Back in June this year, Proton have launched a new variant for Saga called the SV which stands for Super Value. The SV name then pops up into the discussion once again last month when rumours have pointed out that the automotive company will also be releasing a SV version for another Proton model, the Persona.
Thanks to a media invite we have received from the company moments ago, we are now able to confirmed to you that the Proton Persona SV is indeed a real deal and it will be launched this coming Saturday at the upcoming Proton Bola Bola Bola Mega Test Drive Carnival in Shah Alam. Of course, more information about the car such as specifications and pricing will only be officially announced at the launch.
The initial rumour did mentioned that the Proton Persona SV will be priced at under RM 45000 (current price starts from around RM 47600), so let’s see whether the information will hold up or else.
[Original Rumour: Funtasticko]
Are you a regular at the The Fast & The Furious sub forum? Are you a fiend for everything with an engine and wheels? Well, fasten your seatbelt as we get ready to hit the redline with the latest addition to the Lowyat MSC family, Autofreaks.NET – The Malaysian Automotive Connection.
Headed by industry veteran and new Editorial Director Chris Wee, Autofreaks.net – “The Malaysian Automotive Connection” is set to change the way you look at the automotive industry and bring you the latest and greatest news, reviews and buying guides for everything motoring in Malaysia. With Autofreaks.NET comes the launch of Autofreaks TV on Youtube where you will be in the passenger seat when we test drive the latest rides in Malaysia.
From Chris’ Desk:
“These are exciting automotive times that we live in and I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of helming this brilliant new automotive portal for Lowyat MSC.
In the past two decades I’ve been at the forefront of the automotive scene and I’ll be calling on all that experience to bring all of you into the driver’s seat with me to experience all the latest automotive happenings, launches and events in the country and overseas as well.
It’s going to be an awesome experience and I do hope you’ll join me for it, so buckle up folks; It’s going to be a helluva ride!”
So set your bookmarks and keep your eyes peeled for more great automotive content at Autofreaks.NET and show some love for our first dedicated Automotive News Portal. You can also follow them on Twitter, Facebook And Youtube.
Clarion Malaysia today have launched online pre-order promo for the AX1 Android-based Car Stereo, an 2-DIN in-vehicle infotainment system that runs on Google’s operating system. It is not actually a totally new product though as it was previously called Clarion Mirage but Mirage was only made available for OEMs.
Running of Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread, the Clarion AX1 Android-based Car Stereo is equipped with 6.5-inch LCD capacitive display together with an ARM Cortex-A8 processor and 1GB of RAM. The introduction price of RM 1,599 instead of its standard retail price of around RM 2,400 and is only valid for the first 3,000 pre-order units that are available exclusively through the company’s online music store partner, the UK-based Infogo.
Once pre-ordered, customers will receive their pre-order unit in early November – around the same time when Clarion AX1 arrived at dealers. Stay tuned for our hands-on experience with the device which we will then elaborate about its capabilities very soon.
For the meantime, head on to www.clarion.com.my/AX1 for further information.
It looks like smartphone manufacturers are not the only ones who are into smartwatch, Nissan recently also showed off its smartwatch concept, specially designed for drivers of Nissan Nismo cars. Called the Nismo Watch, the smartwatch is designed to track the vehicle’s performance as well as driver’s biometric data.
Unlike the smartwatches we’ve seen before from Sony and Samsung, the Nismo Concept Watch is specially designed for racers, giving them the ability to monitor the efficiency of their vehicles with average speed and fuel consumption readings and access vehicle telematics and performance data while on track. For now, it will also be able to record down the heart rate of the driver but Nissan is working on some impressive motoring technologies like:
- ECG (Electrocardiogram) to measure the intervals of the R-R rhythm of the heart, and identify early fatigue
- EEG (Electroencephalogram) Brainwave to monitor the drivers’ level of concentration and emotions, and help athletes to get “In The Zone”
- Skin Temperature to record the core body temperature and hydration levels
Paired with a propitiatory smartphone app, users will also be able to share their performance across various social networks. Unfortunately, the smartwatch from Nissan is only a concept for now, but when it gets released, it will be available in black, white, and black and red. Now if only the other smartwatches can have such a beautiful design, I think I’ll have a shelf full of smartwatches by now.
Check out the videos below for a demo of the Nismo Smartwatch.
Just like it teased late last night, Nokia has announced its official foray into in-dash navigation systems. With the company’s HERE maps already forming the backbone of the 80% of all car navigation systems worldwide, the new HERE Auto system adds plenty more features that enhances the connected car experience.
HERE Auto is the standalone in-dash navigation system which works both on and offline. When used offline, HERE Auto provides more than standard navigation systems, by providing the right set of maps depending on your driving speeds and locations: helicopter view on highways, lower third-person view for city driving, and, as you approach your destination, street level imagery a la LiveSight.
Online, maps are kept as updated as possible via constant OTA updates, and users can even download maps to the system for those outstation excursions and road trips. In addition, the HERE Auto RESTful APIs will also be available for carmakers, allowing the the freedom of providing a customized version of the system tailored for their driving machines.
On top of that, there will also be a HERE Auto Companion App for Windows Phone and Android. Using the app, users can synchronize favourite destinations saved on their mobile devices to the in-dash system. On top of that, the app even lets users control various settings in the car, such as locking and unlocking the car, adjust the air conditioning, as well as monitor the various sensors in the car, such as tire pressure and fuel level.
Currently, companies such as Magnetti Marelli are already on board to bring HERE Auto to the market, with car models integrating the system to be announced in the future. Nokia and HERE will reveal more on HERE Auto at the coming Frankfurt Motor Show on September 10. For now, more info can be found on Nokia’s Conversations blog.
At a glance, this bike looks exactly identical to its smaller brother – the KTM Duke 200 – with the exception of its chassis and wheels that are draped in orange (KTM’s signature colorway). However, the KTM Duke 390 which will be out in Malaysia very soon is said to be a different beast altogether.
Officially introduced to the world at EICMA’12 last November, the KTM Duke 390 is equipped with a liquid-cooled 375cc single Nikosil-coated cylinder DOHC four-stroke engine that produces a maximum output of 43hp at 9,500rpm and maximum torque of 35Nm at 7,250 rpm. The bike also features a six-speed manual transmission, suspensions parts by WP Suspension and Brembo-developed ByBre disc brakes with Bosch 9MB ABS module. Without fuel, the Duke 390 weights at 139 kg which is just 9.5 kg more than the Duke 200.
While KTM Malaysia have yet to officially announce its official price and actual release date but the bike is currently rumoured to be priced at around RM 26,000 and out in the market by September. As a comparison, the bike is listed at Dirt Wheel (KTM’s authorized distributor in Singapore, where we spotted this particular unit) for around RM 30,865 (SGD 11,900) and will be released over there sometime in October according to one of the staff over there.
Many of KTM dealers in Malaysia have started to take bookings for the new KTM Duke 390, so do contact your nearest KTM dealer for further information. Before that, don’t forget to hit the Read More link more for two more photos of KTM Duke 390 that we snapped at Singapore.
It is not a secret that the newly facelifted version of Ford Fiesta which was originally unveiled in Amsterdam last year will be officially launched in Malaysia soon. But how soon? Well, Ford have finally confirmed the date: it will take place in just one more month time.
To be held together with Hitz.FM Birthday Invasion party, the launch has been set to 28 September at a venue that is still a secret for the time being. Meanwhile, do note that the facelifted Ford Fiesta does not come with the 1.0 EcoBoost engine (it is coming in 2014 though) but instead, it will be powered by a 1.5-liter Ti-VCT engine and it is estimated to be priced at RM 88,000.
For those who eager to test drive it, you are able to register you interest at Ford Malaysia’s official website right away. To learn more, connect directly with Ford over at facebook.com/fordfiestamy.
[Source: Ford Malaysia @ Facebook]
Proton stated that it is a brand new car for the hatchback segment but as you can see, it is hard to actually believe that statement since this car has an uncanny resemblance to the previously released Proton Preve. Nevertheless, say hello to the national automotive manufacturer’s latest product: the brand new Proton Suprima S.
Crafted at their Tanjung Malim facility, the new Proton Suprima S is powered by the company’s own CamPro 1.6 Turbo engine which produces maximum output of 138hp at 5,000rpm and maximum torque of 205Nm at 2000 to 4000rpm. The company pointed out that the usage of turbocharger in the engine enables Suprima S to have the reserve performance of 2.0-liter engine with 1.6-liter fuel economy which in this car’s case is rated at 9.1-liter per 100km.
Mated to the engine is a CVT automatic transmission
which is said to be developed by Proton as well developed by the Belgium-based Punch Powertrain (thanks for pointing it out, ericmaxman) . The combo enables Proton Suprima S to accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 9.9 seconds and a top speed of 190km/h.
There are still more of Proton Suprima S to check out right after the jump, so click the Read More link below to see further.