Wednesday, March 27, 2019

New 2nd Generation Suzuki Ertiga in Thailand - The One We Won't Get

This, is the newly launched second generation Suzuki Ertiga compact MPV. It has only very recently been launched over in Thailand. I managed to take take a look at it as it was in display in Huahin, where I was holidaying.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

PROTON and ALHAJ Automotive to Set Up CKD assembly plant for Proton vehicles in Pakistan

PROTON seems to be going places under the helm of its Geely-Proton management. Recently, they entered into an agreement for the first ever CKD assembly plant for Proton vehicles in Pakistan. The event was officiated recently when the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, His Excellency Mr Imran Khan, signed a ceremonial marble plaque at an event held in Islamabad, Pakistan. This happened during Tun Mahathir's recent visit to Pakistan earlier this March.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Volvo Car Unveils the Refreshed 2019 Volvo XC90 SUV - Production Starts in May & is now Available for Order in All Volvo Markets Globally

Volvo Cars has unveiled a refreshed version of its best-selling XC90 large SUV, the company’s top-of-the-line flagship, adding a newly-developed fuel-saving engine option that marks the next step in the company’s ambitious electrification strategy. The refreshed XC90 will now offer Volvo’s advanced kinetic energy recovery braking system, which is coupled with its existing internal combustion engines to create a new integrated electrified powertrain, under its new ‘B’ badge. A first time on the XC90.

Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Gets its Malaysian Launch

The new Aston Martin DBS Superleggera has been launched here in Malaysia. Aston Martin has revived its 'DBS' moniker with this car (first used in 1967 with the Aston Martin DBS) as well as using the 'Superleggera' name which pays homage to the innovative lightweight construction methods pioneered by Italian coachbuilder, Touring. Truth be told, it does deserve both iconic names, as the new DBS Superleggera is indeed drop dead gorgeous.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Line is Now Offered in Malaysia - Price Estimated from RM633,888 onwards

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) is now offering the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 AMG Line in two options - a 5 seater and as a 7 Seater for those that need to carry more or just like having more seats inside their SUVs. Right now, MBM estimates that it will be priced from RM633,888 on the road, without insurance when it goes on sale pending final pricing from the government.

Camel Power Malaysia Launches the Camel Power Battery - Largest Battery Manufacturing Plant in Malaysia to Open by June 2019 Creating New Jobs for People in Kuantan

Camel Power Malaysia, is a newly established Malaysian arm of the Camel Group Co. Ltd from China. This is a company that manufactures and distributes automotive batteries to a full range of automotive batteries for cars, trucks, buses and agricultural equipment. It has decided to officially launch the brand here at the recent Automechanika Kuala Lumpur 2019 exhibition at the KLCC Convention Centre. Aside from launching the Camel Power brand here, the company also took the opportunity to announce the ongoing construction of the Camel Power manufacturing plant in Kuantan, Pahang. Once completed it is slated to be the largest automobile battery manufacturing plant in Malaysia.

The Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupe AMG Line is Now Locally Assembled in Malaysia - Estimated Pricing from RM 399,888

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has introduced another locally-assembled SUV into its line-up. This time it is the Mercedes-Benz GLC 300 Coupé AMG Line. With an estimated price of RM399,888 (before insurance), this SUV Coupe, or coupe SUV,  is powered by a 2.0 litre turbocharged engine which makes 245 hp and 370Nm and it is definitely makes more power than the previous locally-assembled GLC 250 Coupé, which made do with 211hp

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia Launches the 2019 Triumph Speed Twin, Street Twin, Street Scrambler, Scrambler XC & Scrambler XE

Earlier this evening, Triumph Motorcycles Malaysia decided to launch five new 2019 models for the Malaysian market at a special event that saw the four of the motorcycles ‘unboxed’ in front of the media and invited guests. The 2019 Triumph `Modern Classics’ are the new Street Twin, Street Scrambler, Scrambler XC, Scrambler XE and Speed Twin are priced from RM55,900, RM64,900, RM80,900, RM86,900 and RM73,900 respectively. All prices quoted are inclusive of 10% sales and service tax.

Motorcycles - Bonhams to Auction off Some Rare V-Twin Motorcycles at the International Classic Motorcycle Show, 27-28 April 2019 in Stafford, England

1924 Brough Superior 980cc SS80

Bonhams, one of the world's largest and most renowned auctioneers who are renowned for offering fine art and antiques, motor cars and jewellery to the highest bidder has an interesting motorcycle themed auction coming this April 2019 over in Stafford, England. The auction, called the Bonhams annual Spring Stafford Sale is a two-day affair and it will be held at the International Classic MotorCycle Show in Stafford on 27 and 28 April 2019. The  auction will offer a variety of machinery, hard-to-find spares and important memorabilia with more than 600 lots up for bid. Of course, if you over in Stafford at that point of time, there is this notable auction as well as the classic motorcycle show to go visit! Notable brands include Brough Superior, MV Augusta, Coventry Eagle and more.

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Video: Short One Where the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Gets Started Up Post Launch Event

This is a short video I'd like to share with you folks. The 8 gets started up right after the launch event ends. After dinner, the chaps at BMW Malaysia started up the M850i xDrive for a bit. Both of the cars were started up and we got to hear is sing. A little. Not a whole lot as this was a static display and we all know engines like this sing best when there is some load put to it. 

Monday, March 18, 2019

Perodua Aiming for the Aruz to Top SUV Sales in Sabah & Sarawak / Perodua Aruz TransBorneo Convoy is Ongoing - 16th to 22nd March 2019

Perodua has announced that is would like for their new SUV, the Perodua Aruz, to top the SUV sales charts over in Sabah and Sarawak. The two states, make up East Malaysia and is a predominantly SUV-driven market. This new target by Perodua was announced at the flag off for the Perodua Aruz TransBorneo Convoy, where six Perodua Aruz will travel from Kuching, Sarawak to Tawau in Sabah. This is a 1,500km journey and should be a journey that will prove the capabilities of the Aruz SUV for the people over there.

‘Renault Test Drive Challenge’ Rewards 85 lucky winners

(from left) Rohazlin binti Zukkafli, Amran Md Shaari, TCEC Chairman Nicholas Tan, Mohamed Al-Azadi Aljohari, an executive from GoCar, TCEC Head of Sales Wong Hoe Mun, Ganesh Kumar Manokara and Siti Noriah binti Arshad.

Recently, TC Euro Cars (TCEC), who officially sell  Renault vehicles here in Malaysia, concluded their ‘Renault Test Drive Challenge’ with a prize presentation ceremony to 85 lucky winners. These lucky people test drove Renault vehicles, whether at Renault showrooms or through choosing to rent a Renault under GoCar and by doing so within the promo period, won lots of prizes. Five grand prizes which were brand new Apple iPhones XS in addition to 50 petrol gift cards worth RM100 each and 30 exclusive Renault gift packs were given away.

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Perodua Clarifies Details on the Perodua Bezza Estimated Service Costs - They Say It Should Be Calculated Differently

There have been news articles or reports published recently that Perodua Bezza service costs are estimated at being 32% higher than those of the Proton Persona. So Perodua has now issued a press release where they  wish to clarify that the information used by certain online portals on their  service details is inaccurate and misleading. The media reports, posted on 11 March 2019, had illustrated the difference between the five-year service costs of the Proton Persona and two other car models, purportedly the Perodua Bezza and Honda City.

Friday, March 15, 2019

Naza College of Technology and Business is Offering Up to 30% Discounts in College Tuition Fees at their Open Day

Naza College of Technology and Business is a wholly subsidiary of the Naza Group. The private college offers a path into a career in the automotive industry with their diploma courses related to the industry. The college is offering up to 30% discounts on tuition fee during their Open Day which is happening every weekend from now until 7 th April 2019.

The Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2019 Will Happen on 20th June to 22nd June 2019 at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) .

The Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2019 will be happening from 20th June to 22nd June 2019 at the Malaysia International Exhibition & Convention Centre (MIECC) . This is the fourth installment of the biennial event for all sorts of commercial vehicles. This time, the theme for the exhibition is ‘The Future of Transportation in Malaysia’ and around 60 exhibitors will take part in displaying their latest products and innovation.

Been Busy With My Automotive Blog and Videos - Here's a Pic of Some of the Gear I Use

I have been extremely busy with automotive related events these past few months. I have also been growing the Motoring Malaysia YouTube channel and producing videos for it over the past year or so. 
It has been a steep learning for me as I had to learn video editing and other stuff related to it. 

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The Limited Edition Maserati Levante Vulcano is Launched - 10 Units for the Malaysian Market [with VIDEO Feat. the Maserati MC12]

Naza Italia and Maserati have been in a working partnership for 10 years! The Malaysian distributor of Maserati recently celebrated this milestone by launching the Maserati Levante Vulcano, a limited run Levante SUV here. The Levante Vulcano is limited to 150 units globally and in conjunction with the 10 year anniversary of the Naza Italia - Maserati partnership, Maserati have kindly alloted 10 units of this unique SUV for the Malaysian market.

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Introduces the Hybrid Battery Extended Warranty Programme for E 300 BlueTEC hybrid and S 400 h - A MUST TAKE if you are an Owner

Recently, a photo of a quotation price for the replacement hybrid battery of a Mercedes-Benz E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid was making rounds in social media. It stated a price of over RM120,000 for the battery and many people jumped, choked, spat out their coffee, muttered under their breath and other things. This was because of the sky high price. But fret not, in their pursuit towards providing the best ownership experience for our customers in 2018-2019, Mercedes-Benz Malaysia have introduced the Hybrid Battery Extended Warranty programme for the E300 BlueTEC Hybrid and S400h limousines. Those who own these vehicles better take this package if your cars are coming out of warranty already.

Promotion: Buy a New Mitsubishi Outlander or ASX You May Win a Holiday to Either Cherating, Janda Baik, Desaru or Cameron Highlands

Now could be a good time to buy that new Mitsubishi Outlander SUV or ASX Compact SUV. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) is offering a holiday package to either Cherating, Janda Baik, Desaru or Cameron Highlands to selected customers who buy a new Mitsubishi Outlander or ASX . But hurry, the promotion is valid until 31 March 2019 only with the usual terms and conditions applicable.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

BMW Launches The 8 - A New 8 Series After a Long Absence with the M850i xDrive as the Sole Variant Offered in Malaysia

Yesterday I attended BMW Group Malaysia's launch of The 8. This, like The 7, is not like a 3, 5, or even an X5, is the flagship coupe in BMW's premium vehicle lineup.  The 8, in this 850i form, is fitted with a 4.4 liter V8 engine coupled to the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system and BMW Efficient Lightweight design measures. According to BMW, this New 8 series, the second after many, many years, is BMW's entry once again into the full-sized grand touring, sports coupe segment.

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

PROTON Unveils the 2019 Proton Persona Facelift to the Media - Persona 1.6 Premium CVT Test Drive (Video) & Exclusive Online Booking Now Open Till 22nd March 2019 at RM9.90 Only

The 2019 Proton Persona facelift was officially unveiled to the Malaysian media yesterday and we also managed a test drive of the Persona 1.6 Premium CVT. This comes about eleven days after PROTON unveiled the 2019 Proton Iriz facelift. The whole preview process was held at PROTON’s Malaysia Design Centre and test track in Shah Alam. It was deja vu. Except this time the Iriz had become a Persona, which is essentially an Iriz with a boot. Since this is a facelift, the changes were down to the exterior styling, the addition of the voice command GKUI Infotainment system and some minor changes or quality improvements to 303 parts inside the facelifted Persona. 

Monday, March 11, 2019

Video: Taxi Ride with Hiroshi Masuoka - Two Time Dakar Rally Champion at Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia's 4Sure Thrill Roadshow

We had the privilege to be taken for a taxi ride by Hiroshi Masuoka (above, middle), Two Time, Consecutive Dakar Rally Champion 2003-2004 in the new 2019 Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck at the 4Sure Thrill roadshow organised by Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) over the weekend at Setia City Convention Centre. Aside from the obvious, which was Masuoka San's driving, the new Triton was actually quite good.

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Hyundai Has Revealed Images of the Upcoming 8th Generation Hyundai Sonata - Coupe-like Styling is Now Coming into Play

Hyundai Motor has shared with us pictures of the upcoming eight generation 2020 Model Year Hyundai Sonata. This time, the latest iteration of the Sonata embodies Hyundai’s latest design language called the Sensuous Sportiness design concept. It is a fully transformed vehicle following the release of the previous generation Sonata in 2014 which somehow did not catch the eye of the Malaysian consumer unlike the one prior to that. 

King Long & Malaysian Distributor TC Trucks Sales Launch the new King Long XMQ6120AS Bus Chassis

TC Trucks Sales Sdn Bhd (“TC Trucks Sales”), a subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (“Tan Chong Motor”) who are the sole and exclusive distributor, assembler and after sales provider of China bus manufacturer, Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co Ltd (“King Long”) has launched the new King Long XMQ6120AS bus chassis. This new bus chassis will be available in two chassis variants, the premium XMQ6120AS-P and standard XMQ6120AS-S. This new bus is aimed at fleet owners and tour and travel operators.

Friday, March 08, 2019

Mitsubishi 4 Sure Thrill event on tomorrow - Here's a video on what to expect

We were at the media preview of tomorrow's Mitsubishi 4 Sure Thrill  roadshow featuring the New 2019 Mitsubishi Triton. Not bad event to go to if you are free tomorrow and Sunday (9-10 March 2019).

Thursday, March 07, 2019

MINI Connected App with 4G SIM Technology Introduced - Also Announced New Prices of MINI Cars in Malaysia

The new generation MINI Connected application / software assistance with built-in 4G SIM technology has just been introduced in Malaysia. MINI Connected will enable owners to integrate their MINI more seamlessly into their digital lifestyle. Also, together with the introduction of this new application for added connectivity, MINI Malaysia has also announced the latest prices for all MINI cars here in Malaysia (OTR without Insurance).

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia Updates the Volkswagen Tiguan with a New Active Info Display and LED Taillights

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has announced that the Volkswagen Tiguan will receive upgrades in the form of a new 2019 Active Info Display (AID) and LED taillights. According to the authorised distributors of Volkswagen cars here the Tiguan with the upgrades will officially be equipped on all Tiguan units from March 2019 onwards. 

Perodua Contributes Three Units of the Perodua Bezza Sedan to the Selangor Police

Recently, compact car manufacturer Perodua, contributed three units of their popular compact sedan, the Perodua Bezza to the Selangor Police Contingent (IPK Selangor) for use as patrol cars. The three Bezza sedans have been outfitted with police equipment including radios and beacon lamps, and each of them has been assigned to the Selangor Contingent Headquarters (IPK Selangor), the Bukit Aman Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department (JPJKK Bukit Aman) and the Hulu Selangor District Police (IPD Hulu Selangor) respectively. This is one way Perodua has decided to give back to the state it has been manufacturing its cars in.

‘The French Experience’- Purchase Selected Renault models and Be Rewarded with a trip for two to Paris.

Wow! TC Euro Cars (TCEC), the sole franchise holder for Renault vehicles in Malaysia, have announced ‘The French Experience’ sales campaign. This actually offers those who purchase selected Renault models a trip for two to Paris. You get to experience eating croissants in Paris courtesy of Renault! All you have to do is buy a Renault Koleos SUV or the Renault Captur compact crossover from TCEC during the campaing period which started on the 1st of March and will end on 30th April 2019.

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Launches New E-Class Variants for the Malaysian Market - E 350 AMG Line, E 300 Exclusive & E 200 SPORTSTYLE Avantgarde

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) had earlier today unveiled new variants for their Mercedes-Benz E-Class line-up. The new variants for the Malaysian market are the all-new Mercedes-Benz E 350 AMG Line as well as the Mercedes-Benz E 200 SPORTSTYLE Avantgarde and the Mercedes-Benz E 300 Exclusive Line. These variants are priced at RM399,888 for the E 350 AMG Line as well as estimated prices for the new E 200 SPORTSTYLE Avantgarde at RM329,888 and RM 379,888 for the E300 Exclusive Line. 

HINO Malaysia Special: 3 Ways on How HINO Promotes Road Safety in Malaysia

Hino buses and trucks shares the roads with other road users. These includes pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists, cars as well as other buses, trucks and heavy vehicles which also use the road. Because of this, Hino is serious about road safety especially when their vehicles interact with people on a daily basis at all times. As one of the oldest motor vehicle manufacturer in Japan, and also part of the Toyota Group, Hino is committed to excellence. 

Video: Our Test Drive & Review of the Facelifted 2019 Mercedes-Benz C 300 AMG-Line (W205) - Probably the Best Sports Sedan on Sale Today

This is our test drive review of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz C300 AMG-Line (W205) Facelift. We had tried this out at the Malaysian media launch of the facelifted C-Class last November 2018 and we loved it! 

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Upcoming Events - Mitsubishi 4Sure Thrill Event on 9 & 10 March 2019 at Setia City Convention Centre Outdoor Carpark - Experience the Triton and more

Mitsubishi Roadshow coming up folks!!! This time, Mitsubishi Motor Malaysia wants to bring you some Dakar Rally style experience at their Mitsubishi 4Sure Thrill event with two-time Dakar Rally champion Hiroshi Masuoka from Japan and Malaysian Motorsports Athlete, Leona Chin. The event will be happening on the 9th & 10th of March 2019 (Saturday-Sunday) at the Setia City Convention Centre, Outdoor carpark from 10am-8pm. Admission is free. So if  you have nothing much to do this weekend, head over there.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

Video: Review & Test Drive of the 2019 Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT Facelift - At the Media Unveiling of the Iriz

Now aside from the 2019 Proton Iriz facelift media unveiling article which I linked here, I also have a video review made on the recently unveiled facelifted 2019 Proton Iriz! Yes, I managed to put together a video review of the test drive I had with the soon to be launched Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT.  Watch the video below folks!

Friday, March 01, 2019

Upcoming Events: Malaysia Autoshow 2019 will return this 11th to 14th April 2019

The Malaysia Autoshow 2019 will return this 11th to 14th April 2019, and like the ones before this, the autoshow will be held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS).The Malaysia Autoshow 219 is themed "Mobility for All".  As always, it will showcase the latest vehicles on the market and it will be highlighting the advances in technology, safety and comfort of vehicles sold within the Malaysian market. Aside from that, it will be focusing on the latest industry trends as the world moves towards connected mobility.