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  • Shells expands Touch ‘n Go RFID Fuelling station list, now supports 35 stations in the Klang Valley

    Shell has expanded the list of stations that support Touch ‘n Go RFID Fuelling to a total of 35 stations in the Klang Valley, up from the initial five stations.

    The first five stations involved in the testing phase were Shell Bandar Sri Menjalara, Shell Mint Hotel, Shell NKVE Damansara, Shell Taman Connaught and Shell Taman Tun Dr Ismail. The new increased number of stations are welcome, but even with the new expanded list, availability is still limited to the Klang Valley.

    The following are the stations that have RFID Fuelling enabled. When you get to the station, you will have to look for the RFID bays as not all of the pumps have RFID support.

    You’ll of course first need to activate RFID Fuelling, a one-time thing. Setup is straightforward – launch the eWallet, tap on the Shell icon and then the activate fueling button. From there, you’ll be able to select the default fueling amount and even link your BonusLink card to earn loyalty points.

    To refuel, you simply have to locate the specific bays with RFID signage, park your vehicle inside the RFID-enabled bay, locate the LED screen (on top of or on the ground, in front of the bay). Once the reader has detected the vehicle, the system will then reserve the pump, and when the screen shows a green pump icon, you’ll have 80 seconds to begin the fueling process.

  • Singapore car finally pays for diesel, but exceeds 20 litre purchase limit within 25 km of the border gate

    The owner of the Singapore-registered Kia Sorento which mysteriously managed to refuel without paying at a fuel station in Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru has returned to pay for the fuel bill.

    SG Road Vigilante posted an update on the case at 7:58 pm yesterday. According to the post, the station personnel had received RM70.60 for the previously unpaid diesel bill.

    But the amount paid raises another question – if you divide RM70.60 by the current B7 diesel price of RM2.35 per litre, you get 30 litres of fuel.

    This actually exceeds the quota of diesel allowed to be purchased by Singapore-registered vehicles at fuel stations within 25 km of the Malaysia-Singapore border gate.

    We have covered this rule in a story earlier this month. The reason for this ruling is the same as why Singapore-registered vehicles cannot buy RON95 petrol – it is a subsidised item for Malaysia-registered vehicles only.

    There are no restrictions on how much diesel a Singapore-registered vehicle can buy further than 25 km from the border, with the reasoning that it would need to use the fuel to travel up north, but if you check Google Maps, the Bukit Indah station is less than 25 km away so the 20 litre rule applies at that station.

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    Posted by SG Road Vigilante – SGRV on Friday, 27 May 2022


  • JPJ eBid: VJC number plates open for bidding today

    JPJ has announced that VJC will be the next number plate series to go up for bidding on its online auction platform, JPJ eBid.

    WPKL’s latest running number series is ‘VJC’, and it’s open for tender today, May 27. The bidding period on JPJeBid is five days, ending 10pm on May 31. As usual, the results will be out the following day, June 1. The whole process is online now, as it has been for some time, and bidders will get the good (or bad) news via email.

    New car coming soon and want a nice/meaningful number plate for the new ride? Why not DIY and skip the reseller’s markup and runner fees? If you have never bid for a number yourself, check out our step-by-step guide on how to navigate JPJ eBid and the techniques needed to get your preferred number at “retail price”.

    Come to think of it, Johor’s JVC was out not too long ago, and this would make a good twin.

  • Mercedes-Benz confirms it will continue to take part in Formula 1 despite EV-only road car plans by 2030

    Mercedes-Benz will continue to participate in Formula 1 despite the automaker’s overall direction towards electrification in the coming years, Autocar reports.

    The automaker is the majority shareholder in the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 team that has won eight consecutive constructors’ titles, along with seven consecutive driver’s titles. The string of driver’s titles brought by Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg was broken last year by Max Verstappen of Red Bull Racing Honda, during the 2021 season when the driver’s title was in contention down to the final race in Abu Dhabi.

    “We have decided to go towards this journey of decarbonisation; it’s the only decision that you can make, and it’s the same for Formula 1,” CEO Ola Källenius told Autocar. “The next powertrain regulations that we will have will put much more significance on the electrical side, and there is a clear commitment to making Formula 1 CO2-neutral,” he continued.

    The next major change in regulations will see an increase in the electric drive proportion of a Formula 1 car’s performance, and while the cars will continue to feature internal combustion engines, albeit as a laboratory for the development of CO2 emissions-free fuels “which will be needed certainly by the aviation industry,” Källenius said.

    That said, Formula 1 has yet to reach the point where a race “like we had in Abu Dhabi” can be run solely on battery power, he said. “A sport like Formula 1 needs to put on a show, so the path has to be one of decarbonisation. The battery technology is not there yet. But going CO2-free with a higher emphasis on electrification ensures the sport remains very relevant and we will stay to race,” Källenius reiterated.

    With the growing proportion of electric drive in Formula 1 cars on the cards, does that mean that the premier open-wheeler series will merge with Formula E? “I don’t want to speculate on that. All that I know is that Formula 1 will always remain the pinnacle of motorsports,” the Mercedes-Benz chief said. As for Formula E, Mercedes-Benz announced last year that it will exit the electric racing series after the 2021-2022 season.

    The resurgence of interest in the sport among younger viewers was also described as key to Mercedes-Benz’s continued involvement, said Källenius. “It’s growing significantly, especially in the younger demographics. The Netflix Drive to Survive series has been a game-changer in that. So we’re happy to be part of that show and be one of the forces in Formula 1, exploiting it both for our technological development but also for marketing,” he said.

  • 2022 Mazda 3 with Mazdasports body kit, dark grille surround, leather/suede interior on display in Malaysia

    We recently came across this rather unique Mazda 3 being displayed at the Mazda Glenmarie showroom, which suggests that a Mazdasports package may be offered to customers. The Mazdasports name is not new here, as it is used for Mazda Malaysia’s advanced driving academy.

    Before that, Bermaz Motor – the official distributor of Mazda vehicles here – applied it to an optional package that was offered to buyers of the previous, third-generation Mazda 3 Hatchback. Said package added several visual enhancements like a body kit, exhaust finishers, red accents as well as revised seats and steering wheel.

    This Mazda 3 Sedan appears to follow the same approach, as it too gains additional body components like a front splitter, side skirts and a new rear apron featuring a diffuser-like element. Other differences from a regular model include a darkened grille surround instead of the usual chrome, prominent exhaust finishers and a small boot lid spoiler.

    The lack of keyless entry and rear air vents indicate this to be the base variant of the Mazda 3 Sedan, which packs a Skyactiv-G 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine (118 hp and 153 Nm), paired with a six-speed automatic transmission driving the front wheels.

    Said variant is supposed to come with fabric seats, but this example has its seats trimmed in leather and suede instead. Suede is also used for the shift boot and the top portion of the steering wheel, while you’ll find “MS” branding on the backrests of the front seats.

    We’ve checked and were told that these add-ons are currently not available for purchase and there’s still no confirmation if it will be offered in the future. Would you be interested to purchase them if they were officially sold through dealerships?

  • Pantai Bharu Holdings installs new 60 kW DC charger in Klang – supports 22 kW AC too, free for public use

    Own an electric car and find yourself frequenting Klang lately? Well, good news. Pantai Bharu Holdings has just installed a brand new 60 kW DC fast charger at its headquarters, located at Jalan Meru, Kawasan 17, Klang.

    The sole charger is supplied by Exicom, and it supports three charging interfaces – CCS2, CHAdeMO and Type 2. It’s already listed on PlugShare, which specifies that it’s free for the public to use. Note that this charger is only accessible from 9 am to 6 pm daily.

    This marks the latest addition to the growing list of public chargers in Malaysia. To make it easier for EV owners looking for a DCFC point, you may refer to our full list of all the known DCFC locations presently available in the country.

  • 2022 MotoGP: WithU RNF Racing goes Aprilia in 2023

    After a single season with Yamaha, WithU RNF Racing, under team principal Datuk Razlan Razali, will be an Aprilia satellite for the 2023 MotoGP season. RNF Racing will campaign the Aprilia RS-GP alongside the Aprilia factory team.

    RNF Racing’s contract with Aprilia will run for two years with an option to renew for a further two. “We want to express our gratitude to Yamaha for these past years working together and growing together. We are absolutely thrilled for this long term partnership with Aprilia Racing,” said Razlan.

    Emerging after three seasons from the ashes of Petronas Sepang Racing Team (SRT) in 2022, RNF Racing was formed as a Yamaha satellite team racing the Yamaha YZR-M1 as well as competing in Moto-E as Withu GRT RNF MotoE Team.

    The current rider roster for RNF Racing is Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder, who currently sit at 20th and 21st place in the 2022 MotoGP championship standings, respectively. RNF Racing has been languishing at back of the pack this year, with a best performance of a 15th place by Dovizioso in the US Grand Prix.

  • Suzuki Vision Gran Turismo in GT7 – AWD hybrid Swift Sport roadster with Hayabusa engine, 435 PS, 970 kg!

    When people think of Suzuki, they usually imagine small and cheerful cars like the Swift and Jimny, or tiny kei cars such as the Alto, Hustler and Wagon R. But the Japanese compact car specialist also has a wild streak that occasionally shows itself in the Swift Sport and the Cappuccino roadster – and lest we forget, the name is also synonymous with superbikes like the GSX-R1000 and the hallowed Hayabusa.

    That last one is of particular importance here as Suzuki has shoved the engine from the legendary motorcycle – certified the world’s fastest when it was released in 1999 – into a lightweight two-seater dster. The Vision Gran Turismo, as it’s called, harkens back to the mid-engined GSX-R/4 concept from 2001, which also used a Hayabusa mill.

    In the VGT, the 1,340 cc four-cylinder – producing 190 PS at 9,700 rpm and 150 Nm of torque at 7,000 rpm in the all-new 2022 Hayabusa – has been shoved into the front, driving the rear wheels. That’s enough to make even a chunky 264 kg two-wheeler fly, but the car is a damn sight heavier than that.

    Luckily, the four-pot gets help in the form of three electric motors – one at the rear, two in front to provide all-wheel drive. Total system output swells to 435 PS, but the big beneficiary of all this is torque, which has been boosted to a respectable 610 Nm. Suzuki says the VGT uses the company’s “cutting-edge” weight reduction technology, so despite carrying four “engines” – and, presumably, a big enough battery to support them – the car tips the scales at just 970 kg.

    On the outside, the VGT is obviously inspired by the latest Swift Sport but takes that car’s design language to the extremes. Highlights include a stretched triangular headlights, a massive hexagonal grille, gaping corner air inlets, flared wheel arches, long vertical taillights and a massive rear diffuser housing twin central tailpipes.

    In place of the SSS’ hatch and upright glasshouse sit a cut-down wraparound windscreen, a long rear deck, silver roll hoops and a central dorsal fin. Super-sized versions of the Swift Sport’s optional 17-inch two-tone alloys fill out the wheel wells, while the sculpted flanks house cut-down doors that may make entry and egress a little difficult. Hey, at least there’s no roof to block your way in, right?

    Step inside and you’ll find a cabin that’s as minimalist as they come, featuring just a yoke-style steering wheel (with the hazard light and start buttons housed at the top) and twin silver spars that form a cockpit-like environment. On either side of the ‘wheel are two displays that show the feed from the slender side-view cameras, flanking a transparent instrument readout.

    There’s just one bad news, and many of you already know where this is going. The VGT doesn’t actually exist in real life – as the name suggests, it’s a concept developed specifically for Gran Turismo 7. The car made its virtual debut in the racing game as part of Update 1.15 (which also added the Toyota GR010 Hybrid hypercar racer) that was released yesterday.

    You can, however, experience some of that exhilaration for real with the 2022 Hayabusa. Equipped with aerodynamically-optimised fairings, the aforementioned new engine, a six-speed close-ratio transmission, launch control and the novel Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) with Suzuki Drive Mode Selector Alpha (SDMS-?), it’s yours for RM111,200 in Malaysia.

    As for the Swift Sport, the five-door warm hatch is also available locally through official channels, powered by a 140 hp/230 Nm 1.4 litre turbocharged BoosterJet four-pot. There’s no manual gearbox option, however – just a six-speed automatic – and it’s fairly pricey to boot at RM139,900.

    GALLERY: 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport in Malaysia

  • Gov’t needs to address worsening traffic congestion issue now, not wait for studies to be done – Loke

    We don’t know if you’ve noticed, but traffic in the Klang Valley seems to have gotten much worse in the past few weeks, notably after the Hari Raya period. More jams seem to be occurring across the city, and not just during peak hours. Former transport minister Anthony Loke has noticed that too, and says the government needs to tackle the issue immediately, the Malay Mail reports.

    Speaking to reporters at a press conference, he said that traffic has seen a two-fold increase compared to pre-pandemic times in 2019 as more people return to work. “From news reports, according to the TomTom Traffic Index, congestion at peak hours in the morning and evenings in the capital has become worse in the past seven days, compared to before the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.

    The TomTom Traffic Index records urban congestion in more than 400 cities worldwide, using data recorded by TomTom navigation devices, vehicle in-dash systems, and the company’s mobile application. The anonymised data is shared publicly, and allows hourly data to be viewed in real-time. Available data for the past 48 hours or seven days can be compared with 2019 and 2021 levels.

    Loke added that the jams weren’t just confined to particular time periods, as would be expected. “Before, we only experienced traffic congestion during peak hours, but now even off-peak hours, at 3pm for example, there is traffic congestion,” he said.

    This, he explained, was having an impact on motorists’ behaviour. “More accidents occur each day now, although I don’t have the exact figures, but if you drive, you will understand the road condition and how people behave on the road,” he said.

    Loke added that this wasn’t only happening in the Klang Valley, but elsewhere as well. Using Seremban as an example, he said he experienced similar traffic congestion during a recent trip to Seremban, taking two hours to make the journey despite the distance only being 60 km.

    “What is happening? The government needs to get to the bottom of this. Malaysians cannot wait anymore. Don’t wait for studies to be done, just get down to the ground and try to solve the problems from there,” he said.

    Loke said that the matter of tackling the issue shouldn’t just be left to the transport ministry, stating that other ministries should also look into how they can work together to solve the growing problem. “The transport ministry could work with the federal territories ministry, for a start, to address traffic congestion in the Kuala Lumpur city centre. That’s just an example, but it has to be done immediately,” he explained.

    Earlier this week, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said it will conduct a detailed study on how to reduce traffic congestion in the city, which is becoming increasingly critical. The council said that attention will be paid to certain aspects including traffic light coordination and parking management systems, which have disrupted traffic flow.

    Loke said that public transport also had its share of issues. Having decided to give it a go earlier today, he said that the service was not as smooth as he thought it would be. “This is when I realise that Malaysians are facing stress even when they opt to take public transport,” he said.

    In posts on social media last week, motorists lamented about the worsening traffic conditions they are facing during their commute to and from work. They said that the situation was forcing many to leave home for work earlier and getting home later, as congestion on the road in the evening now lasted up to 8pm and beyond, something that would ultimately affect one’s mental well-being.

  • DBKL deploys water pumps, sandbags at flash flood hotspots across the city – temporary measures

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    When it rains, it pours. That’s a general saying, but it’s really true these days. The weather is getting more extreme, and it can swing from blazing hot (last week) to gloomy days in an instant. The latter comes with long and/or heavy rain – flash floods in KL and the Klang Valley are happening a bit too often these days.

    Flash floods surfaced again in KL two days ago after an hour of rain starting from 10am. The affected areas were Jalan Rahmat, Jalan Ipoh Batu 3, Jalan Segambut, Jalan Dutamas 2, Lebuhraya Sultan Iskandar (slip road to Jalan Kuching) and the Jalan Ampang stretch near the Bukit Nanas waterfall. The flood subsided by 30 minutes, DBKL said. Low ground and roadside drains clogged with soil were cited as reasons.

    DBKL is now taking some proactive flash flood defence measures and it involves installing water pumps at piling up sandbags at flood prone hotspots around the city.

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    City Hall has installed four units of water pumps at Bulatan Dato Onn (where Bank Negara is, near Dataran Merdeka), four units at Lebuh Ampang near Bank Muamalat and two units at Jalan Rahmat. The latter, off Jalan Ipoh near PWTC, is a very low point that sits below the nearby Sungai Gombak.

    Aside from the water pumps, DBKL is placing sandbags at flood prone areas. At Jalan Rahmat, 600 sandbags now act as a wall, and other areas that have been fortified with sandbags are Jalan Sultan Iskandar (Parlimen/Sg Bras-Bras), Jalan Lebuh Ampang, Kampung Kasipillay, Jalan Segambut (driving school), Jalan Pintasan Segambut, Lorong Maarof in Bangsar and Jalan Batu Bata.

    DBKL says that the water pumps and sandbags are temporary solutions while waiting for the implementation of long-term solutions, which will start in the near future. Here’s hoping that these measures work well in evacuating and holding off flood water in the city.


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Last Updated 26 May 2022