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New Scania XT Joins STLS Group’s Fleet

Scania XT, part of the wide range of the New Truck Generation, has entered the construction segment in Malaysia with Sara Transport and Logistic Services Group (STLS Group) receiving the first Scania XT, ready to tackle the toughest challenges while securing uptime and boosting productivity.

The Scania XT has a robust design that can be combined with all cabs and engines to take on the harsh working conditions in particular within the construction and mining industries.

Visually, the highly sturdy heavy-duty bumper that protrudes 150 mm in front of the cab coupled with the skid plate and headlamp protection mesh lend the XT a distinctive appearance that signals both strength and toughness.

These features also provide extra protection against fairly heavy impact or collisions to the truck’s front. An easily accessible towing bolt that is classified for 40 tonnes is also available at the front in case the truck has to pull something out or should it need assistance when laden.

In addition, the Scania XT is part of Scania’s modular system whereby XT customers are able to tailor-made solutions that fit with their business requirements allowing the XT to perform different applications such as tipper, mixer, skip loader, flatbed with crane, and heavy haulage.

The customisable interior that is designed to be dirt and dust resistant also provides the driver with a safe and comfortable working environment.

STLS Group recently purchased 2 units of Scania’s New Truck Generation G460A6X4NZ XT model under a hire purchase agreement with Scania Credit Malaysia to strengthen the premier bulk sand supplier’s current fleet.

The Scania XT truck also come with a two-year Repair and Maintenance Package to provide STLS Group with peace-of-mind and maximum uptime while focusing on their profitability. Currently, STLS Group owns 6 Scania PGR range that are under two-year Maintenance Package and has been a Scania customer since 2012.


Perodua Axia Style Launched In Sri Lanka, Priced at RM89,000

The Perodua Axia Style has made its Sri Lankan debut at the Seylan Colombo Motor Show, which is taking place at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall from 8-10 November.

Local Perodua distributor Unimo Enterprises is collecting bookings for the Perodua Axia Style at the show, ahead of deliveries expected to begin early next year.

The crossover-inspired variant of the 2019 Perodua Axia range that launched in Malaysia in September is priced at Rs 3.895 million (RM89,000) in the island nation.

“As Sri Lanka is the Perodua brand’s biggest overseas market and one that has always been accepting of the Axia, with some 3,000 units sold since 2015, it is fitting as the new Perodua Axia STYLE’s first export destination,” Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad said.

“Sporting rugged-looking bumpers with skid plate elements, all-round body cladding, roof mouldings, a rear spoiler and striking 15-inch five-spoke alloys, the new Perodua Axia STYLE reflects owners’ active lifestyles while retaining all the hallmark Axia qualities of practicality, fuel efficiency, spaciousness and ease to drive,” he added.

Over 2,000 Perodua Axia Styles have found Malaysian homes since its September launch. As for the entire 2019 Perodua Axia range, over 10,400 have been delivered out of over 20,000 bookings received to date.

“SUVs and crossovers are enjoying a big rise globally and we foresee the same trend taking hold in Sri Lanka,” said Unimo Enterprises Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director Mr Mahesh Gunathilake.

“The new Perodua Axia Style offers the active and trendy looks of a crossover in a compact, fuel-efficient, dependable and value-for-money package that we believe will strike a chord with Sri Lankans,” he added.

Unimo Enterprises has sold nearly 16,000 Perodua cars since 1997. Its current line-up comprises the Axia and the Bezza – the latter is Sri Lanka’s best-selling new sub-1.0 litre sedan.

Perodua aims to export 3,270 cars this year – a considerable 50% more than last year’s 2,184 units. Over 80,000 Perodua vehicles have been sold outside Malaysia to date.


New MINI Cooper S Clubman Launched In Malaysia – RM299k

MINI Malaysia has taken the wraps off the new Clubman, featuring a new exterior, interior, as well as many new features.

Priced at RM298,888 on the road without insurance, the new MINI Clubman, which arrives in the Cooper S variant, comes with a fresh new exterior with key features like a domed bonnet, circular LED headlamps outlined in Piano Black, a new front grille which extends across the bumper, as well as the “Union Jack” LED taillights.  

Those who opt for the MINI Yours offering will get 18-inch light alloy wheels in the MINI Yours British Spoke Two-tone design.

Powering the new Cooper S Clubman is MINI’s 2.0-litre TwinPower Turbo engine that is paired to a new 7-Speed Dual Clutch Sports Automatic gearbox, producing 192 hp and 280Nm of torque, enabling a century sprint in just 7.2 seconds.

Thanks to the powertrain package, the new Clubman can reach a top speed of 228km/h while consuming 6.2 litres of fuel per 100 km of travel and outputting 141 g/km of CO2.

Inside, the new MINI Clubman gets a Walknappa Leather steering wheel, Walknappa Leather Lounge Carbon Black seat upholstery, seats with Union Jack motif on the headrests, MINI Yours Interior Styles illuminated in Frozen Blue, MINI Yours floor mats featuring black piping and aluminium-coloured seam patterns, as well as a 12-Speaker Harman Kardon Sound System.

Also new is the high resolution 6.5-inch MINI Navigation System with a touch screen display, which is complemented with the MINI Connected system with built-in 4G SIM technology.

The current update of the MINI Connected app furnishes owners of the New MINI Clubman with an exceptionally wide range of digital services such as Concierge Service, Apple Carplay and MINI Online that allow mobility planning to be integrated seamlessly in day-to-day digital routines.

The app also enables sending navigational information from smartphone to vehicle and receiving departure information as well as the MINI Remote Services – which displays vehicle location, fuel level and other vehicle status details on their mobile devices. The function also allows quick activation of the headlight flash, horn, ventilation and door lock/unlock function.

Exterior colour offerings of the New MINI Clubman include the Indian Summer Red, New British Racing Green, Pepper White, Thunder Grey, Melting Silver and Starlight Blue.

The New MINI Clubman is covered by MINI Malaysia’s 5 Years Roadside Assistance programme, available for all new MINI vehicles with a comprehensive list of services that include a 24-Hour, 365-days-a-year Accident and Help on the Phone and On the Spot Hotline, Free Towing Services and when needed (over 200KM from residential home), Replacement Vehicle, Seamless Mobility, Accommodation, Mobility Services Solutions as well as Repatriation services.

With the Balloon Financing from BMW Group Financial Services Malaysia, ownership of the New MINI Clubman starts from RM 3,418.00 per month (based on estimates of 80% loan on a five-year tenure).

The New Clubman is also covered by a 4-years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service.


Scania buses for SANI Express customers

Sani Express refreshes its huge bus fleet with new state of the art Scania buses for better customer comfort, increased safety and greener travel.

Sani Express Sdn Bhd (Sani Express) has just taken delivery of 23 new Scania buses as part of its business practice of changing its fleet.

A handover ceremony took place at Terminal Bersepadu Selatan in Bandar Tasik Selatan today and saw the first batch of the new buses being presented by Marie Sjödin Enström, Scania Southeast Asia Managing Director to Wan Mohd Iskandar Dato’ Salleh, Sani Express Group Managing Director. Iskandar cited performance, reliability, safety, and lower fuel consumption as some of the reasons for choosing Scania as part of its fleet refresh.

“It is important for us to refresh our buses every five years in order to provide our customers with the best service and Scania buses have proven themselves to be the right vehicles for our passengers. The new Scania buses would give us the opportunity to continue providing our customers with comfortable and worry free travel,” commented Iskandar.

Sani Express has purchased Scania’s K410EB6X2 buses that are equipped with Scania Opticruise function, low noise levels with full air suspension for unparalleled comfort levels, electronic braking system (EBS), Scania Retarder, traction control, better fuel economy with a higher torque at lower revs engine, and fully adjustable steering wheel and hanging pedals for the comfort of the driver. The company also subscribes to the Fleet Management System Control 5 package and Scania Driver Training. These features along with the subscribed packages result in a bus that is safe, comfortable and fuel efficient for long distance travel with minimised impact to the environment.

In addition, Sani Express signed up as a Scania Ecolution partner as part of the company’s sustainability efforts to reduce their fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The partnership focuses on reducing operating cost, which translate to improved profitability while fulfilling the growing demand for green initiatives.

Sani Express, a major bus express company in Malaysia that was established back in 2006, offers bus services to close to 30 destinations across Peninsular Malaysia such as Kuala Terengganu, Kuala Besut, Kota Bharu, Kuantan, Alor Star, Kangar, and Kuala Perlis. The company currently owns a total of 45 Scania buses in their fleet and has been a Scania customer since 2008.

“We are very pleased that Sani Express has once again placed their trust in Scania in providing quality vehicles. Today’s handover is a reflection of our on-going commitment to provide customers with the best profitability and sustainability for their business,” stated Marie.


Isuzu Elf electric truck at Tokyo Motor Show 2019

With electrification taking over the automotive industry, Isuzu Motors has also jumped in on the electrification wave with their Elf Series of trucks.

Isuzu is best known for building some of the most reliable and efficient diesel engines in the world and now comes an all-electric medium-duty truck. The popular Elf truck removes its turbodiesel engine for a battery pack and a set of electric motors for clean emissions logistics.

Isuzu ELF
Isuzu at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show

Isuzu had the electric powered Elf, as well as the upgraded Giga at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

As early as January 2018, Isuzu have been testing battery-electric trucks which had two 40kWh battery packs, between the right front and rear wheels and between the left front and rear wheels. Maximum output was expected to be 150kW and the load capacity is reported to be about 3000kg.

Isuzu also tested their electric drive Elf in America with the Class 4 NPR-HD, which has a gross vehicle weight rating of 14,500 lbs.


Fuso Aero Queen Coach Unveiled In Tokyo

At the recent 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, Fuso truck and bus unveiled their latest long-distance coach for the global market.

In a move aimed to become the leading manufacturer in the Japanese market again, along with its first fuel cell concept truck – the ‘Vision F-CELL’ – on display at the show is the Good Design Award-winning new Aero Queen luxury coach and latest, safety-laden Rosa minibus.

The 2019 series production model Aero Queen features the BusConnect connectivity solution while its sister series Rosa light-duty tourist bus has new safety features, the company states.

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) – showcased the Aero Queen large coach, Japan’s first heavy-duty touring bus installed with Active Side Guard Assist, which is a safety feature monitoring the driver’s left side blind spot.

The Aero Queen also includes other safety features like EDSS, which allows passengers to press a button and bring the vehicle to a safe stop in case the driver loses consciousness, and Active Brake Assist 4 (ABA®4), which is an automatic braking system with slow-speed pedestrian detection function.

In addition, Fuso’s connectivity solution BusConnect® provides fleet managers with real-time information (bus location/trajectory, safe driving, fuel consumption, etc.) of buses in operation, the company states. The system is equipped with a 24-hour monitoring function, such as an emergency response system, when the driver is in trouble and Active Brake Assist 4 (secondary braking) is activated.

Aesthetically, the body design – said to follow the new Fuso Black Belt design identity – won the Good Design Award 2019, recently in Japan.

According to Fuso, in a “conscious move to modernise Japanese driving habits and increase safety and efficiency”, all these new trucks and touring buses (inc. Aero Ace) are equipped with the new automatic mechanical transmission (AMT) as standard, a first time in Japan.


Fuso shows its autonomous truck in Tokyo

Super Great” heavy-duty truck with Level 2 automated driving functions

We were pleasantly surprised at this years Tokyo Motor Show when we saw the impressive stand that FUSO had put up to showcase their latest range of commercial vehicles. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC) – under the umbrella of Daimler Trucks Asia (DTA) has been rather quiet in recent years and at this years show they made themselves well noticed with their stand at the main hall next to the main bus terminal.

Japan’s first heavy-duty truck equipped with SAE Level 2 automated driving technology. Through automated actuation of the steering wheel, accelerator and brakes, and equipped with various driver assistance technologies, driver burdens are reduced and safe driving is supported.

●   Model: FU74HUZ2XVC
●   Engine: 6R20 (T3)
●   Engine displacement: 10.7L
●   Maximum engine power: 290kW(394PS )/1,600rpm
●   Maximum torque: 2,000N・m(204kgf・m)/1,100rpm
●   Transmission: 12 speed ShiftPilot
●   Suspension: Rear air suspension


Hino Malaysia Opens New 3S Center in Klang

Expanding their reach around the country

Hino Malaysia expands its 3S dealership network to support and reap the benefit for customers. Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) upgraded one of its authorised dealers from 1S (Sales) centre to 3S (Sales, Services & Spare Parts) centre. 

Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd (Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles) was nominated as Hino 3S authorised dealer to offer the best sales, service, and spare parts also aim to reap a multitude of benefits for the esteemed customers.

The new 3S centre is operating in Klang District, addressed at No. Lot 230, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa /KS 01. Telok Gadong Kecil, Klang. Located within the same radius of Port Klang, the largest port in Malaysia, it is a strategic area as Port Klang is the main trade route and commercial and industrial hub of the country.

Has been the partnership with Hino Malaysia since 2006, Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles always prioritizing the best possible of hospitality for the customers, the 24,000 square-feet area facilitates three (3) service bays at the rear of the building and the front of the new centre offers a lounge with refreshment and free Wi-Fi for waiting customers.

The opening of the new Hino 3S centre was officiated by the Board of Directors from both companies, Hino Malaysia and Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles, witnessed by all guests that present to enliven the ceremony.

The new 3S (Sales, Services and Spare Parts) centre will have a new look and feel, as it is upgrading from 1S centre which previously only served of selling trucks. The new office was not only designed to increase efficiency for all departments but also reflects Hino’s innovative company goals that focus on delivering quality customer service.

Hino Malaysia to-date has 37 3S centres throughout the country conforming to the company’s new standard and corporate image.

Supporting its concept of Total Support, the new Hino 3S centre was deemed to be the best one-stop solution centre from the time the truck is sold and throughout the lifetime of its maintenance.

“We provide Malaysian customers with products optimally suited to their needs, and we help our valued customers make the most of their HINO trucks and busses by providing comprehensive follow-up service in the spirit of Total Support,” quote by the Managing Director of Hino Malaysia, Mr. Atsushi Uchiyama.

“Our unique ‘Total Support’ concept places emphasis on ‘Caring for our Customers’ Business’, aiming to contribute to their business needs and success throughout the lifetime of our products,” he added.

In tandem with the Total Support values which emphasizing the equal fortitude of after-sales value, Hino Malaysia has now introduced the new warranty of its light-duty truck, HINO 300 Series. The previous warranty which offered three (3) years and 100,000 km, is now upgrading to the five (5) years and 200, 000 km including train power.

Leveraging its empire for more than 40 years in the country, Hino Malaysia continues to master its performance in Sales and After-Sales Services through various customer engagement programmes to give the absolute experience of Sales, Service, and Spare Parts.


RISDA Buys more new UD Quester trucks

UD Trucks has recently delivered five units of the heavy-duty UD Quester to RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd, the fleet management arm of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA). These newly purchased trucks comprised of three units UD Quester 6×4 prime mover with tanker and two units of UD Quester 6×4 prime mover with wooden cargo trailer.

RISDA, which is under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is entrusted to oversee the smallholder sector as an important production sector in the national economy. The agency’s key mandate is to implement development policies and programs to ensure the growth and viability of the smallholder sector of rubber industry and to improve their social and economic well-being.

A vehicle handover ceremony was held recently to mark the official delivery of the new heavy-duty trucks. With these new trucks, RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd now owns nine units of UD Quester.

According to RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd, managing fuel cost and ensuring the safety of people and cargo are extremely important for them as a transporter. The company said, based on their previous purchase of four units of UD Quester prime mover, they found that the trucks are very reliable, durable and fuel-efficient, with excellent track record on truck uptime and lifespan. These qualities have helped RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd to prevent any need for heavy maintenance, thus enabling efficient delivery of cargo.

RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd also added that its decision to purchase more UD Quester trucks were influenced by factors like affordability and positive feedback from its drivers on the drivability and technological advancements of UD Quester, especially on its safety and fuel-coaching features.

Jaclyn Loy, Chief Operating Officer of TCIE said, “We would like to thank RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd for choosing UD Quester once again to support its expanding logistics needs. UD Quester is built to provide superior performance and fuel-efficiency to our customers and we are very glad that RISDA Fleet had been able to experience all its benefits. This new trucks handover also highlights our highly valued relationship with RISDA Fleet and our continued commitment to deliver smart logistics.”



The Isuzu D-Max 1.9 will face its litmus test when it undertakes the task of conquering one of Asia’s most extreme off-road events – Sabah’s infamous Borneo Safari.

For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the event having safely and effectively transported members of the media through the rugged terrain despite receiving only minimal modifications to the basic vehicle.

“This year, we bring the challenge to the new 1.9-litre engine to prove just how capable it is over the unforgiving terrain despite its small engine displacement,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.

The new ‘Blue Monster’ features the revolutionary new 1.9-litre engine, the smallest engine in its class, yet produces more power and torque than the older 2.5-litre engine while consuming less fuel and weighing 56kg less. Through innovative design and engineering, the new model is expected to perform better in the difficult off-road conditions as it has in on-road situations where the new model has impressed thus far.

Apart from the extreme mud terrain tyres, uprated suspension to accommodate the larger wheels, heavy duty body protection, a winch and an air snorkel, the Blue Monster remains virtually stock standard and resembles models available to customers off the showroom floor.

The Blue Monster was handed over to the organizing team of the Borneo Safari in Kota Kinabalu as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor to provide media vehicles for the event.

This year’s Borneo Safari is the 29th event in its history and the 13th year that it has received support from Isuzu Malaysia. The event is scheduled to begin in Kota Kinabalu on 27th October and will take a more southerly loop, skirting Beaufort, Tenom, Keningau and Tambunan before heading back to the city on 3rd November 2019 for the closing ceremony.