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All New Nissan X-Trail Unveiled in Malaysia

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) unveiled the All-New Nissan X-Trail on 23 January 2015 in Malaysia.

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Already a global success, the third-generation All-New X-Trail has won recognition and accolades around the world, most recently “Indonesia Car of the Year 2014” from Mobil Motor Magazine and Auto Bild Indonesia Magazine, and “Car of the Year 2014” award by China Mainstream Media Automobile Alliance in China.

Two variants are available for the Malaysian market; the range-topping 2.5L 4WD, and the 2.0L 2WD. Since pre-booking registrations opened in Malaysia last December, the All-New X-Trail has gathered over 1,300 bookings.

Mr. Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning in addressing the launch of the All-New X-Trail said, “We are delighted to be able to introduce the All-New X-Trail to Malaysians. The previous generation X-Trails were such icons for SUV and crossover fans here, with more than 19,000 units on the road since ETCM first launched it in 2003. The completely redesigned All-New X-Trail combines Nissan’s acclaimed 4×4 heritage with fresh ideas, premium styling and groundbreaking technologies – making it one of the most advanced Crossovers with off-roading capabilities. This innovative premium crossover is further testament to ETCM’s commitment to bringing consumers with the best that Nissan has to offer.”

The locally-assembled All-New Nissan X-trail boasts ground-breaking Active Chassis Control technology that has been adopted as world-firsts to ensure smooth, stress-free driving experience.

The Active Ride Control system moderates any pitching motion experienced by drivers on bumpy roads by controlling engine torque and brakes to improve ride comfort, while the Active Engine Brake system adjusts the amount of engine braking to assist drivers to reduce speed when cornering or stopping. Additionally, the Active Trace Control system – a ‘Nissan-first’ – automatically applies small amounts of braking to the individual wheels to reduce understeer and help the driver maintain control around corners.

The 2.5L variant is equipped with an ALL MODE INTELLIGENT 4×4 System (4×4-i), for different driving modes based on road conditions. Three modes are available; two-wheel drive, Auto Mode – which automatically changes torque distribution between front and rear wheels when driving on paved or slippery roads, and Lock Mode for permanent four-wheel drive.

A feature available in both variants, Hill Start Assist allows drivers to change pedals easily from the brake to the accelerator and carry out a safer hill start.

Additionally, Hill Descent Control – available in the 2.5L 4WD variant – controls the vehicle speed (between 4km/h -15km/h) when descending a steep or slippery hill without applying brakes, allowing drivers to focus on steering the vehicle. 

The range-topping 2.5L 4WD variant is powered with the QR25DE-k2 engine with Twin CVTC, providing maximum power output of 171 PS at 6,000 rpm and 233 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The 2.0L 2WD variant comes with the MR20DD engine with direct fuel injection and Twin CVTC, capable of 144 PS at 6,000 rpm and 200 Nm of torque at 4,400 rpm.

Both variants come fitted with Nissan’s Next Generation Xtronic CVT with 7-speed manual mode to ensure a smoother ride and powerful driving performance; and ECO mode system for better fuel efficiency. 

With a sleek and stylish design that gives it presence on the road guaranteed to turn heads, the All-New X-Trail takes on a number of Nissan signature cues such as Boomerang-shaped LED daytime running lights, the distinctive ‘V’-shaped Nissan grille and Rear Combination Lamp, which are standard for both variants. Unique to the 2.5 4WD variant are first-in-class LED Headlights with auto function and LED Wing Mirror Signal Lights. Roof Rails and 17-inch alloy wheels give the new All-New X-Trail a striking and imposing appearance.

A highly refined interior is emphasised with quality soft touch materials on the instrument panel, front door and centre armrest. Touches of chrome, geometric metallic and premium piano black finishing further evoke a sense of modern elegance in its interior ambience.

A 5+2 seating configuration makes for an exceptionally spacious cabin, particularly for instances when additional seating is required for children. It also has an impressive load capacity of 1,520 litres (with second and third row seats folded flat); and 550 litres (with third row seats folded flat).

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Other features that go the extra mile for customer comfort and safety are the Zero-Gravity Inspired’ Seats to help reduce fatigue, a best-in-class 5-inch Advanced Drive Assist Display (ADAD) for ease during driving, and a first-in-class 360° Around View Monitor for added parking convenience.

The All-New X-Trail is offered with a range of safety features that comes as standard across the range; including the Dual Front SRS airbags, Vehicle Dynamic Control (VDC), Traction Control System (TCS) with Active Brake-Limited Slip (ABLS), Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), and Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist (BA)

During the launch, ETCM also presented keys to the first three Malaysian owners of the All-New X-Trail, Mr Chea Yaw Hwa, Ahmad Sulhi bin Ghazali and K.B Moganarajan A/L K.T Balakrishnan.

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The All-New Nissan X-Trail is priced at RM165,800 for the 2.5L 4WD, and RM142,800 for the 2.0L 2WD (on-the-road prices with insurance for Peninsular Malaysia). It is available in five (5) colours – Tungsten Silver, Titanium Olive, Diamond Black, Graphite Blue and Brilliant White.

In conjunction with the launch of the All-New X-Trail, ETCM is offering three (3) years or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first), and free three (3) years maintenance service with every purchase.

Winners Of Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1 (Round 1) Drives Home With New Cars

All six winners of ‘The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1’ Campaign (Round 1) are now the lucky recipients of brand new, additional Nissan cars, courtesy of Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM).

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The Campaign was launched in 1 September 2014 and ran till 31 October 2014. For this round, six (6) lucky customers stood a chance to win an upgraded model with every purchase of a Nissan selected models. With more than a total of RM888,888 in prize value, the Nissan models up for grabs were the All-New Teana 2.0XE, All-New Teana 2.5XV , All-New Sylphy 1.8E, and Serena S-Hybrid.

Throughout the month of December, key handover ceremonies were held at respective showrooms in the states of Melaka, Kedah, Sabah, Penang, Sarawak, and in Kuala Lumpur, to present the winners with their additional new Nissan cars.

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

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

37-year old Arnizah binti Kasbulah, a self-employed preschool teacher from Kota Kinabalu, was delighted and could not believe her luck. “My first choice was the Nissan Almera, but after surveying the market, I purchased the Nissan Sylphy as it is more suitable for my needs. As a first-time Nissan Owner, I am very happy with my Sylphy and appreciative towards Edaran Tan Chong Motor for this once-in-a-life time opportunity of winning a free car.”

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After purchasing the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid, 26-year old On Keur Li, was thrilled beyond words when she found out she had won the Nissan Teana 2.5XV. “I had always dreamt of having a 7-seater MPV, and fell for the Serena S-Hybrid because it was a hybrid car, that provided practicality and comfort. And now I have an additional Teana which is such a premium car. I am very pleased that ETCM came out with a great campaign such as this for customers.”

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It was a case of double happiness for Aidasuzana Binti Md Arshad who not only won a Serena S-Hybrid, but is also expecting her fourth child. “The only reason I bought the Grand Livina is because its specifications and space fits my growing family. Thanks to Edaran Tan Chong Motor, I now have an even bigger car, with the price of one!” said the first-time Nissan owner from Jitra.

“On behalf of Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd, I would like to extend our warmest congratulations to the Round 1 winners of The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1 Campaign,” said Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Product Planning and Marketing of ETCM. “This campaign has received overwhelming response, and it was very exciting for us to be able to give more to our customers and to see the joy on the faces of the winners upon receiving the keys to their brand-new prizes. We also look forward to be able to announce winners of Round 2, which will happen very soon – so good luck to all participants!”
Round 2 of The Great Nissan Buy 1 Win 1 Campaign ended on 31 December 2014, and winners will be notified at the end of January 2015.

Honda Malaysia will be introducing the All-New HR-V in Feb 2015

The All-New HR-V which has been making waves in every country it has been launched, will be hitting Malaysian shores in February 2015. The All-New HR-V (Hip & Smart Runabout Vehicle) is a new generation vehicle that fuses together the dynamic qualities and secure feelings of an SUV, the excitement and personal feel of a Coupe and the functionality and comfort of a Minivan. In essence, the All-New HR-V is a perfect marriage of individuality and usability.

The All-New HR-V is a new segment in vehicle offerings and this Dynamic New Generation Compact SUV is set to be well received in Malaysia as it incorporates spaciousness, user-friendliness and functional in its features. With smart interface features and advanced technology adoptions, this new generation compact SUV is set to deliver dynamic performance that combines elegance and fun while providing top safety.

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Under the hood, the All-New HR-V features a 1.8L i-VTEC SOHC engine built on a new Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT) developed under Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology that enhances both driving performance and fuel economy. The new compact and lightweight CVT features high-efficiency electric oil pump and high strength belt, which improves fuel economy and ensures smooth rapid acceleration.

Size-wise, the All-New HR-V measures 4,294 mm in length, 1,772 mm in width and 1,605 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,610 mm. The wide viewing angle was secured through optimization of the width and angle of the front pillars in order to provide good visibility for the driver. With perfect eye point level, drivers have better viewpoint and a greater sense of security. Driving comfort is further enhanced with low centre of gravity. Keeping to its sporty and bold style, the car is fitted with 16” alloy wheels.

This multi-dimensional compact SUV has increased body rigidity and stability with its super high tensile steel including hot-stamped materials installed at appropriate spots. In addition, the front and rear parts of the body were effectively reinforced to realise the lightweight and highly rigid body that generates sportiness and linear driving performance. Driving pleasure is enhanced with reduced noise, vibration and harshness (NVH), by adopting high-performance sound absorbing and insulating materials installed in the rear area and front inner fenders, floor carpets and floor undercover.

The front face is designed to look bold and tough with unified stylish front grille that’s created under the ‘Solid Wing Face’ concept. The strong distinctive character lines on the sides fuse together the sleek cabin of a coupe and the dynamic lower body exudes toughness. Combining the character lines and rear door handles which are integrated into the side windows, the feeling of an elegant and sporty two-door coupe was created.

The interior design of the High-deck Centre Console is made possible for the first time by adopting the Electric Parking Brake, replacing the hand/foot brake. The new design allows drivers to have their own personal space without infringing into the passenger space. Along with the High-deck Centre Console, a new kind of Multi-utility Drink Holder is developed to not only hold drinks but also to store personal items.

In order to enhance the All-New HR-V’s amazing cabin space for driver and passengers, the length of the seat bottom was increased creating ample legroom, while the seatback angle was optimised for better seating posture. This provides optimum comfort and reduces strain to drivers when driving for long hours. The All-New HR-V features high quality material as fabric and soft pad were used for most occupant touch points.

Honda’s original centre-tank layout enabled the realisation of a large cargo space and minivan-like rear seats with ample elbowroom. The All-New HR-V is further supported with the Multi-utility cargo space that allows various configurations of seating. The seat dimensions are set for easy manoeuverability and can be arranged into 3 modes – Utility Mode, Tall Mode, and Long Mode. The tailgate opening is as wide as 1,180 mm while the ground height of the tailgate opening is 650 mm, one of the lowest within the class, providing convenience for easy loading and unloading.

Its smart interface features include a 7-inch Display Audio, One Touch Turn Signal and Touch Panel Air Conditioning for a smooth, at-your-fingertip operation. This innovation supports the smart drive concept that is evident in the All-New HR-V. The speedometer also features an illumination ring, which changes colour based on the driving mode to indicate economical driving.

In effort to provide enhanced protection for vehicle occupants and other road users, Honda has embraced a comprehensive approach to vehicle safety that seeks to provide a high level of active and passive occupant protection along with features such as Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Daytime Running Light (DRL), ISOFIX and 6 Airbags (Dual Front SRS Airbags, Side Curtain Airbags and Side Airbags).

The All-New HR-V comes with the new Automatic Brake Hold feature that can be easily activated with a push of the switch. Once it’s activated, whenever the driver stops the vehicle by braking, the system automatically holds the vehicle in position without the driver stepping on the brake. This provides convenience to the driver when in a temporary stationary mode. Another new feature introduced in the All-New HR-V is the Electric Parking Brake. It is an advanced parking brake which can be operated by a switch lever. When the conditions (seatbelt and shift position) are fulfilled, the system automatically releases the parking brake with the step of the accelerator pedal.

The All-New HR-V will be available for booking at all 77 dealers nationwide from 6 January 2015 onwards. In conjunction with the upcoming All New HR-V launch, Honda is also organising roadshows at the following locations:

6-11 January 2015
Mid Valley, Kuala Lumpur
West Lobby (Starbucks)

9-11 January 2015
Sunway Carnival, Penang
Sub Court

12-14 January 2015
Avenue K, Kuala Lumpur
Sub Court

16-18 January 2015
Paradigm Mall, Petaling Jaya
Walkway

16-18 January 2015
KSL Mall, Johor Bahru
Sub Court

23-25 January 2015
Village Mall, Sungai Petani
Entrance

For more information, please call Honda’s Toll Free number at 1-800-88-2020, or log onto www.honda.com.my.

UMW Toyota Motor offers the Toyota and Lexus Flood Assist Package to help flood victims all year round

UMW Toyota Motor announced on the 23rd December 2014 that the company is offering a special service and repair package to all its Toyota and Lexus customers who are affected by the recent flood disaster. The Toyota and Lexus Flood Assist Package will be offered only to the genuine cases where the customers’ vehicles were damaged by the flood.

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The Toyota and Lexus Flood Assist package offers the following; a 25 percent discount on total bill inclusive of parts and labour charges, free towing service, quick evaluation and quotation on expected repair cost and free car wash for exterior and engine. For customers’ convenience, easy payment scheme is also available to major banks credit card members.

“Our commitment to our customers remains topmost in our priority. We hope by offering the Toyota and Lexus Flood Assist Package all year round will further ease the burden of our Toyota and Lexus vehicles owners who were affected by the recent flood. We sincerely hope for the quickest possible recovery and our heartfelt prayers to all our customers and their family during these difficult times,” said Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor.

UMW Toyota Motor would like extend its support all year round to ensure that all customers have a peace of mind during these difficult times. Toyota and Lexus owners who are affected can visit any of UMW Toyota Motor owned Service Centre or call our Toyota Toll Free Line : 1-800-8-869682 (1-800-8-TOYOTA) or Lexus Tol Free Line: 1800 88 53987 (1-800-88-LEXUS). Visit us at www.toyota.com.my or www.lexus.com.my for more details. Terms and conditions apply.

ETCM announced Nissan Relief Campaign for affected Nissan Customers

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) and Tan Chong Ekspres Auto Servis (TCEAS) today announced the commencement of the “Nissan Relief Campaign” for Nissan customers in flood-stricken areas around the country.

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The campaign aims to assist owners whose Nissan vehicles have been damaged by the current floods that have hit the states of Malaysia, mainly Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, Perak, Perlis and Sabah. The Nissan Relief Campaign will provide:

1. 25 percent discount on Nissan genuine spare parts on affected Nissan vehicles.
2. 25 percent discount on labour charges on affected Nissan vehicles.
3. Free towing charges on affected Nissan vehicles of up to RM150.
4. Three (3) months or 5,000 km warranty on labour and Nissan genuine parts replacement on affected Nissan vehicles.

“As a Malaysian company, our growth has only been due to the support Malaysians have given us throughout the years. And with the flood situation being one of the worst in this country’s history, this is one way we can help relief the burden of our customers. It is our responsibility to do what we can to assist those who have supported us in their time of need,” says Mr Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning of ETCM.

The Nissan Relief Campaign will run with immediate effect, till 28 February 2015. Flood victims are urged to send their affected Nissan vehicles to the nearest service centre.

For further enquiries, customers can contact the 24-hour Nissan Customer Care Centre hotline number at 1800-88-3838.