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Can The 4th-Gen Outlander Help The Xpander Give Mitsubishi Malaysia Strong Sales In 2022?
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Can The 4th-Gen Outlander Help The Xpander Give Mitsubishi Malaysia Strong Sales In 2022?

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Can the fourth generation Outlander help Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia post an equally strong sales record in 2022?


After being in our market for around half a decade, December 2021 marked the month where Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) officially discontinued the third-generation Outlander after debuting in Malaysia in 2016.

Mitsubishi Outlander

While this might seem a bit of sad news, Outlander fans should actually be excited as the removal of the third-gen Outlander from MMM's website is probably exercised to make way for the fourth-gen (launched globally in Feb 2021), which also sees a complete overhaul of the Outlander.

The third-generation Outlander has been chugging along for nine years now, and there aren't that many passenger vehicles, particularly in the highly competitive SUV space, that have been left out in the field as long as it has.

Those following the Mitsubishi journey for the past few years know it to be peppered with periods of uncertainty even after it came under the wing of the Renault-Nissan alliance. During this period, it openly and aggressively shifted its focus to SUVs, which did the Outlander's future a lot of good.

Mitsubishi Outlander

The fourth-gen Outlander is not merely a heavily revised version of the outgoing model as it sits on the newer (but almost as old) CMF-C/D platform shared with the latest Nissan Rogue (X-Trail) that's constructed with high tensile steel. This boost in structural rigidity means increased safety and allows strategic use of lightweight material, which improves weight distribution and fuel economy.

Dimensionally, this newest iteration is a significant step ahead of the outgoing Outlander, measuring 51mm wider and 38mm taller with a 36mm longer wheelbase that results in a nose-to-tail length of 4709mm, or 15mm longer overall. What this translates to is a big improvement in front/ rear legroom and shoulder room.

Mitsubishi Outlander Malaysia

Though there is plenty of change both visually and with regard to practicality, some things remain static. In the case of the Outlander, at least at launch, it's still powered by a naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a CVT (with 8 virtual ratios).

However, as overly familiar as this might sound, this is no MIVEC under the bonnet. In fact, the powertrain package is wholly lifted from the Nissan camp and is, in fact, also shared with the X-Trail. It has a performance output of around 181PS and 245Nm of torque.

The big question on our minds however is whether MMM will bring this naturally aspirated version or go straight for the Plug-in-hybrid (PHEV) Outlander or perhaps both?

Outlander PHEV Malaysia

For those intrigued about the PHEV Outlander, we can't blame you as it sounds like a heck of a package.

Under the hood of the PHEV Outlander is a 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine with 131hp and 194Nm of torque. This ICE engine joins forces with a pair of electric motors; a 113hp unit at the front axle, and a 134hp unit at the rear. Those electric motors work off a 350-volt 20-kWh lithium-ion battery, which should deliver about 80 km of range. 

Mitsubishi XPANDER Malaysia

If these two are added to the MMM lineup, we're pretty sure that they can help Mitsubishi Malaysia surpass their 17,489 vehicles sold from January to December 2021. According to MMM, the bulk of the sales achievement is credited to the Mitsubishi Xpander, with 7,397 units sold from January to December 2021.

This accomplishment has crowned the Xpander as the number one best-selling Japanese seven-seater crossover in Malaysia. Can the success of the Xpander and the incoming new Outlander help MMM achieve better sales figures in 2022? Sama-sama kita nantikan! 

DBKL Dan MIROS Bakal Perkenal Had Laju 30km/j, 50km/j Di Kuala Lumpur
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DBKL Dan MIROS Bakal Perkenal Had Laju 30km/j, 50km/j Di Kuala Lumpur

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Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dan Institut Penyelidikan Keselamatan Jalan Raya Malaysia (MIROS) sedang berusaha memperkenalkan had laju 30 dan 50km/j di kawasan terpilih di Kuala Lumpur tidak lama lagi.


Perkara tersebut diumumkan susulan kunjungan hormat Pengerusi MIROS, Suret Singh dan Ketua Pengarahnya Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim ke atas Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur, Mahadi Che Ngah. Kerjasama kedua-dua badan ini dilakukan bagi mengenal pasti jalan raya di mana had laju berkenaan boleh dilaksanakan sebagai langkah keselamatan.

Pengerusi MIROS,Suret Singh,Ketua Pengarah,Khairil Anwar Abu Kassim,Datuk Bandar Kuala Lumpur,Mahadi Che Ngah*Kredit foto: MIROS

Menerusi hantaran yang dibuat oleh Suret di akaun Twitter beliau baru-baru ini, perkara itu bukan hanya sekadar idea kerana institusi berkenaan akan bekerjasama dengan DBKL untuk menjadikan perancangan itu satu realiti.

Tambahnya, perbincangan tersebut berkisar mengenai kemungkinan perkongsian rekod dan data antara DBKL serta MIROS termasuk rakaman kamera litar keselamatan tertutup (CCTV) bagi kesalahan trafik yang dilakukan di ibu negara.

DBKL,CCTV

Ketika ini, MIROS sudah berada dalam peringkat akhir bagi merangka cadangan untuk memperkenalkan had laju standard 30km/j bagi kawasan kediaman dan penduduk, bandar serta kampung sebagai sebahagian daripada pelan keselamatan jalan raya kebangsaan 2022-2030.

Khairil Anwar berkata, had laju itu akan membolehkan orang ramai menguruskan keselamatan dengan lalu lintas jalan raya, selain mewujudkan kawasan yang selamat, sihat, hijau dan sesuai didiami. Tambahnya, institusi itu akan membabitkan pihak berkepentingan termasuk Jabatan Kerja Raya (JKR), Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ), pihak berkuasa tempatan, polis dan pihak berkuasa lain yang berkaitan.

miros,30 km/j,kl

Keputusan ini dibuat setelah Malaysia menjadi antara negara yang meratifikasi Deklarasi Stockholm berhubung keselamatan jalan raya, dalam persidangan menteri global yang diadakan pada Feb 2020.

Seramai 80 menteri yang menghadiri persidangan itu telah berikrar untuk mengurangkan sehingga separuh bilangan kematian jalan raya menjelang 2030 selain mencadangkan had laju 30km/j sebagai norma baharu di kawasan di jalan lazim digunakan bersama oleh penunggang motosikal, pemandu kereta, pejalan kaki dan penunggang basikal.

Ketua Pengarah Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Malah pada May tahun lalu, Ketua Pengarah Pertubuhan Kesihatan Sedunia (WHO) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus telah menggesa kerajaan di seluruh dunia supaya segera mengguna pakai had laju 30kph di kawasan bandar.

Cucu Nelson Mandela, Zoleka Mandela yang juga merupakan duta Duta Inisiatif Kesihatan Kanak-kanak Global berkata, setiap hari seramai 3,000 kanak-kanak cedera atau terbunuh di jalan raya serata dunia. Beliau berkata kemalangan tersebut adalah krisis yang dibuat oleh manusia dan boleh dicegah sepenuhnya.

jalan raya,Kuala Lumpur

Tidak dinafikan, perancangan tersebut memang berkesan dari segi keselamatan. Persoalannya, adakah pelaksanaan had laju baharu di sebahagian kawasan terpilih di ibu negara tidak lama lagi boleh dipatuhi dan diikuti oleh pengguna jalan raya di negara ini?

How To Activate Your RFID Tag And Top Up Your RFID Account Balance
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How To Activate Your RFID Tag And Top Up Your RFID Account Balance

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How do you activate your RFID tag and top up your RFID balance? 


The announcement by the Ministry of Works on the phasing out of Touch' n Go and SmartTAG lanes along the North-South Highway in favour of RFID lanes has caused motorists to scramble to get RFID tags.

But before you go out of your way to buy RFID tags and install them on your car, the first thing you should do is install the Touch' n Go eWallet application, as this is where you will need to go top-up your balance for your RFID. 

Touch n Go ewallet

The Touch' n Go eWallet is an electronic wallet that holds electronic money. It is a mobile application offered by Touch' n Go.

The Touch' n Go eWallet provides services such as reloads, payments, funds transfer via your smartphone, anywhere and anytime within Malaysia. 

Before activating your RFID, you must register a TnG eWallet account first, and here is how.

How to register the Touch' n Go eWallet?

eWallet app1. You will first need to download the TnG eWallet app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and register your account.

2. You can only link one valid ID (Mykad/ Army/ Passport) for each TnG eWallet account, and each account is only allowed to be registered to one unique mobile number.

3. Fill in your information and details completely.

4. You will receive a verification code for verification.

5. Once registered, you can now use TNG eWallet

How to activate your RFID?

RFID activation

If you've installed your RFID tag at the fitment centre, then a person would have guided you on how to activate your RFID as soon as the installation process is finished.

But for those who are 'DIY-ing', here are the steps to activate your RFID.

1. After receiving and installing your RFID tag on your vehicle, all you have to do is activate it through the TnG eWallet app by clicking on the 'activate it now' button on the RFID page.

2. It will bring you to another page where you will have to fill in some personal information and some vehicle details.

3. You will then be required to enter the 24-digit tag number located on your packaging or just use your phone to scan the barcode above it.

4. It will ask you to confirm and verify, and voila, you're done, and you can start using RFID at the tolls.

How to top up your RFID balance? 

RFID reload

1. To top up your RFID, all you need to do is tap on the 'Reload" icon at the top left of the page where you will be then redirected to another page asking how much you would like to top up.

2. All regular methods of online payment like credit card/ debit card and FPX are accepted so you do have a few options on how you would like to complete the transaction.

3. You can also opt for auto-reload, where the eWallet app will automatically top up your account when the account balance is low. You may also choose how much auto-reload you would like so that you get the same exact reload amount each time. 

 

Where To Buy RFID Tag And How To Stick Them On Your Car?
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Where To Buy RFID Tag And How To Stick Them On Your Car?

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Don't know where to buy an RFID tag or how to stick them on your car? Don't worry, we have you covered.


If you've just come back from your holiday and have not heard the news, well let us give you a recap of the big news that hit motorists in December 2021. The Ministry of Works announced that they would gradually start to phase out Touch' n Go and SmartTAG lanes along the North-South Highway in favour of RFID lanes starting from, now, 2022.

RFID Malaysia

What this means is that sooner or later, all Touch' n Go and SmartTAG lanes will be removed, and instead, all motorists will have to use RFID as their primary way of getting taxed for using the highway.

As part of the announcement, they also informed road users to kit themselves out with an RFID tag as soon as possible to avoid getting stuck at tolls in the near future. But where does one get it in the first place?

For those unfamiliar with RFID, it is more of an advanced toll payment system than SmartTAG and Touch' n Go (TnG). RFID uses a radio frequency system to read RFID tags over longer distances.

The RFID tags have to be bought, registered and installed on your vehicles. After which, you will be able to start using them. 

Toll charges will be deducted through its proprietary TnG e-Wallet application, which requires downloading on your smartphone.

RFID Malaysia

So where can you purchase RFID tags?

There are a few ways you can acquire RFID tags for your vehicles. 

  • RFID fitment centre

If you're unsure about the whole ecosystem and how it works, you can visit the 39 RFID fitment centres dotted all around the Klang valley to get one and be brought up to speed about them.

  • Shopee or Lazada

If you're a hands-on type of person and love DIY, you can either purchase them via e-commerce sites like Lazada and Shopee.

  • TnG eWallet App

While the TnG eWallet way might sound like the path with the most resistance, it's actually relatively easy as all you need to do is simply download, register and open the app, and then go to the RFID option. You will then tap on the RFID kit ordering option, bringing you to the ordering page. Then, enter your details, complete the purchase by paying RM 35, and they will send it out to your designated address.

  • Petrol Stations and Convenience Stores

Some petrol stations and convenience shops also sell RFID tags, so buy one if you ever come across it for the easiest of acquisitions.

RFID Install

How do you install them?

Here are the recommended ways to install the RFID tag for those who will not be going through the RFID fitment centre route. For those who are, trained personnel at the fitment centres will do it all for you.

  1. Clean the surface of the windscreen or headlamp
  2. Peel off the TNG RFID Tag
  3. Install TNG RFID Tag on the outside of the upper left windscreen or left headlamp (passenger side).

According to Touch N' Go, RFID tags cannot be installed on a headlamp or windscreen with a tint or near (at least 5cm away) metal content.

It is recommended that you install the tags on the windscreen for larger cars like SUVs and MPVs and headlamps for smaller cars.

You have to bear in mind that once you have installed the RFID tags, they cannot be peeled off and reinstalled as they will be damaged - so make sure that you take the necessary precautions before sticking them on.

 

Proton Daftar Tanda Dagang X90, X80 – Bakal Perkenal 2 SUV Baharu?
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Proton Daftar Tanda Dagang X90, X80 – Bakal Perkenal 2 SUV Baharu?

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Merujuk kepada laman web rasmi Perbadanan Harta Intelek Malaysia (MyIPO), Proton nampaknya telah mendaftarkan tanda dagang bagi Proton X90 dan Proton X80.


Kedua-dua nama tersebut didaftarkan oleh ejen Azmi & Associates bagi pihak Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional Sdn Bhd dan permohonan itu telah dihantar sejak 05 Oktober 2021. Tanda dagang itu didaftarkan bagi tujuan pengiklanan, pengurusan perniagaan, pentadbiran perniagaan, fungsi pejabat, pemasaran media sosial, dan penyediaan maklumat perniagaan melalui laman sesawang.

proton x90

Penemuan tanda dagang Proton X90 ini tidaklah mengejutkan dan sudah boleh dijangka setelah beberapa keping gambar yang menunjukkan sebuah model misteri yang dikatakan model tersebut didapati menjalani ujian jalan raya sambil badannya dibaluti pelekat penyamaran sepenuhnya.

Yang mengejutkan adalah pendaftaran tanda dagang Proton X80 yang turut didaftarkan oleh pihak yang sama pada tarikh yang sama dengan tujuan yang sama. Adakah Proton bakal perkenalkan sebuah lagi SUV dalam pasaran Malaysia? Mungkin SUV hibrid?

Proton X80

Berdasarkan desas desus semasa, Proton X80 berkemungkinan akan dibina berdasarkan model Geely Xing Yue, sebuah SUV coupe keluaran rakan kongsi Proton itu. Memandangkan masih tiada petunjuk lain bagi model ini, mungkin juga Proton bakal membawa masuk model lain yang akan diperkenalkan sebagai X80.

proton x90

Baru-baru ini, tular pula satu video yang menunjukkan SUV baharu Proton yang sedang diuji di jalan awam lengkap dengan pelekat penyamaran telah terlibat dalam kemalangan. Berdasarkan video berkenaan, kereta yang sedang diuji itu kelihatan seperti Geely Haoyue, sebuah SUV 7 tempat duduk yang hangat dikatakan bakal menggantikan Proton Exora sebagai Proton X90

Pada awalnya, perakam video telah merekodkan model tersebut kerana teruja dengan rupa bentuknya yang kelihatan cantik. Namun selang beberapa minit, kereta ujian itu didapati telah dilanggar dari belakang. Mungkin kereta belakang terpukau dengan reka bentuk X90? Mungkin juga kereta belakang itu terlalu rapat sebab nak ambil gambar spyshot.

proton x90

Dengan pendaftaran tanda dagang ini, kita dapat jangkakan bahawa Proton X90 yang sering kelihatan di atas jalan raya itu bakal dilancarkan tidak lama lagi. Nantikan!