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  • Touch ‘n Go announces pilot programme for TNG RFID Fueling at Shell petrol stations – RM20 eWallet credit

    In February last year, Touch ‘n Go (TnG) and Shell Malaysia announced that they would be collaborating on the implementation of a RFID fuel payment system at selected participating Shell stations. It now looks like the system is being readied for deployment.

    According to TnG, RFID users will soon be able to make their petrol purchase via the RFID tags on their vehicles. An email invitation has been sent out to selected customers, inviting them to participate in a pilot programme for the TNG RFID Fueling system at five Shell petrol stations in the Klang Valley.

    Those sent the email can click on the supplied link to register their interest, and if selected, will receive up to RM20 worth of eWallet credit to try out the new payment option.

    The setup enables customers to make payments for fuel at the refuelling bay without requiring any interaction with their mobile phones or a point-of-sale system at the fueling bay, with payment made via the TnG eWallet linked to RFID. Upon the completion of the refueling process, transaction details will be immediately available to the user through the Touch ‘n Go eWallet mobile app.

    The five stations involved in the TNG RFID Fuelling pilot programme are Shell Bandar Sri Menjalara, Shell Mint Hotel, Shell NKVE Damansara, Shell Taman Connaught and Shell Taman Tun Dr Ismail. According to Shell, the invitation is being extended to selected users of TNG RFID living within the vicinity of the five pilot stations, based on a list of preset criteria.

  • Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace facelift unveiled – 7-seat SUV gets new looks and safety tech, same engines

    Nearly a year on from the debut of the facelifted Volkswagen Tiguan, its larger Allspace sibling finally gets its own nip and tuck. The seven-seater SUV receives virtually identical changes to the aesthetics and technologies while retaining the same mechanicals as before.

    Those changes include a completely redesigned front end, featuring slimmer LED headlights (with available IQ.Light matrix technology) with Mk8 Golf-style “tails”, plus a larger grille with a downward dip along the lower edge. Here, the Allspace is differentiated from the regular Tiguan via an optional light strip in the grille that joins the headlights, again in a similar fashion to the Golf.

    The bumper has also been re-profiled with a sweptback air intake design and C-shaped bumper corner trim. Along the side, the front fender appliqués have been made slimmer and longer, while the rear end incorporates new centred Tiguan badging on the tailgate, a full-width reflector strip and a revised rear valence with fake exhaust exits. Adding the IQ.Light option also adds new taillights with inverted L-shaped graphics.

    As before, you can specify the Allspace with the R-Line package, which comes with a larger bone-shaped air intake framed by chrome and gloss black trim, body-coloured cladding and a rear diffuser with integrated quad “tailpipes”. There are also new wheel options that measure between 17 and 20 inches in diameter.

    Inside, the Allspace benefits (or suffers, depending where you stand) from touch-sensitive switches on the new three-spoke steering wheel and the climate controls. A digital instrument display is now standard with an eight-inch screen, while a larger ten-inch screen is available as an option. The infotainment systems offered on the car have also been upgraded to the third-generation Modular Infotainment Matrix (MIB3).

    Other options include wireless smartphone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, 15-colour ambient lighting and premium sound systems from either Fender (in the US) or Harman Kardon (in Europe). Safety-wise, all models come with at least autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

    Buyers can specify the IQ.Drive package that throws in adaptive cruise control with stop and go and lane centring assist to provide Level 2 semi-autonomous driving. There are also a number of optional safety features, such as automatic high beam, parking assist and traffic sign recognition.

    Engine options remain the same as before and include a 150 PS 1.5 litre TSI turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine and a 2.0 litre all-wheel drive version with either 190 PS or 245 PS. A 2.0 litre TDI turbodiesel is also offered with 150 PS or 200 PS, while the gearbox options are a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission.

    The US, on the other hand, gets the 190 PS 2.0 litre petrol with either front- or all-wheel drive, mated to an eight-speed automatic. Unlike the standard Tiguan, the Allspace won’t be getting the plug-in eHybrid variant, nor the high-performance R.


  • AD: Own a Volvo the more affordable way thanks to pre-owned units at attractive prices at Federal Auto!

    For illustration purposes only. Contact Federal Auto to view available vehicles

    There are plenty of benefits to owning a Volvo, from the clean and sophisticated Scandinavian design to the best and latest in safety technologies. But Sweden’s most famous export is also so popular that there’s now a significant waiting list for one, so here’s a way to cut the queue and get a significant saving while you’re at it. That’s the promise of a pre-owned Volvo from Federal Auto, now available at attractive prices.

    This Raya, you’ll be able to browse from a whole range of Volvo models. Whichever model you want, you’ll be able to get it – everything from the XC40 to the XC90 will be offered starting from as low as RM198,888. Not only are prices lower for these vehicles that are as good as new, you will also not have to deal with the steep depreciation that comes with buying a brand new car, so your Volvo will hold on to its value for longer.

    Feeling enticed? Drop by your nearest Federal Auto Volvo showroom and drive home in a pre-owned Volvo today! For more information, visit the official Federal Auto website or contact your preferred Federal Auto Volvo dealer:

    Volvo Glenmarie, Federal Auto: 03-5569 4880
    Lot 43, Jalan Pelukis U1/46, Sec U1,
    Glenmarie, 40150 Shah Alam, Selangor.

    Volvo KL, Federal Auto: 03-2260 1411
    Ground Floor, Menara MBMR,
    No. 1, Jalan Syed Putra,
    58000 Kuala Lumpur.

    Volvo Penang, Federal Auto: 04-281 7300
    No. 89A, Jalan Sungai Pinang,
    10150 Georgetown, Pulau Pinang.

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  • 2021 Range Rover Evoque P300 HST on sale in the UK

    Land Rover has introduced the new Range Rover Evoque P300 HST in the UK. It’s priced from £50,440 (RM294k), which is quite a bit higher than the entry-level asking price of £32,115 (RM187k). It is, however, available exclusively with the P300 Ingenium engine – more on that shortly.

    Design-wise, the enhanced R-Dynamic S-based model is inspired by the Range Rover Sport HST that was introduced back in February 2019. Unique to it are features such as the gloss black sliding panoramic roof, privacy glass, and gloss black 20-inch wheels with red brake calipers.

    Customers have 11 exterior colours to choose from, and the stylish SUV is further kitted with Black Pack, comprising darkened elements like the Range Rover bonnet script, side vents, bonnet louvres, door mirror caps and exterior accents.

    Inside, the Evoque P300 HST shares the exclusive Suedecloth steering wheel and Ebony Suedecloth headlining as the Range Rover Sport HST. Other luxury appointments include grained leather seat upholstery, Range Rover treadplates, and a powered tailgate.

    For the driver, there’s the automaker’s new 12.3-inch Interactive Driver Display, providing a wealth of information from driving data, to navigation instructions and multimedia readouts. Speaking of which, it gets the Pivi Pro infotainment system with a deployable 10-inch touchscreen display. A 400 watt, 13-speaker Meridian Sound System is standard, as is a separate 10-inch lower touchscreen panel.

    Powering the car is the top 2.0 litre four-cylinder Ingenium mill (the same unit found in the base F-Type), developing 300 PS at 5,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,500 to 4,000 rpm. A nine-speed automatic gearbox sends drive to all four wheels (Efficient Driveline AWD with Driveline Disconnect), propelling the SUV from standstill to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds.

    The attractive design is backed by some off-road capability – the Evoque boasts a ground clearance of 212 mm, a maximum water wading depth of 600 mm and the latest Terrain Response 2 system, featuring an Auto mode that adjusts the engine and transmission settings to suit the prevailing driving conditions. You may learn more by reading our review of the Evoque.

  • Tesla puts on hold plans for Shanghai plant expansion

    Tesla Model 3

    Tesla has halted plans to purchase land for the expansion of its manufacturing plant in Shanghai in order to make it a global export hub, reports Reuters. The pause was due to uncertainty from growing tensions between the United States and China, the news wire was told by people familiar with the matter.

    The California-based electric vehicle maker now intends to limit the proportion of its output from China in its global production, two sources told Reuters, as 25% tariffs electric vehicles imported from China have been imposed in addition to existing levies, put in place by former US president Donald Trump.

    Tesla had previously considered increasing exports of the made-in-China Model 3 to more markets including the United States, Reuters quoted two sources as saying. The EV maker currently exports the China-made Model 3 to Europe, where Tesla is building a production facility in Germany. Last November, the carmaker received approval to sell the Shanghai-built Model Y in China.

    Tesla Model Y

    In March, Tesla refrained from bidding on a plot of land opposite its current plant as the carmaker no longer planned to significantly increase its production capacity in the country for the time being, three sources told Reuters. Tesla said to the news wire that its Shanghai factory is “developing as planned”.

    The Shanghai city government did not respond to Reuters‘ request for comment, the news wire reported. The carmaker had never declared intention to acquire the land opposite the 80-hectare plot of land its current facility resides on, and the additional real estate would have enabled Tesla to increase production capacity by another 200,000 units to 300,000 cars, two sources said.

    The Tesla factory in Shanghai has an annual production capacity of 500,000 vehicles, of which 450,000 units are production capacity for the Model 3 and Model Y. The brand sold 25,845 China-made cars in April, both in China and overseas, or down from 35,478 units sold in March, according to data from the China Passenger Car Association, Reuters noted.

    Tesla Model 3 Dual Motor in Malaysia

    Construction documents posted to a Chinese government website in March show that Tesla is revamping its Shanghai facility to add production capacity, Reuters wrote. The carmaker has land to spare, though that is currently used for parking at its Shanghai location.

    A source told the news wire that Tesla could grow its capacity to beyond 500,000 units from its existing site, while another source said that Tesla might acquire more land for even more production lines in the future. In April, the American EV maker planned to add facilities to its Shanghai plant to accommodate repairs and reproduction of key parts such as motors and battery cells.

    In January, Tesla was reported to be building an entry-level car based on the Model 3 but priced below it, ranging from 150,000 yuan (RM94,100) to 200,000 yuan (RM125,600). In terms of the broader new energy vehicle landscape in China, the Shanghai government has also been in talks with several companies for the sale of land for new energy vehicle production, according to a Reuters source.

  • Restoran Jejantas Sungai Buloh open again after three days HIDE-enforced closure, sanitisation done – PLUS

    It wasn’t just the big malls that were forced to close for three days, the Sungai Buloh overhead bridge restaurant on the North South Highway – better known as Restoran Jejantas Sungai Buloh – was also on the Hotspots Identification for Dynamic Engagement (HIDE) list, and had to stop operations.

    Like other HIDE-listed locations, the Restoran Jejantas is open for business again today, which means that the final buka puasa of this Ramadan at the location is possible. In your vehicle, because there’s no dine-in now.

    PLUS says that sanitisation and cleaning of the premise has been done. “PLUS will co-operate with the authorities to ensure that premises on our highways will no longer be listed on HIDE. The safety and comfort of our customers and business partners at R&Rs are our priority,” the highway concessionaire said, reminding customers to follow the SOPs.

    By the way, if you somehow missed it, the movement control order (MCO) is back today, nationwide. We’ve done this before and the usual MCO rules apply, but what’s new is the three to a vehicle rule. From today, only three people can be in a vehicle (private, taxi and e-hailing), including the driver.

    No change for commercial vehicles and public transport, but if you’re taking trains and buses, remember to bring along the necessary approval documents for interstate and inter-district travel as the cops are checking.

  • AD: Celebrate Raya with Bentley – get service promos and accessory packs for the Bentayga, Continental GT

    Hari Raya is just around the corner now. Festive wardrobe refreshed, home spruced up for the celebrations, what’s next? Don’t forget your faithful set of wheels. Bentley Kuala Lumpur is offering festive promotions that include unique enhancement packs for the Bentayga and Continental GT, as well as limited-edition merchandise from the Bentley Collection.

    While long distance travel may not be happening this year due to the pandemic, it’s still important to keep your ride in tip-top condition, and Bentley Kuala Lumpur is offering complimentary vehicle health checks and 79-point inspections for every car booked in for maintenance or repairs.

    Bentley Bentayga owners have the option to further personalise their luxury SUV with the Comfort and Comfort Plus packs, while Continental GT owners can opt for the Sports and Sports Plus packs. All the enhancement packs come with a special 15% discount.

    The Bentley Bentayga is already a supreme balance of power and craftsmanship, and the Comfort Pack piles on more luxurious and practical refinements, including a versatile Load Assist Tray, footrests and discreet Welcome Lamps, among other things.

    Designed to optimise the boot space of the Bentayga, the Load Assist Tray is integrated into the boot runners with the ability to slide out easily for convenient access to stored items. Crafted from light, strong aluminium with a 300 kg load capacity, the tray also comes with a protective heavy-duty insert. It looks good and works just as well.

    The Comfort Pack also includes mudflaps designed by the Bentley Styling Team at Crewe. Made from durable TPE and secured to the Bentayga’s body, they protect the car’s paintwork and help to maintain its exterior condition.

    An increasingly popular option among owners is Welcome Lamps. Available as a set of four, the lamps are discreetly located and work independently to illuminate the ground when the doors open. Each lamp projects the iconic Bentley wings logo. The logo also appears on the Bentley Jewelled Fuel Cap. Originally designed for a customer who specified the complete personal touch, the gleaming fuel cap is a distinctive and luxurious little touch.

    As for interior appointments, the footrests from the Comfort Pack are upholstered in sumptuous deep pile carpet, providing comfortable support to tired feet. Deep Pile Floor Mats also offer a luxurious alternative footwell appointment. Made from high-quality woven pile, these floor mats have an opulent, durable finish and are a stylish way to protect the footwell carpets.

    Another unique item that’s part of the Comfort Pack is the Jewelled Torch sporting Bentley’s hallmark knurling on its collar and an etched ‘B’ on its lens. A stylish way to improve passenger safety and convenience outside the car, the torch is charged by the car accessory socket and stows neatly in the glovebox.

    Upgrade to the Comfort Plus pack and you’ll also get Fixed Sill Steps and Carbon Fibre Door Mirror Caps. Engineered to withstand a variety of terrain, the Fixed Sill Steps offer a practical way to enter and exit the Bentayga in style. Permanently secured to the car’s side and designed to follow the bodywork’s contours, the steps are finished with black carbon fibre inserts and Bentley wings branding.

    Matching the sill steps are the Carbon Fibre Door Mirror Caps. Handcrafted from a specially commissioned, lightweight, high-gloss black carbon fibre, the CF mirror caps add a sporty touch to the SUV’s exterior.

    Moving on, the Sports Pack for the Continental GT complements the grand tourer with sporting and luxurious refinements. The Styling Specification is offered as part of the Sports Pack, a feature that enhances the Continental GT’s design and aerodynamics. The spec consists of a front splitter, rear diffuser, boot-lip spoiler and side sills with the Bentley wings. Each component features a unique weave pattern, mirror-matched like the internal veneer of the car.

    Also included are the Sports Accelerator and Brake Pedals with tough rubber diamond-patterned studs for increased grip, and a prominent Bentley ‘B’ on the centre of the brake pedal. Welcome Lamps and a Jewelled Fuel Cap – similar to that found in the Bentayga Comfort Pack – are also part of the package.

    For the ultimate sporty expression, the Sports Plus pack includes Blackline Specification, which replaces the Continental GT’s body brightwork with high-gloss black painted trim. You’ll find the black pieces on the lower trim, door handles, headlamp surrounds, rear lamp surrounds, tailpipe, number plate surrounds and side window surrounds. No chrome, all black.

    Blackline Specification is matched with the Black Painted Door Mirror Cowl, which replaces body colour-matched cowls with black items on the wing mirrors.

    While we can’t cross state borders this Raya, make sure your Bentley is in tip-top condition for when a road trip opportunity presents itself. Bentley Kuala Lumpur is offering a complimentary vehicle health check and 79-point inspection worth RM1,500 for every car booked in for maintenance or repairs.

    On top of that, a 30% limited-time discount is also being offered on the Wheel Alignment and Balancing package. No better time than now to service your Bentley and maintain its peak performance.

    That’s a long list of festive offers from Bentley Kuala Lumpur, all of which are available up till end of June 2021. For more information on the accessory packs for the Bentayga and Continental GT, as well to book an appointment for servicing, click here.

    GALLERY: Bentley Continental GT Sports/Sports Plus Pack

    GALLERY: Bentley Bentayga Comfort/Comfort Plus Pack

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  • Mitsubishi revives the Ralliart brand – custom-made accessories and re-entry into motorsports confirmed

    Mitsubishi fans will certainly remember Ralliart, which is the brand’s in-house motorsport and tuning division. From around the 1990s right on through to the 2000s, Ralliart has been heavily involved in the world of rallying, with a string of Lancer Evolutions being the most notable cars to wear the name. During its heyday, Ralliart secured 12 Paris-Dakar Rally titles and helped Tommi Makinen secure four driver’s titles in the World Rally Championship.

    Sadly, monetary woes back then forced Mitsubishi to scale down operations of its Ralliart division, with the company announcing in March 2010 that it will stop supporting its customer racing programmes and cease production of Ralliart-branded products.

    After an 11-year hiatus, Ralliart is back! This was confirmed during Mitsubishi’s FY2020 earnings announcement, where the company wants to bring back what it describes as “Mitsubishi-ness driving.”

    “For customers who wish to experience our Mitsubishi-ness, we will launch custom-made accessories for our model lineup as well as re-entering motorsport events around the world,” said Mitsubishi CEO Takao Kato in a report by Forbes.

    Further details about division’s return are scarce for now, but the presentation slides suggest the Triton will be one of the models that will get the Ralliart treatment. A string of new Mitsubishi models could also go through the same process, with electrification likely being involved. Welcome back, The Spirit of Competition.

  • Yamaha Malaysia recalls Yamaha Tracer 900 GT

    A recall notice has been issued to all Yamaha Tracer 900 GT motorcycles in Malaysia by official distributor Hong Leong Yamaha Motor. The recall is to replace the Front Stop Switch Kit for all Tracer 900 GT models with frame numbers PMYRN6110K0000101 to 0000620 and PMYRN6110L0000621 to 0000900.

    This recall is a precautionary measure and owners can continue to ride their Tracer 900GT in accordance to the instructions stated in the owner’s manual. The recall will be conducted by region throughout Malaysia in stages with owners notified individually beginning end of May, 2021.

    Upon receipt of the notice, Tracer 900 GT owners should contact Yamaha Malaysia authorised dealers or any Hong Leong Yamaha Motor branch to make a service appointment for replacement of the Front Stop Switch Kit. For more details, Tracer 900 GT owners can refer to Hong Leong Yamaha Motor’s website or use the Yamaha Motor Malaysia app.

  • Geely sold 100k cars in April, cumulative sales up 39%

    Geely Automobile Holding Limited has announced that it sold 100,331 units in April 2021, including sales of Lynk & Co cars.

    While this is around 5% lower compared to the same month in 2020, it’s about the same level as March 2021. Of the 100k April total, 3,787 units were new energy and electrified vehicles. The group’s export volume was up by approximately 96% year-on-year to 8,578 units last month. Sales in Geely’s home market of China was 91,753 units, down by around 9% year-on-year.

    However, cumulative sales for the first four months of 2021 was 433,907 units, an increase of approximately 39% from the same period last year. This is equivalent to 28% of the group’s full year 2021 sales target of 1.53 million units.

    Geely Auto Group’s SUV range is its top category; with 58,897 units sold in April, SUVs beat sedans, but with 41,115 units sold, the traditional three-box shape still has a substantial market in China. They only sold 319 MPVs, though. Lynk & Co contributed 19,021 units to the total, which is up by around 87% year-on-year.

    The Hangzhou-based carmaker recently launched the Koi and Blazing Love variants of its futuristically-styled Icon SUV. Geely also gave its flagship SUV, the Xingyue L, a debut at the Auto Shanghai show last month.

    GALLERY: Geely Xingyue L


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Last Updated 06 May 2021