Fleet operators and even event organisers must be licking their lips on the prospect of having a mobile refueling truck on call now that Petronas is offering such a service in Malaysia, dubbed ROVR (we have yet to unlock this acronym).
Petronas has actually been trialing this fuel delivery service since October last year and there are now three 11,000-litre and one 4,000-litre capacity tankers ready for commercial customers, with smaller 3,000-litre trucks (now in pilot testing) to follow for B2C applications. Imagine how handy ROVR trucks can be on track days at Sepang. #Petronas #ROVR ... See MoreSee Less
Interesting. More appealing to suburban folks or villagers where they are far off from petrol stations. And also during festive exodus. Such vehicles can be stationed off the busy highway, hence lessening the congestion at R&R.
Just when you think there won’t be new EQ models after the discontinuation of the E350e and C350e, Mercedes-Benz lobbed two across the bow of PHEV market leaders BMW. Well, technically just one model is available now – a new S-Class flagship in the shape of the S560e at RM658,800 (tentative MSRP), and possibly one other plug-in at a later date, the C300e.
The S560e is powered by a 367hp 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 working in tandem with a 122hp electric motor for a combined system output of 475hp and 700Nm. No surprises then that the flagship S-Class limo is able to waltz from idle to 100km/h in 5.0 seconds flat. Under its boot floor lies a 13.5kWh battery pack, good for a fully electric range of 50km, at least on paper.
Making a preview but not quite ready for retail is the C300e, the successor to the pre-facelifted C350e. Like the S560e, the C300e has a similarly sized battery pack (which is more than double the capacity of the C350e) at 13.5kWh and an electric range of 50km. System output is rated at 320hp and 700Nm, churned out by a turbocharged 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine and electric motor together; 0-100km/h takes 5.4 seconds. Both the S560e and C300e are rear-wheel drive as well. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is ‘ready’ to introduce the C300e but it will likely hinge on whether it is able to secure a price as competitive as the C350e previously.
Despite high voltage batteries and hybrid system components being less costly than before, the cost of making a plug-in vehicle remains far higher than one powered solely by a combustion engine. At some point in time, our government has to make up their minds as to what they want out of car companies in Malaysia. Without a clear policy forward, we are unlikely to see the fully-electric EQC at a Mercedes-Benz showroom anytime soon (most optimistic timing is second half of 2020). At an estimated RM600,000 for the GLC-based EQC, it is a proposition that’s tough to justify, no matter how much you may love technology or want to save trees.
To see and experience all things Mercedes-Benz, make your way to Bandar Malaysia this weekend. #TheFutureofLuxury #MercedesBenzMalaysia ... See MoreSee Less
Ops Selamat -- the annual operation undertaken by the police force and relevant authorities to raise the safety level on the roads over festive periods. So far, 221 people have perished over a period of 13 days since 29th May (involving 21,265 reported cases); which works out to an average of 17 deaths per day.
In 2018, there were 5,870 fatalities on Malaysian roads for the whole year -- an average of 16 deaths a day. Malaysia has the third highest road-related death rate in the world, yet most car owners are more concerned about how dark window tints can go rather than learning how to cope with the dangers of driving in this country. #OpsSelamat ... See MoreSee Less
Not even a nasty splatter of bird poo could stop Laurent Hurgon and his mighty 300hp Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R - lightened by 130kg with reworked chassis and aerodynamics - from wresting the fastest road-legal FWD on Nordschleife honour back from Honda. It was close but the Megane R.S. Trophy-R pipped the Civic Type R's record by just 3.7 seconds at the end of the 20km lap.
The Trophy-R is expected to be made available by the end of the year and will be limited in 'hundreds'. In the meantime, if you crave for some Megane R.S. action, the 'regular' edition with 280hp/390Nm and in Cup chassis tune is available in Malaysia starting from RM279,888 for the 6-speed manual (yes, just like the record-breaking car, you can have it with three pedals) and RM299,888 for the dual-clutch EDC option (also 6-speed), both variants are equipped with four-wheel steering and a mechanical LSD. #Renault #MeganeRS #TrophyR #Nordschleife #Nurburgring ... See MoreSee Less
It's uncommon to mention 'Avanza' and 'stylish' in the same breath, but with this latest makeover, you won't be laughed at if you think so. Instead of adding more lines and chrome to tart up an old face, Toyota has given the Avanza bi-level headlamps and a spindle-like grille for a surprisingly premium and dignified look. Okay, so the side profile is still van-like and mechanically little has changed, but the exterior updates and new interior touches (digital AC controls, display audio, new materials, etc) do work a treat on an MPV known mainly for being robust and pragmatic. #Toyota #Avanza ... See MoreSee Less
If you have somehow managed to miss all the frenetic action of 2019 Formula E season where there have been eight different winners over the eight races held so far, and F1 isn't your thing, then tune in this weekend to the Monaco E-Prix (www.fiaformulae.com/).
The added bonus for this race is that you'll get to see a new safety car, a factory modified BMW i8 Roadster, replacing the i8 coupe before this. Apart from being optimised for track use, this roadster has had the majority of its front widescreen lopped off, so the all-important light bar is now mounted aft of the FIA-approved roll-over hoops, propped higher than the motorsport-grade rear spoiler. There's a lot to unpack visually, we think it looks pretty radical, let's hope the weather proofing been sorted in the interior. #BMW #i8 #FormulaE #SafetyCar ... See MoreSee Less