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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Mitsubishi Attrage officially launched in Malaysia

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia officially launched the new Mitsubishi Attrage today. The Mitsubishi Attrage is Malaysia’s first B-segment eco-sedan in the market.

Mitsubishi Attrage officially launched in Malaysia

“The new Mitsubishi Attrage is set to build on the success we have had with the Mitsubishi Mirage compact sedan that was launched a year ago, and will also bring us into a new segment for Mitsubishi in Malaysia. Developed with the concept of “Stylish Eco Sedan” in mind, the new Attrage is a B-segment sedan that provides outstanding fuel-efficiency, in a stylish and spacious sedan body without compromising on driving pleasure,” said Tetsuya Oda, Chief Executive Officer of MMM.

Powered by a modern and lightweight 1.2-litre engine with 80 PS and 106 Nm of torque, the three-cylinder MIVEC unit is paired to either a five-speed manual transmission or the smooth and efficient INVECS-III Continuously Variable Transmission.

The “Stylish Eco Sedan” boasts superior best-in-class fuel-efficiency at 21 km/l based on New European Driving Cycle (NEDC).

The Mitsubishi Attrage starts from an attractive introductory price of RM59,212.50 for the GL (MT). The GS CVT is priced at RM67,978.50, while the top of the range Attrage SE costs RM 75,796.50. All prices are on-the-road without insurance. The Attrage comes with a warranty of 3 years or 100,000 km, whichever comes first.

Available in three variants, GL (MT), GS and SE, the Attrage is equipped with premium features usually associated with cars from a segment above. Dual-airbags, Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), 15-inch wheels and fog lamps are standard across all variants.

The Attrage GS adds on Smart Key (keyless entry) and push start, remote trunk release, digital automatic air-con and leather wrapped steering wheel for a touch of luxury.

The range topping SE builds on this with equipment such as LED daytime running lights, a sporty bodykit, security window film, leather seats and a 2-DIN audio head unit with reverse camera. 

Five exterior body colours are available for the fully imported Attrage, and they are Eisen Grey Mica, White Pearl, Cool Silver Metallic, Red Metallic and Cerulean Blue Mica.

From L-R Senior Executive Officer of MMC Mr. Morikazu Chokki and CEO of MMM Mr. Tetsuya Oda

The efficiency of the drivetrain combines with optimised aerodynamics (low coefficient drag of 0.29) and reduced rolling resistance to achieve superior fuel economy. In addition, weight has been reduced via the increased usage of high-tensile steel in the structure. The Attrage comes with a lightweight of 875kg for the MT and 905kg for the CVT.

The Attrage, with its compact body size and best-in-class 4.8-metre turning radius, is agile and easy to manoeuvre, making it right at home in the city. Thanks to premium yet affordable packaging, the compact body masks a spacious cabin that is among the largest in its class. 

“The Attrage was introduced in Thailand earlier this year, and in the 4 months that it has been on the market, close to 10,000 units have been sold, a very encouraging number in a very competitive segment,” Oda added.

Likewise, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia aims to sell 500 units per month.

Brand Ambassadors Cheif Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Mr. Tetsuya Oda Senior Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, Mr Morikazu Chokki

Bamber, Loeb and Ragginger in all-star Macau podium for Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Loeb, Bamber & Ragginger

Three drivers, each making their debuts on Macau’s demanding Guia street circuit this weekend, filled an all-star podium for the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia at the 60th Macau Grand Prix today. Earl Bamber took victory for LKM Racing in the wet, nine-lap end-of-season invitational, followed across the line by nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, who proved just as potent in the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup as he was on the toughest rally stages.  Third was Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger of Austria in a brilliant comeback from fifth on the grid after a difficult qualifying session.

Bamber Leads Loeb

Taking the Class B victory was Alif Hamdan of Nexus Racing, who managed to dramatically snatch victory from category pole-sitter Francis Tjia of OpenRoad Racing on the final lap.  Taking the final podium spot was Kevin Tse, making his debut with the series and flying the flag for Macau.

Four Toyota 86-based Project Builds for SEMA

Toyota has redefined the performance and technology potential of its 86 sports car with four stunning project vehicles unveiled at the world’s premier automotive aftermarket trade show.

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Massive power boosts, performance suspension set-ups and exotic materials from Toyota’s development partners have reinforced the driving fun of the 86 while maintaining its inherent light weight and balance.

A 550kW drifting prototype, a supercar concept, a futuristic urban design and a creation by renowned DJ and producer Steve Aoki reflect the sustained enthusiasm among diverse types of drivers for the 86.

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Toyota’s youth-oriented Scion division in the US commissioned the project builds for the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The 86 is known as the Scion FR-S in the US market.

Scion marketing and special events manager Steve Hatanaka said the SEMA vehicles draw on the passion of drivers including urban dwellers, entrepreneurs and high-performance enthusiasts.

“The FR-S (86) continues to be a SEMA favourite, and this year’s builds take the sports car in every direction,” Mr Hatanaka said.

The four 86-based project builds are:

GReddy Performance x Scion Racing Drift FR-S

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A drifting prototype, it reimagines the platform’s capability with a tuning and suspension set-up developed for maximum performance. The standard car has been overhauled to develop an estimated 550kW and 990Nm with a Toyota-built 2JZ-GTE engine, a GReddy turbo and a G-Force GSR four-speed transmission. A Rocket Bunny Ver. 2 aero kit gives the car a wide, aggressive stance complemented by Rays Gram Lights 57XX wheels and Hankook Ventus R-S3 tyres.

Bulletproof FR-S Concept One

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This supercar concept features a carbon-fibre interior, a wider handmade body and a rebuilt 370kW engine with a Borg Warner turbo and Powerhouse Amuse Turbo Kit with titanium downpipe, front pipe and full exhaust system. An Ecutek Race Rom caters for E85 or regular 91 octane fuel, while the internals have been strengthened with upgraded pistons, rods and ACL bearings. Interior materials include a vibrant red interior with Recaro steering wheel, carbon-fibre materials and race seats. An eight-point roll cage and front and rear strut tower bars are by Cusco, while an Original Runduce Racing Suspension keeps the car ready for the track.

Urban GT Sport Coupe

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Power for this futuristic urban design is boosted from the standard 2.0-litre boxer engine by a TRD Cold Air Intake and a DIGI-TEC ECU. Bilstein suspension components lower the car, which also features custom front and rear body panels, matte grey aluminium paint, concept camera mirrors and diamond-stitched leather on the interior.

Steve Aoki x Scion FR-S

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A music-lover’s dream, it is equipped with a fully operational mixing station, a custom Pioneer® sound system with multiple component speaker packages, a deck lid-mounted LCD display, a fog machine and strobe lighting.

Star Racing Academy season finale at 2013 Macau Grand Prix

The pioneering Star Racing Academy (SRA) will round out its successful debut season this weekend at the Formula Masters China Series (FMCS) Macau Challenge, a non-championship invitational which is part of this year’s 60th Macau Grand Prix.

Representing SRA this weekend and making their debuts on the legendary Guia street circuit are Yuan Bo, second in the 2013 FMCS Chinese Drivers Classification, and Bao Jin Long, who was last month crowned 2013 Scirocco R Cup China champion becoming the first ever Chinese driver to win the title. Yuan and Bao were SRA’s top two performing drivers this season and were rewarded with the unique opportunity to race at the Macau Grand Prix.

Star Racing Academy season finale at Macau Grand Prix

Launched earlier this year by Volkswagen Group China’s Sports Car Project, SRA is the only institution of its kind in China. The Academy provides an interdisciplinary platform from which to equip the next generation of Chinese motorsport heroes with a comprehensive motorsport foundation – integrating practical experience with off-track training, from fitness and nutrition, to race technique and mental preparation. Academy drivers receive support to compete in the entry-level single-seater FMCS.

With training throughout the season, Yuan and Bao have both learned the fundamentals of single-seater racing. Throughout the year, they have adapted to new challenges at different circuits across China, Korea and Malaysia, but this weekend presents the ultimate test. Yuan and Bao have just a single practice session in which to seek out the limits of the Guia Circuit before qualifying takes place the same afternoon. Sunday’s 10-lap race will require the drivers to call upon everything they have learned from their SRA instructors and trainers for a chance at Macau glory.

Since the FMCS championship-decider in Shanghai last month, Yuan and Bao have been preparing for this weekend’s Macau Challenge, working with the team to gain as much circuit knowledge as possible before their arrival.

“Macau is the ultimate test for Yuan and Bao, but also an opportunity for them to end their season on a high note and demonstrate what they’ve learned this season on one of the world’s most challenging circuits,” said Dominic Lyncker, Motorsport Director, Volkswagen Group China. “It’s an opportunity that both drivers and everyone at SRA is eagerly anticipating.”

Supported by Volkswagen Group China, the Star Racing Academy, which provides the team with its drivers, is dedicated to supporting young Chinese talent along their career path by providing them with a 2+1-year program which prepares them for FMCS and for higher race levels in the future.

Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia @ Guia Circuit, Macau

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will join newly-crowned 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Earl Bamber as the pair make their debuts on Macau’s unforgiving Guia street circuit at the weekend.

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As the Macau Grand Prix begins its Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the Porsche 911 50th Anniversary Carrera Cup Asia will see an impressive field of 23 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars line up on the grid of the 6.2km city track for a race which promises to be as spectacular as it is unique.