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Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman in Malaysia

MINI Malaysia today introduced the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman – a special and limited edition variant of the MINI Cooper Countryman in celebration of MINI’s 55th Anniversary worldwide as well as Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. Limited to only 55 units, the special edition MINI Countryman is made exclusively for Malaysia.

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Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman, Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “When MINI was first introduced in 1959, the car brought about the concept of a revolutionary small car which turned into one of the most impressive success stories in the automotive industry, stretching over a period of five and a half decades. The car began with a simple yet ingenious concept from designer Alec Issigonis which has now grown to define a car with the virtues of uncompromising go-kart drive quality, inimitable style and an historical icon all over the world, even here in Malaysia!”

Mr. Harris added that as MINI celebrates its 55th Anniversary worldwide, the car also has a definitive history and significance in the story of Malaysia and the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman was also created to commemorate the nation’s National Day as well as Malaysia Day.

“Malaysia has been our home for more than 10 years now and with the loyal support of our MINI customers here, we are proud to have established ourselves as the number one premium automotive company here. The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is our way of thanking our Malaysian MINIacs and paying tribute to Malaysia for all that she has been to us,” said Mr. Harris.

The new special edition MINI variant arrives with an exterior enhancement to the familiar interpretation of the classic MINI features such as the roof line, hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, typical MINI exterior chrome lining, capacious wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. With the MINI design language as a starting point, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is treated with an exclusive 55 Edition Sports Stripe which runs across its front bonnet, side skirting and rear tailgate as well as a 55 Edition Badge which proudly sits on its characteristic hexagonal radiator grille.

The car is also fitted with distinctive halogen head lights and fog lamps which provide drivers with optimum visibility when on straight or bending roads alike. Additionally, the robustness of the car is further emphasized by 16” 5-Star Single Spoke Light Alloy Rims.

In keeping with its promise of providing drivers with pure driving excitement, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine capable of generating a maximum output of 88kW/120hp which enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 11.6 seconds while only registering an average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Inside, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is fitted with Cloth Cosmos Carbon Black upholstery to highlight a contrast between the car’s exterior and interior colours. This contrast is further emphasized with elliptical door bezels in Piano Black with a Polar Beige inlay. The interior of the special edition MINI Countryman also prides itself with a selection of functional safety features including rain sensors, automatic driving light control as well as an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror. In terms of in-car entertainment offering, the new variant of the MINI Countryman also features on-board MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth interface which allows drivers to comfortably and safely operate their smartphones via Bluetooth from the multifunction steering wheel.

The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is available in a range of exterior colours including Blazing Red, True Blue, Royal Grey, Light White and Brilliant Copper. Roof and mirror cap options in black are made available with all exterior colours, however, white roof and mirror cap options are only exclusively available with the Blazing Red, True Blue and Royal Grey exterior colours.

The estimated retail prices (on the road without insurance, with 3 years MINI Service Inclusive) of the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is:

55 Edition MINI Countryman – RM 188,888.00

Motoring.com.au recommends 6 Toyota Vehicles for Australian Consumers

Six Toyota vehicles including the locally built Camry Hybrid have been named as top picks for Australian new-car buyers by the Carsales editorial site www.motoring.com.au.

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Toyota’s family-oriented Kluger SUV, 86 sports car, LandCruiser 200 Series and Prado, and Prius v hybrid wagon also made the list of cars recommended by the site’s motoring experts.

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The new-generation seven-seat Kluger, launched in March, features a stylish design with more emotional appeal while engineers have delivered a more engaging drive and liberated more interior space.

So far this year, Camry Hybrid is the country’s top-selling hybrid car, the 86 heads the sports-car market, LandCruiser 200 is dominant in its segment and Prado sales are up more than eight per cent.

Prius v is the third member of the expanded Prius family that also includes the third-generation Prius hatch and the Prius c city car.

Carsales editor-in-chief Mike Sinclair said the recommended chanel espadrilles have been judged on their performance, refinement, handling, suitability for purpose and value for money.

He said resale value, reliability and factors such as warranty and the availability of benefits such as capped-price servicing were also considered.

“The cars we choose are the best in their respective segments and represent great buying choices for new car shoppers,” Mr Sinclair said.

Toyota sells more vehicles in Australia than any other brand and is currently leading the new-vehicle market for the 12th consecutive year.

New Toyota vehicles are covered by Toyota Service Advantage, the company’s capped-price servicing plan*.

RECOMMENDED TOYOTA VEHICLES:
Family cars >$30K: Toyota Kluger
Performance cars <$100K: Toyota 86
Offroad 4x4s: Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Audi introducing 48 volts electrical system for better power and efficiency

Audi is to upgrade part of its vehicle electrical system from twelve to 48 volts. The move represents another technical building block for facilitating the integration of new automotive technologies while increasing the power and efficiency of its cars.

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“We are using the full bandwidth of electrification in our drive principles strategy. Running part of the vehicle electrical system at 48 volts plays a central role in this,” commented Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi. “It enables us to make more energy available. That paves the way for new technologies with which we can make our cars more sporty, more efficient and more convenient to use.”

Audi recently showcased the scope of the 48‑volt electrical system with the technology demonstrators Audi A6 TDI concept and RS 5 TDI concept. Both models are fitted with an electrically powered compressor. This operates independently of the engine load and therefore fundamentally improves the acceleration performance. 48‑volt technology is moreover ideal for realizing convenience systems for dynamic chassis control. Audi will shortly be unveiling a variety of applications in this field.

The current state of the art technology has taken 12‑volt electrical systems to their very limits. Especially at low temperatures, all the various static‑load consumers can account for the entire power generated by the alternator, which can deliver up to three kilowatts. The battery power is no longer capable of meeting the demands of new, dynamic‑load consumers such as high‑performance electric compressors.

The solution is a second subsidiary electrical system running at 48 volts, to complement the 12‑volt power supply. The higher voltage means smaller cable cross-sections are needed; this translates into lighter cable harnesses with lower power dissipation. The 48‑volt electrical system features new storage technologies and delivers much more power than the 12‑volt system with lead batteries. That makes it an important element of the Audi strategy of electrifying various stages of the drivetrain. The Group’s developers have already come up with a scalable platform concept, including a version that incorporates the electrically powered compressor.

In currently the highest development version, a compact lithium‑ion battery supplies 48 volts as the energy source during engine‑off phases; a DC/DC converter integrates the 12‑volt electrical system. The lithium‑ion battery operates in conjunction with a new, efficiency-optimized alternator that qualifies the drivetrain as a mild hybrid. Within this concept there are diverse ways of starting, controlling and deactivating the combustion engine as needed. The powerful alternator achieves an energy recovery output of ten kilowatts, far more than is possible at present. That adds up to a saving of up to ten grams of CO2 per kilometer (16.1 g/mi), equivalent to around 0.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (62.1 miles).

12-year old wins a brand new XC60 with hole-in-one

At the recent 40th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship, held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Natasha Oon, a 12-year old golfer, became the envy of everyone when she won a brand new Volvo XC60 T5 worth RM288,888 by notching a hole-in-one on the first day of the Championship!

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A delighted Oon quipped, “I didn’t realise that I scored a hole-in-one. Honestly, I was just trying to do my best (in the Championship).”

What happened next was nothing short of adorable – Oon brought her mother, Yenni Hasnawi, to the XC60 T5 on display and said, “this is the car that you will use to drive me to school every day.”

Oon’s hole-in-one is a remarkable feat that was only achieved at this particular Championship, a good 15 years ago.

The hole-in-one prize was sponsored by Volvo Car Malaysia’s authorised dealer, Federal Auto Cars.

The XC60 T5 is powered by the 4-cylinder Drive-E engine which produces 245hp at 5,500rpm and a maximum torque 350Nm at 1,500-4,800rpm. Whilst the engine offers greater output than the previous generation, it still retains class-leading fuel consumption figures for petrol engines in the segment and improved CO2 emissions at a 157g/km.

Available from RM288,888, the XC60 T5 showcases a new hood shape and chrome bar grille which emphasizes the car’s width, together with prominent horizontal lines that will visually connect the car to the road. The tailpipes are now integrated with the diffuser and act as a visual.

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

On August 21st, BMW Group Malaysia introduced the all-new BMW X4 as the first ever Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact crossover segment. The new BMW vehicle was unveiled by both incoming Managing Director Mr. Alan Harris as well as outgoing Managing Director, Dr. Gerhard Pils.

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

The all-new BMW X4 combines hallmark BMW X features, an unmistakable coupé character, a distinctive emotive design, and supreme dynamic ability with excellent driving comfort and low fuel consumption.

Presenting the all-new BMW X4, Mr. Alan Harris, new Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “When BMW first presented the BMW X6 in late May 2008, the premium motoring world was introduced to an exceptional and revolutionary vehicle concept that redefined how premium four wheel drive vehicles should look and feel. The BMW X6 was a runaway success with over 250,000 units sold globally. This success demonstrated that there was indeed a demand for a premium activity vehicle with Coupé-like styling and proportions. Now, we at BMW are proud to introduce the first ever BMW X4 which will carry forward the success story of the BMW invention of a Sports Activity Coupé in the midsize segment.”

Dr. Gerhard Pils meanwhile said,  “As the leader in the premium automotive segment, we at BMW Group Malaysia are constantly looking to build and introduce premium vehicles that will continue to position us at the forefront of development within the segment. The all-new BMW X4, the latest addition to the BMW X family here will further strengthen our number one position in the Malaysian market and this can be reflected in BMW Group Malaysia’s latest year-to-date sales performance. Up to the month of July, a total of 5,039 vehicles comprising of BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad were delivered, marking a 10% increase as compared to the same period in 2013 where we delivered 4,575 vehicles.”

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

Introduced in the form of the BMW X4 xDrive28i and the BMW X4 xDrive28i M Sport , the dynamic pedigree of the all-new BMW X4 is underlined by a cutting-edge high-performance engine, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as Performance Control and Variable Sport Steering as well as a comprehensive range of BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance Systems, Services and Apps.

Colours available for the all-new BMW X4 include Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey and Sparkling Brown. Further accentuating its sporty elegance, the all-new BMW X4 features interior upholstery options consisting of Leather Nevada Mocha and Leather Nevada Black.

The estimated retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)) for the all-new BMW X4 is:

BMW X4 xDrive28i – RM 438,800.00
BMW X4 xDrive28i M Sport – RM 468,800.00

Photo Gallery: BMW X4 Malaysia