Mercedes AMG A 35 sedan launched in Malaysia 

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic sedan has just been launched in Malaysia at the Petronas Art Gallery in KLCC mall with seriously sporty good looks and a hefty turbocharged 2.0l engine under the hood.

Mercedes AMG A 35

Mercedes AMG A 35 rear

AMG A 35 interior Mercedes

To be specific, the Mercedes-AMG A45 4Matic Sedan comes with an M260 turbocharged four-cylinder engine capable of cranking out 306 hp at 5,800rpm and 400Nm of torque from 3,000 to 4,000 while being able to go from zero to 100km/h in just 4.8 seconds. The engine is paired with a Speedshift DCT 7G seven-speed dual-clutch automatic along with an AMG Performance all-wheel drive system.

Mercedes AMG A35 engine

This is complemented by a host of delightful mod cons from within and without. For starters, you get 19-inch 5-twin-spoked alloy wheels that complement the sporty exterior, a steering wheel trimmed in Nappa leather, keyless entry and start, a heads-up display running Mercedes-Benz’ User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support as well as a combination of cushy seats upholstered in a combination of Artico leather and Dinamico microfibre. 

Mercedes AMG A 35 console

Mercedes AMG A 35 hud
Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC sedan price in Malaysia

The Mercedes-AMG A 35 4MATIC sedan will be available at RM348,888 in Malaysia. For more details swing by www.mercedes.com.my

New Mercedes-Benz A-Class limousine arrives in Malaysia with MBUX infotainment system

The posh looking Mercedes-Benz A-class sedan is now available in Malaysia for discerning buyers in your choice of two different variants which are the A200 Progressive Line and the better specced A 250 AMG Line,replete with all the lush accoutrements and technologies expected of a car from the marque though the most novel feature is the inclusion of their Mercedes-Benz User Interface (MBUX) virtual assistant that answers to the voice call ‘Hey Mercedes’.

Common to the new A-class limousines, the MBUX interface has natural speech recognition and works somewhat like Siri or Google Assistant with a rather posh female voice that speaks with a received pronunciation to manipulate car settings and features like the lighting, the radio and air conditioning along with navigation. MBUX is also able to learn and adopt personalised profiles over time and pairs up with your phone for cloud-based answers to address more complicated questions like the usual trivia and sassy comebacks.

This is paired with a free-standing 10.25-inch display that allows for GPS map navigation and getting about the various menus via a traditional touchscreen in lieu of using your voice so you’re able to get about the way you want. This approach to customisability also extends to how you want to see the various gauges and you can customise what gauges you want to see on the display along with three predefined modes – Modern Classic, Sport and Understated.

Aside from MBUX, both models externally sport what Mercedes-Benz calls a progressive cutting edge design with a dynamic, shark-nose looking front, diamond grills with tapered LED High Performance headlights,18-inch alloy wheels, twin exhausts and a distinctive looking rear that harkens to its limousine heritage.

The A200 Progressive gets a 1.33L four-cylinder turbo engine paired with a seven-speed wet dual clutch transmission capable of hitting 163hp@5,500RPM and 250Nm of torque from 1,620 to 4,000rpm as well as the ability to go from zero to 100km/h in just 8.1 seconds to achieve a top speed of 230km/h.


The A250 AMG gets a slightly beefier M260 2.0l engine capable of kicking out 224hp@5,500rpm and achieving 350Nm torque between 1,800 to 4,000rpm and the ability to get a top speed of 250 km/h along with the ability to hit go from zero to 100km/h in 6.3 seconds.

For Malaysia, the A 200 Progressive Line retails for RM229,888 while the A250 AMG Line retails for RM267,888. For more details swing by www.mercedes-benz.com.my

 

All-new Toyota Vios lands in Malaysia in style and an awesome music video

The latest incarnation of the all-new Toyota Vios has just made its debut in Malaysia and rather than the usual glitzy car launch, Toyota Malaysia has gone all out and introduced their latest sedan with…a music video dubbed “As Never Before” and not just any music video but one featuring the likes of artistes and leading Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) series drivers Shawn Lee and Shukri Yahaya.

Impressive, yes? See that silky smooth panning? Well, the surprise here is how the video was filmed. What’s out of this world is it was filmed not with a conventional camera man running around with a harness and video camera. Instead, the video was filmed on the all-new Toyota Vios with the camera mounted on the car itself which is an impressive technical achievement indeed that also involved three months of filming and a crew of over 50 people

The revamped Vios is an impressive affair from within and without, more so that it is one of the first cars to roll out from UMW Toyota Motor’s advanced production facility in Bukit Raja, Klang. The Vios comes in three variants but all of the three host a 4-cylinder, 16-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i engine capable of kicking out 107PS at 6,000rpm and offering a torque of 140Nm at 4,200rpm paired to a 7-speed CVT with sequential shift.


Also standard on all three production variants, designated as the Vios 1.5J, the midrange 1.5E and the top of the line 1.5G are Eco and Sport modes, fabric seats, keyless entry and a push-button start mode, rear parking sensors, two USB ports in the rear to charge phones and other kit and illuminated footwells up front.

The top-of-the-line Vios 1.5G variant throws in 16-inch alloy wheels, ups the fabric seats to posh leather along with the steering wheel, gearknob and front armrest, adds in paddle shifters, a 4.2-inch touchscreen display in the centre front as well as front parking sensors.

. In terms of availability, you can acquire the all-new Toyota vios in Dark Blue Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic and Super White II for all variants with the on the road prices for the Toyota Vios 1.5J at RM77,200, the Toyota Vios 1.5E at RM81,200 and the Toyota Vios 1.5G at RM87,300. For more details and to acquire your own Vios swing by www.toyota.com.my

Perodua to build on successes in 2018 with 4% more sales to 231,000 units in 2019

Local car maker Perodua is building on their successes with the recent launch of their Aruz to complement their workhorse Myvi which has become a Malaysian mainstay for many years. In 2018, Perodua recorded their best ever sales performance with 227,243 units sold across multiple vehicle lines. This time around, Perodua  aims to chart an even better record with 4% better sales performance for 2019 to the tune of 231,000 units.

According to Perodua, the Myvi remains their best selling model with 82,122 registered in 2018 alone and 117,844 booked in the same year alone. The Axis, Bezza and Alza each remain at the top of their respective segments with 70,821, 49,911 and 24,389 cars sold respectively in 2018; a very respectable number by any measure.

Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad

In terms of vehicles produced, Perodua stated that over 219,000 vehicles have rolled out of their Perodua Manufacturing Sdn Bhd and Perodua Global manufacturing Sdn Bhd plants combined in 2018. For 2019, they aim to better this figure by 10.5% to 242,000 vehicles.

Perodua’s aim to boost its sales by 4% this year will not only strengthen the brand but offer some relief to the Malaysian car industry, which is forecast to grow very minimally this year,” said Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad who spoke at a Chinese New Year luncheon.

For Perodua, the Myvi is expected to remain popular this year, and since we started order-taking for the Aruz on 3 January, we have collected nearly 5,700 bookings to date. Given that our sales target is 2,500 units monthly, the figure is very encouraging indeed,” said Dato’ Zainal

Dato’ Zainal added,”We thank all Malaysians for their strong support over the years and we look forward to serving you for many more years to come.” For more details swing by www.perodua.com.my

Malaysia’s first DS Automobiles flagship store opens in Malaysia

Those who appreciate the finer things in life and seek personalised, refined aesthetics and state-of-the-art tech in their vehicles will likely find the name of premium French brand DS Automobiles on the tip of their tongue though finding their bespoke, beautifully hewn rides locally was a bit of a pipe dream . Fortunately, Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd has officially launched the new DS Store in Petaling Jaya which is the first of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia, opening the doors for  discerning clients to experience and purchase DS Automobiles in Malaysia.

Consisting of 3,230 square feet of premium floor space, the new DS Automobiles flagship store is adorned with luxurious decor in the iconic black, carmine red and champagne of the marque. The new DS Automobiles store acts as a one-stop venue for both prospective customers seeking to experience what DS Automobiles has to offer while also serving existing customers for their service needs.

Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings said, “The new DS Store Petaling Jaya is the first to be introduced in Malaysia and in Southeast Asia. It is designed to provide premium service and the best in customer experience. The DS Store is about inviting visitors to immerse themselves in the values of the DS brand and gives visitors sophistication at their fingertips to configure, personalise and view their new DS.

With DS Automobiles’ fervent support and vision to continue accelerating DS brand
development in Malaysia, we plan to invest RM5 million for marketing, operations and such in 2019, on top of the initial investment of RM2 million to set up the flagship store,” added Dato’ Samson.

Taking pride of place in the center of the new DS Automobiles showroom is their DS 7 Crossback SUV which enthralled guests at the official launch of the DS Automobiles flagship store. Of note is a dedicated customer lounge that allows customers to configure, personalise and purchase their own DS automobile while a VR Zone allows visitors to get a view of DS Automobiles fleet of vehicles in vivid virtual reality. For more details swing by www.dsautomobiles.com.my

 

Dyson electric car manufacturing plant to open in Singapore

Mention the brand name Dyson to anyone on the street and they’ll likely recall that it as the purveyor and manufacturer of some of the world’s most powerful vacuum cleaners such as their potent V10 cordless vacuum, and, of late, hair styling devices like their recently launched AirWrap and even bladeless fans. Now, they’ve embarked on their most impressive venture yet as they are going to establish an electric car production plant in Singapore with the plant to open in 2020 and its first electric vehicle to roll off the production lines in 2021.

Dyson will invest about £2.5 billion, which is about RM13,509,206,625 on establishing this advanced automotive manufacturing facility. According to Dyson, the sum is a global investment figure, of which £1bn is being invested into new battery technology, £1bn into the vehicle itself, and £0.5bn on other Dyson technologies.

The creation of an electric car is the next logical step for the global company who has cut their teeth on creating some of the world’s most powerful high-speed electric motors and batteries which see service in many of their existing products. With the drive towards a more ecologically aware society, the creation of an electric car could not have come at a better time.

Singapore’s position as a technologically advanced nation with superb logistics also make it an ideal location to establish Dyson’s first electric car production plant. “The decision of where to make our car is complex, based on supply chains, access to markets, and the availability of the expertise that will help us achieve our ambitions,” said Jim Rowan, Dyson’s Chief Executive Officer. “I am delighted to let you know that the Dyson Board has now decided that our first automotive manufacturing facility will be in Singapore. We will begin construction in December and it will be completed in 2020, meeting our project timeline.”

A render of the proposed Dyson Automotive Manufacturing Facility. Source: Dyson
A render of the proposed Dyson Automotive Manufacturing Facility. Source: Dyson

Currently, Dyson has facilities in Malaysia that play a central role in R&D as well as manufacturing dubbed Advanced Manufacturing Centres where they conduct extensive testing and intensive research to create new Dyson products and applications for Dyson’s extensive array of existing technologies. In Singapore, Dyson currently has a campus dedicated to manufacturing their advanced high-speed digital motors as well as additional R&D facilities devoted towards researching future technologies in synergy with the Malaysia facility.

Dyson is truly global in its development, delivery and realization of technology. This decision is good news for the exceptional teams we have in both the UK and Singapore. It is a fast-moving, exciting, and pivotal project for Dyson,” added Rowan. The location of the plant has not been established yet or how the specifications of their electric car but we’ll keep you posted.

Toyota Velocity Esports championship crowns a new champion

If the crowd was any indication, eSports is live, well and thriving in Malaysia as over 400 competitors and thousands of spectators thronged Sunway Pyramid to participate and to spectate the inaugural Toyota Velocity Esports Championship  tournament.

The largest esports racing event in Malaysia to date, the Toyota Velocity Esports championship sought to find Malaysia’s fastest simulator driver of Toyota’s iconic sports car, the exquisitely beautiful Toyota GR Supra Racing Concept on the Gran Turismo Sport simulator played on the Playstation 4 console.

To find the bearer of the chequered flag, Toyota established a grand stage at the Blue concourse of the Pyramid mall where for three whole days, hordes of the public stepped up to the proverbial plate to prove their mettle in full-featured simulators complete with actual steering wheels, bucket seats and more to enhance the immersive aspects of the game.

We are delighted with the overwhelming response from the public towards the very first Toyota Velocity Championship. Esports is definitely a rapidly rising industry not just in Malaysia but also globally as it provides exciting experience for the younger generation. Toyota’s involvement and strong presence in such activities complements the dynamic and sporty side of the brand,” said Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMWT.



On the last day, 10 finalists stood to vie for the Championship trophy and a host of cash prizes. After the dust settled, the titular champion of the Toyota Velocity Esports Championship, one Muhammad Uzair S Abdul Nasir Khan stood triumphant with the trophy and RM20,000 in cash. The second runner up, Mior Muhammad Hafiz Mior Lahmudin won a lucrative RM10,000 in cash. The third runner up, Aiman Haziq Aidi won RM5,000 in cash while the fourth to tenth place winners each won RM2,000 in cash. All in all, over RM60,000 in cash prizes were offered during the grand championship.

If you’ve missed the festivities, fret not as you can catch the real thing in action at the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival at MAEPS Serdang which will take place from 19 to 21 October 2018. For more details swing by www.toyota.com.my

Mercedes redefines luxury and performance with new S-class line-up

Luxury is defined by many things – status, comfort, power but Mercedes-Benz, the premier brand of luxury cars for time immemorial aims to encompass all this and redefine the concept of luxury as we know it in their latest prestige S-Class 450 L luxury limousine which was launched alongside the S 560 Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe and the lushly appointed Mercedes-Maybach S-Class.

The new S-Class limousine is a work of love and an exercise in master craftsmanship with over 6,500 new components integrated into its design and a host of new features across the board on top of refreshed aesthetics.

The  S 450 L is locally assembled and runs on a 3.0l bi-turbo V6 petrol engine capable of delivering 367hp with 500Nm of torque with the ability to go from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds at a top speed of 250km/h. The capable engine is mated to a 9G-Tronic automatic transmission and the S450L has a host of premium features that include Active Distance Control DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist.

From within and without, the new S-Class has a surfeit of prestigious features in keeping with its status as one of Mercedes’ finest rides. Externally, it has a new radiator grill that has a trio of twin louvres sheathed in chrome and a series of vertical bars across the radiator grille. This is complemented by optional multibeam LED headlamps with excellent clarity in night or day. The rear also sports a redesigned lower bumper with integrated tailpipe trim finished in chrome which lends it a very distinctive look.

From the inside, the revamped S-Class has a pair of 12.3-inch high resolution displays that acts as a wide-screen cockpit with virtual instruments arrayed within easy line of sight with your choice of any of three different display styles – classic, sporty and progressive – that you can change to at your whim. Complementing this are touch control buttons in the steering wheel to manipulate the infotainment system safely without having to divert your attention from the wheel and the road. The new S-Class also has what they dub as Linguatronic voice control, which allows you to tweak cabin settings like the air conditioning, lighting and it even has a seat massage mode.

The new S-Class retails for RM699,888 OTR without insurance and with 0% GST. For a slightly higher RM705,888 you can acquire it with the designo paint option. Alternatively, you can opt for a three-year EaseCare Financing tenure that starts from RM8,888 a month with several perks that include flexible financing.

 

S 560 Cabriolet

Also launched at the same time was the S 560 Cabriolet that has a 4.0l biturbo V8 engine capable of delivering 469hp with 700Nm, while offering a smooth ride on account of full-support Airmatic air suspension.

 

Naturally, it also has the works including Swarovski crystals integrated into the headlamps, floating OLED taillights as well as a series of creature comforts that blend lighting, music and climate control into a harmonious whole. The S560 Cabriolet retails for RM1,310, 662 on the road without insurance and 0% GST.

 

Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe

If you’re looking for something zippier with a sportier look about it, the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe comes with S-Class comforts blended with supercar handling. Thrumming beneath a motorsport-inspired design that has AMG’s signature Panamericana grille enhanced with a sleek looking Jet Wing design on the front apron and air intakes is a 4.-l biturbo V8 engine by AMG capable of producing 612hp and an impressive 900Nm of torque mated to a nine-speed AMG Speedshift MCT gearbox capable of going from zero to a hundred km/h in just 4.2 seconds.

Naturally, such performance also requires a commensurately princely sum and the S 63 Coupe retails for RM1,461,605.60 on the road without insurance and 0% GST.

 

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

If you’re looking for something more, how shall we say, dignified and majestic looking, the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is the definitive automobile for you. Externally it has 20-inch wheels, a revamped grille with vertical struts as well as a decadently appointed interior with black nappa leather upholstery and optional trim inserts hewn of Magnolia wood. Powering the whole affair is your choice of either a V8 or V12 powered engine with prices starting from RM1.4 million depending on customisations requested.

Kia Stinger GT lands in Malaysia in two variants

One of Kia’s most anticipated rides is finally here in Malaysia and what a ride it is. The Kia Stinger is designed and inspired by the concept of being a bona fide gran turismo sports sedan and it aims to do so with a trifecta of speed, performance and comfort in every aspect of its design and specifications.

Externally, the Kia Stinger sports a distinctively eye-catching silhouette with sleek aerodynamic lines, recessed contours along the doors as well as a slightly tapered rear body, all of which are designed to ensure superb aerodynamics when on the road. Up front, the Stinger sports Kia’s distinctive ‘tiger-nose’ grilles flanked by full LED headlamps and a manly-looking, dark-chromed grille. To wit, the Stinger’s fetching good looks snagged it the EyesOn Design Award for Production Car Design Excellence at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in 2017; quite an achievement that.

To complete the picture, both the front and rear come with circular vents while the cabin itself sports your choice of either Nappa leather or natural leather depending on variant with 8-way power driver seats and 4-way mechanical lumbar support. The Kia Stinger also sports a 15-speaker Harman Kardon speaker system for some serious sound.

In terms of engine options, the Kia Stinger has your choice of either a 2.0L twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder Theta II T-GDI engine with 251hp@6,200rpm with 353Nm of torque from 1,400 – 4,00rpm that can to go from 0 to 100km/h in under six seconds. Things get ramped up considerably with the 3.3L twin-turbo V6 Lamba T-GDI engine variant which has the ability to go from zero to 100km/h in just 4.9 seconds and has 365hp@6,000rpm with 510Nm of torque from 1,300 – 4,500rpm. Fast? Heck yeah.

For Malaysia, Kia is shipping in two variants of the Kia Stinger, with the  3.3l V6 GT retailing for RM309,888 on the road sans insurance while the 2.0l GT-line retails for RM239,888 on the road without insurance. Both variants come in your choice of HiChroma Red, Deep Chroma Blue, Panthera Metal and Aurora Black.

The new 2018 Lexus LS 500 redefines luxury

The ultra lush Lexus marque made its first appearance some three decades ago and redefined luxury as we know it. While they appear in over 90 countries across the globe, their top-shelf Lexus LS series are all bespoke crafted by the marque’s finest craftsmen in only one location – the Lexus factory in Tahara, Japan. Their latest masterpiece, the all new 2018 Lexus LS 500 is now available for discerning clientele in Malaysia in three variants, each hewn to exquisite levels of craftsmanship to offer a luxurious driving experience.

The 2018 Lexus LS500 is the latest successor to the prestigious line and is the fifth generation of the Lexus LS series, with all the latest technological refinements as well as unprecedented new levels of luxury built within every inch of its chassis both from within and without.

Externally, the LS 500 has a dramatic and bold look on account of its mesh grille that hosts a unique spindle design that integrates front and rear lamps that flash sequentially for signalling. To offer exquisitely smooth handling, the chassis is integrated on Lexus’ GA-L (Global Architecture – Luxury) platform and is wider, longer and lower with a length of 3.125 metres, a lowered roofline by 15mm and a width of 1.9 metres.

Powering the LS500 Luxury and Executive variants is a new 3.5l V6 engine with twin turbochargers as well as tech and knowhow culled from from F1 racing  to offer 415hp with 600Nm of torque.

This is paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission that also incorporates AI-Shift control to optimise acceleration and braking for perfect shifts. The top-of-the-line Lexus LS 500 Executive Hybrid sports a petrol-electric hybrid setup with a similar 3.5l V6 engine augmented with two electric motors amd a lithium ion battery to offer a combined output of 354bhp at 6,600rpm and 350Nm of torque at 5,100rpm.

In order to offer strength and solidity without compromising its safety or luxurious aspects, the architecture has been rebuilt from the ground up with self-piercing rivets, high-strength adhesive bonding and laser screw welding while incorporating lightweight materials that include revolutionary steel alloys in critical areas and aluminium to create a frame that has 1.5 times the rigidity of steel with 50% less weight. Control and performance is made easier with the latest generation Vehicle Dynamics Integrated Management (VDIM) that efficiently manages a host of vehicle subsystems –  ABS, TRAC, VSC and EPS among them – like a virtuoso orchestra conductor.

Internally, the new Lexus LS 500 is a thing of exquisite luxury with interior lighting that evokes that of traditional Japanese lanterns as well as interior fittings inspired by Shimamoku wood patterns that are sensuous to the touch as well as hand-pleated upholstery. More discerning users can opt for Kiriko cut glass ornamentation to add a new level of luxury to their ride though this is limited to the top-tier LS500 and LS500h Executive variants only.

The front seats themselves are power adjustable in 28 ways whilst the rear seats can be adjusted in 22 different ways. Other accoutrements include keyless access, a Climate Concierge that automatically detects the body temperature of each occupant via infrared sensors and adjusts climate conditions accordingly, active noise cancelling, a custom-designed 23 speaker Mark Levinson tuned audio speaker system and an 11.6-inch 720p infotainment display.

The Lexus LS 500 series comes in three different variants in Malaysia, the LS 500 Luxury, the LS 500 Executive and the LS 500h Executive Hybrid with a choice of up to 11 exterior colours and 6 interior finishes depending on variant as well as two new exclusive paintjobs – Manganese Luster and a deep red Sonic Agate. Prices start from RM799,000 for the LS 500 Luxury model. The LS 500 Executive is priced at RM999,000 while the top-tier LS 500h Executive retails for RM1,459,000 with all prices on-the-road without insurance. For more on the new range swing by www.lexus.com.my