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BMW iX and iX3 in Malaysia – full gallery of electric SUVs, Sport and Impressive, priced at RM319k-RM397k

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:42:19 +0000

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BMW iX xDrive40 Sport (left), iX3 M Sport Impressive (right)

At long last, we managed to snag the BMW iX and iX3 in their range-topping Sport and M Sport Impressive trims, giving us a good look at both cars out in the open air. This gives us a good opportunity to put Munich’s two electric SUVs side-by-side for a full gallery, which you can peruse below.

Sitting as the entry into electric BMW ownership (well, until the iX1 arrives), the iX3 can be had under the RM300,000 mark, although this Impressive variant carries a price tag of RM318,609, The larger iX in its sportier, um, Sport form is yours for RM396,714.

Both figures are on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of a two-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty. You can, of course, get these cars with the full six-year warranty and service package, which will bump the prices to RM334,249 and RM415,084 respectively.

These numbers also include the sales and service tax (SST) rebate valid for another three days; they will increase to RM328,160 and RM407,430 from July 1 onwards, or RM343,800 and RM425,800 with the warranty and service package. A Power Package, which adds a 22 kW BMW i Wallbox AC charger and a Type 2 charging cable, costs an additional RM5,000 on the iX3 and RM4,600 on the iX.

BMW iX xDrive40 Sport (left), iX3 M Sport Impressive (right)

Let’s start with the more expensive of the two, the iX. We’ve shot the regular xDrive40 before (you can watch the video review here), but this is the first time we’ve gotten our hands on the Sport. The more aggressive front and rear bumpers – the former with triangular black panels, the latter with a body-coloured diffuser – are unique to this car, as are the gloss black body cladding and larger 22-inch Style 1020 two-tone alloy wheels.

Inside, the minimalist cabin has been dressed up with black headlining, a Sky Lounge panoramic glass sunroof, crystal glass switchgear (including the iDrive rotary dial) and open pore decorative trim. The Mocha or Black Sensatec faux leather upholstery and Gold Bronze interior accents continue to be part of the standard specification.

Other bits of kit unique to the Sport are Laserlight headlamps with blue detailing, blue brake callipers, a 360-degree camera system and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. These add to the iX’s standard equipment, which include keyless entry, push-button start, four-zone automatic climate control, power-adjustable front seats with driver’s side memory, a Qi wireless charger, park assist and the BMW Curved Display that incorporates a 12.3-inch instrument display and 14.9-inch infotainment touchscreen.

The Sport variant retains the xDrive40’s mechanicals, with twin electric motors developing a sum total o 240 kW (326 PS) and 630 Nm of torque. So equipped, the X will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in 6.1 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 200 km/h. A 76.6 kWh lithium-ion battery provides a range of 425 km on the WLTP cycle.

BMW iX xDrive40 Sport (left), iX3 M Sport Impressive (right)

The iX accepts up to 11 kW of AC charging, meaning that it won’t be able make full use of the optional wallbox’s output; a full charge takes seven hours and 15 minutes. The car will also support up to 150 kW of DC fast charging, filling the battery from 10% to 80% in 31 minutes.

Now, let’s move on to the iX3. Imported from the BMW Brilliance plant in Shenyang, China, it’s powered by a single rear motor producing 210 kW (286 PS) and 400 Nm, enabling it to get from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds before topping out at 180 km/h.

While the 73.8 kWh lithium-ion battery is smaller than that of the iX, its lighter weight and lower power allow it to be more efficient, with a range of between 453 and 461 km on the WLTP cycle. Despite its slightly smaller capacity, the pack actually takes a little longer to charge than the iX’s – around seven and a half hours with 11 kW of AC power, or 32 minutes with a 150 kW DC fast charger.

The iX3 is based on the facelifted X3 and, like its Malaysian-spec petrol siblings, comes with the M Sport package as standard. The Impressive variant is again set apart via Laserlight lamps and larger wheels (20-inch Style 890 M rollers here), plus acoustic glass front side windows, gesture control, a 16-speaker, 464-watt Harmon Kardon sound system, a 360-degree camera system and IconicSounds Electric driving sounds.

Otherwise, the standard specification is identical to the lower-end Inspiring and includes keyless entry, push-button start, Vernasca leather upholstery, a Sensatec-wrapped dashboard, brushed aluminium trim, galvanic silver switchgear, adaptive dampers, power-adjustable front seats with heating and driver’s side memory, triple-zone automatic climate control, a Qi wireless charger, a panoramic glass sunroof, park assist and a hands-free powered tailgate.

Impressively (pun completely intended), both cars you see here come with the full Driving Assistant Professional package, offering autonomous emergency braking, evasive steering assist, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. A tyre pressure monitoring system and adaptive high beam are also standard-fit.


GALLERY: BMW iX xDrive40 Sport in Malaysia
GALLERY: BMW iX3 M Sport Impressive in Malaysia

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BMW iX and iX3 in Malaysia – full gallery of electric SUVs, Sport and Impressive, priced at RM319k-RM397k


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Dari Proton/Perodua hingga Merc/BMW, stok tersedia di myTukar Auto Fair 2022 – 1-3 Julai, Puchong South

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 12:03:00 +0000

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Nak beli kereta baru ok, tapi dah tanya berapa lama tempoh menunggu sebelum dapat kereta yang ditempah itu? Ketika ini, dengan banyak masalah yang dihadapi oleh industri automotif memberi kesan kepada bekalan cip dan alatan kepada hampir semua pengeluar. Tambah memburukkan keadaan, permintaan juga semakin tinggi selepas tempoh pandemik sebelum ini. Tak lupa kepada pengecualian SST yang bakal berakhir hujung bulan ini.

Persoalan utama jika anda ingin membeli kereta dalam masa terdekat ini adalah, “ada stok atau tidak?” Namun, anda boleh jimat masa jika mengalihkan pilihan itu kepada kenderaan terpakai, yang boleh dibawa balik terus jika ada yang berkenan.

Untuk kereta terpakai, tak ada tempat lain yang lebih menarik selain di myTukar Auto Fair 2022, yang akan berlangsung dari 1-3 Julai ini bertempat di myTukar Retail Experience Centre in Puchong South. Akan tersedia pelbagai jenis dan model kenderaan terpakai, semuanya dengan lanjutan jaminan dan pakej servis percuma untuk kelegaan pelanggan.

Ketika acara, akan ada lebih daripada 1,000 unit kenderaan dengan myTukar Certified, baik dari jenama seperti Proton dan Perodua hinggalah kepada kereta premium Continental dari jenama seperti Mercedes-Benz dan BMW. Ada banyak pilihan, dan semua unit kenderaan itu telah pun melalui pemeriksaan 160-poin; ini untuk memastikan tiada perubahan dilakukan terhadap meter, tidak pernah terlibat dalam kemalangan besar, kebakaran atau pun ada kerosakan akibat banjir.

Untuk kelegaan fikiran pelanggan, semua kenderaan ini telah diberikan myTukar Certified dan telah melalui pemeriksaan 160-poin untuk memastikannya bebas daripada sebarang masalah, kemalangan teruk, serta kerosakan akibat kebakaran atau banjir.

Selain itu, semua kenderaan dengan myTukar Certified telah diberikan baik pulih menyeluruh untuk memastikan keadaanya seperti baru. Setiap kereta ada rekod sejarah yang jelas, diperiksa setiap aspeknya termasuk bahagian enjin — tiada ada satu pun yang abaikan untuk memastikan kualiti pemanduan, dan tanpa sebarang kemalangan teruk atau pernah terlibat dalam banjir. Pemeriksaan 160-darjah termasuklah enjin, stereng, brek dan suspensi, transmisi dan klac, luaran dan dalaman, serta yang terakhir bawah badan dan bawah hud.

myTukar mempunyai pusat baik pulih canggih miliknya sendiri untuk melakukan kerja yang berkaitan terhadap kenderaan. Semua aspek luaran dan dalaman kenderaan, termasuk ciri elektroniknya, akan melalui baik pulih atau diperkemas mengikut standard “myTukar Certified Pre-Owned”. Baik pulih dilakukan di bawah pematuhan piawaian ketat kerana myTukar sentiasa mengutamakan keselamatan pelanggan.

Sebagai tambahan, setiap pembelian myTukar disertakan sekali dengan lanjutan jaminan selama setahun dan dua servis percuma, tawaran yang jarang diberikan untuk kereta terpakai. Dan, sekiranya anda berdepan sebarang masalah atau bertukar fikiran tentang kenderaan yang dibeli, anda hanya perlu pulangkannya tanpa sebarang pertanyaan diajukan kepada anda — melalui polisi jaminan pulangan wang lima-hari yang diberikan.

Urusan pembelian kenderaan menjadi sangat mudah kerana myTukar Experience Centres merupakan pusat sehenti yang memastikan perjalanan anda untuk membeli kenderaan berlangsung dengan mudah dan tidak rumit. Semua urusan dari pemeriksaan Puspakom, pendaftaran JPJ, permohonan pinjaman hinggalah kepada insuran, semuanya diuruskan oleh syarikat ini.

Jika anda membeli kenderaan di acara ini nanti, ganjaran sehingga RM800,000 juga menanti! Pembeli berpeluang untuk memenangi perjalanan ke Sydney, Australia dengan semua kos ditanggung. Anda juga akan menerima tawaran istimewa, seperti kadar faedah pinjaman serendah 1.88% untuk 150 tempahan pertama serta peluang untuk memenangi baucar dengan nilai sehingga RM1,000 melalui promosi Spin & Win.

Tidak lupa juga ada hadiah bernilai RM12,000 untuk cabutan bertuah eksklusif untuk dimenangi. Ini termasuklah iPhone 13, sebuah iPad, sebuah konsol Playstation, SmarTV Android, pembersih hampagas Xiomi Mi Robot serta pam air Karcher dan mesin kopi Nescafe Dolce Gusto.

Trak makanan turut akan berada di lokasi, jadi pengunjung boleh menikmati makanan dan minuman pilihan mereka dengan mudah. Prosedur penghindaran Covid-19 juga perlu diamalkan — pelitup muka adalah wajib sepanjang masa, tetapi penjarakan fizikal tidak lagi wajib. Kru acara akan kerap membersihkan keseluruhan lokasi serta permukaan yang kerap disentuh seperti kereta dan kemudahan umum untuk memastikan keselamatan terjamin.

myTukar Retail Experience Centre di Puchong South terletak di tepi LDP (Lot 14225, KM 3.8) sebelum plaza tol Puchong Barat, jika anda datang dari IOI Mall dan Bandar Puteri. Sebelum tol, di sebelah kiri anda. Kotak oren misteri yang dilihat di myTukar Plentong juga akan berada di beberapa kawasan seluruh negara, imbas untuk tahu lebih lanjut!

Maklumat lanjut boleh didapati melalui laman web rasmi myTukar, atau layari pilihan luas kenderaan yang ada ketika ini di inventori myTukar dan lihat tawaran yang diberikan. Datanglah ke myTukar Auto Fair at the myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South dari 1-3 Julai nanti, 9.30 pagi hingga 9 malam setiap hari.

Anda juga boleh menghubungi saluran berikut:

Telefon : 03-7890 4499
WhatsApp : +6018-2249999
Emel: cs@mytukar.com

myTukar Retail Experience Centre – Puchong South
Lot 14225, KM 3.8,
Lebuhraya Damansara–Puchong,
47100 Puchong, Selangor.

*Tertakluk kepada terma dan syarat.

The post Dari Proton/Perodua hingga Merc/BMW, stok tersedia di myTukar Auto Fair 2022 – 1-3 Julai, Puchong South appeared first on Paul Tan's Automotive News.

Dari Proton/Perodua hingga Merc/BMW, stok tersedia di myTukar Auto Fair 2022 – 1-3 Julai, Puchong South


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MBPP tebang 19 pokok kelapa, elak insiden buah kelapa gugur atas pengguna jalan raya berlaku lagi

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 11:03:09 +0000

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Selepas tular video berdurasi 28 saat memaparkan seorang pemboceng motosikal terjatuh akibat terkena buah kelapa yang gugur dari pokok di tepi jalan didakwa berlaku di Pulau Pinang semalam, hari ini Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang (MBPP) telah menjalankan operasi untuk menebang pokok-pokok kelapa di kawasan berlakunya insiden tersebut.

Menurut Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Bayan Lepas, Azrul Mahathir Aziz dalam laporan Berita Harian, kerja-kerja menebang 19 pokok kelapa yang dikenal pasti berisiko mengancam keselamatan pengguna jalan di Jalan Teluk Kumbar berkenaan membabitkan 15 petugas MBPP serta dua jentera angkat atau skylift bermula jam 2.45 petang tadi.

“Bermula dengan 11 pokok yang kita kenal pasti pagi tadi telah meningkat kepada 19 pokok setakat ini dan mungkin juga bilangannya boleh bertambah lagi dengan radius pemerhatian kami sejauh lebih 1 kilometer. Kami berharap urusan menebang kesemua pokok itu selesai lewat petang ini bagi memberi keyakinan kepada pengguna untuk menggunakan jalan itu,” katanya dalam laporan akhbar tersebut.

Azrul turut menyatakan bahawa kesemua pokok kelapa dari Jalan Teluk Kumbar hingga Jalan Sungai Batu terbabit berada di atas tanah milik MBPP yang dijadikan rizab jalan selain tanah milik persendirian, namun buat masa ini pihaknya tidak menerima bantahan pemilik pokok berkenaan dan kebanyakan pokok kelapa itu hanya dibiarkan tanpa dijaga rapi atau dikutip hasil oleh pemiliknya.

Berita Harian turut menyebut bahawa selepas melakukan tinjauan, operasi menebang kesemua pokok terbabit agak mencabar kerana ia membabitkan laluan yang agak sibuk menghubungkan Teluk Kumbar dan Balik Pulau dengan satu lorong jalan terpaksa ditutup sehingga menyebabkan kesesakan di jalan terbabit.

Laporan akhbar berkenaan turut menyatakan bahawa mangsa yang terlibat dalam insiden semalam itu mengalami kecederaan parah dan kini sedang menjalani rawatan di Hospital Pulau Pinang.

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MBPP tebang 19 pokok kelapa, elak insiden buah kelapa gugur atas pengguna jalan raya berlaku lagi


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JPJ kesan 55,000 pemilik benarkan individu tanpa lesen pandu kenderaan mereka dari Jan-Mei 2022

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:58:24 +0000

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Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ) telah merekodkan sejumlah 55,000 kesalahan melibatkan pemilik kenderaan yang membenarkan pemandu tiada lesen membawa kenderaan mereka direkodkan di seluruh negara dari Januari hingga Mei tahun ini.

Menurut Timbalan Ketua Pengarah (Perancangan dan Operasi) JPJ Aedly Fadly Ramli, pihaknya kesal dengan sikap ambil mudah sesetengah masyarakat yang berterusan melakukan kesalahan tersebut tanpa memikirkan risiko serta bahaya kepada pengguna jalan raya lain, laporan Bernama.

“Menurut pemerhatian dan analisis terkini JPJ, tiada perubahan sikap dan tanggungjawab yang ketara dalam kalangan pemilik kenderaan tentang perkara itu dalam tempoh empat tahun kebelakangan ini.

“Ia boleh dilihat dengan jelas apabila direkodkan 347,300 pemilik kenderaaan didapati membenarkan individu tiada lesen membawa kenderaan mereka dari Januari 2019 hingga Mei tahun ini,” katanya.

Tambah beliau, kebanyakan kesalahan melibatkan ahli keluarga terutama ibu bapa yang membenarkan anak-anak termasuk di bawah umur memandu tanpa lesen dengan pelbagai alasan tidak munasabah.

Justeru, pihaknya mengingatkan orang awam supaya mengambil serius perkara berkenaan kerana pemilik yang ingkar boleh dikenakan tindakan mengikut Seksyen 26 (1) Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987 iaitu denda tidak kurang RM300 dan maksimum RM3,000 atau dipenjara sehingga tiga bulan atau kedua-duanya sekali.

“Selain itu JPJ juga boleh mengambil tindakan lebih tegas kepada pemilik kenderaan melalui tindakan penyitaan mengikut Seksyen 64 (1) Akta Pengangkutan Jalan 1987,” katanya.

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JPJ kesan 55,000 pemilik benarkan individu tanpa lesen pandu kenderaan mereka dari Jan-Mei 2022


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Sebahagian Lebuhraya KL-Karak laluan Lentang ditutup 11 malam ini untuk kerja pembinaan ECRL

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:47:10 +0000

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ANIH Berhad, pengendali Lebuhraya Kuala Lumpur–Karak (KLK) mengumumkan penutupan menutup sebahagian lebuhraya berkenaan untuk kedua-dua arah selama 30 minit dari jam 11 malam ini bagi memudahkan kerja-kerja pembinaan ECRL.

Menurut Pengurus Besar Kanan ANIH Berhad, Puan Radzimah Mohd Radzi, penutupan itu bertujuan memudahkan laluan jentera berat yang terlibat dengan pembinaan terowong ECRL di Genting.

“Laluan di kedua-dua arah Lebuhraya KLK akan ditutup sepenuhnya dari KM55.35 sehingga KM 55.85 (Lentang) bagi memastikan tiada kejadian yang tidak diingini berlaku. ANIH Berhad ingin menasihati pengguna untuk merancang perjalanan dan jika perlu, mempercepatkan atau menangguhkan perjalanan mereka”, katanya menerusi kenyataan yang dikeluarkan hari ini.

Tambah beliau, selepas jam 11.30 malam ini, hanya laluan lorong kiri akan dibuka dikedua-dua arah kepada para pengguna. ANIH Berhad menjangkakan laluan akan dibuka sepenuhnya di semua arah pada pukul 5 pagi, 28 Jun (Selasa).

Radzimah juga ingin mengingatkan semua untuk memandu dengan berhemah dan mematuhi arahan petugas dilokasi serta memastikan keadaan kenderaan mereka sentiasa dalam berkeadaan optimum sebelum memulakan perjalanan mereka.

Untuk maklumat lebih lanjut, tepat dan terkini, sila rujuk laman sosial rasmi Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia/ANIH Berhad di Twitter @LLMTrafik @LPTTrafik dan Facebook @Lembaga Lebuhraya Malaysia @Lebuhraya Pantai Timur atau hubungi talian hotline LLM di 1800-88-7752 dan LPT di 1-700-818-700.

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Sebahagian Lebuhraya KL-Karak laluan Lentang ditutup 11 malam ini untuk kerja pembinaan ECRL


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2022 Mercedes-AMG A35 Sedan and GLA35 teased for Malaysia – both to launch soon as CKD models?

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:30:39 +0000

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It looks like Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is gearing up to reinforce its AMG line-up, as the company has teased not one but two models on its social media pages.

On Facebook, we find a silhouette of what looks like the V177 A 35 4Matic Sedan, which initially arrived as a fully-imported (CBU) model back in September 2019. The performance compact sedan will likely be reintroduced as a locally-assembled (CKD) model this year, with a previous dealer posting (now taken down) hinting at such back in May this year.

The current, non-AMG A-Class variants, namely the A 200 Progressive Line and A 250 AMG Line, are already CKD offerings as of October last year, with both recently being revised for the 2022 model year. The A 35 is visually differentiated from them by its twin-louvre grille (the non-AMG variants have a single louvre instead) and increased performance.

The latter is a result of its M260 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that supplies 306 PS (302 hp) and 400 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a seven-speed AMG Speedshift 7G dual-clutch transmission and AMG Performance 4Matic all-wheel drive system, which allows for a 0-100 km/h time of 4.8 seconds.

The A 35 is currently unlisted on MBM’s official website, but prior to its removal, the CBU version was priced at RM336,278 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of the SST exemption. In CKD form, we expect the price tag to drop closer to the RM300,000 mark. Perhaps RM306k for 306PS?

Meanwhile on Instagram, MBM posted an image of an SUV, which, based on the design of the DRL graphic, points towards the GLA. The Panamericana grille is an indicator that this is the H247 GLA 35 4Matic, which made its global debut in December 2019.

Like the A-Class Sedan, the current GLA range is also CKD and consists of two variants, including the GLA 200 Progressive Line and GLA 250 AMG Line (both were also updated recently). The GLA 35 will be the newcomer to the line-up, although it’s uncertain if it will arrive as a CKD model seeing how it was never even offered here in the first place, even as a CBU. MBM has offered AMG versions of its sedan and SUV models that are CKD in the past, so there’s a high possibility that it will happen for the GLA 35.

In terms of mechanicals, the GLA 35 shares the same M260 engine and AMG Performance 4Matic system with the A 35, although the transmission is an eight-speed AMG Speedshift 8G DCT dual-clutch transmission. It’s slightly slower in the century sprint too, taking 5.1 seconds.

The Panamericana grille is also fitted to the GLA 45, which is another model that hasn’t made it to our shores. We’re still leaning towards the performance SUV teased being the GLA 35 for now, as the vehicle depicted in the image lacks a rear wing. With the GLA 45, the rear wing is part of the AMG Aerodynamics Package, which was specified for previous iterations of the X156 GLA 45 launched in Malaysia, and it’s not likely MBM will exclude it if it does plan to launch the latest GLA 45.

In any case, we’ll have to wait for the company to provide more details, but are you looking forward to potentially more affordable AMG models in Malaysia? Which one is more appealing? The A 35 or GLA 35?

GALLERY: V177 Mercedes-AMG A 35 4Matic Sedan (CBU)

GALLERY: H247 Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4Matic

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smart #1 on sale in China – EV SUV with up to 560 km range, RM120k-RM149k price, Brabus version teased

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:57:10 +0000

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Two months after the order books were opened, the smart #1 has officially gone on sale in China with the official announcement of prices. The car, which is both the company’s first SUV and its first dedicated electric vehicle, is slightly cheaper than previously expected, with all models retailing under the 230,000 yuan (RM151,500) mark.

In fact, a new entry-level Pure+ variant has been added to drop the price to 181,600 yuan (RM119,600). The Pro+, meanwhile, is more expensive than its pre-sale estimate of 190,000 yuan (RM125,200) suggested, costing 196,600 yuan (RM129,500). The Premium+ tops the range at 226,600 yuan (RM149,300).

All models are powered by the same rear-mounted electric motor, producing 200 kW (272 PS) and 343 Nm of torque, enabling it to get from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds. Also fitted to all variants is a 66 kWh lithium-ion battery, providing a range of 535 km on the CLTC cycle.

The Premium+ is slightly more efficient thanks to silicon carbide being employed in the motor (likely in the inverter), enabling it to travel an extra 25 km at 560 km. China’s test cycle is clearly more lenient than the WLTP, on which the #1 managed a range of only 439 km.

Charging the #1’s battery to 80% takes seven and a half hours using a 7.5 kW AC wallbox, although European models can support up to 22 kW of charging power that will slash the time needed to under three hours. The car can also accept up to 150 kW of DC fast charging that can fill the battery in just 30 minutes.

The #1 is the first product of a joint venture between Geely and Mercedes-Benz, riding on the former’s Sustainable Electric Architecture (SEA) and exhibiting the latter’s design. As such, the pebble-smooth aesthetic has shades of Stuttgart’s own creations, with details that include full-width LED head- and taillights, a trapezoidal front air intake with contrasting surrounding trim, flush door handles and a “floating roof” with an inset smart badge.

Inside, the #1 features a pill-shaped dashboard that flows into the tall “floating” centre console. The cabin is dominated by large 12.8-inch touchscreen, incorporating a globe-style “Inspiration Planet” interface with video game-style low-polygon elements (including a fox avatar as part of its voice control system, which is claimed to be able to learn the user’s voice using artificial intelligence).

The operating system runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8155 processor and pumps music through an optional 13-speaker Beats sound system. A slim 9.2-inch instrument display and an available ten-inch head-up display are also fitted, while a smart car smartphone app (confusing, I know) allows users to access vehicular functions and other services remotely, such as playing a light and music show on the outside.

Other features include six-way power-adjustable seats (with heating and ventilation), dual-zone automatic air conditioning, a large panoramic glass roof, Qi wireless charging and a hands-free powered tailgate. There’s even a vehicle-to-load (V2L) function that allows the car to charge another electric vehicle at up to 3.3 kW.

smart is offering several incentives to early-bird customers, including rebates of up to 12,000 yuan (RM7,900), a lifetime powertrain warranty, a 7.2 kW wallbox charger (also designed by Mercedes) and a gift package for those who order before September 30.

As part of the launch, the company also previewed a high-performance version of the #1, featuring twin nostrils ahead of the bonnet edge. This matches the rumoured Brabus variant that was spied in April, reportedly producing 299 kW (406 PS) from twin electric motors that provide all-wheel drive.

The #1’s Chinese-market launch is just the start – the car will also go on sale in the United Kingdom starting in December. It will make its Malaysian-market debut soon after, with Proton Edar being appointed as the local distributor for the smart brand.

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2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder teased in India – mild/full-hybrid B-SUV developed by Maruti Suzuki

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:53:11 +0000

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Here’s the first official look at the new Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which has been teased in India ahead of an expected world debut on July 1.

The Hyryder is a B-segment SUV that sits above the Urban Cruiser, Toyota’s smallest SUV in India, a sub-4m car based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. The UC Hyryder will be longer than four metres and will compete in a rather crowded segment that includes the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, MG Hector and local player Tata Harrier.

The image and video teasers show glimpses of the Hyryder’s exterior, as well as bits of the interior and features. It’s clear that the Hyryder will be available as a hybrid, and the ‘self-charging hybrid electric SUV’ is of the proven conventional variety, and not a plug-in. The front end has the two-tier light layout made popular by Hyundai, with the main beam sitting below slim LED signatures on the top level.

We also a glimpse of the Hyryder’s rear end, which sports chrome “wings” for the Toyota badge and double C-shaped LEDs. The inner ones have a long tail that point to the number plate recess, which is on the tailgate. Those multi-branch two-tone wheels look familiar, like the 17-inch items we had with our 2019 C-HR update.

A second video teaser shows the Hyrider’s air con switched on remotely via a phone app, which pre-cools the car before your entry. The AC itself is a single-zone automatic unit with a digital display. Sharp silver borders of the centre stack can be seen, hinting at a very sculptured dashboard. We also see stitching on the two-tone dash and a floating-style infotainment screen.

Full-hybrid aside, Toyota says that the Hyryder will also be sold in mild-hybrid form, with the system provided by Suzuki, its capital alliance partner and regular collaborator in India.

“By bringing together strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realisation of a carbon-neutral society in India,” Toyota said.

Toyota also announced that both companies will start production of a “new SUV model developed by Suzuki” at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) from August, and that Maruti Suzuki will have its own version of this SUV. The two companies are planning to export the new model, including to Africa.

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Pekerja di Lembah Kelang dianggar luang masa dalam kereta 44 jam sebulan disebabkan kesesakan trafik

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:30:55 +0000

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Keadaan trafik di jalan raya semakin teruk sejak baru-baru ini dan menurut Pensyarah Kanan Pusat Pengajian Kimia dan Persekitaran Fakulti Sains Gunaan, Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Dr Ismaniza Ismail, ia boleh memberi pelbagai kesan negatif kepada pengguna jalan raya.

Beliau memberitahu perkara ini kepada Harian Metro, sambil mengatakan bahawa setiap hari, mereka yang berulang-alik ke tempat kerja terpaksa meluangkan masa kira-kira sejam ke dua jam di dalam kenderaan.

“Bayangkan berapa banyak masa terbuang setiap hari akibat kesesakan jalan raya. Katakan setiap pagi, seorang pekerja bangun awal untuk pergi ke tempat kerja dan pulang awal untuk mengelakkan kesesakan lalu lintas. Walaupun cukup lapan jam waktu bekerja harian, hakikatnya tetap ada sejam dua yang ‘hilang’ dalam perjalanan,” kata Ismaniza.

Beliau juga menambah bahawa perkara ini boleh memberi kesan kepada produktiviti. “Sekiranya purata gaji sejam ialah RM7, didarab dengan dua jam dan 22 hari bekerja, kerugian produktiviti dianggarkan RM308 sebulan yang ‘terbazir’ di atas jalan.

Selain daripada itu, Ismaniza juga mengaitkan pembaziran masa di dalam kenderaan waktu kesesakan ini dengan masalah fizikal, emosi dan mental seseorang individu, seterusnya memberi kesan kepada persekitaran bekerja.

Untuk mengatasi masalah ini, beliau antaranya mencadangkan waktu kerja fleksibel. “Minggu kerja fleksi yang menawarkan pilihan hari bekerja seperti yang diamalkan di banyak negara maju atau bekerja dari rumah juga adalah alternatif yang boleh meningkatkan produktiviti kerja kerana kurang risiko terperangkap dalam kesesakan. “Namun, ini tidak dapat dimanfaatkan oleh pekerjaan tertentu seperti guru yang tiada pilihan untuk keluar bekerja dan juga pengguna jalan raya yang menghantar anak ke sekolah,” kata beliau.

Naik taraf kualiti perkhidmatan awam sedia ada juga antara penyelesaian yang dibangkitkan. “Sudah tentu juga jadual perjalanan sesebuah pengangkutan awam itu perlu efisien, agar tidak jadi seperti lari dari mulut harimau, masuk ke mulut buaya,” kata Ismaniza.

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2022 Jaguar F-Pace facelift launched in Malaysia – 2.0L R-Dynamic; revised styling; Pivi Pro; from RM599k

Date: Mon, 27 Jun 2022 08:13:20 +0000

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Following the launch of the updated XF two weeks ago, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has now introduced the new Jaguar F-Pace facelift in Malaysia. The brand’s first SUV was revised back in 2020 and is arriving here in a sole variant, the 2.0L R-Dynamic, which retails at RM598,800 including 10% sales and service tax (SST), but before road tax registration and insurance.

Design changes made to the F-Pace begin at the front, where there are slimmer LED headlamps featuring a “double J” daytime running light signature to mimic recent Jaguar models. The grille also gets a new diamond mesh pattern for its insert, which has been brought further forward so it’s no longer recessed.

As for the rear, the tailgate has been slightly reshaped to accommodate slender LED taillights inspired by the I-Pace to emphasis the vehicle’s width, with the latter also incorporating Jaguar’s “chicane” lighting graphic.

The changes continue on the inside, where the F-Pace receives an entirely new dashboard architecture and centre console that are more angular in their design. More modern in appearance, key changes from the previous model include the new gear selector, which is now a short lever instead of a rotary dial.

Switching between the available drive modes (Comfort, Eco, Rain-Ice-Snow and Dynamic) can be done via a smaller dial beside the gear lever, while Configurable Dynamics enables drivers to set engine response, gearbox shift points and steering weight to suit their personal preferences.

Elsewhere, there’s an 11.4-inch curved-glass HD touchscreen sitting prominently below the centre air vents and above a new control panel for the dual-zone climate system with integrated displays. The larger touchscreen operates the more advanced Pivi Pro infotainment system that supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, with a wireless charging pad adding to convenience.

Other standard equipment that comes with the F-Pace are autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, cruise control with speed limiter, driver monitoring, along with other advanced driver assistance systems. Like its sedan sibling, the F-Pace also gets Active Road Noise Cancellation that generates an opposite phase sound wave to remove the noise heard by occupants from the exterior.

For power, the F-Pace comes with an Ingenium 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 250 PS and 365 Nm of torque, which is directed to all four wheels via a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. So configured, the SUV takes 7.3 seconds to get from 0-100 km/h.

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