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Locally-Assembled 2014 Volkswagen Jetta Specs Previewed Online

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Volkswagen Group Malaysia will be launching its locally-assembled (CKD) 2014 Volkswagen Jetta very early next week, and as a preview of things to come, they’ve shared a few details of the new car on its website.

First things first, and it looks like the CKD Jetta will feature a 1.4-litre TSI engine paired with a seven-speed DSG transmission, the same powertrain in the current imported (CBU) model.

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Stories Of The Week On Live Life Drive (April 25, 2014)

We are back this week with a lot of exciting news from the Beijing Motor Show, informative editorials and interesting test drives. Here are our top stories of the week from our sister site, LIVE LIFE DRIVE. Check it out!

2014 Beijing: One Country, Two Toyota Corollas. We Explain Why

Although the Toyota Corolla Altis have been on sale in Malaysia for quite some time already, the model has just made its first appearance in China earlier this week, at the 2014 Beijing International Auto Show.

‘Automatic Only’ Driving License Tests To Start in June

Four years has passed since the first time we heard this was going to be implemented, but it looks that things are finally getting a move on, with new reports showing that the government will be offering a new driving license for automatic transmission cars only.

2014 Beijing: Mercedes-Benz Shows Off X6-Rivalling Concept Coupe SUV

Does it look a little bit weird? You bet. But then, so did the S-Class Coupe when it first appeared as a concept, only to later blow us away with its production form. In any case, here is the all-new Mercedes-Benz Concept Coupe SUV – something the Stuttgart company will be keen to pit against a certain coupe SUV from Munich, the BMW X6.

Malaysia’s Car Ownership Is Third Highest In The World? Far From It

According to a press release issued by market research agency Nielsen yesterday, Malaysia has the third highest rate of car ownership in the world, with 93 per cent of households owning a car.

All-new 2014 Nissan Sylphy Now Open For Booking In Malaysia – From RM115k

Edaran Tan Chong Motor is set to launch the all-new 2014 Nissan Sylphy on April-29. There will be two model variants – 1.8E (estimated at RM115,300) and 1.8VL (estimated at RM125,500).

‘Automatic Only’ Driving License Tests To Start in June

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Four years has passed since the first time we heard this was going to be implemented, but it looks that things are finally getting a move on, with new reports showing that the government will be offering a new driving license for automatic transmission cars only.

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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 Carlist.my’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).