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2022 Mk8 Volkswagen Golf R-Line Previewed in Malaysia – 1.4L TSI Now With 8AT, No More DSG

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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. We’ll have a separate piece for the GTI, so this post will see us focus on the R-Line, which will take over from the Passat Elegance as VPCM’s most affordable model.

Big news first. We’re not getting the Mk8 Golf as a 1.5 eTSI mild hybrid. That one pairs a 150 PS/250 Nm Active Cylinder Management (ACT) engine to a seven-speed DSG, 48-volt belt starter generator and a 48-volt lithium-ion battery.

Instead, Malaysia is getting what Australia gets, as speculated by this website back in June 2020. That means a carryover 1.4 litre TSI engine from the Mk7.5 Golf, but with an eight-speed torque converter automatic instead of a DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The engine is still great – it makes 150 PS and 250 Nm at 1,500 to 3,500 rpm, the same max output as the newer 1.5 eTSI.

Volkswagen Australia said then that the TSI-8AT combo was chosen due to emissions regulations in the country – not because it’s the most strict, but the other way around. Europe has stricter emissions standards, and because of this, the Golf’s home continent is top priority for the newer and cleaner powertrain combo.

If the 1.4L meets Australia’s current emissions standards, it would be more than clean enough for Malaysia. We’re guessing that not many local Golf prospects would be moaning over the lack of cylinder deactivation. As for the 8AT replacing the DSG, the 1.4L TSI is currently manufactured in conjunction with the 8AT (this combo also goes into other VW Group products), so it’s a matter of convenience. What do you think of this new combo?

As for equipment, the R-Line comes with the namesake sporty styling package (badges now show just the ‘R’ without the ‘Line’), 17-inch ‘Valencia’ alloys and IQ.Light (LED headlamps with a light and sight package) on the exterior. It looks much like a GTI without the hot hatch’s signature cues (honeycomb grille, red pinstripe) and unique/larger wheels, but only the hot hatch has real visible tailpipes – the ones here are decorative trim.

Inside the Mk8’s newly minimalist cabin, you’ll find manual fabric seats, a fully digital instrument cluster and the latest MIB3-powered touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It’s all very modern and digital – the only knob you’ll find is for the wing mirrors; the lighting controls and cluster between the central AC vents are touch sensitive, and the buttons on the steering are also capacitive.

In terms of safety, the R-Line 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 likely in the first quarter. No price yet, but the Golf R-Line is set to be brand’s most affordable model in Malaysia, undercutting the RM182k Passat Elegance. The CBU Mk7.5 Golf R-Line had a 2019 launch price of RM166,990 – how much lower can the CKD go? Possibly tempting new price aside, what do you think of the latest Golf with an 8AT instead of DSG?

































































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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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That is not all, as you will get the chance to double your joy by being entered into a lucky draw, taking place during the launch of Millennium Welt Kuala Lumpur North. You will be in the running to win the grand prize of a BMW G 310 R (three units, one for each Millennium Welt outlet), so do not miss out.

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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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