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At RM1,310,800, the facelifted BMW i8 coupe is easily the most expensive 1.5-litre three-cylinder powered vehicle you can buy in Malaysia. Oh, it also has a carbon fibre reinforced body, 11.6 kWh worth of lithium-ion batteries for a total system output of 374hp driving all four wheels; 0-100km/h takes 4.4 seconds. #BMWi8 #BMWMalaysia

At RM1,310,800, the facelifted BMW i8 coupe is easily the most expensive 1.5-litre three-cylinder powered vehicle you can buy in Malaysia. Oh, it also has a carbon fibre reinforced body, 11.6 kWh worth of lithium-ion batteries for a total system output of 374hp driving all four wheels; 0-100km/h takes 4.4 seconds. #BMWi8 #BMWMalaysia ... See MoreSee Less

At least Team Renault managed what the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur failed before the close of the EPL transfer window by signing a true class act. While the fee remains undisclosed, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will return to Renault as its brand ambassador and star in TV idents as part of Renaults partnership with Sky Sports over the 2018/2019 Premier League season. Henry last worked with Renault back in 2002 when Arsenal went unbeaten in the 2001/2002 campaign and clinched the league and cup double. Maybe. #Renault #PremierLeague #ThierryHenry

At least Team Renault managed what the likes of Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur failed before the close of the EPL transfer window by signing a true class act. While the fee remains undisclosed, Arsenal legend Thierry Henry will return to Renault as its brand ambassador and star in TV idents as part of Renault's partnership with Sky Sports over the 2018/2019 Premier League season. Henry last worked with Renault back in 2002 when Arsenal went unbeaten in the 2001/2002 campaign and clinched the league and cup double. Maybe. #Renault #PremierLeague #ThierryHenry ... See MoreSee Less

Its probably not going to be a key selling point for Malaysian consumers when the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is launched later this year, but this picture shows the parts of the new A-Class which are made of renewable raw materials and recycled plastics. Examples include the reinforcing frame of the sunroof that is composed of natural fibre mat in combination with a thermosetting bonding agent, it replaces a conventional steel sheet frame and cuts weight by half. And then theres the suede-like Dinamica material used on interior trims and even wheel arch linings made out of reprocessed starter batteries and bumpers. #MercedesBenz #AClass

It's probably not going to be a key selling point for Malaysian consumers when the all-new Mercedes-Benz A-Class is launched later this year, but this picture shows the parts of the new A-Class which are made of renewable raw materials and recycled plastics. Examples include the reinforcing frame of the sunroof that is composed of natural fibre mat in combination with a thermosetting bonding agent, it replaces a conventional steel sheet frame and cuts weight by half. And then there's the suede-like Dinamica material used on interior trims and even wheel arch linings made out of reprocessed starter batteries and bumpers. #MercedesBenz #AClass ... See MoreSee Less

Like a BMW 3-Series, the new Cat 320 excavator is said to offer an earth-shattering drive, albeit in a much more literal fashion. Cat touts the 320-series (there are two variants; 320 and 320 GC) as the gold standard of the 20-tonne class excavators with 'increased operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improved operator comfort compared to previous models'. The 320 is powered by a 4.4-litre four-cylinder diesel engine (we think) with gross outputs ranging from 145hp to 158hp. No torque values were provided but you can imagine that would be nothing short of earthmoving. Lame puns aside, the 320 boasts some high-tech features that would leave some BMW owners stumped.

How about keyless push button start (with optional Bluetooth keyfob or smartphone app remote start), standard 8-inch touchscreen with jog dials, sound-suppressed rollover protection structure, programmable joystick control just like an Airbus (steering wheel is so yesterday), radio with Bluetooth and USB connectivity and of course, automatic climate control. When the operator radios to say 'no sweat', he/she probably means it.

Official distributor of Cat in Malaysia, Sime Darby Industrial targets to sell 150 units of the 320 and 320 GC within the next 12 months, with no less than seven customers having already committed to it. Prices start from RM430,000, bet you didn't know how much an excavator would cost. #Cat #Caterpillar
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Rebadge to "Ulat Beluncas".

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When queried recently on whether Mercedes-Benz Malaysia plans to introduce the new A-Class sedan in Malaysia, the top management elected not to confirm nor deny. When car execs behave coyly, you can bet your house that it'll be coming. Since BMW isn't showing any signs of offering the 1-Series sedan beyond China and the Audi A3 sedan hampered by the brand's subdued presence in Malaysia, the coast is clear for Mercedes-Benz to go hunting for more new customers when the A-Class sedan arrives. #MercedesBenz #AClassSedan #MBM ... See MoreSee Less

 

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They will have the segment all to themselves. And an improved A Class is gonna help them cement their market leadership.

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It comes as no surprise that the new-generation Audi Q3 is nearly 100mm longer, 25mm wider and has a wheelbase that's 77mm lengthier than the last generation Q3. With the Q2 being the starter model of the Audi SUV range, the Q3 had to grow up. In many ways, the shape and size of the new Q3 also sees Audi occupying the ground between the Mercedes-Benz GLA (low-slung, crossover-ish) and BMW X1 (squarer, traditional SUV look) in terms of design. On the outside, the Q3 looks infinitely more dynamic than the old one, with more curves and creases on its body and wearing that Q8-inspired face. Of course, the grille is larger too. #AudiQ3 ... See MoreSee Less

A total of 23 Mitsubishi SUVs worth RM3 million were purchased by two highway concessionaires -- PLUS And ANIH -- for the use of the police force as part of the Expressway Mobile Patrol Vehicle fleet. The vehicles which comprises a mix of the Outlander 2.4L and ASX 2.0L are dubbed the Police Highway Eagle’. Heres hoping that the traffic police will make full use of them in policing the deadly highways of Malaysia. #PDRM #MitsubishiMotorsMalaysia

A total of 23 Mitsubishi SUVs worth RM3 million were purchased by two highway concessionaires -- PLUS And ANIH -- for the use of the police force as part of the Expressway Mobile Patrol Vehicle fleet. The vehicles which comprises a mix of the Outlander 2.4L and ASX 2.0L are dubbed the 'Police Highway Eagle’. Here's hoping that the traffic police will make full use of them in policing the deadly highways of Malaysia. #PDRM #MitsubishiMotorsMalaysia ... See MoreSee Less

'Nissan Leaf' and 'hot hatch' are rarely spoken in the same breadth, but in the new Nissan Leaf NISMO road car, it's no longer a stretch because NISMO's interpretation of the fully-electric Leaf looks the business. Nissan is stingy with the statistics, but we know it has a remapped ECU, sportier suspension with larger 18-inch alloys and sticky tyres, improved braking, even re-tuned steering and electronic stability control, all to make it perform better and corner harder. But it's the NISMO aesthetics on the outside that gives the Leaf instant street cred. #NissanLeaf #NISMO ... See MoreSee Less

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