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DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to <b>Bukit Tinggi</b> and back

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:49 AM PST

Mazda6 frontmoving 2 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The new Mazda6 is such a seductively smooth machine that it could encourage a tattooed thug to sing along with Sade: "No need to ask, he's a smooth operator… Smooth Operatoor." And when that bare-knuckle bouncer opens up his tonsils while driving home in the pre-dawn light after a satisfyingly bloody night taking care of the club, there'll be little to drown out his horribly missed notes and chainsaw-like tones.

For this car purrs as sweetly as the torch singer himself, at noise levels that would make a luxury brand proud. Turns out Mazda didn't need the ill-fated Xedos/Eunos 'premium' line-up in the '90s to match up to the likes of Lexus in terms of refinement. The latest Mazda6 takes care of that.

At the risk of offending quite a few devotees of Malaysia's present crop of quasi-luxurious large cars, allow me to pause and shout a "Hallelujah, it's about bloody time!" at this point. Big D-segment cars have always offered comfort, interior space and decent style factor, but they've never before delivered these must-have class values with so much decorum.

Mazda6 rearmoving 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The Mazda6 is the equivalent of a Neil Patrick Harris happily discussing the joys of fidelity and the meaning of life with the director in between takes, and doing so in the soothing tones of a seasoned newsreader, with not a hint of a cuss or stale cigarette smoke on his breath. It really is that couth.

It is the Mazda6's fine drive that really makes its presence known when you drive one for the first time. But it's the distinctive look of this fine-cut moving sculpture that creates the first impression. Instead of the chunkiness expected of a large D-segment car, this one offers visual finesse.

And when you see the car in natural light, there is no mistaking it for that of any other make. It's proudly Japanese; very distinctively Mazda. Taking heavy cues from the recent CX-5 SUV while not straying too far away from the stunning Takeri concept, the Mazda6 is a wild, yet attractive compilation of complex curves and prominent lines that exudes class and demands presence. There are hints of the Sonata at the back, though that is more of a compliment for the Hyundai rather than a styling complaint.

Mazda6 interior 1 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The overall look won't be to all tastes, but those present at the press drive gave it their full approval – and even the single dissenter had to applaud Mazda for going into emotive design territory where the likes of Camry and Accord currently fear to tread.

Inside, the Mazda6 looks and feels almost identical to the CX-5. Much of the switchgears are carried over and the overall shape and structure of the dashboard is a dead ringer to the SUV's. That's not such a bad thing quality-wise, though silently you'd wish for a more adventurous cabin to match the bold exterior. It's packed full of kit (complete equipment list below) and the space available in the lavish cabin is par for the course in this vehicle class.

The CX-5 connection is not only skin deep, as the majority of the running gear is shared between the two models. The base 2.0 litre engine is identical to the one fitted in the SUV, as is the 6-speed automatic SkyActiv-Drive transmission. Power is rated at 151 bhp at 6,000 rpm, with peak torque of 200 Nm generated at a heady 4,000 rpm.

Mazda6 engine 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

Moving up to the range-topping 2.5 litre variant gives you class leading 183 bhp and 250 Nm of torque at 5,700 rpm and 3,250 rpm respectively. That's all mightily impressive, especially when you consider that Mazda engineers have had to effectively detune the engines to suit our fuel quality.

That said, the difference in engine outputs between Malaysia-borne cars and the equivalent European models are minimal. The 2.0 litre engine in fact gains 3 bhp over its European-spec cousin, though losing 10 Nm in the process. The larger and more advanced 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G engine sees a more significant drop in outputs, as compared to the quoted 190 bhp and 256 Nm of torque enjoyed elsewhere.

The relatively high rpm of the engines' power peak gives real insight into the drivability of the Mazda6. Moving off from a standstill, the 6 appears to suffer from low-rev lethargy; much like the CX-5. It sure feels like it could use more low-end torque, and that applies to both engine variants. The 2.5 litre engine doesn't feel particularly any stronger than the smaller motor. Not at low revs at least.

But, the 'feel' here is just an illusion to your senses. The Mazda6, in either guise, offers more than respectable performance. When called upon, that is.

Mazda6 2.0front 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

You see, the SkyActiv-Drive gearbox is heavily tuned to promote fuel efficiency over performance. With long gears and pre-programmed fuel-friendly shift pattern, the drivetrain is designed to offer just enough accelerative force to get you going as efficiently as possible. Nothing more and nothing less. That's why both the 2.0 and 2.5 litre variants feel more or less identical when driven sedately.

At a cruise, the gearbox would hug the top gear as soon as it can and would continue doing so for as long as it's physically possible. It would so hesitantly drop a gear or two to accelerate smoothly yet positively, again adding to the illusion that it's underpowered.

When questioned, a top Mazda brass directly involved in the 6's powertrain development admitted as much, that he himself would have preferred a more reactive and shorter gears to enhance the perceived performance. Yet, Mazda's company-wide uncompromising pursuit of efficiency dictated otherwise.

Mazda6 groupback 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

It's only when you ask more from the engine through your heavy right foot that the gearbox opens up to unleash all the available power. Here, there's no hiding the fact that the larger engine is in fact significantly more powerful. Mid-range thrust is commendable on both engines, though again it's the 2.5 litre that stands out more, eeking out more of a smile on your face.

Out goes the 'underpowered' illusion, replaced by a solid awe of speed. That the Mazda6 will out accelerate all of its Japanese and Korean rivals is a no-brainer, given its class-leading outputs and lower weight (more on this later). The way it does so, however, is mighty impressive.

This is a car capable of smooth and effortless overtaking performance, yet one that also possesses a cone of silence. While the Mazda engineers have managed to extract more power and torque while keeping to its economical approach, the new car's refinement is simply astounding.

Mazda6 rearseats 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The SkyActiv-G engines never utters anything more than the most endearing and cultured snarl, even under full throttle tests. And even the 2.5 litre variant with its rubber-band 225/45 R19 tyres offer no more than a hushed, near-silent drive while comfort levels are kept wonderfully elevated. High speed cruisers would love this car, eating highway miles without eating into their physical energy.

Fuel consumption continues to be Mazda's forte. The CX-5 might have performed well in my earlier tests, and is by far and away the most economical SUV in its class, but my anecdotal road-test evidence suggests the new Mazda6 will do even better. Cruising at mean traffic speeds on the open road can result in consumption falling to a small car-like 13 km per litre. And that's on a barely run in car with less than 1,000 km on the clock.

Mazda claims class-leading 17.4 and 15.6 km per litre fuel consumption figures for the 2.0 and 2.5 litre models respectively, measured in the Japanese-standard JC08 Mode Test Cycle – currently the best figure of all comparable Japanese sedans.

Mazda6 skyactivebadge 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

You can thank Mazda's raft of SkyActiv technology, encompassing the engine, transmission, chassis and body ancillaries for the headlining figures. Designed from the ground up with absolute efficiency in mind, the Mazda6 is said to be up to 30% lighter than a conventional vehicle of the same capability and size. 30%. That's a saving of over 400 kg!

Aside from effective acceleration, stopping and fuel use, the Mazda6's dynamic ability is the main contributor of its additional substance, with big dividends in terms of steering precision and ride quality. There's a distinct solidity and sophistication about the outer borders of the performance envelope of the 6's chassis that is rare for a large Japanese car.

The Mazda somehow combines compliant long-travel suspension with tenacious grip levels. The steering wheel exhibits sharper turn-in quality than its flex-ier rivals, and delivers a greater sensation of front-tyre traction. The Mazda6's cornering ability is inevitably defined by understeer, which is only to be expected in a big front-driven car.

Mazda6 frontmoving 3 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The big surprise is the cornering speed this supple-suspended car can achieve before the push threatens to nudge the nose wide, and the manner in which the finely calibrated traction control system (standard across the range) jumps into action to keep the car on track. With a squeal of protest from the front tyres, the Mazda6 simply carries on railing round the bend.

Turn the traction control off, and the results will be a slower drive off the corner as the pilot needs to ease the throttle to quell the understeer. The lift produces sudden weight transfer, yet the 6's tied-down rear end acts like a storm anchor to steady the ship, and keeps the driver's heart rate below the redline.

Representing a lustrum of progress over the previous Mazda6, the new car makes the packaging of six airbags and a bevy of active and passive safety systems across the range. Other notable standard equipment includes leather seats, multimedia system with Bluetooth connectivity, Tribos surface protective system (paint, alloys, glass, interior upholstery), powered front seats, push start button, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and Mazda i-stop (automatic engine start/stop function said to improve fuel economy by 5%).

Mazda6 iStop 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The range-topping 2.5 litre model adds auto-levelling bi-xenon lights with DRL, 19-inch wheels over the standard 17s, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, sunroof, integrated TomTom satellite navigation, 11-speaker Bose premium sound system, keyless entry, and the clever i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

Not listed on the official spec sheet but present and tested on the 2.5 litre models are the comprehensive i-ACTIVSENSE active safety features. Among others, this includes the Smart City Brake Support, which brakes the car automatically to prevent or limit the damage of low-speed impacts between 4 and 30 km/h.

As reported earlier, estimated prices have been officially released by Bermaz, pegging the 2.0 litre SkyActiv model at RM159,440.20 and the 2.5 litre SkyActiv sedan and Touring (not present at the press event) at RM187,659.30 and RM191,763.30 respectively (all prices on the road, with insurance).

Mazda6 2.5front 1 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The final pricing will determine the Mazda6's impact on the Malaysian market, but we've been tipped to expect no real surprises at the car's official debut in March. The new model is a far better car than the model it replaces, and first impressions suggest that it has what it takes to redefine the value that has made Japanese large sedans so popular in this country.

This complete and competent big car could not have come at a better time for Mazda and Bermaz. But with so much of a car company's position being the result of perceived thinking, don't just take my word for it. Experience it for yourself and post your comments here.

Philantropist-wannabe: <b>Bukit Tinggi</b>- Lets see

Posted: 18 Feb 2013 09:58 PM PST

The name just popped up out of my mind. BUKIT TINGGI (boo-keet Ting-ghee). It was Saturday and Malaysia was having a long weekend, collaborating with the Chinese New Year holiday.

By 5pm, while many were perhaps on the way back to their home town, we were resting at home, without any plan in hand. Nadia as usual , in her room, probably on Skype, Adri hooked on his iPod, connecting with the outside world, my hubby busy reading news paper, and I….. hmmm….putting my thinking cap on.

"Let's go to Bukit Tinggi..! " Out of no where, I said it out loud and clear. In fact I didn't know what was there, but I've heard the name before and I've just came across the sign board on the way to Temerloh, Pahang, on the week before.. and that was it.

"You're joking…? At this time?" My hubby gave me a curious look.

"Get ready everyone..!! Lets go..!"

That wasnt the 1st time I made a shocking plan. oh..not..again….Reluctantly my hubby called the hotel and what a great coincident, there was only 1 room available for only 1 night. YEEEHAAAHHH…! 

Within half an hour we were already on the road. Goodbye my 'whatsapp' freinds…goodbye KL.

  DSC05726 " but…did I make a wrong decision.? " I thought, when our car was cruising the traffic-free, small road up the hill. It was dimmed and quiet.

At Last…….!!!! we started to see buildings.DSC05728DSC05729DSC05731DSC05732

WOW..!!!  wow..! wow..!  The 1hr journey and the short notice worth the effort.

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My Oh My…….what a beautiful place that I've never thought of.

The closer we get to the entrance, the stranger feeling it brought us.Are we still in Malaysia..? ? ?

DSC05740 The heart pounding sound of music, the lightings, the laughter, the toddler's screaming , all-in-one adding life to the merry night.

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Colmar Tropicale ( Hotel) experiences us being in a French village. So good to see my kids enjoying this trip.

The room was clean, quite spacey and expectedly pricy to us, the local Malaysian. With an extra bed, RM560 went to the hotel counter.

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The night scenery from our hotel room was superb.

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After checking in to the room, we made a night tour down the walkway. We found many entertainment for all levels of age.

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Well..well..well… look who is here…

DSC05759DSC05758We bumped onto a relative of my husband. Dr. Ismail Merican kept himself well and looking good with his friendly and sweet smile.

The morning was as busy as the night.

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After breakfast we spent our time appreciating the view from the tallest tower within the hotel area. Elevator is available for people like me.

 DSC05772 DSC05764 Nice.!!

Everyone wanted a snap at the sight.

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Back to the ground, we spent another hour at the entertainment stores.

"Move over, kids…let mama show you how to shoot"

DSC05781 TARRAAaa…!!!!!!!DSC05782 

As we walked towards the exit points, we heard a loud music. The dance performance was on. wowweee….

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 DSC05783Friendly man in his mascot greeting me.

OK..OK… Time to go and check out whatelse out there.

DSC05786 Goodbye Colmar… Au Revoir..Bonjour… however you say it…

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I love the landscape of this hotel too.

  DSC05787  DSC05790DSC05791DSC05788 On the way down to the parking area, we noticed many visitors were also leaving. We all were heading towards the same place. The Japanese Botanical Garden.

DSC05796DSC05797 Climbing up the staircase wasn't an easy task for me and him, but, for the kid's sake… lets get it over with. My Hubby and I determined.

DSC05800 DSC05799 Com'on papa..mama..you need this exercise.

move on..!! 

huh..??? how far is this..??? I was gasping for air.

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DSC05810 Ahah..A stall…!! an ice-cream..!! Yes..I need ice-cream.

DSC05811 Having Ice-cream in a cooling weather earned us a short rest by the roadside. I thought we have reached the peak, until I saw the signboard with arrow pointing further up the hill…more climbing to do…. DSC05812

Despite the ahs..and the uhs… up we went. DSC05814    DSC05815   We reached the 'Koi' Fish pond and spent a few minutes feeding those beautiful creatures.

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More staircase to climb…lets go..!

      DSC05827 DSC05826DSC05825 It was a nice little botanical garden.

Japanese Tea House….. what a good idea…….

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Look..there is another Tea House down there…

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After a minute stop, we continued our walk deeper into the garden. Each tree is labeled with it's scientific name. DSC05838DSC05841Read them, kids. DSC05837DSC05839 "This is where I brought my tourists once" My hubby pointed at a nice and simple resort located in the middle of the botanical garden. DSC05840    DSC05836 A small resort with SPA. Perfect for honeymooners. DSC05835

It was over. Time to go down the staircase.. DSC05828that promises beautiful sight…DSC05858 Going down the hill was done and over in just a short time.

DSC05855 On the way down, we came across an 8 inches long Centipede…probably saying "Sayonara.."

There were more to visit within the hilly area, but we just needed a rest and get home quick. An hour from the time we walked down the botanical garden, we reached home tired, but satisfied.

DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to <b>Bukit Tinggi</b> and back

Posted: 01 Feb 2013 02:49 AM PST

Mazda6 frontmoving 2 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The new Mazda6 is such a seductively smooth machine that it could encourage a tattooed thug to sing along with Sade: "No need to ask, he's a smooth operator… Smooth Operatoor." And when that bare-knuckle bouncer opens up his tonsils while driving home in the pre-dawn light after a satisfyingly bloody night taking care of the club, there'll be little to drown out his horribly missed notes and chainsaw-like tones.

For this car purrs as sweetly as the torch singer himself, at noise levels that would make a luxury brand proud. Turns out Mazda didn't need the ill-fated Xedos/Eunos 'premium' line-up in the '90s to match up to the likes of Lexus in terms of refinement. The latest Mazda6 takes care of that.

At the risk of offending quite a few devotees of Malaysia's present crop of quasi-luxurious large cars, allow me to pause and shout a "Hallelujah, it's about bloody time!" at this point. Big D-segment cars have always offered comfort, interior space and decent style factor, but they've never before delivered these must-have class values with so much decorum.

Mazda6 rearmoving 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The Mazda6 is the equivalent of a Neil Patrick Harris happily discussing the joys of fidelity and the meaning of life with the director in between takes, and doing so in the soothing tones of a seasoned newsreader, with not a hint of a cuss or stale cigarette smoke on his breath. It really is that couth.

It is the Mazda6's fine drive that really makes its presence known when you drive one for the first time. But it's the distinctive look of this fine-cut moving sculpture that creates the first impression. Instead of the chunkiness expected of a large D-segment car, this one offers visual finesse.

And when you see the car in natural light, there is no mistaking it for that of any other make. It's proudly Japanese; very distinctively Mazda. Taking heavy cues from the recent CX-5 SUV while not straying too far away from the stunning Takeri concept, the Mazda6 is a wild, yet attractive compilation of complex curves and prominent lines that exudes class and demands presence. There are hints of the Sonata at the back, though that is more of a compliment for the Hyundai rather than a styling complaint.

Mazda6 interior 1 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The overall look won't be to all tastes, but those present at the press drive gave it their full approval – and even the single dissenter had to applaud Mazda for going into emotive design territory where the likes of Camry and Accord currently fear to tread.

Inside, the Mazda6 looks and feels almost identical to the CX-5. Much of the switchgears are carried over and the overall shape and structure of the dashboard is a dead ringer to the SUV's. That's not such a bad thing quality-wise, though silently you'd wish for a more adventurous cabin to match the bold exterior. It's packed full of kit (complete equipment list below) and the space available in the lavish cabin is par for the course in this vehicle class.

The CX-5 connection is not only skin deep, as the majority of the running gear is shared between the two models. The base 2.0 litre engine is identical to the one fitted in the SUV, as is the 6-speed automatic SkyActiv-Drive transmission. Power is rated at 151 bhp at 6,000 rpm, with peak torque of 200 Nm generated at a heady 4,000 rpm.

Mazda6 engine 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

Moving up to the range-topping 2.5 litre variant gives you class leading 183 bhp and 250 Nm of torque at 5,700 rpm and 3,250 rpm respectively. That's all mightily impressive, especially when you consider that Mazda engineers have had to effectively detune the engines to suit our fuel quality.

That said, the difference in engine outputs between Malaysia-borne cars and the equivalent European models are minimal. The 2.0 litre engine in fact gains 3 bhp over its European-spec cousin, though losing 10 Nm in the process. The larger and more advanced 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G engine sees a more significant drop in outputs, as compared to the quoted 190 bhp and 256 Nm of torque enjoyed elsewhere.

The relatively high rpm of the engines' power peak gives real insight into the drivability of the Mazda6. Moving off from a standstill, the 6 appears to suffer from low-rev lethargy; much like the CX-5. It sure feels like it could use more low-end torque, and that applies to both engine variants. The 2.5 litre engine doesn't feel particularly any stronger than the smaller motor. Not at low revs at least.

But, the 'feel' here is just an illusion to your senses. The Mazda6, in either guise, offers more than respectable performance. When called upon, that is.

Mazda6 2.0front 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

You see, the SkyActiv-Drive gearbox is heavily tuned to promote fuel efficiency over performance. With long gears and pre-programmed fuel-friendly shift pattern, the drivetrain is designed to offer just enough accelerative force to get you going as efficiently as possible. Nothing more and nothing less. That's why both the 2.0 and 2.5 litre variants feel more or less identical when driven sedately.

At a cruise, the gearbox would hug the top gear as soon as it can and would continue doing so for as long as it's physically possible. It would so hesitantly drop a gear or two to accelerate smoothly yet positively, again adding to the illusion that it's underpowered.

When questioned, a top Mazda brass directly involved in the 6's powertrain development admitted as much, that he himself would have preferred a more reactive and shorter gears to enhance the perceived performance. Yet, Mazda's company-wide uncompromising pursuit of efficiency dictated otherwise.

Mazda6 groupback 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

It's only when you ask more from the engine through your heavy right foot that the gearbox opens up to unleash all the available power. Here, there's no hiding the fact that the larger engine is in fact significantly more powerful. Mid-range thrust is commendable on both engines, though again it's the 2.5 litre that stands out more, eeking out more of a smile on your face.

Out goes the 'underpowered' illusion, replaced by a solid awe of speed. That the Mazda6 will out accelerate all of its Japanese and Korean rivals is a no-brainer, given its class-leading outputs and lower weight (more on this later). The way it does so, however, is mighty impressive.

This is a car capable of smooth and effortless overtaking performance, yet one that also possesses a cone of silence. While the Mazda engineers have managed to extract more power and torque while keeping to its economical approach, the new car's refinement is simply astounding.

Mazda6 rearseats 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The SkyActiv-G engines never utters anything more than the most endearing and cultured snarl, even under full throttle tests. And even the 2.5 litre variant with its rubber-band 225/45 R19 tyres offer no more than a hushed, near-silent drive while comfort levels are kept wonderfully elevated. High speed cruisers would love this car, eating highway miles without eating into their physical energy.

Fuel consumption continues to be Mazda's forte. The CX-5 might have performed well in my earlier tests, and is by far and away the most economical SUV in its class, but my anecdotal road-test evidence suggests the new Mazda6 will do even better. Cruising at mean traffic speeds on the open road can result in consumption falling to a small car-like 13 km per litre. And that's on a barely run in car with less than 1,000 km on the clock.

Mazda claims class-leading 17.4 and 15.6 km per litre fuel consumption figures for the 2.0 and 2.5 litre models respectively, measured in the Japanese-standard JC08 Mode Test Cycle – currently the best figure of all comparable Japanese sedans.

Mazda6 skyactivebadge 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

You can thank Mazda's raft of SkyActiv technology, encompassing the engine, transmission, chassis and body ancillaries for the headlining figures. Designed from the ground up with absolute efficiency in mind, the Mazda6 is said to be up to 30% lighter than a conventional vehicle of the same capability and size. 30%. That's a saving of over 400 kg!

Aside from effective acceleration, stopping and fuel use, the Mazda6's dynamic ability is the main contributor of its additional substance, with big dividends in terms of steering precision and ride quality. There's a distinct solidity and sophistication about the outer borders of the performance envelope of the 6's chassis that is rare for a large Japanese car.

The Mazda somehow combines compliant long-travel suspension with tenacious grip levels. The steering wheel exhibits sharper turn-in quality than its flex-ier rivals, and delivers a greater sensation of front-tyre traction. The Mazda6's cornering ability is inevitably defined by understeer, which is only to be expected in a big front-driven car.

Mazda6 frontmoving 3 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The big surprise is the cornering speed this supple-suspended car can achieve before the push threatens to nudge the nose wide, and the manner in which the finely calibrated traction control system (standard across the range) jumps into action to keep the car on track. With a squeal of protest from the front tyres, the Mazda6 simply carries on railing round the bend.

Turn the traction control off, and the results will be a slower drive off the corner as the pilot needs to ease the throttle to quell the understeer. The lift produces sudden weight transfer, yet the 6's tied-down rear end acts like a storm anchor to steady the ship, and keeps the driver's heart rate below the redline.

Representing a lustrum of progress over the previous Mazda6, the new car makes the packaging of six airbags and a bevy of active and passive safety systems across the range. Other notable standard equipment includes leather seats, multimedia system with Bluetooth connectivity, Tribos surface protective system (paint, alloys, glass, interior upholstery), powered front seats, push start button, auto headlights and wipers, cruise control, dual-zone climate control, and Mazda i-stop (automatic engine start/stop function said to improve fuel economy by 5%).

Mazda6 iStop 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The range-topping 2.5 litre model adds auto-levelling bi-xenon lights with DRL, 19-inch wheels over the standard 17s, steering wheel mounted paddle shifters, sunroof, integrated TomTom satellite navigation, 11-speaker Bose premium sound system, keyless entry, and the clever i-ELOOP regenerative braking system.

Not listed on the official spec sheet but present and tested on the 2.5 litre models are the comprehensive i-ACTIVSENSE active safety features. Among others, this includes the Smart City Brake Support, which brakes the car automatically to prevent or limit the damage of low-speed impacts between 4 and 30 km/h.

As reported earlier, estimated prices have been officially released by Bermaz, pegging the 2.0 litre SkyActiv model at RM159,440.20 and the 2.5 litre SkyActiv sedan and Touring (not present at the press event) at RM187,659.30 and RM191,763.30 respectively (all prices on the road, with insurance).

Mazda6 2.5front 1 630x418 DRIVEN: New Mazda6 sedan to Bukit Tinggi and back Photo

The final pricing will determine the Mazda6's impact on the Malaysian market, but we've been tipped to expect no real surprises at the car's official debut in March. The new model is a far better car than the model it replaces, and first impressions suggest that it has what it takes to redefine the value that has made Japanese large sedans so popular in this country.

This complete and competent big car could not have come at a better time for Mazda and Bermaz. But with so much of a car company's position being the result of perceived thinking, don't just take my word for it. Experience it for yourself and post your comments here.

Jenazah Annisa Dibawa ke <b>Bukittinggi</b> - KOMPAS.com

Posted: 09 Feb 2013 10:02 PM PST

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Jenazah Annisa Azward (20), mahasiswi Fakultas Ilmu Keperawatan Universitas Indonesia semester empat, yang meninggal dunia akibat loncat dari angkot yang ditumpanginya, telah dibawa pihak keluarga ke kampung halamannya di Bukittinggi, Sumatera Barat. Kakak Annisa, Rika, yang dihubungi Kompas.com, Minggu (10/2/2013) siang, mengatakan, siang ini jenazah adiknya langsung diterbangkan ke Bukittinggi.

"Dibawa ke Bukittinggi untuk dimakamkan," kata Rika.

Sebelumnya, Annisa, yang melompat dari angkot karena takut diculik. Sopir angkot membawa angkot yang ditumpanginya melewati jalur yang tak seharusnya. Annisa sempat menelepon tantenya dan memberitahukan hal itu. Tak lama, nomor ponsel Annisa saat dihubungi diangkat seorang polisi yang memberitahukan bahwa ia tak sadarkan diri karena kepalanya membentur trotoar.

"Kami berharap polisi bisa mengusut dan menemukan sopir itu," ujar Rika.

Kronologi

Pada Rabu (6/2/2013), Annisa Azward (20), mahasiswi Fakultas Ilmu Keperawatan Universitas Indonesia semester empat, hendak mengunjungi hendak mengunjungi kerabat di kawasan Pademangan, Jakarta Utara, sekitar pukul 15.30 WIB.

Asep Kambali, sahabat korban, Minggu (10/2/2013), mengatakan, Icha -panggilan Annisa-berangkat dari tempat kos di Depok (dekat kampus UI) sekitar pukul 14.00 WIB naik KRL dan berhenti di Stasiun Jakarta Kota. Ia lalu naik angkot trayek U-10 jurusan Kalipasir-Sunter. Namun Icha dibawa putar-putar oleh sopir.

"Icha yang anak rantau, pendiam dan tidak begitu mengenal kawasan itu, merasa was-was. Benar saja, ia dibawa oleh sang sopir berlawanan arah, hingga ke arah Pekojan Jakarta Barat, padahal seharusnya ke arah Sunter. Merasa dalam bahaya, apalagi hari mulai gelap dan akan hujan lebat, Icha kemudian menelpon tantenya, melaporkan bahwa ia dibawa putar-putar oleh sopir," kata Asep.

Sepuluh menit kemudian, tantenya menelpon balik, tetapi yang mengangkat telepon seluler Icha adalah polisi, dan mengatakan bahwa Icha tak sadarkan diri. Kepalanya terbentur trotoar tak jauh dari Pos Polisi Sub Sektor Jembatan Lima, Polsek Tambora, persis sebelum fly over arah Kota. Icha loncat dari angkot yang membawanya berputar-putar.

Dua polisi, sopir bajaj, dan sopir angkot yang dinaiki Icha kemudian membawanya ke RS Pluit, tapi pihak rumah sakit tidak mau melakukan tindakan operasi, karena pihak keluarga tidak memiliki dana Rp 12 juta saat itu, seperti yang diminta pihak rumah sakit. Icha akhirnya dibawa ke RS Koja. Kemudian korban dirawat hingga akhirnya meninggal Minggu (10/2/2013) sekitar pukul 03.WIB 30 di RS Koja.

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Sejumlah ruas jalan <b>di Bukit Tinggi</b> tergenang - Antaranews.com

Posted: 15 Feb 2013 04:08 PM PST

Bukittinggi (ANTARA News) - Hujan deras yang mengguyur Kota Bukittinggi, Sumatera Barat, sejak Jumat (15/2) sore hingga tengah malam menyebabkan sejumlah ruas jalan di kota itu tergenang banjir.

"Ruas jalan yang tergenang itu juga akibat kondisi drainase yang buruk sehingga air mengalir di jalan dan tidak mengalir ke saluran air yang ada di samping kiri dan kanan jalan," kata Sartono, warga Pasar Bawah, Sabtu.

Dia menyebutkan, genangan air di jalan mencapai setinggi lutut orang dewasa tersebut sering terjadi sewaktu hujan turun. Namun, tidak ada upaya dari pemerintah untuk mengatasinya.

"Pemerintah terkesan tutup mata dengan kondisi air yang tergenang setiap cuaca hujan sehingga mengakibatkan menyulitkan bagi pengguna sepeda motor lewat," kata dia.

Dari pantauan di lapangan genangan air sekitar setinggi 20 sampai 30 cm tersebut terdapat di jalan depan Pasar Banto, Anak Air dekat Polsek Kota Bukittinggi dan Simpang Besi.

Pada titik bajir terparah yang biasanya terjadi di Anak Air yang biasanya disebabkan luapan saluran air di kawasan tersebut meski tidak terlihat, namun warga yang tinggal di RT. 2/ RW. 1, Kecamatan Mandiangin Koto Selayan tampak besiap-siap mengungsi.

"Kami harus meningkatkan kewaspadaan sewaktu cuaca hujan karena sewaktu-waktu air akan meluap dan menggenangi rumah," kata Dewi, seorang warga setempat.

Menurut dia, pada 27 Januari 2013 sewaktu hujan deras mengguyur Kota Bukittinggi sebanyak 60 rumah di RT. 2 dan RW. 1 terendam banjir setinggi 1 meter.

Ia mengatakan, bajir yang terjadi di tempat tinggalnya pada waktu itu akibat meluapnya air dari saluran air di kawasan itu yang tak mampu menampung debit air yang besar.

Kepala BPBD Kota Bukittinggi, Nofianto, CH, data dari BPBD daerah rawan banjir tedapat di darah Pintu Kabun, Bukit Apit, Kampung Pulasan, Anak Air, Garegeh dan daerah Pakoaan, Kabupaten Agam yang bersebelahan dengan Kota Bukittinggi.

"Kami telah menyarankan warga yang tinggal di daerah berpotensi banjir segera melakukan upaya penyelamatan diri ketika curah hujan tinggi sebelum banjir datang," kata dia.

Khusus daerah Anak Air, Kecamatan Mandiangin Koto Selayan yang merupakan titik rawan bajir terparah di mana genangan air mencapai 1 sampai 3 meter supaya warga selalu waspada, katanya.

Dia menyebutkan, di daerah Anak Air yang merupakan titik rawan bajir terparah tersebut terdapat 76 unit rumah. "Banjir yang terjadi Sabtu (26/1), seluruh rumah di daerah Anak Air tersebut terendam banjir," katanya.

(KR-HMR/M019)

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