Monday, May 30, 2016

Editorial: When you buy a car, ensure you can afford to maintain it out of warranty regardless of anything

These days, nothing much surprises me in terms of car maintenance and repair costs. The figures I once thought to be reasonable for spare parts are actual figures that may have existed in the year 1975. In the days of GST, expensive tax and excise duties, high shipping costs and very high technology utilised in the parts (whether in the construction or in the materials used) have made spares cost a bomb. Which is why these days many owners end up maintaining their cars at the authorised service centers to ensure that their warranty is intact.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

MOTORSPORT: BMW Motorsport and Akrapovič expand their long term commitment

Well known European performance exhaust manufacturer Akrapovič will continue to support BMW Motorsport as Official Partner, and will significantly expand its long-term commitment over the coming years. The company has been involved in BMW Motorsport’s DTM project since 2012 and will also be a prominent feature as Official Partner in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC), in which BMW Team RLL competes with two BMW M6 GTLMs, and at the iconic 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.

MOTORSPORT: McLaren GT 650S GT3 previewed at the OD Racing Team Launch in preparation for the KL City Grand Prix 2016

The first of the upcoming Kuala Lumpur City Grand Prix 2016 events have begun. OD Racing held their official launch party for the year 2016 at the Zouk Club Kuala Lumpur on the evening of 25th May 2016 where the guest of honour was Yang Amat Mulia Tunku Dato’ Seri Utama Naquiyuddin Tuanku Ja’afar (below). 

HAPPENINGS:Seven lucky bikers win all-expenses paid bike trip to Langkawi with Shell Advance

You buy some Shell lube for your motorcycle and you win something memorable. This was what happened to seven lucky Shell Advance customers who won an all expenses paid road trip to Langkawi recently. 

Friday, May 27, 2016

INDUSTRY NEWS: MY AUTO FEST 2016 nets about RM20 million worth of bookings.

 The recent My Auto Fest 2016 which was held over the weekend of 20th to the 22nd May 2016 was quite a success according to its organisers, the Malaysian Automotive Association. The sales driven auto show actually netted about RM20 million worth of bookings which I hope translates into actual sales after this. It was also the platform for various car manufacturers to preview their products. 

HAPPENINGS: Mercedes Benz Malaysia announces their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility Campaign

(From left) Driven Communications representative, En Hafriz Shah; Monfort Boys Town Chief Administration Officer, Mr Arulanandam S.; Teach For Malaysia External Relations Director, Madam Prabha Sundram; Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre founders, Dato’ Faridah Merican and Joseph Hasham; with Moki, Mercedes-Benz's MobileKids mascot.

Today Mercedes Benz Malaysia announced their 2016 Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) campaign. Their CSR campaign is guided by four core subject matters - road safety, the arts and culture, investing in knowledge and corporate volunteering. And at a special event earlier this morning, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia today announced contributions of over RM200,000 for initiatives that support the growth and development of Malaysian society. Recipients of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia 2016 sponsorship are, Driven Communications, for its initiative of promoting safe road travels; the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre (KLPac); as well as education NGO and institution, Teach for Malaysia; and Monfort Boys Town.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Industry News: Lotus Elise wins Readers' Champion Award

The Lotus Elise has been announced as the Readers' Champion at the Autocar Awards. Most of you are aware that Autocar magazine UK is world renowned and is the benchmark in automobile test reviews. Heck. I grew up reading Autocar ever since I could read and picked up my father's Autocar magazine in the 1970s.

HAVAL MALAYSIA LAUNCHES THE HAVAL H2 SUV - 1.5L Turbocharged SUV from RM89,950 onwards

Go Auto, the distributor for Haval cars in Malaysia has launched the Haval H2 SUV. The larger, C segment sized H2 now complements the surprisingly popular B segment sized M4 crossover SUV in the Haval line-up here in Malaysia. Haval now have a better two car lineup and now caters to a slightly wider audience than the single vehicle in its lineup. Prior to this, the Haval brand was called Great Wall Motors and they also sold the Wingle pick-up truck as well as a turbo diesel power SUV. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

INDUSTRY NEWS: Hyundai recruits former design head of Bentley Motors

Hyundai Motor announced that the world-renowned designer SangYup Lee, former Head of Exterior and Advanced Design at Bentley, will become the Vice President of Styling at Hyundai Design Center starting from this June 2016. I believe this shows Hyundai's commitment to build better looking cars. And maybe add more pizzazz to the Hyundai design. 

Monday, May 23, 2016


Proton has announced recalls for the Proton Inspira and selected Proton Exora CPS 1.6 models. The Inspira, a rebadged Mitsubishi Lancer is part of a global Mitsubishi vehicle recall and the Proton Exora CPS, a Proton in-house design is also recalled.

Old and New: Mercedes Benz SLK230K R170 & SLK200 R172

We have here two Mercedes Benz SLK roadsters for your viewing pleasure folks. The older one is a Mercedes Benz SLK230 Kompressor with a full AMG Line bodykit and wheels. The almost new SLK200 AMG Line shows off the marked differences a few decades have done in terms of car design. But honestly, both are actually as desirable as one another.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

HAVAL H2 Scheduled for Launch on the 25th of May - We've been in one already actually.

The HAVAL H2 is about to be officially launched in Malaysia. It will be launched on the 25th of May 2016 at their One Utama roadshow scheduled for this 25th to the 29th of May 2016 (as stated above).  This are the photos of the preview done at the Great Wall / HAVAL display sometime November 2015 at the MAI-MST Autoshow. As a recap, or to those that missed the earlier article which was part of the show highlights, I had sat inside the white one you see in the photo below and got the friendly guy from GO AUTO Malaysia to start up this new SUV that will be launched very soon. 


The My Auto Fest 2016 is on from the 20th to the 22nd of May 2016. There you will find many deals, food, merchandise and test drive of many models outside the event hall (photo below). No. This isn't some huge, mega motor show. At least we have quite a proper one with new car previews - the new Honda Civic was properly previewed, Peugeot had a 408 e-THP, Proton teased the Perdana, Hyundai brought out the IONIQ Hybrid. Something different. There even was a Tesla outside courtesy of GreenTech. And you can win a Nissan Almera if you book a car there. It is on till tomorrow. 
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