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BMW Group Malaysia Introduces The New MINI 5-Door

MINI Malaysia today introduced the second body variant of the third generation MINI, the New MINI 5-Door. Redefining urban driving fun, the latest MINI is represented as the first ever five-door model in the small car segment. Carrying forward the trademark MINI go-kart feeling with its iconic MINI design, the New MINI 5-Door will further underscore the British premium brand’s unrivalled driving excitement, efficiency, comfort, safety and connectivity with complete practicality.

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Introducing the New MINI 5-Door, Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “With the introduction of the New MINI 5-Door, we at MINI Malaysia are now more than ever excited to continue providing our loyal customers a wider range of the most exciting premium small car brand in the world. We believe that the New MINI 5-Door will further demonstrate superior qualities of the brand’s hallmark driving excitement particularly with its evolutionary exterior design advancements and characteristic brand styling.”

Harris added that the New MINI 5-Door will appeal to Malaysians who are looking for a truly unique, one of a kind car in their driveway. He said, “MINI is the most unconventional premium small car brand in the world and the New MINI 5-Door will enable fans that grew up with the MINI brand and its iconic appeal to continue to grow with MINI even into a new generation. The new MINI 5-Door is the perfect car for the small urban, modern Malaysian family for everyday use. Be it as a daily commute to work after dropping the kids off at school or the weekend out with family and friends. The only difference now is that you would be driving and travelling in style!”

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces The New MINI 5-Door

The unmistakable proportions of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door receives a defined expansion in exterior dimensions in comparison to its original three door model, the new MINI 3-Door. While retaining its distinctive MINI design elements such as short overhangs as well as front shell-shaped bonnet, the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door is 16 cm longer than the original MINI hatch to further accentuate the car’s character of offering more space and the additional door option. The body of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door stands at 3,982mm long, 1,727mm wide and 1,425mm high – all of which will benefit the additional two doors as well as easier accessibility for back-seat passengers who will experience convenient ingress and egress movements. Additionally, the extended body length of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door also increases the luggage compartment volume by 67 litres for a total of 278 litres in comparison to the MINI hatch.

In its looks, the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door’s unmistakable appearance is further accentuated by the car’s hallmark brand styling and can be recognized by its radiator grille with a honeycomb pattern and classic elliptical headlamps. The New MINI 5-Door is also fitted with LED daytime driving lights as well as LED headlights and fog lamps, which provides the light source for both low and high beams for the car, as well as Park Distance Control function at the rear.

In terms of wheel offerings, the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door sports run-flat tyres with 17” Roulette Spoke two-tone rims.

In engine offering, the heart of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door offers a 2.0-litre MINI TwinPower Turbo Technology petrol engine which delivers a maximum output of 141kW/192hp and 280Nm of torque to enable a much sportier driving performance than ever before. This is the same power plant introduced in the new MINI 3-Door earlier this year. Coupled with a six speed automatic sport transmission, the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door accelerates from 0-100km/h in just 6.8 seconds with a top speed of 230km/h. These figures are combined with an average fuel consumption reading of 5.5 litres per 100km with C02 emissions level reading of 129g/km.

Extra helpings of fun urban driving can be further experienced as the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door also combines a sports automatic transmission with the automatic engine start/stop function. This prevents unnecessary fuel consumption caused by idling at junctions or in congested traffic.

Internally, the New MINI 5-Door continues to offer premium interior ambience while further emphasizing precise lines, high-end colour and material combinations as well as modern functionality, making the New MINI 5-Door a true and complete 5 seater!

In its interior offering, the new MINI Cooper S 5-Door features Leather Cross Punch Carbon Black Upholstery as well as sports seats for both the driver and front passenger. The Black Checkered interior surface, Chrome Line Interior and headliner in Anthracite are used to further accentuate its interior ambience and stylish feel. Completing the car’s inside sporty feel is the MINI John Cooper Works multifunction leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, rain sensor and automatic lights control, non slip leather rims with perforations, Chilli Red contrast stitching and the JCW logo embedded into the 6 o’clock position.

The New MINI Cooper S 5-Door also features the ideal basis for safe, intuitive and convenient control of the driver assistance, infotainment and comfort systems – all of which are offered from the hallmark MINI central instrument panel. MINI Connected for example, offers an extensive integration of smartphones in the car, allowing the use of internet-based services in the area of infotainment, communications and driver experience. These can be operated in typical MINI style through a 6.5” MINI Visual Boost LCD display with 5-key controller.

The innovative display and operating concept of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door is also supported by the lighting design of the central instrument panel which is unique to MINI. The interior of the New MINI Cooper S 5-Door is not just a daytime head-turner but its unique lighting concept now also turns any night-time drive into an authentic experience, particularly with the MINI Excitement package which allows the instruments and operating modules – including the door trim and centre console area – to illuminate.

The New MINI Cooper S 5-Door will be available in eleven exterior paint shades, with the addition of Electric Blue as a new MINI colour exclusive to the new MINI 5-Door. The roof, exterior mirror caps and bonnet stripes are also available in two colour options of white or black.

The new MINI Cooper S 5-Door also arrives packaged with the MINI Service Inclusive program which offers comprehensive MINI after-sales care for 3 years or 50,000KM and will be available at all authorised MINI dealership nationwide from the weekend of the 15th and 16th November 2014.

Estimated retail prices (on the road for personal registration, without insurance) of the new MINI Cooper S 5-Door is:

MINI Cooper S 5-Door – RM 238,888.00

Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8G New Variant Introduction in Malaysia

Introduced in January 2014 in Malaysia, the 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis has doubled its local sales volume compared to previous generation model, and currently leads its segment in market share. As always, UMW Toyota Motor constantly reviews feedback from customers with the aim of giving them the best product for their money. This is in line with Toyota’s ‘kaizen’ philosophy of continuous improvement, not just in the quality of the products and services but also in the value for money that customers get.

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The current 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre variants with Dual VVT-i engine and 7-speed Super CVT-i (Continuously Variable Transmission) has been well accepted by the market. There has been much feedback from customers to have a 1.8-litre variant with upgraded equipment package. Hence, UMW Toyota Motor is introducing the 1.8G new variant, to respond to the market needs.

Smart Entry Push Start Optitron Meter Combination & MID Black Interior with Combination Leather Seats

INTERIOR

On the inside, the addition of new features will certainly be appreciated by customers. For starters, 1.8G now have a Smart Entry & Start System, allowing keyless unlocking of the doors and starting the engine with just the press of a button.

The 1.8G also gets combination leather upholstery and an upgraded instrument panel which has Optitron meters. These meters, originally developed for the Lexus luxury models, are bright and clear with a 3-dimensional appearance, making viewing easy under any lighting conditions. There is also a Multi Information Display which provides information on various operating aspects of the car.

Illumination for the cupholders between the front seats, and for the front foot well, are also provided. Tiny illumination lamps at the base of each cupholder add a touch of class.

The variant also has an upgraded infotainment system with a 2-DIN head unit. This now consists of a DVD player with a 7-inch touchscreen that also acts as a display for the rear view camera. The audio unit, with an AM/FM receiver has connectivity options for various devices and also accepts SD card media as well as voice commands. A smartphone link is also available for compatible smartphone models, as well as Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel switches.

EXTERIOR

On the exterior, the 1.8G door handles have a chrome finish which matches the character line along the side of the car. Not so evident but which will be a convenient feature is the auto on/off mode for the headlamps. When set to AUTO, the headlamps will automatically come on when the external lighting level is low (e.g. entering a basement carpark), and switch off when the lighting level is high.

FUN-TO-DRIVE

Technically, there are no changes to the proven 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre Dual VVT-i engines with 7-speed Super CVT-i, which has been praised by local motoring journalists, for combining both advantages of fun-to-drive feeling of a conventional automatic transmission and fuel efficiency of a conventional CVT.

While the efficiency and reduced weight inherent in a pulley-type CVT would seem an ideal solution for vehicles emphasizing fuel efficiency, there is the characteristic CVT “rubber band” driving sensation of the engine winding to its power band upon hard acceleration. Toyota’s engineers have improved the drivability of the Corolla Altis by adapting discrete stepped “gears” or shift points, into the car’s acceleration and deceleration curves. The Corolla Altis’ Super CVT-i even mimics the familiar characteristics of hydraulic automatics creating a sense of positive shift engagement. There’s also a more linear connection between pedal effort and acceleration feel compared to previous CVT designs.

FUEL ECONOMY

Toyota engineers addressed challenges presented by typical CVT design such as the high level of hydraulic pressure CVT’s require for operation, and the optimization of the pulley ratio range to offer the best performance and fuel economy. Typically, CVT hydraulic-fluid pumps are driven at the same rate as the engine speed; as a result, the pump wastes considerable effort, impacting transmission efficiency at higher engine speeds as the pump moves more fluid than necessary to lubricate and sandwich the CVT’s belt. With the Corolla Altis’ Super CVT-i, hydraulic pressure was reduced to an optimal point to protect against belt slippage, while conserving drive effort to limit excess pumping losses.

For a belt-driven CVT, the range of speed ratios is determined by the diameters of the input and output pulleys.  The greater the disparity in size between these two pulleys, the greater the range of gear ratios, efficiency and performance the transmission can offer. The current 1.8-litre Super CVT-i offers a forward gear ratio range of 0.396 to 2.480 (which is wider than previous generation 1.8-litre Super CVT-i of 0.411 to 2.386), which works well for acceleration, cruising speeds, and fuel-conscious driving.There is also a transmission fluid warmer is used to help get fluid to optimal temperature faster.

MINOR UPGRADES TO 1.8E

As for the 1.8E base variant, it receives minor upgrades with Smart Entry & Start System, illumination for the cupholders and front foot well, exterior door handle chrome finish, and auto on/off mode for the headlamps. Meanwhile, with the introduction of 1.8G, the 2.0G will not be continued.

OTHERS

As before, customers can also select options such as a custom-designed aerokit. For those who require a GPS route navigation system, there is also an optional upgraded package which fits neatly into the 2-DIN space on the dashboard. The Toyota premium security and solar film, which is JPJ-compliant with a 7-year warranty, remains standard for all variants.

As with most models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Toyota Corolla Altis comes with a 3-year/100,000 km (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 COROLLA ALTIS 2.0V with Additional Safety Package: RM139,915.30

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 2.0V: RM136,015.30

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 1.8G: RM119,900.00

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 1.8E: RM115,900.00

Team FXPrimus Aylezo Double Podium Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo 2014 Shanghai

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Last weekend, Team FXPrimus Aylezo finished double podium for Round 9 and 10 of Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series in Shanghai. It was an outstanding race weekend for the team with one pole position and two second placed finish at Shanghai International Circuit. The Shanghai International Circuit has a very different layout of track compared to Zhuhai International Circuit. This means that the team had to change their strategy to make the most of the long straights and intense turns that make this track so challenging.

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The race weekend started out pretty good with the cooling weather. During the qualifying round, Afiq managed to claim pole position for race one. However, Zen was unable to get a perfectly clear lap during the qualifying round and managed to get ninth position.Race one was one of the intense race of the weekend, when Afiq started the race well, reclaimed one lost position and then pulled a 10-12 second gap by the pit-stop session. Later on, Zen took over the car, the team looked in a great position for the win, until disaster struck, leaving Zen having to stop and reboot the car on turn three.

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“Afiq passed the car to me in the lead with a good gap, but as I got in the car, I saw the engine error lighton.Usually it means two things,either I reset it or it will go away by itself and since I saw the 5 second ‘ready-to-go’ sign I told myself ‘ok, let’s not reset so I won’t lose anytime’ and took arisk”said Zen after the race.The gamble did not pay off but Zen’s quick thinking allowed the team the chance to rejoin the race and finish in third. But as the team went in, there was a bit of confusion as they were told that because of penalties, Team FXPrimus Aylezo were awarded the win.

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“We were a little confused but happy too when they told us that we were in fact second, since one of the teams was excluded from the win. Then when we got to the podium, they said that Dilantha’s team was penalised with a 30 second time added penalty which pushed us up to first. It was not how we wanted our first win to be.Race two was started off by Zen in position nine. As the lights turned green, he pushed on and successfully overtake four cars halfway through the first lap. Later on in the race, the tyres wore off causing Zen to loss two spots before heading the car to Afiq.

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Once Afiq got in the car, he set a blistering pace and began to pressure drivers ahead of him, picking them off one-by-one until he was in second place at the chequered flag. With an outstanding performance by Team FXPrimus Aylezo, they deserve double podium for this race weekend.

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Team FXPrimus Aylezo will now head home for the season finaleheld at Sepang International Circuit this November.The 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia will take the team to five race circuits around Asia, the season started in May at Sepang International Circuit before heading to Indonesia, to Japan and China. The series will have its finale in Malaysia and the World Final in November.

 

Gallery : Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo 2014 Shanghai

New Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift is now open for booking in Malaysia

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) will launch the New Serena S-Hybrid Facelift very soon and it is now open for booking. Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift in Malaysia

The face lifted new Serena Hybrid is a CKD(Completely Knock Down) version and is assembled at Tan Chong’s manufacturing plant in Serendah. The first hybrid MPV comes in two grades, Premium Highway Star and Highway Star.
Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift in Malaysia
The estimated price for the New Serena S-Hybrid Facelift are:

PREMIUM HIGHWAY STAR: Below RM 150,000
HIGHWAY STAR: Below RM 140,000

What’s new?

BOLD 3-DIMENSIONAL FRONT GRILLE
The bonnet, fender, front bumper and side moulding design express a sense of unity with luxurious style. Newly design 16″ alloy wheels, adds to overall aesthetics and leave a lasting impression.

LED HEADLAMPS with LED SIGNATURE LAMPS
See clearly and far ahead with first-in-class LED Headlamps and Signature Lamps that provide excellent road view.

REAR LED COMBINATION LAMPS
The attractive S-shaped LED combination lamps provide quick illumination; giving following vehicles ample time to react.

TWIN POWERED SLIDING DOORS
Easy access with one-touch powered sliding door.

SMART-HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
The Serena S-Hybrid firmly assists in Nissan’s endeavour and commitment to eco friendliness. The ECO Mode provides best-in-class fuel economy of 15.2 KM/L (JC08 mode).

SMART SEATS
2nd row Captain Seats allow walk-through access. It can also be moved inwards, creating a Twin Seat and granting 3rd row passengers an easier entrance/exit.

Ford’s ‘Big Deal’ Promotion Earns You 200,000 AirAsia BIG Points, More Rewards, More Discounts

Ford and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) today announced that its annual ‘Big Deal’ promotion is back in Malaysia, with rewards and discounts for Ford customers nationwide.

 New Ford Fiesta 

‘Ford Big Deal’ Promotion

Ford is offering 200,000 AirAsia BIG Pointsfor Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and selected Ranger variants including 3.2L XLT (MT), 2.2L XL (MT), 2.2L XLT (AT), and 2.2L XLT (MT) that are booked and registered within the promotional period. Customers then have the option to convert their points to four return flights to Australia or Japan, eight return flights to Bali, or 20 return flights to Thailand on AirAsia, in accordance with terms and conditions of the AirAsia Big Loyalty Programme.

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Additionally, Ford is offering cash rebates for newly booked and registered Fiesta, Focus, Kuga and Ranger 3.2L XLT (MT) nameplates. This nationwide promotion is valid from now through 31 December 2014.

‘Ford Big Deal Service’ Promotion

Kicking off on 1 November and running through to 31 December, this aftersales promotion offers special discount packages on lubricants, brakes, timing belts and clutch parts for selected Ford models. 

The ‘Lubricant Package’ offers customers a 20 percent discount off engine oil and oil filters from Castrol and Motorcraft oil. Models eligible for this promotion include the Ranger pickup truck, Everest and Escape 2.0L, 2.3L and 3.0L SUVs, and Fiesta, Focus TDCi, Focus 2005-2010, Mondeo 2.0L EcoBoost and 2.3L, and S-Max passenger cars.

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In addition, Ranger, Everest and Fiesta owners can enjoy a 10 percent discount on timing belt replacements, with the same discount available for Ranger and Everest brakes and Ranger clutch parts.

Ford is also offering a 10 percent discount off light maintenance parts covering wiper blades, fuel filters, air filters, coolant and spark plugs. Models eligible include the Ranger TDCi, J97, T6 2.2L and T6 3.2L, Everest and Escape 2.0L, 2.3L and 3.0L, and Fiesta 1.6L, Focus TDCi, Focus 2005-2010, Mondeo 2.0L EcoBoost and 2.3L, and S-Max.

To participate, customers simply need to register for an e-mail coupon at www.fordconsumer.com and present it at any authorised Ford Service Centre to redeem the relevant ‘Ford Big Deal Service’ offer.

The ‘Ford Big Deal Service’ promotion is applicable for Ford vehicles without an Extended Service Plan (ESP), and excludes labour charges.