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  • Fuel Price Live Updates 18- to 24-July 2024: All prices remain

    Fuel price movements in Malaysia from 18- to 24-July 2024 are as follows: Fuel Price Update 18- to 24-July 2024 RON 95 RM 2.05 RON 97 RM 3.47 RON 100 RM 5.00 Shell V-Power RM 6.20 Diesel EURO 5 B10 RM 3.35 Diesel EURO 5 B7 RM 3.55 Follow fuel price live updates: Petrol Price Malaysia

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 17, 2024

  • Goodbye Audi A4: All-new 2025 Audi A5 debuts as its replacement - no 2-door option

    The all-new 2025 Audi A5 has made its global debut. The big news is that the Audi A4 is now replaced by the A5 as part of Audi's new naming strategy. This strategy differentiates between electric and combustion-engine models, with even numbers for electric models and odd numbers for combustion engines. The 2025 Audi A5 is available in four variants: A5 Sedan, S5 Sedan, A5 Avant, and S5 Avant, all built on the new Premium Platform Combustion (PPC). And as the name suggests, the A5 is no longer a

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 17, 2024

  • 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

  • Rising interest in the Perodua Kancil amongst collectors: Will prices follow?

    Malaysian automotive icons are increasingly gaining interest among car enthusiasts and collectors. Like the Proton Saga before it, the humble Perodua Kancil once just a cheap means of transport, is notably witnessing a surge in interest amongst enthusiasts, resellers and collectors. And with rising interest, so too will prices, we suspect - you heard it here first. Why? Well it's nostalgia. For many 30- and 40-year-olds today, their families owned one, or perhaps it was the hand-me-down that too

    ArvindArvind

    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

  • E-invoicing will not impact 2024 vehicle sales, says MITI

    The Ministry of Investment, Trade and Industry (MITI) said that the forthcoming electronic invoicing (e-invoice) system, scheduled for next month, will not disrupt vehicle sales for 2024, according to a Bernama report. MITI's Minister, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, clarified that the e-invoice system will be implemented initially for companies with annual revenues over RM100 million, ensuring smaller vehicle sales companies remain unaffected. "In discussions with the Malaysia Automotive R

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 16, 2024

  • MAA, car dealers: E-invoicing to little impact on new car sales, except for A-segment models

    The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) welcomes the Inland Revenue Board of Malaysia’s (LHDN) move to implement e-invoicing in 1-August 2024. The new digital invoices will replace traditional paper-based invoices. The goal is to improve efficiency in recording financial transactions and facilitate real-time data collection. The adoption of e-invoicing will also close the loophole exploited by many car dealers in assisting customers to ‘over-finance’ their cars, by over-declaring the value of

    HansHans

    Jul 16, 2024

  • Get up to 50% discounts on insurance now when you buy from CARSOME

    During the major floods of 2021, vehicle losses in Malaysia were estimated to be around RM 1 billion, according to the Malaysian Department of Statistics. Without insurance, many vehicles would have been written off due to flood and mechanical damage, leaving thousands of owners in a difficult situation. Insurance is a crucial part of car ownership, protecting you and your vehicle from unforeseen incidents such as accidents, natural disasters, and legal liabilities against other road users. Howe

    ArvindArvind

    Jul 16, 2024

  • MAA revises TIV sales forecast for 2024, passenger car sales predicted up by 4.3% to 696k

    At a press conference today, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) announced that it has revised its sales forecast of Total Industry Volume (TIV) for 2024. Forecasted TIV for passenger vehicles in 2024 increased by 4.3% from 666,000 units to 696,150 units. However, the revised forecast figures show a 3.2% drop compared to 2023’s actual sales figures which set the highest record at 719,160 units. MAA revised TIV sales forecast 2024 Market segment 2024 (Original forecast) 2024 (Revised forec

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 16, 2024

  • 14 roads in KL to be closed on 20-July 2024 for installation ceremony of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong

    The Kuala Lumpur Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, led by Police Chief Datuk Rusdi Mohd Isa, has announced the closure of several major roads in the city in preparation for the installation ceremony of His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Ibrahim. The event will take place on Saturday, 20-July 2024, at Istana Negara. A total of 14 roads will be affected by these closures, which will be implemented in stages. The Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department will deploy

    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

  • Former Rolls-Royce design head found murdered in attempted robbery

    The automotive design world was shocked and saddened as it awoke to the news of the violent death of former Rolls-Royce design head, Ian Cameron. The Brit, aged 74, was stabbed to death in an attempted robbery at his home in Bavaria, Germany. Investigators suspected that the target was Cameron’s prized collection of expensive cars. German newspapers reported that the home’s surveillance cameras appeared to have been severed. Cameron was known as the man in charge of shaping the Rolls-Royce of to

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 16, 2024

  • Coming soon: Buy car parts directly on Carlist.my; iCar Asia and Denso Malaysia forge new partnership

    At the recent Speedfest 2024 event, the largest car gathering in Malaysia, iCar Asia and Denso Automotive Parts Malaysia signed a significant Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). This collaboration is set to offer high-quality Denso car parts for sale on Carlist.my, Malaysia’s largest and most trusted automotive portal. Soon, customers shopping for their next car on Carlist.my can also conveniently add Denso automotive parts to their virtual cart. Denso Malaysia's extensive parts catalogue ranges

    ArvindArvind

    Jul 16, 2024

  • Isuzu D-Max defies diesel subsidy cut, sales are up 58% in June 2024

    Demand for the Isuzu D-Max is unaffected by the rolling back of diesel subsidy. Isuzu Malaysia says sales of its popular D-Max, currently the second best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia after the Toyota Hilux, is up by 58% in June 2024, with 715 units registered. The sharp increase is driven by strong interest in the newly launched 2024 Isuzu D-Max in May. Isuzu Malaysia’s Chief Executive said, “We have not witnessed any drop in the order bank over the last month since the government’s removal

    HansHans

    Jul 16, 2024

  • Mazda CX-50 Hybrid introduced in the US: 3-motor hybrid system from Toyota, 222 PS/221 Nm

    Over in the United Sates, the 2025 Mazda CX-50 has been given a around of updates and a new hybrid powertrain, which is priced from USD 33,970 to USD 40,050 (approximately RM 158k to RM 187k) depending on variant. The CX-50 Hybrid features unique wheel designs, a different lower front bumper, and an optional new red leather interior. The cargo area has been optimised to accommodate the hybrid battery, maximizing storage volume and the ability to transport large items like bicycles. The hybrid po

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 15, 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

  • Report: Thailand to launch 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser 250 this year, limited to 50 units

    Thailand is set to introduce the Toyota Land Cruiser 250 by the end of 2024, according to Headlight Magazine. The publication also noted that availability might be limited to just 50 units. Detailed specifications and pricing information have yet to be disclosed. As a refresher, the Land Cruiser 250 Series, also known as the Prado in some regions, focuses on simplicity and durability. Built on the GA-F platform shared with the larger Land Cruiser 300 Series, it offers improved off-road and on-ro

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 15, 2024

  • As market slows, UMW Toyota Motor sees June 2024 sales down 9.8%

    UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) ended the month of June with 7,600 units of Toyota and Lexus models sold, down 9.8% from last month’s 8,422 units sold. The Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) will be announcing its total tally for new vehicle sales tomorrow, and many are expecting June’s figure to be the weakest this year. Year-to-date, UMWT closed the first half of 2024 with 47,000 units sold, down 3.4% from the same 6-month period last year. For the month of July, UMWT is offering a ‘Peace of Mind

    HansHans

    Jul 15, 2024

  • 'Engine Reborn': Detailing Toyota's new 1.5L, 2.0L engines for the future - electrified or flex-fuel, there's something for everyone

    You may recall in May 2024, Toyota, Mazda, and Subaru jointly announced a series of upcoming internal combustion engines – with each one tailored to what they do best. This means Subaru will make a new generation 'boxer' mill as Mazda breathes new life into the rotary engine. Toyota will then focus on a series of small to medium capacity four-cylinders. Engines for the electrification era What these companies have in common – other than being part of the Toyota conglomerate – is the mindset of d

    SanjaySanjay

    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

  • Chery to introduce its first hybrid model in Indonesia - Could it be the Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV?

    PT Chery Sales Indonesia (CSI), which handles the sales and distribution of Chery vehicles in the archipelago, plans to introduce a hybrid model soon. According to AutoFun ID, Chery’s first hybrid model for Indonesia could be the Tiggo 8 Pro PHEV. “Hybrid cars are considered in our plans. Globally, the Tiggo range offers a hybrid model and we are looking to launch it in the future,” said Mohamad Ilham Pratama, Head of Marketing at PT CSI to the Indonesian media last week. “We are still studying

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Jul 15, 2024

  • Who is greener? Environmental activists target Tesla Cybertruck with orange paint in Hamburg

    Environmental activists, identified as 'The Last Generation' members, recently poured orange paint over a Cybertruck at the Tesla Centre Hamburg-Wandsbek in Germany. German police confirmed the incident and revealed that the action lasted only a few minutes. Videos of this incident have been making the rounds on the internet. One video shows an activist throwing orange paint from a plastic bucket at the Cybertruck. The Last Generation is known for its civil protests to draw attention to the urge

    ArvindArvind

    Jul 15, 2024

  • From RM 65k - A used Subaru XV costs less than a new Ativa, a perfect AWD lifestyle SUV for you?

    The Subaru XV is known for being a compact SUV that blends practicality, and on-road performance without shying away from the rough stuff. Thus, while its direct rivals can match (or surpass) it in terms of interior space or fuel efficiency, none can deliver the sort of AWD capability the Subaru XV can. The second-generation Subaru XV, introduced in 2018, builds upon its predecessor with significant enhancements in design, performance, and technology. Based on the Subaru Global Platform, the 2nd

    ArvindArvind

    Jul 14, 2024

  • Bermaz TRIPLED the Mazda 3's sales for FY2024, muted impact from RM 10k increase in price

    Bermaz Auto, the parent company of Mazda’s distributor in Malaysia, Bermaz Motor, ended its financial year ending 30-April 2024 (FY2024) with 18,394 units of Mazda vehicles sold, an increase of 17.9% from the previous financial year. The Mazda CX-5 contributed 36.9% of the total sales, followed by the Mazda CX-30, at 31.7%. The biggest surprise, however, was the Mazda 3, which more than tripled its sales to 1,635 units. The figure is 216% higher than FY2023's 517 units. The main reason behind th

    HansHans

    Jul 13, 2024

  • Still handsome 16 years later: Used B8 Audi A4 from RM 30k, the best generation?

    The B8 Audi A4 is one of the most successful models from Audi, introduced around 15 years ago and still admired today. This generation popularised the modern Daytime Running Light (DRL), a feature now common on practically all new cars today. Currently, the B8 A4 can be found on our Cars for Sale site for as low as RM 30k. While some view it as a reliable premium sedan, others see it as a potential money pit. With proper knowledge, it could be the bang-for-buck German sedan you’ve always wanted.

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 12, 2024

  • Toyota GR86 updated for 2024: Suspension tweaks, steering improvements, and a special edition

    The 2024 Toyota GR86 has received another round of updates (previous update introduced ADAS for MT version) in Japan, including a limited edition "Ridge Green Limited" variant that is limited to 200 units. Drawing from motorsports experience, Toyota has refined the GR86’s driving dynamics. Both manual and automatic versions benefit from improved shock absorber damping for better road contact and steering feel. Electric power steering calibration has been adjusted for more intuitive handling and

    ShaunShaun

    Jul 12, 2024

  • Watch: USD 2.3 million Lotus Evija X crashes during its dynamic debut at Goodwood Festival

    In a rather unfortunate turn of events, the USD 2.3 million Lotus Evija X, a one-off track version of the already fast Lotus Evija BEV, crashed on its dynamic debut at the ongoing Goodwood Festival of Speed. Though it is unknown if it was due to driver or technical error, the Evija X veered off into the haybales shortly after leaving the start line on the Goodwood Hillclimb course in a dramatic fashion. Watch the video below: The Lotus Evija X represents the pinnacle of Lotus’ BEV technology, bu

    ArvindArvind

    Jul 12, 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

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