Friday, July 29, 2016

Industry News: J.D. Power 2016 Malaysia Customer Service Index (CSI) Study SM - Toyota, Mazda, Mitsubishi Kia & Isuzu top the list

According to the J.D. Power 2016 Malaysia Customer Service Index (CSI) Study SM released earlier today, Malaysian car owners intolerant of service advisors not tending to their needs personally and quickly at service centers can significantly lower customer satisfaction levels. This means impatient customers bringing down the reputation of a certain car make or brand. Toyota is the best CSI brand, followed by Mazda, Mitsubishi, Kia and Isuzu rounding up the top 5 best after sales service in Malaysia for 2016.

Thursday, July 28, 2016


L to R ·         Dr. Simon Chung, Regional Technology Specialist, Chevron Lubricants
·         Asim Khan, Area Business Manager, Cluster Asia Pacific, Chevron Lubricants
·         Lennard Kwek, Asia Pacific Marketing Manager, Chevron Lubricants

Caltex Lubricants unveiled its latest premium diesel engine oil – Caltex Delo ® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40. This newest lubricant offering from Caltex has its ISOSYN technology providing unmatched protection in both high & low sulphur diesel fuel environments. Best of all it can give up to 80,000km between oil changes for most market situations. 80,000km!!!! Wow.

Sports Car News: Lotus Elise Race 250 launched with range of track-specific options as standard

Meanwhile, over in Hethel, UK the chaps at Lotus Cars have released the latest version of their popular Lotus Elise, the Elise Race 250. This track specced car is eligible for many race series around the world and it has been developed to meet the high demands of the track, with a raft of performance-oriented features as standard. 

Truck News: Viva Haulage Sdn Bhd gets its first new Scania Truck from Scania Malaysia for its expansion plans

 Handing over the keys to the truck to Mr Tee Wah Meng, Director of Viva Haulage Sdn Bhd, was Tuan Haji Idros Puteh, Sales Director, Scania Southeast Asia. 

Viva Haulage Sdn Bhd (Viva) has taken delivery of its first brand new Scania truck. The company which specializes in the container haulage business for major forwarding agents and freight forwarders in Port Klang had chosen the Scania P410LA 6x2 MSZ truck. This truck comes with a host of added benefits to ensure maximum support for its customers.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Happenings: Local Malaysian Celeb Neelofa presented with a Volkswagen Passat R-Line after winning the Most Popular Artiste Award for ABPBH

Waaaaaah. That local Malaysian celebrity named Neelofa was just presented a Volkswagen Passat R-Line after winning the coveted ‘Most Popular Artiste’ category at the 29 th Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian (ABPBH) - the 29th Berita Harian Popular Star Awards (Berita Harian is a Malay language newspaper). Volkswagen was the automotive sponsor of the awards. Get popular, win a car. Seems to be a simple enough thing to do.

Test Drive: 2016 Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Executive - Hyundai's compact SUV grows up

Hyundai have come a long way. Back in the 1990s when Hyundai first set foot in Malaysia you would have never thought that their cars would actually be good to even sit inside. They went through many phases in terms of car design and styling. Back in the 1980s and early 1990s they made nondescript looking cars that were bland to look at. In the late 1990s they started aping certain European brands. But it was when they decided to bring in talents from across the globe that this Korean brand started making waves.

First Crash of the Perodua Bezza?

This could be the first crash of the new Perodua Bezza sedan in the hands of test drive customers. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TRUCK News: FUSO Diamond Mini Draw Contest 2016 / 2017 - 15 winners from 885 entries!

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles, recently presented 15 delighted FUSO truck customers who participated in the FUSO Diamond Mini Draw Contest 2016 / 2017 with attractive prizes in a special customer appreciation event. Five of the lucky 15 winners each won an exclusive trip to Japan and service and parts vouchers worth a total of RM 85,000. Meanwhile, 10 other fortunate customers each won consolation prizes of service vouchers worth RM 1,000. They were chosen from a total number of 885 entries.

Perodua 1st Half 2016 Performance Report - Strong performance reported on all fronts, maintains projected sales targets4

Perodua, Malaysia's second national car make is on a roll. Earlier today they held a press conference and disclosed sales figures and other performance related news regarding the car maker. Perodua basically told us that they are doing incredibly well actually with the announcement that they maintain their projected sales target of 216,000 units for 2016 despite the reduced projected total industry volume of new car sales due to the unstable global (and local) economy as well as the current soft consumer sentiment.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Away with the Proton Perdana

I have just arrived in Melaka after a drive with the Proton Perdana 2.0. I am down here with a bunch of other automotive journos who were in the 2.4 and 2.0 also. Here are some real life pics of the cars from my phone for the time being.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Sunday Lite: Project Kahn Land Rover Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Westminster Edition - Something nice to get stuck in a Raya Open House traffic jam

Taking it easy this weekend as it is still Hari Raya Aidil Fitri open house weekends till the end of July. I heard a friend's relative took 3 hours to reach Section 6 in Shah Alam from Ampang Jaya. Hearing this was stressful. So this is Project Kahn's latest showing which would make sitting in a traffic jam much more relaxing. The Project Kahn Land Rover Range Rover 4.4 TDV8 Westminster Edition. According to Kahn this is the ideal vehicle one would associate with royalty. Fuiyoh. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

BMW's M Division unveils the limited to 200 units BMW M5 Competition Edition

This is quite interesting. The chaps over at the BMW M Division have come up with a special edition BMW M5 called the BMW M5 'Competition Edition'. M Division is BMW's in-house tuning arm and they've come up with this fabulous 600hp version of the M5. Complete with official factory warranty.