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Thursday, April 20, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: RL360° Committed To The Sponsorship Of RL360° Quantum TT Superstock Race

The longest running sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Races, RL360°, has once again committed with the event with another deal to sponsor the RL360° Quantum TT Superstock Race in 2017. RL360°’s association with the TT began in 2002 and this year will be the company’s 16th consecutive year of sponsorship as the event’s Official Life Assurance and Pensions partner.

Simon Pack, RL360°’s Sales Director, said: “No matter where we travel around the world people have heard of the Isle of Man through the TT. We are both sponsors and huge fans here at RL360°. The Races have an incredible heritage and an exciting future, two things we believe our company has in common with the event.

“We are proud to cement yet another year of RL360°’s proud association with the TT and we will be taking the opportunity to promote the racing amongst our key contacts around the world. Once again we will also be hosting a visit to the Isle of Man by a large group of these stakeholders, who will no doubt react as positively to the spectacle of the TT as our past guests have.

PRESS RELEASE: Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Opens "Hino Total Support Customer Centre", First Outside Of Japan!!

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today has officially opened its RM8 million upgraded Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC) which is set to be the catalyst for the company’s next level of business growth in the region.

HTSCC is built on a 39,600 square metre of land size is the first in the world outside of Japan is built with international standard specifications from Japan to assist its customers who need to comply with the Malaysia’s government Safety, Health and Environment Code of Practice (SHE COP) with the aims for HTSCC to reach a capacity of 2000 trainings annually. These trainings are open for truck or heavy duty vehicle drivers who will be trained with highly ethical driving skills to reduce the number of accidents, complaints and summonses and ultimately to save precious lives and business costs.

Mr. Ken Iwamoto, Managing Director, Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said, “The upgraded facility reaffirms our commitment to continue our investment in Malaysia as we intend to make this facility as the catalyst for our local customers and those in the region. It will be a showcase of a tried and tested way to save lives, reduce accidents and business costs. 

Quoting Ministry of Transport statistics, he highlighted that road accidents cost Malaysia an estimated RM9.21 billion in the year 2016 with a total of 521,466 accidents recorded, an increase from 489,606 in 2015. Out of these road accidents, a total of 80.6 per cent were caused by human error. In 2016 itself, a total of 7,152 people died in road accidents in Malaysia, an alarming jump from 6,706 deaths in the year before. 

The upgraded facility is now built with more difficult obstacles for endurance and technical skill tests such as slopped road for hill driving, banked road for medium speed cornering, professional driving track, wet handing and panic brake facility as well as a 830 meter driving track. 

The centre also comes with a maintenance service bay, an open space canteen and a gallery to increase customers’ and public awareness on the history of Hino as a company, its technological revolutions and product advancement. Hino has been established in Malaysia for the past 40 years.

“Apart from providing free training to drivers of HINO’s vehicle owners, we would also want to encourage the public at large who wants to be a professionally certified truck driver to participate in our training programmes. 

“When there are more professional truck drivers in the marketplace, we hope that such supply will spur companies, organisations and government agencies to put in place a mechanism and a requirement to hire only professional truck drivers certified by HTSCC. This will not only level up the skills set required but also gearing up the entire transportation ecosystem into a new level of professionalism, with better service level and customer care,” emphasized Ken.

For a start, HTSCC will offer extensive training courses to equip truck owners with product knowledge, safety and driving techniques. Hino’s training curriculum is inclusive of theoretical and practical courses. Its current curriculum encompasses:

i) Safety & Eco-cien Driver Training 

- This programme highlights Hino’s philosophy of creating a healthy environment by reducing carbon dioxide’s (CO2) emission. Skills and techniques essential for safe and economical driving that will lead to increased business profitability will be taught.

ii) Driver Familiarisation Training 

- This programme stresses skills and knowledge that ensure customers are familiar with vehicle periodic maintenance schedule, warranty and daily inspection.

iii) Safety Driver Training 

- This one-day programme emphasizes on safety measures to be taken whilst on the road.

Hino intends to gradually increase the modules of its programme with additional four new courses which are:

a) Driver Trainer Training

b) Driving & Human Reaction Training

c) Night Driving Training

d) Drivers Aptitude Test / Training 

Drivers will be tested on fuel-efficient driving, safety driving, and driving training in different road conditions and situations as well as safe driving technique when driving at night. 

Plans have been set aside to also provide sufficient training to equip the drivers with knowledge on how and when to react in a conflict situation driving on the road and during emergencies in the near future, leading to a mindset change in prioritizing safety and ultimately helping vehicle owners save overall business costs and lives of their drivers. 

Hino is currently the number one brand amongst the truck makers in Malaysia with a market share of 35.7%. At the end of 2016, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) sold a total of 5,870 units of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. This year the company expects to sell more than 6,000 units of vehicles.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Opens New Body & Paint Centre In Kuching!!!

In its quest to provide better services to customers throughout Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) announces their latest Body & Paint Centre (B&P Centre) in Kuching, Sarawak that operated by Boulevard Jaya is now fully operational. The new facility, which began operations at the end of last year, is located at the Pending Industrial Area and complements the Sales & Service Centre along Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli in Kuching.

The opening event was officiated by Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMWT, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMWT , Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho, Group Chairman of Boulevard Group of Companies and Mr. Ling Chiong Sing, Managing Director of Boulevard Jaya Sdn Bhd.

The new facility cost approximately RM16 million, including the cost of purchasing about 3 acres of land. On the built-up area of almost 1 acre are 10 bays for vehicles with a full-sized Paint Oven to ensure that the finish is properly baked on for lasting quality. Toyota owners are assured of professional repainting services that are up to the high standards set by Toyota Motor Corporation.

At this B&P Centre, owners can also have their damaged vehicles repaired by trained personnel. Using body alignment equipment approved by Toyota Motor Corporation for repairs, they can restore a vehicle damaged in an accident to its correct body specifications. Assistance with insurance claims are also provided at the facility.

“As the authorised distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, we have a responsibility to ensure that when our customers require repairs to their vehicle after an accident, they can get the best services from trained personnel. This ensures that vehicle will be restored in accordance with Toyota’s high standards,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.

The new B&P Centre is located at Lot 1411 & 2115, Section 66, KTLD, Jalan Mersawa, Pending Industrial Area, 93450 Kuching.

UMWT’s network continues to grow and there are now almost 100 sales and after-sales outlets (including authorised dealers) nationwide to meet the increasing number of Toyota vehicles in the country.

“Through our own branches and authorised dealers, we aim to cover as many areas as possible so that it is convenient for Toyota customers to obtain sales and after-sales services,” said Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor.

NEW LAUNCHES: Ford Ranger FX4 Launched In Malaysia.OTR RM122K!!!

The Ford Ranger sets the standard for pickup trucks around the world, combining smart technology and sheer capability to leave competitors far behind. Today, Ford raises the bar once again with the new Ford Ranger FX4, bringing a tough and sporty new look and premium features to the Built Ford Tough pickup. 

“The Ford Ranger FX4 takes its inspiration from the enthusiast community with an updated grille and striking technical graphics. These emphasize the Ranger’s impressive performance and make a strong visual impression,” said Nick Eterovic, design manager, Ford Asia Pacific.

The Ranger FX4 features an exclusive new grille with a mesh pattern that complements its strong trapezoidal shape, and conveys a sense of power and performance. A bold matte decal design draws the eye to the muscular bonnet, housing a powerful and proven 2.2-liter Duratorq diesel engine. Blacked out fog light bezels complete the truck’s imposing front end.

Along the sides, additional technical graphics emphasize the Ranger’s performance and capability, and identify the truck as a unique FX4 variant. Aggressive, 18-inch Stark Grey painted wheels and a black sports bar were chosen for a cohesive, unified design. On the tailgate, a blacked-out decal features the word RANGER in negative space, allowing the body color to show through.

The strong visual identity of the Ranger FX4 continues inside the cabin, with darker finishes for a bold, technical look. Leather seats complement the dark interior and offer a unique level of refinement within the Ranger lineup.

The Ranger FX4 also features advanced technologies to enhance the driving experience. Ford’s SYNC in-car connectivity system makes it easier than ever for drivers to stay connected while keeping hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Advanced driver assistance technologies on the Ford Ranger, including Rear Park Assist with reverse camera, Electric Power Assisted Steering, and Electronic Stability Program, are designed to alleviate some of the stress of driving. 

Customers who opt for the Ford Ranger FX4 will enjoy all the rugged capability that helps to set the Ford Ranger apart from the competition, including a class-leading ability to wade through water up to 800 mm deep, 230 mm of ground clearance, towing capability of up to 3,500 kg and exceptional payload capacity.

When venturing off-road, a robust electronically controlled transfer case on 4x4 models, an electronic locking rear differential and Hill Descent Control help drivers to take on the most challenging terrains with confidence.

“Our customers in Malaysia already know the Ranger for its raw capability, advanced technologies and rugged, tough appearance,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, Managing Director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion. “The Ranger FX4 builds on this foundation with a bold new look and premium features that we think they will love.”

The Ford Ranger FX4 is available in [Aluminum Metallic, Meteor Grey] at dealerships nationwide. Official on the road pricing for New Ranger FX4 in Peninsular Malaysia is RM121,888.00 including GST.

NEW LAUNCHES: DS Automobiles Launched The All New DS 7!!!

As the Shanghai International Motor Show opens its doors to the press, DS AUTOMOBILES has chosen this occasion to unveil its new SUV, DS 7 CROSSBACK, for the very first time in Asia. The first model of the second generation of DS cars, it will go on sale in Asia in the next few months, following its European launch.

With DS 7 CROSSBACK, the Brand is strengthening its SUV range in China, a market where it already offers DS 6. With its powerful and sophisticated styling, DS 6 is the company’s bestselling car in China. DS AUTOMOBILES has chosen the Shanghai motor show to unveil its DS 6 SO PARIS. This ultra-refined model, a product of DS’s expert craftsmanship, is being offered as a limited edition. It is notable for its entirely Red Purple Nappa leather interior - including the dashboard -, (a first for DS 6), which contrasts with its Galena Grey exterior. 

With its sights resolutely set on the technologies of the future, the DS brand is also presenting E-Tense, DS’s take on the plug-in hybrid, as well as DSV-02, its all-electric single-seater, which races in the FIA Formula E Championship. Also not to be missed is DS VIRTUAL VISION, the virtual reality experience that allows you to configure DS 7 CROSSBACK, discover its different personalisation options and to actually get on board.

DS’s 750 m2 stand invites visitors to plunge into the Brand’s universe of French savoir-faire, complete with a virtual reality experience, advanced technology and a world of refinement. No effort has been spared to spotlight the new developments on show at the 17th Shanghai International Motor Show. 

“The Shanghai Motor Show is an essential event for our brand. With DS 7 CROSSBACK, unveiled for the first time in Asia at the salon, we are celebrating the opening of a new phase in our worldwide development. Designed in Paris, this car will be in production in Shenzhen within a few months. This new addition will consolidate our range of SUVs. The complementary duo of DS6 and DS 7 CROSSBACK comes in response to a growing demand,” explains Yves Bonnefont, CEO, DS Brand. “For this latest Shanghai salon, we are unveiling DS 6 SO PARIS, an ultra-exclusive limited edition, which is a veritable display of DS craftsmanship. In doing so, we are delighted to be associated with Wang Kai, the perfect ambassador, who embodies the refinement of this new DS.”


For its first premiere in Asia, DS 7 CROSSBACK will be cloaked in Byzantin Gold paint, ennobling its powerful and sensual body styling. The personality of this beautiful, charismatically-designed object will immediately be clear to the public from: 

· Its impressive vertical DS Wings front-end, which expresses all the nobility, performance and charisma of the car. The newly-designed diamond-shaped radiator grille, with the DS emblem at its centre, is set in a hexagonal frame. 

· The two prominent central midribs of the aluminium bonnet, which draw attention to the DS badge. The sharp angles of the front and rear wings lend definition to the SUV’s flanks and enhance its powerful lines. 

· Its hatchback, which is all curves, and its rear lights, which also contribute to the power and originality of DS 7 CROSSBACK’s lighting signature. Using 3D Full LED technology, the lights incorporate a three-dimensional motif that looks like scales, and which is directly inspired by the avant-garde style of the brand’s latest concept car, DS E-TENSE. 

Visitors will doubtless be mesmerised by DS 7 CROSSBACK’s lighting signature, which makes it immediately distinguishable from all other cars, both at night and by day, and from the front or the back. Faceted like pieces of jewellery, the LED modules (DS ACTIVE LED VISION) of the front lights come on as soon as DS 7.

CROSSBACK is opened, and the purple beams then pivot 180°. The effect is utterly original and the technological innovation involved is hypnotic and spellbinding. During the day, the front headlights made up of pearl-shaped uprights, along with scrolling indicators, underscore the Brand’s highly recognisable lighting signature. 

On top of its charismatic design, DS 7 CROSSBACK is distinguished by the number of technical innovations and state-of-the-art pieces of equipment it brings together, which mean greater safety, safety of mind and comfort for driver and passengers alike: 

· DS PILOT brings together equipment that paves the way for automatic driving: DS CONNECTED PILOT, adaptive cruise control, with lane-keep assist and DS PARK PILOT, an automatic parking system;

· DS SAFETY reflects the Brand’s insistence that its cars meet the most stringent safety standards, and distinguishes itself by including equipment that is new for this market segment. Among which: DS ACTIVE LED VISION headlights capable, due to pivoting LEDs, of projecting a beam that changes length and breadth depending on road conditions and vehicle speed. DS NIGHT VISION, in addition, provides greater visibility during night driving (up to 100 yards) thanks to an infrared camera located in the front grille; and then there is DS DRIVER ATTENTION MONITORING, capable of detecting signs of inattention and tiredness in the driver thanks to an infrared camera located just behind the driving wheel. 

· DS LOUNGE is an expression of DS’s commitment to comfort: DS ACTIVE SCAN SUSPENSION is a system of adaptive dampers capable of anticipating imperfections in the road surface by means of constant control of the shock absorbers by use of a camera. This 21st century DS suspension is an effective addition to the latest-generation EMP2 platform, enhanced with multi-arm rear suspension and coupled with bodywork assembled by means of an innovative hard welding technology in order to produce heightened rigidity and exemplary dynamic handling. 

These advanced technologies means that DS 7 CROSSBACK combines a powerful package of innovations with two petrol engine options, producing 180 and 215 horsepower respectively. Coupled with the new, latest-generation eight-speed automatic gearbox (EAT8), the power, torque and efficiency of these engines combined to offer heightened driving pleasure. In addition, there is the launch in 2019 of E-Tense, plug-in hybrid by DS: 300 horsepower (HP), 4-wheel drive, and almost 60 km in zero emission mode. 

DS 7 CROSSBACK’s contemporary and elegant interior is also loaded with technology, with its two 12’’ screens, also a unique feature in this market segment. The first, a high definition screen, within easy reach, allows for easy navigation and operation of the multimedia interface. The second, devoted to the driver’s instrument display is entirely configurable and personalisable. For DS 7 CROSSBACK’s sound system, DS has brought in Focal®, the French leader in professional acoustics and hi-fi. DS has chosen Focal’s exclusive Electra® technology, comprising fourteen loudspeakers, judiciously located around the passenger compartment so that all the passengers, back and front, can enjoy complete surround sound. DS 7 CROSSBACK is fitted with DS CLEAN AIR, a device offering optimal air quality on board, whatever the outside atmospheric conditions. 

DS 7 CROSSBACK is also proof positive of the incomparable excellence of French savoir-faire, combining the elegance of quality materials and an obsessive attention to detail, which is the watchword at DS. DS 7 CROSSBACK will come in five versions (Inspirations) to match individual tastes and desires and to reflect each individual’s temperament: Bastille, Passy, Performance Line, Rivoli and Opera. Visitors to the Shanghai Motor Show will also be able to discover the different ways the car can be personalised thanks to the DS VIRTUAL VISION digital experience. DS 7 CROSSBACK, designed and created in France, will be manufactured in Shenzhen (China) and Mulhouse (France).

NEW LAUNCHES: All New Citroën C5 Aircross Launched At Shanghai Motor Show!!

Citroën is premiering at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show a New-Generation SUV: C5 Aircross. Directly inspired from the Aircross Concept, unveiled in Shanghai in 2015, it mixes an asserted design with an interior space focused on the well-being of each passenger: a “People Minded SUV”, human-oriented.

With its flowing and muscled bodylines, the new C5 Aircross imposes its natural difference: a unique stance, conveying energy and self-confidence. With generous dimensions for all passengers, it benefits from the highest level of technology aiming to ensure a modern and global approach of comfort. C5 Aircross is a big milestone in the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme with the World Premiere of the “Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM” suspension, delivering a unique smooth comfort of suspension that is typically Citroën. Scheduled for launch in China in the second half of the year, and at the end of 2018 in Europe, the new C5 Aircross is a major asset in Citroën's international offensive in 2017.

Following the C-Aircross Concept presented at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show, heralding the C3 Aircross SUV in Europe for the end of 2017, Citroën is continuing its offensive in the SUV segment with the global reveal of the new C5 Aircross. Targeting global markets, this SUV marks a new stage in the deployment of the Brand’s product strategy. The SUV trend has swept the world to account for almost one-quarter of global vehicle sales today. SUVs meet universal expectations in an aspirational and strong way, suggesting freedom and reassurance and relying on evocating and clearly defined markers, such as large wheels, muscled and protective design and this king-of-the-road feeling. Citroën gets into this trend that is bringing growth in every market in complete harmony with its own DNA.

Attentive to the expectations of customers who no longer want to sacrifice convenience to image alone, Citroën is paving the way for a new generation of SUVs with more personality and ease of use for all passengers while maintaining all the conventional cues. With this car directly inspired from the Aircross Concept unveiled two years ago in Shanghai, the Brand is once again demonstrating its capacity to make a statement of its unique identity and to renew established cues in any segment: Citroën offers here a real signature in the universe of SUVs.

DESIGN: A DYNAMIC AND ASSERTED SUV. A car with a strong personality, the C5 Aircross stands apart for its unique, dynamic and confident stance, both outside and inside. Robust, muscular exterior lines avoid aggressiveness through a strong overall balance reflected in the high bonnet, 2.73 m wheelbase, short overhang, and flowing organic lines with strong graphic features. C5 Aircross conveys a bold and comforting identity that is unique in this segment. Inside, it instantaneously provides a sense of power and space, thanks to its robust dashboard with a horizontal layout for greater width, its welcoming seats, its wide and tall central console, and its soft and warm materials enhancing the feeling of protection and comfort.

COMFORT: A UNIQUE SIGNATURE AMONG THE SUVS. Modern and innovating, and representing a significant step in the Citroën Advanced Comfort® programme, the new C5 Aircross changes the rules of the segment, thanks to its comfort and inside space. Taking advantage of the EMP2 platform, it delivers intelligence of architecture and well-being on board. To go further C5 Aircross is the first vehicle to be equipped with the new “Progressive Hydraulic CushionsTM” suspension, improving damping quality for an exceptional level of ride comfort, that is typically Citroën. On board, it is a genuine invitation to travel for every passenger: the space is clear and full of light thanks to the opening panoramic sunroof, the front seats have heating and massage functions, the welcoming rear seats offer leading leg room, and the atmosphere is purified thanks to air quality treatment. Equipped with a clear and understandable 12.3” TFT digital cluster and a capacitive 8” HD touchscreen, C5 Aircross features an array of cutting-edge driving aids, including Active Safety Brake, Active Lane Departure Warning, Adaptive Cruise Control with a Stop function... Endowed with Grip Control and Hill Assist Descent Control to strike off the beaten path in complete safety, the C5 Aircross will also be the first Citroën available with PHEV plug-in hybrid technology.

Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the C5 Aircross will be launched in China in October 2017. It is scheduled to be launched in Europe at the end of 2018.

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Captures 35.9% Of Malaysia's Automotive TIV!!

Perodua registered nearly 50,300 vehicles in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 6.5% from 47,200 units in the same period last year with an estimated 35.9% market share of the total industry volume at 140,000 vehicles sold so far this year.

In the first quarter of 2016, Perodua also captured a market share of 35.9% with 47,200 vehicles registered over a total industry volume of 131,300 units.

On a month-to-month basis, Perodua sold 19,500 vehicles in March 2017 against 17,300 units in the same month last year, an increasing of 13%. 

“The increasing in number of sales is due to the introduction of the new Axia facelift and also due to aggressive promotions for other Perodua models,” Perodua President & CEO Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

He said that the numbers shared are based on our internal research and is subject to official figures from the Malaysia Automotive Association (MAA).

“On our after sales business, with both service intakes and parts and accessories sales seen growth in the first quarter. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, we expect sustained growth in our after sales business,” Datuk (Dr) Aminar said. 

Perodua saw 518,201 intakes for the first quarter of the year, which is an increase of 1% from 515,343 intakes in the first quarter of last year.

Parts (including accessories) revenue rose 5% to in the first quarter of 2017 from RM65 million in the same quarter last year. 

“On the body and paint business, the growth in revenue is 17% compared with the same period last year indicating positive results on the decision made to expand into this business about 7 years ago,” Aminar.

Perodua has also produced 49,218 vehicles in the first quarter of the year against 48,300 vehicles in the same quarter of 2016. The increasing number of vehicle produce is due to a high demand of our new Axia Facelift and Bezza.

On export, for the first quarter of 2017, Perodua exported 941 vehicles to six (6) countries, which is a decrease of 41% from 1,600 vehicles in the same quarter last year. 

Despite the shortfall in export so far this year, Aminar said that Perodua relatively positive to achieve its export target of 5,000 units in 2017, which is almost the same figure as 2016. 

“We aim to steadily grow our regional reach as we further improve our operations to become globally competitive,” he said.

“Overall, we are cautiously optimistic of achieving our sales target of 202,000 units for the year. We also foresee that despite the challenges in the automotive industry, there will be modest growth for the industry this year.” 

“We would like to thank all our stakeholders including our customers for the strong support given to Perodua,” Aminar said.
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