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Volkswagen Polo GTI Mk4: Official photos and specs released, to get 1.8 TSI engine

Volkswagen Polo GTI Mk4: Official photos and specs released, to get 1.8 TSI engine

Volkswagen has finally unwrap the covers to the latest, fourth generation Polo GTI. It gets a number of changes, most notably the adoption of the 1.8-litre TSI engine. Gone is the 1.4-litre twincharged motor, so let’s get down to the bone and see how good this popular hatch looks on paper. QUICK FACTS Name Polo GTI Mk4 Segment B-Segment, Compact Engine 1,798cc, inline-4 direct injected, turbocharged Transmission 6-speed manual/ 7-speed DSG Max Power 192 hp @ 5,400 to 6,200 rpm Max Torque 250 Nm @ 1,250 to 5,300 (DSG); 320 Nm @ 1,450 to 4,200 rpm (6-spd manual) 0 – 100km/h; ...

Lexus RC 350 and RC F officially introduced, priced at RM526k & RM782k [+Video]

Lexus RC 350 and RC F officially introduced, priced at RM526k & RM782k [+Video]

It’s officially here now, Lexus’ newest and most radical take on the luxury sports car coupe segment, the Lexus RC 350 and RC F coupes. Launched at Lexus Malaysia’s showroom located at Life Centre in Kuala Lumpur, the RCs are staring at the BMW 4-Series and Audi A5 right in the eye. [Video in progress] QUICK FACTS Name RC 350 Coupe RC F Coupe Segment Sports Coupe Sports Coupe Engine 3.5-litre V6, DVVT-i and Lexus D-4S; 2GR-FSE engine 5.0-litre V8, 2UR-GSE engine Transmission 8-speed Sports Program Direct Shift automatic 8-speed Sports Program Direct Shift automatic Max Power 312 hp @ ...

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, Merc’s pocket-rocket breaks loose [+Video]

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, Merc’s pocket-rocket breaks loose [+Video]

The trend continues at Mercedes when a new model is announced, most certainly that there is going to be a hot AMG variant. After the A 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG, and GLA 45 AMG; Mercedes-Benz presents the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake. EXTERIOR Essentially a wagon version of the CLA 45 AMG, CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake features the same aggressive styling with its Coupe sibling. Everything from the bumpers and skirts are identical to the Coupe and unlike the A 45 AMG, the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake doesn’t come with a high-mounted roof wing. Standard wheels measure ...

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed, more space in baby Merc [+Video]

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake revealed, more space in baby Merc [+Video]

Mercedes-Benz has officially announced the CLA Shooting Brake, a new addition to their ever-expanding A-Class range. Currently the smallest wagon in the Mercedes-Benz family, the CLA Shooting Brake should appeal to those who always wanted the CLA Coupe but with more usable space. EXTERIOR Sharing the same svelte profile with the CLA, the CLA Shooting Brake adds on a fifth door at the back that melds in nicely with the rest of the car. Measuring 1,777 mm wide, 4,630 mm long, and 1,435 mm high, it’s almost identical to the CLA Coupe but the Cd value has increased from 0.22 ...

Tesla and BMW may collaborate, sharing batteries and carbon fibre parts

Tesla and BMW may collaborate, sharing batteries and carbon fibre parts

Tesla Motors’ billionaire founder Elon Musk revealed, in a recent interview, that the American electric carmaker is in talks with BMW over the possibility of a major collaboration. If successful, this collaboration will align Tesla and BMW’s interests in producing high performance plug-in hybrid cars, with both manufacturing giants sharing next-gen technologies. During the interview, Musk said, “We are talking about whether we can collaborate in battery technology or charging stations.” Although the discussions with BMW were informal, Musk described BMW’s production of carbon fibre reinforced parts for the i3 and i8 were relatively cost efficient and an interesting prospect. ...

Mercedes-Benz to build new RM17mil 3S Centre in Kuantan

Mercedes-Benz to build new RM17mil 3S Centre in Kuantan

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has just announced a new RM17 million construction plan to erect a showroom in Kuantan which will be operated by one of their key dealers, NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd. The proposed 3S Centre (Sales, Service and Spare Parts) will span over 45,000 square feet of display space and houses 10 service bays manned by 20 trained personnel. There will be eight Mercedes models on display, and other customer convenience facilities include a coffee bar, designated lounge with TV and Wi-Fi connectivity. During the announcement, NAZA Group’s Vice President 4-Wheels Division, David Hector Ratnaike said, “Today we celebrate ...

Government’s promise of 30% reduction in car prices is well on track

Government’s promise of 30% reduction in car prices is well on track

The Government, in line with their election manifestos which they pledged upon since taking seat after the 13th General Election, says their commitment to ensure that prices of imported cars will be reduced by up to 30%  is well on track, according to a report by The Star. The plan to reduce car prices over a five-year period is also part of what forms the 2014 National Automotive Policy (NAP), and according to the CEO of the Malaysian Automotive Institute (MAI) Mohamad Madani Sahari, last year saw an average drop of 4.9 percent in car prices, whereas several vehicles recorded ...

Ford Fiesta ST now available for RM150k: 1.6-litre turbo, 6-spd manual only

Ford Fiesta ST now available for RM150k: 1.6-litre turbo, 6-spd manual only

The Ford Fiesta ST is finally here, long after a year since it was previewed at the 2013 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). It’s a hot hatch many hard-to-please motoring journalists have a soft spot for, and we’re more than pleased to know that the prodigious pocket rocket is only available with a six-speed stick shifter. QUICK FACTS Name Ford Fiesta ST Segment B-Segment 3-door hatchback Engine 1.6-litre GTDi inline-4 EcoBoost Transmission 6-speed manual Max Power 182 hp @ 5,700 rpm Max Torque 240 Nm @ 1,600 – 5,000 rpm Price RM 149,888 (OTR with insurance)     Let’s ...

Review: New MINI Cooper Chili, Oxford’s triple threat [+Video]

Review: New MINI Cooper Chili, Oxford’s triple threat [+Video]

We all know that the original Mini born in 1959 was conceived as a solution for people who wants maximum interior space from a tiny car. But since the introduction of BMW’s interpretation of the new MINI in 2000 (codenamed R50/R53), the New MINI is no longer a mini in size. Six years after that the second generation of the new MINI (codenamed R56) kept on growing longer by 97 mm, and yet the growth spurt didn’t just stop there. Now in its third generation, the F56 MINI is longer than the R56 by 98 mm, wider by 44 mm, ...

Mazda2 Sedan: Official photos released ahead of Thailand Motor Expo

Mazda2 Sedan: Official photos released ahead of Thailand Motor Expo

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for, to have a glimpse of the Mazda2 sedan. The 2014 Japan Car of the Year will be making its first motor show appearance at the upcoming 2014 Thailand International Motor Expo on 28 November.   From the pictures here, it appears that the receiving market, in this case Thailand, will be missing out on the LED daytime running lights. It’s unclear if further features will be stripped from both the sedan and the hatch in efforts to bring costs down, but it’s all in due time.  Two engines are offered in the ...

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