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Toyota Avanza X On sale at RM83k

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UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) will soon introduce the new Toyota Avanza 1.5X with a rugged theme in its appearance. This new variant is on sale from 5th Feb 2018 with pricing starting from RM82,700 (excluding insurance, for private registration in Peninsular Malaysia). The new variant comes with front and rear bumpers having black coloured extensions and silver mouldings as well as over-fenders around the wheel arches. The over-fenders, finished in black, provide additional protection from road debris that may be thrown up by the wheels. At the same time, it visually lessens the gap between the tyres and wheel arches. The side cladding also contributes to the rugged image while having a functional purpose of protecting the bodywork. New rear combination reflector units are integrated with the rear lights, providing a stylish touch at the rear end of the Avanza 1.5X. Also available as optional accessories are a Roof Ornament and 16-inch alloy rims with a unique design. Both items complement the rugged and modern appearance of the vehicle. The new Avanza 1.5X is still very much a family-oriented MPV with accommodation for up to 7 persons on 3 rows of seats. For flexibility in carrying people or cargo or both, the second row and third row of seats are divided into two equal sections and can be folded for extra cargo space.   Every effort has gone into providing a comfortable atmosphere for all the occupants to enjoy every drive in the Avanza. The dual-blower air-conditioning system with second blower mounted on the ceiling ensures cool air reaches passengers in the third row. Customers who wish to upgrade their infotainment system can opt for either the optional DVD-AVX or DVD-AVN systems. Both come with large touchscreens and reverse camera displays and the DVD-AVN includes an internet browser (requires a wifi internet connection by the user) and GPS route navigation. All Avanza variants, including the new Avanza 1.5X, have high levels safety, especially with respect to collision impacts. There are dual front airbags and every one of the seven occupants has a 3-point seatbelt which gives better restraint over the upper body as well as two ISOFIX points on the second row for ease of installing and securing compatible child seats. All Toyota models come with a 5-year warranty and unlimited mileage for peace of mind ownership. The warranty is available for the next owner within the first 5 years which further enhances the value of the car. The new Avanza 1.5X can be viewed from February 24 onwards when there will be a Toyota Weekender event at all showrooms. For more information, kindly visit toyota.com.my.

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Scania wants to offer total public transport solutions

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At the recent SWEDEN-SOUTHEAST ASIA BUSINESS SUMMIT, Scania was moving its sustainable, automatized and digitalized solutions ‘hard’ to attending media and government officials to show how efficient and productive public transport systems using quality reliable buses can enhance lives of society and improve profitability for the city.

Scania aims to drive sustainable mobility in rapidly growing cities with the clever, cost-efficient bus systems offered through its efficient buses.

Efficient public transport is essential for sustainable cities. Future mobility requires an understanding of the complexity of urban planning, as well as solutions that both increase bus use and decrease operating costs.

Scania’s services and solutions for public transport are tailored for all urban centers, including emerging markets and fast-growing smaller to medium-sized cities that are just developing their infrastructure. Scania’s approach is to prioritize cost and CO2 efficiency, as well as user-friendliness, quietness and safety.

Bus Rapid Transit systems are the most cost-effective way of serving growing populations. Bus Systems by Scania include a toolbox that combines biofuel-ready engines, power electrification and bus systems. Scania is able to provide full-scale bus solutions that transport 50,000 passengers per hour and per direction, as well as systems for lower capacities.

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Scania’s turnkey solutions include vehicles, automatic fare collection systems, fleet management systems, and consultancy services for improving traffic flow and the development of infrastructure investments, as well as vehicle service and maintenance.

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SCANIA LEADING THE SHIFT TOWARDS SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION  

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On the 6th and 7th of February 2018, Scania shared how they lead the shift towards sustainable transportation at the recent Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit (SSEABS) held in Kuala Lumpur. Scania was one of the main sponsors of SSEABS with Sustainability as a theme. Hosted by H.E. Mr. Dag Juhlin-Dannfelt, Ambassador of Sweden to Malaysia and honoured by the presence of Y.B. Dato’ Sri Mustapa bin Mohamed, Minister for International Trade and Industry and Mikael Damberg, Minister for Enterprise and Innovation, Sweden; SSEABS was organised by the Embassy of Sweden in cooperation with Business Sweden.

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Erik Ljungberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Corporate Relations, Scania groip was a panel speaker in a discussion on “Creating a Sustainability Mindset.” Scania also led two Industry Talk Day sessions in Day Two under the theme of “A Sustainable Mindset – Key Driver for Future Growth.” The topics of “Future City Transport Solutions” and “Circular Economy – Waste to Wealth” was graced with guest speakers Alexander Mastrovito, Head of Sustainable Transport Solutions, Scania Asia & Oceania and David Lantz, Sustainability Manager, Scania Southeast Asia.

“The future of transport will be increasingly sustainable, automatised and digitalised and we are investing heavily in these areas. But no one knows exactly what the future will look like. Business models will change and value will be created in a different way than today,” said Mr. Ljungberg. He added, “The transportation industry is undergoing rapid changes right now. We are approaching a tipping point where the convergence of technology and business models will accelerate the change and where the demand of sustainable transport solutions will take off and become the new normal.”

There are no silver bullet solutions – the road ahead cannot focus on a single technology or a single fuel. We have to make the transport value chain more efficient, which is why Scania focuses on three areas in order to capture the benefits of a holistic approach:

  • Energy efficiency
  • Alternative fuels & Electrification
  • Smart and safe transport

To deliver a sustainable transport system all three must be combined.

The future of transport will be driven by coalitions of organisations, cities and nations that will show the way and to take out the risk for our customers. Scania’s continues to experience the common denominator for all successful cases – widening the scope and start-up joint co-operations with all involved parties: the transport buyers, the transporters, us and the fuel and infrastructure suppliers.

“Most importantly we are bringing with us our close customer relationships and the trust they continuously give us to support them to reach their business goals, today and tomorrow,” concluded Mr. Ljungberg.

The Sweden-Southeast Asia Business Summit 2018 was a follow-up to the inaugural business summit that took place in 2016. This business summit was jointly hosted by Team Sweden in Malaysia, which includes the Embassy of Sweden, Business Sweden and the Malaysian Swedish Business Association (MASBA) and had participation from Swedish companies across business sectors ranging from service to manufacturing and retail that are present in Southeast Asia, from the large multinational companies to small and medium sized enterprises.

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Renault Trucks Launches Mobile Version of Optifleet

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Renault Trucks is launching its Optifleet application, the mobile version of its fleet management tool. Optifleet can now be used remotely on cellphones or tablets, enabling transporters to track their fleets anywhere, any time and respond quickly to any unexpected events.

The simplified interface of the Optifleet application enables fleet managers to access their vehicles in a click and seamlessly allocate new assignments (My fleet now) or track and assess individual driving behaviour and use of trucks by its drivers (Ecoscore). There are in fact three modules to help transporters optimise driver behaviour, manage fleets efficiently and control operating costs:

– The Check module provides technical vehicle information that is especially useful in reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. This includes the Ecoscore feature, which tracks and analyses driving styles and identifies areas in which action can be taken to reduce fuel consumption.

– The Map module geo-locates vehicles in real time, analysing routes taken in order to optimise time and kilometres driven.

– The Drive module provides information on driving times and enables operators to remotely access data from driver cards and tachograph memories

With this new Optifleet mobile application, Renault Trucks is further developing its solutions to provide support for transporters committed to tracking and lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. Thanks to real-time fleet management, operators can respond more quickly and increase profitability, whilst increasing their own customer satisfaction. In practice, Optifleet can generate savings of up to €5,000 per year per vehicle.

The Optifleet application is now available for download from AppStore and Google Play. Use of the application is subject to subscription to the Optifleet service.

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Ranger Wildtrak pickup truck is still No.1

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The Wildtrak pickup boasts a full array of cutting-edge technology to help drivers stay connected and in control. With SYNC 2 the latest generation of Ford’s in-car connectivity system installed, Wildtrak drivers get a smarter and safer ways to stay connected. Using natural voice commands, like “temperature 18 degrees”, “play Michael Jackson” or “home”, the driver can control the car’s climate controls, entertainment system and navigation system more easily than ever before.

 

An 8-inch touchscreen places more controls at the driver’s fingertips, with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation. The Wildtrak also features additional 240-volt power sockets that can be used to power the kids or your laptop/tablet when the juice runs low.

There is also an array of truck segment best driver assist technologies included.

  • Lane Keeping Alert & Lane Keeping Aid
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Forward Alert
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Driver Impairment Monitor
  • Hill Launch Assist
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Adaptive Load Control
  • Emergency Brake Assistance

Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2-Diesel Specifications

Engine: 5-cylinder/16v Turbo Diesel

Power: 200bhp @ 3000rpm

Torque: 470Nm @ 1750-2500rpm

Capacity: 3198cc

Transmission: 6-speed auto

Price: RM132,188.00

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Lynk & Co Sold Out In China In Just 2 Minutes

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Lynk & CO had a 3-day online sales campaign in China for the ‘01’ model in November last year. In just over 2 minutes, the stock of 6,000 vehicles was sold out. Officially the vehicle went on sale in 150 brand stores across the country on Nov. 28.

Visser said the start of sales in China was crucial to give management confidence in its current targets, which include a half million vehicles by the end of 2021, roughly a quarter coming from Europe.

Volvo owns 30% of Lynk & CO, while Geely Automobile Holdings holds 50%. The rest is with Zhejiang Haoqing Automobile Manufacturing, which is controlled by Zhejiang Geely. Lynk & CO shares the production line with the Volvo XC40 in a factory in Luqiao, which is 350 km south of Shanghai.

Lynk & CO will decide in the coming weeks whether to go ahead with plans to build the 01 crossover in Europe at the end of next year, its top executive said at an industry congress.

The 01, the brand’s first model, shares its platform with the XC40 manufactured by Volvo Cars in Ghent, meaning one option would be to locate production in Belgium. Another is simply to import it from China, where the vehicle is currently built at a plant in Luqiao.

Visser said there was a third option that included production on the European continent elsewhere. He declined to say whether this might be assembly at a contract carmaker such as Austria’s Magna Steyr or Finland’s Valmet.

Visser’s comments follows remarks by Volvo CEO Hakan Samuelsson that Volvo could build Lynk & CO cars in Belgium and may also extend its European service and logistics infrastructure to the new brand.

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This is a super truck. Ford Ranger Raptor

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The first ever Ford Ranger Raptor is no pretender. It will be Malaysia’s first ever factory-built, factory warranted, off-road performance truck. This is no option pack performance kit. This is a uniquely designed, engineered and fully tested off-road performance truck.

One look at the Ranger Raptor and you know this is no ordinary truck. From the unique front grille, front and rear bumpers, front bash plate, wider front and rear guards, high-spec running boards, alloy wheels and off-road tyres, the Ranger Raptor is designed and engineered from the ground up to meet strict Ford Performance DNA requirements.

The unique Ranger Raptor ladder frame chassis was reengineered and strengthened with High Strength Low Alloy (HSLA) steel to meet the tough demands that off road performance driving commands. Tested extensively in the harshest desert environments in both Australia and the USA, the Ranger Raptor chassis delivers maximum toughness and high-spec performance.

Ranger Raptor’s powertrain was chosen to deliver high power and torque outputs with minimum weight. Ford’s latest technology BiTurbo diesel engine and first ever 10-Speed transmission combine to deliver excellent off-road performance while also ensuring the driver is in the right gear at the right time.

The Ranger Raptor’s race-bred suspension has been specifically crafted to tackle the toughest terrains, smoothing out jumps, bumps and ruts.

The Ranger Raptor’s Terrain Management System (TMS) allows you to excel in a variety of terrains, not just the desert. With just the push of a button on the unique leather steering wheel, drivers can switch between six different modes: Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock and last but definitely not least, the off road racing inspired Baja mode.

  

The Ranger Raptor isn’t just tough, it’s also incredibly smart, with a host of standard features and Driver Assist Technologies (DATs) like SYNC® 3 voice activation system, Satellite Navigation, active and passive safety features like Electronic Stability Control (ESC),Trailer Sway Control (TSC), Hill Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descent Control (HDC), Load Adaptive Control (LAC) , Lane Departure Warning (LDW) with Lane Keep Assist (LKA) and Roll Over Mitigation (ROM).

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ISUZU Still No.1 As MALAYSIA’S PREFERRED COMMERCIAL VEHICLE

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Isuzu Malaysia ushers in 2018 on a high note, as it tops Malaysia’s 2017 commercial vehicle market by maintaining its position as the No. 1 preferred commercial vehicle (CV) operator for four consecutive years.

Although faced with market uncertainties and price increase due to the depreciating Ringgit, Isuzu Malaysia still managed to not only retain their spot as CV No. 1, but also managed to capture a 13% share in the pick-up segment, in addition to 20% sales increase in after-sales parts.

Based on the overall sales figures recently released by the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), Isuzu’s ELF Light Duty truck remains a firm favourite with 5,237 units sold in 2017. Despite a slight decline in Total Industry Volume (TIV), Isuzu managed to considerably improve its market share in the CV segment to 37.1%, as compared to 2016’s share of 36.3%.

In his New Year’s address, Chief Executive Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Sdn Bhd, Koji Nakamura, expressed his delight over Isuzu’s ability to stand firm as a company and perform well despite the various economic hurdles faced in 2017. Furthermore, Nakamura cited the public’s trust in the Isuzu brand and the long-term value that their commercial vehicles had to offer played a major role in ensuring Isuzu retains its CV No. 1 position for the fourth consecutive year.

Nakamura also attributed the company’s remarkable achievement in 2017 to the unyielding support and services provided by Isuzu Malaysia’s skilled staffs and dealers, in maintaining good relationship with customers, aside from the outstanding quality and reliability that Isuzu trucks had to offer.

According to Nakamura, “A successful company must have good business vision. Heading into 2018, our strategy is to ensure that customer satisfaction always comes first. We will continue to ensure our customers’ needs are handled with great care and consideration, while providing excellent after-sales services at all times. Despite the current economic outlook, it is important to always offer added value to our customers.”

“Being No. 1 for the fourth consecutive year verifies the excellent quality of our products, in addition to first-rate services offered at our Sales and Service centres located nationwide. The ability to maintain this ranking also proves Isuzu’s reliability in providing time-saving and cost-efficient logistics to suit any business needs,” he continued.

Aside from the impressive sales volume of the Isuzu ELF Light Duty trucks recorded by MAA in 2017, Isuzu commercial vehicles in the Medium Duty, High Duty and Prime Mover categories also cemented the brand in achieving the No. 1 rank for preferred Commercial Vehicle in Malaysia.

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MAN Delivers 100 Lion’s City models in Netherlands

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Since the end of last year, 100 MAN Lion’s City buses have mastered most the Dutch city of Almere’s urban and regional transport. But the new city buses generated a buzz even before officially starting service when they drove to the handover location in a convoy on a motorway bus lane created especially for the event. Overall, when parked in a straight line, the buses reached a length of around 1.5 kilometres, or close to a mile – an impressive sight to behold.

The group of vehicles consists of fifty-seven Lion’s City LFs that are 15 metres long, ten MAN Lion’s City LFs that are 12 metres in length, and thirty-three 15-metre-long MAN Lion’s City LEs. This means Keolis Nederland has the largest 15-metre fleet in the Netherlands. Along with other routes, the buses are being used in an innovative bus rapid transit (BRT) system introduced in the Dutch city.

In close cooperation between MAN Truck & Bus and Keolis Nederland, the MAN Lion’s City models were fine-tuned to meet customer requests and needs. For instance, the buses are fitted with smart card readers, transponders, mirrors for the driver to monitor the interior and a camera system. The city of Almere had placed great importance on equipping the vehicles with cameras to ensure maximum safety for passengers and drivers. In addition, the safety cab can protect the driver with an electrically activated slide-up glass barrier. The new buses are able to impress in terms of driving comfort too – as agreed by the 100 Keolis drivers who drove the MAN Lion’s City from Hoogeveen to Almere in their spare time.

Following a tender, Keolis Nederland manages all public bus services in Almere. In addition to the innovative buses, passengers can expect a tightly kept schedule, a comprehensive network of stops, good infrastructure and extensive communication and information from the service styled as “allGo”.

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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter all new 2018 model arrives

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Since its market launch in 1995, the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter has given its name to an entire vehicle class thanks to its outstanding qualities. Today the third generation of this best-selling van is celebrating its world premiere in the newly constructed Mercedes-Benz logistics centre on the Mercator island in Duisburg. It can now be ordered in Germany at a price from 19,990 euros (price excluding VAT). It will be available in the Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle centres and Van ProCenters from June. The new eSprinter will enter the market in 2019. It is part of the strategy of Mercedes-Benz Vans for electrification of the commercial van fleet.

“The inland port in Duisburg stands for globality and modern logistics at the highest level. It is therefore the perfect environment in which to present the new Sprinter. The Sprinter continues to embody the traditional attributes that have made it so successful worldwide since its market launch – flexibility, robustness and economy. At the same time it impresses with unrivalled modernity, for example with its connectivity and incomparable variability. This makes it the first end-to-end system solution for commercial fleets, both for Mercedes-Benz Vans and for the entire industry,” says Volker Mornhinweg, Head of Mercedes-Benz Vans.

Constant control over the fleet with Mercedes PRO connect services

The third Sprinter generation impresses with its progressive design plus comfort and safety features at passenger car level. At the same time it offers maximum cost-effectiveness thanks to lower total operating costs and customer-oriented features. Comprehensive internet connectivity is one of the most important new features. The new, networked services of Mercedes PRO connect combined with the likewise completely new MBUX multimedia systems (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) provide the perfect basis for all logistical and transport requirements. This begins with the complex management of a large fleet and ends with the small company fleet. Mercedes PRO connect links the fleet manager with all the vehicles and drivers in the fleet. This enables assignments to be managed online, and vehicle information such as location, fuel level or maintenance intervals to be retrieved almost in real time. Eight packages available ex factory with central fleet, vehicle, driver and location-based services will be introduced on market launch of Mercedes PRO connect. These include e.g. Vehicle Supervision, Vehicle Operations, Fleet Communication, Maintenance Management and a digital Driver’s Logbook.

Even more variable, and at home in all sectors

Panel van, Tourer, pickup, chassis, bus or traction head as body types, three drive configurations, cab designs, body lengths, tonnages, load compartment heights and equipment features: these parameters alone allow a further increase in the number of possible Sprinter variants. More than 1,700 different versions can be configured as a result. This maximised modularity defines the core of the new Sprinter concept, reflecting both sector-specific requirements and different customer segments. The product range includes e.g. solutions for courier services on the last mile delivery, for goods transport over longer distances or for service technicians using their vehicle as a mobile replacement parts store. The new Sprinter can also be put to work as a camper van or bus, and for example is used as an ambulance by rescue services.

Technical highlights: Front-wheel drive and two new transmissions

The well-proven drive concept with rear and all-wheel drive is now supplemented with a new front-wheel drive system. For reasons inherent to the design, the payload of this version increases by 50 kilograms compared to rear-wheel drive. An 80 millimetre lower loading sill makes the loading/unloading of commercially used Sprinters and access/egress to and from the living and sleeping area of camper vans considerably more convenient.

The technical highlights of the new Sprinter include two newly developed transmissions for front-wheel drive. The nine-speed automatic torque converter transmission is a first in the large van segment. The gear ranges are graduated to give an optimum balance between low consumption and agile handling. Other virtues include a low noise level and outstanding ride comfort. The new 6-speed manual transmission impresses with maximum gearshift comfort and no irritating vibrations of the shift lever.

Practical interior and weights up to 5.5 tonnes

The driver’s workplace is uncluttered, practical and designed to meet the relevant transport requirements. The improvements include ergonomically shaped seats, keyless start and an improved air conditioning system. A variable stowage concept ensures that everything has its place. The load compartment also scores with clever detailed solutions. Loadable wheel arches and fully usable load compartment heights in combination with front-wheel drive increase versatility. The maximum load capacity is 17 cu. m., with tonnages up to 5.5 tonnes.

Mercedes-Benz Vans also raises the Sprinter segment to a new level where safety features are concerned. The assistance systems available for the new Sprinter include e.g. a reversing camera showing its image in the rear-view mirror, a modern Parking package with a 360-degree view, a rain sensor and wiper with an integrated Wet Wiper system ensure optimum visibility even during the wiping process.

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