In Malaysia, the 150 cc motorcycle segment is extremely popular, as can be seen by the demand for the Yamaha Y15ZR and Honda RS150R supercubs. But one model that 150 fans have been waiting for is the 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz, and we have it on good knowledge it will be in Malaysia around the middle of this year.Speaking to paultan.org, a source inside Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia, official distributor for Yamaha Motorcycles in Malaysia, said the replacement for the long-serving FZ150i will be launched “sometime this year, probably before mid-year.” The M-Slaz was launched in Thailand and Indonesia in 2016 and targeted at the beginner rider as well as the commuter.Carrying a 149 cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder power plant that is claimed to produce 16 hp at 8,500 rpm and 14.3 Nm at 7,500 rpm, the M-Slaz gets power to the ground via a six-speed gearbox. Rolling on 17-inch wheels, fuel is carried in a 10.2-litre tank, and weight is listed as 135 kg.Inside the cockpit, the M-Slaz … [Read more...] about 2018 Yamaha M-Slaz 150 in Malaysia by mid-year?
BMW has inaugurated a BMW M exclusive showroom in Singapore.The demand for high-performance cars across the world is on a steady rise. To meet this growing demand, in the last four years, the number of BMW M certified dealers has doubled to 850 businesses globally.Now, BMW has decided that the best way to react to this demand for high-performance cars is by expanding its worldwide network with exclusive BMM M and BMW M Performance showrooms. The latest example of this is ‘Performance Munich Autos’ in Singapore. Performance Munich Autos will solely focus on showcasing and retailing BMM M and BMW M Performance cars and SUVs in addition to providing M specific workshop services.The dealership spans across a total of 48,437 square feet to exclusively showcase BMW M models and two BMW M Performance models. It also has an Individual Lounge, which has been integrated for customers to have the ability to relax and individualise their cars. The lounge is equipped with samples of … [Read more...] about BMW M exclusive dealerships to be introduced worldwide
Genesis, the luxury brand spun off from Hyundai in 2015, so far has just two sedans in showrooms with a third on the way—though an ambitious plan to fill out the lineup with SUVs and a coupe by 2020 is underway. But did you know that Genesis was planning something even bigger—something like a halo sports car? What was an excited rumor fueled partially by Hyundai’s N Vision Gran Turismo design study (pictured above) has just been confirmed as reality by Australian publication Wheels.Speaking with Genesis’s vice president of design, Luc Donckerwolke, about the sports car, Wheels garnered a “we are definitely doing it.” Furthermore, the automaker’s vice president of research and design, Woong-chul Yang, described the project as “something our brand needs at this time.” The R&D chief elaborated that such a vehicle would prioritize electrification and battery power over a big-ol’ internal-combustion engine. Yang … [Read more...] about Genesis Confirms It’s Working on Full-Blown Sports Car Using Former BMW M Honcho
BMW has quietly added the M Sport variant to the X3 – priced at Rs. 54 lakhs ex-showroom pan India. Even with the official India debut of the all-new X3 just a month away, BMW thought it right to add a variant to the current generation model. The German car maker only had the xDrive 20d Expedition trim on sale so far, now the company has also introduced the M Sport variant. The X3 xDrive 20d M Sport costs Rs. 54 lakhs (ex-showroom pan India) – Rs. 4.9 lakhs more than the Expedition trim. So, what do you get for the additional moolah?Being the top-spec trim, the M Sport comes with a longer list of features. The fully loaded SUV comes with a larger 8.7-inch touchscreen infotainment unit in place of a 6.4-inch unit on the Expedition. Additionally, this infotainment also has a 20GB hard drive for storage of music and maps. The integrated infotainment is paired with a 205W nine-speaker system. Interior upholstery options include Leather Nevada Beige and Mocha.The M Sport badge … [Read more...] about BMW X3 xDrive 20d M Sport launched
This week's snippets of automotive news include Volkswagen's hot models, Jeep Wrangler customer modifications, 'SUV' goes high-end, and an M Performance BMW Z4. Hot Volkswagens: Hot Volkswagens will continue to get the ‘Benny touch’ to ensure they are more fun to drive. Racer Benny Leuchter was pivotal in the Golf GTI Clubsport S and Polo GTI’s development. “I’ve helped to make the cars more agile, more adjustable at the rear,” he said. Jeep Wrangler customers: Some 98% of Jeep Wrangler customers modify their car with at least one optional part, according to Mopar boss Pietro Gorlier. The Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ performance parts division has developed more than 200 components and accessories for the new Wrangler. According to Gorlier, the best-selling parts for it are side steps and a noise-reducing headliner. “People like the options that make the car more practical, or that offer more off-road … [Read more...] about Autocar confidential: Hot Volkswagens, ‘SUV’ goes high-end, M Performance BMW Z4