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Friday, December 5, 2014
Lexus Malaysia marked another milestone today when it officially launched its eighth Lexus outlet in Malaysia. Lexus Melaka, the newest outlet is a full-fledged sales and service centre with all the luxurious amenities and state of the art technologies associated with a Lexus centre.
On hand to witness the opening ceremony were Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, Datuk Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor and Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor. Also present were dealer principal of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd, the operators of Lexus Melaka; Mr Wong Ngee Fat, Managing Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery and Miss Yong Siew Fong, Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd.
The new outlet in Melaka is the third outlet to be launched this year by Lexus Malaysia, following the launch of outlets in Ipoh and in Kuching. Speaking at the launch of the third Lexus centre, Datuk Ismet Suki said, “To be opening three state-of-the-art Lexus centres in one year is a significant feat which marks our commitment towards the Lexus brand and to our customers.”
“The Lexus Customer Experience is legendary which incorporates with the art of Japanese hospitality. It starts when you visit the Lexus showroom for the first time, and continues at every step of the way after you purchase your first Lexus. To us, it’s more than meeting your needs and desires – it’s anticipating them. That way, you are always at the centre of the experience, just like you would be, as a guest in our home,” added Datuk Ismet.
Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd, the dealer and operator of Lexus Melaka has been in business with UMW Toyota Motor since 2005 with the launch of the Toyota showroom in Tebrau. The partnership was further strengthened when in 2011; Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd expanded to become a full-fledged 3S centre, and in the same year opened another Toyota outlet at Kota Tinggi. With this vast experience of working with Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd and their excellent track record in sales and after sales, the company was granted the Lexus dealership in Melaka.
Lexus Melaka is a double story building with a land size that measures in at 87,119 square feet and with a total built up area of 30,000 square feet. It features mezzanine floor and luxurious amenities like a customer lounge, a business centre as well as a cafe where Lexus guests are served with refreshing food and beverages. It also features four service bays so guests do not have to spend too much time waiting for their cars to be prepared. The new centre also lives up to the hospitality expected of a Lexus centre that abides by international standards and is staffed by a team of 14 highly trained in five-star hospitality and the finest engineers in the business.
Also speaking at the launch of the new showroom was Miss Yong Siew Foong, Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd who said, “For Lexus, luxury is more than a statement of wealth, status or ownership. It is about Lexus experience, from the moment you step into the showroom to the product line-up and the people where it provides true luxury that helps our customer make the most of every moment.”
Visitors to Lexus Melaka can not only expect to be greeted by a friendly welcome, but can also expect to view some of the finest and most popular Lexus models that include the luxurious Lexus LS and GS, the ever popular Lexus ES and the RX SUV, the sporting performance Lexus IS as well as recently launched Lexus RC. Of particular interest is the upcoming Lexus NX sports SUV which will be launched in January, where the order taking started in October and currently have close to 200 units order signed.
The opening of Lexus Melaka is testament to UMW Toyota Motor’s commitment to bring the Lexus brand closer to the people and to make it more accessible than it has ever been. Lexus Malaysia has invested close to RM100 million in expanding its network with the introduction of several Lexus outlets across Malaysia. Lexus Malaysia is also confident in achieving 2014 target of 1,600 units.
Lexus Melaka is now open for business and is located at 2A, Jalan Autocity 6, Persiaran Autocity, 75450, Ayer Keroh, Melaka. Call Lexus Toll Free Line: 1800 88 53987 (1-800-88-LEXUS) or visit www.lexus.com.my to visit the dealership or to book a test drive.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 12:23 PM
PRESS RELEASE: Team Harimau Malaya Emerged Winner of Top Team Competition 2014-2015 to represent Scania Malaysia At The Regional Finals In Guangzhou, China
Scania, a leading Swedish supplier of heavy truck, bus, marine, industrial and power generation engines, recently announced the winner of the Scania Malaysia Top Team Competition 2014-2015 edition.
The winning team successfully worked on and solved problems on five components presented as a set of challenges to them – Theory, Brake, Electrical, Suspension and Fuel. The competition was held this morning at Scania Malaysia Bukit Jelutong.
Gary Archer, Services Director, Scania Southeast Asia, said, “We are highly impressed by the teams’ competency to master and develop their skills combining studies, training and teamwork with the competition. The results show that these teams are proficient in the following areas - increasing technical competency, ability to look at the big picture when analyzing problems, learning to delegate responsibility, enhance and cultivate teamwork and foresight in solving problems and overcoming challenges systematically and efficiently.”
Added Gary, “Through the Scania Top Team Competition, we aim to develop Services personnel’s skills by way of combining studies, training and teamwork with challenges presented by the competition. We hope that the results will bring immense benefits to the participants and subsequently, to Scania customers by providing more effective services. In return, this may help meet the worldwide demand for qualified service workshop staff, especially in Malaysia.”
Scania’s customer’s objective is to achieve the best profitability, which is why the competition is based on Scania’s total solutions approach to offering fuel economy, uptime and premium services. The competition rests firmly on the combination of studies with pleasure while having elements of the contest rooted in reality.
The top team, Team Harimau Malaya comprising of Amir bin Hamzah, Adde Ham bin Abdul Rahman, Mohd Ghazali bin Mapaita, Mohd Zainy bin Mohd Fadil and Mohammad Hairol Zaki bin Missuan from Scania Malaysia Bukit Jelutong walked away with a team trophy, official certificates of participation, official Scania watch and the grand title of being the representative from Malaysia at the regional finals in Guangzhou, China in 2015. The team had managed to solve the series of challenges and problems issued to them in the fields of five chosen components – Theory, Brake, Electrical, Suspension and Fuel.
Prior to the finals recently, participating teams from all Services personnel across Malaysia had to go through a written test in order to qualify as finalists. As a result, a total number of five teams were chosen to compete in the finals today: Auto City from Butterworth branch, Borneo Hornbill from Bintulu branch, Harimau Malaya from Bukit Jelutong branch, Innovative from Bukit Jelutong branch and Pendekar Penyu from Ipoh branch. They consists of 3 Service Personnel, 1 Parts Personnel and 1 Service Advisor each.
Five stations representing all of the five above mentioned components were set up and all teams were not told of the components which they were to be tested on. At every station, each team was given 20 minutes for problem solving and to explain to a panel of judges from Scania and 20 minutes for team members to re-group and discuss among themselves while the judges deliberate.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:54 AM
Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd (ETCM) recently announced that Nissan’s flagship model, the Teana has made history by being the first car to achieve perfect score (16.00 points) in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), and the first car to achieve 5-Star rating in Child Occupant Protection (COP) with 88 percent compliance in the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).
The presentation of the award was held at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 in Bangkok recently by ASEAN NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon to Mr Hiroyuki Yoshimoto, President of Nissan Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.
A global success, the third-generation Nissan Teana has sold more than 600,000 units worldwide since its launch in China in February 2013.
The Nissan Teana comes with six SRS airbags and driver and front passenger Seatbelt Reminder (SBR); and Nissan’s Electronic Stability Control system, known as VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), TCS (Traction Control System), and AUC (Active Understeer Control) to help the driver stay in control during emergency situations.
Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM expressed his delight on the ASEAN NCAP safety accreditation. “We are truly heartened by this acknowledgement, as the wellbeing and safety of our customers is always a priority for us at ETCM. This achievement further reinforces our commitment to continue enhancing the safety and performance of Nissan cars on Malaysian roads.”
The crash test Teana unit, although assembled in Thailand, carries the same specifications as the Teana that is assembled by Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA), and sold in Malaysia by ETCM.
This achievement comes after the Teana’s latest recognition, where it won the Executive Car of the Year title at the recent NST-Maybank Car of the Year 2014 Awards
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:50 AM
Monday, December 1, 2014
Lexus Malaysia recently unveiled the highly anticipated Lexus RC-350 and RC-F at its luxurious state-of-the-art showroom in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Hailed as the ultimate and most luxurious Lexus High Performance Coupe, the new RC also offers a new emotional design that has never before seen in a Lexus.
The All-New RC-350 and RC-F mark the return of Lexus into the Malaysian Luxury Sport segment and for the first time Lexus Malaysia is offering two models in the sports coupe segment. RC and RC-F are positioned a class above of premium competitors that focuses mainly in driving dynamics and pure styling of the car.
According to Datuk Ismet, President of UMW Toyota Motor in his speech, “The Lexus RC marks a new chapter for Lexus Malaysia, and we are proud to be able to offer customers one of the finest coupes in the market today.” Both the RC-350 and the RC-F have been making waves around the world with the trademark Lexus design together with the Lexus signature spindle grille, making both cars immediately recognisable.
Both models offer state-of-the-art multi-LED headlamps with independent LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs). The headlamps feature uniquely shaped lenses and multi-LED lamps for both high and low beam, this expresses the advanced and sophisticated nature of the new Lexus identity. All three LEDs are lit when the headlight is turned on while an L-shape is adopted during low beam to immediately express the Lexus identity.
The design of the RC-350 coupe is summed up as “coolness over utility” and provides a visual jolt to the onlooker with its low profile, wide stance, short wheelbase and large diameter tyres. Described as a true “2+2” coupe, the RC-350 offers excellent accommodation for driver and passenger with sufficient space for two rear seat occupants.
The interior of the RC-350 is a perfect balance of both sportiness and elegance. The luxurious leather seats are constructed of the same integrated foaming method introduced in 2013 in the IS F-Sport, and offers unparalleled comfort and support. The centre console and door trim on the other hand have been designed to feature a structured layer of parts sitting upon another, a character typical of Lexus to express coupe elegance. Located at the centre is an analogue clock that, just like a luxury wrist watch, makes a bold statement. It symbolises the Lexus interior and is carefully designed.
The interior of the RC-F however, is different altogether. It utilizes a range of sportiness elegance to create an immediate impression the moment the driver enters the cockpit; it is a unique sports model which includes the meters that are directly descended from the original LFA design.
Both interiors also offer a Mark Levinson sound system with high resolution speakers that provide for a 360 degrees spatial envelopment of sound. New to both interiors is the RTI Touchpad as part of the cockpit ‘operation zone’ in the center console that gives the drivers images and vibration feedback for a more responsive control.
On the engine front, the Lexus RC-350 has a 3.5-litre V6 with eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift transmission. It offers linear performance and can accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.3 seconds, reach a top speed of 230 kilometres per hour and yet is incredibly fuel efficient.
While the RC-350 is designed to pamper its occupants in luxury and technology, the RC-F on the other hand is a power house in every sense of the word. The RC-F coupe is the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus and offers shocking performance and high speed stability.
The engine of the RC-F on the other hand is the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has ever built. It is 12 per cent more powerful than the IS-F engine, on which it is based, and yet thanks to the advanced Atkinson cycle technology, the engine uses as much fuel as the regular RC when cruising.
Speaking at the launch of the new cars, President of UMW Toyota Motor, Datuk Ismet Suki commented, “The Lexus RC-350 injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is already synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability. Simultaneously, it is openly intended to raise the brand’s profile for those who seek a car that stirs the emotions with elegance and yet appreciate a sophisticated design and peerless craftsmanship.”
“The RC-350 is not just business as usual for Lexus, it marks the arrival of a new design language for Lexus sports models. Described as “coolness over utility”, it retains the signature spindle grille but features a clearly more aerodynamic and a sharper profile. The RC-F on the other hand takes it to another level with its muscular stance, active rear wing and carbon fiber components,” said Datuk Ismet Suki.
“The experience continuous beyond being a proud Lexus owner. It is shaped through the years by our luxury quality service that has come to be expected of the Lexus brand. In line with the Lexus network expansion and to fulfill the increasing demand, we will be opening a Lexus outlet in Malacca next month. This will bring the total number to 8 outlets where we will ensure our customers’ demand and satisfaction continues to be fulfilled,” concluded Datuk Ismet.
Order taking were opened on the 5th September and it is priced from RM526, 000 for the RC-350 while the RC-F is priced from RM782,000.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 6:01 PM
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