Toyota Fortuner Commander Limited to Only 1,000 Units, What's the Difference?

 Toyota Fortuner is apparently a fairly best-selling model in Thailand. This makes Toyota Thailand present various variants. 

After Legender and GR Sport, they now release commander trim. The difference is, this variant is made in limited quantities only 1,000 units, so it can be considered a special edition.

For the official price, the company costs 1,505,000 baht or the equivalent of Rp. 657 million. There are a number of physical differences compared to the regular model. However, the use of the engine remains the same, based on a 2.4 liter turbo diesel engine. Already famous for being efficient but still powerful.

Toyota Fortuner Commander
Toyota Fortuner Commander

Fortuner Commander carries a 2.4L engine coded 2GD-FTV VNT (Variable Nozzle Turbocharger). It is capable of producing a maximum power of 149 PS at 3,400 rpm. Then the torque of 408 Nm in the range of 1,600 rpm - 2,000 rpm. The engine is in accordance with exhaust emissions in Thailand, namely the Euro 4 diesel. Next, let's find some physical differences and completeness from the regular variant.

This new vehicle is more directed to the segment of consumers who like medium luxury SUVs. So the Fortuner Commander has a different front and rear bumper decoration from the GR Sport. For example, there are side steps, glossy black tailgate trim with the Fortuner emblem and a black roof. It comes with 20-inch dual tone rims. So also sweeten the look and increase the distance to the ground.

Toyota Fortuner Commander
Toyota Fortuner Commander

The cabin is also built differently compared to other trims. Toyota Fortuner Commander uses red thread stitching throughout the seat. Included in the inner door panel. Perhaps the intention is to make a difference from the regular, while emphasizing the feel of luxury. The rest of the interior format does not make you pangling. The position of the steering wheel, meter cluster, head unit and digital AC are still maintained. Is the change just cosmetic?

It turns out that Toyota Motor Thailand provides a different treat for the legs. There are new concoctions in the front and rear suspension. So it supports a comfortable ride. It is said to be able to reduce various vibrations in all road conditions. Fortuner Commander is equipped with Panoramic View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Blind Spot Monitor. The rest is the same from the base trim. Then color choices. In the Land of Siam, the Commander is presented in two body paint options: red black and white pearl black combination.

“Toyota Motor Thailand Co., Ltd. strengthened its leadership in the Pick-Up Passenger Vehicle (PPV) market for 10 consecutive years. Now the company is introducing a special luxury SUV, the Fortuner Commander, which is characterized by an elegant design, along with special modern functionality. Now comes with new suspension tuning for better vibration absorption. Then help improve road smoothness, and increase driving performance with a complete safety system," said the company in an official statement.

MotoGP 2022: More frightening, this is how the Suzuki GSX-RR looks like

 Team Suzuki Ecstar has just released the Suzuki GSX-RR motorbike which they will run in the 2022 MotoGP season, Friday (4/2/2022) this afternoon Indonesian time.

 Several updates appear to have been made and are said to be in progress until the season begins. How does the new motor look? This is the full photo.

The blue and silver colors from the previous season still dominate Suzuki's two iron horses. There is no difference from the color scheme, it's just that the black part is now made more striking. The color that was previously only the backdrop for the Monster energy drink brand, is now also inscribed on the fascia under the racer's numbers.

Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP 2022
Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP 2022

This more frightening appearance of course is only a bandage of the improvements and changes that have been attempted in the technical section. All of this is claimed to make Suzuki Ecstar rider Joan Mir more confident in welcoming the new season.

"Pre-season training went well and I feel very fit and ready for the 2022 season. I can't wait to get back on the bike, I also like the test results at the end of last year which showed some improvement in performance. It's time to show a new livery and try a few laps. before the season starts," explained the 2020 season World Champion in his live broadcast.

In line with Mir, his teammate, Alex Rins, who rides motorcycle number 42, also appreciates this latest development. "The new Suzuki GSX-RR looks really amazing and also has a good performance! I can't wait for the season to start, I did a lot of practice during the break last season and also practiced on the GSX-R1000R motorbike which is certainly not worth trying a racing bike. we're on the circuit. It's also nice to be reunited with the team, we have the same goals and focus, and everyone shows readiness to achieve great results this season, "explained Rins on the same occasion

The 2021 MotoGP season is not the worst moment for Suzuki, but it is also not the best. Because the 2020 season, they managed to become champions but only finished in third place the following season. Shinichi Sahara, Project Leader and Team Director of the Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP Team said that every effort had been made during last season's break. He admits everything is showing positive results and will not stop until the season starts.

Suzuki GSX-RR

"Last season's break we worked very hard for both the European and Japanese teams. Everyone is putting in every effort to prepare the bike to be more competitive. We believe in the bike and our two riders, and are ready to start!" close the Sahara.

The 2020 season in which Suzuki became the champion was indeed a unique and memorable moment. 2020 is proof of 100 years for the Suzuki brand and 60 years for them to take part in the racing arena. In a year threatened by COVID-19, the Suzuki team was able to maintain its focus even though it did not finish (DNF). Mir managed to catch up and collect his best points to win the championship crown, the culmination of 20 years of Suzuki MotoGP's efforts.

The 2022 MotoGP season starts in March in Qatar. Indonesia also became one of the hosts in the second round in the same month. If nothing goes wrong, 21 rounds will be held around the world. Can Suzuki bring back the power of 2020, let's wait!

MotoGP 2022: Monster Energy Yamaha Announces Line Up, Confidence in Teams and Riders

 Ahead of the pre-season test at the Sepang International Circuit, Monster Energy Yamaha announced the line-up of riders competing in the 2022 MotoGP. 

The Japanese factory team also showed off their vehicles this season. Like last year, this introductory session was held virtually or described in an online presentation.

In the 2022 Online Team Presentation video on the official Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP account, the first session was opened with an interview from Lin Jarvis, Managing Director of Yamaha Motor Racing & Team Principal, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP. He explained that 2021 was a very great season.

"It's 2022 now and I'm really excited to start the season. We have a strong team and two great drivers. Returning to the top is beneficial for the team. Of course for the riders, all our sponsors, the Yamaha motorcycle group, this is a fantastic crown year in general," said Lin Jarvis.

After six years without a title, Yamaha finally succeeded in becoming world champions again in the 2021 season thanks to Fabio Quartararo. He managed to secure nine podiums, including four wins last year. And this was his first title with the factory squad that at that time replaced Valentino Rossi. In addition, Yamaha also finished second in the constructors' championship after Ducati.

Quartararo remains with the squad for the 2022 season after signing a two-year contract with Yamaha in early 2020. The French rider does not carry the number one plate this season, instead opting to use the #20 instead.

"We got the title last year, and that's good. Nobody can take that away from me, but on the first day of driving, nothing else matters. Last year's title race is behind us now, we have to focus on this year's championship. Last year we barely had any pre-season tests because of the pandemic. This year I already have a year of experience with the Factory Team, so we know how to work well together. We know our strengths and where we can improve, so that can help during the tests at Sepang and Mandalika."

Joining Quartararo in this year's factory Yamaha squad is the 2020 championship runner-up, Franco Morbidelli. He was brought in to replace Maverick Vinales, who opted out of the team a year earlier than planned.

MotoGP 2022: Monster Energy YamahaMotoGP 2022: Monster Energy Yamaha
MotoGP 2022: Monster Energy Yamaha

"We already have some data to work with, and I'm already familiar with the bike and the team. I always have a good feeling on the Yamaha, but this M1 is very smooth. I can't wait to start riding the 2022 bike now because my knees are in better shape. The atmosphere in the team has also been very good since last year, so let's see what steps we can take during winter testing," said Franky.

Continuing the partnership with Monster Energy, Yamaha's new motorcycle decor is still identical to last season's. The livery attached has not changed much compared to last year's style. Still shades of blue, but the lines on the motor body look more prominent than the previous version. The logo of the main sponsor of Monster Energy is also still clearly displayed on the iron horses of Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.

On the other hand, Yamaha also announced that Cal Crutchlow will remain its official test rider until the end of 2023.

72 units of Honda ADV 150 to be operational vehicles for MotoGP Mandalika 2022

 The Honda ADV150 is the official scooter for all operational activities of the World Grand Prix race at the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit on 19-20 March 2022. 

A total of 72 units are used to mobilize all international racers, teams, and race event organizers at this proud Indonesian circuit. 

The handover of 32 units was symbolically carried out by Kresna Murti Dewanto, Marketing Manager of Main Dealer Astra Motor NTB to the Director of Operations and Business Innovation of PT Indonesia Tourism Development (Persero)/Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC), Arie Prasetyo in the Pertamina Mandalika International Street Circuit area. (4/2).

Honda ADV150
Honda ADV 150

Previously, AHM had handed over 40 ADV150 units at the World Superbike (WSBK) event in November last year. In addition to the scooter, his party also handed over one unit of the CBR250RR. All of these vehicles are used as circuit and non-circuit operational motors at The Mandalika. In addition, this motorbike produced by the nation's children will also become an operational vehicle at the 2022 Idemitsu Asia Talent Cup (IATC).

General Manager of Marketing Planning and Analysis of AHM, Andy Wijaya said this support is a form of the company's commitment together with the government in supporting the development of motor racing and contributing to the success of the world's highest motorcycle racing event.

"The presence of the MotoGP racing event in Mandalika, where Indonesian racers also compete in the Moto3 class and the Asia Talent Cup, is certainly a matter of pride for this nation. We hope that the presence and performance of the Honda ADV150 big scooter as an official vehicle in this highest international racing event can support the activities of racers, crews and teams," said Andy.

Meanwhile, ITDC's Director of Operations and Business Innovation, Arie Prasetyo, thanked AHM for supporting the 2022 MotoGP event at The Mandalika. "We make the best use of this vehicle for operational needs in the field, so that the entire series of MotoGP Official Test events in February and the Grand Prix of Indonesia race weekend in March will run smoothly," he said.

"In line with regional developments including the increasing number of international events at The Mandalika, the addition of these 32 units can certainly provide flexibility for the mobilization of our operational team throughout The Mandalika area," added Arie.

For information, the Honda ADV150 is supported by a 150cc, liquid-cooled, eSP (enhanced Smart Power) engine that provides responsive performance with the PGM-FI injection combustion system. He is equipped with various advanced features such as Two Step Adjustable Windscreen, 28 liters of storage space, and a full digital panel meter system that can display various information.

The quality of the Honda ADV150 produced by the AHM factory is also recognized by the world as the high export of this model to foreign countries in the form of CBU (Completely Build Up) and CKD (Completely Knock Down), such as exports to the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, to the Americas in other countries. Brazil.

Meanwhile, the CBR250RR is a motor sport created by the nation's children who has led AHM's fostered racers to achieve achievements in the Asian Road Racing Championship racing arena. The motorsport fairing with the 4-Stroke, 8-Valve, Parallel Twin Cylinder engine has also been recognized for its quality with sales abroad, namely in the Philippines, Vietnam, Thailand and Japan.


The New Mazda CX-5 Is On Sale in Japan

 Mazda will soon present the latest model of the CX-5 as an opener for 2022. Its presence will start from Japan. Mazda certainly does not want the CX-5, which is famous for its premium nuances and rich in safety features, to be attacked by its rivals in the market, such as the Honda CR-V and Hyundai Tucson. 

Interesting to see the refreshment displayed by this Hiroshima-based manufacturer.

Previously we tried to refresh a little. The SUV model is indeed one of Mazda's strengths. They have Mazda Tribute (2000-2011) or CX-7 (2006-2012). However, it must be admitted that the CX-5 is one of the models that has played an important role in the revival of the Mazda brand for almost a decade. Since the birth of the Kodo design style and SkyActiv technology, the Mazda CX-5 has become a selling model everywhere.

Mazda CX-5
Mazda CX-5

In Indonesia, the last time this five-passenger SUV underwent an update was last year. Mazda made improvements in terms of completeness of features for the CX-5 to make it more assertive and premium. This change follows a major facelift that was presented in 2017, after having a facelift also in 2015.

Well, the 2022 Mazda CX-5 will experience a change to be a little more aggressive and more luxurious. On the front fascia, the headlight graphics change with a dual L-shaped LED DRL, which looks like a BMW at a glance. The grille has also changed, accentuating fixed horizontal points with a 3-dimensional impression, and maintaining a thick chrome frame.

Complementing the exterior changes, there is a thick silver garnish on the front lim bumper or skid plate, as well as on the side skirts and rear bumper. The taillight graphics also feature dual L LEDs like the headlight DRLs. This new look makes the CX-5's minimalistic changes feel classy but still provides a significant visual effect. What is clear is that the Kodo design language remains its main characteristic.

The interior will not change much in the 2022 edition. Mazda is only playing with small visual touches for the CX-5's cabin, when referring to models already circulating in Japan. The seat covers will have more dynamic and attractive accents and patterns, as well as the bezels on the AC vents. There will likely be upgrades to the MZD Connect infotainment system and instrument cluster like the Mazda 7th Gen model.

From a technical point of view, not much has changed. But there is an improvement from the suspension package that is reset. This new setting was developed so that the driver does not get tired quickly with the slamming and damping of the new CX-5 suspension. Then in the luggage room, there is a slight redesign so that access to loading and unloading goods is easier.

This year, the CX-5 will enter the age of 10 years, even since its debut in 2012. The CX-5 is also the first Mazda model to be produced using Kodo Design. Throughout its career, the CX-5 has become Mazda's best-selling model by contributing 29 percent of global sales in 2020. Various prestigious awards have been received by this SUV since it was first released.

Reportedly, Mazda is ready to bring the 2022 edition of the CX-5 to Southeast Asia, with Indonesia and Malaysia named as the first countries. That way, it means that the SUV segment inhabited by the CX-5 must be ready to increase its level of resistance

Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid 2022 Coming Soon to Indonesia

The news of the presence of the Suzuki Ertiga hybrid in Indonesia is getting louder. Signals of his presence not only come from various news but also Suzuki itself. 

Shodiq Wicaksono, Managing Director of Suzuki Indomobil Sales some time ago revealed that Suzuki was preparing to introduce electrified vehicles to the public.

Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid 2022
Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid 2022

If based on the sources dug, SIS will release a new LMPV to fight against such as the Toyota Avanza and Veloz. Not with just a conventional engine, but with the help of a mild hybrid system. Moreover, in the State of Bharata, the facelift version has started to roam. The following are the expectations when presented to the Indonesian market.

More Efficient Machine

There will be a new engine under the hood. The Ertiga hybrid uses a K15B, DOHC, 1,462 cc VVT engine. Fuel distribution using multipoint injection. With a step diameter of 74.0 mm x 85.0 mm, the mechanical heart is capable of pumping out 104.7 PS of power at 6,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 138 Nm at 4,400 rpm. About the transmission, in India it is rumored to use a new 6-speed automatic. For this market, it's okay to change, or keep using a 4-speed automatic gearbox. Then a 5-speed manual is also always available. 

It should be underlined, mild hybrid technology is not to boost power. But more towards efficiency. So the amount of output remains the same from the regular model. The Ertiga hybrid itself was exhibited at Monas. It is equipped with a 12-volt lithium ion battery with 36 Wh alerts by Denso. Position just below the front passenger seat. So, the car uses an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) plus a two-battery setup. The ISG is tasked with replacing the conventional alternator, it also includes a motor drive function, which adds to the acceleration capability.

According to Suzuki, through this technology, it can increase overall efficiency and reduce emissions. Combined with the dual battery settings in the Smart Hybrid, it enables automatic start and stop functions. This relates to lightening the load on the engine, by shutting down at a stop and resulting in better fuel economy.

Well, SHVS technology has a relatively simple working system. It starts when the vehicle is in a stopped position and the driver does not step on the pedal and the gear is in the 'N' or neutral position. Then the car automatically performs Engine Auto Stop which functions to turn off the engine. But the electrical system remains on. Then when the pedal is stepped on, the ISG automatically re-starts the vehicle engine. The hope is that the efficiency of the Ertiga Smart Hybrid 2022 will increase significantly.

Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid 2022
Suzuki Ertiga Hybrid 2022

Additional Safety and Comfort Features

For the domestic market, Suzuki only buried a number of standard features in the Ertiga. In the highest caste, the contents include dual airbags, Anti-lock Braking System, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Hill Hold Control. So it is necessary to add Traction Control so that driving is more stable when cornering on wet roads.

Then in order not to lose to the Mitsubishi Xpander, the 2022 facelift edition needs to be added with Cruise Control. Obviously, this is not a difficult matter for SIS in immersing it. The completeness and arrangement of the cabin is believed not far from the existing model. How, any other input?

Royal Enfield Opens the All New Classic 350 Booking Faucet via Marketplace

Royal Enfield has officially opened an order for the All-new Classic 350 unit. It is offered in 4 new variants and 9 color combinations, namely the Classic Chrome series, Classic Dark, Classic Signals, and Halcyon. 

Based on the modern J-series engine, the All-new Classic 350 is offered at a price of Rp. 100 million, and Rp. 5 million to pre-book exclusively through one of the leading marketplaces in the country.

Royal Enfield Classic 350
Royal Enfield Classic 350

The All New Classic 350 still adopts a distinctive classic design, combined with a comfortable driving position and reliable engine. Especially for the Indonesian market, he is available in 4 new variants with 9 color combinations, namely the Classic Chrome series, Classic Dark, Classic Signals, and Halcyon.

Classic Chrome. Is the most prominent premium edition. This series reflects the look and feel of British motorcycles in the 1950s. There are 2 choices of two tone tanks; Chrome Red and Chrome Bronze. This version also has a true legacy from its past with a badge that stands out.

Classic Dark. Interpret youth, urban and custom styles. This type comes in Stealth Black and Gunmetal Grey. This motorcycle is equipped with alloy wheels and tubeless tires.

Classic Signals. Marsh Gray and Desert Sand paints are available. Defined as a celebration of Royal Enfield's history with the military. Each of these motorcycles is equipped with badges and graphics, and also has a unique number emblazoned on the tank.

halcyon. As the name suggests, it is a celebration of Classical heritage and reflects a regal retro look. Available in Green, Gray and Black color strokes.

The pre-order period for all variants of the All-New Classic 350 is now available exclusively on Tokopedia, with a booking fee of IDR 5 million and delivery in the third week of Feb 2022.

“As a technology company, Tokopedia is committed to #AlwaysAdaSelalubisa to provide convenience to the community in meeting various needs. Based on this commitment, we are grateful to have been given the trust to support Royal Enfield in the launch of the All New Classic 350 which can be pre-booked exclusively through Tokopedia. We hope that this collaboration can make us #BangkitBersama to encourage national economic recovery," explained Fransiscus Leo Chandra, Head of Category Development for Tokopedia.

Royal Enfield Classic 350
Royal Enfield Classic 350

The latest Royal Enfield Classic is equipped with a single cylinder engine with a capacity of 349cc air-cooled. In terms of performance, this engine is capable of producing 20.2 hp of power at 6,500 rpm and 27 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.

This motorbike also uses a new chassis. Designed for comfort and more stable maneuverability. The front and rear suspensions have been extensively developed, and the driving position is claimed to be more ergonomic thanks to the use of new handlebars.

The All New Classic 350 maintains Royal Enfield's signature style with the use of an ari-drop shaped tank, casquette and has new headlights.

The seats are wider and made of soft foam padding. The instrument cluster is an analog digital model and already carries a Tripper navigation pod. All variants are equipped with dual channel ABS and dual disc brakes.