WapCar Weekly News Round-up

Tasia · Oct 20, 2019 06:15 PM

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After 2 months since the “No Touch ‘n Go reload service” practice was implemented, Plus Malaysia Berhad has seen a drop of 48.2% of traffic congestion.

After the success, Plus Malaysia plans to roll out the same practice at all its operated highways in the Southern and Northern Toll Plaza exit lanes soon.

 

All-new Honda Jazz caught ahead of Tokyo debut

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Photos of what appears to be the all-new Honda Jazz (called the Fit in Japan) have surfaced, ahead of its possible 2019 Tokyo Motor Show debut.

Unlike the current generation Honda Jazz with its sharp front end, the all-new model seen here gets a more rounded front end. The headlights look similar to earlier spyshot models, further strengthening the fact that you’re looking at the all-new Jazz. It also appears that the all-new Jazz will receive projector headlights.

 

  Tuesday  

All-new Isuzu D-Max has more safety equipment than many sedans

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Last week, Isuzu Thailand took the covers off the all-new D-Max. We already covered interesting bits of the all-new D-Max, including its first-in-class PM 2.5 air filter.

Compared to the predecessor model, the all-new D-Max definitely raises the bar when it comes to safety, as it offers ultra-high tensile steel construction for better rigidity, an improvement over the older model’s high tensile steel construction.

 

All-new Toyota Yaris leaked ahead of debut

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Well ahead of its official debut, spyshots depicting the next generation Toyota Yaris have surfaced on social media. 

Seen here is the all-new fourth generation Toyota Yaris, based on Toyota’s GA-B platform, a derivative of its modular TNGA platform that is aimed at B-segment cars. 

 

  Wednesday  

A New carpool way in Malaysia: drivers get 100% fares

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Unlike traditional e-hailing Grab, Ryde is a carpool app that will match the driver with passengers heading in the same direction.

Passengers can choose to adjust their price and split costs with others. The carpooling service will start from Klang Valley on November 1, and then to Johor, Penang and Malacca.

 

All-New Toyota Yaris debuts with swiveling seats and Volvo-level AEB

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This is the all-new Toyota Yaris, revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

The all-new Toyota Yaris will also come with semi-automatic self-parking assist but unlike similar features used by other brands, the Yaris’ Advanced Park feature doesn’t need white line markings on the ground for it to work – it’s a world’s first.

 

  Thursday  

Mitsubishi Malaysia kicks off year-end sales campaign

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Mitsubishi Malaysia has kicked off their annual year-end sales campaign with low interest rates of 0.88%.

Mitsubishi also has cash rebates of up to RM 10,000 up for offer for all models and offer special low interest on Tritons purchased via Maybank or Public Bank.

 

This Isuzu D-Max "Blue Monster" will take on Borneo Safari

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While Malaysians are still getting acquainted with Isuzu’s new D-Max 1.9, Isuzu has already completed its set-up to send their newest pup on Borneo Safari.

Isuzu is hoping to make “Blue Monster” as robust as the D-Max by sending it on its maiden Borneo Safari trip.

The Blue Monster is fitted with the smallest engine of its class but yet has the same power output as its 2.5-litre predecessor with lower fuel consumption as well.

 

  Friday  

Hyundai now has a presence in Klang

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Hyundai expands their service coverage to Klang with the opening of a brand new Hyundai Global Dealership Space Identity (GDSI).

This is the only other 3S centre Hyundai has in the Klang area. The only other centre is located close by in Port Klang.

 

The next-gen C63 might be a 4-cylinder

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Yes, you read that correctly. The next generation C63 will reportedly drop the traditional AMG V8 for an in-line 4. And that’s not all, it will also be all-wheel drive.

Plus, the wizards at AMG may well have plans to electrically boost the M139 engine, now sitting in the latest A45 making as much as 421 PS and 500 Nm of torque, and adopt the 48V integrated starter motor. In theory, it should at least match the current C63’s output of 510 PS and 700 Nm. 

 

 In-depth Commentary From Wapcar Talks 

After-sales won’t improve until we start paying decent wages

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During a recent trip back to my hometown in Ipoh, I learned from my dad that the son of the mechanic that he usually visits has moved to Singapore. He has recently secured a technical position at the Mercedes-Benz division of Cycle and Carriage. Good for him I say.

He is a talented young kid who has been helping out in his father’s workshop long before his peers learn about the theory of combustion engines. I have no doubt about the quality of his work.

However his father’s workshop is literally under a tree, with a small shack for tools and parts. It doesn’t look very presentable but locals in the neighbourhood will vouch for his work. Wondering why he is operating under a tree even if he is so good? You need to know more about automotive technicians in Malaysia.

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