Browsing Archive May, 2018

Isuzu Malaysia Announces Revised Prices After 0% GST For Full Product Range

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Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd has officially announced the revised prices for all its existing models in conjunction with the recent announcement on zero-rated GST starting from 1 June 2018 onwards.

These new prices will take effect until the implementation of the Sales and Services Tax (SST).

Isuzu Malaysia Chief Operating Officer for Light Commercial Vehicle, Masayuki Suzuki says that with the 6% GST removal, it is the best time to make a purchase and customers should take this opportunity to place their bookings.

“There is no better time to own a brand new Isuzu model. We hope that with these new prices and tax structure, our customers will take the opportunity to upgrade while new customers will be attracted to become an Isuzu owner”, he added.

The new price of Isuzu mu-X starts from RM166, 709.20 and Isuzu D-Max price starts from RM80, 889.20. Summary of the new prices :-

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Volvo FH Celebrates 25th Anniversary

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Today, Volvo Trucks celebrates the 25th anniversary of the industry changing Volvo FH. The truck was designed with a revolutionary cab and a unique driver focus. In 1993, it was the most technically advanced truck of its time and a quarter of a century later, it remains an innovative leader, not the least within areas that directly benefits drivers, such as safety and driver care. With added groundbreaking solutions within environmental care and productivity, it’s clear that the Volvo FH has changed the world of trucking – and there is more to come.

Since its introduction in Malaysia in April 2017, the Volvo FH has set the new standard for premium heavy haulage. Customers such as Chip Jun Sdn Bhd, Central Kargo Sdn Bhd and Haiweima Sdn Bhd. were quick to purchase the trucks as soon as they hit the market.

Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia, said, “25 years down the road, it is easy to see how close to our hearts the Volvo FH is to us. It has become the industry standard for long-haul trucks, a prime representation of the innovation and passion that we put into our work here at Volvo Trucks.”

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Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks, sees the Volvo FH as the backbone of Volvo Trucks when it comes to image as well as creating profitability for the customers and offer a state of the art workplace for the drivers. He recalls how the bold introduction in 1993 marked the start of a very successful time for Volvo Trucks.

The first version was based on a new chassis whose dynamic design facilitated flexible solutions for different transport applications. Everything had a clear business focus, including the fuel-saving aerodynamics, groundbreaking driveline and the Volvo Engine Brake.

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It was however the new cab that really signaled how the Volvo FH was something special. Volvo Trucks early on decided to put the driver at center stage and over 1,500 drivers took part in extensive clinics. The end-result—a safer and comfortable cab that created a whole new driving, resting and sleeping experience.

For drivers this dedication meant no less than three cab facelifts between 1993 and 2008. In 2012 the all-new Volvo FH was launched, where a completely new cab and an integrated climate system I-park Cool created premium comfort. And features like Volvo Dynamic Steering (2013) has led to easier, safer, more stable and precise driving while reducing strain injuries.

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From day one, the Volvo FH has been a forerunner in safety. Not the least within passive safety, where Volvo Trucks was the first truck brand to offer airbag (1995) and also introduced Front Underrun Protection System (FUPS) in 1996, ten years before it became a legal requirement. This progress continues to this day and the truck is also equipped with the latest active safety systems.

Alongside driver comfort, safety has been the guiding star when designing the cab. During the development, the truck was subjected to thousands of simulated collision tests and around a hundred real crash tests. Collision-absorbing beams and doors are made of dual-phase steel and the body paneling is made from the strongest available steel. In short, every detail of the exterior and interior design work together to make the Volvo FH the safest truck to date from Volvo Trucks.

The Volvo FH has taken performance and productivity of heavy-duty trucks to a new level. Among the many innovations, the revolutionary gearbox I-Shift (2001) deserves a special mention. It’s today a benchmark in the industry and has evolved to meet different demands and needs. The I-Shift Dual Clutch is especially beneficial for regional and long-haul transports on hilly and curvy routes. All gear-changes are precisely timed without loss of power or torque, which improves driver comfort and allows higher average speed. For construction and heavy transports, I-Shift with crawler gears is ideal. It permits the truck to start from a standstill with loads of up to 325 tons and drive as slow as 0.5 km per hours, which make precision maneuvers in tough terrain easier to perform.

Image11. I-Shift with Crawler Gears (2016)

The I-Shift is a perfect example of how an innovation that benefits drivers and operators, also reduces the truck’s footprint. Environmental care is one of Volvo Trucks’ core values, and year by year the Volvo FH has reduced its emissions and fuel consumption. A major leap came in 2017 with the launch of Volvo FH LNG. This gas-powered truck delivers the same performance as other Volvo FH trucks, it can be run on either biogas, which cuts CO2 by up to 100 per cent, or natural gas which reduces CO2 emissions by 20 per cent compared with diesel. This relates to emissions from the vehicle during usage, known as tank-to-wheel.

“We have had a really impressive journey with the FH, and there are many thrilling news coming up. Given the new technologies, we are really excited to continue on our successful journey together with our customers and their drivers,” says Claes Nilsson.

The Volvo FH is the only model to be named truck of the year three times—1994, 2000 and 2014—and almost one million units of the model has been sold. When launched in 1993, Volvo Trucks announced that the future is here. A quarter of a century later the company is adamant that the Volvo FH is still the truck of the future.

“There are so many possibilities to create fantastic improvements. We will explore all of them to make sure that the Volvo FH remains the drivers’ first choice and keeps delivering profits for our customers. Without revealing too much, it’s safe to say that the coming years will be even more exciting than the first twenty-five,” Claes Nilsson finishes.

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Stelvio SUV pushes up Alfa Group sales by 60%

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Alfa Romeo is making a comeback, but not yet for Malaysia. European demand for Alfa’s are up and without being present in all markets. Selling around 170,000 cars in 2017, Alfa Romeo was up 60% on 2016. For the past 5-years, the relaunch of Alfa Romeo has been a staple auto news story. But, finally, it looks as if the brand has gained traction.

It’s thought that Alfa sold around 170,000 cars in 2017 which the majority of them has been the upmarket and expensive Giulia and Stelvio SUV and this has resulted in a jump of about 60% on 2016.

Unsurprisingly, it is the Stelvio SUV that is making the most headway. Just like Porsche years ago when the Cayenne was released, it rebounded the company’s profits with just the Cayenne SUV sales.

According to JATO Dynamics, in February this year, the SUV outsold the Porsche Macan across the 28 EU markets. The Stelvio was also ahead in sales over the handsome Jaguar F-Pace.

No surprise, then, that Alfa will be rolling out an even bigger luxury SUV after the Stelvio has been so well-accepted by the European market. The profit margins for luxury SUVs are especially handsome and Porsche can confirm this.

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UPC Chemicals Buys 5 UD Trucks

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UD Trucks recently welcomed UPC Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd as the new owner of UD trucks. UPC Chemicals had purchased 5 units of heavy-duty UD Quester through Edaran Setia Auto, TCIE’s authorized private dealer in the East Coast region.

This marks the start of a budding partnership between all parties as the new UD Trucks is the first and only truck brand owned by UPC Chemicals. For marking this milestone, a momentous truck handover event was held at UPC Chemicals’ Port Tank Farm in Kuantan, with attendance from all the companies’ management teams in celebration of this accomplishment.

Chief Executive Officer, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd said, “I am confident that UPC Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd is in good hands because Edaran Setia Auto already has TCIE’s full support in providing excellent UD Trucks aftermarket service and easily obtainable UD Genuine Parts through our vast service network. Our support will ensure that UD Quester trucks perform at their best and contribute to UPC Chemicals’ business by promoting uptime and maximising productivity.”

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UPC Technology Corporation was founded in 1976 as a petrochemical products producer. In addition to continuously focusing on the core chemical business, UPC supports the development of specialty chemicals and logistics service businesses. With 7 manufacturing and logistics centers in China, UPC is expanding its business in the Asia Pacific and has been working closely with local raw material supplier BASF Petronas Chemicals Sdn Bhd to meet the demand of the rapidly growing ASEAN market.

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“To meet the fast-growing business, we know that we should be better prepared to handle more deliveries. We need trucks that are robust, reliable, fuel-efficient and affordable to transport our products to customers in all over Peninsular Malaysia. Together with Edaran Setia Auto, who has been very graciously meeting all our demands, we believe that the new UD Quester will definitely help us increase our business productivity,” said Wu Weiting, General Manager, UPC Chemicals (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

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RM29,988 savings on a NEW Range Rover Velar SUV

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Please find attachment for the updated Land Rover price list with the goods and services tax (GST) rated at 0% from June 1, 2018 until the implementation of sales and service tax (SST).

Every new Land Rover model comes standard with Land Rover Care program. The program include 5 Years Warranty or 150,000 km whichever comes first, 5 Years Servicing or 65,000 km / 3 years Servicing or 60,000 km (Defender) whichever comes first and 3 Years Roadside Assistance.

For more details about the promotion,  customers may contact Sime Darby Auto Connexion Petaling Jaya at 03-92123102, SISMA Auto Glenmarie at 03-92123105, or SISMA Auto Penang at 04-2913079.

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Sime Darby Auto Connexion Announces New GST Zero-Rated Prices for Ford

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Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) today announced the updated prices for its full range of Ford models, effective 1 June 2018 in conjunction with the implementation of the zero-rated GST.

The new prices, which offer savings of up to RM33,000, will remain in effect until the reintroduction of the sales and services tax (SST). Malaysians should take advantage of this tax-free window of opportunity, place their bookings now and get their loan documents submitted and approved so that they can enjoy the GST savings come 1 June, as well as other on-going promotions.

Below is the price list of key Ford models with and without GST. All prices stated are on-the- road, excluding insurance and any short-term promotional offers.

In conjunction with its 10-year anniversary, SDAC is offering incredible deals on selected models until 30 June 2018.
Customers who purchase a Ford Mustang will get to drive home a free brand-new Fiesta 1.5L Sport. Limited units of the Ford S-Max are also on offer at celebratory prices starting from RM147,000.

Additionally, customers who purchase any Ranger Wildtrak variant will receive free service and maintenance for two years or 40,000km (whichever comes first). Customers who purchase any Ranger variant also stand to win fantastic prizes including a grand prize of one brand new Fiesta 1.5L Sport and 15 units of Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones.

Winners are determined through a monthly lucky draw, with five smartphones to win each month. With the first draw completed, there are still 10 units of smartphones to be won. The grand prize winner will be announced after the final draw in June.

To add to the festivities, SDAC is offering more attractive prizes with the ‘Raya Joy & Enjoy’ sales promotion, which will run from 1 June to 13 June 2018.

Through this Raya promotion, one daily prize in the form of electronic goods, a smartphone or a gadget is up for grabs over 13 days in the countdown to the Hari Raya festival.

The offer is valid for registration of any Ford model within the promotional period. Customers are strongly encouraged to book and submit all their loan documents now so they can still be in time to register their vehicles from 1 – 13 June and be in the running to win.

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10 New Volvo Prime Movers For Taipanco  

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The official handover of 10 units of Volvo FM440 6×2 prime movers was held at Taipanco’s office at Bandar Suleiman, Port Klang and was attended by the senior management team members of both companies.

Taipanco Sdn Bhd, together with its wholly-owned subsidiary, Shallas Sdn Bhd specialize in container haulage, warehousing and freight forwarding services. Dato’ Nazari Haji Akbar, Executive Director of Taipanco Sdn Bhd said, “We believe that having a dependable truck fleet is one of the key factors that contribute to our business growth. In the past decade, Volvo Trucks has been partnering with us along our growth journey by continuing to provide us with durable products and reliable after-market services.”

The guests who attended the ceremony were also treated to a unique experience in the Volvo exhibition trailer in which the guests were able to view videos of Volvo Trucks’ products and innovative technology.

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“We are very pleased to host this handover ceremony for our very valued customer and business partner, Taipanco Sdn Bhd, whom we have established a good relationship with for many years,” said Mats Nilsson, Managing Director of Volvo Malaysia.

“With our flagship workshop located right next to Taipanco’s operation base here in Port Klang, we are fortunate to be so close to each other, enabling Volvo Malaysia to provide the best support that we can to ensure vehicle uptime.”

Part of Volvo Trucks’ mission is to provide quality both in terms of products and service. With that in mind, Volvo hopes to continue developing a close customer relationship with Taipanco as well as all their customers, by listening and understanding the changing needs of the customers and responding to them quickly.

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Brabus Adventure 4×4², When You Have Too Much Money In Your Safe  

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Developed as a “cross country” vehicle, the Brabus 550 Adventure 4×42 is a Mercedes-Benz G-Wagon that has been tweaked and prodded to provide the driver with not only more oomph, but also the ability to tackle any and all terrain put in their path. With a revised 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-8, the Brabus 550 Adventure 4×42 generates 542 horsepower and a titanic 590 lb-ft of torque, up from the standard G500 4×42’s 416 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque.

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Underneath the Brabus 550 Adventure 4×42’s massive sheet metal and ladder chassis, Brabus unbolted the massive dual-damper gas bypass suspension setup in favor of custom electronically controlled setup that has individual damper settings including, Comfort, Off-Road, Individual, and Sport. The driver also has the ability to control the suspension’s ride quality of both the front and rear axles, independently.

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Thankfully, Brabus kept the massive portal axles and trick off-road tires. What the company further added was enough over-landing kit to take you, and four friends around the world, off-road, and in complete comfort. Twice.

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Additions include a full set of LED driving lights on the front fascia, underneath the headlights, a massive light bar at the top of the truck, and two more LED lights facing the rear that can be controlled with a joystick located in the cockpit. There’s also a special, super-secret, possibly stealth fighter “blackout” button that turns all of the interior lighting off. Brabus also added a diamond pattern piece of sheet metal that sits atop the truck’s roof rack, a motorized step to get in and out, and a massive winch.

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Scania Gathers World Leaders to Discuss Shift to Fossil-Free Transport System

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Scania will host the Sustainable Transport Forum 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden. The event brings together some of the world’s most influential thought leaders and decision makers. Former US Vice President Al Gore and former Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres, are among the keynote speakers.

Professor Johan Rockström, one of the world’s leading researchers on sustainability issues, will lead the forum. He will, together with speakers and panellists representing governments, cities, international organisations, industry, academia and civil society, stimulate discussions on defining a clear direction for sustainable transport.

The transport sector accounts for a significant share of global greenhouse gas emissions. With urbanisation and social and economic development, the need to transport people and goods increases. It is obvious that progress in the transport industry will contribute to reaching many of the sustainable development goals.

“At Scania we have made our choice. We have taken the decision to be an active leader in the shift towards sustainability in our sector. However, it is only through continued collaboration that we can achieve real change. This is why we gather leaders and decision makers at the Sustainable Transport Forum; to come together to discuss how we can unite, simplify and, most importantly, speed up the pace of change,” says Henrik Henriksson, Scania’s President and CEO.

The forum will discuss what is required to globally reach fossil-free commercial transport by 2050 at the latest, which is the speed of change required. The opportunities for change that are available already here and now will also be a topic of discussion.

“We are committed and we are convinced that we can achieve a fossil-free transport system globally by 2050 in order to meet the Paris agreement target. To make the shift happen, we need to keep challenging ourselves, our partners, our customers, their customers, policy-makers and academia. Scania wishes to be part of the solution and can substantially contribute to reaching the target,” Henriksson says.

In 2016, Scania hosted the first Sustainable Transport Forum to underline its commitment to lead the shift towards a fossil-free transport system.

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Volvo Trucks Presents Second Electric Truck Model in 3 Weeks

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Just three weeks after the unveiling of Volvo Trucks’ first all-electric truck, the Volvo FL Electric, the company is expanding its product range with yet another electric truck. The Volvo FE Electric is designed for heavier city distribution and refuse transport operations with gross weights of up to 27 tonnes. Sales will commence in Europe in 2019.

“With the introduction of the Volvo FE Electric we have a comprehensive range of electrically powered trucks for city operations and are taking yet another strategic step forward in the development of our total offer in electrified transport solutions. This opens the door to new forms of cooperation with cities that target to improve air quality, reduce traffic noise, and cut congestion during peak hours since commercial operations can instead be carried out quietly and without tale-pipe exhaust emissions early in the morning or late at night,” says Claes Nilsson, President Volvo Trucks.

The first Volvo FE Electric, a refuse truck with a superstructure developed together with Europe’s leading refuse collection bodybuilder, Faun, will start operating in early 2019 in Germany’s second-largest city, Hamburg.

“Hamburg, which in 2011 was named European Green Capital of the EU, has worked long and successfully on a broad front to enhance green and sustainable urban development. This applies not least in the transport sector, where electrified buses from Volvo are already being used in the public transport network. The experiences and ambitions from this venture make Hamburg a highly interesting partner for us,” says Jonas Odermalm, Product Line Vice President for the Volvo FL and Volvo FE at Volvo Trucks.

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Prof. Dr. Rüdiger Siechau, CEO of Stadtreinigung Hamburg, sees large potential for environmental benefits with electric trucks in the city.

“Today, each of our 300 conventional refuse vehicles emits approximately 31.300 kg carbon dioxide every year. An electrically powered refuse truck with battery that stands a full shift of eight to ten hours is a breakthrough in technology. Another benefit is the fact that Stadtreinigung Hamburg generates climate-neutral electricity that can be used to charge the batteries.”

The new Volvo FE Electric will be offered in several variants for different types of transport assignment. For instance with Volvo’s low-entry cab, which makes it easier to enter and exit the cab and gives the driver a commanding view of surrounding traffic. The working environment improves too as a result of the low noise level and vibration-free operation. Battery capacity can be optimised to suit individual needs, and charging takes place either via the mains or via quick-charge stations.

“Our solutions for electrified transport are designed to suit the specific needs of each customer and each city. In addition to the vehicles, we will offer everything from route analysis to services and financing via our network of dealers and workshops throughout Europe. We also have close partnerships with suppliers of charging infrastructure,” says Jonas Odermalm.

Facts, Volvo Trucks’ electrically powered trucks

Volvo FE Electric

  • Fully electrically-powered truck for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditions, GVW 27 tonnes.
  • Driveline: Two electric motors with 370 kW max power (260 kW cont. power) with a Volvo 2-speed transmission. Max torque electric motors 850 Nm. Max torque rear axle 28 kNm.
  • Energy storage: Lithium-ion batteries, 200-300 kWh.
  • Range: Up to 200 km.
  • Charging: Two different charging systems are available. CCS2: Maximum charge power 150 kW DC. Low Power Charging: Maximum charge power 22 kW AC.
  • Charging time: From empty to fully charged batteries (300 kWh): CCS2 150 kW appr. 1.5 hours, Low power charging appr.10 hours.

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Volvo FL Electric

  • Fully electrically-powered truck for distribution, refuse collection and other applications in urban conditions, GVW 16 tonnes.
  • Driveline: Electric motor with 185 kW max power (130 kW cont. power) with a Volvo 2-speed transmission. Max torque electric motor 425 Nm. Max torque rear axle 16 kNm.
  • Energy storage: Lithium-ion batteries, totalling 100-300 kWh.
  • Range: Up to 300 km.
  • Charging: Two different charging systems are available. CCS2: Maximum charge power 150 kW DC. Low Power Charging: Maximum charge power 22 kW AC.
  • Charging time: From empty to fully charged batteries: fast charge 1-2 hours (DC charging), night charge up to 10 hours (AC charging) with maximum battery capacity of 300 kWh.
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