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Volkswagen Malaysia launched a promotion for the Tiguan yesterday, promising six months’ worth of free instalments as long as the popular SUV is registered by 30th June, 2020. And if you make the booking through the Volkswagen eShowroom (https://bit.ly/2UaeakW), there would be a rebate of RM4,000. So, how much are you saving?

The offer applies only to the Highline or JOIN variants of the 1.4-litre TSI model (150hp/250Nm with 6-speed dual-clutch DSG), and is based on a 9-year, 2.3% hire purchase loan with 10% down-payment, which works out to a monthly instalment of RM1,630. Hence:

- Rebates through eShowroom booking = RM4,000
- Six months ‘free’ instalment: RM1,630 x 6 = RM9,780
- Total savings on the Tiguan: RM13,780

On top of that, you can now opt to have your brand new Volkswagen delivered to your ‘doorstep’ for free as long as the location is within 20km radius of the dealership. To learn more about the Tiguan, read this: https://countersteer.my/2018/03/17/volkswagen_tiguan/.

Volkswagen Malaysia launched a promotion for the Tiguan yesterday, promising six months’ worth of free instalments as long as the popular SUV is registered by 30th June, 2020. And if you make the booking through the Volkswagen eShowroom (bit.ly/2UaeakW), there would be a rebate of RM4,000. So, how much are you saving?

The offer applies only to the Highline or JOIN variants of the 1.4-litre TSI model (150hp/250Nm with 6-speed dual-clutch DSG), and is based on a 9-year, 2.3% hire purchase loan with 10% down-payment, which works out to a monthly instalment of RM1,630. Hence:

- Rebates through eShowroom booking = RM4,000
- Six months ‘free’ instalment: RM1,630 x 6 = RM9,780
- Total savings on the Tiguan: RM13,780

On top of that, you can now opt to have your brand new Volkswagen delivered to your ‘doorstep’ for free as long as the location is within 20km radius of the dealership. To learn more about the Tiguan, read this: countersteer.my/2018/03/17/volkswagen_tiguan/.
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Porsche MalaysiaWitness the digital premiere of the new 911 Speedster. Learn more at our dealer websites. Porsche Centre Ara Damansara – https://bit.ly/PCAD_Speedster Porsche Centre Sungai Besi – https://bit.ly/PCSB_Speedster Porsche Centre Penang – https://bit.ly/PCP_Speedster ... See MoreSee Less

The 2020 Formula 1 season is finally getting underway with the first eight races centred around the continent of Europe. The season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on 5th July, followed by a second race at the same venue a week later on 12th July.

The Hungarian Grand Prix will follow a week after that on 19th July, with two back-to-back races at Silverstone to follow after a two-week break, happening on the 2nd and 9th August. The Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona follows a week later on the 16th of August.

After a two-week interval, the Belgian Grand Prix will happen on 30th August, followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on 6th September. All F1 race weekends will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3 races. Talk about a packed schedule! #Formula1 #F12020

The 2020 Formula 1 season is finally getting underway with the first eight races centred around the continent of Europe. The season will kick off with the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring on 5th July, followed by a second race at the same venue a week later on 12th July.

The Hungarian Grand Prix will follow a week after that on 19th July, with two back-to-back races at Silverstone to follow after a two-week break, happening on the 2nd and 9th August. The Spanish Grand Prix at Barcelona follows a week later on the 16th of August.

After a two-week interval, the Belgian Grand Prix will happen on 30th August, followed by the Italian Grand Prix at Monza a week later on 6th September. All F1 race weekends will be supported by Formula 2 and Formula 3 races. Talk about a packed schedule! #formula1 #F12020
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The last generation 45-series AMG models rewrote the books when it came to raw power and all-wheel drive traction, whether its on road or track. Well, Mercedes-AMG is back again, armed with more cutting-edge tech and packing an even bigger punch (why, of course). To shake off your Monday blues, watch the digital premiere of two all-new 45 AMG models in Malaysia at 12.00pm today: www.mercedes-benz.com.my/amg-live.

The last generation 45-series AMG models rewrote the books when it came to raw power and all-wheel drive traction, whether it's on road or track. Well, Mercedes-AMG is back again, armed with more cutting-edge tech and packing an even bigger punch (why, of course). To shake off your Monday blues, watch the digital premiere of two all-new 45 AMG models in Malaysia at 12.00pm today: www.mercedes-benz.com.my/amg-live. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Here are the prices for the AMG models launched (from left) A35 hatchback, the CLA45 S coupe and the A45 S Edition 1 hatch.

https://www.facebook.com/MercedesBenzMalaysia/videos/549928469050808/

https://youtu.be/oC3L6vVFASU

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Even in the best of times, mass market electrified hybrid models can be a tough sell. Which is why the strategy adopted by Nissan for the ASEAN region – in the case of the new Kicks e-Power – is quite ballsy, if the recent launch of the B-segment crossover in Thailand is anything to go by.

Introduced in late 2017, the Kicks that was launched north of our borders not only constituted the world premiere of the facelift model but also the debut of the e-Power drivetrain in the ASEAN region after proving to be a success in the Japanese domestic market (you can read about the tech here: bit.ly/2TUx3Zk).

In brief, e-Power refers to Nissan’s series hybrid technology where the vehicle is propelled solely by an electric motor (129hp and 260Nm) deriving power from a tiny 1.57kWh lithium-ion battery pack housed under the front seats (a Nissan Leaf has a 40kWh battery pack). The upsides of e-Power being its compact packaging, low kerb weight for an electric powered vehicle and on-board charging (only) through a conventional 1.2-litre 3-cylinder petrol engine which functions as a generator to replenish the battery pack, but never to power the front wheels directly.

Nothing wrong with the technology on paper; the battery pack is small enough not to conjure up worries of huge repair bills, there’s no need to install a charger at home either and you get all the driving characteristics of an EV. Nissan also touts a fuel economy rating of 23.4km/l for the Kicks e-Power and a 5-year/100,000km warranty on the e-Power system in Thailand.

In fact, the Kicks has all the ingredients to be Nissan’s next big hit (which they need badly), but by offering just the e-Power series hybrid system as the sole powertrain option, it does bring into question whether such a technology will be as readily accepted as the trusty combustion engine. Time will tell. #Nissan #Kicks #ePower
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How different than a full hybrid?

I'm in! But many questions remain... One of which is- would the ice support spirited driving under pure electric generation mode as the batt runs out? Which will undoubtedly happen quickly with the small batt.

What range does the batt yield on a full charge. Is there also plug-in charging or solely via the ICE?

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The facelifted BMW 5-Series has been unveiled; the mid-life treatment features sharper creases, angrier-looking kidney grilles, new wheel designs and more defined ilumination graphics. All non-PHEV models will come with 48V mild hybrid powertrain as standard, along with a higher degree of driver assistance tech. Like what you're seeing? #bmw #5series #G30

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And it doesn't come with the updated logo? 😃

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Malaysians are a demanding bunch and they aren’t shy to share their views behind a keyboard. During the virtual launch of the locally assembled Volvo S60 T8 plug-in hybrid earlier this week, the CEO of Volvo Car Malaysia Nalin Jain revealed that the price of the CKD variant would be the same as that of the CBU (launched October last year) at RM295,888.

While the announcement didn’t quite get as much traction as the Minister of Health’s advice on how not to get infected by Covid-19, which landed him in hot water figuratively speaking, the reaction to the price of the locally assembled S60 was unjustifiably strong, if not plain wrong.

The S60 is a premium product, the price commands a premium naturally. It is a car for affluent customers – the same reason why people pay a premium for a Dyson over a Panasonic. Secondly, for the level of safety specs (class-leading stuff), tech features and all-wheel drive performance, the S60 T8 PHEV trumps the competition. Whether anyone needs a car that rapid – 0-100km/h in 4.4 seconds – is another question altogether.

Thirdly, the price under RM300K is entirely in line with the hierarchy of the Volvo line up in Malaysia. The XC60 T8 Inscription, which shares the same platform, powertrain and near identical specs as the new S60 T8, is priced at RM333,888. For a not insubstantial RM38,000 savings (or 11%), you can have the sportier and far more stylish (in our opinion) four-door saloon over the SUV.

Finally, for CKD hybrid models granted tax exemptions from the government, a limited run of CBU units are typically given the same exemptions as part of the incentive package to locally assemble the cars here. Volvo Car Malaysia could have easily priced the CBU units higher, but they elected not to so, to the benefit of early adopters as well as the residue value of the CBU cars. So, fair play to Volvo Malaysia. #Volvo #S60T8
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Totally agreed bro. It's just that there are too many cheapskates in Malaysia. Just can't shut up if they can't afford it. Then there are the brand snobs. And worse, those cheap cheapskates who are brand snobs

Totally agree with it. The fact that Malaysians have this mentality that CKD equates to cheaper price is something that should be really needed to be reevaluated. Brings back to the time Honda locally assembled the Jazz Hybrid. While it was only 4k cheaper, a lot of things has been removed and the car felt relatively "cheaper" inside. These days, most manufacturers are retaining the options mirroring to the CBU counter part and if those "buyers" are thinking that should warrant a lower price but with same level of options, needs to understand and read more. Although I need to point out that the removal of spilt folding seats in favour for automatic parking for the S60, is totally unnecessary.

What’s the electric-only range for this version?

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Normal life as we know it has been altered by Covid-19, and that includes how we shop and service our cars. Instead of striving to offer a high-touch and high engagement environment, dealerships are now relying on e-commerce to drive sales prospects, while showrooms and service centres tout social distancing measures, contactless transactions and personal hygiene SOPs to convince weary customers that it’s safe to show up in person.

We are probably witnessing a new premium for showrooms where the quality of beverages or plushness of sofas take a backseat to the elevated state of hygiene and preparedness in minimising any risk of infection. #Covid19 #SetiaGemilang #Proton

(Images show the measures taken by Setia Gemilang Auto, a Proton 4S dealership located in Shah Alam)Image attachmentImage attachment

Normal life as we know it has been altered by Covid-19, and that includes how we shop and service our cars. Instead of striving to offer a high-touch and high engagement environment, dealerships are now relying on e-commerce to drive sales prospects, while showrooms and service centres tout social distancing measures, contactless transactions and personal hygiene SOPs to convince weary customers that it’s safe to show up in person.

We are probably witnessing a new 'premium' for showrooms where the quality of beverages or plushness of sofas take a backseat to the elevated state of hygiene and preparedness in minimising any risk of infection. #Covid19 #SetiaGemilang #Proton

(Images show the measures taken by Setia Gemilang Auto, a Proton 4S dealership located in Shah Alam)
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The road to vehicle electrification has many obstacles, but one that never fails to attract a battery of questions is the cost of the high voltage batteries. Many manufacturers have been less-than-straightforward on the costs not because they are untrustworthy, but just like an engine or the transmission of an internal combustion engine car, when replaced in its entirety, the cost of a lithium-ion battery pack of a PHEV or EV will dampen the enthusiasm of anyone who may be keen to own an electrified vehicle.

BMW Malaysia, the market share leader in plug-in hybrids, is tackling the subject matter head on by revealing that the high voltage battery modules in its plug-in and fully-electric models can be swapped out independently, thus negating the need to replace the entire battery pack.

In the case of the 530e plug-in hybrid which has a battery pack comprising six modules (there are 16 battery cells in each module by the way), BMW Malaysia has disclosed that the price of each module in the 530e is RM5,000, if a module requires replacing after the 6-year or 100,000km warranty on the high voltage battery pack expires, subject to battery health checks which can be undertaken by any authorised BMW dealership.

While this effectively means that the battery pack of the 530e would cost a not insubstantial RM30,000 (sans labour charges), the revelation goes a long way in addressing the unpredictable residue values of hybrid or electrified models in our market. Apart from the 530e, BMW Group Malaysia also offers the fully electric BMW i3, BMW 740LE and Mini Countryman plug-in hybrids in its range of vehicles.
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PHEV isn’t the same as fully electric. Whilst it does have the ability to run fully electric, using it this way has the tendency to overheat the battery packs. Something I learnt from speaking to a Volvo Tech. Based on the diagnostics they run, the majority of the battery failures in their PHEVS are because of this. Those who run their cars like a typical hybrid are OK.

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All Nissan showrooms and service centres have now resumed operations across Malaysia. Social distancing and hygiene measures in compliance with Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) have also been put in place, with face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers at customers disposal. Every vehicle received would also be disinfected before and after servicing. Do note that operating hours are different over the CMCO period and maintenance service is by appointment only (http://www.tceas.com/MITIUPDATE/).

New vehicle deliveries are expected to resume as the road transport department has begun processing vehicle registrations since 13th May, 2020, but expect delays due to the backlog. #Nissan #TanChong #CMCO

All Nissan showrooms and service centres have now resumed operations across Malaysia. Social distancing and hygiene measures in compliance with Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) have also been put in place, with face masks, gloves and hand sanitisers at customers' disposal. Every vehicle received would also be disinfected before and after servicing. Do note that operating hours are different over the CMCO period and maintenance service is by appointment only (www.tceas.com/MITIUPDATE/).

New vehicle deliveries are expected to resume as the road transport department has begun processing vehicle registrations since 13th May, 2020, but expect delays due to the backlog. #Nissan #tanchong #CMCO
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