They also updated the theme music (as far as I can tell), but I still hate the "turn and smile" thing that the teams do in the opening credits - they don't even do that anymore on the American one.
The fourth season kicked off at the Thean Hou Temple in KL, Malaysia. Allan gives the usual spiel about how they're embarking on the ride of a lifetime, etc and contestants are told to drive themselves to Batu Caves and later to Georgetown, Penang. I have no idea why no one else followed the Malaysian dudes (who had the home advantage) to the caves and long story short, won the first leg up in Penang on a cruise ship.
- The Indons had a bad leg - one team had their car break down and the father-daughter team took an unnecessary ferry ride to the Detour/Pit Stop.
- Didn't expect Hilda to be so whiny, and it's only the first leg (heh) - sheesh. I suppose it's hard to be stoic when you've twisted your ankle.
- The only product placement so far was the use of Sony cameras for the Detour.