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Porsche Carrera Cup Asia sitting pretty with Recaro

The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia has announced renowned German car seat maker Recaro as an official partner from the 2015 season.  The motorsport shell Recaro P 1300 GT will be used in all 28 of the series’ Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Type 991) entries this year, and the collaboration continues a long-standing partnership between Porsche Motorsport and Recaro.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia partner Recaro_1

Commented Porsche China Motorsport Manager, Alexandre Gibot: “The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is delighted to announce our partnership with Recaro. As the region’s premier sportscar competition, it is important that the series has the very best partners. Recaro, recognised and respected for more than 100 years, is an ideal partner for the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia and will deliver both performance and safety to our drivers.”

Said Recaro Vice President and head of the global car seat business at Recaro Automotive Seating, Dr. Christian Debus: “We are very proud to have been chosen as a supplier to the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia. We are opening a new chapter in the partnership between our two tradition-steeped brands.”

The Recaro P 1300 GT shell, made of innovative carbon fiber, features a combination of safety and individual comfort. The shell ergonomics are based on the seating positions in GT vehicles. It is also the first longitudinally adjustable shell to meet the new FIA standard 8862-2009 for advanced racing seats.

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia partner Recaro_2

Thanks to the flexible adapter, the driver can adjust the distance to the pedals individually via a handle – a big plus in terms of ergonomics and vehicle control. The replaceable Recaro pads in three sizes help provide an additional level of optimal support, and allow easy individual contour adaptation.

The 13th Porsche Carrera Cup Asia season will thunder off the grid at the Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix from April 10 to 12.

BMW Group Malaysia presents the first ever BMW World Malaysia

BMW Group Malaysia today open its doors to the first ever BMW World Malaysia, a three-day exhibition featuring six new vehicles from the BMW Group brands – BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad – as well as an experiential showcase of the brand’s landmark concept vehicles for the first time in Asia.

BMW World Malaysia 2015

During the opening ceremony, Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director and CEO of BMW Group Malaysia said, “We at BMW have always believed in creating an all-round unforgettable experience for our customers, and we wanted to do so through a space which communicates the heart of the brands we carry. We hope that with the BMW World Malaysia, our valued customers will enjoy a brand experience that is unlike any other.”

BMW i8

Open to the public from 17th to 19th of April 2015, the BMW World Malaysia will feature the largest display of premium automobiles represented by the BMW Group, which includes the introduction of the all-new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the new BMW X6 and for the first time in Malaysia, BMWi with the all-new BMW i8.

BMW World Malaysia 2015

For MINI, the BMW World Malaysia will introduce the new MINI John Cooper Works, the new MINI Cooper 5-Door and the new locally-assembled MINI Cooper Countryman.

BMW World Malaysia 2015

For BMW Motorrad, BMW World Malaysia introduces new motorcycles in the form of the BMW S 1000 RR and the new BMW R 1200 R. The event will also showcase the pioneering innovations of the BMW Group in both design and technology with the first ever premiere of the BMW 328 Hommage in Asia as well as the BMW Concept Roadster motorcycle for the first time in Malaysia.

Mr. Harris added that the opening of the BMW World in Malaysia sets an unprecedented standard in the Malaysian automotive industry and will further solidify the company’s position as the leading premium car brand in the country.

“In the first three months of 2015, we at BMW Group Malaysia delivered a total of 1,729 BMW, MINI and Motorrad vehicles. This performance is in tandem with what we have observed in the Malaysian auto industry due to over speculation on pricing post GST. As we now progress further into 2015, we hope that car buyers have a much clearer conscience when deciding on their new BMW, MINI or Motorrad.” said Harris.

BMW Group Malaysia also announced that the premium automaker is revising the prices of all its BMW and MINI vehicles lower by up to 1.9% as well as BMW Motorrad to be lower by up to 18% to transfer the benefits gained from the implementation of the GST to its customers.

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) ) for the following BMW vehicles are:

  • BMW 218i Active Tourer – RM 218,800.00
  • BMW 218i Active Tourer Luxury line – RM 248,800.00
  • BMW X6 xDrive35i – RM 718,800.00
  • BMW i8 – RM 1,188,800.00 (BMW i8 Price includes BMWi wallbox)

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with MINI Service Inclusive) for the following MINI vehicles are:

  • MINI John Cooper Works – RM 288,888.00
  • MINI Cooper 5-Door – RM 188,888.00
  • MINI Cooper Countryman – RM 198,888.00

The retail prices (on the road, without insurance) for the following BMW Motorrad vehicles are:

  • The new BMW S 1000 RR – RM 108,900.00
  • The new BMW R 1200 R – RM 91,900.00

Photo Gallery: BMW World Malaysia 2015

Toyota Nationwide Roadshow From Now Until 10th May 2015 in Malaysia

The Toyota Nationwide Roadshow has started and will be on-going until 10th May 2015. The highlight of the show is the introduction of the New Camry Hybrid with amazing new features such as full hybrid technology, blind spot monitor, dual exhaust system and 7 airbags.

April Promotion

The TRD Sportivo range will also be on display and these include the Vios TRD Sportivo & the New Hilux TRD Sportivo.

In addition, customers will receive a special sign-up offer when they sign-up for selected models at the roadshow, terms & conditions apply. All walk-ins who register as prospects will also receive exclusive Toyota merchandise while stocks last.

Join the Toyota roadshows and don’t miss the opportunity to experience the Toyota model line-ups, enjoy great special offers and exciting activities.

The location and dates of the roadshows are as follows:-




Centre Court, Pavillion, KL

13 – 19 April


Centre Court, AEON Taman Equine

14 – 19 April


LG, IOI Mall, Putrajaya

15 – 19 April


Centre Court, Alamanda, Putrajaya

15 – 19 April


AEON Metro Prima, Kepong

21 – 26 April


Centre Court, AEON Rawang Anggun Shopping Centre

21 – 26 April




Atrium, Village Mall, Sg, Petani

15 – 19 April


Atrium, Taiping Sentral Mall

17 – 19 April


Centre Court, AEON Seri Manjung

21 – 26 April


C-Mart Arau, Kangar

23 – 25 April


Dataran Menara Condong, Teluk Intan

24 – 26 April


Arena Square, Tanjung Malim/Econsave Slim River

8 – 10 May





Tanah Lapang, Bandar Utama, Segamat

16 – 18 April


Wetex Parade, Muar

17 – 19 April


Dataran Menara Jam, Kota Tinggi

23 – 25 April


Kiara Square Shopping Centre, Bahau

24 – 26 April


Atrium, Kluang Mall

8 – 10 May






Centre Court, Mesra Mall, Kertih

15 – 19 April


Atrium, East Coast Mall, Kuantan

16 – 19 April


Pasaraya Tunas Manja, Raub

20 – 22 April


Mydin Mall, Gong Badak, Terengganu

20 – 26 April


Ground Floor, Star City Mall, Mentakab

24 – 26 April





Stesen Petronas, Kota Marudu

17 – 19 April


Sri Perdana, Lahad Datu

17 – 19 April


Open Space, Pekan Tambunan

17 – 19 April


Tamu Mingguan, Ranau

23 – 25 April


Financial Park, Labuan

24 – 26 April


Bas Terminal, Papar

24 – 26 April


City Mall, Kota Kinabalu

8 – 10 May






Bintang Mega Mall, Miri

17 – 19 April


Medan Mall, Mukah

17 – 19 April


Boulevard Shopping Mall, Kuching

24 – 26 April


Next to Custom Office, Limbang

24 – 26 April


In front of Inrun Motor Showroom, Sri Aman

28 – 30 April

Ford Announces Start of Pre-Launch Bookings for Award-Winning Mondeo

On April 1, Ford announced that pre-launch bookings for the technology-rich new Mondeo will kick-off at a special preview event at Bangsar Shopping Centre from 1 to 5 April.

2015 Ford Mondeo

Test drives of Ford’s flagship passenger car in Malaysia will also be available at the event, ahead of its much-anticipated arrival later this month in showrooms nationwide.  

“The new Mondeo delivers a dynamic boost to our expanding Ford lineup in Malaysia. With advanced Ford technologies and elegant design, the Mondeo offers a sophisticated driving experience that Malaysian customers have come to expect from Ford,” said Veemala Rethinasamy, sales and marketing director, Malaysia, Ford Motor Company.

The sleek new Mondeo is equipped with a refined and high performance 2.0L EcoBoost® engine that is mated to a smooth, six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission, featuring 240 PS and 345 Nm of torque, with fuel economy of just 8L/100Km.

Ford’s EcoBoost® technology combines turbocharging, direct injection, and variable valve timing to reduce engine displacement while improving fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent, and reducing CO2 emissions by up to 15 percent compared with traditional engines of equivalent performance.

Innovative and advanced technology

The new Mondeo features Ford’s exclusive MyKey technology, offering extra peace-of-mind for owners by enabling them to programme the key to restrict various features – either for themselves or when others such as teenagers are driving.

Owners can restrict top speed, reduce the maximum volume of the audio system and even disable the audio system altogether if the driver and passengers are not using safety belts.

Making its Malaysian debut in the Mondeo is Ford’s SYNC 2™ connectivity system, which boasts a larger, eight-inch colour touchscreen to operate phone and entertainment using voice commands. SYNC 2™ offers an array of new and enhanced features, with increased voice recognition capabilities that can help drivers stay connected while keeping their hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.

“The new Mondeo offers a sophisticated suite of features and technology that enhance driving, comfort and convenience,” added Rethinasamy.

The Mondeo’s advanced technology also extends to lighting, which combines full-LED headlamps with Ford’s Adaptive Front Lighting System to enhance the driver’s view of the surroundings.

The system adjusts the headlight beam angle and intensity to match the driving environment, ambient light conditions, steering angle, distance to the vehicle in front and windscreen wiper activation.

The new Mondeo also comes with Adaptive Cruise Control, which scans traffic positions 20 times a second, so that if traffic slows, so does the vehicle’s speed. When the traffic clears, it returns to the pre-set speed. Paddle shifters offer the ease of an automatic and the thrill of a manual, while a rear view camera further optimising efficiency and safety.

Advanced safety features also come as standard. Among these are seven airbags, including driver and passenger airbags, seat-mounted side airbags and one for the driver’s knee, as well as side-curtain airbags in both the front and back.

A combination of Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control helps keep drivers connected to the road and in control, especially around corners and when overtaking. Together with Ford’s anti-lock braking system, they help reduce the chances of wheel spin, wheel lock and over- or under-steering.

Superior refinement, design, quality and convenience

Mondeo delivers quality and craftsmanship for a refined, elegant, and expressive exterior, and interior that features optimised ergonomics and comfort, with premium finishes and equipment.

Produced at Ford’s state-of-the-art plant in Valencia, Spain, the Mondeo features a sports coupe profile with low roofline. The lean side-profile is sculpted to convey visual lightness, while the sophisticated and technical front end design features Ford’s prominent trapezoidal grille, a power-dome bonnet and adaptive, slim-line, laser-cut headlamp design.

Inside, a sleek, wrap-around centre console design delivers a sporty, cockpit-like feel, and features a symmetrical design that is accessible to both the driver and the front seat passenger, while a power-adjustable, memory-equipped steering column adds convenience for drivers.

The new Mondeo’s smart-design 10-way adjustable front seats front seats feature a thinner seat back, enabling rear seat passengers to enjoy additional legroom without sacrificing driver and front passenger comfort.

Road noise reductions have been achieved with integral link rear suspension and additional sound deadening material, while wind noise is reduced to levels previously only experienced in the premium segment.

Stronger body with advanced materials

The new Mondeo uses sophisticated materials and production techniques to deliver greater strength and improved safety with reduced weight and enhanced sustainability.

An industry-first application of hydro-formed high strength steel is used to produce the A-pillars, B-pillars, and roof rails. A new magnesium inner tailgate structure delivers weight-saving of approximately 40 percent compared to a traditional steel equivalent.

Recently crowned the UK’s Best Estate Car at the ‘2015 What Car? Awards’, the new Ford Mondeo will be introduced with an Estimated Retail Price of RM 203,800.

In addition to the event at Bangsar Shopping Centre from 1 to 5 April, it will be showcased at events throughout Klang Valley, with bookings taken and test-drives available on:

  • 22-26 April: Desa Park City
  • 6-10 May: Setia City Mall

Photo Gallery: 2015 Ford Mondeo

An Outstanding Performance for Team Proton R3 At The Start of The 2015 Race Season

Proton via its Team Proton R3 made an explosive start to the 2015 race season last weekend winning in both Race 1 and Race 2 in the 1st round of the Malaysian Championship Series 2015 (MCS) at Sepang International Circuit.

Proton R3 Pic 1-1 

In Race 1 on Saturday,  Fariqe Hairuman started in the No.11 Proton Suprima S while teammate Syafiq Ali started in his No.12 Proton Prevé. Due to problems faced during qualifying, both R3 cars started at the back of a 54 car grid comprising of 4 different car classes.  With a huge number of cars in this race, there  was bound to be havoc going into turn 1 and turn 2 with many cars spinning out or crashing into each other as they jostled for position after the standing start.  Both Fariqe and Syafiq managed to take advantage of the incidents in front to eventually chase down their rivals from behind and end the 9 lap sprint race with Fariqe finishing in 1st and Syafiq in 3rd position. 

For Race 2 on Sunday, James Veerapen started in pole position for the MTC class in the No.11 Proton Suprima S whilst Syafiq Ali started in 3rd  in the No.12 Proton Prevé.  Despite a bad start for James, he worked through the heavy traffic to take the lead after the first lap with Syafiq close behind in 2nd.  On lap 6, while Syafiq was battling hard with 3rd place Eri from Indonesia in a Tedco Racing Satria Neo, the race was stopped due to an accident involving two Renault Clios from the Clio Cup China Series.  This gave Proton a 1-2 finish in race 2 with James in 1st and Syafiq Ali finishing in 2nd.

Proton R3 Pic 2

Round 1 also marks the debut for Fariqe Hairuman who is a well known “Touring Car” driver in the international motorsports scene after a 1 year hiatus.  He will partner with regular R3 driver, James Veerapen in the No.11 Suprima S for the duration of the 2015 season.  Round 2 of the MCS will be held again at the Sepang International Circuit on 24-26 April.

PROTON is competing in the Malaysian Touring Car (MTC) class which features production based racing cars with 1600cc naturally aspirated engines.  Round 1 of the MCS is run as the official support race for the 2015 Formula 1 PETRONAS Malaysia Grand Prix.