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Lamborghini Veneno Roadster @ 3.3 million euros each excl. tax

As a further highlight of its 50th anniversary year, Automobili Lamborghini is presenting one of the most exceptional super sports cars of all time. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is an open racing prototype with an extreme design and breathtaking performance. And it is one of the world’s most exclusive automobiles – not more than nine units will be built during the course of 2014 and sold at a price of 3.3 million Euros (excl. tax).

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The Veneno Roadster is extreme and guarantees an intense driving experience – because open means truly open. There is no roof, just a strong rollover bar for optimum safety. The design is focused on optimum aerodynamics and stability through fast corners – with handling akin to that of a racing prototype. Yet it is fully road legal.

With a maximum output of 552 kW / 750 hp, the Veneno Roadster accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.9 seconds and top speed stands at 355 km/h. The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster is driven by a twelve-cylinder engine with a displacement of 6.5 liters and is equipped with the extremely fast-shifting ISR transmission with five modes, permanent all-wheel drive and a racing chassis with pushrod suspension and horizontal spring/damper units.

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The Lamborghini Veneno Roadster brings the aerodynamic efficiency of a racing prototype to the road. Every detail of its form pursues a clear function – exceptional dynamics, optimum downforce with minimal drag and perfect cooling of the high-performance engine. Therfore the Veneno Roadster is unmistakably a Lamborghini; it sticks firmly to the consistent design philosophy of all the super sports cars from Sant’Agata Bolognese. That includes the extreme proportions, as well as the powerfully arrow-shaped front end and the interplay between razor-sharp lines and precise surfaces.

The entire design of the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster has been laid out for perfect airflow and downforce. The front end works as a large aerodynamic wing. The visual division of the rear fenders from the car body is a reference to the world of racing cars and optimizes the aerodynamic flow. The smooth underbody transitions into a substantial diffuser framing the four sizable exhaust pipes divided by a splitter. Large openings serve to ventilate the engine bay and direct airflow to the rear wing. The design of the adjustable rear wing is the product of motorsport experience and extensive aerodynamic simulation to ensure optimum airflow in the interaction of the rear wing with the rear diffuser.

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The design of the exclusive alloy wheels is also determined by aerodynamic functionality – a carbon-fiber ring around the wheel rim works like a turbine to deliver additional cooling air to the carbon-ceramic brake discs. The intense paint color “Rosso Veneno” was developed exclusively for the Veneno Roadster, although each single customer will be able to individualize his own vehicle to suit his personal preferences.

The Veneno Roadster is further proof of Automobili Lamborghini’s unique competence in CFRP-based lightweight design. A monocoque made from carbon-fiber reinforced polymer forms the basis of the Roadster. All exterior parts are made from CFRP. The Veneno Roadster meets all safety and registration requirements worldwide, and naturally also incorporates a full complement of safety systems from airbags through to the adapted ESP handling system.

Carbon fiber dominates also the interior of the Veneno Roadster. The carbon fiber monocoque is visible inside the car around the central tunnel and the sills. The two lightweight bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. The woven carbon-fiber CarbonSkin is used to clad the entire cockpit, part of the seats and the headliner. Like a hi-tech fabric, this extremely fine-looking carbon-fiber matting fits perfectly to any form and reduces the weight of the vehicle.

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The systematic, carbon-fiber, lightweight design of the Veneno Roadster is not only visible, it is also evident on the scales: with a dry weight of just 1,490 kilograms (3,278 pounds), the Veneno Roadster benefits from a power-to-weight ratio of just 1.99 kg/hp (4.38 lbs/hp) which guarantees a performance that is nothing short of mind-blowing. Even the stunning acceleration figure of 2.9 seconds cannot adequately describe it. Despite an aerodynamic setup configured for extreme downforce, the Veneno Roadster possesses exceptionally low wind resistance which allows it to reach a top speed of 355 km/h (221 mph)

New revision of 2013 Toyota Hilux “Improvement” launched in Malaysia

UMW Toyota Motor unveiled the 2013 Toyota Hilux Improvement that features a host of new upgrades and brings more value and excitement to this best-selling pick-up truck model. The price now starting from RM77,105.10 to RM109,199.90 OTR for private registration.

Datuk Ismet Suki (left), President of UMW Toyota Motor with Mr Khong Man Chong, Executive  Director of UMW Toyota Motor during the Hilux Improvement Media Launch in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah

At the launch event, Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor, said the new features were included after taking into consideration of the feedback from Toyota customers.Among the improvements are the inclusions of 17-inch alloy rims, leather seats, dark interior, new front fog lamp design, power adjustable driver seat, front seatbelts with pretensioners and force limiters for added safety.

Powering the Hilux Improvement are the tried and trusted 3.0-litre and 2.5-litre turbo diesel engines that feature Intercooler VNT and D-4D Common Rail technology so owners can be assured of outstanding performance with fuel efficiency. 

Datuk Ismet said the Hilux has always been known for its durability and reliability in the 4X4 pick-up truck segment. “Ever since the model was introduced, Hilux has also been synonymous with quality and value. It is certainly the first choice amongst those who want a tough and powerful pickup.”

“The Hilux is more than just a pick-up truck; it is something of a global citizen who has found home in more than 140 countries. The popular Hilux is well accepted in Asia, all across Europe, Africa and America,” Datuk Ismet said.

More than 4.5 million units of the current Hilux model have been sold around the world to date. The current generation Hilux, which was launched in Malaysia in 2005, has sold more than 145,000 units locally up to September 2013.

“The Hilux is the most popular pick-up model by far, out-selling even its closest competitor by a wide margin. Hilux continues to lead the pick-up segment with more than 50% market share in Malaysia,” Datuk Ismet said.

So far this year, UMW Toyota Motor has sold close to 18,000 units of the Hilux. The order taking for the Hilux Improvement started on the 17th September and more than 800 units have been ordered to date.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd is targeting to sell more than 29,000 units of the Hilux Improvement next year. The 2013 Hilux Improvement will be available at all Toyota showrooms throughout Sabah, Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia from the 25th October onwards.

BMW 4 Series Launched in Malaysia – Price Ranging from RM358,800

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The All New BMW 4 Series Coupe has finally arrived at Malaysia. BMW Group Malaysia officially unveiled this sweet coupe earlier this morning.  All-new generation of premium compact executive coupe from BMW delivers even more power, sportiness and presence.

The all new BMW 4 Series Coupe is set to replace the 3 Series Coupe that’s currently in the market. This is BMW’s newest midsized sports coupe. Embodying the very essence of aesthetic appeal and dynamics in the premium segment, the all-new BMW 4 Series Coupe is available in three (3) variants – BMW 428i Sport, BMW 428i M Sport and BMW 435i M Sport. 

Price ranging from RM358,800 for the 428i Sport, RM388,800 for 428i M Sport and RM525,800 for 435i M Sport. 

Branching out from the BMW 1, 3, 5, 7 series, this new coupe is now placed into a new standalone model – 4 Series. 

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Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VGT & GL Enhanced Introduced in Malaysia

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, has officially launched the enhanced Pajero Sport VGT and GL today. In its effort to further strengthen its SUV line up, the Pajero Sport VGT and GL now comes with premium and stylish features.

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The exterior of the Pajero Sport VGT and GL spots a new front bumper and grille as well as a 17” alloy wheels (16” alloy wheels for Pajero Sport GL). The new variants also come with white turn signal rear tail lamp, colour-keyed side mirror with signal indicator and a stylish roof rail as standard features.

From the interior, the Pajero Sport VGT and GL now comes with stylish designed leather seats and RV meter which displays travel data such as range, average speed, and fuel consumption. As for standard features, the Pajero Sport VGT and GL come with auto rain and light sensors and electronic shift and key lock system.

Available in 4 colours, Black Mica, Cool Silver Metallic, White Pearl and Quartz Brown Metallic, the fully imported Pajero Sport VGT is priced at RM172,211.60 while the Pajero Sport GL is priced at RM151,277.60 on-the-road without insurance. Owners get to enjoy a 5-year/unlimited mileage km warranty as well as Mitsubishi’s 2-Years free maintenance package (Prices are quoted based on Peninsular Malaysia, Individual Private).

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“The Pajero Sport has been a success in Malaysia since its introduction in 2009. Last year we sold close to 1,300 and to date, it has found more than 5,000 proud owners in Malaysia. The Pajero Sport has also reached a cumulative sales volume of 200,000 worldwide. As for the Pajero Sport VGT and GL, we aim to achieve a sales target of 2,000 units per year. The riding comfort of the seven-seat cabin is one of its biggest strengths, being both versatile and spacious,” said Tetsuya Oda, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.

He added, “With an impressive set of new features, Pajero Sport VGT is one of the best in its class and just the right size for a growing family while delivering reliability, quality performance and safety at the same time.”

The Pajero Sport VGT comes with a reliable 2.5-litre powertrain diesel engine which produces a maximum output of 178 PS at 4,000 rpm, while maximum torque at 350 Nm. The Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT) delivers uncompromising power while maintaining fuel efficiency by achieving an optimal turbo aspect ratio at any given speed.

The Pajero Sport VGT also comes equipped with Mitsubishi Motors’ Super Select 4WD system that enables it to traverse the toughest terrain. This innovative system gives drivers a choice of driving modes (2H, 4H, 4HLc, 4LLc) for various conditions, be it maximizing fuel economy on tarmac, or for maximum traction on challenging surfaces.

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Separately, the Pajero Sport GL comes equipped with a 2.5  powertrain diesel engine which produces a maximum output of 136 PS at 3,500 rpm, while maximum torque at 314 Nm.

Both of the new Pajero Sports come with tight minimum turning radius of just 5.6 meters, giving the drivers the ability to manoeuvre through tight spaces. In addition, Pajero Sport VGT comes with INVECS-11 5 speed A/T with sports mode which uses two shift control programs to compliments the way one drives.

Other standard safety features includes dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distributor (EBD), and safety brake pedal to name a few. In addition, Pajero Sport VGT exclusively added with Hybrid LSD.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport VGT & GL Enhanced

Honda Thailand introduces the new Honda Brio and Honda Brio Amaze

Honda Thailand has introduced the new Honda Brio and Brio Amaze styled with a black and grey interior color combination and black seats to enhance the sporty passenger cabin. The upholstery, door armrest covers, audio panel and gauge covers are all in black complemented by metallic inner door handles that give the interior a sportier look.

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The Honda Brio and Brio Amaze, breakthrough eco-cars, are powered by a 1.2 liter, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, 90-horsepower SOHC i-VTEC engine that offers exceptional economy with fuel consumption of 20 kilometers per liter.  They are genuine eco sedans that are friendly to the environment in accordance with the Euro 4 standard. The Honda Brio and Brio Amaze are available with either a 5-speed manual transmission (5MT) or a continuously variable transmission (CVT).  Safety features in all variants include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD); and an intelligent i-SRS for the driver and a SRS airbag system for the passenger that comply to UNECE standards to provide protection from side and front impacts.
 
The Honda Brio and Brio Amaze come in a modern design with a roomy interior, equipped with comprehensive features including a sporty instrument panel; fuel consumption indicator and ECO Indicator; 2 DIN audio system; AUX for peripherals and a USB connector.  The new Brio and Brio Amaze look sportier with a black audio panel and gauge covers complemented by black door armrest covers in all variants. To further enhance the sporty style, the new black and grey interior color combination, black seats and metallic inner door handles are added in the Brio V MT, V AT and V Limited AT, as well as the Brio Amaze V MT and V AT.

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The Honda Brio is available in five variants, which are the S MT, priced at 436,500 Baht; S AT, priced at 475,500 Baht; V MT, priced at 472,500 Baht; V AT, priced at 511,500 Baht; and V Limited AT, priced at 533,500 Baht.  The V MT, V AT and V Limited AT variants are available with the new black and grey cabin with black seats.  The Honda Brio comes in seven colors including Taffeta White, Crystal Black (Pearl), Modern Steel Metallic, Alabaster Silver (Metallic), Rallye Red, Cerulean Blue (Metallic) and Fresh Lime Green (Metallic).
 
The Honda Brio Amaze is available in six variants, which are the S MT, priced at 454,000 Baht; S AT, priced at 493,000 Baht; V MT (Black Interior) and V MT (Beige Interior), priced at 482,000 Baht; and the V AT (Black Interior) and V AT (Beige Interior), priced at 521,000 Baht.  The Honda Brio Amaze comes in six colors including Taffeta White, Crystal Black (Pearl), Modern Steel Metallic, Alabaster Silver (Metallic), Carnelian Red (Pearl), and Marine Purple (Pearl).

Photo Gallery: 2014 Honda Brio / Brio Amaze