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What is Airmatic suspension on the Mercedes-Benz C300?

If you’re car shopping in the RM 300k range, the Mercedes-Benz C-Class is likely to show up under your radar. Perhaps you’ve already been to the showroom, and one of the features highlighted by the salesperson was the Airmatic suspension. But what makes it a USP of the Mercedes-Benz C300? Airmatic Suspension is Mercedes-Benz’s term for their air suspension. Compared to traditional strut suspension, there are no coil springs or shock absorbers on air suspension systems. Instead, it uses bags made


Dec 30, 2019

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line drops Airmatic suspension

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has quietly revised the specifications of the Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line. Specifically, the Airmatic Suspension has been replaced by Sports Suspension, like the one in the C200 AMG Line. Mercedes-Benz C-Class Airmatic Suspension is Mercedes-Benz’s term for their air suspension. Compared to traditional strut suspension, there are no coil springs or shock absorbers on air suspension systems. Instead, it uses bags made of rubber and polyurethane filled with air. Drivers can


Nov 9, 2020

Carmakers don't know how to tune suspension properly nowadays

Recently, I was ranting about how new cars are becoming increasingly uncomfortable. However, it seems unfair to only attribute one component of the car - which, in the aforementioned article, was wheel size - to a car having a bone-jarring ride. A car's ride and handling are chiefly determined by two things, wheel size and also suspension tuning. Today's question is very simple, have carmakers lost the art of suspension tuning? Think about it, when did you last sat in a new car and felt the ride


Feb 16, 2021

Kereta dengan torsion beam suspension tak bagus? Betul ke?

Jika anda ada kereta bajet, besar kemungkinan kereta tersebut mempunyai tetapan ‘torsion beam’ (atau ‘twist beam’). Jika kereta anda kereta “premium” atau “performance”, ia barangkali menggunakan tetapan ‘multi-link suspension’. Maka, ‘torsion beam’ adalah jenis suspension yang kurang baik lah, kan? Tapi, kereta-kereta seperti Renault Megane RS dan FK2 Honda Civic Type R menggunakan tetapan ‘torsion beam suspension’. Mazda 3 pun beralih dari ‘multi-link’ ke ‘torsion beam’. Oleh itu, ia mungkin a


Feb 12, 2021

Is torsion beam suspension in the 2019 Mazda 3 a step backwards?

Sometimes it really feels like the more we learn, the less we know. In this case, it’s about the types of suspensions used in a car. At first, we learnt that torsion beam sits at the bottom of the suspension hierarchy. A means to save cost as well as maximizing interior space. In torsion beam setups, both sides of the axle are linked together and when one wheel goes through a bump for example, the other is affected, which disrupts the ride. Although there’s a certain degree of flexibility in the


Dec 11, 2019

2020 Proton X70 CKD gets stiffer suspension for better ride & handling

The 2020 Proton X70 CKD (locally assembled) brought about a number of surprises for consumers. Not only did it got a new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and improved kit list, Proton has also revised the suspension on the X70 CKD for better ride and handling. In the fully imported (CBU) units of the X70, it received high praises for its stellar ride comfort. It absorbed and filtered road undulations like nothing else in the segment. However, the flip side of the slack suspension is that i

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Feb 12, 2020

Pros and Cons: 2020 Toyota Vios GR-S – Superb suspension, lackluster powertrain

New to the 2020 Toyota Vios facelift is the addition of the GR-Sport (GR-S) variant, sitting on top of the G variant. The Toyota Vios GR-S adds a few goodies like a reprogrammed CVT with 10 virtual ratios, sports-tuned suspension, and 17-inch wheels just to name a few. Trade in User's Car Form If you’re pondering on whether to fork out another RM 8k over the G variant – we’ve listed pros and cons to help on your buying decision. Pros Superb suspension tuning Aggressive exterior styling Cons Slow


Apr 12, 2021

Talaan suspension kereta makin lama makin teruk? Pembuat kereta buat apa?

Baru-baru ini, kami ada 'complain' tentang betapa tak selesanya kereta-kereta serba baru masa kini. Namun, tak adillah kiranya jika kami letakkan kesalahan ini pada satu komponen kereta sahaja, dimana dalam artikel terdahulu ia disebabkan oleh saiz tayar. ‘Ride and handling’ atau keselesaan pemanduan dan pengendalian kereta sebahagian besarnya bergantung kepada dua benda, iaitu saiz tayar dan juga penalaan suspensi. Soalan kami kali ini ialah: Adakah pembuat-pembuat kereta sudah kehilangan seni


Mar 6, 2021

Barang Rare: Toyota AE101 Levin Coupe GTZ untuk peminat JDM sejati!

Di Jepun, kereta telah menjadi lebih daripada sebuah kenderaan. Akibat daripada industri yang berkembang pesat dan komitmen tinggi terhadap industri pembuatan, kereta dari Jepun telah menjadi sebahagian daripada gaya hidup dan budaya. Oleh hal yang demikian, tidak mengejutkan apabila kadang kala sebuah model JDM yang jarang dijumpai muncul di Malaysia. Malaysia juga tidak kurang dengan lambakan peminat permotoran akibat kerana mempunyai jenama tempatan. Kali ini, kami menemui sebuah Toyota AE101


Aug 25, 2020

Deal breakers: Love the Volkswagen Tiguan, but wish its suspension was more pliant

Make no mistake, the Volkswagen Tiguan is an excellent SUV. It’s an excellent daily companion and a first-rate cruiser on highways. But like every other car, it isn’t perfect. Yes, it lacks any form of Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). There’s no autonomous emergency braking or even a blind spot monitor. To some, this would be the deal breaker, and understandably so. Volkswagen Tiguan But personally, ADAS isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to buying a car. It’s nice to have but


Jul 20, 2020

More details emerge of the 2021 Toyota Vios GR Sport - 10-speed CVT, sports suspension!

You know by now that a new, facelifted 2021 Toyota Vios is on its way - but seemingly out of nowhere, it's the new 2021 Toyota Yaris facelift that takes bookings first. You've been asking about what happened to the upcoming Vios and for that, we have some info of the upcoming Vios GR Sport! Vios GR Sport details Here's the information gathered on what the spicy Vios will have: CVT with 10 virtual ratios Stabiliser bars as standard GR Sports suspension Sportier wheels So far, prices have not been


Nov 2, 2020

How to use the new off-road driving features in 2020 Toyota Hilux - Superflex suspension, Auto LSD, new A-TRC

Earlier this year, UMW Toyota Motor launched the new 2020 Toyota Hilux, which now comes with a more powerful 204 PS/500 Nm 2.8-litre common rail turbodiesel engine, plus an expanded set of safety features which now include Toyota Safety Sense, packing autonomous emergency braking (AEB), lane departure alert, blind spot monitor, rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA) as well as adaptive cruise control. There’s also a 150 PS/400 Nm 2.4-litre engine for the lower variants – same power output as before but


Nov 20, 2020

Pros and Cons: Love the 2020 Proton X50's comfortable suspension, hate the seats

Over the weekend, we got the 2020 Proton X50 with us - and with it being arguably the nation's hottest car at the moment, we got a ton of content lined up for you. In short, here's the pros and cons of the Proton X50: Pros: Good performance Ride and handling Best-in-class technology Build quality Cons Infotainment is miles behind Not very practical Ergonomics need getting used to Quite the fuel guzzler Now let's go over them one by one. Pros - Good performance For our review, we got the Flagship


Dec 2, 2020

In Brief: 2019 Lexus RX 300 - Who needs air suspension?

The Lexus RX 300 was given a facelift last year and the 200t moniker has been dropped in favour of 300, but the powertrain remains unchanged. All three variants of the RX 300 (Premium, Luxury, and F-Sport) are propelled by a 2.0-litre turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that makes 238 PS and 350 Nm of torque. Power is channeled to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic. The one we have here is the F-Sport variant, priced at RM 424,187 (without SST). What are its pros and cons? Like all Lexus models,


Jul 22, 2020

Stricter drunk driving Bill passed; License suspension up to 10 years

We previously reported that the Transport Ministry is looking to implement stricter punishments on driving under influence, now the amendment has been passed with a simple voice vote at the Dewan Rakyat. The Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 was first proposed last month amidst growing concerns on drunk driving after multiple reports of drunk drivers crashing and victims losing their lives. The passing of the Act means that those caught driving under the influence or reckless driving and caus


Aug 27, 2020

Potong Stim: Volkswagen Tiguan memang best, tapi suspension kena lebih lentur lagi

Memang tak dinafikan, Volkswagen Tiguan ialah SUV yang amat cemerlang. Tak kiralah sebagai kereta kegunaan harian atau peluncur bangga di lebuhraya. Tapi, sama seperti mana-mana kereta di atas muka bumi ini, ia tidaklah sempurna. Bagi mereka yang memang hendakkan kereta dilengkapi Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS), mungkin sedari awal lagi dah 'cancel' VW Tiguan. Ia memang tiada brek kecemasan berautonomi mahupun pengesan titik-buta. Tapi bagi sesetengah orang, ADAS bukanlah sesuatu yang


Jul 24, 2020

Owner Review: My Perodua Kelisa - Great car for those who are thinking of getting their first car

** This article is the personal experience of a 2003 Perodua Kelisa 1.0GXi Manual owner and does not necessarily reflect the views of WapCar. Shermann Jit Singh My small Little Kelisa is a first Generation Perodua Kelisa from the year of 2003 with the 1.0GXi Manual variant. My SLK short for Small Little Kelisa had an engine swap last year due to the standard engine being old and was high in mileage by the previous owner caused it to give way, as the piston rings were the main culprit. I had fitt

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Sep 14, 2020

Price drop for 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300, no more Airmatic, RM 2k less

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has dropped Airmatic Suspension from the 2020 Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG Line. The Airmatic Suspension is replaced by Sports Suspension, as seen in the C200 AMG Line. The rest of the specification list remains as before. Price has gone down by RM 2,000 to RM 291,800 (OTR without insurance and SST, valid until 31st December 2020). Mercedes-Benz C-Class Airmatic Suspension is Mercedes-Benz’s term for their air suspension. Compared to traditional strut suspension, there are no co


Dec 2, 2020

Is it true that cars with torsion beam suspensions are inferior?

If you drive an econobox, it is most likely using a torsion beam (or twist beam) setup. If you have a “premium “or “performance” car, it is most likely using a multi-link suspension setup. So, torsion beams are clearly the inferior suspension, right? Well, cars like the Renault Megane RS and the FK2 Honda Civic Type R use torsion beam suspension setups. Even the Mazda 3 switched to torsion beam from multi-link, so they might not be so inferior after all. Just like every other technology, the tor


Feb 1, 2021

BMW 330i vs Mercedes-Benz C300, you might be surprised what a RM 300k car doesn't have

A battle older than time itself – BMW 3 Series against the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Although the BMW 3 Series has been with us for a longer time through 7 generations from 1975 (5 generations for the Merc, from 1982), the C-Class certainly gave and is still giving the 3 Series a run for its money. For a time, the common knowledge when it comes to these two is that the 3 Series provides a sportier drive while the C-Class is a more relaxing and comfortable car to be in. Now though, it’s not as strai


Jan 2, 2020

2020 Mercedes-Benz C300价格下跌RM 2000,不再配备Airmatic

大马Mercedes-Benz已经减配了Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG车系上的Airmatic Suspension空气悬吊,它将被一套运动悬吊代替,这套运动悬吊C200 AMG车系上的相同。 其它的配备与先前车型保持一致,而标价则下跌了RM 2,000,达到了RM 291,800(不含销售税,2020年12月31日前有效)。 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Airmatic Suspension是Mercedes-Benz为他们的空气悬吊起的名字,与传统的支柱悬吊相比,空气悬吊系统中没有弹簧和避震器。相反,它使用的是用橡胶和聚氨酯制成的气囊。 运动悬吊则使用的是传统的弹簧和支柱组合,并且因为这是一种被动式的设计,切换驾驶模式将无法改变避震器的特性。 如果你还不清楚的话,Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG车系搭载的是一具2.0升的涡轮增压四缸引擎,能够爆发出258 PS的马力和370 Nm的扭力,匹配一具9速自排变速箱,采用后轮驱动的布局。 Mercedes-Benz C-Class gallery


Dec 5, 2020

6 traits that make a great handling car

Every so often, you find people in the motoring fraternity raving about a certain car that has sublime handling, and is a joy to drive. What does it even mean? Beyond good looks, there’s a lot going on under the skin that can determine how well a car drives. Let’s dive into what makes a car handle great, in a road driving context. Balanced chassis A car’s chassis is the starting point of vehicle dynamics. A great-handling car usually has a very rigid chassis. Why? A stiff chassis reduces flex, i


Dec 6, 2020

2020 BMW 320i vs 2020 Mercedes-Benz C200 - which is the ride and handling champ?

In this ride and handling comparison, we’re pitting the 2020 (G20) BMW 320i up against its archrival – the 2020 (W205) Mercedes-Benz C200. BMW 3 Series For a time, the common knowledge when it comes to the BMW 3 Series and Mercedes-Benz C-Class is that the 3 Series provides a sportier drive, while the C-Class is a more relaxing and comfortable car to be in. Does this still hold true today? Well, sort of. Mercedes-Benz AMG C-Class Ride Comfort - Neither is the last word in comfort The G20 BMW 3 S


Oct 1, 2020

SUV vs Sedan - Which is more comfortable?

The answer is sedan. Surprised? Well, let us explain by taking the Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Tiguan as examples. The Passat is chosen here because the Jetta is no longer on sale in Malaysia, and both the Passat and Tiguan are based on the MQB platform. Why aren't SUVs as comfortable? SUVs, like the Volkswagen Tiguan, have higher centre of gravity. Which means the driver as well as the passengers are seated further away from the pivot point of the car. The high seating position means that


Aug 5, 2020

2020 Honda HR-V vs 2020 Subaru XV - Which is more comfortable?

There are three aspects to judge when it comes to comfort – suspension pliancy, noise level, and seat comfort. With that in mind, let’s compare the Honda HR-V and the Subaru XV in terms of comfort. To recap, the Honda HR-V is priced at RM 124,800 (OTR with SST) whereas the Subaru XV is priced at RM 133,788 (OTR with SST). Suspension Pliancy - Subaru XV rides more sophisticatedly Honda HR-V The Honda HR-V is based on the same platform that underpins the Honda City/Jazz, and has the same suspensio


Sep 10, 2020

Quick Review: 2020 Proton X70 CKD, the devil is in the details

The long-awaited 2020 Proton X70 CKD (locally assembled) is now finally in Malaysia and we were fortunate to spend a short drive in it from KL to Kuantan prior to the official launch. Although brief, the Malaysia-assembled Proton X70 left a lasting positive impression. The Proton X70 was first introduced in Malaysia in the tail-end of 2018 as a fully imported (CBU) unit from China with customer deliveries started in 2019. Between 2019 to January 2020, over 29,000 units of the Proton X70 found ho

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Feb 12, 2020

2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class features E-Active Body Control - Raises car in side impact!

With the upcoming 2021 W223 Mercedes-Benz S-Class about to be launched in September 2020, Mercedes-Benz has been teasing some of the newest technology and features of the flagship sedan through their Meet the S-Class Digital web series. In the latest update, Mercedes-Benz has revealed that the W223 will feature the E-Active Body Control active suspension system as an option. This feature is also seen in the GLE SUV. It adds semi-supporting pneumatics to the air suspension and is connected to a 4

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Jul 30, 2020

Strut bar – does it really make your car handle better and safer?

You’ve probably seen or heard a certain aftermarket strut bar company suggesting you to install a strut bar in your car with a promise of improved chassis rigidity, enhance cornering performance and a much safer car. It is true, but there are drivers that thinks it is nothing more than just another gimmicky product. So here comes the question – do you really need one and does it work? Firstly, what’s a strut bar? Strut bar or strut brace, as the name suggests is a metal or aluminum bar that conn

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Mar 4, 2020

Ratings Comparison: Proton X70 vs Honda CR-V vs Mazda CX-5 - Ride comfort

Ride comfort is one of the most important aspect to consider when buying an SUV. So let’s dive into a comparison of ride comfort between the Proton X70, Honda CR-V, and Mazda CX-5. All three cars have the same suspension setup, with MacPherson struts at the front and multi-link at the rear. Mazda CX-5 Turbo Starting with the Mazda CX-5, ride is on the firm side as with most Mazdas. It’s not crashy by any means, but you’ll notice more disturbances being transmitted into the cabin. But the seat sc


Jun 12, 2020

Top 5 best cars for long distance drives in Malaysia

There’s a term we use to convey refinement of a car – NVH, which stands for Noise, Vibration, Harshness. The lower the NVH, the more refined and comfortable it is. NVH is, more often than not, judged based on subjective feeling. In other words, we feel the car through our bums and ears. Though in the aspect of noise, we do measure it using a sound level meter to maintain a level of objectivity. Before we begin, we’d like to rule out ultra-luxurious cars like the Rolls-Royce Phantom or the Merced


Jul 30, 2020