Browsing Archive July, 2018

KLIMS’ 2018 Will Have Latest Accessories & Products

Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS’18) will showcase the latest auto accessories and car care products who have joined the KLIMS’18 bandwagon to present their most innovative products in the market.

Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of Malaysian Automotive Association, said “Malaysia’s automotive industry players extend beyond vehicle marques manufacturers, franchise holders and distributors. The aftermarket including parts, accessories and care products comprises a major sector in Malaysia. Participants from a spectrum of the automotive industry have joined KLIMS’18. Visitors can check out a wide range of automotive products, fuelling their automobile possibilities from vehicles ranges, vehicle enhancements and modifications, to a glimpse into future technologies and styling of cars.”

Growing interest in vehicle customization, both interior and exterior, are driving the global car accessories market. Demand for modification, maintenance and repair have skyrocketed in ASEAN countries with raising consumer inclination towards an entertaining driving experience and vehicle customization among a young population. Major manufacturers for Japan, North America and Europe are showing higher interest in ASEAN countries. Companies are coming onboard KLIMS’18 to strengthen distribution channels in order to improve sales and gain higher market share.

Global technology conglomerate, 3M has been a regular exhibitor at KLIMS. The company has been capitalising on the clout of KLIMS to highlight 3M’s total innovative solutions for the automotive industry’s mega trends in safety, aesthetics, performance and energy.

GT Lim, General Manager for Safety & Graphic Business Group, 3M Malaysia said that “3M is a global science company that never stops inventing. We are strong advocates of car and road safety. Our technology is enabling road connectivity and more; we help enhance car aesthetics, and enable car owners to unleash creativity and bring it to life with our innovative products. This year, we would like to showcase the breadth and depth of 3M’s expertise in the automotive industry at KLIMS’18 and we aim to excite our customers with our innovative solutions.” Visitors to the 3M booth can expect discounts on their products such as 3M AutoFilm, 3M Car Wrap as well as 3M Car Care Solutions.

Another returning exhibitor, Kakimotor Sdn Bhd is participating at KLIMS’18 to promote their products such as the ZerOne coilover kit and ZerOne big brake kit. These kits are available for most cars and will greatly enhance a car’s driving performance and safety. The products come with the necessary parts with no modification required.

Alex Lim, Manager of Kakimotor said “We are exhibiting at KLIMS for the second time and we will be using the show platform to deliver awareness of our company products. We find KLIMS has proven fruitful in reaching out and explaining to customers about our products.”

Visitors to KLIMS’18 will be able to check out more car accessories exhibitors such as V-Kool, OSRAM, PG Perma Glass, PG Pro QPlus, Motul, Elite Looks, Be Pure, GetF1, NGK Spark Plugs, NTK Oxygen Sensors, STP, Armor All, Kaki Motor, Ravenol and Ottoman.


KLIMS’18 will be held from 23 November to 2 December at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC). For more information on KLIMS’18, visit website, or contact Trade-Link Exhibition Services Sdn Bhd at Tel:+603-7842 9863 or E-mail


Mercedes-Benz eCitaro Electric Bus Makes World Debut

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

It emits zero local emissions and runs almost silently. It combines the thousandfold proven platform of the world’s best-selling city bus with new technological solutions. wThe all-electric Mercedes-Benz eCitaro takes electric mobility using city buses to a new level altogether.

The new eCitaro offers an impressive and unprecedented standard in energy efficiency, courtesy of its innovative thermal management system that uses innovative components available for the first time with the launch of the eCitaro.


Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

Its performance enables the eCitaro to cover a large part of the requirements of the transport operators right from the start. In addition, it is ready for the battery technology of the near future – the performance capabilities will increase quickly. At the same time, due to the high development effort and extensive testing, it comes to the starting line already fully matured.

In addition, the intelligent modular concept of battery and charging technology is compelling. Its design fuses the basic shape of the Citaro with elements of the Mercedes‑Benz Future Bus into a distinct appearance. It is also more than just a city bus: Mercedes-Benz takes a holistic view of electric mobility, embedding the eCitaro firmly in its overall eMobility system. In addition, the eCitaro is the starting signal on the road to an electric future.

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

The platform of the new Mercedes‑Benz eCitaro is the Citaro, the world’s best-selling city bus with more than 50,000 units sold. With its wide range of low-emission and now also locally emission-free city buses, it has the right answers to questions about environmentally friendly local public transport.

The Citaro and the large-capacity CapaCity bus, as well as the Citaro hybrid and the Citaro NGT, provide practical evidence of the highly sophisticated level of development of powertrains with combustion engines every day. They are characterised by both their efficiency of operation and their low emissions. The all-electric eCitaro is now taking the next step from low-emission bus to locally emission-free bus.

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

The roof-mounted equipment of the eCitaro is hidden behind an elegant roof-edge ridge. It is made of a multi-piece extruded aluminium profile. The glossy black lower segment extends the generous glazing of the city bus. The upper segment is painted in the vehicle colour, transitions smoothly into the A0‑pillar at the front and into the corner post at the rear, and visually frames the side. These optical tricks lend the eCitaro perfect proportions and make it seem light.

The rear corner posts end at the top in a pronounced curvature in the roof-edge ridge. Their elegant shape as well as the likewise stylised island as covering for the roof-mounted equipment and the black bars that connect rear window and roof take the heft off the high superstructure. The designers paid attention to details. For example, the shapes of the island correlate with those of the rear hatch. The eCitaro adopts the tail lamps as well as the rear hatch and bumper from the existing model range.

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

In the passenger compartment, the eCitaro rings in a general update of the interior of the entire Citaro family of models. A stand-out feature in the interior is the coffered design ceiling above the centre aisle and the sweeping roof-edge flaps. They hide a new air circulation system with textile ducts in place of the current plastic air ducts. They are even easier and simpler to install.

Particularly noteworthy are the technology modules as connectors between the individual elements of the coffered ceiling. They combine the interior lights and the loudspeakers in one element. With this step, the interior lights are switched to LED as standard. The lighting is ingenious: The light of the LED lamps is refracted in a way to make the technology modules appear to the observer as one homogeneous light panel.

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

In addition to the closed look and the new interior lights, the advantage of the new ceiling is a significantly reduced number of individual parts. Together with the new air circulation system, this lowers the already low interior noise in the passenger compartment even further, which means more comfort.

Also new is the black trim on the sills and window posts. As a result, the window posts stand out less and the appearance of the side walls is calmed.

Vorschau IAA Daimler Buses – Weltpremiere eCitaro

While the new exterior was designed and developed exclusively for the eCitaro, Mercedes‑Benz will transfer the changes in the interior to the entire model series.

The powertrain of the new eCitaro is based on the proven and optimised electric portal axle ZF AVE 130 with electric motors at the wheel hubs. The peak output of the motors is 2 x 125 kW, while torque is 2 x 485 Nm. It is an inherent feature of such motors that this is fully available right from the start, ensuring appropriate dynamic performance even with a full complement of passengers.

Lithium-ion batteries with a total capacity of up to about 243 kWh provide the power. They are modular in design: the batteries are split between up to ten modules, each supplying around 25 kWh.

As well as two battery modules on the vehicle roof, the standard equipment includes four modules in the rear of the bus. In the eCitaro, these are taking the place of today’s powertrain combination of combustion engine and transmission. Depending upon customer requirements, another two or four battery modules are mounted on the roof of the eCitaro.

Each battery module is made up of 15 cell modules as well as a control unit for monitoring purposes and as a means of balancing the charge of the battery cells. Each separate cell module houses twelve battery cells. Mercedes-Benz uses easily manageable prismatic cells with a capacity of 37 Ah each.

With a minimum of six and up to a maximum of ten possible battery modules, transport operators can adapt their usage and charging strategy very precisely to individual needs. Opting for the largest number maximises the range of the buses, while a smaller number reduces the weight as well as the cost of purchase and allows more space for passengers – but potentially makes time-consuming opportunity charging necessary.

With the maximum complement of ten battery modules, the eCitaro in standard specification weighs around 13.44 tonnes. In conjunction with a gross vehicle weight rating of 19.5 tonnes, this corresponds to a payload of more than six tonnes or around 88 passengers – in line with what is needed in practice even during rush hour.


Mercedes-Benz introduces electric delivery vans

Mercedes-Benz has made a commitment to offering a full range of electric commercial vehicles from minivans to semi-trucks. Starting with the smallest segment, Mercedes introduced Monday the eVito in Germany.

It has a range of about 93 miles from a 41-kwh lithium-ion battery. On a Level 2 charger it can be fully recharged in six hours. Its electric motor delivers 113 horsepower and 221 foot-pounds of torque. The electric version is available in both long and short wheelbase models for maximum flexibility for customers and can carry 2,310 pounds of cargo.

The next electric commercial vehicle in Mercedes’s lineup will be an electric version of its larger and more popular Sprinter vans, the eSprinter, which will debut next year.


The eSprinter will come only as a high roof panel van and will offer 3 battery configurations ranging from 41 kwh with 71 miles of range to 55 kwh with 93 miles of range.

The smaller batteries offer a bigger payload of up to 2,290 pounds. It uses the same 113-horsepower, 221 foot-pound electric motor as the eVito. Mercedes says the motor produces the same power as the base diesel engine in the Sprinter. There is still no right hand drive versions built so do not expect to see these efficient delivery vehicle anytime soon here in Malaysia and SEA.




Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) officially handed over 36 fleet units of Gran Max Panel Van to Indah Water Konsortium Sdn. Bhd. (IWK) today. This marks the second fleet order received from IWK following their previous purchase in October 2017.


A total of 50 participants, which consist of IWK representatives and drivers were present today morning at Daihatsu Malaysia’s head office for a hands-on training session specifically on vehicle handling, participants were then presented with a certificate upon completion of the training. The official handover ceremony took place after, followed by lunch with management of DMSB.


The Daihatsu Gran Max has proven its quality and reliability to IWK in delivering excellence and efficient service to their day to day operations, hence the decision for additional fleet purchase in 2018. DMSB Executive Director, Mr. Makoto Ogawa said “We are glad to provide product quality to Indah Water Konsortium in developing and maintaining a modern and efficient sewerage system to Malaysia. We’d like to thank IWK for their continuous support and looking forward to building a long- term collaboration together.”









Record Order for MAN: Up to 1,000 Buses for Deutsche Bahn


MAN Truck & Bus has won all three lots of the current tender from Deutsche Bahn. The order includes up to 1,000 city and intercity buses in four years.

The coming years will see a noticeable increase in the number of MAN buses with the striking red colour of DB regional buses. Between 2019 and 2022 up to 1,000 buses of the models Lion’s City and Lion’s Intercity may be put into operation by 31 German regional bus companies belonging to DB Regio AG. MAN’s bid impressed both in terms of vehicle tender as well as framework agreements for optional service contracts and spare parts supply.

“We believe the fact that Deutsche Bahn, which is an excellent reference customer, chose MAN’s bid in their current tender, is an extraordinary sign of faith in our bus products and associated services,” states Joachim Drees, Chairman of the Management Board at MAN Truck & Bus AG. “This decision is a testament to the efficiency, technology and driving comfort of our city and intercity buses.”

The contract includes all length variations of the low-floor city buses as both a solo bus and articulated bus from 12 to 18.75 m. With their wide, low-floor entrances and large special use areas with space for wheelchairs and pushchairs, city buses provide quick and comfortable access for all passengers. If required, there is also ramp access at door 2. The passenger area also has a high-contrast visual design to allow passengers with visual impairments to easily find their way around, and stop request buttons come with braille. These features make the new DB Regio buses an appealing public transport choice for all. Modern Euro 6 engines provide between 280 to 360 hp (206 – 265 kW) for a pleasant journey with low emissions.


In addition to Lion’s City city and intercity bus variants, the contract also includes the MAN Lion’s Intercity intercity high-floor bus in lengths of 12.2, 13 and 13.2 m. These also have modern D08 engines installed in the rear area with 250 or 290 hp (184 or 213 kW), which meet the latest emissions standard.

“The German MAN distribution company has never concluded a framework agreement of this size before. This is an absolute record and the fruit of the outstanding work of our employees from Bus Sales and the After Sales department,” concluded Holger Mandel, the Chairman of the Management Board at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland.

Deutsche Bahn and MAN Truck & Bus continue their strong, long-standing business relationship by signing this contract recently. Since 2015 there has been a master agreement in place regarding the supply of local short distance buses/coaches. MAN delivered approximately 700 of these vehicles to DB Regio Bus in the past three years. “We are very pleased that our cooperative and trusting collaboration will continue,” said Frank Krämer, Head of Bus Sales at MAN Truck & Bus Deutschland, at the signing of the contract. In the past year MAN has delivered over 220 city and intercity buses to DB Regio Bus. “We are predicting a similar figure for the current year,” states Krämer.

Deutsche Bahn is the largest provider of bus transportation in Germany with approximately 633 million passengers in 2016. The bus division is part of the passenger transport department, which is within the business area of DB Regio. Over 35 bus companies and shareholdings provide transport across all of Germany. Deutsche Bahn thus ensures regional mobility across a range of modes of transport.