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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Inokom Assembles And Exports Hyundai Elantra To Thailand

INOKOM Corporation Sdn Bhd (Inokom), which has sealed a deal with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) Co. Ltd. (HMC Thailand), will assemble and export 1,000 units of the Elantra, Hyundai’s popular C-segment passenger car to Thailand in the first year.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony - L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan, HK Kim

Currently, the Elantra Nu1.8L is the only model that is being exported to Thailand. HMC Thailand offers three versions of the Elantra 1.8L in Thailand namely the 1.8 GLS Navi, 1.8 GLE and 1.8 GL. The Elantra 1.8L is in fact the first mass-oriented passenger car product to be offered to Thai consumers by Hyundai Motor (Thailand).

Inokom, a subsidiary of Sime Darby Motors, started assembling and exporting the first 200 units of the Hyundai Elantra since June this year. It has just rolled out another 200 units, which will be shipped to Thailand in early September. The number of units for export to Thailand is expected to increase in tandem with market demand as the Malaysian-assembled model is being priced cheaper due to the ASEAN Free Trade Area Agreement (AFTA).

“With the introduction of this new Inokom-assembled Elantra in Thailand, we expect its popularity to soar rapidly following the competitive pricing resulting from the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement (AFTA) scheme,” said Mr Hideki Yanagisawa of Hyundai Motor (Thailand).  The introductory prices for the Elantra now start from THB749,000 for the entry 1.8 GL automatic. The mid-range 1.8 GLE and the top-end 1.8 GLS Navi are introduced at THB819,000 and THB898,000 respectively

“Though this is our first collaboration with Inokom, we look forward to future collaborations and possibly, for the other Hyundai models as well,” added Mr Yanagisawa.

According to Inokom’s Managing Director, En. Rizal Jailan, the collaboration with Hyundai Motor (Thailand) could open up more export business opportunities for Inokom, especially for locally assembled Hyundai models.

“We have proven our capabilities and we have vast experience in producing high quality vehicles. We place emphasis on quality, productivity and efficiency and this will ensure that we remain competitive in both the domestic and export markets. We are confident that our track record and reputation in producing quality vehicles will help the product’s success in Thailand.,” said En Rizal.

Official Rollout of the Hyundai Elantra for export (L-R Hideki Yanagisawa, Rizal Jailan and HK Kim)

He added that Inokom was looking forward to a long-term working relationship with HMC Thailand and also actively looking and evaluating other business opportunities in the ASEAN market.

With the export initiative, Inokom hopes to further cement its support for the new National Automotive Policy (NAP), by developing new vendors and increasing the participation of existing local vendors.

Inokom’s vehicle assembly plant, which measures 100 acres of built-up area out of 200 acres of land, has an output capacity of 27,000 CKD (Complete Knock Down) vehicles a year. Apart from the Elantra, Inokom also assembles the 7-seater Santa Fe SUV and compact passenger car i10 for the domestic market that is distributed by Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors. 

Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman in Malaysia

MINI Malaysia today introduced the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman – a special and limited edition variant of the MINI Cooper Countryman in celebration of MINI’s 55th Anniversary worldwide as well as Hari Merdeka and Hari Malaysia. Limited to only 55 units, the special edition MINI Countryman is made exclusively for Malaysia.

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Introducing the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman, Mr. Alan Harris, Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “When MINI was first introduced in 1959, the car brought about the concept of a revolutionary small car which turned into one of the most impressive success stories in the automotive industry, stretching over a period of five and a half decades. The car began with a simple yet ingenious concept from designer Alec Issigonis which has now grown to define a car with the virtues of uncompromising go-kart drive quality, inimitable style and an historical icon all over the world, even here in Malaysia!”

Mr. Harris added that as MINI celebrates its 55th Anniversary worldwide, the car also has a definitive history and significance in the story of Malaysia and the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman was also created to commemorate the nation’s National Day as well as Malaysia Day.

“Malaysia has been our home for more than 10 years now and with the loyal support of our MINI customers here, we are proud to have established ourselves as the number one premium automotive company here. The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is our way of thanking our Malaysian MINIacs and paying tribute to Malaysia for all that she has been to us,” said Mr. Harris.

The new special edition MINI variant arrives with an exterior enhancement to the familiar interpretation of the classic MINI features such as the roof line, hexagonal radiator grille, large headlights set into the bonnet, typical MINI exterior chrome lining, capacious wheel arches and vertical rear light clusters. With the MINI design language as a starting point, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is treated with an exclusive 55 Edition Sports Stripe which runs across its front bonnet, side skirting and rear tailgate as well as a 55 Edition Badge which proudly sits on its characteristic hexagonal radiator grille.

The car is also fitted with distinctive halogen head lights and fog lamps which provide drivers with optimum visibility when on straight or bending roads alike. Additionally, the robustness of the car is further emphasized by 16” 5-Star Single Spoke Light Alloy Rims.

In keeping with its promise of providing drivers with pure driving excitement, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is powered by a 1.6-litre naturally aspirated engine capable of generating a maximum output of 88kW/120hp which enables the car to sprint from 0 to 100km/h in 11.6 seconds while only registering an average fuel consumption of 7.6 litres per 100 kilometres.

Inside, the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is fitted with Cloth Cosmos Carbon Black upholstery to highlight a contrast between the car’s exterior and interior colours. This contrast is further emphasized with elliptical door bezels in Piano Black with a Polar Beige inlay. The interior of the special edition MINI Countryman also prides itself with a selection of functional safety features including rain sensors, automatic driving light control as well as an automatic anti-dazzle rear view mirror. In terms of in-car entertainment offering, the new variant of the MINI Countryman also features on-board MINI Radio Basis with Bluetooth interface which allows drivers to comfortably and safely operate their smartphones via Bluetooth from the multifunction steering wheel.

The new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is available in a range of exterior colours including Blazing Red, True Blue, Royal Grey, Light White and Brilliant Copper. Roof and mirror cap options in black are made available with all exterior colours, however, white roof and mirror cap options are only exclusively available with the Blazing Red, True Blue and Royal Grey exterior colours.

The estimated retail prices (on the road without insurance, with 3 years MINI Service Inclusive) of the new 55 Edition MINI Countryman is:

55 Edition MINI Countryman – RM 188,888.00

12-year old wins a brand new XC60 with hole-in-one

At the recent 40th RSGC Ladies Amateur Open Championship, held at the Royal Selangor Golf Club, Natasha Oon, a 12-year old golfer, became the envy of everyone when she won a brand new Volvo XC60 T5 worth RM288,888 by notching a hole-in-one on the first day of the Championship!

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A delighted Oon quipped, “I didn’t realise that I scored a hole-in-one. Honestly, I was just trying to do my best (in the Championship).”

What happened next was nothing short of adorable – Oon brought her mother, Yenni Hasnawi, to the XC60 T5 on display and said, “this is the car that you will use to drive me to school every day.”

Oon’s hole-in-one is a remarkable feat that was only achieved at this particular Championship, a good 15 years ago.

The hole-in-one prize was sponsored by Volvo Car Malaysia’s authorised dealer, Federal Auto Cars.

The XC60 T5 is powered by the 4-cylinder Drive-E engine which produces 245hp at 5,500rpm and a maximum torque 350Nm at 1,500-4,800rpm. Whilst the engine offers greater output than the previous generation, it still retains class-leading fuel consumption figures for petrol engines in the segment and improved CO2 emissions at a 157g/km.

Available from RM288,888, the XC60 T5 showcases a new hood shape and chrome bar grille which emphasizes the car’s width, together with prominent horizontal lines that will visually connect the car to the road. The tailpipes are now integrated with the diffuser and act as a visual.

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

On August 21st, BMW Group Malaysia introduced the all-new BMW X4 as the first ever Sports Activity Coupé in the premium compact crossover segment. The new BMW vehicle was unveiled by both incoming Managing Director Mr. Alan Harris as well as outgoing Managing Director, Dr. Gerhard Pils.

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

The all-new BMW X4 combines hallmark BMW X features, an unmistakable coupé character, a distinctive emotive design, and supreme dynamic ability with excellent driving comfort and low fuel consumption.

Presenting the all-new BMW X4, Mr. Alan Harris, new Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia said, “When BMW first presented the BMW X6 in late May 2008, the premium motoring world was introduced to an exceptional and revolutionary vehicle concept that redefined how premium four wheel drive vehicles should look and feel. The BMW X6 was a runaway success with over 250,000 units sold globally. This success demonstrated that there was indeed a demand for a premium activity vehicle with Coupé-like styling and proportions. Now, we at BMW are proud to introduce the first ever BMW X4 which will carry forward the success story of the BMW invention of a Sports Activity Coupé in the midsize segment.”

Dr. Gerhard Pils meanwhile said,  “As the leader in the premium automotive segment, we at BMW Group Malaysia are constantly looking to build and introduce premium vehicles that will continue to position us at the forefront of development within the segment. The all-new BMW X4, the latest addition to the BMW X family here will further strengthen our number one position in the Malaysian market and this can be reflected in BMW Group Malaysia’s latest year-to-date sales performance. Up to the month of July, a total of 5,039 vehicles comprising of BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad were delivered, marking a 10% increase as compared to the same period in 2013 where we delivered 4,575 vehicles.”

BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the all-new BMW X4

Introduced in the form of the BMW X4 xDrive28i and the BMW X4 xDrive28i M Sport , the dynamic pedigree of the all-new BMW X4 is underlined by a cutting-edge high-performance engine, the xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an exclusive spread of standard equipment features such as Performance Control and Variable Sport Steering as well as a comprehensive range of BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance Systems, Services and Apps.

Colours available for the all-new BMW X4 include Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Sophisto Grey and Sparkling Brown. Further accentuating its sporty elegance, the all-new BMW X4 features interior upholstery options consisting of Leather Nevada Mocha and Leather Nevada Black.

The estimated retail prices (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI)) for the all-new BMW X4 is:

BMW X4 xDrive28i – RM 438,800.00
BMW X4 xDrive28i M Sport – RM 468,800.00

Photo Gallery: BMW X4 Malaysia

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Celebrates Merdeka with Attractive Nissan Deals

In conjunction with the 57th Merdeka Day celebration, Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) is offering attractive deals for selected Nissan models.

ETCM Merdeka Deals

The Merdeka campaign, already running in full gear, is valid till 30th September 2014, and offers Malaysians the chance to own any one of Nissan bestselling models – the Nissan Navara, Grand Livina, Almera and Serena S-Hybrid, some with deals and savings worth more than RM 6,000.

For fans of the Serena S-Hybrid, a booking entitles them to a Free Navigator system, on top of a special personalized package. Fully-imported from Japan, the Serena S-Hybrid comes with a unique front grille and bumpers, larger 16-inch alloy wheels combined with sports suspension and a dark interior trim. The mid-sized MPV is also top in its class when it comes to fuel efficiency.

Those with sportier tendencies who also appreciate enhanced driving dynamics can also enjoy a 50% discount on the Impul Aerokit when purchasing the spacious and stylish Grand Livina or the Nismo Aerokit for the popular sedan, the Almera. Since its launch in 2012, the Almera had quickly captured the hearts of Malaysians, and was named Frost and Sullivan’s 2014 Malaysia Excellence Awards Best Car of the Year.

The Navara also comes with an attractive trade-in deal and down payment rebates. With an aggressive new design and impressive comfort level and off-road capabilities that appeals to adventure-seekers, the tough pick-up is one of Nissan’s top three best-selling models in Malaysia.