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Two Updated Nissan Navara Variants in Malaysia

Last week, Edaran Tan Chong Motor introduced two Updated Nissan Navara variants namely the Navara 4WD A/T LE and the 4WD M/T SE to the Malaysian market. The Nissan Navara was first launched in 2008. It is well known for its dominant presence coupled with dynamic performance and comfort, which has been making steady inroads into the pick-up segment. The Nissan Navara is one of the Nissan’s top three best-selling models in Malaysia and has garnered many prestigious awards both globally and locally.

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Dato’ David Chen, Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor in introducing these two updated variants said, “We are confident that the refinements to the Updated Nissan Navara will strengthen its reputation which is highly rated for its toughness, off-road capabilities and comfort. It continues to be the choice of demanding motorists in the premium pick-up segment, who use it for business purposes, as well as a weekend recreational vehicle.”

The facelift updates to the Nissan Navara have been applied to the 4WD A/T LE and the 4WD M/T SE to address the needs of the public which have been extremely positive with regards to these two variants. The exterior of the Updated Nissan Navara has been refined with an aggressive new bumper design, sporting a revised lower intake and angular corners. A new chrome grill with horizontal panes and with the Nissan logo featured prominently accentuates its luxury look. This treatment has also been applied to the wheels with new alloy rims featuring a new multi-spoke design in a two-tone finish.

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Internally, the audio player also been upgraded to a 6” Infotainment Touch Screen Navigator unit with DVD playback, Bluetooth and USB are supported and it also acts as a display for the Reverse Camera.

The Updated Nissan Navara is powered by a fuel efficient 2.5 litre YD25DDTi Common Rail Injection Diesel Engine, producing the highest torque for its capacity. Mated to either a 5-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual, the Updated Nissan Navara is currently offered in two variants.  

With safety firmly in mind, the Updated Nissan Navara is equipped with a tough, double-layered high-tensile metal frame, Nissan Zone Body construction, as well as Xenon headlamps (JPJ compliant) to ensure the best possible driving vision during the dark hours. Other standard safety features include Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Supplementary Restraint System (SRS) dual front airbags. 

The Nissan Navara is available in a total of four colours, Tungsten Silver, Brilliant White, Twilight Grey and Diamond Black for all variants. The new facelift Nissan Navara is available with an on-the-road price of RM 94,834.20 for the 4WD M/T SE and RM 105,834.20 for the 4WD A/T LE, and is now open for booking at Nissan Showrooms in Malaysia.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Nissan Navara Facelift in Malaysia

Photo Gallery: 2014 Nissan Navara Facelift – Test Drive

Earl Bamber Seals Championship in 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia

Earl Bamber sealed the 2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia championship with an emphatic victory in Round 11, thundering from pole to chequered flag to take the title with a race to spare. The 23-year-old Nexus GSH Racing driver didn’t put a wheel wrong on the way to his sixth victory in his debut season, setting the fastest lap of the 12-lap race for good measure.

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Second across the line at the Shanghai International Circuit was 2012 champion, PICC Team StarChase driver Alexandre Imperatori, who is having a strong weekend on home turf. Third in Round 11, and championship runner-up to Bamber, was Team Eagle’s Martin Ragginger. Ragginger spent much of the race fighting to find a way past Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup driver Ben Barker of Britain, dramatically reclaiming the final podium spot on the final lap.

Newly-crowed Class B Champion Egidio Perfetti took Class B honours after a challenging qualifying, followed home by category pole-sitter, Nexus Racing’s Alif Hamdan. OpenRoad Racing’s Francis Tjia got a brilliant start to lead the Class B field for much of the race, before first Perfetti then Hamdan got by him.

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Bamber’s victory in Round 11 gives him an unassailable lead of 21 points at the top of the championship standings from Ragginger. Team Jebsen’s Rodolfo Avila sealed third in the championship, keeping his nose clean and crossing the line in sixth. In Class B, while Perfetti sealed the title in Singapore, by playing the long game Dorr McElrea Racing’s Yuey Tan secured the runner-up spot, resisting the temptation to risk it all for a Class B podium and crucially finishing the race ahead of rival Li Chao of Asia Racing Team.

For Bamber, it was a dream come true to take the championship in just his first season of Porsche competition: “It’s absolutely amazing. The start of the season was quite difficult, finding sponsorship and everything. Our goal was to be in the top three and it has been a huge team effort. It’s fantastic to bring the title home with one race to spare. I was looking in my mirror and waiting to see Alex [Imperatori] cross the line, hoping he would be second. Martin [Ragginger] has been pushing me all year, and it’s been a great battle. I’m over the moon to have won.”

Imperatori knew the start would be crucial, given how closely matched the front runners are: “The biggest chance to overtake was at the start. I got a good start but so did Earl. Into the first turn there was a bit of contact with Martin [Ragginger], and we were side-by-side for the first couple of turns. After that I focused on consistent laps and putting some pressure on Earl, but he made no mistakes. I’m happy with the result though, and my team did a great job.”

Ragginger was gracious in defeat after a strong season and a dramatic title-deciding race: “I’ve had a fair battle with Earl all season, and it’s been nice to race with him. In the race, I touched Alex at the first corner, so I’m sorry for that but I had to defend my position! I didn’t expect Ben [Barker] to pass me where he did. It was a tough battle after that, but I managed to pass him and got the spot back. It was a nice race!”

As the lights went out for the penultimate time in the 2013 season, the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia roared off the grid with Bamber storming ahead from pole, but Ragginger mounted a spirited challenge on Imperatori. The Shanghai-based Swiss driver held firm though, with Barker getting by Ragginger to go third.

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LKM Racing driver Keita Sawa spun, coming together with Team C&D’s Jason Zhang Zhiqiang, the pair retiring from the race as a result. Others who were unlucky in Round 11 were Bamber’s team mate Adrian Henry D’Silva and Modena Motorsports’ Wayne Shen of Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, back in the fray Ragginger was diving to the left and the right behind Barker, his frustration palpable as he tried to force the talented Briton into making a mistake. Barker held firm though until the final lap when the determined Ragginger charged past.

With both championship titles – Class B and overall – decided, the final race of the Porsche Carrera Cup will see every driver looking to finish the season on a high note. The season-closer to the 11th season of the region’s premier sportscar championship will live up to its reputation as a showcase for GT racing at its absolute finest.

2013 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia
Round 11 Results

Pos No Driver/Nationality Class Entrant/Nationality Time
1 7 Earl BAMBER (NZL)   Nexus GSH Racing (MAS) 22:14.038
2 99 Alexandre IMPERATORI (HKG)   PICC Team StarChase (HKG) +2.394
3 86 Martin RAGGINGER (AUT)   Team Eagle (CHN) +9.116
4 9 *Ben BARKER (GBR)   Team Betterlife (CHN) +9.258
5 8 Benjamin ROUGET (FRA)   Team Yongda Dongfang (CHN) +15.357
6 20 Rodolfo AVILA (MAC)   Team Jebsen (HKG) +15.531
7 58 TUNG Ho-Pin (CHN)   Budweiser Kamlung Racing (MAS) +20.313
8 78 ZHANG Da Sheng (CHN)   Basetex Racing (CHN) +24.164
9 3 *Darryl O’YOUNG   Team Carrera Cup Asia (CHN) +24.410
10 88 Egidio PERFETTI (SIN) B Mentos Racing (SIN) +37.003
11 72 Alif HAMDAN (MAS) B Nexus Racing (MAS) +38.318
12 21 Francis TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +39.088
13 68 LI Zhi Cong (CHN)   Kamlung Racing (MAS) +40.625
14 5 Yuey TAN (SIN) B Dorr McElrea Racing (SIN) +52.970
15 28 John SHEN (HKG) B Modena Motorsports (HKG) +1:16.781
16 11 Ringo CHONG (SIN)   Team Kangshun (CHN) +1:16.909
17 33 Samson CHAN (HKG) B Samson CHAN (HKG) +1:34.887
18 18 Marcel TJIA (HKG) B OpenRoad Racing (HKG) +1.35.047
19 22 SIU Yuk Lung (HKG)   LKM Racing Team (HKG) +1:36.807
20 83 Dr. MA Chi Min (HKG) B Dr. Ma Chi Min (HKG) +1:37.595
21 96 LI Chao (CHN) B Asia Racing Team (CHN) +1:46.499
- 16 Wayne SHEN (HKG)   Modena Motorsports (HKG) DNF
- 27 Adrian Henry D’SILVA (MAS) B Nexus Racing (MAS) DNF
- 38 Keita SAWA (JPN)   LKM Racing Team (HKG) DNF
- 66 Jason ZHANG Zhiqiang (CHN)   Team C&D (CHN) DNF

*Non-series registered

Fastest Lap: Earl Bamber/Nexus GSH Racing/1:50.533

Points After Round 11 (top 5)
Overall 
Pos / Comp No / Driver / Entrant / Points
1 / 7 / Earl BAMBER / Nexus Racing / 199
2 / 86 / Martin RAGGINGER / Team Eagle / 178
3 / 20 / Rodolfo AVILA / Team Jebsen / 153
4 / 38 / Keita SAWA / LKM Racing Team / 117
5 / 58 / TUNG Ho-Pin / Budweiser Kamlung Racing / 113

Class B
Pos / Comp No / Driver / Entrant / Points
1 / 88 / Egidio PERFETTI / Team Mentos / 221
2 / 5 / Yuey TAN / Dorr McElrea Racing / 152
3 / 96 / LI Chao / Asia Racing Team / 145
4 / 21 / Francis TJIA / OpenRoad Racing / 124
5 / 28 / John SHEN / Modena Motorsports / 114

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia 2013
Provisional Race Calendar
Date / Circuit, Country / Event / Round(s)
March 02 – 03 / Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia / Test Days / -
March 22 – 24 / Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia / Formula 1 Support Race / Round 1
April 12 – 14 / Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China / Formula 1 Support Race / Round 2 & 3
May 03 – 05 / Zhuhai Intl. Circuit, China / China Touring Car Championship* / Round 4 & 5
July 05 – 07 / Ordos Intl. Circuit, China / China Touring Car Championship* / Round 6 & 7
August 02 – 04 / Inje Speedium Int. Circuit, Korea / Asian Le Mans Series* / Round 8 & 9
September 20 – 22 / Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore / Formula 1 Support Race / Round 10
October 25 – 27 / Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China / Shanghai Sportscar Champions Festival* / Round 11 & 12
November 09 – 10 / Guia Circuit, Macau SAR / Macau Grand Prix / Invitational
* subject to confirmation of commercial agreement.

UMW Toyota Motor Launched The New Facelift Toyota Fortuner

UMW Toyota Motor has just launched the newly improved (or call it facelift if you like) Toyota Fortuner.  The new Fortuner is developed with the concept of “Advanced and Prestige”, the Fortuner has received improvement to freshen its image in its segment. The improved Fortuner has received upgrades in exterior with 17-inch new dark grey rims and black interior to bring more impressive and luxurious image. Not compromising on its safety features, it comes with ISOFIX, the new additional passive safety feature.

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From all angles, the Fortuner has a stylish appearance with modern elements such as the wrap around rear glass panels and flush body panels. The Fortuner 17-inch rims now come with a new dark grey color finished while maintaining its twin-spoke design. This enhances the Fortuner premium look.

For interior wise, the previous sandbeige colour theme for the cabin has now been changed to black. Apart from projecting a high quality image, the black interior colour also suits SUV usage better. For a touch of class, the black combination leather upholstery of the Fortuner 2.7V variant has fine silver stitching. The driver also gets a 6-way power adjustable seat, enabling a comfortable position to be obtained without effort. The Fortuner 2.5G variants have fabric upholstery.

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The dashboard, centre console and door trims also changed likewise in order to complement the new black interior color of Fortuner. For the Fortuner 2.7V, the new black dashboard is matched with the new design black woodgrain that conveys a prestigious and high-class image. In contrast, the Fortuner 2.5G with the new black dashboard is combined with silver elements to accentuate an advanced image.

For 2013, new Passive Safety is the provision of ISOFIX attachment points. Parents having small children would be pleased to know the fact that the improved Fortuner has ISOFIX anchorage points. These anchorage points provide convenient, easy and secure installation of compatible childseats at the second row.

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As with all the models offered by UMW Toyota , the Toyota Fortuner range comes with a 3- year/100,000 kms (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This reflects the confidence that UMW Toyota Motor has in the superior build quality of its vehicles, a hallmark of Toyota products.

The new improved Toyota Fortuner priced on-the-road (OTR) from RM 171,305 to RM 182,482  for Individual private registration with insurance, metallic color, Peninsular Malaysia.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Toyota Fortuner Facelift in Malaysia

The new Volvo Drive-E powertrain family – world-leading engine output versus CO2 emissions

Volvo Car Group’s introduced the new 2.0-litres 4 cylinders Drive-E powertrain with a world-class blend of drivability and low CO2 emissions.

The Volvo S60 T6 with 306 horsepower and the new 8-speed automatic is the first car in this segment that delivers over two horsepower per gram CO2 from a combustion engine only and the D4 with 181 horsepower and manual gearbox is the first diesel car on this power level in the premium D-segment with CO2 emissions under 100 g/km. 

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“During the development phase of our Drive-E powertrains, we promised to bring efficient driving pleasure into a new dimension. The official European NEDC certification now confirms that we outperform competitors when it comes to power versus CO2 emissions”, says Derek Crabb, Vice President Powertrain Engineering at Volvo Car Group.

With 306 hp and CO2 emissions at 149 g/km (6.4 l/100 km) the Volvo S60 T6 becomes the first car in the segment that offers the driver over two horsepower per gram CO2. The car accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds.

The new 2.0-litres, four-cylinder T6 engine features both a supercharger and a turbo charger. Using the supercharger to fill in the bottom end torque gives the petrol engine a big, naturally aspirated feel. The mechanically linked compressor starts to function immediately at low revs, while the turbocharger kicks in when the airflow builds up.

“We have created a range of smaller, more intelligent engines with power curves that give exciting drivability compared with engines with more cylinders. At the same time we continue to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions,” says Derek Crabb.

The Volvo S60 T5 with 245hp and the new 8-speed automatic is also exceptionally competitive. CO2 emissions are down at 137 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption of 5.9 litre/100 km.

The Volvo S60 D4 with 181 horsepower and manual gearbox has class-leading CO2 emissions at 99 g/km, which translates into fuel consumption of 3.8 litre/100 km. A Volvo V60 D4 with up to 17-inch tyres also breaks the 100-gram barrier according to the NEDC certification with CO2 emissions at 99 g/km. 

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The Drive-E diesels feature world-first i-ART technology with pressure feedback from each fuel injector instead of using a traditional single pressure sensor in the common rail. Each injector has an intelligent chip on top of it that monitors injection pressure. Using this information, the self-adapting i-ART system makes sure that the ideal amount of fuel is injected during each combustion cycle.

“The combination of injection pressure at 2,500 bar and i-ART technology gives the customer an engine with high performance, improved fuel economy and considerably lower emissions. It is a breakthrough comparable to our invention of the lambda sensor for the catalytic converter in 1976,” says Derek Crabb.

The Drive-E engines are prepared for future electrification from the start. The compact size of the four-cylinder engines means that the electric motor can be fitted in the front or rear of the vehicle. The battery pack will be located in the centre of the car.

“The success of our V60 Plug-in Hybrid has also proved there is no contradiction between driving pleasure and low emissions. And we have already confirmed that the all-new XC90 will be introduced in 2014 with a petrol plug-in hybrid at the top of the range,” says Derek Crabb. He concludes: “The first Volvo car back in 1927 featured a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. So you can safely say that the new Drive-E powertrain family remains true to our heritage.”

Mazda to Exhibit All-New Mazda3 at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the recently-released Mazda Axela (known as Mazda3 overseas) with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Mazda’s latest models and technologies, such as to the Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV and the flagship Mazda Atenza (Mazda6 overseas), will also be on display. Both models feature SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and 
the KODO – Soul of Motion design theme. The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight. The Mazda Axela goes on sale in Japan on 21 November 2013.