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Thursday, May 4, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Kicks In The Toyota Go 2017 Roadshow!!

The Toyota GO 2017 Roadshow got off to an exciting start in early April at Aeon Kinta City, Ipoh, and it continues on in the month of May. The event is UMW Toyota Motor’s way of ‘bringing the Toyota showroom to the public’ so that they can see and experience the latest range of Toyota passenger cars, SUVs, pick-ups and MPVs.

“Thousands of people from Ipoh and the surrounding areas visited the TOYOTA GO 2017 event and we were very pleased with the interest shown. Departing from the usual roadshow where there are just new models on display and test-drives offered, we also have fun activities so that all the family can have a good time,” said Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor.

During the month of May, TOYOTA GO 2017 will be at seven locations, including three in East Malaysia. The locations and dates are shown on the chart below:

10am – 10pm
AEON Mall, Shah Alam
10am – 10pm
Angsana Mall, Johor Bahru
9am – 9pm
Boulevard Mall Outdoor Carpark, Miri
10am – 10pm
East Coast
AEON Mall, Kota Bharu
9am – 9pm
Sibu Gateway, Sibu
10am – 10pm
East Coast
Stadium Darul Makmur, Kuantan
9am – 9pm
Travillion, Kuching

Visitors can learn more about the wide range of Toyota models available from the Toyota Sienta compact MPV to the best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia the Toyota Hilux. Test-drives are available for all the models so that visitors can find out why, at Toyota, it’s all about the drive. Those who wish to make a purchase will find that they can save money or get some extras if they book at the event.

TOYOTA GO 2017 also serves as a ‘one-stop solution’ for both owners as well as those who wish to own a Toyota vehicle. Advisors will be on hand to provide information on financing packages for hire-purchase loans while TopMark (a subsidiary of UMW Toyota Motor) will have offerings of quality pre-owned Toyota models and evaluate customers’ cars for trade in.

Those who are owners can learn more about other 10-star benefits from UMW Toyota Motor. These include Careplus packages for their servicing needs and professional repainting and repairing services at Toyota Body & Paint facilities around Malaysia. They can also find out if their vehicle is on the list for any Special Service Campaign. Should their vehicle require the replacement of the inflator module of the Takata airbag system, the replacement can be done at the venue.

This year will see Toyota being directly involved in motorsports in Malaysia. In August, there will be the first of a series of one-make races known as the Toyota Vios Challenge. These races will be part of the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival. At TOYOTA GO event there will be a specially-prepared Vios racing car for public viewing (only in peninsular Malaysia). At selected locations, popular celebrities participating in the Toyota Vios Challenge will also be present.

For the rest of the family, there are fun activities like an Outdoor Night Theatre and Petting Zoo (selected locations only). Both adults and their children can take part in many activities and stand a chance to win great prizes.

NEW CAR: Kia Grand Carnival. A Practical Luxury

There comes a time in most of our lives where everything from the way you dress to the car you drive goes through a major paradigm shift. While continuing to wear the sneakers is largely fine, a car tight on space becomes obsolete and impractical. A growing family and commitments at this point in life is usually followed by the arrival of an MPV. 

Of the many MPVs already in the market, the latest one has moved the game up a notch through added convenience, lots of style and smoking performance. The recently launched 2017 Kia Grand Carnival is the latest MPV in Malaysia, and the current third generation Grand Carnival is probably the most stylish and fun to drive ever from the Korean car maker. 

From the outside, the Grand Carnival makes its presence felt by its sheer size alone. It is like shaking hands with someone who has big hands, you notice it immediately. And then you notice the next thing about the Grand Carnival, and that would be its bold good-looks, like the signature ‘Schreyer Grille’ and the sleek white LED daytime running lights. It actually gives this one-time mundane MPV a touch of much welcomed modernity. 

And besides good looks and an imposing presence, the other feature that every MPV should have is power-sliding doors. Of course Kia understands that and the top of the line Grand Carnival comes with powered doors that are easily operated at the touch of a button. There is nothing quite like stepping out of a large MPV without the hassle of having to open and shut the doors yourself, it is like having your own personal valet. 

The Grand Carnival sits eight regular sized people comfortably, and access to the third row seats is done by simply pulling on a lever. You have a choice of opting for fabric seats or the plush, smooth dual-tone leather seats – the latter gives the Grand Carnival a true upmarket ambiance that rivals the most luxurious of MPVs. 

Comfort is the name of the game and the Grand Carnival is one of the best players. All passengers are kept cool and comfortable by their own dedicated air-conditioning vents. Cool, crisp air is distributed throughout the cabin, and no passenger is left hopelessly uncomfortable as passengers seated in any of the three rows will be able to choose their own temperature. 

Then of course there is the entertainment factor, which again the Grand Carnival does not skimp out on with a six-speaker system that is connected to a touch-screen entertainment system with a 4.3-inch TFT colour screen. This system lets you connect a USB disk and even has AUX connectivity. But that is not the best part about the Grand Carnival. 

The fact that this MPV has ample storage room deserves a paragraph to itself. The centre storage space between the driver and passenger alone is able to fit your Louis Vuitton Neverfull handbag, or your 13-inch Macbook. This is particularly useful for keeping your handbag away from the snatching hands and prying eyes of thieves. There are also other cubby holes scattered around the cabin that makes this MPV practical for the children or for nights out with the friends. 

And with the seats folded up, the interior of the Grand Carnival transforms into the perfect companion for trips to Ikea (say goodbye to those exorbitant transport fees) as it will easily fit a two-seat sofa, and the electrically powered booth makes opening and closing as simple as touching a button. And there is also enough space inside to stack four golf bags vertically without compromising sitting space for your golfing buddies. Did we mention that the Grand Carnival is big on practicality as well? Well it is. Very practical!

Driving the Grand Carnival is a breath of fresh air as it is the perfect balance of power and fuel economy. On one side is the ease of driving such a big MPV. The driver’s seat is adjustable in 12 different ways, making it super easy to find your perfect sitting position without any blind spots hindering your line of sight. And then there is the fact that the 2.2-litre diesel engine gives you 190hp and 440Nm of torque. If that sounds like gibberish to you, it basically means the Grand Carnival offers decent amounts of power without guzzling too much fuel, because diesels are frugal engines. 

On the road, the steering is light and precise, you really do not feel the size of this thing at all. Parking is a breeze too as it comes equipped with front and rear sensors as well as a reverse camera. Falling short of having someone else park the car for you, you really do not need much else. 

And of course, safety is top notch too. The Kia Grand Carnival comes standard with electronic safety nets like stability control that gives you maximum control in all situations; there is the anti-braking system that lets you stir the car when the wheels lock up. Then there is the hill start assist that prevents the car from rolling backwards on a hill, and topping it all off are six airbags conveniently placed at the front and at the sides of the Grand Carnival to protect passengers from any side impact. Also important for day to day driving and safety are the daytime running lights that ensure oncoming cars and motorcycles are able to see you, as well as the projector headlamp that do a brilliant job at illuminating the road ahead. 

Topping it all off is what seems like a bargain of a price. With seemingly everything you could want in a top end MPV, the Kia Grand Carnival starts from just RM153,888 for the basic model that does not offer luxuries like the leather seats, powered doors, reverse camera, electronic driver’s seat, among others. Then there is the mid-range model called the 2.2 CRDI KX priced at RM169,888 and the top of the range 2.2 CRDI EX priced at RM185,888 which comes with everything just mentioned. 

The relationship with Kia does not just begin and end with buying the Grand Carnival. The company will even take care of your MPV through its five-year, unlimited mileage warranty program, and it even has a special financing program designed to help you own this car. If there ever has been a real good deal on an MPV, it is happening right now with the Kia Grand Carnival. 

NEW LAUNCHES: New Nissan X-Trail Aero Edition Launched!!

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) recently launched a premium version of its ever popular NISSAN X-Trail. 

The New X-Trail Aero Edition is priced at RM141,428,96* (2.0L 2WD Aero Edition) and RM163,616.06* (2.5L 4WD Aero Edition), and comes with 7 years, unlimited mileage warranty, whilst the accessories that are factory fitted comes with a 3 years or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first). 

The latest version of the aero parts is specially designed by TOMEI Motor Co., Ltd, a distinguished Japanese brand renowned for its technology and performance in motorsports. It includes a front aero bumper, side under spoilers and rear aero bumper for a commanding first impression. The Aero Edition also comes with gloss black 5-spoke 17” alloy wheels and luxurious brown Nappa leather seats which adds sophistication to its interior. 

Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM said, “The X-Trail has been the No.1 best-selling SUV in Malaysia (Year 2015 and Year 2016), and we believe that the New X-Trail Aero Edition will appeal to those wanting a more premium and luxurious Japanese SUV.”

In conjunction with Tan Chong 60th anniversary, ETCM is offering customers attractive deals on the New X-Trail Aero Edition with options comprising of savings up to RM6,000 or Raya rebates of RM4,500 with RM1.00 promotion for an 8” Multimedia Navigator. 

Existing NISSAN X-Trail owners who are interested may also opt for an upgrade to the Aero Edition. Please call 03-4047 8786 or email 

For more information, visit or visit any NISSAN Showroom nationwide. 

*on-the-road price including GST, without insurance for Peninsular Malaysia.

OTR Price inclusive GST, without Insurance
Peninsular Malaysia
RM 141,428.96
RM 143,389.79
RM 143,389.79
RM 102,196.20
RM 102,805.10

OTR Price inclusive GST, without Insurance
Peninsular Malaysia
RM 163,616.06
RM 165,709.14
RM 165,709.14
RM 116,800.50
RM 117,478.60

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Launched The Bezza In Mauritius

Perodua launches the Bezza in Mauritius, making this island nation the second export destination for Malaysia’s bestselling sedan through its authorised distributor Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd.

The Perodua Bezza variants launched in Mauritius include the 1.0L (automatic transmission and manual transmission); and the 1.3L Premium X (automatic transmission and manual transmission).

“Mauritius is a strategic destination for us as this country is one of the most popular tourist destination spots in the world and having the Perodua Bezza here would give it the global exposure that it needs,” Perodua President & Chief Executive Officer, Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh said. 

The launch of the Perodua Bezza in Mauritius was held at Rauf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd’s sales showroom at Port-Louis, Mauritius’ capital yesterday and was hosted by the distributor’s Managing Director Mr Raouf Dusmohamud. 

The Bezza 1.0L manual transmission is priced at 562,884 Mauritian Rupees (RM70,405.35) while the Bezza 1.0L automatic transmission is priced at 589,268 Mauritian Rupees (RM 73,705.45). 

The Bezza 1.3L Premium X manual transmission is priced at 657,699 Mauritian Rupees (RM 82,264.78) while the Bezza 1.3L automatic transmission is priced at 684,990 Mauritian Rupees (RM 85,678.33).

“We target to sell on average 168 units of the Perodua Bezza per month (2, 016 units over a period of 1 year) targeting car rental businesses, city taxis, young professionals and those with young families,” Dusmohamud said.

“The Bezza is an exceptional car as it is fuel efficient, has low cost of ownership, spacious, well designed and well made. We believe this model will be well accepted here,” Dusmohamud added. 

With the introduction of the Bezza to Mauritius, Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd now distributed three Perodua models which are the Axia, Alza and Bezza.

Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd was appointed Perodua’s authorised distributor in 1996 and have sold over 2,000 Perodua vehicles (from 1996 to 2016) with the Perodua Viva as its bestselling model with 711 units sold between 2008 and 2014. 

The vehicles distributed by Raouf Dusmohamud & Co Ltd include the Perodua Kancil, Rusa, Kelisa, Kembara, Myvi, Viva, Axia, Alza and Bezza.

PRESS RELEASE: Nine Year Old Boys Wins A Peugeot 408 2.0!!

It was definitely an unforgettable day for lucky nine year old Muhammad Farhan Hakimi bin Mohammad Nor who participated in the 3rd Perlis Marathon. He won a brand new Peugeot 408 2.0 worth close to RM110,000. 

The nine year old student from Sekolah Kebangsaan Kampong Serdang, Simpang Empat, Perlis was the grand lucky draw winner of the 2017 Perlis Marathon sponsored by Naza Corporation Holdings for the past three years. 

The youngest child of six, Muhammad Farhan participated in the 5km category and was all excited and gear up for the marathon held this morning. His love for sports has been embedded in him at a very young age especially running. 

His mother, Sakinah Bt Md Isa said, "We are grateful to Naza Corporation Holdings for sponsoring the Peugeot 408 as it is like a dream come true for the family. She also added that this wonderful surprise will be kept for their own use especially for the upcoming Hari Raya celebration.

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Opens New Outlet In Kota Samarahan

Perodua through its newly appointed dealer, MD Worlds Sdn Bhd, opens its 199th sales outlet (including sales sub outlets) here recently to further expand the national compact carmaker’s presence in East Malaysia.

“East Malaysia is an important market for us as there is a lot of untapped potential here particularly with all the development projects planned by the federal and state government,” Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Dato’ Dr. Zahari Husin said.

The outlet was officially opened by the Sarawak Chief Minister YAB Datuk Amar Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg and was attended by MD Motors Managing Director and owner Mr Freddy Numan Lawan. 

Dato’ Dr. Zahari said that the opening of MD Worlds was based on its experience in the automotive industry and its knowledge of the market in the state.

For the first quarter of 2017, Perodua sold a total of 50,300 vehicles, of which only 5% comes from East Malaysia.

“We are looking to further increase that number by improving our currently sales operations as well as expanding our operations with partners such as MD Worlds,” Dato’ Dr Zahari said.

“We are pleased to be a part of the Perodua family and expect to further expand this sales showroom to a full fledge 3S (sales, service and spare parts) centre by the end of next year,” Freddy said.

He said that Perodua, which is the number 1 automotive company for 11 years running, set a high standard for players to be granted a dealership.

“The road was challenging but we have met Perodua’s requirement and committed to grow this company.” 

“I also wish to thank the Sarawak Chief Minister for officiating our showroom and we look forward to further working with the state government to further grow entrepreneurship in the state,” Freddy said.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Lucky Doctor Wins Kia "Buy A Car, Win A Kia" Contest!!

It was definitely an unforgettable day for a lucky customer Dr Atiqah Farah Zakaria who booked the Kia Grand Carnival at the Malaysia Autoshow 2016 won a Kia Rio Sedan worth RM74,000 at a price giving ceremony held during the launch of Malaysia Autoshow 2017. 

The ear, nose and throat specialist was the winner of the “Buy a Car, Win a Kia” contest sponsored by Naza Kia Malaysia Sdn Bhd. 

“This is a wonderful surprise and a sheer coincidence that I am now winning another Kia car as I had booked the Kia Grand Carnival at the autoshow,” said Dr Atiqah, mother of five children who added that she would be using the Kia Rio as a daily working car while the Grand Carnival will be reserved for weekend trips to her hometown in Melaka.

NEW LAUNCHES: Naza Kia Launched The Kia Sorento and Kia Sportage Diesel Variant!!

Naza Kia Malaysia, the official distributor of KIA vehicles in Malaysia has once again pushed the envelope of diesel vehicles locally with the introduction of The New Sorento HS Turbo Diesel and New Sportage GT Turbo Diesel. Both vehicles are in all Kia showrooms nationwide. 

The diesel-powered variants of the Kia Sorento and Kia Sportage are powered by the 2.2 CRDi (Common Rail Direct Injection) and 2.0 AWD GT CRDi engines that deliver 440Nm and 400Nm of torque accordingly. The improved fuel efficiency for both models can result in traveling close to 1,000km on a full tank. 

New Sorento HS Turbo Diesel 

Delivering a premium look and feel, the New Sorento HS Turbo Diesel effortlessly blends style, practicality and technology. 

The evolutionary styling changes subtly alter the character of the New Sorento, highlighting its sleek and dynamic bodyline profile, thus creating a sophisticated continental appearance and ensuring the New Sorento has a commanding road presence. The face of the New Sorento incorporates projector HIID with adaptive light system headlamps as well as a huge radiator grille, with a distinctive three-dimensional cubic mesh pattern. The New Sorento is also equipped with 19-inch premium allow chrome wheels.

The styling of the New Sorento’s cabin follows a 'modern and wide' theme, providing the interior with a stable, horizontal layout and appearance. Its leather upholstery creates a modern luxury feel to the cabin and gives the New Sorento a genuine premium vehicle ambience. 

The New Sorento has a number of advanced on-board technologies to improve convenience and further enhance the ownership experience including an interactive Multimedia Infotainment System, 7-inch TFT LCD screen on the supervision cluster, a smart power tailgate, 10-way power assisted driver seat, seat variations for the 7-seater, Smart Parking Assist System, Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), electronic parking brake and drive mode select system, allowing the driver to choose from Normal, Eco or Sport. 

Equipped with an R 2.2 CRDi engine which produces 200 PS and 440 Nm of torque, the engine is mated with a six-speed automatic transmission. 

The front suspension is fitted with Macpherson Struts to improve ride quality while the rear suspension is fitted with a Multi-Link suspension which incorporates both superior ride and handling stability. 

Occupants can expect class-leading safety features designed for maximum protection in all variants such as six airbags, vehicle stability management (VSM), electronic stability control (ESC), anti-lock brake system (ABS) and hill-start assist control (HAC), all encompassed in an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body structure. This high level of safety helped the All-New Sorento achieve five star ratings from Euro NCAP and NHTSA NCAP as well as was selected as IIHS’s Top Safety Pick. 

The colours available range from Imperial Bronze (new), Snow White Pearl, Aurora Black Pearl and Silky Silver. The New Sorento HS Turbo Diesel 2.2L CRDI is priced at RM191,888. It comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. Terms and conditions apply.

New Sportage GT

Meanwhile, the New Sportage offers breathtakingly distinct design, an attractive interior, cutting-edge technology and advanced features.

Like its petrol variant, the new ‘GT Line’ specification is available to Sportage customers. Designed and engineered to appeal to those looking for a sportier driving experience from their Sportage, the GT Line specification delivers all the versatility of the Sportage while adding greater visual and dynamic appeal to those customers that desire it.

The New Sportage features a bold new look that exudes a sense of sporty and powerful energy from every angle. Echoing the contrast of smooth and sharp shapes found on some of the most iconic modern fighter jets, the New Sportage creates visual harmony out of the tension between sharp, defined feature lines and smooth surfacing.

Its distinctive new 'face' emanates a seductive force thanks to its elegantly designed headlamps with LED daytime running lights, ice cube LED fog lamps and Kia's hallmark 'Schreyer' grille. The New Sorento is also equipped with 19-inch premium allow chrome wheels.

This diesel variant also boasts an elegant interior that beautifully mixes innovation, comfort and world-class design infused with premium materials. The refined driver-oriented cockpit promises optimal control by maximising clever functionality. The result is an interior that majors on refinement and modern sophistication with greater soundproofing measures adopted to reduce significantly the intrusion of exterior noise.

A range of advanced on-board technologies improve the ownership experience. This includes the Multimedia Infotainment System, 6-speaker sound system, a supervision cluster with a large 4.2-inch TFT-LCD screen and driver and passenger power seats.

Exemplary performance comes in the form of the New Sportage GT Turbo Diesel’s 2.0-liter CRDi engine, producing 185 ps and 400Nm torque with Dynamax AWD and mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Dynamax AWD offers a higher level of safety by intelligently distributing traction forces. 

The front suspension is fitted with Macpherson Struts to enhance steering response and provide a comfortable ride feel. The rear suspension is fitted with a Multi-Link suspension that boosts ride comfort and driving stability. 

Its top-of-the-line essential safety features provide a comfortable environment for occupants while emphasising optimal convenience. These safety features include six airbags, anti-lock brake system (ABS), electronic stability control (ESC), vehicle stability control (VSC) and hill-start assist control (HAC), all encompassed in an Advanced High Strength Steel (AHSS) body structure. This resulted in a maximum safety rating score of five-stars in the Euro NCAP crash performance tests.

The New Sportage was also a proud winner at the J.D. Power’s Vehicle Dependability Study, 2016 ‘Red Dot Awards’ for Product Design and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's top award for Top Safety Pick+ in 2016.

Available in Cherry Black, Mercury Blue, Fiery Red, Snow White Pearl and Mineral Silver, the All-New Sportage 2.0L AWD GT CRDi is priced at RM159,888. This variants come with five years warranty with unlimited mileage. Terms and conditions apply.

PRESS RELEASE: Perodua Bezza Recognised By Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia

Majlis Rekabentuk Malaysia (MRM), an agency under the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI), has recognised the Perodua Bezza as the best car under the “Public Areas and Transport Products” category of 2016.

In a ceremony to recognise the best Malaysian design last evening, MRM celebrates the various local industries in the country which carries out continuous Research & Development activities to produce innovative products.

“This recognition is a testament to our hard work to produce a truly Malaysian vehicle with global standards,” Perodua President & Chief Executive Officer Datuk (Dr) Aminar Rashid Salleh said.

The Perodua Bezza was also awarded the 2017 Frost & Sullivan Malaysia Car of the Year and the 2017 Frost and Sullivan 2017 Malaysia Debut Car of the Year recently.

“These endorsements will help us to further improve ourselves and our capabilities to meet and hopefully exceed our customers’ expectations as we believe in constant improvement in all our activities,” Aminar said. 

To commemorate this recognition, The MRM presented its “Malaysia Good Design Mark” (MGDM) award to Perodua at “The “Malaysia Good Design Mark” (MGDM) Award Ceremony – 2016/2017 held on 18 April. 

The event was attended by the Deputy Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, YB Datuk Wira Dr Abu Bakar bin Mohamad Diah.

The Perodua Bezza’s upper body is the first fully designed car by Perodua and is the national compact car company’s first sedan with Energy Efficient Vehicle (EEV) status. 

The Perodua Bezza was launched on 21st July 2016 and is the bestselling sedan for the first quarter of 2017 with over 15,900 units sold. The Perodua Bezza has sold about 50,900 units since it was launched in July last year.

“We are humbled by the strong support from the public for the Perodua Bezza and we would like to thank all our stakeholders including our customers for the strong support given to Perodua,” Aminar said.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: RL360° Committed To The Sponsorship Of RL360° Quantum TT Superstock Race

The longest running sponsor of the Isle of Man TT Races, RL360°, has once again committed with the event with another deal to sponsor the RL360° Quantum TT Superstock Race in 2017. RL360°’s association with the TT began in 2002 and this year will be the company’s 16th consecutive year of sponsorship as the event’s Official Life Assurance and Pensions partner.

Simon Pack, RL360°’s Sales Director, said: “No matter where we travel around the world people have heard of the Isle of Man through the TT. We are both sponsors and huge fans here at RL360°. The Races have an incredible heritage and an exciting future, two things we believe our company has in common with the event.

“We are proud to cement yet another year of RL360°’s proud association with the TT and we will be taking the opportunity to promote the racing amongst our key contacts around the world. Once again we will also be hosting a visit to the Isle of Man by a large group of these stakeholders, who will no doubt react as positively to the spectacle of the TT as our past guests have.

PRESS RELEASE: Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Opens "Hino Total Support Customer Centre", First Outside Of Japan!!

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd today has officially opened its RM8 million upgraded Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC) which is set to be the catalyst for the company’s next level of business growth in the region.

HTSCC is built on a 39,600 square metre of land size is the first in the world outside of Japan is built with international standard specifications from Japan to assist its customers who need to comply with the Malaysia’s government Safety, Health and Environment Code of Practice (SHE COP) with the aims for HTSCC to reach a capacity of 2000 trainings annually. These trainings are open for truck or heavy duty vehicle drivers who will be trained with highly ethical driving skills to reduce the number of accidents, complaints and summonses and ultimately to save precious lives and business costs.

Mr. Ken Iwamoto, Managing Director, Hino Motor Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd said, “The upgraded facility reaffirms our commitment to continue our investment in Malaysia as we intend to make this facility as the catalyst for our local customers and those in the region. It will be a showcase of a tried and tested way to save lives, reduce accidents and business costs. 

Quoting Ministry of Transport statistics, he highlighted that road accidents cost Malaysia an estimated RM9.21 billion in the year 2016 with a total of 521,466 accidents recorded, an increase from 489,606 in 2015. Out of these road accidents, a total of 80.6 per cent were caused by human error. In 2016 itself, a total of 7,152 people died in road accidents in Malaysia, an alarming jump from 6,706 deaths in the year before. 

The upgraded facility is now built with more difficult obstacles for endurance and technical skill tests such as slopped road for hill driving, banked road for medium speed cornering, professional driving track, wet handing and panic brake facility as well as a 830 meter driving track. 

The centre also comes with a maintenance service bay, an open space canteen and a gallery to increase customers’ and public awareness on the history of Hino as a company, its technological revolutions and product advancement. Hino has been established in Malaysia for the past 40 years.

“Apart from providing free training to drivers of HINO’s vehicle owners, we would also want to encourage the public at large who wants to be a professionally certified truck driver to participate in our training programmes. 

“When there are more professional truck drivers in the marketplace, we hope that such supply will spur companies, organisations and government agencies to put in place a mechanism and a requirement to hire only professional truck drivers certified by HTSCC. This will not only level up the skills set required but also gearing up the entire transportation ecosystem into a new level of professionalism, with better service level and customer care,” emphasized Ken.

For a start, HTSCC will offer extensive training courses to equip truck owners with product knowledge, safety and driving techniques. Hino’s training curriculum is inclusive of theoretical and practical courses. Its current curriculum encompasses:

i) Safety & Eco-cien Driver Training 

- This programme highlights Hino’s philosophy of creating a healthy environment by reducing carbon dioxide’s (CO2) emission. Skills and techniques essential for safe and economical driving that will lead to increased business profitability will be taught.

ii) Driver Familiarisation Training 

- This programme stresses skills and knowledge that ensure customers are familiar with vehicle periodic maintenance schedule, warranty and daily inspection.

iii) Safety Driver Training 

- This one-day programme emphasizes on safety measures to be taken whilst on the road.

Hino intends to gradually increase the modules of its programme with additional four new courses which are:

a) Driver Trainer Training

b) Driving & Human Reaction Training

c) Night Driving Training

d) Drivers Aptitude Test / Training 

Drivers will be tested on fuel-efficient driving, safety driving, and driving training in different road conditions and situations as well as safe driving technique when driving at night. 

Plans have been set aside to also provide sufficient training to equip the drivers with knowledge on how and when to react in a conflict situation driving on the road and during emergencies in the near future, leading to a mindset change in prioritizing safety and ultimately helping vehicle owners save overall business costs and lives of their drivers. 

Hino is currently the number one brand amongst the truck makers in Malaysia with a market share of 35.7%. At the end of 2016, Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) sold a total of 5,870 units of medium and heavy-duty vehicles. This year the company expects to sell more than 6,000 units of vehicles.

PRESS RELEASE: UMW Toyota Opens New Body & Paint Centre In Kuching!!!

In its quest to provide better services to customers throughout Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) announces their latest Body & Paint Centre (B&P Centre) in Kuching, Sarawak that operated by Boulevard Jaya is now fully operational. The new facility, which began operations at the end of last year, is located at the Pending Industrial Area and complements the Sales & Service Centre along Jalan Datuk Tawi Sli in Kuching.

The opening event was officiated by Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMWT, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMWT , Tan Sri Datuk Ling Chiong Ho, Group Chairman of Boulevard Group of Companies and Mr. Ling Chiong Sing, Managing Director of Boulevard Jaya Sdn Bhd.

The new facility cost approximately RM16 million, including the cost of purchasing about 3 acres of land. On the built-up area of almost 1 acre are 10 bays for vehicles with a full-sized Paint Oven to ensure that the finish is properly baked on for lasting quality. Toyota owners are assured of professional repainting services that are up to the high standards set by Toyota Motor Corporation.

At this B&P Centre, owners can also have their damaged vehicles repaired by trained personnel. Using body alignment equipment approved by Toyota Motor Corporation for repairs, they can restore a vehicle damaged in an accident to its correct body specifications. Assistance with insurance claims are also provided at the facility.

“As the authorised distributor of Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, we have a responsibility to ensure that when our customers require repairs to their vehicle after an accident, they can get the best services from trained personnel. This ensures that vehicle will be restored in accordance with Toyota’s high standards,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.

The new B&P Centre is located at Lot 1411 & 2115, Section 66, KTLD, Jalan Mersawa, Pending Industrial Area, 93450 Kuching.

UMWT’s network continues to grow and there are now almost 100 sales and after-sales outlets (including authorised dealers) nationwide to meet the increasing number of Toyota vehicles in the country.

“Through our own branches and authorised dealers, we aim to cover as many areas as possible so that it is convenient for Toyota customers to obtain sales and after-sales services,” said Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor.
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