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Guide to economical ownership
WITH the rising cost of living, companies desperate to clear
affordability takes a new turn as their old stock, hence offering big
many motorists have now discounts.
realised that spending on things The problem with this is that
based on style and image is no the cars are usually more than a
longer condoned. year old – some are even more
Hence, many mature than two years old.
Malaysians are downgrading Discounts can amount up to
their motoring options and RM10,000 but be wary, as there
having new perspectives of their are a few things you need to
automotive needs. check before signing on the
In this issue of Motoring, we dotted line. If the car has been
address some of the steps and parked for a long time, the tyres
concerns in purchasing a car and might have flat spots for being
what it takes to keep prices low. static too long. Get the seller to
change them.
Super big discounts You should also check for rats,
bitten off rubber hoses in the
Auto experts will warn engine bay, hardened door or
about cheap buys. window seals and faded paint.
There are a few A wiring harness that has been
damaged by rats can cost
more than RM20,000 to not be enough to cover that. to get a used car because it is Think with your wallet,
The big
Ensure that everything covered
by the warranty is stated clearly on
However, used cars require
not your heart
discount paper. Check the car thoroughly higher downpayments. If you are It is best to take a shorter loan
sometimes before accepting it. not careful, you might also end up of maximum seven years because
does not spending more cash to get your modern cars require more
offset the residual value
of the car.
Affordable does not secondhand vehicle running
maintenance after the fifth year
and you will incur more costs if
Check the used car market necessarily mean cheap In contrast, new cars nowadays you are still serving the loan.
for the price of the car after two are usually offered with lower
years. Your discount will likely Some experts will advise you interest rates and downpayments. > TURN TO PAGE 3
2 Motoring SUNDAY STAR, 9 JULY 2017

THE Ford Ranger WildTrak is
tougher, smarter and more About Ford Motor
efficient. It is now available in Ford Company
showrooms nationwide.
Its safety and suite of new
technologies are complemented by Ford Motor Company is
a stylish and functional interior as a global automotive and
well as water-wading, towing and mobility company based
payload capabilities, which make in Dearborn, Michigan.
the Ford Ranger Malaysia’s most With about 201,000
capable pick-up. employees and 62 plants
“The Ford Ranger is classy yet worldwide, the company’s
rugged and bold to show off that core business includes
toughness in you. It is built to designing, manufacturing,
perform, giving you peace of mind marketing and servicing a
to help kick-start your working day full line of Ford cars,
for any job, anywhere,” says Syed trucks, SUVs and Lincoln
Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, managing luxury vehicles.

The smart and
director of Sime Darby Auto To expand its business
Connexion. model, Ford is aggressively
Syed Ahmad emphasises that pursuing emerging
the safety features in the Ford opportunities with
Ranger pick-up truck variants investments in
are unrivalled in this country. electrification, autonomy

capable performer
and mobility. Ford
The smartest of its kind provides financial services
through Ford Motor Credit
Equipped with an array of Company.
smart technologies, the Ranger’s
intuitive features make any task a
The high-performance WildTrak
variant now features improved class-leading suite of safety all variants. technologies across all variants About Sime Darby
infotainment system SYNC 3, the features for your peace of ESC is an active safety system such as the hill launch assist,
latest generation of Ford’s in-car mind, including six airbags and that improves driver control under which holds the Ranger in place Auto Connexion
connectivity system that boasts an driver-assistance technologies all conditions and maximises for up to three seconds when the
eight-inch colour touchscreen to such as lane-keeping aid, adaptive vehicle traction and stability both driver removes the foot from the Sime Darby Auto
operate phone, entertainment and cruise control and electronic on- and off-road. brake, adaptive load control that Connexion Sdn Bhd is a
climate control using a simple stability control (ESC). It automatically reduces engine maximises control when carrying wholly owned subsidiary
voice command system. Ford’s ESC and ISOFIX child torque and/or applies a braking heavy loads and emergency brake of Sime Darby Motors
safety mounts come standard, force to individual wheels if it assist. Division and the Ford
Advanced safety features making Ranger the only pick-up
truck in Malaysia to offer these two
senses the vehicle is turning more
or less than intended. n For more information, visit
distributor in Malaysia.

Ford Ranger WildTrak features a important safety features across There are also other smart
SUNDAY STAR, 9 JULY 2017 Motoring 3

Powerful and stylish
NAZA Kia Malaysia recently introduced the
new Sorento HS Turbo Diesel and new
Sportage GT Turbo Diesel. Its interior is covered in The new Sorento HS Turbo Diesel
These turbo diesel-powered variants of leather upholstery that lets is recognised for its quality build
the Kia Sorento and Kia Sportage are and stylish design.
powered by the 2.2 CRDi (common rail you have a taste of modern
direct injection) and 2.0 AWD GT CRDi
engines that produce 440Nm and 400Nm luxury .
of torque respectively – proven to be
powerful yet economical powerplants
capable of travelling up to 1,000km on a
single tank.
(AHSS) body structure, all of which helped
New Sorento HS Turbo Diesel the vehicle achieve five-star Euro NCAP and
NHTSA NCAP ratings.
The premium design and feel of the The new Sorento is priced from
new Sorento HS Turbo Diesel combine RM186,530.19 and comes with a five-year
the perfection of style, practicality and unlimited mileage warranty. Terms and
technology, all wrapped up in a dynamic conditions apply.
vehicle that will no doubt make its presence
known on the road.
Together with a distinctive grill, powerful
New Sportage GT Turbo Diesel
projector HID headlamps and 19-inch The new Sportage is another
premium alloy chrome wheels, the new breathtakingly distinct vehicle with an
Sorento has won numerous awards for its attractive interior, cutting-edge technology
outstanding product design and high-quality and advanced features.
build. Like its petrol variant, the new GT Line
Its interior is covered in leather upholstery specification is designed and engineered to
that lets you have a taste of modern luxury. appeal to those looking for a sportier driving
The vehicle is also equipped with a experience while adding greater visual and
sophisticated multimedia infotainment dynamic appeal.
system, seven-inch TFT LCD screen on the Boasting elegant headlamps, Kia’s
supervision cluster, a smart power tailgate, hallmark Schreyer grille and seductive
10-way power assisted driver seat, seat 19-inch premium alloy wheels, this is one form of the GT Turbo Diesel’s 2.0-litre CRDi It is also the winner of J.D. Power’s Vehicle
variations for the seven-seater, smart attractive vehicle. engine, which produces 185Ps and 400Nm of Dependability Study, 2016 Red Dot Award for
parking assist system, tyre pressure The beautiful interior is comfortable and torque with Dynamax AWD that is mated to Product Design and Insurance Institute for
monitoring system (TPMS) and electronic inviting, which is to be expected with the a six-speed automatic transmission. Highway Safety’s Top Safety Pick award in
parking brake. heavy use of premium materials. Enabling a smooth ride and quality 2016.
Safety is also the name of the game with Passengers will love the entertainment handling are MacPherson struts at the front The all-new Sportage 2.0L AWD GT CRDi is
the new Sorento, with features such as six setup, which includes the multimedia and a multi-link suspension at the rear. priced from RM155,356.99 and comes with a
airbags, vehicle stability management (VSM), infotainment system, six-speaker sound You will feel truly at ease with its safety five-years warranty with unlimited mileage.
electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock system and a supervision cluster with a large features that include six airbags, ABS, ESC, Terms and conditions apply.
brake system (ABS), hill-start assist control 4.2-inch TFT-LCD screen. VSC and HAC, all encompassed in an AHSS
(HAC) and an advanced high-strength steel Exemplary performance comes in the body structure. n For more information, visit

Make the wise choice

Take maintenance into account
Some cars might have a price tag that you
can afford but the maintenance can eat into
your savings. Always check the maintenance
cost for each vehicle such as the cost for a
normal lubricant change and major service
jobs that the car will have to undergo every
If the car company offers a free
maintenance package, check carefully for
the things that are covered. Some might
cover specific engine oil specifications,
which require shorter service intervals,
while some might cover only the labour cost
or lubrication services.
There are a few that will cover everything
sans tyres, wipers and other perishable

Fuel consumption
This is a big issue since our fuel prices are given on the brochure might help but until
floated now. Check reviews and car clubs
about fuel consumption.
Malaysia has come up with its own fuel
consumption regulation, those figures might
If the car
Nowadays, the fuel consumption figures not be valid because the vehicles might have company offers free
maintenance package,
been tested in a cold country or the engine
might be using a different fuel grade.
For MPVs, diesel offers lower fuel
consumption and better check carefully for the
performance. The downside is
that modern diesel engines
things that are covered.
prefer Euro5 fuel, which is
available at limited petrol
existed. They can even share which
Don't listen to rumours service centre to go to.

Car clubs offer a wealth of
information because they own the very
When in doubt, look for familiar
vehicles they talk about. brands
Most of the time, they know more than
the media and can advise on the things to Not many people are really into cars, so
look out for, where to buy cheap parts, who consider buying the usual brands. The more
to take care of the vehicles, and highlight common the car on the road, the more likely
features that even the car dealer never knew people know how to fix it.
4 Motoring SUNDAY STAR, 9 JULY 2017

WITH the Hari Raya celebrations
going strong, Volkswagen
Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is
offering customers the chance to
drive home a fine piece of German
engineering at an affordable price
with its Raya promotion.
Among the vehicles that will
certainly attract people’s attention
is the all-new Passat that comes in
three exciting variants – the
Trendline that is available from

Embodiment of
RM159,990, the Comfortline from
RM179,990 and the Highline from
With features such as superior
design, economical engines and
state-of-the-art technologies, it is

style and performance
little wonder that the Passat has
become a worldwide bestseller and
is now in its eight generation.
“The all-new Passat is the
perfect embodiment of style and
performance. Its design combines
exclusivity with exceptional
dynamics while its performance
comes with the perfect balance of a combined fuel consumption equipped with the Composition control and ISOFIX anchorage per day for their new Passat
power and practicality,” says reading of approximately 5.7 litres Colour five-inch touchscreen point for child seats. Trendline or Comfortline when
Florian Steiner, managing director per 100km. display radio with USB, Bluetooth, For added convenience, the they take a nine-year loan
of VPCM. In addition to having low-rolling SD card slot and AUX-In features Passat Comfortline comes with instalment.
Though more affordably priced resistance tyres, part of this while the Composition Media Easy Open – a keyless sensor- Also, any variant of the Passat
than the range-topping Highline, impressive fuel economy is due to system in the Passat Comfortline controlled trunk that opens bought and registered during this
the Passat Trendline and the Passat’s start/stop function has a 6.5-inch touchscreen colour automatically by detecting the period is entitled to five years of
Comfortline models are not to be that deactivates the engine when display that supports CD, MP3 and driver’s foot. free maintenance.
dismissed as they are packed with the car is at a standstill and WMA files through USB, AUX-In, SD The all-new Passat Comfortline Not only that, be sure to check
an extensive list of features often regenerative braking that recycles card slot as well as Bluetooth is available in seven colours – Pure out the Raya Open House event
found in other premium brands. the lost energy by storing it for connectivity. White, Deep Black, Reflex Silver, that will be held at all authorised
Both models are powered by a acceleration. Comfortline buyers can also opt Indium Grey, Crimson Red, Black Volkswagen dealerships
1.8-litre TSI engine that provides Passengers are assured of for the App-Connect upgrade that Oak Brown and Harvard Blue. The nationwide today for more
more than sufficient power to total comfort in the stylish cabin allows them to display smartphone Trendline is available in Pure attractive offers and arrange for a
climb mountain roads and traverse that has the Climatronic apps on the touchscreen White, Deep Black, Reflex Silver test drive in your favourite
long distances with ease. air-conditioning system with entertainment system. and Indium Grey. Volkswagen vehicle.
Paired with a seven-speed three-zone temperature control. As safety is at the core of all As of Sept 1 last year, all All prices listed are vehicles’
direct-shift gearbox, the The driver will also take Volkswagen vehicles, the Passat is Volkswagen cars come with a selling price and do not include
powerplant produces 180PS at pleasure in the 12-way driver equipped with features such as five-year manufacturer’s warranty registration and insurance.
5,100rpm to 6,200rpm and a electric seat and the KESSY keyless Automatic Post-Collision Braking and five years’ roadside assistance. Applicable for peninsular Malaysia
torque of 250Nm between locking and starting system that is System, six airbags, electronic Till the end of this month, only.
1,250rpm and 5,000rpm. installed in the Passat Comfortline. stability control, anti-lock braking Volkswagen’s Raya promotion
It will sprint from 0kph to In the entertainment system and brake assist, Intelligent enables customers to save n For more information, visit
100kph in 7.9 seconds and provide department, the Trendline is Crash Response System, hill-hold up to RM15,000 or pay RM51