Wednesday, December 26, 2018
Here is another video review / test drive folks! I squeezed this in just before going on a short vacation. Even I would like to take advantage of this year end you know. So we have the video review of the 2018 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV 2.0G 2WD GLS, folks. This is a nice mid-priced SUV which offers a lot.
Tuesday, December 25, 2018
Goodyear Tyres Launches the Assurance TripleMax 2 Tyre in Malaysia - A New Mid-Passenger Car Tyre Which Officially Replaces the Long Running NCT5
So recently a few of us motoring media fellas met up with the folks from Goodyear Malaysia. Aside from meeting the people now in charge of marketing and having the usual small talk, chit chat and stuff, they also informed us on the arrival of the Goodyear Assurance TripleMax 2 tyre. This is a tyre designed for the mid-range passenger car segment and it actually replaces the long running Goodyear NCT5 tyre here in Malaysia. When I say long running, the NCT5 is super long running as I remember actually using this tyre sometime in the early 2000s or even earlier!
Monday, December 24, 2018
Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad Adopts The Scania Ecolution Program to Help Reduce CO2 Emissions & Fuel Consumption For The Well Being of the Environment
Konsortium E-Mutiara Berhad (E-Mutiara), one of the more notable express bus operators in Malaysia has become the first company in the whole of Asia to adopt the Scania Ecolution program. According to the folks at Scania Malaysia, Scania Ecolution is more than just a product or service. They call it a tailor-made partnership between Scania and operators of Scania vehicles that is designed to reduce CO 2 emissions and reduce fuel consumption for the well being of the environment.
HINO Total Support (TS) Contest 2018 - HINO Malaysia's 5th Annual Sales, Service & Parts Personnel Competition Was Held Recently
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (HMSM) recently held the HINO Total Support (TS) Contest 2018, the 5th time this annual contest has been held. This sales and aftersales personnel contest was held at HMSM'S Head Office located in Petaling Jaya. The competition is aimed towards fostering greater skills and knowledge among the dealers and their personnel so that they get to spend some time meeting others and at the same time ensure that the Hino brand stays at the top of the Malaysian commercial vehicle industry in terms of sales and aftersales.
I finally managed to put this video together after quite a while. This is the video about me testing the 2018 Volvo S90 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus. This is Volvo's flagship sedan here in Malaysia and it shares the same drivetrain and powertrain as the XC90 T8 SUV. This is the sedan variant of what I think has the best hybrid drivetrain to be fitted to a vehicle (circa 2018).
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) is Now Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) - Expanding Their Scope Towards Enhancing The Malaysian Automotive Industry
The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), has been rebranded as the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii). The announcement was made by the Minister of International Trade and Industry (MITI), Datuk Darell Leiking at the Car of the Year 2018 (COTY2018) awards on the 4th of December 2018 and sometime last week, MARii Chief Executive Officer Dato' Madani Sahari spoke to members of the automotive fraternity which comprised of industry players, academics, government bodies and members of the media on the scope expansion of MARii. This included the opportunities created for all stakeholders in expediting the adoption of robotics within the automotive sector in a briefing, titled “An Introduction to the Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute”, in MARii’s headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Trucks: Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd Adds 17 New Volvo Trucks to Their Fleet With Another 11 More Coming in 2019
Volvo Trucks Malaysia recently handed over 17 new Volvo trucks of various models to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd. The handover was held at their Konsortium PD's headquarters in Lukut, Port Dickson. Of the seventeen trucks, two of them were the Volvo FH440, seven were Volvo FM370 and eight were Volvo FM440. Both the senior management of Volvo Trucks Malaysia and Konsortium PD were present at the small ceremony.
Monday, December 17, 2018
Wearnes Automotive recently introduced and launched the Service 2.0 Program for their Volkswagen Dealership in Sg Besi, Kuala Lumpur. According to them, Service 2.0 will try to ensure a new customer experience exclusively to Wearnes Volkswagen customers and will enable Wearnes to be positioned at the top leading in automotive service industry, second to none. The new customer experience which was launched at Wearnes Automotive's flagship 4S centre in Kuala Lumpur.
DS Automobiles Opens its Flagship DS Store in Petaling Jaya - Premium French Chic For Those That Want Individuality
The PSA Group brand DS now has a new DS Store in Petaling Jaya. Located at the Naza Automall the brand new DS Store is the first of its kind in Malaysia and Southeast Asia. Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor for DS cars in Malaysia officially launched the new flagship showroom last Friday where the event was inaugurated in the presence of Yves Bonnefont, CEO of DS Automobiles and Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group CEO, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings.
Friday, December 14, 2018
Upcoming Events - BMW Shorties Film Festival 2018 This 15th December 2018 at Tiffin Food Court, Petaling Jaya - Something To Do This Weekend!
If you have nothing to do this weekend, there will activities, film and music awaits you folks out there at the BMW Shorties Film Festival. It will be held this 15th December at the Tiffin Food Court, Petaling Jaya. The event, whilst not a motoring event per se is what BMW Group does as part of how they give back to a society where they are based at. So here, BMW gives back by inculcating filmmaking here in Malaysia.
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Dato' Zainal Abidin Ahmad to Succeed Datuk Dr Aminar Rashid as President and CEO of Perodua Come 1st January 2019
Malaysian compact car manufacturer Perodua has announced earlier today that their longest-serving President and Chief Executive Officer, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh, 58 is set to retire after nine years of running what can be said as the most successful car company in Malaysia today. It is under his leadership that Perodua not only expanded its market share from 31.2% in 2010 to above 37% share as of year-to-date 2018. As CEO, he also also started the company's transformation programme within the Perodua Group which has made the company what it is today.
PROTON Officially Launches the Long, Long, Long Awaited X70 SUV - Prices Start From RM99,800 Onwards
PROTON has finally did it. They've officially launched the Proton X70 SUV. Their first SUV and their first Proton-Geely collaboration car. While most of us already know the details of the new SUV, Proton has made available to most important detail of them all - the prices for all the variants. We now know that the prices start at RM99,800 without insurance for the base 2wd model and it goes up to a reasonable EM123,800 for the full specced premium variant. The good news is that there is one price for the X70 throughout Malaysia. Those in Sabah and Sarawak need not pay any extra like they used to pay with all the cars sold over there! Great initiative by Proton here folks. You folks in Sabah and Sarawak can finally get a price similar to the people of Peninsular Malaysia.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
I'm back. I was basically hit with a very bad case of influenza right after the KL International Motor Show 2018 and was basically sick as heck. A round of antibiotics and a lot io rest was needed for me to recover. Furthermore, it is the end of the year. I think I deserve a break after running my business affairs, this blog and making videos for the blog without a break throughout 2018.
Thursday, November 22, 2018
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
ASEAN NCAP Gives the Upcoming Proton X70 a 5 Star Rating & Zero Stars for the TATA Super Ace - Some Thoughts on Both of the Results
There was a recent announcement by the people at ASEAN NCAP, the people in charge of testing the safety of new cars sold in the ASEAN or most parts of Southeast Asia. The New Car Assessment Program for Southeast Asian Countries (ASEAN NCAP) recently crash tested four models during its third and fourth quarter of 2018. The tested models comprised the new Suzuki Swift, the new Proton X70, Wuling Confero and Tata Super Ace. This short piece is on two of the vehicles sold here in Malaysia, the X70 and the Super Ace. The Confero (fortunately not here- zero rated NCAP) and Swift (4 Star NCAP) aren't available officially in Malaysia.
Pre-Motorshow News: Naza Automotive Group to Showcase Peugeot, DS, Citroen & Kia to Name a Few Brands at KLIMS 2018
This is another Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS 2018) pre-show update folks. The Naza Automotive Group will be showcasing a range of passenger and commercial vehicles, motorcycles, accessories and alot more at KLIMS 2018 which will be held at the Malaysia International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) from 23 rd November until 2 nd December 2018. Some of the highlights include Peugeot, DS and Citroën and Kia.
Pre-Motorshow News: - Ford Malaysia to Officially Launch the Ford Ranger Raptor and will preview the New Ford Mustang at KLIMS 2018
Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), the folks who distribute Ford vehicles in Malaysia will be participating in the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 which is scheduled to open its doors to the public on the 23 November 2018 until 2 December 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).
After 2,500 Units, the Last Scania PGR series truck rolls off the assembly line in Malaysia - New Scania Truck Variants to be Launched Soon
It has been a good run while it lasted but recently, the last Scania PGR series truck has rolled off the assembly line at the Scania Regional Production Centre in Port Klang. It must be a notable record of sorts, as Scania Malaysia has produced and sold more than 2,500 units of the Scania PGR series of trucks (P, G & R series folks...not PGR as a single model) since they were first introduced in the country back in 2008. So one decade and 2,500 units assembled locally later, its time to say goodbye to all three of these current PGR series of trucks.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
The ‘Renault Test Drive Challenge’ campaign is currently ongoing and it is offering participants the chance to win an Apple iPhone XS and other attractive prizes. Those that end up purchasing a Renault during the campaign period will also walk away with an additional year-end free gift of Raytech Solar and Security tint for the newly purchased Renault. The tinting is worth up to RM1,800 depending on the model purchased. TC Euro Cars, the authorised distributor for Renault vehicles in Malaysia is also extending their sales promotions on limited units of the Renault Koleos premium SUV and Captur compact crossover.
It's been a busy few weeks here in terms of covering the automotive industry in Malaysia. One of the new product launches held last week was the launch of the all-new Castrol POWER1 motorcycle engine oil. Castrol Malaysia launched this new product by unveiling a total of four new variants which according to them have been tailor made to suit a motorcycle's special demands.
Last week, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched what they consider their Ultimate Performance Athletes. These are the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ & GLC 63 S Coupé 4MATIC+. These heavyweights were launched together with the iconic and most probably G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) off-roading Mercedes-Benz, the all-New Mercedes-Benz G-Class or G-Wagen as most of us like to call it.
The all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class Makes Its Way To Malaysia - Mercedes-AMG G 63 is the Sole Variant Here!.
Sometime last week, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launched the all-new Mercedes-Benz G-Class off-road vehicle over at the Sepang Circuit. The unique thing is that we Malaysians are only getting one variant of this all-new G Wagen, the almighty Mercedes-AMG G 63. A truly unique statement indeed.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
The New Mitsubishi Triton Shows Off Its New Face - Local Debut Will Be At The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 & at Mitsubishi Roadshows in Malaysia
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) unveiled the new TRITON / L200 1-ton pickup truck over in Bangkok, Thailand recently. This is just about a week or so prior to them actually starting sales of the Triton in Thailand on November 17, 2018. Whilst it is still based on the fifth generation Triton which we see here in Malaysia, Mitsubishi have made major upgrades to it from the looks of it.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Naza Quest Ceases Distributorship of Chevrolet Vehicles - Will Still Handle All After Sales Until New Distributor is Announced
We've just received official word from the official distributors of Chevrolet here, Nasa Quest Sdn Bhd. They have announced that they will stop distributing new Chevrolet vehicles.
Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Formally Takes Over The Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicle Distribution Here in Malaysia
Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn. Bhd. recently completed the take-over of the commercial vehicle general distribution business from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia on the 1st of November 2018. It marked the start of Hap Seng Trucks Distribution as the exclusive and official distributor of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans and FUSO Trucks in here in Malaysia. The transfer also includes the import, assembly, wholesale distribution and aftersales services of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO commercial vehicles.
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Good news! If you are running a Scania vehicle and are worried about the implementation of B10 grade of diesel in Malaysia, that is....
Scania Malaysia has stated that all Scania vehicles sold by Scania (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. can run on B10 diesel without any need for further adaptation or modification requirements. So any operator running Scania trucks or buses in their fleet need not worry and can sleep soundly at night.
Monday, November 12, 2018
Cycle & Carriage Bintang Officially Opens Their Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-owned Centre at their Petaling Jaya Autohaus
Cycle & Carriage Bintang, the oldest Mercedes-Benz dealership in Malaysia recently announced the launch of their Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-owned Centre in Petaling Jaya. The new centre is located at the company's landmark one-stop 3S centre in Petaling Jaya and it promises an equally exclusive and exceptional customer experience for both existing and new customers of the premium automotive brand. This new centre also adds to the dealer network for the also very recently launched Mercedes-Benz Certified Programme for pre-owned cars in the country.
Volkwagen & Lazada's Special Edition, Exclusive to Lazada Online Polo Black & White Sells Out Within ONE Minute on 11.11 Sale Day
Wow. Talk about 11.11 Offers getting sold out instantly. Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia just reported that all 11 units of the Special Edition Polo Black & White in conjunction with Lazada's 11.11 Shopping Festival were booked within one minute after it was launched. Malaysians do like a bargain.
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, will be conducting six Field Fix Campaigns for Mitsubishi cars. Overall affected cars that were sold by MMM here are about 23,133 units. MMM will be issuing or in the midst of issuing notification letters to all affected Mitsubishi owners and the full cost of the replacement and rectification will be borne by the company.
Saturday, November 10, 2018
Land Rover has brought the Above and Beyond Tour to Malaysia. This year’s tour will be held in Penang and Kuala Lumpur where it will allow participants a chance to experience first-hand the world famous capability and composure of what a Land Rover is. It takes place today and tomorrow in Penang (the 10th & 11th November - yes, a little late but if you catch this news there is tomorrow) and the 17th & 18th November 2018 in Kuala Lumpur. Details are at the end of this article folks!
Thursday, November 08, 2018
Roadshows: The MINI Recharge Roadshow - Ongoing Most Weekends till End 2018 at Various Locations Throughout Malaysia
MINI Malaysia is now having their MINI Recharge Roadshow at various locations throughout Malaysia. There, one can experience with the New MINI Countryman Sports and MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid, both launched April this year. These are the latest premium Sports Activity Vehicle from MINI.
Volkswagen Polo Black & White Special Edition Unveiled for Lazada's Annual 11.11 Shopping Celebration - 11 Units Only Available for Booking Online
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has revealed to us the special edition Volkswagen Polo Black & White. This latest special edition in conjunction with Lazada will be limited to 11 units only Polo 1.6 Hatchback and it will go on sale in conjunction with Lazada’s annual 11.11 Shopping Festival celebration.
Wednesday, November 07, 2018
Scania Malaysia Invests in Our Country's Children - The Master Sustainability by Scania Fund Kicks Off at Sekolah Kebangsaan Perdana Jaya SS19
Scania Malaysia had recently established their “Master Sustainability by Scania” Fund which was set up to motivate and assist local primary schools to start up curricular and extra-curricular activities or projects that focus on sustainability. Sekolah Kebangsaan Perdana Jaya SS19, Subang Jaya was the first recipient of the program and they had launched its urban farming and environmental awareness project some time last week. The project features a self-sustaining herb and fruit plantation that uses compost and hydroponics.
UMW Toyota Issues a Special Service Campaign to Fix Issues on Certain Toyota Models - Toyota 86, Vios, Camry, Corolla Altis from various years affected
The Malaysian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor recently announced what they call a Special Service Campaign (SSC) for two issues. The first is the, wait for it, RE-Replacement of the airbag inflator for certain Toyota models and secondly, an engine valve spring replacement for the Toyota 86 sold officially by them.
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2018 Finals - Malaysian Driver Wins Special Award for the Most Cargo-Friendly Driving Category
The UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2018 Finals were held recently at the UD Experience Center in the UD Ageo corporate headquarters over in Japan. There were nine finalists which were selected from 300 initial participants who were the winners of their respective qualifying rounds which were held in Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and Thailand. This time around, the Malaysian representative managed to capture the Special Awards for the Most Cargo-Friendly Driving category.
Good News! The All-New Toyota Camry will be brought into Malaysia soon! UMW Toyota Motor have announced that all authorised dealerships in Malaysia will be taking bookings of the All New Toyota Camry starting from 1st November 2018 onward. This is good news for those interested in acquiring the newest edition of the full sized Toyota here.
Monday, November 05, 2018
Truck News: Three New Service Offerings by Volvo Trucks Malaysia - 24 Months Parts Warranty, Fast Track Service & Extended Hours Service
Volvo Trucks Malaysia have introduced new service offerings to assist their customers maximise the uptime of their Volvo trucks. These include an extended 24-month Fitted Parts Warranty for all Volvo parts purchased and fitted by authorised Volvo Trucks dealers in Malaysia, the implementation of the new Fast Track Service and the extension of the workshop hours of their flagship branch in Port Klang beginning November 2018.
The Citroen Grand C4 SpaceTourer 7 Seater MPV - On Sale in Malaysia For Those Wanting Something Different
The Citroën Grand C4 SpaceTourer MPV is now available in Malaysia. The French MPV has been brought in by Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Citroën brand in Malaysia and it is the successor to the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso. With its 7 seats, it is designed with Space, Versatility and Innovation in mind.
Proton Sells 5,093 Units in October 2018 - Now Offering Zero SST as They are Absorbing Such Taxes Till Year End
September 2018 was not a great month for Proton and other car retailers in Malaysia. 1st September 2018 saw SST being reimplemented after a three month tax holiday as the Malaysian government scrapped GST and was going to revert to SST. However, October 2018 sales for PROTON cars grew by 12.6% in October where 5,093 units were sold, an increase of 569 units over the previous month and a slight improvement over the corresponding period in 2017.
Sunday, November 04, 2018
The New, Facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupe Launched in Malaysia - A Day After the Launch of the C-Class Sedan!
And so....a day after the launch of the facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class Sedan, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia decided to launch the new, facelifted C-Class Coupe over at Cameron Highlands. This was during the media drive of the C-Class Sedan and I was fortunate enough to witness this event last Friday, 2nd November 2018. The new C-Class Coupe range for Malaysia consists of the Mercedes-Benz C 200 Coupé and C 300 Coupé. These, are fully imported however.
The New, Facelifted, Very Much Improved Mercedes-Benz C-Class Has Been Launched - C200 Avantgarde, C300 AMG-Line & C43 AMG Locally Assembled Variants Now On Sale
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia had introduced the new facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class on the 1st of November 2018. It essentially updates the already very competent, and polished premium sedan with a little bit more and adds some design tweaks, state-of-the-art safety and assistance systems, superior technology and also adds tweaks for better driving dynamics than the pre-facelifted one. At the launch, Malaysia will have three variants which are all locally assembled - the C200 Avantgarde Line (seen below), C300 AMG-Line and the Mercedes-AMG C43.
Thursday, November 01, 2018
There will be a new Porsche Centre in Johor Bahru by 2020 according to Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles here in Malaysia. Construction work is expected to start by the end of this year and operations of the estimated RM48 million centre is scheduled to begin by the first quarter of 2020.
Facelifted Kia Optima, Kia Sorento and Kia Grand Carnival together with the Upgraded Kia Rio are Now On Sale in Malaysia
Naza Kia Malaysia have unveiled the facelifted Kia Optima, Sorento SUV and Grand Carnival MPV as well as the enhanced Kia Rio models in Malaysia. Aside from styling tweaks on the facelifted models, all are fitted with advanced automotive technologies and upgraded features which will enhance their driving experience.
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Pictorial: The W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class is a Masterclass of Design - Featuring the Pre-facelift C200 AMG-Line
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors have launched the 2018 facelifted Tucson in Malaysia. Now available at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide, the new 2018 Tucson features new exterior and interior designs. The SUV is available in two variants - The 2.0L Elegance petrol and the 1.6L Turbo petrol which are respectively priced at RM123,888 and RM143,888 on the road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia. It seems the turbodiesel has been dropped from the line-up.
Offers & Promos: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Now Offering Cash Rebates on Their Vehicles Till the End of December 2018
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) have started offering cash rebates on all their vehicles until end of December 2018. If you intend to get yourself a Mitsubishi, this could be the right time. This is like a continuation of the tax holiday Malaysians recently experienced. Book and register a new Mitsubishi during the period and get a fair bit off the pricetag.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the authorised distributor for Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, has announced the official opening of an upgraded Toyota 2S centre located in Sg Penchala, Kuala Lumpur. The new centre, operated by their dealers, Crestmax Auto (Services) Sdn Bhd (Crestmax Auto).
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
First Drive Impressions: The New Ford Ranger WildTrak 2.0 4x2 Automatic Tested - Video & Highlights of the Drive to Ipoh and Back
Recently, I had the chance to try out the new Ford Ranger WildTrak 2.0 4x2 Automatic. This happened a few days ago right after the launch of the New Ford Ranger, a few of us automotive journos were sent off to various destinations around Peninsular Malaysia. I ended up on a trip to Ipoh, Perak with three others and two new Ford Rangers between the four of us.
Monday, October 29, 2018
BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car to be Displayed at Bangsar Village II this Wednesday 31st October - Meet & Greet Session with MotoGP icon Loris Capirossi
The BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car will be displayed ahead of the Malaysian MotoGP over at Bangsar Village II and as part of a convoy throughout Kuala Lumpur folks! As a prelude to the upcoming races over at the Sepang Circuit, the BMW M5 MotoGP Safety Car with BMW M Performance Parts – will make appearances across Kuala Lumpur on a convoy with the BMW M5, BMW 530i M Sport, BMW S 1000 RR, and the BMW S 1000 RR Safety Bike. BMW bikes and cars galore.
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Ford Motor Company, together with Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), their official distributor in Malaysia, have launched the new Ford Ranger. The New Ranger gets a slightly refreshed up exterior, more features inside and out and most variants also feature the new Ford 2.0liter turbodiesel engine and new 10 speed automatic gearbox.