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Toyota Supra to only be available with auto gearbox?

Toyota Supra to only be available with auto gearbox?

The upcoming Toyota Supra may have become slightly less enticing for purists – if a report by Autocar is correct, Japan’s next performance hero may come solely with an automatic transmission, with no option for a row-your-own manual. Sources told the publication that because the Supra will feature a hybrid powertrain – comprising of a BMW petrol engine, electric motors and supercapacitors derived from the ones in the Toyota TS030 Le Mans prototype – it will only be offered with the self-shifting ‘box. The transmission should be the same as the BMW Z5 on which it is based, likely a ZF eight-speed unit, albeit with different…Read entire story

DRIVEN: Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift – more shine

DRIVEN: Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L facelift – more shine

While SUVs and MPVs have taken away much of the D-segment sedan’s glam and dominance, the arena continues to be an important one for carmakers to be in, especially so for Japanese brands because it remains the pinnacle of standard warfare before things move higher into the sub-brand realm. As such, a lot of it is bragging rights to be leader of the pack. Which is what the Honda Accord happens to be – the ninth-generation made its local debut in 2013, and last September, the facelift arrived in the country to continue the game. Since its debut right into February this year, the…Read entire story

X156 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift launched in Malaysia – GLA 200 for RM240k, GLA 250 4Matic at RM270k

X156 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift launched in Malaysia – GLA 200 for RM240k, GLA 250 4Matic at RM270k

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched the Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift in the country. As before, two non-AMG variants of the premium compact SUV are available here, a GLA 200 and a GLA 250 4 MATIC. The cars were introduced today along with the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 version, making the current line-up identical to that for the pre-facelift when it was introduced in Malaysia in November 2014. External revisions include a new front bumper, which with the exception of the AMG Line ditches the faux side intake cutouts and introduces fog lamps into the equation. There’s also a new grille design, which features rectangular elements within the slats, as well as a new, redesigned lower section…Read entire story

Volkswagen up! GTI concept unveiled – 115 PS 1.0 TSI three-cylinder engine, 997 kg, 0-100 km/h in 8.8 secs

Volkswagen up! GTI concept unveiled – 115 PS 1.0 TSI three-cylinder engine, 997 kg, 0-100 km/h in 8.8 secs

Rumours of a hot Volkswagen up! have been brewing ever since a GT up! concept showed up during the launch of the original way back in 2011. But Wolfsburg has finally put its foot down by introducing the Volkswagen up! GTI concept at the GTI Meet at Wörthersee this year, with a production version confirmed for early next year. Meant to harken back to the original Golf GTI, the up! GTI carries specifications that are almost a like-for-like match, with its 1.0 litre turbocharged TSI three-cylinder engine producing 115 PS from 5,000 to 5,500 rpm and 200 Nm of torque between 2,000 and 3,500 rpm. An honest-to-god six-speed manual transmission sends all…Read entire story

Toyota C-HR here in Malaysia for first official preview

Toyota C-HR here in Malaysia for first official preview

The Toyota C-HR has finally arrived in Malaysia, officially previewed by UMW Toyota. Before you get too excited though, this is purely a preview, with no solid indication of a local launch anytime soon. The C-HR has not been launched in any ASEAN market just yet, though it has been spotted testing in Thailand. We also sighted the compact crossover at the Singapore Motor Show back in January this year. Anyhow, an 8NR-FTS 1.2 litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers the car seen here, which has 115 PS and 185 Nm on tap. The mill is paired with a CVT that sends drive to the front wheels (all-wheel drive is optional in other markets). Other powertrain options include a 2.0 litre…Read entire story

F22 BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible facelifted

F22 BMW 2 Series Coupe and Convertible facelifted

BMW has given its 2 Series Coupe and Convertible a facelift. Scheduled for market launch in July, the coupe and drop top sisters of the 1 Series feature revised front-end styling, a refreshed interior and more equipment. Munich has sold over 140k units of the F22, with one in three units going to the US market. The 2 Series is now fitted with bi-LED headlamps as standard, with adaptive full-LED items and LED foglamps as options. The signature BMW twin barrel ‘eyes’ are present, but they have a hexagonal interpretation here – the new half ring LED DRLs are the easiest identifier. A larger kidney grille …Read entire story

Artega Scalo Superelletra – 1,020 hp, all-electric three-seater supercar with a 500 km operating range

Artega Scalo Superelletra – 1,020 hp, all-electric three-seater supercar with a 500 km operating range

German sports car maker Artega has released details of its all-electric supercar, the Scalo Superelletra. If you’re a regular follower of European supercars, you’ll have noticed its similarity to the ‘Superleggera’ (Italian for super lightweight) name. It is in fact an amalgamation ‘superleggera’ and ‘elettrica’, which is Italian for electric. The Superelletra sports a more minimalist front bumper than that on the Scalo sports car of 2015, redesigned headlamps and door handles, and has also dispensed with air intakes on its rear flanks. Wing mirrors are replaced with slender stalks housing a rear-view camera each. A pair of motors on each axle endow the Scalo Superelletra with a claimed electric output equivalent to 1,020 hp, and despite lack of official confirmation, the…Read entire story

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet unveiled – fabric soft top, more space for rear occupants

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet unveiled – fabric soft top, more space for rear occupants

The fifth member of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range is here; the E-Class Cabriolet. The latest open-top slots in between the C-Class Cabriolet and the S-Class Cabriolet, which also complements the trio of two-seat roadsters, the SLC, SL, and the GT Roadster. This latest iteration of the fabric-roofed E-Class has been reengineered over its now seven-year-old predecessor; high-strength steel is employed to reinforce the Cabriolet’s structure in order to have a level of rigidity on par with the Coupe‘s. Most of the E-Class cabriolet’s bodyshell is made of …Read entire story

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet unveiled – fabric soft top, more space for rear occupants

New Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet unveiled – fabric soft top, more space for rear occupants

The fifth member of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class range is here; the E-Class Cabriolet. The latest open-top slots in between the C-Class Cabriolet and the S-Class Cabriolet, which also complements the trio of two-seat roadsters, the SLC, SL, and the GT Roadster. This latest iteration of the fabric-roofed E-Class has been reengineered over its now seven-year-old predecessor; high-strength steel is employed to reinforce the Cabriolet’s structure in order to have a level of rigidity on par with the Coupe‘s. Most of the E-Class cabriolet’s bodyshell is made of die-cast aluminium…Read entire story

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman get TechArt goodies

Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman get TechArt goodies

German tuner TechArt has unveiled its tuning package for the Porsche 718 Boxster and Cayman, which introduces styling and performance enhancements. The latter sees a bump in power for both models in S guise, where the 2.5 litre turbocharged flat-four now outputs 400 hp and 480 Nm of torque. The extra 50 hp and 60 Nm help to reduce the 0-100 km/h sprint time to 3.9 seconds, which is certainly much faster than the standard car’s 4.2 seconds. Additionally, the 0-200 km/h time is now 14.2 seconds, 0.5 seconds quicker than before, and the top speed also gets bumped up to 296 km/h from 285 km/h. The uprated engine also receives a new exhaust system with two titanium central pipes that feature carbon-fibre tips. As you’d expect, the package also includes an aerokit…Read entire story

2017 Isuzu MU-X facelift teased ahead of March debut

2017 Isuzu MU-X facelift teased ahead of March debut

Isuzu has begun teasing its new MU-X SUV, updated for 2017. The SUV is due to be introduced sometime next month in Thailand, and the automaker has revealed some of the changes in store through a short video clip. Fresh exterior bits include a redesigned grille and projector headlamps, complete with LED daytime running lights, new 18-inch alloy wheels and LED tail lights. The interior should also feature boast a number of refinements and offer an airier feel, as suggested by the beige-colour trim glimpsed in the video. Two engine variants of the MU-X will be available. The first is a 1.9 litre Ddi Blue Power turbodiesel, which was introduced to the SUV in March last year. The…Read entire story

SPYSHOTS: Mercedes-Benz EQ C all-electric mule

SPYSHOTS: Mercedes-Benz EQ C all-electric mule

Mercedes-Benz has commenced testing of its new EVA platform-based fully-electric vehicle, here seen clothed in the GLC’s exterior. Tentatively dubbed the EQ C (EQ is the sub-brand for Mercedes’ fully electric range), the Stuttgart manufacturer’s new EV line will give rise to different models and therefore sizes, thanks to the scalable nature of the EVA platform. The EQ sub-brand is to Mercedes-Benz what i is to BMW, an avenue for the manufacturer to showcase a heavy push into electrification that is distinct from its mainstream product line-ups. As hinted at by the Generation EQ concept, the first of the…Read entire story

Honda Malaysia recalls 24,962 vehicles over Takata airbags – 2012 Accord, Jazz, City, Freed and Insight

Honda Malaysia recalls 24,962 vehicles over Takata airbags – 2012 Accord, Jazz, City, Freed and Insight

Honda Malaysia has announced that it is initiating a precautionary recall for 24,962 vehicles over faulty front passenger airbag inflators manufactured by Takata. The issue affects the 2012 model year Accord, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, City, Freed and Insight. The company stated that so far, there have been no crashes or injuries that have involved this particular airbag inflator unit. As with previous exercises, all affected customers will be informed via a notification letter, which will include details of the recall. Customers who receive the notification are advised to bring the letter and their vehicles to the nearest authorised Honda dealer for inspection. The replacement works will be…Read entire story