The next-generation Suzuki Swift has been revealed as a concept, offering a glimpse of what the production model may look like when it officially launches in 2024. While it’s officially labelled a concept, it appears virtually production-ready, with an evolutionary design compared to the current model.
The concept features a similar overall shape to the current Swift but incorporates some subtle design changes. Notably, there’s a prominent crease running along the side of the vehicle, just above the door handles. The door handles are situated below the beltline at the rear of the car, rather than in the C-pillar like the current model. This side crease flows into the headlights and aligns with the hood line.
The grille appears slightly smaller and rounder than the current model, and the concept car sports a black contrast roof. While Suzuki has been known for adventurous designs in recent years, such as the retro-styled Ignis and Jimny, the new Swift seems to take a more evolutionary approach in terms of design.
In a distressing incident of road rage at an undisclosed location, a visibly strong man was caught on camera assaulting a p-hailing driver at a roadside curb. The attacker, described as burly, was seen aggressively hitting the p-hailing driver, who was still wearing his helmet.
As reported by NST, Several bystanders believed to be fellow p-hailing riders, attempted to intervene and halt the altercation. Despite their efforts, the assailant continued his assault, even kicking the p-hailing driver’s blue motorcycle. The victim, visibly emotional, was forced into the middle of the road during the attack.
In a recent legal case, a petrol station proprietor was fined RM100,000 by the Sessions Court for allowing the sale of diesel in barrels, a violation of the Control of Supplies Regulations 1974.
According to The Star, Abdul Wahab Jaafar, the joint owner of KA Surijaya Enterprise gas station, faced charges for failing to comply with the Control of Supplies Act by selling diesel in barrels to Yau Poh Trading Sdn Bhd. The diesel was loaded onto two lorries, each carrying 1,140 litres and 1,080 litres, respectively.
He was charged under Section 22(1) of the Control of Supplies Act 1961, which stipulates a maximum fine of RM1 million or imprisonment for up to three years, or both.
At the recent Japanese Grand Prix, McLaren made waves in the motorsport world by announcing a significant development role for Ryo Hirakawa, a successful Toyota factory driver known for his 24 Hours of Le Mans triumph in 2022. This move has deepened the collaboration between McLaren and Toyota, fuelling speculation about Toyota’s potential reentry into Formula 1.
McLaren and Toyota have a longstanding relationship, primarily revolving around wind tunnel access in Cologne. While McLaren now operates its wind tunnel in Woking, they are strengthening their ties through Hirakawa’s career development.
At 29 years old, Hirakawa is not in the typical age bracket for Formula 1 prospects. However, he will have the opportunity to use McLaren’s simulator next year and even test their 2021 car—an unusual chance usually reserved for prospective F1 race drivers.
American racing icon Michael Andretti has taken a significant step forward in his ambitious endeavour to establish a Formula One team. The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) confirmed on Monday that Andretti has successfully met all the required criteria to expand the premier motorsports series to 11 teams.
This FIA approval, while pivotal, does not guarantee a two-car team for Andretti. His team, Andretti Global, in partnership with Cadillac, must now demonstrate their commercial value to F1 rights holder Liberty Media and existing teams. The existing teams, though not having a vote on expanding the grid, have voiced strong opposition to expanding the 20-car grid.
This initiative marks a significant chapter in Andretti’s three-year pursuit to resurrect the revered Andretti name in Formula One. Michael’s father, Mario Andretti, famously won the F1 championship in 1978, and Michael himself participated in 13 races during the 1993 season.
Porsche unveiled a spectacular creation at the Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca in California during the Rennsport Reunion 7 event. Alongside the 911 GT3 R Rennsport, the automaker introduced a special and ultra-exclusive 718 Cayman GT4 RS in collaboration with TAG Heuer. This unique road car is a tribute to the iconic 550 Coupe that competed in the 1953 Carrera Panamericana.
Named the “Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS TAG Heuer x Porsche – Legends of Panamericana,” only two of these track-focused masterpieces will ever be crafted. The design pays homage to the legendary race cars with “152” and “154” racing numbers on the doors and roofs, reminiscent of the historic race cars. The cars are painted in the striking Le Mans Silver Metallic, accented with body-coloured highlights.
Before that though, the Honda HRV received an all-new model update, and that too has seen the company posting healthy sales figures. But that is not exactly unexpected since the new HRV does undoubtedly check all the boxes of a B-Segment SUV. In fact, even the previous HRV was a success already, and Honda has hit the nail once again with the new HRV.
Of course, the hybrid offers better fuel economy and more features, but there are still those who are skeptical about hybrid powertrains, including this writer. So for those of us who are yet to take the plunge into hybrids, the V spec is the best HRV to buy. Let us explain.
From the outside, the HRV V-Spec looks similar to the rest of the line up, but it is distinguished from the top spec model by the piano black front grille, 18-inch wheels which it shares with the RS, sequential turn signals, chrome exhausts, and some interior features.
The design is probably its biggest allure, with hardly a bad angle to be found. It is visually bigger than the previous generation HRV, and it shares the same door handle placement with the previous model – at the edge of the door frame rather than on the door panel itself.
Besides that, there’s almost nothing that connects old and new besides the name. And that continues inside as well.
But before we begin raving about it, let’s first begin with what could be better. Interior space for one can be tight for a family of four or five, especially those that are broad around the shoulders, as this writer found out when his father, mother, wife, sat in the HRV with a baby chair locked in to the ISOFIX mounts. Never has the HRV felt so cramped.
The booth may be good, but it is not exactly great and only has 335 litres of storage space. There is a solution to that though, but before getting to that, it is worth pointing out that the booth space does not get a tonneau cover but instead gets an odd panel that is installed onto the booth lid. It does however do what it is supposed to do and ensures passersby do not get a peek inside the booth.
As for the booth space, the HRV comes with something called Ultra Seats. This lets the rear bench seats fold up or down individually to create more storage space for tall or long items. It is rather ingenious and needs to be seen in person to be believed.
We also thought that the interior can be quite noisy at high speed but is fine at urban pace. There is also no Blind Spot Monitoring system while cheaper cars like the Myvi has it. This can be quite handy especially in urban conditions where motorcyclists tend to linger in blind spots.
But it does have the Honda Lane Watch system that utilizes a camera placed under the left wing mirror. It works when you turn on the left indicator and projects the image onto the eight-inch infotainment screen. This lets you know if there is a vehicle on the left and lets you make safer turns. But besides only being available on the left side of the car, it also takes us to the next point which we think could be better – the camera resolution.
When the Lane Watch system is in use the image displayed on the infotainment screen is blurry and grainy. It is fine during the day but could be better. It gets worse at night when you can’t tell the difference between a motorcycle and a car with one headlight. But you can expect this to be fixed with future models.
Besides that, there is nothing else to complain about. The HRV is one of those cars that performs exactly as you expect it to and offers a fuss free day to day motoring experience.
Even from a driving perspective, the HRV is an easy car to live with. There are those who say that the handling of the HRV feels a little sloppy since it is quite light with a kerb weight of just 1,393kg. But after a few high-speed bouts, getting stuck in traffic and experiencing just about everything that a car has to do on a daily basis, there really is nothing out of the norm as far as handling is concerned.
The steering feels light and gets heavier if you select Sport mode from the drive mode selector. Throttle response is good with the 1.5-litre turbocharged engine responding to every request with zero turbo lag. With 133PS and 240Nm of torque, the HRV has decent acceleration thanks to its lightweight body and tops out at 200km/h. For reference’s sake, the Toyota Corolla Cross has a top speed of 185km/h.
One of the features that we really like though is the ‘Low-Speed Follow’ function. It is essentially adaptive cruise control with a stop and go function. When activated, the car will adapt its speed according to the set speed and to the traffic conditions. It will also stop the car when the front car stops and move again when traffic starts to flow. However, if traffic is at a standstill for more than a few seconds, you only need to gently nudge the accelerator to activate the system again. This is brilliant in heavy traffic.
Priced at RM135,900, the Honda HRV V spec is one of those cars that simply can’t put a wheel wrong, and the fact that it comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty just sweetens the deal.
In a significant milestone, Indonesia is all set to launch Southeast Asia’s inaugural high-speed railway on October 2nd. Named “Whoosh,” this Chinese-manufactured bullet train will revolutionise travel between Jakarta and the prominent city of Bandung on the island of Java, promising to significantly reduce travel time.
The brainchild of China’s Belt and Road infrastructure initiative, the “Whoosh” high-speed train is designed to swiftly transport over 600 passengers between Jakarta and Bandung in an astonishing 45 minute journey. Indonesian President Joko Widodo has applauded the project for its potential to provide a fast and efficient mode of transportation between the two cities on Java, the country’s most densely populated island. President Widodo is expected to inaugurate the project on Monday, marking a pivotal moment for the nation.
Transport Minister Budi Karya Sumadi confirmed the launch date, mentioning the unavailability of the President on October 1st, making October 2nd the chosen inauguration day. Capable of reaching impressive speeds of up to 350km/h, the project has come to fruition through a collaboration between Chinese and Indonesian entities, representing a colossal investment exceeding US$7 billion.
Initially anticipated to cost less than US$5 billion and be completed by 2019, unforeseen delays arising from construction challenges and the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the escalating costs. The project was executed by PT KCIC, a consortium comprising four Indonesian state companies and China Railway International from Beijing.
To bolster connectivity, the KCJB stations will seamlessly integrate with various transportation modes, including the Greater Jakarta LRT, feeder train services, the Greater Bandung Commuter Line, bus rapid transit, shuttles, and taxis, enhancing overall accessibility and making the high-speed train an integral component of the country’s transport infrastructure.
In a recent incident in Shah Alam, Selangor, an e-hailing ride took an unexpected turn when a passenger decided to exit a moving vehicle, raising concerns and prompting a police investigation. However, the case has now been classified as “No Further Action” after it was revealed that the incident occurred due to a misunderstanding.
According to Malay Mail, Shah Alam’s police chief, Assistant Commissioner Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim, shared that the 31-year-old female passenger, employed as a waitress for a catering company in Denai Alam, had booked an e-hailing ride on September 27 at 9:30 am. She boarded the vehicle at the Glenmarie LRT station, aiming to reach her workplace.
During the trip, the passenger, seated in the rear, requested a cash payment from the 26-year-old e-hailing driver. The driver, who was later identified to have a hearing impairment, did not respond to the request, which caused concern for the passenger. She observed the driver frequently glancing at her through the rear-view mirror.
London, renowned as the nation’s epicentre for high-end automobiles, is facing a growing concern as a recent surge in thefts targeting supercars has placed owners on edge. In recent weeks, criminals armed with sophisticated methods have been specifically targeting Ferraris, prompting a city-wide frenzy to secure these prized possessions.
For the past decade, London has been a sought-after summer destination for ultra-high-net-worth individuals, who transport their private supercar collections to the city for leisure. However, over the last three months, a notable escalation in high-value vehicle thefts is posing a threat to supercar ownership in London, as reported by Windrush Car Storage, a discreet sanctuary offering top-tier security for exclusive vehicles.
During a fateful Saturday at the end of May, Windrush was inundated with phone calls from anxious owners seeking secure locations for their cherished vehicles, responding to a flurry of reports on stolen Ferraris across the city. Among the stolen vehicles were high-value models like the 812 Superfast, 488, and Pista.
Alastair Main, the general manager of Windrush, highlighted the urgency and distress exhibited by owners, especially those with Italian luxury brands, as they hurried to safeguard their vehicles from the rising theft wave. He noted that social media posts from owners, urging the public to be on the lookout and even offering rewards, triggered a surge in vehicles being brought into their secure facility.