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Michelin launches new coach tyre

Beltran Yturriaga, Managing Director, Michelin Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

Tyre manufacturer supremo, Michelin showcases its latest innovation in the Asian market through their new coach tyre the Michelin X Coach Energy Z.

The French based company illustrated that their new tyre was especially designed for comfort and safety of coach passengers. By using the latest in tyre development technology, Michelin was able to create a tyre which is robust and resistant to road hazard damages.

Thanks to its innovative energy casing design, the tyre also promises to help operators to reduce downtime and costs through better fuel efficiency, without compromising tyre life and durability.

“When designing Michelin X Coach Energy Z, the main concern for us was how we could address the current needs of coach operators. This is important because when transporting people, safety cannot be compromised. The X Coach energy Z is al able to offer all of this with fuel savings, reduced downtime and a hugh tyre mileage. The combined performance is evidence of Michelin’s goal of total performance in tyres which endures customer and their passenger’s satisfaction” said Beltran Yturriaga, Managing Director, Michelin Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

At the launch, Michelin mentioned that improvement in resistance to its crown has been increased by 20 per cent compared to previous models. This translates into 20 per cent less tyre failure and related downtime, which include extreme accidents due to mishaps from crown area impact and failure.

The improvement in casing durability through reinforced bead and crown areas has also increased the ratio of retreadibilty of the X Coach Energy Z casing, which also helps operators to reduce costs through long lasting usage.

Not only is the X Coach energy Z durable and long lasting, it is also fuel efficient as the new casing and tread design lowers rolling resistance to improve fuel efficiency up by 10 percent compared to standard radial tyre. Reducing rolling resistance is another key performance characteristic of Michelin tyres which allows users to save fuel and reduce the environmental impact of their vehicles and operations.

Michelin X Coach Energy Z all position tubeless tyres will be available in 295/80R22.5 size from May 2014.

 

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Inokom appreciates loyal customers

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Brand loyalty is an important aspect in business that is often overlooked yet is a key factor in ensuring that the customer turns to the same brand again for their future needs. This is all the more pertinent in the ever-evolving truck industry that sees fleet operators constantly on their toes to keep their trucks in top condition for the road or even upgrading to newer models to meet the requirements of their clients.

With that in mind, long-time Inokom truck dealer PTM Automotive had their inaugural Inokom Customer’s Day on 7 and 8 May 2014 to show their appreciation to their Inokom customers with great servicing deals and even discounts on new models.

Over those two days, current Inokom truck owners that came in for scheduled maintenance or servicing were entitled to a free 20-point inspection check, free greasing points and free gifts. PTM Automotive also offered discounts on parts and labour fees.

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New customers looking to purchase an Inokom truck were in for a good deal as well, with an RM2,000 discount on the truck and a further RM3,000 rebate on the body. Inokom trucks purchased during the two day period were also up for an extended warranty of one-plus-one year or 50,000km. The rebate on bodies stands until the end of June 2014.

“The Inokom AU26 is the best seller as it meets the needs of a wide variety of traders or small businesses,” said Danny Soo of PTM Automotive, who has been an authorised Inokom dealer for 14 years.

“There are currently 15,000 units of Inokom trucks on the road and we usually sell about 10 units a month of the AU26 and larger AD3. In fact, the AU26 is the best-seller in its segment in South Korea,” he added.

PTM Automotive operates a breakdown truck to response to customers that encounter a breakdown with their Inokom trucks. The service is operational 24/7 and has proven to be a major convenience for their customers.

“The AU26’ popularity is based on its versatility as it can function as a mobile kiosk, pasar malam shop, market traders and even as transportation for small businesses,” said Soo.

PTM Automotive is located at Lot 6015, Batu 7 ½, Jalan Rawang, 68100, Batu Caves, Selangor.

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Shell Rimula kicks off Technology Lab roadshow

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As part of its 2014 global promotion, Shell Rimula has kicked off its Technology Lab roadshow in Sarawak and Sabah, which will be making stops at eight different locations from May 10 to June 22.

In Sarawak, the roadshow was at KTS Crown Tower in Kuching on May 10 and at Delta Mall, Sibu on May 13; Park City Mall, Bintulu on May 15 and E-Mart Supermarket, Bandar Baru Permy Jaya, Miri on May 17.

Meanwhile, in Sabah it will be at Giant Supermarket at Mile 5, Jalan Labuk, Sandakan on June 6, Teck Guan Sdn Bhd, Taman Seri Perdana, Jalan Silam, Lahad Datu on June 8, Giant Supermarket at Jalan Apas, Tawau on June 14 and Sutera Harbour in Kota Kinabalu on June 22, all from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

The Shell Rimula Technology Lab aims to demonstrate the technology behind Shell Rimula and the benefits of synthetic lubricants in a fun and experiential way using special demonstration tool kits, digital applications, games and videos.

According to Shell Lubricants marketing manager Alex Lim, the combination of technology leadership, innovative products that deliver tangible benefits and strong ground-level interaction that demonstrated empathy with customers have strengthened Shell Rimula’s market leadership position globally and also in Malaysia.

“We have a specially designed product and business solutions offering called “Driveline” that comprises a complete portfolio of technologically superior products to protect every driveline component against wear, acids and deposits: Shell Rimula heavy-duty diesel engine oils; Shell Spirax transmission, axle and gear oils; and Shell Gadus greases,” he said.

The Shell Rimula global promotion this year also offers customers from around the world the opportunity to come together to compete in the 2014 Shell Rimula Heavyweight Driving Challenge as part of an exclusive VIP trip to London, England.

The contest which is running from April 1 till June 30 is open to all customers who purchase a drum or pail of Shell Rimula R4, R5 or R6 heavy-duty diesel engine oil.ers and offer them the most advanced lubricant products available in the world for all heavy-duty vehicles.

For more information on the latest Shell Rimula products and global promotion, please go to www.shell.com.my/rimula-heavyweight-challenge.

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Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd first company to get Scania insurance

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Scania Credit (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (SCMY) has signed on Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd as the first customer for its new insurance service that is part of its proposition to offer tailored packaged financial solutions.

The introduction of the insurance service further enhances the range of products and services offered by Scania in Malaysia to provide total solutions for the best profitability for Malaysian express bus and truck operators.

It is said that Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd bought a policy each for two of its K 410 EB 6×2 buses.

“It makes perfect sense for Scania to offer insurance services because we speak the same language as our customers, understand the risks and challenges of running commercial vehicles and are able to recommend the right insurance cover for them to take their business even further,” said Scania Credit Malaysia’s Manager Milan Yang in Kota Bharu last month.

“We have been using Scania buses since 1997 and with Scania’s repair and maintenance contract, financing from Scania Credit and coverage from the insurance operations we are benefiting from its one-stop solution that will free us from all our operational problems” said Chairman of Konsortium E-Mutiara Bhd, Che Ibrahim Che Ismail.

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Volvo Trucks and National Geographic roll out ‘Asia 360°’ campaign

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Volvo Trucks, one of the world’s leading producers of heavy trucks, partners the National Geographic Channel to roll out their Asia 360° campaign today. In the lead up to the Asia launch of their new truck range in May, Volvo Trucks shines the spotlight on various perspectives of progress, and embarks on a virtual journey from Singapore to South Korea.

Users can follow through a dedicated microsite, www.perspectivesofprogress.com, which features the stories of three inspiring personalities, as well as a collection of stunning 360° panoramic shots of some of Asia’s most exciting locations – mapping out diverse perspectives of progress.

Elisabeth Larsson, Vice President for Vehicle Sales and Marketing at Volvo Trucks in Asia

Elisabeth Larsson, Vice President for Vehicle Sales and Marketing at Volvo Trucks in Asia, elaborates, ”At Volvo Trucks, we are all about driving progress, for our customers and also for society at large, which we have been a part of in Asia since almost 80 years ago. We want to demonstrate that our commitment is not one-sided, but holistic, and that the innovation in our products comes with a greater purpose.”

The new Volvo truck range is specifically designed to meet the needs of customers and their business challenges with improved technology. Set to redefine standards in transportation, the new range features the Volvo FH as their flagship product model, which has been awarded International Truck of the Year 2014 and also won a prestigious red dot as well as If award for its product design.

“Globally, we are recognized as an innovative brand, which is also reflected in our communication measures. With the Asia 360° campaign, we want to open new views. We want to inspire people, make them see how we all can drive progress and shape our tomorrow,” shares Mats Nilsson, Managing Director, Volvo Malaysia.

 

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HINO rolls out first vehicle from Sendayan plant

Staff and guests pose with made-in-Sendayan HINO trucks after the plant's official line-off ceremony

Just nine months after the official ground-breaking ceremony, Hino Motors Manufacturing (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMMMY) has rolled out the first HINO vehicle manufactured at its new plant in Negeri Sembilan.

The vehicle was an award-winning HINO 300 Series light commercial vehicle which is also a best-seller in Malaysia. It was unveiled by HMMMY Managing Director Ikuo Shibano and guest-of-honour, Datuk Takashi Hibi, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd, at a simple line-off ceremony witnessed by guests and employees.

The state-of-the-art RM140 million facility located on a 170,000 square-metre site in Sendayan TechValley is Hino Motors Ltd’s first manufacturing plant in Malaysia and reflects the importance of the Malaysian market as the third pillar of Hino’s operations in Southeast Asia.

With an annual production capacity of approximately 10,000 units, it manufactures the full range of HINO products comprising light, medium and heavy duty trucks; and buses for the Malaysian market.

According to Mr Shibano, the commissioning of the plant was crucial to Hino Motors’ plans and ambitions as the company now has full control of product supply and the flexibility to respond to growing market demand and shorten the delivery lead time to Malaysian customers. HINO products were previously assembled by Assembly Services Sdn Bhd, the production unit of UMW Toyota Motor.

“HINO was the best-selling commercial vehicle brand in Malaysia for the fourth consecutive year in 2013 and we look forward to working hand-in-hand with our colleagues in Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd to strengthen our market leadership position for many years to come,” he said.

With employee safety a top priority, the plant is equipped with innovative safety features such as separate static and dynamic inspection areas and special viewing platform for visitors.

HMMMY is a 58:42 joint venture between Hino Motors Ltd, Japan’s leading brand in trucks and buses, and its long-time partner in Malaysia, MBM Resources Berhad (MBMR).

Since 2010, HINO has been the market leader in the overall commercial vehicle segment (4,500 kg and above) in Malaysia.

HINO’s main competitive edge has been its ability to offer a complete range of commercial vehicles ranging from four-wheel light commercial vehicles (LCV, HINO 300 Series), medium-heavy commercial vehicles (MCV, HINO 500 Series), prime movers (HINO 700 Series) to buses that are renowned for their quality, durability and reliability. For each model, Hino is also able to offer different chassis variants to suit different purposes.

HINO products are also some of the most technologically advanced in the Malaysian market. It is the first commercial vehicle brand to offer an automatic transmission and six-seater crew cabin option for its six-wheel LCV. HINO 300 and 500 Series vehicles were also winners at the 2013 New Straits Times-Shell Rimula Truck of the Year Awards.

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FUSO’s new truck with largest payload capacity in class

Der neue Fuso Canter 9C15/9C18 verfügt als Top-Gewichtsvariante über 8,55 t zulässiges Gesamtgewicht (zGG) und eine Fahrgestell-Nutzlast von bis zu sechs Tonnen.

Daimler Truck’s most popular truck ‘Canter’ is opening up a new dimension. Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, today announced it has developed a new GVW 8.55-ton medium-duty truck, based on the existing Canter light-duty technical platform, now underway with its global rollout.

According to Mr. Kai-Uwe Seidenfuss, MFTBC Senior Vice President of Sales & After Sales: “The all-new Canter medium-duty truck is a weight-lifting champion. Designed for optimum capacity without compromising on compactness or maneuverability, the new Canter 8.55-ton truck sets the benchmark in offering customers the largest payload in its weight class. The Canter continues to pave the way in the global trucking industry.”

The newly developed Canter 8.55-ton medium-duty truck with a payload of up to 6 tons is making its way in more than 40 countries around the globe. For the European market, the new medium-duty truck is now in production at MFTBC’s Tramagal, Portugal, plant now celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Main characteristics of the all-new Canter medium-duty truck

The newly developed Canter medium-duty truck with a permissible gross vehicle weight of 8.55 tons allows for a class-topping chassis payload of up to 6 tons, and as such offers customers largest payload capacity available in the market in its weight class. The features of the Canter medium-duty truck is the very embodiment of the compact truck and features a high degree of maneuverability.

Complete with a smart design and as efficient as ever, the Canter truck is at your service. Key innovations include DUONIC®, the world’s first dual-clutch automatic transmission for commercial trucks. An optimized powertrain sharply reduces fuel consumption while guaranteeing an even safer, smoother drive. The bottom line – the Canter truck offers greater efficiency and a smoother ride at every turn.

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Free bus rides for PJ residents

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On April 30 this year, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and RapidBus after months of negotiations to provide a free city bus service in Petaling Jaya.

Two weeks later, on May 14, the PJ CityBus was launched, aimed at encouraging city dwellers to leave their private cars at home and shift to public transport in their daily traveling.

MBPJ said it believes an increase in the usage of public transport will help reduce the problem of traffic congestion in Petaling Jaya, especially during peak hours, and less commuters will be using private vehicles.

According to Federation of Malaysian Consumers Association president Datuk Dr Marimuthu Nadason, a person using the free bus to travel to work instead of driving could achieve an average annual savings of RM6,000.

It is estimated that the service will cost MBPJ around RM2.5 million annually, and RM1 million has been allocated under Budget 2014 for the project.

The bus travels a 28.2km route which starts from the bus terminal in Jalan PJS 3/11, going through Jalan Klang Lama, Jalan Templer, Jalan Othman, Jalan Yong Shook Lin, around the Section 52 commercial centre, Jalan Penchala, Jalan Semangat, Jalan Universiti and Jalan Gasing.

It serves the Kampung Dato Harun KTM station, Asia Jaya LRT and Sections 14, 16 and 17 as well as the Universiti Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) and PJ Old Town.

The operational hours are from 6am to 9pm daily.

With 10 buses allocated for the service, it is expected to run on a five-minute frequency during peak hours and 10 minute frequency during off peak hours.

The buses in use are designed with wheelchair ramps as well as priority seating for those in wheelchairs, and are equipped with free Wi-Fi internet access and LED monitors for onboard entertainment.

The buses are non-operational on weekends in order to cut costs, and advertising panels will be installed on the buses to generate revenue.

MBPJ also said it has chosen the Section 52 commercial centre as the pilot project for the route of the free service to support the PJ Livable City project – the pilot project to upgrade the commercial centre which consists of many different components such as the one way system, Park & Ride and PJ Walk among various other projects.

MBPJ urges residents of Petaling Jaya to fully utilise the service, which is in line with MBPJ’s aim to develop the public transport infrastructure as well as efficient and integrated traffic management.

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Volvo Malaysia crowns 2014 Fuelwatch Challenge winner

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Volvo Malaysia has awarded this year’s Volvo Trucks Fuelwatch Challenge winner Ahmad Othman, who achieved 2.52km using only a litre of fuel while driving a Volvo truck with a 40-foot container carrying 20 tonnes of load.

Ahmad will be representing Malaysia at the Fuelwatch APAC and World Finals 2014, to be held in Volvo’s home country in Gothenburg, Sweden later this September.

“The challenge has taught me a great deal about the efficient use of fuel and the impact of driving behaviours on both the business and the environment.

“Winning the Malaysian chapter has given me the inspiration to improve my skills and push my capabilities further.

“I really look forward to the challenge in Sweden as it’ll be a great experience and learning opportunity for me,” he said.

Coming in second and third, respectively, were Zaril Nizam Zakaria from Linfox Transport (M) Sdn Bhd and Azrul Haiza Abdul Aziz from Vertex Mission Sdn Bhd.

According to managing director of Volvo Malaysia Mats Nilsson, every year the competition attracts more participants, allowing them to further achieve their goal of inspiring truck drivers.

“Beyond the popularity of the challenge, what we really strive to achieve is to inspire a positive change in truck drivers’ role by empowering them to adopt fuel efficient and safe driving behaviour. Trucker drivers are movers of the economy and we want them to take pride and responsibility in their job,” he said.

This year’s Fuelwatch Challenge was also paired with the Volvo Driver Development Programme (DDP) currently offered free to Volvo’s customers.

It provides an additional and more in-depth training platform to impart useful, comprehensive and hands-on approach to building well-rounded Malaysian truck drivers and overall fleet management.

For more information, visit the official Volvo Trucks Malaysia facebook page at www.facebook.com/VolvoTrucksMalaysia.

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Petron introduces Fleet Card

From left: Mohd Shaibi Hijazi, Card & Network Automation manager, Petron Malaysia; Faridah Ali, head of Retail Business, Petron Malaysia; Bok Ru Chuan, Card Sales Manager, Petron Malaysia at the launch of Petron new fleet card.

Aiming to offer flexibility through a real-time online tracking system, Petron Malaysia has launched the new Petron Fleet Card which is equipped with the latest microchip technology.

According to Petron Malaysia, the card allows fleet owners to effectively manage their fleet’s fuel consumption through monitoring of fuel purchases and expenditures.

The new card is made available to fleet owners with a minimum of three vehicles and comes with a 31-day credit terms, free of charge without any annual fees or service charge.

“With the new Petron Fleet Card, corporate customers have better control over their fleet expenditure while eliminating the hassle of cash transaction. The new chip card technology secures every transaction for customer’s comfort and safeguards against tampering,” Faridah Ali, head of retail business for Petron Malaysia.

The new card replaces the existing magnetic-stripe “Esso Mobil” Fleet Card with an advanced chip technology that provides convenience for every fuel transaction while ensuring protection of customers’ data.

It also comes with a dual card function which requires identification of vehicle and driver before making any transaction as an additional security feature. The card is available at all Petron, Esso and Mobil stations.

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