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60 units Chery Omoda 5 in Malaysia affected with rear axle issue, 600 cars recalled for inspection

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Chery Malaysia has issued its third statement regarding the Omoda 5 rear axle case, marking a significant step in addressing the concerns surrounding the issue. This time, they've come forward with its technical root cause as well as a web page to direct recall enquiries.

Following the emergence of the incident on social media, the company to issued two statements on April 29 and April 30, respectively.

In this most recent update, Chery Malaysia underscores its commitment to resolving the matter in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport (MOT). The company emphasises its proactive approach by engaging with MOT officials to ensure that all affected vehicles undergo necessary rectifications to meet stringent safety standards.

Lee Wen Hsiang, Vice President of Chery Auto Malaysia, highlights the company's initiative in organising a meeting with MOT to provide detailed insights into the situation.

“Chery Auto Malaysia views this matter most seriously as customer safety is our utmost priority. We are in the process of reaching out to customers of the affected Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) to request them to bring their vehicle to our authorised service centres for a detailed inspection,” said Lee.

To facilitate communication with owners, a dedicated website has been launched where individuals can verify if their vehicles are subject to the recall, which can be found here:

According to Lee, the problem stemmed from a facility upgrade where a worn-out tip of an automated welding machine was replaced with a new one, resulting in a miscalibration of the equipment, shedding some much needed light on the technical aspect behind the rear axle concern.

Initially, 60 units of the Omoda 5 in Malaysia were found to have used the faulty parts, all produced on August 15, 2023. Subsequently, the company expanded its scope and decided to recall vehicles manufactured between August 14 and 17, totalling 600 units.

As of May 3, Chery Malaysia has successfully reached out to 32 of the initial 60 affected owners, demonstrating progress in the recall process.

Additionally, Chery Malaysia are committing to provide weekly updates to the public, ensuring transparency and ongoing information dissemination regarding the recall program.

Again, owners can find the dedicated recall website page here. Queries can also be directed to the Chery Malaysia Customer Careline at (+603 2771 7070).


2024 KIA EV9 launched in Malaysia from RM369k - GT-Line, 2 variants, 505km range, your choice of 6 or 7 seats

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The KIA EV9 has received its Malaysian launch as Dinamikjaya Motors, the Korean marque’s official Malaysian distributor, has shown off the brand’s flagship SUV in its Malaysian guise.

It will be available in 2 variants priced from RM369,668 starting with the 7-seat configuration and, above this, the slightly better appointed 6-seater for RM374,668.

  • 2024 KIA EV9 GT-Line - 7 seater - RM369,668
  • 2024 KIA EV9 GT-Line - 6 seater - RM374,668

On the outside, the EV9 distinguishes itself with its decidedly more squared off aesthetic, a rather dramatic departure from the more curvaceous EV6. Other exterior highlights include standard 21-inch wheels and a very futuristic front and LED illumination array.

Both are offered in GT-Line trim and share the same powertrain specifications, that being a 99.8kWh battery that feeds dual electric motors that collectively produce 380hp and an instant 700Nm of torque.

With the EV9 soon to be added as another fully electric feather in Bermaz’s cap, it will be joining another previous award winner, the EV6, with which it shares the E-GMP platform.

That’s enough to shoot the 2.6 tonne EV9 to 100km/h in 5.3 seconds while range is estimated at 647km (NEDC), though its WLTP-cycle range of 505km is more grounded in what most people will see out in daily driving.

Identical to the locally sold EV6, however, the EV9 should be equally offered with a 5-years (or 150,000km) vehicle warranty and an 8-years (or 160,000km) battery warranty.

In terms of charging, because it’s built on the advanced E-GMP platform, the EV9 supports DC charging at up to 350kW, giving it a theoretical 10-80% top up in just 24 minutes while AC charging is supported up to 11kW, enabling a full charge in approximately 10 and a half hours.

The EV9 also supports outputting power via its vehicle-to-load (V2L) capability at a maximum rate of 3.58kWh should you need to power small appliances, devices and accessories.

Inside, the EV9 is equipped with dual 12.3-inch screens, divvied up between driver’s display and infotainment duties, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto of course. Even better, it’s all hooked up to a 14-speaker Meridian audio system.

Heated and ventilated ‘Premium Relaxion’ are fitted at the front with full electric adjustment massaging functions while the second row seats are merely tagged as ‘Relaxion’ - don’t worry, they are still power-adjustable and come with extendable ottomans.

There’s also 3-zone climate control, digital side mirrors with a feed going to screens on each front door panel, and a sunroof, powered tailgate, and a bevy of ADAS features, including a particularly advanced one called Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist that’s able to utilise AEB (Autonomous Emergency Braking) alongside steering assistance to, in certain instances, avoid accidents on the driver’s behalf by making evasive manoeuvres.

In terms of the competitive landscape in Malaysia, the EV9 shouldn’t have too many rivals to worry about as the majority of automakers are focused on smaller electric models.

The only large SUVs that fall into this ‘zero emissions’ category would be the BMW iX and Mercedes-Benz EQE SUV, though both of those only offer 2-rows of seating as opposed to the EV9’s 3-rows.


2024 Peugeot 408 officially launched in Malaysia - 3 variants from RM146,055

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Stellantis Malaysia has finally launched the 2024 Peugeot 408 here in the country.

Locally assembled in Gurun, Kedah, this C-segment 'Dynamic Fastback' sedan comes in hot with three different variants - Allure, Premium, and the flagship GT.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

According to Jamie Francis Morais, Managing Director of Stellantis Malaysia, "The new all-PEUGEOT 408 is our pride and joy being the first PEUGEOT launched under Stellantis Malaysia. Being a car that’s truly one-of-a-kind, the all-new PEUGEOT 408 places great emphasis for discerning customers looking at something beyond mainstream within the C-Segment."

"Available in three variants, these new additions to our local production line underscore our commitment to expand our local footprint that is also proudly assembled in Malaysia. Simultaneously, the all-new PEUGEOT 408 marks a fresh chapter in reinvigorating PEUGEOT as the ultimate go-to brand that offers a fascinating blend of avant-garde designs and technology in the country," added Francis.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

The face of it all features Peugeot's new emblem to further amplify one of the 408's most prominent features, its body-coloured vertical slats on the grille. Peugeot's Signature Light full-LED headlamp cluster flanks the sides which is also a head-turner thanks to its vertical fang-shaped DRL strip.

Its dynamic side profile and slanting roofline are tied together at the back with distinctive design features, most notably its 3D three-claw full LED rear lighting system. If you're looking for a dynamic sedan, the new 408 will certainly gain a lot of attention from the crowd.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

As for firepower, all three variants are powered with the same 1.6-litre turbocharged PureTech engine mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission to produce 218hp and 300Nm of torque. This allows it to hit 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds.

If you opt for the range-topping flagship GT variant of the Peugeot 408, you'll also get a range of exclusive features listed below:

  • Matrix LED headlights with Automatic Beam
  • 3D ‘Claw Effect’ LED Rear Lights
  • 3D Quartz Digital Metre Cluster
  • Configurable touch i-Toggles
  • FOCAL® Premium Hi-Fi System
  • 360° Camera
  • AGR* Certified Seats with Memory for the Driver
  • Multispot Massage Function for Passenger and Driver

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

Only the GT variant gets the 20-inch Monolithe Black wheels while the Premium is equipped with 18-inch Granite Black wheels and similarly-sized wheels for the Allure finished in Granite Grey.

As stated above, the GT variant gets the exclusive 3D Quartz Digital Metre Cluster when you step inside the cabin. As for the 10-inch central touchscreen, that's standard across the range.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

Below are detailed specs and features for all three variants.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

The front seats come with 10-way power adjustment with two memory settings and a two-part rear bench seat. If you fancy the massage function and controls to remotely fold down the rear seats, the Peugeot 408 GT is the way to go.

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

Safety-wise, the base Allure 408 comes with 6 airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), and the Active Hood for added pedestrian protection. The Premium and GT step things up with a host of added goodies such as:

  • Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop and Go function
  • Automatic Emergency Braking with Collision Warning
  • Active Lane Departure Warning
  • Driver Attention Alert
  • Long-Range Blind Spot Monitoring
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • 180-degree HD reverse camera
  • 360-degree Parking Assistance

2024 peugeot 408 specs variants price malaysia

Last but not least, the pricing. The all-new 2024 Peugeot 408 is priced at RM146,055, RM166,055, and RM196,055 for the Allure, Premium, and GT variants respectively. This also includes a 7-year warranty (3-year manufacturer's warranty, 4 years extended warranty) or 200,000km whichever comes first.


Mazda EZ-6 and Mazda Arata EVs unveiled at Auto China 2024

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Mazda has kicked off its participation at Auto China 2024 by unveiling two all-new electrified models, the Mazda EZ-6 and the Mazda Arata.

The Mazda EZ-6 will begin its deployment into the Chinese market at the end of 2024 replacing the current Mazda 6 followed by the Arata sometime in 2025 as it is now still in the design concept model phase.

2024 mazda ez-6 ev phev specs features

According to Masahiro Moro, President & CEO of Mazda, "We are delighted to introduce the all-new new energy vehicle (NEV) developed in alliance with Mazda and Changan Automobile. The Mazda EZ-6 is the latest electrified vehicle that combines Mazda's strengths with Changan Automobile's electrified technology. Going forward, Mazda will continue to work with Changan Automobile to turn Mazda’s China business around by introducing its unique products that meet the needs of Chinese customers who prefer advanced vehicles."

2024 mazda ez-6 ev phev specs features

Just like all Mazda models, the EZ-6 carries the brand's signature 'KODO-Soul of Motion' design language together with the Jinba-Ittai driving prowess. Transporting these elements over to the Mazda EZ-6 is crucial considering that it'll be available in two versions - a fully-electrified EV and a plug-in hybrid (PHEV).

2024 mazda ez-6 ev phev specs features

There's no official news on the powertrains just yet, but it'll most likely follow the Deepal SL03, a model and brand local to China between the partnership of Mazda and its partner, Changan. With that being said, the EV variant of the EZ-6 will most likely have either 218PS or 258PS with 320Nm of torque.

2024 mazda ez-6 ev phev specs features

Battery packs will be either the 58.9kWh with a range of 530km or a slightly bigger 66.8kWh unit that can go up to 610km (CLTC rated). As for the PHEV version, the electric motor will be paired with a 1.5-litre inline-four engine with more or less the same figures and a maximum range of 1,140km in hybrid mode (EV mode 134km-200km depending on battery size).

2024 mazda arata concept ev phev specs features

As for the Mazda Arata concept, there's a chance that it might just replace the Mazda CX-5 in the Chinese market if it follows the same steps as the Mazda EZ-6. Using the “Uplifting the Human Spirit" philosophy, this crossover SUV is designed to appeal to the 'advanced, sophisticated taste of Chinese consumers'.

2024 mazda arata concept ev phev specs features

It was also mentioned that the production version of the Mazda Arata will also be available in two different powertrains - EV and PHEV just like the Mazda EZ-6. More information will be available as we move closer to 2025, including the official prices for the Mazda EZ-6.


2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom launched in Malaysia - New B-segment SUV from RM118,900

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Warisan Tan Chong Automotive (WCTA) has just launched the all-new GAC GS3 Emzoom priced from RM118,900 and available across two variants, a highly anticipated and long awaited second model and successor to the previous-generation GS3 that first arrived here in in the closing days of 2021. Local assembly is set to commence later this year, so these prices are for its fully imported (CBU) guise.

  • 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Exclusive - RM118,900
  • 2024 GAC GS3 Emzoom Premium R - RM128,900

Clearly WTCA has taken their time with this release, ensuring that the vehicle was fully tested and adapted for Malaysian roads and conditions as well as sorting out CKD operations so that each GS3 Emzoom rolls out locally assembled from their facility in Segambut.

This B-segment SUV locks horns with some obvious rivals, chief of which is the Proton X50. However, aside from the longstanding class heavyweights such as the Honda HR-V, the GS3 Emzoom has to also contend with a very sharply priced Omoda 5 from fellow China-based automaker Chery.

Available in Ivory White, Starlight Silver, Salt Lake Blue, and Graphene Grey, the colour selection satisfy a decent spectrum of tastes even if the styling proves a little divisive. We can quite decide if this or the Omoda 5 wins in terms of attracting attention on the road, especially in their most eye catching colours and accents. Mind you, the R-style bodykit is exclusive to the Premium R.

The GS3 Emzoom showcases quite a sleek exterior design that’s leagues more contemporary than the outgoing GS3, but by no shortage of angular shapes and lines. Built on the GAC Motor’s GPMA platform, the GS3 Emzoom measures 4,410mm long and 1,850mm wide, with a 2,650mm wheelbase, marking increases over its predecessor.

On dimensions alone, the GS3 Emzoom is shaping out as the larger vehicle, boasting a 20mm longer wheelbase and 20mm advantage in overall width against the Omoda 5. In our very brief time spent inside the car at the launch event, however, this size difference is tough to notice.

However, against the X50, that extra size works out to 80mm more in overall length, 50mm wider, and a 50mm longer wheelbase.

Equipped with 18-inch 5-spoke alloy wheels in a satin black finish and wearing 225/55 tyres on the Premium R variant, mechanically similar to the Exclusive variant but distinguished by its front and rear bumper extension kit.

It’s anime-like aesthetic is reflected in that front grille, which GAC are calling Mecha Wing. Flaking it are a pair of ‘Laser Eye’ split-LED headlamps, and ‘Light Dart’ tail lamps. Adding a touch of elegance, the GS3 Emzoom includes flush-fitting exterior door handles, possibly making it the most affordable vehicle with this feature.

Under the hood, the GS3 Emzoom houses a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine generating 177 PS at 5,500 rpm and 270 Nm of torque from 1,400 rpm. Power is transmitted to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with a claimed fuel consumption of 5.9-litres per 100 km, according to GAC.

Stepping inside, the cabin does feel high tech and fairly high quality relative to its asking price. While its ergonomics and upfront tech features are par for the course (dual driver’s and infotainment touchscreens, for example), the most distinguishing element here are the dual tone blue/black leatherette upholstery and trim. This cabin colour combo is uniform across all variants and body colour options, but only seems to match the Salt Lake Blue.

A 10.25-inch screen is perched at the centre with all the usual features. However, while Apple Carplay comes as standard, connectivity for Android users is relegated to Bluetooth or screen mirroring. There’s also a wireless phone charger, ambient interior lighting, and a panoramic sunroof, but only on the Premium R.

Active safety (ADAS) is equipped as standard, as it should be, and the suite includes Autonomous Emergency Braking, Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning, and Adaptive Cruise Control. There’s also a 360-degree surround view camera. Only the Premium R gets High Beam Assist and something called Fusion Automatic Parking Assist (FAPA).

For early customers of the GS3 Emzoom (first 2,000), WTCA are offering a Special Launch Package that includes a 3x complimentary scheduled servicing inclusive of labour, parts, and lubricants.

Additionally, they will also receive an extended warranty of 7-years (or 180,000km) on the engine and powertrain over the standard 5-years (or 150,000km) warranty. Early birds will also receive a limited GAC Smart Watch Key.