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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Naza Kia Award Two Tickets To Experience World Cup Final In Brazil!!!!

Naza Kia gave away the final two tickets to watch and experience FIFA World Cup live in Brazil through its “World Cup Rocks with Kia” campaign. The winner Lee Fee Mei from Petaling Jaya, Selangor was chosen through a lucky draw by Naza Kia Malaysia’s Chief Operating Officer, Datuk Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar, at the final World Cup edition Test Drive Kia on Tour roadshow held at Suria KLCC from May 16 to 21.

The entries to the contest, 6,140 in total, came from the four Test Drive Kia on Tour roadshows where visitors who test drove or booked qualified to participate and stood a chance win the grand prize. The winner received 2 tickets with the total package including flight tickets to Brazil, accommodation, tickets to World Cup match and a city tour.

The Test Drive Kia on Tour roadshows kicked off in March this year to celebrate the advent of the greatest sports event of the year, and to highlight Kia’s global partnership with FIFA World Cup. The first roadshow was held at Queensbay Mall in Penang from March 6 to 9, followed by a stopover in Damansara, at The Curve from March 16 to 19 before Kia took the southern region by storm at KSL City Johor Bahru from April 4 to 6. The stop at Suria KLCC was the last leg of the roadshow and was held from 16 to 21 May following the highly successful tours for this world cup roadshow edition.

There were fun and games in the football-themed atmosphere at the roadshows, with Kia models such as Kia Cerato 2.0 and 1.6, Picanto, Rio, Optima K5, Sorento and Sportage on display and available for test drives. Of the total bookings received, Kia Picanto was clearly the popular choice and Cerato came in a close second. 

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.

“Through our global partnership with FIFA World Cup, we are able to extend extraordinary opportunities and experiences to our fellow Malaysians. This is part of Kia’s legacy to continuously surprise and excite customers and the communities around it, not just through the cars but through the promise of the brand,” said Datuk Hafiz.

Test Drive Kia on Tour sits under Naza Kia Malaysia’s “World Cup Rocks with Kia” campaign which gave ten lucky Malaysians the opportunity to win all-expenses-paid trips to Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup. Other initiatives under this campaign include Fuleco Friend Search (2 tickets won) and Champs to Rio (6 tickets won) and Cheer to Kia, a roving viewing party.

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 Sdn. Bhd. 

PRESS RELEASE: VW Malaysia Launched "Onefootball Brasil" Apps And Chance To Win VW Polo Sedan In A Contest!!!

Volkswagen recently announced the global kick-off of the “Onefootball Brasil” app in anticipation of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ which will take place in Brazil from June 13 to July 14.

Currently available for free on the App Store, Google Play and Windows Phone Store, the “Onefootball Brasil” serves as a one-stop platform for smartphone-equipped football fanatics to get the latest news and information on the biggest single-event sporting competition in the world. Featuring a friendly user interface, football fans can now get immediate updates on their favourite teams and results via a live newsfeed, get involved in each match by casting predictions on match results and even vote for their preferred ‘Man of the Match’ in each game.

Christoph Aringer, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Malaysia shares, “Whether in Germany or Malaysia, Brazil or England, the entire world will be having football fever this June and July. We believe that this represents an excellent opportunity for Volkswagen to help elevate the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ experience to unify our fans worldwide.”

In conjunction with Volkswagen’s involvement with the most popular sport in the world, Volkswagen Group Malaysia will also be holding a contest giving away a brand new Polo Sedan as the main prize. Running from 22 May to 13 July, Volkswagen fans and discerning motorists alike only need to head to any Volkswagen dealer showroom nationwide and test-drive any of the vehicles in Volkswagen’s extensive range to stand a chance of getting the Polo Sedan.

Launched in 2013, the German engineered - Malaysian assembled Polo Sedan boasts a spirited performance with the best-in-class torque of 153Nm at 3,800rpm whilst possessing extraordinary fuel efficiency; offering a combined fuel consumption of 6.5 litres per 100km, allowing drivers to go a distance of 15.4km per litre. Not content with just offering great drivability, the Polo Sedan also comes with impressive safety features including dual front airbags and dual side airbags, Intelligent Crash Response System (ICRS), anti-pinch windows in all four doors, standard 3-point safety belts for rear outboard occupants, child seat anchor (ISOFIX system), anti-theft alarm system and anti-lock braking system (ABS). 

For more information on the Onefootball Brasil app, please head over to

source: VW Malaysia

PRESS RELEASE: Nasim Sdn. Bhd Opens New 3S Center And Launched The Facelifted Peugeot 5008!!!

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

Peugeot Johor Bahru is the third new outlet launched by Nasim this year and is among five Peugeot outlets in the state of Johor. This outlet, which comprises of a 14,800 square-foot facility, is a 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre owned and operated by Eurofrance Sdn Bhd.

Built at a cost of RM6 million, Peugeot Johor Bahru will serve customers in the capital city of Johor Bahru, Taman Pelangi, Danga Bay, Kempas, Tampoi, Bandar Baru Uda, Majidee, Skudai and Damansara Aliff. “This new outlet will further our reach in this important market. In 2013, the European market in Johor grew 17%, outperforming the overall market.

“Through our sales and after sales network expansion and the introduction of several new and well positioned models, we intend to grow our sales volume in 2014,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim.

Peugeot Johor Bahru is equipped with customer lounges, Wi-Fi as well as offering Peugeot fans and customers exciting Peugeot merchandise. Its service centre is equipped with eight service bays with the capacity to service up to 21 cars a day. 

In conjunction with the launch of Peugeot Johor Bahru, Nasim officially unveiled the New 5008 MPV at the outlet. The New Peugeot 5008 MPV, offers class-leading level of comfort, technology and safety. This premium 7-seater MPV comes equipped with dynamic bi-xenon advanced lighting system with auto levelling feature to aid night time driving thereby enhancing safety. The innovative colour head up display also offers instant readout of speeds and cruise control information. For added comfort, the 8-way electric driver seat offers a wide range of adjustability to achieve the perfect driving position. 

The Peugeot Park Assist with Front and Rear Audio and Visual Assistance together with the Available Space Measurement (ASM) ensures that parking the new 5008 MPV is now a breeze. To further assist the driver, an integrated colour-screen reverse camera colour screen display is provided. A road trip with the family is now easier with the Intuitive High Resolution 7” Retractable Colour Screen that comes with Navigation. 

The rear passengers will enjoy the integrated multimedia system that comes with two 7-inch LCD screens built in front of its seat headrest, dual RCA input connectors with separate multimedia feeds for simultaneous playback, and two Bluetooth© Headphones. The panoramic roof with electronic retractable blind gives all passengers a unique visual experience and a sense of space. Young children can be secured with child seats anchored to the ISOFIX system. Children can also be monitored via the central child monitoring mirror. 

The multiple storage options provide the New Peugeot 5008 MPV a level of flexibility that allows anything to be transported with ease. The flat fold 2nd and 3rd row seats can take up to 2,506 litres of cargo, an essential feature in a multi-purpose vehicle. 

The New 5008 MPV is powered by a 1.6-litre twin scroll turbo high pressure engine featuring Variable Valve Timing that delivers 165 PS @ 6000rpm and 240 Nm @ 1400rpm – 4250rpm delivering excellent low end power and good fuel efficiency.

Comprehensive safety is offered on the New 5008 MPV which features six airbags, Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Anti-Skid Regulator (ASR), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and Hill Start Assist. The level of both active and passive safety protection has seen the new 5008 MPV being awarded the full 5 star Euro NCAP rating as testament to its overall safety standard. 

The New 5008 MPV is available in 5 exciting colours which are Rich Oak, Bourrasque Blue, Artense Grey, Pearl White and Shark Grey. The on-the-road price with insurance for the New 5008 MPV is RM159,888 in Peninsular Malaysia only.

source: Nasim Sdn. Bhd. 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NEW LAUNCHES: ETCM Launched The Facelifted Nissan Elgrand!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today introduces the fully imported, New Nissan ELGRAND, a 7-seater premium MPV with an imposing appearance and new features that imparts a strong luxury feeling. 

Introducing the new MPV, Mr. Tan Keng Meng, Director of Product Planning and Marketing said: “We at ETCM are delighted to provide Malaysian motorists yet another MPV that epitomise the meaning of luxury. On a day-to-day basis of leisure and business, the new Nissan ELGRAND provides exquisiteness, recognition and desirable features beyond the basic necessities.” 

The exterior styling of the New Nissan ELGRAND has a strong and commanding presence with the powerfully styled chrome plating front grille augmented by the chrome coated 18-inch new multi-spoke design alloy wheels. With the new signature LED projector headlamps with Active Adaptive Front-Lighting System, night visibility is enhanced and improved. 

Every interior feature in the New Nissan ELGRAND has the touch of luxury starting from the Multi-Information Display (MID) and Auto Cruise Control. The Fine Vision Meter with 5-inch Drive Assist Display is located between the speedometer and tachometer, providing key drive information to drivers with a single touch. 

Immerse in the comfort of the New Nissan ELGRAND with the best-in-class walkthrough cabin, featuring superior captain seats with Ottoman and adjustable shoulder support. The 7-seater luxury also features an electrically-powered driver seat which can be adjusted 8-ways providing highest degree of versatility and comfort with enough legroom. For added luggage space, the 3rd row sliding seat function is able to move forward by up to 240mm even when occupied, leaving an ample amount for cargo. 

The New Nissan ELGRAND features a grandeur black interior with a combination of deep wood grain accents. The black leather appointed seats comes with a diamond-shaped quilted pattern and brown double stitches that boast the luxury of the New Nissan ELGRAND. 

The New Nissan ELGRAND, equipped with the 3.5-litre engine and automatic transmission, comes with a choice of four colours - All-New Imperial Umber, Brilliant White Pearl, Brilliant Silver and Phantom Black. It is available with an on-the-road price of RM 388,000, without insurance with a warranty of 3 years or 100,000kms (whichever comes first). Bookings are now accepted at Nissan Showrooms nationwide.

For more information on all Nissan models in Malaysia, please visit

source: ETCM Media Release

Monday, May 19, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Nigel Lamb Wins Master Class Race Of Putrajaya Redbull Air Race!!!

Britain’s Nigel Lamb upset Austria’s Hannes Arch in an action-packed Red Bull Air Race World Championship battle in the sweltering tropical heat of Putrajaya, getting an emotional first career victory. Australia’s Matt Hall took third in the first-ever east Asia race in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

Arch nevertheless moved into the overall lead with 30 points after the third round of the eight-race world championship that has stops in seven countries on three continents. Bonhomme, who saw his string of 15 straight podiums abruptly ended, is second overall with 25 points, while Lamb moved into third on 17 points.

Lamb, who remains hugely popular in Malaysia after touring in the tropical nation as a display pilot for five years earlier in his career, gave his local fans watching from the shores of Putrajaya Lake a clinical demonstration of superb flying under the humid skies. Undeterred by the temperatures that soared into the high 30s, Lamb kept his cool flying first in the Final Four on the high-speed, low-altitude track and stopped the clock in 1:15.023 – the fastest run of the day. Hall came close with 1:15.691 and Arch came even closer at 1:15.597.

“I never thought I’d feel this emotion,” said Lamb, fighting off tears after getting six second-place finishes before in 43 previous races in his seven-year career. “It’s a great feeling. After seven years, and all the ups and downs, this is the payoff.”

Canada's Pete McLeod, the last pilot in the Final Four, finished the day in frustration: in pushing for every fraction of a second, he exceeded the maximum speed entry of 370 kph / 200 knots through the Start Gate, resulting in his flying session classed as Did Not Finish (DNF).

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

World Championship Standings: 1. Arch (30 points), 2. Bonhomme (25), 3. Lamb (17), 4. McLeod (17), 5. Hall (14), 6. Sonka (8), 7, Muroya (7), 8. Ivanoff (5), 9. Dolderer (4), 10. Besenyei (2)

source: Redbull Media Services

PRESS RELEASE: Scania Malaysia Introduces Scania Driver Lounge!!!

Scania Malaysia recently has introduced the Scania Driver Lounge at its Bukit Jelutong service centre in Shah Alam as a facility enhancement to ensure that drivers get adequate rest while they send their vehicles in for maintenance.

Because well-rested drivers perform better, the Scania Driver Lounge will add to the general safety and well being of these drivers and their passengers, as well as contribute to safer conditions on the road for other drivers and passengers.

“Scania believes that drivers are the most important asset for safety, so we’ve taken the initiative to ensure that their comfort in between each assignment is improved by providing the facilities for them to be well rested until they need to be on the road again,” said Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia and Scania Malaysia Sdn Bhd, James Armstrong at the launch of the Scania Driver Lounge today. 

Equipped with a television, comfortable chairs, tables, toilet and even a separate sleeping area complete with beds and soft lighting, the air-conditioned lounge will be a temporary home away from home while the drivers wait for their vehicles to be ready. There is also an adjacent surau for Muslim drivers to perform their daily prayers.

“The Scania Driver Lounge provides them with a free, comfortable place to sleep, rest or just relax which is also very convenient for the owners who are sending their vehicles to us,” added Armstrong. 

A refreshed driver, paired with a professionally maintained vehicle can also save up to 10 per cent in fuel economy and be environmental-friendly. All these traits will only lead to better performances for both man and machine.

“The Scania Driver Lounge is another expression of Scania’s Total Solutions which optimizes products and services for customers’ best profitability. Scania is already renowned for producing vehicles that are safe, reliable, comfortable and fuel-efficient. But to get the best out of a Scania vehicle, the driver must also be well trained and be at their optimum physical level before setting off on the road.”

The Scania Driver Lounge launch was graced by the Guest of Honour, Director-General of Jabatan Keselamatan Jalanraya (JKJR), Dato’ Dr Tam Weng Wah, together with HE The Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, Mr Bengt G Carlsson. Also present were officials from PUSPAKOM, Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat (SPAD) and the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS).

source: Scania Malaysia

Friday, May 16, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: All New Nissan Teana Now Open For Booking!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM) is now accepting bookings for the All-New Nissan TEANA which will soon be launched in Malaysia.

For this third generation All-New Nissan TEANA, every inch and detail of the car has been meticulously crafted for those who appreciate the finer things in life. Sleek stylish curves, advanced innovation and luxury, seamlessly meet to offer an exceptional ride to the top embodying a “Drive to Greatness” - in line with the All-New Nissan TEANA tagline.

The public can have a preview of the much-anticipated All-New Nissan TEANA, at selected shopping malls nationwide from now till 1st June 2014. The selected shopping malls are Bangsar Shopping Centre, Kuala Lumpur (from now till 18 May 2014), Mahkota Parade, Malacca (from 15 - 18 May 2014), KSL Mall, Johor Bahru (from 19 - 25 May 2014), Alamanda, Putrajaya and Publika, Kuala Lumpur (from 21 - 25 May 2014) and Queensbay Mall, Penang (from 29 May - 1 June 2014). 

Customers who wish to place their bookings, may do so at any Nissan Showroom nationwide.

The All-New Nissan TEANA presents a high-quality premium look and comes in 3 variants: 2.5XV, 2.0XL and 2.0XE. The All-New Nissan TEANA has an enhanced overall presence, thanks to the sharp character lines that extend from front to rear and evoke fluid momentum. The stately front grille sits between canted headlamps. The car's svelte profile results in improved aerodynamic efficiency.

“I believe the All-New Nissan TEANA which accentuates the premium sedan’s presence and quality feel will strongly appeal to consumers, especially successful, youthful entrepreneurs, by delivering a balance of style, performance and value that will continue to make it one of the most popular executive cars in Malaysia.” said the Executive Director of Edaran Tan Chong Motor, Dato’ David Chen.

Equipped with the newly-developed QR25DE engine and low-and mid-range torque improved by enhanced combustion and emission efficiencies, this powerful engine has Twin C-VTC (Twin Continuously Variable-valve Timing Control). This engine better matches various engine conditions while optimizing fuel efficiency and providing an agile, smooth driving experience in the city as well as powerful, precise acceleration for overtaking on highways.

Just like going first-class on a flight, the All-New Nissan TEANA comes with a “Zero-Gravity inspired” Seat Design that helps reduce muscular and spinal loads, and improve blood flow. It helps reduce fatigue over long periods behind the wheel ensuring a comfortable driving experience especially during long-distance trips. Also, interior noise has been greatly reduced in the All-New Nissan TEANA.

To enhance the premium experience of the All-New Nissan TEANA, there are 9 BOSE Premium Audio System Speakers which provide an impressive surround sound experience.

When it comes to safety, the All-New Nissan TEANA offers a suite of innovative safety and convenience features. These include 6 SRS Airbags, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Active Understeer Control (AUC), Anti-Lock Braking Systems (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC) and a Traction Control System (TCS).

The All-New Nissan TEANA is locally assembled in Malaysia at ETCM’s Serendah Plant which is equipped with some of the most advanced manufacturing technology. 

The All-New Nissan TEANA comes in five colours; Storm Blue, Tungsten Silver, Diamond Black, Bronze Gold and Brilliant White.

source: ETCM Media Services

PRESS RELEASE: Suzuki Kizashi Limited Edition Launched!!!!

KIZASHI in Japanese means “something great is coming” and it has finally arrived, the Limited Edition Matte Black Suzuki Kizashi 2.4L Sport variant, exclusively for the Malaysian market. So executives looking for something standout to drive can now rejoice!

Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd (SMA) limited-edition variant of its flagship executive sedan model has been accentuated with sporty and elegant touches that provide the Kizashi’s profile with a unique and classy impression that makes it stand out in the D-segment category of the automotive market. 

The standard Kizashi is a fine-looking car as it is with an attractive overall design that gives an impression of motion even when it is stationary. This Kizashi 2.4L Limited Edition however can be a bold head turner thanks to the option of new Matte Black exterior finish that adds more character and appeal while setting it apart from the rest by making it exciting to look at.

Inside the well-executed interior, the limited-edition touch comes in the form of an all-new In Car Entertainment (ICE) system made up of a 2-Din Audio System with touch screen, navigation, HD reverse camera with night mode, and enhanced sound output which adds pleasure and heightens the ride experience, a perfect addition to a fit and finish that is already of a premium grade. 

Suzuki Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd, Managing Director, Mr. Keiichi Suzuki said, “This Suzuki Kizashi Limited Edition is available exclusively in Malaysia only! I am confident that those who are looking for something special that reflects on their good taste and individuality will find it a perfect match.” 

“The Limited Edition’s accessories are worth more than RM9,000 and is only available with the purchase of the limited edition model. The Kizashi 2.4L Sport Limited Edition’s accessories give it a new taste, look and feel that creates excitement and value in life which makes it appealing to new prospective buyers while staying true to Suzuki’s tagline of ‘Way of Life!’,” added Keiichi. 

The Suzuki Kizashi Limited Edition comes equipped with a host of active safety standard equipment, which includes ABS (Anti-lock braking system), EBD (Electronic Braking force Distribution), SRS airbags and ESP (Electronic Stability Programme) with traction control for stability during cornering maneuvers, acceleration, emergency maneuvers and when on slippery roads. To be put simply, the Kizashi’s has been crafted with great safety in mind. 

The Kizashi 2.4L Limited Edition is a safe and fun car to drive. Beneath its front bonnet lies a powerful 2.4 litre DOHC inline-four petrol engine that readily delivers 178PS and 230Nm of torque mated to a very user-friendly 6-Speed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) for a capable, comfortable and compliant ride. 

The Suzuki Kizashi Limited Edition is available in Sport version, priced at RM158,207.20, On The Road (OTR) with insurance. The matte black exterior finish is optional and the limited edition accessories are not available for individual retail purchase. There is a cash rebate of up to RM30,000 (while stocks last) and an assuring 3-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first).

The Suzuki Kizashi Limited Edition blends Japanese craftsmanship quality with European styling, making it an exceptionally appealing executive sedan for active people with a combination of sportiness and elegance in its design, coupled with smoothness and refinement befitting a D-Segment vehicle. Its exceptional driving convenience and experience reflects Suzuki’s exuberant brand spirit that delivers a high level of excitement to just about anyone who helms the steering wheel.

source: Suzuki Malaysia Automobile

PRESS RELEASE: Volvo Malaysia Announced New Key Senior Level Appointments!!!

Volvo Malaysia (Volvo) recently announced several senior level appointments for Aftermarket, Finance and Human Resources for Region Malaysia, which covers the markets of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. The announcement includes the appointment of Gilles Laroche as Vice President, Aftermarket, and Carol Tong as Vice President, Human Resources effective 1st April 2014, and Emily Ye as Chief Financial Controller effective 1st May 2014.

Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia said “I am very pleased to welcome Gilles, Carol and Emily to the management team of Region Malaysia at Volvo. Their appointments reflect our continuous step in bolstering our management team to help drive our growth in tandem with market needs for innovative and reliable trucking solutions.

Gilles Laroche brings with him a wealth of capability in the trucking industry, stemming from having more than 30 years of solid work experience at Renault Trucks in the European market. His areas of expertise cover Research and Development, Technical Services and Network Management to Aftermarket and Sales. Gilles replaces Martin Kavanagh, who has relocated to fill another position within the Volvo Group in Tokyo.

Commenting on his new appointment, Gilles Laroche said, “This is an exciting new market for me as the region offers such vast potential for growth. My objective is to deploy the Volvo Group policy and quality service in aftermarket care across Volvo’s network in Region Malaysia and to enhance customer satisfaction with the same shared vision, goals and action plans.

To achieve this, the first step is to listen and analyze the situation in the market for our customers, and to apply our global best practice to further reinforce the Volvo brand experience.”

Carol Tong joined Volvo China in October 2007. Since September 2009, in her role as Vice President of Volvo China Investment Company Limited, she has been overseeing Human Resource operations and harmonization across Volvo’s businesses in China. Following this, Carol led the human resource functions of compensation and benefits, talent management and leadership development, supporting markets and regions of Asia Truck Operations, Asia Sales and Asia Oceania Sales. In this new role for Region Malaysia, Carol will lead the Human Resource function of the truck business and the joint company at Volvo Malaysia Sdn Bhd. Carol replaces Harvindar Singh, who has pursued other endeavours outside the Volvo Group.

Emile Ye joined Volvo China in April 2011 as Financial Manager for Asia Sales. Following that, she served as the FP & A Director for Asia Oceania Sales, Volvo Group, based in Singapore. In this new role, Emily will oversee the planning and management of accounting and financial matters for Region Malaysia. Emily replaces Philippe Roques, who has moved to a new position at Volvo in India.

source: Volvo Malaysia

PRESS RELEASE: VW Group Delivered Almost Two Million Vehicles Worldwide!!!!

The Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand delivered almost two million vehicles for the first time in the first four months of a year. 1.99 (January-April 2013: 1.91) million vehicles were handed over to customers in the period to April, representing an increase of 4.6 percent. The brand delivered 513,400 (April 2013: 480,900; +6.8 percent) units in April. “Volkswagen Passenger Cars grew deliveries yet again in April. On the one hand that is due to good sales developments in China and Europe, and on the other it is attributable to sustained high demand for products such as the Golf, now in the seventh generation of its 40-year history, where the success story continues”, Christian Klingler, Board Member for Sales and Marketing for the Volkswagen Group and the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand, said. “However, the global market is still a mixed bag and therefore remains challenging”, Klingler added.

Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 567,800 (545,300; +4.1 percent) vehicles on the overall European market in the first four months, of which 298,400 (279,300; +6.8 percent) were handed over in Western Europe (excluding Germany). Deliveries on the home market of Germany rose slightly to 184,100 (180,500; +2.0 percent) units. Developments in the Central and Eastern Europe region in the period to April were stable, with deliveries running at 85,300 (85,500; -0.2 percent) units. The company handed over 45,800 (49,500; -7.4 percent) vehicles to customers in Russia during the same period.

The brand recorded a 16.2 percent increase in deliveries in the Asia-Pacific region in the period to April, handing over 993,400 (855,100) vehicles. 921,400 (783,900; +17.5 percent) models were delivered in China (incl. Hong Kong) during the same period. Volkswagen Passenger Cars delivered 182,700 (196,200; -6.9 percent) vehicles in the North America region in the period to April, of which 118,200 (131,800; -10.4 percent) models were handed over to customers in the United States. In the South America region, deliveries from January to April declined to 183,900 (235,200; -21.8 percent) units, of which 144,700 (175,600; -17.6 percent) were handed over in Brazil.

Source: VW Media Services

PRESS RELEASE: Japanese Ace Muroya Set To Race At Putrajaya Red Bull Air Race 2014!!

JAPANESE ace Yoshihide Muroya is all set to race in Putrajaya during Round 3 of the Red Bull Air Race this weekend (May 17-18). The 41-year-old comes to the country's federal administrative capital on a high after a podium finish in Round 2 at Rovinj, Croatia last month.

He finished third behind Hannes Arch of Austria and Britain’s Paul Bonhomme, who are currently both leading the point standings. Muroya, who is currently fourth in the standings, is the only Asian pilot out of 12 pilots in the Master Class and is keen to make Asia proud on race day.

"It definitely feels closer to home – as there is only a one hour time difference in Japan, it will be so easy to adapt with no jet lag! I think of it as a ‘neighbour home race’," said the Fukushima born. Muroya started glider flight training in 1991 at age 18 when he joined a university glider club as an inexpensive way to fly. 

Four years later, he took third place in the Japan glider championship. He went to the United States on his own to earn his pilot's licence in Los Angeles at the age of 20. He started aerobatics flying in 1996 and, in 2003, took part in the Unlimited World Aerobatic Championship. Since 2006 he has been flying air shows in a wider region stretching from the UAE to Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Spain.

Muroya has brought numerous innovations to the sport and, in particular, he introduced pre-race meditation. He has remained one of the most stoically optimistic pilots in the field despite enduring several untimely mechanical problems that sidelined him for part of the 2010 season. 

"It (Red Bull Air Race) is really quite close racing against each other. As a pilot, it's a lot of fun to fly the race. It's a special world. There aren't many pilots who can do what we do," said Muroya. As for his chances in Putrajaya, he said: "For now, my tactic is to just continue to study how I should be flying. For me, this process is important, but the [race] result isn't important."

"I have a lot of big fans in Japan. I have good connections with the Asian aviation scene, so I'm hoping that there will be a lot of fans in Malaysia too. It's a great feeling that there are so many fans supporting me. I think it could add extra pressure, but the support makes it more exciting and I will enjoy the race even more because of it," added Muroya.

Tickets to the Red Bull Air Race Putrajaya can be purchased online via Ticket Pro's website.

source: Red Bull Media

PRESS RELEASE: Toyota Eco Youth Verification Visit!!

The Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) programme, one of UMW Toyota’s CSR pillars, enters its 14th year with challenging projects from 16 participating schools. Officially launched in February, the programme continues to challenge teachers and students to do their part for the environment using resourceful and creative means.

Initiated in 2001 as a simple eco challenge among schools, TEY has developed into a full-fledged public engagement campaign since 2010 when the challenge was expanded to involve the local communities. The advent of social media in the recent years has also changed the way the programme is conducted, with more savvy participants using the web to garner support and disseminate information.

At the heart of TEY is the 8-Step Problem-Solving Methodology, Toyota’s proprietary philosophy which is used across the board in all Toyota entities worldwide. The methodology follows a step-by-step guide to tackling problems, starting with identification of a problem, understanding the situation, setting targets, analysing the cause and effect, drafting and implementing countermeasures, checking the results and standardisation control. 

TEY participants are first given training on the 8-Step Problem-Solving Methodology before embarking on their selected projects. Along the way, UMW Toyota Motor continues to provide guidance and advice on project implementation.

“Every year, the projects that are being proposed by participants continue to improve in quality. We are delighted to see our 8-Step Problem Solving Methodology being applied in various ingenious ways, always ending with positive and sustainable results,” says Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor.

As in previous years, waste management continues to take centre stage this year, with eight schools focusing on public littering, clogged drains, illegal dump sites and ponds or rivers choked with rubbish. 

Some schools decided to attempt new ventures, such as SMK Clifford in Pahang who will be tackling the problem of birds’ droppings at the Kuala Lipis town; SMK Putrajaya Presinct 9 (1) who ambitiously looking into paddy-planting as a greywater treatment process; SMK Convent Kajang will be turning a home for underprivileged girls into a model eco home; and SMK Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu is trying to revive a traditional river and fishery rehabilitation system known locally as the Bombon System. 

Strategic partnerships are important in any community project, and two schools, SMK Putrajaya and SMK Bandaraya Kota Kinabalu have successfully worked out collaborations with University Putra Malaysia (UPM) and University Malaysia Sabah (UMS) respectively. Similarly, students from SMK Convent Kajang have also visited 3R Quest, a recycling and bio-enzyme company, to get technical advice and inspiration. 

Apart from their community projects, some schools are also conducting internal programmes, such as SMK Paya Kemunting, Kedah, who recently launched their garden zoning project using a mentor-mentee system. The project will see the entire school being transformed into a green living space that is conducive for learning.

“The key message is that everyone can do a part for the environment whether it is just driving a 3R campaign at a local mosque to get people to reduce, reuse and recycle, giving a playground or wasteland a facelift, or reviving a dead river, we can all do something if we get together and tackle the problem using the 8-Step Problem-Solving Methodology” stresses Datuk Ismet.

Winning schools will receive RM10,000 for the grand prize, RM7,000 for second prize, and RM5,000 for third prize winner. For more information, log on to or view the blog at

source: UMW Toyota Malaysia

Friday, May 9, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Launched New Perodua Parts Centre and New Lubricant Bottle Design

Perodua launches new parts centre, costing RM28.2 million to build and equip, with the objective of improving its parts warehouse and logistics operations in preparation of the growing need for parts from its customers.

Perodua vehicle parts sales have grown from RM163 million to RM243 million, a 50% increase from 2009 to 2013. This growth is based on the total number of vehicles in operations and intakes at its 178 service centres nationwide.

“As our new vehicle sales business grows, our parts operations also increase in tandem; to this end, the construction of this new parts centre was announced in 2012 as part of our efforts to improve our after sales business in terms of storage and efficiency,” Perodua President and CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

Perodua Chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin officiated the event. Also present is Petronas Dagangan Bhd Managing Director & CEO, Encik Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus and Lubetech Sdn Bhd Executive Director, En Megat Shahrul Azmir as well as Perodua Board members.

This new parts centre is over 13,800 square metres in size. This is nearly 44% bigger than the previous warehouse and is designed far more efficiency to facilitate greater movement of parts needed by Perodua outlets and stockists nationwide. 

With over 2.4 million Perodua vehicles sold since 1994, the Perodua’s parts and accessory business is fast growing to meet demand.

“Aside from meeting local demand, we are also exporting our parts to 9 countries, which include Nepal, Fiji, Singapore, United Kingdom, Mauritius, Malta, Sri Lanka, Brunei and Indonesia.” 

“Over the last 3 years, we have recorded a positive growth of an average 42.8% in parts exports and we see the potential to further grow our parts exports particularly to support our completely build up (CBU) export volumes,” Aminar said.

“That being said, our current focus will be to support our existing distributors and to maintain the parts sales’ growth momentum over the next 3 to 5 years to meet the demands of our customers while strengthening our business,” he added.

Perodua also launched a new design for its engine lubricant products consisting engine oil and other sub products such as brake fluid and radiator coolant here today to refresh the compact carmaker’s product line.

“It was an achievement for us as branding our own engine lubricants was a way for us to move from just a distributor to offering a wider range of products to our customers. In the year 2013 alone, we sold some 5.9 million litres of Perodua Genuine Oil,” 

“These initiatives are part of our customer satisfaction transformation – a critical part in our master plan to be globally competitive as we look forward in anticipation of our customer’s needs,” Aminar said.

source: Perodua Official Press Release

PRESS RELEASE: Malaysian Halim Othman Prepares For Challenger Cup of Red Bull Air Race Putrajaya!!!

Having qualified for a sport where pilots endure up to ten G-forces as they reach top speeds of up to 370 km/h while flying a single-seater plane at very low altitude, former Royal Malaysian Air Force pilot Halim Othman maintains an air of quiet confidence as he reflects on his upcoming debut in the world’s fastest motorsport series.

Round 3 of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship will be held in Putrajaya from 17-18 May and with the ‘Restricted Super License’ he obtained at the Red Bull Air Race Qualification Camp in Slovenia this year, Halim will compete in the Challenger Cup competition on the first day of the event (Saturday).

Halim’s inspiring journey began three years ago and he remembers juggling his day job as Executive Team Leader of KRISAKTI, Malaysia’s first full-time national air display team, as well as undergoing stringent training for the Red Bull Air Race. 

“I had two major hurdles to overcome. Qualifying was the biggest hurdle because I had to pass the same tests as the world’s most exceptional pilots. The second challenge was to learn to fly safely in accordance with the stipulated rules of the competition, while also flying as fast as I can,” said the top Malaysian aviator. 

Halim revealed that he has been receiving special coaching from American Mike Mangold, a former Red Bull Air Race World Champion in 2005 and 2007, and underwent rigorous training with him six months ago both in Malaysia as well as in the US.

“This sport is all down to skill and precision. With strict new safety rules in place, all competition planes are provided by Red Bull Air Race and are tuned in accordance to regulations. 

Speaking of his competition, Halim noted that two pilots seem to be in very good form this year judging from their performances in Abu Dhabi and in Rovinj, and Francois Le Vot of France, who currently leads the Challenger Cup rankings with 10 points, is set to be the pilot to beat at Putrajaya. 

As this will be his first time competing, Halim admits he will place his primary focus during his debut on racing the plane safely through the course.

“However, I won’t deny that I also want to get a good result. If there is strong crowd support, I think I will be very motivated to go for it,” said the passionate Halim.

With his Restricted Super License, Halim will participate in three Challenger Cup races this year – Round 3 in Putrajaya, Round 5 at the Ascot Racecourse, UK (Aug 16-17) and Round 6 at the Texas Motor Speedway, US (Sept 6-7).

Asked about whether he aims to one day compete in the Master Class of the world championship, Halim explains that there are only a few differences between the Master and Challenger Classes and so it is a real possibility. 

“The tracks are similar but are made easier than the Master Class racetrack and the planes are almost the same The purpose of the Challenger Class is to give upcoming pilots enough experience so they have the opportunity to step up to the Master Class with an Unrestricted Superlicense. With enough training, my goal is to be a part of the Master Class” he said.

Similar to motorsport racing, Red Bull Air Race pilots race together with a team and Halim is proud to be represented by an all-Malaysian team and hopes to inspire them to the highest level. 

“While we will focus on the Challenger Class in the first year, we will also prepare for the future as one day I would like to race as Team Malaysia. That will enable us to show the world our ability to compete at this level,” said the Malaysian pilot. 

In his role at KRISAKTI, Halim will have access to the best and most passionate young Malaysian pilots, and hopes to nurture those who show promise, although he concedes that qualifying the Red Bull Air Race requires a special amount of skill and experience. 

“The Red Bull Air Race is special and you need to have a very high level of skill to participate. I have experienced what you need to go through and I can assure you it is very difficult,” he confessed.

For young Malaysian pilots who aspire to his level, Halim said they would require three things. 

“They must have commitment, they must undergo the training, especially with an emphasis on safety, and they must get support from sponsors. said Halim.

Halim will be racing in the Challenger Class on Saturday 17 May (only Master Class Qualifying will be held on Saturday with the full race on Sunday) and Malaysians certainly should not miss catching this plucky Malaysian pilot in action as he makes his debut in one of the world’s most exhilarating racing competitions. 

Tickets to the Red Bull Air Race Putrajaya can be purchased online via Ticket Pro's website.

source: Red Bull Media Services

PRESS RELEASE: Champs To Rio!! Naza Kia Awards KSL FC To Brazil!!!

Champs to Rio, a futsal tournament by Naza Kia Malaysia ended at a highpoint with the announcement of the winning team after two gruelling days of round-robin challenges amongst 40 teams. The champion team, KSL FC comprising six players will represent Malaysia at the Kia Champ Into The Arena tournament in Salvador, Brazil on 4-7 July. In addition to the all-expenses paid trip to Brazil, the whole team will get RM10,000 in cash, a champion cup, champion medals, exclusive jerseys and tickets to the Quarter Finals of World Cup 2014.

Champs to Rio is a local initiative by Naza Kia Malaysia for Malaysians to experience and be a part of the excitement and energy of World Cup 2014, one of the biggest sports events of the year. Naza Kia Malaysia gave away RM20,000 in cash in addition to the six flight tickets to Brazil to the winners today. The champions also received exclusive jerseys which they will wear in the global futsal matches in Brazil. First runner up Versus 5 FC walked home with RM5,000 in total cash and silver medals, second runner up 1 Malaysia United won RM3,000 and bronze medals, whilst third runner up TOT United A won RM2,000 and bronze medals. Registered teams came from all over the country, even as far as Penang and Terengganu.

Only two countries in the whole of Southeast Asia, Malaysia and the Philippines will be sending a futsal team to Brazil for this initiative. 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.

“Futsal and football are games that unite Malaysians and share a common thread of passion, skill and determination. With Champs to Rio, you get the best of both worlds where the game of futsal acts as a foretaste to the prize of being part of FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 

We are pleased to be able to fly the Malaysian flag in Brazil at the global futsal tournament through our champs today. I’m sure you’ll do us proud,” said Datuk Hafiz.

Champs to Rio was open to 38 teams via online registration starting early April 2014. Registered teams started the matches on Saturday, 3 May 2014 at Sports Planet in Ampang. The format of the tournament was LEAGUE-based where 10 teams were put into one group. The top two of each group qualified to Quarter Finals played at the FIFA Pitch. The duration of every match in group stage lasted 20 minutes with 10 minutes for each half. The Quarter Finals, Semi Finals and Finals, each match lasting 30 minutes were held on 4 May 2014 at the same venue, with 15 minutes for each half. 

Mohd Zahrin bin Ismail, Captain of the champion team, KSL FC, said his whole team was euphoric after winning this once a lifetime opportunity. They trained continuously twice a week to remain fit and alert. KSL FC, considered an underdog as the team is made up of amateur players, came out tops after beating favourites, Versus 5 FC, 3-2 during the penalty shootout.

“We are so excited to be representing Malaysia and Naza Kia in Brazil. This will be a first time for us in an international tournament and truly a dream come true!” he said.

Champs to Rio sits under Naza Kia Malaysia’s “World Cup Rocks with Kia” campaign which gives ten lucky Malaysians the opportunity to win all-expenses-paid trips to Brazil to watch the FIFA World Cup. Other initiatives under this campaign include Fuleco Friend Search (2 tickets won) and 2014 World Cup RoadShow (2 tickets up for grabs) and Cheer to Kia, a roving viewing party.

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. 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: Offical Press Release Naza Kia 

Friday, May 2, 2014

NEW LAUNCHES: ETCM Launched The All New Nissan Sylphy. Price From RM 116K!!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) recently launched the third generation Nissan Sylphy. The All-New Sylphy offers Malaysian consumers outstanding driving characteristics, elegant design, spacious and quiet interior, incorporating the latest technologies for excellent performance and improved fuel economy. One of the Nissan’s global core models, the All-New Nissan Sylphy is sold in approximately 120 countries, including Japan, China, Thailand and Australia (as the Pulsar) as well as the USA (as the Sentra).

At the launch, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM, Mr. Tan Keng Meng said: “ETCM is proud to introduce the third generation All-New Nissan Sylphy to the Malaysian motorists. Built on an all-new platform and it has a completely new design that incorporates improvement in every area. With a sophisticated package combining premium design, a class-above in comfort and spaciousness; adding on class-leading safety features, we believe that the All-New Sylphy will represent a high value choice and discerning for the consumers. The All-New Nissan Sylphy is imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) model imported from Thailand.”

The All-New Sylphy is powered by the latest 1.8L MRA8DE Twin CVTC engine. The all-new Nissan engine is highly efficient, compact and lightweight coupled with new technologies and continuously valve timing control on both intake and exhaust sides. The long stroke design gives better torque delivery for improved acceleration in the lower speed ranges. The all-new engine is matched with the next generation XCVT (Xtronic Continuously Variable Transmission) with a sub-planetary gear for smooth shifting with minimised power losses. Its new aerodynamic body shape provides lower air resistance and optimised under floor airflow to achieve coefficient of drag of 0.29. Hence, the All-New Nissan Sylphy is more fuel efficient with these new technologies.

The new third generation Nissan Sylphy’s a beautiful exterior design expresses a dynamic and premium feel while improving functionality. A new three dimensional Nissan signature chrome front grille integrated with six LED accentuated headlamps creates an eye-catching design on the All-New Nissan Sylphy. From the side view, the flowing character line runs from the curved front fender to the rear combination lights which feature a large bold horseshoe-shaped design LED lights.

In addition to the significant changes on the exterior design, the All-New Nissan Sylphy provides class-above comfort with its ample space and refined interior design. The interior spaciousness is enhanced with an increase of 30mm shoulder room and a generous space of 680mm rear legroom. The All-New Nissan Sylphy has 510 litres of luggage space capacity, which is best in its class.

For the interior, the instrument panel features an integrally moulded upper-to-middle section, flowing curved surface and the use of soft pad trim providing a premium feel. Carefully selected and combined materials used for the centre panel finisher give a class-above high quality feel throughout the cabin. The ‘micro-grain’ surface reduces glare on the windscreen and reduces discomfort and distraction for the driver. The Fine Vision Meter Cluster with Multi-information Display (MID) and ECO mode indicator is another feature in providing more comfortable fatigue-free motoring.

The cabin of the All-New Nissan Sylphy offers a smoother and quieter experience with improvements that have enhanced quietness and reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH). These strengthened body rigidity, efficiently placed acoustic insulation materials and utilization of a vibration-absorbing suspension for comfort add to quietness and riding comfort. Other features include a Dual Zone Automatic Climate Control system that creates a comfortable environment for all passengers. Visibility is enhanced for the driver by large window areas and the slope of the bonnet makes it easier to determine the corners of the car for easier maneuvering.

The All-New Sylphy offers top safety features that priorities driver and passengers. It is equipped with class-leading six SRS airbags, VDC (Vehicle Dynamic Control) together with a host of control safety systems including ABS (Anti-locking braking system), EBD (Electronic Brakeforce distribution), BA (Brake Assist System) and TCS (Traction Control System), which help the driver stay in control and avoid danger in emergency situations. These advanced features enhance the vehicle’s stability and prevent slides on slippery roads. The All-New Sylphy comes with the new four-wheel disc brake system. Other safety features include Xenon headlights with auto levelling and washers (1.8VL only), rear view camera (1.8VL only), front seat belt with load limiters and pre-tensioners, high strength body construction and front construction for pedestrian protection.

On the launch theme of The All-New Nissan Sylphy, Mr Tan said: “ ‘Embrace Distinction’ is embodied in the tagline of the All-New Nissan Sylphy as it reflects attitude and style, forging a sense of self-created values that resonates with one’s personal identity. All in all, the All-New Nissan Sylphy offer a unique proposition that exceeds the C segment in its exquisiteness in class-above features as it shifts to a more premium scale.”

The All-New Nissan Sylphy is available in 2 variants, 1.8 E and 1.8 VL. The choice of five colours includes the All-New Cayenne Red, Premium Black, Bronze Gold, Diamond White and Brilliant Silver. The on-the-road price (without insurance) of the All-New Sylphy is RM 115,817 for 1.8E and RM 121,900 for 1.8 VL, with a warranty of 3-years or 100,000 KMs, whichever comes first. Bookings and test drive are now available at Nissan Showrooms nationwide.

In conjunction with the Launch of the All-New Nissan Sylphy, ETCM offers the first 1,000 customers Solar Gard Armorcoat Tinting for free.

source: ETCM Official Release
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