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  • Toyota C-HR gets big range of accessories in Thailand

    The Toyota C-HR will be officially launched in Thailand anytime now, after order books opened late last year. The funky crossover is made at Toyota Motor Thailand’s Gateway plant in Chachoengsao, which will export the C-HR to over 100 countries, including Malaysia.

    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 140 PS and 175 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 PS/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.

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    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 (979,000 baht, RM120,954) 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 (1.039 million baht, RM128,367), adds on fog lamps, leather and keyless entry/push start.

    The Hybrid Mid (1.069 million baht, RM132,083) 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 (1.159 million baht, RM143,203) gets the full works, further adding on navigation and the Toyota Safety Sense pack.

    There’s no shortage of official accessories for the C-HR, and Thai buyers can opt for a wide range of add-ons – from exterior colour highlights to a tissue box cover with floral motif. Some are practical and some are tacky, and there are many items that come in various designs to suit different tastes.

    UMW Toyota Motor, which will also launch the RM145,500 C-HR soon, should be offering accessories as well, but we doubt that the range will be as wide. In any case, Thailand isn’t that far a drive away for a roadtrip.

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  • SPYSHOTS: Hyundai i30 N Fastback spotted testing

    With the Hyundai i30 N already on the market, the Korean automaker has a sloping-roofed version of the hot hatch, seen here testing in cold weather. Here, the car’s bonnet and headlamps remain shrouded, though the lower air intakes can be seen to sport a similar shape to those on the production hatchback.

    The rear portion of the Fastback’s bodywork is concealed as well, though while the upper section could be largely standard Fastback, the lower section features a deeper rear bumper with twin exhaust outlets. The i30 N hatchback diffuser detailing could make it to this rear bumper eventually, as well.

    Powertrain for the i30 N Fastback can be expected to be the same as that in the hatchback, namely the 2.0 litre Theta T-GDI turbocharged engine producing up to 275 PS at 6,000 rpm and 353 Nm of torque at 1,450 to 4,000 rpm. These output figures are from the higher of two available states of tune, the milder being a 250 PS variant. It remains to be seen if the i30 N Fastback will feature both in its line-up.

    So far, there is just one transmission layout, which is a six-speed manual gearbox driving the front wheels. The Performance Package-equipped i30 N hatch gets 19-inch wheels compared to the 18-inchers on the standard version; brakes are also uprated for the former, and as with the powertrain, it remains to be seen if the choice will be offered for the i30 N Fastback.

    Safety systems, likewise, can be expected to follow in the hatchback’s footsteps, where Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) are included.

    Though unconfirmed, the N model theme can be expected to continue into the interior, where a G-Force instrument offers live performance tracking including lap times and acceleration times, while a five-inch or eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Qi-standard inductive smartphone charging round up the infotainment suite.

  • BMW headquarters, engine plant raided over alleged use of emissions cheating software in 11,400 cars

    Authorities in Germany have raided BMW’s Munich headquarters and its engine plant in Austria as part of an investigation into the alleged use of emissions cheating software. According to officials, 11,400 BMW 750d and BMW M550d vehicles are involved in the issue.

    “There is an early suspicion that BMW has used a test bench-related defeat device,” prosecutors said in a report by the BBC. This comes following BMW’s revision of CO2 figures for its entire range under the new Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP), which were considerably higher than following the previous New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) test.

    In an official statement, BMW said it is taking the situation very seriously and will work closely with the relevant authorities. “The BMW Group continues to assume that the situation was caused by an incorrect allocation of the software and does not represent a deliberate attempt to manipulate exhaust emissions,” it said.

    The carmaker has since recalled 11,700 vehicles for software changes, but Germany’s Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) said that it didn’t consider the software used in affected models to be a defeat device.

    “Many of the affected vehicles were initially sold with the correct software and ran correctly for over two years. The incorrect software was employed a significant time after these models originally started production,” BMW stated.

  • Klang Valley workshops caught selling fake engine oil

    Workshops in the Klang Valley are selling fake engine oil (aka minyak “piau”), whereby used oil is recycled and repackaged as new ones from well-known brands. According to a report by Harian Metro, these “lubricants” are sold by syndicates at nearly half the price of those from genuine sources.

    These syndicates operate by purchasing oil drums used by workshops to dispose of used engine oil, which are reportedly priced between RM40 and RM80 each. The dark-coloured engine oil is then extracted and filtered several times until it appears lighter in colour as though unused. In some cases, vegetable oil is blended in to make it look more “authentic.”

    The “clean” oil is then repackaged under the guise of famous brands before being sold to customers for cheap. Most customers are unaware or ignorant of what they are purchasing given the ludicrously low prices offered.

    The report also adds that most workshops are aware that they are selling fake engine oil, but turn a blind eye in the interest of profit, often times not informing their customers. The scandal involving the sale of recycled engine oil only came to light when three workshops in Kuala Lumpur were raided by the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Co-operatives and Consumerism (KPDNKK) after several months of surveillance and complaints from oil companies.

    During the raid, KPDNKK officers confiscated 517 four-litre bottles of engine oil marketed using famous brands. Aside from engine oil, 34 bottles of imitation transmission fluid and 22 bottles of brake fluid were also taken. The value of the confiscated items was around RM41,430.

    “Acting on the complaint, KPDNKK Kuala Lumpur set up three teams to conduct inspections at three premises located at Taman Segar, Taman Daya and Taman Melati with representatives from the oil companies in the country,” said deputy chief enforcement officer Mohd Shahran Mohd Arshad.

    Investigations revealed workshop owners obtained the engine oil from a supplier knowing full well that it was fake, but continued to sell it anyway. Mohd Arshad added that under Section 8(2) of the Trade Descriptions Act 2011, a company can be fined up to RM15,000 for each item seized, while an individual is fined up to RM10,000, also for each item seized, along with the possibility of imprisonment.

    Suffice to say, you should always ensure only proper, genuine lubricants are used in your vehicle. Therefore, it is advisable to send your vehicle to official service centres or at the very least, reputable independent workshops.

    You should also be suspicious if a workshop is selling engine oil at heavily discounted prices, because “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.” A good way to source for lubricants is from petrol stations or authorised retailers, where you’ll also be able to get a good idea of how much they cost.

    Using fake lubricants can result in severe engine damage and many other unwanted scenarios, as they are incapable of meeting the requirements set by carmakers. So, please take heed and be aware what you’re putting into your vehicle.

  • Subaru Core Technologies – forging its own path

    Subaru is one of the world’s most well-known car brands and is famous for its legendary exploits in the gruelling race series that is the World Rally Championships. Over the years, the learnings and technical knowhow derived from its motorsports division became a brand ethos, thus forming the very core of what all existing Subaru models rest upon.

    So, what makes a Subaru, you ask? Well, a great deal of things really, but we’ll focus on the three core technologies that define modern and future Subarus to come.

    Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive

    All-wheel drive is typically a luxury for many mass volume cars and is a more common feature among premium vehicles. But with Subaru, every single car, with the exception of the BRZ, is fitted with a symmetrical AWD system. Subaru is the only carmaker in the world to adopt this system, which allows for a peerless balance of power to be sent to all four wheels.

    Symmetrical AWD equals better traction, balance and control. It provides very precise steering response in corners and gives surefooted stability, especially when traveling at high speeds and in bad weather. Subaru’s all-wheel drive system is permanent, which means it’s unlike other typical 4WD systems that run in 2WD (for efficiency reasons) until wheel slip is detected.

    More importantly, the AWD system continuously monitors all wheels and adapts to provide maximum traction and control at every turn. With the left and right sides of the drivetrain completely balanced, plus an even 50:50 split of power routing to the front and rear wheels, you get double the traction at all times. Fun fact: Subaru outsold Audi in global all-wheel-drive car sales during the April 2015 to April 2016 financial year.

    Subaru Global Platform

    Working hand in hand with the symmetrical AWD system is Subaru’s brand new modular platform. Dubbed the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), it enhances all things related to driving experience. For example, overall vibration has been significantly reduced, resulting in a quieter and more comfortable cabin.

    It’s much safer as well, with the XV and Impreza both scoring a full five-star ANCAP crash safety rating. This can only be achieved through a more rigid framework – SGP improves crash absorption by a whopping 40% and provides 50% less body roll than before.

    A rigid framework is fundamentally the reason for great handling cars, and that’s precisely what SGP offers on top of all the comfort and safety benefits. What’s more, the upgraded architecture also offers a more stable ride regardless if you’re driving on tarmac, or off the beaten path. In short, the SGP takes comfort, safety and performance to the next level, and every Subaru car from now on will be built on it.

    Horizontally-opposed (Boxer) engine

    Just like its AWD system, each and every Subaru model comes with a Boxer engine, and the automaker makes no exception when it comes down to this. As a matter of fact, the engine has been the core of every Subaru vehicle for the past 45 years, something not even Porsche can match. Suffice to say, this particular technology has come to define Subaru for nearly half a century.

    Unlike a typical inline or V engine, the boxer engine is equipped with horizontal thrusting pistons, which means the engine can be very easily connected to the transmission. The flat design also allows for a lower centre of gravity, thereby improving responsiveness and control. Better yet, in the event of a front-end collision, the flatter engine is designed to move under the passenger compartment, making it much safer than a taller engine setup.

    Another benefit of the Boxer engine is that it vibrates less, helping the car run more efficiently and smoothly. That will, in turn, help lengthen the lifespan of the vehicle as well. According to Subaru, 96% of its cars built within the last 12 years can still be found on the road to this day.

    So there you have it, the three core technologies that define the modern day Subaru. So, tell us, which is your favourite Subaru model?

  • 2019 Porsche Mission E confirmed to have over 600 hp, 500 km EV range, 0-100 km/h below 3.5 seconds

    Porsche has shared some info and images of the upcoming Porsche Mission E in the “tribute to tomorrow” section of its Annual and Sustainability Report 2017. The Mission E electric concept, revealed at Frankfurt 2015, will make its debut as a production model in 2019.

    Porsche says that the Mission E will have output of over 600 hp, and can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in less than 3.5 seconds. It will have a range of 500 km in a single charge, and will only need 15 minutes for an 80% charge. Clearly, this car takes aim at Tesla, which has made the performance EV segment its own, with traditional carmakers only recently waking up to the electric challenge.

    With a 100 kWh battery pack, the most potent Tesla Model S P100D does 0-96 km/h (0-60 mph) in 2.5 seconds and has a range of 613 km in the NEDC cycle. The Mission E’s stats aren’t as good on paper, but Zuffenhausen is promising “reproducible performance and a top speed which can be maintained for long periods,” according to Porsche EV chief Stefan Weckbach in a previous interview.

    The Porsche exec also touts the Mission E’s dynamics. “The longitudinal and lateral dynamics of the Mission E will be typical of a Porsche and represent a real treat for any driver,” he said.

    “With Mission E, Porsche provides convincing answers to the challenges of e-mobility. Sustainability, electromobility, performance and driving pleasure are not contradictions. Porsche and electromobility fit together perfectly,” the company stresses.

    It goes on to say that the four-door EV offers “a highly emotional driving experience in an exclusive sports car which sets new standards as the sportiest and, at the same time, most technologically sophisticated car of its class.”

    The recent Mission E Cross Turismo Concept previews Porsche’s plans beyond the sleek, low-slung Mission E. It all sounds very impressive, but we’ll have to wait till next year for the match to start.

    GALLERY: Porsche Mission E test mule and concept

  • SPYSHOTS: Kia Sportage facelift seen in South Korea

    The fourth-generation Kia Sportage is set to receive a facelift, after another test mule was sighted in South Korea recently. These photos from Motorgraph show the refreshed SUV making a pit stop for a refuel, and give us a closer look at the revisions made.

    Despite the substantial effort made to mask the Sportage’s new face, we can still see the new headlamps, which feature four-point DRLs like on the latest Forte and Ceed. The ‘tiger nose’ grille and lower apron will be tweaked as well, the latter featuring a larger air intake and new fog lamps.

    At the rear, there are new LED taillights and based on the heavy camouflage, the bumper will gain a new look as well. No interior photos, but you can expect improved trim and materials, plus updated infotainment systems and a range of vehicle systems to bring the SUV up to speed with its siblings.

    An updated engine line-up is also likely, with a range of naturally-aspirated and turbocharged petrol engines displacing 1.6, 2.0 and 2.4 litres, along with 1.7 and 2.0 litre turbodiesels. These engines will continue to be paired with six-speed manual and automatic, as well as seven-speed dual-clutch transmissions.

    GALLERY: Kia Sportage facelift spyshots

    GALLERY: Kia Sportage 2.0 AWD GT CRDi in Malaysia

  • 2019 Subaru Forester – images leaked ahead of debut

    Not long before the covers officially come off the 2019 Subaru Forester, with the fifth-generation due to make its world debut at the upcoming New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) at the end of the month. But like many things these days, it’s hard to keep things under wraps, and so it is with the new SUV – images of the vehicle have been leaked ahead of its full reveal.

    These offer a three-quarter angle front and rear view of the new car, but they’re tetchy at best. The images – which were revealed via Allcarnews – look like they’re captured off a print mag, and so physical folds mean that only the front and rear ends are cleanly depicted.

    Based on what’s seen, there’s no radical departure from the current fourth-gen Forester from an exterior design viewpoint, and though some cues look derived from the Viziv Future Concept from 2015, the front end of the new car is less edgier. Among other things, there’s a new grille design and more contrast cladding on the bumper, along with restyled headlights.

    The rear continues on the C-shaped tail light theme seen on the current car, but the new unit has a smaller footprint and a more dynamic shape, joined by a horizontal chrome strip trim. The tail lid is also a sharper looking affair.

    No interior look or tech details as yet, but there should be very little deviation from a powertrain and drivetrain aspect – the brand’s four-cylinder boxer engines (including hybrid), CVT and Symmetrical All Wheel Drive system are likely to be seen, as will the automaker’s EyeSight driver assistance and safety systems.

    The Subaru Global Platform, seen on the latest Impreza and XV, will underpin the new Forester. More when the SUV is revealed in New York at the end of the month.

    GALLERY: Fourth-gen SJ Subaru Forester 2.0i-S

  • Petronas invites F1 fans to its Australian Grand Prix live viewing event this weekend – activities galore

    The 2018 FIA Formula One world championship season kicks off this weekend, and Petronas is inviting F1 fans to join it in celebrating the start of the F1 season at a live viewing event of the season opener, the Australian Grand Prix, this Sunday, March 25.

    The live viewing of the race will take place at Petronas Jalan Kolam Ayer Lama, and the event will run from 11 am to 5 pm. Besides the chance to watch the Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 team in action on the big screen at the live viewing arena, there are plenty of activities in store.

    Besides the chance to get up close with special guests Syafiq Kyle and Aeril Zafrel, attendees can look forward to plenty of fun games and activities as well as lucky draw prizes. There will also be the chance for fans to purchase special merchandise at the event.

    Best of all, to avoid the hassle of parking and traffic, you can ride with Grab to the event and get a rebate for doing so – the first 100 customers will get RM5 off on Grab rides to/from the event venue.

    So, bring your family and friends for a day of fun by catching the excitement of the live race at the station. Visit for more info.

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  • Volkswagen Polo R Supercar – 570 hp rallycross car

    Defending world rallycross champion Johan Kristofferson will get a new ride this year in the shape of the Volkswagen Polo R Supercar, marking Wolfsburg’s fourth year of involvement in the FIA World Rallycross Championship. As with last year, PSRX Volkswagen Sweden – owned by Petter Solberg, who will also be racing – is the works team, but it will now be supported by the Volkswagen R division for the first time.

    The Polo R Supercar is still based on the previous Polo three-door (the latest model is five-door only), but the dummy head- and tail lights sport new graphics that give the car a closer resemblance to the new sixth-generation Polo. Volkswagen says that the biggest changes can be found at the front of the car, where the air intakes have been redesigned for better aerodynamics, making the car more efficient.

    Also fitted is a new rear wing that creates more downforce and provides greater freedom in setting up the car. The mechanicals have received further development as well, making it better suited to the series’ short, close racing. There’s still a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 570 hp, along with all-wheel drive.

    “Volkswagen R has always drawn inspiration and passion from motor racing,” said Volkswagen R GmbH managing director Jost Capito. “We will now actively build on these qualities in close cooperation with our colleagues at Volkswagen Motorsport and the PSRX team. The FIA World Rallycross Championship will be really exciting and we are looking forward to working with our partners.”

    Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said, “There is no question about it, the new season promises to be very exciting. The opposition will do everything in their power to take our title. Our goal is obviously to provide Johan and Petter with a good car, which will allow them to challenge for the world title. I am confident that we will achieve this, and that the new partnership with Volkswagen R will give us even more power.”


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