10 sen), diesel at RM1.75 per litre (up 5 sen) and Euro 5 diesel at RM1.85 per litre (up 5 sen).

    As a recap, both RON 95 and RON 97 went down 5 sen last month, while diesel was unchanged. Well, what comes down, must go back up, right?

  • 2017 Toyota Yaris WRC unveiled – Microsoft as partner


    Toyota has unveiled the car that it will participate in the 2017 World Rally Championship with, entering the international rallying scene again for the first time in 18 years.

    Based on the Yaris, the new car certainly looks a lot meaner than the prototype the world’s largest carmaker showed when it announced its return to WRC early last year. The announcement of new regulations for next year – which is meant to make for faster, more exciting racing – would’ve sent the Toyota Gazoo Racing WRC Rally Team and Toyota Motorsport GmbH (TMG) back to the drawing board.

    The result is a much more aggressive look in keeping with the spirit of the rule changes. There are larger fender flares, deeper air dam and side sills and a more intricate rear wing that features more fins and separate flics on the sides.


    Toyota president Akio Toyoda and team principal Tommi Mäkinen

    The regulations call for an unchanged 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, but with larger air restrictors (from 33 mm to 36 mm) bringing power outputs from 300 hp up to WTCC levels at 380 hp. The minimum weight has also dropped by 25 kg, while an active centre differential is now allowed to be used again.

    It has also been announced that Microsoft has joined as a technology partner for the team. The Redmond-based tech giant will assist Toyota in developing a data analysis platform, creating a team information sharing system and enhancing communication with fans through the cloud and Microsoft’s display devices.

    The collaboration builds on an existing partnership between the two companies, which has recently resulted in the new Toyota Connected user experience and product development company. Other companies that have signed on to the WRC project include Michelin, machining tools supplier DMG Mori and Panasonic.

    Leading the team in its return is team principal and four-time WRC champion Tommi Mäkinen. Excited?

  • Audi Malaysia appoints Swire Motors as official dealer


    Audi Malaysia has announced the appointment of Swire Motors as its latest authorised Audi dealer in the country. The new Audi Puchong dealership began operations earlier this month at a temporary sales facility in SetiaWalk Mall, with aftersales support located at another facility nearby.

    Swire Motors says it will operate at this location until its fully-fledged Audi Puchong 3S centre begins operations in 2018. The company’s inaugural dealership is the eighth official Audi outlet locally.

    The temporary Audi Puchong sales facility will be able to display four vehicles on its 3,500 sq ft showroom floor, whilst the temporary service facility will have three dedicated service bays. The company says it will have an initial workforce of 20, rising to 40 once operations are fully underway in 2018 when the dedicated 3S centre is opened.

  • ParkEasy smartphone app aims to ease parking hassle


    Urban centres anywhere in the Klang Valley will more often than not be congested with motorists plying the roads, and eventually vying for the same limited number of parking spaces. To that end, a smartphone app endeavours to ease some of the hassle of parking – enter ParkEasy.

    “The inspiration for this app came from our common experiences wasting time looking for a parking space.” said Warren Chan, CEO of ParkEasy (above). The smartphone app started in August 2014 as Park ‘In, and operated for a year before rebranding to ParkEasy, coinciding with the app’s first commercial site, Sunway Pyramid.

    Initially, the parking lot installation included a digital board stating the vehicle registration of the Parkeasy user who had booked the lot using the app, but that was short-lived as other, mainly non-ParkEasy-using patrons at the shopping centre’s carpark were disapproving of the system’s implementation. If you frequent Sunway Pyramid, you may have noticed the temporary presence of these digital boards over a few selected parking lots.


    This led to the revamp of the ParkEasy system to the one today, where the app does away with the location’s digital boards, and instead relies on in-app booking of the app users’ parking lots. There are two main functions; one for the parker, and one for the leaver.

    For parking, users select the mall and then the area of parking they prefer from the drop-down menu, fill in vehicle details for recognition, and then press the “Search for parking” button. Conversely for leavers, users select the location details of where they are parked, input vehicle details for recognition, and then press the “I’m leaving” button. Should users want to contact the corresponding parker or leaver, in-app calls can be placed via VOIP, with no phone numbers displayed for privacy.

    Every new app user is started off with 10 credits, and each use for parking will cost the user three credits, and each use for leaving a parking space will earn the user three credits. If it seems unneccessarily costly to pay an additional sum for a helping hand in finding spaces, the app user should effectively be charged nothing if he or she uses the app for both parking and leaving in equal frequency, said Eric Tan, chief technical officer of ParkEasy (pictured with phones, above).

    Should its users need more credit, topping up can be done in-app in denominations of 10, 20, 30, 50 or 100 credits at RM1 per credit, plus a transaction fee of RM2. Currently, ParkEasy runs in beta in order for its developers to test their system’s ability to handle mass exchanges. Coverage is limited at the moment, with parking lots of just two shopping centres listed in the app’s drop-down menu: Sunway Pyramid, and Mid Valley.

    This list is set to grow, however, and the team will also consider broadening the scope to cover outdoor public parking spaces in commercial areas, such as SS15 in Subang Jaya, as well as parking lots in other shopping centres. ParkEasy is available on both iOS and Android mobile operating systems, from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store respectively.

    Watch the videos below to see Parkeasy in action, in the roles of both the parker and the leaver.

  • VIDEO: Infiniti’s production-ready variable compression ratio 2.0L VC-Turbo engine explained

    We couldn’t have explained it better, really. The video above is Infiniti’s illustration of its new and groundbreaking VC-Turbo engine, which is the world’s first production-ready variable compression ratio engine. Twenty years in the making, apparently.

    The power of a sprinter and the efficiency of a long distance runner – the VC-Turbo combines both, Nissan’s premium brand says. Calling it one of the most advanced internal combustion engines ever created, Infiniti claims the power of a high-performance 2.0 litre turbo petrol engine with the torque and efficiency of an advanced diesel powertrain, without the equivalent emissions.

    “The pioneering new VC-Turbo powertrain represents a leap forward for engine development. Vehicle engineers believe the breakthrough in internal combustion technology would come from mastering the variable compression ratio. Infiniti will be the first to bring this technology to the market in 2018. This new generation of powertrains will help our global growth and expansion of the Infiniti product portfolio,” said Roland Krueger, president of Infiniti.

    Watch the video above before you continue reading. Done? Here’s what it’s made of, in a nutshell. The VC-T tech allows the engine to raise or lower the height the pistons reach, allowing for the engine’s displacement of the engine to change, and the compression ratio to vary seamlessly between 8:1 (for high performance) and 14:1 (for high efficiency). Brilliantly illustrated by the stance of the sprinter and marathoner in the video.

    The switching is accomplished via a mechanical actuator arm that is connected to the piston’s conrods through a slot in the side of the engine block, which is controlled by the engine’s control logic that determines the optimum ratio to be applied depending on the driving demands.

    The actuator arm is operated by an electric motor fitted on the outside of the engine block, and pushes a lever-type link that joins the conrods, which themselves are made in two halves. This effectively changes the length of the conrods, where a higher compression ratio is achieved with a longer length, and vice versa.

    Infiniti VC-T tech diagram

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    There’s more. The VC-Turbo engine has two parallel fuel injection systems, one direct and one into the intake manifold, and can switch between the standard combustion and fuel-saving Atkinson combustion cycles. The engine can benefit from hybridisation for an estimated further 10% improvement in fuel economy.

    The development target power output is around 272 PS (200 kW) and 390 Nm torque. This is good enough to send the 3.5 litre V6 petrol currently used by Nissan and Infiniti into retirement, as the four-cylinder VC-Turbo’s efficiency will be on a different plane altogether. It will be better in NVH terms compared to the V6. Lighter, too.

    The 2.0 litre VC-Turbo engine is tipped to power Infiniti’s upcoming QX50 SUV – previewed by the QX Sport Inspiration concept that was revealed earlier this year – before going into the rest of the range. Interesting.

  • REVIEW: 2015 Yamaha MT-09 – more is always better?


    Triples occupy that delicate balance between power, weight and handling. Combining the torque of a twin, with the power of a four-cylinder, three-cylinder motorcycles are unique in the biking world.

    There is a lot to be said for using a triple in a motorcycle, especially a universal machine that is meant to be a general purpose machine. Seeing this is pretty much a niche design, with many riders accustomed to twos or fours, Yamaha took the plunge with the MT-09 and its three-cylinder engine.

    The first MT-09s were well received by the market, catering to the need for public road hooliganism and spending more time on the rear wheel than the front. But somewhere under that hard-edged exterior, lay a somewhat capable universal Japanese machine, or UJM.


    Now, UJMs were something riders from the 70s and 80s are familiar with, and they seem to be making something of a comeback, albeit with rather more specialised styling, as opposed to the days when one design was made to do everything.

    So, Yamaha, with its MT-series bikes, now have the MT-09 triple to complement the two-cylinder MT-07 – which we recently reviewed here – and the four-cylinder MT-10, which Malaysians don’t get. But why does Yamaha need a 847 cc machine to slot into a sandwich between the 689 cc MT-07 and the 998 cc MT-10?

    Find out why after the jump.

  • Mitsubishi Triton Extra Hardcore roadshow starts tomorrow – free taxi rides with Leona Chin available

    Leona Chin Difts the Triton

    Behind the rugged and powerful TRITON is our very own Malaysia Motorsport Athlete Leona Chin! Bring your camera and friends to meet Leona Chin during these roadshows:

    1. Setia City Convention Centre: Oct 1 & 2
    2. Juru Auto City: Oct 8 & 9
    3. Plaza Angsana: Oct 15 & 16

    The first 50 fans to get on the thrill ride will stand a chance to win a lucky draw gift.

    Find out more:

    Posted by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia – Official on Friday, 23 September 2016

    The Mitsubishi Triton Extra Hardcore roadshow kicks off tomorrow at the Setia City Convention Centre (outdoor car park), where visitors will be able to go on a thrill ride with Malaysian motorsport athlete Leona Chin and rally champion Kenneth Koh. They will also get to experience the updated Triton, which now packs the more powerful, and economical, 2.4 litre MIVEC VGT turbodiesel engine.

    If that isn’t enough, the first 50 individuals that sign up for the thrill ride will even stand a chance to win a lucky draw gift. However, for those who opt out of going on the exciting test ride, there will be meet and greet sessions so fans of Leona Chin can still get to see the popular motorsport personality.


    Furthermore, test drives are available, and for those who book a Mitsubishi vehicle, there’s even a gift in store. There are also lots of activities catering not just to kids, but the whole family as well. Interested?

    Well, the Setia City Convention Centre outdoor car park is where you need to be this weekend (October 1-2). Don’t worry if you live up north or south, as the roadshow will make its way to Juru Auto City (car park), Penang on October 8-9, and Plaza Angsana (car park) on October 15-16. The event will run from 10am to 8pm at all three locations. For a more information, head on over to Mitsubishi’s official webpage, here.

  • Gov’t requested to exempt child seats from tax, GST

    The transport ministry says it will ask the government to exempt child car seats from being taxed with import duties and GST. The tax exemption request is among Budget 2017 wishlist items drawn up by the ministry that will be submitted to the finance ministry before the tabling of the budget next month, The Sun reports.

    Deputy transport minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said he hoped the ministry’s proposal will be accepted by the government. “We want to make child car seats affordable to parents, as we realise that cost is part of the reason why they are reluctant to purchase and install it in their vehicle,” he told the publication.

    Currently, child car seats are categorised as a car accessory and imposed with an import tax duty of up to 30% as well as GST. Road Safety Department of Malaysia (JKJR) director-general Datuk Arifin Che Mat said most ECE R44-certified child seats available locally are imported items. He said that the deparment has been in contact with local distributors and car manufacturers over the past few months to find out how prices of child car seats can be reduced.

    However, not all imported child seats are taxed heavily. A local supplier told the publication that it a child car seat is sourced from China, there will be no import tax duty on it because of the ASEAN–China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) agreement. “But if it’s a non-ACFTA deal, it is 30% tax duty,” he explained.

    Last year, it was reported that the main obstacle to increased usage of child car seats was their relatively steep prices, at least for those that comply with ECE R44 Child Safety Standards. Cheaper alternatives exist, of course, but do not comply with the basic safety requirements as set out in the European safety standard. In any case, from our own research, we’ve found that proper ECE R44-certified child seats can be had for around RM400.

    The transport ministry has said it is aiming to make the use of child car seats compulsory beginning from 2019. It plans to embark on a year-long safety campaign beginning from the end of November to encourage parents to use child car seats ahead of the plan for regulation by 2019.

  • BMW i8 and i3 CrossFade concepts debut in Paris


    For this year’s Paris Motor Show, BMW’s i division decided to revive its collaboration with Garage Italia Customs to create these two CrossFade concepts you see before you today. Based on the i3 and i8, both preview special edition models that will be available at the beginning of 2017.

    The CrossFade concepts were inspired by optical colour mixing, a technique already used in Pointillism of the 19th century, in which small, distinct dots of colour are applied in patterns to form an image.

    “BMW i automobiles provide our designers with ideal opportunities for an artistic exploration of the future of mobility. The CrossFade project was a great opportunity to create something beyond the traditional idea of car painting, generating amazing effects with a unique geometrical pattern,” said Lapo Elkann, chairman and founder of Garage Italia Customs.

    On the i8, the hybrid sports car’s front end is painted Protonic Dark Silver, which smoothly transitions to the Protonic Blue rear via a meticulous application of triangular-shaped dashes of paint. The process involves using a stencil on a car finished in Protonic Blue to create the desired geometrical pattern, before the Protonic Dark Silver paint is applied.

    The interior of the i8 Garage Italia CrossFade follows the exterior design, with printed Alcantara textile covering the centre tunnel, side panels and the headliner, and made to offer the same dark silver-blue shift.

    As for the i3, the effect happens vertically rather than horizontally on the i8, with Protonic Blue covering the lower portion of the car’s body, and black on top. Similarly, the interior echoes the same colour design as the exterior, with coloured textile and Alcantara surfaces.


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