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Bridgestone Malaysia Introduces New Ecopia EP300-series of Tyres

08 Jun

ECOPIA-EP300-1With over 20 years of experience in developing state of the art technologies and technical know-how to design high performing eco oriented products, Bridgestone is proud to unveil the new Passenger Radial ECOPIA EP300 Tyre. EP300 is positioned as next generation ecotyre that offers low rolling resistance and superior wet grip performance while delivering an extended wear life. Through the innovative design concept and engineering solutions adopted, EP300 revolutionizes and redefines the concept of an eco-tyre by bringing it to the next level as embodied in its tagline “When You Want It All”. Demanding Drivers that “Want it all” have now available in the market a product that will fully meet their expectations.

Inherent in the ECOPIA family, EP300 is tested and proven to achieve significant fuel savings of up to 2 liters1 every full tank compared with conventional tyres. In tests comparing EP300 to previous ECOPIA generation2 , the results demonstrate that the new technologies and design concept adopted for EP300 help to achieve an improved fuel savings, while offering drivers additional travelling distance of up to 11.2 km3 per tank and a superior wet grip performance for a safer drive.

“Most drivers desire a way to achieve better fuel efficiency that translates into fuel savings. However, despite how careful drivers can be on the accelerator, if a vehicle is not equipped with the optimum eco-tyres, achieving good fuel efficiency and economy will be a challenge,” commented Tai Kawasaki, Managing Director of Bridgestone Asia Pacific Technical Center. “With the new ECOPIA EP300, we aim to bring drivers the best possible return from their vehicles while allowing them to do their part for the environment, as lower rolling resistance brings reduced CO2 emissions.”


Fuel Efficiency  EP300’s low rolling resistance brings fuel efficiency to the next level. This contributes to daily fuel savings and less CO2 emissions, reducing the vehicle’s environmental footprint.  Compared to previous ECOPIA generation, EP300 offers even further savings by traveling up to an additional up to 11.2 km per full tank.


Superior Wet Grip  EP300 features enhanced NanoPro-TechTM with a new polymer that provides enhanced wet grip due to an increased contact area that grips wet road surfaces with higher frictional force at the micro-level.  In addition, the new tread pattern contributes to anti-hydroplaning performance, better handling and reduced noise.

Long Lasting  Deeper lug depth on the tyre shoulder is designed to strengthen durability and increase wear resistance. EP300 features new tread design to better control tyre deformation and provide long lasting tyre life through a uniform wear pattern.

Sizes Available  ECOPIA EP300 is available in 13 different sizes and will be available progressively in Asia Pacific markets soon.


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Monochrome Snapshots @ Fujifilm X-T20 and X100F launch event

28 Mar

Both the Fujifilm X-T20 and X100F have been announced recently elsewhere much earlier, and today they made their Malaysian debut via a gathering-cum-launch for the local dealers, X-series enthusiasts and the photography/tech media in Petaling Jaya.



The latest offerings from Fujifilm feature new sensors and processors designed to improve image quality, and in the case of the X-T20, 4K video capture is included to meet the needs of the professional videographers as well as photo enthusiasts and tech geeks obsessed with the high resolution video format.

As the successor to the popular X-T10 mirrorless model, the new Fujifilm X-T20 offers manual operation with the inclusion of a shutter speed and exposure compensation dials in addition to the main dial and other controls that are synonymous with the X-series cameras. The X-T20 features an APS-C 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and the X-Processor Pro image processing engine. It also features a new tilting touchscreen LCD monitor for multi-angle shooting and responds to quick gestures for a variety of efficient controls and image review. In addition, it also has a built-in Wi-Fi for sharing content on social media and remote capture.




The new X-T20 is priced at RM4,688 (body only), with the XC 16-50mm kit set retailing at RM5,288 while the other kit featuring the XC 18-55mm lens is selling for RM6,288. It is available in silver and black editions.

The X100F comes with a 24MP sensor, along with an improved 91-point autofocus system and a fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens. Fujifilm also upgraded the camera’s hybrid viewfinder, offering up to 6x magnification and 60fps support. Other features include an AF joystick, built-in ISO Dial, film simulation modes, a silent electronic shutter with speeds up to 1/32,000, HD recording, Focus Peaking and Digital Split image focusing in OVF, 6 AF modes and built-in Wi-Fi. The X100F is priced at RM6,288, and available in both silver and black colour editions.





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Boon Siew Honda Unveils 2017 Honda Wave Dash 110 FI

21 Mar


The invitation reads as a “special preview of a new Honda motorcycle with fashion show”. Given the way the word “preview” was used instead of the normal “launch” on previous unveiling, this event ignites the imagination of many motorcycle media in the country. All except me. I had a feeling the incorrect term was used, and thus, the excitement level remains normal for me.


The preview isn’t going to be about any of the motorcycles Honda plans to launch for 2017 albeit in the 2nd half of the year instead of the anticipated 2nd-quarter (April to June). Nope, the said preview is not about the Made-In-Indonesia CBR250RR, the Made-In-Japan CBR1000RR/SP or the Made-In-Thailand Rebel 500 cruiser.

It is just another updated kapchai motorcycle, from the ancient carburetor to fuel injection (FI), this time on the Honda Wave Dash 110. For every 1 model of a big capacity machine launched, there would be several models of the kapchai/scooter in Honda’s line-up for the Malaysian market being launched, and it is no difference this time.

To be fair, there was no launch of any big capacity Honda bikes in Malaysia since July 2014 with the pair of CB650F/CBR650F and a revised CBR250R. The 2016 CB500-series trio quietly made their entrance into the local market in beginning of September 2016 while the 2016 duo of the CB/CBR650F repeated that feat just before the Lunar New Year holiday in 2017. Between the July 2014 event and today’s unveiling ceremony, all the bikes launched by Honda have been kapchai and scooters.



Almost every specification of the revised Wave Dash 110 is the same as its carburetor version, save for the fuel injection, and pricing. But the switch to fuel injection allows for better fuel economy, enabling the motorcycle to cruise as far as 244km of mileage until the low fuel gauge warning starts flashing. This is an improvement of some 10km over the estimated 234km on the older model. Honda also claims an improved fuel ecoomy of 61km/litre in cruising mode when riding at 80-90km/hr speeds.

The new Wave Dash 110 FI comes in 3 colours: Pearl Nightfall Blue, Pearl Magellanic Black and Vivacity Red as well as the exclusive Repsol edition. It is available in S Type (single disc brake), with both R Type and Repsol edition featuring Double Disc Brakes. The sales prices for all 3 types (with GST) are RM5,860.74, RM6,178.74 and RM6,337.74 respectively. All models come with the standard 2-year or 20,000km manufacturing warranty, whichever comes first.


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FUJIFILM Malaysia Rolls Outs X-T2 and instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2

18 Aug

instax SP-2

Fujifilm Malaysia today launched its largest on-ground brand activation – unveiling two exciting new offerings, Fujifilm X-T2 camera and instax SHARE Smartphone Printer SP-2 – while showcasing the company’s heritage of creating people-driven innovations in conjunction with World Photography Day.

Fujifilm Shoot.Print.Share Fiesta, held at Berjaya Times Square from August 18 to 21, aims to create a warm, welcoming and dynamic environment for guests to spend quality time exploring new ways to enjoy photography and raise the level of creative output to new heights.

X-T2-1 X-T2-2

Speaking at the launch of the fiesta, Fujifilm Malaysia Managing Director, Yoshitaka Nakamura said the Shoot.Print.Share Fiesta celebrates the company’s heritage of creating people-driven innovations by presenting a broad spectrum of digital imaging products and services that help enhance the quality of life.


“Throughout the four-day festival, Fujifilm will together with our customers create fun memories by capturing beautiful moments, presenting enjoyable and personalised printing and facilitating the sharing of priceless moments,” he added.

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a speedy upgrade to the X-T1, which Fujifilm describes as “Creative Perfection” that uses advanced technologies to achieve premium image quality, outstanding operability and beautiful design reminiscent of traditional cameras.

The new hybrid AF system boasts 325 AF points, including 91 zone focusing points (up from 49 in the X-T1). This new system paired with several algorithmic improvements makes for a “dramatic improvement” in performance. Fuji is promising “accurate focusing is all shooting situations, even in low light with a -3EV.” AF-C has also been “significantly enhanced,” promising better tracking of moving subjects.


The X-T2 combines the sensor and image processing engine developed by Fujifilm, with an ultra-sharp range of FUJINON lenses for excellent image resolution.  Fujifilm’s color-reproduction technology, formulated over 80 years, delivers images of unparalleled quality and realism, recording a subject’s textures, three-dimensional feel and even the atmosphere surrounding it.


The X-T2’s compact and lightweight camera body is also dust-resistant, water-resistant and capable of operating at temperatures as low as -10°C.  Its autofocus and electronic viewfinder performance have both been substantially improved, making it more adaptable than ever before at shooting a moving subject under difficult conditions, such as sports or wildlife photography, which had previously been considered difficult with mirrorless cameras.

For the first time in the X Series, the X-T2 supports 4K video recording.  And as expected by photo enthusiasts familiar to FinePix cameras, the X-T2’s video mode can utilise the popular Film Simulation mode to easily produce premium-quality footage.


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It’s “Double Double” via YES 4G LTE Plans with YES Altitude 4G LTE Smartphone

30 Jun


When YTL Communications had unveiled its YES 4G broadband back in late 2010, I was among the early adopters of the plan, albeit a few months later. Even then, the brand itself faced criticisms from rival telcos and non-users alike who brush it off by telling consumers that the wireless system used by YES 4G wasn’t a true 4G spectrum but a marketing gimmick to entice users to sign-up.

I was shifting to a new home where Telecom Malaysia’s (TM) Unifi service was yet to be made available in early 2011, and the YES 4G plan was an excellent choice for me while waiting for Unifi or’s broadband service to be ready. Technically-speaking, the area of my new home is located within the latter’s broadband network but the service is still not available even today while TM’s Unifi made its debut approximately 2 years after I had moved in.

In the meantime, my Internet needs was taken care of by YES 4G’s prepaid service which I had subscribed via its compact dongle system for 10GB of data per month. Unlike Unifi, which is unlimited data, the YES 4G module was enough for my usage then as I did not download movies nor music since my occupation is related more towards receiving/sending images to clients as well as uploading them to this blog and Facebook. And sending/receiving email.




Being new, events organised by YTL Communications for its YES 4G broadband then had only attracted small groups of tech media and guests in attending. Today, just 6 years after its broadband first rolled out, the company is ready to launch its full-fledged wireless 4G network, and the crowd is definitely bigger, enough to fill the entire Grand Ballroom of the Majestic Hotel in Kuala Lumpur!

With the official launch, consumers across Malaysia can now experience blazing fast Internet data speeds services with an impressive 85% nationwide coverage. The 4G brand under YTL Communications is also the first mobile operator in the country to introduce Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) capability for high-definition, crystal clear calls. At the same time the YES Altitude, the newest, high quality Android device developed by YES, was unveiled as the most affordable VoLTE smartphone in the Malaysian market, allowing more consumers to access high speed LTE Internet.


CEO of YTL Communications, Wing K. Lee enthused about building the most advanced 4G LTE network on top of the existing YES 4G broadband that has reached a nationwide footprint in Malaysia: “We started the journey with 4G Mobile Broadband and are now excited to complete the journey with the launch of 4G LTE together with the country’s first VoLTE service. We are proud to help Malaysia leapfrog to a high income economy through the provision of these new services.

“We are also proud to launch the country’s first Double Data bucket price plan that allows all users access to both 4G LTE and 4G Broadband networks with a single service plan, at RM70 per month, where consumers will get 24GB of data (16GB of 4G LTE and 8GB of 4G Broadband) complete with a free Yes Altitude smartphone. There is simply no comparable offer from any other telco in Malaysia, said Lee.”

With the “Double Data” feature of YES 4G plans, whether consumers prefer to have more 4G LTE data for smartphones or more 4G Broadband data for tablets and laptops, the new YES LTE plans will cater to the full spectrum of user needs.



The YES Altitude is a full-fledged 4G VolTE smartphone for seamless mobile LTE connectivity. The phone sports a 5-inch HD IPS on-cell display and supports VoLTE for High Definition voice and video calls which are up to 3 times and 6 times better quality than calls made on 3G/2G networks. Its dual-sim functionality allows users the convenience and flexibility in managing their SIM cards for the best data and best voice call rates in the market. With a Recommended Retail Price (RRP) of RM399 inclusive of 6% GST, is is the lowest priced VoLTE in Malaysia. The YES Altitude comes in 3 colour variants – gold, white and silver.

For YES “Double Data” plan sign-ups, consumers can visit any YES Store, YES Exclusive Retail Partner or authorised YES dealer across Malaysia. Alternatively, they can visit the YES Online Store at for more information.




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Chear Global Sdn Bhd Unveils CMC Italjet 125 Scooter

24 Jun


CMC2The competitive local market for kapchai and scooters below 150cc is set to be more exciting with the debut of the CMC Italjet 125 scooter, which was launched by Chear Global Sdn Bhd, the sole importer and distributor for the Italian-designed, China-made brand in Malaysia.

However, the sporty and agile Italjet 125 scooter, being the latest addition to the CMC line-up of motorcycles which include the XY400 Classic, All-Terrain Tekken 250, SK200 Street bike and Regal Raptor range of choppers, is locally assembled in Malaysia so it can be sold at a competitive price.

The CMC Italjet 125  scooter, given its size and engine capacity, looks set to appeal to the younger generation of riders who are passionate about riding and pursuing an exciting lifestyle while still maintaining the fun factor. The new CMC Italjet 125 scooter is available in a choice of two colours – Chili Red and Sporty White with a Sales Price of RM6,996 inclusive of 6% GST.




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Locally-Assembled BMW X5 Hybrid Makes Malaysian Debut

23 Jun


I have lost count of the number of times I was overtaken by surprise via hybrid cars, mostly BMWs previously while riding my bike. It didn’t occur to me then those were hybrids, other than remembering the vehicles were mostly the German carmaker’s brand where most of the owners driving the cars tend to be aggressive and fast, not only on the highways but also on lanes suburbs and rural areas. Of course, I have came across hybrids from Honda Insight and Toyota Prius but their drivers are more considerate.

Most of the time, I would be riding my bike on the middle lane close to the fast lane, and those BMW hybrids were mostly out-of-range from being visible on the rightside rearview mirror. Due to their near-silent operation, it left me wondering where and how did those cars manage to crept up and overtook me by surprise without making a noise? The only thing that prevented me from veering into their path last minute is because I could felt a bit of wind draft coming from behind me even though the car’s no longer in the mirror’s angle-of-view.



On the way to BMW Malaysia’s launch of the X5 Hybrid, did it dawn upon me the reason why I got caught by surprise most of the time by those BMWs is they are either hybrid or electric cars. Occasionally, I did return the favour to other motorists and bikers when riding new bikes on review due to the near-silence operation of the standard exhaust pipe’s note. Those original exhaust pipes give out noise level that almost similar to hybrid cars, for as long as the speed is anywhere between 40 and 145km/h.

The launch venue was dimly lit but it posed no issue to the EOS 80D DSLR I was using to capture the moments. I had the Speedlite 430EX III-RT with me but decided against using it, and set the camera to ISO 4,000 and shot whatever took place with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens.



At the launch venue, the motoring media was informed the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is assembled in Malaysia, and it is the 11th model to join the portfolio of locally-assembled vehicles at BMW Group Malaysia’s Assembly Facilities located at the Kulim Hi-Tech Park. Furthermore, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e leads in the next chapter of BMW EfficientyDynamics, by delivering exceptional performance as well as all-electric mobility with zero emissions and introduces a new form of commanding driving experience with a combination of pure electric and dynamic driving in a sports activity vehicle, according to Han Sang Yun, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia.

The most noticeable feature is the charging connection for the high-voltage battery located in the left front wing. Blue light effects appear here at the start of the charging process to indicate the flow of energy. The exhaust system on the new BMW X5 xDrive40e meanwhile, has a twin-tailpipe design with trapezoidal tips. Besides the model badge at the front of the vehicle’s flanks, the “eDrive” logo already familiar from the BMW i models graces the tailgate with their blue background colour as well as the centre console.

Further accentuating the dynamic character of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is the M Sport Aerodynamic Package featured as a standard. In distinction to the Adaptive LED headlights, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e also features LED fog lights. Its body is dressed with BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium satinised and is equipped with 19-inch M Double-spoke light alloy wheels with mixed tyres.



The intelligent hybrid powertrain control and permanent all-wheel drive together, makes for an utterly effortless performance and supreme efficiency out on the road. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e has a drive system comprising of a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a synchronous electric motor integrated in the 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The new BMW X5 xDrive40e is also fitted with a 2.0-litre combustion engine, which has already won the coveted title of “International Engine of the Year” three times, and features a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and variable camshaft control on both intake and exhaust sides.

As the most powerful four-cylinder petrol unit in the BMW Group’s engine portfolio, the new SAV is powered with delightfully free-revving performance and highly refined characteristics. It generates a maximum output of 245 hp and 350 Nm of peak torque. The electric motor meanwhile, delivers an output of 83 kW with a maximum torque of 250 Nm, instantly available in typical electric drive fashion. This boosts the engine’s output for increased responsiveness with absolutely no delay when accelerating from stationary, as well as providing strong performance whenever a quick burst of speed is required.

Together, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e completes the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in just 6.8 seconds and has an electronically limited top speed of 210 km/h and 450 Nm of peak torque. In all-electric mode meanwhile, the new SAV is able to travel at a top speed of 120 km/h. The exceptional dynamic acceleration of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e is accompanied with lesser fuel consumption of 3.3 litres per 100 kilometres and C02 emissions of just 77 grams per kilometre.


The vehicle set-up and powertrain control can be configured as desired with the Driving Experience Control switch and eDrive button. The latter, located on the centre console allows the driver of the new BMW X5 xDrive40e to rotate between the default AUTO eDrive setting, MAX eDrive setting, or the SAVE Battery setting. In the AUTO eDrive setting, both engine and electric motor works in tandem highly efficiently. The electric motor alone is used for setting off with normal power requirements, while the engine cuts in at around 70 km/h or when the driver wishes to accelerate very sharply.  In this mode, the intelligent operating strategy determines the most efficient drive combination at all times and switches to it automatically.

When switched to MAX eDrive, the driver will travel in all-electric mode, in which the vehicle is powered solely by the electric motor. This mode is designed for comfortable driving with zero local emissions without the engine being activated. It offers a maximum range of 30 km at a limited top speed of 120 km/h.  The third mode, SAVE Battery, allows the driver to save or build-up the high-voltage battery’s energy reserved for a later point in time. When driving on the road for instance, the state of charge can be kept constant or even boosted in order to use the high-voltage battery’s power for all-electric driving in urban areas later in the journey. This way, the stored energy can be selectively deployed exactly when required.


Additionally, the new BMW X5 xDrive40e also comes as standard with a Driving Experience Control switch which activates the vehicle set-up modes COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO. Each has an effect of altering the throttle mapping, the steering characteristics, the responses of the 8-speed Steptronic transmission, and the characteristics of Adaptive M suspension with it’s sport suspension setting, specifically tuned Dynamic Damper Control and air suspension equipped as standard on the new SAV.

The modes selectable with the eDrive button and the Driving Experience Control switch can be combined with one another at will, allowing the powertrain control and vehicle set-up to be tailored precisely to the prevailing situation and the driver’s personal preferences. This consequently allows for further comfort, sportiness and efficiency to be combined with high-intensity hybrid driving as desired.


Under the umbrella of BMW 360° ELECTRIC, customers are offered the ChargeNow service, comprising of a ChargeNow card that grants straightforward access to partner charging stations, ChargEV, offered through BMW Group Malaysia’s partnership with Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia). The ChargEV stations are already operational in 19 strategic locations throughout Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Kedah, Melaka, and Johor.

The new BMW X5 xDrive40e is available in the exterior colours of Glacier Silver, Mineral White, Space Grey and Carbon Black with upholstery choices of Leather Dakota Terra or Leather Dakota Black.

The retail price (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Program and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme) is:

The New BMW X5 xDrive40e – RM 582,800.00

Government Approved Hybrid Incentive
Retail price without insurance – RM 388,800.00


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Boon Siew Honda launches RS150R cub motorcycle

13 Jun

RS150R-3Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are Honda Racing Corporation’s (HRC) factory riders in the annual MotoGP event, which is the premier class of motorcycling sport. The performance of the riders in MotoGP will no doubt inspire Honda fans around the world to emulate the success of the duo. While Honda motorcycling fans around the world can choose from models such as the CBR500R, CBR650F and CBR600RR as the entry point to realise their dream of participating in national championship, those in South East Asia, particularly Malaysia, will have to choose the cub-series models for the popular Cub Prix Championship.

The hottest class in the Cub Prix Championship is the 130cc, which will be upgraded to 150cc by next season (2017). In the preparation for this, Honda has ensure riders using its brand will have a new weapon to compete, with the introduction of the new RS150R cub motorcycle, commonly known as moped or kapchai in Malaysia. The new RS150R is a 6-speed, liquid-cooled single cylinder DOHC 149.16cc kapchai that is designed not only to win the Cub Prix Championship but also to inspire Honda fans in this region to own a motorcycle that lives up to Big Red’s reputation in the motorcycling sport category.

Unlike bigger capacity bikes which are costly for the young and inspiring motorcycling enthusiasts, the new Honda RS150R starts from RM8,213.94 to RM8,372.94 (both w/GST), and the Malaysian distributor, Boon Siew Honda, is targetting to sell 24,000 units in the next 12 months. The new RS150R is also the company’s first ever sporty kapchai model in the premium category. Malaysia is the third country in the ASEAN Oceania market to launch this long awaited kapchai model after Indonesia and Vietnam.





According to Shinji Aoyama, who is also the Honda Motor Operating Officer and Director Chief Operating Officer for Motorcycle Operations, the company aims at achieving sales of 20 million units of motorcycles for 2016 and expects to expand its world market share from 33% to 35%. For 2015, Honda had sold 17 million units worldwide, which is about 3 times more than its nearest competitor, which is ranked #2 (believed to be Yamaha) in the world.

In its quest to continually to reach out to a bigger demographic, Boon Siew Honda’s plans in the pipeline is to beef up its big bikes segment in the country as well, which has not been aggressively promoted locally. It will do this by strengthening the sales network and by providing the big bike customers with multitude of choice for its line-up, hinting that Malaysian big bikers will soon be able to buy official imports of CBU models from Japan locally.


From its single cylinder, 149.16cc DOHC liquid-cooled engine, the new RS150R offers a power output of 15.6 hp at 9,000 rpm while torque is rated at 13.5Nm at 6.500 rpm. It weights in at only 122 kg, features a 4.5-litre fuel tank capacity as well as disc brakes for the front and rear. The RS150R is offered in 2 variants and four colours ranging from Metallic Red, Repsol and in Matte Blue or Matte Black. Both variants will be available at all authorised Honda dealerships by the beginning of August 2016.



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EOS 80D @ VW Malaysia’s Unveiling of the Vento sedan

19 May

Ever since Sunway Group bought over the Mall a few years ago, had it shut down for renovation and completely refurbished to emerge as the new Sunway Putra Mall, I have yet to step foot into the venue. Until today.

There’s too many shopping malls nowadays, both in KL City and Petaling Jaya, and all of them offer more or less the same products and services that I have no specific reason to visit the newer ones, including any recently refurbished types as the location is out of the normal routes I used to go or riding solo on new motorcycles for review purpose.




Today marked my first ever visit to the Sunway Putra Mall for 2 reasons:

1) Further field test of the new EOS 80D DSLR camera

2) VW Malaysia’s launch of the Vento sedan

Brought 2 lenses to the event, the EF 8-15mm f/4L FE USM and the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM kit lens, which should be adequate for a car launch event. Eventually, all the images were captured using just the latter as there’s not much advantage for using the former for maximising the creative effect an Fisheye lens is capable of.

As for the Vento cars, they are all locally-assembled and are available in three variants; the Trendline, Comfortline and Highline, with prices ranging from RM79,888 for the Trendline to RM86,888 for Comfortline and RM93,888 for the Highline.




The Vento Highline is powered with the award-winning 1.2l turbocharged direct injection TSI engine with an output of 105PS. Paired with the 7-speed automatic transmission DSG with a maximum torque of 175Nm, the Vento is the sedan with the highest torque in its class. With superior drivability and performance, fuel consumption is remarkable at 5.5l per 100km. The Vento Highline is also rated 5-star by ASEAN NCAP for its range of safety features including Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Being the impatient blogger I am, the technical presentations were boring for me, and they don’t interest me at all. Don’t get me wrong but as far as I am concerned, whether the launches are of motorcycles, cars, cameras, cellphones, computers, other tech gadgets and TVs – such presentations are all boring to me. These products are all announced elsewhere prior to them being made available in Malaysia, and any info about them, I can get them online. What’s more important to me is seeing the actual items up close, and due to that, I went out of the mall area to snap photos of a red Vento that was parked for the public to view, rather than wait for the presentation to end. It was also an opportunity to test the new EOS 80D’s ability t render colours accurately, such as the photo shown below.


According to Volkswagen, both the Vento 1.6l Comfortline and Trendline comes with a 6-speed automatic transmission gearbox with Tiptronic function with an output of 105PS, maximum torque of 153Nm and fuel consumption of 6.5l per 100km.




When it comes to looks, the Vento embodies the Volkswagen design DNA that perfectly balances form and functionality. Its stylish chrome grills and side contour lines, coupled with a solid stance, gives the Vento a dynamic exterior that is contemporary and elegant. According to Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia, the Vento is a sedan that has it all – performance, design, safety and innovation. “We are pleased to introduce the Volkswagen Vento to the local market. As the latest Volkswagen model to be assembled locally with our partner, DRB-Hicom, the Vento plays a vital role in our strategy to making our cars more accessible and affordable to Malaysians. And with the introduction of the multiline, we believe that there is a Vento to suit everybody’s needs.”

As per Volkswagen’s commitment to building stronger and safer cars, the new Vento is also constructed using laser welding which is standard for all Volkswagen vehicles. This is a testament to German automotive engineering.The strategy behind the Vento multiline is to cater to a wider audience and provide them with a range of options to suit their needs and budgets.



Trendline – An entry level choice for consumers who want to own a continental car at a great price. The Trendline is for the no-frills customers who prefers the Vento in its purest form.

Comfortline – The mid-variant is great for consumers who are looking for a balance between technology and safety. The Comfortline fits best with customers who know what they want.

Highline – Top-of-the line choice for consumers who want optimum performance, advanced technology and safety features. The Highline is for those who want the best and highest specs in their car.

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Naza Premira Launches Vespa S125 Scooter in Kuala Lumpur

12 May

Naza Premira Sdn Bhd, official distributor of Vespa scooters in Malaysia, has revealed its latest model for the local market, the Vespa S125, in an event held earlier this morning at the Garage KL rendezvous point today.

Vespa S 1-Gray

Vespa S 2-Gray“The Vespa S125 embodies the heritage of legendary models from the 70’s, such as the Vespa 50 Special and the Vespa Primavera, offering a trip down a the memory lane.” said Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of Naza World Group of Companies.

“It is the sportiest and most youthful Vespa’s ‘small body’ available. The lines express dynamic character and youth, with their clean and essential, but definitely spirited, sections. It is a Vespa that makes minimalist design its distinguishing feature in order to definitively win the approval of the young enthusiasts.” Datuk Wira SM Faisal added.

The Vespa S125 features a square headlight, more decisive looking mudguards and saddle profile that are key features which go extremely well with the red shock absorbers and new instrument It also has a new mask located on the front shield as well as the ‘tie’ which distinguishes all new generation Vespa. The horn guard on the shield and the crest on the front mudguard forgoes the elegant chromium finish, taking on a much more aggressive black colour, with the five-spoke wheel rims in the same hue. There’s also new guard located on the footboard which comes embellished Five colours are offered: Taormina (Orange), Rosso Dragon (Red), Nero Vulcano (Black), Monte Bianco (White) and Grigio Titanio (Matte Grey).

Vespa S 1-WhiteThe Vespa S125 comes equipped with a new and highly technologically advanced 124 cc, 4-Stroke, 3-valve power train that is optimised for performance, extremely low fuel consumption and The new crankshaft, with reduced button and bench capacity, the pivoted cam axle on the bearings and roller rockers have significant improvement in operating friction, all to the benefit of The bore and stroke values are now respectively reduced and increased to get better torque and acceleration response. The 3-valve timing solution improves intake and increases engine efficiency with innovative timing system that improves fuel mixture loading movements in the cylinder, further refined by new spark plug position that simultaneously ensures improved cooling of the components in the head, as well as simplified maintenance.


EOS80D_017The cooling system went through careful analysis wth thermo fluid dynamic simulations to improve performance and obtain significant reduction in mechanical noise and absorbed power. The fuel injection system features a continuous cycle automatic idle management and continuous cycle fuel mixture management with the introduction of an efficient Lambda probe and a latest generation ECU that takes care of managing advance mapping, fuel mixture and timing.

There’s also a new free-wheel electric starter that is more quiet and efficient, an automatic dry centrifugal clutch that has been calibrated to maximise performance and fuel economy at low speeds. The 3V system weighs less than its 2V predecessor and provides clear improvement of performance with maximum power improved by 7.1 per cent and increased maximum torque by 10.3 per cent.



Acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h drops 2 percent and top speed is increased by 2.2 per cent. Despite the significant performance enhancements, fuel economy is drastically improved 30 per cent from the previous 50 km/l to 55 km/l.

For Malaysia, the new Vespa S125 is priced at RM10,988 which includes a two-year manufacturer warranty and a one year AAM Bike Assists membership. Also, the first 70 units of the Vespa S125 comes with a limited edition decal.


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