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Lexus will unveil RC Coupe F Sport at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will unveil the F Sport variant of its RC Coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.
 

First revealed at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the RC is a standalone model rather than a two-door derivative of a sedan. Based on the GS platform, it differs in all dimensions from the GS and IS model lines.  The F Sport variant of the RC 350 offers visual and dynamic upgrades over the standard model.

Visual upgrades include unique interior and exterior styling package, including body kit, wheels, interior instruments, seating and other touches. The F Sport’s dynamic upgrades take the form of exclusively tuned front and rear suspension hardware, the availability of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS) and the Lexus Dynamic Handling (LDH) system (incorporating dynamic rear steering), providing drivers with an even more rewarding and engaging driving experience.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Readily identified by a model-specific ‘F’ mesh grille design, the front of F Sport models features a further evolution of the Lexus spindle grille.  The F Sport model range combines model-specific badging with a unique 19″ F Sport alloy wheel design featuring a machine-finished outer 10-spoke layer offset over an inner 10-spoke layer finished in a dark metallic paint.

Three exterior colours – White Nova, orange and Flame Blue. The RC F Sport also adopts an LFA-style instrument cluster with moveable centre ring, and an F Sport steering wheel and premium shift knob. The F Sport-exclusive interior design is completed by Wedge Metal ornamentation and an F Sport-exclusive Dark Rose interior colour.

2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus Engineers have carefully tuned the RC F Sport to offer greater dynamic performance. Kicking off the dynamic upgrades for the F Sport model is the adoption of Adaptive Variable Suspension (AVS).

Teamed to drive mode select, AVS responds to driver inputs, vehicle body motion and road surface conditions to automatically and independently adjust the performance of the suspension at all four corners to maximise dynamic performance.

When the vehicle’s Sport+ drive mode is selected, AVS is set to SPORT and allows the driver to feel improved body control and precise responses to steering input via a firmer suspension setting and revised power steering assistance.

The suspension enhancements of the RC 350 F Sport are complemented by the four-wheel steering benefits of the LDH system. This leading-edge technology offers the integration of Dynamic Rear Steering (DRS), Electric Power Steering and Variable Gear Ratio Steering (VGRS). 

The system calculates the optimum angle for all four wheels by monitoring vehicle speed, steering direction and driver inputs. Using VGRS in the front and DRS in the rear, the system can independently manage both front and rear wheel steering angles to help improve turn-in response, rear grip, vehicle control and overall agility when cornering.

The Lexus unique Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management system coordinates LDH, the Anti-lock Braking System, Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Adaptive Variable Suspension. The LDH system monitors vehicle speed and yaw rate, steering angle and speed, and lateral G to calculate the required rear wheel steering input up to a maximum rear wheel angle of 2.0 degrees. 

The front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions at lower speeds to assist manoeuvrability and in the same direction at higher speeds to provide stability. The Lexus Dynamic Handling system coordinates all of the above and optimises dynamic and safety systems to suit vehicle speed and driving style.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

 

RC 350

Length / mm

4,695

Height / mm

1, 395

Width / mm

1,840

Wheelbase / mm

2, 730

Seating capacity persons

4

Driven wheels

Rear-wheel drive

Engine type

2 GR-FSE

Cylinders

V6

Engine output / kW/rpm

234/6,400

Torque / Nm/rpm

380/4,800

Transmission

8AT

Suspension

Front: Double Wishbone

Rear: Multilink

 

Photo Gallery: 2014 Lexus RC Coupe F Sport

Lexus RC F GT3 concept unveiled for 2014 Geneva Motor Show

Lexus will debut a racing version of its RC F performance coupe at the 2014 Geneva International Motor Show.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept

The RC F GT3 concept has been developed to meet GT3 international racing standards. Weighing just 1,250 kg, the RC F GT3 features a modified version of the RC F’s V8 engine, producing a maximum power output approaching 400 kilowatts. 

Lexus will supply GT3-compliant vehicles to racing teams starting in 2015, with vehicle testing commencing this year. GT3-compliant vehicles are an attractive option for race events globally and are eligible for numerous events, including the 24 Hours of Nürburgring endurance race in Germany and the Super Taikyu Endurance and Super GT series in Japan.

Lexus RC F GT3 concept major specifications

Length (mm)

Width (mm)

Height (mm)

Weight (kg)

Wheelbase (mm)

Engine

Power

4,705

2,000

1,270

1,250

2,730

V8 gasoline engine

Approx 397kW

 

 

Photo Gallery: Lexus RC F GT3 concept

Honda City 2014 Malaysia Previewed with Details

With surprise, Honda Malaysia gave the media preview of the brand New Honda City 2014 yesterday and will be display in public areas for public view as a move of pre-launch.

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There will be 4 variants for the first batch of official launch which is S, S+, E and the top of the specs V.  Analyzing the Honda City on the display we suspect this could be the Honda City E Spec as Honda Malaysia did not mention what variant is this. Under the hood the Engine used will be the same 1.5L i-vtec engine which produces about 120 hp @ 6600 rpm and 145Nm of torque but pair with a new CVT gear box which replaces the 5 speed gear box.

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The new Honda City adapted the new Honda Jazz design to up trend the modern yet stylish design. The bigger openings of front lower bumper and the uplift headlamp gives new Honda City a more aggressive front fascia. However, Honda was able to maintain the previous generation spacious frame thus, the shape of the Honda City look familiar. Honda Malaysia also mention that there will be new CKD hybrid models coming up later this year. We see a possibility of CKD Honda City Hybrid.

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Like the title, Honda Malaysia was only given the media a preview of the the brand new Honda City & we are not able to unlock the car. Luckily our photographers were able to take some shots for our readers to view what would be actual production model. The flat type of centre dashboard reminds us the interior styling of VW Golf MK7. The Honda City will be equipped with tons of upgraded goodies, there will be an ECON mode, push start button, 6 air bags , smart entry , shark fin antenna and 8 speaker with 7 inch display for the In Car Entertainment system. Again, these equipment will varies from models.

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The new Honda City is available for booking and Honda Malaysia only indicated the pricing will be announced later next month & it will be affordable. Judging from the photos, there should be a few colours available including Black & Blue. The 2014 Honda City Malaysia  version, will be display for public viewing in the following location and dates. If you eager to see the new Honda City before it hits the show room, do not miss this.

More details will be update as we awaits the official launch date. 

No. Location Date
1 Paradigm Mall – Selangor 21 – 23 February 2014
2 The Curve – Selangor 24 – 26 February 2014
3 East Coast  Mall – Penang 27 February – 2 March 2014
4 KSL City – Johor 4 -6 March 2014
5 Tesco Ipoh Garden – Perak 7 – 9 March 2014
6 Queensbay Mall – Penang 10 – 12 March 2014

Gallery : Honda City 2014 Malaysia

Mitsubishi Motors MEGA Save Offers in Malaysia

Head over to any authorized Mitsubishi Motors showroom today to enjoy mega savings from Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia including cash rebates up to RM11,000, free maintenance program up to 2 years, low interest rate scheme for Mirage models and FREE gifts for selected variants!

Mitsubishi MEGA Save

From today until a limited period only, customers who book and register any Triton and Pajero Sport models will be entitled for 2-years free maintenance and cash rebates from RM1,000 to RM9,000.

Customers who book any Attrage models will be entitled for 1-year free maintenance and RM1,000 cash rebate.

Customers who book the Mirage models will be entitled for 1-year free maintenance and choose to enjoy either cash rebates from RM1,500 to RM4,000 or 0.03% low financing scheme.

Customers who book the Lancer GT or Lancer Sportback enjoy 2-year free maintenance plus cash rebates from RM2,000 to RM8,000.

Also, customers who book the newly launched 2014 ASX will enjoy with 2-years free maintenance. First 300 new 2014 ASX customers who register this vehicle will be rewarded with a Special Leather Case. 

Mitsubishi’s 2-years free maintenance package offers free maintenance on parts lubricants and labour costs. The program also offers new Mitsubishi owners a hassle-free drive and peace of mind. Some of the free maintenance parts that are included are engine oil, fuel filters, air cleaner, brake fluid, coolant, differential oil and transmission oil (based on the recommended scheduled service).

Toyota Decided to Cease Local Manufacturing in Australia by 2017

After Ford and Holden decision to quit production in Australia, Toyota Australia today announced that it will stop building cars in Australia by the end of 2017 and become a national sales and distribution company.

This means that local manufacturing of the Camry, Camry Hybrid and Aurion vehicles, as well as the production of four cylinder engines, will cease by the end of 2017 in Australia.

Toyota workers celebrate production of the three-millionth Toyota in Australia, a Camry Hybrid (Camry hL model shown)

The decision was not based on any single factor. The market and economic factors contributing to the decision include the unfavourable Australian dollar that makes exports unviable, high costs of manufacturing and low economies of scale for our vehicle production and local supplier base.

Together with one of the most open and fragmented automotive markets in the world and increased competitiveness due to current and future Free Trade Agreements, it is not viable to continue building cars in Australia.

Toyota Australia President and CEO, Max Yasuda, was joined by Toyota Motor Corporation President and CEO, Akio Toyoda, as he made the announcement to employees late this afternoon.

“This is devastating news for all of our employees who have dedicated their lives to the company during the past 50 years,” Mr Yasuda said.

“While we have been undertaking the enormous task of transforming our business during the past two years, our people have joined us on the same journey, which makes it even more difficult to announce this decision

“We did everything that we could to transform our business, but the reality is that there are too many factors beyond our control that make it unviable to build cars in Australia.

“Although the company has made profits in the past, our manufacturing operations have continued to be loss making despite our best efforts.

“Our focus will now be to work with our employees, suppliers, government and the unions as we transition to a national sales and distribution company. Support services will be available to our employees and we will do everything that we can to minimise the impact of this decision on our employees and suppliers.”

Mr Yasuda said approximately 2,500 employees directly involved with manufacturing will be impacted when the plant stops building cars in 2017.

There will also be an impact on the company’s corporate divisions, which will be studied over the coming months to determine what roles and functions will remain in the future.

Mr Yasuda said that Toyota was also committed to providing support to the industry as it prepares for the end of vehicle manufacturing in Australia.

“We will work with our key stakeholders to determine how to provide the best support to our employees, suppliers and local communities during the coming years,” Mr Yasuda said.

“Not only do we need to ensure our local suppliers and employees can plan for their future, we also need to make sure that we continue to produce high quality vehicles and engines for our domestic and export customers.”

Toyota Australia will continue to be involved in its local communities and employ thousands of people both directly and indirectly via its extensive dealership network.

It is the company’s intention to import the Camry and Aurion vehicles beyond 2017, along with the entire range of Toyota passenger and commercial vehicles.