Saturday, June 24, 2017

PEUGEOT returns to the pick-up market with Africa as its main focus

Peugeot has unveiled the new PEUGEOT Pick Up. This unique vehicle by Peugeot was specially made with the African continent in mind.. This signals the return of PEUGEOT to the pick-up market within the African continent to accelerate the internationalization of the brand as well as Peugeot revisiting the brand's older models.  It takes after the PEUGEOT 403 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1956, the PEUGEOT 404 Camionnette-Bâchée of 1967, and then the PEUGEOT 504 Pick-up which succeeded it until 2005.

The Mercedes Benz W124 - Future Proof car of the 1980s and 1990s

The Fasting month of Ramadhan is a time where things slow down a bit. A lot actually. So I have had some time to ponder on things which are slightly trivial like the car above. Again the Mercedes-Benz W124 has popped into my head. First produced in the 1980s and continued till the mid to late 1990s the car is an icon of German engineering. It is also an icon of mine as it is the first premium sedan that I drove way back in the early 1990s. 


Its the Hari Raya season again and everyone wants to head back to their hometown for some R&R and to meet up with their loved ones. It is also the time where many buy a new car to make that journey home a little more meaningful and a little more memorable. The guy with the new car always feels the proudest at the family home as his car is the most shiny among the lot. Of course it isn't easy forking out the cash to do so these days and sometimes, the new car may not be a new car but a used one. A slightly used one like the one in the photos herein. 

But I must say that the used car company selling the car is surely very ambitious in its description.

Friday, June 23, 2017


In conjunction with this year’s Hari Raya celebrations, fans of artists Erwin Dawson Shah and Linda Rafar, as well as online personalities Jazel Lim and Karen Kho can soon catch their #CapturAdventur road trips in the sporty and versatile Renault Captur urban crossover.

Between now to July 2017, the four out-going and energetic personalities will be sharing their excursions on the Renault Malaysia Instagram and Facebook pages while inviting fans and the general public to not only like their posts but also join the #CapturAdventur contest and stand the chance to win prizes of their own

Happenings: Tyre Safety Awareness During Ramadhan By Continental Tyres - Giving out bubur lambuk porridge as well as free tyre checks

Continental Tyres PJ Malaysia Sdn Bhd (CTM) in partnership with Media Prima Radio Network recently conducted their bubur lambuk (a kind of porridge made only during the fasting month) giveaways for 3 weeks leading up to Hari Raya this year. This initiative was a first for CTM in giving back to the community. During the Ramadhan period as CTM's version of breaking fast with fellow Malaysians, a number of bubur lambuks were distributed at selected Petronas kiosks and R&R stops. Radio announcers from Kool FM and Hot FM made special guest appearances during the sessions too. 

Feature Post & Contest: New DIY car care range from 3M Malaysia - #Beraya3Mstyle photo contest with a full set to be won this Hari Raya season

New DIY car care range from 3M Malaysia; full set up to giveaway this Raya

Synonymous with the Raya season, Sudirman’s classic “Balik Kampung”can always be heard on the radio. After the holy month of Ramadhan, many of us will be making our yearly tradition back to our respective hometowns in time for Hari Raya. Just with every Raya, we hope for new clothes, new furniture, maybe a new haircut or new recipes. 


Procara Entertainment Sdn Bhd, the main organiser for the upcoming MOTONATION 2017 which is to be held in December at the PICC in Putrajaya has successfully secured a unique 40ft Mobilized LED Advertising Truck for their upcoming roadshows. The launch ceremony was officiated by Procara's Executive Chairman, Tan Sri Khalid Ramli together with the guest of honor, YBhg Dato' Husni Salleh, CEO of TERAJU in front of representheatives of their 250 vendors, partners and lifestyle clubs which have a stake in this autoshow. The event was also held to officially announce MOTONATION 2017's strategic outdoor marketing plans as well as the next 5 months pre-event activities until the actual event.

Happenings: BMW Group Malaysia initiates the latest round of the BMW Safety 360° Program in collaboration with Ukids

BMW Group Malaysia yesterday introduced the 4th edition of the BMW Safety 360° Program for the year 2017. Working in collaboration with Ukids, the ‘Roaderland’ program serves to educate parents and their pre-school children on road safety in a fun, experiential way and to share with parents the importance of using childseats and proper restraint solutions as a way to keep their children safe in cars.

The PSA Group’s 1.2-litre, 3-cylinder turbocharged PureTech petrol engine again voted ‘Engine of the Year’ 2017 for the 1L to 1.4L category

A jury of international journalists awarded the PureTech turbocharged 1.2L 3-cylinder petrol engine the price of the engine of the year 2017 in category 1L To 1.4L at the International Engine of the Year 2017 Awards in Stuttgart. This is the third year running that the Peugeot has won this award for the above mentioned category. 

Zhejiang Geely Holding takes 49.9% equity in PROTON

DRB-HICOM Berhad (DRB-HICOM, the Group) today signed the Definitive Agreement for China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) to take 49.9% equity in Malaysia’s first carmaker, PROTON Holdings Berhad (PROTON) for RM1 Billion. On the same day, the Group also sold its entire stake in Lotus Advance Technology Sdn Bhd to Geely and Etika Automotive Sdn Bhd. This is DRB-HICOM exiting the sports car business.

Malaysian Drivers Especially Those in Klang Valley Need to Have More Patience and Need Better Road Ethics

Traffic in and around the Klang Valley during the fasting month is usually horrible. Everyone wants to get home at a certain time and everyone wants to beat the jam. But they usually don't get to beat the jam to they? We now have people who are so darn impatient that they end up causing more traffic jam than otherwise. They also make themselves reach their destination even later. Check out these picture above (from BikesRepublic) and below. 

BMW i8's Powertrain once again wins International Engine of the Year Award for its Category

For the third year in a row the drive system powering the BMW i8 has triumphed in its class – the 1.4-litre to 1.8-litre displacement category – at the International Engine of the Year Awards. This award provides further evidence of the performance potential of the Efficient Dynamics technology package, which the BMW Group has committed into since 2007 has enabled a continuous enhancement of driving pleasure while at the same time cutting fuel consumption and emissions.

Porsche Asia Pacific kicks off Licence to Thrill Campaign - The Search for the 2017 Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year

The search for the 2017 Porsche Asia Pacific Driver of the Year kicks off with the launch of the region-wide Licence to Thrill campaign. Seeking the region’s best and most skilled drivers, the competition comprises two qualifying rounds which will put knowledge, skill, and passion for the wheel to the test for the chance to win the title and a fully sponsored trip to the Porsche Experience Centre in Los Angeles, USA. Best of all, this contest is open to members of the public from Brunei, Cambodia, French Polynesia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Caledonia, the Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Anyone from the countries mentioned can try out! No need to be a Porsche owner folks.

The Volkswagen “Polo P” Driver's Ed Programme for College Students Continues with New Venues at Selected Campuses Throughout Malaysia

In case any of you have forgotten Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is continuing its popular “Polo P” project with new venues for participants in Klang Valley, and the northern and southern region of Peninsular Malaysia.  The “Polo P” project was developed with the mission to educate and empower new drivers with the skills and knowledge to stay safe on the roads. Launched in March this year, the program had already garnered over 250 participants to-date, consisting of students from private tertiary institutions and young adults around Klang Valley. Education on how to drive properly is good. Very good.

Happenings: BMW Group Malaysia announces its support for the Ice Skating Association of Malaysia (ISAM).

BMW Group Malaysia had announced its commitment to support the Malaysian National Team in Figure Skating and Short Track Speed Skating from the Ice Skating Association of Malaysia (ISAM) in their bid to qualify for the Winter Olympics in 2018. The premium automaker’s commitment with ISAM begins at the upcoming 29th Southeast Asian (SEA) Games KL 2017 where the Malaysian National Team aspires to bring home gold medals for the sport of figure skating and speed skating.

Thursday, June 22, 2017


Volvo Car Malaysia has been recently made aware that there is a video with the title “Volvo’s auto brake system fails at launching ceremony… MD paralysed” has been circulating (again) on a lot of Malaysian social media and messaging apps. They have reached out to us motoring media here and would like to reiterate that in the depicted incident the Volvo XC60 was equipped with City Safety, but it did not have the Pedestrian Detection functionality. This is a separate optional system and would have been needed to mitigate or avoid the car colliding with the two men. Furthermore, the incident happened in 2015 (in Costa Rica, Central America). A long time ago in terms of autonomous technology.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017


GO AUTO, HAVAL's authorised distributors in Malaysia has presented popular Malaysian actress, Rozita Che Wan, famously known as Che' Ta, with a HAVAL H2 sports utility vehicle (SUV) as a token of appreciation for being the brand's ambassador since October last year.


Jaguar has recently introduced its new compact performance SUV, the Jaguar E-PACE. It joins Jaguar’s PACE family of performance SUVs, the E-PACE follows on from the successful Jaguar F-PACE, which has helped boost Jaguar’s sales by 83 per cent last year, and the all-electric I-PACE Concept which will go into production in 2018. 

The Hyundai IONIQ Wins 2017 Green Good Design Award

The Hyundai IONIQ has won another award. This time this eco-car has garnered the 2017 Green Good Design Award from  the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The Green Good Design Awards™ celebrate important examples of sustainable designs and provide awareness on what companies are designing and producing to make the most positive impact on the environment.


Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad (“Cycle & Carriage Bintang”), Malaysia’s largest Mercedes-Benz vehicle dealership, shared an evening with 350 customers over Buka Puasa or breaking of fast at the Saloma Bistro and Theatre Restaurant. Themed, ‘A Delightful Ramadan To Celebrate The True Completeness Of Life’, the event was aimed at capturing the joy and wholeness of celebrating Ramadhan as a family.


Ask any Malaysian what would a usual Malaysian style auto workshop, kedai 'foremen' or garage be like and most would conjure up images of a cluttered, messy and greasy space in a hot, humid and noisy environment. Apart from these noticeable traits, most traditional auto service centres sometimes fail to offer consistently reliable, trustworthy and quality service, leaving car or fleet owners in doubt if their vehicle has been safely tended to. Send in a car to be fixed and you may leave with a car having less screws or bolts than when it entered the garage.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


In preparation for the upcoming Aidil Fitri festivities and holidays, PROTON Holdings Bhd is offering its customers FREE 20-point safety inspection at all of its authorised service centres throughout the month of June 2017. As in the previous festive seasons, PROTON is collaborating with PETRONAS Dagangan Berhad (“PDB”) yet again to bring this service closer to its customers at selected PETRONAS Stations as part of the PETRONAS Coffee Break Campaign.

Perodua to build Eco Park within its campus, focuses on sustainability and the 3R concept of Reduce, Re-use & Recycle

This is a bit more news about how Malaysian car manufacturer Perodua is giving back to society and also the environment. The compact car manufacturer is taking another step in going green by introducing an Eco Park within its 500-acre campus as part of its commitment towards the environment. The planned Eco Park, which will be located at the centre of its main manufacturing facility will include a small farm which the company will use hydroponics to grow produce and a green rest area for the staff. This should also relief work stress of the staff too.

Volvo Car Malaysia Launches the Volvo V40 T5 Inscription - The First of the Facelifted V40 Series of Cars for the Malaysian Market

Volvo Car Malaysia has launched the facelifted Volvo V40 in T5 Inscription specification for the Malaysian market. This new model now comes with some updates to keep it contemporary. The most visible and noticeable update are the new Inscription front grille with larger Volvo 'Iron Mark' logo and the 'Thor's Hammer' headlights that takes after Volvo's 90 Series cars. This is the first major external revision to the looks of the V40 ever since it was first launched in 2012 (for the 2013 season). 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Shell Continues its 'Balik Kampung' CSR Initiative to Assist Underpriviliged Children In Conjunction with Hari Raya festivities

Shell continues to fuel the future of underprivileged children for the third consecutive year this “Balik Kampung” season. The company invites all Malaysians to make a difference in the lives of underprivileged children in conjunction with the upcoming Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities. For every litre of fuel pumped on 22, 23 and 24 June 2017 (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) at any Shell station nationwide, Shell will donate 1 sen (RM0.01) towards a fund to be channeled to the following five selected charitable organisations that I have listed below. Remember, this isn't just about you.

Jaguar Land Rover and Gorillaz Seek New Engineering Talent - Participate in the Goril 1 az App Challenge and you may get to work in Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover has teamed up with the 'virtual' (when they first appearedband Gorillaz ! Definitely that young vibe going on instead of ye olde fuddy duddy image of Jaguars of old. What they've done is use a new Gorillaz mixed reality app as an innovative recruitment tool to find fresh new talent in the field of programming. Why so? It's because cars from this day and age use a lot of computers to make sure everything runs well. There are over a million lines of code inside each Jaguar.

Spotted For Sale: 1993 Proton Iswara 1.5 (A) 'TipTop Conditions' - What Does 'Tip-Top' Mean Again?

I have spotted another interesting car for sale. Really. This Proton Saga Iswara isn't interesting per se. In fact it is as interesting as leftover food from the most terribly run cafeteria in the world. What got me interested is the fact that people love using those marketing phrases like 'good condition', 'like new', 'free accident' or in this case, 'TipTop Conditions'. Malaysian English included.

Do Be Aware of Wildlife Crossings Especially During the Upcoming Festive Holidays Folks!

Hari Raya holidays are just around the corner and just like any other festive season, the number of vehicles plying our roads is expected to increase. A decrease would never happen until we have a fantastic system of public transport or when no one has any kampung or village to return to. Highly unlikely so there will surely be an exodus of people out of large cities when this happens. So when this happens, do be aware that the roads you travel on may be used as wildlife crossings. This is especially so on rural roads and those like the ones crossing national parks like Taman Negara or the East-West Highway up north. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

Volkswagen Shows Off the Sixth Generation Polo - Lots of Variants including the Polo GTI and a Natural Gas Engined Version too

This is it. The all-new Volkswagen Polo has been launched. It replaces the 5th generation version which has been around since 2009. That's a good eight years already and I suppose it is about time. The best thing about this launch is that Volkswagen has decided to launch the GTI variant from the outset too!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Hyundai Premieres the New Compact Sized Hyundai Kona SUV - On sale in Korea by the end of June 2017 - Malaysia?

Hyundai Motor has unveiled the latest vehicle in its expanding line-up of stylish SUVs, the Hyundai Kona compact SUV. With bold design cues and uncompromising individuality, the B-segment sized Kona is designed to appeal to modern customers with active lifestyles as most compact SUVs are these days. The Kona will go on sale in Korea later this month, followed by North America and Europe.

Offers & Promotions: Supper at BMW with Ingress Auto Damansara, Sungai Penchala and Ingress Auto Puchong, Bandar Puteri on Saturday, 17 th of June 2017 from 8pm till midnight

Ingress Auto Damansara, Sungai Penchala and Ingress Auto Puchong, Bandar Puteri will be hosting a special 'Supper at BMW' event. Held on Saturday, 17 th of June 2017 from 8pm till midnight, Ingress Auto are inviting the public to join them in observing the breaking of fast. With great food, comes great times and keeping that in mind, Supper at BMW with Ingress Auto will correspondingly offer special promotions if you're interesting in getting a BMW. 


DS has been officially launched as a premium stand-alone brand which now sits clearly one level up from Citroen. With the unveiling of the new DS 5, all Citroen badging has been removed and DS is now a stand-alone brand globally and here in Malaysia. This flagship model introduces the new DS brand identity as well as gaining a new front end restyle that signifies its status as a premium model. NAZA Euro Motors, the distributors of Citroen, and DS, here have just launched the car in Malaysia.

Roadshows: BMW Group Malaysia invites you to experience Sheer Driving Pleasure and Electric Driving Pleasure at the BMW iPerformance Roadshow this weekend - 16th to 18th June 2017 at Bangsar Village

BMW Group Malaysia is inviting you folks out there to experience BMW EfficientDynamics and the Mobility of the Future at the Concourse of Bangsar Village II this weekend from Friday, 16 th to Sunday, 18 th of June, 2017. The thrilling event will showcase a selection of ground breaking BMW iPerformance vehicles which includes the BMW 330e, BMW X5 xDrive40e, BMW 740Le (below) and the futuristic BMW i8 (shown above with the 330e). The event will run from 10am till 10pm on all three days.

Truck & Bus News: HINO Hybrid Bus begins trial runs in Medini, Johor - The First Hybrid Bus to operate in Malaysia

HINO is now testing a bus with hybrid technology over in Medini City, Iskandar Puteri Johor.  The HINO Hybrid Bus, the first of its kind to be used here in Malaysia This historic milestone in public transportation in Malaysia was made possible with the combined efforts of Mitsui & Co., Ltd (‘Mitsui’), Medini Iskandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd (‘MIM’), HINO Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (‘HINO’) and Handal Indah Sdn Bhd (‘Handal Indah’).

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New marketing initiative that presents exclusive offers from Proton only at ASTRO's Go Shop - Get a year's free insurance when you buy a Proton via Go Shop

I suppose you folks are aware that TV, Mobile and online marketing has taken over a high percentage of retail marketing here in Malaysia. We see traditional retail outlets closing shop all over the place and people are purchasing things right from the comfort of their bed. Now PROTON, the national car manufacturer has now done the same. A first-of-a-kind collaboration for both PROTON and Astro GS Shop Sdn. Bhd. (Go Shop), Malaysians are now able to learn about the features of PROTON cars and register their interest to purchase across Go Shop TV, mobile and online platforms from the convenience of their own home. 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Perodua Rolls Out the 1,000,000th Myvi

The 1,000,000th Perodua Myvi has rolled off the production line here over the weekend. This makes it the most produced model ever under the Perodua brand to date. The Perodua Myvi was first launched May 2005 and was Malaysia’s number one car model until the end of 2014. 

New nail polish range from Renault that is coordinated to match four Twingo body colours and can be used to touch up minor bodywork scratches.

Renault launches new nail polish range for lady drivers on the move! This was the headline I saw when I first opened up the email I got from Groupe Renault's media department earlier today. At first I thought that it was the first of April already. That would mean that I somehow went to sleep and hibernated the most of 2017 away so I reread the press release I received and lo' and behold... Renault launches new nail polish range for lady drivers on the move! And it was dated today. So it isn't an April's fool article.

Roadshows: 'SYOKNYA!!! SHOPPING RAYA DENGAN TOYOTA' over at the IOI City Mall

Last weekend, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) recently held a special campaign called ‘Syoknya!!! Shopping Raya dengan Toyota’ in collaboration with IOI City Mall.  Customers who had purchased products at participating outlet in IOI Mall that weekend were allowed to drive home their purchases and try out a Toyota vehicle provided to experience how it is to try out a Toyota. It is something different and it will be happening again this coming weekend, the 17th and 18th of June 2017. #SyoknyaRayadgnToyota

Contests: #ITSASCANIA contest by SCANIA MALAYSIA is back by popular demand

Scania Malaysia has brought back their #ITSASCANIA contest. Take a creative picture of yourself together with Scania vehicle or many Scania vehicles and you could win yourself an Apple Watch - Scania Edition and other prizes. 

Roadshows: GOODYEAR HARI RAYA BAZAAR TOUR - 14,15 & 16 June at Kelana Jaya, USJ 4 Subang Jaya & Stadium Shah Alam 4-6pm

If you are interested in FREE Goodyear Hari Raya Thoughtful Packs, as well as tyre and vehicle checks, you can drop by at the GOODYEAR HARI RAYA BAZAAR TOUR at the bazaar/pasar ramadhan locations mentioned below.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Perodua Eco-Challenge 2017 moves into Phase Two - 10 Higher Learning Institutes Being Developing Parts & Accessories to Compete in Final Round in November

The Perodua Eco Challenge 2017 (PEC 2017) is one of Perodua’s main Corporate Responsibility programmes and it has moved into the second phase. This time around,  participants from 10 selected institutions of higher learning to compete in the Final round of PEC 2017 in November this year. This second phase is where the participants will begin to develop parts and accessories that may be used in future Perodua models.


Sales Campaign by Chevrolet Malaysia
Chevrolet Raya Campaign has started and will continue till the 30th of June 2017. The month-long campaign offers great raya deals and service package. Buy a Chevrolet Colorado 4x4 pickup truck and enjoy irresistible bonus rewards and a 3 Years/60,000km* free parts & labor service. This promotion is applicable to all variants of The All-New Chevrolet Colorado while stocks last.

Hyundai Launches the 6th Generation Elantra in Malaysia - Three Variants featuring Two Engines with Prices from RM116,388 Onwards

Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has unveiled the all-new 6th generation Elantra after a teaser preview last month. Available in 3 variants, the 2.0 MPI Executive, 2.0 MPI Dynamic and the Elantra Sport, the all-new Elantra will be displayed at all Hyundai showrooms starting June 9, 2017, with test drive units also available at Hyundai showrooms.

Friday, June 09, 2017

ZF Aftermarket Malaysia which offers SACHS Shock Absorbers & Lemförder Steering and Suspension Products Advises Motorists To Check Their Suspension System with a Short Video

ZF Aftermarket Malaysia, part of the ZF group of companies usually more well known for their transmission making, offers a complete range of SACHS shock absorbers and Lemförder steering and suspension products for many popular Asian car models such as Honda, Hyundai, Isuzu, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Perodua and Toyota. According to them, shock absorbers play a critical role in car safety and they are advising drivers and vehicle owners to have them checked professionally before traveling this coming holiday season as many take this important piece of equipment for granted.


Exclusive Haval distributor in Malaysia, Go Auto, has announced a range of Hari Raya deals for its sport utility vehicles (SUV) for the upcoming festive period. The promotion, named "Jalan-jalan Raya With Haval", will valid between May 29 and June 25. Any purchase or booking made on selected model of will entitle its new owners to enjoy RM2,900 worth of vouchers from Aeon, KFC, Touch N Go and BHP Petrol, including "duit raya". Everyone is also welcome to visit any of its 25 showrooms nationwide to test drive the Haval vehicle of their choice.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Spotted For Sale: 2003 Perodua Kancil with One Lady Owner - What does it mean actually?

Here we have a 2003 Perodua Kancil advertised on what I consider Malaysia's favourite free advertising site. It says that this Kancil has one lady owner. After looking at the photos the first thing that came to my mind was what does '1 Lady Owner' actually mean?


Now over in America, the land of burgers, french fries and Donald Trump, the 2017 Kia Optima, has earned the highest designation possible – Top Safety Pick Plus (TSP+) – from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for vehicles built after March 2017 when equipped with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights with High Beam Assist. This is also the equipment specified in the Malaysian version of the recently launched Kia Optima GT, the only variant of the all-new Optima sold here at the moment.

Truck News: Volvo Trucks Shows Off its Prototype Self-steering VM Series Truck Which is Set to Increase Brazil’s Sugar-cane Harvest

Volvo Trucks have recently announced that they are in the midst of testing their newest Self-steering Truck systems. According to Volvo, the truck and its autonomous steering system can become a significant productivity booster for Brazilian sugar-cane growers. The truck, which travels alongside a harvester machine is used to transport newly harvested sugar-cane from the field. With the automated systems on, it can be as close as automatically possible in steering itself with great precision through the fields in order to avoid damaging the young plants that will form the following year’s crop. 

Limited Edition Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series Launched - When the regular Turbo S isn't special enough...

There is a new limited edition Porsche 911 Turbo S for sale called the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. It is most likely to be fully sold out by the time it officially reaches any showroom anywhere. It has been officially launched today (8th June 2017) and aside from the fact that since it is an 'S' series 911, which means it is super fast, it will also be 'hand' finished at the  new Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur at the headquarters in Zuffenhausen.