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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      DECEMBER 15, 2010
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....                  Focusing                                                        Service cost                                                      SEMA                                                                  Bailing out
                      on the                                                          for hybrid cars                                                   highlights                                                            bailouts
                      “People’s Choice”
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                                      Retaining the Naza spirit
                                      THE man surely deserve the title.                    Gurun, Kedah, the brand has a strong foothold in    sales in Asean.                                       and will be displayed at the Thailand Auto Salon
                                         S.M. Nasaruddin S.M. Nasimuddin, the head of      Malaysia.                                             Under Nasaruddin’s leadership, Peugeot’s sales      in Bangkok. This is Malaysia’s first break into the
                                      the Naza Group, was named the Automotive Man            The new crop of Kia models have shown            reached 3,800 units last year, the second highest     regional automotive market via a private initiative.
                                      Of The Year at the New Straits Times/Maybank Car     distinctive styling, up-to-date technologies and    selling European brand in the country.                   By the end of next year, Peugeot is planning to
                                      Of The Year Awards 2010.                             thanks to Naza, a value for money packaging           Naza has managed to retain most of the people       sell the yet-to-be identified C-Segment sedan that
                                         Appointed by his late father three years ago to   that can be considered as a gift to the Malaysian   who assisted Nasimuddin and the group has also        will be assembled at the Gurun plant to Thailand,
                                      head the family business, Nasaruddin continues       public.                                             brought in new professionals to drive the business.   Australia and New Zealand.
                                      to spearhead the automotive side of the group,          The late Tan Sri Nasimuddin and Nasaruddin         Automobiles Peugeot had earlier this year              Nasaruddin has set the path for the Malaysian
                                      namely the Kia franchise.                            were in the four-man Naza team that flew to Paris   identified Malaysia as an Asean production hub,       automotive industry to expand beyond the
                                         Kia is now one of the fastest growing brand       to negotiate the Peugeot franchise.                 the first European marque to do so.                   national boundaries and the country has come to
                                      in the world market and thanks to the Naza              Nasaruddin has since led the Malaysian Peugeot     The first batch of Peugeot 207 from the Gurun       full circle in its objective of becoming a regional
                                      Group, which operates an assembly plant in           franchise to conquer 85 per cent of the brand’s     plant will be exported to Thailand next month         automotive hub.




                                                 Passat CC takes three
       THE Volkswagen Passat CC was the big winner            CC is powered by a turbocharged 2.0L inline                  electronic stabilisation programme (ESP),                      that offers premium family comforts, generous
       at the New Straits Times/Maybank Car Of The            engine, mated to the proven six-speed dual                   adaptive chassis control (DCC) and other                       boot space and plenty of power on tap” and
       Year 2010 Awards.                                      clutch DSG (dual clutch gearbox).                            features.                                                      “A car that looks great in your garage, a value
         The sleek four-door coupe bagged the                    Boasting nearly 200hp and 280Nm, this                        “Marvellous handling and roadholding, a                     for money to buy in its segment and it is
       coveted Overall Car of the Year title as well          executive sedan still gives an impressive 7.9                refined interior, smooth acceleration and a great              something anyone would be proud to own”.
       as the Premium Executive Car and the Good              litres per 100km (combined cycle).                           highway cruiser” were among the comments by                       The five-year unlimited mileage warranty
       Design awards.                                            There is more. The CC has 18-inch alloy wheels            the judges.                                                    offered by Volkswagen Group Malaysia probably
         Priced at RM243,888 (without insurance), the         with self-sealing tyres, bi-xenon headlights,                  They were also quoted as saying “It’s a car                  featured largely in the judges’ decision as well.
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                                                                                               Kia Forte is the first
                                                                                               People’s Choice winner

Kia Forte scored the highest vote from the visitors.



                                                                                               O
                                                                                                       NE of the highlights at the 2010
                                                                                                       New Straits Times/Maybank Car Of
                                                                                                       The Year awards was the inaugural
                                                                                               People’s Choice award.
                                                                                                  The People’s Choice, the competition
                                                                                               was open to the visitors of the annual
                                                                                               NST/Maybank COTY2U CARnival, which
                                                                                               drew nearly 30,000 Malaysians to the
                                                                                               Matrade building who checked out the
                                                                                               new cars available in the market.
                                                                                                  Visitors were invited to select one from
                                                                                               a total of 53 vehicles on display they felt
                                                                                               deserved to win the award.
                                                                                                  The 53 vehicles on display were the        The operation room at AAM where the votes were counted.
                                                                                               nominees for the Car Of The Year




                                                  “
                                                                                               Awards.                                       count.                                           “The Forte offers a modern design              “This is our first attempt in organising
                                                                                                  All that was required of the visitors         Rosnani Mohd Saat was voted as the         with classy interior. For its price, the        such big event and the People’s Choice
                                                       The Forte offers                        was to make their selection in a form
                                                                                               provided and explain in not more than
                                                                                                                                             grand prizewinner with her winning
                                                                                                                                             slogan “I voted the model because it
                                                                                                                                                                                           specification level too is pretty good,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                           Rosnani who moved to Putrajaya three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           award will play a bigger role next year,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           he said.
                                                       a modern design                         20 words why they picked the vehicle.         is stylish yet affordable, convenient,        years ago from Johor Baru.                        The CBT editorial team expects
                                                                                                  After the event, the sealed boxes were     modern and achieves the standard of a            Rosnani won herself a Modenas C-Tric,        Malaysians to use the award as their
                                                       with classy interior.                   sent to AAM (Automobile Association           luxury car”.                                  the first national electric motorcycle.         voice to the lawmaker as they get to
                                                  For its price, the                           Malaysia) office in Shah Alam where the
                                                                                               votes were counted by CBT staff and
                                                                                                                                                “Simple and straight to the point,” said
                                                                                                                                             CBT assistant news editor Thomas Huong.
                                                                                                                                                                                              “I will buy a car next year and the Forte
                                                                                                                                                                                           is certainly at the top of my list,” she
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           choose the car that they believe should
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           be the benchmark for the market.
                                                  specification level too is                   AAM officers.                                    Rosnani, 36, a beautician who is           ended.                                            “With the voting done by the people,
                                                                                                  AAM chairman Tunku Mudzaffar               residing in Putrajaya, said she chose the        CBT Yamin Vong editor said the               this is the highest award a car company
Wan Zaharuddin (left) and Tunku                   pretty good.”                                Tunku Mustapha and vice chairman Wan          Forte because she believes the car is an      People’s Choice would be an award that          can win in Malaysia,” said Hezeri Samsuri,
Mudzaffar drawing the winners.                                                    - Rosnani    Zaharuddin Wan Ahmad witnessed the            absolutely value for money.                   Malaysians will look up to.                     the news editor for CBT.




The motor carnival for all
IT was our first, and with nearly 30,000          able to compare the cars side by side.
visitors, we can safely say it was a                 More than 60 new cars were prepared
success.                                          by the car companies for the test drives
   Held for the first time at the Matrade         held around the building, causing a
Exhibition and Convention Centre in               small traffic jam as visitors lined up to
Kuala Lumpur, the objective of the NST/           have a go at the cars.
Maybank COTY2U CARnival was to                       “This is what the COTY judges do;
educate the people on the motoring                compare the specifications and later
options that they have available before           drive them back to back,” said CBT editor
they buy their vehicles.                          Yamin Vong.
   Featuring almost all the 53 NST/                  “Our COTY2U CARnival is bringing that
Maybank Car Of The Year (COTY)                    to all Malaysians. In fact, they can even
nominees under one roof, visitors were            choose their own Car Of The Year with
                                                  our first People’s Choice award/”
                                                     The carnival also offered something for
                                                  each of the family members.
                                                     There were blow-up play lands for the
                                                  children, kitchen utensil booths from
                                                  Maybank’s partners and a Bubba Gum                                                                                                       The classic car show was a major attraction to many.
             Group Managing Editor                food court.                                  Nearly 30,000 Malaysians visited the first NST/Maybank COTY2U CARnival.
         Datul Zainul Arifin Mohammed Isa            Modified car fans were treated to the
                  Group Editor                    Mean Machine competition on Saturday
          Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun            and classic car fans saw the biggest
                                                  classic car gathering held by a local
                                                  publication.
                                                     More than 100 of these beauties
                                                  turned up, and some came all the way
                                                  from Kuantan.
                                                     “We got a very good response from
                                                  the classic car fraternity this year. Next
               Editor | Yamin A. Vong
                                                  year, we expect to hold the largest
           News Editor | Hezeri Samsuri
                                                  classic car show in Malaysia,” said CBT
      Assistant News Editor | Thomas Huong        classic car contributing editor Andrew
         Production Editor | Anthony Raj          Suresh.
           Writer| Daniel Wong, Chai Jiali           Show partner Maybank had a special
        Graphics Consultant | Wan Ismail          promotion for the bank/credit card
       Contributor | Abeshu Tan, Andre Lam        holders. In fact, the super low interest
               Researcher | SJ Gana               rate offered during the two days made
      Advertising | Joseph Raj (012-300 4343)     sense for many of the visitors to lock
             (josephraj@nstp.com.my)              their car purchase there.
                                                     Next year, expect a bigger show from
           Cars, Bikes & Trucks                   us. If you plan to buy a car, wait for our
                (cars@nstp.com.my)                NST/Maybank COTY2U CARnival because
      Tel: 03-22821841 SMS: 012-300 6655          you will certainly get a good package for    Models selling the new Motor News
                                                  your new wheels.                             Malaysia magzine.                             Super cars on display.                        Clowns were around to make the children happy.
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                                               The cost of
      HE idea of driving in a hybrid car has
      not quite caught on in Malaysia yet.
         Although we have been
bombarded with images of Hollywood
stars driving the Toyota Prius, you can
consider it a lucky day if you happen to




                                               running a hybrid
spot a hybrid cars on our roads.
   A CBT survey on Facebook shows that
car companies have to work harder to gain
market confidence for hybrid vehicles.
   Many of our Facebook friends were
asking about the maintenance cost,
particularly the batteries.
   This is a legitimate question but it is
reassuring to know that Toyota US was
quoted as saying that the batteries in the
first generation Prius (1997) have yet to be
replaced.
   In Malaysia, the official answer given
was the battery can last the lifespan of
the vehicle. Given today’s vehicle age, that                                                                                                                                           Takeshi Hirano.                           Kuah Kock Heng.
should definitely cover the first 10 years.



                                                                                                                                                                                       Stronger hybrid
   We did a maintenance cost survey
for the two most popular hybrid cars in
Malaysia, the Toyota Prius and the Honda
Civic Hybrid.
   Unfortunately, the Honda Malaysia has


                                                                                                                                                                                       sales projected
yet to determine the maintenance cost
for its newly launched Insight hybrid in
Malaysia.                                      Toyota Prius.                                                        Honda Civic Hybrid.
Toyota Prius XW30
(third generation)
                                                                                                                                                                                       THE Japanese hybrid boys are              added.
1,000km – RM115.90                                                                                                                                                                    predicting higher sales for their             Across town, UMW Toyota
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil                                                                                                                                              models in Malaysia.                       president Kuah Kock Heng said
filter, drain-plug gasket – free labour)                                                                                                                                                  Honda and Toyota are making            they have increased their 2011 sales
5,000km -  RM74                                                                                                                                                                       this prediction for their Insight and     target for the Prius to 1,000 units.
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, drain-                                                                                                                                           Prius hybrid models following the             UMW Toyota has sold 225 units
plug gasket -free labour)                                                                                                                                                              government's decision to allow full       of the Prius but since the new price
10,000km – RM194.65                                                                                                                                                                   exemption of import and excise duty       announcement in October 2010, the
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil                                                                                                                                              as announced in the Budget 2011           company has 364 bookings to be
filter, drain-plug gasket + RM75 labour                                                                                                                                                speech.                                   filled up.
charges + GST 5%)                                                                                                                                                                         “In 2009, the total industry volume        On the possibility of assembling
20,000km – RM210.40                                                                                                                                                                   (TIV) was 505,509 units,” said Honda's    the hybrid models in Malaysia,
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil      (engine oil, brake fluid, windshield washer   Engine oil (mineral oil) - RM 69.90         35,000km – RM144.05                         head of sales and marketing, Takeshi      Honda Malaysia explained that the
filter, drain-plug gasket + RM90 labour        fluid, oil filter, drain-plug gasket, fuel    Oil filter – RM 41.90                       (labour RM61.43; parts RM82.60)              Hirano.                                   company has no plans at present
charges (RM90) + GST 5%)                       suction plate sub-assembly , fuel pump        Cabin air filter – RM165.90                 40,000km – RM988.90                            “Out of that, total hybrid cars        to produce the hybrid cars outside
30,000km – RM360.55                           gauge retainer, fuel suction plate set        Air cleaner element – RM121.50              (labour RM170.63; parts RM818.28)            sold was just a mere 0.06% which          Japan.
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil      gasket O-ring for fuel pressure regulator x   Brake fluid – RM44.70                       45,000km – RM144.05                         accounted for 297 vehicles. Honda             UMW Toyota said the company
filter, drain-plug gasket + cabin air filter   2, O-ring + air cleaner element RM121.50**                                                 (labour RM61.43; parts RM82.60)              Malaysia’s market share for the hybrid    requires a demand of between 8,000-
RM165.90* + + RM75 labour charges +            plus + RM135 labour charges + GST 5%)         Honda Civic Hybrid                           50,000km – RM217.70                         cars segment was 41.76 per cent.”         10,000 units a year to make local
GST 5%)                                                                                      (eighth generation)                          (labour RM109.20; parts RM108.48)               Honda Malaysia believes that the       production feasible.
40,000km – RM397.60                           NOTE: Prices quoted are for mineral oil                                                    The next major service is at 80,000km       launch of its all-new Insight, an entry       Lack of local suppliers is also
(engine oil, brake fluid, windshield washer    only. Not inclusive of sundry materials       1,000km – RM27.30                           costing RM988.90                             level hybrid car, will attract a whole    another factor, an area where
fluid, oil filter, drain-plug gasket + air     and car wash. Price may vary due to           (labour only; no parts needed)               (labour RM170.63; parts RM818.28)            new set of customers and hence its        Malaysia loses out to Indonesia and
cleaner element RM121.50** + + RM110           difference in volume of fluids such as        5,000km – RM144.05                          Special service at 100,000km costs          2011 sales target for the model is        Thailand.
labour charges + GST 5%)                       engine oil, coolant, brake fluids, etc.       (labour RM61.43; parts RM82.60)              RM1,873.75                                   4,000 units.                                  “More needs to be done to further
50,000km – RM194.65                           From 1 Jan 2011, government service           10,000km – RM217.70                         (labour RM143.33; Parts RM1,873.75)             Since introducing the Civic Hybrid     develop our local suppliers," said
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil      tax will be changed at 6%)                    (labour RM109.20; parts RM108.48)                                                         four years ago, Honda Malaysia has        Kuah.
filter, drain-plug gasket + + RM75 labour                                                    15,000km – RM144.05                         * Service interval is at every 5,000km       sold 376 units of the car (18 units for       “Attractive government incentives
charges + GST 5%)                              * Cabin air filter is replaced at every       (labour RM61.43; parts RM82.60)              ** Hourly labour rate for Honda Malaysia     the first generation Civic Hybrid and     for eco friendly vehicles will give
60,000km – RM376.30                           30,000km                                      20,000km – RM483.95                         is RM65                                      the rest is of the current generation).   more confidence to automakers to
(engine oil, windshield washer fluid, oil      ** Air cleaner element is refill every        (labour RM122.85; parts RM361.11)            *** Labour charges shown include 5 per          “We hope that this model will give     invest in the country. Thailand has
filter, drain-plug gasket + cabin air filter   40,000km                                      25,000km – RM144.05                         cent government tax.                         us a gauge of market acceptance           the advantage due to its strong
RM 165.90* + + RM90 labour charges +           *** GST = government sales tax                (labour RM61.43; parts RM82.60)              **** Price quoted are for Honda mineral      towards green technologies," Hirano       vendors and attractive Eco Policy.”
GST 5%)                                                                                      30,000km – RM217.70                         engine oil, HAMP oil filter and economical
80,000km – RM905.55                           Prices of usual wear and tear items:          (labour RM109.20; parts RM108.48)            coolant (Type 1)
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Electric Nissan
                                                                                                                                                                        for a small petrol car averaging 40mpg. The £1,400
                                                                                                                                                                        (RM6,932) saving could fund a half-decent holiday.
                                                                                                                                                                           There’s no London Congestion Charge to pay
                                                                                                                                                                        because, as a zero emissions car, it’s exempt. And
                                                                                                                                                                        maintenance costs are up to 15 per cent less than a
                                                                                                                                                                        conventional car.




wins European Car
                                                                                                                                                                           The vehicle is fully equipped with features such as
                                                                                                                                                                        air conditioning, satellite navigation, parking camera
                                                                                                                                                                        and advanced on-board IT and telematics systems.
                                                                                                                                                                           The owner can even monitor the car’s state of
                                                                                                                                                                        charge and the remaining battery capacity, as well
                                                                                                                                                                        as arrange to heat or cool the interior of the car
                                                                                                                                                                        remotely via mobile phone or computer.




of the Year award
                                                                                                                                                                           A fast charger unit, as some councils,
                                                                                                                                                                        supermarkets and electricity generation companies
                                                                                                                                                                        are preparing to install – achieves an 80 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                        recharge in half an hour.
                                                                                                                                                                           The Car of the Year jury is made up of 58 senior
                                                                                                                                                                        motoring journalists from 23 countries charged with
                                                                                                                                                                        choosing the most outstanding new car to go on             Eclimo Penan.
                                                                                                                                                                        sale in the past 12 months.
                                                                                                                                                                           H. Matson, president of the Car of the Year jury,


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        HE British-built Nissan Leaf which offers 2.5                                                                                                                   said: “The Nissan Leaf is a breakthrough for electric
        pence (RM1.25) a mile motoring has become                                                                                                                       cars. It is the first electric vehicle that can match
        the first all-electric vehicle to be crowned the                                                                                                                conventional cars in many respects.”
2011 European Car of the Year.                                                                                                                                             Steve Cropley, editor-in-chief of the world’s oldest
    Judges said the pollution free green car, which can                                                                                                                 motoring magazine Autocar said he placed the Leaf
be charged from the domestic household mains, was                                                                                                                       at the top of his list because “it does more than any
the first electric vehicle to match conventional petrol                                                                                                                 rival to ‘normalise’ electric cars.”
cars and didn’t drive like a milk-float.                                                                                                                                   Nissan Motor president and CEO Carlos Ghosn
    The ground-breaking Leaf goes on sale in Britain                                                                                                                    said: “This award recognises the pioneering zero-
and Europe from the beginning of next year                                                                                                                              emission Nissan Leaf as competitive to conventional
and is scheduled to be built in Britain at Nissan’s                                                                                                                     cars in terms of safety, performance, spaciousness
Sunderland plant, which employs 4,900, from 2013.                                                                                                                       and handling.
It is now being built in Japan.                                                                                                                                            ‘It also reflects Nissan’s standing as an innovative
    Billed as the world’s first mass-marketed,                                                                                                                          and exciting brand with a clear vision of the
affordable, zero-emission vehicle for the global                                                                                                                        future of transportation, which we call sustainable
market, the Leaf beat 40 contenders to win                                                                                                                              mobility.“                                                 Modenas C-Tric.
motoring’s most important accolade.                        the ultimate pollution-free “plug and play” car. And    to 60mph takes 11.8 seconds.                            Nissan has three more electric vehicles in the
    Deliveries in Japan and the United States begin        it has none of the carbon dioxide – blamed for             It has a range of more than 100 miles (161km)     pipeline, and its French partner Renault has four.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Going
this December. The first British customers will get        global warming – or oxides of nitrogen and sooty        between charges, which the company says makes it        The Japanese hatchback scored a total 257 points,
their Leafs in March, priced at priced at £23,990          particulates you get from diesels.                      a practical proposition for many urban drivers.      nine points clear of the Alfa Romeo Giulietta (248
(RM118,800) which includes a £5,000 (RM24,760)                The Nissan Leaf is powered by a compact electric        Fuel cost per mile is about 2.5 pence (RM1.25)    points) and 13 clear of the third-placed Vauxhall/
green government discount, funded by the taxpayer          motor in the front of the car, which drives the front   compared to 7.4 pence (RM3.66) for an already        Opel Meriva (244).


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   electric
to help kick-start the market in electric vehicles.        wheels.                                                 frugal Seat Leon 1.6 Diesel according to the green      The remaining finalists were the Ford C-Max/
    This is the first time in the 47-year history of the      With charge stored in a bank of 48 Nissan-           website WhatGreenCar.com run by Dr Ben Lane.         Grand C-Max (224), the Citroen C3/DS3 (175), the
annual competition that the award has gone to an           developed laminated lithium-ion batteries, the             Covering the average annual mileage of around     Volvo S60 and V60 (145) and the Dacia Duster (132).
electric vehicle.                                          electric motor develops 109hp, enough for a             12,000 miles (19,300km) would cost £120 to £170      – Motoring Mail UK



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   with
    Powered from the domestic mains, the Leaf is           maximum speed of 90mph. Acceleration from rest          (RM595 to RM842) compared to £1,550 (RM7,675)




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the two
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   wheels first
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MALAYSIANS will soon get to buy their full
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Electric Vehicle (EV) as soon as early next year.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Although the market is heating up, motorcycles
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   will still be the first EV to be sold officially in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Malaysia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Two parties have been heavily promoting their
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   EV models, Modenas its C-Tric model and Eclimo
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   its Penan scooter.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The C-Tric is based on the Modenas CT110, a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   petrol engine kapchai which is the brand’s entry
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   level model.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      With five gel-type lead-acid batteries stashed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   where the petrol engine used to reside, Modenas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   believes in order to get Malaysians used to the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   new technology, it should be cheap enough for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the majority of the people.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The C-Tric is targeted to be priced below
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM5,000. The batteries provide juice for a distance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of 65km at an average speed of 55km/h.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Charging time is three hours but according
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   to our experience using it for three days at the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   COTY2U CARnival, none of the 10 C-Tric bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   needed recharging.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The C-Tric felt quick and was nimble, but
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   throttle actuation was far from linear, making it
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   nearly impossible to cruise at very low speed.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “It’s like there were spikes in the throttle
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   input graph,” said CBT and Berita Harian Auto
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   contributor Salihin Abd Rahim.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      However so, some of the bikes behaved well.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Modenas informed us that some of the bikes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   were still under development.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The batteries can last for two years and the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   replacement is around RM800.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Next is the Eclimo Penan, an electric scooter
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that gets its power from a rechargeable lithium-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ion polymer battery pack.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      According to its corporate and commerical
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   advisor, Datuk Davy Woo, the Eclimo Penan is a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   truly Malaysian electric scooter as the battery and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   motor technologies are owned by the company
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and its associates.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Both components are produced in Malaysia,”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   said Woo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Malaysian scooter will be assembled by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Naza Bikes in Shah Alam and it has a travel range
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of between 100 and 120km at an average speed
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of 50km/h. Claimed top speed is at 110km/h.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eclimo plans to price it slightly below RM10,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   but a repayment scheme of below RM200 per
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   month for five years will be offered.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The lithium-ion polymer battery is said to have
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a life span of about 100,000km.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Full charge needs three and a half hour,” said
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   company director K.B. Woo.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Eclimo has yet to provide CBT with a test unit.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      From the basic perspective, Modenas seems to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   have an easier job of marketing the concept as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   their C-Tric is definitely within the grasp of many
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Malaysians.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM5,000 is definitely kapchai’s market and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   this will allow more Malaysians to buy it as an
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “experiment” to have a full EV at home.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      But at RM800 for every two years, the owner
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   will have to make sure his two-year mileage is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   worth more than a RM800 fuel bill.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      As for the Eclimo, the scooter market has one
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the shortest product cycle time compared with
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   the motorcycles or cars.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      At RM10,000, that is already an executive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   level budget spending. The Penan E-Scooter will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   receive stiff competition from its petrol sipping
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   brothers – Modenas New Elegan and the SYM
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   VTS 200.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      These are scooters which are highly in demand
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   as they offer space and also long-distance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   commuting, something that the Penan might not
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   be able to give.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “At RM10,000, that is a big risk for something
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   that has yet to be proven,” said a vice president of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   a stockbroking firm who parks his cars at home
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   and rides an SYM200 to his office everyday.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      We think these two work in tandem – Modenas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   makes it affordable for all to buy, while Eclimo will
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   show how advanced the EV technology is now.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Let’s hope the government will speed up the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   process of having these EVs road legal.
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Sahferi’s Swede experience
By Abeshu Tan



G
        OING through the Volvo Truck experience
        in Sweden is something that Mohd Sahferi
        Jamaludin will remember all his life.
   And this is despite the Malaysian Fuelwatch
champion not making it as Asian champion at the
recent 2010 Asia Fuelwatch competition held in
the Volvo Truck’s test facility in Gothenburg.
   The Kuantan-based trailer driver from MISC
Integrated Logistics Sdn Bhd, who travelled 9,500
kilometres to Sweden, said that he is richer for the
experience.                                                                                                                                                                                                         (From left) Hino Motors Malaysia executive
    “I was briefed on the latest technology that                                                                                                                                                                    director Johnny Chan and Hiroo posing with
Volvo Truck offered and learnt about safety                                                                                                                                                                         their mini bus.
measures, fuel economy, proper driving skills and


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Mini bus of
techniques,” said Sahferi.
   The 37-year-old Sahferi, who drives a Volvo
FM12 prime-mover, said, “I learned a lot about
the heritage and technology that goes into Volvo


                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the future
trucks and the Volvo philosophy.”
   Sahferi said he was initially nervous before the                                                                                                                  The winner Kim Dogyun and Volvo Trucks
Asian challenge as he was not used to the left-                                                                                                                      senior vice-president Ricard Fritz during a
hand drive position of the Volvo FH 4x2T 460’s                                                                                                                       ceremony to mark the Fuelwatch challenge.
larger size.
   “But my operations executive, Md Roslan Mat          Malaysian make it to the finals of the Asian            fuel efficiency and environmental care.                                                             HINO Motors (Malaysia) launched two of its new
Drus, who accompanied me, gave me the support           Fuelwatch next year.                                       “Through everything I have learnt during                                                         generation Euro3 mini buses on Dec 9 in Shah
and confidence, ” said Sahferi who was already              South Korean driver Kim Dogyun emerged the          Fuelwatch competitions, I have been able to                                                         Alam.
familiar with Volvo Truck’s trademark I-shift system.   inaugural Asian Fuelwatch champion.                     significantly improve the profitability of my                                                          They were the front door type model
   “From then on it was just a matter of watching           Kim, 35, then took on Nordic Super Eco Driver       business.” said Kim.                                                                                XZU423RD1 and the centre door type model
the fuel consumption and being careful not to           2010 champion Thor Asbjørn Vigeland Larsen of              “I’m also proud to have the possibility to help                                                  XZU433RD1.
induce unnecessary high revs.                           Norway in the Asia-Nordic duel.                         raise awareness of environmental care.”                                                                The front door model’s carrying capacity is
    Roslan said Sahferi provided a good challenge           The two champions drove the seven-kilometre            On the victory, Larsen remarked: “I’m happy for                                                  between 25 and 40 passengers, and the centre
to the drivers from China, Korea, and Thailand who      distance in a Volvo FH 4x2T 460 with a 13.6 metre       Kim. He has travelled a long way to be here.”                                                       door model can carry up to 30.
had entered their local Fuelwatch competitions          semitrailer carrying a total weight of 40 tonnes.          The Volvo Truck’s Fuelwatch programme is to                                                          Using the same four-litre diesel engine, both
throughout this year.                                       Kim’s fuel consumption was registered at 2.43       promote both the financial and environmental                                                        the buses are said to be more economical,
   The competition involved as many as 1500             litres while Larsen came very close with 2.48 litres    advantages of reducing fuel consumption.                                                            environmental friendly, comfortable, safer and
drivers from China, Korea, Malaysia and Thailand,       – a difference of only half a decilitre.                   The Fuelwatch competition’s aim to                                                               easier to operate.
who entered the Fuelwatch competition in their              The closely fought contest was a great exhibition   acknowledge and reward drivers who are central                                                         Hino Motors Malaysia managing director
countries.                                              of the eco driving skills of two champions and it       to minimising fuel consumption and reducing                                                         Hiroo Kayanoki said these buses are targeted at
    Sahferi said he was keen to see another             also demonstrated Volvo Truck’s commitment to           CO2-emissions.                                       One of the attractions at the Volvo Museum.    major tour and stage feeder bus operators, and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    corporate and government agencies.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “We are suggesting to the government to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    use smaller buses as they are more efficient
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    and economical to run. A mini bus is easier to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    manoeuvre, especially in housing areas, compared
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with bigger buses.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       According to Hiroo, Hino is the top bus
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    company in Malaysia, capturing some 40 per cent
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of the bus market share.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hino Motors product planning executive Jusri
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Abu Rahman said the buses are durable because
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    they have less down time and lower maintenance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “This is because there is less wear and tear – the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    engine produces its max power at low rpm, 153hp
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    @ 3,000rpm of power and 398Nm @ 1,600rpm of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    torque.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jusri said the Euro3 engines are compatible
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    with Euro2M diesel in Malaysia.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The buses feature tilt and collapsible and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    crushable steering, and front and rear axle (centre
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    door type) stabiliser which is said to be more
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    comfortable for both driver and passengers.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The use of stabilisers along with the ultra-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    strong frame which has a thickness of 6mm makes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    the buses more stable,” said Hino Motors Ltd mini
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    bus chief engineer Atsushi Oko.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       “The heavier gross vehicle weight means the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    chassis can withstand heavier load, hence coach
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    builders can build the coach frame with more rigid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    materials which which make our buses safer.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The price for the Shah Alam-assembled buses
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    (chassis only) will be between RM90,000 to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM100,000 and delivery period will be around
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    four months.




                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The centre door type mini bus




                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continental
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    into the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    application game
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    IN AN effort to get young technology savvy
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    people interested in the company and its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    products, Continental has developed the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    ContiTireRace, the first tyre-based race application
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    for the iPhone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Players of the ContiTireRace game will take
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    control of a virtual ContiWinterContact TS830 and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    take it around a snowy and icy race track by using
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    either the keys or by tilting the phone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Players can collect points along the way that
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    would give the rolling tyre additional speed and
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    thus improving their lap times.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Also players who have registered themselves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    by Dec 20 will stand a chance to win one of three
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Sony Playstation 3 units that would be raffled by
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Continental.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       All registered players can view their results
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    on the iPhone and see who will be crowned the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    champion.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The application is available for free on the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    iTunes store.
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    Overall Car of the Year, good design Award, and premium
    Executive Car of the Year (below RM300,000)
    Volkswagen passat CC
    More than just a Volkswagen with a pretty
    shape, the Passat CC stands out from this year’s
    nominees as an engineering and performance
    benchmark. Beneath that sleek bodywork is a car
    which combines style with practicality, power with
    efficiency, solid engineering integrity with sheer
    aesthetic value, and gives its expensive German
    peers a run for their money. From just about every
    aspect the Passat CC was difficult to fault, which
    is why it scored a hat-trick, winning the Good                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 large MpV of the Year                                                      pickup truck of the Year (4x4)                                           pickup truck of the Year (4x2)
    Design Award, Premium Executive Car Award, and
    the coveted Car of the Year Award.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Ssangyong Stavic                                                           Isuzu d-Max 2.5lS Super Common Rail                                      Ford Ranger double Cab 4x2 Xl low Rider
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Ssangyong Stavic's huge luxury yacht inspired body won't               (premium)                                                                For those looking for an affordable, honest, no-frills, utilitarian
    Engine: 1,984cc four-cylinder, direct-injection,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               be attracting any admiring glances, but its beauty lies with its           Even though Isuzu has sustained itself in the Malaysian market by        pick-up truck, you won’t have to look further than the Ford
    turbocharged                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   torquey diesel engine underneath and 11 cosseting seats inside.            selling one product, the D-Max, they are still aound and fighting        Ranger 4x2 XL Low Rider. It makes do with only the most basic of
    Max power: 197hp @ 5,100 – 6,000rpm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Never mind the question of sex appeal, considering that, for the           strong. This year Isuzu has improved on the D-Max formula with           necessities such as an air-conditioning system, which means there
    Max torque: 280Nm @ 1,700 – 5,000rpm                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           same price, buyers would have to settle for a commercial van or            the introduction of a more powerful common rail diesel engine            is little in it that can go wrong, which makes this Ranger a proper
    Transmission: Six-speed dual-clutch, front-wheel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               a small bus to have the same amount of seating space that the              which further improves on its strengths of fuel efficiency as well       workman’s workhorse.
    drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Stavic offers.                                                             as durability.
    Safety features: Six airbags, ABS, ESP, traction                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Engine: 2,499cc four-cylinder Duratorq turbocharged diesel
    control, electronic differential lock, adaptive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Engine: 2,696cc five-cylinder, 270XDi diesel                               Engine: 2,499cc four-cylinder 4JK1-TC turbocharged diesel                Max power: 108hp @ 3,500rpm
    chassis control                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Max power: 163hp @ 4,000rpm                                                Max power: 114hp @ 3,600rpm                                              Max torque: 257Nm @ 2,000rpm
    Features: Rear assist rear view camera parking                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Max torque: 340Nm @ 1,800 – 3,250rpm                                       Max torque: 280Nm @ 1,800 – 2,200rpm                                     Transmission: Five-speed manual, rear-wheel drive
    system, Climatronic dual-zone climate control,                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Transmission: Five-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive                       Transmission: Five-speed manual, four-wheel drive                        Safety features: Brake assist
    sunroof, and Media-In multimedia interface                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Safety Features: Dual airbags                                              Safety features: Dual airbags, ABS with electronic brake force           Features: Passive anti-theft system with immobiliser
    price: RM245,060 OTR without insurance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Features: Multizone climate control, automatic light control               distribution, projector headlamps, and limited slip differential         price: RM63,316.40 OTR with insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   system, and power adjustable driver’s seat                                 Features: Six-speaker 2-DIN sound system, and anti-theft alarm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   price: RM112,044.98 without insurance                                      system with key-coded immobiliser
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              price: RM88,737.40 OTR with insurance




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               THE ClASS OF 2010
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   SuV of the Year                                                            SuV of the Year (RM350,000 and above)                                    Compact MpV of the Year
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   (RM250,000 to RM350,000)                                                                                                                            (below RM150,000)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              porsche Cayenne S Hybrid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Mitsubishi pajero                                                          Not to be left out from the hybrid race, Porsche has taken a leap
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              of faith to introduce Malaysia’s first hybrid SUV. Thanks to its
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       perodua Alza (premium)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In a world slowly getting crowded by pretenders with pseudo                                                                                         Space in the back for either passengers or luggage, the Perodua
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 PICKING the cream of this year’s automotive releases, the New Straits Times/Maybank                                                                               offroad looks and built to be driven only on tarmac, the return            hybrid system and energy efficient features, the Cayenne S Hybrid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              manages to deliver V8 levels of performance, while keeping fuel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Alza is a smart solution for urban folks living in the tight confines
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   of the Mitsubishi Pajero is a welcome addition for offroad                                                                                          of the city. The Alza takes everything we liked about the Myvi,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Car of the Year (COTY) 2010 was far from fun and games. The panel of judges took                                                                                  enthusiasts. With proper offroad mechanics underneath and                  consumption to figures of that of a V6, and emissions of that of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              a family car. Even with its green image, the Cayenne S Hybrid is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       its affordability, build quality, reliability, and ease of ownership,
    people’s Choice and Family Car of the Year                                                                      Entry level Car of the Year                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    seating for seven, the Pajero climbs every hill and ford every                                                                                      and adds more practicality to its mix. Furthermore with its longer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 months to test drive the newcomers, which was followed by lengthy discussions                                                                                     stream easily. Massive in size, space, and the level of equipment it       trimmed and equipped with features that befit a sports luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              SUV.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       wheelbase and larger engine, the Alza was a much better steer
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   comes with, the offroad icon once again takes its rightful place as                                                                                 than the Myvi.
    Kia Forte 1.6 SX                                                                                                Hyundai i10 1.25 Kappa (High spec)                                                                           and long debates. No doubt the debates among the panel of judges, made up of                                                                                      king of the hill.
    Despite its pricing, which can even tempt entry level car buyers, the Kia Forte isn’t the archetypical          Hyundai shows that there is still room to improve on a winning formula with the i10 1.25 Kappa.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Engine: 2,995cc, supercharged V6 with an synchronous electric
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Engine: 1,495cc, four-cylinder DVVT, 3SZ-VE
    “dreary Korean sedan” we are used to. Loaded with features not previously seen in this price range,
    styled by the very same man responsible for Audi TT, and good to drive, the Forte has transformed our
                                                                                                                    Fitted with a larger, lighter, and more powerful all-aluminium engine, the i10 1.25 Kappa builds on the
                                                                                                                    strength of the previous i10 which had a 1.1 Epsilon engine. That said, it isn’t about power alone as the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 motoring publication editors, automotive bloggers, academicians and veteran industry                                                                              Engine: 3,828cc V6 MIVEC                                                   motor
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Max power: 333hp @ 5,500 – 6,500rpm (engine), 47hp above
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Max power: 103hp @ 6,000rpm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Max power: 247hp @ 6,000rpm                                                                                                                         Max torque: 136Nm @ 4,400rpm
    perceptions of Korean cars overnight. It is little wonder that you, the rakyat, voted the Forte as your
    People’s Choice, and it is also the reason it gets our Family Car of the Year Award.
                                                                                                                    new engine features a chain-driven timing belt which requires less maintenance.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 professionals, saw plenty of divided opinions with occasional exchanges of harsh                                                                                  Max Torque: 329Nm @ 2,750rpm                                               1,150rpm (electric)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Max torque: 440Nm @ 3,000 – 5,250rpm (engine), 300Nm below
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Transmission: Five-speed automatic, four-wheel drive                                                                                                Safety features: Dual airbags, ABS with electronic brake force
    Engine: 1,591cc four-cylinder Gamma
                                                                                                                    Engine: 1,248cc four-cylinder, DOHC Kappa
                                                                                                                    Max power: 77hp @ 6,000rpm
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 words and comments. But all this was done to exhaustively examine each and every                                                                                  Safety features: Six airbags, ABS with electronic brake force              1,150rpm (electric)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       distribution (EBD) and brake assist.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   distribution (EBD), active stability and traction control (ASTC), and                                                                               Features: Radio CD-player with USB and Bluetooth.
    Max power: 122hp @ 6,300rpm
    Max torque: 156Nm @ 4,200rpm
                                                                                                                    Max torque: 119Nm @ 4,000rpm
                                                                                                                    Transmission: Four-speed automatic, front-wheel drive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 one of the entries. It is our hope that the list of winners here will aid you when you                                                                            all-wheel control (AWC)                                                    Safety features: Eight airbags, Porsche stability management,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Porsche traction management, park assist, lane change assist,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       price: RM63,990 OTR with insurance
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Features: 12-speaker Rockford 5.1surround sound system,
    Transmission: Four-speed automatic with Shiftronic, front-wheel drive
    Safety features: Dual front airbags, ABS, ESC, and traction control system (TCS).
                                                                                                                    Safety features: Dual airbags, and ABS with electronic brake force distribution
                                                                                                                    Features: 2-Din audio system and air-conditioner with heater function
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 buy your car.                                                                                                                                                     centre information display, front climate control with rear air-           Porsche dynamic lighting system.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Features: Four-zone climate control, brake-energy regeneration,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   conditioning, and sunroof
    Features: Automatic climate control, electro-chromic rear view mirror, and engine start/stop button.            price: RM52,688 OTR with insurance                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             price: RM289,980 OTR with insurance                                        air suspension, Porsche dynamic chassis control, Porsche
    price: RM81,800 (OTR with insurance)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      communication management, 14-speaker sound system,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              price: RM720,000 retail price




                                                                                                                                                        premium Executive Car of the Year                                       limousine of the Year                                                           premium Coupe/Cabriolet of the Year
    Compact Car of the Year                                                 Executive Car of the Year                                                   (above RM300,000)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                jaguar Xj premium luxury lWB                                                    Audi A5                                                                            performance Car of the Year                                                SuV of the Year (below RM200,000)                                        premium SuV of the Year
    Ford Fiesta Sport 1.6l Ti-VCT                                           Hyundai Sonata YF 2.4l (High spec)                                          Mercedes-Benz E200 CgI                                                  Little can prepare you for the sheer presence the new Jaguar XJ extrudes,       Designed by an Italian and engineered by the Germans, the Audi A5 Coupe
    Just about every aspect of the Ford Fiesta is as lively and youthful    From its fluid front flanks to the details in the tail light cluster, the   Owning a big premium executive saloon doesn’t necessary have            or the way its svelte shape draws all eyes away from everything else. If        is everything a coupe should be with its sublime styling and performance           Volkswagen golf gTI Mk6                                                    Hyundai Tucson 2l (High spec)                                            Mazda CX-7 (2Wd)
    as its name suggests, from its looks to its cabin, from its driving     Hyundai Sonata is perhaps the most visually arresting car to have           to come with hefty fuel bills as Mercedes-Benz demonstrates             limousines are for arriving in then the XJ would have easily departed           figures. Furthermore the A5 comes with Audi’s trademark Quattro all-wheel          Credited with starting the “hot hatch” genre, Volkswagen shows             It is amazing how the Hyundai Tucson made it into production             Mazda puts the sports in sports utility vehicle as they show that
    dynamics to its on-board features. Even so, the more mature             come out of South Korea. Massive on the inside and packed with              with the E200 CGI. Although power comes from a “tiny” 1.8-              majestically with that prize as well. Nevertheless the XJ secures its place     drive system blessing it with all-weather tractability. Having two doors isn’t     the way it should be done with the latest Golf GTI incarnation.            with looks that is almost unchanged from the futuristic ix-onic          a dominant high-riding position doesn’t have to come at the
    audience would definitely give the Fiesta a nod of approval with        features, the Sonata is an excellent value-for-money proposition            litre direct-injection turbocharged CGI engine, the E200 rarely         with a beautifully crafted interior, brimmed with toys for the discerning       a handicap for the A5 as it has space in the rear for passengers, space in         It is amazing to find that this four-door hatchback, with rear             concept car on which it is based. Furthermore the Tucson comes           price of on-road dynamics, with the CX-7. Striking to look at,
    its space utilisation, comfort and refinement levels, and attractive    for the executive car buyer who wants to stand out from the                 feels overwhelmed, or drinks heavily for that matter. Inside, it’s      plutocrat, and priced comparatively lower than its stoic German rivals. Also    the boot for a weekend away, and enough luxuries to make saloon buyers             air conditioner vents, a driver knee airbag, and heated seats,             with Hyundai’s range of new Theta engines that allow the SUV             comfortable to sit in, and fun to drive, the CX-7 is our default
    pricing.                                                                usual crowd of Japanese makes.                                              Mercedes-Benz business as usual, comfortable, spacious, refined,        its lightweight aluminium construction makes the XJ not just lighter than its   reconsider their preferences.                                                      could give sports cars a hard time. But the Golf GTI shows that            to ride smoothly as how an urban model should, and is quite              choice for anybody looking for an urban SUV to take the place of
                                                                                                                                                        and loaded with new safety technologies that watches out for            contemporaries, but more agile and better to drive too.                                                                                                            performance doesn’t have to come at the compromise of drip-dry             good on the road as well. Yet even with its show car looks and           their beloved sports car.
    Engine: 1,596cc four-cylinder Duratec Ti-VCT (twin independent          Engine: 2,359cc four-cylinder Dual CVVT, Theta II                           you.                                                                                                                                                    Engine: 1,984cc four-cylinder turbocharged                                         everyday practicality.                                                     generous list of features, the Tucson still comes with a very
    variable camshaft viming)                                               Max power: 176hp @ 6,000rpm                                                                                                                         Engine: 5,000cc V8, AJ-V8 Gen-III                                               Max power: 211hp @ 4,300 – 6,000rpm                                                                                                                           “Korean” price tag that dips below its rivals.                           Engine: 2,260cc, four-cylinder turbocharged direct injection
    Max power: 118hp @ 6,000rpm                                             Max torque: 229Nm @ 4,000rpm                                                Engine: 1,796cc four-cylinder, direct-injection, turbocharged           Max power: 380hp @ 6,500rpm                                                     Max torque: 350Nm @ 1,500 – 4,200rpm                                               Engine: 1,984cc four-cylinder turbocharged                                                                                                          Max power: 234hp @ 5,000rpm
    Max torque: 152Nm @ 4,050rpm                                            Transmission: Six-cylinder automatic, front-wheel drive                     Max power: 184hp @ 5,250rpm                                             Max torque: 515Nm @ 3,500rpm                                                    Transmission: Seven-speeddual-clutch, four-wheel drive                             Max power: 208hp @ 5,300 – 6,200rpm                                        Engine: 1,998cc four-cylinder dual CVVT Theta II                         Max torque: 350Nm @ 2,500rpm
    Transmission: Six-cylinder dual-clutch Powershift, front-wheel          Safety features: Dual front airbags, ABS with brake assist,                 Max torque: 270Nm @ 1,800 – 4,600rpm                                    Transmission: Six-cylinder automatic, rear-wheel drive                          Safety features: Six airbags, ABS with electronic brake force distribution         Max torque: 280Nm @ 1,700 – 5,200rpm                                       Max power: 164hp @ 6,200rpm                                              Transmission: Six-cylinder automatic, front-wheel drive
    drive                                                                   electronic stability programme (ESP) with hill start assist control,        Transmission: Five-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive                    Safety features: Airbags, dynamic stability control (DSC), adaptive dynamics,   (EBD) and brake assist, traction control (ASR), and electronic differential lock   Transmission: Six-cylinder dual-clutch, front-wheel drive                  Max torque: 197Nm @ 4,600rpm                                             Safety features: Six airbags, ABS with EBD and brake assist, DSC,
    Safety features: Dual airbags, ABS with electronic brake force          and high intensity discharge (HID) lamps.                                   Safety features: Six airbags, ABS, ESP, brake assist, adaptive          active differential control, Jaguar Drive Control.                              (EDL)                                                                              Safety Features: Seven airbags, ABS, traction control system               Transmission: Six-cylinder automatic, front-wheel drive                  and traction control
    distribution (EBD), electronic stability programme (ESP), traction      Features: Powered front driver and passenger seats, panoramic               brake, Pre-Safe, Attention Assist, tyre pressure loss warning           Features: Virtual instrument panel, Media Hub, 20-speaker Bowers & Wilkins      Features: Three-zone climate control, iPod and USB media interface,                (TCS), extended electronic differential lock (XDS), and electronic         Safety Features: Dual airbags, ABS, ESP, hill assist control, and        Features: Automatic headlamps and wipers, reverse camera,
    control system (TCS), and Isofix child seat anchorage                   sunroof, IPod and USB connectivity, and smart key with engine               system.                                                                 sound system, navigation system with HDD mapping, four-zone climate             14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Bluetooth connectivity, Audi Drive         stabilisation programme (ESP)                                              downhill brake control                                                   keyless ignition, and electric sunroof
    Features: Voice Control, USB connectivity, Bluetooth, and Easy          start/stop button.                                                          Features: Comand Aps, Parktronic, Thermotronic direct control           control, interior mood lighting, panoramic glass roof, and JaguarSense.         Select damping control, tyre pressure monitoring system, and parking aid           Features: Dual-zone climate control and ParkPilot front and rear           Features: Panoramic roof, keyless ignition, and six-speaker              price: RM258,008 OTR without insurance
    fuel capless fuel filler                                                price: RM163,888 OTR with insurance                                         selective dampening system                                              price: RM970,018 OTR without insurance                                          plus with park display                                                             parking sensors                                                            surround-sound system
    price: RM82,888 OTR with insurance                                                                                                                  price: RM366,888 OTR without insurance                                                                                                                  price: RM399,900 OTR without insurance                                             price: RM211,060 OTR without insurance                                     price: RM139,888 OTR with insurance


                                                                                                                   Yamin Vong                                       Azmi Abdullah                                    Susan lankaster                                Chew Wooi Foo                                  dr Max long                                       dato dr Teoh Siang Chin                        professor Sulik Suleiman                            Thomas Huong                                     Hezeri Samsuri
                                                                                                                   Co-founder of the Car of the Year awards        A mechanical engineer by profession.            Actress, director, TV personality.            Established car journalist.                   A private medical practitioner, focusing         A doctor and health system manager in         Currently heads the Design and                     Assistant News Editor for CBT with              News Editor for Cars, Bikes
                                      COTY pANEl OF judgES                                                           and Editor of Cars, Bikes & Trucks.
                                                                                                                   Joined Business Times in 1980
                                                                                                                                                                    Headed Petronas Powertrain for 12 years.
                                                                                                                                                                    16 years at the Natural Gas
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Currently runs Lankester
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Designs, a company specialising
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Retired as Deputy News Editor of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Nanyang Siang Pau in July 2005.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     in dermatology and skin aesthetics.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Has been on the NST/Maybank COTY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       the Ministry of Health, with extensive
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       experience in emergency trauma care.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Multimedia Centre at the Universiti
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Darul Iman in Kuala Terengganu.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          10 years experience in the print
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          and online media industry.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           & Trucks and BH Auto.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Believes COTY is his national duty
                                                                                                                     after earning his B. Econs                       processing and Pipeline Transmission             in renovation, interior design,              A regular contributor for Shang                 panel of independent judges since 2008.         Has a keen interest in all kinds of           Specialises in preparations of rally               Familiar with different media                     to help Malaysians learn of their
                                                                                                                     (statistics) University Malaya.                  Department in Petronas.                          construction and landscaping.                  Hai Business Monthly.                        Blogs passionately on the subject                  personal mobility solutions, especially        cars and specialist vehicles.                       segments such as entertainment                   options before purchasing a car.
                                                                                                                   Attended the International Institute            Prior to that, was attached to                  Loves driving cars, and driving them fast.                                                     of automobiles at http://for-wheels.              windsurfers, yachts, Segways, and a          Began his career in 1975 in the                      and showbiz, business, general and             Has a vision that the awards will
                                        We would like to acknowledge                                                 for Journalism in Berlin.                        Jabatan Kerja Raya for 10 years.                                                                                                               blogspot.com, and contributes to                  myriad of bikes, cars and trucks.              United Kingdom, and has worked                      political news as well as motoring.              grow to be the Asean COTY.
                                                                                                                   Launched Cars, Bikes & Trucks,                                                                                                                                                                   top motoring publications.                      Passionate about machines that thrills          with a host of car companies since.               Joined Cars, Bikes & Trucks four years
                                       the panel of judges for their time                                            the motoring supplement of the                                                                                                                                                                Currently keeps a mix of cars                      and lifts one out of everyday routine.       Was involved in product                              ago with a keen interest in automobile
                                         and contribution towards the                                                New Sunday Times in 1998.                                                                                                                                                                       ranging from Mercedes-Benz                                                                       development at various automotive                   technology, industry and issues.
                                         Car of the Year Awards 2010.                                              The chairman for the panel
                                                                                                                     of COTY 2009 judges.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     to Porsche in his garage.                                                                        companies in Malaysia.
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The Bentley Mulsanne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     For example the turn-signal lever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  operates by being physically stuck in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  place and cancelled by the twirling of
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  the steering wheel and the gear lever
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  mechanically slotted into place to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  activate P, R, N or D although there is no
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  physical connection to the gearbox.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     The only concession to this is the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  toggle function at D position which
By Andre Lam                                                                                                                                                                                                                      swaps D for S mode. All very familiar, all
Picture by Dominic Fraser
                                                                                                                                                                                       Bentley Mulsanne                           very analog.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Another small concession is the very


I
   T seems almost inconceivable that the                                                                                                                                                                                          functional digital speedo readout is
                                                                                                                                                                                       Engine: 6750cc, Twin turbo
   latest Bentley, the Mulsanne which was                                                                                                                                                                                         planted discreetly between the analog
                                                                                                                                                                                       Cylinder layout: V8
   launched in Edinburgh, is the first true-                                                                                                                                                                                      speedo and tachometers, something very
                                                                                                                                                                                       Max Power: 512 bhp at 4200 rpm
blue Bentley in nearly 80 years.                                                                                                                                                                                                  useful on speed regulated British roads.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Max Torque: 1020 Nm at 1750 rpm
   When Bentley was bought over by Rolls                                                                                                                                                                                              There is a separate team that
                                                                                                                                                                                       Transmission: Eight-speed ZF
Royce in 1931 it stopped development                                                                                                                                                                                              is dedicated to this field of haptic
                                                                                                                                                                                       automatic
on any new platforms and began to use                                                                                                                                                                                             technology which delves into the science
                                                                                                                                                                                       Top Speed: 296 km/h
a shared Rolls Royce chassis and this                                                                                                                                                                                             or art of human-machine interface to find
                                                                                                                                                                                       0-100km/h: 5.3 seconds
continued right up to the latest Arnage                                                                                                                                                                                           the right touch, click, sound and effort to
                                                                                                                                                                                       Features: Climate control air
and Brooklands.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   deliver a positivity that reassures the user.
                                                                                                                                                                                       conditioning, central locking
   It is no secret that even the current                                                                                                                                                                                             The car’s suspension, transmission
                                                                                                                                                                                       with immobiliser, fog lamps, air
Continental range of Bentleys are based                                                                                                                                                                                           and engine responses can be tailored
                                                                                                                                                                                       bags, side bags, ABS, ESP, 20-inch
on a donor VW platform.                                                                                                                                                                                                           via the on-board computer but there is
                                                                                                                                                                                       alloy wheels, Leather upholstery,
   When Bentley’s chairman Dr Franz-                                                                                                                                                                                              little need to manually switch between
                                                                                                                                                                                       mirror-matched solid wood veneer
Josef Paefgen made a firm decision to go                                                                                                                                                                                          the suspension settings as the active
                                                                                                                                                                                       inserts, Adjustable drivers seat,
ahead with a brand new bespoke Bentley                                                                                                                                                                                            continuous damping control system does
                                                                                                                                                                                       Xenon lamps, GPS, 2200W Naim HiFi
platform just for the Mulsanne there were                                                                                                                                                                                         an excellent job to deliver consistent
                                                                                                                                                                                       system.
reservations from their owners, the VW                                                                                                                                                                                            body control in any situation, even
Group.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            lowering ride height at high speeds.
   It would be expensive to make but           important as weight reduction is to a       communication that has thus far eluded         usual haunt but it was the best way to      and in the Brooklands there were               The Mulsanne is clearly Bentley’s best
Bentley having risen from the ashes            sports car and asks potential owners to     this class of luxury car in pursuit of         access the ride quality over poor road      occasions where one could just detect       ever car and this bodes well for the
managed to fund the development of the         compare their competitor’s efforts to       comfort.                                       surfaces. Unfair though it seems, the       the faint shudder of the drivetrain as it   future coupe and convertible that will
Mulsanne by itself.                            theirs.                                        This is not surprising since Bentley        Mulsanne took it in its stride-smothering   manly soaked up the punishment.             inevitably be developed from this new
   Their view was if they ever replaced the       This is even more true of the wood       engineers spent an inordinate amount of        pothole after pothole allowing a good          If one had not ever experienced the      platform.
Arnage with yet another VW platform it         finishing found inside the Mulsanne         time to ensure that the tactility of every     flow through the meandering roads.          previous iterations of the Arnage its          Wind noise is well suppressed thanks
would be tantamount to betrayal of the         where Bentley views the competition’s       control feels positive and mechanical to          However, what the Mulsanne does          impossible to know just how robust and      to the double glazed door glass and
pedigree of the proud British marque           good enough as barely enough.               cloak the state-of-the-art electronics that    even better is high speed cruising. The     refined this new unit really is.            aerodynamic work done on the Mulsanne
and if he could have had it his way the           At this level of ownership Bentley       lies beneath.                                  ease with which the Mulsanne attains           Today drivers have come to expect        which lets you enjoy the 2200W Naim
Continental range would also have been         offers the services of their Mulliner          Bentley’s take on luxury leans              speed and the deceptive way it hides        a modern feel at the helm yet have          audio system even as you approach 300
their own development.                         division whose capability extends to        toward sporty and the Mulsanne does            true speed is dangerous for one’s licence   as much of a traditional interface as       km/h.
   As a corollary the new Mulsanne is          beyond the confines of customising          not present a soft wallowy ride and            always feeling slower than it really is.    possible. So while the Mulsanne’s entire       Bentley has gone to great lengths to
nearly equal in weight to the outgoing         to even coachwork meaning they can          fortunately does not ride like a sports car       The Mulsanne maintains the core          electronics is the very state-of-the-art    get the Mulsanne right for the fans of
Arnage but is vastly bigger on the             make special stretched or raised versions   either.                                        characteristic of “waftability” that        in the VW group, the interface meaning      the marque who have been awaiting the
inside thanks to an additional 150mm           depending on the need of its clients.          Because the Mulsanne is not meant           describes the supremely effortless way      to say switchgear, knobs, buttons and       arrival of the first real Bentley for the last
in its wheelbase and a flat and deep              Almost all Mulsanne buyers will be       to be an overtly sporty Bentley, it is first   in which the Bentley cruises with huge      levers operate as if by mechanical analog   80 years, marking the true rebirth of this
floorboard.                                    seeking the Mulliner treatment for their    made comfortable and then firmed up            reserves to accelerate away in a regal      means.                                      illustrious British marque.
   Weight or rather the lack of it is less     cars compared to just about half of all     to give the Mulsanne the appropriate           manner.
important in a luxury limousine than           Continental owners. Many of the Mulliner    modicum of sportiness without                     This has been the hallmark of every
in a sports car like a Lotus. Of course        clients spend as much again on their        compromising comfort if at all.                Bentley thanks to the vast amount of
weight reduction is an enviable virtue but     new Mulsanne to ensure their treasured         These settings give the Mulsanne            torque flowing from the six and three-
Bentley’s talents were needed elsewhere.       possession is truly one-of-a-kind on this   a better ride than the Arnage and              quarter litre turbocharged V8 engine.
   Bentley insists that any metal seen in      planet.                                     also deliver accurate, positive chassis        Other engines may produce more
the cabin has to be genuine. Metal in a           Once ensconced in its plush cabin        responses to driver inputs making this         power but precious few will match the
Bentley cabin is treated as an adornment,      one will notice the rather small steering   behemoth feel more compact than it             Mulsanne’s towering 1020 Nm of torque.
polished to a mirror finish with hours of      wheel especially for a car this size.       really is when piloting over winding              The new eight-speed automatic plays a
work lavishly heaped upon it.                  However, with more miles, appreciation      B-roads.                                       huge part in the car’s overall refinement
   Bentley owners view this is as              increases for the level of accuracy and        Not that B-roads are the Mulsanne’s         and performance. With the ability to
                                                                                                                                          cover almost 300 km/h with eight ratios
                                                                                                                                          instead of the previous four means far
                                                                                                                                          less compromise in terms of acceleration
                                                                                                                                          and efficiency.
                                                                                                                                             The engine’s 1020 Nm of torque puts
                                                                                                                                          a tremendous strain on the transmission
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The best got
better at SEMA
S
     EMA, or the Specialty Equipment Market          countries.                                                                                                                                             Old school cars do get attention from SEMA,
     Association might only cover the US market,       The numbers might sound dismal but do                                                                                                                such as this Honda Civic.
     but its fame has seeped throughout the world,   remember, this is a show which is not open to the
especially among car enthusiasts and aftermarket     general public. Only the industry players and media   The Off Road Proving Ground featured ground-pounding, dirt flinging action as the best in off-
industry players.                                    are invited.                                          road tech is put to the test.
  In fact, many Malaysian distributors of such         Apart from modified vehicles and sexy show girls,
products are known to visit the show in Las Vegas,   SEMA 2010 saw the introduction of nearly 1,500
Nevada to see the latest products that can be        new parts, tools and components.
brought into the country.                              A definite heaven for people like CBT fans, these
  The 2010 show held in November drew more           are some of the pictures that we got from the
than 100,000 industry leaders from more than 100     organiser.




                                                                                                                                                                                                            Mini Lambo looks good on a golf course.
                                                                                                                                                             Fiat makes a comeback to the American soil
                                                                                                           Ford F350 from Snap-On Equipment.                 with its funky 500.




                                                                                                           More than 10 modified Honda CRZ hybrid
                                                                                                           sports cars were displayed – proving that SEMA    The daddy of pimp mobile – a pimped up Lexus   K&N brought along its H2 Hummer, fully
                                                                                                           is hard on pushing the go-green campaign too.     LS.                                            blinged and lowered.




A Triumph TR8, souped up by Vertical Doors Inc
which supplies, well, doors that open vertically.




DUB, one of the upcoming aftermarket wheel
companies specialising in ultra-bling wheels,
also have parts for modifying Harley-Davidson
bikes.




DUB Wheels also came up with a special
ruggedised limousine.




Topless Lincoln Navigator with 30-inch wheels
by DUB.




Big rig or truck modification is big in the US.




Some Americans believe the Subaru Impreza
WRX is built not for speed, but for show.
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E
                                              Bailing out
     UROPE is supposed to be a free                                                                                                     message was pure Tory – let market
     market economy. Look, it says so,                                                                                                  forces prevail.
     there, in the Treaty of Rome – the
core document that defines the way the                                                                                                     Cable plays hardball
European Union will operate.                                                                                                               Of course, such a strategy has certain




                                              of bailouts
   And if you’re really going to operate                                                                                                risks. GM might really want to build the
as a free market economy, the                                                                                                           Ampera at Ellesmere Port, but if a deal
consequences for weaker companies will                                                                                                  is available from Germany, or Poland, or
inevitably be grim – only the strong will                                                                                               Spain – or anywhere else – it might take
survive, and the weak will wither and die.                                                                                              the money.
   And those weaker businesses will                                                                                                        Refusing a small grant here might
surely be at their most vulnerable in an                                                                                                prove costly in the long term. It’s a
economic downturn.                                                                                                                      tough call, though Cable does seem
   Which is exactly what has been                                                                                                       prepared to play hardball. Tata got very
happening since the second half of 2008,                                                                                                short shrift when it stuck its neck out for
when the economic bubble burst with a                                                                                                   government money to build small Range         Lexus CT200h
resounding bang.                                                                                                                        Rovers at Halewood.
   So why is it that now, two years on, the                                                                                                Neither does there seem to be a
structure of the auto industry is pretty                                                                                                torrent of funding from other European
much the same as it was in 2008? Not                                                                                                    governments. Not even the French have
one European brand has gone – unless                                                                                                    pumped aid into Renault or PSA, beyond
you count LDV.                                                                                                                          a few late ‘08 incentives. Car companies
   There have been a couple of changes                                                                                                  have now had two years to straighten
of ownership and most car companies                                                                                                     out their businesses, and nobody’s gone
have had to run on reduced resources,                                                                                                   bust yet.
but no factories have closed and the                                                                                                       So any government aid is likely to be
wholesale restructuring that many                                                                                                       low-level – grants for training, such as
analysts predicted might come about has                                                                                                 the introduction of apprenticeships, is
simply not materialised.                                                                                                                one way that automakers will be able to
                                                                                                                                        access some central funds.
   Obama intervention                                                                                                                      Of course, the other option would
    One reason is that the US Government                                                                                                be to reintroduce scrappage schemes
was prepared to bail out its ailing car                                                                                                 – though, as before, that involves
companies. Without the intervention                                                                                                     committing taxpayers’ money to a central
of the fresh-into-office Obama                                                                                                          fund, to offer as incentives. While some
administration, the Big Three could have                                                                                                in the industry hailed scrappage as a         Ford Ranger                                  Volvo S60
ended up as the Big One.                                                                                                                success, others believe it was a poorly
   Only Ford had the resources and the
plan that didn’t necessitate going cap in
hand to Congress.
   Fiat eventually stepped in for Chrysler,
                                                                                                                                        thought-out, kneejerk reaction.
                                                                                                                                           Perfectly good, serviceable cars that
                                                                                                                                        were affordable to low-income buyers
                                                                                                                                        were permanently removed from the
                                                                                                                                                                                      Sizzling hot models in 2011
but General Motors – the “American                                                                                                      market and left to rot on airfields or put    NEXT year will be another fantastic year     dealer launch for its facelifted CKD Versys.
Patient” – needed such a severe bailout                                                                                                 in the crusher.                               for the car industry in Malaysia as many       Boon Siew could be launching
that the US Government still owns 61 per                                                                                                   And nobody factored in the damage          (new) models will be launched.               the CBR250, a bike now produced in
cent of the company.                                                                                                                    that removing these cars from the               The biggest (new)s will be the all (new)   Thailand, for the global market.
   Regaining independence will be a           falls outside Germany, was the message        agreed loan guarantees for Ford and         parc has done to smaller, independent         Perodua Myvi, Codenamed D54T. The
hard slog for the General, which at least     from Chancellor Merkel.                       Nissan over electric cars. He was less      garages, which depended on older              (new) model should be launched in the        VEHICLES YOU CAN LOOK
has addressed its brand proliferation             Treaty of Rome no-no                      inclined to sign over a smaller amount of   vehicles as stock to sell and cars to         middle of March.                             FORWARD TO IN 2011
problem, killing off Pontiac, Saturn and          In any case, what was being demanded      money to not-so-green LDV, which might      service. Instead, the prime beneficiaries       Welcome (news) for Honda fans will         Perodua (new) Myvi
Hummer in the US and selling Saab to          was close to nationalisation – which          have kept the ailing van maker afloat.      were the likes of Hyundai and Kia –           be that all (new) Honda Civic will be        Toyota Camry CKD Facelift
Spyker.                                       is against everything the Treaty of             But under the new coalition               keeping production levels high in Korea       launched in November 2011.                   Toyota (new) Avanza
   Seeing the ease at which a US bailout      Rome stands for. So “big” bailouts are a      government, it seems car companies          and India and benefiting a few franchised       Toyota fans can also look forward          Honda (new) Civic
was achieved, European automakers             no-no. Instead, the car companies have        shouldn’t bother wasting their time         dealers.                                      to the CKD Camry, which we think will        Renault Clio
demanded similar treatment. Except            targeted “little” bailouts – more localised   applying for grants or guarantees              The issue of government bailouts won’t     receive some styling facelift. The all new   Hyundai Avante
the EU isn’t like the US government           incentives, for example, to build electric    because business secretary Vince Cable      go away – outside the pious EU, there’s       Camry will be launched in 2012 though.       Volskwagen Scirocco R
– rescues don’t come from a central           cars at a specific plant, thus guaranteeing   maintains he won’t be giving any out.       no problem. They’re not here yet, but           Naza Kia is still going ahead with         Ford S Max
fund, they have to come from individual       its future.                                     Cable said that while projects such as    many Chinese automakers are wholly or         the launch of its sporty version of the      Ford (new) Ranger
governments.                                      Effectively, automakers are saying that   the GM Ampera range-extender hybrid         part owned by local governments which         popular Forte, the Kia Koup.                 Proton Exora Hybrid and Turbo
   And that’s the point where national        it’s governments that are demanding           were attractive, they “should not depend    have no qualms about helping fund the           A two-door coupe that will live up         Volvo S60
government interests start to interfere       ultra-clean electric cars – not the general   on government support” if they are to       development of “their” automakers.            the days of the Proton Putra, fans           Kia (new) Optima
with the running of the business.             public, who still fear being stranded on      become a reality. Cable believes the           Memo to Europe’s automakers: Get           can be assured that the Koup has the         Kia Koup
   Look at the conditions, designed solely    the (British) M25 with a flat battery. And    economic threat to the car industry has     your houses in order, and keep them           performance to match its hot looks.          Kia (new) Sportage
to protect local interests, that Germany      if governments want them, they’ll have        receded sufficiently for manufacturers      that way. Because the nanny state won’t         The Koup and the Optima should             Porsche 911 GTS
tried to attach to a bailout of Opel.         to pay for them.                              to be able to adapt without such overt      help you out – even if you’re knee deep       be launched sometime in the second           Porsche Cayman R
Conditions that killed off Fiat’s attempt         This had some support in the previous     state aid.                                  in the brown stuff. – Motor Industry          quarter of 2011.                             Lexus CT200h
to merge with Opel – if you want the          Labour Government from trade and                And although Cable is from the Liberal    Magazine of Britain’s Institute of              For the motorcycle fans, we got a whiff    Kawasaki Versys CKD
money, you’d better make sure the axe         industry secretary Peter Mandelson, who       Democrat wing of the coalition, the         Motor Industry (wwww.motor.org.uk)            that local Kawasaki Malaysia has done a      Honda CBR 250 CKD
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Chery Eastar.




 Proton Inspira.                                                                                                                                        Nissan Murano.                                                                                                                   Volvo XC60.
                                                             Focus 2.0L Sport                              RM112,888     Range Rover Sport                             RM568,888    Classic F 1.8                                   RM184,0000    Saga 1.3 M-LINE (A) Metallic                      RM41,998    Laguna Coupe 2.0L (A) Turbo                  RM259,869
                  ALFA ROMEO                                 Focus2.0L Ghia                                RM111,888     Discovery 4                                   RM413,888    Orochi3.3                                       RM1,025,000   Saga 1.3 M-LINE (M) Solid                         RM39,048    Koleos 2.5L                                  RM211,658
                                                             Escape 2.3L 4x4 XLT                           RM139,888     Freelander 2                                  RM271,388                                                                  Saga 1.3 M-LINE (M) Metallic                      RM41,498    Clio RS 2.0L                                 RM188,000
 159 (2.2JTS Selespeed)                         RM195,888
 159 (3.2L V6 Ti)                               RM298,888
                                                             Escape 2.3L 4x4 XLS                           RM118,888     Defender Crew Cab                             RM178,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                            NISSAN                                Saga 1.3 SE (A) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saga 1.3 SE (A) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM44,548
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM44,998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kangoo 1.4 Combi/Express (Solid) Petrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kangoo 1.4 Combi/Express (Metalic) Petrol
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM 53,092
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM 53,510
 GT (2.0JTS Black Line)                         RM218,888
 Brera (2.2JTS Selespeed)                       RM308,888                                 FIAT                                                   LEXUS                              Teana 2.0L Comfort
                                                                                                                                                                                    Teana 2.0L Luxury
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RM138,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RM142,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saga 1.3 SE (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Saga 1.3 SE (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM42,048
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM42,498
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kangoo 1.4 XAV (Metalic) Petrol               RM 57,060
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Kangoo 1.5 Combi/Express (Solid) Diesel       RM 57,070
 Spider (3.2L V6)                               RM358,888
                                                             L500                                         RM135,000      IS 250 LUX                                    RM305,000    Teana V6 2.5L Premium                            RM168,000    Inspira 1.8 Executive (M) Metallic                RM79,888    Kangoo 1.5 Combi/Express (Metalic) Diesel     RM 57,488
 Mito 1.4L                                      RM153,888
                                                             Grande Punto 1.4 CBU                         RM108,000      IS 250 STD                                    RM275,000    Teana V6 3.5L Exquisite                          RM248,500    Inspira 1.8 Executive (M) Solid                   RM78,549    Kangoo 1.5 XAV (Metalic) Diesel               RM 61,038
                                                             Bravo GT (A) 1.4 CBU                         RM145,000      IS 250C                                       RM432,000    Sentra Sport 1.6L (M/T)                           RM85,750    Inspira 1.8 Executive (CVT) Metallic              RM84,999
                             AUDI                            Bravo GT (M) 1.4 CBU                         RM115,000      GS300                                         RM408,800    Sentra Sport 1.6L (A/T)                           RM89,800    Inspira 1.8 Executive (CVT) Solid                 RM84,549

 A4 1.8T                                        RM235,000
                                                             Panda 1.2 CBU                                 RM82,000      LS 460L                                       RM844,448    Latio 1.6 ST (M/T)                                RM84,680    Inspira 2.0 Premium (CVT) Metallic                RM91,999                            SUZUKI
                                                                                                                         LS 460 Sport                                  RM734,448    Latio 1.6 ST (A/T)                                RM89,980    Inspira 2.0 Premium (CVT) Solid                   RM91,549
 A4 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO S-LINE                     RM309,800
 A5 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO                            RM399,900                           HONDA                                LS 600h L                                     RM976,699    Latio 1.6 ST-L (A/T)                              RM92,929                                                                  Swift 1.5 (A) (CKD)                            RM71,706

 A6 2.0 TFSI                                    RM335,000    City 1.5L Grade S                             RM85,480
                                                                                                                         RX 350
                                                                                                                         RX 270
                                                                                                                                                                       RM377,000
                                                                                                                                                                       RM340,000
                                                                                                                                                                                    Latio 1.8Ti (A/T)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Latio Sport 1.6ST-L (A/T)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM99,958
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM97,980
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PERODUA                                 Swift Premier 1.5 (A) (CKD)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Swift Sport 1.6 (A) (CBU)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               RM77,706
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM102,974
 A6 3.0 TFSI QUATTRO S-LINE                     RM468,000    City 1.5L Grade E                             RM90,480                                                                                                                                                                                             Swift Sport Premier 1.6(A) (CBU)              RM109,862
                                                                                                                         RX 450h                                       RM520,000    Sylphy 2.0L (X-CVT)                              RM114,880    Alza GX - 1.5L (M) Solid                          RM55,490
 A8 3.2L FSI                                    RM599,900    Jazz 1.5L Grade V                            RM109,800                                                                                                                                                                                             Swift Sport 1.6 (M) (CBU)                       RM97,130
                                                                                                                                                                                    Sylphy 2.0L (X-CVT) Luxury                       RM118,880    Alza GX - 1.5L (M) Metallic                       RM55,990
 TT 2.0 TFSI S-TRONIC                           RM378,000
 Q5 2.0 TFSI QUATTRO                            RM325,000
                                                             Jazz 1.5L Concept M
                                                             Civic 1.8S
                                                                                                          RM116,800
                                                                                                          RM114,980
                                                                                                                                                 LOTUS                              Sylphy 2.0L (X-CVT) Luxury Navi Package
                                                                                                                                                                                    Grand Livina MPV 1.6L (M/T)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     RM120,380
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM84,800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alza GX - 1.5L (M) Special Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alza EZ - 1.5L (A) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM56,190
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM58,490
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Swift Sport Premier 1.6 (M) (CBU)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                SX4 Crossover 1.6 (A)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM104,018
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               RM87,490
 Q7 3.0 TDI QUATTRO                             RM575,000    Civic 1.8S-L                                 RM119,980      Elise S                                       RM238,600    Grand Livina MPV 1.6L (A/T)                       RM88,600    Alza EZ - 1.5L (A) Metallic                       RM58,990    SX4 Crossover 1.6 (A) Premier                  RM92,360
 Q7 4.2 FSI QUATTRO                             RM690,000    Civic 2.0 Sedan                              RM130,980      Europa S                                      RM298,700    Grand Livina MPV 1.8L (A/T)                       RM97,300    Alza EZ - 1.5L (A) Special Metallic               RM59,190    SX4 Sedan 1.6 (A)                              RM88,888
 R8 5.2 FSI                                    RM1,388,888   Civic Concept M                              RM137,980      Europa SE                                     RM328,700    Serena MPV 2.0L (A/T) Comfort                    RM136,500    Alza GH - 1.5L (M) Solid                          RM60,490    SX4 Sedan 1.6 Premier (A)                   RM93,888,00
                                                             Civic Type R                                 RM199,800      Exige S                                       RM338,800    Serena MPV 2.0L (A/T) Highway Star               RM146,950    Alza GH - 1.5L (M) Metallic                       RM60,990    Grand Vitara 4x2 2.0 (A) (CBU)              RM116,710.10
 BUFORI                                                      Civic Hybrid                                 RM108,980                                                                 Frontier 4WD 2.5L (M/T) Spirit (Diesel)           RM82,686    Alza GH - 1.5L (M) Special Metallic               RM61,190    Alto 1.0 GA (M)                                RM44,888
 Bufori La Joya                                 RM498,516
                                                             Insight 1.3L
                                                             Accord 2.0 VTi
                                                                                                           RM98,000
                                                                                                          RM142,800
                                                                                                                                             MAHINDRA                               Navara 4WD 2.5L (M/T) Standard (Diesel)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Navara 4WD 2.5L (M/T) SE (Diesel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM89,800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM94,800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alza ZH - 1.5L (A) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Alza ZH - 1.5L (A) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM63,490
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM63,990
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alto 1.0 GLX (A)                               RM49,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Alto 1.0 GXS (A)                               RM54,888
                                                             Accord 2.0 VTi-L                             RM149,800      Mahindra Scorpio 2.2L 4X4 (A) Diesel (CBU)    RM109,999    Navara 2WD 2.5L (A/T) Calibre (Diesel)            RM89,900    Alza ZH - 1.5L (A) Special Metallic               RM64,190
                             BMW                             Accord 2.4 VTi-L                             RM172,800                                                                 Navara 4WD 2.5L (A/T) Luxury (Diesel)            RM105,800    Alza GHP Advanced Version - 1.5L (M) Solid        RM66,490

 118i                                           RM203,800
                                                             Accord Concept M                             RM176,800
                                                                                                                                                 MAZDA                              X-Trail 4WD 2.0L (A/T)                           RM133,800    Alza GHP Advanced Version - 1.5L (M) Metallic     RM66,990                           SUBARU
                                                             CR-V 2.0L i-VTEC                             RM149,980                                                                 X-Trail 4WD 2.5L (A/T)                           RM144,800    Alza ZHP Advanced Version - 1.5L (A) Solid        RM69,490
 118i Executive Edition                         RM204,800    Stream RSZ                                   RM158,980      Mazda2 1.5SDN V-spec                           RM80,122    X-Trail 2WD 2.0L (X-CVT)                         RM149,500    Alza ZHP Advanced Version - 1.5L (A) Metallic     RM69,990    Forester 2.5XT Turbo                         RM229,000
 135i Coupe M Sports                            RM423,800    Freed 1.5                                    RM112,980      Mazda2 1.5SDN R-spec                           RM83,122    C22 Vanette Pickup *1.5L (M/T)                    RM48,600    Myvi 1.0 SR (M) Solid                             RM38,924    Legacy 2.5GT Sedan Turbocharged              RM269,000
 120i Convertible                               RM319,800                                                                Mazda2 1.5HB V-spec                            RM83,822    C22 Vanette Panel Van *1.5L (M/T)                 RM54,300    Myvi 1.0 SR (M) Metallic                          RM39,447    Legacy 2.5GT Wagon Turbocharged              RM279,000
 320i                                           RM236,800
 320i M Sports                                  RM248,800                          HYUNDAI                               Mazda2 1.5HB R-spec
                                                                                                                         Mazda6 2.5
                                                                                                                                                                        RM86,822
                                                                                                                                                                       RM179,663
                                                                                                                                                                                    C22 Vanette Semi Panel *1.5L (M/T)
                                                                                                                                                                                    C22 Vanette Window Van *1.5L (M/T)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM57,400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM65,738
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 SX (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 SX (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM43,400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM43,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Impreza WRX STI 2.5 Turbocharged             RM279,000

 320d Performance Edition                       RM261,800
 323i                                           RM275,800
                                                             i30 1.6 (A)
                                                             i30 2.0 (A)
                                                                                                           RM97,888
                                                                                                          RM112,888
                                                                                                                         Mazda6 2.0
                                                                                                                         Mazda3 Sport 1.6
                                                                                                                                                                       RM153,016
                                                                                                                                                                       RM113,318
                                                                                                                                                                                    Urvan - Panel Van * 3.0L (M/T) (Diesel)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Urvan - Semi Panel Van * 3.0L (M/T) (Diesel)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM79,810
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM85,360
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 SX (M) Special Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 EZ (A) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM44,300
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM46,400                      SSANGYONG
 325i M Sports                                  RM309,800                                                                Mazda3 Sport 2.0                              RM133,838    Urvan Microbus 14 seater 3.0 L (M/T) (Diesel)     RM99,313    Myvi 1.3 EZ (A) Metallic                          RM46,900
                                                             Accent 1.4 (M)                                RM69,888
 Individual 335i Sedan                          RM539,800                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Stavic SV270 Xdi                              RM112,044
                                                             Accent 1.6 (A)                                RM75,888      Mazda 5 MPV 2.0L                              RM153,409    370Z Coupe 3.7L (M/T & A/T)                      RM370,000    Myvi 1.3 EZ (A) Special Metallic                  RM47,300
 320i Coupe                                     RM289,800                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rexton II RX270XDi                            RM169,828
                                                             Avante 2.0 (A) Std                            RM98,888      Mazda 8 MPV 2.3L                              RM195,404    Murano 3.5 L (X-CVT)                             RM330,000    Myvi 1.3 SXi (M) Solid                            RM46,200
 325i Coupe                                     RM378,800                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Kyron XDi 200 XVT                              RM151,113
                                                             Avante Incus 2.0 (A)                         RM106,970      Mazda CX9 3.7L V6                             RM331,013    Nissan 370 Roadster                              RM382,520    Myvi 1.3 SXi (M) Metallic                         RM46,700
 335i Coupe M Sports                            RM498,800                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Actyon Sport XDi 200XVT                        RM89,989
                                                             Sonata YF 2.0 std                            RM135,888      Mazda MX-5 2.0                                RM225,955                                                                  Myvi 1.3 SXi (M) Special Metallic                  RM47,100
 325i Convetible                                RM439,800    Sonata YF 2.0 High Spec                      RM143,888      Mazda RX-8 1.3                                RM239,966
                                                                                                                                                                                           NISSAN - IMPUL MODEL                                   Myvi 1.3 EZi (A) Solid                            RM49,200
 M3 sedan
 M3 Coupe
                                                RM718,800
                                                RM728,800
                                                             Sonata YF 2.4 High Spec                      RM163,888      BT-50 2.5 (M)
                                                                                                                         BT-50 2.5 (M)
                                                                                                                                                                        RM85,563
                                                                                                                                                                        RM90,693    Latio Tuned By Impul 1.6 ST (M/T)                 RM95,466
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 EZi (A) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 EZi (A) Special Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM49,700
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM50,100
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       TOYOTA
                                                             Grand Starex Royale (A)                      RM149,088
 M3 Coupe Competition Edition                   RM758,800    Tucson 2.0GL 2WD Std Spec                    RM129,888      BT-50 3.0 (M)                                  RM90,789    Latio Tuned By Impul 1.6 ST (A/T)                RM100,740    Myvi 1.3 EZL (A) Solid                            RM48,100    Camry 2.4V                                   RM174,990
 523i                                           RM383,800    Tucson 2.0GLS 2WD High Spec                  RM139,888                                                                 Latio Sport Tuned By Impul1.6ST-L (A/T)          RM108,766    Myvi 1.3 EZL (A) Metallic                         RM48,600    Camry 2.0G                                   RM154,990
 528i
 535i
                                                RM449,800
                                                RM598,800
                                                             Tucson 2.4GLS 4WD(TOD) High Spec
                                                             Santa Fe Theta II-2.4L
                                                                                                          RM154,888
                                                                                                          RM158,888
                                                                                                                                         MERCEDES-BENZ                              Grand Livina Tuned By Impul 1.6L (MT)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Grand Livina Tuned By Impul 1.6L (AT)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM95,586
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM99,386
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 GHS (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Myvi 1.3 GHS (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM49,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM50,400
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Camry 2.0E                                   RM144,990
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Prius 1.8L                                   RM139,900
 535i Gran Turismo                              RM638,800    Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi                            RM169,888      B180                                          RM215,888    Grand Livina Tuned By Impul 1.8L (AT)            RM108,086    Myvi 1.3 GHS (M) Special Metallic                 RM50,800    Corolla Altis 2.0V                           RM131,990
 630i Individual Coupe                          RM788,800                                                                C200 CGI Elegance                             RM255,888    Sylphy Tuned By Impul 2.0L (X-CVT)               RM125,980    Myvi 1.3 SE ZHS (A) Solid                         RM52,900    Corolla Altis 1.8G                           RM122,990
 M6 Coupe
 730Li
                                                RM938,000
                                                RM648,800
                                                                                    INOKOM                               C250 CGI Avantgarde                           RM287,888    Sylphy Tuned By Impul 2.0L (X-CVT)               RM131,480    Myvi 1.3 SE ZHS (A) Metallic                      RM53,400    Corolla Altis 1.8E                           RM112,990
                                                                                                                         C300 AMG Sports Package                       RM320,888    Luxury Navi Package                                           Myvi 1.3 SE ZHS (A) Special Metallic              RM53,800
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Corolla Altis 1.6E                           RM105,990
 730Ld                                          RM698,800    i10 (M)                                       RM44,488      C300 Estate                                   RM396,888    Sentra Tuned By Impul 1.6L (MT) Comfort          RM 94,500    Viva 660BX (M) Solid                              RM24,900
 740Li                                          RM818,800                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Fortuner 2.7V TRD Sportivo                   RM183,386
                                                             i10 (A)                                       RM46,988      C63 AMG                                       RM783,888    Sentra Tuned By Impul 1.6L (MT) Luxury           RM 98,500    Viva 660BX (M) Metallic                           RM25,300
 750Li                                         RM1,138,800   i10 (A) High spec                             RM49,688                                                                                                                                                                                             Fortuner 2.7V                                RM177,500
                                                                                                                         E200 CGI Elegance (CKD)                       RM366,888    Sentra Tuned By Impul 1.6L (AT) Comfort          RM 98,600    Viva 660EX (M) Solid                              RM28,500
 Individual 760Li                              RM1,388,800   i10 (1.25 Kappa) High spec                    RM52,688                                                                                                                                                                                             Fortuner 2.5G TRD Sportivo                   RM173,480
                                                                                                                         E250 CGI Avantgarde (CKD)                     RM398,888    Sentra Tuned By Impul 1.6L (AT) Luxury           RM102,600    Viva 660EX (M) Metallic                           RM28,900
 X1 sDrive18i                                   RM263,800    i10 (1.25 Kappa) Std spec                     RM49,688                                                                                                                                                                                             Fortuner 2.5G                                RM167,620
                                                                                                                         E300 Avantgarde (CKD)                         RM455,888                                                                  Viva 850 (M) Solid                                RM32,500
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innova 2.0G (A)                              RM109,800
 X1 xDrive20d
 X3 xDrive20d Executive Edition
                                                RM299,800
                                                RM333,800
                                                             Getz 1.4 SE (M)
                                                             Getz 1.4 SE (A)
                                                                                                           RM60,284
                                                                                                           RM63,888
                                                                                                                         E250 CGI BlueEFFICIENCY Coupe
                                                                                                                         E350 Coupe (New Generation)
                                                                                                                                                                       RM485,888
                                                                                                                                                                       RM666,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                           PROTON                                 Viva 850 (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Viva 1.0 Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM32,900
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    RM36,500
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Innova 2.0E (A)                              RM101,800
 X5 xDrive35i                                   RM588,800    Matrix 1.6 (M)                                RM65,082      E250 CGI Cabriolet (New Generation)           RM535,888    Savvy 1.2 B-Line (MT) Metalic                     RM33,999    Viva 1.0 Metallic                                 RM36,900    Innova 2.0E (M)                               RM96,800
 X5 xDrive30d                                   RM578,800    Matrix 1.6 (A)                                RM67,895      E63 AMG (New Generation)                     RM1,145,888   Savvy 1.2 B-Line (MT) Solid                       RM33,549    ViVa ELITE 1.0 (M) Solid                          RM37,500    Rush 1.5G (A)                                 RM91,190
 X6 xDrive35i                                   RM698,800                                                                CLS350 Coupe (New Generation)                 RM732,888    Savvy 1.2 B-Line (AT) Metallic                    RM36,999    ViVa ELITE 1.0 (M) Metallic                       RM37,900    Rush 1.5G (M)                                 RM88,190
 X6 M                                          RM1,188,800                            ISUZU                              S300L-V221 (CKD)                              RM649,888    Savvy 1.2 B-Line (AT) Solid                       RM36,549    ViVa ELITE 1.0 (A) Solid                          RM40,500    Rush 1.5S (A)                                 RM96,990
 Z4 sDrive23i                                   RM438,800                                                                S350L-V221 (SEL) (CKD)                        RM835,888    Savvy 1.2 M-Line (AT) Metallic                    RM43,182    ViVa ELITE 1.0 (A) Metallic                       RM40,900    Vios 1.5 TRD Sportivo                         RM90,819
 Z4 sDrive35i                                   RM558,800    D-Max 2.5L with Pro Lid (4x2 manual)            RM81,129                                                                                                                                                                                           Vios 1.5G                                     RM86,119
                                                                                                                         S350L-V221(SEL)                              RM1,174,888   Savvy 1.2 M-Line (AT) Solid                       RM42,315    ViVa ELITE EZL (Exclusive Edition) Solid          RM41,600
 Z4 sDrive35is                                  RM598,800    D-Max 2.5L with Pro Roll Bars (4x2 manual)      RM80,103                                                                                                                                                                                           Vios 1.5E                                     RM80,319
                                                                                                                         SL300 Roadster                                RM806,888    Savvy 1.2 M-Line (MT) Metallic                    RM40,240    ViVa ELITE EZL (Exclusive Edition) Metallic       RM42,000
                                                             D-Max 2.5L (4x2 manual)                         RM73,947                                                                                                                                                                                           Vios 1.5J (A)                                 RM74,883
                                                                                                                         SLS AMG Coupe                                RM1,999,999   Savvy 1.2 M-Line (MT) Solid                       RM39,693    ViVa ELITE EZi 1.0 (A) Solid                      RM44,500
                        CHANA                                D-Max 3.0L Type-B (4x4 manual)
                                                             D-Max 3.0L Super Commonrail (4x4 manual)
                                                                                                             RM87,058
                                                                                                             RM93,114
                                                                                                                         ML350 AMG Sport Edition                       RM555,888    Savvy 1.2 H-Line (AT) Metallic                    RM45,841    ViVa ELITE EZi 1.0 (A) Metallic                   RM44,900    Vios 1.5J (M)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Yaris 1.5S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM70,783
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM107,591
                                                                                                                         R300L (New Generation)                        RM470,888    Savvy 1.2 H-Line (AT) Solid                       RM44,949
                                                             D-Max 3.0L Super Commonrail (4x4 auto)          RM98,570
 Era CM8 (M)
 Era CV6 (M)
                                                 RM44,368
                                                 RM41,420    D-Max 3.0L Super Commonrail (4x2 auto)          RM89,210
                                                                                                                         R300L with AMG Wheels (New Generation)
                                                                                                                         GL450 (CBU)
                                                                                                                                                                       RM478,888
                                                                                                                                                                       RM920,888
                                                                                                                                                                                    Savvy 1.2 H-Line (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Savvy 1.2 H-Line (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM43,276
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM42,383
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PEUGEOT                                 Hilux 3.0G Double Cab 4x4 (A)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Hilux 2.5 Single Cab 4x4 (M)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM106,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              RM73,255
                                                             D-Max 3.0L Super Commonrail with GPS (4x4 auto) RM104,926
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gen.2 1.6 H-Line (A) Metallic                     RM60,488    3008                                             RM146,888    Hilux Double Cab STD 4x4 (M)                  RM82,250
                            CHERY
                                                             D-Max SINGLE CAB 3.0L (4x4 auto)                RM73,390
                                                                                                                                                   MINI                             Gen.2 1.6 H-Line (A) Solid                        RM60,038    407 2.0L                                         RM128,888    Hilux Double Cab 2.5 4x4 (M)                  RM90,034

                                                                                    JAGUAR
                                                                                                                                                                                    Gen.2 1.6 H-Line (M) Metallic                     RM57,488    407 2.0L Premium                                 RM136,888    Hilux Double Cab 2.5 4x4 (A)                  RM95,034
 Eastar 2.0                                      RM81,988                                                                Mini Cooper                                   RM195,888    Gen.2 1.6 H-Line (M Solid                         RM57,038    308 VTi                                           RM99,888    Avanza 1.3E (M)                               RM62,000
 A520 2.0 (A)                                    RM95,888                                                                Mini Cooper Cabriolet                         RM235,888    Gen.2 1.6 M-Line (A) Metallic                     RM54,988    308 Turbo                                        RM118,888    Avanza 1.5S (A)                               RM77,100
                                                             XKR 4.2 V8 S/C Coupe                         RM 998,888
 Tiggo 1.6 (M)                                   RM78,888                                                                Mini Cooper S                                 RM239,888    Gen.2 1.6 M-Line (A) Solid                        RM54,538    207 1.6                                           RM72,888    Avanza 1.5G (A)                               RM74,300
                                                             XKR 5.0 V8 S/C Coupe                        RM1,088,888
 Tiggo 2.0 (A)                                   RM89,888                                                                Mini Cooper S Clubman                         RM259,888    Waja 1.6 H-Line (AT) Metallic                     RM64,888    5008                                             RM159,888
                                                             XKR 5.0 V8 S/C Convertible                  RM1,158,888                                                                                                                                                                                            Avanza 1.5E (A)                               RM69,900
                                                             Daimler 4.2 S/C LWB                          RM 898,888     Mini Cooper S JCW                             RM279,888    Waja 1.6 H-Line (AT) Solid                        RM64,438
                    CHEVROLET                                XJ V6 3.0 Luxury LWB                         RM 648,888                                                                Waja 1.6 H-Line (MT) Metallic                     RM61,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        PORSCHE                                           VOLKSWAGEN (CBU)
 Cruze 1.8L                                      RM98,766
                                                             XJ 3.0 D Premium Luxury LWB                  RM 699,888                        MITSUBISHI                              Waja 1.6 H-Line (MT) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                    Waja 1.6 M-Line (MT) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM61,438
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM56,888    Boxster                                          RM490,000
                                                             XJ 5.0 V8 Premium Luxury LWB                 RM 958,888
 Captiva 2.4L AWD (Petrol)                      RM146,252                                                                Grandis 2.4L                                  RM169,980    Waja 1.6 M-Line (AT) Metallic                     RM59,888    Boxster S                                        RM580,000    Polo 1.2 TSI                                 RM108,888
                                                             XJ 5.0 V8 S/C Supersport LWB                RM1,158,888
 Captiva 2.0L AWD (Diesel)                       RM157,127                                                               Lancer 2.0GT                                  RM123,980    Exora CPS 1.6 H-Line (AT) Metallic                RM76,998    Caymen                                           RM520,000    New Beetle 1.6                               RM139,888
                                                             XF 3.0 V6                                    RM 488,888
                                                                                                                         Lancer 2.0 EX                                 RM120,980    Exora CPS 1.6 H-Line (AT) Solid                   RM76,548    Cayman S                                         RM630,000    New Beetle 2.0                               RM158,888
                                                             XF Diesel S                                  RM 499,888
                       CITROEN                               XF 5.0 V8 S/C XFR                            RM 888,888     Lancer Evolution 2.0
                                                                                                                         Mitsubishi Lancer Sportback
                                                                                                                                                                       RM338,888
                                                                                                                                                                       RM132,980
                                                                                                                                                                                    Exora CPS 1.6 M-Line (AT) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Exora CPS 1.6 M-Line (AT) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM70,998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM70,998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  911 Carrera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  911 Carrera S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM820,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM930,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Golf 1.4 TSI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scirocco 160PS TS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM148,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM188,888
 Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 1.6T (EGS 6-Speed)
 Citroen C6 V6 3.0 Exclusive (Automatic)
                                                RM158,740
                                                RM400,645
                                                                                          KIA                            Triton 4x4 (M) 2.5D
                                                                                                                         Triton 4x4 (A) 2.5D
                                                                                                                                                                        RM89,980
                                                                                                                                                                        RM94,980
                                                                                                                                                                                    Exora CPS 1.6 M-Line (MT) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Exora CPS 1.6 M-Line (MT) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM65,998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM65,548
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  911 Carrera 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  911 Carrera 4S
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM880,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM990,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Scirocco 210PS TSI
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Golf GTi 2.0 Turbo TSI (Mk6)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM243,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM209,888
 Citroen C5 2.0 Exclusive (Automatic)           RM199,028    Forte 1.6 EX                                  RM75,800      Triton 2.5 Standard (M) 2.5D                   RM79,980    Exora CPS 1.6 B-Line (MT) Metallic                RM58,998    911 GT3 RS                                      RM1,130,000   Passat CC 2.0 TSI                            RM243,888
                                                             Forte 1.6 SX                                  RM81,800      Triton Lite 4x2 (M) 2.5D                       RM63,333    Exora CPS 1.6 B-Line (MT) Solid                   RM58,548    911 Turbo S                                     RM1,350,000   EOS Sport 2.0 TSI                            RM249,888
                             FORD                            Forte 2.0 SX
                                                             Kia Optima 2.0L (NOVUS)
                                                                                                           RM93,800
                                                                                                          RM110,000
                                                                                                                         Triton 3.2L (A)
                                                                                                                         Mitsubishi ASX
                                                                                                                                                                       RM104,980
                                                                                                                                                                       RM139,980
                                                                                                                                                                                    Satria Neo CPS 1.6 H-Line (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                    Satria Neo CPS 1.6 H-Line (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM57,763
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       RM57,313
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  911 GT2 RS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Cayenne
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  RM1,720,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM550,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Tiguan 2.0 4 MOTION                          RM249,888
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Touareg R-Line 3.6 V6 FSI                    RM433,888
 Fiesta Sport LX 1.6L Ti-VCT                     RM82,888    Kia Optima 2.0L (NOVUS NGV)                   RM120,113     Pajero Sports 2.5GS (A)                       RM165,980    Satria Neo CPS 1.6 H-Line (A) Metallic            RM60,763    Cayenne Diesel                                   RM560,000
 Fiesta Sedan LX 1.6L Ti-VCT                     RM78,888    Naza Citra RS 2.0                             RM61,088      Pajero Sports 2.5GL (A)                       RM149,500    Satria Neo CPS 1.6 H-Line (A) Solid               RM60,313    Cayenne S                                        RM680,000
 Fiesta 1.4LX (M)                                RM69,888    Kia Sorento                                  RM160,000      Pajero 3.8L                                   RM289,980    Persona Elegance 1.6 B-Line (M)                   RM46,499    Cayenne S Hybrid                                 RM720,000                            VOLVO
 Mondeo 2.3L DURATEC PETROL                     RM174,101    Rondo EXS                                     RM90,088                                                                 Persona Elegance 1.6 B-Line (A)                   RM49,999    Cayenne Turbo                                    RM940,000
 Everest 3.0L TDCi 4x4 XLT (AT)
 Everest 2.5L TDCi 4x4 XLT (AT)
                                                RM169,888
                                                RM156,888
                                                             Rondo EX
                                                             Naza Sorento 2.5 CRDI
                                                                                                           RM86,088
                                                                                                          RM138,782
                                                                                                                                             MITSUOKA                               Persona Elegance 1.6 M-Line (M)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Persona Elegance 1.6 M-Line (A)
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM52,999
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM55,999
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Panamera
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Panamera 4
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM730,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   RM760,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                C30 2.0i
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                C30 T5 R-Design
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM215,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM259,000
 Everest 2.5L TDCi 4x4 XLT (MT)                 RM145,888    Kia Sportage 2.0L CVVT EX                    RM112,000      Cute 1.4                                       RM92,800    Persona Elegance 1.6 H-Line (A)                   RM59,499    Panamera S                                       RM970,000    S40 2.0i                                     RM169,950
 Ranger 2.5TDCi 4x4 XLT (MT)                     RM82,888    Naza Picanto LS                               RM44,500      MPV 1.4                                        RM89,800    Saga 1.3 N-LINE (M) Solid                         RM32,000    Panamera 4S                                     RM1,030,000   V50 (2.0 Powershift)                         RM185,950
 Ranger 2.5TDCi 4x4 XLT (AT)                     RM88,888    Naza Picanto EX                               RM46,800      Nouera2.0                                     RM242,000    Saga 1.3 B-LINE (A) Solid                         RM39,548    Panamera Turbo                                  RM1,310,000   S80 2.5T                                     RM295,000
 Ranger 2.5TDi 4x4 XL (MT)                       RM72,888                                                                Galue I 2.0                                   RM198,000    Saga 1.3 B-LINE (A) Metallic                      RM39,998                                                                  XC90 2.5 LPT                                 RM355,000
 Ranger 2.5TDi 4x2 XL (MT)
 Single Cab
                                                 RM59,999
                                                 RM63,888
                                                                               LAND ROVER                                Galue III 2.5
                                                                                                                         Ryoga 2.0
                                                                                                                                                                       RM383,000
                                                                                                                                                                       RM129,000
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saga 1.3 B-LINE (M) Solid
                                                                                                                                                                                    Saga 1.3 B-LINE (M) Metallic
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM36,548
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RM36,998
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        RENAULT                                 XC90 D5
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                XC60 SE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM355,000
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             RM330,000
 Focus 2.0L Sport TDCi                          RM128,888    Range Rover 3.6 V8                           RM658,888      Viewt II1.5                                   RM178,000    Saga 1.3 M-LINE (A) Solid                         RM41,548    Megane Sport 250 CUP - 16V Turbo                 RM228,761    XC60 LE                                      RM360,000
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