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Jaguar Land Rover to slash output at two UK factories due to falling demand, not coronavirus outbreak


Jaguar Land Rover will reduce or stop production on certain days at two of its UK factories over the next few weeks, Reuters reports. However, it’s not related to the coronavirus outbreak that’s currently gripping China – instead, this slashing of output comes as the premium carmaker pursues cost-cutting measures in response to falling demand.

The report says that JLR posted a 2.3% drop in sales in the final quarter of 2019 and has targeted billions of pounds worth of savings to tackle falling demand for diesels in Europe, as well as a sluggish market in China.

JLR will halt production on selected days over a four-week period from late February at its Castle Bromwich plant in and stop production on some half or full days at the nearby Solihull facility until the end of March. “The external environment remains challenging for our industry and the company is taking decisive actions to achieve the necessary operational efficiencies to safeguard long-term success,” the Range Rover-maker said in a statement.

“We have confirmed that Solihull and Castle Bromwich will make some minor changes to their production schedules to reflect fluctuating demand globally, whilst still meeting customer needs,” it added.

So, this production hiccup isn’t due to the coronavirus, which has forced many carmakers to halt production in China. Outside of China, Hyundai has suspended production in South Korea due to parts shortage from China. Fiat Chrysler has warned that a European plant could shut down within two to four weeks if Chinese parts suppliers cannot get back to work due to the outbreak.

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New Land Rover Defender previewed in Singapore


The all-new Land Rover Defender recently made its debut at this year’s Singapore Motor Show as part of an official preview, just a few months after the SUV was revealed at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.

On display was the Defender 110, which is the long-wheelbase version of the off-roader, with the other being the Defender 90. In this form, the SUV measures 5,018 mm long (including its tailgate-mounted spare wheel), 1,967 mm tall, 2,105 mm wide and with a wheelbase that spans 3,022 mm.

The new Defender rides on the company’s D7x architecture and features an all-aluminium monocoque construction, making it a lot more sophisticated than its legendary predecessor. Styling-wise, it’s a melding of old and new, with cues from the original like the square-themed headlamps and taillights being modernised.

Similarly, the interior tones down the utilitarian look of the previous-generation model for something more minimalistic and posher in appearance. Most of the car’s functions are controlled via a dedicated 10-inch touchscreen on the dashboard, while controls for the transmission and four-wheel drive system consists of just a lever and two rotary dials.

There are quite a number of luxury features too, including leather upholstery, a digital instrument cluster display, a sunroof, plenty of power ports and climate control with rear vents. However, there are numerous reminders that the Defender still means business, as illustrated by the rugged grab handles, exposed bolts and heavy-duty rubber trim pieces.

To cope with difficult terrain, the Defender 110 has a wading depth of 900 mm, while the approach, rampover and departure angles are 38, 28 and 40 degrees respectively. There’s also Terrain Response 2 with six modes and an optional air suspension system that is capable of raising the vehicle by 75 mm in off-road mode, along with an additional 70 mm of lift for a total of 145 mm when required.

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2019 year in review and what’s to come in 2020 – tough year for Mercedes-Benz and BMW, but Volvo soars


Having looked at how the national carmakers and Japanese brands fared in 2019, we continue on the year that was with the premium brands. It was a mixed year for players in the segment, with most of the activity coming from the German marques, as expected. The usual duo led the way in with the introductions this year, but it was a bumper year for the four rings as well.

Things were however a whole lot quieter for many players, and although this will change in 2020 for some, it doesn’t look rosy for at least one.

A slew of Audis. Really?

The brand that has always played bridesmaid to the two other Germans made a real go of it this year, introducing no less than 10 models in 2019. Amazing, really, when you consider how quiet it has been in recent years, with only the occasional low-key introduction to signal that it was still around.

The action started in March with the debut of four vehicles, three of which were new. The Q7 received a specification update, but it was the Q2, Q5 and Q8 that made for the news, with their arrival significantly bumping up the Audi SUV count in the country at a go. The second-gen Q3, meanwhile, joined the party late in the year.

Sedans – and fastbacks – were not forgotten in the rare Audi blitz. April saw the introduction of the A3 Sedan, with the C8-generation A6 and D5 A8L entering the showrooms in June before making their working debut in August. Elsewhere, the second-gen F5 A5 Sportback and the C8 A7 Sportback went on preview for a bit before they made they were officially launched.

That’s quite a haul from Ingolstadt. Whether Euromobil continues to play aggressive in 2020 remains to be seen, but Audi fans surely won’t complain if it does. In terms of what’s coming, the facelifted B9 A4 should be one of the highlights next year.

Monthly debuts from BMW

BMW Malaysia started out their campaign in January with two M Performance Editions, which essentially signed out the F30 330e and F15 X5 xDrive40e, and these were each limited to 300 units. Next up, the G20 3 Series, which arrived as a CBU 330i in March, and its debut also saw a full catalogue of M Performance parts being introduced.

The same month saw the debut of the G15 8 Series, and a month later, to show that the G30 5 Series wasn’t forgotten, the company brought the 520i Luxury and 530e M Sport variants into the market. The all-electric i3s was also launched in April, but final pricing was only announced in August.

In May, the G02 X4 M Sport went the CKD route (pricing revealed in June), and the G05 X5 and F39 X2 M35i went on preview, ahead of their official pricing being announced in July. The F87 M2 Competition was next up to bat in June, making its debut in Sepang, and this was followed by the X7 SUV in July.

The month also saw the G29 Z4 sDrive 30i and facelifted G12 7 Series being announced, the latter continuing on with a 740Le xDrive badge designation. In September, another variant was added to the G01 X3 range in the form of an xDrive30i M Sport model, and the G20 3 Series went the CKD route, retaining the 330i variant.

Models to look forward to in 2020 are likely to include the F40 1 Series, the F48 X1 facelift, G06 X6 and Munich’s answer to the CLA, the F44 2 Series Gran Coupe. The G20 3 Series range will also expand with the upcoming 320i, although there’s still no word on when the 330e plug-in hybrid will arrive, or whether it is even coming. Guess we’ll know in 2020.

Lexus rolls on, while Infiniti stalls

It wasn’t until June that Lexus Malaysia got into the swing of things with the refreshed NX 300, in three variant forms (Urban, Premium and F Sport). The facelift has been around since 2018, but the latest update adds on kit such as Lexus Safety System + while lowering prices.

The seventh-generation ES sedan made its debut as an ES 250 model in September, in two trim levels, Premium and Luxury. The same month saw the RX facelift making its way to Malaysia, with the RX 300 going on sale in Premium, Luxury and F Sport guise.

The coming year will see the introduction of the UX, which was first seen here in 2018 when it was previewed at KLIMS. At that point Lexus Malaysia said there were no plans to bring it in, but it looks like that has changed, and the SUV is slated for our market.

No cheer however for its fellow automaker Infiniti. With the brand languishing globally and in the midst of a restructuring (which will see it exit Europe completely and focus on the United States and China), it’s no surprise that the turnout of new models this year locally was zilch. The brand remains in the country, but with the KL showroom having closed (operations have been moved back to Edaran Tan Chong Motor premises), one wonders how long before the carmaker calls it quits in Malaysia.

The tristar juggernaut chugs along

As 2019 draws to a close, and unless something dramatic takes place in the sales charts, it looks like Mercedes-Benz Malaysia will still hold on to its best-seller title for another year, edging out BMW once more. However, this year won’t be like 2018, because the overall numbers are down for both – up to November, MAA figures reveal that Mercedes sales are down by 24% and BMW, down by 19.6%, year-on-year.

It hasn’t been for a lack of trying or products, with the introduction of new cards at every opportunity continuing to be very much the game plan. The ball started rolling with the introduction of the W213 E350, equipped with the automaker’s new M264 engine, in March. The E200 Sportstyle and E300 Exclusive, bearing new engines and kit, were also launched at that point. The same month also saw the pre-facelift C253 GLC 300 making its debut.

Next to arrive was the V177 A-Class Sedan in A200 and A250 forms. This was followed by the Mercedes-AMG C63S Sedan and Coupe facelifts, along with the AMG GT 4-Door Coupe, which went on sale here in GT 43, GT 53 and GT 63S 4Matic+ forms. Then, the W222 S 560 e PHEV came along in June at the same evebt that gave the all-electric EQC its ASEAN debut.

The AMG A35 Sedan was introduced in September, and October was a busy month for the brand, with the W247 B-Class, C190 Mercedes-AMG GT R and GT C facelifts and X156 GLA 200 Style being introduced to the market. Rounding off the new product list for 2019 was the X253 GLC and C253 GLC Coupe facelifts, which were launched earlier this month. The refreshed SUVs also debuted Mercedes me connect, which will make its way on to upcoming models.

Expect no let-up in the introductions in 2020. Among these will be the second-gen C118 CLA, H247 GLA, X247 GLB, C167 GLE Coupe and the W213 E-Class facelift. The EQC is also slated to arrive in 2020.

MINI adventures continue

The brand’s first product introduction this year was the F60 Cooper S Countryman Pure in April. This was followed by the F57 Cooper S Convertible in July. The latter was a small scale outing, with a run limited to only 20 units.

Nothing like a commemorative edition to evoke nostalgia (and add to sales), and that was certainly the case when the 60 Years Edition popped up in August. The model is a 60-unit limited-edition offering based on the Cooper S 3 Door hatch.

Elsewhere, the F54 Clubman facelift premiered in November, going on sale here in sole Cooper S form. The John Cooper Works Clubman and Countryman were also unveiled at the same time. The next year should see the MINI Electric among the new introductions heading to our shores.

Short but Swede

There were only two new Volvos coming our way this year, and both arrived towards the tail-end of it, but despite this the Swedish brand has been gaining traction – up to November, it sold 1,691 cars, 32% up from the 1,279 units it had achieved by the same time last year. Doesn’t sound like much, but when you consider that the German brands will sell less this year than in 2018, it’s a big plus on the brand’s report card.

The much-awaited third-generation S60 finally made its way here in October, going on sale in solitary T8 R-Design guise. While initial units are fully imported (CBU), local assembly is set to start later on, with no changes expected in the specifications when CKD production begins.

The XC90 facelift was the other, the refresh bringing about minor design tweaks, new kit and a bigger battery for the T8 Twin Engine, which increases the pure electric driving range, all accomplished without raising the price from before. The brand also introduced a leather dashboard for the T8 versions of the S90, XC60 and pre-facelift XC90 in August.

No new cats, nothing roving on the ground either

With no new product introductions in the past 12 months, Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia continued to sell what it had in 2019, but there should be a fair bit of activity next year. On the Jaguar front, while the I-Pace has been teased on the local website, it surely won’t be the next in.

That honour should go to the E-Pace – the SUV, first seen locally at our PACE 2018 event, was sighted in the country earlier this month, so it shouldn’t be long before it finally makes its long-awaited local debut. It will be joined by the second-gen Range Rover Evoque, which was previewed at PACE 2019, and was spotted this month undergoing vehicle type approval (VTA).

As for the new Land Rover Defender, don’t hold your breath too long waiting for it to show up that fast – any sign of it will likely be well into the second half of the year at the earliest, given that Australia only gets it in June. High right-hand drive demand might also delay timelines.

Taycan get it out fast enough

No shortage of ground activities – and customer engagement – in Sepang this year for Porsche, but in terms of product launches things were rather on the quiet side. The biggest bang was the introduction of the 992-generation 911 in July, the eighth-gen making its local debut in Carrera S and 4S guise.

Two versions of the Macan facelift were also introduced, the base 2.0 litre in June and the Macan S in August. Earlier in the year, Sime Darby Auto Performance revealed a 15-unit, limited-run 718 Cayman SportDesign edition for the Malaysian market.

Models due next year should include the Cayenne Coupe, but all eyes are of course on the new all-electric Taycan. We do know its set to arrive in 2020, but now we know around when – it’s due in around eight months. According to the folks at Porsche Asia Pacific, the first examples for Malaysia are due sometime in August, and we’ll be getting the Turbo and Turbo S first, well ahead of the entry-level 4S.

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Land Rover Defender to spawn base, luxury versions; pure EV powertrain for range-topping variant – report


Land Rover is planning to expand the new Defender range with additional versions at both ends of the spectrum, Autocar reports. The company aims for the entry-level five-door model to be priced around £25,000 (RM137,015) in the United Kingdom, which is considerably lower than the £45,240 (RM233,612) starting price for the Defender 110 when it was launched in September.

The forthcoming base Defender is believed to bear the model code L860, and is expected to make its debut in 2021. It will receive its own name, Autocar indicates, though it remains to be seen what the forthcoming model will be known as. A Defender badge is unlikely given that the model range is now pitched upmarket, and a Discovery badge could see the base model cannibalise sales from the Discovery Sport.

A distinct badge with something along the lines of ‘Land Rover 80’ could be used, referencing the wheelbase length of the original Series 1 models, the report said, also suggesting that the L860 is the third attempt by Land Rover in recent years to secure the business case for a model to compete against mainstream compact SUVs such as the MINI Countryman, Volkswagen Tiguan, BMW X1 and Volvo XC40.

This is bolstered by the fact that the mid-sized SUV market in Europe is growing, with an annual volume of over 500,000 units; Autocar however also notes that the L860 will also be sold outside Europe. Though parent company Jaguar Land Rover’s 2021 CO2 target that is higher than most others because it sells fewer than 300,000 units across the European Union, it is still a difficult target to achieve as its model line-up is mostly comprised of large, heavy vehicles.

The L860 is expected to use a platform which Land Rover calls the D10, and which parent firm Tata calls the Omega-Arc, or short for Optimal Modular Efficient Global Advanced Architecture. This is a cost-reduced, though modernised version of Land Rover’s D8 platform which underpinned the earlier Range Rover Evoque as well as the first Land Rover Discovery Sport.

The Indian-market Tata Harrier uses this platform, and the previous attempt in bringing the L860 to life was reportedly axed by Land Rover in January 2017 in the wake of the Brexit vote and fears of greater trade protectionism at the time. The L860 has been designed for both Tata and Land Rover applications, where the Harrier uses a a beam rear axle, and the forthcoming Land Rover will use a multi-link arrangement for both front- and all-wheel-drive versions, as well as gain an LR-specific front subframe and front suspension.

This means that the Land Rover L860 will be substantially new, accommodate PHEV technology and likely to be launched with the forthcoming 1.5 litre three-cylinder Ingenium petrol engines in both turbo and mild-hybrid forms. The PHEV three-pot option will be beneficial to Land Rover in helping attain the aforementioned group CO2 targets, by offsetting those of its larger siblings.

At the other end of the Defender scale, the more luxurious version is said to be in early stages of development, and could still be up to four years away from unveiling. This could debut as a pure EV, wear leaner styling and a much more luxurious interior as well as a price tag ‘well into six figures’ (upwards of RM548,137 in the UK), says Autocar.

To be based on the group’s MLA platform, the range-topper is expected to be the Defender line’s first pure EV spin-off, which will further boost the brand’s efforts in attaining its CO2 targets. The ‘Defender Sport’, as it is rumoured to be called, could further help its off-road abilities thanks to the finer control of output enabled by electric motors, though the upmarket Defender is likely to be more road-focused compared to the standard Defender line, the report noted.

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