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Mitsubishi Triton Athlete Arrives to Take on the Hilux Rogue

Triton Athlete

Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM) has introduced the new Mitsubishi Triton Athlete, the new flagship variant of the Triton which will be replacing the outgoing Triton Adventure X.

Unique features

Available in three colours – Sun Flare Orange Pearl, White Diamond, as well as Jet Black Mica, the Triton Athlete is accentuated by a gloss black front under garnish and ‘Dynamic Shield’ front design concept incorporating a glossy black radiator grille and sporty ‘Athlete’ graphic design side stripe sticker.

Triton Athlete front

The Triton’s tougher outlook is further complemented by blacked out parts including side mirrors, door handles, aero type window deflectors, 18-inch gloss black rims and side steps.

Moving into the cabin, the Triton Athlete comes with orange-stitching leather wrapped steering, gear knobs and LED illuminated scuff plates. The Triton Athlete also comes with first-in-class rear air circulator.

How much?

The Triton Athlete is priced at RM141,500 on-the-road and without insurance for private registration, and comes with a warranty of 5-Years or 200,000km whichever comes first.

The Triton is gaining its popularity as Malaysia’s favourite pick-up truck. The company’s volume seller, recorded a sales performance of 7,598 units for Financial Year 2020 (April 2020- March 2021), which is a 32% increase in sales as compared to Financial Year 2019 (April 2019- March 2020).

The Triton Athlete is powered by a 2.4-litre MIVEC turbodiesel engine, which produces 181 PS max power and 430 Nm max torque with Variable Valve Timing technology.


Safety wise, the Triton Athlete comes with class-leading safety features as standard, such as Forward Collision Mitigation (FCM), Blind Spot Warning with Lane Change Assist (BSW with LCA), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Ultrasonic Misacceleration Mitigation System (UMS), Auto High Beam (AHB) and 7 SRS airbags.

The Triton Athlete is also equipped with an All Round Monitor (ARM), Driving Video Recorder (DVR) and 7-Inch Touchscreen Audio with Apple Carplay and Android Ready as standard. The ARM, DVR, and infotainment system upgrades are offered by MMM authorized dealers at all Mitsubishi Motors showroom nationwide.

Triton Athlete

For control, the Triton Athlete is fitted with Super Select 4WD II with off-road mode for optimum traction and handling characteristics in any given terrain. The Triton Athlete also comes with Hill Descent Control where the vehicle speed is electronically controlled while it is in a descent mode.

The Triton Athlete also delivers an impressive turning radius of 5.9m, making parking or turning in the tightest spaces effortless.

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Toyota Corolla Cross Out of Stock?

Toyota Corolla Cross

UMW Toyota Motor today announced that the locally assembled all-new Toyota Corolla Cross will be available for delivery towards the fourth quarter of the year. The company also disclosed that the model has been receiving overwhelming response from customers since its launch.

Including the Corolla Cross, UMW Toyota Motor sold more than 17,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the first quarter of 2021 with a market share of approximately 12.1%, which is an increase of 62% year-on-year compared to the sales volume for the same period in 2020.

Hilux is still king

2020 Toyota Hilux

The best-selling models were the Toyota Vios and the Toyota Hilux, accounting for approximately 56% of the pick-up truck market for the first quarter. The updated versions of the Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner were also introduced early in the year with fresh new styling and extra value-added features.

The Toyota Yaris has been consistently No. 1 in the Non-National hatchback segment with Q1 estimated market share of 73%. The Vios and Vios GRS has also achieved positive response with approximately 5600 numbers sold since their launch.

Toyota GR Yaris

toyota gr yaris

As for the GR Yaris, most of the units allocated for the Malaysian market (out of 25,000 units for worldwide sales) were booked within a month of launch. The GR Yaris is one of three models in Toyota’s high-performance GR brand which are available in Malaysia.

The other models are the GR Supra and Vios GR-Sport. These models are exclusively sold through dealerships with the GR Garage that is dedicated to the brand.

Commenting on the achievement, President, Ravindran K said, “During the first quarter of 2020, the market was already declining due to the pandemic. This year, it’s a different story; with the situation easing as well as the support by the government through the PENJANA program that exempts sales tax partially or fully until June 30 this year, new vehicle sales have been consistently high. In fact, for Toyota, our momentum started in December when we launched the Toyota GR Yaris and Vios GR-Sport which excited the market and set a positive note to enter 2021,” he added.

Hari Raya ‘Countless Rewards’ promotion

Separately, with the Hari Raya festive season coming up during the second quarter, UMWT will be running the ‘Countless Rewards’ promotions for customers to drive Toyota for Raya and catch it before the SST exemption period ends. Savings for customers also include exemption on sales tax that is applicable to CBU models so customers should not miss this opportunity for big savings.

The EZ Beli financing scheme offers customers low instalments (depending on the model). Additionally, savings are available with Toyota Service Savers. This provides Toyota customers with peace-of-mind vehicle ownership with lowered maintenance cost of their Toyota vehicles.

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Toyota Wins Multiple ASEAN NCAP Awards

2021 toyota innova

Toyota has received multiple awards at the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards which took place last week for a few of its safety technologies. The brand also bagged the ‘Excellent Award’ as it won more 5-Star awards over the past two years than other brands.

To be more specific, the brand received an overall 5-star rating for seven of its vehicle models in 2019 and 2020. Out of the 12 award categories, Toyota actually won in five.

Five out of 12 Awards

While models like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Innova were recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments, the Toyota Majesty/Granvia was recognized with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.

2020 toyota hilux

The biannual event of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (better known as ASEAN NCAP) is actually aimed at commemorating high achievers in car safety in the ASEAN region.

Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions in the region, the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards announced on the 16th of February 2021, was conducted online.

 “Toyota is committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elementsvehicle (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure),” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.

 “The awards from ASEAN NCAP confirm the approach of Toyota Synergized Mobility to bring to the forefront the technological leadership of Toyota that will be used to make ever better cars,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue.”


ASEAN NCAP is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global NCAP. Established in 2011, it marked a new milestone of vehicle safety for the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.

Over the past 10 years, ASEAN NCAP has focussed on popular models made and sold in the ASEAN region to provide consumers with information on the safety performance of the vehicles. It conducts crash tests at its own facility in Melaka as well as facilities of affiliated safety organisations in Asia.

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New Toyota Fortuner Launched – From RM172k

2021 Toyota Fortuner

UMW Toyota Motor has started sales of the new 2021 Toyota Fortuner with styling, performance and safety updates, with the following prices:

  • Toyota Fortuner 2.8 VRZ 4×4 Auto (Diesel) – RM203,183
  • Toyota Fortuner 2.7 SRZ 4×4 Auto (Petrol)  – RM172,244

The Fortuner 2.8 VRZ 4×4 A/T is a new variant which replaces the Fortuner 2.4 VRZ offered previously. A new body colour – Bronze Mica Metallic – with a Black Roof is also available exclusively for this new variant which is the flagship of the range.


The black roof is also available with the Super White II exterior colour only for this variant. The SUV range gains a more dynamic frontal appearance with the new Fortuner 2.8 VRZ having Quad LED headlamps that flank a mesh-type front grille.

2021 Toyota Fortuner

The other lighting units have also been restyled while the front and rear bumpers have a new design. The Skid Plate below the front end is also new, emphasizing the ruggedness of the Fortuner. Giving the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ additional distinctiveness, the roof, A-pillars, wing mirrors and roof-mounted rear spoiler are all finished in black.

Additionally, the corner mouldings are specially shaped for aerodynamic benefits. Though a rugged SUV, it still has looks which are eye-catching in an urban environment. Both the 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ variants are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels that have a new design as well.


Inside, the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ has a trim with a new design and colour, while the seat upholstery also has a new design.  

The new instrument panel features a revised Multi Information Display (MID) opening animation. Ambient illumination is provided to add a touch of class at night, while the key cover has been redesigned.

2021 Toyota Fortuner

For added comfort and convenience, the new Fortuner 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ have been fitted with LED Interior Lamps, an electro chromic Rear-view Mirror (to eliminate dazzle) and the driver and front passenger can now easily adjust the seat with 8-way powered controls. USB charging ports are also available for powering or recharging personal electronic devices.

Flexible seating arrangements provide maximum seating capacity when needed. All three rows are available to accommodate seven adults in comfort. Alternatively, the second and third rows can be folded to provide a longer floor length and more cargo volume.


The proven Toyota powertrains are maintained with the availability of the new 1GD-FTV 4-cylinder common-rail diesel engine. This features a heavy-duty variable nozzle turbocharger and Intercooler. The 2.8-litre engine produces maximum power of 204 PS at 3,000-3,400 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm to 2,800 rpm.

2021 Toyota Fortuner engine

A balance shaft reduces vibrations and lowers noise levels while high efficiency is achieved with the electronically-controlled common rail injection system that can deliver fuel at a maximum pressure of up to 250 MPa.

The Fortuner also comes with Variable Flow Control (VFC) Power Steering, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing the power steering pump consumption torque. Toyota’s engineers have enhanced the steering feeling to achieve natural handling that matches the speed.

2021 Toyota Fortuner gear

For the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ, there is also a SPORT mode which enhances the power steering for responsiveness.

The part-time 4×4 drivetrain provides for maximum capability on all surfaces, from smooth highway to muddy jungle tracks. With the shift on-the-fly capability, the driver does not have to stop the vehicle to engage 4×4, which can be selected by simply turning a rotary knob.

For stability enhancement, the drivetrain has Active Traction Control (A-TRC). New for 2021 in the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ is an Auto Limited Slip Differential (LSD).


Now, in line with Toyota’s efforts to reduce road accidents, the latest model also comes with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This is an integrated suite of active safety systems which make use of a camera and radar to monitor and detect other vehicles, and to take appropriate action to prevent an accident.

2021 toyota fortuner tss

TSS, though available in many Toyota models today, has different elements and for the latest Fortuner, it comes with Pre collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Yaw Assist Function.

Unlike the TSS in passenger vehicles, the system in the Fortuner (as well as Hilux) has a Yaw Assist Function. This activates when lane departure is detected, and additional braking force applied to the inner wheels to direct the vehicle back into the proper lane position. The systems are also calibrated taking into account the usage conditions.

Options & warranty

At the time of purchases, customers can also include options such as Wireless Charger (new), Kick Sensor Powered Rear Door (new), Roof-mounted Monitor and Rear Digital Video Recorder. As with most of the models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the new Fortuner range comes with a 5- year/unlimited mileage warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook.

2021 toyota fortuner

This will be welcome by owners who clock high mileage each year as they can enjoy peace of mind for the full 5- year period. Besides, customers will also be able to enjoy longer oil change intervals for the turbodiesel engine with a Revised Service Package.

The interval is extended to 10,000 kms or 6 months (whichever comes first), from the previous requirement of 5,000 kms/3 months.

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2020 Toyota Hilux Launched – 5 Variants, Toyota Safety Sense, RM93k to RM147k

2020 toyota hilux

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has officially launched the 2020 Toyota Hilux, Malaysia’s best-selling pick-up truck. Prices are as mentioned below:

  • Hilux Single Cab 2.4 MT 4×4 – RM92,880
  • Hilux 2.4E AT 4×4 – RM108,880
  • Hillux 2.4G MT 4×4 – RM111,880
  • Hilux 2.4V AT 4×4 – RM133,880
  • Hilux 2.8 Rogue AT 4×4 – RM146,880

Besides a refreshed appearance on the inside and outside, there are also improvements in performance as well as upgraded safety systems.

Five variants are available, with the new Hilux Rogue 2.8 Double Cab AT positioned as the flagship of the range.

The other variants are the new Hilux 2.4 V AT Double Cab, Hilux 2.4 E AT Double Cab, Hilux 2.4 G MT Double Cab, and Hilux 2.4 MT Single Cab.

Customers would be able to order their new Hilux in one of seven exterior colour choices: Bronze Mica Metallic (new colour), Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic and Super White II. The Hilux Single Cab is available only in a Solid White colour.

The new Hilux takes on a bolder appearance with a redesigned front grille and stronger styling elements.

Inside, a more premium image is evident with the new trim. For the flagship Hilux Rogue, the premium interior ambience is elevated with the use of clear blue door trim illumination.

The 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine of the Hilux Rogue has received technical improvements which raise both power output and torque. Maximum power output is now 204 ps at 3,400 rpm while maximum torque is 500 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm. In spite of the higher output, fuel consumption has actually been lowered by 4% to an average of 10.9 kms per litre.

 The 2.4-litre engine, which also has a Variable Nozzle Turbocharger (VNT) and an intercooler as well as a common-rail system, has received refinements that improve cooling and fuel economy. Thanks to increased pressure in the common-rail system, fuel efficiency has been improved by 5%.

In addition, this refined and improved engine for the new Hilux allows longer service interval from 5,000 kms/3 months to 10,000kms/6 months which will help to reduce maintenance costs.

 All variants are fitted with 6-speed transmissions; for the Double Cab variants, only Electronically Controlled automatic transmission with Sequential Shift is available, while the Hilux Single Cab is available only with a manual transmission.

Two driving modes can be selected if the driver wants to prioritize fuel economy or have strong acceleration. Both modes can be selected while on the move using a rotary switch.

The power-assisted rack and pinion steering system for the new Hilux (except for the Single Cab variant) now has a Variable Flow Control (VFC) system with reduced demand on the power steering pump, benefitting fuel economy.

For better grip and stability in difficult off-road conditions, there is Auto Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD) which uses the Traction Control System (TRC) to control braking and engine output when one of the rear wheels start to spin. The Auto LSD is faster compared to the mechanical 4×4 system.

Although it has tough workhorse capabilities, the Hilux is also comfortable for daily motoring. The ride comfort has been noticeably improved through various measures, including optimization of cabin mounts to reduced shaking, roughness and noise transmission into the cabin.

In line with Toyota’s aim of making motoring safer and reducing accidents, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is provided for the Hilux Rogue. The TSS consists of three systems that assist drivers: Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), with Steering & Brake Assist.

Other driver-assist systems (depending on variant) include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control, Brake Assist and, of course, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution.

Inside the vehicle, there are up to 7 SRS airbags to help reduce injuries during an accident. The Seat Belt Reminder now has sensors on front and rear seatbelts and ISOFIX points are provided at the rear for easy and secure installation of compatible child seats.

Every Hilux variant comes with a customized security system consisting of an engine immobilizer, alarm and cabin intrusion sensor. Additionally, a Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) is installed as standard in the Hilux Rogue and 2.4 V (option for the other variants) and this enables real-time tracking of the vehicle using GPS signals.

Other driver-assist systems (depending on variant) include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control, Brake Assist and, of course, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution.

Inside the vehicle, there are up to 7 SRS airbags to help reduce injuries during an accident. The Seat Belt Reminder now has sensors on front and rear seatbelts and ISOFIX points are provided at the rear for easy and secure installation of compatible child seats.

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Special Promo for Toyota Harrier, Hilux, Innova on Shopee, Lazada

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has opened online stores at two of Malaysia’s popular e-commerce platforms – Lazada and Shopee – where car-buyers can find special deals on selected Toyota models.

Currently, there are exclusive deals for the Toyota Innova, Toyota Harrier, and the Toyota Hilux (limited stocks) as well. The deals are available only for online bookings at the Toyota Flagship Stores on both Lazmall and Shopee Mall.

While booking fees at the Toyota Malaysia Flagship Stores can be as low as RM250, payment can be made the same way as purchasing other goods online – via credit card or online banking.

The booking fee starts the purchase process which will be followed up by personal attention from a Sales Advisor at the nearest authorized Toyota dealership to the customer. Chat support is also available at the online stores (Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm) for customers who may have queries.

There will be promotions (*for selected 2019 stocks only) at the online stores from time to time with exclusive money-saving offers. For example, there is currently a special promotion available for the Toyota Fortuner SUV (limited stocks) worth RM22, 760 and it comes with 5 years of free scheduled maintenance (terms and conditions apply).

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Mazda Unveils the All-New BT-50

Mazda today hosted the world premiere of our all-new Mazda BT-50 pickup truck. 

Fully redesigned for the first time in nine years, the all-new BT-50 is actually an Isuzu D-Max underneath, which is all set to go on sale in countries like Australia beginning next month.

Since its debut in 2006, the BT-50 has been sold mainly in regions including Oceania, ASEAN, Central and South America, the Middle East and Africa.

Based on Isuzu pickup trucks, Mazda said that special care has gone into many areas, especially the vehicle’s design, which adapts Mazda’s Kodo – Soul of Motion design philosophy.

According to Mazda, the main objective behind the development of the BT-50 was to make travelling inside the BT-50 exceptionally pleasant.

The vehicle’s driving performance, functionality and safety however, will meet the active needs of the wide range of situations in which customers may use pickup trucks, says Mazda.

That being said, below are all the technical details of the all-new Mazda BT-50:

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New Prices for Toyota and Lexus Announced

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced new prices for its vehicles beginning 15 June 2020, following the incentives provided to the Malaysian automotive industry.

“Toyota vehicles are now more affordable than ever. Customers should take this opportunity to upgrade or purchase a new Toyota. All relief from the new tax structure have been factored into the new pricing, considered in the best interest of our customers. Price changes vary between our CKD and CBU model line-up,” said Mr. Ravindran K.,  President of UMWT.

Vehicle prices have been reduced from between 1% to 6%. In addition to the above, Toyota also announced the new price with its latest monthly Sales Promotion and Rebates.

That said, below is the updated price list for Toyota and Lexus models:

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Toyota Resumes Vehicle Assembly Operations

Assembly Services Sdn Bhd (ASSB), UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd’s subsidiary involved in manufacturing Toyota vehicles, has resumed its assembly operations.

This follows approval given by the Selangor State Government in relation to the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) that was announced on 4 May 2020.

ASSB suspended all operations from 18 March 2020 when the Movement Control Order (MCO) was activated nationwide as a measure to break the transmission of the COVID-19 coronavirus and will re-commence its operations on 11 May 2020 onwards.

“We are grateful to the Selangor State Government for its decision to implement the CMCO with customised details and understand that it is in the best interest of the state and people,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

“With the resumption of operations, we hope to help in boosting the economy and add momentum to the automotive industry and business moving forward.”

As with all companies allowed to resume their operations at full capacity, there are strict Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) which must be followed. ASSB will fully adhere to these SOPs for the protection and health of its approximate 2000 employees working at its facilities.

The SOPs include establishing distances of 1 metre or more between workers; regular temperature checks; provision and use of hand sanitizers and face masks; and sanitization of various areas around the plant three times daily. Where necessary, working hours and work flows are adjusted to create a safe environment.

“Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is also very serious about providing safe and healthy conditions for all employees. As a member of the global Toyota family, ASSB can therefore draw on healthcare advice and best practices from TMC regarding additional measures that can be taken here in Selangor,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.

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Toyota Hilux

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the sole importer and distributor for Toyota vehicles in Malaysia, recognizes the importance of having a comprehensive service network for its Toyota customers.  Recently, a new Toyota 2S centre located at Klang, Selangor was opened.  Operated by PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd, the centre offers aftersales services to Toyota customers and owners in Pandamaran, Bukit Tinggi, Bandar Botanik, and other nearby areas.

PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been an authorised Toyota dealer since 2015 with a sales outlet located in Bukit Tinggi, Klang. Over the past four years, as its sales have grown along with its customer base, it has made new investments to expand its facilities to raise the quality of services. This has led to the establishment of the new 2S outlet.


The service centre is equipped with 19 service bays with trained personnel to ensure that customers’ vehicles are promptly attended to. It is also equipped with diagnostic equipment and the necessary Special Service Tools to maintain Toyota vehicles. While waiting for their vehicles to be serviced, customers can relax in the lounge which has amenities for their comfort and convenience.

Commending PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd on their commitment to provide Toyota customers with high quality aftersales services, UMW Toyota Motor’s President, Ravindran K. said, “PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd has been our business partner since 2015 and has provided good services to customers. We are delighted to see that with the growth in their business, they have made the decision to upgrade their facilities to enhance their aftersales services. This has truly reflects the Toyota “Customer First” philosophy where priorities and value-added services are prepared for our customers’ convenience.”


PS Otomobil (Bukit Tinggi) Sdn Bhd is located at PT 7420 Jalan Kim Chuan, Pandamaran, 42000 Klang, Selangor Darul Ehsan.For enquiries, please call 03-3323 9398 (Sales) or 03-3385 2381 / 010-396 0468 (Service). Information on Toyota vehicles and the locations of outlets nationwide can be found at toyota.com.my.

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