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  • In BEV-crazy China, plug-in hybrids are currently booming due to affordability and usability

    In the world’s largest car market, there’s a growing consumer preference for plug-in hybrids over conventional gasoline-powered vehicles and battery-electric vehicles (BEVs). According to a report by Bloomberg, a growing number of Chinese buyers are moving towards plug-in hybrids (PHEV) which are cheaper than BEV vehicles but still offer savings on daily commutes without the range anxiety on longer trips. This shift towards PHEVs is indicative of a larger movement within China's automotive secto

    ArvindArvind

    Feb 25, 2024

  • Don't own an EV? Why not rent a Ora Goodcat and experience it for yourself using the GoCar app

    GoCar Malaysia and Yinson GreenTech (YGT) have teamed up to provide the Ora Good Cat battery electric vehicle (BEV) through the GoCar Share programme. So now, you don’t have to own an EV just to experience it for a few hours or even a few days. The new collaboration is a part of both companies’ ongoing efforts to expand the accessibility of the EV experience to more Malaysians and promote the adoption of EVs in the country. Chief Executive Officer of GoCar Malaysia, Wong Hoe Mun said, “We are ex

    ArvindArvind

    Feb 25, 2024

  • Can the Smart #1 spark some joy in the EV landscape? We took a long drive to Penang to find out

    My first few moments with the Smart #1 Brabus were filled with laughter. My two driving companions were bemused as I was cackling non-stop throughout our lap around the Pinnacle Kart circuit in Subang Jaya. While the Smart #1 Brabus has as much pin-up potential as a picture of a pitted prune, its acceleration figures are deemed worthy among posterized supercars that plastered the bedroom walls of our younger days. Smart claims it can go from 0-100 km/h in 3.9 seconds and though I didn’t reach th

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Feb 24, 2024

  • 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e PHEV launched in Malaysia - est. RM 355k, up to 117 km pure EV range

    Here's the 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) that's just been launched in Malaysia. Locally-assembled (CKD) in Pekan, Pahang, here's three main things you should know: estimated prices begin from RM 355,000, deliveries begin in March 2024, and it replaces the C300 AMG Line. The C-Class price range for Malaysia is now as follows: C200 Avantgarde - RM 292,888 C300 AMG Line - RM 333,888 C350e AMG Line - est. RM 355,000 By virtue of being a plug-in hybrid (PHEV), naturally this is also

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 23, 2024

  • Malaysia is set to be South East Asia's first market to launch Jaecoo J7, coming H1 2024

    The Jaecoo J7 is set to launch in Malaysia in the first half of the year (H1 2024), and in doing so our country will also be the first to sell it within the South East Asian market. This comes after the model was previewed to local media and stakeholders on 3-January 2024, which also had the J8 - a future product for our market that will be announced in due time. Also read: Jaecoo J7 1.6 TGDI previewed in Malaysia - 197 PS/290 Nm, 2WD and AWD, launching mid-2024 Estimated prices for the J7 have

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 23, 2024

  • SST hike to 8%: Car prices bound to increase, says Sime Darby

    The upcoming rise in the sales and service tax (SST) from 6% to 8% beginning 1-March 2024 is projected to impact the pricing of newly distributed vehicles by Sime Darby Bhd, according to the company's Group Chief Executive Officer, Datuk Jeffri Salim Davidson, as reported by New Straits Times. Though this SST hike doesn't have a direct impact on car prices, it affects prices of car components by an additional two percent. The scope also expands to include logistics, meaning that costs to transpo

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 23, 2024

  • Charge your EV across borders, from Thailand to Singapore with the Gentari Go app

    Gentari has launched Gentari Go, a customer platform that integrates the company’s entire clean energy ecosystem into one easy-to-use application. Gentari Go is now activated in Malaysia with a regional rollout planned for Southeast Asia and India in 2024. Gentari Go is designed to be the companion for consumers looking to transition to clean energy. "Our aim is to become the platform of choice for every consumer starting their clean energy journey," stated Shah Yang Razalli, CEO of Gentari Gree

    ArvindArvind

    Feb 23, 2024

  • It's not everyday you can ride the Sora FCEV bus - 5 cool things to see and do at UMW Toyota's Beyond Zero event

    The mega makeshift building in Technology Park Malaysia (just behind Wisma Standard Chartered) tells a story of the scale of UMW Toyota Motor's Beyond Zero event, an all under-one-roof symposium of Toyota's multi-pathway sustainable mobility strategy and the products it entails. Happening from now all the way to 28-February 2024, the event houses displays and unique demonstrations with something for everyone. Here's 5 of the coolest things you can see (and do!) there this week: 1. Get up close t

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 23, 2024

  • MITI: Tax exemptions for BEVs to expire by 2025, Malaysia encourages BYD to invest in CKD production here

    Malaysia’s tax exemption (import and excise duty) for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) will expire as planned on 31-December 2025, and BEV manufacturers are encouraged to invest in local production, said Tengku Datuk Seri Utama Zafrul Minister of Investment, Trade & Industry, at the launch of the BYD Seal this morning. Tengku Zafrul said sales of BEVs have increased by more than four folds last year, from around 3,000 units in 2022 to 13,000 units in 2023. “I believe BYD’s brand registered the h

    HansHans

    Feb 22, 2024

  • Watch out Model 3 - BYD Seal launched in Malaysia, from RM 179k, up to 530 PS/670 Nm

    Sime Darby Beyond Auto, the official distributor of BYD cars in Malaysia, has launched the BYD Seal. Fully imported (CBU) from China, this model offers three variants with starting prices from: Premium RWD - RM 179,800 (RM 180,430 OTR without insurance) Performance AWD - RM 199,800 (RM 200,430 OTR without insurance) Starting with the Premium RWD variant, it gets an 82.5 kWh LFP Blade battery, offering an estimated range of 570 km (WLTP) and a 313 PS/360 Nm rear-mounted motor. The range-topping P

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 22, 2024

  • A Stellantis plug? Thailand's Prime Minister went to work in a Fiat Abarth 500e EV

    Thailand’s Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin surprised his colleagues yesterday when he turned up for work in a lime green Fiat Abarth 500e, driving the electric hatchback himself. The public relations stunt was timed with his chairing first meeting of a government committee on EV policies at Government House – the official name for Thailand’s offices of the Prime Minister and cabinet minister. "One of my joys is to drive sometimes. When I was a businessman, I drove. This car belongs to my daughte

    HansHans

    Feb 22, 2024

  • A clue to what's coming next? 2024 Toyota Alphard Hybrid, Vellfire Hybrid previewed in Malaysia

    UMW Toyota Motor's Beyond Zero event – running from now all the way to 28-February in Bukit Jalil – is perhaps the single best demonstration of Toyota's multi-pathway mobility strategy our nation has seen thus far, housing multiple interesting concept and production models under one roof. Interspersed among the Camry Hybrids and Mirais is this pair of the 2024 Toyota Alphard Hybrid and 2024 Toyota Vellfire Hybrid; the first time electrified variants of these popular people movers are seen in Mal

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Fuel Price Live Updates 22- to 28-February 2024: All prices remain

    Fuel price movements in Malaysia from 22- to 28-February 2024 are as follows: Fuel Price Update 22- to 28-February 2024 RON 95 RM 2.05 RON 97 RM 3.47 RON 100 RM 4.90 Diesel EURO 5 B10 RM 2.15 Diesel EURO 5 B7 RM 2.35 Follow fuel price live updates: Petrol Price Malaysia

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Toyota Camry Hybrid to make a comeback in Malaysia? Previewed at UMWT's Beyond Zero event

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is showcasing the Toyota Camry Hybrid at the ongoing Beyond Zero event, held at Technology Park Malaysia from today until 28-February. The hybrid variant shown at the event is a Thailand-imported unit, which has an Atkinson-cycle 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engine, producing 178 PS and 221 Nm, combined with an electronic CVT (E-CVT) and an electric motor delivering 120 PS and 202 Nm. This results in a total system output of 211 PS. Details on the specifications are scarce, wi

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Once claimed a rival to BMW; Chinese lux-EV maker HiPhi suspends production amidst dwindling sales

    Human Horizons, a Shanghai-based technology and mobility company, has suspended production operations of its HiPhi luxury EVs for at least six months, further highlighting ongoing challenges within the EV market as growth slows. HiPhi boarded up its factory and barred factory workers from entering its facility in Yancheng, north of Shanghai, beginning last Sunday, according to Automotive News Europe. Also read: This is not a spaceship but the HiPhi Z, an upcoming EV that wants to be the epitome

    ArvindArvind

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Embrace BEVs, and more - UMW Toyota's Beyond Zero event showcases multi-pathway approach to carbon neutral

    UMW Toyota Motor presented its Beyond Zero initiative, aligning with Toyota's global aim for Carbon Neutrality by 2050. The event, held at Technology Park Malaysia from today until 28-February, showcases the brand's commitment to sustainability. The initiative reflects UMWT's pledge to steer towards a sustainable and interconnected future, going beyond conventional automotive norms. Termed the multiple pathway approach towards Carbon Neutrality, it envisions a society where choices align with va

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Hold off that iX order - Lexus RZ 450e debuts in Malaysia, 313 PS, AWD, 440 km range

    The Lexus RZ is currently showcased at the Toyota Beyond Zero event, marking its first appearance in Malaysia. This exhibition highlights Toyota's multi-pathway approach to carbon neutrality, featuring a range of vehicles including hybrids (HEV), fuel cell (FCEV), hydrogen combustion, and battery-electric vehicles (BEV). We were told that plans are underway for its launch here, although a timeline was not given. Also, bear in mind that the specifications of the unit you see here in the photos ma

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Hyundai's Genesis rethinks BEV push; plans to launch first hybrid models in 2025 amid EV slowdown

    Hyundai is gearing up to introduce hybrid vehicles under its Genesis luxury brand next year, targeting consumers who are hesitant about making the full leap to full-electric vehicles, reports The Korea Economic Daily (KED). This strategic move by the Hyundai Group, which also encompasses Kia, aligns with companies like Toyota, which has achieved significant success with its hybrid models amidst a cooling BEV market. This unexpected market shift has seen declining incomes for BEV-only stalwarts l

    ArvindArvind

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Estimated price at RM 160k, Chery Omoda E5 EV bookings open - view it in showrooms starting this weekend

    Bookings for the Chery Omoda E5 electric vehicle (EV) is now open, and the model will be available for viewing in Chery showrooms nationwide beginning this Saturday, 24-February 2024. Slated to launch in March this year, the Chery Omoda E5's is estimated to be priced at circa RM 160,000. The model will join the ranks as the camaker’s third offering here, behind last year’s petrol-engined Omoda 5 and Tiggo 8 combustion-engine SUVs. The crux of it all is the all-important powertrain and range. Sit

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 21, 2024

  • HR-V size at WR-V prices - Chery Tiggo 5X launched in Indonesia, from equivalent of RM 82k

    At the ongoing Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS) 2024, PT Chery Sales Indonesia (CSI) officially launched the Chery Tiggo 5X in the archipelago. The compact crossover is also called the Tiggo 4 Pro in some international markets like Mexico, the Middle East, and South Africa. The Tiggo 5X is available in Indonesia in two variants - Classic which is priced at IDR 269 million (~RM 82k) and Champion which is priced at IDR 299 million (~RM 91k). Though the Tiggo 5X shares dimensions with B-se

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Feb 21, 2024

  • MAA: 65k new vehicles sold in Malaysia in Jan 2024, 31% higher than Jan 2023

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) announced that 65,499 new vehicles were sold in January 2024. While sales of the first month of 2024 were 31% higher compared to the same month last year (50,168 units), it was a 16% drop compared to last month. The final month of 2023 saw 78,398 units sold. MAA remarked December’s higher sales figures were due to companies ramping up delivery of vehicles to fulfil backlog orders along with year-end bargains. Production output also grew in Jan 2024 comp

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Feb 21, 2024

  • Saga EV? Iriz EV? Proton to launch up to 7 new electrified vehicles, to establish R&D centre in China too

    Proton is charging full-speed ahead in Malaysia's electrified vehicle arena, foremost by establishing a research & development (R&D) arena in Hangzhou, China, as well as introducing new home-grown and Geely-derived electric vehicles (EVs). Speaking at a media gathering in Kuala Lumpur earlier this evening, Proton's Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Li Chunrong said about the matter: "We will setup R&D centre in Hangzhou. Proton R&D centre. This is for home-grown models." "Later, also we will do new e

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Now called the Volvo EX40 and EC40, formerly known as the XC40 Recharge EV and C40

    Volvo Cars is making changes to its electric vehicle lineup, part of its strategy to transition to a fully electric car manufacturer by 2030. The company has announced a streamlined and standardised approach to naming its fully electric models. The fully-electric Volvo XC40 Recharge and C40 Recharge will now be known as the EX40 and EC40 respectively. This aligns them with Volvo's other electric models: the EX30, EX90, and EM90. Note that the XC40 name will still be used for internal combustion

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out Tesla's lineup at IOI City Mall

    If you’ve been wanting to get up close and personal with Tesla electric vehicles (EVs), head over to IOI City Mall right now. Happening from 20- to 26-February 2024, visitors are able to view the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y. One of the highlights of the event is the exhibit showcasing the body structure of the Model 3. Attendees can delve into the intricacies of Tesla's design philosophy, which underpins the car's 5-star safety ratings. The Tesla Model 3 has a body structure crafted from a blend o

    ShaunShaun

    Feb 20, 2024

  • After record high profits, Wall Street types now say Akio Toyoda may have been right all along

    The stark contrast between the falling income of battery electric vehicle-only (BEV) stalwarts like Tesla, Polestar, Nio, and Xpeng, versus the record earnings by companies with more varied product portfolios - Volvo, BYD, even supposedly BEV laggards like Toyota and Honda proves one thing – BEVs are the future, but manufacturers need profitable hybrids today to fund their BEV endeavours tomorrow. Manufacturers relying on a 100 percent BEV-only line-up are in for a very painful journey ahead. BY

    HansHans

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Coming soon: Fresh teaser of 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e PHEV drops, launching later this week

    This is it, the 2024 Mercedes-Benz C350e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has been teased on the company's social media page ahead of its imminent launch in Malaysia. Though the car itself is very much hidden in secrecy, news about the model isn't exactly what one might term a secret - last August, we broke news that the C350e is set to join the local ranks. Information ascertained from dealers then pinned it to replace the C300. Also read: Now is the perfect time to buy a W206 2023 Mercedes-Benz C300, her

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 20, 2024

  • All-new Prius, Sora FCEV bus, and more are in Malaysia! UMW Toyota's Beyond Zero event previews green mobility solutions

    UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) has introduced its Beyond Zero initiative, aligning with Toyota's global commitment to achieving carbon neutrality by 2050. This event, ongoing from 20- to 28-February 2024 at Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil, showcases initiatives underscoring the brand's dedication to sustainable and eco-friendly practices. The event encapsulates the company's goal to pave the way for a sustainable and interconnected future, extending beyond conventional automotive concepts

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Looking for a used BMW or MINI? Up to 500 certified pre-owned cars from BMW Premium Selection at Bukit Jalil in March

    The BMW Premium Selection (BPS) Showcase by BMW Malaysia is returning to the Bukit Jalil National Stadium this 1 - 3 March 2024. Up to 500 units of certified pre-owned BMW and MINI cars, as well as BMW Motorrad motorcycles will be on offer. Among the offers at the event are instant rebates of RM5,000 and up to 10% off Connected Drive upgrades. Instant financing pre-approval is also available, via BMW Engage by BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia. Certified pre-owned BMW and MINI vehicles come

    HansHans

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Up to 700 km range, myth or truth? 2025 Subaru Forester EV reportedly planned for next year, to share Toyota technology

    A short three months after the all-new 2024 Subaru Forester made its global debut late last year, the rumour mill churns with reports of a battery-electric variant of the popular SUV is set to make its debut very soon. Best Car Web's latest article states that the EV SUV could debut as soon as 2025, and is expected to feature improved interior space and all-wheel drive system. Most interestingly however, the report also states the purported Forester SUV "aims for a range of 700 km". Speculation,

    SanjaySanjay

    Feb 20, 2024

  • Securing Malaysia's EV infrastructure with blockchain, ACO Tech to partner with MARii and Geno

    ACO Tech, the joint venture between Proton, Altel Communications, and Geely-backed ECARX, entered a Memorandum of Collaboration (MoC) with Geno and the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii), with the aim of exploring blockchain applications for Malaysia’s Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure. Highly secure blockchain technology will be used to develop smart contracts, digital traceability management of supply chains, tokenomics solutions, and privacy protection technologies. ACO

    HansHans

    Feb 20, 2024

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