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SEDC sign agreement with China’s Fiechi for Fuel Cell Bus

Fuel Cell Public Transportation Comes To Malaysia

Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Sarawak Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) is now the sole agent for the sale of Feichi hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in Southeast Asia, following its signing of an agency agreement with China’s Foshan Feichi Automobile Manufacture Co., Ltd (Feichi) earlier today.

So, why Feichi and Chinese fuel cell technology? Well, China produced 1,170 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles during the first half of 2019 and the country’s automakers are on schedule to produce 2,340 hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles this year, compared to 1,527 such vehicles in 2018, and 629 in 2016 and 2017.

Over the recent years, the country’s hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle sector experienced very rapid growth, posting an annual growth rate exceeding 100 percent for several consecutive years. With the ongoing build out of the infrastructure and roll-out of the subsidy policy by the central and many local governments, the country is forecast to continue to see positive growth in production volume of the vehicles over the next several years.

Data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers showed that the country sold 1,125 fuel cell vehicles during the first 8 months of this year, a year-over-year increase of 730 percent. The country sold 16.1 million vehicles during the same period, down 11 percent from a year earlier, 629,000 of which were pure electrics. According to data from ZhiYan.org, China produced 888,000 and sold 872,000 EVs during the first 9 months, up 20.9 percent and 20.8 percent year on year, respectively.

SEDC chairman Tan Sri Abdul Aziz Husain said this marked another milestone for SEDC as its subsidiary company will be among the front runners in the sale of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles in the region.

“This agency agreement, which is for two years, will open up the opportunity for us to lead the hydrogen fuel cell initiatives in Southeast Asia region.

“Our strategic partner Feichi is keen to appoint Sarawak Metro Sdn Bhd to become their sole agent in the region and to become their long-term business partner in expanding the hydrogen fuel cell vehicle industry in Southeast Asia,” he said at the signing ceremony which was witnessed by Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin at Menara SEDC here today.

He pointed out that Sarawak Metro has procured three units of Feichi’s hydrogen fuel cell buses for public use in Kuching city and the vehicles have been performing very well.

Feichi Bus is the largest hydrogen fuel-cell bus manufacturer in China and they have already produced 314 vehicles during the first half of this year, including 293 EVs. Fiechi aims to produce 1,000 fuel cell vehicles this year.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Specifications
●   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

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Hino Malaysia Opens New 3S Center in Klang

Expanding their reach around the country

Hino Malaysia expands its 3S dealership network to support and reap the benefit for customers. Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Hino Malaysia) upgraded one of its authorised dealers from 1S (Sales) centre to 3S (Sales, Services & Spare Parts) centre. 

Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles Sdn Bhd (Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles) was nominated as Hino 3S authorised dealer to offer the best sales, service, and spare parts also aim to reap a multitude of benefits for the esteemed customers.

The new 3S centre is operating in Klang District, addressed at No. Lot 230, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa /KS 01. Telok Gadong Kecil, Klang. Located within the same radius of Port Klang, the largest port in Malaysia, it is a strategic area as Port Klang is the main trade route and commercial and industrial hub of the country.

Has been the partnership with Hino Malaysia since 2006, Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles always prioritizing the best possible of hospitality for the customers, the 24,000 square-feet area facilitates three (3) service bays at the rear of the building and the front of the new centre offers a lounge with refreshment and free Wi-Fi for waiting customers.

The opening of the new Hino 3S centre was officiated by the Board of Directors from both companies, Hino Malaysia and Eng Kee Commercial Vehicles, witnessed by all guests that present to enliven the ceremony.

The new 3S (Sales, Services and Spare Parts) centre will have a new look and feel, as it is upgrading from 1S centre which previously only served of selling trucks. The new office was not only designed to increase efficiency for all departments but also reflects Hino’s innovative company goals that focus on delivering quality customer service.

Hino Malaysia to-date has 37 3S centres throughout the country conforming to the company’s new standard and corporate image.

Supporting its concept of Total Support, the new Hino 3S centre was deemed to be the best one-stop solution centre from the time the truck is sold and throughout the lifetime of its maintenance.

“We provide Malaysian customers with products optimally suited to their needs, and we help our valued customers make the most of their HINO trucks and busses by providing comprehensive follow-up service in the spirit of Total Support,” quote by the Managing Director of Hino Malaysia, Mr. Atsushi Uchiyama.

“Our unique ‘Total Support’ concept places emphasis on ‘Caring for our Customers’ Business’, aiming to contribute to their business needs and success throughout the lifetime of our products,” he added.

In tandem with the Total Support values which emphasizing the equal fortitude of after-sales value, Hino Malaysia has now introduced the new warranty of its light-duty truck, HINO 300 Series. The previous warranty which offered three (3) years and 100,000 km, is now upgrading to the five (5) years and 200, 000 km including train power.

Leveraging its empire for more than 40 years in the country, Hino Malaysia continues to master its performance in Sales and After-Sales Services through various customer engagement programmes to give the absolute experience of Sales, Service, and Spare Parts.

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RISDA Buys more new UD Quester trucks

UD Trucks has recently delivered five units of the heavy-duty UD Quester to RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd, the fleet management arm of the Rubber Industry Smallholders Development Authority (RISDA). These newly purchased trucks comprised of three units UD Quester 6×4 prime mover with tanker and two units of UD Quester 6×4 prime mover with wooden cargo trailer.

RISDA, which is under the Ministry of Economic Affairs is entrusted to oversee the smallholder sector as an important production sector in the national economy. The agency’s key mandate is to implement development policies and programs to ensure the growth and viability of the smallholder sector of rubber industry and to improve their social and economic well-being.

A vehicle handover ceremony was held recently to mark the official delivery of the new heavy-duty trucks. With these new trucks, RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd now owns nine units of UD Quester.

According to RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd, managing fuel cost and ensuring the safety of people and cargo are extremely important for them as a transporter. The company said, based on their previous purchase of four units of UD Quester prime mover, they found that the trucks are very reliable, durable and fuel-efficient, with excellent track record on truck uptime and lifespan. These qualities have helped RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd to prevent any need for heavy maintenance, thus enabling efficient delivery of cargo.

RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd also added that its decision to purchase more UD Quester trucks were influenced by factors like affordability and positive feedback from its drivers on the drivability and technological advancements of UD Quester, especially on its safety and fuel-coaching features.

Jaclyn Loy, Chief Operating Officer of TCIE said, “We would like to thank RISDA Fleet Sdn Bhd for choosing UD Quester once again to support its expanding logistics needs. UD Quester is built to provide superior performance and fuel-efficiency to our customers and we are very glad that RISDA Fleet had been able to experience all its benefits. This new trucks handover also highlights our highly valued relationship with RISDA Fleet and our continued commitment to deliver smart logistics.”

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ISUZU D-MAX 1.9 Ready For 2019 BORNEO SAFARI

The Isuzu D-Max 1.9 will face its litmus test when it undertakes the task of conquering one of Asia’s most extreme off-road events – Sabah’s infamous Borneo Safari.

For over a decade, the Isuzu D-Max 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre have proven to be one of the most capable vehicles in the event having safely and effectively transported members of the media through the rugged terrain despite receiving only minimal modifications to the basic vehicle.

“This year, we bring the challenge to the new 1.9-litre engine to prove just how capable it is over the unforgiving terrain despite its small engine displacement,” said Chief Operating Officer of Isuzu Malaysia Masayuki Suzuki.

The new ‘Blue Monster’ features the revolutionary new 1.9-litre engine, the smallest engine in its class, yet produces more power and torque than the older 2.5-litre engine while consuming less fuel and weighing 56kg less. Through innovative design and engineering, the new model is expected to perform better in the difficult off-road conditions as it has in on-road situations where the new model has impressed thus far.

Apart from the extreme mud terrain tyres, uprated suspension to accommodate the larger wheels, heavy duty body protection, a winch and an air snorkel, the Blue Monster remains virtually stock standard and resembles models available to customers off the showroom floor.

The Blue Monster was handed over to the organizing team of the Borneo Safari in Kota Kinabalu as part of Isuzu Malaysia’s commitment as the event’s Diamond Sponsor to provide media vehicles for the event.

This year’s Borneo Safari is the 29th event in its history and the 13th year that it has received support from Isuzu Malaysia. The event is scheduled to begin in Kota Kinabalu on 27th October and will take a more southerly loop, skirting Beaufort, Tenom, Keningau and Tambunan before heading back to the city on 3rd November 2019 for the closing ceremony.

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Toyota Hilux Gets WALD Tuned Black Bison Kit

Wald tuning used to be very popular in Malaysia for Japanese and also European car owners however Wald is sadly no longer sold in Malaysia but we have just seen this Wald tuned Toyota Hilux. Called the Black Bison, this is one mean looking aggressive Hilux.

In just 25 years, Wald have built a reputation as a top shelf tuner willing to go after literally any type of Japanese or European premium vehicle.

We believe that Wald is trying to build a vehicle that is, “Aggressive, Powerful and has a Muscular Style.” Often times when a tuner goes after just those qualities, they end up going overboard, but Wald has kept its tuning quite sane.

Here the Toyota Hilux is completely transformed into a menacing beast. Everything from the vents in the front fenders to the rear wing make the Black Bison look like a truck that wants to play with the Raptor. The aero kit consists of a new front bumper with signature integrated fog lamps, bold side skirts, a rear apron with integrated diffuser and new quad-exhaust system. Not to mention the wide 20 inch wheels that complete the murdered out look of the black on black beast.

Even though Wald made no modifications to the powertrain, the Toyota’s trusted diesel engine when heard through the new high performance exhaust, is more than enough to match the aggressive exterior of this Hilux Black Bison.

Only problem is the pricing. With Wald no longer officially in Malaysia, you will need to order this directly from Japan, or take a drive across to Thailand and we are sure you can get a similar looking menacing kit for your Hilux from Thai truck tuners.

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Scania New Truck Handover at MAEPS

Scania XT Truck

At the recent New Truck Generation Test and Drive 2019 event at the MAEPS, Scania also had the handover ceremony of the New Truck Generation to two customers, Mekar Angkut Sdn Bhd (Mekar Angkut) and Tasik Bintang Transport and Trading Sdn Bhd (Tasik Bintang). Mekar Angkut, part of the Konsortium E-Mutiara group of companies, decided to purchase 5 G360A4X2NA Scania New Truck Generation as their first time purchase after being satisfied with the performance of Scania busses that are operating under Konsortium E-Mutiara.

7. Tasik Bintang Transport and Trading Sdn Bhd, an existing Scania customer with 12 Scania trucks in their fleet, purchased a total of 9 New Truck Generation by Scania as a sign of confidence in the performance and reliability of Scania trucks

On the other hand, Tasik Bintang, an existing Scania customer with 12 Scania trucks in their fleet, purchased a total of 9 New Truck Generation by Scania as a sign of confidence in the performance and reliability of Scania trucks.

8. Mekar Angkut Sdn Bhd, part of the Konsortium E-Mutiara group of companies, purchased 5 units of G360A4X2NA Scania New Truck Generation as their first time purchase

Since the launch of the New Truck Generation, many transport and logistics companies have been purchasing the trucks as a show of the industry’s confidence in Scania as well as the increased industry focus towards sustainable transport solutions.

The foundation of Scania XT is a highly robust heavy-duty bumper that protrudes 150 millimetres in front of the cab front. It lends the vehicle a distinctive appearance that signals both strength and robustness. In addition, Scania XT customers can opt for different local interior and exterior trim packages, which contribute enhanced productivity and reinforce the impression of unyielding solid force.

Built for a hard life

The powerful bumper protrudes 150 millimetres and provides an attack angle of around 25 degrees, depending on the configuration in term of choice of tyres and chassis. In combination with a skid plate and headlamp protection mesh, the XT version has a particularly robust and rugged front, which easily copes with any fairly heavy impact or collision with objects without any damage to the underlying structure. At the centre there is an easily accessible towing bolt that is classified for 40 tonnes, which is welcome if the vehicle has to pull something out or should it need assistance when laden.

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