Lewis might have stolen the show, but Dr. Zetsche's keynote address carried a far more important message.
Volvo XC40 Whatever Volvo is paying their designers, we think it's probably not enough for the all-new XC40 compact SUV is yet another Volvo that's so easy on the eyes. When it does arrive in Malaysia (perhaps early 2019?), the XC40 will square off against the BMW X1, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. Possible powertrains include a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder as well as a plug-in hybrid 'Twin Engine' option. Till then, feast your eyes on cool Nordic design. #VolvoXC40 ... See MoreSee Less
Bugatti Chiron: 0-400-0km/h We would’ve dubbed Juan Pablo Montoya ‘Rocketman’ for his exploits with the 1500hp and 1600Nm Bugatti Chiron recently, but one Mr. Kim from North Korea currently holds that honour, so we’ll just call the Colombian ex-Formula 1 and current IndyCar racer ‘a nut job’ for attempting to set a new 0-400-0 km/h record in a production car. Bald numbers mean little without context, in the best run recorded at Bugatti's own Ehra-Lessien test track, the Chiron – willed on by a 8.0-litre quad-turbo W16 and weighing around two-tonnes – did idle to 100km/h in 2.4 seconds, 200km/h in 6.1 seconds, 300km/h in 13.1 seconds and topping 400km/h in 32.6 seconds.
A Porsche 918 with Weissach package does these milestones (except 400km/h as top speed is 345km/h) in 2.6s, 7.2s and 19.9s. Once the Chiron hit 400km/h, Montoya threw out the anchors and brought the supercar to a halt in less than 10 seconds (or 491 meters), thus completing 0-400-0 km/h in an astonishing 42 seconds. Montoya did it without a race suit or helmet because that’s how Colombians roll, at some stretches he even topped 420km/h -- the fastest he has ever travelled in a car, Indy and F1 race cars included. When asked to describe his feat, Montoya felt that he was ‘Juan with the car’. Okay, we made up the last bit, the rest is real. Really. #BugattiChiron ... See MoreSee Less
When the first locally assembled Mitsubishi ASX rolled out of Tan Chong Motor's assembly plant at Segambut, Kuala Lumpur in 2014, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) would not have predicted Nissan becoming the biggest shareholder in Mitsubishi Motors Corporation by the end of 2016. Tan Chong Motor (TCM) is synonymous with Nissan as its official distributor in Malaysia since 1956, hence by sheer coincidence, the existing business arrangement between MMM and TCM turned out to be entirely in sync with the objectives of the newly formed global alliance; one of which is to share resources and pass on savings to customers.
The local collaboration has now yielded a second CKD model for Mitsubishi -- the 2.0-litre Outlander SUV priced at RM139,998, which is around RM30,000 less than the fully-imported 2.4-litre variant. Apart from the smaller capacity lower output four-cylinder engine (145hp/196Nm) and fewer creature comforts (e.g. sunroof and leather seats omitted), all-wheel-drive and safety equipment (seven airbags, electronic stability control, etc.) have been retained. MMM has yet to decide if the 2.4-litre variant will feature in the model line-up after CBU stocks deplete, so if you're keen on one, it might be a good time to strike a deal. Read our review of the Outlander 2.4 here: goo.gl/c2xtCM... See MoreSee Less
Mercedes-AMG GT R @ Bilster Berg Bilster Berg is possibly one of the best privately owned test tracks in Europe, if not the world. Built in 2011 and designed by none other than Hermann Tilke, it serves up 44 crests (some of which are blind) and dips, 19 curves, slopes of up to 26%, inclines of 21% and a cumulative variation in elevation of over 200 meters. In a 585hp/700Nm Mercedes-AMG GT R, it's 4.2km of pure exhiliration. We ride with Mercedes-AMG DTM and Formula E driver Maro Engel. ... See MoreSee Less
We aren't at the foothills of Austria, but the pavilion of Mercedes-Benz at 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show is filled with the sound of AMG -- GLC43, A45, C63, G65 and GT R. Crank up the volume now... ... See MoreSee Less
So the Concept #EQA is a hatch after all, will have a 400km range with every full charge, and go into production in 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
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More details on the Mercedes-AMG Project One from IAA 2017. Yes, Lewis Hamilton did drive the 1000hp hypercar on to the stage, the name isn't final yet but it's worth noting that the abbreviation of Project One reads P1 and from certain angles it does have a passing resemblance to Gordon Murray's McLaren F1.
Instead of souping up a road car's powertrain, the 1.6-litre V6 engine is actually derived from Hamilton's W08 F1 race car, as are many of its components including the carbon fibre body construction and push-rod type suspension system. We can probably afford the road tax but the Project One's estimated €2 million price tag and limited production (275 units) means it'll be hard to come by when it launches in 2019. ... See MoreSee Less
The Mercedes-AMG Project One -- >1000hp from a 1.6L turbocharged plug-in hybrid AWD powertrain with four electric motors; 0-200km/h in less than six seconds, capable of over 40km of pure electric range. ... See MoreSee Less
Nissan owners in Malaysia who purchased their vehicles prior to 1st January 2017 -- when Edaran Tan Chong Motor introduced the 7-year warranty programme for new cars -- now have the option to extend their vehicle warranties under the TC Warranty Plus programme.
Vehicles which have passed the original 3-year coverage (e.g. a four-year old Almera) are still eligible for TC Warranty Plus as long as the age of the vehicle does not exceed five years, subject to an inspection at an authorised Nissan service centre. Note that vehicles registered for commercial use are excluded from this programme.
Prices range from RM998 for a two-year extension for the Almera and up to RM2,988 for a four-year extension for the current-generation X-Trail. Owners can choose between different packages based on the length of the warranty extension or even limit the coverage to three main components only (i,e. engine, transmission and steering system) for a lower fee. Buzz the Nissan Customer Care Centre at 1800-88-3838 to find out how. ... See MoreSee Less