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  • Naza Quest ends its Chevrolet distributorship in Malaysia – GM to announce new partner in due course

    Naza Quest has announced that effective from November 15, it will cease the distribution of new Chevrolet vehicles in Malaysia. It added that under an agreement between it and General Motors (GM), it will continue to provide warranty support and aftersales service for existing Chevrolet customers until a new Chevrolet distributor is appointed in due course.

    The company added that a majority of Chevrolet dealerships will remain open during this transition to handle the aftersales needs of Chevrolet owners. The Naza Group began its Chevrolet distribution business in the country in 2010, and the last Chevrolet model to be introduced here was the second-generation Colorado facelift in 2016.

    “We came to this decision as a result of a brand rationalisation plan under the Naza Group’s overall corporate strategy to create long-term sustainability and profitability. We will continue to focus on our other four and two-wheel brands. The Naza Group will maximize its complete automotive line-up and explore other business opportunities to expand its market share in the automotive industry,” Naza Automotive Group CEO Datuk Samson Anand George explained about the move.

    Meanwhile, the American automaker said it remains committed to Malaysia and is looking at Chevrolet resuming sales in Malaysia as soon as possible. The company said it was in advanced discussions with potential new partners, with an announcement to be made in due course.

    “Chevrolet is here to stay in Malaysia and we will be announcing our new distributor partner as soon as possible,” said GM Southeast Asia general director Vanchana Unakul.

  • 2019 Moto Morini Milano and Corsaro launched

    A famous name from the hey-days of 350 cc class racing is Moto Morini and it is now back in the motorcycle market with the 2019 Moto Morini Milano and sportier Corsaro which comes in ZT and ZZ versions. Inspired by the famous Moto Morini 3 1/2 344 cc 74-degree V-twin, the Milano and Corsaro also come with two-cylinder arranged in a ‘V’, this time with an 87-degree angle and designed by Franco Lambertini, who created the original 3 1/2 mill back in 1969.

    Displacing 1,187 cc, the same liquid-cooled Bialbero CorsaCorta engine configuration is used in both the Milano and Corsaro, producing 116 hp at 8,000 rpm in the Milano, and 137 hp at 8,500 rpm in the Corsaro. Torque for the Milano is 108 Nm at 7,000 rpm, while the Corsaro ZZ produces 112 NM at 6,750 rpm and the Corsaro ZT peaks out at 125 Nm at 6,750 rpm.

    With styling strongly reminiscent of scrambler motorcycles of the 70s, the trio of sports nakeds gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox equipped with slipper clutch and reduced effort at the lever with chain final drive. The trellis frame is made from TIG welded CroMo steel and the Milano weighs 200 kg, while the Corsaro ZT and ZZ come in at 197 kg and 191 kg, respectively.

    Suspension is done with 46 mm diameter upside-down forks, fully-adjustable for preload and damping in compression and rebound, with 120 mm of travel on the Milano, 135 mm for the Corsaro. At the back is a monoshock, connected to the swingarm via Pro-Link and adjustable for preload, rebound as well as height, giving 110 mm of wheel travel for the Milano and 120 mm for the Corsaro.

    Braking, as is natural for an Italian motorcycle, is done by Brembo using a four-piston calliper, with twin 320 mm diameter discs in front and a single 220 mm disc with two-piston calliper in the rear, with radial front brake master cylinder and Bosch MP9.1 ABS is standard. Seat height for the Milano is set at 820 mm, while the Corsaro in ZT and ZZ flavours has a 860 mm tall seat.

    Inside the cockpit, the rider views a 5-inch full-colour TFT-LCD instrument panel which comes with user selectable display options. Rolling on 17-inch wheels front and rear, the Moto Morini Milano is shod in Pirelli Angel GT tyres while the Corsaro is shod in Pirelli Diablo Rosso III rubber.

  • New Range Rover Evoque teased, debuting next week

    Has it been nearly a decade since the Range Rover Evoque wowed the world with its now iconic design? Seems like just yesterday, but the Evoque debut back in 2010 carrying the same look as the LRX concept from 2008. Now, after global sales of over 750,000 units, Land Rover is ready to reload the Evoque.

    The second-generation Range Rover Evoque is set to make its world debut in London on November 22, and the carmaker has started the countdown with a fleet of wire form sculptures inspired by the new model. Four of the sculptures were parked at high-end addresses around Kensington and Chelsea, finished in distinctive shades of copper, red and blue.

    The installations were produced by the same Land Rover design team responsible for shaping the new Evoque and embody the “reductive design” philosophy that has led to its elegant proportions. Blending simple lines with modernity, the 1:1 scale wire forms showcase a fast roofline and rising waistline. Based on the lines seen here, the new Evoque will be an evolutionary design, which is exactly how you replace an icon.

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    “The wire forms have been created to preview the new Evoque – which is the embodiment of Range Rover’s modernist design approach. Where better to put these bespoke installations on display than in the heart of London – one of the greatest cities in the world,” said Land Rover chief design officer Gerry McGovern.

    The Tata-owned sister company of Jaguar said the new Evoque promises to make a similar impact as the original, introducing new standards of design, capability and sustainability.

    Reports mention a significantly upgraded platform called the Premium Transverse Architecture, which will bring better ride comfort and refinement thanks to a stiffer body structure. A 10% reduction of drag and wind noise thanks to improved aerodynamics, and ‘see-through’ bonnet technology were also mentioned by Autocar. Check out the spyshots below for a glimpse of the new Evoque’s interior.

    GALLERY: Second-gen Range Rover Evoque spyshots

  • 2018 Ford Mustang facelift to be unveiled at KLIMS

    The 2018 Ford Mustang facelift is set to make its Malaysian debut very soon – Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) has announced that the mid-cycle action (MCA) refresh of the sixth-generation S550 will be showcased at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) next week, with the Orange Fury tri-coat metallic 5.0L GT fastback you see in the photos the display vehicle, specially flown in for the show.

    No mention of when the updated pony car will officially go on sale here, but we do know its coming, in both 5.0L GT and 2.3L EcoBoost fastback variant forms as was the case previously. According to SDAC, bookings for the car will begin at KLIMS, and although pricing has not yet been indicated, it shouldn’t veer far from that of the pre-facelift versions.

    Announced in January last year, the facelifted S550 features a number of exterior revisions as part of its update – the grille, bumper and front fenders have been restyled, as has the bonnet, which now features repositioned hood vents.

    The facelift now features all-LED front lighting as standard, complete with a three-bar daytime running light array. There’s also a new front LED turn signal and foglamp cluster. As for the back, changes include a new tri-bar LED tail lamp design, new bumper, a new black diffuser and a revised exhaust tip configuration – the EcoBoost gets dual tips, while the GT is fitted with a quad layout.

    The interior, meanwhile, gets improved touch points and material for a more premium look and feel. The centre console adds a new hand-stitched wrap with contrast stitching and padded knee bolsters, while door handles, rings and bezels are now finished in aluminium.

    Aside from the 8.0 inch display for the Sync 3 infotainment system, the Mustang now comes with a 12-inch digital LCD instrument cluster, which offers display customisation for Normal, Sport and Track modes as well as colour and gauge layout settings. There’s a MyMode function, which allows drive settings, including suspension and steering preferences, to be stored. A new key fob is also part of the update.

    No change to the engine line-up, the 2.3 litre EcoBoost and 5.0 litre Coyote V8 being retained, although both power and torque outputs on the Coyote have been increased, the improvements largely coming about from the application of dual-fuel, high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection, which is new to the V8.

    In the North American version of the car, the mill puts out 460 hp and 569 Nm, a slight increase over the 435 hp and 542 Nm on the pre-facelift, but the Malaysian-spec car is likely to have the 454 hp and 556 Nm as seen on the Australian version.

    As for the 2.3 litre EcoBoost, the unit makes the same amount of power as before (310 hp), but torque has been bumped up from the 434 Nm previously to 475 Nm. This is less on the Australian-spec car, at 441 Nm.

    The big change comes in the form of the partnering transmission. The old ZF-based 6R80 SelectShift six-speed unit has been replaced by the Ford 10R80, a 10-speed unit also seen on the Ranger Raptor. The automaker says that the new 10-speeder offers quicker shift times, better low-speed tip-in response and significantly reduced friction losses.

    New too is a Drag Strip mode, which eliminates time lost while shifting, and this joins Normal, Sport+, Track and Snow/Wet on the available drive mode list.

    Mechanical improvements come in the form of upgrades to the chassis for improved ride and handling – changes include new shock absorbers that offer better ride control and a new cross-axis joint in the rear suspension to increase lateral stiffness. There’s also an active valve exhaust system, standard on the GT, which allows the exhaust note to be adjusted.

    The KLIMS 2018 showcar – which was still in a bonded warehouse location when these shots were taken, so you’ll have to excuse the protective wraps – is a 5.0L GT in its Premium level trim, as denoted by the inclusion of the four-gang toggle switch pack for drive modes on the centre console.

    The show car also features a GT Performance package, as sighted by a number of elements, though it looks like it might not be the complete package but cherry-picked items from the basket.

    Items that find their way on include 19-inch Ebony Black painted wheels as seen previously, now wrapped with 255/40 front and 275/40 rear Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tyres (the pre-facelift GT was originally shod with Pirelli P Zeros), and Brembo six-piston front brake calipers, also seen on the pre-facelift here. Other cues from the GT Performance pack that make their way on include a front air splitter and an interestingly named Engine Spun aluminium intrument panel trim.

    Omissions that suggest that this is not the pack in its entirety include a painted black roof and a silver strut brace, and the tail on this one is completely devoid of a wing – while this was a deleted item on the pre-facelift’s Performance pack, it is now included in the new group specification, with a performance rear unit meant for the fastback.

  • Aston Martin DBX – marque’s first SUV begins testing

    Aston Martin has commenced prototype testing of its upcoming DBX, which is set to be the marque’s first-ever SUV model. As reported previously, the DBX will be launched in the fourth quarter of 2019, where it will compete against other premium SUVs from Porsche, Maserati and others.

    According to the Gaydon-based carmaker, the first development prototype seen here was subjected to a demanding Welsh Rally stage with the company’s chief engineer, Matt Becker, behind the wheel. The first test is just the start of an extensive testing programme, and was held in Wales as a nod to Aston Martin’s new St Athan production facility in the Vale of Glamorgan.

    Many other test mules will find their way to other parts of the world to be tormented in the harshest of environments, from the frozen Arctic and scorching deserts of the Middle East to high Alpine passes and the high-speed demands of the German autobahn and Nürburgring Nordschleife.

    The DBX was first previewed by similarly-named concept more than three years ago, and while the show car was rather striking and appealing, the design seen on this prototype might be a beacon for controversy – argue it out below if you have to.

    For instance, where the concept featured two doors, there are four of them here, which is likely necessary in the name of practicality. Cues like the sculpted bonnet, slim headlamps and trademark Aston Martin grille are derived from the concept.

    Moving on, the addition of more doors results in a redesign of the roofline, which is no longer as steeply raked as previewed. Instead, it gently tapers towards a roof-mounted spoiler and a stubby rear end. At back, the concept’s horizontal taillights are replaced with what looks like vertical units, while the tailgate is more conventional and as the doors suggest, are more practical to use as well.

    Aston Martin Lagonda president and group chief executive officer, Andy Palmer said, “seeing a DBX development prototype in action is a momentous chapter in the story of our first SUV, for it is the moment it really comes alive. DBX is so much more than ‘just’ an SUV; it will be the first model built at our brand-new facility in St Athan. As such, it is very much the start of a bold new era in the company’s long history.”

  • Sunway BRT fares reduced by 20% from December 1

    The transport ministry has announced that the fare for the Sunway Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service will be reduced by 20% starting from December 1, Bernama reports. Transport minister Anthony Loke said the initiative is aiming to encourage more people to use the service and reward loyalty.

    “The 20% discount is for passengers who pay using cash and a cashless payment system, which are the payment modes used 75% of the time based on October 2018 statistics,” Loke said. Following the price revision, he said that the fare for the furthest stop will be RM4.30 compared to RM5.40 currently, a reduction of RM1.10. With the fare reduction, Prasarana Malaysia is targeting a 22% increase in ridership.

    The BRT Sunway Line has recorded a passenger load exceeding 11,000 riders per day during the week, and serves more than 250,000 commuters per month. Launched in June 2015, the service plies a 5.4 km-long route and covers a total of seven stations.

    The stations on the route are Setia Jaya, Mentari Business Park, Sunway Lagoon, Sunway Medical Centre, Monash University Malaysia, South Quay/USJ 1 and USJ 7. The line also features a total of 1,153 parking bays, including 102 bays for female drivers and 23 for disabled commuters, as well as 121 motorcycle parking bays.

  • Ford’s ‘baby Bronco’ revealed through leaked images

    A Ford presentation at a dealers meeting in the US recently highlighted an upcoming SUV from the company, and images of these were inadvertently placed on a publicly accessible part of a Ford website, where found them. In the photo set was what was suggested to be the new Ford Bronco – a slide even carried the nameplate.

    As it turns out, the vehicle in the leaked photos – which are no longer accessible – may not be the Bronco itself, but the smaller ‘baby Bronco’ that is also in the pipeline. Back in March, the automaker teased the shape of the Bronco, its outline hidden under a cloth cover. The retro nameplate is expected to be paired with retro styling, with a distinctive boxy design, a tailgate-mounted spare wheel and a choice of three- and five-door models.

    The vehicle presented in the slide deck isn’t quite it, visually, and the previously teased Bronco outline sitting in the background as a shadow silhouette further fuels the thought that the SUV in the images is the expected smaller model that will sit below the Bronco in a future line-up.

    The new Ford Bronco outlined under a cloth cover and the proposed smaller SUV.

    Back in August, it was reported that the Blue Oval was coming up with a small SUV that will be underpinned and share parts with the fourth-gen Focus as well as the next-gen Escape/Kuga, but with design cues recalling the classic ’60s Bronco. The vehicle in the leaked images looks closer to the teaser image the company released of the small utility vehicle back in March than the shape proposed by the Bronco.

    The Bronco, due out in 2020, will be underpinned by the same platform as seen on the Ranger. One of the expected powertrains for the SUV will be the 2.3 litre EcoBoost turbo four-cylinder petrol engine and 10-speed automatic transmission combination used by the US market Ranger as well as on the Mustang.

    The new SUV is part of the slew of such offerings the automaker has planned for North America. Ford has announced that it will be phasing out its sedans there because of declining demand for conventional passenger cars, and switch over to offering crossovers.

  • Rented parking bays must be open to all after 6.30pm

    The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) has stated that parking bays rented by business operators must be opened to the public after 6.30pm. This comes following enforcement operations conducted recently, whereby officers discovered several rule violations by shop owners, as reported by The Star.

    For instance, ramps outside car workshops should be the removable type and not be a permanent fixture. These ramps can only be placed over rented parking bays leading to the shop’s entrance from 8am to 6.30pm from Monday to Friday.

    “The parking bays must be vacated for public use after 6.30pm,” said MBPJ treasury assistant accountant Zay Iskandar, who added that some operators painted red boxes over council parking bays to show they’ve rented it, but some have done so illegally.

    “The city council has a record. We found a shop that faked the red marker on the parking bay. We told the shop owner to rent the bays or face serious implications such as revoking their business licence,” he said. It was also discovered there are some that continued using bays even through the rental period have expired over two years ago.

    Other infractions include painting over the yellow parking bays with black paint so motorists are tricked into thinking there were no parking spots available in front of the shop. The council often received complaints from the public on the lack of parking bays, Zay noted.

  • AD: Only the best deals on BMW models during Auto Bavaria’s Year-End Extravaganza event this weekend

    The wait is almost over, as Auto Bavaria’s most anticipated Year-End Extravaganza is set to take place this weekend (November 16-18, 2018), with enticing deals on the latest BMW models too good to ignore.

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  • 2019 Ducati Desmosedici GP19 gets handling fixes

    Coming to a close is the 2018 MotoGP season, with the penultimate round at the Shell Malaysia Sepang MotoGP at Sepang International Circuit. As part of events leading up to Sunday’s race day, Shell Malaysia organised an exclusive for with Paolo Ciabatti,

    During the discussion, which centred around the technical partnership between Ducati and Shell in the development of lubricants and fuel for motorsports use, Ciabatti touched on developments across 2018 for the Ducati Desmosedici MotoGP racing machine. This came about after several high profile racing incidents over the past few races involving both Ducati riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso.

    “We have, as you know, had some problems with the handling for the previous races and we have made some changes to this year’s chassis,” said Ciabatti. “Now there is improvement in the handling which we will carry forward to next year,” he continued.

    Asked about the 2019 chassis, Ciabatti said the Desmosedici is currently the most powerful machine on the grid. “Right now, the Desmosedici is not lacking for power but we know the handling is still a little bit behind. For the next year, the chassis and swing arm have been improved for more stability,” said Ciabatti.

    “In 2019, with Jorge Lorenzo changing teams, we will have Andrea Dovizioso as our lead rider, while Danilo Petrucci will be given time to adjust to the Desmosedici,” Ciabatti said. Moving into 2019, Ducati Corse continues its technical partnership with Shell fuels and lubricants.


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