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  • 2023 Ducati Scrambler updated – more fun, less weight

    Rationalising its Scrambler lineup to three models, the boys from Borgo Panigale now offer the 2023 Ducati Scrambler in three flavours – the Scrambler Icon, Night Shift and Full Throttle – and expected to make its public debut in March 2023. For Malaysia in 2022, the Ducati Scrambler Icon is priced at RM57,900 while the Nightshift goes for RM66,900.

    Power for the Scrambler Icon, Nightshift and Full Throttle still comes from Ducati’s iconic Desmosdue air-cooled V-twin producing 73 hp. Going on a diet, the Scrambler now weighs 4 kg less than previous, thanks to a redesigned trellis frame as well as some lighter engine internals.

    The Scrambler swingarm is also new and combined with a shock absorber with mounting point located to the centreline. The frame redesign now has the main frame and rear sub-frame separated, making crash repairs and modifications easier.

    A slightly increased steering head angle makes the Scrambler easy to use both in manoeuvring and in city traffic. Wheels are redesigned for 2023, but retaining the original 180-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel.

    Weight savings of 2.5 kg gained in the engine room, aside from the revised engine internals, also include a new eight-disc clutch with a softer lever pull. Equipped with a bearing mounted shift drum, the new clutch is more compact with a smaller side cover, allowing more space for the rider’s foot.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

    New for the Scrambler is ride-by-wire throttle which allows the fitting of Ducati Traction Control (DTC) and two riding modes – Road and Wet. Standard equipment is cornering ABS and the Scrambler Icon and Nightshift come ready to be fitted with the optional Ducati up-and-down quickshifter (supplied as standard on the Full Throttle) while the Ducati Multimedia System with connects the the rider’s smartphone is optional across the range.

    Other design changes include the headlight, which is now a full LED unit, also with redesigned LED taillight and LED turn signals. The LED DRLs, forming the distinctive Scrambler ‘X’, are now tapered and sharper for a modern aesthetic.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle

    Information is now displayed on the new 4.3-inch color TFT cluster, giving the Scrambler a more modern outlook. The steel tank has been redesigned, as are the side covers, and equipped with an interchangeable cover that, along with the fenders and details on the headlamp, allow the rider to customise the Scrambler to his or her wishes.

    The Scrambler Icon comes in three colour choices – ’62 Yellow, Thrilling Black and Ducati Red – which can be combined with six accessory kits to give a total of nine colour combinations including Rio Celeste, Jade Green or Velvet Red. A revised handlebar is lower and closer to the rider, allowing more control over the bike while seat has been redesigned, with a more tapered and streamlined shape.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

    Meanwhile, the Scrambler Full Throttle is the sportiest of the 2023 Ducati Scramblers, inspired by US flat track racing motorcycles. Features include a shorter front fender, omitted rear fender, red tags on the alloy wheels, a street-legal Termignoni silencer and Ducati Performance LED turn signals aside from the earlier mentioned quickshifter.

    Available as an accessory is the Rosso GP19 seat cover, giving the Full Throttle a sporty single-seat look. Coming standard are side number plates bearing the number 62, the debut year of the original Ducati Scrambler, a skid plate and variable section handlebar.

    Coming in a cafe racer style is the Scrambler Nightshift, fitted with stitched saddle in a shade of dark leather. The standard equipment spoked wheels are finished in black, combined with side number plates, a minimal front fender, no rear fender, black finishes for the aluminum aesthetic details, as well as compact LED turn signals.

    As befits the Nightshifts cafe racer design, a flat handlebar and bar end mirrors are standard equipment. The Nightshift comes in Nebula Blue with bodywork finished with alternating accents of glossy and matte surfaces.

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Icon

    2023 Ducati Scrambler Full Throttle
    2023 Ducati Scrambler Nightshift

  • Get rebates up to RM75k on BMW, MINI, Motorrad at the Millennium Welt Year-End Extravaganza 2022! [AD]

    As the year 2022 approaches its conclusion, the year-end is a good time to reward yourself with a new ride. Millennium Welt is offering you one of the last opportunities to own your dream BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad through some unbeatable deals.

    These deals will be offered at the Millennium Welt Year-End Extravaganza 2022, which will be taking place from December 2 to 4, 2022 at all Millennium Welt showrooms in Seremban, Batu Pahat, Kuantan and KL North, from 10am to 6pm.

    Here, you’ll be able to get BMW Financing with the interest rates from as low as 0.77%, as well as cash rebates of up to RM75,000*! What’s more, with every purchase of a new BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad or one from the BMW Premium Selection, you are entitled to a complimentary staycation* at the St Regis Kuala Lumpur!

    That’s not all, if you are considering a purchase from beyond the realm of brand new vehicles, you can get into a BMW Approved Used car from as little as RM119,800. Also, all units from the BMW Premium Selection and MINI Used Cars Next range will come with warranty coverage as well.

    Are you ready to close out the year with great value deals from Millennium Welt? Contact your preferred Millennium Welt showrooms, and head to the Millennium Welt Facebook page to find out more. You might just ring in the new year with a new ride.

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  • JPS issues flash flood warning for areas in Johor, Perak, Kedah, Pahang, Selangor & Negeri Sembilan

    Jabatan Pengairan dan Saliran under Kementrian Alam Sekitar dan Air released an alert yesterday on the possibility of flash floods in a few areas around Malaysia.

    The areas possibly affected include hotspots in JB and Pontian in Johor, Larut, Matang and Selama in Perak, Bandar Baharu and Kulim in Kedah, Temerloh and Bentong in Pahang, Hulu Selangor and Hulu Langat in Selangor and Jelebu and Kuala Pilah in Negeri Sembilan.

    It has been raining pretty hard this afternoon and after a quick check on social media we found a post by Jabatan Penerangan WPKL showing minor flooding on Jalan Tun Razak in front of the Shell, with cars still being able to pass by. There is also a report of a flash flood causing a traffic jam on Jalan Genting Klang. Flash floods have also been reported in Putrajaya, Sepang and Dengkil.

    As always, try to avoid affected areas if possible, do not try to force your way through flooded areas as it might cause considerable damage to your car. Please also make sure you have Special Perils insurance coverage add-on for your vehicle so you are covered in case your car gets stuck and suffers flood damage.

    If you do not have to urgently go anywhere this week it might be a good idea to work from home. Make sure you also always park your car on elevated ground, especially towards the evening.

  • 2023 C28 Nissan Serena – 1.4L e-Power hybrid with 163 PS & 315 Nm, flagship Luxion variant, Pro-Pilot 2.0

    Nissan has launched the all-new Serena in Japan with sales of the purely petrol-powered models starting this winter followed by e-Power hybrid models next year. Prices range between 2.7 million yen (RM87k) to 3.2 million yen (RM104k) for the purely petrol-powered models. As for the e-Power hybrid versions, prices range between 3.1 million yen (RM100k) to 4.7 million yen (RM152k) for the new, high-end Luxion variant.

    The purely petrol-powered models are fitted with a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine with 150 PS and 200 Nm of torque. There are 2WD and 4WD options for the purely petrol-powered Serena with power transferred to the wheels via a Xtronic CVT gearbox.

    On the other hand, the e-Power hybrid variants of the all-new Serena are powered by a new 1.4 litre engine paired with an electric motor to produce a combined 163 PS (120 kW) and 315 Nm of torque. According to Nissan, the new powertrain delivers more power and smoother acceleration with reduced engine noise. The e-Power models also get the e-Pedal Step feature to maneuvers the vehicle using just the accelerator.

    Basically the e-Power system uses the electric motor to move the car, with the small engine only functioning as an electricity generator.

    In terms of dimensions, depending on the variants, the all-new Serena measures between 4,690 mm and 4,765 mm in length, between 1,695 mm to 1,715 mm in width and between 1,870 mm to 1,885 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,870 mm. The current Serena measures 4,770 mm in length, 1,740 mm in width and 1,865 mm in height, with a 2,860 mm wheelbase.

    All variants of the new Serena are fitted with 16-inch wheels and LED lighting all round along with hands-free powered passenger doors on both sides. An Autech kit is also offered with the all-new Serena with a more prominent front grille design, along with sportier bumpers and wheel design. Nissan said the vehicle’s structure has been optimised to deflect crosswinds and improve stability at high speeds.

    On that note, the new Serena was also built with the aim to reduce motion sickness and this is done by offering firmer suspension for smoother vehicle movement and improved stability while a new seat design serves to better accommodate passenger movements while on the move.

    The highlight of the all-new Serena’s cabin is the switch-type gear selector along with the widest windshield in the minivan category for improved visibility. Standard features include an electronic parking brake, a seven-inch infotainment display, USB-A and USB-C charging ports, dual-zone air-conditioning and six speakers.

    The all-new Serena boasts the most spacious cabin in the minivan category with 120 mm additional rear legroom compared to its predecessor. Additionally, the e-Power models can be specified with a 100V AC power source to power external electronic devices.

    As mentioned above, with the all-new Serena also debuts the new Luxion variant that sits above the Highway Star variant. Exclusive features in the Luxion variant include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display, wireless charging, a head-up display and the ProPilot 2.0 advanced driver assistance system which enables hands-free driving at speeds of over 40 km/h. The other variants are fitted with the standard ProPilot system. Only the Luxion variant comes with a seven-seater layout while the rest are designed to accomodate eight occupants.

    Standard ProPilot features include autonomous emergency braking, forward collision warning, collision avoidance steering assist and adaptive cruise control to name a few. The ProPilot 2.0 system adds ProPilot Park with memory function and ProPilot Remote Park.

    When in operation, ProPilot 2.0 also works hand-in-hand with the NissanConnect Navigation system to automatically alter the vehicle’s acceleration, braking and even steering operations based on speed signs and map information for smoother operations.

    What do you think about the design of the all-new Serena? Let us know in the comments!

  • GWM in Malaysia – 9 new models in three years including sedan, SUV and pick-up truck, CKD fr 2023

    Great Wall Motors has announced its plans for expansion in this region in terms of product offering as well as network reach, following the Malaysian market launch of the Ora Good Cat fully electric hatchback.

    The brand aims to introduce nine models in the Malaysian market in the next three years, and these will consist of sedan, SUV and pick-up truck models in the new energy vehicle (NEV) category, said the president of GWM for the Asian region Zhang Jiaming.

    Great Wall Motors aims to be the leading EV brand in Malaysia, the company announced. In terms of network growth, GWM plans to have 15 outlets across Peninsular Malaysia, with most of these to be 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centres with 70% of the total to be located in urban areas.

    The first five outlets are to be opened in December spanning the northern, southern and central regions of Peninsular Malaysia, Zhang said. Meanwhile, local assembly (CKD) operations will commence next year, and 2,000 jobs will be created locally as a result.

    The just-launched Ora Good Cat is expected to be joined by the Haval H6 and Jolion in Malaysia

    Great Wall Motors officially entered the Malaysian market in July this year, represented in the country by wholly owned subsidiary Great Wall Motor Sales Malaysia. In addition to the Ora Good Cat EV hatchback, the Haval H6 and the Haval Jolion are also expected for the Malaysian market, both of which have been sighted running tests on Malaysian roads.

    Given the new energy vehicle (NEV) focus of Great Wall Motors, it is the electrified versions of the H6 and Jolion which can be expected, and the former is sold in Thailand as a plug-in hybrid.

    The H6 PHEV packs a 1.5 litre turbocharged petrol engine producing 167 hp and 285 Nm of torque, mated to electric drive that brings a total system output of 326 hp and 530 Nm. Meanwhile, the Haval Jolion Hybrid gets a powertrain also featuring a 1.5 litre turbo petrol engine mated to an electric motor and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, making 190 hp and 375 Nm in total system output.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat

  • Audi e-tron GT, RS e-tron GT – EV models in Malaysia by Q2 2023; 800V, 487 km range, 0-100 km/h 3.3s

    PHS Automotive, official distributors of Audi vehicles in Malaysia has revealed that the Audi e-tron GT will arrive here in Q2 of 2023. This follows after news that Audi’s new range of e-tron electric vehicles will soon be sold here.

    The 2022 World Performance Car of the Year will be available here in two variants – the e-tron GT and the RS e-tron GT. Currently, the PHS Automotive’s RS range includes the RS Q8, RS3 Sedan, RS5 and RS7 Sportback, RS4 and RS6 Avant, to name a few.

    Both the Audi e-tron GT and RS e-tron GT are driven by two electric motors (effectively making it all-wheel drive) and are similarly powered by an 85 kWh lithium-ion battery. EV range is up to 487 km (based on WLTP) while power is delivered via a two-speed transmission.

    The e-tron GT produces 476 PS (350 kW) and 630 Nm but with Launch Control, its output can be bumped up to 530 PS and 640 Nm for a short 2.5-second period. The e-tron GT’s 0-100 km/h time is 4.1 seconds and at full throttle, it’ll hit a 245 km/h top speed.

    As for the RS e-tron GT, it produces 598 PS (440 kW) and 830 Nm of torque but is capable of producing up to 646 PS (475 kW) with boost mode. This allows it to slingshot from 0-100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds, with a top speed rated at 250 km/h.

    The e-tron GT’s 800-volt architecture means it supports DC fast charging up to 270 kW and 22 kW AC charging. With the DC fast charger, the e-tron GT can be charged up to 80% SoC (state of charge) in just 22.5 minutes. A mere five minute charge will return up to 100 km of driving range.

    How do you like the Audi e-tron GT’s looks compared to its cousin, the Porsche Taycan? Sharing the same electric architecture and platform as the e-tron GT, the Taycan in Malaysia is priced between RM540k for the base-model, rear-wheel drive variant and RM991k for the Taycan Turbo S which offers up to 468 km of electric range based on the WLTP cycle. So how much do you think the e-tron GT will be priced here? Let us know in the comments!

    GALLERY: Audi RS e-tron GT

    GALLERY: Audi e-tron GT quattro

  • Gov’t ministries given two weeks to discuss targeted subsidies, says Anwar – fuel, electricity under focus

    Prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has given relevant government ministries two weeks to discuss and analyse the matter of targeted subsidies, including that for fuel. He said it was imperative that steps should be taken quickly to ease the burden on the poor, given the rise in the cost of living and price of goods.

    “I have given them a period of two weeks to analyse and explore all the implications (of targeted subsidies) and also discuss with the private sector and investors so that they understand that the purpose of the subsidy is to ease the burden of the poor,” he said at a press conference following a special National Action Council meeting with government departments and agencies over the weekend.

    Present at the meeting were officials from the finance ministry, the ministry of agriculture and foor industries, the domestic trade and consumer affairs ministry, the ministry of energy and natural resources as well as those from the statistics department.

    He said that following the formation of the cabinet, the ministers from these departments will discuss the results of these findings with their ministries as well as relevant agencies before presenting the results to the cabinet.

    Anwar stated that he wasn’t against subsidies, but they had to be distributed to the right channels. “I have no problem with subsidies for the people, especially the poor. But our explanation in full, when it comes, is that this sub-section should be targeted. Otherwise, like in the case of fuel subsidies, the subsidy benefits everyone, including the rich,” he said.

    “The rich should not benefit. For industries, concessions such as improved incentives and other benefits will be provided so that the removal (of subsidies) will not burden them,” he added.

    The new PM also touched on the subject of electricity tariffs, saying they would have to be reviewed as the benefits received by the poor are almost the same as that for the rich. “For me, it is not reasonable, because while it is called a subsidy, it benefits others,” he said.

    While stating that the subsidy for electricity would continue, he said that the rich and big industries should not receive subsidies because it would be a huge financial burden to the government.

  • Setel now supports MBSJ two-hour parking lots

    Setel’s Parking feature now supports MBSJ’s new two-hour parking lots, making it the second app to support them after the Smart Selangor Parking app.

    The new two-hour parking lots came into effect from September 1 2022 and are marked with an orange border and say “2 jam” in the middle of the lot. They are priced at 50 sen for half an hour instead of 50 sen for an hour.

    If you park in one of these new parking lots in an MBSJ area, remember to click ‘Change’ and choose Zon parkir 2 jam.

    If you haven’t downloaded Setel yet, we would appreciate it if you could use our referral code “5h9f3”

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  • PM10 Anwar prefers Camry official car over Merc S600

    Over the weekend, prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim made it public that he declined the use of a “Mercedes S600” as his official car. The German limo was previously purchased by the PM’s department. As the S600 no longer exists, Anwar probably meant the latest W223 S580e plug-in hybrid. So what will PM10 be chauffeured in if not the S-Class?

    Looks like it could well be a Toyota Camry, for now. Yesterday, Anwar attended a Pakatan Harapan (PH) presidential council meeting at PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya and rolled up in a black Camry with the number plate WRN 222.

    When asked by reporters, he said in BM: “The Mercedes is not here and I’m using this car (the Camry), that’s OK right? Any car that’s available (Kereta Mercedes tak sampai…saya pakai kereta ini OK kan? Mana-mana kereta yang ada).

    The newly-minted prime minister, who is also PH chairman, explained that the Mercedes was ordered by his predecessor and upon checking, the order can be cancelled. It’s clear that this is both a cost-saving move and a PR one. If Anwar continues to ride in a Camry, it’ll be a rather modest sedan for a PM, given that the benchmark D-segment sedan is widely used as a taxi in places like Taiwan.

    The CBU Thailand RM209,800 Camry facelift, launched here in February, is now using the 2.5L Dynamic Force engine with 209 PS/253 Nm, up 25 PS/18 Nm from the pre-facelift’s 2AR-FE. The NA engine is paired to an 8AT, two speeds up on the pre-FL. The facelift is a rather mild one, but you can tell one from its more defined centre air intake section, two-tone 18-inch wheels and smoked internals for the LED taillights.

    Of late, Anwar has been riding in a black G12 BMW 7 Series with the famous number plate BEM 1.

    GALLERY: 2022 Toyota Camry facelift

  • Ora Good Cat EV launched in Malaysia – 400 km range for RM140k, 500 km for RM170k; 8 yr battery warranty

    The Great Wall Motors (GWM) Ora Good Cat electric hatchback finally gets its official Malaysian market launch today, following the opening of order books two weeks ago and having collected more than 100 bookings on the opening weekend. In Europe earlier this year, this car was launched as the Funky Cat.

    The Ora Good Cat arrives in Malaysia with two battery capacity specifications in two trim level variants – the 400 Pro and the 500 Ultra, priced from RM139,800 on-the-road, without insurance for the 400 Pro, and RM169,800 for the 500 Ultra.

    Both trim levels feature the same powertrain configuration, which is a single electric motor producing 143 PS and 210 Nm of torque driving the front wheels. The 0-100 km/h sprint is done in 7.9 seconds and top speed is 152 km/h, according to Great Wall Motors.

    GWM Ora Good Cat specifications list – click to enlarge

    The 400 Pro variant gets the 47.8 kWh lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery which offers up to 400 km of battery range on the NEDC cycle (around 20% less on the WLTP test protocol), and this takes eight hours for a full charge from a 6.6 kW AC outlet via a Type 2 connection.

    Meanwhile, DC fast charging yields a 0-80% state of charge in 46 minutes. Charging from 30-80% can be done in just 40 minutes. In terms of the latest WLTP protocol, the European-spec Funky Cat is rated for a range of 310 km on the WLTP cycle.

    The larger of the two batteries is a 63.1 kWh version that is featured in the 500 Ultra, featuring a ternary lithium battery that offers up to 500 km of range on the NEDC cycle, which will take around 10 hours to be fully charged from an AC outlet. If DC fast charging at 60 kW is used, a 0-80% charge can be done in around 40 minutes.

    In terms of equipment, both variants of the Ora Good Cat in Malaysia gets 18-inch alloys shod in 215/50R18 tyres and receive a tyre repair kit as standard, active front grille intake, automatic headlamps, LED tail lamps and rear fog lamp, electrically adjustable side mirrors, automatic wipers and a panoramic sunroof as standard.

    Instrumentation in the Ora Good Cat is by a seven-inch multi-information display with a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment unit, with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

    The interior of the Ora Good Cat gets as standard suede leather dashboard covering with synthetic leather seat upholstery, multifunction steering wheel, two USB ports for the front occupants, one USB in the rear passenger compartment and one USB port for the digital video recorder, as well as one power outlet.

    Both variants also get electric adjustment for the driver’s seat while the front passenger seat gets manual adjustment; the 500 Ultra adds a massage function for the driver’s seat.

    Safety equipment for the Ora Good Cat includes adaptive cruise control, intelligence cruise assistance, AEB, forward collision warning, low speed emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist and lane centring assist. Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are the Wisdom Dodge System, emergency lane keeping, lane change assist and blind spot detection, rear collision warning, rear cross traffic alert and rear cross traffic braking.

    Exterior colours are Coral Blue, Hamilton White, Sun Black for the single-tone selection, joined by Mars Red and and Hamilton White schemes with the contrasting black roof. Exclusive to the 500 Ultra are Verdant Green with a white roof, and Hazel Wood Beige with a brown roof.

    Here in Malaysia in two variants, the GWM Ora Good Cat is covered by a five-year, 150,000 km warranty, with the drive battery getting an eight-year, 180,000 km warranty. Packaged with each purchase of the Ora Good Cat are a complimentary portable charger and home charger, as well as five slots of maintenance service (at 10,000 km intervals) with labour free of charge.

    GALLERY: 2022 Ora Good Cat


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Last Updated 24 Nov 2022