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  • Toyota Corolla Altis facelift now on sale, from RM121k

    Details and prices having been revealed since last month, the new facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis has finally gone on sale. The ubiquitous C-segment sedan gains a new look and massively improved standard safety kit.

    First up, the prices, which start at RM120,900 for the 1.8E, rising up to RM123,900 for the 1.8G and RM138,900 for the top-of-the-range 2.0V – the same prices as before. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.

    Exterior-wise, there’s a redesigned front end – reshaped headlights flank a slimmer grille, with a thicker chrome trim. The front bumper has also been reprofiled and gets a wider air intake for a more aggressive look. Meanwhile, the rear of the car receives new LED tail light graphics and a thinner chrome rear garnish.

    Inside, the Corolla Altis gains a mildly-restyled dashboard with round corner air vents, a new centre console and new air-con controls. The multifunction controls on the steering wheel have also been revised, while the instrument cluster has been given new graphics.

    Standard kit includes automatic halogen headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, keyless entry, push button start, single-zone auto air-con, an acoustic windscreen, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a standard radio/CD/USB head unit.

    The 1.8G gains auto-folding door mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display. Step up to the 2.0G and one gains LED projector headlights, 17-inch alloys, sports seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control and steering wheel paddle shifters.

    Safety-wise, all models now get seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knees), ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. That is a huge jump from the outgoing model, which had two airbags as standard; only the 2.0V received VSC, and you had to pay an extra RM3,900 for the Additional Safety Package to get seven airbags.

    Mechanicals remain mostly unchanged – you get a choice of either a 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine producing 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm, or a 2.0 litre 3ZR-FR unit churning out 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Both mills are mated to a CVT with a seven-speed virtual ratio function and a new Sport mode. The suspension has been retuned for a more refined ride.

    Options include a RM6,137 Value Package that adds a DVD-AVX infotainment system, a reverse camera, a digital video recorder, illuminated scuff plates and Toyota Premium Security and Solar window tint, along with a RM1,272 upgrade to a navigation system with smartphone connectivity, HDMI, WiFi and an Internet browser. There’s also an aerokit that costs RM2,438, or RM3,710 when bundled with the navigation system.

    Browse full specifications and equipment of the facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis on CarBase.my.

    GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G facelift


    GALLERY: Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V facelift

     
  • Honda Malaysia steps up Takata airbag recall awareness efforts – door-to-door approach taken

    Despite the seriousness of the issue, the response rate for Honda Malaysia’s Takata airbag inflator recall leaves a lot to be desired. The company is stepping up awareness efforts as a result – it has announced that all 84 Honda dealerships nationwide will now deploy staff to go door-to-door to approach affected customers from now until December 31. They will urge owners to replace their Takata front driver airbag inflators.

    The door-to-door approach is in addition to recent efforts such as the setting up of Honda Service Central Hubs, Mobile Hubs that are stationed at selected shopping malls, and Honda’s on-ground events such as the Honda Family Road Trip.

    The door-to-door mobile teams will be in Honda uniforms (examples of the various uniforms below) together with an authorisation letter. Customers can contact the Honda Toll Free number at 1800-88-2020 or Honda dealers for confirmation when approached by the team. The mobile teams will also make arrangements for replacement activities on-site where necessary, if customers are genuinely unable to proceed to a dealership/hub for the replacement job.


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    But don’t wait. If your car is affected, make an appointment at any Honda dealership or Service Central Hub; the latter also accept walk-ins. For more info, call 1800-88-2020.

    Honda Malaysia says that as of December 8, it has replaced 68% of affected driver front airbag inflators, so there are still many affected cars yet to respond to the recall. The company is also working closely with the Road Transport Department to approach current owners of affected vehicles based on JPJ data.

    As for the front passenger airbag inflators, HM said late last month that stock availability is targeted to reach 70% this month. Stock availability for the driver airbag inflator has been at 100% for some time now.

    You can check your Honda’s update status by calling 1800-88-2020 or by visiting any authorised Honda dealer. You can also use the company’s online VIN checker to see if your vehicle is affected.

     
  • Ford Mustang Shelby FP350S – off the shelf race car

    This mean-looking Mustang is the Ford Mustang Shelby FP350S, unveiled at the 2016 Performance Racing Industry show in Indianapolis, USA. It’s a new, non-street legal, track-ready race car that Americans can buy at any US Ford dealership.

    The Shelby FP350S is designed for road racing sprint events in classes including, but not limited to, Trans Am (TA3 and TA4), NASA and SCCA club racing (T1 and T2).

    It is the latest offering from Ford Performance in a long line of turn-key race cars that include the FR500C, Boss 302R and 302S, and most recently, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship-winning Ford Shelby GT350R-C and GT4, unveiled at this year’s SEMA.

    Powered by a 5.2 litre V8 engine prepared by Ford Performance Parts, the Shelby FP350S gets a performance-oriented oil pan and oil cooler, a race exhaust system and a Tremec 3160 manual transmission with integral oil pump, shifter and 3.73 rear final drive ratio.

    Other highlights include a modified unibody chassis with seam welding, six-point FIA-compliant roll cage, race-oriented suspension components including electric steering calibrations and a high-performance brake system. The race Mustang rides on 19 x 10.5-inch front wheels and 19 x 11-inch rear wheels. There’s also a Ford Performance splitter and carbon fibre adjustable rear wing. The cabin houses a MOTEC data acquisition system and Sparco FIA-spec racing seat, plus quick-release steering wheel.

    Optional items include a forged 18 x 11-inch race wheel package and custom graphics. Ford makes a racing ‘Stang for global markets too – check out the Mustang GT4.

    GALLERY: Ford Mustang GT in Malaysia

     
  • 2017 Maserati Ghibli now in Malaysia, from RM619k

    The 2017 Maserati Ghibli and Ghibli S are now available in Malaysia, officially by Naza Italia. The revised saloon made its debut at this year’s Paris Motor Show with unchanged looks but additional features.

    Inside, the 2017 Ghibli’s dashboard has been redesigned to accommodate a high-res 8.4-inch screen with multi touch technology. The latest infotainment system is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and features a rotary knob on the centre console to control the main functions.

    The Italian sedan is now available with the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) package, which includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Warning with Advanced Brake Assist, and Automated Emergency Braking. An additional Surround View Camera is available in combination with ADAS.

    Maserati says that the baby Quattroporte has improved aero-acoustic comfort and noise insulation, and an Air Quality Sensor is now standard fit. Luxury and Sport packages are available for the Ghibli.

    Luxury comes with Zegna Edition Silk and Premium Leather upholstery while Sport brings new sports seats and a sports steering wheel with aluminium shift paddles. Two Carbon packages, one with exterior and the other with interior elements, are now available as a further customisation, if you chose Sport in the first place.

    The subtle improvements are joined by more power under the hood. The Ghibli and Ghibli S are powered by a 3.0 litre twin-turbo V6 engine with start-stop, mated to an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. The base car now pushes out 350 hp and 500 Nm, 20 hp more than the previous model year. 0-100 km/h is done in just 5.5 seconds on to a higher top speed of 267 km/h. That’s should be enough for most; if not, the 410 hp/550 Nm Ghibli S does 5.0 seconds and 285 km/h.

    The 2017 Maserati Ghibli starts from RM618,800 while the Ghibli S is yours from RM708,800, including Malaysian duties and applicable taxes. Prices also include a three-year, 60,000 km service package.

    GALLERY: 2017 Maserati Ghibli


    GALLERY: 2017 Maserati Ghibli S

     
  • SPIED: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe seen testing again; AMG E50 Coupe to get new turbo inline-six

    The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe range will be crowned by the Mercedes-AMG E 50 4Matic, which will be among the first to receive the company’s new, inline-six petrol engine. In standard tune, the electrically-turbocharged 3.0 litre will develop 402 hp, and thanks to its 48V electrical architecture, includes an integrated starter generator and an electric auxiliary compressor to boost output.

    According to an Autocar report, the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe model line-up comprises four- and six-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel forms, starting with the E 200 Coupe with a 181 hp 2.0 litre, turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, and the E 300 Coupe with the same engine but in a 241 hp tune. The petrol-powered line-up will also include an E 400 Coupe with a turbo six-cylinder, in addition to the E 50 AMG range-topper.

    On the diesel front, the E 220 d Coupe will use the new, 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbodiesel with 192 hp, along with the E 350 d Coupe which will employ the company’s familiar-to-Europe 3.0 litre V6 turbodiesel engine, with 250 hp.

    In terms of driveline, the E-Class Coupe will offer both rear- and all-wheel drive variants across all models, save for the E 300 Coupe which will be rear-driven only. Transmission is via a nine-speed automatic, with the base E 200 Coupe being the only model here to be had with a manual gearbox.

    Going by the internal codename C238, the MRA platform-based E-Class Coupe will share much of its interior with the sedan and the wagon, and although much of the dashboard architecture is shared, it appears here that the Coupe will sport a new design of air-conditioning vents.

    In classic Mercedes-Benz fashion, the new two-door will also feature seat belt helpers to help occupants reach their seat belts from their retracted positions. The upcoming E-Class Coupe will also form the basis for the new E-Class Cabriolet, which is expected to make its public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

    GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe spyshots

     
  • AD: Discover exclusive deals on event cars at Auto Bavaria – making BMW ownership more attractive

    This weekend, Auto Bavaria is making BMW ownership more attractive than ever before. Head over to any Auto Bavaria showrooms this December 10-11 to have a first pick at a wide range of event cars, all available to you with great savings.

    A wide range of BMW models will also be available for test drives. Auto Bavaria will also surprise you with exclusive Christmas offers in store just for you. Alongside attractive rebates, the showrooms will be offering high-trade in value for your current vehicle, so you can drive home this Christmas with a brand new BMW.

    Call 1300 133 338 for more info, or visit Auto Bavaria’s official Facebook page.

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  • Perodua year-end deals – RM1,200 off Axia, RM3,000 off Alza, RM3,200 off Bezza, RM5,000 off Myvi 1.5

    In a blink of an eye, we’re already at the end of 2016, and it’s usually at this time that carmakers are throwing discounts to close off the year. Perodua is no different, offering up to RM5,000 off various models.

    The deals, which go all the way through December, include a RM1,200 rebate on the Axia 1.0 Standard G auto, while those looking to buy the Alza MPV will be able to enjoy savings of RM3,000 on the Alza 1.5 S and RM2,000 on the Alza 1.5 Advanced.

    The new Bezza sedan is also included in these offers, with RM1,500 off the Bezza 1.0 Standard G, RM3,000 off the Bezza 1.3 Premium X and RM3,200 off the Bezza 1.3 Advance. Lastly, the Myvi 1.5 gets the biggest savings on the list, with RM3,800 off the Myvi 1.5 SE manual, RM5,000 off the Myvi 1.5 SE auto and RM4,000 off the Myvi 1.5 Advance.

     
  • Lexus teases next-gen LS flagship, Detroit 2017 debut

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    It was back in 1989 when Lexus shocked the luxury car establishment with the LS 400, which made its debut at the Detroit auto show. The launch heralded the birth of the Lexus brand, and the original LS made its mark by offering the performance, quietness and luxury that matched, if not bettered, its rivals from that era.

    Fast forward 28 years and Lexus will reveal the all-new, fifth-generation LS flagship at the 2017 North American International Auto Show next month. It will be a “world-class car” for more than 90 countries around the globe, boasting a bold new look with a coupe-like silhouette. See Tokyo 2015’s Lexus LF-FC concept for clues.

    Built on the company’s all-new global architecture for luxury vehicles (GA–L), the rear-wheel drive platform — an extended version of that used in the stunning LC coupe — will offer a more dynamic experience on the road, Lexus promises. A spacious cabin, luxurious appointments and visionary technology are also on Lexus’ cards. Main rivals: the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series.

    GALLERY: Next-gen Lexus LS spyshots

     
  • VIDEO: Jaguar F-Pace R Sport SUV walk-around tour

    Here we have a walk-around video of the new Jaguar F-Pace, the brand’s very first SUV model. Just launched here in Malaysia with a price of RM598,800, the F-Pace is sold here with just one engine option – a 3.0 litre supercharged V6 with 340 PS and 450 Nm of torque. Zero to 100 km/h is done in 5.8 seconds – not your typical SUV, then.

    Well, a Jaguar SUV is never going to be a typical SUV. This one is rather different to the norm, and not at all related to the models from the other side of the Jaguar Land Rover company. It has more in common with the XE, XF and F-Type rather then the Range Rovers. It’s an SUV meant to stick to the roads, not go off it.

    Shown here is the higher-spec F-Pace R Sport model, plus a few optional extras. It’s priced at RM658,800 (before options), which makes it a direct competitor to the similarly-powered Porsche Macan S (from RM610k, also before options). As you’ll see in the video above, the Jaguar is obviously the larger, more practical SUV.

    For the full specifications plus options list of the new Jaguar F-Pace here in Malaysia, do check out CarBase.my. For a deeper, more subjective take on it, you can read our review of the new premium SUV.

     
  • Faraday Future releases new teaser for its first SUV

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    To keep the hype train rolling, Faraday Future has released a second teaser image for its first production model set to debut at next year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The new model is largely expected to be a crossover, as we’ve seen in an earlier teaser video.

    This time, we are shown a shot of the vehicle’s rear, which does make us question on the legitimacy of its “production-ready” status. The culprit? Those small cameras that are in place of the wing mirrors are certainly illegal many countries, unless Faraday plans to market the vehicle exclusively in Japan.

    Moving on, the teaser also shows us an interesting taillight design that appears to mirror the front grille from the first image shown to us, featuring an illuminated FF logo in the centre. We also get to see a flowing roofline and large rear windshield that appears to end near the lighting units.

    Curiously, what looks to be an off-centred, protruding “shark fine antenna” can also be seen in the image, which could serve more of a purpose than allowing you to hear some radio tunes. As we’ve seen atop an earlier prototype, this could be the car’s LiDAR sensor that supports autonomous driving features.

    The Faraday SUV will ride on the company’s Variable Platform Architecture (VPA) that features a modular battery structure, allowing for a variety of vehicle types and electric motor configurations. More details will be released when the vehicle is revealed in full on January 3, 2017.

     
 

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