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Introducing Land Rover Mike’s Fantasy Garage September 9, 2008

Posted by Zulhaikal Mahdan in Fantasy Garage.
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I’m a follower of Jalopnik’s Fantasy Garage although, a garage full of supercars and rare automobiles are just not my thing. So I’ve decided to follow in their footsteps and open the LRM’s FG ( I know, it’s quite a handful ). Although the rules has changed this time around.

I will put up a car under my own recomendation ( no votes ) and of course I will have a limitless budget to go with it. There is also a 100 car limit and since I in asia, my choices will mostly be of cars that I am exposed to locally – well most of it.

Since I’m such a fan of Land Rover my first induction to the garage would be this.

 

 

 

The Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

The Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

I can choose the latest Range Rovers that has come out this year or the LR3 but for the point of exclusivity, the Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover is chosen. Also I have chosen the 12 cylinder 27.0 Litre Rolls Royce Merlin/Meteor. Quite a handful to say but the Bell Aurens Longnose just makes you want to say it. It is not your average Range Rover which are made for people who’s ego is bigger than that moving bungalow itself. No, the Longnose is made for those who understands what having a Land Rover is all about. I know what you guy’s are thinking, ” If he’s talking about off-roading, then there are other options out there ” but I will have to say that nothing does off-roading better than a Land Rover. Which also brings us to the next point, as you noticed – the Longnose is not an Off-Roader but an Off-Roadster. A two-door open top off-roadster? instant orgasm!!! We all know that if it’s a Land Rover, it will get you to wherever you want to go but getting there in this will just chow how special you are. Honestly if you are really into 4×4 then the Bell Aurens Longnose should be in your dream list, if not then you better check whether there is something wrong with you.

Welcome the first car in LRM’s Fantasy Garage, the Bell Aurens Longnose Land Rover

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What is the most annoying add-on item you have seen on the road? September 4, 2008

Posted by Zulhaikal Mahdan in Rants, Thoughts and Opinion.
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We have seen it and heard it on the road, that weird sound that comes from that Kancil next to you. It was enough to make you cringe and wonder at the same time “what was that all about?” Or some Protons out there that opted to change their logo to that plastic-chrome-lion-crap on their hood. I mean yeah, looks good now but weeks later when the weather takes it toll on it – there we have it a mound of plastic that looks like it has ICI’s Puke Colour No. 9. I agree that since we own that piece of automobile, we can put whatever we fancy on it but please god, think of the people around you!.

Having said that LandRoverMike is asking you what is the worse/funniest/most obscene/retarded add-on item or gadget have you seen on our local roads?

LRM on Automotive Design Language September 3, 2008

Posted by Zulhaikal Mahdan in Rants, Thoughts and Opinion.
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Design Languages these days

Design Languages these days

Most of the time our car fetish is driven by the way a certain car looks. It is different for most individuals with some having a thing from supercars to trucks to wagons and compacts. In Malaysia we have a long list of K-car lovers ( Kei car/ultra compact ) and Japanese Import supporters. We also have on the other end of the spectrum – people who loves European cars and American cars. Sadly because of high import duty tax and road tax prices we have not been able to see a lot of American cars on the road. From the bold design of the Americans to the multiple personality of Japanese design.

Although now a lot of big car companies are putting a lot of their profits into research on designs and this shows in the Concept Cars that is being shown at car shows around the world. One of the car brands that is seriously researches on design concepts is Mazda. Most of us knows what I’m talking about – The Nagare, Ryuga and The Hakaze which was followed later by the Taiki and the Furai. I’m sure everyone will agree that the Furai is just jaw-dropping.

You see, Mazda recognized that their car design was in need of a revamp although we have seen some of their best work, which for me included the Rx7 line up of the family. It started from the first generation ( SA/FB ) then it went on to the second generation ( FC ) and later on followed thru to the third generation ( FD ).  If you were to take notice, there was a good transition from one generation to the other. After the FD, the Rx8 was naturally the successor to the Rx7 but the design transition was just too drastic. Then again maybe that is why it is called the Rx8 instead of Rx7.

But this is where I have a problem with our current automotive design, where is the transition between the older models and the current ones? it is not only the Japanese even Britain’s Land Rover has totally revamped the Discovery now known as the LR3. Although to be fair the LR3 has retained a lot of it’s older brother’s design signatures and al that as far as Land Rover is concerned, the Range Rover has actually shown it’s transition from one generation to the other.

The design that the car carries is an interpretation of a car company’s image and a message they are trying to convey onto their owners. Companies like Mercedes-Benz and BMW knows this and has been very careful about bringing change across all their models.

 

The New Proton Saga

The New Proton Saga

 

 

On the other side of the whole picture we have car companies like Proton that designs according to the current market demands and trends. The Saga BLM is a good example. If it is anything like it’s older brother then something tells me the Saga BLM must be from the second marriage. It’s just that much different from the older one. I understand that we have to get with the times and the change was needed but can’t we keep the original identity of the Saga somehow? honestly it looks just like another Vios or City but thank god that Proton managed to pull it of right. And this is not me kissing up to our local car manufacturers. I actually agree that it looks great and from what I can gather, so does everyone else. But where is the essence of the original?

 

The old Proton Saga

The old Proton Saga

 

 

I leave you with something to ponder here. Maybe this is the point where the design language is going thru a heavy overhaul. If so, what is the car that you want to see going through this overhaul and what is your favourite design?