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All New 2014 Toyota Kluger Launched in Australia

In Australia, Toyota has launched a new seven-seat Kluger sports-utility vehicle (SUV) that brings together the best in style, technology, comfort, capability and safety at value pricing.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Engineers have liberated more interior space by developing a slightly longer and wider body, adopting a new space-efficient double-wishbone rear suspension, and moving all three rows of seats forward.

As a result, the third row is easier to access, the two-seat bench is wider and offers more comfort, while the luggage area behind is longer, deeper and wider, expanding capacity by one-third.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Kluger’s driving experience is more dynamic with new technologies and optimised steering and suspension that have undergone significant local development to suit the demands of Australian drivers and local conditions.

AWD models include standard Dynamic Torque Control for maximum traction and cornering ability and Downhill Assist Control that automatically controls the brakes to maintain a constant low speed when descending slopes, helping to reduce wheel lock.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Kluger’s exterior design is sleek and strong, displaying a more aggressive face, subtle sculpting of the sides, prominent wheel arches and a newly designed tailgate.

A totally redesigned interior raises the bar on overall quality with premium materials, soft-touch surfaces, bright accents and greater refinement and functionality.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Smart storage solutions include an under-dash tray shaped to prevent items sliding out and a 24.5-litre roll-top centre console that doubles as an armrest and is big enough to store a large handbag.

Kluger is available in three well-equipped grades – GX, GXL and Grande. Each is available in two-wheel (2WD) or all-wheel-drive (AWD) and provides even better value than before with prices starting at $40,990 - $2,200 less than the previous-model equivalent. AWD is $4,000 across the range, down $500.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

All Kluger grades feature a 3.5-litre V6 engine and new six-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with selectable manual sequential shifting and artificial intelligence that adapts to driving styles and provides engine braking on downhill runs and minimises gear hunting. Fuel economy has been improved while maintaining power output at more than 200kW.

Every Kluger has a reversing camera, rear parking sensors, seven airbags, cruise control, air-conditioning, front fog lamps, six-speaker display audio with Toyota Link multimedia and a multi-information display.

Kluger GX also has 18-inch alloy wheels, daytime running lamps, tilt-and-telescopic steering adjustments and Toyota’s active safety package of stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, and Hill-Start Assist.

Compared with the current seven-seat price leader, the price has come down $2,200 to $40,990 despite the all-new generation and the inclusion of at least $2,000 of additional features.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

Mid-grade GXL grade adds three-zone climate-control air-conditioning, keyless smart entry and start, 10-way power adjustable driver’s seat, roof rails, leather-accented interior and premium steering wheel and shift knob.

With at least $1,000 of extra features, the GXL price of $49,990 is $1,500 lower than the equivalent outgoing variant.

2014 Toyota Kluger Australia

At the top of the range, the Grande is the Kluger with the lot, including safety technologies that help avoid a collision or mitigate the impact if a collision is unavoidable – Toyota’s Pre-collision Safety System and Active Cruise Control, which utilise a grille-mounted radar. It also gains Lane Departure Alert and Blind Spot Monitor.

It picks up 19-inch wheels, projector LED headlamps with Auto High Beam, tilt-and-slide moonroof, ventilated front seats, eight-inch display audio with navigation and DAB+ digital radio, second-row sunshades, nine-inch rear-seat entertainment system with Blu-ray player, power-operated tailgate, woodgrain-look pattern highlights and a full-colour 4.2-inch multi-information display.

7-SEAT KLUGER PRICES IN AUSTRALIA

GRADE

2WD PRICE

PREVIOUS

GX

$40,990

$43,190

GXL

$49,990

$51,490

GRANDE

$63,990

$60,635

Photo Gallery: 2014 Toyota Kluger

Mitsubishi Triton Facelifted! Priced from RM82k

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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia office launched the new Triton earlier yesterday. Apart from the Triton VGT GS, the new facelift offers three other upgrades variants including :- Triton 2.5AT, Triton 2.5MT and Triton 2.5 MT STD with a new designed front bumper and grille. The stylish looks of the Triton VGT GS has been enhanced with sportier elements including newly designed front bumper and grille as well as projector headlamps. On the interior, the VGT GS comes with a 6.1-inch touch screen audio display with rear view display. The Triton VGT GS is also packed with a 17″ alloy wheels while the rest of the variants only comes with 16″ wheels.

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Only on the Triton VGT GS, Mitsubishi includes a powered sunroof, powered sliding rear window, leather seats, automatic climate control and security window tint by Llumar. 

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Under the hood, there’re no changes for the Triton AT/MT. It is equipped with a 2.5litre turbodiesel engine with 136PS and 314Nm of torque. Paired with either a 4-speed automatic transmission or 5-speed manual.

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 The VGT (Variable Geometry Turbo) model comes with a 2.5litre powertrain diesel engine which produces a maximum output of 178PS at 4,000rpm and maximum torque at 350Nm from 1,800rpm – 3,500rpm. The VGT GS also comes with a 5-speed automatic gearbox. 

The VGT GS is the only pick-up truck to be fitted with Hybrid Limited Slip Differential (LSD) that gives the vehicle excellent off-road response. Hybrid LSD combines the torque-sensing benefit of helical gears and the speed-sensing of a viscous coupling unit, all of it designed to work alongside ABS and EBD. 

The Triton’s are all equipped with Misubishi’s Easy Select 4WD system that allows the driver to ‘shift on the fly’ from 2WD to 4WD at speeds of up to 100km/h.

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia have priced the facelifted Triton’s at :-
RM82,185.70 – 2.5MT STD
RM 90,377.80 – 2.5 MT
RM95,247.80 – 2.5 AT
RM107,809.60 – VGT GS

All prices are quoted based on the road price without insurance. All owners get to enjoy a 3-year/100,000km/h warranty as well as Mitsubishi’s 2-years free maintenance package (T&C applies)

Color variants are available with Cool Silver Metallic, White Pearl and Black Mica for the 2.5MT STD, 2.5MT and 2.5AT models. While the VGT GS will be available in Red Solid, White Pearl and Black Mica. 

The new BMW X4 unveiled

The new BMW X4 blends the hallmark features of the successful BMW X family with the sporting elegance of a classical coupé, and introduces the unique Sports Activity Coupé concept to the premium mid-size segment. Its dynamic pedigree is underlined by a wide range of cutting-edge high-performance engines, the xDrive all-wheeldrive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as variable sport steering, Performance Control and a sports leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.

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The new BMW X4 is based on the technical blueprint of the BMW X3, but displays a sporting character very much its own and takes dynamics to another new level. That much is clear when you view the new model head-on.

The large air intakes positioned on the outer edges of the front end and the character lines in the front apron allow the BMW X4 – with its signature BMW twin headlights and front fog lamps (both optionally with LED technology) – to maximise its visual presence on the road.

The roofline reaches its highest point above the driver and then swoops down smoothly to the trailing edge of the tailgate, mimicking the design language of a classical sporting coupé. The signature swage line running along the flanks of BMW models is split into two on the X4.

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The first section rises dynamically from the front wheel arches to the rear door handles, while the second part draws the eye to the muscular sculpting of the rear wings. The rear end, complete with L-shaped LED lights in exclusive X4 design and diffuser-look styling, likewise highlights the outstanding dynamic ability of the new BMW X4. 

The driver and front passenger sit 20 millimetres lower than in the BMW X3.

In conjunction with the two-seat look of the rear, this accentuates the coupé character of the new BMW in the classy and exclusive interior as well. At the same time, the X4 offers generous levels of space for up to five people and – thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split rear seat backrest – impressive variability.

2015 BMW X4

In keeping with the vivacious character of the new BMW X4, customers can choose from three petrol engines and a trio of diesel units from the BMW EfficientDynamics engine family, whose output ranges from 135 kW/184 hp to 230 kW/313 hp. All the engines meet the EU6 exhaust gas standard.

 The BMW TwinPower Turbo technology of the state-of-the-art engines offers a promise of superb performance married with exceptionally low fuel consumption. For example, the flagship petrol unit in the BMW X4 xDrive35i (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 10.7/6.9/8.3 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 193 g/km) develops an outstanding 225 kW/306 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

2015 BMW X4

 The BMW X4 xDrive35i requires just 5.5 seconds to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h. And an equally impressive performer in terms of power delivery and CO2 efficiency is the BMW X4 xDrive35d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 6.7/5.5/6.0 l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 157 g/km). Its 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line engine generates 230 kW/313 hp and peak torque of 630 Nm.

The BMW X4 xDrive35d accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. The new-generation 2.0-litre diesel engine in the BMW X4 xDrive20d (fuel consumption urban/extra-urban/combined: 5.8– 5.4*/5.1–4.8*/5.4–5.0* l/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 141–131* g/km) with eight-speed Steptronic transmission also sets the benchmark when it comes to fuel economy and CO2 emissions. Its four-cylinder unit produces 140 kW/190 hp and peak torque of 400 Nm.

The unparalleled BMW EfficientDynamics technology package also minimizes the fuel consumption and emissions of the new BMW X4. Included are features such as the Auto Start Stop function and coasting function (if an eight-speed automatic gearbox is fitted), Brake Energy Regeneration and ondemand operation of ancillary units, ensuring an admirable degree of environmental compatibility to go with maximum driving pleasure. Also available as an option to add further efficiency to the mix are fourth-generation reduced-rolling-resistance tyres, which reduce the CO2 emissions of selected variants of the BMW X4 by another 7 g/km.

The BMW ConnectedDrive features available for the new X4 allow BMW to restate once again its leadership in the link-up of driver, vehicle and outside world. Among the highlights in the new BMW X4 are the full-colour BMW Head-Up Display, the anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, and Driving Assistant Plus including Lane Departure Warning, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, preventive pedestrian protection and a Collision Warning system, which applies the brakes with anything up to maximum stopping power as required. Added to which, the optional ConnectedDrive Services also allow  drivers to sign up to innovative services such as Real Time Traffic Information (RTTI), the Concierge Service and Remote Services. Facebook, Twitter, AUPEO! personalised internet radio and music platforms like Napster and Deezer have also been optimised for in car usage and can be accessed easily on board the BMW X4.

Photo Gallery: 2015 BMW X4

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia set for First Class season as lid lifted on 2014 field

As the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia revs up ahead of its 12th season as the leading light in regional sportscar competition, the First Class international field from 10 countries and territories was unveiled today, just prior to the official test at Malaysia’s Sepang International Circuit this weekend.

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

New Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991)

Twenty-eight of the stunning, all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) racing cars will contest the prestigious 11-race, seven-meeting calendar. The more powerful 3.8-litre flat six engine produces 460 horsepower, 10 more than previously, and the six-speed sequential gearbox is operated by pneumatic paddle shift system, yet another first for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia.

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Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the most progressive sports car – the BMW i8 plug-in hybrid.

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

The innovative collection of luggage comprises two travel bags, a business case and a garment bag. To ensure optimal use of space, the luggage items have been tailor-made to fit perfectly into the interior of the revolutionary BMW i8.

“BMW and Louis Vuitton share both a profound appreciation of tradition and a commitment to constant further development,” says Adrian van Hooydonk, Senior Vice President BMW Group Design. “The use of CFRP in the revolutionary BMW i8 sports car is indicative of an intelligent lightweight construction philosophy. And Louis Vuitton has demonstrated a similar belief in innovation, aesthetics and lightweight design in creating an exclusive luggage collection tailored perfectly to the new BMW i8.”

The understated carbon-black of this luggage range matches the colours of the BMW i8. Its sophisticated look comes courtesy of the unmistakable chequered Damier pattern – a Louis Vuitton hallmark – and a laser-etched Louis Vuitton signature. Black and electric blue used in the microfibre-lining take their cue from the trademark brand colours of the BMW i8 and bag handles are made from dyed natural leather, a sign of Louis Vuitton quality. All items in the collection come with leather name tags and the iconic Louis Vuitton padlock with the exception of the garment bag.

Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8

Patrick-Louis-Vuitton, Head of Special Orders at Louis Vuitton and great grandson of the House’s founder, says, “This collaboration with BMW i epitomises our shared values of creativity, technological innovation and style. Our craftsmen at Louis Vuitton have enjoyed the challenge of this very special project, using their ingenuity and attention to detail to create a truly made to measure set of luxury luggage. This is a pure expression of the art of travel.”

Inspired by the visionary design of the BMW i8, the bags and cases – like the sports car’s innovative passenger cell – are made entirely from carbon fibre. This particularly lightweight yet extremely sturdy high-tech material has been used by Louis Vuitton to create a special textile. It provides great robustness and strength, and as such is made for the rigours of travel – no matter how long and arduous the drive.

The exclusive luggage pieces created by Louis Vuitton fit snugly into the BMW i8. The Weekender GM i8, with both hand and shoulder carry straps, is custom-designed to go into the boot, while the Garment Bag i8 is a perfect fit for the rear shelf of the BMW i8. The sturdy hardshell Business Case i8 which is also ideal for carrying laptops, matches the shape of the rear seats; while the small Weekender PM i8 is designed to rest on its surface.

The Louis Vuitton luggage series will be available upon request in a selection of Louis Vuitton stores worldwide (Munich, Milan, London, Paris, Moscow, Dubai, New York, Los Angeles) starting April 1st 2014.

Photo Gallery: Louis Vuitton creates tailor-made luggage for the BMW i8