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Mazda CX-30 Open for Booking – From RM143k

Mazda Malaysia today announced that the all-new Mazda CX-30, which sits between the CX-3 and CX-5 SUVs in the stable, is now officially open for booking.

Imported from Japan, the Mazda CX-30 is available in three variants, with prices as mentioned below:

  • CX-30 2.0L (2WD) – RM143,119
  • CX-30 2.0L High (2WD) – RM164,119
  • CX-30 1.8L Diesel High (2WD) – RM173,027

While the petrol variants of the CX-30 are powered by a 2.0-litre Skyactiv-G engine producing 163 hp and 213 Nm of torque, the diesel variant gets a Skyactiv-D engine that makes 116 PS and 270 Nm of maximum torque.

Both petrol and diesel versions get the same 6-speed automatic transmission with manual shift mode, which send power exclusively to the front wheels.

Standard features across the board include LED headlights and taillights with auto-levelling, automatic wipers, auto-folding side mirrors, a sunroof, rear spoiler, a retractable cargo cover, as well as Mazda Connect infotainment system with an 8.8-inch touch screen display.

Exclusive for the CX-30 2.0L High and CX-30 1.8L Diesel however, are features like LED tail lamps with signature illumination, Mazda Advance Keyless Entry, a powered tailgate, front and rear parking sensors, leather seats, as well as 17-inch wheels (vs base spec’s 16-inch).

The colour line-up includes Soul Red Crystal, Machine Gray, Titanium Flash, Jet Black, Deep Crystal Blue, Sonic Silver, Snowflake White Pearl and Polymetal Gray Metallic; making a total of 8 colors available.

All new Mazda vehicles registered from January 1, 2019 onwards will have 5-Years Manufacturer Warranty + 5-Years Free Maintenance (except Mazda BT-50) according to manufacturer’s standards inclusive of labour, parts and lubricants. Both Manufacturer Warranty and Free Maintenance have a coverage period of five years and a mileage limit of 100,000km, whichever comes first.


Mitsubishi Triton Updated With New Features

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, the sole distributor of Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia announced during the launch of the Triton Quest that selected variants of the Triton Pickup truck has been updated with a few new features.

Firstly, we have the Triton Adventure X which now gets an All Round Monitor, a feature that uses multiple cameras around the vehicle to create a bird’s-eye-view to aid parking and maneuvering.

For an added peace-of-mind driving, the Triton Adventure X also adds on Driving Video Recorder (DVR), a feature that captures every moment or incident while on the move.

Last but not least, the Triton Adventure X adds on side body stickers to enhance its overall sporty image, as well as premium solar and security tint for a greater cabin comfort.

Like the Triton Adventure X, the Triton AT Premium also gets an upgrade including Driving Video Recorder, new leather seats, and a 7-Inch Touchscreen Audio with Apple Carplay and Android Ready as standard.

These accessories upgrades are only offered by MMM authorized dealers at all Mitsubishi Motors showroom nationwide.

The Triton range comes with a choice of six variants and four colours:

Variant Price (RM) Colour
Triton Adventure X 137,900.00 White Diamond, Jet Black Mica
Triton AT Premium 121,000.00 White Diamond, Graphite Gray
Triton MT Premium 112,500.00 White Diamond, Graphite Gray
Triton AT 105,990.00 White Diamond, Sterling Silver
Triton MT 100,200.00 White Diamond, Sterling Silver
Triton Quest 79,890.00 White Pearl

New Mitsubishi Triton Quest Launched – RM80k

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), the official distributor of
Mitsubishi vehicles in Malaysia, introduced the new Mitsubishi Triton Quest recently.

The new Triton Quest is a versatile workhorse that has everything customers need to make driving easier, including a powerful engine, robust control and spacious cabin. The Triton Quest comes with a stylish design with a ‘sedan’ outlook.

Priced at RM79, 890.00, the Triton Quest is the most affordable pick-up truck in the market and comes with five years warranty or 100,000km (whichever comes first).

For convenience, the Triton Quest is designed for easy loading because of its close distance from the ground to the tailgate. The Triton Quest also comes with a rear seat secret storage compartment, easy-to-reach yet far from prying eyes.

For storage, the Triton Quest comes with a massive load capacity of up to 970 kg inclusive of passengers and cargo, making it the biggest cargo deck in the low rider category.

Its functional J- Line design gives more room and comfort for rear passengers while retaining a spacious cargo.

Under the hood, the Triton Quest is powered by 2.5-litre turbocharged diesel engine which makes 110 PS and 200 Nm of torque.

Another key feature of the Triton Quest is that it comes with the Best-In-Class turning radius of 5.7m, making it easier to handle and drive on narrow roads and crowded working sites.

Where safety is concerned, the Triton Quest comes with features like electronic Time and Alarm Control System (ETACS) which comes with Lane Change Turn Signal System, Power Window Timer, Headlamp Auto off Function, Open Door Alarm, Auto Door Relock System, Auto Speed Adjustable Wipers, and a 15-second interior light delay which allows the cabin light to remain on for the next 15 seconds after switching off the car.

In addition, The Triton Quest is also equipped with dual SRS airbags and Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).

The safety features of the Triton Quest are further strengthened by a strong Mitsubishi Reinforced Impact Safety Evolution (RISE) body construction.

Besides that, the Triton Quest adds on Multi-Information Display that gives vital information about the truck such as mileage range traveled, service reminder, fuel range and average fuel consumption.


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