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  • Kia Ray facelift revealed – updated looks, engine

    After teasing the car last week, Kia has finally pulled the wraps off the facelifted Ray. The Korea-only kei car-like box on wheels has been refreshed after six years on the market with a number of exterior and interior tweaks, plus a revised engine that is claimed to use less fuel.

    The cutesy looks have been made even more toylike, with the signature tiger nose grille closed off (it’s now body coloured and features a dimpled pattern) and moved upwards to sit between the headlights, themselves featuring new graphics. There’s still an air inlet where the grille used to sit, and the one that sits below it has been made larger. The fog lights are smaller too, and sit within vertical pill-shaped surrounds.

    In fact, Kia has gone to town with the pill shape, which adorns the new wing mirrors and the rear reflector cutouts. Meanwhile, the LED tail lights get C-shaped light guides, and a new garnish above the rear number plate recess mirrors the grille’s dimpled pattern. New 15-inch two-tone alloy wheels complete the look.

    The Ray retains the novel kerbside sliding rear door (the rest are normal portals), which opens up to the same upright cabin as before, with a 319 litre boot that can be boosted to 1,219 litres with the 60:40-split rear seats folded. There have been a few changes, such as moving from the previous Picanto’s distinctive two-spoke steering wheel to a new three-spoke item.

    Also fitted a new gearknob and a redesigned centre fascia panel with a wider metallic bezel, while buyers now get the option of a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Safety kit has been increased with the inclusion of an emergency stop signal and a rollover sensor for the six airbags.

    While the 78 PS/94 Nm 1.0 litre three-cylinder engine has been retained, it’s been tweaked to produce a 2.4% improvement in fuel economy, with a combined figure of 13 km per litre; a four-speed automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels. There’s no word yet on whether the EV model will be retained.

    Kia is also offering a range of customisation options from the domestic-market Tuon range, including contrasting roof, door mirror and tailgate garnish colours, plus a grille appliqué. On the inside, accessories include ambient lighting, LED room and sun visor lighting, carpets and door sill scuff plates, and there are also pet-friendly items such as a mobile cage, a fence between the front and rear seats and seat covers.

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  • Toyota C-HR open for booking in Thailand – 1.8 NA, Hybrid, Safety Sense; from 9XXk baht, Q1 2018 launch

    With so much hype and talk about the Toyota C-HR, it’s hard to believe that this is a car that is yet to go on sale. Not just in Malaysia, but in Thailand as well, which is Toyota’s regional production hub for the model. I wonder how many potential customers have gone the way of the HR-V while waiting. Speaking of the Honda, a facelift is already on the way…

    Anyway, order books for the C-HR are now open in Thailand, where the B-segment crossover will launch in the first quarter of 2018. Two engine options will be available there – a naturally aspirated 1.8 litre and a hybrid 1.8 litre. The 1.8 Dual VVT-i motor makes 141 hp and 177 Nm of torque, and is paired to a CVT automatic with seven virtual ratios. As is the norm in Thailand, the engine is E85 compatible.

    The hybrid model combines a 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle 1.8 litre engine (98 hp/142 Nm) with an electric motor with 72 hp and 163 Nm. Max combined output is 122 hp, but there’s plenty of torque from rest. The battery that powers the motor is a nickel-metal hydride (Ni-MH) unit. Toyota claims fuel economy of 24.4 km/l and CO2 emissions of 95 g/km. Toyota’s hybrid system is well-proven, but there’s a five-year warranty for the system and 10-year warranty for the hybrid battery for peace of mind.

    Toyota Thailand is also touting the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform that underpins the C-HR, highlighting the new car’s low centre of gravity, good handling, double-wishbone front suspension and excellent visibility. All their words, not ours.

    The C-HR can be had with Toyota Safety Sense in Thailand. The suite of active safety systems includes Pre-Collision System (warning and AEB), Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Automatic High Beam.

    Also part of the tech push is T-Connect telematics, which comes with functions such as WiFi, vehicle tracking, 24-hour SOS and operator service and navigation. All four tech pillars – hybrid, TNGA, Toyota Safety Sense and telematics – are highlighted in videos that we’ve pasted below.

    The 1.8L can be had in Entry and Mid trim levels, while the Hybrid comes in Mid and Hi variants. The base 1.8 Entry (9XX,XXX baht) comes with auto halogen projector headlamps, LED tail lamps, 17-inch alloys, black fabric seats, seven-inch touchscreen audio (USB, AUX, Bluetooth) and seven airbags (front, side, curtain, driver’s knee). The top non-hybrid C-HR, the 1.8 Mid (1,0XX,000 baht), adds on fog lamps, leather and keyless entry/push start.

    Going for the Hybrid Mid (1,0XX,000 baht) will net one all of the above plus full LED headlamps, full LED tail lamps and T-Connect telematics. The top 1.8 Hybrid High (1,1XX,000 baht) gets the full works, further adding on navigation and the Toyota Safety Sense pack.

    Six colour options are available, with the three brighter hues (blue, red and green) contrasted with a black roof. There’s also a free “custom name plate” for Thais who book the C-HR from now till the end of February 2018. What’s that? Video below.

    The C-HR is of course coming to Malaysia, and the latest round of teasing happened last month, when the Malaysian-spec car was previewed. We’ll be getting our stock from Thailand, and in 2ZR-FE 1.8 NA form (137 PS/170 Nm) with no hybrid option.

    Our C-HR will come with halogen projectors, LED DRLs, 17-inch alloys, front and rear fog lights, keyless entry with push start, puddle lights, leather upholstery with diamond perforations, powered lumbar adjustment (on manual seats), auto lights and wipers, a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display, dual-zone climate control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror and a reverse camera. The closest Thai-spec C-HR is their 1.8 Mid.

    For safety, we won’t be getting Safety Sense, but there will be a Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, seven airbags and VSC. The estimated local price is RM145,500 on-the-road without insurance. The C-HR will arrive next year, but it surely won’t be before the Q1 Thai launch.

    GALLERY: Toyota C-HR, Malaysian spec preview

  • 2018 sees 10 new motorcycles from Boon Siew Honda – CBR1000RR, X-ADV, CB1000R+ and CRF1000L?

    17YM CRF1000L Africa Twin

    It appears 2018 will be an interesting year for Boon Siew Honda, distributor of Honda Motorcycles in Malaysia, with the proposed release of 10 new motorcycle and scooter models. The new launches will take place over the course of 2018, and will include both large capacity motorcycles as well as kapchais and scooters.

    Speaking to, a source inside Boon Siew Honda confirmed a new addition to the Malaysian market will be the X-ADV adventure scooter. Carrying Honda Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT), the X-ADV’s engine displaces 745 cc and produces 54 hp at 6,250 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 4,750 rpm from its V-twin, liquid-cooled power plant.

    In addition to the impending launch of this adventure-styled super scooter, Boon Siew Honda will also be releasing the CBR1000RR superbike, possibly the base model, with the SP1 and SP2 versions on special order. This will be good news for fans of the “Rabbit”, as it is known locally, marking official confirmation that Boon Siew is serious about the Malaysian superbike market.

    The CBR1000RR puts out 189 hp at 13,000 rpm and 114 Nm of torque from its inline, four-cylinder mill. Power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox, and a full suite of riding aids is provided on this 189 kg (wet) superbike.

    Recently launched at the Tokyo Motor Show in October this year, and shown at EICMA, the Honda Neo Sports Cafe might also be making its Malaysian debut in 2018 as the CB1000R+. The Neo Sports Cafe was rumoured to be making a market debut in 2019, and it appears Malaysian riders will be getting up close and personal at what might be Honda’s latest naked sports bike.

    Last, but not least, our source has confirmed, with 99% certainty, that the Honda CRF1000L, also known as the Africa Twin, will be hitting the adventure bike market in Malaysia. As successor to the much-loved original Africa Twin XRV in 650 and 750 cc V-twin versions, the CRF1000L carries a parallel-twin displacing 998 cc, and producing 93 hp at 7,500 rpm and 98 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm.

    Scheduled release for the motorcycles listed above is said to be the in the first quarter of 2018, with the other models to follow. No word on pricing as yet, but it should be noted that , the Honda CBR1000RR, X-Adv adventure scooter, CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe and CRF1000L Africa Twin are CBU models from Japan.

    GALLERY: 2018 Honda X-Adv

    GALLERY: 2018 Honda CBR1000RR
    GALLERY: 2018 Honda CB1000R Neo Sports Cafe
    GALLERY: 2018 Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

  • Perodua Kembara rendered: Daihatsu Terios-like SUV

    Earlier this year, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said that the national carmaker was “seriously considering” a compact SUV, admitting the segment’s growing popularity in Malaysia. His statement all but confirms that the company will build such a thing – a next-generation Kembara, if you’d like. Resident Photoshop expert Theophilus Chin has already shown us what that car could look like.

    Now it’s the turn of local designer Idiyaz Baharuddin, and it’s a fairly handsome machine, taking after the new Daihatsu Terios quite a bit. At the front, sharp headlights flank a slim upper grille with a U-shaped garnish reminiscent of the new Myvi, while a large lower grille sits below it.

    On-trend details include a black roof, a D-pillar kink and turbine-style two-tone alloy wheels, and there are also broad two-piece tail lights joined by a strip of red trim on the tailgate. The prerequisite black trim on the bumpers, side skirts and wheel arches provides the much-needed off-roader look.

    Expect the real Kembara to be smaller than the seven-seat Terios, perhaps based on the DN Trec concept shown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. Under the bonnet, you’d likely find the 102 hp/136 Nm 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine from the new Myvi, paired to a four-speed automatic transmission.

  • SPYSHOTS: 2018 Honda HR-V facelift seen in Malaysia

    The Honda HR-V looks set to receive its first facelift, as a covered-up test mule has been spotted near Digital Mall PJ by reader Syazwan Ali. As we’ve yet to see a facelifted HR-V in any other market, Malaysia could very well be among the first few countries in the world to receive it.

    Focusing on the vehicle’s front, we spot a more pronounced and upright front grille, likely inspired by what is seen on the latest Civic. The lower apron also appears to have been redesigned to feature larger fog lamp enclosures, and the honeycomb mesh for the lower intake has been replaced with slats instead.

    At the rear, a large part of the tailgate has been covered off, with only parts of the taillights and reverse camera being shown to us, although the former doesn’t appear to sport new graphics as far as we can see. Reasonable guesses for what’s changed under the black covers include new garnishes for the tailgate, and more far-fetched ones involve the word ‘hybrid’.

    The B-segment SUV first made its Malaysian launch debut back in 2015, where it quickly became a sales success. A minor update was introduced in May last year, where a new body colour and wheels were made available.

    GALLERY: Current Honda HR-V

  • Tesla Model 3 – cancer patient given early delivery

    If you’re waiting to take delivery of a Tesla Model 3, you could well be in for a long wait despite Tesla’s ramping up of production efforts, which is an inconvenience at best. At worst, it could be a ticking clock for Stage Four cancer, which is what one Tesla fan was facing.

    He made his enthusiasm known on a Tesla Motors Club (TMC) forum of which he is a member. “Well, I’d love to see November deliveries! I have terminal Stage Four cancer and have been told I may only three to four months to live. The last thing on my bucket list is our Model 3 and I’d like to have a few days to experience and enjoy it. I wonder if there is any flexibility in the queue?”, he wrote.

    This was picked up by another forum member, Bonnie Norman who reached out to him, for him to at least try the Model 3 if his new car’s delivery couldn’t be expedited sufficiently.

    This test drive for the cancer-stricken man indeed took place, and Norman contacted Tesla for a possibility for him to take delivery of his Model 3 sooner. The next day, November 26, Tesla sent him an invitation. Delivery took place yesterday at Tesla’s Fremont delivery centre, and the cancer patient received VIP treatment complete with a private factory tour, led by Tesla president of sales and services Jon McNeil.

    The Tesla Model 3 is the most compact model in the brand’s range, starting from US$35,000 in its native United States for a base model with 354 km of range and capable of 0-100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and a top speed of 209 km/h. A further US$9,000 brings range to 499 km, with its 0-100 km/h time improved to 5.1 seconds and top speed pushed to 225 km/h.

    GALLERY: Tesla Model 3

  • Mercedes-Benz X-Class gets Prior Design treatment

    The Mercedes-Benz X-Class is a fairly recent addition to the German brand’s line-up, but that hasn’t stopped the likes of Prior Design from coming up with bodykits and wheel sets for the Stuttgart marque’s first light pick-up truck.

    Starting at the front, the PD400 widebody aerokit gives the X-Class a more aggressive face with much larger vents housed within the front bumper, with a strip of DRL LEDs on each side complementing the headlamp cluster. There are also vents at the bumper’s edges, which lead to wheel arch extensions as seen on this setup.

    Along with the wheel arch extensions front and rear, the Prior Design X-Class also appears to get a choice of PD3 forged wheels – a road-biased setup with low-profile tyres, and another with chunkier, off-road capable tyres more typical of a pick-up truck. Around the back, the redesigned rear bumper incorporates a pair of exhaust cutouts bookending a diffuser, for a sportier look.

    What do you think of the Prior Design kit for the Mercedes-Benz X-Class pick-up truck? Would this work for the urban warrior-type of X-Class user?

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz X-Class Progressive

  • 2018 Toyota Vios launched in Singapore, from RM272k

    A new Toyota Vios has been launched in Singapore and predictably, it’s identical to the Yaris Ativ sold in Thailand, albeit with a larger, more powerful engine.

    That means it gets the same love-it-or-hate-it front fascia with slim upper grille and headlights paired to a massive lower grille with integrated LED daytime running lights. The sleeker body and neater rear end with broader tail lights are also carried over.

    Ditto the interior, which features a more modern design and a three-spoke steering wheel from the Corolla Altis. Two variants are available – the entry-level E, priced at SG$89,988 (RM271,900) including COE and the more generously equipped G, retailing at SG$95,988 (RM290,000).

    Standard equipment includes halogen reflector headlights, front fog lights, 15-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, an acoustic glass windscreen, tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment, fabric upholstery, a Toyota Telematics infotainment system and a reverse camera.

    The Vios G adds projector headlights, LED daytime running lights, LED tail lights, 16-inch two-tone alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel, single-zone automatic climate control, navigation, a 60:40 split-folding rear seat and a centre rear armrest with cupholders. Safety-wise, all models get seven airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and hill-start assist.

    Unlike the Yaris Ativ, which has a 1.2 litre engine to comply with Thailand’s Eco Car rules, the Vios carries over the 2NR-FE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i mill from before, making 105 hp at 6,000 rpm and 140 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. This powertrain – paired to a CVT with seven virtual ratios – was introduced on the Vios last year, and is capable of a top speed of 170 km/h and combined fuel consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 km.

  • VW Polo GTI Mk6 – advance sales start in Germany

    First introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September this year, advance sales of the Mk6 Volkswagen Polo GTI has now begun in Germany, with the range-topping variant being priced at 23,950 euros (RM115,623).

    Under the bonnet is a 2.0 litre TSI engine, which replaces the outgoing car’s 1.8 litre TSI, rated at 200 PS and 320 Nm. Paired with a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox, the five-door hot hatch will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 6.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 237 km/h. A six-speed manual version will be offered at a later date.

    A bunch of GTI parts help mark out the hot Polo from a regular one, including a new front bumper with honeycomb elements, a red stripe that extends from the grille into the optional LED headlights, large rear spoiler and dual tail pipes. You’ll also find 18-inch wheels (an option) with red brake calipers as well as GTI badging.

    Inside, the Polo GTI comes with Clark tartan seats, a sports steering wheel with red contrast stitching, black rooflining and a GTI gear knob. Optional extras include the Active Info Display, driver assistance systems, adjustable sports running gear, panoramic sliding sunroof and a 300-watt Beats sound system.

    The sixth-generation Polo has already been awarded a five-star safety rating by the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP), applicable to all variants of the supermini, including the GTI.

  • Proton’s December 2017 year-end promo offers five years free maintenance or up to RM8,000 rebate

    More good deals from the annual year end sales, this time from Proton. The local carmaker’s “Bigger Deals Better Buys” campaign is valid in December 2017 and is for selected models only – the ad shows the Saga, Persona and Iriz.

    Like Honda Malaysia’s year-end promo, there’s a choice to be made here. Proton is dangling five years of free maintenance or savings of up to RM8,000. Basically, it’s a choice between taking the savings now or saving progressively over five years of ownership.

    Launched in September 2016, the Saga is priced from RM37k to RM46k. The larger Persona surfaced one month earlier than the Saga last year, and retails from RM46k to RM60k. The Iriz is the sole hatchback option here – updated in June, it goes for RM44k to RM59k.


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