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Friday, November 28, 2014
After 15 years of absence, Jeep a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made a comeback to Malaysian automotive scenes with the launch of not one but four models of its best selling line up in Malaysia. These four models comprises of Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass.
Good news for the buyers of Jeep models in Malaysia, as DRB Hicom specifically EON the official distributors of Jeep vehicles in Malaysia will provides 5 years manufacturer warranty or 150,000 whichever comes first. The Grand Cherokee comes with 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine mated to eight speed transmission with fuel saver technology. The price of this model is RM 468,889 and it comes with Bi Xenon HID light with automatic levelling, premium leather seats, leather stitched instrument panel and armrest with unique open pore wood trim.
Besides that, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is fitted with nine speed automatic tranmission mated to 2.4 inline four engine with innovative 4x4 system with rear axle disconnect which provides premium on road driving experience. This model includes 8,4 inch touch screen navigation media center, a full 7 inch full colour instrument cluster display and all this is priced at RM 378,889.
The most recgnizable model of Jeep, the Jeep Wrangler remains true to its heritage. The model delivers unequalled off road capabilities which the body sits on body on frame design, front and rear five link suspension system, live axle, electronic lockers. The Wrangler comes with three distinctive models namely Wrangler Rubicon, Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and Wrangler Unlimited Sports. The models price at RM 333,889, RM 328,889 and RM 288,889 respectively.
The last model launched in Malaysia is the Jeep Compass. which provides outstanding fuel economy and equipped with six speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Jeep Compass is priced at RM 248,889.
Currently DRM Hicom is giving a great deal for buyers of all Jeep models, The promotion now is that, the interest rate for buying Jeep models is at 2% with selected banks and DRB also throws in 2 years free road tax for your vehicles. You can head down to Jeep Malaysia state of the art 3S center at Jalan Pelukis U1/46 of Glenmarie.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 1:05 PM
Scania Malaysia launches a new Scania Assistance number 1800-08-8500 (+603 5590 9077 for international calls) with an improved call-centre system based on Scania global standards; and the new Scania Fleet Management for customers to gain more control over their vehicles.
Every Scania truck, bus and coach chassis now comes with two years free Scania Assistance and ten years free Scania Fleet Management monitoring package.
Scania Assistance Malaysia is an operator-based call-centre that operates 24/7, 365 days a year. The improved call-centre system allows Scania to track and follow-up on the status of any customer’s case from start to completion; keeping the customer informed throughout the entire process. This allows the customer to plan and reorganise their fleet movements better in the event of a particular vehicle needing assistance.
Supported by professional customer service personnel, a fleet of standby-service vans with highly-trained and experienced technicians, can connect customers to our wide network of workshops, even in difficult-to-reach areas.
The Scania Fleet Management is a set of services that connects the vehicles with customers’ office through a communicator device. Scania customers will get vehicle data, fleet position and reviews of driving performance. By just focusing on these details Scania customers can make informed decisions and take the necessary actions in increasing the productivity of their fleet.
Scania Fleet Management consists of two different service packages: Monitoring and Control. These two packages are easy and fast – it starts up in minutes, give customer quick access to fleet overviews and its user-friendly graphics can be understood with one glance. The packages are also environmentally smart – customers can view fuel consumption and other factors that affect emissions as well as CO2 level themselves.
Scania Fleet Management saves money for our customers – customers can make decisions that cut fuel consumption, identifies vehicles that are being driven unsuitably, do service planning in order to reduce unplanned downtime. Vehicle and driver performance can save up to 10% in fuel economy if Scania Fleet Management is used together with Scania Driver Training and Coaching services.
“At Scania, we continue to put our customers’ operations at the centre of the entire value chain. Scania’s wide range of quality products and services are constantly improving and optimised for our customers’ needs. This is Scania’s total solutions approach to help our customers achieve the best profitability,” said the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Mr. James Armstrong.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 12:40 PM
Volkswagen Malaysia recently launched its mobility guarantee programme as part of its ongoing efforts to boost customer satisfaction. In line with several transformation actions revealed earlier, more than 200 Volkswagen vehicles will be available on the road to offer mobility support for its customers.
Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Malaysia said, “Volkswagen is the first OEM in Malaysia to embark on a fully sponsored mobility guarantee programme. We now have a complete mobility service to complement our comprehensive dealer network.”
Customers are now entitled to collect a courtesy vehicle from Volkswagen authorized service centres when they send their vehicles for repair or service, should the duration exceed 24 hours.
“Customer satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we will continue to invest in efforts which will help bring an enriched ownership and brand experience for our customers,” added Keller.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 12:37 PM
Friday, November 21, 2014
PRESS RELEASE: Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd Announces Winners Of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’, Starts Round Two Of Campaign
The first round of Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s (ETCM) ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ Campaign concluded with the announcement of six (6) customers winning brand new Nissan cars worth more than RM888,888.
Held in conjunction with Tan Chong’s 57th anniversary and the nation’s 57th year of independence, ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ Campaign was a show of appreciation to reward Nissan buyers.
The winners are Raziff Suhairi bin Shabaan, who bought a Nissan Teana 2.5XV, and won Nissan Serena S-Hybrid; Kelvin Ong Wei Chong, who bought a Nissan Almera and won a Nissan Sylphy 1.8E; and Aidasuzana binti Md Arshad, who bought a Nissan Grand Livina 1.6L, a won a Nissan Serena S-Hybrid.
Arnizah binti Kasbulah, who bought a Nissan Sylphy 1.8VL, won a Nissan Teana 2.0XE), while On Keur Li, who bought a Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, won a Nissan Teana 2.5XV. The final winner is Luhat Jok, who bought a Nissan Navara and won a Nissan Sylphy 1.8(E).
Raziff Suhairi Bin Shaaban, who works in the asset management industry, was clearly delighted to have won a new car above his purchase. “I was shocked when I found out I had won the Serena S-Hybrid. But my wife is even happier as she will be using the Serena S-Hybrid as our family car due to its practicality and comfort. Purchasing my Teana was also an impressive experience to a first-time buyer like me, as the sales advisor was very professional and helpful in every way.”
21-year old Kelvin Ong Wei Chong could not believe his luck when he was told he had won a Nissan car. “I bought the Nissan Almera because it is value-for-money and had impressive features. Being a first Nissan owner, this is a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience the excitement of the Nissan brand, thanks to Edaran Tan Chong Motor!”
According to Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Product Planning and Marketing of ETCM, the Campaign received overwhelming response, and as a result, ETCM decided to offer Malaysians another chance to win some of Nissan’s bestselling models with Round Two (2) of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ campaign.
“As before, customers who purchase selected Nissan models are eligible to enter; with five (5) lucky customers each standing a chance to win a Nissan model. Round Two of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ campaign began on 1 November, and will end on 31 December 2014.”
With more than a total of RM600,000 in prize value, the model line-up now includes the All-New Nissan Sylphy, Nissan Navara, Nissan Grand Livina and the Nissan X-Trail.
The full list of offered models is as follows:
Sylphy 1.8 (E)
Navara 2.5 (LE)
Current X-Trail 2.0
Grand Livina 1.8
Grand Livina 1.8
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 6:00 PM
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Automotive window film installers from across the Asia Pacific region revved up their game at the Asia Pacific 2014 Tint-Off Championship, organized by U.S-based Eastman Chemical Company, the manufacturer of LLumar® automotive window films, and its sole distributor in Malaysia, Tint Auto (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, that was held yesterday at the Sunway Convention Centre.
The tinting competition which took place in the afternoon, pinnacled at the Gala Dinner during the night where contestants from three countries were announced as the top three winners for this year.
Mr. Ju Jongcheol, a professional installer from South Korea took the Championship title as this year’s most professional and best automotive window film installer in the region. Completing the skillful task with a score of 95 points, he defeated 15 other participants from around the Asia Pacific, Australasia and Middle East regions.
Mr Lim Loke Choon from Malaysia emerged as the second place winner with a score of 94 points and Mr Zheng Shihai from China took the third place with a score of 93 points.
“This challenge really puts your skills as professional automotive window film installers to the test,” said Mr Ju Jongcheol, the Asia Pacific 2014 Tint-Off Champion. “It was definitely a close competition as there were several highly capable and skillful professionals, but I am proud to win the Championship title. This is truly a sweet victory! Thank you LLumar and Tint-Auto (M) for the opportunity!”
Officially launched by Y.B. Datuk IR. Dr. Wee Ka Siong (Minister in Prime Minister’s Office), the Championship event began with high-energy performances that created excitement prior to a formal briefing session on the competition rules for all contestants.
Each contestant was given a competition bay that included a Volkswagen Passat and a supply of high-quality AIR series of automotive window film from LLumar which, with its nano-ceramic technology and high protection from ultra violet rays yet enhanced visibility, has gained high traction in the Malaysian market.
The competition underscored the importance of skills and pride for a job well done. Amid roaring cheers from supporters and spectators, contestants exhibited energetic enthusiasm in their quests to complete the perfect tint job within the stipulated timeframe.
Dr. Jim Ziegler, Regional Business Director of Eastman Chemical, Performance Films business unit said, “As one of the leading producers of high-quality, aftermarket window films and high-value precision-coated film and film components, LLumar® is enthusiastic and passionate about bringing installers of LLumar automotive window film from around the Asia Pacific, Australia and Middle East regions together in this exciting event.”
“The car tinting industry is one of the most important peripheral sectors of the automotive category. This international competition provided an opportunity for installers to raise standards, exchange best practices and network during a fun event, while we recognize and award the best professional skills in the business.”
Using LLumar automotive window film, contestants were seen striving for perfection during the competition. Winners were judged on factors including tidiness of installation, cleanliness of vehicle/handover readiness, and quality of application (gaps, edge cuts and visible damages).
“Installing car window film may look easy, but it isn’t,” said Mr Michael Tan, CEO of Tint Auto (M) Sdn. Bhd. “Experience, good skills and high-quality film are pre-requisites to ensuring long-lasting protection of the car and benefits to its owner. A flawless installation will ensure that no dirt or other contaminates are left behind, which could destroy the chance of winning the competition. LLumar is recognized for its wide product selection and strong brand name, especially for safety and security film which is trusted by many car owners in Malaysia. This competition selects the best installer of the products.”
“LLumar automotive window films are known and trusted by the numerous automotive brands for their quality and proprietary scratch-resistant coating. Furthermore, today’s gadget-equipped drivers would also be glad to know that these state-of-the-art nano technology films do not interfere with cell phones, radio reception, radar detectors, or global positioning systems,” added Dr. Ziegler.
The competition started 14 years ago in the United States (U.S.) when the U.S.-based manufacturer of LLumar professional window films began sponsoring and organizing international tint-off conferences and competitions. The success of the U.S. competition led to a spin-off in the Asia Pacific region, with the first Championship being held in Shenzhen, China in 2011 and the second Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012. Thus, this Championship was held for the third time in the region and first time in Malaysia.
A total of 16 teams from countries including Malaysia, China, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman took part in the competition.
The judges for the competition include experts from Eastman Chemical Company: Danny Wong Kam Lam, Regional MTS Manager; Richard Dill, Quality Assurance Manager; and Charlie Zhao Li, Technical Training Team Leader
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 4:22 PM
Volvo Buses Malaysia yesterday proudly unveils its new chassis range to the Malaysian market – the new Volvo B7R and Volvo B11R. Launched in the presence of the Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, Volvo customers, partners and members of the media, Volvo Buses’ new chassis range are poised to offer the best solutions for next-generation public transport and travel in Malaysia.
“The launch of the Volvo Buses Chassis Range today spells an additional significant advancement in the operations of Volvo Malaysia. It also underscores our commitment and deep interest to play an even more active participation in the country’s transportation industry,” said Mr Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia.
Both the Volvo B7R and Volvo B11R are chassis models that were designed with versatility in mind and made for efficient, safe, and profitable transport, both of which have enjoyed increased demand in other markets.
David Mead, Vice President, APAC, Volvo Buses Corporation said, “This chassis range we are launching today provides first-class driveability, outstanding fuel-efficiency and low on environmental impact. The versatility of this chassis range allows our customers to customize according to their needs, as they are easily tailored to suit school bus, long distance charter and touring coaches.
“Our customers choose Volvo for a reason – Volvo Buses is much more than a premium bus or coach. Volvo customers can look forward to a complete solution, tailored to their reality. This solution includes the right bus or coach, the right combination of leading support services, and our commitment and expertise throughout the lifetime of the bus and beyond.
“Volvo Buses also has a City Mobility programme that addresses issues faced by the public transport industry and we have worked directly with many major cities in solving their public transport challenges by offering complete solutions,” said Mead.
Volvo vehicles are recognized for its renowned safety, high level uptime and efficiency in fuel consumption – which are important features for a quality public transport system. An unmatchable safety feature in the Volvo B7R and the Volvo B11R is its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and its Electronically-controlled Braking System (EBS).
As a standard feature in all Volvo buses, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) reduces the risk of the driver losing control over his vehicle in critical situations; for example in sharp curves or on slippery surfaces. The Electronically controlled Braking System (EBS) on the other hand, has anti-locking disc-brake system offering high braking effect and instant alertness thanks to electronic signal transmission.
All Volvo Buses models are also equipped with integrated retarder with additional Volvo Engine Brake, 4 disc brakes with higher and constant braking, and separate front and rear brake air circuits for maximum safety.
“Customers moving towards new technology naturally also want security; and we are proud to say that Volvo Group has undeniably one of the toughest safety standards in the world. Safety is not only encompassed in our products; it is also incorporated in our entire production, supply, aftersales and value chain. We therefore offer various business packages whereby we undertake all maintenance processes for the entire bus,” said Mr Muralli Muthusubramaniam, Country Manager, Volvo Buses Malaysia.
“We have a network coverage of 11 dealerships across Malaysia, with an aftermarket service quality that is on par with our global service standards. We also provide 24/7 road assistance where technical support will be dispatched to our customers in case of a breakdown.
“Volvo also very much focuses on training for bus technicians for specific technical support to offer customers a complete ownership experience when purchasing Volvo Buses. Volvo’s aftersales service helps our customers’ bottom line over the entire lifetime of the vehicle” added Muthusubramaniam.
The Volvo B7R runs smoothly in service, maintenance and on the road. The flat top of the framework permits efficient body construction and guarantees a long, productive life. Rigid front suspension in combination with a compact and service-friendly driveline installation create a spacious and efficient vehicle.
The Volvo B7R is primarily intended for long-distance and tourist duties, but is also suitable for use as a city bus. The low-entry version, Volvo B7RLE, allows for high passenger capacity and quick entry and exit. Its kneeling function and wide centre aisle make for efficient passenger flow, and the chassis layout permits wide doors.
The B7R’s 7-litre diesel engine is one of the most efficient in its class and it complies with Euro 3 emission standards. An output of 290 bhp and 1200 Nm of torque contribute to smooth handling in all situations. The choice of automatic and manual gearboxes allows for combinations that will suit any need, and Volvo’s single-reduction rear axle is available in a range of ratios. The benefits are the traditional Volvo hallmarks of first-class driveability, outstanding fuel efficiency and low environmental impact.
The Volvo B11R’s highly fuel-efficient Euro 3 engine cuts operational costs, and Volvo’s quality standards combine functionality with passenger comfort and lifecycle productivity. Rigid front suspension in combination with a compact and service-friendly driveline installation extends the scope for creating a spacious and efficient coach.
The B11R is available in a 2-axle chassis and possesses a stable and pleasant driving character with passenger comfort. Its powerful engine is able to produce a power output of 370 to 430hp yet its high fuel efficiency further adds low running costs and sustainability.
The B11R’s new 11-litre Euro 3 engine combines strength, reliability and economy in a right-sized but equally powerful package. With 370 and 430 hp and massive torque from very low revs, the B11R is more than capable in taking passengers to their destination swiftly and safely. The legendary Volvo I-Shift transmission, which combines smooth and silent shifting with fuel efficiency, is also available in the B11R.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:10 AM
Nasim Sdn Bhd’s on-going nationwide network expansion exercise continued yesterday with the launch of its latest outlet in the country, Peugeot Ipoh Garden.
Peugeot Ipoh Garden is the fifth new outlet launched by Nasim this year and is among three Peugeot outlets in the state of Perak.
“Perak is Peugeot’s fourth most important market. This is already reflected in the total industry volume (TIV) for Perak. There has been a year on year increase of approximately 5% while the TIV for European cars have seen an increase of 26%,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim.
The Peugeot Ipoh Garden outlet, which comprises a 2,000 square-foot facility, is a 1S showroom centre that complements the nearby Peugeot Ipoh 3S outlet.
Built at a cost of RM500,000, Peugeot Ipoh Garden will serve customers in Batu Gajah, Chemor, Gopeng, Ipoh, Jeram, Kampar, Kampung Kepayang, Lahat, Malim Nawar, Mambang di Awan, Menglembu, Pusing, Tanjong Rambutan, Tronoh and Ulu Kinta.
“Now in the final quarter of the year, I am proud to note that Nasim achieved our network expansion plans of an additional five outlets this year. This brings a total of 35 outlets nationwide. Our nationwide network expansion will continue into 2015 to meet the growing demand for European cars in Malaysia,” added Dato Samson.
Peugeot Ipoh Garden joins four other outlets in Desa Pandan, Kuantan, Johor Bahru and Muar that were launched in 2014 with a cumulative investment of RM15 million.
With launch of this latest outlet in Ipoh, Peugeot is now represented in all the major markets in the North, Central, South, East Coast and East Malaysia.
All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty with unlimited mileage together with Nasim’s 24-hour Peugeot Assistance service, complimentary access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport and Peugeot Privilege membership, all to provide the best ownership experience for its customers.
Nasim Sdn Bhd is the official distributor for Automobiles Peugeot in Malaysia. For more information on Peugeot Malaysia, please visit http://www.peugeot.com.my. Like the Peugeot Malaysia page at http://www.facebook.com/peugeotmalaysia and follow the Twitter handle @peugeotmalaysia at http://twitter.com/peugeotmalaysia.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:07 AM