Thursday, May 26, 2016

Haval H2 SUV launched in Malaysia

Haval, the most popular SUV in China is now here in Malaysia. The Haval H2 (1.5 Turbo) is distributed in Malaysia by Go Auto, the official distributor of Great Wall Motors in the country. The H2 is an upgrade to the M4 which was launched last year.



According to a press release, the new model is priced from RM89,950 per unit and is targeted to a slightly more mature and affluent market segment, between 30 and above and young families. Features include six-speed automatic gearbox, electric folding side mirrors with integrated puddle lamps, a sunroof, six way electrically adjustable driver’s seat, leather upholstery, 3.5-inch TFT color display trip computer and a multifunction steering wheel. A touch screen infotainment unit and dual-zone automatic air-conditioning are fitted as well.

As for safety features, the H2 comes with include six airbags (front passenger and driver, side curtain, front sides), Electronic Stability Program, and ABS with EPB (Electronic Parking Brake), FR-LH (Front Left Handside) Blind Spot Visual System, stylish headlamp with Day Running Light (DRL), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and anti-glare rear view mirror as well.

 The SUV is powered by a 1.5L Turbo petrol engine and the maximum power output in kilowatt/hp at 5600 is 110/147 and the maximum output of torque at 210Nm is 220RPM to 4500 RPM.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Proton Wira upgrade - progress update May 2016

A number of guys have been asking me how my Proton Wira upgrade is getting along and my answer is sadly, "Not much".

Since my last update: Proton Wira modifications under RM1K project: Part 2
I have made very few upgrades to my Dad's old Proton Wira which has in fact become my car - to drive to Work, fetch the kids from school, etc. The main reason behind the delay is probably because of my stubborn insistence on doing most of the work myself - DIY, and various other reasons - too busy with work and the kids, lack of a proper garage at home to work in, lack of tools, blah blah but I realise most of them are excuses I make to myself.

The thing is that I have a conflict in my head/ heart going on deciding whether it is worth it to spend so much money on an old car when I could just put it down for installment on a brand new car which comes with no headaches for at least 3 years. Maybe it had to do with the numerous people telling me to get a new car, including my parents and even my daughter.

There were a few incidents as well - the car air conditioning started having problems and then I noticed engine heating up. Later I found out that the fan was not working and had to get it changed. Then a lady reversed her car onto mine - fortunately the damage was not that bad and I it took just half a day to get the bump repaired and repainted at the paint shop near my house. Finally, the dreaded power window failure happened. Now the right hand window can't go up or down. Just made me realise how Proton's lack of quality control, especially with regards to the power window, totally destroyed customer loyalty and lead to the troubles it is currently facing now. However, the fact that I have no debts makes me really reluctant to get a new car - I will be paying off debts to the banks for at least 6 years.

If I do eventually buy a car, it will be paid for in cash and I plan to buy a Mercedes A class, or maybe a BMW 1 series. I prefer a small zippy car. However, it is definitely going to take some time to accumulate the amount of money needed and who knows, by then we would all probably be using driverless cars by then.

 I did have some work done.

 1. I changed the emblem in the front from the green - golden one to the new silver-black one. I got it cheap at Brothers. Definitely looks better.




 2. I also changed the old worn out gear stick cover to new ones. Bought the new cover online on Lelong.com.my. Installation was fairly easy.

 3. I then had my steering wheel changed as well to a Fake Momo from Brothers. I have no idea how they can get away with selling fake items. Fitting it was also a pain as their workers (new staff) took ages to fit it on my car.

I hate fake stuff and ended up regretting buying the steering almost immediately. I tried removing the Momo logo sticker on the middle of the steering wheel and it now looks terrible. This is something I have got to change soon to a genuine Momo steering or maybe a Nardi, but spending about RM 500+ on a brand new steering wheel is something not on top of my priorities right now.



4. One thing I knew I could do myself quite fast were the pedals. So I bought Ralliart pedals from the Maxaudio site and installed them myself. The easy part were the clutch and brake pedals. However, to install the accelerator pedals, I found out that I would have to drill holes in them. In the end I ended up super-gluing them on - using super strong Araldite glue.


5. Finally I had Ultra Racing strut bar installed in the front. I thought I would do myself but I could not shift the crews even a few mm and finally had to go to my favorite garage where Paul and his team installed. The car handing dos feel better with less body roll after the installation but I may be imagining it.


I have a list of things I plan to do on my car, so wait for my next update.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Honest John Awards 2016

The winners of HonestJohn.co.uk Awards are based on the reviews which create the most interest among HonestJohn.co.uk users. This year the awards are split into 16 main categories.


The new Suzuki Vitara, which was launched in 2015, walked away with not only the title for Most Popular Crossover, but also Car of the Year. Their video "The Suzuki Vitara: 10 Things You Need To Know" on their YouTube channel has been watched more than 250,000 times.

 

Full List of 2016 Award Categories and Winners:
  1. Car of the year: Suzuki Vitara 
  2.  Most popular city car: Hyundai i10 
  3.  Most popular small hatchback: Ford Fiesta 
  4.  Most popular small family car:  Citroen C4 Cactus 
  5.  Most popular large family car: Skoda Superb 
  6.  Most popular crossover: Suzuki Vitara 
  7.  Most popular SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport 
  8.  Most popular MPV: Ford S-MAX 
  9.  Most popular compact premium car: Mercedes-Benz GLC 
  10.  Most popular large premium car: BMW 5 Series 
  11.  Most popular luxury car: Audi A7 Sportback 
  12.  Most popular convertible: Ford Mustang 
  13.  Most popular performance car: Honda Civic Type R 
  14.  Most popular van: Volkswagen Transporter 
  15.  Best Real MPG performer: Toyota Verso 1.6 D-4D 
  16.  Most Highly Rated Car:  Renault Captur

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Morgan EV3

Small British automaker raised a few eyebrows when it recently announced that it was making electric cars.

They have released a teaser video of the three wheel EV3 which looks as eccentric as their other models.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

Happy Birthday BMW

Two days ago BMW celebrated a centenary. They are now focused on BMW’s vision for the future of mobility in the next 100 years. As part of the celebration, they unveilled their Vision Next 100 Concept Car. Four key factors underpin the BMW VISION NEXT 100

  A genuine BMW is always driver-focused.
 For autonomous driving, it’s no longer a question of ‘if’ but ‘when’. The BMW Group believes that BMW drivers will let their cars do the work – but only when the driver wants. The BMW VISION NEXT 100 remains a genuine BMW, offering an intense experience of Sheer Driving Pleasure.

  Artificial intelligence and intuitive technology become one.
 Artificial intelligence will learn from us, anticipating many of our wishes and working away in the background to perform the jobs we delegate to it. The way humans and technologies interact will be transformed: screens and touchscreens will be replaced by more intuitive forms of human-machine communication and interaction. Better yet: technology will become more human.

  New materials open up breathtaking opportunities.
 In the future, how will cars be manufactured? At some point, presses that punch out hundreds of thousands of steel parts may well become obsolete – the use of carbon may already be a first indication of the sea-change that is imminent in the world of automotive materials and production. Technologies such as rapid manufacturing and 4D printing will produce not components or objects but intelligent, networked materials and could soon replace conventional tools to open up unimagined possibilities in design and engineering.

  Mobility will remain an emotional experience.
 BMW vehicles have never been a means of getting from one place to the next. Far more, a BMW is about looking to the next bend in the road, feeling the power of the engine and enjoying the sense of speed; it’s about the sensory experience, the adrenaline rush or that intimate moment at which a journey begins. Moving into the future, that’s not set to change – because the emotional experience of mobility is firmly fixed in our collective corporate memory. By keeping the driver firmly in the foreground, the BMW VISION NEXT 100 will heighten this emotional experience in an unprecedented way.

 

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Kia Optima Sportswagon

The all-new Kia Optima Sportswagon, Kia's first ever D-segment tourer, will make its global premiere at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show (86th Salon International de l'Automobile) on 1 March. The car is inspired by the 2015 SPORTSPACE concept which was shown for the first time at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. The Optima Sportswagon offers the striking exterior design and high quality interior of the 2016 Optima sedan, with the added practicality and appeal of a tourer bodystyle. According to Michael Cole, Chief Operating Officer, Kia Motors Europe:
"The Optima has come to define Kia globally, and is credited with kick-starting the brand's design-led transformation. The SPORTSPACE concept from 2015 was a clear intention of where we wanted to take the Optima next, and the Sportswagon adds an extra level of style and practicality to the well-received sedan."
It should be noted that in Europe, two thirds of all sales are in the D-segment, and three quarters of all fleet sales in this class, are made up of tourers The car will be available with a choice of efficient and responsive gasoline and diesel powertrains, including a high-powered GT model.
The Optima Sportswagon is due to go on sale across Europe in Q4 2016.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

BMW's hands-free driving technology - BMW AirTouch

BMW recently unveiled their i Vision Future Interaction Concept Car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. They showcased some of the future teach that we hope to see sometime in the near future.

The Vision Car is based on the BMW i8, and it includes a first in hands-free driving technology which they call the BMW AirTouch. It allows you to control the entire in-car display with a range of intuitive commands that use your whole hand, without having to touch the screen itself. Sensors record the hand movements in the area between the central console and the interior mirror, enabling the driver or passengers to change the content displayed on the large panorama display. Simple confirmation selects the relevant menu item or activates an icon.

 AirTouch has another option to confirm actions - a concealed AirTouch button on the rim of the steering wheel. Within easy reach of the driver's left thumb, it lights up when a menu or icon can be activated. One tap is sufficient to activate the desired program or change a setting. A similar button is positioned in the side sill door area for passenger use, enabling them to use one hand to navigate through the menu, and the other hand to confirm inputs.

The intelligent AirTouch menu control system reduces the number of steps needed to make a selection. For example, when activating the phone pad, the system automatically brings up contacts or call lists to the top select level, so that a call can be made with just one further action. AirTouch recognises which selection and control steps are required next and displays them in advance. This allows the driver to concentrate on the road ahead, and offers additional convenient control options when the vehicle is travelling in highly automated mode.

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