2017 Mazda 2 GVC
Malaysia local distributor Bermaz has just launched the all new Mazda 2 with equipped G-Vectoring Control (GVC) along with cosmetic and trim updates. The all new Mazda 2 has made some minor changes with the exterior trim, the foglamp is now smaller with chrome garnishment, the grille blades are now painted with metallic grey shade while the wing mirror indicators are now adapted with horizontal aperture. Also, the roof mounted antenna is now a shark fin unit just like its competitor Honda City. On the inside, Mazda has adapted a more sophisticated design upholstery instead of the red stitching leather seats. The steering wheel of the Mazda 2 has also changed in order to be in-line the latest flagships CX-9 and CX-5. In terms of performance, the Mazda 2 is kicking with 1.5 Skyactiv-G petrol engine which produces 114 hp at 6,000rpm and 148 Nm at 4,000 rpm mated with a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
Mazda 2- RM87,586.30 (without insurance)
Mazda 2 with LED – RM92,886.30 (without insurance)
2017 Mazda CX-5
Mazda Bermaz has launched the all new 2017 CX-5. There are 5 variants to choose from, starting at 2.0 litre 2WD which comes with 2 variants, the GL and GLS featuring 2.0 litre engine produces 162hp and 210 Nm of torque. The top spec GLS features a 2.5 litre SkyActive-G engine with 192hp and 257 Nm of torque. Besides, the CX-5 comes with diesel option with 2 variants, the 2WD and AWD. All variants will be mated with six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and G-Vectoring Control (GVC). The new models will be expected to come with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) and Smart City Brake Support (front) found on all variants. The diesels will be further boosted by Smart City Brake Support (rear), Lane Keep Assist (LKA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA) as well as Active head-up display.
Mazda CX-5 2.0G 2WD (GL)- RM134,605.50 (without insurance)
Mazda CX-5 2.0G 2WD (GLS)- RM148,605.50 (without insurance)
Mazda CX-5 2.5G 2WD (GLS)- RM160,996.70 (without insurance)
Mazda CX-5 2.2 Diesel 2WD (GLS)- RM164,579.10 (without insurance)
Mazda CX-5 2.2 Diesel AWD (GLS)- RM175,179.10 (without insurance)
*revised on 29 September 2017
Tan Chong launches TC Warranty Plus
Tan Chong Insurance Business Stream (TCIBS) has announced an extended warranty for current Nissan car owners, the TC Warranty Plus which extends the warranty period beyond the standard three years. The warranty programme will only be offered for private use vehicles and will take effect after the original warranty has ended. The packages were being offered in response to customers demand and early birds who sign up for the warranty programme will be given a set of free petrol engine refresh kit (valid until October 31).
2018 BMW i3s
According to New Atlas, BMW will be introducing a new model to the i3 electric car lineup, the i3s. This sportier version of the best-selling i3 reduces range by a few miles and gains a lot of power and sport handling to compensate. The BMW i3s will debut in Frankfurt at the International Motor Show in September.
The BMW i3s will feature cosmetic differences from its i3 model siblings. The front and rear aprons will have more sport-themed contours with black and gray edges and inlay details. In terms of performance, the BMW i3s will be powered by 125 kW electric motor that produces 170 hp and 250 Nm of torque. The i3 is able to achive range of 290 -300km per charge in the NEDC cycle and going from 0 to 100km/h in 7.3 seconds.
BMW is adding Traffic Jam Assistant to the i3 alongside its available Parking Assistant feature. Traffic Jam Assistant is a natural evolution of the stop-and-go adaptive cruise control system found in several BMW vehicles, adding a more seamless low-speed cruise control system for the urban driver with lane-keeping assist included. (SOURCE: NEW ATLAS)
Toyota invest in ride hailing service, Grab
According to Channel NewsAsia, Toyota Motor Corp has announced they would invest in Grab and install its driving recorder devices in vehicles operated by the Singapore-based ride-hailing service, as the automaker expands further into new driving services. Didi and SoftBank are already investors in Grab and other ride-hailing services globally. In July, Grab said the pair would add US$2 billion and that US$500 million would come from others, making the fundraising Southeast Asia's biggest-ever single round of financing.
Under a pilot programme, Toyota will have its TransLog device installed into 100 Grab rental cars, enabling the companies to analyze driving patterns as well as offer improved access to connected car services. Previously Toyota has tied with Uber, providing flexible vehicle leasing terms for Uber drivers, while the two also plan to share research and development efforts. These investment has witnessed a rise in ride sharing industry and evolves the automotive industry away from private ownership. Time will prove the sustainability of Grab and Uber and general public acceptance towards the ride sharing services. (SOURCE: CHANNEL NEWSASIA)