Friday, August 31, 2018

Perodua Will Reimburse Cash Amount to Remaining 3,100 Myvi Customers Whose Deliveries Are Affected by Production Issues

Recently, Perodua had announced that they had temporarily halted production of the Myvi due to a vendor supply disruption. This has caused many customers and potential customers to worry whether they can register their new Myvi before 1st September 2018, which is the date SST will be implemented replacing GST (tax) after a three month tax holiday. However, the good news is that Perodua will be reimbursing a cash amount to the remaining 3,100 identified customers who were originally set to receive their Myvi before 1 September 2018.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Volkswagen Malaysia Extends The Tax Holidays For Limited Stocks - You've Now Got Till 15th November 2018!!!

Super good news! If you want to buy a Volkswagen that is! Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) have announced an extension of the tax holiday for its range of models with the Price Protection Scheme. According to the good folks at VPCM, the Scheme will cover all Volkswagen models registered from now till 15 th November 2018 and it is while stocks last. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Trucks: Muhammad Khairul Bin Abd Halim of Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Wins the Malaysian UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2018

Muhammad Khairul Bin Abd Halim from Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd has managed to win the 3rd edition of the Malaysian UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2018. His skillful driving during the finals have earned him a place at the UDEMC Global Final 2018 which will be held in October 2018 over in Japan.

BMW Malaysia X FLYPROJECT Unveil the BMW i8 to the Malaysian Public At the Largest Outdoor Flycycle Class

Recently, BMW Malaysia and FLYPROJECT organised the country’s largest outdoor FlyCycle class at The Square, Publika and unveiled the new 2018 BMW i8 there. This is some form of mass exercise / workout session organised by BMW Malaysian and FLYPROJECT as part of the premium automaker’s commitment to create awareness on Visionary Mobility and Electro Mobility. 

Asbenz Stern Kuantan Autohaus Officially Opens in Kuantan, Pahang - More Mercedes-Benz Touch Points Over At The East Coast

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) and dealer partner, Asbenz Stern Sdn Bhd (Asbenz Stern)have officially opened the Mercedes-Benz Asbenz Stern Kuantan Autohaus in Kuantan, Pahang. The new Mercedes-Benz Autohaus is now poised to bring Mercedes-Benz products and services to customers and those interested in the premium brand in Kuantan, the surrounding areas and also along the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Trucks: The 2018 Fuelwatch Challenge Malaysia Champion is Haree Murughan

Haree Murughan A/L Muniandy from ASTRO Productions Sdn Bhd has won this year's Volvo Fuelwatch Challenge. For 2018, 1550 drivers had participated in the qualifications held nationwide between June and July this year, with only the top 9 finalists gathered at Shah Alam for the final round of this annual driver's competition.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Launches the All-New Third Generation CLS as Part of the Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars Range

Last Friday, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia unveiled the all-new third Generation CLS-Class 4 door coupe together with 2 other cars in what the premium marque calls their Mercedes-Benz Dream Cars range - the Mercedes-AMG GT C and the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet. This is the range of cars that people aspire to have and for those that can afford them, are the cars that they WANT to have. 

Friday, August 24, 2018

Weststar Maxus Opens Their New 3S Centre in Bukit Mertajam, Penang

Aside from launching the refreshed Maxus V80 commercial van, Weststar Maxus had officially opened their new 3S (Sales, Service & Spares) centre in Bukit Mertajam, Penang. The new 3S centre will provide Weststar Maxus with a more viable customer touch point for current and future Maxus customers in the Northern states.

Weststar Maxus Launches The New V80 Commercial Van

The refreshed 2018 Maxus V80 commercial van has been launched by Weststar Maxus over in Penang recently. According to the brief, the cost-competitive commercial van can be customized to meet individual business needs. 

Thursday, August 23, 2018

The New Aston Martin Vantage Has Been Unveiled in Kuala Lumpur - Prices Start at RM1.6 Million Onwards

The new Aston Martin Vantage has finally made its way to Kuala Lumpur. The evocative name was first used in 1951 on a high-output engine option for the DB2, and many years after that, the 'Vantage' moniker was quickly established as a model in its own right. So now, this newest Aston Martin Vantage carries on the name and the heritage.

Proton and Dealer Regal Motors Officially Open the New Proton 3S Centre in Section 13 Petaling Jaya

There is a new Proton 3S dealership in Section 13 Petaling Jaya. Proton, together with their dealer, Regal Motors Holdings Sdn Bhd has officially opened their new new 3S outlet over there. Regal Motors is not a new Proton dealer but they had actually shifted its entire 3S operations to Section 13, Petaling Jaya from its Old Klang Road premise in order to serve customers better as well as benefiting from a more strategic location right smack in Petaling Jaya's busiest business district.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Trucks: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles Delivers 24 FUSO Trucks To Oil & Gas Company Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Commercial Vehicles (MBM CV), the authorised distributor of FUSO trucks in Malaysia, together with authorised FUSO dealer, Vista Wheels Sdn Bhd, have officially delivered a total of 24 FUSO light duty trucks to Pentas Flora Sdn Bhd. Out of that 24 units, they recently delivered 5 units at a small ceremony. Pentas Flora are the only and largest privately-owned oil refinery plant operators in Malaysia. They have chosen FUSO trucks to be their main transport vehicle throughout Malaysia.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Proton and Geely Enter into an Arrangement to Set Up Production Facilities and a Network of Dealerships for Proton Cars in China

PROTON and Geely Holding Group had earlier today signed a Heads of Agreement to set up a joint-venture arrangement that will allow PROTON to assemble and market their cars in China. This was done during Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ongoing visit to China. The Joint Venture arrangement will include the set-up of a production plant in China and also develop a network of Proton Car dealerships in China.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

BMW Group Malaysia Begin Exports of the MINI Countryman to Thailand

BMW Group Malaysia has started its exports of the newly unveiled, locally assembled new MINI Countryman. They had delivered the first units for its export programme to Thailand making BMW Group one of the few manufacturers exporting cars from Malaysia. The variants exported to Thailand are the MINI Cooper S Countryman and the MINI Cooper S Countryman Hightrim.

Daihatsu Gran Max Panel Van with Automatic Transmission (AT) to be Launched - Prices from RM69,888.00 Onwards

The 2018 Daihatsu Grand Max 1.5 liter panel van with an automatic transmission (AT) option will be launched by Daihatsu Malaysia soon. This is quite a surprise as usually we almost never hear of a commercial van fitted with an automatic transmission here in Malaysia. It fact, this is the first by the looks of it. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The 2018 BMW i8 Coupe Has Been Launched in Malaysia - The Ultimate Electro Mobility Coupe is Back With Some Improvements Under the Skin

BMW Malaysia has unveiled the New 2018 BMW i8 Coupé for the Malaysian market. According to BMW, the new BMW i8 epitomises the revolutionary combination of extreme power and absolute efficiency and it has some additional tweaks for this model year onwards.

Go Auto Group of Companies and SIRIM Berhad entering into a Memorandum of Understanding to Develop Battery Technology and also Vehicle Connectivity

Go Automobile Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (GAM), the manufacturing arm of Go Auto Group of Companies and SIRIM Berhad (“SIRIM”), an agency under the Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change have entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) to form a long-term strategic collaboration and partnership between both parties.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

KIA Mega Merdeka Promos & Offers for the Kia Cerato 1.6 SX & Kia Picanto EX

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles for this glorious country has announced the KIA Mega Merdeka campaign from now till the end of August 2018. This is a sales promotion with exclusive deals and value-added privileges for the Kia Cerato 1.6 SX and the Kia Picanto EX. It is held in conjunction with the 61 st Merdeka celebrations and is a final chance to enjoy the tax holiday before SST is implemented.

Monday, August 13, 2018

PROTON Has Slightly Updated the Ertiga - New Dark Seat Fabric & Infotainment System

PROTON Cars have now updated the Proton Ertiga 6 seat (7can fit but middle seat in the middle row does not have a three point seatbelt, only lapbelt for Indonesia spec vehicle, hence 6 seater rating)  compact SUV to better suit Malaysian car buyers. The MPV was unveiled in Penang on Sunday at the awards ceremony for the Proton 1 Tank Adventure competition.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Mazda Jelutong 3S Centre, Penang Opens - The 85th Mazda Outlet in Malaysia

Bermaz Motor has been busy. They have recently launched the updated 2018 Mazda CX-3 and unveiled the 2018 Mazda 6 at the official opening of the 85th Mazda outlet in Malaysia. The latest Mazda branch and 3S Centre is located in Jelutong, Georgetown, Penang. 

Malaysia Automotive Institute and Institut Otomotif Indonesia Enter into a New Memorandum of Understanding

The Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) and the Institut Otomotif Indonesia (IOI) has entered into a a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster long-term collaboration in the area of automotive industry development, yesterday. The new arrangement was entered into between the two countries' government agencies in order further realise future potential of automotive industry collaboration between the two counties.

Friday, August 10, 2018

The PROTON 1 TANK ADVENTURE Write-up - Oh...We Have to Take Part in the Finals Tomorrow!!! [With Links to the Facebook Videos]

Those that have been following our exploits on our Facebook page would know that we recently (17-18 July 2018) won the Proton Persona Media category for the Proton 1 Tank Adventure Central Region. Now, we have to compete in the Finals which is scheduled to be held tomorrow. We are competing against the best from the Northern, Southern, Sabah and East Coast legs to see who gets the best.

The Updated 2018 Mazda 6 is Now Open For Booking - 2.0L & 2.5L Petrol and 2.2L Diesel Variants in Sedan and Touring Wagon Available

Bermaz Motor have announced that the refreshed and New 2018 Mazda 6 will start selling here in Malaysia soon. According to the official Mazda distributors of Malaysia, the New 2018 Mazda 6 has been upgraded with more of a focus on premium feel and elegance. This is in line as the 6 is Mazda’s flagship passenger car (there are no Mazda9 sedans you know, only the full sized Mazda CX-9 SUV). 

Bermaz Launches the Refreshed 2018 Mazda CX-3 in Malaysia

Bermaz Motor, the official distributor of Mazda here in Malaysia has officially launched the refreshed and basically new 2018 Mazda CX-3. The CX-3 was first introduced in here in 2015 and has been slightly reworked, retuned and refined by Mazda to deliver what they would say as having greater elegance, better driving performance and efficiency.

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia Organises A Session with RinggitPlus & Allianz General Insurance to Talk About Car Ownership Costs, Especially For First Time Buyers

Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia (Bosch) organized a comprehensive experts roundtable session yesterday morning (9th August) with the folks from RinggitPlus (a mostly financial comparison website) and Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Berhad to discuss and provide insights on financial planning, vehicle protection and car maintenance factors and their cost-benefit perspectives when purchasing a first car. I attended the short session so that I can share some of the findings with you readers out there.

Thursday, August 09, 2018

Industry News: Mr. Atsunori Murata is the New Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia

Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (IMSB) recently appointed Mr. Atsunori Murata as its new Chief Operating Officer (COO) - 3rd from Left. As the COO, he will be overseeing all operational aspects under the Commercial Vehicle Division. Mr. Murata has been with Isuzu Motors Limited since 1998.

Haval Malaysia Officially Opens New 3S Centre in Bangi & Also Roadshow at The Curve Till 12th August 2018

Go Auto Sales Sdn Bhd, or HAVAL Malaysia, the exclusive distributor for Haval SUV in Malaysia has officially opened their latest 3S - Sales, Service & Spare Parts dealership together with their dealer partners, Wan Auto Car Wheels Sdn Bhd. The new 3S dealership is located at Seksyen 7, Bandar Baru Bangi and is situated in an upcoming industrial and commercial area which will cater for customers in the area surrounding Bangi, Selangor.

Wednesday, August 08, 2018

New PROTON 3S & 4S Centres Opened - Rahman Brothers in Shah Alam, Proton Edar Jalan Chan Sow Lin in KL & Vantage Speed in Klang

PROTON's upgrading of its dealerships is going strong with the official opening of three new outlets since the mid of July 2018 and up to last week.  Firstly, we had the PROTON Rahman Brothers 3S outlet in Shah Alam officially opened mid-July 2018, secondly, Proton Edar's 4S Chan Sow Lin, Kuala Lumpur in the first few days of August 2018 followed by the Vantage Speed 4S Outlet located at Jalan Kebun, Klang over the weekend.

Roadshows: Born Electric: The BMW i Roadshow - Experience BMW's Mobility of the Future nationwide Tour

BMW Malaysia will be showcasing its leadership in electro mobility at the Born Electric: The BMW i Roadshow which will be touring Peninsular Malaysia throughout October to December this year. Stops will include the Klang Valley, Johor, Kelantan, Kedah and Penang.

Trucks: The Foton Auman EST Heavy Duty Prime Mover Has Been Launched in Malaysia by Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd

Angka-Tan Motor Sdn Bhd (ATM), a member of the Tan Chong Group (via Warisan TC Holdings) has launched the all-new Foton Auman EST (Energy Super Truck) heavy-duty commercial prime mover series recently here in Malaysia. The Auman EST is a truck manufactured by Beijing-based Foton Daimler Automotive Co. Ltd, a joint venture company between Foton Group and Daimler Automotive.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Scania Malaysia Establishes Fund To Assist Primary Schools in Malaysia For Curricular, Extra-curricular or Projects on Sustainability - Schools Are Invited to Apply

Managing Director for Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström seen with Scania Group President and CEO, Henrik Henriksson in Shah Alam recently

Good News for our Primary School students! Scania Malaysia has established a fund to motivate and assist primary schools in Malaysia start up curricular activities, extra-curricular activities or projects that focus on sustainability. The “Master Sustainability By Scania” fund will be carried out by Scania Malaysia and will be continuously funded  by a portion of sales revenue of Scania vehicles sold here in Malaysia. 

Happenings: The Lexus Golf Invitational 2018 Was Held Recently...

Lexus Malaysia recently held the 12th edition of its Golf Invitational tournament where those that attended and participated in the 3-part tournament had fun on the green as well as receiving  first-class Lexus hospitality. It was held at the Palm Garden Golf Club, Tropicana Golf & Country Resort and the Kota Permai Golf and Country Club. Throughout the tournament, guests were pampered with Lexus’ style of hospitality. This included food & drink as well as relaxing neck and shoulder massages for the competitors. 

Roadshows: The Experimental Ford Pop-Up Store Seems to be Successful - More Ford Roadshows With the Store to Come!

Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), which is the distributor of Ford in Malaysia recently had over 3,000 visitors to its first experiential Ford Pop-Up store for the Ford Ranger. The store was first introduced in July 2018 in the Klang Valley and has made its way to Penang (pic below) and then to Kota Bharu more recently.

Monday, August 06, 2018

Scania Malaysia Delivers Vehicles in Kuantan - Trucks to Hin Tatt Recycling and a Bus to the PIBG Sekolah Sains Haji Ahmad Shah, Pekan

Hin Tatt Recycling Sdn Bhd and PIBG Sekolah Sains Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah (SHAH Pekan) recently received keys to Scania trucks and a bus respectively. The handover ceremony was held at the Scania Kuantan branch where it was attended by the customers and Scania Southeast Asia Sales Director, Daniel Tan.

And Meanwhile, Perodua Sells 117,100 Cars in the 1st Half 2018 - Expects to Maintain its 209,000 Unit Target by End-2018 & Prepares For 2.14 Million Service Intakes This Year

Perodua is still playing cautiously even though they've had an amazing first half of 2018 in terms of sales results. The compact car maker is preparing to face many challenges in the second half (2H18) especially from increased demand currently due to the GST removal and with the end of the zero GST rebates together with the reintroduction of the SST in September 2018. However the company states that it is still maintaining its sales target of 209,000 units by end-2018.

Stand a chance to win original autographed Football Jerseys or Football Boots by Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi, Neymar JR and more from Caltex

Caltex, the brand which Chevron sells and markets its products here in Malaysia, had recently launched a nationwide #caltexcubatry campaign in conjunction with the 2018 World Cup which was recently held in Russia. Caltex customers will have the chance to win exclusive autographed jerseys and football boots by Neymar JR (Brazil), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Dele Alli (England), Eden Hazard (Belgium), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Lionel Messi (Argentina) and Luis Suarez (Uruguay).

Sunday, August 05, 2018

Sunday Lite: I Miss Suzuki Cars - Someone Should Start Bringing Them In Again.

I miss Suzuki cars. Sometime in 2016 Suzuki decided to pull out of Malaysia after deciding to enter into some sort of joint venture arrangement with Proton. They were to pull out of the Malaysian market and let Proton rebadge their vehicles starting with the Suzuki Ertiga. Of course, by some horrific twist of fate, they got snookered as Proton was forced by some unseen hand to quickly find a foreign partner which they did in the form of Geely.

Buses: The Go Auto - Higer Electric Bus Spotted at Go Auto HQ in Glenmarie

Sometime at the end of 2017 Go Auto, a company better known as the distributor for Haval vehicles in Malaysia, announced that it was planning to launch fully electric buses here in Malaysia. The electric bus venture is part of their Joint Venture arrangement with Higer Bus Company Ltd and other electric vehicle component manufacturers. Through this project, they parties developed an electric bus which they tested out at UTM (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia) campus in Johor and we had also heard that the state government of Melaka was also interested in procuring the buses for use in and around Melaka city.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Offers & Promos: Go Auto / Haval Malaysia "Freedom From GST" Promotion is Ongoing Till 31st August 2018

Go Auto, the distributors of Haval in Malaysia are having their latest "Freedom From GST" promotion in conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka festivities and the final month for the Zero Rated Goods & Service Tax (GST) period for sales. The promotion is ongoing until 31 August 2018 and offers new and existing HAVAL customers savings worth up to RM6,600  for the Haval H1 and up to RM7,300 for the Haval H2. 

Proton Records Sales Of 8,102 Units For July 2018 - Benefiting From The Tax Holiday

Zero rated GST have benefited Proton cars in a big way. July 2018 sales grew by 31% over the previous month with 8,102 Proton cars finding buyers. This was up from about 6,000 units in the month of June and up from an average of 3,900 to 4,000 units monthly for the months of January to May 2018. With this, Proton expects its market share to be 11.7% of the Total Industry Volume.

Thursday, August 02, 2018

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Launches the Refreshed S-Class Range in Malaysia - Four Variants Offering Luxury in Two and Four Doors

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia have introduced the facelifted and improved flagship S-Class range of limousines and coupes here in Malaysia. The cars that were launched for the Malaysian market are the S450L Limousine, the S560  Cabriolet, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class. 

Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Upcoming Events: Ducati Malaysia 'Red Weekend 3.0' - Happening This 4th & 5th August 2018 -

Ducati Malaysia will be having their ‘Red Weekend 3.0’ event this 4th and 5th of August 2018 at Ducati Petaling Jaya. This is the third time Ducati Malaysia will hold such a weekend. The Ducati Red Weekend An annual event organised by Next Bike Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor for Ducati motorcycles in Malaysia as a get-together for customers, their family, motorcycle enthusiasts and members of Ducati Malaysia. You can also view the recently launched Scrambler 1100 too (pictured below).

Engine Oil / Commercial Vehicles: Shell Rimula R6 & R5 Heavy Duty Engine Oil With New API CK-4 Specification Are Now Available

Shell Malaysia has introduced the newly reformulated Shell Rimula heavy duty engine oils for the Malaysian market. The Shell Rimula R6 LM fully synthetic and R5 LE synthetic technology heavy duty diesel engine oils (HDDEOs) now have the latest American Petroleum Institute (API) CK-4 engine oil specification. These high grade heavy duty engine oils are suitable for use in the highly competitive fleet and transportation sectors where companies are under pressure to achieve high standards of reliability and safety while minimising total operating costs (which include longer duration between oil change).

Truck News: Scania Malaysia Holds Another Truck & Bus Handing Over Ceremony - This Time To Customers Up North

Sin Hock Soon Transport Sdn Bhd, Nurkasih Holiday & Tours Sdn Bhd and LLZ Haulage Sdn Bhd recently took delivery of vehicles from Scania Maalaysia. Sin Hock Soon Transport received 17 trucks, Nurkasih Holiday & Tours received six buses and LLZ Haulage received two trucks respectively.