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Friday, November 28, 2014

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



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

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


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


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


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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

PRESS RELEASE: Volkswagen Malaysia Launches Mobility Programme



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

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

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

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

Friday, November 21, 2014

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The full list of offered models is as follows:


BUY
Grand Livina
Sylphy
Teana
Almera
Navara
WIN
Sylphy 1.8 (E)
Navara 2.5 (LE)
Current X-Trail 2.0
Grand Livina 1.8
Grand Livina 1.8

Thursday, November 20, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Winners of the Asia Pacific 2014 Tint-Off Competition in Malaysia Announced!!!



Automotive window film installers from across the Asia Pacific region revved up their game at the Asia Pacific 2014 Tint-Off Championship, organized by U.S-based Eastman Chemical Company, the manufacturer of LLumar® automotive window films, and its sole distributor in Malaysia, Tint Auto (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, that was held yesterday at the Sunway Convention Centre. 

The tinting competition which took place in the afternoon, pinnacled at the Gala Dinner during the night where contestants from three countries were announced as the top three winners for this year. 

Mr. Ju Jongcheol, a professional installer from South Korea took the Championship title as this year’s most professional and best automotive window film installer in the region. Completing the skillful task with a score of 95 points, he defeated 15 other participants from around the Asia Pacific, Australasia and Middle East regions. 

Mr Lim Loke Choon from Malaysia emerged as the second place winner with a score of 94 points and Mr Zheng Shihai from China took the third place with a score of 93 points. 

“This challenge really puts your skills as professional automotive window film installers to the test,” said Mr Ju Jongcheol, the Asia Pacific 2014 Tint-Off Champion. “It was definitely a close competition as there were several highly capable and skillful professionals, but I am proud to win the Championship title. This is truly a sweet victory! Thank you LLumar and Tint-Auto (M) for the opportunity!” 

Officially launched by Y.B. Datuk IR. Dr. Wee Ka Siong (Minister in Prime Minister’s Office), the Championship event began with high-energy performances that created excitement prior to a formal briefing session on the competition rules for all contestants. 

Each contestant was given a competition bay that included a Volkswagen Passat and a supply of high-quality AIR series of automotive window film from LLumar which, with its nano-ceramic technology and high protection from ultra violet rays yet enhanced visibility, has gained high traction in the Malaysian market.

The competition underscored the importance of skills and pride for a job well done. Amid roaring cheers from supporters and spectators, contestants exhibited energetic enthusiasm in their quests to complete the perfect tint job within the stipulated timeframe. 

Dr. Jim Ziegler, Regional Business Director of Eastman Chemical, Performance Films business unit said, “As one of the leading producers of high-quality, aftermarket window films and high-value precision-coated film and film components, LLumar® is enthusiastic and passionate about bringing installers of LLumar automotive window film from around the Asia Pacific, Australia and Middle East regions together in this exciting event.” 

“The car tinting industry is one of the most important peripheral sectors of the automotive category. This international competition provided an opportunity for installers to raise standards, exchange best practices and network during a fun event, while we recognize and award the best professional skills in the business.” 

Using LLumar automotive window film, contestants were seen striving for perfection during the competition. Winners were judged on factors including tidiness of installation, cleanliness of vehicle/handover readiness, and quality of application (gaps, edge cuts and visible damages). 

“Installing car window film may look easy, but it isn’t,” said Mr Michael Tan, CEO of Tint Auto (M) Sdn. Bhd. “Experience, good skills and high-quality film are pre-requisites to ensuring long-lasting protection of the car and benefits to its owner. A flawless installation will ensure that no dirt or other contaminates are left behind, which could destroy the chance of winning the competition. LLumar is recognized for its wide product selection and strong brand name, especially for safety and security film which is trusted by many car owners in Malaysia. This competition selects the best installer of the products.” 

“LLumar automotive window films are known and trusted by the numerous automotive brands for their quality and proprietary scratch-resistant coating. Furthermore, today’s gadget-equipped drivers would also be glad to know that these state-of-the-art nano technology films do not interfere with cell phones, radio reception, radar detectors, or global positioning systems,” added Dr. Ziegler.

The competition started 14 years ago in the United States (U.S.) when the U.S.-based manufacturer of LLumar professional window films began sponsoring and organizing international tint-off conferences and competitions. The success of the U.S. competition led to a spin-off in the Asia Pacific region, with the first Championship being held in Shenzhen, China in 2011 and the second Championship held in Jakarta, Indonesia in 2012. Thus, this Championship was held for the third time in the region and first time in Malaysia.

A total of 16 teams from countries including Malaysia, China, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Oman took part in the competition.

The judges for the competition include experts from Eastman Chemical Company: Danny Wong Kam Lam, Regional MTS Manager; Richard Dill, Quality Assurance Manager; and Charlie Zhao Li, Technical Training Team Leader

PRESS RELEASE: Volvo Buses Launches New Chassis Range



Volvo Buses Malaysia yesterday proudly unveils its new chassis range to the Malaysian market – the new Volvo B7R and Volvo B11R. Launched in the presence of the Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia, Volvo customers, partners and members of the media, Volvo Buses’ new chassis range are poised to offer the best solutions for next-generation public transport and travel in Malaysia.

“The launch of the Volvo Buses Chassis Range today spells an additional significant advancement in the operations of Volvo Malaysia. It also underscores our commitment and deep interest to play an even more active participation in the country’s transportation industry,” said Mr Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia.

Both the Volvo B7R and Volvo B11R are chassis models that were designed with versatility in mind and made for efficient, safe, and profitable transport, both of which have enjoyed increased demand in other markets. 

David Mead, Vice President, APAC, Volvo Buses Corporation said, “This chassis range we are launching today provides first-class driveability, outstanding fuel-efficiency and low on environmental impact. The versatility of this chassis range allows our customers to customize according to their needs, as they are easily tailored to suit school bus, long distance charter and touring coaches. 

“Our customers choose Volvo for a reason – Volvo Buses is much more than a premium bus or coach. Volvo customers can look forward to a complete solution, tailored to their reality. This solution includes the right bus or coach, the right combination of leading support services, and our commitment and expertise throughout the lifetime of the bus and beyond. 

“Volvo Buses also has a City Mobility programme that addresses issues faced by the public transport industry and we have worked directly with many major cities in solving their public transport challenges by offering complete solutions,” said Mead.

Volvo vehicles are recognized for its renowned safety, high level uptime and efficiency in fuel consumption – which are important features for a quality public transport system. An unmatchable safety feature in the Volvo B7R and the Volvo B11R is its Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and its Electronically-controlled Braking System (EBS). 

As a standard feature in all Volvo buses, the Electronic Stability Program (ESP) reduces the risk of the driver losing control over his vehicle in critical situations; for example in sharp curves or on slippery surfaces. The Electronically controlled Braking System (EBS) on the other hand, has anti-locking disc-brake system offering high braking effect and instant alertness thanks to electronic signal transmission. 

All Volvo Buses models are also equipped with integrated retarder with additional Volvo Engine Brake, 4 disc brakes with higher and constant braking, and separate front and rear brake air circuits for maximum safety. 

“Customers moving towards new technology naturally also want security; and we are proud to say that Volvo Group has undeniably one of the toughest safety standards in the world. Safety is not only encompassed in our products; it is also incorporated in our entire production, supply, aftersales and value chain. We therefore offer various business packages whereby we undertake all maintenance processes for the entire bus,” said Mr Muralli Muthusubramaniam, Country Manager, Volvo Buses Malaysia.

“We have a network coverage of 11 dealerships across Malaysia, with an aftermarket service quality that is on par with our global service standards. We also provide 24/7 road assistance where technical support will be dispatched to our customers in case of a breakdown. 

“Volvo also very much focuses on training for bus technicians for specific technical support to offer customers a complete ownership experience when purchasing Volvo Buses. Volvo’s aftersales service helps our customers’ bottom line over the entire lifetime of the vehicle” added Muthusubramaniam.


Volvo B7R

The Volvo B7R runs smoothly in service, maintenance and on the road. The flat top of the framework permits efficient body construction and guarantees a long, productive life. Rigid front suspension in combination with a compact and service-friendly driveline installation create a spacious and efficient vehicle.

The Volvo B7R is primarily intended for long-distance and tourist duties, but is also suitable for use as a city bus. The low-entry version, Volvo B7RLE, allows for high passenger capacity and quick entry and exit. Its kneeling function and wide centre aisle make for efficient passenger flow, and the chassis layout permits wide doors.

The B7R’s 7-litre diesel engine is one of the most efficient in its class and it complies with Euro 3 emission standards. An output of 290 bhp and 1200 Nm of torque contribute to smooth handling in all situations. The choice of automatic and manual gearboxes allows for combinations that will suit any need, and Volvo’s single-reduction rear axle is available in a range of ratios. The benefits are the traditional Volvo hallmarks of first-class driveability, outstanding fuel efficiency and low environmental impact.

Volvo B11R

The Volvo B11R’s highly fuel-efficient Euro 3 engine cuts operational costs, and Volvo’s quality standards combine functionality with passenger comfort and lifecycle productivity. Rigid front suspension in combination with a compact and service-friendly driveline installation extends the scope for creating a spacious and efficient coach.

The B11R is available in a 2-axle chassis and possesses a stable and pleasant driving character with passenger comfort. Its powerful engine is able to produce a power output of 370 to 430hp yet its high fuel efficiency further adds low running costs and sustainability.

The B11R’s new 11-litre Euro 3 engine combines strength, reliability and economy in a right-sized but equally powerful package. With 370 and 430 hp and massive torque from very low revs, the B11R is more than capable in taking passengers to their destination swiftly and safely. The legendary Volvo I-Shift transmission, which combines smooth and silent shifting with fuel efficiency, is also available in the B11R.

PRESS RELEASE: Nasim Sdn. Bhd Launched New Ipoh Garden Outlet



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

Peugeot Ipoh Garden is the fifth new outlet launched by Nasim this year and is among three Peugeot outlets in the state of Perak. 

“Perak is Peugeot’s fourth most important market. This is already reflected in the total industry volume (TIV) for Perak. There has been a year on year increase of approximately 5% while the TIV for European cars have seen an increase of 26%,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim.

The Peugeot Ipoh Garden outlet, which comprises a 2,000 square-foot facility, is a 1S showroom centre that complements the nearby Peugeot Ipoh 3S outlet.

Built at a cost of RM500,000, Peugeot Ipoh Garden will serve customers in Batu Gajah, Chemor, Gopeng, Ipoh, Jeram, Kampar, Kampung Kepayang, Lahat, Malim Nawar, Mambang di Awan, Menglembu, Pusing, Tanjong Rambutan, Tronoh and Ulu Kinta.

“Now in the final quarter of the year, I am proud to note that Nasim achieved our network expansion plans of an additional five outlets this year. This brings a total of 35 outlets nationwide. Our nationwide network expansion will continue into 2015 to meet the growing demand for European cars in Malaysia,” added Dato Samson. 

Peugeot Ipoh Garden joins four other outlets in Desa Pandan, Kuantan, Johor Bahru and Muar that were launched in 2014 with a cumulative investment of RM15 million.

With launch of this latest outlet in Ipoh, Peugeot is now represented in all the major markets in the North, Central, South, East Coast and East Malaysia.

All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty with unlimited mileage together with Nasim’s 24-hour 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.

Nasim Sdn Bhd is the official distributor for Automobiles Peugeot in Malaysia. For more information on Peugeot Malaysia, please visit http://www.peugeot.com.my. Like the Peugeot Malaysia page at http://www.facebook.com/peugeotmalaysia and follow the Twitter handle @peugeotmalaysia at http://twitter.com/peugeotmalaysia.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Toyota Classics Celebrates 25th Anniversary!!!



In its 25th anniversary this year, Toyota Classics hosted a dazzling fundraising evening at the Dewan Filharmonik PETRONAS, Kuala Lumpur. The spectacular orchestral performance on the 11th of November was held in celebration of what has long been acknowledged as one of the longest running philanthropic efforts in the country. 

“UMW Toyota Motor hopes to expand the frontiers of classical orchestra with this musical extravaganza that will truly touch lives, far beyond the stage. With this 25th anniversary, we are especially humbled at how the Toyota Classics programme has positively transformed thousands of lives over the years,” says Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor. 

At the milestone of its silver jubilee, it is obvious that the Toyota Classics has truly come into its own. Defining the landscape of corporate social responsibility for this long, its standing in the community was reflected in the response towards at the gala evening. With a long list of orchestras under its belt, and with the support of attendees over the years, the Toyota Classics has raised more than RM7 million to benefit close to 60 charitable and non-governmental organisations. 

This year, the Toyota Classics featured the Covent Garden Soloists Orchestra from London. The orchestra under the baton of world-renowned Spanish pedagogue conductor Miguel Angel Navarro, performed a virtuosic, highly selective repertoire that channeled the vivid drama of the silver screen. Vasko Vassilev, Bulgarian violin prodigy, was electrifying as featured violin soloist at the gala concert; and Pamela Nicholson, piano soloist held the audience’s attention with equal verve. She also played the role of composer and arranger for the orchestra. 

The evening was a mélange of colour and sound, and did not disappoint the rapt audience which included His Royal Highness (HRH) Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Al-Haj, the Sultan of Selangor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali. His Excellency Dr Makio Miyagawa from Japan was also present at this year’s Toyota Classics concert. 

Proceeds from this year’s ticket sales and corporate donations amounted to RM 425,000. The funds were channeled to four charitable and non-governmental organizations to cater for each specific need. The Lung Foundation of Malaysia will utilise the funds for the purchase of respiratory support equipment for their less fortunate patients who cannot afford to purchase this equipment, while the National Kidney Foundation of Malaysia will acquire a van so they can carry out mobile health screenings as part of their public education efforts to ensure good health and well-being of patients are taken care through holistic treatment. 

Pertubuhan Kebajikan dan Perlindungan Nur Qaseh Malaysia currently does not own any vehicle to chauffeur the children in their care for their daily activities; they will acquire a van to ease the logistic issues. As for Yayasan Islam Darul Ehsan, who is currently providing medical care and treatment through their five dialysis centers will be purchasing a new van to transport their patients from the rural area to the dialysis centers. 

The theme for this year’s Toyota Classics has befittingly been, “Music that Moves Lives”. Datuk Ismet commented, “UMW Toyota Motor is proud to expand the frontiers of classical orchestra with this gala event. We strongly believe in striving and making a difference in every place where we live, work or conduct business which is in line with the company’s initiatives.” 

Thus far, the Toyota Classics programme has positively transformed thousands of lives and continues its legacy of representing the philanthropic pillar of UMW Toyota Motor’s Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives.

NEW LAUNCHES: Five Reasons Why the New Ford Fiesta ST Offers An Exhilarating Ride



Since Henry Ford built and sold the company’s first car in 1903, the humble machine has become far more than simply a way of getting from point A to B. For many, it has evolved into a way of life, an expression of thrill-seeking, adrenaline-pumping fun. 

For these people, the Fiesta ST – Ford’s newest contribution to the world of hot hatches – is just the ticket. Soon to arrive in Malaysian showrooms, it is a gutsy, compact performance car that boasts both responsiveness and raw power. 

Here are five reasons why the new Fiesta ST is the best pick for a thrilling drive – whether on the highway or the racetrack.

#1: Globally Acclaimed Awards and Recognition

Backed by 22 globally acclaimed awards, the new Fiesta ST is the most awarded performance compact car Ford has ever made. Among its accolades are being named BBC TopGear Magazine Car of the Year (UK), Echappement magazine Sports Car of the Year (France), and most recently a 2014 Automobile Magazine All-Star (US).


#2: Race Car Design

With an aggressive and sporty design, the new Fiesta ST features a unique grille and chin spoiler with a new rear diffuser and fascia extensions. Dual chrome-tipped exhausts, a high-mount spoiler, and unique 17-inch wheels complete the visual package.


Inside, the telescopic steering wheel sets the driver in a position that is similar to most race cars, while a sound symposer feeds the throaty engine noise directly into the cabin, offering a great soundtrack while accentuating feedback quality and response. Pushing the sports alloy pedal flat to the floor, ST drivers will experience a surge of torque that pushes them back into the Recaro seat.

#3: Epic Flat Cornering 

The new Fiesta ST offers race-like handling in a compact performance car. The rear axle gets increased roll stiffness to improve stability through fast and narrow corners, while the body sits 15 millimetres closer to the ground than other Fiesta variants.

It has increased mechanical grip provided by suspension improvements and is enhanced with electronic Torque Vectoring Control to reduce understeer, rotating well during hard cornering manoeuvres. With three levels of electronic stability control (ESC) to choose from – off, standard, sport – drivers are able to select the amount of electronic aid to suit their desires, whatever the road conditions. 

All these value added features give ST drivers epic flat cornering – be it on the race track or on a winding road. 

#4: Direct and Responsive Steering

The steering in the new Fiesta ST is more direct and responsive than the base Fiesta, while a unique suspension system with modified front knuckle makes for a quicker overall steering ratio of 13:6:1. The high performance rear disc brakes available in the new Fiesta ST helps drivers stay in control of the car at all times. 

The six-speed manual transmission provides an easy and clean shift action that allows any driver to express their true pledge to performance driving.

Simply put, the new Fiesta ST provides a peerless smooth steering and responsive handling with every turn.

#5: Unmatched Performance

The new Fiesta ST gives the performance and feel of an engine twice its size. Equipped with a 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine, it delivers 182 PS and 240 Nm of torque that can achieve 0-100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. It also comes with an ‘overboost’ turbo function – similar to the one available in Ford Focus ST – enabling it to throttle up to a maximum torque of 290 Nm on the race track and a top speed of 220km/h. The new Fiesta ST is guaranteed to bring out the racing DNA as soon as the driver gets behind the wheel.

The new Fiesta ST is now available for pre-launch booking, and is priced at RM149,888. 

For more information, please visit www.ford.com.my.

PRESS RELEASE: Nasim Sdn. Bhd. Crowns The Winner For Peugeot "Drive 2 Win" Contest



After 11 weeks and six series, Nasim Sdn Bhd, the official distributor of Peugeot automobiles, recently awarded the grand prize of Peugeot ‘Drive 2 Win’ along with prizes for the Series 6 winners.

Subash A/L Loganathan was announced as the grand prize winner of the stunning and powerful Peugeot RCZ in Red Rouge. Abdul Razak Bin Hassan, Steven Ng Chong Wey and Ng Chin Wei were the recipients of a Macbook Air, Sony Xperia Z2, and shopping vouchers worth RM500 respectively.

“The campaign has helped increase awareness of Peugeot’s award-winning models as well as convert any possible fence-sitters who have not considered purchasing a Peugeot. Once they test-drove a Peugeot, there was no turning back which led to a number of successful bookings,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim Sdn Bhd.

He said the campaign boosted overall test-drives by 30% and drew crowds to Peugeot outlets nationwide to test-drive the diverse Peugeot models.

“I want to offer my heartiest congratulations to the grand prize winner of the coveted 200bhp Peugeot RCZ as well as all the bi-weekly Series winners and the #peugeotselfie winners,” he said.

To enter the ‘Drive 2 Win’ contest, these were the steps: 

1) Visit any Peugeot showroom nationwide 
2) Test-drive any of Peugeot’s award winning models 
3) Simply fill up the contest entry form 
4) Deposit completed contest entry form into the contest box displayed in the showroom. 


One test-drive entitled to one entry form only. However, if a customer registered a new Peugeot, they were entitled to five entry forms which gave them more chances of winning.

The contest was broken into six bi-weekly series. There were three winners for each series, resulting in eighteen winners overall. The bi-weekly series winners were rewarded with prizes such as the Sony Xperia Z2, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, Macbook Air and shopping vouchers worth RM500.

In conjunction with the ‘Drive 2 Win’ grand prize ceremony, Nasim also awarded the winners of the #peugeotselfie contest. Participants had to complete the form on Peugeot Malaysia’s Facebook contest tab then submit a creative photo of themselves together with any Peugeot vehicle with a catchy caption. Nasim received over 200 submissions for #peugeotselfie.

Yap Siew Yee was the first place winner of two GoPro Hero 4 cameras. Second place winner San Mun Shaik won a Samsung Galaxy S5 and third place winner Muhammad Luqman bin Kassim Ali won Canon digital camera.

All Peugeot models come with five-year warranty with unlimited mileage together with Nasim’s 24-hour 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.

Nasim Sdn Bhd is the official distributor for Automobiles Peugeot in Malaysia. For more information on Peugeot Malaysia, please visit http://www.peugeot.com.my. Like the Peugeot Malaysia page at http://www.facebook.com/peugeotmalaysia, follow the Twitter handle @peugeotmalaysia at http://twitter.com/peugeotmalaysia and follow on Instagram @peugeotmalaysia at http://instagram.com/peugeotmalaysia.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Kicks Off Year End Promotions

UMW Toyota Motor is ending the year with its "Best Deal of the Year" sales campaign with attractive promotions. During the sales campaign, customers who purchase a Toyota will enjoy additional cash rebate of up to RM 3,000 on top of the current promotion for selected models. With this attractive offer, customers can expect great savings for Toyota’s most popular models including Vios, Camry, Altis, Hilux and a few other selected models.
The promotions are only valid for vehicles which are registered by 31st December 2014 while stocks last! Terms and conditions apply.
In conjunction with the "Best Deal of the Year" campaign, UMW Toyota Motor will also be holding its Toyota Nationwide Roadshows at 40 selected malls and outdoor locations from 4th till 23rd November 2014. Everyone is urged to head down to the roadshows.

Hurry! Don’t miss the opportunity to experience all Toyota model line-ups and enjoy amazing savings when you purchase a Toyota today.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Introduced Enhanced Toyota Corolla Altis



Introduced in January 2014 in Malaysia, the 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis has doubled its local sales volume compared to previous generation model, and currently leads its segment in market share. As always, UMW Toyota Motor constantly reviews feedback from customers with the aim of giving them the best product for their money. This is in line with Toyota’s ‘kaizen’ philosophy of continuous improvement, not just in the quality of the products and services but also in the value for money that customers get.

The current 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre variants with Dual VVT-i engine and 7-speed Super CVT-i (Continuously Variable Transmission) has been well accepted by the market. There has been much feedback from customers to have a 1.8-litre variant with upgraded equipment package. Hence, UMW Toyota Motor is introducing the 1.8G new variant, to respond to the market needs.

INTERIOR

On the inside, the addition of new features will certainly be appreciated by customers. For starters, 1.8G now have a Smart Entry & Start System, allowing keyless unlocking of the doors and starting the engine with just the press of a button. 

The 1.8G also gets combination leather upholstery and an upgraded instrument panel which has Optitron meters. These meters, originally developed for the Lexus luxury models, are bright and clear with a 3-dimensional appearance, making viewing easy under any lighting conditions. There is also a Multi Information Display which provides information on various operating aspects of the car.



Illumination for the cupholders between the front seats, and for the front foot well, are also provided. Tiny illumination lamps at the base of each cupholder add a touch of class.

The variant also has an upgraded infotainment system with a 2-DIN head unit. This now consists of a DVD player with a 7-inch touchscreen that also acts as a display for the rear view camera. The audio unit, with an AM/FM receiver has connectivity options for various devices and also accepts SD card media as well as voice commands. A smartphone link is also available for compatible smartphone models, as well as Bluetooth hands-free system with steering wheel switches.

EXTERIOR

On the exterior, the 1.8G door handles have a chrome finish which matches the character line along the side of the car. Not so evident but which will be a convenient feature is the auto on/off mode for the headlamps. When set to AUTO, the headlamps will automatically come on when the external lighting level is low (e.g. entering a basement carpark), and switch off when the lighting level is high.

FUN-TO-DRIVE

Technically, there are no changes to the proven 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre Dual VVT-i engines with 7-speed Super CVT-i, which has been praised by local motoring journalists, for combining both advantages of fun-to-drive feeling of a conventional automatic transmission and fuel efficiency of a conventional CVT. 

While the efficiency and reduced weight inherent in a pulley-type CVT would seem an ideal solution for vehicles emphasizing fuel efficiency, there is the characteristic CVT “rubber band” driving sensation of the engine winding to its power band upon hard acceleration. Toyota’s engineers have improved the drivability of the Corolla Altis by adapting discrete stepped “gears” or shift points, into the car’s acceleration and deceleration curves. The Corolla Altis’ Super CVT-i even mimics the familiar characteristics of hydraulic automatics creating a sense of positive shift engagement. There’s also a more linear connection between pedal effort and acceleration feel compared to previous CVT designs.

FUEL ECONOMY

Toyota engineers addressed challenges presented by typical CVT design such as the high level of hydraulic pressure CVT’s require for operation, and the optimization of the pulley ratio range to offer the best performance and fuel economy. Typically, CVT hydraulic-fluid pumps are driven at the same rate as the engine speed; as a result, the pump wastes considerable effort, impacting transmission efficiency at higher engine speeds as the pump moves more fluid than necessary to lubricate and sandwich the CVT’s belt. With the Corolla Altis’ Super CVT-i, hydraulic pressure was reduced to an optimal point to protect against belt slippage, while conserving drive effort to limit excess pumping losses. 

For a belt-driven CVT, the range of speed ratios is determined by the diameters of the input and output pulleys. The greater the disparity in size between these two pulleys, the greater the range of gear ratios, efficiency and performance the transmission can offer. The current 1.8-litre Super CVT-i offers a forward gear ratio range of 0.396 to 2.480 (which is wider than previous generation 1.8-litre Super CVT-i of 0.411 to 2.386), which works well for acceleration, cruising speeds, and fuel-conscious driving. There is also a transmission fluid warmer is used to help get fluid to optimal temperature faster.

MINOR UPGRADES TO 1.8E

As for the 1.8E base variant, it receives minor upgrades with Smart Entry & Start System, illumination for the cupholders and front foot well, exterior door handle chrome finish, and auto on/off mode for the headlamps. Meanwhile, with the introduction of 1.8G, the 2.0G will not be continued.

OTHERS

As before, customers can also select options such as a custom-designed aerokit. For those who require a GPS route navigation system, there is also an optional upgraded package which fits neatly into the 2-DIN space on the dashboard. The Toyota premium security and solar film, which is JPJ-compliant with a 7-year warranty, remains standard for all variants.


As with most models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Toyota Corolla Altis comes with a 3-year/100,000 km (whichever occurs earlier after first registration) warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook. This reflects the confidence that UMW Toyota Motor has in the superior build quality of its vehicles, a hallmark of Toyota products.

The on-the-road price (individual private registration with insurance, metallic color, Peninsular Malaysia) are as follows:

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 2.0V with Additional Safety Package : RM139,915.30

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 2.0V : RM136,015.30

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 1.8G : RM119,900.00

TOYOTA COROLLA ALTIS 1.8E : RM115,900.00

PRESS RELEASE: Safety and Fuel Efficient Remains Top Priority For MAN



One of the world’s leading supplier of trucks and bus came out in full force to show the latest at the IAA Commercial Vehicle in Hanover. The major trade fair for mobility, transportation and logistics enabled visitors to see the full diversity of MAN Truck & Bus models.

The central theme of the new models was fuel efficiency, as innovative technology has resulted in reduced fuel consumption on the part of trucks and buses, resulting in lower running costs on the one hand and less emission on the other.

MAN has also made great strides when it comes to ensuring even more safety features, providing confidence to passengers and vehicle owners.

“In Europe, there are many regulations and stringent laws as safety is a top priority in many countries when it comes to heavy vehicles. But our engineers are also continuously striving to innovate through engineering for safety features,” said Dirk Szusgien, Head of After Sales for MAN Truck & Bus (M) Sdn. Bhd. in a recent interview.

“Bus and coach is one of the largest commercial modes of passenger transport apart from the private car. It provides more than 50% of European public transport services,” he said.

In Europe, according to the CARE (EU road accident database) 2009, statistics shows it is the safest of all road transport modes and equal the safety of trains, despite sharing infrastructure with other users and modes.

From 2007 to 2008, bus and coach passengers represented 0.57% of road fatalities in the European Union, lower even than the 0.79% attributed to agricultural tractors. Private vehicles contributed to almost half of road fatalities at 49.58%. 

Among the regulations set up to prevent driver fatigue is to ensure that drivers take breaks and rest periods. 

“A driver may not drive for more than 4 hours without taking one break of 45 minutes or several breaks of at least 15 minutes taken over the 4 hours. The daily driving limit is 9 hours but twice a week this may be extended to 10 hours. A maximum of 90 driving hours in two consecutive weeks must be observed,” Dirk said about the driving regulations in the EU.

“In order to record the driving time and rest periods of bus and coach drivers, vehicles have to be fitted with a recording device called an electronic tachograph, which records the hours on a computer chip. Hence, a driver cannot drive more than the stipulated hour, even on another bus because the system is all synchronized,” Dirk added.

Based on many years of accident research, MAN has specifically improved the active safety of its trucks and buses. This has given rise to today´s assistance systems that are available as standard features for their coach and bus in Europe and support drivers in precisely those situations which have proved to be the most frequent causes of accidents, namely Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) and Lane Guard System (LGS).

Apart from the systems already available as standard features on show at the IAA, MAN researchers also offered a preview of systems on which they are currently focusing with the aim of supporting drivers in other accident-prone driving situations. These will act as an extended "electronic eye" for the driver who, from the cabin, has no direct view of certain points around his vehicle. 

All these systems are conceptual prototypes illustrating the present status of MAN´s research in the field of active safety. They include a lane change assistant for multi-lane highways, a turn-off assistant for turning right in urban traffic, as well as a camera system which, in future, will replace a number of various side mirrors and is able to combine the surrounding traffic flow into a single picture.

“However, even without these technological advances, just as important is that the vehicle must be well maintained. Servicing vehicles ensures it road worthiness and also help improves fuel efficiency. Maintenance of vehicles is also a safety issue. Hence, for MAN vehicles on the Malaysian roads, it is important that coaches and trucks be serviced by experienced MAN personnel. That is why MAN is opening up another service center, this time in Seberang Prai, Penang. We have a service centre in Rawang and Kota Bharu and opened in Johor Bahru in June. We will be ready in December for Penang. Our objective is to provide convenience for our customers as we serve the north, central and south region with the best after sales service,” Dirk added

PRESS RELEASE: Kelantan School Emerges As Champion In 2014 Toyota Eco Youth Challenge



What does it take to be a winner? For the students of SMK Hamzah 2, Kelantan, who came out tops in the recently concluded 2014 Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) Challenge, it was many hours of cleaning stinky clogged drains sweating under the hot sun painting murals, going from door to door of shop lots asking for sponsorship, visiting local councils and universities, and coming up with a catchy presentation to tip the marks in their favour. 

The participants’ hard work won the school RM10,000 in prize money. For the winning team, however, the prize money meant little compared to the learning experience and exposure they garnered throughout the project.

When they first started out, all they had was a dream of creating something that would leave a lasting impact not just upon the judges of TEY but also upon the Kelantanese. Their project of transforming Lorong Che Mek Molek in Machang from a dirty back street into an art hub with colourful and pretty murals plus art pieces drew praises from the panel of judges and local traders who now enjoy a steady stream of visitors to the site.

The most difficult part was getting the infrastructure ready, they divulged. The clogged drains needed to be cleared and covered, while the potholed road needed to be tarred and walking paths created. Thanks to project partners such as the local municipal council and Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) Machang’s Faculty of Art and Design, the street was successfully given a total facelift. 

The full commitment of the team was apparent: SMK Hamzah 2 also emerged champion for Best Presentation, winning themselves an additional RM1,000. Not only that, both their teachers, Khalil Husin and Muhammad Salmizi Ismail, won themselves the Most Supportive Teacher award.

Equally impressive was the project by second prize winners SMK Paya Kemunting, Kedah, who walked home with RM7,000 for their project of transforming a polluted water catchment area at Taman Setia Jaya into a mini recreational park for the local residents. Working with project partners Nichias Sdn. Bhd, (Playright) Team Constead Sdn Bhd, Kubang Pasu Municipal Council, the state’s Department of Irrigation and Drainage, and Universiti Utara Malaysia, the students organised a cleaning up / gotong royong and decorated the site with stone slabs, garden chairs and flowering plants. 

SMK Bertam Indah’s project to transform the At-Takwa Mosque’s Recycling Centre from a disorganised space to a neat and tidy area conducive for recycling activities won them third prize. Simply giving the walls a fresh coat of paint and turning the surrounding area into a mini rock garden with flowering plants added an aesthetic element to the Recycling Centre, making it more welcoming and encouraging more people to practise recycling. 

The school also walked home with the Best Website award, winning them an additional RM1,000 on top of their prize money of RM5,000, while SMK Labuan, emerged winner for Best Exhibition. 

In its 14th year, TEY contenders have become increasingly competitive, more so with the increase in prize money this year as additional motivation. Marks were given based on an onsite judging process, as well as website/blog development, exhibition displays and presentation at the TEY Convention and Closing Ceremony which was held in October. 

According to Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor, the eco challenge aims to cultivate environmental leaders through out-of-classroom lessons. “Exposing students to real-life situations and environmental problems, and encourage them to formulate innovative solutions will equip them with high thinking skills, in line with the Ministry of Education’s Education Blueprint,” he adds.

Initiated as a simple environmental competition among secondary schools in 2001, TEY was extended to include environmental problems in the local community in 2011. Participating teachers and students had to undergo an intensive workshop on Toyota’s 8-step Problem Solving Methodology to help them identify problems, find possible solutions and monitor the project along the way.

The TEY programme is one of the key CSR pillars of UMW Toyota Motor focused on the environment. The car manufacturer also has two other CSR pillars targeted at road safety and philanthropy.

PRESS RELEASE: Volkswagen Introduced The Volkswagen Experts Programme



As part of its aftersales initiatives, Volkswagen recently introduced the Volkswagen Experts programme in Malaysia. This programme involves 10 certified master technicians from Germany – better known as Volkswagen Experts – working closely with local dealerships to further enhance customer satisfaction in Malaysia. 

These 10 Volkswagen Experts will be stationed at selected service centres to understand and guide local technicians in addressing and rectifying vehicular issues faced by Volkswagen owners. They will be present at the dealerships on a two-week rotation to ensure full coverage. Through this initiative, Volkswagen Malaysia is committed to improve dealer’s service capability for long-term growth and competitiveness.

“Volkswagen Malaysia will continue to invest on training and development of the technicians at all authorised dealerships to enhance the after sales service experience,” said Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia. 

“These well-trained and experienced technicians will play a vital role in providing highest standard of service to customers and support the dealerships by educating their service technicians and encouraging them to gain knowledge and purse new skills.” 

Responding to the need for highly-trained aftersales service staff, the Volkswagen Experts will also help in coaching and developing quality aftersales service skills, which will better equip the local technicians to handle the growing demands from customers.

PRESS RELEASE: Volkswagen Malaysia Appoints New Marketing Director!!



Volkswagen Malaysia today announced the appointment of Ms. Martina Berg as its new Marketing Director with effect from 1st November 2014.

Ms. Berg takes over from Ms. Petra Schreiber, who will assume her new role within Marketing at Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. Her tenure at Volkswagen Group Malaysia since June 2011 saw Ms. Schreiber play an instrumental role in helping the brand build a strong foothold in Malaysia. She was in charge of steering the company’s marketing and communications operations.

Ms. Berg has been with the Volkswagen Group for over 20 years, her most recent position being Marketing Director at Volkswagen Hong Kong. In the past, she spearheaded several marketing initiatives in China, Europe and Middle East, which has propelled the brand to its current standings. 

“We thank Ms. Schreiber for her relentless effort in driving Volkswagen Group Malaysia to its pinnacle and we wish her the very best in her next role in Germany. We also welcome Ms. Berg to the country. Ms. Berg has excellent credentials to serve in this capacity and we look forward to working with her,” said Mr. Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

PRESS RELEASE: NAZA Euro Motors Launched Citroen Puchong Oultet and Citroen Grand C4 Picasso!!



Naza Euro Motors launched the Citroen Puchong outlet in Puchong recently bringing its total network to six outlets nationwide so far. The outlet launch also served as the official introduction of the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso into the Malaysian market.

At 4,000 square feet, Citroen Puchong is a 1S showroom centre equipped with facilities such as a DS lounge, discussion rooms and free Wifi. The outlet is located at Lot 18, 19 & 20 GF, IOI Business Park, Persiaran Puchong Jaya Selatan, Bandar Puchong Jaya, 47100 Puchong, Selangor.

Owned and operated by Naza Euro Motors, Citroen Puchong will serve markets in the Klang Valley, namely Kajang, Cheras, Semenyih and Sungai Besi. “With the launch of Citroen Puchong, our representation in the Klang Valley is steadily growing to meet the market’s demand and stay competitive,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Naza Euro Motors Sdn Bhd.”

Citroen Puchong joins Naza Euro Motors ever-growing network whose other five outlets are Citroen Glenmarie in Shah Alam, Citroen Penang Island in Island Glades, Citroen Juru Auto City on the mainland, Citroen Johor Bahru and NAZA Automall in Petaling Jaya.

With the launch of Citroen Puchong, Naza Euro Motors simultaneously introduced the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso in Diesel variant to the Malaysian market. 

Citroen Grand C4 Picasso

First previewed in Malaysia in June earlier this year, the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is a uniquely styled MPV that is impressive in terms of design and features a pioneering balance between interior space and engaging exterior styling.

It is elegance personified as an MPV of flowing, elegant lines with a stand-out strong, expressive character. The newly designed front end and robust rear end with its wraparound, motorised tailgate and 3D LED lights not only look good but are truly practical as well.

The interior ambiance of the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is both attractive and sophisticated. Every element has been carefully design to evoke a first-class on-board experience. Brimming with 'créative technologie', the MPV comes with features such as a 7-inch touch screen driver interface, 12-inch HD panoramic screen with navigation system, active cruise control, panoramic roof and massage function in driver and front passenger’s seats. 

Safety features of the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso include park assist, blind spot monitoring system, lane departure warning system and 360 degree vision system.

Under the hood, the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is powered by a 2.0-litre e-HDI automatic diesel engine that produces 150 PS with 370 Nm of torque.

The front suspension is fitted with Macpherson Struts to improve ride quality while the rear suspension is fitted with a flexible transverse beam. Other features include electric tailgate, anti-theft alarm, front fog light with cornering function, reverse dipping door mirrors with LED indicators and automatic air-conditioning.

The stylish Technospace MPV has won a slew of honours including 'Best Seven-seat People Carrier' in the Fleet News Awards, 'Family Car of the Year' in BBC Top Gear magazine, ‘Best in Category’ in the Automotive and Transport section of the Good Design Awards, 'MPV of the Year' at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards 2014 and 'MPV of the Year' in the UK Car of the Year Awards.

Available in four exquisite colours, Noir Onyx (Black), Blanc Banquise (White), Blue Telese (Blue) and Rouge Babylone (Red), the All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso strikes an ideal balance between agility, response and unequalled comfort that is low in fuel and high in specs.

The All New Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is priced at RM184,926.20 (on-the-road without insurance) and comes with a five-year warranty with unlimited mileage.
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