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Wednesday, June 24, 2015
PRESS RELEASE: Volvo Malaysia calls all Volvo aftermarket professionals to participate in VISTA World Championship 2015-2016
Renowned truck manufacturer Volvo Malaysia yesterday kicked off its largest global competition for aftermarket personnel, the Volvo International Service Training Award (VISTA) in the presence of its employees at its headquarters in Shah Alam.
The biennial competition is designed to educate and develop participants’ technical knowledge and skills as well as to learn about the processes and business chain of how the company works – providing them the opportunity for professional self-development. VISTA is also a very effective way of motivating and inspiring employees, and is an avenue to cultivate teamwork.
Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia said, “VISTA is much more than a competition. It is a mass competency-training event. Our mechanics are the backbone of Volvo Malaysia – making us the best business partner for our customers, throughout the lifetime of our vehicles. This is why we invest heavily in competence development, establish a structured approach to our technicians upgrading, and provide support for further education.”
“VISTA is a simulation of the workshop environment that aims to build skills and share expertise, in addition to motivate and foster teamwork and collaboration among our employees. The competition additionally teaches our aftermarket employees to be pro-active and pre-emptive when diagnosing issues and providing solutions to problems,” said Santhara Saigaran, Market Leader for Volvo VISTA.
Saigaran also added that VISTA is an all-round 360° approach to employee and work excellence. The number of participants for this year’s VISTA competition has also increased and the responses and feedback by dealer managers are equally encouraging.
“The goal is to make us better at what we do every day. This competition is not only important for our aftermarket personnel; it is also of great importance for the entire Volvo Group. It is a way of showing how much we value the hard work carried out at our workshops, and that we invest in what our customers appreciate most – world class service,” added Nilsson.
The improved knowledge and skills set acquired from previous VISTA competitions were applied in the day-to-day work and it has been successfully reflected in the employees’ competency level. This has enhanced the aftermarket quality in Malaysia and has contributed to increased customer satisfaction in the Volvo brand.
With registration commencing from June, the competition is open to all aftermarket professionals within the Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses global service network. The competition starts in September with three rounds of theoretical questions, in which teams are required to complete in their workshops.
Following these three rounds, the best performing teams will be selected to qualify for the semi-finals (Asia Finals) in Bangkok in April 2016. From there, the winning team in Asia will proceed to the World Finals, which is set to take place in June 2016 at Volvo’s birthplace and home in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 2015-2016 VISTA edition will see participation from approximately 200 employees comprising Technicians, Administrators and Parts Personnel from 13 service outlets (both owned dealers and private dealers) throughout Malaysia and Singapore. These participants will work in groups of three or four, to compete for a place in the Asia Finals.
“At Volvo, we do everything we can to inspire our customers all around the world – from building quality and technologically sound trucks to offering outstanding aftermarket service. This is because satisfied customers are key to making Volvo the number one brand in Malaysia’s commercial vehicle segment. Our VISTA Championships sets us firmly on that path and it achieves everything in a single competition,” Nilsson further commented.
VISTA is a global competition for all aftersales employees within the Volvo Trucks' and Volvo Buses' global service network. What originally started in 1957 as a competition exclusively for Volvo technicians in Sweden, has since grown to become an international biennial event, and the largest competition for aftermarket personnel in the world. VISTA 2012-2013 involved 93 countries all over the globe, 17,000 dedicated workshop professionals, 4,471 highly motivated teams, and millions of training hours.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 4:01 PM
Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM), the sole distributor and assembler of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, recently announced that together with Tan Chong Express Auto Service Centre (TCEAS), have undertaken a service campaign to notify its customers and replace an airbag inflator module for the front passenger airbag of affected Nissan vehicles.
A total of 12,444 Nissan units in Malaysia are involved in the front passenger airbag inflator Service Campaign. They are:
1 May 2002 – Mar 2007
Aug 2004 – Sep 2004
This exercise does not affect the All-New Nissan X-Trail (T32) which was launched in Malaysia in January 2015, and all other current selling Nissan models.
ETCM, via TCEAS, will contact the owner of the affected Nissan vehicles directly. Alternatively, customers may also call the Customer Service Hotline at the Toll-Free line: 1800-88-3838 for further clarification or visit www.nissan.com.my (click on ‘Owners’ tab followed by ‘Service Campaign’) to find out if their Nissan vehicle is involved in the service campaign. All labour and replacement parts for this service will be at no cost to owners.
ETCM would like to reaffirm that customer confidence and peace of mind is of utmost importance to the Company, and deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause its valued customers. We would like to reiterate that ETCM and Nissan are committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction, and are both working together to promptly address this.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 3:58 PM
Friday, June 19, 2015
An unexpected number of people turned up at the Scania Driver Competition–MIBTC Edition (SDC-ME) that was held in conjunction with the recent Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo 2015.
Held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the competition was open to anyone who wanted to have a go at driving a truck and participants had the opportunity to drive Scania P410 prime movers - the staple of Scania - to test their maneuvering skills.
More than 400 participants, who came from as far as the East Coast, were put through a challenging test that required them to drive the powerful yet fuel-efficient trucks around the competition course to complete a series of control and maneuvering skills with the least mistakes possible.
For many of them it was the first time they had ever been inside the cabin of a truck, let alone drive one, which they did with the guidance of an official Scania Driver Trainer.
There were four top drivers selected for each of the three days of the competition and they each received a genuine Scania sports bag.
“I came to the MIBTC to source for supplies for my business, and after being encouraged by my friends I signed up as a contestant and just wanted to have some fun. I did not expect to win, but I’m sure glad I did,” said En.Ghazali Hussin who was one of the 12 top drivers.
“Though it seemed that the competition was all fun, I was impressed by the coaching that the Scania Driver Trainer gave me throughout the competition and realised how serious Scania is in promoting safety for their customers and their drivers,” added the business owner from Terengganu.
A husband and wife team who came to the exhibition just to participate in the competition said they found out after learning about it from an email they had received.
“When I found out that the competition was open to all truck drivers as well as driving license holders, I told my wife, to give it a go,” said En Zamri Abdul Rahman who works for a logistic company in Port Klang.
The SDC-ME was a successful prelude to the main event in October this year, which is the Scania Driver Competition 2014/2015 Malaysia-Singapore (SDC).
The closing date for submission of entry forms for the professional drivers’ competition is on 31 July, 2015.
“The fourth edition of the SDC is now open to all drivers of trucks and buses, besides Scania vehicle drivers, so it will be a bigger and more challenging environment this year, ” said Marketing and Communication Manager of Scania Southeast Asia, Ian Tan
“We are committed to elevating the status of all commercial vehicle drivers in Malaysia by increasing the standards of safety, fuel economy and environmentally-friendly concerns. The support from Government transport agencies such as the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Road Safety Department (JKJR) as Official Partners of the SDC; also Michelin Malaysia as Main Sponsor are testimonies to this commitment by Scania,” added Tan.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 8:05 AM
Malaysia’s leading e-Government services provider, MY E.G.Services Bhd has launched its new automotive portal www.mymotor.my (aka ‘MyMotor’). MyMotor is set to offer an integrated transactional online solution to vehicle ownership, a distinct advantage in the automotive online classifieds market filled with portals focused mainly on car listings.
MyMotor will undertake the search for the best deals, ensure cars listed for sale are verified by a team of motoring experts, and more significantly, provide a comprehensive one-stop solution for all transactions required on a safe and secure platform, utilizing the existing framework established by MY E.G. Services Berhad. In this initial stage, MyMotor will be providing a free listing service for car sellers starting today. Dr Philip Ng, Managing Director for MyMotor said, “MyMotor is an absolute hassle-free online platform that brings both the buyer and sellers of vehicles together.
It serves as a sales and purchasing assistant, easing the buying and selling transactions for customers. Unlike typical online classified advertising websites, MyMotor will assist the buyer and seller to complete the transaction from start to finish.” “We believe that MyMotor will radically change the way car sellers and buyers interact. We will come to you, assess your vehicle, and help you sell your car at the best price. If you're buying, you will get to choose real cars at real prices from their real owners.” He explained, “With the ever changing consumer buying behaviours, we identified an opportunity in the online marketplace for a one-stop centre where users can buy or sell a car, and have all transactions including vehicle financing, road tax, insurance and car ownership transfer done for you.” “Backed by Malaysia’s leading e-Government Services provider My E.G. Services Berhad, we have a solid track record and strong partnerships in place to ensure value-added services that no other online car websites can offer.”
The website is targeted primarily at all car buyers and sellers comprising of individual owners, used car dealers as well as new car dealers and salespeople. For this Ramadhan period, the first 50 cars successfully purchased through MyMotor will receive RM3,000 cashback subject to approved vehicle financing. Promotion is valid until the end of Ramadhan or for the first 50 cars sold, whichever comes first.
For more information, visit www.mymotor.my. Customers can email email@example.com or call 017-3556988 for assistance.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 7:55 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2015
As part of its on-going nationwide network expansion exercise, Nasim Sdn Bhd launched its latest outlet in the country, Peugeot Kajang.
Peugeot Kajang is the fourth new outlet launched by Nasim this year and the eighteenth Peugeot outlet in the Klang Valley.
Owned and operated by MN Otomobil Sdn Bhd, the new 4S centre will serve several corners of the Klang Valley and the main areas surrounding Petaling Jaya, in particular the markets in Kajang, Bandar Baru Bangi, Baru 9 Cheras, Beranang, Hulu Langat, Semenyih, Seri Kembangan, UKM Bangi, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.
With an investment of RM2.5 million, Peugeot Kajang measures 12,000 sq. ft. and features body and paint, free Wi-Fi and a lounge for its customers. The service centre has 13 bays with the capability to service up to 30 units per day.
“From the regional sales analysis, it was reported that there is a good market acceptance for Peugeot vehicles in Klang Valley. Sales in the state accounted for 47% of Peugeot’s national sales in 2014. The number of Peugeot cars registered in Kajang and its nearby vicinity recorded a total of 2,192 vehicles and the numbers will continue to grow,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim Sdn Bhd.
“The setting up of more Peugeot centres will ensure sustainable sales growth with the support of innovative services and availability of parts at competitive pricing. Our network expansion will integrate sales, service and spare parts centre under one roof, making it extremely convenient for Peugeot owners,” he said.
Peugeot Kajang is part of Nasim’s rapid nationwide network expansion exercise for 2015 which has seen the launch of a 3S centre in Taiping, a 1S showroom in Petaling Jaya and a 2S service centre in Klang. Following Peugeot Kajang, Nasim is scheduled to launch one more outlet in East Malaysia by year end. These new outlets collectively will contribute to Nasim’s target of selling 4,200 units this year.
Nasim currently has a total of 43 outlets nationwide in operation since embarking on a rapid network expansion four years ago. This includes 18 outlets in the Klang Valley alone.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 7:37 AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most advanced Electronic Automatic Transmission (E-AT) plant was officially launched yesterday by the YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan, Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan, here yesterday.
The E-AT plant, which also supplies manual transmission engines as well as other components took an investment of RM200 million to build now supplies its products exclusively for Perodua.
“For this year, Perodua is targeting a new sales record of 208,000 vehicles and this means that we will be keeping Akashi Kikai very busy,” Perodua Chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said.
Also present was Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.
On 7 March 2012, Akashi Kikai Co Ltd of Japan entered into an agreement with Negeri Sembilan’s Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) and developer BSS Development Sdn Bhd; to acquire land from Negeri Sembilan to construct the E-AT plant.
The land area acquired in total is 113,000 square meters and the plant’s initial size would be approximately 13,000 square metres, while the plant production capability is 200,000 units per year
“Akashi Kikai Industry (Malaysia) started a small volume production on March 3 last year, exactly 2 years after the signing. It (the new plant) expanded the production volume from last summer (August) and achieved stable and full-capacity production status this year,” Mr Noriyoshi Matsushita, President of Akashi Kikai Industry Co Ltd of Japan said at the launch.
“During this period, we supplied more than 180,000 units of E-AT to Perodua. We also started the production of manual transmissions (at the request of Perodua),” he added.
Akashi-Kikai Industry shareholders consist of Japan-based Akashi-Kikai Industry co Ltd 51%, Daihatsu Motor Corporation Sdn Bhd 39% and Perodua 10%.
Daihatsu, through its subsidiary, Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd allocated RM100 million for capital and now employs 200 staff.
The plant is located in Sendayan TechValley, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, which is approximately 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur.
Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said that Akashi Kikai Industry (M) plant is an important milestone for Perodua’s 5-year strategic roadmap to become more competitive.
“We are very happy that Malaysia was chosen for this project as it shows that the country is still a viable investment destination for investors,” Aminar said.
He also said that this joint-venture company will effectively transfer high-end and high quality technology to Malaysia.
Aminar hopes that more local vendors will be given the opportunity by Daihatsu and Akashi Kikai Industry to participate in future models
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 2:32 PM
NAZA Italia, official importer of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, presented the Ferrari 488 GTB to the Malaysian market today, in a launch ceremony held at its newly-renovated NAZA Italia showroom. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s Malaysian debut comes just a few months after the model’s International Premiere in Geneva.
Present at the official launch ceremony were Datuk Wira Hj. SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin (Group Executive Chairman & Group CEO of NAZA World Group of Companies), Mr. Dieter Knechtel (Managing Director of Ferrari Far East), Mr. David Hector Ratnaike (Senior Vice President 2 of 4-Wheels Division, NAZA World Group of Companies) and Mr Wan Ahmad (Vice President 1 of NAZA Italia Sdn Bhd).
“The Ferrari 488 GTB provides a breathtaking 661bhp – the highest specific power output of any road-going Ferrari. Exceptionally powerful with greater fuel economy, this model is bound to be a new Malaysian favourite,” said Datuk Wira Hj. SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman & Group CEO, NAZA World Group of Companies.
The twin-turbocharged V8 Ferrari 488 GTB sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the Ferrari 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture.
“Available at the introductory base price excluding duty and options of RM 1,068,800.00 and with the interest it has sparked worldwide, we are confident that the Ferrari 488 GTB will turbocharge its way into the hearts of Malaysian Ferraristi,” stated Mr. David Hector Ratnaike, Senior Vice President 2 of 4-Wheels Division, NAZA World Group of Companies.
Credit for this achievement must go to the Ferrari 488 GTB’s revolutionary proprietary solutions which deliver a car at the top of its class in terms of power output (670 cv) with engine and command response times of just 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively. Significantly, however, sophisticated dynamic vehicle controls make this massive power completely controllable even on the limit by drivers of all abilities, resulting in the unique driving pleasure that only a Ferrari can deliver.
Ferrari drew extensively too on its experience in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title in the WEC (World Endurance Championship). Also pivotal was the XX programme in which Ferrari’s technicians have developed a unique knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of extreme cars driven by non-professional drivers.
The 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history.
Designed by the Ferrari Style Centre, the Ferrari 488 GTB’s sculptural forms are completely new. They accentuate the car’s sportiness yet retain the classically clean, pure lines typical of Ferrari’s legendary styling. The seamless interweaving of form and function is clear in every detail, in fact. Certain design elements are also obvious nods to the past, not least the 308 GTB-inspired styling of the flanks.
The extreme power required by the car is delivered by the new 3902 cm3 turbo engine which is coupled with a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management which optimally distributes torque (a maximum 760 Nm in seventh gear). The Ferrari 488 GTB guarantees exuberant performance that is absolutely exploitable to the fullest regardless of driving conditions and is accompanied by a deep, seductive soundtrack, the signature of all Ferrari engines.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s revolutionary aerodynamics incorporate patented solutions, such as the blown rear spoiler, as well as innovative features like the 458 GT-derived aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators. The result is a new efficiency record for a Ferrari (E=1.67). Downforce increases to 325 kg at 250 km/h, thanks in part to active aerodynamic devices which reduce drag whilst simultaneously generating downforce when required.
The Ferrari 488 GTB’s dynamic vehicle controls have also been further evolved. It sports a new version of the Side Slip Control System (SSC2) which, aside from just integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also controls the active dampers. This renders the Ferrari 488 GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable, so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting in an astonishingly engaging driving experience.
The Ferrari 488 GTB makes its debut in a new Rosso Corsa Met livery with black and red technical fabric cabin trim.
Type V8 - 90° turbo – dry sump
Total displacement 3902 cc (238,1 cu in)
Bore and stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in)
Maximum power * 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm
Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear
Specific output 172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu in)
Compression ratio 9.4:1
DIMENSIONS AND WEIGHT
Length 4568 mm (179.8 in)
Width 1952 mm (76.9 in)
Height 1213 mm (47.8 in)
Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in)
Front track 1679 mm (66.1 in)
Rear track 1647 mm (64.8 in)
Kerb weight** 1475 kg (3252 lb)
Dry weight** 1370 kg (3020 lb)
Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear
Boot capacity 230 l (8.12 cu ft)
Fuel tank capacity 78 l (22.7 US Gallon)
Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0
Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0
Front 15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in
Rear 14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in
TRANISSION AND GEARBOX
7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission
E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC
Maximum speed > 330 km/h (205 mph)
0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 3.0 s
0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) 8.3 s
0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd) 10.45 s
0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd) 18.7 s
Dry weight/power ratio 2.04 kg/cv (6.13 lb/kW)
Fiorano lap time 1’23”00
CONSUMPTION *** 11.4 l/100 km
C02 EMISSIONS*** 260 g/km
* with 98 octane fuel
**With optional equipment
*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 8:49 AM