March 7th, 2014
BMW has just unveiled the latest member of its X family of Sports Activity vehicles – the X4 Sports Activity Coupe, a vehicle operating the mechanical underpinnings of the X3 but sporting the styling brief of the X6, albeit in a smaller package.
Its junior X6 identity is confirmed by its coupe-like roofline, which begins to slope down towards the rear even before the B-pillar. The familiar character line that defines the flanks of recent BMW vehicles, however, has been reinterpreted for the X4, being split into two – first rising from the front wheel arches running past the door handles, and the second following the curvature of the rear wheel arch before stretching into the taillights.
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March 6th, 2014
Customers interested in the Lexus ES 250 are invited by Lexus Malaysia to get behind the wheel of the all-new Lexus ES 250 at all Lexus centers located at Mutiara Damansara, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Jalan Sungai Besi, Penang and Johor Bharu on all weekends throughout the month of March.
Available with the choice of a regular and Luxury model in addition to a hybrid-powered ES 300h, prices of the Lexus ES start at RM266,830.40 for the ES 250 and RM287,350.40 for the ES 250 Luxury. The range-topping ES 300h goes for RM362,448.40.
Since its launch in October 2013, Lexus Malaysia has secured some 400 bookings for the model, and response is said to remain positive as we publish.
March 5th, 2014
An updated version of the Rolls-Royce Ghost, dubbed the Series II, makes its debut at the Geneva Motor Show bringing a raft of evolutionary changes and technological enhancements as a timely product refresh.
Launched globally in 2009, the Ghost is offered as a smaller and more nimble alternative to the Phantom. Whilst Phantom owners perch themselves exclusively at the backseat, Ghost owners are supposed to be the type who occasionally get behind the wheel themselves.
March 5th, 2014
Hyundai’s future styling direction is being previewed at the Geneva Motor Show in the Intrado concept, making its first global appearance there, lining-up alongside the all-new Genesis that is making its European debut following its world premiere at Detroit earlier this year.
Taking its name from the underside of an aircraft wing responsible for creating lift, the Intrado showcases the next progression of Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language under the guidance of Peter Schreyer, who moved over from sister company Kia to assume the role of President and Chief Design Officer of the Hyundai Motor Group.
March 5th, 2014
The next vehicle to come in the current generation of Mazda vehicles that started off with the CX-5 will be the all-new Mazda2, which is being previewed at the ongoing Geneva Motor Show as the Hazumi concept.
Sporting the latest interpretation of Mazda’s Kodo (Soul of Motion) styling language, the Hazumi concept’s name is derived from the Japanese word which translates to ‘bound’ or ‘spring up’. This is the smallest vehicle thus far to have received the Kodo styling language treatment, and Mazda’s designers have thus chosen an approach to give the vehicle the athletic image of a small but powerful animal ready to spring to action.
March 4th, 2014
It may be a Volkswagen Golf under skin, but like the modern-day Beetle, two model generations of the Audi TT since 1998 have developed into an instantly recognizable modern classic. An all-new third-generation model has just debuted in Geneva, and it is set to go on sale in European markets later this year, pending type approval by European road authorities.
Available as just the TT or the harder-edged TTS, the new TT unsurprisingly retains the familiar silhouette that has served the first two iterations so well despite all-new underpinnings beneath the sheet metal. Resemblance from the rear three-quarter with its predecessor is particularly uncanny.
March 3rd, 2014
Disabled persons buying Perodua vehicles in the future are automatically entitled to a rebate of RM1,000 for all models and applicable on top of any on-going promotions.
“This means if we are running a promotion featuring a RM2,000 discount, a disabled person is entitled to an additional RM1,000 rebate on top of what is being offered,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.
The disabled scheme, which is officially known as the Perodua Special Scheme was launched on 1 Feb and will remain valid until 31 Dec 2014 and is specially designated to support the Government’s decision to offer 100% exemption from the excise duty on a national car purchased by the disabled as tabled in the 2011 National Budget.
To be eligible for this rebate, customers need to fill up the necessary documents (available at any of Perodua’s sales centres) before submitting to the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and the Royal Malaysian Customs Department (JKDM) for approval.
March 3rd, 2014
General Motors has announced the appointments of Tim Zimmerman and Marcos Putty into key senior management positions in the company’s Southeast Asia Operations effective 1 March 2014.
Zimmerman, 49, will assume the role of President for GM’s Southeast Asia Operations based in the new Singapore headquarters of GM International Operations (GMIO), while Purty, 42, has been appointed as Managing Director of GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales Thailand based in GM Thailand’s HQ in Bangkok.
March 3rd, 2014
The stunning Lexus RC coupe, which debut at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show continues to spawn interesting new derivatives, with the F Sport variant gearing up for a debut at the upcoming 2014 Geneva Motor Show. Debuting as the RC 350 F Sport, the new variant follows the debut of the full-on RC F that was unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year.
Not unlike the M Sport and AMG Sport variants from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the RC F Sport retains the powerplants of the regular models, but boasts enhanced styling and suspension tunes aimed at delivering a sportier appearance and more dynamic driving experience.
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February 19th, 2014
Not since the legendary F40 of 1987-1992 has there been a turbocharged Ferrari, but with European emission laws coming down hard and fast, Maranello has chosen to end over two decades of abstinence from forced induction with the new Ferrari California T, set to be launched at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show.
In place of the front-mounted 4.3-litre V8 currently occupying the engine room comes a new downsized 3.9-litre mill with the same cylinder count. Boosted by twin-scroll turbochargers, the 3,855cc V8 churns out 552hp @ 7,500rpm and 755Nm @ 4,750rpm. Compared to the outgoing engine, we are looking at a 14% increase in power and 49% increase in torque.
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