Friday, September 30, 2011

Malaysia Automotive News: Nissan Latio facelift launched

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has an improved Nissan Latio in its showrooms. Both the Hatchback and Sedan versions sport a new front grille and bumper, with the Latio Hatchback having a sporty rear bumper design. The headlamps have also been restyled and on the Hatchback, those at the rear also take on a sportier look.

Outputs are unchanged from the pre-facelift, with the 1.6 being rated to produce 107hp @ 6,000rpm and able to twist out a strong 153Nm @ 4,400rpm. Meanwhile, the all-aluminium 1.8-litre MR18DE has 125hp at its disposal at 5,200rpm, and 174Nm @ 4,800rpm. Nissan claims fuel consumption figures of 7.1 and 7.8 l/100km for the 1.6 sedan and 1.8 hatch respectively.

SpeedART previews 2012 Porsche 911 tuning program

SpeedART has released the first details about their upcoming tuning package for the 2012 Porsche 911 (991) Carrera S. On the styling front, the SP91-R has an aerodynamic body kit with a front lip spoiler, extended side skirts and a rear diffuser. There's also a bespoke interior, a sport-tuned suspension and 21-inch LSC-FORGED alloy wheels.

For added performance, the car will be equipped a sport exhaust system and a power kit which enables the engine to produce up to 435 PS (320 kW / 429 hp). More information will be released at the Essen Motor show in November, so stay tuned for updates.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

All New Toyota Avanza

Toyota Avanza- the cheapest mini MPV from Toyota car models has finally got itself a brand new design from Toyota. There are a few of leak photos about this newly designed Toyota Avanza around the net. Based on the information, this will going to launch in Indonesia and will be coming to Malaysia soon.

Based on the photos, the front and the rear end received a completely new design as well as the C pillars which looks similar with the Toyota Harrier. At a glance, the front view looks a bit like the Toyota Altis with a more rounded shape. However, there is not much information about the technical specification where there has no news about what engine will be equipped to this new Toyota Avanza. Anyway, stay tune and hope that Toyota will unveil more information about this new Toyota Avanza.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

DIY: Apexi RSM with Shift Lamp

Already owned a Apexi RSM? Do wish to own a bigger shift lamp to indicate when is the correct shifting point of your engine? Here is a DIY on how to tap the shifting point signal from Apexi RSM to your shift lamp.

Anyway, here are some information of what is Apexi RSM. APEXi RSM (Rev/Speed Meter) is a complete multi function measuring device designed to measure and monitor data such as vehicle speed, engine RPM, and elapsed times.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Daihatsu Launch New Daihatsu Mira e:S

Recently Daihatsu has launched a new version of its Mira kei car called e:S with new or revised technologies, where Daihatsu aim to improve fuel efficiency. Daihatsu says that it has overhauled all existing aspects of the engine, the transmission, and the body structure, to make the most of energy efficiency and as a result, says that the Mira e:S is almost 40 percent more fuel efficient that current mini cars with engine displacements of up to 660 cc [0.6-liter].

The Mira e:S is powered by a three-cylinder 650cc gasoline engine that produces an output of 52PS (51HP) at 6,800rpm and 60Nm of peak torque at 5,200rpm. To bad, no more turbo engine like those L2/L5/L6/L9. According to the Japanese firm, the Mira e:S delivers a fuel economy of 30.0km/L (about 70.5mpg US) on Japan's JC08 Mode test cycle, and 32km/L (approximately 75.2mpg US) on Japan's 10-15 Mode test cycle.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A Limousine Version Toyota Prius

This is unreal and personally I can't really believe this. Toyota never produce a Limo version for their Toyota Prius but a dealer from Singapore has successfully "stretch" the Toyota Prius hybrid car to a longer version aka Limousine version.

I am not a photoshop expert but based on the pictures, this is not edited by photoshop. Anyway there is still a doubt of stretching the Toyota Prius, will this affect the entire structure of the car? I will leave this to you to judge about it. The picture below shows a standard version of the Prius which is the best-selling hybrid model in the world, with over a million sold since the model line was launched in 1997. Continue to read more for more pictures of this Limousine version Toyota Prius.

New Lexus LFA Special coming to Tokyo Show

Lexus will launch a Tokyo Motor Show Edition of its LFA supercar at its home motor show in autumn. This edition of the LFA, the second after the Nürburgring special, will sport an unpainted carbon roof and rear spoiler and will cost around €40,000 (US$54,500) more than the “normal” production model.

Coming a little down to earth, Toyota is readying a successor to the Supra coupe of the ‘90s. Although the company has officially denied such a project even exists, the same sources insist that an unsanctioned RWD sports car is currently under development. Toyota, which has abandoned the sports car segment for quite some time to focus on hybrids, is also said to be working on a front-wheel drive performance car that is expected to be a GTI-rivaling version of the CT200h hatchback.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Honda will launch new Honda Civic for European Market

Honda will going to release their new Honda Civic hatchback for the European market next year 2012. The first thing you will notice about the 5-door Civic is of course its exterior styling. While Honda's designers kept the shape of the outgoing model intact, the devil is in the details, and whereas the previous Civic sported a futuristic styling with many creases and edges, its successor is frumpier with a lot more curves.

For the interior, the styling is very similar to the outgoing Civic 5d with a double layered dashboard combining both analogue and digital displays. However to me it is no longer a Honda like suspension where Honda will continue to use torsion beam for the rear suspension instead of using double wishbone and multi-link as what they used for the older Honda Civic.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Honda will launch new 260HP Mugen-Tuned Type R 2.2 Special

Honda decided to phase out the current model with the hardcore version of the limited run Type R Mugen that may be offered to the public. Last year, in collaboration with its in-house tuning division Mugen, Honda built 20 examples of the Civic Type R Mugen that features an uprated 2.0-liter K20 four-cylinder engine producing 240-horsepower.

For this new model, Honda honed it by increasing the capacity of the engine to 2,156 cc so the name of the car- Civic Type R Mugen 2.2. Compared to the standard Type R, both horsepower and torque are up by 30%. In particular, output has been increased to 260-horses and 240 Nm (178 lb-ft) at 6,000 rpm, with Honda claiming that torque has increased across the range. Besides that, Mugen also offer some other special components to the car include a set of more hardcore suspension, uprated brakes and a new bodykit.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Malaysia Automotive News: New Perodua Myvi SE Spotted ver 2

Finally there are more leaked pictures of the Perodua Myvi Xtreme. This new Perodua Myvi Xtreme might be equipped with a new 1.5L engine according to rumor around. Besides that, the Perodua Myvi Xtreme will launch on this coming 16th September. However the specifications of safety and security, accessories would be the same with the Perodua Myvi Elegance. The price might be more expensive compare to the current Lagi Best version.

Anyway, here are some of the pictures without any masking. To me it looks nice for the front view. But I believe it will be better if Perodua fit in a set of 16 inch or 17 inch rim since it might be equipped with a 1.5L engine there will be no worry of under power issue. Enjoy!!!

Monday, September 5, 2011

DIY: Installation of FICD for Better Idling after Aircond ON

Ever experienced engine stall with air-conditioner on when you car slow down? What happen if you are at the moment of turning into a junction and opposite car is coming? I believe that your heart will pounding rapidly. Why this happen? This is because your engine idling is not idle stably. Thus, in order to solve this in a cheap way, FICD is the hope for you.

FICD is a little device that will help you with this problem. The concept is, this device will allow vacuum leak by allowing more air into intake manifold hence engine have enough air and wont stall. Its also stabilize idle and drive will feel a little bit lighter with a/c on. For the one who familiar with valves, FICD is simply a solenoid valve. Continue to read the entire post so that you can have a better understanding on how to DIY by yourself and this may save you up some bucks for the installation fee.