Friday, May 23, 2014

McLaren 650S makes its debut in Indonesia

McLaren Jakarta today launched the newest line up from McLaren Automotive, the 650S. The car has 650 ps (641 bhp) hence giving the car name, able to sprint to 100 km/h from a standstill in 3 seconds, almost 0.3 seconds quicker than the 12C.

"Asia Pacific continues to be one of fastest-growing markets for premium luxury cars and we are extremely pleased to bring our latest edition of ground breaking super cars to Indonesia", Mirko Bordiga, McLaren Automotive Regional Director for Asia-Pacific said.

The 3.8 litre twin turbo V8 that was used from the 12C has undergone significant changes, with new pistons, redesigned cylinder head, new exhaust valves, and optimised cooling circuit. The result is a peak power of 650ps (641 bhp) and 678 Nm of torque. According to Mirko at before the launch there already two orders for the car from Indonesia.

New MINI Rolls Out in Indonesia

MINI Indonesia today launched the third generation MINI Cooper car, with a unique temporary building to showcase the car in the Senayan area.

The All-New MINI is bigger than its predecessor, its 98 milimetres longer, 44 milimetres wider and 7 milimetres higher. The wheelbase has been extended by 28 milimetres and track width enlarged by 42 milimetres in the front and 34 milimetres in the rear.

The exterior is similar to its predecessor, however there are several improvements. The circular headlamps now are using LED along with the turning lights.

Now all variants of the MINI are turbocharged, for the Cooper S model the 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine has a peak output of 192 horsepower with a torque of 280 Nm starting at a low 1,250 rpm. The car could sprint to 100 km/h in just 6.7 seconds and have a top speed of 233 km/h. The Cooper S will be priced at Rp 649 million (off the road).

Monday, May 19, 2014

BMW M With A Bargain

BMW Group Indonesia today launched the M235i Coupe, it is a BMW M Performance car with the most powerful engine offered at a price just below Rp 1 billion price tag, simply its an M experience with a bargain.

"Its a compact coupe with the best performance and efficiency in its class," Ramesh Divyanathan, president director of BMW Indonesia said.

The M235i is powered by the most powerful petrol-driven BMW M Performance engine, a straight six engine with a twin-scroll turbocharger that generates 326 horsepower when it peaked at 6,000 rpm. While torque pulls at 450Nm between 1,300 and 4,500 rpm. Mated with an eight speed automatic transmission, with launch control activated it could sprint to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds with a top speed of 250 km/h (electronically limited). With the performance the car still makes out fuel economy of 13.2 kilometers per liter and a emission of 176 gram per kilometer.

The chassis and aerodynamic of the car also has been tweaked to maximize the performance of the engine, the front apron has large air intakes with flaps adapted from racing car design. It also equipped with sport brakes and adaptive suspension. The car is offered at a price of Rp 928 million (US$80,736) off the road.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Ferrari Owners Tours Yogyakarta


Ferrari Jakarta together with Ferrari Owners Club Indonesia (FOCI) just done its first tour this year with the Ferrari Java Rally. The driving tour took place over 3 days from May 2nd to 4th taking the group through two cities, Solo and Yogyakarta. A total of 52 Ferraris partook in the event, with participants coming not only from the capital city but also Bali, Surabaya and Yogyakarta.

“Java Rally is a real commitment from Ferrari to always do the best for our clients. This rally journeyed across 2 cities in Java which are full of culture and royal heritage. It was an exciting experience. We also visited 2 iconic Indonesian temples, Borobudur and Prambanan. We, as Indonesians, love our country with all its beauty.” says Arie Christopher, CEO of PT. Citra Langgeng Otomotif – Official Ferrari Distributor in Indonesia.

Ahmad Sahroni, President of FOCI, considered the importance of this tour as a unifying activity for FOCI members and also as an avenue of friendship among Ferrari owners from all over Indonesia, other than those living in Jakarta. Ferrari Java Rally is certainly not a showcase of wealth but, more importantly, of friendship.

First day started from the city of Solo. Participants landed at the Adisumarmo airport and were greeted by Ferraris that have been neatly lined up, ready to be driven.The first destination was lunch while overlooking Prambanan temple. Accompanied by classical Keroncong music, participants enjoyed the traditional menu. After that, they were on their way to the city of Yogyakarta, heading to Tentrem hotel which became a temporary home for 110 participants of the Java Rally.

Once rested, 52 Ferraristis then marched towards the heart of Yogyakarta in the evening, where their King lives. “Menak Wida Ninggar dance” opened the evening, enthralling the participants, most of whom are residents of the capital. This dance was created by the late King, Sultan Hamengkubuwono IX. Through an auction and charity activities, FOCI managed to collect IDR 411,000,000. IDR 205,500,000 was then donated to the foundation of Keraton Yogyakarta. This foundation is dedicated to helping Cancer and Lupus patients. Good faith was received positively by all the inhabitants of the palace.

The next day, all the participants drove to Borobudur in Magelang. The weather was sunny in the morning, which made the group photo session all the more spectacular and unforgettable, as it was set against the backdrop of one of the wonders of the world. A short trip was organised around the art village of Andong, which was a refreshing activity for Ferrari owners. When the sun began to set, the group of the Prancing Horse returned to Yogyakarta. The second day closed with a festive pool party attended by beautiful girls of FHM. On the last day, after checking out of the hotel, this Ferrari group was ready to return to Solo. Lunch was organised at the Keraton Kasunanan Surakarta Hadiningrat before the participants flew back to Jakarta. All participants wore Batik, the traditional outfit in honor of this feast. The lunch was more memorable with the presence of the royal families. As a closing, FOCI donated the other half of the proceeds from the charity auction of IDR 205,500,000 to the foundation of Keraton Solo. The event was supported by the Malioboro Heritage, Pertamina, CIMB Niaga, Indosurya Life, Semarang Herbal Indoplant, The Djakarta Auto and Ivan’s Motor.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Abarth Opens First Showroom in South East Asia


Abarth, a performance brand for Fiat cars finally open its showroom in Indonesia, located in Jl. RS Fatmawati, South Jakarta, it is the first showroom from the brand in South East Asia. The 812 square meters dealer & workshop offers full and complete 3S (Sales, Service and Spare parts) for all its customers.

“We are proud to open our headquarter which is the first showroom for Abarth in South East Asia, we aim to deliver service up to standard of the brand for all of our customers,” Viyata Devi, CEO PT Genta Surya Otomotif says in a press conference, February 22th 2014.

Established in 2012, PT Parama Unggul Otomotif (PUO) & PT Genta Surya Otomotif (GSO) are both part of Mugi Rekso Abadi (MRA) Group that well-known selling luxury cars including Ferrari & Maserati. Under the MRA Automotive Division, PUO is Abarth’s importer to Indonesia while GSO is Abarth’s Authorized Dealer & Workshop.

“With Abarth official presence in Indonesia, we will offer motorsport enthusiast a new lifestyle and experience in motoring,” Jake Auman says, head of APAC Sales Operations dan Managing Director APAC General Distributor of FIAT-Chrysler.

The showroom and dealer followed design cues from Abarth showroom in Italy, with red and white accents all over the interior and exterior, one unique design is the office chair that uses red bucket seats. It features showroom that showcases several model from the brand such as Abarth 500, Abarth 595 Turismo C, Abarth 595 Turismo, and Abarth 595 Competizione. There are also tuning kit parts and apparels. For the workshop it has 2 car lifts and 6 repair bays with tools and staff that are trained in Italy.

Deep Pockets for a Dream Car


Rich people in Indonesia need to push their pocket deeper to buy an exotic car, for instance in the United States a Ferrari 458 Italia is sold starting at US$240,000 or equal to Rp 2.8 billion, in Indonesia according to the Jakarta Tax Department the same car sold at Rp 6.4 billion or equal to US$548,000 a difference of 130% compared to the price in the US. The price could be significantly more than that as a brand like Ferrari that offers customization options that could elevate the price. What makes the car expensive is the luxury tax charged by the government that reached 75% for a car that has engine displacement above 3,000cc for petrol and 2,500cc for diesel engine. What makes things will be more ugly is the government already planned to raise the luxury tax to 125% and it will be implemented this year.

However for most of privileged people the price is not a problem, as sales from cars such as Ferrari in Indonesia has been healthy over the years, growing 70% since 2008 and its even in the top 3 market for the brand in South East Asia. There could be a waiting list for the car, as the fastest delivery time taking up a minimum of 6 months. The price would likely to go up as the brand slashing its production to maintain exclusivity and resale value of the cars, it also boosting its tailor made program so that customers orders more options and customizations that will lead to higher prices for the cars. The high price and small numbers in the market also made a used car price in Indonesia are priced reasonably high. A 2003 Ferrari 360 Modena could be sold at around Rp 2,5 billion or equal to US$213,000, where the same model from the same year could cost only around US$80,000 in the US.

Wondering about the price of other ultra luxury cars in Indonesia? A 2013 Porsche 911 Carrera S is priced at RP 2.8 billion, a 2013 Lamborghini Aventador LP700 cost Rp 6.7 billion and a 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost extended wheelbase is sold at Rp 8 billion. Of course it is a base price for the cars and exclude registration and annual car tax that accounts 12.5% from the price of the car.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

BMW Laser Light goes into series production


According to a recent press release from BMW, in the autumn of 2014, the brand will be the first manufacturer in the world to offer a production vehicle equipped with headlamps featuring a completely new laser light concept. With this laser light technology, which was first presented at the 2011 Frankfurt International Motor Show, the BMW i8 is not only making automotive history as a plug-in hybrid sports car, but also as the first production vehicle to incorporate the totally new laser light technology. Whilst the basic version of the BMW i8 is equipped with high-intensity, energy-efficient full LED headlamps, the optional laser boost feature additionally ensures a high beam range of up to 600 metres. This means that the already high illumination range of the modern LED high beam is doubled. Thanks to the new laser technology, it is possible to increase energy efficiency by a further 30 percent compared to already highly power-saving LED light.

In addition to lowering power requirement, BMW Laser Light illuminates the road ahead with a significantly higher light intensity without heating up the surrounding area. Laser diodes are ten times smaller than conventional light diodes. They help to save not only available installation space inside the headlamp, but also weight. The size of the reflector surface can be reduced by a factor of up to ten vs. LED light. The height of the reflector has now been reduced from the previous 9 cm to less than 3 cm. The light of a laser headlamp is extremely bright, similar to daylight, which is perceived by the human eye as pleasant. Several high-performance diodes emit a strongly bundled beam via special lenses onto a fluorescent phosphorus substance inside the headlamp. This substance transforms the beam into an exceptionally bright white light that is ten times more intensive than conventional light sources. Due to their highly intensive and virtually ideal beam properties, laser diodes render the overall system even more efficient. In conjunction with the camera-aided digital high-beam assistant, dazzling of oncoming traffic or vehicles ahead is reliably eliminated.

The BMW i8 is the world’s first production vehicle to feature this innovative light technology. The car has a fuel consumption combined of 2.1-0.0 l/100 km and CO2 emissions combined of 49–0 g/km. During the years ahead, further BMW models will be equipped with this future-oriented laser light system.