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Bermaz bags Xpeng distributorship in Malaysia - premium EV brand likely to kick off local range with G6

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Bermaz Auto Bhd has announced that it has secured the official distributorship for XPeng electric vehicles (EVs), encompassing vehicle sales, spare parts, and after-sales services.


This development is expected to broaden Bermaz Auto's product offerings, enhancing its standing in the EV market alongside vehicles such as the Mazda MX-30, Kia Niro, and notably, the Kia EV6.

Insiders in the industry anticipate that the XPeng G6 SUV may be the first model to launch in Malaysia, featuring a dual-motor setup for all-wheel drive and generating around 487 PS/660Nm of power, enabling acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in under 5 seconds.

Though no timeline for the brand’s introduction is yet stated, Dato’ Francis Lee, Group CEO of Bermaz said, "We are excited to be awarded the XPeng Distributorship for Malaysia. XPeng marque vehicles are among the top smart EVs in China as well as globally.”

“We are honoured and would like to thank Mr He Xiaopeng, for his trust and confidence in us. This new distributorship will complement our Group’s existing EV business and will bring positive synergistic benefits to all parties. It is also in line with our Group’s sustainability initiatives to manage and minimise our environmental footprint by introducing more green vehicles and technologies,” he added.

Bermaz Auto recently concluded its distribution role for Peugeot vehicles, coinciding with the dissolution of Bermaz Auto Alliance (BAA), which had managed Peugeot distribution, sales, and after-sales service in Malaysia for the past three years, along with being an authorized repairer for Citroen and DS brands.

This transition aligns with the strategic shift of Peugeot's parent company, Stellantis N.V., announced on November 22 of the preceding year, to directly manage its brands in the Malaysian market through its own national sales company, indicating a new direction in brand management and service approach in Malaysia.

For those unfamiliar, XPeng (or Xiaopeng in China) is an EV manufacturer that has gained prominence in recent years, focusing primarily on the higher end of the market.

XPeng Motors is listed on the New York Stock Exchange and the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. Headquartered in Guangzhou, China, XPeng Motors also operates offices in California and Munich, Germany.

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2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line launched in Malaysia - RM469,990

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Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) kicked off Ramadhan with the launch of the 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line for the local market.


The third-generation model Touareg made its global debut back in 2018 and the one that is now available here in Malaysia is the facelifted version which is also locally-assembled here in Malaysia.

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This is the first-ever Volkswagen Touareg to be assembled outside of VW's factory in Slovakia, so that's something worth mentioning regarding VPCM's growing efforts here in the country.

Most of the updates can be seen on the exterior via its reshaped front grille paired with the IQ.Light HD Matrix headlamps with L-shaped daytime running lights, light bars for both front and rear, as well as a larger intake.

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This resulted in a more sharp-looking premium SUV that dances between premium and rugged, all in one package. It's all tied together via its 20-inch Braga alloy wheels and hiding behind those is the Touareg's air suspension with Automatic Self-Levelling function fitted as standard.

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Performance-wise, the 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line packs a punch thanks to its 3.0-litre TSI V6 engine which outputs 340PS and 450Nm of torque. Power is sent to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission as well as the brand's 4Motion permanent all-wheel-drive system.

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Going back to the IQ.Light HD Matrix headlights, the 2024 Touareg R-Line is also the first VW model here in Malaysia to be fitted with Night Vision - a system comprising of infrared sensor in the camera to detect thermal signatures from humans and animals up to 130 meters away.

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Other highlights that can be found within the cabin

  • Innovision Cockpit 'one screen' design
  • 12.3-inch digital driver display
  • 15-inch central touchscreen Discover Pro Max infotainment system
  • 730W Dynaudio Consequence sound system (13 speakers + 1 subwoofer)
  • 4-zone climate control + more

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VPCM has priced the 2024 Volkswagen Touareg R-Line at RM469,990 (on the road excluding insurance). Customers can opt between 5 different colour options - Lapiz Blue, Silicon Gray, Grenadilla Black, Oryx White, and Dolomite Silver.

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2024 Honda CR-V - Go Turbo or Hybrid Electric?

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The 2024 Honda CR-V made its way into the Malaysian market with four variants to choose from.


If you have anywhere between RM157,900 to RM195,900 and you're looking for a formidable Japanese SUV with a pinch of Continental flair, it's hard to knock the sixth-generation Honda CR-V off that list.

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Honda Malaysia recently organised a media drive to Penang where a bunch of press members were given the opportunity to test out the top two variants of the 2024 Honda CR-V, the turbocharged V and the hybrid e:HEV RS.

Why these two? It seems that Honda dealers across the country managed to collect over 6,500 bookings for the new CR-V in just a couple of months, which is months ahead of its initial target.

The most popular variant has been the CR-V 1.5L V at 45% of the total bookings so far, followed by the more affordable E variant at 30%, e:HEV RS at 14%, and finally, the base S variant at 11%.

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Going back to the Honda CR-V V variant, it's the only one in the line-up with all-wheel-drive. The others? Only front-wheel-drive. So, how does the most popular CR-V compare to the range-topping e:HEV RS variant? Today's theme is "Turbo vs Hybrid" and here's our experience driving both of these cars from KL to Penang and back.

The drive took us through a slightly different route rather than a straight line to Penang. We took some B-roads along the way, stopped a few times to change drivers, and a quick lunch plus vehicle switch in Ipoh.

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Our first go was with the 2024 Honda CR-V e:HEV RS. Getting through KL's morning traffic was done with ease and comfort with no drama whatsoever. Working the throttle took just a bit of time to get used to as the new generation e:HEV powertrain offers a more direct feeling while accelerating.

Despite being a larger SUV, the electric traction motor does punch above its weight with 184PS and 335Nm of torque on tap. In other words, the CR-V e:HEV RS can still pull away easily even when the car is fully loaded with occupants and cargo.

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On winding roads, the CR-V's EV mode switched up to Hybrid drive where it felt like the engine was the one doing a lot more work, but it's actually running the e:HEV's generator motor to charge the battery and sending that power to the traction motor to power the wheels.

Only when we're cruising on the highway, its 2.0-liter i-VTEC engine kicked in via a clutch to directly drive the front wheels with 148PS and 184Nm of torque for optimum efficiency as low as 5.0L/100km on paper.

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While our drive up to Penang consisted of several stops and even switching to the CR-V 1.5L V for the second leg of the journey to let another group drive the e:HEV RS, it was a bit off from the 'real world' driving scenario, but the hybrid CR-V still recorded a very acceptable 6.06L/100km.

And most of us were really giving it the beans, punching at the accelerator more than usual (to test the powertrain, of course). We conclude that the CR-V e:HEV can definitely hit the 5.0L/100km mark (or 20km/L) with ease if we were a bit more relaxed and 'less spirited' in our driving.

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Aside from the powertrain, the back seats of the CR-V were a lot more comfortable than the previous-gen as it can recline up to 10.5 degrees (or 8 levels) and move forward or rearward to provide more legroom. It's certainly spacious and those with longer legs will indeed appreciate the new CR-V's rear seats.

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Depending on how much you move the rear seats, you can also modulate the CR-V's boot storage capacity. Rated at 598 litres across all variants, it's certainly a huge step up compared to the 522 litres available in the previous-gen model.

But, what about the turbo variant?

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Well, the 2024 Honda CR-V 1.5L V certainly carries a different exterior vibe thanks to its black lower garnishes on the front and rear bumpers as well as the side skirts and wheel arches.

This gives all of the turbocharged CR-V variants a more contemporary Japanese SUV look and feel while the same parts on the range-topping CR-V e:HEV RS follow the same colour as the body, which gave it a more 'Continental' vibe (that and its 18-inch black alloy rims).

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Moving towards power, the 1.5-liter VTEC Turbo engine produces 193PS and 243Nm of torque mated to a CVT transmission to power all four wheels. While its 0-100km/h time might be a second slower than the hybrid CR-V, it makes up with a slightly faster top speed of 200km/h (13km/h more than the CR-V e:HEV RS).

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However, the feeling is a bit more subdued but slightly more manageable when handling that power on winding roads. The all-wheel-drive system played a bigger role here in providing a better sense of stability and driving dynamics compared to the CR-V e:HEV as the top variant required a bit more effort to carry an extra 67kg and doing so with just its front wheels.

In short, the 2024 Honda CR-V e:HEV RS felt quite balanced in driving dynamics, but the slightly more affordable V variant is a bit more refined in this particular matter.

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Yes, it's riding with a CVT and yes, it does whine a bit when you slam your foot on the accelerator, but that's not really the case in the real world and when driven normally, the turbocharged CR-V with its CVT gearbox is actually a darling to drive.

Fuel consumption is also quite reasonable rated at 7.5L/100km on paper. During our slightly more spirited drive back to KL in the turbocharged CR-V (and a long escapade to exit Penang island itself), we clocked in a reasonable fuel consumption figure of around 8.3L/100km (about 12km/L).

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The CR-V V-spec's rating of 7L/100km is indeed very possible if we weren't in a rush. Our conclusion? Honda is right on the money when it comes to the fuel consumption stats that they've provided against real-world driving scenarios (or in our case, slightly more spirited and heavier left foot on the pedal).

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At the end of the day, the range-topping 2024 Honda CR-V e:HEV RS ticks all the right boxes in terms of looks, performance, and fuel consumption. Those with a slightly lower budget won't miss out on any of the fun and style with the other turbocharged variants of the CR-V as well, particularly the V variant and its exclusive all-wheel-drive system for enhanced stability and comfort.

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2024 Chery Omoda E5 launched in Malaysia for RM146,800 - Includes 8-year Battery, E-Motor warranty

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Chery has officially debuted the highly anticipated Omoda E5 EV, which recently made its way to showrooms across the nation. This locally assembled fully electric SUV comes with a striking price tag of RM146,800.


In terms of pricing, it significantly undercuts its closest rival, the BYD Atto 3, which starts at RM149k for the Standard Range model. However, in terms of specifications, it aligns more closely with the pricier Atto 3 Extended Range, priced at RM167k.

Featuring a single powertrain with a front-mounted electric motor generating 204PS (150 kW) and 340Nm of torque, the SUV accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds. It packs a 61kWh lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery, offering a WLTP cycle range of 430 km.

Charging options include AC charging at a maximum rate of 9.9 kW and DC fast charging of up to 80 kW, capable of replenishing the battery from 30% to 80% in just 30 minutes. The vehicle-to-load (V2L) function allows for powering external devices with up to 3.3 kW.

The Omoda E5 shares a striking resemblance with the ICE-powered Omoda 5, differing mainly in its variant-specific alloy wheel design and an active grille shutter at the front end, replacing the traditional studded grille.

It's with LED projector headlamps, 18-inch alloy wheels, a powered sunroof, powered tailgate, puddle lamps, selectable drive modes, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control (with rear vents), a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system boasting Qualcomm 8155 SoC and support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

This is paired with a disctinctive blue/white interior colour scheme that's definitely unconventional.

For safety, the Omoda E5 includes a suite of driver assistance systems, labeled as ADAS 2.5, comprising a 360-degree camera, automatic high beam, lead vehicle departure alert, front collision warning, autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keep assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and a tire pressure monitoring system.

Chery offers a comprehensive warranty package for the Omoda E5, including a 7-year or 150,000km vehicle warranty, an 8-year or 160,000km battery warranty, and an 8-year or 160,000km coverage for the motor, motor control unit, and battery management system. Additionally, they provide a one-to-one exchange if the battery's health falls below 70% during the warranty period.

The first 2,000 bookings of the Omoda E5 come with complimentary goodies, including a wall box charger, V2L charger, and RM1,000 in charging credits with EVC, the operator of 474 nationwide charging stations.

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ORA 07 unveiled in Malaysia to kick off GWM Malaysia’s 2024 offensive, open for booking

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GWM has shown off their second ORA model to hit Malaysia, which now open for booking, called the 07, the car will be joining the smaller and more city-oriented Good Cat as part of their all-electric line up.


If you’ve not heard of the 07 yet, that might be because the car was known for much of its time following its international debut as the Lightning Cat, a moniker it has kept in other markets. However, and thankfully, the automaker figures our market would respond better to the simple name - a correct assertion, in our view.

Pricing, of course, will be revealed closer to its launch date slated for some time later in March 2024. However, we do know a fair bit of its initial specification as the car had already made its market debut in other ASEAN countries such as Thailand.

Mencius Meng, GWM’s brand director, said: “The GWM ORA 07 is a visual and technological marvel that epitomises the future of electric driving.”

It might share more than a few obvious cues with the first-generation Porsche Panamera (even down to its retractable rear spoiler), for better or worse. It’s a stylish little number, and ORA’s overall design language remains a bit of an acquired taste in our opinion, but the shape is extremely aerodynamic with a drag coefficient of just 0.22.

Measuring 4,871mm in length, 1,862mm in width, and a nicely rounded 1,500mm in height, the 07 is an obvious rival to the sleek and sportier four-door EV sedan (with a coupe-like roofline) market dominated by the Tesla Model 3 and the recently launched BYD Seal.

GWM will be offering the ORA 07 in both Long Range and Performance variants, both sharing an 83.5kWh ternary lithium battery. While the Long Range variant, advertised as 640km (NEDC), essentially shares the same front-mounted electric motor as the Good Cat GT (in the Thai market), outputting 204PS and 340Nm of torque.

Meanwhile, the Performance variant receives dual electric motors enabling all-wheel drive and a combined output of 408PS and 680Nm, but brings the range down to a still quite respectable 550km. GWM claim it’ll reach 100km/h from a standstill in 4.3 seconds and on to a top speed of 180km/h.

Its interior, with its T-shaped dashboard and frameless windows, is designed to look very minimal but simultaneously luxurious with a choice of either black or brown synthetic leather upholstery throughout.

Cabin include its a very large (1.7m) glass roof, support for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a premium sound system from Infinity. There’s a plethora of active safety features, as you’d expect, including all the ADAS features you can list down.

In addition to the included manufacturer’s warranty, each ORA 07 will be offered with 5-years free maintenance. We’ll have more on the car as it inches closer to showrooms nationwide, but until then, it’ll be interesting to speculate how this will stack up against the BYD and Tesla.


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