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 Upgrades its Fleet With 23 new Scania Buses

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

New Toyota 3S Outlet Operated by Unitedstar Corporation Opens in Nilai, Negeri Sembilan

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.

New Proton 3S Dealership Opens in Tebobon, Kota Kinabalu

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.

Site Update: Our Videos Are On DriveTribe Reviews - Two of 'Em Actually!

We are on 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 Trial Runs the HINO Poncho MiniBus - A Minibus in the Klang Valley, Brings Back Memories

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.

New Hyundai 3S Centre Opens in Klang

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.

Monday, October 21, 2019

HINO Malaysia and Dealer Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles Officially Open The HINO Port Klang 3S Centre

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) has officially opened their upgraded Hino Centre located in Port Klang. The centre, operated by their authorised dealers, Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd has been upgraded from a Sales only centre to a 3S (Sales, Services & Spare Parts) centre.  The new centre adds more customer facilities in Port Klang and adds to Hino's concept of Total Support where the new Hino 3S centre can provide customers with the best one-stop solution centre from the time the truck is sold and throughout the lifetime of its maintenance for the surrounding region.

RISDA Fleet Takes Delivery of 5 UD Quester 6x4 Prime Mover Trucks

RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd, the fleet management arm of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA), recently took delivery of five UD Quester Prime Mover trucks from UD Trucks via their Malaysian distributor partner, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE). These  comprised of three UD Quester 6x4 prime mover with tanker trailer and two units of UD Quester 6x4 prime mover with wooden cargo trailer.

Friday, October 18, 2019

The Latest Mercedes-AMG GT R & GT C Have Been Launched For The Malaysian Market

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has just launched the latest, and greatest production Mercedes-AMG cars here in Malaysia. These are the full fat, whipped cream with chocolate topping iced-latte, Mercedes-AMG GT R and the also as juicy but more livable, slightly low fat, GT C variant. They are now available for purchase at all Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Autohauses for RM RM 1,712,888 and RM 1,558,888 respectively. 

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Proton Cars Cover 710km on One Tank of Petrol in the 2nd Edition of the PROTON 1 Tank Adventure

710km - Kota Bahru to Johor Bahru on one tank of fuel. This is what happend in the 2nd edition of the PROTON 1 Tank Adventure. The fuel efficiency challenge finals concluded recently where the finalists completed an epic drive that set off from Kota Bharu in Kelantan, and all the way south to Johor Bahru. Real world conditions with time limits and a distance which was at least 50 over kilometers farther than the previous adventure last year. Amazing.

Happenings: Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) Buys 55 units of the Perodua Aruz AV

The Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) recently bought 55 units of the Perodua Aruz AV. This is the first time the seven seater 1.5liter powered SUV is bought by a government Ministry and it is also the SUV's first ever fleet deal.  

2020 BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe Unveiled - To Be Launched at the Los Angeles Motor Show in November 2019

BMW has now revealed photos and specifications of the all-new, first ever BWM 2 Series Gran Coupe. This is the 2 Series sedan with a lower roofline, much like its bigger brother Gran Coupes. The four-door coupe concept is now quite popular with German makes as it pushes sportiness over practicality. The world premiere of the new BMW will take place Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2019 and market launch is scheduled for March 2020 with initial prices in Germany starting €31,950 for the base variant, the BMW 218i. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

FLUX - The Newest All-Inclusive Monthly Car Subscription Service is Here - You Can Tailor Your Car Rental on a Monthly Basis and Change When You Want To

There is a new, very flexible, car leasing service that is now available here in Malaysia. It is called Flux, An All-Inclusive Monthly Car Subscription Service which basically allows you to drive around in a car without a loan and then change to another car when you feel like it. Unlike the hour to hour car sharing stuff popular these days, this is more like the cars you lease from leasing companies, but more flexible.

Who's Using What: Mpire Auto Group Chooses Shell Rimula For Their Engine Oil Needs

Mpire Auto Group, the people who officially sell and distribute Foton and JAC commercial vehicles in Malaysia, has chosen the Shell Rimula range of heavy-duty diesel engine oils as the official service-fill engine oil. Mpire currently sells the Foton View C2 and CS2 models of vans as well as the Foton Daimler Cummins engine equipped heavy duty truck and are also the exclusive distributor for JAC light trucks, which have Isuzu engines in them.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Scania NTG Test and Drive 2019 - Allowing Customers and Guests to Experience Scania's Latest Prime Mover

Last week Scania Southeast Asia held the Scania NTG Test and Drive 2019 where they invited customers, guests as well as members of the media to try out the newly launched (in Malaysia) Scania New Truck Generation series of prime movers. The event was held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) where both the NTG trucks and the overall event received praise from the invitees.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Style (X156) is Now Available - Attractively Prices at RM223,888 Onwards

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLA 200 Style (X156) variant is now on sale. This is based on the facelifted (2017 onwards) GLA Series of crossover vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and it sports a new 1.6L 4-Cylinder Turbocharged Engine. It features the Style Line exterior and interior trim which makes it an interesting proposition at RM223,888 before insurance. 

Hino Smart Driving Contest 2019 - The Second Hino Malaysia Truck Driver's Challenge Promotes Smart and Safe Driving Among Truckers

Last year Hino Motors Sales Malaysia Sdn Bhd organised the Hino Ultiamte Drive truck driver's challenge here in Malaysia. The truck driver's contest received super positive feedback from the truckers so this year, Hino Malaysia had organised the same competition but it now sports a new the name the - HINO SMART DRIVING CONTEST. This is so that the driver's challenge is more in line with the Hino Smart Driving Program. As with last year, the contest was held over in Hino Total Support Customer Center (HTSCC), Sendayan.

Friday, October 11, 2019

The New 2019 Toyota Corolla Has Been Launched - We Get to Try the Corolla Altis 1.8 G CVT Up To Genting For The Launch and Back - Written & Video Review Here

The All-New 12th generation Toyota Corolla was successfully launched on 9th October 2019 at the Genting Sky Avenue.  Here, they have just started calling it the Toyota Corolla again, but it still has that Altis badging at the rear. It actually makes sense as we actually don't have a Corolla as well as a Corolla Altis variant running around at the same time. Anyway, this new 2019 (2020 Model year) C-segment sedan is now here in Malaysia and it is impressive  - You can view our first drive impressions review here as we have already published it on YouTube.

Wednesday, October 09, 2019

BMW Motorrad Malaysia Introduces First-Ever Service and Warranty Extension Programmes For New and Existing BMW Motorcycle Owners

This is a bit of news for those who current own a BMW motorcycle or want to know how much it would now cost to service it at an authorised BMW Motorrad dealer here in Malaysia. BMW Motorrad Malaysia has just announced three new aftersales care programmes – The BMW Motorrad Engine Oil Inclusive, Service Inclusive and Warranty Extension for its new and existing premium motorcycle owners in Malaysia. According to BMW Motorrad Malaysia, these new service programmes set a new standard in aftersales service for premium motorcycles here.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Two Isuzu D-Max Owners Win... An Isuzu D-Max Each

You buy a brand new Isuzu D-Max...and you end up with another D-Max. This is what happened to two proud Isuzu D-Max owners recently. These lucky blokes not only got to enjoy their new pickup truck that they bought and then, they won another brand-new 2019 Isuzu D-Max 2.5 Auto 4x4 in the recently concluded Isuzu D-Max Buy and Win contest.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge Returns for the Fourth Time

UD Trucks and its sole distributor partner in Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE),  recently kicked off the 2019 edition of the annual UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC). This unique truck driver's competition is held by UD Trucks to identify, recognise and ultimately reward the best Malaysian truck driver who will get to represent the country and compete against other truck drivers throughout the world in the UDEMC global finals which will be held in Japan in April of 2020.

The W247 2019 Mercedes-Benz B200 is Available in Malaysia - Priced from RM239,888

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has quietly brought in the new B-Class or the W247 Series of B-Class to Malaysia. It is now open for booking and there will only be limited numbers only per year. This was what I heard from a few of my friends who are sales advisors based at local Mercedes-Benz dealerships in and around Kuala Lumpur. Only one variant is being offered here, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz B 200 Progressive Line for RM239,888 before insurance in Peninsular Malaysia.

Monday, October 07, 2019

NZ Wheels Takes Over The Mercedes-Benz Autohaus in Setapak

This is a bit of interesting news. NZ Wheels Sdn Bhd, who are an authorised dealer for Mercedes-Benz in Malaysia, has taken over the Mercedes-Benz Service and Spares centre, in Setapak. The long time Mercedes-Benz dealer seems to have bought over this Autohaus previously run by Auto Commerz Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Swire Group of Companies.

The New 4S Equipped Audi Centre Setia Alam Officially Opens

After being in operation for the past couple of months, the Audi Centre Setia Alam has been officially opened. The new Audi Centre in Setia Alam, Selangor is one which will cater for Audi customers located in the central region of Peninsula Malaysian. It has been designed as a 4S ( Sales, Service, Spare Parts, Body and Paint shop) centre and it is therefore a one-stop shop for all things Audi. 

BMW Group Malaysia with BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia Offers 360° Premium Ownership Experience for Businesses with New Corporate Mobility Solutions

BMW Group Malaysia is now adding more to its 360° Premium Ownership Experience for its Corporate Partners with new Corporate Mobility Solutions with BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia. According to the company, the new scheme are industry-leading and innovative financial mobility solution introduced to make the premium ownership experience an even more comprehensive one for corporate clients of BMW and MINI.

Sunday, October 06, 2019

Bermaz Reveals Price of the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 SKYACTIV-G 2.5 Petrol Turbo for Malaysia

Bermaz, the official distributors of Mazda in Malaysia has finally revealed the prices for the new 2019 Mazda CX-5 2.5L SKYACTIV-G Turbo. The newest variant of the car comes in at RM181,770.80 before any insurance in Peninsula Malaysia. Quite reasonable as this is only about RM10k or so higher than what is offered in Japan (or thereabouts).

Proton and Bank Rakyat Are Offering Special Finance Packages For Fresh Graduates & Government Employees For Certain Proton Cars

PROTON and Bank Rakyat are offering special financial packages for fresh graduates and also to government employees on certain Proton car model. This special package will be valid until 31 December 2019 and amazingly provides up to 100% financing for fresh graduates and government employees. In other words, if you qualify, you don't even pay a single Malaysia sen when you drive off with the car. Well, then you have to start with the monthly installments, but that's another thing.

Isuzu Celebrates 60 Years of the ELF Light Duty Truck - We Look at The ELF Throughout the Generations

On 26 th August 2019 Isuzu had celebrated the 60 th anniversary of their best-selling Light Duty Truck, the ELF. This truck was first introduced by Isuzu Motors Japan in back in August 1959, and since then, it has steadily become a quite a well known truck series internationally in the light-duty truck segment. The Isuzu ELF truck has been one of the truck models which has gained market acceptance for its affordability, durability, innovation and quality over the years. 

Video Vlog: 2019 BMW M5 at Sepang Circuit - Some Thoughts on the Performance Sedan While Driving It and Following the 2019 M2 Competition

Hello folks! Been a little busy with other pursuits in life. I also have to say that my 15 year old daughter is also in the midst of having her PT3 or lower secondary school exams to those abroad. So I've been busy running errands and other stuff. Anyway, here is Yours Truly piloting the 2019 BMW M5 sports sedan around the Sepang Circuit whilst following a 2019 M2 Competition.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

Volkswagen launches ‘Win the Icon’ contest - Test Drive Any Volkswagen and Win a Beetle

Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has just announced that they  will be giving away a brand-new Beetle in its “Win the Icon” Instagram contest. The contest, which is held in conjunction with the brand's year-long celebration of one of the world's most iconic car will be held from 1 st October till 30 th November 2019. So test drive any Volkswagen and drive away with an icon.

The All-New Mazda CX-8 Has Been Unveiled in Malaysia - No Official Price Yet But Bookings Are Open

The 2019 All-New Mazda CX-8 Crossover / SUV people carrier has been officially unveiled over at Mazda's Kulim Plant yesterday. The All-New Mazda CX-8 is locally assembled (CKD) at the Inokom, Kulim Plant and will eventually join the CX-5 which is assembled there for the regional export market. The new Mazda CX-8 is right now officially open for booking BUT, the official pricing will be announced at a later date as the first roll out of the CKD cars have only started with government approval for prices still not finalised as yet.

Tuesday, October 01, 2019

Goodyear Malaysia Introduces the New Assurance DuraPlus 2

Goodyear Malaysia has added the new Assurance DuraPlus 2 to the Malaysian Assurance DuraPlus range. This latest Assurance series of tyre comes with TredLife Technology which according to Goodyear is designed to provide longer mileage and durability. The Goodyear Assurance DuraPlus 2 is now available at all Goodyear AutoCare centres and dealers in Malaysia, with sizes ranging from 13- to 16-inches retailing between RM136.00 to RM293.00.

Kia BLACKPINK is Ongoing - Be 1 of 5 Lucky Winners to Experience Korea and Meet the Super K-Pop Group There

And meanwhile.... Naza Kia Malaysia is now offering K-pop fans another exciting BLACKPINK experience! K-Pop means Korean Pop, so if you like that kind of music, the official distributor of Kia vehicles in Malaysia, Naza Kia Malaysia will be hosting nationwide roadshows over the next seven weeks to search for five of Malaysia’s biggest BLACKPINK fans who will win the ultimate experience of a lifetime and meet Korean super girl group BLACKPINK in Korea. 

Volvo Trucks VISTA Begins - The Largest Global Competition for Aftermarket Technical Staff Kicks Off

Volvo Trucks had recently started off the latest edition of its largest global competition for aftermarket technical service personnel. The competition, called VISTA, or the Volvo International Service Training Awards, is now open for Volvo Trucks / Bus technicians to register from the 30th of September 2019. This year, about 20,000 Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses technicians throughout planet Earth, including those from Malaysia and around the region are expected to participate in this global challenge.