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2014 Chevrolet Malibu Debuts In Malaysia: From RM153,888 For Just One Variant

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Naza Quest Sdn Bhd has just launched its all-new 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, with an official starting price of RM153,888 (without insurance).

Just one variant appears to make the cut for a local debut, and that’s the LTZ 2.4 AT. Not too long ago, we properly detailed the car for you inside and out, going off a few photographs of the local-spec car we were able to secure, and it appears quite accurate to what’s been made official on the website.

However, just as we told you before, this isn’t the latest iteration of the Malibu. In the US, a facelifted model is available, and features a new front-end, and interior design. Regardless, the pre-facelift model here isn’t as far back as you might imagine.

Overall, the package Naza Quest, the official distributors of Chevrolet cars in Malaysia, offers is pretty competitive in the local D-segment. While having only one high-spec variant to compete with Japan’s best (Honda AccordNissan Teana,Mazda 6) leaves the Malibu at a bit of a handicap for entry prices, those willing to cough up the slightly extra may be treated to a handful of goodies.

Being able to fully reveal the car to you early, here’s what you can expect:

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

EXTERIOR:

On the outside, the handsome D-segment sedan features front foglamps, acoustic-laminated windows for extra noise reduction, HID headlamps with auto levelling and washers, integrated turn signal indicators on the wing mirrors and a front grille with black inserts and chrome surrounds.

INTERIOR:

Inside, the premium appeal begins most notably with an ice-blue ambient lighting system. Beyond that, a seven-inch colour touch-screen featuring Chevy’s MyLink Radio system is at the ready – equipped with USB, Bluetooth, Aux, CD, and smartphone connectivity. But more on the tech bits later.

Leather seats are available for all, with the three-spoke steering wheel and shift knob wrapped in the material as well. The rear seats are of a 60:40-split persuasion, while the driver and front passenger enjoy eight-way electronically-adjustable seats.

There’s another treat for the driver in the form of a monochromatic display within the instrument cluster and delivers trip/fuel information, and draws various vehicle settings as well.

Chevrolet Malibu

FEATURES & EQUIPMENT:

As mentioned above, the Chevrolet Malibu is packaged fairly competitively for the segment it aims to contend. And leading that charge – apart from the handsome design and interior amenities – is the car’s feature & equipment offerings. Most notably being:

  • Seven-inch colour touch-screen (flips up to reveal extra storage space)
  • Chevrolent MyLink Radio
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Interior ambient lighting (Ice Blue)
  • Rear-view camera
  • Remote keyless entry with Push Start button
  • Remote engine start system
  • Eight-way electronically-adjustable seats
  • Cruise control

PERFORMANCE:

Motivating the 2014 Malibu is a 2.4-litre ECOTEC engine and a six-speed automatic transmission (with manual shifting mode). Performance figures equate to 165hp @ 5,800rpm, and 225Nm @4,600rpm, and just falls short of the Honda Accord 2.4 VTi-L’s numbers (Accord has 8hp more).

The steering system is a Variable Effort Electric Power Steering system, which continually adjusts the weightiness of the steering according to how fast you go.

Chevrolet Malibu

SAFETY:

Only four airbags have been spec-ed for the Malibu LTZ, reserved for the front passengers (front, side) only. Elsewhere, Chevy’s StabiliTrak electronic stability control is included as standard, and integrates the four-wheel anti-locking brake system, electronic brake-force distribution and brake assist. At the front, there are ventilated brakes to better disperse heat and maintain stopping power as well.

There is also a tyre-pressure monitoring system, door locks with power-programmable with lockout protection and rear-door child safety locks, and a theft deterrent system.

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

BUYER’s GUIDE:

Available for viewing at any of Chevrolet Malaysia’s showrooms nationwide, the 2014 Malibu is above all things, a handsome competitor within the D-segment, which the likes of the Honda Accord and the Nissan Teana dominate, with their unbelievably-low base model prices, generous safety systems, and innovative features and equipment.

Price-wise, the Malibu 2.4 LTZ is a hair over what’s asked for the mid-spec Accord (2.0 VTi-L) and Teana (2.0 XL), which is a certain appeal in favour of the Chevy’s bigger engine displacement (more power).

There’s also a five-year/ 200,000km warranty (whichever comes first) that applies to the Malibu.

*Stay tuned for our full event pictures, coming soon.

2015 Kia Sorento Unveiled: Full Gallery & Details Here

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Straight from its design studios in Korea, here is the all-new third-generation 2015 Kia Sorento in full detail, following its official local debut in South Korea. Evolutionary styling, new tech features and a larger body is the name of the game for this five, or seven-seater SUV.

Increased in length (+95 mm to 4,780 mm), reduced in height (down 15 mm to 1,685 mm) and given more width (+5 mm to 1,890 mm), the all-new third-gen car doesn’t actually stand as upright as its predecessor, but is now seen with a sleeker look.

2015 Kia Sorento

Lots of attention has been paid to making the car’s interior more luxurious, with Kia’s designers using higher quality materials throughout the cabin, garnished by a wider instrument cluster, a Swiss watch-inspired center-console design, and Kia’s latest human-machine interface (HMI) technologies.

Of course, a lot more room has been made available in the cabin as well, courtesy of the extended wheelbase (+80mm to 2,780mm). Kia tell us that while the roofline has been lowered by 15mm, repositioning the seat cushions has ensured more headroom is created for all three rows.

Tech-wise, the third-gen Sorento also benefits from an Around-View Monitor (four surrounding cameras) and a Smart Power Tailgate which Kia say opens when a key fob is detected near the boot lid. Improvements have also been made to significantly reduce the car’s Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) levels, while an updated R-MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) gets in as well.

2015 Kia Sorento

Internationally, five engine options have been announced and will be offered to various markets around the world. Power outputs range from 172PS to a maximum 270PS, with direct-injection and multi-point injection options.

  • 2.4-litre gasoline direct injection (GDI)
  • 2.4-litre multi-point injection (MPI)
  • 3.3-litre multi-point injection (MPI)
  • 2.0-litre ‘R’ turbo-diesel
  • 2.2-litr ‘R’ turbo-diesel

Kia Sorento

A host of active safety systems can be spec-ed for the all-new Sorento, but of course, this will depend on individual markets. Here’s how that stacks up:

  • Adaptive Smart Cruise Control
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Front Collision Warning
  • Blind-Spot Detection
  • Lane Change Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Alert: warns against other cars driving behind the Sorento in car parks
  • Speed Limit Information Function: Speed limit in the instrument from cameras detecting road signs.

2014 Perodua Axia: Everything You Need To Know, All In One Place

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Perodua, Malaysia’s second national carmaker, will soon be launching its all-new 2014 Perodua Axia. The Axia (pronounced “a-zee-ah”) will soon replace the Perodua Viva as the country’s most affordable vehicle, at a low price of RM24,900.

And ever since rumours of an all-new model made headlines, we’ve been following the car’s arrival pretty closely, and here, we compile everything we know about the coming Axia, under one roof – from its appearance in concept form at the KLIMS13 show, to the most recent information we’ve been able to dig up from Perodua. Here goes:

Perodua Axia E Secures Four-Star ASEAN NCAP Rating

Weeks before the all-new Axia makes its debut, the Association of Southeast Asian Countries New Car Assessment Program (ASEAN NCAP) revealed that the Perodua Axia E, the base variant, has scored a respectable four-star rating.

Perodua Look To Sell 7,500 Axia Units A Month, Records 3,000 Bookings In Five Days

Just five days after the car opened for bookings at Perodua dealerships nationwide, the company has reported that some 3,000 units were booked – all looks good then for them to hit their target of 7,500 units a month!

2014 Perodua Axia Spec Sheet Revealed: We Detail All Four Variants

Not wanting to wait until the car’s full debut, Perodua launched the car’s primary specifications on its own website, revealing how all four trims will look like spec-wise when they launch here. You don’t want to miss this one.

Tentative Prices Leaked Online For All-New Perodua Axia

More than Perodua themselves, it seems that informed dealerships can hardly wait to get going with the Axia’s sales. Here is a leaked brochure of the tentative prices for the all-new Axia, before it was officially made public.

Taking All Orders: Perodua Axia Opens For Bookings Nationwide

Just after Perodua revealed a teaser image of its Axia, some information surrounding the coming car was finally revealed for all, along with the announcement that it was finally opened for bookings.

Perodua Discontinues 3-Year Free Service (Makes Way For 5-Year program)

Along with the announcement that they were no longer offering their 3-year free service promotion, Perodua also revealed the first official photo of the Axia, seen from its rear. Of course, it was only later than we learnt of the company revamping its 3-year promo to a 5-year one.

SPYSHOTS: Perodua Axia Interior Leaked Online

Spotted spreading around on Facebook, pictures of the Perodua Axia’s interior design caught our attention very quickly, with what appeared to be a very-well equipped car for the segment it was joining. This was our first indication that Perodua was gearing up to launch something quite impressive.

Perodua Slashes 2014 Viva’s Prices By Up To RM5,000 – Making Way For The Axia?

In order to speed up the discontinuation of its Perodua Viva, the national carmaker appeared keen to load off remaining stock of its then ‘most affordable vehicle in the country’. This could only mean one thing: the arrival of the Perodua Axia was near.

55 Edition 2014 MINI Countryman On Sale In Malaysia: From RM189k

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MINI Malaysia has just announced that in conjunction with the car’s 55th anniversary and the upcoming Malaysian festivities (Hari Merdeka, Hari Malaysia), a special limited-edition MINI Countryman will be up for sale, exclusively for Malaysia.

Called the 55 Edition MINI Countryman, prices begin from RM188,888 (without insurance), and is limited to just 55 units, so you might want to hurry on over to a dealership now to book one. Why? Well, if you’ve always wanted a Countryman, consider that this is an RM30,000 discount over the regular CKD MINI Countryman.

So What’s New?

Starting on the outside, you’ll note that the locally-assembled (CKD) 55 Edition MINI has a few sporty stickers that celebrate the brand’s 55th anniversary, and sets itself apart from the regular  Countryman. Of course, there’s also the already-mentioned RM30,000 price reduction.

Particularly, these include a sports stripe that runs across the bonnet, side skirts and rear tailgate, and there’s also a 55 Edition badge which sits on the hexagonal radiator grille. Unique 16-inch Five-Start single-spoke alloy rims are also featured.

2014 MINI Countryman 55 Edition

The interior is decked in cloth Cosmos Carbon Black upholstery, and elliptical door bezels in Piano Black with a Polar Beige inlay. For features, MINI Malaysia has spec-ed rain and light sensors, an anti-dazzle rear-view mirror, an on-board MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth connectivity, and multifunction buttons on the steering wheel.

No changes occur under the hood, with the special 55 Edition MINI Countryman packing the same 1.6-litre, naturally-aspirated engine from the CKD MINI Cooper Countryman which makes 120hp and 155Nm of torque. Transmission is courtesy of a six-speed torque converter automatic.

2015 Suzuki Vitara Previewed Ahead Of Paris Motor Show

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Suzuki Motor Corporation has just announced that it will be premiering its all-new 2015 Suzuki Vitara at the coming Paris Motor Show, which begins early October.

The new five-door SUV will be a fourth-generation model, which will replace the current model that’s been in production since 2005. In Malaysia Suzuki Malaysia Automobile, under the stewardship of DRB-Hicom, continues to sell the the five-door Grand Vitara variant, which is also what we see here.

Curiously, Suzuki Motor Corp are dropping the “Grand” label which typically signifies their five-door variant. You may also find that it looks a bit familiar. Well., that’s because the car made a first appearance at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, as the iV-4 Concept.

In the media materials packed along with a photo of the 2015 Suzuki Vitara, we’re told that the SUV will offer an optional ALLGRIP intelligent four-wheel drive system, while petrol and diesel engine options will be announced as well.

Stay tuned to Live Life Drive for more news.

SPYSHOTS: 2014 Proton Iriz (GSC/ PCC) Seen Again On DUKE Highway

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Proton has once again been spied testing its all-new compact car on public roads, this time, we understand along the DUKE highway. Thanks to reader David L., here it is once more, with a pretty good close-up shot of its rear end – in sharper quality to the one we saw on Elite highway not too long ago.

Previously, we’ve detailed the all-new coming model quite extensively for you, going off a few spyshots of the car undergoing testing and telling you all about its ins and outs. From this picture, it’s a bit hard to tell you more than we already have: note six-spoke alloy wheels, LED rear lamps, rear parking sensors, rear wing attachment and so on.

In more recent developments however, there are a few things worth updating you with. For starters, it looks to us likeProton has already settled on naming its Global Small Car the Proton Iriz. And secondly, at least two engine variants are likely to be offered: one being a naturally-aspired 1.3-litre mill, the second a 1.6-litre. Reports of a turbocharged 1.3-litre engine haven’t been ruled out, but no word of it has been carried forward either.

Proton Iriz leaked spec-sheet

Then you have this: what appears to be a spec-sheet that highlights the Proton Iriz’s performance, economy and safety features. And in all honesty, we’re in some awe of what’s to come. Of course, it wouldn’t be right to assume that all of these features will be available to all variants of the car.

In its highest trim, where the bulk of these highlights will feature, the Proton Iriz certainly looks impressive.

Performance & Economy:

Having already mentioned the likelihood of 1.3 and 1.6-litre variants, we can see here that it will be a new VVT mill, that gets a new Bosch engine management system. The Proton Iriz will also be offered with a five-speed manual option, as well as a continuously variable transmission unit (CVT).

There are also a few goodies to come that will keep its fuel economy and CO2 emissions low. First up is an electronic power steering (EPS), which unlike typical hydraulic units, relieves the strain put on engines. In the same way, we expect the smart alternator mentioned to also do the same, only switching on when a driver lifts off the throttle.

The maniverter is essentially an exhaust manifold with an integrated catalytic converter, and is there to reduce toxic emissions.

Proton Iriz

Safety & Convenience Features:

For certain, we see here that the range-topping Proton Iriz variant will benefit from having an anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control (TCS), an electronic stability control system (ESC), and hill-hold assist functions. Six airbags have been allocated, with ISOFIX child-seat anchors included as well.

However, just how much of these features trickle down to the more affordable variants is yet to be seen, but the more the merrier for Proton.

Other convenience features include a multimedia navigation system, keyless entry, daytime running lights, power windows with anti-pinch for the driver’s window only, and even a reverse camera with sensors. Interestingly, there’s a service reminder feature as well, leaving just the “ABCM body electronic controls” to decipher – active body control management sounds too much like an S-Class’ Magic Body Control feature.

Proton Iriz

Buyer’s Guide:

With all the hype building nicely around the coming Proton Iriz, an official launch can’t be too far from now – from our observations, we reckon sometime next month (September) is likely.

When it does makes its official debut, the Proton Iriz will directly compete with the current Perodua Myvi, which retails from RM42k (XT 1.3L) to some RM62k (Extreme 1.5L). Could prices for the Iriz range similarly? Time will tell.

Proton Iriz

On the other side of town, the Perodua Axia, another all-new Malaysian-made model to come, may slot in just beneath its bigger brother, the Myvi, and the Proton Iriz, it is an equally exciting prospect for Malaysians in the market for an entry-level vehicle. You can learn more about the Perodua Axia and the Proton Iriz here:

2014 Proton Iriz

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