Check out Interesting Facts about the 7-seater Peugeot 5008 SUV that is Rarely Known

 The Peugeot 5008 is one of the mainstays of Astra Peugeot's sales in Indonesia. Of course with his sister 2008 and 3008. The new Active variant came last year for the 5008, complementing the Allure Plus that was already circulating before. But did you know that there are some interesting, little-known facts about the 5008? Here we present unique facts, which you did not know.

Name Pronunciation

The habit of Indonesians since Peugeot was to mention the numbers one by one. Two zero seven, five zero five, and so on. As a result, some say this Peugeot Five Zero Zero Eight. It's not wrong. But the truth is, referring to the English pronunciation, Five Thousand and Eight. Or in Indonesian, Peugeot Five Thousand and Eight. A bit odd?

Sharing Platform

The Peugeot 5008 since its birth in 2009 has always shared the platform with the 3008 and also the Citroen C5 Aircross and Opel Grandland, the successor to the Opel Zafira. The position of the 5008 can be likened to a seven-passenger version of the compact crossover 3008. In Indonesia, both engines are EP6FDT. 1.6 liter with Twin-Scroll Turbo. This makes it easier for consumers to find spare parts.

The engine is used by BMW

The engine used is the result of joint development with Citroen and BMW. Also named as the Prince Engine family That's why there is the word Twin Scroll Turbocharger when you open the Peugeot 5008 brochure. In essence, the trio developed the 4-cylinder turbo engine used for their car models. Prince Engine was born and used for the first time in 2006. At BMW, it was used until 2015 on the 1 Series and MINI. The initial version was named the N13, replacing the M43 engine. This is BMW's first four-cylinder turbo engine since the birth of the 2002 Turbo in the 70s.

Peugeot i-Cockpit

Make no mistake, this is not just a matter of displaying driving information in digital form. i-Cockpit is one package. Starting from the compact-sized steering wheel whose shape is not round. The bottom and top are straight, aka flat. Then there is a digital indicator in front of the driver. What is displayed can be arranged by the driver himself. The screen is in the middle, so the center of the entertainment and comfort system settings such as air conditioning. The advantages and disadvantages will be conveyed during the road test later.

There is a speed limit

This feature is most suitable for use now. The government has set a maximum speed on toll roads, with hefty fines for violators. 5008 is equipped with a speed limiter feature that can be determined by the driver.

Made in Malaysia

The Peugeot 5008 ASEAN market is assembled at the Stellantis assembly facility (parent business group Peugeot, Citroen, Chrysler, Jeep, Fiat and others) in Gurun, Kedah state, Malaysia. The factory also assembles the 3008 for sale in the same area. It was also at the facility, last February that word spread that several Jeep product.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

 Tires are the most important part of a vehicle. Its function is to provide grip on the asphalt surface so that the vehicle can be controlled and run. Given the importance of the function of tires, it is necessary to pay attention to starting from maintenance to replacement.

Maintaining tires rather always in the best condition is the responsibility of the vehicle owner. This is because the task of the tires together with the suspension system can make the vehicle go and stop and reduce the vibrations received by the vehicle. Even with a limited area, a trip to one place will not happen if the tire conditions are not good.

Can I Change Tires of Different Brands for Vehicles? Pay attention to the following things

Tire maintenance always rotates on the condition of the tread surface by looking at the Tread Wear Indicator (TWI) on the tire tread. If you have passed this sign, the vehicle owner must replace the tires with better conditions. Usually the average tire replacement time is between two to four years depending on usage.

So the question is, is it permissible to replace tires with different brands? This is usually related to existing funds. And what effect does it have on the vehicle?

The reason for funding for choosing a tire brand is usually the strongest reason when updating tires. However, in order to maintain safety and comfort, it is better to avoid buying tires with different brands. This is because each tire brand has a different performance with different design and manufacturing processes.

This also includes the use of these tires, such as for wet and dry tires, SUV and sedan tires, or passenger tires and commercial tires. Not to mention seeing from the material side and the tire construction that is not the same even though the size is exactly the same because it is related to the need for the use of tires.

Size also does not only concern general dimensions such as tire width and height ratio. Sizes here also include rim size, max speed limit and load indexc. Also pay attention to the type of tire whether radial or bias, tubeless or with an inner tube.

In addition, differences in tire tread or tire pattern or development can also help the vehicle stability when used and will interfere if there is a difference. The difference in tire performance will be felt when the car's speed is high enough, such as on the highway. Especially when passing through a road with bad conditions, slippery when it rains and has a full load. The type of compound and grip of each tire brand is likely to be different. As a result, the grip of the tires used will be different. The car will be difficult to control because of the difference in the character of the left and right tires, which in turn is dangerous.

Tires with different brands will mostly not perform the same on the road because of different types and uses. For example, tire product A produces X and Y types of tires with the same size but different types due to their different designations. Of course, these two models have different performance and character. One of the indicators is that the tread pattern of the two tires is different according to their needs.

However, if forced to use a different brand, it is recommended that the vehicle owner replace the same tire in one wheel axle. This means replacing with two new wheels in one axle. For example, before using brand X type A, replace it with brand X type B which may be cheaper. So the brand remains the same but the model is different.

It can also be seen that the tires are the same size and in accordance with the recommendations from the manufacturer, this option is still allowed. So if you really want to change to a different brand, as long as the size and designation are appropriate and are on the same axle, i.e. front or rear, it's still allowed. But still ideally all axles use the same tires to get the best performance.

Tires are a very important vehicle component in maintaining the comfort and safety of driving on the road. Therefore, immediately replace tires whose treads are worn or there are indications of physical damage. Be sure to replace tires according to the manufacturer's recommendations to maintain tire performance on the road. Toyota's business is easier, consumers can buy tires through Auto2000 Digiroom comes with a profitable promo program," said Nur Imansyah Tara, Aftersales Business Division Head Auto2000, in a statement, Tuesday (15/2/2022).

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

 Helmet, the most important riding equipment. Its job is to protect the driver's head in the event of an accident. Or at least minimize the risk of serious injury during a collision. So, choose a quality helmet, don't just choose.

Along with the development of the automotive world, helmets can also be one of the fashion accessories when driving. Especially for premium helmets such as Arai, Shoei, AGV, X-Lite, HJC, Suomy and many others. Head protection which is relatively expensive, of course, must be balanced with good care.

Don't be careless, these are tips for caring for a premium helmet!

Unfortunately, there are still many riders who seem to forget or even don't know how to properly care for a helmet. In fact, caring for your own helmet is very easy. So what should be paid attention to?

1. Clean the outside after use

This first point is very important. Clean the outside of the helmet after use so that dust does not stick too long. The tools and materials needed are also simple. What's more, everything can be done yourself at home. "There are no special tools, just prepare helmet cleaner fluid, cotton buds, and microfiber cloths," explained Herry Cahyadi, owner of THC Helmet.

Spray helmet cleaner liquid to the helmet area you want to clean. Then wash with a microfiber cloth. Then use a cotton swab to clean hard-to-reach parts of the helmet, such as ventilation holes. The goal is that the air circulation in the helmet is not blocked by dirt. 

2. Clean the visor

The visor is an important component in the helmet that is susceptible to dirt, especially during the rainy season. This is not separated from the splash of the vehicle in front, causing dirt on the visor. "For the visor, it should be removed first, then cleaned with running water slowly so that the dirt that sticks out is released. Then give a special liquid visor cleaning made of organic materials. After that, use a cloth with a microfiber material so it doesn't scratch. It's good to wash in one direction," concluded Herry.

3. Keep away from direct sunlight

After use, it's best not to dry in direct sunlight. "There are still a lot of wrong riders here. Helmets after being used for a long time should not be directly dried in the sun, just open the visor and let it dry or put it near a fan," said the friendly man with glasses.

How to put it also should not be arbitrary. It's good to position it upside down by adding a special support device or helmet under it. This is to prevent scratches on the outer surface of the helmet. In addition, so that the heat in the helmet comes out.

4. Wash the helmet foam regularly


After the exterior, the next thing that must be considered is the cleanliness of the inside of the helmet. Wash the foam in the helmet regularly. It is recommended once a month or less. It all depends on the intensity of use.

How to wash it is also fairly easy. First, remove all the foam. Then soak the components in a container of warm water. The use of warm water aims to prevent the growth of bad bacteria, which can cause unpleasant odors and itching in the head.

“The more often it is used, the minimum washing is done at least once a week. Washing the interior is the most basic way of caring for a helmet. Keep in mind, the interior should not be washed using a cleaning detergent. However, currently there are many special soap products for washing the foam part of the helmet," said the man who is often called Koh Herry.

To dry it is the same as in point 3. "The most appropriate way to dry the inside of the helmet is to aerate it, open the visor and place the helmet directly under the fan," he added.

5. Spray helmet deodorizer


In order to be comfortable to use, it is good for riders who use premium helmets to regularly provide fragrance. “The interior is in direct contact with the hair and sweat of the head. Always try to give perfume so that when used there is no odor that can interfere with travel. And keep in mind, do not carelessly use helmet fragrance products. Try to find products that use anti-bacterial ingredients," he said.

6. Use a holster or helmet bag


The use of a helmet holster is also necessary so that your favorite helmet is physically maintained. Its function is to avoid scratches and dust. This method can be done anytime and anywhere. “But look for gloves or helmet bags with quality materials. Like Polar Fleece or materials commonly used for sweaters, they are soft so they are safe for helmets," said Herry.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

 Suspension or shockbreaker is one of the important components on a motorcycle. Its main function is to dampen or absorb various vibrations generated from the road surface. Of course this device is related to comfort while driving.

If the suspension is damaged there are several effects that will be felt by the driver. For example, the handling of the motor becomes uncomfortable, the acceleration is reduced, or the most fatal can endanger safety.

Note 5 Strict Kicks to Make Your Motorcycle Suspension Long Life

According to After Sales Manager Main Dealer Yamaha PT Thamrin Brothers (South Sumatra & Bengkulu), Muslian, generally motorcycle owners often ignore the condition of the suspension because it is considered a component that rarely breaks. Though the suspension must be carried out routine maintenance.

Given the importance of the role of suspension on a motorcycle, Muslian tries to give some accurate tips about suspension maintenance so that these components are durable and can support your daily activities. Anything? Check it out below.

Keep Suspension Clean

According to him, the dirt stuck to the suspension work area, if not cleaned, will scratch the inner tube or suspension rod. This will cause the suspension to leak and reduce the quality of the suspension work. 

Muslian's advice is to wash the motorbike regularly and clean the suspension area thoroughly. If it rains, rinse or wash the motorbike with clean water, make sure the suspension area is also safe. The corrosion properties of rainwater can slowly damage the suspension.

Avoid the Broken Road


The second, according to him, avoid uneven or rocky roads can provide additional burden for the suspension. Too often pass the road like this has the opportunity to reduce the life of the suspension.

"So when forced to pass through an uneven road you have to drive with extra care and not speeding so that it can help ease the work of the suspension," he said.

He further explained, driving at high speed on rocky roads is very risky, it can cause the suspension to leak due to shock without pause.

Don't Carry a Heavy Load

Motorcycles have a maximum permissible load limit according to the owner's manual. If you are forced to carry an excessive load, then the performance of your motorbike will of course be significantly reduced.

One of the functions that are disrupted due to carrying too heavy a load is the suspension function. The suspension will work extra hard when the load carried exceeds the maximum capacity.

Haram to Use Accessories and Modify Suspension

If you want the suspension life of your motorcycle to be long, according to Muslian, avoid installing accessories on the suspension or commonly referred to as earrings. Installation of accessories that actually makes the back of the bike look elevated.

"These earrings actually make the suspension can not work optimally. In fact, in some cases the addition of accessories and modifications to the suspension makes the suspension not work at all and even the suspension can be broken," he explained.

Change Suspension Oil Regularly


The last thing is to change the lubricant or oil in the motor suspension periodically. Muslian explained, front suspension oil changes are usually done every 15,000-20,000 kilometers or 1.5 to 2 years of motor use (whichever comes first).

However, if the load is always heavy or you have to travel on uneven roads too often, then change your suspension oil sooner than the manufacturer's specified period.

Unique Porsche Variety Owned by World Celebrities Apr 21, 2022

 Who does not know Porsche. This German brand is their benchmark for success to own. Car enthusiasts often admire its technical abilities. Even fashion enthusiasts glorify the expensive Porsche brand.

From there, we try to relate which Porsche belongs to the world's celebrities. How interesting is their taste in Porsche. The results are not too surprising. Check it out below.

Nicolas Cage - Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 1955

Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 1955
Porsche 356 Pre-A Speedster 1955


This model is one of the rare Porsches produced. Why? Because the 356 Pre-A Speedster is the first car made by Porsche that has been delicately and meticulously made using human hands at their factory in Gmund, Germany, since 1948. This year, its value is estimated at around US$500,000. 

Because the 'hand built' production capabilities are limited. And be a rare 356 Pre-A classic car. 356 owned by Nicolas Cage made in 1955. The last edition before the Porsche 356 body was outsourced to Reutter, the body maker and began to be mass produced.

Jerry Seinfield - Porsche 959

Jerry Seinfield - Porsche 959
Jerry Seinfield - Porsche 959


Don't be surprised if the sitcom actor Seinfeld in the 90s has a rare car. He is a true petrolhead with hundreds of unique cars in his garage. The 959 is one of ten Porsches he owns.

Porsche 959 only made as many as 337 units in the world. This car was presented because Porsche intends to go down in the world rally championship. To be able to participate, the world automotive agency (FIA) requires manufacturers to have road cars similar to those that will go down. It doesn't take much. What's important is there.

Yes, the Porsche 959 was born with a powerful engine of 450 PS and 500 Nm of torque. This drive is similar to its rally car version. Uniquely, the 959 is a car that is illegal in the United States. As a result, Jerry Seinfeld could only display it at his home. And he admits, this is his pride car. How not, the price of this car is now US $ 700,000.

Kendall Jenner - 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe

Kendall Jenner - 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe
Kendall Jenner - 1996 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe



As part of the Kardashian clan who loves to show off cars, Jenner is quite different. He loves classic and retro cars. One of them is the Porsche 911 Carrera 4S Coupe (993). And you can say it's special because the 993 is the last Porsche generation that uses an air cooled engine (air cooled).

The mechanical heart produces 285 PS with a peak torque of 340 Nm. And Kendall Jenner seems to understand how to enjoy this 4S Coupe. He often uses it for wara-wiri in Los Angeles. In addition to the 911 4S, in the model's garage there is also a 1957 Chevrolet Corvette, 1967 Mustang Convertible, 1960 Cadillac Eldorado and other cool cars.

Kristen Steward - Porsche 911 Turbo S

Kristen Steward - Porsche 911 Turbo S
Kristen Steward - Porsche 911 Turbo S



Indeed, not a fan of old cars, this Bella Swan actor likes fast modern cars. Or multifunctional. It can be seen from its collections such as the stylish Mini Cooper, Toyota Tacoma who knows if you need to carry goods on off road roads, the BMW X3 and the coolest 911 Turbo. Power of 560 PS is ready to catapult the car from rest to 100 kph in 2.7 seconds.

Steward's relationship with Porsche actually started a long time ago. Initially he starred in a 1999 Porsche 911 commercial when he was still a child. Now, it wouldn't be wrong if he chose the 911 Turbo, right?

Tom Holland - Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2022

Tom Holland - Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2022
Tom Holland - Porsche Taycan Turbo S 2022



The Spiderman actor is actually an Audi fan. but when it comes to electric cars, he is attracted to the Porsche Taycan. Why Taycan? Yeah! Why not. This EV is capable of producing the equivalent of 750 hp. And comfortable.

The Taycan was bought by Holland on April 10, 2022. He himself went to Stuttgart to pick it up. It must have been a nice experience to be able to take the car to the factory yourself. It's like buying bread fresh out of the toaster. Warm.

It's not even been a month since the launch, the new Mazda CX-5 is selling 857 units

 The New Mazda CX-5 has officially been paved on April 1, 2022. In just over two weeks, this new model is claimed to have pocketed the sales of 857 units. By carrying out the Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture as well as various security features incorporated in the i-Activsense, this new model steadily continues to steal the attention of consumers.

It's not even been a month since the launch, the new Mazda CX-5 is selling 857 units

Ricky Thio, Managing Director of PT Eurokars Motor Indonesia, expressed his appreciation. According to him enthusiasm for the new CX-5 is very good. So orders always come in every day. "Thank you for the enthusiasm and positive response of the Indonesian people. Especially Mazda lovers, for The New Mazda CX-5 which we released on April 1, 2022. We see this almost every day there are always requests from customers. Especially for The New CX-5 unit," explained Ricky in an official statement.

We believe and believe this product can be the right choice for premium SUV lovers in Indonesia. Not only want to look classy, but also want a sense of security and comfort when driving," he added.

The first selling point of the new CX-5 is its performance. The heart of the CX-5 uses Skyactiv-G 4-cylinder 2.5-liter DOHC 16 valve. The power cut is 190 PS at 6,000 rpm and 252 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This engine has advanced technology, not owned by classmates. Users benefit from Cylinder Deactivation. He is able to turn off two engine cylinders while driving constant. The main goal is to increase fuel efficiency. All power is channeled to the front wheels (FWD) via a 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic transmission.

Then another attraction comes from the provision of New CX-5 features. Starting from the glow, adopting the Adaptive LED Headlamp. The package is quite a lot, consisting of 20 Matrix LED Hi-beam Headlight (ALH), Low-beam Headlight, Highway Mode, Wide Range Low-beam (ALH) and Daytime Running Light. Then opening the trunk door is even easier thanks to the Hands-free Electric Tailgate. Just swing your legs under the rear bumper. Then the sensor reads the movement, automatically opens the door.

Entry into the cabin is made easy by Smart Keyless Entry. Naturally the driver's seat adjustment is electrically with memory. Several new features make it even easier. Like the Wireless Smartphone Charger and there is a USB port on the rear seat armrest. Fixed 8-inch monitor screen with smartphone integration function. Also supported by premium ear pampers, BOSE alerts with 10 speakers.

The feature set in i-Activsense is also getting more complete. Now the New CX-5 is equipped with MRCC (Mazda Radar Cruise Control) or well-known as adaptive cruise control. If you want to relax on the highway, you don't need to press the gas and brake pedals again. The car can follow the vehicle in front automatically and maintain a set distance. There is also a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) and Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) so as not to change lanes carelessly. In addition to sounding a warning sound, the steering wheel will vibrate and move to return the position. If you are interested, the Elite variant is released for Rp. 597.7 million and the Kuro Edition is Rp. 607.7 million

Honda Already Selling Electric HR-V in China! Indonesia when?

 Honda releases electric car in China. Dongfeng Honda and also GAC Honda launched the Honda e: NS1 and Honda e: NP1 electric cars.

Katsushi Inoue, Managing Officer and Chie Officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd Regional Operation (China) revealed that the presence of the all new e: NS1 and e: NP1 is a new step for Honda to offer the Honda e: N Series model in China. Honda believes that electric vehicles, aka unique electric vehicles, have enormous potential.

Honda Already Selling Electric HR-V in China! Indonesia when?

“Currently, there are many electric vehicle models in the Chinese market. However, our e:N Series model will be the first to translate the pleasure of driving into an EV by offering a unique value that is presented from the dimensions of comfort and driving pleasure," said Inoue in a statement, Wednesday (27/4/2022).

Honda e: NS1 and Honda e: NP1 also mark the inaugural series of Honda's first EV brand for the Chinese domestic market. In accordance with the vision direction of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. earlier that Honda will launch ten electric-based models for the Chinese domestic market by 2027.

Furthermore, not only in terms of developing new products but also in terms of branding, Honda will add a special branding for the Honda e: N brand corner at every Honda showroom in China, both existing and those that will be opened in the future. Infrastructure, Dongfeng Honda and GAC Honda are preparing a new factory that specifically assembles electric cars. The new factory is scheduled to start operating in 2024.

These two e:N series products were developed specifically for the Chinese market. Its manufacture combines the DNA of Honda Monozukuri (art of making things) combined with the latest technology in the world of electric vehicles and Chinese smart technology. Honda brings an inspiring electric vehicle concept like never before.

Regarding technical information, these two EV models use the latest e:N Architecture F platform. This platform consists of an electric motor that provides instant power and the best controllability in various driving situations. The battery carried is also capable of traveling a distance of 510 kilometers based on CLTC testing in China.

Regarding the electric motors offered, the Honda e: N Series delivers 182 PS of power and 310 Nm of torque. There is also a more powerful variant with a 204 ps electric motor. Furthermore, Honda puts forward a sense of sportiness and a pleasant driving experience with a touch of Honda technology, including aerodynamics like a Honda sports car.

The e: NP1 and e: NS1 models will carry the latest Honda Connect 3.0 technology. This is Honda's latest technology specially developed for electric vehicles. Users can access this technology via a 15.1-inch audio display in the cabin.

In addition to other safety technologies, Honda presents a Driver Monitoring Camera (DMC) to monitor the condition of the driver. This technology helps drivers to detect potential dangerous driving behavior related to driver fatigue or other conditions.

Exteriorly, the new identity of the e:N Series is expressed through the glow on the “H” badge on the front and the new “Honda” badge on the back which replaces the standard “H” logo. Honda will offer the e:N series through its network of Honda dealers in the country.

If you look at the design, Honda fans in Indonesia may think that the e: N Series is the forerunner of the electric version of the Honda HR-V. However, Honda fans in Indonesia seem to have to wait longer to be able to experience EV products in the country. This is because PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) is still waiting and seeing the public's response to this technology.

Actually, globally, Honda itself has no shortage of cars with electrification technology ranging from hybrid to full EV. HPM continues to hint at the right time for Honda's electrification products to arrive in Indonesia.

Honda Promises to Sell Electric Motorcycles in Indonesia by 2024, What's the Model?

 The arrival of the Yamaha E01 in Indonesia apparently made PT Astra Honda Motor (AHM) a little nervous. They informed the strategic plan that in 2024 they will launch electrical products that can be purchased retail by consumers.

Honda is one of the motorcycle manufacturers that started the era of electrified vehicles in Indonesia. They launched the PCX Electric model in 2019, but unfortunately until now the commercial scheme of the product is still B2B rental.

Honda Promises to Sell Electric Motorcycles in Indonesia by 2024, What's the Model?

The Marketing Director of PT AHM, Thomas Wijaya, explained that the launch of electric motorcycles in 2024 will be adjusted to the infrastructure, security elements, and the needs of consumers. Even so, he is not yet willing to inform what model will be released.

"We hope that in 2024 we will be able to find a model that is suitable for the Indonesian people. Both in terms of use, infrastructure, safety, comfort, including performance. We will continue to see how the conditions are with consumer needs. Including making adjustments to later be able to launch or present the model new ones that are in accordance with the conditions of society," said Thomas in a virtual discussion with the media, recently.

Electric Honda Study Disrupted

Regarding PCX Electric, continued Thomas, so far the company has no plans to sell retail to the public. The reason is related to unfinished studies and research due to being hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

"We are still continuing to do that study (PCX Electric), we hope that we can learn many things from the consumer side to swapping or charging the battery. Including how the behavior is in terms of distance traveled and how to ride, speed and whether to use it for single or tandem riding, " he concluded.

He added that currently Honda continues to study various aspects related to electric vehicles and their development, ranging from performance, safety, and people's habits towards electric motorcycles. Currently, electric PCX is being rented in several areas such as Jakarta, Bandung, and Bali and the results from it will be collected to study the chances of being officially sold.

Because it has not been officially sold, the selling price has not been revealed by AHM either. But as an illustration, a few years ago the price of PCX electric leaked in cyberspace. At that time, the information was published on the official website of the DKI Jakarta Motor Vehicle Check, where the price was Rp. 109 million.

Previously, as explained by PT AHM's Product Division, Bayu Arum C, Honda PCX Electric was rented at a price of Rp. 1.9 million per month and the focus was only on the company. With the rental dowry, consumers will get all-in-package services such as unit delivery, batteries, service, and emergency services for 24 hours.

"It's still being rented out for B2B. Meanwhile, it's a new company, Gojek, Grab, Pos Indonesia and in Bandung and Bali are conducting trials with the Ministry of Transportation.

Talking about specifications, PCX Electric is equipped with Lithium-Ion batteries, each of which has a capacity of 50.4 V 20.8 Ahm. The electric dynamo uses 4.2 kW or the equivalent of 5.6 horsepower which can already be enjoyed at lower engine speed, and a peak torque of 18 nm at 500 rpm.

From empty to full charging takes 4 hours in the off board method, or the battery is removed and placed in the Honda Mobile Power Pack. Meanwhile, if you charge it using the on-board method or plug it directly into your home electrical outlet, it can take up to 6 hours.

MINI Electric Cars Will Be Released Soon, Take a Look at the Specifications

 BMW Group Indonesia informs that the MINI electric car will soon be launched in the country. Although reluctant to specify the release date, the MINI Electric is confirmed to be sold in Indonesia after Lebaran this year.

The information came directly from the BMW Group Indonesia Director of Communications, Jodie O'tania. Now his party is preparing everything related to the launch of the MINI Electric in the domestic market.

MINI Electric Cars Will Be Released Soon, Take a Look at the Specifications

At the end of January 2022, Jodie announced that his party would launch 3 electric cars this year. The details are the BMW i4 and iX, while the other one is the MINI Electric. However, according to the latest information, BMW Group Indonesia will prioritize the MINI first because of the consideration of unit stock which is considered sufficient to meet the demands of consumers in the country.

"For BMW, I can't give any information about when, because this is again related to stock and supply. Because when we want to launch BMW electric vehicles, we should have made sure the stock is sufficient for customers. Because if stock is limited, we feel it's not ideal," he said. .

The stock and supply constraints of prospective electrical products from BMW are caused by the semiconductor chip crisis. Now in a language that is easier to digest, rather than not being able to meet demand, the BMW Group Indonesia chose to postpone the launch and choose the MINI Electric, which is said to be in stock according to consumer demand.

On the same occasion, BMW Group Indonesia's Vice President of Customer Support, Ariefin Makaminan, explained that the MINI Electric stock is able to accommodate consumer demand. In addition, another consideration is that the dealer network is not as big as BMW so that after-sales qualifications can be maintained.

MINI Electric Cars Will Be Released Soon, Take a Look at the Specifications

"It's not just chips, but the network that we are trying to build. MINI may be faster and in stock, and the two MINI dealers are not too many, there are only 2 namely Plaza and Maxindo. As a result, training sales and technicians to handle MINI EVs is easier. If BMW's network is bigger and we want to take care of aftersales, don't let it happen when the unit is not in Jakarta and has a problem, no one can handle it," he concluded.

MINI Electric Specifications

MINI Electric is equipped with an electric motor capable of producing maximum power of up to 181 horsepower and peak torque of up to 270 Nm. The electric motor is set to drive the front wheels of the vehicle.

With its power, this electric MINI can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds, with a top speed of 150 km/h. For the battery, the MINI Electric will be equipped with a 32.5 kWh battery.

To fully charge the battery, it will take up to 4 hours on a home charge. With a fully charged battery condition, this car is capable of driving up to a distance of 270 km.

As for its features, the pollution-free car is equipped with a 6.5-inch infotainment system that can accommodate Apple Carplay, phone calls, Bluetooth, and a reverse camera. Not only that, the electric MINI is also equipped with rain sensors, heated side mirrors, leather seats with front seats equipped with heaters.

The rest is to ensure the comfort and safety of the driver, the MINI Electric has been injected with Cruise Control, Active Driving Assistance with Forward Collision Warning, to Acoustic Pedestrian Warning.

First Impression Yamaha E01: A Closer Look at the Electric NMax

 We've met, and even tested directly the Honda PCX Electric, a zero-mission version of the manufacturer's medium scooter with the wing symbol on it. Now, we meet the Yamaha E01, the NMax Electric.

The first thing that struck us was his figure, which was like a ready-to-go mass-produced motorbike. In fact, the Yamaha E01 is a concept model designed for the testing phase only produced by Yamaha Motor Corporation in Japan.

Build Quality Yamaha E01 is very capable. All devices and materials are so solid, not disassembled components assembled from various trial and error devices. The body has a design that is very easy on the eye, but still presents a futuristic element. Just look at the impressive lamp model.

We think that manufacturers in Japan have prepared various kinds of jigs and moldings for the production of various materials that make up the electric NMax. After all, there are 500 units produced for the Proof of Concept (PoC) phase which is claimed to be the main purpose of its initial introduction.

Next is a figure that is so similar to NMax. Luckily, we were one of the first media in Indonesia to ride this motorbike, and it feels relatively similar to the NMax. Ergonomic feel typical of a touring bike with a relaxed, upright riding position, with flexibility of leg room.

Indeed, the design of this motorbike is recognized by Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC) as cheating on the NMax. The goal is to reflect the capability of this motorbike to swing not only in the city, but also to drive between regions.

Our attention is focused enough on the construction of the rear suspension geometry. It uses two suspensions like the NMax, but its position is slightly protruding into the middle. The shape according to YMC is designed to pursue the unique value of electric vehicles. By moving the rear suspension slightly indented, hopefully, the visuals of the E01 are more attractive. The front suspension is also protected, to make it appear more robust and sleek.

Slightly different is the weight. We have not managed to get a definitive figure that describes the weight of the motorbike that will be used by Indonesian consumers. But when we tried to shift or lift it to a standing position in the middle standard, it felt that there was a much heavier weight than the NMax. (unofficial sources say the weight of the E01 is 158 kg-Red needs to be confirmed)

The most interesting part of meeting and exploring the electric NMax is how the sensation of the distribution of electrical energy is. Unfortunately, when we met him, he could not be run freely. The procession of turning on the motor is not much different from an ordinary motorbike. After the contact is in the On position, the start button with the lightning logo needs to be pressed first, to confirm that we want to move the motor forward.

Above the standard, throttle lever that we turn, the Yamaha E01 can provide a very fierce response. It feels like the rotation of the wheels occurs quickly without a gradual feeling like a motorbike with a CVT transmission.

Naturally, if the wheel spins can happen very quickly. The reason is from the electric motor, the torque of 30.2 Nm can be harvested instantly, without the need to wait for momentum. To note, this amount of torque is equivalent to a motor sport of 300-400 cc, very large! And because there's no engine speed panel—there's no engine there anyway—then there's no indication of how much power we're using to drive the motor.

Oh yes, there are three riding modes on this bike. PWR (power), STD (standard) and ECO (Economical), these three modes regulate the amount of power that the Yamaha E01 can provide when used.

To reduce speed, pinned ABS brakes on the front and rear (two channels). Not only that, there are also regenerative brakes, which will give the impression of a soft deceleration when the gas lever is closed. So that the distribution of power is also channeled safely, the Yamaha E01 is also equipped with a Traction Control System feature.

What is unique and the first time we have found this class of motorbike is the reverse mode feature. The presence of this feature allows the motor to be driven backwards by pressing a button. That said, this feature application is intended to provide assistance to riders who want to back their motorbikes easily. Its use via the button is also intended so that the driver is not wrong in operating this process. In fact, when the throttle lever is turned when the Reverse mode is selected, it will not work immediately to advance. Driving mode forward, as if turned off and needs to be reactivated like starting a motorbike.

There is also something interesting about this motorbike, namely the Y-Connect feature. Although the name is the same as that embedded in many Yamaha motorcycles, the functions and ways of working are different. For example, for connectivity, it uses a 3G/LTE signal that connects the motor-Cloud Server and cellphone. Unlike the general motorcycle that uses Bluetooth to download the data.

Some of the information that is presented and can be accessed from the cellphone, for example the notification of damage, the last distance driven, the estimated distance that can be traveled, the status of the battery to the estimated charging time when it is being charged. That said, the reason for using a direct connection system to the Yamaha server was also intended to make it easier for YMC to monitor its motorbike in this PoC test.

One inter8esting thing about this bike that keeps us wondering is its embedded battery scheme. Yes, while other manufacturers use swappable models where the battery can be removed, Yamaha has chosen to install a non-removable battery by consumers.

The reason is that this lithium ion battery has an electrical energy storage capacity of 4.9 kWh. For comparison, the Honda PCX Electric battery has a capacity of 20.8 Ah with a power of 50.4 V. In the body of the Honda PCX, there are two batteries arranged in series. If totaled and converted to kilowatt-hour (kWh) units, these two batteries only have a capacity of 2,096 kW

This means that the Yamaha NMax electric battery, uh, sorry E01, has more than double the capacity of the PCX. Naturally, if Yamaha dares to claim that the mileage on paper can reach 130 km (the European te WMTC Class 1 method - YMC claims), aka almost double the PCX which can only cover 69 km.

With such a large battery, and weighing up to 35 kg, Yamaha believes the embedded model is the most ideal design to provide a bike with a composition that remains reliable. Well, since it's embedded, the only method to charge it is to plug it directly into a power source.

Yamaha explained, there are three models of chargers to charge the E01. The fastest is to use a Fast Charger which can charge up to 90% in 1 hour. The second is the Normal Charger which can be installed at home with a charge speed of 5 hours to charge it from an empty condition. Then the most practical and can be taken anywhere is the Portable Charger, which takes 14 hours to fully charge if the battery runs out. Now, because there is no battery in the trunk, this portable charger is designed with a construction that can be stored neatly in the 23 liter volume.

It's interesting to see how this motor behaves if we later test it on the streets of Indonesia. With all the unique features of the special approach it uses, what the Yamaha E01 has to offer really needs to be studied further

New Subaru Car Finally Launched Next Month, What Model?

 Subaru Indonesia is finally ready to release a new product for the Indonesian market. This new model will be the first to be marketed by Plaza Subaru as Subaru's APM (brand holder agent) in Indonesia, before being followed by many other models.



The new model was shown through a teaser photo that was displayed when holding an iftar event with the media on Wednesday (20/4) yesterday. The figure that only shows the LED line of the headlights is very characteristic of the latest Subaru Forester model. Not surprisingly, considering that the global automotive market trend is still pivoting on the SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) model.

The teaser which refers to the latest Forester has also been uploaded by Subaru through the official social media Instagram @subaru.indonesia. It is clearly stated in the short video that the model in question will be of the type and enliven the SUV market. The launch schedule for the first new model has been determined for the 2nd quarter of this year. Even the date has been revealed, which is launched on May 18, 2022.

"What is clear is that until now our preparations to launch the latest product in the second quarter are still on track as planned. Today, too, we will first share a little more information about the product and launch date, which we will launch in the not too distant future,” said Arie Christopher, COO of Subaru Indonesia.

Arie further explained that this new model has gone through a test stage, aka a test drive of 20,000 kilometers in preparation for greeting the Indonesian market. The test went through various criteria to the endurance test required by the relevant government agency, he said. This is to make this new product meet market expectations.

Subaru Forester

Questioning the Forester itself, the model that will be launched is the fifth generation with the SK body code. It has been circulating since 2018. Of course, what will be launched here is the facelift version that Subaru has provided for the 2022 model year. Its form is slightly visible from the LED DRL silhouette on the teaser accompanied by the fog lamp luminescence which is sufficient to display the boxy body shape typical of an SUV.


To be sure, Subaru products will feature its signature technology, namely the Boxer engine and the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive (AWD) drive system. There are three engine options, namely 1.8 liter turbo (CB18), 2.0 liter (FB20), and 2.5 liter (FB25). They are all petrol engines and are mated to a Lineartronic CVT automatic transmission.

The latest Forester has also carried a series of standard safety technologies that are packaged as Eyesight Driver Assist Technology. Some of the safety features include the Subaru DriverFocus Distraction Mitigation System. Can detect when the driver lost focus or sleepy on the way. This system can even recognize five different driver profiles, to be able to adjust the seat position, mirrors, and AC settings.

What variant or specifications of the Subaru Forester will be launched in Indonesia next month, we will know exactly at launch later.


Honda Brio RS Urbanite Review, Factory Default Racer Modification Style

 PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) has just presented the latest Brio RS Urbanite, Wednesday (20/4/2022). In this update, the compact citycar gets a sportier makeover as an answer to the target market of young people who want a vehicle that looks different for their daily lives.

Honda revealed that the latest Brio RS Urbanite is the embodiment of the Small RS Concept that was shown at the 2018 IIMS exhibition. The car that was just a dream has now become a reality and can be owned by Brio RS consumers.

Honda Brio RS Urbanite Review, Factory Default Racer Modification Style

we got a chance to take a closer look at the changes to this new product. The appearance of the latest Brio RS Urbanite at first glance does become more sporty. Comes with a new color taffeta white duo tone white and a black roof, this sporty impression is even more thick with new black 15-inch wheels with 185/55 R15 tires, door handles and also black mirror housings. The front grille also, like other RS models, uses black coloring and the RS logo is added so that the sporty impression is indeed more pronounced. Not to forget, there is still a front under spoiler which is an interesting detail on the front of this latest Brio Urbanite.

Moving to the back, the main attention immediately looks at the spoiler or the large rear wing. The installation is placed on a high mounted stop lamp above the back door. The shape of the spoiler is quite sporty with sharp wing tips on the left and right

The installation of this spoiler does make the Brio RS Urbanite look different. If you compare it with the shape that is present in the Small RS Concept, Honda doesn't seem to make major changes. The only difference is the loss of the air grille ornaments on the side of the vehicle. On the positive side, now Brio RS Urbanite owners can get racer modifications directly from the manufacturer. An interesting offer for fans of modifications.

Honda Brio RS Urbanite Review, Factory Default Racer Modification Style

The back of the latest Brio RS Urbanite now also features an Urbanite emblem to distinguish it from other variants. In addition, a rear under spoiler with a diffuser plus a side under spoiler, which uses black, is also still given for a sporty impression that is getting thicker.

On paper, the new variant of the Brio RS does not change the dimensions. Honda offers the Brio RS Urbanite with a length of 3,815 mm, a width of 1,680 mm and a height of 1,485 mm and a wheelbase of 2,405 mm. In addition, several technologies are still embedded in this city car such as LED lighting for the headlamp, stop lamp and turn signal, as well as rearview mirrors with motor folding.

Entering the interior, there are no striking differences compared to the Urbanite model that was present in 2021. Orange accents are present on the dashboard, especially on the passenger side, as well as the AC grilles on the left, right and center. This orange touch is also present on the fabric seat stitching in the first and second rows as well as the meter cluster on the speed indicator.

Sitting in the first row of the Brio RS Urbanite there is no change in shape and feel compared to the previous model. The steering wheel is still comfortable to grip with the presence of an audio steering switch. Plastic material still dominates this dashboard area, but a modern touch can be felt from the digital AC instructions at the touch of a button. Plus the presence of a 6.2-inch head unit screen with the ability to play various music formats as well as a hands free telephone plus a tweeter speaker for a better entertainment experience. Convenience comes from the ability to tilt the steering wheel as well as the adjustable headrest.

Sitting in the second row, Brio RS Urbanite still provides flexibility for passengers with a height of 170 cm. The backrest angle is comfortable with the presence of a back pocket for storage, speakers in the second row, cup holders on the door and an adjustable headrest.

Regarding safety features, the latest Brio RS Urbanite features Dual Front i-SRS Airbags, G-CON + ACE frame structure, and ABS + EBD braking system, as well as alarm and immobilizer safety features. The performance side is still the same, namely the 4-cylinder 1.2L i-VTEC engine that produces 90 PS at 6,000 rpm and 110 Nm of torque at 4,800 rpm. In addition to manual transmission, Brio also gets a CVT transmission option with Earth Dream Technology.

The New Honda Brio RS Urbanite Edition is offered in two options, namely a manual transmission which is sold at a price of Rp. 225.9 million and a CVT transmission at a price of Rp. 235.9 million. Compared to the previous price, this new model is Rp 12 million more expensive for the manual transmission and Rp 5 million for the CVT transmission.

Brio was first present in 2012 and since then has managed to record sales of more than 435,000 units in Indonesia and become the model with the highest sales in 2020. Brio has local content as much as 90 percent and this model has been exported overseas as many as 21,000 units. Especially for the Urbanite model, since it was introduced last year, 1,537 units have been sold.

NMax Electric, Yamaha E01 will be rented out to Indonesian people

 Yamaha E01, the latest motorcycle from the manufacturer bearing a tuning fork similar to the NMax but powered by electricity, is said to be distributed to Indonesia. As previously known, at the Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) 2022, this motorbike has been displayed in public. Now, Yamaha Motor Corporation claims that Indonesia is one of the countries that will be the target of the E01 distribution.

NMax Electric, Yamaha E01 will be rented out to Indonesian people

For the initial phase, the Yamaha E01 will not be sold to the public, but will be loaned to individuals with a rental business scheme. This was chosen because the E01 is still in the process of concept testing, and has not yet entered the mass production line.

"To find the best technology based on the real needs of the community, we will start conducting a Proof of Concept (PoC) testing phase, namely by distributing motorbikes to learn more about the driving habits of six countries or regions with different uses in different climates." explained Yasushi Nomura, Innovation Group, Global Branding Section, Motorcycle Business Unit of Yamaha Motor Corporation in a product introduction session held online with media from around the world, today (21/4).

Yamaha E01

The countries targeted for PoC Yamaha E01 are Japan, Europe, Taiwan, Thailand, Malaysia and including Indonesia. It was stated that the main targets of PoC were private users, rental, B2B business units as well as goods delivery systems, and others. And the distribution method is rental.

In Nomura's presentation, it was explained that the E01 was indeed developed by adhering to several principles from Yamaha NMax. For example, from the proportions, the format of the medium scooter and even the wheelbase are made similar with the aim of providing a comfortable driving experience and in accordance with the technical needs of a large battery. The formula was applied through the Motoroid design, which is indeed the ultimate concept motorcycle from the electric vehicle segment.

Some of the specifications described are lithium ion batteries with a capacity of 4.9 kWh. This battery is a source of power for the synchronous motor unit with a power of 8.1 kW or 11 PS with a torque of 30.2 Nm. Torque of that size, can be obtained in a rotation of only 1,950 rpm. The distance that can be achieved is 130 km (European Class 1 WMTC te method). The highest speed that can be achieved by this motorbike is said to reach 100 km / h.

All these performance specifications are arranged in a body design with a wheelbase of 1,930 mm, which is considered equivalent to the NMax at the level of 1,935 mm. The seat height is also relatively the same, where NMax is 740 mm, E01 is 755 mm. In his presentation it was also mentioned that the proportion of riding position was made similar to that of NMax (attached image).

One thing to note, the Yamaha E01 uses an embedded (fix) battery method that cannot be removed easily (swapable). Principals argue this method allows them to embed larger batteries in the hope of longer mileage or usage. So, the only way to charge it is to connect the E01 to a charging power source.

"If it does enter the mass production phase, we will still use the fixed battery model. The problem we are currently facing is that these large batteries have to be secured under a lot of electronic equipment where there is a shortage in the market, and this is something we have to consider ," added Eiji Koyano, Group Manager of Innovation Group at Yamaha Motor Corporation.

 

The First Impression of the New Honda City Hatchback RS Using Honda Sensing

 Lapse of a year from its launch, Honda provided an update on the City Hatchback RS, Wednesday (20/4/2022). Now the sporty-style hatchback is getting additional features from the Honda Sensing advanced safety guarantee package.

But in addition to safety features, PT Honda Prospect Motor (HPM) also provides an interesting refresher, especially in terms of comfort. Anything? Check out the experience of Oto.com meeting for the first time with this new variant of the City Hatchback.

The First Impression of the New Honda City Hatchback RS Using Honda Sensing

First from the exterior appearance. There are no significant changes from this hatchback at a glance. Honda also does not provide a special emblem for the use of Honda Sensing. However, as a marker, there is now a camera in the left rearview mirror which indicates the use of Lane Watch. Plus from behind the windshield there are cameras and sensors for various Honda Sensing safety features.

From the front, the City Hatcback RS still uses a grille with black accents with the RS logo. There is a honeycomb air grille coupled with LED headlamps with DRL and fog lamps as well as LED technology. The main light now has an auto headlight feature as an added convenience.

The legs still use 16-inch rims with 185/55 R16 tires of the cross model. Prospective consumers have to bite their fingers, because the size of the rim does not increase to 17 inches. The door handle is still body color and the rear view mirror is black. At the back, the City Hatcback RS still uses a combination of LED lights with the iconic U model.

The First Impression of the New Honda City Hatchback RS Using Honda Sensing

On paper, the dimensions have not changed. This hatchback still offers a wheelbase of 2,600 mm which affects the offer of a seating formation mode that adapts to the needs during driving.

Entering the interior, there is no difference in design with non-Honda Sensing models. However, Honda now embeds a 7-inch TFT screen on the meter cluster for easy reading of information about the vehicle, replacing the monochrome screen on the standard model.

The City Hatchback with Honda Sensing still offers seats with a combination of fabric and suede which get a touch of red accents for a sporty aura.

Other conveniences that are present are digital AC settings, paddle shift and audio steering switches as well as buttons to activate several Honda Sensing features on the steering column, as well as an 8-inch head unit. The entertainment side comes with the ability to play various audio files, Bluetooth connection plus eight speakers throughout the cabin. This head unit screen is also connected to the Lane Watch feature to display the condition on the left of the vehicle as well as a multi-angle rear view camera where the driver can select the viewing angle mode when parking backwards.

City HB RS HS

In the second row, the cabin size is spacious for passengers with a height of 170 cm. The corner of the second row of seats is also comfortable, leg room and head room are spacious. Comfort comes from the cup holder on the door, the seat pocket behind the first row of seats and the power socket on the center console.

Honda Sensing on the City Hatchback RS consists of a Collision Mitigation Brake System (CMBS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC). Another additional feature is the walk away auto lock which complements the security features of the alarm and immobilizer. In addition, there is still the use of the G-CON + ACE frame, six airbags, hill start assist, vehicle stability assist, ABS, EBD + BA, Brake Override System, and an emergency stop signal.

Power is still entrusted to the 1.5L DOHC inline 4 cylinder engine, 16 valve i-VTEC + DBW which makes its performance reach 121PS/6,600 rpm and a maximum torque of 145 Nm/4,300 rpm. Honda provides ECON mode for a more fuel efficient driving character.

Honda City Hatchback RS is available in 6 color options, including Phoenix Orange Pearl, Rallye Red, Crystal Black Pearl, Lunar Silver Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Meteoroid Gray Metallic. Prices start at Rp. 333.6 million for the manual transmission variant, Rp. 343, 6 million for the CVT transmission and Rp. 362.6 million for the Honda Sensing variant with CVT.

Regarding this price, the Honda Sensing City Hatchback RS variant is higher than the latest HR-V model, the lowest variant, namely the S CVT which is also Honda Sensing at IDR 358.9 million. This includes the latest BR-V that uses Honda Sensing which is offered at IDR 346.6 million. However, potential consumers of each model certainly have different judgments in choosing according to their needs.

Yamaha E01 does not use the name NMax Electric, this is the principal explanation

 The fanfare for the Yamaha NMax Electric grew after PT Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing (YIMM) displayed the E01 on the stage of the Indonesian International Motor Show (IIMS) 2022. This is because the figure of the concept model is very similar to the NMax, YIMM's flagship gambot scooter.

Overall posture, large, to the aura, reflects the figure of the 155 cc engined scooter. When we had the opportunity to attend a global press conference held by Yamaha Motor Corporation (YMC) with media from various parts of the world, we also explored this similarity.

As explained by YMC by Teppei Maezono, YMC's Design Director, the Yamaha E01 is actually designed with a Motoroid visual approach. For those of you who have forgotten, the Motoroid is a prototype electric motor that can move on its own without the need to drive. The form and concept is very futuristic and revolutionary. Well, this design concept was derived from the E01 but is formatted in the proportions of a 125 cc class scooter (image attached).

Yamaha E01
Yamaha E01

Still according to Maezono, Yamaha Motoroid is a complete visual of the design concept titled Jin-Ki Kanno. This design concept is an idealistic perspective of the manufacturer with the symbol of a tuning fork in designing a motorbike with a visualization of function and structure or what they call Juxtaposition. 

Therefore, although the proportions do take many principles from NMax, but because it is still in a concept version in the proof of concept (PoC) phase, the E01 is presented with a very futuristic design.

Eiji Koyano, Group Manager of Innovation Group YMC explained the same thing when explaining our question regarding the use of the name E01 instead of NMax Elektrik. This is done to ensure that the public does not think that the E01 model is a mass-sold version.

Yamaha E01 does not use the name NMax Electric, this is the principal explanation

"Yamaha E01, as the name implies is still in the PoC testing phase. And this is about proving this concept to the public. That's why at TMS, E01 is the name we use. We don't want to cause confusion by using an existing name, worrying that it will be mistakenly sold , but not yet," explained Eiji Koyano, Group Manager of Innovation Group YMC on the same occasion.

Yamaha E01 is planned to be distributed to Indonesia along with six other countries and regions in the world in this PoC phase. Later, E01 will be rented out to the public, both individuals and institutions with a special scheme. During the rental process, YMC will also continuously capture feedback from users and the motorbike itself. The purpose of this PoC is to read how the use and consumer needs for electric motors in each country.

The following is an explanation from YMC regarding the Yamaha E01 PoC project. "To find the best technology based on the real needs of the community, we will start conducting a Proof of Concept (PoC) testing phase, namely by distributing motorbikes to learn more about the driving habits of six countries or regions with different uses in different climates." explained Yasushi Nomura, Innovation Group, Global

RAM electric trucks head to showrooms this year

 Automotive manufacturer RAM, will introduce electric trucks this year before launching them to the public in 2024.

RAM CEO Mike Koval said at the New York International Auto Show that the EV truck was inspired by the "chat" of truck owners at the RAM Real Talk Tour.

RAM electric trucks head to showrooms this year

"Many inputs from Real Talk RAM influenced us for the design," said Koval. "The design will later affect the products we bring to the market, so connect all. There is a master plan," said Mike Koval quoted from CarsCoops, Friday.

The all-electric truck will compete with Ford and GM, as well as from start-up Rivian. Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis said they would compensate for the delay in launching the electric truck with a truly "profitable" variant.

"The fact is that we arrived late," Tavares said in January.

"But the fact that we have the opportunity to match the competitiveness and appeal of our own trucks with what they do, which is a competitive game, which is a fantastic situation for consumers because the real winner of this competition is the consumer."

As additional information, the all-electric RAM 1500 will use the STLA Frame architecture for large trucks and SUVs with a body-on-frame platform large enough to accommodate a battery pack of up to 200 kWh.

 

George Soros Buys Rivian Startup Shares

 Billionaire George Soros bought nearly 20 million shares of electric truck startup Rivian Automotive Inc in the quarter ended December 31, 2021.

Based on a Reuters report, February 11, 2022, Soros bought 19,835,761 shares of Rivian worth around US$ 2 billion (Rp 28.7 trillion, the current exchange rate is US$ 1 = Rp 14,344). This figure makes Soros Fund Management among the most prominent investors in the company, which has yet to start production of its electric vehicles.

George Soros Buys Rivian Startup Shares

Rivian, which is 20 percent owned by Amazon.com, is expected to provide the e-commerce company with more than 100,000 electric trucks.

Irvine, Calif.-based Rivian said in December that it expected production to fall "a few hundred vehicles less" from its 2021 target of 1,200 units due to supply chain constraints. The forecast comes as the company issues production projections and challenges for facing current electric vehicle leader Tesla Inc.

Rivian shares fell 9 percent on Friday last week and are down 43 percent for the year. The share price is down 67 percent from a record high of $179.46 touched on Nov. 16, 2021, less than a week after raising $12 billion in the stock's biggest debut last year.

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Rivian Electric Car IPO Rp 149 T Excited, Will Compete With Tesla!

 Electric vehicle (EV) startup company from the United States (US) Rivian will conduct an initial public offering (IPO) on the Nasdaq Exchange on Wednesday (11/10/2021) US time.

In this IPO, Rivian issued 135 million shares at a price of US$ 78/share or equivalent to Rp. 1.11 million (assuming an exchange rate of Rp. 14,200/US$). This figure is above the company's previous target range, which is in the range of US$ 72 - US$ 74 per share.

Rivian Electric Car IPO Rp 149 T Excited, Will Compete With Tesla!

Thus, a source told Reuters, the electric pickup maker, backed by Amazon and Ford, will raise a fairly large IPO fund, which is around US $ 10.5 billion or equivalent to Rp. 149.10 trillion.

After this IPO, Rivian's valuation will reach US$ 66.5 billion or Rp 944.30 trillion. This value exceeds Honda Motor's market cap of US$ 49.29 billion, as of Tuesday's US trading.

Then, Rivian's valuation is also close to the market capitalization of the investor, Ford Motor (FM), which reached US$ 80.40 billion and General Motors (GM) market cap of US$ 85.11 billion.

Indeed, when compared to Elon Musk's electric car company, Tesla, Rivian's market capitalization value is still far below. Currently, Tesla's market cap value reaches US $ 1.03 trillion.

Based on the company's IPO prospectus, the underwriters in Rivian's IPO are Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co., along with more than 20 other banks.

Like other electric vehicle companies, Rivian still recorded a relatively large loss because it required large costs to set up and run a production line and still had minimal sales.

Referring to the prospectus data, in the first half of this year, the company posted a net loss of US$ 994 million, compared to a net loss of US$ 377 million in the same period last year. Meanwhile, in 2020, Rivian bore a net loss of $1.02 billion.

Meanwhile, according to New York Times records on November 1, 2021, Tesla also experienced a loss of US $ 56 million in 2009 before going public in mid-2010. It was only in 2020 that Tesla made its first full year profit.

The EV market is indeed experiencing a surge in global demand, as consumers are becoming more and more environmentally conscious and are starting to switch to eco-friendly vehicles. Tesla produced a record number of cars in the last quarter and is building factories around the world.

Earlier, Tesla shipped 241,300 cars in the third quarter, beating the median forecast for shipments of 223,677 cars from 12 analysts surveyed by Bloomberg and also beating the forecast for the average 221,952 cars Tesla shipped to investors.

Just so you know, Rivian, which was founded in 2009 ago, just managed to bring the R1T electric pickup to the consumer market last September.

Based on prospectus data, as of October 31, 2021, Rivian had approximately 55,400 preorders for R1T pickups and R1S SUVs in the US and Canada from customers who each paid a fully refundable and cancelable deposit of US$1,000.

One of Rivian's major shareholders, e-commerce giant Amazon recently revealed, has ordered 100,000 Rivian EV vans as part of efforts to reduce its carbon footprint.

According to New York Times records, Rivian secured more than $10 billion in investments from Amazon, Ford Motor and several Wall Street companies.

In the IPO prospectus, Amazon is noted to have invested US$1.35 billion into Rivian through investment in shares and US$490 million by buying debt securities which were sold last July. Meanwhile, Ford's investment amounted to US$1.24 billion, while T. Rowe Price, a mutual fund company, has invested US$2.6 billion.

Furthermore, according to the prospectus explanation, Amazon held 22.4% of the company's total shares before the IPO or 17.3% after the IPO. Then, Ford Motor holds 11.1% after the IPO.

Meanwhile, the share portion of certain funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates reached 14.5%. In addition, Global Oryx Company Limited and Manheim Investments, Inc., hold 12.2% and 4.3% respectively after the IPO.

Who Wins, Honda HR-V SE or Hyundai Creta Prime IVT?

 All New Honda HR-V, the newest car in Indonesia. Honda's newest SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle) is directly dealing with the Hyundai Creta. Both offer the same engine capacity and the price tag is not much different.

Interestingly, the two SUVs were greeted with great fanfare with an abundance of vehicle orders. The Hyundai Creta launched last February and has sold 1,265 units. Honda reports, the day after its introduction the HR-V has also been ordered with the same total number. Very interesting.

Who Wins, Honda HR-V SE or Hyundai Creta Prime IVT?

So what if you compare the two products on paper? This time we will compare the top variant of the Hyundai Creta Prime and the latest HR-V, the SE variant. Let's get rid of the HR-V RS Turbo variant for a moment because the specifications of this product play on its own with the turbo engine and are priced at IDR 499 million.

Dimension

The All New HR-V offers a length of 4,330 mm, a width of 1,790 mm and a height of 1,590 mm with a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. The front tread distance is 1,545 mm and the rear tread distance is 1,550 mm.

The Hyundai Creta measures 4,315 mm in length, 1,790 mm in width and 1,630 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. Creta offers a ground clearance of 200 mm.

This size comparison shows HR-V is slightly longer than Creta. The widths are similar, with Creta being taller. Interestingly, these two products offer the same wheelbase of 2,610 mm

Machine

The performance of the All New HR-V SE is powered by a 1,498 cc DOHC 4 cylinder inline i-VTEC + DBW engine. This engine produces 121 PS of power at 6,600 rpm and 145 Nm of torque at 4,300 rpm. This engine is 1 PS more powerful than the old model engine.

All new Honda HR-V

Hyundai Creta uses the Smartstream G1.5 MPi inline 4 cylinder 1,497 cc engine that produces 115 PS of power at 6,300 rpm and 143.8 Nm of torque at 4,500 rpm. Both products use a CVT (Continuous Variable Transmission) transmission which on Creta is referred to as IVT. On paper, the HR-V's engine performance is superior to that of the Creta.

 Some other data on paper, the latest HR-V uses ventilated disc front brakes and solid disc rear. The HR-V offers 18-inch rims with 225/50R18 tires. Front suspension uses MacPherson Strut up front and H-Shape Torsion beam at the rear.

The braking function of the Hyundai Creta Prime comes through ventilated disc braking with a floating caliper model at the front and a solid disc with a floating caliper model at the rear. The rim size in all Creta variants is the same, namely 17 inches with the use of 215/60 R17 tires. Suspension, the front of the Creta uses a MacPherson Strut and the rear uses a coupled torsion beam axle.

From this data, it can be seen that both products provide the same technology on the legs. Only the Creta Prime and HR-V SE rim sizes are different.

Feature

We start from the exterior. The All New HR-V SE variant offers LED headlamp technology with LED Daytime running light as well as three-dimensional LED lights at the back. The modern impression comes from the turn signal lights with sequential LED features and the fog lamps with LEDs. The SE variant has been provided with auto foldable door mirrors, rear parking camera, shark fin antenna, and Smart Entry System.

Mesin HR-V

On the Creta Prime, there is a headlamp with LED multi-reflector features with hidden type LED DRLs typical of Hyundai which is found in its parametric jewel grille design. There is also a shark fin antenna, high mount stop lamp with rear spoiler and combination LED taillights.

Entering the interior, the latest HR-V SE variant offers a 4.2-inch TFT Meter Cluster screen, a 7-inch capacitive head unit screen with the ability to play various entertainment formats, smart phone connections, voice commands and others. This head unit is connected to four speakers in the interior of the HR-V.

Other conveniences for passengers and drivers come from the audio steering switch, three driving modes, eco assist, cruise control features, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the presence of a panoramic glass roof. There are also several USB ports in the first and second rows for easy charging of gadgets while driving. The AC settings are also digital with an Auto AC-enabled dial button and the presence of AC vents in the second row.

Switch to the interior of Creta Prime. The first concern comes to the meter cluster measuring 10.25 inches full TFT LCD with a variety of information. The head unit has a size of 8 inches with the ability to play various entertainment formats, as well as connection with mobile phones. In this variant, there is a Bose sound system with 8 speakers in the cabin. This head unit can be connected to a smartphone which will later connect to the voice command feature, as well as Bluelink as a safety feature.

Some of the interior features of this Creta Prime include leather seats, ambient lamp in the cabin, cooling glove box, telescopic tilt, air purifier, wireless charger, push start button, audio steering switch and cruise control. The AC settings have full automatic temperature control, AC bursts in the second row, ventilated seats for comfort and the presence of several USB ports for charging gadgets in the first and second rows.

Regarding safety features, the All New HR-V offers a G-CON Ace frame structure with side impact beams. There are four front and side airbags, first and second row safety belts, ISOFIX, parking sensors and rear camera. There is also Hill start assist, hill descent control, vehicle stability assist, emergency stop signal, and a brake overdrive system. For security, the HR-V comes with a smart key, auto door lock by speed, immobilizer, alarm system, rear seat reminder and walk away auto lock.

Don't forget Honda Sensing in all the latest HR-V variants. Honda Sensing consists of Collision Mitigation Braking System (CMBS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low Speed ​​Follow, Auto-High Beam, and Lead Car Departure Notification System. (LCDN). The previous Honda Sensing technology has also been applied to models such as the Honda Odyssey, Honda Accord, All New Honda Civic RS, Honda CR-V and All New Honda BR-V.

How about Creta Prime? Braking features anti-lock braking system, electronic stability control, brake assistant control, vehicle stability management, hill start assist control, emergency stop signal and speed sensing auto door lock. There is also impact sensing auto door unlock, child protector rear door lock, rear camera, tire pressure monitoring system, six airbags on the front and sides. There are still features immobilizer, rear occupant alert and burglar alarm.

Hyundai also includes the Hyundai SmartSense feature that resembles Honda Sensing. There are features of high beam assist, forward collision avoidance assist, manual speed limit assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, driver rear view monitor, blind spot collision avoidance assist, safe exit warning and rear cross traffic collision avoidance assist.

Don't forget the internet of vehicle feature on Creta which has a variety of features. Through an application on a mobile phone, Creta users can turn on and off the engine remotely, turn on the air conditioner, lock and open doors, turn on the horn and lights and be able to find the location of the vehicle. There are also SOS features, road side assistance, stolen vehicle immobilization, stolen vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle notification.

Price and Variants

The All New Honda HR-V is offered in four variants. The cheapest variant is the S CVT at a price of IDR 355.9 million. The E variant is offered at a price of IDR 379.9 million, the SE which is discussed at IDR 399.9 million. There is still a Turbo RS variant with a figure of Rp.499.9 million. There are six color variants to choose from, namely platinum white pearl, crystal black pearl, meteoroid gray metallic, lunar silver metallic, sand khaki pearl and ignite red metallic which are specially present in the Turbo RS variant. Sand khaki pearl and ignite red metallic colors have a two tone option where consumers add a fee of IDR 1.5 million for this order.

Hyundai Creta is offered in six variants and four types. There is a Creta Active with a manual transmission which is priced at Rp. 279 million, the Trend MT variant is offered at a price of Rp. 299 million, Trend IVT at a price of Rp. 319 million, Style IVT at a price of Rp. 359 million, Prime IVT at a price of Rp. 397.5 million and Prime IVT two tone at a price of Rp. IDR 399 million.

Hyundai has also included the Hyundai My Own Creta ordering feature. This program allows prospective Creta owners to create Creta according to their needs, including choosing the desired features and additional body kits and red colorpacks.

Conclusion


The comparison on this paper shows the advantages and disadvantages of each product when compared to one another. Both also offer the same price, which is IDR 390 million. Each of them has also proven to be the choice of the majority of people in terms of sales achievement.

Then choose who? Back to consumer preferences and also the after-sales service of each brand. Most clearly, the battle for medium SUVs at similar prices has become quite hot with the presence of these two products. Both also provide high standards for any rivals who will be present in the same segment.

Getting to Know Custom Motorcycles, from Types to Costs to Build

 Buying a mass-produced motorbike is one way to get your dream motorbike. For those who want a more exclusive version, usually the manufacturer also provides special editions that are sold on a limited basis. But what is the solution for people who want a motorbike according to their specifications and desires? Motorcycle custom (custom) is the answer.

Getting to Know Custom Motorcycles, from Types to Costs to Build

In recent years, custom motorcycles are increasingly in demand by the people of Indonesia. This is undeniably the effect of the actions of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) who often blusukan using his custom motorbike.

Although it has a price that is usually much more expensive than mass-produced motorcycles, the custom motorcycle scene always has a place in each generation. Custom motorbikes usually do not have a selling price that can be calculated with certainty. The price can start from tens of millions to billions of rupiah.

Understanding Custom Motorcycles

Before discussing further about the types and costs, it's a good idea to repeat a little bit about the definition of a custom motorcycle. 

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Custom motorcycles, as the name implies, are two-wheeled vehicles built to customized specifications (customization). Usually it is built from a certain motor base, whether it is only taken from the frame or the engine.

In terms of the engine, the engine used is a unit created by the motorcycle manufacturer. This component is often the basis because this mechanical device requires the quality of manufacturing in the style of the manufacturer to support the performance of the custom motorbike.

Even if there is a custom motorbike that is modified from a complete motorbike, usually the format is to change the body design to suit consumer tastes. From there, the builder will design a new design based on the agreed engine and frame.

Custom Motorcycle Type

There are various types of styles or styles of custom motorbikes, here are some types that are popular in Indonesia.

1. Cafe Racer

Cafe racer is one of the most popular types in Indonesia today. As the name implies, the wild racing style of the past is the visual approach. This one style is popular because it is not too difficult to be adopted into the existing types of factory motorcycles to be customized.

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The main characteristic of this motorbike is to use a clamp handlebar, a single seat with a wasp tail, to a round lamp. Because it is designed for those of you who like speed, usually the riding position will look down so it is less comfortable when driving for a long time.

2. Brat cafe

This one model is indeed the development of Cafe Racer. The difference is only slight, and is usually often mistaken for a cafe racer. The main differentiator in the stern and seats.

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Where in Cafe Racer there is a hornet, while Brat Cafe uses a flat seat so it looks like a skateboard.

3. Bobber

The bobber was a very popular custom motorcycle style in America in the 1920s. At first this type of modification was applied to the Harley Davidson motorcycle. However, now it has been widely applied to various types of motorbikes from various brands.

Bobber Monkey

The style of this motorbike can be said to be very minimalist. The hallmark of the Bobber is the wide rake angle, large front wheels without fenders, short rear and often without suspension, to using a low handlebar.

The seats used usually use a single seater. This aims to get a lower ground clearance.

4. Brat Style

From the sources we cite, Brat Style is a type of custom motorcycle designed for riding together. Actually the name Brat Style comes from a modification workshop located in Japan.

Brat Style Ride Apart

The modification workshop gives its own characteristics to the modified motorcycles. So that many people can easily find out that the motorbike is the result of a modification of the workshop.

His style applies the philosophy of simplicity. This is one style that is very suitable to be used as an option for those of you who like custom motorbikes for casual riding.

5. Chopper

Chopper is one of the most popular custom motorcycle styles in Indonesia. One of the characteristics of this motorbike is that it has a high handlebar and a low seat.

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The next characteristic is the diameter of the front wheels which are larger than the rear. Not only in the circumference, but also the width of the tires are often significantly different.

Modifications of this type are mostly done using Harley-Davidson motorcycles or the like.

Cost of Building a Custom Motorcycle

Cost, is a variable that is often asked by ordinary motorcycle enthusiasts. Of course, not a few people are curious about the costs that must be incurred when they want to build a custom motorcycle. Not so for those who are familiar with this scenario, cost is a factor that is often not the main calculation.

The cost of modifying a custom motorbike is actually influenced by only two things, the components used, and the cost of the builder. The money spent to buy components for custom motorbike modifications can be more expensive than the purchase price of the motorbike.

This is very likely to happen if there are a lot of components that are replaced. It can be concluded that the costs that must be incurred to make a custom motorbike are relative to the type of modification made.

There are people who spend up to tens to hundreds of millions just to make modifications. These costs do not include the money spent to buy a motorcycle from the manufacturer.

However, there are several things you can do to save money when modifying your motorbike. One way is to build from a motor that you already have before.

For example, you already have a Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R and want to change its style into a cafe racer, you can also use the engine and several main frame components as the basis for modification.

The next way is to take a motorcycle base that is cheap and easy to customize. For example, with the Royal Enfield 350 or Kawasaki W175 units, which are sold in Indonesia at quite affordable prices.

What you need to pay attention to is the legality of the custom motorbike. Make sure your partner workshop can issue a certificate for changing data on the STNK and BPKB. Likewise, if there are changes to the machine, make sure to re-test at the Transportation Service and then be registered with Samsat.

Honda Hawk Eleven Officially Released, Specs Surprise!

 Honda has finally officially released the details and specifications of the Hawk 11 (Hawk Eleven) after making its premiere at the 2022 Osaka Motorcycle Show.

The modern retro motorcycle of the café racer genre was developed with the concept of a large motorcycle that provides new value and life that can satisfy experienced riders. As initially suspected, the mechanical heart uses a 1,084 cc unit which is exactly the same as the Africa Twin and Rebel 1100. This parallel 2-cylinder engine produces large torque.

Honda Hawk Eleven Officially Released, Specs Surprise!

Although the puzzle of the shape of the Hawk 11 has been revealed at the 2022 Osaka Motorcycle Show, his party has not officially released the specifications at that time. As predicted, Honda's new Neo Café Racer-style motorcycle carries a large engine and the distinctive booming sound of a large motorcycle exhaust.

The 2022 Honda Hawk 11 is powered by a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, OHC (Unicam), 2-cylinder 1,082 cc inline engine equipped with a 6-speed manual transmission and electronic control technology. It has a bore and stroke size of 92.0 x 81.4 mm. He is claimed to be able to exhale 100 hp at 7,500 rpm and 103 Nm of torque at 6,250 rpm. Slight difference with the CRF1100L Africa Twin which produces a maximum power of 101 hp at 7,500 rpm and a peak torque of 105 Nm at 6,000 rpm.

Honda's electronic control technology (ECT) is of course also present. Four driving modes are available: Sport, Standard, Rain, and one customizable mode can save the settings according to the user's preferences. Throttle-by-wire, Honda Selectable Torque Control (HSCT), and ABS are also standard equipment.

Honda Hawk 11

Regarding the appearance, the retro impression is highlighted by the use of the half fairing rocket cowl which is often found on café racer motorbikes. Complete with a round headlamp that has adopted LED technology. Then there is a tiny windshield on it. While the placement of the rearview mirror is also unique because it is placed sideways from the cowl holder. The handlebars use a clamp model and make the riding position more bent.

There are not many panels that cover the engine area, making it look more manly and sturdy. Even with the design lines on the motorcycle body that have minimal sharp curves, plus the masculine colors that give the impression of elegance.

Although it has been wrapped in a retro style, the details of the modern motorbike are still visible, especially in the area of ​​the frame and legs which are similar to the Honda NT1100. Dimensionally, he has a length of 2,190 mm, a width of 710 mm and a height of 1,160 mm. Wheelbase is 1,510 mm and ground clearance is 200 mm. The seat height is 820 mm or about 32.28 inches. The total weight of the vehicle is 214 kilograms, or about 471.8 pounds. But this weight is not yet known in detail, including dry weight or wet weight. While the tank capacity reaches 14 liters.

Suspension consists of an SFF-BP upside down fork made by Showa (Hitachi Astemo Co., Ltd.) up front, as well as a monoshock and Prolink rear swingarm setup. All presented to pursue high-quality driving in a speed range of various surfaces.

Braking is provided by a dual disc arrangement at the front with four calipers, and a single disc arrangement at the rear with two calipers. The frame is a semi-double mount design, and the Hawk 11 is equipped with 17-inch front and rear wheels. Wrapped in tires measuring 120/70 up front and 180/55 rear.

The Hawk 11 is available in two color options in Japan, Pearl Hawks Eye Blue and Graphite Black. Honda only produced 1,200 units. It also plans to start releasing this unit on September 29, 2022 specifically for the Japanese market. About the price reached 1,397,000 yen or around Rp. 159 million.