|Audi Virtual Cockpit|
|Audi Virtual Cockpit|
Aston Martin has released a 2011 minor facelift of the DB9 with package of improvements. It would probably take more than a few glances to notice the new styling changes which include a new front bumper, bright finish radiator grille, reshaped lower intake featuring bright hexagonal mesh, new headlight coverings, restyled sills, silver brake calipers, 20-spoke “diamond turned” alloy wheels and clear rear light lenses.
Under the skin, Aston now offers Adaptive Damping System as standard on both the DB9 coupe and Volante convertible. Also included is a tyre pressure monitoring system, revised Bluetooth microphone system and the addition of a new “Double Apex” alloy finish for the cabin, not forgetting the Bang & Olufsen stereo.
Besides the sleek sheetmetal, popularity of the DB9 stems from the 6.0-litre V12 engine that lives under that long hood. It comes with 470 hp, 600 Nm and lots of charisma. Power is fed to the rear wheels via a rear mid-mounted six-speed manual gearbox or an optional Touchtronic 2 six-speed auto.Prices start from £122,445 for the Coupe, while the Volante retails from £131,445.
The new smiley faced Mazda Premacy (known as the Mazda 5 here in Malaysia) is now officially on sale in Japan, with suggested retail prices of between 1,799,000 to 2,314,000 yen, including sales taxes. Not sure when Bermaz will be bringing it in as the new Mazda 5 but perhaps a few grey importers like Naza World will get to it first.
The Mazda Premacy is available with i-stop in Japan, which is Mazda’s unique idling stop system that can automatically stop and restart the engine nearly instantly to save fuel. The i-stop model grades (20S and 20E FWD) offer the highest fuel economy of any two-liter minivan in Japan, rated at 16.0 kilometers per liter (km/l) according to Japan’s 10-15 mode test cycle, while the same models with power sliding doors are rated at 15.0 km/l.
All FWD models of the Premacy in Japan are powered by a direct injection 2.0 liter engine making 150 PS at 6,200rpm and 186Nm of torque at 4,500rpm, mated to a 5-speed Activematic automatic transmission. The 4WD version uses a regular 2.0 liter DOHC engine mated to a 4-speed EC-AT automatic transmission.