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New 2013 BMW 316i Introduced in Malaysia below RM210k

For folks that dream to own the latest new BMW 3-series, your wish is now one step closer with the all-new BMW 316i. Thanks to BMW Group Malaysia for introducing the entry variant of BMW’s best selling and most successful premium model series in the world – the BMW 3 Series with a price tag below RM210k OTR.

2013 BMW 316i Malaysia

Introducing the new model variant, Dr. Gerhard Pils, Chief Executive Officer of BMW Group Malaysia said, “Today, we introduce yet another BMW for Malaysia that is built right here in Malaysia – the all New BMW 316i. As an addition to our strong portfolio of locally-assembled premium vehicles, the all new BMW 316i further underlines our commitment to this country which has been our home for the last ten years.”

Dr. Pils added that as the sixth model to join BMW Group Malaysia’s line-up of locally assembled vehicles, the new BMW 316i will allow Malaysians accessibility to an even wider range of product choices from the premium carmaker. The new BMW 316i features the latest innovations and technologies that are made available by BMW and is indistinguishable from its imported counterparts, resulting from the on-going transfer of advanced BMW assembly line technology, practices and standards to the country.

“As the leader in the Premium segment, we at BMW Group Malaysia are constantly seeking opportunities to further optimise the delivery of our premium vehicles to customers throughout the country. The all new BMW 316i will provide existing and new customers an exciting introduction to the BMW experience and we are confident that it will prove to be a strong contributor to our success here in Malaysia once again.”

2013 BMW 316i Malaysia

The new locally assembled BMW 316i is powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Generating a maximum output of 100 kw/ 135hp and a maximum torque of 220 Nm, the BMW 316i is also equipped with VALVETRONIC and twin-scroll turbocharging which enables it to hit the 0-100 km/h sprint in 9.2 seconds and achieve a top speed of 210 km/h.  The highly efficient engine is mated with BMW’s award winning 8-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new BMW 316i achieved an average EU test cycle fuel consumption level of 5.9 litres to every 100km travelled and a CO2 emission level of 137 grams per km. The BMW’s Auto Start/Stop function is integrated into the all-new 316i as well. 

Driving Experience Control is also a standard feature in the new BMW 316i with BMW’s COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO modes all available at the touch of a button.

Like all contemporary BMW vehicles, the all-new BMW 316i Series allows customers to fully benefit from the latest innovations in information technology through BMW ConnectedDrive. Connecting the driver to the car as well as to the environment, the latest variant from BMW is fitted with a host of features and equipment to exude the complete premium innovation experience that the BMW brand has to offer, be it behind the wheel or in the passenger seat.

The all-new BMW 316i features BMW Live and BMW TeleServices made available through the 6.5” freestanding LCD panel and BMW iDrive controller as standard. BMW Live enables the car and driver to receive weather and news information services via RSS feeds inside the car. Other innovation offering for in-car vehicle connectivity in the all new BMW 316i include complete USB and Bluetooth connectivity to expand functionality for mobile phones, portable music players as well as on-board mobile office applications.

2013 BMW 316i Malaysia

Exterior colour options for the all-new BMW 316i include Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Melbourne Red, Glacier Silver, and Mineral Grey. All cars are only available with Leather Dakota Black interior and upholstery offering.

The all-new BMW 316i is now open for booking at all authorised BMW dealerships across the country. The retail price (on the road, without insurance, with BMW Service + Repair Inclusive (BS+RI) for the new, locally assembled BMW 316i is RM 209, 800.00 in Peninsular Malaysia. 

Photo Gallery: 2013 BMW 316i Malaysia

New Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Pre-launch Sales On Now in Malaysia

Many spy shots and rumors surfaced on the internet about the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid for fellow Malaysian motorists. This is a good choice for those who is seeking for a MPV and also leveraging on the excise duty exemption benefit for the hybrid vehicles below 2,000cc by the Malaysian government. With below RM150k, your dream is soon to be true. Moreover, this Serena S-Hybrid model was introduced in late 2012 in Japan, which is not too long ago.

2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Sneak Preview

The new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (Smart Hybrid) will soon become the latest talk-of-the-town in Malaysia. As we learned from our source, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) had spent their time by putting this car on road test since early this year. 

Before the official launch, Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is providing an exclusive sneak preview of Malaysia’s first Hybrid Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) with behind-the-scenes insights of the video production.

2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Sneak Preview

The creative ideas behind the production of the videos were conceptualized with the theme “Meet The Hybrids – New Age Family, New Age MPV” which ideally represents the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid. This concept showcases a family that has embraced new technologies, making them more modern and connected compared to conventional families.

The new Serena S-Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-litre (MR20DD) direct fuel injection 4-cylinder DOHC petrol engine with Twin CVTC and Nissan’s S-Hybrid system, couple with Xtronic CVT transmission with Adaptive Shift Control (ASC). The entire power plant offers max power of 147ps @ 5,600rpm and max torque of 210Nm @ 4,400rpm at your disposal. Similar to other hybrid vehicles in the market, the Nissan S-Hybrid system’s is technically works from a combination of electric motor, battery, idling stop/start and electric power regeneration.

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And of course, the factory options like intelligent key (i-key) for keyless entry and dual power-sliding doors are not neglected in this model. Both come standard with the car in Malaysia.

Mr. Tan Keng Meng, Director of Marketing and Product Planning commented, “It gives us great pleasure to provide the media with first-hand preview of the all-new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid that will be launched in the third quarter of this year. We hope that they will also enjoy the experience of seeing the “Making of the Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Family” video production.”

This sneak preview is part of ETCM’s initiative to increase the awareness of Malaysia’s first S-Hybrid MPV among the public while generating positive public interest leading up to the launch of the model.

The new Serena S-Hybrid is fully imported from Japan and comes with 3 years or 100,000km warranty by Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) in Malaysia. During the pre-launch sales period, there will be an attractive Early Bird Promotion. Starting from today, the promotion consists of a Motorist Personal Accident Insurance package, relatively low hire-purchase interest rates and a free service package.

Photo Gallery: 2013 Nissan Serena S-Hybrid Sneak Preview

All-New 2014 Mazda 3 / Axela Unveiled in New York

A couple of days ago, Mazda Motor Corporation revealed the hatchback version of the all-new Mazda3/Axela. The third generation of Mazda3 adopted the KODO – Soul of Motion design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technologies like its other siblings. The new Mazda3 will be launched around the globe, with sales starting in North American markets from later this year.

2014 Mazda3 / Axela

With the KODO design, the Mazda3 suggests exhilarating driving at first glance. In addition, SKYACTIV Technology delivers a “jinba-ittai” experience of oneness between car and driver, which deepens with every mile driven. Introduced for the first time with the 3rd generation Mazda3 is a new car connectivity system that broadens the scope of that driving experience. The system features a new Human Machine Interface (HMI) that is designed with the highest priority placed on driving safety. A wide range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced active safety technologies aid the driver in recognizing and avoiding hazards. Mazda has consistently aimed to offer customers driving pleasure and this compelling package ensures the all-new Mazda3 is no exception.

2014 Mazda3 / Axela 2014 Mazda3 / Axela

The global engine line-up includes a new SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre gasoline engine in addition to 2.0 and 2.5 litre engines and a 2.2 litre clean diesel engine. The line-up will be optimized for each market to meet the diverse needs of a wide variety of customers around the world. A sedan model featuring a hybrid electric powertrain will be available in Japan.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Mazda3/Axela

First Infiniti Q50 has been rolled out from Tochigi plant in Japan

Today, the first production model of the Infiniti Q50 has been rolled off the assembly line at the Tochigi production plant. The official off-line ceremony was presided over by Carlos Ghosn, President and CEO of Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., and Johan de Nysschen, President of Infiniti Motor Company Ltd.


The Q50 was premiered at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit back in January 2013. The Q50 is the first in the new generation of Infiniti vehicles. It sets fresh benchmarks in the areas of emotive styling, advanced technology and performance.


Ghosn paid tribute to the production team at Tochigi and underlined their reputation for industry-leading manufacturing expertise.

“Thanks to the skill and constant focus on performance improvement, Tochigi has a global reputation for producing top-quality vehicles. Year after year, Tochigi sets the benchmark for manufacturing quality standards,” he said.

“With the Q50, once again the Tochigi team has showcased their skill and expertise and proven the power of Japanese monozukuri.”


De Nysschen added that the Q50 was the opening salvo in Infiniti’s new product portfolio under the “Q” naming structure which was launched in December last year.

“The first Infiniti in our new line-up had to reflect the brand’s core values of seductive design, passionate attention to detail, precision in fit and finish, exhilarating performance and a provocative challenge to the status quo. The Q50 certainly does that,” he said.

“This is the first step in the launch of our exciting global expansion plan.”

Three-time Formula One World Champion, Sebastian Vettel, played an active role in the testing and evaluation programme of the Q50 in his capacity of Infiniti’s Director of Performance. Vettel will assist in shaping the performance dynamics of Infiniti’s future model line-up. 

“The first Q50 is coming off the line today so congratulations. I am glad I was involved in the development of the Q50 and I wish you a very good ‘birthday’ and success for the future,” he said in a congratulatory video message to the production team at Tochigi.

Striking design, a raft of breakthrough technologies such as Direct Adaptive Steering, and unprecedented levels of craftsmanship and performance are the distinctive qualities of the Q50.

For the Malaysian market, the local distributor – Inspired Motor Sdn Bhd has confirmed that they will be introducing the all new Q50 in Malaysia. Hence, stay updated with us.

All-new Ford Kuga to Hit Malaysia Market in Q2 2013

The all-new Ford Kuga is set to shatter the myth that an SUV cannot be efficient, safe, high-tech and capable all at once. The Kuga will be launched in the second quarter of 2013 in Malaysia. The estimated selling price is around RM 168,000 on-the-road with insurance in Peninsular Malaysia for private owner. The pre-bookings started since 10 May 2013.

2013 Ford Kuga

Ford’s newest SUV is the centrepiece of the company’s strategy to expand into one of the fastest-growing segments by offering high levels of fuel efficiency and safety, as well as segment-leading smart technologies and a surprising array of standard features. 

The all-new Ford Kuga’s other smart features include:- 

  • 1.6L EcoBoost petrol engine with 132kW with 240Nm of torque
  • Hands-free power liftgate opens with a wave of your foot beneath the rear bumper – no need to fumble for the key when your hands are full
  • Ford’s Intelligent All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system, including exclusive Torque Vectoring Control for more precise handling
  • Segment-first voice-activated Ford SYNC connectivity

 EcoBoost Engine

“Customers today are chasing value-for-money and the all-new Ford Kuga delivers,” said David Westerman, regional manager, Asia Pacific, Ford Export & Growth Operations. “With the EcoBoost petrol engine standard in the all-new Kuga Titanium, customers now have even more reasons to consider the all-new Ford Kuga.” 

All-new Ford Kuga_tailgate feature

Apart from a range of new features and enhanced driving ability, the all-new Ford Kuga has much improved packaging and more interior space, which has been achieved with the same 2690mm wheelbase as the previous model, the Ford Escape. 

Much of this added space in the all-new Ford Kuga has been devoted to the rear passenger compartment and luggage area to ensure the SUV is a complete family vehicle during the week and has room enough to be a spacious lifestyle getaway vehicle at weekends.