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BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo, the 14th BMW variant to be assembled in the country. As the newest addition to the locally assembled portfolio of the premium automaker’s best-selling and most successful premium model series in the world – the BMW 3 Series – the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will be offered in two variants – BMW 328i Gran Turismo and BMW 320d Gran Turismo.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

Introducing the new variant of the locally assembled BMW 3 Series, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Today, we introduce yet another exceptional BMW model for our Malaysian customers which is built right here in Malaysia. As an addition to our strong portfolio of locally assembled premium vehicles, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo further underlines our commitment to this country which has been our home for over ten years.”

Dr. Pils further added that as the 14th variant to join BMW Group Malaysia’s line-up of locally assembled vehicles, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will allow Malaysians accessibility to an even wider range of product choices from the premium carmaker. Featuring the perfect combination of a Sedan’s dynamic sporting genes with the practicality and versatility of a Touring, the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo carries qualities which are backed by a palpable increase in space and driving comfort. Its aesthetic and emotional appeal also boasts a distinctive presence on the road and offers similarly pronounced driving pleasure as both an elegant business carriage and a dynamic, comfortable tourer.

“As the leader in the premium automotive segment, we at BMW Group Malaysia are constantly seeking opportunities to further optimise the delivery of our premium vehicles to customers throughout the country. We are confident that the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo will continue to provide our existing and new customers with the complete premium ownership experience of owning a vehicle from the BMW Group, and it will once again prove to be a strong contributor to our success here in Malaysia.”

As a completely independent concept within the BMW 3 Series segment, the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo has a deliberately coupé-like vehicle design and extraordinarily generous amount of space. These are put together in a lightweight construction concept which also includes Air Breathers and an active rear spoiler – the first of its kind on a BMW – which reduces lift at touring speeds and allows a sense of visual lightness. Meanwhile, its upgraded cabin size, raised seating position, and increased legroom for rear passengers allow the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo to deliver unbeatable freedom of movement and an impressive feeling of space. The new locally assembled BMW 328i Gran Turismo will be introduced in the highly popular Sport Line, while the new locally assembled BMW 320d Gran Turismo will be offered in Luxury Line.

At the heart of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is the multi-award winning BMW TwinPower Turbo technology which teams up with a 8-speed sport automatic transmission. The new BMW 328i Gran Turismo houses a 2.0-litre in-line four cylinder engine which delivers a maximum output of 180kW/245hp with torque peaking at 350Nm. Accelerating from 0-100km/h in 6.1 seconds with an electronically limited top speed of 250km/h, the average fuel consumption is 6.4 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 149 grams per km.

Meanwhile, the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo which is equipped with a 2.0-litre four cylinder diesel engine delivers a maximum output of 135kW/184hp with torque peaking at 380Nm, allowing the car to accelerate from 0-100km/h in 7.9 seconds with a top speed of 226km/h. The average fuel consumption for the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo is 4.9 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of 129 grams per km.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces the new locally assembled BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo

In addition to its enviable practicality and sporting dynamics, the outstanding fuel economy of the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo also heightens the car’s driving pleasure with BMW EfficientDynamics’ influence seen in virtually every area. Further optimising the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo’s power output with efficiency, drivers are able to modify the overall character of the car for a more economic drive with the ECO PRO mode which can be activated through the Driving Experience Control button featured as standard. It also helps drivers to maintain an efficient and economical driving style by cutting up to 20% of fuel consumption with a corresponding boost to the car’s range on a single tank of fuel.

The new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire and Mineral Grey while Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver and Midnight Blue are made exclusively available to the new locally assembled BMW 328i Gran Turismo. The luxury sportiness of the new BMW 328i Gran Turismo is further emphasised by Leather Dakota Black with Red highlighted leather upholstery while the exclusive Alpine White variant is also available with Dakota Coral Red with Black highlighted leather upholstery. On the other hand, the Imperial Blue with Leather Dakota Black Luxury is available exclusively with the new BMW 320d Gran Turismo.

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)* for the new BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo are:-

BMW 328i Gran Turismo – RM 329,800.00
BMW 320d Gran Turismo – RM 298,800.00

*The BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS +RI) comes complimentary with the new BMW vehicle acquired from any BMW Authorised Dealer and covers professional service, maintenance and repair for 3 years or 60,000 km.  This complimentary warranty provides BMW owners with an assurance that their BMW will always be serviced with precision and that only Original BMW Parts will be used to ensure reliability, safety and quality. The Service programme covers normal wear-and-tear repairs or replacements of Original BMW Parts as specified by the Condition Based Service (CBS) system in the vehicle. Meanwhile, the Repair programme covers repairs of factory fitted mechanical and electrical components.

All-new Lexus NX SUV with fancy new features will be launched by October 2014 in Australia

All-new Lexus NX will come with a number of Australian and Lexus firsts new innovation when it launches this October.

 
Shown overnight at the Good Design Australia awards, the NX will include Australian firsts of a wireless charging tray for compatible smartphones and other portable devices.  Other firsts for Australia include, touch sensitive interior lighting, power adjustment for rear seats, and the first application of a hybrid drivetrain for a compact luxury SUV in Australia.
 
Lexus firsts include the debut of a third generation Lexus Remote Touch system that mirrors the operability of a smartphone and features force feedback.
 
Aiding safety will be the availability of an all-new 360 degree Panoramic View Monitor. Available on selected models, the Lexus Panoramic View Monitor offers an uninterrupted view of the vehicle surrounds when called upon and features four high definition cameras.
 
In keeping with Lexus’ entire Australian range, reverse camera will be standard across all models, while blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert will be offered across selected NX 300h models.
 
Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said that the NX will bring with it a host of new technology when it launches late this year. ”NX will bring with it a vast array of new and innovative features, suited perfectly to an active, urban lifestyle – and many of these features are a first for Australia,” Mr Hanley said.
 
“The NX will bring to this segment a unique blend of design, dynamics, specification and service – but importantly greater consumer choice.

“With NX 300h and 200t customers will be able to choose from a broad range of drivetrains and models, all paired to the greatest array of interior and exterior combinations to grace a Lexus production vehicle,” Mr Hanley said.

The Good Design Australia Awards are Australia’s longest standing national design award and promotion program.

With more than 50 years of design benchmarking, Good Design Australia has focused on raising the standard and profile of design and innovation in Australia and internationally.

Photo Gallery: Lexus NX

Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI with 6-Speed DSG Launched in Malaysia

It’s officially now that Volkswagen Group Malaysia introduces the new choice for driving pleasure, the Tiguan 1.4 2WD, a fully imported compact SUV from Germany which is available for viewing at all Volkswagen dealerships in Peninsular Malaysia started last Friday.

2014 Volkswagen Tiguan 1.4 TSI Malaysia

“The Tiguan is the latest addition to our range of offerings and it is a dynamic two-wheel drive SUV that provides power yet fuel efficiency for the performance-driven, and still encapsulates advanced safety features for peace of mind. It provides both a fun and dynamic city drive as well as comfortable long-distance travelling experience making it a more accessible addition to the trademark ‘Tiguan’ experience,” said Christoph Aringer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

The Tiguan features a 1.4l (160PS) twin-charged direct petrol injection TSI engine mated to a 6-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) for a riveting performance. This winning combination produces a maximum torque of 240Nm kicking in from a low 1500rpm, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.9 seconds with a top speed of 198 km/h.

With a stellar combination of its innovative TSI and DSG technology, the Tiguan delivers maximum power with minimum fuel consumption. For driving enthusiasts, rest assured that its direct shift, dual-clutch transmission offers the smoothest shifting to further enhance the experience behind the wheel. 

On the fuel efficiency front, the Tiguan has impressive combined fuel consumption ratings, returning an impressive 7.1litres/100km (works out to be 14.1km/litre).

The only SUV in its segment to offer these exclusive innovative features, the two-wheel drive Tiguan is equipped with an automatic stop/start system engine that prevents unnecessary engine idle to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Additionally, it is equipped with a regenerative braking system where kinetic energy applied during drive and brake converts to recharge the vehicle’s battery.

Passenger protection is a high priority at Volkswagen. Offering the advanced ‘Rest Assist’ drowsiness detection system that alerts the driver when he or she is drowsy, the Tiguan features Electronic Stability Control (ESC) designed to prevent under-steer or over-steer during bends. In its interior, the car is further equipped with 6 airbags (dual front, dual side and curtain), standard three-point seatbelts, safety-optimised front headrests which is particularly effective at helping to minimize head and whiplash injuries in an accident, and an anti-theft alarm system for unparalleled safety and security.

The interior of the Tiguan remains true to its promise of comfort, with space and innovative features in abundance. Fitted with ‘Milan’ Alcantara seats, the Tiguan comes with a built-in electric parking brake with auto-hold, leather gear knob, auto dimming rear view mirror, foot lights, split folding rear bench with slide function, folding table on front seats, adjustable front centre armrest, seat adjustments for the front seats and variable seating system and 8 speakers. Amplifying the experience for customers further, the optional Tech Pack features even more innovations, such as a ‘Rear Assist’ rear view camera, ‘Climatronic’ auto air-conditioning with 2-zone temperature control system, RCD510 colour touchscreen with MP3 and 6-CD changer radio system, multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, cruise control and a leather steering wheel.

Possessing its signature style, the Tiguan is unmistakably a Volkswagen. With chrome radiator grille framed by swept back headlights, the practical SUV comes equipped with bi-xenon headlights for low and high beam with integrated LED daytime running lights (tech pack), dynamic headlight range adjustment and dynamic bending lights (tech pack), front and rear fog lights, and electric adjustable folding and heated exterior mirrors (tech pack). Though elegant, its ruggedness and aggressive styling is accentuated by four 17-inch ‘Boston’ alloy wheels and silver anodized roof rails. Further equipped with environment lighting, heat insulating glass, rain sensor and rear parking sensor; a wider and lower stance also gives the Tiguan a sharper profile.

The Tiguan is offered in five colour choices: Pure White, Reflex Silver, Titanium Beige, Pepper Grey and Toffee Brown. The Tiguan is price at RM178,888 and an option for Tech Pack at RM188,888.

Michelin to become MotoGP tyre supplier from 2016

Dorna Sports, promoter and organiser of the MotoGP World Championship, which is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM), has announced that Michelin will be the sole supplier of tyres to teams participating in the series from 2016.

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“Our policy of carrying over our technologies from track to street fits perfectly with the new technical regulations which are due to be introduced in 2016 and which will dictate the use of 17-inch wheels. That is why Michelin decided to submit a bid following the tender process instigated by Dorna Sports. We take this opportunity to thank the governing bodies for the confidence they have placed in us today. Their confidence recognises Michelin’s expertise and the 26 Riders’ world titles it has secured”, says MICHELIN Motorsport’s Director Pascal COUASNON.

The MotoGP World Championship features the discipline’s most technologically sophisticated bikes, the power output of which exceeds 250hp. The level of performance they deliver both mechanically and dynamically is very high. The series also stars the world’s best riders and their efficiency is notably due to the confidence they have in their machines, particularly their tyres. The discipline consequently serves as an exceptional proving ground for the technological innovations of tomorrow.

Thanks to the MICHELIN Total Performance concept, which consists of constantly and simultaneously pushing the envelope in all the areas that influence tyre performance, Michelin is geared to providing the riders with increasingly higher levels of grip in dry and wet conditions alike.

Australia snaps up 10% of global sales for Toyota 86

Australian sport-car enthusiasts have demonstrated their passion for driving Toyota’s popular 86  by snapping up almost one out of every 10 examples sold worldwide.

In a remarkable double, the 10,000th Toyota 86 has just been sold in Australia at virtually the same time as the compact and dynamic sports car has passed 100,000 sales globally.

TOYOTA 86 - A DOUBLE HIT!

Australia – with 10,363 customers since local sales began in June 2012 – is the biggest market for the 86 outside Japan (39,000 sales) and the United States (35,000).

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the 86 was Australia’s best-selling sports car due to its style, performance, balance, handling and affordability.

“The Toyota 86 has become a halo car that demonstrates Toyota’s commitment to designing and engineering cars that really get your heart pumping,” Mr Cramb said.

“Importantly, the passion inside Toyota that led to the 86 is also resulting in more emotional styling and greater driving enjoyment in other Toyota vehicles such as the latest generations of RAV4, Corolla and Kluger.”

Mr Cramb said 80 per cent of Australian 86 sales were to private buyers, a significant proportion of whom were new to Toyota including first-time car buyers.

“The 86 has helped rejuvenate the company’s brand with an influx of young new customers who may never previously have considered a Toyota.

“Achieving 10,000 sales in less than two years demonstrates the love Australians have for sports cars and the strong appeal of the Toyota brand.”

Mr Cramb said that, in addition to the ability of the 86 to delight driving enthusiasts, the manual GT variant of the four-seat sports car remains at its launch price of $29,990.*

“Even so, it’s the more expensive GTS grade that has been in hottest demand, accounting for two-thirds of sales.

“Almost 40 per cent of customers have opted for the GTS manual while the GTS auto has found homes with more than one-quarter of all 86 buyers, and both are out-selling the lower-priced GT variants.”

The 86 sales performance – including 6,706 sold in 2013 – is a powerful reminder of Toyota’s sports-car heritage.