Thursday, August 31, 2017
Happenings: Two Malaysian Children Entered The Toyota Dream Car Art Global Contest 2017 Finals With One Garnering A Silver Award
UMW Toyota Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the official distributor of Toyota in Malaysia would like us to announce that two young and bright Malaysian children were selected out of 830,000 entries from 79 countries all over the world in Toyota Dream Car Art Global Contest that was held in Japan recently. 7 year old, Miss Choo Han Yean, and Miss Lim Xiao Yun, 11 years of age (who won the silver award) were selected after the Malaysian round and represented our country over in Japan, doing us proud.
BMW Group Malaysia have announced the introduction of the BMW Oil Inclusive Program for all BMW vehicles which have already lapsed in their service programs. This new service program allows BMW owners / customers to extend the service programs of their vehicles within a set number of years or mileage period, with a choice of 5 Years / 60,000km or 5 Years / 100,000km; whichever comes first.
Monday, August 28, 2017
Mark Raine, Vice President, Sales & Marketing Passenger Cars, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia with the new GLC 200
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched the GLC 200. This now expands their official SUV range to further cater its customers wants and needs. Being premium car buyers, they have particular wants and needs actually. So we think the new GLC 200 has been launched to cater to those who want something that isn't based on the A-Class platform - the GLA, but want something based on the C-Class category but somehow feels that they do not need to purchase a GLC 250. So a GLC 200 has no plugged that hole.
:Competition: Come and Win A Chance to Participate in the Land Rover Experience Tour in Peru, South America
This folks, is the chance of a lifetime. Land Rover has just announced a regional competition that offers those who take part a once in a lifetime opportunity to participate in the Land Rover Experience Tour to South America. You basically get to drive the all-new Land Rover Discovery over in Peru, South America in November 2017 if you qualify.
Truck News & Happenings: Prifaria Sdn Bhd Driver Kaspul Anwar Wins the Volvo Trucks Malaysia Fuelwatch Challenge 2017 - 3rd Time In a Row for Prifaria!!!
Kaspul Anwar bin Abdul Karim who drives for Prifaria Sdn Bhd has been crowned the champion in this year's Malaysian leg of the Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge 2017. He will be headed to Sweden for the World Finals and will be going against the best from all over the world in one, if not the most popular annual truck drivers competition throughout the world. Second place went to En Firdaus bin Salim from Swift Logistics Sdn Bhd and third place, to En Ahmad Sulaiman from Konsortium PD.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
Happenings: UMW Toyota Motor CSR Initiative Has Recently Planted Nearly 100 Trees As Part of its Green Wave Project
UMW Toyota Motor, the official distributors of Toyota here in Malaysia has been quite active in giving back to the society. They have recently continued their annual Green Wave Project recently in collaboration with the Majlis Perbandaran Subang Jaya (MPSJ) and the residents of that community. Together, they have added more greenery to the area by populating the Kebun Kominity (Community Garden) with nearly 100 types of trees of various species.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Motor Image Malaysia, the authorised distributor of Subaru vehicles here has officially launched the 2017 Model Year Subaru BRZ. The most interesting fact about this new and slightly revised BRZ is the price and the fact that you can now get it with a 6 speed manual transmission. The OTR price inclusive of GST but without insurance is RM224,389 (manual transmission) and RM230,749 (automatic transmission). The price is interesting because it has been revised and is slightly lower than what I remember it to be. So a great big WooHoo!!!! is in order.
Thursday, August 24, 2017
The Ferrari 812 Superfast Reaches Our Shores - The Most Powerful & Fastest Road-Going Ferrari At The Moment
I was privileged to attend the official unveiling of Ferrari's fastest and most powerful production model to date, the Ferrari 812 Superfast, earlier today. The car is stupendous. It is powered by a new 6.5-litre V12 engine, up from the 6.3liter version used in the F12 and this new engine makes that unleashes 800ps and a massive 718Nm@7,000 rpm, a significant 80% of which is already available at 3,500 rpm, improving both drivability and acceleration throughout the rev-range.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Recently, Naza Kia, distributors for Kia vehicles in Malaysia, introduced the all-new Kia Rio over in East Malaysia beginning with Kuching, Sarawak (at the Viva City Mall). This was done just a few weeks after the Malaysian official launch of the Rio. The reason why Naza Kia has chosen to do a proper launch event over in Sarawak is that there has been increasing demand for Kia vehicles over in East Malaysia especially their SUV models. So while the Rio isn't a SUV, it is a decision by the company to showcase the brand with the launch of the Rio.
Truck News: The UD Croner Medium Duty Truck Is Launched In Malaysia - UD Trucks Makes it Available in both 6 speed Manual & Auto Transmissions
UD Trucks, one of the major truck brands in the Volvo Group, together with their long time Malaysian distributors Tan Chong Industrial Equipment (TCIE) earlier today launched their latest Medium Duty Truck - The UD Croner. Building on the brand’s rich Japanese legacy, the all-new Croner is designed for growth markets like Malaysia with reliability, robustness, versatility, uptime and safety in mind.
The all-new BMW M5 based on the new BMW 5 Series (G10) sedan has been unveiled. It comes with a new M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that should enable all of its 600hp and 750Nm worth of torque be transferred efficiently to the road. Whilst some may bemoan the loss of rear-wheel drive purity in a M5, all it not lost. The engineers at the BMW M Division has come up with lots of magic. But of course.
Tuesday, August 22, 2017
The FUSO Diamond Contest 2017/2018 is the 5th edition of a popular contest conducted by the folks at FUSO vehicles, which is a part of the Daimler trucks umbrella managed here in Malaysia under Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. The contest comprises two separate draws, Mini Draw and Grand Draw respectively and it is a pretty straightforward way of how FUSO rewards their customers who have placed their trust and loyalty in the brand.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia Launches The Volkswagen Automotive Academy - The First Of Its Kind In Malaysia
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) today reaffirms its commitment to keep on developing the Volkswagen brand here in Malaysia with the opening of the brand spanking new Volkswagen Automotive Academy here in Glenmarie, Shah Alam. This new training centre is able to acomodate up to 150 trainees per day is fully equipped to conduct the required sales and aftersales training for all of its personnel in the country.
Thursday, August 17, 2017
The All-New Honda CR-V Gets 5 Star Rating Under the New ASEAN NCAP Rating System - Details and Our Thoughts About It
ASEAN NCAP, the independent New Car Assessment Programme for the ASEAN region has a new and more comprehensive test regime this year (2017). It has introduced a new rating system to assess vehicle safety levels which includes the same Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), Child Occupant Protection (COP) and this time even more emphasis on Safety Assist Technologies (SATs). The first vehicle to actually undergo testing of this new system is the all-new Honda CR-V. It received the full 5 star rating for the variant tested.
Happenings: CYCLE & CARRIAGE BINTANG & MERCEDES-BENZ MALAYSIA SHOW OFF THE ALL NEW MERCEDES-BENZ E-CLASS COUPÉ TO ITS CUSTOMERS & GUESTS
You see, usually after the launch of a brand new car or variant to the media and then to the dealers it is the customers and potential people that get invited to the next round of events. In the case of the all new Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe, long time Mercedes-Benz dealer Cycle & Carriage Bintang Bhd had invited their customers and a bunch of enthusiasts to a preview of the coupe at The Club, Saujana Resort in Shah Alam.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Isuzu Malaysia, through their dealer Indah Utara Auto Sdn Bhd recently handed over 6 new units of the Isuzu Forward medium duty truck (FVR285) to YHL Trading (KL) Sdn Bhd. YHL Trading is a subsidiary of the Sin Hock Soon Group, which mainly focuses on rice manufacturing and packaging. If you do grocery shopping, you may have seen their rice brand 'Sunflower' at the local supermarket.
Happenings: Ford's ‘Driving Skills for Life’ Programme Continues at the Han Chiang College in Penang
Recently, a batch of students from Han Chiang College in Penang participated in four half day Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) workshops. The short courses were organized in partnership with Ford’s local distributor partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion. This was the second round of workshops provided for Han Chiang College following positive feedback and demand from the first event held there last December.
Truck News: Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge 2017 Malaysia - FIRST Ever Female Truck Driver Qualifies For The Finals!
This is the eight year that the Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge has been organised here in Malaysia and this time, for the first time ever, a female truck driver has made it to the finals! Junaidah Bte Ibrahim, who is 32 years of age has qualified for the Malaysian finals which is to be held on 25th and 26th August 2017 in Shah Alam. She will compete against seven other finalists where the winner will get a chance to compete in the world finals in Sweden from 18th to 22nd September 2017
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Offers & Promotions: AXXESS & Quill Automobiles have a BMW National Day sales event on 19-20th August 2017
In celebration of Malaysia’s 60 years of independence, Quill Automobiles BMW with AXXESS, will be holding a National Day Sales Event at Quill Automobiles Showroom, Jalan Semangat, PJ. For 2 days only, 19th and 20th August 2017. Make a date to test drive any BMW and you’ll get a complimentary AXXESS Card.
I was just shown this over on my Facebook by a friend. This has got to be the most outrageous decked out Proton Saga Aeroback out there in the universe! And it's for sale!!!!!!!!! Yes!!! The car of your nightmares have come true.
Monday, August 14, 2017
MALAYSIA AUTOMOTIVE INSTITUTE (MAI) Launches its Design Centre - A Product of the Malaysian Government, Perodua & Their Vendors
Today marks another milestone in the Malaysian Automotive Industry. The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), an agency under the Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI), has officially launched the MAI Design Centre in Rawang, Selangor. The centre is a collaboration between MAI, acting on behalf of the Government of Malaysia, and national car maker Perodua which come into this picture together with their vendors.
Offers & Promotions: Ford Truck Month Showroom Deals Throughout Malaysia This Coming Weekend (18-20 August 2017)
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia will be holding an exclusive 3-day nationwide promotion in conjunction with ‘Ford Truck Month’ (which actually ongoing till October 2017). The promotional offer is a one time, exclusive deal for ALL Ford car models for bookings made between 18- 20 August, 2017 when you visit any Ford showrooms nationwide. In other words, the offers for the coming weekend are for all Ford cars sold in Malaysia. So if you like that Ford Focus, now could be the time.
UMW Toyota Motor’s Pre-Owned Vehicle division will be rebranded as Toyota TopMark from this month onwards. According to UMW Toyota Motors, who are the official distributors of Toyota here, the move reflects the new focus on offering quality Toyota Certified Pre-Owned cars and Hybrid cars. The pre-owned vehicles division of UMW Toyota was established way back in 2000 and it has been one of the strengths of the company since then.
Car companies are starting to promote their cars heavily this Merdeka month and here we have NAZA KIA Malaysia joining the fray with a special Merdeka Sale throughout August for the KIA Sportage GT and the KIA Cetaro 1.6 SX. These cars come with great offers and goodies in conjunction with the nation's 60th Merdeka celebrations.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Opinion: The Newly Unveiled Mitsubishi Xpander's Front End Styling is Scary so I try to fix it with Bad Photoshop. Come see...
The first thing I said when I saw photos of the newly unveiled Mitsubishi Xpander compact MPV crossover thingamajig over in Indonesia recently was 'Okaayyyyyyyyyyy......'. Then I thought that this MPV isn't so bad looking after all. It could just be horrible.
Saturday, August 12, 2017
Pictorial: At the Volkswagen Fest 2017 in Setia City Convention Centre - New and Classic Volkswagen Cars Converge
The Volkswagen Fest 2017 is happening this weekend. I was there yesterday and here are some of the photos I took. It is on till tomorrow, the 13th of August 2017 and it is held on the grounds of the Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam. It is something that would be a memorable experience if you like viewing old, classic Volkswagen cars like the Beetle, Kombi and even the Karmann Ghia. And then, there are the sales bargains too.
Friday, August 11, 2017
Special Volkswagen Beetle 60th Merdeka Edition launched at the Inaugural Volkswagen Fest 2017 (UPDATED with video)
In conjunction with the Volkswagen Fest 2017 (which is ongoing till this sunday, 13th of August) as well as the upcoming 60th Merdeka (Independence) Day celebrations here in Malaysia, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has introduced the limited edition Volkswagen Beetle 60th Merdeka Edition. This is one of two limited edition Volkswagen launched at the Fest, the other being the Volkswagen Jetta ALLSTAR.
The Volkswagen Fest 2017 is currently ongoing till this Sunday, 13th August 2017. This is a celebration of all things Volkswagen, new and even the classics. It is because of this momentous occasion that Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) chose to launch two new variants of its popular cars. One of which is the Volkswagen Jetta ALLSTAR which we now write about in here (The other is the Merdeka Edition Beetle).
Offers & Promotions: FORD TRUCK MONTH is Declared by the Authorised Ford Dealer in Malaysia - Lots of deals when you buy a Ford from now till 31st October 2017
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the authorised Ford dealer in Malaysia has decided to call this month the 'Ford Truck Month'. What this means is that you can head over to your nearest Ford showroom now to enjoy great savings during the ‘Ford Truck Month’ from now until 31st October. Of course, the Ford Truck Month seems to last longer than 30 days and it also celebrates 100years of Ford as a truck brand. But this is a good excuse if you want to go and buy the Ford Ranger at a more attractive price.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
CHEVROLET LAUNCHES NEW CHEVROLET COLORADO VARIANTS - THE COLORADO X, COLORADO X-URBAN & COLORADO X-ADV
Naza Quest Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor and importer of Chevrolet vehicles in Malaysia, has unveiled three new Chevrolet Colorado pick-up X Edition variants. These consist the Colorado X, Colorado X-Urban and Colorado X-ADV. With these new variants, there are now more choices right out of the box for those that want a Colorado pick-up with some difference and to stand out a little from the usual versions.
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Shell Advance has launched an exclusive Masterclass training programme built for local motorcycle mechanics as part of its new ‘Outride Anything’ brand campaign . The Masterclass programme comprises seven online videos developed in collaboration with Ducati to guide and provide mechanics with expert knowledge and tips on proper motorcycle maintenance. This is also part of the roadshow that Shell Malaysia plans to carry out in conjunction with the upcoming 2017 Shell Malaysia MotoGP.
This is a small bit of news that I'd like to share. It may have already been picked up by other local automotive websites but it is interesting in some way in terms of the automotive industry here in Malaysia. Perodua has sold 250,000 Axia compact city cars to date and counting since it was launched in 2014. And going strong. It could already be 255,000 by the time I finish typing this article.
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia continues its quest to enhance its customer touchpoints in Malaysia with the launch of the new Mercedes-Benz MBSA Autohaus in Melaka. This new, albeit temporary Autohaus is operated by dealer partners MBSA Autohaus Sdn Bhd. This Autohaus was completed with an investment of RM1.2 million and will be the only Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Melaka.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Announces Field Fix Campaign for Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed, ASX Compact SUV & Pajero Sport
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has announced that there is a Field Fix Campaign for the Mitsubishi Pajero Exceed, ASX Compact SUV and the Pajero Sport. In not so many words, this is a recall notice to all owners of the vehicles mentioned to get their cars looked at and fixed. The Pajero Exceed needs a replacement of its airbag inflators (most likely caused by TAKATA), the ASX & Pajero Sport for a replacement of the tailgate gas strut and the ASX (below) again for the wiper motor casing.
Monday, August 07, 2017
Offers & Promotions: NAZA Merdeka Autofair 2017 in Conjunction with Malaysia's 60th Independence Day
Attractive deals are coming to town at the upcoming NAZA Merdeka Autofair 2017 to be held on 10th to 13th August 2017. The Auto fair is held in conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka day celebrations where the event will also commemorate NAZA's 42nd anniversary (yes, they've been around that long).
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors, the official distributor of Hyundai in Malaysia has launched the Hyundai Tucson 2.0L CRDI Diesel. This comes just a few weeks after the launch of the Tucson 1.6 Turbo GDI petrol variant and it somehow completes the engine variants of the Tucson here. We now get the 2.0 normally aspirated petrol, the 1.6 turbo petrol and this 2.0 turbo diesel version. Something from everyone at a lower price as now all Tucson variants sold in Malaysia come with the tax lowering Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status.
Roadshows: VOLKSWAGEN FEST 2017 will be held at Setia City Convention Centre this 11th to 13th August 2017 - Lots of offers, activities and also new & classic Volkswagen to see
A celebration of all things Volkswagen is coming to town. Well, coming to Setia City Convention Centre in Shah Alam on the 11th of August to the 13th of August 2017 to be exact. The event is called the Volkswagen Fest 2017 and it is organised by the authorised distributors of Volkswagen cars here, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM). This is the first of its kind here in Malaysia (with official representation) and VPCM will also be launching two new special edition cars there - the Volkswagen Jetta ALLSTAR and the Volkswagen Beetle 60th Merdeka Edition, a special Malaysia only Beetle made in conjunction with the country's 60th year of independence.
The Scania Driver Competitions South East Asia 2016-2017 concluded recently and we've still got some stuff to mentioned about it. This time, we focus a little on Michelin Malaysia, who had returned as the Official Tyre Sponsor of the event. The competition finals, held over at MAEPS in Serdang, had 17 truck and bus drivers from all over South East Asia competing to see who is the best among them. The Scania Driver Competitions is held bi-annually to create a greater awareness of road safety, increase driver confidence, professionalism, knowledge and skills, and improve the public perception of heavy vehicle drivers and industry
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Motoring Malaysia's VLOG #4 of 2017 - On the Scania Driver Competitions South East Asia 2016-2017 and the Scania RAPID KL MRT bus.
This is for the benefit of those that did not read the article on the Scania Driver Competitions South East Asia 2016-2017. I had posted the embeded Vlog #4/2017 there earlier.
Saturday, August 05, 2017
HYUNDAI SIME DARBY MOTORS Now Offer An Upgraded Infotainment System for the Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid - Existing Customers Can Opt To Get The Upgraded System Too
The Malaysian distributors of the Hyundai IONIQ, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors has announced that it is now offering an upgraded infotainment unit of the car with a much, much better Audio Visual Navigation (AVN) system. It now enhances the driving (and ownership) experience of the Hyundai Ioniq here.
Truck & Bus: The Inaugural Scania Driver Competitions South East Asia 2016-2017 - Top Scania Drivers From Around The Region Compete Against One Another
The final round of the inaugural Scania Driver Competitions South East Asia 2016-2017 (SDC) was held recently at MAEPS, in Serdang and saw some stiff competition between 19 Scania truck and bus drivers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines and Singapore. This is the first SDC that is truly regional as prior to this, it was only a Malaysia and Singapore affair. This makes things pretty interesting with added competitors and a chance to be crowned regional champion!
HISTORY CON® REGIONAL BRANDED EXPERIENCE LAUNCHES INAUGURAL MALAYSIAN HISTORY CONVENTION 2017 - LOTS OF NICE CARS & BIKES THERE!
The facelifted and upgraded Isuzu Mu-X was launched at the History Convention 2017 (History Con 2017) on Friday, 3rd of August 2017. It is actually quite an event for the motorhead. There are a lot of automotive related displays and even celebrity guests who have automotive related shows on the History Channel. Which is what the event was all about. HISTORY Con 2017, is an entertainement convention linked to the History Channel and it launches for the first time in Malaysia at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in Selangor from 4th to 6th August 2017. You can still catch it and this is why I am writing about it.
Friday, August 04, 2017
Isuzu has brought in the facelifted Mu-X to Malaysia. The newly upgraded seven seater SUV was unveiled earlier today at the Isuzu sponsored inaugural History Convention 2017 (the folks at the History Channel) at Malaysia Agro Exposition Park (MAEPS) in Serdang.
More Shell news folks. Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd has launched their official online store on one of Malaysia's leading e-commerce platform, Lazada Malaysia. Now you can actually order and buy Shell Helix motor or engine oil from the internet as well as actually book a slot to use the engine oil and service it at selected authorised workshops too. All through Lazada.
Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Costa Coffee Partners With Shell Malaysia - Great Tasting Coffee is Now Available at Selected Shell Select Staion Nationwide
Costa Coffee is now available at selected Shell Select stations. The brand, which is from the United Kingdom, is the second largest coffee brand in the world has tied up with Shell and launched its self-serve offering at Shell Select stations nationwide. This comes after a successful trial run at several outlets and now, Costa Coffee will be sold at over 200 Shell Select outlets nationwide with many more to come.
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has now made the V222 S 400 h S-Class with the AMG Line styling package. The Malaysian Mercedes-Benz S400h AMG Line comes with sportier looks on the outside where the AMG body styling kit, perforated brake discs and 19 inch AMG alloy wheels are now fitted. The interior also gets a slightly different treatment too...
Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Limited Editon MINI Clubman Sterling Edition unveiled for Malaysia - But bookings for it must be made online, which is a Malaysian first.
MINI Malaysia, has introduced the New MINI Clubman Sterling Edition. According to them, this new limited to 20 units only in Malaysia, limited edition MINI is a true expression of a modern gentleman’s car and will only be available for booking online at www.mini.my/sterlingedition, a first in the Malaysian automotive industry. Yup. I've never heard of buying a car this way here in Malaysia to date. It is the first.
Lonely Planet releases the second installment in the Lonely Planet Epic series of books - Epic Drives of the World
This is a very automotive related Lonely Planet posting. These are the experts in telling us where are the best sights, places, people, hotels and other interesting stuff and they've published a book on the Epic Drives of the World. This book is a traditional hardcover book. One that could sit on your coffee table at home. It features 50 classic driving routes from all over the world, facts and some tips on how to plan your own epic journey.
J.D. Power Customer Satisfaction Index for Mass Market Cars 2017 - Toyota is champion, Mitsubishi second and Mazda third, and Honda comes in last!
Okayyyyyyy.. J.D. Power, the well known impartial organisation that conduct customer satisfaction surveys have announced that Toyota is the best in customer service satisfaction for the second year running! This is followed by Mitsubishi and then Mazda with Honda, yes, Honda coming in last among the non-premium mass market passenger car makers in Malaysia. Congratulations is in order to all of the three for making their customers feel like the are very appreciated. Aside from that, let me just state again that Honda has come in last. Even Volkswagen is up by a whole lot from 2016.