Browsing Archive November, 2018

Go Auto Unveils Its First Commercial Van – The Go Auto-Higer Ace



Go Automobile Manufacturing Sdn Bhd (“GAM” or “the Company), the manufacturing arm of Go Auto Group of Companies is proud to officially launch its commercial vehicle, named Go Auto-Higer Ace at IOI Citymall Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur.

Go Auto-Higer Ace is the first brand for the Company’s commercial vehicle and was launch by YBhg Dato’ SM Azli Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin,
Executive Director of Go Auto and graced by YBhg Dato’ IR Mohamad bin Dalib, Former Director of Automotive Engineering, Road Transport Department.

The launch marks Go Auto’s entry into the commercial vehicle market with the 18-seater and 15-seater featuring a roomy cabin space with features that provides comfort for its passenger, turning every ride into a wonderful journey. It comes in 2 variants – 3.0L and 2.5L engine respectively with prices ranging from RM138,500 to RM145,000 for Peninsular Malaysia.


“Go Auto-Higer Ace is our commercial van with 18 and 15-seater fitted with 6 and 5 speed manual transmission with DK5 and DK4 high performance engine with Japan technology. Furthermore, with the dual sliding door gives passengers more ease to move in and out of the van. The van also has safety features of Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) to ensure protection for both the driver and passengers. The Go Auto-Higer Ace also features heavy duty components that are usually catered to buses such as the axles, clutches and the propeller shaft,” said Executive Director of Go Auto Group, Dato’ SM Azli Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin.

“We would like for everyone to experience the comfort offered by our Go Auto-Higer Ace van. The van was designed to suit the needs and demands from the industry which can be customised to become a school van, workers van, an ambulance and more depending what is asked by our clients. In addition, the high roof window van is done to ensure spaciousness so that passengers can walk steadily without needing to bend over too much, as a result, it provides a pleasurable experience and drive,” continued Dato’ Azli.


In terms of dimension, Go Auto-Higer Ace is 5990mm long, 1880mm wide and 2285mm in height with a wheelbase of 3720mm. At 200mm ground clearance, it not only provides adequate buffer for vans going through rough terrain or humps but also provides elevated visibility for the driver.

“Moving forward, our master plan for commercial vehicle is to provide a comprehensive range of public and private transportation solutions such as narrow van, coasters, minibus and coaches. Our collaboration through manufacturing Go Auto-Higer Ace we have used the technology acquired from Higer, China to produce our commercial vehicles,” added Dato’ Azli.

“Since we’re already in the 4th quarter of the year, we are targeting to sell 30 units whereas, we are targeting to have 400 units sold by 2019. To date, Go Auto has 3 master dealers which are Car2U Sdn Bhd, Ang Trading & Motor Credit Sdn Bhb and KEC Sdn Bhd. In addition of network of 12 sales outlets and 37 service outlets nationwide, all are in implementation at staggered stages,” further added by Dato’ Azli.


Customers also get to enjoy a 5-year warranty or 150,000km mileage (whichever comes first) offer for private registration. As an introductory offer Go Auto is offering customers with options of either free service (parts and labour included) worth RM5,000 and additional gifts will also be given to customers making bookings at IOI Citymall from 29 Nov – 2 December 2018.

Price list for each Go Auto-Higer Ace variants are as stated below (nett selling price):

• 3.0L 6 Speed 18-Seater RM145,800, 15-Seater RM145,300
• 3.0L 5 Speed 18-Seater RM143,800, 15-Seater 143,300
• 2.5L 5 Speed 18-Seater, RM138,500, 15-Seater RM138,300


Volvo Trucks Malaysia Delivers 15 FMX 440 Prime Movers to Kotamas Oil


Volvo Trucks Malaysia recently hosted a vehicle handover ceremony for its long-time customer – Kotamas Oil Sdn Bhd.

The official handover of 15 units of Volvo FMX 440 6×4 prime movers was held at Volvo Truck’s private dealer, Dai Lieng Machinery Sdn Bhd in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. The ceremony was attended by the senior management team members of Dai Lieng, Kotamas as well as the Managing Director of Volvo Trucks Malaysia.

Kotamas is a specialist in petroleum haulage in Sabah, servicing clientele such as Petronas and Shell. A strong business partner of Volvo Trucks in East Malaysia, Kotamas already owns and operates 12 Volvo trucks in their business. Kotamas now owns a total of 27 Volvo trucks.

Rusman Bin Japalus, Managing Director of Kotamas Oil Sdn Bhd said, “As one of the largest fleet operator in the state of Sabah, we needed trucks that are capable of withstanding the rough conditions that our drivers work in, both in terms of terrain which is hilly and bumpy as well as unpredictable wet weather. We needed trucks that were not just dependable, but also safe for our drivers given the working conditions.


Volvo Trucks is the company that provide trucks which are able to fulfill all the safety requirements outlined by the reputable oil and gas companies we work with. So having partnered with Volvo since 2014, we are confident that once again, they will be able to provide us with the solutions we need.

This handover marks the first time that a company is receiving the custom made FMX 440 with Tandem Axle Lift in Malaysia. Volvo Trucks is also the only commercial vehicles manufacturer to offer this variant for prime movers in the country. One of the challenges faced by Kotamas was the hilly and rough terrain their trucks needed to go through, which demanded increased traction from the vehicle and often resulted in additional costs spent on tyres.

After reviewing Kotamas needs, Volvo Trucks Malaysia recommended these tailor-made prime movers that leverages on Volvo’s Tandem Axle Lift technology. Tandem Axle Lift is designed for operations where the driver drives heavily loaded in one direction and empty in the other. With the push of a button on the dashboard, the driver can disengage and raise the drive axle to improve fuel efficiency by up to
4% on average.


As soon as the truck is loaded, the drive axle automatically lowers and engages to ensure maximum traction and driveability. This system allows for extra grip on hilly terrains, providing better traction, tighter turning circles and improves overall fuel efficiency. It also reduces the money spent on replacing tyres worn out by travelling on rough terrain, thereby maximising the uptime of the truck and at the same time, reducing overall operational costs.

“The technology that goes into the Tandem Axle Lift is truly remarkable and is a perfect fit for customers that need a prime mover which regularly travels on rough terrain. This is especially true for customers based in East Malaysia where roads are riddled with pot holes and sometimes not tarred, uneven and hilly,” said Peden.

“This handover is truly a momentous occasion for us at Volvo Trucks Malaysia as it marks the first ever handover of the FMX 440 with Tandem Axle Lift in the country. One of our objectives here at Volvo Trucks Malaysia is to maximise the uptime of our customers and reduce costs through our offerings. I am certain that with this handover, Kotamas will be able to face their geographical challenges and further
increase the profitability of their company.”

It is Volvo Trucks’ mission to provide quality, both in terms of products and service. With that in mind, Volvo hopes to continue fostering the close relationship they have with Kotamas in the future, by providing innovative solutions and support to maximise the uptime of their trucks and ensure productivity.



UD Trucks Previews Latest Light-Duty Truck At KLIMS 2018

UD Trucks and its sole distributor partner, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd presented the all-new light duty truck, Kuzer, a truck that is made to deliver extra for customers. Kuzer is the newest member of the UD Trucks range joining the popular heavy-duty Quester and the medium-duty Croner in the list of offerings by the leading Japanese truck manufacturer.

Exhibited for public preview at the launch of the highly anticipated Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2018, Kuzer, the new light duty truck combines a powerful and robust engine with agile and practical design for exceptional performance and maneuverability. Kuzer is made to deliver extra with its robust build and design, modern solutions and strong engine power.


Made to Deliver Extra

“We are very happy to be to be back for the 9th KLIMS and to showcase our latest innovations in trucking solution for smart logistics. Together with our long-time partner, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment, our participation in this important industry event is a response to market demand for logistics solutions that can maximize productivity and uptime. As such, we are proud to put on public preview our latest addition, the all-new light duty Kuzer in Malaysia. Following the vision of UD Trucks’ founder, Kenzo Adachi to make the truck the world needs today”. Kuzer is the perfect truck for urban driving, especially the narrow roads of inner cities,” said Steve Hedouin, Managing Director, Hub Malaysia and Oceania, UD Trucks.

The name ‘Kuzer’ is inspired by the Japanese onomatopoetic sound of wind, taking on the meaning ‘run as if flying swiftly against the wind’. Kuzer is the ideal truck for urban distribution and a perfect combination for both business owners and truck drivers as it delivers reliability, durability, fuel efficiency, power, performance, comfort. Kuzer comes with a modern touch and carries the UD Trucks’ heritage and design of the hexagon grille, a family look that can also be found on the Quester and Croner.

Built with the latest Japanese technology, Kuzer is flexible enough to pass through tight and limited road access, maneuver optimally with its short radius, providing a pleasurable journey. Kuzer has the largest cab in its class, providing the driver a spacious and comfortable environment when driving or taking a short break. Combined with a new generation of CRS engine, the Kuzer offers superior power and performance, taking the light duty commercial truck productivity to the next level.


Kuzer is set to revolutionize customers’ day-to-day business and it is the perfect light duty truck for modern city distribution. The optimized engine, gear ratio and aerodynamic cab design of the Kuzer gives superior fuel efficiency, hence lowering cost and increasing profitability.


PROTON to launch X70 on 12 December @ KLCC

PROTON Booth 2

PROTON gave the Proton X70, its first ever SUV, its public debut during the media day of the 2018 Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). Held at the Malaysian International Trade & Exhibition Centre (MITEC) in Kuala Lumpur the show officially opens its doors to the public from 23 November to 2 December and all visitors are invited to get a closer look at the Proton X70 when visiting the Company’s booth.

Although this won’t be the first time the Proton X70 is shown to the public, all previous instances were closed-door preview events for invited guests only. Therefore, this will be the first time it will be displayed in a public environment like KLIMS and for many visitors, this will be their first opportunity to take a closer look at both the inside and outside of PROTON’s newest model.

Aside from having five units on display, PROTON have also prepared special areas to give visitors a unique hands-on experience of the technology and equipment fitted to its newest model. For instance, a full scale half-cut model has been prepared to show critical areas where the body has been reinforced to make it safer in an accident. Display panels housing the touchscreen from the interior of the Proton X70 have also been prepared to demonstrate its usability and allow visitors to try the voice command system.

To add more excitement to its product display, PROTON will give KLIMS visitors a chance to experience the advanced driver assist systems offered on the Proton X70 without having to go for a test drive. A Virtual Reality (VR) area will simulate how systems like the Electronic Stability Program (ESP), Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Warning (LDW) and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) work in real life, giving a preview of the sensations a driver will feel when they are activated.


This is a brand NEW Range Rover Evoque

Land Rover’s highly-anticipated luxury compact SUV, the New Range Rover Evoque, has been revealed in London’s creative East End with a high-energy display which saw a number of vehicles driving across digital skylines around the globe.

Having pioneered the luxury compact SUV market, with global sales of over 772,096 and more than 217 international awards, the new Range Rover Evoque is a sophisticated evolution of the original. Combining unrivalled Range Rover heritage with cutting-edge technology – designed, engineered and manufactured in Britain – it meets the needs of today’s customers. Tech firsts include ‘see through bonnet’ technology and a rear-view mirror that turns into an HD screen displaying a camera feed of what’s behind the vehicle.

The compact footprint is almost identical at 4.37m, yet built on Land Rover’s new Premium Transverse Architecture, there is more interior space than before. A longer wheelbase yields 20mm extra rear kneeroom and an increase in small item stowage – the larger glove box and centre cubby can now fit tablets, handbags and bottles with ease. The luggage space is 10 per cent larger (591 litres) as well as much wider and easily fits a folded pram or set of golf clubs, with space increasing to 1,383 litres when the flexible 40:20:40 second-row seats are folded.

The new architecture has been developed for electrification, with a 48-volt mild-hybrid available at launch and a plug-in hybrid model offered around 12 months afterwards. The mild hybrid powertrain is a first for Land Rover and works by harvesting energy normally lost during deceleration thanks to the engine-mounted belt-integrated starter generator, storing it in the under-floor battery.


At speeds below 17km/h (11mph), the engine will shut off while the driver applies the brakes. When pulling away, the stored energy is redeployed to assist the engine under acceleration and reduce fuel consumption. The result is a refined, quiet and efficient drive in built-up traffic heavy areas, in addition to efficiency savings.

The lowest emitting CO2 derivative is the 143g/km front wheel drive, manual transmission with 150PS Ingenium diesel engine.

The most popular all wheel drive, automatic transmission vehicles, come with a choice of four-cylinder Ingenium petrol and diesel engines. This is where the 48-volt mild-hybrid system is used to reduce CO2 emissions to as lows as 149g/km and fuel economy from 50.4mpg (5.6l/100km) (based on NEDC Equivalent test procedure).

An even more efficient plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) and three-cylinder petrol Ingenium engine will also join the range.

Every bit a Range Rover, the compact SUV combines all-terrain capability with all-weather assurance. New Evoque features All-Wheel Drive, as well as a second-generation Active Driveline with Driveline Disconnect to enhance efficiency and Adaptive Dynamics to deliver the optimum balance of comfort and agility. Terrain Response 2 – technology first found on full-size Range Rover – automatically detects the surface being driven on a adjusts the set-up accordingly, while Evoque can now wade through water up to 600mm (previously 500mm).

Combining all-terrain capability with on-road composure, the Evoque’s new MacPherson Hydrobush front and Integral Link rear suspension and Adaptive Dynamics technology deliver not only improved refinement and stability in all conditions, but enables the agile handling that makes Evoque ideal for the tight city streets of many countries around the world.

The famed Range Rover command driving position has jumped into the digital age, with a segment-first ‘ClearSight rear-view mirror’ that transforms into an HD video screen. If rear visibility is compromised by passengers or bulky items, the driver simply flicks a switch on the underside of the mirror and a camera feed from the top of the car displays what is behind the vehicle in crisp high definition. The screen provides a wider (50-degree) field of vision and superior visibility in low light.

There is a reversing camera as standard on all models, alongside a suite of advanced driver assistance systems. This includes Adaptive Cruise Control with Steering Assist, which centres the vehicle in the lane based on road markings as well as maintaining a safe distance from the vehicle in front.

Active safety features such as Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Driver Condition Monitor are all available to keep occupants safe.

Evoque is the first Land Rover with Smart Settings, which uses artificial intelligence algorithms to learn the driver’s preference and acts as an onboard butler. In addition to seat position, music and climate settings, Evoque can also control steering column preferences to maximise comfort.

Land Rover also collaborated with a number of fashion and technology brands to bring the design, innovation and sustainability characteristics of the New Range Rover Evoque to life.

This interior textile is made from recycled polyester microfibres, from items such as plastic bottles – in fact the equivalent of 53 plastic bottles go into each vehicle specified with these seats


ALL NEW Mitsubishi Triton Arrives From RM100k to RM140k

Mitsubishi New TRITON Open-For-Booking

Booking have just opened for this all new Triton. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, held an exclusive media preview of the New Triton during the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018 (KLIMS) at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) today. MMM will be launching the new Mitsubishi Triton in the first quarter of 2019.

“Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) has been producing pick-ups for the past 40 years, since 1978. To date, over 4.7 million units have been built and are being used in some of the most extreme road conditions around the world. In Malaysia, the Triton has found more than 70,000 proud owners since its launch in 2006,” said Tomoyuki Shinnishi, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia.

He added “Our principal Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) in Japan recently launched a new global tagline called ‘Drive your Ambition’. It is a powerful statement of our commitment to the values and aspirations of its drivers. The New Triton is developed based on the concept of ‘BEYOND TOUGH’ image and we believe it will impress customers with its tougher exterior, superior handling, as well as advanced safety features.”

The New Triton is imported as a Completely Built-Up (CBU) vehicle from MMC’s regional production hub in Thailand. The Malaysian market offers five variants of the New Triton with the following estimated prices starts from RM 100K to RM 140K in Peninsular Malaysia.


  • Prices are quoted on-the-road without insurance (10% SST inclusive) for Individual Private Owners.
  • Terms and Conditions Apply.


The New Triton’s front fascia features the latest iteration of Mitsubishi Motors Dynamic Shield design language with slim headlamps flanking the grille and fog lamps and indicators tucked into the corners. The available colours are White Diamond, Black Mica, Sterling Silver and Graphite Grey Metallic.

Engine and Performance

The New Triton is powered by the award-winning 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine with Variable Valve Timing technology. Coupled with Variable Geometry Turbo (VGT), it produces a strong 181 PS of power and 430 Nm of torque. A new 6 speed auto transmission has also been added to improve the driving efficiency in the New Triton. Driven by a Super Select 4WD II with Off-road Mode, the New Triton delivers powerful and confident driving performance across all terrains.


The New Triton will also come with advanced safety features such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW with LCA) and Auto High Beam (AHB). Depending on the variants, the New Triton is equipped with seven SRS airbags, Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Active Stability with Traction Control(ASTC), Hill-Start Assist (HSA), Hill Descend Control (HDC), Trailer Stability Assist (TSA) and Brake Override System and rest reminder functions for a complete peace-of-mind driving. The safety of the Triton is further strengthened by a strong Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction which is reinforced with super high tensile steel.


In conjunction with the arrival of the new model, authorised Mitsubishi Motors dealers nationwide are accepting pre-launch bookings from customers who wish to be among the first to own the New Triton in Malaysia. Be one of the first 1,000 owners to book and register a New Triton and receive an exclusive limited edition THULE all-purpose luggage bag worth RM2,000.


Ford Ranger Raptor Priced at RM199,888, Unveiled at KLIMS2018

Ford Motor Company and its exclusive distribution partner, Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), today officially launched the Ford Ranger Raptor at Press Day for the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2018 at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC).

The Ranger Raptor – Asia Pacific’s first and only factory-built high-speed off-road performance truck – will be taking centre stage at KLIMS 2018 from 23 November to 2 December.

Priced at RM199,888.00, the Ranger Raptor comes in two enticing colours, including Lightning Blue and the Ranger Raptor’s unique Hero colour, Conquer Grey.

“We are thrilled to build on our Ranger success story here in Malaysia with the Ranger Raptor, which combines the Ranger’s renowned ‘Built Ford Tough’ character with Ford Performance DNA to set a new benchmark in off-road capability” said Truong Kim Phong, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company.

“Everything about the Ranger Raptor builds on the already outstanding sophisticated feel and functional capability of the Ranger – Ford’s best-selling nameplate in Malaysia and one of the best-selling pickups in the market. We are confident that the Ranger Raptor will help revolutionise the market for pickup truck enthusiasts,” said Syed Ahmad Muzri Bin Syed Faiz, Managing Director, Sime Darby Auto Connexion.

Ford Ranger Raptor

The Ranger Raptor lives up to the globally renowned Ford Performance DNA with a unique design and extraordinary capability for high-speed off-roading.

The Ranger Raptor’s powerful 2.0-liter Bi-Turbo diesel engine is mated to a 10-speed transmission, standard front and rear Position Sensitive Damping (PSD) shock absorbers exclusively manufactured by FOX, and an innovative all-new Watt’s linkage rear suspension with coilover rear springs to help the Raptor push the limits in technology, innovation and driving excitement.

The Ranger Raptor features a Terrain Management System (TMS) that offers six modes that help deliver truly high performance, including the highly-anticipated Baja (‘baha’) Mode.

Additionally, the Ranger Raptor is loaded with safety and convenience features that make it suitable for both on and off-road. A host of Driver-Assist Technologies are available at the push of a button, incorporating unique design features tailored for the Ranger Raptor. 

New Mustang Unveiling

Alongside the Ranger Raptor, SDAC also unveiled the New Mustang exclusively and confirmed its arrival in Malaysia next year. The New Mustang is the only unit flown into Malaysia on air freight, and will be showcased specifically for the 10-day Show. The Ford Mustang is a cultural icon and the world’s best-selling sports car for three years straight with more than one-third of its sales in global markets. Since global exports began in 2015, through December 2017, Ford has sold 418,000 Mustangs in 146 countries around the world.

Exclusive Deals

SDAC is offering exclusive promotions for its vehicles at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show 2018, including:

  • Visitors to the Show who make a vehicle booking of the New Ranger and New Mustang will stand a chance to grab cash vouchers in the Bi-turbo wind tunnel machine.
  • Customers who purchase any new Ford Ranger variant will also be in the running to win a Ranger Raptor under the ‘Buy A New Ford Ranger, Win A Ranger Raptor’ Contest.
  • The first 888 customers who register their new Ford Ranger will each receive an electrical goods voucher worth RM1,000.
  • Up to 2 years free maintenance or up to 40,000km for customers who successfully register the New Ranger including the New Ranger Raptor before 31 January 2019, whichever comes first1.

To experience the exciting line-up of Ford vehicles on offer, consumers can visit Booth#1009, Level 1, Hall 2 from 23 November to 2 December at MITEC. For more information, visit SDAC’s multilingual website, which also features a chatbot in English.


Isuzu Shows Its Awesome Truck @ KLIMS 2018

Isuzu Malaysia is showing ‘tricked’ out trucks for current D-Max owners to get an idea of what their trucks can be modded to look like.


To experience this awesome pickup truck and other variants of the D-Max vehicles, visit KLIMS 2018 from 23 November to 2 December at MITEC.