Weststar Maxus has announced a new price list for its range of Maxus vehicles in line with the changes made to the goods and services tax (GST), which will be zero-rated as of June 1. The reworked pricing with 0% GST will remain in effect until the re-implementation of the sales and services tax (SST). The government has revealed that the SST rate will be set at 10%, and though no date has been defined for the reintroduction of SST, it has been reported that it will be back in place within two to three months, which means consumers only have a short window of opportunity to enjoy this tax exemption. Click to enlarge. With the removal of GST, savings on Maxus models start from RM5,151 for a V80 SWB panel van, and the four variants in the G10 MPV range sees a price reduction ranging from RM7,808 for a G10 Sport to RM10,185 for a G10 Executive. The company also announced that it will be opening two new showrooms within the next couple of months, in Penang and Kota Bharu. It opened a … [Read more...] about GST zero-rated: Maxus prices down, by up to RM10.2k
My truck seems to run fine, but someone recently asked me if I had the drive shaft balanced. Do I need to get it balanced? Q. During one of the severe snowstorms this past winter, I got hung up on a snowbank with my 2014 Ford F-150. It has four-wheel drive, and I lost the drive shaft to the rear wheels. I managed to get the truck off the snowbank and drive it to a mechanic. He was able to weld the broken part of the driveshaft and put it back on the truck. It seems to run fine, but someone recently asked me if I had it balanced. Do I need to get the drive shaft balanced, and who would be able to balance it if I do? A. There are specialty shops that balance drive shafts, but most shops will either replace it with a used unit from a salvage yard or replace it with a new one. If a drive shaft is out of balance, the body of the truck or the seat will vibrate. If you are not feeling any vibration and the welding was performed correctly, I wouldn’t be … [Read more...] about Do I need to balance the drive shaft in my truck?
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motor has released new prices of Hyundai models without the six-percent goods and services tax (GST). Set to come into effect on June 1, the figures are in line with the government’s move to set the tax to zero percent on that same date, ahead of the formal reintroduction of the sales and service tax (SST) sometime later this year. That tax will be set at 10%, meaning that you only have two or three months to enjoy these savings before prices go up again – possibly higher than during the GST era. Click to enlarge Looking at the price list, the cheapest car on the list, the base Ioniq Hybrid, now ducks under the RM100,000 mark at RM94,788 – RM6,500 less expensive than before. Meanwhile, the most expensive model, the Starex 2.5 CRDi Deluxe, receives a RM10,300 lower price and retails at RM173,288. As we reported last year, the Sonata and Santa Fe are nowhere to be found, having been discontinued in anticipation of new models. The Veloster has also … [Read more...] about GST zero-rated: Hyundai prices up to RM10,300 lower
0 Comments Italian masterpiece: Alfa Romeo's Stelvio SUV oozes power and class BelfastTelegraph.co.uk The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo's first venture into the SUV market, and it's been making quite a lot of waves. Paul Connolly sets out its charms. https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/italian-masterpiece-alfa-romeos-stelvio-suv-oozes-power-and-class-36934935.html https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/cars/article36934933.ece/ccbbb/AUTOCROP/h342/2018-05-23_lif_41152505_I3.JPG Email The Stelvio is Alfa Romeo's first venture into the SUV market, and it's been making quite a lot of waves. Paul Connolly sets out its charms. What's new?Np pressure, Alfa Romeo. You are one of the last to the SUV party, so this had better be good. And the good news is that it is. Alfa has resisted the temptation to crib stuff from sister company Jeep and opted to build its own SUV based on its Giulia saloon platform. The Giulia's driving dynamics are very good, and have been imported across to the new SUV, … [Read more...] about Italian masterpiece: Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio SUV oozes power and class
The Porsche 911 GT3 is among the diminishing ranks of naturally-aspirated performance cars, and while the apparent advent of a Cabriolet version might lessen the ‘purist’ factor for some, it also opens up headroom for its occupants’ aural enjoyment of the 4.0 litre flat-six. This mule is likely to adopt the fixed-roof GT3’s engine tune, meaning a similar, if not identical set of output figures mirroring that car’s 500 hp at 8,250 rpm and 460 Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm; that engine goes to 9,000 rpm before the limiter calls time. Transmission is most likely the six-speed manual unit as employed in the GT3 Touring, judging by the three-pedal layout spotted here. Adoption of PDK transmission here remains to be seen. Further along, the Cabriolet can be expected to adopt details such as dynamic engine mounts, locking differential and active rear axle steering. Wheel diameter appears to remain at 20 inches. Chassis setup should be similar to that of the GT3 … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Porsche 911 GT3 Touring Cabriolet seen?
The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette has been spotted undergoing tests again, and it has been tipped to join the Corvette lineup in 2019 as a 2020 model. This new model will reportedly serve as the Corvette sub-brand’s halo model rather than replace the current C7 generation of models, which is expected to continue into the 2022 model year. Exact engine details have yet to be confirmed, though our spy photographers say that transmission is likely to be a dual-clutch unit judging by accounts of ‘lightning-fast’ gearshifts. This finding corresponds with a Car and Driver report, which says that the TR-9007 unit by transmission maker Tremec will be the “one and only transmission available.” Our sources also report that Chevrolet has trademarked the name “E-Ray”, which likely signifies a sub-brand for electrification. This is in line with earlier reports that there will be a hybrid version of the mid-engined Corvette, possibly a plug-in hybrid and … [Read more...] about SPIED: Mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette spotted again
The next-generation Audi Q3 was most recently spotted running trials last month, and judging by the sighting of what appears to be the new RS Q3, it seems like Audi is aiming to release its high-performance range-topper not long after the new model range’s debut. The heart and most likely the centre of the new RS Q3’s attraction is its powerplant, which our spy photographers have observed to sound like a five-cylinder from the RS3. Given that the current RS Q3 made 367 hp and 465 Nm of torque, this upcoming iteration is expected to come closer to the 400 hp mark, which is the output figure of the RS3 hot hatch. Thus equipped, the next-generation RS Q3 can be expected to dispatch the 0-100 km/h run quicker than the 4.4 seconds elapsed by the current RS Q3 performance, as well as likely surpassing that car’s 270 km/h top speed. Driveline will naturally be all-wheel-drive, most probably mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Changes compared to the standard Q3 … [Read more...] about SPYSHOTS: Audi RS Q3 testing at the Nurburgring
With the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz G-Class, it’s clear that the iconic model has gone through the biggest transformation in its 39 years-old history. The tri-star company is showing no signs of slowing down or canning production altogether, and now, production of the Geländewagen has commenced. Ever since 1979, the people responsible for producing the G-Class is Magna Steyr, and its facility is located in Graz, Austria. Till today, the G-Class is predominantly built by hand. Several experienced employees have been with the company from the start, lending some credence to the company’s claim of “paying great attention to the well-known Mercedes-Benz quality.” The Magna Steyr plant facilitates numerous synergies thanks to the high degree of networking between development, engineering, the prototype workshop, testing and series production. Daimler’s subsidiary company Mercedes-Benz G GmbH is also based in Graz. The highlight of the plant is the … [Read more...] about Mercedes-Benz G-Class production begins in Austria
Porsche, after recently coming under fire for allegedly installing defeat devices in its diesel-powered cars, has issued a recall for its diesel-powered Macan and Cayenne SUVs at the request of German authorities. According to AutoExpress, approximately 53,000 units of the Macan and 6,750 units of the Cayenne are involved in this recall exercise across Europe. A Porsche spokesman explained that the company had “received recall notices from the German Federal Motor Transport Authority (KBA) affecting Cayenne 4.2 litre V8 diesel and Macan 3.0 litre V6 diesel vehicles.” Although Porsche was quick to announce that it “accepts full responsibility towards its customers,” it also said it “does not develop or manufacture diesel engines itself.” Both the above-mentioned engines were developed by Audi, also a member of the Volkswagen Group. Since February this year, Porsche has dropped all sales of its diesel-engined models, citing declining sales as a … [Read more...] about Dieselgate: Porsche Europe recalls 60,000 diesel SUVs
Click to enlarge We’ve seen it undisguised, and read about its new diesel mild-hybrid powertrain – now the Kia Sportage facelift is officially unveiled, slightly less than three years after the fourth-gen QL made its debut. The refreshed SUV also gets a lightly altered appearance plus new safety and infotainment tech. There are front and rear bumpers, as well as redesigned front and rear lamps. The ‘eyes’ have four-point LED daytime running lights, similar to the new Cerato and Ceed. The GT-Line, seen here, comes with a gloss black hot-stamped radiator grille, a gloss black and silver skid plate, and dark chrome inserts on the side sills and rear tailgate. The GT-Line’s unique 19-inch alloys have been redesigned (new 16- and 17-inch wheels for the other trim levels), and all models are fitted with a dual-exhaust rear valance (look closely and you’ll see the real tailpipe jutting out below the bumper) plus revised ‘ice cube’ LED fog … [Read more...] about Kia Sportage facelift revealed, with diesel mild hybrid