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  • Isuzu Malaysia: our models can use B10 biodiesel

    Along with the announcement that the 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower turbodiesel engine will be launched locally, Isuzu Malaysia also assured customers that its existing models are compatible for use with B10 biodiesel.

    As stipulated by the government, mandatory use of B10 biodiesel in Malaysia has already started as of February 1, 2019, but only for the transportation sector for now. The implementation of the B10 programme for the transportation sector started on December 1 last year.

    Primary industries minister Teresa Kok had previously said Malaysia aims to increase its biodiesel mandate in the transport sector to B20 by 2020, and to B10 from B7 in the industrial sector.

     
  • Isuzu Malaysia plans to introduce 1.9L Ddi BluePower turbodiesel engine in the country within this year

    Isuzu Malaysia has revealed that it will introduce the 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower turbodiesel (codename RZ4E-TC) engine in the country, which was put on display at last year’s Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS).

    The RZ4E-TC has been on sale in other markets since 2015, including Thailand, and is used in the D-Max pick-up truck and MU-X SUV. Despite being smaller in displacement compared to the seasoned 4JK1-TCX 2.5 litre unit, the BluePower engine offers 150 hp at 3,600 rpm and 350 Nm of torque (16 hp and 30 Nm gain), while being 19% more efficient and 20% lighter.

    “All in, the RZ4E-TC 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower has an increase of 10% in power, 9.4% more torque, 8.2% faster acceleration and 19% better fuel economy,” said Masayuki Suzuki, chief operating officer of light commercial vehicle at Isuzu Malaysia.

    For now, the company says the engine is in its final phase of testing for the local market, and will be launched here by the end of this year. However, no details about which model will be the first recipient of the engine. Nonetheless, this is good news for consumers as they’ll be getting a lower-capacity turbodiesel engine with better performance. Interested?

    GALLERY: Isuzu 1.9 litre Ddi BluePower engine

     
  • 2019 Mazda 3 goes upmarket in Australia – fr RM72k

    Mazda Australia has made a bold move by pushing the new Mazda 3 sedan and hatch upmarket. According to CarAdvice, the decision was a response to what the company claims as customer demand for “ritzier choices” in the small car market.

    This results in a price increase of AUD$4,500 (RM13k) for the entry-level G20 Pure variant – it now starts from AUD$24,990 (RM72k), which means the on-the-road price will hover close to AUD$30,000 (RM87k). That makes it slightly more expensive than some rivals – the new Toyota Corolla retails for AUD$22,970 (RM67k) but costs around AUD$26k (RM75k) OTR.

    Company managing director Vinesh Bhindi acknowledged that the decision to drive up prices will cost the brand sales. “Our strategy is a little bit different. From our point of view, [the] Mazda3 will be a new standard in the small car segment. There are other options for an entry point in the market right now [and] in our range we have still Mazda2, CX-3.”


    Mazda3 hatch in the new Polymetal Grey

    The Mazda3 hatch will be the first to arrive in the second quarter, before it is joined by the sedan in the second half of the year. Again, the base G20 Pure model starts from AUD$24,990 (RM72k), and the optional automatic gearbox costs AUD$1,000 (RM2.9k) extra. A choice of 2.0 litre or 2.5 litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G engines are available – the more advanced SkyActiv-X powertrain will also be introduced at a later date.

    To compensate for the price hike, Mazda Australia chose to introduce a more generous list of equipment. To start, base models ride on 17-inch wheels and get the seven-inch colour digital instrument panel, as well as an 8.8-inch widescreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities.

    Safety-wise, there’s autonomous emergency braking (in reverse as well, just like the CX-5), active cruise control, blind spot monitoring system, traffic sign recognition and rear cross traffic alert.

    One rung above is the G20 Evolve (AUD$1,700 or RM4.9k more), which gets dual-zone climate control and leather-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters. More expensive models get smart key and powered leather seats with memory function, whereas the 2.5 litre G25 GT model gets enhanced with a 12-speaker Bose stereo system, heated seats and more.

    The range-topping G25 Astina (pictured here in Polymetal Grey) is priced at AUD$36,990 (RM107k). For the money, it gets black 18-inch alloy wheels, 360-degree camera, adaptive LED headlights and leather upholstery (with choice of black, white or burgundy).

    Safety kit includes front parking sensors, camera-based driver fatigue monitoring, front cross traffic alert and a more sophisticated version of rear cross traffic alert that applies the brakes if it senses a possible collision. Like what you see so far?

     
  • Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer concept teased yet again

    Here’s another teaser of the Mitsubishi Engelberg Tourer, which is set to make its debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show alongside the facelifted ASX and new Triton (known as the L200 in Europe). While we were shown the concept’s face previously, this latest image lets us have a rough look at the SUV’s profile.

    At first glance, you might think you’re looking at a kitted-up Outlander, but there are numerous cues to prove otherwise. For starters, the slim head- and taillights are unique in their appearance, the former being part of the concept’s Dynamic Shield face.

    Furthermore, the window line ends abruptly just past the rear doors, and should you bump up the shadows a little, there appear to be vents just beyond the front wheel arches. Also visible is what looks like a roof-mounted storage unit, one with a set of LED lights as the frontal view has already shown us.

    Most details will be revealed when the concept is unveiled in a few weeks’ time, including the type of powertrain and purpose of the vehicle.

     
  • 2021 to see new MotoGP road circuit in Indonesia?

    News has emerged that Malaysia’s ASEAN neighbour, Indonesia, has inked a deal with MotoGP organiser Dorna to hold a road circuit race from 2021 to 2023. Reported by motorsport.com, a contract was signed 21 January in Madrid, Spain, between Dorna and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC).

    The new road circuit, located in the Mandalika area in Lombok, is said to be 4.32 km long and will have 18 corners. FIM Safety Officer Franco Uncini has given approval for the circuit, which will be constructed from scratch and not use pre-existing roads.

    When the circuit is not in use, it will be opened as a regular highway, said Abdulbar M. Mansoer, president director of ITDC. Construction of the circuit will begin in September 2019 and work will be carried out by French company Vinci Construction.

    There are 19 races in the 2019 MotoGP calendar with Kymiring in Finland supposed to be in this year’s calendar. Should Kymiring enter the MotoGP schedule, perhaps by 2020, the addition of Lombok will bring the calendar to 21 races.

     
  • Feb 2019 week four fuel price – petrol up 10 sen

    It’s Friday, which means it’s fuel price update time. No third time lucky, and this will be a third week of increases in pump prices. But while it went up one sen last week, it’s 10 sen this week.

    From tomorrow, February 23, RON 95 will be priced at RM2.08 per litre (up 10 sen from RM1.98 last week), while RON 97 will go for RM2.38 per litre (also up 10 sen from RM2.28 last week). As for Euro 2M diesel, it continues to be priced at RM2.18 per litre, while Euro 5 diesel, which is always 10 sen more than standard diesel, remains at RM2.28 per litre.

    The finance ministry says that this week’s increase is brought about by the increase in average costs of the refined product in the global market – from last week’s US$63.11 to US$66.91 a barrel.

    For diesel, the average refined product cost jumped from US$74.38 to US$79.11 per barrel, an even bigger increase than that of petrol. The ministry says that the actual pump price of diesel would be RM2.33 per litre, but for the ceiling price of RM2.18 set by the government. The ceiling price for RON 95 is RM2.20 per litre.

    These prices will be in effect until March 1, when the next set of fuel price adjustments will be announced. This is the eighth week of the weekly fuel price format, which is set to be announced every Friday. The prices will be effective from Saturday until the following Friday.

     
  • JATO lists the world’s best-selling car brands and models in 2018 – Toyota, Ford F-Series take top spots

    JATO Dynamics has released its list of the top-selling car brand and models in 2018, which analyses the top 54 markets in the world. According to the company, 86 million vehicles (passenger and commercial) were sold in these markets last year, representing a year-on-year decline (from 2017) of 0.5%.

    Jumping into the part you’re probably more interested in, Toyota managed to retain its top spot by selling 8,091,277 vehicles this year – a 3% gain from 2017. Coming in second place is Volkswagen with 6,746,204 units (+1%), while rounding up the top three is Ford, which continues its sales decline to 5,329,290 units (-11%).

    Looking at the list, positions four to eight are unchanged from 2017, with Honda taking the fourth spot followed by Nissan, Hyundai, Chevrolet and Suzuki. Rounding up the top ten is Kia (ninth) and Mercedes-Benz (tenth). The Korean carmaker managed to reverse its less favourable performance in 2017 to achieve a 4% sales growth to 2,638,782 units.

    Other gainers on the list include BMW, Mazda, Jeep, Geely, Skoda and Mitsubishi, while decliners are Renault, Peugeot, Fiat, Buick, Opel/Vauxhall and Baojun. Non-movers beyond the top ten are Subaru and Citroen, both dropping one place from their 2017 positions.

    From an individual model perspective, the Ford F-Series trucks once again dominate the sales chart with 1,076,153 units sold, followed by the Toyota Corolla at 934,348 units. Both models saw very little to no growth from 2017 figures, but still managed to keep the same positions as in 2017.

    Moving on, the Honda Civic climbed to the third spot with 812,767 units, while fourth through sixth is an all-SUV affair, with the Toyota RAV4, Nissan X-Trail/Rogue and Honda CR-V. The Volkswagen Golf slipped from its third spot in 2017 to occupy seventh place in 2018, with 731,561 units sold.

    Other noteworthy models that made it into the 25-model list include the VW Passat (eighth), Honda HR-V/XR-V/Vezel (tenth), VW Tiguan (twelvth), Toyota Camry/Aurion (13th), VW Polo (14th), Hyundai Avante/Elantra (16th), Honda Accord (20th), Mercedes-Benz C-Class (24th) and Mazda CX-5 (25th).

    Analysing JATO’s data, SUVs once again drove sales in the global market, with 29.77 million units sold in 2018, a volume growth of 7%. This comes at the expense of other car types, with MPVs posting a drop by 14% to six million units, while hatchbacks, sedans and station wagons saw volume fell by 8%.

    On the other hand, pick-up trucks experienced an increase in global volume by 5% to 5.2 million units, largely thanks to the Thailand and Brazil markets. As a side note, 84% of the F-Series’ global volume was recorded in the United States.

    In other segments, battery electric vehicles saw a significant sales growth of 74% to 1.26 million sales in 2018, backed by Chinese demand for EVs, the diesel crisis in Europe, and the Tesla Model 3 being available in more markets – it is also the world’s best-selling EV.

    In terms of sales by region, China is the largest market with 28.08 million vehicles sold, accounting for over 30% of global sales. Meanwhile, the entire Europe took second place in the global rankings with 17.7 million sales, and the United States in third with 17.3 million units.

     
  • 2019 WSBK pre-race test: Bautista on top with Ducati

    At the conclusion of World Superbike Championship (WSBK) pre-season testing at Philip Island in Australia, Alvaro Bautista of Aruba.it Racing, riding a Ducati Panigale V4 R, topped out the leader board with a fastest lap of 1’30.303. Ahead of the season opening race of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship, competition is keen between incumbent four-time WSBK champion Jonathan Rea of Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) and the rest of field.

    During testing on the wind-swept island circuit, Tom Sykes – previously Rea’s team mate in KRT and now riding for BMW Motorrad – came in second with a time of 1’30.539 on his BMW Motorrad S 1000 RR. Coming in third is Rea’s current KRT team mate rookie Leon Haslam – son of famed 500 cc Grand Prix racer “Rocket Ron” Haslam – with a time of 1’30.668.

    Reigning champion Rea is still top of the heap with his current 11 race winning streak and four world titles under his belt, despite coming in fourth in testing with a time of 1’30.722 on his Kawasaki ZX-10RR. Marco Melandri of GRT Yamaha rounded out the top five with a time of 1’30.762 on his Yamaha YZF-R1.

    The 2019 season looks to be shaping to be a duel between Bautista and Rea, with Rea riding a much developed ZX-10RR, while Bautista’s V4 R has had a year’s development done and dusted. Meanwhile, Haslam has taken to the ZX-10RR like a duck to water, with only some minor tweaks having to be done to the Kawasaki superbike to make it suit his particular riding style.

    First WSBK race of 2019 happens 22 to 24 February at 4.445 km long Philip Island Grand Prix Circuit before moving to Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand. The 2019 WSBK runs across 13 races in Asia, Europe, US, South America and the Middle East, which the last race of the year happening in Qatar on 24 to 26 October.

    Here’s a gallery of images from the WSBK pre-season test, courtesy of Half Light Photographic.

     
  • Puma teams up with Porsche Design, replaces Adidas

    What do car guys like besides their rides and car parts? I think it has got to be car branded merchandise and gear, with die cast model cars joining the podium. Which one ranks higher is up for debate, which you can do below. Anyway, here’s something we can all celebrate – a marriage of two brands that are big in the scene.

    Puma has teamed up with Porsche Design, the lifestyle brand owned by the maker of the 911, and the newly-weds presented their first line of high-end sportswear, footwear and accessories in Berlin yesterday.

    The Porsche Design Sportswear Collection will hit the market in early March, in time for Spring/Summer 2019. It will feature engineered products that will “perform at the top level and stand for the fusion of lifestyle and performance wear.” The collection will range from active wear to “sports-infused lifestyle wear” and is aimed at the “modern sportive urbanist”.

    “With Puma, we have found a qualified partner, who shares the same values related to technological innovation and functional design. We are very much looking forward to kicking-off this partnership and to lifting the Porsche Design Sportswear Collection to new heights over the following years,” said Jan Becker, CEO of Porsche Design Group.

    This collaboration comes after Puma teamed up with Porsche Motorsports, Zuffenhausen’s racing division. Besides equipping the factory drivers and crew, the deal will see Porsche join the likes of Ferrari, Mercedes-AMG, BMW and Red Bull Racing in Puma stores.

    Porsche Design’s previous sports brand collaborator was Adidas, and they came up with some really nice shoes. We’re looking forward to check out the new PD x Puma range.

    GALLERY: 992-series Porsche 911

     
  • Hyundai Tucson N Line teased – new performance SUV boasts 48V mild hybrid system, to debut at Geneva?

    Hyundai is set to introduce a new variant of the Tucson in Europe, and a couple teaser photos have revealed the exact model that is due – the Tucson N Line.

    The new variant will crown the Tucson range for now, and it’s set to receive a new 48-volt hybrid powertrain to go with the motorsport-influenced details inside and out. The Tucson N Line is the first Hyundai SUV to get such a performance treatment, but it’s not the full-blown performance model like the i30 N. Think of this Tucson as BMW’s M Sport trim, and not the top M model.

    The photo above reveals a new set of dark alloy wheels, N Line badges on the fenders, a mesh-type radiator grille (in line with Hyundai’s sporty treatment) as well as a boomerang-shaped LED DRL. Inside, the N-specific gear knob is wrapped with perforated leather that’s contrasted with red accents and stitching. The bright red stitches can also be seen on the leather seats.

    The Korean carmaker also said “this is just the start of much more to come,” signalling the possible introduction of the Tucson N – previous reports suggest that it will debut within the next two years, and that it will get upwards of 340 hp and a zero to 100 km/h time of under six seconds.

    Other than that, there’s not a whole lot of information about the model that will compete against the Cupra Ateca, Audi SQ5 and upcoming Volkswagen T-Roc R. Fancy a go-fast Tucson, anyone?

     
 

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