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All-New Nissan TEANA now open for preview and bookings!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM) is now accepting bookings for the All-New Nissan TEANA, which will soon be launched in Malaysia.

For this third generation All-New Nissan TEANA, every inch and detail of the car has been meticulously crafted for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Sleek stylish curves, advanced innovation and luxury, seamlessly meet to offer an exceptional ride to the top embodying a “Drive to Greatness” – in line with the All-New Nissan TEANA tagline.

All-New Nissan Teana

The public can have a preview of the much-anticipated All-New Nissan TEANA, at selected shopping malls nationwide from now till 1st June 2014. The selected shopping malls are Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur (from now till 18 May 2014), Mahkota Parade, Malacca (from 15 – 18 May 2014), KSL Mall, Johor Bahru (from 19 – 25 May 2014), Alamanda, Putrajaya and Publika, Kuala Lumpur (from 21 – 25 May 2014) and Queensbay Mall, Penang (from 29 May – 1 June 2014). 

The All-New Nissan TEANA presents a high-quality premium looks and comes in 3 variants: 2.5XV, 2.0XL and 2.0XE. The All-New Nissan TEANA has an enhanced overall presence, thanks to the sharp character lines that extend from front to rear and evoke fluid momentum. The stately front grille sits between canted headlamps. The car’s svelte profile results in improved aerodynamic efficiency. 

“I believe the All-New Nissan TEANA which accentuates the premium sedan’s presence and quality feel will strongly appeal to consumers, especially successful, youthful entrepreneurs, by delivering a balance of style, performance and value that will continue to make it one of the most popular executive cars in Malaysia.” said the Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor, Dato’ David Chen.

Equipped with the newly developed QR25DE engine and low-and mid-range torque improved by enhanced combustion and emission efficiencies, this powerful engine has Twin C-VTC (Twin Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control). This engine better matches various engine conditions while optimizing fuel efficiency and providing an agile, smooth driving experience in the city as well as powerful, precise acceleration for overtaking on highways.

Just like going first-class on a flight, the All-New Nissan TEANA comes with a “Zero-Gravity inspired” Seat Design that helps reduce muscular and spinal loads, and improve blood flow. It helps reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel ensuring a comfortable driving experience especially during long-distance trips. Also, interior noise has been greatly reduced in the All-New Nissan TEANA. 

To enhance the premium experience of the All-New Nissan TEANA, there are 9 BOSE Premium Audio System Speakers which provide an impressive surround sound experience.

When it comes to safety, the All-New Nissan TEANA offers a suite of innovative safety and convenience features. These include 6 SRS Airbags, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Active Understeer Control (AUC), Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).

The All-New Nissan TEANA is locally assembled in Malaysia at ETCM’s Serendah Plant, which is equipped with some of the most advanced manufacturing technology.  The All-New Nissan TEANA comes in five colours, including Storm Blue, Tungsten Silver, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold and Brilliant White.

Porsche Macan Previewed in Malaysia. Official Launch in Q4 2014

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) previewed the new Porsche Macan (SUV) last week at Porsche Centre Damansara. The Macan will be officially launched later this year in around Q4 2014. Porsche Macan is a smaller sibling to the Porsche Cayenne and it is marketed as the “first sportscar in the compact SUV segment”. 

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The Macan will be coming into our Malaysian market in 4 variants :- Porsche Macan, Porsche Macan S, Porsche Macan S Diesel and the top ranging Porsche Macan Turbo.

The entry-level Porsche Macan is powered by a 2.0Litre in-line four cylinder turbocharged engine. It produces 237hp and able to achieve 0-100km/h in 6.9 seconds and a top speed of 223 km/h. Fuel consumption of the Macan is 7.2 litres per 100km, making it among the most efficient compact SUV in its class.

One level up the Macan would be the Macan S and Macan S diesel. Macan S comes with a 3.0Litre V6 biturbo engine which does 340hp, 0-100 in just 5.4 seconds and a record of 254km/h top speed. While the Macan S diesel comes with a 3.0Litre V6 single turbo diesel engine. Produces 245hp, does 0-100km/h in 6.3seconds and 230km/h top speed. Fuel consumption for both variants are just 6.3 and 6.1 litres per 100km. 

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 The top ranging and ultimate Macan would be the Macan Turbo. The Macan Turbo is powered by a 3.6litre V6 biturbo engine. It does 400hp, 0-100km/h in just 4.8seconds. Top speed? Massive 266km/h.  All variants come with a 7-speed dual-clutch PDK gearbox and all-wheel-drive.

No official pricing released just yet. Estimated price for the all 4 variants would be around RM460k for the Macan, RM550k for the Macan S, RM560k for the Macan S Diesel, and RM785k for the Macan Turbo. 

 The Macan Turbo will be making an appearance at Bangsar Shopping Centre from May 21st to 25th, 2014 for an opportunity to the Malaysian public to have a closer look at Porsche’s fifth model range. The Macan model range is now available for bookings at Porsche Centre Damansara and Porsche Centre Glenmarie.

Ford Launches New Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost in Malaysia

Hot hatch with turbocharged petrol engine below RM100k?

Today, Ford Malaysia has launched the new Ford Fiesta Sport+ 5-door with 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The car priced at RM93,888, the new Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost is available in Malaysia in the five-door Sport+ variant in three popular colours – Artic White, Panther Black and True Red. It is now available at all showrooms across Peninsular Malaysia and will make its way to Sabah and Sarawak in June 2014.

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Ford’s patented 3-cylinder 1.0L EcoBoost engine is big on power, torque and refinement. The EcoBoost technology combines direct fuel injection, turbocharging and variable valve timing that enable this downsized engine to deliver the power and performance of a conventional 1.6L engine with class-leading fuel efficiency and emissions levels. 

The quiet and smooth-running 1.0L EcoBoost engine produces 125 PS of power and peak torque of 170 Nm. With 25 percent fewer moving parts, the three-cylinder EcoBoost delivers both class-leading fuel efficiency of 5.3L/100 km and CO2 emissions of 121g/km.
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Tiny enough to fit on a sheet of A4 paper or stow away in an airplane overhead luggage compartment, the 1.0L EcoBoost is the smallest of Ford’s growing global family of EcoBoost engines. The 1.0L EcoBoost is the third EcoBoost engine Ford has introduced in Malaysia.

Replacing large engines with smaller-displacement EcoBoost engines is one way Ford is delivering on its green technology commitment, which balances capability with environmental responsibility with an estimated fuel economy improvement by more than 20 percent and 15 percent less carbon dioxide emissions.

“Customers are going to be pleasantly surprised by how the smallest member of our EcoBoost engine family punches far above its weight,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. “Customers will immediately notice and appreciate how quiet the engine is, how quickly the car accelerates and most importantly how little fuel it needs.”

The award-winning 1.0L EcoBoost engine was named “International Engine of the Year” – one of the auto industry’s most prestigious awards globally – for both 2012 and 2013.

The new Ford Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost offers the most comprehensive safety package in its class, including seven airbags – front driver and passenger, side, curtain and driver’s knee airbag.

Key safety and smart features available in the new Ford Fiesta 1.5L variant are also found in the new Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost. These include:-

  • Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with Traction Control System (TCS) – helps customers remain in control of the car at all times, especially on slippery roads
  • Hill Launch Assist – helps drivers make a perfect hill start whether it’s uphill or downhill, by holding the car for up to three seconds on the slope
  • Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA)
  • Ford SYNC™ – hands-free and seamless connectivity which allows drivers to answer phone calls and select music from devices connected via Bluetooth® or USB as well as listen to text messages by simply using voice commands. This helps drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road at all times.
  • Rear Parking Aid with Park Pilot – keeps drivers from backing into obstacles they cannot see when reverse parking as well as during parallel parking
  • Rain-Sensing Wipers – an optical sensor located behind the windscreen that detects the rain and automatically activates the wipers for the driver
  • Smart Keyless Entry with Ford’s Push Button Start

“The Fiesta is key driver of the company’s successful product-led transformation. We are confident that the new Fiesta 1.0L EcoBoost will continue to attract even more new-to-Ford customers, with its unmatched combination of quality, fuel efficiency, safety, smart technologies, head-turning looks and value for money,” said Westerman.

As with all Ford passenger vehicles available in Malaysia, the new Fiesta comes with Ford’s Extended Service Plan (ESP) to provide added peace of mind to customers at no extra cost. Ford ESP is a free three-year or 60,000km maintenance programme that covers parts and labour free of charge.

In addition to routine inspection and maintenance services, Ford’s ESP covers free replacements for selected wear-and-tear items, including spark plugs, shock absorbers, engine belts, brake pads and wiper blades.

Volkswagen Premiere Four Vehicles at Auto China 2014

At Auto China 2014 in Beijing, no less than four vehicles are at the centre of Volkswagen’s show booth. In addition to the world premiere of the facelift Touareg, Volkswagen presents three concept cars to the Chinese market: the extremely sporty Golf R 400, the dynamically- designed New Midsize Coupé and the Golf Edition on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Golf.

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The Touareg is one of the most-successful upper class SUVs in the world, with over 720,000 units sold. In a world premiere, Volkswagen is now presenting the updated version of the Touareg at Auto China in Beijing. The new generation can be visually identified by dynamically-styled front and rear sections as well as fresh colours and wheels. The V6 TDI version now offers a coast function in addition to bi-xenon headlights. In combination with the RNS 850 radio/navigation system and a mobile telephone connection, drivers of the Touareg can now use mobile online services in Europe. The new Touareg version will be launched in the German market in autumn – as a diesel (TDI) and as a hybrid (TSI plus electric motor). 
 

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The name of the Golf R 400 says it all: The extremely sporty car, developed by Volkswagen R GmbH, shows its power in its name – 400 PS (294 kW). Powered by a 2.0 TSI engine, whose technical genes stem from the Polo WRC racing engine, the Golf is catapulted from zero to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. The top speed is 280 km/h, and the maximum torque of 450 Newton metres is available starting at 2,400 rpm. The extremely dynamic Golf R 400 is perfect in every detail: its engine, its permanent 4-wheel-drive system 4MOTION and its sport suspension, as well as its body that has been redesigned to a large extent. The Golf R 400 is painted in “Silver Flake”, which is contrasted by the roof in glossy black and mirror caps in real carbon fibre. 


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The way to the future is shown by a four-door coupé unlike any other in its class – the New Midsize Coupé (NMC) concept car. Volkswagen will show the car in Beijing, combining the worlds of saloon and sports cars. The NMC brings together all the components of a perfect coupé design. The low (1,422 mm) and wide (1,838 mm) body provides for a low centre of gravity. At the same time, the lines of the long bonnet reach over the powerful roof line to the concise C pillar with a short boot to form a completely dynamic silhouette.

The concept car is painted in “Dragon Red,” a brilliant red effects paint, establishing a colour contrast to the high-gloss black elements, such as the roof surface with its integrated panoramic sunroof. The front section, with an avant-garde radiator grille, LED headlights with 3D optics and a large lower air inlet with a concise chrome signature feature an exceptionally progressive design. The side view provides the impression of a sports car, with its 20-inch multi-spoke alloy wheels with 245/40 low- profile tyres.

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The global success and 40th anniversary of the Golf is celebrated with an exclusive concept car: the Golf Edition. This fascinating concept car is equipped like a luxury limousine, and distinguishes itself by the exclusive colour “Magic Morning” and burnished 19-inch “Madrid” alloy wheels. The metallic paint with a white basic tint stands out by a special golden shimmer that becomes visible at certain viewing angles. The interior of the Golf Edition presents itself in two-tone leather in “St. Tropez” sand colour and black. Further highlights like wood trim in the door panels, sports seats, luxurious diamond quilting seams on the upholstery and a centre console in piano finish underscore the luxurious ambience. The concept car honours the Golf, of which more than 30 million units were sold, making it one of the most successful automobiles of all times.

Volkswagen Passat Received Enhancement Features in Malaysia for 2014

The Volkswagen Passat received a new refinement with enhanced specifications in Malaysia.

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Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Mr Christoph Aringer shares that the Passat has always emulated the progress of technological advancement at Volkswagen, saying “Since the inception of its debut model in 1973, the Passat has undergone impressive technological improvements to be the premium executive sedan that it is today; concurrently selling over 15 million vehicles worldwide. The Passat continues to be a testament of our commitment to offer competitively priced class-leading vehicles to Malaysians and the Passat remains ever true to Volkswagen’s values of quality, innovation and environmental friendliness.”

As we have tested before back in late 2012, refer: http://www.fastmotoring.com/index.php/2012/12/volkswagen-passat-1-8-tsi-b7-test-drive-review/

The Passat offers drivers enhanced connectivity, safety and comfort features. The sedan’s range of connectivity options now includes Bluetooth, telephone connectivity and audio streaming which allows Passat owners to wirelessly integrate a compatible mobile phone offering hands-free communication. Its comfort features have been upgraded to include 12-way adjustable electric front seats and memory function for driver’s seat to ensure comfortable and fatigue-free travel, even on long journeys.

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On the car’s security front, the Passat is now improved with anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobiliser offering maximum protection against vehicle theft. Another notable enhanced feature is the sedan’s electric folding exterior mirrors.

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Equipped with a 1.8-litre TSI 160PS turbocharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine, the Passat produces maximum torque of 250Nm kicking in from a low 1500rpm all the way to 4200rpm – making it amongst the most powerful car available in its segment. This efficient engine is mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, enabling this sedan to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.5 seconds; and is capable in reaching a top speed of 220kph.

The combination of its TSI and DSG technology places the Passat at the forefront of Volkswagen’s fuel efficiency, returning a frugal 7.0 litres/100km (approximately 14.3 km/litre) on the combined cycle.

The Passat is available in 6 colour choices: Candy White, Light Brown, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Black Oak Brown and Icelandic Grey. The Passat is available for booking at all Volkswagen dealerships with the selling price of RM 169,888.