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  • 2022 Honda HR-V spied filming in KL – launching soon

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    The 2022 Honda HR-V has been spotted roaming in downtown KL by reader Kenny Yong. Of course, the third-generation HR-V (if you count the boxy two-door oddball from the early 2000s; to most non-car nerds, the outgoing model is ‘the first HR-V’) is already in Malaysia – it’s a CKD locally-assembled model after all, and pre-production units have been touring showrooms across the country for customer previews.

    Here, we see a range-topping new HR-V in the signature red, with the full RS styling. Although the badges are taped up, we know that this is the RS e:HEV that is estimated to be RM140k. In fact, it’s identical to Thai RS e:HEV that we recently sampled, save for the lack of a black roof/A-pillars seen on our Thai tester.

    The new HR-V’s official local launch is just around the corner now, but we have some details already, as we joined customers at KL/Selangor showrooms two weekends ago with our pen and notebook. That’s because no photography was allowed. Here’s what we know of the Malaysian-spec HR-V so far.

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    The HR-V will be available in one naturally-aspirated (1.5 S), two turbocharged (Turbo E and Turbo V) and one hybrid (RS e:HEV) variants. Sales advisors at all four showrooms we visited gave an estimated ballpark price of between RM120,000 and RM140,000, sales tax included.

    All four variants will be powered by a variation of Honda’s 1.5 litre L engine, but in completely different configurations – Malaysia could very well be the only market in the world to get all three – NA, turbo and hybrid. By the way, Thailand is hybrid-only, while Indonesia gets the NA and turbo.

    The base S gets the L15ZE that is found in the petrol City models, a naturally-aspirated DOHC i-VTEC four-cylinder making 121 PS at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The E and V receive the VTEC Turbo engine, the L15C3, which should have similar outputs as Indonesia’s HR-V Turbo – that’s 177 PS at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm between 1,700 and 4,500 rpm. Max power is 5 PS down on the Civic FE. Both NA and turbo are paired to a CVT.

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    The top HR-V RS is exclusive with the e:HEV hybrid powertrain, you can’t have RS without e:HEV, vice versa. The i-MMD’s electric motor that does the bulk of the propulsion is 22 PS more powerful than it is in the City sedan and hatch, at 131 PS and the same 253 Nm.

    The naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, which functions as a generator and can also drive the car directly at higher speeds, makes 7 PS more here at 105 PS from 6,000 to 6,400 rpm and 127 Nm from 4,500 to 5,000 rpm.

    As for equipment, we’ve transcribed our notes from the multiple showroom visits below. Also, read our review of the HR-V RS e:HEV in Thailand and compare specs and figures at browse full specifications and equipment on

    2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 S – RM120,000 estimated
    Gets as standard:


    • 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine
    • 1,498 cc naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol
    • 121 PS at 6,600 rpm, 145 Nm at 4,300 rpm
    • Continuously variable transmission (CVT)
    • Front-wheel drive
    • Econ and Normal drive modes
    • Electronic parking brake with auto brake hold
    • MacPherson strut suspension (front), torsion beam (rear)
    • Ventilated brake discs (front), solid discs (rear)


    • Automatic LED reflector headlamps
    • LED combination taillights
    • Gloss black bar grille
    • Unpainted plastic body cladding
    • Gloss black lower trim
    • 17-inch six-spoke two-tone alloy wheels
    • Single hidden tailpipe
    • Power-folding door mirrors
    • Keyless entry with walk-away automatic locking


    • Push-button start
    • Soft-touch dashboard
    • Urethane multifunction steering wheel
    • Tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
    • Analogue instrument cluster with multi-info display
    • Power windows with driver’s side auto up/down
    • Urethane gear knob
    • Black fabric upholstery
    • Manually-adjustable front seats
    • 60:40 split-folding rear seats with Ultra Seat function
    • Single-zone automatic climate control with rear vents
    • Eight-inch touchscreen 2-DIN head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility
    • Four speakers
    • Two front USB ports
    • Four rear parking sensors
    • Reverse camera
    • Foldable tailgate-mounted tonneau cover
    • Full-size spare wheel


    • Four airbags (front and side)
    • Rear ISOFIX child seat anchors with top tethers
    • Honda Sensing driver assists
      • Autonomous emergency braking
      • Adaptive cruise control with stop and go
      • Lane centring assist
      • Lane keeping assist
      • Automatic high beam
    • ABS with EBD and brake assist
    • Stability control
    • Agile Handling Assist (AHA)
    • Hill start assist
    • Hill descent control
    • Emergency stop signal
    • Seat belt reminder on all seats
    • Rear seat reminder

    2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 Turbo E
    Adds on:


    • 1.5 litre DOHC VTEC Turbo engine
    • 1,498 cc turbocharged four-cylinder petrol
    • 177 PS at 6,600 rpm, 240 Nm from 1,700 and 4,500 rpm
    • Steering wheel gearshift paddles
    • Econ, Normal and Sport drive modes


    • LED front fog lights
    • Gloss black chequered grille
    • Front and rear bodykit
    • Silver front “heartbeat” graphic
    • 17-inch six-spoke grey alloy wheels
    • Twin visible tailpipes
    • Remote engine start


    • Silver dashboard trim
    • Part-digital instrument cluster with seven-inch display
    • Rear centre armrest
    • Two rear USB ports


    • Six airbags (front, side and curtain)

    2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 Turbo V
    Adds on:


    • Variable-ratio steering


    • Sequential LED front indicators
    • 18-inch ten-spoke grey alloy wheels


    • Soft-touch door cards
    • Gloss black window switch surrounds
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Leather-wrapped gear knob
    • Black leather upholstery
    • Eight-way power-adjustable driver’s seat
    • Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Eight speakers
    • Honda Connect remote services


    • LaneWatch blind spot camera

    2022 Honda HR-V 1.5 RS – RM140,000 estimated
    Adds on:


    • Front electric drive motor
    • 131 PS, 253 Nm
    • 1.5 litre DOHC i-VTEC engine
    • 1,498 cc naturally-aspirated Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol
    • 105 PS from 6,000 to 6,400 rpm, 127 Nm from 4,500 to 5,000 rpm
    • Single-speed transmission with lock-up clutch


    • Chrome chequered grille
    • Gloss black body cladding
    • Red front “heartbeat” graphic
    • Chrome lower trim
    • Single hidden tailpipe


    • Automatic wipers
    • Dual-zone automatic climate control
    • Tyre repair kit
    • Hands-free powered tailgate

    The new HR-V will be offered in the same five colours as the rest of Honda’s locally-assembled lineup – Platinum White Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Ignite Red Metallic, Meteoroid Grey Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl.

    GALLERY: 2022 Honda HR-V RS e:HEV in Thailand

  • 2022 Kia Carnival CKD Malaysian pricing leaked before launch – 7-, 8-seat variants; from RM231k; ADAS, Bose

    Just a few days ago, Kia dealership AZ Master Motor announced via a Facebook post that the locally-assembled (CKD) version of the Kia Carnival was open for booking, even providing preliminary specifications at the time.

    Now, the same dealership has posted pricing for the MPV, although we’ll still need to wait for official distributor Dinamikjaya Motors to confirm these figures, which will only happen during the CKD Carnival’s launch that should take place soon.

    As previously reported, the CKD Carnival will come in three variants and the price is RM231,228.80 on-the-road without insurance for the base 2.2D 8-Seater Mid. This is followed by the 2.2D 8-Seater High at RM247,228.80 and at the very top is the 2.2D 7-Seater High priced at RM261,228.80

    These prices are inclusive of sales and service tax (SST) and each purchase comes with a five-year/100,000-km warranty and free service package. The only option listed is for V-Zion window tint that costs an extra RM2,300 for all variants.

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    The starting price of the CKD Carnival is higher than the CBU version, which previously retailed at RM196,340.80 inclusive of the 50% SST exemption. It should be noted the CBU version came with an 11-seat configuration that allowed it to be classified as a commercial vehicle, affording it lower taxes as a result.

    In terms of equipment changes going from CBU to CKD, the latter will gain a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in place of the 4.2-inch multi-info display, although this is only for the High variants. The rear taillights feature LEDs instead of bulbs on the CKD cars too, while the audio gets upgraded to a 12-speaker Bose system from a normal six-speaker setup in the CBU.

    The seating configuration for the eight-seat variants include multi-function, long sliding adjustable second-row seats, while the third-row bench features a 60:40 layout. Upholstery for both variants is in leatherette, like on the CBU model.

    The 8-Seater High improves upon its Mid sibling by gaining additional kit such as a dual powered sunroof, LED interior lighting, heated and ventilated front seats as well as a memory function for the powered driver’s seat. As for the range-topping 7-Seater High, it gets leather seats, and the variant also features a centre walk-through for its second-row Premium seats.

    The biggest gain for the CKD Carnival on both High variants is the addition of ADAS, which was not found on the CBU 11-seater – the Mid also misses out on it. The driver assistance suite includes autonomous emergency braking (FCA) with junction turning detection, smart cruise control (SCC) blind spot collision avoidance assist (BCA), rear cross-traffic collision avoidance assist (RCCA), lane following assist (LFA), lane keeping assist (LKA), driver attention warning (DAW) and high beam assist (HBA).

    Under the bonnet, the CKD Carnival should retain the Smartstream R 2.2 VGT turbodiesel as seen on the CBU version. The oil burner, which puts out 199 hp at 3,800 rpm and 440 Nm of torque from 1,750 to 2,750 rpm, is paired with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with drive sent to the front wheels.

    We’ll have full details when the CKD Carnival is officially launched, but in the meantime, what do you think of the pricing for the locally-assembled variants and the equipment you get?

    GALLERY: 2022 Kia Carnival 11-seater CBU in Malaysia


  • 2022 Volvo SST prices: XC90 and S90 up RM24k, XC60 up RM22k, XC40 up RM16k, S60 and V60 up RM19k

    Here are the prices of Volvo models sold in Malaysia without the sales and service tax (SST) exemption, which ended yesterday (June 30, 2022) after being extended three times since it was first introduced in June 2020.

    The entire Volvo line-up is locally assembled (CKD), so every model previously benefitted from 100% SST exemption. With that gone, prices have gone up by as much as RM24,487.54, which is the case for the sole Recharge T8 Inscription Plus variant of the S90 that now retails at RM368,888 on-the-road without insurance.

    Both variants of the XC90 are also costlier after the tax holiday, with the mild hybrid B5 Inscription Plus now going for RM412,888 (+RM24,288.30), and the same goes for the plug-in hybrid Recharge T8 Inscription Plus that is priced at RM428,888 (+RM24,112.73).

    It’s the same story for the XC60, with the B5 Momentum and Recharge T8 Inscription Plus seeing increases of RM21,832.17 and RM22,106.52 respectively. Meanwhile, the smallest SUV in the range, the XC40, sees a price hike by as much as RM16,177.18 for the T5 AWD R-Design, while the Recharge T5 R-Design’s increase is slightly less at RM14,069.10 to settle at RM259,888.

    The P8 AWD, or Pure Electric version of the XC40 is absent because the 2022 model year allocation has been completely sold out. Customers who are interested will get the facelifted 2023 model year of the XC40 EV instead, although there’s no pricing for that currently. Previously when it was available, the model retailed at RM262,459.75 on-the-road without insurance, inclusive of sales tax exemption and EV incentives (exemption of import and excise duties).

    As for the 60 Series, the S60 Recharge T8 R-Design will sell for RM303,888, or RM18,692.01 more than the previous asking price with SST exemption. The V60 wagon’s price increase isn’t too far off its sedan sibling, going up by RM18,978.41 to hit RM305,888.

  • myTukar launches orange rebranding at myTukar Auto Fair 2022 – CI aligned with parent company Carro

    Used car platform myTukar has rebranded itself today, adopting a new orange corporate identity to reflect its strengthened branding and capabilities as part of the regional Carro network. The relaunch took place at the myTukar Auto Fair 2022, happening at the myTukar Retail Experience Centre in Puchong South from now until July 3.

    The new CI aligns myTukar with Carro, its parent company based in Singapore, as the latter works to become the #1 used car marketplace in Southeast Asia. The rebranding will be followed by a number of changes for myTukar, including a new flatbed truck fleet for door-to-door customer deliveries and the first campaign powered by Carro rolling out in the coming months.

    “With our collective effort as a company, alongside our partners, dealers and customers who trust in our credibility, the used car industry has never been so accessible, transparent and trusted,” said myTukar CEO Derrick Eng. “The improvement to myTukar is beyond rebranding; we have integrated our capabilities, business, data intelligence and technical knowledge with our parent company, Carro, to bring even better value to our customers.”

    Carro CEO and co-founder Aaron Tan added: “myTukar’s rebrand today is a renewal of the company’s commitment to delivering a world-class experience to customers, ensuring a smooth and transparent car ownership process. In aligning our brand’s identity and core values with one another, we are thrilled to be a part of myTukar’s ongoing journey.”

    The rebranding comes as myTukar posted rapid nationwide growth in its digital and physical presence. Over the years, transaction volumes grew by 63% for wholesale and a staggering 260% for retail, helping to increase net revenue by 89%. The new CI is aimed at bringing the company closer to customers and prepare for increased geographical expansion, it said, helping it drive further growth and sales.

    “This rebranding is our commitment to delivering customers an end-to-end purchasing experience when they decide to buy their next dream ride,” said Eng. “We are confident that with Carro’s technological support, regional presence and our experience in tackling the Malaysian market, we will be able to continue our track record of growth.”

    myTukar placed large orange boxes across the country – including in the Klang Valley, Penang and at the previous myTukar Auto Fair 2022 event in Plentong, Johor Bahru – in the lead up to today’s event, with QR codes printed on them. Mobile boxes also popped up in Ipoh, Taiping, Alor Setar, Johor and Penang.

    Those who scanned the codes entered themselves to be in the running to win up to RM200,000 in prizes, with higher-tier goodies being revealed the more people scanned – today, a year’s supply of petrol was announced to be among the prizes.

    The move follows a steady growth in the used car market, with demand increasing by eight per cent in the first quarter of the year. The ongoing myTukar Auto Fair 2022 caters to these customers, with more than 1,000 myTukar Certified pre-owned vehicles available for the over 6,000 people expected to throng the Puchong South venue over the next three days.

    Visitors will be able to receive on-the-spot trade-in values for their current vehicles, interest rates as low as 1.88% and same-day loan approval and car collection. More information can be obtained via the myTukar website, which has also been updated with the new orange CI.

  • 2022 BMW SST prices – up to RM32k more; 218i up RM7k, 3 Series RM12k, 5 Series RM16k, X5 RM29k

    With the return of SST effective today, BMW Malaysia has released its updated price list for its model range, as well as updated pricing for its extended warranty and service packages which are separate cost options. Base pricing comes with a two-year warranty, and the extended warranty offers coverage for five years; see our table below for price differences before and after SST, as well as percentages.

    The latest pricing update sees the entry point of the range, price-wise, begin with the X1 sDrive18i that is now priced at RM204,140, or RM220,800 with the extended warranty and service package. Meanwhile, the X1 sDrive20i M Sport is now RM227,140, or RM243,800 with the extended warranty and service package. Next, the 2 Series Gran Coupe in 218i M Sport guise is now priced at RM213,690, or RM228,800 with the extended warranty and service package.

    Next, the staple of the brand’s line-up that is the 3 Series range. The 320i Sport kicks off the set with its new pricing of RM241,680, or RM257,800 with the extended warranty and service package; the 330i M Sport is now at RM283,680 (RM299,800 with warranty and service), the plug-in hybrid 330e M Sport at RM260,680 (RM276,800), and the LWB 330Li M Sport at RM289,680 (RM305,800).

    As for the six-cylinder M and M Performance versions, the M340i xDrive is now priced at RM363,680 (RM379,800 with the extended warranty and service package), the M3 Competition is priced at RM690,860 (RM720,800), and the M3 Competition xDrive at RM797,860 (RM827,800).

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    Onwards to the 4 Series, the two-door range begins with the 430i M Sport that is priced at RM411,680 (RM427,800 with the extended warranty and service package), while the M4 Competition is priced at RM710,860 (RM740,800), and the M4 Competition xDrive at RM818,860 (RM848,800).

    Next up is the 5 Series range, which now starts at RM338,187 for the 530e M Sport (RM358,217 with extended warranty and servicing), while the 530i M Sport is now priced at RM382,770 (RM402,800). Of the V8-engined M cars, the M5 is priced at RM960,080 (RM998,800), and the M5 Competition is at RM1,150,080 (RM1,188,800).

    Of the more capacious cars in the range, the 6 Series is represented here by the 630i Gran Turismo M Sport that is now priced at RM410,770, or RM430,800 with the extended warranty and servicing.

    For limousine duties, the 740Le xDrive M Sport is now priced at RM605,520 (RM633,800), which at a hike of RM32,297, sustains the largest price increase from the brand in this exercise. Meanwhile, the 8 Series has been dropped from the latest price list.

    Continuing with the range of Sports Activity Vehicles (SUVs), the X3 range now starts at RM296,950 (RM315,800) for the sDrive20i M Sport, while the PHEV xDrive30e M Sport is at RM337,950 (RM356,800) and the xDrive30i M Sport at RM339,950 (RM358,800). Meanwhile, the coupé-roofed X4 xDrive30i M Sport is now priced at RM379,950 (RM398,800).

    For the X5 xDrive45e M Sport, pricing is now RM456,750, or RM480,800 with extended warranty and servicing, while the X6 xDrive40i M Sport is now RM712,750 (RM736,800). The largest of the lot, the X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence is now RM680,840 (RM708,800). The price increase also applies to the Z4 roadster, which in sDrive30i M Sport guise is now priced at RM475,230 (RM492,800).

    Of the fully electric models, the BMW iX3 starts at RM307,160 for the iX3 M Sport Inspiring, or RM322,800 with extended warranty and servicing, while the Impressive trim level is at RM328,160 (RM343,800). The iX xDrive40 is priced at RM361,430 (RM379,800), while the xDrive40 Sport is RM407,430 (RM425,800). The i4 eDrive40 M Sport is priced at RM374,210 (RM389,800), while the i4 M50 is RM415,210 (RM430,800).

  • 2022 Honda SST prices: City sedan up by as much as RM4.4k, Civic by RM6.3k, BR-V RM4.3k, Accord RM10k

    The sales tax exemption for new cars ended as scheduled of yesterday, June 30, and so car companies have begun releasing new price lists factoring in SST, which is at 10% for both CBU and CKD cars. Honda Malaysia has revealed the updated price list with SST included for its model line-up on its website, although one model still hasn’t had its new price announced – this is for the CR-V.

    The price increase for the Honda lineup in Malaysia ranges from RM2k to RM10k. Let’s start with the City sedan. The 1.5 S now costs RM3,409 (or 4.59%) more than without SST, and goes as high as RM4,388 for the 1.5 V Sensing (now RM94,600). That’s more than the increase for the 1.5 e:HEV RS hybrid, which adds on RM2,850 to bring its OTR price to RM108,800.

    There’s less of a price jump for the City Hatchback, with the 1.5 S variant adding on RM2,930 to its OTR price, while the 1.5 V Sensing now costs RM3,891 more, bringing its price to RM95,600. Meanwhile, the five-door version of the e:HEV RS hybrid now costs RM2,017 more, at RM109,800.

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    Prices for the two BR-V variants have now increased by RM3,974 for the 1.5 E and RM4,280 for the 1.5 V. As you’d expect, the biggest increase seen is with the Accord. The 1.5 TC is now priced at RM187,400 (up by RM9,197) while the 1.5 TC-P goes for RM197,400 (up by RM10,010). These are a bit higher than that listed for the car – specified with a White Orchid Pearl exterior – in 2020 pre-SST exemption.

    As for the Civic, the increase ranges from RM5,065 for the 1.5 E (now RM130,700) to RM6,350 for the 1.5 RS (now RM150,700). While Civic prices have jumped from the RM114k to RM140k that was in place prior to the SST exemption in June 2020, it’s important to note those were for the previous-gen model – the current 11th-gen model made its Malaysian debut in January this year, and so does not have any pre-SST exemption price to compare with.

    We will update this listing – and price table – to include the new CR-V pricing when it becomes available. Elsewhere, pricing for the all-new HR-V will likely only be revealed in full when the SUV is launched.

  • Give all cars registered before March 31, 2023 SST exemption, not based on booking date, gov’t urged

    When the government announced that the sales tax exemption for cars will not continue beyond June 30, it opened a leeway for consumers by allowing all cars registered before March 31, 2023 to enjoy the SST exemption, provided the booking was made before today (July 1).

    The move was lauded by many, including industry players and consumers, as few expected the sales tax waiver to continue, given that it started back in June 2020 and the government has given three extensions since. The finance ministry said that as of June 20, Malaysians have enjoyed a whopping RM4.7 billion in saved sales tax from 868,422 vehicles since the scheme started.

    Now, there’s a veteran industry player calling for all cars registered before March 31, 2023, to receive the SST exemption, and not just those booked before today. According to Datuk Tony Khor, Federation of Motor and Credit Companies Association of Malaysia (FMCCAM) president, such a move will avoid confusion among different levels of stakeholders, from processing the booking, to delivery by dealers and registration.

    “Since the government allows cars booked on or before June 30 to enjoy the tax exemption as long as they are registered before March 31, 2023, why not just extend the tax exemption deadline to the same day? Let car owners be entitled to the exemption as long as they register their cars by that date,” he told The Star.

    He added that although FMCCAM welcomed the government’s decision to allow registrations until March next year, the booking deadline caused many to throng car dealerships yesterday. And this late rush of bookings will cause logistical issues.

    Khor explained that with the nine-month period between booking and registration deadlines, dealers would have to wait for customs clearance and confirmation if each car was entitled to the exemption, before registration can be done.

    “This process will take time, especially if there is a dispute over the actual booking date. We hope the finance ministry will allow all vehicles registered on or before March 31 to get the exemption,” he said.

    Is this a case of give an inch and take a yard or bagi betis nak peha, or does is the plea justified? Perhaps there’s some extra work and documentation needed on the part of the dealers, but for consumers, we’ve had a big window of over two years of no sales tax now, and your purchase really shouldn’t have been left to the final week, or for some, the final day. Did you take advantage of the SST break? What’s your views on this?

  • 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad range gets colour updates

    2022/2023 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GSA GS Trophy Edition

    Extensive colour updates for the 2022/2023 range of BMW Motorrad two-wheelers with the new models expected to arrive in official BMW Motorrad showrooms in August. In terms of tech upgrades, tyre pressure monitoring, or RDC in BMW Motorrad parlance, is applied to all motorcycle models worldwide equipped with keyless ride as standard.

    Starting with the “baby” BMW Motorrads, the G 310 R and G 310 GS, the GS version now gets Basic Cosmic Black 3 as a new colour choice, together with Style Sport Polar white/Racing blue metallic and Style Rallye Kalamata metallic matt. The previous colours of Polar white, Style Triple Black and Cyanite Blue Metallic are no longer available.

    2022/2023 BMW Motarrad G 310 R Style Sport Polar White/Racing Blue (left), Style Passion Racing Red

    For the sportier G 310 R, Style Passion Racing red makes an appearance this year, accompanied by Style Sport Polar white/Racing blue metallic. These replace the previous options of Cyanite Blue and Limestone Metallic.

    Moving to the top of the range with the R 1250 GS and R 1250 GSA adventure-touring bikes, both the R 1250 GS and GSA get the GS Trophy Edition in Gravity blue metallic with cross-spoke wheels, rally seat, sport windshield, radiator protectors, frame protectors and enduro footrests. The “40 Years GS” and Blackstorm Metallic versions of the R 1250 GS/GSA are now discontinued.

    2022/2023 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS GS Trophy Edition

    The smaller-engined sibling to the R 1250 GS, the F 850 GS and F 850 GSA, the GS version of the F 850 now comes in GS Trophy in Gravity blue metallic, equipped with a touring windshield, enduro footrests and navigation as standard, amongst others. For the F 850 GSA, Style Rally Kalamata metallic matt/Tape white is the new paint choice, with matching Mineral grey metallic matt radiator protector while an M Endurance chain is supplied as part of the comfort package.

    Meanwhile, BMW Motorrad’s four-cylinder naked sportsbike, the S 1000 R, is now available in a choice of either Basic Blackstorm metallic or the new Style Sport Bluestone metallic. Last year’s paint options of Racing red and Hockenheim silver have been removed from the 2023 catalogue.

    2022/2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 R (left), F 900 XR

    BMW Motorrad’s other four-cylinder machine, the S 1000 XR sports-tourer, is also updated with RDC, while the boxer-twin R 1250 RT sports-tourer gets the Option 719 treatment. This gives the R 1250 RT a new color, Meteoric Dust II metallic, with the Mineral White metallic option no longer available.

    The same is applied to BMW Motorrad’s uber tourers, the K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL, which now come standard with keyless ride and RDC, the RDC function integrated into the keyless ride control unit. Option 719 gives the six-cylinder K 1600 motorcycles the Meteoric Dust II metallic paint scheme, replacing the previous Mineral White metallic.

    2022/2023 BMW Motorrad R 1250 RT

    Moving on to the F 900 XR two-cylinder, the new colour option is Style Sport Racing blue metallic with Racing red no longer available, while a new engine spoiler is now standard equipment. As for the F 900 R, no new colour choices but RDC and keyless start is now standard, along with an M Endurance chain as part of the Comfort package.

    Rounding out the list of colour changes for BMW Motorrad’s range of street/sport motorcycles is the F 750 GS sports-tourer, now available in Style Sport in Lightwhite uni/Racing blue metallic 2/Racing red, replacing San Marino Blue metallic. Also standard for the F 750 GS is RDC with keyless ride and an M Endurance chain as part of the Comfort package.

    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad G 310 GS

    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad G 320 R
    GALLERY: 2022/2033 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GS
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad R 1250 GSA
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad R 1250 RT
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad F 850 GS
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad F 850 GSA
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad S 1000 R
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad K 1600 GT/GTL
    GALLERY: 2022/2023 BMW Motorrad F 900 XR

  • 2022 SST Perodua prices: Ativa up RM1.4k, Bezza up RM1.6k, Myvi up by RM1.1k, Axia RM1.8k, Aruz RM4.7k

    With the ending of the sales tax exemption for new cars as of yesterday, June 30, car companies have now started issuing new price lists that factor in SST, which is 10% for both CBU and CKD cars. National carmaker Perodua has revealed its new prices with SST for its entire model range, except for the new second-gen Alza, which is set to be launched sometime this month.

    In the case of existing models, prices of existing models have reverted to what they were prior to June 2020, when the SST exemption was put in place. For example, the entire Axia range is now priced as they were when SST was included. The Axia 1.0 E now costs RM723 more, the exact amount that was dropped from the selling price when SST was removed – the SST-inclusive RM24,090 OTR price is identical to what it was in May 2020.

    Likewise, the Bezza range, with the increase ranging from RM1,124 for the entry-level 1.0 G manual (RM34,580) to RM1,624 for the range-topping 1.3 AV, which brings its price back to RM49,980.

    As for the Myvi range, it’s all up from before SST exemption was introduced, but that’s no surprise, as the introduction of the 2022 Myvi facelift last November saw prices increase for the model. Now, with SST back in the frame, prices are up by RM800 each for the two 1.3 G CVT variants (with and without PDSA) all the way to RM1,100 for the 1.5 AV, bringing the range-topping Myvi to RM59,900.

    As was the case when SST exemption kicked in, the two variants in the Aruz range see the biggest revision in price. The 1.5 X adds on RM4,374 to bring its OTR price back to RM72,900, while the RM4,674 added back to the 1.5 AV’s selling price means that it now goes for RM77,900.

    Finally, the Ativa. The SUV only debuted last year and so has no prior baseline SST-inclusive price to compare with. The entry-level 1.0 X now costs RM1,000 more at RM62,500, while the mid-spec 1.0 H adds on RM1,200 to bring its price to RM67,300 (metallic) and RM67,800, if special metallic is chosen. Meanwhile, the price of the top-of-the-line 1.0 AV is now up by RM1,400, and in its most expensive form – with the two-tone exterior – is now priced at RM73,400.

    If you managed to put in a booking by the deadline yesterday, you’ll still be able to enjoy the tax savings so long as your new car is registered before March 31, 2023, as announced by the government on June 20, 2022.

  • 2022 SST Peugeot prices in Malaysia: 2008 up RM4.4k, 3008 up RM5.7k, 5008 up RM6k after end of exemption

    Today is July 1, 2022, which means the sales and service tax (SST) exemption that car buyers have enjoyed since June 15, 2020 has come to an end. For a brief recap, the SST exemption was implemented as part of measures to stimulate the country’s economy, which has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    First announced on June 5, 2020, the relief measures are a 100% SST exemption on locally-assembled (CKD) models and 50% on fully-imported (CBU) models. Initially scheduled to end on December 31, 2020, the exemption period was extended to June 30, 2021, and again to December 31, 2021, and yet again to June 30, 2022.

    If you managed to put in a booking by the deadline yesterday, you’ll still be able to enjoy the tax savings so long as your new car is registered before March 31, 2023. This was announced by the government on June 20, 2022, and you can find out the finer details here. With the tax holiday over, car companies have begun issuing new price lists that factor in the full SST, which is 10% for both CBU and CKD cars.

    In the case of Peugeot, Bermaz Auto Alliance (BAASB) has released new prices for the three models it currently sells, namely the 2008, 3008 and 5008. Starting with the 2008, the sole 1.2 PureTech Allure variant now goes for RM131,103 on-the-road without insurance, which is RM4,350 more than the SST-exempted price of RM126,753.

    The other models also see price increases, with the 3008 1.6 THP Allure retailing for RM5,671.34 more at RM167,288, while the 5008 1.6 THP Allure sees the biggest hike of RM5,976.10 to RM183,288. All new Peugeot models sold now come with a five-year, 100,000-km warranty and free maintenance (including labour, parts and lubricants) as per BAASB’s announcement at the start of June.


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Last Updated 30 Jun 2022