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  • SPYSHOTS: 2016 Hyundai Elantra shows its interior

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    The next generation Hyundai Elantra has been sighted again and this time our spy photographers managed to snag a photo of its interior. If this is the final product, it looks like the new Elantra will take cues from both the new Sonata (upper half of the dash) and the new Tucson (air cond panel area).

    Given that the current generation Elantra was first unveiled in 2010 and received a facelift in 2013, we should see the next generation car unveiled earliest by the end of this year and in showrooms in 2016.

    Powertrain options should include an option for the 175 PS 1.6 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the third-generation Hyundai Tucson crossover, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch gearbox.

     
  • GALLERY: The weird and wonderful at Shanghai 2015

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    We wrap up our Auto Shanghai coverage a little differently this year. You were expecting a gargantuan gallery of barely-clad beauties? Well, this time, the organisers decided against having models at the show, so instead, we’ll furnish you with a collection of curious and amusing machinery that was on display.

    Most of you are no strangers to wheeled oddities from the Middle Kingdom, of which there certainly was no shortage at Auto Shanghai 2015. Dongfeng showed a massive Hummer H1-like monster with an open rear deck, and the Dongfeng Fengdu MX6, a vehicle very clearly based on the second-gen Nissan X-Trail. In a corner stood the Dongfeng Fengguang 360, a compact MPV with a very, ahem, Wolfsburg-inspired face.

    Landwind’s infamous and near-perfect Range Rover Evoque copy, the X7, stood unabashed at the front of the stand – Jaguar Land Rover initially wanted to take legal action, but according to reports, the company may have no recourse to do so in China. Brilliance had a brilliant Jinbei van on its stand with the biggest nostrils in the world – well, the company is after all BMW’s joint-venture partner.

    Everything is of significant proportions in China, but at Auto Shanghai 2015, perhaps none the more so than this Foton Tunland monster truck, replete with snorkel and floodlights. The photo shows the immense size of that thing – those tyres are almost as tall as the woman standing next to it!

    On the Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) stand stood the D20, bearing more than a striking resemblance to the Mercedes-Benz B-Class, especially in the side profile. BAIC has a Chinese joint-venture with Mercedes-Benz called Beijing Benz. FAW Besturn had an “A-Class” on display – although clearly not an A-Class as we know it.

    Besides its rather-handsome Qin plug-in hybrid sedan, BYD Auto also had some interesting facsimiles on its stand, including the Yuan and Tang. Both are pretty strikingly-styled SUVs, although the Yuan does remind one of the Ford EcoSport (down to the outside spare wheel and secret tail lamp-integrated tailgate handle!) and the Tang, when viewed side on, gives off slight Toyota Harrier overtones.

    Of course, a trip to a Chinese motor show arguably wouldn’t be complete without visiting Hongqi – the first Chinese passenger car marque. Synonymous off-and-on with China’s high-ranking officials and elite, the luxury carmaker displayed the rather non-descript and angular LS5 SUV, as well as the imposing L5 limousine.

    We have loads of pics for you down below – check them out and see if anything else seems vaguely familiar to you…

     
  • BMW i Remote App – BMW i3, i8 info on Apple Watch

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    The BMW i Remote App, which made its debut with the BMW i3 and allows drivers to remotely check and control functions of their vehicles via their smartphone, is now premiering on another smartwatch.

    The smartwatch route was first showcased via the Samsung Galaxy Gear last year, and now, it’s the turn of the Apple Watch. The app – which can be downloaded free from the Apple iTunes Store – effectively acts as an extension of a linked Apple iPhone to connect BMW i3 EV or BMW i8 plug-in hybrid drivers with their cars remotely.

    Via the Apple Watch, users can be kept updated on the car’s current battery status and available range, and the app also offers features such as pre-conditioning the cabin temperature (cooling or heating it) ahead of a drive when the car is being charged.

    An upward swipe of the glance screen reveals the i Remote app start screen, which presents the car linked up to the sub-menus display information such as whether the car is locked as well as service alerts, and users can even activate the car’s horn to help them locate their i3 or i8 in a car park.


    BMW i3 and i8

     
  • Audi A6 facelift on Malaysian website – launch soon?

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    Now, what do we have here? A browse through the local Audi website revealed the presence of the facelifted Audi A6 – tucked away in the site header’s model tab – which hints at the updated executive sedan’s imminent arrival.

    Clear to see in this picture are the facelift’s redesigned LED headlights, more angular front bumper with a broader and flatter six-point Singleframe front grille, as well as the new flared side sills. Clicking through to the dedicated model page leads to the pre-facelifted car, however.

    Currently, the A6 is available in Malaysia in two variants – a 180 hp/320 Nm 2.0 TFSI base model (which was given standard-fit LED headlights, MMI Navigation plus and larger 18-inch wheels last year) and a 310 hp/440 Nm 3.0 TFSI quattro range-topper. The former retails at RM375,000 on-the-road without insurance, the latter at RM507,900.

    Both powertrains have been given a considerable boost in power with the update – up to 252 hp and 370 Nm for the 2.0 litre four-pot and 333 hp for the 3.0 litre V6. We’ll update you with more information on the Malaysian-market facelifted Audi A6 as soon as we know more.

     
  • 2015 Subaru Outback 2.5i AWD on oto.my for RM225k

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    Here’s something interesting to take note of – it appears that a lone ad for the 2015 Subaru Outback, pictured here in 2.5i AWD trim, has surfaced on our sister classifieds site, oto.my. Unfortunately, those looking for an in-depth view of the car will be disappointed to know that said ad features only a sole shot of the car.

    Safe to say then that a local launch for the jacked-up Legacy is not too far away. Other details disclosed in the ad include a price tag of RM224,885.90, on-the-road with insurance along with mentions of a five-year warranty with labour charges waived for the next five years.

    Additional bits of info include a CBU mention for the Outback along with its 2.5 litre Boxer four-cylinder engine and trademark Subaru Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. Other features include the adoption of Vehicle Dynamics Control and 18-inch alloy wheels. Watch this space very, very closely.

     
  • 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition – a 500-unit special

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    This is the 2016 Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition, the closest road-going Corvette there is to the Corvette Racing C7.R racecars. Offered on coupe and convertible models with 3LZ trim, only 500 examples of the C7.R Edition will be built and all will include the Z07 Performance Package with carbon ceramic brakes, plus a serialised vehicle identification number.

    “Corvette Racing’s legacy and technology were significant influences on the development of the Corvette Z06 and the new C7.R Edition honors the direct link between the racecar and the production model. It also advances Chevrolet’s plan to offer special-edition models that offer a unique, personal ownership experiences, which become important parts of Corvette’s legacy,” said Harlan Charles, Corvette product and marketing manager.

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    The C7.R Edition is available in Corvette Racing’s Yellow Tintcoat or black, with C7.R Edition graphics, yellow brake calipers, black wheels with yellow accent strip, Corvette Racing-logo centre caps, visible carbon fibre ground effects package and hood section, grilles and vents in Spectra Gray Metallic and the Z07 Performance Package with Brembo carbon ceramic brakes and Michelin Pilot Super Sport Cup 2 tyres.

    Inside, the special edition gets a Jet Black leather interior with suede microfibre accents on the instrument panel, doors, Competition Sport Seat, steering wheel and shifter. There’s also yellow contrast stitching, a CF trim package, Corvette Racing sill plates and a numbered interior plaque showing the VIN. Also thrown in is an indoor car cover with C7.R graphics.

    The Corvette Z06, dubbed the most track-capable Corvette in the brand’s history, is powered by a 650 hp supercharged 6.2 litre V8 engine paired to either a seven-speed manual or eight-speed auto. “The Corvette Z06 C7.R Edition offers capability matched only by an elite fraternity of the world’s supercars and special-edition exclusivity that is sure to make it an instant collector’s item,” Charles boasts.

     
  • SPYSHOTS: Next-generation Fiat Bravo caught testing

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    It would appear that Fiat’s investment plans to rejuvenate its model lineup are swinging into overdrive as spyshots of the next-generation 2016 Fiat Bravo have surfaced – the replacement for the ageing Linea sedan will, reportedly, be based on the next-gen Bravo’s platform.

    Aesthetically, not much can be gleaned from the prototype’s current state. However, the 2016 Fiat Bravo looks set to retain its handsome five-door profile if these shots are anything to go by with. Up front, a bolder grille looks set to be flanked by sweptback headlight assemblies while the rear could feature an evolved version of the current Fiat Punto‘s layout.

    The new Bravo, along with other future variants of it, are expected to ride on the Small Wide platform that currently underpins the Fiat 500L and 500X as well as the Jeep Renegade. Also, a compact MPV based on the Bravo has been rumoured for an appearance in 2017.

    Under the bonnet of the new Fiat Bravo, a myriad of engines are expected to be carried over from the Fiat 500L and 500X models – that would mean a range consisting of Multijet II diesel mills as well as a turbocharged MultiAir petrol engine. The new Bravo family will be assembled at the Bursa plant, operated by Fiat’s Turkish joint venture, Tofas.

    GALLERY: Fiat 500X in Paris

     
  • South East Motor DX7 SUV – designed by Pininfarina

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    Here’s another one that turned up at Auto Shanghai 2015 – the rather prosaically-named South East Motor DX7. Yes, we know what you’re thinking – brings to mind a product by a certain Korean carmaker, right? Well, this high-riding looker is actually the work of Pininfarina!

    Touted as “the first Chinese SUV with an Italian touch,” the DX7 received the “Most Awaited Local Brand SUV” accolade last year at the Guangzhou Auto Show, where it made its debut. Pininfarina began collaborating with South East Motor in 2012, and with the DX7 as a starting point, the two firms will work together in more depth on more models for the Chinese market.

    Quite a number of interesting styling elements are to be found, including the projector headlamps connected to the front grille and accompanying chrome bar, intricate intake designs, flowing swage lines and kinked C-pillar with continuing chrome line. Pretty striking, actually.

    The sole interior photo reveals a rather welcoming two-tone dashboard with vertical central air vents and broad aluminium trim that frames deep-binnacled instruments. A central display sits atop infotainment controls which are horizontally aligned.

    Among the South East Motor DX7’s features are stability control, vehicle roll-over prevention system, parallel and perpendicular auto-parking, intelligent electric tailgate and a panoramic sunroof. Additionally, the vehicle claims to meet SUV safety standards set by the US.

    Founded in 1995, South East Motor develops and produces vehicles under the Soueast marque; it also assembles a range of Mitsubishi models for the Chinese market. Pininfarina’s involvement with Chinese carmakers dates back to 1996; it has partnered Hafei, Chery, Changfeng, Brilliance, BAIC and JAC, amongst others. Indian SUV maker Mahindra is reportedly in talks to buy the Italian styling house.

     
  • 2015 Volvo XC90 bookings open – T8 plug-in hybrid to be offered, estimated pricing from RM500k-550k?

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    The order books for the 2015 Volvo XC90 are now open in Malaysia! The second-generation, seven-seater SUV was first revealed to the world back in August 2014 and represented the Swedish carmaker’s first major step in revamping its product lineup.

    According to local Volvo dealers, the “Twin Engine” T8 plug-in hybrid has been mooted as the sole engine choice on offer while estimated pricing for the XC90 is said to range from RM500,000 to RM550,000. The first 100 units are said to be CBU ones while CKD variants are expected to arrive sometime next year. An official local introduction of the XC90 is expected to take place in August/September 2015.

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    To refresh your memory, the XC90 T8 comes powered by a turbocharged/supercharged 2.0 litre four-cylinder engine with 318 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Power from the combustion engine gets sent to the front wheels while an electric motor with 82 hp and 240 Nm of torque sends it all to the rear axle – effectively turning the XC90 T8 into an all-wheel drive behemoth with 400 hp and 640 Nm of torque.

    Additionally, a 34 kW crankshaft-mounted starter generator (CISG) between the engine and the gearbox is featured – CISG works as a starter motor, a power generator and also adds in an extra 150 Nm of torque, if required. A 65 kW battery pack provides the juice to the aforementioned setup. An all-electric range of 40 km is possible with the 0-100 km/h done and dusted in 6.4 seconds, CO2 emissions are recorded at 59 g/km.

    Volvo XC90 T8 plug-in hybrid

    Volvo XC90 R-Design

     
  • COMOS EV car-sharing programme – registration begins, promo rate of RM50 for yearly subscription

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    Public registration for the Cohesive Mobility Solution (COMOS) EV car-sharing programme has finally begun. The service – originally due to be launched in November last year – will kick off on May 16, with vehicles set to be available at 10 locations in the Klang Valley.

    Yearly subscriptions to the service are now available at a limited promotional rate of RM50, a substantial savings over the normal price of RM300, essentially a year’s use of the service at the cost of two months of regular membership.

    Here’s how it works. Users need to register themselves with COMOS, following which an account – linked to the user’s credit card – will be activated. Once you’ve registered and subscribed to the programme, you’ll be able to collect and activate your special RFID access card at Menara UOA Bangsar – COMOS staff will be stationed at the ground floor area from today until the official launch on May 16.

    The RFID access card serves as a passkey to unlock the vehicle via a scanner located behind the bottom-right of the car’s windscreen. Vehicle bookings can be made online, and usage rates are priced hourly at RM32, with billing blocks split into RM8 every 15 minutes. The initial COMOS fleet will consist of sixteen Renault Zoes.

    Rentals can be made at five LRT stations and five public spots, these being Asia Jaya, Bangsar, Pasar Seni and Ampang Park LRT stations as well as locations in Medan Tuanku, Lorong Bunus, Lorong P. Ramlee, UTM Jalan Semarak and Universiti Malaya.

    The pick-up locations double up as charging stations – users simply unplug the car before each journey, and upon the return, plug the charging cable back into the car, at which point billing stops. Not doing so continues the billing, so users will have to be mindful of that. You can sign up for the service via the official COMOS website.


     
 

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