Spy Shot Chevrolet Trailblazer Facelift: Blind Spot Monitoring As Standard!

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AutonetMagz – Talking about ladder frame SUV from Chevrolet, it will remind us of the Chevrolet Trailblazer. Despite the previous version are rarely seen in the streets, the new facelift version probably will speak up. One of the reason probably as the looks now more ‘USA’ than before, but too bad, the rear still looks similar.

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But again, the overall design seen back at the GIIAS 2016 is quite tempting, to compete against other Japanese counterparts such as Toyota Fortuner, and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport. Recently, our readers manage to shot some pictures of several Chevrolet Captiva units being tested in the roads, its covered with a camouflage, but again the overall design already seen.

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Through the reflection at the side mirror, you could see that the new Trailblazer will be fitted with LED DRL as standard, as we also wish it fitted a HID or LED at the headlights. According to the photographer, he did see an indicator of Blind Spot Monitoring at the side mirror, which is a strong point if it really fitted in the final version.

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As standard, surely there is a lot more expectation for the new Trailblazer, as the new Trax and Captiva fitted with features and competitive price tag. So for this ladder frame SUV, we do hope they fitted a MyLink, 2, or 6, even 8 airbags, stability control, hill start assist, hill descent control, cruise control, sunroof, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto just like we found in the new Captiva facelift, but again its our wishes.

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So how about the engine? in Thailand, Chevroelt Trailblazer facelift apply a Duramax 2.5 liter 4 cylinder turbo producing 180 PS and 440 Nm mated to a 6 speed AT and manual mode, along with 4 discs brake, and ABS. The ground clearance itself reaching 221 mm with an 18 inches of wheels.

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So with a similar power as the Pajero SPort Dakar, despite less 2 transmission gear than the Pajero Sport Dakar, theoretically, if the new Chevrolet Trailblazer weights less than the Pajero Sport, it should have better performance.

Lamborghini Partnering With Mitsubishi Rayon In Researching Carbon Fiber!

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AutonetMagz – In an industrial event at japan, Lamborghini recently stated that they has appointed a company, owned by Mitsubishi as their partner in researching the carbon fiber material.

The company is Mitsubishi Rayon as a company who produce textiles and owned by Mitsubishi Chemicals Holdings, it also act as the biggest acrylic fiber makers and key contributor in the carbon fiber production in Japan.

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This partnership will improve the research and development for large scale production of carbon fiber panel and car chassis, according to CarAdvice. Previously, Lamborghini are asking for Boeing to create the composite out of carbon fiber and plastic who the result could be seen at the Lamborghini Sesto Elemento.

Currently, Lamborghini provides carbon fiber in the form of carbon fiber composite who found at the Centenario, or an optional accessories for both of their supercar, the Aventador and Huracan. As the forged carbon fiber they made are different from the carbon fiber made of multiple sheets, as it use a carbon fiber base who are forged to multiple shapes.

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“By keep on improving our patented forged composite material, we able to create a product who could improve the performance and looks of Lamborghini super cars,” said the member of Lamborgini Board of Research and Development, Maurizio Reggiani.

Land Rover Recall Discovery Sport and Evoque!

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AutonetMagz – The explorer car manufacturer from UK, Land Rover, recently announced a recall towards their newest line-ups. The line-ups recalled are the new Discovery Sport and its lower variant, the Evoque.

The recall done in the USA, with cars made from September to November 2014 for the Discovery Sport, and Range Rover Evoque made from July 2013 to July 2015, with a total estimated recalled unit reaching 22,657 units.

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The recall are caused by the transmission harness taht could make the car transmission move to neutral by itself, and causing an accident.

Land Rover will update the transmission software to overcome this problem, and planned to do it step by step in the US starting October 2016.

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As the recall only meant for US Range Rover models, there is nothing to worry if you are among Discovery Sport and Evoque owners in Indonesia with a similar production year, as it didn’t affect our market at all.

Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T, More Sensible WIth A V8 Turbo and RWD

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AutonetMagz – Ferrari always push themselves if related with creating cars, both the design, aesthetics,  concept, and performance.

But as Ferrari still trying to sells some cars, by releasing the Ferrari FF, as its a vision to make a daily usage Ferrari for their customers. That is why Ferrari FF are comfortable and could accommodate 4 peoples with ease, and have a bigger bootspace than the Renault Scenic, plus a foldable rear seats.

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The facelift version of Ferrari FF, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso who still bring a similar concept as the FF, and keep the V12 N/A engine and AWD, now are making more sense. As it available in a twin turbo V8 and RWD called as GTC4 Lusso T. The turbo engine are quite similar as the Ferrari 488 Spider and Ferrari 488 GTB, a 3.9 liter V8 twin turbo.

The difference is, the Ferrari GTC4 Lusso T have a lower performance with 602 hp and 760 Nm of torque, and accelerate the car from 0-100 km/h in 3.5 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds slower than the V12 AWD variant, and a top speed of 320 km/h, thanks to a lighter weight and no AWD component.

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As only AWD and V12 engine who are missing, it remains to use the 4 wheel steering system like the Ferrari F12 tdf and Side Slip Control (SSC3) as the standard assistance system for the driver.

Nissan March 2016 Teaser Photo Unveiled, To Be Introduced Next Month!

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AutonetMagz – Nissan plans to launched the new Nissan Micra or Nissan March are more clearer time after time, as seen from the official teaser picture launched by Nissan and unveiled the new styling of the front fascia and rear. The teaser pictures are planned to initiate the official launching at the Paris Motor Show 2016 at next October.

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If you look at the teaser picture, the new March adopt a lot of element of Nissan concept car shown on 2015, which is Nissan Sway Concept, with a sporty design and bold lines. The new headlights adopt Nissan new Z-styling, and a hidden rear door handle to elevates its sporty accent.

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While the engine are reported to use a new 1.0 liter 3 cylinder turbo and a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder, which we think will become a huge breakthrough for Nissan Indonesia if they are daring to bring the car to our market.

As the 1.0 liter turbo surely are more performance oriented and have better FC compared to the conventional engine, and tends to become a differentiation in its segment against its rival such as Honda Brio, Mitsubishi Mirage, even Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz.

World’s Greatest Drag Race 6: With A Result Beyond What Expected!

AutonetMagz – The routine show of Motor Trend who gathers several fast cars to compete in a drag race competition who are long awaited by all enthusiasts all over the world. Called as the World’s Greatest Drag Race, who enters its 6th series, where all new and powerful cars try to prove who is the most fastest in the drag strip.

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Remembering the previous series, the winner of all 5 series are Nissan GT-R (2011), Lamborghini Aventador (2012), Nissan GT-R (2013), Porsche 911 Turbo S (2014) and Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (2015). At this 6th series, Nissan GT-R 2017 reappears as a strong contenders, as it become the only one who ever win this event twice, despite its foe currently are fierce.

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Just mentioned the new Honda NSX, the hybrid 3.5 liter V6 twin turbo supercar produce 573 hp, dual clutch 9-speed, and 0-100 km.h acceleration in less than 3 seconds, and 300 km/h of top speed.

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Don’t forget the Audi R8 V10 Plus who currently have almost no performance gap compared to the Lamborghini Huracan, and the McLaren 570S, the Porsche 911 Carrera S with its new turbo powertrain, Dodge Viper ACR who held many circuit records, BMW M4 GTS with water injection technology, Mercedes AMG GT-S who last year enter the top 3 position, and the high pitch Jaguar F-Type SVR.

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As the new Aston Martin Vantage S V12 also participating, while from muscle car segment, the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE and Dodge Charger Hellcat as the new contenders. So, just watch the clips and see who is the winner.

Toyota Vios Facelift Leaked In Malaysia, Will Use A Sienta Engine and CVT

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AutonetMagz – The saloon brother of Toyota Yaris, the Vios, finally got a facelift in South East Asia in the near future. As a couple of leaked pictures showing the small sedan from Toyota has appears in Malaysia, which means the saloon version will appears soon.

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So what is the difference with the current Toyota Vios? First thing is now it have a new G variant with complete bodykit, especially at the front, along with DRL LED. Besides that, there also a new alloy wheels, with 5-spoke two tone model.

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For you who want a more striking model, the Toytoa Vios TRD Sportivo Malaysia also changed, as the interior now have a new leather seats with red-black color, along with a new head unit and a full black color tone.

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This time, the new Toyota Vios finally got an engine improvement, as it apply a similar 1.5 liter 4 cylinder engine as the Toyota Sienta, and mated with a new CVT transmission, leaving the previous 4-speed transmission.

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As this leaked brochure are showing the Malaysia version of the Vios, will Toyota Astra Motor prepares a similar things for the Toyota Vios Facelift Indonesia? we will see soon.

Nissan Indonesia Recalls Takata Airbag, Check Your Nissan Now

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AutonetMagz – Several of car makers in Indonesia, finally have to recall Takata airbag who have a fatal potential if any accident happened and causing the airbag to deploy. Honda for examples has recalled the Brio, City, Jazz, Mobilio, etc. Now its time for Nissan Indonesia to continue the “Voluntary Recall Campaign”, a Global Nissan to replace the troublesome Takata Airbag on their cars sold in Indonesia.

According to the release from Nissan Indonesia, the replaced airbag is only the drivers airbag, as the model recalled are Nissan Grand Livina/ Nissan Livina, including the X-Gear produced from April 2007 to November 2013, with 48,719 units, than the Nissan Latio produced from August 2006 to August 2009, with 976 units, and Navara produced from January 2011 to December 2014 with 4,071 units.

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NMI President Director, Antonio Zara said, “It is very important to us to provide information as detail and as transparent as possible to the customers, so they could visit the nearest Nissan official workshops to replace the part as soon as possible. Nissan committed to maintain the customers service and satisfaction. We have coordinate with all of Nissan dealers across Indonesia to serve our customers as best as we could.”

To all Nissan owners who included into the recall lists, could contact Nissan Nicole (Nissan Care Online Assistance) at hotline number 14023 or visits Nissan Indonesia official website.

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All this recall activities are free with a working length around 1 hours.

Ferrari Jakarta Officially Introduced The Ferrari 488 Spider

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AutonetMagz – Several months prior, Ferrari Jakarta introduced the Ferrari 488 GTB as their second turbo powered cars in Indonesia, after the California T. But yesterday, Ferrari Jakarta announced their third turbo models for our market, the Ferrari 488 Spider, who basically is an open top version of 488 GTB.

Luckily, Ferrari 488 Spider are made with several developments to improved its predecessor, the Ferrari 458 Spider, as if the previous 458 Spider could only lower and raise its roof during a fully stop position, at the new Spider 488, the owners could open and close the roof when the car are running, as long it below 45 km/h.

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For several peoples, differentiating the design of a Ferrari 488 GTB compared to the 458 Spider is quite difficult, but if you look at it more details, you could see a difference at the front fascia, rear design, lights, etc. While the interior remains Ferrari styles with a lot of buttons to control the features. While the front passengers are given a speedometer and tachometer display at a small screen above the glovebox.

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Similar as the Ferrari 488 GTB, the Ferrari 488 Spider are mated with a 3.9 liter V8 twin turbo 670 hp engine. As those amount of power, previously only available in a V12 6.5 liter engine. Combined with a dual clutch, the acceleration for 0-100 km/h is reached in just 3 seconds, despite it slightly heavier than the 488 GTB. For stability, Ferrari fitted several FXX K technology at the 488 Spider, such as SSC2, F1 Trac, electronic differentials, active dampers, and active aerodynamics.

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The new Ferrari 488 Spider now came with Apple CarPlay as a standard, as surely we are not sure whether that is the main reason to purchase a Ferrari.

Honda Breaks The Speed Record Using a 3 Cylinder 660cc Engine

Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

AutonetMagz – What max speed that you could reach with a 3 cylinder 660 cc? probably Honda could answer it with this crazy experiment, as recently Honda designed a new speed record breaking cars using the S660 engine sold in japan.

Honda forms a 16 peoples team since last year to develop this special car. Despite they use the 660cc engine from the Honda S660, the material applied are different, starting from the lower block, cylinder block, piston, crankshaft, valve, connecting rods, etc, all has been changed.

Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.
Engineers from Honda R&D in Japan posted a new FIA Land Speed Record and broke the speed record for a Honda-powered automobile last week in Bonneville, Utah.

According to Honda, the standard S660 engine could produce 63 Ps, while for the Honda Streamliner engine, it could produce 3 times bigger output than a standard engine.

The record braking attempt are done in Bonneville as the biggest flat surface in earth. The motorbikes racer who drive this car is Hikaru Miyagi who manage to set 261 MPH or 420 km/h and make Honda as the brand who hold this record.