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Stelvio SUV pushes up Alfa Group sales by 60%


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.


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.


RM29,988 savings on a NEW Range Rover Velar SUV


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.













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



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.


Volvo Trucks Presents Second Electric Truck Model in 3 Weeks

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.


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.


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.

Volvo Buses Receives Order for 143 Luxury Coaches From Dubai



Volvo Buses and Famco Al Futtaim Auto & Machinery Co (Famco) have secured an order for 143 intercity coaches from Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA). The coaches will be the first Euro 6 standard buses in the Middle East.

The order for 143 Volvo luxury intercity coaches is not only FAMCO’s biggest deal with the RTA to date, but also the single largest purchase of intercity coaches by any transport authority in the region. It is also the first time that Euro 6 buses will commercially operate in the Middle East. The coaches will be delivered over a period of two years.

The Volvo B11R Euro 6 chassis will have a Sunsundegui SC5 body. The coaches will be equipped with future-ready ITS systems for fleet tracking, premium interiors, luxury ISRI lightweight ergonomic seats, and comfort accessories required by a modern commuter like USB charging capabilities, foot rests, cup-holders and plush wooden finish flooring.

The buses will include the Volvo Driver Support System, aimed at providing class-leading safety for all road users. The system includes Forward Collision Warning and Emergency Braking functionality, where the technology automatically applies full brakes to the bus if a collision with a vehicle in front is imminent and the driver doesn’t react to the initial warning.  It also includes an Adaptive Cruise Control that automatically keeps a set distance to the vehicle in front and a Lane Keeping Support System, which warns the driver if the coach is about to cross a lane marking unintentionally.

Volvo’s B11R is the first bus in the Middle East to meet the strict Euro 6 standards of fuel efficiency and emissions; aiding the successful signing of the deal which was evaluated against the RTA’s rigorous 10-year total cost of ownership requirements, including fuel and operational costs.

Volvo’s 11-litre 430hp Euro 6 engine adheres to the most stringent level of emission requirements for diesel engines the world over, bringing local pollutants of particulate matter (PM) and nitrogen oxides (NOx) down to very low levels – 0,01 g/kWh for PM and 0,4 g/kWh for NOx.

The Volvo engine also delivers uncompromised power and performance. Combined with a suite of smart fuel-saving services like the Volvo I-Shift gearbox, advanced engine management system and I-Coaching; a real-time device which offers the driver continuous on-the-job training with instant feedback on their acceleration, braking, cornering and over-revving, it ensures a safer and more fuel-efficient journey.

Akash Passey, Senior Vice President for Volvo Buses Region International commented on the order:
“Being the first bus manufacturer to introduce Euro 6-standards to the Middle East has enabled us to deliver the most fuel efficient, cost effective and environmentally conscious public transport solution, helping the RTA to continue to lead the way in safety and sustainability. These buses mark the beginning of a new breed of modern buses focused on delivering clean, safe and efficient public transport.”

“The Volvo coaches will be operating not only in Dubai, but across the entire UAE, bringing people closer and uniting communities, and we’re proud to be a part of the RTA’s goal to increase the community’s mobility via public transport by as much as 30% by 2030”, said Nigel Johnson, Senior Managing Director, FAMCO UAE.



DAF Trucks Presents Limited 90th Anniversary Edition XF Prime Mover



DAF Trucks presents the limited 90th Anniversary Edition of the New XF. This truck commemorates the fact that 90 years ago Hub van Doorne laid the foundation of DAF: now one of Europe’s most successful truck manufacturers. The anniversary edition features a premium option package, exclusive striping and subtle exterior design elements. To stress the exclusivity of this special truck it comes with the class leading Super Space Cab and PACCAR’s most powerful 530 HP/390 kW MX-13 engine.

The 90th Anniversary Edition is limited to only 250 vehicles. It is available as a 4×2 tractor (FT) for the markets on the European continent and as a 6×2 tractor (FTG) for the UK and Ireland. Each vehicle features a unique number, which is visible in both the decorative finish inside the cab as well as in the specially illuminated DAF logo panel that can be seen when the door is opened.


Unique striking exterior
The unique limited edition of DAF’s ‘International Truck of the Year 2018’ is available in three attractive metallic colours: Anniversary Black, Rouge Flamme and Jamaica Blue. Coloured strips in blue or red on the grille express the exclusivity of the XF 90th Anniversary Edition. A hand crafted version of DAF’s famous historic logo is proudly displayed on the front of the truck, as well as on the sides and back of the cab.

Top of the line options
DAF’s unique 90th Anniversary Edition has a very rich specification. It features – among other things – an air suspended Super Space Cab with all exterior parts in cab colour, LED headlights, Skylights, fog and cornering lights, a roof air deflector with side collars, side skirts (4×2) and Alcoa aluminium wheels. Air horns are mounted on the cab roof.


Unique interior
The ultra-comfortable interior – in Exclusive trim – has unique features like the embossed historical DAF logo in the head rest of the Xtra Leather air seats. DAF’s classic logo is also applied to the deco strips on the doors, on the Driver Information Panel and the high-end radio-navigation system. Furthermore, the interior trim is equipped with full leather seats, leather armrests and door panels and a leather finish on the steering wheel. Climate control, a roof mounted parking cooler, TruckPhone, a microwave, DAF’s renowned refrigerator under the lower bunk and the DAF Night Lock are all included.

Luxury gift set
Each 90th Anniversary Edition of the XF comes with a numbered, luxury gift set. The set includes a full leather travel bag, a stylish jacket with leather details, a DAF Waterman pen in customized leather box, a leather credit card wallet and a 90th Anniversary Edition sketch signed by DAF’s chief designer Bart van Lotringen.


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“When developing his trucks, Hub van Doorne focused on technology, functionality and driver comfort”, stated Preston Feight, President of DAF Trucks. “The elite 90th Anniversary Edition pays respect to the founder of our great company.”