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BYD, a renowned pioneer in new energy vehicles and power batteries, presents the debut of its first pure electric supercar model, the U9, under its high-end sub-brand, YANGWANG. Priced at 1.68 million RMB (RM1,114,756), the U9 is slated to commence deliveries starting this June.

Embodying the signature “Time Gate” design language, the YANGWANG U9 showcases a distinct aesthetic characterised by unique proportions, tension, and power, affirming its status as a true pure electric supercar.

Powered by two cutting-edge technologies – the e4 platform and the DiSus-X Intelligent Body Control System – the YANGWANG U9 redefines the pure electric supercar segment by seamlessly integrating track performance, street adaptability, and playful features.

The e4 Platform serves as the powerhouse, boasting four independent electric motors for agile and precise four-wheel torque output control. With a staggering 1,300hp and a maximum torque of 1680Nm, the U9 ensures the ultimate in safety, performance, and driving experience.

The BYD DiSus-X Intelligent Body Control System marks another groundbreaking advancement, enabling the U9 to achieve unmatched adjustability with a maximum suspension travel of up to 75mm. Its rapid lifting capabilities, reaching up to 500mm/s, deliver unparalleled agility and comfort across various driving scenarios.

In performance tests, the YANGWANG U9 achieved remarkable feats, including a top speed of 309.19km/h and a blistering 0-100km/h acceleration in just 2.36 seconds. With rigorous track testing, the U9’s thermal management system has been optimised to withstand high temperatures, doubling the maximum cooling capacity.

Equipped with advanced aerodynamic packages, the U9 boasts a Super Carbon-fibre Cabin structure and next-generation Cell to Body (CTB) technology, ensuring unmatched torsional stiffness and comprehensive travel safety.

Inside the cockpit, the YANGWANG U9 features two 14-way adjustable seats for an enhanced driving experience, complemented by the Dynaudio Evidence Series high-end audio system, offering an immersive auditory journey. The 127-color ambient lighting system complements the twin dashboard, which gives passengers a cockpit-like feeling. A 12.3-inch portrait touchscreen with mini-LEDs that is not rotatable operates the infotainment system, while a 10.25-inch mini-LED digital instrument display faces the driver.

With its unwavering commitment to innovation and sustainability, YANGWANG sets a new benchmark in the supercar realm with its cutting-edge technologies and superior performance, promising uncompromising safety and an unparalleled driving experience for enthusiasts.

An inferno broke out early today near Taman Keladi, engulfing two auto workshops and wreaking havoc on a total of 16 vehicles, consisting of five cars and 11 motorcycles.

According to NST, Chief Ismail Mohd Zain of the Sungai Petani Fire and Rescue Department reported that his team swiftly responded to distress calls at 5:23 am, promptly dispatching to the location.

“The fire was successfully contained by 5:45 am, but unfortunately, it resulted in the destruction of 11 motorcycles and five cars,” Ismail stated in a released statement today.

Thankfully, there were no casualties or injuries reported as a result of the blaze.

Ismail further mentioned that firefighting operations concluded at 6:36 am. However, investigations into the cause and extent of the damage are still ongoing.

Porsche, the renowned German sports car manufacturer, has surprised tech enthusiasts by teaming up with Shenzhen-based electronics firm HONOR to infuse luxury and automotive design into the latest iteration of its folding phone.

Dubbed the Porsche Design HONOR Magic V2 RSR, with “RSR” paying homage to “RennSport Rennwagen” (translated to “Racing Sport Racing Car”), this collaboration has birthed a revamped outer design for the Magic V2 foldable phone launched last year, along with a heftier price tag of £2,349.99 (RM14,211) ― a £650 (RM3,930) premium over the standard price of the HONOR Magic V2.

Drawing inspiration from the iconic Porsche silhouette, affectionately known as the “flyline,” the handset sports a sleek ridge along its back. This design element, according to marketing materials, exudes the legendary sports car’s sense of dynamic sportiness.

Additionally, the camera module has received an upgrade from the standard HONOR Magic V2, featuring a titanium frame and a distinctive trapezoid shape. The phone is available in a single colour option: Agate Grey, a subtle blend of light green and grey reminiscent of many Porsche models, including the iconic 911.

Despite the added Porsche flair, the dimensions of the Magic V2 remain unchanged, measuring 9.9mm when folded and 4.7mm when open. Interestingly, the Magic V2 claims the title of the world’s thinnest folding phone, edging out competitors like the iPhone 15.

The Porsche Design HONOR Magic V2 RSR weighs 234g, 3g more than the standard model. In the UK, it will be accompanied by a stylus, a protective case made from stitched dark grey vegan leather, and a spare 66W fast charger.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim announced that toll concessions for highways in the Kuala Lumpur area could potentially be renegotiated in the future, once the country’s financial situation sees improvement.

According to FMT, Anwar concurred with the sentiment that there are currently too many toll plazas surrounding the federal capital. He acknowledged that if the government were to abolish tolls, compensation would be required for the concessionaires. Presently, contractual obligations with these concessionaires are binding, but Anwar expressed optimism that renegotiations could occur once the nation’s financial strength is bolstered.

Anwar addressed toll-related matters as inherited challenges from previous administrations during a dialogue session at a Madani Rakyat fair. He referenced ongoing negotiations initiated by the government on November 17 with highway concessionaires to restructure tolls for 19 highways.

Abdul Rahman Mohamad, the former deputy works minister, had previously stated that the 19 highways under negotiation included those managed by various entities such as Amanat Lebuhraya Rakyat, Projek Lintasan Kota Holdings, IJM Corporation, Anih Bhd, and PLUS Malaysia, encompassing a range of key expressways in the Kuala Lumpur region.

At the upcoming global launch of the HONOR Magic6 Series at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2024, HONOR is poised to introduce an innovative artificial intelligence (AI) feature that promises to redefine the driving experience.

The pioneering technology involves an AI-powered eye-tracking feature integrated into the HONOR Magic6 Pro, allowing drivers to control their vehicles solely with their gaze. This groundbreaking development eliminates the need for physical touch or voice commands, representing a significant leap forward in automotive technology.

To showcase the capabilities of this cutting-edge feature, HONOR has collaborated with automotive engineer Professor James Brighton. In a demonstration video, the HONOR Magic6 Pro seamlessly responds to four distinct eye commands, enabling drivers to start and stop the engine, as well as manoeuvre the vehicle forward and backward.

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The year 2024 is not a good time to be a car fan. Sure, you have some mega cars from the likes of Bugatti, Ferrari, Porsche and Aston Martin, but you have to have some deep pockets to be able to indulge in those.

The advent of technology has made it possible to create stratospheric power and aerospace levels of aerodynamics to ensure a car never leaves the ground. But all of this comes at a price, figures that would leave some rich folks short of breath.

On the other hand, the 90s and the noughties were probably the best times for car fans. Technologies from the 80s such as turbochargers and all-wheel-drive systems had been perfected and came together to create such monstrosities as the Nissan GT-R, the Lancia Delta Integrale and even Audi’s RS series of power-mobiles.

And car companies thought of the regular man as well. Ford created the Focus RS, Renault had the mighty Clio, Peugeot with its 308, Mazda its MX-5 and Honda had its Type R. Closer to home, even Proton had something that just about anyone could appreciate – the beloved Satria GTi.

And then something changed somewhere.

In the ever-evolving world of automotive tech, cars needed to produce more power, be faster, look better and stick to the road like a lizard to the wall. And unfortunately, this meant that cars that were once fun and affordable had become more expensive because evolution requires tech and tech is not cheap.

We wouldn’t go so far as to say that electric car’s stole all the fun, but there does lie some blame there. But that’s a debate for another time.

Back tracking to the time when cars were cheap and cheerful, the Civic Type R (CTR) was introduced in 1997 and was based on the EK9 Civic. While some of its competitors relied on force induction to create massive power, Honda went a different route and refined its popular VTEC technology.

The B16B engine of the EK9 Civic is still one of the finest small displacements, naturally-aspirated engines ever made and is still highly sought after by enthusiasts. It created most of its power at the upper end of the 8000rpm redline, which meant that you had to keep the engine on the boil to extract every bit of horsepower. That combined with a livewire chassis and grippy tyres provided a driving experience that is extinct in today’s cars.

Then came the evolution of Type R models such as the Integra Type R models with legends such as the DC2 and DC5. Arguably one of the most memorable of the Civic Type R’s is the 2007 FD2 which was very much a race car for the road with its ultra-stiff suspension, specially developed tyres and once again, an engine that screamed so loud that it would put your former lover to shame.

The subsequent iterations were softened a little as European legislations creeped in. Things like carbon and noise emissions began to threaten the purity of the Type R brand, but fortunately we Asians got none of those models except for in the parallel import market.

Then came the Civic Type R FK8R. It was the second CTR model that came with a turbo engine after the FK2. And despite being developed in Europe, it was heavenly.

But it was unlike older CTR’s, it was heavy, came with adaptive suspension and drive modes, and it was comfortable, a word that could never be used in the same sentence as a Honda Type R.

It did not forget the driver though, for the initiated, it offered one of the greatest manual gearboxes ever made and the turbocharger complemented Honda’s VTEC system perfectly.

Fans of Honda’s naturally-aspirated engines had a hard time faulting it. It also became the fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the legendary Nurburgring-Nordschleiffe in Germany.

And just when fans and enthusiasts thought that it could not get any better, Honda took the wraps off the Civic Type R FL5 – arguably the greatest Type R, ever.

The new CTR FL5 shares a lot with its predecessors, particularly the powertrain and suspension components.

But while the older model had aggressive styling such as the double spoilers, fins and wings that just looked rude, the newer model is refined and socially acceptable. It looks more matured with its styling, which is every bit as functional. In fact, at 200km/h, the design of the CTR FL5 generates 100kg of downforce to further push the car down to maximise grip.

Just like before, there are several vents and fins that channel air in and around the car to also keep things like the engine and brakes cool.

The real spectacle though is inside the car and in the way it drives.

Current Honda Civic owners will find the interior to be quite familiar, but that is to be expected considering that all Type R’s are built upon the base Civics. So, your Civic Hybrid has the same dashboard as the Type R, except that the Type R has and only comes with a six-speed manual gearbox. So, you could spend RM80,000 on a body kit for your Civic, but it will never be a Type R.

On the topic of manual transmissions, the gear knob in the old FK8 is circular and made of aluminium. The one in the FL5 is also made of aluminium but is shaped like a teardrop and it weighs 230 grammes more.

The reason behind the heavier gearknob is that Honda apparently figured that by adding more weight to the knob, it makes the shifts feel more natural, sleeker even. And after jumping into the FL5 after hours behind the wheel of the FK8, the shifts are buttery and precise.

The steering column too has been reworked and this makes it feel lighter, faster and more communicative at the same time. The Alcantara wrapped steering wheel is always twitching and chatting with your palms, sending little nuggets of information back to your brain about what is happening with the tyres.

In comparison, the steering of the FK8 feels heavy and dull.

The real show begins when you drive. Both cars have drive modes – Comfort, Sport and R. But the newer CTR has an individual mode that lets you customise how you want the car to feel, you can have the suspension set to comfortable, the steering set to sport and the engine set for maximum response.

The new car also feels more eager to get off the line. Both are powered by the same 2.0-litre, four-cylinder, turbo-VTEC engine, except that the new CTR produces 319 and 420Nm while the previous one offered 310PS and 400Nm.

That’s not a lot of power difference but the FL5 has other tricks up its sleeves. The turbocharger for one has been re-engineered and now responds quicker. The flywheel is also 18% lighter and this helps to reduce inertia by 25%, which ultimately results in a car that feels more eager and accelerates harder.

In terms of numbers, the new model reaches 100km/h from a dead stop in just 5.5 seconds, while its predecessor took 5.7. You may think that 0.2 seconds can barely be felt, but the FL5 just feels wilder from the moment you take your foot off the clutch.

The FL5 is a bigger car too, much bigger than a Golf R or a Mercedes-Benz A45S AMG, and perhaps closer in size to a BMW 3-Series. But in Sport or R mode, it dances at the edge of grip and rarely feels like it is about to edge into an understeer.

Some describe the FL5 as a grip gorilla; we can understand why as it can charge into corners with the rear neatly tucked in and slingshot out where previous models would just slide into the barriers when you overload the tyres.

But you can also take it easy with the new CTR, and that makes us think that Honda has made a sports car for those 90s kid that are growing old but never want to grow up. These people need space for the family, so Honda fitted a huge booth with foldable rear seats.

These people also need space for the family, so the rear seats come with ISOFIX mounts and cupholders. They need to keep the family comfortable, so the suspension does a great job at keep the occupants comfortable, though the very audible tyre roar is a clear indication of what this car really is underneath.

And on Sundays when the kids and the wife are asleep, these people wake up at 6am to go barrelling down their favourite roads with the rev-match function making them feel like driving gods as they carve corner after corner, appreciating the decades of engineering that has gone into making one of the finest driver’s cars this decade has seen.

By 11am, they are back with the family, and the car has mellowed down and is ready for Sunday lunch with the family at the local banana leaf shop. On the way, the wireless Apple Carplay or wired Android Auto keeps the occupants entertained. There are safety systems to keep the family secure while features like adaptive cruise control and ultra-comfortable sport bucket seats make long journeys bearable.

It is a pity that the world has evolved into a place where such cars may soon go the way of the Dodo, but we can all be thankful that there are manufacturers like Honda who still care about driving pleasure. The only thing that stands in the way is the RM399,900 asking price.

Specifications:
Engine: 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, VTEC, Turbo
Power: 319PS @ 6500rpm
Torque: 420Nm @ 2600rpm
0-100: 5.5 seconds
Top speed: 272km/h (Limited)
Price (As Tested): RM399,900

We like: Everything
We don’t like: Might be the last of the fun Honda cars

If the Maybach was not luxurious enough for you, Mercedes-Benz has rekindled excitement with its announcement of the forthcoming Mythos-branded models, initially revealed back in 2022. Despite a quiet spell since the unveiling, the automaker recently reassured enthusiasts that progress is underway, hinting at an imminent debut for the highly anticipated Mythos-badged vehicle.

In a presentation highlighting Mercedes-Benz’s 2023 performance for stakeholders, the company outlined a strategic roadmap aimed at catering to its most discerning clientele. Among the key initiatives mentioned were the expansion of the Manufaktur personalisation program, a strategic partnership with fashion giant Moncler, a collaboration with renowned designer Virgil Abloh on a limited-edition Maybach, and the introduction of the inaugural model from the Mythos series, slated for release in 2025.

While specific details surrounding the Mythos lineup remain closely guarded, indications suggest that the first model to bear the Mythos badge will be an evolution of the recently launched SL. Described as “ultra-exclusive collector cars,” the Mythos range promises to push the boundaries of luxury, appealing to customers who seek a level of opulence beyond what Maybach currently offers. However, securing one of these coveted models may prove challenging, as Mercedes-Benz intends to reserve them for a select group of dedicated enthusiasts and collectors.

This exclusivity strategy mirrors trends observed in the luxury automotive sector, exemplified by Bentley’s highly sought-after Bacalar and Batur models, which sold out swiftly despite their limited production runs and premium price tags. By targeting long-standing brand loyalists and collectors, Mercedes-Benz aims to cultivate a similar level of desirability with its Mythos lineup.

Gordon Wagener, the visionary behind Mercedes-Benz’s design language, offered a tantalising glimpse of what’s to come with the Mythos series through a cryptic preview image shared on social media in 2022. While details remain scarce, Wagener’s teaser suggests that the Mythos models will embody a unique identity characterised by more than just superficial enhancements. As anticipation continues to build, enthusiasts eagerly await the unveiling of Mercedes-Benz’s latest expression of automotive excellence with the Mythos series.

The Bugatti Bolide stands as a testament to automotive engineering, blending the iconic W16 engine with cutting-edge lightweight techniques to deliver an unparalleled track driving experience. At the heart of the Bolide’s performance lies its braking technology, featuring the largest carbon brake system ever produced by Brembo.

Bugatti tasked Brembo with the challenge of creating a brake system that matches the Bolide’s uncompromising nature. Over two years of rigorous testing and development, Brembo engineers collaborated closely with Bugatti to craft a brake system that pushes the boundaries of design and performance.

The Bolide’s front brakes are a marvel of engineering, boasting two eight-piston monobloc callipers with high-performance pads and massive 390×37.5 mm carbon discs. The rear brakes mirror the front setup, featuring two six-piston monobloc callipers and sizable 390×34 mm carbon discs. Despite their imposing size, the callipers are machined from aluminium alloy and nickel-coated for optimal performance.

Mario Almondo, Chief Operating Officer of Brembo Performance, expressed pride in the achievement, highlighting the engineering prowess required to develop a brake system for the Bolide. The use of carbon compounds akin to those in Formula 1 allowed for a lightweight design without compromising performance.

The lightweight design not only reduces overall system weight but also ensures exceptional thermal conductivity for superior heat dissipation during intense braking. This prevents brake fade and provides consistent performance even under extreme conditions.

The holistic approach to the brake system extends beyond callipers and discs, encompassing bespoke master cylinders and specially formulated fluid. Every component works in harmony to deliver exceptional performance on the track.

Collaboration between Bugatti and Brembo also focused on optimising brake system cooling, crucial for managing the energy unleashed by the Bugatti W16 engine. By directing airflow precisely to the discs and pads, the system ensures optimal performance during rigorous track sessions.

Through extensive testing and refinement, the brake system of the Bolide has been fine-tuned to excel in diverse conditions, including wet weather scenarios. This attention to detail ensures that the Bolide remains unrivalled, delivering outstanding performance without compromising safety or security on the track.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today introduces the latest variant of the best-selling C-Class: the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid. Proudly assembled at the production plant in Pekan, the C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid seamlessly combines electric power with traditional fuel for enhanced efficiency.

The Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid perfectly integrates performance, efficiency, and sustainability with its advanced powertrain specifications. The 1,999 cc engine powers this innovative vehicle, delivering a rated output of 204hp at 6,100 rpm, paired with a robust torque of 320Nm spanning from 2,000 to 4,000 rpm. This four-cylinder petrol engine ensures a dynamic driving experience.

Augmenting the combustion engine is an electric motor with a rated output of 95 kW and a torque of 440 Nm, contributing to a harmonious blend of power sources. This integration results in an impressive max. rated power system output of 313hp and a peak torque of 550Nm at the rated power system output, ensuring a compelling performance. Notably, the C 350 e boasts an electric range of up to 117 km (WLTP), affirming its commitment to sustainable mobility.

The vehicle’s high-voltage (HV) battery, with an energy content of 25.4 kWh provides substantial electric range for a variety of journeys. Acceleration from 0 to 100km/h is achieved in just 6.1 seconds, showcasing the agility and responsiveness of the C 350 e, while a top speed of 245km/h adds versatility to its capabilities. Meticulously engineered and thoughtfully designed, the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e Plug-in Hybrid stands as a testament to modern automotive technology, offering a harmonious balance between performance, efficiency, and an impressive electric driving range.

The high-voltage (HV) battery has been developed in-house by Mercedes-Benz AG. It is part of a fourth-generation family of batteries and represents a logical evolution of the previous generation. It consists of 96 cells in a so-called pouch configuration. To account for the high energy density, the HV battery has an internal cooling system. The thermal management system can therefore control the operating temperature irrespective of the climate control in the vehicle interior. A standard-fit 11 kW charger is available for three-phase charging at a Wallbox connected to the domestic AC mains. Included with the C 350 e is a mode 2 charging cable.

The positioning of the battery in the vehicle brings advantages on a day-to-day basis compared with the previous model: there is no longer a step in the boot, and through-loading is now possible.

The new C-Class is even more dynamic, thanks to its AMG Line styling, featuring the iconic Mercedes-Benz pattern grille with the star design in chrome with 18-inch AMG 5-spoke light-alloy wheels. Night Package includes sporty, expressive design elements in high-gloss black such as the louvre of the radiator shell, trim moulding in the AMG front apron, beltline trim strip and window surround, and exterior mirror housings.

Other key exterior highlights include DIGITAL LIGHT, Adaptive Highbeam Assist Plus, panoramic sliding sunroof, and ambient lighting with projection of brand logo. The rear-end design is typical of a Mercedes-Benz saloon. The high-quality design of the tail lamps fascinates with an unmistakable day and night appearance. 

The new C-Class features an AMG Line interior with metal structure trim elements, multifunction sports steering wheel in nappa leather, and AMG floor mats. The ARTICO man-made leather upholstery in black and instrument panel and beltlines in ARTICO man-made leather in nappa look further accentuates the sense of comfort in the cabin.  

The high-resolution 12.3-inch LCD screen and 11.9-inch touchscreen central display are slightly tilted towards the driver by six degrees. The vehicle is also equipped with the latest generation of MBUX multimedia system making the interior more digital and intelligent. 

Other cabin highlights include sport seats, fingerprint scanner, front wireless charging, ambient lighting and smartphone integration package. With safety in mind, the new C-Class features 360° camera, Blind Spot Assist, Active Brake Assist, and GUARD 360 ° Vehicle protection.

All in all, the driving experience is significantly more electric. In view of the increase in electric range of up to 117 kilometres (WLTP), drivers will be able to cover most everyday journeys under electric power alone. The energy recovery function allows kinetic energy to be recuperated during deceleration or downhill driving, a process that has now also been improved in interaction with the hydraulic brake. The energy recovery output is now over 100 kW. The intelligent, route-based operating strategy activates the electric driving mode where this is most appropriate for the route. It takes into account such factors as navigation data, topography, speed limits and the traffic conditions for the entire planned route. A driver wishing to influence the energy recovery rate can do so directly in three stages controlled by rocker switches behind the steering wheel. This is possible in all driving modes except SPORT. In the driving mode D-, for example, the driver can experience the “one-pedal feeling”: When the driver takes his foot off the accelerator the vehicle slows down, purely by electric means, to such an extent that the hydraulic foot brake is often not needed.

The operating strategy communicates with the sensors of the assistance systems and thus efficiently supports the driver in many driving situations. Over longer distances in urban areas, for instance, the car will prioritise electric driving. With the BATTERY HOLD driving mode, maintaining the charge state of the high-voltage battery is given priority, for example when intending to drive in a city center; selection of the most suitable drive configuration by the hybrid powertrain system, depending on the driving situation and route.

The new C-Class has a haptic accelerator pedal module with a pressure point at an accelerator pedal angle of 9.7°. In ELECTRIC mode, this power surge is activated and allows all-electric vehicle operation up to the additional pressure point. If the pressure point is overridden, the combustion engine starts and delivers additional torque.

The Agility+ Plan is designed with your ultimate driving needs in mind. Enjoy your new Mercedes-Benz while we ensure you are being taken care of with unrivalled benefits such as lower monthly instalment, flexible end of agreement options, MobilityPlus* programme and most importantly, we guarantee the future value of your car no matter what happens. 

Perfectly tailored for individuals who seeks performance, value, unrivalled benefits and peace of mind at the wheel. Enjoy an additional 6 times service packages and up to RM 3,800 Star Protect (Motor Insurance) support when you sign up with Agility+ for the Mercedes-Benz C 350 e. 

The new C350e has an estimated price from RM355,000, on the road without insurance.

GoCar Malaysia, a leading on-demand mobility-as-a-service platform, has forged a strategic partnership with Yinson GreenTech to introduce the Ora Good Cat electric vehicle (EV) through the GoCar Share program. This collaboration between GoCar and YGT’s EV leasing business arm, drivEV, underscores their joint commitment to expanding access to the EV experience and driving EV adoption in Malaysia.

The Ora Good Cat EVs will initially be available for GoCar Share (Round Trip) bookings at select locations in Klang Valley city centres, including Berjaya Times Square, The Linc, Lalaport KL, Eco Ardence, Eco Grandeur, and GoCar Malaysia PJ. Users can enjoy the Ora Good Cat experience at an affordable rate of RM23.90 per hour, with complimentary access to all standalone AC charging stations within YGT’s chargEV network. Additionally, customers can unlock increased savings with longer booking durations, with discounts ranging from 10% to 15% based on the length of the rental period.

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