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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Mazda6 SKYACTIV wins RJC Car of the Year in Japan

Hiroshima, JAPAN - Mazda Motor Corporation has announced that Mazda6 was selected as the 2014 RJC Car of the Year in the final voting by the Automotive Researchers' and Journalists' Conference of Japan (RJC), a non-profit organisation consisting of Japan-based automotive critics and journalists.

Mazda6 is the flagship model that comes with Mazda’s new generation SKYACTIV Technology and KODO design theme.

Offered with a full suite of SKYACTIV Technology such as SKYACTIV-G, a highly efficient yet powerful new generation petrol engine, or SKYACTIV-D, an environmentally friendly diesel engine, the model delivers strong and spirited driving dynamics together with high quality ride comfort.
Since its launch last November sales of Mazda6 in Japan remain strong. The model received more than 24,000 orders by the end of October, which is almost twice as much as the annual planned sales of 12,000 units.

Eligible models for RJC Car of the Year are mass production vehicles launched between November 1, 2012 and October 31, 2013.

This is the sixth time a Mazda vehicle has won the RJC Car of the Year award. Mazda’s last win was with Mazda2 in 2007.

CLOSE UP test drive: VW Golf GTI MK7

 In this blog entry, I'm writing about the NEW Volkswagen Golf GTI MK7.  This car WON 2 LOCAL PRESTIGIOUS AWARDS over the past week. namely, NST Maybank CBT Car of the Year 2013 Judges Choice AND Autocar ASEAN Best Performance Car.

I managed to test drive the Golf GTI MK7.
 The one I test driven's FULL SPEC with Tech Pack (RM12,000 option) which adds DCC (Dynamic Chassis Control) - more on this later, leather seats and
Electrical Adjustable Driver seat.

The Golf GTI's priced RM229,888 OTR With insurance as tested.  Note that VW Malaysia increased its price by RM2,000 recently.

How's the car?

This is a SWISS ARMY KNIFE of Car.  A truly all rounder.  Track car - CHECK, City car - CHECK, Family car - CHECK, Comfortable Highway cruiser - CHECK.  Put it this way, It's the ONLY 5 seater CAR you'll need.  Unless you want an MPV or SUV.

This is a high-performance version of the latest Golf MK7. Our local Golf GTI comes with the standard 220 PS 2.0 litre turbocharged engine, 10 PS more than before. Not to let the horsepower grab the limelight, the engine also produces 350 Nm of torque, a good 70 Nm bump from the Mk6 GTI.

 The EA 288 2.0 TSI engine is paired with a six-speed dual-clutch DSG (wet, not dry type), and the new GTI performed the 0-100 km/h dash in 6.5 seconds (6.9 on the previous) and continues to a top speed of 246 km/h.

The New Golf GTI MK7 now comes with optional Tech Pack, which adds another RM10,000 to the price. For that, the GTI will have Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) with Driving Profile Selection, which gives five modes – Sport, Normal, Comfort, ECO and Individual.

There’s also Vienna leather seats with red stitching, with a 12-way electric adjustable driver seat replete with lumbar support. More options – you can swap out the standard 18-inch Austin wheels for 19-inch ‘Santiago’ alloys wrapped in 225/35 R19 for another RM3,000.

These options are not available on the three-door Golf GTI, which is offered only in a ‘Pure’ specification trim and is available on a BTO (built-to-order) basis. Another catch is that the cheaper three-door version goes without many of the bits and pieces that are standard on the five-door model.

For the 3-door Golf GTI MK7,  due to the much cheaper price, out goes the bi-xenon headlights, replaced by halogens, while 17-inch ‘Brooklyn’ wheels are in place over the five-door’s standard 18s. Also deleted are LED fog lights, powered foldable side mirrors, auto wipers, cruise control, and parking sensors.

Wait, I haven't finish, the 5.8-inch screen is replaced by a smaller 5.0-inch display that goes without USB or Bluetooth connectivity. Also, automatic climate control is replaced by a manual unit, and the number of speakers is halved from eight to four. Too bad Volkswagen Malaysia didn’t go one step further and specify a manual gearbox to go with it.

There are four shades of colour options namely  carbon steel grey metallic, tornado red solid, pure white solid and deep black pearl.

I cannot comment much because I only had a short 6km drive from VW TTDI to Penchala Link and back.  But WHAT A DRIVE!  The Dynamic Chassis Control (DCC) have 3 modes.  Comfort, Normal and SPORTS.  The Sales Advisor set to SPORT and off we go.  Believe it or not, I touched 170km/h briefly on the Penchala link.  The car's FUN yet EASY to drive with.  No wonder it Won the NST Maybank CBT Car of the Year Award 2013 and Autocar ASEAN Best Performance Car award.

Rating: 9.5/10. 
Well there's a Saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Enjoy the Photo gallery.

Above: Electronic Parking Brake.  Below: Dual Zone Automatic Air Cond.

Above and Below, EXCELLENT Headroom and legroom.

That's all folks, thanks for the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An original Jefferson Lim's production.  If you want to buy this car, Please call Me, Jefferson Lim 012-6852-718, tell me your Location and I Arrange for you.  Alternatively, pleaae find the following Professional Sales executives:

Volkswagen PJ by Federal Auto (FA Wagen): Jln 222, Sonia Wee, Ernest
Volkswagen TTDI: Kenneth Yau, Danial Chong

Proton Bola, Bola, Bola! MEGA ROADSHOW

In this blog entry, I'm writing about Proton Annual MEGA Roadshow at Stadium Malawati Shah Alam Carpark from 30 November to 1 December.  Themed  "Proton Bola! Bola! Bola!  Mega Test Drive Carnival".  This is ONCE A YEAR Carnival last held in April 2012.

Over 79 units of new Protons available for test drive.  Discounts on Proton "Alat ganti tulen!" (spare parts) and R3 Merchandise.  Hundreds of 2012 Year make Protons for sale.  Preve discount from RM8500 for Preve and Inspira Discount RM14,000.  Other models like Waja CPS (2011), Exora, Saga BLM also have discounts.

Proton also took advantage of this Special Occasion to Launch Proton Persona SV and Proton Preve R3 LE (Limited Edition).  The Persona SV's yours from RM44,938 for Solid Manual to RM48,388 for Auto Metallic.  The Persona SV comes with Alloy rims, 4 discs brakes with ABS+EBD+BA and Dual Airbags.  But they omitted Exhaust Tail pipe finishing, Front foglights and the Side mirrors now Manual Adjustable (like old Saga LMST).

Other activities includes, GYMKHAHA, Sand Art, Satria R3 and Lotus Taxi ride, R3 Rally cars and Race Cars on display, Celebrities Appearance like Tengku Djan, Local Malay Singers, Hitz FM and ERA Fm Deejays, PROTON Inter-club Auto Salon contest and Proton Official clubs recruitments.  KRU Production also set up a booth to recruit new talents, so is Proton Employments offers...

Maybank and YES also set up a Booth promoting their service.  There's Food and beverages available for sale courtesy of A&W, Dominos Pizza, Satay, snacks at MARKED UP PRICE.  Ice Cream man on motorbikes (5 of them) selling Ice creams at more than 50% higher than usual.  Eg. Ice Cream cone outside RM1.20 their price RM2.00.  Ice Cream Bread outside RM1.50 their Price RM2.50.

Besides Proton, DRB-HICOM also showcase LOTUS cars, Lotus driving simulators and LOTUS Merchandise.  Photos below:

Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Enjoy the 150+ photos.  Please Double click to enlarge.

 GOODBYE Stadium Shah Alam.  What a Beauty!

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  An ORIGINAL Jefferson Lim's Production.  If you missed today, fret not, Tomorrow, Sunday 10am to 6pm.