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  • Volvo opens new KL showroom with Sisma Auto

    Volvo Cars Malaysia opened its new Kuala Lumpur showroom today, which is owned by Sisma Auto, located on the newly-converted ground floor of Menara Worldwide along Jalan Bukit Bintang. The location was previously home to a Jaguar Land Rover dealership prior to becoming the present-day Volvo outlet. Volvo appointed Sisma Auto as one of its official dealers from August.

    The new outlet aims to bring ‘a touch of Swedish luxury’ to the area with its retail space influenced by Scandinavian design, called the Volvo Retail Experience (VRE). “VRE is designed to reflect our Scandinavian-inspired values of calm with cleans lines that exude a cool and refreshing visual exterior appeal whilst the interior offers customers a warm and inviting feeling,” said managing director of Volvo Cars Malaysia, Lennart Stegland.

    Facilities in the Kuala Lumpur outlet include space for more than six display vehicles simultaneously, customer lounge as well as a studio for customers to select their choice of trim and accessories for their new car. There is also an enclosed delivery bay, and a Volvo merchandise sales area.

    The city centre outlet is strictly a sales gallery, one without aftersales support; this will be taken care of by Sisma Auto’s Volvo Service centre in Glenmarie, Selangor. For Volvo owners who aren’t able to send their cars to the Glenmarie service centre themselves, the company offers a Concierge Service within the Klang Valley area, which offers home or office pick-up for customers.

    “With this new showroom, we hope to bring the Volvo experience closer to those who live or work in the city,” said managing director of Sisma Auto Syed Khalil Syed Ibrahim. In line with the opening of the showroom at Menara Worldwide, customers who purchase their Volvos from Sisma Auto stand to win an all-expense paid trip to Sweden.

    In addition to Volvo, Sisma Auto also operates Jaguar Land Rover outlets (for which they have been better known) in Glenmarie, as well as in Penang.

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  • New 2018 Daihatsu Terios makes debut in Indonesia

    One’s out, here’s the other. We’re of course referring to the just-unveiled Toyota Rush and its sister car you see here – the Daihatsu Terios. The twins replace a duo that has been around for over a decade. They will take on SUV-flavoured MPVs such as the Honda BR-V and Mitsubishi Xpander.

    As with many Toyota models in Indonesia, there’s a Daihatsu twin offering the same car with slightly altered styling and a lower price tag. What many don’t realise is that Daihatsu – now wholly-owned by Toyota – takes the lead in many of these projects and manufactures the cars for both brands. That’s the case with the new Rush-Terios, although only the Toyota-badged car will be exported to other emerging markets.

    The new Terios is underpinned by an overhauled platform, which means that it retains the front engine, rear-wheel drive layout. Handling stability and ride comfort, NVH levels and fuel efficiency have all been improved, Daihatsu says.

    Like the Rush, the Terios gets a new engine – the 2NR-VE 1.5 litre Dual VVT-i unit makes 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. It’s around 25% more efficient than the previous mill. Gearbox options are a five-speed manual and four-speed automatic. The 2NR has been in the Toyota Avanza/Daihatsu Xenia since 2015, and is the same engine we get in the new Perodua Myvi.

    Like the Rush, the seven-seater Terios is 4,435 mm long and 1,695 mm wide, which is 18 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the Honda, although its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 23 mm longer than the BR-V’s. Ground clearance is a high 220 mm, which is a valuable feature in Indonesia (BR-V 201 mm).

    Daihatsu says that cabin length is up by 170 mm, which increases tandem distance by 45 mm (distance between first and second rows) and and cargo area length by 150 mm. The expanded luggage space is large enough for four of the gallon bottles that are widely used in Indonesia.

    The new Rush-Terios ditches the boxy faux 4×4 look of old (no more spare wheel on the tailgate too) for a MPV-SUV style with hints of the Toyota Fortuner in the design.

    While the Rush uses dark chrome for the front grille for a sportier face, the Terios comes with chrome horizontal slats, matched with chrome foglamp housings. Like the Rush, the headlamps are LED units. It’s the same at the back, but with the addition of black trim bridging the long wraparound tail lamps.

    Such a big improvement in design and features. Would you like to see this Terios in Malaysia as a new Perodua Kembara? Or would you prefer a more compact, but more sophisticated car-based SUV from Perodua (think HR-V instead of BR-V)? The latter would be nice. Perodua said earlier this year that it is “seriously considering” a compact SUV, so keep your fingers crossed.

    GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush

  • Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike in Malaysia

    Not much has been heard of late from Royal Enfield in Malaysia, via distributors The Big Bike Shop, but our colleague in paultan’org’s Bahasa Malaysia section, Durrani Shahrom, was informed that the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure bike will be launched locally in the first half of 2018. Although no pricing was given, we would hazard a guess at the Himalayan coming in at about RM40,000 or so.

    The all-new Himalayan carries the Royal Enfield L410 engine, which displaces 411 cc in a single-cylinder, overhead-cam configuration, with liquid-cooling. Power is claimed to be 24.5 hp at 6,500 rpm and torque is rated at 32 Nm at 4,500 rpm, with power getting to the ground via a five-speed gearbox.

    Designed as an adventure bike, the Himalayan comes with a 21-inch wheel in front and a 17-inch hoop at the back. Seat height is set at an accessible 800 mm, and wet weight is 183 kg, which, in relation to the power figure, means the Himalayan is designed more for leisurely journeys than blitzing down the highway.

    Suspension up front is with a 41 mm diameter fork giving 200 mm of travel, and a rear monoshock with a stroke of 180 mm. The all new Himalayan chassis comes ready to accept luggage, and is made from steel to expedite repairs when off the beaten track.

    LED lighting is used in the tail light, while the front headlight is a traditional halogen unit. Inside the cockpit, the meters are still analogue units, with a small LCD readout for the odometer.

  • Land Rover Experience Tour – Laos regional finals

    The Land Rover brand has been associated with adventure for decades, and for good reason. In 1979, a Range Rover won the first running of the Dakar Rally, and when you think of the Camel Trophy, the iconic livery on the Discovery comes to mind.

    Since that time, the company has held a number of challenging driving events, most notably the Land Rover Experience Tour. For this year’s recently-concluded excursion to Peru, fourteen teams were selected from across Asia Pacific to take part in the regional finals in Laos, where only four (teams) would move on to compete in Peru behind the wheel of the fifth-generation Discovery.

    We’ve already reported on the Malaysian qualification event back in September, and a few weeks ago, we were given an opportunity to have a taste of just what the participants had to go through in Laos, which includes a number of challenges.

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  • Bentley Bentayga Field Sports for hunting enthusiasts

    Here’s one for the countryside set – the Bentley Bentayga Field Sports by Mulliner. If you’ve ever looked at your Bentayga and yearned for a factory-fit rifle set, The Crewe-based marque now has you covered. Bentley’s bespoke commissioning division Mulliner has come together with shotgun manufacturer Purdey to design “the perfect Bentayga for field sports enthusiasts.”

    The key addition to the Bentayga Field Sports is a twin-compartment sliding stowage unit, comprising tailored sections for gun cartridges, drinks, binoculars and protective wear. Perched atop that is a pair of Purdey shotguns, which are housed in their own leather-trimmed stowage case. An additional Purdey pack can be specified, which contains a waistcoat, waterproof cape, gaiters, field coat, shoes and an overnight bag.

    Mechanically the Bentayga Field Sports is unchanged from prior specifications, and the model here appears to be the petrol version, namely the 6.0 litre W12 twin-turbo. As there are no structural or mechanical alterations required for the Field Sports specification, it can be presumed that this can also be had with the 435 PS/900 Nm triple-charged diesel unit.

    Hunting and luxurious SUVs aren’t completely novel. Range Rover teamed up with gun maker Holland & Holland to make the Holland & Holland Range Rover, where the marque’s Special Vehicles Operation (SVO) division started with the top Autobiography Black model as its basis.

    GALLERY: Bentley Bentayga Diesel

  • Proton Savvy 18 concept sketch revealed by MIMOS

    National research and development centre for information and communication technology MIMOS has revealed a sketch for the Proton Savvy 18 concept. What you see here is the work of Saharudin Busri (his other creations are posted below), the lead designer of the first-generation Savvy when it was being developed 15 years ago.

    An owner of the original himself, Saharudin’s concept retains the design identity of the hatchback, albeit with a sportier look to attract the younger generation. At first glance, it certainly has quite some presence to it, wouldn’t you say so?

    The front fascia features a larger lower intake, flanked by the main headlamps in the side intakes. Those slim LED daytime running lights remind us of Citroen models, and they meet up with the bonnet line and chrome trim that leads towards the logo. Said bonnet also gets some “power bulges” to make it even more aggressive-looking.

    Highlights along the concept’s sides include a defining shoulder line and rising beltline. The latter is a subtle homage to the original Savvy, and features chrome trim that wraps around the front windscreen and lower section of the rear windscreen as well. Joining this arrangement is a black-painted roof as well as B- and C-pillars for a “floating” look.

    At the near-flat rear, there are two-piece, 3D-design taillights that are said to be inspired by sports cars (Ferrari GTC4Lusso, perhaps?). Other cues include the roof-mounted spoiler and another tribute to the original Savvy – the central exhaust.

    So, what do you think of this Savvy concept? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

    GALLERY: Proton Bayu

    GALLERY: Proton Suprima X

    GALLERY: Proton Suprima R

  • VIDEO: 15,600 km and 6 countries on a Dominar 400

    While we await the official launch of the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400 in 2018, the gentlemen at Bajaj Auto of India let a trio of riders take the Dominar 400 on the Trans-Siberian Odyssey. This was an epic 15,600 km journey across six countries, and the entire trip took 53 days.

    Starting their journey in Uzbekistan, riders Dilip Bhat, Sudhir Prasad and Deepak Kamath traversed Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and into Russia where they ended their journey in the city of Tomtor. This is the first time an Indian manufactured motorcycle has entered Tomtor, after travelling such a distance.

    Riding unsupported, the riders reported no breakdowns and parts replacement was not necessary for the Dominar 400s they used. The single-cylinder 373 cc, liquid-cooled machines ridden on the journey were subtly modified with off-road capable tyres to handle unimproved roads encountered across much of the journey, as well as the necessary touring luggage.

    Claimed to be putting out 35 PS at 8,000 rpm and 35 Nm at 6,500 rpm, the Dominar 400 has a unique three spark plug configuration in the cylinder head. The power plant is based on the thumper from the KTM 390 Duke, which was designed and engineered by Bajaj.

    Weighing in at 182 kg, the Dominar comes standard with two-wheel ABS, and is good for a top speed of about 153 km/h, when we tested it in India at the Bajaj Chakan plant. Discussions with Modenas have revealed that the price of the 2018 Modenas Dominar 400, when it reaches Malaysian shores, is likely to be “at or below RM20,000.”

  • New 2018 Toyota Rush SUV makes debut in Indonesia

    The 2018 Toyota Rush has been fully unveiled in Indonesia, the biggest market for the seven-seater SUV. The new “Tough dan Dynamic” Rush has a new image, possessing more of an MPV-SUV style compared to the boxy faux 4×4 look of old. We see some Fortuner in the new design – like what you see?

    The new Rush is powered by a new engine for the model. It’s the 2NR 1.5 litre engine as found in our new Perodua Myvi and the Toyota Avanza, and here the DOHC Dual VVT-i unit makes 104 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136 Nm of torque at 4,200 rpm. Power goes to the rear wheels (overhauled platform) via a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic.

    If the new Rush looks tall, it is, with ground clearance of 220 mm, good for bad roads and minor flooding. That’s significantly more than the Honda BR-V’s 201 mm. At 4,435 mm long and 1,695 mm wide, the Rush is 18 mm shorter and 40 mm narrower than the Honda, although its 2,685 mm wheelbase is 23 mm longer than the BR-V’s.

    Much like the new Myvi, the new Rush has received a big bump in standard equipment, especially in lighting and safety. We’ll start with the more important things, such as six airbags, VSC, ABS, EBD hill start assist, emergency stop signal and seatbelt indicators for seven seats – all standard across the board. LED headlamps with LED light guides and LED rear lamps are also on every Rush.

    Also on the standard kit list are things like tilt adjustable steering, keyless entry and push start, reverse camera and eight speakers. Moving from the G to TRD Sportivo will net one a soft touch two-tone dashboard, a DVD-AVX seven-inch touchscreen head unit with Miracast, Weblink, Bluetooth and Waze support, colour multi-info display, auto air con with digital display and USB chargers for every row.

    The TRD Sportivo models are easily distinguished by bold front and rear underguards, chunky fog lamp housing and extra side moulding. The top variant also gets 17-inch wheels, an inch larger than the G’s rims. Pricing will be revealed early next year. What do you think of the new Rush? This will surely provide better competition to the Honda BR-V, in both Indonesia and Malaysia.

    GALLERY: Previous-gen Toyota Rush 7 TRD Sportivo Ultimo

  • 2018 Toyota Rush official image released in Indonesia

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    Toyota Indonesia has just released an official image of the new 2018 Toyota Rush, posted as a new cover image on the company’s Facebook page. The front three quarter shot follows a teaser of the new model’s tail lamps, with “cutting edge vehicle illumination system” as caption.

    Also sold as the Daihatsu Terios in Indonesia, the 2018 Toyota Rush has been leaked ahead of its Indonesian debut, and this official pic confirms the Rush’s move to more MPV-like proportions compared to the older, SUV look. There’s some Fortuner in the design of this Honda BR-V rival, don’t you think? Like what you see?

    Word is that the new Rush will have bi-beam LED reflector headlamps, L-shaped LED daytime running lights, the aforementioned LED combination rear lamps and LED puddle lamps built into the underside of the power-retractable wing mirrors. The all-LED lighting is perhaps what Toyota Indonesia meant with its teaser pic caption.

    Two variants were previously spotted: the G and the TRD Sportivo. In addition to the aforementioned equipment for both, the G gets engine start-stop function and manual digital climate control with memory function, while the TRD Sportivo gains automatic climate control, soft-touch dashboard material and keyless entry.

    Both get a reverse camera, reverse parking sensors and a seven-inch infotainment system, with the range topper getting support for near-field communication (NFC) compatible devices and is mated to an eight-speaker sound system. Occupants within get access to three charging ports.

    The driver gets a tilt-adjustable multifunction steering wheel, ahead of analogue instruments with a digital multi-info display. On the safety front, the Rush gets ABS, EBD, VSC, hill-start assist and six airbags, two more than the Terios but without that model’s 360-degree surround view camera.

    Here, we also get a look at the Rush interior, courtesy of Rockomotif. For the Indonesian market, two-tone black-and-cream interior scheme is used, with metal-look trim used on the steering wheel spokes and on the gear lever surround; the instrument cluster bears resemblance to those of the Innova and the Fortuner.

    Pricing for the 2018 Toyota Rush in Indonesia has yet to be confirmed, though Rockomotif speculates that it will be in the region of 250 to 300 million Rupiah (RM76,111 to RM91,333), which was said to be an increase of 10-15 million Rupiah (RM3,044 to RM4,566) over the previous model.

    GALLERY: 2018 Toyota Rush spied

    GALLERY: Toyota Rush facelift in Malaysia

  • 2018 Lexus LS in Thailand – RM1.4m to RM2 million

    The 2018, fifth-generation Lexus LS has now been announced for neighbouring Thailand ahead of its launch at the 2017 Motor Expo, in three versions – the LS 350, LS 500 and the LS 500h. The base model is powered by a 3.5 litre naturally-aspirated V6 engine with 318 hp and 380 Nm of torque, priced at 11.5 million Thai baht (RM1,448,350). This version was first introduced to China in June this year.

    The other two versions are priced at 13.08 million Thai Baht (RM1,645,888) for the 3.5 litre, twin-turbo LS 500, and 14.5 million Baht (RM1,824,570) and 15.83 million Baht (RM1,991,928) for the 354 hp LS 500h Executive and Executive Pleat trim levels, respectively.

    This makes the LS far more expensive than its main rivals, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and BMW 7 Series, both of which are priced around the 6 million Baht (RM754,516) mark in Thailand. The flagship Lexus gets the country’s maximum 50% excise, 80% import duties, while its CKD, plug-in hybrid competition enjoy just five percent excise tax.

    To recap, the fifth-generation LS in LS 500 guise represents the first time Lexus’ flagship model departs from using a naturally-aspirated V8 engine, now with turbocharging for its 3.5 litre V6 mill. A 10-speed torque converter automatic handles transmission duties in the LS 500 and LS 350, while the LS 500h employs a Multi Stage Hybrid Transmission which combines a four-speed automatic with a CVT.

    Interior luxury is naturally a focal point here, with the front occupants gaining 28-way power-adjustable seats with heating, cooling and massage functions, while at the back the rear seats have the same climate control functions, in addition to a raised ottoman as part of the optional rear seat luxury package. The rear seat behind the front passenger can be reclined up to 48 degrees, or raised up to 24 degrees for easier exiting.

    Active Noise Control is part of the in-cabin comfort arsenal, which counters noise by playing opposite-phase sound waves through the speakers. The sound system itself is a 3D-surround Mark Levinson setup with ceiling-mounted array speakers, while infotainment supports handwritten input. Along with the 12.3-inch navigation display, a 24-inch driver’s HUD can be optioned – the largest of its kind, says Lexus.

    Safety gets a rich serving as well, where the Lexus Safety System + and the Advanced Safety Package includes Intuitive Pedestrian Detection with Active Steering; this aims to help the LS brake and avoid errant pedestrians while staying within its own lane.

    GALLERY: Lexus LS 350 in China

    GALLERY: Lexus LS 500h in Indonesia


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