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Peugeot 308 R Hybrid Concept is AWD & 500ps

While some of us eagerly awaits the confirmation for production of Peugeot 308 R Hybrid, Peugeot has release another 308 Concept.  The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid  as they call , it’s a plug-in petrol hybrid. Another words, it’s chargeable just like your iPhone, it’s run with petrol too and also a hybrid system that works the magic.


Developed by Peugeot Sport division, horsepower numbers are big, 500ps (about 493hp). That’s BMW M5 or Nissan GTR category.  All wheel drive system is in place along with this huge power output. Peugeot Sport are push the  4-cylinder petrol 1.6-liter THP S&S engine (270PS/266hp) and an 85kW (115PS/114hp) electric motor linked to the 6-speed gearbox driving the front wheels, as well as a similar electric motor driving the rear axle.All of these allows the 308 R Hybrid to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 4 seconds and to cover 1 kilometer from a standing start in 22 seconds. Top speed is limited electronically at 250 km/h, while CO2 emissions are just 70 g/km.

All thought a plug-in hybrid, the 308 R Hybrid carries a more aggressive looks with a modified front end sporting louvers on the bonnet as well as a modified bumper and grille with checked pattern over the standard Peugeot 308.The side air scoops integrate the sequential LED indicators while the central scoop sports the car’s signature 308 R Hybrid badge, carved into the block. The concept features an intense blue exterior color combined with matte black on the rear doors.


308 R Hybrid sports a unique interior design with four individual seats and a blue and black color scheme which we wait to see more next week. For now, they said, the Peugeot 308 R Hybrid cabin features a stretched-out central console and four bucket seats upholstered in fawn-colored patinated leather. Red accents are visible around the dials, on the steering wheel center marker and on the center console. The wheels of the 308 R Hybrid rides on 235/35 R19 tyres set on tracks that have been widened by 80mm (3.15-inch) At the rear, Peugeot 308 R Hybrid features a narrow spoiler at the top of the tailgate and a bumper with two scoops that aerodynamically help keep the battery temperature down by drawing out the hot air.

The weight distribution is 60 percent to the front and 40 percent to the rear, with a weight/power ratio of 3.1 kg/PS. The Peugeot 308 R Hybrid concept is scheduled to debut in Shanghai Auto Show next week.

Gallery : Peugeot 308 R Hybrid

BMW Group Receive Four Awards At 2012 International Engine of the Year

In particular, BMW Group took four out of the eight award categories at the recent 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards. This year’s international panel of judges were made up of 76 motoring journalists from 36 countries, once again making the Awards the most sought after by automakers for its depth of view, professional standards and impartiality. Of course, we are definitely not one of those judges.


2012 International Engine of the Year Awards Results


1. Ford 999cc three-cylinder turbo (Ford Focus) – 401 Points


2. Volkswagen 1.4-litre TSI Twincharger (VW Polo, Beetle, Golf, Golf Plus, Golf Cabriolet, Scirocco, Eos, Jetta, Tiguan, Sharan, Touran/Cross Touran, Passat CNG, Touran/Cross Touran CNG, Audi A1, Audi A3, Seat Ibiza FR, Alhambra, Cupra, Škoda Fabia RS) – 288 Points


3. Ferrari 4.5-litre V8 (Ferrari 458 Italia, 458 Spider) – 224 Points


4. GM 1.4-litre range extender (Chevrolet Volt, Opel Ampera) – 212 Points


5. BMW 2-litre twin-turbo four-cylinder petrol (BMW 125i, 320i, 328i, 520i, 528i, Z4 20i, Z4 sDrive 28i, X1 20i, X3 20i, X1 28i) – 199 Points


6. BMW/PSA 1.6-litre turbo petrol (Mini Cooper S, Clubman Cooper S, Countryman Cooper S, Coupe/Roadster Cooper S, Mini Cooper Works, Clubman Cooper Works, Coupe/Roadster Cooper Works, Peugeot 207, 207cc, 208, 308, 308cc, 3008, 508, 5008, 308 GTI, RCZ, Citroën DS3, C4 Picasso/Grand Picasso, C5, DS5, DS5, DS3 Racing, DS4, DS4 Racing) – 162 Points


7. BMW 3-litre turbo six-cylinder gasoline (BMW 1 Series, M Coupe, 335is, Z4 35is) – 160 Points


8. BMW M 4-litre V8 (BMW M3 Coupe & M3 Convertible) – 128 Points


9. Audi 2.5–litre five–cylinder turbo (Audi TT RS, RS3 Sportback) – 126 Points


With the latest great compliments, BMW Group continue its winning streak in what is widely regarded as the world’s foremost engine competition with wins in more than 50 classes and the overall winner title since 1999. And so, we are here to share more about the award winning engines from BMW Group.


BMW 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards


The 2012 competition saw the prize in the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement class handed to the engine that drives the MINI Cooper S, in a reprise of its success last year. The 1.6-litre four-cylinder develops peak output of 135kW/184hp with the help of a twin-scroll turbocharger, direct petrol injection and variable valve control based on the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC technology. Among the key attributes of this unit is not only its eager power delivery but also exemplary efficiency for its class.


BMW 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards


Likewise, providing enhanced driving pleasure coupled with extremely low fuel consumption and emission figures is the new 2.0-litre engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The 180kW/245hp four-cylinder turbocharged unit with High Precision Direct Injection and VALVETRONIC instantly won over the judges to capture the trophy in the 1.8-litre to 2.0-litre category. This engine is currently powering the new BMW 328i, BMW 528i and BMW Z4 sDrive28i in the country.


The top accolade in the 2.5-litre to 3.0-litre class went to a six-cylinder in-line engine whose technology has already wowed the judges several times previously. Both in 2007 and in 2008, this 3.0-litre powerplant with twin turbochargers, High Precision Injection and Double-VANOS took the overall prize in the Engine of the Year Awards. It serves as the basis for both the M TwinPower Turbo unit inside the BMW 1 Series M Coupe and the BMW TwinPower Turbo engine of the BMW Z4 sDrive35is. Delivering 250kW/340hp, this thrillingly high-revving straight-six has reached its highest output level. The upshot is truly outstanding performance that has garnered it a further Engine of the Year Award.


BMW 2012 International Engine of the Year Awards


An achievement of this calibre is only exceeded by the string of successes claimed by the fourth BMW Group award-winner in 2012. For the fifth time in a row, the V8 engine of the BMW M3 high-performance sports car provides the measure of all things in the 3.0-litre to 4.0-litre displacement class. Bolstering the undiminished appeal of the 4.0-litre naturally aspirated engine are its hallmark M high-revving concept, peak output of 309kW/420hp and outstanding thrust. Beyond this, the eight-cylinder is compelling for its remarkable efficiency thanks to the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and other Efficient Dynamics technologies.


Photo Gallery: BMW Group’s Products with 2012 International Engine of the Year


2011 Melbourne Motor Show Concept Cars Summary

At the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show, many exhibitors have exhibited their future products and concept cars. In total, there are no less than 14 concept cars. Thank you, John (our mate) from Down Under for passing some photos taken at the Motor Show to us. 


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Toyota Motor Corp., Japan’s biggest automaker had showcased its FT-86 II and Prius C City Car concepts. For its luxury brand – Lexus, the LF-Gh concept was there.


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Mazda set in the Minagi at the show. The car looks like production ready and Mazda will make use of this model with minor changes to become the new CX-5. Besides, Mazda also showcase the rear-wheel-drive Shinari at Melbourne Motor Show. Sadly, the Mazda Shinari will not be in production but purely to showcase the Mazda new design styling – Kodo – Soul of Motion.


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What’s more, Mitsubishi show-off its plug-in hybrid SUV – PX-MiEV. This vehicle is powered by 70kW/125Nm 1.6-litre petrol engine with two electric motors, one each for the front and rear axle.


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Suzuki exhibits its Suzuki Swift S-Concept. It is powered by a 1.6-litre petrol engine, the S-Concept has bigger wheel arches, more antagonistic bumpers, a large wing spoiler and 18-inch alloy wheels.


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Subaru revealed their compact SUV concept and presented it as Subaru Impreza XV at the motor show. Do you think this could be the model that will be local assembly in Malaysia by Tan Chong Group?


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For the Korean marquee, Hyundai presented a fuel cell electric drive train vehicle – Blue2. The electric motor delivers 90kW of power.


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For the German automakers, BMW displayed its concept super car – Vision EfficientDynamics. Basically, it’s a hybrid car with an electric motor and a 3-cylinder turbo-diesel will together produce 241kW of power, and take the car from 0-100km/h in 4.8 seconds.


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 Audi presented their e-tron which powered by four electric motors over each wheel with a total of 230kW.


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It seems like most of the automakers are firm with the Hybrid or Electric Motors technology besides Mazda. The Swedish Volvo presented its V60 Plug-in hybrid. The drive train features a 150kW/440Nm 2.4-litre five-cylinder diesel engine and a 50kW/200Nm electric motor located at the back and powering the rear wheels. Electric-only range is 50km, fuel consumption is rated at 1.9L/100km and zero to 100km/h can be done in 6.9 seconds.


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The Australian automaker, Holden showcased its new 2012 Holden Colorado UTE. Although the production model due on sale in 2012 but the options are expected not be as extreme as the car display at the show. Above and beyond, the production version of its Australian designed Holden Cruze Hatchback is displayed as show-car as well.


If you missed out the 2011 Melbourne Motor Show like us, you can now check out the photo gallery below.


Photo Gallery: 2011 Melbourne Motor Show 1-10 July 2011

Revealed of the 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study by J.D. Power and Associates

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The above is the report from J.D. Power and Associates – 2011 U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS). The statistics is work based on Problem per 100 Vehicles in North America.


Based on the reliability survey ranks Mini last and it is not surprising us that Porsche is more reliable than Toyota. Frankly, the real Porsche is really solid and durable on the road even with regular track day.


Automakers that above Industry average standards in US are like Infiniti (luxury brand of Nissan in US), Saab, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, Buick, Acura (luxury brand of Honda in US), Toyota, Porsche, Jaguar, Lexus and Lincoln.


Automakers that below industry average standards in US are like Smart, Chevrolet, Volvo, Subaru, Kia, Audi, BMW, Scion (slightly economical brand of Toyota), Ram, Mazda, Nissan, GMC, Mitsubishi, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Chrysler, Dodge, Land Rover, Jeep and MINI.


Cars that below industry average standards that did not surprise us are like BMW, Chevrolet, Land Rover and Kia. But we are doubtful that why Volkswagen and Volvo are under that category. Maybe FastMotoring shall conduct one survey in Malaysia to share with our valued readers.

Peugeot 5008 launched at KLIMS 2010

KLIMS 2010 - Peugeot

Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot cars in Malaysia, launched the Peugeot 5008 at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2010 (KLIMS 2010).

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The seven-seater 5008 is a new interpretation of the MPV and sets itself apart from its competitors in terms of power, luxury, comfort, practicality and safety.  The new 5008 with an on-the-road price of RM159,888, the front of the 5008 features attractive profiled headlamps, a steeply plunging bonnet, a chrome-detailed grille and 17-inch alloy rims.

Powering the 5008 is a 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo high pressure engine with direct petrol injection which produces 156bhp and 240Nm of torque coupled to a six-speed transmission with Tiptronic capabilities and a sport mode. Anyway, we will follow up the details of this new 5008 in another post after our test drive session.

KLIMS 2010 - Peugeot 207 Sedan

Besides, the local distributor of Peugeot showcases the 207 Sedan, 308, 3008 and the newly launched 5008 model during the 2010 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS 2010).

Photo Gallery: KLIMS 2010 – Peugeot