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The Mitsubishi ASX CKD Wins Car of the Year Awards!

Not only has the Mitsubishi ASX firmly established itself as a popular choice among compact SUV seekers, leading motoring media are also in agreement that the ASX is a clear winner in the ever-growing SUV segment.

From L-R Wataru Kambe, Director of Operations, PROTO Malaysia and CEO of MMM, Mr Tetsuya Oda

After clinching the Asian Auto Allianz Auto “Best Local Assembled SUV” award earlier this year, the Mitsubishi ASX recently added two more titles to its collection of awards – from Autocar ASEAN and Cars, Bikes & Trucks, both publications choosing the ASX as a winner under their respective SUV categories.

Published monthly, Autocar ASEAN is one of the most prestigious motoring magazines in Malaysia. In awarding the title of Best Small/Midsize SUV to the ASX, the magazine commented that Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s decision to locally assemble the ASX in Malaysia has brought a new wave of attention to the compact SUV that offers a high driving position with the handling dynamics of a saloon, and that the ASX is also a viable alternative to C-segment saloon with its very attractive price, eye-catching design and compact footprint. 

Autocar ASEAN also noted that the Mitsubishi ASX’s well-built and durable interior is roomy and versatile with numerous storage configurations that expand the 416 litres of boot space to 1,193 litres. Coupled with the ASX’s generous level of standard equipment and safety features, Autocar ASEAN considers it to be one of the best equipped vehicles in its price range.

The ASX is the first Mitsubishi model to be assembled in Malaysia by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM). The stylish yet compact SUV is powered by a 2.0-litre MIVEC engine with an output of 150PS and 197Nm. Two variants are available (2WD and 4WD) and both utilize a smooth INVECS-III CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) with Sports Mode offering six virtual ratios for enhanced driver involvement yet maintaining superb fuel efficiency.

Available as a motoring supplement under the English daily New Straits Times, Cars, Bikes and Trucks is the foremost authority when it comes to weekly automotive news, views and reviews.   

In awarding the Mitsubishi ASX the title of Small/Midsize SUV (4×2) of the Year, Editor of Car, Bikes & Trucks and Head Judge Yamin Vong said, “Buying trends plays a pivotal part in the awards this year as market preferences showed that aspects such as drivetrains and body styles were key deciding factors for consumers when purchasing a car. The ASX 4X2 win reveals that buyers are now looking for the functionality and ground clearance of an SUV but without the more expensive all-terrain drivetrain, making it an overall winner.”

The 2WD is priced at RM114,743.50, while the 4WD is priced at RM128,879.50 (on the road without insurance). The ASX is available in four colours; Black Mica, Titanium Gray, Cool Silver and Solid White, and it comes with standard-fitted premium features such as leather seats and an 8-inch touch-screen multimedia head-unit with GPS navigation and reverse camera. The Mitsubishi ASX is also backed by a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty complemented by a 2-Year Free Maintenance programme.

On the latest awards won by the ASX, CEO of MMM, Tetsuya Oda said, “We would like to thank Autocar ASEAN and Car, Bikes & Trucks for recognizing the ASX as the best choice in its class. These two prestigious awards are a testament to the Mitsubishi ASX’s attractive overall package and unbeatable value.”

Mitsubishi Motors is represented by 57 showrooms (out of which 43 are 3S Centres) and 47 service outlets serving its customers throughout Malaysia. 

RON95/97 petrol prices down, diesel prices up from 1 Dec 2014

The fuel prices for RON95 and RON97 went down by 4 sen and 9 sen respectively, effectively December 1, 2014.

RON95: RM2.26/litre
RON97: RM2.46/litre
Diesel: RM2.23/litre

Honda Malaysia Introduces New Range of Genuine Engine Oil

Honda Malaysia introduced its new range of genuine engine oil, which now comes in a whole new packaging. The new range of genuine engine oil has been approved by Honda Research and Development (R&D) for its quality and performance while also meeting the latest specification standard set by the American Petroleum Institute (API).

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The new line-up of genuine engine oil is formulated to fulfill all requirements of the Honda engine. Through technological advancements, Honda has managed to develop low viscosity engine oil that not only provides protection but also enhance the smoothness of the engine. This in turn leads to better fuel efficiency without sacrificing on performance. The upgraded genuine engine oil is suitable for *all Honda models.

With the introduction of the new engine oil line-up, the SN 0W-20 engine oil has the lowest viscosity, providing the ultimate combination of protection, performance and better fuel efficiency for better mileage and cost savings.

The line-up of Honda’s current and upgraded genuine engine oil is shown below:

EXISTING LINE UP

NEW LINE UP

SL 10W-30

Mineral

SN 10W-30

Mineral

SM 5W-30

Semi-Synthetic

SN 5W-30

Semi-Synthetic

SM 0W-20

Full-Synthetic

SN 0W-20

Full-Synthetic

SL 5W-40

Full-Synthetic

SN 0W-30

Full-Synthetic

Honda also announced the implementation of a bulk system for the SN 0W-20 engine oil which will be expanded to authorized Honda dealers nationwide. The SN 0W-20 is the first genuine engine oil to implement the bulk system and will now be sold by actual usage. Besides its obvious benefit of less bottle disposal and reduced wastage of unused oil, the bulk system also ensures volume accuracy which increases efficiency at service operations.

The introduction of the bulk system is an effective step towards achieving Honda’s Global Environment Goal of Triple Zero (Zero CO2 emissions, Zero waste & Zero energy risk). Through the Triple Zero concept, Honda aims to create a zero-impact society by engaging with climate change, energy and resource issues through its technology and business activities.

In order to meet the growing needs of Honda customers in Malaysia, Honda is targeting to increase the number of authorized Honda dealers to 90 by 2015, with dealers at every major town in Malaysia. Equipped with state-of-the-art equipment and technology, and coupled with well-trained service advisors, all Honda customers are encouraged to bring their cars to be serviced at any authorized Honda dealers nationwide.

Honda is committed to continue providing the best products and services at affordable prices to its customers and the new range of Honda Genuine Engine Oil is Honda’s way to help customers care for their vehicle and prolong its lifespan.

Lexus Malaysia Launches All-New Lexus RC-350 And RC-F Coupe

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Lexus Malaysia has launched one of the most impressive selection of models for those seeking perfection – the Lexus RC-350 and Lexus RC-F. Both cars mark the return of Lexus Malaysia into the luxury sports segment with elegant styling and brute power, making it the first time that Lexus Malaysia has offered such impressive power in such a beautiful design. 

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The all-new Lexus RC- 350 has a 3.5-litre V6 2GR-FSE, which has all-aluminium construction that keeps its weight down. Key technologies in this engine that give it a broad torque curve and high output include intelligent dual variable valve timing (VVT-i) and the Lexus D-4S system of direct and port fuel injection, enabling maximum efficiency with low exhaust emissions. The engineers chose this engine which produces up to 230 kW/312 hp and 378 Nm of torque for its instantaneous response and strong driving character. 

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The LED headlights are one of the main focus of the exterior. It is a signature feature of the new generation of Lexus models, providing strong illumination while also being distinct design features that identify the RC F as a Lexus model. At the rear, the combination lamps have a unique 3-dimensional configuration of L-shaped LEDs that give the car a distinct signature that can be seen from far away.

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Besides, Lexus RC- 350 gets an 8-speed Sports Direct Shift transmission with sequential manual shifting. Driver can easily choose one of these three modes- Normal, Sport and Eco. The normal mode is default setting by Lexus to provide balance ride comfort. On the other hand, The eco however programs the air conditioning to specific setting for more fuel economy ride. The sport mode programs the powertrain, electric powered assist steering to specific characteristic for more dynamic performance.

The stylish aluminium alloy wheels are 18 inches in diameter with 235/45 tyres fitted on them for maximum grip and stability. The safety equipment includes ABS with Brake Assist, Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Hill-Start Assist Control, Tyre Pressure Warning System, and a Whiplash Injury Lessening design for the front seats. Furthermore, the Blind Spot Monitor & Rear Cross Traffic Alert is also available in RC 350 as standard of the active safety package. The RC 350 has Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) which is an intelligent computerised management system that has all the active safety systems collaborating to give the driver the best control over the car, even in extreme cornering conditions.

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 Both Lexus RC- 350 and RC-F offer a Mark Levinson sound system with high resolution speakers that provide a 360 degrees spatial envelopment of sound. New to both interiors is the RTI Touchpad as part of the cockpit ‘operation zone’ in the center console that gives the drivers images and vibration feedback for a more responsive control. 

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The new RC F has the most powerful production V8 engine (2UR-GSE) from Lexus, with 12% more power than the IS F engine on which it is based. All-new cylinder heads and lighter moving parts have increased the maximum power of the 5.0-litre 32-valve engine to 345 kW/470 hp and 530 Nm of torque, with maximum engine speed increased from 4,800 – 5,600rpm.

It has four driver-selectable modes – ECO, NORMAL, SPORT S, SPORT S+ that switches between different driving modes base on driver needs. The RC F has a Remote Touch Interface which uses a smartphone-like touch control and a system information displayed on the 7-inch electro multi-vision screen situated in the middle of the dashboard.

 Pricing starting from RM 526,000 for RC-350 and RM 782,000 for the RC-F, OTR excluding insurance. 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC-350/RC-F

 

Honda Launches the All-new Honda HR-V, The Premium Sport Crossover

Honda Thailand has launched the all-new Honda HR-V, a premium sport crossover with an integrated sport coupe style for its exterior design with distinctive character lines, LED Daytime Running Lights, and a Panoramic Sunroof.  Its luxurious interior features a full range of equipment including a Double Layer console and a spacious passenger cabin designed for multi-utility functionality. The all-new Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that provides 141 horsepower plus a new continuously variable transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology” to enhance both driving performance and fuel economy.  The engine is compatible with E85 fuel. Advanced safety technologies such as an Electric Parking Brake and Automatic Brake Hold offer safety and comfort for all driving conditions.

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Mr. Pitak Pruittisarikorn, Chief Operating Officer of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., said, “Today’s launch of the all-new Honda HR-V, a premium sport crossover, will set a new benchmark for the Thai automobile market.  This car will fulfill the various lifestyle preferences of customers in the compact segment.  It is also a new type of vehicle ideal for customers who are looking for a SUV that perfectly matches their various needs, leisure activities and lifestyles.  Honda developed the all-new Honda HR-V by integrating the best in every angle to create the new generation of premium sport crossover. We are sure that the all-new Honda HR-V will receive a very warm welcome from Thai customers and is worth waiting for.”

The all-new Honda HR-V, under the name Honda Vezel, made its world debut in Japan in 2013.  It was well accepted by Honda’s Japanese customers, with over 100,000 units sold within the first year.  The all-new Honda HR-V was then launched in China and the third market to launch it globally is Thailand, which is also the first country to manufacture and sell this model in the ASEAN region.
 
The all-new Honda HR-V was developed based on the fundamentals of a Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV), adding the sportiness of a coupe and integrating the functionality of a minivan.
 
The exterior design of the all-new Honda HR-V, elegant in all dimensions, is formed by sharp character lines that blend together the sleek cabin and the dynamic lower body. Together with the character lines and rear door handles that are integrated into the side windows, the design reflects the sportiness of a two-door coupe. The front face was designed with a “Solid Wing Face” concept and strengthens the tough look and stylish front grille by using a black colour.  It’s complemented by a Panoramic Sunroof, LED Daytime Running Lights and LED Tube taillights, which add a sophisticated and sporty look.
 
The interior design provides a wide and clear space over the console, combined with a Double Layer console that gives the feeling of a sporty image.  The spacious passenger cabin comes with a full range of modern equipment, including a 7-inch Advanced Touch Screen audio system with Siri voice command (for iPhone 4S and above); Automatic Air-conditioning System with touch screen control panel; 7-color adjustable ambient meter with LCD and Multi Information Display; two USB ports, HDMI and a power outlet. It also features a Multifunction Steering Wheel, One-Push Ignition System, and Honda Smart Key System. Maximum storage is provided by a multi-utility seat that has three adjustable modes – Utility Mode, Tall Mode, and Long Mode – to meet the demands of all lifestyles and uses.
 
The all-new Honda HR-V is powered by a 1.8-liter SOHC, 4-cylinder, 16-valve i-VTEC engine that delivers 141 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and maximum torque of 172 Newton-meters at 4,300 rpm, plus a new Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s “Earth Dreams Technology” to enhance both driving performance and fuel economy.  The engine is compatible with E85 fuel.   The all-new Honda HR-V is more fun to drive with a 7-speed Paddle Shift and the Cruise Control System provides more comfortable driving.

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The full range of premium advanced safety features include an Electric Parking Brake that is easily activated by slightly pulling up the switch on the center console; Automatic Brake Hold that holds the brake automatically so the driver doesn’t have to press the brake pedal all the time when stopped; Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS); Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD); Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA); Hill Start Assist (HSA); Emergency Stop Signal (ESS); plus a 3-angle Rearview camera and six airbags: Driver i-SRS airbag, Front Passenger SRS airbag, i-Side airbags, and Side Curtain Airbags for more confidence in all journeys.

Regarding the marketing communications for the all-new Honda HR-V, Mr. Sompop Patipanthada, Marketing General Manager of Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co., Ltd., unveiled that, “The marketing communications concept for the all-new Honda HR-V is the Premium X Sport Crossover and conveys a message of premium and sporty integration.  We will present the uniqueness of this car in all dimensions, including the perfect meeting of the sporty exterior design and spacious interior, maximum comfort, premium functions, and high performance that provides the ultimate sporty driving experience backed by advanced safety technology.

“The all-new Honda HR-V is the premium sport crossover with high-class appeal that fulfills the demands of a diversified lifestyle and will be an important new choice for those who are looking for a vehicle in the compact segment, and we expect to achieve sales of 20,000 units within one year.”

The new Honda HR-V is available in three variants, which are the S at 890,000 Baht, the E at 975,000 Baht, and the EL at 1,045,000 Baht.  It comes in five colours – Crystal Black (Pearl), White Orchid (Pearl), Alabaster Silver (Metallic), with two new colours; Ruse Black (Metallic) and Morpho Blue (Pearl).

On the occasion of Honda’s 50th anniversary in Thailand, Honda has introduced a special campaign called “Honda’s 50th Anniversary offers 50-million baht happiness” to express our gratitude to Thai customers for their continuous trust and tremendous support. Customers who purchase any Honda model from today until 31 December, 2014, will get a chance to win one of many prizes every month such as a 1-kilogram gold bar; Honda Mobilio; home theatre and television sets; Honda motorcycles; and iPhone 6 Plus smart phones. In addition, they will also get a chance to win a special prize of a “Family Trip to Japan” for four members of the family. All lucky draw prizes are worth a total value of more than 50 million baht.