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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Scania Celebrates 10th Year Anniversary of Scania Driver Competitions Around The World

Scania celebrates 10th year anniversary of Scania Driver Competitions around the world. Started in 2003, over 100,000 drivers from 50 countries have taken part in a successful initiative to elevate the status of drivers.

This December, Scania launched the Scania Driver Competition 2014/2015 Malaysia-Singapore to find the best drivers from the two countries. Up to RM50,000 worth of prizes are to be won. Submission forms with theory questions will be tougher this year covering their knowledge of transport laws and regulations, fuel-efficient driving techniques, safe-driving techniques, occupational risks and health, and emergency response. Submission forms can be obtained from and Scania Malaysia branches and must be submitted at the branches or before 31st of May, 2015. Shortlisted finalists for both trucks and bus drivers will then vie to be the champion at the practical test in August 2015.

“Truck and bus drivers are the backbone of our country’s transport infrastructure. They are the single most important asset for getting the best out of a Scania for our operators in terms of higher standard of safety and fuel-efficient driving,” says Ian Tan, Marketing and Communications Manager of Scania Southeast Asia. “Scania is also proud to have the renewed support from our official sponsor Michelin Malaysia and official partners Scania Credit Malaysia, JKJR, MIROS and the Embassy of Sweden. This is the testament to our collective and continuous commitment towards better road safety and fuel economy in Malaysia,” he added.

A mini Scania Driver Competition 2015 will be held at the Scania exhibition area at the Malaysia International Bus Truck and Components (MIBTC) exhibition from 14th to 16th of May, 2015 – all licensed trucks and bus drivers, including the general public with valid driving license are invited to try a simple truck obstacle course in the confines of safe and secured area; and win prizes!

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Donated RM40,000 Worth Of Emergency Supplies to East Coast Flood Victims

Perodua, in collaboration with Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN), has distributed RM40,000 worth of emergency supplies to the flood victims in Kelantan and Terengganu.

“Since our initial cooperation began on 19 December, we have fully distributed emergency items to the evacuees in the worst hit areas in both Kelantan and Terengganu,” Perodua President and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

On 19 December, Perodua collaborated with MKN, the national disaster relief coordinator, by offering to supply much needed goods sleeping bags, food and fresh water to those displaced by floods.

The flood situation has worsened with other states, such as Pahang, Perak, Kedah, Perlis and Sabah, reporting alarming water levels.

“We have also committed our volunteers to assist in assisting those affected clean their damaged homes in one of the worst floods to hit the country,” Aminar said.

“We will continue to monitor the flood situation and will give additional support as well as assistance if the situation warrants in easing the burden of the victims. This includes our staff, dealers, vendors, our valued customers and the general public.”

In addition, we have performed “solat hajat” and “doa Selamat” earlier this week in seeking God’s assistance to deliver us from this disaster and we will perform them again in the near future,” Aminar said. 

In addition to the goods, Perodua is also offering assistance to all Perodua vehicle owners who were impacted by the flooding.

This includes towing services, discounts on selected parts and free inspections to determine the amount of damage done to the vehicle.

Perodua’s customers whose vehicles were damaged during the recent floods are encouraged to call the Perodua’s toll free customer care line at 1800-88-6600 for assistance.

“Our customers matter most to us and this value-added service is provided to help relieve some of the burden our fellow Malaysians as well as our customers’ are facing during this disaster,” Aminar said.

On the assistance given, Aminar said that Perodua will reimburse towing service fees up to a maximum of RM100 (one hundred ringgit only) to the nearest Perodua service outlet. In total, there are 176 Perodua service outlets nationwide. (Terms and Conditions apply).

In addition, Perodua is also offering 20% off selected parts to Perodua owners whose vehicles are damaged by the floods.

The parts include all electronic items, carpet, vehicle seats, door trims and engine overhaul gasket. 

This offer has been consistently offered to our customers since 2011.

PRESS RELEASE: Edaran Tan Chong Motor And Tan Chong Express Auto Service Lends Their Support To The Flood Victims

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) and Tan Chong Ekspres Auto Servis (TCEAS) today announced the commencement of the “Nissan Relief Campaign” for Nissan customers in flood-stricken areas around the country. 

The campaign aims to assist owners whose Nissan vehicles have been damaged by the current floods that have hit the states of Malaysia, mainly Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Perlis and Sabah. The Nissan Relief Campaign will provide:

1) 25 percent discount on Nissan genuine spare parts on affected Nissan vehicles. 
2) 25 percent discount on labour charges on affected Nissan vehicles. 
3) Free towing charges on affected Nissan vehicles of up to RM150. 
4) Three (3) months or 5,000 km warranty on labour and Nissan genuine parts replacement on affected Nissan vehicles. 

“As a Malaysian company, our growth has only been due to the support Malaysians have given us throughout the years. And with the flood situation being one of the worst in this country’s history, this is one way we can help relief the burden of our customers. It is our responsibility to do what we can to assist those who have supported us in their time of need,” says Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM.

The Nissan Relief Campaign will run with immediate effect, till 28 February 2015. Flood victims are urged to send their affected Nissan vehicles to the nearest service centre. 

For further enquiries, customers can contact the 24-hour Nissan Customer Care Centre hotline number at 1800-88-3838

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Delighted Its Customers With "Suzuki Ayuh Malaysia" Convoy

Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd (SMA) recently delighted its customers with an unforgettable experience by organising the AFF Suzuki Cup Convoy 2014 with the theme of ‘Suzuki Ayuh Malaysia’, in conjunction with the AFF Suzuki Cup final between Malaysia and Thailand.

Suzuki have been the proud title sponsor for the most prestigious football tournament in Southeast Asia since 2008, and with Malaysia’s very own Harimau Malaya playing in the final on home turf at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil, Suzuki Malaysia decided to drum up support for Team Malaysia through the ‘Suzuki Ayuh Malaysia’ campaign and by organising a special convoy for Suzuki customers and enthusiasts to drive their Suzuki cars to the National Stadium and catch the final match live while supporting Team Malaysia as best they can. 

As part of Suzuki Malaysia’s long term Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, 23 children from Sekolah Kebangsaan Sg. Judah, a school for Orang Asli on Pulau Carey, Port Klang enjoyed the time of their lives as they walked out onto the pitch with the players from both teams as Player Escorts just before kick-off. This was also Suzuki Malaysia’s commitment towards aiding in the development of a more knowledgeable, dynamic and motivated community.

“It is hoped that such an initiative will encourage the students of SK Sg. Judah to value their education, which will ultimately provide them with better opportunities that will greatly enrich their lives,” stated Mr. Keiichi Suzuki, Managing Director for Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd.

About 150 Suzuki customers and enthusiasts in more than 50 various Suzuki cars from all over the country took part in the convoy that started off from Suzuki’s 3S Centre at Setia Gemilang Auto in Shah Alam, all the way through the hustle and bustle of the Klang Valley to its final destination at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The colourful convoy of various Suzuki cars were flagged off from Setia Gemilang Auto by Mr. Keiichi Suzuki on Saturday afternoon after lunch and some exciting activities which included a lucky draw where awesome prizes of officially signed Team Malaysia balls were given away.

Mr. Keiichi Suzuki commented, “We organized this AFF Suzuki Cup Convoy 2014 and accompanying activities as a means of showing our gratitude and appreciation for the strong support we have received from our loyal customers. They get to cherish and share a memorable experience together against the backdrop of a patriotic and electrifying atmosphere of a cup final match involving the Malaysian national football team. The customers’ enthusiasm and patriotism mirrored the true Suzuki spirit.”

Throughout the drive to the National Stadium, the convoy drew a lot of attention, not just looks, stares and smiles, but also honking of the horn and shouts of “Malaysia!” from other road users, as it is not every day that Malaysians get to see so many different Suzuki cars proudly flying the Malaysian flag in a Police guided convoy.

Upon reaching the National stadium, Suzuki customers and enthusiasts were treated to fun and games at the Suzuki booth. Apart from enjoying themselves taking part in mini games and getting their faces on with face painting, they also enjoyed entertaining performances from Freestylers and Drum Liners, with many of them trying to make their best guesses for the Guess the Score contest to win signed Team Malaysia jersey and balls.

Brothers Prakash and Yoganraj Rajasekharan from Puchong, Selangor, who joined the convoy in their 3 year old White Suzuki Swift, were thrilled and excited to be a part of the convoy.

“We are very happy to be a part of the AFF Suzuki Cup Convoy 2014 as through Suzuki Malaysia, we got to watch and support Harimau Malaya play in a cup final match, and it is an unforgettable experience that we will cherish. I am very pleased that I bought a Suzuki, as after such a wonderful experience, if I do change my car in the future, top on my list will be a Suzuki for sure!”, said a delighted Prakash.

Mr. Keiichi Suzuki added, “The overwhelming response and support that we have received for the AFF Suzuki Cup Convoy 2014 has convinced us that our customers thoroughly appreciate our efforts in organising such events for their benefit, as they are outgoing and truly living out the Suzuki ‘Way of Life!’.”

Husband and wife couple Mohd Faidzal Surep and Effa Izuan Abdul Jabar from Batu Pahat, Johor, who took part in the convoy in their Superior White Suzuki Swift Sport, were overjoyed with the convoy and the cup final as it exceeded their expectations.

“We came all the way from down south as we are firm Suzuki fans and we did not want to miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch the cup final match live. Even though Malaysia did not win the Suzuki Cup, we are proud to be Malaysians and more than happy to lend our support for the Harimau Malaya team thanks to Suzuki Malaysia who made all of this possible. We are both excited and grateful to Suzuki as it is a brand that allows us to enjoy so many interesting experiences, so we are eagerly looking forward to more organised activities such as this in the future to enjoy this unique Suzuki lifestyle”, said an enthusiastic Mohd Faidzal.

After the match during the prize giving ceremony, Mr. Keiichi Suzuki was given the special honour of presenting the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award to Thailand’s Chanathip Songkrasin.

The participants enjoyed the convoy and the match especially, with many stating that they would definitely participate in such organised activities in the future. With such an overwhelmingly good response, Suzuki Malaysia will continue to organise similar events for the benefit of all Suzuki owners and enthusiasts in Malaysia.

Suzuki Malaysia Automobile is supported by a network of 32 authorised dealers nationwide.

Check out the nationwide Suzuki Mega Road Show happening now till January 2015 as there are exciting offers, high rebates, fun activities and free test drives to look forward to.

Photo Credit to World Sport Group

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Crowns The Winner Of Toyota Traffic Tots Programme

The Toyota Traffic Tots programme ended on an artistic note with an art competition that drew almost 700 participants from participating private schools. The top three winners were awarded MPH cash vouchers valued at RM700, RM500, RM300 respectively, while 5 consolation winners walked home with MPH vouchers worth RM100.

The art contest, held from September to mid October, was meant to complement the existing Toyota Traffic Tots programme for children that were initiated in 2011. Conducted among Year 1 students, the contest required participating students to complete a picture of a child with one hand outstretched, as if to hold his parent’s hand, and have it coloured. 

Sri KL, Subang Jaya, made a sweeping win, with all three top winners and two consolation winners coming from that school. First prize went to Liew Jo Ee, followed by Bianca Sherilyn Lopez in second place and Chai Pei Na in third place. Megan Reyie Lee and Aiden Lim Shi Feng won consolation prizes.

The other consolation prizes went to Farisha Firozdin from Sri UCSI Subang Jaya, Aleesya from Beaconhouse Sri Inai, Petaling Jaya and Laranya Vatsula Chanduru from Sri Dasmesh Kuala Lumpur.

“The art contest brought the Toyota Traffic Tots to new heights, because it required more critical thinking, planning and artistic skills to win,” says Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor, who firmly believes that children learn best through experiential learning. 

With the art contest, the children will be able to remember the road safety messages better, he enthused, because they had to create a complete picture out of the template provided. 

Marks were given for drawing and colouring skills, creativity and relevance to the theme of traffic safety. The picture template also held traffic safety messages for children, such as holding hands with an adult, walking against traffic and staying within the road kerb when outside.

“Important values such as traffic courtesy, defensive driving, pedestrian safety, abiding by traffic laws and others must be inculcated when children are still small when they are still open to new ideas,” says Datuk Ismet. Once the values are planted and continuously enforced, he adds, the children will be less inclined to follow peer pressure even for dangerous behaviours such as speeding or beating traffic lights.

“Traffic conditions have changed exponentially in the last few decades, and so have social behavior. Today, we are faced with new challenges such as mobile phone distraction and texting while driving or walking among digital migrants,” he says.

Toyota Traffic Tots, directed at digital natives such as 21st children who are born into the world of electrical and gadgets, is a step towards building early awareness on traffic safety. Since its inception three years ago, the initiative has reached over 10,000 children from close to 300 pre-school centres and private schools.

It is important to teach safety values during a child’s formative age when they are most receptive to learning, stresses Datuk Ismet. Recognising this, more pre-schools and schools have requested for their schools to be included into the TTT programme. 

“We will be expanding to include more pre-school operators on top of our existing partner, Smart Reader Kids, as well as more private schools,” he adds.

Monday, December 22, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: VW Malaysia Bags Two ASEAN COTY 2014 Awards For Golf and Golf R!!!

Volkswagen Malaysia recently announced that The Golf and The Golf R, were honoured respectively at the Autocar ASEAN COTY 2014 Awards and NST/Maybank Car of the Year (COTY) 2014. 

Adding to its ensemble of awards, the seventh generation Golf 1.4 TSI surpassed other vehicles to defend its top spot in the Midsize Saloon / Hatchback category for the second consecutive year at the Autocar ASEAN COTY 2014 Awards while The Golf R topped the score charts in the Hot-hatch category.

Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Malaysia said, “The seventh generation Golf is truly remarkable, and is one of Volkswagen’s finest creations! It excels in every area and it has a lineage of awards from all over the world, a testament to its unmatched competence.”

The Golf R’s winning streak continued when it also won Performance Car of the Year category of the NST/Maybank Car of the Year (COTY) 2014. The 280PS hot-hatch outrivaled other vehicles to top the podium. 

“The Golf R sets a new benchmark for performance cars by winning the prestigious title of Performance Car of the Year at the NST/Maybank COTY Awards. It defines a car that offers world-class technology and leading innovation with unmatched German engineering”, Keller added

In both Awards, The Golf 1.4 TSI and Golf R were subjected to intense analysis by experienced judges from the automotive industry. 

Since its launch in Malaysia in March 2013, The Golf 1.4 TSI was named both the European Car of the Year 2013 and World Car of the Year 2013 awards. It exudes a maximum 250Nm of torque while recording an official fuel consumption rate of only 5.0l/100km – offering consumers both power and fuel efficiency.

In its fourth generation, the Golf R is a compact powerhouse with a 2.0-litre newly designed turbocharged petrol direct-injection (TSI) engine that develops 380Nm of torque and 280PS with a 0 – 100 acceleration within 5.0 seconds. The Golf R produces sportiness in the fast lane with a formidable combination of cutting-edge racing technology, pure power and everyday drivability.

Priced respectively at RM 159,888 and from RM 245,888, The Golf 1.4 TSI and Golf R are available for test drive sessions at authorized Volkswagen showrooms nationwide.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Spreads The Joy To The Under Privileged Kids

UMW Toyota Motor organised a Christmas and school holiday treat for the children from Trinity Children Centre, Petaling Jaya and St. Barnabas Home, Klang. This annual festive celebration and school holiday season was organised as part of the company’s commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility and also to inculcate a spirit of volunteerism and community service among the UMW Toyota Motor personnel.

Over 20 volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor played host to 40 children during a special shopping treat at Paradigm Mall. The Christmas and school holiday ‘double joy’ treats began with a ‘Christmas’ shopping spree and was led up to a fun Christmas dinner time. The children aged between 6 to 17 years old, enjoyed a full dinner spread and were presented with “back to school” goodies. This outreach programme was intended to assure these children that they have friends who care and are not alone in this world.

The volunteers from UMW Toyota Motor were each assigned two children from the homes. Their task for the day included taking the children shopping for their Christmas wish list such as toys and clothes. This outing was a suitable time for the volunteers to have a bonding relationship with the children and foster the spirit of giving and sharing.

According to Datuk Ismet, “Some are orphans and have no place to call home, while others are from broken homes or single parent family. Although most welfare homes take care of their charges well in terms of their basic needs in the form of food, shelter and education, they find it difficult to fulfil the emotional void of the children, especially during festive seasons”. 

He also said that through the company’s efforts, we hope to touch the children’s hearts and make a positive impact in their lives where the message of “Hope” and “Love” are felt by all. 

The Staff Volunteer Programme is part of the Philanthropic pillar of the company’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). UMW Toyota Motor’s commitment to CSR has been an integral part of its corporate culture since it was established in 1990. Its CSR approach is consonant with its philosophy of ‘A history of service to society’, where UMW Toyota Motor continually seeks opportunities to contribute to the communities where they operate their business.

Trinity Children Centre, Petaling Jaya and St. Barnabas Home, Klang welcomes any donation to help the children. For more information please call Mr George Walters (St. Barnabas) at 017-3206736 / 03-3371 6984 and Miss Mary Moses (Trinity Home) at 016-2427775 / 03- 77813905.

PRESS RELEASE: The All New Nissan X-Trail Is Now Open For Bookinng

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd (ETCM) is accepting bookings for the soon-to-be launched, locally assembled All-New Nissan XTrail, from 13 December onwards. The third-generation All-New X-Trail made its world debut at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was launched in Japan in January 2014. Currently one of Japan’s top-selling SUVs, it is available in the United States, Australia and across Europe, and has already been introduced in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Thailand to great success.

Bold and energetic, with an exciting new design coupled with innovative technology and exceptional performance, the All-New Nissan X-Trail is the ultimate all-weather, all capable SUV. Director of Marketing and Product Planning, Mr Tan Keng Meng in announcing the coming of the All-New Nissan X-Trail said, “Since its global launch early this year, Nissan has sold more than 250,000 units around the world, winning numerous awards in countries such as Indonesia, Mexico and in the UK. With this in mind, we are very excited about being able to introduce one of the world’s most popular SUVs in Malaysia, and we are confident that the X-Trail will lead the way in the SUV segment here.”

The All-New Nissan X-Trail features ground-breaking advanced chassis control technology that have been adopted as world-firsts to ensure smooth, stress-free driving experience. The Active Ride Control system moderates any pitching motion experienced by drivers on bumpy roads by controlling engine torque and brakes to improve ride comfort, while the Active Engine Brake system adjusts the amount of engine braking to assist drivers  to reduce speed when cornering or stopping. Additionally, the Active Trace Control system – a ‘Nissan-first’ – automatically applies small amounts of braking to the individual wheels to reduce understeer and help the driver maintain control around corners.

The All-New Nissan X-Trail is available locally in two variants, 2.5L 4WD and 2.0L 2WD. The range topping 2.5L 4WD variant is powered with the QR25DE-k2 engine with Twin CVTC, providing maximum power output of 171 PS at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0L 2WD variant comes with the MR20DD engine with direct injection and Twin CVTC, capable of 144 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Both variants come fitted with Nissan’s Next Generation Xtronic CVT with 7-speed manual mode, and ECO mode system for better fuel efficiency and a smoother and powerful driving performance.

The 2.5L variant is also equipped with an ALL MODE INTELLIGENT 4x4 System (4x4-i), offering a choice between two-wheel drive, Auto Mode or Lock Mode for permanent four-wheel drive.

Other features that go the extra mile for customer comfort and safety are the ‘ZeroGravity Inspired’ Seats that helps reduce fatigue, and a first-in-class 360° Around View Monitor for added parking convenience. Five colours are available; Tungsten Silver, Titanium Olive, Diamond Black, Graphite Blue and Brilliant White. The All-New Nissan X-Trail is expected to be marketed below RM170,000 for the 2.5L 4WD variant, and below RM 150,000 for the 2.0L 2WD variant.

Bookings for the All-New Nissan X-Trail can be made at all Nissan Showrooms nationwide, with deliveries to customers to commence in January 2015

PRESS RELEASE: VW Malaysia Stressing On Redefining Ownership Experience!!

Volkswagen recently hosted its Das Event in Malaysia. The event with a motto of ‘Always by your Side’, underlines its pledge to redefine ownership and brand experience for its Malaysian customers. 

The event night served as a platform for the company to share its rich brand heritage, innovation and technological advancement, and to reinforce its promise of redefining ownership experience for Volkswagen customers in Malaysia. The event was attended by customers, media, dealers, and VIPs.

Focus on Innovation and Technological Advancement 

Volkswagen democratises automotive technology and brings it to the road in every model series. At the event, Volkswagen showcased its world-class fleet of wide-ranging vehicles in Malaysia to serve various customer demands. The company offers 15 models in Malaysia, out of which four (4) models are locally assembled. The cars available in Malaysia are well-equipped with leading and fuel efficient technologies like TSI engines. 

Premiering for the first time in Asia, the German carmaker also showcased its latest executive sedan, the Passat B8. Encompassing cutting-edge innovation, connectivity, efficiency and safety, the new Passat is a testament that Volkswagen is always one step ahead of its time. Having had its world premiere at the Paris Motor Show this year, new Passat is revitalized with new design, a new engine and new technologies – offering a new array of driver assistance, infotainment and comfort systems that makes individual mobility safer, more sustainable and more interconnected.

Additionally, the Passat B8 on stage was joined by the Golf GTE - the first plug-in hybrid that embeds the Golf GTI’s DNA. A fusion of sportiness and sustainability, the Golf GTE possesses the exceptional performance inherited from the Golf GTI and has the zero emission option on E-mode. With fuel consumption of only 1.5L per 100 km and a distant range of 939 km in hybrid mode, the Golf GTE delivers a maximum speed of 222 km/h and 0-100 km/h acceleration at 7.6 seconds. The car does not require any special infrastructure for charging and can be fully charged under 4 hours at any conventional socket.

Another mega star of the evening was the e-Up! – the ideal interpretation of Volkswagen's environmental protection mission with three “zero indicators”. Exhibiting zero emissions, zero fuel consumption and zero noise, Volkswagen’s most advanced electric car provides a strong torque performance of 210Nm and offers a continued cruise of up to 157km. A new solution to urban traffic, the e-Up! is futuristically designed, prides on its environmentally-friendly performance, and offers urban versatility to drivers of all ages. 

Speaking at the event Mr Weiming Soh, President of Commercial Operations, Greater China / ASEAN said, “Volkswagen’s promise of ‘Always By Your Side’ also means a responsibility for tomorrow’s mobility. Our products are designed and built with an aim to meet tomorrow’s demands. They are more fuel-efficient, more powerful, provide greater driving pleasure, and are more comfortable to drive, that too with lesser emissions. Be it our award winning TSI engines or our visionary electric vehicles, sustainable mobility is of prime importance to us.” 

Torque that Matters – Engine Labelling

The TSI turbo charged direct injection petrol engine is the product of Volkswagen’s innovative engine technology and also a remarkable example of engine downsizing. The core competitiveness of the TSI engine is its exceptional torque.

It is a more efficient engine with less fuel consumption and higher performance. It allows Volkswagen owners to experience faster, smoother and more stable driving experience, while ensuring fuel economy and eco-friendliness. It improves fuel efficiency, and reduces emissions, and represents Volkswagen’s commitment to social responsibility and a cleaner, greener future.

In order to display the exceptional engine technology and performance of torque of Volkswagen vehicles more prominently for better understanding, Volkswagen brand will gradually change the engine labeling on vehicles sold in the Asian market into the all-new form of torque class plus engine technology. It is a new badging that features Torque to illustrate the performance of Volkswagen models. In Malaysia, the CC and Passat will be first two models to adopt engine labelling.

“In addition to horsepower, torque is a crucial factor that tells the car's performance – high torque offers better acceleration, better performance, better drivability, more driving fun as well as a more convenient driving experience,” said Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia. 

Transformative Actions in Sales & Aftersales

Volkswagen is charting a new course in areas of sales and aftersales to fortify its presence in Malaysia. In line with its commitment to enhance ownership experience, Volkswagen continues to introduce several initiatives for its Malaysian customers. Previously, the company introduced the Volkswagen Experts programme, Mobility Guarantee programme, and daily order and delivery of spare parts. Resuming its efforts in service transformation, Volkswagen is also committed to implement five (5) more initiatives to provide a comprehensive coverage from sales to after sales. 

These include the following transformative actions: 

· Investment in local talent– Knowledge transfer and training of 100 newly recruited local technicians.

· Establishing one state-of-the-art Technical Competence Centre facility in 2014 and two Technical Competence Centre in 2015 – This facility will provide the latest in all areas of training to further equip the technical staff with strong skill sets and expertise.

· Volkswagen Brand Store – Introducing the first “brand store” in the Malaysian automotive market that provides customers with a 360 degree unique experience on the brand and the products. It will also serve as a dealer training centre.

· Volkswagen Parts Centre – Opening of a parts centre in Malaysia to shorten delivery time and lead time of spare parts.

· Service Concierge – Responsible for delivering professional and expert concierge services to customers at selected dealerships

· Increasing investment in training and development of the sales and technical staff at all Volkswagen dealerships 

· In total, Volkswagen plans to invest more than RM20million in the next 3 years on training and recruitment of new staff and also on improving facilities/expanding existing ones.

“Malaysia is an important market for our business and as the brand progresses, our continued investment in improving our customer service will remain as a corner stone of our activities; be it sales or aftersales. We have embarked on a journey to bring this change and these initiatives will help us earn the trust of our Malaysian customers,” said Mr Armin Keller added.

Strong Local Partnership with DRB-HICOM 

Together with DRB-HICOM, Volkswagen is focused on the next phase of growth in Malaysia. Since 2011, the company has introduced four (4) top selling, locally assembled models (Passat, Polo Sedan, Polo Hatchback, Jetta) in Malaysia. Volkswagen’s CKD operations have played an instrumental role in strengthening the company’s leadership position in Malaysia and contributed to creation of more job opportunities in the country. 

“Malaysia is known for its stable economic growth with strong progress in key sectors, such as the automotive industry. This country has an excellent business environment, and Volkswagen, as a global player, wants to build on these strengths and continue to be a reliable business partner to Malaysia. Our developing presence and undertakings reaffirm our commitment to the market,” said Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

Friday, December 5, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Lexus Malaysia Opens Eighth Outlet Lexus Melaka!!

Lexus Malaysia marked another milestone today when it officially launched its eighth Lexus outlet in Malaysia. Lexus Melaka, the newest outlet is a full-fledged sales and service centre with all the luxurious amenities and state of the art technologies associated with a Lexus centre. 

On hand to witness the opening ceremony were Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin, Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, Datuk Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor and Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor. Also present were dealer principal of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd, the operators of Lexus Melaka; Mr Wong Ngee Fat, Managing Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery and Miss Yong Siew Fong, Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd. 

The new outlet in Melaka is the third outlet to be launched this year by Lexus Malaysia, following the launch of outlets in Ipoh and in Kuching. Speaking at the launch of the third Lexus centre, Datuk Ismet Suki said, “To be opening three state-of-the-art Lexus centres in one year is a significant feat which marks our commitment towards the Lexus brand and to our customers.” 

“The Lexus Customer Experience is legendary which incorporates with the art of Japanese hospitality. It starts when you visit the Lexus showroom for the first time, and continues at every step of the way after you purchase your first Lexus. To us, it’s more than meeting your needs and desires – it’s anticipating them. That way, you are always at the centre of the experience, just like you would be, as a guest in our home,” added Datuk Ismet. 

Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd, the dealer and operator of Lexus Melaka has been in business with UMW Toyota Motor since 2005 with the launch of the Toyota showroom in Tebrau. The partnership was further strengthened when in 2011; Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd expanded to become a full-fledged 3S centre, and in the same year opened another Toyota outlet at Kota Tinggi. With this vast experience of working with Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd and their excellent track record in sales and after sales, the company was granted the Lexus dealership in Melaka. 

Lexus Melaka is a double story building with a land size that measures in at 87,119 square feet and with a total built up area of 30,000 square feet. It features mezzanine floor and luxurious amenities like a customer lounge, a business centre as well as a cafe where Lexus guests are served with refreshing food and beverages. It also features four service bays so guests do not have to spend too much time waiting for their cars to be prepared. The new centre also lives up to the hospitality expected of a Lexus centre that abides by international standards and is staffed by a team of 14 highly trained in five-star hospitality and the finest engineers in the business. 

Also speaking at the launch of the new showroom was Miss Yong Siew Foong, Director of Hiewa Auto Gallery Sdn Bhd who said, “For Lexus, luxury is more than a statement of wealth, status or ownership. It is about Lexus experience, from the moment you step into the showroom to the product line-up and the people where it provides true luxury that helps our customer make the most of every moment.”

Visitors to Lexus Melaka can not only expect to be greeted by a friendly welcome, but can also expect to view some of the finest and most popular Lexus models that include the luxurious Lexus LS and GS, the ever popular Lexus ES and the RX SUV, the sporting performance Lexus IS as well as recently launched Lexus RC. Of particular interest is the upcoming Lexus NX sports SUV which will be launched in January, where the order taking started in October and currently have close to 200 units order signed.

The opening of Lexus Melaka is testament to UMW Toyota Motor’s commitment to bring the Lexus brand closer to the people and to make it more accessible than it has ever been. Lexus Malaysia has invested close to RM100 million in expanding its network with the introduction of several Lexus outlets across Malaysia. Lexus Malaysia is also confident in achieving 2014 target of 1,600 units.

Lexus Melaka is now open for business and is located at 2A, Jalan Autocity 6, Persiaran Autocity, 75450, Ayer Keroh, Melaka. Call Lexus Toll Free Line: 1800 88 53987 (1-800-88-LEXUS) or visit to visit the dealership or to book a test drive.

PRESS RELEASE: Team Harimau Malaya Emerged Winner of Top Team Competition 2014-2015 to represent Scania Malaysia At The Regional Finals In Guangzhou, China

Scania, a leading Swedish supplier of heavy truck, bus, marine, industrial and power generation engines, recently announced the winner of the Scania Malaysia Top Team Competition 2014-2015 edition.

The winning team successfully worked on and solved problems on five components presented as a set of challenges to them – Theory, Brake, Electrical, Suspension and Fuel. The competition was held this morning at Scania Malaysia Bukit Jelutong.

Gary Archer, Services Director, Scania Southeast Asia, said, “We are highly impressed by the teams’ competency to master and develop their skills combining studies, training and teamwork with the competition. The results show that these teams are proficient in the following areas - increasing technical competency, ability to look at the big picture when analyzing problems, learning to delegate responsibility, enhance and cultivate teamwork and foresight in solving problems and overcoming challenges systematically and efficiently.”

Added Gary, “Through the Scania Top Team Competition, we aim to develop Services personnel’s skills by way of combining studies, training and teamwork with challenges presented by the competition. We hope that the results will bring immense benefits to the participants and subsequently, to Scania customers by providing more effective services. In return, this may help meet the worldwide demand for qualified service workshop staff, especially in Malaysia.”

Scania’s customer’s objective is to achieve the best profitability, which is why the competition is based on Scania’s total solutions approach to offering fuel economy, uptime and premium services. The competition rests firmly on the combination of studies with pleasure while having elements of the contest rooted in reality.

The top team, Team Harimau Malaya comprising of Amir bin Hamzah, Adde Ham bin Abdul Rahman, Mohd Ghazali bin Mapaita, Mohd Zainy bin Mohd Fadil and Mohammad Hairol Zaki bin Missuan from Scania Malaysia Bukit Jelutong walked away with a team trophy, official certificates of participation, official Scania watch and the grand title of being the representative from Malaysia at the regional finals in Guangzhou, China in 2015. The team had managed to solve the series of challenges and problems issued to them in the fields of five chosen components – Theory, Brake, Electrical, Suspension and Fuel.

Prior to the finals recently, participating teams from all Services personnel across Malaysia had to go through a written test in order to qualify as finalists. As a result, a total number of five teams were chosen to compete in the finals today: Auto City from Butterworth branch, Borneo Hornbill from Bintulu branch, Harimau Malaya from Bukit Jelutong branch, Innovative from Bukit Jelutong branch and Pendekar Penyu from Ipoh branch. They consists of 3 Service Personnel, 1 Parts Personnel and 1 Service Advisor each.

Five stations representing all of the five above mentioned components were set up and all teams were not told of the components which they were to be tested on. At every station, each team was given 20 minutes for problem solving and to explain to a panel of judges from Scania and 20 minutes for team members to re-group and discuss among themselves while the judges deliberate.

PRESS RELEASE: Nissan Teana Awarded With 5 Star Asean NCAP Test!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd (ETCM) recently announced that Nissan’s flagship model, the Teana has made history by being the first car to achieve perfect score (16.00 points) in the Adult Occupant Protection (AOP), and the first car to achieve 5-Star rating in Child Occupant Protection (COP) with 88 percent compliance in the ASEAN New Car Assessment Programme (NCAP).

The presentation of the award was held at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 in Bangkok recently by ASEAN NCAP Chairman, Prof. Dr. Wong Shaw Voon to Mr Hiroyuki Yoshimoto, President of Nissan Motor Thailand Co., Ltd.

A global success, the third-generation Nissan Teana has sold more than 600,000 units worldwide since its launch in China in February 2013. 

The Nissan Teana comes with six SRS airbags and driver and front passenger Seatbelt Reminder (SBR); and Nissan’s Electronic Stability Control system, known as VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control), TCS (Traction Control System), and AUC (Active Understeer Control) to help the driver stay in control during emergency situations.

Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM expressed his delight on the ASEAN NCAP safety accreditation. “We are truly heartened by this acknowledgement, as the wellbeing and safety of our customers is always a priority for us at ETCM. This achievement further reinforces our commitment to continue enhancing the safety and performance of Nissan cars on Malaysian roads.”

The crash test Teana unit, although assembled in Thailand, carries the same specifications as the Teana that is assembled by Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (TCMA), and sold in Malaysia by ETCM.

This achievement comes after the Teana’s latest recognition, where it won the Executive Car of the Year title at the recent NST-Maybank Car of the Year 2014 Awards

Monday, December 1, 2014

NEW LAUNHCES: Lexus Malaysia Launched The Astonishing Lexus RC!!!!

Lexus Malaysia recently unveiled the highly anticipated Lexus RC-350 and RC-F at its luxurious state-of-the-art showroom in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Hailed as the ultimate and most luxurious Lexus High Performance Coupe, the new RC also offers a new emotional design that has never before seen in a Lexus. 

The All-New RC-350 and RC-F mark the return of Lexus into the Malaysian Luxury Sport segment and for the first time Lexus Malaysia is offering two models in the sports coupe segment. RC and RC-F are positioned a class above of premium competitors that focuses mainly in driving dynamics and pure styling of the car. 

According to Datuk Ismet, President of UMW Toyota Motor in his speech, “The Lexus RC marks a new chapter for Lexus Malaysia, and we are proud to be able to offer customers one of the finest coupes in the market today.” Both the RC-350 and the RC-F have been making waves around the world with the trademark Lexus design together with the Lexus signature spindle grille, making both cars immediately recognisable. 

Both models offer state-of-the-art multi-LED headlamps with independent LED Daytime Running Lamps (DRLs). The headlamps feature uniquely shaped lenses and multi-LED lamps for both high and low beam, this expresses the advanced and sophisticated nature of the new Lexus identity. All three LEDs are lit when the headlight is turned on while an L-shape is adopted during low beam to immediately express the Lexus identity. 

The design of the RC-350 coupe is summed up as “coolness over utility” and provides a visual jolt to the onlooker with its low profile, wide stance, short wheelbase and large diameter tyres. Described as a true “2+2” coupe, the RC-350 offers excellent accommodation for driver and passenger with sufficient space for two rear seat occupants. 

The interior of the RC-350 is a perfect balance of both sportiness and elegance. The luxurious leather seats are constructed of the same integrated foaming method introduced in 2013 in the IS F-Sport, and offers unparalleled comfort and support. The centre console and door trim on the other hand have been designed to feature a structured layer of parts sitting upon another, a character typical of Lexus to express coupe elegance. Located at the centre is an analogue clock that, just like a luxury wrist watch, makes a bold statement. It symbolises the Lexus interior and is carefully designed. 

The interior of the RC-F however, is different altogether. It utilizes a range of sportiness elegance to create an immediate impression the moment the driver enters the cockpit; it is a unique sports model which includes the meters that are directly descended from the original LFA design. 

Both interiors also offer a Mark Levinson sound system with high resolution speakers that provide for a 360 degrees spatial envelopment of sound. New to both interiors is the RTI Touchpad as part of the cockpit ‘operation zone’ in the center console that gives the drivers images and vibration feedback for a more responsive control.

On the engine front, the Lexus RC-350 has a 3.5-litre V6 with eight-speed Sports Program Direct Shift transmission. It offers linear performance and can accelerate to 100 kilometres per hour in 6.3 seconds, reach a top speed of 230 kilometres per hour and yet is incredibly fuel efficient. 

While the RC-350 is designed to pamper its occupants in luxury and technology, the RC-F on the other hand is a power house in every sense of the word. The RC-F coupe is the most powerful V8 performance car ever developed by Lexus and offers shocking performance and high speed stability. 

The engine of the RC-F on the other hand is the most powerful V8 engine Lexus has ever built. It is 12 per cent more powerful than the IS-F engine, on which it is based, and yet thanks to the advanced Atkinson cycle technology, the engine uses as much fuel as the regular RC when cruising.

Speaking at the launch of the new cars, President of UMW Toyota Motor, Datuk Ismet Suki commented, “The Lexus RC-350 injects emotional appeal into the Lexus DNA that is already synonymous with build quality, refinement and reliability. Simultaneously, it is openly intended to raise the brand’s profile for those who seek a car that stirs the emotions with elegance and yet appreciate a sophisticated design and peerless craftsmanship.” 

“The RC-350 is not just business as usual for Lexus, it marks the arrival of a new design language for Lexus sports models. Described as “coolness over utility”, it retains the signature spindle grille but features a clearly more aerodynamic and a sharper profile. The RC-F on the other hand takes it to another level with its muscular stance, active rear wing and carbon fiber components,” said Datuk Ismet Suki. 

“The experience continuous beyond being a proud Lexus owner. It is shaped through the years by our luxury quality service that has come to be expected of the Lexus brand. In line with the Lexus network expansion and to fulfill the increasing demand, we will be opening a Lexus outlet in Malacca next month. This will bring the total number to 8 outlets where we will ensure our customers’ demand and satisfaction continues to be fulfilled,” concluded Datuk Ismet. 

Order taking were opened on the 5th September and it is priced from RM526, 000 for the RC-350 while the RC-F is priced from RM782,000.

Friday, November 28, 2014

NEW LAUNCHES: JEEP Malaysia Officially Landed to Malaysia Shores With The Launch Of Four New Models

After 15 years of absence, Jeep a subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has made a comeback to Malaysian automotive scenes with the launch of not one but four models of its best selling line up in Malaysia. These four models comprises of Jeep Grand Cherokee, Cherokee, Wrangler and Compass. 

Good news for the buyers of Jeep models in Malaysia, as DRB Hicom specifically EON the official distributors of Jeep vehicles in Malaysia will provides 5 years manufacturer warranty or 150,000 whichever comes first. The Grand Cherokee comes with 3.6 litre Pentastar V6 engine mated to eight speed transmission with fuel saver technology. The price of this model is RM 468,889 and it comes with Bi Xenon HID light with automatic levelling, premium leather seats, leather stitched instrument panel and armrest with unique open pore wood trim.

Besides that, the Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk is fitted with nine speed automatic tranmission mated to 2.4 inline four engine with innovative 4x4 system with rear axle disconnect which provides premium on road driving experience. This model includes 8,4 inch touch screen navigation media center, a full 7 inch full colour instrument cluster display and all this is priced at RM 378,889.

The most recgnizable model of Jeep, the Jeep Wrangler remains true to its heritage. The model delivers unequalled off road capabilities which the body sits on body on frame design, front and rear five link suspension system, live axle, electronic lockers. The Wrangler comes with three distinctive models namely Wrangler Rubicon, Wrangler Unlimited Sahara and Wrangler Unlimited Sports. The models price at RM 333,889, RM 328,889 and RM 288,889 respectively.

The last model launched in Malaysia is the Jeep Compass. which provides outstanding fuel economy and equipped with six speed automatic transmission. The 2014 Jeep Compass is priced at RM 248,889.

Currently DRM Hicom is giving a great deal for buyers of all Jeep models, The promotion now is that, the interest rate for buying Jeep models is at 2% with selected banks and DRB also throws in 2 years free road tax for your vehicles. You can head down to Jeep Malaysia state of the art 3S center at Jalan Pelukis U1/46 of Glenmarie.

PRESS RELEASE: Scania Malaysia Launches A New Scania Assistance And Scania Fleet Management

Scania Malaysia launches a new Scania Assistance number 1800-08-8500 (+603 5590 9077 for international calls) with an improved call-centre system based on Scania global standards; and the new Scania Fleet Management for customers to gain more control over their vehicles.

Every Scania truck, bus and coach chassis now comes with two years free Scania Assistance and ten years free Scania Fleet Management monitoring package. 

Scania Assistance Malaysia is an operator-based call-centre that operates 24/7, 365 days a year. The improved call-centre system allows Scania to track and follow-up on the status of any customer’s case from start to completion; keeping the customer informed throughout the entire process. This allows the customer to plan and reorganise their fleet movements better in the event of a particular vehicle needing assistance.

Supported by professional customer service personnel, a fleet of standby-service vans with highly-trained and experienced technicians, can connect customers to our wide network of workshops, even in difficult-to-reach areas.

The Scania Fleet Management is a set of services that connects the vehicles with customers’ office through a communicator device. Scania customers will get vehicle data, fleet position and reviews of driving performance. By just focusing on these details Scania customers can make informed decisions and take the necessary actions in increasing the productivity of their fleet.

Scania Fleet Management consists of two different service packages: Monitoring and Control. These two packages are easy and fast – it starts up in minutes, give customer quick access to fleet overviews and its user-friendly graphics can be understood with one glance. The packages are also environmentally smart – customers can view fuel consumption and other factors that affect emissions as well as CO2 level themselves.

Scania Fleet Management saves money for our customers – customers can make decisions that cut fuel consumption, identifies vehicles that are being driven unsuitably, do service planning in order to reduce unplanned downtime. Vehicle and driver performance can save up to 10% in fuel economy if Scania Fleet Management is used together with Scania Driver Training and Coaching services.

“At Scania, we continue to put our customers’ operations at the centre of the entire value chain. Scania’s wide range of quality products and services are constantly improving and optimised for our customers’ needs. This is Scania’s total solutions approach to help our customers achieve the best profitability,” said the Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Mr. James Armstrong.

PRESS RELEASE: Volkswagen Malaysia Launches Mobility Programme

Volkswagen Malaysia recently launched its mobility guarantee programme as part of its ongoing efforts to boost customer satisfaction. In line with several transformation actions revealed earlier, more than 200 Volkswagen vehicles will be available on the road to offer mobility support for its customers.

Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Malaysia said, “Volkswagen is the first OEM in Malaysia to embark on a fully sponsored mobility guarantee programme. We now have a complete mobility service to complement our comprehensive dealer network.”

Customers are now entitled to collect a courtesy vehicle from Volkswagen authorized service centres when they send their vehicles for repair or service, should the duration exceed 24 hours. 

“Customer satisfaction is our utmost priority, and we will continue to invest in efforts which will help bring an enriched ownership and brand experience for our customers,” added Keller.

Friday, November 21, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd Announces Winners Of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’, Starts Round Two Of Campaign

The first round of Edaran Tan Chong Motor’s (ETCM) ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ Campaign concluded with the announcement of six (6) customers winning brand new Nissan cars worth more than RM888,888. 

Held in conjunction with Tan Chong’s 57th anniversary and the nation’s 57th year of independence, ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ Campaign was a show of appreciation to reward Nissan buyers. 

The winners are Raziff Suhairi bin Shabaan, who bought a Nissan Teana 2.5XV, and won Nissan Serena S-Hybrid; Kelvin Ong Wei Chong, who bought a Nissan Almera and won a Nissan Sylphy 1.8E; and Aidasuzana binti Md Arshad, who bought a Nissan Grand Livina 1.6L, a won a Nissan Serena S-Hybrid. 

Arnizah binti Kasbulah, who bought a Nissan Sylphy 1.8VL, won a Nissan Teana 2.0XE), while On Keur Li, who bought a Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, won a Nissan Teana 2.5XV. The final winner is Luhat Jok, who bought a Nissan Navara and won a Nissan Sylphy 1.8(E). 

Raziff Suhairi Bin Shaaban, who works in the asset management industry, was clearly delighted to have won a new car above his purchase. “I was shocked when I found out I had won the Serena S-Hybrid. But my wife is even happier as she will be using the Serena S-Hybrid as our family car due to its practicality and comfort. Purchasing my Teana was also an impressive experience to a first-time buyer like me, as the sales advisor was very professional and helpful in every way.”

21-year old Kelvin Ong Wei Chong could not believe his luck when he was told he had won a Nissan car. “I bought the Nissan Almera because it is value-for-money and had impressive features. Being a first Nissan owner, this is a fantastic opportunity for my family to experience the excitement of the Nissan brand, thanks to Edaran Tan Chong Motor!” 

According to Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Product Planning and Marketing of ETCM, the Campaign received overwhelming response, and as a result, ETCM decided to offer Malaysians another chance to win some of Nissan’s bestselling models with Round Two (2) of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ campaign.

“As before, customers who purchase selected Nissan models are eligible to enter; with five (5) lucky customers each standing a chance to win a Nissan model. Round Two of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ campaign began on 1 November, and will end on 31 December 2014.” 

With more than a total of RM600,000 in prize value, the model line-up now includes the All-New Nissan Sylphy, Nissan Navara, Nissan Grand Livina and the Nissan X-Trail

The full list of offered models is as follows:

Grand Livina
Sylphy 1.8 (E)
Navara 2.5 (LE)
Current X-Trail 2.0
Grand Livina 1.8
Grand Livina 1.8
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