Sunday, June 30, 2019

The New BMW M2 Competition is Launched - We Get to Try it Out on the Sepang Circuit and it is Sublime!!!

I was lucky to have been invited to the launch of the New BMW M2 Competition over at the Sepang Circuit last friday, the 28th of June 2019. BMW Malaysia had decided to introduce the newest BMW M Car over at Sepang at a BMW Driving Experience session which was held over the weekend. This new compact coupe is a complete premium performance vehicle which BMW designed to set new records in precision driving. After driving this around Sepang I think it will. More of that later.

Ford Ranger Named ‘2019 Malaysia Pick-up Truck of the Year’ at the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards

The Ford Ranger has won another award here in Malaysia. Ford's global pickup truck has been named ‘2019 Malaysia Pick-up Truck of the Year’ at the Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards hosted recently in Kuala Lumpur. Sime Darby Auto ConneXion, the sole distributor of Ford in Malaysia beat out the others on the Awards’ criteria, which not only included the Ranger itself, but also criteria such as growth, market share, marketing strategy, selling points and key competitive advantages. 

All-New DS 7 Crossback SUV- Uniqueness at RM199,888 On the Road

The All-New DS 7 Crossback SUV has been launched in Malaysia by the Malaysian distributors, Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd. This is a premium SUV by PSA Group's newest brand, DS. It has been  designed to express refinement, excellence and French know-how with the purpose to bring French luxury into the SUV market.

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Isuzu Wants to Reward High Mileage D-Max Owners - Submit Your Details by 31st July 2019 and Stand a Chance to Win RM15,000

Isuzu Malaysia have announced their intention to reward high mileage D-Max pickup truck owners! The company is eager to reach out to D-Max owners who have clocked high mileage with their pickup trucks and reward them in the Super Mileage Challenge which is ongoing until the 31st of July 2019. If your entry is chosen, you may stand the chance to win the RM15,000 grand prize.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Shell Malaysia Launches Two New Shell Advance AX7 Semi-Synthetic Motorcycle Engine Oil Variants

Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd had launched two new variants of their popular Shell Advance AX7 semi-synthetic motorcycle engine oil. These are the new Shell Advance AX7 10W-30 and 15W-50 which add to the existing Shell Advance AX7 10W-40. The two new variants are both priced at RM33.90 per 1-litre pack (recommended retail price). So there are now three different grades of the AX7 engine oil.

Offers & Promotions: KIA Pre-Owned Fest at the Naza Automall PJ - 28th-30th June 2019

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, will be holding a carnival-themed Kia Pre-Owned Fest at the Naza Automall in Petaling Jaya on the 28th to the 30th of June 2019. There will be about 200 pre-owned Kia cars available for sale with prices starting from as low as RM8,000 depending on certain terms and conditions of course, as well as other deals on offer. It could be interesting on what's on sale at that super low price.

Hino Showcases the Poncho Minibus at MCVE 2019 - Together the the Upcoming 700 Series Prime Mover with AMT Gearbox!

If you folks have been following Motoring-Malaysia's YouTube Channel, you'd already know that I had recently uploaded the preview of the Hino Poncho low-floor minibus at the Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019 held over at MIECC in Kuala Lumpur recently. Hino's Malaysian subsidiary, Hino Motors Sales Malaysia had participated in the expo in a big way and displayed a few of their vehicles, namely the Hino Poncho minibus as well as a preview of the upcoming Hino 700 Series Prime Mover AMT.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

UMW Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation Celebrates 50 Years of Local Production in Malaysia

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) is a successful Malaysian incorporated joint-venture company between UMW Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). Today, the company and their stakeholders celebrated 50 years of local production in Malaysia with a special ceremony held at the company's newest manufacturing facility in Bukit Raja, Klang, Selangor. The historic event was graced by His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, The Sultan of Selangor and Her Royal Highness Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor.  

MCVE 2019: MAN Malaysia Unveils a MAN XLION Special Model - Aimed at Simplifying Business with Special Equipment & Comprehensive Aftersales Packages

MAN Truck and Bus (M) Sdn Bhd (MAN) had presented their MAN XLION special model at the recently concluded Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2019. This new MAN truck model with its tailor made equipment and aftersales package is in line with their motto of ‘Simplifying Business’. The MAN TGS 33.480 in the XLION package was displayed. It is a 6x4 prime mover, with its XLION lion design on the sides of the truck.

Daihatsu Malaysia launches Daihatsu Business Fleet Program & Displays Gran Max Light Commercial Van at MCVE 2019

More news from the recent Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019 (MCVE 2019). This time the news is about Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) which launched the Daihatsu Business Fleet Program at the Expo. The program is designed  to provide innovative end-to-end aftersales service solutions for small to medium businesses as well as those with larger fleets.

Upcoming Events: Beetle, An Iconic Gathering - Calling all Beetle Owners for the Largest Beetle Gathering This 13th July 2019

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) will be organizing the Beetle, An Iconic Gathering. The event will be considered to be the first official Volkswagen Beetle gathering in Malaysia as VPCM is the official distributors of Volkswagen here. This upcoming event welcomes the participation of Beetle owners from all walks of life in celebration of this automotive and style icon. It will be held at the open-air carpark at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya this 13th of July 2019.

UD Trucks Launches the Refreshed Quester Heavy Duty Truck - ESCOT Automated Manual Transmission Now Offered for the First Time in Malaysia

One of the more notable launches at the recently held Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019  was the Malaysian launch of the refreshed UD Quester heavy duty truck. The new Quester represents an evolution of the Quester, a truck first launched in 2013, updated slightly in 2016 and now into something which is designed to cater to the latest needs in land transport. The new refreshed truck builds on its proven robustness and reliability,and introduces key features such as UD's ESCOT automated manual transmission, retarder, electrical cab tilt, engines with higher horse- power and user-friendly telematics. 

Monday, June 24, 2019

Volvo Trucks Malaysia at MCVE 2019 - Launch of Uptime Promise, Active Safety Package & Hosting the MCVE Electromobility Panel Discussion

Volvo Trucks Malaysia has actually launched a service program that ensures their customer's vehicles can be serviced or repaired in under 12 hours or a monetary compensation is given! This is definitely believing in their products.  This was launched at the recently held Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019 (MCVE 2019). Aside from the Uptime Promise service package at the expo, the Swedish manufacturer also launched their new Active Safety Package and hosted the MCVE Electromobility Panel discussion on how electrified vehicles will shape the future of Malaysian transportation.

The Uptime Promise

MCVE 2019: Scania - Signing the first Asian Ecolution Agreement with Aone Logistics, the Scania Display area & Other Happenings

Many things happened with Scania at the recent Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo 2019 (MCVE 2019). The first thing was the entrance of the Scania truck driven by Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director, Marie Sjödin Enström Scania Malaysia into the lobby of the exhibition centre with Dato’ Kamarudin Jaffar, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Transport in the passenger seat as part of the opening launch gambit. Then, Aone Logistics Sdn Bhd  (above) signed the first Scania Ecolution truck agreement in Asia after the official launch of MCVE 2019.

Sunday, June 23, 2019

MICHELIN Energy XM2+ Launched - The Latest Affordable Small and Mid-Sized Car Tyre by Michelin is Now Available

MICHELIN recently unveiled the MICHELIN Energy XM2+ tyre for the affordable and budget conscious customer here in Malaysia. Michelin Energy XM2+ is designed with ultimate safety both when new and throughout its useful life as well as being developed to outperform the previous generation XM2 series of tyre it replaces in wet braking - an important feature needed in Malaysia where it rains cats and dogs very often. 

The 2019 Porsche Macan is Now Officially in Malaysia - Prices Start at RM455,000

I was lucky to have attended the Malaysian launch of the all-new, second generation Porsche Macan on the 21st June 2019 at Porsche Centre Sungai Besi. The Macan is Porsche's compact SUV / crossover vehicle and it has been a top seller almost everywhere since it was launched back in 2014. This is likely because it is the most affordable, practical Porsche on sale today and that it is actually easier for the men to fork out the dosh for one as their other half, would likely agree as they can drive it also...if compared to a 911 GT3 RS. So it was no shock to me that it was announced that the car already had very high demand from customers. 

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Malaysian Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) 2019 Opens its Doors to Trade Visitors - Focusing on Future Transport Solutions Today

The fourth edition of the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE) opened earlier today .The (now ongoing) three day event has around 70 local and international exhibitors which displayed their latest crop of vehicles and product as well as working on MCVE's theme this year which focused on future transport solutions in the commercial vehicle industry. 

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

BMW Malaysia, Safe ‘n Sound and Childline Foundation to subsidise 150 infant child car seats.

As part of the fifth edition of the BMW Safety 360° Programme, BMW Malaysia has partnered with Childline Foundation, a non-profit organisation focused on the awareness and education of child safety and protection – to introduce ‘From Day One’ campaign. This is aimed at advocating the importance of child car seats, especially for newborns. BMW Malaysia, Safe ‘n Sound and Childline Foundation to subsidise 150 infant child car seats as part of this campaign which is important as many Malaysians seem to take the child safety in passenger cars very lightly.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia continues its nationwide Raya Open House- the “Togetherness” Raya celebration on 22nd June 2019

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia continues its nationwide Raya Open House- the “Togetherness” Raya celebration at all of its dealerships. It happens this weekend, the 22nd of June, 2019, Saturday from 11am till 5pm. You can test drive available Volkswagen models and take advantage on amazing Hari Raya sales and aftersales deals.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Second Generation Porsche Macan To Be Unveiled in Malaysia on 21st June 2019

Sime Darby Auto Performance, the folks who are the authorised distributor of Porsche cars here in Malaysia have announced that the second generation Porsche Macan will be unveiled in Malaysia on 21st June 2019 at the Porsche Centre Sungai Besi. The new 2019 Macan with Premium Package is now available for booking at all Porsche Centres with the price starting from RM 455,000 (after tax but before road tax, registration fee and insurance), inclusive of a four-year warranty, and free maintenance package including parts and labour. 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Previews the New EQC Electric Vehicle - Scheduled To Be On Sale Here in 2020

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has made Malaysia the first Southeast Asian appearance of the Mercedes-Benz EQC fully electric vehicle. This is the first Mercedes-Benz under the product and technology brand EQ,which will define the future of mobility according to the Three Pointed Star. Right now the EQC 400 has been previewed in Left-Hand Drive form and it should be on sale here sometime next year.

Friday, June 14, 2019

Isuzu Malaysia Launches The Latest Isuzu ELF and Isuzu Forward Trucks - Also Offering 6 Speed Automated Manual Transmissions (AMT) for ELF

Isuzu Malaysia has just launched new 2019 variants of their popular Isuzu Elf light duty truck and Forward medium duty truck variants. These are expected to be available 3rd quarter 2019.

These latest variants will be made available for sale from the third quarter of 2019 onwards and are expected to further increase the brand’s appeal, particularly in the light-duty commercial vehicle segment. Adding to this, some variants can be had with the 'Smoother' 6 speed automated manual transmission (AMT), like those used in large European prime movers, to make driving in traffic packed urban areas less of a chore.

Video - First Drive in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e Plug-in Hybrid S-Class

Hello folks. This is our first drive in the new 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560e Plug-in Hybrid S-Class. A short drive around a circuit that was set up at an airstrip, but we managed some fun, high speed driving nonetheless. [Launch article and specs are HERE]

Thursday, June 13, 2019

The New 2019 Mercedes-Benz S560 e Plug-in Hybrid is Now Offered in Malaysia - RM658,888+++

-New variant of Mercedes-Benz’s flagship model, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S 560 e is the first ever S-Class plug in hybrid in Malaysia featuring state of the art safety and assistance systems and is priced at RM658,888 onwards.

-The 2019 S560e Hybrid system has a total system output of up to 475 hp - A combination of 367 hp of the 3.0 V6 petrol engine and 122hp of the EQ Power. 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds, with an all-electric range of up to 50 km.

So Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has launched a new hybrid S-Class after a short absence. The 2019 S 560 e joins the Malaysian S-Class line-up. The latest model is a new generation of plug-in hybrid that offers customers the best of both worlds where it can be driven on battery power alone in the city and on the combustion engine when on longer drives. The new S560e can do 50km on electric power alone.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

BMW Group Malaysia, ParkEasy, Shell Malaysia and Sunway Group introduce New Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays - First At Sunway Pyramid & Expanding to Other Sunway Complexes Nationwide

BMW Group Malaysia, ParkEasy, Shell Malaysia and Sunway Group introduce New Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays. 

BMW Group Malaysia earlier today unveiled the new Reserve + Shell Recharge Bays at Sunway Pyramid today. This new venture was done together in partnership with ParkEasy, Shell Malaysia and Sunway Group. The launch of the new parking arrangement via a smartphone or mobile device application forms part of BMW Group Malaysia’s ongoing efforts to drive e-mobility or Visionary Mobility forward in Malaysia. 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Video Test Drive - 2019 Proton Exora Premium 1.6T CVT - Find Out What We Think About It By Watching the Video Review!!

A new video is out on our YouTube channel. This time its our experience trying out the slightly refreshed 2019 Proton Exora Premium 1.6 T(Turbo) CVT during the recent media test drive up to Bukit Tinggi, Pahang and back to Shah Alam. It was short, but we did manage to find out some new things about the C Segment 7 Seater MPV.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Sixth BMW Motorrad Night Fuel Malaysia Will Happen This 22nd June 2019 At The Base, Sempang Airport, Sg Besi

BMW Motorrad Malaysia's  Sixth BMW Motorrad Night Fuel Malaysia - 22nd June 2019 7.00PM to 11.00PM

BMW Motorrad fans in Malaysia rejoice! The Sixth Edition of the largest gathering of premium motorcycle enthusiasts will happen at the former RMAF Airbase, the Sempang Airport in Sungai Besi, Kuala Lumpur. The BMW Motorrad Night Fuel Malaysia event returns to Kuala Lumpur once again in 2019 after making its round at other venues throughout Malaysia since it first started in 2016. 

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Trucks - Isuzu Malaysia Delivers 61 New Isuzu ELF NPR Light Duty Trucks to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB)

Isuzu Malaysia recently delivered 61 new units of their light duty trucks, the Isuzu ELF NPR75UKHW (Crew Cab), to Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB).  The handover of the new trucks was held at the Glenmarie Golf & Country Club.  Automotive Corporation Malaysia Sdn Bhd (ACM), an authorised dealer of Isuzu Malaysia were the dealers that the trucks were procured from.

Daihatsu to Display 2019 Gran Max Panel Van AT at the Upcoming Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE 2019)

The Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE 2019) is coming at the end of the month.  The commercial vehicle expo will take place from 20th to 22nd June 2019 at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) and it the largest tradeshow for such vehicles. Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) will be displaying their 2019 Gran Max Panel Van there this time around.

Tuesday, June 04, 2019

Selamat Hari Raya - Site Updates and Do Note that We Have Not Been Quiet..We're on YouTube!

Videos - 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe preview - 2019 Proton Iriz Facelift Test Drive - 2019 Proton Persona Facelift Test Drive- 2019 Proton Exora Launch, Prices & Details

Selamat Hari Raya AidilFitri...Maaf Zahir & Batin. No updates here but we have not been quiet during this month of Ramadhan. We did quite a few videos over on YouTube folks so while we have been taking a break from writing, we have not been stopping doing videos, which is why I do suggest you people subscribe to the Motoring Malaysia channel over on YouTube.

I have to say that YouTube is the future as more and more people like moving pictures. It isn't as easy to produce compared to writing but both have their challenges. Personally, writing is nice as it allows your poetic side to use words to convey a picture within one's mind. As for video, it is easier to record, but on a personal note, I prefer to make our videos have better production values rather than just doing one long take and talking about a certain vehicle.

Note that I do like editing my videos so that it becomes somewhat like a mini documentary with a lot of B-Roll showing the vehicles rather than just a hand doing a walkaround.

Anyway, here are some of the videos which I have not updated here as yet. There is one on the facelifted Proton Iriz & Persona and on the newly available for sale here in Malaysia, 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe SUV. Not forgetting we have the launch video of the slightly revised 2019 Proton Exora 1.6 Turbo 

We should be active again after hibernating during this fasting month!!! Stay tuned for more videos!