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  • Bangkok 2017: Toyota Vios facelift – love or hate mug

    The Toyota C-HR may have been spotted roaming in Thailand, but the 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show came too soon for the funky crossover’s ASEAN debut. Which means that Toyota’s BIMS stand lacked the buzz its neighbours were generating. Still, there’s one relevant fresh model on display, one that’s coming soon to Malaysia.

    The 2017 Toyota Vios facelift was launched in Thailand in January, which makes it two months old. This latest update to the B-segment sedan brings an aggressive new face, one that you’ll either love or hate. The polarising big-mouthed mug has a lot in common with the Chinese-market Vios launched at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show, and has hints of the latest US-market 2018 Camry. A big departure from the outgoing Vios.

    There are new projector headlamps with integrated LED positioning lights, a prominent T-shaped grille and repositioned LED fog lamps with new LED DRLs beside them. At the back, the taillights have revised graphics, and the chrome bar linking them is slimmer. The bumper has also been restyled to be less busy than before. The 15- and 16-inch alloys sport new designs.

    No remake for the cabin, and items such as the double-DIN seven-inch touchscreen head unit, keyless operation, leather/fabric seats, MID and automatic air-con (the latter not available in Malaysia) continue to feature here. The Thai Vios also comes with four different interior themes for each variant – J, E, G and S.

    No change under the bonnet, and all variants continue to be powered by the 2NR-FBE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i engine. Nothing ancient though – this 108 hp/140 Nm unit was part of a 2016 technical update for the Vios (happened in March last year for Thailand, October for Malaysia) that also included a CVT automatic gearbox with seven virtual ratios. No more four-speed auto, but also no more manual option, even for the base J.

    Thai customers get to choose from six exterior body colours – Red Mica Metallic, Quartz Brown Metallic, Super White, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic and Attitude Black Mica. Prices range from 609,000 baht (RM78,158) for the J to 789,000 baht (RM101,237) for the S. Coming to Malaysia this year to provide some challenge to segment leader Honda City facelift.

  • DRB-Hicom reiterates all parties that have submitted a bid for Proton are still present and accounted for

    Another week, another statement – DRB-Hicom today issued a follow-up announcement to that made last week regarding the status of the interested parties bidding to become Proton’s foreign strategic partner (FSP).

    In case it hasn’t been made clear, all the automakers that have submitted a bid are still around. “There have been news reports stating that we are left with only one bidder. I can confirm that all parties that submitted bids for Proton are still in the running and DRB-Hicom is still evaluating these bids,” group MD Datuk Seri Syed Faisal Albar said via the statement.

    Syed Faisal added that DRB-Hicom is carrying out a detailed evaluation of the bids, and that the conglomerate was going through the tail-end of this meticulous process.

    “There are strengths and capabilities of the carmaker that, given a new proven partner that can offer technology, capabilities and new markets, will push Proton as a brand to be reckoned with. This is why our evaluation of the bidders needs to be a detailed one. Proton and the incoming FSP must be able to create synergies that will ensure the success of this venture,” he explained.

    Early last week, a news report had indicated that Chinese automaker Zhejiang Geely had pulled out of its bid for a partnership with Proton. This led to DRB-Hicom issuing a statement that said all the original bidders were present and accounted for and were still at the negotiation table.

    Geely and Groupe PSA are the leading contenders to become Proton’s FSP. The duo are the only known automakers to be named as being in discussions with the national carmaker.

  • Bangkok 2017: Honda CR-V with Modulo accessories

    Accessories is a profitable business for carmakers, and Honda’s Modulo range of add-ons enjoy a good take up rate. The on-form carmaker will not launch a new product without Modulo accessories, and the new 2017 CR-V is no exception. Here’s the fifth-generation SUV on the Bangkok Motor Show floor, fully decked out.

    The canvas here is the base 2.4 litre i-VTEC E 2WD petrol variant, originally identical to the white entry-level car in our earlier main post. That car didn’t look exactly plain, with LED headlamps and plenty of chrome trim, but Modulo parts give it a “sportier” appearance.

    You won’t miss it, thanks to the oversized honeycomb pattern of the front grille, which is eggcrate in standard form. The “wings” of the Honda logo is in black instead of chrome. A front bumper garnish with two fake vents in the centre silver section and LED fog lamps complete the Modulo face.

    On the sides, the kitted-up CR-V wears wing mirror garnish, door visors, Modulo 18-inch wheels and side steps. A rear bumper garnish, highly conspicuous exhaust muffler and chrome trim on the edge of the tailgate and bumper sill complete the makeover. Metal door sill finishers too, of course.

    Once again, the 2017 Honda CR-V makes its Thai debut as a seven-seater, and is available in both diesel and petrol engines in the Land of Smiles. The 1.6 litre i-DTEC turbodiesel makes 160 hp/350 Nm, and is mated to a nine-speed automatic transmission. The carryover 2.4 litre petrol is good for 175 hp/225 Nm, and is paired to a CVT.

    Plenty of differences between diesel and petrol, and the Thai E and EL trim levels, all detailed in our earlier post. Coming soon to Malaysia.

    GALLERY: 2017 Honda CR-V with Modulo accessories

  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia puts up a video teaser – locally-assembled W213 E-Class to debut on April 20?

    Emotional design meets high-tech. Are you ready for it? #staytuned #MyMasterpieceOfIntelligence #MercedesBenz

    Posted by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia on 27hb Mac 2017

    A new tristar arrival beckons. According to the teaser video from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s Facebook page, something new is on the way and is set to make its local debut on April 20.

    The headlamp design with Multibeam LEDs in the footage appears to be from the E-Class range, and with the C238 E-Class Coupe not due in Malaysia until the third quarter of this year, that brings us to the only possible candidate, the W213 E-Class sedan going the locally-assembled route.

    Since its introduction in Malaysia last June, the E-Class has been available as a fully-imported model, the current range consisting of the E 200, E 250 and the E 300 AMG Line. No word yet on specifications, but looks like we’ll find out soon enough. The CKD E-Class will be built at the Mercedes-Benz assembly plant in Pekan, Pahang, where the W222 S400 Hybrid is also assembled.

    Read our international drive as well as the local drive reports on the W213, and take a closer look at the local spec E-Class in our walk-around video of the car.

  • 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition set to debut in the US

    Following its global reveal, the 2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition will make its launch debut in the United States during the New York International Auto Show in April. The Track Edition is positioned between the Premium and Nismo variants in the GT-R line-up for the US, priced from USD127,990 (RM565,395).

    Five exterior paint colours are offered for US customers – Solid Red, Jet Black, Super Silver, Pearl White and Blaze Metallic. Begining with chassis enhancements, the special GT-R comes with bespoke Bilstein Damptronic suspension while the body gets additional adhesive bonding and spot welding to make it even more rigid than the Premium.

    If that isn’t enough, the Track Edition features a 17.3 mm hollow rear anti-roll bar (versus 15.9 mm for Premium model), which raises roll stiffness while reducing weight. There also specially developed links fitted to the front double wishbone suspension, which increases castor trail to improve straight-line and cornering stability.

    The Track Edition also gets plenty of Nismo items, including GT-R Nismo front fenders, 20-inch Nismo six-spoke forged aluminium-alloy wheels, Nismo-spec, nitrogen-filled Dunlop Sports Maxx GT600 tyres, and a unique dry carbon-fibre rear spoiler. Meanwhile, the cabin adopts a red and black colour scheme, a pair of Recaro seats, and a special plaque on the centre console for identification.

    No changes in terms of power, with the same VR38DETT 3.8 litre twin-turbo V6 fitted under the bonnet. Unlike the full fat Nismo variant that offers 600 hp/652 Nm, the Track Edition retains the Premium’s output of “just” 565 hp/633 Nm.

  • Bangkok 2017: Honda Civic Hatchback 1.5L Turbo

    You’ve seen the new CR-V – the main event at Honda’s 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) booth – now let’s focus our attention on the 2017 Honda Civic Hatchback, which was launched earlier this month in Thailand. Like the folks at Honda Malaysia, their Thai counterparts must also think that rest is for the weak.

    This is the five-door hatch version of the latest Civic FC, and it’s available here in a sole 1.5L Turbo CVT variant, priced at 1.169 million baht (RM149,620). The L15B7 turbo-four produces 173 PS at 5,500 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,700 to 5,500 rpm. Unlike North America and Europe, there’s no six-speed manual option for Thailand. Paddle shifters, yes.

    The Civic Hatchback’s styling is differentiated from the sedan with unique front and rear bumpers that have large, faux inlets and outlets, the latter of which is fitted with fog lamps. Meanwhile, the shortened rear hosts a tailgate and roof spoiler and C-shaped taillights. Too busy for me, like what you see?

    Dimension wise, the hatchback shares the same width (1,798 mm) and wheelbase (2,700 mm) as the sedan, but it’s taller (+20 mm) and shorter by 112 mm. The hatchback also trades some rear passenger space for extra cargo room, where a claimed 727 litres is available with the rear seats up, against the booted car’s 519 litres. A temporary spare tyre is under the boot floor.

    Standard kit include 17-inch alloys (with 215/50 tyres), LED headlights/DRLs/fog lamps, dual-zone air-con, a digital instrument panel, seven-inch touchscreen head unit (with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), paddle shifters, multi-function steering wheel and black leather upholstery.

    Also in are smart entry and push button start, remote engine start, cruise control, auto brake hold, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, reverse camera, and powered front seats. Safety-wise, the Civic Hatch comes with six airbags, VSA and Hill Start Assist.

    Black Burgundy Night Pearl is the signature colour for the bodystyle, and it’s a 6,000 baht option. Also 6k baht dearer is Crystal Black Pearl, while the Orchid White Pearl hue you see here is a 10,000 baht option.

    Honda is clearly trying to lure performance hatchback fans with this one, having placed a Volkswagen Scirocco as the villain in the Thai ad for the Civic Hatch. Want it in Malaysia?

  • VIDEO: Steel to Wheels – building the Nissan Navara

    Nissan has come out with a video showcasing how its NP300 Navara is built. Steel to Wheels, as it’s called, is a behind-the-scenes look at the manufacturing process of the third-generation pick-up at the automaker’s Plant 2 facility at its factory in Bangna, Thailand. The kingdom is Nissan Asia and Oceania’s (A&O) production hub.

    The five-minute clip shows how the Navara is made, from raw steel to the finished product. The D23s that are produced by the plant’s 1,400 local employees account for 57.6% of Nissan’s exports from Thailand, and are shipped to 105 destinations worldwide, of which one is Malaysia.

    The NP300 Navara was launched in Malaysia in November 2015, and is sold here in single- and double-cab forms. Six variants are available, starting with a baseline single-cab manual workhorse. Next is the manual double-cab E, followed by the SE, which is available in both auto and manual transmissions.

    The range is completed by the V and top-of-the-line VL, both available only as automatics. All versions are powered by a 2.5 litre YD25DDTi four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which offers 190 PS at 3,600 rpm and 450 Nm at 2,000 rpm on the VL and 163 PS and 403 Nm in the rest of the model range.

  • Ford GT gets five driving modes, including V-Max

    Even though production of the Ford GT has already begun, the Blue Oval still sees it fit to divulge bite-sized pieces of information about its new halo supercar. This time, we are introduced to the GT’s five driving modes available to owners – Normal, Wet, Sport, Track, and V-Max.

    According to Ford, these five modes “enable the Ford GT to attain ideal performance – whether on-road driving on a nice summer day, contending with rain and other elements, or aggressively pursuing its limits on a closed circuit.” To switch between them, one only needs to simply turn the knob on the GT’s F1-inspired steering wheel.

    For everyday driving, Normal mode keeps things civil on public roads, with throttle and transmission calibrations set for standard driving. The car also offers the highest possible ground clearance of 120 mm in this mode, while the dampers are in their most comfortable setting with a push of a button.

    The GT’s active rear wing also deploys automatically from 145 km/h onwards, returning to its stowed position at 130 km/h. Should the car detect aggressive braking at speeds above 120 km/h, the wing will deploy as an airbrake to slow things down quicker.

    Next, Wet mode is similar to Normal mode, except the throttle control is dialled back even further to help prevent the car from slipping and sliding. In both above-mentioned modes, the car’s AdvanceTrac stability and traction control systems are left active and cannot be adjusted.

    Moving on to the more exciting modes, Sport grants the driver with quicker throttle response and access to the anti-lag system on the 3.5 litre EcoBoost V6 engine, keeping the turbo spinning to provide boost on demand. The rear wing also comes into action at just 112 km/h.

    The car continues to retain its 120 mm ground clearance but there is no comfort setting available for the dampers, and the AdvanceTrac system now offers three additional settings, allowing for more sideways motion.

    Kicking things up a notch, we reach the first of two modes that is not intended for street use. The aptly-named Track mode is as you expect, for the track, dropping the GT’s ride height by 50 mm. Spring rates are increased here, the damping goes to its firmest setting, and the rear wing is permanently deployed to ensure maximum downforce – useful characteristics while on the track.

    The final mode is “engineering-speak for maximum velocity,” as Ford puts it, ensuring the GT achieves its fastest possible straight-line speed. It retains many of the Track mode’s settings but all aero features are repurposed to minimise drag and the stability control cannot be altered to ensure the car points straight and true.

    If that isn’t enough, Ford even throws in an easy-to-use launch control system, which can be engaged in all modes except Wet. Drivers simply need to navigate through the instrument panel menu and activate it, whereby a white “LC” icon appears in the cluster. From there, they only need to keep their left foot on the brake, floor the accelerator with their right foot, watch the “LC” icon turn green, and the GT launches off the line.

    GALLERY: Ford GT

  • Bangkok 2017: Honda CR-V – Thai 7-seater live gallery

    Sawasdee-kap. We’re reporting live from the 2017 Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), and kicking things off is the all-new 2017 Honda CR-V, which is making its public debut here at Impact Muang Thong Thani after its official Thai launch last week. The latest iteration of Honda’s popular midsize SUV will be coming to Malaysia soon, and this serves as a preview of what’s to come.

    It’s not just the old CR-V template wearing new clothes – this fifth-generation model has a third row of seats, making it seven in total. This is the first time that a CR-V has more than five seats, and it joins the T32 Nissan X-Trail in playing the 2-3-2 formation.

    Both the second- and third-row seats are reclinable, with the former also being able to slide fore/aft. The second row also tumble folds out of the way to provide access to the third row, although it’s not one motion. As on US models (Thailand is the third country in the world to launch the CR-V after the US and Canada), there are air vents for the second row, but the third row gets unique vents on the roof, tour bus style.

    The third row split folds 50:50, and the boot floor can be set in two positions – the higher position is to ensure a flat load area with the third row folded. The full size spare tyre is located inside the car, under the third row.

    Up front, while the basic interior architecture of the Thai CR-V is similar to the US-market car – a “floating” centre stack, TFT LCD virtual instrument display and Civic-style three-spoke steering wheel are highlights – the regular automatic gearlever has been replaced by an NSX-style button selector, with the reverse button deeply recessed to prevent accidental operation. The ‘electronic gear selector’ is only for the diesel engine; the petrol version gets a normal gear lever (more on engines later).

    The exterior design is also significantly more modern. Like the US car, the Thai-spec CR-V comes with optional LED headlights (nicely integrated into Honda’s Solid Wing Face corporate look), chunky wheel arches, an upswept D-pillar kink and L-shaped LED tail lights. Top-spec cars get turbine-style 18-inch six-spoke alloys (235/60 tyres); base variants get 17-inch items (235/65 tyres).

    Also new for the CR-V in Thailand is a diesel engine option. The 1.6 litre N16 DOHC i-DTEC turbodiesel from the outgoing European-market model makes 160 hp at 4,000 rpm and 350 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm. The oil burner is paired to a ZF nine-speed conventional automatic gearbox with paddle shifters, and comes with idle stop.

    The i-DTEC should give the CR-V ample pulling power, but not everyone is comfortable with diesel. The starter petrol option is the carryover 2.4 litre K24 naturally-aspirated DOHC i-VTEC engine with 175 hp at 6,200 rpm and 225 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The Earth Dreams CVT gearbox has been carried over for the Thai-market previous-gen facelift (Malaysian cars are using a five-speed automatic).

    Both engine options can be had with AWD, and there are two trim levels for each, making it four variants in total – 2.4 E 2WD, 1.6 Turbo E 2WD, 2.4 EL 4WD and 1.6 Turbo EL 4WD. Prices range from 1.399 million baht (RM179,511) to 1.699 million baht (RM217,974).

    Standard kit on Thai CR-Vs include LED headlamps and daytime running lights, a powered tailgate, leather seats, digital meter with MID, smart key and push start, walk away auto lock, cruise control, eight-way powered driver’s seat with lumbar, Bluetooth, electronic parking brake, auto brake hold and six airbags.

    Thais who move up to the EL trim level gain goodies such as auto headlamps and wipers, kick-operated handsfree access tailgate, 18-inch rims (up from 17-inch), wood trim (matte finish, smooth satin feel to it), dual-zone air con, four-way powered front passenger seat, seven-inch touchscreen head unit with navigation and Apple CarPlay, HDMI connector, LaneWatch and Driver Attention Monitor. Of course, there’s a full set of Modulo add-ons, which we will show you in a separate gallery later.

    Honda Thailand expects 40% of CR-V buyers to opt for the costlier diesel engine – are Malaysians open-minded enough to accept the i-DTEC in significant numbers? We’re guessing no, so expect the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo petrol engine from the Civic to be our Melaka-assembled range topper. Like what you see?

    GALLERY: Honda CR-V 1.6L i-DTEC EL 4WD

    GALLERY: Honda CR-V 2.4L i-VTEC E 2WD

  • Uber introduces facial recognition security feature

    Uber Malaysia has introduced a new safety feature it calls Real-Time ID Check, which uses Microsoft Cognitive Services to ensure the driver partner using the app matches the account in the ride-sharing services’ records.

    According to the company, this “prevents fraud and protects drivers’ accounts from being compromised. It also protects riders by building another layer of accountability into the app to ensure the right person is behind the wheel.”

    The feature requires drivers to periodically to take a selfie in the Uber app before they accept rides, which is then instantly compared to the one corresponding with the registered Uber account. Should both photos not match up, the account is temporarily blocked while Uber investigates the situation.

    To ensure a pleasant user experience, the app will notify the driver instantly if it can’t detect a face or if the photo quality is poor to ensure a proper photo is submitted. Additionally, drivers are required to park their vehicle before they take the validation selfie.

    “This is one of the ways to make our rides more safe and reliable,” said Uber Malaysia communications head Leigh Wong in a report by The Sun. Wong also suggested riders to share the route used with their contacts so their friends or family could know where they are for additional safety.


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