December 7th, 2013
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, Ford’s iconic pony car that sold over nine million units since 1964. Despite being exclusive to the North American market, five model generations of the Mustang enjoy worldwide popularity famed for the brutish charms of their growling V8s.
The sixth-generation Mustang made its global premiere yesterday and for the first time in the model’s history, Ford is making the Mustang a global car with right-hand drive versions confirmed for production. This new model is charting unexplored territory in having to balance the sophisticated tastes of a modern audience whilst retaining the flavour of the original that made the nameplate popular in the first place.
December 3rd, 2013
Audi will be adding a new member to its Q family of SUVs by 2016, the company announced in a statement yesterday. Called the Q1, the new model will, as its nomenclature suggests, slot in below the Q3 and serve as a new entry point into the range.
Details of the new vehicle remain scarce, but Rupert Stadler, board chairman of Audi AG, has confirmed that the Q1 will have a transverse engine layout, being based on the highly flexible MQB platform; an unsurprising detail, since the longitudinal engine architecture is typically used for bigger sized models.
More after the jump.
December 2nd, 2013
Infiniti’s new 3 Series fighter, the all-new Q50 which we saw at the KL International Motor Show last month, will have its fledgling range expanded with the addition of a new 2.0-litre turbocharged variant to the range.
The new Q50 2.0 Turbo debuted at the Guangzhou Motor Show on 21 November, and a statement released by local distributors Inspired Motor Sdn Bhd confirmed that this variant will be made available to Malaysians when the Q50 arrives here in 2014.
November 26th, 2013
Honda launched the original City in 1996 as an ASEAN-only entry level vehicle to fill an increasingly large void that was being created by the upward migration of the Civic to the mid-sized segment. The second and third generation models that followed were sold in a bigger number of markets, and Honda has just debuted an all-new fourth-generation model that will be marketed as a global car.
The first three generations of the City sold a cumulative total of 2.2 million cars, and Honda aims to ship out 1.5 million units of this all-new model.
Despite the ongoing Tokyo Motor Show taking place in Japan, Honda has chosen India as the venue to host the global premiere of the all-new City. Since being launched there in 1998, the City has assumed an iconic place in India’s automotive industry, and it is the poster car of Honda in that market. In India, it is not uncommon for the rich to be chauffeured around in a City, and it is a key reason why the previous model had reclining rear seats, a class-unique feature.
Besides being the venue for its world premiere, India will also serve as the global production base of the new City, and will be the first market in the world to receive the model in 2014.
November 6th, 2013
The 2013 edition of the annual MediaCorp Subaru Challenge came to a spectacular end last weekend after a gruelling 75-hour contest which saw 43-year-old Singaporean Mr. Yusman Wright triumphing over his countryman Mr. Sunawr Ali. Both veterans of the contest, the duo had collectively amassed 12 appearances in previous editions of the Challenge.
Armed with determination and steely resolve, contestants of the 2013 Challenge faced some of the most testing conditions seen in the competition’s 12-year history. Three contestants dropped out after fainting in the arena and the Challenge was suspended for 66 minutes on the third day due to thunderstorms. Contestants this year are considered to be the toughest the Challenge has seen.
November 4th, 2013
In its continuous efforts to promote economical driving amongst Malaysians, Shell Malaysia has taken its FuelSave awareness building campaign to the car washes by going to selected vehicle groomer outlets under Shine Shine and CARs International to promote smart driving practices.
Motorists who send their cars for cleaning at selected Shine Shine outlets in Melaka, Johor Bahru, Seremban and the Klang Valley, as well as to CARs International in Penang are offered a free car fuel efficiency check based on the Shell FuelSave Tips. These checks include inspections of tyre pressure and car boot contents, planning for the most fuel efficient route, using the right fuel and an examination of when the next car service is due.
Full story after the jump.
November 4th, 2013
Visitors to the 3M Malaysia booth at the upcoming Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2013 (KLIMS13) who purchase selected window films from the 3M AutoFilm range stand a chance to win a luxurious weekend road trip for two.
At the motor show, the 3M booth will hosting a “3M AutoFilm: Win a Weekend Road Trip with the Range Rover Evoque” slogan contest, in which two customers will each be rewarded with the weekend getaway worth RM 2,500.
Full details after the jump.
October 31st, 2013
The Ford Big Deal promotion is back with new offers extended to the Kuga as well as Sport+ and Titanium+ variants of the Focus booked and registered before 31 December 2013. In addition to attractive interest rates of 1.38% per annum, buyers of the said models will also receive free shopping vouchers during the promotional period.
To qualify for the said financing rates, buyers will nevertheless need to fork out a heftier downpayment greater than the minimum 10% typically taken by many Malaysian buyers. In Peninsula Malaysia, the interest rate is quoted based on an 85% financing margin for a period of five years, whilst in East Malaysia, the financing margin is 80% for five years.
Additionally, for peace of mind, owners of these new Ford models will enjoy Ford’s 5-year / 200,000km vehicle warranty and Ford’s Extended Service Plan (ESP), a 3-year / 60,000km service and maintenance programme which covers parts and labour free-of-charge. In addition to routine inspection and maintenance services, Ford’s ESP covers free replacements for selected wear-and-tear items, including spark plugs, shock absorbers, engine belts, brake pads and wiper blades.
October 31st, 2013
In an ideal world, all drivers maintain 100% concentration on the road at all times. In reality, however, that is usually far from the case. Speaking from personal experience, I have no problems maintaining full concentration and focus on the road whilst sustaining high speeds, but crawling through the mundane daily commute, distractions are aplenty.
It is worth noting that given the right timing, taking your eyes off the road for just one second can be all it takes for you to unknowingly plow into a car making a sudden stop or unwitting pedestrians and motorcycles making unexpected incursions into your trajectory.
October 21st, 2013
Dedicated specialist of Korean vehicles, Korean Car Mates (KCM), has rolled out an industry-first service/maintenance programme offering a detailed 2-year / 40,000km servicing schedule for various Hyundai and Kia models.
It is a sequel to the workshop’s long-running ‘KCM Membership Programme’, where patrons enjoy a host of offers and discounts on parts and maintenance services at their workshop.