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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Proton-Perodua proposed consolidation results soon!!!

A on the proposed consolidation of the national car companies, i.e. Proton and Perodua has been completed. According to Minister of International Trade and Industry, Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the report will be submitted to the Prime Minister for his consideration. If you still remember, this idea was proposed by Datuk Seri Najib during the Proton’s 25th Anniversary celebration and now the Minister are waiting to set a date to present the report to the Prime Minister.

If you looked at the Minister’s face during the interview which was aired on 8.00pm news, I can assume that the proposed merger will not be materialised and myself as an enthusiast in the auto industry in Malaysia, I am thinking the proposed merger idea will be scrap but a more robust implementation will be in places such as, joint parts development, a more intense parts engineering vendor program, and possibly Perodua first model in house development cars with collaboration with Proton. Hopefully the later idea can become a reality as this will certainly boost both car companies’ sales and fully utilize the abundance of capacity here in Malaysia.


Monday, November 29, 2010

Proton to showcase in a big way during the KLIMS 2010

We are only days before the people of Malaysia storms the door of Putra World Trade Centre for the KLIMS 2010 show. Among the biggest exhibitors will be Proton where it will showcase one of the largest displays during the event.

According to Proton’s MD, Datuk Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir, Proton will be showcasing 20 vehicles including concept cars, show cars, rally cars and electric vehicles at its booth. This is in line with Proton year long 25th Anniversary celebration and what would be the best way to end the celebration with a big bash like this. Datuk Syed also added that, “Proton has come a long way over the last 25 years, and the display at the KLIMS is to share our accomplishment with all Malaysians.

Besides that, the display booth at KLIMS 2010 will also highlight the Proton road map for the future to give the visitors an insight view into some of the latest technology and vehicles being develop by Proton. "A key area we also intend to profile is technology acquisition. We hope visitors will be able to see, understand and appreciate that its application goes beyond the creation of new vehicle models," further elaborated by Proton’s MD.

Besides the car showcase, Proton also will setup a lifestyle boutique at the booth where visitors can purchase Proton merchandises and also a live styling studio that enables Proton cars owners to customise their own Proton cars.

Looks like it’s going to be a very big showcase from Proton. Based on my sources, some of the cars that will be filled the big space would be the all new Proton Saga facelift, Proton Inspira Police car concept, Proton EMAS, Proton Hybrid vehicles, Exora Extended Range EV vehicles, Proton Satria Neo S2000 rally car, 5 new Lotus car line up and most probably what would be the most anticipated model, the Proton Persona R clay model.

Stay tune for more updates.


More 2011 all new Myvi caught on camera!!

This is the latest round of spy shot of the all new Perodua Myvi being caught testing on the road at Jalan Mahameru in Klang Valley recently. Thanks to my automotive clan funtasticko for the pictures. For these pictures, we can clearly see what’s the differences of this new Myvi compared to the current Myvi. To tell you the truth, I am a bit disappointed with the design, as what I can see from these latest spy pics, what Perodua did is just only change the rear bumper design and also the rear combination lamp design. The tail gate design is still the same with its original design which is the Daihatsu Boon and Toyota Passo.

So far there is no front end spy pics of the car being caught on camera, hopefully, the front end design will differ much from its original design and hopefully Perodua does not complacent with the No.1 ranking sales here in Malaysia by playing safe in terms of design like its mentor. Schedule to be launch by April 2011, with rumours circulating the introduction of 1.5 Litre engine here in Malaysia, most probably we will see more of this car prowling the street of Malaysia for parts reliability testing, HVAC testing and also endurance test to capture early problems with the car which is a normal practice for any car maker or manufacturer.

Naza Kia set to launch the all new 2011 Sorento during the KLIMS 2010!!

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of Kia Motor vehicles in Malaysia,will be launching the new 2011 Sorento at the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show ( KLIMS).

Featuring Kia’s latest design DNA, the all-new award-winning Sorento is set to elevate the brand to a new level in Malaysia. With a confident and contemporary exterior, high-performance powertrain, modern and technology-inspired interior with superior safety features, the new 2011 Sorento is a highline cruiser targeted at professionals with young families.

“The new Sorento is an SUV that doesn’t compromise on capability, comfort, style and performance,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, CEO of Naza Kia Malaysia.

The all-new Sorento features an aggressive and muscular stance thanks to Kia’s signature tiger-nosed grille and high intensity discharge (HID) wraparound headlamps while its straight clean lines give it a solid and robust appearance.

Its sporty appearance is further accentuated with its 18-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, LED rear lamps and LED side-repeaters on the side-view mirrors. The new Sorento’s overall length of 4,685 mm and width of 1,885 mm makes it longer, lower and more spacious than the previous-generation Sorento.

Underneath the hood of the new Sorento is a four-cylinder 2.4-litre DOHC CVVT engine that produces an output of 174 PS and 226 Nm of torque that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission to offer an exhilarating ride.

For enhanced ride performance, the new Sorento is fitted with a compact and lighter MacPherson strut front suspension and a fully independent multi-link rear suspension while its four-wheel drive system enables off-road driving capabilities.

Inside, the new seven-seater, Sorento offers generous head and legroom. The award-winning SUV also includes a host of premium features such as push-button start ignition with a smart key, a stylish supervision cluster, in-dash six-CD changer, AUX, USB and iPod connectivity, Bluetooth connectivity as well as dual separate climate control for the driver and the front passenger.

The new Sorento’s seating configuration allows for the second and third row to be folded completely flat, the back row 50/50 while the centre row can be split 60/40 to accommodate passengers and bulky cargo. In fact, total cargo space in the new Sorento is 1,047-litres.

In terms of safety, the new Sorento is well equipped with a total of six airbags (dual front, side and curtain airbags), four-wheel Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Control and Electronic Brake Distribution.

The highline cruiser also features Hill Start Assist Control which prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when trying to pull away from an uphill gradient and Downhill Brake Control which helps keep the Sorento moving straight and steady down steep grades.

The bonnet of the new Sorento is also designed to crumple and flex strategically to absorb and disperse the shock of a collision with a pedestrian. As such, potential injury for pedestrians is reduced.

The new Sorento is fitted with an electric chromic mirror (ECM) with a 3.5-inch rearview camera for all round vision, rear parking sensors and active headrests to cushion the driver or passenger’s head and prevent whiplash during a collision.

Other highlights of the new Sorento include a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio-mounted controls, auto-leveling device for the HID head lamp, a cargo net to secure loose items in the trunk, a cargo screen to keep personal belongings under cover, a centre console that can store many items including a 14-inch laptop, a 10-way driver’s seat. The new Sorento comes with a five-year warranty (terms and condition apply).

“The new Sorento is packed with features normally associated with premium vehicles. It is a prime example of Kia’s new direction and we are confident the new Sorento will be well-received by Malaysian consumers,” said SM Nasarudin.

So far no indicative price has been announced yet by Naza Kia, most probably they will announce during the event itself. I will keep you posted once I have got any information about this all new Kia Sorento

Saturday, November 27, 2010

More Hyundai Azera interior spy pics reveal!!

Here is another spy pics of the all new Hyundai Azera. Well Hyundai still keep tight lip and also does not unveiled the interior of the Hyundai Azera, but the world wide web is the source of all information. Lucky for us, we can see another set of picture for the all new Hyundai Azera which shows the full center in panel looks like. The design of the center in panel is very classy and there is a hint of good quality there. Hopefully the quality of the material is on par with the design of the car.


Friday, November 26, 2010

Toyota to launch entry sedan Toyota Etios in India

Toyota will soon unveil the entry sedan to the Indian market dubbed the Toyota Etios on 1st of December 2010. Shown above is the video showing the all new Toyota Etios which will also available in hatchback version soon. The car is destined for Indian market first before its official launch worldwide. Toyota emphasize in the video "Quality Never Compromise" and "Quality Revolution" for the new Toyota Etios which to me portrays a strong message even though the car is cheap but you will get the same uncompromised safety for its cars in India, a strong message to the world despite all the hype of worldwide safety recalls that has been plaguing Toyota cars recently.

There is no word yet from UMW Toyota Sdn. Bhd to bring in an entry sedan here in Malaysia. With the looks quite similar to our local champion Proton Saga, this might be the first entry model for Toyota here in Malaysia if UMW Toyota decides to bring in the car as CBU from India. With a price tag of less than RM60,000 it would certainly makes run for their money for any other car models here in Malaysia.

Peugeot 5008 premium MPV to be launch at Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2010

Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, will launch the award-winning and highly acclaimed Peugeot 5008 at the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS), marking the French carmaker’s entry into the domestic premium MPV market.

The seven-seater 5008 is a new interpretation of the MPV and sets itself apart from its competitors in terms of power, luxury, comfort, practicality and safety.

“The new 5008, like its sibling, the 3008, has won numerous awards abroad and features cutting edge technologies to enhance comfort, convenience and safety,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, CEO of Nasim.

With an indicative price of RM165,000, the front of the 5008 features attractive profiled headlamps, a steeply plunging bonnet, a chrome-detailed grille and 17-inch alloy rims to exude both a sporty and premium appeal.

The vehicle’s profile portrays an elegant styling line which begins at rear door before accentuating on the wing and passing onto the rear to add a touch of dynamism the 5008’s side profile.

Inside, the 5008, features a luxurious interior equipped with avant-garde technologies and exemplary modularity. The overall ambience in the 5008 is enhanced as a result of its stunning 18 sq ft panoramic glass roof and plush leather interior.

The instrument panel in the 5008 is extended by the design of the elegant centre console with a flowing design to focus around the needs of the driver.

Technology and entertainment is a key characteristic of the 5008’s interior with the inclusion of two seven-inch LCD screens located in the front seat head restraints, two Bluetooth wireless headsets and a connection console which can be connected to a DVD player or video-gaming consoles.

The connection console makes it possible to connect two video sources simultaneously making each screen independent in terms of the image shown. That way, one passenger can, for example, watch a movie while the other plays a video game.

The 5008, which was awarded MPV of the Year by the UK’s What Car? Green Car of the Year Awards 2010, features a head-up display unit (HUD) which displays essential driving information such as speed, cruise control/speed limiter and Distance Alert.

Distance Alert is a technology which assists the driver in ensuring the 5008 is within a safe distance from the vehicle ahead. This technology is made possible by a radar located behind the lower front bumper panel which measures the time in seconds between the vehicle in front and then transmits this data to the HUD. This non-intrusive alert system, which can be set between 0.9 seconds and 2.5 seconds, will alert the driver if the 5008 gets too close to the vehicle in front.

Another feature of the 5008 that makes it stand out is its Available Space Measurement aid. Through the use of two sensors on the sides of the front bumper, a visual indication of the possibility of parking in a free space is displayed.

Other key aspects in the interior includes an electric automated parking brake as well as USB and Bluetooth connectivity to its MP3/ CD player which is connected to six speakers. The 5008 also features automatic dual-zone air-conditioning with adjustable second-row air-diffusion.

The second row of the new 5008 comprises three individual seats which can be adjusted lengthwise and reclined for optimal comfort and folded into the passenger compartment floor to form a perfectly flat surface. The trunk of the 5008 can accommodate 823-litres of cargo while total luggage space is 2,506-litres with the rear parcel shelf removed and second row seats folded.

Underneath the hood of the 5008 is a 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo high pressure engine with direct petrol injection which produces 156 hp and 240 Nm of torque. This award-winning engine is mated to a six-speed transmission with Triptronic capabilities and a sport mode for increased performance.

Drivability of the 5008 is further enhanced due to its exceptional body rigidity which enhances road holding but reduces body vibrations. Peugeot’s engineers have fine-tuned the car’s suspension to make it a safe and efficient road-holding MPV, comparable to that of a saloon.

For safety, the 5008 has a five-star NCAP safety rating, six airbags, Hill Start Assist, ESP, ABS, EBD, EBA, Anti-Skid Regulation, Dynamic Stability Control and anti-whiplash front seat headrests. Fuel consumption on a mixed cycle in the 5008 is 7.9-litres per 100 km.

Enjoyed by families and loved by drivers, the 5008 can viewed exclusively at KLIMS 2010 from Dec 3 to 12.

source: Nasim Sdn. Bhd, official distributor of Peugeot cars

Hyundai release a set of new pictures of the all new Hyundai Azera

With various teaser posting and also some interior spy pic caught undisguised, Hyundai today has release a new set of pictures of the all new Hyundai Azera or know as Hyundai Grandeur in the States. No specification has been release by Hyundai but in the States the Hyundai Azera is position somewhere between the Hyundai Sonata and also the Hyundai Genesis. From the look of the car, the design of the new Azera is much more appealing to me compared to the Hyundai Sonata with the Azera looks much muscular and less subtle appealing of the Sonata.

The Azera features much stronger line especially to the C pillar of the car which flows upwards to rear end of the car thus giving a much sportier look. The sportiness does not only confine to the C pillar section, the front look though look fierce like a cat waiting to pounce its prey. The character lines on the hood do embodies the overall sporty looking of car but unfortunately, Hyundai does not release the rear end photo of the car.  Expect the car to be release next year in the United States. Enjoy the pics of the car.

Full press release of the all new Nissan Teana

During the launch of the all new Nissan Teana, Edaran Tan Chong Motor has released a full press statement of detailed product information which explains the full features of the new Teana. Please read the full press statement below to get more ideas and further immense yourself if you do fancy the all new Nissan Teana. Personally I think based on the static appearance of the car, the Nissan Teana does have its own appeal, and with the quality material and good tight fitting of the material, the current introductory price is worh the money. How does it drives, well that is another set of question that needs to be answered. Stay tune for more updates later on when Edaran Tan Chong organized a full media test drive for the car. Head after the jump for the full press release.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

All new Hyundai Azera interior caught undisguise!!!

Here is the latest round of spy pics for the all new Hyundai Azera caught in Korea. In my previous post, Hyundai has released a teaser image of the exterior design of the all new Hyundai Azera, but now we got the glimpse of how the new Azera interior will look like. The steering design of this new car does not differ much from the current offering of Hyundai Sonata YF, but if you look at the flow on the centre in panel, there is a huge LCD display flanked on top of the dashboard, and the design of the centre in panel flows down to the gear lever. With the limited viewing angle of the photo, the design of the centre in panel does look like the new Lexus RX SUV.

The only question would be, how the does the air cond flow to the driver. Hyundai designer seems have design the RH center air cond ventilator quite high which looks like the air might be flowing on the right hand of the driver. This awkward angle of air cond ventilator is not limited to this model, but the new Hyundai Elantra also share an awkward air cond ventilator angle which was place near the knee of the driver. Even the commentator of Inside Line commented about the awkward ventilator position during the launch of the new Hyundai Elantra during the LA Motor Show 2010. Hopefully, it only looks awkward but the air con flow speaks the opposite.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010

All new Nissan Teana launched!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor has launched the new Nissan Teana this morning at One World Hotel Bandar Utama. As I have mentioned in my previous post, I was invited to the launched with the ballroom hall jammed pack with the VVIPs, members of the media, and other honourable guests. The new Nissan Teana has been a long awaited D- segment sedan that has seen a missing link previously under the current line up of Edaran Tan Chong Motors.

Previously, the Nissan Teana was in the Malaysian market for a while, but the model does not raked in good sales due to the exorbitant price (CBU Japan) and the design looks a little bit awkward, but with the launched of the new Teana, Edaran Tan Chong has come with a full force to really push the sales for the new model. The numbers speaks for itself as during the launch ETCM has announced it has received more than 1000 bookings for the new Teana with 60% of the sales were the premium version which I will touch later on.

Consumers can be spoilt with the choices made by ETCM where ETCM has introduced 4 variants for the new Nissan Teana which consist of 2.0Litre Comfort, 2.0 Litre Luxury, 2.5 Litre V6 and the 3.5 Litre V6. The latter model is a CBU model direct from Japan, while the 2.0 Litre and 2.5 Litre V6 was assembled at the state of the art ETCM factory in Serendah.

Well let’s talk about the general features of the car. Shown below are the comparisons of the D segment contender here in Malaysia.

                       Nissan Teana  Hyundai Sonata  Honda Accord    Toyota Camry

Overall length      4850               4820                 4945                  4825

Overall width       1795               1835                 1845                  1820

Overall height      1480               1470                 1475                  1470

Wheel base         2775               2795                 2800                  2775

All the aboved dimensions are in mm

Now let’s look into the details of each model variant. The entry model for the Nissan Teana is the 2.0 Litre which was powered by the MR20DE engine that can be found on the Nissan Slyphy with the power output of 136ps with 190Nm of torque. Meanwhile the 2.5 Litre engine was source out from the fame VQ25DE engine with 182ps and a mouthful 228Nm of torque. Topping the chart is the 3.5 Litre V6 engine with 252ps and a massive 326Nm of torque. I secretly start the engine during the post launch and the grunt and sound of the 3.5 Litre V6 engine does feel powerful and energetic. All the engine above are mated with the super smooth Xtronic CVT gearbox which delivers a blend of seamless transition and smooth acceleration.

The Nissan Teana is underpinned by the latest generation Nissan D-Platform, which features an all round independent suspension with MacPherson struts on the front and multi link setup for the rear suspension. The steering system for the car is a hydraulic type instead of electric setup dubbed the “Twin Orifice Vehicle Speed Sensing Power Steering which essentially means it has two valves opening instead of one on the power steering pump.

ETCM has played a very well with the amount of kits that they offered to the consumers in Malaysia. The standard features across the range is very extensive with all models will received the front fog light, door mirror with side turning lamps, variable intermittent wipers, door mirrors electric foldable and adjustable, chrome outside door handles.

On the interior, the Teana features a luxury wood trim on the interior, steering wheel tilt bad sadly no telescopic adjustable, Push Button ignition, central door lock, multi information display (average speed, average fuel consumption, current fuel consumption, fuel to empty, elapsed time of travel and distance travelled) power window with auto up/down function with anti jam protection on driver’s side, rear seat trunk access, dual zone auto air condition and also rear air cond duct.

In terms of ICE, all models will received a 6 disc CD changer with MP3 function blasted on 6 speakers system, and AUX input and a glass printed audio antenna. In terms of safety, all models will received dual front air bags, ABS with EBD and BA, active head restraint, an immobilizer, child seat retainer, 3 point rear seatbelt and a pretensioner and load limiter front seatbelt.

As for the Premium version i.e. the 2.5 Litre V6 and 3.5 Litre V6, the equipments level that differs from the 2.0 Litre are, Xenon headlamp with auto levelling, intelligent key (i-Key), Auto Cruise control, leather seat with powered seat 8 way adjustable with 2 memory function on the driver seat, a 4 way adjustable powered seat for the front passenger, a driver seat lumbar support(manual adjustment) with the 3.5 Litre variant adds the ventilated seat on both driver and front passenger seat and the most intrigue of all an Ottoman seat for the front passenger. That is what I call luxury.

Speaking of luxury the list of equipment continues with a rear powered sunshade, steering wheel with audio controls, a side airbags and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) with traction control for the safety in mind, front cornering sensors with the 3.5 litres also received the curtain airbags as standard features.

ETCM further elevate the luxury of owning the Nissan Teana by providing 8 different body colours with 3 body colour especially allocated for the 3.5Litre V6 model. The colours available are Brilliant White, Chardonnay Gold, Tungsten Silver, Sapphire Black, Deep Amethyst Grey, and especially for 3.5 Litre are Pearl White, Bordeaux Red and Luna Blue.

All new Nissan Teana will receive a 3 years warranty or 100,000 km which over comes first for a trouble free and pleasant feeling of owning the Teana. The last burning question, how much does it cost, shown below is the details of the pricing.

2.0 Litre Comfort                  RM 138,000.00

2.0 Litre Luxury                    RM 142,000.00

2.5 Litre V6 Premium            RM 168,000.00

3.5 Litre V6 Exquisite            RM 248,500.00

As you can see the difference of RM 4,000 for the 2.0 Litre Luxury models differs due to an addition of Windows Tinting; V-Kool Elite/V-Kool+Armcoat/Solar Guard, Leather seats, Ultra Glass Body Coating and front cornering sensors. The price aboved is only an introductary price which will remain for any order before 31st December 2010. After the promotion, there will be an increase of RM 3,000 to RM 4,000 for each models variant. So if you do fancy the luxury which cost less then a Toyota Camry, head down to your nearest Nissan dealer. Enjoy the pic gallery after the jump.

Proton Saga facelift caught uncovered!!!

Well tonight is about the latest scoop that will be install in the motoring news in the coming days. Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent me the latest spy pics of the Proton Saga facelift being caught unmasked we can see how the looks of the Proton Saga facelift.

One of the pics does show a new colour which looks like a navy blue colour that looks way better than the current colour line up for the Proton Saga. From the front angle of the car, which was shot on a white Proton Saga; it does shows how this new Proton Saga looks way better than pre facelift version with the overall headlamp design and the grill design looks much more elegant and sporty with a hint of the 7th generation Honda Accord. The head lamp with a black housing does look so delicious on a white car which further enhances its front end design.

On the rear end design of the car, Proton looks like a bit conservative in changing the design with only the rear combi lamp and also the rear bumper receive a new treatment. The design of the rear bumper does look better but it can further improve if Proton can make the lower end design of the bumper from just a reflector to a black colour diffuser like design with rear reflector on both ends like what we can see from the Proton Inspira. With that hint of design, it does make the rear end looks much more appealing from the current offering.

Now we move on to the interior of the car. Do head after the jump to see how the interior looks like. Well like what I have told in my previous post, based on my inside sources, the Proton Saga facelift premium version will feature a dual front air bags with the lower spec only have a driver side airbags. To further enhance the features of the premium version, Proton has included a 4 door power window system instead of just front door power window in the current version of Proton Saga. In terms of In Car Entertainment, the ICE is still from Clarion, but Proton has include an AUX jack and also USB capability to the ICE setup thus the Y-Gen will be happy with the insertion of this new features. To complete the whole ICE setup is the steering mount audio controls with a new steering wheel design that was carried over from the Satria Neo steering wheel.

So next question is, when the car will be launch? The answer has been indicated by the Proton MD which is during the KL International Motor Show 2010. But sadly according to my sources, Malaysian will not be the first customer to see the new Proton Saga facelift in flesh, as Proton has just exported its first batch of Proton Saga to Thailand to joint its current line up and the consumers of Thailand can have the first glimpse of the car during the Thailand International Motor Show that will be launch on 1st December 2010.

Malaysian can rejoice as the Proton Saga is set to be launched during the Media Preview of KL International Motor Show 2010 on 2nd December 2010. In terms of prices, so far I still haven’t receive any info about it, but from the insertion of new features, I do think that for a Premium version, we might see an increase of RM 3,000 to the current Proton Saga highline price. It’s just an estimate, so please don’t take my word for it. Besides that, based on my sources, currently the new Proton Saga facelift is selling like hot cakes even before the car launches with the indicative numbers of booking has reached 7,000 bookings. Looks like it’s going to be a busy month ahead for Proton as the Inspira has gain so much public interest and now comes the Saga facelift into the fray.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Nissan Teana to be launch soon!!!

Here is the latest scoop on the Nissan Teana. Thanks to an anonymous reader who sent me this photo of the new Nissan Teana being caught on showroom floor. Based on the pictures, we know that the car will be launch soon as there is a bouquet of flowers in the showroom and also the preparation does looks like the car will launch soon. Ok lets talk about the car based on the info that has been given to me by the reader.

There will be two version that will be launch in Malaysia, mainly a 2.0 Litre and also 2.5 Litre. Both cars come with Xtronic CVT transmission mated to the above engine. The engines that will come into Malaysia most probably would be the same as what has been offered in Thailand mainly the MR20DE 2.0 Litre engine that can be found on the Nissan Slyphy 2.0 Litre and for the 2.5 Litre engine would probably be the VQ25DE a 2.5 Litre V6 engine.

In terms of safety, both cars comes with a dual air bag, ABS with EBD as standard features with only the VSC (Vehicle Stability Control) can only be found on the higher spec 2.5 Litre engine. Besides that, both cars also will feature a Push Start Stop button a standard keyless entry with trunk release function and for a premium version will get a keyless entry push button on the front door handles to enter the car.

In terms of In Car Entertainment, both cars will feature a 6 disc CD Changer with MP3 playing capability as standard but the premium version will get an extra radio mode and volume control features on the steering wheel. Besides the, audio control on steering wheel, the premium version also will get a cruise control which is also mounted on the steering wheel.

As the car portrays a luxury image, in terms of creature comfort, both cars comes with a fully automatic air condition systems with the premium version will enjoy a further refinement in terms of a soft and plush leather seats.

So far the colour choices as what we can see in the pictures are white and purple grey colour but a full colour palette has not been mention by my reader who sent me this information. He also indicated that, the broucher is still not available for the customer thus full information about the car is only limited to what he can see from his eyes.

This is also includes the most intriguing question which is how much does it cost. Well lucky you readers of Auto Insider Malaysia, thanks to Tan Chong Motors, I have been invited to the launch of this all new Nissan Teana. So stay tune for a more through specification and details of this new baby from Tan Chong Motors. Enjoy the rest of the pics after the jump

Sunday, November 21, 2010

COTY2U Carnival 2010

For the petrol head and also for any people who like to have great bargain of buying a new car, head down to the New Straits Times COTY2U Carnival 2010 in conjunction with Maybank. The COTY2U carnival starts yesterday till today from 11am till 9pm held at Matrade Exhibition and Convention Centre near Jalan Duta Kuala Lumpur.

I’ve been there yesterday to check out the event and the event is like a mini motor show with car companies showcasing variety of cars especially the cars that were involved in the New Straits Times-Maybank Car of the Year 2010 People Choice Award (more on this). Admisson for this event is RM5 per person, but if you do have any Maybank Bankcard, Maybank Credit Card or Maybank Debit Card the admission is free.

Among the attraction for this event are cars sales, car accessories sales, games for children, defensive driving course, test drive a variety of cars, insurance and financing exhibition and promotions, summons checking and payment of summons, In Car Entertainment contest, classic car exhibition and also a 10 point safety vehicles checks from Puspakom for special rates of only RM30.

As for the New Straits Times-Maybank Car of the Year 2010 People Choice Award, there are a total of 53 cars on display vying the top honours in 17 categories. Besides the COTY Award, there is also exhibition of the latest models such as the Peugeot 308 Turbo that was officiated by the Minister of Transport Dato’ Seri Kong Cho Ha, the Proton Exora Range Extended EV vehicles, Renault Megane RS and also the new Modenas CTric Electric motorcycle which has a range of 60km per charge with the cost per charge on less than RM2. Currently the Modenas CTric is not on sale yet, but it will be launch soon. Enjoy the gallery after the jump.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nissan Ellure shows a new design language for future Nissan sedan car!!

Apart from Subaru, another Japanese company has unveiled its latest concept which is the Nissan Ellure concept. The Nissan Ellure features an aerodynamic body design which to me has some hint to the design of the Hyundai Avante especially the side profile. Beside the aerodynamic design, Nissan has put a suicide door for this car which I think will be missing when the car moves on into production mode. The roof of the car was made of glass and the wheels are 21 inch five spoke aluminium wheels.

On the interior, Nissan has made the cabin a more futuristic look like any concept car which Nissan cabin has a tri colour design theme, a full length in panel design from end to end, a lounge like rear seat with a front passenger forward facing ottoman seat and a floating centre console. In terms of suspension, the Nissan Ellure features an independent suspension, an advanced drive by wire electric/hydraulic steering system and also regenerative braking to charge the battery.

During the enveiling, the car on show does not have a powetrain yet, but according to Nissan, the car will be powered by a supercharged 2.5 litre in line four cylinder engine and a 25kW of electric motor for Hybrid powertrain that is mated with Nissan Xtronic CVT gearbox. More pics and video after the jump.

source: Worldcarfans

Subaru introduced to the world the Impreza Design Concept in LA Motor Show

Subaru today has revealed the all new Impreza Design Concept in Los Angeles motor show that will probably hit the road next year. According to Subaru, the concepts “conveys a sporty and lively four door coupe styles” and the design was achieved with a blend of two design ideas primarily dynamic flow and confident stance.

In terms of design, the car has been design with a strong shoulder with a more complex body creases design with a sporty hint of wide sill and bulging arches. The strong shoulder line does somehow resemble Volvolish design which in turn makes the car looks much bolder and features strength in it. The front look though, was in line with the current latest design of Subaru where the design carries the hint of the current Subaru Legacy minus a trapezoidal grille design that mimics the Hyundai Avante, Sonata Hybrid with the only changes can be seen on the angled headlights and a gaping brake vents.

Under the front hood, this new car will features a flat four 2.0 Litre engine mated with its own design from Fuji Heavy Industry CVT transmission and not the dual clutch transmission as other competitors have opt to now. Enjoy the rest of the pic after the jump.

Hyundai introduces the all new Hyundai Azera

Hyundai today officially introduced the newest successor to the model what we have known here the Azera. So far Hyundai did not reveal the specification of the car, but what we can see from the pictures provided by Hyundai; this model also received the “Fluidic Sculpture” treatment to its exterior design of the car.

From the pictures we also can see there is LED lighting on the car front. On the rear combi lamp, it will also received the same LED lighting which the rear end quite resemble the car it replaced but the current design is more model and there’s a hint of upmarket look to it. Besides that, there is a twin tailpipes integrated on the bumper with a small ducktail treatment to extend all the way into the rear door. The front end look does resemble the current crop design of the new Hyundai with the front bold grille design as what we have seen on the Hyundai Sonoata YF. So far, Hyundai does not reveal yet when they will launch this all new Hyundai Azera.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Naza Automotive Manufacturing donates RM 100,000 to "Tabung Bencana NSTP-Media Prima"

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) in other words cares for the society has seen Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) the manufacturing arm of the Naza Group, today donated RM100,000 to the ‘Tabung Bencana NSTP-Media Prima’ to assist in providing much needed aid to flood victims in Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan.

The cheque was presented by NAM CEO, En SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin to Dato’ Amrin Awaluddin, Group Managing Director of Media Prima Bhd. SM Nasarudin said the donation from NAM, which has a production plant in Gurun, Kedah, was part of the Naza Group’s efforts in raising emergency funds and providing assistance to victims of the floods.

The massive floods which begun a week ago has seen many families has been displaced which involved thousands of victims in Kedah, Perlis and Kelantan. “Our thoughts are with those affected by the floods. We hope this donation will provide some much needed aid to the victims,” according to NAM CEO En SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin.

The ‘Tabung Bencana NSTP-Media Prima’ was launched on Nov 3 and has been raising funds to provide humanitarian essentials such as food items and drinking water, hygiene kits, blankets, baby food/formula, diapers and other basic necessities.

NAM’s RM500 million production plant in Gurun produces locally-assembled Kia and Peugeot models for both Malaysia and other markets in Asean. NAM began operations in May 2004.

Perodua launched Viva Elite Exclusive Edition!!!

Perodua today has launched the latest edition of the Perodua Viva dubbed the Perodua Viva Elite Exclusive Edition during the opening of its new 2S centre in Puchong. The Perodua Viva Elite Exclusive Edition is an enhance version from the Perodua Viva Elite that was launch way back in July 2009. The Perodua Viva Elite has been the models’s best seller with a total cumulative sales of 240,000 units has been shift out from the Perodua factory in Sungai Choh.

In 2010, Perodua has managed to sell 58,000 units of Viva and with the latest edition; Perodua hopes it can sell a total of 600 units per month. The Viva Exclusive Edition comes with new enhancement both inside and out with the cabin has been furnished with leather upholstery seat with embroidered detailing and special stitching and a leather wrap 3 spoke steering wheel.

Besides the leather upholstery, the dashboard has seen an upgrade feel with a silvered coloured trim around the shifter and also on the door armrest. One of the most unique features that can only be found on the Viva Elite Exclusive edition was the instrument panel which has seen some metal grey colour which has uplift a sense of expensiveness.

In terms of body colour, the new variant comes with three new colours which is Classy Purple, Midnight Blue and Ivory White as well as custom coloured alloy wheels. The price set by Perodua was RM 42,000 OTR Peninsular Malaysia which essentially share the same price category with Hyundai i10, Kia Picanto, Suzuki Alto and our local breed Proton Saga which will launch its facelift model soon during the KL International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2010.

Proton Inspira launched!!

As you all probably know unless you live in a cave without any connection to the outside world, Proton today has launched the Inspira at Proton Centre of Excellence this morning. The car looks basically like what we have seen previously on the internet with spy pics has been circulating faster than Proton can produce the car on its assembly line. I would not comment much about the design as many people have seen the car in flesh or on the internet from other website, so would rather explain the other details about this new Proton baby.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The new Audi R8 e-tron promotional video!!

Recently Audi has announced plans to launch the R8 e-tron in late 2012, which is set to battle the Mercedes SLS AMG E-cell and most probably the BMW Vision EfficientDynamics green concept car with the R8 features four asynchronous electric motors on each wheel which produce 308hp and a mind blowing 4,500Nm of torque. I could not imagine what would it be driving a car with 4,500Nm of torque. This massive torque would propel the car for a century sprint in just 4.8 seconds.

The car is powered by a liquid cooled lithium ion battery that weight 550kg that manage to store 53KWh of energy which translate to a maximum range of up to 250km but it all depends on your driving style, the need to use of other electrical item and once depleted, the battery can be recharge in six to eight hours with a standard household power outlets, but the charging time can be significantly reduce with the help of rapid charger that reduce the charging time to just two and half hours.

The battery pack has been designed to sit behind the passenger compartment which in turn helps the R8 e-tron to achieved a weight distribution of 42:58 which is identical to the original R8 5.2FSI. To further emphasize the proper weight distribution, the car was design on a 70% rear power basis, but don’t get scary hearing about this as Audi has develop a unique system that can sent the power to the individual wheels with the most traction to regain the composure with the help of torque vectoring capability which allows for “elective acceleration of individual wheels and therefore active distribution of torque” that will see this new Audi handles without any effects of over steer and under steer. Wow for those drifters, you can kiss your drifting style good bye with this new Audi baby. Enjoy the video presentation of this all new Audi R8 e-tron.

New promotional video of BMW Vision EfficientDynamics green concept car!!!

Early this week we have heard that BMW will introduce its Vision Efficient Dynamics green car concepts that plan to hit the road as early as 2013, a wave of new photographic material has been circulating around the internet, and now BMW has release yet another promotional material in form of a video that featuring an early prototype version of the diesel-electric powered Vision ED. Enjoy the video..

A view of VW transparent factory in Dresden Germany

I've got this nice video from my blog clan funtasticko, a very nice video indeed as I have been searching for this video quite a while but still cannot manage to find a really nice video like this about the VW transparent factory near Dresden Germany. Wish I could be there enjoy looking the cars being worked out on the assembly line. Enjoy the video as I do.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Facelift Honda Jazz/Fit to be launch soon!!

The Honda Jazz will soon undergo a mid life facelift as seen on the photo above. The new facelift has seen a more identical looks like what we have seen on the Honda Jazz/Fit EV version during the 2010 Paris Motor Show. So far no technical updates on this new facelift have been announced but safe to say as usual for Honda, normally only the cosmetic change would be offered during a facelift version.

The cosmetic changes includes a subtle tweaks on the front and rear bumpers with the front grille now features a new design as what we have seen on the Jazz/Fit EV version and also a redesigned front and rear combination light which looks more sportier compared to the current design.  So far no news has been indicated when the facelift to be launch but I presume I will be launch this December in Japan as 2011 model. 

pictures courtesy of Auto.Sohu.Com

Latest round of Saga Facelift spy pics!!

The latest round of spy pics has been circulating around in the past weeks with the hottest spy pics after the Inspira would be these spy pics which is the Proton Saga facelift that has been indicated to be launch during the KL International Motor Show 2010 (KLIMS 2010) in December 2010. Thanks for my blog clan funtasticko for sending this pictures to me.

Well the juicy bits about this model according to my sources that the new Saga facelift will feature two new colour option with one new colour option that set to be the most perfect colour blended with the new design of the car apart from the usual Proton White that will basically makes the car look sportier.

Besides the new colour, for the High line version, or the new code from Proton premium version of the Saga facelift will feature 4 door electric power window, a dual SRS air bags, new alloy wheel design, a multifunction steering wheel with audio controls and a standard features for all models would be side mirrors turn indicator, new seat fabric design and material and a USB and AUX port audio head units.

With the sportier front end look and much classier rear end look, the new Saga facelift with host of new features is target to boost the sales of the new Saga to a far more greater heights before the next wave of new vehicles coming out from the Proton stables next year that would probably be the Exora facelift with CFE, CVT combination and the Phase 2 version of Proton Inspira.

I have been told that besides the Saga facelift, Proton will also showcases a few other hot versions during the KLIMS 2010 but it’s still too early to confirm about this since a last minute change of plan could see the line up of car to be showcases to be change to another new line up. Stay tune for more updates.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Honda City now comes in Taffeta White!!

Honda Malaysia today has launched a new revised colour option for the 3rd Generation Honda City which is the Taffeta White that will complement its usual colour line up of Crystal Black Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Alabaster Silver Metallic.

Now buyers of Honda City will have four colour option instead of five colour previously with the deletion of the ever popular Deep Lapis Blue Metallic which is quite surprising and also Bold Beige. Specification wise and variants wise remains the same with Honda still line up two trim levels of Grade S and Grade E with the price tag of RM 85,480 for the former and RM 90,480 latter OTR price in Peninsular Malaysia. 
Honda Malaysia expected the new colour will contribute 40% of overall monthly sales of Honda City which currently hold at a sales target of 1,700 units of cars per month with a total number of units sold so far amounted to 36,000 units since its launch in December 2008.

With the addition of the new Taffeta White colour option for the Honda City, Honda Malaysia has seen its line up of cars being assemble in Pagoh Plant currently received this new colour option was the Honda Accord, Honda Civic and also the new Honda CR-V with a CBU unit of Honda Jazz also being offered with this colour. Head down to your nearest Honda showroom if you are fancy for this Honda City in Taffeta White colour.

picture courtesy of Honda Malaysia

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Peugeot 207 Sedan launched in Malaysia!!!

Yes as I have mention earlier, Peugeot will be launching its Peugeot 207 sedan today and the event was held at Putrajaya International Convention Center (PICC). As you stride along the road towards PICC, you were greeted with a Peugeot banner on each and every light pole thus you can imagine this event is very important event for Peugeot. As I said very important and yes it marks the 200th anniversary of Peugeot. The event was even more memorable as the car was officiated by our former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir.

So what is all about the 207 sedan? Well this is a very important car for Naza as this new Peugeot baby will be the first Peugeot to be produced in Malaysia that will be exported to other right hand drive markets in Asean as well as Sri Lanka. The first country to be offered outside Malaysia for the 207 sedan that will rolled out from Naza Gurun Plant would be Thailand as this car will join other car makers for the 2011 Bangkok Motor Show and the car will be sent to Thailand starting next week according to COO of Naza Corp during the press conference. Nasim is targeting to sell between 5,000 to 6,000 units of the 207 next year and according to Peugeot the car was aimed for an urban, young, active and independent customer, which is also targeted to young families of one or two children.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Sorry for my absence....Naza Corp to launch Peugeot 207 sedan today!!!

The Auto Insider Malaysia will have a new daily posting soon. I’m sorry for my absence for the past week and lacks of new posting as I was away for a business trip in the Middle East. My daily posting will feature soon with the launching of the all new Peugeot 207 sedan that will be launch today. I have been invited for this launching event and I will post all about the Peugeot 207 sedan once I have return from the launching. Stay tune!!! 
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