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Friday, October 28, 2016

Toyota HiLux fails emergency swerve test – UPDATE

Not My work: Article written by Mike Costello.  source:
 http://www.caradvice.com.au/493858/toyota-hilux-fails-emergency-swerve-test/

The Toyota Hilux, Australia’s top-selling light commercial, has dramatically under-performed in a European extreme handling evaluation called the ‘moose test’.

Swedish publication Teknikens Värld put the new-generation Toyota HiLux through the test last month and found something “seriously wrong”.

The test saw the publication (which regularly conducts such a manoeuvre) load the car to 830kg, drive to 60km/h and then aggressively swerve left and right.
The test is designed simulate an extreme evasive manoeuvre under load. The reason for the name is self-evident: moose are huge, and are to be evaded.


(Photo Credit: Glenn Lindberg/Teknikens Värld)

As you can see in the image, the Toyota dangerously cocked its right wheels before driver Oskar Krüger pulled it into line.

The problem was deemed to be a result of tyre grip and the absence of an anti-rollover system, given the suspension didn’t bottom out.

The red test car was running on 265/60 tyres on 18-inch wheels (like those on the popular SR5 spec in Australia).

A later test with less grippy 265/65 hoops on 17s yielded a slightly better result, though the inside wheel still raised up. Both sported traction control.

Rivals such as the Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi Triton, Nissan Navara, Volkswagen Amarok and Isuzu D-Max went over the same test at slightly higher speeds without anywhere near the same drama.

Staff reporter Linus Pröjtz slammed the HiLux, saying that little had changed since the previous iteration was tested in 2007.

“Nine years has passed, nothing has evolved. This extremely dangerous behaviour shows itself at 37mp/h, the competitors like Amarok and Navara can do it at 42mp/h and are not showing anything close to that behaviour,” he said.

The conclusion drawn? “Something is seriously wrong with Toyota’s dynamic security, and the result depends on the tires the car has”, the testers said.

UPDATE: Toyota Sweden responded to the test with the following statement:

“Based on all the tests carried out during development, we are confident that the Toyota Hilux is a safe vehicle.

“As we understand, you have performed an evasive manoeuvre tests in your newspaper testing protocols on a series pickups, including the Toyota Hilux.

“You have informed us that the Toyota Hilux is not living up to your expectations. We were surprised by the test results, and we will take your assessment very seriously, just as we take the capacity for evasive manoeuvres as serious in the development of our vehicles.

“Hilux has been repeatedly tested according to ISO 3888 standard for evasive action test during the development of the model and then have passed the tests successfully.


“Several technical parameters have an impact on the outcome of an evasive manoeuvre, so we want to better understand the exact parameters for your test.”
We have contacted Toyota Australia for comment.
The HiLux sold here has standard traction and stability control, airbags for all occupants, reversing camera and the maximum five-star ANCAP crash rating.
UPDATE:
Toyota Australia statement.
“At Toyota, the safety and security of our customers remains our number one priority.
 “Toyota takes the report published by the Swedish automobile magazine, Teknikens Värld, on this emergency-avoidance test seriously and we are currently in discussions with the publication to find out additional details about the test.”

That's all folks, thanks for having the time and patience to read this blog entry.  Again, This is not my work. Source:
1) http://teknikensvarld.se/nya-toyota-hilux-ar-nara-att-valta-338160/
2)  http://www.caradvice.com.au/493858/toyota-hilux-fails-emergency-swerve-test/


Thursday, October 27, 2016

20,000 Bezza cars delivered

20,000 Bezza cars delivered, 150,900 Perodua Sold YTD with 36.1% market share!

Article source: CarSifu

KUALA LUMPUR: Since its launch on July 21, Perodua has registered 20,000 Bezzas which is the automaker's highest ever deliveries achieved within 90 days for a new model.


The Bezza is the national compact carmakers’ first compact sedan, which upper body was designed by Malaysians.

Meanwhile, Perodua sold 150,900 vehicles for the first nine months of the year, capturing an estimated total industry volume (TIV) market share of 36.1 per cent.

“We thank our customers for choosing us as their brand of choice and we give our assurance that we will deliver the Bezza, in particular, with minimal waiting for our customers,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

“On a year-to-year comparison, we are cautiously optimistic that we will further reduce the sales deficit gap which currently stands at 4.2 per cent,” said Aminar said.

For comparison, Perodua sold 157,500 vehicles the first nine months of 2015.

Perodua's not contented with the sales figures and has more tricks to boost sales.  They come up with several key initiatives to drive sales in the fourth quarter.

These initiatives include the “Test Drive and Win” contest whereby the winner stands a chance to win a Perodua Bezza Advance (with GearUp accessories); and an opportunity to win a holiday trip to China.

There is also savings for selected Perodua models in October.

Malaysian Grand Prix: Sepang could leave F1 calendar over ticket sales

Formula 1 may no longer race in Sepang After 2018.

Article Source: http://www.bbc.com/sport/formula1/37759494

Redbull Daniel Ricciardo.  Winner of 2016 Sepang F1 Grand Prix.

The Malaysian Grand Prix could leave Formula 1 when its contract ends in 2018 because of falling ticket sales and competition from other venues. The race at the Sepang International Circuit has been a fixture on the F1 calendar every year since 1999. Razlan Razali, the chief executive of the circuit, said Sepang, which can hold 120,000 fans, drew just 45,000 to the 2016 race on 2 October. "If there is no economic value, why should we continue?" Razlan added.

 Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said competition from other Asian venues was also taking its toll. He tweeted: "When we first hosted the F1 it was a big deal. First in Asia outside Japan. Now so many venues. No first mover advantage. Not a novelty."

By contrast, organisers of last weekend's United States Grand Prix say a record crowd of 269,889 attended over the three days at the Circuit of the Americas. Last month it was announced that US firm Liberty Media would take over Formula 1 for $4.4bn (£3.3bn).

END OF SOURCE

My Opinion:

I, Jefferson Lim have the privilege to attend the 2005 Petronas Sepang F1 race back in 20 March 2005.  It was a courtesy ticket from Honda Malaysia.  I sat in Emerald Grandstand facing Honda Pit stop and a GIANT TV Screen.  The Race was won by Fernando Alonso in Renault.  Co-incidentally, 2005 was the last year of V12 engines.  The Engine Roar's priceless, still etched in my mind.

CarSifu Auto Show 2016 runs from Oct 26-30

Five Days Carsifu Auto Show 2016's now ongoing... From 26 October to 30 October.



There are Ten high definition televisions from Sharp and five pairs of AirAsia return tickets will be among the prizes to be won at the CarSifu Auto Show 2016 that will be held at 1 Utama Shoping Centre, Petaling Jaya, from yesterday to Oct 30. Under the Book and Win contest, visitors need to book a car to stand a chance to win two 58-inch Full HD Sharp televisions, eight Sharp 50-inch UHD televisions and a pair of AirAsia return tickets each to Sapporo, Japan; Hong Kong; Bali; Da Nang, Vietnam and Luang Prabang, Laos.

 The auto show, which opens from 10am to 10pm, will be on a display area of 12,188sq ft around the Highstreet concourse area of the shopping mall.  Here are the List of Carsifu Car of the Year winners, ALL will be on display on the Motor Show.


There will also be a CarSifu Snap & Win contest where a visitor can take a selfie and bring the picture to the Star Media Group booth to claim a prize. In addition, there will be attractive deals and sales promotions from individual car companies.

Fun quiz activities will also be held throughout the auto show period where visitors can win perfume cards, drawstring bags, luggage tags, umbrellas, key chains, road tax stickers, non-woven bags, backpacks and car-branded badges.

Car brands participating in the five-day auto show are Chevrolet, Citroen, Honda, Isuzu, Kia, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Perodua, Proton, Renault, Volvo and Volkswagen.

About 30 cars will be displayed and some will be made available for test drives on a route around Bandar Utama.
Car companies will be displaying their latest models including some which have recently won the CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2016.

At the CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2016 gala dinner in Royale Chulan Damansara on Oct 6, Honda’s Civic 1.5 TC-P was adjudged the “Car of the Year.”

Thanks to its styling, features, sharp handling, comfortable ride and accessible pricing of RM135,800 on-the-road, the sleek and sporty sedan also won the Best Mid-size Car category, one of the 22 categories put up for competition.

This is the first such awards organised by The Star Media Group.

ARTICLE SOURCE:

1) http://www.carsifu.my/news/carsifu-auto-show-2016-kicks-off-from-today.

I shall Visit this Road show by Friday...  Stay tuned...