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Fun fact: this weekend's F1 race is dubbed the Styrian grand prix because the Red Bull Ring circuit is located in the Austrian state of Styria. Just like last week's season opener, qualifying is scheduled to start 9.00pm on Saturday while the race at 9.10pm on Sunday. Rain is forecasted, so don't miss the race! #StyrianGP #redbullring #formula1 ... See MoreSee Less

The new Proton Saga Anniversary Edition (the reference is self-explanatory, being 35 years in the business) is essentially a Saga Premium variant with a black paint job and yellow highlights on certain parts of the popular four-door sedan. The car featured here actually costs RM2K more as it is fitted with the optional package comprising front lower lip spoiler, side skirts, door visors, trunk tray and insulation trim on the bonnet and boot lid. Otherwise, the retail price sans optional package is RM39,300, limited to a production run of 1,100 units. #proton #saga ... See MoreSee Less

The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross has just been announced in Thailand, does it have what it takes to challenge the Honda HR-V? ... See MoreSee Less

 

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What a scowl. Clearly the car doesn’t like you.

Sigh!!!...2.0liter NA again?🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱🥱

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Bear witness to the first ever virtual launch by Proton this morning where the new Proton Saga Anniversary Edition will be unveiled, in conjunction with the Sagas 35th birthday. The show starts at 10:35am and you can watch it by clicking on: https://www.facebook.com/ProtonCarsOfficial/

Bear witness to the first ever virtual launch by Proton this morning where the new Proton Saga Anniversary Edition will be unveiled, in conjunction with the Saga's 35th birthday. The show starts at 10:35am and you can watch it by clicking on: Proton Cars ... See MoreSee Less

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s rare to see a new model and likely volume seller kept under wraps until its world premiere. Maybe few expected Toyota to spawn another SUV model positioned alongside the C-HR (sharing much of the engineering and platform), one thats more appealing to customers seeking practicalities that the swoopy C-HR couldn’t quite deliver.

(Catch the premiere of Toyotas newest SUV member on 9th July, Wednesday: shorturl.at/czRST)

At the same time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise given the market’s appetite for crossovers and SUVs, with models blurring the traditional vehicle segmentation. It has taken Toyota some time, but it does appear that they are finally on the ball. If reports coming out of Thailand are to be believed, the ‘new Toyota SUV’, rumoured to be named Corolla Cross, will compete against likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Kicks, Subaru XV, etc.

As the new SUV is mechanically similar to the C-HR and Corolla, the powertrain line-up is expected to encompass a 140hp 1.8-litre four-cylinder as well as a hybrid version of the same engine, both mated to a CVT. Given that the world premiere is held tomorrow in Thailand, it’s safe to say that this is a model earmarked for the region. The only questions left are whether UMW Malaysia would be assembling it locally, and if the hybrid version will be offered to leverage on the government incentives for CKD hybrids. #Toyota #CorollaCross

In the age of smartphones and social media, it’s rare to see a new model and likely volume seller kept under wraps until its world premiere. Maybe few expected Toyota to spawn another SUV model positioned alongside the C-HR (sharing much of the engineering and platform), one that's more appealing to customers seeking practicalities that the swoopy C-HR couldn’t quite deliver.

(Catch the premiere of Toyota's newest SUV member on 9th July, Wednesday: shorturl.at/czRST)

At the same time, it shouldn’t come as a surprise given the market’s appetite for crossovers and SUVs, with models blurring the traditional vehicle segmentation. It has taken Toyota some time, but it does appear that they are finally on the ball. If reports coming out of Thailand are to be believed, the ‘new Toyota SUV’, rumoured to be named Corolla Cross, will compete against likes of the Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Kicks, Subaru XV, etc.

As the new SUV is mechanically similar to the C-HR and Corolla, the powertrain line-up is expected to encompass a 140hp 1.8-litre four-cylinder as well as a hybrid version of the same engine, both mated to a CVT. Given that the world premiere is held tomorrow in Thailand, it’s safe to say that this is a model earmarked for the region. The only questions left are whether UMW Malaysia would be assembling it locally, and if the hybrid version will be offered to leverage on the government incentives for CKD hybrids. #Toyota #CorollaCross
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Fernando Alonso will be back in F1 sooner than later after confirming his participation in the 2021 season with the Renault Formula 1 team - his third stint with the French team. He will replace Daniel Ricciardo who has signed to race for McLaren next year. Alonsos two drivers titles were won with Renault back in 2005 and 2006 but he has failed to add to the tally after finishing second three times with Ferrari. Expect the 39-year old Spaniard to feature in Friday practice sessions in the coming races as he gets back into shape in preparation for 2021. Vamos! #FernandoAlonso #Formula1 #RenaultF1

Fernando Alonso will be back in F1 sooner than later after confirming his participation in the 2021 season with the Renault Formula 1 team - his third stint with the French team. He will replace Daniel Ricciardo who has signed to race for McLaren next year. Alonso's two driver's titles were won with Renault back in 2005 and 2006 but he has failed to add to the tally after finishing second three times with Ferrari. Expect the 39-year old Spaniard to feature in Friday practice sessions in the coming races as he gets back into shape in preparation for 2021. Vamos! #FernandoAlonso #formula1 #renaultf1 ... See MoreSee Less

 

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i just checked and assuming its literally just a year's contract, then Renault Sport doesn't have anyone (driver) contracted for 2022 as Ocon is only with them for '20 and '21! hmmm....

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Lando Norris' mega final lap clinching his first ever podium and Charles LeClerc's astonishing second place (when he seemed likelier to finish 8th) were standout achievements at the drama-filled season opener at Austria, but after the dust settled, F1 fans picked Red Bull Racing's Alex Albon as the Driver of the Day (shorturl.at/bmFPQ). While it is scant consolation for what could have been a race win for Albon, his well-mannered, expletive-free reaction after being punted off the race track by six-time champ Lewis Hamilton won him a lot of new fans (us included), something which his more fancied (but foul mouthed) Dutch teammate can certainly learn from (shorturl.at/beo27). #AlexAlbon #F1

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A little bit of history repeating...
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The 2020 Formula 1 season finally gets underway this weekend at Austria, catch the Mercedes-AMG GT-R F1 safety car and medical car with new livery in action at these local times:
Qualifying: 9.00pm, Saturday (4th July 2020)
Main race: 9.10pm Sunday (5th July 2020)
#F1 #mercedesamg #safetycar #WeRaceAsOne
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Unlike product launches, new showroom openings are rarely as interesting to witness as the unveiling of a brand new model. Then again, we are living in unusual times where getting the word out means taking a few (creative) liberties in order to stand out in the increasingly crowded virtual space.

Kudos to both Cycle & Carriage Bintang and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia for making the launch of their latest 3S Autohaus at Alor Setar, Kedah an interesting one, even if it meant having two top executives from respective organisations earn their paychecks in front of the camera.

Watch it here: youtu.be/wwz5c1xfy5Q?t=293
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