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Honda Announces The All-New Honda Odyssey at KLIMS 2013. Priced from RM228k

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Honda Malaysia has unveiled the new 2013 Honda Odyssey at KLIMS 2013. The new Odyssey was recently launched in Japan 2 weeks ago and it is now at our shores! The Honda Odyssey will be available in 2 variants – the EXV and EX. The Honda Odyssey EX will be priced at RM228,000 while the EXV model will go for RM248,000.

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The new Honda Odyssey is powered by the newly developed 2.4L DOHC i-VTEC Earth Dreams Technology engine which produces 175PS and 225NM. The Odyssey is also fitted with a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox. The powertrain offers even better output, torque and fuel efficiency than the engine of the previous model. The new Odyssey also features the ECON mode that ensures fuel-efficient driving with cooperative control while coaching functions changes from white to green indicating economical driving.

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Both the EX and EXV variants features the standard features which includes cruise control, paddle shift, 7” unique display audio, second-row premium Captain Cradle Seats with Ottoman. The higher grade variant – EXV will get the Front independent and Rear auto air conditioning while the EX will only feature a front auto air conditioning and rear vents.

Interior differences between the both variants are the interior trim. The lower grade variant EX will only have ivory colored interior and fabric seats while the EXV will have a black interior with leather seating.

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The New Odyssey features a new “Ultra-Low Floor Platform”, which creates a spacious cabin equivalent to a large class MPV. The ceiling is made to be higher and the floor is lower, this provides roomier space in the interior. On the second row seats, Honda has packed in a cradle seat with Ottoman which provides extra comfort t0 occupants.

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Both the variants of the Odyssey comes with 17-inch Alloy Rims with 215/55 series tyres. Safety wise, Honda has added several advance safety features to offer customers a peace of mind. Its Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure meets both self- protection and damage reduction to other drivers. The All-New Odyssey is equipped with 6- Airbags that consist of Dual Front i-SRS Airbags and i-SRS Side Airbags in the first row and Side Curtain Airbags up until the third row seats. This upper MPV prioritises safety for everyone with G-Force Control (G-CON). Besides that, Honda also offers another Honda’s first in safety while driving – Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Monitor (CTA). The Blind Spot Information alerts the driver with a beeping sound should he/she not be aware of a vehicle that is in the blind spot when he/she wants to turn. The CTA gives off a warning whistle when a collision with a cross-approaching vehicle is predicted while backing up the MPV.

The All-New Odyssey is available in 4 colours of White Orchid Pearl, Super Platinum Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and the Glamorous Mauve Pearl. The new carcomes with a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and a service interval of 10,000 km to provide the best ownership experience.

View the gallery below for more shots on the car!

All-New 2013 Honda CR-V Launched in Malaysia – Priced from RM148,800 OTR

A couple of hours ago, the All-New 2013 Honda CR-V 2.0-litre has launched in Malaysia and Honda Malaysia have disclosed that they have received close to 1,000 bookings before the launched. The 4th generation CR-V remained to be locally assembled (CKD) in Malaysia. In addition, the 2.4-litre variant of the new CR-V will be introduced by June 2013.

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Overall, the All-New CR-V is bolder looking, more fuel-efficient and more 
spaciousness than before. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 7,000 units of the All-New CR-V in 2013.

Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Office, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “In Malaysia, the CR-V is just as popular as in other countries! Even at its initial introduction, the CR-V received good market acceptance. To-date, there are close to 34,000 units of CR-Vs on Malaysian roads.”

“The All-New CR-V that we are introducing to you today is believed to set another new benchmark for SUVs, with its bold design, classy interior and enhanced practicality that are combined with fuel efficiency, performance and comfort of a sedan-like drivability. The All-New CR-V is more aerodynamic in shape and its elegant appearance is an expression of the evolution of the 4th generation CR-V,” added Mr. Ueno.

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The 2013 Honda CR-V 2.0 is powered by an improved 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine mated with 5-speed Automatic Transmission. The ECON button and Eco Assist system which are now part of the features of the All-New CR-V, similar to the new Civic and other Honda’s hybrid series. The ECON button promotes fuel-efficient driving with the push of a button. The Eco Assist guides the driver on efficient driving styles through the illuminated ring colour on the meter cluster that changes from white to green for uneconomical driving to fuel efficient driving respectively.

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Although the all-new CR-V looks bigger and bolder, but in actual it is smaller in size compared to its predecessor. Thanks to the deeper sculpting of bodylines and highlighted front grille. The big classy cabin is even more spacious with better legroom now while giving driver and passengers a high viewpoint. Enhancing comfort for rear passengers is the new Rear Air Conditioner Vent. The cargo area can be increased dramatically from 589 litres to 1,146 litres and is able to fit two mountain bikes side by side, through the One-Motion Rear Foldable Seats.

The All-New CR-V is available in 5 colours of Twilight Blue Metallic, Taffeta White, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Crystal Black Pearl and Polished Metal Metallic.

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Honda Malaysia offers a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage and a new service interval of 10,000 km to provide the best ownership experience for the 4th generation CR-V. In addition, All-New CR-V owners are entitled to 6 times free labour services alternating with paid services.

Lastly, the retail price of the new CR-V is now more affordable than before. The new CR-V 2.0-litre priced from RM 148,800.00 on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. Honda Malaysia offered 4 optional Modulo packages (Alpha, Beta, Urban and Utility Package) with price range from RM 2,550.00 to RM 5,000.00 on top of the car price.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Honda CR-V Malaysia Launch

2013 Honda CR-Z Launched in Malaysia with Higher Output Powertrain & New Lithium-Ion Battery

A scenic Thursday of 21 February 2013, Honda Malaysia launched the new 2013 model of hot-hatch hybrid CR-Z at Setia Alam Convention Centre in Shah Alam. As previously mentioned by FastMotoring, Honda will be launching 5 new models in Malaysia for 2013. Thus, this new CR-Z facelift is the first new model to start off.

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Speaking at the launch of the New CR-Z, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia said, “The New CR-Z is an ideal balance of technology, performance and design. With its enhanced features and styling, it is now even sportier in looks, truly embodying the concept of a “Sport Hybrid”. The New CR-Z is a car that draws attention with its outstanding body lines with upgraded styling of new colours, new materials and beautiful finishes in interior as well as exterior that further enhance its emotional appearance.”

“The New CR-Z will give an ultimate joy of driving experience to Malaysian car enthusiasts. It is the ideal car for those who recognize the value of advanced technology, desire an eye-catching car and care for the environment,” said Mr. Ueno.

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The new 2013 Honda CR-Z features a several new enhancements, notably improved powertrain and IMA hybrid system for increased performance. The exterior styling and interior finishing are both updated. For interior, the red stitching on the new semi leather seats, steering wheel and gear knob similar to the Type R series. Exterior-wise, the front façade and rear bumper are both redesigned for sharper and sportier look.

For folks that really bothered to have HID headlights, the new CR-Z comes with HID headlights as standard and rear LED lights with blue clearcoat decoration.

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The new 2013 Honda CR-Z comes with a 1.5L i-VTEC engine that is connected with a more powerful electric motor. Central to the Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) Hybrid System is the new lithium-ion battery, which helps preserve additional electricity in its compact and durable cells. This high performance lithium-ion battery is able to increase 2x the energy capacity output compared to the previous NiMH battery. With this boost, the New CR-Z gives a more dynamic and energetic driving experience.

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To extend the joy of the sporty performance and fun driving, the New CR-Z is equipped with the Plus Sport System, which gives a better acceleration feeling. This system is perfect for overtaking and it can be used in the 3 different driving modes of NORMAL, ECON and SPORT.

Other new features of the New CR-Z are as follows:-

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- New HID Lights

- New Front Grille & Bumper

- Enhanced Daytime Running Lights

- Blue Clearcoat Lens Decoration Rear LED Lights

- New Rear Diffuser

- Semi Leather Seats with Red Stitching

- Red Stitching Steering Wheel & Gear Knob

- New Interior Sporty Colour in Red and Black

- Higher Engine Horsepower

- Improved Transmission

- New Lithium-Ion Battery 

- Plus Sport System

In terms of the safety standard, the New CR-Z is remained equipped with Dual Front SRS Airbags, Side Curtain & Side Airbags with Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), G-Force Control Technology (G-CON), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Brake Assist (BA), Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) and Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE).

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In view of the good market acceptance, Honda Malaysia targets to sell 300 units of the New CR-Z a month in 2013.

The New CR-Z is available in both 6-speed Manual Transmission and Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with 7-speed paddle shift and comes in four exciting colours – Premium Northern Lights Violet Pearl, Premium White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Milano Red.  Pricing-wise, the new CR-Z 6-speed manual model is priced at RM 119,000.00, while the 7-speed CVT model is priced at RM 123,000.00 in Peninsular Malaysia.

Honda Malaysia is now offering a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage for the new 2013 Honda CR-Z, including the IMA Battery. In addition, a new free service package comprising up to six free labour services alternating with paid services until 100,000 km is offered to all owners of the New CR-Z as well.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Honda CR-Z Launch in Malaysia

Honda Malaysia Launched CKD Honda Jazz Hybrid – RM 89,900 OTR

Last Friday, Honda Malaysia rolled out the first locally assembled (CKD) hybrid vehicle in Malaysia. The Honda Jazz Hybrid is now CKD at its Pegoh Plant in Alor Gajah. The historic launch ceremony was graced by Dato’ Mukhriz Tun Mahathir, Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI).

 

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Speaking at the event, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia said, “We are very pleased and honoured to introduce the first CKD Honda Jazz Hybrid today. This is a significant achievement for Honda Malaysia to further reinforce our position as the pioneer in hybrid technology in Malaysia. Since the first Honda hybrid car arrived on Malaysian roads in 2007, we have sold a total of 12,194 units of hybrids as at October 2012. This would not have been possible without the support and efforts by Malaysian government to promote energy efficient vehicles and green technology. Honda Malaysia remains committed to support the government’s green efforts. Our mission is to continue providing advanced technology products with speed and affordability that maximize the joy of our customers for them to enjoy the freedom of mobility while contributing towards a greener earth.”

 

Honda Malaysia is the first car manufacturer in Malaysia for assembling hybrids locally. The CKD Jazz Hybrid is built from the Jazz Hybrid platform, which debuted in Malaysia in March 2012 as CBU model. The CKD Jazz Hybrid is equipped with the same Honda’s 1.3L i-VTEC engine and Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) hybrid system. It is the same engine as Honda Insight as well. The stylish exterior of the CKD Jazz Hybrid consists of Chrome Grille with Blue Reflector, Chrome Rear License Garnish, Rear LED Taillights with Blue Highlight and 15-inch Alloy Wheels. Overall, the CKD Jazz Hybrid further reflects the advanced and clean design of the Jazz.

 

The driving experience is further enhanced with easily accessible information on the Multi Information Display (MID). The Charge Assist Indicator and the fun ECO Assist System provide alerts on the driving style in an interactive and fun way. The CKD Jazz Hybrid also retains most of the functions from the CBU version such as the highly acclaimed Ultra Seat and a large boot space that emphasizes great practicality and space. The boot’s capacity (above floor) is up to 831 litres and allows the Ultra Seat to transform, flip and adjust easily to different modes for different purposes. Most importantly, the signal indicator and wiper controller is now at the ‘right’ side. Previously, the wiper controller is on the right and the signal indicator on the left.

 

On the safety aspect, the CKD Jazz Hybrid include Dual Front SRS Airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Immobilizer System and 4-corner reverse sensor.

 

Mr. Yoichiro Ueno added, “The market acceptance of hybrid vehicles in Malaysia has been monitored since 2007. With our broad line-up of hybrid vehicles, I am proud to announce that 69% of the Hybrid cars in Malaysia are from Honda. These encouraging figures show that more and more Malaysians are becoming committed to the environment and Honda is playing a leading role in energy efficient technologies. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 4,800 units of CKD Jazz Hybrid in 2013.”

 

In producing the hybrid vehicle locally, Honda brought in the latest technology to Malaysia and provided training for local associates to ensure that the quality is at par with the global Honda standard. Every Hybrid battery pack in the CKD Jazz Hybrid is tested using the Intelligent Power Unit (IPU) inspection machine which was recently installed to ensure the integrity and performance of the key part of the hybrid vehicle. In addition to installing new machinery to the plant, Honda Malaysia is also committed to the transfer of technology and know-how to its local associates who have had the opportunity to be trained in Japan and Thailand on the intricacies of producing hybrid vehicles. The introduction of this CKD Jazz Hybrid into the current manufacturing system has been the shortest development of a New Model in the history of Honda Malaysia.

 

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The new 2.15-kilometre test track in the Pegoh plant provides an excellent test ground that simulate normal road with various conditions and every Honda CKD model is put to the test here before it is delivered to the customer. Furthermore, the factory is designed to adopt the “Green Factory” concept. Honda Malaysia’s environmental commitment is not limited to the products, but it is also extended to overall corporate activities and factory. Improvement in energy management such as energy saving lights, natural air ventilation and waste reduction have been introduced to the factory.

 

Following this exciting development, Honda will set up a Research & Development Centre (HRAP-MA) at Honda’s Pegoh Plant by December 2012. The R&D Centre aims to develop parts design that best match the local suppliers and to further increase the local content.

 

Malaysia’s first ever locally produced hybrid model will be available at all showrooms starting today. The CKD Jazz Hybrid comes in five colours – Tafetta White, Sparkling Brown Metallic, Alabaster Silver Metallic, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. Customers are able to enjoy 5-years or 140,000 km warranty for the battery.

 

Lastly, the price tag of the Honda Jazz Hybrid now revised to RM 89,900 on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. Precisely, it is cheaper by RM 4,900 compared to the fully imported (CBU) car that launched early this year.

Honda Malaysia Sponsors A New City For ASEAN NCAP Crash Test

Recently, Honda Malaysia sponsored a new Honda City for the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Vehicles (MIROS) to run the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (ASEAN NCAP) crash test.

 

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The first crash test was conducted at the specially built NCAP crash lab in Malacca, where a series of crash tests for sedans and small cars will be undertaken under its Phase I testing. The crash test speed was recorded at 63.6 km/h. Following this crash test, another City will undergo an official ASEAN NCAP crash test in December, which will further add tenability to the results when announced later at ASEAN NCAP’s website.

 

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Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “We are pleased to be able to assist MIROS in the ASEAN NCAP as we share a mutual desire for safer cars and safer roads in Malaysia. At Honda, we are committed to identifying and implementing advanced designs and features that help enhance the safety of Honda vehicles on the road. Honda has a long history of leadership in the development and application of advanced technologies and designs to enhance the safety of all road users, including occupants of other vehicles and injury mitigation for pedestrians. This commitment to safety is rooted in Honda’s goal to be a company that society wants to exist.”

 

“This opportunity to work with MIROS is indeed timely as we are able to assist in analysing the safety ratings of Honda cars in our efforts towards promoting and supporting the government’s move towards road safety. Honda safety experts also came in from Japan specifically to assist in this effort by MIROS,” Mr. Ueno added.

 

Accordingly, Honda is proactively supporting the development of ASEAN NCAP by providing technical expertise and guidance to help uphold the assessment to reach international crash standards. During the crash test session, Mr. Yoshiji Kadotani, Mr. Tadashi Mashita, Chief and Assistant Chief Engineer of Honda’s R&D were at hand to guide the MIROS team on various aspects of the crash test. Dummies placements, the ideal in-car temperature to monitor the dummies, mechanics to achieve the desired speed in order to get accurate results and tweaking of the cables to obtain the right tension when the car is pulled were some of the details that the team worked on with MIROS to stimulate a real-life crash situation. Mr. Kadotani, Mr. Mashita and their team have extensive experience in vehicle safety, having crash tested more than 20,000 cars.

 

At the crash test session, the MIROS NCAP’s Development Manager, Mr. Khairil Anwar reiterated his gratitude for Honda’s willingness to work hand-in-hand with MIROS towards setting an ASEAN safety assessment standard.

 

The body structure of a Honda car is built with the G-force Control Technology (G-CON) that helps disperse crash impact and absorb impact energy by reducing injuries significantly while improving safety for everyone involved in a collision. Honda’s passive safety technologies also include the Dual Front SRS Airbags and the 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts to minimize injury of passengers. In terms of active safety, Honda’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) controls are designed to assist the driver in slippery situations and stabilise the vehicle accordingly. Besides VSA, the City is equipped with Anti- Lock Braking System (ABS), Emergency Brake Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA).

 

Safety is part of Honda’s commitment and priority; thus, we always pro-actively comply with new regulations. In fact, all Honda cars’ safety standards and crashworthiness meet the UN Economic Commission of Europe (UNECE)’s R94 and R95 regulations. Honda will continue to study real world situations and develop new safety technologies for its customers to make the roads of the world a safer place.

 

Photo Gallery: Honda City in ASEAN NCAP crash test