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Facelift for 2nd gen Porsche Cayenne

July 24th, 2014

Judging from the Cayenne’s popularity, it is not far-fetched to say that Porsche’s foray into the SUV market has been a largely successful and we would presume highly profitable venture. The company is unsurprisingly building on that success with the smaller-sized Macan.

The original Cayenne, a joint development with Volkswagen and Audi that also created the first-generation Touareg and Q7, debuted in 2002, and sold 276,000 units in its eight year life span. The second-generation model followed in 2010, and to date, it has accumulated 303,000 sales.

Four years from its launch, the stage is now set for the global debut of a facelifted version of the second-generation Cayenne slated for its first public appearance at this year’s Paris Motor Show. A total of five variants will be introduced, namely the S, Turbo, Diesel, S Diesel, and S E-Hybrid.

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Volkswagen Polo Sedan for ‘Safe & Stylish Balik Kampung’ campaign winner

July 23rd, 2014

Volkswagen Group Malaysia and fashion designer Melinda Looi recently embarked on a month-long collaboration organizing the ‘Safe & Stylish Balik Kampung’ campaign in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya festive period.

The campaign, which kick-started concurrently with the launch of Looi’s 2014 Raya collection ‘emel by Melinda Looi’, garnered the participation of 6,000 entries, all seeking for a chance to drive home a brand new Volkswagen Polo Sedan.

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2015 Ford Mustang – Engine outputs confirmed

July 21st, 2014

Ford has announced official output figures for the engines that will be offered with the all-new 2015 Mustang. As announced during its world debut, the new Mustang will have a choice of three engines, starting with a 3.7-litre naturally-aspirated V6 and topped by a 5.0-litre V8.

Unlike earlier iterations of Ford’s iconic pony car, the latest sixth-generation Mustang was conceived as a car for the global stage, and its underpinnings correspondingly match its lofty aspirations. Its specs sheet include items unprecedented in a Mustang, such as independent rear suspension and a four-cylinder turbo engine.

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All-new Mazda2 begins production in Hofu, Japan

July 18th, 2014

Full series production of the all-new third-generation Mazda2 has begun at Mazda’s Hofu Plant No. 1 in Yamaguchi, Japan, ahead of its anticipated market launch this autumn. Known as the Demio in Japan, the all-new 2 is the fourth Mazda model after the CX-5, Mazda6, and Mazda3 to be underpinned by the company’s full range of SkyActiv technologies.

Previewed this year to global audiences as the Hazumi concept in Geneva, the new 2 sports the same Kodo – Soul of Motion styling language that also characterize other SkyActiv-based models in the Mazda line-up. Its hatchback body displays similar proportions to the outgoing model, looking exceptionally compact yet dynamic. A sedan derivative, if one is indeed in the works, has yet to be revealed.

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Rolls-Royce half-yearly sales up 33 percent

July 8th, 2014

It would seem that the rich and famous of the world are in better financial health than ever. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars issued an announcement today that its worldwide sales in the first half of 2014 were 33 percent up from the corresponding period of 2013.

Europe leads the way of growth, with a 60 percent sales increase followed by the Asia Pacific which saw sales climb by almost 40 percent. Sales actually doubled in Germany, whilst the oil-rich Middle East region rose 30 percent, with the US and China both also seeing double digit growth.

Torsten Müller-Ötvös, Chief Executive Officer for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “This is an excellent half-year result and demonstrates the continued confidence that our customers have in our company and our fine cars. The new Rolls-Royce Wraith has been a stunning success in the super-luxury segment, setting new modern style and technology leadership benchmarks.”

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All-new Volvo XC90 range to include 400hp twincharged hybrid engine

July 8th, 2014

Details continue to emerge of the all-new second-generation Volvo XC90 to be launched later this year, and the latest info revealed by Volvo concern powertrain options, all of which will be derivatives from the new 2.0-litre four-cylinder Drive-E engine family that recently debuted here in the facelifted XC60.

As highlighted in earlier write-ups of the Drive-E engine family, Volvo’s new powertrain strategy builds both its petrol and diesel engines on architectures with high degree of parts commonization. All members of the family displace an identical 1,969cc and all incorporate direct injection and forced induction technology.

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Pikes Peak 2014 – Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III finishes 2nd and 3rd

July 7th, 2014

Mitsubishi’s all-electric propulsion received considerable acclaim as two of its entries in the recently-concluded Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States, took podium finishes and whilst topping the race’s Electric Modified Division category.

Coming just two seconds behind overall winner Romain Dumas from the Unlimited category competing with a 2013 Norma M20 was Greg Tracy setting a time of 9 minutes 08.188 seconds in his Mitsubishi MiEV Evolution III AWD EV. He was followed closely by fellow Mitsubishi driver Hiroshi Masuoka, who clocked 9 minutes 12.204 seconds in an identical car.

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Nissan Hari Raya deals

July 6th, 2014

In conjunction with Hari Raya season, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd is running promotions for selected Nissan models valid until 31 July 2014. Low installment promos are offered for models such as the Almera, Grand Livina, Serena S-Hybrid, and Navara. Special deals are also available for takers of both the recently-launch all-new Sylphy and all-new Teana.

Additionally, Almera and Grand Livina buyers get to enjoy discounts of 50% if they include the Impul or Nismo aerokits into their purchases. The Serena S-Hybrid, meanwhile, is being offered with a free multimedia navigator set.

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All-new 8th gen Volkswagen Passat unveiled

July 4th, 2014

After teasing us with a few sketches and vague details a couple of months back, Volkswagen has taken the sheets off its all-new 8th generation Passat ahead of its market debut scheduled for the fourth quarter of this year. Based upon an extended version of the Golf’s modular MQB platform, the new Passat is being pitched in a more upmarket positioning than its predecessor, incorporating various innovations that are not only never before seen in previous versions of the Passat, but new to Volkswagen vehicles as a whole.

Not that you might be able to tell that at first glance. Much like the Golf 7, the new Passat 8 makes evolutionary rather than revolutionary styling advancements over its predecessor. It is an approach that is entirely consistent with Volkswagen’s habit of producing timeless and understated design. Whilst the frontal fascia was subject to a more radical alteration of its appearance, little seems to have changed as we move astern. The rear, in particular, looks more like a facelift of the outgoing Passat B7.

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VW Group takes over BlackBerry’s European R&D Centre

July 2nd, 2014

The Volkswagen Group has announced its takeover of BlackBerry’s European Research & Development Centre in Bochum, Germany, in a move that is claimed to help the Group as a whole advance its expertise in the area of vehicle connectivity.

Overseeing operations of the facility is a newly-formed subsidiary of the Group, Volkswagen Infotainment GmbH. No further details of the deal have been made public to date.

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