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Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP), the authorised importer of Porsche vehicles in Malaysia officially launched the new 911 GT3 on 15 August 2014 at Sepang International Circuit.

Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

The fifth generation 911 GT3 was unveiled by Arnt Bayer, Chief Executive Officer of Sime Darby Auto Performance and Porsche Carrera Cup Asia race drivers Earl Bamber and Alif Hamdan in conjunction with the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia Round 8 and 9. 

The 911 GT3 is a roadworthy race car developed to offer powerful sporty driving dynamism and an even more refined and emotional everyday driving experience. It features a completely redesigned drive system and chassis that has been systematically developed for even better performance, precision and transverse dynamics. Additionally for the first time, Porsche is using active rear-wheel steering. Depending on the speed, the system steers in the opposite or the same direction as the front wheels, resulting in improved agility and stability. 

Arnt Bayer said, “Motorsports has always been in the DNA of Porsche and every Porsche has a race car at its heart. Since 1963, the 911 has been the icon of the Porsche brand and it represents all that Porsche stands for, exhilarating high-performance driving brought to life in roadworthy cars for everyday enjoyment. The new 911 GT3 delivers those very qualities at an even higher level than before, making it possible for owners to enjoy the race car driving experience everyday on the city roads.”

Launch of the new Porsche 911 GT3 in Malaysia

The Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK), which originates from Porsche racing also, makes a comeback on the racetrack. The new 911 GT3 has the fastest and most powerful PDK that Porsche uses for a production vehicle. The PDK was specially developed with characteristics that are directly based on a sequential gearbox from motor racing, thereby providing further performance and dynamics advantages to the driver. 

Base price for the new 911 GT3 starts from RM 1,230,000.00.

Ford Posts All-Time Monthly Sales Record in Malaysia, July Sales Jump 60 Percent

Ford today announced that July sales were an all-time monthly record in Malaysia – besting its previous record performance in June – with overall retail sales that jumped 60 percent year-over-year to 1,390 units.

The record month was driven by continuing strong demand for the popular Ranger, Fiesta and Kuga nameplates and an expanding Ford showroom in Malaysia.

Class-defining Ford Ranger continues to be one of the best-selling pickups in the market this year all-new Ford Kuga SUV

“This is a great way to kick-off the second half of the year. We know that in addition to prioritising value for money, Malaysian drivers also look for segment-leading safety features and smart technologies. With this record sales month, our global Ford vehicles are clearly delivering on these needs,” said David Westerman, managing director, Malaysia and Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.

July retail sales of the class-defining Ranger pickup soared 115 percent year-over-year in July to 868 units – its best-ever monthly performance in Malaysia. Year-to-date, Ranger is the second-best-selling pickup truck in Malaysia, with sales up 53 percent to 4,535 units.

The full Ranger line-up features an unmatched safety package in Malaysia, and is now equipped with additional active and passive safety features, including Ford’s Electronic Stability Program (ESP) across all variants and ISOFIX mounts for child seats in the Wildtrak, as well as all XLT and XL Double Cab variants.

The new Fiesta delivered July retail sales that surged 158 percent year-over-year to 347 units, boosted by strong demand for Ford’s high-performance 1.0L EcoBoost engine. The 1.0L EcoBoost engine, which was recently named International Engine of the Year for the third consecutive year, delivers class-leading power and fuel efficiency in Malaysia. 

The stylish all-new Kuga SUV also contributed to the record monthly performance with July sales of 102 units, bringing its year-to-date total to 580 units. 

Ford’s overall year-to-date sales have now risen 30 percent to 7,910 units.

“Our momentum this year will be given another boost with the launch of the all-new EcoSport SUV later this month. The addition of another segment-leading global Ford vehicle will also help to continue our successful product-led transformation in Malaysia,” said Westerman.

The all-new EcoSport compact urban SUV will help to define a whole new vehicle segment in Malaysia. An aspirational alternative to the compact car, the EcoSport’s blend of versatility and smart connectivity will appeal to customers who live their urban lives to the fullest and love exploring the world outside the city.

BMW Group Malaysia introduces new locally assembled BMW X5

BMW Group Malaysia today introduced the locally assembled model of the premium automaker’s best-selling and most successful Premium Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) – the new BMW X5. The new BMW X5 marks the 15th BMW variant to be assembled in the country.

Introducing the new locally assembled Premium SAV, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Today, we are proud to once again introduce ‘The Boss!’, the exceptional market leading BMW X5 model which is now built right here in Malaysia for our Malaysian customers. As the newest addition to our strong portfolio of locally assembled premium vehicles, we at BMW are also proud to note that this model is the very first BMW X5 to be locally assembled, marking a historical milestone for us not only here in Malaysia but in South East Asia as well.”

Dr. Pils further noted that the new locally assembled BMW X5 is a further testament to the company’s commitment of added investment in the country which has been a hub for the BMW Group for more than a decade. “The new BMW X5 is the second locally assembled vehicle we have introduced this year alone, further demonstrating that the expansion of our assembly line is a key strategy in BMW’s production roadmap for Malaysia.”

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Operational since 2008, the BMW Group Malaysia Assembly Plant in Kulim, Kedah has been an integral part of the premium automaker’s success in Malaysia with a production run of more than 8,000 units to date. Dr. Pils said, “The continuous growth of our strong portfolio of locally assembled premium vehicles is to allow more customers in Malaysia to enjoy the premium ownership experience of a BMW vehicle with great value. We aim to continue to optimize our supply to customers in Malaysia as we reinforce our investment and commitment in the country.”

The new locally assembled BMW X5 is offered in two variants – the BMW X5 xDrive35i and the BMW X5 xDrive30d – now fitted with new levels of ride comfort, superior functionality, best-in-class versatility as well as a wealth of the latest safety innovations by BMW through the Driving Assistant package. Combined with the perfect balance of award-winning design, sporty and aggressive performance across multiple terrain conditions as well as luxurious aesthetics and advanced technological innovation courtesy of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive, the new locally assembled BMW X5 is set to continue its lead in the premium SAV segment.

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The new BMW X5 xDrive35i exudes an even more exceptional interior ambience of the car as it is now equipped with an electrical Panorama glass roof. The new in-line six-cylinder petrol variant now also features the very best in entertainment with a rear-seat entertainment system comprising of two 9.2” coloured display monitors which passengers are able to operate via remote-control whether for radio, navigation or – with BMW ConnectedDrive – BMW Apps and surfing the Internet.

Meanwhile, the new locally assembled BMW xDrive30d has also been updated to include two additional seats attached to the third seat row, allowing the car to transform into a seven-seater. By simply tilting the outer seats in the second row towards the front, passengers can easily access the two additional seats in the back. Additionally, the third row of seats allows further flexibility by allowing an increase in luggage compartment volume by simply folding the third seat row into the luggage compartment floor.

This premium feature, coupled with its unique range of functionality is further enhanced with an updated range of mobility services which now includes an extensive selection of assistance and driver safety systems. This includes the full-colour, sharp-resolution BMW Head-Up Display which is now available in the new locally assembled BMW X5 xDrive30d. By projecting relevant driving information directly into the driver’s line of sight, the driver will be able to process information up to 50 per cent faster while still keeping his or her attention on the road.

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Furthermore, The Driving Assistant features which are now fitted in both the new locally assembled BMW X5 xDrive35i and BMW X5 xDrive30d to better provide a more comprehensive safety package include;

Lane Departure Warning, a driver assistance system which is based on a video sensor to help drivers keep their attention on the road ahead by recognizing when the vehicle is straying out of lane unintentionally. The Lane Departure Warning system will provide the driver with an early warning with a discrete vibration of the steering wheel.

Forward Collision Warning, a brake application function which operates via visual and acoustic warning to prevent collisions by providing timely warning should the driver approach a vehicle ahead too quickly.

City Collision Warning Mitigation prevents collisions by automatically braking, at speeds of up to 60km/h with the aim of preventing collisions with cars, trucks, motorcycles, and even pedestrians.

Variants of the New Locally Assembled BMW X5 will be available at all BMW dealerships nationwide from the Merdeka Weekend of August 30th and 31st. The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) for the new locally assembled BMW X5 are:

BMW X5 xDrive35i – RM 579,800.00
BMW X5 xDrive30d – RM 539,800.00

Merdeka Celebration Comes Early At All Toyota Showroom Nationwide

In celebrating the 57th year of Merdeka, UMW Toyota Motor is offering great deals for its popular models to their customers nationwide for the month of August. Customers are encouraged to head down to the showrooms to enjoy great savings when they purchase selected Toyota models.

UMW Toyota Motor Merdaka 2014 Promo

Headlining the campaign is a RM2,000 Merdeka cash rebate on top of any on-going offer for the best-selling Vios (E, G, TRD), the flagship Camry, stylish Altis and the tough Hilux Double Cab. Customers who purchase the Vios J will also enjoy savings in the form of RM1, 000 Merdeka cash rebate on top of the current promotion. These Merdeka offers are only valid from 1-31 August, so customers who are looking to purchase a car are urged to place their orders now!

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Shell Fuelsave Challenge Returns!

Shell Malaysia is hosting the sixth annual Shell FuelSave Challenge to demonstrate to Malaysians how making smarter choices while on the road can help them improve their fuel efficiency.

SHELL FUELSAVE CHALLENGE RETURNS! SHELL FUELSAVE CHALLENGE RETURNS!

The event showcases how easy it is for everyday individuals to become advocates of fuel-saving and be rewarded when they practice the Shell FuelSave Tips, coupled with the use of Shell FuelSave 95 – a fuel that is designed to last longer per tank.

The Shell FuelSave Challenge is part of Shell’s ongoing efforts in educating Malaysian motorists how simple changes to their driving habits and using the right fuel can contribute to a significant difference in their fuel consumption.  

This year, Shell is taking the campaign beyond the driving challenge with Shell FuelSave Journey, an exciting new online experience. Participants will be able to enhance their knowledge on making smarter choices for better fuel efficiency with the opportunity to win exclusive prizes and rewards.

“We are committed to encouraging smarter mobility solutions and have always been passionate in helping Malaysian motorists by sharing our expertise in fuel usage through our Shell FuelSave 95, which has Active Efficiency Ingredients. Malaysians will be able to enjoy improved fuel efficiency as well as lead more sustainable lifestyles by adopting fuel saving habits,” said Tuan Haji Azman Ismail, Managing Director, Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn. Bhd. and Shell Timur Sdn. Bhd.

“We are also excited to introduce the Shell FuelSave Journey this year which will engage our participants further  and share with them fun and interactive online activities that will drive them towards making smarter fuel-saving choices,” added Tuan Haji Azman.  

To be a part of this year’s Shell FuelSave Challenge, motorists aged between 21 years and 60 years, with a minimum of two (2) years of driving experience can make their way to the Shell FuelSave Roadshows which will be held in four cities across the nation to answer a few simple questions and go through a short listing process.  Alternatively, motorists can also register online at www.shell.com.my/fschallenge.

Exciting cash prizes await the winners of the Shell FuelSave Challenge at the regional and national final challenges. Four regional winners (North, East Coast, Central and South) will walk away with RM2000 each. These four winners will stand a chance to compete at the National Finals for the grand prize worth RM20,000. Nine consolation prizes worth RM300 each will also be awarded at the regional level.

As part of the campaign, the Shell FuelSave Challenge roadshows will be touring Peninsular Malaysia, kicking off in Johor Bahru before making its way east towards Kuantan, followed by Penang and ending in Kuala Lumpur. 

Potential participants and visitors at the Shell FuelSave Challenge roadshows will be in for a pleasant surprise as Shell FuelSave Ambassador, Fahrin Ahmad, will be making exclusive appearances. Fans will have the opportunity to meet and take photos with Fahrin as he shares his experience on how making smarter driving choices can give you more out of your fuel.

 “I am very happy to be part of the Shell FuelSave Challenge for the sixth year, as I strongly support Shell’s initiative in encouraging Malaysians to make smart driving choices that promote fuel efficiency. I look forward to meeting the participants and showing them how simple it is to save by using the right fuel like Shell FuelSave 95 coupled with Shell FuelSave Tips,” remarked Fahrin Ahmad, Shell FuelSave Ambassador for Shell Malaysia.

You are invited to discover just how far you can go with Shell FuelSave 95. Register today and you may just be the Shell FuelSave Champion 2014!

The Shell FuelSave Challenge Roadshow schedule is as follows:

Location

Date

Aeon Bukit Indah, Johor Bahru

19 – 24 August 2014

Berjaya Mega Mall, Kuantan

29 – 31 August 2014

Gurney Plaza, Pulau Pinang

4 – 7 September 2014

Paradigm Mall, Kuala Lumpur

12-14 September 2014

For more information and the terms and conditions on Shell FuelSave Challenge 2014, log on to www.shell.com.my/fschallenge.