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Monday, January 31, 2011

RON97 up 10 sen/L at midnight, sources say

RON97 up 10 sen/L at midnight, sources say
Malaysian Insider, January 31, 2011

RON97 is subject to a managed float. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — The price of RON97 petrol will be increased by 10 sen to RM2.50 effective midnight, according to industry sources.

The price of the premium fuel was last raised on January 4, also by 10 sen.

The government announced on July 16 last year that the price of RON97 will be subjected to a managed float to reflect the price of oil on the global market.

The latest increase will, however, not affect other fuels.

The base grade RON95 petrol remains at RM1.90 per litre, diesel at RM1.80 per litre, and LPG at RM1.90 per kg. The government currently subsidises 30 sen of the RON 95 fuel cost.

The Najib administration has opted to gradually slash subsidies as a way to reduce government deficit.

The government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) had said last year that savings from fuel subsidy cuts amounted to about RM3 billion last year. This number will rise to RM14 billion this year, RM21 billion in 2012, RM29.5 billion in 2013, and RM35 billion in 2014.

Longtermer #2, Vol 21: Month 31: Honda Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC

Longtermer #2, Vol 21: Month 31: Honda Civic FD2 2.0IVTEC

In this blog entry, I'm updating my Family's ride.  The Honda Civic 2.0IVTEC FD2.  This is the 36st month we owned the Civic.  What's up from February 1 to June 30?  Let's see:

My dad drove the Civic HARD.  Every month at LEAST 2 trips to Genting Highlands and few trips to Cyberjaya and KLIA.  He also went to Penang Once, IPOH twice with the Civic FD2.  He's based in Vietnam, but he drove out the car WHOLE DAY whenever he's back.  Where he goes other than the above was a mystery to me.

In May, this Civic was borrowed to use as a wedding car for my sister's friend Amy and Siong Liet.  Here are some photos:

I sent to Honda Service TWICE since my last update.  Once for 45,000km service and another for 50122km service.  Among the things serviced were Fuel filter, Air-cond filter, Air cond service, Fixed the broken centre console (@50,000km).  Wiper blades BOSCH 26/24 (bought at Jusco for RM26.25 after "discount"), and alignment/balancing I did outside.  My dad also changed 2 more Michelin PS3 in May 2011.  This round he bought at RM475 per tyre from the same shop, Hin Leong (last year he bought RM420 only).

Late May: I got stuck in a jam from Wisma Genting heading towards my house in Section 17, PJ.  Sort of a Record: 1hr 50 mins.  The irony is it's mere 15km ride...

Without further ado, let's proceed to LOGBOOK.
Year of manufactured: 2008 (Delivery Date 28 July 2008)
Current Value: RM98,000
Purchase price: RM126,000 (less NCB)
Mileage when bought: 0008km
Mileage last last update: 41,380 (30 October)

Mileage last month: (31 May 2011)

Mileage today (30 June) 53243km
Mileage 31 Jan: (Last update) 44,035km
Mileage 1 Feb  to 30 Jun:9165km

Average mileage monthly: 1468km (last update)
Average mileage monthly: 1520km (as at June 30).

FUEL CONSUMPTION (Feb 1 to June 30):

Best: 15.35km/L (RM0.13/km) 100% highway, Petronas RON95.
WORST: 7.9km/L (RM0.23/km) (Shell RON95) 100% City driving driven by ME. (December 09 2010)

LAST 6 months:

Best: 15.35km/l (90% highway driving) (20 August)
Worst: 7.9km/l (80% City driving, 20% HARD DRIVING) (April 2010)

Well, there's a saying "a picture is worth 1000 words". Here's goes:

 "Spotted this NSX while servicing my Honda @ Sumber Auto Edaran.  A rare species.  One of my dream car.

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An Original Jeff Lim's Production.  Ie. My Original work.

(Trouble uploading some photos will update soon)

Extra Photos uploaded 2 July 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011



Your new car search starts here…

Welcome to the 2011 What Car? Awards – the 34th annual car Oscars celebrating the very best cars you can buy across 17 categories.

I can’t remember a more exciting year of car launches, with every car maker fighting harder than ever for your attention with loads of brilliant new models. There’s more choice, for sure, but there’s also more quality, more value and more fun to be had from your next new car.

What Car?’s tests have always been the most thorough out there, and we’re constantly tweaking our assessments, taking your needs and expectations into account.

So, after hundreds of thousands of miles of testing and analysis, we’re confident that the winners you’ll read about over the following webpages will put a smile on your face now and for many years to come.

Steve Fowler What Car? editor-in-chief

Without further ado, here are the Roll of honour:


Where do you go when you need a city that can provide 16 different, but equally stunning backdrops? Liverpool.

The European Capital of Culture 2008
Liverpool was the perfect venue for our Car of the Year photography. It’s modern and cosmopolitan, yet steeped in history.

Wherever I took my camera there was a fantastic atmosphere – helped no end by the can-do attitude of so many of the locals.

My thanks to them, and I hope everyone enjoys the pictures.John Bradshaw

John Bradshaw Chief Photographer


That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry. 

Saturday, January 29, 2011

International award for Nasim

International award for Nasim

It says a lot about a distributor whenever recognition is made of its efforts by a principal which deals with many other distributors globally. In the case of Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, the recognition of its strong efforts in growing the popularity of the French cars has come in the form of an International Award from Automobiles Peugeot.
At the Peugeot 2011 Convention for Worldwide Distributors in Spain recently, Nasim was presented with the Successful Industrialization and Commercial Launch of the 207 Award
“This award from Peugeot is recognition of our efforts in manufacturing the 207 in Malaysia for right-hand drive markets in the region. At present, we have had over 600 bookings for the new 207 and it is currently the most attainable European offering in the market,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group of Companies and CEO of Nasim, who received the award.
The 207 is produced at Naza Automotive Manufacturing Sdn Bhd’s plant in Gurun, Kedah, for both the domestic and export markets. It was launched in November 2010 and is already being exported to Thailand. Exports to Indonesia, Brunei and Sri Lanka will commence in the first quarter of 2011. The 207 project is the first one in which Peugeot is collaborating with Nasim to make Malaysia the French carmaker’s manufacturing hub for the region.

To know more about the 207 and other Peugeot models in Malaysia, visit


CLOSE UP: Peugeot 308 Turbo...

In this blog entry, I'm posting lots and lots of photos of the New Peugeot 308 Turbo which I checked out this afternoon.  The NEW Peugeot 308 Turbo's facelifted just in time for the KL International Motor Show back in November last year.  The Final OTR Price for Peninsular Malaysia are as followed:

The new Peugeot 308 THP (Turbo High Pressure) VVT (Variable valve timing) facelift now gained 16hp from 140hp to 156hp@ 6000rpm though torque remained the same at 240Nm @ 1400rpm - 4000rpm.  It also comes with a new 6 speed tiptronic gearbox contributing to higher fuel efficiency. 

Braking department:  Front Ventilated discs and rear solid discs, ABS + EBD (Electronic Brake Distribution) + EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) + Traction Control + DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) = Electronic Stability Program (ESP).  While the steering type's Elecro-hydraulic variable power steering.

The car comes with 17" 5 spoke alloy rims + "225/45R17" Continental Conti-sport 3 tyres.

Entertainment on the go comes standard with RDS Radio/MP3/CD player with 6 speakers, USB, AUX input and Bluetooth Connectivity.  In the comfort department, there's Dual Zone Automatic Air-conditioning for both front and rear passengers.

Safety-wise, it's loaded with 6 airbags (the passenger Airbag has "ON/OFF" Switch), cruise control with a speed limiter function and Electronic Stability Program for a secure drive. In addition, this car also equipped with 2x ISOFIX anchor point for child seats, 3 point rear seat  belts. Daytime running lights, "Follow me home" headlights, Auto headlight on, Automatic rain sensing wipers.

Other useful features are:
60:40 split fold rear seats, Air-conditioned glove box, Immobiliser, Remote universal window openings, PANORAMIC SUNROOF (Full length) with electronically controlled retractable blind, Rear parking sensors and front and rear foglights, 430L Boot space.

How fast and how fuel efficient?


Top speed: 212km/h
0-100km/h in 9.1 secs
Combined cycle: 7.6l/100km
Fuel tank: 60l

Unfortunately, I don't get to test drive though test drive's available (I forgotten to bring my IC and driving license) when I visited the TTDI Showroom.

There's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Here are the pictures:

Above: 17 Alloy rims with 225/45 R17, Continental Conti Sport Contact (CSC) 3 wheels.

 Above: This car has "REAR DIFFUSERS".  Not sure what is it... 
 Above: Electronic folding side mirrors with signal light repeater.  Nicely designed.
 Above: Mr Yap and his son, Aik Meng, taking delivery of their new car. 

ABOVE: 430L Boot space.  Bigger than Golf TSI/GTI Boot. 

Above: PRINCE Turbo High Pressure (THP) with VVT (Variable valve timing) delivers 156hp@6000rpm and 240Nm @ 1400 -4000rpm.
 Above: My favourite feature: Panoramic Skyroof.

 ABOVE: DUAL ZONE Climate control + 6 speed tiptronic Auto.
 ABove:  Nice Orange dash meter back light

 Above: FULL SIZE Spare Alloy wheel + tool kits.

 ABOVE: 60:40, Split fold rear seats. BELOW: Rear air cond vents...

 ERGONOMICS Front seats.

 Above: Front Passanger Airbag on/off switch.  "OFF" mode's only recommended if you put child seat in front.

 6 airbags total.  Driver + Passanger, Side airbags and Curtain airbags.

Mr YAP and his son, Aik Meng.  I was there when they took delivery of the White 308 Turbo.  They were kind enough to let me sit on their car.  Hopefully, I can meet up with them again after Chinese New Year to test drive their car.


I went to NASIM TTDI Plaza Showroom.  Apparently ALL THEIR SALES EXECUTIVE were GOOD.  ONE Particular sales executive's a STANDOUT.  He Delivered 3 Peugeot 308 Turbo to new owners in a ROW.  Very busy man.  So busy that he "IGNORED ME" after ALL the deliveries. VERY GOOD BUT NO CIGAR form ME.

PARTING WORDS:  I LOVED THIS CAR.  It's ALMOST PERFECT.  FULLY LOADED.  Highly recommended.  Though if I have the money, it's either FORD FOCUS TDCI (RM126,888 after NCB discount) or THIS CAR (RM118,888.00).  Decisions decisions...

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An original Jeff Lim's production.  My original work.