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Weekly Round-Up: Mercedes Benz Delivers 5,913 Vehicles In First Six Months, France To Ban Sales Of Petrol And Diesel Cars By 2040 ( 2017-07-07 )

Volkswagen Gen.E concept 

The Volkswagen Gen.E, a Golf sized hatchback has recently being unveiled by VW Group Future Mobility Day. The electric car can be charged with a mobile robot that comes to the car. Rather than forcing owners to find a plug, the robot scans multi-story carparks or underground garages and automatically tops them up. In terms of design, the Gen.E is a three door hatchback with futuristic rendition of Polo. The front end takes on a Golf inspired bent with a thin grille linking the headlights, while the C-shaped daytime running lights elongates to the lower grille and give the car a shaper looking front.

The Volkswagen Gen.E is sure to be a car we’ll see more of in the future though, as VW continues developing fast charging technology. (SOURCE: AUTOEXPRESS)

Proton Iriz R5 debut at Goodwood 2017

Proton Iriz R5 rally car has made its debut race in Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Iriz is all prepare to take on gravel and sandy road situation. The Iriz is set to enter both World Rally Championship in 2018 and Asia-Pacific Rally Championship. Chris Mellors' MEM firm was also behind the last Proton rallying project with the Satria, which was a podium-finisher in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge, won in the WRC's old Super 2000 class and was a title-winner in the Asia-Pacific series. (SOURCE: AUTOSPORT)

France to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040

According to The Guardian, France will end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord. Nicolas Hulot, the country’s new ecology minister, said: “We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.” Hulot added that the move was a “veritable revolution”. Other countries have floated the idea of banning cars powered by an internal combustion engine to meet air quality and climate change goals, but have not yet passed concrete targets. 

Pascal Canfin, the head of WWF France and a former Green politician who served in François Hollande’s government, said the new policy platform to counter climate change went further than previous administrations in France. “It places France among the leaders of climate action in the world,” he told France Inter radio.(SOURCE: THEGUARDIAN)

Honda Grace (City) launched in Japan with Honda Sensing Suite

Malaysia best-selling sedan, Honda City has finally launched in Japan. The City is known as Grace, Honda has made an impactful upgrades to both interior and exterior for the sedan. The Grace is looking similarly with the City facelift that are already selling hot in Malaysia, the redesign front is looking sharp with the metal chrome bar and LED headlamps as well as a new front bumper. The Grace is now looking more sophisticated and premium than ever before.

Inside the Grace, the infotainment system adapts Honda brand new InterNavi system that feareus Apple CarPlay compatibility. Also in Grace, the brand new Honda Sensing suite that can be found in the CR-V. Honda Japan has release 2 engine permutations for the new Grace, the petrol variants is being equipped with 1.5 litre direct-injected DOHC i-VTEC engine pushes out 132 PS at 6,600 rpm and 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm, sent through an Earth Dreams CVT. The Hybrid model mates a 110 PS/134 Nm 1.5 litre petrol mill with a 30 PS/160 Nm electric motor integrated into a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, along with a lithium-ion battery.

Mercedes Benz announces 5,913 vehicles delivered in first half 2017. 

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) expects the second half of 2017 to remain positive and is optimistic it is on track for yet another record year.

MBM president and chief executive officer Dr Claus Weidner said the carmaker rounded up the first half of 2017 with a solid performance across-the-board, with sales of 5,913 units, driven by strong demand for the locally-produced Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The company had launched three models during the first half - the completely knocked-down (CKD) E-Class, the GLA facelift and the AMG line-up.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class model topped the first-half sales with 2,075 units sold, closely followed by the E-Class (1,358 units), SUVs (1,233 units), compact cars (739 units) and S-Class (230 units), while sales of Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars totalled 268 units. It is expected that the locally assembled E-Class ‘plug-in-hybrid’ will be launching on the third quarter of the year. (SOURCE: THESTAR)

Weekly fuel price update, fuel price up.

There is a slight adjustment to this week fuel prices. RON95 and RON97 fuel prices will up 4 cents while Diesel up 7 cents. RON 95 will be priced at RM1.93 per litre (+RM0.04), RON 97 will be priced at RM2.19 per litre (+RM0.04). Diesel will be priced at RM1.91 (+RM0.07)

Volvo to go all electric with new models from 2019 

All Volvo car models launched after 2019 will be electric or hybrids, the Chinese-owned company said on Wednesday, making it the first major car automaker to set a date for phasing out vehicles powered solely by the internal combustion engine. Volvo, the Sweden-based company will continue selling the gasoline-powered car models it already has on the market. But all of Volvo’s new cars be electric motors powered. This is a particularly bold move because right now, hybrid and battery-powered electric cars account for a tiny fraction of the global car market. Hybrids accounted for about 2 percent of the US car market in 2016, for example. But experts expect explosive growth in these numbers over the next decade. By 2019, electric cars will be greener, more convenient, and less expensive to own. (SOURCE: REUTERS)


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