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Hap Seng Takes-Over Mercedes Commercial Vehicles Distribution


The Malaysian logistics and commercial vehicle industry gets a shake-up with the recent announcement that Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn. Bhd. has completed the take-over of the commercial vehicle general distribution business from Mercedes-Benz Malaysia. This marks the beginning of Hap Seng Trucks Distribution being the exclusive general distributor of Mercedes-Benz Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans and FUSO Trucks in Malaysia, which includes handling the import, assembly, wholesale distribution and aftersales services of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO commercial vehicles.

The “office-opening” ceremony of Hap Seng Trucks Distribution was held at its new office housed in Wisma Mercedes-Benz at Kinrara, Puchong (designed, built, managed and owned by the Hap Seng group) to commemorate this momentous milestone.

Hap Seng Trucks Distribution is helmed by Mr. Roland Schneider, a German, whose 28-years illustrious career with the Daimler group has been punctuated by notable distinctions.

“We are truly grateful for this very honour and opportunity to be appointed the exclusive general distributor of Mercedes-Benz and Fuso commercial vehicles in Malaysia. I steadfastly believe that Hap Seng Trucks Distribution is well-poised to fly more Mercedes-Benz and Fuso flags on the roads and highways in Malaysia in time to come. This is a collective mission to be made possible with the collaborative efforts of all stakeholders – our esteemed principal and dealer network, as well as our unflagging commitment to support our dealers and to open new frontiers in the commercial trucks business,” said Mr Roland.

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Mr. Antonio Randazzo, Vice President of Daimler Commercial Vehicles South East Asia said: “Leveraging on the prominent brand presence of Mercedes-Benz and FUSO, as well as the proven track record and reputation of Hap Seng, we are confident that Hap Seng Trucks Distribution is on their way to bring the commercial vehicle business in Malaysia to a whole new level”.

Hap Seng Trucks Distribution Sdn. Bhd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad, a public listed company on the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad with a market capitalization of approximately RM23 billion. It is a diversified group with six core businesses – plantations, property investment and development, credit financing, automotive, fertilizers trading and building materials.


Mitsubishi Brand New Triton Full Details & Pictures



Powerful “Engineered Beyond Tough” Design. The new Mitsubishi Triton features a revitalized design under the concept “Rock Solid” that embodies, both inside and out, the full essence of its “Engineered Beyond Tough” development keyphrase – a toughness fully underpinned by engineering prowess and knowhow.


The front of the vehicle incorporates the new-generation “Dynamic Shield” front design concept: The high engine hood line and beefier-looking lamps located higher up give the new model a more powerful and imposing front end. Newly sculpted body curves with contrasting sharp lines, extended wheel flares and bright accents add modernity and embody the strength of a Mitsubishi Motors’ truck. The lighting and bumpers become part of the tough design, framing the front and rear designs and adding visual width.


Inside, the restyled cabin of the Mitsubishi L200 expresses a modern and robust feeling with frame surroundings for the switch panel and air outlets. A high quality look is created by soft pad materials and stitching on the floor console, armrests and parking brake.


4WD System Delivers Enhanced All-Terrain Performance

New Mitsubishi L200 4WD models are fitted with either Super-Select 4WD, which delivers optimum traction and handling characteristics for any given surface, or Easy-Select 4WD, which simplifies switching between drive modes for different road surfaces. With the addition of new drive modes, both 4WD systems deliver improved off-road performance.

Both Super-Select and Easy-Select 4WD systems use a new Off-road Mode which has GRAVEL, MUD/SNOW, SAND and ROCK (in 4LLc only) settings. When engaged, Off-road Mode integrally controls engine power, transmission and braking to regulate the amount of wheel slip and thereby maximize all-terrain performance and self-extraction performance in mud or snow. Hill Descent Control electronically controls the speed to allow the driver to negotiate steep or slippery descents more safely and with more assurance.


Active Safety / Driver Assistance Systems

New Mitsubishi L200 retains the current model’s high-durability, high-reliability ladder-type frame and high impact-safety cabin structure while featuring class-leading advanced active safety and driver assistance systems.


Systems providing all-direction safety and reassurance are:

  • Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), which can detect vehicles and pedestrians ahead
  • Blind Spot Warning (BSW with LCA), which helps avoid sideswiping another vehicle when changing lanes by detecting vehicles behind or at the rear quarter and alerting the driver with an audible alert and flashing light in their door mirror
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) which, in the same way, helps avoid collisions when reversing
  • Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS) which reduces accidents resulting from improper use of the accelerator when moving off or reversing in car parks and other confined spaces.
  • Providing convenient driver assistance are the Multi Around Monitor, which generates a bird’s eye view image of the area around the vehicle, and Parking Sensors.


Pickup Truck Performance & Functionality

The new Mitsubishi L200 features many detail improvements, directed by the Engineered Beyond Tough development keyphrase, to the durability and reliability sought in commercial use and to the comfort and ride sought in private use. Braking performance and feel are improved with the use of larger front discs and calipers; ride is improved with the use of larger rear dampers which contain more damping oil and switching to a six-speed automatic transmission from the current five-speed auto to allow smoother, more powerful acceleration and improved refinement.

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All Scania vehicles sold by Scania (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. can run on B10 diesel without further adaptation.


Normal warranty will apply when running on B10 diesel – which comprises 10% biodiesel and 90% regular diesel – which means there will be no impact to existing customers with regards to warranty.

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There are no changes to the operational procedures or frequency of vehicle servicing. Also, there would be no additional costs incurred as no additional equipment is required for vehicles sold by Scania (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. to run on B10.


“Scania continues to be in the forefront of sustainable transport solutions. Our wide range of alternative fuels have been in operation around the world for some time already and including in Southeast Asia. Our customers continue to enjoy profitability while being environmentally-friendly in their operations through reduced CO2 emissions.” says Managing Director of Scania Southeast Asia, Marie Sjödin Enström.


Volvo Trucks Malaysia Now Offers 2 Years Fitted Parts Warranty And More



Volvo Trucks Malaysia introduced a number of service offerings to help customers maximise the uptime of their trucks.

Among the new services offered include an extended 24-month Fitted Parts Warranty for all Volvo parts purchased and fitted by authorised Volvo Trucks dealers in Malaysia as well as the implementation of the new Fast Track Service. Furthermore, Volvo Trucks will be extending the workshop hours of their flagship dealer in Port Klang starting from November this year.

Commenting on the new offerings, Mitch Peden, Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Malaysia said, “Quality is the foundation of everything we do, from the design of our trucks to the services, parts and support we offer our customers. The introduction of the new offerings aims at improving the quality of aftermarket service to maximise the uptime of our customers’ trucks. This of course helps improve the service level to their customers and drive competitive advantage through the value chain”.


Starting from July 2018, all Volvo parts purchased from Volvo Trucks Malaysia come with a standard warranty coverage of 24 months, instead of the previous 12 months coverage. The warranty was extended via the introduction of the 24-month Fitted Parts Warranty programme, which applies to all parts purchased and fitted at Volvo Authorised dealers.

By offering extended warranties exclusively to parts purchased and fitted at Volvo Authorised dealers, Volvo Trucks is able to ensure that customers receive the best products and services possible. All service work will be carried out by qualified Volvo technicians in workshops equipped with state-of-the-art diagnostic systems, special tools and the very latest service literature, guaranteeing quality at all stages.

In addition to covering parts, the extended warranty will also cover labour, breakdown assistance and consequential vehicle damage.


The Fast Track Service is introduced to provide quality services for selected repairs within 2 hours. With the introduction of this service, appointments can be made in advance – reducing waiting time for customers, allowing the trucks to get back on the road quicker and in better shape than before.

To utilise the Fast Track Service, customers will need to first make a 48-hour advance booking. This allows Volvo Trucks to assign technicians, service advisors, pre-allocate a work bay, prepare parts and tools in advance.

The Fast Track Service is currently available at all Volvo Trucks owned dealerships in Malaysia. The service is provided exclusively for customers who have signed up for Volvo Blue or Volvo Gold Service Agreement.

In addition to the Fast Track Service, effective November 2018 onwards, Volvo Trucks’ Port Klang branch will be open from 8.30am to 11.00pm on weekdays and from 8.30am to 5.30pm on Saturdays.

The extended workshop hours offer additional flexibility to customers that are looking to service their trucks over longer operating hours. It also increases truck intake to the workshops, allowing Volvo technicians to service more clients each day.

“Since its launch in 2016, the Port Klang workshop has been fully booked”, commented Peden. “The extended hours now provide a larger timeframe for customers to send in their trucks with shorter appointment lead time. The rush of sending and collecting trucks during normal working hours is effectively a thing of the past now. It is important that we are able to be flexible within our business to meet the evolving requirements of our business partners”.

These new services ensure that Volvo Trucks owners spend as little time as possible in the workshop and more time on the road – maximising uptime and optimising overall productivity.



Proton X70 Gets More than 10,000 Bookings


PROTON announced today it has received over 10,000 bookings for the Proton X70 SUV during the official launch of Ming Heng Motor Sdn Bhd, a new 4S dealer in Setapak. The Company also confirmed that it exceeded its 3S/4S outlet submission approval target of 109 and that more applications to open such outlets were still being received.

PROTON’s highly anticipated first SUV, the Proton X70, was made available for prelaunch bookings from 8 September. Interested parties were invited to place a deposit at a PROTON outlet but since 17 October, they have also been able to use an online booking platform, allowing bookings to be made from anywhere with an Internet connection.


To date the response from Malaysians has been very encouraging as total bookings now total over 10,000 units of which nearly 2,000 were made online, thus confirming the Company made the correct decision to develop and launch the platform.


Mitsubishi Malaysia Offers Big Rebates for Year End Festivities

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Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, is offering attractive cash rebates for the upcoming Year End festivities 2018.

From now until end of December 2018, customers who book and register a new Mitsubishi
Outlander – the Outlander 2.0-litre and Outlander 2.4-litre will get Year End cash rebates up to RM8, 000. The Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4-litre is currently selling fast and has limited stock. The Outlander 2.0-litre is priced at RM137, 888.00 while the Outlander 2.4-litre is priced at
RM152, 888.00. The Mitsubishi Outlander recently won ‘Best Family Ride’ at the CarSifu Editor’s Choice Awards 2018 and ‘Family SUVs of Malaysia’ award at the Cars of Malaysia awards 2018.

Customers who book the Mitsubishi Triton pick up truck will enjoy Year End cash rebates up to RM8, 000. Year End promotions for all Triton variants are as follows:

The Mitsubishi Triton recently received the ‘Pick Up Trucks of Malaysia’ award at the Cars of Malaysia awards 2018.

Last but not least, customers who opt for the Mitsubishi ASX 2WD and ASX 4WD Compact SUV will receive Year End cash rebates up to RM8, 000. The Mitsubishi ASX 2WD is priced at
RM 118,866.00, while the Mitsubishi ASX 4WD is priced at RM 133,336.08.

In addition, Mitsubishi Motors customers who service their Mitsubishi cars from 1 – 30 November will receive up to 20% discount on selected parts, additives at an attractive price and a free Popsocket Phone Holder with every service.

• Prices stated are OTR price without insurance (10% SST inclusive) for individual private owners only in Peninsular Malaysia and not applicable in duty free zones.
• Year End Promotions is valid until 31 December 2018 only.
• Terms and Conditions Apply.


UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2018 names the Ultimate Driver  



UD Trucks’ Extra Mile Challenge 2018 Finals were completed recently at the UD Experience Center in its Ageo corporate headquarters. There were nine finalists, selected from 300 initial participants who underwent local qualifying rounds held in 9 countries. The countries represented at the Final were Japan, Australia, Singapore, South Africa, Indonesia, Malaysia, Qatar and Thailand. Malaysia’s representative, Muhammad Khairul Bin Abd Halim from Setia Maju Jaya Logistik Sdn Bhd also brought home the Special Awards for the Most Cargo-Friendly Driving category.


The UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge is the company’s signature annual competition. It reproduces an actual truck operation cycle, assessing drivers in the three key areas of pre-driving inspection, fuel efficiency and safe driving, and maneuvering and parking. The UD Extra Mile Challenge is a quest to find the ultimate driver, measuring effectiveness in operational cost and reduced downtime in addition to safe and skilled driving. Contestants compete in either of UD’s Quester or Quon heavy-duty trucks.

The UD Extra Mile Challenge 2018 winners were Eko Yulianto at PT Duta Lintas Nusa from Indonesia in Quester and Mohd Hisham at BHS Kinetic Pte Ltd. from Singapore, in Quon,


New Ford Ranger Makes Malaysian Debut, New 2.0L Engine, 10-speed Gearbox

Variants Of The New Ford Ranger

Variants Of The New Ford Ranger

Ford Motor Company, together with its local distribution partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC)today launched the new Ford Ranger – an even more capable pick-up with a freshened lineup that combines class-leading technology, safety and convenience features.

The new ‘Built Ford Tough’ Ranger builds on the capabilities and off-road credentials that perfectly complements, and enables a wide range of customers’ work and lifestyles.


The new Ranger lineup in Malaysia consists of nine different variants, including the XL, XLT, new XLT+ Wildtrak, and the much anticipated Ranger Raptor. The latter will be launched officially at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 this November.

“With the new advanced features and the new generation powertrain offering even greater capability, the new Ranger will build on its already strong and widening appeal in the market,” said Truong Kim Phong, managing director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company. “The new Ranger will help continue to revolutionise the pickup truck segment, and we are proud that so many customers are choosing Ford.”

“We know that Malaysian customers want their pickups to have the toughness of a truck as well as the comfort and advanced featuresof a passenger vehicle. We are confident that the new Ranger lineup will offer customers unmatched versatility, helping them achieve more, whether at work or with their family,”said Syed Ahmad Muzri Bin Syed Faiz, Managing Director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion.

Advanced Powertrains for Proven Performance, Cutting-edge Technology

The new Ford Ranger offers a choice of three diesel powertrains to deliver greater versatility and to match consumer demands for a wider variety of requirements. These include the new generation 2.0L Single-Turbo and 2.0L Bi-Turbo engines, and the Ranger’s proven Duratorq 2.2L.


Ford’s new generation of diesel engines uses advanced materials and boasts sophisticated construction. Compact, lightweight, powerful and efficient, they feature common-rail direct fuel-injection, an integrated intake manifold, and a belt-in-oil primary drive.

Available exclusively on the Wildtrak 4×4 is the new-generation 2.0L Bi-Turbo diesel engine, coupled with an advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to bring greater torque, improved flexibility and a quieter, more comfortable drive.

The 2.0L Bi-Turbo takes advantage of sequential turbocharging to deliver greater responsiveness, drivability and maximum efficiency. A pair of turbochargers are employed for maximum performance and efficiency. A variable geometry turbocharger is employed to deliver greater throttle response and eliminate lag by spooling up quickly at low speeds. The second unit is a fixed geometry turbocharger with a high flow capacity to deliver maximum power and performance.

With 500Nm from a low 1750rpm, the Bi-Turbo engine delivers a greater torque spread, with the 10-speed’s close ratios reducing gaps in power and acceleration to make steep, slippery hill-climbs much easier. The Wildtrak model optioned with the new engine maintains Ranger’s equal class-leading payload and 3500kg towing capability.


The 2.0L Single-Turbo engine, available on the Wildtrak 4×2 and new Ranger XLT+ variants, is also mated to Ford’s advanced 10-speed automatic transmission to deliver 180PS and an impressive 420Nm of torque.

The XL and XLT variants are equipped with Ranger’s proven 2.2L turbodiesel engine, which offers 160PS/385Nm and comes with a six-speed automatic and manual transmission.

Tougher, Smarter

Ford’s Pre-Collision Assist feature using Inter-Urban Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Vehicle and Pedestrian Detection is available on the new Ranger. The system is designed to detect pedestrians as well as vehicles to bring the Ranger to a complete stop to help mitigate potential rear-end collisions and road-traffic collisions with pedestrians. The system functions at speeds above 3.6km/h.

The First and only in-class Lane Departure Warning & Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control and Forward Collision Warning will carry over to the new Ranger. Ford’s segment-firstSemi-Automatic Parrallel Parking (SAPP) is available on the Wildtrak 4×4. The driver need only to apply the gear changes and brakes, and the system will automatically steer the Ranger into the parking space.


Loading is easier than ever on the Wildtrak and XLT+ models with the introduction of the first and only in-class, Easy Lift Tailgate. With a new internal mechanism, the Ranger’s tailgate is now lighter to lift, with a 70 percent reduction in initial force required to raise it for closing. Not only does this system require less effort to lift, it also means that it’s easier to lower.

The Ranger has added the light and nimble Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) to the entry level XL variant – making it the first-in-segment to offer this feature as standard across all models – and providing even more capability to these workhorse trucks that tackle the daily demands of construction sites and agricultural fields across the country.


Ranger’s Fresh Face

The new Ranger’s rugged good looks see styling changes that carry on the off-road stance and visual appeal of the current model. Lead by a cleaner new grille, which features the distinctive ‘nostrils’, the more distinctively chiselled lower bumper now offers a broader intake for a more balanced look. Ranger Wildtrak and XLT+ boast LED daytime running lights and HID headlights for better visibility. The Wildtrak variants will also come fitted with LED front fog lamps.

“A successful design should communicate its intent at-a-glance,” said Ford Asia-Pacific Director of Design, Todd Willing. “With Ranger’s reputation as an amazingly capable and versatile vehicle, it is our responsibility to create a design that clearly signals those attributes in combination with a handsome and appealing aesthetic.”

Mission Control

The Ranger is now equipped with keyless entry and push-start button on the XLT+ and Wildtrak. Its interior hosts an array of upgrades to help tackle the working week, the long weekend road trip, and the off-road adventure. With durable, tactile surface finishes ensuring a long lifespan, the spacious Ranger now sports a black themed interior. Contrasting detail elements including shadow chrome and silver accent stitching help give its interior a premium feel.

SYNC ® 3 on the Ranger XLT+ and Wildtrak is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and includes Bluetooth and an 8.0-inch full colour touchscreen. The Wildtrak is also equipped with in-built satellite navigation system for when the Ranger is beyond mobile coverage areas.

On-road Comfort, Off-road Conquered

The new Ranger’s suspension had been upgraded for improved control roll, to enhance the driving experience when fully-laden and when towing. The new packaging also enables geometry changes for an improved ride, a reduction in body roll as well as improved steering precision. The suspension changes do not impact on Ranger’s equal class-leading towing and payload capabilities.

“We’ve further improved how Ranger behaves when carrying a load, towing a boat or when taking a caravan around the country,” said John Willems, Chief Program Engineer, Ranger. “The Ranger is now better to drive when it’s working at its hardest. It is easier to handle, so you
can really make the most of its payload and towing capabilities. It helps reduce fatigue on long trips, too.”

Pricing, Colors and Service

The following variants of the new Ranger are available at the following prices:

  •  Wildtrak – two variants, from RM134,888.00
  •  XLT+ – one variant, from RM124,888.00
  •  XLT – two variants, from RM109,888.00
  •  XL – three variants, from RM90,888.00

The Ranger is available in eight exciting colors, including the three new; Saber (Wildtrak only), Magnetic and Lightning Blue colours, as well as Cool White, Meteor Grey, Aluminium Metallic, Frozen White and Absolute Black.

As an early bird offer,the first 888 customers who register their new Ford Ranger will each receive an electrical goods voucher worth RM1,000. The early bird offer ends either when the 888 th registration is reached or at 31 December 2018, whichever comes first 1 . On top of that, Sime Darby Auto Connexion will be offering new Ranger customers up to 2 years free maintanence or up to 40,000km for customers who successfully register before 31 January 2019, whichever comes first 1 .



Hino Delivers 10 Trucks To Hitachi  

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Hitachi Transport System (M) Sdn. Bhd(Hitachi TS) recently took delivery of 10 units of Hino 300 Series range of light-duty truck and 10 units of 500 Series range of medium-duty truck at their newly opened cold warehouse, with attendance from both companies’ management teams.

Congratulations to Hitachi TS on their cold warehouse Grand Opening Ceremony in Nilai & to their new fleet purchase of HINO trucks! As we continue strive to provide our Hino Total Support, we are excited to associate with Hitachi TS and will assist in their business needs continuously.

The vehicles were purchased from Soon Seng Truck & Parts Sdn. Bhd. (Song Seng), one of the reputable authorized HINO dealers in the southern region. Hitachi TS is impressed by HINO’s commitment as a principal in supporting Song Seng.

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMSM) is committed to provide Hitachi TS with comprehensive training to their drivers. The wide service network provided by HMSM impressed Hitachi TS, with its extensive network of 110 authorised outlets provides Sales, Service & Spare Parts to customers. Excellent after-sales service has always been one of HMSM’s strength since its inception in Malaysia since 1977.

Hitachi TS was incorporated in 1988 and currently has an operating fleet of 87 units with the support of 475 dedicated employees. The 5,000m2 new cold warehouse in Nilai, which will commence operations on 1st November 2018, marks the embarkation of Hino in cold chain logistics business.

The establishment of this new facility aims to better respond to customer’s requirements in cold chain distribution. Besides providing temperature controlled warehousing and delivery service that complemented with security management system, Hitachi TS also aim to create value to customers by introducing Smart Logistics Technology into the logistics service they are providing.

The handing of a mock key of the trucks by HMSM Managing Director, Mr. Ken Iwamoto to the MD of Hitachi TS, Mr. Akihito Nii was witnessed by both management team and staffs from Hitachi TS and HMSM.

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Mr. Ken Iwamoto said, HINO’s mission is not only to develop a product which is a perfect fit for each customer’s business but also “To Keep 100% Up-Time’ and ‘Minimise Vehicle Life-Time Cost’ through our strong after sales support.

Our HINO Total Support Service team will fully provide Hitachi TS with comprehensive support to ensure their daily logistic operations run smoothly, thus “Two Value” which “To Keep 100% Up-Time” and “Minimise vehicle Life-Time Cost” as our fundamentals.

With our HINO Total Support Customer Center in Sendayan, we go one step further to deliver the best support to our customers with necessary trainings and safety driving techniques to skill up their driver and ensure their trucks are looked after well.