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Hyundai Grand Starex in Malaysia


The Hyundai Starex is a van built by the Hyundai Motor Company in South Korea. In South Korea, the Starex available in a wide range of configurations, including minivan (MPV) and minibus, van, pick-up, taxi, and ambulance. The first generation was introduced since 1997 and replace with current model in 2007.

The 2nd-generation vehicle was introduced as the Grand Starex with larger dimensions and much stronger Common-rail Diesel Injection (CRDi) engine. The CRDi engine is a 2.5 litre inline 4 cylinder with Variable Geometry Turbocharger (VGT) delivering 125 kw (170ps) with a torque of 392Nm.

The Market Shares of Luxury MPV are rapidly growing in Malaysia (like Toyota Alphard, Estima, Nissan Elgrand and Honda Elysion). Hyundai Sime Darby brought in the Hyundai Grand Starex and Hyundai Grand Starex Royale to Malaysia in 2008.

Unlike the Japanese Luxury MPV, this Hyundai Starex is built on van platform that uses to build Cargo van and people mover. With this approach, the overall development costs will be lower than the Japanese Luxury MPV that based on its own chassis as luxury MPV. In terms of comfortability wise, I will go for the Japanese model for sure. What if there is a budget concern, why not consider a Hyundai Grand Starex!

In the other hand, why not Toyota consider building a Luxury Van like Starex which based on Toyota Hiace for ASEAN market? How is that sound like? To me, Toyota Innova is not a proper MPV... We need something more proper.


This Hyundai Starex is based on 6 lug wheels, it will be tough to source for aftermarket wheels. Most likely, Toyota Hiace wheels may be suitable to fit on the Starex.

In Malaysia, the Starex is available in a more luxurious variant instead. It comes with DVD player, 7 inch LCD panel and full body kit. The Grand Starex Royale won many car awards such as the Autocar Asean 2008 for Large MPV category, 1st Place in Asian Auto Bosch Fuel Efficiency 2008 in Luxury MPV Category with a combined fuel efficiency of 8.5l/100km as well as the New Straits Times / Maybank Car of the Year Award in the large MPV category.

Hyundai Starex is also one of car that selling with the longest warranty in Malaysia - 5 Year or 300,000km warranty. The price starts from RM 133,474.60 before on-the-road costs.

2011 Volkswagen Polo GTI with 180hp on 1.4l TSI


The new 2010 Polo GTI fitted with 1.4-liter TSI gasoline engine with turbo and supercharging with an estimated output of 180 horsepower and 250Nm of torque at range from 2,000 to 4,500 rpm.

The Polo's GTI TSI gasoline engine mated with a compact seven-speed, twin-clutch DSG gearbox on front wheel drive. Aligned with a 1,184kg kerbweight, the 1.4 TSI allows the Polo GTI to accelerate from rest to 100km/h in 6.9 seconds before reaching a top speed of 228 km/h.

This particular vehicle is capable of delivering a low fuel consumption of 6.0lt/100km on the combined cycle while emitting just 139 g/km of CO2.

Along with the new engine, the Polo GTI also gets upgraded suspension components and XDS self locking electronic differential.

As similar as the Golf GTI, the hottest Polo sports five-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels in low profile tires, red brake callipers, blacked out headlamps with LED daytime running lights and the typical GTI honeycomb grille with a red frame. At the back there's a new rear bumper featuring a diffuser and a pair of chrome-tipped exhausts like the Mk-6 Golf GTI.


For interior wise, you will see a similar steering wheel with red stitching like Mk-6 Golf GTI and the tartan cloth sport seats plus a slightly revised instrument panel with red dials.

The new Polo GTI is expected to go on sale in Europe in both three- and five-door body styles in this year.

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AC Schnitzer X1 E84


AC Schnitzer have done a number on the diesel BMW X1 to come up with the AC Schnitzer X1 E84. With these kits for Diesel powerplant,  the tuned crossover goes from 143hp to 171hp on 1.8d model, and the 2.0d goes from 177hp to 210hp.

Those that opt for the xDrive28i with a 258HP straight-six petrol will have to do with a new sport exhaust system only.

Along with the improved engines, AC Schnitzer also offers a sport suspension and a choice of 18-, 19- or 20-inch alloy wheels in various designs.

For the X1's exterior, AC Schnitzer has readied a package that comprises of a front & rear spoiler, bonnet vents and a roof spoiler.

Interior upgrades come in the form of special carbon-fiber trim, illuminated leather gear knob, aluminium gear knobs with or without digital gear display, a unique aluminium cover for the i-Drive system controller, aluminium handbrake handle and pedal set, foot rests and velours foot mats.

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2011 Volkswagen Touareg


Volkswagen AG has released official pictures of its all-new large 4WD ahead of its Geneva motor show debut next month. The next-generation Volkswagen Touareg soft-roader is lighter and more efficient than before, but hybrid version will only introduce at certain market.

The hybrid is the most powerful model in the new Touareg range, producing 285kW from its 3.3-litre supercharged V6 and electric motor, though it uses 10 per cent more fuel than the base model turbo-diesel V6 (8.2L/100km vs 7.4L/100km).

Volkswagen has yet to confirm whether the Touareg will use a new petrol V6 or retain the current 3.6-litre V6.

The 3.0-litre turbo-diesel carries over from the current model, with the V6 producing 180kW of power and 550Nm of torque.

The V8 diesel variant will be pitched as the city-friendly soft-roader in the range. It will replace the current V10 model, and despite offering a 800Nm of torque and 254kW.

As similar to BMW with its new X5, Volkswagen will offer an eight-speed automatic transmission as standard across the range, which also keeps fuel consumption down.

Both engines will also achieve lower carbon emissions compared with the current models, and Volkswagen will continue to offer the Touareg purely as an all-wheel-drive SUV, rather than the recent trend by many manufacturers to offer two-wheel-drive variants.

Volkswagen has also achieved improved consumption by shedding more than 200kg from the model’s kerb weight, despite the Touareg growing in size. The company says it achieved the weight loss through lighter body components and lighter high-strength metals.

The Touareg has expanded by 40mm (now 4758mm long) to improve interior space, both for passengers and luggage. The boot offers up to 70 litres more cargo space over the existing model.

The Touareg adopts Volkswagen’s new design language – notably the wide, horizontal grille like the sixth-generation Golf Mk-6.

In profile the second-generation Touareg looks less bulky than the outgoing model, with a lower, more arched roofline.

It’s not yet known if the new Cayenne – to be unveiled at next month’s Geneva motor show – will share doors and glass with the Touareg, as with the original versions of each.

On the safety front, Volkswagen will adopt a new quad-camera system called "Area View" – expected to be offered as an option – which can see the car’s surroundings from different angles, assisting in better vision to the driver.

The Touareg will feature nine airbags, adaptive cruise control, and “Side Assist”, which warns the driver of vehicles approaching from the rear when changing lanes. The Touareg also features stop-start technology, which shuts the engine down when the car is stationary, and restarts it when the brake is released.

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Honda recalls AGAIN on 379,000 cars for airbag hazard

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Vehicle recall trend follows...

Last month, Honda announced a separate recall of 646,000 2007 and 2008 Fit, City and Jazz models worldwide, after a fire hazard involving a power window switch resulted in a death in South Africa.

For now, Honda announced it is expanding a previously announced recall to replace an airbag inflator in an additional 438,000 vehicles worldwide, including 379,000 in the United States.

In a statement posted on its Web site late Tuesday, Honda said the driver's airbag inflators in these certain vehicles may expand with too much pressure, which can cause the inflator casing to break and could result in injury or death.

The expanded recall includes 2001 and 2002 Accord, Civic, Odyssey, CR-V, and selected 2002 Acura TL vehicles, the statement said. Honda said there have been 12 incidents related to the airbag inflator problem.

Last summer, Honda added 510,150 cars to the recall worldwide, including 443,727 additional units in the United States.

The recall now affects a total of 952,118 vehicles, with more than 826,000 in the United States.

Although none of the reported problems occurred after July 2009, Honda said it was still expanding the recall because it could not be sure that the inflators in the aforementioned vehicles would work correctly.

Honda said it will notify affected customers by mail and phone with instructions on how to have their vehicles inspected and updated at an authorized dealer. The entire production of each of the models in question is not necessarily included in the recall.

Toyota recalling Prius worldwide


Toyota Motor Corp. has decided to announce an official recall of the newest Prius model due to defective brakes, sources said, while Monday it formulated a policy for the recall of the Sai and Lexus HS250h, both of which use the same brake system as the latest Prius.

On Saturday, the automaker decided to announce early this week the recall of the new Prius model over a brake system defect and informed auto dealers of its decision the same day.

Since the new Prius model was released in May 2009, more than 300,000 have been sold in about 60 nations and territories worldwide, including the United States.

Sai, a model exclusively sold in Japan, went on sale in December 2009.

The Lexus HS250h went on sale both at home and abroad, including USA. About 26,800 units of these two models will be recalled, including those sold overseas.

Also subject to the recall are about 100 plug-in hybrid Prius vehicles, which can be recharged at home and elsewhere using ordinary electrical outlets and which the automaker began leasing in December.

Under the planned recall, the company will correct the electronic control program of the antilock braking system, which is believed to have caused the problem. The system is designed to prevent the vehicle from sliding sideways under sudden braking.

Toyota initially considered issuing a voluntary recall notice as it judged the brake problem is not a structural flaw. Later, however, the automaker decided to make winning back customer trust a priority by conducting the recall.

Latest Toyota Prius fuelling rumours it could be recalled


Toyota’s environmental hero car is being investigated for reported brake problems, fuelling rumours it could be recalled.

The Toyota Prius hybrid car could be headed to an embarrassing recall, topping off a horror fortnight for Toyota that's seen its reputation for reliability and quality battered by an unrelated recall of millions of vehicles around the world.

Rumours are circulating that Toyota's environmental hero car and the world's most popular hybrid could be headed for a recall due to reported problems of braking issues.

Toyota's Japanese headquarters is expected to elaborate on the Prius brake problems in a press release at 3.30pm Japanese time today.

The Prius uses an advanced regenerative braking system, which can capture some of the energy normally lost in heat and store it in a battery for later use by the electric motor.

Advanced electronics effectively reverse the electric motor to provide resistance and slow the car. The Prius also has regular brakes for emergency stop situations.

Polis Trafik yang sedang cari makan ini...


This Traffic Police Officer is actually hiding on the side of the bridge pillar, standby to pursuit with his bike to catch victim that using Mobile Phone while driving. Hopefully all Malaysian are smart enough to know the risk by not talking on the phone while driving.

Use a handsfree ear-piece at least...