Monday, August 19, 2019
VIDEO (+ Written Report Here): The First Drive Experience With The New 2019 Proton Saga Facelift - 1.3 Premium AT Tested and Featuring YS Khong
Here is our latest video folks! As stated in an earlier article, where I featured Malaysian Rally Champion YS Khong's review of the 2019 Proton Saga facelift I was in the midst of preparing Motoring Malaysia's video of the first drive experience in this A segment sedan. I must say this this is the best A segment sedan on the market today in terms of how it drives.
The 2019 Audi A8 L Is Now On Sale In Malaysia - Prices For The Audi Flagship Start at RM879K Onwards
We don't actually see many Audi cars on the roads of Malaysia these days, but the brand is consistently refreshing their model lineup here. This time around, the new 2019 Audi A8 L is now available here in Maalysia. This flagship model is now here and it has Audi's newest design language, systems and it is only available here in the A8 L or long wheelbase variant. It is prices from RM879,000 onwards for this fully imported luxury sedan.
The All-New 2019 Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup Now Officially Launched in Malaysia - Available in Manual & Automatic Gearboxes
The official distributors of Renault in Malaysia, TC Euro Cars (TCEC) have officially launched the all-new 2019 Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup. This comes after its recent preview to the media as well as to the members of the public sometime in April this year. It comes with both the manual and automatic gearboxes (a first for a Megane R.S. variant) and this official launch coincides with the confirmed pricing for Langkawi (tax break prices) and also for the automatic variant. Prices basically start at RM149K for the manual in Langkawi and RM279K for the Manual for the rest of Malaysia.
Sunday, August 18, 2019
Happenings: Team Isuzu Raises Funds For Sarawak Charities by Participating in the Kuching Marathon 2019
Members of Team Isuzu, which included the Isuzu Malaysia CEO, Koji Nakamura had participated in the Kuching Marathon 2019 earlier today (18 August 2019). They had handed over mock cheques of the funds / pledges raised by the team to Hope Place Kuching and Persatuan OKU Kuching at a small ceremony at the event.
Video: Watch Malaysian Rally Champ YS Khong Review The Facelifted 2019 Proton Saga 1.3 Premium AT - With Yours Truly Riding Shotgun
Here is a video review of the new 2019 Proton Saga 1.3 Premium facelift by YS Khong, multiple time Malaysian Rally Champion and all round nice guy. I was lucky enough to be partnered with him during the recent the new car's media drive sometime last week. The Motoring Malaysia video is currently being rendered out on the 'puter as I type and you will see what I think of the new Saga once it has been uploaded on to YouTube.
Saturday, August 17, 2019
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributors for Toyota in Malaysia, has announced that they have made some changes or upgrades to the specifications of the 2019 Toyota Hilux pickup, the 2019 Fortuner SUV and the Innova MPV range of vehicles. All features either feature upgrades or minor enhancements. As for order takings for the new vehicles, it will begin at all authorized Toyota showrooms nationwide from 16 August, 2019.
Proton Has Launched The X70 ME (MERDEKA EDITION) - Limited to 62 Units in Conjunction With Malaysia's 62nd Independence Day
While I was busy trying out the newly facelifted Proton Saga over in Ipoh (stay tuned for that video review folks!), the folks at Proton announced the launch of the limited run Proton X70 ME, or Merdeka Edition. This variant of the very popular SUV is limited to only 62 units and was introduced in conjunction with Malaysia's 62nd Independence Day. 62 units for 62 years of independence. It is priced at RM126,100 and is only available in Snow White and Flame Red colours.
Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Perodua Tweckbot Free Mobile Inspection Service Continues This Merdeka Month - At the PLUS Rawang R&R Northbound 24 & 25 August 2019
Perodua has been busy during the recent Hari Raya Aidil Adha celebrations with their road safety Tweckbot complementary mobile vehicle inspection service. However, they are not stopping there as they are continuing its road safety push this Merdeka month with th 50 point Tweckbot inspection deployed at the northbound Rawang rest area on the PLUS Highway on the 24th and 25h of August 2019.
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has recently introduced a new aftersales service for maintaining the engine. The new service is the Walnut Blasting Decarbonizer and it is available at all authorized dealerships. The new, essentially carbon cleaning service of a Volkswagen cylinder head without any disassembly is part of the Volkswagen Cares initiative, and this service is available from as low as RM515 per vehicle.
Tuesday, August 13, 2019
Audi Malaysia has launched their newest four-door coupe - the new 2019 Audi A7 Sportback. The newest Audi performance car embodies progressiveness in design and technology with its all-digital control systems, comprehensive connectivity and mild hybrid technology. Full imported from Audi's Neckarsulm plant in Germany, the car retails here at RM609,900 onwards.
Sime Darby Auto ConneXion (SDAC), the folks who are the authorised distributors of Ford over here have announced their sales promotion in conjunction with the upcoming Merdeka and Malaysia Day celebrations. From 1 August to 30 September 2019, if you purchase either the Ford Ranger WildTrak or Ford Ranger Raptor, you will enjoy free maintenance for two years. Furthermore, you will also be given a PETRONAS Gift Card worth RM1,000.
Official Porsche distributors here in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) recently announced the arrival of the new 2019 Porsche Macan S. This new variant of the popular Macan features a three-litre V6 turbocharged petrol engine. It was launched in conjunction with the first Sportscar Together Day in Malaysia, an event we recently covered in an earlier post as well as our first drive in the new 2019 Type 992 Porsche 911 Carrera S.
Friday, August 09, 2019
Malaysia Will Have A Third National Car Project - DreamEDGE & Technology Partner Daihatsu to Have First Model by 2020 - News & Our Opinion
MITI, or the Ministry of International Trade and Industry Malaysia has announced a new national car project. According to the news (of which the official press release is published below) basically states that this first model will be a completely new model with advanced technology but it will use an existing and proven vehicle platform from the technology partner. The local or anchor company is DreamEDGE Sdn Bhd which does a lot of strategic tie ups in terms of engineering and tech development with Japanese companies. Daihatsu is also the foreign technology partner in this case.
Thursday, August 08, 2019
Video: 2019 Proton Saga Facelift Launch - Details & Walk Through Review of the Car and the Specifications
Here is our video on our walk through review of the new 2019 Proton Saga facelift and its specifications at its launch. It isn't that long as it is the just basic run through of what we think of the newly facelifted car. At just under 6 minutes long, we do cover most of the basic aspects of the car and what was highlighted by Proton.
The 2019 Perodua Myvi is Launched in Mauritius - One of Perodua's Oldest Export Markets Now Gets The Malaysian Best Seller!
The 2019 Perodua Myvi is now being sold in Mauritius. Perodua's distributor in Mauritus, Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd, have launched the Myvi 1.3 G AT and 1.5 H AT variants and they are respectively priced at 699,000 (RM81,300*) and 775,000 (RM90,140*) Mauritian Rupees, on-the-road with insurance. The third generation Perodua Myvi made its Mauritian debut last Friday at the Defi Media Motor Show, which took place at the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Centre over the weekend.
Wednesday, August 07, 2019
The Facelifted 2019 Proton Saga Has Been Launched - More Affordable, Better Styling & More Equipped inside
The new 2019 Proton Saga has been launched. The 4 door sedan has been facelifted with updated styling, touch-screen infotainment system and four-speed auto are the most major changes to this car which was first launched in 2016. The most important thing is that with this new car is that it is priced below RM40,000 (top spec before insurance). It now offers better value for money and a better drive. Quite interesting in terms of value proposition.
New 2019 Porsche Macan S & 360 Leasing programme introduced at the Porsche Sportscar Together Day With Over 320 Porsche Cars Parading On The Sepang Circuit
Last Weekend, Porsche Malaysia via their authorised distributors Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) introduced the New 360 Leasing programme at the Sportscar Together Day which was held at the Sepang Circuit. Sime Darby Auto Performance’s first Sportscar Together Day also set a new Malaysian Record where the 'Largest Porsche Gathering' in Malaysia recorded 320 Porsche cars on the circuit. I think it was one of the most epic traffic jams in the history of the Sepang Circuit.
Tuesday, August 06, 2019
The 13 th edition of the LEXUS Golf Invitational Challenge 2019 is here. Round One is to be played on today August 6 at Kota Permai Golf & Country Club, Round Two on August 14 at Tropicana Golf & Country Resort and Round Three, August 22 at TPC Kuala Lumpur. LEXUS owners from all over the country can apply via the online portal: golf.lexus.com.my
No-Single-Use-Plastic Campaign funded by “Master Sustainability by Scania” Started At The SK Dato Keramat School in Penang
On the 31st of July 2019, Scania Malaysia launched their newest social initiative, the No-Single-Use-Plastic Campaign funded by “Master Sustainability by Scania.”. There, they distributed reusable lunch boxes and water bottles to the students, teachers and staff of Sekolah Kebangsaan Dato’ Keramat, Penang which was the venue of this event. The main intention of this campaign is to prevent use of disposable plastics among the school children as well as creating awareness of using sustainable means of living.
We have another video out folks. If you follow our Facebook page, our Instagram feed or our YouTube channel directly, you would have caught parts of it or the whole thing already. But if you haven't, here is another place where you are informed of our latest video - the One Lap Track Review of the 2019 Porsche 911 Carrera S (Type 992). This happened during the 2019 Porsche Sportscar Together Day at the Sepang Circuit. Driven by Yours Truly of course!
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) is now offering customers who book a Volkswagen model in the month of August, an additional “Merdeka Voucher” worth RM1,000. This latest round of offers is in conjunction with Malaysia's 62nd Merdeka, or Independence Day celebrations. The offer is applicable for all Volkswagen models currently offered and in addition of ongoing promotions, and is applicable for all bookings made from now till 31st August 2019 (subject to terms and conditions while stocks last).
Saturday, August 03, 2019
Perodua Announces Drop in Waiting Times for the Arus SUV - Now You Only Need To Wait Between 1 -1.5 Months For One
Perodua has announced that they have succeeded in reducing the waiting time of the Aruz to between 1 month and 1.5 months depending on model from a waiting period of about between 2 months and 2.5 months previously on increased production. According to them, they have ramped up production on the very popular, affordable SUV as well as other models where needed. Note the word 'affordable' here folks.
Friday, August 02, 2019
PROTON Keeps On Climbing - Second in Terms of Total Vehicle Sales, July 2019....Honda Definitely Affected by the Lack of Totally New Models!
PROTON Cars is now second behind Perodua in terms of July 2019 sales figures. This means that Honda and Toyota are third and fourth respectively and it is after 40 months (or March 2016), that PROTON has returned to second in total sales for Malaysia’s automotive market. The brand sold 8,590 vehicles in July which is a 16.5% market share which was estimated at 51,960 units in total.
A new Toyota 2S aftersales centre located at Klang, Selangor had opened recently. The new centre is operated by Toyota Dealer, PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd, and it offers aftersales services to Toyota customers and owners in Pandamaran, Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanik, and other nearby areas.
Volvo Trucks Upgrades The D13 (Euro 3,4,5 & EEV rated) Engines - Up to 3% Better Fuel Consumption Stated
Not resting on their laurels (50 Years in Malaysia yo!), Volvo Trucks have announced that they are introducing new truck software functions and upgraded engines to help logistics companies and their drivers save even more fuel. According to this bit of news we heard, the upgraded Volvo D13 series of turbodiesel engines in Euro 3, Euro 4, Euro 5 and Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) markets will be able gain up to 3% worth of fuel savings even if the drivers aren't utilising cruise control.
Thursday, August 01, 2019
Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), Malaysia's electricity supplier, has purchased more UD Trucks for their fleet. This time, six units of the UD Croner medium duty truck has been bought where they would be used to transport diesel fuel to refuel TNB's mobile generator sets during site operations. TNB now operates a total of 78 UD trucks in their fleet.
Renault is now offering something called the ‘Renault Subscription’ vehicle financing packages for their customers here in Malaysia. Touted as offering freedom and flexibility, the ‘Renault Subscription’ allows customers flexible payment schemes for their new Renault, where they can break away from long-term loan tenures, rigid lock-ins as well as having less concerns about vehicle depreciation costs. The schemes are offered for the Renault Captur crossover and their premium Renault Koleos SUV. All for as low as RM43 per day.
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) Invites Customers and Enthusiasts to Porsche Malaysia’s inaugural Sportscar Together Day at The Sepang Circuit on 3rd August 2019
Interesting Saturday ahead folks, especially if you are a Porsche owner or you are an enthusiast of the sports car brand. On 3rd of August 2019, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the official distributor of Porsche here in Malaysia invites its customers and all Porsche fans to Malaysia’s inaugural (Porsche) Sportscar Together Day, at Sepang International Circuit.
An Adventure of a Lifetime with Isuzu - Buy A D-Max and Get A Chance To Win A Trip To Iceland and More
New Contest! Isuzu Malaysia is offering ten of their new Isuzu D-Max Pick-up Truck customers the chance to win a holiday. The Isuzu Win an Adventure of a Lifetime is a contest where the Grand Prize winners will be going on a 10-day holiday for two flying business class to Iceland. This is quite holiday to a place where it is not on the usual holiday spots for most Malaysians. Aside from this unique experience, there are other unique trips that one could win.
Sunday, July 28, 2019
MICHELIN Malaysia officially launched the MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV recently. This is their new flagship tyre for for high performance, premium Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV) and it is essentially the tyre that replaces their Latitude series in some ways which should still be on sale. The MICHELIN Pilot Sport 4 SUV was developed with excellent longevity, remarkable braking performance, dynamic handling and a comfortable driving experience in mind.
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
I believe in the past five years or so, commercial vehicles from China have been making inroads here in Malaysia, especially in the light commercial vehicle segment, particularly when it comes to vans. Recently, R&A Marketing Sdn Bhd (a subsidiary of Sendok Group), the sole distributor of King Long Minivan in Malaysia has launched the new CAM Kingo series, a new van series under the King Long brand name.
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Video: Test Drive of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe - This 7 Seater Does Perform Well, Especially in the 2.2Liter Turbodiesel Form!
So I recently got to try out the All-New 2019 4th generation Hyundai Santa Fe recently. The try out happened during the recent media drive of the 7 seater SUV which took a bunch of media type folks from Batu 3 in Shah Alam and into the Malaysian countryside where we did a spot of off-roading in both the 2.4liter Petrol and 2.2liter CDRi turbodiesel variants. The Santa Fe performed quite admirably for what is essentially a 'soft-roader' as I would call it. Do note that this time I only drove both the 2.4 Petrol and the 2.2 Diesel Executive variants and not the more Premium variants. The time factor was also in play here as it was quite a short trip to Negeri Sembilan and back this time.
VIDEO REVIEW - HYUNDAI SANTA FE 2.4 & 2.2 EXECUTIVE
Media Statement By UMW Toyota Motor on the Toyota Rush Recall in Philippines - IT DOES NOT AFFECT US HERE AT ALL
The Official Media Release by UMW Toyota Motor on the reports regarding the new Toyota Rush having issues over in the Philippines is placed below. It seems the RUSH 7 Seater SUV is suffering Airbag ECU issues over there. But do not fret, as UMW Toyota Motor has announced that there is no issue affecting our Toyota Rush sold here.
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (HMSM) launched its new HINO 700 Series heavy-duty trucks with 16-speed Automated-Manual Transmission (AMT). While this refreshed 700 Series was launched early 2019, it did not come with the AMT option then. Now, HMSM has finally brought this into Malaysian and the truck is fully imported from Japan (CBU).
Monday, July 22, 2019
The MINI Brand celebrates 60 years of the car here in Malaysia by introducing the New MINI Convertible as part the Malaysian chapter of the 60th birthday celebrations of MINI. There will only be 20 units of the New MINI Convertible this time and the price for exclusive open-top motoring will cost you RM279,888 before insurance.
Upcoming Events: The LifeWire - 25th to 28th July 2019 at the LINC, KL - Food, Workshops, Car Meet and Live Music
Pop Up, Link Up is a new startup that focuses on conceptual bazaars for entrepreneurs and interested individuals, is proud to present their first ever conceptual event, The LifeWire. Featuring food, product workshops, a car meet consisting of two car clubs and live gigs set to be held at The LINC in KL from the 25th to 28th July, 10am to 10pm.
Upcoming Volkswagen Arteon Now Available for Booking - Prices Estimated to be Between RM290K to RM310K When Launched
The next new Volkswagen to be launched here in Malaysia is the Volkswagen Arteon. This is what was once the Passat CC, then the CC and now, the Arteon 5 door fastback coupe by Volkswagen (it used to be a 4 door sedan/coupe). Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM), the folks who are the official Volkswagen distributor here is now accepting pre-bookings for the all-new Volkswagen Arteon. The fully imported Arteon R-Line is expected to be priced between RM290,000 and RM310,000 when it launches in a few months time.
Wednesday, July 17, 2019
The All-New Third Generation Mazda 3 is here. What was a continuation of the original compact car, the Mazda 323, now has the latest iteration of their unique KODO design and the latest in their Skyactiv-Vehicle technologies which brings the driver and vehicle together. The 3 will be fully imported (CBU) for now and will come in the 1.5L Liftback (Hatchback) and Sedan, the 2.0L High (sedan only) and the 2.0L High Plus in both Liftback and Sedan. With prices starting at RM139K onwards, it offers a lot of improvements which belies its slightly higher than usual asking price.
Additional 2 Years Free Maintenance Now Offered For New Volkswagn Tiguan, Passat 1.8TSI Comfortline and 2.0TSI Highline. - 5 Years Free Maintenance Offer Till 31st December 2019
It is actually a very good time to go and buy a new Volkswagen car. Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) have just announced an additional two years free maintenance two of its bestselling models The two models are the Volkswagen Tiguan (offer for all variants) and the Volkswagen Passat now on sale by VPCM. But this isn't a permanent offer as it is only for new car buyers from 1st of July till 3 st December 2019
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Motorsport: Team PROTON R3 Does Extremely Well in the Production Series Races in Round 3 of the 2019 Malaysia Championship Series
Round 3 of the 2019 Malaysia Championship Series (MSC) saw Team PROTON R3 (R3) dominate M-production series races. Team R3 managed to procure a double victory which included a 1-2-3 finish in race two. The MSC Round 3 was held at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) over the weekend.
MINI Malaysia Celebrates the 60th Birthday of the MINI - New Celebration Variants To Be Unveiled on 19th July 2019
In conjunction with the 60 th Anniversary of MINI, MINI Malaysia recently gathered its MINIacs and Friends of MINI to form the number 60 with their MINI vehicles. The photos they took of the memorable occasion showed the Kuala Lumpur skyline making this Malaysian celebration of the MINI a little bit more different from the other celebrations of this iconic car, and brand elsewhere.
Monday, July 15, 2019
Over 400 Volkswagen Beetle Cars Come Together for the Beetle, An Iconic Gathering, held at Putrajaya
Last weekend, 405 Volkswagen Beetle from many different variants came together for the 'Beetle, An Iconic Gathering' event at Putrajaya. The gathering on 13th July 2019 was organised by official Volkswagen distributors here, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) and it was joined by Beetle owners from up north in Perlis to down south in Johor Bahru making it one of the largest gatherings for what is arguably the ultimate automotive icon.
Sunday, July 14, 2019
Industry News - Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Welcomes New Head of Sales & Marketing for Mercedes-Benz Cars
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia had recently announced the appointment of Michael Jopp as the new Head of Sales & Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Malaysia & SEA II beginning 1st July of 2019. Mr. Jopp’s appointment comes into effect as the incumbent, Mark Raine completes four years tenure in Malaysia who is now based in South Korea where is he is now the Vice President of Product & Marketing at Mercedes-Benz Korea.
The 8th Generation Porsche 911 (Type 992) Has Been Launched - Carrera S & Carrera 4S Variants Now Available for Order
The official distributors of Porsche in Malaysia, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), launched the new, eight generation Porsche 911 at the Sepang International Circuit last Friday, the 12th of July 2019. The launch coincided with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) race series weekend here where race versions of the 911 will be competing against one another. The Porsche 911 GT3 Cup is used (with the new car as the Safety car seen below),and these GT3 Cup cars will compete in rounds 6, 7 and 8 of the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) race series. Anyway, two variants of the new Type 992 Porsche 911 were announced for the moment, the 911 Carerra S and the 911 Carerra 4S variants.
Friday, July 12, 2019
Volkswagen Beetle Collector's Edition Launched to Commemorate the End of Production of this Iconic Model - Only 75 Units Available
All good things come to an end. The current iteration of the Volkswagen New Beetle is in its final legs of production as Volkswagen had announced that 2019 will be its final year of production. So as a wrap up to a illustrious production run and its sale here in Malaysia, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has unveiled an homage to the Bug with the exclusive Collector’s Edition Beetle. Only 75 units of this Beetle will be on sale in this special final edition specification.
The Facelifted BMW 7 Series Has Been Launched with One Variant for Now - The 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence
Aside from launching their new flagship SUV, the BMW X7 SAV, BMW Malaysia had finally unveiled the New BMW 7 Series. Sporting some restyled bits, notably the more prominent front end, the New BMW 7 Series will be offered here in only one variant for now, - the BMW 740Le xDrive Pure Excellence variant. This is a new-generation Plug-In Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) which has a range of around 46km in electric mode and will cost interested parties RM594,000 before any insurance.
BMW Malaysia has launched the First-Ever BMW X7 luxury SUV here in Malaysia.This is the largest BMW SUV series to date.BMW calls this their luxury-class BMW Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) which they believe will set a new benchmark in the luxury segment. We get one variant - the BMW X7 xDrive40i Pure Excellence and its asking price is RM 888,800.00 before insurance. It was launched together with the facelifted 7 Series on the 11th of July 2019.
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Upcoming Events - Art of Speed 2019 - Malaysia's Premier Old Skool & Kustom Kulture Automotive Event At MAEPS Serdang on the 27th & 28th July 2019
The Art of Speed is back for 2019. The show is Malaysia’s premier Old-Skool & Kustom Kulture event and it basically returns for its eighth edition, bringing with it a showcase of locally-built customised cars and bikes, art gallery, interactive activities and exciting lucky draw giveaways that visitors have come to enjoy. It is scheduled to happen at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS), on 27 July 2019 (10:00 am – 11:00 pm) and 28 July 2019 (10:00 am –7:00 pm).
Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Shell Malaysia's ‘Anda Beli, Kami Derma’ Raya Charity Campaign 2019 Concludes - RM1.92Million to Go To National Cancer Society, Food Aid Foundation & Malaysian Nature Society
The recent ‘Anda Beli, Kami Derma’ Raya Charity Campaign by Shell Malaysia had managed to raise a grand total of RM1.92million. The campaign, which is in its fifth year, had ran for ten (10) days between 30 May 2019 to 8 June 2019 this time around in an effort to spread the spirit of caring and sharing during the ‘balik kampung’ season.
Goodyear Malaysia Promotes Sustainability by Installing 6,680 Solar Panels At Its Corporate Office and Production Plant
Goodyear Malaysia recently installed 6,680 solar panels to power its corporate office as well as production plant in Shah Alam. This is a truly noble effort in sustainability which is still sorely lacking in corporate Malaysia. The solar panels are capable of producing 2.5-megawatts of power and is connected to six Low Voltage (LV) substations that are located within the plant