Saturday, May 23, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia previews the Discovery Sport

Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia has finally previewed the 2015 Land  Rover Discovery Sport here in Malaysia. The preview was part of a four day customer and media experience event held at the Sepang F1 Circuit 4x4 track area. The Discovery Sport represents the third generation of compact SUV produced by Land Rover and effectively replaces the Freelander as Land Rover's entry level SUV.

We Malaysians will most probably be getting the 240hp 2.0liter turbocharged engine based on the Ford Ecoboost and the 2.2liter DuraTorq TDCI engine with about 190ps and a whole lot more torque than the petrol powered engine. Both will be sold with ZF's nine speed automatic transmission on a haldex type all-wheel drive setup (although there is a more efficient Active Driveline system on option but I doubt will be offered here). There is no low range transfer box with either all wheel drive system, to counter this limitation, the ZF 9-HP features a special very low ratio first gear which is only used when the vehicle is off-road or otherwise needed, for on-road use, the vehicle will normally start in second gear.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Volkswagen Malaysia and Swire Motors starts construction of Volkswagen's largest dealer facility in Malaysia

Volkswagen Malaysia has entered into a partnership with highly diversified and global group Swire Motors. The partnership was kicked off with a ground breaking ceremony to mark the construction of Volkswagen Puchong North, which will be Volkswagen's largest dealer facility in Malaysia.

This super sized 4S showroom will display up to 16 different models while the Aftersales section will have 25 service work bays to serve the southern region of Klang Valley.

The construction of Volkswagen Puchong North facility is expected to be completed in November 2015.


Earlier today I attended the Hitachi Automotive Battery launch and dealership signing ceremony between Hitachi Chemical Asia-Pacific Pte Ltd (HCAP) and Borneo Technical Technical Co (M) Sdn Bhd to appoint the latter as the distributor for the battery in the country effective May 2015.

Trucks: UD Trucks celebrates 80th Anniversary - a new UD centre in Japan and an enhanced Quester

This year, UD Trucks turns 80 years old and in celebration, the company has opened a new 3,000 sq ft UD Experience Centre in Ageo, Japan. Meanwhile, the company has also re-affirmed its commitment to Southeast Asia with the enhanced UD Quester, specifically designed for growth markets.

Compared to its predecessor, the CWM, the Quester is equipped with a bigger cab, better all-round visibility and a car-like driving experience.The highly-customizable Quester is suitable for long-haul, transportation of Dangerous Goods, distribution, construction and mining applications.

Axle configurations range from 4x2 to 8x4, and the 11-litre engine has an extra engine brake built in.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Special offer from McLaren Kuala Lumpur when you purchase a McLaren 650S

And now, you can order your McLaren 650S in Malaysia and get a personalised Meridian home audio system for your house. The McLaren 650S comes with a Meridian in-car system. Now your house can get one too. Offer is valid for the first five (5) buyers between 13th May and 14th June 2015. Of course, if you have to ask how much is a 650S.........



Land Rovers from all eras make 1,000km journey - KL - Kuala Terengganu and Back

Speaking about Land Rovers something interesting happened on the 30th of April 2015. This was a long weekend with two public holidays. It saw 100 Land Rover enthusiasts hit the roads for a 1,000km journey from Kuala Lumpur to Kuala Terengganu and back. Imagine a 1955 Land Rover series 1 doing that. Amazing.

Press Release

Monday, May 18, 2015

2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport spotted in PJ

The all new Land Rover Discovery Sport has been spotted at the Sime Darby office building at Oasis, Ara Damansara in Petaling Jaya earlier today.

This is the entry level Land Rover passenger vehicle and it replaces the Freelander models. The Disco Sport should be sold here soon as we are seeing these cars on the road for testing and other tests.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

MIBTC 2015: Shell Lubricants launches is driveline products - Rimula, Spirax and Gadus

Displaying (L-R) Shell Rimula Brand Manager Damon Chan, Shell Rimula Global Brand Manager Seow Lee Ming and Shell Lubricants General Manager Leslie Ng at the launch of Shell Driveline lubricants

Shell Lubricants took the opportunity to launch its driveline products at the MIBTC 2015 recently. The  products include Shell Rimula heavy duty diesel engine oils; Shell Spirax axle, transmission and gear oils; as well as Shell Gadus greases. Shell, is a household name in petroleum products offers a comprehensive range of lubricants that help protect engine and drivetrain components in all types of vehicles. 

MIBTC 2015: Scania launches Marcopolo complete coach and specialist Construction Trucks

Scania Malaysia launched two products at MIBTC 2015 recently. One is the complete premium coach and the other, specialist Construction Trucks for the Malaysian market. The Scania Construction Trucks and the Scania Marcopolo complete coach were officially launched by the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr. Syed Hamid Syed Albar, together with the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, James Armstrong.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Prototype Kahn Design Flying Huntsman 105 Defender previewed

After teasing us with pictures of the Flying Huntsman Defender we finally get to see photographes of the real thing from Kahn Design. This coach-built monster of a Land Rover Defender 105 is unique. 15 inches is added to the standard Defender 90 (inch) wheelbase to become a 105. It also get its front lengthened by 400mm and it is wider by 150mm. I suppose you have to use both inches and metric figures as Land Rover uses inches for its wheelbase so it is straightforward and obvious stating so.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Trucking news: Volvo Trucks launches its Dynafleet web based fleetmanagement system in Malaysia

Volvo Trucks Malaysia has launched Dynafleet, Volvo Truck's web based fleet management system for fleet operators to utilise in managing their fleet operations. Dynafleet will assist in fleet operation by ensuring more fuel efficient and profitable transport operation by web based telemetry. It allows proper coordination between driver, vehicle and operations. All accessed via a simple, user friendly online application connection te driver(s) via an in-vehicle multimedia syetem, the operator's terminal and also by Volvo Trucks.

The new Dynafleet app is now available and can be downloaded free of charge from Apple iTunes and Google Play. A Dynafleet subscription however is required for it to be functional.

MIBTC 2015: MAN shows New TGS truck and Total Cost of OwnershipSolutions

The MAN TGS truck is a 41-tonne payload truck comes with an automated MAN TipMatic® Offroad gearbox that provides an optional gearshift strategy for off-road operation and transmit power to the planetary tandem axles with their 22.5-inch twin tires.  A reinforced sub-frame allows loading up to the permissible maximum payload of 30 tonne and the high-torque six-cylinder in-line Euro 3 engine with up to 480 HP (353 kW) delivers powerful propulsion. It is targeted for Malaysian mining operators who seek an affordable vehicle for such heavy duty workloads. 

MAN also displayed its service programmes which aims to lower ownership costs. This includes driver training and also increased awareness on proper life cycle, fuel usage and maintenance. A package that is holistic in nature to assist fleet operators in achieving optimum usage of resources.

MIBTC 2015: Malaysia International Bus Truck and Components Expo 2015 begins today

Tan Sri Syed Hamid Syed Albar, Chairman of SPAD, in a Scania bus during his walkabout 

I attended the Malaysia International Bus Truck and Component Expo over at the MINES convention center earlier today. The three day event began today and showcases various commercial vehicle players such as Iveco, Scania, Volvo Trucks, TATA, MAN and other brands too. There is a strong presence by the Europeans and a unsurprsingly the Chinese brands which are making inroads especially on the more affordable end of the field.

Press release

Road Safety Takes Centre Stage at Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo 2015
Strong Exhibitors Showcase and Diverse Activities at South East Asia’s Largest Commercial Vehicle Expo

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