Not much is going right at Nissan and Infiniti these days, and to have your latest concept vehicle 'break down' when it's supposed to saunter on stage just adds salt to wound (goo.gl/M8JyCS). Our commiserations to the person looking after the Infiniti QX Inspiration concept during Detroit auto show, but things did end on a higher note when the concept EV took home 'Best Concept Vehicle' and 'Best Interior' awards at NAIAS 2019. Life's like that sometimes. #Infiniti #NAIAS2019 ... See MoreSee Less
The main protagonists of this year's WRC have just unveiled their hardware at the Autosport International racing car show at Birmingham, UK. Which one is your favourite rally machine? #WRC2019 ... See MoreSee Less
The chart behind Mark Raine, the VP of Sales & Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) tells a pretty compelling story. In a span of four years (2014 to 2018), MBM managed to almost double new vehicle sales from 6,932 to 13,079 units (that's an increase of 88.7% if you're counting). This achievement has come despite a declining Total Industry Volume (or the total number of new vehicles registered) trend since a peak of 666,674 units in 2015 (it was 576,635 units in 2017).
MBM's unrelenting effort to improve every facet of car purchasing and ownership, local production, along with well-coordinated product and marketing assaults have clearly paid off. And though the GST 'tax holiday' period over the third quarter of 2018 boosted overall car sales, MBM actually sold the highest number of vehicles in the first quarter of the year (ever in history). We think 13,079 will be hard to top in 2019, but would you bet against the three-pointed star? #MercedesBenzMalaysia ... See MoreSee Less
This picture of a weary-looking Maurizio Arrivabene at last year's Japanese F1 Grand Prix foretold a dismal outcome in a race which the Scuderia desperately needed to win to keep hopes alive. Instead, the team tripped up in qualifying (again), both drivers then went on to have scrappy races and failed to even make podium. Two races later, the drivers' championship was over and team boss Arrivabene's fate has hung in the balance since.
Yesterday, Ferrari sent out a short press release which spelled out the inevitable:
"After four years of untiring commitment and dedication, Maurizio Arrivabene is leaving the team. The decision was taken together with the company’s top management after lengthy discussions related to Maurizio’s long term personal interests as well as those of the team itself.
Ferrari would like to thank Maurizio for his valuable contribution to the team’s increasing competiveness over the past few years, and wish him the best for his future endeavours.
With immediate effect, Mattia Binotto will take over as Scuderia Ferrari’s Team Principal. All technical areas will continue to report directly to Mattia." #Scuderia #Ferrari #F1 ... See MoreSee Less
Even for Edaran Tan Chong Motor's lofty standards of giving away cars to contest winners in the past, the grand prize of a serviced apartment (including two car parks) worth up to RM665,000 clearly takes the cake as far as contest prizes go.
New Nissan car buyers who register their vehicles from 1st December 2018 to 31st December 2019 are eligible to enter the contest -- a collaboration between ETCM and JKG Land Bhd (goo.gl/XFuKBg). In conjunction with Chinese New Year, ETCM also announced the availability of a new striking colour called Imperial Red on the Serena S-Hybrid (Premium Highway Star grade). You never know, this 'lucky' colour could win you an apartment. #Nissan #ETCM #Serena ... See MoreSee Less
Surely, somebody would've thought of this already, or maybe not, to Volkswagen's credit. The Mobile Charging Station -- think of it as a portable powerbank for EVs -- is planned for trials in the first half of next year and then into production by 2020. It is designed to carry 360kWh worth of charge, enough to quick charge 15 'e-vehicles', according to VW's calculation. Once power levels dip below 20%, the charging station is then replaced with another portable unit, unless it is hooked up to a 30kW AC supply and/or it receives sufficient charge from other sources such as wind or solar. An interesting point to note is that the mobile charging station's battery pack is based on VW Group's Modular Electric Toolkit specifications, which means cells that are recycled from EVs (from the VW stable) can then have a 'second life' in the mobile charging stations. #Volkswagen #EV #MEB ... See MoreSee Less