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  • Waiting list for CBU-India Suzuki Jimny 5-door in Indonesia is half that of the CBU-Japan 3-Door

    Indonesian buyers of the Suzuki Jimny 5-door will have to wait for at least 10 months before taking deliveries, reports CNN Indonesia in February. Suzuki’s Indonesian distributor, PT Suzuki Indomobil Sales (SIS), explained that the supply of the Japan-made 3-door Jimny is approximately 50 units per month. In February, PT SIS had accumulated 800 orders, which means it will take about 16 months, or 1.5 years, to fulfill them. Meanwhile, the supply of the 5-door Jimny from India is larger, at 100 u

    ShaunShaun

    Apr 22, 2024

  • To fight China BEVs on cost, Honda supplier seeks steel-based alternatives to Gigacasting

    G-Tekt, a supplier to the Honda Motor group, has announced that it has entered into a licensing agreement with global steel giant ArcelorMittal on a cost-effective solution for manufacturing auto chassis components, potentially driving down the production cost of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Under the partnership, G-Tekt will acquire licensing for cutting-edge technology from ArcelorMittal, headquartered in Luxembourg. This technology aims to streamline the formation of EV body sections by

    ShaunShaun

    Apr 22, 2024

  • BEVs with depleted batteries can live on as range-extended EVs, now ready for mass production

    A German-Austrian company, Obrist Group, has proposed a solution for end-of-life battery-electric vehicles (BEVs) with depleted battery packs: repurposed internal combustion engine (ICE) setups. Their "HyperHybrid" powertrain concept, akin to systems seen in Nissan e-Power systems, substitutes a compact petrol ICE as a generator for the vehicle's electric motors. HyperHybrid's fundamental principle lies in the integration of a compact combustion engine solely responsible for generating electrici

    ShaunShaun

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Official Smart Concept #5 sketches previews upcoming AI-powered CR-V-size BEV

    For over a quarter century, Smart is known for its small, compact car that can park in tight spaces with ease. That is no longer what the brand currently offers as both the Smart #1 and Smart #3 are at least nearly double the size of the original Smart car. Its upcoming model will be even bigger though the Smart #5 will be unveiled as a concept car first at the upcoming Auto China 2024 in Beijing. The production version will be introduced in the second half of the year (H2 2024). For now, Smart

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Survey: Only 30% of Thai owners of Chinese cars will buy another Chinese make, Japanese makes lead with 48%

    The Chinese carmakers have invaded Thailand and this is not just seen at the recent 2024 Bangkok Motor Show where the Chinese brands held among the biggest booths. The moment you exit Suvarnabhumi Airport, you are greeted with large billboards promoting brands like MG, GAC Aion, and BYD. BYD dominated the Thai battery electric vehicle (BEV) market last year while MG and GWM’s Haval once outsold Honda in the SUV market. While the Chinese brands rise in popularity and the sales charts, do their ow

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Suzuki Jimny 5-door open for booking in Malaysia, launching in Q3 2024

    Naza Eastern Motors has opened booking for the Suzuki Jimny 5-Door in Malaysia, as announced its social media platforms. Specifications of the Jimny 5-Door for Malaysia is yet to be revealed, but based on the global specs, power comes from the familiar K15B 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated 4-cylinder engine, delivering 102 PS/130 Nm. Transmission options include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox, with the latter expected to be standard, aligning with the three-door model's configurat

    ShaunShaun

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Launching in Q2 2024, Honda City Hatchback facelift open for booking in Malaysia

    Set to launch in the second quarter of this year (Q2 2024), bookings for the 2024 Honda City Hatchback facelift are now open in Malaysia. Part of the changes will be a visual nip-and-tuck across the range, while the top-spec e:HEV RS hybrid gets a new honeycomb front grille, lower grille, and a sharper bumper with fog lamp garnishes; a similar theme is found at the back, with the package complemented by 16-inch wheels in Berlina Black. The update also sees Honda Sensing ADAS made standard to all

    SanjaySanjay

    Apr 22, 2024

  • Good guy Nissan: Overestimated sales forecast, will compensate suppliers

    Nissan has revised its financial forecast downwards for fiscal year ending 31-March 2024. Forecast sales volume has been lowered from 3.55 million to 3.44 million. This second downward revision, after the company’s earlier announcement in February, which trimmed down its forecast from 3.77 million to 3.55 million. Forecasts for net revenue, operating profit, and net income has also been trimmed down to 12.6 trillion Yen (down 400 billion Yen), 530 billion Yen (down 90 billion Yen), 370 billion Y

    HansHans

    Apr 22, 2024

  • BYD Shark name confirmed for upcoming PHEV Hilux/Ranger rival - Could debut this week

    BYD confirmed that its first-ever pick-up truck will be called the BYD Shark. The carnivorous beast’s name befits the rest of BYD’s international Ocean series lineup which are named after aquatic animals like the BYD Dolphin and BYD Seal. The Shark was revealed by BYD in camouflage earlier this month and could see a global debut at Auto China 2024 in Beijing this week. Still, photos of the undisguised pick-up truck have been spotted in Mexico and Australia with the latter hinting at a right-hand

    CY FoongCY Foong

    Apr 22, 2024

  • RHD Smart #3 makes first public debut in Malaysia; launching here later this year?

    At yesterday's (Sunday, 21-April 2024) KL Car Free Morning, Smart Malaysia held the first public preview of the upcoming Smart #3 battery electric vehicle (BEV) in the country. The larger sibling to the #1, the #3 is the second model to emerge from the Smart Automobile tie-up between Geely and Mercedes-Benz. Previous reports point that the model is to launch here after China and Europe; development work should be well underway considering the example pictured is right hand drive (RHD). Launch ti

    SanjaySanjay

    Apr 22, 2024

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