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Aston Martin Vantage takes on Formula 1 Safety Car duties!

For the first time since 1996, another car manufacturer will be seen leading the Formula 1 pack in the upcoming 2021 season. The Aston Martin Vantage safety car will make its debut at the season opener, Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. This doesn’t mean that the Mercedes-AMG GT R safety car that has been a fixture on the track since 2018 will be retiring though, the GT R will be alternating safety duties with the Vantage throughout the year. The GT R will make its return in the second roun


Mar 8, 2021

Are "lifetime" transmission fluids a SCAM?

If you found a genie in a bottle and wished for enough money to last an entire lifetime, things could turn out several ways. He could give you a billion ringgit to let you live lavishly for a good 50 years. He could also not give you anything at all, but make you die the moment your money runs out. The point is, “lasting an entire lifetime” is only as good as how long a lifetime is. With that, lifetime transmission fluids also depend on the definition of what a lifetime is. You’re probably famil


Sep 13, 2020

Mercedes-AMG responds to Audi's "Four Rings Challenge"

In this challenging time due the Covid-19 pandemic, manufacturers have helped in several ways like producing medical equipment, spreading precaution messages, and now they are also trying to help lighten the mood. Car manufacturers have always been rather cheeky in their social media posts, be it rivalry or just having fun. This time, it began with Audi posting the “Four Rings Challenge” and as its name suggests, it is creative ways to basically create the Audi logo with 4 four rings. As shown i


Apr 13, 2020

Honda Thailand builds 100 negative pressure mobile beds for Covid-19 patients

Honda Thailand is also jumping into the fray to fight against the Covid-19 pandemic by donating equipment worth 40 million bahts (RM 540,000) to various medical facilities in Thailand. The Honda Khiang Khang Thai Fund was started when the company discovered that various hospitals across the country are in need of help to fight against the pandemic. But instead of just donating funds to the hospitals, Honda Thailand has decided to build medical equipment instead. With help from the Vajira Hospita


Apr 20, 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. Electric cars and autonomo


Aug 2, 2020

These 4 habits will ruin your automatic transmission

Alright, maybe ruin is a little dramatic. The point is, we all have our habits when driving; some of them are fairly harmless and some potentially lethal (texting, for one). Habits that can incur unnecessary costs and inconvenience or worse, risk an accident are best corrected. So, these are the 4 things you should not do in an automatic transmission car. 1. Shift to reverse while the car is still moving forwards Each time when an opposite direction gear is selected, it is advised to come to a c


Oct 21, 2020

DCT vs torque converter, which is your preferred transmission?

Back in the early 90s, if you wanted to buy a performance car, you’d most probably choose the manual transmission option. The equivalent automatic option was probably heavier, slower-reacting, and had higher fuel consumption. My own uncle once told me back then, “In a sprint, my manual car would always be faster and more accelerative versus an automatic.” Those words stuck with me. Fast forward to today, and self-shifting transmissions have gotten so good, no human input could possibly match its


Jul 24, 2020

This Toyota Land Cruiser is the only WHO-approved Covid-19 vaccine refrigerated truck

One of the biggest headaches when it comes to transporting vaccines is the required storage temperature of between 2 to 8 degrees Celsius. Toyota answers the issue with this custom-made Refrigerated Vehicle that even the World Health Organisation (WHO) has given a thumbs up. The Refrigerated Vehicle is a product of a collaboration between Toyota Tsusho Corporation, Toyota Motor Corporation, and B Medical Systems S.a.r.l. Toyota Tsusho provided the knowledge on how to optimise the use of the truc


Mar 31, 2021

Proton X70 CKD: Will the dual-clutch transmission be reliable?

Prior to the introduction of the locally-assembled (CKD) Proton X70, the company has confirmed that the upcoming model will be fitted with a new 7-speed wet-type dual-clutch automatic transmission, superseding the 6-speed torque converter unit. Recently, Geely flew selected members of the media to its headquarters in Zhejiang, China as a preview for the new transmission. DCT, reliable meh? Speaking to members of the media, Geely’s Senior Chief Engineer Tejinder Singh said that their new wet-type


Feb 3, 2020

Toyota GR Supra finally gets a sweet manual transmission!

When Toyota launched the GR Supra, it kept the enthusiast scene buzzing – partially because Toyota worked with BMW to develop the Supra, but also because the GR Supra lacks a manual transmission. Tetsuya Tada, the chief engineer of the GR Supra threw a curveball, asking if Toyota should prioritize a manual version of the Supra, or should they develop a more powerful version. In the meantime, a tuner group called European Auto Group recently got their hands on the GR Supra and has started work on


Oct 22, 2019

Here to save lives, this is the Toyota Innova ambulance

Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia (TMMIN) and Toyota Astra Motor (TAM) have donated five Toyota Innova ambulances to the Indonesia Red Cross (PMI). These Toyota Innova ambulances are fitted with all the necessary life-saving equipment, including an easy-to-operate entry and exit system, a fixed oxygen system, as well as various storage spaces for storing medical equipment. But why not a Toyota Hiace? According to TAM’s marketing director, Anton Jimmi Suwandy, the Innova was selected as the Hi


May 21, 2020

Ford, Fiat, Ferrari are working to produce masks/ventilators. Can Malaysian car companies do the same?

You might have read news reports of several car manufacturers – BYD, Ferrari, Fiat, Ford, GM, and Nissan – have stepped in to assist in manufacturing ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE), which are in chronic short supply, to help fight the battle against Covid-19. This lead us to the next question, we have all seen videos of our frontline medical personnel resorting to using garbage bags as PPE, as supply of PPE at hospitals has run out. While the government have arranged for fre


Mar 26, 2020

50 units of Proton X70 CBU delivered to Ministry of Health to combat Covid-19

Proton Cars have just delivered 50 units of the Proton X70 CBU to the Ministry of Health (MOH) for the fight against Covid-19. The fleet of X70s will be used by MOH primarily to transport our medical heroes during this Covid-19 pandemic. These X70s are the older fully imported (CBU) units, not the newly launched locally-assembled (CKD) versions. This is because new vehicle registrations have come to a halt since the Movement Control Order (MCO) was enforced on 18 March 2020. With MCO effect Prot

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Mar 28, 2020

Honda modifies Step WGN and Odyssey to transport Covid-19 patients in Japan

Honda Motor’s headquarters in Tokyo has announced that it will be stepping in to assist local authorities in Tokyo in transporting mildly ill patients living within Tokyo’s Minato and Shibuya district. Honda will be providing specially modified units of Step WGN and Odyssey minivans for non-emergency medical transport purposes. The vehicles will have a partition installed between the first row seats and the rear, while the climate control has been modified to maintain a constant negative pressur


Apr 15, 2020

Is that a manual Supra? Toyota Supra might come with a manual transmission

Mag X, a Japanese publication has reported that a manual gearbox is “under preparation” for the A90 Toyota Supra. The manual gearbox is expected to make the infamous coupe even more engaging to drive. There are yet to be any specifics on the manual gearbox. Currently the A90 Toyota Supra utilises the 8-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles. Earlier this year, Toyota had already introduced a 4-cylinder turbo B48 base variant of the Toyota Supra alongside the B58 turbo 6-cylinder variant


Jul 29, 2020

Perodua introduces newly improved D3-SP automatic transmission fluid

Perodua recently launched their new and improved automatic transmission fluid (ATF) oil, specifically for models produced from 2013 onwards. Rated at D3-SP specification, it is applicable for models like the Myvi, Bezza, Axia, Alza and Aruz. Both red and blue bottles of Perodua Genuine Oil ATF D3-SP contain the same, newly improved formula specially designed for Perodua electronic automatic transmissions (E-AT). Red bottles are only sold at Perodua authorised service centres, while blue bottles

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Mar 25, 2020

I love the manual transmission but I don’t see the point in buying one

The #SaveTheManuals movement has been rather successful in the automotive world. Case in point, Porsche brought back the 6-speed manual transmission option in their 991.2 generation Porsche GT3 following public woes. I love driving cars with three pedals and a stick – regardless of power and performance. It gives you an additional layer of engagement and connection with the car which more often than not equates to ‘fun driving’. Rowing through the gears yourself is not just an exercise for your

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Oct 9, 2019

Get better protection with Honda's enhanced insurance package

Honda Malaysia has introduced an enhanced version of the Honda Insurance Plus (HiP). First introduced in 2002, the HiP functions to provide comprehensive protection and coverage to all Honda customers in various situations. The newly enhanced HiP package delivers the benefits of Rescue, Protection and Savings. Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Mr. Toichi Ishiyama said, “As a car owner myself, I understand the importance of having the peace of mind knowing that my passe


Sep 2, 2020

Updated Version Of 2018 Kia Rio, 1.4 MPI Engine With 6AT Automatic Transmission

Say goodbye to 4AT! Updated Kia Rio with the more advanced transmission is coming! In July 2017, Kia Malaysia officially released a new generation of Kia Rio. The new version is all right as a whole while the power configuration is controversial because in today using 4AT is inevitably a bit stingy. But there was news that the new Kia Rio will be equipped with 6AT transmission and also has an optimization on the safety configuration. Someone revealed that Kia Malaysia is about to upgrade Kia Rio


Jul 21, 2019

Please Naza, let us have the 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport with a manual transmission

It’s official, Suzuki has returned to Malaysia after a 5-year hiatus. One of its most iconic models, the Suzuki Swift Sport, is set to make a comeback. Full disclosure - yours truly has a third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport (ZC32S) with a stick shift, hence some bias is likely at play here. As the title would already have hinted, I am a die-hard fan of manual transmissions. So much so that when my colleague Jason was throwing furniture at another colleague, Arif, for his article on manual transm


Apr 5, 2021

Shifting to 'P' before pulling the handbrake is how you damage your automatic transmission

An article from fortune.com back in 2016 suggested that a car spends about 90% of its time parked. Is there any truth to that? Well, even if you did drive 2 hours a day, it would only amount to 8.3% of the 24 hours we have in a day. There’s still a good 91.7% left. If you drive an automatic, you need to shift to “P” and engage the parking brake to park the car. There are however, two different types of people in terms of the sequence of action. Some shift to “P” first, and then engage the parkin


Jun 29, 2020

Nissan fires shots at GR Supra – upcoming Nissan 400Z to get manual transmission!

Manual drivers rejoice, as Nissan has confirmed that the upcoming Nissan 400Z will be fitted with a three-pedal option. Over the past week, Nissan has dropped a slew of teasers for its new Z-car, including one that has the 400Z’s manual shifter in view, as well as glimpses of the new car’s headlights and wheels. Nissan’s design boss Alfonso Albaisa also posted a sketch of the Z-Car’s rear-end, hinting that the model will get horizontal tail lights – much like the 300ZX. Power is expected to be d


Sep 11, 2020

Here's why you shouldn't use D or N while driving downhill in an auto transmission

Recently, one of our readers posed a very interesting question: How to drive downhill correctly in an automatic transmission? Actually, the basics of how engine braking works has been covered here previously, and it applies to all transmission types. Therefore, we will not go into technical details of downhill driving. Instead, let's discuss the dos and don'ts of downhill driving, seeing that this activity is indeed quite a favourite pasttime of Malaysian drivers. Also, the focus will be on the


Jan 16, 2021

An EV with a fake manual transmission? It’s real! But… why?

China car brand Chery actually invented an electric vehicle (EV) that behaves like a manual car with shift points and it even stalls. It also adds a tachometer, clutch pedal, and a five-speed shifter. But why on earth did Chery invent an EV like this? The EV in question is known as a Chery New Energy eQ2 Driving School Version. Yes, the EV is invented to eliminate emissions from driving school vehicles. Even in Malaysia, a country with a population number that barely scratches the surface of Chi


Jun 19, 2020

The Porsche 911 (992) is now available with a manual transmission in Europe

When the 992 generation Porsche 911 was first revealed, there were no manual transmission option available globally and it was a sign of manual transmissions becoming obsolete. However, less than a year later, Porsche announced the option for a manual for it in the US. Now, the manual is available for the 911 Carrera S in Europe along with other updates. First things first, the 911 Carrera S and 4S is now available with the aforementioned manual gearbox over in Europe at no extra cost. Similarly


Apr 28, 2020

Missed opportunity: Where's the manual transmission 2020 Toyota Vios GR Sport?

One of the cars that stole last week's thunder was the 2020 Toyota Vios GR Sport. Since we first broke news of the car a couple of months ago and all the way up to our Closer Look post, one thing has got one trump card that people have been talking about - its '10-speed' gearbox. Pretty much for good reason too. Name us a few other cars that come with 10-speed gearboxes. There's the 2020 Ford Ranger Wildtrak, its beefier Ranger Raptor sibling and the way more expensive 2020 Lexus LC500 Convertib


Dec 26, 2020

Porsche Taycan debuts: 761 PS and 1,050 Nm, needs only 2-Speed transmission

Two variants – Turbo and Turbo S Up to 761 PS (with overboost) and 1,050 Nm Top speed of 260 km/h, 0-100 km/h in 2.8 seconds Driving range up to 412 km Requires only a 2-speed automatic transmission Coming to Malaysia in 2020 Nearly five years in the making, Porsche has finally launched the Taycan, the company’s first battery electric vehicle (BEV) sports sedan. Apart from minor details, the production Porsche Taycan managed to retain much of the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show's Mission E concept car


Sep 5, 2019

This Honda Civic has clocked over 1.6 million km, with the original engine and transmission

What happens to a car’s odometer once it has used up all the available display digits? Well in the case of this Honda Civic in USA, the odometer is now stuck at 999,999 miles, which is essentially over 1.6 million kilometres. News of this particular million mile mileage Honda was first posted by US-based Honda fan HondaPro Jason. What’s even more surprising is that the car continues to be driven and it is estimated to have clocked close to 1,043 miles (1,700 km) over the odometer’s 999,999 miles


Sep 26, 2019

Proton Iriz Facelift Has 367 New Parts, But Is It Any Good?

367 new components include styling & mechanical enhancements Better braking performance, lower NVH and improved fuel consumption Most importantly, better build quality The facelifted 2019 Proton Iriz was the first Proton model in their current line up to be updated since Geely came on board as the national carmaker’s foreign strategic partner. Introduced to the market just 2 months after the Proton X70 made its local debut, the facelifted Iriz is more than just a cosmetic upgrade. For starters,

Adrian ChiaAdrian Chia

Aug 29, 2019

Anti-haze air-conditioning: Only two car manufacturers offer it in Malaysia

Malaysia’s almost annual battle with haze is becoming especially severe this year. Several locations in Penang and Sarawak have already recorded API (Air Pollution Index) readings of over 200 (very unhealthy). The reading in Kuching is inching closer to the hazardous level of 300. Haze is contributed by microscopic size particulate matter (PM) pollutants measuring no more than 2.5 micrometers. Ordinary air filters are ineffective against PM 2.5 pollutants, which is why the public are advised to


Sep 19, 2019