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  • We check out DSR's homage to the Proton Putra WRC at a mega gathering of Malaysia's two-door prince

    Rallying is regarded as the motorsport that produces legends out of mere mortals whether it’s in the drivers or their machines. Look at the likes of the Lancia Delta, Mitsubishi Lancer, and Subaru Impreza; they were just ordinary cars before they transformed into rally legends. One of those regular cars that could’ve had a shot at becoming glorious is the Proton Putra. Malaysia’s first and only 2-door coupe was supposed to enter the World Rally Championship (WRC), rally’s premier level but a fin

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    Sep 16, 2023

  • Want a 2000s JDM legend? This DC5 Honda Integra Type R is for sale for RM 110k!

    Championship White is a simple yet iconic colour that is usually associated with Honda’s Type R models. The contrast of the red Honda badge and R logo with the white paintwork symbolises the Japanese flag and it has very strong roots in motorsports. Honda was the first Japanese carmaker to win a Formula One (F1) race at the 1965 Mexican Grand Prix. The H-brand would spread its dominance in F1 in the 1980s when it powered the most successful teams of that era like Williams and McLaren. It was dur

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    Sep 1, 2023

  • Environmental group: Stop greenwashing EVs, have efficiency-based tax, better public transport

    RimbaWatch, the Malaysian environmental watchdog that tracks satellite images and other data on deforestation, wants the government and lobbyists of battery electric vehicles (EVs) to put an end to the greenwashing of EVs. Greenwashing is the act of making a public relations spin to a promote commercial product by riding on the climate change agenda. Typically, the product's positive impact on the environment is exagerrated, while downplaying the negatives. To be clear, RimbaWatch is not against


    Aug 28, 2023

  • Post-takeover of UMW by Sime Darby, Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger to be frienemies under one group

    Following yesterday’s announcement by Sime Darby Berhad to acquire 61.2 percent of UMW Holdings for RM 3.57 billion, it’s still business as usual at UMW Toyota Motor (and Perodua) this morning, but there is clearly a sense of uncertainty among employees. UMW has yet to make any announcement on the matter, so the obvious questions on whether Daihatsu and Toyota were consulted on the deal, cannot be answered yet. The fact that UMW Toyota and Perodua – which are known for their very close engagemen


    Aug 25, 2023

  • Respraying your hybrid or EV? Understand the max temperature limit for high voltage batteries

    As electrified (xEVs) vehicles become more common, after-market vehicle repair shops must also adapt to the requirements of battery-powered cars. Batteries don’t like high temperatures, but baking a new coat of paint in an oven is a necessary step for many collision repair jobs. It is also not realistic to expect paint shops to remove the high voltage traction battery from the car. Bridging this disconnect between paint repair processes and battery health is tricky. There is a strong correlation


    Aug 19, 2023

  • 10 years ago, the Proton Suprima S was launched - P1's biggest missed opportunity?

    Today is the 10th anniversary of one of Proton’s most unfulfilled models of its 40 years of existence, the Proton Suprima S. Alongside the Proton Preve, both were billed as P1’s “global” models with some design input from Italian design house Italdesign Giugiaro but underdelivered with the Suprima S only sold for 6 years. But there were plenty of high hopes when the Suprima S was unveiled on 17-August 2013 at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre (MECC). Spyshots of the hatchback which wa

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    Aug 17, 2023

  • They don't make them like they used to, except Toyota with the GR Corolla and GR86

    Time magazine labelled 2020 as the “worst year ever” for most of us alive today. We witnessed the widespread cancellation of gatherings, global lockdowns, and the far-reaching consequences these had on the economy. Our lifestyles have probably been changed as well. It’s a year to forget for many, but in the midst of all of it, the automotive world was gifted a rally homologation special – the Toyota GR Yaris. It was a car that made zero financial sense. Toyota, as a company, could’ve carried on


    Aug 17, 2023

  • Now is the perfect time to buy a W206 2023 Mercedes-Benz C300, here's why

    In a previous report, we informed that the W206 2023 Mercedes-Benz C300 will be discontinued by the end of 2023. In its place will be the C350e plug-in hybrid (PHEV). The W206 Mercedes-Benz C350e has a rather large 25.4-kWh battery that allows for up to 100 km of pure electric range. It also supports 50 kW DC fast charging along with 11 kW AC charging. What this means is that it can pretty much provide the full EV experience. But at the same time, it provides a backup plan for when charging is n


    Aug 8, 2023

  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport - Putting "Sport" back into SUV, the right way

    Unlike what some so-called enthusiasts say, SUVs are great. They bring space, practicality, and most importantly, peace of mind when the going gets tough. The part that irks this writer to an extent is when car manufacturers attempt to put “Sport” back into “SUV.” The end result is oftentimes too much of a compromise – too stiff and yet not as dynamically capable as lower-riding sedans. Hence, yours truly is of the opinion that an SUV should focus on what it’s good at, rather than attempting to


    Aug 4, 2023

  • Price war hits hard: After Tesla Model Y's RM 199k, more pre-registered BYD Atto 3 flood the market

    The Tesla Model Y is living up to its reputation as the big disruptor. At RM 199,000, Tesla is giving you an electric SUV with sports cars territory performance, for less money than a 3-cylinder BMW 218i. We are talking 347 PS and 420 Nm, sub-7 seconds 0-100 km/h. But performance is just one part of the appeal. Tesla's software integration is easily 5 years ahead of anyone else. Unlike other EVs, Tesla's Supercharger charging network is integrated into the car's navigation, so you don't even nee


    Jul 22, 2023

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