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Proton has announced that the newly-launched 2024  Proton X50 has received an overwhelming response, amassing a total of 8,000 bookings within just one month  since its debut in June. This positive demand has far exceeded our expectations, setting a new benchmark for its  segment. Since its original debut in 2020, the Proton X50 has been Malaysia’s best-selling SUV, with 115,262 units  sold up to June. 

Ramp up production to meet overwhelming demand 

The enthusiastic reception of the 2024 Proton X50 underscores its prominent position in the SUV market. In  response to this overwhelming demand, Proton is ramping up production to expedite delivery timeline for eager  customers by August 2024. All customers who are entitled for early bird promotion of RM7,000 cash discount and  RM1,000/ RM1,500 trade-in support will receive it accordingly.  

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Jaecoo, a rising star in the off-road vehicle market, has swiftly built a reputation for delivering exceptional off-road performance. In less than a year, the brand has gained a dedicated following in numerous countries and regions. Under the guiding principle of “From Classic, Beyond Classic,” Jaecoo has introduced its latest urban premium off-road SUV, the Jaecoo J7.

Malaysia stands out as the first Southeast Asian country to experience the launch of the Jaecoo J7. Prior to its debut, the J7 underwent extensive testing at Malaysia’s famed “M4TREC” off-road track, where it demonstrated its prowess in handling extreme off-road conditions.

Advanced Technology and Performance

  • All Road Drive Intelligent System (ARDIS):
    • The ARDIS enhances the off-road experience with a variety of driving modes tailored to different terrains.
    • The BOSCH Intelligent Power Brake (IPB) control system ensures quick response times and superior braking performance, crucial for off-road adventures.

  • Powerful Engine:
    • The J7 is powered by a 1.6TGDI engine, delivering 197PS and 290Nm of torque.
    • Paired with a 7 speed dual-clutch transmission, the J7 offers robust power and agility, comparable to luxury off-road vehicles.
  • Variants:
    • Available in both all-wheel-drive (AWD) and front-wheel-drive (FWD) models.
    • Both variants feature a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Interior and Comfort

  • Luxurious Seating:
    • The interior draws inspiration from Land Rover, especially evident in the “all-sense” seats.
    • These seats are designed for maximum comfort, offering heating, cooling, and 10 levels of adjustability.

  • High-Tech Displays:
    • The J7 features dual screens: a 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and a 14.8-inch infotainment screen, providing a seamless blend of functionality and modern aesthetics.
    • Sony audio system.

Available colours:

  • Model Green
  • Khaki White
  • Carbon Crystal Black
  • Moonlight Silver

Pricing

All-wheel-drive: RM148,800

Front-wheel-drive: RM138,800

It comes with 7 years warranty or up to 150,000km mileage. Early birds get a 10 years engine warranty or up to 1,000,000km mileage. First 300 customers for the 2WD variant will get a 14.8 inch screen.

The Jaecoo J7 marks a significant entry in the urban premium off-road SUV segment, blending advanced technology, powerful performance, and luxurious comfort. With its debut in Malaysia and rigorous testing proving its capabilities, the J7 sets a new standard for off-road vehicles in its class, showcasing Jaecoo’s commitment to innovation and excellence in the off-road market.

Volvo Cars has reported an impressive operating profit (EBIT), excluding joint ventures and associates, of SEK (Swedish Krona) 8.2 billion for the second quarter of 2024. This figure represents the highest quarterly profit in the company’s history and marks a 28% increase compared to the same period in 2023.

Core EBIT Margin and Profitability

The core EBIT margin reached a record high of 8.1%, up from 6.3% last year. This improvement in profitability can be attributed to Volvo’s focus on pricing discipline, internal cost control, and sustained growth in sales.

Sales Growth and Electrification

Global retail sales for the quarter rose by 15% year-on-year to 205,400 cars, driven largely by the company’s electrified vehicle offerings. Sales of plug-in hybrids and electric cars increased by 43% compared to the same period last year. Notably, 48% of Volvo Cars’ global sales volume during the quarter consisted of plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and fully electric (EV) cars, with EVs alone accounting for 26% of sales.

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The Fire and Rescue Department responded swiftly to an unusual and potentially dangerous situation, rescuing a woman who discovered a King Cobra in her car engine. The incident took place at the PDRM Apartments in Sabah.

Details of the Incident

Location and Initial Report: The department received a call indicating that a King Cobra, approximately one meter long, had made its way into the engine compartment of a Proton Saga. The report came from the PDRM Apartments, where the car was parked.

Discovery: The car owner was alerted to the presence of the snake by a neighbour. The neighbour had witnessed the snake slithering into the vehicle earlier in the day, prompting them to notify the car owner.

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Porsche has introduced two new top-tier models in the Panamera lineup: the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid and the Panamera GTS. Each model caters to different aspects of driving pleasure, from the purist, agility-focused GTS to the high-performance, luxurious Turbo S E-Hybrid.

Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid

  • Engine and Performance:
    • 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine combined with an electric motor.
    • Total system output: 782PS and 1,000Nm of torque.
    • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 2.9 seconds, top speed: 325km/h.
    • Fuel efficiency: Combined fuel consumption of 1.4-1.6 l/100 km, with electric consumption of 27.4-29.3 kWh/100 km.
    • Enhanced hybrid powertrain with a 25.9 kWh battery, providing an electric range of up to 88km (WLTP EAER City).
    • Fast charging capability: 11 kW on-board AC charger charges the battery from 0 to 100% in about 2 hours and 39 minutes.

  • Design and Features:
    • Exterior: Distinctive rear bumper, chrome-plated tailpipes, standard Porsche Ceramic Composite Brake (PCCB) with yellow brake callipers.
    • Exclusive Turbonite colour available for airblades, rear bumper strip, and 21-inch wheels.
    • Interior: Turbonite accents, contrast stitching, suede-like Race-Tex upholstery, and a Bose sound system.
    • Advanced suspension: Porsche Active Ride suspension with innovative functions like overcompensation of pitching and rolling motions, optimising traction and driving stability.
  • Record Performance:

Porsche Panamera GTS

  • Engine and Performance:
    • 4.0-liter biturbo V8 engine.
    • Power output: 500PS with a top speed of 302km/h.
    • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in 3.8 seconds.
    • Sports exhaust system for a powerful, emotional sound.
    • Fuel efficiency: Combined fuel consumption of 12.0-12.7 l/100km.

  • Design and Features:
    • Exterior: Sporty design with black GTS logos, dark-tinted HD matrix LED headlights, tail lights, and red brake callipers.
    • Interior: Extensive use of Race-Tex material, 18-way adjustable adaptive sports seats, and GTS-specific interior packages in Carmine Red or Slate Grey Neo.
    • Standard Sport package: Includes satin-matt Black body trim elements and 21-inch Turbo S centre-lock wheels in Anthracite Grey.

  • Driving Dynamics:
    • Chassis tuning for high performance, with a lower body and reinforced anti-roll bars.
    • Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) and electronically controlled PTV Plus differential lock.
    • Enhanced driving experience with greater body stability and reduced pitching and rolling.

Common Features and Innovations:

  • Third-Generation Panamera Enhancements:
    • Porsche Driver Experience control concept, high-resolution HD matrix LED lights.
    • Extended connectivity functions, including deeper Apple CarPlay integration and video streaming on the optional Passenger Display.
    • Option for parking the car from outside using a smartphone app.

  • Market-Specific Variants:
    • Executive variant of the Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid with a long wheelbase includes four-zone automatic climate control and a large centre console.

Deliveries of both models in Germany are set to begin in September 2024, marking a new chapter in the Panamera’s legacy of combining luxury, performance, and advanced technology.

The Mini Cooper S 5-door model offers a blend of practicality and performance with its increased dimensions and sporty features. Here’s an in-depth look at what makes this model stand out.

Expanded Dimensions for Better Comfort

  • Length and Wheelbase: The 5-door model is 172mm longer than the traditional 3-door Mini and features a 72mm longer wheelbase.
  • Compact and Agile: Despite its increased size, the car maintains a compact profile with short overhangs and a small turning circle of 11.4 meters, making it ideal for city driving.
  • Enhanced Visual Appeal: Larger tyre diameter (625 mm) not only improves aesthetics but also enhances driving dynamics and comfort.
  • Versatile Luggage Space: With 60:40 folding rear seats, the luggage capacity can expand from 275 litres to 925 litres, providing ample space without compromising on the Mini’s compact footprint.

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Recent incidents involving heavy vehicle accidents have alarmed road users across the nation. Notably, these accidents often result in severe consequences, including loss of innocent lives, and frequently go viral on social media.

Statistics and Causes

Deputy Minister of Transport Datuk Hasbi Habibollah revealed that from January to March 2024, a total of 652 accidents involving various heavy vehicles were recorded. These vehicles include container trucks, small trucks, and express buses. The primary factors contributing to these accidents are:

  1. Driver Negligence: Drowsy driving and lack of attention.
  2. Speeding: Driving above the permitted speed limit.
  3. Overloading: Vehicles carrying more than the permissible load.
  4. Poor Maintenance: Inadequate upkeep of vehicles.

Public Concern and Calls for Action

The public has voiced concerns over these incidents, urging the government to enhance the monitoring and enforcement of transport vehicles. There is a widespread belief that stricter oversight could mitigate the frequency and severity of these accidents.

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The Economy Ministry has announced that the RON95 targeted subsidy mechanism will fully utilise data from the Central Database Hub (Padu), basing eligibility on net household disposable income.

Padu System Overview

Padu serves as the central data repository for Malaysian citizens and permanent residents, consolidating information for individuals and households. As of March 31, 2024, 10.55 million individuals have updated their personal information within the system. The Padu system is currently in its second phase, which involves data analysis to determine household details, reasonable expenditure, and net disposable income.

Data Analysis and Implementation

The second phase of Padu’s development focuses on analysing collected data to accurately identify household details and assess their financial status. This analysis will help determine who qualifies for the RON95 subsidy based on their net disposable income.

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Porsche has expanded its electric Macan lineup by introducing the rear-wheel-drive and 4S trims, adding to the previously unveiled Macan 4 and Turbo models. This move broadens the options available to buyers looking for varied performance and features in the electric SUV market.

Porsche Macan EV 4S

New Base Model: Rear-Wheel Drive

The new base model of the Macan EV eliminates the front motor, resulting in a weight reduction of 110kg compared to the Macan 4. This model uses a rear-mounted electric motor delivering 335hp, which can increase to 355hp with launch control. Despite having 47hp less than the Macan 4, it offers an instant torque of 562Nm, although this is 86Nm less than its all-wheel-drive counterpart. This configuration allows the rear-wheel-drive Macan EV to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, just half a second slower than the Macan 4, and reach a top speed of 218km/h.

Porsche Macan EV RWD

Macan 4S: Enhanced Performance

The Macan 4S bridges the gap between the Macan 4 and the Turbo model. It features the same front motor as the Macan 4 but includes a more powerful rear motor, boosting its output to 442hp, or 509hp with overboost. This represents an increase of 107hp over the Macan 4. The torque also rises to 783Nm with launch control, which is 134Nm more than the Macan 4. The Macan 4S achieves 0 to 100km/h in just 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 238km/h.

Shared Features and Specifications

Both new trims share a 95-kWh battery, capable of charging from 10 to 80 percent in approximately 21 minutes with a 270 kW charger. Standard features include air suspension and electronic damping control, ensuring a smooth and controlled ride.

Design and Off-Road Capabilities

The electric Macan offers a new Slate Grey Neo colour and 20-inch wheels. Additionally, it includes an off-road design package that improves the approach angle to 17.5 degrees and increases ground clearance to 7.6 inches, which can be further raised to 8.8 inches with the air suspension in its highest setting. The off-road package also features a redesigned front bumper, side skirts, diffuser, and roof railings, available in Vesuvius Grey or body colour.

Availability in Malaysia

Porsche Malaysia recently showcased the all-new Macan EV and Macan Turbo at the Porsche World Roadshow, where it is now available for booking. Whether or not we will receive these new variants is an answer that only time can tell.

Porsche Macan EV RWD

Porsche Macan EV 4S

Porsche Macan EV 4 

Porsche Macan Turbo

The flagship of the United States Navy’s Seventh Fleet, USS Blue Ridge (LCC 19), docked at the Port Klang Cruise Terminal today, marking its second visit to Malaysia since Kota Kinabalu in 2019.

Strengthening US-Malaysia Naval Partnership

Vice-Admiral Fred Kacher, Commander of the US Seventh Fleet, emphasised the strategic importance of Malaysia as a key partner for the US Navy in the region. “This port visit provides us with an important opportunity to meet our Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) counterparts, engage with the community here, and enjoy the sights and culture,” he said.

Upon arrival, Kacher was greeted by RMN Inspector General Rear Admiral Abdullah Sani Ismail.

Focus on Maritime Security

Captain Nicholas DeLeo, commanding officer of USS Blue Ridge, highlighted the significance of the visit in terms of maritime security collaboration. “There are a couple of items of mutual interests that we have with Malaysia in terms of security, whether it’s counterterrorism, maritime domain awareness, or regional stability. Those are topics that we are looking to discuss and further our relationship on,” DeLeo stated during a media tour of the ship.

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