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Sunday, November 23, 2014
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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.

Smart Entry Push Start Optitron Meter Combination & MID Black Interior with Combination Leather Seats

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.

EXTERIOR

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.

FUN-TO-DRIVE

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.

FUEL ECONOMY

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.

Team FXPrimus Aylezo Double Podium Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo 2014 Shanghai

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Last weekend, Team FXPrimus Aylezo finished double podium for Round 9 and 10 of Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia Series in Shanghai. It was an outstanding race weekend for the team with one pole position and two second placed finish at Shanghai International Circuit. The Shanghai International Circuit has a very different layout of track compared to Zhuhai International Circuit. This means that the team had to change their strategy to make the most of the long straights and intense turns that make this track so challenging.

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The race weekend started out pretty good with the cooling weather. During the qualifying round, Afiq managed to claim pole position for race one. However, Zen was unable to get a perfectly clear lap during the qualifying round and managed to get ninth position.Race one was one of the intense race of the weekend, when Afiq started the race well, reclaimed one lost position and then pulled a 10-12 second gap by the pit-stop session. Later on, Zen took over the car, the team looked in a great position for the win, until disaster struck, leaving Zen having to stop and reboot the car on turn three.

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“Afiq passed the car to me in the lead with a good gap, but as I got in the car, I saw the engine error lighton.Usually it means two things,either I reset it or it will go away by itself and since I saw the 5 second ‘ready-to-go’ sign I told myself ‘ok, let’s not reset so I won’t lose anytime’ and took arisk”said Zen after the race.The gamble did not pay off but Zen’s quick thinking allowed the team the chance to rejoin the race and finish in third. But as the team went in, there was a bit of confusion as they were told that because of penalties, Team FXPrimus Aylezo were awarded the win.

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“We were a little confused but happy too when they told us that we were in fact second, since one of the teams was excluded from the win. Then when we got to the podium, they said that Dilantha’s team was penalised with a 30 second time added penalty which pushed us up to first. It was not how we wanted our first win to be.Race two was started off by Zen in position nine. As the lights turned green, he pushed on and successfully overtake four cars halfway through the first lap. Later on in the race, the tyres wore off causing Zen to loss two spots before heading the car to Afiq.

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Once Afiq got in the car, he set a blistering pace and began to pressure drivers ahead of him, picking them off one-by-one until he was in second place at the chequered flag. With an outstanding performance by Team FXPrimus Aylezo, they deserve double podium for this race weekend.

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Team FXPrimus Aylezo will now head home for the season finaleheld at Sepang International Circuit this November.The 2014 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo Asia will take the team to five race circuits around Asia, the season started in May at Sepang International Circuit before heading to Indonesia, to Japan and China. The series will have its finale in Malaysia and the World Final in November.

 

Gallery : Blancpain Lamborghini Super Trofeo 2014 Shanghai

Mazda to Debut All-New CX-3 Compact Crossover SUV at 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show

Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that its all-new compact crossover SUV, named the Mazda CX-3, will make its world premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show, running from 21-30 November 2014.

Mazda CX-3 Sketch

Mazda CX-3 is the fifth vehicle in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation products that feature the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. In pursuing a design of beauty and sophistication, the essence of KODO-the expression of life within a vehicle-has been evolved to produce a sharper form with an enhanced sense of speed. 

In addition, the all-new Mazda MX-5 two-seater open-top sports car (Mazda Roadster in Japan) will make its North American auto show debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The engine line-up for the all-new MX-5 will be tailored to each market, and feature either a 1.5-liter or 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine, tuned exclusively for the model and mounted longitudinally. North American-specification models will only be fitted with the SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine.

Key Exhibits at Los Angeles Auto Show

Reference exhibits
- All-new Mazda CX-3 (World Premiere)
- All-new Mazda MX-5
Vehicles scheduled for sale
- Updated Mazda6 (World Premiere)
- Updated Mazda CX-5 (World Premiere)
Vehicle currently on sale
- Mazda3, Mazda6, Mazda CX-5, Mazda5, Mazda2, Mazda CX-9
Technology exhibits
- All-new Mazda MX-5 SKYACTIV-Chassis
- SKYACTIV-G 2.0 gasoline engine
- SKYACTIV-G 2.5 gasoline engine

New Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift is now open for booking in Malaysia

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) will launch the New Serena S-Hybrid Facelift very soon and it is now open for booking. Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift in Malaysia

The face lifted new Serena Hybrid is a CKD(Completely Knock Down) version and is assembled at Tan Chong’s manufacturing plant in Serendah. The first hybrid MPV comes in two grades, Premium Highway Star and Highway Star.
Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Facelift in Malaysia
The estimated price for the New Serena S-Hybrid Facelift are:

PREMIUM HIGHWAY STAR: Below RM 150,000
HIGHWAY STAR: Below RM 140,000

What’s new?

BOLD 3-DIMENSIONAL FRONT GRILLE
The bonnet, fender, front bumper and side moulding design express a sense of unity with luxurious style. Newly design 16″ alloy wheels, adds to overall aesthetics and leave a lasting impression.

LED HEADLAMPS with LED SIGNATURE LAMPS
See clearly and far ahead with first-in-class LED Headlamps and Signature Lamps that provide excellent road view.

REAR LED COMBINATION LAMPS
The attractive S-shaped LED combination lamps provide quick illumination; giving following vehicles ample time to react.

TWIN POWERED SLIDING DOORS
Easy access with one-touch powered sliding door.

SMART-HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
The Serena S-Hybrid firmly assists in Nissan’s endeavour and commitment to eco friendliness. The ECO Mode provides best-in-class fuel economy of 15.2 KM/L (JC08 mode).

SMART SEATS
2nd row Captain Seats allow walk-through access. It can also be moved inwards, creating a Twin Seat and granting 3rd row passengers an easier entrance/exit.