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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 suspensio

Shaun

Shaun

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 Specifically, the Airmatic Suspension has been replaced by Sports Suspension, like the one in the C200 AMG Line.Mercedes-Benz C-ClassAirmatic Suspension is Mercedes-Benz’s term for their air suspension.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 c

Shaun

Shaun

Nov 9, 2020

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 fl

Shaun

Shaun

Dec 11, 2019

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 cars ride and handling are chiefly determined by two things, wheel size and also suspension tuning. Photo credit: F Tuned Racing SuspensionTodays question is very simple, have carmakers lost the art of suspension tuning? Think about it, when did you la

Jason

Jason

Feb 16, 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 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

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 TiguanBut personally, ADAS isn’t the be-all and end-all when it comes to buying a car. I

Shaun

Shaun

Jul 20, 2020

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 it

Adrian Chia

Adrian Chia

Feb 12, 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

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, its the new 2021 Toyota Yaris facelift that takes bookings first.Youve 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 detailsThats still the current-gen Vios rear lights, and the badge doesnt look like a Photoshop job. Heres the information gathered on what the spicy Vios will have: CVT with 10 virtual ratios Stabi

Sanjay

Sanjay

Nov 2, 2020

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?Padan dengan namanya, ‘torsion beam’ memintal untuk menampung daya menegak.Tapi, kereta-kereta seperti Renault Megan

Mersita

Mersita

Feb 12, 2021

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

Hans

Hans

Oct 17, 2019

Brake disc rust - Is it dangerous? What should you do about it?

If you have a car that’s been parked for a little bit too long, you will start to notice rust forming on the brake discs/rotors. Some of us are able to look past this, while some of us can’t stand the sight of it.Is rust on the brake discs harmful?If left unattended for too long, rust on the brake disc can be a serious problem. Photo: Mechanic BaseBrake discs wear out over time either by thinning, warping, or rusting. So, if you’re wondering whether rust on the brake disc is ha

Arif

Arif

Mar 7, 2021

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 Users Car FormIf 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 sty

Shaun

Shaun

Apr 12, 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

Shaun

Shaun

Jan 2, 2020

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

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

Hans

Hans

Nov 20, 2020

2020 Nissan Almera – What are the Thailand media saying?

Debuted at the 2019 Thailand International Motor Expo, the all-new 2020 Nissan Almera’s spec sheet is one impressive piece of paper, especially the range-topping VL. Full suite of ADAS available, turbocharged engine, and competitively priced to boot. But what looks good on paper doesn’t always make it a brilliant car, here’s what the Bangkok Post has to say about the new Almera after driving it.When the all-new Nissan Almera made its first appearance, many were taken by its new

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jul 5, 2020

The few areas the Toyota Avanza is better than the Perodua Aruz/Toyota Rush, what are they?

With a trendier looking SUV body and better safety features, it’s understandable that the Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz twins are taking much of the limelight away from their fraternal twin the Toyota Avanza.New Toyota Avanza has a Vellfire-like frontTo recap, the seven-seater Toyota Rush/Perodua Aruz are two of the same car developed by Toyota’s compact car subsidiary Daihatsu.Both models ride on identical mechanicals as the Toyota Avanza, which also has seven seats, sharing the same 1.5

Hans

Hans

Dec 23, 2019

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.Kredit gambar: F Tuned Racing SuspensionSoalan kami kali ini ialah: Adak

Mersita

Mersita

Mar 6, 2021

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

Why is my ABS warning light on? And what is a wheel speed sensor?

One of the warning lights in your car is the ABS warning light. ABS stands for anti-lock braking system, and it ensures you have complete control of your car in emergency braking situations.What does a glowing ABS warning light mean?Unless you see leaking brake fluid, the most common reason for the ABS warning light is a faulty wheel speed sensor. In fact, some car brands have this as a recurring problem.Check for leaking brake fluid first. If there is no leak, the ABS light is usually triggered

Arif

Arif

Feb 21, 2021

In Brief: Kia Picanto – What else can you ask for?

(2019 Kia Picanto Price and Specs | Gallery)The Kia Picanto has been a value-for-money preposition since the TA generation was introduced here back in 2013, as it was generously equipped for not a lot of money. Fast forward to 2018, Kia Malaysia introduced the all-new third generation Kia Picanto, which remains as the benchmark for how small and cheap cars should be.How Much Is It?Kia Malaysia offers two variants of the Picanto: the 1.2 EX and 1.2 GT-Line. The 1.2 EX is priced from RM 49,888, wh

Eric

Eric

Nov 21, 2019

What is the GAC Trumpchi GS3 Power, and when is it launching in Malaysia?

Yesterday, we brought you spyshots of what is very likely the GAC Trumpchi GS3 Power doing its testing rounds in Malaysia. Photo credit: Jad BGLots of you were quite interested in it, and wed wager that its to do with it being a model from a make us Malaysians have hardly heard about. Photo credit: Jad BGSo lets change that in this article - heres your burning questions about the GAC Trumpchi GS3 Power, answered.First of all, what is GAC?Trumpchi GA8.GAC is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Guangzhou

Sanjay

Sanjay

Jan 20, 2021

What is the difference between ‘active’ and ‘passive’ safety systems?

Safety systems in cars have gone beyond just airbags and seatbelts. Along with the confusing ABC soup of acronyms that makes up ADAS, there are also the terms Active Safety System and Passive Safety System whenever safety is mentioned in a car. But what is the difference between the two?Active Safety SystemsTraditionally, active safety referred to things such as better visibility from the driver’s seat, good chassis balance, and a clear indication of instruments and warning symbols.But thr

Jerrica

Jerrica

Jun 14, 2020

Perodua D55L's DNGA platform - is it better and more comfortable than Proton?

When it comes to the 2021 Perodua Ativa (D55L), theres much to discuss. Its Peroduas first foray with a turbocharged engine/CVT gearbox combo, and its also the companys first car thats built upon the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) modular platform, which were discussing in this article.Read more: 2021 Perodua Ativas 98 PS 1KR-VET turbo engine - what other cars have it?What other cars are built on DNGA?Like the powertrain combo, the D55L shares its platform with several models, three of

Sanjay

Sanjay

Feb 24, 2021

Rendered: This is what Hyundai's Toyota Hilux rival could look like!

Hyundai’s current line-up of cars consists of sedans, hatchbacks and many SUVs. There is only one more body-type that is missing from their line-up and that is a pick-up truck that rivals the likes of the Toyota Hilux and Ford Ranger. What will a Hyundai pick-up truck look like? Here are some rendered pictures.Despite how realistic the rendering looks, it really is just the imaginings of artist Enoch Gonzales. He even named the truck as the Hyundai Tarlac, after a province locate

Jerrica

Jerrica

May 4, 2020

Spyshot: Daihatsu Thor seen in Malaysia, what is it doing here?

We recently came across photos of what appears to be the Daihatsu Thor in Malaysia.The Daihatsu Thor is a Japan-only model, and its presence here in Malaysia has raised an eyebrow or two.Seeing that this particular Daihatsu Thor isn’t covered in any camouflage (the Daihatsu emblem is still exposed), it’s safe to say that it won’t be sold here.Instead it is more likely to be part of an evaluation for a specific part used in the Thor, a part or feature that would eventually come

Eric

Eric

Dec 20, 2019

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 nations hottest car at the moment, we got a ton of content lined up for you. In short, heres the pros and cons of the Proton X50: Pros: Good performance Ride and handling Best-in-class technology Build qualityCons Infotainment is miles behind Not very practical Ergonomics need getting used to Quite the fuel guzzlerNow lets go over them one by one.Pros - Good performanceThe quad-tailpipes are real, but dont mist

Sanjay

Sanjay

Dec 2, 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 SeriesFor 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-ClassRide Comfort - Neither is the last word in comfortThe

Shaun

Shaun

Oct 1, 2020