Monday, October 31, 2016

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.


This four vehicle team will include 12 invited members of the media and in this case, I am glad to say that I am not part of the group. Off-roading has never really been a forte of mine even though I have gone on a number of trips throughout the years. 

I have suggested to a journo acquaintance of mine who is participating this year to bring extra sets of underwear as it can get pretty muddy. And bring an extra dosage of patience. He's going to need it in the jungle. 

He's also going to need lots of salt (to remove leaches), a lighter (to remove leaches), a pocket knife (to remove leaches), mosquito repellant and also if possible bring a punkawalla (the person who operates that large hand operated fan) as well as a chaiwalla (the person who makes tea for you)   like in the colonial days. I mean, if you're invited to the rainforest, make sure you're suddenly all Rajah Brooke and that. This makes perfect sense. No?


Anyway, the Mu-X Monster (as well as the D-Max - above) are mainly stock with some external mods. It will be a good test of endurance for the vehicles and the people that are inside it. 

PRESS RELEASE
ISUZU MARKS 10TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF BORNEO SAFARI SPONSORSHIP

Kota Kinabalu (October 31, 2016) – Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd marked the 10th

consecutive year of its sponsorship of and participation in Borneo Safari with a four

vehicle media team.

The seven-seater Isuzu mu-X Monster is making its debut accompanied by three

‘Borneo Safari-proven’ Isuzu D-Max Monsters.

The vehicles, carrying 12 invited members of the media from Peninsular Malaysia,

Sabah and Sarawak, were flagged-off in Kota Kinabalu this morning.

Modifications to the Isuzu mu-X were limited to the exterior as the 2.5-litre VGS turbo

Intercooler diesel engine matched to a 5-speed automatic transmission with

sequential shift remained stock standard.

Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd Executive Director Hajime Machimura expressed confidence

in the ability of the Isuzu mu-X to excel despite the rough terrains and treacherous

weather expected in the 2016 Borneo Safari.

“Although it is a lifestyle SUV, the Isuzu mu-X shares the same tough DNA as our Isuzu

D-Max pick-up, which has repeatedly proven itself in every edition of Borneo Safari

since its debut in 2005. It is definitely all set for more,” he said.

For more details of Isuzu’s range of vehicles, please go to www.isuzu.net.my. ENDS

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