WapCar Morning Insiders (Oct. 24, 2019)

Tasia · Oct 24, 2019 06:30 AM

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To further show their support to local film makers, BMW Malaysia has decided to bring films back to the iconic institution of film, REXKL, with a week long screening event, Tayangan BMW Shorties.

Tayangan BMW Shorties will witness the screening of numerous works by Southeast Asian directors including work by past BMW Shorties winners like Zahir Omar and Shanjhey Kumar.

 

 WapCar Talks 

Subaru Symmetrical AWD, why it’s the best AWD solution

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Compared to other AWD systems with unequal length driveshafts, Subaru's Symmetrical AWD system features equal length driveshafts, hence the name.

Having equal length driveshafts allow Subaru to eliminate torque steer on more powerful models, as torque steer can be an issue on regular AWD vehicles.

Unlike other AWD systems that runs on 2WD mode most of the time, only switching to AWD mode after detecting a loss of traction, Subaru’s Symmetrical AWD sends power to all four wheels at all times, thus improving traction. But why is the system far more responsive than other AWD systems? Continue your reading here.

 

 Toyota Auto Show 2019 

The all-new Honda Jazz has made its first public appearance

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Although the all-new Honda Jazz has made its first public appearance, the model won’t go on sale in Japan until February 2020. As such, don't expect it to be launch in Malaysia until late-2020 or mid-2021. 

Similar to Europe, the Japanese market Honda Jazz is only available as a hybrid, but instead of using the outgoing model’s single motor i-DCD (Intelligent Dual-Clutch Drive), the all-new Jazz uses a two-motor i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid that was first used in the Accord and CR-V, but adapted for sub-compact car application.

 

The Suzuki Waku Spo concept is a 4-door shooting brake convertible

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The Waku Spo is a relatively small car, measuring at 3,700 mm in length, 1,650 mm wide and stands at 1,430 mm tall. For comparison’s sake, a Perodua Axia is 3,640 mm long, 1,620 mm wide and 1,510 mm tall.

As confusing as the title sounds, it really is a coupe with four doors and is able to transform itself into a wagon. Suzuki says that the Waku Spo will be enjoyed by families among three generations, combining the driving fun of a coupe and the practicality of a wagon.

 

Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept

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At the ongoing 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Nissan unveiled the Ariya Concept, which is an electric vehicle (EV) that set to preview Nissan’s new design language.

The exterior of the Ariya Concept features Nissan’s evolution of its V-motion design language, with a large front shield (in place of a grille on a traditional internal combustion engine car) flanked by thin LED headlights. The front end of the Ariya Concept also gets an illuminated Nissan emblem.

 

The MX-30 was just unveiled as Mazda’s first full electric vehicle

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For starters, the name MX-30 references the MX-5 roadster and it highlights Mazda’s commitment to continue to build cars that are fun to drive.

Another talking point of the MX-30 is the suicide-style doors which Mazda calls it ‘Freestyle Doors’. Suicide doors first appeared in the RX-8 sport scar.

 

Mazda CX-8 receives a running change in Japan

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While we wait for the official prices of the CX-8 to be announced, Mazda has already updated it in Japan. Don’t worry though if you’ve already booked one, the changes are pretty minor.

The Off-Road Traction Assist system works with the traction control system to enhance traction on rough roads and smoothly unstuck the car should it get in hairy situations.

 

The all-new Subaru Levorg Prototype

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Subaru, being the legends that they are, envisions a future where people would still drive and enjoy it despite the rise of autonomous driving. Enter the all-new Subaru Levorg. Well, technically still a prototype but it looks production ready.

The Levorg is propelled by a new 1.8L horizontally-opposed direct-injection turbo engine. While power figures are yet to be disclosed, it is said to bring out the car’s dynamic quality with its strong torque.

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