Friday, December 06, 2019
Happenings: Shell Malaysia Wins Award for its Next Generation Lubricant Solutions at the First Ever Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards
The Shell Malaysia team with Singapore Business Review Editor-in-Chief Tim Charlton (3rd from right) at the 2019 Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards presentation ceremony.
Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd has won an award in the Digital - Energy Category at the inaugural Malaysia Technology Excellence Awards 2019. The energy producing company was awarded the recognition for introducing next-generation lubricant solutions for its business-to-business (B2B) customers that incorporated artificial intelligence (AI), mobile applications and wearable technology. This Technology Excellence Awards event was organised by Charlton Media Group of Singapore
Bermaz Motor, the authorised distributor for Mazda vehicles here in Malaysia, had hosted its 7th Mazda Charity Golf Tournament for the Mazda Medicare Fund (MMF) on the 1st of December 2019. The golf tournament was organised with the aim to provide humanitarian aid and medical relief to under privileged people in Malaysia. Bermaz Motor organises events like these to actively support charitable communities with financial aid such as old folk’s homes and orphanages. This is how Bermaz, and Mazda gives back to the community here in Malaysia.
It looks like the landscape for Volkswagen dealerships have changed slightly again. Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) have announced that effective 2nd December 2019, Volkswagen Sg. Besi will be operated by a new dealer partner, GVE Asia Group. The new dealer has taken over the dealership from Wearnes Automotive Malaysia.
Thursday, December 05, 2019
SOCAR Malaysia, the car-sharing network company is now available at more than 52 PETRONAS stations in the Klang Valley, Johor and Penang. This makes it a little more convenient for users to pick-up and drop-off vehicles as there are now more SOCAR locations available.
Quill Automobiles, Ingress Auto and Wheelcorp Premium to Host BMW Year-End Expo 2019 at KLCC Convention Centre - 6th - 8th December 2019
Quill Automobiles, Ingress Auto and Wheelcorp Premium, three dealerships representing the BMW and MINI brand in the Klang Valley will transform The Marquee at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre into what could be the largest BMW and MINI (temporary) dealership in the City Centre this weekend, 6th to the 8th of December 2019. This event is the BMW Year-End Expo 2019.
Christmas Celebrations at all Lexus Malaysia Centres this Weekend -7 December 2019 for most Showrooms with Ipoh on 14 December 2019
Lexus is celebrating Christmas with the ‘Unwrap Amazing’, event happening at all Lexus showrooms throughout Malaysia. The Upwrap Amazing event will be held from 10am to 4pm this weekend (December 7 2019), except Lexus Centre Ipoh which have theirs on December 14 2019. There will be lots of stuff to do regarding Lexus and it is a good time to try out a Lexus as there are other things to do for the loved ones or friends you bring along.
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Ford and Sime Darby Auto ConneXion Brings their Road Safety Workshop - Ford Driving Skills For Life - Over to Sabah
Ford and its Malaysian distributors, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), recently launched Ford’s flagship safe driver training programme, Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) for the first time ever over in Sabah, East Malaysia. They had over 80 customers and invited guests participate in a half day workshop where they learnt safe driving behavior and more as part of Ford's initiative to promote road safety in Malaysia.
Pulau Pinang, or Penang has a new Hyundai 3S (Sales, Services & Spares) Centre located at Prai. The new centre is operated by dealer CS Euro is fully done up in Hyundai's new Global Dealership Space Identity (GDSI) corporate identity and is strategically located in Butterworth and should cater for the neighbouring areas like Bukit Mertajam, Kulim, Prai and Nibong Tebal.
Tuesday, December 03, 2019
Happenings: Scania Malaysia's Master Sustainability Fund Contributes to the First Sustainability Gallery in Sarawak
Scania Malaysia via its Master Sustainability fund has contributed to the first Sustainability Gallery at Sekolah Kebangsaan (National School) Nanga Ajau in Betong, Sarawak. This shows Scania Malaysia’s commitment towards inculcating all walks of life, especially the students of the school, the importance of sustainability for the betterment of our future.
Monday, December 02, 2019
End-2019 & Upcoming Festivities Promotion From SDAC-Ford - Rebates and Free Maintenance for Ranger WildTrak & Ranger Raptor and Service Promotions
The official distributors of Ford in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC) have announced its year-end sales and service promotion. This is also in conjunction with upcoming festivities like Christmas and Chinese New Year early 2020. The promotion will run from 1 December 2019 to 31 January 2020 and covers a sales promotion for the Ford Ranger WildTrak and Ranger Raptor as well as a Service Promotion for selected Ford models.
BMW Malaysia, Safe ‘n Sound and Childline Foundation Open Registration for Subsidised Infant Carrier Car Seats - Register and Be Eligible To Buy The Seat At RM100 - Limited to 150 Units Only
Good news! BMW Malaysia is promoting the quick adoption of child car seats through a subsidy programme that is part of the BMW Safety 360° initiative. This time the initiative is held together with Childline Foundation and Safe ‘n Sound where 150 Units of infant carrier car seats will be available at a subsidised price of RM100 each only. The move is in line with the Malaysian Transport Ministry's move to enforce the use of child seats starting January 2020 (with warnings given out for the first six months for any one caught doing so).This is less than a month down the road.
Sunday, December 01, 2019
Volvo Trucks recently delivered 38 units of the Volvo FM370 4x2T RAS prime mover to the Lee Ting San Group of Companies (LTS Group), who are one of the largest logistics companies that provides transportation, container haulage, warehousing and maintenance services here in Peninsular Malaysia. The LTS Group supports nationwide and cross- border transportation services and have been around since 1974.
Trucks: Khairul Nafsha Ishak Wins the Malaysian Edition of the UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 4th Edition
The 4 th edition of the Malaysian UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) concluded recently and Khairul Nafsha Bin Ishak, a truck driver with Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd. has won the competition. This is the second year in a row that a driver from Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd has managed to win the UDEMC competition here. Khairul will now represent Malaysia at the UDEMC Global Final competition in Japan next year.
Buses: Perdana Express Buys 31 New Scania K410 Buses & Enters into New Maintenance Contracts For Their Scania Buses
The folks who use Perdana Express buses will be riding in some brand new Scania express buses after this. Perdana Express has received 31 new Scania buses to bolster its services between the East Coast to the Central Region of Peninsular Malaysia. The bus company and Scania Malaysia held a handover ceremony as well as a service and maintenance agreement signing at the Terminal Bersepadu Selatan, Bandar Tasik Selatan in Kuala Lumpur.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Hyundai Sime Darby Motors Finally Launches the Hyundai i30N - Limited to Only 20 Units Via Lazada Chup Dulu and Only in the 275HP N Performance Variant
Finally, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has launched the Hyundai i30 N 5-door hot hatch here after previewing it late last year at the KL Motor Show. It has taken them a WHOLE year to finally offer it for sale. Unfortunately, or fortunately since it is finally on sale here, it will be offered for sale exclusively on Lazada Malaysia during its 12.12 Grand Year End Sale. Only 20 units of the i30 N will be available for pre-order from 2 December 2019, through Lazada’s Chup Dulu pre-order feature.
Wednesday, November 27, 2019
The BMW Shorties has named the short film, ‘PACE’ by Ekin Kee Charles as its its Grand Prize winner for the 2019 BMW Shorties. This is the thirteenth edition of what is the most prestigious and longest running short film contest for Malaysian filmmakers and videographers. The Grand Prize worth RM80,000 in production grant was presented at the BMW Shorties Awards Night 2019, held in conjunction with Urbanscapes 2019 recently.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Hankook Tire has launched their latest ultra high performance (UHP) tyre, the Ventus Prime 3 (K125) in Malaysia. Hankook says that the new Ventus Prime 3 tyre is an ultra high-performance tire for passenger cars and it has been designed to have as close to as perfect a balance between performance, comfort and safety.
Team Proton R3 (R3) has won the Sepang 1000km (S1K) race for a third consecutive time. The 2019 Proton Iriz driven by Mitchell Cheah and Fariqe Hairuman took the first place and the 2019 Proton Saga driven by Syafiq Ali and Admi Shahrul came second making it a memorable one-two finish. It was a challenging race as there was a safety car period and then some bad weather making the 1000km race of 181 laps cut short to around 9 hours worth of racing instead of much longer.
Arus Jaya, MARii and Perodua Will Establish a Digital Showroom and Co-Develop Smart Sales & Service Solutions
The Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii), Arus Jaya Automotive Sdn. Bhd. and Perodua will develop Smart Sales and Service solutions together with a focus towards the state of Sabah. This was announced at a ground breaking ceremony recently held at the Kota Kinabalu Marriott Hotel for the establishment of the first ever Digital Showroom. The Digital Showroom will be the first of its kind here and developed in order to transition towards enhancing digitalisation of the aftermarket sector.
Friday, November 22, 2019
Maserati Development Prototype Hits The Streets of Modena - Expect an All-New, Most Likely, Mid-Engined Maserati by May 2020
Maserati has previewed photos of the first “mule” for the development of the new Maserati engine. The prototype mule was driven out of Maserati's Viale Ciro Menotti gates, in Modena on the 20th of November 2019. The test cars, or mules of an all new Maserati have special livery that echoes the 'Save the Date' teaser sent out ahead of the event scheduled for May 2020, which could be the first unveiling of what could be a new chapter in Maserati's saga - a return to mid-engine performance coupes by the luxury brand or the replacement of the outgoing Gran Turismo.
Recently, the folks at UD Trucks and their sole distributor partner Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) delivered the first ever unit of the all-new light-duty UD Kuzer to Jun Hong Trading Sdn Bhd. While it may only be a sole unit, the event is significant as it can been seen as a start for UD Trucks' return into the light duty truck segment here in Malaysia.
Volvo Buses host Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conference together with Technology Depository Agency (TDA) and Prasarana / Some Thoughts After Listening to the Conference
Volvo Buses hosted the very first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Conference in Putrajaya, Malaysia on November 19 th 2019. The event was held together with the Technology Depository Agency (TDA) and Prasarana government agencies related to technology and public transport. It was also supported by the Malaysian Government, The Swedish Embassy and Business Sweden with the intention to bring together key stakeholders from across Malaysia to build a shared vision that will make Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) work successfully in Malaysia.
Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 Adventure Event in Linear Park, Johor Bahru This Weekend - 23 & 24 November 2019 with Lots of Prizes to be Won
If you are in and around Johor Bahru, you can go experience a 4x4 adventure of sorts courtesy of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM). They are organising the Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 Adventure over at Linear Park, Desa Tebrau, Johor Bahru from 10.00am to 8.00pm this weekend, the 23 & 24 November 2019. Admission is FREE so if you have no plans, you could go try out a 4x4 test circuit with the Triton pickup truck.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
The newly launched (for the Malaysian market) 2019 Isuzu D-Max 1.9liter pickup truck has managed to conquer one of the toughest off-road events in the region, the Borneo Safari. Nicknamed the 'Blue Monster', the latest Isuzu D-Max with its Blue Power 1.9liter turbodiesel engine managed to complete the seven day event which started and ended in the jungles near Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Monday, November 18, 2019
The Scania XT is Now Used by Sara Transport and Logistic Services (STLS) Group to Tackle Tougher Than Usual Conditions
Scania XT heavy duty prime mover trucks are part of Scania's newly launched New Truck Generation range of trucks here. The Scania XT variant has a more robust design than the usual Scania NTG trucks where all cabs and engines have been designed to take on harsh working conditions in particular, the construction and mining industries. Now, the XT makes an appearance in the Malaysian construction industry with Sara Transport and Logistic Services Group (STLS Group) receiving their first Scania XT trucks.
Editorial: New 2020 Nissan Almera Launches in Thailand - This Will Make Buying Compact Nissan Cars Good Again
The all-new Nissan Almera has been recently launched in Thailand. This is also called the Nissan Versa and Nissan Sunny over in the United States of America and in the Middle East respectively. This is one car which Nissan Malaysia must be itching their hand on as the current Almera (shown below), while still netting some sales is a distant third (or fourth) in terms of Japanese B-segment here.
Volvo Car Malaysia introduces refreshed Volvo XC90 SUV - Improving On Something Which Is Already So Good
Volvo Car Malaysia has announced that the refreshed 2019 onwards Volvo XC90 full-sized SUV is now available in Malaysia for viewing at all Volvo showrooms.The Volvo XC90 is the Swedish carmaker's top-of-the-line flagship, that marks the company's foray into an electrification strategy. The refreshed XC90 features subtle upgrades to the exterior for the T5 variant, additional performance for the T8 and some with more equipment inside.
Thursday, November 14, 2019
The New Mitsubishi Triton Quest has been launched by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM). According to MMM, the new Triton Quest is a reliable yet powerful pickup truc, packed with features and that uniquely aggressive and stylish design with a ‘sedan’ outlook. It's the 'sedan' outlook which is different here. Most likely to cater for the on-road only crowd that also loves buying pickup trucks.
Wednesday, November 13, 2019
The 11.11.19 Booking Through Lazada Malaysia Only Ford Ranger Splash Limited Edition Has Sold Out Ahead of The 11.11.19 Date
People seem to really like the Ford Ranger. Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia, had announced that all 19 units of the Limited Edition Ford Ranger Splash had been pre-booked ahead of the Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival on the Ford Official store on LazMall. It also shows that people are willing to book their new cars through an online portal too.
Volvo Car Malaysia and Dealer-Partner iRoll Ipoh Sdn Bhd Officially Open Their New 3S Centre in Ipoh
Volvo Car Malaysia, has officially opened a new showroom in Ipoh, Perak. The new 3S centre adds more customer touch points for the now premium Swedish carmaker. The new centre is operated by their dealer-partner, iRoll Ipoh Sdn Bhd. Located close to the Ipoh airport and the Ipoh City & Country Club, the showroom adds to Volvo’s growing dealership network here in Malaysia.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Nasim Sdn Bhd,who distribute Peugeot vehicles here in Malaysia, have a end of the year promotion on the Peugeot 3008 and 5008 SUV Plus. From now until 31 st December 2019, customers can trade in their cars and get up to RM 10,000 extra from their current vehicle’s appraised value. These SUVs also come with a 3-year free maintenance service which includes parts and labour charges. Customers can also inquire for a special ownership financing with Affin Bank that allows them to own the SUVs from as low as RM 1,300 per month.
Monday, November 11, 2019
This piece of news happened a couple of weeks ago but it is interesting in terms of investments made in the Malaysian automotive industry. Our folks at Perodua has basically centralised their parts production for its past models with the launch of a new press stamping machine (seen in the photo above) at its supplier's facility, IQM Sdn Bhd. The RM7 Million investment is unique in that it shows that Perodua is still catering to their older customers by providing a constant supply of spare parts for their past generation vehicles aside from expanding their supplier's capabilities so that they may eventually compete on a global level.
Sunday, November 10, 2019
(from left to right) Linnet Yew, Head of MINI Malaysia and Sashi Ambi, Head of Corporate Communication of BMW Group Malaysia with the New MINI Clubman.
The New (for the 2020 Model Year) MINI Clubman has been launched here. This refreshed Clubman is about three years from the initial introduction of the unique six door MINI. It comes with a new transmission system and more equipment with even more connectivity for this digital age. This latest MINI model adds to the range and offers station wagon type of motoring to the picture.
Friday, November 08, 2019
VIDEO: The 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport & 2019 Range Rover Velar Drive Experience at the Above & Beyond Tour - We Try These SUVs Off-Road and On-Road
Hello again folks! Another video, but this time it isn't featured on Motoring Malaysia's YouTube Channel. It is currently featured on Land Rover Asia Pacific's YouTube channel and this is where I got to try out off-roading and on-roading in the 2019 Land Rover Discovery Sport and the 2019 Range Rover Velar SUVs over at the recent Malaysian leg of the Above & Beyond Tour.
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Shell Malaysia Does A Whole Lot As Title Sponsor of the Malaysian MotoGP - 10 Years as Title Sponsor and Still Enthralling Visitors to the Shell Hillstand and Other Activities
Having Shell Malaysia as the title sponsor of the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix (MotoGP) for the tenth year running is a blessing. The energy providing company have over the years improved their participation and this year, they have enhanced the Shell Hillstand features so that local motorsport enthusiasts can experience the MotoGP to an even high level of excitement.
PROTON Sells 9,503 Units in October 2019 - Solidifying their Position as a Strong Number #2 in Terms of Overall Sales
Proton, the favourite Malaysian car company, especially when it comes to most Malaysian coffeeshop discussion has continued its upward trend in terms of sales numbers. They have reported that they have managed to sell 9,503 vehicles in the month of October 2019. Currently, their year to date total sales are 79,833 units which includes domestic and export sales. This is a 46% growth given that the Total Industry Volume has shrunk by 1.3%. Proton cars now have a market share of 16%
Monday, November 04, 2019
This is a short video posted by the folks at Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia in conjunction with this year's Halloween celebrations. Not going to write much but just to say go watch it. It covers the infamous or fictional or still unverified urban legend that is about that strange yellow coloured Volkswagen Beetle (the classic one, not the new ones) that seemingly haunts Karak Highway. I am sharing this a bit late as Halloween just passed us by.
BMW Motorrad Malaysia Launches the all New BMW S 1000 RR, BMW R 1250 R & R 1250 RR For The Malaysian Market
One of the many motorcycle launches that coincided with the MotoGP Malaysia was the unveiling of the New BMW S 1000 RR, BMW R 1250 R and BMW R 1250 RS by BMW Motorrad Malaysia. The new BMW S 1000 RR is the company's 3rd generation S 1000 series of superbike. The R 1250 R roadster or naked styled bike and the more sleek looking R 1250 RS are street bikes which cater to the more relaxed rider but who still likes the taste of refined motorcycling.
Friday, November 01, 2019
Newly Refreshed Renault Koleos to be Previewed at PACE Event (2-3 Nov 2019) at Setia City Convention Centre - Also Open For Booking
Renault’s recently refreshed flagship D-segment SUV, the Renault will be on preview to the public for the first time here in Malaysia at the Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) on 2-3 November 2019 at the Setia City Convention Centre. The new 2020 Renault Koleos is distributed by Renault’s sole franchise holder in Malaysia TC Euro Cars and will be offered in two variants, the Renault Koleos and Koleos Signature, two variants like before.
Ten Motorcycle Mechanics Receive Awards from Ducati MotoGP Rider Andrea Dovizioso at a Special Meet the Fans Session Organised by MotoGP Sponsors Shell Malaysia
The Malaysian MotoGP weekend is underway and the activities regarding motorcycles are many. Yesterday, Ten lucky motorcycle mechanics were presented awards by Ducati MotoGP motorcycle racer Andrea Dovizioso and Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd Managing Director Shairan Huzani Husain at an exclusive meet-the-fans session organised by Shell Malaysia ahead of the 2019 Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix this weekend. Many braved the traffic to make it to the event which was attended by Grab bike riders and a few motorcycle clubs, notably the Desmo Owners Club Malaysia. Aside from that, local celebrity Fattah Amin who is also a Shell Advance brand ambassador for Malaysia attended the event.
Thursday, October 31, 2019
The Ford Ranger Splash - A 19 Unit Limited Edition Only Available on Lazada Malaysia from 11.11.2019 Onwards Till it Sells Out
If you are looking for a unique pickup truck, you could try to place a booking on the new limited edition 2019 Ford Ranger Splash. Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia recently unveiled the 19 units only Limited Edition Ford Ranger Splash, in conjunction with the upcoming Lazada 11.11 Shopping Festival. It will be the first pickup truck in Malaysia to be sold, or booked, via an eCommerce website.
Sani Express Sdn Bhd (Sani Express) took delivery of 23 new Scania K410EB6X2 buses at theTerminal Bersepadu Selatan (South Integrated Terminal) in Bandar Tasik Selatan, Kuala Lumpur. This is part of the company's business practice of upgrading its express bus fleet to provide customers with comfortable, safe, and greener travel. It also shows a company willing to accept more progress and technology in their transport business.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
The authorised distributors for Toyota vehicles here in Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), together with their dealer Unitedstar Corporation Sdn Bhd, have officially opened their newest Toyota 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre. The new 3S Toyota dealership is located in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan Darul Khusus.
Kota Kinabalu has a brand new Proton Cars outlet. Proton dealers Shirba Auto World Sdn Bhd (Shirba Auto) recently officially opened their brand new Proton 3S outlet over there and the event was jointly officiated by YB Datuk Darell Leiking, the Minister of International Trade and Industry and Yusri Bin Yusuf, Senior Director, Corporate Strategy, PROTON. The new centre will ensure Proton's promise to push for better customer experience overall.
Isuzu Malaysia to Participate in the 2019 Borneo Safari with the Newly Launched 2019 D-Max 1.9L Pickup Truck
The newly launched (for the Malaysian market) 2019 Isuzu D-Max 1.9 taking part in one of the toughest and most well known off-roading challenge, the Borneo Safari. This year marks the 29th Borneo Safari event and it is the 13th time Isuzu Malaysia have supported it. Held in Sabah, the event will begin in Kota Kinabalu on the 27th of October and will carry on till the 3rd of November after which the contestants will face a multitude of off-roading tests, challenges and tribulations.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
VIDEO: Our Interview with Micheal Jopp - VP of Sales & Marketing, Passenger Cars Mercedes-Benz Malaysia
Hello folks! This is something different. An interview with Mr Micheal Jopp, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Passenger Cars of Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. This was done during the launch of the 2019 refreshed Mercedes-AMG GT R & GT C sports cars at Sepang recently. It is quite different from most normal interviews as I don't ask anything about sales numbers or figures. Only about AMG, Mercedes-Benz and their cars, old and new.
We are on DRIVETRIBE.com folks! Well, a few of my videos actually. I have been posting a few of Motoring-Malaysia's YouTube Channel videos on their 'Today's Top News' column and two of the videos have been chosen to be featured on the DriveTribe Reviews Section! Quite a feat if I may say so myself!
Rapid Bus Sdn Bhd, or more commonly known as the company that handles most of Malaysia's public bus services has started a trial run of the Hino Poncho minibus. Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) recently introduced this low-floor seven meter long minibus here as it sees the need for the re-intorduction of minibus based public bus and light rail services in the country. For a first step, Rapid Bus has decided to use the Poncho minibus on a trial run basis for three months.
A new Hyundai 3S centre has officially opened in Klang. The new Sales, Service and Spares centre is operated by dealer, MN Automart, and conforms to the new Hyundai Global Dealership Space Identity for Sales and Aftersales centres. This centre caters for customers in and around Klang and it will complement the other Hyundai 3S centre located over in Port Klang.