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10 Jun 2011
Road Trippin’ to Penang with the ‘Husb...

By: Nora Ismail

The Best Wedding Present

Before I got married, many married couples I met told me and my then-fiancé that as you get married, good fortune comes your way or in Malay, murah rezeki. We didn’t think much of it until the wedding day approached. In addition to help and some extra cash for the wedding, finding out that I won the ASX-perience contest was the icing on the cake!

By the way, the ASX-perience contest required people to tell why they deserve a road trip in the ASX based on the weekly scenario posted on Facebook or the ASX microsite. The most popular post with the most “Likes” won, and it turned out to be yours truly!

The timing was great, as we could take the trip after all three of our wedding events were over. As our honeymoon was only three weeks after the events, we decided to make it a pre-honeymoon trip, about a week before the honeymoon. What made it even more special that it wasn’t just our first road trip as husband and wife, it was our first road trip as a couple.

And I’m going with both my human husband and the other husband – the handsome red Mitsubishi ASX I’ve been eyeing since I saw it on the Internet. (I was a big Lancer fan previously).

The Ride

Driving up to Penang was fun, considering I’ve never driven anywhere outside of Selangor, with the exception of Seremban. We also stopped in Taiping to visit my husband’s late grandfather’s house. The ASX’s handling on corners made driving up the hilly, winding roads after Ipoh and on the way to Batu Ferringhi almost a non-existent challenge – we were going fairly fast as well.

Driving on the straight roads, however, was a challenge. The speed easily reaches 140 km/h without flooring the accelerator so trying to go 90 km/h or 110 km/h in the speed trap zones was tough and required a lot of braking. But we managed. And we totally smoked a BMW outside of the speed zone, yeah!

Of course being a road trip, we stocked up on tons of snacks and drinks. It’s a good thing the ASX has more than just 2 cup holders in the front. Self shot photos for the co-pilot was also made even easier with large side view mirrors, heh. And oh, what a convenience the rear view camera is when reversing – it’s a good addition to a higher car, where you can’t really see if there’s a dog obstructing your way. The ASX doesn’t guzzle as much fuel for a 2.0 litre engine – we paid RM100 for RON97 to fuel up 5/8 of a tank.

Driving in Penang itself is pretty insane. Penang drivers are rather aggressive and it doesn’t help that the roads are pretty narrow so if you’re driving a compact vehicle, you’ll feel like everyone’s inching into you. But then again, it’s island driving as Bali’s the same.

 Excited to Leave for Penang at 7am

Love the Large Side View Mirrors

The Island

I’ve only been to Penang once in my entire life, and that was to attend a cousin’s wedding. So I’m glad I get to do more things this time around, now that we had our own transportation. We went to the Batu Ferringhi night market, where we bagged some cool stuff, including a katana-inspired umbrella (the husband’s a geek, but a cool one), had the famous Nasi Kandar Beratur and Kek Seng homemade ice cream, bought preserved buah salak and nutmeg, dragon balls and empuk durian as souvenirs, and swam and chilled at Hard Rock Hotel Penang.

We also met up with a friend, John, who lives in Mount Pleasure, Tanjung Bungah with his parents. It was a five-minute drive from Hard Rock Hotel to his place and boy, it’s a beautiful neighbourhood! John’s place even has a roof that overlooks the coastline of Batu Ferringhi. His mom collects art so their house is packed with beautiful paintings, sculptures and other tasteful art knick-knacks. John and his parents saw the ASX and approved of it, adding that it looks like a cool, young version of the Nissan Murano.

John’s parents took us out to the Penang Swimming Club for dinner and his mom shared a secret with us – there’s a bakery called Sunflower in Tanjung Bungah that makes the best hard-to-find sugee cake and layer cake. Guess what we bought the next day before we drove back to KL? That’s right – sugee cake and layer cake. They didn’t disappoint!

Penang Swimming Club

Penang Swimming Club

The Rockstar Hotel

… unfortunately isn’t very rockstar. Breakfast is until 10am – wait, which rockstar wakes up before 12 noon? Jokes aside, the service was pretty slow but other than that, it’s a nice place, especially for a group of young buds. And how can we not enjoy a hotel that provides an iPod dock with a pretty bad-ass sound system? And with Elvis Presley looking on as we take a shower?

Bye Bye Hard Rock Penang

The End

Overall, it was a great prelude to our honeymoon. We got to drive my favourite car for a whole three days (I insisted on driving most of the time) and I got to experience Penang with someone whose family originates from there. We miss the ASX so badly now!

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1 Jun 2011
Weekend of adventure with two-time Dakar champ Hir...

Triton and Pajero Sport’s 4 x 4 capabilities and durability reinforced

The Mitsubishi Dakar Rally Experience

Sabahans were treated to a taste of the Dakar Rally recently when the Dakar Rally Experience by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia rolled into Kota Kinabalu for the first time. Among the highlights of the event was the opportunity to sit in a special high speed taxi-ride with two-time Dakar Rally Champion Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan.

The Mitsubishi 4×4 Dakar Rally Experience took place at Alamesra from 28-29 May. Being the first 4×4 event of its kind to be held in Kota Kinabalu, the response was overwhelming when more than 5,000 people attended the two-day event, which concluded with a magnificent fireworks display.

The crowd participating at the Mitsubishi 4x4 Dakar Rally

Participants were given a rare chance to experience the ride of their lives with Hiroshi Masuoka behind the wheel, tackling special high speed off road rides that perfectly showcased the 4×4 capabilities of the award-winning Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Triton.

Mitsubishi award winning 4x4 vehicles Triton and Pajero Sport

Masuoka, who became the second Japanese driver in history to win the Dakar Rally in year 2002 driving a Mitsubishi Pajero/Montero, took over 600 passengers around the high speed course and gave them a small taste of what a Dakar Rally stage feels like.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

The easy going Masuoka was fully at ease, even while adapting to the rough terrain and power sliding around the corners. The champion barely broke a sweat over the two-day event and was in high spirits.

All smiles - Dakar Rally Champion, Hiroshi Masuoka

“I am very happy to be here in Kota Kinabalu for the first time. The rough terrains in KK have certainly put the Triton and Pajero Sport to the test and I am proud to say both of the Mitsubishi vehicles had conquered all rough terrains with proven 4WD capabilities for both off-road traction and on-road cruising comfort”, said Hiroshi Masuoka.

The public was also given a chance to experience the Triton pickup and Pajero Sport SUV’s good off-road handling, durability and superb performance. The award-winning vehicles were tested on a specially designed off road track, with the vehicles navigating over a 48-degree side traverse ramp, cross axle ramp and a 50-degree giant ramp.

The Pajero Sport going through the giant ramp

Mr. Dulceh Yahya, who attended the event with his family said: “I was very excited to ride with the Dakar Rally Champion himself, Mr. Masuoka. I am also impressed by the performance of the Mitsubishi Triton and Pajero Sport which were of normal specification and did not go through modification. Even though the terrain was muddy and rough, I still experienced Mitsubishi 4×4 vehicles’ good off-road handling, durability and comfort in an exciting way. Thumbs up to Mitsubishi for bringing such an exciting event!”

“I drove the Mitsubishi Triton through the giant ramp to test its ability. I must say that I am impressed by its suspension, performance and capabilities to go through challenging off-road terrains,” said 4×4 vehicle enthusiasts En Mumtaz.

Participants riding with the champ

Visitors were also treated to fun activities and live band performances at the Mitsubishi 4×4 Dakar Rally Experience. With great deals to enjoy and fun activities for the whole family, the first 100 daily to test drive any Mitsubishi Motors models went home with an exclusive Mitsubishi Motors merchandise.

As part of Mitsubishi’s effort to serve East Malaysian customers better, Mitsubishi Motors now has six 3S centres in operation. Three more 3S centres are in the pipeline and will begin operations before end of this year. Mitsubishi owners can now visit its newly appointed authorised parts stockists, Standard Spare Parts Sdn Bhd in Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

For more information, please visit your nearest Mitsubishi Motors showroom or log on to www.mitsubishi-motors.com.my.

Mitsubishi 4WD System

The Triton’s Easy Select 4WD and Pajero Sport’s Super Select 4WD system offer multi modes for all situations. 2H is for maximising efficiency on tarmac driving while 4H spreads drive 50:50 to all four wheels for more secure traction in slippery conditions. Drivers can switch between this two modes “on the fly” at speeds of up to 100 km/h.

When the going gets tough, there’s 4L mode in the Triton to tackle rough terrain. In this mode, 4WD joined by low range gears for maximum traction through mud or sand. The Pajero Sport’s Super Select 4WD system has two all wheel drive modes – 4HLc and 4LLc, the latter utilises low range gearing and locking differentials. Both models come with Hybrid LSD (Limited Slip Differential), which combines the torque-sensing benefit of helical gears and a speed-sensing benefit of a viscous coupling unit.

Besides top class 4WD hardware, both the Triton and Pajero Sport are powered by a robust and strong 2.5-litre commonrail diesel engine. This 136 PS and 314 Nm DI-D engine is a modern unit with DOHC, 16 valves and intercooler turbo. The range topping 3.2-litre engine in the Triton offers more power and torque still – 160 PS and 343 Nm to be exact. Both engines are paired to a smooth shifting 4-speed automatic transmission, with INVECS-II logic and Sports Mode in the Pajero Sport.

Car of the Year Awards

The Mitsubishi Triton has won best in Category Autocar ASEAN Awards at least four times as well as New Straits Times/Maybank Car of the Year Awards four times. It is the only truck in Malaysia that can claim to have an entire range of award-winning variants.

The Triton full range consists of the 3.2-litre 4×4 Automatic, Triton 2.5-litre 4×4 Automatic and Manual, Triton 2.5-litre 4×4 Standard Manual and Triton Lite 2.5-litre 4×2 Manual.

Motor Sports

Mitsubishi Motors has a long history in motor sports, including a record-breaking 7th consecutive victory at the Dakar Rally in 2007. Mitsubishi Motors has achieved an unequalled 12 overall victories in 25 years, a track record that is reflected in the performance and quality of the Mitsubishi Motors vehicles.

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