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LRT 3 structure collapsed in Klang forces 5-day road closure

After the collapse of a temporary structure at the Klang LRT project site earlier today, authorities have announced that they will close the roads around the area for debris clean-up. The incident happened within the LRT3 work area opposite the TM Point outlet near the Meru wet market. Among the roads that will be closed is Jalan Meru from Klang Town centre heading towards Meru and Jalan Kedah junction heading towards Jalan Meru. Sunway Construction issued a statement that the 5am incident was c


Jun 17, 2020

Singapore to invest SGD 30 mil for EVs, road tax structure to be revised

In Singapore’s Budget 2021 today, Singapore Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister, Heng Swee Keat announced that Singapore will introduce more incentives to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles. Channel News Asia reports that Singapore will set aside 30 million SGD over the next five years for electric vehicle related initiatives. Some of the initiatives include lowering the Additional Registration Fee (ARF) tax to zero for electric cars from January 2022 to December 2023. The move a


Feb 16, 2021

MoF: Tax structure under review, return to GST mulled but only after MCO

The Ministry of Finance (MoF) is currently studying measures to widen Malaysia’s tax revenue base, including the reinstatement of Goods and Services Tax (GST). A report by The Edge quoted MoF Deputy Secretary-general Zakiah Jaafar as saying that tax reforms are necessary as Malaysia currently collects only 17 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in tax revenues, which is quite low relative to high-income nations. However, she also added that any changes in tax policies will only be implemente


Mar 17, 2021

UMW Toyota cuts prices by up to 6%, RAV4 now from RM 196k!

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced new prices for its vehicles beginning 15 June 2020, following the incentives provided to the Malaysian automotive industry announced by the Prime Minister. “Toyota vehicles are now more affordable than ever. Customers should take this opportunity to upgrade or purchase a new Toyota. All relief from the new tax structure have been factored into the new pricing, considered in the best interest


Jun 12, 2020

Toyota files patent for 'crab-like' handling. What's that?

In a world obsessed with race car ride and handling, Toyota is looking at another direction: cyberpunk-inspired, all-terrain handling. In a filing with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the application describes a system where all four wheels can turn enough to make them point laterally, allowing for sideways movement, something like the Nissan Pivo pictured above. To make things simpler, imagine how a crab walks, and you’ve got the right idea! Additionally, the wheels can a


Jul 7, 2020

The Toyota RAV4 is cheaper than the Honda CR-V, before tax – wait what??

As you would’ve already know, UMW Toyota Motor has announced the prices for the all-new 2020 Toyota RAV4, which is estimated to range from RM 203,880 for the 2.0L variant and RM 223,880 for the 2.5L variant (but to temporarily discounted to RM 196,436 and RM 215,665 respectively). With or without discounts, those prices put it way off from its segment rivals the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5, which tops out at RM 175,900 and RM 181,660 respectively. The latter is the stonking 230 PS/420 Nm CX-5 Turb


Jun 12, 2020

Toyota Corolla Altis'TNGA platform, what is it and does it make any difference?

TNGA is short for Toyota New Global Architecture. It’s a much bandied about term by Toyota’s marketers and sales staff alike. The most recent model to use TNGA is the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis 2019. So what does TNGA really mean? Depending on which Toyota personnel that you ask, you will get a slightly different answer. To a Toyota marketer, TNGA is a about creating vehicles with superior ride and handling, better looking designs and better safety. It’s a set of basic building blocks of a car


Oct 17, 2019

Toyota announces new TNGA platform for next generation Vios and Yaris

Toyota’s small cars family will be next in line to benefit from Toyota’s much vaunted TNGA platform. Short for Toyota New Global Architecture, the all-new TNGA platform has been the key reason why recent Toyota models like C-HR, Camry, and Corolla have been grabbing the title of best-in-class handling away from Mazda. Currently, there are three variations of Toyota’s TNGA platform (actually there are four if you include the Lexus LS’ GA-L). GA-C was the first of the TNGA platform series introduc


Sep 5, 2019

2020 Toyota Hilux scores 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating

The new facelifted 2020 Toyota Hilux is launched in Malaysia today and apart from the macho looks, it’s also got a very impeccable safety rating. ASEAN NCAP which conducts safety assessment for new cars in the ASEAN region has just awarded the King of Pick-ups a 5-star safety rating. The test was conducted in August 2020 and was the second assessment that ASEAN NCAP had conducted on the Hilux. The first was done in 2015 when the eighth-gen Hilux was launched in which it also received a 5-star ra

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Oct 8, 2020

No more recond Subaru BRZ from Japan soon, 2021 Toyota 86 to debut in May as GR86

We’ve already seen the 2021 Subaru BRZ making its global debut in the US, so it’s only natural to ask when the other half of the Toyobaru coupe twin will be launched. According to Japanese sources, the answer is May 2021. As before, the second generation Toyota 86 will mirror the Subaru BRZ’s mechanicals, built by Subaru to. Like the Subaru BRZ, the ‘flat-four’ engine’s capacity has been increased to 2.4-litre. The body is slightly longer and wider too, and kerb weight has been bumped up by arou


Dec 9, 2020

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport launched in Taiwan, improved handling but no power gains

Toyota Corolla Altis Hotai Motor, the official distributor of Toyota vehicles in Taiwan has just introduced the Corolla Altis GR Sport, available as a regular petrol or hybrid variant. At a glance, the Taiwan market Corolla Altis GR Sport may look similar to the one we saw at the 36th Thailand International Motor Expo, but there are some differences. Up front, the Taiwan model gets a unique front bumper, as its lower air intake is more pronounced than the Thailand market car. The front grille ge


Apr 30, 2020

204 PS and 500 Nm new 2020 Toyota Hilux launched in Thailand, 2021 debut in Malaysia?

Toyota has introduced the new 2020 Toyota Hilux facelift in Thailand, now with a more powerful 2.8-litre turbodiesel that churns out 204 PS and 500 Nm. Powertrain – 27 PS and 50 Nm more than before As reported earlier, the new Hilux gains a revised 2.8-litre turbodiesel with increased power figures. Compared to the outgoing 2.8-litre unit, the improved 2.8-litre delivers 204 PS and 500 Nm, 27 PS and 50 Nm more than before. Power figures for 2.4-litre turbodiesel unit remain unchanged – 151 PS an


Jun 4, 2020

Indo-made Hyundai truck coming to Malaysia in 2023 to fight Toyota Hilux

After decades of sitting out on the pick-up truck market, Hyundai is planning to launch not one but two pick-up trucks for international markets. The first will be a full-size truck aimed at the North American market, competing against the Ford F-150. This model will be based on the Santa Cruz concept. However, it is not relevant to our market. Instead, we will be getting a smaller mid-size pick-up truck, the sort of trucks that’s popular in our part of the world, a market that’s dominated by th


Dec 3, 2020

New 2020 Toyota Vios to add Gazoo Racing variant, launching in December

If you’ve been following our posts, you would’ve known by now that UMW Toyota Motor is expected to launch a new 2020 Toyota Vios facelift in December. You wouldn’t expect the company to sit idly while watching the all-new 2020 Honda City and 2020 Nissan Almera muscle into its territory right? As a follow up to that, we have received news that Toyota will also be adding a Gazoo Racing variant of the new Vios, possibly wearing the GR Sport badge. It’s a logical move because a Toyota Vios GR Sport


Oct 21, 2020

New 2020 Toyota Fortuner facelift - 204 PS and 500 Nm, Malaysia launch in 2021?

Toyota has officially launched the new facelifted Toyota Fortuner in Thailand. It now adds a Legender variant that comes with a more powerful 204 PS and 500 Nm engine. Power Train- 27 PS and 500 Nm Similar to the new Hilux, the new 2.8-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine in the Legender variant has been upgraded to 204 PS and 500 Nm (27 PS more than before) delivers 1,600 - 2,800 rpm is available in both 2WD and 4WD. The 2.4-liter turbocharged diesel engine remains the same power as befo


Jun 4, 2020

Enjoy up to RM 47k savings when you buy a brand-new Lexus!

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia have announced updated prices for its models starting 15 June 2020. Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMWT said, “Toyota vehicles are now more affordable than ever. Customers should take this opportunity to upgrade or purchase a new Toyota. All relief from the new tax structure have been factored into the new pricing, considered in the best interest of our customers. Price changes vary between our CKD and CBU


Jun 12, 2020

Deal breakers: 2020 Toyota RAV4, worth RM 40k more than the Honda CR-V?

Recently, our colleague Zamil had the opportunity to spend some time in the new Toyota RAV4. Toyota’s new kid on the block is here to challenge the Honda CR-V and Mazda CX-5’s status quo. Powered by Toyota’s new 2.0 and 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engines, and utilising the new TNGA-K platform that also underpins the Corolla Altis and Camry, the RAV4’s recipe is a compelling one. All that being said, it really is a big ask for Toyota to demand RM 215,700 (after SST reductions) for the 2.5 variant. T


Jun 26, 2020

Indonesia wants more people to buy EVs, cuts incentives for hybrids

With aims to boost sales of electric vehicles, Indonesia announces a new regulation that will increase tariffs for hybrid cars. According to Bloomberg's report, this is how the new tax structure will look like: Revised tax structure Vehicle type New tax rate Battery-powered electric vehicles (BEV) 0% (unchanged) Plug-in hybrid vehicles 5% (up from 0%) Full and mild hybrid vehicles 6% - 12% (up from 2% - 12%) Higher rates will be introduced in two years, after the battery-powered EV sector realis


Mar 16, 2021

Prolintas: 2 weeks to remove collapsed crane and carry out repair works

Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings Sdn Bhd (Prolintas), the highway concessionaire, said in a statement that it is expected to take 2 weeks to remove the collapsed gantry crane structure and carry out repairs. The statement follows a gantry crane accident that happened at the Sungai Besi-Ulu Kelang Elevated Expressway (SUKE) in Alam Damai construction site last week. The accident killed 3 Chinese national workers and heavily injured a driver of a passing Perodua Bezza. Also read: LLM orders SUKE to o


Mar 29, 2021

Toyota Raize/Daihatsu Rocky launched in Japan, Myvi size and priced below a Honda HR-V

Remember the unnamed Daihatsu compact SUV that we saw at the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show? Well it has now gone on sale in Japan as the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize. The model is produced by Daihatsu at its Shiga plant, which also builds the same car for its parent company Toyota, which will then sell it as the Toyota Raize. For now, the Raize/Rocky is only for Japan but we are pretty certain that the same model will eventually find its way to our region. If it doesn’t appear as here a Perodu


Nov 5, 2019

What’s so great about the RM 150k 2019 Toyota C-HR?

On paper, the Toyota C-HR is extremely underwhelming and frankly unappetizing. Halogen projectors, 17-inch wheels, 1.8-litre naturally aspirated DVVT-I with measly 140 PS & 171 Nm just doesn’t quite fit the bill of a RM 150,000 SUV. Not only that, but the tight-ish interior also doesn’t quite appeal to the family shoppers – limited knee room and only 388 litres of boot space. If you’re claustrophobic like me, I strongly suggest to not spend too long in the back seats of the C-HR. Safety features

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Sep 5, 2019

Malaysia now classified as a risky investment destination by some manufacturers

The recently announced 2020 National Automotive Policy (NAP) and recent changes in the government are not sitting well with car manufacturers operating in Malaysia. “It’s a bit unsettling. Less than a week after announcing an auto policy that doesn’t say anything meaningful, the prime minister is stepping down?,” said an executive at a German automotive brand. However, the executive remained optimistic about the mid-term prospects of Malaysia, and sees the current episode merely as a speed bump


Feb 24, 2020

Is the Honda BR-V an SUV or an MPV?

The Honda BR-V is an entry-level, three-row seat, seven-seater vehicle. With a ground clearance of 201 mm, it rides 3 mm higher than even a Honda CR-V (even when fitted with all-wheel drive). At the same time, it’s only has front-wheel drive, with an elongated rear half that looks more like an MPV than an SUV. So what is the Honda BR-V? Is it an MPV or an SUV? The simple answer is that it’s an SUV. Honda Malaysia’s own marketing materials describe it as a crossover, which is just another way of


Apr 1, 2020

Honda City - Should you buy one now or wait for the new one?

Honda took the covers off the all-new, fifth-generation City in Bangkok back in November 2019. If you’ve been eyeing one, you may have to wait a fair bit longer, as the soonest the new model could be introduced in Malaysia is late-2020 or early-2021. Not only has changes in the tax structure and Open Market Value (OMV) calculations delayed car launches a fair bit, the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic isn’t helping matters as well. As such, the current fourth-generation City is still a viable option. Wa


Mar 25, 2020

2020 Honda City, Perodua Aruz, Proton X50 - which is safer? The answer might surprise you

If you have been following our page, you would know that the Proton X50 has been awarded a maximum 5-star rating by ASEAN NCAP. As the Proton X50 is structurally similar to the Geely Binyue donor car, one can say that this is the first right-hand drive crash test for the Geely Binyue. However if you study the ASEAN NCAP’s test report in detail, you will realize that the Proton X50’s scores is actually lower than the Perodua Aruz and 2020 Honda City – 86.54 points for the Honda City, 86.49 points


Oct 12, 2020

Thailand plans yet another tax reduction for electric cars, 3-year tax holiday is just the beginning

Despite the existing incentives for electric vehicles in Thailand, Finance Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith wants the Excise Department to reconsider which components of EVs deserve improved tax reductions to make them more enticing to consumers. Electric cars in Thailand are already on a three-year tax holiday under the current excise tax structure in Thailand. (Jan 1 2020 to Dec 31 2022). This applies to car makers granted with Board of Investment (BoI) privileges*. * Manufacturers that did


Nov 17, 2020

Malaysia mulls CO2 emission as requirement for EEV, more hybrids to come?

The Malaysian government is drafting a proposal to tighten requirements to qualify for excise tax deductions under the Energy Efficient Vehicles (EEV) program. EEV is a tax incentive package for fuel efficient, locally-assembled cars. Not to be confused with EV (electric vehicles), EEV is technology-neutral and encompasses all types of powertrain. Currently, EEV incentives are decided on a case by case basis, based on several factors including (but not limited to) the value of project and econom


Dec 17, 2020

Nissan Almera – Should you wait for the all-new model?

If you’re in the market for the current-generation Nissan Almera, we reckon that you should postpone your purchase for a bit as the all-new Almera will be coming to Malaysia, with the soonest being late-2020 or early-2021. The all-new model was introduced in Thailand back in November 2019, replacing the previous model that has been on sale since 2012. Engine - Probably no turbo for us The all-new Nissan Almera is fitted with a new 1.0-litre turbocharged engine that does 100 PS and 152 Nm, mated


Mar 26, 2020

Understanding the Forester's and XV’s Subaru Global Platform

TC Subaru, the authorized distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia and subsidiary of the Motor Image Group, has today launched the all-new Subaru Forester. The five-seater Forester starts from RM 139,788 to RM 159,788. All variants are powered by a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated direct injection four-cylinder ‘boxer’ engine, paired to a CVT-type automatic transmission driving all four wheels (active torque split symmetrical all-wheel drive). Forester 2.0i-L: RM 139,788 Forester 2.0i-S: RM 149,7


Sep 4, 2019

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Proton X70 – Still want that X70?

It is inevitable, comparing the recently-introduced 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross against one of the most popular SUVs around – the Proton X70. After all, seeing that the price of the top-spec Proton X70 is very close to the entry-level Toyota Corolla Cross (RM 123k vs RM 124k), cross-shopping between the two is bound to happen. Therein lies the question: for roughly the same amount of money for the top-spec Proton X70, should you, or should you not, add a little bit more money and get the 2021 Toyo


Mar 25, 2021