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Volvo Trucks Malaysia To Deliver 28 Trucks to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd



Volvo Trucks Malaysia handed over brand new Volvo trucks to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd in an official handover ceremony held at their HQ in Lukut, Port Dickson. The handover saw 17 units delivered to Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd, with an additional 11 set for delivery in 2019.

The senior leadership team of both Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd and Volvo Trucks attended the ceremony. Of the 17 trucks handed over during the ceremony, two were Volvo FH440, seven were Volvo FM370 and eight were Volvo FM440. The remaining eleven will be five Volvo FM370 and six Volvo FM440.

Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd is a road transportation logistics company established in 2001 and was a result of the merging of several companies and their fleets to form one consortium. The business primarily operates in Port Dickson, Westport, Puchong/KVDT, Kapar, Kempas/Johore and HICOM/Shah Alam with Shell Malaysia Trading Sdn Bhd as their main customer.


Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd is one of the best haulage companies in the region based on their safety and operational excellence
with acknowledgement coming from many industry players.

Richard Tee Chu Wong, Managing Director of Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd said, “The addition of 28 new Volvo trucks are a testament to our commitment to provide even better services to our customers and to help them achieve their business goals efficiently. Having also signed the Volvo Service Agreement, we now have the ease of mind when it comes to maintenance of our Volvo trucks. I am confident that our
choice of including these additional trucks to our fleet will allow us to go further in the oil and gas transportation industry.”

Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd presently owns and operates 15 Volvo Trucks. The addition of 28 new trucks from the handover will see Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd boast a total of 43 Volvo trucks in their fleet, servicing clients in several location across Malaysia.

The decision to purchase the trucks by Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd was made based on the healthy relationship built between the two companies over the years as well as in acknowledgement of the quality of aftermarket services offered by Volvo Trucks.

Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd also hopes to learn more about handling and maintaining their Volvo trucks through this handover.

“We at Volvo Trucks strive to provide the best offerings, both in terms of our trucks and our services, to all our customers,” said Mitch Peden, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Malaysia.

“Especially with Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd’s clientele in the oil and gas industry, safety and quality are the two most important aspect to look at when looking for a transportation partner. It is an honour to be the top choice with the addition of 28 brand new Volvo Trucks to their fleet. We will continue to offer our best in class services to ensure the highest performance and return on investment for our
business partners.”

With a good record of performance, Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd has further grown its business by diversifying to industrial gases, other oleo chemical products as well as retail petrol stations. In the future, Konsortium PD Sdn Bhd also hopes to expand into the warehousing business.


Yutong To Become Leading Electric Bus Supplier In South America



Yutong Bus has reached agreements to deliver 100 full electric buses to Chile. Having sent more than 20,000 vehicles to Latin America over the past 15 years, Yutong has become the leading Chinese bus supplier on the continent.

The 100 full electric buses will be used by Buses Vule and STP Santiago to serve the Santiago public transportation system. Yutong‘s delivery comes as the Chilean government has launched an environmentally-friendly urban development policy, part of which includes a program to replace current city buses with new-energy vehicles by 2050.

E12 Electrical Bus, the model Yutong will deliver to Chile, is equipped with 324kWh power capacity and low energy consumption. The model comes with a 150kw DC charge, making it easier and faster for the vehicles to charge. It only takes 2 hours to fully charge the bus. Under the premise of continuing the vehicle operation, the buses can be charged at a lower price at night, reducing the cost of the client’s subsequent operation.


“For 13 years we’ve been strengthening our presence in Chile, deploying the ‘Yutong Model’ of customized products, accessories, financing and comprehensive protection to serve different customers in different markets,” said Chang HaoYutong‘s deputy general manager of overseas markets.

Yutong has ranked as the No.1 Chinese bus exporter in Latin America in the past three years, with a total of 20,635 buses delivered to date, making up 54% of all Chinese exports in the sector, demonstrating the Company’s leading position on the continent.

To serve vehicles that are already in use in ChileYutong has set up seven service stations in partnership to provide one-stop service, as well as operational training. The courses on driving, maintenance, vehicle structure, emergency handling and troubleshooting are provided especially for new energy bus.

In 2017, Yutong saw a total sale of 67,568 large- and medium-sized buses including 24,865 new-energy buses. It has become the world-leading new-energy bus maker with international recognitions, successfully entering the markets in the United KingdomFranceChileBulgariaIceland and Macao in China.


Chevrolet Bison designed to take on the Ford Raptor


This is the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison which looks like a product designed to take on the Ford Raptor head on. The Bison is Chevy’s first collaboration with American Expedition Vehicles (AEV), a premium off-road aftermarket manufacturer.

For maximum protection of key undercarriage elements while driving over rocky, jagged terrain, Bison features five skid plates covering the engine oil pan, fuel tank, transfer case and front and rear locking differentials. Designed by AEV, these skid plates are constructed of hard, durable hot-stamped Boron steel.

AEV-designed stamped steel front and rear bumpers further shield the truck from obstacles. The front bumper contains winch provisions and standard fog lights, with recovery points integrated into the rear bumper. An exclusive, flow-through “CHEVROLET” lettered grille replaces the traditional bowtie on Bison’s front end. The 31-inch Goodyear Wrangler Duratrac off-road tires sit beneath larger fender flares and wrap all-new, ZR2 Bison-specific 17 x 8-inch aluminum wheels. This new Colorado variant also features “Bison” decals on the bed sides, an “AEV Bison” logo on the tailgate and embroidered AEV logo floor liners and front head restraints.


The Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison also comes equipped with,

  • Class-exclusive front and rear locking electronic differentials.
  • Revolutionary, segment-exclusive Multimatic DSSVTM dampers.
  • Off-road rocker protection.
  • Cast-iron control arms.
  • Autotrac transfer case.
  • Like ZR2, Bison also features a modified rear axle with a 3.42 ratio, front and rear tracks widened by 3.5 inches and a factory suspension lifted 2 inches over a Colorado Z71.

The new Chevrolet partner for Malaysia has not been revealed as yet but rumors suggest 2 companies are looking at the Chevrolet franchise. The first is a long established automotive group and the other is brand new industrial equipment supplier. More will be shared soon.


Evoque PHEV variant for Malaysia after NAP 2018 arrives


The Evoque joins the Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in offering plug-in hybrid (PHEV) options and it might just come to Malaysia if the National Automotive Policy 2018 (NAP) gives incentives for PHEV and low emission vehicles.

For this new Evoque PHEV, Land Rover will add a 300-volt plug-in hybrid will toward the end of next year. It will have an electric motor mated to a new 3-cylinder petrol engine that will reduce CO2 emissions to below 45 grams per km.

The Evoque’s all-wheel drive versions will be available with a 48-volt mild-hybrid that adds a belt-driven starter-generator to capture energy lost in braking and add electric assistance under acceleration.

The engine will also shut off below speeds of 17km/h to save fuel and reduce CO2 emissions. The most fuel efficient mild-hybrid diesel version has CO2 emissions of 149 g/km, Land Rover said.

Electrification is key to reducing JLR’s CO2 levels below the agreed 135 g/km average needed to avoid fines when the European Union introduce tougher CO2 emissions limits for new vehicles in 2020/21.

JLR’s average European emissions are currently at 178 g/km, the company said earlier this year. JLR said last year every new model will come with electrified options from 2020 onwards.

The most powerful option is a petrol version with an output of 296 hp. The Evoque will continue to be available with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. This new Evoque is not bigger than the model it replaces and features almost identical footprint. However, thanks to Land Rover’s new mixed-metal Premium Transverse Architecture, it provides more room for the passengers, especially at the back. The cargo space is some 6% larger at 610 liters growing up to 1,430 liters with the rear seats folded. Look out for its arrival here in Malaysia in the coming months.


Rainforest Challenge 2018 fueled by Petron

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Petron returns to power one of the world’s top ten toughest motor race off-road events, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) Grand Finale in Malaysia as the official fuel sponsor and engine oil partner. Petron fueled more than 150 4×4 vehicles participated by 300 off road driving enthusiasts from 30 nations to compete against the odds in Malaysia’s dense tropical rainforest starting 24 November.

“Petron is proud to be a partner of this super league of extreme 4×4 motor sports as its official fuel partner for the third year. The Rainforest Challenge has definitely brought out the best sporting spirit in everyone. This year, we introduced our engine oil Petron Rev-X Engine Oil to complement the Turbo Diesel Euro 5 in this legendary race for an even better performance and excellent engine cleaning action. This partnership underscores our products’ superiority, which have been proven to be the best fuel-lubes match even for the most adventurous off-road race as well as for your daily journeys,” said Choong Kum Choy, Head of Retail Business of Petron Malaysia.

“RFC is, indeed, proud to have Petron as our fuel and engine oil partner especially as we face tough conditions during the monsoon season. Drenched terrains demand toughest products to keep us going. The adage ‘When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Gets Going’ is very appropriately applied to Petron’s products in the Rainforest Challenge. This year, we faced the longest off-road sector under monsoon conditions but we are very confident that the fuel and engine oil from Petron enables us to finish the race,” said Founder and Creator of Rainforest Challenge & RFC Global Series, Luis J.A. Wee.

Petron Turbo Diesel Euro 5 is formulated to improve engine performance, ensure better fuel economy, and extend engine life. It has much lower Sulphur content, 10 parts per million and is 50 times cleaner than Euro 2M diesel, helping reduce exhaust emissions and withstand the extreme heat of today’s fuel injection systems. Petron Rev-X Engine Oil protects the engine with Dynamic Cleaning Technology (DC Tech) to keep the engine clean for improved wear protection and smoother operations.

RFC Malaysia, the pinnacle of 4×4 extreme off-road racing is the finale event from the RFC Global Series (RFCGS) which is a worldwide off-road racing circuit spanning 22 nations with 45 events. This year, the route will take participants from Kota Bahru, Tanah Merah, Kuala Krai and ending at Gua Musang. Stages of the race are named Predator, Terminator and Twilight Zone which include navigating the endless steep downhills and uphill, crossing narrow bridges, tropical swamps, steered around the brown-red mud pools and cutting across the mighty river at Bering.

The event was flagged off on 24 November at Dataran Redha, Kota Lama Kota Bharu, with local police cars escorting the racing convoy to Tumpat Pantai Sri Tujuh for their first overnight campsite. The participants refueled at the Petron service station in Belimbing, Tanah Merah before entering the challenge’ pitstops at Air Naga, Gua Harimau and Bering.

Due to the long off-road section out of reach of any towns or villages, all race and support vehicles must carry enough fuel to last them from 27 November right up to closing day on 4 December. Teams entered the final stopover at Pos Gob pit stop – the deepest aborigines’ settlement in Kelantan that marks their 6th campsite for the race. The off-roaders next preceeded their journey for Kuala Betis and have their tanks refueled for the final time at Petron service station in Gua Musang.



Daimler Buses To Have More “Disabled Friendly” Features



In conjunction with the “International Day of People with Disability” on 3rd December, Daimler Buses announced that one of the focus of the company from now on will be on people with restricted mobility.

The company said that it welcomes them daily on coaches and buses of the Mercedes-Benz and Setra brands – for example with low-floor entry and extended areas for wheelchairs and baby buggies.


The vehicles are also equipped with a kneeling function which enables them to be lowered at stops.

Features like the Integrated rail and lift systems and flexible seating versions enable people with disabilities to reach their destination in comfort and safety in coaches from Daimler Buses.


Bus operators whose vehicles are for example used on German long-distance routes can convert or remove rows of seats in a few easy steps; for example in the new Setra S 531 DT double-decker bus, which provides sufficient space for two wheelchairs in the special long-distance coach version.

For example, the Setra S 531 DT even has low-level entry and an integrated folding ramp providing access to the wheelchair spaces.


KLIMS 2018 Comes To An End……Next?       


After 10 days at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC), the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18) crossed the finish line.


KLIMS’18 exhibitors had a successful participation in establishing brand awareness. A representative at Proton booth commented that KLIMS was a good opportunity for PROTON to showcase their advancement in technologies. Ford was at KLIMS’18 to launch the Ranger Raptor, the first Ford performance vehicle to set foot in Malaysia. The Ranger Raptor was introduced to the market at KLIMS’18, along with Ford’s safety technologies through immersive and socially shareable activities. Ford has garnered an overwhelming response to their booth activities.


Jade Loh, Marketing Manager from UD Trucks commented that KLIMS’18 had provided a good platform for UD Trucks to drive awareness as trucks are not often available for the public to get a close-up view, it has become a highlight as visitors were taking photos with their trucks. Some of the magnificent truck displays include the UD Quester, UD Croner and UD Kuzer.


Sherene and Neo Su Siang, Assistant Marketing Managers from 3M Malaysia mentioned that the feedback from visitors had been positive as many were able to learn about the products offered by 3M such as the automotive solutions, tinting film (3M AutoFilm), car wrap (3M AutoWrap) and other auto care products. Included in the auto products list of exhibitors at KLIMS’18 were also Ravenol, Osram, V-Kool, NGK Spark Plugs, NTK Technical Ceramics and many more.


Many exhibitors had received bookings for their vehicles at KLIMS’18. Boon Siew Honda and Daihatsu were among the exhibitors. Boon Siew Honda is well-known for motorcycles such as the Africa Twin Adventure Sports, CB1000R and X-ADV models. Cherylene, Marketing Manager of Daihatsu said they had secured bookings for their vehicles. Some of Daihatsu’s light commercial pick-ups and panel vans which were showcased at KLIMS’18 include the Gran Max Panel Van 1.5L and the Gran Max Pick-Up 1.5L.


Second-time KLIMS visitor and full-time grab driver Kelvin Tan enjoyed the motor show. He said that KLIMS’18 opened his eyes to the automotive world and expanded his search for automotive products. Another visitor, Eric Ho commented that he and his friends were at KLIMS’18 to see the automotive offerings that will be available next year. Visitors Lee Siew Ching and Soo Hup Hoe came to KLIMS’18 to see future launches and new automotive technologies. Fadly, a local citizen and Gregory Chong from Singapore were excited to experience KLIMS at a new and spacious venue and gave praise on the show’s organisation and performances. Lawyer Peter Yap, who is also a motoring enthusiast, complimented on the exhibitor’s booth designs and commented that he is looking forward to the next KLIMS.


Popular exhibits among the 74 automotive companies were the concept cars on display – Toyota FT-Supra Concept, i-Road and TS030-Hybrid, Lexus LS+ Concept and Perodua X-Concept. Many new car models such as the Mitsubishi Triton, Hyundai Santa Fe, Ford Ranger Raptor, Kia Stinger, Peugeot 3008 SUV, C.A.M. Co-Star and Citroen C3 Aircross were launched in KLIMS’18.


Exhibitors also gave visitors a preview of vehicles that may enter Malaysia’s market next year, such as the Kia Cerato that was displayed in Chrome wrapping, DS7 by DS, Proton X70, Honda HR-V RS and Nissan Leaf.


In addition, the unveiling of the New Mustang which was flown in specifically for the 10-day KLIMS’18 ahead of its official launch next year was a big hit. Peugeot displayed an array of vehicles like the 3008 SUV, 308 GTi, 308FL THP and 5008. Petronas brought in a collection of the latest Mercedes-Benz models such as the AMG-C43, CLS450 and S450 along with Yamaha R1 & Yamaha YZF 1000 R1 Le Rossi and Lorenzo Replica as part of their Yamaha Bikes display.Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (Greentech Malaysia) had a Tesla Model S on display at KLIMS’18, in line with its mandate as a leading organization in spearheading green technology for environmental sustainability in Malaysia.


Apart from display vehicles, visitors were also able to participate in activities and demonstrations such as Augmented Reality (AR) Experience and Virtual Reality (VR) Test Drives in various booths. There was also a sensory room to demonstrate Honda Sensing. PETRONAS had brought in motorsport e-Gaming, merchandises and services to mirror their petrol stations, along with their new service, Setel – a cashless solution to petrol payments.


The 10-days of KLIMS’18 saw visits from dignitaries and government officials. The most anticipated visit was from YAB Tun Dr. Mahathir, the prime minister of Malaysia. Duli Yang Teramat Mulia Tengku Sarafudin Badlishah Ibni Al Aminul Karim Sultan Sallehuddin, Raja Muda Kedah, as well as governors Tuan Yang Terutama Yang di-Pertua Negeri Sarawak Tun Pehin Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud with Toh Puan Datuk Patinggi Hajjah Raghad Kurdi Taib, YB Dr. Abdul Rahman Ismail, with YBhg. Puan Dayang Maimunah Bt. Haji Awang Muhammad Daud and Tuan Yang Terutama Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Sabah, Tun Datuk Seri Panglima Haji Juhar bin Haji Mahiruddin from East Malaysia.


YB Dato’ Saifuddin Nasution bin Ismail, Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs; YB Datuk Seri Shamsul Iskandar bin Mohd Akin, Deputy Minister of Primary Industries; Datuk Seri Dr. Ismail bin Hj. Bakar, Chief Secretary to the Government as well as Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) secretary general YBhg. Datuk Isham Ishak and his deputy YBhg. Datin K. Talagavathi with other government officials from MITI.

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Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Formula One racer Valtteri Bottas made his appearance at PETRONAS booth for a “Meet & Greet” Session with fans in Malaysia.

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The last day of KLIMS’18 ended with a grand finale of KLIMS’18 Visitors’ Grand Prize Lucky Draw after the entry forms closed at 9pm with a live stream on KLIMS’18 Facebook page.


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KLIMS’18 was held from 23 November to 2 December at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). The opening hours were 11am to 10pm on weekdays and 10am to 10pm on weekends. Follow KLIMS’18 on Facebook,instagram or logon to for more information.





Isuzu Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. held a special event to honour and commemorate their commercial vehicle fleet customers from the Southern region. Isuzu Malaysia’s Customer Appreciation Night 2018 took place at the Merlot Hall in Millesime Hotel, Johor Bahru. The event served as a gesture of immense gratitude and appreciation for the staunch support shown by its fleet customers throughout the years.

The Customer Appreciation Night 2018 was attended by 150 guests, mostly comprising of Isuzu fleet customers hailing from Malacca, Johor and Negeri Sembilan. Furthermore, the management and representatives from Isuzu Malaysia head office were also present, in addition to 14 dealer representatives from Isuzu authorised dealers from the Johor region. The event was also attended by local members of the media.

Highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Appreciation Awards given to selected Isuzu fleet customers, from the 68 companies that were invited exclusively for the event. These companies have chosen Isuzu trucks as their No. 1 choice for commercial vehicles, in which 10 of those companies received special awards and acknowledgements from Isuzu Malaysia.

The evening kicked-off with a mesmerising LED Water Drum performance, followed by welcoming remarks and a toasting led by Isuzu Malaysia Chief Operating Officer, Atsunori Murata.

Subsequently, Murata also took the opportunity to convey the company’s gratitude to all guests for making the time to participate in the event despite their busy schedules. In his speech, he shared that the unwavering support and trust shown by business partners all these years have helped Isuzu to maintain the No. 1 spot for the most preferred commercial vehicle based on sales volume in all segments in Malaysia, for 4 consecutive years from 2014 until 2017.


Moreover, Isuzu Malaysia is committed and determined to consistently provide top-notch after sales services and support, to ensure commercial customers are able to run their businesses with complete peace-of-mind. Through Isuzu Service Centre (ISC) – Isuzu Malaysia’s flagship after-sales facility located in Shah Alam, customers will be offered an elevated level of comprehensive, professional and efficient vehicle care, aside from ensuring a quicker turn-around time for vehicle servicing.

Later in the evening, an awards presentation ceremony was held for several categories, in which a total of 10 awards were presented to various companies.  Seven awards were given out for the ‘Light-Duty Customer Appreciation’ category, two awards were given out for the ‘Medium-Duty Customer Appreciation’ category, and one award was for the ‘Heavy Duty Customer Appreciation’ category.

The evening also saw several exciting entertainments held, including an intricate Sand Art Animation Performance and a stand-up comedy routine by Malaysia’s Queen of Comedy, Joanne Kam Poh Poh.