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Lexus To Unveil All-New RX SUV in New York

Lexus will introduce its all-new RX at the 2015 New York International Auto Show next week. 

LEXUS TO UNVEIL ALL-NEW RX IN NEW YORK

The fourth generation RX will make its global debut at a press conference in the Galleria at Jacob Javits Convention Center on Wednesday April 1 at 9:10am.

A Tougher, Smarter and More Efficient Ford Ranger Unveiled

Ford unveiled its new tough and smart Ford Ranger today, setting a new benchmark in the pickup truck segment with an uncompromised blend of robust capability, craftsmanship and advanced technology. Starting later this year, an updated range of the truck will take on the world in more than 180 markets worldwide.

Ford Challenges the Conventional World of Pickup Trucks with a Tougher, Smarter and More Efficient Ford Ranger

“The new Ford Ranger brings a new level of comfort and refinement to its segment without compromising on the rugged capability that our customers demand,” said Brett Wheatley, vice president, Marketing, Sales & Service, Ford Asia Pacific. “It represents a smarter kind of tough, and will help our customers to achieve more, whether at work or with their families.”

Featuring a new look front end, and a stylish, smart and functional new interior, the new Ranger builds upon a reputation of capability, innovation and comfort that has helped the Ranger to stand apart from traditional pickup trucks. It also boasts an array of new cutting-edge technologies that enable new and more practical solutions to everyday challenges.

Ford Challenges the Conventional World of Pickup Trucks with a Tougher, Smarter and More Efficient Ford Ranger

“When we set out to improve upon the Ford Ranger, we knew we had our work cut out for us: The current Ranger is one of the toughest, most capable trucks out there,” said Richard Tilley, vehicle line director, Ford Asia Pacific. “But thanks to our proud truck heritage and global expertise in the utility segment, we’ve made what was great even better, with a bold new look, improved efficiency and a new level of refinement.” 

Tough and modern design

The changes to the Ranger begin with an updated exterior design. A bold, more modern look lends Ranger a powerful presence on the road, and immediately conveys a sense of capability.

A more muscular hood flows into a strong new trapezoidal grille, while imposing projector headlamps make the truck instantly recognisable, with a bold, technical look.

“When you look at how our customers use their vehicles, it’s important that a Ranger looks and functions as a tough, dependable tool,” said Dave Dewitt, exterior design manager, Ford Asia Pacific. “We saw an opportunity to give the design extra tension, and to emphasise Built Ford Tough design elements like the outboard nostrils – all while maintaining the Ranger’s excellent aerodynamic characteristics.”

The updated exterior has been combined with a stylish new interior that creates an even more comfortable, contemporary and car-like environment for the driver and passengers. Strong horizontal lines run across the width of the cab, giving a sense of openness, and framing the central eight-inch touchscreen. Behind the steering wheel, a new dual-TFT instrument cluster provides drivers with information about the vehicle, as well as entertainment, navigation and climate control details at a glance.

“The interior of the new Ranger is sleek and modern, with a strong technical aspect to it,” said Dewitt. “Accentuating the design, we’ve chosen materials that are stylish and attractive while being durable enough to handle the harsh life of a work truck. The interior may look more car-like, but it’s as practical as ever.”

Capability and refinement

The Ford Ranger remains one of the most capable trucks in its class. With a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep, and with 230 mm of ground clearance, it is designed and engineered to handle the most extreme terrains with ease. Thanks to a 28-degree approach angle and 25-degree departure angle, drivers in the new Ranger can feel confident when taking on steep obstacles.

A robust electronically controlled transfer case allows drivers in 4×4 models to shift on the fly from 4×2 to 4×4 high with a knob on the center console. For low-speed torque or additional downhill braking, drivers can also engage low-range 4×4 gearing, while an electronic locking rear differential helps to improve traction in difficult conditions. These off-road strengths are matched by towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity.

The Ranger achieves all this with a level of refinement not usually seen in the pickup truck segment. While the current Ranger already sets the standard for ride and handling, Ford engineers fine-tuned its suspension for additional comfort and even better handling.

The driving experience is further enhanced by an electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) system, which provides precise steering with a natural and confident feel. With EPAS, steering is light and manageable for low-speed maneuvering, such as parking, and precise at higher speeds – with assistance varying as necessary based on speed, steering wheel angle, cornering forces and acceleration or deceleration. By eliminating the power steering pump used in a traditional power-steering system, EPAS also results in a quieter vehicle and improves fuel efficiency by about three percent.

Engineers also fitted the new Ranger with advanced sound-deadening materials and improved insulation for one of the quietest and most comfortable cabin interiors in its class.

Advanced Technology

A host of cutting edge technology is available on the new Ford Ranger to help drivers stay connected and in control.

SYNC 2, the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system, gives drivers smarter and safer ways to stay connected. Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 20 degrees”, “play AC/DC” or “I’m hungry”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily than ever before. An eight-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with colour-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

For extra convenience, the new Ranger features a 240-volt power socket that can be used to power a laptop computer anywhere, from a work site to a family road trip.

There is also an array of driver assist technologies that help to make your drive more convenient. 

  • Lane Keeping Alert and Lane Keeping Aid work together to help to prevent the driver from unintentionally drifting out of a lane when driving at high speeds. If the forward-facing camera detects the vehicle is straying from its lane, Lane Keeping Alert warns the driver with a vibration in the steering wheel. If no action is taken to correct the drift, Lane Keeping Aid applies steering torque to guide the vehicle back into its lane
  • Adaptive Cruise Control makes use of radar sensors to maintain both a preset speed as well as a preset distance from the vehicle ahead. When the system detects a vehicle ahead, it decelerates automatically to maintain a safe distance. It accelerates back to the driver’s preset cruising speed when the road ahead clears. An adjustable speed limiter helps drivers avoid unintentionally exceeding their selected speed
  • Forward Alert works with Adaptive Cruise Control to give drivers a visual and audible warning when the gap to a vehicle ahead drops below a safe distance. The system also charges the brakes to ensure optimum braking performance
  • Front and Rear Park Assist uses sensors to detect obstacles and provide audible warnings when the vehicle approaches obstructions at low speeds, such as when parking. A rear-view camera gives a clear view behind the vehicle, giving greater confidence when parking and hitching up a trailer
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System helps drivers to stay safe and save fuel by alerting them when tire pressure is too low
  • Electronic Stability Program with rollover mitigation and trailer sway control helps to keep the vehicle under control even in adverse conditions
  • Driver Impairment Monitor uses the forward-facing camera and on-board sensors to detect if the driver is drowsy. If it notices signs such as drifting off course and sudden corrective steering inputs, the system warns the driver with gradually louder signals
  • In markets where it is available, Emergency Assistance uses a Bluetooth-paired and connected phone to call local emergency services in the event of a serious collision. The system communicates details of the accident and your vehicle’s location, and then opens the line to let you speak directly with responders
  • Other smart technologies on the new Ranger include Hill Launch Assist, to help you confidently start off from a slope, whether in forward or reverse; Hill Descent Control, which uses the traction control system to help you descend steep slopes at a constant speed; Adaptive Load Control, which adjusts the Electronic Stability Control system based on vehicle load; and Emergency Brake Assistance, which provides additional pressure to the brake system to increase braking force when you apply the brakes quickly in an emergency situation

Ford Challenges the Conventional World of Pickup Trucks with a Tougher, Smarter and More Efficient Ford Ranger Ford Challenges the Conventional World of Pickup Trucks with a Tougher, Smarter and More Efficient Ford Ranger

Efficient Power

The new Ranger’s impressive power, capability, and payload and towing capacity are made possible thanks to powerful and efficient engines paired to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. All four engines available provide Ranger customers a winning combination of power and efficiency in all conditions, and help to underscore Ford’s fun-to-drive promise. 

For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its globally proven 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine. Upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system help to improve fuel efficiency by up to 18 percent, while still putting out 147 kW of power and 470 Nm of torque.

Equipped with the latest generation of Ford’s 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, the Ranger delivers significantly improved fuel efficiency and refinement while also providing the power Ranger customers demand. Depending on the market, Ford will offer a standard 2.2-liter engine, which generates an improved 118 kW of power and 385 Nm of torque, or a high-efficiency (96 kW) variant for up to 22 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The new Ranger is also available with Ford’s dependable 2.5-liter Duratec petrol engine, providing 122 kW of power and 225 Nm of torque#.

Maximizing the efficiency of its engines, the new Ford Ranger is available with Automatic Start/Stop Technology, which saves fuel by shutting off the engine when the vehicle is idling, such as at a stop light, improving fuel economy by up to 3.5 percent. On the move, an available longer final drive ratio boosts fuel economy at highway speeds.

“With improved efficiency, refinement and a range of smart new technologies, the new Ranger redefines what customers can expect from a tough and capable pickup truck,” said Tilley.

Ford will manufacture the new Ranger at its AutoAlliance Thailand facility in Rayong, Thailand for distribution throughout Asia Pacific, its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa for distribution in Africa and Europe, and its Pacheco Stamping and Assembly Plant in Argentina for distribution in Latin America.

2015 Toyota Hiace Facelifted in Malaysia

The Toyota Hiace is one of the best-selling window van models in Malaysia and for the 2015 model year, it has received upgrades which increase Active Safety. The upgrade is in line with Toyota’s policy whereby safety is a top priority for its products, regardless of whether they are passenger cars or commercial vehicles.

The new Active Safety features that are now standard in the Hiace Window Van are Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Traction Control (TRC), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), and an Emergency Stop Signal. VSC and TRC are Active Safety features which have been available on passenger cars for some time and are especially valuable in helping to maintain grip and stability on slippery surfaces.

TRC works mainly when the vehicle is moving forward in a straight line, reducing output to the wheels if sensors detect that their rotating speed is excessively high (wheelspin), indicating that grip is lost. VSC works during cornering or sudden changes in direction; when the sensors detect a hazardous condition where the vehicle could spin, brakes on the appropriate wheels start to operate to create a counteracting force which stabilizes vehicle movements. In this way, the vehicle will remain on the road instead of spinning off.

HAC is useful on steep inclines as it minimizes roll-back when about to move off. It is activated when the driver’s foot is removed from the brake  pedal and holds the vehicle in position without the use of the handbrake. This enables smoother and safer movement without the risk of stalling or rolling back and hitting another vehicle.

The Emergency Stop Signal can contribute to reduce rear-end collisions. It activates during quick and sudden braking, activating the hazard warning lights so that drivers behind are alerted more clearly that the Hiace is coming to a stop suddenly.

The Hiace Panel Van variant has also been upgraded with the addition of Anti-Lock Braking (ABS).  ABS is particularly important for such vehicles as their load and weight distribution varies. ABS, together with the Load-Sensing Proportioning & Bypass Valve which adjusts the brake pressure according to the weight distribution, ensures greater stability for the vehicle during braking, especially on slippery surfaces. Another advantage of ABS is that it prevents wheel lock-up, even when braking hard, and this allows the driver to retain steering control to be able to avoid any hazards even when braking.

Brake Assist (BA) is also offered for the Panel Van ,partly to address the issue of older drivers not having enough strength to apply maximum pressure on the brake pedal in an emergency. The system will boost brake pressure in certain emergency braking conditions to maximise braking performance and this also helps to enhance the effectiveness of ABS.

Other safety features of the Hiace Window Van and Panel Van include dual SRS airbags and 3-point seatbelts for all 10 occupants in the Window Van. The webbing for the seatbelts has a low-friction material which reduces the feeling of being cramped.

Reverse sensors are also standard to make parking easier and safer, and the body structure is GOA-certified. ‘GOA’ stands for ‘Global Outstanding Assessment’ which is a tough in-house safety standard that meets or exceeds international requirements. Every Toyota vehicle must be GOA-certified before it is allowed to be produced and sold.

Other features of the Hiace remain unchanged with two choices of powertrains – the proven 2.7-litre 16-valve DOHC petrol engine with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent), and the D-4D 2.5-litre DOHC commonrail turbodiesel engine.

Customers can also order their Hiace with optional accessories such as Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film, Toyota Essential or Toyota Standard Solar Film. These tinted films meet JPJ regulations and are installed by trained personnel at UMW Toyota Motor’s own Accessories Centre before delivery.

UMW Toyota Motor also offers a Portable Tyre Pump as an optional accessory . This compact unit is easily stowed and will come in useful if a tyre is punctured or needs its pressure increased due to heavier loads being carried. It can also be used to inflate toys, balls or car bed via various nozzles which comes together in the set box. 

As with other light commercial vehicles offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Hiace comes with a 3-year/100,000 kms (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This reflects the confidence that UMW Toyota Motor has in the superior build quality of its vehicles, a hallmark of Toyota products.

The on-the-road price (individual private registration with insurance, metallic color, Peninsular Malaysia) are as follows:

 

TOYOTA HIACE HIGH ROOF WINDOW VAN 2.5 TURBO (D): RM109,600

TOYOTA HIACE HIGH ROOF WINDOW VAN 2.7 (P): RM102,600

TOYOTA HIACE PANEL VAN 2.5 TURBO* (D): RM87,600


*company commercial only

All-New Honda HR-V Compact SUV Debuts in Malaysia at RM 99,800

Honda Malaysia is poised to set the benchmark in the new Compact SUV segment with the launch of its All-New HR-V. The HR-V which stands for Hip & Smart Runabout Vehicle will change the SUV playing field by opening up a brand new segment – the Compact SUV.

01 HMSB President & COO Mr. Roslan Abdullah & All-New HR-V A-LPL Mr.Yosuke Sato with the All-New HR-V_resize

The overall concept of the All-New HR-V came about after receiving feedback from customers that were looking for an affordable SUV that encompasses a sense of security and status while boasting high usability. This vehicle achieves all these by combining the toughness of a SUV, the personal feel of a Coupe and the utility of a Minivan.

The All-New HR-V has been making headlines in every country where it was launched and is currently the best-selling Compact SUV in Japan. In Thailand and Indonesia, the All-New HR-V has received overwhelming response and bookings.

Honda Malaysia President and Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Roslan Abdullah said, “In Malaysia, the SUV segment has shown significant growth over the years. Back in 2010, the SUV segment was 18,000 units. In just 5 years, it has grown by 74% to over 31,000 units with a 4.7% market share. Despite this rapid growth, the SUV segment is still dominated by upper SUVs. This means that there is no suitable and affordable SUV for the up-graders from entry segments. The SUV segment is missing a compact model which bridges the gap between upper SUVs and entry level sedans.”

Seeing the huge opportunity, Honda Malaysia continues to keep their commitment to excite the market with value for money and attractive products at affordable prices. Three variants of the All-New HR-V, namely the S, E and V were introduced at the price tags of RM99,800, RM108,800 and RM118,800 respectively to meet the needs of the market.

This Dynamic Compact SUV is the ideal vehicle for Gen-Y singles, young couples, and young families who value their lifestyles. These people work hard, spend more time socializing, and enjoy sports or weekend activities.

05 Model posing with the All-New HR-V_resize

The exterior design is based on the ‘Dynamic Cross Solid’ concept, reflecting the coupe-like aero-cabin, strong lower body and powerful look. The rear door handles were integrated into the side windows to further enhance its coupe-like appearance. The All-New HR-V also features the Exciting H Design!!! Concept, where the “H” represents the Human Center, emphasizing on the driver and passengers while the solid wing face and unified grille and lights create a stylish yet tough exterior.

Performance wise, the All-New HR-V features a 1.8L i-VTEC SOHC engine built on a new Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology. This combination enhances the fun and excellent performance aspect for a smooth driving experience during cruising or while being stuck in a traffic jam.

A quick look inside, the All-New HR-V utilizes Honda’s original centre tank layout to achieve class leading boot space and spaciousness equivalent to a class above SUV. The High-Deck Centre Console with armrest was utilised to achieve both personal space and usability at a high level. Through the Multi-Utility Cargo Space, various versatile rear seat configurations from Utility Mode, Tall Mode to Long Mode can be adjusted to meet the needs of all lifestyles and uses.

04 Models posing with the All-New HR-V_resize

Its smart interface features include a 7-inch Display Audio, One Touch Turn Signal, Touch Panel Auto Air Conditioning, Smart Entry with Push Start Button, Cruise Control and ECON Mode for a smooth, at-your-fingertip operation while the speedometer features an illumination ring, which changes colour based on the driving mode to indicate economical driving. High quality materials such as fabric soft pads were used for most occupant touch points.

The All-New HR-V offers a comprehensive range of active and passive safety features such as 6 Airbags (V Variant; Dual Front SRS Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Side Airbags), Multi-Angle Rearview Camera (V Variant), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), LED Daytime Running Light (DRL) (V Variant), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), and ISOFIX. Advanced technology features namely the new Automatic Brake Hold and Electric Parking Brake are made available for all variants. These features can be easily activated with a push of a switch and lever respectively. To further enhance safety during collision, a high tensile steel frame was added to the middle part of the body to improve absorption of the collision force.

The All-New HR-V is available in the five colours of Modern Steel Metallic, Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Ruse Black Metallic.

Honda Malaysia extends a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and a service interval of 10,000km for this All-New HR-V at all 78 dealerships nationwide. For owners who desire a sportier and more individualistic look of the All-New HR-V, Honda Malaysia offers two Utility packages and two Modulo packages, starting at an affordable price of RM1,550.

The All-New HR-V is a new segment in vehicle offerings and Honda Malaysia has set a challenging target to sell 700 units monthly.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4 Unveiled

The new member of the Porsche GT family is the Cayman GT4. This is the first time Porsche is introducing a GT sports car based on the Cayman which has components of the 911 GT3. A lap time of 7 minutes and 40 seconds on the North Loop of the Nürburgring positions the Cayman GT4 as the new benchmark at the top of its market segment. It also makes a clear statement that Porsche will continue to promote radical two-door sports cars in the future – sports cars that are developed at the Motorsport department in Weissach.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

The engine, chassis, brakes and aerodynamic design of the Cayman GT4 are configured for maximum driving dynamics; yet the top model still retains the versatility and everyday utility that are typical of the two-seat Porsche coupe. It is powered by a 3.8-litre flat-six engine with 385 hp (283 kW), which is derived from the 911 Carrera S engine. Its power is always transmitted by a six-speed manual gearbox with dynamic gearbox mounts. The Cayman GT4 accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds; its top speed is 295 km/h. The car’s NEDC fuel consumption is 10.3 l/100 km. The chassis – which features a 30 mm lower body position and a generously sized brake system – consists nearly entirely of components from the 911 GT3.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

On its exterior, the Cayman GT4 is clearly differentiated from related mid-engine coupes. Three distinctive inlet openings at the front and a large fixed rear wing are part of an aerodynamic package which is systematically designed for downforce. Upon request, the Cayman GT4 can be equipped even more comprehensively for sporty use. Options include the PCCB ceramic brake system, full shell seats made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), a custom Sport Chrono Package with the unique Track Precision app and a Club Sport Package.

2015 Porsche Cayman GT4

The interior of the Cayman GT4 is designed so that the driver and front passenger can experience unfiltered driving enjoyment. They sit on sport seats, upholstered in a combination of leather and Alcantara, which are distinguished by very good lateral support. The new GT4 sport steering wheel guarantees ideal control and direct steering feedback due to its compact dimensions.

Technical aspects of the new GT sports car are based on the 911 GT3. As a mid-engine sports car and a prime example of driving dynamics in its class – it follows the conceptual tradition of such cars as the 904 GTS, 911 GT1, Carrera GT and 918 Spyder.

GT sports cars from Porsche embody the most passionate connection possible between everyday driving and the race track and thereby the sporty core of the brand: Intelligent Performance. Four out of five drivers of Porsche sports cars with this classification also use them on the race track.

The Cayman GT4 celebrates its world premiere in early March at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Porsche Cayman GT4: Urban fuel consumption 14.8 l/100 km; extra-urban fuel consumption 7.8 l/100 km; combined fuel consumption 10.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions 238 g/km.

Photo Gallery: 2015 Porsche Cayman GT4