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Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross has been discontinued, the second-hand unit is worth considering

 Mitsubishi lost another model marketed in Indonesia. Eclipse Cross is officially discontinued as of March 2022. His name has also disappeared from the sales list on the company's official website. Even though the Eclipse Cross is an attractive SUV figure. Cool design using the latest Dynamic Shield language. Many advanced features in it and use a powerful turbo engine.

If you're still interested in Eclipse Cross, try the lyrics to a used unit. Age is still relatively young, the earliest release was in 2019. Three years generally in good condition and low mileage. Moreover, this SUV is not a working horse. But remember, the search will not be easy because the sales are not selling well. It could be that not many users want to take it off because they really enjoy the various advantages they have.

Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross
Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross



The set of prices listed on the marketplace for buying and selling used cars has fallen quite dramatically. Initial models released in 2019 ranged from Rp. 385 - Rp. 400 million. Quite large depreciated. Compared to when it was launched three years ago, it was priced at IDR 478 million. The latest price last year reached Rp.493.75 million. Of course second hand units are very attractive. Especially if you get it in a very fit condition and a friendly price.

Eclipse Cross has a lot of charm. Starting from the design, which is distinctive and unique. The outer design is the main attraction, although this is objective. His posture at a glance looks like the Outlander Sport but wears the Dynamic Shield face typical of Xpander. The stern can be said to be its own characteristic, some like it and some don't. Designed in a unique style through unusual taillamp placement. The dimensions are also right for the segment.

The interior feels classy and full of modern values. For example, there is a Touchpad Controller on the center console. Functions like a laptop touchpad for managing various infotainment functions. Then driving information can be easily monitored via the Head-Up Display (HUD). Reflects panel meter data on the windshield, so the driver can focus more on the road without having to glance at the indicator cluster.

Other advanced features are also available, characterizing SUVs of IDR 500 million and above. The lighting is an LED projector that has Automatic High Beam (AHB) technology. It can automatically change the high beam to the near light when it detects another vehicle from the opposite direction. Then there is a panoramic sunroof. Can create the impression of spacious and luxurious.

The Eclipse Cross carries a 4B40 4-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo engine. The power output is 163 PS at 5,500 rpm and 250 Nm of torque at 1,800-4,500 rpm. Engine output is sent to the front wheels via a virtual 8-speed CVT transmission. The power record on paper is not as big as its main competitor, namely the Honda HR-V turbo. But that does not mean inferior.

One that is also superior, the driving character. This is a Mitsubishi product that has a very thick sport DNA. If you like driving yourself, it's definitely the right choice. It can be considered as one of the SUVs with the most exciting driving in its segment.

Safety guarantee is very adequate. As standard, there are 7 airbags, ABS + EBD + BA, Active Yaw Control (AYC) and Active Stability & Traction Control (ASTC). Both maintain the stability of the car in various conditions. If that's not enough, the Eclipse Cross has an active Forward Collision Mitigation System (FCM), Blind Spot Warning (BSW), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Adaptive Cruise Control. . It is natural to be rewarded with five stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash test.

In terms of completeness of features, performance and design, Eclipse Cross has a tempting offer. So, the used condition is certainly still very worth hunting down. Do not forget to be careful in terms of conditions and papers. cek returns through inspection services and track records at official workshops.

Impact of War, Toyota Ceases Activities in Ukraine and Russia

 Russia's invasion of Ukraine recently affected the global automotive world as well as both countries. Several brands have expressed their steps regarding this issue that has caught the attention of various countries.

The latest news, Toyota revealed its steps towards their business in both countries. The Japanese company prioritized handling the temporary crisis to ensure the safety of team members, retail staff and supply chain partners in the two warring countries.

Impact of War, Toyota Ceases Activities in Ukraine and Russia

Toyota has 37 dealerships in Ukraine that handle sales and after-sales services. Since February 24, Toyota has stopped all its activities there. While in Russia, Toyota also has a sales and after-sales network with a total of 168 locations.

Toyota also has a factory in St. Petersburg which produces the RAV4 as well as the Camry which is primarily for domestic production. Production at the St Petersburg plant ceased on March 4 and suspended all import activities until further notice. Toyota said the termination was due to disruptions in the spare parts supply chain. It is claimed that sales activities in the Blue Continent are not disturbed by the conflict in Eastern Europe.

Other Automotive Manufacturers

Ford's step is following that taken by General Motors. The Detroit automaker has stopped its activities in Russia, including stopping all exports there. In Russia alone, GM only sells about 3,000 vehicles a year, not a huge market for the American brand.

The latest news is also disclosed Harley-Davidson (HD). The well-known motorcycle brand has stopped their business activities in Russia. HD has 10 outlets in Russia out of about 369 dealers in the European Union. Like other automotive brands from the United States, the motorcycle manufacturer from Milwaukee also revealed that Russia is not a significant market for them.

Several premium car manufacturers were also affected. Aston Martin, BMW and Mini announced the termination of their business activities in Russia. Although Aston Martin only has one percent of the vehicle market in Russia. Meanwhile BMW and Mini stopped their production because many spare parts came from Ukraine. BMW has suspended export and production activities at its Kaliningrad plant, which produces around 12,000 vehicles in 2021.Several manufacturers have already expressed their steps regarding this Russia-Ukraine conflict. Ford recently revealed it would suspend its auto business in Russia. Ford, which has a 50 percent stake in Ford Soller, a Russian auto company. But Ford did not stop their production process at the St. plant. Petersburg, Elabuga and Naberrezhnye Chelny.

Ford has around 4,000 employees working in their factories producing the Ford Focus, Ford EcoSport, Transit, Kuga, Explorer, S-Max and Galaxy models. Ford donated $100,000 to help Ukrainians and families affected by the invasion. 

Toyota logo
Toyota logo


Hyundai and Kia are also affected by this Russian-Ukrainian condition. A South Korean brand that has a factory in St. Petersburg, Russia is very dependent on the supply of scarce gas from Ukraine. Materials such as neon, krypton, xenon and others are needed to manufacture their electric vehicle battery cells. Whereas the factory for export of Tucson, Palisade, and Kia Sportage is also used to ship to North America and Europe, in fact it was only inaugurated in 2010 ago.

This South Korean brand managed to sell 373,132 vehicles in the Russian market last year and holds the largest market share there. It is said that the Russia-Ukraine crisis will affect the South Korean economy because this giant company managed to sell 2.5 billion US dollars of vehicles last year. Still added to the amount of 1.45 billion US dollars for spare parts. It is likely that Hyundai and Kia's sales will drop 29 percent this year due to the incipient Russia-Ukraine crisis.

Russia itself is not without influence in the automotive world. The country is the world's third largest supplier of nickel and provides 40 percent of palladium for global needs. This material is used to manufacture catalytic converters used in all vehicle products. Russia also relies on 25 percent of its domestic automotive production. Various global sanctions received by Russia will disrupt the automotive production process in various countries.

These various possibilities have an impact on the forecast for world automotive sales to decline. This coupled with the problem of scarcity of chips that forced some manufacturers to reduce production even though car prices increased to compensate for the shortage.

MotoGP 2022 Result: Bastianini Brings Gresini Racing to First Racing Champion

 Enea Bastianini won the inaugural MotoGP 2022 series at the Losail Circuit, Qatar, Sunday (6/3/2022). This victory made the Gresini Racing racer successful in breaking records for himself and the team.

The race started with the Honda rider duo, Pol Espargaro and Marc Marquez immediately stealing the first and second positions when the new start began. The front start filler, namely Pramac Ducati racer, Jorge Martin was not too fast when the red light was extinguished until his position was taken.

MotoGP 2022 Result: Bastianini Brings Gresini Racing to First Racing Champion

The racers in the leading position namely Pol Espargaro, Marc Marquez, Brad Binder from Red Bull KTM and Enea Bastianini from Gresini Racing drew closer to each other to fight for the leading position. The early laps of the Qatar GP also showed several riders falling. Alex Marquez of LCR Honda, Marco Bezzecchi of Mooney VR46 Ducati and Miguel Oliveira of Red Bull KTM fell and could not continue the race.

Drama ensued between Francesco Bagnaia of the Lenovo Ducati team and Jorge Martin who had to end the race because they bumped into each other and fell. Bagnaia lost grip on the front tire and forced himself to drag Jorge Martin into the gravel.

Espargaro who was in the leading position further widened the distance with the rider behind him. The Spaniard increased the time gap to one second from his closest competitors, namely Binder and Bastianini, who were fighting for second place. Marq Marquez is in fourth place and trying to improve his position.

Bastianini

While Marquez was trying to get into the top three, Aleix Espargaro from the Aprilia Racing team managed to get past the Honda rider. This fourth position was obtained by Aleix with a bold maneuver that made the former world champion have to try again to take the leading place.

The surprise then came from the last five laps. Bastianini who shortened the distance with Pol Espargaro's position finally managed to lead the race. The Ducati Desmosedici rider took advantage of the superiority of his motorbike's power to be in the leading position on a straight track in front of the podium. Pol did not stay silent and tried to steal a position at corner one through late braking, unfortunately a miscalculation made him widen out of the track. This opportunity was also taken by Binder to easily get the second position and Pol dropped to the third position.

Bastianini then stepped on the gas and was unstoppable for the last two laps. Binder himself must defend his second position from the invasion of the duo Espargaro in third and fourth position.

Finally, Enea Bastianini became the racer who won the inaugural MotoGP championship in 2022. The man born in 1997 automatically leads the championship standings that have just started. To note, Bastianini's victory in Qatar 2022 was his first in the MotoGP class.

Bastianini's action deserves thumbs up because he managed to beat several more senior racers. This also proves that the Gresini Racing team has just pioneered a new team formula by acting independently. This racing team with the support of various Indonesian brands has shown its professionalism in the world of MotoGP racing even though its founder, Fausto Gresini has left some time ago.

In the second position is occupied by Binder and followed by the duo of brothers Pol and Aleix Espargaro. Marc Marquez had to settle for fifth place followed by the Suzuki racer duo Joan Mir and Alex Rins. The eighth position is occupied by Johan Zarco from Pramac Ducati. The ninth position is the 2021 world champion, Fabio Quartararo from Yamaha and the tenth position is Takaaki Nakagami from the LCR Honda team.

Qatar 2022 MotoGP Race Results

1. Enea Bastianini ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)

2. Brad Binder RSA Red Bull KTM (RC16)

3. Pol Espargaro SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)

4. Aleix Espargaro SPA Aprilia Factory (RS-GP)

5. Marc Marquez SPA Repsol Honda (RC213V)

6. Joan Mir SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)

7. Alex Rins SPA Suzuki Ecstar (GSX-RR)

8. Johann Zarco FRA Pramac Ducati (GP22)

9. Fabio Quartararo FRA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)

10. Takaaki Nakagami JPN LCR Honda (RC213V)

11. Franco Morbidelli ITA Monster Yamaha (YZR-M1)

12. Maverick ViƱales SPA Aprilia Factory (RS-GP)

13. Luca Marini ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP22)

14. Andrea Dovizioso ITA WithU RNF Yamaha (YZR-M1)

15. Remy Gardner AUS KTM Tech3 (RC16)

16. Darryn Binder RSA WithU RNF Yamaha (YZR-M1)

17. Fabio Di Giannantonio ITA Gresini Ducati (GP21)

18. Raul Fernandez SPA KTM Tech3 (RC16)

DNF:
Jorge Martin SPA Pramac Ducati (GP22)
Francesco Bagnaia ITA Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
Alex Marquez SPA LCR Honda (RC213V)
Miguel Oliveira POR Red Bull KTM (RC16)
Jack Miller AUS Ducati Lenovo (GP22)
Marco Bezzecchi ITA Mooney VR46 Ducati (GP21)

Tips for Safe Riding for Motorcycle Passengers

 Safe driving is not only a concern for motorcyclists. Passengers who are part of the ride must also pay attention to safety aspects. The goal is of course to keep your trip safe and comfortable so you can reach your destination.

Astra Motor shares some useful tips through its official website. We have summarized the relevant tips and added a few points to help you ride a motorbike, as a passenger or as a passenger.

Tips for Safe Riding for Motorcycle Passengers

1. Use Driving Safety Equipment

As stated by Astra Motor, even though the passengers are not drivers, and are just being ridden, they still have to wear safety equipment. This includes jackets, gloves, helmets and shoes. The use of driving safety equipment will reduce the risk in the event of an unwanted accident.

2. Don't bring a lot of stuff on your body

This formula does apply in general to motorcyclists. On your body, don't use extra burdens such as backpacks, especially duffel bags and shopping bags. The addition of the load on the passenger side which may shift its position will change the point of balance that must be maintained by the rider. Fatally, this item may get caught in another vehicle while driving.

3. Sit in a comfortable and safe position

When riding, Astra Motor instructs you to sit as comfortably as possible. On a motorcycle is not the same as a car that has free movement. When riding a motorbike, passengers will sit in only one position.

One way to be able to sit comfortably is to make sure your body position is comfortable from the start of the ride so you don't get tired and tired easily. Find the most comfortable footstep position, also position your buttocks on the seat as close to the rider as possible.

Not only that, also pay attention to where you are going to hold on. On some motorcycles, the stirrup at the back of the seat is not the best position to hold on to. Better to hug the rider or hold the gas tank.

4. Don't Sleep, But Pay Attention to Driving

Again, riding on a motorbike is very different from a car. You are not allowed to sleep on it, because it can fall. What is fatal is not only you falling from the top of the motorbike, but the motorbike can be attracted to follow your falling motion.

It's a good idea to keep from drowsiness by paying attention to the condition of the driver and his driving situation. See if the driver is sleepy or not, then invite him to rest if it is too risky to continue the journey. Help the rider to monitor his speed through the speedometer. Don't forget, be a vigilant navigator or passenger to watch the road so that drivers can improve their response to traffic.

The successor to the Lexus LFA may appear in 2025, with a hybrid engine?

 In recent months, Toyota seems to be interested in making a supercar. It has also revealed plans for a massive EV (Electrified Vehicle) for the future involving no less than 16 models. Among these is the Lexus Electrified Sport concept and it is quite clear that it will actually be the successor to the LFA.

The successor to the Lexus LFA may appear in 2025, with a hybrid engine?

The latest news coming from Japan, Best Car magazine indicates that Toyota is preparing a supercar. Best Car quotes a person familiar with GR (Gazoo Racing), as saying that the expertise gathered from its development will be used for the GR GT3 racing car. It will also be speculatively produced as the Lexus LFA2.

The LFA2 will reportedly be the last combustion engine sports car for Toyota which is closely related to the GR GT3. Even though the GR GT3 is only a race car, its development is confirmed to aid the development of future road cars, as revealed by Toyota's President of Racing Development, David Wilson.

Despite being the successor to the Lexus LFA, the LFA2 is not like its predecessor. The new LFA will abandon the carbon fiber structure and replace it with the TNGA-L architecture, the same architecture used by the Lexus LC and LS. According to Best Car, the front of the car will borrow styling cues from the Electrified Sport concept introduced in December 2021. If reports are accurate, sales should begin in 2025.

Lexus LFA2
Lexus LFA2


The Electrified Sport is a vehicle that can reach 100 km/h from rest in 2 seconds, and can offer a maximum driving range of over 692 km. Interestingly, the same report suggests that the Electrified Sport might use a solid-state battery. The technology isn't ready yet, but Lexus has plenty of time to perfect it.

Meanwhile, according to CarBuzz, the new LFA2 will be available in two different engine options. As expected, one will be fully electric while the other variant will be hybrid technology. But not just any hybrid, as the embedded electric motor will be mated to a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 combustion engine that produces a combined output of 700 horsepower. Estimated price is still under $ 200,000.

Federal Oil Proud of Enea Bastianini's Achievement at Losail Qatar 2022 MotoGP

 The Qatar 2022 MotoGP which took place on Sunday night (6/3) was won by the Gresini Racing MotoGP racer, Enea Bastianini. There are two history printed this Italian racer. MotoGP Qatar 2022 became his first victory while competing in the premier class of MotoGP. Second, being the first for the 'Indonesian' Gresini Ducati racing team, which was just established in 2022.

Federal Oil Proud of Enea Bastianini's Achievement at Losail Qatar 2022 MotoGP

Patrick Adhiatmadja, Executive Advisor of PT Federal Karyatama & PT ExxonMobil Lubricants Indonesia, appreciated the first phenomenal victory of the Gresini Racing MotoGP team, which in the 2022 season resumed its collaboration with Federal Oil, especially thanks to Enea Bastianini's achievements in the MotoGP 2022 series opener at the Lusail circuit, Qatar.

"Enea Bastianini's phenomenal victory, and for the Gresini Racing team in the Qatar MotoGP, makes Indonesia proud. Because this victory is eagerly awaited by racing fans. The existence of Federal Oil, which has supported the Gresini Racing team for a decade since the Moto2 class and is now supporting the MotoGP class, is certainly a very emotional and historic moment. Hopefully this winning trend can continue in the second series at the Mandalika MotoGP, in the next two weeks, "explained Patrick Adhiatmadja.

It is known that Federal oil's involvement in world racing events is long and has a lot of experience. Initially, the Gresini Racing Team officially introduced the livery for the 2022 MotoGP. At that time, Federal Oil became one of the official sponsors and believed this team would appear competitive. After collaborating for a decade in the Moto2 class, Federal Oil finally sponsored Gresini Racing in the MotoGP class.

In this premier class, the racing team is strengthened by Enea Bastianini and Fabio Di Giannantonio. It is known previously that Federal Oil has also been active in sponsoring the Moto2 event, before finally advancing to the MotoGP class.

Federal Oil MotoGP
Federal Oil MotoGP


Enea Bastianini's victory in the Losail Qatar 2022 MotoGP event is certainly a sweet story for Federal Oil. Obviously, this makes brands from Indonesia in the spotlight, especially in the event the next series takes place at the Mandalika Circuit.

Enea Bastianini's victory


Enea Bastianini started from second position, relatively calm when carrying the Ducati Desmosedici GP21 despite being attacked by several senior racers. The strategy applied to maintain tire performance until the end of the lap to carry out an attacking pattern, turned out to be successful. Even able to get rid of Pol Espargaro who from the start led the race.

The Italian racer finished the race in 42 minutes 13.198 seconds, even setting the fastest time in the race 1:54,337 seconds on lap 17, breaking Francesco Bagnaia's 2021 record, 1:54,491 seconds.

Bastianini after the race expressed feelings of immense happiness. "I tried hard from the start, but the most important thing was to save the tires for the end of the race. I saw Pol so fast up front, but I managed to overtake Binder and then at the end, once I was very close to Pol, realized that I could try to win the race," he said. 

Federal Oil MotoGP
Federal Oil MotoGP


"I passed him at Turn one and he went wide, so from then on it was all about staying in the lead and bringing home the win. It's hard to express how I feel right now, but I want to dedicate the win to Fausto because he gave such great motivation from “up there”. It's a fantastic result for the whole team: we're all in tears of joy now. I'm also very happy for my family at home, so a big thank you to everyone who made this possible."

Meanwhile, the rookie racer for the Gresini Racing MotoGP team, Fabio Di Giannantonio, managed to finish in 17th position. “We are learning and there is still a lot to learn, but I have to be happy with this debut. Obviously, we want to improve a lot and do it quickly, but it's important to finish this first race and collect some valuable experience. Now immediately focus on Mandalika and continue to work with confidence," he explained.

Ducati XDiavel Nera Limited Produced With Leather Upholstery For Rp 60 Million

Ducati reveals the limited edition XDiavel. In collaboration with Italian furniture company and interior design house Poltrona Frau, the Ducati XDiavel Nera only produced 500 units. The price is estimated at US $ 29,795 (Rp 428 million) or $ 4,200 more expensive than the XDiavel S

The XDiavel has always stood apart from the conventional Ducati image. Because of that, his position began to fade in the eyes of Ducatisti. The birth of the XDiavel Nera is the manufacturer's effort to restore the status of a tough Cruiser owned by Ducati with a more elegant, luxurious and exclusive.

Ducati XDiavel Nera
Ducati XDiavel Nera


An interior design studio might seem like an odd choice to collaborate with a motorcycle. But Interiors in Motion is Poltrona Frau, a division that focuses on leather interiors for automotive, aviation, and rail vehicles.

The XDiavel Nera shares the same basic technology, mechanical components, and design as the other two XDiavels, the XDiavel S and the XDiavel Dark. The Testastretta DVT engine, a 1,262cc 90 degree V-twin with variable desmo valve gear is capable of producing 160 hp at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 131 Nm at 5,000 rpm. Of course this machine already meets the Euro-5 emission standards.

His frame structure is still the same, steel pipe trellis frame. It stands on the radial legs of the Pirelli Diablo Rosso III (20/70-17 front and 240/45-17 rear). The XDiavel Nera rolls on elegantly designed aluminum wheels that are forged and machined to perfection.

Final drive uses a belt, exclusive to the XDiavel line in the Ducati model lineup. The electronics circuit is based on a six-axis inertial platform and includes all the most advanced safety functions, such as ABS. The 3.5-inch TFT screen displays instruments with animations and exclusive lighting accents.

Ducati XDiavel Nera
Ducati XDiavel Nera


As the name suggests, the XDiavel Nera comes in all black with contrasting red accents. Includes four-piston Brembo calipers on the front brakes and engine valve covers. But the real touch of elegance is displayed by the seats.

The seats are made of soft natural leather which is hand sewn (Pelle Frau). "This work is specially made by Poltrona Frau, a specialist in high-end exclusive leather seats who is very well known in Italy. He also usually works on interior trims for Ferrari, Maserati and many other luxury fashion brands.

Poltrona Frau has been developing exclusive skins for a long time. He always makes sure that each of his works uses Nappa material which is soft but durable. Yes, that's the quality of the XDiavel Nera seats. He said that the material underwent a special process to keep it from getting hot when occupied as well as the ability to resist friction and resist stains.

The XDiavel Nera chair is laser engraved with an "X" pattern and is available in five color options: Classic Poltrona Frau Siam Red, Steel Blue, Concrete Grey, India Brown and Selva Green. Everything is double stitched and contoured accurately, proving the craftsmanship of the finest Italian leather specialists.

All XDiavel Nera units come with the same leather keychain and document holder. Consumers get an optional rear seat that includes a small backrest for the passenger. Consumers can also order special helmets with similar motifs.