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2022 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf GTI Previewed in Malaysia – CKD, 245 PS, 370 Nm, 7-speed DSG, Q1 Debut Likely

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In a surprise move, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has given the media a preview of the Volkswagen Golf Mk8. The backdrop you see here is the paddy fields of Sekinchan, an unusual location for a media gathering. This was coming, as VPCM opened registration of interest for the Mk8 Golf and teased it earlier this month, just that we didn’t expect it today.

We have here the eighth generation Golf in two flavours – the R-Line in white and the iconic GTI in red. Both will be launched in the first quarter of 2022 (which is just around the corner) in CKD locally assembled form. While CKD Volkswagens rolling out of Pekan aren’t a new thing – having started in 2011 with the B7 Passat – this is the first time that the Golf is being assembled here. It’s a big deal, especially for the GTI, which was only ever made in Germany and China.

Some are already licking their lips at the prospect of lowered CKD prices, but we have no indication from VPCM, for now. The CBU Golf Mk7.5 was launched in 2019; then, the 1.4 TSI R-Line went for RM166,990 while the GTI was priced at RM239,990.

To the cars. We don’t have a spec sheet, or any official info for that matter, but we’ll try our best via eyesight and questions. This post is about the GTI – there’s a separate piece on the R-Line.

The eighth iteration of the hot hatch that started it all continues to be powered by an EA888 2.0L TSI engine, now making 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque. That’s an increase of 15 PS and 20 Nm from the regular Mk7.5 GTI, and on par with the Performance Pack version of that car. A six-speed manual is an option elsewhere, but we get the seven-speed DSG dual-clutch transmission sending power to the front wheels.

The R-Line’s 1.4L TSI engine makes 150 PS and 250 Nm, so the GTI is clearly a big step up in the Golf performance ladder – that step is 95 PS and 120 Nm in height, and with the quicker DSG gearbox too. The hot hatch completes the 0-100 km/h sprint in 6.4 seconds (same as our Mk7.5 GTI) and top speed is 250 km/h.

Under the skin are MacPherson struts at the front, multilink suspension at the rear, an XDS electronic differential lock and a sports suspension setup that’s 15 mm lower in ride height compared to the standard Golf. New for the Mk8 is a Vehicle Dynamics Manager control system that coordinates the operation of the XDS and the optional DCC adaptive dampers. Bigger brake discs with red calipers, too.

As for kit, the GTI gets the IQ.Light system (LED headlamps with a light and sight package, though curiously without the usual red strip) as well as a set of 18-inch “Richmond” alloys. GTI-specific touches include the trademark red strip on the grille and a honeycomb mesh for the lower grille – unfortunately without the five-point LED fog lights available in other markets.

The GTI is as understated as performance hatchbacks come – also because our range starts from the R-Line, which the GTI look builds on – but you can easily spot one from the twin chrome exhaust pipes (unlike the R-Line, these are real, one on each side), a slightly more angular rear wing and the rear GTI badge, which replaces the central Golf badge below the VW emblem.

Inside the Mk8’s newly minimalist cabin, you’ll find perforated leather sport seats (tartan is cool, but leather is what buyers of a RM200k car expect here), a fully digital instrument cluster (with GTI-specific red gauges) and the latest MIB3-powered touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

It’s all very modern and digital in here – the only knob you’ll find is for the wing mirrors; the lighting controls and cluster between the central AC vents are touch sensitive. The buttons on the steering are also capacitive.


Like the exterior, there aren’t GTI-only cues everywhere you look in the cabin, but there’s a flat-bottomed three-spoke steering wheel with a red accent and GTI logo. As you’d expect, the interior theme is all-black, including the pillars and headlining. Red piping and stitching can be found on the seats, but not the steering. Gear knob? There isn’t much of a gear knob to wrap in the Mk8, just a small protrusion on the sloping centre console. There’s also some honeycomb trim on the dashboard, which is a nice sporty touch.

In terms of safety, the GTI gets the usual six airbags, ABS and ESP. However, it doesn’t come with any driver assist tech like autonomous emergency braking (AEB). VPCM said said that it is working to bring ADAS to its cars, but evidently it hasn’t made it to the Golf. One thing of note is that there are Isofix points on the front passenger seat, not just the rear seats.

VPCM says that CKD locally assembled Golf Mk8 range will be launched next year, most probably in the first quarter. No price yet, but the CBU Mk7.5 GTI had a 2019 launch price of RM239,990, so you can start guessing from there. So, what do you think of the latest Golf GTI?















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AD: Double Your Joy With Amazing Prizes Including a BMW G310R With a New BMW From Millennium Welt!

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Congratulations, you made it to the end of the year! There has been no shortage of challenges, but you have managed to face them, and now is the time that you reward yourself. Nothing else says success quite like a new BMW, and Millennium Welt is sweetening the deal with its year-end sales campaign.

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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

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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.

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Selangor Aiming to Install 10,000 EV Charging Stations by 2025 – First 1,000 Units Expected to Be Ready in 2022

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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.

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