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the renault clio rs - Automobile Association of Malaysia
AN AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA (AAM) PUBLICATION
Vol 23#4 w July/Aug w PP314/12/2009 (021078) w RM3.00 w www.aam.org.my
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from the chairman Good drivers are made, not
born, and learning to drive safely
takes time and needs extensive
practice
REACHING OUT TO YOUNG
DRIVERS AND NEW CAR OWNERS
Tackling the very broad subject of road safety
awareness means addressing concerns
and issues from an equally wide scope.
Road safety is not exclusive to drivers and
car owners. It includes all road users from
motorcyclists and cyclists to pedestrians. And
in defining road users, one can also break
this down further into the many respective
age groups.
Malaysia registers in excess of 400,000
units of new cars annually, and while there
are no specific numbers available to us at
this juncture, these figures do provide us
with good educated guess as to how many
new drivers and new car owners join the
population of existing road users every year.
This is one category of road users that the
Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM)
is currently focusing on and recently, we
introduced a new membership programme
specifically devoted to drivers within the
age bracket of between 18 and 23 years old
where members will be primarily made up of
university and college students.
Quoting an excerpt from a report by the
Organisation for Economic Co-Operation
and Development (OECD) it was stated
that “good drivers are made, not born,
and learning to drive safely takes time and
needs extensive practice. With time, the
actions of driving – changing gears, looking
in the rear-view mirror, steering, correctly
assessing situations, reacting appropriately,
etc. – become automatic. However, the
novice driver has to think about these actions,
increasing overall mental workload and
possibly distracting attention from the road.
Gaining sufficient experience is the key to
remedying the situation…”
The AAM A1 Team Malaysia Unicard is a
vehicle AAM has introduced to reach out to
the younger generation of drivers, allowing
us the opportunity to inculcate greater road
safety awareness. The membership is
offered for FREE to these individuals, and
cardholders also pay subsidized service
charges to ensure that they are not financially
burdened.
In the process of joining as a member, we
ask that applicants make a pledge that they
will to the best of their ability and sincerely,
abide by a set of road safety golden rules. By
doing so, AAM hopes our young members
will become responsible, caring, law
abiding and safe drivers and in the process,
contribute to making Malaysian roads safer
for all motorists.
The long-term objective at the end of
the day is to ensure that young drivers not
only know what road safety is all about but
more importantly, understand its importance
and embrace the positive values whenever
they are on the road. And as the number
one breakdown service and road assistance
provider in the country, AAM wants to be
there for our young drivers in their time of
need.
Road safety is as much about abiding
traffic regulations and good car maintenance
just as it is about being alert, disciplined,
patient, courteous and considerate of other
road users.
Together, we can all make a difference.
Y.M TUNKU DATUK MUDZAFFAR BIN
TUNKU MUSTAPHA
DKYR, PSD, PJK, HON.COMP.IMI-UK
TUNKU KECHIL BESAR.
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CHAIRMAN
Y.M. TUNKU DATUK MUDZAFFAR TUNKU MUSTAPHA
DKYR, PSD, PJK, HON. COMP. IMI-UK, TUNKU KECHIL
BESAR
VICE CHAIRMAN
WAN ZAHARUDDIN WAN AHMAD
COMMITTEE MEMBERS
l AHMED ISMAIL B. HAJI AMIN
l YUSOF BIN ABU OTHMAN
l LEONG CHOO KONG
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EDITORIAL
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF: Wan Zaharuddin Wan Ahmad
EDITOR: Harris Iskandar Taib
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Correspondence and enquiries, please send to:
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While every care is taken in the compiling of this issue of the Drive
Magazine, the Automobile Association of Malaysia assumes no
responsibility for any consequences arising from errors and omissions. The
opinions of the writers or contributors are personal and do not necessarily
reflect those of the AAM. Editorial contributions are welcomed but must
be accompanied by return postage. Such materials will be handled with
reasonable care. However, the Publisher cannot be HELD responsible
for the safety of artwork, photographs or manuscript. Publication of an
advertisement or a product write-up does not imply that the service or
product is recommended by the AAM, unless stated so.
news EVORA INTRODUCTION KEEPS LOTUS
BUOYANT DESPITE GLOBAL DOWNTURN
Lotus’ new 2+2 mid-engined sportscar
the Evora, the first all-new car for the
company in 14 years, has been heralded
as a huge success for the company.
While the manufacturing sector in
the United Kingdom is experiencing
severe challenges amidst the global
economic and financial crisis, Lotus on
the contrary, is currently increasing
production to cope with demand for the
Evora, as well as the Elise and Exige
small-platform cars.
To be sold in 41 countries worldwide,
the Evora had taken 27 months to design
from a blank sheet of paper to the start of
production.
Lotus is also recruiting a considerable
number of new production and
engineering staff to cover increased
requirements both in vehicle production
and its international high technology
engineering consultancy business.
Production in its 2009/10 financial year
is planned with confidence to increase
by 50% over the previous year and
the number of direct production staff
will increase by 30% during the same
period. Lotus is also enjoying success in
the export market with over 80% of its
revenues derived from overseas markets
where its business is benefiting from
the weaker Pound. The Group is also
supplying strongly into Europe and the
Far East and already the demand at
Lotus dealers for the Evora in the United
States is significantly beyond initial
expectations.
“We see the headlines and are more
than aware of the difficulties being faced
by many other businesses worldwide,
especially in our own industry.” said
Michael J. Kimberley, CEO of Group
Lotus PLC.
“We’re not claiming that we have
the solution to all the world’s economic
problems, but our plans and efforts are
working well for us right now. The Lotus
story is very positive; new products,
new customers, strong exports and new
technologies and we know that this
combination is a world-beating one”.
SINGAPORE GP ADDS HOLLYWOOD MAGIC TO 2009
RACE COMMERCIAL
Race Promoter Singapore GP Pte Ltd has engaged The
Cimarron Group, one of Hollywood’s largest and most
successful entertainment marketing agencies to produce the
2009 FORMULA 1 SINGTEL SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX
television commercial.
The collaboration with Cimarron was made possible by
the recent opening of Cimarron Group Asia in Singapore, the
international headquarters of the Los Angeles based Group.
Based on this year’s tagline “Nothing Else Comes Close”,
the 30-second commercial showcases Singapore’s largest and
glitziest sporting event in a visual treat typically reserved for
a major motion picture.
Cimarron counts big names such as Sony Pictures
Entertainment, Universal Studios Hollywood and Twentieth
Century Fox as their clients. Some of their recent work
includes producing the trailers for the blockbusters Grand
Torino, Twilight and Monsters vs. Aliens.
The TVC is available for viewing on www.singaporegp.sg.
AAM noticeboard
AAM A1 TEAM MALAYSIA
unicard membership programme
REACHES OUT TO
YOUNG DRIVERS
Reaching out to the younger generation
of car owners and drivers, the Automobile
Association of Malaysia (AAM) is proud
to introduce the AAM A1 Team Malaysia
Unicard that will provide those between
the ages of 18 and 23 not only with
breakdown assistance but the important
values of good road safety.
The new membership programme
is FREE of charge and members pay
subsidized charges only when they require
service. AAM’s 24-hour road assistance
and breakdown service includes
everything from a motorcycle patrol
or van unit being dispatched to assist
vehicles that run out of petrol, or requires
a jump start or a new car battery, to
providing car carriers and tow trucks in
the event the vehicle is immobilized.
To make use of the service, all the
cardholder is required to do is call the
AAM hotline at 1-800-88-0808 and
request for a motorcycle, van or tow truck
to be dispatched, or in the event he is
unsure, describe the nature of the vehicle
problem to AAM’s customer service
executive who will then select the most
appropriate and cost efficient service to be
rendered.
While membership is free of charge,
cardholders are however, required to
make a pledge that they will abide by a
set of eight golden rules of road safety,
and in doing so, becoming a responsible,
caring, law abiding and safe driver.
“The launch of the AAM A1 Team
Malaysia Unicard allows AAM to
fulfill three very important objectives
- inculcating the importance of road safety
to young drivers, providing them with
around the clock breakdown assistance,
and growing AAM’s membership base
for the future,” said AAM Chairman
Yang Mulia Tunku Mudzaffar Tunku
Mustapha.
The new membership programme is
targeted to attract 10,000 cardholders
annually. Applications can be made at
the nearest AAM office nationwide or
any mobile AAM promotional booth.
Applicants will be issued with their
membership card immediately.
The AAM A1 Team Malaysia Unicard
membership programme is also an
extension of the existing AAM A1 Team
Malaysia card that was introduced in
2008 in collaboration with A1 Team
Malaysia. AAM is a partner of A1 Team
Malaysia that competes in the A1GP
Championship.
COMMITMENT TO ROAD SAFETY
As young and new drivers, it is important
for AAM A1 Team Malaysia Unicard
members to know, understand and
appreciate the significance of road safety.
This will be in line with AAM’s continued
efforts to firmly establish road safety not
only as a discipline but a way of life, and
in the process make Malaysian roads
safer for all motorists.
“The most effective approach is to
reach out to drivers when they’re young,
at the point of them obtaining their
driver’s licence or in their early years of
car ownership,” said Tunku Mudzaffar.
“It’s not just a question of knowing
what road safety is all about but
AAM noticeboard more importantly understanding its
importance and embracing these values
whenever an individual in on the road,
irrespective of whether he or she is
driving, riding a motorcycle or walking.
Road safety is as much about abiding
traffic rules and regulations just as it is
about being courteous and considerate of
other road users.”
REACHING OUT TO YOUNG
DRIVERS
Not only is the AAM A1 Team Malaysia
Unicard membership free, it also
extends subsidized service charges to
cardholders in the event they require
assistance. The rates are subsidized by
AAM, the cardholder only pays for the
specific service rendered, and service is
guaranteed 24 hours a day.
In addition, the membership does not
limit the cardholder to a specific vehicle
but enables the individual to obtain
breakdown service and road assistance
even if the vehicle is registered to another
party. Vehicles however, must possess a
valid road tax.
Services rendered include the
following; vehicle out of petrol, jumpstart,
new car battery, puncture. AAM is also
able to carry out minor on-the-spot
repairs for the following items; fan belt,
fuel filter, accelerator cable, condenser,
radiator fan motor wiring, contact
problem, clutch cable, distributor car,
spark plugs, ignition coil, rotor arm
and spark plug cables (depending on
availability of spare parts).
“The objective of this exercise is
purely to be there for them in their time
of need. Appreciating the fact that as
university or college students money will
of course be of concern, we made a bold
decision to subsidize the service charges
so that it does not become a burden to
cardholders,” said Tunku Mudzaffar.
“Members have the assurance of
guaranteed service and at the same time,
the luxury of only paying as and when
they require our services.”
Being subsidized, he added that
the rates extended to cardholders are
well below the rates that are currently
charged by workshops and tow truck
operators in the market. Another
important point is that cardholders are
assured of service anytime they call.
NURTURING A NEW GENERATION
OF AAM MEMBERS
From a commercial standpoint, the new
membership programme will contribute
to reaffirming AAM’s position as the
number one breakdown service and road
assistance provider in the country, and at
the same time establish customer loyalty.
Recognized and acknowledged for
its quality assurance, prompt service
and wide range of services offered, AAM
currently has more than 300,000 active
members.
With a total of 20 offices in major
cities throughout Malaysia, AAM has
more than 250 mechanics working
tirelessly to help its members nationwide,
a fleet of various vehicles to render
optimum road services at every
breakdown centre, in addition to being
backed by 164 appointed workshops
and tow-truck operators to complement
breakdown service, especially outside the
major cities and towns.
In 2008, AAM responded to a total
of 68,427 roadside assistance cases.
AAM responds to an average of 250-300
breakdown calls per day. The average
response time for breakdowns within the
Klang Valley is 45-50 minutes and 10-20
minutes in other towns.
AAM membership is open to all
Malaysians. The annual subscription fee
for ordinary and basic memberships is
RM75. The annual subscription fee for
the AAM A1 Team Malaysia and AAM
Shape Lady’s memberships meanwhile,
is RM100.
AAM members enjoy the wide
and comprehensive range of benefits
and services from breakdown service,
road assistance, accident assistance,
insurance coverage, collision repair,
renewal of road tax and driver’s licence,
to car inspection and valuation, free
technical advice, discounts on car
rental, rental of child car seat and
baby bassinet, car care courses, safety
and advanced driving courses, travel
packages and discounts, and vehicle antitheft and fleet management solutions.
For more information log on to www.
aam.org.my
AAM noticeboard
AAM GOLF TOURNAMENT
This year’s AAM Annual Golf Tournament was played at the
Staffield Country Resort in Negeri Sembilan on 7 June 2009.
Open to AAM members, the competition was based on the
System 36 (Stable Ford).
Three novelty awards were also given away. Azman Kassim
won the longest drive award with a hit of 261 metres and 53
inches. Nearest to pin was Suhaidin Md Shaukat who was 1
feet 9 inches away while Siti Khadijah won the nearest to line
award with a distance of four inches.
Medal A was won by Haji Soldin Sidol, a four handicapper
who scored 39. In second place was Fan Choon Yan who hit 37,
while in third was Suhaidin Md Shaukat.
Medal B was won by Chan Kam Sang who with a handicap
of 19 scored 38, while second and third places went to Mohd
Fadillah and Haji Aliman Rosli respectively who both scored 37.
Medal B was
won by Chan
Kam Sang
CHEVRON TEAM BRUSHES-UP ON
DEFENSIVE DRIVING
In line with Chevron Malaysia Limited’s
commitment to safety in the workplace
and everyday life, a total of 110 employees
underwent a refresher in Defensive
Driving conducted by AAM Motorsports.
Drivers of varying skills brushed up
on the Do’s and Don’ts of Road Safety,
from accident avoidance to basic road sign
awareness.
According to Chevron’s Country
Chairman, Jeremy Oh, safety is more
than a priority at Chevron – it is
engrained in the company’s culture. The
company, which operates under the brand
Caltex in Malaysia and prides itself on
safe operations and zero incidents, has
a large number of employees who spend
most of their time on the road. As a result,
key takeaway points were to build a
greater awareness of the right skills for
safer journeys.
Practical modules turned out to
be quite the eye-opener, with teams
learning the basic push-and-pull steering
technique, other defensive driving
techniques and the intricacies behind
emergency braking with the application
of ABS and non-ABS brake-systems.
For some, such lessons proved the
difficult undoing of years of bad habits.
Particularly adrenaline inducing, and
crowd favorites, was lessons on skid
control and cornering concepts. Here,
participants experienced the simulation
of extreme road conditions, complete with
oil- and water-slick roads -- and backseat
drivers.
“Despite years being on the road,
drivers tend to ignore basic everyday road
safety. Prevention is just as important
as knowing what to do in an emergency,”
said the most seasoned participant of
the course, Industrial Relations Advisor
Kumaraveloo.V.
Catherine Choong, Commercial &
Industrial, Business Advisor for Malaysia
and Cambodia meanwhile, learnt the
important difference between the ABS and
non-ABS braking systems.
“I enjoyed the course and learned a
lot. There were so many habits I thought
were safe but were proven otherwise,” said
another participant Kamaruzaman Abu
whos is a Field Trainer.
For Maintenance & Construction
Specialist Sharida Abdul Wahab, the
course was not only able to point out the
root causes of road accidents but enabled
her to know the true limitations and how
much more she is today capable of when
the situation arises.
WHAT ARE YOU DRIVING?
advertorial Arthur V. Martin. BS MS MSME CEO
Suasana Nyaman Sdn Bhd
Are you driving
around in a
“Troika?” No,
it is not one of
those fancy foreign
automobiles and it
Penicillium Fungi is not produced locally.
It does, however, come in
every locally and foreign
imported brand of automobile. It isn’t a factory
option. With the help of the local climate you
yourself turn your vehicle into a “Troikamobile.”
Troika refers to the deadly trio of tropical
and sub-tropical fungi that can grow in your
automobile. It happens quickly and easily. When
it rains and you get into your automobile and get
the carpet wet you provide the place for these
fungi to grow. They are scientifically called,
Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Penicillium. Once
carpeting is wet they will begin to grow within
approximately 24 hours and they can be deadly.
In the US alone in 2007 there were 5,000
recorded deaths from Cladosporium poisoning.
We don’t hear much about it though. Aspergillus
and Penicillium are responsible for respiratory
problems and decreased lung capacity. They
are responsible for eye infections, ear, nose and
throat infections and a host of other debilitating
medical conditions.
Imagine your automobile parked all
day long in the Malaysian weather. It can get
to be 40+ C inside. Your automobile becomes
an incubation chamber for rapid fungal
reproduction. Then, if you have a chemical air
freshener inside, those chemical fumes mix with
the living, growing toxic fungals. You get in the
car, switch on the A/C and direct the cool air to
your face and body.
Cool air is not always clean air. These are
not golf balls floating in the air that you can see.
Approximately 700,000 of these deadly fungal
spores can fit on a pinhead. So tiny yet so deadly!
In a confined space the toxic level can build
quickly and dramatically.
We at AAM are you Guardian on the
Road. We want to protect you from driving
accidents with good advice. We also want to
protect you inside your automobile. BluOxy™
solution sprayed on your automobile carpeting
and in your air conditioning system several
times a week plus a NanOdor pad placed on
your automobile rear shelf or dashboard will
help protect you, your family and your other
passengers by eliminating this Toxic Troika.
Order your handy 60ml bottle today. Keep it in
your glove box for easy access.
Drive safe but also drive healthy.
Aspergillus Spores
10 tips
MAKE CARS GREEN –
are you an environmentally-conscious driver
Make Cars Green is an international
environmental campaign, initiated by
the International Automobile Federation
(FIA) aimed at reducing the impact of
motoring on our planet.
Make Cars Green outlines how policy
makers, industry and consumers can all
play a constructive role in the future. It
brings together all aspects of the FIA’s
work from encouraging consumers to
go green, to representing our members’
ecological concerns towards government
and manufacturers, and the introduction
of environmental initiatives into motor
sport.
The campaign is aimed at
encouraging a radical rethink in the way
cars are considered in society by being at
the forefront of encouraging considerate
and ecologically sound mobility.
As a responsible motorist, you can
help to preserve the environment just by
making slight changes to your driving
style and adopting a few simple and
basic rules.
Today’s modern car engines for
example, no longer require that you
warm it up at idle. Allowing an engine
to idle for a long period unnecessarily
wastes fuel. It is better to turn off the
engine, even for a short period, as you
will save more fuel.
Even trivial things like checking your
tyre pressure and vehicle alignment
are essential to greener motoring.
This will not only ensure better fuel
consumption but extend the life of your
tyres and improve the overall handling
and emissions of the vehicle. Car owners
are also advised to service their vehicles
regularly to ensure that the engine is
tuned to perform at its optimum level.
This will help to minimise emissions and
fuel consumption, plus improve safety
and reliability.
Driving at a reduced and constant
speed for example, will help you conserve
fuel. Wind resistance is said to increase
quickly at higher speeds. At 110km/h
a driver uses approximately 20% to
25% more fuel than what is required at
90km/h.
Minimising accelerating and braking
also goes a long way in reducing
fuel consumption. Hard accelerating
increases fuel use dramatically while
excessive braking wastes the energy that
that has been used to get the car up to
speed. Always look ahead to anticipate
the flow of the traffic so you can adjust
your speed early to reduce the need for
heavy braking.
Driving in a lower gear than
necessary and revving the engine also
wastes fuel. When driving a car with
automatic transmission, try to use the
economy mode.
While air-conditioning has become
a must for today’s cars, as far as
possible try to minimize its usage. Air
conditioners increase fuel usage by about
10%. However, at speeds above 80km/h,
light use of air conditioning is better
for fuel consumption than opening the
car window as this will dramatically
increase wind resistance.
While roof racks and boxes have
become a common and practical,
remove them from your vehicle
when it is not being used. Carrying
unneccessary weight around increases
fuel consumption and these items also
increase wind resistance, sometimes
affecting fuel consumption by as much
as 20%.
THE FIA’S 10 POINTS
FOR GREENER
MOTORING
1. Buy green
2. Plan your journey
3. Check tyre pressures frequently
4. Reduce loads and avoid the need
for roof racks
5. Don’t warm up your engine before
starting off
6. Use air-conditioning only when
necessary
7. Accelerate gently and keep your
speed constant
8. Use engine braking
9. Don’t idle your engine
10. Offset your CO2 emissions
MAKE CARS GREEN
The Make Cars Green Campaign is initiated
by the International Automobile Federation
(FIA), and outlines how policy makers,
industry players and consumers can all
play a constructive role in reducing the
impact motoring has on the environment.
It encourages drivers to think as well as go
green.
For a better understanding of the Make
Cars Green campaign, we encourage you to
visit www.makecarsgreen.org.
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12 new car
buying china:
THE CHERY ALADO TIGGO
The Chery Alado Tiggo
SUV is certainly an eyeopener as far as chinamade cars are concerned,
and if anything, is a
manifestation of all the
hard work, investments,
perseverance and
determination to accepted
as a serious and bonafide
global car manufacturer.
By Harris Iskandar Taib
It would only be fair to first be rid of the stigma
that has until today, cast plenty of doubt and
reservations about buying cars that are made in
China.
To a very big extent, it would not be fair to
compare or associate Chinese built automobiles
with cheap Chinese electronics and thousands of
other manufactured goods that are available in
the market.
Ask anyone in the manufacturing industry
they will attest to the fact that quality is a
subjective matter and that money, can also buy
the best quality made-in-China products provided
you’re willing to spend.
During a recent test drive of the Chery Alado
SUV the Tiggo – courtsesy of Chery Alado Sdn
Bhd - a friend made what I would consider a fair
comment when he compared the build quality
of the vehicle to the earlier generation Proton
cars. Baring in mind that the earlier Proton cars
were all Japanese-inherited sporting only several
cosmetic changes and local components, Chery
with its Tiggo in particular, is moving in the right
direction.
I wouldn’t make the grave mistake of
ridiculing or dismissing China made cars. More
than 20 years ago, Malaysians had the same
reservations about buying made-in-Malaysia
Proton cars yet cheap local cars quickly dominated
the market. Considering the fact that the Chinese
manufacture their own military might in the form
of fighter planes, helicopters, missiles and host of
other armaments, building a car is elementary.
And while build quality is a continuous
improvement process, China made cars has
leapfrogged not only Malaysian but to some
extent, the Japanese, Korean and European in
terms of styling.
There may be strong worldwide criticisms
pertaining to originality of designs and styling,
but what one cannot deny is the fact that Chinese
car manufacturers possess the tooling, equipment,
technical expertise and capability to produce even
the most intricate designs, while we in Malaysia
still cannot, have not or dare not.
Not forgetting of course, that they can build
cheaper. Check out Chery’s latest eye-opener the
all-new QQme - a four-seater, two-door mini car,
with a 1.3-litre engine, and equipped with airbag,
ABS, EBD, and reversing radar priced from just
above RM20,000.
At the recent Shanghai Automobile Exhibition
in April, Chery introduced a brand new super
fleet of vehicles composed of 32 new models that
even included showcasing self-researched and
developed electric cars and the hybrid models.
How’s that for progress.
In 2008, despite the global financial crisis
making it much harder for ‘Made in China’ to go
abroad, Chery exports remained sound with an
annual export volume of 135,000 units, accounting
for 50% of Chinese passenger vehicle exported to
be ranked first among Chinese passenger vehicle
exporters for six consecutive years.
Chery’s progress in the first quarter 2009 has
also not only been reflected in its sales volume
achievements and products structure optimization,
but also in the unprecedented scope of new product
launch. Five new models introduced within three
months is indeed a reality check for Malaysian
car manufacturers – January 6 (A3 hatchback),
January 10 (first Chinese hybrid model A5 BSG),
February 16 (first pure electric model S18), March
19 (G6, new benchmark of Chinese high-end cars)
and March 30 (Karry subcompact).
While Malaysian car manufacturers have only
recently embarked on developing hybrids, Chery
has already introduced their first production
model electric car, the S18, which uses in-house
designed lithium iron phosphate batteries with
new car 13
enough range to roll up to 150km (93 miles), at
speeds of up to 120km and can be plugged into
a 220V power outlet. What a quantum leap that
is for a company that was founded in 1997 and
only produced its first car in 1999, some 14 years
behind Malaysia’s national car industry.
Coming back to the 1.6-litre Tiggo SUV, it’s
a definitely a huge step up from Chery’s first
Malaysian offering the A160.introduced into the
market in 2005.
Powered by a five-speed manual
transmission, the front-wheel driven Tiggo has
a very appealing and up-to-date exterior styling.
It drives pretty decent as well and based on my
short three days with the car, it’s surprisingly
economical as a daily drive.
The Tiggo features an advanced chassis said
to be calibrated by Britain’s Group Lotus PLC. It
also takes after Lotus’ principle of performance
via lightweight, employing aluminum alloy
and composite materials reducing average fuel
consumption by 8% for every 100km.
Safety features include anti-lock braking
system (ABS), electronic brake distribution
(EBD), front seat belts with pre-tensioners,
dual SRS airbags, impact protection beams on
all four doors, child safety lock, front and rear
fog lights, electrochromatic anti-glare rear view
mirror, and a high-mounted brake light for clear
visibility.
The 1.6-litre Tiggo is priced at between
RM78,888 on the road with road tax and
insurance, plus a three-year warranty. Also
available is a two-litre automatic variant priced
at RM89,888 on the road with road tax and
insurance.
Inside, the Tiggo is simple but presentable,
and more importantly, offers a lot of space and
leg room. A unique feature of the Tiggo is its
adjustable and sliding rear seats that allow
passengers to adjust for legroom. The seats are
also designed for 50:50 split and are foldable to
accommodate a larger storage area if needed.
Moving forward however, I hope the Chery
will emulate the European and not Asian car
manufacturers with regards to the choice of
materials and textures for the dashboard, door
panels and other interior components.
European “look and feel” was however,
noticeable and present in the form of the tasteful
illumination of the instrument cluster, the soft
engagement and sounding of the indicators,
and subtle sounding automatic door lock. Even
the car key takes after European exclusivity
enabling you to hide or flick open the key at
the press of a button. The two-litre automatic
meanwhile, features a four-speed steptronic
gearbox and cruise control.
In terms of performance, the bigger the
engine capacity the better I say, but the 1.6litre is surprisingly not underpowered and
sufficient enough for the usage the vehicle has
been designed for although it could do with
more torque. Braking performance is good and
comparable to what is generally being offered
in the market – mind you the Tiggo comes
standard with ABS and EBD.
In terms of handling, the Tiggo drives
comfortably although the suspension set-up
is on the firm side. For an SUV, the Tiggo is
also nimble and agile. Equally important, the
air-conditioning system is also spot-on for our
Malaysian weather.
Arguing the issue of the Chinese overtaking
other car manufacturers - the Malaysian and
Korean car manufacturers the very least - it’s
no longer a debate on whether they can but
more precisely when they will do it and how far
ahead they will be.
The next five to 10 years will indeed be
very interesting, and with the investments,
determination and sense of urgency
demonstrated so far. As the Chinese car
manufacturers refine their automobile-building
skills and intensify efforts on gaining access
to engineering and technological capabilities,
I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens much
sooner.
And I don’t think I’ve misplaced my
confidence.
In terms of securing greater local appeal
and acceptance, price alone is not the decisive
factor but it will equally depend on availability
and affordability of spare parts, overall
reliability of the vehicle, a wide network
of people to service these vehicles, and the
dreaded issue of resale values.
Me, I’m eagerly waiting for the Chinesemade Hummer H1 replica to hit the market.
Hao Yun!
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
1.6-LITRE 5-SPEED MANUAL
TIGGO
Engine: 16-valve four-cylinder DOHC
Capacity: 1597cc
Maximum power: 87.5kw at 6150rpm
Maximum torque: 147Nm at 4300rpm
Fuel system: Electronic multipoint injection
Fuel tank capacity: 57 litres
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Suspension:
(front) independent Macpherso strut, coil spring,
anti-roll bar, single transverse link and tubular
damper
(rear) multi-link with coil spring, tube damper
and anti-roll bar
Brakes:
(front) ventilated discs
(rear) discs
Tyres: 235/60R 16
Overall length: 4285mm
Overall width: 1765mm
Overall height: 1705mm
Wheelbase: 2510mm
Weight: 1750kg
14 tips
save fuel bills and go green
THE MICHELIN WAY
Conservation of the environment and
disposable income is the theme
of the ‘MICHELIN Diaries’
to educate car owners on
environment–friendly
tyres which reduce
fuel consumption
and carbon dioxide
emissions.
MICHELIN
Malaysia Sdn Bhd
Managing Director
Yves Pouliquen said
the ‘MICHELIN
Diaries’ aims
to educate the
public not only
on the benefits of
MICHELIN tyres
that will improve
a vehicle’s overall
performance and
safety but also help
drivers in saving fuel
bills and reducing tyre
maintenance cost in the
long term.
“The ‘MICHELIN
Diaries’ exemplifies
MICHELIN’s commitment to provide
the public an on-the-ground brand experience to
fully understand the importance of choosing the
right tyre and how it can have a significant impact
on fuel consumption.
“Drivers want a tyre that can give them the
best road mileage possible, especially if they travel
a lot. However, most drivers usually think that
they can save money by buying tyres that cost
less, not realising that it will cost them more in
the long run.
“While MICHELIN tyres are priced slightly
more than other brands, the overall cost of
ownership is much lower as they are made from
the finest technology and features for superior
performance capabilities while allowing drivers to
save fuel bills and experience all the advantages
that MICHELIN tyres are renowned for – comfort,
longevity and safety. In short, MICHELIN offers
drivers the best cost over the lifetime of the tyres.”
According to Pouliquen, MICHELIN’s
Energy range of tyres with the patented Green
X technology were developed using an improved
silicon compound that reduces the rolling
resistance, meaning less energy and fuel are
required to push the vehicle.
“Meanwhile, our latest
range of tyre, the new
MICHELIN Primacy LC
is made to significantly
decrease driving noise,
fuel consumption and
pollution. It reduces
rolling resistance by 13
per cent compared to the
previous generation,
the MICHELIN Energy
MXV8,” said Pouliquen.
“In line with
MICHELIN’s tagline of
‘A better way forward’,
we are pleased to
be reaching out to
the public and share
with them on how
MICHELIN tyres can
bring them further for
less while unleashing
their vehicles’ fullest
potential,” Pouliquen
added.
Among those
who participated in the
‘MICHELIN Diaries’ mall event
was 35-year old Daud Mokhtar who supported
MICHELIN’s effort in interacting with Malaysians
to share valuable fuel saving tips.
Another participant, 34-year old Dillon Singh
said, “The activities are enjoyable and informative.
By promoting their tyres through such activities,
I think MICHELIN can address the concerns
with regards to fuel savings and conserving the
environment among Malaysian drivers.
Meanwhile, 32-year old Veronica Leong said
the ‘MICHELIN Diaries’ was a good platform to
draw in the public and showcase what MICHELIN
tyres were all about.
The ‘MICHELIN Diaries’ roadshow will be
held at designated tour sites and major shopping
centres in Penang, the Klang Valley, Malacca and
Johor Bahru from April 10 to May 16, 2009 where
the public can learn more about MICHELIN’s
range of fuel saving tyres including the Energy
and the new MICHELIN Primacy LC tyres. The
public can also participate in various fun and
educational activities at the malls and receive
attractive, limited MICHELIN premiums.
Visit www.diaries.michelin.com.my for
more information on the roadshow schedule
and the whereabouts of the MICHELIN Man as
he captures the sights and sounds of Malaysia
throughout his entire journey in an online travel
journal.
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18 tips
Bantuan kecemasan kepada
wanita hamil yang kemalangan
Malang tidak berbau….itu perumpamaan yang
sesuai bagi menggambarkan situasi yang tidak
diingini daripada berlaku pada setiap orang. Bagi
wanita hamil, mereka adalah golongan yang lebih
perlu berhati hati dalam melakukan apa apa
aktiviti harian lebih lebih lagi bagi mereka yang
mempunyai kerjaya sendiri yang sering memandu
ke tempat kerja hampir setiap hari.
Akan tetapi, kejadian yang tidak diingini
seperti kemalangan jalan raya tetap juga
bertandang dan ia mungkin disebabkan kesilapan
sendiri mahupun kesilapan pengguna jalan raya
yang lain. Perkara yang sepatutnya dielak boleh
berlaku pada bila bila masa dan keadaan itu pasti
akan memberi tekanan kepada bakal bakal ibu
lebih lebih lagi sekiranya kandungan
mereka sudah tiba hampir pada
waktunya.
Setiap wanita mengandung
yang memandu dinasihatkan
agar sentiasa membawa
bersama sama buku
rekod laporan kesihatan
kandungan bagi tujuan
rujukan bagi apa apa
kejadian yang tidak diingini.
Wanita mengandung yang
mencapai usia kandungan
7 bulan ke atas adalah
tidak digalakkan sama
sekali untuk memandu
kerana tempoh
tersebut adalah
terlalu kritikal
ekoran pelbagai
faktor perlu diambil
bagi memastikan
bayi yang dikandung
berada dalam keadaan
yang selamat. Jika
berlaku kecelakaan
yang teruk, kesannya
tetap dirasai oleh wanita
mengandung.
Sungguhpun begitu,
wanita mengandung yang
mencapai usia pramatang
juga perlu berhati hati
ketika memandu walaupun
bukan dalam keadaan
sarat. Ini kerana, pelbagai
faktor mungkin boleh
menyebabkan kandungan
berada dalam keadaan tidak selamat dan si ibu
boleh mengalami kekejangan otot kaki yang
boleh menyebabkan hilang kawalan ketika
memandu. Ini merupakan satu simpton yang
bakal dialami oleh ibu-ibu mengandung dimana
usia kandungan baru mencecah dua atau tiga
bulan.
Sebaliknya, apabila usia kandungan sudah
mencapai tahap kritikal, adalah disarankan agar
wanita mengandung tidak memandu sendiri
kenderaan. Adalah lebih baik meminta bantuan
suami, jiran terdekat mahupun teman rapat
untuk membawa mereka kemana mana.
Kurangkan aktiviti memandu melainkan
dengan tujuan tertentu sahaja seperti memandu
ketempat kerja, mengambil anak
anak pulang dari sekolah
mahupun keluar membeli
barangan keperluan
harian. Pilihlah masa
yang sesuai untuk
keluar memandu
bagi mengelakkan
kesesakan lalu lintas
yang boleh mengakibatkan
kekejangan pada otot kaki
yang boleh mengundang
risiko kemalangan.
Bagi wanita mengandung
yang mencapai usia kandungan
sehingga 7 bulan keatas yang terlibat
dengan kemalangan jalan raya, risiko
untuk bersalin awal adalah sangat
tinggi dimana kesannya mungkin
dialami oleh bayi mereka.
Dalam keadaan yang
terdesak, mereka perlu
melahirkan bayi mereka
walaupun belum tiba
masanya bagi mengelak
bayi mereka mati di
dalam perut akibat
tekanan semasa
kemalangan.
Ini kerana,
keadaan
itu telah
menyebabkan
kecederaan
pada rahim
dimana
pendarahan
akan berlaku
dan air ketuban akan pecah menyebabkan
dinding rahim dan uri terpisah.
Terdapat beberapa langkah-langkah awal
dan tip- tip berguna yang boleh diambil bagi
menyelamatkan wanita mengandung yang
terlibat dengan kemalangan jalan raya.
Keluarkan mangsa dari dalam kereta
dan terus tempatkan mereka di tempat
yang selesa dan lapang. Posisikan mangsa
dalam keadaan bersandar dan cuba elakkan
daripada dikerumuni dari orang ramai kerana
ini akan menambahkan tekanan kepada
mangsa dan bayi. Periksa jikalau terdapat
buku rekod kesihatan kandungan mangsa
bagi mengenalpasti usia kandungan mangsa
bertujuan menyenangkan proses bantuan
kecemasan yang seterusnya.
Tenangkan mangsa dan periksa anggota
tubuh badan mangsa yang mengalami
kecederaan serius dan ringan. Utamakan
pada anggota badan mangsa yang mengalami
kecederaan serius dan berikan rawatan segera.
Pegang perut mangsa perlahan lahan untuk
memastikan kandungan berada dalam keadaan
stabil.
Manakala, jika mangsa berada dalam
keadaan tidak sedarkan diri, keluarkan
mangsa dan periksa denyutan nadi, jantung
dan pernafasan mangsa bagi memastikan
mangsa masih lagi bernyawa. Sentiasa
pastikan mangsa berada dalam keadaan stabil
sementara menunggu pasukan penyelamat
sampai.
Selain itu, mangsa haruslah mendapatkan
rawatan dan pemeriksaan di hospital dengan
secepat mungkin bagi memastikan sama ada
bayi yang masih lagi bernyawa atau tidak.
Jika bayi sudah tidak lagi bernyawa, stabilkan
perasaan mangsa sebelum pembedahan
dilakukan bagi mengeluarkan bayi yang telah
meninggal dunia.
Mangsa juga harus mendapatkan rawatan
susulan seperti pemeriksaan bahagian organ
dalam yang bertujuan mengenal pasti tiada
pendarahan dalaman berlaku. Setelah itu,
mangsa perlu berehat dengan secukupnya dan
perlu sentiasa berhati hati dalam melakukan
apa cara sekalipun.
Hindaklah diingati bahawa sentiasalah
berhati hati di jalan raya demi keselamatan
anda dan orang yang anda sayangi. Ingatlah,
mereka sentiasa mengharapkan anda selamat
setiap masa walau di mana anda berada.
tips 19
Penghawa dingin kotor
undang penyakit
Mengapa Penghawa Dingin Perlu
Diselenggarakan
Penghawa dingin kenderaan juga
sebenarnya perlu menjalani proses
penyelenggaraan mengikut jadual
berdasarkan spesifikasi kenderaan yang
telah pun ditetapkan oleh pengilang
sebagaimana kebiasaan yang dilakukan
pada enjin serta komponen kenderaan
yang lain. Tindakan itu bertujuan
untuk memastikan keselesaan dan
kesihatan pemandu serta penumpang
selain menjamin kesempurnaanya
beroperasi dengan baik dan lancar tanpa
mendatangkan sebarang masalah kepada
pemilik kenderaan.
Penghawa dingin yang kotor akan
menghasilkan habuk serta bacteria
tidak sihat dan keadaan ini akan
mendatangkan kesan buruk terhadap
kesihatan pemandu dan penumpang
terutamanya sekali golongan yang
menghidap penyakit asma serta kanakkanak dan warga tua
Penyedutan udara berhabuk yang
mengandungi pelbagai jenis bacteria
ini turut member kesan kepada
mereka yang sentitif atau mempunyai
alahan dan keadaan ini mampu
mengakibatkan kerengsangan pada
kulit muda. Selain itu, berada terlalu
lama di dalam kenderaan yang kotor
disebabkan penyebaran habuk melalui
sitem penghawa dingin ini juga dapat
mengundang penyakit seperti selesema
terutamanya dikalangan penyakit
resdung.
Bagaimana Ia Terjadi
Ketika udara kotor dan berhabuk itu
melalui celah-celah gelung penyejukan,
kotoran terbabit akan terlekat pada
permukaan dinding serta liang gelung
penyejuk berdasarkan pada permukaan
gelung berkenaan yang berada dalam
keadaan lembap disebabkan aktiviti gas
penghawa dingin didalamnya.
Kotoran yang terlekat pada dinding
dan liang gelung penyejukan itu, lama
kelamaan menyebabkan hakisan pada
komponen terbabit dan fenomena ini
mampu menjadi punca kebocoran
gas pada sistem penghawa dingin
dalam kenderaan. Sehubungan itu,
penyelenggaraan sistem penghawa dingin
mengikut jadual dan menepati nasihat
pengeluar adalah sangat penting dalam
memastikan keselesaan perjalanan yang
lebih selamat dan menyihatkan.
Mengapa Cepat Kotor
Mengapa sistem penghawa dingin
kenderaan dilihat lebih cepat kotor
dan memerlukan lebih banyak
penyelenggaraan berbanding alat
penghawa dingin dirumah atau pejaba?
Rasionalnya,
alat penghawa
dingin di rumah
atau pejabat
terletak pada satu
ruang kawasan
yang lebih luas
dan secara
kebiasaannya
peralatan
elektronik
terbabit dipasang
di bahagian atas
sudut pejabat.
Manakala,
komponen
penyejukan pada sistem penghawa
dingin kereta bukan sahaja dipasang
berhampiran dengan alas lantai kereta,
malah ruang dalaman kenderaan yang
lebih kecil menyebabkan aliran udara
menjadi lebih terhad.
Keadaan ini menyebabkan debu,
habuk sera kotoran ringan daripelapik
kaki dan tempat duduk akan disedut
masuk terus ke gelung penyejukkan(
cooling coil) melalui kipas(blower motor).
20 tips
young/new
DRIVER AT THE WHEEL
All drivers have to start from the bottom.
The more driving time you clock, the more
confidence you build up and the more
driving skills you pick up as you become a
more experience motorist. There is simply
no shortcut to becoming a good and more
importantly, safe driver.
With this said, take your time to learn
and always apply what you have learnt
prior to being entitled to your driver’s
licence and earning the right to join the
motoring population.
Driving comes with a huge
responsibility and with any reckless
behaviour, severe consequences. At all
times, you have a responsibility not only to
safeguard yourself, but to also ensure the
safety of other road users.
Tips for Teenage Drivers
Remember what you have been taught
especially the traffic regulations. Always
keep in mind what you learnt at the
driving school, the do’s and don’ts, and
the long list of traffic regulations you had
to first pass before entitling you to your
driver’s licence. These regulations exist
for you’re your own safety and that of
others.
Know your limits. As a new driver you
should be aware of your driving capability
and limits. Building your confidence on
the road takes time and experience. Do not
become overzealous and take unnecessary
risks that will endanger not only you but
the lives of other road users.
Don’t listen to friends - stick to the
rules and regulations. You should never
subject yourself to intimidation and peer
pressure at the wheel. Drive within your
limits and according to the traffic rules
and regulations. Remember that you are
the driver and you have a responsibility to
keep not only yourself safe, but ensure the
safety of your passengers and that of other
road users. Remember, you are not out to
impress anyone but get to your destination
safely.
Keep your cool. Do not be coaxed
or intimidated into driving recklessly
by other drivers. When being tailgated,
yield and let other pass. Be patient, stay
calm and do not be tempted into verbally
abusing other road users or making
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improper hand gestures that could easily
trigger confrontation.
Keep your hands on the wheel
and your eyes on the road. This is a
pre-requisite at all times. Do not allow
yourself to become distracted.
Keep your distance. Increase space
and following distances. Do not tailgate.
Honing your skills at anticipating.
With more driving tiem and experience
on the road, try to hone your skills at
anticipating what others may do on the
road. Try to identify potential hazards
and dangerous situations as this will give
you more time to react appropriately.
Learn the vehicle you are
driving. Never ever take any vehicle for
granted. Different vehicles have different
characteristics and are equipped with
different specifications and many levels of
safety. Some come equipped with traction
control while others do not even have
an anti-lock braking system (ABS). take
your time to learn what the vehicle you’re
driving can and cannot do. Remember
that not all vehicles are designed to stop
on the dot or take corners like you’re on
rails.
Ensure the safety of your vehicle.
For example, periodically check the
condition of your tyres and the vehicle’s
alignment. Are the brake pads and rotors
in good condition? Do you need to replace
the suspension? Your safety on the road
also depends on how well maintained your
vehicle is.
parental tips
Defensive, safety and advanced driving courses. If you can afford it, there are
a number of courses available that you can enroll your teenage child in. These
theoretical and practical courses are normally conducted within a safe and
controlled environment and are designed to impart valuable knowledge and
driving techniques.
Have your child drive you. One of the best ways to evaluate his/her driving
ability and to instill greater confidence in your teenage child is to have him/her
drive you around.
Talk to your child as he/she drives. Start a conversation. Be casual and not
too authoritative or intimidating. Do not belittle your child’s driving. What you’re
hoping to do is build his/her confidence on the road.
Review your child’s driving session. It’s always good to go over the driving
session, pointing out to your child how he/she can further improve his/her driving.
Remind your teen driver about the risks. When it comes to being safe on the
road, make constant reminders and get key messages across as often as possible so
that it becomes second nature
Meet your child’s traveling companions. Whenever possible, try to meet who
are your child’s driving companions. You want to get the important road safety
messages across to them as well. This is to prevent others from encouraging your
child to take unnecessary risks at the wheel.
Set a good example for your child. The last thing you want your child to do is to
follow all your bad driving habits. Refrain from being angry and abusive of other
motorists and make sure you strictly abide by all traffic regulations.
Choose a safe car. Sports cars and novice drivers make a dangerous
combination. Until they are truly capable, confident and skilled at the wheel, limit
them to a car that is safe and one that they are unlikely to be tempted into driving
too fast in.
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french
POCKET ROCKET
By Harris Iskandar Taib
Renault’s involvement in
Formula 1, the success it has
enjoyed and the bragging
rights that came with it, have
been aptly and meticulously
translated to producing
sporty production cars that
are not only exciting to drive
but give the French auto
manufacturer a new and
refreshing image.
Apart from the legendary Espace that I
adore, and the one-of-a-kind Renault Clio
Sport that featured a three-litre V6 engine
at the rear, I will be honest in that I have
never been Renault’s biggest fan.
Perhaps it has something to do
with falling into the trap of a universal
perception that German cars are robustly
engineered for driving performance,
Japanese cars are built for reliability, the
Italians for outright style and the French,
well, let’s just say that they always
preferred to do things differently.
But different is good! A Renault Clio
RS kind of different.
You see, I love the Espace for its space
and practicality and although I have
never driven the Clio Sport V6, I still very
much want one.
And so, when I test drove the new
generation Clio RS recently, I wasn’t
really sure of what to expect.
In fact, it never occured to me
just how special this car was
until I was well into my
first two kilometers.
Let’s just
say that the
Clio RS is a true
manifestation of
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all the hard work and investments that
Renault has put into Formula 1. It is just
so gratifying to experience some of the
technology – although not and never in
full – being applied in production models.
PERFORMANCE
The six-speed manual transmission is
an outright giveaway that you’re in an
extraordinary car.
The Clio RS is not available in
automatic transmission, but trust me,
even if there it were, it’s the manual that
you’d want – unless of course Renault by
any chance were to introduce a sequential
manual gearbox which would only
enhance driving appeal.
The Clio RS comes with a close ratio
gearbox – sweet! It’s a joy to change up
and down the gears and with 200 brake
horse power and 215 Nm of torque at
your disposal - the car’s a real pocket
rocket.
Acceleration is swift, and the throttle
response crisp. You can be cruising in any
gear and just a little tap on the throttle
will inject adrenaline to transform the
personality of the car in no time. The
“little Frenchman” will do 0-100km/h in
6.9 seconds and take you all the way up
past the legal speed limits in no time.
Courtesy of the engineers at Renault
Sport, the variable valve timing engine
has been extensively revised to feature
new inlet tracts, valve seat aerodynamics,
camshaft, crankshaft and pistons.
I personally loved the intake sound
the Clio RS makes whenever you’re on
the throttle. While it is not quite as loud
and noticeable as the signature intake
sound of a BMW M3 CSL, it is still
noticeable and inspiring enough for a
four-cylinder engine.
The Clio RS braking performance
benefits from the best. Four-pot Brembo
calipers with 312mm ventilated discs at
the front and 300mm discs at the rear
give you immense stopping power. With
it of course, you have the standard antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic
You can be
cruising in
any gear
and just a
little tap on
the throttle
will inject
adrenaline to
transform the
personality of
the car in no
time.
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brake distribution (EBD) for even greater
reassurance.
Bottom line – it was just downright fun
and enjoyable to drive at whatever speeds.
DRIVING DYNAMICS
An advanced chassis, Formula 1 developed
air diffusers, and a firm suspension
set-up together with the state-of-the-art
Electronic Stability Program (ESP), gives
you plenty of reassuring grip and traction
on the road enabling you to put down the
power and maximize the 215bhp. It simply
has exceptional road handling and more
over, the Clio RS is predictable.
Formula 1 wizardry engineered into
the car includes extractors at the front
end of the car that reduces turbulence
and facilitates the outflow of hot air
from under the bonnet. These vents also
direct air flow along the sides of the car to
enhance performance.
The rear air diffuser meanwhile,
plays an import function for
additional down force
giving the Clio RS
exceptional
stability
especially during high-speed driving.
Believe me it’s not for cosmetic purposes.
The system reduces lift by a factor of three
and produces an equivalent of 40kg of rear
down force at very high speeds.
The Clio RS rides firm. The suspension
set-up is tuned not to be too hard and
while its sporty pedigree is obvious,
provides an exceptional level of comfort.
Its double axis strut system made of
aluminium components to reduce weight
also ensures a significant reduction in
the effects of transverse, engine torqueinduced forces.
Steering input also feels great, direct
and very reassuring.
EXTERIOR STYLING
For a hot hatch of this nature, the Clio RS
is rather modest and unassuming in terms
of its exterior styling.
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technical
SPECIFICATIONS
The noticeable difference between
it and its more docile four-door sister is
the more stout appearance in the form
of broader and wider wheel arches and
fenders. The car is fitted with 17” inch
alloys. The front bumper features a very
wide air dam and fog lights.
The car is also fitted with Formula
1-derived extractors and rear air diffuser,
a roof-mounted rear wing, and side skirts.
Simplicity of the design however, tells you
that this is a very special car but not at
the expense of being too loud. Classy!
The Clio RS is available in Ultra Red,
Glacier White, Deep Black and Nimbus.
INTERIOR STYLING
There’s just something about sitting
in the bucket seats, holding the beefy
steering wheel and looking down on the
aluminium pedals and the six-speed
manual gear knob that tells you that
you’re really going to enjoy the drive.
The dark charcoal “Entresol”
upholstery meanwhile, brings classiness
into the Clio RS.
Suffice to say that simplicity
communicates a very strong sporty
message in the Clio RS.
The car is also fitted with six airbags.
CONCLUSION
If I could afford it, I’d want one for my
daily drive. It’s normally-aspirated, has
200bhp, a manual gearbox for fussfree maintenance, six-speed for a huge
fun factor, has timeless styling appeal
and unassuming enough to blend into
the crowd without being overly loud or
attracting unwanted attention.
Engine: Capacity: Transmission: Maximum output: Maximum torque: 0-100km/h: Top speed: Weight: Fuel tank capacity: Suspension (front): (rear): Brakes (front): (rear): Wheelbase: Length: Front overhang: Rear overhang: Front track: Rear track: Price:
and road tax)
Extras:
4-cylinder normally-aspirated
1998cc
close ratio 6-speed manual
197bhp at 7250rpm
215Nm at 5550rpm
6.9 seconds
216km/h
1690kg
55 litres
double axis strut system
torsion beam with programmed deflection – coil springs
ventilated 312mm discs with Brembo 4-pot calipers
300mm discs
2585mm
3991mm
800mm
606mm
1520mm
1520mm
RM194,708.20 (with insurance
3-year warranty.
26 news
takingISUZU TO D-MAX
AAM advanced driving instructor Ahmad Razman Mustafa was part of a media group
who embarked on three-day off-road adventure from Ba’Kelalan in Sarawak to the
Maliau Basin in Sabah to see if the Isuzu D-Max could walk the talk.
We touched down at Miri airport at
10.40am to be welcomed by a group of
personnel from the Health Department
wearing masks and armed with an antibacteria spray due to the H1N1 virus.
That made me felt very nervous.
Our flight to Ba’Kelalan would not be
for another two hours, and as I mingled
with other media members and the Chief
Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Takashi
Hata, I was informed there would be no
phone coverage throughout our journey until
we reached the town of Lawas.
Within a matter of time, the 20 of
us were on the Twin Otter aeroplane on
a 50-minute journey to Ba’kelalan. On
arrival, we were given a rousing welcome
by the head of villages complete with a
traditional performance.
Ba’kelalan is a collection of villages
high in the hills of Sarawak, just a few
kilometers from the Indonesian border. Ba
which means wet fields in the local Lun
Bawang dialect and Kelalan the name of
the river, describes the terrain in the area
that is dotted with paddy fields growing
different types of rice including Adan
variety, better known as Bario Rice. The
population I was made to understand is
less than 1,000 people.
Its year-round temperate climate
makes it ideal for crops rarely seen in
the rest of the country including apples,
mandarins, vanilla and persimmons.
However, efforts in the early 90’s saw
apples successfully grown and commercial
planting begin in earnest.
A unique feature of the apples grown
here is that they fruit twice a year
through the removal of leaves to trick the
plants into thinking it was winter. In the
off-season, the locals take turn to produce
salt. The source comes from the myriad of
streams in the area and they are famous
for their high mineral content.
After checking into the Apple Lodge
and lunch we visited an apple plantation.
Later in the evening, Takashi-san
presented bags of cement to the head
of villages, as part of Isuzu’s Social
Partnership Programme. Cement, I was
told is a very expensive item to the people
in Ba’kelalan due to the cost to transport
the items.
As the night got colder, day 1
concluded with everyone heading off
to sleep early in preparation for a long
journey ahead.
Day 2 saw the convoy of Isuzu D-Max
vehicles set-off after an early breakfast
and a group photo session.
Two members of the media were
designated to each vehicle accompanied
by a staff from Isuzu. I was given the
By Ahmad Razman Mustafa
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opportunity to drive the first leg of the
journey.
The vehicle I was in was the Isuzu
D-Max 3.0 fitted with an automatic
transmission. Prior to this expedition, I
had never driven off-road with automatic
transmission and it was only natural that I
anticipated the going to be tough.
We were all instructed to engage 4L,
an indication that the route we would be
traveling on was going to be really tough.
The most memorable and toughest
test for the D-Max and drivers was the
first 37km of the journey. According to
tulips given, the first driver would only be
driving for a distance of 37km although the
entire journey to Lawas town was almost
150km. It would turn into an extremely
difficult 37km, taking the D-Max uphill
and downhill and with certain areas really
muddy and slippery. In between we had
our share of river crossings, carefully
negotiating across a log bridge and fast
sprints across dry and dusty sections.
Fitted with mud terrain tyres, the
Isuzu D-Max with its superb power and
torque tackled these challenges unscathed.
It was also incredible how comfortable
the entire journey was, and although two
hours behind schedule, the convoy arrived
safely in the town of Lawas.
Driving the 3-litre Super Commonrail
engine D-Max, it was obvious that the
powerplant was not only powerful but
its torque delivery is superb for almost
all driving applications. Producing a
peak torque from 1,400rpm, the D-Max
was more than capable of giving ample
performance for overtaking or driving in
muddy conditions even with its automatic
transmission.
The engine is built to be extremely
robust and highly dependable, and has
been proven to be impeccable when it
comes to delivering the e right balance of
fuel economy, performance and strength.
During that first 37km, it was clearly
evident why the D-Max has quickly
become one of the best-selling pick-up
trucks ever. In its spiritual home of
Thailand, 10,000 units were sold in the
first month of it being launched alone
back in 2003.
Together with its good looks and
excellent comfort, the D-Max has quickly
become one of the fastest growing models
in Malaysia with year-on-year sales
figures doubling annually, reaching an
amazing 5,026 units sold last year.
Available in three variants – the 2.5litre direct injection model, a 3-litre Super
Commonrail version and 3-litre single cab
model – the D-Max is best known for its
amazing fuel efficiency, durability and
reliability.
In 2007, a standard 2.5-litre
and 3-litre D-Max were driven from
Bangkok to Kuala Lumpur, a distance
of 1,501km without needing to refuel.
So amazing has the D-Max been that
it was accorded the Asian Auto Bosch
Fuel Efficiency Award in 2008 as
the most frugal pick up truck in the
country.
On the opposite end of the
spectrum, an Isuzu D-Max driven
by rally veteran William Mei swept
the AAM Malaysian 4x4 Rally
Championship in 2008, brushing aside
highly-fancied competitors en route to
the title.
What I find extremely convenient
about the D-Max is its Touch-onthe-Fly system that allows you to
instantaneously engage or disengage
the 4WD.
Anyone who has had to get out
of the vehicle while it is stuck in
thick mud to lock the wheel hubs will
find the Isuzu D-Max a breath of fresh
air. With Touch-on-the-Fly, all that
is required of the driver is to press a
button on the dashboard and the vehicle
instantaneously engages 4WD or 2WD.
One simply selects the best driving mode
according to the road conditions, even
at speeds of up to 100km/h. Symbols in
the instrument panel clearly indicate the
driving mode you are in so you are always
ready for the elements.
The D-Max’s rack and pinion steering
system also provides good feedback
whether in the mud or on tarmac and the
power assistance gives a good feel for the
road so you are in control at all times.
Fitted with an anti-lock braking
system (ABS) and electronic brake
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distribution (EBD) the D-Max is also not
all about go, but allows you to stop safely.
It is extremely versatile when it comes to
carrying loads, where the EBD will offer
the best solution for good driving control
by way of automatically apportioning the
right amount of braking force between
the front and rear wheels to give you
maximum stopping power.
Maliau Basin Conservation Area
The Maliau Basin Conservation Area
covers 588 sq km and was gazetted in
1997 as a Class 1 Protection Forest
Reserve. Bound by a formidable
escarpment, the almost-circular Basin
ecompasses nearly 390 sq km of pristine
forest, a virtually self-contained ecosystem
never permanently inhabited with a large
percentage of the area unexplored and undocumented.
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
It is home to numerous natural
features including possibly the greatest
number of waterfalls anywhere in
Malaysia numbering well over 100
although only dozens have documented. It
is also home to a myriad of flora and fauna
including animals as the Bornean Pygmy
Elephants, Bulwer’s Pheasant, Proboscis
Monkeys, Hornbills, Clouded Leopards
and the elusive Tembadau which is extinct
in Peninsular Malaysia but number 15 to
20 in Maliau Basin.
The recent study shows that there are
nearly 300 species of birds, 35 species of
amphibians and over 1,800 species of flora
thrive in the area. Central to the basin
is the Maliau River. This tannin-stained
river adds to the attraction of the area
through its spectacular 7 tiered waterfall.
The Basin is currently under the
management of the Sabah Foundation.
Model
4JJ1-TC
Type
In-line 4-cylinder Turbo
Intercooler Diesel DOHC 16V
Displacement (cc)
2,999
Bore & Stroke (mm)
95.4 x 104.9
Max Output (kW (PS) @ rpm) [ISO NET] 100 (136) @ 3400
Max Torque (Nm (kgm) @ rpm) [ISO NET]
280 (28.6) @ 1200-3400
294 (30.0) @ 1400-3000
Fuel System
Direct Injection Electronic Common-Rail
Suspension
(front) Independent Double Wishbones with Torsion Bar Springs & Stabilizer
(rear) Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Shock Absorber
All Wheel Double Action Telescopic Gas
Brakes
(front) Ventilated Disc with 2-Pot Calipers
(rear) Leading-and-Trailing Drums
Steering System
Rack & Pinion Power Steering System
Gross Vehicle Weight (kg)
2750
Tyres
245/70R16
Wheels
16 x 7JJ Alloy
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PIN-POINT ACCURACY TO DETER
CAR THEFT
With auto theft increasing at an alarming
rate, it is imperative that drivers and car
owners take necessary precautionary steps
to protect themselves and their property.
The use of GPS or global positioning
system is by far one of the most innovative
discoveries in modern times, allowing car
owners to accurately transmit the vehicle’s
current location.
In view of increasing car theft and
car jacking cases, the question today
is not only the case of how to prevent
one’s vehicle from being stolen but more
importantly, how fast the vehicle can be
recovered.
“…not only the case of how to prevent
one’s vehicle from being stolen but more
importantly, how fast the vehicle can be
recovered.”
The effectiveness of such systems could
not have been more clearly demonstrated
when in October 2008 the police in the
process of recovering a stolen car that had
been fitted with a vehicle tracking system
stumbled on more than 100 stolen vehicles
with an estimated value of close to RM2
million.
So advantageous are vehicle recovery
systems that the General Insurance
Association of Malaysia (PIAM) is also
reported to be studying the possibility of
introducing a premium discount scheme
for vehicles that come installed with
approved electronic immobiliser and
vehicle tracking systems connected to a
centralised monitoring centre.
PIAM is also said to be in discussion
to introduce vehicle security standards
whereby vehicles would be insured based
on security ranking primarily focusing on
the vehicle’s anti-theft features.
According to PIAM, 15,727 cars were
stolen between 2007 and 2008 resulting
in total claims amounting to RM673.4
million.
Policies and developments underlined
by Bank Negara Malaysia meanwhile,
also states that vehicle manufacturers
and assemblers have been encouraged
to actively support the installation of
effective anti-theft devices in new vehicles,
including the installation of electronic
immobilisers and tracking systems that
meet international standards.
European insurance agencies in 2008
have also reported a steady downturn
in car thefts during the past 12 years in
line with improved electronic protection
devices. It states that satellite monitoring
systems are proving to be most effective
and is fast becoming standard in the
upper luxury market segment.
SMART TRACKER
With a spy hardware secretly installed in
your vehicle, the Smart Tracker anti-theft
recovery system is able to immobilize
a vehicle in the event it is stolen and
accurately pin point its location within
five metres.
Endorsed and serviced by the
Automobile Association of Malaysia
(AAM), in collaboration with TM and
Dataran Ganda, Smart Tracker uses
the combination of Global Positioning
Satellite (GPS), Global System for
Mobile Communication (GSM) and Geo
Information System (GIS), to accurately
pin-point a vehicle anywhere on the
ground. These three systems give Smart
Tracker high and dependable accuracy
effectively making a thief’s effort useless
and in the process safeguarding members’
vehicles against theft and car-jacking.
Smart Tracker has enjoyed a zero-theft
or incident record since it was first
introduced into the market two years ago.
With Smart Tracker, AAM will obtain
the information of the stolen vehicle and
alert the owner via any telephone system
available in market. Upon verification
from the owner AAM will immobilize the
vehicle as soon as possible by ignition,
which is designed primarily to slow down
the car gradually before total power loss.
Smart Tracker is priced at RM1,728.00
which includes free installation, free first
year monitoring via a 24/7 control centre,
GSM fees, free one year AAM membership
and free first year 10-day car replacement
programme for accident and theft cases.
The system can be fitted to any make,
model and age of car by AAM technicians
at the selected AAM fitting centres
nationwide or at your home or workplace
with a minimums charge.
Its features include:
• The first and only vehicle anti-theft
solution that combines both Global
Positioning system (GPS) and automobile
assistance services.
• Real-time tracking – 5- meter accuracy.
• Geofencing alert.
• An intelligent anti-dismantling system.
• Live 24 hours monitoring.
• Black box powered by the vehicle’s
battery. Information access is possible
even when vehicle’s engine stops.
• Does not impact on your car’s
performance and appearance.
• Affordable cost level.
• Professionally installed.
• Suitable for all vehicles with no antitheft protection and for new car with
sophisticated alarm systems.
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MALAYSIA FINISHES SIXTH IN
A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT
The fourth season of the A1GP World
Cup of Motorsport drew to a close today,
with A1 Team Malaysia debuting Aaron
Lim for the final race weekend at Brands
Hatch circuit in Kent, Great Britain. The
2008/09 A1GP series finished with Ireland
crowned as champions and A1 Team
Malaysia is pleased to take sixth place in
the overall standings.
Lim lined up 18th on the grid for
the Sprint race, following his first ever
‘flying lap’ qualifying session yesterday.
Making his first ever standing start in
an international race of this calibre, Lim
was a little quick on the clutch, losing
him time when the lights went out for the
start of the race. He kept his head and
despite dropping one position, was closely
following the field.
The team pitted Lim at the earliest
opportunity and with quick team work the
Malaysian car was back out racing and
improving their position to 18th place.
The Lebanon car spun off track in the
closing stages, with the New Zealand car
following it into the gravel, promoting Lim
to 16th position, which he held until the
chequered flag.
The grid for the Feature race lined
up this afternoon, but a small error by
Lim, unused to warming new tyres on
a full fuel load, put him into a spin and
into the gravel. The Malaysian car and
driver were towed back to the pits and
the team checked over the car for damage
and worked furiously to fix a damaged
front wing in the time remaining before
the start of the race. The team was ready
to start the race from the pitlane when
there was an electronics failure resulting
in the car having to be dragged back in
to the garage. After further monumental
teamwork, Lim set off and the team
was fortunate that a safety car had to
be brought out after the first lap, which
bunched up the cars.
Lim was on the tail of the field
holding his own and lapping consistently.
Other more experienced drivers made
mistakes early in the race and this,
combined with a good first pitstop, put the
Malaysian team into 14th position as the
race reached its second pitstop window.
However, Lim was running on well worn
tyres and with a couple of laps to go to
putting new ones on, he was caught out
at Druids Bend sliding off into the gravel
which left him stranded and unable to
rejoin the race.
Lim said after the two races, “It’s been
a very steep learning curve for me this
weekend and I really did have a mountain
to climb, having had such little experience
compared to all the other drivers. I’ve
enjoyed the chance to race here, but I’m
disappointed that I made a few mistakes in
the Feature race which ended up with me
retiring from it.
“The team have given me so much
support, so it was a shame I couldn’t
complete the Feature race. It has been an
amazing experience and I never realised
just how much there is involved for the
main race driver, despite having been to
many races as the rookie driver. I have
plenty of areas to work on and it has made
me even more determined to gain more
race experience so that I can be better able
to handle this level of competition. I have
really enjoyed my weekend and would like
to thank everyone in the team.”
Jack Cunningham, Chief Executive,
A1 Team Malaysia , summed up the
weekend saying, “Aaron has had a baptism
of fire this weekend. We threw him in the
deep end and he rose admirably to the
occasion. A solid run in the Sprint race,
bringing the car home in one piece was
exactly what we asked of him. He was
running very well in the Feature race, but
we never underestimated the challenge
of racing at this level in not one, but two
races. Sometimes it is a cruel sport, as
Aaron did not deserve to end his weekend
without finishing.
“The team has achieved sixth in
the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
standings, an outstanding achievement
for the country with this position eclipsing
other much more experienced motor
racing nations such as Great Britain ,
USA , Italy and Germany among others.
Congratulations to everyone in A1 Team
Malaysia .”
The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport
takes a break for the next few months,
returning for its fifth season of competition
later this year. Before this A1 Team
Malaysia will be busy showcasing the
team in its home nation and preparing for
the next season.
MUAR’S ROUGH TERRAIN
CONQUERED!
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Round 1 of the 2009 AAM Malaysian 4x4 Rally
Championship attracted 4x4 rally contestants from
Thailand, Taiwan, India and Malaysia
The ‘Tough’ boys of the motoring world
returned to battle nature’s rough terrains
at the first leg of the AAM Malaysian 4x4
Rally Championship in Muar, Johor.
With participation from contestants
from countries like Thailand, Taiwan,
India and Malaysia, the first day was
indeed an exciting one.
The first day required contestants to
complete two stages in a paddy field in
Sarang Buaya, Parit Yusof and in an oil
palm estate in FELDA Lenga. After three
hours of grueling head-to-head battle in
the two stages, the results for leg 1 saw
Francis Ho Foo Ming in his Mitsubishi
L200 standing at first place with a total
time of 41:05:00, followed by Chong Wee
Siang in his Mitsubishi Pajero with a total
time of 41:17:00. 4x4 Rally legend William
Mei faired at third place with a total time
of 42:23:00.
Gunaseelan Rajoo, who was leading
in the first stage in his Isuzu D-Max was
jinxed with a faulty gearbox and drive
shaft, forcing him to settle in 10th place
after the first leg.
“These are all ‘wear and tear’
problems that every driver will face
eventually. It is still too early to judge
anything as it is only the first leg. We’re
hoping to go through the second leg
smoothly and to do better in upcoming
rounds,” said Gunaseelan.
The second day saw more excitement
in the two stages which were held in
FELDA Lenga and Bukit Mor. As the title
race became more intense, these stages
certainly put the drivers’ skills to the test
as stage three required good cornering
and handling skills whereby the last
stage was more of a sprint race.
After another day filled with smoke,
dust and screaming mufflers, the race
finally came to an end with the title going
to Lim Seng Hai in his Mitsubishi Triton
with an overall timing of 1:42:39, followed
by veteran William Mei at second place
with a total time of 1:44:20. Third overall
position went to Lee Yu Leng who drove
a Mitsubishi Storm with a total time of
1:50:01. The prize giving ceremony was
held at the Dataran Tanjung Emas.
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Towards A Greener Earth,
Honda Celebrates its First 100 2nd Generation Civic
Hybrid Owners in Malaysia
100 Civic Hybrid owners cuts down 100 tonnes of carbon footprint a year
Petaling Jaya, June 26, 2009 – Green is
the new black! The colour of environment
is certainly the hottest new accessory
one can wear this season especially when
you ask the 100 2nd Generation Civic
Hybrid owners in Malaysia today. The
environmentally-friendly Civic Hybrid
that was officially launched back in
August 2007 has reached a milestone
ownership figure of 100 just recently.
For each of these Civic Hybrid owners,
they can certainly be proud of the fact that
by simply driving the car, they are each
reducing their carbon footprint by 1 tonne
a year. Collectively, they take credit for
the 100 tonnes lesser carbon footprint that
they leave behind as compared to driving
a normal (combustion) car.
One of the first 100 owners of the 2nd
Generation Civic Hybrid, Michelle Lu
and her husband Jack Ma said that it
makes them feel good knowing that they
are helping the environment by using a
hybrid car. “The Civic Hybrid is good for
the environment and it uses less fuel,”
they said.
Ironically the Civic Hybrid was not
Lu’s top choice when she was shopping
for a car but she gave in to her husband’s
selection. She soon changed her mind
after driving the Civic Hybrid for less
than two months. Lu agrees that it has
It definitely exceeded her expectations is
more than I expected and definitely and is
good value for money.
“When we first got the Civic Hybrid,
our friends asked us why, because like
myself, they too have the perception that
it is a low capacity car with only a 1.3 litre
engine and has no power. My perception
has definitely changed now. I am very
impressed as there is pick-up and it gives
good speed performance. In fact, it drives
like a 1.8L vehicle and it is so much
smoother and quieter,” Lu said.
Ma, a Professional Engineer with
Master Degree in Civil Engineering and
has passed all papers in CFA (Chartered
Financial Analyst) and ACCA (Association
of Chartered Certified Accountants)
said the Civic Hybrid makes perfect
sense to him both from the technology
advancement and monetary aspects.
The environmentally friendly hybrid
engine is economical on fuel consumption,
giving more mileage per litre and its
regenerative technology harvests energy
usually lost in braking.
Without sacrificing on either
appearance or performance, the Civic
Hybrid can give up to 31 km/litre mainly
due to its Integrated Motor Assist (IMA)
system that works cohesively with
a 1.3 litre 3-stage i-VTEC engine. It
reduces fuel burning and thus, reducing
the amount of CO2 emitted into the
environment.
Globally, the Civic Hybrid has been
receiving overwhelming response as
individuals and corporations began
to proactively playing a part towards
a cleaner and greener earth. Some
companies are seeing the excellent
benefits that the Civic Hybrid offers
especially when they have a policy in place
to reduce CO2 emissions and be an all
around greener company. In the United
Kingdom, British Airways and Ikea are
examples of companies that have shifted
their fleet of vehicles to the Civic Hybrid
in their commitment towards meeting the
highest environmental targets in lowering
their vehicle emissions.
Commenting on the achievement
of the 100 Hybrid ownerships, Mr.
Toru Takahashi, Managing Director
and Chief Executive Officer of Honda
Malaysia said, “Honda is committed to
continuously developing technologies
which are gentle on the environment yet
fun to drive. We are the pioneer and the
only car marque currently to offer hybrid
vehicles to Malaysians because we believe
Malaysians are environmentally conscious
and appreciate the advanced technology
available in reducing CO2 emissions. We
hope with the recent reduction in taxes for
hybrid vehicles we will see more motorists
opting for green vehicles as price is no
longer prohibitive.”
The 2nd Generation Civic Hybrid is
popular with married urbanites aged 30 to
49. It is designed and built for the modern
and forward thinking personalities while
appealing to tech savvy individuals as
it captures the essence of dynamic and
stylishness.
In Malaysia, Honda has committed
itself to continue its efforts to educate and
build awareness of the hybrid technology
in our country. The urgency to promote
advanced technology that will reduce
fuel consumption is a worldwide need to
decelerate climate change and also lessen
dependence on fossil energy.
The Civic Hybrid 1.3 litre 3-stage
i-VTEC + IMA is sold for RM129, 980 in
Malaysia.
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usah halang kesesakan lalu lintas
JIKA KEMALANGAN
Kesesakan lalu lintas memang
meletihkan apatah lagi jika waktu ke
tempat kerja. Lebih memeningkan lagi
jika mengalami kesesakan lalu lintas
biasa akibat kemalangan yang pasti
pengguna akan lewat masuk ke tempat
kerja. Ini seterusnya akan menimbulkan
seasana stress kerana bimbang dimarahi
majikan atau kelewatan mengendalikan
tugas penting yang diamanahkan.
Sudah menjadi perkara lazim apabila
segelintir pengguna jalan raya yang
terlibat dalam kemalangan kecil yang
tidak serius, menghentikan kenderaan
untuk berbincang di lokasi kejadian.
Selalunya mereka terlalu mementingkan
diri sendiri tanpa mengambil kira
kesesakan lalu lintas yang bakal timbul
akibat dari tindakan selamba mereka.
Kesesakan diburukkan lagi apabila
pemandu-pemandu lain yang ingin
memperlahankan kenderaan mereka
untuk melihat kemalangan tersebut.
Sebagai pengguna jalan raya yang
bijak, aspek keprihatinan juga perlu
diberi perhatian selain dari keselamatan.
Apabila berlaku kemalangan, cuba
dapatkan maklumat penting dahulu
mengenai kenderaan anda serta butiran
pemandu. Kemudian alihkan kenderaan
anda( jika boleh dipandu) ke lorong
kecemasan atau lain- lain tempat yang
tidak mengganggu lalu lintas sebelum
mula berbincang.
Sikap tidak mempedulikan pengguna
jalan raya yang lain akan menimbulkan
masalah terutamanya kepada mereka
yang kecemasan atau kelewatan. Tidak
mustahil anda mungkin dilanggar oleh
kenderaan lain jika terlupa atau leka
semasa perbincangan ketika berada di
lorong laluan jalan raya.
Kemungkinan juga situasi ini bakal
menyebabkan satu lagi kemalangan
desebabkan pemandu lain yang
memperlahankan kenderaan untuk
melihat kejadian dan terlanggar
kenderaan di hadapan. Sudah pasti
situasi itu akan makin memburukkann
keadaan. Jika kesesakan ini berpunca
dari anda maka anda jugalah yang
bertanggungjawab di atas kelewatan
pengguna jalan raya yang lain.
Sebenarnya kenderaan yang
menghalang lalu lintas boleh di
saman pihak berkuasa seperti yang
diperuntukan di dalam undang- undang
Malaysia yang sedia ada. Bagi mereka
tips 35
yang memperlahankan kenderaan untuk
melihat kejadian juga boleh di ambil
tindakan yang serupa di atas kesalahan
menghadang lalu lintas.
Pada masa yang sama, anda telah
menyebabkan banyak pembaziran dari
segi masa, penggunaan bahan bakar yan
tinggi serta kerosakan komponen enjin
antara lain berpunca dari kepanasan
yang terlampau pada enjin. Kesesakan
yang berlaku juga mungkin akan
merumitkan perjalanan pada kenderaan
bantuan kecemasan untuk tiba di tempat
kejadian.
Jadi, pandulah kenderaa seperti biasa
jika lorong pemanduan tidak terhalang
dan elakkan perasaan ingin ambil tahu
kerana ia tidak menguntungkan sesiapa
malah lebih menyusahkan pengguna
jalan raya yang lain. Jangan kerana
anda, ada pengguna jalan raya lain
kehilangan pendapatan.
Jesteru, jadilah pemandu yang bijak
serta prihatin yang mampu mengubah
persepsi dunia terhadap pandangan
negatif tentang pemandu di Malaysia.
Ingatlah, bahawa anda mampu
mengubahnya.
36 savemart
BLUOXY + NANODOR
Price
E.M :RM 99.00
W.M :RM 99.00
DYNO-TAB PLUS
TUFOIL ENGINE
TREATMENT
Price
E.M :RM 59.00
W.M :RM 57.00
Price
E.M :RM16.90
W.M :RM 16.90
STOPLOCK ORIGINAL
Price
E.M :RM188.00
W.M :RM 188.00
SPARKLING WAX
Price
E.M :RM27.00
W.M :RM 25.00
STOPLOCK 4 X 4
Price
E.M :RM 202.00
W.M :RM 202.00
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THE AUTOMOBILE ASSOCIATION OF MALAYSIA
FILTERS 500 FIRE
EXTINGUISHER
Block E-7-4 Megan Avenue 1, 189 Jln Tun Razak 50400 Kuala Lumpur
(To avoid duplication. please do not send in your order if you have already sent by fax)
Order by fax: 03-2162 7458 Inquiry: 03-2162 5777 (Marketing Dept)
MAIL ODER FORM
Price
E.M :RM 54.00
W.M :RM 50.00
NO
MEDKLINN AIR STERILIZER
Price
E.M :RM 659.00
W.M :RM 659.00
QTY ITEM
W/M
E/M
PRICE
PRICE
RM
RM
W/M
DEL
COST
RM
E/M
DEL
COST
RM
1
T-rex steering lock cm1930lc-classic
75.90
75.90
10.00
15.00
2
Bluoxy + nanodor
99.00
99.00
7.00
9.00
3
Fitters 500 fire extinguisher
50.00
54.00
7.00
9.00
4
Aam shirt – exclusive to AAM members
male - 110.00
Female – 100.00
For non member also available*
7.00
9.00
5
Dyno-tab plus (injector cleanner) - new
16.90
16.90
3.50
7.00
6
Stoplock original (2) while stock last
188.00
188.00
10.00
15.00
7
Stoplock 4 x 4 while stock last
202.00
202.00
7.00
9.00
8
Pg sparkling wax 400ml. while stock last
25.00
27.00
7.00
9.00
9
Medklinn Air Sterilizer
659.00
659.00
7.00
9.00
10
Tufoil Engine Treatment . Concentrated
57.00
59.00
7.00
9.00
*price to call at AAM Marketing department or nearest AAM branch
PARTICULARS
Name:
Membership No:
Delivery Address
Tel: (H) AAM SHIRT
Price
Male :RM 110.00
Female :RM 100.00
(O)
Mobile
THIS CONTRACT IS SUBJECT TO A COOLING-OFF
PERIOD OF 14 WORKING DAYS
PAYMENT ADVICE
Enclosed is a cheque/draft/money order no:
For RM
payable to “Automobile Association Of Malaysia” or “AAM”
Charge full amount to my credit/charge card
VISA
AMEX
MASTERCARD
DINERS
ACC. NO
CARD EXPIRY DATE
Purchaser’s Signature
Vendor’s Signature
Date of Order
TERMS & CONDITIONS:
1. Delivery will be made within 1 to 2 weeks from the acceptance of the orders.
2. Order is subject to stock availability.
3. Goods sold are not returnable
For more details, please log on to www.aam.org.my
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PENGESAN BREK ABS
perlu dibersihkan
Tatkala berhasrat untuk membeli kereta,
adakalanya kita disua dengan pelbagau
cadangan serta panduan daripada
keluarga dan rakan rakan supaya
mendapatkan kenderaan yang dilengkapi
peralatan keselamatan tertentu seperti
beg udara, pengesan undur termasuk
sistem ABS. Tetapi, apa itu ABS?
ABS adalah Anti- Lock Braking
System atau dikenali dengan akronim
ABS adalah salah satu peralatan
kelengkapan permotoran pada kereta
yang berfungsi untuk mengawal
kegelinciran tayar ketika membrek.
Sistem kawalan kegelinciran itu
bertujuan mengelakkan kenderaan
berkenaan daripada terus terbabas lebih
jauh selain berfungsi menahan tayar
daripada terkunci ketika brek ditekan
kuat akibat kecemasan.
Secara tidak langsung keadaan ini
dapat mengurangkan risiko berlakunya
ON ALL SPA PACKAGES
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Apabila terdapat sebarang kerosakan
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nyalaan lampu yang padam selepas
beberapa ketika menyala.
Keadaan ini berkemungkinan
disebabkan oleh pengesan ABS yang yang
mengalami kekotoran yang mungkin
diperolehi ketika ketika pemandu
melakukan penyelenggaran brek atau
semasa penggantian bahagian suspense.
Kekotoran terbabit menyebabkan
pengesan ABS gagal mengesan dengan
baik kelancaran putaran rotor di
bahagian batang pemanduan( drive shaft)
atau tayar.
Bagaimanapun, adakalanya lampu
petunjuk ABS terus menyala dan tidak
padam. Keadaan itu mempamerkan
kemungkinan ada antara cirri pengesan
pada tayar yang mengalami kerosakan
dan perlu diganti. Selain itu, ia juga boleh
dikaitkan dengan masalah lain seperti
kerosakan pada litar arus tenaga yang
terdapat dalam kotak fius.
Apa Yang Perlu Dilakukan
Sebaiknya, pemilik kenderaan harus
menghantar kereta mereka ke pusat
servis pengeluar untuk pemeriksaan
lanjut bagi mengatasi kerosakan terbabit
secepat mungkin memandangkan
kelengkapan peralatan serta
keberkesanan pemeriksaan sistem ABS
mampu dilakukan di sana.
Minta mekanik melakukan
pemeriksaan pada relay ABS ataupun
sistem ECU ABS yang terdapat pada
kotak fius sebagai langkah berjaga jaga
sekiranya kerosakan berpunca daripada
peralatan itu.
Usah Risau
Pemilik kenderaan tidak perlu
risau sekiranya sistem ABS pada
kenderaan mengalami kerosakan atau
gangguan kerana sistem brek bioasa
masih berfungsi dan kenderaan boleh
dipandu seperti biasa. Bagaimanapun,
pemandu dinasihatkan supaya sentiasa
berhati hati tatkala melakukan brek
kecemasan kerana keberkesanan
kuncian tayar dan kawalan
kegelinciran tidak lagi semantap ketika
memiliki sistem ABS.
Justeru itu, adalah penting bagi
kenderraaan yang pada asalnya
memiliki sistem ABS untuk memiliki
sistem ABS intuk diperbaiki sekiranya
mengalami kerosakan atau gangguan
pada fungsi sistem berkenaan.
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PEACE OF MIND AROUND THE CLOCK
EVERYTIME YOU’RE ON THE ROAD
Protect and safeguard yourself and loved ones against
breakdowns 24-hours a day by becoming a member of
the Automobile Association of Malaysia (AAM).
Providing reliable, dependable and high quality
services to its members over the last 75 years, AAM has
firmly established itself as the country’s No. 1 Motoring
Friend with approximately 300,000 active members and
cardholders throughout the country, divided into ordinary,
basic, corporate and fleet memberships.
AAM was established in 1932 and acts as the official
spokesperson for Malaysian motor vehicle owners,
championing their rights to adequate roads and the safe
use of these roads.
1. ORDINARY
MEMBERSHIP
Ordinary Membership is
open to motorists with
a valid driver’s licence
or owns a vehicle, and
designed to protect
members in the event of
vehicle breakdown.
In the event of a
breakdown, assistance
is only provided to
members, and the
vehicle must be
registered with AAM.
Members are entitled
to register with AAM
two (2) assigned
vehicles. Members can
also register up to an additional two (2) more
vehicles at RM30.00 each.
Friends or family members who are not AAM
members but driving the registered member’s vehicle,
are not eligible for breakdown assistance.
As a member, you are entitled to a number of
privileges that include unlimited towing and minor on-thespot repairs within the Free Breakdown Zone, and a onetime Outside Breakdown Zone claim of up to RM300.00
per car per membership year.
TYPES OF ORDINARY MEMBER
Principal Member
Entitles a member to all privileges under the Ordinary
Membership scheme provided by the Association.
Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their spouse to be
the supplementary cardholder.
Children Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their Children age
between 17 to 21 years old with valid driving licence to
be the supplementary cardholder.
Driver Supplementary Cardholder
The Principal Member can nominate their driver to be the
supplementary cardholder.
Life Membership
Open only to existing AAM Ordinary members who
have been a member continuously for at least 5
years.
Life Supplementary Cardholders
Open to the spouse of life members.
2. BASIC MEMBERSHIP
Basic Membership entitles an individual to seek
assistance for only one (1) vehicle that is registered
with AAM. Every additional vehicle registered will be
charged RM75.00 per annum.
Friends and family members who are driving the
cardholder’s vehicle that is registered with AAM are
also entitled to breakdown assistance so
long as they are able to present
their AAM membership card at
the time of the breakdown.
As a member, you are entitled to
unlimited towing and minor
on-the-spot repairs
within the
Free
Breakdown
Zone,
and a onetime Outside
Breakdown
Zone claim of up to
RM200.00
per car per membership year.
However, a Basic member shall not be eligible for:
• Worldwide recognition - reciprocal service and
basic assistance from 133 affiliated Automobile
Associations and motoring club in 102 countries.
• Voting rights during the Association’s Annual
General Meeting.
3. CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP
AAM Corporate Membership is open to Companies or
Organisations that are registered in Malaysia.
The Companies or Organisations that subscribe
their fleet of vehicles under this scheme must have a
permanent office address and must be registered in
Malaysia. All vehicles must be registered under the
company’s ownership.
AAM’s Corporate Card is only open to company
registered vehicles. Motorcycles and Commercial
registered vehicles (such as lorry, truck, van,
taxi, wagon etc.) are not eligible to apply for AAM
Corporate Card.
Note: AAM
Ordinary and Basic
memberships are
only open to private
vehicle car owners.
Motorcycles and
commercial registered
vehicles (such as
lorry, truck, van,
taxi, wagon, etc) are
not eligible to apply
for AAM Ordinary,
Basic and Corporate
Memberships. AAM
reserves the right to
refuse towing such
commercial vehicles.
Alert: AAM members
are required to display
the AAM sticker
on their vehicle’s
windscreen in order
to obtain breakdown
assistance. Members
who fail to do so
may not be assisted.
Should you require
a new sticker, it
is available from
our patrolman at
RM10.00.
It is very important
for cardholders to
produce their AAM
membership card and
identification card for
verification purposes.
Great Savings:
Cardholders
who renew their
membership for
more than one (1)
year, are entitled to
a special package
that extends great
savings. Cardholders
have the option of
paying RM130.00 for
a two-year renewal
and RM195.00 for a
three-year renewal.
For more details,
kindly contact our
Member Relations
Unit (MRU) at 032162 6915 or you can
email to [email protected]
org.my.
You can also visit the
AAM website at www.
aam.org.my
RENEW-BY-ONLINE PAYMENT:
Please fax/mail this form to:
Automobile Association of Malaysia
BlockE-7-4, Megan Avenue1, 189,
Jln Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03-2162 5777 Fax: 2162 5358
or send in instruction for continous renewal
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I enclosed cheque/P.O. No
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2.
3.
4.
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BASIC MEMBERSHIP
Driver’s Supplementry
1. Drivers Name
Vehicle No1:
2:
1. Drivers Name
Vehicle No1:
3:
Child Supplementry
Child’s Name
(D.O.B)
Child’s Name
(D.O.B.)
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM50
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM100
RM50
Mastercard
Make / Model/ Year
RM58
RM10
RM10
RM58
RM25
RM50
RM50
(x ..........)
cars
RM25
RM50
RM30
(x ..........)
cars
RM200
RM100
RM200
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM100
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM60
(x ..........)
cars
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
cars
ORDINARY
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM90
(x ..........)
cars
RM195
(x ..........)
cars
RM90
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM90
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM195
RM90
Exp Date:
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM150
(x ..........)
cars
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM300
RM150
3Yrs
A1
/
RM58
RM10
RM75
RM150
RM150
(x ..........)
cars
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM150
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM300
RM150
SHAPE
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Date:
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Association’s rules and regulations.
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Card No:
RM58
RM10
RM50
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
cars
RM130
(x ..........)
cars
RM60
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM60
RM100
RM100
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM130
RM60
Cardholder’s Name:
RM58
RM10
RM25
RM50
RM50
(x ..........)
cars
RM75
(x ..........)
cars
RM30
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM30
(x ..........)
person
RM
RM 75
RM30
SHAPE
2 Yrs
A1
MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL FORM
ORDINARY
RM100
RM50
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