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  • New Nissan Sylphy open for booking in Malaysia!


    After nearly a week of teasing the car, Nissan Malaysia has finally announced on its Facebook page that the all-new Nissan Sylphy is open for booking.

    Based on the teasers, we know the new C-segment sedan has six airbags, a five-star ANCAP safety rating, four-wheel disc brakes with traction and stability control, ABS and BA, a three-dimensional chrome front grille, auto dual-zone air-con and a 1.8 litre engine with Twin C-VTC.

    Not long now – stay tuned to for more details, which are coming your way very soon!

  • Volkswagen Touareg: second-gen facelift for Beijing


    The facelifted second-gen Volkswagen Touareg is set to debut at Auto China 2014 in Beijing, featuring larger headlamps (bi-xenons now standard, Dynamic Light Assist optional), a deeper four-bar (previously two) front grille and a reprofiled front bumper.

    A restyled rear bumper holds a new rear diffuser with twin tailpipes and LED rear fog lamps. LED tail lamps are optional. Also new are the wing mirror caps, new 18-inch Arica and 20-inch Masafi wheels and five new body colours.

    Inside, you’ll find new leather upholstery colours, design accents (additional chrome bits) and lighting. New style of rotary knobs, and all controls are now white-illuminated rather than red.


    The row of buttons above the infotainment system has been extended. It used to be (left to right) PDC, hazards, passenger airbag indicator. Now, a steering wheel heating switch is on the left of the PDC button, and a new windscreen heating button has been integrated to the right of the passenger airbag indicator. The entry-level Touareg variant now gets manual lumbar adjustment for the front seats.

    All variants now get an auto post-collision braking system and a coasting function (works up to 130 km/h) for the eight-speed auto gearbox. The latter utilises the vehicle’s kinetic energy when driving downhill or when acceleration is not required. The coasting may be temporarily disabled either by tapping the brakes or switching it off through the vehicle’s systems.

    The optional automatic distance control (ADC), essentially radar-based adaptive cruise control, now includes city emergency braking, and can pull away by itself in stop-go conditions.


    Low-rolling resistance tyres are fitted, stop/start (engine cuts off under 7 km/h now) and regenerative systems are standard. Both V6 TDI engines are now Euro 6-compliant, thanks in part to a new SCR-DPF catalytic converter module that uses AdBlue to reduce emissions.

    The entry-level 3.0 TDI V6 continues to push out 204 PS, while the previous 245 PS unit now offers 258 PS. The 204 PS engine now returns a combined 15.0 km per litre (previously 14.1) and the 258 PS motor, 14.5 km per litre (previously 14.0).

    The standard steel-spring running gear has been optimised; improvements include more agile steering and heightened comfort. Air suspension is an option; it increases ground clearance by up to 300 mm (exceed 140 km/h and the body lowers automatically).


    The rear bench offers 160 mm of longitudinal adjustment. Seat back angle can be adjusted. As an option, the rear bench seat can be electrically unlatched, so you can fold it down for 1,642 litres of boot space.

    Safety is taken care of by a four-camera Area View system, up to nine airbags, Lane Assist, Side Assist and Pre-Crash (belts tensioned, windows and sunroof closed). The aforementioned Dynamic Light Assist ‘sees’ traffic ahead and automatically controls the headlamps’ main beams individually.

    The R-Line exterior package offers 19-, 20- or 21-inch wheels, R-Line bumpers, glossy black air inlets with chrome trim, side sill extensions, glossy black rear diffuser with chrome trim, chrome tailpipes for V8 versions and a rear spoiler.


    The R-Line interior package offers a sport steering wheel, special silver inlays, R-Line kickplates, stainless steel pedals and tinted rear windows. The package can be optionally extended to include black headlining, piano black inlays and sport seats in Nappa leather or Alcantara/Nappa.

    In Europe, the facelifted second-gen Volkswagen Touareg will be available in V6 TDI (204 PS/258 PS), V8 TDI (340 PS) and V6 TSI hybrid (total 380 PS and 580 Nm of torque).

    China will get V6 TSI (290 PS/320 PS) and V8 TSI (360 PS) versions, while Russia will get V6 FSI (249 PS) and V8 TSI (360 PS) versions. In the USA and Canada, the vehicle will be offered in V6 FSI (280 PS), V6 TDI (239 PS) and V6 TSI hybrid (total 380 PS and 580 Nm of torque) versions.

  • Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition – only 1,964

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    Ford has unveiled a special run sixth-gen Mustang variant at the 2014 New York Auto Show to commemorate its fabled pony car and its half century of existence. Only 1,964 examples of the Ford Mustang 50 Year Limited Edition will be built, with sales beginning in the fall.

    The 50 Year LE steed is based on the 2015 Mustang GT fastback with a GT performance pack, with a 420 hp and 529 Nm 5.0 litre V8 at the heart of things. Transmission choices are a six-speed manual with a Torsen differential or a six-speed auto with a limited-slip rear differential.

    The car sits on 19-inch alloys featuring a unique Y-spoke design inspired by the chromed steel wheels that were offered on the original Mustang 50 years ago. As for exterior shades, there are two exclusive colours, these being Wimbledon White – which replicates Mustang serial No. 0001′s shade – and Kona Blue.

    Unique bits include the edition’s louvre-shaped rear quarter-windows, but unlike the external louvres as seen on the 1965 fastback, the new windows are comprised of layered sheets of glass built with a construction technique uniquely developed for this particular pony.

    Mustang 50th Edition 02

    Chrome is featured, in the form of discreet highlights for the grille, side glass and tri-bar taillamps. The chrome bezels surrounding the base of each of the three taillamp blades derive their inspiration from the original 1962 design proposal by Gale Halderman, which became the basis for the ’64 production model. The three individual lamps on each side of that design were combined into a single tri-bar lamp cluster for production, but the original concept has been restored for this one.

    The 50 Year LE will also be the only 2015 model with a large faux gas cap badge on the rear fascia, with ’50 Years’ added to the GT designation.

    Inside, the aluminium trim panel spanning the double-brow instrument panel has an axel spin finish unique to the edition, and there’s also a special serialised and indivually etched ’50 Year Limited Edition’ badge on the passenger side.

    Other dedicated bits include two-tone cashmere and black leather upholstery with a ‘Mustang 50 Year’ logo on the seat backs and cashmere-stitching for the steering wheel, instrument panel, shifter boot, centre armrest and door inserts, as well as loop-carpet floor mats with cashmere stitching and suede binding.

  • Nissan Sylphy teased on Nissan Malaysia’s FB page


    Nissan Malaysia has begun teasing the reveal of the new Nissan Sylphy on its Facebook page. The series of teasers is a countdown from six (days), with each number alluding to a feature of the C-segment sedan.

    Teased so far are six airbags, a five-star ANCAP safety rating, four-wheel disc brakes with traction and stability control, ABS and BA, a three-dimensional chrome front grille and auto dual-zone air-con.

    This one’s been a long time coming – the B17 Nissan Sylphy made its world debut in China two full years ago, before being introduced in Thailand, the US (Sentra) and Australia (Pulsar) in the second half of 2012. In Taiwan, it’s called the Super Sentra!

    We already know from research reports that the new C-segment sedan is due to be launched in the second quarter this year – which we are now in. As confirmed by the latest teaser pic above, The Malaysian-market Nissan Sylphy will be motivated by a 131 PS/174 Nm 1.8 litre MRA8DE four-cylinder engine with Twin C-VTC and an improved Xtronic CVT. See spyshots, and another set.

  • Peugeot 3008 – facelifted crossover launched, RM154k

    Peugeot 3008 launch

    After some local sightings and a number of teasers on Facebook, Nasim has finally unveiled the facelifted Peugeot 3008 at Queensbay Mall this afternoon. The refreshed C-segment crossover carries a number of tweaks designed to sharpen the car’s looks as well as to bolster the driving experience.

    First introduced at the Frankfurt Motor Show last year, the 3008 has been given a new face, which brings it in line with Peugeot’s latest design language. The new front apron features new fog light surrounds and a new grille bearing the “Peugeot” script.

    The directional bi-xenon headlights with automatic levelling and LED daytime running lights now have a claw design like the 2008, while the tail lights now feature LED technology arranged in the company’s signature triple-claw design. New 17-inch “Aregia” diamond-cut alloy wheels complete the aesthetic changes.

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    Inside, the 3008 features darker upholstery, new trim on the centre console and a flat-bottomed steering wheel with silver inserts. Some new kit has also crept in, including a colour head-up display (HUD), a top-mounted retractable seven-inch LCD screen with navigation and an eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat.

    Also new is the Peugeot Park Assist with Available Space Management (ASM), which utilises the ten parking sensors front and rear and measures the size of the potential parking space, informing the driver of the feasibility of the manoeuvre. A rear-view camera now comes standard, whose image is displayed on the central display with markings to make parking easier still.

    Under the bonnet sits a revised version of the familiar Prince 1.6 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, now producing 165 PS at 6,000 rpm (an increase of 9 PS over the outgoing model) and 240 Nm at 1,400-4,250 rpm. Mated to a six-speed automatic, it can go from 0-100 km/h in 9.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 202 km/h. Average fuel consumption is rated at 7.7 litres per 100 km.

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    The rest of the specifications remain unchanged, so the 3008 still comes with six airbags, ESP and ABS with EBD and Brake Assist, among other features such as the panoramic glass roof with powered blinds and automatic headlights and wipers.

    Nasim claims the new 3008 is pivotal to the brand’s 2014 sales target of 7,000 units. The car is one of a number of key launches for Peugeot this year, including the 2008 in January as well as the next-generation 308 later on in the year.

    Pricing for the new Peugeot 3008 is RM153,888 on the road with insurance, an increase of exactly RM10,000 over the previous model. Two new colours are available – Rogue Red and Bourrasque Blue, joining the previously available colours of Pearl White, Aluminium and Nera Black. As with all Peugeots, the 3008 comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty as well as a 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service.

  • Audi A8 L 3.0 TFSI facelift seen at JPJ – Matrix LEDs!


    Our regular ‘JPJ correspondent’ Anol Alias has spotted the latest Audi A8 L facelift nestling in the JPJ car park – looks like our roads are going to be hit by Matrix LEDs and sequential indicators pretty soon.

    It’s the long-wheelbase 3.0 TFSI quattro, as we previously deduced. The V6 should now produce 310 PS and 440 Nm of torque instead of the pre-facelift car‘s 290 PS and 420 Nm of torque.

    There’ll be more kit, so expect to pay more than the RM659k asked for the pre-facelift car. The refreshed Audi A8 L 3.0 TFSI quattro could launch before the end of May, before the Audi A3 Sedan follows in June.

  • Land Rover Discovery Sport announced, due 2015


    Land Rover has announced the first member of the new Discovery family (in the same way the Range Rover has its own family) – the Land Rover Discovery Sport.

    For an idea of how it could shape up, look no further than the Discovery Vision concept (pictured) that’s just been unveiled at the ongoing NY show.

    “I am proud to confirm the nameplate that will make Discovery a family of vehicles for the first time. It will be called Discovery Sport and will go on sale in 2015,” said design director and chief creative officer Gerry McGovern. He added that it “will be the most versatile and capable SUV in its segment.”

    The new Discovery family is set to replace not only the current Discovery, but the Freelander as well. The Discovery Vision concept packs some interesting features, including Range Rover family-inspired styling, a deployable rear sill step, suicide doors and a touch-screen infotainment system.

    Of course, there’s the Transparent Bonnet – front grille-mounted cameras record and feed images of the terrain beneath the car to a head-up display, allowing the driver to ‘see’ the ground under the bonnet as well as the angle and position of the front wheels.

    Lasers also feature in the headlamps and projection of visible markings, symbols and imagery on to ground surfaces to aid driving through tight spaces and uneven terrain. They can even measure the depth of a body of water before the car wades through it.

    Finally, there’s Remote Control Drive, which allows you to control the car at very slow speeds while outside the car – useful when you need to do external spotting during extreme off-roading. Of course, it remains to be seen how much of this tech will actually make it to the production Discovery Sport – fingers crossed, then!

    Land Rover Discovery Vision concept at the 2014 NYIAS

    Land Rover Discovery Sport (Freelander successor) spied testing

  • Borderless vehicle registration system expected to be implemented nationwide from May 1


    The borderless vehicle registration system is expected to be implemented nationwide from May 1, deputy transport minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi has said, according to a Bernama report.

    Under this system, vehicle suppliers can obtain the registration number for the state required without having to go to the state concerned, he said. For instance, a vehicle buyer in Melaka wishing to obtain a Johor registration number could apply to do so at the Melaka Road Transport Department (JPJ), free of charge.

    “The system is to cater for the needs of customers as there are road users who are interested in a certain registration number, so, to meet the customers’ requirements the government has facilitated registration in any state,” Bernama quoted Ab Aziz as saying.

    When asked if MySikap could handle the borderless registration system, the deputy transport minister said the computerised service was becoming more efficient.

    He also revealed that vehicle ownership transfer using the biometric system for individuals, which aims to guard against document falsification, had started from April 1.

  • 2015 Hyundai Sonata makes show debut in New York

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    Following its world premiere in Korea last month, the 2015 Hyundai Sonata has now made its show debut in New York, and US specifications have been announced for the seventh-generation LF.

    Shape-wise, the new car offers a more refined look through the company’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language as seen from the Korean debut photos, with some minor exterior differences between the US and domestic versions, notably at the front. Elsewhere, improvements over the outgoing car include a stiffer body structure, better ride quality, reduced NVH and additional safety and convenience features.

    As previously mentioned, the new D-segment offering is slightly larger than the outgoing YF Sonata – it’s 35 mm longer and 30 mm wider, and its wheelbase length is up by 10 mm (from 2,795 mm to 2,805 mm now), translating into increased interior space.

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    The company proudly states that in areas such as passenger, cargo and interior volume, the new Sonata is class-leading against the likes of the 2014 Toyota Camry, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima as well the Volkswagen Passat and Ford Fusion.

    Engine choices for North America consist of a 2.4 litre Theta II GDI unit and 2.0 litre Theta II turbo mill. The 2.4 GDI, with 185 hp and 241 Nm, powers SE, Limited and Sport models, while the 2.0 turbo equips the Sport 2.0T variant.

    According to the automaker, the 2.4 has a slightly reduced peak power to shift the power band downward for better responsiveness in lower-RPM situations, where customers spend the majority of their time. There’s also a new Electronic Intake Continuously Variable Valve Timing (E-CVVT), which improves performance in low temperatures and reduces emissions.

    The 2.0 litre Theta II turbocharged GDI has also been revised – there’s E-CVVT, and the 245 hp and 352 Nm powertrain has also been optimised for lower-RPM drivability – the turbocharger features a smaller turbine and compressor wheel, which provide better responsiveness and more torque in the low and mid RPM range. Both Theta engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.

    The Sport 2.0T gets a new rack-mounted dual-pinion electric power steering system, which offers a more natural steering feel, as well as a unique sport-tuned suspension and larger 12.6-inch front brakes. Inside, the variant also features a different D-cut steering wheel, complete with paddle shifters, than the Korean domestic model. There’s also a new instrument cluster, with different needle positions and scheme.

    Standard safety equipment includes seven airbags, including a new driver’s knee airbag, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, ABS and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and a Lane Departure Warning System are all available for the car in the US market.

  • Infiniti QX80 – facelifted SUV to make NY debut

    2015 Infiniti QX80 Press Photography

    Apart from the updated Q70, Infiniti have also pulled the covers off the facelifted version of its leviathan flagship seven-seater SUV, the Infiniti QX80, ahead of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), bringing it in line with the company’s latest design language that premiered on the Q50.

    The majority of the upgrades have been centred around the front, with a new upper and lower grille design and new LED headlights, indicators and fog lights. At the rear, a larger protective plate on the rear sill is now standard, guarding the bumper against dings when loading or unloading cargo.

    New to the range are two wheel designs – machine-finished 20-inch alloy wheels and optional 22-inch forged alloy wheels (which the company claims to be the largest in the segment) – as well as three new colours: Hermosa Blue, Graphite Shadow and Majestic White.

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    On the inside, customer demand for greater colour and wood trim separation sees the previous Tuscan Burl wood trim replaced with a darker, more reddish Mocha Burl, while the new Deluxe Technology Package gains heavier, furniture-like Stratford Burl trim – including on the steering wheel – as well as leather-trimmed upper door panels and semi-aniline upholstery on the seats.

    In addition, the Graphite interior trim choice now features silver contrast stitching, while the centre console and the steering wheel receive new silver color accents. Technology wise, the QX80 gains a couple of new safety features from the Q50 – High Beam Assist and Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW).

    Infiniti QX80 Ltd High Res (2)

    There is also a top-of-the-range Limited model – available fully-optioned and in all-wheel drive only – which is distinguished by the dark headlight finish, smoked clear tail light lenses and illuminated running boards. The exterior chrome trim is also darker, along with the standard 22-inch wheels. Three colour choices are unique to the Limited – Imperial Black, Mocha Almond and Dakar Bronze.

    The interior has been upholstered in Truffle Brown leather with silver piping and quilting on the seats. Genuine Ash wood trim has been lavishly applied, while Ultrasuede leather lines the roof and pillars. Branded and illuminated stainless steel side sill plates complete the interior appointments.



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