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Wednesday, December 28, 2011 Introducing Malaysia's Premier Market Place!!!!!

Dear reader's of Auto Insider Malaysia, if you have been the keen followers of Auto Insider Malaysia, I have mentioned to you before that Auto Insider Malaysia will be a one off centre for all your automotive related news and services.

With this, I would like to introduce, a new partnership with, Malaysia newest Premier Marketplace where readers of Auto Insider Malaysia can sell and buy any automotive or other related services ranging from properties, IT and Telco services, food and other electronic stuff.

Visitors and users of will be guided through a single, automated platform on which buyers and sellers can interact guaranteeing a remarkable user experience.

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KIA Optima K5 launched in Malaysia- OTR RM143,888 - Full Press Release

Naza Kia Malaysia today launched the highly acclaimed and much-anticipated All-New Optima K5 at its new flagship Kia Red Cube - Petaling Jaya outlet.

With a monthly target of 300 units, the All-New Optima K5 is set to make waves in the highly competitive D-segment of the market.

“The All-New Optima K5 is the embodiment of Kia’s new design direction. With a head-turning design, exhilarating drive, premium amenities and high level of safety specifications, we are confident the All-New Optima K5 will be one of the leading models in its segment next year,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group of Companies.

With a refined, performance-oriented style with a sleek silhouette and an aggressive stance, the All-New Optima K5 was named ‘Best of the Best’ at the 2011 Red Dot Design Award.

From its auto-leveling HID xenon headlamps and LED-Daytime Running lights at the front to its dynamic and sporty profile to the LED rear combination lamps, the All-New Optima K5 has been labelled one of Kia’s most stunningly designed vehicles.

Through its 18-inch alloy wheels, side garnish, chrome door handles, gull-wing folding side mirrors and lowered stance, the All-New Optima K5 exudes both a sporty and elegant appeal.

Inside, the All-New Optima K5 features a plush leather interior, a high-tech and luxurious supervision cluster and a multifunctional steering with controls for audio, ECO-driving, Auto Cruise-Control and Bluetooth.

For the driver, the All-New Optima K5 is fitted with an 8-way electronically controlled seat with an integrated memory seat function which retains settings for two drivers based on their seating position.

Adding the overall ambience inside the All-New Optima K5 is a panoramic sun roof that is retractable in the front, an Infinity audio system connected to 8-speakers, a six-CD changer, AUX, iPod and USB connectivity and a dual-zone air-conditioner.

Other technological features in the car includes push-start ignition, auto-headlights, auto-wipers, a rear view camera display on the rear view mirror while the supervision cluster displays useful information such as engine oil service reminder, tire rotation service reminder, distance to service, fuel economy and steering wheel alignment.

Underneath the hood, the All-New Optima K5 is equipped with a fuel efficient Theta II 2.0 dual CVVT engine that produces 165 PS and 198 Nm of torque that is fitted to a six-speed automatic transmission that can be manually controlled through steering-mounted paddle-shifters.

The fuel consumption of the All-New Optima K5 on a combined cycle is 7.6-litres per 100 km.

The All-New Optima K5 also features an ECO control that optimises the drive train operation for the best fuel consumption.

Once engaged, the ECO control optimally adjusts the ECU, transmission and air-conditioner compressor to reduce the All-New Optima K5’s fuel consumption by 9.1%.

The drivability of the All-New Optima K5 is further enhanced through the use of a High Performance Damper (H.P.D) system at its suspension to deliver more responsive and proportionate damping action on both smooth and rough driving surfaces. This in turn results in improved riding comfort, efficient steering and enhanced handling.

The aerodynamics of the All-New Optima K5 receives a boost from its low ground clearance, front bumper lip and wheel deflectors that are aligned with the vehicle’s sleek profile to produce a coefficient drag of 0.29.

For safety, the vehicle comes with an Electronic Stability Program comprising of EBD, ABS, Traction Control System, Brake Assist System, Hill-start Assist Control, six-airbags, large brake discs for improved braking performance, front active headrests, child seat fixtures at the rear and a speed-sensing auto door locks.

“The All-New Optima K5 is a class ahead of its competition. With this vehicle, we will be able to take the Kia brand to new heights in 2012,” said Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, COO of Naza Kia Malaysia.

The All-New Optima K5 comes in snow white, bright silver and platinum graphite. The latest entrant to Naza Kia Malaysia’s model line-up was unveiled to the media at the launch of the new Kia Red Cube – Petaling Jaya outlet.

The Kia Red Cube – Petaling Jaya outlet is the first of its kind in Malaysia and the second such outlet in Asean.

Featuring Kia’s new modern space identity, the Kia Red Cube – Petaling Jaya is a 3S (sales, service and spare parts) outlet and will serve as Naza Kia Malaysia’s flagship outlet.

With a strong emphasis on design and modern architecture, the new Kia Red Cube – Petaling Jaya is set to be a landmark and one of the most recognisable buildings alongside Federal Highway.

“In 2012, we will open another Kia Red Cube either in the northern or southern region. At the same time, 27 of our existing outlets are currently being upgraded to incorporate Kia’s new space identity,” said Datuk Hafiz.

The All-New Optima K5 has an on-the-road price of RM143,888.

source: Naza Kia Media Team

UMW Toyota present the Toyota Classic 2011 cheques- Full Press Release

UMW Toyota Motor has conducted the 20th Toyota Classics performance on 10 November 2011, at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur. 

Today, we have just completed  the handing over of the cheques  to the charity and non government organisations.

UMW Toyota Motor, will continue to bring in performances by world renowned orchestra to Malaysia next year and will continue to raise funds which will benefit many.

source: UMW Toyota Media Team

Perodua celebrates the underprivileged - Full Press Release

70 underprivileged school children from Batu Pahat, Johor, are all ready for the new school year, thanks to the generosity of Perodua, the country’s leading compact car manufacturer.

Hailing from 14 primary and secondary schools within the Batu Pahat district, the students and their families were feted to a special “Back-to-School” event held at Perodua’s new service branch here today.

Yang Berhormat Tuan Hj Ja’affar Hashim, who is the state assemblyman for Senggarang, Johor handed over RM100 cash, a school bag and stationeries worth RM50 from Perodua to each of the students.

The students were from SK Separap, SJK (C) Ai Chun, SJK (T) Seri Pelangi, SK Bandar Batu Pahat, SK Gambut, SK Seri Idaman, SK Seri Medan, SMK Tun Sardon, SMK Semerah, SMK Seri Gading,  SMK Tun Ismail, SMK Dato’ Syed Esa, SK Sungai Tongkang and SK Pintas Raya.

Perodua Managing Director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said, “Perodua marks its 18th anniversary this year and our tagline “Building Cars, People First” not only pays homage to all the people who have contributed to our success but also serves as a reminder of how important our community is to our well-being and success.”

“Children, being the country’s future leaders, must be given much encouragement, incentives and goals to strive for in order to be worthy individuals.  Perodua wants them to make full use of the bountiful opportunities at school and to work to secure a good education foundation for their future.”

“This yearly Back-to-School event is usually held in the Klang Valley but this year, Perodua wants to reach out to the other communities where we also operate,” Aminar said.

This programme will also help ease the financial burden of the parents and guardians of the underprivileged students for the new school term, he said.

Touching on Perodua’s new and bigger service centre located at Jalan Zabedah here, Aminar said Perodua is committed in serving the customers better at the new RM3 million outlet.

Opened in March this year, the centre’s service intake capacity has doubled with the availability of 17 service bays compared with 8 bays at the previous service outlet located 500 metres away. It is also equipped with 45 customers parking bays including 2 bays for people with different abilities (OKU) while the customer’s lounge is now bigger and better equipped.

Meanwhile, Perodua also donated RM20,000 to help ease the burden of the flood victims from Kampung Parit Haji Kamisan, Yong Peng, Batu Pahat. Aminar handed the cheque to Encik Ruslan Saat, the special assistant to the Member of Parliament Batu Pahat, Yang Berhormat Dato’ Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi, who is also the Deputy Education Minister, on behalf of the victims.

“Perodua empathizes with those affected by the recent floods and hope that the contributions will ease some of the financial burden faced by the victims,” Aminar said.

At the same function, Aminar also presented a cheque from the group term life and personal insurance to the family of the late Mohd Nizam bin Rohani @ Mohamad, a Peodua executive who died in a road accident during the recent Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Mohd Nizam who was the Service Operations Executive at Perodua Service Centre in Tampoi, Johor was a participant in a motorcycle convoy distributing Hari Raya goodies to the needy and orphans in Bandar Tenggara, when he met the accident at Jalan Sengkang, Felda Inas.

He leaves behind a wife Puan Ros Emilia Azreena Zarudin and son Muhammad Aidid Ezany.

source: Perodua Media Team

Friday, September 16, 2011

First Driving Impression of The All New Myvi "Yellow Cili Padi"!!!

As I have mentioned on the previous post, I will update the first driving impression of this all new Myvi 1.5 Litre. On 13th of September, Perodua has invited the media to have the taste of this “Yellow Cili Padi” dubbed by Perodua at Cyberview Lodge and Spa where it is the same venue that I have tasted the all new Myvi 1.3 three months ago. My heart is jumping to be invited again for the media test drive as this 1.5 Myvi has been eagerly awaited by some many petrol heads out there.

During the media Q&A, Perodua MD has informed us that this all new Myvi is the first kind in this world where with its sibling the Daihatsu Boon and Toyota Passo in Japan only comes with 1.3 Litre engine. Knowing the facts that Malaysian loves to have an accelerated drive, Perodua finally comes out this all new Myvi 1.5. Great power comes with great responsibility, thus it has been iterated by Perodua MD, having a bigger engine cc does not mean you need to drive fast and getting hurt yourself by doing it. Drive sensibility with all the power given to you and obey the road rules as being stress by the Perodua MD. The introduction of this Myvi 1.5 provides a better driveability to the customer who wanted to opt for a better acceleration car, thus Perodua giving the opportunity for the customer to have a choice between power and good urban fuel efficient.

The engine for this car is powered by 3SZ-VE engine paired with a four speed automatic transmission that is currently being soldiered on the Perodua Alza. It is essentially the same engine and the same transmission even the gear ratio of this Myvi shared the same ratio with the Alza as stated by one of Perodua engine when I interviewed him. This chain driven engine does not required its chain to be replaced thus an overall saving to the maintenance bill for the cost of owning this car. This engine also has been equipped with a self-adjusting tensioner which is a norm to all modern engines now. The peak power for this engine is 76kW at 6,000 RPM and the max torque is 136Nm at 4,400RPM before the torque dives down upon reaching 4,600RPM. This engine is also equipped with DVVT (Dynamic Variable Valve Timing) and also EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection).

Thursday, September 15, 2011

New Myvi 1.5 Litre launched, the first of its kind in this world!!! More updates soon, stay tune!!!

The wait is finally over. Perodua has just launched its new Myvi 1.5 liter engine, the first of its kind in this world for this model where even the Japan counterpart does not have this engine. This new Myvi comes with two model variant mainly the new Myvi SE and new Myvi Extreme with the 1.5 litre engine 16 DVVT with maximum power of 76kW at 6,000 RPM and produces maximum torque of 136Nm at 4,440RPM.

These variants of Myvi can achieved a zero to 100km/h in 9.98seconds for the 1.5 litre manual variant as compared to the previous Myvi SE’s performance of 12.49 seconds thus the extra power does give an advantage to the overall performance of the new Myvi. Safety wise both variants comes with ABS with EBD with collision resistant body to better withstand impact as well as pedestrian protection to reduce the likelihood of serious injury to pedestrians. This all new Myvi has been recently awarded a 4 star Malaysian Vehicle Assessment Programme (MyVAP) rating by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety (MIROS).

In terms of colour choices, the Myvi SE comes with 5 colours mainly solid Majestic Yellow, solid Ivory White, Metallic Mystical Purple, Metallic Ebony Black and Metallic Glittering Silver. As for the Myvi Extreme, there will be only 3 colour pallete by omitting the Mystical Purple and Glittering Silver.

In terms of pricing the price is as shown below:

Myvi SE 1.5 Manual Solid Colour: RM 50,900

Myvi SE 1.5 Manual Metallic Colour: RM 51,400

Myvi Extreme 1.5 Manual Solid Colour: RM 58,200

Myvi Extreme 1.5 Manual Metallic Colour: RM58,700

Myvi SE 1.5 Auto Solid Colour: RM 56,000

Myvi SE 1.5 Auto Metallic Colour: RM 56, 500

Myvi Extreme 1.5 Auto Solid Colour: RM 61,200

Myvi Extreme 1.5 Auto Metallic Colour: RM 61,700

For the Auto variant of Myvi SE, there is an optional accessory of GPS navigation audio system to choose from. All the prices aboves are on the road prices.

Full test drive review will be up soon. Stay tune for more updates!!!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

New Myvi SE 1.5 to be launched soon!!! First drive impression soon...stay tune!!!

The new Myvi dubbed “Lagi Power, Lagi Best” is going to be launch soon. Bookings for the premium and sporty variants are open from 12 September 2011 while prices will be announced on the launch day.

A total of 4 variants, including a Multimedia variant, both in the manual and automatic transmissions are available. The new 1.5 Myvi “Lagi Power, Lagi Best” also comes in 5 exciting colours including a new colour - “Majestic Yellow”.

“We are very encouraged by the feedback from our existing and potential customers who want a Myvi with a bigger engine capacity. This new 1.5 Myvi “Lagi Power, Lagi Best” is currently exclusive to the Malaysian market,” Perodua Managing Director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said today.

“The new 1.5 Myvi “Lagi Power, Lagi Best is aimed at the young and urban executives who want a model which is sporty and premium,” he said.

“We anticipate that the new 1.5 Myvi “Lagi Power, Lagi Best” will contribute to about half of the monthly 8,000 units Myvi sales,” he said.

Aminar said the new Myvi 1.3 “Lagi Best” continues to chalk good bookings and sales since June 2011. Perodua has received a total of 34,000 units bookings and 18,000 units delivered to date.

“All Perodua showrooms will stay open until very late at night to cater to expected huge crowds during the first few days of the launch,” he said.

Auto Insider Malaysia: I have been invited for a special media preview of this all new "Lagi Power, Lagi Best", Stay tune for more updates!!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motors launched the all new Nissan Livina X-Gear- Full Press Release

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd is adding a new member to current Livina range with the introduction of the all-new Nissan Livina X-Gear as the first CKD B segment cross-over in Malaysia.

The Livina X-Gear with its fun yet sporty exterior design is set to appeal to new customers who seek a unique proposition that combines aggressive SUV-inspired exterior styling with class-leading versatility and spaciousness.

“Since its launch in 2007, the Grand Livina MPV has established itself as the best-selling non-national MPV satisfying the needs of many families in Malaysia. With the two-row Livina X-Gear, we are now targeting a new segment of customers who want a stylish cross-over to reflect their individuality, yet remaining practical and economical in everyday use,” said Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, the Executive Director of ETCM.

Though it is mechanically based on the Grand Livina 1.6L, the attractive exterior styling is exclusive to the Livina X-Gear. This can be seen in the sophisticated yet aggressively presented front grille, SUV-inspired bumpers with silver sump guards, muscular over-fenders, side mouldings with silver finishers and roof rails.

Complementing the Livina X-Gear’s handsome exterior is a spacious yet comfortable interior accentuated by a “Tartan” fabric seat and door trim. Head and legroom are class-leading, complemented by 60:40 split-fold rear seats that double the available luggage space from 383L to 769L when folded down – ample space for grocery shopping or an out-of-town mountain bike trip. When required, the Livina X-Gear’s roof rail has a further load carrying capacity of 25kg.

Safety on the road is paramount and the all-new Nissan Livina X-Gear comes with standard dual air bags, ABS, EBD and BA. It is powered by the proven and fuel-efficient 1.6-litre HRDE16 all-aluminium four-cylinder engine that produces 105PS and 150Nm of torque, mated to a smooth-shifting electronically-controlled four-speed automatic transmission. The X-Gear also delivers a commendable 13.8KM/L in terms of fuel economy.

The all-new Nissan Livina X-Gear comes in five colours; Tungsten Silver, Twilight Grey, Brilliant White, Supreme Black and Sunburst Orange. On-the-road price (inclusive of insurance, road tax, registration fee and ownership claim fee) for Peninsular Malaysia is RM82,800.00 with a 3-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) is currently offering attractive low interest hire purchase rates starting from 0.88% per annum. Livina X-Gear buyers will also receive free Solar Gard Armorcoat tinting package worth RM1,400.00 during this promotion period which ends on 30th October 2011.

For more information, please contact our Customer Service Hotline at Toll FREE line: 1800-88-8368 or visit Test drives can be arranged at your nearest Nissan showroom!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Auto Insider Malaysia will be back soon!! Watch this space

After a very long silence, I would like to inform that Auto Insider Malaysia will be back soon. I was caught up with a lot of thing juggling with work and also my part time masters degree. Do watch this space soon. Thank you for your continuing support for Auto Insider Malaysia 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Nissan Teana 2.0 XE Comfort - Full Test Drive Review

In the mid 90’s and early 2000’s the D-segment car market here in Malaysia has been dominated by the three Japanese brands mainly the Toyota, Honda and Nissan. The Camry, the Accord and the Cefiro have seen dominating the streets of Malaysia where the latter car has seen its Cefiro name change to Teana name here in Malaysia. The rest of other market still maintained the Cefiro nameplate where as in Malaysia the Teana nameplate was used. I’m not so sure why Edaran Tan Chong took this strategy approach as the Cefiro brand name is already synonymous with the Malaysian consumers.

The first generation Nissan Teana was introduced here in 2003 where it has replaced the A33 Cefiro and the car was fully imported from Japan with the price in excess of RM 200K. This exorbitant price has led to a low demand and sales for this model with the design which looks a little bit on the safe side which is not popular to the Malaysian consumer. This has led the other competitor namely the Camry and Accord to reap in the demand and sales for the past 7 years. The second generation Teana has been introduced to the world market in 2009 and I have seen the car for the first time in 2009 in Thailand gracefully strolling the roads of Bangkok. At that time, I was wondering what car is that, and a quick glance I saw the Teana nameplate and wow it leaves a very good impression on me. My first thought is the designs of the rear combination lamp really strike a pose and the overall design of the car looks like a winning formula as compared to the first generation. Kudos to the Nissan designer where they manage to tweak the uncle looks of the first generation to a more gen Y centric kind of look.

Looking at the potential of this model, Edaran Tan Chong has made a move to bring in this second generation Nissan Teana to the Malaysian market in November 2010 with a more attractive price due to its CKD assemble here at the Serendah plant. The Nissan Teana instantly has become a sales hit where it has undercuts the sales of Honda Accord in 2011 by a huge margin and trailing the Toyota Camry by a small margin. So what does this new Nissan Teana makes it so special to the customers of Malaysia. Auto Insider Malaysia will unveil in this test drive review.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Ford employs laser guided technology to ensure total vehicle quality - (Video)

In order to pursue total product quality, in this video shows how Ford use new technology to inspect the build quality of their cars and to make sure parts are put together as tightly as possible. The use of laser guided robots to check the tolerance of the car panel will ensure better build quality of Ford vehicles by reducing cabin noise and improve cabin comfort. With the use of laser, the vision system will verify the dimensions of interfaces on the vehicle’s body in a highly accurate measure which go to a tenth of a millimetre. Enjoy the video as I do

Perodua new Myvi TVC scoop on the cyberspace!!!

Searching around the net, I found this TVC for the all new Myvi. Enjoy the TVC..i forgot to mention on the previous post that this new Myvi tagline is "Lagi Best". Well you have to wait till 16th of June 2011 whats "Lagi Best" that has been installed to this model!!!!

New Myvi booking starts today- First driving impression will be coming up soon!!!

Perodua, the Malaysian second national car manufacturer today has open the booking for the all new Myvi that is going to be launch on 16th of June 2011. The launching will be grace by the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dato' Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak at Putra World Trade Center beginning at 8.00pm on that day. The public can view the car at all sales outlet and selected service center on the same evening after the launch.

For the booking, public can book the car for only RM 400 while the price will be revealed at the launch date. Rumours are circulating that the new Myvi will cost slightly more than the current Myvi, but with the extra features, it should be worthwhile to view the car in for more detail. Perodua MD, Datuk Aminar Rashid expects the new car will be well received by the public and in response with possible good response; Perodua will manufacture an estimated 8,500 units per month. The new Myvi comes with an enchance styling, better fuel consumption and enhance safety features with a total of 6 variant available for the customers to choose. The new Myvi also comes in 6 colours with a special colours name "Mystical Purple".

P/s I have driven the car during the media preview of the all new Myvi. Since the launch in on 16th of June, all the details are embargoed. Stay tune for more updates of the all new Myvi soon!!!

Edaran Tan Chong awards winners of Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2010- Full Press Release

Shaheizy Sam who emerged as the Most Popular Artiste at the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian 2010 (ABPBH) recently, was on cloud nine as he drove home a brand new Nissan Teana 2.0L worth RM137, 000 sponsored by Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM). The prize presentation ceremony was held at ETCM Raja Laut Showroom today.

ETCM, which is the proud sponsor of ABPBH since 2008, is also giving away a brand new Nissan Grand Livina 1.6A worth RM86, 000 to the lucky Berita Harian reader, Mr. Rosli Rahmat.

Shaheizy Sam fondly known as Sam, garnered more than 120, 000 votes to win the annual entertainment awards’s top prize. He is known for his portrayals of offbeat characters in several movies such as ‘Jangan Pandang Belakang Congkak’, ‘Adnan Semp-It’ and the latest movie, ‘Kongsi’. Sam was also the first winner of the Special Yasmin Ahmad Award at the Anugerah Skrin 2010 and won the Best Male Supporting Role in the 23rd Malaysian Film Festival in 2009.

Established in 1987, ABPBH is an annual event organized by Berita Harian with the co-operation of Persatuan Akademi Industri Muzik Malaysia (PAIMM) to bestow awards to the most popular Malaysian singers, actors and celebrities who are involved in the Malaysian entertainment industry based on popular votes by readers of Berita Harian and Berita Minggu.

Nasim launches design competition- Full Press Release

Nasim Sdn Bhd and Automobiles Peugeot have launched a design competition with the New Straits Times (NST) aimed at educating college and secondary school students with skills needed to design an automobile.

The inaugural NST-Peugeot Design Competition kicked off on May 29 and will run until Aug 21, 2011. The competition is open to all college and secondary school students in Malaysia.

Participants of the competition will need to submit their design of what they envision to be the perfect Peugeot vehicle for Southeast Asian markets in 2018.

“Design plays a vital part in a consumer’s decision-making process when purchasing a car. As such, all carmakers strive to break new ground when it comes to design and Peugeot in particular has been at the forefront of automotive design for well-over a 100 years.

“With this competition, it is our aim to give Malaysian students a platform to showcase their talent and creativity. It is also an opportunity to the lay the ground work for tomorrow’s automotive designers in Malaysia,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, COO of Nasim.

The design competition will be split into two categories – secondary school students and university or college students.

“For the NST-Peugeot Design Competition, we will leverage on our strengths in both the education and automotive sectors to offer Malaysian students to do what so many can only dream of: the chance to design a car,” said Datuk Syed Nadzri Syed Harun, Group Editor of NST.

Secondary school students will have to submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board which must include a perspective and package drawing (ie: an elevation drawing, including interior design) and a description of the design in English.

University and college students will also be required to submit a design illustration mounted on an A3 or A2 board. However, these students will then be shortlisted to 100 semi-finalists and awarded consolation prizes. The top 10 participants of this shortlisted group will then be required to submit a ¼ scale model of their proposed design.

All design illustrations for both secondary school and college students can be either hand drawn or computer assisted or a combination of both.

Secondary students will have to participate individually for the competition while college students will be required to enter a team of three which must include one tutor/lecturer/professor.

As part of the design competition, Cars, Bikes and Trucks (CBT) and BH Auto will run tutorials on design on a weekly basis to assist the participants in creating their own designs. These tutorials will be available for reference on Additionally, CBT will host a two-month roadshow beginning in June to over 100 schools nationwide and five institutions of higher learning to promote the design competition.

The winner in the university/college student category will be awarded a five-day four-night expense paid trip for all members of the team to Paris and Peugeot’s design centre in Velizy, France along with RM1,000 in cash, Peugeot merchandise valued at €100 and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

The second-place winning-entrant will receive a five-day four-night trip with all expenses paid for only two members of the team to Paris and the design centre in Velizy, France, Peugeot merchandise valued at €100 and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

For third place, the winner will receive RM250 for two members in the team and a three-month automotive internship with the Naza Group.

For secondary school students, the first place winner will receive an iPad 2 and Peugeot merchandise. The second place winner will receive RM500 and Peugeot merchandise while the third-place winner will receive RM250 and Peugeot merchandise.

Besides the top three places, a further 30 entrants will be given consolation prizes.

For both the secondary school and college categories, each entrant will receive a certificate of participation. All winners will be announced on Nov 1, 2011 and the winners list will be published on, and

Entries will be judged on the relevance to the theme, concept originality, design value and quality and development potential. Dato’ Samson said Nasim or Automobiles Peugeot may decide to develop the winning design into a model for display at motorshows and roadshows.

Entry forms and terms and conditions for the NST-Peugeot Design Competition can be obtained at and

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Subaru car showcases at Empire Shopping Gallery Subang Jaya!!!

Today at Empire Shopping Gallery, Motor Image Sdn. Bhd. the official distributor of Subaru cars in Malaysia has held its showcase of a range of Subaru cars at the Center Court area of Empire Shopping Gallery. Among the car that was on the showcase is the new Subaru Legacy 2.5GT and the Subaru Forrester 2.5XT.
The showcase will last till this Tuesday 31st of May 2011 and for any interested buyers to the Subaru model, Motor Image Sdn. Bhd,. will offer a discount of RM 8,500 for each new car purchases. Besides that, there also many other things that can be negotiated, so if you are itching to have a brand new boxer car engine, made in Japan with price less than RM 300K, head down to Empire Shopping Gallery and make your inquiry with the sales person. Enjoy the pics that I have taken during the showcase.

Autobacs Super GT final countdown event at Empire Shopping Gallery!!

Today at Empire Shopping gallery in Subang Jaya, JPM Motorsport held its final countdown for the Autobacs Super GT Round 3 that will be held at Sepang International Circuit on June 17 to June 19 2011. It has been fun filled events where this will be mimicking the same theme that’s going to be showcase during the 3 days event in Sepang.

There were a GT car display during this event and also one of the main attractions of Super GT will be the GT queens, where there is a meet and greet with Ayami Sasaki, the Japanese GT queen pairing with a Malaysian GT queen. Besides the race queen, there is an array of Renault Megane car lining up showcasing its true beauty where there car will also be competing in the Renault Megane Cup which is one of the three support races during the race weekend. According to JP Performance Motorsport Managing Director TJ Chin “It is the first time the Renault Megane Cup is organised and fans can get closer to the car and know more about it as it is arguably among the fastest of its kind”. Besides the Megane car showcase, a fleet of Mazda RX 7 was also there congregating to show its support for the Autobacs Super GT countdown.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Edaran Tan Chong Motors Sdn Bhd launched the "Limited Edition" Nissan Navara King Cab 4x4 - Full Press Release

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today announced the arrival of the Limited Edition Nissan Navara King Cab 4X4. This new body-style is a first for the Pick-up segment in Malaysia, catering to users who require both in-cabin and rear cargo storage.

To facilitate its class-leading in-cabin storage capabilities, the Nissan Navara King Cab comes with rear access doors that enable items to be stored from either side of the vehicle. These unique rear access doors also open wide (up to 90°). Along with pillar-less door openings, access to the cabin is very easy. Compared to the Navara Double Cab, the new King Cab also has a larger rear cargo bed.

Like any Navara 4X4 M/T model, the new King Cab also features the electronically controlled “Shift-on-the-Fly” 4WD system which allows the shifting between 2WD and 4WD modes without having to stop the vehicle, as well as a 6-speed Manual Transmission.

“We are introducing the Nissan Navara King Cab to challenge the perception that two-seater Pick-Ups are utilitarian workhorses. Through a combination of secure interior storage, good looks, class-leading power and cabin comfort, we expect the King Cab to set new benchmarks in the Pick Up segment,” said Azman Badrillah, the Director of Auto Dunia Sdn Bhd the authorized importer.

“2010 marks a significant milestone for the Nissan brand in Malaysia as we achieved our highest sales record for the past 25 years with 32,998 units delivered to our valued customers” said Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, the Executive Director of ETCM, adding that the company is expecting to further increase its sales in Malaysia with the introduction of more new models this year.

UMW Toyota Motors launched the Toyota Eco Youth Programme- Full Press Release

UMW Toyota Motor on Wednesday held a launching ceremony of the 11th Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) programme. This year’s programme will have a new challenge that takes the TEY beyond the school boundaries to involve the community surrounding the schools.

The 11th TEY programme was officially launched by Tuan Hj. Muhamat Roli Bin Hj. Hassan, Director of Co-Curriculum and Arts Department, Ministry of Education, Mr. Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor and En. Ismet Suki, President, UMW Toyota Motor.

Environment conservation and efforts towards greening the earth has always been close to UMW Toyota Motor. The TEY programme was first conceptualized in 2001 and since its inception, UMW Toyota Motor has been able to inculcate a sense of conscience towards the environment amongst school students.

Through the years, TEY programme has received good response with support by the Ministry of Education. In total, there were 138 schools involved, comprise of over 1,500 students, principals and teachers. Since the inception of TEY, UMW Toyota Motor has spent over RM 4 million to organize and run this programme.

Peugeot to extend the operation of service center for 1 month-Full Press Release

Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, will launch an extended hours service campaign from May 27, 2011 until June 26, 2011.

This new campaign will see selected Peugeot service centres open for extended hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the campaign period.

For Fridays and Saturdays, these Peugeot service centres will extend their operating hours to 8:30 am to 8 pm. For Sundays, these Peugeot service centres will be open from 8:30 am to 7 pm.

“This initiative, which runs in tandem with the school holiday period, will provide our customers with more flexibility when it comes to servicing their cars,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, COO of Nasim.

The extended hours service campaign is only for standard servicing while all customers who send their car in during this period will receive a free 20-point check-up.

There will also be mystery gifts for customers who send their cars in for an oil change during the campaign period while customers who spend over RM100 will also receive a free Peugeot Racing umbrella.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Toyota New Year, New Drive, New Prize winners announced!!!-Official Press Release

It was definitely an unforgettable day for three lucky customers as they drove home a new Toyota each after winning the “New Year, New Drive, New Prize" contest. The prize presentation ceremony was held at UMW Toyota Motor head office in Shah Alam last April.

The contest was organised in conjunction with the Chinese New Year festive season with the objective of creating touch points with its customers who placed order and invoiced their Toyota vehicle between 1st January 2011 till the 28th February 2011.

The ‘New Year, New Drive, New Prize’ contest required the customers to answer simple three questions related to Toyota’s models. The contest had received an overwhelming response from Toyota customers.

Presenting the prizes to the winners was En. Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor. Also present at the ceremony was Mr. Khong Man Cheong, Director, Vehicle Sales Group, UMW Toyota Motor.

The grand prize winner for this contest is Mr. Chan Huan Hian, who won himself a Toyota Altis 2.0(V). While Cik Nur Haslinda Bt Yusof, brought back home a Toyota Vios TRD as she won the second prize while the third prize winner, Mr. Chan Guan Kien, wins himself a Toyota Avanza 1.5(S).

Other consolation prizes such as a trip to Japan for 5 couples, 10 units of 42 inch Panasonic Full HD LED TV and 88 units of 3G Apple Ipad 16GB will be given out to a total of 108 winners.

The grand prize winner, Chan Huan Hian from Kuala Lumpur said that he was thrilled and surprised when notified that he has won a Toyota Altis 2.0(V). Chan had purchased a Vios 1.5G during the New Year, New Drive, New Prize promotion.

Nur Haslinda from Sungai Petani, Kedah, the second prize winner had booked a Toyota Vios 1.5E during the promotion. She was really shocked when she was told about winning a Toyota Vios TRD as this was her first time to win a lucky draw.

Meanwhile, the third prize winner, Chan Guan Kien from Kuala Lumpur said that he was rather surprised and thought that he never stood a chance to win the Toyota Avanza 1.5(S). He had booked a Toyota Avanza 1.5G during the promotion.

The winners were selected based on the correct answers, which in turn qualified them for the lucky draw and the results were announced in April 2011. Prizes were awarded on a lucky draw basis and results were witnessed by auditors from Ernst & Young.

Edaran Tan Chong offers special low interest hire purchase rates on selected Nissan models!!

Despite Malaysia’s Central Bank raising its the Overnight Policy Rate (OPR) to 3 percent recently, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) will continue to offer special low interest hire purchase packages till 31st May 2011. Throughout this promotion period, Nissan customers who purchase a NISSAN GRAND LIVINA, SYLPHY or NAVARA (for private registration only, valid for both Peninsular and East Malaysia) will enjoy a special low interest rate starting from 0.88% per annum. The details are:
Nissan Models

(All Variants)                        Tenure(Years)              Special Interest rate (per annum)
Grand Livina, Sylphy & Navara        1 -2                              0.88%                                                  
                                                        3-6                               1.98%
                                                        7-9                               2.38%

Teana, X-Trail, Latio,Sentra,
Serena & Urvan WV                        1-2                                  1.98%
                                                        3-5                                   2.38%

This special value-added promotion provides Nissan customers with an opportunity to benefit from one of the lowest interest rates in the market today.

"This is in line with our commitment towards providing our customers with innovative, valuable, rewarding promotions such as our on going ‘test drive and win a Nissan’ and special low interest hire purchase packages that exceed their expectations," said Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of ETCM.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

JPM Motorsport will features a multiple pack action during Sepang Super GT race- Official Press Release

This 17-19 June, the Sepang circuit will play host to the SUPER GT Round 3, the only SUPER GT race held outside Japan, and it promises to be nothing short of a spectacular weekend of entertainment.

In their debut role as race organisers, having acquired the rights and awarded the contract to organise the event for 2011 and 2012, JP Performance Motorsport (JPM) is pulling out all the stops in creating a weekend of excitement that appeals to not just racing fans, but fans of cars, music, dance, fashion, food, anime and all things Japan.

“The SUPER GT races are one of most popular sports in Japan, and that is because it is more than just car racing. It is an entire package of adrenaline-pumping entertainment – from the support events, the sideshows and carnivals, music and entertainment, and of course, the very beautiful GT Queens as well,” said TJ Chin, Managing Director of JPM.

“We believe we can achieve the same kind of success here in Malaysia, perhaps even greater. We are, after all, in Kuala Lumpur – one of the most prolific entertainment hubs of the world – and we want to bring the cool city life we have down to the hot Sepang track.”

The following is a detailed guide on the various electrifying races and entertainment slated for the SUPER GT weekend at Sepang as well as other activities that are already ongoing.

UMW Toyota to resumes operation as normal- Official Press Release

UMW Toyota Motor would like to announce that its vehicle production at Assembly Services Sdn Bhd will resume back to 2-shift operation from 23rd May onwards as parts supply from Japan improved after the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

En. Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor said, “We are delighted that with the strong efforts taken by our principal, Toyota Motor Corporation and all related parties including our suppliers, we can resume to normal production earlier than expected.”

He also said, “Our commitment to our customers remains topmost in our priority. We will continue our efforts to deliver vehicles to customers at the earliest possible timing. We appreciate our customers’ and business partners’ kind understanding during this difficult time. We will update all our customers on their vehicle delivery status individually.”

Peugeot RCZ launched details-Live pictures!!

After revealing that the Peugeot RCZ will be launching this week through its press release last week, Nasim Sdn. Bhd. has finally reveal the much anticipated sexy looking Peugeot RCZ at Bangsar Shopping Center this evening. Nasim has brought in 2 model variants mainly the manual version and automatic gearbox version. Both variants were imported from Magna Steyr’s Plant in Graz Austria.

Both cars have been installed with the same power plant extracted from the Prince engine, but it was tune with in a different state to differentiate the manual and the auto tranny version. The 2+2 coupe of the automatic variant will be powered by the Prince 1.6 Liter THP engine with 156hp and 240Nm of torque blasting from as low as 1,700RPM and mated to a new 6 speed sequential automatic gearbox the “AT 6” source from Aisin that features a technology that can reduce the fuel consumption and also optimizing the CO2 emissions. With this set of engine and gearbox working in harmony, the rated fuel consumption is 7.3 liters/100km while only emitting 168g/km of CO2.

The other transmission variant is the all new 6 speed manual gearbox that is also mated to the Prince 1.6 liter engine but this engine has been tune to have 200hp of power and maximum blasting torque of 275Nm that can propelled the car to a century sprint in 7.6 second while sipping much leaner fuel of 6.9 liter of fuel and emitting 159g/km of CO2. This amazing numbers of performance is achievable through employing a twin scroll turbocharger unit, direct injection and variable lift of the intake valves adding from the current technology of VTi. I did manage to start both cars on the stage, but the grunt of the engine note of the manual variant is much livelier as compared to the automatic variant. To isolate the addition growl of the engine, Peugeot has specially developed an enhance acoustic technology dubbed “Sound System” which will deliver different harmonics according to the rate of acceleration.

Features wise, both variant comes with dynamic xenons with washers, a dynamic rear wing with two levels of deployment of 19 degree angle for speed of more than 85km/h and at speed of excess 155km/h, a 34 degree angle of rear wing will be deployed. Besides that, both cars features a 19 inch alloy wheel with a silver accent alloy rim for the automatic variant and a black accent alloy rim for the manual version. To further add the luxurious amount of kit, Peugeot has skinned the dashboard with Nappa leather to enhance the ecstatic appeal to the car. The other standard kit are electric seat with 3 memory setting and a six speaker JBL source audio system blasting from its 240W of AMP, a Bluetooth and AUX connectivity.

Feature wise, the Austrian made RCZ comes with dynamic xenons (with washers), dynamic rear wing with two levels, 19-inch alloys, auto headlights and wipers, Nappa leather (dashboard is leather lined as well), electric seats (with memory for driver) and a six-speaker JBL audio system (with 240W amp). For the manual variant, since this car is much more expensive, the money is well spend on a smaller diameter steering wheel, a larger 340mm brake disk to reduce the fade and enhance the bite of braking and also a lower anti collision bar and special hub carriers that are claimed to offer a much sharper handling.

In terms of safety features, both variants of RCZ is equipped with four airbags, ESP, ABS, EBD, EBA, anti skid regulation and dynamic stability control. In terms of colour choice, Nasim Sdn. Bhd has brought in only two colours variant mainly the Pearlescent White or Haria Grey. Once again as stated on my previous blog post, the price of Peugeot RCZ auto gearbox version is RM 218,888 and for the manual gearbox version it retails at RM 223,888 and all the prices are including the insurance of the car. The car comes with 3 years warranty from Nasim Sdn. Bhd. and Nasim expect to sell about 100 to 150 units for this whole year. So far Nasim has managed to secure 35 bookings for this car with 70% of the bookings is for the automatic gearbox variant. If you are itching to see the RCZ live, Nasim will be showcasing the RCZ at Bangsar Shopping Center from May 20 to May 22.
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