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  • Ex-BMW Chief Designer grills the BMW 4 Series grille. But should you care?

    It is not every day that you would get a car designer doing a critique of another designer’s work. Most of the time designers would be either working their drawing hand to the bone or staring at mood walls. There aren’t enough hours in the day for them to throw shade at one another.However, having left the car design world and with everyone locked at home, designer Frank Stephenson has started his own YouTube channel. On his channel, Stephenson goes into detail about the inspiration

    Daniel

    Daniel

    Aug 11, 2020

  • The economy is tanking but why are modern classic Honda Civics fetching high prices?

    A global pandemic and signs of an impending economic depression are already slamming the automotive industry five ways to Thursday. Car sales are down, people are losing their jobs, and businesses are going bankrupt. We may be a meal away from financial Armageddon, which for some means it is a good time as any to buy an old Honda Civic Type R for RM300,000. Wait, what?That isn’t a lone case. More recently somebody bought a Mugen Civic Type R for half a million Ringgit. If that wasn’t

    Daniel

    Daniel

    Aug 09, 2020

  • Remember when Proton paid 70 mil Euros for MV Agusta, and sold it for 1 Euro?

    Contrary to what my friends, mother, and Google search results might tell you, I am an overly optimistic fellow. I tend to focus on the positives in people and situations and give them the benefit of the doubt first. So, with that, allow me to have a crack at explaining just what the reasoning behind Proton’s ownership of MV Agusta was.Anyone with a cursory knowledge of Proton would have heard about MV Agusta. In 2004, Proton paid 70 million Euros (RM367 million) for a 57.7 percent control

    Daniel

    Daniel

    Aug 09, 2020

  • Once Japan’s strongest, Nissan is now weakest. How did it end up like this?

    Nissan's car manufacturing history dates back to 1914, making it one of Japan’s oldest. Between the ‘60s until the ‘90s, Nissan was Japan’s most technologically advanced. When Toyota and Honda entered the car business in 1936 and 1962 respectively, Nissan was No.1. Today, it’s the weakest in Japan.The 1966 Nissan R380 that beat a Porsche. Note the Prince badge, more on that later.It's a sad turn of events for the company that made the first Japanes

    Hans

    Hans

    Aug 09, 2020

  • Why the all-new 2020 Nissan Almera will be a turning point for ETCM

    Before we get started, let’s get this out of the way – the current-generation Nissan Almera is anything but desirable.Not only the current model lacks any modern safety equipment (no stability control and only two airbags), its quirky looks won’t be winning any beauty contests as well.Enter the all-new, fourth-generation Nissan Almera – the model that will hopefully lift Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM)’s earnings.It made its global debut in New York back in April 2019

    Eric

    Eric

    Aug 04, 2020

  • That one time when Proton and Dr. Mahathir were conned into a USA-export deal

    If you grew up in the ‘80s, you would know that our first Proton Saga was developed from the Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore. A couple of months ago, I shared that the Proton Saga had not one, but two little known distant American cousins – the Dodge Colt and Plymouth Colt. Mitsubishi Lancer Fiore, the donor carIt is only fitting for the post to be followed up with story of Malcolm Bricklin, a name of you will not find in Proton’s official history, the man who promised Dr. Ma

    Hans

    Hans

    Aug 02, 2020

  • Here's why the manual transmission still matters

    Just a few days back, my colleague Arif opined that the world doesn't need manual cars anymore. Chaos ensued, tables and chairs were thrown in the office (some were thrown in Adrian's direction too, for saying this). After the dust has settled, I'm happy to report that we're all still friends and colleagues (I was forced to type this). Jokes aside, I am only too aware of the passage of progress, and Arif does have valid points about the need to continue moving forward. Elect

    Jason

    Jason

    Aug 02, 2020

  • 35 years of Proton – Could Proton have achieved more at 35?

    Proton is an abbreviation or Perusahaan Otomobil Nasional. It’s a national car. That was the intention and it is something we should be proud of. Germany has Volkswagen, Japan has Toyota, and Korea has Hyundai. Other famous brands have been left out in favour of those that cater to the masses with “people’s cars”.Proton Saga 2020Proton is 35 years old (We’ll take the Saga launch as its birthday). Toyota and Volkswagen are 83 years old while Hyundai is 53 years old.

    Arif

    Arif

    Aug 02, 2020

  • Why the Toyota Corolla Cross will be turning point for UMW Toyota

    The 2020 Toyota Corolla Cross made its global debut in early July and it could prove to be the much-needed catalyst for UMW Toyota Motor to compete in the hotly-contested B-segment SUV market when it arrives here later this year.Here’s a little bit of background to as why the UMWT needs the Corolla Cross in its line-up.Recall back in 2015 when Honda Malaysia introduced the Honda HR-V. UMWT had to watch on the sidelines as they did not have a model to compete against the HR-V.Further rubbin

    Eric

    Eric

    Jul 31, 2020

  • 2020 Honda City - Why we'd rather have the 1.5L NA engine over the 1.0L Turbo

    Honda engineers have actually published their research on the 1.0-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine that made its way into the 2020 Honda City in Thailand. With such insights, we thought we'd share our view on it.Link to the research hereThe 1.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine was first introduced in the European Honda Civic hatchback. Mechanically, the powertrain is identical to the one in the turbocharged Honda City. With that established, let’s crack on.There were 3 goals durin

    Shaun

    Shaun

    Jul 29, 2020