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Ford Focus Special Edition: Dressed up Focus Sport + for just RM2,000 more?

Ford Focus Special Edition: Dressed up Focus Sport + for just RM2,000 more?

Joining the Kuga in a limited-time-only Special Edition trim is the Ford Focus SE, and its on-the-road price is RM131,888 with insurance but excluding the RM379.50 road tax. QUICK FACTS Name Ford Focus Special Edition Engine 1,999cc; direct injected with Twin Independent Variable Camshaft Timing (TI-VCT) Transmission 6-Speed Powershift Automatic (dry-type dual clutch) Max Power 170 hp @ 6,500 rpm Max Torque 202 Nm @ 4,450 rpm Price RM131,888 (OTR WITH insurance)   The Focus SE is essentially a Focus Sport + with several enhancements, most prominently the blacked out hood and side mirrors. Other additions for nearly RM2,000 gets you the ...

Acura teases production version of the NSX, due for world debut next month [+Video]

Acura teases production version of the NSX, due for world debut next month [+Video]

The NSX nameplate is no stranger to the world of high performance sports cars. As promised, the all-new NSX featuring Honda’s Super Handling All Wheel Drive (SH-AWD) system is bound for the 2015 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January. What’s most interesting is that we will be treated to view the production version of the Acura NSX, so no more concept car-esque traits here. As with the previous NSX, the new one by Acura will also get a mid-engine configuration that will now drive all four wheels. Like the LaFerrari, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918, the Acura NSX’s ...

BMW previews its self-driving car technology: Park your car with a smartwatch!

BMW previews its self-driving car technology: Park your car with a smartwatch!

The past decade has clearly seen some amazing technologies adopted by car manufacturing giants, some way ahead of its time, like BMW‘s fully automated parking without GPS guidance as well as 360-degree collision avoidance tech. Seen here in the pictures is the luxury carmaker’s i3 research vehicle, and is equipped with four advanced laser scanners that monitor and read potential hazards, or in this case walls or columns in a multi-storey carpark. The i3 also performs fully automated acceleration, braking, reversing and cornering tasks. It’s done pretty reliably too, says BMW, and when the i3 approaches a column too quickly, it’s ...

Volvo continues downsizing trend, confirms production for Drive-E 3-cylinder engines

Volvo continues downsizing trend, confirms production for Drive-E 3-cylinder engines

We’ve recently learned about Volvo’s high-output four-cylinder T8 engine that will be powering the new XC90, as well as their 450hp triple-charged 2.0-litre engine that was co-developed with Volvo Polestar Racing and Denso. Now, Volvo is taking their downsizing trend to the three-cylinder category as part of their pursuit and commitment for greener engines. This small 180hp, Euro7 compliant engine is developed alongside the brand’s Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) that will underpin the Swedish brand’s 60 Series cars in the future. Volvo’s Senior Vice President of R&D, Dr Peter Mertens said, “The beauty of the new three-cylinder engine is that ...

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid introduced in Korea, PHEV Sonata to follow suit

2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid introduced in Korea, PHEV Sonata to follow suit

Exactly one week ago, Hyundai Sime Darby Motors introduced the all-new seventh generation Hyundai Sonata on Malaysian soil. In Seoul, South Korea, the nine-month old sedan gets a new variant to join the Sonata lineup – the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid 2.0L. QUICK FACTS Name 2015 Hyundai Sonata 2.0L 2015 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Segment D-Segment Sedan D-Segment Sedan Engine 1,999cc; inline-4 cylinder with Dual Variable Valve Timing (DVVT) technology 1,999cc; inline-4 cylinder Nu GDI mated to a 38 kW electric motor Transmission 6-speed automatic, conventional torque converter 6-speed automatic, highly-efficient traction motor Max Power 152 hp @ 6,200 rpm 153 hp Max ...

2015 Audi RS3 Sportback unveiled, gunning down the A45 AMG with 367 hp and 465 Nm

2015 Audi RS3 Sportback unveiled, gunning down the A45 AMG with 367 hp and 465 Nm

This car is capable of keeping up with the BMW M3 and M4 in a 0 to 100 km/h sprint, and its five-cylinder engine makes more power than the inarguable might of the A45 AMG and it’s four-door sibling. Behold, the all-new 2015 Audi RS3 Sportback, the Ingolstadt-based carmaker’s answer to an all-encompassing, AMG beating hot hatch. QUICK FACTS Name Audi RS3 Sportback Engine 2,480cc; inline 5-cylinder turbocharged Max Power 367 hp Max Torque 465 Nm from 1,625 – 5,500 rpm 0 – 100 km/h; Top Speed 4.3 seconds; 250 km/h (280 km/h upon request) Drive Type  Quattro permanent all-wheel ...

All-new 2015 Audi Q7: Full details and official pics of the second generation SUV revealed

All-new 2015 Audi Q7: Full details and official pics of the second generation SUV revealed

After nearly a decade since the original gargantuan of an Audi Q7 was revealed to the world (in 2005), it’s only a matter of time before it gets a successor. Due for production as early as next year, the second generation all-new Audi Q7 is slimmer – both by dimensions and weight, and it has gone through one heck of a weight loss. QUICK FACTS Name Audi Q7 3.0 V6 TFSI Audi Q7 3.0 V6 TDI Audi Q7 2.0 TFSI Drive Type Quattro permanent all-wheel drive Engine 3.0-litre turbocharged petrol V6 3.0-litre turbodiesel V6 2.0-litre inline-4 cylinder, turbocharged Transmission 8-speed ...

This week: Merc GLE, Sonata, Passat, Golf GTE, X-Trail, MINI JCW, XC90 T8, Kuga, etc

This week: Merc GLE, Sonata, Passat, Golf GTE, X-Trail, MINI JCW, XC90 T8, Kuga, etc

So here’s what happened this week: Mercedes-Benz revealed the new GLE Coupe, the all-new 7th-generation Hyundai Sonata launched in Malaysia, Tan Chong Motors introduces the all-new Nissan X-Trail in Malaysia, Volkswagen Passat B8 and Golf GTE coming to Malaysia in 2015, Ford Focus RS goes into production, Ford Kuga Special Edition in showrooms nationwide, Volvo XC90 T8 revealed, KL to host city race for the first time, the most powerful MINI John Cooper Works unveiled, and 2015 Nissan GT-R goes on sale in Japan. Click links below to read more. Video of the week: 2014 Hyundai Sonata launch in Malaysia This ...

All-new Nissan X-Trail open for booking, starting price just below RM150k

All-new Nissan X-Trail open for booking, starting price just below RM150k

It’s been a long time coming, for the third-generation Nissan X-Trail is finally open for bookings. It first appeared at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and was launched in Japan earlier this year, so it’s about time now we receive a refreshed version of what was once a successful SUV in its prime. QUICK FACTS Name Nissan X-Trail 2.0L 2WD Nissan X-Trail 2.5L 4WD Segment Crossover; Midsize SUV Crossover; Midsize SUV Engine 2.0-litre MR20DD engine with direct injection technology 2.5-litre QR25DE-k2 engine with twin CVTC technology Transmission Xtronic CVT with 7-spd manual mode Xtronic CVT with 7-spd manual mode Max ...

New Ford Focus RS confirmed for production, most extreme Focus to date

New Ford Focus RS confirmed for production, most extreme Focus to date

This is it, the all-new third generation Ford Focus RS, also the most extreme Focus to roll out of the model line to date. It’s introduced under the Ford Performance banner as part of a programme to produce 12 new high performance models by the year 2020. Its powertrain is expected to be derived from the Ford Mustang’s EcoBoost 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder engine, while paired to a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual clutch transmission. The engine is rumoured to produce more than 330 horsepower and torque over the 440 Nm mark, although no official figures have been released so ...

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