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Once upon a time, the Toyota RAV4 – 20th Anniversary

Although Malaysian don’t really get the privilege to enjoy the generations of Toyota RAV4, except buying it through a parallel importer or fortunate enough to purchased one of the few second generation RAV4 from UMW Toyota Motor in last decade.

In fact, the Toyota RAV4 now celebrates 20 years since it was first launched. From initial model launched in 1994, second generation in 2000, third generation in 2006 and the latest fourth generation launched in 2013.

2013 Toyota Rav4

When the first generation RAV4 was revealed at Geneva Motor Show in March 1994, it announced a new era for 4x4s. Sales started in Japan in May and throughout Europe, Africa, Australia and Latin America in June. Initial production estimates were 4,500 sales a month. But, when 8,000 orders were received in the first month, production volumes were doubled. The first Recreational Active Vehicle with 4 wheel-drive paved the way for the SUV segment that hasn’t stopped to grow since.

Lexus Unveils New RC F @ Detroit

Lexus has revealed the high performance version of its new RC coupe at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Lexus RC F is the most powerful Lexus V8 yet with engine power well above 330kW and more than 520Nm of torque.

Lexus RC F

RC F will make world-first use of a Torque Vectoring Differential (TVD) in a front engine rear-drive car to guarantee extraordinary levels of handling and performance. Power will be transfer through a redeveloped eight-speed transmission with Sports Direct Shift (SPDS).

Lexus RC F

The most powerful Lexus V8 F model ever built will use an all-new 5.0-litre 32-valve engine with cylinder heads and moving parts that provide increased maximum power at higher engine revolutions than has previously been possible.

For the first time in a Lexus performance engine, the RC F uses the Atkinson cycle at cruising speeds for enhanced fuel economy and then it switches to the Otto cycle at higher revolutions to develop impressive performance levels. Driver engagement has been made possible by purpose-designed sound and power delivery sensations.

Lexus RC F

A uniquely tuned eight-speed Sports Direct Shift (SPDS) transmission improves linear response to accelerator-pedal operation, which lets the driver better feel the torque and power as it is applied and a system of regulating induction and exhaust sound helps create a deep tone up to 3000rpm, and a higher-pitched tone as revolutions rise freely above 6000rpm.

The newly calibrated Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management System (VDIM) adds a vertical G-sensor to provide greater vehicle stability. 

Lexus RC F

The wing is a highlight of RC F’s aerodynamic grip and stability package which also includes careful tuning of the flat underbody, the ducts at the rear of the front bumper and front fenders, and strategic placement of aero stabilising fins. 

The foundation for the vehicle’s mechanical grip is the high rigidity body which has large cross-section rocker panels and a highly rigid front lower brace, as well as using specialised Lexus manufacturing techniques, including body adhesives, laser-screw welding and multi-spot welding. Grip is further enhanced through use of a wider tyre and wheel assembly.

Lexus RC F

RC F has coil-spring independent suspension front and rear, with monotube gas dampers and ball-jointed stabiliser bars. Unsprung weight is enhanced by the adoption of three grades of new 19-inch diameter forged aluminium wheels which minimise tyre/wheel assembly mass and maximise rigidity.

Technical Specification

 

NEW RC F

Power

Over 330kW

Torque

Over 520Nm

Transmission

Eight-speed sequential-shift

Electronic Controlled automatic Transmission with intelligence (ECT-i)

Seating Capacity

4

Overall Length

4705mm

Width

1850mm

Height

1390mm

Wheelbase

2730mm

Driven Wheels

Rear Wheel Drive

Kerb Weight

Targets below 1,800kg

Brake Type

Four-wheel power assisted disc brakes (Brembo manufactured for Lexus) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA)

Wheel size

(front and rear)

Fr 19″ x 9J

Rr 19″ x 10J

Tyres size

255/35/19 front

275/35/19 rear

0 – 100km/h

Targets faster than IS F (4.8sec)

Top speed

Estimated 270km (electronically limited)

Combined fuel economy#

Target better than IS F (11.4L/100km)

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F

World premiere of the New Porsche 911 Targa @ NAIAS

At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Porsche is presenting the latest generation of the extravagant 911 model to the public. This model is the first to combine the classic Targa concept with state-of-the-art roof technology. Just like the legendary original Targa model, the new model features the characteristic wide bar in place of the B-pillars, a movable roof section above the front seats and a wraparound rear window with no C-pillar.

2014 Porsche 911 Targa

But unlike the classic models, the roof segment on the new Targa can be opened and closed at the push of a button. When the button is actuated, the fully automatic roof system stows the convertible top behind the rear seat system, providing a real spectacle. The rear-weighted design of the PTM all-wheel drive fitted as standard is a typical Porsche feature, and guarantees that this latest 911 model also offers optimum driving dynamics on all road surfaces and in all weather conditions.

2014 Porsche 911 Targa

With these features, the new 911 Targa is presenting itself as a high-quality, innovative remake of the classic vehicle from 1965. The model shares a great deal in common with the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models; up to the window line, the technology and body of the vehicles is more or less the same. The combination of the wide rear end that is typical of all-wheel drive models, the Targa bar and the dome-shaped rear window gives the latest 911 an extremely sporty appearance and a low-slung profile. 

As with the predecessor model, the new Targa generation comes in two versions available exclusively with all-wheel drive. The 911 Targa 4 is powered by a 3.4-litre, 350 hp (257 kW) flat engine. Equipped with the Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) and Sport Chrono package, this model accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in just 4.8 seconds and boasts a top speed of 282 km/h. Its NEDC fuel consumption figures are between 9.5 and 8.7 litres/100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 emissions level of between 223 and 204 g/km. The top model is the 911 Targa 4S, which delivers 400 hp (294 kW) from a displacement of 3.8 litres.

2014 Porsche 911 Targa

This model reaches a top speed of 296 km/h and, with the PDK and Sport Chrono package fitted, accelerates in 4.4 seconds. Its fuel consumption fluctuates between 10.0 and 9.2 litres per 100 km, depending on transmission, which corresponds to a CO2 level of between 237 and 214 g/km. With these figures, the model is on a par with the high standard set by the 911 Carrera 4 cabriolet models in terms of engine and road performance, as well as efficiency. Both sports cars are certified for compliance with the Euro 6 emissions standard. 

The new 911 Targa model is scheduled to be launched in Malaysia Q3 2014.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Porsche 911 Targa

UMW Toyota Motor Introduces The All-New Toyota Corolla Altis

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Toyota has stretched the wheelbase of the latest Corolla Altis to deliver advances in design, interior space and driving appeal. The 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis will be produced in Thailand for the Malaysian market and launching on the 20th Jan 2014. 

UMW Toyota Motor announced the confirmed price of the All-New Toyota Corolla Altis. Below is the summary of the On-The Road (OTR) price for All-New Toyota Corolla Altis (all variants).

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2014 Mitsubishi ASX CKD Now Open for Bookings In Malaysia

On last Friday, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has announced that the local assemble Mitsubishi ASX is now open for bookings at all Mitsubishi showrooms nationwide ahead of its official line-off ceremony later this month. The local assembled Mitsubishi ASX compact SUV offers in two variants: 2WD and 4WD.

Local Assembled Mitsubishi ASX-2WD 

Both variants are equipped with Auto Rain & Light Sensor, leather seats, GPS Navigation System, Front & Rear Parking Sensors with Reverse camera, Automatic Air Conditioner and High Contrast Speedometer.  The 4WD variant is further packaged with more equipment’s such as Panoramic roof, Paddle Shifters, Push Start Button and Security Window Tint.

Down from RM139k (CBU model), now the prices of CKD models start from RM114,269.50 for the 2WD and RM128,879.50 for the 4WD variant on-the-road without insurance. The CKD (Complete-knocked-down) ASX is available in Black Mica, Titanium Grey, Cool Silver and Solid White and comes with a warranty of 5 years unlimited mileage.

Local Assembled Mitsubishi ASX-4WD

Powered by a  2.0-litre MIVEC engine with 150PS of power and 197Nm of torque, the Malaysian built ASX is engineered for exceptional fuel efficiency of 13.2km/litre. The 2.0-litre engine is mated with INVECS- III CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) featuring Sports Mode, tuned to deliver effortless acceleration from any speed. The entire power plant is similar to Proton Inspira and Mitsubishi Lancer GT.

The Mitsubishi ASX is an easy handling mid-size SUV that fits perfectly in the city with excellent maneuverability and a class leading turning radius of 5.3 meters, the best turning radius in its class. Both variants come with safety features such as dual airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD).

The 4WD variant comes with Hill Start Assist (HSA) to make it an easy start off on a steep uphill slope by preventing the vehicle from rolling backwards, Traction Control Function and Active Stability Control (ASC) which uses onboard sensors to analyse the vehicle’s motion and identify lateral wheel slippage.

For FastMotoring’s test drive report of the Mitsubishi ASX (CBU model), please refer to: http://www.fastmotoring.com/index.php/2012/06/mitsubishi-asx-test-drive-review-in-malaysia/