2020 Honda Accord 1.5 Turbo leads D-segment sedan sales in Malaysia

Since its launch in February, the 10th-generation Honda Accord has gone on to be the best-selling D-segment sedan in Malaysia, commanding as much as 40% of the market share (as of June 2020). To date, Honda Malaysia said it has received more than 920 bookings for the car, of which close to 500 have been delivered to customers.

In terms of bookings, the Central region is the largest contributor with 42%, followed by the Southern region with 23% and Northern region with 19%. Unsurprisingly, Platinum White Pearl is the most popular colour, accounting for 33% of total bookings.

Honda Malaysia managing director and CEO, Toichi Ishiyama said: “The Accord was introduced to excite the market and redefine its segment with the combination of elegant design, enhanced 1.5L VTEC Turbocharged engine and the full suite of Honda Sensing.”

“Since its launch the bookings and sales performance for this flagship model have gradually increased, where the major contribution was during the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) period that helped continue its momentum,” he added.


To briefly recap, the locally-assembled 10th-gen Accord is only available with the 1.5 litre VTEC Turbo engine, putting out 201 PS at 5,500 rpm and 260 Nm from 1,600 to 5,000 rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via an Earth Dreams continuously variable transmission (CVT), and the Accord will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds (9.0 seconds for the entry-level 1.5 TC). Top speed is 190 km/h.

Standard safety features include six airbags, Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Agile Handing Assist (AHA), ABS, EBD, Brake Assist and Hill Start Assist. However, the top 1.5 TC-P model is the only variant to get Honda Sensing, featuring Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation (RDM), Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Low Speed Follow (LSF).

For pricing, the 1.5 TC is currently going for RM178,203, whereas the 1.5 TC-P will cost you RM187,390. These are SST-free prices which will remain in effect until December 31, 2020, otherwise the cars would retail at RM185,900 and RM195,900 respectively.


August 31, 2020 / by / in
BMW Malaysia updates its price list – 5 Series up to RM10,331 cheaper

BMW Malaysia has released an updated price list that now includes not only newly launched models, but also cars that weren’t found in the earlier list. We also noticed some price changes for certain models, which we will get into later on. These prices will remain in effect until December 31, 2020 and reflect the sales tax relief for private vehicles announced by the government back in June this year.

Newcomers to the list include the 1 Series, which is available in a sole M135i xDrive variant that goes for RM355,646 with the sales tax exemption, otherwise it goes for RM368,800. The M2 Competition that was introduced last year also benefits from the SST relief, retailing at RM608,867 instead of RM631,800 – a RM22,933 or 3.63% drop.

The regular, non-M 5 Series range also appears here, as it was absent previously. Of the three offered variants – 520i Luxury, 530e M Sport and 530i M Sport – it is the first one that sees the most savings, down RM10,331 or 3.14% from RM328,800 to RM318,469. Coming in second is the 530i M Sport, which goes for RM363,756 (RM9,044 less), while the plug-in hybrid variant is RM5,107 less at RM333,693.

Further down the list, the X1 sDrive18i, X3 M, X4 M, M8 Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe all follow the pricing stated in their respective launch stories, so there’s nothing different except that they are now bundled into the same list.



However, the 6 Series GT does receive a revision, as it is now cheaper at RM418,131 without SST, compared to RM430,800 previously. It’s a different story for the X1 sDrive20i M Sport, which now goes for RM230,410 without SST, up from RM225,410.

The same can be said of the X3 xDrive30i M Sport that is now priced at RM324,164 without SST, up from RM319,164 as listed in the earlier price list. Lastly, the Z4 now goes for RM469,510 without SST instead of RM464,510.

You’ll also notice a few BMW models listed without SST-exempted pricing, with some of them being discontinued models like the F82 M4, the pre-facelift F90 M5 and both versions of the i8. The X2 in both sDrive20i M Sport and M35i guises are also seen without SST-exempted pricing.

August 30, 2020 / by / in
2020 G07 BMW X7 xDrive40i Design Pure Excellence model

The BMW X7 is billed as “The 7 Series of SUVs,” and it rightfully takes its spot at the top of the German carmaker’s X range. Launched in Malaysia back in July 2019, it is a substantially bigger offering compared to the X5, while being a lot more luxurious as well.

At 5,151 mm long, 2,000 mm wide and 1,805 mm tall, the X7 is 229 mm longer and 60 mm taller than the X5, which is available here as a plug-in hybrid in the form of the xDrive45e. The X7’s 3,105 mm wheelbase is 130 mm longer than the G05 X5’s

In this post, we’re bringing you a full, 160-photo gallery of the flagship BMW X model, which is currently priced at RM861,847 on-the-road without insurance. The price factors in the sales tax relief that is in place until the end of 2020, otherwise it would go for RM888,800.

For the sum, you’re getting the X7 with the xDrive40i powertrain, which consists of 3.0 litre turbocharged inline-six engine that serves up 340 PS (335 hp) and 450 Nm of torque. This is paired with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission and xDrive all-wheel drive system, enabling a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of 6.1 seconds and a top speed of 245 km/h.


That’s rather impressive considering X7 tips the scales at over 2.3 tonnes, but all that weight is justified considering the amount of luxuries you’re getting. For starters, the SUV rides on two-axle air suspension that offers five different height settings over a range of 80 mm and can be individually controlled to ensure a balanced ride.

Meanwhile, the standard Executive Drive Pro package with active anti-roll stabilisation – a first for an X model – adds to the comfort, working with the Dynamic Damper Control system, which is able to process data from the navigation system and front camera.

Our local X7 comes in the Design Pure Excellence trim, so you’ll find generous applications of chrome on the exterior that is complemented by 21-inch Y-spoke Style 753 alloy wheels, aluminium running boards and roof rails.

Moving inside, you’ll find three rows of seats, with benches on the second and third row, all trimmed in Vernasca leather. The cabin also gets Fineline Stripe wood trim, a dashboard covered in Sensatec synthetic leather, a head-up display, ventilated front seats, five-zone climate control, electric blinds for the rear side windows and BMW’s illuminated Sky Lounge panorama glass roof.

G07 BMW X7 xDrive40i Design Pure Excellence

Other items on the kit list includes adaptive BMW Laserlight headlamps with high beam assistant, LED fog lamps, the BMW Display Key, anti-dazzle wing/rear view mirrors, Comfort Access with handsfree tailgate opening, soft-closing doors, BMW Connected Package Professional, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with a 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, and Parking Assistant Plus with Reversing Assist and an around-view monitor.

For infotainment, there’s the BMW Navigation system Professional with a 12.3-inch central touchscreen, wireless charging and gesture control. This is linked to a Harman Kardon surround sound system with 464 watts and 16 speakers, while the second row is served by two 10.2-inch touchscreens.

Also present is the full Driving Assistant Professional package, which includes active cruise control, lane departure warning, lane change warning, lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, steering and lane control assistant, lane change assistant, front collision warning with brake intervention, front and rear cross traffic warning, rear collision prevent and crossroads warning with city braking function.

The X7 is available in seven colours, which are Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Artic Grey, Sophisto Grey, Phytonic Blue, Terra Brown and Vermont Bronze. Inside, one can choose from black, coffee and cognac perforated Vernasca leather upholstery.

August 30, 2020 / by / in
Merdeka Race 2020 happens this weekend live on FB

For the local racing community, the end of August isn’t just about celebrating our nation’s independence, it’s also a time to look forward to well, racing.

The annual Merdeka Race at Sepang International Circuit (SIC) has roots that go back to 1998. It was started by Proton, and the Proton Merdeka 300 KM race was very much a grassroots event. SIC then took the initiative and successfully launched the first ever Merdeka Millennium 12-hour Endurance (MME) race from 2000.

The direction of the MME changed in 2009 with the introduction of a spin-off endurance race for smaller capacity vehicles, the Sepang 1000 KM race. The MME went upmarket, courting wealthy gentleman racers and their GT cars. A slow decline started. More on the history of the Merdeka Race here.


August 29, 2020 / by / in
Proton Recalls Proton Perdana 2012 To 2018 To Replace Airbags

PROTON is urging owners of the Proton Perdana built between 2012 and end of August 2018 to come in to have their passenger airbag inflator replaced.

So far PROTON reports that a total of 87.5 percent of the Takata airbags have been replaced. Proton Perdana’s affected by this recall are those built from 2012 to the end of August 2018. This is part of a global recall for cars equipped with Takata airbags.

“Thanks to the joint efforts of our staff and dealers, PROTON managed to contact our customers and have performed the airbag inflator replacement exercise. There are 6,342 units affected and as of 18 August 2020, our service outlets have replaced 5,625 units or 87.5% completion,” said Roslan Abdullah, Chief Executive Officer of Proton Edar.

No other Proton models are affected by this recall as they come equipped with airbags from another supplier.

So if you’re one of the remaining 717 owners that have yet to get your passenger airbag inflator replaced then please do so now.

August 26, 2020 / by / in
Honda City RS i-MMD Hybrid 2020 In Malaysia

Honda City RS i-MMD Hybrid 2020, and it’s intention is to shake up the B-segment with some next-level powertrain and tech features.

You’ve no doubt seen the advert in which this new City, equipped with Honda’s newest i-MMD (Intelligent Multi-Mode Drive) hybrid system, overtakes pretty much every car the producers could get their hands on.

It was to illustrate the real world benefits of an electric motor, that surging torque and immediate power, at least from an acceleration and ‘power’ point of view. That’s to match the City’s newest variant, the RS, which is a moniker we’re more used to seeing on high performance Renaults and Porsches.

This is merely a preview, but this car’s Malaysian launch, which is projected during Q4 2020, will also be the worldwide preview of Honda’s new hybrid drivetrain making its debut in the City – a true world’s first. Another new addition to the City’s growing list of talents is Honda LaneWatch, allowing the driver to see what might be in their blind spot by way of cameras mounted on the car’s side mirror stalks.

This new hybrid drive system differs from the i-DCD (Intelligent Dual Clutch Drive) hybrid found in the existing City Hybrid, Jazz Hybrid, and the HR-V Hybrid due to its use of two electric motors. The first of this pair acts as a generator while the other is a ‘traction’ motor. The end result is more power and even better fuel economy, though Honda hasn’t disclosed how much yet.

Going forward, the 2020 Honda City RS i-MMD is also expected to be the only one offered as a hybrid, leaving the remaining S, E, and V variants to likely seek drive from a 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine, mated to a CVT.

If you’ve been following this car closely, you’ll know that our neighbours in Thailand instead received this B-segment sedan with a 1.0-litre turbocharged 3-cylinder engine, but Honda isn’t yet divulging any additional information about the City’s i-MMD hybrid apart from its impressive peak torque figure of 253Nm, which is unheard of in this class of vehicle.

Right off the bat, there’s definitely more that’s still unknown about this car than there has been revealed. We get a clear view of the car’s exterior, which is a marked improvement over the outgoing model, especially in the flesh with its sharp 16-inch wheels, LED headlights/tail lights, and all-round disc brakes , but we’ve already been given a taste of this new City since its Bangkok debut back in late 2019, replete in its ‘RS’ skin.

That said, Honda does note that the car pictured here isn’t fully representative of the final spec that will be in our showrooms. There is still room for changes in exterior accents, however, albeit minor, and even these are relegated to tweaks below the bumper.


No, we sadly weren’t allowed inside the car. You’ll also notice that the windows on this preview unit have been fully blacked out to keep our prying eyes from reading into what’s on offer. We suspect this is partially due to this not being the final version we’ll eventually be getting, but also because Honda themselves would like build more anticipation for the full launch by staggering the release of details.

That’s a bit of a shame as, arguably, the most significant generational improvements lie with the new City’s interior. From what has been revealed about the car internationally, we know it’s a big step forward from the outgoing model’s cabin, which was functional and very spacious but has started to look and feel dated.

Overall, Honda is playing their cards very close to the chest with the 2020 Honda City RS i-MMD, which means we’ll have to wait for crucial points of information such as a full feature rundown as well as pricing. From what we’ve seen so far, though, there’s lots to be excited about.

August 24, 2020 / by / in
Perodua D55L SUV not being launched this year

If you’ve been waiting for the arrival of Perodua’s new compact SUV, you’ll now have to wait until 2021 before you can get up close and personal with one, because the as-yet-unnamed D55L won’t be making its market debut this year.

At a press conference following a Perodua vendor certification event hosted by Malaysia Automotive, Robotics & IoT Institute (MARii) yesterday, we asked Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad for an update on the anticipated arrival of the new B-segment SUV, and whether the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic had altered the timeline of its introduction.

The reply intimated that it had, and what was surprising was the indication that it was never scheduled to appear this year, despite word on the grapevine in January having suggested that the new SUV was set to be launched sometime in the second half of 2020, with all previous indicators pointing to this.

“I cannot say when, but even in our original plan it wasn’t going to be launched this year. However, as a result of the movement control order (MCO) and so on, we have to re-look at the schedule, and at this moment we have not decided on a launch timeline yet,” he replied.

It could well be that the pandemic and resulting lockdown a few months back has interrupted or delayed plans to complete its enhancement of its manufacturing facilities as scheduled. At its 2019 full-year review presentation in January, the company said it planned to invest RM1.06 billion, double what it spent in 2019, on plant modernisation, building expansion as well as in preparation for a “future model,” which is expected to be the SUV.

The unexpected increased demand for its current models as a result of the government’s sales tax exemption, which is in place until the end of the year, may also be another reason that the D55L’s introduction has been moved to a later date. Presently, the national carmaker is assembling around 25,000 units a month on average, which is almost 98 to 99% of its production capacity.

Perodua D55L SUV not being launched this year

Zainal said that this would continue right into December to meet demand. From a business perspective, the prioritising makes perfect sense, with the rush to get as many cars out before the tax holiday ends on December 31 the right way to go, more so with the waiting period already stretching to two months at present.

The D55L will be a close relative of the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize twins, which have been on sale in Japan since late last year. The JDM offerings measure just 3,995 mm long and 1,695 mm wide and are powered by 1.0 litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine making 98 PS and 140 Nm of torque, paired with a CVT.

So, those expecting the much-anticipated showdown between the new P2 SUV and the Proton X50 will have to wait until 2021 before that materialises. The Proton SUV will arrive on the scene first, for sure – its appearance may be just around the corner.

August 16, 2020 / by / in
Audi RS Q8-R by ABT – 740 hp, 920 Nm, 0-100 in 3.4s

ABT Sportsline will be celebrating its 125th birthday next year. To mark the occasion, it’s doing what it does best – modding cars, this time taking the Audi RS Q8 to new heights.

Meet the RS Q8-R by ABT, the most potent version of the SUV money can currently buy. With the latest ABT engine control unit and a specially designed intercooler, the tuning company managed to raise the stock output of the 4.0 litre bi-turbo engine from 600 PS and 800 Nm to 740 PS and 920 Nm.

That’s even more powerful than the tuning kit ABT offers for the Lamborghini Urus, which only made 710 PS and 910 Nm. As such, the RS Q8-R will do the century sprint in 3.4 seconds (0.4 seconds quicker than stock; same as the ABT Urus), and there’s an optional package to raise the speed limit to 315 km/h, up from the 250 km/h factory limiter.

Extras come in the form of sonic upgrades, in that four 102 mm carbon-fibre exhaust pipes are fitted for maximum visual and aural impact. Other additions include the ABT aero pack which comprises several carbon-fibre exterior styling elements, such as the front lip, mirror cap wings, side skirts, wheelhouse wheelhouse vents, fender extensions, rear lip, and rear spoiler.

To finish it all off, the RS Q8-R is fitted with weight-optimised 23-inch flow-forming ABT High Performance HR wheels, shod with 295/35 R23 tyres in all corners. For the cabin, there’s a new ABT steering wheel, start-stop switch cap, shift knob cover, ABT RS Q8-R script on the sport seats, ABT stamping on the centre armrest, and “1 of 125” running number.

Interested? Well, better hurry, because production of the mod kit is limited to just 125 units. The price? A cool 68,000 euros (RM337k), excluding the price of the car, of course. Like what you see?

August 16, 2020 / by / in
2020 F97 BMW X3 M, F98 X4 M Competition launched in Malaysia

Just weeks after launching the BMW M135i xDrive, BMW Malaysia played host to yet another event, this time introducing four fire-breathing M models to the Malaysian market. Launched alongside the M8 Coupé and M8 Gran Coupé are the F97 X3 M and F98 X4 M, both in Competition trims. The X3 M is priced at RM886,551.58, while the X4 M goes for RM904,276.60. Both prices are after 50% SST reduction.

At the heart of these SUVs is the S58 3.0 litre twin-turbocharged straight-six petrol engine, which has its roots traced to the F80 M3 and F82 M4‘s celebrated S55 engine. However, the S58 features a new 3D-printed cylinder head core, which makes it lighter and has better cooling thanks to integrated ducts.

Before things get too technical, note the Competition’s six-potter produces 510 hp and 600 Nm of torque, the latter available in full between 2,600 to 5,950 rpm. Together with an eight-speed M Steptronic torque converter automatic gearbox and intelligent M xDrive all-wheel drive, both cars will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 4.1 seconds.

Top speed is electronically capped at 250 km/h, and the average fuel consumption is rated at 10.6 litres per 100 km. Just as a comparison, the non-Competition X3 M and X4 M get 480 hp and take 4.2 seconds to complete the century sprint.

Their direct rivals are none other than the Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S and GLC 63 S Coupé, which both share the same 4.0 litre V8 engine that offers 510 hp and 700 Nm of torque. The AMG SUVs are slightly quicker, doing the 0-100 km/h sprint in 3.8 seconds.

Now, the X3 M and X4 M gets higher 350-bar pressure for the fuel injection system, and gets a closed-deck design, a forged crankshaft, wire-arc sprayed iron cylinder wall coatings, Valvetronic variable valve timing, Double VANOS variable camshaft timing and an indirect intercooler.

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For drivers, there are three Drivelogic modes to choose from – Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus, each offering incrementally quicker shift times. Also included as standard are the Active M Differential (with rear-wheel bias in Sport mode), and speed-sensitive and variable-ratio M Servotronic electric power steering.

For suspension, both cars feature improved elastokinematic qualities for more precise wheel location and directional stability, with custom-made swivel bearings, torque arms and wishbones at the front. There’s also special elastomer bearings and increased front camber, while the rear receives a stiffer camber arm, M-specific rubber mounts and stiffer anti-roll bars.

Adaptive dampers with bespoke tuning are standard, as is M Compound Brakes. The latter comprises huge 395 mm discs at the front and 370 mm units at the back, clamped by four-piston front calipers and single piston rear calipers.

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Both cars are dressed to match their performance, featuring deeper air dams with larger intakes, M’s trademark dual-bar grille slats, aerodynamic wing mirrors, a rear spoiler and a diffuser integrating the M Sport quad exhaust tips (finished in black chrome). Tying it all together are body-coloured mouldings.

Standard features include adaptive LED headlights with high-beam assistant, full LED tail lights, and huge 21-inch bicolour M light alloy wheels shod with high-performance tyres. Exterior colour options include Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Donington Grey (on the X3 M), Phytonic Blue, Sophisto Grey, and the new Toronto Red (seen here on the X4 M).

Inside, the M sports steering wheel with twin red M Drive buttons is standard, and the push-start button is also finished in red. Behind the steering wheel are shift paddles and the M-specific digital instrument display. The 10.25-inch centre display is hooked up to a 600-watt, nine-channel 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, and it also supports Apple CarPlay.

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Also on are Merino leather M Sport seats (available in black, Sakhir Orange or Adelaide Grey) with active seat ventilation, lumbar support and illuminated M badge, redesigned M gear selector, carbon-fibre inlays, BMW M decorative seams, M seat belts, M foot pedals, and knee pads.

Rear passengers now get adjustable seatbacks and sunblinds, too. Boot space for the X3 M is 550 litres, while the X4 M offers 525 litres. With the seats down, those numbers balloon to 1,600 litres and 1,430 litres respectively.

Lastly, for safety, both cars are equipped with Driving Assistant Plus and Parking Assistant Plus. These include forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, active cruise control, and parking assistant with surround view camera. Also included are BMW Gesture Control and the ConnectedDrive suite of services.

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Again, to recap, the X3 M Competition retails for RM887k, while the X4 M Competition goes for RM904k. With the BMW Balloon Financing Plan, these cars can be owned from RM10,118.00 (based on 80% loan for a five-year tenure) a month.

Included in the price is the full BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience, which comprises a five-year unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service programme, BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline, BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App, BMW Privileges Card, and BMW Service Online.

August 16, 2020 / by / in
Mitsubishi Xpander arriving in M’sia as facelift model

The Mitsubishi Xpander that is set to arrive in Malaysia later this year will be the facelifted version, and though it has been some wait compared to other markets in the region – its global premiere in Indonesia was in 2017 – coming to the Malaysian market in facelift guise should somewhat make up for its belated introduction here.

The latest iteration means that the Xpander will get LED headlamps, among other updates to identify the forthcoming MPV as a facelifted model. Receiving the facelifted model also means that the vehicle’s durability and reliability is already well established, and there has also been time for a wider selection of accessories to have been developed.

Arriving relatively late to the party also has the added benefit of ensuring that any early teething issues have been ironed out; for instance, the fuel pump recall that applied to other markets will have been taken care off by the time it debuts in Malaysia.

Mitsubishi’s entrant will rival the Honda BR-V and the Perodua Aruz when it arrives, and compared with its Japanese brand rival, the Xpander is the larger of the two, with a wheelbase 113 mm than that of the BR-V. The Mitsubishi capitalises on its larger dimensions with a larger boot, and its rear seats can be folded flat for better use of its load space.

Most likely to power the facelifted Xpander for Malaysia will be the 4A91 1.5 litre NA inline-four cylinder petrol engine that produces 105 PS at 6,000 rpm and 141 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. In Indonesia, the Xpander gets a choice of five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, sending drive to the front wheels. We are most likely to receive the automatic for Malaysia.Mitsubishi Xpander arriving in M'sia as facelift model

In terms of pricing, the MPV is expected to be tagged between RM80,000 and RM90,000, given Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s track record of undercutting its competition. For more in detail, watch our man Hafriz Shah check out the things to look forward to in the facelifted Mitsubishi Xpander,

August 15, 2020 / by / in