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Honda Received 6 Awards at the first Asean NCAP Grand Prix Awards

Honda Malaysia received a total of 6 awards at the first ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards which was held in Kuching, including the Overall winner for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP) for the All-New City. These awards has marked another milestone on Honda’s continuous effort to set a benchmark for the safety of Honda vehicles on the road – a testament to Honda’s top commitment and priority on safety for Honda drivers and passengers.

The event was held for the first time this year and a total of 18 car manufacturers participated. Its purpose is to award the high achievers and to promote competition spirit among car manufacturers to produce safer vehicles.

Honda took home 5 awards in the “Crash Worthiness Performance” category and 1 award in the “Safety Technology” category. The awards are:

Crash Worthiness Performance

ADULT OCCUPANT PROTECTION (AOP)

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MODEL

Overall

City

Small Family Category

City

SUV Category

CR-V

 

CHILD OCCUPANT PROTECTION (COP)

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MODEL

Medium Family Category

Civic

SUV Category

CR-V

 

Safety Technology

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MODEL

LaneWatch Camera

Accord

“All car manufacturers including Honda are now focusing on improving safety of our vehicles which enables people to realize the joy and freedom of mobility. It is our hope that together with organisations like MIROS and a concerted effort by all car manufacturers to build safer cars for the market, we can one day realize the dream of accident-free roads in the world,” said Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno.

Honda R&D centers in Japan and Ohio houses two of the world’s most advanced indoor crash-safety research facilities – the world’s first indoor multi-directional crash-test safety facility and an Automotive Safety Research Facility. The Honda indoor crash test safety facility enables Honda to conduct crash tests from a variety of directions, at various speeds, and between vehicles of different sizes. In fact, all Honda models have been put through vigorous testings for frontal, side and rear crash at the facility. This multi-directional test capability is key to better understanding, designing, and protecting against the consequences of real-world collisions.

Besides the multi-directional crash tests, Honda was also the first automaker in the world to develop pedestrian crash test dummies. The dummies are designed to replicate the behavior of the human body in a collision to help with analyzing the effects accidents have on the human body and with identifying locations of damage to vehicles.

Both R&D centers are able to provide Honda with a deeper understanding of what happens in real-world collisions as the basis for developing new technologies that enhance safety. This is a strong reflection of Honda’s commitment in providing safety for everyone—that means crash protection not only for its own drivers and passengers, but also for the occupants of other vehicles, and injury mitigation for pedestrians. Honda is dedicated in identifying and implementing advanced designs and features that will help to enhance the safety of vehicles on the road.

Honda’s LaneWatch Camera system which received an award under the Safety Technology category is another of Honda’s driver-assistive visibility technology which is currently available in the Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L. The LaneWatch Camera system is a blind spot camera at the passenger side mirror which is activated when the left signal is indicated and enhances the view of passenger side traffic.

“At Honda, we have a dream. We dream of a collision-free mobile society where our customers and everyone sharing the road, can safely and confidently enjoy the freedom of mobility. We are dedicated to identifying and implementing safety improvements through vehicle technologies, safety education and telecommunication networks that can connect everyone sharing the road. This dream is summed up in our Honda Global Safety Slogan, “Safety for Everyone” where we ultimately can help people to realize the joy and freedom of a mobile and sustainable society where people can truly enjoy life,” added Mr. Ueno. 

Inokom Assembles And Exports Hyundai Elantra To Thailand

INOKOM Corporation Sdn Bhd (Inokom), which has sealed a deal with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (HMC Thailand), will assemble and export 1,000 units of the Elantra, Hyundai’s popular C-segment passenger car to Thailand in the first year.

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Currently, the Elantra Nu1.8L is the only model that is being exported to Thailand. HMC Thailand offers three versions of the Elantra 1.8L in Thailand namely the 1.8 GLS Navi, 1.8 GLE and 1.8 GL. The Elantra 1.8L is in fact the first mass-oriented passenger car product to be offered to Thai consumers by Hyundai Motor (Thailand).

Inokom, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Motors, started assembling and exporting the first 200 units of the Hyundai Elantra since June this year. It has just rolled out another 200 units, which will be shipped to Thailand in early September. The number of units for export to Thailand is expected to increase in tandem with market demand as the Malaysian-assembled model is being priced cheaper due to the ASEAN Free Trade Area Agreement (AFTA).

“With the introduction of this new Inokom-assembled Elantra in Thailand, we expect its popularity to soar rapidly following the competitive pricing resulting from the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) scheme,” said Mr Hideki Yanagisawa of Hyundai Motor (Thailand).  The introductory prices for the Elantra now start from THB749,000 for the entry 1.8 GL automatic. The mid-range 1.8 GLE and the top-end 1.8 GLS Navi are introduced at THB819,000 and THB898,000 respectively

“Though this is our first collaboration with Inokom, we look forward to future collaborations and possibly, for the other Hyundai models as well,” added Mr Yanagisawa.

According to Inokom’s Managing Director, En. Rizal Jailan, the collaboration with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) could open up more export business opportunities for Inokom, especially for locally assembled Hyundai models.

“We have proven our capabilities and we have vast experience in producing high quality vehicles. We place emphasis on quality, productivity and efficiency and this will ensure that we remain competitive in both the domestic and export markets. We are confident that our track record and reputation in producing quality vehicles will help the product’s success in Thailand.,” said En Rizal.

Official Rollout of the Hyundai Elantra for export (L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan and HK Kim)

He added that Inokom was looking forward to a long-term working relationship with HMC Thailand and also actively looking and evaluating other business opportunities in the ASEAN market.

With the export initiative, Inokom hopes to further cement its support for the new National Automotive Policy (NAP), by developing new vendors and increasing the participation of existing local vendors.

Inokom’s vehicle assembly plant, which measures 100 acres of built-up area out of 200 acres of land, has an output capacity of 27,000 CKD (Complete Knock Down) vehicles a year. Apart from the Elantra, Inokom also assembles the 7-seater Santa Fe SUV and compact passenger car i10 for the domestic market that is distributed by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors. 

Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman in Malaysia

MINI Malaysia today introduced the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman – a special and limited edition variant of the MINI Cooper Countryman in celebration of MINI’s 55th Anniversary worldwide as well as Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. Limited to only 55 units, the special edition MINI Countryman is made exclusively for Malaysia.

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Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman, Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “When MINI was first introduced in 1959, the car brought about the concept of a revolutionary small car which turned into one of the most impressive success stories in the automotive industry, stretching over a period of five and a half decades. The car began with a simple yet ingenious concept from designer Alec Issigonis which has now grown to define a car with the virtues of uncompromising go-kart drive quality, inimitable style and an historical icon all over the world, even here in Malaysia!”

Mr. Harris added that as MINI celebrates its 55th Anniversary worldwide, the car also has a definitive history and significance in the story of Malaysia and the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman was also created to commemorate the nation’s National Day as well as Malaysia Day.

“Malaysia has been our home for more than 10 years now and with the loyal support of our MINI customers here, we are proud to have established ourselves as the number one premium automotive company here. The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is our way of thanking our Malaysian MINIacs and paying tribute to Malaysia for all that she has been to us,” said Mr. Harris.

The new special edition MINI variant arrives with an exterior enhancement to the familiar interpretation of the classic MINI features such as the roof line, hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, typical MINI exterior chrome lining, capacious wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. With the MINI design language as a starting point, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is treated with an exclusive 55 Edition Sports Stripe which runs across its front bonnet, side skirting and rear tailgate as well as a 55 Edition Badge which proudly sits on its characteristic hexagonal radiator grille.

The car is also fitted with distinctive halogen head lights and fog lamps which provide drivers with optimum visibility when on straight or bending roads alike. Additionally, the robustness of the car is further emphasized by 16” 5-Star Single Spoke Light Alloy Rims.

In keeping with its promise of providing drivers with pure driving excitement, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine capable of generating a maximum output of 88kW/120hp which enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 11.6 seconds while only registering an average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Inside, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is fitted with Cloth Cosmos Carbon Black upholstery to highlight a contrast between the car’s exterior and interior colours. This contrast is further emphasized with elliptical door bezels in Piano Black with a Polar Beige inlay. The interior of the special edition MINI Countryman also prides itself with a selection of functional safety features including rain sensors, automatic driving light control as well as an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror. In terms of in-car entertainment offering, the new variant of the MINI Countryman also features on-board MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth interface which allows drivers to comfortably and safely operate their smartphones via Bluetooth from the multifunction steering wheel.

The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is available in a range of exterior colours including Blazing Red, True Blue, Royal Grey, Light White and Brilliant Copper. Roof and mirror cap options in black are made available with all exterior colours, however, white roof and mirror cap options are only exclusively available with the Blazing Red, True Blue and Royal Grey exterior colours.

The estimated retail prices (on the road without insurance, with 3 years MINI Service Inclusive) of the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is:

55 Edition MINI Countryman – RM 188,888.00

Motoring.com.au recommends 6 Toyota Vehicles for Australian Consumers

Six Toyota vehicles including the locally built Camry Hybrid have been named as top picks for Australian new-car buyers by the Carsales editorial site www.motoring.com.au.

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Toyota’s family-oriented Kluger SUV, 86 sports car, LandCruiser 200 Series and Prado, and Prius v hybrid wagon also made the list of cars recommended by the site’s motoring experts.

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The new-generation seven-seat Kluger, launched in March, features a stylish design with more emotional appeal while engineers have delivered a more engaging drive and liberated more interior space.

So far this year, Camry Hybrid is the country’s top-selling hybrid car, the 86 heads the sports-car market, LandCruiser 200 is dominant in its segment and Prado sales are up more than eight per cent.

Prius v is the third member of the expanded Prius family that also includes the third-generation Prius hatch and the Prius c city car.

Carsales editor-in-chief Mike Sinclair said the recommended chanel espadrilles have been judged on their performance, refinement, handling, suitability for purpose and value for money.

He said resale value, reliability and factors such as warranty and the availability of benefits such as capped-price servicing were also considered.

“The cars we choose are the best in their respective segments and represent great buying choices for new car shoppers,” Mr Sinclair said.

Toyota sells more vehicles in Australia than any other brand and is currently leading the new-vehicle market for the 12th consecutive year.

New Toyota vehicles are covered by Toyota Service Advantage, the company’s capped-price servicing plan*.

RECOMMENDED TOYOTA VEHICLES:
Family cars >$30K: Toyota Kluger
Performance cars <$100K: Toyota 86
Offroad 4x4s: Toyota LandCruiser 200 Series, Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Audi introducing 48 volts electrical system for better power and efficiency

Audi is to upgrade part of its vehicle electrical system from twelve to 48 volts. The move represents another technical building block for facilitating the integration of new automotive technologies while increasing the power and efficiency of its cars.

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“We are using the full bandwidth of electrification in our drive principles strategy. Running part of the vehicle electrical system at 48 volts plays a central role in this,” commented Prof. Dr. Ulrich Hackenberg, Member of the Board of Management for Technical Development at Audi. “It enables us to make more energy available. That paves the way for new technologies with which we can make our cars more sporty, more efficient and more convenient to use.”

Audi recently showcased the scope of the 48‑volt electrical system with the technology demonstrators Audi A6 TDI concept and RS 5 TDI concept. Both models are fitted with an electrically powered compressor. This operates independently of the engine load and therefore fundamentally improves the acceleration performance. 48‑volt technology is moreover ideal for realizing convenience systems for dynamic chassis control. Audi will shortly be unveiling a variety of applications in this field.

The current state of the art technology has taken 12‑volt electrical systems to their very limits. Especially at low temperatures, all the various static‑load consumers can account for the entire power generated by the alternator, which can deliver up to three kilowatts. The battery power is no longer capable of meeting the demands of new, dynamic‑load consumers such as high‑performance electric compressors.

The solution is a second subsidiary electrical system running at 48 volts, to complement the 12‑volt power supply. The higher voltage means smaller cable cross-sections are needed; this translates into lighter cable harnesses with lower power dissipation. The 48‑volt electrical system features new storage technologies and delivers much more power than the 12‑volt system with lead batteries. That makes it an important element of the Audi strategy of electrifying various stages of the drivetrain. The Group’s developers have already come up with a scalable platform concept, including a version that incorporates the electrically powered compressor.

In currently the highest development version, a compact lithium‑ion battery supplies 48 volts as the energy source during engine‑off phases; a DC/DC converter integrates the 12‑volt electrical system. The lithium‑ion battery operates in conjunction with a new, efficiency-optimized alternator that qualifies the drivetrain as a mild hybrid. Within this concept there are diverse ways of starting, controlling and deactivating the combustion engine as needed. The powerful alternator achieves an energy recovery output of ten kilowatts, far more than is possible at present. That adds up to a saving of up to ten grams of CO2 per kilometer (16.1 g/mi), equivalent to around 0.4 liters of fuel per 100 kilometers (62.1 miles).