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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.

2014 Honda Brio / Brio Amaze  
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.

2014 Honda Brio / Brio Amaze  
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).

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New Kia Picanto with 1.2-litre engine in Malaysia

Perhaps, some folks from some rich man car clubs may not agree with us. In reality, with raising fuel costs and government reduce fuel subsidy in Malaysia, a small and efficient cars is more essential than anything else.

Lately, Kia introduces the new Picanto in Malaysia. Opening the door to more fuel-saving possibilities, it offers an ideal solution for those who desire a more economical and compact vehicle in which to whizz around the city.

The introduction of the new Kia Picanto on Malaysian shores is indeed timely. In a time of growing concern over rising costs of living and fuel prices, the A-segment’s 1.2-litre engine will certainly contribute towards more efficient fuel consumption. This is certainly the way to go for first-time car owners, or those simply looking to exchange their gas-guzzlers for a more fuel-efficient alternative.

The all new Kia Picanto
Indeed, the Korean marque was never afraid of a challenge. With the new Picanto, the test lay in making the car affordable, while at the same time appealing to today’s discerning consumer. And it appears that the Picanto is all set to impress in this department.

More than its affordability, what’s amazing about the new Picanto, which is expected to be launched before the end of October, is that small does not necessarily mean less. Unlike other vehicles in its segment, the Picanto comes packed with a host of premium features typically reserved for more luxury cars – setting it up to be a new force to be reckoned with in the compact car segment.

Among some of the attractive comfort and safety features we can look forward to include six airbags (not usually seen in other cars in this segment), four disc brakes and LED daytime running light and rear combination lamps, just to name a few. The 1.2AT version will also come with keyless entry with smart key and push start button, as well as 15” alloy rims and Bluetooth with steering wheel remote control.

Truly, the new Picanto’s overall neater and cleaner packaging reflects the trademark of famed European designer Peter Schreyer, who now holds the design reins for Kia.

Longer and larger than its predecessor, the new Picanto promises more passenger comfort as well as a 25% increase in cargo space – ample room to store change of clothes, spare shoes and other necessities that will take one straight from the office to the gym, and then out for dinner with friends.

With a starting price expected to provide value for money, given the new Picanto’s class-unrivalled safety and premium standards, it is expected to still be relatively competitively priced compared to other players in the segment, according to sources from Naza-Kia.

True to its tagline, “All in smALL”, the new Kia Picanto proves that good things do indeed come in small packages. For those looking to enjoy a car offering no-fuss driving with premium quality and features without breaking the bank, then the new Kia Picanto is certainly the way to go.

Audi sales up 10 percent in September 2013

New sales record for Audi in September: Around 150,300 customers chose to buy Audi last month, a year-on-year increase of 10 percent. The company continued to benefit from growing sales in the United States (+6.2 percent) and double-digit growth rates in China (+28.2 percent). Also in Europe, Audi concluded the month of September with a positive comparison to last year (+3.0 percent). Altogether, AUDI AG’s worldwide sales increased from January to September by 7.6 percent to around 1,180,750 cars.

Audi AG

“Despite significantly more difficult conditions in many key markets, we closed the first three quarters again with stronger sales than in the same period last year. We thus continue to perform better in every region around the world than the respective overall automobile market,” says Luca de Meo, Member of the Board of Management for Sales at AUDI AG. “In particular, the Q3, Q5 and A3 Sportback were driving our sales.”

Since the beginning of the year, about 150,400 units of the entire A3 family have already been delivered. Furthermore, the most recent addition to this successful model series, the A3 Sedan, was launched at dealers in Europe two weeks ago.

In China, the A3 Sedan will arrive on the market next spring. In September, in particular the SUVs drew customers to Audi dealers and contributed to Audi once again achieving strong double-digit growth: up 28.2 percent to 45,530 cars in China. The Q3 and Q5, both produced in Changchun, accounted for around 72 per-cent of this sales growth. And also the A4 L, which is produced locally too, drove sales with a growth of 41.1 percent. In total, deliveries in China have climbed across all models by 20.6 percent to 358,213 units since January.

In the United States, Audi continued its successful run with another sales increase in September. Last month, 13,065 deliveries equated to an increase of 6.2 percent. Once again, the Q5 performed particularly well. The demand of US customers for the popular compact SUV climbed 44.9 percent to 3,268 cars. The Q5 has also been available as TDI clean diesel since July, and the high-performance top model of the series, the SQ5 TFSI, was just launched in August. Altogether, 114,411 customers in the United States received the keys to their Audi in the first three quarters of the year, an increase of 13.6 percent.

In the first nine months of the year, AUDI AG further strengthened its business in the other markets on the American continent, too. In Mexico, the brand with the four rings grew by 31.5 percent from January to September. In Brazil, sales were up 29.1 percent. In the future, the company will strengthen its position in South America considerably. Beginning in 2015, Audi will start local production in Brazil, manufacturing the A3 Sedan and the Q3 in the southern city of São José dos Pinhais.

In Europe, Audi also completed the month of September with an increase in sales. Sales climbed by 3.0 percent to around 74,350 units on the carmaker’s home continent. Available at European dealerships since February, the new A3 Sportback played a very important part in this sales increase.

Sales for
AUDI AG

In September

   

Cumulative

   

 

2013

2012

Change from 2012

2013

2012

Change from 2012

World

150,300

136,571

+10.0%

1,180,750

1,097,507

+7.6%

Europe

74,350

72,182

+3.0%

564,800

574, 098

-1.6%

  – Germany

21,227

20,712

+2.5%

190,607

198,777

-4.1%

  – UK

26,070

22,389

+16.4%

115,137

101,593

+13.3%

  – France

4,653

5,020

-7.3%

43,323

47,012

-7.8%

  – Italy

4,240

4,802

-11.7%

35,556

38,901

-8.6%

  – Spain

2,263

2,295

-1.4%

28,560

29,427

-2.9%

  – Russia

3, 080

3,150

-2.2%

26,982

25,442

+6.1%

USA

13,065

12,302

+6.2%

114,411

100,694

+13.6%

Mexico

950

903

+5.2%

8,483

6,450

+31.5%

Asia-Pacific

53,850

43,007

+25.2%

422,600

351,420

+20.2%

  – China
  (incl. Hong Kong)

45,530

35,512

+28.2%

358,213

297,060

+20.6%

  – India

965

1,011

-4.5%

7,391

6,417

+15.2%

 

2013 Toyota Vios Launched in Malaysia. Price ranged from RM73,200 to RM93,200

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It’s finally here! – The 2013 Toyota Vios was officially launched yesterday in Malaysia. This is the third generation Vios since its first launch in Malaysia in year 2003. This popular model of Toyota in Malaysia is available in 5 variants – Vios J (Manual), Vios J (Auto), Vios E (Auto), Vios G (Auto) and TRD Sportivo (Auto).

All of the 5 variants of the new Toyota Vios are powered by a 1.5litre 1NZ-FE engine 4-cylinder with VVT-i that produces 109PS at 6,000rpm and 141Nm of torque at 4,200rpm. All auto variants comes with a 4-speed Automatic with Super ECT transmission. For manual, it will be as usual – five-speed manual shift. 

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The new Vios is developed with the concept of ‘Value Beyond Belief’. The third-generation Vios will continue to bring customers the same attributes as its predecessors such as: excellent fuel economy, low cost of maintenance, Toyota’s renowned Quality, Durability, and Reliability, and most importantly – great value for money. 

 Hit the jump for more on this car and also the official pricing.

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2014 Nissan Grand Livina Launched in Malaysia

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is proud to reveal the New Nissan Grand Livina. The Nissan Grand Livina first debuted in December 2007 and has been receiving overwhelming response as the best-selling non-national brand Multi Purpose Vehicle (MPV). Since its first launch in 2007, there are now more than 65,000 units of Nissan Grand Livina on Malaysian roads.

01 VIPs at the Launch of the New Grand Livina

The Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM, Mr. Tan Keng Meng said: “It is our great pleasure to introduce to Malaysian motorists the latest version of the Nissan Grand Livina. We believe that, while retaining the core concept of ‘Drives like a sedan, fits like an MPV’, the refreshed exterior and interior styling, along with more than 50 new enhancements, will attract young families with an urban lifestyle and who also enjoy recreational activities.”

Exterior-wise, the New Nissan Grand Livina has a fresh new look for the front and back, complemented by new V-spoke alloy wheels, door mouldings and wing mirrors with integrated LED indicators. The combination of the new chrome grill with fine sculptured horizontal panes, aggressive lines of the front bumper and expressive headlamps creates the impression of “elegant dynamism”. At the rear, the new tail-lamps now expand horizontally across the tailgate showcasing rear reflectors for a wider, sportier look.

04 New Nissan Grand Livina in Tungsten Silver

Nissan’s Intelligent Key (i-Key) system, which allows for true keyless entry and start is now available in the New Nissan Grand Livina. With i-Key, New Nissan Grand Livina owners are able to experience a higher level of convenience and security by virtue of not having to operate the remote control when entering or exiting the seven-seat MPV.

The new two-tone interior colour scheme with revised fabric is among the highlights of the New Nissan Grand Livina. The premium image is further supplemented by a new Fine Vision Meter cluster with Multi-Information Display (MID), which shows essential vehicle information such as fuel consumption and remaining range. Additionally, the new three-spoke steering wheel now incorporates control switches for the new Wide 2DIN audio head unit and MID. The controls are also illuminated thus making its operation easier at night.

06 New Nissan Grand Livina IMPUL

What has not changed is the Grand Livina’s best-in-its-class comfort, which is achieved through well though-out seat design and the clever utilisation of space. For example, only a single action is required to lower the rear seats completely flat without having to remove the new large-size headrests.

The New Nissan Grand Livina is powered by the proven HR16DE or MR18DE fuel-efficient engines. These compact and lightweight, all-aluminium alloy 4-cylinder engines with valve timing control technology deliver responsive performance, strong refinement and top class fuel efficiency. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) helps to provide ease of maneuverability with reduce fuel consumptionSafety has also been upgraded with seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters for the front passengers, along with compliance with the latest UNECE crash tests. Dual front SRS airbags are standard along with Nissan’s Zone Body Construction, Collapsible Steering Wheel, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BA) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).

03 New Nissan Grand Livina in Bronze Gold

Recognising that today’s frenetic lifestyle is characterized by continuous distractions of modern gadgets and entertainment opportunities and hence increased isolation, Mr. Tan shared that the New Nissan Grand Livina is geared towards the theme of Togetherness and Happiness.

“We recognise the New Nissan Grand Livina as the best platform for gathering family members together and providing a comfortable space to communicate with each other. Life is a journey, and it’s our loved ones who are the greatest source of happiness. In the Nissan Grand Livina you can spend quality time with your loved ones as you journey effortlessly along Malaysia’s roads,” he said.

05 Rear view of the New Nissan Grand Livina

During the launch, Mr. Stephanus Ardianto, General Manager of Asia and Oceania Department, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd also commented: “I believe the Nissan Grand Livina is a popular choice for many Malaysians, and it will continue to pleasantly surprise drivers and passengers by delivering a stress-free driving experience – whether its city driving, long-distance driving, leisure or daily use.”

The New Nissan Grand Livina is available in 1.6L Manual, 1.6L Auto and 1.8L Auto. Optional accessories and IMPUL packages are available in all variants of the New Nissan Grand Livina. A choice of five colours includes the All-New Graphite Blue, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold, Brilliant White and Tungsten Silver.

07 New Nissan Grand Livina IMPUL

The New Nissan Grand Livina is available at all Nissan Showrooms Nationwide with a price, starting from RM 86,880 on-the-road, with warranty of 3-year or 100,000 km (whichever comes first). ETCM targets to sell 2,500 units of the New Grand Livina by the end of 2013. Customers can enjoy paying a monthly instalment of just RM 599 (subject to terms and conditions) for the New Nissan Grand Livina. Bookings are now available at Nissan Showrooms nationwide.