Wednesday, January 31, 2018
GRAB Malaysia and Maxx 'N Go Becomes Partners With Co-Branding Initiative - Grab Partner Drivers Get To Service Their Cars At Special Prices
Grab, Southeast Asia's leading ride-sharing or ride-hailing company has a new partner here in Malaysia. Grab Malaysia has teamed up with Maxx 'N Go, which is under the Maxxoil brand. Both have their similarities where Grab utilises smartphone apps for people to hail rides whilst Maxx 'N Go uses smartphone apps to hail oil change servicing for vehicles.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, Vice President, Commercial Vehicles, Mr Albert Yee, attributes MBM CV’s resilient performance to placing customers at the centre of its initiatives.
The commercial vehicle arm of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia sold 2,469 vehicles in 2017. Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV) had its market penetration for Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle increased by 13.06% even though the total industry volume (TIV) for vehicles in Malaysia has actually dropped by 7.9%. MBM CV's portfolio of vehicles includes FUSO light-duty and heavy-duty trucks as well as Mercedes-Benz trucks and vans.
Monday, January 29, 2018
BMW Malaysia Is Coming Up With Something Innovative, Luxurious and Desirable On The 22nd of February 2018 - Stay Tuned Folks!
BMW Malaysia, has just announced in a very short statement that there will be coming out with a "One of a kind fascination programme from premium automaker to focus on desirability,exclusive experiences and progressive luxury". This is set to be unveiled on the 22nd of February 2018. I can't wait!
But I have to wait.
More PROTON Dealers Are Upgrading Their Dealerships To 3S & 4S Centres - PROTON's Revival Plans Continues
Another five PROTON dealers will be upgrading their dealerships to 3S and 4S centres respectively. This piece of news comes a few weeks after the recent announcement of the dealership revitalization plans and the initial signing ceremony of the first few dealers who are doing so.
The 2018 Toyota Vios Gets Some Upgrades and is Now On Sale - Buy Now to Get Festive Promo Prices and More
UMW Toyota is adding more stuff into the 2018 Toyota Vios as well as tweaking the styling of the car a little. The official distributors of Toyota in Malaysia have announced that the Vios compact sedan now offers better value for your money with a better drive experience.
Lexus Malaysia Drops The Prices For the Lexus LX570 Throughout Malaysia - All Territories Get A Big Fat Price Drop
Recently Lexus Malaysia, announced that you can now buy the LX570 SUV at a lower price throughout Malaysia. There is a massive RM70K plus drop in all Malaysian markets for the gargantuan SUV, which is a favourite among many people especially over in Sabah and Sarawak. If you are a timber tycoon, this is the car to be seen in. And it's cheaper now. Relatively cheaper, that is.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
UEM Edgenta Berhad recently took delivery of 32 Proton cars consisting of the Proton Perdana and the Proton Persona. The cars will be used by UEM Edgenta's subsidiary companies, Edgenta PROPEL Berhad, which are infrastructure maintenance specialists, where they monitor and upkeep over 2,500km of roads in Malaysia.
Volvo Trucks Malaysia Funds, Builds Fire Fighting Programme and Eco-Shelters For The Bario People in Sarawak
Volvo Trucks Malaysia recently put into place a fantastic corporate social responsibility initiative for the people at the Bario Asal Lembaa Longhouse settlement . The Swedish truck and bus manufacturer funded and is building a fire-fighting system for the people of the Bario longhouse and the construction of Eco-Shelters along the 25km ancestral trail to make trekking for the community and also for visitors a little bit easier .
Saturday, January 27, 2018
In conjunction with the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities, Go Auto Sales Sdn Bhd (HAVAL Malaysia), the exclusive distributor of Haval vehicles in Malaysia, is running their Ang Pow Prosperity Deal promotion on all Haval models. So, from now until the end of March 2018, Go Auto is offering new customers 5-year free service (or 150,000km which ever comes first) or savings up to RM3000 with ang pow offerings for both the Haval H1 and the Haval H2 SUVs.
Happenings: Lexus Malaysia Previews The Upcoming 2018 Lexus RX 350L and the 2018 Lexus NX 300 to Special Guests
Recently, Lexus Malaysia previewed the new Lexus RX 350L and the new Lexus NX 300 to a select few people (selected members of the media, customers and other guests - no idea if there were any gatecrashers) at a nice locations somewhere in Petaling Jaya. The vehicles, which are down for a an official launch in February were the stars of the night.
The New Third Generation Porsche Cayenne Gets Its Malaysian Preview - Targeted to Launch by the 3rd Quarter of 2018 - Video Link Inside
The new third generation, 2018 Porsche Cayenne has just been previewed here in Malaysia. It was officially unveiled at the end of August last year and it has finally made it here. Ever since the first generation Cayenne was launched in 2002, it has been a worldwide hit and the official importers of Porsche in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance are confident that this will be another boxoffice attraction for the marque.
Friday, January 26, 2018
Happenings: The Volvo Aurizn Design Challenge at Bon Estates - Grov Design Studio Wins The Interior Design Competition and a Trip To Volvo Car's HQ in Sweden
Volvo Car Malaysia and digital publisher Aurizn (who operate EVOMALAYSIA) together with real estate developer BÖN Estates recently hosted the Volvo Aurizn Design Challenge. This interior design competition invited Malaysian interior design firms to combine the best of Scandinavian design, of which Volvo Car is famous for, with local, Asian influences. Grov Design Studio from Penang had captured the top spot.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Toyota C-HR Turbo Previewed By MyMotor - Parallel Imported C-HR is Now On Sale in Time for Chinese New Year [UPDATED - Video of the Preview]
I attended the a preview event of the Toyota C-HR 1.2 AWD in G-T and S-T variants held by MyMotor, an integrated online portal provider for vehicle ownership here in Malaysia. The MyEG owned company is trying to be the top online search and sales platform for vehicles here and they are now have these parallel import, or grey imported, 2016 and 2017 Toyota C-HR for sale just in time for the Chinese New Year festivities. [updated - There is a video of the preview below]
The Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Racing Experience Will Start At The Sepang International Circuit - Designed for Porsche Owners In Mind
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) will be commencing the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Racing Experience at the Sepang International Circuit. Another new programme designed with Porsche owners who have some driving experience under their belt. You could say that the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Racing Experience is a unique, intermediate level, half-day track programme where they track with their own road car and later in a track prepared Porsche.
Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Land Rover Defender V8 70th Edition - 150 Units Re-Engineered by Land Rover Classic for the Marque's 70th Anniversary - Malaysians Can Opt For The Last 12 Units of the Defender Double Cab 2.2
Jaguar Land Rover, under their Land Rover marque, has revealed some special Land Rover Defender in conjunction with the marque's 70th anniversary. Land Rover Classic will sell 150 specially chosen and then re-engineered units of the iconic Defender in V8 form badged as the 70th Edition. This V8 powered Defender is the most powerful and fastest ever Defender created by Land Rover. Imagine a factory built Defender with a 0-60 (96kmh) mph time of 5.6 seconds. Amazing fast for a slab sided 4X4.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
PROTON - Discounts Given To The Hokkien Association Not Extraordinary - I Agree As Many Dealerships Do That For Corporate, Bulk or Fleet Discounts
Recently there was some hoo-haa regarding PROTON Cars. The Chinese daily, Nanyang Siang Pau, recently published a story on the 18th of January 2018 highlighting a special promotion of around 10% per car for the Federation of Hokkien Association of Malaysia. Then some parties felt outraged that Proton, was now giving discounts to Chinese of Hokkien descent. People are so easily upset these days... until they forget that ALL car companies give special discounts to corporate sales, group purchases and fleet buyers.
Take Home A Michelin Man Collectible When You Purchase Michelin Tyres At TYREPLUS Outlets This Festive Season
TYREPLUS, the one-stop car care franchise founded by Michelin, have recently launched a new campaign in conjunction with this year's Chinese New Year festivities. For the upcoming festive period, TYREPLUS would like that motorists drop by and take a look at their products, especially their Michelin tyres and get your car looked at by their trained personnel before you take that holiday road trip. They will be giving away for free limited-edition Bibendum collectibles, while stocks last, to customers who purchase a minimum of two Michelin tyres.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Perodua has announced that they've sold more cars than their 2017 sales target of 202,000. The Malaysian compact car manufacturer sold 204,900 units and are now aiming to sell 209,000 for 2018. This is a target of 2% higher than the 204,900 cars sold last year and is based on Perodua's internal predictions where they expect the total industry sales volume to increase to 590,000 units this year.
UMW Toyota Starts Delivery Of The All-New 2018 Toyota Harrier In Malaysia - Priced from RM238,000 Onwards it is Better Than Buying a Grey Imported One
UMW Toyota has quietly started delivery of the new Toyota Harrier. This comes after its preview at the recent Malaysia Auto Show 2017 which was held in November last year. According to the official distributors of Toyota in Malaysia the first few units have already been delivered to their new owners.
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Perodua and Dealer, Yusmanida Auto, Officially Open Their New RM11million 3S Centre in Saujana Utama, Sungai Buloh
Perodua has a new 3S centre in Saujana Utama, Sungai Buloh. The brand new centre is operated by their dealer, Yusmanida Auto Sdn Bhd and was officially launched earlier today. It will cater all of Perodua sales, service and spare part needs of Perodua customers located within the surrounding area.
BMW launches the BMW 530e Sport with eDrive Technology Plug-In Hybrid - Priced at a Competitive RM343,800++
BMW Group Malaysia has unveiled the all-new BMW 530e Sport. The 2018 BMW 530e Sport (G30 series) is a hybrid vehicle fitted with BMW's eDrive Technology. It is also the fifth BMW iPerformance model to be launch and sold in Malaysia. With this new model, BMW is at the forefront of hybrid vehicles, especially plug-in hybrid models here in Malaysia. Very true as last year, 55% of BMW Group Malaysia's total sales volume was made up of BMW hybrid vehicles with eDrive Technology in them.
The All-New Volvo XC60 is Launched - XC60 T8 Twin Engine Inscription Plus, Inscription & XC60 T5 with Prices Starting at RM298,888 Onwards
I just got back from attending the all-new Volvo XC60 launch event which was held this morning at the Sheraton Hotel, Petaling Jaya. The mid-sized premium SUV was first unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show 2017 and it has now finally reached our shores. The interesting bit about this Malaysian specced XC60 is that the initial 100 or so fully imported units have been fully booked even though the SUV has just been launched. The next round of XC60 will be the locally assembled ones which will take full advantage of the Malaysian EnergyEfficient Vehicle (EEV) regulations and be priced from RM298,888 onwards.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Mitsubishi Triton Athlete Launched - New High Specification Variant Added To The Triton Line-Up With Mitsubishi Roadshows Nationwide Too!
Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has officially launched the new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete 4x4 pick-up truck. The Triton Athlete is a new high specification variant added into the Malaysian Triton model line-up. It is only available in Black Mica and is made for ‘Everyday Athletes’ where, according to MMM, it showcases the popular pick-up truck's agility and nimbleness to take on everyday road challenges. It also is priced similar to the Triton Adventure X, at RM126,990.00++.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
This festive season, GRAB, that Malaysian born ride sharing company, would like to share with you folks out there four important safety steps to ensure that you have a great Grab Ride Experience. They hope, and I also hope that the advise given in the pictorial would serve as a reminder to those who use ride sharing services. This also goes out to all other modes of public transport actually, but with more emphasis on Grab AND other companies which provide such services.
BMW Group Malaysia Sold 12,680 Units of BMW vehicles, MINI and BMW Motorrad In 2017 - Another Super Successful Year For the Premium Brand
BMW Group Malaysia has announced that the premium automotive manufacturer sold 12,680 units of BMW, MINI and BMW motorrad (motorcycle) vehicles in 2017. This was a jump of 16% compared to 2016 where the group sold 10,906 units in total. From 12,680 units of 2017, BMW cars were the largest earners for the group with 10,618 units, followed by 1,010 MINI vehicles and this was followed by 1,052 units of its BMW motorcycles. 2017 was a good year for BMW here in Malaysia.
Monday, January 15, 2018
Lexus Malaysia has announced that all authorised Lexus Centres across Malaysia are now accepting orders for the 2018 Lexus NX300 and 2018 Lexus RX350L. These are Lexus' luxury crossovers and will be launched here very soon with one fully specced variant of the larger RX350L and four variants of the smaller NX300 SUVs. Those of you who cannot wait and wish to be among the first to own these new crossovers/SUVs can now place your orders.
Campaigns: Naza Kia Malaysia Continues Its East Coast Flood Relief Programme In Light Of Current Events
Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia has announced that it is extending its flood relief programme as continuous effort on their part to address customers’ plight and urgent needs in light of the recent flash floods in the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. The offer has been extended from 10th of January to the 28th of February 2018.
Offers & Promotions: Renault 'Favours The Bold' Campaign Offers The Koleos, Captur & Fluence At Attractive Prices & More
Renault via their authorised distributors TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd here in Malaysia have recently brought out the Renault 'Favours The Bold' Campaign for this festive season and to kick-start a new year. Through this campaign, you can purchase a brand new Renault Koleos, Captur or a Fluence with attractive packages.
Isuzu Malaysia recently handed over its 100th truck to Mighty Bakery Sdn Bhd. The momentous occasion basically wrapped up another good year for the truck manufacturer here in Malaysia. The 100th Isuzu truck purchased by Mighty Bakery is the Isuzu N-Series 4-wheeler truck (NKR55UEEH-E) and it was part of the 16 units of the model registered by Mighty Bakery in 2017.
The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show Is Returning This 23rd November to 2nd December 2018 - Themed #BeyondMobility
2018 is shaping up to be quite a memorable year in terms of large scale motor shows here in Malaysia. The Malaysian Automotive Associacion (MAA) had announced recently that they will be organising the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) once again after a five year hiatus. The sales oriented motorshow is scheduled to be held from the 23rd of November to the 2nd of December 2018 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) Kuala Lumpur.
Friday, January 12, 2018
Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia Launches The Fifth Generation Land Rover Discovery - The 7 Seater SUV Is Priced From RM729,800
Jaguar Land Rover (Malaysia), or JLRM in short, has announced the launch of the new Land Rover Discovery. The fifth generation Discovery, or Disco as it is also called by its adoring fans was first launched way back in September of 2016. Sales for the full sized, three row, seven seater SUV started in February of last year and it is now finally on sale here in Malaysia after its local preview at the Malaysia Autoshow at the end of 2017 (photo below).
Upcoming Events: MYPerodua Nation Carnival Will Be In Sungai Petani This 13th & 14th January - Lots of Offers, Activities and Things To Do This Weekend
The MYPerodua Nation sales carnival is back! This follows last year's extremely successful event which was held in Shah Alam. This time around, the MYPerodua Nation carnival is headed to Amanjaya Mall in Sungai Petani, Kedah on the 13th and 14th of January (just a day away folks!) where it will bring additional deals on top of Perodua's ongoing Happy New Ride campaign which currently offers a RM2,000 rebate for the Perodua Bezza G and Alza models as well as RM1,500 rebate for the Bezza Advance and Axia models.
Upcoming Events & Motorsport: Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Racing Festival And The Vios Challenge Heads Over To Johor On The 19th & 20th January 2018!
The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival held in conjunction with the Vios Challenge will be in Medini City, Iskandar Puteri, Johor this coming 19th and 20th of January. The event is part of the one make Toyota Vios Challenge where the racing is filled with familiar faces from the Malaysian racing scene, amateurs and also celebrities. All drive a track prepared Toyota Vios sedan around various locales throughout Malaysia.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
I do get excited these days when a Renault Sport hatchback is announced. Take this limited edition Renault Clio R.S. 18 . It may not be totally new, but it does stir some emotion in me. This latest outing of the Clio R.S is based on the top of the range Clio, the R.S. 220 EDC Trophy. It celebrates Renault Sport's participation in Formula One, and was introduced in conjunction with Renault's 40th anniversary of Formula One in 2017. It will however, only be launched over in Europe this year (2018)! I Wonder if there is a chance for a handful of units to hit our shores.
Aside from announcing a record breaking 2017 in terms of sales, service and finance matters, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia was also proud to announce that Datuk Nicol David is now their brand ambassador. Datuk Nicol (those who are not Malaysians, note that 'Datuk' is a title bestowed upon her) is one outstanding individual and Malaysian. She is one of Malaysia's most outstanding atheletes out there today and she represents the values upheld by the Mercedes-Benz brand and all it stands for.
Motorsport: NAZA Aylezo Announces OneApps Group Berhad As Team Sponsor For The 2018 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific
Team NAZA Aylezo recently welcomed the Oneapps Group Berhad as their main Sponsor for the upcoming 2018 Ferrari Challenge Asia-Pacific. The event was held at Naza Italia's showroom in Petaling Jaya also showcased the Team Oneapps NAZA Aylezo Ferrari 488 Challenge race car with the new team colours.
Lexus Malaysia have announced that they are now accepting orders for the latest, and possibly greatest, Lexus LS series. The Lexus LS Series is the premium brand's newest flagship sedan and was unveiled at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit recently. This is Lexus' fifth generation LS series sedan and it looks like a step forward in the right direction in terms of styling and design.
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Announces Record Sales, Service and Vehicle Financing Figures for 2017 - Another Fabulous Year For Them With 12,045 Cars Sold!
Goodness! Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) has actually done it again in terms of their sales performance for 2017. The premium automaker actually sold 12,045 vehicles last year which translates to a total market share of 2.3%. In aftersales the company also serviced 128,072 vehicles and also tops out in the customer satisfaction index for aftersales. In the financial services sector, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia actually finances 4 out of ever 10 Mercedes-Benz vehicles with a total portfolio of RM2.2Billion. Massive numbers considering what some people are saying about how tough 2017 was.
Naza Kia Launches The All-New Kia Picanto - Currently The Only Non-National A-Segment Contender On Sale Today
Naza Kia Malaysia have moved into overdrive for the new year. They recently launched the CKD variant of the Kia Grand Carnival MPV and now, from something big, they've launched the all-new Kia Picanto. This is currently the only non-national car brand competing in the small city car or A segment here in Malaysia. You've got to hand it to Naza Kia Malaysia for having a model in all the worthy segments.
Caltex Havoline® Introduces Its New and Improved Range of Motorcycle & Scooter Engine Oils for Urban Riders
Chevron Malaysia Limited, who markets and sells petroleum based products under the Caltex brand here in Malaysia has launched Caltex Havoline's latest generation of motorcycle oils. The new range of motorcycle oils consists of the brand's flagship oil, the Havoline Super 4T Fully Synthetic SAE 5W-40 product as well as other motorcycle and scooter engine oils across its synthetic and mineral grades suitable for the road and traffic conditions facing harsh traffic conditions in today's urban environment.
Tuesday, January 09, 2018
Naza Kia Introduces The Locally Assembled (CKD) Kia Grand Carnival - Better Equipment With The Same Prices
Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of Kia here in Malaysia has officially introduced the locally assembled (CKD) version of the good looking Kia Grand Carnival MPV. According to them, the feature laden people carrier is sold at the same price as before but it comes with a lot more additional equipment.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia has announced its 'Leaders of the Pack' Chinese New Year sales campaign. Book and register a Volkswagen car by the 28th of February 2018 and you will be receiving a free 'Liquid Gold' Petrol Card worth a very auspicious RM1,188. If that amount of petrol was put into a Volkswagen Jetta 1.4 TSI, it would be able to do more than 10,000km worth of travel.
Monday, January 08, 2018
It seems that PROTON has managed to somewhat stem the tide in terms of overall falling sales over the past two years or so. The Malaysian car manufacturing company recorded an overall sale of 70,991 units for 2017. Whilst this was a slight drop from the previous year - 72,291 units in 2016, the actual facts behind the figures show a positive outcome for Proton rather a totally negative one.
Offers & Promotions: Ford - Sime Darby Auto Connexion Dishes Out Value Deals This Chinese New Year 2018
The authorised distributors of Ford here in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Connexion have just announced their Lunar New Year aka Chinese New Year Festive promotions. They are offering very good deals for all their vehicles - the Ford Ranger, Fiesta and Focus can be had at attractive prices once rebates are factored in.
Offers & Promotions: Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia Are Having Their Chinese New Year Offers, Contest & Roadshows From Now Till 14th February 2018
More news on Chinese New Year 2018 offers and promotions folks! This time, Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, have announced their festive goodies if you buy a car from them from now until 14th of February 2018. So technically if you don't celebrate CNY you could buy a Mitsubishi for Valentine's Day.
Offers & Promotions: Chinese New Year Festive Promo By Proton Cars Have Started - Discounts of Between RM3,500 to RM13,888 For Selected Models
Proton has kick started the Chinese New Year festive promotion for their cars. The company is giving out prosperity discounts* for all Proton vehicle models. Proton will give up to RM3,500* for a Saga, up to RM4,500* for a Persona, up to RM5,000* for an Iriz, up to RM5,500* for an Exora and up to RM13,888* for a Perdana. Terms and conditions apply or course.
Sunday, January 07, 2018
Bitcoin seems to be on people's mind these days. People are thinking that this virtual money can buy a lot of things even here in Malaysia until PROTON has decided to clarify on the matter. The whole thing became a bit of a viral hoo-haa because one PROTON dealer claimed that you could actually buy a Proton car using Bitcoin. This isn't the case folks. And the dealer has been suspended! So you CANNOT buy a Proton Iriz, Persona, Saga, Perdana, Ertiga with Bitcoin okay?
Friday, January 05, 2018
MINI Malaysia has announced the return of the New MINI Clubman Sterling Edition This is a special limited run units with only 40 units available exclusively online for booking at mini.my/clubman-sterling. This follows the successful delivery of the first 20 units made available last year which sold out in within two weeks of being offered by MINI Malaysia exclusively via online booking.
The locally assembled (CKD) version of the Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4L has been launched. This brings down the asking price for the SUV down from RM171,000+ to around RM155,000+ (before factoring in insurance). You're essentially getting it for RM10,000 cheaper approximately for the same car.
CYCLE & CARRIAGE BINTANG BECOMES THE LARGEST NETWORK OF DAIMLER AG CERTIFIED ‘CENTRE OF COMPETENCE’ IN MALAYSIA
Nestled near the foothills of Batu Caves is Cycle & Carriage Bintang Berhad's (Cycle Carriage Bintang) Mercedes-Benz Service Center. This Mercedes-Benz service center has been recognised by Daimler AG as one of their highest-ranking centres for collision repairs for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the world. This little bit of trivia comes from the fact that Cycle Carriage Bintang they've become the largest network of Daimler AG certified 'Centre of Competence' for Body and Paint Collision Repair Facilities here in Malaysia.