Friday, December 02, 2016

Bosch motorcycle systems honoured with Safety Technology Award by ASEAN NCAP Awards 2016

Bosch was honoured with “Safety Technology Award: Innovative Motorcycle Technology for Safer Riding” by the New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) at their ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix awards 2016 gala dinner. This award recognizes Bosch’s continuous effort in innovating safer riding with two-wheeler technologies such as the motorcycle antilock braking system (ABS), motorcycle stability control (MSC), and side view assist.

SISMA AUTO expands JAGUAR LAND ROVER up North with a brand new showroom in Penang Island

SISMA Auto (Utara) Sdn Bhd  has been officially appointed by Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as the exclusive dealer for the Jaguar and Land Rover (JLR)  automotive brands in the Northern region and they have now officially opened a brand new showroom at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah on Penang island to cater to the growing market in the north of Peninsular Malaysia.

Ford and SDAC Celebrate Year-end and the upcoming Rooster Chinese New Year with Amazing Deals

To encourage safe driving during the festive season, Ford and its local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) are celebrating the year-end holidays with exciting after sales packages and complimentary services on select Ford models, available nationwide from today until January 31, 2017. The reason that the year end promo continues till the end of January is so that customers who are celebrating the upcoming Chinese Year of the Rooster can also take advantage of it. Yup, its the year end and everyone is giving out something juicy.

AUTO BAVARIA Celebrates an Early Christmas 2016 with offers and a donation drive.

Auto Bavaria, Malaysia’s longest serving and largest authorised dealership for the BMW brand is celebrating Christmas early this year with special year end offers and in support of three charity homes across the country. . This weekend, Friday 2nd & Sunday 4th December 2016, the premium dealership group is offering great deals and offers on BMW vehicles at the AUTO BAVARIA CHRISTMAS 2016.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

The New Peugeot 208 PureTech and 2008 SUV PureTech previewed in Penang from 1st to 4th December 2016

Peugeot Let Your Body Drive (LYBD) Roadshow in Queensbay Mall, Penang will be on from today, the 1st of  December 2016 to the 4th of December 2016. Peugeot enthusiasts and the public alike will be able to get a preview of the soon-to- be-launched Peugeot 208 PureTech and Peugot 2008 SUV PureTech for the first time in Malaysia at the roadshow. 

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) officially opens its newly upgraded Asbenz Motors Sungai Petani Autohaus

Another Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Malaysia has been upgraded. This time it is up north in Sungai Petani. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd and authorised dealer Asbenz Motors Sdn Bhd recently unveiled the newly upgraded Mercedes-Benz Asbenz Motors Sungai Petani Autohaus (Asbenz Sg Petani Autohaus).  

Happenings: Special recognition for Shell Malaysia S.H.E.W. trade partners

Shell Malaysia recently announced that the company continues its lubricants market leadership in Malaysia in 2015 with a 27% market share. This is according to Kline & Company’s Global Lubricants Industry: Market Analysis and Assessment 2016 report, which was published recently.

BMW Safety 360° program for the year 2016 continues with My Playpen.

Start 'em young they say. Which is why BMW Group Malaysia had recently organized yet another BMW Safety 360° program at My Playpen. The program, which took place for a six month period, was conducted in collaboration with selected Kindergartens and Montessori centres throughout Klang Valley to raise awareness and call to action for more responsible on-the-road and in-car safety practices for children, adults and families.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The Hyundai IONIQ HEV is awarded the EURO NCAP 5 STARS

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors, the official distributor had just launched the all-new Hyundai IONIQ hybrid compact car yesterday and recently, EURO NCAP had tested it and have awarded the car with the overall maximum 5 star safety rating! 

SHORT TEST DRIVE: THE JAGUAR F-PACE 3.0 Supercharged Prestige - The noise, I love the noise it makes

I must say that this compact luxury SUV is a surprise. The thing about the F-PACE is that it sits on a special to Jaguar-only platform. It uses the same platform as the new Jaguar XE and C-X17 Concept SUV. When it first came out I thought Jaguar Land Rover was going to take the Range Rover Evoque chassis, slap on a Jaguar nose and change the plumbing so that the car sounds like a growly Jag instead of a subdued Landie or Range. But no. I was wrong.

Jaguar F-PACE launched in Malaysia - Link to the short test drive of the F-PACE 3.0 Prestige inside

The All-New Jaguar F-PACE has been launched. It is a performance SUV from Jaguar with unrivalled dynamics, matched with everyday usability all in a compact luxury SUV package (think Audi Q5, Mercedes GLC in terms of usable size folks - it is not a large X5 or GLE sized SUV). 


Proton has also won a slew of awards at yesterday's ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Award 2016 which were held in conjunction with ASEAN NCAP'S 5th anniversary and the STOP THE CRASH ASEAN 2016 event held at Sepang International Circuit over the past two days. 

The 3 awards were:

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

The Perodua Bezza receives Best Occupant Protection for child and adult award by ASEAN NCAP

The ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards has just concluded earlier tonight. This is the first time the ASEAN NCAP awards for the most safest vehicle and related categories of the year are announced in conjunction with their two day STOP THE CRASH event at Sepang International Circuit (which continues tomorrow). One happy winner is Perodua.

The STOP THE CRASH event by ASEAN NCAP on Road Safety equipment and tech - Proton, Toyota, Subaru, Volvo and most Importantly, BOSCH with their Motorcycle ABS

I spent this tuesday morning at the Sepang International Circuit at the Stop The Crash Event organised by  ASEAN NCAP and also MIROS (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research). This was the first ever event conducted by ASEAN NCAP on road safety awareness but from a technology point of view. Vehicles with the latest in road safety technology were brought out and the safety features were demonstrated to the guest who attended the event, which by the way is also carried out tomorrow (the 30th of November 2016) for those who have pre-registered.

The HYUNDAI IONIQ HEV is launched in Malaysia - Priced to go from RM103,390.27!

Hyundai Sime Darby Motors has launched the Hyndai IONIQ Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) in Malaysia. The 'driving device' will be sold in two specifications - the IONIQ HEV and the IONIQ HEV Plus. The prices offered are surprising as their previous press release stated the car to be around the RM130,000 price range. Now at its launch, they've surprised us as the IONIQ HEV comes in at RM103,390.27 OTR with insurance and RM114,165.87 for the IONIQ HEV Plus.

Monday, November 28, 2016


Time Magazine has chosen the Goodyear Eagle-360 concept tyre (tire in American English) as one of TIME Magazine's “Best Inventions of the Year 2016.” Of course it is. This tyre is as round as a ball. It isn't a doughnut. It is a sphere. So it definitely is unique and could re-invent the wheel (by not having a wheel in the first place). Wow.

Truck News: UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2016 - The Malaysian Team wins first prize!!!

Congratulations is in order. A UD Trucks team from Malaysia took part in this year's ‘UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2016’ and came out tops in the competition. The UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge took place in UD Experience Centre at the company's headquarters in Ageo, Japan.

Scooter & Industry News: MODENAS Launches 3 scooters - The Modenas Karisma 125, Elegance 250i & KYMCO 250i Downtown

I had nothing better to do last friday afternoon. It was after lunch and I had no appointments as it was friday. No one does appointments on friday after lunch these days (unless your boss is cruel or you are a cruel boss). So anyway, I had an invite from the people at DRB-Hicom to attend the launch of two new scooter models from MODENAS (their motorcycle division basically) - the all-new Karisma 125 and Elegan 250i as well as the launch of the KYMCO 250i Downtown. The Kymco scooter is actually a new model from Modenas' latest principal KYMCO, who make and sell scooters in many parts of the world, and is a market leader in its home-country, Taiwan.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happenings: Ford / Sime Darby Auto Connexion's Third Annual 'World Cup' Challenge skills competition for sales consultants

The Ford and local partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion's 2016 World Cup Challenge reflects Ford’s investment in developing the skills of their sales consultants through intensive trainings as well as provides a platform for our sales consultants to sharpen their skills and knowledge in order to deliver competent sales experience to their customers

Haval Malaysia offers very generous incentives on the Haval M4 Crossover

If you are interested in buying something that is very different but in the price bracket of the usual Perodua and Proton range of vehicles there is that compact crossover from Haval Malaysia to consider. Now, Haval have announced a slew of incentives including a fantastically long 7 year unlimited mileage warranty. It would make sense as these days a lot of Malaysians take car loans of up to 9 years.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happenings: BMW Group Malaysia Reveals Finalists for BMW Shorties 2016 - 12 from a record total of 115 entries.

7 of the 12 finalists with BMW's Mr Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia (left) & Nadira Llana (2nd from left)

BMW Group Malaysia has announced the finalists of the BMW Shorties 2016 short film making competition. 12 finalists’ short films are up to contend for the People’s Choice Award which opens for public voting from the 30 th November to 7 th December, 2016 on