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  • Toyota WOW Road Tour – taxi rides with a stunt driver in the 86, Vios TRD Sportivo, Hilux plus more to do!

    Toyota WOW  001

    Unlike most recent roadshows whereby people turn up for test drives and a closer look, engage in games and activities and go home feeling hunky-dory, the Toyota WOW Road Tour stays true to its namesake by throwing in that bit more for prospective visitors. How different? How about a taxi ride in a rear-wheel driven Toyota 86? Piloted by a professional stunt driver, no less.

    Aside from taxi rides in the Toyota 86, visitors can also look forward to exciting rides in the Vios TRD Sportivo and Hilux – the latter to take place on courses designed to showcase the pick-up’s strong points. Speaking of the latter, you wouldn’t think a Hilux would be able to drift, right?

    Well, come over to the first Toyota WOW Road Tour happening this weekend (May 30 and 31) at Car Park B, Bukit Jalil National Stadium at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm or 6pm to see Driven’s own Harvinder Singh prove you wrong. Very wrong. Watch the video below for a quick teaser :)

    If you're free this weekend, drop by the Toyota WOW Road Tour at Stadium Bukit Jalil Car Park B, 11am to 8pm.- stunt shows with Toyota cars at 12pm, 2pm, 4pm and 6pm- drift experiences in Toyota 86, Vios- offroading experience with Toyota Hilux- deals on Toyota cars such as low downpayment offersMore details here:

    Posted by Paul Tan's Automotive News on Friday, May 29, 2015

    Following on, the roadshow will be held at Juru Auto City, Penang and the Likas Sports Outdoor Complex, Kota Kinabalu, on June 6 and 7. June 13 and 14 will then see the tour take place at the outdoor car parks of both the East Coast Mall, Kuantan and Sutera Mall, Johor Bahru. The final leg for the Toyota WOW Road Tour will take place at the Batu Kawah New Township in Kuching, Sarawak, on June 20 and 21.

    Additionally, individuals who partake in the taxi rides will stand a chance to win up to 20 shopping vouchers worth RM500 in a daily lucky draw. If that doesn’t sound enticing enough, prospective customers who place their names down for a new Toyota model at the event will find themselves in the running to win a Vios 1.5 J AT with a RM500 e-Service voucher thrown in.

    Starting from this month, customers who place an order for either a Vios or a Hilux will receive corresponding accessories packages worth RM5,200 for free. Also ongoing is the Test Drive & Win campaign whereby members of the public are encouraged to test drive a Toyota in order to be in the running to win an iPad Mini 16GB – a 100 units are given away every fortnight.

    Come the month of June, prospective owners who order a Toyota model will stand a chance to win an all-expense paid for two to Japan to catch the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show. A total of 20 pairs of tickets are up for grabs, along with 200 units of the iPhone 6 Plus, every two weeks.

  • VIDEO: Mercedes-Benz demos Apple Watch app

    About a week ago, Mercedes-Benz introduced an app for the much-hyped Apple Watch, joining the ranks of BMW and Volkswagen. Called the MB Companion App, it provides door-to-door navigation right to the destination of your choosing, and Stuttgart has helpfully demonstrated how this feature works through the video shown above.

    Wherever you are, just open the app on the smartwatch, tap the screen and tell the watch where you want to go (“pizza,” in the example of the video); the app will then suggest destinations. Select one, and you’ll be directed to your car.

    Once you get into your vehicle and start it, the COMAND Online navigation system will automatically retrieve the destination from the Apple Watch and point you to the nearest possible spot. Park and exit the vehicle, and the watch will pick up navigational duties again, guiding you directly to your final destination.

    The MB Companion App for the Apple Watch will be compatible with COMAND Online-equipped C- and S-Class models starting this autumn; the list will expand to include other models soon. The incorporation of vehicle information such as fuel level, range, maintenance codes and odometer readings into the app are also planned for the near future.

  • VIDEO: The men who made the new Lexus RX happen

    The Lexus RX is the best-selling model in the brand’s 26-year history, and with global sales of more than 2.1 million units so far, the mid-size SUV represents three out of ten vehicles ever sold by Lexus. Just imagine the size of the task and the pressure faced by the two men that were most responsible for the new version.

    The new RX made its world debut at the New York show earlier this year. Now that it has smaller sibling NX to take care of the compact SUV market, the RX has been given freedom to grow – its wheelbase is up by 50 mm to make 2,789 mm. The exterior is as you’d expect from a modern Lexus – spindle grille, super sharp and edgy.

    Project chief designer Gen Ikeda says that the new RX’s design concept was “Seductive Strength” and the SUV has bolder proportions via the increased wheelbase and bigger wheel size. The man with the pen says that it has “unmatched presence” – do you agree? Watch the videos and decide.

    In NYC, the RX was revealed with a 3.5 litre V6 engine (RX 350) and a 3.5 litre V6 mated to a hybrid drive system for the RX 450h. Both deliver 300 hp. Last month in Shanghai, Lexus announced the RX 200t which replaces the RX 270. Adopting the latest 2.0 litre turbo unit from the NX, the entry engine for the RX makes 235 hp and 350 Nm, comfortably outgunning the old 2.7 litre four-pot’s 185 hp/252 Nm.

    According to chief engineer Takayuki Katsuda, Lexus aimed for better ride and handling, as well as more power and fuel efficiency for its SUV. He said that the challenge was to bulid a breakthrough RX, yet one that’s true to the RX lineage.

    “When we showed a preview to our dealers around the world, they agreed that ‘it has changed so much, yet it’s definitely an RX’ This is the greatest compliment that i could ever receive,” he said. “I believe this new RX will not only surprise new customers, but will also delight and satisfy our loyal customers, whose high expectations will be met by many new innovations.”

    This one will be coming to Malaysia in the near future, and it’ll be an easier sell too, with the 2.0 turbo.

    Lexus RX 450h

    Lexus RX 350 F Sport

  • Mitsubishi to debut Smartphone Link Display Audio with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay in the 2016 Pajero

    Mitsubishi’s new Smartphone Link Display Audio (SDA) system for both Google’s Android Auto and Apple CarPlay will be available on the 2016 Mitsubishi Pajero that will be launched in Europe this summer. The new big SUV will be the first MMC model to be fitted with SDA and the company will gradually expand the system’s availability in other models and regions.

    SDA allows users of Android smartphones or iPhones to connect to the car’s dashboard display using a USB cable. The system is designed to allow the driver, either by using the touchscreen or by voice control, to access navigation and other apps on their phone, make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and listen to music, among other things.

    Using the latest maps and apps from smartphones also means that updating map information for the car’s navigation system becomes a thing of the past. Check out the videos to see how Android Auto and Apple CarPlay work. Windows Phone users, sorry.

  • SPYSHOTS: 2016 smart fortwo cabrio captured again!

    Spy-Shots of Cars

    We’ve already seen spyshots of the 2016 smart fortwo cabrio running about with nary a hint of camouflage earlier last month. This time round, it appears that the petite hatch is out to put its electronically-operated fabric roof to the test as additional shots of the prototype have surfaced, aptly showing the car running about in poor weather conditions.

    As mentioned, the roof mechanism is expected to be carried over from its predecessor while on the aesthetic front, things are likely to mirror its coupe sibling with the addition of a mesh-like front grille and more block-like head and taillights. The overall result is pretty positive, with a chunkier stance providing a more ground-hugging outlook for the third-generation city car.

    Based on the Renault Twingo, the 2016 smart fortwo cabrio is expected to feature dimensions similar to that of its fixed-roof sibling with a length of 2,690 mm and a width of 1,660 mm. In terms of height, however, expect it to differ marginally due to the makeup of its roof – the coupe stands at 1,550 mm.

    Spy-Shots of Cars

    Under the skin, the fortwo cabrio will most definitely carry over the same options offered on the hardtop variant. That equates to a base 1.0 litre, three-cylinder engine with 60 PS and 91 Nm of torque. Moving up the range will nab buyers a similar mill with more power, this time with 72 PS and 91 Nm of twist while the range-topping model will come equipped with a 898cc turbocharged engine with 91 PS and 135 Nm.

    All three rear-mounted engines are mated to a choice of either a five-speed manual or a six-speed Twinamic six-speed dual-clutch transmission with drive going to the rear wheels. Safety features appear to be fairly generous as well with the inclusion of five airbags, seat belt pre-tensioners, Crosswind Assist and Lane Keeping Assist.

    The 2016 smart fortwo cabrio is expected to make its debut at the upcoming 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. Nothing concrete in terms of prices yet but word on the vine is that one will probably have to pay a £1,500 (RM8,395) premium over the fixed-roof variant.

    GALLERY: 2015 smart fortwo

  • Upcoming Porsche 911 facelift to drop Carrera’s naturally-aspirated flat-six for turbo power – reports


    This is big news for Porsche fans and owners, and if it turns out to be true, will be a great loss to the car world. Road & Track reports that the Porsche 911 facelift, which has been spied testing and is set to debut later this year, will drop the naturally-aspirated flat-six in the Carrera/Carrera S for a turbocharged engine.

    Yes, they’re saying that the 911’s famous NA flat-six will be out of the revolving engine door, and a turbo flat-six will take its place. Currently, the Carrera is powered by a 3.4 litre flat-six (350 hp), while the Carrera S (400 hp) and Carrera GTS (430 hp) have a 3.8 litre flat-six at the back. Should these engines go the forced induction route, the only way one will be able to savour a Porsche boxer engine that breathes normally will be via the 911 GT3 and GT3 RS, which are very high up the range, and pretty hardcore.

    Porsche 911 GT3 Sepang 28

    The report adds that Porsche’s seven-speed manual gearbox will continue to be offered on entry-level 911s alongside the dual-clutch PDK transmission, but that’s scant consolation.

    The US mag says that according to sources familiar with the project, the next-gen ‘992’ Porsche 911 is likely to have a plug-in hybrid variant with a turbo-six. The ‘green 911′ will draw from tech developed for other Porsche models such as the next-gen Panamera, and will allow Zuffenhausen to slash fuel consumption and emissions figures in European tests, which favour electrified cars.

    It’s clear that nothing is too sacred in the car world. BMW, maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine, is now a maker of a front-wheel drive MPV; and its much-storied line of naturally-aspirated motors in M cars has given way to turbo power. And now this. What’s soul when you can’t count it, eh?

    Porsche 991 facelift spied testing at Nurburgring

  • Koenigsegg One:1 unofficially sets Suzuka lap record


    Sometimes it’s amazing what you can do without even trying. See, Koenigsegg recently took its ballistic One:1 to Japan’s Suzuka circuit to share it with “clients and partners in a more personal sense,” and it’s done a lap in 2:17.57, unofficially beating current leader Nissan GT-R‘s 2:18.36.

    Consider the following. Factory driver Robert Serwanski had never driven at Suzuka before. They only had half an hour on the track, and Serwanski did 20 laps, all with a passenger beside him. The One:1 was running on a “standard setup” with factory tyres and only minor aero modifications. It wasn’t even running on E85, the Koenigsegg high-power fuel.

    “Our best recorded lap time in this half-hour slot was 2:17.57,” said Christian von Koenigsegg. “This is from our own data-logging system, connected to the car on the day. It is not an official time and has no external standing.”

    What does Serwanski have to say? “The car performed extremely well but there’s no doubt that with more time invested in getting to know the track and the optimal setup, it could go much faster.

    “We had to take care of the brakes a little. It was an oversight on our part, but we didn’t put new pads in before shipping the car to Japan and we didn’t bring fresh pads with us. Hard braking was an issue as a result, which will influence the speed at which you approach a corner.

    While we were carrying an extra person in the car in all of our laps, this wasn’t a big factor. It does affect your steering and braking at the limit, but we were not at the limit today. The confidence to be at the limit requires a lot more knowledge of the intricacies of the track and that only comes with hours and hours of time on the tarmac.”

    The Koenigsegg One:1 is so called because of its one PS per kg power-to-weight ratio. Its 5.0 litre twin-turbo V8 produces a staggering 1,360 PS, or exactly one megawatt. Peak torque is 1,371 Nm, and all of that goes to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

    The numbers aren’t official, but the company reckons the six-unit-only monster can do 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, 0-400 km/h in 20 seconds and a top speed in excess of 440 km/h. Watch it race an eight-tonne Volvo truck here – no kidding.

  • VIDEO: Porsche showcases GTS lineup in new ad

    Porsche’s more focused GTS models have been around for a while now – the badge first appeared on the Cayenne to denote a purer, naturally-aspirated alternative to the hotted-up Turbo. The lineup is now complete – 911, Targa, Panamera, Boxster and Cayman – and despite the Cayenne GTS now being turbocharged, the range is still regarded to be the sharpest of the “regular” models outside the hardcore GT/RS versions.

    To demonstrate this, Stuttgart has released a video showing the full range of GTS models, resplendent in signature Carmine Red, blasting through winding roads, tunnels and empty cityscapes. Porsche says the cars “take minimalism even further,” adding that with the GTS, “you get more Porsche.”

    The 911 GTS and Targa 4 GTS are powered by a 430 PS 3.8 litre NA flat-six with optional all-wheel drive (standard on the Targa), the Boxster and Cayman GTS get a 3.3 litre mill with 330 PS (Cayman 340 PS), while the Panamera receives a 4.8 litre V8 pushing out 430 PS. The facelifted Cayenne GTS, which made its local introduction along with the 911 Targa 4S yesterday, features a 400 hp 3.6 litre biturbo V6.

    Available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission (standard on the Panamera, Cayenne gets an eight-speed automatic as standard), all models gain a series of aesthetic and mechanical changes over their “standard” brethren as well, including standard-fit Sports Chrono pack and Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).

    Porsche Cayenne GTS facelift in Malaysia

  • 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser facelift leaked online?


    A shot of the 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser facelift has leaked online via a series of brochure scans – or has it? In a video uploaded by Almuraba, scans of the aforementioned brochure and a sole shot of its front fascia were featured. Not much else can be deduced from the minute-long clip as it was in Arabic.

    With that said, contradicting reports from Carscoops have thrown its authenticity into doubt as the portal claims that the aforementioned front shot has been graphically tampered with – the headlights, front grille and bumper do not appear to correlate. Additional scans procured by Carscoops have, however, detailed additional changes around the car.

    Should one decide to trust that this is indeed the real thing, the refreshed Land Cruiser will sport wildly-reworked headlights that appear to be segmented by protruding bars, themselves originating from the front grille. Elsewhere, a restyled front bumper and bonnet design will feature as part of the aesthetic updates.

    Click to enlarge.

    The rear of the allegedly refreshed 2016 Toyota Land Cruiser facelift will sport new LED combination taillights. As for the interior, expect a redesigned instrument cluster to feature, along with added rear seat entertainment in the form of relatively large tablet-like screens.

    So are these brochure scans enough to warrant a more serious look into the possibility of this being the real deal? We’re not too sure ourselves and until Toyota issues something more concrete, we’ll keep everything open-ended for now.

    GALLERY: Toyota Land Cruiser 70

  • VIDEO: Mazda MX-5 50:50 weight distribution proven

    Putting its money where its mouth is, Mazda USA has come up with this video. It’s a balancing act that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata pulls off with ease thanks to the the fourth-gen roadster’s perfect 50:50 weight distribution (with driver), not to mention the ND’s ‘Gram Strategy’ weight reduction of over 100 kg.

    “Having the weight distribution 50:50 makes the car behave more predictability and more constantly. Weight is the single most important factor in developing this car – when you’re trying to make a car perform well you do it with brute force with lots of power and big tyres or you can go completely the opposite way and reduce the amount of work that the car has to do respond to the driver’s input by making it lighter,” explains Miata product manager Dave Coleman.

    The US-spec Mazda MX-5 is powered by a 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G engine with 155 hp and 200 Nm, paired to either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto. There will also be a more focused Club version that adds on 17-inch alloys, limited-slip differential, Bilstein shocks and shock tower brace, along with styling bits. Headrest-mounted speakers – pioneered on the original MX-5 – are back courtesy of Bose.

    If Driving Matters to you, the new MX-5 would be one hell of a desirable car. It’s coming to Malaysia, but…


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