BUKIT LANJAN: When buying a new car next year …

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BUKIT LANJAN: When buying a new car next year …

Indeed the global automotive technology, especially the so called accessories, has advanced by leaps and bounds that many features fitted in cars today look alien to many.

It is therefore wise for new car buyers to study car brochures carefully to ensure not only value for money but also to get the best and updated features.

“For Malaysian car buyers, especially those purchasing one for the first time, they still have many considerations to look into, although many great and up-to-date car accessories may still not be available in Malaysia,” Gerakan Deputy Speaker Syed Abdul Razak Alsagoff said.

“Yes, in terms of technology we are left far behind. Who do we blame?”he asked.

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Syed Razak, who is Gerakan’s nominee to contest N.37 Bukit Lanjan in the coming 14th General Election (GE14), said it would serve car buyers well to take note of The Star Online posting titled “What will be the top car tech of 2018”?

He said the information in the news report would equip car buyers with some knowledge of the latest car gadgets or accessories available in the world and compare all the car models in each class available in Malaysia.

“This will ensure that you get the best value for your purchase, not an outdated model,” he added.

This is the report posted by The Star Online:

"What will be the top car tech of 2018?

Monday, 13 Nov 2017
6:30 AM MYT

In-car tech should be a major consideration when choosing a new car. — AFP Relaxnews

With the leaps and bounds being made in automotive technology, what a 2018 model-year vehicle offers in terms of in-car entertainment and assistance features should now be at the top of your list when trying to make a purchasing or leasing decision on a new car, according to the experts at Kelley Blue Book.

"Where driving dynamics, comfort and safety are concerned, modern vehicles are steadily marching down a path toward parity," said Michael Harley, group managing editor for Kelley Blue Book.

But not all technological features were created equal, and so the vehicle valuation and information service has put together what it believes will be the top 10 in-demand, car-ownership experience-improving features for the coming year and the options that will make the car more attractive than its peers when it comes to getting the best possible trade-in price down the road.

"The tech we've identified as the best for 2018 should be considered when searching for your next new vehicle. Regardless of price point, it shouldn't be too difficult to find a vehicle with most of them – and they're all very helpful," said Harley.

Connected mobile apps
Many premium car companies already offer a smartphone companion app that lets owners remotely lock, unlock and start their car, adjust climate control or locate the vehicle in a crowded parking lot. And thanks to much of the technology behind the system being developed by an automotive supplier – Bosch – the features are quickly trickling down to mainstream motors.

Autonomous Emergency Braking
A host of independent studies plus data from insurance companies already proves without a shadow of doubt that this system, which monitors the car's surrounds and hits the brakes automatically to avoid a collision, whether with a pedestrian, cyclist or other vehicle, is saving lives and cutting insurance premiums. Though the feature won't be mandatory on US cars for several years, most manufacturers are already offering it as a cost option, or in the case of VW and Volvo, as standard equipment.

A 360° camera
A feature pioneered by Japanese carmakers, this camera array gives drivers a virtual birds' eye view of everything around the car and displays it on the screen in the centre console. It's fast becoming an option on even entry-level models.

USB ports
Drivers and passengers want to be able to charge their phones and tablets on the go and don't want to have to carry around a 12-volt adaptor and a host of cables to do so. For example, the new Ford Excursion offers seating for eight and USB ports for every single row of passengers as standard.

Teen driver technology
A huge range of vehicles, from the Ford Fiesta and Volvo XC90 to the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, offer a system where owners can program the keys so that when the car is borrowed, engine power and speed limit are capped, the distance travelled can be monitored and the sound system's volume locked down. What's more Chevrolet's system also complements these lock-down features with a report card telling worried parents if the car had to brake suddenly.

Rear cross-traffic alert
Using sensors to keep an eye on things like cars passing behind, shopping carts rolling across car parks and people walking behind the car, it makes reversing out of a space simple and safe.

Adaptive Cruise Control
US drivers in particular spend an inordinate amount of time behind the wheel, particularly in congested highway driving situations. Adaptive cruise control can automatically maintain a safe speed behind the car in front, slowing down or speeding up as gaps narrow and widen.

Lane Departure Warning
Over longer drives, it can be easy to let the mind, and as a result, the car drift. Lane departure warning systems alert the driver when he or she is straying across the line and some systems, such as in the latest Mercedes and Volvo models, can apply opposite lock to the steering wheel 

LED/Xenon Headlights They may seem like little more than a flashy, unnecessary option, but LED lights in particular are brighter, quicker to respond and never need changing. What's more, in recent IIHS car crash and safety testing, many cars have come under criticism for the poor quality of their headlights for spotting and avoiding collisions at night time. — AFP Relaxnews



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