Perodua Bezza

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It was caught earlier this week, and now it’s official – the Perodua Bezza has been given an update for the 2017 model year. The company’s first sedan has been given a few aesthetic tweaks for no extra outlay.

There’s just one exterior change – the rear bumper has been given a deeper skirt that better covers the underside of the car, a major source of complaints on the outgoing model. A diffuser-like cutout and a contrasting grey strip that runs across the width of the car breaks up the visual mass.

Inside, the Premium X and Advance variants get chrome platinum trim on the air-conditioning controls, while the Advance also gains new leather upholstery that does without the previous quilting.

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Apart from that, there are no changes, with the base Standard G continuing to come with 14-inch alloy wheels, a standard radio with a USB port, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, reverse sensors, power windows, dual airbags and ABS with EBD and brake assist.

Stepping up to the Premium X nets you front fog lights, side mirror indicators, chrome door handles, keyless entry, push-button start, a bootlid release button, an auto up/down driver’s side window with anti pinch, a 5V/2A USB charging port, adjustable rear headrests, Bluetooth and front parking sensors.

The top-spec Advance variant throws in two-tone turbine-design alloys, side skirts, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, power-folding door mirrors, automatic engine start/stop, a touchscreen infotainment system with Smart Link Android smartphone screen mirroring and a reverse camera. Stability control is also added, giving the car a five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating, one up from the other trims.

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Mechanicals have also been left alone, so the Standard G retains the use of a 1KR-VE 1.0 litre VVT-i three-cylinder engine producing 67 hp and 91 Nm of torque, while the Premium X and Advance variants get a 1NR-VE 1.3 litre Dual VVT-i four-pot making 94 hp and 121 Nm. Buyers get a choice between a five-speed manual transmission and a four-speed automatic, with the Advance being auto-only.

As mentioned, prices are unchanged, so the Standard G is priced at RM37,300 for the manual and RM39,300 for the auto, and the Premium X retails at RM42,800 for the manual and RM44,800 for the auto; the Advance auto tops out at RM50,800. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year/150,000 km warranty.

PLUS RFID

PLUS RFID opens for public pilot in Penang and Kedah on December 15 – uses credit and debit cards

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It appears that Touch ‘n Go isn’t the only one in the RFID toll payment game, as PLUS has announced that it too is introducing such a system. The highway concessionaire will be opening a public pilot on December 15 at limited locations in Penang and Kedah.

The PLUS RFID system differs from the Touch ‘n Go’s in terms of the method of payment. While the latter uses the Touch ‘n Go eWallet that needs to be topped up, PLUS’ product is tied to the user’s debit or credit card (including American Express charge cards), and debits the toll charge straight from their account.

At the moment, the pilot will be conducted at four locations – the Penang Bridge toll plaza, the Kubang Semang and Lunas toll plazas on the Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) and the Jitra toll plaza in Kedah. Users will be able to go through the same RFID lanes as Touch ‘n Go RFID users at these tolls, and PLUS has also confirmed that the Penang Bridge RFID lane will be exclusive to PLUS users for the time being.

The fitment centres are located at the Penang Bridge tolls and the PLUS Section N3 office in Kubang Semang. The company said that it will prioritise the use of windscreen stickers, as it believes this is the optimum location for the RFID system; headlight stickers will only be used as an alternative in case the former is unusable. The installation is said to take 15 minutes and is free of charge for pilot users.

PLUS RFID FAQ 2 by on Scribd

New Proton Perdana 2.4L

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Probably the worst kept secret in the car world, the new Proton Perdana has been finally launched. Fittingly, the fourth-generation Perdana (as Proton calls it) was officially revealed by Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at Putrajaya this morning.

The long wait is noted. “We are truly blessed that we have a large following and strong interest in the new Perdana long before the launch and we appreciate all the feedback we received. We know that Malaysians want us to do better and we cannot disappoint them. We took our time to ensure that the new Perdana is ready for the launch,” said Datuk Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, CEO of Proton.

The 2016 Perdana is based on the previous-generation Honda Accord, like the current Perdanas used by government officials. This one however, can be purchased by all Malaysians who have RM113,888, which will buy one the 2.0L Perdana. The 2.4L range topper is priced at RM138,888, both prices on-the-road including insurance.

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Also different from the “government Accord” is the styling, which is obviously unique to the Proton. Measuring 5,020 mm long, 1,845 mm wide and 1,475 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,800 mm, the Perdana is a lot longer that the 4,849 mm Accord, which was already quite a big car.

For some context, the current-gen Accord is 4,870 mm long, while the Toyota Camry is 4,850 mm long. The Mazda 6, which is visually the largest among current Japanese D-segment sedans, is 4,865 mm long.

Should the Perdana’s sheer size not stand out enough, there’s that rear end. The sloping roof and fastback profile culminates in a tall behind that’s very busy, to say the least. Plenty of elements competing for attention here, but the two main teams are the lamp and chrome garnish combo (which is similar in style to the Vauxhall/Opel Insignia), and the diffuser panel, which is largely in body colour. Yes, even the exhaust tips (they’re not real) are in body colour. Possibly a world’s first.

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The red car you see here is the 2.4L, which comes standard with a bodykit and boot spoiler, HID headlamps and dual-tone 17-inch wheels. The latter, wrapped with 225/50 tyres, are in a single-tone for the 2.0L, which is the grey car here. The smaller-engined car comes with halogen projector headlamps, but LED daytime running lights are standard. Spec scanners might notice the 2.0L’s shorter overall length of 4,999 mm – the 21 mm difference is from the 2.4L’s bodykit.

The new Perdana will retain the i-VTEC engines and gearbox from the Honda it’s based on, which means the familiar R20 2.0 litre SOHC engine with 154 hp at 6,300 rpm and 189 Nm at 4,300 rpm; and the K24 2.4 litre DOHC unit with 178 hp at 6,500 rpm and 222 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. Both are paired with a five-speed automatic transmission, with steering paddle shifters for the 2.4L.

The “bones” of the Perdana are unchanged from the previous-gen Accord. Hydraulic power steering (before EPS became default), all round disc brakes (fronts are ventilated), front double-wishbone suspension and rear multi-links are under the skin.

We come to equipment. Standard kit include part leather seats (leather on the door cards and steering), steering buttons for audio and cruise control, auto headlamps, front and rear parking sensors, dual-zone auto air con, rear AC vents, eight-way powered driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and the Proton Infotainment System.

The latter is a 6.2-inch touchscreen system with reverse camera, Bluetooth, USB and AUX connectivity, with jacks in the centre console. It’s connected to six speakers. The screen is located below the AC vents and controls, and is not the dash top item that was the only screen in the donor Accord. That top screen is retained – it shows a clock on the 2.0L and touchscreen navigation on the 2.4L.

Other items exclusive to the 2.4L are full leather seats, four-way powered front passenger seat, a subwoofer and the already mentioned paddle shifters and navigation. On the safety front, the Perdana comes with four airbags (dual front and side), ABS, EBD and Isofix child seat mounts, but electronic stability control (ESC) is only for the 2.4L.

If you’re attracted to the rev-loving K24 engine or the top line car’s longer list of kit, you will have to like/accept the mandatory beige theme for the spacious cabin, with wood trim. The 2.0L’s interior is all black with metallic trim. Speaking of colours, six exterior hues are available, and they are Ruby Red, Graphite Grey, Sterling Silver, Cotton White, Midnight Black and Citrine Gold.

Once again, the new Perdana starts from RM113,888 for the 2.0L and goes to RM138,888 for the 2.4L, OTR including insurance. Proton’s factory warranty for this Shah Alam-assembled Perdana (government Perdana was manufactured by Honda in Melaka) is five years or 150,000 km (whichever comes first).

Since the sedan’s order books opened in February, Proton has collected 900 orders for the Perdana. The carmaker is targeting sales of 3,000 units this year. So, what do you think of the “fourth-generation Perdana”? Check out and compare detailed specifications of the Proton Perdana 2.0L and 2.4L on CarBase.my.

Proton Saga – Next gen

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With Proton soon debuting its first model developed in partnership with Geely – an SUV based on the Boyue – our attention to other fruits that will undoubtedly come from the pair’s labour. Looking at the current lineup, a replacement for the Saga might be next up – sure, the budget sedan was only launched in 2016, but it’s based on a platform that has been around in one form or another since 2005.

Our resident Photoshop wizard Theophilus Chin has rendered his idea of what a next-generation Saga will look like, and as you can see, his vision of the car has turned from a small, cheap sedan into a more sophisticated B-segment offering, more in line with what the Persona is like now. It certainly looks larger and appears to have a design that prioritises interior space, similar to the current Honda City and Toyota Vios.

Although it isn’t actually based on a current Geely model, it does borrow styling cues from the larger Emgrand GL, such as the sweptback headlights, pronounced front fender bulge, slim wraparound tail lights and dual exhaust exits. We know that future Proton models will be influenced by Geely’s designs, although they will retain a little bit of Malaysian flavour, and the car’s “winged grille” is a reminder of Proton’s past.

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What about the bits underneath? Well, Geely has already dropped hints that Proton will utilise the Chinese carmaker’s B-segment Modular Architecture (BMA), saying that it will be used by Geely’s foreign brands and that it will be built in Southeast Asia. It is designed to accommodate all the latest active safety technologies, future Level 2 and Level 3 autonomous driving and Geely’s latest petrol engines.

These include a 1.0 and 1.5 litre turbocharged and direct-injected three-cylinder engines as well as a 1.4 litre turbo four-pot, plus mild hybrid, parallel hybrid and plug-in hybrid technologies. So, what do you think of Theo’s latest work?

Hello Malaysia!

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Suggestions to Save on Car Rentals in Malaysia

Renting a car for your travel, business or your leisure desire in Malaysia is a pleasing choose for many visitors and also tourists, business or official travellers and even for many locals (Malaysian).

The reason is might be because of the accessibility and its low-cost to renting a car in Malaysia. After all, sometimes to renting a car need to do a bit research due to numerous of car rental company in Malaysia from the local car hire to some international car rental which are available in many of states of Malaysia.

There was a time I decided to renting a car during my visit in Malaysia and I was looking for the best option for my rental purpose. It was important for me to renting a small car for 2 people with my limited budget I saved for renting a car in Malaysia.

At that time, the first think came in my mind was to look for car rental agency or car rental company preferably nearby my location.

I decided to go online and research for car rental company from my location that time I was staying in hotel in Kuala Lumpur and I just typed car rental in kuala lumpur or similar search like budget car rental kuala lumpur.

I did some other search like low cost car rental  in kl, economy car rental in kuala lumpur and so on. The car rental companies came up on the search result all were nearby my location and it was very convenient for to reach them with in 100 or 200 meter.

Here are my suggestions for those people traveling to Malaysia and they plan to renting a car during their visit in Malaysia.

  •    Always rent a car from licenced car rental company. 

In the event of an accident with or without casualties involved, the insurance will cover the hirer. How do we know if the car is licenced to be rent out? Licensed car rental company always display a piece of legal paper affix on the front windscreen near the usual road-tax sticker.