Monday, June 29, 2015

All New A4 - really? Comparo Photos

2008 A4 B8

2016 A4 B9

All-new B9 Audi A4 previewed


The all-new 2016 Audi A4 has been previewed. The fifth generation A4 B9 series looks like a major facelifted B8 model rather than look like something totally new in every aspect. I suppose this is a major way of telling people that if isn't broke, Audi is not going to fix it.

Friday, June 26, 2015

News: Volkswagen Malaysia has just kicked their roadshow at malls in the Klang Valley

Hello folks. Volkswagen Malaysia has just kicked off their roadshow at malls in the Klang Valley in order for the public to get in touch with the brand.  
Visitors will be able to get up close and personal with the recently launched limited edition Volkswagen Beetle Bug and other models too.

The All New Alfa Romeo Giulia...and the falling Ringgit


Alfa Romeo has just launched the Giulia. It looks like a cross between something German and a  Lexus RC-F matched to a wonderful looking slant eyed front end. The German I am mentioning is the BMW 3 Series as if you took a look at the C pillar/rear doors, that BMW-ish Hoffmeister kink is there. I think it does look all angry and all. Like how an Alfa should be. But I think it could look a little more adventurous than what it is today.



Thursday, June 25, 2015

News: SHELL ADVANCE ORGANISES HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO HELP MALAYSIAN ASIA TALENT CUP RIDERS

Start 'em young they say......

PRESS RELEASE
SHELL ADVANCE ORGANISES HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME TO HELP MALAYSIAN ASIA TALENT CUP RIDERS

Kuala Lumpur, June 25, 2015  – As part of a holistic approach to help the young Malaysian riders taking part in the 2015 Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup (“SAATC”), Shell Advance recently organised a special 3-day 2-night Rider Development Programme at Avani Sepang Goldcoast Resort.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

News: Hari Raya With Chevrolet Sales and Balik Kampung Service Campaign


Chevrolet Malaysia is offering a range of packages for selected models during this Hari Raya period. Take for example the 7 seater Chevrolet Malibu 1.8l you see pictured above. 0% downpayment, free insurance and road tax (for the first year), a cash rebate, a free petrol voucher and a free shopping voucher. This Chevy Malibu is something different from the usual crop of MPVs yes? This is the Sales campaing that is ongoing till the 31st of July 2015.



Race Tech: BMW Z4 GT3 for Alessandro Zanardi, Timo Glock, Bruno Spengler, 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps – Technical modifications in detail:


Brilliant and innovative. This is what the people over at BMW Motorsport are. Some of you may be aware that BMW Motorsport's works driver (and two time CART Champion)  Alessandro (Alex) Zanardi is a double leg amputee A crash in 2001 resulted in the amputation of his legs. He returned to racing less than two years after the accident to wide acclaim. Mainly in the WTCC or world touring car racing. But endurance racing is a whole different ball game. He has to share the cockpit of the BMW Z4 GT3 with ex-F1 driver Timo Glock and Bruno Spengler for the official test of the car for the 24 hours Spa Francorchamps race.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Volvo Malaysia calls all Volvo aftermarket professionals to participate in VISTA World Championship 2015-2016


Volvo Trucks Malaysia yesterday kicked off its largest global competition for aftermarket personnel, the Volvo International Service Training Award (VISTA) in the presence of its employees at its headquarters in Shah Alam.



Monday, June 22, 2015

VEHICLE SAFETY: VOLKSWAGEN MALAYSIA CONTRIBUTES 200 CHILD CAR SEATS FOR TRAINING


Volkswagen Malaysia is collaborating with the Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (PPBM) to raise awareness on child passenger safety. Launched December last year, the campaign aims to educate approximately 28,000 parents on the importance of using proper child car seats.

PRESS RELEASE
VOLKSWAGEN MALAYSIA CONTRIBUTES 200 CHILD CAR SEATS FOR TRAINING

KUALA LUMPUR, 17 JUNE 2015 – Volkswagen is collaborating with the Association of Registered Childcare Providers Malaysia (PPBM) to raise awareness on child passenger safety. Launched December last year, the campaign aims to educate approximately 28,000 parents on the importance of using proper child car seats.

OVER 400 PARTICIPANTS TURN UP AT THE SCANIA DRIVER COMPETITION TO TEST THEIR TRUCK DRIVING SKILLS


An unexpected number of people turned up at the Scania Driver Competition–MIBTC Edition (SDC-ME) that was held in conjunction with the recent Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo 2015. 

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday Car Porn: The Lancia Delta Integrale and all of its scoops, vents and grilles.


Six Constructor's Championships, four Driver's Championships. This is what the Lancia Delta HF Integrale Group A Rally car had achieved in the late 1980s and the early 1990s. That six title record still stands to this day.  It was unbeatable even against much newer cars like the then new ST185 Toyota Celica (1989-1993), the Sierra RS Cosworth (1990-1993)and the Ford Escort Cosworth (1992-1996). When you state the fact that the Delta Integrale actually first appeared in 1979 it is why the Delta HF will forever hold a place in my heart as one of the giants of fast road and rally cars. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

The Land Rover Discovery Sport 2.2 SD4 Ground Effect Edition by Project Kahn


The 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport has not been launched in Malaysia as yet but I think that the small SUV will be popular with people here. Supposedly due here at the end of 2015,  It is the entry level lifestyle Land Rover (not including the rugged Defender) and promotes practicality over style unlike the Range Rover Evoque which is vice versa. Both are entry level but different. The Disco Sport has more space at the rear too compared to the 5 door Evoque. Again, practicality over style.

TEST DRIVE: 2015 Ford Mondeo 2.0L GTDi EcoBoost - A great drive underneath layers of refinement



I have been swamped with things recently. Aside from trying to get a business venture off the ground, the usual work related activities and the usual family matters there have been an onslaught of automotive related events over the past few weeks here in and around the Klang Valley.  A heck of a lot of automotive related companies has decided to make sure their product is launched, made aware of or previewed before the fasting month of Ramadan. 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

News: MY E.G launches automotive portal for buying and selling cars


It seems that My E.G, the e-Government services provider has launched an automotive portal www.mymotor.my which offers an integrated online solution towards vehicle ownership. According to MyMotor, one can search their classified, ask for a quote on a vehicle and buy it using MyMotor.  I suppose this is possible because they do offer JPJ services like road tax and insurance renewals (as an example). So technically one could buy a car through this website without even viewing the actual vehicle. You shouldn't. But you could.

For this Ramadhan or fasting month, the first 50 cars successfully purchased through MyMotor will receive RM3,000 cashback subject to approved vehicle financing. Promotion is valid until the end of Ramadhan or for the first 50 cars sold, whichever comes first.

TRIPDA promotes carpooling this college and university semester break



Tripda is an online carpooling platform that connects drivers and passengers heading the same way. They are encouraging students to carpool when they return home anywhere between 19th June to July 5th, 2015 for their college and university semester break. College and university semester breaks are among the travel peak seasons in Malaysia apart from the school holidays and festive seasons, with more than 1 million students returning home for their break or taking road trips around Malaysia as well as abroad (- this explains the slightly expensive airfare prices for this coming weekend when I last checked). 

Don't you just like using file photos? Everyone looks sooooo happy.....but yes! Carpool....save your money in order to get that nice car later on...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

All-new Hyundai Genesis achieves global sales targets sooner than anticipated


Slightly intriguing news, this is. Hyundai's all-new Genesis premium sedan has been making waves. This second generation Hyundai Genesis has achieved its sales target 10 months sooner than the previous model and 100,000 of it has been sold since its launch in November 2013, which is just 18 months ago. 

The car was recent launched here in Malaysia in just a few weeks ago and is therefore a new player in the field of luxury cars sold in Malaysia. It has to be quite good as there has been some brand acceptance, especially in the American midsized luxury sedan category (midsized in America is actually quite big here - the Genesis is sized in between a BMW 5 series and the larger 7 Series).

Sisma auto officially opens its new Jaguar Land Rover 3S Centre in Glenmarie



Today is the day before the start of the Fasting month and the last of a slew of events that automotive manufacturers have decided to do before things actually slow down a fair bit (with the exception of some binge eating and drinking of water when it comes to breaking fast). Over the past month or so I have attended numerous launches of vehicles, products and did a few tests. In fact, there have been so many launches until I have a few articles and test drive reviews in the back burner. 



Tuesday, June 16, 2015

NAZA Italia launches the New Ferrari 488 GTB in Malaysia

L to R - Datuk Wira Hj. SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman & Group CEO of NAZA World Group of Companies, Mr. Dieter Knechtel, Managing Director of Ferrari Far East,   Mr. Simon Inglefield, Head of Sales ASEAN, Ferrari Far East,  Mr. David Hector Ratnaike, Senior Vice President 2 of 4-Wheels Division, NAZA World Group of Companies


The Ferrari 488 GTB was launched to the media earlier today. The Malaysian launch actually comes just a few months after the international launch at the recent Geneva Motor Show. It actually goes to show that Malaysia is actually an important market for the Prancing Horse.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Proton and Suzuki signed a MoU - What do you think the new JV model could be based on? I think its a.......


DRB-Hicom, Proton Holdings Bhd and Suzuki Motor Corporation signed a Memorandum of Understanding which may pave the way for the production of motor vehicles, whether by means of a collaboration, rebadging or the usage of engine and transmission drivetrains between Proton and Suzuki.

Suzy Celerio...THIS...could be the JV car I think...

As this is only an MoU, it is not actually a binding contractual agreement. MoUs are just something companies like to enter into as it makes its wishes to collaborate with one another seem stronger. But any actual Joint Venture would be more detailed and involve proper and detailed contractual agreements. Even Tun Dr Mahathir, Chairman of Proton, had stated that details of the agreement had not been worked out as yet. It will most likely involve compact and small cars from Suzuki that are currently not sold in Malaysia. The Proton plant in Tanjung Malim will be utilised for manufacturing or assembling the JV vehicles and the earliest model could be launched sometime 2016.

CHEVROLET OPENS NEW 3S CENTRE IN KOTA KINABALU

From L- R, YB Datuk Linda Tsen Thau Lin, Mr Cliff Chong, YB Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Datuk Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Miss Thoo Ai Wuen.


Meanwhile, over in Sabah, Chevrolet, via distributors NAZA Quest Sdn Bhd has opened its latest 3S centre to add more brand presence in East Malaysia..........

Mr Cliff Chong & YB Tan Sri Datuk Sri Panglima Joseph Pairin Kitingan giving Thumbs up to the Chevrolet Malibu - the flagship for Chevrolet here in Malaysia  .

Naza italia opens its newly revamped showroom for Ferrari and Maserati



Naza Italia opened its refurbished Ferrari and Maserati showroom in Petaling Jaya earlier today. The new centre boasts a spacious, well-appointed and equipped showroom with dedicated sales areas, a comfortable and luxurious lounge area, a merchandise area, a configuration area and delivery bays. This would be more than sufficient in providing the best luxurious experience for both luxury Marques. 

Shell's #Lovemyride Festival - 500 motorists get engine oil changes at a carnival


A total of 500 lucky motorists enjoyed the ultimate engine rejuvenating experience for their cars at the first-ever “#LoveMyRide” Festival organised by Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd over the weekend. Acording to Shell Malaysia,  a total of 378 cars received a free engine oil change on the first day of the festival, Saturday, June 13, 2015, to successfully create a new entry in the Malaysia Book of Records for the ‘most number of cars in a lubricant changing event. The overall target of 500 cars was achieved at 3.17 pm on Sunday, June 14, 2015, when another 122 cars underwent the free oil change. The two day event was held at MATRADE, Kuala Lumpur.


Shell Malaysia MD Tuan Haji Azman Ismail and Shell Lubricants GM Leslie Ng pour Shell Helix Ultra to symbolically open the Love My Ride Festival

Friday, June 12, 2015

Volkswagen officially previews the updated Polo Hatch at the Raya Sales Carnival at Setia City Mall


This continues on the previous posting on the Volkswagen Raya Sales Carnival but more empahsis on the refreshed Polo 1.6 hatch. As a recap, the sales carnical is now on at Setia City Mall this weekend and you get to see the cars Volkswagen Malaysia are pushing with their 0 Downpayment and 0 interest campaign  (Polo, Polo Sedan, Jetta, Golf, Passat, and Tiguan).

What was interesting is that they have Officially previewed the slightly refreshed Polo 1.6 hatch. The car was introduced into dealerships early May 2015. This updated version features cosmetic changes including a classy single upper grille chrome line, sleeker design changes for the lights, increased safety with reflectors on the rear bumper and a horizontal mesh with a lower grille single chrome line on the cars exterior.

BMW launches BMW Safety 360º Program, the new 1 Series for Malaysia and the all-new BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer


Maree Haley, Founder & Executive Director of the Safety Educator on the importance of owning a child seat as she shares significant information from how to secure a child seat to child seat positioning in a vehicle.

BMW Group Malaysia have been busy. They've decided to start the second series of the BMW Safety 360º Program and launched two cars - the 120i M Sport and the all-new 220i Gran Tourer at a go earlier today at Publika here in Kuala Lumpur.



Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communications, BMW Group Malaysia and Alan Harris, Managing Director and CEO, BMW Group Malaysia with the all-new BMW 220i Gran Tourer. 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Raya Sales have started - Volkswagen Sales Carnival Weekend this 12th to 14th June at Setia City Mall

It's that time of the year again. The time when everybody starts marketing their stuff for the Hari Raya Aidilfitri here in Malaysia. This means raya songs have started or are beginning to start at shopping malls and that truly ridiculous Yusoff Taiyooooooob 'kurma' or dates advertisements are everywhere. And its not even fasting month yet!!!!


Anyway, Volkswagen have kicked off their sales carnival over at the Setia City Mall this 12th to the 14th of June 2015. Special Raya Promotion (cars at 0 Downpayment and 0 Interest for their  Polo, Polo Sedan, Jetta, Golf, Passat, and Tiguan - T&C applies of course)

 Details of it are stated below:

The All New BMW 7 Series


I am not too bothered to tell you guys in my own words on what the new BMW 7 Series is except that it obviously replaces the earlier one and sets its eyes on the Mercedes Benz S-Class. The official press release isn't too long a read and I find it tells you most of the relevant details without getting too technical or boring.


What I believe are important to know about the new G11 and G12 bmw 7 Series are that the car is:

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