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Friday, July 25, 2014
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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?

Volkswagen Launched the New 2013 Beetle Convertible

The new Beetle Convertible has arrived and is available now in Volkswagen dealerships all over Germany. With an updated, fresh design, a wealth of trim options and not least a great value-for-money price the new Beetle Convertible impresses on every front. The open-top 4-seater will be launched across Europe over the coming weeks.

Das neue Volkswagen Beetle Cabriolet

This grandchild of the legendary original Beetle Convertible can be ordered with a range of efficient engines covering a power output range of 105PS (77 kW) to 200PS (147kW). The electrically powered soft top is easily opened within just 9.5 seconds and in terms of safety, too, the Beetle Convertible is exemplary: fitted as standard is a rollover protection system behind the rear seat headrests that shoots up within milliseconds of the car beginning to lean at a dangerous angle.  

5 equipment versions are available for the new Beetle Convertible: ‘Beetle’, ‘Design’, ‘Design Exclusive’, ‘Sport’ and ‘Sport Exclusive’. On top of this come three limited edition models: ‘50s Edition’, ‘60s Edition’ and ‘70s Edition’. Each of these reflects and gives a modern interpretation to style elements from the respective decade. This broad range is supplemented by twelve paint colours and two soft top colours, eleven different interior fabric and leather trims, twelve wheel designs and numerous technical and styling options. The four-seater is launching in Germany with a base price of €21,350 for the 1.2 TSI delivering 105PS (77 kW) – making the open-top Beetle the most affordable convertible in the Volkswagen range.

New Volkswagen Golf GTD Celebrates its World Premiere in Geneva

At 2013 Geneva International Motor Show, Volkswagen will be presenting the latest version of Golf GTD whose 184PS(135 kW) TDI engine already complies with the challenging EU-6 emissions standard today.

Der neue Volkswagen Golf GTD

The first Golf GTD in 1982 revolutionised the segment of compact diesel passenger cars with its turbodiesel, sporty tuning and its customised features in the style of the Golf GTI. It is being followed up this year by the most powerful “GTD” ever that is based on the seventh generation Golf. With a power of 184PS (135 kW), the new Golf GTD can be recommended as a car that is as much a dynamic performer as a fuel-efficient long-distance touring car. In the version with a 6-speed manual gearbox, the 230km/h Volkswagen consumes just 4.2 litres per 100 km; this combined fuel consumption equates to CO2 emissions of just 109 g/km. With the optional 6-speed DSG, fuel consumption is 4.7 l/100 km (two-door: 119 g/km CO2; four-door: 122 g/km CO2). Also impressive is its torque of 380 Nm, which is already available from 1,750 rpm.

Visually, the Golf GTD makes its appearance with its smoked LED rear lights with LED licence plate illumination and chrome dual tailpipes. 17-inch GTD wheels with 225/45 tyres, side sill trim, diffuser, sport suspension and a large roof spoiler round out the car’s overall dynamic impression.

Numerous distinctive GTD characteristics also mark the interior: along with top sport seats in tartan pattern (“Clark”), a black roofliner, sport steering wheel, stainless steel pedals and foot support, there are also a GTD gear shift grip, GTD trim strips and a GTD instrument cluster. Other features guarantee the necessary comfort on long trips; they include: progressive steering, white ambience lighting, automatic “Climatronic” climate control, ParkPilot front and rear, winter pack and “Composition Touch” radio system. Standard body colours offered for the Golf GTD are “Tornado Red”, “Black” and “Pure White”.

The new Golf GTD is available in Germany at an entry-level price of 29,350 euros, and orders begin on the 5th of March 2013.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Volkswagen Golf GTD

Volkswagen Show Off 1.0-litre Fuel Economy Car

The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a fuel consumption value of 0.9 l/100 km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, the two-seater can also cover a distance of up to 50 km in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions.

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

The XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high). This gives the efficient Volkswagen the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer.

High-tech lightweight design, perfect aerodynamics and a plug-in hybrid system – consisting of a two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery – all make it possible for the new Volkswagen XL1 to emit just 21 g/km of CO2. If necessary, the XL1, with a top speed of 160 km/h, can accelerate to 100 km/h in just 12,7 seconds. Clearly, 0.9 l/100 km fuel consumption is a record figure that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, and it illustrates how Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in carmaking.

Der neue Volkswagen XL1

Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen’s 1-litre car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, who is today Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of bringing to market a production car that was practical in everyday use with fuel consumption of one litre per 100 km. In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality. Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, developers successfully came up with a body concept, which delivers more everyday utility than in the two previous prototypes. While the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics in the L1, the 1-litre car presented in 2002 and in 2009, in the XL1 two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, nearly as in a conventional vehicle.

The XL1 is 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm tall. By usual automotive standards these are extreme dimensions. For comparison: a Polo has a similar length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm) but is significantly taller (1,462 mm). Even a purebred sports car like today’s Porsche Boxster is 129 mm taller (1,282 mm). So, the XL1 will make a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today.

Renault Vehicles Singled Out for Their Reliability By Automobile Magazine

In February 2013 issue of Automobile Magazine, the mag published its Top 100 cars for reliability, chosen from over 100 models from 25 brands. 7 Renault models were ranked in the Reliability Top 3 in their respective categories, and the other Renault models placed in the Top 10 at least.

2013 Renault Twingo RS Facelift

These excellent results stem from the work Renault has carried out in recent years to produce vehicles with the highest levels of robustness and reliability as standard. The Automobile Magazine classification recognises not just the performance results of specific models, but a general and sustained improvement in terms of quality and reliability across the whole Renault range.

The Automobile Magazine Reliability Top 100 has confirmed this trend, with the Twingo awarded the top prize once again for its “exceptional” level of reliability, and the Megane and Megane Coupé also joint first in their category.

Born with quality in their DNA, the Scenic, Grand Scenic, Laguna and Laguna Coupé all took 2nd place in their respective categories.

The Clio III was one of the first products of the renewed focus on quality that began in 2005, and it also gets a Top 3 rating.

Reliability has become an asset for Renault, and all models are now rising to the top of the quality ratings in independent studies, customer surveys and press reviews in a number of countries.

This is the direct result of the quality operation that Renault has carried out in recent years. It has been implemented across the board, in every factory and every territory. Renault production sites worldwide are now working to the same standards. Strict application of the Renault Production System (SPR) enables quality requirements to be implemented in mass production and across a range of models.

Renault has succeeded in making permanent improvements. And as a gauge of reliability, robustness in design and manufacturing are now at the core of every vehicle. Renault is already working hard to make these intrinsic qualities visible and effective for customers.