Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Peugeot 208 Pledge Car in Conjunction with the KL 2017 Games is currently visiting Fit Malaysia locations
The Fit Malaysia programme, which is set to tour the country in conjunction with the KL 2017 has moved up a notch in terms of publicity and prestige with the addition of the newly launched Peugeot 208 pledge car as well as other Peugeots which will be used as the official transport in the upcoming games.
Truck & Bus: Scania at the MCVE 2017 - Scania on the Future of transportation, Driver Education for Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd, 15 meter long buses & trying out a G series truck in the SCANIA driver's MCVE competition
During the Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017, Scania Malaysia presented to the media a report on the future of transportation and what Scania is doing in Malaysia, the region and also as a whole. It was quite a relaxed session between Marie Sjödin Enström - MD of Scania SEA and a few of us. During the session she briefed us on how Scania is already gearing up for a future Malaysia that they foresee to be sustainable, smart, safe, fuel efficient, digitally connected and unmanned. Of course, this is more in relation to the future of the transport and logistics industry rather than for passenger cars.
Young Aces Technical College to Offer Basic Car Maintenance Course - We attended the first one to see how is it conducted
Since it first opened its doors in January 2016, the Young Aces Technical College has been actively pursuing and accepting enrolment of students. Whilst new in the market of automotive technical training, the college, through its trained teaching staff aims to develop highly skilled and professional specialists who are well rounded and are ready to serve Malaysia as well as the region’s growing automotive industry.
Monday, May 29, 2017
Offers & Promotions: Volkswagen Malaysia’s Festive Season Deal Just Got Better for New Cars and For After Sales Customers Too
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is pleased to announce an exclusive array of Raya deals and offers, in time for the upcoming festivities. Topping off the list is a 5-year free maintenance offer for any variant of the Vento and Passat family purchased between now till 31 st of July 2017, above the current promotional ‘duit raya’ rebates.
Sunday, May 28, 2017
Truck & Bus News: SHELL SHARED INSIGHTS ON TOTAL COST OF OWNERSHIP MANAGEMENT AT COMMERCIAL VEHICLE EXPO
Recently, Shell Lubricants Malaysia shared valuable insights on how to achieve lower cost per kilometre with fleet owners at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2017 which was held on 18th May – 20th May 2017, at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) in Kuala Lumpur.
TEST DRIVE: The 2017 PROTON IRIZ 1.3 & 1.6 CVT Refinement Variants Gets Driven - Some Improvements Make the Iriz a Whole Lot Better
The Proton Iriz has been around for a few years already. When it first came out in 2014 I wasn’t too impressed with its drive. It was a dreary experience. It wasn’t that the car was ugly or anything. It was actually quite nice to look at and fresh at the time. It still is fresh to look at amidst a sea of Perodua Myvis. The main problem was the way it felt when you drove it.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
The Michelin deployed franchise network, TYREPLUS, has recently announced that they are in the midst of rebranding their entire network in Malaysia within the next four years. The brand, which was first introduced to this country in November 2009 is reputed to be the largest independent tyre and car maintenance network with over 50 outlets and it it still expanding.
Friday, May 26, 2017
Perodua receives “The BrandLaureate Best Brands Award Most Favourite Brand Automotive Sedan/Compact Cars 2016/2017”
Perodua recently received the “The BrandLaureate Best Brands Award Most Favourite Brand Automotive Sedan/Compact Cars 2016/2017” by the Asia Pacific Brands Foundation (APBF) on 22 May 2017. The compact car manufacturer was the only automotive manufacturer awarded by the APBF this time around.
There is currently a Ducati motorcycles roadshow happening this weekend at One Utama Shopping Centre followed by another one in Johor Bahru, Penang and in Kota Bahru in July 2017. The roadshow will also hold a special preview of the new 2017 Multistrada 950, ahead of its official release as well as the latest Ducati Monster, the 797.
Renault shows off the still camouflaged all-new Megane R.S - to be offered in manual and dual clutch forms
The New Mégane R.S. makes first public appearance in drive around Monaco’s famous grand prix racetrack by Renault F1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg. However, it is still in its camouflaged form so you cannot actually see how its actual overall styling looks like. It's still like a girl wearing a thin cloth veil over her face.
EDITOR'S OPINION: The DRB-Hicom-Geely deal has been formalised - PROTON's Saga Continues as well as Lotus Cars too
Yes. PROTON's saga continues (pun intended) with the announcement that Geely will become its strategic partner. The super large China based vehicle manufacturer has become PROTON's savior. Most of you are aware and almost everyone I know has been talking about it. Almost everyone because my immediate family members don't really seem to care much. Well, you can't expect my mum, wife and thirteen year old kid become automotive industry experts do you?
Peugeot is the Official Car Platinum Sponsor for Kuala Lumpur 2017 Games - The 29th SEA Games & the 9th Para Games
Nasim Sdn Bhd, a member of the Naza Corporation Holdings and the official distributor of Peugeot vehicles in Malaysia together with Naza Corporation Holdings today signaled their ambitions to become the official transport sponsor for the Kuala Lumpur 2017 (KL2017) games - 29 th SEA Games and the 9 th Para Games. In short, Peugeot Malaysia will be providing a record number of vehicles to make the games run smoother. 298 Peugeot cars consisting of the Peugeot 408, 508 and the Traveller range were symbolically handed over at a ceremony held at the Peugeot showroom in Glenmarie, Shah Alam recently.
SHELL HELIX, WAZE LAUNCH ACCIDENT-PRONE SPOTS ALERTS VIA THE WAZE APP, SHELL HELIX FESTIVE PROMO & WE ACTUALLY USED WAZE AFTER THE LAUNCH
Shell Lubricants Malaysia, through its market-leading Shell Helix brand of motor oil, has teamed up with Waze, the country’s most popular traffic and navigation app, to launch Asia’s first accident-prone spots alerts. The collaboration between the two leading global brands is aimed at making the roads safer for drivers this coming Ramadan and Aidilfitri season.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
Aside from launching the latest variant of the Volkswagen Beetle 1.2TSI for the Malaysian market, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) had launched two new variants of their Vento sedan. The Vento ALLSTAR and the Vento GT. These are limited run variants of the Vento 1.2TSI Highline and the Vento 1.6 Comfortline respectively that come with additional goodies at attractive prices.
Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, today unveiled the all-new fourth-generation Kia Optima for the Malaysian market. The all-new fourth-generation Kia Optima will only be available here in Optima GT trim for the moment and it is locally assembled with a price from RM178,999 with 5 years unlimited mileage warranty.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia launched the new Volkswagen Beetle yesterday. This is the latest Beetle variant to be sold in Malaysia and it basically gets new colours and slightly better specification overall. They displayed the Blue Silk coloured Beetle at the launch over at Mid Valley Mega Mall and the car will be on display from 24 to 28 May 2017.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBSM) adds Return To Invoice (RTI) insurance and Tyre and Rim insurance
One of the reasons why Mercedes-Benz Malaysia does very well over here in Malaysia is that they tend to move the goalposts in terms of sales, marketing and value added services. Now, the company, via Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MBSM) are offering more in terms of their financing and insurance packages. One innovative new offering by MBSM is the Return To Invoice (RTI) insurance and Tyre and Rim insurance.
Isuzu Malaysia has officially opened its a new flagship after-sales facility in Shah Alam, Selangor. The new center, which also houses the Isuzu Technical Center, was officially opened by the Chairman of Isuzu Motors Limited Susumu Hosoi (who flew in especially for the event) and Group Managing Director of DRB-Hicom Dato’ Sri Syed Faisal Albar Syed Ali Rethza Albar.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), Ford Motor Company’s distribution partner in Malaysia, today announced the opening of its newly upgraded showroom in Taiping, Perak. This new showroom is operated under Acecourt Auto Sdn Bhd (Acecourt Auto).
The Perodua Myvi. This compact hatchback has been a favourite among most Malaysians over the past 12 years or so. So many have bought one (even my wife has one) until Perodua has now announced that the company is nearing its one millionth production unit of the car. When this happens, most likely sometime by the end of May 2017, it will be the most produced vehicle model in the history of the Malaysian automotive industry. Fuiyoh!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Motorcycles: MODENAS Finally Enters The Street Bike Segment After A While - BAJAJ Auto are the new partners - Launches PULSAR NS200, RS200 & V15 Models
MODENAS has finally launched some motorcycles that the Malaysian public have been asking from them. Three motorcycles - the MODENAS PULSAR NS200, PULSAR RS200 and the V15 has been launched. These models are bikes from Bajaj Auto of India and they are now on sale here in Malaysia.
Friday, May 19, 2017
NW Motors, formerly known as Naza Motor Trading, is organising the “Great Deals At The Right Time, Buy Now And Save Even More” campaign in order to help Malaysians get the best deal for their new reconditioned luxury vehicles.
Offers & Promotions: "Bergaya"with Ford this Festive Season - Take home electrical products worth up to RM15,000 upon purchase of a new Ford
Ford via its authorised distributors Sime Darby Auto Connexion has their "Bergaya" with Ford promos for this upcoming Festive Season. There are deals which includes cash vouchers for electrical goods, rebates, offers and service promotions in store. And while all the goodies are given out at the showrooms and service centres nationwide, watch out for the Ford Ranger Roamers coming your way as they hit the streets to give away dates and Hari Raya packets to the public during the upcoming Ramadhan period.
EVENTS: BMW Credit Malaysia Introduces "Explore. Love More." Social Responsibility Fundraising Campaign with Quill Automobiles - 20th to 21st May 2017
BMW Credit Malaysia will be introducing Explore. Love More. – this will be a year-long Corporate Social Responsibility and fundraising initiatives with authorised BMW and MINI dealerships to help charity institutions in urgent financial need. The first collaboration begins with Quill Automobiles at the dealership’s sales event from 20 th – 21 st May 2017. Running from 10.00am – 6.00pm over the weekend, visitors at the Quill Automobiles dealerships can shop for a variety of food and beverages, from a selection of vendors by using coupons that can be purchased from BMW Credit Malaysia at the event.
Trucks: HINO at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Exhibition (MCVE) 2017 & PHOTOS OF THE HINO DAKAR RALLY TRUCK
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd - HMSM, a subsidiary of Hino Motors Limited Japan which is part of the Toyota Group of Companies, has taken part in this year's Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Exhibition (MCVE) 2017. This is Hino's 3rd time participating in the event and Hino believes that participating in the event allows them the opportunity to engage with potential customers visiting the exhibition.
Offers & Promotions: DRB-HICOM AUTOFEST 2017 PROMISES GREAT DEALS AND SURPRISES - COME VIEW THE NEW MODENAS STREET BIKE!
DRB-HICOM’s Autofest 2017 promises to be one of the most memorable of the event since its introduction in 2013. The biannual event will be featuring MODENAS’s entry into a new segment, which is the street bike category. The carnival will also include showcases of the latest vehicle models (cars, trucks and motorcycles) and fabulous offers from the 10 brands under the group’s automotive portfolio, namely PROTON, Lotus, Audi, Volkswagen, Honda, Jeep, Mitsubishi, Isuzu and Tata. The three-day family styled carnival will be held from 19 to 21 May 2017, from 10:00am to 6:00pm, at the EON Complex in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. There will be offers, promotions and deals which includes special discounts and amazing exclusive packages from the automotive companies.
The Launch of the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2017 and what can you find there. (Lots of Photos)
The biennial Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) has started today, the 18th of May, and will carry on till the 20th of May 2017. The Expo is held at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) at Mines in Sri KembanganThis exhibition was organised by Asian Trucker Media and it showcases the latest in commercial vehicles to the Malaysian and also South East Asian market. This year, the exhibition's theme is 'Connected Mobility'.
Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Truck News: Teo Tuan Kwee Sdn Bhd buys 50 Scania G-Series Trucks to add to their fleet...of which a majority are Scania Trucks
This is some impressive news. Again, in a period where people say that economic growth is slow we see some eye opening news. Transport company, Teo Tuan Kwee Sdn Bhd (TTK) has opted to buy another 50 Scania trucks to join the existing 182 Scania trucks it already owns. 26 units of this latest batch of prime movers were handed over earlier today and it definitely is one of the largest sales for high-end trucks for 2017.
Offers & Promotions: Caltex launches the 'True Power from Within’ promotion in conjunction with the latest Transformers Movie
Chevron Malaysia Ltd., which markets the Caltex brand here in Malaysia, has announced the launch of its 'True Power from Within’ promotion in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the popular blockbuster movie, Transformers for the upcoming release of Transformers: The Last Knight. This is the fifth instalment in a very successful series (this time I am rooting for Megatron. Bored of the good guys after so many sequels). The promotion encompasses all of Caltex's products, from their lubricants, fuel as well as their promotional 'Fun Truck' which will be going around Peninsular Malaysia. There are lots of prizes to be won (like the Vespa you see above) and gifts to be given out (especially for the Fun Truck activities).
Go Auto, the sole distributor for Haval vehicles in Malaysia have expanded their wings into Batam, Indonesia. The company continues its move forward by entering the car market in Batam, Indonesia. Batam, is a free trade zone and it is Go Auto's first play into the Indonesian market. It is also part of their plans to make Malaysia an manufacturing hub for Haval brand in the ASEAN region. Batam is the latest market in ASEAN to be penetrated by Go Auto after it successfully started marketing Haval in Cambodia and Brunei.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Porsche Asia Pacific announced the commencement of the highly anticipated Porsche Driving Experience in Sepang, a unique programme catered for drivers who want to take their skills to the next level, step-by-step. It will be held at the Sepang International Circuit, an ideal location for Porsche’s programme both for customers and also enthusiasts.
Malaysian professional drifter, Tengku Djan had entered the Drift Competition (Thailand) 2017 at the Songkhla Speedway in Amphoe Hat Yai, Thailand which recently happened on the 13th and 14th of May 2017. This was his first time entering a drift competition after a four year hiatus from the sport. Even with a lengthy hiatus, he had managed to win the Class A category of the event.
Volkswagen Ups the Production of the Tiguan in Malaysia due to demand...and adds a brand new colour to the line-up.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has begun scaling up production of the recently-launched, all-new Volkswagen Tiguan, in an effort to meet the demands of Malaysian consumers. Launched in April 2017, bookings of the new SUV have been strong and there is now a waiting list for the vehicle.
TRUCK NEWS: Volvo Trucks to Showcase their Premium Flagship FH Series at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo 2017 - Will Host a Panel Discussion on ASEAN Economic Community for the Transport Industry
Volvo Trucks’ latest premium flagship heavy-duty truck, the FH series, will be on display at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2017 from 18 to 20 May 2017 in the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC), Kuala Lumpur.
PROTON SAGA IS COMPACT SEDAN OF THE YEAR AT THE DSF.MY & ALLIANZ GENERAL INSURANCE COMPANY'S VEHICLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS
Local motoring website Drive Safe and Fast (dsf.my) together with Allianz General Insurance Company recently held their VOTY or Vehicle of the Year awards. The new Proton Saga was awarded Compact Sedan of the Year.
Monday, May 15, 2017
Porsche had recently built the One-Millionth Porsche 911. Quite a milestone for the iconic sports car. Quite incredible that there have been so many sold since 1963. It is a testament to the strength of the 911 and the Porsche brand. I mean, who would have thought that a sports car with the engine sitting right at the rear of the car would be the one that many dream of having. Or have owned (one million of them actually).
Last Friday, the 12th of May 2017, was a special occasion for Malaysian compact car manufacturer Perodua. His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Al-Haj, the Sultan of Selangor, had officiated Masjid Perodua,or the Perodua Mosque, the first mosque to be built by a corporate entity in the Hulu Selangor district in the state of Selangor.
About 1,500 cycling enthusiasts, health conscious and environmentalist Malaysians participated in the inaugural “Jom Kayuh Mesra Alam” cycling event yesterday (Sunday, 14th May 2017). The event was jointly organised by PROTON Holdings Bhd (“PROTON”) and Bank Muamalat Malaysia Bhd (“BMMB”) held at PROTON City, Tanjung Malim, Perak Darul Ridzuan. This is the first ever cycling event co-organised by PROTON.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
TOYOTA GIVES SNEAK PREVIEW OF C-HR AT SETIA CITY CONVENTION CENTRE THIS WEEKEND AT THE CARLIST - MAA TEST, DRIVE & BUY EVENT
In case you are interested in the very funky Toyota compact SUV called the C-HR, you can go take a look at it today (sunday) at the Setia City Convention Centre. The car is on display at the Carlist.my MAA Test, Drive & Buy Event this weekend (May 13 and 14) in Setia Convention Centre, Setia Alam, Selangor from 10 am to 10 pm.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Trucks: Motoring-Malaysia's Video Blog #1 of 2017 - Featuring the Volvo FH Series truck at its launch
Here is one of the rare occasions where I have decided to put up a video on YouTube. I do not usually do this currently as there is only so much I can personally do. Anyway, this is one on the VOLVO FH Series of trucks which was recently launched here in Malaysia. 1.00 minute long only. Specially for truck spotters I think.
Friday, May 12, 2017
Motorsport: Ferrari double at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC)
I am publishing this bit of Ferrari news here because of the nice Ferrari pics. Ferrari pulled off a resounding one-two in the GTE-Pro class at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the second round of the World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Truck News: Volvo Trucks Malaysia Delivers New Premium Volvo FH Series of Prime Movers to Heavy Haulage Customers
Volvo Trucks Malaysia recently held a truck handover ceremony of the new Volvo FH Series truck to Chip Jun Sdn Bhd, Central Kargo Sdn Bhd and Haiweima Sdn Bhd in conjunction with the official launch of the new trucks in Malaysia. These premium Volvo prime movers are meant for heavy duty haulage.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
There seem to be a lot of good deals to be had if you are interested in purchasing a Toyota in the near future. They are offering lots of cash rebates and free value packages in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya celebrations. The fasting month hasn't even started but car companies have started their promotions. This includes Toyota. Customers can save up to RM5,000 with the rebates (depending on the model and variants).
First teaser of the forthcoming BMW 8 Series Coupe which will be displayed at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este 2017
Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger announced the arrival of a new concept car. The BMW Group will present a design study at this year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on 26 May 2017 which provides an exclusive look ahead to the BMW 8 Series Coupe slated for 2018. The concept car embodies uncompromising dynamics and contemporary luxury – the essence of a modern BMW coupe.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launches all the AMG 43 Series of cars for the Malaysian market - Prices start at RM499,888 for the C 43 4MATIC
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia celebrates Mercedes-AMG’s 50th anniversary by launching six, yes, SIX Mercedes-AMG 43 series models for the Malaysian market. These complement the full monty AMG 63 series models and bring the dream of AMG ownership to a slightly more affordable level. In terms of price as well as annual road-tax costs here in Malaysia.
If you are interested in any of the Ford models sold here in Malaysia at this moment, you should make plans for this weekend. The upcoming Carlist.my MAA Drive, Test & Buy Event 2017 will be happening at Setia City Convention Centre this May 13-14, 2017 where you will be able to view and test drive selected Ford vehicles during these two days.
Volkswagen introduces the Special Edition Polo ALLSTAR - The first of a series of ALLSTAR model range
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced the launch of the special edition ALLSTAR range, consisting of specially customised Polo, Vento and Jetta models. The ALLSTAR range kicks-off with the Volkswagen Polo ALLSTAR, which will be launched this weekend, and will subsequently be followed by the Vento ALLSTAR later this month, and the Jetta ALLSTAR in June.
BMW Group Malaysia today officially opened the doors to its new Regional Parts Distribution Centre at the Free Industrial Zone of the Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru. Situated on over 775,000 square feet of land in the Free Industrial Zone and with an investment of over RM 130 million, the new BMW Group Regional Parts Distribution Centre is one of the largest BMW facility of its kind in the Asia Pacific region and will support over 23 countries in the region as a logistics warehouse and parts distribution centre for after sales parts, components and lifestyle merchandises for the brands BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 officially launched - We try it out at the Sepang International Circuit
The Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 was officially launched earlier today at Sepang International Circuit. According to Goodyear, the new premium luxury sport tyre delivers 31% better wear performance and shorter braking distance on wet and dry roads.
Promotions & Offers: Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has started its Hari Raya campaign offering nice rebates - Own a Volkswagen from as low as RM25* per day
In conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya festivities, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is running a special festive campaign offering a Volkswagen from as low as RM25* a day. During this campaign period, customers can enjoy cash rebates and savings on selected models such as the Polo, Vento, Jetta, Golf, Passat Comfortline and Trendline as well as the Tiguan Comfortline. Raya celebrations have started quite early in some ways.