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Hyundai Santa Fe: Ugly Duckling no more

The Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi Executive Plus variant that we picked up had all the bells and whistles on offer, which pushes its asking price close to the RM200k mark. With this package, you are looking at RM189,888 on the road with insurance, inclusive of a 5-yr/300,000km manufacturer warranty.

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Nissan X-Trail: Refreshed for 2013

The current X-Trail is refreshed for 2013, and is the second generation variant that first broke cover in 2010. The X-Trail was well-received when it first debuted in 2001, before getting a new chassis (2nd generation) in 2007, which continued to enrich Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s (ETCM) coffers.

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Exemplary Auto Detailing by Sonax

Auto detailing in this country has many faces. You have the regular DIY fraternity who love to do everything by themselves.Among them are your serious detailers who know what they’re doing, and you have your weekend grease monkeys whose idea of detailing is a car wash with cheap car shampoo followed by a simple waxing job done the good old fashioned way, by hand.

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Peugeot 208: Return to Chic

Some 84 years and 7 iterations have passed between the first 201 and the current 208. In modern car terms, that’s a very long variant life span, so if you do decide to get a 208, rest assured it would remain current a lot longer than your usual Japanese/Korean runabouts. The beautifully sculptured front end emanates a youthful presence reminiscent of a lion cub, raring to go and explore the world. The short bonnet is accentuated with aggressive lines and swoops down, beckoning your eyes to admire the signature Peugeot floating grille, while its “eyes” give off that menacing, take no prisoners demeanor.

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Lexus IS250 F-Sport offers effective driving fun with quick thrills

Lexus Malaysia in late June unveiled the new IS range to present a timely transition from the previous IS edition. The first generation IS came about in 1999 till 2005, then came the second generation IS from 2006 to June 2013. Lexus has maintained the IS250, one of the more popular premium executive sedan in this country, and up-the-ante with the IS 300 h, a hybrid top-of-the-line version.

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Hyundai Veloster is a workhorse hatchback, but not quite a Hot Hatch

Motorsportchannel.com recently got the Hyundai Veloster, courtesy of Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors. When the Hyundai Veloster arrived here in late 2012, the Coupe set an impression of a car with a 1+2 functional door layout and rather fluid aerodynamically-savvy contours all around. Its target market is generally young urbanites who prefer a car that’s out of the ordinary.

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Isuzu D-Max in 2nd-generation phase continues to live up to its dependable work horse status

Motorsportchannel.com received the new Isuzu D-Max for a spin not too long ago, courtesy of the folks at Isuzu Malaysia. The rather popular pick-up from Isuzu has now entered only its second generation and already, in comparison to the first-generation D-max, the exterior motifs are more ravishing and even upbeat on its contemporary status.

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