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Hyundai Offering Service Discounts for the Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq owners can rejoice as Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has just announced exclusive service privileges for all Hyundai Ioniq owners with special discounts and a complimentary 20-point inspection.

Starting 1 October until 30 November 2021, customers who send in their Hyundai Ioniq to any Hyundai authorised service centre will enjoy discounts of up to 25 percent on selected parts and 10 percent on labour charges. Selected parts entitled for discounts include gaskets, oil filters, air filters, spark plugs and more.

Mr Low Yuan Lung, Managing Director of HSDM, said although HSDM has stopped retailing the current Ioniq model, customers who own this model is not forgotten.

“We have a big customer base for the Ioniq and we would like to continue to show our appreciation to our customers by offering them this special service privilege.”

 “At the same time, we will also be able to help check on the condition of their cars. Unlike other Hyundai models, the Ioniq only requires service every 15,000km service interval or once in every 9 months, whichever comes first,” added Mr Low.

Hyundai Ioniq

Hyundai Ioniq customers who are members of the Hyundai Loyalty Card will also enjoy exclusive monthly promotions, such as a 20 percent discount on KLIMA Fresh and BlueChem products. Customers who have yet to sign up for this complimentary card can still do so at any Authorised Hyundai Service Centre nationwide.

The Hyundai Ioniq is powered by a 1.6-litre Kappa four cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine with 40% thermal efficiency capable of delivering 104 hp and an estimated 148 Nm of torque alone.

The Ioniq Hybrid’s electric motor additionally delivers an estimated 43 hp with an estimated maximum torque of 169 Nm, powered by a 1.56 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery.

The battery is positioned beneath the rear passenger seats. In combination with the 1.6-litre direct injection engine, the Ioniq Hybrid offers an estimated total system output of 139 hp and 264 Nm. This engine is combined with a shifting six speed dual-clutch transmission.

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Toyota Vios Challenge Comes Back with a Bang

Vios Challenge

After a long hiatus no thanks to the pandemic, lockdown and whatnot, the Toyota Gazoo Racing festival finally returned with a bang last weekend with second round of the Toyota Vios Challenge for 2021.

Round 2 of the Toyota Vios Challenge was just concluded at the Sepang International Circuit after an action-packed weekend which saw racers battling it out both in wet and dry conditions.

According to UMW Toyota, the highlight of the whole weekend was that the Vios Challenge actually reached a total of two million viewers over the weekend.

While the weather hot and sunny on day one of racing, Sunday’s racing was run in the rain which made the track both slippery and visibility challenging.

Toyota Vios Challenge

Much of the limelight of the weekend’s race was on Vios Challenge newcomer and touring car driver Mitchell Cheah who drove to a race win and a second place, and actor Shukri Yahaya who drove valiantly en route to clinching his best ever results in the series with back to back victories in both Race 1 and Race 2.

The event remained closed to the public and spectators, and a high degree of safety precaution was put in place, consistent with standard operating procedures (SOPs) imposed by the National Security Council (MKN) pertaining to the organizing of sporting events and under the strict supervision of the Motorsports Association of Malaysia (MAM) as the governing body for motorsports.

“Looking at all the action on and off the track, it was obvious that everyone in the community has been eager to get back to doing what they do best – racing!”

Toyota Vios Challenge

“The competition was just as intense, if not greater, than it had been before the pandemic and this is precisely the boost of energy we all need to steer out of these challenging times,” said Gazoo Racing Malaysia’s Chief Motorsport Officer Akio Takeyama, adding that the race weekend was live streamed over Toyota’s website, Facebook page and numerous social media platforms.

“As an event organizer, one of the most demanding aspects of the weekend in these times has not so much been in managing the racing on the track, but to ensure that all safeguards are in place and adhered to in order to protect everyone on site from the threat of COVID-19. This remains our number one priority.”

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Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario Launched – RM72,900

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

Didi Resources, the official distributor of the Moto Guzzi bikes in Malaysia has introduced the new Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario Edition in conjunction with the brand’s 100th anniversary.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario is produced in an exclusive edition which will be available only throughout 2021.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

As for the V7 itself, powering the newest version here is a new 850cc, 65 hp engine that is also powering the V85 TT which now makes 25% more power compared to the outgoing V7’s 52 hp.

Maximum torque has also increased significantly from 60 Nm to 73 Nm, with more than 80% of the torque already available at 3000 rpm.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

The stylish side panels are new, as is the shorter rear mudguard, elements which, along with the new exhaust system, give the new model a revamped and more seductive look.

While the frame has evolved with the addition of steel elements in the headstock area, the new pair of shock absorbers now offers greater travel.  The two-tier saddle is also new, ensuring greater comfort than before.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

Other new features include the foot pegs, the full LED light system with DRL, the new instrument cluster, the tires that are wider than before, and the new wheel design.

The V7 Stone Centenario here features the same colours that also characterised the 350 Bialbero, one of the most victorious Moto Guzzi bikes in history, which dominated the 350 class in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing with a record of 9 consecutive world titles (5 Rider and 4 Manufacturer) from 1953 to 1957.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

Green was also the first colour “worn” by a Moto Guzzi with the Normale, the first model, and probably the most iconic of the Eagle’s colours. The Style Centre reinterpreted it in a modern approach with a matt finish and associated with metallic colours the express the solidity and authenticity of the Larian brand.

The body colours are matched with a saddle covered with a natural-coloured material, like that of leather, to highlight the typically Italian attention to detail.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Centenario

Other distinguishing details are the eagle in a gold finish and the dedicated logo that graphically celebrates Moto Guzzi’s 100 years.

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BMW iX3 Debuts in Malaysia – Two Variants, From RM335k

BMW iX3

BMW Malaysia today announced the arrival of the first-ever BMW iX3, which is now available for pre-booking at selected authorised BMW dealerships nationwide.

Offered in two variants, the price of the BMW iX3 in Peninsular Malaysia is as mentioned below:

  • BMW iX3 Inspiring – RM335,800
  • BMW iX3 Impressive – RM 354,800
BMW iX3

Firstly, the “Inspiring” variant includes metallic paintwork, adaptive suspension, automatic tailgate operation, a panoramic glass roof, electrically adjustable seats, a sport leather steering wheel, a storage package and a three-zone automatic climate control system with pre-heating and pre-conditioning function.

The “Impressive” equipment line adds 20-inch light-alloy wheels, acoustic glazing, Vernasca leather trim, BMW Head-Up Display, Harman Kardon Surround Sound System, and BMW IconicSounds Electric.

BMW iX3

The model also offers a wide selection of driver assistance systems as standard, including Driving Assistant Professional with the Steering and Lane Control Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, automatic Speed Limit Assist and route monitoring.

Also standard are features like Parking Assistant with Reversing Assist Camera, and Reversing Assistant. BMW Live Cockpit Professional with cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant are also offered as standard.

BMW iX3 interior

As far as infotainment and mobile connectivity are concerned, the new iX3 comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Remote Software Upgrade, and other digital services from BMW Connected.

Both versions come with the BMW Service & Repair Inclusive 5-Year Extended Warranty and 6-Year Service Package, as well as the Power Package which comes with the BMW i Wallbox and BMW Standard Charging Cable. Owners of the First-Ever BMW iX3 will also receive an 8-Year, 160,000 km battery warranty.

BMW iX3 infotainment

With the Balloon Financing Plan from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, the BMW iX3 M Sport Inspiring and the BMW iX3 M Sport Impressive can be owned with a monthly instalment plan starting from RM 3,518.00 and RM 3,728.00 respectively (based on estimates of an 80% loan on a five-year tenure).

Both the Inspiring and Impressive iX3 variants will be equipped with the M Sport package as standard, offering an expressive exterior design language.

BMW iX3 rims

On the exterior, the iX3 comes with a large BMW kidney grille, slim headlights, and a newly sculpted front apron. At the rear, we have 3D LED rear lights as well as model-specific accents in BMW i Blue at the front and rear.

Inside, taking centre stage is a full digital screen grouping now with a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, and an enlarged control display matching its dimensions.

BMW iX3 seats

And then we have a newly designed control panel on the centre console for the gear selector lever, BMW Controller, Start/Stop button and the buttons for the Driving Experience Control switch, and parking brake.

Also offered as standard are the sport seats in the new Sensatec perforated upholstery variant and interior trim strips in the new Aluminium Rhombicle dark finish.

BMW iX3 iDrive

Meanwhile, powering the BMW iX3 is an electric motor with an 80-kWh lithium-ion battery that offers a range of up to 461 kilometres (WLTP).

The electric motor, transmission and power electronics collectively produce a maximum output of 286 hp and 400 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels, enabling the iX3 to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds.

BMW iX3 boot

That being said, the BMW iX3 supports DC fast charging at rates of up to 150 kW for 80% charge in 32 minutes, while AC charging at up to 11 kW is supported via a Type 2 connection for 100% in approximately seven and a half hours.

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This is the Safest Car in India, the Tata Punch

Tata Punch

Tata Motors announced that the most recent addition to its ‘New Forever’ range of SUVs, the Tata Punch, received a 5-star rating (16.453) for adult occupant protection and 4-star rating (40.891) for child occupant protection from Global NCAP.

According to Tata, the rating received is the highest adult occupant protection rating any vehicle has received in India.

The list of safety features in the Tata Punch includes:

  • Dual Airbags
  • ABS with EBD and Corner Stability Control
  • Brake Sway Control – detects the tendency of instability during abrupt braking before the ABS kicks in to avoid vehicle swaying from the driving path
  • Front Fog Lamp with Cornering Function
  • Child Seat ISOFIX Anchor Points
  • Perimetric Alarm System
  • Reverse Parking Camera
  • Driver & Co-Driver Seat Belt Reminders
  • Tire Puncture repair Kit
  • Extensive use of High Strength Steel

The Tata Punch is also the third car from Tata Motors to receive this recognition after Altroz in January 2020 and Nexon in December 2018.

Designed across its studios in India, UK, and Italy, the Punch has been developed to herald the creation of an entirely new category – the sub-compact SUV, to address a growing customer need globally for a small yet spacious vehicle.

Tata Punch

Commenting on this milestone, Shailesh Chandra, President, Passenger Vehicles Business, Tata Motors, said, “SUVs are the ideal solution for Indian customers as they offer a perfect balance of performance, comfort and durability suited for Indian roads.” 

“When we were developing the Punch, we were very clear that despite its compact size, we wanted to offer customers a holistic package. The Punch reinforces the four core pillars that define all Tata SUVs- Stunning Design, Versatile and Engaging Performance, Roomy and Spacious Interiors, and Absolute Safety.”

“We are proud to have delivered yet another product that will be regarded as the safest passenger vehicle on Indian roads. This landmark achievement by Tata Motors is also a testament of the fact that the automotive industry in India is capable of delivering the highest global standards of safety in vehicles.”

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Ducati Achieves Record Third Quarter Sales

Ducati third quarter

An extremely positive third quarter has ended for Ducati with 49,693 motorcycles delivered to customers all over the world.

At the end of the first nine months of 2021, the company has already exceeded the sales volume of 48,042 units sold in 2020.

The third quarter of 2021 is confirmed as the best in Ducati’s history, with a growth of +3% over the same period of 2020 and +25% compared to 2019.

At the end of September, the biggest market for motorcycles delivered remains the Italian one (7,954), followed by the United States (7,475) and Germany (5,627).

Francesco Milicia, Ducati VP Global Sales and After Sales said, “Ducati closed the first nine months of the year with sales volumes that are already higher than the full year 2020, both for the bikes and for after-sales products like clothing, accessories and spare parts.”

“The growth we are experiencing is practically widespread on all the main markets in which Ducati is present and extends across the product families.”

Confirming the appreciation of Ducati motorcycles, throughout the year all the product families of the Bologna-based manufacturer have been growing across the board.

ducati multistrada v4s

In particular, the most delivered bikes are the Multistrada V4, which has remained in first place throughout 2021, followed by the Ducati Scrambler 800 family, the Streetfighter V4 and, immediately after, by the Monster.

Ducati has already started to present the new products of the 2022 range. The first episodes of the Ducati World Première was dedicated to the new Multistrada V2, a comfortable, fun to ride, versatile and technologically advanced twin-cylinder bike that represents the new gateway to the Multistrada universe.

Also the new models of the Ducati Scrambler world have been unveiled, with the arrival of the new Ducati Scrambler 1100 Tribute PRO which was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the air-cooled twin-cylinder engine on a Ducati and which incorporates some stylistic elements typical of the 1970s era.

On the other hand, the 800 family is joined by the Ducati Scrambler Urban Motard, a motorcycle created to experience the city environment by making itself noticed through a combination of style, sportiness and fun.

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2022 Perodua Myvi Facelift – CVT, New Colour, No More Manual?

perodua myvi

Just last year, Malaysia’s favourite car, the King of all Kings, the Perodua Myvi received a significant safety boost and a striking new body colour for 2020.

Initially, the range-topping Myvi 1.5 AV was the only variant with the Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) suite of driver assistance safety systems. Now, the more advanced version, ASA 2.0, is standard on variants 1.5 AV and 1.5 H, and optional on the 1.3 X.

Additionally, the Myvi also received a new Electric Blue for all variants, which is quite a hit among owners at the moment. Other available colours besides the new colour are Ivory White, Glittering Silver, Lava Red and Granite Grey.

The ASA system first debuted on the third-generation Perodua Myvi in 2017, comprising Pre-Collision Warning (up to 30 km/h), Pre-Collision Braking (up to 30 km/h), Front Departure Alert and Pedal Misoperation Control, all of which work together to mitigate collisions.

ASA 2.0 on the other hand, first appeared on the Aruz in 2019, adding Pedestrian Detection (up to 50 km/h) to the suite and upping the operational speeds of Pre-Collision Warning and Pre-Collision Braking to 100 km/h and 80 km/h respectively.

Perodua Myvi

Coming back to the Myvi, the best-selling car in the country will be turning five next year, and word on the street is that some significant updates are about to go into the model in an effort to keep it relevant and up to date.

That being said, an article by our friends at Paultan today reported that the Myvi’s current E-AT four-speed automatic transmission is on its way out, set to be replaced by a new CVT across the range, both for the 1.3 and 1.5-litre variants.

It is said that the manual variant of the Perodua Myvi will also be dropped. According to the article, sources have revealed that there will be four variants – Myvi 1.3 G, Myvi 1.5 X, Myvi 1.5 H, and the top of the range Myvi 1.5 AV.

While a new gearbox is on the way, the 1NR-VE 1.3 litre engine and the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre engine are expected to stay for now.

Powertrain aside, we can also expect cosmetic enhancements and new driver assistance features found in the Perodua Ativa like the Pre-collision Braking (PCB), Front Departure Alert (FDA), and Pedal Misoperation Control (PMC) to be fitted into the updated Myvi.

Last but not least, it is also said that a new Cranberry Red colour will be introduced exclusively for the high-spec AV variant.

That being said, whether the price of the Myvi will increase remains the million dollar question, but only time will tell. So, let us wait and see what Perodua has in store for us.

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Ford Maverick Hybrid Uses Less Fuel Than a Honda Civic

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid

The all-new 2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid pickup – the first standard hybrid pickup in America – is now officially America’s most fuel-efficient hybrid pickup with an estimated rating of 17.8 kilometres per litre of fuel.

The 2.5-litre hybrid has an estimated rating of 15.7 km/l combined, 14 km/l on highways and an estimated range of more than 804 km on a single tank of fuel.

“Our team set out to redefine what a truck could be with Maverick, and we’ve done that with an EPA-estimated 17.8 km/l city that beats the 2022 Honda Civic 1.5-liter 4-cylinder automatic gasoline engine’s 16 km/l.”

Ford Maverick Hybrid
2022 Ford Maverick Lariat Hybrid

“At the same time, Maverick offers room for five and plenty of towing and hauling for weekend trips or do-it-yourself projects,” said Chris Mazur, Ford Maverick chief engineer.

The new Ford Maverick uses Ford’s innovative fourth-generation hybrid propulsion system, which includes an all-new 2.5-liter Atkinson cycle hybrid engine and electronic continuously variable transmission. Its briefcase-size, liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is packaged smartly below the second-row seats rather than occupying a significant portion of the cargo area.

The Maverick Hybrid is expected to start shipping in December with the first customer deliveries expected in January 2022 so required state and federal emissions certification can be completed.

Due to high demand, all Maverick Hybrid production for the 2022 model year is expected to be fully reserved by early November. Once all 2022 Maverick Hybrids have been reserved, ordering for Maverick Hybrid will close until reopening next summer.

Ford Maverick Hybrid

Customers are still able to place orders for Maverick with the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine, which is already on sale and off to a fast start with more on their way to dealers and customers nationwide.

According to Ford, the new Maverick EcoBoost pickup truck is off to a fast start with the first customers taking delivery of the 2.0-liter EcoBoost version in September and more on their way to dealers and customers nationwide.

Whether the Maverick will be sold in our part of the world remains unknown, but our guess is that it won’t as we already have the Ford Ranger which is currently doing quite well for the brand in Malaysia.

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2021 Hyundai Staria to be Launched Next Week

Hyundai Staria

Hyundai’s all-new luxury 7-seater MPV, the Hyundai Staria Premium is all set to make its Malaysian debut on the 27th of October virtually.

Now open for booking at all authorized Hyundai showrooms nationwide, the Staria is the first of Hyundai’s Purpose-Built Vehicles (PBV) that represents Hyundai’s vision for future mobility and its transformation into a Smart Mobility Solution provider.

Hyundai Staria

The 7-seater MPV Staria Premium that is set to be launched here will be powered with a diesel-powered 2.2 CRDi engine.

The newly improved diesel engine is mated with an eight-speed automatic transmission, delivering an estimated power output of 177PS and 431Nm of torque. Its high-efficiency, air-cooled turbocharger has an improved compressor and turbine wheel performance for better low speed torque performance.

Featuring Hyundai’s new design language that is futuristic and iconic, the Staria Premium’s front is embellished with horizontal daytime running lights (DRLs) and a positioning lamp on its front, both running across the width of the vehicle.

This is complemented by a bold, wide radiator grille with a unique pattern. Its clean silhouette is further accented by a pair of low-set headlamps. Hyundai uses the same body color for all frontal parts to maximize the vehicle’s modern and pure style.

It also embodies Hyundai’s ‘inside-out’ design methodology that emphasizes interior spaciousness and usability. Its interior, which is inspired by the interior of a cruise ship, delivers an open and unique atmosphere through its innovative design architecture.

Hyundai Staria

Like a cruise ship, the vehicle’s lower beltlines and panoramic windows create a spacious and stimulating environment for all passengers. The overall cabin offers a luxurious experience that is more premium than any mass market MPV.  

The driver and passenger seats in the first row are designed to offer a feeling of space and comfort. The simple interior layout focuses only on the essentials to provide more room and flexibility, such as the glove compartment in the first row passenger seat which has been moved forward to provide extra legroom space.

The cargo space availability varies depending on how the seating configurations are arranged. The two- and three-seater, optimized for business use, offers maximum cargo space of almost 5,000 litres.

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Buy a Subaru Forester, Pay Later

Subaru Forester GT Edition

TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia recently announced the introduction of their latest promotion for the Subaru Forester in collaboration with Maybank.

The campaign, which is called ‘Drive Now, Pay Later’, is available exclusively to Maybank customers who are looking to purchase a new Subaru Forester from the 15th of October 2021 to the 31st of December 2021.

How the promotion works is that eligible customers will not need to pay their loan instalments for the first 15 months upon receiving their brand new Subaru Forester.

subaru forester gt

In addition, every new Subaru Forester bought through the campaign is entitled to a five-year comprehensive warranty, as well as complimentary Subaru Eco Sterilising In-Cabin 3D Spray Service worth RM1,200 which removes up to 99% harmful bacteria and viruses.

According to TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, customers who purchase a brand new Subaru Forester can also trade-in their old vehicle through TC Subaru’s Special Trade-In Assist programme for added value.

The promotional collaboration is available for selected model year units, while stocks last.

The Subaru Forester is priced from RM163,788 and comes in six variants:

  • Forester 2.0i-L GT Lite Edition
  • Forester 2.0i-S
  • Forester 2.0i-S GT Lite Edition
  • Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight
  • Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight GT Lite Edition
  • Forester 2.0i-S Eyesight GT Edition

Powering the Subaru Forester is a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre flat-four direct-injection petrol engine, mated to a Lineartronic CVT and Subaru’s Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system. The powertrain is capable of delivering 156 PS and 196 Nm of torque, enabling the SUV to achieve a top speed of 193 km/h.

Further complementing the mechanical package are features like the Subaru Intelligent Drive system that lets you choose between Intelligent and Sport modes, Hill Descent Control function, Active Torque Vectoring, and an X-Mode system with Snow and Dirt driving modes.

All of the Forester variants also come with three Subaru Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine and the Subaru Global Platform. The SUV comes with more than 100 safety features including seven airbags, ring-shaped reinforcement frame, X-Mode, ground clearance of 220mm and auto-retracting safety pedals.

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