Tun Dr Mahathir will start another Proton if Pakatan wins GE14
According to The Star Online, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he has "some ideas about starting another automotive company," that could become a catalyst for the growth of engineering know-how and capabilities. Proton is the creation of Dr Mahathir back in 1983, DRB-Hicom later sold a 49.9% stake in Proton to Zhejiang Geely Holding, the same company that owns London Taxi Company, Volvo, Terrafugia, an American maker of flying cars.
Dr Mahathir lamented the recent sale of Proton’s stakes to China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, saying that "Malaysia is the only developing country that succeeds in creating cars of the same standard as other developed countries." (SOURCE: THE STAR ONLINE)
More cars are now installed with rear seat reminder
The rear seat reminder is aim to remind the drivers to check their backseat before leaving the car. The goal is to cut down on the number of kids who die every year in hot cars. In the US, General Motors was the industry’s first automaker to develop a groundbreaking technology that alerts drivers to check a vehicle’s back seat. The Rear Seat Reminder is linked to a rear door sensor and is activated when either rear door is opened and closed within 10 minutes before the car is started. When the car is turned off, a message flashes to check the back seat along with five audible chimes. (SOURCE: NPR)
Early of the month, Nissan has come out with the similar feature, namely Rear Door Alert that will honk at a driver who opened the rear door before driving somewhere and then leaves the car without opening the rear door again. The technology is yet to be tested for its effectiveness, parents should never let their guard down because these technologies can never replace the impact of human behavior.
Hyundai first pickup is on the way to US
Hyundai first pickup Santa Cruz concept is first unveiled in 2016. It is likely that Hyundai will be adapting the similar design concept with its concept car. The upcoming pickup is likely to be front wheel drive and it is expected to use the same platform as Hyundai Tucson. Hyundai did not reveal any details about the design. However, it is great to know that Hyundai is injecting new concept into their vehicle line, producing pick up for greater utility without the compromises that traditional trucks often require. (SOURCE: AUTO WEEK)
Volkswagen T-Roc is going to be Honda HRV and Mazda CX-3 rival
After months of teasing the netizen, Volkswagen has finally unveiled its flash new T-Rock compact crossover in Italy. It is surprisingly how little changes has been made between the T-Roc concept and the production version. On the front, the T-Roc is spotted with slim headlamps that blend with the chrome surrounded grille. The bullet shaped daytime running lights can be double as turn signal indicator. It is the first time that Volkswagen features the dual tone paint job for contrasting color to the body.
The T-Roc will come with 3 three petrol (TSI) and three diesel (TDI) units mated with six speed manual or seven-speed DSG transmission unit. The 4Motion all-wheel drive (AWD) features four modes, Street, Snow, Offroad and Offroad Individual with individual settings to choose from. On the T-Roc, you will get the 11.7 inch Active Info Display, while the 6.5 inch infotainment touchscreen comes as standard for all variant. The T-Roc also feature powered tailgate, keyless entry and push start, two zone climate control as well as wide panoramic sunroof. In terms of safety, Standard features on all T-Roc models include autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist and a post-collision braking system while adaptive cruise control and parking assist are optional. (SOURCE: CNET)
Mercedes unveiled new EQ electric concept car
Mercedes wants to be at the very top of the luxury electric vehicle category by 2025. On 2016, Mercedes has showed the world a zany looking crossover that will form the foundation of a new brand called “EQ.” Mercedes has confirmed it will reveal a fresh EQ concept at the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will be a compact car previewing a future EQA entry into the firm’s upcoming line-up of EQ branded electric cars. (SOURCEL: JALOPNIK)
Underpinning the EQA will be a version of Mercedes’ new scalable platform, which is able to house an electric motor on each axle to provide permanent four-wheel drive. In a bid to reduce costs and bring the car in at a more accessible price point, however, only one electric motor is likely to be used; a minimum range of 310 miles is expected.
From the photos, we can see the one on the left is likely to be EQA, acclaimed to be Mercedes compact electric car, featuring two doors and EQ family DNA with illuminated grill and narrow LED headlamps. (SOURCE: SLASHGEAR)
Audi is developing solar sun roof to power electric car
In 2017, Audi is one of the most cutting-edge brands in the EV space – and now it wants to push its technology even further. Audi is working with Alta Devices – a subsidiary of the Chinese company Hanergy – to integrate super-thin solar cells into panoramic glass roofs. The solar cells that will be used are more than 25% efficient, and they’re also very thin and flexible – ideal for the curves of car bodywork. What’s more, Audi says the cells are particularly good in low light and high temperatures, which means they’ll be suited to their new environment. (SOURCE: ALPR)
BMW M5 is unveiled with new Need for Speed Payback trailer
BMW has finally uncovers the all new M5, not in any motor show but in the Need for Speed Payback trailer. The 6th generation BMW M5 is the quickest and most technologically advanced M-vehicle till date with the ability to go from standstill to 100 kmph in just 3.2 seconds. The all new BMW M5 features 4.4-litre V8 engine featuring M TwinPower Turbo technology with an output of 591 bhp and 749 Nm of peak torque. This also marks the debut of the first ever BMW M xDrive system with 2WD capability, which allows the driver to easily change between RWD and 4WD when required. BMW also confirms that the 7-speed DCT will be replaced by an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. (SOURCE: AUTO NDTV)
Volkswagen will put I.D. Buzz Electric Concept car into production
Volkswagen has delivered a piece of news that went straight to the hearts of aging hippies and their corresponding millennial aspirants: The legendary VW bus is coming back.
The concept VW ID Buzz is featuring 369-horsepower power plant, a 300-mile range and stylistic touches like two-tone paint and LED headlamps. Also, the ID Buzz is chargeable wirelessly by parking it over an induction plate. No information is available yet on power, battery capacity, price, or whether the removable dash and stereo will be part of the production model. The hippie looking mini-van is going to be transform your way of traveling, be it to use it as a camper or a seven-seaters MPV. (SOURCE: AD WEEK)