Monday, October 31, 2016

2017 Hyundai Azera aka Hyundai Grandeur photos released - Very European in execution and premium looking too



Sometimes it is actually better to wait awhile when it comes to typing out automotive related news. I recently received the press release on the all-new 2017 Hyundai Azera / Hyundai Grandeur which had a sketch teasing the upcoming model. It was the company throwing a hint or two. Luckily I didn't bite and here we now have proper images of the car. 

Truck & Bus News: Volvo Trucks Malaysia and dealer Dai Lieng Machinery upgrades Sandakan dealership


Dai Lieng Machinery Sdn Bhd, which operates Volvo Trucks' official Sandakan dealership  has recently upgraded to a new cutting-edge facility. The Sandakan dealership is Dai Lieng Machinery's third after its Volvo Trucks dealerships in Kota Kinabalu and Miri. Dai Lieng Machinery had invested RM7.9 million into this new facility which offers a full range of services and on-site facilities.

ISUZU MARKS 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF BORNEO SAFARI SPONSORSHIP BY SENDING A MU-X & THREE D-MAX TO PARTICIPATE



The Borneo Safari 2016 is officially underway and will be ongoing for about eight days or so (30th October - 6th November) in Sabah. This also marks the 10th year in a row that Isuzu Malaysia has sent a team to participate. This time around Isuzu Malaysia have prepared a 7-seater SUV to tackle the tropical rainforests of Borneo. The Isuzu Mu-X Monster makes its debut together with three other Isuzu D-Max pickup trucks.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

NISSAN still sells a 1990 Nissan Sentra in Mexico - Zero Stars and recently tested against a new 5 Star Nissan Versa


I usually keep an eye out for cars that have been in production for decades but somehow, the Nissan Tsuru, aka the 1990 Nissan Sentra has eluded me until today. I saw it on Facebook that the Latin NCAP had crash tested the 2015 Nissan Tsuru against a 2016 Nissan Versa, aka the Nissan Sylphy (here in Malaysia - still think the name sounds like a sexually transmitted disease. Versa is so much nicer). The Tsuru died a terrible death. For a car (and the crash test dummy inside) that is.

Spotted For Sale: 2004 Ferrari 360 spider F1 - Sambung Bayar for a Ferrari?

This was spotted for sale recently. First time I am seeing an advert that is asking the buyer to continue the car loan. However there is a catch. There is a RM180,000 down payment and that RM7,000 monthly payment which would have to continue for another 3 and a half years. Continuing loan instalments for a Ferrari? How pathetic.

HAPPENINGS: STUDENT WINS ISUZU D-MAX PICK-UP IN DECAL DESIGN CONTEST ORGANISED BY ISUZU MALAYSIA, THE ONE ACADEMY AND SIME KANSAI PAINTS


Being a student pays off in many ways these days. Recently, a student from UPM was suddenly given the keys to an All-New Proton Saga. Now, a student from The One Academy wins an Isuzu D-MAX Pickup Truck in the pecial Isuzu D-Max Decal Design Contest jointly organized by Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, The One Academy and Sime Kansai Paints Sdn Bhd. 

HAPPENINGS: Perodua and Nippon Paint spruces up a home for children and senior citizens in time for Deepavali

 Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd General Manager, Mr Suresh Kumar (second from left) handover the cheque to  representative from Divine Life Society. Also in the picture is Ms Elina Baseri, General Manager Perodua Strategic Communications Div. (right)

The Kasih Sayang Welfare Home, which operates from a small house on a roadside near Perodua Headquarters, cares for 10 senior citizens and 13 children at the moment. Perodua and Nippon Paint (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd had joined forces in order to give a home for children and senior citizens a makeover in preparation for the upcoming Deepavali celebration. 

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Mercedes-AMG G63 is officially on sale in Malaysia. Woohoo!



The Original. According to Mercedes-Benz. Actually so original because this is the same goodness to gracious G-Wagen that was conceived in 1979. What is even more amazing is that the people at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has decided to officially offer the stomping Mercedes-AMG G63 in Malaysia. So we officially get the original in one of its most monstrous form. Hats off to the people at MBM.

Motorsport: Shell Renews Title Sponsorship of the Malaysian MotoGP till 2020 & Other Sepang International Circuit News

Shell and Dorna Sports have announced an exciting four-year extension to the energy company’s title sponsorship of the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at Sepang International Circuit (SIC). This news comes ahead of the latest instalment of the race in Kuala Lumpur, it reaffirms Shell’s commitment to top-level motorsport and the Asian region, having been title sponsor of the event in seven of the past eight seasons since 2009.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

UPCOMING EVENTS: THE STOP THE CRASH ASEAN 2016 TO BE HELD AT SEPANG CIRCUIT, 30TH NOVEMBER 2016 & IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


The Stop the Crash Partnership, with the support from the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) will be organising: Stop the Crash ASEAN 2016 from 29 to 30 November 2016 at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. 

MoU between the organisers of the Malaysia AutoShow and the Bangkok International Motor Show signed

The organisers of the Malaysia Autoshow and the Bangkok International Motor Show have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). What this means is that the organisers of the Malaysia Autoshow, the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and Aideah Communication Sdn Bhd, will be able to tap the vast resources and experience of the public listed company, Grand Prix International Public Company Lrd of Thailand (GPI), who have successfully organised 37 Bangkok Motor Show to date.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

ISUZU D-MAX Pickup now face lifted and refreshed & the special edition ISUZU MU-X Type S unveiled

Isuzu launched a facelifted Isuzu D-MAX pickup truck yesterday evening. The Japanese company who specialises in pickup trucks, SUVs and commercial vehicles (they do this also) have made some exterior and interior changes to keep their pickup and SUV refreshed for the Malaysian market. This is about time as the D-MAX in its previous form was first launched in 2013. Three years is quite a long time in the ever evolving car industry.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Bosch launches all-new Clear Advantage Wiper - Flat Blade wiper and Bosch Rover roadshow in Peninsular Malaysia


Bosch Automotive Aftermarket recently announced the launch of its latest flat-blade wiper – the Bosch Clear Advantage. According to Bosch, this new flat-blade wiper  provides superior performance for Asian cars even in extreme weather conditions. Up to 200,000 wipe cycles. Or a heck of a lot of wipes.

PERODUA TWECKBOT Team in Taiping - Over 4,000 vehicles checked to date


The Perodua Tweckbot team is back in conjunction with the Deepavali celebrations this year. This time around, the Tweckbot team held its free 50-point vehicle inspection for its customers in Taiping, Perak. The Tweckbot programme, which was introduced in 2011, was a first for Perodua whereby it engages its customers via social media to offer free safety inspections at specified time, date and location.

TEST DRIVE: KUANTAN AND BACK TO THE KLANG VALLEY IN THE PROTON PERSONA 1.6 PREMIUM SE.


This is a long time coming. This review and a few more that desperately needed to be written but due to a slew of new car launches and other events it has had to wait a fair bit. Anyway, the good people at Proton had managed to squeeze me into the Proton Persona media drive from the Proton Center of Excellence (COE) to Kuantan and back. Again, this was an opportunity to get proper highway and B-road (trunk road) experience on this newly launched B segment car. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

PROTON OFFERS A PRICE REBATE FOR THE PROTON IRIZ SPECIALLY FOR RIDE-SHARING DRIVERS

Good news! A rebate of RM4000 will be provided for individuals who purchase the Proton Iriz as part of their plans to become ride-sharing drivers, like those GrabCar and Uber type services. This is in line with what was announced in the recent 2017 budget tabled recently. 

Friday, October 21, 2016

Leaked Pics of the Suzuki - Proton Ertiga Compact MPV


Funtastiko, that local spy photo website has struck again. This time they've found out that the closed Facebook page, Proton Ertiga Community has found some photographs of the upcoming joint venture MPV that Proton and Suzuki will be launching by the end of this year. 

Geely Launches LYNK & CO - Its New Global Car Brand


In some ways this is a surprise. Geely, that Chinese company which owns Volvo Car has now come up with another car brand that will go global. The brand is called LYNK & CO. I wonder if there are any other car companies that have the '& Co' and how are we going to call the car? Just 'Lynk' or do we need to call it 'LynkCo' or 'Lynk & Co'?

Limited Subaru Russ Swift Show Units For Sale at Promo Prices starting 21 October 2016 - Time to get your Scooby!


If you're interested in procuring a Subaru but need a little more incentive now's the time. Motor Image Malaysia, the authorised distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia, will be selling limited show units including the Subaru Forester 2.0i-Premium,. These vehicles were previously used by international stunt driver Russ Swift during various Subaru roadshows. Motor Image Malaysia is offering these cars at a special promotional price commencing 21 October 2016.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Hyundai opens its fourth plant in China and launches a China only model - the Hyundai Verna Yuena

Hyundai Motor Company has opened its fourth manufacturing plant in China in the city of Cangzhou in north eastern China. The new plant, Beijing Hyundai Motor Company Cangzhou Branch, has an annual capacity of 300,000 units. Hyundai Motor Company aims to seize the initiative in China with its ‘New Plant, New Model and New Strategy’ approach. 

GOODYEAR MALAYSIA Launches the GOODYEAR WRANGLER TRIPLEMAX Mid-sized SUV Tyre



Goodyear today launched its latest high performance tire, the Goodyear Wrangler TripleMax, in Malaysia. The tyre is meant for mid-size SUVs and is designed to deliver Superior Braking Performance, Shorter Wet Braking and Road Hazard Resistant features. The TripleMax basically offers a safer and fun driving experience even when one is with the family. Especially when one is with the family.

NAZA QUEST LAUNCHES THE ALL-NEW CHEVROLET COLORADO FOR THE MALAYSIAN MARKET


Naza Quest Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor and importer of Chevrolet vehicles in Malaysia, has launched the All-New Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. Variants made available are the Colorado 2.5L Standard LT Manual, 2.5L LT Automatic, 2.5L Standard LTZ Automatic, the 2.8L Standard LTZ automatic and the range topping 2.8L High Country automatic. This marks a thorough revision of the current generation Colorado pickup truck. First launched globally in 2011, this latest revision features new exterior and interior design. 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Tyre Launch & Test: MICHELIN PILOT SPORT 4 is Launched -& we get to try it out!

 Mr Pascal Nouvellon, MD Michelin Malaysia (middle) with Mr Putu yudha, Marketing Manager Michelin Malaysia (right) with Bibendum the Michelin Man at the launch (yes, that white tyre fella)

Michelin has launched the ultra high performance MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 here in Malaysia. The Pilot Sport series of tyres have been been one of the tyres that have been the choice of driving enthusiasts globally. This time, the new Pilot Sport 4 improves on its predecessor. It offers more innovation and technology that would increase every aspect of performance and safety for drivers seeking that ultimate drive.

MERCEDES-BENZ MALAYSIA 3RD Quarter 2016 Performance Report - On the way to another record year with 9,047 cars delivered between January-September 2016


 Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is on the way to another record year in terms of sales and growth. The Mercedes-Benz brand is still the number one premium automotive brand in Malaysia with 10% growth and 9,047 cars delivered to customers in the first nine months of 2016. Seriously folks, there may be an economic slowdown in various sectors but not here. And definitely not for the people who are buying these Mercedes-Benz cars.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Perodua market share estimated at 36.1% year-to-date, 20K Bezzas delivered



And meanwhile, over at camp Perodua, over 20,000 Perodua Bezza compact sedans have been delivered throughout Malaysia! The Malaysian company which specializes in small compact cars have also announced that their total industry volume, or in layman's terms market share, to be estimated at 36.1% as the the year to date. 

Monday, October 17, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

New Renault Koleos is now launched and available at all Renault Showrooms nationwide

The all-new Renault Koleos – Renault’s new flagship SUV – is now launched and available in Renault showrooms nationwide. The fresh looking SUV is available at the introductory price of RM172,800 in Peninsular Malaysia and RM116,800 in Langkawi (on-the-road inclusive of GST, without insurance and for private registration).

Thursday, October 13, 2016

PROTON SEARCH CONTEST 2016 WINNER ANNOUNCED - LONGEST SINGLE OWNER PROTON WITH MOST MEMORABLE STORY WINS A NEW PROTON SAGA

I was at Proton's Center of Excellence this afternoon for one of those truly unique and heartfelt motoring events that only happens every few years or so. Proton had announced the winners for the Proton Search Contest 2016 where they invited Proton owners who had owned the longest running, decent condition Proton cars out there to participate and also required them to share warm memories of their cars either through written stories or short videos. 

Volkswagen Driving Experience this 15th & 16th October 2016 in Johor Bahru


This is just to inform you readers out there that there will be a Volkswagen Driving Experience event this weekend at Angsana Johor Bahru Mall on the 15th and 16th of October 2016. If you are in JB during this coming weekend, do head over for one of those motoring experiences that usually only money can buy. This one is free. Courtesy of Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia.

The all-new G30 BMW 5 Series is revealed


This is finally it. The seventh generation of the G30 BMW 5 Series Sedan has been revealed and it further evolves the styling of its predecessor, the F10 5 Series. This new one will definitely make its mark when it hits the roads in markets around the world in February 2017 - we should get it at the very least two months or so after that usually (which is still darn fast by Malaysian standards).

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Limited Edition Range Rover 5.0 Supercharged designed by Piet Boon launched in Malaysia


In commemorating 10 years of durable and timeless collaborations with Land Rover, renowned Dutch based lifestyle designers, Piet Boon, today debuted his latest bespoke limited edition design Range Rover in Malaysia.

Volkswagen Wearnes Sg Besi 4S Centre Relocates to its new Facility just across the road from where it was earlier


If you've been frequenting or intend to visit the Volkswagen showroom and service center in Sungei Besi take note that it has moved to somewhere close by. The Volkswagen Wearnes Sg Besi 4S Centre has officially relocated to their their new 4S facility located at No. 8, Jalan Dua, Off Jalan Sungei Besi, KL. The new location, now fully operational and open for business, is located just across the road from where the earlier Centre was previously located. 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Hertz Is Offering Exclusive Car Rental Discounts to Singaporean and Malaysian Drivers Travelling to the United States



If you are travelling to the land of burger and fries,, the United States of America, and have the intention of driving yourself  now's the time to do so. Well, IF you have money to blow lah. HERTZ, that famous car rental company has an offer for those of us in Malaysia and Singapore. You can enjoy a 15% discount on cars from the Hertz Prestige and Adrenaline Collections as well as other top of the line vehicles. Note, as I said, if you have money to spend.

Monday, October 10, 2016

NEW PROTON PERSONA BOOKINGS HIT 12,000 IN TOTAL & NEW PROTON SAGA GETS 4,000 IN TWO WEEKS!



PROTON cars is on a roll. The All-new Proton Persona and the All-New Proton Saga have managed to be quite a sales success for them raking in over 12,000 and 4,000 bookings respectively. This is quite promising for them as the new Persona was launched on the 23rd of August and the New Saga was only launched on the 28th of September. A mere two weeks or so ago!

FINAL LOTUS 50TH CELEBRATION EDITION LOTUS OUT ON SALE - THE LOTUS EXIGE 350 SPECIAL EDITION

Lotus Cars has launched the new Lotus Exige 350 Special Edition. This is the final car in a series of three Lotus 50th celebration edition cars in conjunction with the celebration of Lotus' 50 years at Hethel. 

MAI AND PROTON COLLABORATE IN THE LATEST ROUND OF SUPPLY CHAIN & AFTERSALES DEVELOPMENT

L to R - At the launch - Chief Procurement Officer PROTON-Tuan Haji Hamizan bin Osman, MAI CEO-Datuk Madani Sahari & Mr. Rohime Bin Shafie, CEO Proton Edar

It was a whole day thing for me today at the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI). I witnessed the prize giving and conference for the inaugural Formula SEA ASEAN in the morning and then later in the afternoon, I attended the launch of the latest round Automotive Supplier Excellence Programme (ASEP) and Dealers Entrepreneurship Enhancement Programme (DEEP) conducted by MAI featuring PROTON with participation by its chosen vendors and dealers. 

UiTM student team walks away with RM35,000 at the inaugural Formula SAE ASEAN - Taylor's Uni students a close second!


Today I attended the Prize giving ceremony of the inaugural Formula SAE ASEAN at the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) in Cyberjaya. Seven (7) teams from six (6) universities competed at the multi-stage design competition. This year's competition comprised of teams from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Taylor's University, Universiti Malaysia Perlis (UniMAP), Inti International University and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). From there, the team from UiTM (car no 88) was the overall winner, with a close second by the team from Taylor's University (No 28). 

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Volkswagen Group announces relocation of their regional after sales center to Johor - Operational by 2018


This bit of good news comes from Volkswagen Group directly. They group is moving their Regional After Sales center for the Asia Pacific region to Malaysia! This means faster spares and faster spares means better after sales services.

Spotted For Sale: 1993 Nissan 300ZX with that Lambo look - And other WTF 300ZXs out there.


Here is another one of those cars that you can find whilst scouring mudah.my for nice used sports cars. However, I wouldn't really say that this is one of those 'nice sports cars'. How about a nicely done up, identity confused sports car? I think this is more apt. What we have here folks is a 1993 Nissan 300ZX Fairlady that has been worked into something that bears resemblance to a Lamborghini. Why? This is the million Ringgit question.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Perodua at the CarSifu Editor's Choice Awards & Some thoughts on the overall Awards given out.

Perodua won something with the Bezza at the CarSifu Editor's Choice Awards 2016. Something called the BEST FAMILY RIDE OF THE YEAR. Whilst it is good that Perodua won something. Congratulations is in order, but..... It would make sense if the award was for Best A-segment sedan or something like that. 

PROTON PERSONA PREMIUM CVT & PROTON PERDANA 2.4 BAG SOME AWARDS AT THE FIRST EVER CARSIFU AWARDS


Recently,  PROTON, the national car company managed to bag a couple of awards at the first ever Carsifu Editor's Choice Awards 2016. The very recently launched All-New, Persona Premium CVT (the mid-specced car)  had won Best Compact Car and the also freshly launched All-New Proton Perdana 2.4 won Best Local Design of the Year at the inaugural CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2016. Congratulations to Proton cars is in order.

Happenings: Perodua Fun Walk 2016 in conjunction with the National Sports Day


Managing Director of Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd, Dr. Zahari Husin (right), set off an air horn to release the participants of Perodua Fun Walk 2016. Also in the picture is Mr. Takamasa Kurinami, Executive Director of Perodua.

It's National Sports Day here in Malaysia today folks and I was busy taking a long afternoon nap just now. The reason was that I had to wake up early today and send my kid to her school for her school sports day today held in conjunction with the National Sports Day. So I sent her, went out with the missus for some fabric shopping in SS2 (we ended up not buying anything) and then later went over to the little kiddo's school and ate nasi lemak whilst waiting. After that I went home and fell asleep on the sofa. So much for National Sports Day participation on my part. But anyway, Perodua did something today too!

ISUZU D-MAX BEAST wins ‘Best Dressed-up Pick-up Truck’ at the first ever Carsifu Editor’s Choice Awards


The limited edition Isuzu D-Max BEAST triumphed in the ‘Best Dressed-up Pick-up Truck’ category at the first ever Carsifu Editor’s Choice Awards organised by Star Media Group. Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd Executive Director Hajime Machimura (3rd from left in the photo above) received the award from Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Lee Chee Leong in the presence of Star Media Group Chairman Datuk Fu Ah Kiow, chief operating officer Calvin Kan and chief revenue officer Lim Bee Leng at a gala dinner on the 6th of October 2016.

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ford starts producing more Ford Ranger pickup trucks in Thailand to meet demand & photos of a Ford Ranger Wildtrak

A bit of regional automotive news now folks. Ford Motor Company has announced the official start of production for the Ford Ranger pickup truck at its Ford Thailand Manufacturing (FTM) facility to help meet extraordinary demand across the Asia Pacific region.

TRUCK NEWS: TWO BRAND NEW SCANIA TRUCKS ADDED TO SMG MEGA SAPPIRE'S FLEET


 Haji Idros, Sales Director od Scania SEA (2nd from right) handing over the key to the Scania truck to the Directors of SMG Mega Sappire.

SMG Mega Sappire Sdn Bhd (SMG) has added two new Scania trucks to its fleet as part of its expansion to cater for the increase in the haulage and loader business. The keys to its two latest P410LA6X2MSZ trucks were handed over to the Managing Director of SMG, Mr Kanapathy Raman Satish by the Sales Director for Scania Southeast Asia, Tuan Haji Idros Puteh today. 

AUDI MALAYSIA introduces the Q7 2.0 TFSI Quattro - The flagship Audi SUV gets competitive in terms of pricing


Don't you just love downsizing? Now you can buy a huge full-sized SUV (or house) and only pay less road tax for it! Audi Malaysia has just introduced the flagship Audi Q7 with a 2.0liter TFSI engine. This comes in close to a year after the official launch of the current Q7 with the 3.0 TFSI engine here in Malaysia. So you can have all the style of the largest SUV Audi offers with its more common and smaller engine (usually seen in the smaller A4, Q5, A6 models). 

Thursday, October 06, 2016

The Ford Fiesta is 40 - Six Generations and 17 millions cars later.......


The Ford Fiesta is 40 years old already! Time flies. Since first little Fiesta rolled off the production line in 1976, there have been 6 generations of Fiesta with more than 17 million units produced to date. Ford is marking this special 40th birthday with a celebration of a car that is still keeping with the times and is innovative to this day. It is also the best-selling car in Europe for the past four years as it has been throughout the years.

Truck News: GIGA Shipping takes delivery of 2 HINO Truck Carriers & HINO announces sales of 2,551 units for the 1st Half of 2016


Earlier today GIGA Shipping, a subsidiary of Giga Maritime Group took delivery of two HINO SG2PDPA Prime Mover / Truck Carriers. The handover ceremony took place in HINO 3S dealer center, Soon Seng Truck & Parts Sdn Bhd. in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan. It was attended by Mr. Ken Iwamoto, Managing Director of Hino Motor Sales Malaysia who presented the trucks to Datuk Kumar Prabakaran, Managing Director of GIGA .

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