Malaysian Auto Company Launches Chinese SUVs fueled by Hydrogen and Gasoline Mixture
15 August 2006
Bernama. LM Star Autoworld Sdn Bhd (LMG), Malaysia’s latest car manufacturer, has launched two SUVs (LMG Tourer and Trekker) fueled by a combination of hydrogen generated on-board and gasoline.
The vehicles, introduced by Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi at the Johor Baharu Expo on Tuesday, use a proprietary on-board hydrogen generator—called the “Hydroxene System”—to reduce the consumption of gasoline by up to 50%, according to LMG.
The on-board hydrogen system, developed by Malaysian scientist Dr Halim Mohd Ali, reportedly produces hydrogen and oxygen from water without using electrolysis, then injects the resulting gas mixture into the fuel-air charge for the combustion engine, boosting combustion.
The 2.4-liter engine in the LMG Trekker, which weighs 2,386kg (5,260 lbs) produces 124 hp (92.5 kW) at 5,250 rpm and 190 Nm (140 lb-ft) of torque at 3,000 rpm.
Technical details on the Hydroxene system are scant. For coverage of the launch—including pictures—and discussion, see Paultan.Org.
The basis for the Tourer and Trekker is a 2.4-liter Dadi SUV from Baoding Dadi Automotive Limited in China. LMG signed a franchise agreement in September 2005 to produce, assemble and market the SUVs outside China.
LMG CEO Abdul Uzza Shikh Mohamed said that the company would produce 18,000 units of the vehicles for sale in Malaysia, Dubai, Brunei, Indonesia and Singapore. Prices start at RM58,888 (US$16,000) for the Tourer and RM84,888 (US$23,000) for the Trekker.
Uzza said the company planned to launch seven more models of the Tourer and Trekker vehicles this year and next year, including models such as a 1.1-liter compact and 1.8-liter multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).
(A hat-tip to Rexis!)
LMG website (Under Construction)
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