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The BMW Group has become the first automotive manufacturer to receive the CCC Digital Key certificate from the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), marking a significant milestone in digital vehicle access. This certification is based on the highest security and interoperability standards set by the CCC, confirming that the BMW Digital Key meets these rigorous requirements.

Leading the Way in Digital Key Technology

The Car Connectivity Consortium is a cross-industry organisation dedicated to advancing vehicle connectivity with intelligent mobile devices. Since joining the consortium in 2017, the BMW Group has played a leading role in developing and establishing cross-industry technologies and safety standards. The CCC’s membership includes numerous automotive manufacturers, major smartphone manufacturers, tier-one automotive suppliers, semiconductor manufacturers, and security product providers.

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It has finally arrived, the perfect weekend that you have planned for months: an outing with the family to a hidden beach where clear blue waters and fine white sand await you. But as soon as you turn off onto the dirt road, suddenly the road threatens to bog you down, everyone and everything not tied down gets thrown around like in the movie Twister. The kids start turning green and the barf bags come out. The Mrs. starts yelling at the kids. And soon, the entire trip becomes a nightmare.

But this only happens when you drive anything other than the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain. Isuzu has decades of building the best pick-ups and the D-Max X-Terrain is the result of putting this experience into producing a pick-up that not only takes on challenges head-on, but makes it the perfect vehicle for your weekend adventures.

These are what the new Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain has for you:

  1.  It all starts with versatility, and it is what endears millions to the Isuzu pick-up platform. The magic of having a pick-up truck is the ability to traverse anywhere the road may lead you, even where there is no road left. 

    The go-anywhere, do-anything attitude of the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is undeniable. While some pick-up trucks may focus on one aspect over another, the X-Terrain has managed to capture a fine balance of comfort, durability and efficiency.
    However, the D-Max X-Terrain takes it several steps further.

    It is equipped with an advanced 4×4 system which includes a Rough Terrain Mode (RTM) that gives it versatile performance across all terrains. Consequently, you can transition from the daily grind to rugged off-road trails with only the turn of a switch. Think of it like the McDonnell-Douglas F/A-18 fighter-bomber jet: It transitions from mode to another at the, you got it, the flick of a switch, making it ideal for weekend getaways.

    Add an 800mm water wading depth and you have almost nothing to fear (except for that electric truck running out of juice in front of you and blocking your way).

    Driving this performance is the 3.0L “Blue Power” turbo diesel which pumps out a healthy 190PS and 450Nm, for that extra grunt to deal with difficult conditions, offering adaptable performance to ensure a smooth and enjoyable ride anywhere, anytime.

  2. Good technical specification does not mean anything if the interior looks and feels dated. This is where the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain delivers once again with a well-designed, well-appointed interior with premium touches that will put others to shame such as the large, leather seats that are constructed using elastic foam with anti-vibration technology. The seats offer impressive comfort for extended periods and that is just some of the premium features that the X-Terrain has to offer.
    The interior is also impressively large which makes it feel comfortable and spacious. Combine this with features such as dual-zone air-conditioning and the interior of the X-Terrain is the perfect place to be either on a daily basis or on long adventure trips towards the unknown.

     

    The Isuzu X-Terrain also features an advanced infotainment system running on wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for seamless entertainment and precise navigation. The occupants also do not have to worry about their devices running out of juice, either, as there are multiple USB charging ports placed strategically around the cabin.

  3. When it comes to 4×4 capabilities, interior comfort and tech, the Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is arguably the best at it. But it also offers amazing versatility and has the means to offer everything you would need on your daily escapades to make driving the X-Terrain truly hassle free. 
    The practical features that the X-Terrain offers include multiple storage options inside the truck. So whether you are in charge of building stuff, a law firm or simply like to have the convenience of owning a pick-up truck, the X-Terrain makes it incredibly easy to live with it.
     

    Then there is the incredible clear and precise 360-degree camera. This is one of the X-Terrain’s ace cards as it makes it easy to maneuver the big truck even in tight parking spots. 

    You can also depend on the camera to keep you safe in uncertain conditions, like using the camera to look around the truck before alighting from it, just to ensure no one is hiding around the truck in spots that you cannot see through the mirrors.
     

    The large and deep cargo bed is another feature that is important for those who like to have the versatility that a pick-up truck offers. Shallow beds make it unsafe to store items at the back as they may tip over in corners, but there is no fear of that happening with the X-Terrain. 

    It is also quite large so you can store all your gear for your weekend camping trips, or even materials you need for your work. Those with a knack for an adventurous lifestyle such as dirt-bikers or supermoto riders will also appreciate the large bed of the Isuzu as it makes it easy to carry two bikes with multiple points to tie down the bikes.

Simply said, the bed of the X-Terrain is ideal for all types of lifestyles. 

The only “feature” left out by the Isuzu D-Max is what you have in mind for your perfect weekend: Be it a road trip, camping adventure, or that trip to that hidden beach you have always dreamt about. But now you can be sure of arriving there and overcoming all the challenges along the way. 

The Isuzu D-Max X-Terrain is priced at RM157,938.40 OTR without insurance where else in Sabah the X-Terrain carries a price tag of RM159,830.70 while in Sarawak the price is RM160,011.10. 

The X-Terrain also comes with a 7-year unlimited mileage warranty, one of the longest in the industry for added peace of mind throughout your ownership life cycle.

Audi is set to open a new chapter in its successful history in the mid-size segment with the introduction of the new A5 family. Launching 30 years after the first Audi A4, this latest generation captivates with its premium proportions and a sharpened design language. Both body styles, Sedan and Avant, perfectly embody Audi’s sporty design philosophy. A new interior design language creates a generous feeling of space and places the displays on a digital stage, enhancing interaction with the vehicle. Efficient, partially electrified combustion engines and thrilling S models round off the range.

Restructured Naming and Model Lineup

In line with its expanded model range, AUDI AG has restructured its vehicle naming since 2024. Even numbers now denote electrically powered models, while odd numbers signify vehicles with combustion engines. Consequently, the long-standing bestseller Audi A4 will now be called the Audi A5 and will be produced in Neckarsulm. It will be available in four new variants: A5 Sedan, S5 Sedan, A5 Avant, and S5 Avant. These models are the first to launch on the new Premium Platform Combustion (PPC).

Audi’s Commitment to Efficient Combustion Engines

Audi CEO Gernot Döllner emphasised the company’s dual approach: “In tandem with the expansion of our all-electric portfolio, we are launching a new generation of models with efficient combustion engines. The Audi A5 family, with its athletic design, completely new interior, and future-proof electronics architecture, will be the first. The advanced MHEV plus technology enables partially electric driving and therefore even more efficient driving.”

Dynamic and Muscular Exterior Design

The redesigned A5 family features powerful, clean lines with a long wheelbase, large wheels, and a low, sporty body that embodies progressive dynamism and premium standards. The Sedan’s sporty greenhouse stretches to the rear in a coupé-like manner, ending at a striking spoiler lip on the short tailgate. The Avant features a dynamic, taut roofline merging into a seamlessly integrated roof spoiler, emphasising its sporty and flat rear window.

The front end is dominated by a wide and significantly flatter Singleframe grille with a three-dimensional honeycomb structure, flanked by slim, precisely drawn headlights. The hood is flush with the front end, and powerful blisters over the wheels recall the Audi Urquattro, a core element of Audi’s design DNA.

Advanced Lighting Technology

The A5 family introduces new digital daytime running lights with LED technology and second-generation digital OLED rear lights. These lights, featuring around 60 segments per OLED panel, enhance car-to-x communication and road safety. Dynamic lighting effects during unlocking and departure reflect Audi’s light DNA, with active digital light signatures conveying a new sense of liveliness.

Innovative Interior Design

The interior of the new Audi A5 focuses on four key features:

  1. Human-Centric Design: Geared towards user needs.
  2. Digital Stage: Clear view displays for the driver and front passenger.
  3. Material Driven Design: Ensures a generous sense of space and comfort.
  4. Visual Clarity: Offers a clear, easy-to-use layout.

Additionally, the optional dynamic interaction light supports the car’s interaction with occupants. The new MMI panoramic display and head-up display enhance the user experience, integrating seamlessly into the digital ecosystem and offering a personalised connectivity experience.

Cutting-Edge Hybrid Technology

The A5 family features the advanced MHEV plus system based on a 48-volt on-board electrical system, supporting the combustion engine, reducing CO2 emissions, and increasing performance. The powertrain generator (PTG) enables partially electric driving, contributing to reduced fuel consumption. The PTG can add up to 24PS of electric power and recuperate energy up to 25kW during deceleration, allowing for purely electric maneuvering and parking.

Engine Options and Performance

At launch, the A5 family offers a range of efficient engines:

  • Entry-Level Engine: 2.0 TFSI with 150PS or 204PS, featuring a turbocharger with variable turbine geometry (VTG) for consistent torque.
  • 2.0 TDI Engine: 204PS, with MHEV plus technology, offering high torque and smooth operation.
  • S5: 3.0-litre V6 TFSI engine with 367PS, VTG, and MHEV plus technology, reducing CO2 emissions and enhancing agility.

Enhanced Driving Dynamics

Audi has refined the A5’s suspension and steering for precise, effortless, and neutral handling. The optional adaptive dampers provide a significant differentiation between comfort and sportiness. The progressive steering in the new A5 is considerably more precise.

Market Launch and Pricing

The new Audi A5 family will be launched in Germany and other European countries in November, with orders starting in Germany from July 2024. The Audi A5 Sedan TFSI will be offered at an entry price of EUR 45,200 (RM230,302), including standard features such as navigation, an electrically powered rear hatch, and a telephone tray with inductive charging.

Great Wall Motor (GWM) Malaysia is set to host an exciting off-road test drive event on July 20 and 21, 2024, at M4TREC, a 4WD training and experience centre located in Semenyih. This event celebrates the recent launch of the GWM TANK 300 in Malaysia. This fully imported (CBU) off-road SUV is competitively priced at RM250,000 on the road without insurance and is available in four attractive colours: Dusk Orange, Fossil Grey, Crystal Black, and Pearl White.

The event offers the public a unique opportunity to experience the GWM TANK 300’s capabilities firsthand through a series of custom-designed obstacles and challenges. Participants will receive training from expert instructors on how to navigate rugged terrains, enhancing their outdoor adventure skills.

Among the formidable obstacles available for participants to tackle with the GWM TANK 300 are the Log Bridge, Axle Twister, Ridge Crossing, Log Track, Hill Descent, Hill Climb, and more.

All participants who attend the test drive will receive an exclusive GWM merchandise gift. To secure a spot for the off-road test drive experience, interested individuals can RSVP now at RSVP link.

Special Offers for the First 300 GWM TANK 300 Customers

In conjunction with the launch of the GWM TANK 300, GWM Malaysia is offering exclusive benefits for the first 300 customers:

  1. Free Service Maintenance: Five years or 100,000km of free service maintenance, including labour and parts, applicable every 10,000 KM or every six months, whichever comes first.
  2. Lifetime Warranty: Enjoy an unlimited mileage Lifetime Warranty for Engine & Transmission (limited to first-hand owners).
  3. GWM x Thule Adventure Kit: Receive a Thule Adventure Kit, which includes an RM8,000 Thule Voucher and a Thule Paramount Backpack worth RM999.
  4. Adventure Trip with GWM TANK: Customers who complete their vehicle registration by August 12, 2024, will have the chance to win an Adventure Trip with GWM TANK to ChengDu and ChongQing, China. Ten customers will be selected through a lucky draw contest.

This event and the exclusive offers underscore GWM Malaysia’s commitment to providing exceptional off-road experiences and value to its customers. Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the full potential of the GWM TANK 300 and enjoy the added benefits that come with it.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is reinforcing its commitment to supporting the nation’s goal of becoming an Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) hub. The company recently conducted a comprehensive EV emergency training programme for the Fire and Rescue Department of Malaysia (Bomba) at its state-of-the-art Training Academy in Puchong, Selangor.

As the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) continues to grow in Malaysia, the importance of adequately training emergency responders to manage EV-related incidents has become paramount. The “Electrification Drive: Fire and Rescue Team Orientation” programme was developed to meet this critical need by providing essential information about EV technology and outlining best practices for handling EVs in various challenging scenarios.

More than 40 Bomba personnel participated in the training, which covered both theoretical aspects and hands-on practical experience in managing electric vehicle incidents. The training included the identification of EV models, high-voltage vehicle and battery handling, battery scanner usage, fire blanket application, emergency protocols, and the use of the Mercedes-Benz Rescue Assist App.

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Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) announced today that significant traffic changes will be implemented on Jalan Sultan Ismail starting July 22. The Cabinet committee on road safety and traffic congestion has decided that the stretch of road from the Jalan Raja Chulan intersection to the Jalan Bukit Bintang intersection will revert to its original one-way direction, effective from 12:01 AM next Monday.

DBKL stated that the decision follows extensive studies and consideration of feedback received during a trial period that began on May 1. The move aims to alleviate traffic congestion issues in the area.

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In a significant move to improve road safety for children, the Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, has proposed reducing the maximum speed limit in school zones to 30km/h, down from the previous limit of 40 km/h. This initiative aims to lower the accident rate involving pupils and school students, a vulnerable group on the roads, according to Berita Harian.

Dr. Ahmad Zahid, who also chairs the Cabinet Committee on Road Safety and Congestion (JKMKKJR), highlighted the proposal’s alignment with accident statistics in school areas provided by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM). According to PDRM data, 2023 saw 322 injury cases, including fatalities, related to school zone accidents. On average, 67 deaths occur annually due to such incidents.

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The new Porsche Panamera made a significant impact shortly before its official launch, setting a new record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. With Porsche test driver Lars Kern at the helm, a pre-series version of the high-performance touring saloon completed the legendary course 5.64 seconds faster than its predecessor.

Last Friday, Kern achieved a new best time of 7:24.17 minutes for luxury-class cars with combustion engines and hybrids. This marks yet another milestone for the Panamera series, with Kern previously setting records on the Nordschleife in 2016 and 2020, most recently in the Panamera Turbo S with a time of 7:29.81 minutes.

According to Kern, the transverse dynamic capabilities of a car are particularly important on the Nordschleife. The new Panamera has made significant gains in this area. In technically demanding corner sequences, such as between the ‘Hohe Acht’ and ‘Brünnchen’ sections of the track, it responds with noticeably greater agility.

Enhanced Performance and Agility

The new Panamera’s lap time, over five seconds quicker than the previous model, showcases the consistent advancements made in the four-door sports car. Its electrically supported eight-cylinder combustion engine plays a pivotal role in its impressive performance. However, the improved lap time is not solely due to the powertrain.

Kern explained that the powertrain, aerodynamics, chassis, and new ultra-high-performance tyres from Michelin all contributed to this best time. The new Porsche Active Ride chassis has made a particularly big contribution. The car stays parallel to the road at all times. Its cornering and body stability are on a whole new level. As a driver, this gives a good feeling and further underlines that the development doesn’t just offer maximum day-to-day driving comfort, but also makes a real difference on the Nurburgring Nordschleife. No other Porsche offers such a wide spectrum between comfort and sportiness. The new Panamera combines the positive properties of an exclusive touring saloon with the handling of a sports car.

Technical Enhancements

To ensure driver safety, the Panamera driven by Kern was equipped with a racing seat and the mandatory safety cage, though it otherwise corresponded to the series version. The Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, with dimensions 275/35 ZR 21 at the front and 325/30 ZR 21 at the rear, were specially developed for the Panamera. The optional Carbon Aerokit further optimised performance by eliminating lift on the front axle. Combined with the Gurney flap on the adaptive 4-way rear spoiler, this configuration generated downforce, enhancing the aerodynamic balance.

The new Panamera’s record-setting performance underscores Porsche’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of automotive engineering, blending luxurious comfort with cutting-edge sports car dynamics.

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) concluded June 2024 on a high note with a monthly sale of 7,600 units. This achievement propels the year-to-date sales to 47,000 units, showcasing the company’s robust initiatives and successful customer-centric promotions.

UMWT’s dedication to providing innovative mobility solutions and engaging in broader community initiatives is evident in this positive sales performance. The company attributes this success to its focused promotional efforts and a steadfast commitment to customer satisfaction and social responsibility.

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Continental Tyres has introduced its latest innovation, the MaxContact MC7 tyre, a sporty, high-performance tyre specifically designed for urban landscapes and tailored to meet the needs of drivers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region. This new product promises to elevate everyday driving with precise steering and dynamic handling, providing maximum control.

Engineered for Thrill Seekers

“Developed and tested by a team of 25 engineers and material experts through more than 8,000 hours in R&D, we engineered a high-performance sporty tyre that meets the unique needs of the drivers who seek the thrill from their everyday driving,” said Mr. Tolga Mutlu, Head of Product Management, Continental Replacement Tyres APAC. “The new MaxContact MC7 offers just that.”

Key Features:

  • Refined Handling and Stability: The MaxContact MC7 enhances driving precision and stability, especially during sharp turns and cornering at higher speeds. This is achieved through the optimisation of pressure distribution within the tyre, creating a wider footprint with the Cornering Macroblocks that redistribute force for a more controlled drive.
  • ReFlex Compound: This compound increases resistance to tyre deformation, resulting in improved steering response and accuracy.

Safety in Wet Conditions

Designed to ensure safety during frequent wet weather in APAC, including Malaysia, the MaxContact MC7 provides enhanced grip and shorter braking distances to ensure a stable drive.

Advanced Safety Features:

  • 3D Laser-Cut Sipes: These improve grip and braking in wet conditions, reducing the risk of aquaplaning by quickly expelling water through the tyre grooves.
  • Silica Technology: The ReFlex compound includes silica technology that enhances the transfer of kinetic energy to heat during braking, leading to shorter braking distances on both dry and wet roads.

Quieter Driving Experience

For those who value a quiet drive, even in a sports car, the MaxContact MC7 offers an upgraded noise reduction feature.

Noise Reduction Technology:

  • Two-in-1 Noise Breaker 3.0: This feature breaks up sound waves, preventing noise from building up and traveling into the car cabin, ensuring a quieter drive preferred by sporty city drivers.

Availability

The MaxContact MC7 tyre is available in sizes ranging from 16″ to 21″ and will be available for purchase across APAC markets starting in Q1 of 2024. (Timing of stock availability varies by individual market.)

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