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  • GAC Aion opens first plant outside China in Thailand - To be production hub for global RHD markets

    GAC Aion has opened its Rayong plant in Thailand which is the Chinese battery electric vehicle (BEV) maker’s first facility outside China. The 85,000-square-metre assembly plant has an annual production capacity of 20,000 units but plans are in place to expand to 70,000 cars a year. The Rayong facility will produce cars not just for Thai domestic sales but will also serve as a hub for right-hand drive (RHD) markets around the world. Currently, Aion’s RHD markets are in Southeast Asia, namely Tha

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 17, 2024

  • From RM 430k, prices confirmed for all-new 2024 Porsche Macan EV in Malaysia, 4 variants

    Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has expanded the variant lineup for the second-generation 2024 Porsche Macan EV. It now includes two new variants: the base Macan and the Macan 4S, joining the existing Macan 4 and Macan Turbo that was previewed last month. All Macan variants are available for order, with expected delivery by the end of 2024. Below is an overview of all variants and pricing: Macan – RM 430,000 Battery: 100 kWh (95 kWh usable), NMC Motor: Rear-mounted, 340 PS (360 PS with overbo

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 17, 2024

  • Review: 2024 BMW iX2 xDrive30 M Sport - An accomplished Bavarian but a hard recommendation

    BMW did not invent the coupe-SUV crossover look but it helped popularise it, for better or worse. When the folks from Munich introduced the BMW X6 seventeen years ago, it caught the attention of rivals like Mercedes-Benz and Audi. Eventually, almost every other carmaker from Honda to Porsche presented their take on melding the sportiness of a coupe with the tall height of an SUV. Some stumbled and some succeeded but what was initially thought to be just a fad of the industry became a mainstay. B

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 17, 2024

  • Mercedes-Benz Malaysia conducts BEV emergency training program with Bomba to enhance preparedness

    Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has conducted a battery-electric vehicle (BEV) emergency training program in collaboration with the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba). The aim was to equip emergency responders with the necessary skills and knowledge to manage BEV-related incidents effectively. With the increasing adoption of BEVs across the country, the company is highlighting importance of specialised training for handling these vehicles in emergencies. Amanda Zhang, CEO & President of Merce

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 16, 2024

  • MAA reports 112% surge in Malaysia's BEV sales for first half of 2024, reaching 6,117 units

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) reported that 6,117 battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) were sold in the first half of 2024, marking a 112% increase from the same period last year, which recorded 3,117 units. Note that this figure does not include Tesla vehicles or grey import/reconditioned cars, as these are not MAA members. This exclusion accounts for the discrepancy between MAA's figures and the registration data from the Road Transport Department (JPJ). Total electrified vehicle (xEV

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 16, 2024

  • Cheaper than City, GAC Aion ES BEV sedan previewed in Indonesia ahead of GIIAS 2024 launch

    In April, GAC Aion announced plans to launch in Indonesia as well as set up a local assembly (CKD) plant in the country by the end of the year. Indonesia will be the third ASEAN market to introduce the battery electric vehicle (BEV) brand after Thailand and Malaysia. Ahead of its expected launch at this year’s Gaikindo Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) which is happening this week (18-28 July), GAC Aion gave the Indonesian media a preview of one of its upcoming models. The Aion ES is an

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 15, 2024

  • BEVs from Korea to become more affordable by 2027 with reconditioned batteries

    Battery electric vehicles (BEVs) in Korea are expected to become affordable as they feature reconditioned batteries from 2027, The Korea Herald reports. This initiative is part of the Korean government’s strategy to support the used battery industry. In a meeting chaired by South Korea's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Finance Choi Sang-mok, the Korean government introduced a plan to address the environmental challenge posed by waste batteries. This plan includes new regulation

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 15, 2024

  • Bridgestone develops bespoke BEV tyres for Maserati Grecale Folgore - Potenza Sport Enliten

    Bridgestone has been selected by Maserati to develop bespoke tyres for its first all-electric SUV, the Maserati Grecale Folgore. Following collaborations for the Maserati MC20 and the Maserati Grecale, Maserati turned to Bridgestone for a tyre to enhance the performance of its new electric SUV. Bridgestone provided the bespoke-developed Bridgestone Potenza Sport Enliten tyres, which are engineered to deliver superior handling in both dry and wet conditions. These tyres are designed to meet the s

    ShaunShaun

    May 23, 2024

  • Thailand launches Zeekr X, from an equivalent of RM 153k, up to 428 PS/543 Nm, 540 km

    The Zeekr X has been launched in Thailand with two variants on offer. Prices start from THB 1.19 million (around RM 153k) for the Standard variant and THB 1.349 million (around RM 174k) for the Flagship variant. The Zeekr X sits on Geely’s Scalable Electric Architecture (SEA) platform, which also underpins the Smart #1. The Standard variant gets a rear-mounted electric motor that makes 272 PS/343 Nm, while the range-topped features a dual-motor system producing 428 PS/543 Nm. Both variants featu

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 12, 2024

  • BMW Group Malaysia confirms prices for all-new U25 gen 2024 MINI Countryman - from RM 266k

    Earlier in May, BMW Group Malaysia launched the all-new U25 generation 2024 MINI Countryman with an estimated price of RM 260,000. Today, confirmed prices are finally announced. The prices are: MINI Countryman SE ALL4 (66.5 kWh, up to 432 km): RM 266,288 MINI JCW Countryman ALL4 (2.0-litre turbocharged B48 engine): RM 401,988 The prices above are inclusive of the 4-year extended warranty and service package. To recap, the all-new U25 generation Countryman is now offered in two powertrain options

    HansHans

    Jul 12, 2024

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