Monday, July 31, 2017
I've went and made another video folks! This time it's about the Porsche Panamera base model. It guest stars Autoworld.com.my's Zachary Ho and we had quite a blast making it. Of course, it is a little self indulgent. But bear with us. We are just starting out in videography. We may be automotive experts but when it comes to making moving pictures, we're amateurs.
ZF Sales and Service Malaysia - 15 good years of fantastic transmissions, aftermarket products and now, new innovative OpenMatics Fleet Management System and Cargo Tagging
ZF Sales and Service (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (ZFSSM) is the Malaysian arm of of one of the largest supplier of automotive parts in the world - the ZF Group. They supply a wide range of parts to brand new cars as well as for the after market. In fact, most of you would know ZF as the maker of pretty good automotive transmissions or gearboxes. But they also do a whole lot more than just gearboxes, they actually market and sell SACHS, LEMFÖRDER, TRW, BOGE, and its connectivity product, OPENMATICS. too. So in line with ZFSSM's 15th anniversary, they've opened their doors to a few of us to have a look at their Malaysian operation.
Ultra High Performance Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S launched for the South East Asian market - replaces the Pilot Super Sport tyre
It was only during the 4th quarter of last year that Michelin launched the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 here in this region. I even attended the Malaysian launch and found that tyre to be one heck of a consistent and grippy tyre. Now, Michelin has launched a new and improved Pilot Sport 4 - the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S. But this isn't a replacement for that tyre...
Sunday, July 30, 2017
TOYOTA C-HR Will Be Making Rounds At Various Toyota Showrooms and Roadshows around Peninsular Malaysia - Starting with Toyota Section 19, on the 4th August 2017
If you are interested in getting a first look at the very modern looking Toyota C-HR, UMW Toyota Motor have announced that it will be making its way to various showrooms and roadshows around Peninsular Malaysia. This is the second time the compact SUV makes and appearance locally. The C-HR made its first appearance at the MAA – Carlist.my Test Drive & Buy Event at the Setia City Convention Centre in Selangor last May.
Truck News: Volvo Trucks Malaysia Annual Fuelwatch Challenge is Back for the 8th time - Drivers, get ready for more efficient driving!
It's that time of the year again where I type out the words..."it's that time of the year again" or something along those lines as Volvo Trucks Malaysia returns with another installment of their annual Fuelwatch Challenge, Malaysian edition. This time, seven Malaysian truck drivers will get a chance to compete in the Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge Malaysia finals, where the winner will then get a chance to participate in the Drivers Fuel Challenge - World Final in Sweden later in the year.
Saturday, July 29, 2017
CALTEX presents first 10 lucky winners of the 'True Power From Within' promotion with the grand prize of a Vespa Primavera
This is just a short bit about Caltex, the brand used by Chevron (via Chevron Malaysia) to sell its wares here in Malaysia. The company has announced that they had presented the first 10 lucky winners of the ‘True Power from Within’ promotion with the grand prize of a Vespa Primavera 150 ABS scooter each. This promotion is held in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the popular blockbuster movie series, Transformers and the release of the latest film, Transformers: The Last Knight.
Audi Malaysia has now brought in the Audi A6 2.0 TFSI quattro and the Audi A7 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro to the country. The all-wheel-drive Quattro models, especially the A6 2.0 TFSI quattro fill in a gap in their respective local line-up - the A6 2.0 TFSI quattro sits between the A6 1.8 TFSI and the local range topper, the A6 3.0 TFSI quattro. The A7 Sportback 2.0 TFSI quattro now makes the Sportback proposition more affordable as previously only the 3.0 TFSI quattro variant was available here.
Here is a short video (which I shall now call 'Motoring-Malaysia Shorty' for those videos I produce having a run time of around a couple of minutes. This first one features the recently launched Mercedes-Benz E300 Coupe AMG Line. Just something simple put together from footage during the launch. No dialog but just a bouncy beat.
Thursday, July 27, 2017
MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPE (C238) LAUNCHED IN MALAYSIA - E200 Coupe AMG Line & E300 Coupe together with the limited run E300 Coupe Edition 1 on sale today
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe today. The coupe, which goes by the internal codename C238 is the latest in a long line of Mercedes-Benz mid-sized coupes which features sleek lines and that iconic frameless B-pillar design which allows an unbroken line from the frontal A-pillars to the rear C-pillars. The car it one which is full of heritage and one many Mercedes-Benz enthusiast covet. Two variants are brought into Malaysia - the E200 Coupe AMG Line and the E300 Coupe AMG Line.
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
G Guard Malaysia Launches G Guard and XPel On Demand Service Booking App for Smartphones - Now you can book your auto detailing services with ease
Sometime last week I attended an event hosted by G Guard Malaysia. G Guard Hi-Tech Auto Detailing Centre is a auto detailing brand from Japan. From what I heard, G Guard was first established over in Japan sometime in 1994 and today there are more than 40 outlets throughout Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Bangkok, Singapore, Korea and China. Here in Malaysia the brand has a complete range of coating products, protective tints & film under the XPel brand aside from the usual polishing and waxing car detailing. But now they've decided to go a little more tech savvy with the G Guard App.
Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Ten Malaysians to duke it out in the upcoming MediaCorp Subaru Car Challenge 2017 for a chance to win a Subaru XV 2.0i-P
The Subaru Palm Challenge 2017 - Malaysia Face-Off took place over the past weekend at the Piazza, over at The Curve, Mutiara Damansara. After 8 hours and 9 minutes, there were 10 Malaysians that had managed to outlast other hopefuls through pure determination, and qualify for the MediaCorp Subaru Car Challenge 2017 – The Asian Face-Off in Singapore on the 28 – 31 October 2017. A Subaru XV 2.0i-P is awaiting the overall winner.
The Malaysian hopefuls will face 390 contestants from all over the Asian region. All want a chance at bringing home a brand new Subaru XV 2.0i-P. It may take days before a victor is declared as these are now regional winners and they can carry on keeping their palms on a Subaru for at least 8 hours minimum.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Truck News: ISUZU Malaysia together with Sri Hoong Huat Auto Trading donate a complete Isuzu N-Series 5,000kg Truck to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society
Isuzu Malaysia had recently handed over an Isuzu N-Series 5,000kg truck to the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) or the Persatuan Bulan Sabit Merah for their use especially in the state of Pahang. The truck was presentedto the MRCS in a small ceremony where the CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Kenji Matsuoka who presented the mock key to Dato’ Hj Ismail Bin Hj Mat Noor, MRCS Chairman Pahang.
BMW Group Malaysia Reports Record Sales Numbers for its BMW iPerformance (Electric Powered) vehicles in Malaysia.
2017 will be remembered as the time where hybrid and electric powered vehicles started making major inroads in terms of sales volumes here in Malaysia. The BMW Group Malaysia had recently announced its performance figures for their iPerformance vehicles for the first half of 2017 and they've registered and sold over 2,300 units of their hybrid and electric powered vehicles. These make up the BMW 330e, BMW X5 xDrive40e and the BMW 740Le (which was only recently launched a few months ago) up to the month of June 2017.
Sunday, July 23, 2017
Castrol Malaysia's Castrol Car Mechanic Contest 2017 sees Sangar Ganesh crowned Castrol's Champion Mechanic
The Castrol Car Mechanic Contest 2017 had its finals over at Genting Highlands recently and Sangar Ganesh from ‘Castrol Auto Service Syarikat Seng Hin’ in Bukit Mertajam, Penang, won the title of ‘Castrol Car Mechanic Contest Champion’. Sangar Ganesh, who has been a mechanic for about 18years beat a whole lot of mechanics from all over Malaysia, going through three rounds of skill challenges over a four month period to clinch this tile.
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Offers & Promotions: MITSUBISHI GLORY DEALS 2017 - CASH BONUS OF UP TO RM10,000 WHEN YOU BUY THE OUTLANDER, NEW TRITON OR THE ASX
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia are having their round of offers and promotions in conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka celebrations. And it's not even August yet! If you are interested in either the Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, the Triton Pickup trucks or the ASX SUV, or all of the above at one time, you can book and register a new Mitsubishi and enjoy cash bonuses up to RM10,000.
Friday, July 21, 2017
Volkswagen launches the Passat Trendline PLUS & Passat Comfortline PLUS - Added options inside and out
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has presented to us two new variants of the Passat. The Volkswagen Passat is now offered in PLUS variants of the Passat Trendline and the Passat Comfortline. Both offer better styling upgrades inside and out.
It's back. The Subaru Palm Challenge is back! This is the annual event where a bunch of people place their hands on a Subaru and whoever keeps it on the car the longest, will get a chance to enter the Asian finals in Singapore and go through the whole thing again and win a Subaru. This year, Motor Image Malaysia will start the Malaysian part of the challenge at Piazza, The Curve on the 22nd of July 2017.
The all-new Kia Rio has been launched here in Malaysia. It is somehow quite surprising that the outgoing model still seemed fresh in terms of styling. But then you realise that the car was first launched in 2011 globally and it is because we only received the facelift model mid 2015. So two years later, we now get the all new fourth generation Rio. This time the car is still fresh from its unveiling late 2016. It is as fresh as how freshly baked bread could be.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
Ferrari & Official Importers and Distributors of Ferrari Kicks Off the Iconic Brand's 70th Anniversary Celebrations in Malaysia - LaFerrari Aperta officially unveiled in Malaysia
Today, Ferrari kicks off its 70th Anniversary Celebrations here in Malaysia. Naza Italia, the official importer and distributor of Ferrari for Malaysia has announced that in line with the celebrations of the iconic brand held globally, the company will have a unique and special schedule of events over in Penang for Ferrari owners this coming weekend.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Happenings: Goodyear's Tour of the Klang Valley During This Festive Season - Educating Consumers on Tyre and Car Maintenance for Road Safety Awareness
Goodyear Malaysia had recently organized a roadshow of sorts in the Klang Valley (going to a few pasar/ bazaar Ramadan), providing free tire and 10-point car service checks, as well as distribution of the Goodyear Hari Raya Thoughtful Pack (of which consist of the Goodyear Basic Tire Maintenance Booklet - or Tyre for those of us using UK English). The main aim for all of this (even the goodies in the Hari Raya packs) is to remind drivers the need to be safe on the roads.
TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the authorised distributor of Renault cars in Malaysia, has announced that the Renault Koleos 4WD (four-wheel drive) variant is now on sale at all dealers nationwide starting 19 July 2017. So now this handsome and premium looking SUV can handle a little more serious off-roading as well as provide even better all-weather traction.
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Usually I get behind the camera not in front of it. This is the first of many (hopefully) as we move forward into video publishing also. It's the next step in our journey into the automotive world. Something like Alice through the looking glass cause this chubby boy's not gonna fit in a rabbit hole in the first place!
The Ford Focus 1.5L Ecoboost is on offer from the authorised distributors, Sime Darby Auto Connexion. One can now ask for a cash rebate of up to RM15,000 off the retail price for all Trend, Sport+ and Titanium+ or choose a special hire purchase package with th38%e recommended panel bank - Maybank. You can get the Ford Focus Trend (RM118,888) from as low as RM668 monthly based on loan amount of RM106,000 for a 9-year loan with a low 1.38% interest rate which is applicable through Maybank.
Monday, July 17, 2017
News: Vehicle Auction on 23rd July 2017 - Bid for your car Perodua Kembara, Toyota & Nissan Pickups, Generator Sets and more
There will be an auction scheduled on Sunday, 23rd of July 2017 over at Fleet Management Solution Sdn Bhd's premises in Shah Alam. This could be the place to head over to if you're interested in bidding / buying some ex-company cars, 4x4s, vans for your up and coming pasar malam business or a truck or a generator set or two.
MALAYSIA AUTOMOTIVE INSTITUTE (MAI) REVS UP PREPARATIONS FOR THE MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017 - Announces Peugeot 208 PureTech for lucky draw and also KL International Automotive Symposium (KLIAS)
I attended a briefing on the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 this morning. The event, which is organised by the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), the government agency that now charts the Malaysian automotive policies have announced that more than 80% of the exhibition space has been sold and the majority of the mass market brands will be participating . Some of the exhibitors that have already confirmed their attendance are Proton, Perodua, Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Mazda, Subaru, Hyundai, KIA, BMW, Volvo, Peugeot, Renault, and Land Rover.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Perodua records 99,700 vehicles sold in First Half of 2017 - Looks to be on target to achieve 202,000 sales this year
Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd or better known as Perodua sold 99,700 vehicles in the first six months of 2017, an increase of 2.4% compared to the same period last year of 97,400 units; with the PeroduaAxia as the number one model sold for the year so far. All Perodua models were number one in their respective segments with the Axia selling 32,600 units, followed by the Bezza at 28,300 units, Myvi 24,000 units and Alza with 14,700 units. They are still optimistic of achieving our initial sales target of 202,000 this year.
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) introduces the new Panamera Turbo.This is the top-of-the-line, Full Monty, Panamera which you can buy today and it is finally available here in Malaysia today.
So how do you launch a new car? I suppose you need something epic these days. Which is exactly what Jaguar did when launching their latest compact SUV. The all-new Jaguar E-PACE compact performance SUV was revealed with it doing an awesome barrel roll which was inspired by one of cinema's most iconic car stunt, the broken bridge barrel roll in the James Bond film: The Man With The Golden Gun.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Offers & Promotions: Volkswagen Vento and Passat can now be had at Interest Rates from as Low as 0.28% Per Annum
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has introduced a special low interest rate promotion for the the Volkswagen Vento Trendline, Comfortline and ALLSTAR as well as the larger Volkswagen Passat Trendline and Comfortline (above). The promotion kicks-off today (13th July) till 30 th September 2017.
30-year-old Wiebe Wakker is driving a fully electric powered Volkswagen from Europe to Australia and he has just passed through Malaysia. The Dutchman who set out for Australia from the Netherlands on 15 March, 2016, arrived in Malaysia from Thailand just over a week ago as part of his unique global mission to promote sustainability in daily life and showcase electric vehicles.
AucNation Synergy in alliance with Malaysia Automotive Institute launches Vehicle Inspection Management System (VIMS) for comprehensive inspection programme for used/reconditioned vehicles
AucNation Synergy Sdn Bhd (AucNation Synergy), an automotive management solutions provider today announced a Strategic Industry Alliance with the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), during the launch of a new service by AucNation Synergy – the Vehicle Inspection Management System (VIMS). A new and innovative vehicle inspection solution for the used car industry. It is designed to provide reliable certification on the quality of used and reconditioned cars through comprehensive visual and diagnostic analyses.
FYI, The Daihatsu Altis is not based on the Toyota Altis but the Toyota Camry. How confusing for people over here.
Now this is awkward. Daihatsu has launched the new Daihatsu Altis. And as it has always been since circa 2000, it is based on the Toyota Camry. Not the Toyota Corolla Altis that we know in these parts of the world.
Wednesday, July 12, 2017
MICHELIN LAUNCHES ‘TYRES ARE NOT BANANAS’ CAMPAIGN TO PROMOTE TYRE FITNESS & CARE - WIN A SET OF MICHELIN TYRES & MORE!
How long do tyres stay fresh before they're used or after they're used?
Well, Michelin Malaysia has just launched its ‘Tyres Are Not Bananas” educational campaign to focus emphasis on tyre quality and care instead of the preoccupation with the date of manufacture of a tyre. According to Michelin, numerous research had shown that performance was not solely based on the age of a tyre.
Offers & Promotions: HARI RAYA OPEN HOUSE AT ALL TOYOTA SHOWROOMS THIS WEEKEND - 14 to 16 July 2017, from 9am to 6pm
In conjunction with the Hari Raya celebrations, UMW Toyota Motor is inviting everyone to come join the festivities at its Open House, happening at all Toyota showrooms nationwide. The celebration will be happening between 14 to 16 July, from 9am to 6pm. The event provides the public an opportunity to view and experience the latest Toyota models available in Malaysia. There will be a variety of interesting activities at Toyota showrooms, depending on location, for the whole family as well as fun activities for children. Customers can also enjoy Hari Raya delicacies such as ketupat, lemang, rendang and many more. One can also win a trip to Tokyo Motor Show!
Audi has unveiled the latest generation of its flagship Audi A8 model at the Audi Summit in Barcelona, Spain. This is the fourth generation of Audi' interpretation of a full sized luxury sedan and the new Audi A8 comes packed with technology wrapped in a familiar yet slightly different exterior. Still unmistakably Audi.
Tuesday, July 11, 2017
I spotted this 1990 Lancia Delta HF Integrale 16v for sale at the Evolve Shopping Mall a few days ago. This is a super rare rally special. Those as old as I am would know what this car is. This is a rally car that won 46 world rally championship events, and also a run of six successive WRC manufacturers' championships which remains a world record to this day.
Monday, July 10, 2017
Tengku Djan Ley has come out tops at the King of Nations Drift Pro Series Round 6 which was held over the past weekend. Tengku Djan beat out 31 other drivers from countries like Australia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand in order to secure the top spot in the final round of the competition.
Truck News: The Malaysian leg of UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2017 has started - The search is on for a Malaysian winner to compete in the next stage
UD Trucks and Malaysian UD Trucks distributor Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE) have teamed up to organize the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) drivers’ competition to find the best driver in Malaysia to participate in the UDEMC Final 2017 in Japan. This follows last year’s competition which saw Malaysian truck driver, Yuzairi Bin Ibrahim from ASAC Logistics Sdn Bhd (pictured below), representing the country in the global championship in Japan, where he victoriously clinched the top place after displacing winners from other countries.
Driving a new Mercedes-Benz is now possible with ‘Lease2Go’. This is an vehicle option by Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia. This innovative ‘Lease2Go’ scheme is crafted for customers keen on usership versus ownership, making upgrades to the latest Mercedes-Benz models effortless. This is another way to drive around in a luxury car without much hassle on a day to day basis.
BMW Group Malaysia Introduces New Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline Program for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad vehicles.
BMW Group Malaysia has introduced its newest Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline program which provides professional and expert support for emergency situations when on the road. The new program is designed for absolute peace of mind ownership 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all its BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad customers.
Saturday, July 08, 2017
Volvo Car Malaysia and iRoll Auto Sdn Bhd officially opens its the newest Volvo 3S Centre in Juru Auto-City, Penang
Volvo Car Malaysia has now appointed its newest dealer, iRoll Auto Sdn Bhd, to cater to its customers in the Northern Region of Peninsular Malaysia. This newest Volvo 3S Centre (Sales, Service and Spare Parts) is located in Juru Auto-City, Penang was chosen due to its strategic location with its easy access to the North-South Expressway and its reputation for most auto-related services in Penang.
MOTOGP™ TICKETS AND GOODIES GALORE AWAIT BIKERS AT SHELL ADVANCE NATIONWIDE ROADSHOW & Shell Advance to also organise special training programme for mechanics
Shell Advance, the leading motorcycle engine oil brand in Malaysia, will be embarking on a 4-month long nationwide roadshow across Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak from July 7 till October 29, 2017 to reach out to bikers. The roadshow, which marks the kick-off of Shell Advance’s new ‘Outride Anything’ brand campaign, will be held at various popular bikers’ hangouts such as bike workshops, shopping malls and hypermarkets.
Friday, July 07, 2017
Winner for the Carlist.my Grand Prix Challenge 2017 announced - He gets a Ford Mustang worth RM450,000.
Carlist.my, one of the more established automotive websites especially when it comes to searching for vehicles on line has been pretty aggressive in terms of marketing recently. Following their successful autoshow over at the Setia City Convention Centre just recently, they have recently concluded their Carlist.my Grand Prix Challenge 2017 where one lucky winner of the nationwide contest drove away with one of the rare muscle cars which are currently on display at the ongoing Carlist.my muscle car roadshow hosted at the Suria KLCC Concourse area.
Just thought I'd thank all you readers and visitors out there. Being somewhere on the first page of a google search is quite nice. Especially when there are 6 million other results. Type "motoring auto website malaysia" and I got this screen print above. I did the search on a few devices and from a few difference accounts too.
Renault is targeting a popular segment in passenger transport. It has just unveiled a new MPV (multi purpose van/vehicle) designed for business and private customers. The Renault TRAFIC SpaceClass is new model designed to meet the needs of both business and private customers. This is basically something in the premium MPV category like we are used to see here these days.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia posts another fantastic first half of 2017 sales and after-sales performance & Shows off its new customer experience initiatives
Today I got to hear Mercedes-Benz Malaysia’s sales performance for the first half of 2017. The automotive juggernaut basically recorded growth in the first half of 2017 was primarily driven by the locally produced line-up, namely the Mercedes-Benz C-, E-, and S-Class, with a total of 3,663 units sold.
New variants of the BMW 4 Series Coupé as well as the New BMW M4 Coupé have been officially launched today for the Malaysian market. These new models come with the latest BMW upgrades in appearance, performance, interior offering and added technology for connectivity. If you cannot wait to get close to these cars on a more personal level they will be shown at all dealerships for Raya @ BMW happening during 6th – 21st July 2017and during the Revolution by Time Kulture at The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur which runs from the 6 th to16 th July.
Ford 1.0-Litre EcoBoost Wins International Engine of the Year for its category for the sixth year in a row
Ford's tiny but power packed 1.0-litre EcoBoost petrol engine was recently named 2017 International Engine of the Year “Best Engine Under 1.0-litre” for the sixth year in a row. The Fuel-efficient, compact and powerful engine has won 10 International Engine of Year awards since its launch in 2012.
Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Grab your free tickets today to the 29th SEA Games Opening Ceremony Courtesy of Naza Corporation Holdings & Peugeot Malaysia
Naza and Peugeot have begun their efforts to garner support for our Malaysian contingent for the 29th SEA Games held here in Kuala Lumpur and also drive Malaysian fans to the stadiums by launching two social media contests. The contest are organised by Naza Corporation Holdings and Peugeot Malaysia.
Volvo car has announced that it will only be launching cars equipped with an electric motor from 2019. What this simply means is that all of its cars will be electrified, either fully electric, plug in hybrid or mild hybrid cars. There would be no more Volvo cars that will only have a combustion engine that burns fossil fuel. It will either be in hybrid form at the very most.