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BMW X5 Performance Edition Introduced in Malaysia

After the new BMW 7-series launched during the BMW Malaysian Open 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, BMW Group Malaysia now introduced a new “Performance Edition” of BMW X5 on last Thursday.

Presenting the new BMW X5, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “The BMW X5 has been a motoring milestone since its introduction to Malaysia in 2007, and since then, we have sold 665 units of BMW X5 in the country, reconfiming its position as the worldwide market leader in the premium SAV segment. With the launch of the new BMW X5 Performance Edition, I am confident that the latest edition of the BMW X5 will continue to lead its segment as the definitive Sports Activity Vehicle”.

2013 BMW X5 Performance Edition

Basically, the new BMW X5 Performance Edition carries the muscular design cues of the BMW X series – dynamic silhouette, upright kidney grille and triangular headlight arrangement altogether creating an undeniably robust presence of a BMW X Series. Added with the BMW M Aerodynamics package that includes new front and rear bumper together with 20” M Light Alloy wheels with Double-Spoke styling that makes the vehicle looks stunningly elegant, durable and sporty. Further eccentuating its external looks are Bi-Xenon Adaptive headlights with LED Corona Rings that provides brilliant illumination of the road ahead, adding safety and ease of driving to drivers. Only available in two colours, the BMW X5 Performance Edition is further differentiated with the BMW Individual roof rails with options of high-gloss shadow line on Alpine White and aluminium satinated on Carbon Black exterior.

The BMW X5 Performance Edition also features the advanced xDrive system that guarantees optimum performance in all driving situations. The BMW xDrive is a proactive all-wheel drive system that gives the BMW X5 Performance Edition its unparalleled agility in its class. The new BMW X5’s driving dynamics is further improved with its new torque split of 40% on the front axle and 60% on the rear axle, making it the fastest responding all-wheel system available. For example, in fast bends, the xDrive allocates more engine power to the rear wheels to foster precise steering and directional stability aided together by the Active Steering that is also featured in the new BMW X5 Performance Edition.

Interior wise, the new BMW X5 Performance Edition comes with the M Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddes and BMW Infividual Piano Black interior trims, a combination that creates a sporty environment while enhancing the luxurious driving environment.

2013 BMW X5 Performance Edition

BMW Head-up Display with information such as speed, navigational direction and check control message right onto the windscreen of the vehicle is available in the new BMW X5 Performance Edition. In ensuring driver’s convenience, the height of the projection can be adjusted according to the driver’s preference and can be recalled later with the driver memory function. The rear view camera with Top View display makes parking the BMW X5 a breeze. Supplementing the current Park Distance Control audio/visual proxitimity information, this feature is sure to impress, providing an accurate birds-eye view of the surrounding area.  The new BMW X5 also features the BMW Navigation System Professional with the largest screen in its class with a hard disk for storing audio files, extended Bluetooth connectivity with on-board internet, iDrive with Control Display, a USB/audio interface point and BMW Teleservices for a comprehensive range of entertainment, infotainment and communication options.

Featuring an upgraded BMW TwinPower Turbo inline 6 cylinder petrol unit, combining Double Vanos technology, Valvetronic and BMW’s High Precision Injection system, the new BMW X5 Performance Edition offers unmatched performance with a total output of 235kW/320hp,  marking an additional 10kW/14hp compared to the BMW X5 xDrive35i.  The vehicle is capable of performing 0 to 100km/h in just 6.6 seconds, a remarkable improvement of 0.2 seconds compared to the BMW X5 xDrive35i, with a torque generation of 450Nm whilst only consuming an impressive 10.1l/km of fuel and registering a CO2 emissions reading of 236g/km.

2013 BMW X5 Performance Edition

The new BMW X5 Performance Edition is covered by BMW’s extensive service program, the BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) which covers the normal wear and tear repairs or replacements as well as maintenance, service and repair of factory components of the vehicle. The service program offers peace of mind BMW ownership and provides cover from 3 years from its original registration date or 60,000km, whichever comes first. So, if your BMW broke down in the first 3 years, just give BMW Service a buzz and the rest will be set.

The new BMW X5 Performance Edition will be available at all 16 authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from 30th March 2013 in Malaysia. The retail price (on the road, without insurance, with the BMW Service Inclusive + Repair) for the new BMW X5 Performance Edition is RM588,800 in Peninsular Malaysia.

My question to you, do you prefer this BMW X5 Performance over the Porsche Cayenne?

Photo Gallery: 2013 BMW X5 Performance Edition

All-New 2013 Honda CR-V Launched in Malaysia – Priced from RM148,800 OTR

A couple of hours ago, the All-New 2013 Honda CR-V 2.0-litre has launched in Malaysia and Honda Malaysia have disclosed that they have received close to 1,000 bookings before the launched. The 4th generation CR-V remained to be locally assembled (CKD) in Malaysia. In addition, the 2.4-litre variant of the new CR-V will be introduced by June 2013.

2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

Overall, the All-New CR-V is bolder looking, more fuel-efficient and more 
spaciousness than before. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 7,000 units of the All-New CR-V in 2013.

Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “In Malaysia, the CR-V is just as popular as in other countries! Even at its initial introduction, the CR-V received good market acceptance. To-date, there are close to 34,000 units of CR-Vs on Malaysian roads.”

“The All-New CR-V that we are introducing to you today is believed to set another new benchmark for SUVs, with its bold design, classy interior and enhanced practicality that are combined with fuel efficiency, performance and comfort of a sedan-like drivability. The All-New CR-V is more aerodynamic in shape and its elegant appearance is an expression of the evolution of the 4th generation CR-V,” added Mr. Ueno.

2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

The 2013 Honda CR-V 2.0 is powered by an improved 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine mated with 5-speed Automatic Transmission. The ECON button and Eco Assist system which are now part of the features of the All-New CR-V, similar to the new Civic and other Honda’s hybrid series. The ECON button promotes fuel-efficient driving with the push of a button. The Eco Assist guides the driver on efficient driving styles through the illuminated ring colour on the meter cluster that changes from white to green for uneconomical driving to fuel efficient driving respectively.

2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

Although the all-new CR-V looks bigger and bolder, but in actual it is smaller in size compared to its predecessor. Thanks to the deeper sculpting of bodylines and highlighted front grille. The big classy cabin is even more spacious with better legroom now while giving driver and passengers a high viewpoint. Enhancing comfort for rear passengers is the new Rear Air Conditioner Vent. The cargo area can be increased dramatically from 589 litres to 1,146 litres and is able to fit two mountain bikes side by side, through the One-Motion Rear Foldable Seats.

The All-New CR-V is available in 5 colours of Twilight Blue Metallic, Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.

2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

Honda Malaysia offers a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and a new service interval of 10,000 km to provide the best ownership experience for the 4th generation CR-V. In addition, All-New CR-V owners are entitled to 6 times free labour services alternating with paid services.

Lastly, the retail price of the new CR-V is now more affordable than before. The new CR-V 2.0-litre priced from RM 148,800.00 on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. Honda Malaysia offered 4 optional Modulo packages (Alpha, Beta, Urban and Utility Package) with price range from RM 2,550.00 to RM 5,000.00 on top of the car price.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the New BMW 7 Series

Today, BMW Group Malaysia introduced the newest editions of the BMW 7 Series – the new BMW 730Li, BMW 740Li and the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L at the BMW Malaysian Open 2013.

“We at BMW believe that the new BMW 7 Series will continue to reinforce our position as the most innovative and prestigious luxury limousine manufacturers in the premium segment. Fitted with the latest BMW innovations that will further enhance the stellar performance of its predecessor, this luxurious sedan is unmatched by any other luxury vehicle in the market and is designed and engineered to deliver Sheer Driving Pleasure to Malaysian customers without any compromise. The new BMW 7 Series is the Ultimate statement of sporting luxury!” said Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Office, BMW Group Malaysia.

2013 BMW 7 Series

The highlights of the new BMW 7 Series are its upgraded interior with optimised soundproofing, improved ride comfort, new Adaptive LED headlights, and state-of-the-art safety technology to create an in-car experience like no other. Combined with the world’s most powerful 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine, the new BMW 7 Series will set new performance and efficiency benchmarks in the premium segment.

The launch of the new BMW 7 Series also expands on the company’s revolutionary Advanced Hybrid vehicle offerings with the introduction of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L. The car combines the latest hybrid technology with intelligent energy management systems, enabling significant all-electric operations and reducing fuel consumption by up to 27%.

Dynamic lines and perfectly balanced proportions of the all BMW 7 Series exterior resonates a sporty and elegant presence. New all-LED headlight clusters dominates the front, while a distinctive kidney grille with nine slats on each side, redesigned bumper apron, and indicators integrated into the exterior mirror casings lend the BMW a visibly rejuvenated face which oozes sophistication and elegance. At the rear, a chrome trim strip between the taillights in the rear apron provides an additional contrast, accentuating the unmistakable appearance of the new BMW 7 Series.

The new BMW 7 Series is powered by 6-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology mated with 8-speed automatic transmission. For the BMW 730Li, the 3-litre petrol engine delivers a maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp with torque peaking at 310Nm. Fuel economy is 8.7 litres per 100km, with CO2 emission of 202 grams per km making the BMW 730Li 11% more efficient than its predecessor.  The BMW 740Li on the other hand, delivers a maximum output of 235 kW/320 hp with torque peaking at 450Nm. Average fuel savings of 7.9 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of 184 grams per km make the all new BMW 740Li 21% more fuel efficient than its predecessor.

As for its intelligent management system, modes such as ECO PRO and Brake Energy Regeneration are incorporated as standard features, thus blending the new BMW 7 Series exceptional dynamics with outstanding fuel economy and efficiency. Reaffirming BMW’s key qualities as leaders in innovation, the BMW 7 Series features the unique ECO PRO mode with anticipation assistant. This feature uses data from the navigation system to recognise bends, T-junctions, boundaries and roundabouts to provide drivers with tips on reducing accelerator pressure in advance.

BMW 7 Series Malaysia 2013

As BMW continues to push ahead with the development of intelligent hybrid drive systems, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L is a testament to the capabilities of an enhanced second generation full hybrid drive vehicle. Utilizing the same petrol powerplant as the BMW 740Li, the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L is further augmented by an electric motor which delivers an additional output of 40kW/55 hp, for a total combined output of 260 kW/354 hp. This allows the car to continue to deliver excellent performance with a 0-100km/h sprint benchmark of 5.7 seconds, but also demonstrate remarkable fuel efficiency under normal driving conditions with an average fuel consumption of 6.8 litres per 100km and CO2 emissions of a mere 158 grams per km.

Further setting the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L apart from its family is the hybrid-specific Auto Start/Stop function, which is activated when the vehicle is approaching a stop. Depending on the charge in the high-performance battery or its acceleration requirement, the engine will restart immediately after a stop or once the vehicle reaches 60km/h. With ECO PRO mode activated, drivers can also experience the vehicle “gliding” with the internal combustion engine switched off at speeds up to 160km/h. The petrol engine is deactivated during this process, resulting in zero-emission while the vehicle uses the stored kinetic energy thanks to the Brake Energy Regeneration technology. The Hybrid specific Auto Start/Stop function also operates in COMFORT and SPORT modes at speeds up to 80 km/h. Drivers are able to activate these different driving modes via the Driving Experience Control button on the centre console of the vehicle.

Further enhancing the exclusivity and dynamic appeal of the BMW ActiveHybrid 7L,  the BMW M Sport package  is included as a standard, comprising of the M Aerodynamics exterior package, M Sport leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles, as well as M light alloy wheels for a sportier appearance.

The new BMW 7 Series will be available for purchase at BMW dealerships throughout Malaysia from 30th March 2013.  The retail prices in Peninsular Malaysia (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)) for the all new BMW 7 Series are:-

BMW 730Li - RM 648,800.00
BMW 740Li - RM 818,800.00
BMW ActiveHybrid 7L - RM 938,800.00

VW Presents New Golf GTI Mark 7 at 2013 Geneva International Motor Show

Volkswagen will be introducing the latest version of the Golf GTI at the 2013 Geneva International Motor Show. For the first time, the legendary Golf GTI is available at two variants: the standard 220PS or the GTI Performance with 230PS and front axle differential lock.

2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mk7

The new GTI is powered by a turbocharged petrol direct-injection engine (TSI) with 220PS. For the first time in the history of the sports car icon, a special GTI Performance will be offered. In this version, the engine’s maximum power is boosted to 230PS. Both GTI versions develop a maximum torque of 350Nm. The standard GTI accelerates to 100km/h in 6.5 seconds and reaches a top speed of 246km/h. The GTI Performance reaches a top speed of 250km/h and just 6.4 seconds for 0-100km/h.

Both GTI versions are equipped with a Stop-Start system, they fulfill the EU-6 emissions standard that takes effect in 2014 and – with a 6-speed gearbox – they attain the same low DIN fuel consumption value of 6.0 l/100 km (CO2: 139 g/km). This means that the Golf GTI offers an 18 per cent improvement in fuel economy compared to the previous model. With the optional 6-speed DSG, the two GTI cars consume 6.4 and 6.5 l/100 respectively (equivalent to 148 and 150 g/km CO2).

The sporty character of the Golf GTI is reflected in its traditional red-painted brake callipers, two chrome tailpipes and a sport suspension. The exterior of the compact sports car also scores with 17-inch “Brooklyn” GTI wheels and 225/45 size tyres, special side sills, a diffuser and smoked LED rear lights (including LED license plate illumination).
 
Visual highlights in the interior are top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roof liner and red ambience lighting. The cars also offers sporty GTI features such as a sport steering wheel, GTI gear shift grip and instrument cluster, special trim strips and stainless steel pedals and foot support.

Volkswagen assures an optimal mix of comfort and safety in the Golf GTI. Customers can choose from the standard body colours “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”. In Germany, advance ordering for the new Golf GTI begins on the 5th of March, and prices start at 28,350 euros.

Facts overview

GTI Standard:
Market launch in Europe: Initial markets starting May 2013.
Debut of first generation Golf GTI: 1976.
Engine: Four-cylinder TSI (turbocharged direct petrol injection); front transverse engine; displacement 1,984 cc; bore/stroke 82.5/92.8 mm; compression ratio 9.8:1.
Power: 162 kW / 220 PS from 4,500 to 6,200 rpm.
Torque: 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,400 rpm.
Gearboxes / drive type: Manual 6-speed gearbox; automatic 6-speed DSG; front-wheel drive.
Brakes: Disc brakes front and rear, front 312 x 25 mm, ventilated; rear 300 x 12 mm.
Fuel consumption / CO2 emissions (manual): 6.0 l/100 km; 139 g/km CO2.
Driving performance (manual): 0-100 km/h in 6.5 s; V/max 246 km/h.

GTI Performance:
Power: 169 kW / 230 PS from 4,700 to 6,200 rpm.
Torque: 350 Nm from 1,500 to 4,600 rpm.
Front axle differential lock (VAQ).
Brakes: Disc brakes front and rear, front 340 x 30 mm, ventilated; rear 310 x 22 mm, ventilated.
Driving performance (manual): 0-100 km/h in 6.4 s; V/max 250 km/h.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTI Mark 7

Imported Cars Prices from Japan & Australia to Malaysia will be Reduced

Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) of Malaysia will announce a cut in car duties from Japan and Australia tomorrow – Thursday, 27 Feb 2013. The total plan will be done over 3 years and people in Malaysia will enjoyed a better pricing on imported car from Japan and Australia.

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Looks like there will be some cheaper sports car from Japan for us. Come back tomorrow as we wait for the actual figures and plan that will be announced by the Malaysia’s government. How will it impact Malaysia’s automotive industry?