source: ETCM Media Release
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today launched the ‘Test Drive & Continue To Win’ campaign to reward even more Malaysian Nissan fans from 1st June until 31st August 2012.
This campaign, a sequel from its highly successful ‘Test Drive & Win’ campaign aims to reward more Nissan supporters with exciting prizes. The 3-month long campaign will be divided into 3 draws which each draw having 10 lucky winners. Therefore, do not miss out on this opportunity as there are 30 units of the New iPAD 16GB Wifi to be won!
Executive Director of ETCM, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng was impressed with the public response received from the last campaign and commented, “With the overwhelming response and support we have received from our Nissan fans in the last campaign, we are now back with ‘Test Drive & Continue To Win’ to offer even more chances for everyone to win more prizes by just test driving any Nissan vehicle from June until August 2012.”
This campaign is open to all Malaysians. One will just need to test drive any Nissan vehicles at Nissan/ ETCM showrooms or participating authorised dealers within the stipulated campaign period. By doing that, he or she will get one entry for the campaign and those who register their new Nissan during the campaign period will get two entries. For more information, please log-on to www.nissan.com.my
source: ETCM Media Release
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 10:18 PM
Perodua today acquired 64 acres of land adjacent to its main headquarters in Sungai Choh, Rawang from UMW Corporation Sdn Bhd for RM16.7 million for the construction of new facilities and for the expansion of existing infrastructures.
The facilities include a mosque, a childcare centre, a mini gymnasium, additional parking space and additional utilities infrastructures.
“The plans we have in place for this land will be a great boost to our staff welfare and is part and parcel of our promise to place people first in whatever we do,” Perodua Managing Director Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said during the signing ceremony between Perodua and UMW Corporation.
Also present is UMW Corporation President and Group Chief Executive Officer Datuk Syed Hisyam Syed Wazir.
“The mosque is designed to accomodate approximately 4,500 people as part of our Corporate Responsibility programme and in line with our “you matter most” philosophy,” he said.
Aminar added that Perodua is currently discussing with the religious authorities on how best to manage the mosque that will benefit not just those working at Perodua but the community at large.
Aminar said that these new infrastructures would be completed towards the second half of 2013 to help ease some of the logistics issues.
On the child care centre, Aminar said the facility will be a great asset to Peroduans as the centre will be operated by trained and certified professionals as well as give peace of mind to its workers given the close proximity to their workplace.
In addition to these planned infrastuctures, Perodua is also discussing with a few developers on the most feasible arrangement to meet the accomodation needs its workers.
“The concept, if accepted and approved, will create a Perodua Community area, which will not only improve productivity but will create a “peace of mind” atmosphere among Perodua staff since their workplace is near their home”, Aminar said.
With this sales and purchase agreement, Perodua will increase its total headquarters land size to 404 acres from its current 340 acres.
source: Perodua media release
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 10:13 PM
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
The hype of the launching of the all new Ford Ranger is very much burning as Ford Malaysia have received thousands of online application for the Malaysia Ranger Challenge. Out of these thousands of application, five lucky finalists have been picked up by Ford Malaysia to realize their dream and challenge.
They are Mr. Wong Kok Wei where his challenge is to transport a tree from a construction side to a garden. The next finalist is Mr. Peter Choy where his challenge is to access the orang asli settlement in Raub Pahang and he will be hosting doctors and medical aid and food for these orang asli. Our third finalist is Mr Denny Lim where his challenge is to travel back to his wife village with his beloved family which includes crossing river and lodging road and hill climbing before they can reach their destination. Sounds tough though!!
The next finalist is Mr Zolkaplie where his caring loving mind and heart would like to catch and release unfriendly wildlife in Putrajaya natural surrounding and parks to a new home which is at the forest reserve of Ulu Langat. Our last finalist is Mr Peter Charles where he would like to challenge this all new Ford Ranger to go through various parts of Sabah to transport his harvest from his farm to the FFB collection center.
So reader what you can do to help them to realize their dream? It’s very easy indeed, voters have to register themselves at http://fordrangerchallenge.com.my/ to be eligible to cast vote. Ford Malaysia will start the voting phase for the Ford Ranger Challenge from 21st of May to 22nd of June. The 5 finalist video will be put up onto the Ford Ranger Challenge site on 21st of May 2012. The Grand Prize winner will be selected based on the collectively total number of thumbs up generated and the final decision from Ford Malaysia panel of judges.
So what are the prizes in store for our lucky winners? Ford Malaysia will generously present our lucky winner a 2012 Ford Ranger XLT 2.2L Manual Transmission with an approximate retail value of RM100,000 plus the Malaysia Ranger Challenge merchandise. For the first runner up, the winner will received RM9,888 in cash and a RM10,000 voucher to purchase his own All New Ford Ranger plus a Global Ranger Challenge merchandise.
The second runner up winner will get his hand RM3,888 in cash and a RM5,000 voucher to purchase his All New Ford Ranger plus a Global Ranger Challenge merchandise. Well that’s not about it, as voters, you will also stand chance to win a special edition merchandise which includes a G-Shock watch, exclusive Ford T-Shirt, thumb drives, caps and tumbler.
So how you can get your hands on this prizes, its dead easy, as mentioned above, you need to cast your vote for the best challenge, Ford Malaysia will pick up the 50th, 100th, 150th voters and so on and they will need to answer a tie breaker question to stand a chance to win the prizes. Voters with the most creative answer will win the G-Shock watch. The rest of other winners will get one exclusive Ford merchandise courtesy of Ford Malaysia while stock last. So what are you waiting for, head down to http://fordrangerchallenge.com.my/ to cast your vote and stand to win this exclusive Ford Malaysia merchandise!!
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 11:11 PM
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that global cumulative sales of its hybrid vehicles have topped the 4 million mark as of April 30. Positioning response to environmental issues as a management priority and based on its belief that environment-friendly vehicles can only truly have a positive impact if they are used widely, TMC has endeavoured to promote the mass-market adoption of hybrid vehicles.
In 1997 in Japan, TMC launched the "Coaster Hybrid EV" in August and launched the "Prius"—the world's first mass-produced hybrid passenger vehicle—in December. Sales of the Prius began in North America, Europe and elsewhere in 2000. Next came the second-generation Prius in 2003 and the expanded use of TMC's hybrid system on such vehicles as minivans, SUVs, rear-wheel-drive sedans and compact hatchbacks. In particular, the third-generation Prius launched in May 2009 received strong support from customers around the world, leading to global cumulative sales of TMC’s hybrid vehicles topping 3 million vehicles by the end of February 2011.
TMC currently sells 18hybrid, passenger vehicle models in approximately 80 countries and regions around the world. This year, hybrid vehicles have accounted for 15% of TMC’s global vehicle sales. With the upcoming “Yaris Hybrid” scheduled for launch in Europe and the Lexus “ES 300h” for the United States, TMC is committed to augmenting its product lineup even further and increasing the number of countries and regions in which it sells hybrid vehicles.
As of April 30, 2012, TMC calculates that TMC hybrid vehicles2, since 1997, have led to approximately 26 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions—considered to be a cause of climate change—than would have been emitted by gasoline-powered vehicles of similar size and driving performance.
Having positioned hybrid technologies—consisting of the component technologies necessary for development of various environment-friendly cars—as key technologies, TMC plans to continue working to further raise performance and expand its product lineup, including that of non-hybrid environment-friendly vehicles, to create vehicles that are popular with consumers.
source: UMW Toyota Sdn. Bhd.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 10:51 PM
Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of the Peugeot brand in Malaysia, has launched the highly-anticipated all-new Peugeot 408.
Offering unrivalled performance, space, elegance and safety, the all-new 408 is set to redefine Malaysia’s C-segment market.
Through a combination of the dynamism typical of a Peugeot with a high-level of comfort and premium quality, the all-new 408 features design cues that are sleek and balanced.
“The all-new 408 is ideal for young professionals with families who are looking for a car that offers space, performance and elegance,” said SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of the Naza Group of Companies at the launching of the all-new 408 at the new Peugeot Blue Box Glenmarie.
The overall design theme for the exterior of the all-new 408 can be summed up as: harmony, elegance and dynamism.
At the front, the all-new 408 features Peugeot’s trademark feline headlights, thin chrome strips on the radiator grille, and sculptured lines on the bonnet that flow naturally into the wide, slopping windscreen.
The sides of the 408 feature carved wheel arches while the plunging body line from the rear lights to the front wing illustrate the image of a dynamic, modern and robust vehicle.
The rear lights of the all-new 408 are ruby red that are trimmed with a clear white strip that hint at a lion’s claws within the cluster. At night, they take on the form of three diagonal strips that are a tribute to Peugeot’s historic models such as the 307 CC and the 504 coupe.
Inside, the all-new 408 offers the largest cabin space in its class. Its long 2,710 mm wheelbase, its width measuring 1,815 mm and its height at 1,525 mm provides ample leg room, elbow room and head room respectively.
The all-new 408 features automatic dual-zone air-conditioning system with rear air-conditioning vents, World In Peugeot Sound with six speakers with CD/ MP3 playback capability, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, instrument panel LCD, tilt and telescopic steering and one-touch power windows with anti-pinch for all four windows, to provide the very best in comfort and enjoyment. Equally impressive is the all-new 408’s boot which offers 562-litres of space.
The all-new 408 is available in two variants: a 408 Turbo and a 408 2.0. The 408 Turbo features a four-cylinder 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo high pressure engine with direct injection that pumps out 163 hp and 240 Nm of torque making it the most powerful C-segment sedan in the market.
Fitted with a six-speed auto adaptive transmission with Triptronic and a sport mode, the 408 Turbo has the capability of accelerating from 0-100 kph 9.2 seconds and a top speed of 215 kph.
The 408 2.0 is powered by a four-cylinder 2-litre engine that produces 145 hp and 200 Nm of torque fitted with an auto adaptive gearbox with Triptronic and a sport mode.
Other key features of the 408 Turbo include premium leather seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel with aluminium inserts, auto-dimming rear view mirror and a rear armrest with two cup holders.
Both variants feature cruise control with a speed limiter, 17-inch alloy wheels, “Follow Me Home” functionality for the headlamps, sensor-activated headlights and wipers and automatic retractable side mirrors.
The 408 Turbo and 408 2.0 are fitted with independent with MacPherson-type struts and antiroll bar for the front suspension to offer precise road holding. At the rear, the suspension comprises of a deformable U-shaped cross member and an integrated antiroll bar to provide good vibration control and well-controlled body movement.
In addition, the suspension settings for the 408 Turbo have been tuned for a sportier ride while the 408 2.0’s suspension offers more comfort.
In terms of safety, both variants feature two smart airbags, ABS, EBD and EBA, among others. The car has also been designed with a double-impact force dissipation channel to provide maximum passenger compartment protection.
The 408 Turbo also comes with driver and front passenger side airbags, front and rear curtain airbags, electronic stability programme (ESP) and anti-skid regulation (ASR).
En SM Nasarudin said the all-new 408, which is manufactured at Naza Automotive Manufacturing (NAM) in Gurun, Kedah will also be exported to regional markets in the coming months.
He said Peugeot distributors from Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Brunei, Nepal, Bangladesh and the Philippines had recently visited NAM to get a closer look and test drive the all-new 408.
The all-new 408 is an international model by Peugeot that is aimed at growing the French carmaker’s global sales volume. In 2011, Peugeot sold 81,000 units of the all-new 408.
Dato’ Samson Anand George, COO of Nasim said the 408 will contribute significantly to the company’s sales target of 9,300 units this year, which will represent a 72% jump from its sales in 2011.
He said the all-new 408 will come with Nasim’s recently introduced five-year warranty with unlimited mileage. Together with Nasim’s existing lifetime 24-hours Peugeot Assistance service and its exclusive Peugeot Privilege membership, he said the company aims to provide the best ownership experience for its customers.
The all-new 408 was launched at the new Peugeot Blue Box Glenmarie which is scheduled to commence operations in June. Built at a cost of RM15 million, the 82,000 square foot facility will be Nasim’s flagship outlet in the country and will house the largest Peugeot service centre in the country with a capability of servicing 66 cars a day.
The on-the-road price of the 408 Turbo is RM125,888 while the on-the-road price of the 408 2.0 is RM109,888.
For more information on the all-new 408, please log on to www.peugeot.com.my or peugeotmobile.com.my which has been optimised for tablets and smart phones.
source: Nasim Sdn. Bhd.
Posted by Auto Insider Malaysia at 10:36 PM