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At RM49,888, the new Kia Picanto costs only RM8,000 more than a top-spec Perodua Axia. Now, RM8K may be too much of a stretch for some who are shopping at that price zone, but when you consider the features that come with the Kia that the Perodua can only dream of, and a bigger 84hp/122Nm 1.25-litre four-cylinder engine, it is easy to justify paying 19% more, if you can afford it. Credit has to be given to Naza Kia for committing to local assembly and lowering the price of the Picanto by as much as RM10,000 compared to the CBU version previously.

So for less than RM50K, youll get a A-segment supermini with six airbags, vehicle stability control, keyless entry and start, four-speed auto (the manual has been axed), automatic headlamps, leather steering with media/phone controls and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has a reverse camera and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Oh, theres also five years worth of unlimited mileage warranty. Surely, this has to work for Kia.

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At RM49,888, the new Kia Picanto costs 'only' RM8,000 more than a top-spec Perodua Axia. Now, RM8K may be too much of a stretch for some who are shopping at that price zone, but when you consider the features that come with the Kia that the Perodua can only dream of, and a bigger 84hp/122Nm 1.25-litre four-cylinder engine, it is easy to justify paying 19% more, if you can afford it. Credit has to be given to Naza Kia for committing to local assembly and lowering the price of the Picanto by as much as RM10,000 compared to the CBU version previously.

So for less than RM50K, you'll get a A-segment 'supermini' with six airbags, vehicle stability control, keyless entry and start, four-speed auto (the manual has been axed), automatic headlamps, leather steering with media/phone controls and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that has a reverse camera and supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Oh, there's also five years worth of unlimited mileage warranty. Surely, this has to work for Kia.
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Its hard not to talk about the significance of SUVs when 40% of Porsches total sales in 2017 -- which grew by 4% to 246,000 units -- were contributed by the Macan alone. The new global sales record was also bolstered by the new-generation Panamera, 718 variants (Cayman and Boxster) and no less than 32,000 units of the 911. Closer to home, official distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance is offering the entry Macan at a value-for-money proposition in the shape of the SportDesign Series. 

Priced at RM545,000. the 252hp/370Nm 2.0-litre four-pot turbocharged Macan SportDesign Series comes loaded with features including 21-inch alloys, Sport Chrono package, Dynamic Light System Plus and a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, along with an exterior thats subtly trimmed in custom silver and red livery. The Macan SportDesign Series is limited to 40 units only. #Porsche #Macan

It's hard not to talk about the significance of SUVs when 40% of Porsche's total sales in 2017 -- which grew by 4% to 246,000 units -- were contributed by the Macan alone. The new global sales record was also bolstered by the new-generation Panamera, 718 variants (Cayman and Boxster) and no less than 32,000 units of the 911. Closer to home, official distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance is offering the entry Macan at a value-for-money proposition in the shape of the SportDesign Series.

Priced at RM545,000. the 252hp/370Nm 2.0-litre four-pot turbocharged Macan SportDesign Series comes loaded with features including 21-inch alloys, Sport Chrono package, Dynamic Light System Plus and a 14-speaker Bose premium audio system, along with an exterior that's subtly trimmed in custom silver and red livery. The Macan SportDesign Series is limited to 40 units only. #Porsche #Macan
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Buying a Proton using Bitcoin?

Interesting and turbulent times we live in; Proton have asked consumers not to use cryptocurrency to buy cars in Malaysia following the actions of a Proton dealer to accept Bitcoin as a form as payment. While only the Ringgit is recognised as legal tender in Malaysia, there is nothing to bar a seller from accepting Bitcoin as payment as cryptocurrency isnt regulated by the Malaysian central bank, at least not yet. So technically any item (e.g. your old car, the couch, Jimmy Choos, etc.) can function as payment (part or full) as long as the seller agrees to the valuation. And since inventories are typically paid for in advance by dealers, there is nothing to stop them from accepting Bitcoin, or your couch as payment.

With that out of the way, Proton is suspending the operations of said dealer citing promotional activities which are not endorsed and they wont recognise such transaction or offer. The implication for a customer who may have used Bitcoin to purchase a Proton is unclear, lets hope there werent any. For the rest of us who rely on the good ol RM, Proton is offering the following deals in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations (discount amount in brackets); Saga (RM3,500), Persona (RM4,500), Iriz (RM5,000), Exora (RM5,500) and RM13,888 off for the Perdana. #Proton #Bitcoin

Buying a Proton using Bitcoin?

Interesting and turbulent times we live in; Proton have asked consumers not to use cryptocurrency to buy cars in Malaysia following the actions of a Proton dealer to accept Bitcoin as a form as payment. While only the Ringgit is recognised as legal tender in Malaysia, there is nothing to bar a seller from accepting Bitcoin as payment as cryptocurrency isn't regulated by the Malaysian central bank, at least not yet. So technically any item (e.g. your old car, the couch, Jimmy Choos, etc.) can function as payment (part or full) as long as the seller agrees to the valuation. And since inventories are typically paid for in advance by dealers, there is nothing to stop them from accepting Bitcoin, or your couch as payment.

With that out of the way, Proton is 'suspending' the operations of said dealer citing 'promotional activities which are not endorsed' and they won't 'recognise such transaction or offer'. The implication for a customer who may have used Bitcoin to purchase a Proton is unclear, let's hope there weren't any. For the rest of us who rely on the good 'ol RM, Proton is offering the following deals in conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year celebrations (discount amount in brackets); Saga (RM3,500), Persona (RM4,500), Iriz (RM5,000), Exora (RM5,500) and RM13,888 off for the Perdana. #Proton #Bitcoin
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A fast start to 2018
Thank you for following countersteer.my, may all your dreams come true in 2018. #RaceStart #LaunchControl #GLA45 #AMG50Years +1
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It is our understanding that three-point rear seat belts were already mandatory (by way of Vehicle Type Approval) for new cars since 2012. Perhaps a handful of new models post-2012 may have been exempted on technicalities but this will not be the case anymore from 2018 onward, says JPJ. Question is: what good can seat belts do when (according to a 2015 MIROS study) more than 90% of Malaysians do not buckle up when they are seated behind? Maybe this video by IIHS might persuade you to adopt one more new year resolution: https://youtu.be/lghzH_UdxSk

It is our understanding that three-point rear seat belts were already mandatory (by way of Vehicle Type Approval) for new cars since 2012. Perhaps a handful of new models post-2012 may have been exempted on technicalities but this will not be the case anymore from 2018 onward, says JPJ. Question is: what good can seat belts do when (according to a 2015 MIROS study) more than 90% of Malaysians do not buckle up when they are seated behind? Maybe this video by IIHS might persuade you to adopt one more new year resolution: youtu.be/lghzH_UdxSk ... See MoreSee Less

Talk about auspicious numbers. The soon-to-be-fastest ever McLaren road car will have 800hp and 800Nm from its 4.0-litre V8. It weighs 1,198kg (slightly more than a Honda Jazz) because it has carbon-fibre everywhere, which makes for a power-to-weight ratio of 668hp per tonne. Since the fire-breathing P1 has a power-to-weight ratio of only 657hp per tonne and does 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, McLarens most potent ever will very likely top that with...2.5 seconds possibly? The McLaren Senna will break cover at the forthcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Heres waiting for the McLaren Alonso in 2020. #McLarenSenna

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Talk about auspicious numbers. The soon-to-be-fastest ever McLaren road car will have 800hp and 800Nm from its 4.0-litre V8. It weighs 1,198kg (slightly more than a Honda Jazz) because it has carbon-fibre everywhere, which makes for a power-to-weight ratio of 668hp per tonne. Since the fire-breathing P1 has a power-to-weight ratio of 'only' 657hp per tonne and does 0-100km/h in 2.8 seconds, McLaren's most potent ever will very likely top that with...2.5 seconds possibly? The McLaren Senna will break cover at the forthcoming 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Here's waiting for the McLaren Alonso in 2020. #McLarenSenna
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The future is electric for BMW
It may be an elaborate light show, but the symbolism couldn’t be more appropriate on a landmark that represents the mighty internal combustion engine -- BMW’s headquarters at Munich. There will come a time when batteries fully replace cylinders, but for now, BMW is happy to celebrate the milestone of delivering over 100,000 units of electrified BMW vehicles (includes full EVs and plug-ins) to its customers over the course of 2017, with a battery of 25 such models to lead the charge by 2025. And they won't even need to remodel the office.
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Why Mercedes-Benz has got your back

“At the end of the day, every electric car is only as sustainable as the electric it uses.”