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Weekly Round-up: Takata Files For Bankruptcy, Proton Boyue In Two Years, 100 More AES By 2018 and more ( 2017-06-30 )

New special number plates ‘SMS’

‘SMS’ is the latest special number plate available for Malaysian drivers. The numbers run from SMS 1 to SMS999 and it is now available to be purchased in any Road Transport Department (JPJ). The SMS plate is in celebration of the Sultan of Kedah’s two-term reign as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, and honours Sultan Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah via the initials of the vehicle plate series. The fund will go to Yayasan Sultanah Bahiyah (YSB) foundation for charity.

2018 BMW X3 unveiled

BMW unveiled the third generation of X3, a compact luxury SUV that targets to young executive and small families. The revamped X3 boasts significantly more comfort and convenience features than before. And, for the first time, BMW is rolling out an M Performance model at the top of the X3 lineup. The upgrades are three zone climate control, ventilated front seats, gesture controls for the optional 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen, adjustable ambient lighting, and an improved head-up display.

There are two version for consumer to choose from, the standard xDrive30i and M Performance variant. In terms of powertrain choices, consumers can get the standard 248 horsepower, turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the xDrive30i model or the optional 355-hp, turbocharged in-line six that powers the M40i.

The X3 will get full suite of BMW safety features, namely BMW Personal Co-Pilot. The features include front-collision warning with city-collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning, rear cross-traffic alerts, lane-keep assist with side-collision avoidance, and blind-spot monitors. (SOURCE: Consumer Reports)

Japan Takata files for bankruptcy.

Takata, the Japanese car-parts manufacturer, says it has filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and US after faulty airbags that prompted the industry's biggest ever safety recall. Takata CEO and Chairman, Shigehisa Takada expressed condolences to the victim of its faulty airbags which link to at least 16 deaths and 180 injuries around the world. With that, there are nearly 100 million cars, including about 70 million in the US, were subject to the airbag recall linked to a risk they could improperly inflate and rupture, potentially firing deadly shrapnel at the occupants.

On Monday, Shigehisa Takada said it had filed for bankruptcy protection in Japan and the United States. He joined other executives in making a deep bow of contrition for the lives lost and shattered by the company's defective air-bag inflators. (SOURCE: Al-Jazeera)

Proton first SUV estimated on the road in 2 years, less than RM100k

The hype for Geely Boyue was overwhelming ever since it was first unveiled last week when DRB-Hicom officially signing definitive agreement with Zhejiang Geely. According to second minister of international trade and industry Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan, the Boyue-based Proton SUV is estimated to arrive in Malaysia within two years, and with a price tag of under RM100,000. In China, Boyue selling price is between 100,000 yuan and 150,000 yuan (MYR 67k - MYR 93k). It is estimated that that the official selling price will be a hike of 20% in Malaysia. (SOURCE: China Press)

The Geely Boyue is a compact five seater SUV. The Boyue comes with both 2.4 Na four-cylinder unit and a 1.8 litre turbocharged unit for selection. The eight inch infotainment display feature Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the safety kit comes with lane departure warning as well as adaptive cruise control. We are excited to see Proton Boyue to be launched in Malaysia.

About 100 AES cameras to be installed nationwide by 2018

According to Malay Mail, About 100 Automated Enforcement System (AES) cameras will be installed at strategic locations nationwide by 2018. Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi said the cameras to be installed at highways and federal roads would help to ensure road users comply with traffic rules at all times with an 24-hour enforcement system. (Source: Malay Mail Online)

Ops Selamat 11, increase numbers of accident, lower fatalities

Ops Selamat 11 has been a success even though there is an increase numbers of accident from 15,527 to 17,147 cases. However the bumber of fatalities dropped from 233 people to 185 people. There are estimated 186,000 traffic summonses were issued to offenders involving various traffic offenses. Ops Selamat 11 is being held in conjunction with the Hari Raya festive holidays and will end on July 2. (SOURCE: News Straits Times)

Weekly fuel price update, fuel prices continue to drop

We continue receiving good news for this week. This week RON95 and RON97 fuel prices continue to drop 2 cents while Diesel drop 4 cents. RON 95 will be priced at RM1.89 per litre (-RM0.02), RON 97 will be priced at RM2.15 per litre (-RM0.02) while Diesel will be priced at RM1.84 (-RM0.04).

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