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Perodua And Proton Report Respectable Sales Through May Despite MCO
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Perodua And Proton Report Respectable Sales Through May Despite MCO

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Ramadhan is usually a pretty tough time for brands to push car sales through – but on top of that, through the month of May we were also dealing with the MCO, which eventually transitioned to the CMCO. With the various restrictions on movement and processes in place, it was highly difficult for any brand to move their cars – due in part to the logistics of the cars themselves, as well as the bureaucratic processes.

And yet, our two local brands managed to pull through. Perodua and Proton reported respectable figures given the conditions, with Perodua managing to move 7,886 units and Proton pushing 5,676 units through the month of May. Let’s take a quick look at how these figures stack up for each brand and see how well they performed.

It is estimated that the Total Industry Volume (TIV) YTD will drop by 48.7% to 129,401 units. With this in mind, Perodua is estimating a 41% YTD market share, while Proton looks to take 23.3%. Proton’s production volume has reduced by 23.3% YTD (a coincidence), against a 46.5% reduction in sales compared to the same month in 2019.

Perodua’s metrics are slightly different as they are comparing their results to that of March, which was effectively pre-MCO. With only freedom of movement until March 18th, they managed to move 8,601 cars – meaning that their May figures aren’t too far off what they were doing prior to the MCO. In any case, it’s definitely a positive indication of the industry as a whole.

What about the specific model breakdowns? Well, Proton’s top selling vehicle happens to be the Saga – which also was the most popular A-segment sedan in the country for May. The Persona led the B-Segment, and the Exora took top honurs in the C-Segment MPV market. Of course, it goes without saying that the X70 remained at the top of its market segment as well – but Proton hasn’t released any specific figures.

Perodua, on the other hand, has had more consistent sales across the board. Their higher figure was broken down into 2,612 Myvis, 2,028 Axias, 1,820 Bezzas, 950 Aruz, and 476 Alzas. The Myvi remains the most popular vehicle in their range and rightfully so with features and comfort that punches far above its price point. Bezza take up has been a little slower which is odd considering our market’s preference for sedans over hatchbacks, but it is still a reasonable contribution.

How will June look like? We wait and see. 

The 911 Speedster is Arguably the Most Exclusive Porsche You Can Buy Now
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The 911 Speedster is Arguably the Most Exclusive Porsche You Can Buy Now

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche in Malaysia has announced the debut of the new 911 Speedster via a scheduled online broadcast.

The 911 Speedster accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in 4.0 seconds and reaches a top speed of 310 km/h. Featuring a high-revving 510 hp four-litre naturally aspirated boxer engine accompanied by a six-speed GT manual transmission, the new 911 Speedster is limited to only 1,948 units worldwide.

Compared with the previous 911 GT3, the engine in the Speedster produces

10 hp more, while the newly developed lightweight stainless steel sports exhaust system weighs 10 kilograms less.

Porsche only offers the 911 with a manual six-speed sports transmission. It features an auto-blip function which precisely and independently compensates differences in engine speed between the gears when downshifting through automatic throttle blips.

Auto-blip can be activated at any time, in other words also independently from the chosen PASM (Porsche Active Suspension Management) variable damping system setting. A mechanical rear differential lock with asymmetric locking action rounds off sporty power transmission.

With its sporty rear-axle steering and dynamic engine mounts, the chassis is based on the technology of the 911 GT3. Control systems such as Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV), Porsche Stability Management (PSM) and PASM with sports tuning and lowering by 25 millimetres have been precisely adapted to the new requirements.

The open-top two-seater runs on 20-inch forged Speedster alloy wheels with central locks. The standard equipment includes PCCB brakes (Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake) with internally vented and perforated ceramic composite brake discs.

Lightweight design also dictates other body components of the Speedster. The carbon-fibre composite bonnet – which weighs in two kilograms lighter than on the 911 GT3.The front apron was borrowed from the GT3, but the front spoiler lip is a completely new development.

Porsche also optionally offers the new 911 Speedster with a Heritage Design package. This exclusive exterior and interior detailed package reinterprets classic elements from the 1950s and 1960s.

This includes the interior colour scheme in Black and Cognac with golden details. Special “spears” paintwork in White for the front fascia and front wings is applied to the basic vehicle paintwork in GT Silver Metallic. Pricing for the new 911 Speedster starts from RM 2.7 million.

5 Wheel Designs That will Make Any Vehicle Look Good
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5 Wheel Designs That will Make Any Vehicle Look Good

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Just like how we get ourselves a new pair of shoes to look stylish, most of us also get our vehicles a set of new “shoes” in an effort to make them look better than their standard guise.

While some of us know exactly what type of wheels we want for our vehicles when it is time to change, the other some of us are not very well versed with the world of aftermarket rims, and often depend on the shop Taukay’s recommendations.

If you happen to belong to the latter group, sometimes there is no guarantee that you will find the wheels you absolutely love. But don’t worry, as we are here to give you a few suggestions on some universally good-looking set of rims, that should fit most cars. 

Since these wheels come in many sizes and variations, it is important that you know the size you want to go for, if a particular model comes in the size you want, and also if you want to go for a set of originals, or our good ol’ Taiwan-mari.

We know that rims can cost a lot, but keep in mind that you get what you pay for, and please, try your best to go for the original.

So let’s get straight into the list:

1) Volk Rays TE37

2) Volk Rays CE28

3) Enkei RPF1

4) Enkei RP01


5) BBS RS

Agree? Disagree? Did we miss any? Do let us know in the comments section below!

VW Offering Incredible Six Month Free Instalment for The Tiguan
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VW Offering Incredible Six Month Free Instalment for The Tiguan

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The best time to experience and own Volkswagen's best selling global vehicle is now, as Volkswagen Malaysia is offering six months free instalment for all Tiguan units booked and registered by the 30th of June 2020. 

With over six million sales worldwide, the Tiguan is a much-loved SUV, and now you too can easily have a slice of German engineering in your driveway. On top of the free instalments, Volkswagen Malaysia is also offering a home delivery service for free to owners located within a 20-kilometre radius from dealerships.

With nimble handling as well as a comfortable ride, the Tiguan is powered by a 1.4TSI turbocharged direct-injection engine with a 6-speed direct shift gearbox (DSG) with sport mode providing an output of 148hp and 250Nm of torque between 1,500 to 3,500rpm. Fuel consumption for this mid-sized SUV is also impressive as it can achieve an approximate range of 800 kilometres in-between refuelling. 

The impressive features doesn't end there either as the Digital Cockpit of the Tiguan features a high-resolution display with a three-view customizable screen via the infotainment system with over 30 combination options. Safety wise, the Tiguan is packed with six airbags, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Multi-collision brakes, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), Electronic Parking Brake (EPB) as well as hill-hold control. For those who love connectivity, the Tiguan is fitted with App-Connect via MirrorLink, Android Auto and Apple Carplay. 

Since its debut in 2007 at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the Tiguan has managed to seal its place as one of the top three SUVs in the world. On average, a brand-new Tiguan rolls off the production line every 35 seconds across Volkswagen factories across the globe. 

The Tiguan can be had for RM1,630 per month when you book online, but you ONLY start paying that after half a year. Sweet, no?

Honda: The All-New Jazz ‘e’ Hybrid Will Be The Most Comfortable Car In Its Class
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Honda: The All-New Jazz ‘e’ Hybrid Will Be The Most Comfortable Car In Its Class

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As if there isn’t enough to get excited about the all-new fourth-generation Honda Jazz, the company has now claimed that the Jazz E (Hybrid) model will be the most spacious and comfortable vehicle in its class.

Building on the Jazz’s familiar trademarks, engineers and designers “considered all elements of the car as one development team, decisions impacting structure, design and ergonomics were made simultaneously, resulting in class-leading levels of comfort and spaciousness”.

Central to achieving this is Honda’s newly developed body stabilising seat frame with supportive mat structure. The new front seat mat structure is placed at both the bottom and back of the seat and replaces the S-spring design of previous models. 

The introduction of a wider seat bottom has allowed the seat pad depth to be increased by 30mm with the additional softness immediately noticeable when seated. This new structure combined with the increased padding allows the cushion to flex moderately but, crucially, not to ‘bottom out’ in cases where the car goes over big bumps in the road.

At the back, the structure of the back seat has been designed to increase lumbar and pelvic support to create a body stabilising effect. This helps prevent fatigue on longer journeys and helps retain a stable posture on uneven road surfaces. Honda engineers also repositioned the seat hinges outside of the rear seatback frame, to improve the comfort of the seat pad. Elsewhere, the seat frame pipes have been repositioned to an increased padding thickness of 24mm.

The newly designed seats are tapered towards the top of the seatback to provide the cushion volume needed to fully support and envelop occupants’ backs. This tapering design also provides a wider space between the front seats making it easier for front and rear occupants to communicate.

The lowest point of the seat height is also 14mm closer to the ground (and two degrees more upright than in the previous model), which, combined with more rounded front corner cushions, improves shoulder to seat separation and makes it easier to enter and exit the car.

Honda have also paid special attention to the ergonomics of the Jazz, to this end, they have repositioned the brake pedal deeper inside the footwell for more comfortable pedal operation. In addition, for the Hybrid model, the fuel tank is packaged in the centre of the chassis beneath the front seats – a unique feature in its class – allowing the new Jazz to retain the versatile rear “Magic Seats” that offer both ‘fold-flat’ or ‘flip-up’ seat flexibility, depending on cargo space requirements.

The Jazz E hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre petrol engine but now combines two electric motors and a small battery to deliver 108 bhp. However, the new model does away with the talented i-DCD dual-clutch transmission, in favour of a single-fixed ratio automatic that is claimed to be smaller than the company’s CVT-type transmission and offers smooth, seamless acceleration.

While the local introduction of the fourth-generation Jazz will still take some time, and there is no confirmation at this point that the hybrid variant will make its way here, we can still expect some of the aforementioned features to be included in the non-hybrid models as well – building on the Jazz’s trademark space, practicality, and occupant comfort.


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