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5 things that will damage your steering system

Steering problems are becoming more common these days with some brand-new cars even exhibiting defects in this department. This is a matter to be taken seriously, since defective steering systems are dangerous and can be fatal. Manufacturers with defective steering systems clearly have to own up to their mistakes and rectify the problem. Should it be that the steering system in your car is faultless, you are still responsible for keeping it in the best condition possible. Like other systems of t


Nov 7, 2020

15 units only of MINI Electric First Edition in Malaysia. What does an extra RM20k get you?

MINI Malaysia has announced 15 units of the MINI Electric First Edition. Sold at RM 238,380.78, it is a good RM20k more expensive than the MINI Cooper SE. What do you get with that additional money? We've listed them down so you don't have to bury your face in the spec sheets. 1. New “MINI Yours Enigmatic Black” colour The First Edition MINI Cooper SE comes in an exclusive “MINI Yours Enigmatic Black” colour. The bright yellow accents still remain with the new colour. If you have a preference fo


Sep 22, 2020

2020 Nissan Kicks e-Power launched in Thailand, better than a Honda HR-V/Proton X50?

The all-new 2020 Nissan Kicks e-Power has just made its global debut in Thailand. It is here to challenge the likes of Honda HR-V, Mazda CX-3, and Proton X50. This is the first time the Thai market received the Kicks crossover and is the first country outside of Japan to offer the e-Power hybrid electric drive powertrain. The Kicks e-Power will be produced locally in Thailand and will be exported to other countries. Nissan Thailand offers four variants of the Kicks e-Power with prices ranging fr

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

May 16, 2020

All-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) debuts; no more hood ornament, rear-wheel steering

The all-new 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W206) has been officially revealed. Just like its predecessor, the fifth-generation C-Class takes on a “baby S-Class” look. Exterior of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class All variants of the 2021 Mercedes-Benz C-Class no longer feature the traditional hood ornament. Instead, the logo will be placed at the front grille. Speaking of front grille, the AMG Line variant features unique three-pointed star pins across the grille. Over to the rear, the mini-S-Class th


Feb 23, 2021

The electric Proton Tiara was Citroën’s first production electric car

We’ve seen various attempts at innovation by Proton such as the Arena, Juara, and Savvy. As an automaker, Proton is actually quite young considering Hyundai was founded in 1967 and Volkswagen was founded pre-World War 2. Proton was founded in 1983. Now, one car you might remember from Proton is the Proton Tiara. It was an oddball since it was Proton’s only collaboration with a French automaker. The Tiara had a 1.1 L 4-cylinder engine that only made 57 PS of maximum power. The transmission was a


Jun 19, 2020

Mitsubishi teases the MI-Tech electric SUV concept

Mitsubishi says the MI-Tech is an electric SUV but here is where it gets slightly confusing, it is powered by a gas-turbine engine-generator with plug-in capability, which also makes it a plug-in hybrid. Drive is sent to all corners through 4 electric motors that Mitsubishi calls Quad Motor electric 4WD system. Advanced features include an AR windshield that displays information and the MI-Pilot driver assistance system urges the driver to take care when necessary and supports their operation of


Oct 9, 2019

The first-ever steering wheel was invented by Mercedes-Benz for racing

The very first automobile in the world made by Carl Benz in 1886 didn’t even have a steering wheel, it was just a lever. It wasn’t until nearly a decade later the steering wheel came about. So let’s rewind and take a step back into the history of steering wheels in Mercedes-Benz, before it was even named as such. In 1886, the aforementioned first car in the world was only equipped with a simple steering lever because at the time, carriage drivers were used to pulling right or left to direct the


May 11, 2020

2021 Nissan Note e-Power to launch in Singapore this year, first ASEAN debut

In a "Nissan Futures" webinar session, Nissan ASEAN Vice President, Mr. Isao Sekiguchi has announced that the all-new Nissan Note e-Power will debut in Singapore and Hong King in the following months. The all-new Nissan Note -Power made its world debut in Japan in November 2020, and became Nissan’s best-selling model in Japan in January 2021. Its launch in Singapore will be its first debut in the ASEAN region. The Nissan Note is a hybrid with an engine that functions solely as a generator. This


Feb 5, 2021

Leaked: Here is the all-electric BMW iX3 in production form

Here are supposedly the official photos of the BMW iX3 leaked ahead of its debut. And as you can tell, it looks almost identical to the concept. The BMW iX3 is the first fully electric SUV (BMW insistently calls it SAV) model, and the X3 will also be the first model to include the full range of powertrain with petrol and diesel engines, plug-in hybrid and fully electric. The electric motor in the BMW iX3 delivers 286 PS and 400 Nm of torque and all the power is sent exclusively to the rear wheel


Apr 28, 2020

Next-gen BMW X1 and 5 Series to feature electric powertrains

BMW is pushing ahead its ‘Power of Choice’ agenda as the next-generation BMW 5 Series and BMW X1 will feature an all-electric powertrain. Like the 2020 BMW iX3, BMW will offer four powertrain options for these next-gen models, including the BMW 7 Series: conventional petrol and diesel engines, both with 48-volt mild-hybrid technology, plus a plug-in hybrid and a pure-electric drivetrain. By the time these models arrive, BMW would have already rolled out the iNext electric SUV, i4 electric sedan


Jul 28, 2020

A closer look at the new Nissan Serena e-Power that we are not getting

In Malaysia, the Nissan Serena is offered exclusively with the 2.0-litre S-Hybrid (Nissan’s term for mild hybrids) engine. In Japan, Nissan also offers another hybrid option for the Serena, the e-Power variant. The e-Power unit uses a 1.2-litre three cylinder engine, sounds tiny for a such a large car but that’s the whole point. While the Serena S-Hybrid relies mostly on the 2.0-litre petrol engine, aided by 2.6 PS electric motor, the Serena e-Power’s priority is the opposite. It uses a much mor


Oct 28, 2019

Electric cars are here, but is Malaysia ready for them?

At this point in time, the world is way past its first steps of vehicle electrification. Norway has the highest number of plug-in electric car ownership per capita followed by California, Netherlands, Sweden, and China. The cars we normally see in Malaysia already have their electric variants in other countries. The Honda HR-V is available as an electric Honda Everus VE-1 and the Volkswagen Golf is available as an electric Volkswagen E-Golf. China has seen the emergence of a lot of electric cars


Jun 12, 2020

MINI renames the ‘Corona Spoke’ wheel for electric MINI SE

The MINI SE features a wheel design named the ‘Corona Spoke’, which wasn’t an issue when it was coined. Now though, the term ‘corona’ has a stigma to it due to obvious reasons. So, MINI has decided to rename it to ‘Power Spoke’. And quite aptly so, as the wheel does resemble our power socket, which is also the one used in the UK. With MINI being a British brand, well, it just clicks. A MINI spokesperson told CarBuzz, “This was done to ensure Mini remains sensitive to all those experiencing the w


Apr 24, 2020

Is the road tax actually cheaper for electric cars in Malaysia?

We’ve seen the launch of the Porsche Taycan and the MINI Cooper SE in Malaysia this year. They were surprisingly priced lower than our expectations. The MINI Cooper SE has a price tag of RM 218,380 and the Taycan 4S starts at RM 725,000. We did expect the MINI to be priced lower than the BMW i3s, but the Taycan is cheaper in Malaysia than it is in Thailand. The “low” price of these cars could be a result of the 10% excise tax on all electric cars as opposed to 60% to 105% for ICE cars. When we t


Sep 20, 2020

Volvo XC40 Pure Electric to launch in Thailand in March 2021, skipping Malaysia

The Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric is due to launch in Thailand in March 2021. Headlight Magazine reports that the pure electric Volvo XC40 will be imported (CBU) from China. Under the ASEAN-China FTA, the Thai government does not impose any tax on EVs from China. This will give an incredible advantage to the Volvo XC40 Recharge pure electric in Thailand. According to our colleagues in Thailand, the import tax for EVs in Thailand are 20% for EVs from Japan, 40% for EVs from Korea, and 80% for


Feb 23, 2021

New Porsche Panamera gets 630 PS & 820 Nm, electric Panamera coming soon?

The 4-door limousine from Porsche, the Porsche Panamera comes in various trims and variants. You have the Porsche Panamera, Panamera GTS, Panamera 4 Sport Turismo, Panamera Turbo S, and about ten more variants to choose from. As of recent, Porsche has introduced a newer version of the Panamera GTS alongside two new Panameras – the Porsche Panamera Turbo S and the Porsche Panamera 4S E-Hybrid. In a round table session with Porsche, we had the chance to learn more about the luxury sports saloon. O


Sep 14, 2020

2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class showcases rear-wheel steering

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been about more than just mere opulence. Throughout the generations, the S-Class has been not just a flagship for the brand, but a technological tour de force. New technologies and innovations are always premiered first in the S-Class (think air suspension, night vision, adaptive cruise control etc) and then filtered down to the rest of the product range. The upcoming 2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is no different, in keeping with its tradition for constant


Jul 30, 2020

The RM 218K Electric MINI Cooper SE is sold out in Malaysia!

Following its success in Australia (100 units sold out), the 25 units of the MINI Cooper SE have been sold out in Malaysia. Launched in Malaysia less than a month ago, the electric MINI was only available in the three-door option. The MINI Cooper SE’s price tag of RM 218,380 is lower than what we expected it to be. The attractive price could be the reason for its success in Malaysia. The BMW i3s is priced much higher than that. Being an electric car, the road tax of MINI is charged by the amount


Sep 18, 2020

Next-generation BMW 7 Series to include a fully electric variant

BMW 7 Series The next-generation BMW 7 Series will be available as a diesel, petrol, as an electrified plug-in hybrid and, for the first time, as an all-electric model. BMW calls this “Power of Choice”. In a statement made by Oliver Zipse, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG, said the BMW 7 Series will run a much more efficient fifth-generation electric drivetrain. As with the previous BMW 7 Series, the model is considered as BMW’s flagship car. Naturally, any new technology or innovat

Zamil SyaheerZamil Syaheer

Mar 26, 2020

Subaru to debut electric SUV by 2022, electric Subaru XV?

Earlier this year, a clay model of an electric Subaru was previewed at a technology briefing in Japan. At first unnamed, it seems now that the car will called the Subaru Evoltis.The model is a result of the partnership between Subaru and Toyota. What we know so far is that Subaru’s electric car will still carry on the all-wheel-drive heritage. Best Car Web reports that the full-electric Subaru is scheduled to appear in April 2022. Being built from the ground up as an electric car, there is more


Sep 9, 2020

5 electric MPVs & vans from Toyota and PSA Group

If there was a segment we haven’t seen much of electric cars in, it would be the MPV/van body-type. Last year, we saw the Mercedes-Benz EQV which was a luxury MPV which had a 100 kWh battery with about 400 km of range. Announced in 2018, the long-term partnership between Toyota and the PSA Group in Europe has now brought to the market 5 new MPVs/vans: Citroën ë-SpaceTourer Peugeot e-Traveller Opel Zafira-e Life Vauxhall Vivaro-e Toyota Proace Electric They’re all the same thing, with two battery


Jun 22, 2020

Proton’s electric dream of the past – Proton Iriz EV auctioned off

Back in 2015, Proton showcased an all-electric car – the Proton Iriz EV. Today, we were lucky enough to get a glimpse of some rather bizarre Proton cars being auctioned away. There were more than 10 Proton electric vehicles at the lot, but the best condition electric car would be the Proton Iriz EV. Five years ago, the Proton Preve and Proton Suprima were still in production, the Proton Persona was still based on the Gen2, Proton was 30 years old, and the thought of Proton making an SUV was absu


Jul 23, 2020

Indonesia to be first in ASEAN to launch all-electric Lexus UX 300e

Though Lexus only just welcomed the brand’s first ever battery-electric vehicle (BEV), Lexus UX 300e, at the 2019 Guangzhou Auto Show, the electric crossover already has a planned route across the South East Asian market. And the first destination is Indonesia. This doesn’t come as a surprise since Indonesia has declared a very aggressive push to move towards EVs. Not only have government declared that they will start using EVs in 2021, but they have also introduce policies aimed at making Indon


Nov 25, 2020

2021 BMW iX teased; 500 PS electric SUV coming to Malaysia

BMW Malaysia has teased the 2021 BMW iX, which suggests the introduction of the electric SUV (BMW uses the term SAV) here. The BMW iX is comparable with the BMW X5 in length and width, and is almost the same height as the BMW X6. Despite being an electric car, the BMW iX features the famous (infamous?) vertical kidney grille. Whether beautiful or not, it certainly gives a visual impact. According to BMW, the massive kidney grill is more than just a visual shock. The BMW kidney grille serves as a


Mar 16, 2021

Electric AMG anybody? Mercedes-Benz trademarks EQE 63, EQE 53, and EQE 63

As the automotive world embraces electrification, it is inevitable for brands to evolve according to the times. One of those icons is AMG-Mercedes and they could be debuting their very own EV model line-up soon. According to Mercedes Blog, Mercedes-Benz has trademarked several AMG EQ designations, thus confirming that there will be electric AMGs. This over the Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S? The German luxury carmaker has trademarked the EQE 43, EQE 53, and EQE 63 names with the European Union

CY FoongCY Foong

Nov 30, 2020

Scoop: Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution to return in 2021 as an electric crossover?

Think of Mitsubishi Motors (MMC) and you’re most likely thinking about its past when it conquered rallies and the silver screen with cars like the legendary Lancer Evolution and Eclipse. Now though, Mitsubishi Motors is on another trajectory, and in doing so, it wants you to forget those glory days. Yes, fellow petrolheads, if you’ve managed to read past the headline and actually read the article, MMC has plans in reviving the Evolution name but as an electric crossover. This is according to a s

CY FoongCY Foong

Jan 4, 2021

New electric Mini Cooper SE coming to Malaysia soon, 217 km battery range only?

Having launched in Thailand back in February this year, the Mini Cooper SE (all-electric) will be coming to Malaysia soon. The Mini Cooper SE is priced at 2,290,000 baht in or approximately RM 310,000. With BMW Malaysia selling the BMW i3s, it would be no surprise then that the Mini Cooper SE becomes available in the Malaysian market. The MINI Cooper SE has a rather small battery capacity in comparison to bigger electric cars like the Audi e-tron 55 Quattro (95 kWh) and the Tesla Model X (100 kW


Jul 14, 2020

2020 Mercedes-Benz E-Class facelift showcases newer ADAS, steering wheel, and MBUX

Back in March, we reported news of the new 2020 facelift Mercedes-Benz E-Class. While it was more than just a facelift with a newer M254 engine, that wasn’t the only new technology on Mercedes-Benz’s popular executive car. Underneath all that fresh and sleek design is an improved ADAS system. Standard across all E-Class is the Active Brake Assist, which is Mercedes-Benz’s name for its autonomous braking system (AEB). Another feature is the Active Speed Limit Assist which allows the car to drive

CY FoongCY Foong

Aug 11, 2020

2021 MG EP budget electric car revealed in Thailand, prices to be announced on 1-Dec

An affordable electric car is set to launch in Thailand this December. Revealed today, the MG EP electric station wagon aims to be the benchmark for electric cars in Thailand with the following key elements: Dimension Comfort and safety Powerful performance Low cost of ownership While most electric cars have always seemed inaccessible to the masses, the MG EP aims to change this. Making an affordable electric car available in Thailand in well in-line with the Thai government’s 2030 electrificati


Nov 26, 2020

New electric MPV Opel Zafira-e Life announced, 330 km range & 45 min charge time

In Germany, Opel has announced its new all-electric version of the Zafira Life, the Opel Zafira-e Life. The 9-seater electric MPV produces 100 kW of power (136 hp) and 260 Nm of maximum torque from the electric propulsion system. The electronically controlled maximum speed of 130 km/h enables Autobahn cruising while preserving range. The Zafira-e Life is able to tow trailers with a maximum capacity of 1,000 kg. Customers can choose between two battery sizes: 75 kWh (330 km range) or 50 kWh (230


Jun 20, 2020