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Volkswagen Passat Received Enhancement Features in Malaysia for 2014

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

2014 Volkswagen Passat CKD 

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.

The Passat_12-way adjustable electric front seats

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.

The Passat_Electric folding exterior mirrors

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. 

BMW Group Malaysia Launches 3rd-Gen BMW X5. Priced from RM558,800

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BMW Group Malaysia recently introduced the third-generation BMW X5. The X5 is BMW’s leading model in the Premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) segment. The all-new X5 is made available in 2 different variants in the form of petrol and diesel option which makes BMW X5 xDrive35i (petrol) and BMW X5 xDrive30d (diesel). Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said that the third generation BMW X5 will continue its lead in the Premium SAV segment as the vehicle offers the perfect balance of award-winning design, sporty and aggressive performance across multiple terrain as well as luxurious aesthetics and advanced technological innovation courtesy of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive.

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The design of the All-New BMW X5 combines hallmark X model characteristics with sporty elegance. Presenting an even more expressive and conspicuous front design, the all-new premium SAV features twin headlight units which extends all the way to the kidney grille, and is combined with Adaptive LED headlights and LED fog lights.

At the heart of the new BMW X5 is the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that teams up with the 8-speed automatic transmission. Coupled with additional BMW EfficientDynamics features, the BMW X5 is now said to be achieving an even more exceptional acceleration and significantly reduced fuel consumption and emissions. The petrol variant BMW X5 xDrive35i is equipped with a 6-cyclinder in-line petrol engine which delivers maximum output of 225kW/306hp with torque peaking at 400Nm. With such great performance, the engine is able to achieve acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 6.5seconds. The xDrive35i manage to decrease 16% in fuel consumption compared to its predecessor, achieving just 8.5litres per 100km.

Meanwhile, the BMW xDrive30d is powered by a 6-cyclinder 3.0litre diesel engine which produces maximum output of 190kW/258hp with peak torque of 560Nm. 0-100km/h achievable in just 6.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is at 6.2litre per 100km.

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Both models offers more fuel savings with the ECO PRO mode which could be activated through the Driving Experience Control button featured as standard. The unique ECO PRO mode allow drivers to sail in neutral with the engine decoupled from the drivetrain at speeds between 50 and 160km/h when the driver takes the foot off the accelerator pedal. Also, for the first time ever, BMW has introduced its Adaptive Comfort Suspension Package exclusively made available only for the BMW xDrive35i. The adaptive suspension package matches the driving style and individual preferences of the driver as closely as possible to provide an unparrelled combination of high-level driving dynamics and ride comfort.

The BMW X5 is fitted with Leather Dakota upholstery. The Leather Dakota Terra upholstery is made exclusively for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i with an interior trim of Fine-wood American Oak and is fitted with a sports leather steeering wheel with gearshift paddles. Meanwhile, the interior trim of the BMW X5 xDrive30d is complimented with highlight trim finishers in Oxide Silver Dark Matte and a sports leather steering wheel. The BMW X5 xDrive35i is now fitted with two additional seats attached to the third seat row which transforms the car into a seven-seater.

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With BMW ConnectedDrive, BMW X5 brings together an extensive range of mobility services and driver assistance systems made available with BMW’s innovative in-car technology. The new BMW X5 now features a full-colour BMW Head-Up Display (only available with X5 xDrive35i) which projects relevant information directly into the driver’s field of vision, allowing him or her to always remain focused on the road ahead. The information projected includes essential vehicle information as well as infotainment messages. Also new is the Surround View Camera system which allows drivers to easily drive through tight spaces. This impressive function provides an accurate birds-eye view of the surrounding area which is shown on the control display. This is also combined with Side View functions which assists the driver when approaching areas with limited visibility

Colours available for the All-New BMW X5 includes Alpine White, Space Grey, and Black Sapphire while Sparkling Brown and Sophisto Grey are an exclusive colour addition for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive35i while Glacier Silver is an exclusive colour available for the All-New BMW X5 xDrive30d.

Prices are RM558,800 for xDrive30d (without insurance) & RM598,800 for xDrive35i (without insurance).

2014 Toyota Innova Facelifted in Malaysia

In Malaysia, Toyota Innova receives a refreshed front design for 2014, which gives a more “complicated” appearance to the car. The radiator grille, with three horizontal slats, has been enlarged to provide more presence while the double layer front bumper has been redesigned to complement the new grille. Fog lamps are neatly integrated in recesses on either corner of the bumper.

2014 Toyota Innova Facelift Malaysia

At the rear, there is a thicker chrome garnish with integrated reflectors added to the large rear door. The chrome finish adds a touch of class to the Innova. The 15-inch alloy rims now come with a new 10-spoke design that complements the advanced image of the overall exterior design.

2014 Toyota Innova Facelift Malaysia

The dual air conditioner ensures that all occupants receive cool air for enhanced comfort and separate controls at the front and over the 2nd row for extra convenient to rear passengers. Automatic climate control air-conditioning comes standard with 2.0G variant.

The latest Toyota Innova is available in four exterior colour choices – Dark Steel Mica Metallic, Silver Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic and Solid White (non-metallic).

Three variants of 2014 Toyota Innova facelift as follow:-

- TOYOTA INNOVA 2.0G (AT): RM 110,990.00


- TOYOTA INNOVA 2.0E (AT): RM 103,545.90


- TOYOTA INNOVA 2.0E (MT): RM 98,545.90


(Above price are for private registrations, metallic colour for Peninsular Malaysia)

Fancy for a set of body kit? UMW Toyota Motor offers a new optional Aerokit Package. The package consists of a front bumper spoiler, rear bumper spoiler, roof spoiler and side skirts. Other functional accessories, DVD-AVX and AVN packages, rear seat entertainment and window tint accessories are also available for Toyota Innova customers.

Lastly, all the new Toyota Innova from UMW Toyota Motor comes with a 36-month/100,000 kms (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Toyota Innova Facelift

Nissan launches new X-Gear Facelift. Priced at RM89,800

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 Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has unveiled the new Nissan X-Gear facelift in 1 Utama shopping centre. The 5-seater crossover is now refreshed with new and sportier looks for 2014. 

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So what’s new? The new X-Gear has new roof rails, chrome grille, 15-inch V-spoke alloy rims, new steering design with audio controls, new Fine Vision meter with Multi Information Display, updated 2-DIN head unit. Fabric seat design is also new enhancement to the cabin. Rear seats are 60:40 split folding that opens up the boot space from 383 litres to 769. New roof rails are able to hold up to 25kg load. 

Powering the X-Gear is the 1.6L HRDE16 engine producing 105PS and 150Nm of torque. Gearbox is a four-speed automatic transmission only. (No manual option). Safety wise, it comes standard with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD and BA. The facelifted model now has new front seatbelts  equipped with pre-tensioners and load limiters that meets the latest UNECE safety regulations for frontal and side-impact protection. 

Nissan also offers the Impul complete package for the X-Gear (more details below). X-Gear will be now priced at RM89,800 OTR with insurance which includes 3-year warranty / 100,000km (whichever comes first). Five color options will be available for the X-Gear : Garnet Red, Bronze Gold, Diamond Black, Brilliant White and Tungsten Silver.

Key Features of the New Nissan X-GEAR (provided by Nissan)

Exterior

Interior

Safety Features

▪  Head Lamps and Chrome front grille

▪  Front bumper

▪  15” V-spoke alloy rims

▪  Wing mirror

▪  Rear bumper with integrated rear reflectors

▪  LED High Mount Stop Lamp

▪  Horizontal Rear Lamps

▪  Roof Rail

  ▪  Fine Vision Meter with

     Multi-Information Display

     (MID)

▪  Black Urethane Steering Wheel with MID and audio switches

▪  Wide 2-DIN audio head unit with AM/FM/CD/MP3 capability and AUX input

▪  New fabric for seats

 

▪  Front seatbelts with Pre-tensioners and load limiters

 

New Colours

▪  Garnet Red

▪  Diamond Black

▪  Bronze Gold

IMPUL Complete Package:

PARTS

PRICE (RM)

IMPUL rear roof spoiler

700

17” IMPUL AURA SX-20 Alloy Wheels

(4 pieces including centre cap and air valve)

4,500 per set of 4

IMPUL Sports Suspension System

2,800

Goodyear Eagle F1 Directional 5 (4pcs)

1,800 per set of 4

Lotus Exige S Roasted launched in KL

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Lotus officially launched the new Exige S Roadster to the Malaysian market at the its own flagship showroom and centre in Penchala, KL. The Exige S Roadster sits alongside the Exige S, Exige Cup and Exige Cup R completing the Exige line-up. 

Exige S Roadster is powered by the same 3.5L V6 supercharger engine. Weighing 10kg less than the Exige S at 1,1666kg, none of the exhilarating performance of the Exige range is compromised. 0-100km/h achievable in just 3.9seconds. Deliverying 345 hp at 7,000rpm and 400Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. Gearbox is a 6-speed manual transmission, no automatic transmission option.

Interior, there is leather upholstery with an air conditioning system, and a 4-speaker sound system. Putting on the fabric soft top would have to be manually done. Safety wise, it comes standard with two front airbags, and ABS with EBD and brake assistance, and stability control.

The Exige S Roadster is priced from RM452,030 on the road without insurance and other misc charges. Lotus have also included a three-year OR 100,000km (whichever comes first) warranty.