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Thursday, April 17, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: VW Is The Official Car For 8TV'S "Let's Cycle" Programme

Volkswagen Group Malaysia yesterday announced that it is the “Official Car” for local broadcaster 8TV’s latest reality TV programme, ‘Let’s Cycle’. 

Volkswagen Group Malaysia will be providing a total of 4 vehicles for the entire duration of the film production, which include the locally assembled Polo Sedan and the new Polo 1.6, as well as the Cross Touran and the Tiguan.

Ms Petra Schreiber, Marketing and Communications Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia shares, “The Volkswagen product portfolio features engines that are powerful, yet fuel efficient and have low CO2 emissions following our Think Blue approach. The ‘Let’s Cycle’ programme promotes an environmentally-conscious approach to living which is in line with our Think Blue philosophy. This is an excellent collaboration opportunity in order to continue encouraging Malaysians on the importance of sustainability and caring for the environment.” 

This all-new 13-episode reality TV series will see local personalities Baki Zainal and Rickman Chia traverse a total of approximately 2,315 km across all 11 states in Peninsular Malaysia. Along the way, they will not just explore the country on bicycle whilst promoting healthy living but will also be raising awareness of environmentally-friendly activities across the nation.

source: VW Malaysia Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Viva Bags "Value For Money Car Of the Year" Award From Frost & Sullivan!!

The Perodua Viva receives the “Value-For-Money Car of the Year (1.3L and below)” award for the 7th year at the Frost & Sullivan’s Malaysia Award Ceremony here tonight.

“My team and I are delighted yet humbled by the recognition given to the Perodua Viva for the 7th year in a row this year,” Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said when accepting the award.

“In many ways, this award reflects our core objective of producing high quality yet affordable vehicles to Malaysians and we will continue to do so with our newer models,” Aminar said.

“Having won the “Value-for-Money Car of the Year award” since 2008, the Viva represents our commitment to offer Malaysians the most affordable overall cost of ownership,” he added.

The Perodua Viva is the most affordable entry level vehicle in the market with the Viva Basic starting from RM24,936 onwards. 

The 5 variants under the Viva model each made to suit different needs of everyday Malaysians.

The Viva, which was launched in 2007 is one of the highest selling models in the country and have sold some 419,000 units since it was launched in 2007.

source: Perodua Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: VW Malaysia Launched The New Enhanced Features Passat!!!

Volkswagen Group Malaysia recently announced the arrival of the refined Passat with enhanced specifications for a competitive price.

Following the introduction of its complete build-up (CBU) version in 2011, the Malaysian assembled Passat rolled out of the DRB-HICOM factory in Pekan a year later and has since been one of the most popular models in Volkswagen’s range of vehicles in Malaysia – selling a total of more than 6,000 CBU and CKD units to date. The popularity of this sedan in Malaysia is clearly evident due to its combination of premium and modern features packaged with an award-winning TSI engine and Volkswagen’s hallmark 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, making it the segment leader in ride and handling.

Volkswagen Group Malaysia Managing Director Mr Christoph Aringer shares that the Passat has always emulated the progress of technological advancement at Volkswagen, saying “Since the inception of its debut model in 1973, the Passat has undergone impressive technological improvements to be the premium executive sedan that it is today; concurrently selling over 15 million vehicles worldwide. The Passat continues to be a testament of our commitment to offer competitively priced class-leading vehicles to Malaysians and the Passat remains ever true to Volkswagen’s values of quality, innovation and environmental friendliness.” 

Simply automotive engineering at its finest, the Passat aims to provide premium mobility for discerning Malaysians looking for advanced comfort.

Enhanced Features

The Passat offers drivers enhanced connectivity, safety and comfort features. The sedan’s range of connectivity options now includes Bluetooth, telephone connectivity and audio streaming which allows Passat owners to wirelessly integrate a compatible mobile phone offering hands-free communication. Its comfort features have been upgraded to include 12-way adjustable electric front seats and memory function for driver’s seat to ensure comfortable and fatigue-free travel, even on long journeys.

On the car’s security front, the Passat is now improved with anti-theft alarm system with electronic immobiliser offering maximum protection against vehicle theft. Another notable enhanced feature is the sedan’s electric folding exterior mirrors. 

Engine and Performance

Equipped with a 1.8-litre TSI 160PS turbocharged direct petrol injection 4-cylinder engine, the Passat produces maximum torque of 250Nm kicking in from a low 1500rpm all the way to 4200rpm – making it amongst the most powerful car available in its segment. This efficient engine is mated to a 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, enabling this sedan to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.5 seconds; and is capable in reaching a top speed of 220kph. 

Installed with Volkswagen signature 7-speed Direct Shift Gearbox, drivers can experience smooth and fast gear shifts which contribute to better fuel efficiency and ride comfort. The combination of its TSI and DSG technology places the Passat at the forefront of Volkswagen’s fuel efficiency, returning a frugal 7.0 litres/100km on the combined cycle – allowing drivers to go a distance of approximately 14.3 km per litre. 

The Passat is available in 6 colour choices: Candy White, Light Brown, Reflex Silver, Deep Black, Black Oak Brown and Icelandic Grey. The Passat is available for booking at all Volkswagen dealerships with the selling price of RM 169,888. 

For more information on the Volkswagen Passat, please visit

source: VW Malaysia Press Release

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Austria's Hannes Arch Wins Rovinj, Croatia Red Bull Air Race!!!

Austria’s Hannes Arch came from behind to beat defending champion Paul Bonhomme in a riveting final in the second stop of the eight-leg Red Bull Air Race World Championship on Sunday in Rovinj, Croatia. Arch was trailing Bonhomme at the midway point of the final round by 0.23 seconds but opened the throttle with a blistering second lap on the obstacle course set up on the Adriatic Sea to get his eighth career victory. Japan’s Yoshihide Muroya got the first podium of his career, taking third place on a challenging course in the bay off Rovinj that was made even more difficult when the winds coming from the south shifted to from the west.

Cheered on by thousands of fans from nearby Austria, Arch also became the sentimental favorite of the local Croatian fans, who were savoring the country's first Red Bull Air Race. The Austrian had a flawless run in the final, stopping the clock in 59.012 seconds -- ahead of Bonhomme’s 59.097. They have 21 points each in the World Championship standings.

“It’s really special,” said Arch, who felt lifted by a surge of support this weekend from the big crowd in Rovinj, a stunning town on a peninsula known as the blue pearl of the Adriatic. “When I heard I was first I had tears in my eyes because of all the emotions and the release of the pressure. It was so difficult here.”

There was a record six pylon hits on the challenging course set up in the water just off the shoreline of Rovinj – including one in the Super 8 round that ended the day of Matt Hall of Australia, who finished a disappointing seventh. Canada’s Pete McLeod was fourth after a costly penalty in the finals. Britain`s Nigel Lamb got knocked out when his running propeller touched the ground and got damaged at the Race Airport.


1. Hannes Arch (AUT), 2. Paul Bonhomme (GBR), 3. Yoshihide Muroya (JPN), 4. Pete McLeod (CAN), 5. Nicolas Ivanoff (FRA), 6. Martin Sonka (CZE), 7. Matt Hall (AUS), 8. Nigel Lamb (GBR), 9.Matthias Dolderer (GER) 10. Kirby Chambliss (USA), 11. Peter Besenyei (HUN), 12. Michael Goulian (USA)

World Championship Standings: 

1. Arch (AUT) 21 points

2. Bonhomme (GBR) 21

3. McLeod (CAN) 12

4. Muroya (JPN) 7

5. Hall (AUS) 7

6. Ivanoff (FRA) 5 

7. Sonka (CZE) 5

8. Lamb (GBR) 5 

9. Dolderer (GER) 5 

10. Chambliss (USA) 0

source: Red Bull Air Race Official Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Naza Kia Kick Off With Fuleco Friend Search Contest!!!

Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. is taking the World Cup fever one notch up by kicking off Fuleco Friend Search, the search for one lucky child to escort Fuleco, the FIFA World Cup Mascot onto the pitch during the Semi Final game in Brazil.

This opportunity of a lifetime is only for a Malaysian child aged between 8-12 years and an accompanying parent through an on-ground contest at Piazza e-Curve, Mutiara Damansara on 26th April, at 3pm. This contest is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia where a child gets to walk onto the pitch and be part of the FIFA World Cup.

Only one winning pair of child and parent will be announced at the contest and the winners will get an all-expense paid trip to Brazil which will include flight tickets, accommodation, a city tour and tickets to the World Cup Semi Finals match. More excitingly, the child will get unprecedented bragging rights on escorting Fuleco onto the pitch at the biggest sporting event of 2014!

Living up to Kia’s tagline “The Power to Surprise”, Naza Kia Malaysia is able to extend extraordinary opportunities at the World Cup in Brazil through Kia Motor’s global partnership as the official automotive partner of 2014 FIFA World Cup. 

Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Kia Malaysia said the company sees the global partnership with FIFA World Cup as a great opportunity to deliver the excitement of the brand to football-mad fellow Malaysians.

“Fuleco Friend Search is a priceless opportunity for a child to become part of the World Cup, and we hope this will inspire more children to dream, hope and aspire towards what may seem impossible. We have kept the competition uncomplicated to encourage more children and parents to participate in this chance of a lifetime,” said Datuk Hafiz.

Those interested in participating in the Fuleco Friend Search can pre-register online at Kia Malaysia’s Facebook App at from now until 25th April, and turn up on 26th April at e-Curve, Mutiara Damansara where parents will battle it out in a very simple competition. 

In conjunction with Kia Motors’ partnership with the 2014 World Cup, Naza Kia Malaysia launched an umbrella campaign called World Cup Rocks with Kia earlier this year. Fuleco Friend Search is part of the campaign, along with Champs to Rio, a futsal tournament where the winning team will get to play against international futsal teams in Brazil, Cheer with Kia, a World Cup Viewing party and 2014 World Cup Roadshow, a carnival-like roadshow which features more chances to win a trip to experience the World Cup in Brazil.

For more information on Fuleco Friend Search or World Cup Rocks with Kia log onto to or

NEW LAUNCHES: Perodua Launched The All New Perodua Myvi XT!!!!

Perodua last week launched a new Myvi variant dubbed the Myvi XT, tailored specifically for today’s Gen Y’s as well as Gen Z’s automotive needs, that comes with an added value of up to RM1,600 worth of accessories and improvements.

The compact carmaker also re-launched its What’s Up! Graduate scheme along with the new Myvi XT variant to further entice first time buyers, particularly fresh graduates. 

“We believe that the launch of the Myvi XT and the What’s Up! Graduate scheme will be a good combo as one is made for the young and the other will assist those starting out in owning a Myvi,” Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said. 

He said that the launch of the Myvi XT was also in conjunction with the model’s 9th anniversary this year. 

“The Perodua Myvi, which was launched in May 2005, celebrates its 9th Anniversary this year. The Myvi is Perodua’s flagship model, consisting of about 50% of our sales since 2006,” Aminar said. Perodua has sold over 750,000 units of its Myvi model since 2005; making it the best-selling model for 8 consecutive years.

He said that the main target for the Myvi XT is the university students and fresh graduates looking for space, performance, quality yet affordability in a car. Perodua targets to sell 1,600 Myvi XT units per month. 

The XT, which means extra, comes in both manual and automatic transmission and in a new colour; Metallic Lime Green; The Myvi XT also comes in Metallic Dazzling Red, Mystical Purple, Glittering Silver, and solid Ivory White.

Further improvements to the Myvi XT include the addition of alloy rims, a new seat fabric, an improved audio system that comes with a USB and Bluetooth as well as a silver painted centre cluster. 

In addition to the Myvi XT, Perodua is also upgrading its existing Myvi 1.5 Extreme to include security film, coil mat and a new leather seat cover design, the Myvi Extreme only comes in automatic transmission. 

The on-the-road price for the Myvi XT starts from RM41,936.45; while the Myvi extreme starts from RM61,240.50 respectively (Prices mentioned are applicable in West Malaysia). 

Despite the new Myvi XT and the upgraded Myvi 1.5 Extreme, Perodua is maintaining its other Myvi variants, which are Myvi 1.3SE and Myvi 1.5SE. In addition, the 3 years free service is applicable to all models including the Myvi XT and the Myvi Extreme.

“Despite all the new features for both Myvi XT and Myvi 1.5 Extreme worth between RM1,000 and RM1,600, we are still maintaining the price for both variants,” Aminar said.

On the What’s Up! Graduate scheme, Perodua offers a voucher worth RM500, a petrol card worth RM500, a free RM20,000 personal accident policy coverage for 1 year. (Terms and conditions apply)

source: Perodua Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Announced Winners of Toyota Dream Car Art Contest

The Toyota Dream Car Art Contest initiated by UMW Toyota Motor concluded the National phase of more than 1,100 artworks received by many talented children. The deserving nine children together with their artworks were selected as winning masterpieces at the National phase and will compete in the World Contest phase in August 2014. For the National phase, winners were chosen from three age categories: under 8 years old, 8 to 11 years old and 12 to 15 years old.

Since 2004, Toyota Dream Car Art Contest has been conducted as part of Toyota Motor Corporation Japan’s social contribution initiatives. It gives children throughout the world the opportunity to develop an interest in cars and helps them feel the joy and importance of having a dream. 

“Toyota Dream Car Art Contest invites children from all corners of the globe to share ideas about the future of mobility by drawing their dream cars. We at Toyota believe in nurturing the creativity of the next generation of great inventors, thinkers and dreamers. Every great idea was born in the glimmer of a dream” said Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor.

All winning submissions at the National phase were sent to Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan for the World Contest phase. The top management from Toyota Motor Corporation along with art experts will judge the artworks at the international phase. The winners of the World Contest will win a trip to Tokyo, Japan to attend the awards ceremony in August 2014. 

According to Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor, “This ‘Toyota Dream Car Art Contest’ has created great awareness among our local communities, primary schools and customers and I would like to congratulate the 9 lucky winners for their efforts and creativity that made it through to the World Contest. 

Lim Xin Ying, 13 years old Category 3 Gold Winner has placed a spot as one of the qualifiers for the World Contest. Her art piece was inspired by a magic Toyota car that brings peace, harmony and healthy life to the world. She hopes that the world will be filled with music and love where everyone will feel comfortable and at peace.

Another happy gold winner for Category 2, Marcus Ang Yu Jack, 9 years old interprets his artwork as a his fun world car for children which consists of five levels and each levels represents interesting places for children to play and learn. 

And as for the youngest gold winner who is 7 years old for Category 1, Asher Royce Anthony, whom presented a brand new ‘Eco Car’ that unites all cultures in Malaysia. He and his parents were so eager and overjoyed when he was announced as the youngest gold winner for Category 1. 

“I am astonished by the children’s creative minds illustrated through their artworks and demonstrated their understanding of a safer, peace in mind and cleaner environment future Toyota car for a safer and better society in the future,” added Datuk Ismet Suki.

UMW Toyota Motor continues to conduct the Toyota Dream Car Art Contest, an annual Toyota international children’s art contest, to Malaysians last year December. The contest was open to children up to 15 years old, who sent their drawings till February 14, 2014.

source: UMW Toyota Press Release
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