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  • 2016 Chevrolet Malibu teased ahead of New York debut


    The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu has been teased ahead of its upcoming debut at the 2015 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) this April. Chevy’s D-segment contender for the local market is aimed squarely at the likes of the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata and Nissan Teana.

    Along with the teaser, Chevrolet has also disclosed several details about the next-generation Malibu including “an entirely new architecture” which should see it decrease in overall weight thanks to liberal application of high-strength steel in the construction – a total of 136 kg is said to have been trimmed.

    Apart from a weight cut, rear passengers inside the new Malibu would appreciate the increased leg room courtesy of an extended wheelbase of 101 mm from the new chassis. Unfortunately for us, that’s as far as Chevy is willing to go in terms of letting info bleed out.


    Styling wise, the next-gen Chevrolet Malibu will have critics, apparently, “blown away” by its “Corvette-inspired styling”. Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of Global Design, has stated that it will feature a “groundbreaking design with a masterful understanding of proportions”.

    While the teaser shot gives little away, one can see that the new car will possess a roofline that has been pushed further back for a coupe-like appearance while the shorter, rear overhang helps to further cement its swooping profile.

    A second leaked shot, of which we can assume is a promotional teaser for the 2015 NYIAS, has also leaked online. In said image, Chevrolet has dropped what is, arguably, the biggest hint to its plans for this year – the introduction of five revamped models that looks to include the Camaro and Sonic hatchback.

    GALLERY: Next-generation Chevrolet Malibu spyshots

    GALLERY: Chevrolet Malibu 2.4 LTZ launched in Malaysia

  • Mazda MX-5 production starts in Japan, on sale June; new Fiat 124 Spider to be based on the roadster too

    Mazda MX-5 production Japan

    Production of the new Mazda MX-5 has started in Japan, where official sales will begin in June. The two-seat lightweight drop-top is built at the Ujina Plant No.1 in Hiroshima, with the first models destined for the home market, where it’s badged as the Mazda Roadster (as it always has been).

    The MX-5 will be imported to other markets in the second half of 2015. Malaysia seems to be quite high up on the list, as a Bermaz source has informed us that the roadster will arrive here as soon as September. It’ll be an auto-only affair, however, which is not very surprising as manual buyers, even for cars such as this or and the Toyota 86, is a rare breed in Malaysia.

    Meanwhile, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) boss Sergio Marchionne has recently confirmed that there will be a new Fiat 124 Spider, based on the Mazda MX-5. This is the continuation of the Alfa Romeo-Mazda deal made earlier, which has since been altered as Alfa has decided to make a new roadster on its own.

    Set for a 2016 debut, the new Fiat 124 Spider will revive the name last used in 1980. Fiat’s most recent roadster is the 1995-2005 Barchetta, though that had a front-wheel drive layout. The MX-5-based 124 Spider should get a variation of FCA’s 1.4 litre MultiAir turbo engine, likely with more power than the Mazda’s 129 hp 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G mill.

  • VIDEOS: McLaren Sports Series set to make NY debut, plus more details on the new 675LT and P1 GTR

    The McLaren P1 GTR as well as the production-limited (500 units) 675LT were, without a doubt, the show-stoppers at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show as far as McLaren Automotive was concerned. However, the biggest piece of news from the Woking-based automaker is yet to arrive.

    Come April, at the upcoming 2015 New York International Auto Show, the entry-level McLaren Sports Series will make its global debut. To get the ball rolling, the firm has released a short teaser video of a prototype of the car skidding about in the snow because it can.

    While the video doesn’t reveal much, viewers will be able to spot the P1-esque tail lamps, perhaps signalling that this model will take after the McLaren flagship more so compared to the middle-child 650S variants. Expect the new car to feature a reworked (and detuned) version of the twin-turbo M838T 3.8 litre V8 engine.

    Geneva15_McLaren P1 GTR_01

    With the introduction of the Sports Series line-up, McLaren Automotive will possess a three tiers of models to compete against other supercar manufacturers. The Ultimate Series currently comprises of the McLaren P1 and its GTR brethren while the Super Series touts the many 650S variants and the 675LT.

    To break down the models in more detail, McLaren Automotive has also released two videos in which the firm’s chief test driver, Chris Goodwin, walks viewers through the McLaren P1 GTR and the 675LT at the brand’s stand in Geneva. The video detailing the P1 GTR goes on to explain the driver development programme that is made available to owners of the car.

    McLaren 675LT_studio_04

    For those who are unfamiliar with the McLaren 675LT, the car revives the “Longtail” name that has become synonymous with McLaren models of extreme calibre. An elongated rear deck (duh!) sports a restyled outlook with twin, circular exhaust outlets replacing the rectangular ones.

    Power figures, courtesy of the twin-turbo’ed 3.8 litre V8, are quoted at 675 PS and 699 Nm of torque. Mated to an in-house seven-speed Seamless Shift Gearbox, the McLaren 675LT rockets from rest to 100 km/h in 2.9 seconds before reaching its v-max of 330 km/h.

    GALLERY: McLaren P1 GTR

    GALLERY: McLaren 675LT

  • AD: A brand new Audi comes with offers of high savings plus more at the Audi BSC Roadshow

    Audi Q3 quattro /Standaufnahme

    If you fancy a new set of premium wheels from Ingolstadt, Germany, just head over to the Audi BSC Roadshow happening this week at the Bangsar Shopping Centre (BSC) for some attractive offers on all available models.

    Special promos include specials deals on selected models with immediate savings upon booking accompanied by exclusively tailored financing packages. Although the promotion is extended on all Audi models sold officially, the savings offer varies according to specific models. So you’ll have to enquire with the Audi sales consultant onsite to find out which offer suits you best.

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    The roadshow continues today and goes on until Sunday, 8 March and showcases a number of Audi models including the Audi A3, Audi A6 and Audi A8 as well as Audi’s quattro SUV models such as the Audi Q3 and Audi Q5.

    So don’t miss this great opportunity to own an Audi, just head over to the Audi Roadshow, which is ongoing now until 8 March 2015 between 9am to 9pm at the Ground Floor, West Wing, Bangsar Shopping Centre. Be sure to bring the family along too! Visit to book your test drive.

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  • 2015 Toyota Rush facelift sales brochure leaked online


    It would appear that images of the 2015 Toyota Rush facelift have been leaked online after scans of the sales brochure fell into the hands of the people at Judging from the photos, we can’t seem to tell if Toyota has embarked on some sort of radical overhaul for its models this time round – one only needs to see leaked shots of the next-generation Toyota Innova to see what we’re on about.

    According to the folks over at Autonetmagz, the Toyota Rush/Daihatsu Terios facelift is due to have its Indonesian debut some time this month – not a nary of a hint has emerged regarding the same affair in Malaysia, though.

    As is the case with radical facelifts, Toyota seem to have gone to town with this one as the updated Rush sports quite a number of significant aesthetic enhancements over the current model. First off, the front end has been restyled with a new bonnet design and multi-blade front grille. Elsewhere, combination projector head lamps are touted along with a chiselled front bumper that features redesigned fog lamp housings.


    Moving on to the side of the car, a new spiral-design wheel gets pictured, of which we are quite certain that it will remain the same, size-wise. Also found here is a single, bold stripe that runs across the body and a closer look will reveal the TRD Sportivo tag – further hinting that this could be the range-topping variant.

    Things look quite unfamiliar at the rear end, as well. For starters, there’s an added bee-sting antennae while the LED combination tail lamps feature a clear, ice-like outlook. Additional chrome accents are present in the form of a thin strip running right above the restyled bumper. Also included is a mildly reworked spare tyre housing that appears to have dropped the contrasting colour accents around the rim.

    Unfortunately, the leaked scans only detail the exterior enhancements leaving the insides a mystery as far as anyone is concerned. Under the bonnet, we expect the Toyota Rush facelift to soldier on with the same combination of the 1.5 litre, four-cylinder 3SZ-VE engine with 109 hp and 141 Nm of torque mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission.

  • GALLERY: Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake

    Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 Shooting Brake (X 117) 2014

    The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake was unveiled together with the rest of the pseudo-wagon range last November, but photos of the AMG model were lacking back then. The 360 hp load-lugger has just gone on sale in Europe, so we now have more pictures of AMG’s latest.

    Despite its sloping roof, the Shooting Brake is significantly more practical than the standard CLA-Class. The boot has a maximum capacity of 1,354 litres with the rear seats down, and rear headroom has marginally increased over its four-door coupe sibling too.

    What hasn’t changes so much is the performance. You still get the same M133 2.0 litre turbocharged engine that makes 360 hp and 450 Nm of torque like on the A 45, GLA 45 and CLA 45 AMG models. Zero to 100 km/h takes 4.7 seconds, just 0.1 seconds off the regular CLA 45 AMG. Top speed is the same 250 km/h.

    The rest of AMG’s 45 series are officially on sale here in Malaysia. The Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG goes for RM346,888, the GLA 45 AMG for RM378,888 and the CLA 45 AMG Coupe RM392,888. How much do you think the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake will be priced if or when it comes here?

  • Dunlop Formula D05 and SP Sport J5 tyres introduced


    Continental Tyre Malaysia, the official manufacturer and distributor of Dunlop tyres in Malaysia, has launched the new Dunlop Formula D05 and Dunlop SP Sport J5 earlier today. Produced at Continental’s plant in Alor Setar, both tyres have been designed specifically for local road conditions, particularly in terms of wet weather performance.

    “Travelling in the rain can be a nerve-wracking experience, so a tyre with superior wet weather traction can be a big safety benefit for drivers who need to travel at speed in wet conditions,” said national sales manager Sim Wee Chung. “Both our Dunlop new lines are 100% engineered with German technology and designed with Malaysia’s road conditions in mind.

    The sportier Formula D05 features wiper blocks that increase road contact area, with the edge effect reducing the film of water between the tyre and the road edges, resulting in improved braking performance in the wet.


    The tread compound has also been enhanced for better wet weather traction, while the advanced Silica Compound Technology ensures a wider operating temperature range compared to the previous Formula D01. Four wide, equally distributed longitudinal grooves accelerate water evacuation and equalise the water dispersion rate.

    The more comfort oriented and fuel efficient SP Sport J5 uses a new generation of full silica compound which provides high wet weather grip and improved rolling resistance. The edge tie-bar works like a dam, dispersing water at high velocity, while an optimised number of sipes and grooves enhances water wiping while maintaining a large contact area, ensuring excellent braking performance in the wet.

    Left: Dunlop Formula D05, right: Dunlop SP Sport J5

    Both tyres feature new dry and wet weather wear indicators, the first to be available in Malaysia. The rain indicator is shallower than the sun one, letting owners know when to change their tyres for optimum wet weather performance.

    The Dunlop Formula D05 is available in 28 sizes ranging from 15- to 18-inches in diameter, while the Dunlop SP Sport J5 retails in 17 sizes ranging from 12- to 15-inches in diameter. Continental Tyre Malaysia claims that together, they cover more than 90% of Malaysia’s passenger car tyre sizes.

  • Hyundai Elantra facelift launched in M’sia, RM86k-115k


    The Hyundai Elantra MD facelift has officially launched in Malaysia, with the refreshed C-segment sedan having arrived at all Hyundai-Sime Darby showrooms nationwide.

    Four variants are available: 1.6 Elegance, 1.6 Executive, 1.6 Premium and 1.8 Premium. Externally, the base 1.6 Elegance gets 16-inch alloys covered in 205/55 tyres, chrome door handles, reflector headlamps, rear fog lamps, rear parking sensors and a black grille. Inside, you’ll find two airbags, a tilt-only steering wheel, fabric manual seats, keyless entry (without start), auto-down driver’s side window, manual air-con and a basic radio with CD, MP3, AUX and USB.

    Moving up to the 1.6 Executive nets you front fog lamps and a dark chrome grille, while inside, you get a tilt-telescopic leather-wrapped steering wheel with FlexSteer (normal, comfort, sport), leather seats, a 3.4-inch OLED Supervision cluster, sliding console armrest, auto-down-and-up driver’s side window, keyless entry and start, auto lights, rear air-con vents, MirrorLink Audio Visual Receiver and a 6.2-inch touch-screen with DVD, AV input, AUX, USB, micro SD, Bluetooth and reverse camera display. Still two airbags, though.

    Click to enlarge spec sheet (left)

    Six airbags and projector headlamps with LED light guides begin at the 1.6 Premium, which is otherwise identical to the 1.6 Executive where specs are concerned. Finally, the range-topping 1.8 Premium boasts 10-spoke 17-inch alloys wrapped in 215/45 rubber, powered Nappa leather seats with lumbar function, auto wipers, an eight-inch touch-screen with navigation, cruise control, auto dual-zone air-con and front parking sensors.

    This time round, the 1.8 Premium variant is no longer offered with a sunroof. All variants get ABS, ESC, VSM, hill assist, manual headlamp levelling, electric folding wing mirrors with LED indicators and steering wheel audio controls.

    Thanks to reshaped front and rear bumpers, the Elantra facelift is 20 mm longer than its predecessor at 4,550 mm. New L-shaped fog lamp housings, too. Inside, the oddly-placed air-con vents on the pre-facelift car now sit higher in a more conventional position on the dashboard. The centre console now features a darker theme while the gear lever now has a leather gaiter.

    Mechanically, status quo is maintained – the 1.6 litre Gamma soldiers on with 130 PS at 6,300 rpm and 157 Nm at 4,850 rpm, while the 1.8 litre Nu continues to produce 150 PS at 6,500 rpm and 178 Nm at 4,700 rpm. Both engines are connected to a six-speed auto – no manual option this time.

    Locally-assembled (CKD) in Kulim, Kedah, the Hyundai Elantra MD facelift is priced at RM86,328 for the 1.6 Elegance, RM96,116 for the 1.6 Executive, RM100,986 for the 1.6 Premium and RM115,616 for the 1.8 Premium, OTR without insurance. Creamy White, Carbon Grey, Phantom Black, Sleek Silver and Tomato Red body colours are available.

    Offered is a five-year, 300,000 km warranty and 24-hour road assist. If you buy the 1.8 Premium between March 5 and April 5, a free three-year, 60,000 km service (at 10,000 km intervals) will also be offered.

  • 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid and/or facelift previewed?


    Toyota Europe has released a few promotional videos of its new Toyota Safety Sense suite (includes Pre-collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beam and Road Sign Assist) that feature a peculiar looking car model. It looks to be a current Corolla wearing the front end of the latest Auris.

    Could this preview the oft-rumoured 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid or even the upcoming facelift model? While the rear of the car in question matches that of the Malaysian-market Corolla Altis, the front is all new – taken straight off the recently-unveiled Auris facelift.

    Reports suggesting that Toyota is working on a hybrid version of the Corolla are not new, and this car’s hybrid meter panel pretty much gives the game away. Such a model could either have the Prius’ 1.8 litre Hybrid Synergy Drive (HSD) power unit like on the Auris Hybrid, or the Prius c’s 1.5 litre HSD combo as seen on the JDM Corolla Axio Hybrid.

    Time will tell whether the final version will look like this or not, but at the very least, this gives us an idea of how a Corolla Altis would look with an Auris-inspired face. What do you think, does it look better or worse?

  • Third-generation Volkswagen Cross Touran rendered


    Not long since the launch of the third-generation Volkswagen Touran at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show and already the rumour mill is abuzz with word on the existence of the Volkswagen Cross Touran. Adding fuel to the fire (in a good way) is rendering whiz, Theophilus Chin, who has provided us with his take on the MPV.

    As is the case with Cross variants of several Volkswagen models, the Volkswagen Cross Touran sports a more aggressive outlook which includes a chiselled lower lip with chrome accents. Viewed from its side, the renderings appear to show the MPV with a slightly higher ride height. Also, in true Cross spirit, the wheel arch and side skirts are trimmed in contrasting black body cladding for that added visual muscle.


    Moving on to the rear, the chrome treatment continues with a single bar spanning the entire length of the lower diffuser, also presented here in black. Elsewhere, a steel skid plate mounted down low and angular dual exhaust outlets complete the look.

    The third-generation Volkswagen Touran is based on the MQB platform and is offered with a range of powerplants. On the petrol side, three options are available – a 1.2 TSI with 110 hp, a 1.4 TSI with 150 hp and a 1.8 TSI with 180 hp. Diesel options include a 1.6 TDI with 110 hp and a 2.0 TDI with 150 and 190 hp.


    Transmission choices include a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed DSG (only on the 2.0 TDI) and a seven-speed DSG. Fuel efficiency is further improved via the inclusion of a start/stop system and a brake energy recovery system.

    Back on Malaysian soil, only the Volkswagen Cross Touran is on sale, with prices starting from RM170,608. Offered exclusively in 1.4 TSI trim, the CBU from Germany MPV comes powered by a 1.4 litre twin-charged inline four-cylinder engine producing 138 hp and 220 Nm of torque. Power gets transferred to the front wheels via a dry seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

    GALLERY: Third-generation Volkswagen Touran


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