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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

NEW LAUNCHES: VW Malaysia Launched VW Jetta CKD OTR RM 131K!!!!

Volkswagen Group Malaysia together with partner DRB-HICOM Berhad presented the media with its fourth and latest German-engineered, Malaysian-assembled model, the Volkswagen Jetta in an exclusive preview yesterday. 

Since its introduction in Malaysia in 2011, the Jetta has been one of the most popular Volkswagen models and amongst the best mid-size sedans available in the Malaysian market. 

“The Jetta offers an aspirational and inspirational drive that marries sportiness, elegance and safety without compromising on Volkswagen’s commitment to sustainability with its fuel efficient consumption levels. The local assembly of the Jetta is the latest indication of our commitment to offer more affordable vehicle choices for Malaysians seeking the quality and reassurance that comes with a German engineered vehicle,” said Christoph Aringer, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

Delving further on the importance of the locally assembled Jetta to Volkswagen Group Malaysia, Mr Aringer also adds, “The fully imported Jetta introduced in 2011 was a significant contributor to Volkswagen’s success in Malaysia thus far. We are extremely confident that sales of the Jetta will surge forward now that the car is being locally assembled and even more competitively priced than ever before.”

The Jetta is Volkswagen’s modern interpretation of sporty design on a classic body style. Since its birth in 1979, the Jetta has been popular with its very own distinctive character. Its unique style coupled with its pure design and innovative features have the potential to attract a broad range of customers desiring style and sportiness in mobility. 

Speaking during the media presentation, Simon Loasby, Director of Design, Volkswagen Group China shared the design principle adopted by the Volkswagen design team.

“The Jetta possesses a design that is perfectly poised between sporty and elegant supported by a unique, thought-through and consistent sedan interior and exterior design language. While its stylish and distinctive design is attractive whilst being understated, the Jetta also promises the pleasure of driving and at the same time provides an assurance of security and environmental friendliness,” said Loasby.

Engine and Performance

A car that truly inspires confidence with its power and poise, the Jetta combines a 1.4l twin-charged direct petrol injection TSI engine with a 7-speed direct shift gearbox that gives an impressive output of 160PS and a torque of 240Nm between 1,500 to 4,500rpm – making it amongst the most powerful vehicles in its segment. 

The only car in its segment with a 7-speed gearbox, this sedan is also able to accelerate from 0 to 100kph in 8.3 seconds and capable in reaching a top speed of 221kph – further underlining its athletic credentials. Despite its sporty performance, the Jetta features a combined fuel consumption of approximately 6.0l/100 km (16.7 km per litre) on a Euro 5 emission standard, making it the segment class-leader in fuel efficiency and emissions.

Enhanced entertainment features

The Jetta’s entertainment features have been carefully selected for the Malaysian market. Presenting Malaysians an extensive range of connectivity options, this elegant sedan is installed with the new RCD320 radio with multiple connectivity options such as Bluetooth, SD-card slot, USB with iPod interface and AUX-In. This multi-function display comes with multi-language support and its audio system is further supplemented with 6 sound quality speakers.

Safety Features

Safety features are of utmost importance in the Jetta. Equipped with dual front airbags with front passenger airbag deactivation, dual front side airbags and curtain airbags for front and rear passengers; Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Brake Assist (BA) as well as hill-hold control and rain sensor is installed in the Jetta. The locally assembled Jetta also comes with safety-optimized front head restraints and child seat anchorage points (ISOFIX system).


Inside the Jetta, there is an assortment of aesthetic and functional features such as a multi-function leather steering wheel complemented with leather gearshift knob and handbrake lever, as well as ‘Black Pyramids’ decorative inserts for dashboard and door trim panel. The functional interior features of the Jetta includes auto-dimming rear view mirror, cruise control, auto power windows for all four doors, glove compartment with cooling functions and a generous 510 litres of trunk space.

As far as driver and passenger comfort is concerned, the Jetta is furnished with ‘Sienna’ fabric seat upholstery, height adjustable front seats, 60/40 foldable rear seats, adjustable front armrest and rear armrest as well as a ‘Climatronic’ automatic air conditioning system with 2-zone temperature control and rear air-con vents.


The Jetta truly encompasses the Volkswagen design DNA, featuring dynamic design lines that truly bring out the essence of this sedan. Fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, chrome grille and twin exhaust tailpipes, the car is further kitted with front and rear fog lights, in case of fog. Its halogen headlights comes with automatic headlight activation with ‘Leaving Home’ and manual ‘Coming Home’ functions and exterior mirror with environment lighting to assist drivers in dark area. The sedan is also equipped with Park Distance Control (PDC) for front and rear, and electrically adjustable exterior mirror for driver convenience especially during parking.

The Jetta is available in four colour choices: Candy White, Platinum Grey, Reflex Silver and Deep Black. The German-engineered, Malaysian-assembled Jetta will be available for booking at all Volkswagen dealerships in Peninsular Malaysia from 2 May at the compelling price of RM 130,888.

source: VW Malaysia

PRESS RELEASE: Toyota Corolla Global Sales Surpassed 1.22 Million Units!!!

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., recently announced Corolla global sales of 1.22 million units in 2013, according to the company’s internal data based on individual vehicle sales reporting from its distributors.

The 5 percent year-over-year increase confirms the Corolla’s perennial popularity among loyal customers in approximately 150 countries and regions around the world.

“The Corolla stands as the international face of Toyota and touches millions of people across the globe every day,” said Bill Fay, Toyota division group vice president and general manager. “Being the world’s best-selling car speaks volumes about the satisfaction and loyalty our customers feel about the Corolla and Toyota.”

Thanks to the recent redesign, including amplified elements of design and improved fuel economy, Corolla’s worldwide cumulative sales since its introduction in 1966 topped 40.72 million units as of February 2014, making it the all-time best-selling vehicle model. 

Based on Toyota’s analysis of Polk new vehicle registration data from IHS Automotive, which captures 96 percent of global new vehicle volumes, the Corolla is the world’s best-selling vehicle model for 2013 with global registrations of 1,098,524 million units. 

This figure includes Corolla sedan and other variations in name such as Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis and Corolla EX 4-door sedans. The subscripts “Axio” “Altis” and “EX” denote trim levels of the 4-door Corolla sedan sold in various global regions, including Japan. Also included are the Corolla-badged Fielder and Rumion 5-door wagons.

Based on Toyota’s analysis, various competitive claims based on “single nameplate” registrations may have excluded data for Corolla Axio, Corolla Altis, Corolla EX, Corolla Fielder and Corolla Rumion, which are identified and marketed as Corolla sedans and wagons. 

In the U.S., the all-new Corolla posted sales of more than 300,000 units in 2013, a 4 percent increase year-over-year. In 2013, 97 percent of all Corollas sold in the U.S. were built in North America.

Corolla was named a top safety pick in 2013 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and was awarded a 5-star rating for overall safety by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which is the highest grade given by the agency

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Launched Toyota Traffic Tots 2014!!!

Toyota Traffic Tots, a road safety programme targeted at preschool children, reaches new heights with the addition of ten schools this year. Launched in 2012, the programme is an extension of Toyota’s Road Safety Programme initiated in 2006 to raise road safety knowledge among school children.

With programme partners Smart Reader Worldwide, the Toyota Traffic Tots has brought road safety tips and information to more than 4,000 preschool children aged 4-6 nationwide in the last two years. The programme that is supported by the Road Safety Department is now extended to another ten private schools so that more children can have access to essential road safety lessons. 

“As car makers and people with families, road safety remains a topic very close to our hearts,” says President of UMW Toyota Datuk Ismet Suki. “We are very pleased that the Toyota Traffic Tots has been growing in popularity since its inception, an indication that it has created impact upon participating students, parents and teachers.”

Touted as a road safety programme with a difference, Toyota Traffic Tots targets preschool children, an age group often overlooked by parents, schools and policy makers. Using song, dance and role play, essential lessons related to road safety are taught one lesson every week for 7 months. 

Lessons are categorised into passenger safety and pedestrian safety for easier understanding. Participating preschools have reported greater road safety awareness among parents in the last two years, now that they have ‘little traffic police’ as their passenger!

“Statistics show that there is a high percentage of deaths and injuries among young children. In 2009 for instance, 15.5% of deaths caused by road traffic injuries involve children below 18, compared to 13.6% in 2007. With that, road safely lessons need to start as early as possible. Toyota Traffic Tots programme also serves as a perfect complement to the Road Safety Education that is currently being taught in schools,” explains Datuk Ismet.

Teachers who facilitate the Traffic Tots lessons are first provided intensive training on the programme modules before they are certified to teach the programme. Apart from the lessons in class, students are also required to bring worksheets home to be completed with their parents, making road safety a discussion and sharing session between parents and children. 

The Toyota Traffic Tots programme is one of the three CSR pillars of UMW Toyota Motor aimed at road safety awareness, the other two being the Toyota Eco-Youth programme, a campaign to engage the youth in environmental awareness; and the Toyota Classics, a fund-raising concert for underprivileged communities. These pillars underline the company’s philosophy of improving the quality of life and contributing to the society where they operate.

source: UMW Toyota Press Release

Monday, April 28, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: ETCM Launched "The Nissan Safety Campaign"!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) today launched The Nissan Safety Campaign at LEGOLAND® Malaysia Resort with the objective of raising awareness and to enhance the essential road safety skills knowledge for both adults and children.

This year, Nissan Safety Campaign presents three programmes – Road Survival Workshop, The Ride Way - Children Road Safety Workshop and Safety Driving Programme. With the theme “Happiness in Motion” embodied across the concept of the Nissan Grand Livina, it reminds us that happiness is best when shared with your loved ones. Hence, ETCM captures the moment where “Happiness is Safety First” with its latest Nissan Safety Campaign.

ETCM in collaboration with LEGOLAND Malaysia Resort as its corporate partner in this safety campaign was able to make learning fun by combining both learning and leisure time for the participants and their families. Dato’ David Chen, Executive Director of ETCM in his address to the participants, “ETCM is delighted to be holding the Nissan Safety Campaign again. The safety of our customers and their families are very important to us. We hope to share and communicate key road safety messages to prevent road accidents and to help save lives if accidents do occur.”

The Road Survival Workshop organised by ETCM and conducted by Captain K. Balasupramaniam, Founder of Road Safety Marshal Club, aim to provide valuable tips and advice on road safety. It focuses on educating the participants on how to handle life threatening situations based on the real-life incidents of road accidents, so as to better prepare drivers when facing such situations.

Accordingly, the ‘The Ride Way- Children Road Safety Workshop’ was held at the Nissan Driving School in LEGOLAND Malaysia focuses on educating young children about road safety awareness by teaching them traffic rules – to respect and obey them – and also to observe the traffic around them to avoid accidents. In the month of June, this workshop will be roving around Klang Valley at pre-schools and private education centres.

ETCM intends to bring this safety campaign to Nissan customers, and as such, the Road Survival workshop will be extended throughout Malaysia, followed by the Safety Driving Programme. The venues for each of the workshops have been tentatively set up as follows:

Members of the public can obtain more updates and details about the Nissan Safety Campaign at the Nissan website All programmes of Nissan Safety Campaign are subject to a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis. Nissan owners who wish to attend may contact ETCM’s Customer Relations Department at +603-4047 8788 or send an email request to

source: ETCM Official Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Naza Kia Announced The Winner For "Fuleco Friend Search"

Naza Kia Malaysia’s talk-of-the-town “Fuleco Friend Search” climaxed in a battle among parents at e-Curve last weekend as hundreds of parents sweated it out to hold the “Fuleco” pose the longest. The heated competition was held as the last leg of the “Fuleco Friend Search” campaign for a parent to win an experience of a lifetime for their child. Usha Rani (mother) won her child, Deshshiv Darshaan (10 years old) the priceless opportunity to walk hand-in-hand with Fuleco, the FIFA World Cup Mascot onto the pitch during the Semi Final game in Brazil. 

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

“Deshshiv Darshaan and his mother Usha will not only experience, but be a part of FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. This is an exciting moment not just for the child but for all Malaysians, to see one of us, live, at one of the greatest sporting events in the world! Through a campaign like “Fuleco Friend Search”, we hope to inspire children to get into football as a sport with passion and to dream, hope as well as aspire towards what may have seemed impossible,” said Datuk Hafiz.

This opportunity of a lifetime was open only for a Malaysian child aged between 8-12 years and an accompanying parent through online pre-registration which started early April ending with a contest at Piazza e-Curve, Mutiara Damansara. 

There were over 180 registered participants many of whom turned up to strike the “Fuleco” pose the longest as part of the competition which saw three rounds of elimination before the winner was announced. This contest is the first-of-its-kind in Malaysia where a child gets to walk onto the pitch and be part of the FIFA World Cup. Only two countries in the whole of Southeast Asia will be sending a child each to Brazil for this initiative, the other country being Philippines.

Only one winning child and parent were announced as the Grand Prize winner at the contest today and nine other pairs received consolation prizes of RM200 each and exclusive Kia merchandise. 

The winners will get an all-expense paid trip to Brazil which will include flight tickets, accommodation, a city tour and tickets to the World Cup Semi Finals match, and RM5,000 cash. More excitingly, the child will get unprecedented bragging rights on escorting Fuleco onto the pitch at the biggest sporting event of 2014!

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

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

Those interested in getting more information on this and other exciting FIFA World Cup initiatives by Naza Kia Malaysia can log on to or

Source: Naza Kia Official Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Safety Is The Top Priority For Red Bull Air Race!!

With race speeds expected to reach up to 370 km/h, Aerolomba Sdn Bhd, organisers of the Malaysian leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship 2014, have ensured that absolute and stringent safety measures will be undertaken to ensure an incident-free competition at Putrajaya on 17-18 May. 

Working together with Red Bull Air Race safety officials as well as relevant local agencies such as the Fire & Rescue Department, the Royal Malaysian Police and the Ministry of Health, Aerolomba has assured that the safety of the pilots, officials and spectators will be the number one priority during the two-day international air-racing event.

Putrajaya will play host to Round 3 of the Red Bull Air Race 2014, after the first two races out of eight in the calendar were held in Abu Dhabi and Rovinj, Croatia respectively.

With this being the first time the race is held in Malaysia, the organisers sent a team to the first leg in Abu Dhabi (held from 28 Feb – 1 Mar) to accrue experience and get a closer look at all requirements and equipment deployed for the race.

In the case of emergencies, both a local qualified team of doctors as well as the Red Bull Air Race official medical team will be on hand to swiftly attend to matters.

While the draw of any motorsport event comes from being as close to the action as possible, Aerolomba has taken exhaustive measures to both inform spectators of safety protocols and ensure that safety measures during the event are adhered to.

“We will take all necessary measures to make sure that our venues have adequate notice boards, signages and information counters in place to assist and inform the public of the on-site rules and regulations. Furthermore, there will be security personnel that will provide required assistance and patrol all our event areas,” said Aerolomba's Chief Operating Officer Junaidi J. Nordin.

A total of 150 safety personnel and 250 security personnel will be deployed for the event and the entire event perimeter will be cordoned off to make the venue a closely protected zone that offers spectators both safety and comfort.

To further preserve the highest level of safety for pilots, crew and the spectators at each race, a dedicated team will use state-of-the-art technology to monitor and ensure adherence to the regulations provided by the FAI (Fédération Aéronautique Internationale), local authorities and local aeronautic authorities.

As a world governing body, the FAI oversees world-class international competitions, as well as certifying world aviation and space records, and has given the seal of approval for all Red Bull Air Race rules and regulations for 2014. 

Since the race’s inception in 2003, over 50 races have been held without incident so far.

The Red Bull Air Race World Championship features the world’s best pilots in a motor sports competition based on speed, precision and skill. 

After two rounds, Austrian Hannes Arch and Great Briton Paul Bonhomme lead the Master Class pilot’s standings with 21 points each. 

Putrajaya will be host to Round 3 of the race from May 17-18 and will feature Malaysian pilot Dato’ Halim Othman in the Challenger Class. Tickets can be purchased online via Ticket Pro's website.

source: Red Bull Air Race Official Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: NASIM Launched New Peugeot Kuantan 3S Centre

Nasim Sdn Bhd’s on-going nationwide network expansion exercise continued recently with the launch of its latest outlet in the country, Peugeot Kuantan.

Peugeot Kuantan is the second new outlet launched by Nasim this year and the third Peugeot outlet in the east coast region. There is now an outlet in each capital city of the east coast states.

Owned and operated by Nalmax Sdn Bhd, Peugeot Kuantan will serve Peugeot owners and customers in Kuantan, Balok, Bukit Goh, Pekan, Sungai Lembing and Gambang.

Built at a cost of RM2.5 million, Peugeot Kuantan is a fully-equipped 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre with facilities such as customer lounges, meeting rooms, Astro, free high-speed WiFi internet and a Peugeot merchandise store in addition to a service centre equipped with the capacity to service up to 20 cars a day.

“With a size of 11,200 square feet, we are proud to note that Peugeot Kuantan has one of the biggest and best showrooms in the east coast. Along with the extensive array of services and facilities, we are committed to serving our customers in Kuantan and the surrounding areas,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George Chief Operating Officer of Nasim Sdn Bhd.

Peugeot Kuantan is part of Nasim’s nationwide network expansion exercise for 2014 which has thus far seen the launch of an outlet in Desa Pandan. Nasim will launch nine more outlets by year end bringing its total number of outlets nationwide to 40.

More recently, Nasim Sdn Bhd launched the much anticipated and highly acclaimed New 3008 SUV. The New 3008 SUV builds on its strengths with elegant, contemporary style and intuitive technology to create a brand new driving experience. It is being targeted to discerning customers between the ages of 30 to 50, especially those who are seeking a vehicle with superior aesthetics, premium features and uncompromising safety standards.

All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty with unlimited mileage together with Nasim’s existing 24-hours Peugeot Assistance service, complimentary access to the Peugeot Lounge at Subang Airport and Peugeot Privilege membership, all to provide the best ownership experience for its customers.

source: Nasim Sdn Bhd Press Release

Friday, April 18, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: ETCM Will Launch The All New Nissan Slyphy On 29th April 2014!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM) the official distributor of Nissan cars in Malaysia will launch the All-New Nissan Sylphy this month on 29th of April. The All-New Nissan Sylphy is built on an all-new platform, equipped with the all-new 1.8L Twin CVTC Engine (MRA8DE) which pushes out 129hp and 174Nm of torque and it is mated to the next generation Xtronic CVT Transmission. It comes with best-in-class safety features such as six SRS airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) with Traction Control System (TCS) that prioritise driver and passengers.

The All-New Nissan Sylphy comes in two variants namely – 1.8E and 1.8VL. 

The estimated price for the All-New Sylphy are as follows:-

- All-New Sylphy 1.8E: RM 115,300

- All-New Slyphy 1.8VL: RM 125,500

As of the Slyphy 1.8VL it comes with extra features such as Dual zone climate control, rear air-con vents, keyless entry, start/stop button and 17 inch wheels as oppose to 1.8E which comes with 16 inch wheels and most important of all, all variants is certified 5 star from Australia NCAP (ANCAP). This all new Slyphy comes with a choice of 5 colours palates mainly Cayenne Red, Brilliant Sliver, Premium Black, Bronze Gold and Diamond White. 

It is now available for booking at Nissan Showrooms nationwide.

source: ETCM Press Release

Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

source: VW Malaysia Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: Perodua Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

Enhanced Features

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

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

Engine and Performance

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

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

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

For more information on the Volkswagen Passat, please visit

source: VW Malaysia Press Release

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

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

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

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

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

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


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

World Championship Standings: 

1. Arch (AUT) 21 points

2. Bonhomme (GBR) 21

3. McLeod (CAN) 12

4. Muroya (JPN) 7

5. Hall (AUS) 7

6. Ivanoff (FRA) 5 

7. Sonka (CZE) 5

8. Lamb (GBR) 5 

9. Dolderer (GER) 5 

10. Chambliss (USA) 0

source: Red Bull Air Race Official Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: Perodua Press Release

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

source: UMW Toyota Press Release

Thursday, April 10, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Motors Recalls Malaysia'a Toyota Hilux, Innova and Fortuner!!!!

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced a Special Service Campaign concerning possible damage of spiral cable in the Hilux, Innova and Fortuner. 

The driver’s airbag module in the involved vehicles is attached to a spiral cable assembly with electrical connections that could be damaged when the steering wheel is turned. If this occurs, the air bag warning lamp will illuminate. In addition, the driver’s air bag could be deactivated, causing it to not deploy in the event of a crash. 

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has received confirmation from our principal, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan, that there are a total of 82,457 units of Toyota models consisting of the Hilux, Innova and Fortuner manufactured from year 2005 – 2010 sold in Malaysia by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd are involved in this Special Service Campaign. 

This Special Service Campaign is conducted to replace a spiral cable with an improved one on the affected Hilux, Innova and Fortuner. UMW Toyota Motor will contact all Hilux, Innova and Fortuner customers involved to carry out the necessary corrective measures at no cost to ensure our customers’ vehicle remain reliable and at its best performance level. No other models sold by UMW Toyota Motor are affected by this campaign.

source: UMW Toyota Motors Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Launched The All New Toyota Previa and Toyota Alphard

In response to customer feedback as well as growing market demand, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, is now offering the Toyota Alphard and Toyota Previa as part of the line-up for the Malaysian market. Both MPV models are extremely popular in Malaysia but have so far only been available from private importers.

Unlike the vehicles which are imported by other parties who purchase them from used car dealers in Japan, the Alphard and Previa distributed by UMW Toyota Motor are sourced directly from Toyota factories in Japan. This is a guarantee of the same superior quality as other vehicles sold by UMW Toyota Motor.

And as with virtually all vehicles sold by the company, there is a manufacturer’s warranty of 3 years or 100,000 kms (whichever occurs first after original registration). Besides this warranty which covers manufacturing defects that occur during the period of coverage, owners can also have peace of mind knowing that should there be any technical issues which need to be rectified in later years, they are assured of the full support of UMW Toyota Motor to provide parts and qualified technical assistance. This is not possible with vehicles which are imported by other parties.

Full after-sales support, including servicing by technicians trained by Toyota, can be obtained at no less than 72 authorised Toyota service centres nationwide. Availability of Toyota Genuine Parts for both models is guaranteed as part of the commitment to satisfaction throughout the entire ownership experience of a Toyota vehicle.

In view of good demand, UMW Toyota Motor is officially introducing these value for money models with on-the-road price of RM258,017.10 for the Previa 2.4 GL, RM338,000 for the Alphard 2.4G and RM 398,000 for the Alphard 3.5G. Currently, UMW Toyota Motor is offering an introductory package of three years free service, first year free road tax and insurance to the first 300 customers.

Furthermore, all vehicles that are distributed by UMW Toyota Motor have technical specifications which are suited for Malaysian conditions as Toyota engineers have conducted thorough studies of road and climatic conditions.


The latest Toyota Previa (also known as Estima) is the third generation of one of Toyota’s more popular MPVs. The Previa has a distinctive profile with its sleek and aerodynamic shape. The latest generation maintains the 1-motion silhouette with a sportier frontal appearance and a ‘floating roof’ concept with the ‘hidden’ roof pillars.

Though a large MPV, the shape of the Previa has been streamlined in many areas to enable it to slip through the air smoothly, helping in fuel economy as well as lowering wind noise. Some features which enhance aerodynamics are the smooth underside of the floorpan with minimum openings to cause turbulence and an optimised height for the rear bumper to allow air to flow out from under the vehicle more smoothly. Spats are installed in front of each wheel to divert airflow outwards so that straightline stability at high speeds is improved.

Customers ordering their new Previa have a choice of 5 colours – Ice Titanium Mica Metallic, White Pearl CS, Black, Silky Gold Mica Metallic, and Silver Metallic.

Interior space has always been a strong point of the Previa, one of the reasons why it has been a popular choice as a family vehicle. The latest generation has improved seating comfort, thanks to the expanded cabin space, and entry/exit is easier with the wider door openings on either side. For convenience, both side doors are powered and can be operated either with the smart key, switches on the driver’s door panel, or by pulling on the handles. Minimal force is required to open the doors manually and Jam Protection ensures safety during the closing operation.

The appointments inside the Previa reflects a premium image with leather upholstery as standard and wide comfortable seats for all 7 occupants on three rows. While the driver’s seat has 8-way power adjustment, the passengers in the second row can enjoy the journey on Captain and Ottoman seats with integrated footrests at the back of front seats.

The second and third rows can be adjusted in various ways, providing flexibility in transporting cargo or occupants. Maximum cargo capacity is available when the third row is completely tumbled forward.

Power comes from the proven Toyota 2AZ-FE petrol engine, a 2.4-litre DOHC 16-valve unit with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence). Power delivery goes to the front wheels via a Super ECT automatic transmission which has the option of manual gear selection if the driver prefers to do his own shifting. Electronic controls refine the operation of the transmission as the gearshifts are coordinated with the running of the engine.

The chassis of the Previa uses front MacPherson struts with a rear torsion beam and has been designed to minimise body roll while providing a comfortable ride. Extensive efforts have been made to reduce noise transmission through the body with sound-insulating material used even in certain cross sections of the frame and to isolate the engine bay noise.

The body structure of the Previa satisfies Toyota’s tough in-house safety standard known as the Global Outstanding Assessment. Impact forces during an accident are dissipated around the cabin so as to minimise injurious effects to the occupants and around the cabin, certain surfaces are made softer to reduce injuries to passengers’ heads in the event of a severe accident. Needless to say, dual SRS airbags are also installed and ISOFIX points are provided for quick and secure installation of compatible childseats.

A useful safety feature for parents with small children is the conversation mirror incorporated to the sunglass holder above the inside rearview mirror. This small mirror, which has a wide angle of view, enables the driver to watch his or her children at the back without having to turn around frequently.

To assist the driver in avoiding accidents, the Previa is equipped with a full range of active safety systems which include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). The latter system is especially important for a MPV which may carry varying loads at different times. As the weight distribution in the vehicle will affect braking stability, EBD detects the distribution pattern and adjusts the braking forces to all four wheels to ensure stable and level braking at all times. Without EBD, a lighter load at the rear when there are no occupants could result in reduce braking performance at the rear.

High–Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps with auto-levelling are standard to provide bright illumination of the road ahead. Additionally, the Previa headlamp system comes with an Intelligent Adaptive Front Lighting System which will change the direction that the headlamps are pointed in accordance with the steering operation and vehicle speed. This is useful when cornering on winding roads as there is better illumination during cornering.

Every new Previa comes with a Toyota security system and Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film as standard. The film, applied by professionals at UMW Toyota Motor’s own facility, impedes break-ins from the side window glass when an attempt is made to smash it and of course reduces heat and glare from sunshine, keeping the cabin cool and comfortable.


While the Previa began life as a global MPV product, the Alphard was initially offered mainly in the Japanese domestic market. The first generation was very successful in Japan and was the best-selling Toyota MPV. With the current second generation which is being marketed more globally, Toyota’s designers gave it a modern style which projects the image of a Majestic Flagship MPV.

The Alphard projects an image of solidity with its bold monoform design concept. Though it is a large vehicle, the designers have given it a dynamic look with styling elements like flares at the front and rear wheel arches.

There’s also a luxurious look with the gray-metallic coating on the distinctive grille which has chrome accents. The bonnet molding has been given a chrome-accented finish as well to emphasise the classy image of the Alphard.

The Alphard is available in two variants – Alphard 3.5G and 2.4G - and customers have a choice of four exterior colours – White Pearl CS, Gold Pearl CS, Silver Metallic and Black. 

The latest Alphard has a new platform that has enabled the cabin to be longer while the floor level has been lowered. Even through the overall height is lower, the cabin ceiling is slightly higher than the first generation, enhancing comfort for the 7 occupants who sit on 3 rows of seats. 

In keeping with the image of a Majestic Flagship, the cabin of the Alphard has a luxurious and high-quality image which is expressed through the use of leather, woodgrain trim and chrome accents. The shell interior gives an airy and spacious ambience which is like that of a luxurious hotel. Soft illumination along the side of the ceiling also add to the classy environment inside the Alphard.

The driver’s area is like that of a luxury sedan with all switches and control buttons positioned optimally for easy reach. Likewise, the instrument panel has a high-quality design and the Optitron meters are sharp and clear in all lighting conditions. 

For the most comfortable seating position, the driver’s seat can be adjusted in no less than 8 ways at the press of a button. Preferred seat adjustments can also be memorised and selected at the touch of a button. Together with the automatic adjustment of the seat, the angles of the door mirrors are also adjusted to each individual driver’s preference. When the engine is switched off, the seat slides back to allow easier movement in and out of the vehicle.

Passengers in the second row can enjoy sitting in powered Captain and Ottoman seats which have integrated footrests at the back of the front seats. These seats are comparable to those in the First Class of an airliner, and offer the ultimate in travelling comfort.

The third row of seats have a 50:50 split folding feature, allowing each half to be utilised or folded against the side. This allows flexibility when carrying luggage and extra passengers. A spring-loaded mechanism makes it easy to fold each seat up.

The triple-zone air-conditioning system ensures that everyone in the cabin will be kept cool. There are vents on the ceiling to carry cool air all the way to the rear and additional vents at lower levels to distribute air more extensively around the cabin. The system has a nanoe™ ion generator to freshen the air quality as well as a dust and pollen filtration mode that can be activated at the front air-conditioning system panel. Though it has high cooling performance, the air-conditioning system has been designed to have low energy consumption to help fuel efficiency.

Besides a twin moon roof, the Alphard (3.5G version only) also has a power-operated rear door. At the touch of a button on the Smart Key or overhead console, the door will open automatically. It can be closed the same way by pressing a button on the rear door. To avoid injuries, the door will stop its downward movement if resistance is detected as it is closing.

Both side doors have large openings and open and close automatically. Should manual opening be necessary, the easy closer function ensures minimal force is required when closing the side doors. 

Extensive efforts have been made to provide a quiet cabin environment for motoring pleasure. Generous amounts of specialised sound insulating materials have been inserted in many areas and sound-dampening measures have been taken in areas where engine noise can pass through.

Customers have a choice of two proven Toyota engines for their Alphard – a 3.5-litre, 24-valve, V6, Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) engine with ACIS (Acoustic Control Induction System) to enhance torque delivery over a broader engine speed range or a 2.4-litre, 16-valve, 4-cylinder, VVT-i engine.

The Alphard 3.5G has a 6-speed Super ECT Automatic Transmission while the Alphard 2.4G uses a 7-speed CVT. Both types of transmissions offer the driver the option of selecting gears manually if desired.

The front suspension is by MacPherson struts while the rear suspension uses a torsion beam. The suspension geometry has been optimised taking into consideration the height of the vehicle and its load to ensure that the driver can enjoy good handling and stability while the passengers experience superior ride comfort.

Besides its strong bodyshell which meets Toyota’s Advanced Global Outstanding Assessment for maximum occupant protection, the Alphard also comes with active safety features that help the driver maintain vehicle control to avoid an accident. These include Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) as well as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) which adjusts engine output and applies brakes on individual wheels to neutralise oversteer or understeer during cornering.

In the event that an accident cannot be avoided, there are 7 SRS airbags around the cabin, including an airbag under the steering column to protect the driver’s knees. During side impacts, curtain airbags will deploy to cover the side windows. Whiplash is also prevented with a special design for the headrests on the front seats that reduces the strain on the neck.

Bright High-Intensity Discharge (HID) headlamps which are approved by the JPJ are installed to provide the best illumination for safe driving at night. For the Alphard 3.5G, there is also an Intelligent Adaptive Front Lighting System which swivels the headlamps as the vehicle turns in corners, providing better illumination on winding roads. 

Every new Alphard comes with a Toyota security system and Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film as standard. The film, applied by professionals at UMW Toyota Motor’s own facility, impedes break-ins from the side window glass when an attempt is made to smash it and of course reduces heat and glare from sunshine, keeping the cabin cool and comfortable.

source: UMW Toyota Motors Press Release
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