Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival at MAEPS was a roaring success

The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival that happened over the past weekend actually became quite a successful motorsport and motoring festival as some 20,000 spectators came to the venue at the Malaysia Ago Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) to soak in the action, thrilling races, entertainment and more. So much energy from what was an event surrounding a one make Toyota Vios race challenge!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

You Can Buy a Limited Edition Volkswagen Beetle Via Lazada Malaysia

Now you can actually buy a whole car through Lazada Malaysia, that online portal where you can actually buy everything from baby diapers to engine oil. Lazada Malaysia and Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia are working together where they will sell 12 limited edition Volkswagen Beetle cars online.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Sunday Lite: Photoshop Madness...the Perodua OMG45


Some Smart Alec has decided to AMG an all-new Perodua Myvi. We call it the Myvi OMG 45 after the Mercedes-AMG A45. But this is the Malaysian 'God-Car' version....the Oh My God 45. Now you don't need to spend so much to fly.

Mitsubishi Motors Flood Relief Effort With The Triton Tuners Club & 40% off Mitsubishi Genuine Parts and Labour For Those Affected By The Floods In Penang

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia have announced a Flood Relief Effort for Mitsubishi owners affected by the recent flood disaster in Penang. The company will offer a 40% discount on spare parts and labour prices from today until 31 December 2017 for Mitsubishi vehicles damaged by the recent floods. 

Saturday, November 25, 2017

VIDEO: 2017 VOLVO V90 T5 WAGON TEST DRIVE - We Try Out Volvo's Entry Into The Premium Car Segment



Here is our latest video folks! The Test of the 2017 Volvo V90 T5 Wagon. A fine car, well designed, stylish, quite practical and a little bit flawed. But as far as wagons go, you cannot find any better here in Malaysia at this point of time.

UMW Toyota Motor Donates A Toyota Camry Hybrid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM)

Recently UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT), the distributors of Toyota here, made a donation of a Toyota Camry Hybrid to Universiti Teknologi Malaysia. The vehicle will be used for technical research and development study by the researchers and students who are studying under the Malaysia-Japan International Institute of Technology (MJIIT), Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). 

PERODUA Has Received Over 13,000 Bookings Of The All-New Myvi To Date - Has Already Delivered 1,000 Units



Perodua have started deliveries of the all-new Perodua Myvi compact hatchback and about 1,000 units have already been delivered to their owners. This is good news as it would seem that deliveries are fast and it needs to be fast considering that Perodua has actually received over 13,000 bookings since the car was open for bookings. 

ISUZU HICOM MALAYSIA SDN BHD CELEBRATES TEN GLORIOUS YEARS


2007 was an important milestone for the Isuzu brand here in Malaysia. It was on that year that ISUZU HICOM Malaysia Sdn Bhd (IHM) was first established with the purpose of the Japanese brand having more control over the Malaysian market in lieu of increased market competition and to be quicker in responding to customers here.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Happenings: Chevron Malaysia and Pen Petroleum Help Out Penangites in Flood-Stricken Areas


Chevron Malaysia Limited, which trades under the Caltex brand,  together with Pen Petroleum Sdn Bhd, had recently organised a community outreach to those affected by the recent floods in the northern state of Penang.

Maserati Malaysia Launches The Levante S in GranLusso and GranSport Variants - Prices Start at RM788,800++

The Maserati Levante S is officially in Malaysia. This is the 'Maserati of SUVs' according to Maserati. But of course, no one does a Maserati like Maserati and no one would do a SUV like Italians do. So the Levante is pretty unique. Now whilst the Levante has already made it to our shores in diesel form, this marks Maserati's first petrol powered SUV to reach our shores.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Electric Vehicles: Renault Samsung Motors unveils the new SM3 Z.E - Better Range Than Before


This piece of news is slightly interesting even though Renault Samsung Motors are not sold locally here. The Renault Samsung Motors SM3 Z.E is an electric vehicle which is based on the Renault Fluence sold here. It is exactly like the Fluence sedan and the only difference externally are the badging. 

Truck News: HINO Delivers 15 Units Of Its Newly Improved Hino 300 Series Light Duty Truck To My World Logistics Sdn Bhd

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd officially delivered 15 units of the new HINO 300 series to My World Logistics Sdn Bhd at a small ceremony in Kuala Lumpur early this morning. The event marks a special occasion for both Hino and My World Logistics as this was actually a first time Hino truck purchase by the delivery company. 

Chevron Malaysia & Visa Announce Partnership - Visa payWave System Implemented At All Caltex Stations & In Conjunction You Can Win A Mercdedes-Benz C200!

Caltex, the brand which Chevron Malaysia retails under has announced its partnership with Visa. The partnership makes Caltex the first fuel provider in Malaysia to introduce the Visa payWave system at their fuel service stations. Visa payWave is a contactless payment system where its cardholders can simply wave their cars in front of cardreaders. 

SISMA Auto Opens The Newest Volvo Car Showroom In Downtown Kuala Lumpur



SISMA Auto is Volvo Car Malaysia's newest authorised dealer and they have now officially opened their city centre showroom. The new sales outlet is located at Menara Worldwide on Jalan Bukit Bintang which is walking distance to Kuala Lumpur's main commercial and shopping district.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Mobility: GRAB Malaysia Launches Its First Ever Grab Lounge At The Sunway Pyramid - More Grab Lounges Planned Too

Grab, Malaysia and Southeast Asia's leading preferred ride hailing service, launched the first ever, Grab Lounge which is located at Sunway Pyramid, in Petaling Jaya. Now you can actually hang out there whilst waiting for Grab cars to pick you up or to arrive with a bit more style too. Something like an airport lounge in some ways.

Upcoming Events: BIMMERFEST 2018 To Happen On The 3rd Of February 2018 At The Sepang International Circuit!


After a 5 years’ absence, the BIMMERFEST is scheduled to happen in February of 2018. This was announced by the main event organiser Biggs Entertainment who will be working with the BMW Club Malaysia. BIMMERFEST 2018 is all things BMW. From their classic cars and bikes as well as their new stuff and it is scheduled to be held on the 3rd of February 2018 at the Sepang International Circuit.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) This Weekend (25 &26 Nov 2017) - Win A Vios!

The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival will be happening at the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) this weekend - the 25 & 26th of November 2017! The main event is the Vios Challenge Series where in the Super Sporting Category where most of Malaysia’s top racing drivers will be competing for the very first Vios Challenge title. 

Bosch Survey Reveals That Battery Failure is the Top Cause of Vehicle Breakdown in Malaysia

Recently Bosch Automotive Aftermarket conducted a survey of 350 Malaysian drivers where they found out that vehicle battery failure is the top cause of vehicle breakdowns in the country. Engine and wiring issues came in at 20% and 5% respectively. So it seems that battery failure is the cause of a whole lot of pain and suffering.

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Announces The Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT Premium and The Limited Edition Mitsubishi ASX Adventure



Two new Mitsubishi vehicle variants have been announced recently. The new Mitsubishi Triton VGT AT Premium and a limited edition Mitsubishi ASX Adventure compact crossover are now on sale in Malaysia. The Triton VGT AT Premium and the ASX Adventure is priced RM116,300.00 and RM123,988 respectively, without insurance but with GST in Peninsular Malaysia. 

Happenings: Caltex Fuel Your School Annual Programme Successfully Completed For The Year


Caltex has successfully completed its annual Caltex Fuel Your School programme (“Caltex FYS”) for the year. The programme, was run in partnership with MyKasih Foundation. It continues to support the Malaysian government’s efforts in enhancing the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). This is the sixth year that the programme has been running and the Caltex FYS has enabled over 20,000 students in Perak schools to benefit from it this time around. 

Monday, November 20, 2017

The New Renault Megane GT - It Will Be On Display At Renault's Petaling Jaya Showroom From The 21st of November Onwards

One of the more interesting cars that was displayed at the recent Malaysia Autoshow 2017 was the Renault Megane GT. The car was displayed at the autoshow by Renault Malaysia distributors TC Euro Cars and it the first time the all-new Megane has set foot in this country.

Happenings: UMW Toyota Motor Staff Were Part Of The Volunteers At Seberang Prai Utara's Flood Relief Operations

Car companies in Malaysia have been doing lots of good in assisting people that have experienced one of the worst floods up in the North of Peninsular Malaysia. Recently, a team of volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor have lent a hand in the flood relief efforts there by providing assistance where needed. 

Industry News - PROTON Sells More Cars - Seems Like An Upward Trajectory For The Company

It looks like PROTON seems to be on an upward trajectory over the past few months. They have registered a total of 61,380 vehicles from January up to October 2017. During the same period last year, the Malaysian company managed 57,734 units making a slight improvement in sales for the brand. 

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Happenings: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia's Public Relations Initiatives Earn Industry Recognition - Centriq PR Wins Silver at the Malaysia PR Awards 2016/17


It is always the people behind the scenes that ensure the things you see happen in the automotive industry. Cars just don't appear to be fully built up. A brand's reputation is also built up by people who have put their hearts and soul into bringing it to a higher level in the eyes of the public. This time around, the people behind the public relations of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Centriq PR, have been awarded the Silver award for the Corporate Branding category at the Malaysia PR Awards 2016/17 for their entry - Mercedes-Benz Malaysia - Redefining Premium Excellence. 

Perodua News: Deliveries of the All-New Myvi Begins With First Official One Delivered, 6,000+ Myvi Bookings To Date and Winners Of ‘Myvi 12 Iconic Years Anniversary SMS & Win Contest’ Announced



The Perodua Myvi is one of those cars that are synonymous with all things Malaysia. So, the launch of the latest one is a big deal over here. The new car, which was fully designed and built in-house from the upper body onwards (means they designed the car themselves) has hit another glorious milestone in its chart. It has made 6,000 people book the car on the first day of its launch. Imagine that.

Offers & Promotions: 'GO NUTS WITH TYREPLUS' Campaign By TYREPLUS and MICHELIN TYRE Ongoing Till 31st December 2017



TYREPLUS, the global multi-brand tyre and car servicing franchise under MICHELIN tyre, has announced their year end promotion and contest. The 'Go Nuts With TyrePlus' campaign has started and is running till the 31st of December 2017 where those that purchase Michelin Tyres (and not the other brands that they carry) at any of the outlets can participate in a WhatsApp based contest. This comes hot on the heels of their rebranding exercise recently where TyrePlus has changed their outlet branding and are pushing customer awareness on their brand.

New High Spec Hyundai Tucson 2.0 MPi Premium 4WD is Now Available



There is a new Hyundai Tucson variant in town. Hyundai Sime Darby Motors have just introduced the Hyundai Tucson 2.0 MPi Premium 4WD variant which adds more premium bits and more extra equipment. This is the new top of the range Tucson here in Malaysia and it costs RM159,888 on the road but without insurance.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Offers & Promotions: Volkswagen Aftersales Year End Promotion - 20% Off on Selected Genuine Parts

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has just launched an aftersales promotion from now till 31st December. You can now get up to 20% off the price for selected genuine spare parts at all authorised Volkswagen service centres throughout Malaysia.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

ASEAN NCAP Awards The Top Spec All-New Perodua Myvi 1.3 &1.5 variants 5 Stars [UPDATED Video]

ASEAN NCAP has awarded the top specced 1.3 & 1.5liter all-new Perodua Myvi 5 star ratings. This is in like with the cars being offered with Active Safety Assist Systems. The most affordable car in Malaysia to do so.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

MisterTyre Partners With TOC Automotive College - TOC's Interns To Work With MisterTyre For On-The-Job Experience

TOC Automotive College has entered into an Internship Partnership Agreement with MisterTyre Malaysia Sdn Bhd. This programme will allow TOCs studens to have on-the-job practical work training with MisterTyre which could be the first company to actually launch a mobile application that offers its customers new tyres, wheel fitting, alignment, engine oil service and battery right to your doorstep or anywhere you are currently at.

Happenings: BMW SHORTIES 2017 - 9 Short Films Have Been Chosen and are Now in the Running for a RM75,000 Production Grant [UPDATED]



Another year, another round of BMW Shorties. This is the eleventh time the BMW Shorties are going on and this is the longest running short film competition in the country. For BMW Shorties 2017, 10 (Updated -  it is 9 short films as the short film ‘Road to God’ by Mohd Jefri Samaroon will be excluded from the list of shortlisted films this year) finalists are now in the running for the RM75,000 film production grant that is up for grabs.

Offers & Promotions: Mitsubishi Motors Year End Promos & Sales Carnival - Cash Rebates Up To RM11,000 For Selected Mitsubishi Models



More offers are abound! You can get a brand new Mitsubishi Triton, Outlander or an ASX for the year-end holidays at prices more attractive than usual. This is because Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, is now offering attractive holiday rewards with cash bonuses up to RM11, 000 for these selected Mitsubishi models until the end of 2017.

Offers & Promotions: FORD & Sime Darby Auto Connexion's Year End Super Fantastic Ford Rewards and Rebates

The year end holiday season is just around the corner and Ford, via their distributor, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) wants to offer us unbeatable deals, offers, rebates, promotions and rewards on their cars. You could get up to RM5,000 cash rebates if you buy a Ford Ranger WildTrak, zero maintenance for up to 5 years or 100,000km on the Ford Ranger XLT and up to a whopping RM23,000 for a Ford Focus or a Fiesta. 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Motorsport: Team PROTON R3 Wins Overall Champion Title At The Sepang 1000km Endurance Race

A Proton Suprima S run by Team PROTON R3 took the overall win at the recent Sepang 1000km (S1k) Endurance Race 2017. The car, driven by Admi Shahrul and James Veerapen came ahead of a lot of strong challengers and demonstrated that a well set up Malaysian car can come up triumphant against other well known sporting brands.

Volkswagen Will Offer Flood Relief Assistance To All Volkswagen Owners Affected By The Recent Floods

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced that they have launched a nationwide Flood Relief programme for all Volkswagen owners affected by the recent floods, which have been one of the worst, particularly in the northern states of Peninsular Malaysia. The Flood Relief programme aims to assist Volkswagen owners whose vehicles have been damaged by the floods. 

Monday, November 13, 2017

Truck & Bus News: Scania Malaysia Hosts Half Day Safety Driving Session For The Asian Trucker Drivers Club

I was invited to join a short session on safe driving techniques organised by the Asian Trucker Drivers Club at Scania Malaysia's main office in Shah Alam last Saturday. It was a different start to the weekend as I got the opportunity to spend some time with the people from Asian Trucker, participating members of their Asian Trucker Drivers Club as well as the folks from Scania Malaysia. 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 Opens - 9 - 12 November at MAEPS, Serdang - Launch & Show Highlights

The Malaysia Autoshow 2017 has begun. I was there to witness its opening and view some of the cars on display. Held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) from the 9 th to the 12 th of November it showcases a heck of a lot of new cars. With the theme  “Smart, Safe and Sustainable Mobility”, it showcases even more than that and even features concurrently the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Sysposium (KLIAS) and SoundValley Festival. So you get deep discussion on the automotive industry and music aside from the automotive related stuff.

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Perodua offers assistance for Penang flood victims - Discounts of Spare Parts & Free Inspection Provided

Perodua has decided to offer its assistance to Perodua vehicle owners who have unfortunately experience the severe floods in Penang and the surrounding area. The Malaysian car manufacturer will be offering assistance in the forms of discounts on selected parts and free vehicle inspections to determine the damage suffered by the vehicles. This is very in line with their 'People First' part of their motto.

Happenings: Shell Raises RM738,000 For Five Charity Organisations Under The Shell Raya Charity Drive 2017

The Shell Raya Charity Drive is a Corporate Social Responsibility initiative that first Shell Malaysia kick-started 3 years ago. This annual campaign saw Shell donating 1 sen (RM0.01) for every litre of fuel pumped at its stations nationwide on June 22, 23 and 24 this year. As a result, Shell Malaysia has successfully raised RM738,000 for five (5) charity organsations this year. A fantastic amount to help those in need. 

Truck News: UD Trucks & Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd Delivers The First Unit Of The UD Croner In Malaysia


UD Trucks and sole distributor partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) recently delivered the first unit of UD Croner in Malaysia to Ong Brothers Petroleum Sdn Bhd.  The UD Croner is an all-new medium duty truck and it was only launched here in August 2017. It looks like the roll out of the Croner here has been pretty fast.

Perodua Teases Us With Details Of The All-New Myvi While Announcing That It Is Now Open For Booking - Disguised Car Will Be At Malaysia AutoShow 2017 For Public To Guess


Perodua has now opened its order books for bookings of the next generation Myvi, Malaysia's favourite compact hatchback. Priced from RM44,330 for the 1.3liter Manual variant to around RM55,300 for the 1.5 Advance Automatic (both without insurance), the car is something special for Perodua.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Truck News: Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Renews Its Repair & Maintenance Contract With Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles



Syarikat Logistik Petikemas Sdn Bhd, an integrated one stop logistics company has renewed their Repair and Maintenance package contract with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBMCV). The renewal upgrades the previous contract, which was first signed in 2012. 

NAZA KIA MALAYSIA Will Offer A Relief Package For Customers Affected By The Floods In Northern Peninsular Malaysia

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia is graciously offering a flood relief programme for their customers in the Northern region in light of the recent flooding that has happened there. From today until 31 st December 2017, Kia car owners affected by this catastrophic flood can send their Kia to any authorised Kia outlets in the Northern region for free vehicle inspection and professional advice as well as genuine spare parts at a discount. 

THE ALL-NEW RENAULT MEGANE GT TO BE DISPLAYED AT THE MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017



The upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 scheduled for the 9th to the 12th of November. Malaysia's premier autoshow will be where TC Euro Cars, official franchise holder of Renault in Malaysia, reveal the new Renault Megane GT. The Megane is Renault's C segment hatchback and it was first launched at the end of 2015 with sales first starting in Europe in July of 2016. It has taken Renault awhile to bring it over but we will finally get to see this interesting looking hatchback.

Roadshows: MINI 'The Nation' Roadshow continues throughout the month of November 2017


MINI is continuing their 'The Nation' Roadshow for the month of November 2017. The roadshow celebrates the best of Malaysia as well as the MINI brand. This month's stop will be at Desa Park City, The Spring in Kuching, Sarawak and Sunway Velocity Mall. So two locations in the Klang Valley and one in Sarawak. 

Commercial vehicles: Daihatsu Malaysia hands over 22 units of the Gran Max trucks to GIATMARA


Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) handed over twenty-two (22) units of brand new Daihatsu Gran Max light trucks to GIATMARA MALAYSIA recently. These 1.5liter Gran Max trucks which will be utilised by newly graduated GIATMARA technical and vocational graduates under the ‘TRUCK-PRENEUR’ entrepreneurship programme. 

MALAYSIA CAR OF THE YEAR (COTY) 2017 WINNERS ANNOUNCED - GET TO SEE THEM AT THE UPCOMING MALAYSIA AUTOSHOW 2017 IN MAEPS, THIS 9th TO 12th NOVEMBER

The newly launched (in Malaysia) Honda Jazz Hybrid has been awarded the overall Car of the Year title at this year's Malaysia Car of the Year (COTY) 2017 Awards. Honda and Mercedes-Benz were the big winners as each of them garnered five awards each. Aside from that, Dato’ Dr Zahari Husin, Managing Director of Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd was named Automotive Man of the Year 2017. This is the prelude to the upcoming Malaysia Autoshow 2017 which will be held on 9-12 November 2017 in MAEPS, Serdang.