What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

A car is a big investment. More than a mode of transportation, a car projects what we want people to think of us.

Some people spend months to look for the right car that fits their personality.

And perhaps you want to discover which Volkswagen would be ideal for your character and personality.

Answer these simple 12 questions and find out which Volkswagen sedan matches your personality!

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

The German Design Council has announced the winners of the German Design Award 2017. A Volkswagen brand model is among this year’s winners: the Volkswagen Tiguan has been selected as a winner in the “Transportation” category and honoured with this prestigious and preeminent award.

The German Design Award is the sixth award won this year by the new Tiguan for outstanding automotive design. The Volkswagen design team led by Klaus Bischoff has given the second generation of this popular compact SUV an elegant appearance. The new Tiguan is longer, wider and lower in height compared to its predecessor. These new dimensions have been achieved in no small part through the use of the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix). The result is a striking SUV profile with distinctive proportions and a very dynamic design. At the front, the radiator grille and LED projection headlights unit (fitted as standard in the Highline equipment option) emphasises the powerfully upright overall impression.

Established in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world and is highly regarded well beyond expert circles. This coveted prize is awarded by the German Design Council. Founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag as a foundation, this international committee is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for communication and brand management within the design field.

The all-new Tiguan is set to launch early April, for more information on the all-new Tiguan, please visit your nearest Volkswagen authorized dealer or visit www.volkswagen.com.my.

Singapore develops hypercars now?

Singapore develops hypercars now?

DENDRODIUM

DENDRODIUM

As an automotive journalist as well as a hardcore petrolhead, if you mention the country Italy or Germany, my first few mental images would be some of the best cars ever made. Besides skyscrapers, I think cars give a nation much of its identity, a symbol of engineering achievement.
Of course, I am not talking about Vios or Myvi, but supercars and hypercars.

Asian car manufacturers have a good focus on passenger cars, I understand, but like a rom-com movie, it’s passable. I honestly can’t get too excited about them. Recently, we saw the new NSX, which I maintain as one of the most refreshing automotive news. Not because it looks good, or it’s more expensive than a Civic, but because it’s Japanese. It’s Asian. Ferrari made the LaFerrari, which is Italian, and you might ask me, “Which Ferrari is this?”. Well, it’s the hybrid one.

Just look at it. Second NSX, still love at first sight.

Ferrari “The Ferrari” – It’s hybrid!

Yes, emission controls and rising cost of automotive industry has seen many companies shut down or change ownership. But engineers can still adapt. New technologies are developed to push the limits of automotive engineering. This gives me hope, because when all the petrol has run out, and all the Skylines have corroded, I still want to drive fast cars, or at least look at them, and I want to do so without people frowning upon my high petrol consumption.

ENTERS DENDROBIUM

Out of the blue, our neighbor, Singapore is housing a firm which developed a hypercar. I know, Singapore? Hypercars? And guess what, it’s electric, I mean literally it runs on electric. I am talking about the new Dendrobium (named after an orchid.. really?), developed by Vanda Electrics in Singapore. I don’t care that it will be built by Williams in the United Kingdom sometime next year, I like it, but to know a bunch of South-East Asians took the time to design a hypercar, talk about faith restoration. I think even Malaysians can take pride in this.

Everything looks astonishing on paper. 0 – 100, under 3 seconds, top speed? 400km/h. Yes, a whopping 400! That’s Veyron territory, but on electric! There is no much information on the engine for now since it remains as a concept car, but I like the spirit here. Well, a car that looks like that should definitely go that fast right? Which brings me to the exterior design of the car.

Just look at it. It is not shy. It doesn’t try to hide its identity as a hypercar. It’s vulgar, reminds of the Zonda when I first saw it. Everything about it screams speed, although the people at the firm mentioned it’s derived from nature. That’s hurricanes and lightning for you.

Well, I need to be honest about a few aspects. It’s not practical in any way, and the price tag should look like telephone numbers. But I am not all that worried. Practicality is inherited from breaking barriers, like space technology and physics, sports and medicine, as well as Formula One for engineering. It feels wonderful to have serious engineers nearby who don’t have to think about speed bumps and traffic lights before they build a car. Will Proton make a sports car soon? I don’t know, but if they did, that will be another great story we can tell.

-Eshwaren M

Most popular 250cc motorcycles in Malaysia

Most popular 250cc motorcycles in Malaysia

Most Popular

250cc Motorcycles

in Malaysia

February 2017

Yamaha YZF R25

Price

RM 20206.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

14 liter

Horsepower

26.5 kW @ 12,000 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Honda CBR 250

Price

RM 21728.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

13 liter

Horsepower

20.2 KW @ 8,500 RPM

Torque

23.3 Nm @ 7,500 RPM

Kawasaki Ninja 250 FI

Price

RM 22000.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

17 liter

Horsepower

23.5 kW @ 11,000 RPM

Torque

21.0 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL

Price

RM 17349.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

11 liter

Horsepower

20.6 kW @ 9,700 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 8,200 RPM

Kawasaki Z 250

Price

RM 21329.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

17 liter

Horsepower

23.5 kW @ 11,000 RPM

Torque

21.0 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Kawasaki Z 250 SL

Price

RM 15389.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

11 liter

Horsepower

20.6 kW @ 9,700 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 8,200 RPM

KTM RC 250

Price

RM 18800.00

Engine CC

248.8

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

10 liter

Horsepower

23.1 kW @ 9,000 RPM

Torque

24.0 Nm @ 7,250 RPM

KTM Duke 250

Price

RM 17800.00

Engine CC

248.8

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

10 liter

Horsepower

23.1 kW @ 9,000 RPM

Torque

24.0 Nm @ 7,250 RPM

SYM T2 250i

Price

RM 16800.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

14 liter

Horsepower

18.6 kW @ 7500 rpm

Torque

23.0 Nm @ 6,000 RPM

A four-stroke life on a single ride

A four-stroke life on a single ride

A four-stroke life on two wheels

There are those who believe that unlike cars, which transport bodies, motorcycles move the soul. To them, it is experiencing liberation on two wheels, where worries fade with the twist of the throttle.

Faizal Reza is one such person. Falling in love with motorcycles as a teenager, the 43-year of father of two continues to be seduced by the open roads and caresses of the wind.

It is this passion for combustion that led him to quit his previous job as a creative director with an international advertising firm, and trade his design software tools for screwdrivers and wrenches to become a bike builder and customiser.

On a sun-baked Saturday afternoon, Malaysiakini met Faizal, whose brother Fahmi made headlines with his clown-face depiction of the prime minister, at his ‘Gimme Shelter’ chop shop nestled in a back-lane in Cheras, Kuala Lumpur, to find out what fires his pistons.

Inspired by the choppers made popular by the ‘Hells Angels’ in the 1960s, Faizal’s designs often emulate the stripped-down look from that era.

For those who wish to flirt with danger, there is also the option of tearing down the asphalt without a front brake and a suicide clutch, or ‘jockey shifter’.

For the uninitiated, the suicide clutch refers to a foot-operated clutch and hand-shifter to change gears.

“It is a way of life,” responded Faizal when asked what the word ‘motorcycle’ meant to him.

“When I ride my bike to work, back home or wherever… You forget all your problems. You are on your own, with the wind in your face. Everything disappears.”

Faizal said he worked hard to afford his first bike, a Harley-Davidson, and there has been no turning back since then.

“I started tinkering around with my bike, and customising it.

“When my friends saw what I had done with my bike, they asked me to customise their bikes as well. It started from there, helping friends do up their bikes from my home garage.

“Then social media came about, Facebook, Instagram, and more people got to know about my work. From there, it snowballed into this shop,”

he said, explaining that the idea to name the premises ‘Gimme Shelter’ came from watching a documentary on the Rolling Stones.

Apart from learning the skills of the trade on his own, Faizal said he was also fortunate to have mechanic friends who were willing to share their knowledge with him.

Most would balk at the prospect of leaving a secure job with a comfortable income to plunge into the risk-riddled world of business, but for Faizal, the need to pursue his dream outweighed other considerations.

His wife, too, was supportive of the business, something which he is thankful for.

“She was happy… because when I was in advertising, it was stressful.

“I hated pitching to clients. It was an important part of advertising, but I hated it.

“I did not like facing CEOs and datuks… but now when CEOs and datuks come (to the shop), I am comfortable in my world… I am the king of this domain.”

According to Faizal, his wife is fond of motorcycles as well, and the couple have been going on rides together since they started courting.

Think out of the box

Claiming that the motorcycle customisation scene in Malaysia is more than two decades behind, he said the biggest obstacle is convincing people to think out of the box.

“No matter how expensive a bike you have, there will be a 100 more just like it,” he said, pointing out that customisation allowed one to own a unique machine, comparable to none.

However, Faizal said the customisation scene is gaining traction in Malaysia, and this is a positive sign.

Many consider large engine capacity motorcycles, especially American makes, to be overpriced, with numerous models extending beyond the RM100,000 mark.

This has led to the perception that such motorcycles are for the well-heeled, but Faizal argued otherwise, claiming that almost anyone can own such a motorcycle.

“It is just that some people have different priorities. Take me as an example. When I bought my first bike, I did not have a car.

“So instead of using my money to buy a car, and drive around in a cage, I bought the bike. Rain or shine, I rode it. I didn’t care.

“Give or take, the monthly installment for a bike is about the same as that of a car. So it all depends on priorities. If you are really passionate about bikes, then forego the car. You can’t have it all.”

As for the younger generation who are interested in venturing into the customising business, Faizal’s advice to them is to “follow your heart and do it.”

“Don’t be afraid, just do it. This is what Malaysians lack… do it.”

To the question on where he sees himself in the future, Faizal said he would be rolling down the road on his motorcycle.

“I still see this shop running. But instead of being hands on (with the operations), I will be riding around the world… I just want to be free…

“My wife’s dream is to settle in Bali, have a little hut there, and ride our old Triumph (motorcycle), and I share this dream as well.”

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