Thursday, November 21, 2013
Is your car due for it’s servicing and it is a hassle for you to get your car to be service? The hassle of having to book the time slot for servicing and the most cumbersome part where you need to spend almost half of your day just for a simple service such as an oil change. Well fret not, now for the first time in Malaysia you can have your car serviced and oil changed in a matter of just 10 minutes at the heart of Petaling Jaya. Yes, it is in PJ with the nearest landmark of just 200m from Hilton Hotel PJ driving toward PJ town and it is in front of the PJ Police Traffic Headquarters.
Founders of DTOX: On the left Mr Hendrik Tan, on the right Mr Chris
DTOX or an abbreviation of Drive Thru Oil change Xpress which is owned and managed by Lean Concepts Sdn. Bhd. was establish in August 2013 by two co-founders Mr Hendrik Tan and Mr Chris is a drive thru car service concept where they promise to have your car serviced and also payment being made within 10 minutes of your time. The novel idea was originated from the Fast Lube concept which is a proven and a popular car servicing concept in the United States which can be traced back since the early 80’s.
The same novel idea and concept can now be experience by all Malaysian especially for the Klang Valley people where the fast pace lifestyle can pose a big problem just to make time for a simple routine car service. But now you just need 10 minutes to get your car service done and have a peace of mind on the road. Imagine yourself at a drive thru concept of buying your favourite fast food. Drive along order your meal, pay your meal, collect your meal and drive out. Yeap, DTOX is almost the same. You just drive your car in, select your service package, pay for your service while the car is being service and drive off. It’s that simple.
At DTOX, they have 4 service bays and 2 waiting bays at each point of time to do the service. You can just drive your car to the specific bays which will be assigned to you, switch off your engine, wind down your window, pop your hood and the servicing will start immdediately. There is no need to jack up your car as each service bays have their own designated service pit for the technician to reach out to the oil filter and also to perform an undercarriage inspection. The suction of the oil was done by a suction machine which was specifically brought in from Italy to perform this job. The machine was so powerful and efficient till not even a single drop of oil can be seen if you open up your car drain plug. I have told you just now you need to select your service package, well at DTOX there are only 3 popular packages you can choose from based on your vehicle needs. It’s dead simple.
The cheapest service package is only RM88 with the use of Mineral oil. You need to choose the engine oil of your choice (Castrol/Shell Helix/Mobil) and now your car is ready for servicing. You can also opt for Semi Synthetic oil change for RM 158 or the Fully Synthetic oil change for RM 248 and all the service packages includes Free Labour, Original Oil Filter and also undercarriage inspection. All types of car are welcome for service here, either you are driving a Perodua Viva or even the sportiest sports car of Porsche. DTOX have all the original parts for your car lube services.
As for the undercarriage inspection, the technician will do the check on possible oil leaks from the engine or bushing or any oil leaks from the suspension and even your fuel and brake lines. If a leak is detected, the technician will jot down the problem, notify and recommend the car owners to send their car to the nearest authorise service centre to rectify the problems.
As for the servicing, DTOX does not only do oil change, but they also do other lube services such as ATF (Automatic Transmission Fluid) change and also brake oil change and other snap-on items like brake pads replacement, batteries, bulbs, spark plugs, air filter & air condition filter change, wipers and so on but no overhaul and other major repairs.
Besides that, customers can also opt for their Signature Plus service plan. With Signature Plus service plan, for an additional RM30, customers can have their cars inspected and top up their brake fluid, engine coolant, windshield washers, steering fluid, battery water and 18 points inspection and tire inspection. As for the lubrication top up, you may know some car have an odd engine oil requirement, some cars requires 5.5, 6.5 litres of oil, where normal engine oil packaging only 4 litres, thus it is a waste to force to buy additional 2 litres or even 4 litres of oil even though you only need 1.5 litres of oil, this is what I called a great way to save.
While your car is being serviced, you can either wait inside your car or you can head to the waiting lounge where you can sip on a free cup of espressolab coffee. If you send your car for service in the morning, according to the co-founder Mr Hendrik Tan, you can even splurge yourself with a nice sandwich or even nasi lemak from 7am until 10am in the morning and guess what, it is also free. According to Mr Hendrik, it is a token to the customer especially when the customer wants to have the car service during a working day and sacrifice their breakfast time to do their service.
As for customers who wanted to wait inside your car while the car being services, there are two special service bays with ceiling mounted air con hose which supply cold air into your car cabin. Now this is truly a drive thru car service concept.
DTOX is open every day with opening hours on weekdays from 7am to 7pm and on weekends from 9am till 5pm. There is no need for an appointment, just head down to the DTOX and get ready for the most convenient service. I cannot imagine myself going back to a conventional workshop after my experience with DTOX.
DTOX (Managed and Owned by Lean Concepts Sdn. Bhd.)
Address: No. 2, Lorong 8/1D, Jalan Sultan, Section 8, Petaling Jaya.
Open Daily Weekdays: 7am - 7pm; Weekends: 9am - 5pm
Tel: +603 7958 3869
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:41 AM
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Yesterday, UMW Toyota Motors Sdn Bhd has finally unveiled its all new 3rd generation Toyota Vios at downtown Kuala Lumpur. The locally assemble Toyota Vios were featured with a total of five variants mainly J(Auto and Manual), E (Auto), G (Auto) and the top of the line TRD Sportive (Auto).
To date, UMW Toyota have sold more than 265,000 units of Toyota Vios from its 1st generation and this ride of success can be seen on this new model where it has garned more than 8000 bookings to date. This new Vios was developed with the concept of "Value Beyond Belief" where it continues to the same attributes of its predecessor which is fuel economy, low cost of maintenance, quality, durability and reliability and value for money.
The all new Vios has adopted a new "Keen Look" front end design which gives a more dynamic look and having a more sculptured 3D design. The width of the body of this new model has grown up by 110mm and the roofline is also 15mm higher. While most of the overall dimension has grown up, the wheelbase of the car still remains at 2550mm. Even though the wheelbase remains un changed, improvement has been made inside the cabin with the front passenger seat is now thinner but giving the same support thus releasing more legroom and knee room for the rear passenger.
The headlamp of the all new Vios features a standard manual leveling adjusted headlamp with the lower end variant (J and E) features reflector headlamp while the higher end variant (G and TRD Sportivo) features projector headlamp as standard. Beside the new headlamp, the rear combi lamp also features a wrap around design with the rear bumper corner rise towards the lamps which emphasize the wide feel of the whole rear body and providing a more solid look.
The boffin at Toyota also has redesign the roof of the car which is now features a catamaran shape that function to help streamline the airflow over the top of the car benefiting acceleration and also fuel economy. The same roof design can be seen on other Toyota models such as the Prius C and also the Toyota Prius. Other aerodynamic enhancement features in the all new Vios includes small aero stablising fins that has been added on the side mirror body attachment and also at the side of the rear tail lamps where this will help vortices exert pressure to stablise the car's posture, enhancing straight line stability.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:33 PM
Thursday, September 26, 2013
Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is proud to reveal the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA today. The Nissan GRAND LIVINA first debuted in December 2007 and has been receiving overwhelming response as the best-selling non-national brand Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV). Since its first launch in 2007, there are now more than 65,000 units of Nissan GRAND LIVINA on Malaysian roads.
The Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM, Mr. Tan Keng Meng said: “It is our great pleasure to introduce to Malaysian motorists the latest version of the Nissan GRAND LIVINA. We believe that, while retaining the core concept of ‘Drives like a sedan, fits like an MPV’, the refreshed exterior and interior styling, along with more than 50 new enhancements, will attract young families with an urban lifestyle and who also enjoy recreational activities.”
Exterior-wise, the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA has a fresh new look for the front and back, complemented by new V-spoke alloy wheels, door mouldings and wing mirrors with integrated LED indicators.
The combination of the new chrome grill with fine sculptured horizontal panes, aggressive lines of the front bumper and expressive headlamps creates the impression of “elegant dynamism”. At the rear, the new tail-lamps now expand horizontally across the tailgate showcasing rear reflectors for a wider, sportier look.
Nissan’s Intelligent Key (i-Key) system which allows for true keyless entry and start is now available in the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA. With i-Key, New Nissan GRAND LIVINA owners are able to experience a higher level of convenience and security by virtue of not having to operate the remote control when entering or exiting the seven-seat MPV.
The new two-tone interior colour scheme with revised fabric is among the highlights of the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA. The premium image is further supplemented by a new Fine Vision Meter cluster with Multi-Information Display (MID), which shows essential vehicle information such as fuel consumption and remaining range. Additionally, the new three-spoke steering wheel now incorporates control switches for the new Wide 2DIN audio head unit and MID. The controls are also illuminated thus making its operation easier at night.
What has not changed is the GRAND LIVINA’s best-in-its-class comfort which is achieved through well though-out seat design and the clever utilisation of space. For example, only a single action is required to lower the rear seats completely flat without having to remove the new large-size headrests.
The New Nissan GRAND LIVINA is powered by the proven HR16DE or MR18DE fuel-efficient engines. These compact and lightweight, all-aluminum alloy 4-cylinder engines with valve timing control technology deliver responsive performance, strong refinement and top class fuel efficiency. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) helps to provide ease of maneuverability with reduce fuel consumption.
Safety has also been upgraded with seat-belt pre-tensioners and load limiters for the front passengers, along with compliance with the latest UNECE crash tests. Dual front SRS airbags are standard along with Nissan’s Zone Body Construction, Collapsible Steering Wheel, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BA) and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS).
Recognising that today’s frenetic lifestyle is characterized by continuous distractions of modern gadgets and entertainment opportunities and hence increased isolation, Mr. Tan shared that the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA is geared towards the theme of Togetherness and Happiness. “We recognise the New Nissan Grand Livina as the best platform for gathering family members together and providing a comfortable space to communicate with each other. Life is a journey, and it’s our loved ones who are the greatest source of happiness. In the Nissan Grand Livina you can spend quality time with your loved ones as you journey effortlessly along Malaysia’s roads,” he said.
During the launch, Mr. Stephanus Ardianto, General Manager of Asia and Oceania Department, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd also commented: “I believe the Nissan GRAND LIVINA is a popular choice for many Malaysians, and it will continue to pleasantly surprise drivers and passengers by delivering a stress-free driving experience – whether its city driving, long-distance driving, leisure or daily use.”
The New Nissan GRAND LIVINA is available in 1.6L Manual, 1.6L Auto and 1.8L Auto. Optional accessories and IMPUL packages are available in all variants of the New Nissan Grand Livina. A choice of five colours includes the All-New Graphite Blue, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold, Brilliant White and Tungsten Silver.
The New Nissan Grand Livina is available at all Nissan Showrooms Nationwide with a price, starting from RM 86,880 on-the-road, with warranty of 3-year or 100,000 km (whichever comes first).
ETCM targets to sell 2,500 units of the New GRAND LIVINA by the end of 2013. Customers can enjoy paying a monthly installment of just RM 599 (subject to terms and conditions) for the New Nissan GRAND LIVINA. Bookings are now available at Nissan Showrooms nationwide.
Key Features of the New Nissan Grand Livina
- Chrome front grille
- Swooping headlamps
- Front bumper with fog lights (1.8L Auto)
- Rear bumper with integrated rear reflectors
- Horizontal rear lamps
- Wing mirror with LED indicator (1.8L Auto)
- 15” V-spoke alloy wheels
- Body side moulding
- Fine vision meter with MID
- 2-tone colour scheme & new fabric for seats
- New design of steering wheel with audio & MID controls
- i-Key – Keyless entry & keyless start switch (1.8L Auto)
- Wide 2-DIN audio
- Pre-tensioners and load limiters front seatbelts
- Flexible seating arrangement
- Graphite Blue
- Diamond Black
- Bronze Gold
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 9:34 PM
As part of its aggressive on-going nationwide network expansion exercise, Nasim Sdn.Bhd. today launched its latest outlet in the country, Peugeot Nusajaya.
Peugeot Nusajaya is the sixth new outlet launched by Nasim this year and the fifth Peugeot outlet in the state of Johor, which represents the second largest market for new car registrations in the country.
Owned and operated by AutoportalSdnBhd, Peugeot Nusajaya will serve Nusajaya as well as the surrounding areas such as Bukit Indah, Gelang Patah, Senai, Kulai, Skudai, Pontian, Gugusan Taib Andak, Pekan Nenas, Simpang Rengam and Ulu Tiram.
Built at a cost of RM1 million, Peugeot Nusajaya features a showroom with customer lounge facilities,a meeting room, Astro and free high-speed WiFi internet in addition to a service centre equipped with three service bays with the capacity to service up to 12 cars a day.
However by the first quarter of 2015, Autoportal Sdn.Bhd. will open a larger 3S facility in Tampoi located in the Iskandar region. Built with an investment of approximately RM3 million, this impressive 1 acre facility will feature a built up of 43,000 sq feet with a minimum of 10 service bays to serve the growing market for European cars.
The current location at Nusajaya will be retained as a satellite outlet featuring sales and service facilities.
Nasim COO, Dato’ Samson Anand George said Peugeot Nusajaya will enable the company to tap into the growing demand for European cars in Johor.
“Last year the European market expanded by 37% in this state, outperforming the overall market growth. So far in 2013, we have seen the demand for European brands in Johor increase, keeping in line with the national trend,” he said.
Peugeot Nusajaya is part of Nasim’s rapid nationwide network expansion exercise for 2013 which has seen the launch of outlets in Butterworth, BatuPahat, AlorSetar, Kuala Terengganu and Georgetown. Nasim will launch four more outlets by year end bringing its total number of outlets nationwide to 30.
In addition, NasimSdnBhd recently launched the Peugeot Diwali Campaign which runs from September 16 to November 5, 2013 at all its outlets nationwide. The campaign offers up to 8 months of free installments for selected award-winning models which are the 408 range, 508 range, 3008 SUV, 5008 MPV, 308 Turbo and the 308 Griffe.
All Peugeot models come with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage, 24-Hour Peugeot Assistance, Peugeot Privilege and complimentary access to the Peugeot Lounge.
source: Nasim Sdn.Bhd.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 9:25 PM
For those who have booked and waiting for the all new Toyota Vios can rejoices yourself as UMW Toyota Motors have indicated that the all new Toyota Vios will be launch next week. For those who wish to look at the car in its flesh before placing your booking can visit your nearest authorise Toyota dealers by next week. Auto Insider Malaysia will be there covering the launch and stay tunes for more updates!!!
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 5:10 PM
During the Kia Go Xtra Campaign Prize Giving ceremony, Naza Kia Malaysia has given the Malaysian public a chance to preview the all new Kia Picanto which will be launched next month into the Malaysian market.
The Kia Picanto is powered by a 1.25 litre Kappa engine which has the ability to push 87hp and 120Nm of torque which also can be found in the current and next generation Hyundai i10. The engine is paired to a five speed manual and also a four speed auto box with the fuel consumption rated at18km/l. This is good news for those who likes to save their fuel cost with the recent increase of fuel price.
It will feature standard safety kit which includes ABS, ESC and six airbags with an all round disc brake which is the first of its kind for this range of cars.
As can be seen in the picture, there is also a DRL integrated with the headlamp and also the car packs with features such as steering wheel audio switches and Bluetooth phone answering buttons, a manual aircond and auto headlamps with a push start button capabilities.
Based on the hinted price that was revealed during the press conference, the highest specs car which is the four speed auto is targeted to be price below RM 63,000 and for the manual range will be price below RM 60,000. For those who are interested with this model can place your bookings now at your nearest authorize Kia dealers.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 5:04 PM
Recently Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of Kia Motors vehicle awarded the winners for the Kia Customer Loyalty Program- the Kia Go-Xtra Campaign 2013.
A total of three grand prize winners which walks away with an all expenses paid trip for two for five days four nights trip to Seoul, RM 1000 in pocket money and RM 1000 worth of Kia service vouchers. Besides that they also get the chance to tour Kia's manufacturing plant and R&D centre where they will get a first hand look at Kia's advanced design and production capabilities.
To participate in this campaign, customers who services their Kia vehicles at authorised service centers from May 2 till June 30th were given a "Sa-Rang-Hae, Yo Kia" ( I Love Kia) windscreen stickers.
These customers then had to get spotted with the sticker displayed on their vehicles to be shortlisted by Naza Kia Malaysia. The 50 shortlisted finalist were then required to sent their most creative photo of their best Kia " Family-like Care" moment to Naza Kia Malaysia.
There were twenty consolation prizes which consisted of RM 500 Kia service vouchers.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 4:43 PM