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ORA Good Cat: Looks To Captivate, Capabilities To Exceed

The electric vehicle (EV) segment has generated a lot of excitement in the automotive industry recently, and one of the most popular models is undoubtedly the ORA Good Cat, gaining significant public attention and chatter due to its uniquely attractive exterior design.

However, there’s a lot more to this car than its looks. Although the ORA Good Cat is positioned as a small car, many people may be misled by its appearance in photos and assume it might be a little too compact for their liking. In actuality,  To provide a clearer perspective, let’s compare some measurements (Length x Width x Height).

ORA Good Cat: 4,235 x 1,825 x 1,596, with a wheelbase of 2,650mm
Honda City Hatchback: 4,345 x 1,748 x 1,488, with a wheelbase of 2,600mm
Proton X50: 4,330 x 1,800 x 1,609, with a wheelbase of 2,600mm

Measurements don’t tell the full story as the ORA Good Cat ensures passenger comfort with its spacious interior. The length of its wheelbase contributes to ample room for rear passengers, surpassing expectations.

Now, let’s delve into the car’s accessible performance, which is crucial for drivers in Southeast Asian countries like Thailand and Malaysia and their demanding drivers. Many Chinese electric cars have faced criticism for their speed limitations.

The ORA Good Cat boasts impressive specifications from its front-mounted electric motor, including 143 horsepower and peak torque of 210 Nm, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, and a top speed of 152 km/h. With five driving modes (Normal, Sport, Eco, Eco+, Auto) and an intelligent single-pedal control system, the driving experience can be as effortless or more involving, depending on your preference for that day.

That said, it also represents a lifestyle and a certain versatility. Its head-turning appeal while driving will undoubtedly be a noticeable occurrence, but it belies genuinely capable product. So, in addition to its aesthetics, it offers an excellent driving experience thanks to its sure-footed handling, low centre of gravity, and manoeuvrability.

Safety features are of utmost importance for electric cars, encompassing charging safety, power battery safety, and active/passive safety functions. The ORA Good Cat, with nearly 150,000 units sold globally, demonstrates its commitment to safety through various validated figures.

Firstly, it incorporates 416 comprehensive electric safety protections across 5 major areas and 6 aspects, ensuring protection for its battery and electrical systems. During its development, the ORA Good Cat underwent more than a 100 high-standard electric safety tests, including IP67+IPX9K protection, 106 battery pack DV verification tests, 22 performance function tests, and 84 safety and reliability tests. These tests cover aspects such as high-altitude falls, battery impacts, chemical corrosion, and even physical collisions.

Regarding active and passive safety functions, the ORA Good Cat features the IronBone high-strength energy-absorbing body structure, utilising over 65% high-strength steel. This construction ensures better protection by providing sufficient space for passengers in the event of high-speed collisions. Additionally, it is equipped with six safety airbags that offer all-round protection during emergencies.

The car includes front and rear radar, warning systems like FCW (Front Collision Warning) and LDW (Lane Departure Warning), as well as intelligent driving assistance systems like ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control). With over ten intelligent driving assistance systems, the ORA Good Cat prioritises exceptional safety and comfort for every journey.

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CARSOME Juru Autofair is happening from 7-9 July – join us at Juru Autocity, Penang!

Experience the CARSOME Juru Autofair at Juru Autocity, CARSOME’s first autofair catering to their valued customers in the northern region. This exciting event brings together a diverse selection of cars in one convenient location, offering enticing offers for all.

Join us at the CARSOME Juru Autofair and discover the hassle-free and effortless way to buy a car. This one-of-a-kind event in the region guarantees a seamless and enjoyable car-buying experience. 

At the Autofair, you take your time to explore and compare cars models from numerous brands, providing you with the opportunity to find a vehicle that perfectly suits your lifestyle. Some of the cars offering unbeatable value at CARSOME Autofair at Juru Autocity include: 

Perodua Myvi

Malaysia’s widely recognised hatchback ‘King’ is so crowned and completely justified. This car has earned the utmost respect from many of us thanks to its unmatched versatility and value. Over time, it has undergone continual modernisation and refinement, transforming into an incredibly dominant force within the B-segment hatchback market and something of a local favourite.

Equipped with a spacious cabin, a generously sized boot, and a reputation for reliability, the Myvi is the nation’s default 5-door hatchback. It boasts a range of fuel-efficient engines from 1.3 to 1.5 litres in four-cylinder configurations. Used Myvis can now be yours at an even more appealing price point, offering an exceptional amount of car for the money.

Honda City

The City is a well-known sedan that requires no introduction, widely regarded as the ultimate four-door vehicle capable of handling any situation and lasting beyond what owners expect. 

What sets it apart is the remarkable amount of interior space it offers, with rear legroom that rivals cars in much higher segments. Additionally, it boasts class-leading boot space, further enhancing its practicality.

Honda has consistently focused on improving the quality and materials used in their vehicles, successfully enhancing the overall perception of their cars. Nowadays, Honda is no longer solely seen as a mass-market competitor but has gained recognition as a brand with exceptional quality.

Mazda CX-5

The Mazda CX-5 is a standout in the world of C-segment SUVs. With its sleek and stylish design, it effortlessly captures attention on the road. The CX-5 offers a great balance of performance, comfort, and versatility, making it a highly desirable choice for both city driving and more adventurous journeys. Equipped with Mazda’s signature SKYACTIV engines, the CX-5 delivers impressive fuel efficiency without compromising on power. 

Its spacious and refined interior provides ample room for passengers and cargo, while its advanced safety features and intuitive technology, such as the Mazda Connect infotainment system ensure a modern driving experience.

Best of all, with CARSOME, you can confidently drive away in one of their CARSOME Certified Cars knowing that they have undergone high-quality professional refurbishment with transparency ensured throughout the process.

Take advantage of the special promotions during the Juru Autofair, including discounts of up to RM10,000 on car purchases. 

Additionally, enjoy an extra RM1,000 discount exclusively available during the event. We also offer an extended 1+1 year warranty and a low interest rate of 3.25% with Public Bank. If you have another car to trade-in, you can benefit from an additional discount of up to RM1,500. Don’t miss out on other exclusive deals that await you at the CARSOME Juru Autofair.

Interested? Register here or head on over to the CARSOME Juru Autofair, held at the CARSOME Juru Autocity Experience Centre in Penang between 7th and 9th July, Friday to Sunday, to experience this one-of-a-kind event! 

All CARSOME Certified cars are quality assured through a stringent 175-point inspection and professional refurbishment. Additionally, each car comes with a fixed price with no hidden fees, five-day money-back guarantee, and one-year warranty. Book a test drive on CARSOME today or download the app.

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Highways need to upgrade motorcycle lanes for big bikes

The Malaysian Highway Authority (LLM) has stated that all motorcycle lanes on all highways here in Malaysia need to be upgraded, particularly to suit big bikes.

LLM Chairman, Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias, stated that the upgrades are necessary because they also need to be suitable for high-powered motorcycles in order to reduce the risk of accidents, The Vibes reported.

According to Datuk Seri Jalaluddin, “Highway concessionaires are urged to upgrade the (motorcycle) lanes or provide appropriate facilities for these types of motorcycles to ensure the riders’ safety.”

He also added that a number of bike lane entrances in places like Penang and Ipoh are deemed unsafe for big bikes with the possibility to cause more harm than good. LLM reported that more than 10,000 road accidents reported this year involved 200 fatal cases that were motorcycle-related.

LLM also urged all highway concessionaires to consider other aspects in upgrading their respective motorcycle lanes from usage safety during bad weather as well as a more safe place for all riders to shelter away from the rain and the highway overpasses which have resulted in several crashes and fatalities.

 

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Over 600 summonses issued during JPJ’s special ops for modified bikes

The Road Transport Department (JPJ) conducted a special operation on the DUKE Highway earlier this week focusing on modified bikes.

Together with the Department of Traffic Investigation and Enforcement (JSPT) and Department of Environment (DOE), the special operation was carried out for seven hours on 24 June 2023 which involved a total of 75 members of the authorities involved stationed in both directions of the DUKE Highway.

*Image credit: Bahagian Penguatkuasa JPJ Malaysia

Acting on complaints received by the public living in the surrounding areas in regards to illegal racing and other racing activities, the special operation resulted in a total of 691 summonses issued as well as 155 notices for a number of offences that involved:

No driving licence
Expired driving licence
No insurance
Expired LKM
‘Fancy’ number plates + more

Other offenses include extreme modification of motorcycles which resulted in 56 vehicles being confiscated by the authorities. Efforts to curb such activities and behaviours are said to be ramped up in the near future by the JPJ and PDRM to create a safer road environment for all users.

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Ryan Reynolds joins Alpine F1, expanding his investment in sports

Ryan Reynolds expands his ventures into motorsport with Investment in Alpine Racing Ltd.

Renowned Canadian superstar Ryan Reynolds is making waves in the motorsport world, going beyond owning a football team. Renault Group and Alpine have just announced a significant investment of over $218 million in Alpine Racing Ltd, the high-performance F1 team based in Enstone, UK.

The investment comes from a prominent group of investors known as the “Investor Group,” which includes Otro Capital, RedBird Capital Partners, and Maximum Effort Investments. This move grants the Investor Group a 24% equity stake in Alpine Racing Ltd, fueling Alpine’s growth and ambitions in the Formula 1 arena.

With a valuation of approximately $900 million, this investment leverages the Investor Group’s expertise in various sports industry verticals, including media, sponsorship, ticketing, hospitality, commercial rights management, licensing, and merchandising.

Led by Ryan Reynolds, the Investor Group has a proven track record of collaborations with industry giants like the Dallas Cowboys, Fenway Sports Group, NFL, Toulouse FC, and Wrexham AFC.

Moreover, the partnership will tap into the group’s proficiency in data and technology to optimize the marketing and commercial performance of the Alpine F1 team.

As part of the agreement, Alec Scheiner, Co-Founder and Partner of Otro Capital will join Alpine Racing Ltd’s Board of Directors.

The Investor Group’s roster of notable co-investors includes Michael B. Jordan, Ryan Reynolds from Maximum Effort Investments, and Rob McElhenney, Co-Chairman of Wrexham AFC, adding celebrity star power to the F1 venture.

While Alpine Racing Ltd’s F1 ambitions receive a significant boost, it’s important to note that Alpine Racing SAS, responsible for manufacturing F1 engines in Viry-Châtillon, France, remains under the complete ownership of Renault Group, unaffected by this transaction.

The Investor Group is thrilled to contribute to the Formula 1 landscape, utilising its collective experience to support Alpine’s growth strategy in one of the most captivating international sports.

 

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Empty stands at SIC: Sepang CEO wants to reignite the fan experience at the national circuit

Despite the thrilling action on the track, the challenge lies in filling the stands and enhancing spectator engagement.

The electrifying action that unfolded on the track during Round 2 of the Malaysia Championship Series at Sepang this past weekend was absolutely thrilling. 

However, it was disheartening to see so few spectators in the stands to witness the excitement.

The sight of empty seats throughout the three days of racing was truly perplexing, especially considering that entry to the main grandstand was free. 

Despite achieving a milestone with record-breaking participation of 54 cars across four categories, the lack of fan interest remains a pressing issue.

The Vibes has taken it upon itself to shed light on this problem. 

Sepang International Circuit’s CEO, Azhan Shafriman Hanif, acknowledged the need for more efforts in promoting the series. “While I’m pleased with the increased driver participation this weekend, we must strive to bring more people to the stands,” he stated. 

“We need to provide additional attractions and activities that give spectators a reason to come to Sepang. My team and I will investigate how to increase the spectatorship at the circuit.”

The Malaysia Championship Series features thrilling touring car racing, showcasing heavily modified road-going cars across four categories. 

It serves as a platform for young local drivers to prove their skills and even attracts seasoned veterans like Malaysia’s former Formula One driver, Alex Yoong. 

Moreover, the series has an international appeal, with participants coming from neighbouring ASEAN countries and even as far as Latin America.

Azhan recognizes the need for better promotion and marketing of the race. “To be honest, we need to work harder in terms of promoting and marketing this race to the fans,” he admitted. 

“At the moment, our shout-outs are done via our social media and press releases for our friends in the media. What we need to do better in the coming rounds is to provide additional things for the spectators, especially in terms of food and beverage options. We also need to provide them with activities to do outside (of the race) and so on, but these are the things that we need to improve,.”

In order to bolster the race, Azhan is actively seeking corporate sponsors and partners. “One of the things that we might be looking at further in the near future is to get more corporate companies or sponsors to come in to support the race,” he emphasized. 

“As you can see the participation is very good, I think the viewership on Facebook and also YouTube is also good.”  – The Vibes.

With two more rounds of racing to come, including Round 3 from August 25-27 and the final round from September 22-24, there is still an opportunity to revitalize the fan experience and make the Malaysia Championship Series a resounding success.

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BMW confirms an M5 Touring is on the way

Seventh generation BMW M5 sedan to be joined by touring variant.

BMW’s M division is set to continue its product offensive in 2024, and the highly anticipated seventh generation of the BMW M5 Sedan will be joined by a wagon sibling.

While the prototypes are cleverly disguised, their unmistakable character as high-performance vehicles shines through. 

Excitingly, BMW M fans can anticipate another addition to the lineup as the brand confirms the extension of its model range with a Touring variant of the new high-performance model.

The new BMW M5 Touring, scheduled for release in 2024, will bring back the perfect combination of M-typical performance, uncompromising long-distance comfort, and impressive spaciousness.

Like its sedan counterpart, the BMW M5 Touring will feature a completely newly developed, partially electrified drive system, further emphasizing M-typical performance characteristics and precisely tuned chassis technology with innovative systems.

This approach highlights M’s commitment to electrification, with hybrid drive systems being introduced in their high-performance cars. Dirk Häcker, Head of Development at BMW M GmbH, states, “We are now also installing a hybrid drive system with typical M performance in other high-performance cars.”

For nearly four decades, the BMW M5 has set the benchmark for driving dynamics, agility, and precision in the high-performance sedan segment. Evolutionary progress, racing expertise, and pioneering innovations in areas such as drive, suspension, aerodynamics, and lightweight construction have shaped the iconic history of the BMW M5.

Noteworthy technological milestones include engines with six, eight, and ten cylinders, M TwinPower Turbo technology, high-revving characteristics, the compound brake system with M Carbon ceramic brakes, and M xDrive four-wheel drive. The seventh generation of the BMW M5 continues this tradition with captivating innovations for an even more exhilarating performance experience.

The BMW M5 Touring made its debut in 1992, based on the second-generation BMW M5 Sedan, offering a compelling combination of high performance and everyday practicality.

In 2007, BMW M GmbH introduced a Touring variant for the fourth-generation BMW M5, further reinforcing the appeal of this special vehicle concept in the premium mid-range segment of high-performance cars.

The recent successful launch of the BMW M3 Competition Touring with M xDrive underscores the demand for this exceptional vehicle concept.

Testing for the new BMW M5 Touring will commence in the coming days, encompassing urban traffic, country roads, and motorways around Munich and the BMW M GmbH headquarters in Garching.

The comprehensive evaluation of all drive and suspension systems will also take place at the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife, ensuring the perfect balance between track-focused performance and superior ride comfort for everyday and long-distance driving.

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Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV debuts in the Philippines – RM318,700

The Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV has finally made its first ASEAN appearance in the Philippines earlier this week.

In conjunction with the first anniversary of Hyundai Motor Philippines, they organised the Hyundai Mobility Experience over at the SM Megamall Fashion Hall Activity Center alongside the brand’s partnership with the latest Spider-Man animated movie, Across the Spider-Verse.

*Image credit: Hyundai Motor Philippines

As of now, there’s only one variant of the Hyundai Ioniq 6 EV being offered in the country – the GLS 2WD Long Range. As for the pricing, customers in the Philippines can cop one for Php 3,798,000, which is around RM318,700.

That’s quite a price tag considering the fact that this particular variant is fitted with a single electric motor to the rear axle that produces 229PS and 350Nm of torque. That is then paired with a 77.4kWh battery pack which offers a driving distance of up to 545km.

*Image credit: Hyundai Motor Philippines

Hyundai Philippines also mentioned that when the Ioniq 6 is connected to a 350kW DC charger, a 10%-80% battery charge state can be achieved in just 18 minutes. And just like the Ioniq 5, it also comes with the vehicle-to-load (V2L) function which allows the users to charge any electric devices which can be useful during power outages, camping trips, or just a quick charge when you’re off the grid.

With the first ASEAN arrival done and dusted, we can expect the Hyundai Ioniq 6 to arrive here in Malaysia possibly within the final quarter of 2023. No news on variants and pricing just yet, but we can expect it to be somewhere higher in the Hyundai Ioniq 5’s price range which starts from RM207,808 to RM270,408.

 

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Toyota unveils the All-New 2024 C-HR – Concept car looks brought to life!

Dynamic performance, hybrid powertrains, and striking design take the C-HR to new heights.

Toyota has officially revealed the exhilarating all-new C-HR SUV, poised to make its grand entrance into markets in the first half of 2024.

With a captivating blend of bold aesthetics, cutting-edge hybrid powertrains, enhanced safety features, connected services, and an immersive driving experience, this next-generation model builds upon the success of its predecessor, elevating its status to a new level of premium appeal.

Sporting a slightly shorter yet wider profile than its predecessor, the new C-HR commands attention with its striking, athletic presence on the road. Its coupe-like silhouette, short overhangs, and impressive alloy wheels (up to 19 inches) further enhance its sporty appeal.

Drawing inspiration from the acclaimed C-HR Prologue Concept, the front end of the new C-HR exudes an alluring charm, representing a fresh and emotive face for Toyota SUVs.

The sophisticated design language of interlocking shapes continues along the vehicle’s sides with diamond-cut character lines, while a “concealed tech” approach, featuring flush door handles (a first for Toyota), ensures a seamless aesthetic and optimal aerodynamics.

For now, enthusiasts can choose from three grades – GXL, Koba, and the exciting new top-of-the-range GR Sport. The GR Sport, boasting all-wheel drive (AWD), marks Toyota’s first-ever hybrid AWD variant in the C-HR lineup.

With a commanding 197 PS of combined maximum power generated by its 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain, equipped with front and rear electric motors, the GR Sport truly represents the pinnacle of the range.

The 2WD GXL and Koba models, on the other hand, harness the latest generation 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain, offering a significant power increase compared to their predecessors. With a combined maximum power output of 140 PS, the 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain delivers almost 15% more power, enhancing the C-HR’s performance capabilities.

Both the fifth-generation hybrid powertrains boast redesigned components, reducing size and weight for improved fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions. Additionally, the new C-HR introduces numerous eco-friendly initiatives, including a doubled usage of recycled plastics in over 100 different parts, as well as a lightweight panoramic roof design with infra-red reducing coatings, replacing the need for a sunshade and optimizing interior space.

Inside the cabin, the C-HR’s premium-quality design invites supreme comfort and advanced technology. Depending on the grade, drivers can enjoy a fully digital instrument cluster, Android Auto, wireless Apple CarPlay, and a state-of-the-art 12.3-inch multimedia unit with the latest generation infotainment system.

Moreover, the all-new C-HR offers advanced Connected Services functionality, ensuring enhanced customer personalisation, and a range of advanced safety technologies to provide unparalleled peace of mind.

 

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Get your Initial D on with the 2024 Toyota GR86 Trueno Edition!

Toyota is bringing some fiery Initial D heat with the new 2024 Toyota GR86 Trueno Edition.

Coming from the US, only 860 units of the Toyota GR86 Trueno Edition will be produced in both manual and automatic transmissions. Toyota USA also announced that they’re also launching the Performance Package which consists of the Sachs Dampers and Brembo brakes for the current GR86 models (already available as standard features on the Trueno Edition).

Going back to the GR86 Trueno Edition, customers can opt between two colourways – Halo and Black, or Track bRed and Black. The two-tone feature is further enhanced with a black bonnet, side panel graphics, duckbill spoiler, door handles, and mirror caps. The Trueno Edition badge can also be seen on the front bumper lip and rear decklid.

To tie everything together, the 2024 Toyota GR86 Trueno Edition comes with a set of unique 18-inch 10-spoke aluminium alloy wheels finished in black metallic to truly pay tribute to the 1980s model. As mentioned above, hiding behind those lovely rims are the ZF Sachs Dampers and Brembo Brakes specifically developed and tuned by Toyota Gazoo Racing to increase handling, comfort, and brake consistency.

Step inside the cabin and you’ll find the Ultrasuede® sport seats with red leather accents along with red stitchings on the shift boot as well as the leather-wrapped steering wheel. You’ll also get the Trueno Edition logo on the shift knob as well as some all-weather mats for the floor and trunk.

The 2.4-litre FA-24 engine has been maintained to produce 228hp and 250Nm of torque. Those who opt for the six-speed manual transmission will also get the newly added Active Safety Suite – a feature that comes standard with the automatic version.

As for pricing, Toyota USA will only announce it at the end of the year. If you fancy the non-Trueno version of the Toyota GR86, it is already available here in Malaysia with a price tag that starts from RM295,000 – a sweet, sweet deal if you ask us.

 

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