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Honda Accord Hybrid to make Japan debut

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Honda is in the midst of phasing out the eighth-generation Accord. The all-new ninth-generation model has already been launched in several markets, and we already saw units running around the roads of Thailand whilst visiting Bangkok earlier this week for an assignment.

Reports from paultan.org covering the Accord’s Thai debut at the Bangkok International Motorshow 2013 highlight the offering of two four-cylinder engines displacing 2.0 and 2.4 litres respectively, mirroring the current model’s line-up and likely to be the same set of engines that will be offered to us in Malaysia.

There is, however, a third powertrain option that can potentially make a sizable impact here in Malaysia, and it is the Accord Hybrid that was launched in Japan only today. Honda’s new Sport Hybrid i-MMD powertrain operates a 2.0-litre petrol engine, which qualifies it for our country’s sub-2,000cc hybrid tax incentive which the Audi A6 Hybrid, for example, exploited to maximum effect.

A huge leap from its existing IMA powertrains, Honda’s new Sport Hybrid i-MMD is capable of full EV operation to power off-the-line starts and low- to mid-speed cruising. When in operation, the petrol engine is able to either power the vehicle directly or to merely serve as a generator in a fashion similar to range extender hybrids.

Honda’s release communicating the Japan launch was silent about detailed engine specs, but it nevertheless quoted an official fuel consumption of 30.0 km/l as tested in the Japanese JC08 mode. Also offered is the option of a plug-in hybrid variant which is quoted with an official figure of 70.4 km/l tested in the same cycle.

As it stands, the current hybrid vehicle tax incentive makes Malaysia a very favourable environment for the Accord Hybrid to operate in, but with the policy’s future beyond December 2013 remaining in doubt, it is also possible that Honda Malaysia is cautious against committing to ordering this variant from its principals in Japan. But if the Accord Hybrid does come in, Toyota will have no answer to it for the moment; the Camry Hybrid runs on a 2.5-litre engine and will consequently not benefit from the same tax cuts.

KON

Pictures: Official Honda release.

Goodyear receives Most Improved Delivery Award from Honda Malaysia

Friday, May 27th, 2011

At Honda Malaysia’s recent suppliers’ conference, Goodyear Malaysia was honoured with the Most Improved Delivery Award 2010, one of 14 categories of awards given out by the car manufacturer. In Honda Malaysia’s line-up, the Accord and City come with Goodyear Excellence tyres, while the CR-V uses Goodyear Wrangler 4×4 tyres. The lower-spec City 1.5S uses Goodyear GT3 tyres.

The inaugural award was awarded to Goodyear after evaluating its performance on criteria such as on-time delivery of the required quantity of items as well as whether the quality of items delivered met standards set by Honda.

Richard Fleming, Managing Director of Goodyear Malaysia said, “Goodyear is delighted to have been named most improved in this category. Our company has always strived to continuously exceed our customers’ expectations with service improvements; to take our customer experience to the next level. At Goodyear, our focus is not just on innovation and safety; we also make it a point to prioritize our customers’ needs by delivering world class products in a timely fashion. Whilst winning awards is not the motivation behind our service efforts, external recognition from customers like Honda is always appreciated.”

The award was presented to Goodyear’s representative by En. Ainol Azmil B. Abu Bakar, General Manager, Procurement Division of Honda Malaysia who said, “This award to Goodyear is an acknowledgement of our satisfaction with the delivery performance of their products. At Honda, we believe in acknowledging and appreciating our business partners as we work together to provide our customers with products of the highest quality at reasonable price. We value Goodyear’s partnership and look forward to a successful, long term collaboration with them.”

KON

See also:
- Unidentical Twins: City vs Jazz
- Honda CR-V – Class-leader ups the ante
- Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L – Facelifted version reviewed

Another recall, Honda’s turn this time

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

The Associated Press today reported that Honda Motor Co. in the United States have announced a recall for more than 378,000 vehicles due to airbag inflation problems. This recall, unrelated to the power window recall currently affecting the Honda City and Honda Jazz, affects 2001/2 model cars.

According to the AP report, the component in question is driver’s side air bag inflator, which can deploy with too much pressure, rupturing the airbag with serious and potentially lethal consequences for the driver.


Watch out! Airbag might blow up in your face!

Models affected by this recall include certain models of the Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and the Acura TL, of the 2001/2 year of manufacture. The original recall made in Nov 2008 only involved 4,000 vehicles, though Honda expanded it to 440,000 in July 2009.


2001 Honda Accord – this is the Malaysian version, but US version is similar.

Thus far, this airbag problem has surfaced in 12 separate incidents, with 1 killed and 11 injured.

As part of the recall exercise, Honda will be sending written notifications to affected owners for them to bring their cars back to the dealerships immediately.

We have brought this issue up with Honda Malaysia, and are currently awaiting the company’s official statement.

KON

Source: The Associated Press: Honda expands airbag inflation recall

Update: We have since received a press statement from Honda Malaysia confirming that ‘all Honda models sold in Malaysia since 2001 are NOT affected by the recall’. However, please be mindful that while this applies to Honda cars sold through official channels, parallel imported Hondas may or may not be affected by this problem.

Honda Accord 2.0 VTi-L Showcase

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

As you all know, from other sources as well as our write-up on the Emzine, that Honda has recently released a variant of the Accord – the 2.0 VTi-L. Starting 29 July (that’s tomorrow), Honda will be organizing a series of roadshows nationwide as the 2.0 VTi-L tours the country.

There will be three legs of the roadshow, with the first leg at the One Utama shopping complex in Petaling Jaya taking place from 29 July to 2 Aug 2009. It then goes to Penang’s Queensbay Mall on 21 – 23 Aug 2009 before its final stop at Sutera Mall, JB on 2 – 4 Oct 2009. On display will be an actual unit the new 2.0 VTi-L in the new Taffeta White colour, visitors will also get to admire the styling cues of the Accord from a perspective of fine art photography.

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View the 2.0 VTi-L in person, and also in fine art photography.

Besides being able to get up close with the new 2.0 VTi-L, visitors to the roadshows will also get to test drive the entire range of the Honda Accord. Perhaps some of you can then have your own take on our recent comparison of the Accord 2.0 VTi and 2.4 VTi-L.

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Test drive the existing range of the Accord: 2.0 VTi, 2.4 VTi-L…

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… or try the 3.5 V6!

KON

Experience Honda 3S Campaign Returns

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Not satisfied with busting sales records, Honda Malaysia continues to aggressively step up its promotional campaign throughout the country. Having just opened their 55th 3S centre at Bukit Mertajam, they are now stepping things up by having the now-annual Experience Honda 3S Campaign running from today (1 July 2009) for three months until 30 September 2009.

Customers who walk in for an obligation-free test drive of ANY Honda vehicle will receive give-aways of exclusive Honda merchandise. Should your interest translate to a purchase, you stand to win a cash voucher from HM worth up to RM500 from a Lucky Dip if you go for an Accord (2.0 & 2.4 only), CR-V or Jazz. In addition, buyers of the Jazz Grade S are offered a free service package for the first 40,000km or 24 months (whichever comes first) and also free basic insurance coverage for the first year.

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Honda Jazz Grade S

Goodies are not just limited to potential customers only. Existing customers will get 25% discounts on parts for a start, and should you spend more than RM200 (in a single receipt, of course), you go into that same Lucky Dip mentioned earlier with the chance of winning that RM500 HM cash voucher. Purchase of a complete bodykit from Modulo also entitles one to the Lucky Dip. – KON

Honda Mobile Roadshow, Jusco Bkt Tinggi, Klang

Monday, December 15th, 2008

It has become a running joke among my friends and family that I test drive cars with amazing regularity. Especially since signing up for a part-time blogger here in AW test driving cars has been almost a weekly affair for me, even though I am not part of any media test drive events.

Somehow, I seem to get wind of almost every test drive event in the Klang Valley and sometimes beyond – even the more obscure ones. Usually, I would just pick up the newspaper, spot an advertisement of a test drive event somewhere, trot off to take a few cars out for a joy ride and then share the tales.

However, there were times (fortunately rare) when I drove all the way to the advertised location only to find nothing, or worse, a roadshow with no test drives despite being offered in the advert. In fact, I almost thought it was another one of those days when I drove from PJ all the way to Jusco Bukit Tinggi in Klang for the final of four legs of the Honda Mobile Roadshow.

When I arrived, I drove around the entire Jusco premises without being able to spot the Honda tent. Having answered false test drive ads before, it seemed likely that I might return home empty-handed. Nevertheless, I took a chance and entered Jusco’s paying parking lot, and eventually spotted the tent deep inside the lot.

The Honda Mobile Roadshow kicked off on 14-16 Nov at the Kajang Stadium before going to Rawang on 21-23 Nov, The Store Sg Buloh on 28-30 Nov and finally on 12-14 Dec here at Jusco Bkt Tinggi. It was a peculiar choice by Honda Malaysia (HM) to situate all of its roadshows along the perimeter areas of the Klang Valley, with not even one conducted in more central places like Subang Jaya, Petaling Jaya, Bangsar or Sri Hartamas.

I usually advocate arriving early for test drive events and to be among the first customers along the queue so that you can get the best out of the experience. However, this time around, I needn’t have bothered, as there were no customers there even at 12pm – usually the peak hour for such weekend roadshows. That’s fine with me, as I also needn’t have to wait for my turn to take the Honda Civic Hybrid and the Honda Accord for a spin.

Honda Mobile Roadshow
Honda Mobile Roadshow

Accord and Jazz on display
Accord and Jazz on display.

Civic and Stream
Civic and Stream

Honda Civic Hybrid

For all its green credentials, at RM162k, the Civic Hybrid does not make a convincing case. Even if it returns the astonishing consumption figure of 4.6l/100km it promised, it’s going to be a while before your savings recoup the RM34k premium over the 2.0 i-VTEC model.

However, thanks to the new taxing structure favouring hybrid cars, the Civic Hybrid’s price will be brought down to the region of RM125 – RM130k (HM has yet to finalize the price), and that makes it an interesting prospect, as it’s now placed squarely in the line of sight of standard Civic buyers.

Honda Civic Hybrid
Honda Civic Hybrid

Indeed, sitting in one, you’d be hard-pressed to tell the Civic Hybrid apart from the standard Civic. The interior is identical to the standard car, but that’s no issue, as far as I am concerned. It features the same two-tiered instrument cluster that houses the digital speedo in the upper tier and the tachometer with the gear lever indicator below.

Interior’s standard Honda Civic.
Interior’s standard Honda Civic

Two tiered instrument cluster.
Two tiered instrument cluster.

In this car, almost everything is designed with one purpose in mind – to save fuel. The 1.3-litre i-VTEC engine churns out 95hp @ 6,000rpm and 123Nm @ 4,600rpm, and it’s supported by a 20hp electric motor, dubbed Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) that is also good for 103Nm of torque from 0 to 1,160rpm.

Upon deceleration, the IMA charges up its power unit by converting the car’s kinetic energy to electric potential energy – which, at the same time, doubles as engine braking. However, when you bury your right foot into the drive-by-wire throttle (like how I was doing for a while), the two motors team up to provide a combined output of 115hp and 167Nm.

Sending those power and torque to the front wheels is a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Driving with a heavy throttle, the CVT kept the engine spinning at 4,000rpm while continuously varying the transmission ratios – building up speed, rather quickly, I might add.

That aside, it felt pretty much like driving a standard car, with only the little gauge at the instrument panel telling you whether the IMA is assisting the engine, or charging its batteries. The electric power steering was light to the turn, but not too light as I once experienced with a Honda City.

The brakes were most peculiar. The pedal’s travel felt to be no more than one and a half or two inches at most, but yet it was still relatively easy to modulate the vent disc / drum brake setup. At first, it felt more like a brake switch than a brake pedal, but then again, it was remarkably precise in responding to pedal modulation.

A pricetag of RM162k for this car is a dealbreaker, but, if as expected, when the Civic Hybrid is sold in the same price bracket as the 1.8 and 2.0 versions, then it becomes an alternative to consider. It looks and rides like your standard Civic, and if you don’t really need the extra performance of the higher capacity engines, I am sure you can do with the lower fuel consumption.

(+): The consumption, and how everything is directed at reducing it even more.
(-): Those set in the old ways of driving might not be able to accept this.

Verdict: You should consider this, if you have the budget at this range, but not needing the performance.

Honda Accord

The Honda Accord
The Honda Accord

Coming out of the Civic Hybrid my next target was the Honda Accord. Recently, I was in motortrader.com.my forum debating with a bunch of forummers about the validity of a comparo written in Autocar ASEAN between this car and the Mazda6 – which saw the Accord score a surprising victory.

Being a big fan of the Mazda, I was also stunned by the result, which saw the Honda not only beating the 6 in terms of price, space, practicality, and interior (things the Honda are actually expected to win) but also the ride, handling and performance – areas which the 6 is supposed to trump all the ‘boring’ Accords and Camrys.

I have never driven any of the Accords before, but this one truly deserved my attention, and, to be honest, I made it a personal mission to test this one, and see how it compares to the Mazda6 2.5 I tested not too long ago. So, I did the natural thing, and asked for the keys to the Accord.

However, my personal comparison of it against the 6 will have to wait, as I tested the top-of-the-range RM250k, 3.5 V6 variant – which plays on a totally different battlefield to the RM175k 2.5-litre Mazda6. Paying an extra RM78k over the 2.4 i-VTEC gets you a 3.5-litre SOHC V6 powerplant that produces 275hp @ 6,200rpm and 339Nm @ 5,000rpm.

3.5-litre V6 engine comes with cylinder deactivation function, but with all cylinders firing, it’s good for 275hp and 339Nm
3.5-litre V6 engine comes with cylinder deactivation function, but with all cylinders firing, it’s good for 275hp and 339Nm

In addition, the engine comes with what Honda calls Variable Cylinder Management (VCM), which selectively de-activates certain cylinders when the car is traveling on a reduced load i.e. cruising. The technology is so refined that it works imperceptibly, with only the green ‘ECO’ light in the instrument cluster indicating that it’s working its magic.

An impressive piece of technology that’s standard on the Accord is the Variable Gear Ratio Steering System (VGR). This isn’t so much as Honda’s answer to BMW’s Active Steering as Active Steering is BMW’s answer to VGR. There is a Honda press release for this technology that dates as far back as 1997, and it finally debuted with the S2000 in the year 2000.

The good news is that this little party piece (together with a few other things) is available standard for even the 2.0 and 2.4 models, more for the 2.4. This raises the question of whether if it’s worth spending an extra City’s worth of money for the 3.5 when the 2.4 is likely to do the job as well.

Your extra money are all going to an undoubtedly brilliant powerplant but little else. While 275hp and all the VCM trickery sounds wonderful on paper, they aren’t likely to make much of a difference in your daily down commutes. It gets worse when your friends driving the lower-end and very similar looking 2.0 and 2.4 start asking what’s the fuss about.

On the road, the powerful engine made light weight of the Accord’s massive bulk, but you’d expect it, given the price. Together with the VGR steering, it made the Accord feel lighter and more sprightly than its size suggest. Not knowing beforehand that the Accord has VGR can be quite disconcerting, as the steering was unbelievably light at low speeds.

The big question is now whether the top dog Accord is that good that Honda’s pricing it to encroach into German territory. While I believe it would leave the 2.0 for dead, I am not sure if the 2.4 can be that far behind that a customer would want to fork an extra RM78k for the 3.5. It doesn’t quite make sense.

Paying RM250k, you get the same dash as the RM142k 2.0 and RM172k 2.4 versions.
Paying RM250k, you get the same dash as the RM142k 2.0 and RM172k 2.4 versions.

Look at those buttons… *pengsan*
Look at those buttons… *pengsan*

(+): 3.5 V6 powerplant has bags of tricks. Variable gear steering as standard.
(-): Everything, except price, does not stand out against its weaker siblings.

Verdict: Buy the 2.4.

Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s Top Safety Picks of 2009

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

Some hours ago, someone in a press room in Stuttgart put together a news release to announce to the world that the W204 Mercedes-Benz C-class was named in as one of 2009′s Top Safety Picks by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS), adding another star to the C-class’ cap after receiving a five star rating by EuroNCAP. In essence, the IIHS’ crash test IS the United States’ answer to the EuroNCAP.

In the IIHS crash tests, cars are subject to frontal and side crashes, besides a rear impact test where evaluations to the cars’ protection against neck injury are evaluated. According to Mercedes, the W204 scored ‘top marks’ for each of the criteria, but whether the term is defined to mean maximum marks or highest marks among competitors could not be ascertained.

The US spec C-class which was tested had seven airbags, belt tensioners, belt force limiters and NECK PRO crash-responsive head restraints fitted as standard. Buyers can also opt for an anticipatory occupant protection system (dubbed PRESAFE) which pre-activates certain safety systems when it anticipates a collision to be imminent – a system that Mercedes claims would reduce the impact on occupants by as much as 40%.

Merc C-class, one of 72 Top Safety Picks of 2009
Merc C-class, one of 72 Top Safety Picks of 2009

But, I was not going to just take Mercedes’ side of the story, and thus I went on to examine the claims at the IIHS’ official website (link here) where they listed no fewer than 72 Top Safety Picks for 2009 with another 26 ‘also-rans’. Here they are: (cars sold in Malaysia highlighted in bold)

Large cars
Acura RL
Audi A6
Cadillac CTS
Ford Taurus
Lincoln MKS
Mercury Sable
Toyota Avalon
Volvo S80

Midsize cars
Acura TL, TSX
Audi A3, A4
BMW 3 series 4-door models
Ford Fusion
with optional electronic stability control
Honda Accord 4-door models
Mercedes C class
Mercury Milan
with optional electronic stability control
Saab 9-3
Subaru Legacy
(previously sold in Malaysia)
Volkswagen Jetta, Passat

Midsize convertibles
Saab 9-3
Volkswagen Eos
Volvo C70

Small cars
Honda Civic 4-door models (except Si) with optional electronic stability control
Mitsubishi Lancer with optional electronic stability control
Scion xB
Subaru Impreza
with optional electronic stability control
Toyota Corolla with optional electronic stability control
Volkswagen Rabbit (VW Golf)

Minicar
Honda Fit with optional electronic stability control (Honda Jazz)

Minivans
Honda Odyssey
Hyundai Entourage
Kia Sedona

Large SUVs
Audi Q7
Buick Enclave
Chevrolet Traverse
GMC Acadia
Saturn Outlook

Midsize SUVs
Acura MDX, RDX
BMW X3, X5
Ford Edge, Flex, Taurus X
Honda Pilot
Hyundai Santa Fe, Veracruz
Infiniti EX35
Lincoln MKX
Mercedes M class
Nissan Murano
(only unofficially availabe in Malaysia)
Saturn VUE
Subaru Tribeca
Toyota FJ Cruiser, Highlander
Volvo XC90

Small SUVs
Ford Escape (new generation not sold in Malaysia)
Honda CR-V, Element
Mazda Tribute
Mercury Mariner
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4
Volkswagen Tiguan

Large pickups
Ford F-150
Honda Ridgeline
Toyota Tundra

Small pickup
Toyota Tacoma (Toyota Hilux)

ALSO-RANS
These 26 vehicles earn good ratings in front and side crash tests. They have ESC, standard or optional. They would be 2009 Top Safety Pick winners if their seat/head restraints also earn good ratings:

Chevrolet Malibu
Chrysler Sebring, Sebring convertible, Town & Country
Dodge Avenger, Grand Caravan
Infiniti G35, M35
Kia Amanti
Lexus ES, GS, IS
Mazda CX-7, CX-9
Mitsubishi Eclipse Spyder, Endeavor
Nissan Altima, Pathfinder, Quest, Xterra
Saturn AURA
Smart Fortwo
Toyota 4Runner, Camry, Prius, Sienna

Honda Accord excels in EuroNCAP tests

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The Honda Accord has been put through the stringent EuroNCAP crash tests, and has emerged as the best performer in the Large Family Cars category – which, for this year, included the Audi A4, Citroen C5, Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, Lancia Delta & Skoda Superb. For the record, EuroNCAP also classified the Waja as a Large Family Car when they crash tested it in 2002.

“We are delighted with the EuroNCAP result, which confirms the new Accord as the leader for combined adult, child and pedestrian safety in the large family car class. Add to this the advanced active safety features of the Accord and customers can experience the most effective safety technologies put into practice with our goal of providing safety for everyone,” said Ken Keir, Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe.

Models

Adult Protection

Child Protection

Pedestrian Protection

Stars

Score

Stars

Score

Stars

Score

Audi A4

5

34

4

41

2

14

Citroen C5

5

35

4

38

2

11

Honda Accord

5

35

4

39

3

19

Opel/Vauxhall Insignia

5

35

4

39

2

14

Lancia Delta

5

34

3

33

2

15

Skoda Superb

5

35

4

40

2

18

EuroNCAP 2008 scores for Large Family Cars category.

Mr Keir is rightly proud of the Accord’s impressive showing, but in his delight, he also neglected to tell us that the Accord actually isn’t leading the competition by a huge margin, with only its strong performance in the area of pedestrian protection (and let’s give Honda credit for that), giving the Accord its edge in the tests. For adult and child protection, all the cars compared in the category fared rather close. In fact, I would say the Skoda Superb ran it rather close.

According to the official results, the Accord even scored maximum points for child protection for infants below 3 years-old in an impact, but was (presumably) penalised because the label to warn drivers of the dangers of using a rear-facing child seat at the front without having the airbag disabled was not available in all European languages. Go and scratch your head on that one.

The Honda press release trumpeting this achievement also went on to list down the safety features available in the Accord, which included Vehicle Stability Assist, Motion Adaptive EPS, and the Advanced Compatibility Engineering Body Structure. There was also the impressive sounding Advanced Driving Assist System (ADAS) which is a combination of three systems working in tandem: Lane Keeping Assist System, Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Mitigating Brake System, all available either optional or standard on board the 2.2 i-DTEC version of the Accord Euro tested by EuroNCAP.

That was certainly an impressive list of terms, but judging how unfamiliar they seem, it’s highly unlikely that most of these are available in our Asian-spec version. It’s too bad we don’t have a similar body in this part of the world to crash test cars that are relevant to us.

Nothing to stop you crashing your Accord, but chances are, you’ll walk out of it unhurt.
Nothing to stop you crashing your Accord, though chances are, you’ll walk out of it unhurt.

Honda Accord - AA’s choice
Don’t try it with this one yet though.

Read more: Accord’s EuroNCAP results, EuroNCAP home

Autoworld Dgdream contest winner installs in-car multimedia player

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

My attitude towards cars are focused almost entirely on its performance. When I evaluate a car, the few criteria I always look at are cornering grip, high-speed stability, straight line acceleration, and may be fuel consumption. I never really cared much for most of the luxuries because I bet most people don’t use them. Though I do have a set standard for what I consider as acceptable specs.

To me, any half-decent car’s interior must at least have four power windows, electric side-mirrors, enough cup holders for all passengers, twin airbags, air-conditioning and a radio. Things like auto climate control and a built-in hands-free set would be useful additions. So, all along, I never quite saw the point of spending thousands of ringgits on fanciful ICE (In-Car Entertainment) setups. The most I would need from my audio unit is MP3 support. I can’t even tell the sound quality of a good setup from a bad one (unless it’s real bad).

However, to borrow a famous cliche, one man’s meat is another’s poison. There are people who do see the point, and there are people who do see the value of a good ICE setup. While not every ICE kaki would splurge five-figure sums pimping up their cars to be moving boomboxes, many are willing to pay for a decent setup installing a set of good speakers, a good HU (head unit) and may be even an amp.

One man who spends his time reading up on ICEs is Mr Choy Wai Hun. Mr Choy recently participated in the Autoworld DGDream Contest and won himself an original DVD player (sponsored by Dgdream) for his three-month old Toyota Corolla Altis. The contest, which ran from 8 July till 22 August required participants to create a hypothetical ICE setup which costs no more than RM2,600. The winner would then be given a choice of three DVD players to choose from, which are catered to fit into the dashboards of the Altis, Camry or Honda CR-V.

Mr Choy claimed his prize on Sunday, at the premises of JP Enterprise at Kota Damansara, who also helped him install the system into his car. JP is one of many dealers for the contest sponsor Dgdream. According to Mr Jeffrey Foo of Dgdream, the new system installed in Mr Choy’s Altis is worth RM2,590 and comes with USB connectivity, SD card reading, bluetooth compatibility and touchscreen interface. Check here for more info on this unit offered by DgDream.

Mr Choy also had the cost option of adding a reverse camera, iPod connectivity and a GPS system.

JP Enterprise, Kota Damansara
JP Enterprise, Kota Damansara. (The Camry was getting the same system installed too, but at his own cost.)

The unit integrates seamlessly into the Altis’ dashboard and requires absolutely no modification of the car’s wirings being a plug and play unit. The biggest problem in the whole installation process is probably the dismantling of the dashboard. Although only offering HUs for the Altis, Camry and CR-V for this contest, Dgdream also brings in integrated HUs like these for the new Accord, Golf GTI, Nissan Latio, Sylphy and Grand Livina.

Mr Choy’s dash being dismantled.
Mr Choy’s dashboard being dismantled.

Putting the goods in.
Putting the goods in.

DONE!
DONE!

I had an upclose look on the setup installed in Mr Choy’s car and I was thoroughly impressed. ICE kaki or not, this is one accessory that gives the owner endless bragging rights. The most appealing part is that it integrates so seamlessly into the dashboard, it can actually pass off as being a factory setup with the fascia material matching almost perfectly, as each of these units are designed to match a specific car model in mind.

Can see cannot touch. (Notice the near-perfect fitting)
Can see cannot touch. (Notice the near-perfect fitting)

As said earlier, I am usually ambivalent towards ICEs, often dismissing most fanciful setups as being too excessive. However, with this one, I am impressed. If they have a model for the Waja, I might even consider one for myself!

Finally, congratulations to Mr Choy on your winning of the contest. Autoworld wishes you many happy miles on the road with your new DVD player. Also thanks to Dgdream for sponsoring this contest, and to JP Enterprise for performing the installation process in Mr Choy’s car.

Mr Choy with his new pride and joy.
Mr Choy Wai Hun with his new pride and joy.

(L-R): Mr Choy, Mr Jeffrey Foo of Dgdream, Mr Yap of JP Enterprise
(L-R): Mr Choy, Mr Jeffrey Foo of Dgdream, Mr Yap of JP Enterprise

Visit http://dgdream.com/index.php to view Dgdream’s entire range of products.