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Honda Malaysia Hints At Arrival Of Honda City 2020

Honda Malaysia Hints At Arrival Of Honda City 2020

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Honda Malaysia has dropped the biggest hint yet of the arrival of the All-New (seventh-generation) Honda City 2020 in Malaysia.

With a bold claim stating that 'Your Time Is Up' Honda Malaysia is telling its competitors that its B-segment leader is coming soon! So should the Mazda 2, Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera be quivering in their tires? Before we answer that question, however, first let's take a look at what we can expect from the Honda City 2020 from our neighbours in Thailand and India.

Honda City 2020 Is Coming to Malaysia

Engine: Honda City 2020

Honda City 2020 Engine

A new 1.0-litre 3-cylinder, 12-valve, VTEC Turbo engine which produces a maximum 122 PS at 5,500 rpm and maximum torque of 173 Nm between 2,000 to 4,500 rpm is offered for the Thai market. Honda claims the new engine provides driving performance superior to the 1.5-litre engine of the previous generation and torque equivalent to a 1.8-litre engine.

It is yet unclear at this point if Honda Malaysia will retain the proven 1.5-litre (L15B) four-cylinder engine from the sixth-generation model for the Malaysian market, which is the case in other markets such as India. However, this is a distinct possibility given 118 hp/145 Nm 1.5-litre mill is still competitive against its rivals, and would undoubtedly be cheaper than the 1.0-litre VTEC turbo engine. 

In both cases, a CVT-type automatic transmission will prevail, with 7-pseudo ratios (and paddle shifters depending on variant).

Interior: Honda City 2020

Honda City 2020 Interior

The interior has been made even more spacious, with better ergonomics for occupants. The thoroughly redesigned dashboard is offered with a black interior or leather seats with a two-tone ivory/black interior, and a Piano Black console and chrome door handles – depending on variant.

Exterior: Honda City 2020

Honda City 2020 Exterior

The exterior is designed to deliver a sportier appearance with sharp character lines – which are married to a more fastback-style silhouette (like the Civic) – and features projector headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED Tail Lights, Chrome Front Grille, Shark Fin Antenna, and newly-designed 15-inch alloy wheels, depending on variant.

Safety: Honda City 2020

Honda City 2020 Safety Features

The City is supplied as standard with six airbags, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), and Multi-angle Rearview Camera.

Price: Honda City 2020

TBC but it retails for between RM80,100 to RM102,500 in Thailand. 

What engine and specs will the local Honda City receive? Kita tunggu dan lihat! 

In the meantime, if you were wondering how the current City stacks up against the Toyota Vios...

The Nissan Ariya 2020 Is Nissan’s Next Big Step For Their EVs

The Nissan Ariya 2020 Is Nissan’s Next Big Step For Their EVs

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There’s nothing that represents the waning of the traditional sedan like electric SUVs becoming the next step forward for EVs.

After pretty much a decade of building the Nissan LEAF – a car synonymous with electric vehicles – Nissan has decided to take the next step forward with an electric SUV in the form of the Nissan Ariya. It was first previewed as a concept at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show. For a brand that has remained relatively stagnant in the last few years, this is a pretty big change and one that we welcome along with their revised range of models.

The Ariya Is Nissans Next Big Step For Their EVs Front Three Quarter

Now that it’s heading for production, we finally have some more solid facts and figures regarding this family-friendly EV. There are two different batteries offered with the Nissan Ariya 2020, as well as either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive configurations. The rear-wheel drive model puts out 215 hp, 300 Nm of torque, and up to 450 km with the 63 kWh battery, while these figures are pumped up to 239 hp and range is boosted to 610 km on the 87 kWh battery.

The Ariya Is Nissans Next Big Step For Their EVs Charging Port

If you choose to go for the higher-end dual motor all-wheel drive setup, you’re in for a treat. With the smaller 63 kWh battery you get 335 hp and 560 Nm, with a slight reduction in range to 430 km. Opt for the larger battery and you see the figure jumping to 335 hp and 560 Nm of torque, with a range of up to 580 km on a single charge.

The Ariya Is Nissans Next Big Step For Their EVs Side Profile

These are all impressive numbers, when you consider that the main argument against electric vehicles before this was the issue of range. With more and more high speed chargers popping up around the country, you can be certain that the infrastructure is progressing and will probably be ready to handle a much higher volume of electric vehicles. With a 130 kW CHAdeMO and the right infrastructure, you can put 375 km of range in just 30 minutes of charging.

The Ariya Is Nissans Next Big Step For Their EVs Interior

But we digress. The Nissan Ariya 2020 looks to be more than just an electric vehicle – it is shaping up to be something that can really integrate well with a wide range of lifestyles. The platform is all-new, as is the design of both the outside and inside. Two massive 12.3 inch displays are sprawled across the majority of the dashboard, being a combination of instrumentation and infotainment like a certain German brand likes to do. There’s even control by natural language voice commands!

The Ariya Is Nissans Next Big Step For Their EVs Rear Three Quarter

ProPilot 2.0, Nissan’s advanced active-safety suite makes an appearance here, providing autonomous single-lane highway driving and lane change assistance, as well as your usual warnings that you get with active safety systems. The next few model releases we see will all feature heavy active safety systems, which is something that will hopefully bring down the accident and death rates on our roads.

Last but not least are a number of electric-only special features that really help to push the Nissan Ariya 2020 to new heights. The one-pedal control system makes a return, allowing drivers to control the speed perfectly through regenerative braking and throttle mapping to control the motor output. There is also the e-4ORCE all-wheel drive sytem that – you guessed it- was designed to work with electric vehicles. Brake based torque vectoring and quick shuffling of power allows the Ariya to rocket through corners with like a train.

Can You Imagine if Stellantis Owned Proton Instead...

Can You Imagine if Stellantis Owned Proton Instead...


Could Proton have survived on its own or be where they are now if they were owned by PSA and not instead by DRB Hicom-Geely?

Three years ago, around February 2017, Geely and PSA (now know as Stellantis due to their merger with Fiat Chrysler) went on a bidding war to acquire a wee little Malaysian automaker called Proton - not so wee to us Malaysians of course but wee globally.

Proton Tanjung Malim plant

While PSA's (makers of Peugeot and Citroen) main aim was to buy Proton and utilise their Tanjung Malim plant (the plant can produce a quarter of a million cars a year) as part of their SEA expansion plan, an unfamiliar brand called Geely from China wanted to make Proton great again and promised to try their best to make Proton the number one automotive brand in Malaysia as well as a top-three brand in ASEAN.

Geely and Proton ceremony

Malaysians being patriotic as usual of course accepted the bid from the one that promised to make Proton great again, and although they were not that experienced or prominent in the automotive world, they did have one secret weapon, and that weapon was Volvo.

Geely acquired Volvo from FORD motor company for 1.8 billion USD in 2010, and after five years of shuffling, reorganising and developing, they brought out a car in 2015 we all know now as the second generation Volvo XC90.

XC90 debut 2016

That car was a revelation. It was the first of the large-sized SUVs to come with a hybrid 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine which you see more regularly now. When the XC90 made its debut, it really was a bit of a shocker, because Volvo had produced something futuristic. Only Volvo and a parent company that is understanding of its purpose would allow such a creation.

This really did put Geely on the map because if it wasn't for them and their understanding of what Volvo wanted to do, no such innovation would come out of Volvo - that's a dig at you FORD! The belief is, although Geely owned Volvo Cars, they simply didn't meddle with the Volvo team, but instead gave them the funding to go forward. 

Geely plant

Although the purchase of Volvo was Geely's move to internationalise themselves, Volvo has never been in better shape. According to Bloomberg Business, "Volvo has an operating profit of $1.76 billion - a record for the 91-year-old company - with revenue of $26.3 billion".

Geely China dealership

This really did prove Geely's prowess in handling an automotive company, after all, they are the only non-state funded automobile company in China, so they did have to grow the hard way.

Now that Volvo is doing well and underway to become great again, can Geely emulate the same success with Proton? So far, it looks like a good marriage for Proton, and really, it's all thanks to Volvo once again.

Geely Boyue

Alright, there was a misconception that the Proton X70 was a bloodline of a Volvo car, but in reality, it was mostly a bloodline of Geely's vehicles. Did it matter? No, because everyone was just excited to know that a Proton product had the influence of Volvo. 

Volvo XC40 CMA platform

The upcoming Proton X50 has more of a connection with Volvo than the X70. The CMA platform which the X50 is built upon is a joint venture with Volvo cars and Geely, which explains why there is such a big hype around it. It is the platform that the XC40 is built on.  The more Volvo you can shove in there, the better it seems to be apparently.

The question is, would we Malaysians have been so accepting of Geely had Volvo's name been taken out of the equation? Would people be this excited about the X50 if it was all Geely? Truth be told, it doesn't really matter because we are where we are because of fate and thank God it is the one where Proton has Volvo and Geely on their side.

Proton Tiara

Can you imagine if PSA had won the bid instead? They would have just used Proton for their factories and forgotten about actually helping Proton grow along the way. They would have probably done things such as rebadging the 208 into an Iriz. After all, Proton would have needed to compete for attention from a company that produced, Citroens, Peugeots, Opels, Vauxhall and more. Priority wise, where do you think Proton would have come in among these 'somewhat' iconic brands?

It is what it is, and we're genuinely happy that Proton is up on the rise because as fellow Malaysians, we too hold the brand close to our hearts but do you think Proton could have grown and clawed their way back from the oblivion without Geely? Would people be excited about their cars like they are now? 

Let us know what you think.

It just felt like yesterday that Malaysians associated Chinese car brands with poor quality and cheap thrills, but invertedly, Geely and Proton have helped fix that reputation.  

Why the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2020 Has Been Wrongly Branded!

Why the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2020 Has Been Wrongly Branded!


Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) has gotten the branding for the Nissan X-Trail Hybrid dead wrong! Here's why...

The Nissan X-Trail is currently on its third generation here in Malaysia. The T32 as it is not fondly known has been in the Malaysian market since 2015. The Hybrid version that we will be talking about today however was launched locally in 2019 and never once have I heard it termed as a 'dynamic, driver-oriented SUV', WHY?

I had the recent privilege of taking my family on a road-trip to Telok Cempedak. A 262 km one-way trip. My requirements for a car were spacious enough to carry three including baby seat and luggage, economical, safe, and a decent sound system. Typical requirements really for a family road-trip. I did my research, made some calls, and finally decided on the Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Hybrid

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2.0 Front View

She ticked all the right boxes: 550l's of boot space, lots of rear legroom, hybrid-powered with consumption figures of 16.1km/l, and a 6-speaker audio system with Android Auto. 

           Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2.0 Boot Space                       

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2.0 Rear Space

On the way to Telok Cempedek, trusty ol' Google Maps took us via the winding backroads of Bentong. Now you can imagine my horror, here we were hitting the road for our road-trip and we were being directed via windy, twisty backroads, the kind Uncle YS Khong likes showing us his skills on. Now normally, I would relish the opportunity to be on these sharp, sweeping bends but I was in a Nissan X-Trail Hybrid, an SUV more suited to highway cruising, not canyon carving or so I thought...

120 seconds later though I had the beginnings of a smile forming. The X-Trail was sharp, well-weighted and quick. I dare say it handled better than the Volvo XC60 which while it was a very rapid SUV to drive, did not have the same steering feel as the X-Trail. 

144 PS at 6,000 rpm with an additional 41 PS from the electric motor was plenty on these twisties, all channeled to the two front wheels via the 7-speed CVT. 

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2.0 Steering Column

I began braking later and taking the corners faster and the X-Trail did as instructed, no body roll, no floaty rear. She was as sure-footed as any a car I've had the privilege of driving. Her steering got progressively heavier the higher the speed, her brakes stopped or slowed as demanded. She just went where you pointed her and stopped when you asked her. Let's also bear in mind while I was having my fun in an SUV around the bends, my son was fast asleep in his baby seat in the rear. 

How did Nissan achieve this? Intelligent Trace Control - this active driver assist feature brakes each wheel individually to help you steer smoothly through the corners and by golly it works!

As much as it has been captivating I'm sure to read my recollection of how well the Nissan X-Trail 2.0 Hybrid in her non-existent Sports Mode (mind-boggling I know) handles, I believe you'll have more fun watching me tackle a portion of the Karak in it. 

The only real lag I experienced on the Karak was when the RPM would fall under 2,000, you could feel a noticeable struggle to get it going again but once more, it is the up and down of the Karak and this is an SUV! 

Edaran Tan Chong Motor is on to a winner here in my books.   

How does she compare against the CX-5, CR-V, Forester, X70 - hmm...maybe that's a video idea worth exploring eh?

Nissan X-Trail Hybrid 2.0 and Honda CR-V

PM Announces 3-Month Targeted Moratorium Extension

PM Announces 3-Month Targeted Moratorium Extension

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After calls for an extended loan moratorium, our PM has spoken up.

In a public address this afternoon, Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin went live to address the rakyat’s concerns about the 6-month loan repayment moratorium, specifically to respond to the calls by the public for a further extension.

Upon conferring with the Finance Minister and the governor of Malaysia’s central bank, Bank Negara, the Prime Minister announced that an extension will indeed be given for an additional 3 months (ending in December instead of September 30th).

However, the government-sanctioned extension will only apply to individuals that have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial fallout that ensued following the Movement Control Order taking effect.

Bank Negara Malaysia

To be eligible for an extended moratorium, these individuals would have had to have lost their jobs within 2020 and have not yet secured employment elsewhere. Of course, proof of unemployment would need to be supplied before the approval process can begin.

Should the 3 month extended moratorium not provide enough financial runway for the borrower, banks are now being instructed to offer different options in order to reach a compromise or extend the paused repayments even further.

Prior to the announcement of this targeted moratorium, it was left entirely at the discretion of individual banks to work with borrowers who might be financially stricken on a case-by-case basis, which would do little to protect financially disadvantaged borrowers who need additional aid the most.

Furthermore, to those who have retained employment but have suffered other financial constraints such as reduced salaries, banks have now been instructed to present new alternatives to borrowers such as temporarily only paying back the monthly interest or a reduction of instalments based on the reduction of monthly income.