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Malaysia Participates in Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Championship 2013 in Australia

The winner of Volvo Trucks Malaysia’s Fuelwatch Challenge 2013, Zamri bin Abd Rahman of Konsortium Logistic Bhd, Shah Alam, represented Malaysia at the Volvo Trucks Asia Pacific Fuelwatch Championship 2013 that was held near Brisbane, Australia, on 22 and 23 October recently.

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In July, Zamri bin Abd Rahman defeated close to 500 other Malaysian truckers to clinch the national top spot when he achieved the lowest fuel consumption recording of just 1 litre for 4.07 kilometres in a 40-kilometre drive challenge.

“I have never thought that I would be representing Malaysia in an international driving challenge like this prior to taking part in the Volvo Trucks Malaysia Fuelwatch Challenge 2013. It was very exciting and the experience has taught me many useful fuel saving tips,” said Zamri bin Abd Rahman.

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He added, “I would like to thank Volvo Trucks and my employer Konsortium Logistic Bhd for giving me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I look forward to applying the knowledge about safety and fuel saving driving techniques which I have learned into my daily job.  It was also interesting to be able to meet the winners from other countries and to exchange tips.”

A total of 13 drivers had been invited by Volvo Trucks Asia Oceania to the Mount Cotton Training Centre, a 30 minutes drive away from Brisbane. Prior to this international final, the contestants had qualified through winning the national Fuelwatch competitions in their respective countries. As a result truck drivers from Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand were present. Whereas for Sri Lanka and New Zealand it was the first time ever participating in Fuelwatch, Korea, Singapore and Indonesia had come with two drivers each, as their countries also competed in the connected off-road competition.

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On the first day of the event, Volvo Trucks conducted a training session in order to prepare the drivers for the following competition day. However, it was not so much about imparting new knowledge, but rather about refreshing what every Volvo Trucks driver learns in the training that is part of the hand-over, when purchasing a Volvo truck.

Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Group Malaysia commented, “Fuelwatch demonstrates Volvo Trucks’ continuous effort in raising awareness and imparting skills on fuel efficiency and sustainable driving behaviour on the road”

“We offer more than just trucks although that is naturally the heart of our business. The best trucks deserve the best drivers. That’s why we invest vast efforts into driver development, providing training in order to get the most out of the truck: maximum efficiency at maximum safety. That way we can create real value for our customers.” added Mats.

And indeed, the next day should see a competition on a very high level. Having come out on top in the prior national competitions, every single contestant naturally wanted to reach for the ultimate and return to his homecountry as freshly awarded Asia Pacific Fuelwatch champion. However, as with every competition, only one can win.

In the end it was Australia’s Grant Morice who showed the strongest nerves, delivering the most fuel efficient rounds on the 5.8 km long on-road course, driving the New Volvo FH16 6×4 with a gross combination weight of 40 tons. And at the off-road site, on a 4.2 km long circuit over rough terrain, it was Youngki Park from Korea who managed to save the most fuel with the competition truck: a Volvo FMX 8X4 (gross vehicle weight: 21 tons).

Grant Morice and Youngki Park will be able to get an even earlier opportunity for a first-hand impression of the homecountry of Volvo Trucks. Their prize for winning the on- respectively off-road competition of the Fuelwatch Asia Pacific Championship 2013 is a trip to Sweden.

If looking at the different levels of fuel consumption, measured during the on-road final among the 10 contestants, it gets clear what difference a driver can make when it comes to a truck’s total operating costs: Compared to the last-placed driver, the first-ranked Grant Morice achieved an impressive 34 percent less in fuel consumption, which illustrates the cost saving potentials – purely through the driver’s performance.

“We know how important fuel efficiency is to our customers’ business”, stated Christophe Martin, President of Volvo Group Trucks in Asia Oceania. “With Fuelwatch we address this need, and show how the right driving habits can dramatically lower the fuel consumption of a truck, and hence save costs. Therefore Fuelwatch is not just a competition, but rather a competence development effort. It benefits the drivers by improving their skills, it benefits our customers by contributing to their bottom line, and it also benefits the environment by decreasing the carbon footprint. That’s why with Fuelwatch everyone is a winner!”

Toyota’s Five World Premieres at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Toyota Motor Corporation will present its latest hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle (FCV) and four other world-premiere concepts at this month’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota FCV Concept - hydrogen power for the future.

The FCV Concept – with a driving range and refuelling time equivalent to a conventional car – points to a production vehicle Toyota plans to launch around 2015.

It will share the Tokyo limelight with Toyota’s FV2 (Fun Vehicle 2), a vehicle that connects physically and emotionally with the driver – even to the extent of being able to determine the driver’s mood and driving skill.

Toyota FV2 - connects physically and emotionally with the driver.

Toyota will also unveil three cars targeted at the Japanese market – a next-generation taxi concept and two next-generation seven-seat minivans – one petrol and one hybrid.

Among Toyota’s hero cars at the motor show – which begins on November 22 – is the first right-hand-drive FT86 Open concept based on the 86 sports car, featuring a new “Flash Red” body colour.

Toyota FT86 Open - the first 86 right-hand-drive convertible concept.

Toyota said the world premiere concept vehicles convey Toyota’s vision of a future mobility society that values the joy of driving.

It said the vehicles embody Toyota’s efforts to contribute positively to society while creating ever-better cars that exceed expectations.

Photo Gallery: Toyota’s Five world premieres at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Lexus has released details of a new 2.0L turbo drivetrain in its LF-NX concept

Finally, Lexus decided to go turbo! 

Today, Lexus has unveiled a new LF-NX compact SUV concept, powered by a newly developed 2.0-litre turbocharged engine, offering a combination of driving and environmental performance.

LF-NX CONCEPT

The LF-NX features a distinctive design, coupled with cutting-edge features and engaging driving dynamics. The LF-NX cuts a lean profile, with its compact, sharp body and bold tyres conveying SUV-unique power and an exciting drive.

In contrast to the LF-NX hybrid model shown at Frankfurt, the turbo concept features a front under-spoiler to give it a sportier look. 

Inside, the new remote touch interface with touch-pad functionality provides a cutting-edge, user-friendly experience unique to Lexus.

The Lexus LF-NX compact crossover SUV concept will be on show at the 43rd Tokyo International Motor Show, at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, from 20 November – 1 December 2013.

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Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Wheelbase (mm)

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4,640

1,870

1,620

2,700

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus LF-NX Concept

2014 Volkswagen Polo Sedan Launched! RM85,888 (CKD)

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Volkswagen Malaysia has officially launched the all-new Volkswagen Polo Sedan. The new Polo Sedan will be locally assembled, being the second model of Volkswagen that’s locally assembled since the Passat 1.8 TSi. The Polo Sedan will now be priced at RM85,888. A very attractive pricing and a massive price drop from it’s predecessor – The CBU version of Polo Sedan which was launched last year at RM99,888.

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Under the hood, the 2014 Polo Sedan is packed with a 1.6-litre 16-Valve Multi Point Injection (MPI) engine. It is the same engine and performance as the previous model with 105PS at 5,250rpm and it’s torque is 153Nm at 3800rpm. A 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic gearbox remains in place. The car goes 0-100km/h in 12.3 seconds. As for fuel efficiency, it is able to offer 6.5 litres per 100km, allowing drivers to go a distance of 15.4km per litre.

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Brake Failure @ 278km/h in 2013 PCCA Round 11 and 12

In 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 11 & 12, Wayne Shen’s Porsche 911 GT3-R Cup brakes had a failure on his first qualification rounds. Fortunately, he managed to save his race car from a nasty accident.

Wayne Shen 2013 PCCA

Check out this stunning video footage that captured from his onboard camera.