Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 hits the track

Nissan introduced the GT-R NISMO GT3 earlier this year, but we haven't heard much about it since then. Thankfully, JR Motorsports has released a promotional video for their race car.

Looking menacing in black, the €298,000 ($395,595) sports car is fully FIA-compliant and is eligible to compete in a variety of GT3 events. Detailed specifications haven't been released, but the car has a revised suspension and a number of adjustable components.

Motivation is provided by a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine that develops more than 530 PS (390 kW / 523 hp) and 612 Nm (451 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to a six-speed semi-automatic transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Keyless Entry Key and Door Panel Design for Proton P3-21A

Here are some of the pictures of P3-21A again. The first picture show the P3-21A's car key which it comes with keyless entry feature. According to source, the keyless entry key look solid and nice hold on. Next are some pictures of the door panel. It is made from what we called "soft plastic" which provide style for the car. 

After this, Proton will focus on the P3-21A hatchback which known to be better design compare to the sedan version. Then Proton will continue their research on "city car" project, Saga R, Compact MPV (to compete with Alza?) and then Exora R.For the "city car" project, Proton announced that the price for it will be similar with the Saga model which currently on their sale list. 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A Full Specification

Here is the full specification of the latest Proton model - Proton P3-21A. The model comes with 3 variant which are the Exectutive Manual, Executive CVT and the Premium CVT, all these models are equipped with the 1.6L engine. For the Executive Manual model, it has the 5 speeds manual transmission while a CVT 6 speeds gearbox is equipped for the Executive CVT model. Both models are equipped with the CamPro IAFM+ engine which capable to produce 107hp@5750rpm and 150Nm@4000rpm. The highest specification model is the Premium CVT which it comes along with the CamPro CFE engine with turbo system where it capable to produce 138hp@5000rpm and 205Nm of torque around 2000rpm till 4000rpm. The all new ProTronic CVT 7 speeds gearbox is equipped to this model. 

According to Proton, the fuel consumption for both the P3-21A Executive Manual and Executive CVT are at 6.1L/100km(Executive Manual) and 5.8L/100km(Executive CVT) and this is measured at 90km/h. While for the Premium CVT, it able to make 6.5L/100km. Between other specifications, the power steering system of the P3-21A is equipped with the hydraulic technology (Hydraulic power steering) and is not the electric power steering. While for the suspension system, a set of Macpherson Strut is installed to the front and a set of Multi-link is installed for the rear. All 3 models are come with rear disc brake and a set of 205/55 R16 wheel is fitted to the car as well.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Proton P3-21A Video Teasers

Before the Proton P3-21A officially launched, let's enjoy some of the compilations of video teasers for P3-21A. These video teasers include the 1.6L Turbo Fuel Injection, Auto Rain and Light Sensors, Touch Screen GPS & Smart Info Display, Push Start Button, LED Running Light, Front & Back Lights and Front Grill, 7 Speed Protronic Paddle Shift, Internal Space and ABS, EBD and ESC. With these videos, one can clearly noticed that the dashboard design of the P3-21A. Continue to enjoy the videos.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Malaysia Automotive News: Volkswagen’s grand vision for Proton

VW has formed a special team headed by Soh Wei Ming, its operations head for Asia Pacific, to look into the possibility of remodelling the Polo as the national car. VW has done this successfully before when it turned around the Czech Republic’s then loss-making Skoda Auto in the early 1990s. Today, Skoda, which mainly sells compact cars, is a profitable entity with plants in Europe and Asia. Skoda is selling some 879,200 units globally.

The Polo currently costs above RM100,000 but the plan put forward by VW to Proton’s ultimate owner, DRB-HICOM Bhd, would see Polo, produced locally with German technology, priced competitively at below the RM70,000 mark. Early this year, DRB-HICOM struck a deal to buy Khazanah Nasional Bhd’s 42.7 per cent stake in Proton for RM1.29 billion, or RM5.50 per share. DRB-HICOM is expected to pay Khazanah Nasional the outstanding amount for Proton this month and take the national carmaker private. Since DRB-HICOM’s emergence in Proton, some of VW’s top group directors have visited the Proton plant, as well as reviewed all the existing Proton models.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hyundai i-oniq Opens its Wings Before the Geneva Motor Show

New photos of the Hyundai i-oniq were dumped onto the web today affording us several fresh views of the concept model including our first look at the rear end and the interior as well as revealing its sporty Lamborghini-style scissor doors. 

The Korean company says that the i-oniq study previews the styling of the firm's next generation of models while also providing a glimpse at future technologies especially in the powertrain and connectivity departments. The rear-wheel drive i-oniq is said to measure 4,400mm or 173.3 inches long with power being provided by a small displacement 1.0-litre 3-cylinder gasoline engine linked through a generator to a lithium ion electric motor, which produces an output of 109PS or 108bhp.