Not sure if you’ve noticed, but grey market cars have been increasing in numbers lately. It used to be just the Harriers, Muranos, Caldinas, Estimas and Alphards, but grey importers are now using a big chunk of their APs on European premium makes. Audis, Porsches and BMWs from UK now line up alongside the still popular Toyota MPVs in car lots. As can be seen on our sister site oto.my, some of these recond cars are very attractively priced. Nearly new and with a low mileage, they seem like perfect deals waiting for us to empty our bank accounts. Take this Audi A5 2.0 TFSI for instance. It’s a UK spec 2009 model advertised for RM197,888. Official Audi importer Euromobil sells the A5 2.0 for RM400k. So there’s no new car smell, but one can buy two recond A5s for the price of a new one! Attractive as they may be, there are concerns. The car may look good, but what if something goes wrong? Since it is not an official import, where do I go if the car has issues? No … [Read more...] about Grey import car maintenance – international car warranty, adoption packages, insurance warranty?
International Trade and Industry deputy minister Datuk Hamim Samuri has said that the government is committed to ensure that prices of imported cars, especially those with mid-range engine capacities, will be reduced by up to 30%, The Star reports. “The government will keep its promise of reducing prices of imported cars between 20% and 30% within the next five years,” Hamim said in response to a question by Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in Parliament. However, Hamim said the price reductions do not include imported luxury cars, the English-language daily reported. He was not reported to have elaborated on what constitutes a luxury car, or what exactly was meant by mid-range engine capacities. The imported car price reductions cannot happen immediately, as it could negatively affect the industry, including the used car market, added the MITI deputy. “What will happen is that consumers will focus on getting new vehicles and will no longer want to buy second-hand … [Read more...] about Govt to keep promise of lowering imported car prices by 20-30% in next five years – MITI deputy
One of the key points of the interview with Proton chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was the national carmaker’s dogged determination in developing its own cars with its own technology – such as its upcoming new range of engines with direct injection – instead of rebadging those from other carmakers. When asked about whether it was worth it to spend so much money on its own research and development, when it is cheaper to simply rebadge other cars, the former premier responded, “We will never progress if we just change the logo at the front and back. One has to remember that there is also a nation agenda – it is not just about making money. “We want to acquire engineering capabilities in this country. The car provides a lot of engineering technologies and ways of thinking. We have to learn those,” he said. Mahathir added that there was no point if Proton had continued to simply change the badges at the front and rear of the car. “It’s … [Read more...] about “We will never progress if we just rebadge, we might as well just import cars,” said Proton’s Tun Mahathir
What are your personal top 10 most important cars in history, and why – ideally in just one sentence? In no particular order, here is my list. Lamborghini Miura – because it is still the most beautiful car in the world Renault Scenic – because it was the first small MPV to make sense Renault Espace – because it was the first large MPV to be desirable Mini (the original) – because it taught us much of what we now know about packaging VW Golf GTI Mk1 – because without it the hot hatch wouldn’t exist. Honda Insight – because it was the world’s first mass market hybrid (I’m aware that Robert Anderson from Aberdeen built the world’s first electric vehicle in 1839, but it didn’t exactly leave a dent in the world’s car market) Porsche 911 – because it has proved what can be achieved via evolution Jaguar XJ – because it set the template for the modern luxury car Daimler-Benz Motorwagen – because … [Read more...] about My top 10 most important cars in history. What are yours?
From a European perspective, the news that Ford is pulling out of the Japanese and Indonesian car markets and ceasing all operations in the countries comes as a shock. This is, after all, the company that rules the UK car market in terms of overall sales, with the Fiesta standing atop the charts each month. But Ford’s fortunes aren’t as consistently strong the world over, despite the One Ford strategy that is streamlining and simplifying many aspects of the Blue Oval’s global business. Ford has had a presence in Japan for more than four decades, but is reported by Reuters to have sold fewer than 5000 cars in 2015. So what’s at the heart of the withdrawal? I asked our friends at Autocar Japan for some insight. They told me the news was greeted with surprise and disappointment when it broke late on Monday night in Japan. What’s more, the timing of the news was either calculated or unfortunate: almost all of the Ford dealerships in Japan are closed on … [Read more...] about Why would Ford pull out of an important car market such as Japan?
It’s a new beginning. It’s the most important car in Jaguar’s history. It’s being built in a new facility deploying the most advanced aluminum techniques in the world and is powered in part by an all-new engine family. These are just a few of the dramatic pronouncements Jaguar officials made here in Paris during the deep dive of the all-new Jaguar XE on the eve of the 2014 Paris auto show. The XE is a car that Jaguar believes will go head-to-head with the best midsize sport sedans in the world. It had better, as the stakes have never been higher for Jaguar and its future fortunes. The XE will launch in the U.S. as a 2017 model, likely in spring 2016. On paper at least, the Jaguar XE has been developed with everything necessary to give it more than a fighting chance to succeed. It will come with 2.0-liter diesel (roughly 160 and 177 horsepower) and already available gas variants (200 and 240 horsepower) from the automaker’s Ingenium engine family built at … [Read more...] about 2017 Jaguar XE First Look: The Most Important Car in Jaguar’s History
Import car shows are a lot of fun and occur at spots around the country. It is at these import events that you can learn all about the technology used on the latest cars, as well as seeing the latest concept cars that will be available in the future. OC Car & Truck Show Castrol SYNTEC Top Car Challenge Tokyo Auto Show SEMA Auto Show Hot Imports Night LA Auto Show For a true car enthusiast, evaluating a car at an import car show will be affected by certain likes, dislikes, beliefs and preferences that are unique to every individual. The main factors worth considering are: Paint Accessories Now the question is how you can get access to a local import car show. The answer is to use all of your available resources to find a show that is close to you. The benefit in this is that you will not have to travel a long distance to get there. Import Car Sites Social Networking and Word of Mouth Import car shows are one of the … [Read more...] about Import Car Shows, Auctions and Events
Sales of imported cars set a 17 year record in Japan, with brands like Maserati and Volkswagen leading the way, with Bloomberg reporting that non-Japanese brands captured 8.8 percent of non-key car sales – the highest figure since records started being kept in 1989.Mercedes and Maserati both had record setting years in Japan, while the VW Golf was the best-selling non-Japanese car, ranking 27th overall. The VW Up! is also said to be stealing sales away from kei car shoppers, and the trend of smaller imported cars appears to be a welcome one for Japanese consumers.Previously, most European brands imported big, expensive luxury sedans, attainable only to the upper strata of Japanese society. Many of these examples were also left-hand drive, which was considered to be a status symbol by many, in the way that a right-hand drive car has enthusiast cachet in North America (and an inconvenience as well – which was arguably part of the appeal).But the Golf and Up! have demonstrated … [Read more...] about Imported Cars Have A Record Year In Japan
Many people don’t realize that most of the “import” cars bought and sold in America no longer roll off a boat, but off an assembly line somewhere in the American heartland. Or at least in the North American heartland. It comes as an even bigger surprise that these cars are one of America’s most successful export products, going from American ports to many countries in the world – where people often are likewise ignorant of the car’s American origin.Yesterday, we were surprised by the news that Honda aims to become a net exporter from North America in two years. Numbed by the PSTD of too much moronic electioneering, we often forget that “the American Auto Industry” also consists of names like Hyundai, Volkswagen, or Toyota. “Foreign” automakers employ more than an third of America’s autoworkers, who build more than a third of the Made in America cars.What is very little known is that for many years, these foreign … [Read more...] about America’s Hot Export Article: “Import” Cars
Let’s say you’re casually web shopping for used cars—one of our favorite time-wasting activities—and something unusual grabs your interest. Maybe it’s one of those exotic Japanese domestic market (JDM) cars, one that has lived out the 25-year U.S. import restrictions and is finally available stateside. Even more intriguing, let’s say it can be had for less than $25,000 or even $10,000.So you’ve found an obscure and relatively inexpensive car for sale, but what about the insurance? That will be astronomical, right? The answer, thankfully, is not usually. The cheapest and easiest way to insure your exotic purchase would be to go the same route taken by buyers of classic and collectible cars: Use an insurer that specializes in this realm. Asked about underwriting a cheaper but rare import, Jonathan Klinger of insurance specialist Hagerty said, “Absolutely, those vehicles are insurable just like you insure anything else on a … [Read more...] about Here’s What to Know about Insuring an Obscure Imported Car