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All-New 2014 BMW X4 Debuts In Malaysia; RM439k Asked For The Baby X6

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After a series of teasers, BMW Malaysia has just launched its all-new 2014 BMW X4. Just months after the car was revealed worldwide, the Sports Activity Coupe many dub to be the “baby X6”, is finally amongst us, to take its place as the fifth ‘X’ vehicle in the local line-up. But first, prices:

  • 2014 BMW X4 xDrive28i: RM438,800 (OTR without insurance)
  • Optional M Sport package: RM30,000

KEY SPECS:

  • Engine: 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo, four-cylinder petrol
  • Transmission: Eight-speed torque converter automatic, xDrive
  • Power: 245hp @ 5,000 to 6,500rpm
  • Torque: 350Nm @ 1,250 to 4,800rpm
  • 0-100km/h: 6.4 seconds
  • Top Speed: 232km/h
  • Fuel consumption: 7.3l/100km (combined, EU test cycle)
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2014 Perodua Axia Aiming To Sell 7,500 Units A Month, Gets 3,000 Orders In Five Days

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This just in: when the all-new 2014 Perodua Axia goes on sale in a matter of weeks from now, Malaysia’s No.1 carmaker will be looking to sell a total of 7,500 units a month! And here to eventually replace the popular Perodua Viva as the most affordable car in the country, don’t be too surprised to actually see it happen.

From a starting price of RM24,900 (estimated) onwards, the all-new Perodua Axia (pronounced a-zee-a) will come to us in four prime variants: E, G, SE and Advanced, with manual and automatic variants offered between the G and SE.

Also, Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid told members of the media at a recent event that since the order books were opened (August 15th), the company has since received 3,000 bookings already: that’s a staggering 600 a day!

So far, we’ve pretty much uncovered the car in proper detail for you in our previous stories, which you can check out here:

Stay tuned for more new surrounding the all-new Perodua Axia as we get closer to its launch dates!

2014 Perodua Axia Unveiled On Website: Here’s What You Get From RM25k Onwards

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We’ve been following the 2014 Perodua Axia’s launch impending launch for some time now, and as we get closer and closer to its official unveiling, Perodua themselves appear a little eager to get as much information out to the public as soon as possible.

Recently, the car with the “Most Affordable OTR Price” has been properly detailed by Perodua, on the company’s very own website. And with a spec sheet to match the price list we’ve seen leaked online before, here’s what you’ve got to look forward to:

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PERFORMANCE & ECONOMY:

In short, what we get from there include the confirmation of the 1.0-litre 1KR-DE2 engine across the range, which when paired with either the five-speed manual option or the four-speed torque converter automatic, making some 65PS and 90Nm of torque.

In its most efficient manual variants, you’ll get a claimed 21.6km/litre (4.6-litres/100km), while those equipped with the four-speed autos will do with a 20.1km/litre (4.9-litres/100km).

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FEATURES & EQUIPMENT:

From the screen captures above, it looks pretty well-equipped, wouldn’t you say? Of course, the higher-spec variants get a lot more than the base variants in the name of keeping prices affordable, it’s all still very impressive.

Notably, fabric seats are specified for the E and G variants, while the SE and Advance get full leathers. However, from the G onwards, 14-inch alloy wheels are available; the base E has to do with steel rim, it appears.

Putting down RM 45,300 on an A-segment hatch isn’t easy to accept for most people, and understandably, the highest-spec Advance variants get a bag-full of goodies. A touch-screen multimedia system with navigation is available with all the right USB/ Bluetooth/ CD/ WMA connectivity, a full-on body gets slapped on, while back inside, semi-bucket leather seats are a go.

SAFETY:

Going of the spec-sheet made available by Perodua officially, it looks as though only the higher-spec SE and Advance variants will be treated with ABS, Electronic brake-force distribution and Brake assist, along with a solar and security window film. There’s also a four-star ASEAN NCAP rating listed, but we’ll have to wait a little longer for Perodua themselves to clarify if this is limited to certain variants, or not.

However, a quick search on Facebook for eager dealers looking to get the actual spec-sheet out quick reveals that ALL Axia variants will get the minimum two airbags, and at the very least, an immobiliser system. ISOFIX child-seat anchors and seatbelt warning buzzers will be equipped on the Axia G onwards.

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What else do I need to know?

Other features of the coming Perodua Axia include: an ECO driving indicator, a 260-litre boot space, and an electric power steering system (available for all Axia variants). Elsewhere, while Perodua may have phased out its three-year warranty, the Axia gets an improved five-year one.

Perodua dealerships nationwide have been taking orders already for the all-new Axia, and you can scroll back up to the price sheet for booking fees and total prices.

Stay tuned for more Perodua Axia news.

2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Launched In Malaysia: RM1.23mil A Pop!

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Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) has just launched its all-new 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (991 Series), with prices starting from a cool RM1,230,000 (duties and taxes included).

Unveiled worldwide early 2013, the much-anticipated Porsche 911 GT3 is finally here in Malaysia, with its new 3.8-litre direct-injected engine (a first for a GT3), giant signature rear-wing, and ready for all its track-day duties. But first, here are a few key specs of the stripped-out racer:

SPECS: 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 (991)

  • Engine: 3.8-litre, direct-injected, normally-aspirated flat-six
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch (PDK)
  • Power: 475hp @ 8,250rpm
  • Torque: 440Nm @ 6,250rpm
  • 0-100km/h: 3.5 seconds
  • Top speed: 315km/h

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Having identified and dealt with a nasty situation that involved two GT3’s catching fire, recalling every single sold one, delaying deliveries to other customers, and then replacing every single engine of every single customer of every single 911 GT3, trusty Porsche has been busy getting its awesome track monster back where it belongs, on the road. And here it is…

Visually, it isn’t too hard to spot a GT3 from the rest of the current crop of 911s: giveaways include the massive wing you see at the back, a wider, longer and lower overall stance, and if you look inside, the rear roll cage and stripped out interior ought to be quite apparent. Of course, other visual cues include GT3 badging throughout.

The body of the car is a development based on the latest 911 Carrera, but as mentioned, this thing has been tailored for track driving. On top of boasting more track-minded dimensions, the 911 GT3 also employs lots of aluminium in its construction to shave weight: the roof, wings, read boot-lid and doors are all made of aluminium alloy.

Strip away the body even, and you’ll find a new 3.8-litre six-cylinder boxer engine, which normally-aspirated, will rev its nuts off to 9,000rpm. This is also the first time direct injection has been introduced to a GT3 model.

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Seven-Speed PDK with Paddle-Neutral:

Transferring that power to the rear wheels is Porsche’s seven-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission. The PDK’s party piece here (also our favourite thing about the new GT3) is the introduction of a “Paddle-Neutral” mode, which lets you de-clutch the transmission to free up the engine on the fly.

Pulling up on both shift paddles at the same time opens the clutch and lets the engine spin freely without sending power to the wheels. Once you release the paddles, the gears engage at lightning speed. And it’s not all for fun and games.

There are several applications for this. At standstill, you could use it as a launch control function or a super-smoky burnout maker. With the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system left on, you can engage the de-clutch mode, get the revs to just where you want it, release the paddles, and you’re off at the quickest speed possible (alternatively, there is a regular launch control system). With the PSM system turned off, releasing the shift paddles while the revs are high will let maximum torque run to your wheels, effectively turning on the super-smoky burnout mode.

In a corner, drivers will find use for this in times of oversteer, when immediately de-clutching lets you stabilise the car by cutting engine power, rather than having to stamp the brakes which unsettles the car and loses you speed, or lift off the throttle which doesn’t allow corrections quickly enough.

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Oh yes, there’s more…

Rest assured, this thing is properly equipped for the singular purpose of speed. Just like the Turbo S launched not too long ago, the GT3 also comes with a rear-wheel steering system. At speeds below 50km/h, the rear wheels will steer slightly towards the opposite direction of the fronts to allow for a sharper turning radius. Over 80km/h, and the rear wheels turn in the same direction as the front, in order to keep a higher speed through sweeping corners.

This, and the Porsche Torque Vectoring (PTV) Plus, are first time inclusions on the GT3, and they chime in alongside dynamic engine mounts, the Porsche Stability Management (PSM) system, and an active damper system (PASM) to make the track-minded 911 a force to reckon with.

Impressively, when the 911 GT3 was let loose around the Nurburgring’s North Loop, it managed a time of 7:25s, which stands just a second behind the 620hp, 700Nm Porsche 911 GT2 RS’s time, and bests the previous GT3’s time of 7:33 (997).

2014 Perodua Axia Tentative Price List Leaked Online: RM25K to RM45K

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By now you would’ve read our previous story regarding Perodua’s official announcement for its latest Axia model, which will eventually replace the Viva model. Today, before bookings properly open at Perodua showrooms nationwide, a leaked image showing the full range of estimated prices for the all-new 2014 Perodua Axia has been leaked online.

To recap, the 1.0-litre Perodua Axia will be offered in four variants – the Standard E, Standard G, Special Edition and Advance. So far, Perodua have only confirmed the Axia’s starting price, which is at RM24,900. Having contacted several dealerships, we also understand that the estimated prices will not differ by more than RM100 from the confirmed prices will be announced at launch.

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Also from this image, it looks certain that every variant will share a common engine, and that’s the Daihatsu-derived 999cc three-cylinder aluminium mill, which makes 65PS and 88Nm of torque.

And as predicted in our earlier post, the four-speed auto and five-speed manual transmission options are available.

For more information on the Axia, refer to our earlier posts:

2014 Volkswagen Beetle 1.2 TSI Adds Design, Sport Lines: RM132k, RM143k Respectivel

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Volkswagen Malaysia has updated its local website with what appears to be two new Beetle 1.2 TSI variants. Previously, there were just the three variants: one for each engine option (1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI and 2.0 TSI).

Having seen prices for the 1.2 TSI variant of the Beetle fluctuate in the past from RM138k, to RM142, it seems that Volkswagen has decided to offer two trim lines for the popular car. In short, the base ‘Design’ line will offer the exact equipment and features as before, but benefits from a RM10k price reduction. New here is the ‘Sport’ line model, which gets a bucket-load of new features, and costs nearly the same as before any of this ever happened. Bargain bets, either way.

Here’s how they stack up:

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The Beetle 1.2 TSI ‘Design’: RM131,888 (without insurance)

As the new base model, the ‘Design’ line of the Beetle 1.2 TSI appears to take on no changes (apart from its reduced price) from before. Of course, there aren’t any performance updates here, and the car will still run on the same 1.2-litre TSI engine paired with a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch auto transmission. The combination makes the same 105PS and 175Nm of torque as before.

Inside, the car will carry forward its RCD 310 radio player with Bluetooth and USB connectivity at the ready. The fabric seats are maintained, as well as the multi-function display ‘Plus’ feature within the instruments, and the multi-function leather steering wheel.

For safety, the car maintains its offerings a an Electronic Stability Control system, ABS with brake assist, hill-hold assist, dual airbags and the Park Distance Control surrounding sensors.

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The Beetle 1.2 TSI ‘Sport’: RM142,888 (without insurance)

Here’s where the new business comes along. For an extra RM10k over the ‘Design’ line, or for just as much money as you would have paid for a Beetle 1.2 TSI before, Volkswagen Malaysia has upped the standings of the ‘Sport’ variant with:

  • Bi-xenon headlights with LED daytime running lights (previously on 2.0 TSI Beetle only)
  • Climatronic dual-zone air conditioning
  • Cruise control
  • Front sports seats
  • Paddle shifters
  • Radio RCD 510 touch-screen with CD/MP3/WMA support
  • ‘Vienna’ leather seat upholstery

Rest assured, the rest of the kit between the two new 1.2 TSI lines are identical to each other, and you couldn’t tell them apart standing outside the car. In any case, it looks like Volkswagen Malaysia are just finding more ways to make their cars more appealing, more affordable, and better equipped. Punch buggies!