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Mazda Virtual Event Set To Zoom-Zoom to Buyers Online
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Mazda Virtual Event Set To Zoom-Zoom to Buyers Online

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Unprecedented situations like the current ongoing COVID-19 pandemic require unprecedented new takes on conventional methods.


While online shopping has been the saving grace for many families and individuals for many things, buying a car online has surprisingly not taken off just yet. 

However, with no end in sight to this pandemic, potential buyers are starting to explore online purchases, this is further helped by car manufacturers who understand the needs and wants of a buyer.

Leading the charge is Mazda, and their upcoming virtual event in partnership with Carlist shows just how they intend to approach the online car shopping experience.

Mazda lineup Malaysia

Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Mazda cars in Malaysia will be hosting their first-ever virtual car sales event in Malaysia this weekend! 

The Mazda Virtual Roadshow 2020 powered by Carlist.my is happening from 7th November 2020 till 16th November 2020. The 10-day online event will be hosted on Carlist.my's website exclusively, to enable car buyers to get an in-depth view of their desired Mazda vehicles safely from their home in the midst of the lockdown. 

Mazda  100 Years

In conjunction with Mazda's 100 Years Centenary celebration, this virtual car sale comes with attractive pricing of their cars due to the sales tax exemption, six years peace of mind through their extended six years free maintenance and warranty program (including labour, parts and lubricants) for the first 120,000km or whichever comes first.

Mazda  100 Years key chain

You will also be able to get your hands on Mazda’s Limited Edition 100 Years merchandise when you: 

  • Mazda Limited Edition 100 Years Key Chain – for each sign up with deposit (1 to 1 purchaser only - names are not transferable.)

  • Mazda Limited Edition 100 Years merchandise – for each successful registration (upon delivery of vehicle)

Mazda vehicles that will be on offer include the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, Mazda CX-30, Mazda CX-5, Mazda CX-8 and Mazda CX-9

On top of that, Carlist.my is also giving away Starbucks cards, Lazada gift cards, Nespresso coffee machines and G'Zox car coating packages via different contests throughout the event. 

Stay tuned to Carlist.my and Mazda Malaysia for more information.

 

The Proton X50 Bumblebee Has Landed!
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The Proton X50 Bumblebee Has Landed!

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The Proton X50 was ONLY officially launched on 27 October 2020 and already we have a concept workshop in Klang with the first-ever pimped out Proton X50 Flagship! Dare we say it looks better than the original?


2020 Proton X50 Bumblebee Front View

I mean would you look at that? A bumblebee matt yellow wrap! Mengancam, no? The yellow accent also runs along the grille just under the Proton logo and further extends to the side mirrors too.

According to the workshop's FB page, the full set of aftermarket accessories include:

  • Carbon Fibre Front Lips
  • Matte Carbon Side Mirrors
  • Fog Lamp LED with Running Signal
  • Sporty Spoiler
  • Rear Trunk Bar LED Light with Running Signal
  • Power Boot

Here are a few more photos of the X50 from different angles;

2020 Proton X50 Bumblebee Rear View

2020 Proton X50 Bumblebee Side View

That aftermarket roof spoiler certainly adds an air of aggression to the rear, complemented nicely with the yellow accents. 

As you can tell, the rims have also been replaced with a gloss black aftermarket set, we can't really tell the brand but let us know in the comments if you can. 

2020 Proton X50 Bumblebee Front Right View

2020 Proton X50 Bumblebee Remote

Even the car remote is not spared the yellow treatment, it does look well done though, at least from the pictures. 

We can't tell if anything at all has been done to the interior of the car but maybe that will require us to pay the workshop a visit to find out. They sure don't seem too concerned about the warranty though. 

The workshop behind this wizardry is located in Klang, Z City Concept Work - just in case you're thinking of doing likewise to your X50. 

This is the before. 

*Image credit for all images belong to Kelvin Lim and Z City Concept Work.

Hyundai Sonata SmartStream G2.5 - RM 206,888
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Hyundai Sonata SmartStream G2.5 - RM 206,888

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The D-segment market may not be as hot as it once used to be, but HSDM has faith in it with the launch of all-new Hyundai Sonata.


In what seems like a massive leap forward for the Korean brand, Hyundai's eight-generation Sonata looks like a far more premium product than the Sonatas you may remember. In Malaysia, Hyundai Sime Darby Motors is launching it in a singular variant - the SmartStream G2.5, priced at RM 206,888.

But if you're the first 50 owners to pick one of these D-segment sedans up, you can get it for the low introductory price of RM 189,888 - which is a pretty great deal. The Sonata is the first of Hyundai's models to use their Sensuous Sportiness Design language that provides a coupe-like roofline, with aggressive lines and fenders. The headlights even blend with the chrome trim that runs down the length of the bonnet for a truly exquisite look.

18-inch alloy wheels in a dual-tone finish help to highlight the overall size of the car, as well as rear tail lights that span the width of the boot, composed entirely of LED lights and garnished with chrome trim pieces. Small touches like the little vortex generators on the rear tail lights are not lost on us either.

Beating at the heart of the Sonata is a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated SmartStream engine - the label denotes development for better performnace, better efficiency, and lower emissions with 180 PS and 232 Nm on tap. The platform is based on third generation architecture, with best-in-class collision testing by US standards.


 
What's a mass market car without features? Features can make or break a product, and the Sonata isn't light on them. Keyless entry with push start, 8-way power adjustable drivers seats with two presets, one touch panoramic sunroof, a 12.3-inch high-resolution TFT LCD super cluster display and an 8-inch LCD touch screen head unit are just the top of the list.

There's also the 360 view camera, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, a blind side camera that appears in the cluster, a wireless charging system with ventilation, and three ways of opening the boot: promixity to the key, a touch button on the boot itself, and the button on the key fob itself.

We haven't yet had the chance to test drive this all-new model, but when we do you can expect our full review of the various features and all the ins and outs of the all-new Sonata.  

iCarData: The Best Time To Buy An (C7) Audi A6 1.8TFSI
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iCarData: The Best Time To Buy An (C7) Audi A6 1.8TFSI

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When compared to the seminal BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class, the Audi A6 has had a much younger lineage – having been around only since the mid-90s, as compared to the four-decade history of the 5 Series and the E-Class, whose roots stretch back to the ‘Ponton’ models of the mid-50s.


Some of this has to do with Audi renaming their A6 from the 100/200 models – which stretch back another decade or so. However, despite its relative infancy – the A6 has gone from outlier to mainstream challenger, thanks to its brilliant design, technological advancement, safety standards, and thanks to quattro GMBH (Audi’s skunkworks racing outfit) – a slew of high-performance RS models that command a worldwide following.

Audi C1 (100) and C8 (A6)

Also as opposed to Mercedes and BMW, Audi has a super-easy way of naming their model generations – starting with one alphabet, and ending with a number. The alphanumeric codes starting with the ‘B’ are for the smaller A4, the A6 gets a ‘C’… etc. Starting with the ‘C1’ from the late 60s, the current 2020 Audi A6 is codenamed the ‘C8’.

In this report, we will be looking at the C7 Audi A6, a generation that has enjoyed relatively good reception here in Malaysia. Alongside its contemporary rivals, the (F10) BMW 5 Series and (W212) Mercedes-Benz E-Class (which we covered recently) – the Audi A6 would be the last of this notable trio of German gentleman cruisers – which has also come to the end of its product lifecycle with the hushed introduction of the ‘C8’ successor in Q2 of 2019.

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Exterior

The grapevine whispers of more variants of the C8 Audi A6 entering the Malaysian market in the near future, but for now, let's take a look at how the A6 has fared in terms of resale value on the used car market.

Our reports utilise iCarData. Our in-house developed iCarData, collates data from thousands of used vehicle deals that have been listed on Carlist.my throughout the years. Hence, by filtering our search for listings of a particular model throughout the measured timeframe, we are able to track the relative rates of depreciation of a vehicle as they were featured (in period).

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Exterior

Overview

The C7-generation A6 was first introduced in Malaysia in 2011. Initially available as the 3.0 TFSI quattro guise – priced at RM515,000 – it went up against the F10 BMW 535i in terms of power and equipment. The turbocharged 3.0 V6 delivered 300hp and 440Nm, sending power to all four-wheels (Quattro AWD) through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.

However, the biggest jump in the A6’s popularity came with the introduction of the A6 2.0 TFSI Hybrid – which took advantage of excise and import duty exemptions offered by the government and was priced at just RM280k – undercutting by a wide margin all its rivals at the time. The 2.0-litre mild-hybrid powertrain produced a combined 245hp and 480Nm. The electric motor interfaced with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Around 47 percent of the total 4,000 A6 Hybrids built by Audi were sold in Malaysia, proving that the market was there for the A6 if it was priced right.

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Launch

Audi dropped the A6 Hybrid in 2014, and the facelift model – launched here in 2015 – was offered here in two guises: the (333hp/440Nm) 3.0-litre TFSI Quattro, and the 1.8-litre TFSI with outputs of 190hp and 320Nm of torque. In both cases, power was sent to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Prices range between RM325k for the 1.8 TFSI, to approximately RM500k for the 3.0 TFSI.

For this report we will be looking at the 1.8-litre TFSI variant, given its lower price range, it was the volume seller of the C7 A6 range.

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift 1.8 TFSI

Technical specification of the 2015 (C7) Audi A6 Facelift 1.8L TFSI

  • Engine: 1.8-litre turbocharged, inline-four, Petrol
  • Power: 190 hp @ 4,200 rpm
  • Torque: 320 Nm @ 1,400 rpm
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, front-wheel drive
  • Safety: Six airbags, ABS with EBD, Brake Assist, Stability Control
  • Origin: Fully-Imported from Germany.
  • Price: RM324,900 – Aug 2015 launch (OTR without insurance)

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Interior

We have taken into account the following to keep our numbers accurate and representative. 

  • Vehicle variant: 2015 Audi (C7-4g Facelift) A6 1.8 TFSI STronic, delivered between Aug and Dec 2015.
  • Depreciation is calculated using the original list price.
  • Depreciation percentage does not take into account special/seasonal offers or rebates on the original selling price.
  • Depreciation for other variants may differ, in particular, the 2013 Audi A6 Hybrid variant, which given its complexity, typically does not hold its prices as well as the petrol-powered variants.

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Interior

Based on iCarData, here's the summarized data for depreciation:

And the graphical analysis below:

  • Blue line: Average selling price (RM) by year
  • Grey line: Cumulative depreciation (RM) by year
  • Orange line: Retained value percentage by year

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift MMI Touch

Conclusion

At first glance, it may seem that the value retention of the Audi A6 falls into a free fall quite literally as soon as the car rolls out the showroom doors. On the contrary, when compared to the likes of the (F10) BMW 5 Series, the percentages of depreciation year on year, are quite similar. 

After 5 years, the A6 loses around 57 percent of its original value, pretty much identical to the 5 Series, and mildly better than the Mercedes E-Class. 

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Meter Cluster

The A6's biggest advantage is that it isn't as ubiquitous as the Merc and BMW, hence in the matrix of supply versus demand - it manages to hold onto its value rather organically throughout the measured 5 years. 

However, much like its two German rivals, the breakeven point for retained value versus cumulative depreciation comes at around 4 years. The depreciation curve is also void of major drops in value which can be caused by market sway or competitor model introductions. 

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift Exterior

With that said, we can safely infer that if sellers hope to retain more than half of their initial investment, they should choose to sell their vehicles just as they pass the four-year mark. However, if the retained value is not the primary requirement, they should keep their car for the duration of the warranty period and enjoy their car and the peace of mind that offers. 

Buyers, on the other hand, should ideally snap up an A6 at half its value after just five years, which offers them a relatively new car, good financing options, and with options for aftermarket warranty options at their disposal. 

Of course, buyers are advised to do their homework and get a thorough inspection done prior to purchase.

2015 Audi A6 (C7) Facelift  Exterior

For some great deals on the (C7) Audi A6, click here.

If you're looking to sell your Audi A6, we have two solutions for you too. List in on carlist.my or better still use Carlist Bid where we remove all the hassle of selling your car for you as you get searching for your next upgrade.  

Which make/ model would you like us to research next? Let us know in the comments.

NOT The Yaris We Want!
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NOT The Yaris We Want!

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So UMW Toyota over the weekend (there is no rest for the wicked) teased the headlights of the new incoming 2020 Toyota Yaris but unlike many other automotive portals, it didn't get our hearts racing and here's why...


 Now based on the teaser the Yaris we are about to get will most likely be the one below:

2021 Toyota Yaris Front View*Image courtesy of Toyota Indonesia

2021 Toyota Yaris Rear View*Image courtesy of Toyota Indonesia with the TRD Sportivo bodykit

When what we would have liked to be getting instead is this:

2021 Toyota Yaris Europe Front View*Image courtesy of Toyota Europe

2021 Toyota Yaris Europe Rear View*Image courtesy of Toyota Europe

The incoming Toyota Yaris has already been released in Thailand since August this year. It will most likely come with the same 2NR-FE 1.5 litre powerplant mated to a seven-speed CVT. This particular powerplant has been around since 2010 and while it is more than proficient at doing what it's supposed to do, I only wonder how much easier wallets would have opened if we were getting the M15A-FXE 1.5 litre Hybrid Dynamic Force engine instead? Currently, the only Toyota in the Malaysian offering with a Dynamic Force engine is the RAV4. 

The M15A-FXE is a three-cylinder engine, by the way, I wonder how many of you experts will question its engine vibrations if we do get it here. 

It would be foolish of us I suppose to have hoped for anything similar to the European or North American market. This is in no way, shape or form a diss to the Toyota Yaris, it is by any stretch of the imagination a good car that is well specced but it's not excitable, it doesn't stoke the imagination. It's a car for those more concerned with resale value...oh wait, that is most of us Malaysians right? 

I'll be waiting for the GR Yaris instead...

GR Yaris