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Malaysia PADU: RON95 Petrol & Diesel Fuel Subsidy 2024 – All You Need to Know

Is Malaysia getting a fuel subsidy in 2024? Stay tuned for Malaysia’s RON95 petrol & diesel subsidy update after the launch of PADU here!

When will the fuel subsidy (RON95 petrol & diesel) be launched in Malaysia?

After the introduction of the central database system known as PADU in January 2024, targeted subsidies for gasoline and diesel are probably going to be implemented soon, Economy Minister Mohd Rafizi Ramli stated in the Dewan Rakyat earlier this month. The exact date is yet to be determined, but the Malaysian government will launch the targeted RON95 subsidy program in the second half of 2024 (H2 2024) in order to direct our resources as efficiently as possible to those who need them most.

According to Rafizi, a nation where 53% of the fuel subsidies go to individuals in the top 20 (T20) income group is not an equitable nor sustainable model. 


How many percent will the RON95 petrol & diesel subsidy be?

According to the Economy Minister, switching to a targeted system is anticipated to reduce petroleum and diesel subsidy expenditure by 17.5 percent in the year of 2024.

Given what we’ve seen in other nations, analysts must be wondering why it takes so long. 
Getting everything ready is crucial for the sequencing. In his opening remarks at the National Economic Outlook Conference, which was hosted by the Malaysian Institute of Economic Research (MIER) on Monday, Rafizi stated, “Once we roll it out, it is expected that there will be unhappiness here and there, along with teething problems, but we can’t afford the U-turn.”. 

Three mechanisms will be used to implement the program: the net disposable income of the individual, the net disposable income of the household through social protection or assistance schemes, and a combination of household and individual earnings that will be implemented through the use of a subsidy card. 

These initiatives are consistent with the government’s primary goal of expanding the fiscal framework within which it operates. We have to find new ways to mobilize our resources and cut down on waste in the system because our public finances ran a fiscal deficit of more than 5 percent for three years in a row. Increasing tax collection is one unavoidable aspect of addressing our insufficient revenue. A dynamic, sustainable state is never achieved by spending more money than we have, according to Rafizi.

What is Malaysia PADU?

Are You Ready for the 2024 Subsidy Program? This targeted petrol subsidy program is anticipated to be rolled out gradually beginning in January following the public launch of Pangkalan Data Utama (PADU). For now, the restructuring of petrol subsidies will be rolled out in Peninsular Malaysia first. 
In conclusion, the government can make sure that with this new targeted petrol subsidy mechanism, people who actually need the subsidies will receive them by implementing the PADU system. This initiative, which aims to close the economic gap between low- and high-income groups, is also perceived as an attempt by the government to maintain equity in the distribution of income. 

When will the Malaysia PADU petrol & diesel subsidy program launched?

Registration for the Padu national database is open as of 2 January 2024 and will be used for targeted subsidies. Register HERE.
The Ministry of Domestic Trade and Costs of Living (KPDN) announced via its X (previously Twitter) page that user registration for the nation’s central database hub (PADU) will begin on January 2 2024. 
Registrations will be accepted for use in targeted subsidies. It is recommended that all Malaysians who are eighteen years of age or older visit the Padu portal in order to view their profile and update or verify their personal data. A Padu profile will contain 39 distinct pieces of personal data in total.
In the event that an individual does not possess the necessary devices for online registration, they can still register manually in person at places like government agency offices, local district offices, and Digital Economy Centres (PEDi). 

The ministry states that while registration is not mandatory, it is encouraged in order to make sure that Malaysians who qualify for aid—such as targeted subsidies—are not left out or overlooked.
With the system’s launch, every household in the nation will have access to a national database of socioeconomic data, which will be updated in “near real-time” and regularly analyzed. 
The goal of Padu’s development is to enable targeted policy implementation while facilitating data-driven policymaking and decision-making. The national digital identification system of the nation, MyDigital ID, will eventually be integrated with the system, which has been under development since June 2023.


How Malaysia’s 2024 Petrol Subsidy Will Operate?

Earlier in November, Malaysia’s Minister of Economics declared that a new targeted petrol subsidy mechanism would be introduced beginning in 2024. Three options were presented during a Q&A session in the parliament, according to a report from Berita Harian, for how the petrol and diesel subsidy restructuring will be implemented beginning in the year 2024. 

The following outlines the three categories in which the new targeted petrol subsidy for 2024 operates: 
– Individual Net Income: 
Also called Net Personal Income – This is the amount left over after income taxes and statutory deductions like EPF and SOCSO. Remember that this does not include any deductions from any outstanding insurance or loan balances. This approach guarantees the government’s equitable provision of fuel subsidies in Malaysia. The reasoning behind this is quite straightforward: people with lower incomes might receive more subsidies, while people with higher incomes might receive less. 

– Household Net Income: 
After your statutory deductions, the net income of every household member will be taken into account by this second mechanic. This covers all financial, social, and welfare assistance, as well as your income from your current employment. 

– Combined Household Net Income: 
The third mechanism combines household and individual income. Using financial assistance subsidy cards is part of this mechanism.
Utilizing subsidy cards, which give those in need financial support, is part of this mechanism. This will create a balanced system that allows for more targeted attention to the needs of households and individuals.

So, are you looking forward to the 2024 Malaysia petrol & diesel subsidy?
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Thailand getting worried about soaring car loans on quickly depreciating EVs

Over in Thailand, the country’s National Credit Bureau (NCB) has expressed worry about the quality of loans for electric vehicles compared to traditional internal combustion engine cars due to the noticeably faster depreciation of EVs.

With heightened competition and marketing, especially among Chinese EV brands, there’s been a surge in loans granted. However, the quicker depreciation of used EVs compared to used ICE models poses a greater risk for loan providers.

The Thailand NCB, according to Bangkok Post, plans to engage in heavier scrutiny of EV loan asset quality moving forward, as stated by NCB CEO Surapol Opasatien:

“In the case of an accident involving an EV battery, the car’s value would drop significantly. The value of used EVs, particularly those that are five years old or older, deteriorates more quickly than ICEs,” he said.

Several captive EV leasing companies aim to join the NCB in 2024 and are in the process of submitting necessary documents, which would enable better monitoring of EV loan credit records and Thailand’s household debt.

Thailand’s household debt accounts for around 90.7% of the GDP, approximately 16 trillion baht. Overdue auto loans (30 to 90 days) have notably increased since the start of 2023, with Special Mention (SM) auto loans totalling about 213 billion baht in the third quarter, forming the largest portion of total SM loans, roughly 493 billion baht.

The migration rate of potential non-performing auto loans stands at 12%, comparatively lower than housing, personal, and credit card loans. Despite a 2% increase in outstanding auto loans among NCB members, the growth rate is slower due to reduced new car sales this year, attributed by Mr. Surapol to a 7.02% drop in Thai car production in October and weaker domestic sales.

Despite this overall downturn, Thailand witnessed substantial EV sales growth in the first nine months of 2023, soaring from 1,935 units in 2021 to 9,729 units in 2022 and reached 50,347 units in 2023 and constituting around 10% of total car registrations (500,942 units between January and September).

Aligned with the government’s 2021-2035 EV development roadmap, Thailand aims to be a regional EV production hub, eyeing sales of 65,000 units by December 31st.

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Review: 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix Hybrid Electric – “Generous HEV”

The all-new 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix made its mark here in Malaysia when it was launched for the local market back in June.

UMW Toyota’s gameplan for the all-new model was a bit unconventional but sort of makes sense – the all-new Innova Zenix CBU will be sold as part of the model line-up extension together with the previous-generation Innova CKD (now labelled as Innova CG or ‘Current Generation’).

Why? To cater to those who are looking for different things (and price points) in an MPV that’s suitable for their needs. The previous-generation Toyota Innova CG which is considered more ‘rugged’ is still available with a more affordable price tag from RM133,880 to RM141,880.

As for those with a slightly bigger budget and want a Toyota MPV that’s spacious, comfortable, and easy to drive without having to pay a more premium price like the 2023 Toyota Vellfire or Alphard, the Innova Zenix slots perfectly in between with a price tag from RM165,000 to RM202,000.

To know a bit more about the differences between the Toyota Innova CG and Innova Zenix, CLICK HERE.

As for our review this time around, we got our hands on the range-topping Innova Zenix here in Malaysia, the 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix Hybrid Electric. And yes, it’s the only hybrid variant in the entire Innova model line-up.

Design – More SUV, less MPV

Starting with looks, it’s easy to tell the difference between the old and new Innova. The same “Premium and Tough” theme still applies, but the Innova Zenix kicks it up a notch with more SUV-like features, particularly from the front and sides.

The combination of its trapezium radiator grille, sleek headlights, and a more noticeable muscular side profile certainly draws the Innova Zenix slightly further away from being labelled as a ‘kereta ustaz’ despite having similar exterior dimensions with the Innova CG.

Those 18-inch alloy wheels still feel a bit small despite being an inch bigger than the Innova CG, but the goal with the Innova Zenix is superior comfort and that’s understandable when you’re planning to drive everywhere with the family.

Interior – Space is the Name of the Game

While the exterior might not look that different in terms of size, the insides of the Toyota Innova Zenix are certainly more noticeable in terms of space. Thanks to its remarkable Toyota Global New Architecture (TNGA) platform, the Innova Zenix leaps forward with better space utilization.

Those seated at the front get a couple of comfortable seats but it would’ve been better if there was more support for the driver. Thicker side bolsters and adjustable lumbar support would’ve been wonderful, but it’s still decent for the most part.

There’s also access to the 10.1-inch centre touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, and six speakers for a decent audio experience. The AC system works as advertised even when the panoramic sunroof cover is retracted.

The range-topping Innova Zenix Hybrid Electric is also the only variant that features a couple of captain seats for the second row as well as a huge panoramic sunroof for an elevated sense of space.

No complaints whatsoever from those seated in the second row, and access to the third row is also quite easy. Speaking of the third row, a couple of adults or three children can enjoy the journey without feeling too cramped as there’s enough legroom when the second-row seats are moved slightly forward.

Even when it’s fully loaded, there’s still some room at the back for a few bags. For bigger items, simply fold the third-row seats down and like the saying goes, “Bob’s your uncle” or “There you have it”.

Not the biggest at 690 litres, but the ability to be folded flat on the floor as opposed to being flipped up to the sides in the previous Innova certainly helps. That and the powered boot.

Performance – Full Hybrid Power

The 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix Hybrid Electric is fitted with a 2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine that produces 152PS and 187Nm of torque but thanks to the addition of the electric motor with an E-CVT transmission, the total power output goes up to 186PS – 12PS more than the non-hybrid Innova Zenix.

Being a full-hybrid powertrain, the Innova Zenix HEV can be driven in full EV mode in certain situations like traffic congestions. The transition between ICE and EV or a combination of both is hardly noticeable and it can configured based on your driving mode of choice thanks to the mode selector button near the gear lever.

Don’t let its size fool you, the Innova Zenix HEV is certainly light on its feet thanks to the hybrid powertrain setup making it very easy to drive. The TNGA platform also helps for enhanced agility and improved driving experience thanks to the monocoque construction – a world of difference from the Innova CG’s IMV ladder frame chassis (similar to the Hilux and Fortuner).

In other words, it’s 170kg lighter than the Innova CG, so you have a better power-to-weight ratio that pairs brilliantly with the hybrid powertrain. As for fuel consumption, our brief experience got as low as 6.1L/100km or roughly around 16.3km/l.

It’s good considering that we had no intentions to be ‘eco-friendly’ with our driving. If we were a lot more careful, getting it down to the claimed 4.6L/100km is certainly plausible.

There are, however, some minor setbacks. While the overall performance is smooth and easy to drive, we just wished that the Innova Zenix’s turning radius was slightly better, especially in tighter quarters.

There are also the parking sensors that work by giving out an audible warning when the car is near something on the outside but does not indicate the direction of the possible obstruction in question on the 3D Panoramic View Monitor (PVM).

Safety – Toyota Safety Sense 3.0

Despite the minor details listed above, the Toyota Innova Zenix makes up for it in a big way thanks to the latest Toyota Safety Sense 3.0. It’s a long list but our favourites have to be the Adaptive Control Cruise (ACC) with Full Speed Range, Automatic High Beam (AHB), and all three of the Pre-Collision Warning, Braking and Braking Assist.

At the end of the day, the 2023 Toyota Innova Zenix Hybrid Electric is a commendable all-rounder MPV that’s easy to drive, comfortable for all occupants, fuel-efficient, and won’t cost you a bomb, unlike the Vellfire or Alphard.

With that being said, the RM202k asking price is still a bit steep for most, but the Innova Zenix HEV certainly delivers in more ways than one. Book a test drive and see for yourself. Perhaps, it might be more affordable if UMW Toyota decides to locally assemble it here in Malaysia.


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Meet the Zeekr 007 – a Tesla Model 3 killer with 870km range, over 630hp, and a 90-inch display at its nose

Zeekr, the premium fully electric brand under Geely, has debuted the 007 sedan as a direct rival to Tesla’s Model 3, boasting impressive specs such as an 800V electric architecture, an advertised 870 km maximum range, and a claimed acceleration time acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in just 2.84 seconds.

Priced from 209,900 yuan to 299,900 yuan (roughly RM135k to RM193k), the 007 has already garnered 51,569 orders in 40 days.

According to the automaker, deliveries are scheduled to start on January 1st, following the recent commencement of mass production.

In terms of its specifications, the 007 is built on the PMA2 platform, a version of Geely’s Sustainable Experience Architecture that also underpins the Polestar 4 and Lotus Eletre.

The 007 offers two battery sizes over a total of 5 variants: Zeekr’s 75 kWh (their in-house LFP ‘Golden Battery’) with up to 688km of range, and CATL’s 100 kWh Qilin battery, providing a range of 870 km due to its superior NMC chemistry.

Equipped with the Golden Battery, the 007 can extend its range by 500 km in 15 minutes through its support of DC fast charging at an astonishing maximum rate of 500kW.

To this end, Zeekr says they are committed to an expansion of their charging network, offering V2 600 kW and V3 800 kW liquid-cooled fast chargers with plans to scale up to 10,000 charging poles by 2026.

Their goal, encapsulated in the “1515 plan,” aims to make charging as convenient as visiting a convenience store for 90% of Zeekr owners within three years.

The 007 measures 4865/1900/1450 mm with a 2928 mm wheelbase, a very similar footprint to the Tesla Model 3 Highland. Though its front end ‘visor’ looks rather typical for EVs, it actually features an enormous 90″ LCD screen that can display a variety of texts or graphics to communicate with other road users and pedestrians.

We can imagine this being used to continually promote the owner’s social media handle.

Its powertrain options include a rear-wheel drive single-motor (418hp, 440Nm) or dual-motor AWD version that offers a peak output 637hp and 710Nm of torque thanks to a 220hp electric motor up front.

Inside, the 007’s interfaces are powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8295 chip and Zeekr OS 6.0, featuring an AR-HUD, a 15.05″ rotatable OLED display (lookout BYD) with 2.5k resolution, and a 21-speaker system with Dolby Atmos.

The vehicle also boasts advanced ADAS technology and access to up to a claimed 508 teraflops of computing power thanks to an Nvidia Orin X processor to control its robust sensor setup including 12 high-definition cameras, 5 millimetre wave radars, 12 ultrasonic radars, and LIDAR.

The Geely-owned premium EV brand had previously made waves with their debut vehicle, the 001, back in 2021 before later expanding their line with the Zeekr X crossover and a fully electric MPV with the 009 that’s now a basis for the Volvo EM90.

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Proton X70 production reduced by 92% ahead 2024 facelift

The 2024 Proton X70 is almost here – that’s the sentiment seemingly coming from Tanjung Malim as the national automaker prepares for the model’s second big revision.

Manufacturing data from the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) indicate that production of the X70 has seen a gradual slowdown, corroborating the rumours that it is to make way for a newly refreshed version to take its place.

As reported by our friends at Wapcar, the sole X70 variant with the 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine has stopped rolling off the production line entirely while the rest of the range with the 1.5-litre three-cylinder turbo engine gradually decreasing as well.

All told for November 2023, just 136 examples were made, pointing to an imminent shuffle. In contrast, Proton assembled 1,616 units of the SUV during the same period in 2022, marking reduction of 92%.

This time around, it’s expected that the C-segment SUV’s looks that will headline the list of changes with the facelift, particularly with regard to its front end design which should resemble the 2019 facelift of the Geely Boyue Pro (pictured).

It’s unknown if the 1.8-litre unit will return for the 2024 model year but much less in doubt is the fact that we’ll find a 1.5-litre three-cylinder produced Proton’s new engine plant in most, if not all, variants.

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PADU to be launched on January 2nd – first step in targeted RON95, diesel subsidies

On January 2nd, following the New Years Day public holiday, 2024 will kick off with the launch of the much discussed Pangkalan Data Utama (PADU), a government database that will keep track of the socio-economic status of Malaysian citizens, at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre (PICC).

Importantly, it marks the first real step on the government’s ladder to do away with the current RON95 and diesel fuel subsidy system to one targeted based on household disposable income and other similar factors.

That said, actual the mechanisms of its implementation remain vague. While the use of subsidy cards have been mentioned, their distribution and usage procedures are not yet detailed.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will be officiating the launch of PADU and, as confirmed by economy minister Rafizi Ramli via a posting on X (Twitter, ex-Twitter), the public is invited to attend the event physically (by registering here) or remotely via livestream.

According to Economy Ministry’s website, PADU aims to become the basis for a more holistic policy and initiative formulating process to develop the country. Companies and entrepreneurs will also apparently be encouraged to leverage it to conduct analysis and the like.

Other questions surrounding the security measures being put in place to protect the sensitive data of millions of Malaysians are likely to be addressed during the launch, which begins at 9.30am on January 2nd.

Strong defences are certainly a necessary and paramount concern here as such a centralised database will no doubt be the target of cyber criminals, especially as its contents includes potentially crippling personal and financial data if obtained by unscrupulous parties.

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Chery Omoda E5 Malaysia Preview: Q1 2024 Launch, RM160k Estimate – A BYD Atto 3 ER Rival


Anticipate the Chery Omoda E5 EV, set to debut in Malaysia by March 2024 (Q1), estimated price around RM150k-RM160k. Positioned to rival the BYD Atto 3. Read more here!

Chery Omoda 5 EV Malaysia: Launch Date 

Additional information has been verified about Chery’s first electric vehicle (EV) in the Malaysian market. The Chery Omoda E5 is the fully electric version (EV) of the Omoda 5 crossover. The vehicle will only be offered in one version at first. An official launch date has not yet been announced, but the approximate Omoda 5 EV launch date is in March 2024 (Q1). 

As per December 2023, Chery has opened a registration of interest (ROI) on their website. If you’re interested in owning a Chery Omoda E5, you can express your interest by clicking on this LINK and registering through the website. Click here to read more on the detailed news.

Orders are anticipated to be taken in January 2024, after the final production model arrives in Malaysia. The car on display is currently in the pre-production phase. 

The Omoda 5 EV will be available as a fully-imported (CBU) EV, in contrast to the petrol-powered Omoda 5, which is locally assembled (CKD) in Malaysia. It is unclear, though, if the Omoda EV will ultimately follow the CKD route. The electric vehicle (EV) will be offered as a fully-imported (CBU) product to Malaysia.


Chery Omoda 5 EV Price in Malaysia

The Chery Omoda E5 price is expected to cost between RM150,000 and RM160,000. The pricing details have not been made public. 
At a press preview, a Chery official revealed that the Omoda E5 will be reasonably priced in its class, raising the possibility of competition with one particular, yet-to-be-named electric car. It is suggested that the Omoda E5 could compete with the similarly-sized BYD Atto 3 Extended Range, which is priced at RM167,800, despite not specifying a specific figure or range. 
To put things in perspective, the current Omoda 5 with a petrol engine costs between RM108,800 and RM118,800 for two variants when driven uninsured. Although the Chery Omoda 5 EV exact pricing is still unknown, it is anticipated that it will compete with the Atto 3 ER and thus offer a price advantage over the Omoda 5, which is powered by gasoline.

Chery Omoda E5 EV: Specifications

Since the model was first hinted at over the weekend, the company has also updated the specifications. The Omoda E5 specs, which is based on the internal combustion engine (ICE) Omoda 5, has a front end that is futuristic and high-tech, and a streamlined body that cuts shadows. It has a two-wheel drive (2WD) system and a single flat wire three-in-one motor that delivers 150kW (201 horsepower) and 340 Nm of torque. Its range is four and its energy consumption is low at 15 kWh/100 km.

A lithium iron phosphate (LFP) battery with 61 kWh of energy capacity can provide the Chery Omoda 5 EV with a range of up to 430 km (WLTP standard). With a 0-100 km/h time of 7 points 6 seconds, the battery powers a front-mounted electric motor with a 224 PS (221 hp or 165 kW) rating and 340 Nm of torque. The Chery Omoda EV can be charged using AC power at a maximum of 9.9 kW, or up to 80 kW via DC fast charging, which can charge the battery from 0% to 80% in just 35 minutes with a charger that can handle that amount of power. Appliances and other electrical accessories can be powered by vehicle-to-load (V2L) technology, which has an output of up to 3 point 3 kW. 

We were informed that the preview car’s standard equipment closely resembles that of the Chery Omoda E5, which is built to specifications in Malaysia. This includes 18-inch alloy wheels, black leather seat upholstery, LED projector headlamps, a 12-inch digital instrument cluster, and a 12-inch touchscreen infotainment system with a Qualcomm 8155 system-on-a-chip (SoC). The Omoda EV also has one-pedal driving, keyless entry, and automatic start, which starts the car without the driver having to touch the brake after stepping in.

The EV is also equipped with a new generation Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) that shares many of the same advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as the regular Omoda 5 which includes seventeen functions such as blind-spot monitoring, reverse warning, automatic emergency braking capable of recognizing pedestrians and cyclists, adaptive cruise control with low-speed follow, emergency lane keeping, adaptive high beam, hill start assist, hill descent control, and tyre pressure monitoring. Here, a driver monitoring system is one improvement. 

Omoda 5 EV Exterior 

Exterior-wise, the closed-off grille on the Omoda 5 EV’s face really differentiates it with the petrol-powered Omoda 5. Instead of the logo, the brand script is shown above the charge port door. Both SUVs – Omoda EV and the conventional one have similar interior design features, except the  Chery Omoda E5 EV version’s center console has bigger space for storage and no gear lever.
Like some of the vintage Mercedes-Benz and Tesla car models, the Omoda 5 EV’s gearbox is connected to a stalk positioned at the right of the steering wheel. The exterior measurements are similar to the conventional Omoda 5,   which is 4,400 mm long, 1,830 mm wide, 1,590 mm tall, and has a 2,630 mm wheelbase. 
In terms of the colors of the exterior and interior, Omoda EV have at least seven exterior colours and three interior colour-matching designs that customers can choose. 

Chery Omoda E5 EV VS BYD Atto 3 ER

BYD Atto 3 ER, the EV crossover was hinted as the competitor of Chery Omoda 5 EV, with a dimension of 4,455 mm long, 1,875 mm wide, 1,615 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,720 mm.
When we compare the powertrain for Omoda EV and BYD Atto 3, they have similar peak power of 204 PS (201 hp or 165 kW), but the Chery Omoda E5 has more torque (340 Nm versus 310 Nm). 
The BYD Atto 3 ER wins the century sprint time by a margin of 0:3 seconds, but the Omoda E5 rallies for a win in range, winning by 10 km, probably because of its marginally larger battery capacity (61 kWh as opposed to 60:48 kWh). When comparing charging capacities, the Atto 3 ER’s 7 kW peak AC input is less than the Omoda E5’s 9.9 kW peak AC input. However, both devices have the same maximum DC input of 80 kW (the Atto 3 Standard Range can handle 70 kW); the Atto 3’s kit list also includes the V2L. The Chery Omoda E5’s design mainly mirrors that of its gasoline-powered sibling, with a few subtle changes to emphasize its electric drivetrain. The most noticeable modifications are up front, where there is a new charging port that, according to Chery, makes charging easier because customers won’t have to worry about parking their car in the correct spot. The front fascia also has been redesigned, eliminating the central intake grille.

Let us know what you think of the Omoda 5 EV and whether you think it can compete with the BYD Atto 3! Stay updated for more updates, opinions, and reviews regarding the Chery Omoda E5 on news and
Check out our list of New and Used Chery cars right here if you’re not a fan of EV cars or would rather go with a less expensive option of Chery’s newest models!

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JLR primes the 2024 Range Rover Evoque for its January arrival in Malaysia

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) is set to introduce the refreshed Range Rover Evoque in January 2024. First unveiled on the international stage this past June, it features some significant alterations to the SUV’s design unveiled in June this year.

Externally, this new Evoque displays a new grille that mirrors the design seen in other Land Rover models like the new 5th-generation Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, and the Range Rover Velar. Additionally, it boasts new Pixel LED headlamps with updated daytime running lights, along with revised rear taillights.

With regard to its interior, the new Evoque takes inspiration from the larger Velar by adopting a more minimal dashboard layout, omitting the previous dual-screen setup in favour of a single 11.4-inch curved touchscreen running the Pivi Pro interface, streamlining the interior while increasing storage space and making room for an integrated a wireless charging pad.

While specific powertrain details weren’t disclosed, JLRM confirmed the Evoque will utilise the new Ingenium line of turbocharged petrol engines.

The current variants, P200 and P250, both feature a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine in two states of tune, generating either 200PS and 320Nm (P200) or a beefier 249 PS and 365 Nm (P250), paired with a 9-speed automatic gearbox from ZF and their Efficient Driveline all-wheel drive system.

To offer the public an early look at the updated Range Rover Evoque as well as to showcase their range of other models, JLRM plans to host a preview during a roadshow at Bangsar Shopping Centre between January 3rd to 7th, 2024.


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Das Treffen 8 caps off Porsche’s lively 75th anniversary festivities in Southeast Asia

Das Treffen, Southeast Asia’s largest Porsche gathering, marked its 8th edition in 2023, celebrating several milestones for the automaker. Held at IMPACT Lakeside in Bangkok, the occasion featured diverse activations and unveiled special and customised models. Over 600 classic and modern Porsche sports cars were on display for enthusiasts to explore.

Dubbed “Feiertag,” the event wrapped up the SEA region’s Porsche’s 75th anniversary celebration, the 60th year of the iconic 911 model, and Porsche’s three-decade presence in Thailand, seeing more than 2,600 attendees make their way down on 17th December.

The highlight of the event was marked by the “Dreams in Colours” campaign, an initiative that saw the introduction of seven limited-edition 911 Carerra GTS – 30 Years Porsche Thailand Edition cars, each adorned with Paint to Sample (PTS) colours representing each of the 7 days of the week Thai culture.

These include: Monday (Yellow) – Signalyellow, Tuesday (Pink) – Rubystar, Wednesday (Green) – Signalgreen, Thursday (Orange) – Pastelorange, Friday (Blue) – Rivierablue, Saturday (Purple) – Ultraviolet and Sunday (Red) – Firered.

Furthermore, guests witnessed the debut of the 718 Spyder ‘000,’ also known as the ‘Triple Zero,’ a stunning custom design inspired by the iconic Carrera GT, specified by the creatives behind 000 Magazine Pete Stout and Alex Palevsky, and realised by Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur consisting of a package of specific exterior and interior design elements.

The event showcased other attractions as well such as the 992-generation 911 GT3 fitted with Manthey Racing parts and an AAS Motorsport section.


Yannick Ott, Director Marketing Porsche Asia Pacific said, “Das Treffen always like a warm family reunion, one that we look forward to the entire year. It unites the community of enthusiasts from all over Southeast Asia and beyond; year after year, it is proof that passion for the Porsche brand knows no borders.“

“Therefore, even as we celebrate 75 years of Porsche sports cars, we put our cars in the spotlight – like the 60 years of our icon, the 911 – but we also tell the stories of the people and connections forged with the passion of Porsche.”

Another standout at Das Treffen 8 was the Airstream Caravan “Trailer Living Room” inspired by Curves magazine, a publication led by the imaginative Stefan Bogner known as the “car magazine without cars.” The Curves “Living Room” offered a welcoming ambiance, blending the thrill of a road trip with the captivating essence of Porsche.

Peter Rohwer, Porsche Thailand’s Managing Director, expressed pride in the brand’s resonance with Thai individuals throughout their splendid 30th-anniversary celebrations. He highlighted how Thailand has become integral to Porsche, culminating in the grandest Das Treffen yet, symbolising the burgeoning community of Porsche enthusiasts in the country.

Yannick Ott, Director Marketing Porsche Asia Pacific, likened Das Treffen to a heartwarming family gathering eagerly anticipated each year. It brings together a vibrant community of fans from across Southeast Asia and beyond, showcasing that the love for Porsche transcends boundaries.

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Chery Omoda E5 EV coming to Malaysia in 2024, ROI now open

The Chery Omoda E5 EV will be coming to Malaysia in 2024 and Chery Malaysia has opened up a registration of interest (ROI) website.

Expected to arrive sometime within the first quarter of 2024, the fully electric version of the Chery Omoda 5 was previewed here in the country not too long ago.

Also expected to be a fully imported (CBU) model hailing directly from China, it’s going to be quite an interesting addition to the growing EV selection here in Malaysia.

Spec-wise, the Chery Omoda E5 comes packed with a single electric motor powering the front wheels with 201hp and 340Nm of torque. This translates to a 0-100km/h time of 7.6 seconds.

When it comes to range, the Chery Omoda E5 EV is fitted with a 61kWh battery pack with a range of up to 430km (WLTP). Charging-wise, this EV supports up to 9.9kW of AC charging and 80kW of DC charging.

When connected to a DC charger that supports that output, getting the Omoda E5 juiced up from 30%-80% only requires 30 minutes.

Another highlight that can be found in the ROI site is the use of a Qualcomm 8155 system chip for lightning-fast processing times.

We can also expect to see some other highlights of the Chery Omoda E5 such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a similarly-sized infotainment touchscreen, LED projector headlights, vehicle-to-load (V2L), and more.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, but it should be somewhere near the BYD Atto 3 Extended Range’s asking price of RM167,800 if the Chery Omoda E5 wants to be competitive in the Malaysian market.

To compare, the ICE-version of the Chery Omoda 5 is currently priced in Malaysia from RM108,800 to RM118,800. For those who are keen on the idea of owning a Chery Omoda E5, you may register your interest via the website by CLICKING HERE.