Wednesday, April 18, 2012

250th POST: PRESENTING Otoreview's 15 Best NEW cars for...

Jeff’s 15 best NEW cars for 1st half 2010…

A lot of my relatives and friends asked, what is the NEW Car you recommend?  Well, here's my answer...  I came up with 15 Best NEW CAR Recommendations.  My HOT Favourite being the Mazda 6 2.5SVT.  Enjoy!

1) Mazda 6 2.5i SVT (Favourite car).  RM178,000OTR. Made in Japan at CKD Camry 2.4/CKD Accord 2.4 Price. My favourite car.  This is the NEW CAR I WILL BUY NOW if I have the money.  FULLY LOADED with GOODIES such as 6 Airbags, ABS+EBD+BA, Traction Control, 5 speed activematic, Elec Sunroof, BOSE 6 in-dash MP3/WMA CD-Changer Sound System with 8 speakers + Amplifier, Elec Adj Front seats with driver 3 way memory, Leather, 2 zone Climate Control, Trip Computer, 18" Mazdaspeed Rims, Xenon headlights, 60:40 one touch split folding rear seats.  And the lists of TOYS goes on and on...

2) BMW 320d SPORT (A) (Best Diesel).  RM255,800. Indisputably the BEST DIESEL Available.  60L fuel good for 900km average (mixed City Highway).

3) Mercedes New E-class (Premium Executive car).  RM372,000 onwards. My Dream car.  Go for the middle Child E250CGI  (RM403,000 est).  Same 1796cc turbocharged engine as E200CGI but with more horsepower/torque = better performance.  Better specs too... 

4) Honda City 1.5 iVTEC (Compact family).  RM81,800 onwards.  Nothing much to comment except it LOOKS WAY BETTER than the New "DUGONG" Vios.

5) Honda Stream 1.8 RSZ (Mid size MPV). RM158,000. Best looking MPV further enhanced with RSZ Bodykits.  Fully LOADED.  CBU from Japan.  Worth the asking price.

6) Audi A4 1.8T (Compact exec). RM235,000 omwards. Loved the trendsetting LED Daylights, Economical, Very stylish car...

7) Lexus RX350 (Best Premium SUV).  FIRST CLASS LEXUS Aftersales.  Credit to Lexus Malaysia.  On sale in Malaysia SHORTLY after WORLD PREMIERE (4 months only). Price: RM373,000.

8) Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 (TD) (Best pickup).  Most stylish pickup.  5 yrs warranty.RM58,000 (LITE) to RM110,000 (3.2 Petrol Auto).

9) Toyota Prius (Best Hybrid). RM175,000 OTR. Best Fuel Economy at 3.9L/100km according to recent Mudah/Asianauto Fuel Efficiency test.  FULLY LOADED with LOTS OF Gadgets.  Still A GREAT BUY despite the recent recall.

Car and Driver 10 best cars 2012

CLOSE UP+Booked: Proton Prevé 1.6CFE

CLOSE UP+BOOKED Proton Prevé Malaysia

In this blog entry, I'm going to post a CLOSE UP of Proton Preve as seen/touch/short driven in Proton Platinum Showroom in Mutiara Damansara.  I spent a good 2 and a half hours there before my cousin booked 1 unit ON THE SPOT.

How's the car?

Everything looks good, until you looked at the Uneven door panels, glovebox lid, cheap looking gear shift lever and someone pointed out eyesore "SPOT Welding" (photo below).

  Anyway, for RM72,990 for 1.6 CFE you pay for what you get lor.  

This car, especially the top of the range comes loaded with goodies such as Protronic 7 speed CVT with paddle shift, ABS+EBD+BA+TCS, 4x airbags, built-in GPS (smallish screen though), Automatic Air-cond, wipers and headlights.  Elec. folding side mirrors (something the Inokom Elantra lacked), Push start, Remote trunk release, water repellent high quality fabric seats, 508L boot space with 60:40 split fold rear seats AND YES 4G Huddle.  Other extras were 4mil tinting on 4 doors by Ecotint and normal tint for front and rear windscreen. 

The top of the range shared the same engine with Proton Exora except slightly detuned to produce 2hp less.  It's 1561cc, Campro CFE (Turbocharged). Bore x stroke of 76x86mm, Maximum power 138hp@5000rpm and 205Nm@2000-4000rpm torque.  I heard from the engineer weeks ago at Proton Power of 1 showcase, the turbo is 0.7 bar and it can run on RON95 without side effects. 

Mated with 7 speed Protronic CVT gearbox with SAT (Stepped Auto transmission) - 7 virtual ratios; Paddle shift, this car goes from 0-100km/h in claimed 9.6 seconds.  1.7 seconds faster than Exora Turbo.  It comes with hydraulic power steering.

Proton Claimed that they use STATE OF THE ART RESS (Reinforced Safety Structure)
designed to comply with international crash test standards by maximizing protection for front, side and rear impacts.  It consists of 12 key STEEL components forged using HOT PRESS process for better torsional rigidity yet retaining ideal weight.  Other safety features were Active headrests, Passenger airbag on/off switch, ISOFIX Child Anchors and Collapsible steering wheel.

Suspension wise, it's front MacPherson strut with stabiliser bar and rear Multi-link suspension with anti-roll bar.  It comes with 4 discs brakes with ESP and 205/55R16 GT Radial (Indon) tyres.   

I didn't test drive the car but my cousin did.  I was a backseat passenger.  It's a short 2km route but he managed to reach 80km/h  at 1 stretch.  We the passengers did not notice though.  Ride and handling's EXCELLENT though.  So did the excellent head and legroom (rear) -  photos below.


WARNING: 5 years warranty / 150,000km given BUT you cannot MOD a single thing in the car. Even down to Reverse camera, HID, ICE mods...  Rim can change but MUST Same size (16").   WARRANTY terus VOID for any wiring/mods. 

Well there's a saying a picture's worth 1000 words.  Here are the photos:
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