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Friday, November 27, 2015

NEW LAUNCHES: The New "Mother Trucker" Nissan Navara NP300 Launched In Malaysia!!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) yesterday officially launched The Ultimate Pickup, the All-New Nissan NP300 Navara.

The event was held at the ETCM Glenmarie 4S Centre, and launched by Yang Berhormat Dato’ Seri Ong Ka Chuan, International Trade and Industry Minister II, who was accompanied by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, President of Tan Chong Motor Holdings. Nissan was represented by Mr. Kenji Naito, Senior Vice President of Nissan Motor Asia Pacific Co. Ltd and ETCM was represented by Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Executive Director of ETCM. 

The successor to the popular Navara D40, the NP300 Navara double cab pickup delivers a compelling combination of dynamic driving performance, robust endurance, bold design and advanced technology. It is the first Japanese pickup in Malaysia with multi-link rear suspension, which transforms its driving experience and ride comfort to that of an SUV - even with a full payload of one tonne.

Nissan’s pickup design and heritage DNA is as distinctive as ever in the NP300 Navara. A first-in-class, full LED Headlamp with boomerang-shaped Daytime Running Light frames Nissan’s signature ‘V-motion’ grille, further emphasising the unmistakable aesthetics of the NP300 Navara. A new rear spoiler improves overall aerodynamics; and new 18-inch alloy wheels add on to its element of sportiness.

The NP300 Navara is powered by an improved 2.5L YD25DDTi variable geometry system (VGS) turbo intercooler engine, and fitted with a first-in-class seven-speed automatic transmission with manual mode for more power and smoother acceleration. A maximum output of 190 PS at 450Nm/2,000rpm makes it the most powerful pickup in its class. 

The same luxurious comforts found in Nissan’s other premium models are present in the NP300 Navara – first-in-class Zero Gravity Inspired Seats offers spinal support for driver and front passengers; while improved seatback angle of rear seats and rear air-conditioning vents ensures comfort in any drive for rear passengers. A five-inch full colour Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) screen provides vehicle information for ease of driving, and the sporty steering wheel with controls gives drivers direct access to the audio system and cruise control at the touch of the fingertips. 

Key safety features in the NP300 Navara are Hill Start Assist; Hill Descent Control; and Active Brake Limited Slip for traction control and vehicle stability. Other safety features also include child seat retainer (ISOFIX with tether), Vehicle Dynamic Control and Traction Control System, Anti-locking Braking System, Electronic Brake Force distribution, and Brake Assist.

NP300 Navara is also offered as a single cab that is the most powerful in the market. Its complete steel body supports a full payload of one tonne, and comes with multi-leaf rear suspension as well as a first-in-class easy bed step. 

According to Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng, the All-New NP300 Navara is engineered to meet the challenges of any terrain. “We name the NP300 Navara The Ultimate Pickup, as it has the flexibility to be sturdy and reliable for work, yet comfortable and spacious for the weekend. Since ETCM opened pre-bookings in mid-October, we have collected over 1,000 bookings of the All-New Nisan NP300 Navara. Such enthusiastic response only serves to strengthen our resolve to work even harder to ensure that The Ultimate Pickup seals its place as a top contender in Malaysia’s pickup segment - and ultimately become the pickup of choice for Malaysians.”

Fully imported from Thailand, six 4WD variants are available to the Malaysian market:

Double Cab

2.5 VL (7-speed AT)
Single Cab

2.5 L (6-speed MT)
2.5 V (7-speed AT)
2.5 SE (7-speed AT)
2.5 SE (6-speed MT)
2.5 E (6-speed MT)

The All-New Nissan NP300 Navara comes with a 3-year or 100,000km (whichever comes first) warranty. Four colours are available: Tungsten Silver; Diamond Black; Brilliant White; and a new colour option, Savanna Orange.

PRESS RELEASE: Shell Malaysia Launched New Road Safety Programme 2016

Shell Malaysia yesterday announced that it will launch a new road safety programme in 2016, at the national closing ceremony of its iconic Shell Traffic Games (“STG”) today. The event drew over 500 primary and secondary school students from all over Malaysia, to learn about road safety in an engaging and fun way over two days. 

Speaking about the event and Shell’s future plans for road safety education, Qamar Wan-Noor, Business Opportunity Manager for Shell Malaysia’s downstream division, said, “We are very proud of what we have achieved with the Shell Traffic Games for the past 58 years. Shell has made inroads into helping school students understand the importance of road safety and the role they play in spreading awareness. With this strong foundation in place, Shell is now looking into other areas where we can help improve road safety consciousness, reducing traffic-related injuries and death.” 

Elaborating further, Qamar said, “It was recently reported that youths between the ages of 16 and 25 contribute to one-third of road accident fatalities in the country. This is clearly a situation that Shell wants to positively impact, given our long-standing experience and concern in the area of road safety management. We are in the midst of developing a programme to address this and hope to announce it in 2016. We are also looking forward to building on our long-standing relationships with its partners in the government and private sector for the new programme.” 

Puan Rozainum binti Ahmad, Co-curriculum and Arts Section Director of Malaysia’s Ministry of Education, said, “Shell has laid a strong foundation for a programme that continues to draw the interest and attention of school students in an area as important as road safety. We thank Shell for all these decades of partnership and look forward to inculcating road-safety consciousness in future generations.” 

Launched in 1957, the Shell Traffic Games, is held in partnership with the Ministry of Education, the Road Safety Department of Malaysia, and various government agencies like the police, local authorities, as well as auxiliary bodies. Events are held throughout the year in most state capitals and practically every district and division in Sabah and Sarawak. Since its inception over 58 years ago, more than a million Malaysian students have taken part in the games.

Prizes are awarded to winning primary and secondary schools for the best road safety performance. This year, the primary school category was won by the contingent from Terengganu, followed by the contingents from Sarawak and Kuala Lumpur at second and third place, respectively. In the secondary school category, the contingent from Terengganu was declared the champion, followed by the contingent from Sarawak in second place and the contingent from Kedah in third place. Contingents are made up of the each state’s top competitors in their respective state-level Shell Traffic Games events. 

The games are conducted on a specially equipped site in a safe location using pedal cars, bicycles and pedestrians. As part of the programme, participating schools are required to pass written tests on read safety. In subsequent practical or on-road tests, participants are awarded merit points for complying with road safety regulations, or conversely given demerits and issued traffic violation summons by real traffic police officers when they break road safety regulations or commit driving offences.

source: Shell Malaysia Media Release

PRESS RELEASE: Malaysian Lexus Owners Emerge Victorious in Lexus Cup 2015

Malaysian Lexus owners swung their way to glory, beating their Asia Pacific counterparts on the green to emerge as the country champion of the Lexus Cup 2015.

Held in Nirwana Golf Course Bali, Indonesia, from 1 – 4 November 2015, Lexus customers, Mr. Ng Say Hoe, Mr. Yap Keng Yau, and Mr. Sheo Wei Meng formed the winning team in the Lexus Cup 2015, an annual regional customer golf event. 

The Malaysia team participants are champions of the annual Lexus Golf Invitational 2015, from the three different regions before representing the country in the final showdown in Indonesia. The champions stayed true to their resolve, progressing from home turf to beat 62 other golfers from Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam and the Philippines, to rise up as country champion for the event.

The Lexus Cup, which first started in 2012, is hosted by Lexus’ Asia Pacific Division, in partnership with its regional distributors.

Four pro golfers from the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA): Beatriz Recari and Azahara Munoz from Spain, Jessica Korda from the United States, and So Yeon Ryu from South Korea, were at the event demonstrating their skills, answering golf questions, and offering up tips for anyone looking to improve their game. 

The four-day event kicked off with a Practice Day and a Welcome Dinner, followed by the Tournament proper, and culminated in the highly-anticipated Gala Dinner. Winners were announced at the Gala Dinner, after welcome speeches from Matthew Callachor, General Manager, Lexus International, Japan and Paul Carroll, Vice President, Lexus Asia Pacific Division.

PRESS RELEASE: ETCM Announced Collaboration with Air Asia Big

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd has officially announced a collaboration with AirAsia BIG, the coalition loyalty programme of Asia’s leading low-cost airline AirAsia.

The announcement was made today by ETCM Executive Director, Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng during the prize presentation ceremony of ETCM’s Millionaire Drive Campaign, held at Paradigm Mall. Also present at the event were the Chief Executive Officer of AirAsia BIG, Ms Alice Goh, and Mr Vincent Chong, General Manager of WCT Malls. Paradigm Mall was venue sponsor for the event. 

According to Dato’ Dr Ang, the collaboration marks a milestone for ETCM. “We are proud to partner with AirAsia BIG. Similarly to Tan Chong, AirAsia is a true Malaysian icon – a homegrown company that has grown tenfold to become the force that it is now. We have exciting plans in the works to continue working together well into next year, and we look forward to a strong alliance that will benefit both parties and our customers.”

“Partnering Edaran Tan Chong Motor is a meaningful way for AirAsia BIG to make possible for holiday goers to travel to their favourite holiday destinations. Customers don’t just get to enjoy an adventurous drive on the road with their Nissan vehicles, but also the rewarding experience of travelling by air for free with their BIG Points. Being an AirAsia BIG Member also opens doors to exclusive priority access for AirAsia flight sales, and free AirAsia flight redemptions to over 100 destinations from as low as 500 BIG Points,” said Alice Goh, CEO of AirAsia BIG.

During the ceremony, ETCM together with AirAsia BIG presented the Grand Prize of 300,000 BIG Points to the winner of the October campaign, Che Zainun Tun Binti Mohammed. Che Zainun had bought bought a Nissan Almera 1.5E AT at ETCM’s Kota Bharu branch. The BIG Points won by Che Zainun will enable her to enjoy the equivalent to five (5) return flights to Tokyo, Sydney, Beijing, Seoul or numerous local destinations.

14 Consolation Prize winners also walked away with 50,000 BIG Points each, which can take them to numerous local destinations or to two (2) return flights to Siem Reap, Yangon, Bangkok or Chiang Mai.

“The Millionaire Drive Campaign in October was a resounding success, and we would like to thank our customers for their support. ETCM’s philosophy has always been putting our customers first and we strive to make every customer’s experience when purchasing a Nissan car worthwhile. For that, I am pleased to announce that we have decided to continue the Campaign for November, and will also hold it in the month of December to offer more Malaysians the chance to drive home a Nissan and fly like a millionaire. Our customers are important to us, and we want to be able to give them holiday experiences and memories of a lifetime,” added Dato’ Dr Ang.

Similarly to the October campaign, 15 customers who purchase and register their Nissan cars in the months of November and December will be in the running to win from a total of 1,000,000 BIG Points each month

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Volvo Malaysia calls all Volvo aftermarket professionals to participate in VISTA World Championship 2015-2016

Renowned truck manufacturer Volvo Malaysia yesterday kicked off its largest global competition for aftermarket personnel, the Volvo International Service Training Award (VISTA) in the presence of its employees at its headquarters in Shah Alam. 

The biennial competition is designed to educate and develop participants’ technical knowledge and skills as well as to learn about the processes and business chain of how the company works – providing them the opportunity for professional self-development. VISTA is also a very effective way of motivating and inspiring employees, and is an avenue to cultivate teamwork.

Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia said, “VISTA is much more than a competition. It is a mass competency-training event. Our mechanics are the backbone of Volvo Malaysia – making us the best business partner for our customers, throughout the lifetime of our vehicles. This is why we invest heavily in competence development, establish a structured approach to our technicians upgrading, and provide support for further education.” 

“VISTA is a simulation of the workshop environment that aims to build skills and share expertise, in addition to motivate and foster teamwork and collaboration among our employees. The competition additionally teaches our aftermarket employees to be pro-active and pre-emptive when diagnosing issues and providing solutions to problems,” said Santhara Saigaran, Market Leader for Volvo VISTA.

Saigaran also added that VISTA is an all-round 360° approach to employee and work excellence. The number of participants for this year’s VISTA competition has also increased and the responses and feedback by dealer managers are equally encouraging. 

“The goal is to make us better at what we do every day. This competition is not only important for our aftermarket personnel; it is also of great importance for the entire Volvo Group. It is a way of showing how much we value the hard work carried out at our workshops, and that we invest in what our customers appreciate most – world class service,” added Nilsson.

The improved knowledge and skills set acquired from previous VISTA competitions were applied in the day-to-day work and it has been successfully reflected in the employees’ competency level. This has enhanced the aftermarket quality in Malaysia and has contributed to increased customer satisfaction in the Volvo brand.

With registration commencing from June, the competition is open to all aftermarket professionals within the Volvo Trucks and Volvo Buses global service network. The competition starts in September with three rounds of theoretical questions, in which teams are required to complete in their workshops. 

Following these three rounds, the best performing teams will be selected to qualify for the semi-finals (Asia Finals) in Bangkok in April 2016. From there, the winning team in Asia will proceed to the World Finals, which is set to take place in June 2016 at Volvo’s birthplace and home in Gothenburg, Sweden. 

The 2015-2016 VISTA edition will see participation from approximately 200 employees comprising Technicians, Administrators and Parts Personnel from 13 service outlets (both owned dealers and private dealers) throughout Malaysia and Singapore. These participants will work in groups of three or four, to compete for a place in the Asia Finals.

“At Volvo, we do everything we can to inspire our customers all around the world – from building quality and technologically sound trucks to offering outstanding aftermarket service. This is because satisfied customers are key to making Volvo the number one brand in Malaysia’s commercial vehicle segment. Our VISTA Championships sets us firmly on that path and it achieves everything in a single competition,” Nilsson further commented.

VISTA is a global competition for all aftersales employees within the Volvo Trucks' and Volvo Buses' global service network. What originally started in 1957 as a competition exclusively for Volvo technicians in Sweden, has since grown to become an international biennial event, and the largest competition for aftermarket personnel in the world. VISTA 2012-2013 involved 93 countries all over the globe, 17,000 dedicated workshop professionals, 4,471 highly motivated teams, and millions of training hours.

PRESS RELEASE: Service Campaign For Nissan X-Trail, Teana And Liberty With Takata Passenger Airbag

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM), the sole distributor and assembler of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, recently announced that together with Tan Chong Express Auto Service Centre (TCEAS), have undertaken a service campaign to notify its customers and replace an airbag inflator module for the front passenger airbag of affected Nissan vehicles. 

A total of 12,444 Nissan units in Malaysia are involved in the front passenger airbag inflator Service Campaign. They are:

1 May 2002 – Mar 2007
Aug 2004 – Sep 2004

This exercise does not affect the All-New Nissan X-Trail (T32) which was launched in Malaysia in January 2015, and all other current selling Nissan models.

ETCM, via TCEAS, will contact the owner of the affected Nissan vehicles directly. Alternatively, customers may also call the Customer Service Hotline at the Toll-Free line: 1800-88-3838 for further clarification or visit (click on ‘Owners’ tab followed by ‘Service Campaign’) to find out if their Nissan vehicle is involved in the service campaign. All labour and replacement parts for this service will be at no cost to owners.

ETCM would like to reaffirm that customer confidence and peace of mind is of utmost importance to the Company, and deeply regrets any inconvenience this may cause its valued customers. We would like to reiterate that ETCM and Nissan are committed to a high level of customer safety, service and satisfaction, and are both working together to promptly address this.

Friday, June 19, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Overwhelming Response For The Scania Driver Competition!!!

An unexpected number of people turned up at the Scania Driver Competition–MIBTC Edition (SDC-ME) that was held in conjunction with the recent Malaysia International Bus, Truck and Components Expo 2015. 

Held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre, the competition was open to anyone who wanted to have a go at driving a truck and participants had the opportunity to drive Scania P410 prime movers - the staple of Scania - to test their maneuvering skills.

More than 400 participants, who came from as far as the East Coast, were put through a challenging test that required them to drive the powerful yet fuel-efficient trucks around the competition course to complete a series of control and maneuvering skills with the least mistakes possible. 

For many of them it was the first time they had ever been inside the cabin of a truck, let alone drive one, which they did with the guidance of an official Scania Driver Trainer. 

There were four top drivers selected for each of the three days of the competition and they each received a genuine Scania sports bag. 

“I came to the MIBTC to source for supplies for my business, and after being encouraged by my friends I signed up as a contestant and just wanted to have some fun. I did not expect to win, but I’m sure glad I did,” said En.Ghazali Hussin who was one of the 12 top drivers. 

“Though it seemed that the competition was all fun, I was impressed by the coaching that the Scania Driver Trainer gave me throughout the competition and realised how serious Scania is in promoting safety for their customers and their drivers,” added the business owner from Terengganu.

A husband and wife team who came to the exhibition just to participate in the competition said they found out after learning about it from an email they had received. 

“When I found out that the competition was open to all truck drivers as well as driving license holders, I told my wife, to give it a go,” said En Zamri Abdul Rahman who works for a logistic company in Port Klang.

The SDC-ME was a successful prelude to the main event in October this year, which is the Scania Driver Competition 2014/2015 Malaysia-Singapore (SDC). 

The closing date for submission of entry forms for the professional drivers’ competition is on 31 July, 2015. 

“The fourth edition of the SDC is now open to all drivers of trucks and buses, besides Scania vehicle drivers, so it will be a bigger and more challenging environment this year, ” said Marketing and Communication Manager of Scania Southeast Asia, Ian Tan

“We are committed to elevating the status of all commercial vehicle drivers in Malaysia by increasing the standards of safety, fuel economy and environmentally-friendly concerns. The support from Government transport agencies such as the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Road Safety Department (JKJR) as Official Partners of the SDC; also Michelin Malaysia as Main Sponsor are testimonies to this commitment by Scania,” added Tan.

PRESS RELEASE: MY E.G. Launched MyMotor Automotive Portal!!

Malaysia’s leading e-Government services provider, MY E.G.Services Bhd has launched its new automotive portal (aka ‘MyMotor’). MyMotor is set to offer an integrated transactional online solution to vehicle ownership, a distinct advantage in the automotive online classifieds market filled with portals focused mainly on car listings. 

MyMotor will undertake the search for the best deals, ensure cars listed for sale are verified by a team of motoring experts, and more significantly, provide a comprehensive one-stop solution for all transactions required on a safe and secure platform, utilizing the existing framework established by MY E.G. Services Berhad. In this initial stage, MyMotor will be providing a free listing service for car sellers starting today. Dr Philip Ng, Managing Director for MyMotor said, “MyMotor is an absolute hassle-free online platform that brings both the buyer and sellers of vehicles together. 

It serves as a sales and purchasing assistant, easing the buying and selling transactions for customers. Unlike typical online classified advertising websites, MyMotor will assist the buyer and seller to complete the transaction from start to finish.” “We believe that MyMotor will radically change the way car sellers and buyers interact. We will come to you, assess your vehicle, and help you sell your car at the best price. If you're buying, you will get to choose real cars at real prices from their real owners.” He explained, “With the ever changing consumer buying behaviours, we identified an opportunity in the online marketplace for a one-stop centre where users can buy or sell a car, and have all transactions including vehicle financing, road tax, insurance and car ownership transfer done for you.” “Backed by Malaysia’s leading e-Government Services provider My E.G. Services Berhad, we have a solid track record and strong partnerships in place to ensure value-added services that no other online car websites can offer.” 

The website is targeted primarily at all car buyers and sellers comprising of individual owners, used car dealers as well as new car dealers and salespeople. For this Ramadhan period, the first 50 cars successfully purchased through MyMotor will receive RM3,000 cashback subject to approved vehicle financing. Promotion is valid until the end of Ramadhan or for the first 50 cars sold, whichever comes first. 

For more information, visit Customers can email or call 017-3556988 for assistance.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Nasim Opens Peugeot Dealership At Kajang

As part of its on-going nationwide network expansion exercise, Nasim Sdn Bhd launched its latest outlet in the country, Peugeot Kajang.

Peugeot Kajang is the fourth new outlet launched by Nasim this year and the eighteenth Peugeot outlet in the Klang Valley.

Owned and operated by MN Otomobil Sdn Bhd, the new 4S centre will serve several corners of the Klang Valley and the main areas surrounding Petaling Jaya, in particular the markets in Kajang, Bandar Baru Bangi, Baru 9 Cheras, Beranang, Hulu Langat, Semenyih, Seri Kembangan, UKM Bangi, Putrajaya and Cyberjaya.

With an investment of RM2.5 million, Peugeot Kajang measures 12,000 sq. ft. and features body and paint, free Wi-Fi and a lounge for its customers. The service centre has 13 bays with the capability to service up to 30 units per day.

“From the regional sales analysis, it was reported that there is a good market acceptance for Peugeot vehicles in Klang Valley. Sales in the state accounted for 47% of Peugeot’s national sales in 2014. The number of Peugeot cars registered in Kajang and its nearby vicinity recorded a total of 2,192 vehicles and the numbers will continue to grow,” said Dato’ Samson Anand George, Chief Operating Officer of Nasim Sdn Bhd.

“The setting up of more Peugeot centres will ensure sustainable sales growth with the support of innovative services and availability of parts at competitive pricing. Our network expansion will integrate sales, service and spare parts centre under one roof, making it extremely convenient for Peugeot owners,” he said.

Peugeot Kajang is part of Nasim’s rapid nationwide network expansion exercise for 2015 which has seen the launch of a 3S centre in Taiping, a 1S showroom in Petaling Jaya and a 2S service centre in Klang. Following Peugeot Kajang, Nasim is scheduled to launch one more outlet in East Malaysia by year end. These new outlets collectively will contribute to Nasim’s target of selling 4,200 units this year.

Nasim currently has a total of 43 outlets nationwide in operation since embarking on a rapid network expansion four years ago. This includes 18 outlets in the Klang Valley alone

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

PRESS RELEASE: Akashi Kikai, Most Advanced Engine Transmission Plant In Malaysia, Launched

Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most advanced Electronic Automatic Transmission (E-AT) plant was officially launched yesterday by the YAB Dato’ Seri Haji Mohamad Haji Hasan, Chief Minister of Negeri Sembilan, here yesterday.

The E-AT plant, which also supplies manual transmission engines as well as other components took an investment of RM200 million to build now supplies its products exclusively for Perodua.

“For this year, Perodua is targeting a new sales record of 208,000 vehicles and this means that we will be keeping Akashi Kikai very busy,” Perodua Chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin said. 

Also present was Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh.

On 7 March 2012, Akashi Kikai Co Ltd of Japan entered into an agreement with Negeri Sembilan’s Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) and developer BSS Development Sdn Bhd; to acquire land from Negeri Sembilan to construct the E-AT plant.

The land area acquired in total is 113,000 square meters and the plant’s initial size would be approximately 13,000 square metres, while the plant production capability is 200,000 units per year

“Akashi Kikai Industry (Malaysia) started a small volume production on March 3 last year, exactly 2 years after the signing. It (the new plant) expanded the production volume from last summer (August) and achieved stable and full-capacity production status this year,” Mr Noriyoshi Matsushita, President of Akashi Kikai Industry Co Ltd of Japan said at the launch. 

“During this period, we supplied more than 180,000 units of E-AT to Perodua. We also started the production of manual transmissions (at the request of Perodua),” he added.

Akashi-Kikai Industry shareholders consist of Japan-based Akashi-Kikai Industry co Ltd 51%, Daihatsu Motor Corporation Sdn Bhd 39% and Perodua 10%.

Daihatsu, through its subsidiary, Akashi Kikai Industry (M) Sdn Bhd allocated RM100 million for capital and now employs 200 staff. 

The plant is located in Sendayan TechValley, Seremban, Negeri Sembilan, which is approximately 2 hours away from Kuala Lumpur.

Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said that Akashi Kikai Industry (M) plant is an important milestone for Perodua’s 5-year strategic roadmap to become more competitive.

“We are very happy that Malaysia was chosen for this project as it shows that the country is still a viable investment destination for investors,” Aminar said.

He also said that this joint-venture company will effectively transfer high-end and high quality technology to Malaysia.

Aminar hopes that more local vendors will be given the opportunity by Daihatsu and Akashi Kikai Industry to participate in future models

NEW LAUNCHES: Naza Italia Launches The Ferrari 488GTB. Prices Starts From RM1,068mil!!!

NAZA Italia, official importer of the Ferrari brand in Malaysia, presented the Ferrari 488 GTB to the Malaysian market today, in a launch ceremony held at its newly-renovated NAZA Italia showroom. The Ferrari 488 GTB’s Malaysian debut comes just a few months after the model’s International Premiere in Geneva.

Present at the official launch ceremony were Datuk Wira Hj. SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin (Group Executive Chairman & Group CEO of NAZA World Group of Companies), Mr. Dieter Knechtel (Managing Director of Ferrari Far East), Mr. David Hector Ratnaike (Senior Vice President 2 of 4-Wheels Division, NAZA World Group of Companies) and Mr Wan Ahmad (Vice President 1 of NAZA Italia Sdn Bhd).

“The Ferrari 488 GTB provides a breathtaking 661bhp – the highest specific power output of any road-going Ferrari. Exceptionally powerful with greater fuel economy, this model is bound to be a new Malaysian favourite,” said Datuk Wira Hj. SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman & Group CEO, NAZA World Group of Companies.

The twin-turbocharged V8 Ferrari 488 GTB sets a new benchmark for the sports car sector. Forty years from the launch of Ferrari’s iconic first-ever mid-rear-engined V8 berlinetta, the 308, the Ferrari 488 GTB opens a new chapter in the history of cars with this particular architecture. 

“Available at the introductory base price excluding duty and options of RM 1,068,800.00 and with the interest it has sparked worldwide, we are confident that the Ferrari 488 GTB will turbocharge its way into the hearts of Malaysian Ferraristi,” stated Mr. David Hector Ratnaike, Senior Vice President 2 of 4-Wheels Division, NAZA World Group of Companies.

Credit for this achievement must go to the Ferrari 488 GTB’s revolutionary proprietary solutions which deliver a car at the top of its class in terms of power output (670 cv) with engine and command response times of just 0.8 and 0.06 seconds respectively. Significantly, however, sophisticated dynamic vehicle controls make this massive power completely controllable even on the limit by drivers of all abilities, resulting in the unique driving pleasure that only a Ferrari can deliver. 

Ferrari drew extensively too on its experience in both Formula One and endurance racing, bringing to the road the technology that delivered victory in two editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the title in the WEC (World Endurance Championship). Also pivotal was the XX programme in which Ferrari’s technicians have developed a unique knowledge of the dynamic behaviour of extreme cars driven by non-professional drivers. 

The 488 in the car’s moniker indicates the engine’s unitary displacement, while the GTB stands for Gran Turismo Berlinetta, a reference to its deep roots in Ferrari history. 

Designed by the Ferrari Style Centre, the Ferrari 488 GTB’s sculptural forms are completely new. They accentuate the car’s sportiness yet retain the classically clean, pure lines typical of Ferrari’s legendary styling. The seamless interweaving of form and function is clear in every detail, in fact. Certain design elements are also obvious nods to the past, not least the 308 GTB-inspired styling of the flanks.

The extreme power required by the car is delivered by the new 3902 cm3 turbo engine which is coupled with a seven-gear F1 dual-clutch gearbox featuring Variable Boost Management which optimally distributes torque (a maximum 760 Nm in seventh gear). The Ferrari 488 GTB guarantees exuberant performance that is absolutely exploitable to the fullest regardless of driving conditions and is accompanied by a deep, seductive soundtrack, the signature of all Ferrari engines. 

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s revolutionary aerodynamics incorporate patented solutions, such as the blown rear spoiler, as well as innovative features like the 458 GT-derived aerodynamic underbody with vortex generators. The result is a new efficiency record for a Ferrari (E=1.67). Downforce increases to 325 kg at 250 km/h, thanks in part to active aerodynamic devices which reduce drag whilst simultaneously generating downforce when required. 

The Ferrari 488 GTB’s dynamic vehicle controls have also been further evolved. It sports a new version of the Side Slip Control System (SSC2) which, aside from just integrating with the car’s F1-Trac and E-Diff, now also controls the active dampers. This renders the Ferrari 488 GTB’s dynamic behaviour during complex manoeuvres even flatter and more stable, so that less expert drivers can enjoy its potential to the fullest, resulting in an astonishingly engaging driving experience. 

The Ferrari 488 GTB makes its debut in a new Rosso Corsa Met livery with black and red technical fabric cabin trim.

Technical specifications 


Type V8 - 90° turbo – dry sump 

Total displacement 3902 cc (238,1 cu in) 

Bore and stroke 86.5 x 83 mm (3.4 x 3.3 in) 

Maximum power * 492 kW (670 CV) at 8000 rpm 

Maximum torque * 760 Nm at 3000 rpm in VII gear 

Specific output 172 cv/l (2.07 kW/cu in) 

Compression ratio 9.4:1 


Length 4568 mm (179.8 in) 

Width 1952 mm (76.9 in) 

Height 1213 mm (47.8 in) 

Wheelbase 2650 mm (104.3 in) 

Front track 1679 mm (66.1 in) 

Rear track 1647 mm (64.8 in) 

Kerb weight** 1475 kg (3252 lb) 

Dry weight** 1370 kg (3020 lb) 

Weight distribution 41.5% front – 58.5% rear 

Boot capacity 230 l (8.12 cu ft) 

Fuel tank capacity 78 l (22.7 US Gallon) 


Front 245/35 ZR20 J9.0 

Rear 305/30 ZR 20 J11.0 


Front 15.7 x 8.8 x 1.4 in 

Rear 14.2 x 9.2 x 1.3 in 


7-speed F1 dual-clutch transmission 


E-Diff3, F1-Trac, High Performance ABS with Ferrari Pre-Fill, FrS SCM-E, SSC 


Maximum speed > 330 km/h (205 mph) 

0 – 100 km/h (0 – 62 mph) 3.0 s 

0 – 200 km/h (0 – 124 mph) 8.3 s 

0 – 400 m (0 – 437 yd) 10.45 s 

0 – 1000 m (0 – 1093 yd) 18.7 s 

Dry weight/power ratio 2.04 kg/cv (6.13 lb/kW) 

Fiorano lap time 1’23”00 

CONSUMPTION *** 11.4 l/100 km 

C02 EMISSIONS*** 260 g/km 

* with 98 octane fuel 

**With optional equipment 

*** Combined cycle with HELE system (ECE+EUDC)

PRESS RELEASE: Suzuki Malaysia Automobiles Opens Booking For New Suzuki Swift

SUZUKI Malaysia Automobile Sdn Bhd, officially takes in pre-sale orders for the New SUZUKI Swift today. The latest fun-packed version of its bestselling compact hatch is world renowned for its dynamic performance on the road and keen handling. 

The refreshed B-Segment compact car is now available for booking with three variants namely GA, GL and GLX. “Holding true to our motto of ‘Swift FUN 365’, the New SUZUKI Swift exudes fun-filled excitement and is set to capture each driver’s enjoyment of discovering new driving experiences - every single day of the year,” said Mr. Keiichi Suzuki, Managing Director of Suzuki Malaysia Automobile. 2 “We are passionate in our mission to deliver the very best to our customers. 

Customized specifically to meet the needs of drivers who will not compromise on quality, this new version of the Swift provides a fun, stylish ride whether in the city or countryside, while maintaining superior fuel economy. The New SUZUKI Swift is a zippy ride and a perfect match for young Malaysian drivers, as it emulates their active urban lifestyles,” he added. 

Featuring a sleek restyled bumper design, cool signature LED lighting (GLX) and fog lamps, sporty 16-inch alloy rims (GLX) and a bright splash of the new ‘Lagoon Turquoise’ car color, the updated Swift delivers a greater fun ride by combining automotive exhilaration with effortless style. 

The three variants of the New Swift includes: 

New SUZUKI Swift GA – a brand new offering for the entry level, the Swift GA sports a new bumper design, 15-inch steel rims, as well as a tyre repair kit. The GA is currently available only in Bayside Blue. 

New SUZUKI Swift GL – incorporating all the features of the previous GLX model, the unique features of the Swift GL include a new bumper design with a sleek silver garnish, side-body indicators and 16-inch alloy rims. It also provides the standard audio and manual control airconditioning system. The GL is available in Supreme Red, Olive Gray, Bayside Blue, Superior White and the exclusive brand new color, Lagoon Turquoise. 

New SUZUKI Swift GLX – The Swift GLX model comes with fog lamps embedded in a new bumper design with stylish LED lights, retractable side mirrors with indicators, 16-inch alloy rims in a funky new design, keyless entry with Push Start System, new touch screen audio system with navigation features, automatic climate control air-conditioning, tilt and telescopic adjustable steering wheel with audio controllers and 6 speakers for a truly enjoyable ride. The GLX is available in Lagoon Turquoise, Supreme Red, Olive Gray, Bayside Blue and Superior White. 

All three models run on a 1.4 litre petrol engine with a maximum output of 95PS (70kW)/6,000rpm and offer a 5.2m minimum turning radius, making it the perfect city compact. Drivers can also expect a full range of the standard Swift features such as a 42L large fuel tank capacity, 211 litres 3 (Seatback Raised) luggage capacity, dual SRS airbags, Brake Assist (BA) Function and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Braking Distribution System (EBD). 

The New SUZUKI Swift is estimated with starting price: 

1) New SUZUKI Swift GA: From RM 59,000++ (On The Road with GST, without insurance) 

2) New SUZUKI Swift GL: From RM 65,000++ (On The Road with GST, without insurance) 

3) New SUZUKI Swift GLX: From RM 73,000++ (On The Road with GST, without insurance) Owners of the Swift will enjoy a 5-year warranty or 150,000km. 

To test drive the New Swift, be sure to catch the SUZUKI FUN365 roadshows on 

25 – 28 June 2015 at Sunway Pyramid

2 – 5 July 2015 at Gurney Plaza in Penang

24 – 26 July 2015 at City Square, Johor Bahru, 

30 July – 1 August 2015 at Mydin Gong Badak in Kuala Terengganu

3 – 9 August 2015 at Low Yat Plaza Kuala Lumpur

12 – 16 August 2015 at Midvalley Megamall.

PRESS RELEASE: Malaysian Crowned New KIA Global Ambassador By KIA Motors Corporation

NAZA KIA MALAYSIA, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia, has announced the new Kia Global Ambassador.

Conceived by Kia Motors Corporation, other countries aside from Malaysia privileged to be part of the Kia Global Ambassador program include Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Iraq, Palestine, Brazil, Paraguay, Russia and South Africa.

Lim Chee Kin from Shah Alam, Selangor, was personally selected by Kia Motors Corporation as Kia Global Ambassador.

“With over 2,600 followers on social media, Mr Lim Chee Kin’s active postings show that he is passionate about the brand. This is a positive indicator that Kia has elevated the quality of aftersales from the past and will continue to do so well into the future. Potential and current Kia customers are certain to be won over by Mr Lim Chee Kin’s infectious love of the brand,” said Asrul Affendi, Head of Service Operations, Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

A fan of the brand since 2011, Mr Lim Chee Kin is a proud owner of the Rio SX who active promotes Kia across all social media platforms, which proved to be the deciding factor in the decision to name him brand ambassador. 

“We pay close attention to our customers, as evident by our commitment to Family-Like Care and annual Kia Go-Xtra campaign. Kia fans are encouraged to declare their excitement for the brand. We look forward to having more Kia Global Ambassadors from Malaysia in the years to come,” he added.

As Kia Global Ambassador, Mr Lim Chee Kin received an ambassador sticker, plaque, Kia exclusive merchandise and RM1,000 service voucher. Other benefits comprise awards eligibility, early updates on new car launches and special event invitations.

Kia Global Ambassadors are customers who share their positive experiences with Kia across Kia’s social media platforms and social channels as well as on their own personal social media channels with friends and families.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Announces Winner of Toyota Buy & Win and Test Drive & Win Contest

The first two groups of winners of the Toyota Buy & Win and Test Drive & Win lucky draw contest have already been announced at UMW Toyota’s website at

To date, 50 lucky visitors to Toyota’s showrooms have won themselves an iPad Mini 16GB by simply test driving a Toyota. 

The lucky draw is part of Toyota’s Test Drive & Win Contest. To qualify, customers only need to test drive any Toyota model at any of our showrooms nationwide and fill up a form. Every two weeks 25 lucky winners will be selected to win an iPad Mini each. 

Meanwhile, another 100 proud owners of a new Toyota were pleasantly surprised when they were told that their cars came with an iPhone 6 Plus. 

One of them was Mr. Lim Peng Ho, proud owner of a new Toyota Camry Hybrid. 

“I was really surprised that I had won a prize from this contest. I have joined many contests before but this is my first time winning a prize. I have owned nine Toyota models in the past 24 years. I stayed loyal to Toyota because they have always treated me well and the maintenance of my cars are very easy. I did not expect to win anything so I was very excited when I received the news,” said Mr. Lim.

At the same time, another 20 more lucky winners are also in the running to win a trip to Japan this November.

As part of the Buy & Win Contest, customers who purchased any Toyota model between now until 30th June 2015 will qualify for a lucky draw to win an iPhone 6 Plus. Every two weeks, 50 lucky winners will be selected. 

At the end of this contest, 20 more lucky winners will be selected for the grand prize trip to the Tokyo Motor Show 2015. The winners will enjoy a 5-day and 4-night trip to Tokyo. Each winner is also allowed to bring along one partner for the trip. 

There's no better way to celebrate your entry into the Toyota family than to be in the company of a select group of privileged individuals to witness the world debut of Toyota's latest ground-breaking concept cars. 

The Toyota Buy & Win and Test & Win contest started on 1-May 2015 and will end on 30-June 2015. With less than three weeks to go before the contest ends, visiting a Toyota showroom this weekend might just get you lucky. 

The next draw will take place on 17-June. The names of the winners will be announced on our website.

There are still 100 more iPhone 6 Plus up for grabs, and 50 more iPad Mini 16GB, not forgetting the 20 grand prize trip to Japan.

PRESS RELEASE: Rebates, Savings And Much More Await At Citroen Glenmarie Raya Carnival

Citroen Malaysia is currently running their Raya aftersales promotion until July 31, 2015. Citroen’s Glenmarie 3S centre can expect desirable rebates, five years free service, early bird incentives, attractive rebates, 0.88% interest rate and free gifts for test drives when they book an award-winning model from Citroen’s C-line and DS line.

With up to RM20,000 worth of savings and shopping vouchers worth up to M9,000 up for grabs, now is the best time to own a Citroen. Choose from highly-admired Citroen and DS models ranging from the Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, DS3, DS4 and DS5. 

Spin and win prizes as an extra privilege for customers who have made successful bookings. Other activities include a finance booth to seek quick financial advice and approvals. There is free tint for every booking as an Early Bird gift. 

A children play area will be set up for families with youngsters while on the spot car valuation will also be offered. Exclusive to Citroen Glenmarie, refreshments will be served at the carnival from La Famiglia pasta and Gong Cha bubble tea food trucks.

Other participating outlets are Citroen Johor Bahru for visitors located in the Southern Region and Citroen Juru for visitors located in the Northern Region.

In an exclusive preview, visitors will be treated to a first look at the new DS3. Equipped with the latest LED Vision technology, breakthrough styling and connected navigation system , the new DS3 is set to make an unforgettable impression when it makes its official debut later this year.

Before the rush of balik kampung starts, Citroen owners can schedule an appointment at nationwide Citroen service centres. Offers include up to 30% discount on parts, free 15-point safety inspection and complimentary gifts during this period.

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Tweckbot Service Back For Upcoming Festive Celebration

Perodua will be providing a free 50-point safety check to all Perodua vehicles at selected locations in conjunction with the upcoming Ramadan month and Aidil Fitri celebrations. 

Perodua is launching its second Tweckbot programme this year ahead of Ramadan to help ensure Perodua vehicles travelling to their hometowns to celebrate the first day of Ramadan are ready for the long journey.

“Ramadan and the subsequent Aidil Fitri celebration is a special time for Malaysians, particularly the Muslims, as some travel to their respective Kampungs to spend the first days of Ramadan together with their loved ones,” Perodua President & CEO, Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

The Tweckbot programme, which was introduced in 2011, was a first for Perodua whereby it engages its customers via social media to offer free safety inspections at specified time, date and locations.

The programme was modified during the Chinese New Year celebration this year to reach out to more Perodua owners by using both new and traditional media to announce the time and location of the Tweckbot team. 

Aminar said the Tweckbot 2015 Chinese New Year programme attracted nearly 500 Perodua owners to check their cars before and after the festivities.

“We hope our customers will participate in this programme and we hope that they will continue to drive safely and responsibly,” Aminar said

The locations of the Tweckbot teams are as follows:

East Coast region:

12-14th June – Kuantan Parade, Kuantan

30, 31 July & 1 August - Giant K.Terengganu, Giant Gong Badak , Terengganu

Central region:

12 -14th June – Giant Shah Alam, Shah Alam

31 July, 1 & 2 August - Giant Shah Alam, Shah Alam

Terms and Conditions:

The Tweckbot team ONLY carries out the inspection of the vehicle and they would further give advice to the owner on whether or not the vehicle needs to be serviced or is due for repairs. 

The 50-points safety check includes an engine check, transmission check, coolant system (include coolant level as well as fan and temperature), brake system check (include brake fluid and brake pad wear), power steering system check, clutch system check, tyre check, suspension system check, electrical system check (include battery, lights and wiper checks) and engine diagnosis.

A 20 % discount for parts and accessories will be given to all those vehicles that return to our authorized service branches and dealers. (Terms and conditions apply)
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