Mercedes-Benz is once again the leading luxury car brand in the "Best Global Brands of 2020" as valued by brand consultants Interbrand. However, it isn't the highest ranked car company as Toyota finished a rung ahead of the three-pointed star in a year where tech companies were the big movers with Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and Samsung taking the top five spots. Here are the automotive brands that made it into the top 100 for 2020, and where they stood:
- Toyota (7th) - Mercedes-Benz (8th) - BMW (11th) - Honda (20th) - Hyundai (36th) - Tesla (40th) - Ford (42th) - Audi (44th) - Volkswagen (47th) - Porsche (55th) - Nissan (59th) - Ferrari (79th) - Kia (86th) - Land Rover (93rd) - MINI (95th)
Any recall that impacts the primary controls of a vehicle (e.g. drive, braking, steering, etc) warrants immediate attention, so if you own a Mazda2, Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, CX-5 or CX-9 manufactured between 2017 and 2019, please visit mazda.com.my/mazda-recall-information-centre to check if your vehicle is affected. The product recall concerns a possible fault with the vehicle's fuel pump and could result in a loss of power. Do note that only petrol-powered models are affected, totaling 19,685 units in Malaysia. #Mazda#bermaz... See MoreSee Less
Volkswagen's R-Line is just like what M Sport means to BMW, there's isn't necessarily more power from the 'base' powertrain, but you get racier cosmetics inside and out, along with larger wheels and a sportier suspension. The cost up for the Passat R-Line over the Elegance is RM21,554.54, tipping the price of the German D-sedan over the RM200K mark to RM204.433.18.
That said, you are getting a lot of car for the money -- 190hp and 320Nm from a 2.0-litre TSI four-cylinder mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch auto (wet clutch type) which propels the Passat R-Line from idle to 100km/h in 7.9 seconds. Apart from the R-specific grille, wheels (19-inch) and body kit, there's the addition of Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) which brings with it adaptive dampers and customisable drive modes. #vw#volkswagen#Passatrline... See MoreSee Less
BMW Group Malaysia has been on a tear in 2020, firing a salvo of new and updated models despite facing pandemic-driven headwinds. While the X1 sDrive18i lowered the price barrier for BMW ownership in this country, the more significant model has to be the new 2-Series Gran Coupe.
Like the Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedans, BMW Malaysia finally has a front-wheel driven (because space matters) three-box saloon to offer. Positioned as a trendy and affordable entry ticket to the BMW brand, it is expected to capture a wider audience compared to a rear-wheel driven hatchback with a tight cabin that BMW used to peddle.
For a locally assembled model, the 218i Gran Coupe is only RM8,000 less than the CBU Mercedes A200 sedan, but BMW has decked it out in M Sport trim and no small amount of active safety features, though the sole powertrain here is the B38 turbocharged 1.5-litre 3-cylinder with 140hp and 220Nm, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. Upping that output anytime soon, BMW?
While having those cool frame-less doors doesn’t make the 218i any less of a sedan, it really does cut a unique silhouette on the road and heralds the new generation of FWD offerings from BMW (the M135i hatch preceded it but you’ll see more 218i on the road). But has the 218i Gran Coupe come at a time when the interest for sedans is waning? #BMW #218iGranCoupe ... See MoreSee Less
When Ford outed the Ranger Raptor a couple of years ago, it showed how a pick-up truck can be outrageously rugged yet desirable at the same time. An equivalent 'Raptor' from Toyota would've been unlikely, but in the new Hilux Rogue, the ubiquitous workhorse is looking a lot more rugged and macho than before.
The most popular pick-up in Malaysia is also pricier than before, the Rogue breaching the RM150K mark with insurance and accessories factored in, there is however a RM2,000 discount if you register one within this year.
To be fair to the Rogue, it does come suitably equipped with active safety features such as adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking and lane departure warning, a higher engine output of 204hp and 500Nm (from a 2.8-litre common-rail 4-cylinder), revised steering and suspension for better ride comfort. #Toyota#hiluxrogue... See MoreSee Less
As the 'Ultra' and 'Plus' monikers had already been exhausted, it's no surprise that Shell turned to 'Professional' to christen its new range of Helix engine lubricants tailored for authorised service centres and specialist workshops.
Unlike the regular range of Helix engine oil, the Professional range - available in either 5W-40 (fully synthetic Helix Ultra) or 5W-30 (semi-synthetic HX7) viscosity, is only offered through major workshops and authorised service centres such as BMW dealerships in Malaysia, hence there are no official recommended retail prices to share, so do check with the workshops which you patronise.#Shell#helixprofessional... See MoreSee Less
Exclusivity does come with a price. In the case of the MINI Electric First Edition, essentially an all-electric Cooper SE fitted with additional equipment, the premium over the 'standard' car is a not insubstantial RM20,000. For that, you get an expansive view of the sky courtesy of its panoramic sunroof, nappa leather interior with Union Jack imprints on the front seat headrests, nappa leather-wrapped steering, bespoke door sills and side scuttle bearing the numeral sequence of the 15 cars. The First Edition is also distinguished by a new black paintwork option called Enigmatic Black (White Silver being the other choice) and is priced at RM238,380.78. #MINIElectric#cooperse#FirstEdition... See MoreSee Less
Competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or World Rally Championships would be high on the list of any young racer, and Malaysians between the ages of 14 to 20 can now dream after UMW Toyota Motor introduced the Gazoo Racing Young Talent Development Programme aimed at nurturing young racing talent to transition from the sport of karting and sim-racing to saloon car racing.
In fact, the programme had already recruited six young racers (based on their karting and sim-racing accomplishments and commitment) and they are sim racers Mika Hakimi, 17 years old and Naquib Azlan, 20 years old; and karters Amer Harris, 17 years old; Jwan Hii, 18 years old; Putera Adam, 14 years old; and Troy Eimann, 16 years old, all of whom would be receiving professional coaching before given the opportunity to compete in Season 4 of the Toyota Vios Challenge series.
Racers drafted into this programme will undergo intensive training both on and off the track under the guidance of instructors at the Gazoo Racing School and must satisfy a number of criteria before being certified to race, subject to fulfilling all conditions for the issuance of a national competition license by Malaysia’s motor-racing governing body, the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM).|
Meanwhile, Malaysia’s top 20 virtual racers are battling it out this weekend to be crowned the overall champion of season 3 of the Toyota GR Velocity Esports Championship. A total prize pool of RM70,000 and a chance to represent Malaysia in the first ever GR Supra GT Cup Asia 2020 are at stake. Watch it here: youtu.be/p5Fb3YzLAtk... See MoreSee Less