Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happenings: Caltex Fuel Your School Annual Programme Successfully Completed For The Year


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. 

Industry News - PROTON Sells More Cars - Seems Like An Upward Trajectory For The Company

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. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happenings: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's Public Relations Initiatives Earn Industry Recognition - Centriq PR Wins Silver at the Malaysia PR Awards 2016/17


It is always the people behind the scenes that ensure the things you see happen in the automotive industry. Cars just don't appear to be fully built up. A brand's reputation is also built up by people who have put their hearts and soul into bringing it to a higher level in the eyes of the public. This time around, the people behind the public relations of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Centriq PR, have been awarded the Silver award for the Corporate Branding category at the Malaysia PR Awards 2016/17 for their entry - Mercedes-Benz Malaysia - Redefining Premium Excellence. 

Perodua News: Deliveries of the All-New Myvi Begins With First Official One Delivered, 6,000+ Myvi Bookings To Date and Winners Of ‘Myvi 12 Iconic Years Anniversary SMS & Win Contest’ Announced



The Perodua Myvi is one of those cars that are synonymous with all things Malaysia. So, the launch of the latest one is a big deal over here. The new car, which was fully designed and built in-house from the upper body onwards (means they designed the car themselves) has hit another glorious milestone in its chart. It has made 6,000 people book the car on the first day of its launch. Imagine that.

Offers & Promotions: 'GO NUTS WITH TYREPLUS' Campaign By TYREPLUS and MICHELIN TYRE Ongoing Till 31st December 2017



TYREPLUS, the global multi-brand tyre and car servicing franchise under MICHELIN tyre, has announced their year end promotion and contest. The 'Go Nuts With TyrePlus' campaign has started and is running till the 31st of December 2017 where those that purchase Michelin Tyres (and not the other brands that they carry) at any of the outlets can participate in a WhatsApp based contest. This comes hot on the heels of their rebranding exercise recently where TyrePlus has changed their outlet branding and are pushing customer awareness on their brand.

New High Spec Hyundai Tucson 2.0 MPi Premium 4WD is Now Available



There is a new Hyundai Tucson variant in town. Hyundai Sime Darby Motors have just introduced the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 MPi Premium 4WD variant which adds more premium bits and more extra equipment. This is the new top of the range Tucson here in Malaysia and it costs RM159,888 on the road but without insurance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Offers & Promotions: Volkswagen Aftersales Year End Promotion - 20% Off on Selected Genuine Parts

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has just launched an aftersales promotion from now till 31st December. You can now get up to 20% off the price for selected genuine spare parts at all authorised Volkswagen service centres throughout Malaysia.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ASEAN NCAP Awards The Top Spec All-New Perodua Myvi 1.3 &1.5 variants 5 Stars [UPDATED Video]

ASEAN NCAP has awarded the top specced 1.3 & 1.5liter all-new Perodua Myvi 5 star ratings. This is in like with the cars being offered with Active Safety Assist Systems. The most affordable car in Malaysia to do so.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MisterTyre Partners With TOC Automotive College - TOC's Interns To Work With MisterTyre For On-The-Job Experience

TOC Automotive College has entered into an Internship Partnership Agreement with MisterTyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd. This programme will allow TOCs studens to have on-the-job practical work training with MisterTyre which could be the first company to actually launch a mobile application that offers its customers new tyres, wheel fitting, alignment, engine oil service and battery right to your doorstep or anywhere you are currently at.

Happenings: BMW SHORTIES 2017 - 10 Short Films Have Been Chosen and are Now in the Running for a RM75,000 Production Grant



Another year, another round of BMW Shorties. This is the eleventh time the BMW Shorties are going on and this is the longest running short film competition in the country. For BMW Shorties 2017, 10 finalists are now in the running for the RM75,000 film production grant that is up for grabs.

Offers & Promotions: Mitsubishi Motors Year End Promos & Sales Carnival - Cash Rebates Up To RM11,000 For Selected Mitsubishi Models



More offers are abound! You can get a brand new Mitsubishi Triton, Outlander or an ASX for the year-end holidays at prices more attractive than usual. This is because Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, is now offering attractive holiday rewards with cash bonuses up to RM11, 000 for these selected Mitsubishi models until the end of 2017.

Offers & Promotions: FORD & Sime Darby Auto Connexion's Year End Super Fantastic Ford Rewards and Rebates

The year end holiday season is just around the corner and Ford, via their distributor, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) wants to offer us unbeatable deals, offers, rebates, promotions and rewards on their cars. You could get up to RM5,000 cash rebates if you buy a Ford Ranger WildTrak, zero maintenance for up to 5 years or 100,000km on the Ford Ranger XLT and up to a whopping RM23,000 for a Ford Focus or a Fiesta. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Motorsport: Team PROTON R3 Wins Overall Champion Title At The Sepang 1000km Endurance Race

A Proton Suprima S run by Team PROTON R3 took the overall win at the recent Sepang 1000km (S1k) Endurance Race 2017. The car, driven by Admi Shahrul and James Veerapen came ahead of a lot of strong challengers and demonstrated that a well set up Malaysian car can come up triumphant against other well known sporting brands.

Volkswagen Will Offer Flood Relief Assistance To All Volkswagen Owners Affected By The Recent Floods

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced that they have launched a nationwide Flood Relief programme for all Volkswagen owners affected by the recent floods, which have been one of the worst, particularly in the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. The Flood Relief programme aims to assist Volkswagen owners whose vehicles have been damaged by the floods. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Truck & Bus News: Scania Malaysia Hosts Half Day Safety Driving Session For The Asian Trucker Drivers Club

I was invited to join a short session on safe driving techniques organised by the Asian Trucker Drivers Club at Scania Malaysia's main office in Shah Alam last Saturday. It was a different start to the weekend as I got the opportunity to spend some time with the people from Asian Trucker, participating members of their Asian Trucker Drivers Club as well as the folks from Scania Malaysia. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 Opens - 9 - 12 November at MAEPS, Serdang - Launch & Show Highlights

The Malaysia Autoshow 2017 has begun. I was there to witness its opening and view some of the cars on display. Held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) from the 9 th to the 12 th of November it showcases a heck of a lot of new cars. With the theme  “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Mobility”, it showcases even more than that and even features concurrently the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Sysposium (KLIAS) and SoundValley Festival. So you get deep discussion on the automotive industry and music aside from the automotive related stuff.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Perodua offers assistance for Penang flood victims - Discounts of Spare Parts & Free Inspection Provided

Perodua has decided to offer its assistance to Perodua vehicle owners who have unfortunately experience the severe floods in Penang and the surrounding area. The Malaysian car manufacturer will be offering assistance in the forms of discounts on selected parts and free vehicle inspections to determine the damage suffered by the vehicles. This is very in line with their 'People First' part of their motto.

Happenings: Shell Raises RM738,000 For Five Charity Organisations Under The Shell Raya Charity Drive 2017

The Shell Raya Charity Drive is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative that first Shell Malaysia kick-started 3 years ago. This annual campaign saw Shell donating 1 sen (RM0.01) for every litre of fuel pumped at its stations nationwide on June 22, 23 and 24 this year. As a result, Shell Malaysia has successfully raised RM738,000 for five (5) charity organsations this year. A fantastic amount to help those in need. 

Truck News: UD Trucks & Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd Delivers The First Unit Of The UD Croner In Malaysia


UD Trucks and sole distributor partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) recently delivered the first unit of UD Croner in Malaysia to Ong Brothers Petroleum Sdn Bhd.  The UD Croner is an all-new medium duty truck and it was only launched here in August 2017. It looks like the roll out of the Croner here has been pretty fast.

Perodua Teases Us With Details Of The All-New Myvi While Announcing That It Is Now Open For Booking - Disguised Car Will Be At Malaysia AutoShow 2017 For Public To Guess


Perodua has now opened its order books for bookings of the next generation Myvi, Malaysia's favourite compact hatchback. Priced from RM44,330 for the 1.3liter Manual variant to around RM55,300 for the 1.5 Advance Automatic (both without insurance), the car is something special for Perodua.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Truck News: Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Renews Its Repair & Maintenance Contract With Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles



Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Sdn Bhd, an integrated one stop logistics company has renewed their Repair and Maintenance package contract with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBMCV). The renewal upgrades the previous contract, which was first signed in 2012. 

NAZA KIA MALAYSIA Will Offer A Relief Package For Customers Affected By The Floods In Northern Peninsular Malaysia

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia is graciously offering a flood relief programme for their customers in the Northern region in light of the recent flooding that has happened there. From today until 31 st December 2017, Kia car owners affected by this catastrophic flood can send their Kia to any authorised Kia outlets in the Northern region for free vehicle inspection and professional advice as well as genuine spare parts at a discount. 

THE ALL-NEW RENAULT MEGANE GT TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017



The upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 scheduled for the 9th to the 12th of November. Malaysia's premier autoshow will be where TC Euro Cars, official franchise holder of Renault in Malaysia, reveal the new Renault Megane GT. The Megane is Renault's C segment hatchback and it was first launched at the end of 2015 with sales first starting in Europe in July of 2016. It has taken Renault awhile to bring it over but we will finally get to see this interesting looking hatchback.

Roadshows: MINI 'The Nation' Roadshow continues throughout the month of November 2017


MINI is continuing their 'The Nation' Roadshow for the month of November 2017. The roadshow celebrates the best of Malaysia as well as the MINI brand. This month's stop will be at Desa Park City, The Spring in Kuching, Sarawak and Sunway Velocity Mall. So two locations in the Klang Valley and one in Sarawak. 

Commercial vehicles: Daihatsu Malaysia hands over 22 units of the Gran Max trucks to GIATMARA


Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) handed over twenty-two (22) units of brand new Daihatsu Gran Max light trucks to GIATMARA MALAYSIA recently. These 1.5liter Gran Max trucks which will be utilised by newly graduated GIATMARA technical and vocational graduates under the ‘TRUCK-PRENEUR’ entrepreneurship programme. 

MALAYSIA CAR OF THE YEAR (COTY) 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED - GET TO SEE THEM AT THE UPCOMING MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017 IN MAEPS, THIS 9th TO 12th NOVEMBER

The newly launched (in Malaysia) Honda Jazz Hybrid has been awarded the overall Car of the Year title at this year's Malaysia Car of the Year (COTY) 2017 Awards. Honda and Mercedes-Benz were the big winners as each of them garnered five awards each. Aside from that, Dato’ Dr Zahari Husin, Managing Director of Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd was named Automotive Man of the Year 2017. This is the prelude to the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 which will be held on 9-12 November 2017 in MAEPS, Serdang.

Roadshows: Volkswagen 'Sedanza' Sales Tour Heads Towards Penang & Johor Bahru this November


The Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) ongoing roadshow campaign will be headed towards Penang and Johor this coming November for a 5-day special Volkswagen "Sedanza" Sales Tour. There will be a whole lot of Volkswagen cars on display from the Polo, Vento, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and the new Beetle, as well as numerous Volkswagen models available for test drives. Visitors who test drive and book a Volkswagen during this Sales Tour will also receive an exclusive gift. 

Monday, November 06, 2017

2017 PUTRA BRAND AWARDS AUTOMOTIVE INDUSTRY WINNERS

The Putra Brand Awards is considered at the premier brand awards event in Malaysia. It is organized by the Association of Accredited Advertising Agents Malaysia (4As) and endorsed by MATRADE with the support of the Branding Association of Malaysia, the Malaysian Advertisers Association and the Media Specialists Association. Lets show all the automotive industry winners who were chosen by Malaysian consumers themselves. 

Toyota Picks Up a Gold Award in the 2017 Putra Brand Awards

Toyota again received the Gold award in the Automotive Category at the 2017 Putra Brand Awards held recently. This makes it the sixth consecutive year of winning the top award where Malaysian consumers choose their favourite and most preferred brands in the country. It is also the eighth time that the brand has received the award since the prestigious event began in 2010.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Truck News: Scania Top Team Malaysia 2017-2018 Concludes - Ipoh Service Team 'Pendekar Penyu' wins First Place


The Scania, Top Team Malaysia 2017-2018 has just concluded. This biannual competition has been organised by the Swedish truck and bus manufacturer to find the best (after sales) service team out there. This time, the team “Pendekar Penyu” (above) led by Mohd. Faizal bin Abd. Aziz,  from Scania Malaysia Ipoh Branch had been crowned champion. 

Friday, November 03, 2017

Chelsea Truck Company's latest 'upgraded' Land Rover Defender 'End Edition' - Based on the final few Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI XS 110 Station Wagon

This is the Chelsea Truck Company's 'upgraded' Land Rover Defender. Part of Kahn Design,, the Chelsea Truck Company's ‘End Edition’ is based on the Land Rover Defender 2.2 TDCI XS 110 Station Wagon. The simple fact that this is a modded Land Rover Defender is all the reason I keep featuring one of these here time after time.

PERODUA WINS THE AUTOMOTIVE CATEGORY GOLD AWARD AT THE 2017 PUTRA BRAND AWARDS

Perodua wins Gold at the 2017 Putra Brand Awards. After receiving Bronze and Silver Awards over the past few years, Perodua finally makes it to the top in the Putra Brand Awards Automotive Category. It shows that Malaysians have now placed the brand highly as the Putra Brand Awards is one where Malaysians are the ones voting for the brand of choice. 

PROTON BAGS THE AUTOMOTIVE CATEGORY SILVER AWARD AT THE PUTRA BRAND AWARDS 2017



PROTON took home the Silver Award in the Automotive Category at the Putra Brand Awards 2017, held yesterday at the Majestic Hotel, Kuala Lumpur. This is the first win by PROTON since the Putra Brand Awards was first launched in 2010. Quite an achievement for the brand which seems to be only coming out of a tough streak recently.

Commercial Vehicles / Trucks: NEW TATA 3S CENTRE UNDER RS SUPER TRUCK & BUS SDN BHD OPENS IN BIDOR

TATA has a new 3S Centre in Bidor, Perak. This new sales, after sales, spares and service centre is operated by the recently appointed dealer RS Super Truck & Bus Sdn Bhd. With this new 3S centre, DRB-HICOM Vehicles Sdn Bhd who are authorised distributors of TATA vehicles here have another touchpoint to service its customer base here in Peninsular Malaysia.

Land Rover Will Preview The All-New Land Rover Discovery for the First Time at the 2017 Malaysia Autoshow (9-12 Nov)


The upcoming 2017 Malaysia Autoshow scheduled for the 9th to the 12th of November 2017 will be quite an interesting event. One of the interesting happenings that is going to happen is the first Malaysian preview of the all-new Land Rover Discovery. 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Sime Darby Auto Performance, official distributor of Porsche in Malaysia, introduces the Porsche 360 Financing programme - Owning a Porsche is now slightly easier


Aside from launching the fabulous the latest version of the fantastic road racer, the Porsche 911 GT3, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official importer and distributor of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, has introduced the Porsche 360 Financing programme. 

Truck & Bus News: Volvo Trucks Malaysia Promotion on Genuine Volvo Coolants and Additional Cooling System Parts of Up to 60%


Now, for a short period of time you can keep your Volvo Truck or Bus engine cool at attractive prices. The Volvo Coolants package is priced at RM498 for 8 bottles of Volvo Coolant VCS Ready Mixed or 4 bottles of Volvo Coolant. This promotional price is available till year end or while stocks last.

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Upcoming Roadshows: The Audi Drive Weekend - At the Mines Resort and Golf Club on the 4th & 5th November 2017

Audi Malaysia will be at The Mines Resort and Golf Club in Seri Kembangan for the ‘Audi Drive Weekend’ this coming 4th and 5th November 2017Set at the same location as Audi’s quattro Cup 2017 golf tournament, the Audi Drive Weekend will see the availability of Audi Malaysia's range of vehicles for test drives in the vicinity of Seri Kembangan.  

The Latest and Greatest PORSCHE 911 GT3 To Date Gets Its Malaysian Launch



Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), who are the authorised distributor and retailer of Porsche here in Malaysia has unveiled the new 911 GT3 for the first time in Southeast Asia. The event took place at the Bangsar Shopping Centre, a very central Kuala Lumpur location which would give Porsche enthusiasts in Malaysia a first-hand glimpse into the new generation of Porsche's most track or race oriented 911s.

PROTON Reports Improved Sales - Year To Date Sales Are Up 12.5% To 56,297 Units from 50,091 For The Same Period Last Year

It looks like the slew of new models have benefited national car maker PROTON. They have announced that vehicles sales are up for them for the same period compared to last year. Year to Date sales for PROTON up to the 3rd quarter of 2017 have increased by 12.5%. PROTON have sold 56,297 units up to end September 2017 and if you compare with the end of September 2016, things look sweeter as they only managed 50,091 units for the same period.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Electric Vehicles / Bus News: Go Auto Enters Into Joint Venture With Mara Liner & Higer Bus Company to Develop, Manufacture and Use Electric Buses in Malaysia




Go Automobile Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (Go Automobile), which is part of the Go Auto automotive manufacturing and distributorship group of companies has entered into an arrangement with Mara Liner Sdn Bhd (MLSB) and Higer Bus Company Limited. The parties mentioned have established a strategic partnership to develop, manufacture and engineer the production of electric buses meant for Malaysia.

Industry News: ISUZU MALAYSIA gets a new CEO

Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (IMSB) recently appointed Koji Nakamura (above) as its new Chief Executive Officer. He replaces the outgoing CEO, Kenji Matsuoka who has held the position of CEO in IMSB since 2015. Nakamura has more than 25 years of experience with Isuzu. This includes holding various leading management role in Isuzu Asia Pacific. He has extensive knowledge and understanding in managing various different markets, especially in running large automotive markets such as India and Thailand.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Perodua Launches 5 Year Road Safety Campaign & Perodua Child Safety Seats

Perodua has launched a 5 year road safety campaign here in Malaysia. This campaign is aimed at improving the behavior of drivers starting with reminding drivers to practice good driving habits and also adhere to road traffic laws (which some Malaysians seem to choose not to). There will be four salient points of this new campaign. These are the use of seat belts, non-use of mobile devices whilst driving, the use of turn signals (which a lot seem to forget to use) and the use  of child safety seats (which should be used instead of the child sitting on the parent's lap sometimes).

All-New BMW HP4 Race, All-New BMW G 310 GS and the New BMW S 1000 XR have been launched at the recent Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) 2017.

BMW Motorrad Malaysia is BMW Group's motorcycle arm and it had decided to launch the All-New BMW HP4 Race, the All-New BMW G 310 GS and the New BMW S 1000 XR at the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) 2017 which happened recently. BMW Motorrad had basically presented their latest motorcycles at the biggest motorcycle event in Malaysia.

Perodua 3rd Quarter 2017 Performance Report - Predicts It Is Still On Track Towards A 202,000 Sales Target For 2017

Perodua has recorded sales of 151,600 units for the first 9 months of 2017. This is actually up 0.5% of recorded sales for the same period in 2016. So whilst Perodua has reported that for the 3rd quarter of 2017 that its sales tapered off slightly (down 3% month on month), the Malaysian manufacturer states that it is still on track towards a fantastic sales figure of 202,000 for this year.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Motorsport & Industry News: Sepang International Circuit and TOC Automotive College Team Up to Promote & Develop Local Motorsport Talents


TOC Automotive College has announced that they will be collaborating with Sepang International Circuit (SIC) to develop SIC as the Motorsports Hub of Asia. This partnership will aim to nurture and grow our local motorsport talents and also engineers so that we have individuals which are competitive globally.

ExxonMobil announces first three winners of the Mobil Nationwide Consumer Promotion - Contest OnGoing Till 30th November 2017. You Too Can Win!

Now before we get to the news where three lucky people recently won a new Peugeot 208 PureTech each I'd like to announce that last month, ExxonMobil had launched its year-end Nationwide Consumer Promotion that enables Mobil customers to win the Peugeot mentioned as well as other prizes. From 1st September 2017 until 30th November 2017, those who purchased selected 4L or 5L bottles of Mobil 1 or Mobil Super 2000 product stand a chance of winning big! 

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