Friday, July 31, 2009
Look at the first official pictures of new Kia VG (code name). The new Korean premium sedan will make a world debut at 2010 Detroit Auto Show.
KIA MOTORS RELEASES FIRST IMAGES OF ALL-NEW MODEL
Kia Motors has today released the first images of its new premium saloon due to go on sale in Korea at the end of the year.
The new model, currently known by its code name VG, was shown in concept form at the Seoul Motor Show earlier this year and is set to replace the existing Opirus model in Korean, North American and European markets.
“VG clearly demonstrates the next stage in Kia’s design evolution and showcases our new design principle of ’sophistication by simplicity’. The exterior is a seamless blend of powerful front, sleek profile and sophisticated but simple rear lines to create an elegant and luxurious appearance,” commented Hyoung Keun Lee, Senior Executive Vice President and COO of International Business Division at Kia Motors Corporation.
Thursday, July 30, 2009
These are the initial batch of 3 images of the new Kia large sedan codenamed “VG”, which will replace the Opirus/Amanti. I’ve actually seen the Amanti around KL before, probably driven by some Korean expatriates. It’s somewhat like Kia’s take on the now discontinued Jaguar S-Type, meant to look large and stately. Before you argue that these kind of cars don’t fit well in Kia’s image, they are all over the roads in South Korea. The people there tend to buy Korean cars exclusively from the low end to the higher ends of the model segments.
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Thanks to reader awak for alerting me about a new update for the Naza Citra, or should we call it the Naza Citra 1.5 now since there is a Citra 2 Rondo and this particular version is an update to the Citra 1. The old second generation Kia Carens has been given a new breath of life by Naza Kia and is priced lower than the Citra 2 Rondo.
The new design is very curiously Saga-like with a blackened area between the upper and lower center grille on the front end, and the rear design features a new rear bumper with an integrated diffuser-lookalike design.
A quick check on local classifieds sites already reveal many salesmen posting up entries and prices range between RM59,888 to RM65,888, making this one of the cheapest 2.0 liter MPVs around, though what you’ll be getting is a model that first debuted in 2002.
Look after the jump for more images of the new Citra facelift.
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Now how the hell could another car fit next to it and be able to open the doors normally? The funny thing is that the driver of this car thinks he/she can park in reverse fine.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Some of the models on display throughout the promotion, from now till Aug 2, will include Perodua Myvi; Proton Exora MPV; Kia Sportage and the all new Citra; Chery with the Tiggo SUV, Eastar MPV and A520 sedan; the new Hyundai Starex Royale 11 Seater MPV; and various reconditioned cars such as BMW, Toyota Alphard or Toyota Wish.
To entice buyers, Kia offers a special instant rebate for its Citra & Sportage model; Chery offers its Chery Max Holiday programme plus a mystery gift; Hyundai has a warranty covering five years up to 300,000km; and special discounts of RM5,500 per reconditioned car.
Apart from all the four-wheel vehicles, the promotion organisers have also included an array of two wheel beauties to be displayed, with Naza Bikers Dream Sdn Bhd showcasing its new Ducati Monster 696, Honda CBR 600 & 1000RR; Mforce Bike Holdings Sdn Bhd with its SYM GTS 200cc Scooters; and Motorcycle Sales Centre Corporation Sdn Bhd with various Honda, Yamaha and Suzuki Superbikes ranging from 600cc to 1300cc.
As the promotion's title suggests, boats are also included in the agenda with Explorer Marine Centre Sdn Bhd showcasing a Marine Cruiser Speed Boat as a special feature. Events will be held during the weekends of the promotional period, including a parade of Mini cars to kick-start a competition to adjudge the best classic Mini, best decorated Mini and best modifi ed Mini, which is taking place this Sunday, from 2pm to 3pm.
Another highly anticipated event would be the mini RC racing competition, organised by Jump Square Arena, that will be held on Sunday, Aug 2 from 11am to 5pm.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The cost of this device is a small price to pay for the money you'll save, the performance boost you'll enjoy and the good you'll be doing for the environment! Keeps fuel injector nozzles clean by removing carbon and varnish buildup. Your engine will have more power, run smoother, last longer and require less maintenance. The molecules on the inside of your tank clusters can't be exposed to the oxygen necessary for combustion. The result is incomplete fuel burn with the unburned molecules emitted as pollution or remaining inside the engine as damaging carbon/varnish deposits. The Mega Fuel Saver fits easily over the inbound fuel line (straps included, no special tools required). It delivers an abrupt designed magnetic field to break up these fuel clusters, exposing all molecules to the oxygen, ensuring the best fuel burn possible!
Works on all carbureted and fuel-injected vehicles.
works on all petrol , diesel , NGV , CNG , LPG gas vehicles & factory machinery .
We had the opportunity to view and install NGV on a NAZA RIA based on factory-fitted Standard Installation Procedure, courtesy of NAZA Manufacturing, CNA Manufacturing and PDI-assembler Tactical Force. It is a cooperation of three companies, fitting NGV system on NAZA RIA in Gurun, Kedah.
System: EngineTech, Korea
ECU: DNGV, Korea
Injector: HanaTech, Korea.
Reducer: OMVL REG CNG reducer, Italy
Firstly, the workmanship is par above excellent. It has the look, design and feel of an OEM-fit NGV system. The wiring harness are made to 'Plug & Play' approach, with pre-built socket attachment. Only 3 wires are attached to the original RIA ECU, based on 3C method (cut, connect & cliplock). The 3 signal wires are connected inside the vehicle at the original ECU level. The main cable loom is insulated with PVC tubing.
Secondly, there are 3 OEM-design brackets using 'Plug & Play' approach, where the brackets attached to existing screws. There is no need for drilling onto the vehicle body. The first bracket is for the OMVL Reducer, another for Gas Refilling in the engine compartment and 3rd bracket for the Injector Rail.
Thirdly, the GAS ECU is placed inside the car. It is located under the steering column (driver side). It is firmly attached into place with another bracket.
Fourth, the Switchover unit is installed on the DASHBOARD and fit nicely next to the hazard light button.
Fifth, the cylinder is a 70L (ENK, Korea) and covered with a factory-design carpet cover.
Finally, the EngineTech software is the most impressive part. We were given the opportunity to tune a NAZA RIA-EngineTech NGV, by Tactical Force request. Here is what we have noticed:
Base Setting - setting the vehicle for meter reading(LED indicator), Petrol2Gas changeover parameters, Injector Change Tester, and RPM signal reading. The best part is an Engine LOAD Correction adjustment.
O2 Setting - setting to establish the correct reading for rich/lean mixture according to the correct voltage produced by the Oxygen (Lambda) sensor. There is also another O2 Feedback Correctio adjustment.
Acceleration Setting - setting to establish the right acceleration response. This is the most useful tool as we used it to correct the time delay on gas injector (due to the long length of the injector piping to the intake manifold). This brought about an immediate acceleration response on NGV. The RIA just take-off upon pedal acceleration without delay. And we had 4 adult-males in the car too.
MAP setting - setting to establish the correct air-fuel mixture at each RPM speed. This was pretty standard in all software.
Auto-Calibration - to auto-tune the gas system to the car. We did not use this function as the GAS ECU is factory-programmed. However so, our RIA had some problems at 2,000-3,000 rpm range and injecting too much gas into the engine. Thus, we did manual tuning instead.
Hardware Setting - setting to establish the correction response to voltage signal on reducer temperature, gas pressure and gas temperature.
Real Time Data Display - an overall of the system in a single page display of real time data.
In conclusion, This is the CORRECT NGV system for NAZA Ria. The Naza RIA owner (Mr Richard - 1st batch No.35 NAZA RIA NGV delivered) was complaining that it was underpowered and high gas consumption. It was diagnosed that 2,000 - 3,000rpm range, the car was running too rich in gas. Thus, we recalibrated it lower and readjusted the Acceleration response. After tuning for 20 minutes, the owners was getting worried with his car. He was trying to control his new NAZA RIA as it was very powerful.
Before, he was pressing down the pedal to the maximum.
After, he was lightly pressing down only.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
July 22, 2009 at 9:38 am by Paul Tan · Filed under Cars, Local News
The MAA have announced that the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show will be held in December next year - between the 3rd and 12th December 2010 to be exact.
KLIMS10’s motto will be “We CARE”, and CARE is supposed to stand for Commitment, Advancement, Reliability and Environment. The KLIMS organising committee says the show will take up 30,000 square meters of space at the PWTC and expects to attract over 200 exhibitors and over 330,000 visitors.
That’s a long time to wait. See you at KLIMS next year then!
July 22, 2009 at 5:10 am by Paul Tan · Filed under Cars, Local News
The new Goodyear DuraPlus was launched recenlty in Malaysia and the company claims it is able to achieve mileage as much as 100,000km. That sounds like really good news for the budget-conscious consumer who just want to buy something, fit it on and forget about it for the next few years.
The 100,000km figure was obtained during Goodyear’s tests on company tracks in France and Luxembourg, as well as open roads in Thailand. According to Goodyear, 100,000km is a good estimate and the tyres actually lasted even longer during the tests. The tests were conducted using 185/65R14 tyres.
The key behind the durability of the DuraPlus is what they call TredLife Technology, which actually consists of a few key design features that enables the tyre to last longer. A wide face cavity leads to increased footprint and more wearable rubber in contact with the road. A higher land to sea ratio tread depth allows for more wearable rubber.
Click thumbnails above for enlarged images
The tyre also uses a carbon-based tread compound so the tire has a higher resistance to frictional wear, contributing to the tire’s long tread life and also increased mileage due to the lower rolling resistence. A new carcass design incorporating a stronger fabric that provides less resistance to tire rotation, leading to improved fuel efficiency. The tread pattern is assymetric, placing more rubber on the outside shoulder of the tire, resulting in increased grip during cornering.
11 sizes are available in Malaysia, for 13 inch to 15 inch wheels. The Duraplus replaces the Goodyear GT3 in the Malaysian line-up.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Once the engine overheat, it will cost them Rm12,000 for "short engine
" replacement. Is like carry a "time bomb" in our MPV
For normal japanese car, if the engine overheat, they only need to replace their gasket and skim the engine head but for Naza Ria, the whole engine will bend and if you lucky, you only need to replace the piston liner(that also few thousand).
The reason for overheating is,
1. Broken plastic "T" pipe (can be replace by metal "T")
2. Leaking rediator hose
3. Electric fan break down
4. Thermal valve jam
Overheating will happen in less than a minutes if any of above happen.
We did't look at the water temp all the time when we drive. What can we do?
We need a warning system for our Ria. 2 days ago, I install a after market "Racing water tempurature meter" and this meter do comes with warning buzzer and light. You can set the maximum temp by yourself. I set the max temp to 95 degree and if the water temp go beyound this, the buzzer will sound together with the warning light so I can can stop my car as soon as possible and prevent expensive damage to the engine.
With this modification, I can drive the car without any worry.
For those owner that have the same worry as I do, you can do the same. The price of the meter(comes with sensor) is Rm280 + hose adaptor RM38 and labour RM30. Total Rm348.
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KUALA LUMPUR, Thurs. - Hundreds of people flocked to Naza showrooms in Petaling Jaya and Kampung Baru to check out the new Naza Ria V6 multi- purpose vehicle (MPV) yesterday.
At a branch outlet in Petaling Jaya, sales executive Mohd Yusof Mohd Ali Hanafiah said as at 4.30pm, eight bookings were made.
"We are expecting more bookings as the response so far has been great."
He added that there have been hundreds of enquiries since the showroom opened at 9am.
Priced at RM98,888, it is one of the more affordable multipurpose vehicles on the market.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad had on Tuesday unveiled the MPV, which is Malaysia's first national MPV, produced by Naza Kia Sdn Bhd.
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Saturday, July 18, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
PRIME Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi recently launched Naza Kia
Sdn Bhd's second model, the Citra, which comes with a 2.0-litre engine and
priced at an affordable RM79,888 (with insurance).
According to Tan Sri S M Nasimuddin Amin, managing director of the Naza
Group of companies, the Citra took 12 months to develop. Like the Kia
Carnival-based Naza Ria, the Citra (based on the Kia Carens) is assembled
at the Naza Automotive Manufacturing plant in Gurun, Kedah.
He said the company is focusing on giving customers value for money, as
seen in standard equipment such as dual front airbags, Anti-Lock Brakes,
Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, sunroof and leather upholstery.
Unlike the 1.8-litre Carens, the Citra powertrain comprises a 1,975 cc
DOHC 16-valve four-cylinder engine and four-speed automatic transmission.
Power output is 138 ps at 6,000 rpm with 174.6 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm.
For suspension, the Citra has MacPherson struts in front and a simple
dual-link arrangement for the free-wheeling rear wheels. Standard wheels
are 6JJx15 and come with 195/60 R15-sized tyres.
Customers have a choice of six colours, namely, black, red, grey, blue
and two different shades of silver.
What things have gone wrong with the car?
To All Malaysian, Kia Carnival (Naza RIA),
1. There was improvement made start from year 2006 manufacture for Naza RIA.
2. NO engine overheat symptom (require to maintain with fully synthetic SAE 0W-30), this oil is design for GV6 engine. REMIND from Kia expertise.
3. Regular service (10,000KM) require for Naza RIA.
4. (20,000KM), this will keep engine consumption efficiency.
5. Don't drive this car like a cow; this is MPV car, not a SPORT car.
6. Petrol consumption 24 cent/KM (body weight 2000kg) in town traffic.
7. Don't expect too much with buying price only RM$109K (Naza RIA).
8. I am driving for the past, by changing car, now RIA with me also. (Not me only have Naza RIA, my friend group also has them, and all felt HAPPY to have so comfortable MPV)
What things have gone wrong with the car?
So far no problem happened.
Previously, I had a Toyota Estima 3.0L, but due to my business's down turn, I had no other choice to trade it in and get a new Naza Ria (). Because I've got 4 kids, I think it classifies as big family.
On first day, when I received my Ria, in my mind, I was always under estimating the capability of Korea cars, no choice; this is only my affordable MPV car for my business situation at that time for my family.
After I drove Ria for a year, I was found that the Ria as not so bad as compared to the Toyota Estima, it is very stable on the road, internal spaces are big and comfortable while seated during long distance travel. Quite reliable internal compartment accessories, and the engine power has been maintained since the first day the car was released.
Quite nice car the NAZA Ria, I was doing right to swap my Toyota Estima 3.0L for the Ria.
Pertaining to petrol consumption, it is quite reasonable by carrying Ria body weight 1998kg on the road.
Now I'm confident in Korean car design.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Take a spin and you’ll quickly find this 2.5 litre V6 people mover is no ordinary car. With a versatile layout, the NAZA Ria has the right mix of ingredients to make your driving experience a genuine pleasure.
The new NAZA Ria MPV was designed and built to exceed your every expectation. This is a people mover that promises levels of comfort you’d demand from vehicles twice its price range. It seats 7 with extreme ease.
The NAZA Ria generous interiors provide plenty of headroom and legroom. Amply proportioned seat maximize individual comfort whilst maximizing fatigue. There are height adjustable armrests on the front seats. The middle row seats offer 140mm of travel plus an innovative feature that makes entry and exiting easier for middle and rear row passengers.