Instead of the usual bouquet of flowers, Bosch Automotive Aftermarket Malaysia (Bosch AA) has introduced a new special gift of thoughtful Do-It-Yourself (DIY) car maintenance checks you can give to mom this year.
The practical gift of car safety to mom is an exceptional act of service and peace of mind you can do for her. We might not always be there to drive mom around, but we can take these simple steps to keep her safe while she is behind the wheel.
Upgrade mom’s car wipers to a pair of flat blade wipers for clearer vision and better safety while driving on the road especially in this rainy season. Changing wipers are very simple and can be done in a few simple steps following online wiper installation videos. Bosch AA recommends the Bosch Aerotwin wipers.
Always take note of wear and tear signs include scraping sounds, water stripes and streaks, large unwiped sections, jumping and skipping. The heat from intense sunlight can cause wipers to warp and crack faster. As a rule of thumb, replace them once a year.
Gift mom clean and fresh air in the car
The quality of air we breathe has seen an increased importance in the past year. Cabin filters serve as a first line of defense to reduce risk of exposure to air pollutants, airborne bacteria and viruses. Replace the cabin filter in your mom’s car for cleaner and fresher air in the car. Bosch AA recommends the Bosch Aeristo Premium cabin filter, which has anti-virus, anti-bacterial, anti-allergen and anti-fungal properties.
Cabin filters should be replaced every year or every 15,000KM, whichever comes first. Common signs of a clogged cabin filter include unpleasant smells or exhaust fumes, increasing dust settling on car surfaces, frequent runny nose, sneezing and coughing. Reduced coldness of the AC and frequent foggy windows also warrant a cabin filter replacement.
Gift mom a smooth-running car
Take care of your mom’s next car service and bring it up a notch by getting her a quality engine oil to ensure the engine runs smoothly. Bosch AA recommends the Bosch Premium X7 5W40 Fully Synthetic Engine Oil. Since we are also driving lesser during this time, gift mom a Bosch C7 car battery charger to ensure her car battery is kept at optimum charge.
Go the extra mile by keeping the car battery clean with an occasional wipe with a damp clean cloth. This can help prolong battery life, prevent battery terminal corrosion and keep the battery in optimal condition. You can also help check for signs of a swollen battery case once in a while to avoid bigger car problems, like an exploding battery.
The gift of car safety this Mother’s Day is done as part of Bosch AA’s ‘Drive for Life’ campaign. The campaign aims to advocate for safer cars and safer roads through raising awareness on the importance of using quality car parts and regular car maintenance.
Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM) today officially launched its Nissan Flagship Store on Malaysia’s top e-commerce platform Lazada for a convenient and secure new Nissan vehicle purchasing experience.
In conjunction with the launch along with Lazada’s 5.5 Sale, customers can now book the All-New Nissan Almera 1.0L Turbo, New Nissan Navara (Pick-up), Nissan X-Trail (SUV) or Nissan Serena S-Hybrid (MPV) for as low as RM 250, and the first 55 customers will receive a free Nescafe Coffee Machine worth RM 598.
“We are excited to expand our Nissan models on Lazada, making it readily available to everyone who prefers the convenience of shopping at their fingertips. In this challenging time of COVID-19 pandemic, digitalisation has been fast-tracked and we are confident that this move is another way for the brand to enhance its services and at the same time offer great deals when purchasing a new Nissan on a digital application,” said Mr Christopher Tan, ETCM Sales and Marketing Director.
Almera and Navara
As a recap, the All-New Nissan Almera 1.0L Turbo now comes with Urban accessories package worth up to RM 5,500 and an attractive Flexi Financing offer from as low as RM 540 monthly, while the new Special Civil Servants Promotion offers the All-New Nissan Almera 1.0L Turbo VL variant with starting price from RM 71,906 only.
Additionally, the new and radically redesigned Nissan Navara 4×4 2.5L Turbo Double-Cab Pick-up comes with many best-in-class technologies, including an array of Nissan Intelligent Mobility driver assisted features and safety systems, is also available with an attractive Flexi Financing offer from as low as RM 950 monthly.
The Nissan X-Trail and Serena S-Hybrid are not to be missed. The X-Trail now comes with IMPUL or Aero Edition accessories package worth up to RM 5,600 while the Serena S-Hybrid comes with free 3 years maintenance service with parts and labour included.
Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd recently hosted a vehicle handover ceremony for its existing customer, Vertex Mission Sdn Bhd, a haulage company based in Klang.
The handover of the five units of Automated-manual Transmission (AMT) prime movers, HINO 700 Series -SH1EERA, took place at Hino Malaysia headquarter in Petaling Jaya, with attendance from both companies’ management teams.
Established in 2005 and has been in the industry for more than 15 years, Vertex Mission is an end-to-end provider of logistics and supply chain management solutions and delivers a full range of logistics services entirely in-house to support the way clients do business.
Half-a-century track record
Having strong confidence with Hino brand, Vertex Mission Managing Director, Soo Chee Yeong, said “We have known that Hino Motors is an established Japanese brand under the Toyota Group and has been in Malaysia for almost half a century. This portrays the trust and confidence from Malaysian customers and the brand’s stability in the Malaysian market.”
When talking about what makes Vertex Mission’s decision-maker to choose HINO brand, Soo Chee Yeong continued, “Hino gives us a good beginning stage especially on the truck trial and provides technical support and be on the ground to understand our needs.”
They work closely with us and give the best total support, and this led to our decision to add-on more Hino truck in our fleet. Also, Hino already has a network that is well established nationwide, which eases us for service maintenance and after-sales support.”
More trucks later this year
Vertex Mission is looking forward to adding more HINO trucks to the fleet and is already in discussion for the purchase of the next batch which are likely to be delivered in Q3 this year.
The prime mover, SH1EERA comes with 16- speed mechanical auto synchromesh ZF16 transmission with power assistance, making it easier to shift gears at higher speeds. Fitted with AMT, it allows sustaining a lower operational cost through lower fuel consumption and clutch replacement cost.
Designed with EURO-3 common-rail engine, this 4×2 model is a Complete Built-up Unit (CBU) made in Japan and promises Japan genuine parts with HINO DNA of QDR: Quality, Durability, and Reliability.
The truck is also fitted with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) to prevent uncontrolled skidding and also designed with Energy-absorbing Steering Column to absorb some of the impacts and providing better protection for the drivers. These active safety features will enhance the safety control of its haul operation.
HMSM also takes an initiative to improve driving skills among commercial vehicle drivers through the establishment of its training center, Hino Total Support Customer Center (HTSCC) in Sendayan.
Vertex Mission has registered their fleet supervisors to sit the training and agreed higher fuel efficiency can be achieved and with enhanced driving skill. Through this training, drivers will be given intensive courses that focus on driver safety, eco-cien driving, and driver familiarisation.
Perodua recently announced that the company has registered an estimated 20,399 vehicles in the month of April 2020.
Out of the total, the newly-launched Ativa makes up 4,624 units or over 22% of that figure, lifting the total units of Ativas registered since its 3 March launch to nearly 9,000. Demand for the Perodua Ativa remains strong with average bookings of nearly 290 daily.
“We thank all Malaysians for their strong support,” said Perodua President and Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
Ativa waiting period
“The waiting period for the Ativa is currently between two and four months, depending on the desired colour and variant. We advise our valued customers to speak to our authorised sales advisors for accurate and up-to-date delivery times of the various variant-colour combinations of the Ativa,” he added.
On a month-to-month comparison, sales dipped by 16.5% to 20,399 units from 24,431 units mainly due to the semiconductor shortage, which is affecting multiple industries globally.
“Despite the global semiconductor chip shortage, Perodua managed to produce 20,278 vehicles in April 2021, pushing our year-to-date production to 80,661 units,” Dato’ Zainal said.
78,304 sales and counting
Perodua’s April 2021 sales figure brings its year-to-date sales tally to 78,304 vehicles. This represents a 74% boost over the 45,034 units sold in the first four months of 2020, due to minimal registrations in April 2020 as the first Movement Control Order hit its stride nationwide.
“The chip shortage is our top priority at present and we are deploying all our resources to deal with it, including working closely with the government and our business partners for viable solutions.
“Perodua remains committed towards timely deliveries, aided by our economies of scale. We thank our valued customers very much for their patience. We are doing all we can to deliver as many cars as possible before the expected expiry of the government’s sales tax exemption in end-June,” he added.
240,000 units sales target
Dato’ Zainal said Perodua is maintaining its 2021 sales target at 240,000 units for now. Perodua’s 2021 sales target represents a 9% increase from the 220,163 units sold in 2020, and is expected to lead to a record purchase of RM6.5 billion worth of locally-sourced components this year.
Perodua also targets production of 272,000 units (+23% from 2020’s 220,968 units) and 2.4 million service intakes (+20% from 2020’s 2 million service intakes) this year.
TC Subaru Sdn Bhd, the sole distributor of Subaru vehicles in Malaysia has announced the introduction of the updated 2021 Subaru XV 2.0i-P in Malaysia, which is actually an enhanced version of the pre-facelift model.
With the introduction of the 2021 Subaru XV 2.0i-P, it will now be the base XV variant in the range, replacing the XV 2.0i which was the base variant previously. Including the newly launched model, the Subaru XV will be available in two trim levels – the XV 2.0i-P and the XV GT Edition which asks for RM137,888.
In case you’re wondering, the 2021 Subaru XV 2.0i-P is priced at RM131,788 (on-the-road without insurance in Peninsular Malaysia).
Leather Suede Deluxe
As for the special upholstery, the XV 2.0i-P Leather Suede Deluxe features designer seats, combining luxurious leather and sporty suede in an effort to give the crossover an elegant touch.
Accentuating the textures and comfortable cushions of these Leather Suede Deluxe seats is the gloss black, matte black and silver accents which are coordinated with the XV 2.0i-P cabin’s orange stitching.
The Leather Suede Deluxe is only available for the 2021 XV 2.0i-P variant. This upholstery upgrade is also exclusive only to Malaysia and Thailand. Passengers can look forward to experiencing a fresh blend of luxury and sportiness, making it an enjoyable ride for everyone on board the 5-seater crossover.
Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
The XV 2.0i-P is complemented by a set of 17-inch bespoke alloy wheels. The equipment package includes a new 8-inch Display Audio System with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity which allows drivers to be constantly connected to their messaging, entertainment, and navigation apps effortlessly.
Other standard features include LED headlights, LED taillights, 17-inch two-tone alloy wheels, silver roof rails, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.3-inch central multi-info display, a power-adjustable driver’s seat, six speakers, and a reverse camera.
Power comes courtesy of a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre direct-injected flat-four engine which is capable of producing a maximum output of 156 PS at 6,000 rpm and 196 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. Sending the power to all four wheels is Subaru’s Lineartronic CVT gearbox which comes with seven virtual ratios.
Further complementing the engine and gearbox is the suite of Subaru’s Core Technologies – Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive, Boxer Engine and Subaru Global Platform – all of which contribute to a total of more than 100 safety features.
The 2021 XV 2.0i-P 2021 is offered in six colours –Pure White, Dark Grey Metallic, Ice Silver Metallic, Dark Blue Pearl, Cool Grey Khaki and Sunshine Orange.
Chemtrax Sdn Bhd (Chemtrax) recently took delivery of the first three units of Scania New Truck Generation.
The keys to two units of the Scania New Truck Generation P410 A6X2NA and one unit of the P360 A4X2NA was handed over to Hairul Anuar, Senior Manager Business Development of Chemtrax, who is instrumental to the success of Chemtrax business.
Established in 1998 under the Sabaka Group Sdn Bhd, Chemtrax specialises in the transportation of hazardous materials involving chemicals and gas throughout Peninsular Malaysia, focusing mainly to the Klang Valley, and also specific materials used in nitrile gloves manufacturing in Malaysia and Singapore.
Urban and regional operations
“This truck model is ideal for urban and regional operations and well-suited for our daily multiple loads into Singapore, and other demanding conditions,” said Hairul Anuar, Senior Manager Business Development of Chemtrax.
The Scania New Truck Generation is tailored to withstand challenging surroundings, securing uptime and boosting productivity with tougher interiors, tougher exteriors and more power.
It is also designed and engineered to give Scania truck owners better fuel efficiency and lower CO2 emissions as it is equipped with advanced powertrain and aerodynamic solutions that gives 3% fuel economy.
“The features of the New Truck Generation have improved greatly from the older generation making the truck more user-friendly with very comfortable adjustable seat that is close to the door, ergonomic dashboard and most importantly the large windscreen with extended view giving clear visibility from the different angles for our drivers making it easier for them to operate in a comfortable and safe environment,” commented Hairul.
The Scania truck have proven to be the most fuel efficient among all the other brands in Chemtrax’s fleet and conforms to the safety standards demanded by its customers. And even though the Pandemic is still at large, Chemtrax niche market in transporting harzadous materials to glove manufacturers have enabled it to secure its business sustainability via long-term contracts with its present customers.
Chemtrax currently operate branch offices/depots and yards in Pasir Gudang and Simpang Rengam, Johor and Kuantan, Pahang and plans are underway to open another operational office in Banting, Selangor in the first quarter of 2022.
“The future looks very bright for Chemtrax as orders from our customers are pouring in pushing us into securing more trucks to be able to service jobs that already stacked up spilling over to the next couple of years,” said Hairul Anuar, Senior Manager Business Development.
Proton continued its sales momentum 2021 by posting a third consecutive month of growth in April.
The company sold 15,017 units (domestic +export) to kick off the second quarter of the year, which was an increase of 0.18% over the previous month and equivalent to an estimated market share of 26.7%.
47,843 and counting
Overall, Proton continued to strengthen its hold on second position in the sales rankings table with market share for the year estimated at 24.4% while overall volume now stands at 47,843 units after the first four months of the year.
The Proton Saga returned to the top of the national sales chart with 5,472 units sold in April. Although the number is a slight reduction compared to the previous month, demand for Proton’s best-seller remains healthy and ahead of the number of units supplied.
Meanwhile, Proton’s SUV models continue to set strong sales numbers. The Proton X50 set yet another new high for deliveries with 3,583 units delivered in April while the Proton X70 extended its dominance in the C-segment SUV category with 2,101 units delivered.
The combined figure of 5,684 units is the second best SUV sales month for the company and only slightly behind the record set in March. Proton’s remaining three models also performed well and all three had their best months of 2021.
Despite strong competition in the B-segment sedan market, the Proton Persona achieved 2,266 units, enough to earn it second spot in its segment. The Proton Exora meanwhile continued to rule the C-segment MPV class while Proton Iriz sales received a boost from strong demand for the R3 Limited Edition model that allowed it to have its best sales month since 2019.
“April was a good month for the automotive industry and aside from Proton, several other brands also had their best month of the year so far. TIV is estimated to be over 56,000 units as all brands are trying to fulfil sales orders before the expiry of PENJANA sales tax incentives at the end of June.
Tanjung Malim expansion
An investment for the future Aside from an increase in sales, April also saw Proton hold a ground breaking ceremony for a new stamping plant at its Tanjung Malim factory. The RM200 million facility is expected to become operational by the third quarter of 2022 and will allow the company to stamp out much larger pieces of body panels.
“As Proton’s sales and distribution arm, Proton Edar views the investment in the new stamping plant as a positive development. The benefits of improved production volumes, lower costs and increased quality will allow us to increase sales exponentially both domestically and abroad, which will drive the company towards achieving its stated long term goals,” added Roslan Abdullah.
Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has introduced a new Executive variant for its seventh-generation Hyundai Elantra, which is offered at the more accessible price of RM139,888 (Peninsula Malaysia, excluding insurance).
With two variants now available, i.e the Executive and Premium, HSDM aims to capture a bigger market share of the C-segment passenger car market which is currently being dominated by the Honda Civic.
RM19,000 cheaper than Elantra Premium
The Executive variant, which is priced RM19,000 lower than the Premium variant, enjoys most of the features of the Premium variant, which also include the following SmartSense features:
Blind Spot-Collision Warning
Rear Cross Traffic – Collision Warning
Safe Exit Warning
Rear Occupant Alert
Apart from that, this new entry level variant comes with Black Fabric Seat, Manual Seat Adjustment, 4.2-inch TFT LCD Cluster, and a Day & Night Rear View Mirror.
The Elantra is built on a new vehicle platform as well as an Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) that is mated with a Smartstream G1.6 petrol engine. It is capable of producing 123PS at 6,300rpm and a peak torque of 154Nm at 4,500rpm. With four drive modes to choose from, i.e Smart, Comfort, Eco and Sport, the Elantra offers an exhilarating drive.
Designed based on Hyundai’s Sensuous Sportiness design concept, it carries an intricate design of geometric crystals cut and divided body surfaces which, coupled with the clever usage of lined patterns, resulting in colourful ‘Parametric Dynamics’.
Though the car now has a sleeker roofline compared to its predecessor, its headroom is not compromised. The Elantra boasts 1030mm of front headroom and 947mm of rear headroom.
The longer wheelbase also provides a best-in-class 964mm of rear legroom while the wider track width means improved shoulder room in the front and rear. With over 474 litres of boot space and 60/40 split folding rear seats, this also makes it convenient to transport big bulky items.
The Elantra also delivers outstanding comfort, functionality and practicality. The “immersive cocoon” interior envelops the driver in a technologically-advanced and sophisticated cabin that is akin to entering an airplane cockpit.
Apart from being equipped with 6 airbags, the Elantra has a host of other standard safety features as well, such as the Electronic Stability Control, Antilock Braking System, Downhill Brake Control, Hill-start Assist Control, Brake Assist System, Traction Control System, Vehicle Stability Management and Immobiliser.
The Elantra comes with a five-year or 300,000km (whichever comes first) warranty. It is available for viewing at all Hyundai showrooms nationwide.
Online pre-owned car marketplace platform MyTukar Sdn. Bhd. recently announced its Q1 business updates with strong growth momentum for 2021.
The company posted a doubled year-on-year revenue and unit sales record for Q1 2021 with a positive EBITDA run rate and an expected continued profitable growth for the rest of 2021, supported by aggressive customer-centric plans in the pipeline.
Upwards since 2018
Since its establishment in 2018, myTukar’s network of over 2,100 registered dealers and seventeen inspection centres that are open daily have successfully transacted more than 40,000 cars worth over RM1 billion in total value. Offering a unique digital platform with a complete ecosystem to support the pre-owned car industry in Malaysia, myTukar is currently on a hyper-growth trajectory reinforced by its numerous customer-focused initiatives.
Fong Hon Sum, CEO of myTukar said, “The numerous milestones we have achieved reflects the team’s deep passion to transform the pre-owned car industry in Malaysia to improve digital adoption, efficiency, and overall transparency within the industry. We are honoured to have recently spearheaded innovative solutions which transforms the experience and journey for pre-owned car customers”.
Q1 2021 highlights
Some notable key highlights for myTukar for Q1 of 2021 include:
Expansion and opening of seven new myTukar centres nationwide, including in East Malaysia. Today, myTukar boasts a network of seventeen inspection centres that supports customers throughout Malaysia.
Launching the Retail Experience Centre located in major malls. Customers can now enjoy a seamless journey when purchasing and selling pre-owned cars in Malaysia.
Successfully deploying myTukar AI, a pioneering proprietary autonomous vehicle inspection technology featuring AI-driven Car Defect Detection system and Car Plate Masking.
From pioneering digitalisation for the pre-owned car industry to initiating transformative developments for the industry, myTukar is committed to developing innovative solutions that will benefit the automotive industry as a whole.
2,100 dealers and counting
To-date, myTukar’s 2,100 plus registered dealers and seventeen inspection centres that are open daily have successfully transacted more than 40,000 cars worth over RM1 billion in total value.
With the newly introduced Retail Experience Centres located in major malls, customers can now enjoy a seamless journey when purchasing and selling pre-owned cars in Malaysia.
In 2020, myTukar went on an aggressive expansion drive with the opening of seven new branches throughout Malaysia, besides inking numerous strategic collaborations with partners such as CapBay, SISMA Auto Glenmarie SELEKT Centre, Sime Darby Auto Selection and DRB-HICOM.
Proton announced that it has recorded a bright start to 2021 with cumulative sales in the first quarter of the year being the highest since March 2012.
According to Proton, the high number of bookings could lead to a record number of loan disbursements. Proton Commerce, which is the brand’s finance arm, has seen its loan volume grow in line with the increase in sales of Proton vehicles.
In 2018, it disbursed a total of 5,410 loans, which nearly doubled to 10,668 the following year. For 2020, despite disruptions caused by the coronavirus as well as loan moratoriums to ease the burden on distressed borrowers, Proton Commerce disbursed 14,189 loans. This year the company is taking aim at a record breaking volume, an all-time high of 20,000 disbursements.
“Although there was a downturn in many economic sectors caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, consumer sentiment for car purchases remains positive. Proton’s gains in product quality, its additions to the dealer network and the launch of new models have grown interest in its cars and we are seeing the results in the number of loan applications received.”
“Our loan disbursement volume for Q1 this year has increased by 42.3% and we are confident of our volume growing even more in Q2. However, the hire-purchase market could face a tough second half of the year as the PENJANA sales tax incentive is scheduled to expire at the end of June so the industry could see a period of correction as market demand finds its natural level,” said Mooi Fi Phang, Chief Executive Officer, Proton Commerce.
Proton Commerce is also seeing a change in the demographics of its customers and Mooi says the age of Proton buyers is trending downwards, indicating the company’s revamped line-up has made it a more trendy choice with younger Malaysians. He also said 80% of Proton Commerce’s customers opt for 9-year hire-purchase financing plans and that impaired loan rates up to three times lower than the industry average.
“2020 was a very tough year for the industry as financial institutions had to make modification loss provisions for the 6-month moratorium programme announced by the central bank. Thankfully for Proton Commerce, the financial stability of our customer base meant a very low number of our borrowers opted for subsequent moratorium and with the removal of the provisions this year, we expect to contribute a healthy profit to our shareholders,” added Mooi.