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Jaguar Land Rover achieves highest ever sales in 2016

Jaguar Land Rover’s thriving organization is proof that foreign ownership require not be feared. The Tata-owned British firm has had its ideal ever sales in a full year in 2016, when it sold 583,313 automobiles, up 20% from 2015. It also marked a seventh successive year of growth, and 2016 figures are virtually triple 2009’s.

The final month in the year contributed tremendously to the final tally. Sales in December were up 12% year-on-year with 55,375 units. In China, December sales have been up 36%, the strongest ever monthly overall performance on record.

Europe is nevertheless JLR’s largest sales area, with 138,695 units in 2016, up 26% y-o-y. In its house market place of UK, the two brands sold a combined 117,571 units (up 17%), the best ever on record. Sales have been up 31% in China and 25% in North America.

“This has been a considerable year for JLR, with updated models being introduced across the range, as effectively as the completely new Land Rover Discovery Sport and the Jaguar F-Pace (both have been launched right here last year as effectively, click on the hyperlinks for a lot more). It is particularly pleasing to see the Jaguar brand setting impressive new sales records,” said Andy Goss, JLR group sales operations director.

“Customer response has been extremely positive, resulting in record retails across most of our essential regions. These final results mark substantial methods in JLR’s approach to turn out to be a truly worldwide business and meet the increasing international demand for its two iconic brands. I’m confident that in 2017 our British line-up will continue to expand and delight in markets across the globe,” he added.

Zooming in, the Jaguar brand achieved 77% larger sales in 2016, with 148,730 autos sold. It is the very best ever displaying by Jaguar, driven by sales of the its first SUV, the F-Pace, and the XE and XF saloons. The trio propelled the leaping cat to be the fastest increasing premium brand in the US, outpacing the sector by 116%.

Land Rover sold 434,583 automobiles in 2016, up 8%. The ideal-seller for the year was the Discovery Sport with 122,460 units.

It was also a substantial year for the expansion of the company’s manufacturing footprint to support continued development, with construction starting on the 1st British manufacturing facility in Slovakia, and the opening of the company’s new factory in Itatiaia, Brazil. Jaguar also introduced the XF L, the first model developed exclusively for Chinese consumers, last year.

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Top ten most popular stories on paultan.org in 2016

It is genuinely no surprise that stories with a nearby tangent featured prominently in our most popular posts final year, given the slew of neighborhood model introductions in 2016. In the finish, six of the best 10 stories on paultan.org supplied an angle that was related to the two national automakers.

The very prime story was the drive report on the Perodua Bezza, according to Google Analytics information. It trumped everything, and by a whopping margin – the page views for the subsequent 3 stories place with each other nevertheless didn’t match the views it received.

This was followed by the story about Toyota price tag hikes on January 1. The Bezza featured again in the third most viewed post of 2016, this time with regards to its pricing. In fourth spot was the Proton Persona launch report.

A Volkswagen story about the Polo hatch was fifth, and Toyota and Honda – always brands in the mix, somehow – had the sixth and seventh most viewed stories, with the upcoming C-HR and new Civic respectively. Proton filled the final 3 slots with the Persona (1st drive), the new Saga (first information) and the Perdana (launch report).

Right here then is a recap of the best ten most viewed stories on paultan.org in 2016.

ten. New Proton Perdana officially launched – two.0L and 2.4L Honda engines, Accord-based sedan from RM113,888

In June, Proton launched the new Perdana, which is based on the previous-generation Honda Accord, like the current Perdanas used by government officials. At that point, everything you wanted to know about the automobile had been revealed, so it was quite a lot just the shouting.

9: 2016 Proton Saga information – 1.three VVT, pricing among RM37k to RM46k variant-by-variant specs detailed

Particulars about the 2016 Proton Saga have been revealed in this 1, ahead of the car’s launch. The story also contained a break-down of the gear levels for the variants that would be offered for the automobile.

8. DRIVEN: 2016 Proton Persona first impressions assessment – enhanced CVT response and NVH levels

Following the Perdana’s introduction, the national automaker brought out act quantity two, the Persona. The very first impressions report on the automobile ran a couple of weeks prior to it was officially introduced.

7. 2016 Honda Civic FC launched in Malaysia – 1.8L and 1.5L VTEC Turbo, three variants, from RM111k

It was a single of the most anticipated auto launches of the year. The 10th-generation 2016 FC Civic rolled in like a whirlwind and lit the scene up. It also put paid to the thought that the C-segment sedan industry was dead, as shown by the developing number you see on the road.

6. Toyota C-HR – production HR-V rival officially unveiled

Will this a single be a runaway accomplishment when it eventually arrives? Appears like it. Interest in the HR-V rival was keen throughout the year, as shown by web page view stats, and this story led the way. Honda ought to have a bit to be concerned about.

five. Volkswagen Malaysia ‘Drop Everything’ Sale – Polo Hatch RM70k, Jetta RM89k, Passat RM116k

Who says sales and promotion stories aren’t read? If you have a great sufficient deal, it will, and this one particular – which announced a stock clearance sale for locally-assembled 2014 and 2015 production Polo Hatch, Jetta and Passat models – certainly did.

four. 2016 Proton Persona officially launched, RM46k-60k

The Persona created it to the prime 10 most viewed list twice – after the initial drive impressions came the launch report, which became the fourth most study story on our internet site in 2016.

three. Perodua Bezza rates revealed – RM37k to RM51k

Two apiece for the Proton Persona and Perodua Bezza in this distinct list. The 1st for the Bezza was with this, when info about pricing was revealed a couple of days after the first drive report.

2. UMW Toyota hikes prices from January 1, 2016 – all models in Malaysia affected, up by as considerably as RM9.6k

On January 1, 2016, UMW Toyota announced an enhance in pricing for all models and variants (except for the Camry Hybrid) in its model line-up. The business had in October 2015 mentioned that it would be rising it prices come the new year, citing the sharp depreciation of the Malaysian ringgit against the US dollar.

1. DRIVEN: New Perodua Bezza 1.0L and 1.3L Dual VVT-i – P2’s very first-ever sedan is a game changer

Perodua’s very first-ever sedan was considerably anticipated, and the web page view clicks showed how keen readers were in wanting to know much more about the Bezza. The drive report, which ran before the car was launched, served up just about everything one necessary to know about the car, save the value, which came about two days later.

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The paultan.org 2016 Prime 5 bikes – very best of the greatest

It’s been a year considering that we joined the crew of paultan.org, and in that time, 62 distinct motorcycles passed through our hands. Some had been assessment machines, other individuals had been for evaluation, and most interestingly, a couple have been passed to us due to the fact “we want to know what you believe about it.” We also assisted a couple of makers in prototype improvement.

The bikes we reviewed ran the gamut from urban bikes like scooters and kapchais, to all out race machines like the Kawasaki ZX-10R and Suzuki GSX-R 1000. In among we rode naked sports bikes, tourers and dual-goal machines.

Even though picking our prime pick for motorcycles wasn’t difficult – 1 machine stood head and shoulders above the rest – the high quality of engineering, construct, style and handling of today’s crop of bikes is certainly really close. So close that, when we do get a machine that does not measure up, it is, indeed, negative.

A single thing our top picks for motorcycles have in widespread is ABS. We really feel that in this day and age, there is no excuse for any bike above 250 cc to be sold with out ABS, even if there is a slight value premium to spend.

We assisted Bosch in creating a video on motorcycle ABS, and the advantage of such a safety device can’t be understated. It does not take significantly for a motorcycle to drop traction on a slippery surface, and for the duration of testing, we found out how effortless it was to shed handle when braking in an emergency.

Possessing been reminded in editorial meetings that we bring home the equivalent of a high-powered sports vehicle every weekend, this is our best pick of the motorcycles we reviewed and tested in the course of 2016. 2017 will be a distinct kettle of fish, and we are searching forward to new models from BMW Motorrad and Triumph, as properly as the long awaited Suzuki GSX-R 1000 L7.

And there you have it, the motorcycles of 2016, which represent what we really feel are the very best of the crop of test bikes that passed via our hands. Although some of your opinions could differ, we feel that the list under represents the most capable, or very best worth-for-money, motorcycles.

5. KTM Duke 250

Although not a new model by any stretch, we found a lot to like about the KTM Duke 250, as opposed to its racier sibling, the RC 250. As a single-cylinder naked sports machine, the Duke 250 was practically perfectly suited as an urban street weapon.

It had sufficient power to hoist the front wheel, and sharp handling to boot, some thing we identified out for the duration of a tough ride up Genting Sempah. It was somewhat let down by the vibration of the thumper engine, but that was one thing we could reside with, its advantages more than riding that brief coming.

Becoming targetted at the meat of the Malaysian small-bike market place doesn’t mean cut-rate components though, as the Duke comes common with WP suspension and Bosch 9 ABS. Trickling down from the bigger Duke 390 and 690 is the PASC slipper clutch, which was place to good use when charging tough into corners.

If we have been on a spending budget, and weren’t in all that much of a hurry, the KTM Duke 250 would definitely locate a spot in our stable as a everyday run-about.

four. Kawasaki ZX-10R

This stonking great stormer of a motorcycle was handed to us at Sepang, and subsequently on the road, and we identified it to be a large bruiser of a bike. With back-to-back World Super Bike (WSBK) championship titles, Kawasaki undoubtedly knows what they are performing when it comes to superbikes.

We had no opportunity to use all that rated 204 hp (with Ram-Air), but suffice it to say, the speeds we clocked on the ZX-10R at Sepang, and on the open highway, were high up adequate in the upper reaches of the speedometer to give you pause, and make you pray to whichever god you think in.

The point is the rider feels every single single kilogramme of the ZX-10R’s 206 kg weight, some thing we noticed when we rode the 2015 and 2016 ZX-10s back-to-back. Nonetheless, the 2016 ZX-10R’s suspension is really sophisticated, nicely-tuned to the bike and hustling the big litre-bike via the curves at Ulu Yam and Bukit Tinggi showed the Showa suspension is a excellent match for it.

Although we did like the Kawasaki ZX-10R for what it is, a no apologies provided and none taken racetrack weapon, living with it in every day traffic was a bit of a chore. Factors being what they are even though, the large Ninja would uncover a place in our steady, purely for the excitement of riding a bike only 1 race kit removed from a WSBK machine.

three. Ducati 959 Panigale

We travelled a fair way for this one, all the way to Buriram, Thailand, exactly where we participated in the Ducati 959 experience. As component of the occasion, we had been schooled in riding methods by 250 GP globe champion Manuel Poggiali.

Placed at the “entry-level” of Ducati’s superbike range, the 959 Panigale exhibited markedly different behaviour from the preceding 899 Panigale. Now displacing 955 cc, the Superquadro engine matched the handling behaviour of the 959 Panigale completely.

For the duration of our track session – and make no mistake, the 959 is most at house on the racetrack – the handling was sharp as a knife, and the amount of feedback imparted to the rider when heeled more than in a corner was incredible.

The Panigale isn’t made for lengthy-distance comfort even though, and that is not what this bike is for. What it is, is a racetrack weapon, constructed for the rider who appreciates sharp, responsive handling, and power that can be kept under manage.

two. Triumph Street Triple 675 R

This sports middle-weight has consistently placed higher on most motorcycle “best of” lists since it 1st came to the market place in 2007, and it is effortless to see why. We tested two various Street Triples, one particular from the Triumph Malaysia test pool, the other a long-term overview machine, which, at the end of the review, ended up in the author’s steady.

Boasting of a fairly higher specifications list for a middle-weight machine, the 675 R, with its inline-triple that puts out 106 hp, offered the virtually best balance in between controllable energy and ease of use in city commuting.

Coupled with the completely-adjustable suspension – anything missing from most of its competitors – we discovered the Street Triple to be positive-footed and agile, and it has, indeed, grow to be the author’s substitute for private transport, with the vehicle becoming left at house. The 675 is due to be replaced with the Triumph Street Triple 765, which sees its planet unveiling on January 10, 2017.

1. Ducati Multistrada 1200

A lot of motorcycle testing tends to be subjective, with the rider’s own private encounter, riding abilities and expertise coming into play. Reviewing motorcycles is rather harder than testing a car, as bikes want to be a touch much more multi-dimensional.

So, when the query was asked of the author, “which is the best bike you’ve ridden all year?”, the answer was straightforward: the Ducati Multistrada 1200. About as multi-dimensional as it gets, the Multistrada took the previous-generation model, and just made everything greater.

With a total suite of riding aids, the Multistrada proved itself to be capable in all locations. We took it for an overnight trip up to Cameron Highlands, and it handled the 1,000-km plus, challenging-paced, two-day journey in stride.

Comfort was a lot more than adequate, and the Multistrada’s road-handling manners have been exemplary. The cornering ABS and traction manage – common fitment on the large dual-objective – performed as advertised, saving the author’s butt not after, but twice, when emergency maneuvers have been named for.

Whilst the purchase-in cost of the Multistrada 1200 may possibly be prohibitive to many, suffice it to say that for the amount of income becoming spent, the return on investment is well worth it.

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Uber reveals some stats for Malaysian rides in 2016

Uber has been looking back on 2016 with a statistical overview of how men and women have utilized the ride-sharing service this year. Here’s a rapid round-up of relevant numbers for Malaysia, as disclosed by way of Year With Uber 2016.

The transportation network operator (TNO) mentioned that regional rides covered a total of 128,000,005 km of travel distance. In Kuala Lumpur, for a city that stretches 30 km East to West, riders successfully went the heady equivalent of three,000 times around the globe.

In KL, an average ride lasts about 19 minutes, and the service is fairly well-liked for late night outings, with 31% of riders taking a trip among 10 pm to 2 am. Elsewhere, it seems KL riders are not just content with employing the ride-sharing service here – they’re an adventurous lot, also utilising Uber in 448 other cities.

As for the prime location locally, it’s Kuala Lumpur International Airport, and provided the way it operates, we’re pondering that should stay correct at the leading next year. The TNO also revealed it was very a lot tied to other arms of public transport – 24% of all rides in KL began or ended close to a train station.

On a personal front, my contribution to the trigger was tiny, with only 11 rides in 2016, a comparatively small number compared to fellow colleague Danny Tan, who utilises the service a lot these days. My rides accounted for 257.68 km of distance covered (the equivalent of undertaking 51 laps on an F1 track, so Uber tells me), with the 10 am to six pm period becoming when the service was utilised the most.

The shortest trip, meanwhile, was four.4 km and the longest, 76.57 km (no prizes for guessing as to which location). Spent a lot of time in traffic, by all accounts, because my typical ride time was 32 minutes. What about you? Did you devote a lot of time riding with Uber in 2016? Share your views with us in the comments section.

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The Greatest 2016 Automobiles Below $15,000

Car_keys_money-iStock_98602973-PaulBiryukovAs dealers gear up the 2017 model year, now is the ideal time to locate fantastic buys on 2016 models. Here we take a appear at higher-quality cars priced beneath $ 15,000. And, happily, it is quite achievable to find an enjoyable new automobile at this low finish of the automotive value range.

The greatest cars with base costs beneath $ 15,000 are entertaining to drive, very good seeking, and reasonably nicely equipped, thinking about the price tag point. Although in years past, this price range was practically exclusively the province of imports these days&#39s domestic makers are effectively represented in this value variety also, with some wonderfully desirable cars. If you&#39re buying in this price range, you&#39re searching at subcompacts, but that doesn&#39t imply you&#39ll have to give up a roomy interior. Some of the very best automobiles under $ 15,000 also have roomy back seats.

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2014_Chevrolet_Sonic_hatchback-Truecar_pricing-300x150Chevrolet Sonic

With a starting value of $ 14,345, the Chevrolet Sonic delivers a lot of car for the income. The diminutive Chevy handles nicely, delivers powerful fuel economy, and features a reasonably powerful engine. Sonic&#39s base engine is a 1.eight-liter 4-cylinder with 138 horsepower and 125 lb.-ft. of torque. The upgrade is a turbocharged 1.four-liter four, also with 138 horsepower, but 148 lb.-ft. of torque. Each engines provide outstanding refinement. Supplied as both a sedan and a hatchback, Sonic is also a leading choose when it comes to security, comfort, and accessible features.

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Chevrolet_SparkChevrolet Spark

Newly refreshed for 2016, the delightful tiny Chevrolet Spark comes to industry with a base value of $ 12,660. Even though Chevy has matured the Spark just a bit in an work to hone its refinement, the Spark&#39s whimsical nature nonetheless shines by means of. It&#39s also really competent and packed with offered features such as WiFi and blind spot monitoring. Power comes from an all-new 98-horsepower 1.4-liter inline 4-cylinder engine.

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3__dtr__2016_ford_fiestaFord Fiesta

When a automobile&#39s name indicates celebration, you know it has to be entertaining to drive, correct? Easily a single of the ideal cars beneath $ 15,000, the 2016 Ford Fiesta delivers sporty handling, robust fuel economy, and obtainable attributes including voice-activated secondary controls. Engine options contain a 120-horsepower 1.6-liter 4-cylinder, and 123-horsepower turbocharged 1.three-liter. Pricing starts at $ 14,090.

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2016_Hyundai_accentHyundai Accent

Very good looks, strong performance for the class, comfy ride high quality, and a quiet interior are quantity amongst the positives landing the Hyundai Accent on this list of the greatest vehicles below $ 15,000. The Accent is also quite roomy and can be had in each sedan and hatchback physique types. Functions like Bluetooth, heated mirrors, and projector beam headlights are provided. Power comes from a 1.six-liter four with 137 horsepower. Pricing begins at $ 14,745.

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2017__Kia_RioKia Rio

The Kia Rio is rolling proof an reasonably priced automobile can look good, be nicely equipped and perfectly enjoyable to drive. Of course, those attributes apply to quite significantly every single Kia. Accessible gear includes a sunroof, automatic headlights, a rearview camera, and voice controls. The engine is a 1.6-liter 4 with 138 horsepower. Pricing begins at $ 14,165.

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2015_Mitsubishi_MirageMitsubishi Mirage

Holding the distinction of getting one particular of the two most inexpensive cars on the marketplace these days, the Mitsubishi Mirage has been panned by practically each automotive critic with a keyboard. Still, it finds a location on this list of the very best automobiles beneath $ 15,000 simply because it represents a pretty powerful worth, despite its perceived shortcomings. Folks who have actually bought the car surely feel so, citing the Mitsubishi&#39s fuel economy, low price, and obtainable functions. Energy comes from a 1.two-liter 3 cylinder with 74 horsepower. Pricing starts at $ 12,995.

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2__2016_dtr__nissan_versaNissan Versa

Aside from its status as the lowest-priced new automobile on the marketplace, Nissan&#39s Versa boasts the roomiest back seat in the subcompact class. Bluetooth is standard across the board, plus the Versa delivers handsome styling and a refined interior remedy. Power is supplied by a 109-horsepower, 1.six-liter 4-cylinder with a 5-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission. Simply 1 of the greatest automobiles under $ 15,000, Nissan Versa pricing starts at $ 11,990.

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1__dtr__2016_smart_fortwoIntelligent ForTwo

After spending time piloting the Intelligent ForTwo about town, on the highway, and in a deluge of rainfall, I can honestly say the two-seater is far a lot more automobile than its looks would lead you to believe. Initial of all, until you&#39ve in fact sat inside one, you&#39ll do well to reserve judgment relating to its spaciousness. You&#39ll also be pleasantly surprised at the feature content material of the smallest vehicle currently provided for American roads. Bluetooth and Crosswind assist are numbered among the ForTwo&#39s standard features. Pricing begins at $ 14,650.

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2015_Toyota_Yaris_SEToyota Yaris

A lot like the tortoise who rose to stardom as a outcome of beating the hare by pursuing a strategy of continuous work, Toyota&#39s Yaris, although not genuinely excelling in any certain category, is so excellent in each category it comes up a winner. Attributes include a normal touchscreen interface, Bluetooth, robust fuel economy, and a spacious interior. These traits, along with Toyota&#39s outstanding reputation for reliability, strong construct top quality, and great resale worth all figure in favor of the Yaris. Pricing begins at $ 14,845.

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Lyndon_conrad_bell-headshotby Lyndon Conrad Bell for Motor Matters
When it comes to automobiles, LYNDON CONRAD BELL finds beauty in functionality, functionality, and utility. Given that 1998, his byline has appeared on Forbes.com, Autobytel.com, SportsCarMonitor.com, MotorAuthority.com, and OnWheelsInc.com. For print publications, Bell has written for Essence magazine, On Wheels magazine, LX magazine, Upscale magazine, the Canadian Auto Press, and Auto Planet Weekly. A California State University graduate with a degree in Media Studies, Bell resides in the San Francisco Bay Location.

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Inaugural 2016 Rebelle Rally Launches Thursday, October 13th in Lake Tahoe

Rebelle_Rally_logoOn Thursday, October 13th, the inaugural Rebelle Rally presented by Hoehn Adventures will launch on the shores of iconic Lake Tahoe. Far more than 75 women from 19 states and four nations will become the 1st competitors to take element in the women’s 10-day off-road navigation rally raid. And our quite own Jody DeVere will also be attending the event as media on behalf of AskPatty!

If you’ve ever observed our annual coverage of the Rallye Aicha des Gazelles, then you&#39re currently familiar with this kind of racing event. The Rebelle Rally is not a race for speed but an event based on conventional compass, map, and roadbook navigation. GPS devices and cell phones will be sealed and prohibited from group use till the event concludes as navigators and drivers traverse the spectacular Nevada and California terrain in stock four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive autos. The route covers primarily land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and requires spot on legal dirt roads, trails, and OHV places. The participants will also travel through two National Parks.

Rebelle_Rally-navigation_toolsThe special rally is a hybrid of sorts, combining conventional compass and map navigation with time, speed, and distance sections where the teams use roadbooks and need to sustain average, secure speeds. Nonetheless, the bulk of the challenge is locating hidden checkpoints in a difficulty rating technique related to ski or bike trails, with the highest score winning. Smart, cautious driving coupled with the ability to plot latitude and longitude, triangulate employing topographic maps and handheld compasses, and mastery of distance and heading are among the capabilities. For Emily Miller, Rebelle Rally founder, the notion and course was created with the intention of all levels becoming welcome, and tested.

“We have worked challenging to construct a challenge that is exclusive however with familiar elements and a solid platform for varying levels of driving and navigation encounter,” stated Miller.

Rebelle_Rally-Team_140-Emme_Hall-Rebecca_DonagheA diverse field of cars will take to the commence on the initial day of competitors Saturday morning, October 14th, including both new and older models of Land Rovers, Mercedes, Jeeps, and Toyotas in the 4×4 class, and an fascinating mix of the new Honda Ridgeline, Porsche Cayenne, and Jaguar F-PACE in the Crossover Class. Jeeps will make a strong presence in the very first time event with 15 total ranging from a 1982 Scrambler to a 2016 Rubicon, and a notable showing will also be from Land Rover (6) and Toyota (six). The aim of the rally is to showcase the capabilities of manufacturer automobiles in people’s driveways, as well as the tenacity, teamwork, and capabilities of females off-road.

The competition portion will finish in the desert close to the California-Arizona border and wrap up on the shores of the Pacific Ocean with the final Awards Gala, exactly where competitors will wash off the dirt and celebrate in style at the historic Del Mar Racetrack.

If you’d like to obtain day-to-day updates during the competition or stick to the occasion on the web, check out www.rebellerally.com. The complete competitor roster will be updated and online October 14th. Nightly webcasts commence October 15th at 8pm P.D.T. Viewers can also track the teams live beginning October 15th by way of: rebellerally.com/live.

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2016 Proton Saga – watch the launch live tomorrow from two:45pm onwards, exclusively on paultan.org

Yet another month, one more Proton launch. You have studied the specifications and read our very first impressions report. Now, you can watch the 2016 Proton Saga’s official launch ceremony tomorrow live, streamed exclusively on paultan.org. Join us right here from two:45pm onwards as we bring to you live feed from the launch occasion and stroll you by means of the new model.

This is the sequel to the Proton Saga BLM from 2008, and it comes into a new world exactly where the Perodua Bezza has proven to be popular with Malaysians seeking for an entry-level sedan. 3-box saloons have been Proton’s exclusive territory till Perodua came up with its first ever sedan earlier this year, so the new Saga has to provide for its maker.

Identical platform as just before, but there’s a redesigned physique and enhanced chassis. The Saga is solely powered by a 1.3 litre VVT engine with 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm at four,000 rpm. Transmission possibilities contain a 5-speed manual (Normal only) and a revised CVT automatic (Common, Executive, Premium). The interior has also been redesigned.

Tentative pricing is from from RM37k and RM46k. The prime spec Saga gets characteristics such as ESC with hill hold, 15-inch alloys, reverse camera integrated into the rear-view mirror and a double-DIN head unit with steering controls. Front and rear parking sensors are normal across the board, but ABS/EBD/Brake Help are only obtainable from the Executive onwards. ASEAN NCAP has provided the new Saga a 4-star rating.

If you haven’t already completed so, verify out the 2016 Proton Saga specs and our very first impressions report. See you tomorrow!

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2016 Proton Saga completely revealed in new teaser video!

Here’s a huge surprise – Proton has revealed its new baby, the 2016 Proton Saga, in all its glory! The quick-paced video the spending budget sedan seems in is technically a teaser trailer for a longer video that need to be coming out soon after the launch, but it leaves nothing to the imagination.

Despite getting primarily based on the present model, the new automobile appears fairly a lot distinct. The front finish has been totally redesigned with new reflector headlights, a dual-bar grille (inspired by the new Perdana) and a massive moustache-like lower grille that goes below the fog lights.

Along the sides, there’s a new, deeper shoulder line that carries the door handles, whilst the C-pillar gets a new BMW-like kink. The rear has also been provided a considerable redo with trapezoidal tail lights linked together with a horizontal bar, plus a big diffuser-like rear valence. The blue prime-spec Premium model also gets intricate 15-inch alloy wheels.

Proton has currently revealed the interior in full, which has been fully redesigned with a new centre console, rectangular air vents, a steering wheel from the Exora, Preve and Suprima S (with multifunction buttons on the Premium) and a folding rear bench.

Though it sits on the identical two,465 mm wheelbase as before, the new vehicle is 74 mm longer, 9 mm wider and 11 mm decrease. The chassis is also 20% stiffer, whilst a faster steering (still hydraulically-assisted), lighter door closing effort and an improved ride and handling package have also been added.

Under the bonnet sits the very same 1.three litre VVT engine as the Iriz (replacing the old IAFM+ unit), though output stays the identical at 94 hp at five,750 rpm and 120 Nm at four,000 rpm. Transmission possibilities contain a CVT, as well as a five-speed manual transmission on the base Standard model.

In spite of related outputs, Proton claims the new Saga is both faster and far more economical than ahead of. The manual version now gets to 100 km/h in 12.2 seconds (from 13. secs), and consumes 5.4 l/100 km at 90 km/h (from 6. l/one hundred km). Meanwhile, the CVT does 100 km/h in 13.1 seconds (from 14.five secs), and 5.6 l/one hundred km at 90 km/h (from six.3 l/100 km). Improvements introduced on the Persona (3-point engine mount for far better NVH, revised ECU for much better response) are present right here as well.

Kit-wise, the Saga Standard comes with 13-inch steel wheels (with plastic covers), rear fog lamps, front and rear parking sensors, a single-DIN head unit (with Bluetooth) and USB charging ports. It also gets unpainted wing mirrors, door handles and rear garnish, plain black fabric seats, as well as a black-themed interior.

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Moving to the mid-variety Executive variant, you will uncover the addition of body-coloured wing mirrors (now power-adjustable), door handles and rear garnish, black-painted B-pillars, front fog lamps and a rear bootlid spoiler. Other additions consist of 14-inch alloy wheels, added gloss grey accents to the interior (outer air-con vents and steering wheel trim) and fabric seats with a mesh pattern.

Finally, the Premium adds the aforementioned 15-inch alloy wheels and a chrome finish for the rear horizontal bar. You will also get a reverse camera (with the feed shown in the rear-view mirror, a la Exora), a double-DIN head unit with steering audio controls, fabric seats with a wavy pattern and much more gloss grey trim on the gear lever.

In terms of safety, the Saga comes with dual airbags and ISOFIX rear youngster seat mounts with best tethers – collectively with the revised crash structure, they supply the automobile with a 4-star ASEAN NCAP security rating. Additionally, the Premium variant introduces stability manage and hill-start help, which means that all Proton models now offer at least a single variant with the active safety assist method. Unfortunately, only the Executive and Premium models get ABS with EBD and brake help.

Bookings have already been opened, with the automobile carrying tentative pricing of amongst RM37k and RM46k – placing it squarely up against the new Perodua Bezza. The warranty coverage has also been enhanced from three years to five, and despite the fact that no mileage limit has been specified, we assume that it is identical to the Preve, Suprima S, Iriz and Persona, which is 150,000 km.

Weve already driven the new 2016 Proton Saga – read our initial impressions right here.

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New Peugeot Traveller 2016 assessment

Seven-seater men and women carriers are all very effectively, but for individuals with bigger families practically nothing can beat the outright carrying capacity of a van. The Peugeot Traveller is the MPV version of the new Peugeot Expert van, and it will carry eight complete-sized adults with area to spare. It has two sister models in the form of the Toyota Proace Verso and the Citroen SpaceTourer, but Peugeot is aiming the Traveller at purchasers who want a little much more luxury from their people-movers. 

Our common-wheelbase model had ample space for six-foot passengers in all 3 rows. It also offered a hefty 640-litre boot space even with all seats in position but that space is very tall and shallow so it is not really as sensible as the numbers suggest. Removing the bulky seats is no small operation, but if you handle to heave them out you will be rewarded with a capacity of 3,200 litres of space up to the window line. That’s actually (and unsurprisingly) van-like.

Even entry-level Active trim gets plenty of goodies like dual-zone climate handle, cruise control, automatic lights and wipers, and a slick 7-inch infotainment system supplying Bluetooth and DAB connectivity. Our Allure model added to this with electric and heated front seats, a panoramic glass roof, a heads-up display, xenon headlights and keyless entry. Sat-nav is a £240 option, but Allure models do get leather trim to add to the luxury really feel. The interior is nicely created and trimmed in relatively high-finish materials, but the Traveller can’t match the Volkswagen Caravelle for interior top quality.

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On the move is where the case for a more auto-like individuals carrier starts to make sense. Even though there’s plenty of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel, the driving position is resolutely upright and will not suit drivers with extremely extended legs. The cavernous interior amplifies road and wind noise, producing for a fairly noisy ride, even though it’s comfortable even without having a load in the rear. 

Overall performance from the 148bhp 2.-litre diesel isn’t sparkling, but it is got powerful in-gear pace – it’s just a shame the six-speed gearbox has such a loose, baggy action. The Traveller is effortless to drive, even though, with excellent all-round visibility courtesy of that high-set driving position. It feels smaller sized on the road than its size also, and it handles tidily enough.

Unlike the Toyota Proace Verso and the Citroen SpaceTourer, Peugeot will not be providing the Traveller in a much more standard trim level, so list prices look a small higher subsequent to those vans. There isn’t a nine-seater version on supply, either. Look at it next to the Volkswagen Caravelle and things commence to stack up a tiny greater though. To nab a comparably equipped VW you’d be spending well in excess of £40,000 – generating the Peugeot’s £36,985 look decent worth.

But if you don’t need to have the further seat, you can appear in the other direction. A best-spec Citroen Grand C4 Picasso still delivers space for seven, a comfy ride and efficient engines – plus far superior refinement and dynamics – for below £30,000.

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2016 Proton Saga gets four-star ASEAN NCAP rating

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Tipped to be launched by the finish of the month, the upcoming 2016 Proton Saga has received a 4-star crash protection rating from ASEAN NCAP. The budget sedan scored 13.33 points in adult occupant protection (AOP) and a 71% compliance in kid occupant protection (COP) – the latter indicates the auto is also rated 4 stars in youngster protection.

These figures evaluate favourably with these accomplished by the current Saga FLX+ tested in 2013 – that automobile mustered a score of 10.23 points in AOP, earning it 3 stars. Its COP compliance score of 48%, meanwhile, only managed to put it in the two-star bracket for youngster protection.

Specifics of the new Saga remain scarce, but it has been confirmed that the car will be powered by the Iriz‘ 1.3 litre VVT 4-cylinder engine – in the Iriz, it produces 94 hp at 5,750 rpm and 120 Nm of torque at four,000 rpm.

The use of the smaller engine (as opposed to the Saga FLX, which was also obtainable in a 1.6 SE variant) far better demarcates the Saga’s positioning in Proton’s lineup vis-à-vis the Persona, which is only accessible with the 1.six litre VVT mill. The present 5-speed manual and CVT transmission options are likely to be retained.

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