• Honda Malaysia Introduces the Jazz S

    Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd today introduced the Honda Jazz S variant. The practical and stylish Jazz S maintains the essential features of the popular 5-door compact hatchback.


    The Jazz S is a Completely Build-Up (CBU) unit from Thailand. With the original concept of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”, the Jazz S continues the legacy of maximizing the space available for humans and minimizing the space occupied by mechanical components. This is aimed at creating an ideal compact car that combines spaciousness, utility, fuel efficiency, refinement, comfort and safety all into one attractive package.




    Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “We are pleased to offer the S variant of the Honda Jazz to Malaysians. The Jazz has always been well received in Malaysia and we are delighted to introduce another version of the stylish compact car to Malaysians. We believe the Jazz S will appeal to young professionals who are interested in a compact yet practical vehicle that caters to their fun driving and active lifestyle. It is also targeted at young urban families who demand a spacious interior for their daily lifestyle needs.”


    Exterior wise, the Jazz S comes with a 15” alloy wheel and a new dynamic front and rear bumper with 3-tier tail lights. The black mesh grille maintains the stylishness while the fog lights ensure better visibility during misty conditions. The Jazz S is also equipped with front and rear mudguards for additional protection.


    The Jazz S is powered by the 1.5L i-VTEC engine, Honda’s signature technology. The 5-speed Auto Transmission combines with the signature i-VTEC engine to offer excellent drivability, performance and fuel efficiency. The Drive-By-Wire (DBW) technology controls the engine with the 5-speed automatic transmission to give smoother shifting and reliable acceleration and linear driving performance at regular speed range.


    The Jazz S retains the key features of the Jazz such as the Ultra Seat and a large boot space that emphasizes great practicality and space. The ever-dynamic Ultra Seats, which is now in blue-black, can be folded in one swift action. It can be transformed, flipped and adjusted easily to different modes for different purposes. Additionally, the unique central fuel tank layout, which is located underneath the rear seats, creates a larger legroom for both front and rear seat passengers.


    The Jazz S is not only geared to deliver exciting performance, but also capable of keeping its driver and passengers safe while minimising harm to pedestrians outside. The G-force Control Technology (G-CON) helps to disperse crash impact. Its Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) controls unexpected situation and stabilises the vehicle. Additionally, the Dual SRS Airbags, 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) safety belts, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electrical Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are featured in the Jazz S.


    The Jazz S is available in Brilliant White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. It is now available in all Honda Malaysia showrooms. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 210 units by the end of this year. The practical, stylish and compact Jazz S comes with an affordable on-the-road price tag of RM 99,800.00.

  • Honda CR-Z 1.5 Hybrid Now Available With CVT In Malaysia

    Today, Honda Malaysia announced the CR-Z is now available with Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) with 7-Speed Paddle Shift in Malaysia. The CR-Z CVT with 7-Speed Paddle Shift extends the offering option of the sleek hybrid vehicle to a wider audience of car enthusiasts.



    The CR-Z CVT is available in 4 stylish colours of Premium White Pearl, Storm Silver Metallic, Milano Red, and Crystal Black Pearl. The on-the-road price tag of the latest CR-Z CVT with 7-Speed Paddle Shift is RM 119,000.



    Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “Being the pioneer of hybrid technology in Malaysia, we are constantly studying the market to fulfil their demands. As the feedback to bring in the automatic version is overwhelming, we are now proud to introduce this CVT version to the Malaysian market. We will continue to bring in more hybrid options for Malaysians in the future. The introduction of the CR-Z CVT adds another variant to the Honda Hybrid Family in Malaysia which has Insight, Jazz Hybrid and the 6-Speed manual CR-Z.


    “The market acceptance of hybrid vehicles in Malaysia is growing, largely due to the government’s support and effort to promote green technology especially in the automotive sector. As the response to the CR-Z since its launch in November 2011 has been overwhelming, we are confident that this CVT version of the CR-Z will not only reflects as a stylish hybrid but will also appeal to a wider audience and exceed their expectations,” said Mr. Ueno.


    The Honda CR-Z CVT is powered with the same 1.5-litre i-VTEC engine coupled with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) Hybrid System that gives a combined power of 123 PS. This efficient combination enables drivers to have a responsive and exciting driving experience. The overall engine performance provides exceptional fuel economy and a fun-to-drive performance. The CR-Z CVT retains the versatile 3-Mode Drive System, which allows the driver to switch the mode to SPORT, NORMAL and ECO depending their driving style and road conditions.

  • 2012 Honda Civic Sedan in Australia with 1.8, 2.0 and 1.5 Hybrid IMA

    It is undeniable that the eighth-generation Honda Civic has been the most popular Civic of all time. Last month, the all-new ninth-generation Honda Civic Sedan was launched in Australia with 3 variants – 1.8-litre VTi-L (Manual & Auto), 2.0-litre Sport (Auto) and 1.5-litre Hybrid IMA (CVT).



    To further gain on fuel efficiency, the Eco Assist Display and Econ Driving Mode from the hybrid models have been inherited to the new Civic across all variants. As you might know, ECON mode helps maximise fuel efficiency by adjusting the performance of the engine, transmission, heating and cooling system, and cruise control.



    The Civic VTi-L come with 1.8-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with max power of 104kW @ 6500rpm and max torque of 174Nm @ 4300rpm. For the Civic Sport, 2.0-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine with max power of  114kW @ 6500rpm and max torque of 190Nm @ 4300rpm. On top of that, the Sport model come with 17-inch alloy wheels instead of 16-inch on VTi-L, auto headlights, electric sunroof, front fog lights, leather-appointed seat trim and rain-sensing wipers.



    For Civic Hybrid, now upgraded to 1.5-litre SOHC i-VTEC engine (from 1.3-litre) with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA). Now max output 82kW @ 5500rpm and 172Nm of max torque between 1000rpm-3500rpm. The Civic Hybrid comes with 15-inch alloy wheels as factory standard.





    The all-new Honda Civic VTi-L manual remained using 5-speed manual transmission. The Civic VTi-L and Civic Sport automatic come with 5-speed automatic transmission. While the Civic Hybrid features continuously variable transmission (CVT). Instead of conventional hydraulic power steering on 1.8-litre variant, the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system is now standard across the board.



    On safety aspect, all the new Civic come with 5-star ANCAP safety rating. SRS airbags on dual front, side and full-length curtain, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) + Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) are standard as well.



    According to Honda Australia, the new Civic has more sound-proofing insulation around the engine, doors and wheel wells. It is claimed to be the quietest Civic yet. Based on fact figures, it seems the new Civic is now better than before in all aspects. Before I recommending, let me test drive it first. So, keep your feedback in to share further before my test report.


    In Australia, the all-new 2012 Honda Civic sedan manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

    – VTi-L five-speed manual – AUD 20,990

    – VTi-L five-speed automatic – AUD 23,290

    – Sport five-speed automatic – AUD 27,990

    – Hybrid CVT – AUD 35,990


    The new Honda Civic sedan is covered by a standard 3-year/100,000km warranty and the Civic Hybrid’s lithium-ion battery is protected by warranty for 8 years from Honda Australia.


    Check out the Photo Gallery of the all-new 2012 Honda Civic Sedan.


  • Honda Malaysia Add 3 More Colours to the CR-Z Line-up

    Today, Honda Malaysia announced that the recently launched award-winning All-New CR-Z has received overwhelming response by Malaysian motorists recording robust sales of over 300 bookings within a month of its launch.



    Moreover, Honda Malaysia also announced that Honda Malaysia will be bringing in three more exciting new colours to add to the CR-Z lineup and to give Honda customers more options. However, there are still no CVT Auto options for Malaysian market.



    Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia commented that the new colours for the CR-Z, which are STORM SILVER METALIC, MILANO RED, and CRYSTAL BLACK PEARL are scheduled to arrive by early 2012. “With the introduction of the new colours, we are confident that the environmental friendly and fun-to-drive CR-Z will continue to appeal to customers in Malaysia.


    He continued, “In Malaysia, there is a growing acceptance towards green technologies and hybrid vehicles, especially with the support from the government in offering full exemption of import duty and excise duty for Hybrid vehicles until December 2013. As the pioneer in introducing hybrid technology in Malaysia, the CR-Z is the third hybrid model that Honda has successfully brought to Malaysians. The All-New CR-Z has been able to fulfil the demand for a stylish hybrid vehicle that is not only eco-friendly but also a performance vehicle that is fun-to-drive. Malaysians can expect to see the CR-Z on the roads from this month onwards.”


    The All-New CR-Z is the first model to feature Honda’s versatile 3-Mode Drive System, which enable the driver to choose and switch modes seamlessly depending on their driving style and road situation. The three modes – SPORT, NORMAL and ECON in the CR-Z alters the responses of the throttle, steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the level of assistance provided by the IMA Hybrid System.


    Official Price List



    Photo Gallery: 2011 Honda CR-Z at Honda Showroom in Malaysia


    Photo Gallery: 2011 Honda CR-Z Launching in Malaysia

  • Honda CR-Z Available To View at All Honda Showrooms in Malaysia

    Honda Malaysia launched the award-winning hot-hatch hybrid known as Honda CR-Z in Malaysia on November 3, 2011. Malaysia is the first country in Southeast Asia to launch the world’s first 6-speed manual hybrid vehicle.



    Now, you can inspect the all-new Honda CR-Z in all Honda showrooms nationwide from today. So, don’t missed out. At my first sight, I felt the rear seats are too tight but I am excited and can't wait any longer for the media test drive unit.


    Technically, the CR-Z is designed to deliver exceptional fuel economy while offering an entertaining and engaging driving experience. It combines an efficient 84kW (114PS) 1.5L SOHC i-VTEC engine, a 10kW (14PS) electric motor and a sophisticated Intelligent Power Unit (IPU). The flexibility of the IMA Hybrid System means that it can be used with a manual gearbox. The 6-speed manual gearbox is considered the optimum gearbox for a responsive drive.



    The intelligent manual transmission CR-Z is also equipped with the Hill-Start Assist function, a confidence-enhancing feature that helps prevent roll back when starting from a stop on a hill. The technology is able to determine the degree of incline and maintain brake pressure temporarily to prevent rollback when the driver lets up on the pedal.


    To further enhance the driving experience, the All-New CR-Z is the first model to feature Honda’s versatile 3-Mode Drive System, which enables the driver to choose and switch modes seamlessly depending on their driving style and road situation. The three modes in the CR-Z alters the responses of the throttle, steering, idle stop timing, climate control and the level of assistance provided by the IMA Hybrid System. The individual modes are also indicated on the Illuminated Advance Sports Meter as glowing coloured rings of light.


    For Malaysian market, the All-New CR-Z comes in Premium White Pearl. With the benefit of full exemption of import duty and excise duty for Hybrid models until December 2013, the on-the-road price with insurance for Honda CR-Z is only RM 115,000.00 in Peninsular Malaysia.


    This car comes standard with 3-years warranty or 100,000km* and 6 months free service or 10,000km*. In addition, Honda Malaysia offer 5-years warranty or 140,000km* for IMA Battery and 2-years warranty or 40,000km* for standard battery. * – whichever comes first


    Official Price List



    Photo Gallery: 2011 Honda CR-Z at Honda Showroom in Malaysia


    Photo Gallery: 2011 Honda CR-Z Launching in Malaysia