Stories Of The Week On Live Life Drive (April 11, 2014)

We are back this week with exciting test drive reports, a lot of local and international automotive news and editorials. Here are our top stories of the week from our sister site, LIVE LIFE DRIVE. Check it out!

Great Wall Motors Is First Recipient Of EEV Incentives In Malaysia

China’s leading SUV manufacturer Great Wall Motors, via its Malaysian distributor Green Oranges Sdn. Bhd. (GOSB), is set to become the first company to receive the energy efficient vehicle (EEV) manufacturing license from the Malaysian government.

Renault Twizy Coming To Malaysia In Second Half Of 2014

Yes we know it sounds very odd, but we can confirm that Renault, via its local distributor TC Euro Cars will be introducing the quadricycle looking Renault Twizy to Malaysia.

All-New 2015 BMW M4 Convertible Shows Off Open-Top Styling

BMW has unveiled the all-new BMW M4 Convertible just weeks before its global debut at the New York International Auto Show. The latest addition to the 4 Series line-up carries a similar roof structure as its predecessor, the E93 BMW M3 Convertible, while retaining the performance of its hardtop sibling, the BMW M4 Coupe.

2014 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Full Review: Is This All The Car You’ll Ever Need?

Understandably, the B-segment is super-packed right now with a long list of great cars to choose from. For the same kind of money you’d spend on a new 2014 Volkswagen Polo 1.6, you can get all kinds of Japanese and Korean sedans and hatches – some more affordable, other more popular.

Toyota Offering Up To RM15k In Discounts For First 300 Buyers Of Alphard And Previa

As reported earlier, UMW Toyota will be launching the Alphard and the Previa in the coming weeks. To be specific, it is the Alphard that will be launched for the first time in Malaysia while the Previa will be re-launched for the second time.

Will We Ever Get Euro 4 Fuel Here?

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By Hans Cheong: 

Back in 2009, Malaysia’s road map for vehicle emission standard and fuel quality states that Euro-4 fuel is supposed to be introduced in 2012.

In 2011, the then Transport Minister Kong Chong Ha extended the deadline to 2015 (some reports indicate 2014, this is in reference to the financial year) explaining that oil companies requested for an extension as they were not ready to make the necessary upgrades to their facilities.

Although we are already approaching the second quarter of 2014, there is still no indication of when the Euro-4 fuel will be introduced. Recent developments suggest that both the government and oil producers will once again backtrack on the deadline.

The third National Automotive Policy had initially proposed for Euro-4M (Malaysian standard, slight modification from Euro-4) fuels to be introduced in 2015, but when the final policy was announced in January 2014, Minister of International Trade and Industry Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed was non-committal about the issue, saying that a separate announcement will be made in two months’ time but that did not happen too.

Thailand introduced Euro-4 in 2012 while Singapore has upgraded to Euro-5 in January this year. Countries in the European Union will be adopting Euro-6 in September 2014.

In countries like the Philippines and Indonesia, the standard is still Euro-2 but Euro-3 and Euro-4 standard fuels are available from some retailers as a premium-grade fuel.

In Indonesia, Pertamina sells unsubsidised Euro-3 Pertamina Dex diesel, while in the Philippines, Euro-4 fuel is available from Petron and Unioil.

Even when implemented, Euro 4M is not an exact duplicate of Euro-4, which many modern engines are designed to operate with. Benzene (a known cancer-causing agent) levels, for example, are permitted to go up to 3.5 per cent in Euro-4M versus 1 per cent in Euro-4.

Sulphur content, however, remains the same at 50 ppm.

Read more about this story in Issue 003 of’s Automotive Industry ReviewDownload a copy for free here.

Stories Of The Week On Live Life Drive (April 4, 2014)

We are back this week with more content from the Bangkok Motor Show, informative editorials and exciting car launches. Here are our top stories of the week from our sister site, LIVE LIFE DRIVE. Check it out!

SPYSHOTS: 2015 Subaru WRX and WRX STI Spotted In Malaysia

Here’s some good news for all Subaru fans! The all-new Subaru WRX, which was launched at the Bangkok Motor Showyesterday, along with its hardcore sibling the WRX STI has landed on our shores. Big thanks to one of our reader for sending us these photos of the two latest Subaru cars, spotted in Malaysia right after it was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show some two months ago.

Banks To Raise Interest Rates on Car Loans

Interest rates on motor vehicle loans are expected to increase by around 0.4 percent across the board in the coming days, according to a report by The Edge.

2014 Bangkok: All-New Mercedes-Benz GLA Unveiled In Thailand, Priced At RM245k

Following its premiere at the IAA Frankfurt Motor Show last September, the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class has made its ASEAN debut last week at the 2014 Bangkok Motor Show. The new compact premium SUV is offered there in a sole GLA 200 variant priced at 2,440,000 baht (RM245,505 directly converted).

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Launched In Malaysia: CLA 200 From RM236k

It’s only been days since Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched its last model, the S-Class, and now it’s right on to the next one: the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The new compact sports coupe will be offered in just one trim, a Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, which will set you back RM235,888.

2014 Bangkok: BMW i8 Makes Its First ASEAN Debut In Thailand

After being spotted in Thailand few weeks ago, BMW has finally taken the wraps off the all-new BMW i8 at the 2014 Bangkok International Motor Show yesterday, which marks its official debut in the ASEAN region. BMW also announced that the price for the i8 in Thailand is estimated at less than 12 million baht (RM1,213,188 when directly converted).

Stories Of The Week On Live Life Drive (March 26, 2014)

We at iCar Asia went great heights to cover the Bangkok Motor Show, exciting car launches and important local and international happenings in the industry. Here are our top stories of the week from our sister site, LIFE LIVE DRIVE. Check it out!

2014 Bangkok: Ford Everest Concept Debuts New Design

The Ford Everest Concept that was first seen in Sydney last year has just made its Thailand debut at the 35th Bangkok International Motor Show. Even though the model appears as a concept, the design is likely to be close to the production model.

2014 Renault Clio R.S. 200 Launched In Malaysia: RM173k For A Super-Hot Hatch

With Formula One fever in the air, TC Euro Cars has just launched the new 2014 Renault Clio RS 200 EDC at the Sepang International Circuit. Here is the low-down on Renault’s latest pocket rocket to challenge the likes of the Peugeot 208 GTI and Volkswagen Polo GTI.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Launched In Malaysia: Setting New Standards Of Class

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today proudly welcomed the official arrival of the all-new 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in three new variants. Only one of the three remain a locally-assembled model (also a hybrid, to which certain tax exemptions would apply), while the other two V8 mills are sold here as CBUs.

2014 Toyota Yaris in Malaysia – Order Taking Opens, From RM102k

UMW Toyota Motor has started taking orders for its all-new 2014 Toyota Yaris. There will only be one variant, the 1.5G Automatic, which is priced at RM101,700 on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.

Honda Magic – 3 Amazing Facts About The All-New 2014 Honda City

Honda Malaysia launched the all-new 2014 Honda City yesterday. In case you’ve missed it, here’s the link to our earlier story. Prior to yesterday’s launch, sat down with the men responsible for the all-new 2014 Honda City – Large Project Leader (Honda’s equivalent for a chief engineer) Mr. Kazunori Watanabe (right) and Assistant Large Project Leader Toshikazu Hirose (left) to learn more about the all-new 2014 City.

Stories Of The Week On Live Life Drive (March 21,2014)

Hey guys! We are back this week with our best content of the week from our sister site, Live Life Drive. We have covered cool car launches, exciting local and international news and also some electrifying spyshots of upcoming cars. Check it out!

SPYSHOTS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA Seen In Subang Jaya

If you haven’t noticed already, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia are having quite the busy year this 2014. On top of showing you the many S500s spied lately, there’s another model which we suspect will be making a debut here, very soon.

New 2014 Toyota Camry 2.0G X Open For Bookings; Prices Start From RM160k

UMW Toyota Motor has officially released a new variant of its 2014 Toyota Camry into the market: the Toyota Camry 2.0G X, which is a more equipped version of the 2.0. With orders already being taken, prices of the new Toyota Camry 2.0G X variant start from RM159,900 (Peninsular Malaysia).

2014 MINI Cooper and Cooper S Quick Review: All Grown Up

Feisty, adorable, and iconic, those are some of the words that have been used to describe the car known as the MINI. So much so that when BMW revived the name as a standalone brand, they made sure that their interpretation would live up to those descriptions.

SPYSHOTS: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class (S500) Spied At Pavilion Kuala Lumpur

We first brought you a set of spyshots of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class in an S500 guise when a reader sent us pics of the car parked rather casually at Genting Highlands. This time around, we’ve been sent more pictures of another S500, parked at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Thanks, Calvin Goh.

R36 Nissan GT-R To Put Down 800hp? Japanese Reports Say So

800 horsepower from a typical supercar is quite unheard of. Yes, McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have dabbled recently in accesses of 900 horses for their Hypercar creations, but from an everyday hero like the Nissan GT-R? Well, this Japanese magazine seems to think it’s all to come true, when the next-gen R36 Nissan GT-R comes alive.

2014 Honda City Makes Full Malaysian Debut: RM76k For Starters

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All-New 2014 Honda City Officially Debuts In Malaysia: Prices From RM76k

All-New 2014 Honda City Officially Debuts In Malaysia: Prices From RM76k

Launched in four variants yesterday, the all-new 2014 Honda City was finally unveiled by Honda Malaysia with a starting price of RM75,800.

Although similar powertrains are utilised, the new Honda City is a full model change by Honda, which gets updated with a new look, upgraded Earth Dreams technology engine and transmission, and completely revamped interior design.

With a 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine and Earth Dreams CVT transmission driving the car forward, the new City boasts a much larger interior – one that even challenges the likes of the D-segment Toyota Camry – and lots more equipment and safety features.

Our friends at Live Life Drive has comprehensively covered the launch event of the all-new Honda City in Malaysia, providing insight into the car’s four variants, its package offerings, and also the development of a City Hybrid’s arrival to local shores.

Want to know more? Head on over to Live Life Drive and check out these stories:

All-New 2014 Honda City Officially Debuts In Malaysia: Prices From RM76k

VIDEO: Watch the launch of the All-New Honda City

2014 Honda City Quick Review – The Coming Game Changer

Honda City Hybrid Coming To Malaysia In Q3, ASEAN Debut Likely In March