Browsing Archive April, 2017

Mitsubishi Triton now with best-in-class warranty and uncompromising safety

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, officially launched the 2017 Mitsubishi Triton today. The refreshed pick-up truck boasts significant improvements in safety and premium features for an even value-for-money pick-up truck.

The Triton’s status as an all-rounder is sealed with a warranty that’s unparalleled in the segment. It’s the only pick-up* truck boasting a 200,000 km or 5 years warranty for ultimate peace of mind (*Up to 2.4L category).

Mitsubishi enhanced Triton 2017From L-R Malaysian Motorsport Athlete, Leona Chin, CEO, Mr. Shinnishi and COO, En. Ilham

The enhanced Mitsubishi Triton gets a big boost in safety and now scores the maximum rating of five stars in the ASEAN NCAP crash test  (NCAP Five-Star: Applicable for Adventure variants only)withthe availability of 7 SRS airbags (Applicable for Adventure variants only), consisting of front, side and curtain airbags, plus a driver’s knee airbag. This full suite of airbags helps to cushion all occupants in the event of a collision.

Mitsubishi enhanced Triton 2017A dark chrome grille now adorns the bold front end of the Triton

Also new to the enhanced Triton is the Active Stability & Traction Control (ASTC) system (Applicable for VGT variants only), a safety net that assists in keeping the vehicle in control during over-steer and under-steer situations or slippery and rugged conditions, by maintaining traction.

The Triton, which is renowned for its car-like driving qualities and comfort, also receives new features for 2017 that gives it a more rugged and bolder image. A dark chrome grille now adorns the bold front end, while new design side steps improve entry and egress.

Automatic bi-xenon HID headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights on VGT variants provide outstanding illumination for the road ahead, as well as a striking signature look. The Adventure X variant takes the rugged theme further with 17-inch dual-tone alloy rims and a front bumper shield extender.

The latest Triton’s cabin has been updated with a new four-spoke multi-function steering wheel with audio, Bluetooth cruise controls, and a new instrument cluster. The VGT Adventure variant also receives an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat for comfort and convenience in addition to leather seats and a reverse camera to assist in parking.

As before, all new Triton models are imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from Mitsubishi Motors’ global production hub in Thailand.

Prices and colour options for all six variants are as listed in the table below:

No Variant OTR Price without insurance GST inclusive (RM) Available Colours
1 Triton VGT Adventure X AT (4×4) 130,900.00 Impulse Blue, Titanium Grey
2 Triton VGT Adventure AT (4×4) 123,130.00 Earth Green, Titanium Grey, Pearl White
3 Triton VGT AT (4×4) 114,400.00 Pearl White, Sterling Silver, Titanium Grey
4 Triton VGT MT (4×4) 107,600.00 Titanium Grey, Sterling Silver
5 Triton MT (4×4) 93,920.00 Pearl White, Sterling Silver
6 Triton Quest MT (4×2) 77,390.00 Pearl White

Mitsubishi enhanced Triton 2017Triton VGT Adventure X- Priced at RM130,900.00,OTR Price without insurance GST inclusive

The enhanced Triton is powered by the latest 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine with Variable Valve Timing technology. Coupled with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT), it produces a strong 181 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque, and boasts 15% better fuel efficiency compared to the previous 2.5-litre engine.

This is achieved through MIVEC’s finer control of the engine valves for improved performance, while lightweight aluminum alloy blocks keeps weight to a minimum. This modern powerhouse also uses a timing chain for lower maintenance costs and a longer service lifespan. It also boasts minimum levels of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) for a comfortable drive and further enhancing the Triton’s car-like refinement.

Powertrain options include a 5-speed automatic transmission with manual mode, and a new 6-speed manual transmission for the VGT MT.Mitsubishi’s renowned 4WD system, switchable through the Easy Select knob with shift-on-the-fly, provides various drive modes for any terrain or weather. The Triton is also nimble in the urban jungle with best-in-class turning radius of just 5.9m (5.7m for 2WD).


MAN Updates the Lion’s Coach


It’s obvious at first glance that this is a real MAN. Modern yet timeless, the updated MAN Lion’s Coach marks the launch of a new MAN design language at the front, rear and sides. The designers focused on clearly separating the functional areas of the driver’s cockpit and passenger compartment, the luggage compartment and the drive unit. The new headlights are an immediate eye-catcher. And for the first time – like the rear lights – they can be installed as all LED. LED dipped and main beam lights are around 50% bright than halogens. Also, LED light is more diffuse, and has a much greater range. A particularly distinctive feature of the new headlight is the strip-form brand-specific daytime running light. The interior has also been attractively refreshed.

A glance under the bonnet indicates that the new MAN Lion’s Coach is as economical as ever. With its optimised Euro 6 engine, it also enjoys benefits including an extended axle ratio and increased power output. Lots of assistance systems are also available, such as the topography-based MAN EfficientCruise cruise control system with the EfficientRoll coasting function, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), the Lane Guard System LGS, and MAN Attention Guard. A new generation of shock absorbers and optimised chassis tuning additionally deliver enhanced ride comfort, improved handling, and higher safety reserves.

The new MAN Lion’s Coach will be publicly launched at this year’s Busworld in Kortrijk.


Scania Trucks to Get Apple CarPlay


Scania is introducing Apple CarPlay to the new truck generation’s infotainment system, allowing for smart, safe and smooth access to all the functionality of iPhones by mirroring them seamlessly. Scania is among the first in the industry to offer Apple CarPlay in heavy trucks.

“Scania’s infotainment system will work with Apple CarPlay, the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while on the move,” says Björn Fahlström, Vice President, Product Management, Scania Trucks. “Apple CarPlay support is being introduced in June 2017, and earlier devices can be updated, provided that they have voice recognition. By intro­ducing this functionality, we will offer even more driver comfort and increased safety. For truck drivers, who spend a lot of time behind the wheel, everything that makes life on the road easier, simpler and safer is very much appreciated.”

Apple CarPlay functionality will be available for customers who have a Scania Infotain­ment System with a 7” touch screen (AUS4) and the Voice Control Option. Devices from Apple with iOS 7 or higher can be paired via USB cable to the Scania Infotainment System.

“This is yet another example of how Scania continues to offer new seamless services and functi­o­na­lity in the new truck generation,” says Fahlström. “Apple CarPlay is an industry-leading tech­nology of the kind we will offer more of in our trucks in the near future.”


Hino Trucks Adds Dealers to Certified Ultimate network


Hino Trucks is proud to introduce the latest group of dealers that have been selected as “Certified Ultimate”, Hino’s dealer excellence program.

From new products and services to training and dealership presentation, Certified Ultimate Dealerships are setting a new benchmark in the industry. Hino customers can expect an Ultimate Ownership Experience that delivers higher standards at every touch-point throughout the lifecycle of product ownership at these locations.

To be considered for certification these dealers are exceeding exceptional performance goals and are fulfilling stringent customer total support requirements in the areas of Facilities, Business Processes and Personnel Training. The locations below have gone through the extensive process of certification and now join our current group of seven Hino Trucks’ Certified Ultimate dealerships.

Tim Matheny, President of Matheny Motors had this to say about being selected, “The Matheny Hino Team is excited to become a Hino Certified Ultimate Dealer. As a Certified Ultimate Dealer, extensive training and additional standards for our parts, sales and service department allows our employees to be more engaged and invested in improving the customer experience. Through the process of becoming Certified Ultimate, our [dealership] environment has become more safe, organized and customer focused.”

About Hino: Hino Trucks, a Toyota Group Company, assembles, sells, and services the most environmentally friendly lineup of Class 4-7 conventional and cab-over commercial trucks in the United States. Headquartered in Novi, Michigan, Hino boasts a network of over 200 dealers nationwide committed to achieving excellence in customer service and support.

Hino Trucks is the premier medium duty nameplate in the United States with a product lineup that offers a fully connected vehicle with low total cost of ownership, superior fuel economy, unmatched reliability and maneuverability, and the most comprehensive bundle of standard features in the market. For more information, visit our internet home page at or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


Volvo B8R Bus Makes Global Debut


Volvo Buses is now starting the global launch of its latest chassis powered by the 8-litre Volvo engine. The Volvo B8R and Volvo B8RLE replace the top-selling Volvo B7R and B7RLE, which saw a production run exceeding 40,000 units and sales in 65 countries. Higher power output, the same low fuel consumption, longer oil-change intervals and a high safety level are some of the features that characterise the new chassis models.

The Volvo B8R and B8RBLE have been marketed in Europe since 2013 and in 2017 Volvo Buses will continue rolling out the new models globally. Buses on the Volvo B8R chassis are already being built in India. This summer several Asian markets are in line such as Malaysia and Thailand, along with Australia, the Middle East, Africa and South America.

“With the introduction of the Volvo B8R/RLE we are reinforcing our global offer with a modern and flexible product range that gives our customers even better scope for operations that boost life cycle cost-efficiency,” says Håkan Agnevall, President of Volvo Buses.

Flexible configuration
Just like their predecessor, the Volvo B8R and the low-entry Volvo B8RLE version are designed to form the foundation for both city buses and intercity buses, as well as tourist coaches and school buses. A robust structure using tried and tested components in the chassis and driveline create the prerequisites for high reliability and availability. The buses are also equipped with the Volvo Bus Electronic System, which means they are factory-prepared for future software upgrades.

Fuel-efficient driveline
The engine is the Volvo D8, Volvo’s own 8-litre common rail diesel producing 330 hp and up to 1200 Nm of torque. Despite a 40 hp increase in power, the new engine is at least as fuel-efficient as its predecessor. The oil change interval has been extended from 30,000 to 40,000 km in city traffic, and from 50,000 to 80,000 km for buses in long-distance operations.

High level of safety
The Volvo B8R and Volvo B8RLE were designed to meet high demands on driving properties, comfort and safety. The standard equipment includes features such as Volvo’s electronically controlled disc brakes and ESP (Electronic Stability Program).
The Volvo B8R can also be specified with I-Coaching, a system that helps the driver drive more safely and fuel-efficiently by providing continuous feedback.

The chassis will be built in the Volvo Buses factories in Borås, Sweden and Curitiba, Brazil, for local final assembly and bodybuilding.

Facts, Volvo B8R and Volvo B8RLE

  • Volvo B8R: Length 10.1–13.1 m. Width 2.4 m. Wheelbase 4.5–7.4 m. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) up to 19 tonnes.
  • Volvo B8RLE: Length 10.2–12.5 m. Width 2.5 m. Wheelbase 4.5–6.8 m. Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) up to 19 tonnes.
  • Driveline: Volvo D8, in-line six-cylinder diesel engine producing 330 hp/1200 Nm in Euro 5 or Euro 3 configuration. Choice of several transmissions.
  • Brakes and stability enhancement systems: Volvo EBS, ABS, Brake Blending, Hill Start Aid, Brake Assist, Volvo Electronic Stability Program (ESP), integrated hydraulic retarder.
  • Driver’s station: Volvo’s ergonomically designed driver’s station, easy to view instruments and individual steering wheel adjustment.

Volvo Trucks grows its market share in Malaysia

Volvo Malaysia announced today that it had recorded an increase of 4.8% in sales for its Volvo truck brand for financial year 2016, compared to the previous year. The growth was achieved through the sale of 370 units of trucks, which also led to the brand capturing 45% of the market share in European heavy-duty prime mover segment in Malaysia, making it the top truck brand for the year.

Commenting on the growth, Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia said, “The overall heavy duty truck market in Malaysia had actually shrunk by 5% in 2016, mainly attributed to a slowdown of the economy and currency depreciation, which resulted in companies scaling back on their capital expenditures. Despite a challenging business environment, we managed to stay on course with our business strategy and effectively utilised our resources to achieve continued growth.”


“Our success for 2016 is definitely a continuation of our record achievement from three years ago, where we enjoyed a 38.5% growth in truck sales, marking our most robust growth in the past fifteen years,” said Nilsson.

In recent years, Volvo Malaysia started to embark on several new strategic initiatives aimed at driving the business forward. These included a RM75 million investment on network expansion that involved the relocation of some of its dealerships to new sites for customers’ better access and upgrading of facilities and technical skills for quality services. This effort has enabled Volvo Trucks to establish better dealer coverage of within three hours from one workshop location to another.

The company had also actively pursued more market opportunities by enhancing aftermarket support and increasing the number of training sessions for its customers’ truck drivers.


Nilsson also remarked, “Our strategy revolves around satisfied and productive customers. As one of the world’s largest commercial vehicle companies, we are constantly utilising technology to create smarter, reliable and safer trucks that deliver greater productivity.”

“Although trucks constitute our main product selection, the quality of our aftermarket products and services remains a crucial component in the overall customer experience with Volvo Trucks. Thus, the reason we have made significant investments in upgrading all our dealerships in accordance with our global operating standards.”

The company’s largest flagship dealership was opened in Port Klang early last year as part of its network strategy to raise the bar in customer excellence, and has since recorded a service intake of more than 3,500 trucks with faster turnaround time.

volvotrucks2Other than upgrading its physical facilities, Volvo Trucks also continues to engage with truck drivers through its annual Fuelwatch Challenge to foster greater customer relationship and create safer road environment.

“Safety has always been a key priority at Volvo Trucks. We approach it from three aspects – safer truck, safer driver and safer society. Our Fuelwatch Challenge teaches drivers about the importance of safety and fuel-economy. We had a participation of more than 1,400 truck drivers from all over Malaysia last year, which was a 28% increase from the previous year. It has become increasingly popular as our customers have started to see the benefits to their business bottom line through better quality drivers.”

The strategic investments and customer-focused initiatives the company has undertaken in the past few years to deliver long-lasting truck ownership experience have paid off, according to Nilsson.

He said, “Volvo Trucks was recognised as the number one brand in customer satisfaction, with an 83% rating in Customer Service Index (CSI) for the European trucks segment, based on feedback gathered recently by an independent research agency.”

However, he added that although this proves that the range of trucks made available for the local market alongside the implementation of its dealership network and customer service enhancements are working well, the company aims to achieve much more.

A major plan this year would include the launch of a new premium flagship truck offering the latest in fuel economy, safety features and with massive torque and haulage power.

On this, Nilsson shared, “The new truck that we are launching soon will push the boundaries of what a premium heavy-duty truck can offer in terms of fuel economy, reliability, ergonomics, superior handling, safety and uptime. It will be made available in Malaysia very soon.”

On the company’s long-term plans, Nilsson said, “Volvo Trucks is gearing up towards the opening of regional borders under the ASEAN Economic Community agenda. When trade borders open, this means that a company can transport goods from Singapore all the way to Thailand or vice versa without having to change prime movers, if they are using a reliable truck, or have its cargo inspected, just like in Europe. We have the most number of dealerships in Malaysia among European brands. This is one of our strengths which we plan to leverage by looking into setting up a common regional call centre in Malaysia that can collectively and seamlessly cater to the needs of our local and regional customers once the trade borders open.”

Nilsson added that Volvo Trucks has made significant business investments thus far and looks forward to more opportunities to further reinforce its foothold in the country.



Scania Strengthens Digitalisation Area with New Chief Digital Officer


Mikael Cato, will take up the position of Chief Digital Officer on 15 May 2017. He will report to Scania’s President and CEO, Henrik Henriksson.

“The digitalisation of Scania is delivering results and is now on the way to becoming one of our main processes and will be a success factor in our efforts to make continuous improvements in all areas of our business. Mikael Cato’s role as Chief Digital Officer will be to develop, accelerate and coordinate our digital transformation,” says Henriksson.

Mikael Cato, born in 1972, has worked at the management and ITconsulting company Acando since 2014, where he a member of the Group Management team as head of Area Digital. Since 1998, he has held various management positions in digital business development and technology at Connecta, Valtech and Cybercom.

“I am looking forward to the assignment. It will be very exciting towork with digitalisation at Scania, which operates in an industry characterised by great change and where digitalisation is a vital issue,” says Mikael Cato.


Toyota Hilux gets Tonka Treatment

Toyota is rekindling childhood memories with the reveal of a stunning concept vehicle that brings together the iconic Tonka and “unbreakable” Hilux brands. A full-size dream toy for adults, the Hilux Tonka Concept is an impressive rock-crawling truck that combines the enviable reputations for toughness and durability that dominate the Toyota and Tonka DNAs. The high-riding off-roader celebrates Hilux’s breakthrough in becoming Australia’s best-selling vehicle last year, alongside significant global anniversaries for both Toyota and Tonka. It was conceived, designed, assembled and tested by designers and engineers from Toyota Australia’s 150-strong product planning and development division.


Product design chief Nicolas Hogios said the extreme style and capability of the Hilux Tonka Concept would capture the imagination of kids and adults alike.

“We have taken Tonka out of the sand pit and reinvented Hilux from top to bottom and from nose to tail,” Mr Hogios said.

“Inspired by the Tonka trucks that kids play with in their backyards, the Hilux Tonka Concept goes way beyond the already hugely capable abilities of Hilux to traverse rocks and other rugged terrain,” he said.

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Underneath the dramatic black-and-yellow livery of the Hilux Tonka Concept is the top-of-the-range production Hilux – the SR5 double cab with a powerful 2.8-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine.

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An extensive makeover starts with substantially extra ground clearance – an increase in ride height of 150mm (6 inches). Combined with a high-riding axle, heavy-duty suspension and 35-inch diameter tyres, the Hilux Tonka Concept is equipped to power over rugged terrain that would be off-limits to other off-roaders.

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A new front bar is compatible with the vehicle’s safety systems while the bonnet has a carbon-fibre skin and features an aggressive “power bulge” and air scoops.

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High-performance off-road LED lighting in the bar and roof pod combine to provide excellent night vision for off-road trails. A rugged bash plate made from 6mm-thick alloy is designed to protect the sump and other vital components. Tubular side rails protect the body and chassis.

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Behind the cabin, almost everything has been changed. The transformation includes a new tailgate, also wrapped in carbon fibre, that incorporates an integrated spoiler and two air vents for optimal airflow. A durable, lightweight strap rather than a handle releases the tailgate.

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Inside the tub, a removeable tubular frame keeps all the gear in place, including diesel fuel cans, while storage boxes house the recovery gear needed for extreme off-road driving. A fire extinguisher, axe, shovel and high-lift jack are also fitted.

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Tonka is a household name, celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. Equally renowned, Toyota is in its 80th year of incorporation. Since Hilux was first launched in 1968 it has earned and reinforced its reputation for being “unbreakable” and for being popular.

To the end of February this year, Australians have bought more than 920,000 examples including 530,000 4x4s and 390,000 4x2s. Globally, Hilux sales have topped 16 million. Last year, Hilux became the first vehicle other than a passenger car to be the best-selling vehicle in the country.

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Toyota Australia’s product design and engineering capabilities have global reach, supporting the development of vehicles manufactured for Australia, the Asia-Pacific region and other markets. While the Hilux Tonka Concept is not destined for dealer showrooms, adults and kids alike will have the opportunity to share the dream as it tours 4WD shows, field days and expos around the country.