Friday, March 31, 2017

Hyundai Motor Advances its ‘Future Mobility’ Vision at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show



Hyundai has revealed its latest hyper-connected car and autonomous driving technologies at the 2017 Seoul Motor Show which runs from today to the 9th of April 2017. The ‘Home to Car’ and ‘Car to Home’ services with Hyundai's self-developed ccSP platform introduced together with the FE Fuel Cell Concept car’s Asian debut (above) demonstrates Hyundai’s overall tech integration as well as eco-vehicle commitment. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Happenings: BMW Group Malaysia Awards Best Performing Dealerships and Individuals in the Country at the BMW Dealer Awards Night 2016.


Yesterday I wrote about BMW Group Global rewarding their best dealers globally with Sime Darby's Auto Bavaria coming up as one of the finalists. Not too shabby eh? Anyway, now, BMW Group Malaysia held its annual BMW Dealer Awards Night, recognizing the best of its 39 strong dealer network in celebration of the premium automaker’s successful 2016 financial year. The accolades were handed out to the best performing dealers and individuals for their contribution in achieving steady business growth for the premium automaker’s BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad brands.

TRUCK NEWS: 300th FUSO Truck Delivered To Biforst Logistics & MoU entered for intent to purchase FUSO electric truck in the near future


Today was the official hand-over and delivery of the 300th FUSO truck to Biforst Logistics. This occasion marks as a historic milestone in the long-standing relationship and trust between Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (which owns the FUSO brand) and Biforst Logistics.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Sime Darby Auto Bavaria is one of BMW Group's 36 Best Dealers in the World


BMW honoured its 36 best dealers worldwide during the Excellence in Sales awards ceremony in Munich. The awards were presented by the programme’s patron, Ian Robertson, BMW AG Management Board member for Sales and Brand BMW, Aftersales BMW Group. 2016 was a record year for BMW Group sales and these awards recognise the outstanding contribution made by the company’s dealers. 

Ford Donates Vehicles and Equipment to Montfort Boys Town


Ford Motor Company, together with its local partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), today named the Montfort Boys Town in Selangor as the latest recipient of its Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme in Malaysia. 

BMW Group Malaysia Launches the All-new BMW 5 Series

The seventh generation BMW 5 Series has officially been launched in Malaysia. Internally codenamed the G30, this is BMW's take on how a premium business should be. At this moment only one, fully imported variant is available - the BMW 530i M Sport. The official retail price (on the road, without insurance, and with BMW Group Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty, Free Scheduled Service Program and BMW Tyre Warranty Programme) is RM 398,800.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Truck News: New UD Trucks dealership opens in Kuantan


Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE), the sole distributor of UD Trucks in Malaysia together with their official dealer, Edaran Setia Auto Sdn Bhd has officially opened its latest  UD Trucks dealership in Kuantan, Pahang. With over 25 years of experience in the commercial vehicle industry, Edaran Setia Auto aims to cover the East Coast region focusing on delivering the best sales experience to a wide range of industries that are ongoing on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

DRB-HICOM REAFFIRMS NEED TO BE DETAILED IN PROTON FSP SEARCH

"There have been news reports stating that we are left with only one bidder. I can confirm that all parties that submitted bids for PROTON are still in the running and DRB-HICOM is still evaluating these bids. We are going through the tail-end of this meticulous process, and we are looking forward to completing this search by the end of the first half of this year," said DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM) Group Managing Director, Dato' Sri Syed Faisal Albar. With this he basically reaffirmed the Group's statement last week that all bidders are still in the running to be selected as PROTON's FSP.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Offers: MINI Malaysia Introduces New Added Features and New Full Circle Programme for the MINI 3 Door and MINI 5 Door

MINI Malaysia today introduced the Full Circle Programme by MINI Financing This is the compact premium automaker’s newest financing program courtesy of BMW Credit Malaysia which offers enhanced flexibility and future value peace of mind assurance for the MINI 3 Door and MINI 5 Door. 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spotted for Sale: Another God Car


FULL SPEC EDITION 1 GOD. I wonder if there is a second edition God around also.

I know the A45 is fast. You may think you are a driving God whilst driving one. 

Is is so hard to check before clicking ENTER for one's advertisement? 

Opinion: Thoughts on car prices & labour costs elsewhere and the soon to be replaced Honda CRV

I haven't had the time to really rave and rant in recent times. So today I think I should share more car related stuff with you folks out there as it's a sunday night as I type this and my mind is at ease. Well, maybe not so much at ease because tomorrow is the start of another week where a lot of things will be happening. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Volvo launches the S90 and V90 in T5 And T6 R design variants in Malaysia

L to R - H.E Ambassador Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia and Mr Lennart Stegland, MD Volvo Car Malaysia

Friday, the 24th of March 2017 marked another milestone for Volvo here in Malaysia. The brand has now launched their newest flagship models, the Volvo S90 sedan and the Volvo V90 estate. Both, like the recently launched XC90 make up Volvo's renaissance and basically a comeback into the premium vehicle arena after some time lost in the Scandinavian wilderness. Well, according to Yours Truly that is. 

Driver's Education: Volkswagen “Polo P” Project Driver's Skills programme for new drivers - First one is currently ongoing at UTAR Sg Long

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today launched its inaugural “Polo P” project, dedicated to educating and empowering new licensed drivers with the skills and knowledge to stay safe on the roads. So now you can go from newbie licensed driver to Professional with the Volkswagen “Polo P” Project.

DRB-HICOM says that all Foreign Strategic Partner Bidders are still in the running - Move along folks, let's just wait till mid-2017.

There have been news recently that Geely, the China auto maker, who is purportedly in the running to become Proton's foreign strategic partner has dropped out of contention. Geely and the French PSA group have been seen as the fore-runners in this exercise and such a news is indeed worrying to some. 

HAPPENINGS: Naza Kia Malaysia provides Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM) with a Kia Sorento

Naza Kia Malaysia has handed over a brand new Kia Sorento to our boys in blue. The Kia Sorento that was presented to the PDRM is a diesel variant is equipped with an R 2.2 CRDi engine which produces 200 PS and 441.3 Nm of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. I suppose this MPV could be used in many ways by the PDRM actually.

Contest: EXPERIENCE THE DRIVE CONTEST’ BY PROTON


Now here is a chance for you to Win weekly RM500 petrol cards and monthly RM3,000 cash from Proton. They have recently launched the  “Experience the Drive Contest” to encourage Malaysians to test drive and experience their cars. The ‘Experience the Drive Contest’ (“the Contest”) had started on 1 March 2017 and the Contest will continue until the end of the year.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Naza Kia Launches The All New Grand Carnival



Naza Kia Malaysia has launched the current new generation Kia Carnival here in Malaysia. This new Carnival, now called the Kia Grand Carnival, marks a return of some sorts for Kia here. We missed a whole generation of the MPV here and now its back.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Grab (Car) and Tinder Partner to Give You a Chance to Meet Your Favourite Personalities


Grab, Southeast Asia’s leading technology company, is partnering with Tinder, the world's leading social app for meeting new people, to give you a special opportunity to meet your match! So it's a dating app coupled with a ride sharing app. What could possibly go wrong...

Ford Ranger WildTrak now on sale in limited-edition new Jet Black


You can now for a limited time buy the very fantastic to drive Ford Ranger WildTrack pick-up in Jet Black. You get class-leading safety features, including six airbags, and driver assistance technologies like Lane Keeping Aid, Adaptive Cruise Control and Electronic Stability Control. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

A Special Volkswagen Offer by our JPJ...in some ways.


A once in a lifetime opportunity for Volkswagen enthusiasts has arrived courtesy of our Road Transport Department. As of the 21st of March, 2017, the RTD, or better known as Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan Malaysia (JPJ) has started the "VW" car registration series and customers who purchase a Volkswagen car in the next couple of days will be one of the lucky few to own a Volkswagen with a VW number plate. Customers who are interested should quickly visit their nearest authorized dealers to find out more or to place a booking before the "VW" series ends. 

UITM’S ECO-SPRINT EMERGED AS CHAMPIONS AT SHELL ECO-MARATHON ASIA 2017

Our engineering students HAVE THE POTENTIAL to achieve greatness. Team UiTM Eco-Sprint from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Shah Alam, Malaysia brought home victory for the fourth consecutive time with a result of 359.4km/m3 in the Hydrogen category, at the recently held Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 competition in Singapore. Emerging as the runners up in the same category, University of Malaya’s Eco-Voyager earned Malaysia a sweet 1-2 victory by achieving an improved reading of 255.7km/m3 (compared to the team’s previous reading at the competition last year)!

MITSUBISHI OPENS ITS NEW 3S CENTRE IN BAYAN LEPAS, PENANG

EON Auto Mart Sdn Bhd, a member of the DRB-HICOM Group of companies, and Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia today officially launched the new Mitsubishi 3S Centre in Bayan Lepas.  This is part of the company’s efforts to provide better customer experience for Mitsubishi’s owners in and around Bayan Lepas and the greater Penang region.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Our Cars/ Long Term Test: Continental MC5 on the C180 after 15,000km


This is a short piece since I am on vacation with the family. As you folks are aware, the Mercedes-Benz C180 W204 had been fitted with Continental MC5 aka MAX contact replacing the OE fitted Continental CSC5 tyres. Now since I have done around 15,000km on them it's time to review them.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Ford Continues its ‘Driving Skills for Life’ Programme with over 140 participants this time around


With the main aim to reduce road accidents in Malaysia, Ford and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) organised another six sessions of their Driving Skills for Life programme, a flagship global corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme offering free-of-charge, hands-on driver training. Over 140 licensed drivers participated in this programme. 

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Roadshow News: “Vento Turbocharged Tour” to be held at 11 selected locations across the country

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) will be organizing the “Vento Turbocharged Tour” which will be held at 11 selected locations across the country starting with the 18th and 19th of March at AEON Bukit Tinggi, Klang. 

Porsche Centre Penang officially opens its doors - Porsche Cayman 718 unveiled


Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia, recently officially opened the new Porsche Centre Penang to cater for the Northern region. This brand new 3S Porsche Centre Penang is strategically located along Jalan Baru in Seberang Perai, Penang, and is easily accessible from Penang Island via the first bridge.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Happenings: Continental Tyre Malaysia supports Malaysian Classic Volkswagen Enthusiasts on their road trip to Germany


Ah. Old Volkswagens. They do bring out some pretty nostalgic feelings in everyone. Usually some people just use them on weekend drives around their neighbourhood. Old Beetles and original Kombi Transporter vans get used sparingly by their owners and kept in pristine condition. But not these bunch of valiant people led by Mr Stephen Pang. They are on their way to Germany using 4 classic Volkswagens - three Kombis and a Beetle. 

Naza Kia Malaysia Set to Launch All New Grand Carnival before the end of the 1st quarter, 2017

Naza Kia Malaysia, who are the authorised distributors of Kia here has just announced that they will launch the all-new Kia Carnival MPV before the end of March 2017. According to the company, the Carnival will be the vehicle pushing up the sales of Kia Malaysia for the year. They forecast an increase of up to 25% for this year. Quite high hopes on this MPV by the looks of it. 

Offer alert: Chevrolet Malaysia's Double Bonus deals - Rebates up to RM6,000 and more for a new Chevy Colorado


Naza Quest Sdn Bhd the sole importer and distributor for Chevrolet vehicles in Malaysia is now offering the 'Double Bonus' sales promotion for the new Chevrolet Colorado. 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The new Porsche 911 GT3


I must say that everytime Porsche launches a new 911 GT3 I get very excited. The reason is because the Porsche 911 is in its purest form when it is a GT3. More so when it becomes a GT3 RS. However, the previous GT3 was not offered with the purest gearbox of all - the manual. Only a PDK box last time. This time, the new Porsche 911 GT3 gets all of its purity back as it is now offered with one again. 

Mofaz Exotic Car Brings The Mercedes-Benz Experience To Customers In The East Coast Region with the Mercedes-Benz Mofaz Kota Bahru & Kuala Terengganu 3S Autohauses


Mercedes-Benz Malaysia,  together with authorised dealer, Mofaz Exotic Car Sdn Bhd, has expanded its presence in order to serve its customers in the east coast region with the all-new Mercedes-Benz Mofaz Kota Bharu (above) and all-new Mercedes-Benz Mofaz Kuala Terengganu (below) Autohauses.

GO AUTO launches its new FULLY SYNTHETIC ENGINE OIL and the official HAVAL CLUB




Go Auto, the official distributor for Haval vehicles in Malaysia, has unveiled a new fully synthetic engine oil that is engineered with green technology to give more protection and mileage for up to 15,000km between oil changes. The Go Auto Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-40 SN, is also formulated to be more environmentally friendly as its friction modifiers and detergents ensure the engine is cleaner, thus lowering the carbon emissions.

Monday, March 13, 2017

7 Malaysian teams vie for top spots at Shell Eco-marathon Asia 2017 - We did very well in 2016, let's hope for more from our students this year!


120 Shell Eco-marathon student teams from Asia, the Middle East and Australia will be competing on the track in Singapore from March 16 – 19, 2017 in order to see who has designed and built the most energy efficient vehicle for the track. Their efforts will culminate in the Shell Eco-marathon Drivers’ World Championship Asia.

TEST DRIVE: THE PROTON PERDANA 2.4 - Does it feel better than the Perdana 2.0 and also a 1.5liter VTEC Turbo?

The car you see in the photos herein is the Proton Perdana 2.4. I remember saying in my initial road experience with the car last August that Perdana 2.0 variant gave away very little to this 2.4liter version. Aside from 400cc, a front strut bar in the engine bay, a front spoiler with side skirts, a slightly better infotainment system and a full leather interior, the Perdana 2.0 is essentially the same and would still get you from A to B quite comfortably. Of course, to put this theory of mine to rest I tried out the Perdana 2.4 for a while.

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Tractors: BMW Group subsidiary Designworks collaborates with John Deere on the Backhoe concept of the future


Let's get sidetracked a little. No cars, supercars or even normal commercial vehicles. BMW Group subsidiary Designworks has collaborated with tractor specialist, John Deere in designing the next generation of Backhoes. Backhoes are those multi-purpose tractors fitted with a loader-style shovel/bucket on the front and a backhoe on the back. Due to its (relatively) small size and versatility, backhoe loaders are very common in urban engineering and small construction projects (such as building a small house, fixing urban roads, etc.) as well as developing countries. And now Designworks gives us a concept for the future.

Truck News: 2016/2017 FUSO Diamond Contest prize winners announced!

 (left) Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles Vice President, Mr Albert Yee and a representative from authorised FUSO dealership, Kee Huat Auto Sdn Bhd, accepting the Mercedes-Benz C200 on behalf of 2016 FUSO Diamond Grand Prize winner, Puan Noraini Binti Abdul Haris.


Puan Noraini Binti Abdul Haris of I Aini Brilliance Enterprise walked away with a Mercedes-Benz C200 sedan in the recent prize giving ceremony of the 2016/2017 FUSO Diamond contest. The first-time FUSO brand customer, who unfortunately was not present at the ceremony, runs a logistics company with her husband took home the coveted Grand Prize of a Mercedes-Benz C200, an all-expenses paid trip to Japan and a visit to the FUSO Kawasaki Plant and Research & Development Center in, Japan, as well as service vouchers worth RM6,000.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Volkswagen Polo 1.6 now priced from RM69,888 for a limited time

Good news! Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is pleased to announce that the Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Hatchback is now priced at RM69,888* (*does not include registration and insurance. Applicable for Peninsular Malaysia onlyfor a limited time and with a monthly loan repayment of around RM737* only. 

RAINBOW ENTERPRISE GIVES OUT FREE EXTENDED WARRANTY PROGRAMME FOR RECONDITIONED CARS WITH GUARD MY RIDE

 Mr. Gerard Law, General Manager of GMR & Mr. Paramesvaren, representative of Rainbow Enterprise after launching the free extended warranty programme


I attended a small press event on wednesday which pertains to the fairly large reconditioned car market here in Malaysia (which makes it quite interesting actually). Rainbow Enterprise, one of the largest exporter of reconditioned cars from Japan is giving Malaysian car buyers free extended warranty coverage for the first 500 units registered commencing from 8th of March 2017. This special limited offer will be carried out through its partnership with Malaysia’s No. 1 extended warranty company Guard My Ride (GMR).

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Auto Bavaria is the Official Vehicle Partner for the UNESCO Forum 2017 to be held in Kuala Lumpur from 14th to the 23rd March 2017

Auto Bavaria, the largest authorised BMW dealership group in Malaysia has announced that it will be the vehicle sponsor for the first Management of Social Transformations (MOST) Forum for the Asia-Pacific region in 2017. The event will take place from March 14th to March 23rd at the Sunway Putra Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

Industry news: Malaysian automotive vendors keen to collaborate with Japanese counterparts


Recently a total of 44 Japanese automotive vendors and trading companies attended a business matchmaking session with a trade delegation consisting of 25 Malaysian automotive vendors held in Tsu City, Mei Prefecture yesterday. The event was hosted by Hyakugo Bank of Japan. Much like speed-dating in some ways where potential partners get to meet one another and see whether marriage of some sorts is possible. Business wise that is.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Opinion: Those C segment features in your B segment car may cost you an arm and a leg later on

One of the latest marketing statement from Honda Malaysia made during the launch of their facelifted Honda City sedan is that it now provides "....Malaysians with A New City that has C-segment features at B-segment price". What this basically means is that with nearly the same amount of money as the pre-facelift model, you get more equipment. Or so it seems.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

New Peugeot 3008 SUV named "Car of the Year 2017"


The latest, newest Peugeot 3008 SUV has just won the Car of the Year 2017 award.  Comprising 58 European journalists (yup, a European thing, but since this is where the action is, the award is a big thing), the judging panel based their award on style, interior design and performance of the cars in contention. This prestigious trophy joins the twenty other prizes the new PEUGEOT 3008 has already won. The vehicle is the fifth PEUGEOT to win Car of the Year and the first SUV honoured in the history of the COTY prize.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Lucky Pakcik from Kuantan wins Volkswagen’s Biggest Angpow of the Year


I suppose this is a truly Malaysia thingy. A 53 Year old Pakcik wins the Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia Chinese New Year Campaign's 'Biggest Angpow of the year'.  Mr. Syed Mohammed Sohaimi, who hails from Kuantan, Pahang qualified for the promotion after purchasing a Vento 1.2L TSI. 

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia issues a statement on the very recent recall announcement by Daimler AG

The official statement by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia is published down below stating the cause of the recent recall affecting Mercedes-Benz vehicles globally. It seems the starter motor will overload under certain conditions especially if the vehicle in question has suffered from a hydrolocked engine (water has entered the engine because of flood or other water immersion issues).

Saturday, March 04, 2017

Range Rover Velar - The new compact luxury SUV from Range Rover


The global launch of the new Range Rover Velar (The Fourth member of the Range Rover Family) happened a couple of days ago at the design museum at London. The name Velar is actually an English word derived from Latin. It basically means Veil or something to do about how the tongue is used to pronounce the letter 'G' and 'K'. Quite a change from the first three models - The flagship is just called Range Rover, the second in line is called the Range Rover Sport and the smallest Range Rover of them all is called the Range Rover Evoque. The Range Rover Velar slots in between the Sport and the Evoque, rounding off a complete range of luxury SUV by the Range Rover brand of vehicles.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Mercedes-Benz Cycle & Carriage Bintang officially opens the Mercedes-Benz Cycle & Carriage Bintang Cheras Autohaus - Its 12th Outlet in Malaysia


A little bit more on Mercedes-Benz Malaysia from me. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBM) together with their oldest and longest authorised dealer here in Malaysia, Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (C&C) had earlier today officially opened the Mercedes-Benz Cycle & Carriage Bintang Cheras Autohaus (C&C Cheras).

Isuzu Malaysia launches the 3.0L D-MAX Single Cab while upgrading the current 2.5L as well


Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd has introduced a new D-Max variant into their lineup, the Isuzu D-Max 3.0L single cab. According to Isuzu, this is the only 3.0L single cab pick-up available in Malaysia. This means that if you are a business owner with no need to carry lots of people or workers but need the convenience of a very powerful pick-up truck, this is it.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

MINI Seven Edition - an Exclusive 30 units MINI 5 door for Malaysia



MINI Malaysia today introduces the New MINI Seven Edition for the Malaysian market. This is the first design model from the brands’ newest MINI 5 Door model. The new MINI Seven Edition is created as an homage to the original Austin Seven. This new MINI Seven basically pays homage to the original, properly tiny, small, compared to today's MINI cars which we first saw in the year 2000. Yes, it is a homage, a larger sized homage of a tiny car. 

MERCEDES-BENZ MALAYSIA officially opens its new corporate Headquarters and Training Academy


This is a heck of a building, the new HQ and Training Academy of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia! The new purpose-built facility located in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong is part of the company's longstanding investments in Malaysia. Now, this new corporate Headquarters shows their commitment and support of the nation’s automotive industry.

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