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Honda Launches the All-new Honda HR-V, The Premium Sport Crossover

Honda Thailand has launched the all-new Honda HR-V, a premium sport crossover with an integrated sport coupe style for its exterior design with distinctive character lines, LED Daytime Running Lights, and a Panoramic Sunroof.  Its luxurious interior features a full range of equipment including a Double Layer console and a spacious passenger cabin designed for multi-utility functionality. The all-new Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that provides 141 horsepower plus a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology” to enhance both driving performance and fuel economy.  The engine is compatible with E85 fuel. Advanced safety technologies such as an Electric Parking Brake and Automatic Brake Hold offer safety and comfort for all driving conditions.

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Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “Today’s launch of the all-new Honda HR-V, a premium sport crossover, will set a new benchmark for the Thai automobile market.  This car will fulfill the various lifestyle preferences of customers in the compact segment.  It is also a new type of vehicle ideal for customers who are looking for a SUV that perfectly matches their various needs, leisure activities and lifestyles.  Honda developed the all-new Honda HR-V by integrating the best in every angle to create the new generation of premium sport crossover. We are sure that the all-new Honda HR-V will receive a very warm welcome from Thai customers and is worth waiting for.”

The all-new Honda HR-V, under the name Honda Vezel, made its world debut in Japan in 2013.  It was well accepted by Honda’s Japanese customers, with over 100,000 units sold within the first year.  The all-new Honda HR-V was then launched in China and the third market to launch it globally is Thailand, which is also the first country to manufacture and sell this model in the ASEAN region.
 
The all-new Honda HR-V was developed based on the fundamentals of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), adding the sportiness of a coupe and integrating the functionality of a minivan.
 
The exterior design of the all-new Honda HR-V, elegant in all dimensions, is formed by sharp character lines that blend together the sleek cabin and the dynamic lower body. Together with the character lines and rear door handles that are integrated into the side windows, the design reflects the sportiness of a two-door coupe. The front face was designed with a “Solid Wing Face” concept and strengthens the tough look and stylish front grille by using a black colour.  It’s complemented by a Panoramic Sunroof, LED Daytime Running Lights and LED Tube taillights, which add a sophisticated and sporty look.
 
The interior design provides a wide and clear space over the console, combined with a Double Layer console that gives the feeling of a sporty image.  The spacious passenger cabin comes with a full range of modern equipment, including a 7-inch Advanced Touch Screen audio system with Siri voice command (for iPhone 4S and above); Automatic Air-conditioning System with touch screen control panel; 7-color adjustable ambient meter with LCD and Multi Information Display; two USB ports, HDMI and a power outlet. It also features a Multifunction Steering Wheel, One-Push Ignition System, and Honda Smart Key System. Maximum storage is provided by a multi-utility seat that has three adjustable modes – Utility Mode, Tall Mode, and Long Mode – to meet the demands of all lifestyles and uses.
 
The all-new Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that delivers 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 172 Newton-meters at 4,300 rpm, plus a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology” to enhance both driving performance and fuel economy.  The engine is compatible with E85 fuel.   The all-new Honda HR-V is more fun to drive with a 7-speed Paddle Shift and the Cruise Control System provides more comfortable driving.

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The full range of premium advanced safety features include an Electric Parking Brake that is easily activated by slightly pulling up the switch on the center console; Automatic Brake Hold that holds the brake automatically so the driver doesn’t have to press the brake pedal all the time when stopped; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA); Hill Start Assist (HSA); Emergency Stop Signal (ESS); plus a 3-angle Rearview camera and six airbags: Driver i-SRS airbag, Front Passenger SRS airbag, i-Side airbags, and Side Curtain Airbags for more confidence in all journeys.

Regarding the marketing communications for the all-new Honda HR-V, Mr. Sompop Patipanthada, Marketing General Manager of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., unveiled that, “The marketing communications concept for the all-new Honda HR-V is the Premium X Sport Crossover and conveys a message of premium and sporty integration.  We will present the uniqueness of this car in all dimensions, including the perfect meeting of the sporty exterior design and spacious interior, maximum comfort, premium functions, and high performance that provides the ultimate sporty driving experience backed by advanced safety technology.

“The all-new Honda HR-V is the premium sport crossover with high-class appeal that fulfills the demands of a diversified lifestyle and will be an important new choice for those who are looking for a vehicle in the compact segment, and we expect to achieve sales of 20,000 units within one year.”

The new Honda HR-V is available in three variants, which are the S at 890,000 Baht, the E at 975,000 Baht, and the EL at 1,045,000 Baht.  It comes in five colours – Crystal Black (Pearl), White Orchid (Pearl), Alabaster Silver (Metallic), with two new colours; Ruse Black (Metallic) and Morpho Blue (Pearl).

On the occasion of Honda’s 50th anniversary in Thailand, Honda has introduced a special campaign called “Honda’s 50th Anniversary offers 50-million baht happiness” to express our gratitude to Thai customers for their continuous trust and tremendous support. Customers who purchase any Honda model from today until 31 December, 2014, will get a chance to win one of many prizes every month such as a 1-kilogram gold bar; Honda Mobilio; home theatre and television sets; Honda motorcycles; and iPhone 6 Plus smart phones. In addition, they will also get a chance to win a special prize of a “Family Trip to Japan” for four members of the family. All lucky draw prizes are worth a total value of more than 50 million baht.

RON97 Unleaded Petrol Down 20sen From 19.11.2014

The price of RON97 Unleaded Petrol in Malaysia will go down by 20sen to RM2.55/litre from today.

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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!”

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

AWE Tuning Launches MK7 Volkswagen GTI Exhaust Suite

AWE Tuning has announced the release of their Exhaust Suite for the Mk7 Volkswagen GTI. This system is the first Volkswagen exhaust system that AWE Tuning has offered with a lifetime warranty and also features the AWE Tuning Fitment Guarantee.

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“We’ve leveraged our experience in developing four generations of GTI exhausts to produce the finest and most comprehensive exhaust suite on the market,” said AWE Tuning VP of Marketing Jesse Kramer. “With our many different package offerings, we offer the consumer unrivaled ability to dial in the sound they’re looking for.”

AWE Tuning Mk7 GTI Exhaust Suite Highlights:

- Products starting at USD869.
- 21HP max gains without any software.
- 102mm tips, available in Chrome Silver or Diamond Black.
- Three piece exhaust design for simplified install.
- Full 3” design crafted from T304 Stainless Steel.
- Engineered flex pipe on Performance Downpipe isolates engine movement and prevents mount tearing.
- 200 cell HJS HD catalyst (Only High-Durability catalyst on
the market for the GTI).
- AWE Tuning Performance Downpipe offers a weight savings of 4.5 lbs. over the stock downpipe.
- New “Fitment Guarantee”.
- Lifetime Warranty on exhaust.
- No CEL Guarantee.