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QuickView: All-new VW Beetle

QuickView: All-new VW Beetle

By Chips Yap Group Managing Editor Price: Under US$20,000 for US market; unconfirmed for Malaysia On sale: October 2011 in Germany; from February 2012 in Asia Tech highlights: Front-mounted 1984 cc 4 cyls direct injection petrol engine with turbocharger,  6-speed DSG transmission, 200 bhp at 5100 rpm, 280 Nm from […]

QuickView: Proton Saga FLX

QuickView: Proton Saga FLX

By Chips Yap Group Managing Editor Price: From RM38,598 – RM44,998 in Peninsular Malaysia. On sale: Now Tech Highlights: 1332 cc I4 CamPro IAFM+ petrol engine, 94 bhp at 5750 rpm, 120 Nm at 4000 rpm, 6-step CVT, 0 – 100 km/h 14.5 secs, top speed 155 km/h   What […]

QuickView: Peugeot 308 Turbo

QuickView: Peugeot 308 Turbo

By Faisal Shah Group Editor   Price RM115,172.50 On sale Now Tech Highlights: 1598 cc 4 cylinders, turbocharged petrol engine, 156 bhp at 6000 rpm, 240 Nm at 1400 rpm, 0-100 km/h 9.1 seconds, top speed 212km/h   What is it? Nearly two years after launching the 308 Turbo, Peugeot […]

QuickView: VW Eos 2.0 TSI

QuickView: VW Eos 2.0 TSI

By Hafriz Shah Deputy Editor   Price: RM257,888 On sale: Now Tech highlights: 1984 cc, 4 cylinders, turbocharged, petrol engine, 207 bhp, 280 Nm, 0 -100 km/h 7.8 secs, top speed 236 km/h   What is it? A heavily reworked Eos coupe-convertible. The front now bears Volkswagen’s latest corporate grille and Golf-esque […]

QuickView: Mitsubishi Lancer 2.4 Sportback

QuickView: Mitsubishi Lancer 2.4 Sportback

By Chips Yap Group Managing Editor Price: RM135,000 On sale: Now Tech Highlights: 2360 cc I4 MIVEC petrol engine, 170 ps at 6000 rpm, 226 Nm at 4100 rpm, 6-step CVT, 0 – 100 km/h 9.5 secs, top speed 200 km/h   What is it? 5-door hatchback variant of the […]

QuickView: New Mercedes C200/C250 CGI

QuickView: New Mercedes C200/C250 CGI

By Aswan Yap Contributor/Columnist for New Sabah Times     Price: RM 258,888 (C200 CGI) / RM 290,888 (C250 CGI) On Sale: Now Tech Highlights: 1796 cc, I4, turbocharged direct-injection petrol engine with BlueEfficiency, 184 bhp at 5,250 rpm, 270 Nm at 1,800 rpm (C200) / 204 bhp at 5,500 rpm, […]

QuickView: Nissan 370Z Roadster

QuickView: Nissan 370Z Roadster

By Faisal Shah Group Editor Price: RM399,900 Technical highlights: 3696 cc, V6 cyls petrol engine, normally-aspirated, 328 bhp, 363 Nm, 7-speed automatic transmission, 0-100 km/h 5.7sec, 250km/h What’s new? Nissan’s big-chested 370Z sportscar loses its roof but gains a 7-speed autobox as standard. Everything else remains pretty much the same although the […]

QuickView: Perodua Myvi 1.3EZi

QuickView: Perodua Myvi 1.3EZi

By Aswan Yap Contributor Price: RM49,900 – RM50,800 On Sale: Now Tech Highlights: 1.3 litres, I4 petrol engine, 90 bhp at 6000 rpm, 117 Nm at 4400 rpm, 4-speed automatic transmission (as tested)   What is it? A whole new Myvi. Well, almost completely new as the structure has been […]

QuickView: Mazda3 MPS

QuickView: Mazda3 MPS

By Chips Yap Group Managing Editor Price: RM179,895 On sale: Now Tech Highlights: 2261 cc I4 turbo petrol, 255 bhp at 5500 rpm, 380 Nm at 3000 rpm, 6-speed manual transmission, 0-100 km/h 6.1 seconds, 250 km/h top speed   What is it? Most potent version of the Mazda3 and […]

Proton Inspira can go 900 kms on a tankful

Proton Inspira can go 900 kms on a tankful

It’s like the early 1980s again… I don’t mean like the days when you could get a BMW 320i for RM60,000 or when a litre of petrol was around one ringgit. I’m talking about fuel economy runs which were popular back then because it was thought that people would care […]