Gear Up! Gear Up! en BMW concept X7 in Bangsar, 1st time in SE Asia
Company managing director and CEO Harald Hoelzl said: “Luxury has a whole new meaning. At BMW, we understand this as the ability to have time for you, for other people, and for other things. Luxury is the ability to define an experience. This new luxury was first unveiled at the BMW Luxury Excellence Pavilion through the BMW Concept 8 Series early this year. Now, we are proud to once again share this vision of progressive luxury through the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance.”

“The progressive take on luxury is closely linked to the number 7 in the BMW model scheme. The BMW 7 Series luxury saloon has served as a paragon of exclusive driving pleasure for over 40 years now. Game-changing innovations, benchmarking comfort and contemporary design and dynamics mark out its progressive character in the current family of luxury BMWs. Taking it a level higher is the Concept X7 iPerformance which introduces the BMW Sports Activity Vehicle DNA into the luxury segment,” Hoelzl added.

The concept vehicle is a demonstration of the BMW Group’s new take on the luxury segment which encapsulates the brand’s modern understanding of visionary mobility and progressive luxury. It is not merely a look ahead to the future production model, but is also a case study in modernity, luxury and presence which will set a new benchmark in the luxury segment.

“The Concept X7 iPerforrmance pushes the envelope and embodies the new understanding of luxury in the form of a striking exterior composed of intently focused lines. These are combined with a generously-sized, six-person interior pared down to the essentials: elementary forms, high-class materials and a state-of-the-art infotainment system brimming with connectivity. The ‘iPerformance’ badge denotes the presence of the ground-breaking BMW eDrive technology allied with a BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engine to create an exceptionally efficient and dynamic plug-in hybrid powertrain that excels in all driving situations – including running with zero local emission,” boasts BMW itself.

A new dimension in spaciousness

“The status of the Concept X7 iPerformance as luxury-class BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is instantly apparent. The BMW SAV design language is infused in the exterior with understated use of form and incredibly precise lines, adding an air of finesse and extreme agility to the considerable size and grand proportions of the car. These project the exclusive experience available inside the car confidently to the outside world. Clear, vertical proportions with significant ground clearance identify the Concept X7 iPerformance as a BMW X model without the need to look twice.”

A new face in the BMW X family

BMW further stated that the prominent feature on the front-end is the striking vertical kidney grille, the unmistakable BMW signature. The grille frame and bars are single-piece and solid in design. The eye-catching grille and air inlets give form to a strong visual statement, with gleaming edges and matte surfaces bringing out contrasts that add nuance to the grandeur of the design language.

The upper sections of the slim, elongated twin headlights with BMW laser light link to the large kidney grille. A blue X signature in BMW laser light provides a confident pointer to the Concept X7 iPerformance’s membership of the BMW SAV family. A prominent bar extends across the full width of the front apron in its lower section, before rising vertically to frame the outer air intakes at their upper edge.

The characteristic ground clearance of any BMW X vehicle and the high-set lines of the flanks also project an athletic silhouette, accentuated by the long shoulder line that establishes the flowy physicality of the car. The shoulder line further separates the car’s body into the light and airy glasshouse (which offers a preview of the large interior) and the muscular metal forms. The circular wheel arches – a first in the X series – bring out the sophisticated aesthetics of the flanks. The surfaces gain in volume and strength as they head towards the rear end, further underscoring the subtle dynamism of the car when viewed from the side.

A conspicuous chrome strip on the door sills provides an emphasis to the car’s long, stretched shoulder line and sophisticated surfaces below. As with the trim element at the front end, the chrome strip in the car’s flanks frames the “air breathers” in a vertical accent, before continuing in a straight line to the rear end.

The exclusive exterior colour shade Manhattan metallic immerses the car’s surfaces and forms in a dark olive-bronze that highlights the confident styling of the flanks with sophisticated flair.

A view of the rear perfectly captures the spatial immensity of the car. Its vertical aero lips as well as subtle, body-coloured under guard form a striking frame for the rear. The silhouette is punctuated with slim rear lights with its sharp three-dimensional L-shape, and a classy connecting chrome bar, which bring a technical, high-quality aspect to the rear. Between the wheel arches, the rear apron with practical tailgate opening provides a strong platform for the rear structure. The Concept X7 iPerformance’s plug-in hybrid identity is also alluded to by the absence of tailpipe embellishers. Additionally, the rear apron with practical tailgate opening shores up the rear structure with a solid aesthetic.

Generous space and luxurious comfort inside

“The sheer spaciousness of the interior of the BMW Concept X7 iPerformance spells superlative comfort with highly exclusive, sophisticated ambience. Additionally, the large panoramic roof provides a remarkable amount of room above the occupants’ heads,” says BMW.

The six amply proportioned seats are arranged in three rows, and four of them have an exclusive individual design. The second row allows smooth access to the third row, and the slender seat base provides generous legroom for the passengers behind. The glass panoramic roof turns the cabin into a light and airy space, with the attachment between the panoramic roof and body extending comfortably to the rear of the second row of seats in the form of a Y structure. This means the passengers in the centre row experience the same sensation of freedom and lightness as those in the front.

The dark, Olive-Bronze leather – with discreet gold pigmentation – covering the seat bolsters carries the air of exclusivity through to the finer details. The Smoke White leather adorning the remainder of the seats provides an intriguing contrast. The shell-like backs of the individual seats are likewise trimmed in leather and serve to enhance the high-class, contemporary ambience.

The dark shoulder line running underneath the windows traces a continuous horizon throughout the cabin that brings fresh calmness to the bright interior. The selective use of open-pore ash in a dark-stained, matte finish sets the seal on the natural material experience. Matte and polished aluminium elements have likewise been carefully incorporated to further accentuate elegance. The luxurious sense of spaciousness enjoyed from all seats is subtly reinforced by strands of laser light on the roof and the dynamic ambient and contour lighting.

Personalised infotainment through seamless integration of owner’s digital world into the car

“The new BMW design language, featuring amply-sized surfaces and clear edges, gives the instrument panel a ‘reduced to the essentials’, modern aesthetic,” BMW continues. The 12.3-inch instrument cluster screen and central touchscreen information display are sited at close quarters to one another, for a continuous and sophisticated display. A new operating concept allows interactive use of the two displays. Below them, in the centre stack and centre console, the grouping of functions within the clean and tautly chiselled surfaces underscores the minimalist approach. Partially backlit crystal glass in the dark Silver Night shade lends sophisticated flourishes to control elements like the selector lever, iDrive Controller and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.

State-of-the-art infotainment is intuitively accessible to second-row passengers at their fingertips through the rear-seat touch screens as well. Digital connectivity as a premium form of progressive luxury is fully realised by BMW Connected, which makes seamless infotainment integration possible between the front row and second row. For example, passengers here have access to highly personalised, digital services such as their choice of infotainment or office content, with which they can make their journey more comfortable, more entertaining or more productive.

Content can even be shared with others on board. For instance, they can send a track to the car’s music system by touch gesture, forward an interesting article to the next-door display for the person sitting beside them to read, or transfer an address from their email directly to the car’s navigation system. Interactive LED choreography via the doors and instrument panel traces the communication flow between the rear screens and the display at the front of the cabin.

Altogether, the Concept X7 iPerformance demonstrates how it’s perfectly possible to combine large sports activity vehicle with an electrified drivetrain, completed with digital connectivity. The forthcoming BMW X7 forms part of the largest model offensive in BMW’s and is slated for launch next year.
GearUp Wed, 18 Jul 2018 10:53:09 +0000 theSundaily 565140 at
Honda M’sia continues replacing affected Takata airbag inflators
“Honda Malaysia’s commitment to the safety of its customers remains steadfast and will continue its awareness programme to keep owners and public informed of the Takata airbag replacement activities.

“Customers are encouraged to urgently replace their affected Takata front airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. The airbag inflator casing might rupture which may result in injury or fatality of the driver and passenger.

“Honda Malaysia would like emphasise that the replacement of the affected Takata airbag inflators is free-of-charge and any cost related to the replacement will be borne by Honda Malaysia. The company has 100% stock availability for the driver and passenger front airbag inflators. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles' product recall status as per below:

1. Visit Honda website at or
2. Call Honda toll free number at 1-800-88-2020.
3. Visit any Honda authorised dealers.

Replacement capacity

The replacement activity can be done at any of the 92 Honda authorised service dealers nationwide. Customers are highly recommended to fix an appointment with Honda authorised service centres to enable priority for replacement activities and avoid delays or setbacks in replacing the Takata airbag inflators.

Honda Malaysia has also made access to replacement activities easier for affected customers with its “mobile hub” at selected shopping malls, Hubs at Honda roadshows as well as at selected Petronas stations. Replacement activities at the mobile hubs in selected shopping malls and selected Petronas station hubs do not require advance appointment as walk-ins are welcomed at those locations.

*Refer to the image on locations and operating hours of the replacement activities at selected shopping malls and Petronas stations.

Honda Malaysia also has mobile teams from Honda authorised dealers who will be operating in selected areas. The associates in the mobile teams will be in Honda uniforms and have with them an authorisation letter for customers’ convenience in recognising the team. Customers may request to view their Honda Identification Tag or contact the Honda toll-free number 1-800-88-2020 for further confirmation when approached by the mobile team. The door-to-door mobile teams will also make arrangements for replacement activities on-site where necessary for customers who are genuinely unable to go to any nearest dealers or the replacement hubs.

Servicing for parallel imported Honda vehicles

“Honda Malaysia continues to extend the replacement of Takata airbag inflators to parallel imported Honda vehicles, which were not sold by Honda Malaysia. Owners of parallel imported Honda vehicles are advised to contact Honda authorised dealers to check on the status of their vehicles and if affected, to make arrangements to replace their airbag inflator as soon as possible. Cost of parts and labour for the airbag inflator replacement will be borne by Honda Malaysia and is free-of-charge to the owners.

“Honda Malaysia continues to appeal to owners of Honda vehicles affected by the Takata front airbag inflator product recall to get their vehicles repaired at Honda authorised dealers as soon as possible. The company also urges all Honda vehicle owners to register their vehicles at the nearest dealers so that any necessary information sent out can reach the owners adequately.

“As at July 2, Honda Malaysia has completed more than 228,000 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator which translates to 87% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 465,000 units or 79% completion ratio.

“Honda Malaysia would like to affirm that the current selling line-up of Honda models do not have the same type of Takata airbag inflators as previous models affected in the recall. All current selling Honda models are not affected.”
GearUp Wed, 18 Jul 2018 13:51:20 +0000 theSundaily 565186 at
Caltex-ONE Championship workshop to empower female drivers
The self-defence workshop was conducted by homegrown mixed martial arts personalities, Ann "Athena" Osman and Agilan "Alligator" Thani, who emphasised the importance of learning self-defence to keep one’s safety while on the road.

Speaking at the workshop, consumer sales manager for Chevron Malaysia Limited Leslie Chong said: “We place the highest priority on the safety of our communities. We understand Riding Pink folks often spend more time on the road than regular drivers, which is why we aim to inspire them on the importance of physical fitness for their safety; to develop on their strength and learn how to apply some of these useful life skills to their daily routines, through this session.”

Excited at the prospect of collaborating with both Caltex Havoline and ONE Championship, founder of Riding Pink Denise Tan said: “A strong woman is one that is determined to do something that begins with herself. We’re deeply honoured to hop on board with Caltex and ONE Championship to assist female drivers in overcoming and preparing them with the right skills in case of unforeseen circumstances that might put them in dangerous situations. These are basic survival skills which are important to the wellbeing of our drivers. We’re hoping this collaboration paves the way for other industry leaders to step up and play their part in helping and empowering more women across the nation.”

The self-defence workshop was organised in conjunction with the Caltex Havoline-ONE Championship partnership, featuring the ONE Championship Bundle Promotion, which offers a selected range of Havoline engine oils that packs a punch against friction, wear and sludge deposits in your vehicle’s engine, for a better, smoother and worry-free ride.

In line with this regional partnership, customers who purchased selected range of Havoline engine oils will receive the following exclusive Havoline ONE Championship premiums (bundle pack, vehicle type, pack size, exclusive merchandise and retail price):

For passenger cars

- Havoline ProDS Eco 5 SAE 5W-30: Four litres, Caltex Havoline, RM248.00.
- Havoline ProDS Fully Synthetic LE SAE 5W-40: Four litres, ONE polo t-shirt, RM239.60.
- Havoline ProDS Fully Synthetic SAE 10W-50: Four litres, ONE polo t-shirt, RM239.60.
- Havoline Synthetic Blend SAE 10W-40: Four litres, Caltex Havoline ONE cap, RM132.00.
- Havoline Synthetic Blend SAE 5W-30: Four litres, Caltex Havoline ONE cap, RM132.00.
- Havoline Formula SAE 10W-30: Four litres, Caltex Havoline ONE Bandana, RM88.00.
- Havoline Formula SAE 15W-40: Four litres, Caltex Havoline ONE Bandana, RM88.00.

For motorcycles

- Havoline Super 4T Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-40: One litre, Caltex Havoline ONE Bandana, RM63.00.
- Havoline Super 4T Semi-Synthetic SAE 10W-40: One litre, Caltex Havoline ONE Bandana, RM27.80.

The bundle packs will be available at selected Caltex service stations, Havoline workshops and auto supply stores nationwide until end of this month or while stocks last.

To-date, Caltex Havoline is the only Oil and Gas player to have ONE Championship as its Southeast Asia regional partner for Philippines, Thailand and Malaysia.
GearUp Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:52:37 +0000 theSundaily 565176 at
Mitsubishi Merdeka Promotions 2018
“From now until end of August, customers who book and register a new Mitsubishi Triton will enjoy Merdeka bonus and GST rebates worth up to RM15,100,” says the company.

The Merdeka promotions for all Triton variants* are as follows (model/variant, zero-rated GST price and Merdeka Bonus + GST Rebates in brackets):

- Triton Athlete: RM119,866 (RM15,100).
- Triton VGT Adventure X: RM119,866 (RM15,100).
- Triton VGT AT Premium: RM109,782 (RM14,500).
- Triton VGT AT GL: RM97,989 (RM13,800).
- Triton VGT MT: RM101,574 (RM14,000).
- Triton MT: RM88,670 (RM13,200).
- Triton Quest: RM73,076 (RM8,300).

*Warranty: All Triton variants except the Triton Quest get five years warranty or 200,000km. The Triton Quest gets five years warranty or 100,000km.

Customers who book and register a new Mitsubishi Outlander (either the 2.0-litre or the 2.4-litre variant) will get Merdeka bonus and GST rebates worth up to RM11,800 and RM12,700, respectively. The Outlander is currently selling fast and has limited stock. The 2.0-litre variant is priced at RM132,108 and the 2.4-litre variant is RM146,276.

Last but not least, customers who book and register a new Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV 2WD will receive Merdeka bonus and GST rebates worth up to RM14,700. Customers who opt for the ASX 4WD instead will receive Merdeka Bonus and GST rebates worth RM15,500. The ASX 2WD is priced at RM112,399, while the Mitsubishi ASX 4WD is priced at RM126,739.

Additionally, from Aug 18 August to Sept 22, Mitsubishi owners who service their cars at authorised Mitsubishi service centres will receive an exclusive Thermos flask when they spend a minimum of RM400. Mitsubishi owners are also eligible to save up to 25% on Mitsubishi genuine additives.

“That’s not all! Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia will be hosting an exclusive showroom event entitled ‘New Hope New Ride’ from July 28 to Sept 2. Visitors to the showrooms listed below will be entitled to Merdeka bonus and GST rebates when they purchase a new Mitsubishi vehicle, booking gift, test drive gift, fun-filled activities for the whole family and refreshments.

Below is the “New Hope New Ride” tour schedule (showroom, date and time):

- Lofty Ambition, Taiping: Aug 11, 10am-6pm.
- Lofty Ambition, Ipoh: Aug 12, 10am-6pm.
- EON Auto Mart, Bayan Lepas: Aug 18, 10am-6pm.
- JM Auto Gallery, Butterworth: Aug 25, 10am-6pm.
- Sebangga Dunia, Kota Kinabalu: July 28, 10am-6pm.
- KSY Automobile, Keningau: Aug 4, 10am-6pm.
- TBNC Motor, Sandakan: Aug 12, 10am-6pm.
- EON Auto Mart, Tawau: Aug 18, 10am-6pm.
- TBNC Motor, Kota Kinabalu: Aug 25, 10am-6pm.

The new on-the-road-excluding-insurance prices will remain in effect from June 1 onwards until GST is eventually replaced by the sales and services tax (SST).

**Prices are quoted on-the-road without insurance for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia (not applicable in duty free zones). Merdeka Promotions is valid until Aug 31 only. Terms and conditions apply.
GearUp Wed, 18 Jul 2018 12:10:52 +0000 theSundaily 565163 at
A good round of Golf down south
The convoy involved the Sportline, R-Line and GTI, whereas the R would be waiting for us in Johor Baru for an “autocross challenge”. Taking the Kajang-Seremban Highway (Lekas), our first destination to showcase each of the three variant’s capabilities was the old Bukit Putus road on the fringes of Seremban. The seven-kilometre stretch, which until 2009 was the main route connecting Seremban and Negri Sembilan’s third-largest district of Kuala Pilah, until a bypass was built to replace it in 2009. It has more than 30 corners, many of them exciting hairpins. Narrow with a ravine on one side and hillside inches away on the other, it has seen countless mishaps since its construction in the 1920s, not to mention traffic congestions during peak hours and holiday seasons. By now, it is mostly deserted, thanks to the bypass.

To good drivers (and riders), the stretch is quite delightful, especially when traffic is very light. We had the same enjoyment, much amplified by the hot hatches we were piloting. On both our mad uphill and downhill dashes, we experienced many of the Golf’s passive and active safety features and systems such as the anti-lock braking system with brake assist and electronic brakeforce distribution, anti-skid regulator, electronic stability control, engine drag torque control, extended differential lock, adaptive chassis control (only in GTI and R) and the differences of all four Golf variants’ driving modes. It sounds like too much nanny-ing by the cars which could dilute the joy of driving but trust me, the Golf isn’t dubbed the “hot hatch” for nothing.

Once the joyride was over, we continued our journey south for lunch in Malacca, before proceeding towards the final destination in Puteri Harbour in Johor. Throughout the drive on the old Bukit Putus road as well as towards Johor, we got to also enjoy the Sportline’s and R-Line’s maximum 148hp at (5,000-6,000rpm) and 250Nm (1,500-3,500rpm) of torque and the GTI’s 227hp (4,700-6,200rpm) and 350Nm (1,500-4,600rpm), plus their many other features.

The next morning, we took part in an autocross challenge held in a “circuit” in a car park near our hotel. We once again tried out the Golfs’ many features like the day before, but now in very-tight, controlled environment with lots of red cones and the drive organiser’s marshals. This time, the very-hot hatch Golf R was involved too – and it is the only Golf variant with the 4Motion all-wheel drive system, not to mention yummy 286hp (5,500-6,500 rpm) maximum power and 380Nm (2,000-5,400rpm) maximum torque.

The autocross challenge was simply timed laps in the Golf R, to find and award the quickest driver. Needless to say, it was fun.
GearUp Fri, 13 Jul 2018 16:49:43 +0000 By Azlan Ramli 564106 at
Wonderful June, historic July for Proton
In line with the increase in sales, Proton’s total market share also increased by approximately 10% share of Total Industry Volume (TIV) for the month compared to 9.5% previously. As with previous months, the Saga and Persona continue to lead sales, with the former registering nearly 3,000 units sold.

Improving quality

Improved product quality for all Proton cars was also a contributing factor as the implementation of the Global Customer Product Audit (GCPA) system has seen a big reduction in production line demerit points for all cars.

After obtaining a JD Power Customer Service Index (CSI) score of 755 points in 2017, Proton embarked on a quality-improvement initiative to perform better in 2018.
The CSI score is measured by examining dealership performance in five areas and to improve its score, Proton has initiated activities to boost scores in each area.

Supporting Malaysia

As announced previously, Proton is contributing RM10 for each car sold from June 1 to Dec 31. Therefore, following the first month of the programme, a sum of RM61,730 has been appropriated for Tabung Harapan Malaysia.

With sales on an upswing and the launch of its first SUV due to happen before the end of the year, the company is optimistic about the amount of funds growing much larger.

PM-approved SUV

While the launch of Proton’s first SUV is still some months away, the pre-publicity build-up for the first product jointly-developed with Geely recently received a boost after Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad recently met with the chairman of Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, Li Shufu.

Following their discussions the premier got behind the wheel of the first right-hand-drive pre-production unit of the SUV. “An avid driver, Tun Mahathir spent the ensuing weekend putting the test car through its paces and told the media the following week that it was very good and he was impressed by its quality,” said Proton Edar CEO, Abdul Rashid Musa.

“He also commented that the SUV would be a good product for the Malaysian automotive market and added that he wanted more Malaysian companies involved in the supply of automotive components.”

Middle East again

After a short period of inactivity in exporting its cars, Proton is now back in action. Today, it resumed exporting cars to the Middle East, marking the first time the company has done so since formalising its partnership with Geely.

A symbolic flag-off ceremony was held at Westports Malaysia Sdn Bhd’s berthing area in Klang to commemorate the occasion, with Proton cars lined up to be driven onto a cargo vessel.

The port of arrival in the Middle East is Aqaba in Jordan and from there, the cars will be distributed to Iraq and other neighbouring countries. The first shipment comprise 453 Protons, which have strong following in Middle Eastern markets.
GearUp Thu, 12 Jul 2018 13:20:00 +0000 theSundaily 563803 at
New Honda HR-V open for booking
The HR-V was first introduced in 2015 and since then it has received overwhelming interest and response from customers. It retains its No. 1 position for three consecutive years in the compact SUV segment and has sold more than 72,000 units as at June 2018. The HR-V is also Honda Malaysia’s current second best-selling model, contributing 16% of overall sales as at June 2018.

Honda Malaysia managing director and CEO Toichi Ishiyama said: “On behalf of Honda Malaysia, I would like to thank Malaysians for their continuous trust and support towards Honda. We have received overwhelming bookings during the zero-rated GST period of June 2018. Due to the surge in bookings, waiting period for certain Honda models is between three and four months. Rest assured, Honda Malaysia is working hard to deliver the new vehicle to all the owners.”

“We believe that the New HR-V can attract customers who desire for a sportier appearance. The enhancement in terms of exterior, features and also safety has resulted in this model to be a complete package for customers”.

The new HR-V is powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Honda's Earth Dreams Technology continuous variable transmission that delivers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency. It maintains the effortless multi-utility cargo space by keeping maximum space utilisation in mind. The large trunk space can be adjusted through versatile rear seat configuration modes known as the Utility Mode, Tall Mode and Long Mode. These modes allow new HR-V users to obtain their desired space for their daily and long distance travel usage.

Standard safety features include six airbags, emergency stop signal, vehicle stability assist and hill start assist. Additionally, there’s a multi-angle rear-view camera for its driver’s convenience.

RS, the sportier HR-V

Exhibited during a Hari Raya open house for the media today was the new variant – the RS, which “exudes a bold and powerful expression made possible by the overall exterior design”. The RS variant appears sportier and attractive with an exciting new exterior featuring, Honda’s signature design, the “Solid Wing Face” concept and sporting a new set of headlights including the newly-designed LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and rear combination LED guide lights.

Further enhancing its sportiness, the RS variant comes with a new sporty 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, sport design front grille, new front and rear bumpers. New detailing such as a dark chrome outer handle, black chrome license garnish, sport black side sill and even mesh fog garnish provides a fresh and vibrant feel to the RS variant. Honda Malaysia has introduced a new colour for the new HR-V – Passion Red Pearl, which is the first in the company’s colour line-up.

As safety is always Honda’s top priority, the HR-V RS is fitted with Honda LaneWatch, a camera system mounted on the passenger side mirror. The passenger side view of the adjacent lanes next to the vehicle including blind spots will be displayed on a display system in the car. This allows a better viewpoint and provides safer driving condition for the driver.

The new HR-V is targeted to be launched in the third quarter of this year, which means anytime from now till end of September. To appreciate Malaysian customers for their continuous support, Honda Malaysia will be rewarding all customers who place a booking for the new HR-V with a Petronas Gift Card worth RM1,000*.

*Customers need to register their new HR-V no later than Oct 31 to be entitled for the Petronas Gift Card. Terms and conditions apply.
GearUp Thu, 12 Jul 2018 07:59:35 +0000 theSundaily 563693 at
Kia Stinger ‘to Wow! Malaysians’
Derived from the world-renowned GT concept, Kia’s fastest automobile yet is designed to be a true gran turismo, earning it global recognition for its blend of high performance and supreme comfort.

Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd group CEO, automotive group, Datuk Samson Anand George, said: “The Kia Stinger is the culmination of years of passion and commitment fuelled by the brand’s bold and adventurous spirit to amalgamate nimble performance and unyielding style. To meet customer demands in Malaysia, we are introducing two variants of the Kia Stinger, the 3.3-litre V6 GT and the 2.0-litre GT-Line, both sports saloons that exude disarming confidence, elegance and athleticism.

“Driven by Kia’s motto ‘The Power to Surprise’, the Kia Stinger ushers in a new era of innovation for the Korean brand while preserving its DNA to deliver the best performance, comfort and features. With that, we believe the Kia Stinger will elevate the brand’s identity and will be a revolutionary benchmark for the future of Kia vehicles,” he added.

With its sleek fastback silhouette and rear-wheel-drive proportions, the Kia Stinger commands attention wherever it goes. As a gran turismo purebred, its roofline sits at a perfect angle to provide aerodynamic benefits as air flows over the bonnet and roof, and off the back of the car while maintaining a pleasing aesthetic. The wide front and rear track, along with the recessed contours along the doors, enhance the visual power of the Stinger’s shoulder line as well as its fastback silhouette.

The Stinger’s aerodynamic profile is further enhanced with the bodywork tapered slightly towards the rear of the car and new “gills” introduced behind the front wheel arches, each serving to reduce wake turbulence as air passes over the car’s flanks.

The aggressive stance is amplified with Kia’s signature “tiger-nose” grille, sitting proudly at the front between complex full LED headlamps and accentuated with honeycomb-shaped, dark-chromed, hot-stamped patterns added onto a black base to ensure a premium exterior.

The Kia Stinger’s aesthetic value has already gained recognition worldwide, having received an EyesOn Design award for Production Car Design Excellence at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2017.

Inside, a sleek and sophisticated cabin space evokes a minimally luxurious feel with its aircraft-style design and high-quality finishes in modern key colours. Ultra-soft Nappa leather envelops the deeply contoured seats for the 3.3L V6 GT trim and natural leather is available for the 2.0L GT-Line. Both variants offer eight-way power driver seat and four-way mechanical lumbar support, creating a space dedicated to the thrill of driving while cossetting the occupants with luxury.

Aeronautically-inspired circular vents at the front and rear and a satin chrome ring tastefully encircles the rest of the cabin, creating the effect of cocooned intimacy, a feeling further elevated by warm and inviting LED lights that softly illuminate the finely-crafted interior.

Key to its road presence lies in the pounding hearts under the sculpted hood, where a choice of two turbocharged engines are available. The 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II T-GDi engine produces 251 horsepower at 6,200 rpm with 353Nm of maximum torque available from 1,400rpm to 4,000rpm, propelling the Stinger from 0 to 100km/h in just 6.0 seconds. Performance credentials are further enhanced through the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lambda T-GDi engine, which sees the racehorse accelerating to 100km/h in 4.9 seconds with its 365 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and offers 510Nm of torque from 1,300rpm to 4,500rpm – ultimately proving itself to be a worthy challenger to the competition.

The Kia Stinger features an in-house designed second-generation eight-speed rear-wheel drive automatic transmission. The transmission also features Kia’s first use of a Centrifugal Pendulum Absorber (CPA) torque converter on the 2.0L GT-Line to help reduce torsional vibrations through the drivetrain, a technology more typically found in aviation- and racing-engine applications.

For intuitive control and smarter, more spirited driving, the Stinger’s innovative Shift-By-Wire transmission control allows the driver to interchange between transmission modes through electronic controls. The gearbox can be set to intuitively manage shifts on its own or selectively run through the gears via paddle shift levers mounted behind the steering wheel. As with the suspension and steering, the Stinger’s rear-wheel drive system is fully integrated with its 5-Drive Mode, offering distinct calibration between comfort and sport modes.

From its GT concept-car origins to the years of tuning and refining on the legendary Nürburgring circuit, the Kia Stinger proved its mettle to handle even the most demanding road conditions with composed poise, contributed by the Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) that features the sophisticated Dynamic Torque Vectoring Control system. This system monitors driver inputs and road conditions and then automatically distributes power in real-time based on the driving situation, minimising understeer in the process and gives the driver confidence to manoeuvre in even in the most inclement weather. Other powerful features include Electronically-Controlled Suspension (ECS) and Rack-mounted Motor-Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS).

Other industry-leading safety features include Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC), Antilock Braking System (ABS), Traction Control System (TCS) and Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning and seven airbags. Due to its advanced safety technologies, the Kia Stinger received the highest rating of five stars from Euro NCAP.
The Kia Stinger rides on a chassis comprised of 55% advanced high-strength steel, and the MacPherson front setup features large diameter shock absorbers, high-strength wheel bearings, and an aluminium strut brace, while the reinforced five-link rear suspension is mounted to a stiffened rear subframe for outstanding durability.

The 2.0L turbocharged four-cylinder GT-Line models ride on 225/45R-18 performance all-season tires (18-inch alloy), while the 3.3L V6 GT model is equipped with staggered ultra-high performance Continental ContiSportContact 5 tires that have been specifically engineered and tuned for the Stinger – 225/40R-19 in front and 255/35R-19 at the rear (19-inch alloy).

Additionally, the Stinger GT trim’s stopping power comes from standard high-performance Brembo disc brakes featuring quad-piston front calipers and dual-piston rear calipers. The lightweight monobloc all-aluminium calipers reduce unsprung weight and are coupled with large diameter brake discs (13.8-inch front and 13.4-inch rear) that quickly dissipate heat and help to deliver short stopping distances.

The Stinger’s long wheelbase at 2,905mm is ahead of its segment, and boasts a longer and wider body than many others in the same segment at 4830mm and 1,870mm respectively. This advantage allows for generous front and rear legroom while the lowered hip point provides ample headroom even for the tallest occupants. With 406 litres of boot space, the Stinger’s boot area is also larger than many of its competitors, with enough space to accommodate full-size luggage or golf bags.

Taking in-car technology to the next level is the high dashboard with a powerful dose of dynamics and pure emotion interior that lays out a strong horizontal plane for the driver. The centre console is intuitively split into two specific areas: the infotainment system and an eight-inch floating navigation touchscreen integrated with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while climate and ventilation controls nestle beneath.

Central to the driver is a “D-cut” type of GT and GT-Line steering wheel draped in thick hand-stitched multifunction leather for a sporty look and feel. A crystal-clear seven-inch TFT LCD landscape cluster display sits between the gauge displays to relay performance data such as cornering G-forces, lap times and engine-oil temperature (available for 3.3L GT variant only), along with ancillary information such as the trip computer, driver settings, navigation and diagnostics.

Scenic drives are not complete without a superior sound system. The Stinger’s 15-speaker Harman Kardon premium speaker system further amplifies the dynamic driving experience of the car, accompanying occupants on the road with crisp sound clarity.

Other amenities included in the Stinger for a pleasurable driving experience are Colour Head-Up Display (HUD), Dynamic Bending Light (DBL), Around View (AVM) with Driving Rear-View (DRM) Monitors, Integrated Memory System (IMS) for the driver’s seat, wireless smartphone charger and electrochromic side mirrors to control the glare of incoming headlights.

The Stinger’s debut stunned many on the international arena, in an industry conquered mostly by German and Japanese makes. Since its introduction to the world in August 2017, the Stinger has clinched numerous global accolades from prestigious names of the industry, such as “Best of the Year” and “Best Sports Sedan” in MotorWeek’s 2018 Drivers’ Choice Awards, Roadshow By CNET Shift Award For 2018 Vehicle Of The Year, Wards 10 Best Interiors for 2018, AutoGuide 2018 Car Of The Year, Autotrader’s 10 Best Car Interiors under $50,000 for 2018 and many more.

Both trims of the Kia Stinger are available in four exquisite exterior colours HiChroma Red, Deep Chroma Blue, Panthera Metal and Aurora Black. Interior-wise, the 3.3L V6 GT receives an exquisite red colour package while the 2.0L GT-Line comes in a flush black one-tone.

The 3.3-litre V6 GT variant goes for RM309,888 on-the-road without insurance while the 2.0-litre GT-Line variant is priced at RM239,888 on-the-road without insurance.
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Nissan: Exceeding expectations, tax campaigns, road shows, carnivals
“The great market acceptance proved that the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid is the perfect MPV for Malaysian families. Such results motivates us even more, and we have increased our production working very closely with our local parts vendors, ensuring quality products and vehicles are delivered on time to our valued customers.” said ETCM sales and marketing director, Christopher Tan.

'Joyful Tax Holiday' campaign, Almera 1.5L VL now with special accessories package

ETCM has introduced the “Joyful Tax Holiday” campaign for this month, with GST set at 0% plus the continuation of Duit Raya Savings (see table at bottom of this article).

Additionally, customers can enjoy the Nissan Almera 1.5L VL variant with a special accessories package worth RM 8,955.66*. This newly-introduced accessories package includes the sporty NISMO Aerokit, seven-inch capacitive touch screen with smartphone connectivity, wi-fi, navigation and reverse camera, driving video recorder, leather seats and Solar Gard tinting.

ETCM also invites the public to test drive the new Serena S-Hybrid, and other innovative Nissan models at the Nissan Test Drive Carnival held at selected Nissan showrooms and roadshows across the nation.

Nationwide Test Drive Carnival dates and venues are:

July 7-8: ETCM Butterworth, ETCM Kuantan, ETCM Petaling Jaya, Johor Jaya, ETCM Kuching, Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.
July 13-14: ETCM Kota Bharu, ETCM Bintulu.
July 14-15: ETCM Ipoh, ETCM Jalan Raja Laut, ETCM Seremban, ETCM Tawau.

Roadshow dates and venues are:

Today-July 8: Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu; Mahkota Parade, Malacca.
July 19-22: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh.
July 26-29: Queensbay Mall, Penang; East Coast Mall, Kuantan.
July 27-29: Setia Alam Convention Centre, Selangor.

Nissan Nurtures Nature – second series coming to East Malaysia

The second series of the Nissan Nurtures Nature campaign will be held tomorrow and this Sunday alongside the Nissan Test Drive Carnival, exclusively at ETCM Kuching and Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.

Nissan Nurtures Nature is a series of fun and engaging eco-friendly activities, aimed to create awareness on minimising the environmental impact by cultivating a more sustainable way of living. This series will see activities that are centred around the 3R environmental philosophy – Reduce, Recycle and Reconnect:

- Reduce: Herbs planting activity; growing your own herbs to bring more green into homes to reduce carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen.
- Recycle: Transform waste into useable items – a showcase of using used tyres that can be creatively made into rustic furnitures.
- Reconnect: Retreat to nature allowing its serenity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energise the body and mind. A series of “Eco Talks” will be introduced to educate owners and customers on why and how we could play a role in contributing back to the environment.

The Nissan Nurtures Nature dates, times and locations are on July 7-8, 10am-8pm, ETCM Kuching and Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.

*Eco Talk session is only on July 7 (tomorrow) from 4pm to 5pm, and pre-registration is required.

Nissan owners who wish to attend the Eco Talk session may contact ETCM’s Customer Relations Department at 03-40478788 or send an email request to . Entries are subject to a first-come, first-served basis.

*Terms apply.
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Find your next X
Anyway, the company is inviting you to “Find Your NeXt” at the BMW X roadshow taking place throughout the country. Details of the roadshow are as below:

AEON Mall, Seremban 2: July 6 to July 8.
Bangsar Shopping Centre: July 18-22.
AEON Mall Bandaraya Melaka: July 31-Aug 5.
AEON Mall Kinta City: Aug 8-12.
Pavilion Kuala Lumpur: Aug 15-19.
East Coast Mall: Aug 30-Sept 2.
IOI City Mall: Sept 8-11.
Sunway Carnival Mall: Sept 27-30.]]>
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