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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Volkswagen celebrates the one millionth Scirocco in Germany and China

Volkswagen celebrates the fact that the Scirocco has broken through the magical sound barrier for a sports car of one million built vehicles in 2013. Hence, a special model of VW Scirocco is introduced exclusively in Germany and China.

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million

The exclusive “Scirocco Million”, painted exclusively in “Deep Black Metallic ” can be recognised at first glance by its sporty accent strip, the exterior rear mirror caps painted in “Galvanic Grey” and its “Interlagos” 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/40 tyres that are also standard. For China market, it will be 17-inch wheels instead. The alloy wheels are delivered in combination with a tyre pressure control display. 19-inch alloy wheels of the “Lugano” type that are painted silver are also optionally available.

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million

The other standard exterior customisation features include R-Line bumpers, R-Line side sills, smoked tail lights, “Million” stickers on the wings and rear windows that are 90% smoked in Germany, while 65% smoked in China due to regulations. In the interior, the special model features, among other things, a standard Vienna black leather seating with contrasting seams in “Snap Orange.” In sync with that: the black roof liner and the leather cover of the parking brake lever and gear lever gaiter (also with seams in “Snap Orange”). Floor mats with colour-contrasting chain-stitch seams, stainless steel pedals, entry plates with “Million” lettering and the accent strips made of brushed aluminium are likewise standard on board. The RCD 310 audio system provides the right sound and up-to-date information.

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million

The Volkswagen “Scirocco Million” can be ordered with three different petrol engines (TSI) and two diesel engines (TDI). The TSI have output ratings of 90 kW / 122 PS, 118 kW / 160 PS and 155 kW / 210 PS; the TDIs develop 103 kW / 140 PS and 130 kW / 177 PS. With the exception of the 122 PS TSI, all engines can be combined with a dual clutch gearbox (DSG). The base price of the Scirocco Million will be 27,325 euros in Germany.

2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million

Like the Golf GTI, the Scirocco is a sporty icon. The first generation of the Coupé was launched in 1974. Seven years later, in 1981, the second generation of the Scirocco took off. It was built up to 1992. A total of 795,650 vehicles of the Scirocco I and II were built – a truly sporty world success. The comeback of the sports car came with the Scirocco III in 2008. The third generation is developing into a success model, too: Inside of just under five years, more than 204,350 fans the world over have opted for a new Scirocco – if we add generations I, II and III, we arrive at the one million vehicle mark we just mentioned. Volkswagen is celebrating this with a special edition: the Scirocco Million. The production of the special series will be started as early as the end of May 2013.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Volkswagen Scirocco Million

Toyota Unveils 4-in-1 Concept Car – Toyota ME.WE

Toyota has challenged the odd by designing a concept car that combines four cars into one. The innovative Toyota ME.WE can be configured as a small city car, off-roader, ute and convertible, making it adaptable to a wide variety of lifestyles.

Toyota ME.WE concept

The 5-seat electric concept car is positioned as an intelligent “no frills” response to the ecological threats posed by mass production and the growth of the global car fleet.

A joint venture between Toyota and leading European industrial designer Jean-Marie Massaud, the car’s name reflects a simultaneous concern for individual freedom (ME) and responsibility towards society (WE).

The ME.WE uses materials that are lightweight, robust and recyclable – a tubular aluminium structure, body panels made from expanded polypropylene, and bamboo for the floor and dashboard.

Toyota ME.WE concept

Design concept of the interior, passengers always takes priority over luggage, which can be carried on the roof, protected by a neoprene cover. The rear luggage space can be extended, transforming it into a platform like that of a ute; the car can also provide the “wind-in-the-hair” experience of a cabriolet by opening all the windows, including the windscreen.

Instruments are limited to a single screen above the steering wheel that indicates vehicle speed, battery charge, trip information and navigation instructions delivered by a smart phone.The smart phone itself is mounted below the screen and allows occupants to create their own personal environment with music and other apps, as well as controlling the cabin air temperature.

Minimalist bench seats, also constructed from expanded polypropylene, can be removed and used for a picnic.
Toyota ME.WE concept Simple design is matched by ease of use: it has an electric motor in each wheel like the recently unveiled Toyota i-ROAD and its batteries are located under the floor, as with the Toyota iQ electric car.

The ME.WE provides two or four-wheel drive, giving it the ability to cope effectively with different terrains, some of which may be inaccessible to a traditional car.

But it is much lighter than conventional 4×4 vehicles: Toyota says the Yaris-sized car could weigh as little as 750kg – a minimum weight saving of 20 per cent compared with a conventional car in its class. The body panels weigh just 14kg – a saving of around 180kg compared with the use of steel.

Expanded polypropylene is strong and has better thermal insulation properties, resulting in less use of the car’s electric heater and air-conditioning system. Toyota’s European design and development HQ, ED2, and Massaud, a noted architect and inventor, have pooled their expertise and used existing technologies to produce a realistic concept car.

Toyota says the project has enabled it to gain insights into the future of the automobile from the perspective of a non-automotive design studio. The cross-pollination of ideas and fresh perspectives are an important part of the creative process as Toyota seeks new solutions for better vehicles.

Collaboration with Massaud began in 2011. He said today’s cars have become an accumulation of constraints more than a source of freedom. ”Our lives and needs require more adaptability, simplicity and lightness,” Massaud said. “The car of today should be seen as a personal mobility solution that can deliver more.”

Toyota has emphasised the inherent innovation of the ME.WE by unveiling the concept car in its Paris showroom – Le Rendez-vous Toyota on the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées – rather than at a motor show. It will be on display until 12 June 2013, it is part of an exhibition showing other aspects of design including models, drawing tables and selected materials.

Unfortunately for people who love this concept as Toyota confirmed there are no plans for the ME.WE to enter production.

Photo Gallery: Toyota ME.WE Concept Car

BMW Group Malaysia Sets Another New Sales Record for Q1 2013

BMW Group Malaysia recently announced its new achievement for the first quarter of 2013 for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad in Malaysia. 

As of March 2013, BMW Group Malaysia delivered a total of 1,665 vehicles in the country, consisting of 1,482 BMW, 86 MINI and 97 BMW Motorrad vehicles, an increase of 9.8% compared to the total of 1,516 vehicles delivered during the same period in 2012. 

Dr. Gerhard Pils BMW Group Malaysia

Commenting on the achievement, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer, BMW Group Malaysia said, “We are very pleased to announce our performance for the first quarter of 2013, which sets yet another benchmark for us here in the country. Since the start of the year, we have experienced positive growth which further emphasizes the strength of the business within the country and we look forward to another successful quarter in delivering the premium expression that can only be experienced with the brands represented by the BMW Group,” 

Since January 2013, BMW Group Malaysia has already introduced an array of new BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad models to spur the Malaysian premium segment. New introductions of the BMW 7 Series, the MINI One as well as the latest BMW F 700 GS, BMW F 800 GS and BMW HP4 motorcycles have continued to keep the premium automaker in the lead in the industry in the first quarter of the year. 

Most prominent in the new vehicle offering is BMW’s latest fleet of the ActiveHybrid 3 Series, 5 Series and 7 Series which reinforces the premium automaker’s commitment to BMW EfficientDynamics, the organisation’s sustainability strategy for the utilisation of Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEVs) in the country.

2013 MINI One Launched in Malaysia

This week is a special week for MINI Malaysia as MINI have reintroduced the new MINI One for the Malaysian market.

MINI One

Introducing the new MINI, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “MINI has always been a symbol of urban driving fun. Its indispensable element of EXCITEMENT promised in each model combined with its agile ‘go-kart’ handling and its most natural characteristic with cutting-edge efficiency have led to a very successful MINI story to date. From the very beginning, the MINI One’s success story has always been linked with cheekiness and performance; and the new MINI One has all this and more!”

With MINI’s authentic exterior design features and contemporary character, the new MINI One is also powered by a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder in-line engine with 6-speed automatic transmission, capable of delivering 72kW/ 98hp with 150Nm of torque. The new MINI also records a remarkable fuel efficiency reading with an average fuel consumption rate of 6.7 litres per 100km with CO2 emissions of only 156 grams per km.

MINI 02

The MINI One is available in Chilli Red or Pepper White colour. In addition, the car is equipped with 15” light alloy wheels with 5-Star Twin Spoke rims, the multifunction buttons, sport steering wheel, rain sensor and automatic lights control, radio MINI Boost and Bluetooth hands free kit with USB interface as standard.

The MINI Tender Loving Care (TLC) service package is available as an optional upgrade for RM4,088.00 which takes care of the MINI in terms of inspection and wear and tear repairs for 3 years or 50,000 KM, whichever comes first.  MINI TLC covers work such as engine oil changes; servicing of the air filter, micro filter, spark plugs and brake fluid; maintenance and servicing of brake pads and brake discs; maintenance and servicing of clutch in the event of wear and tear as well as replacement of windscreen wiper rubbers and blades. 

Lastly and most importantly, the new Mini One is selling at RM 146,888.00 on-the-road (w/o insurance) in Peninsular Malaysia. Are you tempted to buy this over the VW Beetle 1.2 TSI?

2000-2003 Toyota Camry and Corolla Altis Recalls

Today, Toyota Motor Corporation announced a special service campaign on certain Toyota models to address the issue of possible improper manufactured passenger side front airbag inflator that could cause rupture and deploy the airbag abnormally during a crash.

TMC has undertaken a special service campaign to replace the airbag inflator module for front side passenger in the interest of ensuring customers’ confidence and peace of mind.

2001 Toyota Corolla Altis

For Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor has received confirmation from our principal, TMC that there are approximately 18,700 units of Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla Altis manufactured from year 2000 to 2003 which are involved in this Special Service Campaign in Malaysia.

Although there have not been any reported cases in Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor will be conducting this campaign to ensure our customers’ vehicle remain reliable and trouble-free.

UMW Toyota Motor will contact all customers involved to carry out the necessary corrective measures at no cost. No other models sold by UMW Toyota Motor produced before year 2000 and after year 2003 are affected by this campaign.