New Rally1 category with hybrid technology for World Rally Championship in 2022

With the auto industry accelerating towards electrification of its products, the FIA – the world motorsport governing body – is also making changes in regulations and introducing new categories that reflect the industry change. Of course, electrification is not new to motorsport and in Formula 1 and the World Endurance Championship, hybrid-type powertrains have been […]

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Renault’s E-TECH powertrain began as a prototype made from LEGO parts

The development of Renault’s E-TECH powertrains drew on the company’s experience in Formula 1 and also contributing has been a LEGO model. Yes, those little plastic blocks that can be attached together to form cars which have entertained children for over 70 years. The development story actually began at the end of the last decade. It […]

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2021 Volvo S90 T8 Recharge PHEV

2021 Volvo S90 Recharge T8 in showrooms, to be followed by T5 variant in June

The Volvo S90, which traces its roots back to the 960 of the 1990s, has been updated with a new exterior and interior finishing. Assembled at the Volvo plant in Selangor, the  flagship sedan is built on the Scalable Product Architecture (SPA) platform and, for the Malaysian market, uses Volvo’s Drive-E turbocharged/supercharged powertrain. The 2021 […]

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2021 Honda City RS e:HEV

New Honda City RS e:HEV officially on sale, priced at RM105,950.45

When the fifth generation of the City was introduced in Malaysia last year, four variants were presented – but only three were in the showrooms. The fourth – which was the flagship City RS e:HEV – was not available then and was this eagerly awaited because it promised to be a game-changer in its segment […]

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Honda SENSING Elite adds more advanced autonomous capabilities to Legend flagship

Honda is taking us one step closer to the day when cars will no longer need our involvement to reach the destination. That day is some way down the road and progressive steps will have to be taken as autonomous technologies continue to advance. Basically, the steps will follow those for autonomous vehicles formulated by […]

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Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles: Are They All the Same?

Just as Euro NCAP (New Car Assessment Program) assesses the safety performance of new models sold in Europe, Green NCAP evaluates the environmental performance of new vehicles. Periodically, it compiles a list of models and recently release information on 25 new models. These include, for the first time, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs). The results […]

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2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge T5

Volvo XC40 range gets PHEV Recharge T5 variant, priced from RM241,997

The locally-assembled Volvo XC40 range in Malaysia now has a second variant – the XC40 Recharge T5. The ‘Recharge’ indicates it is a Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV), so it extends the already varied PHEV range available from Volvo Car Malaysia. The second model in the XC40 range is priced at RM241,997.04 for private registration […]

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