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Paddle shift in automatic cars, pretty useful or practically useless?

An increasingly common feature in automatic transmission cars nowadays is paddle shifters. 9 times out of 10, a new car will come equipped with it, be it an econobox like a Honda City or a hot-blooded supercar (a McLaren 720S comes to mind). How did this feature become so prevalent? Is it just a gimmick, or something genuinely useful? How did it even come about?Origins of the paddle shiftThe first car to use a steering-mounted gearshift mechanism.Photo credit: wikimedia.orgThe most primitive for

Jason

Jason

Feb 3, 2021

‘Paddle shifter’ dalam kereta auto - menyenangkan atau menyemakkan?

Satu perincian yang semakin kerap didatangkan dengan kereta bertransmisi automatik masa kini ialah ‘paddle shifters’ – pedal/butang kecil yang ditolak dengan jari di belakang stereng untuk memudahkan pemandu menukar gear di dalam kereta auto. Kebanyakan kereta moden didatangkan dengan perincian ini – dari kereta biasa seperti Honda City sehinggalah ‘supercar’ hebat-hebat seperti McLaren 720S.Bagaimana perincian ini boleh jadi begitu popular sejak kebelakangan

Mersita

Mersita

Feb 14, 2021

New 2020 Honda BR-V facelift comes with paddle shifters, priced up RM 9k

The 7-seater Honda BR-V receives its first facelift since the model was launched in 2016. Already debuted in Indonesia, the facelift is now available for those looking for a more aggressive looking BR-V that even comes with paddle shifters.As part of Honda Malaysia’s effort to help with the COVID-19 situation, portion of proceeds from BR-V sales will be donated for COVID-19 relief programmes. This campaign is called the “Be Kind With BR-V” campaign and will start from

Arif

Arif

Jun 2, 2020

Honda BR-V facelift 2020 baru dengan paddle shifter! Apa upgrade lain?

Honda BR-VHonda BR-V telah menerima facelift pertamanya sejak model ini dilancarkan pada tahun 2016. Facelift baru itu telah dilancarkan di Indonesia dan kini telah ditawarkan di Malaysia. Bagi mereka yang mencari MPV 7 tempat duduk terbaru, Honda BR-V kini tampil dengan rekaan yang ‘garang’ dan juga dilengkapi dengan ciri paddle shifter.Sebagai sebahagian daripada usaha Honda Malaysia untuk membantu tragedi pandemik COVID-19, sebahagian daripada hasil penjualan BR-V akan disumbangka

Haris

Haris

Jun 3, 2020

No Toyota Direct Shift CVT for the Perodua D55L, why?

The 2021 Perodua D55L is Perodua’s first-ever model to be fitted with a CVT-type automatic. Now, before you throw a tantrum at the mere mention of CVT, the one fitted to the D55L is very different from CVTs of yore.You see, the Perodua D55Ls Dual-mode CVT (D-CVT) features a combination of steel chains and gear set, vastly different from regular CVTs that utilizes only belts or chains. Mechanically, the D-CVT is similar but not identical to Toyotas vaunted Direct Shift CVT, despite both uni

Eric

Eric

Feb 28, 2021

Subaru XV facelift launched in Japan; New grille, e-Active Shift Control

The new 2020 Subaru XV facelift has officially launched in Japan featuring a new Plasma Yellow Pearl colour, a new front end, and new feature called e-Active Shift Control for mild hybrid variant. Sales in the country are expected to start in October 2020.From the front, the XV now sports a new front grille and a redesigned front bumper while the rear remains largely the same. It also gets new aluminium 17-inch or 18-inch wheels. The highlight of the exterior changes is the introduction of a bra

Jerrica

Jerrica

Sep 10, 2020

Perodua为何不使用Toyota Direct Shift CVT?

2021 Perodua D55L是Perodua旗下首款搭载CVT自排变速箱的车型。不过,虽然D55L采用了CVT变速箱,但这具变速箱跟你想象中的CVT可不一样。Perodua D55L搭载的是双模式CVT(D-CVT),这具变速箱结合了钢带和齿轮组两种传动结构,这与仅使用钢带或链条的普通CVT变速箱有着很大的差别。从机械结构上看,D-CVT和Toyota旗下的Direct Shift CVT都采用了钢带和齿轮组的混合结构,这也是两者唯一的共同点。从实际工作原理上看,这两者也有着很大的差别。推荐阅读:Perodua Ativa(D55L)的CVT要比Proton的好,但D-CVT中的D指的是什么?Toyota的Direct Shift CVT是什么?Toyota的Direct Shift是Toyota在CVT技术上最新的成果,它能够达到接近于双离合(DCT)变速箱的性能,同时又能保持CVT的平顺性和经济性。它在多个TNGA-B平台的Toyota车型上都有搭载,如Toyota Yaris和Toyota Yaris Cross等;同时,它也被TNGA-K平台的车型所采用,如Toyota

Rax

Rax

Mar 3, 2021

Cara guna butang Shift Lock sebelah tombol gear

Kebanyakan kereta bertransmisi automatik moden masa kini didatangkan dengan satu fungsi keselamatan gear, iaitu Shift Lock. Pernah nampak tak, butang kecil di sebelah tombol gear di dalam kereta anda?Fungsi Shift Lock ini adalah untuk membolehkan anda menggerakkan atau mengalihkan gear ke posisi selain daripada P (Parking) semasa enjin dimatikan. Apabila anda hendak parkir dan matikan enjin, kunci kereta takkan dapat dipusing untuk mematikan enjin selagi gear belum diletakkan pada P.Kereta auto

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Mersita

Sep 1, 2020

Lexus UX’s Direct-Shift CVT is a CVT enthusiasts can accept

During the recent Lexus UX drive, we were impressed with how the CVT operates and feel. Combined with the new 2.0-litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder engine, the Lexus UX felt peppy and engaging to drive around town.However, not many are aware of Toyota’s CVT being one of the most technologically advanced CVT out there, so we decided to share this with you readers for further understanding.  First, we need to understand the concept of CVT. CVTs, or continuously variable transmissio

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

Mar 6, 2020

What is a car platform? It’s not necessarily what you think it is

BMA, CMA, MQB, MLB, TNGA, DNGA, these are just some of the more commonly spoken alphabet soup of acronyms (actually they more like marketing words) that refer to car platforms.BMA platform, developed by Geely-Volvos CEVT, used by the Proton X50But what exactly is a platform and why it’s such a big deal to some companies, but not others? Companies like Geely/Proton, Toyota, and Volkswagen bang heavily on modular platform technology in their marketing communications, while others like Merced

Hans

Hans

Dec 18, 2020

Kenapa Perodua Ativa (D55L) tak guna Direct Shift CVT dari Toyota? – Ini sebabnya

Seperti yang pernah dimaklumkan, Ativa (D55L) bakal menjadi model Perodua pertama yang datang dengan transmisi CVT. Sebelum itu, perlu dimaklumkan bahawa CVT ini agak lain daripada CVT yang biasa anda dengar.Berbeza dengan CVT konvensional yang guna belt atau chain, jenis Dual-mode (D-CVT) yang terdapat pada Perodua Ativa (D55L) ini menggunakan steel chain dan set gear.Secara mekanikal, konsep D-CVT adalah sama seperti Toyota Direct Shift CVT. Apa yang berbeza ialah operasinya.Apa maksud Toyota

Faisal

Faisal

Mar 2, 2021

Pros and Cons: Toyota Camry - Brilliant to drive, but is that enough?

For over 30 years, the Toyota Camry has been a default choice for buyers that seek reliability, comfort and durability. Of course, the automotive landscape is vastly different now (where SUVs are king) so its rather refreshing to see the 6th-generation Toyota Camry still fight the good fight for sedans. So, time to find out if the Toyota Camry is worthy of a place in your garage. You know what this means, its Pros and Cons time.Pros - Beautiful MonsterIn the right colour (well have one in Burnin

Jason

Jason

Jan 18, 2021

2021 MG HS – What is it and can it challenge the Proton X70?

The SUV segment in Malaysia is set to heat up in the near future, as MG is set to return to Malaysian shores real soon.Sightings of the MG HS have intensified recently, hinting that the company behind the iconic British brand is working hard to introduce the model before the year ends.What is the MG HS?The MG HS is a C-segment SUV that rivals the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, and Proton X70.First shown as a concept in 2018, it was then launched in Thailand back in September 2019. Pricing of the MG HS

Eric

Eric

Oct 7, 2020

The facelift 2021 Hyundai i30N has 8-speed DCT, 280 PS and a Grin Shift?

Hyundai’s first-ever proper hot hatch has been given a facelift since it was introduced in 2017. Over 25,000 units of the Hyundai i30N have been sold in Europe and since then the N-badge have been proof of Hyundai’s commitment to performance.The i30N is available in 2 body styles, a hatchback and a fastback. Both updated models feature a wide, mesh centre grille which has been optimised to allow efficient engine cooling.The outer bumper corners are dominated by aerodynamic side fins

CY Foong

CY Foong

Sep 25, 2020

What Is ADAS?

The Proton X70 has it. The Honda CR-V has it. Even a Perodua Myvi has a basic version of it. Different manufacturers refer to it in different names. Honda calls it Sensing, Mazda calls it i-ActivSense, Subaru calls it EyeSight, while Proton uses the generic ADAS term. So what is ADAS? Is it worth paying for? Is it reliable? What cars come with ADAS?ADAS is short for Advanced Driver Assistance System. According to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) code of practice for

Robert

Robert

Sep 2, 2019

Our Ativa’s rattling sound is fixed! What was the problem? - Long-term review #6

It has been about two weeks of ownership with our Perodua Ativa. How have things been? Well, the rattling sound we mentioned previously had gotten really annoying. Every time we drove over abrupt irregularities on the right side, the sound became more and more apparent.We were sure the rattling came from the rear right corner, but we werent sure what it was exactly.We needed to take the Ativa to Sepang on Tuesday to check out some Malaysian-made electric car, so we held off going to the service

Arif

Arif

Apr 2, 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? The Geely Binyue (soon-to-be Proton X50)'s DCT gear leverSpeaking to members of the media, Geely&rsq

Eric

Eric

Feb 3, 2020

With 3 choices, what is the best variant of the Perodua Ativa for you?

The Malaysian car market welcomed a new competitor today in the form of the much talked-about 2021 Perodua Ativa. Its finally here, and boy is it feature-packed with eyebrow-raising price tags. Also read: Launched in Malaysia, the 2021 Perodua Ativa: Priced from RM 62k, 1.0L Turbo, 98 PS/140 NmWell say this - its the good kind of eyebrow-raising, especially when prices start from RM 61,500. Oh, and did we mention Pre-Collision Braking (PCB) and Lane Departure Warning (LDW) is standard across the

Sanjay

Sanjay

Mar 3, 2021

Subaru XV facelift dilancarkan di Jepun; Gril baru, e-Active Shift Control

Subaru XV 2020 facelift baharu telah dilancarkan secara rasmi di Jepun – didatangkan dengan warna Plasma Yellow Pearl baharu, bahagian hadapan kereta baharu, dan juga kelengkapan baharu yang dipanggil e-Active Shift Control untuk varian hibrid sederhana. SUV ini dijangka akan mula dijual pada bulan Oktober 2020 di sana.Dari sisi hadapan, XV ini menonjolkan gril hadapan baharu dan bampar hadapan yang direka semula, manakala bahagian belakang SUV ini kekal sama. Ia juga didatangkan dengan ta

Mersita

Mersita

Sep 14, 2020

Used car buying guide: GM2 Honda City - Which variant to get, what to look out for

Honda Malaysia just took the covers off the all-new 2020 Honda City, priced from RM 74,191.With the launch of a new model, prices of used City models will also dropped further, making a used Honda City a viable option for some.A little history on the GM2 Honda CityThe GM2 Honda City, also called the third-generation City, was introduced in Malaysia in late-2008.It replaced the controversial-looking GD8-generation model, which was the poster child for bad CVTs.Instead of a CVT-type automatic, Hon

Eric

Eric

Oct 15, 2020

Engine braking is good for you, but how do you use it?

Everybody hates driving behind the car that brakes excessively and unnecessarily. Excessive braking shows a lack of driving awareness, bad trailing distance, and poor control of the car. It becomes an even bigger annoyance when driving downhill.USE LOW GEARNow, when driving downhill, you might notice “Use Low Gear” signs along the way, and that’s really what you should be doing. Using a lower gear enables you to do “Engine Braking” so you could tackle the winding do

Arif

Arif

Jul 11, 2020

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.Parking Pro-tip: Keep all 4 wheels on the groundIf 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 sequen

Arif

Arif

Jun 29, 2020

6 features that will disappear from cars by 2030

2020 was supposed to be the year we see flying cars. That obviously didnt happen. Still, the automotive world still saw many new cars, with new innovations introduced, which means older technologies will be replaced. Is that always a good thing? Today, we look at 6 automotive features that will probably disappear soon.Naturally-aspirated, large capacity enginesThe stuff of my teenage dreamsBeing a kid who grew up in the 1990s, my automotive world was filled with memories of naturally-aspirated l

Jason

Jason

Jan 2, 2021

How to run in your brand-new car? Here is what we’re doing with our new Ativa

When you buy a brand-new car, you have to go through a run-in (or break-in) period for the first 1,000 km. Unfortunately, you can’t just gun it right after taking delivery from the showroom. As such with our new Perodua Ativa, the first thing in order is to run it in.Only 17km on the odometer upon collectionHow to run in the car?Drive the car carefully without exceeding a certain rpm and speed limit. In every car’s owner manual, the instructions for the run-in period are explicitly s

Arif

Arif

Mar 19, 2021

2021 (992) Porsche 911 GT3 available for pre-order in Malaysia; 510 PS, 6:59 Nurburgring lap time

This is the 2021 (992) Porsche 911 GT3 and its available for pre-order in Malaysia. It’s made with the same recipe as before, with a stratospheric 4.0-litre naturally-aspirated flat-six engine and various aerodynamic trickery to make you go faster.How fast are we talking about?If you get into the PDK (dual-clutch transmission) version, it can do 0-100 km/h in 3.4 seconds and charge forwards all the way to 318 km/h. As for the manual version, it would depend on how fast you can shift, but P

Shaun

Shaun

Feb 17, 2021

What Tun Mahathir feels like when driving the VinFast SA2.0 SUV in Hanoi?

According to Bernama, the Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir Mohamad test drove the SUV (sports utility vehicle) LUX SA (A) 2.0 model for about 10 minutes during a visit to the Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park in Hanoi. Too vague huh, let's walk the whole car test tour together!Accompanied by Vingroup Chairman Pham Nhat Vuong and VinFast technician Nguyen Anh Hieu, the prime minister is observing the exterior of the SA2.0...The LUX SA2.0 is based on the F15 BMW X5 and presents a tough mid-sized luxury SUV

Tasia

Tasia

Aug 30, 2019

2020 Honda BR-V Facelift – New vs old, what has changed?

A couple of weeks ago, Honda Malaysia launched the 2020 Honda BR-V facelift, three months after bookings were opened.Exterior – Mild styling updates to keep the BR-V freshThe updated 2020 Honda BR-V gets a restyled front grille with two smaller horizontal slats, replacing the pre-facelift model’s single horizontal slat.Apart from that, it also gains a new front bumper with a redesigned lower air intake and front fog light surrounds.Towards the sides, the BR-V facelift gains new 16-in

Eric

Eric

Jun 19, 2020

Geely's logo is always related to the number 6, what is their affinity with it?

The Geely logo has been growing increasingly familiar in the automotive world. You can’t read about Volvo or Proton without thinking about Geely, not to mention that the company now ranks as one of the world’s biggest car manufacturers and appears frequently in the news with one new joint venture or another.It took 30 years for Geely to become the world-renown brand that it is today along with a few changes in the logo and corporate identity. But how did they get from a mountain to a

Jerrica

Jerrica

Feb 20, 2021

Wheel alignment - what is camber, caster and toe?

Wheel alignment, also known as tyre alignment can help your tyres function properly, achieve even wear on all four tyres, plusing making them last longer. It’s an elaborate process and each car manufacturer has their own designated alignment angles.Maintaining the correct wheel alignment is crucial to avoid your vehicle from pulling in one direction or vibrating strangely on the road.The basics of wheel alignment is made up of three basic adjust

Zamil Syaheer

Zamil Syaheer

May 29, 2020

What is ABS?

ABS stands for anti-lock braking system which as its name suggests, is a system that prevents the wheels from locking up (stops spinning) while the car is still moving. If the wheels are locked up and there’s an object in front, the car would just plow straight ahead regardless of how much steering input it receives.If you’ve ridden a bike with well-functioning brakes and just brake really hard, chances are you’ll notice the wheel stopping/locking up especially t

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 15, 2019