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.