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Renault Koleos tested

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Foie gras, champagne and frogs legs. The French are famous for many things, mostly those counted as the finer things in life. They have also had a long history in the automotive world and most of their machines try to emulate this closeness the French have to haute couture. There have been some weird creations they have dreamed up in the past but not so with the Renault Koleos. While it might not be the most luxurious or performance driven of SUVs, it certainly is one of the most comfortable ones. Passengers have plenty of legroom in the back while in…

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BMW 730Li tested

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Watching Bruce Willis in comedy thriller Red 2, you would think action heroes don’t die. They just fade away. While Rotten Tomatoes didn’t think highly of it, Red 2 was actually entertaining as Frank Moses – the character Willis played – and his unlikely crew of operatives went on to beat the crap out of villains and saved the world. In between, the screenwriters shovel in all the gratuitous violence, explosions and wit to keep it together. Red 2 proved a pleasant distraction from the dreadful crawl of downtown traffic. It’s an opinion formed from the back seat of…

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Huracan force: A Lamborghini driven

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It started to rain heavily that Saturday afternoon at Sepang International Circuit, just hours before the Lamborghini Huracan Esperienza 2014 evening session was about to start. I was already anxious that I would be driving the Lamborghini Huracan LP 610-4, which packs a naturally-aspirated 5.2L V10 engine, the successor to the highly successful Gallardo, for the first time (in fact, this was the first time I would be driving a Lamborghini). And driving on a wet track would have been a first for me too but that was not to be as the downpour slowly trickled to a stop. Another…

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Serena S-Hybrid: More bang for your bucks now

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The Nissan Serena S-Hybrid had been well received since its launch late last year and Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) sold almost 4,000 vehicles during that time span. Its attractive price of under RM150,000 for an imported mid-size multi-purpose vehicle, made possible with special tax exemptions for hybrid vehicles, added significantly to its appeal. To carry the momentum forward when it came time to introduce the facelift model, ETCM has followed through with a locally assembled Serena S-Hybrid and laid claim to being the only country outside of Japan to introduce this Nissan model under this arrangement. It is due…

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Sporty and engaging i30

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The i30 will always have a special position in Hyundai Motor Co’s remarkable success story in recent years. This award-winning C-segment family car was the Korean automaker’s first “i” model and had its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show in 2007. The “i” badge stands for Hyundai’s brand promise of innovation, inspiration and intelligence. It was also the first Hyundai to achieve the maximum five-star score in the rigorous Euro NCAP (European New Car Assessment Programme) crash test. Designed to meet the demands of European consumers, the latest-generation i30 features Hyundai’s signature fluidic sculpture design and an athletic…

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Chevrolet Malibu tested

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Chevrolet’s Malibu LTZ D-segment sedan does not fail to impress with its list of features. When someone mentions “Chevrolet”, it is likely that the images that come to mind are that of the classic muscle cars like the Chevelle, Camaro and of course, the iconic Corvette sports car. Back in the 1960’s, these cars came with huge petrol guzzling engines, heaps of power and a style that many motoring enthusiasts could not help but fall in love with. Fast forward about 40 years later, Chevrolet still produces the Camaro and Corvette but somewhere along the line, the Chevelle nameplate was…

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Porsche 911 GT3: Track ripper

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Same track, different days and different cars. The Sepang circuit has become a familiar stomping ground. We have lost count of how many times we have been there to cover track and ground events from launches to “Car X Driving Experiences”. Substitute “Car X” with any number of brands from Honda, Toyota, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Ferrari or BMW. And just like that, a whole day passes by. At times like these, it’s an occasion to drive the guts out of each car, yet remain mindful to stay within the limits of one’s own capability. Earlier this month, Porsche’s regional headquarters…

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MINI 5-Door convenience

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The MINI may be a car for the young and young-at-heart but the social or practical aspects of motoring are not overlooked in its model line-up development. This was clearly seen in the second model to be introduced in the new MINI range — a five-door model. This is a completely new model addition to the MINI family and is not to be mistaken for the wagon-like Clubman or the Countryman. The MINI 5-Door is actually developed as a bigger version of the three-door model without looking that much larger dimensionally to capture the interest of those who would want…

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Perodua Axia driven

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The local car scene has certainly been abuzz lately, thanks to launches from our national carmakers. While the two models aren’t competing in the same segment, the current favourite teh-tarik topic at your local mamak is likely to be comparisons between the two, possibly due to the close launch dates and similar silhouette profiles, but let’s not go there. We had a chance to get acquainted with Perodua’s latest baby, the Axia. Starting at a mere RM24,600 for the base Standard E model, it is currently the most affordable car in Malaysia. This is partly due to its EEV (Energy…

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Proton Iriz driven

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Proton offerings in the past have had a tendency to raise more questions than answers, even prompting skepticism as to whether the new Proton Iriz is the car to take the national carmaker to the next level. Proton has listened to the feedback and criticism, and in response, has possibly delivered a game-changing car not just for Malaysians, but also with the international market in mind. With close to 30,000 initial bookings and counting, Malaysians have taken quickly to the Iriz’s potential – and I can see why. My first impression of the Iriz is that the car looked like…

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