Motor Trader Weekly Auto News Round-Up
Proton Persona has ASEAN NCAP 5 stars
Understanding that buyers now expect high standards of safety, Proton has engineered its latest models to be able to score top marks in crash tests. According to ASEAN NCAP, the new Persona sedan rates the full 5 stars for Adult Occupant Protection based on the results of the Iriz which was tested earlier. The basic structure is the same so the level of protection should be similarly high.
New BMW 330e Plug-in Hybrid
BMW Malaysia has added another model to its locally-assembled range. This is the 330e Plug-in Hybrid and it is the 12th model in the company’s portfolio of models assembled at its facility in Kedah. Maximum output is 252 bhp with peak torque of 420 Nm while combined fuel consumption is claimed to be 47.6 kms/litre. Being assembled locally and with financial incentives from the National Automotive Policy reduces the retail price by RM120,000 to RM248,800.
Improved new Ford Transit Van
The Transit is one of the best-selling vans in the world, sold on 6 continents and over 110 markets worldwide. It was the first model chosen by Ford to resume local assembly Malaysia in 2014 after a lapse of 6 years. Its high roof and spacious interior as well as a high level of safety equipment make it a popular model with government agencies and the latest one has further improvements.
First images of next Kia Rio
An all-new Kia Rio will be unveiled at the Paris Motorshow at the end of September, taking the Korean carmaker’s bestselling global model into its fourth generation since being launched in 2000. The progressive new exterior and interior design was led by Kia’s design centres in Germany and California, in close collaboration with the company’s main design centre in Korea.
Locally-assembled Mercedes SUV
Mercedes-Benz vehicles have been assembled in Malaysia since the 1960s but the GLC 250 will be the first SUV that the company is assembling in this country. Assembled at the Mercedes-Benz production facility within the DRB-HICOM manufacturing complex in Pekan, Pahang, it is expected to have a pricetag of RM325,888.