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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.
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