Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Recently, over 150 talented students from 16 countries from all over the world attended the Land Rover 4x4 in Schools Technology Challenge World Final at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi to participate in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) education competition. This is quite an ambitious and innovative Corporate Social Responsibility initiative undertaken by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) as it actually unearths future talent for JLR.
Happenings: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's 'Christmas in a ShoeBox' Brings Some Cheer to Needy Children Again
Ho Ho Ho. Merry Christmas! It was a merrier Christmas than usual for 46 children from three charity homes as Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) hosted them for a full day of events. This is the ninth year running that MBM has held their annual 'Christmas in a Shoebox' (CIAB) initiative where the Malaysian arm of the premium automaker gives back to the community and more.
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Hyundai Motor’s All-New KONA has received the maximum five-star safety rating from the independent vehicle assessment organisation Euro NCAP. This is for the Euro spec 1.0liter T-GDi petrol and the 1.6 CRDi turbo diesel variants. This result marks out the new B segment SUV as one of the safest vehicles in the segment, convincing in all four categories: Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Pedestrian and Safety Assist.
There are two SUVs from Jaguar Land Rover that I am eagerly awaiting their arrival to our Malaysian shores. They are the recently previewed Land Rover Discovery (at the recent Malaysia Autoshow 2017) and the recently launched Range Rover Velar, which would be launched early in the second quarter of 2018. The Velar is the latest Range Rover which sits between the entry level Range Rover Evoque and the Range Rover Sport.
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Ford Malaysia & Sime Darby Auto Connexion Unveils Its First ChatBot (Beta) and Multi Language Option On Official Ford Website
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford vehicles in Malaysia had recently debuted its 1st chatbot. This initiative is part of SDAC’s continuous efforts to engage with their customers in a quick and easy approach.
ASEAN NCAP Q4 2017 – Two 5 Stars Achievers (New Perodua Myvi & New Toyota Vios / Yaris and Two Zero Stars Results (Chery Transcab & Suzuki Carry trucks)
The New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) has announced four new crash test results for the 4thQuarter of 2017. All have been tested in ASEAN NCAP's facility in Melaka and ASEAN NCAP’s latest tested models for 2017 are the Perodua Myvi, Toyota Vios, Chery Transcab and Suzuki Carry.
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
Today the all-new Perodua Myvi officially receives its 5-star safety certification from ASEAN NCAP. This Malaysian all-time favourite was tested and rated based on ASEAN NCAP’s latest 2017-2020 protocol where it scored 32.71 points out of a possible 36 for Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), representing a 90.9% compliance, and 43.14 points out of a possible 49 for Child Occupant Protection (COP), representing an 88% compliance. Safety is affordable these days.
UMW Toyota Motor Announces Five New Toyota TopMark Outlets in Peninsular Malaysia - More Places to Buy Proper Used Toyota Vehicles
The Toyota TopMark network is currently being expanded to more locations throughout Malaysia. The official Toyota used car sales outlets offer the latest Toyota & Toyota Hybrid Certified Pre-Owned Cars (and selected Lexus cars also) to those who want a Toyota almost as good as a brand new one. Now four authorised Toyota dealers of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) are now Toyota TopMark dealers too.
‘Never Was the Shade’, a short film by Lim Kean Hian, has emerged as the Grand Prize Winner for the BMW Shorties 2017. This is the 11 th edition of Malaysia’s longest running and short film competition. This is one way how the BMW Group Malaysia gives back to the people - time time, through the art of film making.
Saturday, December 16, 2017
Industry Outlook: PROTON Top Dealers Visit Geely in China - New Things To Learn and To Do and Consequences
Recently, PROTON took its top dealers to visit Geely in China to show them how Geely dealers operate their centres in Shanghai. The trip consisted of 28 top PROTON sales and service center owners, accompanied by PROTON officials and a representative from a financial institution.
Happenings: Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia & Make-A-Wish Fulfill Wishes of Two Children Fighting Cancer
Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia (MBSM), part of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, believe that success and social responsibility go hand-in-hand are working together with the non-profit organisation, Make-A-Wish, to create wonderful memories for two children who have been diagnosed with cancer.
Happenings: Battle of The Clubs 2017 - Goodyear Malaysia Organises Car Club Challenge For Malaysian Car Clubs!
Goodyear Malaysia is currently hosting Battle of The Clubs 2017 for eight selected car clubs in Malaysia, featuring a series of fun team challenges, in search for the Best Car Club 2017. The challenge first started in early August 2017 and the “Time Attack” round for the event had just concluded. Participants are now gearing up for the next challenge known as “On The Road Treasure Hunt” across Klang Valley happening tomorrow (as I type), 17 December 2017.
Thursday, December 14, 2017
NZ WHEELS JOHOR BAHRU AUTOHAUS Has Been Upgraded - First AMG Performance Centre In The Southern Region
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (MBM) together with authorised dealer NZ Wheels, has officially re-opened their completely refurbished Mercedes-Benz NZ Wheels Johor Bahru Autohaus (Mercedes-Benz NZ Wheels JB Autohaus).
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), Malaysian distributors of Porsche, introduced the new Macan SportDesign Series yesterday. The Macan SportDesign Series gets a lot of equipment which is usually in the options list. It is priced at RM 545,000.00 including all applicable duties, except registration fee, road tax and insurance. This actually represents a substantial saving compared to a similarly well equipped Macan. It is however exclusively limited to only 40 units.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Truck News: HINO Total Support Contest Malaysia - In Its 4th Year With 110 Contestants From All Over Malaysia This TIme Around
Last weekend was Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd's (HMSM) Hino ‘Total Support Contest’ (TS Contest) for 2017. 110 contestants from over a hundred Hino dealerships throughout Malaysia had participated in this annual skills competition meant for Hino sales and after sales personnel.
It's December 2017, and every time December rolls by I usually take a break in terms of pounding out articles, work or any sort of thing that needs me to use intensive labour or use my brains a bit more than usual. If you've been following my stuff over the years you would know that I value Quality of Life above anything else. So, after nearly eleven months of doing stuff, I take a few days to chill and relax a little. The video above was uploaded today and shows off Motoring-Malaysia's 'office' at the Sepang Circuit.
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Offers & Promotions: 6+1 Limited Edition Justice League Collectible Toy Cars via Caltex JOURNEY TM Card
The Justice League Cars promotion is now ongoing for Caltex JOURNEY Card or B Infinite card members. This promotion, which runs from now until 31 January, 2018, offers six (6) Justice League mini-figure heroes and their custom cars. This could be something collectible for those who are DC Comics movie fans and also Caltex customers out there who would like to just buy or redeem something different.
Volkswagen and Lazada Malaysia's Collaboration To Sell Limited Edition Beetles A Roaring Success - All 12 Sold Out In 20 Minutes
The future just arrived. Volkswagen and Lazada Malaysia have sold out all 12 units of the limited edition Beetles within 20 minutes of it being open for bookings. The 12 units of Beetles were offered through Lazada's online portal at a retail price of RM112,112 (before registration and taxes) and one had to place their booking (and its fee) through the website which twelve or so people did.
BMW Group Malaysia Introduces The New BMW and MINI Service Online - Schedule Your Servicing Via Their Website
BMW Group Malaysia has announced what it considers to be the country's first online service scheduling system for BMW and MINI customers. With this, customers can schedule the service needs for their vehicles directly at their preferred authorised dealership via the BMW Malaysia and MINI Malaysia website.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Volkswagen Seremban Officially Opens For Business - The First Authorised Volkswagen 3S Centre in Negeri Sembilan
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) and HICOM Auto today launched the Volkswagen Seremban 3S Centre. Currently this is the only authorized Volkswagen centre in Negeri Sembilan and it is the second Volkswagen 3S Centre by HICOM Auto after Volkswagen Semenyih.
It is now Mazda's turn to celebrate the end of 2017 with more offers and promos. It could be the perfect time to get that Mazda you always wanted as there is now a nationwide Mazda Festive Carnival which will go on till the end of December 2017. According to Bermaz Auto Berhad, who are the exclusive distributor of Mazda in Malaysia, there will be Mazda Festive exclusive deals, lucky dip, and instant gifts upon sign up of any Mazda vehicles. Demo units for the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-5 will be available, prices starting from RM 65,000 and RM 110,000 respectively.
Aiman Motor Performance Opens its First 4S Centre in Malaysia - Unveils the Recently Launched Subaru XV At The New Centre
Aiman Motor, a long time player in the automotive distribution scene here in Malaysia, under its company, Aiman Motor Performance Sdn Bhd (AMP) earlier today unveiled its first 4S Centre which also houses their Subaru dealership. Located in Glenmarie, Shah Alam, this one-stop automotive sales and aftersales solution unifies Sales, Services, Spare parts as well as Shop for body and paint services under one roof for all car brands including super and premium cars.
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Bus / EV News: DEFTECH Announces the Putra NEDO EV Bus - Malaysia's First Super Quick Charge Electric Vehicle
DEFTECH, DRB-HICOM's subsidiary has unveiled Malaysia’s first Super Quick Charge (SQC) Electric Vehicle (EV) - the Putra NEDO EV bus. The SQC EV Bus project is part of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into by Perbadanan Putrajaya (PPj) and New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan. The SQC EV bus project is the first step into making the Federal Government Administrative Centre, Putrajaya, a more eco-friendly city.
This is quite a deal for Isuzu Malaysia. The Japanese vehicle manufacturer recently delivered 115 units of various Isuzu trucks to City-Link Express (M) Sdn Bhd as part of their 2017 fleet agreement purchase. This saw 105 units of the Isuzu ELF 4-wheeler (NLR77UEE) model and 10 units of the Isuzu ELF 6-wheeler (NQR75UKN) model. This new trucks now join the City-Link fleet of which now has 322 units of Isuzu trucks.
The Toyota RM1,000,000 Bonanza promotion is currently ongoing. You can save up to RM7,000 get some free official Toyota accessories and get free service for up to 5 years if you buy and register a new Toyota during this month of December. During this promotion period, three lucky buyers will also stand a chance to win the Grand Prize, Toyota Camry Hybrid 2.5. Another 100 lucky buyers will also receive a smartphones worth RM5,000 each too.
Volkswagen and Lazada Malaysia Officially Announces The Online-Exclusive Limited Edition Beetle Which You Can Book & Buy Online
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) and Lazada Malaysia has officially announced a unique collaboration that will see 12 limited edition Volkswagen Beetles sold online. The partnership offers Malaysians the chance to buy an exclusive Volkswagen Beetle via Lazada’s online platform. This could be the first time a car is offered where the initial move to purchase is made through the internet.
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival that happened over the past weekend actually became quite a successful motorsport and motoring festival as some 20,000 spectators came to the venue at the Malaysia Ago Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) to soak in the action, thrilling races, entertainment and more. So much energy from what was an event surrounding a one make Toyota Vios race challenge!
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Now you can actually buy a whole car through Lazada Malaysia, that online portal where you can actually buy everything from baby diapers to engine oil. Lazada Malaysia and Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia are working together where they will sell 12 limited edition Volkswagen Beetle cars online.
Monday, November 27, 2017
Two weeks have passed since the Malaysia Autoshow 2017 ended. The motor show recorded over 255,000 visitors. Quite a respectable number.
J.D. Power 2017 Malaysia Initial Quality Study SM (IQS) Finds Honda, Isuzu, Perodua & Toyota Tops For Initial Quality in Its New Cars
Been a bit busy to actually type a whole lot if stuff as I am on a well deserved holiday. Well deserved according to me, that is. Anyway, down below is the J.D. Power 2017 Malaysia Initial Quality Study SM (IQS)
Sunday, November 26, 2017
Some Smart Alec has decided to AMG an all-new Perodua Myvi. We call it the Myvi OMG 45 after the Mercedes-AMG A45. But this is the Malaysian 'God-Car' version....the Oh My God 45. Now you don't need to spend so much to fly.
Mitsubishi Motors Flood Relief Effort With The Triton Tuners Club & 40% off Mitsubishi Genuine Parts and Labour For Those Affected By The Floods In Penang
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia have announced a Flood Relief Effort for Mitsubishi owners affected by the recent flood disaster in Penang. The company will offer a 40% discount on spare parts and labour prices from today until 31 December 2017 for Mitsubishi vehicles damaged by the recent floods.
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Here is our latest video folks! The Test of the 2017 Volvo V90 T5 Wagon. A fine car, well designed, stylish, quite practical and a little bit flawed. But as far as wagons go, you cannot find any better here in Malaysia at this point of time.
Recently UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT), the distributors of Toyota here, made a donation of a Toyota Camry Hybrid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. The vehicle will be used for technical research and development study by the researchers and students who are studying under the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM).
PERODUA Has Received Over 13,000 Bookings Of The All-New Myvi To Date - Has Already Delivered 1,000 Units
Perodua have started deliveries of the all-new Perodua Myvi compact hatchback and about 1,000 units have already been delivered to their owners. This is good news as it would seem that deliveries are fast and it needs to be fast considering that Perodua has actually received over 13,000 bookings since the car was open for bookings.
2007 was an important milestone for the Isuzu brand here in Malaysia. It was on that year that ISUZU HICOM Malaysia Sdn Bhd (IHM) was first established with the purpose of the Japanese brand having more control over the Malaysian market in lieu of increased market competition and to be quicker in responding to customers here.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Chevron Malaysia Limited, which trades under the Caltex brand, together with Pen Petroleum Sdn Bhd, had recently organised a community outreach to those affected by the recent floods in the northern state of Penang.
Maserati Malaysia Launches The Levante S in GranLusso and GranSport Variants - Prices Start at RM788,800++
The Maserati Levante S is officially in Malaysia. This is the 'Maserati of SUVs' according to Maserati. But of course, no one does a Maserati like Maserati and no one would do a SUV like Italians do. So the Levante is pretty unique. Now whilst the Levante has already made it to our shores in diesel form, this marks Maserati's first petrol powered SUV to reach our shores.
Thursday, November 23, 2017
This piece of news is slightly interesting even though Renault Samsung Motors are not sold locally here. The Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E is an electric vehicle which is based on the Renault Fluence sold here. It is exactly like the Fluence sedan and the only difference externally are the badging.
Truck News: HINO Delivers 15 Units Of Its Newly Improved Hino 300 Series Light Duty Truck To My World Logistics Sdn Bhd
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd officially delivered 15 units of the new HINO 300 series to My World Logistics Sdn Bhd at a small ceremony in Kuala Lumpur early this morning. The event marks a special occasion for both Hino and My World Logistics as this was actually a first time Hino truck purchase by the delivery company.
Chevron Malaysia & Visa Announce Partnership - Visa payWave System Implemented At All Caltex Stations & In Conjunction You Can Win A Mercdedes-Benz C200!
Caltex, the brand which Chevron Malaysia retails under has announced its partnership with Visa. The partnership makes Caltex the first fuel provider in Malaysia to introduce the Visa payWave system at their fuel service stations. Visa payWave is a contactless payment system where its cardholders can simply wave their cars in front of cardreaders.
SISMA Auto is Volvo Car Malaysia's newest authorised dealer and they have now officially opened their city centre showroom. The new sales outlet is located at Menara Worldwide on Jalan Bukit Bintang which is walking distance to Kuala Lumpur's main commercial and shopping district.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Mobility: GRAB Malaysia Launches Its First Ever Grab Lounge At The Sunway Pyramid - More Grab Lounges Planned Too
Grab, Malaysia and Southeast Asia's leading preferred ride hailing service, launched the first ever, Grab Lounge which is located at Sunway Pyramid, in Petaling Jaya. Now you can actually hang out there whilst waiting for Grab cars to pick you up or to arrive with a bit more style too. Something like an airport lounge in some ways.
Upcoming Events: BIMMERFEST 2018 To Happen On The 3rd Of February 2018 At The Sepang International Circuit!
After a 5 years’ absence, the BIMMERFEST is scheduled to happen in February of 2018. This was announced by the main event organiser Biggs Entertainment who will be working with the BMW Club Malaysia. BIMMERFEST 2018 is all things BMW. From their classic cars and bikes as well as their new stuff and it is scheduled to be held on the 3rd of February 2018 at the Sepang International Circuit.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) This Weekend (25 &26 Nov 2017) - Win A Vios!
The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival will be happening at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) this weekend - the 25 & 26th of November 2017! The main event is the Vios Challenge Series where in the Super Sporting Category where most of Malaysia’s top racing drivers will be competing for the very first Vios Challenge title.
Recently Bosch Automotive Aftermarket conducted a survey of 350 Malaysian drivers where they found out that vehicle battery failure is the top cause of vehicle breakdowns in the country. Engine and wiring issues came in at 20% and 5% respectively. So it seems that battery failure is the cause of a whole lot of pain and suffering.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Announces The Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT Premium and The Limited Edition Mitsubishi ASX Adventure
Two new Mitsubishi vehicle variants have been announced recently. The new Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT Premium and a limited edition Mitsubishi ASX Adventure compact crossover are now on sale in Malaysia. The Triton VGT AT Premium and the ASX Adventure is priced RM116,300.00 and RM123,988 respectively, without insurance but with GST in Peninsular Malaysia.
Caltex has successfully completed its annual Caltex Fuel Your School programme (“Caltex FYS”) for the year. The programme, was run in partnership with MyKasih Foundation. It continues to support the Malaysian government’s efforts in enhancing the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is the sixth year that the programme has been running and the Caltex FYS has enabled over 20,000 students in Perak schools to benefit from it this time around.
Monday, November 20, 2017
The New Renault Megane GT - It Will Be On Display At Renault's Petaling Jaya Showroom From The 21st of November Onwards
One of the more interesting cars that was displayed at the recent Malaysia Autoshow 2017 was the Renault Megane GT. The car was displayed at the autoshow by Renault Malaysia distributors TC Euro Cars and it the first time the all-new Megane has set foot in this country.
Happenings: UMW Toyota Motor Staff Were Part Of The Volunteers At Seberang Prai Utara's Flood Relief Operations
Car companies in Malaysia have been doing lots of good in assisting people that have experienced one of the worst floods up in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Recently, a team of volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor have lent a hand in the flood relief efforts there by providing assistance where needed.
It looks like PROTON seems to be on an upward trajectory over the past few months. They have registered a total of 61,380 vehicles from January up to October 2017. During the same period last year, the Malaysian company managed 57,734 units making a slight improvement in sales for the brand.