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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CAR PREVIEWS: Naza Euro Motors Opens Pre Booking For Citroen Grand C4 Picasso and Citroen C3!!

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso Petrol and Citroen C3 are currently available for pre-booking with estimated prices of RM183,000 and RM105,000 respectively.

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso 

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso has been the recipient of several accolades. This includes 'Best Seven-seat People Carrier' in the Fleet News Awards, 'Family Car of the Year' in BBC Top Gear magazine, ‘Best in Category’ in the Automotive and Transport section of the Good Design Awards, ‘Family MPV of the Year’ in Autobild Golden Steering Wheel Awards, 'MPV of the Year' in What Car? magazine and 'MPV of the Year' in the UK Car of the Year Awards.

This uniquely styled 7-seater MPV is impressive in terms of design and features a pioneering balance between interior space and engaging exterior styling.

It is elegance personified as an MPV of flowing, elegant lines with a stand-out strong, expressive character. The newly designed front end and robust rear end with its wraparound, motorised tailgate and rear 3D LED lights not only look good but are truly practical as well.

The loft-inspired interior delivers an uncluttered feel and best-in-class comfort for all passengers. The panoramic windscreen and large glass roof combined with a long wheelbase provides comfort and versatility for up to seven occupants. Brimming with 'créative technologie', the MPV comes with features such as a 7-inch touch screen driver interface, 12-inch HD panoramic screen with navigation system, rear view camera and massage function in driver and front passenger’s seats. 

The new Citroen Grand C4 Picasso’s new petrol engine was developed to meet the new Euro 6 emissions standards while its specifications also include improved fuel efficiency and performance.

Citroen C3

The new Citroen C3 has traditionally been one of the key selling models for the brand internationally with nearly 3 million units sold since 2002.

With its clean, refined body lines, the Citroen C3 is one of the most compact cars in its class but its clever design gives the impression of plenty of space inside. Sweeping glazed areas enhance the feeling of space and freedom.

The exterior styling of the new Citroen C3 denotes creativity at the service of well-being. With its clean, fluid design lines, the new Citroen C3 is beautifully styled. It boasts elegant lines, a dynamic front end, an upper grille with chevrons and an original LED light signature. The new Citroen C3 sets the standard for quality. See it in every part of the vehicle - in the surface treatment, the chrome trim on the door handles, the weatherstrips and chrome-tipped tail pipes. With its sweeping Zenith windscreen, it brings ‘Visiodrive’ passengers an all-new motoring experience by boosting brightness and visibility. 

The compact exterior hides a spacious interior that boasts a generously sized cabin, a 300 litre boot and a plethora of storage compartments. The semi-high seats make access easy and give passengers a commanding view of their surroundings, as part of an approach focused on comfort and safety.

The new Citroen C3 is equally at ease in the city and out on the open road, with well-balanced road manners, ultra-controlled mass, optimised drag, and a responsive and efficient engine. It is a sensory pleasure, curved and sleek yet with a sharp dynamic balance that is also clutter free.

PRESS RELEASE: Red Bull Kicks Off F1 fever at Infiniti Red Bull Live Party At Publika's The Square!!

Over 1,000 racing fans celebrated the 2015 Season flag off with a live viewing party for Infiniti Red Bull Racing at Publika’s The Square on 15 March 2015. 

It was high-octane day, with fans taking in the race on the big screen as well as wanna-be racers putting their skills to the test on the Red Bull Racing Simulators and the Red Bull Racers Mobile App. 

Thumping music and the sound of revving motors rang through the event, creating the energetic vibe expected of a flag off viewing party.

Exclusive Red Bull blended drinks served were the much needed energy boost for the sweltering mid-day heat and the after party.

The race fans were on the edge of their seats from start to finish, reacting in waves to the ebb and flow of the supercharged race.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Chevrolet United Roadshow Heading Their Way To Penang This Weekend

Penangites, mark your calendars because you have a date with Chevrolet this weekend! Chevrolet is rolling into Queensbay for a spectacular Chevrolet United Roadshow at Queensbay Mall, Penang from 19 – 22 March 2015.

Northerners looking to get their hands on a Chevrolet for themselves can make their way to the roadshow to test drive their favourite Chevrolet and enjoy the promotional savings of up to RM8,888 and more on selected models. The latest range of Chevrolet models will be on display, including the Malibu, Orlando, Cruze and Colorado.

“The Chevrolet brand is recognized worldwide for its safety and reliability – qualities every car owner appreciates. Our entire Chevrolet range features a winning combination of exceptional safety, practical style and functionality. We are truly delighted to bring a range of high quality vehicles to Malaysians across the country,” said Ms. Thoo Ai Wuen, Vice President 1 of NAZA Quest Sdn Bhd.

Making it a family affair, Chevrolet will have a variety of fun-filled activities for all to enjoy and is giving visitors the chance to win fantastic prizes and official Chevrolet merchandise. Adding an extra thrill factor to the event, NAZA Quest will be displaying one of the brand’s most iconic models yet… the Chevrolet Camaro!

NEW LAUNCHES: Infiniti QX80 Premium SUV Launched In Malaysia!!!

The global premium carmaker Infiniti today officially announce its latest model to Malaysia to complete its SUV line up with introduction of QX80. The QX80 offers a unique combination of inspired design and performance that makes it stand out in the luxury performance SUV class.

The Infiniti QX80 is conceived to attract and hold viewers' attention, conveying its underlying sense of power and strength. The design is dynamic, its size is gigantic with the capability of transporting eight adults and their belongings with spacious elegance. The signature front double arch and wave pattern grille mirroring the bold style of the popular Q50 sports sedan. The front fascia also features new LED high/low beam headlights that illuminate with Infiniti’s distinct ‘brow-and-eye’ daytime running lights.

Other notable exterior features include body colored front and rear overfenders beautifully integrated with a full length running board, large yet lightweight 22-inch forged aluminum alloy wheels, large stainless rear bumper scuff protector and a power rear liftgate.

The proven 5.6-liter V8 engine combines the responsive acceleration of Infiniti’s VVEL (Variable Valve Event & Lift) technology with the efficiency of Direct Injection Gasoline (DIG) to produce 405 horsepower and 560 Nm of torque. The V8 engine is mated to a smooth 7-speed automatic transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC) and manual shift mode with Downshift Rev matching (DRM).

The QX80 is offered with standard four-wheel drive, featuring Infiniti's proven All-Mode 4WD system with Auto, 4H, and 4L modes. The system is designed to distribute torque to all four wheels when road conditions warrant (up to 50 percent can go to the front wheels on demand), helping to enhance traction. When off-road conditions become even more challenging, a multi-mode terrain switch comprising of Snow, Mud and Rock setting changes the engine torque, 4WD and VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) parameters. 

"The QX80’s majestic presence and gigantic size makes it the largest SUV officially available for sale in Malaysia," said Christopher Tan, Head of Infiniti Business Unit. "There's also a remarkable level of flat ride comfort, plenty of power and torque, and a solid feel throughout the vehicle that's reassuring and enjoyable for all passengers. It’s the perfect luxury SUV for CEOs, captains and leaders of industry who demand the best performance and security in their SUV"

The Hydraulic Body Motion Control system is introduced for the first time ever on a Infiniti vehicle. The system helps reduce body lean while turning, for a more comfortable ride. Utilizing hydraulic cylinders located at the shock absorbers (connected via cross piping and two accumulators), it adjusts roll stiffness by allowing transfer of fluid between the left and right sides of the vehicle through passive weight transfer during normal driving. It also helps reduce bump shock by setting bounce and roll damping forces separately.

The QX80's world-class inner sanctum offers a comfortable space and personal controls for every occupant. Luxurious semi-aniline leather-appointed seating is standard for 8 occupants to divulge. Climate-controlled (heating and cooling functions) front seats are standard as well as heated 2nd row seats. The 2nd row 60/40 split with remote release switches offer tip-up function for easy 3rd row entry/exit. The 3rd row seat is a 60/40-split power folding design with reclining capability, allowing passengers to adjust their seating position electronically. 

The QX80 offers advanced entertainment and audio system. The Bose Cabin Surround sound system with 5.1-encoding, 15-speakers, single in-dash DVD/CD player with MP3 playback capability, USB connection port for use with iPod® Interface or other compatible devices and Streaming Audio via Bluetooth®. It also includes an 8-inch high resolution color touch-screen display, dual 7-inch color headrest monitors, two pairs of wireless headphones, wireless remote control. The system allows playback of games or movies in the rear, while front occupants listen to audio all at the same time. The two 7-inch color monitors include an auto-bright system that adjusts for daytime, clouds/evening and night/tunnel lighting.

The QX80 comes ensuite with Driver Assistance Package offering extensive advance technology system such as:

- Intelligent Brake Assist (IBA) with Forward Emergency Braking

- Predictive Forward Collision Warning (PFCW), 

- Backup Collision Intervention® (BCI), 

- Intelligent Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range), 

- Blind Spot Warning (BSW), 

- Distance Control Assist (DCA) 

- Around View Monitor 

- Moving Object Detection 

- Steering wheel switches for the Safety Shield technologies. 

Finishing the look of the QX80 are four exterior colours to choose from – Majestic White, Graphite Shadow, Dark Currant and Black Obsidian. Interior color comes in graphite leather-appointed seating with Stratford Burl trim. 

Fully imported from Japan. OTR retail price without insurance RM799,000 for personal registration or RM799,200 for company registration.

PRESS RELEASE: Scania Driver Competition 2014/2015 Announced Jabatan Keselamatan Jalanraya (JKJR) As An Official Partner

The Scania Driver Competitions 2014/2015 Malaysia-Singapore (SDC) has, for the 4th time, attained the support of the Road Safety Department of Malaysia or Jabatan Keselamatan Jalanraya (JKJR) as an Official Partner.

In line with JKJR’s vision, mission and objectives, the SDC will once again lead the Malaysian Transportation Industry to elevate the status of truck and bus drivers through their participation in this internationally recognized competition.

“We are working very hard towards reducing the number of accidents on the road and we commend Scania for bringing the Scania Driver Competitions into Malaysia again to instil a sense of pride and professionalism among the drivers, making them more responsible towards their passengers or cargo,” said JKJR Deputy Director-General, En. Abdul Haris bin Lakar.

“The SDC editions fit in very well with our Road Safety Plan 2014 – 2020 to have private organisations play a role in educational awareness campaigns targeted towards road users, as human error has been the major cause of road accidents. This competition will complement JKJR’s ‘Zero Fatality Vision’,” added Abdul Haris.

Marketing and Communications Manager of Scania Southeast Asia, Ian Tan said, “We have made the qualification round tougher and more pertinent towards safety issues this time as that is one of the aspects of the industry that Scania is always striving to improve, so the participants must know the driving rules and regulations.”

“The competition reinforces the crucial knowledge on safety standards, fuel economy and environmental-friendly driving, as well as skill, that all contribute to safer driving and of course profitability of our customers,” added Ian.

Initiated in 2003, the Scania Driver Competitions were originally held in Europe and have since expanded globally, evolving into challenging events that highlight the importance of drivers’ skills, as well as driver training and development to enhance road safety awareness and proficient eco-driving. 

Scania Driver Competitions are currently held in more than 40 countries all over the world and is fast becoming an iconic event for all Scania customers and their drivers. Up to 1,000 drivers from Malaysia and Singapore are expected to participate in the SDC 2014/2015 edition.

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Issues Statement Of Self Illuminating Instrument Panel

First and foremost, we wish to ensure our customers that our products and services are offered with safety-first in mind which strictly adhere to domestic safety standards set by the Malaysian government via its Ministry and various agencies.

In fact, even the first generation Myvi (circa 2005-2011) is Euro 4 certified as Perodua exported to the United Kingdom previously. We have since improved on those safety features for our customers. 

That being said, it has come to our attention that a blogger by the name of Wolf Vaupel has accused the Perodua Myvi and Alza of posing high safety risk to our customers.

In his blog posting 10th March 2015, Mr Vaupel claimed that the self-illuminating instrument cluster featured in both the Myvi and the Alza as “deadly”. According to Mr Vaupel’s logic, the self-illuminating instrument panel confuses drivers into thinking that the headlights are on. 

We wish to clarify, that based on inquiries made to both the authorities and insurance companies showed that there is no such linkage concerning self-illuminating instrument cluster and road collisions at night. 

In addition, the self-illuminating instrument cluster is featured on other international brands and we are perplexed on why Mr Vaupel’s attacks are only directed to Perodua.

He further claims that the self-illuminating feature is against international regulations but fails to provide any evidence to his statements. 

We also wish to clarify, contrary to Mr Vaupel’s claim that we have replied to his earlier inquiry about the matter.

Being a responsible organisation, we welcome our customers to share their views and grievances with us, however we will not tolerate unfounded allegations and we will take necessary action to protect our rights.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Edaran Tan Chong Kicks Off The Nissan UEFA Champions League Campaign!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) has kicked-off the Nissan UEFA Champions League Campaign, offering customers great promotions on Nissan models, and the chance to go to Europe and watch a Champions League Semi-Finals game live.

The Campaign takes place throughout the month of March, and customers who purchase a Nissan will stand a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to watch the UEFA Champions League Semi-Finals match in Europe. 

During the campaign period, ETCM is also offering attractive deals and promotions on selected Nissan models, ranging from Teana, Serena S-Hybrid, Navara, Sylphy, Grand Livina, and Almera Nismo.

The UEFA Champions League is Europe’s most prestigious club tournament, and last year, Nissan signed a four-year global partnership with UEFA, establishing it as a Proud Sponsor of the UEFA Champions League. 

According to Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning, the Campaign showcases the Nissan line-up in a fresh perspective, by tying it with the global excitement that is the UEFA Champions League in Malaysia. 

“The Champions League is an important global platform for Nissan, and as the sole distributor for Nissan in Malaysia, it is our mission to deliver the excitement of both football and Nissan cars to local fans of the sport. With football being a national sport in Malaysia, we believe that the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a Champions League match live in Europe is definitely something fans will not want to miss!” 

Nissan has also signed on four world-class footballers to support its global Champions League initiatives. Barcelona star Andrés Iniesta, Paris Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva, Manchester City’s Yaya Touré and Shalke’s Max Meyer were recently introduced as Nissan’s Global Brand Ambassadors, or ‘Engineers of Excitement’.

Members of the public are invited to visit Nissan Showrooms and Roadshows to experience the Champions League excitement and the great Nissan deals on offer. 

Dates of the Nissan Roadshows are as follows:

11 - 15 March
IOI City Mall, Putrajaya
25 - 29 March
Mid Valley Mega Mall
3 - 8 March
Aeon Tebrau City Shopping Centre, Johor Bahru
13 - 15 March
Mydin Seremban 2, Seremban
20 – 22 March
City Square, Johor Bahru
5 - 8  March
Alor Setar Mall, Alor Setar
18 - 22 March
Taiping Mall, Taiping
15 - 21 March
Tesco Kota Bharu, Kota Bharu
6 - 8 March
Keningau Mall, Keningau
27 – 29 March
Karamusing Shopping Centre, Kota Kinabalu
27 – 29 March
Park City, Bintulu

For more information, visit or call ETCM’s Nissan Customer Care Centre at 1800-88-3838.
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