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Honda unveils All New 4th Generation Honda City in India

Honda Cars India Ltd unveiled the all-new 4th Generation Honda City at a World Premiere event in India. The world’s first preview of the car also marked the introduction of 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine in the all-new City, which scheduled to be launched in January 2014, the pre-launch bookings of the model have begun in India.

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The all-new Honda City has been developed at Honda R&D centre located in Tochigi, Japan following extensive market surveys in India, ASEAN countries and other markets for people’s driving needs and lifestyles. The development of all-new Honda City adopts Honda’s new ‘global operation reform’ of concurrent development and implementation of locally optimized design drawings to realize the best vehicle specifications with speed, affordability and low CO2 emissions for our customers. 

India, being a key strategic market for Honda in the Asia and Oceania region, has been specifically chosen to lead the global production for the All New Honda City with the 1.5L i-DTEC diesel engine, which is already gaining popularity in the country. This makes India the first country to manufacture and sell the All New City, which will eventually be sold in 60 markets to help expand Honda’s footprint in some of the fastest growing auto markets in the world. 

The packaging of the All New City delivers cleverly generated interior space that exceeds its class by further evolving Honda’s “man maximum machine minimum” concept which aims at maximizing the space available for people and minimizing the space required for mechanical components. While maintaining compact dimensions and realizing longer wheelbase, efficient use of space has been made for both driver and occupants to create a spacious interior cabin with widest front seat space and rear seat space beyond its class. The All New City measures 4440 mm in length (same as its predecessor), 1695 mm in width (same as outgoing model), 1495 mm in height (10 mm more than the outgoing model) and 2600 mm as the wheelbase (extended by an additional 50 mm over outgoing model).

Speaking at the occasion of its global unveiling, Mr. Yoshiyuki Matsumoto, Managing Officer, Honda Motor Company and Representative of Development, Purchasing and Production in Asia & Oceania Region said, “Honda City is currently sold in 55 countries across the world. City is the leading brand of Honda in Asia and Oceania region and with the 4th generation Honda City, we aim to raise its popularity further and make it a significant future model in Honda’s global portfolio which will be available in many more countries.”

The All New City adopts the best of Honda’s powertrains to achieve best fuel efficiency performance. The Diesel variant of the City will be powered by the 1.5L 4 cylinder DOHC i-DTEC diesel engine. This engine has been developed exclusively for India considering Indian driving conditions and is based on the Honda’s latest ‘Earth Dreams Technology’ realizing both excellent driving performance and offering matchless fuel economy. The Petrol variant of the City will be powered by an improved 1.5L 4 cylinder SOHC i-VTEC petrol engine designed to offer the best balance of engine performance and fuel economy.

Porsche Debuts New Compact SUV “Macan”

Porsche is expanding its range by adding a compact SUV into Porsche’s class of vehicle. The Macan is the first Porsche model to break into the compact SUV segment and is poised to set new standards in the field of driving dynamics and enjoyment.

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The Macan combines the typical handling characteristics that Porsche has represented right from the outset: maximum acceleration and braking values, vast engine power, extreme agility and optimum steering precision. What’s more, all of these features are teamed with a high level of comfort and everyday suitability. The sporty DNA of the Macan, as with all Porsche vehicles, is also immediately recognisable in the design. The Sports Utility Vehicle is unrivalled in its flat and broad profile on the road. The wraparound bonnet and gently sloping roof line accentuate the overall impression of sporty elegance and powerful dynamics.

Many of the design elements have been taken from other Porsche sportscars and enhanced for the Macan, making it clear to see from the very first glance that the Porsche Macan heralds the first sportscar in the compact SUV segment. The Macan is “Made in Germany”, produced at the Leipzig plant. Porsche has invested 500 million euro in the plant and has established an entire production line there. The line is set up to produce around 50,000 vehicles per year – all manufactured with the utmost precision and to the highest level of quality. Just what you would expect from Porsche.

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Three models comprise the Macan product range at market launch. Namely, Macan S, Macan S Diesel and Macan Turbo.

The Macan S is equipped with a 3.0-litre V6 biturbo engine delivering 340bhp (250kW) and also features an active all-wheel drive with an electronically controlled, map-controlled multi-plate clutch. This all-wheel drive is fitted on all Macan models. A seven-speed double-clutch transmission transfers power as required and almost without any interruption in tractive force, enabling the vehicle to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds (or 5.2 seconds with the optional Sport Chrono package fitted). The vehicle reaches a top speed of 254 km/h, and its NEDC* fuel consumption figures are between 9.0 and 8.7 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 212 and 204 g/km.

The Macan S Diesel is the economical long-distance runner of the three Macan models. Its 3.0-litre V6 turbo diesel engine achieves NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 6.3 and 6.1 litres/100 km, which corresponds to a CO2 value of between 164 and 159 g/km. Nevertheless, the Macan S Diesel accelerates from 0-100 km in 6.3 seconds (or 6.1 seconds with the Sport Chrono package fitted) thanks to its 258bhp (190kW) engine, and achieves a top speed of 230 km/h.

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As the top model in the Macan model line, the Macan Turbo is set to be the most powerful vehicle in the compact SUV segment. The 3.6-litre V6 biturbo engine, which is being used in a Porsche model for the very first time, achieves an unrivalled 400bhp (294kW) and catapults the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. With the Sport Chrono package fitted, it is even possible to achieve such a speed in 4.6 seconds. Although the top speed is 266 km/h, the Macan Turbo delivers NEDC fuel consumption figures of between just 9.2 and 8.9 litres/100 km, which equates to a CO2 value of between 216 and 208 g/km.

The “Macan” name comes from the Indonesian word for tiger. And the Macan really does live up to its name: powerful and ready to pounce at any time, yet light-footed and tenacious on off-road terrain. The latest stage of evolution of the all-wheel drive – known as Porsche Traction Management (PTM) – has produced one of the world’s most powerful drive systems. In launching the Macan, Porsche now offers sporty all-wheel-drive vehicles across an unprecedented range.

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A glance at the performance specifications reveals that the Macan has been designed with agility in mind. Further unmistakable hallmarks of the vehicle include its proportions, design and the mixed tyres on large wheels. The engines, drive systems and seven-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) bring the vehicle’s characteristics to bear in dynamic and efficient fashion both on and off road, making for a true Porsche driving experience. The driver and passenger seats feature the low position typical of sports cars. 

The range of equipment fitted on the Macan as standard is extensive, and includes the all-wheel drive, PDK, multi-function sport steering wheel with shift paddles, large wheels, high-performance audio system and an electrically operated tailgate. The list of optional special equipment offers further highlights, such as the air suspension system, which the Macan features as the only vehicle in its segment. There is also the Porsche Torque Vectoring Plus (PTV Plus) system, which has been specially tailored to the Macan. This system distributes varying levels of drive torque to the rear wheels and works in conjunction with an electronically controlled rear-axle differential lock. The list of Porsche options includes the much sought-after dynamic high beam forming part of the Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus), which continuously adjusts the headlight level in keeping with the traffic ahead and any oncoming traffic.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Porsche Macan

A More Refined Lexus CT 200h Debuts for 2014

Lexus has unveiled its new-look CT 200h featuring new styling, improved body structure, revised suspension and new specification ahead of its 2014 introduction. However, there is no date when the 2014 model will be coming to our shore.

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Central to these improvements are additional spot welding and body strengthening measures, revised suspension tune for improved ride comfort and a new styling package.

The new CT 200h combines increased body rigidity, suspension revisions and enhanced aerodynamics with comprehensive NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) measures to offer a more refined, comfortable driving experience and an even quieter cabin environment.

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Body rigidity has been improved through additional spot welding and the extensive use of structural adhesive technology. Coil spring rates have been optimised, a new shock absorber valve adopted, and the rear stabiliser bar diameter altered to enhance ride comfort with no loss of handling agility. A traction control off switch has also been added for greater driver control.

The new CT 200h becomes the seventh Lexus vehicle to receive the luxury marque’s spindle grille.

The centre has been pushed forwards to create a bold three-dimensional form. The bottom corners are spaced wider and the spindle ‘pinch point’ has been lowered, reinforcing the CT 200h’s low front profile and wide track.

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In profile, the new CT 200h may be identified by a choice of newly developed 10-spoke 16″ and 17″ alloys, and a new shark fin-style roof antenna.

To the rear, a new bumper design features a more horizontal structure. It incorporates distinctive L-shaped reflector housings and a black lower centre section to emphasise the vehicle’s low centre of gravity and broad rear stance.

The new CT 200h interior has been refined to offer greater comfort, enhanced levels of equipment and improved visual and tactile quality. The driver now benefits from a new 370mm diameter steering wheel matching that of the IS model range.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lexus CT200h

Honda Announces The All-New Honda Odyssey at KLIMS 2013. Priced from RM228k

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Honda Malaysia has unveiled the new 2013 Honda Odyssey at KLIMS 2013. The new Odyssey was recently launched in Japan 2 weeks ago and it is now at our shores! The Honda Odyssey will be available in 2 variants – the EXV and EX. The Honda Odyssey EX will be priced at RM228,000 while the EXV model will go for RM248,000.

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The new Honda Odyssey is powered by the newly developed 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine which produces 175PS and 225NM. The Odyssey is also fitted with a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox. The powertrain offers even better output, torque and fuel efficiency than the engine of the previous model. The new Odyssey also features the ECON mode that ensures fuel-efficient driving with cooperative control while coaching functions changes from white to green indicating economical driving.

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Both the EX and EXV variants features the standard features which includes cruise control, paddle shift, 7” unique display audio, second-row premium Captain Cradle Seats with Ottoman. The higher grade variant – EXV will get the Front independent and Rear auto air conditioning while the EX will only feature a front auto air conditioning and rear vents.

Interior differences between the both variants are the interior trim. The lower grade variant EX will only have ivory colored interior and fabric seats while the EXV will have a black interior with leather seating.

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The New Odyssey features a new “Ultra-Low Floor Platform”, which creates a spacious cabin equivalent to a large class MPV. The ceiling is made to be higher and the floor is lower, this provides roomier space in the interior. On the second row seats, Honda has packed in a cradle seat with Ottoman which provides extra comfort t0 occupants.

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Both the variants of the Odyssey comes with 17-inch Alloy Rims with 215/55 series tyres. Safety wise, Honda has added several advance safety features to offer customers a peace of mind. Its Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure meets both self- protection and damage reduction to other drivers. The All-New Odyssey is equipped with 6- Airbags that consist of Dual Front i-SRS Airbags and i-SRS Side Airbags in the first row and Side Curtain Airbags up until the third row seats. This upper MPV prioritises safety for everyone with G-Force Control (G-CON). Besides that, Honda also offers another Honda’s first in safety while driving – Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Monitor (CTA). The Blind Spot Information alerts the driver with a beeping sound should he/she not be aware of a vehicle that is in the blind spot when he/she wants to turn. The CTA gives off a warning whistle when a collision with a cross-approaching vehicle is predicted while backing up the MPV.

The All-New Odyssey is available in 4 colours of White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and the Glamorous Mauve Pearl. The new carcomes with a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and a service interval of 10,000 km to provide the best ownership experience.

View the gallery below for more shots on the car!

Volkswagen Unveils the Polo 1.6 at KLIMS 2013

About 2 weeks ago, Volkswagen Malaysia officially launched the Polo Sedan 1.6.  This week at KLIMS 2013 (Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show), Volkswagen have yet again surprised us by unveiling the new Polo 1.6 Hatchback. The new Polo 1.6 hatchback will be also locally assembled being the third Volkswagen model that’s locally assembled alongside the new Polo Sedan and Passat.

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 The Polo 1.6 Hatchback is identical to the current Polo TSi 1.2. The major differences is obviously the engine and the gearbox. The new Polo 1.6 is powered by the same engine as the Polo Sedan – the 1.6 litre MPI engine with 105PS at 5,250rpm and 153Nm at 3,800 rpm. Both the Polo 1.6 and the Polo Sedan also feature the same gearbox – a six speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic mode.

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The Polo 1.6 does 0-100km/h in just 11.1 seconds, while the car is able to go up to 184km/h top speed. Fuel consumption is 6.3L/100km which is very fuel efficient compared to other car models at its range.

On the back of the car, the Polo 1.6 has the same ‘Volkswagen’ badge as the new Polo Sedan. On the wheels, Volkswagen have packed in a 15-inch ‘Riverside’ alloy rims with 185/60 R15 tyres.

The interior design is the same as the Polo Sedan. Polo 1.6 is also fitted with the same RCD 320 radio with USB, SD card, iPod, AUX-in, and Bluetooth capabilities with four speakers. The new hatch also fits with the Climatronic automatic air conditioning system. Likewise, everything else inside the car comes standard and seems identical to the Polo Sedan.

Pricing and launch details are not confirmed yet, but it’s definitely coming in 2014. Since the Polo Sedan is priced at RM85,888 , we are guessing that the Polo 1.6 might come in a slightly higher price at RM87k to RM89k.

We will keep you posted once we have the latest pricing and launch details. Stay Tuned!