Last month, Honda Malaysia (HM) rolled out the Honda HR-V 1.8L SE, a new variant that sits between the entry E and the mid V. The top 1.8L variant is the RS, and there’s also the Hybrid. The SE is based on the E, but adds on driver assist kit and accessories – here’s a live gallery.
SE might as well be Safety Edition, as the new variant adds on blind spot information, lane change assist and rear cross traffic alert. By the way, these are new to the HR-V here, and Honda LaneWatch is available from the V onwards.
Note that the BLIS here is an add-on system with warning lights located on the inside A pillars. Not as elegant as the usual integrated door mirror light perhaps, but it’s better than nothing and serves its purpose. Also on are a door opening warning indicator, a digital video recorder a.k.a. dashcam, and a trunk tray plus trunk organiser. There’s also SE rear badging to denote the new variant.
No changes to the rest of the kit list, which includes smart entry/push button start, automatic air-conditioning, auto headlights, cruise control, paddle shifters, electronic parking brake with auto hold, steering wheel audio controls and a seven-inch display/four-speaker audio system. Safety wise, it’s six airbags, VSA, hill start assist, emergency stop signal and a multi-angle rearview camera. The wheels are 17-inch two-tone items.
Likewise, it’s familiar under the hood. The non-hybrid HR-V is powered by a 1.8 litre engine with 142 PS at 6,500 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. The SOHC i-VTEC engine is mated to a CVT gearbox.
HM says that the Honda HR-V 1.8L SE is a limited run variant. It goes for RM105,364 on-the-road without insurance, including the current SST exemption. That’s just RM1,364 more than the Grade E (RM104,000), and the SE looks like good value next to the base car. The V is yours for RM113,421 while the sporty RS is pegged at RM118,581.
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2022 Mazda BT-50 Pick-up Truck and MX-30 EV or CX-30 CKD Coming to Malaysia Soon – Preview on Nov 29
Mazda distributor Bermaz has released a teaser of two upcoming models, which it will preview on November 29. The sole image only shows silhouettes of the new cars, but we can see that they are an SUV of some kind as well as a pick-up truck.
The identity of the pick-up is pretty obvious, because Mazda makes only one – it’s the new BT-50, based on the latest Isuzu D-Max. It has a unique exterior design but shares the same cabin and mechanicals as its sibling, including the 150 PS 1.9 litre and 190 PS 3.0 litre turbodiesel engines and six-speed manual and automatic gearbox options.
It’s the unknown SUV that’s a little harder to discern. The shape appears to belong to the CX-30 at first glance (Bermaz is working on CKD local assembly for the car, after all), but look closely at the rear end and you’ll see a tiny bump reminiscent of a round taillight – exactly like the ones on the MX-30.
This makes sense, given that the electric vehicle was due to be launched before the CKD CX-30, alongside the BT-50. In fact, the MX-30 was supposed to have arrived in Malaysia more than a year ago in October 2020, but the timeline has obviously been shifted, likely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
More recently, a Maybank Investment Bank research article reiterated that the MX-30 will be coming, subject to Mazda’s approval and the government’s EV policy (which has since been revealed). It also confirmed that the car will be introduced in fully electric form, rather than the mild hybrid model also available in certain markets. To recap, the MX-30 EV is powered by a 145 PS front motor, juiced by a 35.5 kWh lithium-ion battery to deliver range of 200 km on the WLTP cycle.
Don’t discount the CKD CX-30, however – last we checked, production of the crossover was due to start in December ahead of the 2022 on-sale date. Expect the car to be offered with the same range of engines – a 164 PS 2.0 litre Skyactiv-G petrol four-cylinder and a 116 PS 1.8 litre Skyactiv-D turbodiesel.
Original Source: paultan.org
Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022
The Selangor state government has announced it is aiming to install 10,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the state by 2025, with the first 1,000 stations expected to be ready next year, according to the Selangor Journal.
The ambitious plan was outlined by Selangor MB Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari earlier today. Speaking at the tabling of the 2022 Selangor Budget at the state legislative assembly, he said the state is looking to pioneer EV usage, and the development of a charging infrastructure would help expand that scope in faster fashion.
Amirudin said that the state government and private parties would collaborate on the project, which will involve an investment value of RM10 million. It was not detailed what type of chargers would be utilised or what rates, if any, consumers would be expected to pay for charging.
He did however say that incentives would be provided to businesses and industries that invest in EV infrastructure projects, and there would be no public parking charges imposed on EVs next year. “The incentives include a reduction of business fees and assessment tax. Apart from that, parking fees which come under the jurisdiction of the local authorities will also be waived for EV users in 2022,” he explained.
The state’s plan to develop an EV charging infrastructure sounds timely, given the upcoming EV push announced by the government during Budget 2022. In the outlined plan, EVs are set to be completely exempt from import duty, excise duty, sales tax as well as road tax for a period of two years, starting from January 1, 2022.
Source Here: paultan.org
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