Porsche recently announced the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific, a new e-sports event organised by Porsche Asia Pacific together with Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea, and Porsche Taiwan.
With this latest simulation racing tournament, Porsche is building on the success of e-sports events such as the Porsche Asia Pacific Forza Cup in 2020, the Porsche SimRacing Trophy and Porsche E-sports Supercup, making the sports car manufacturer one of the forerunning automobile brands to engage in e-sports racing.
Gran Turismo Sport in PS4
The Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will be played in Gran Turismo Sport, a game designed for Sony’s PlayStation 4 console.
The e-sports tournament is open to participants from Singapore, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, the Philippines and New Zealand, who will collect points across five qualifying rounds, each of which will comprise two competition slots.
Competitors who make it through to the five spots in the semifinals will meet the top racers from Japan, South Korea and Taiwan – each sending their best five.
The top 10 competitors who win the semifinals will then battle it out at the finals and the winner will receive the grand prize of an all-expenses paid Porsche weekend in Tokyo, including a visit to the Porsche Experience Centre Tokyo and many more Porsche moments.
The qualifying races will be held at the most famous racing circuits around the globe, including the Circuit de la Sarthe from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is where Porsche has won a record 19 titles.
And then we have the Fuji Speedway, where World Endurance Championship (WEC) races have been held, the Mount Panorama Circuit of the Bathurst 24 Hour race, and the Goodwood Motor Circuit, the location of the most famous classic car event in the world.
Different cars will be used for each race, including the 919 Hybrid and 962 C for Le Mans, along with the 356 A, a famous model from the motor sports scene of the 1950s, meaning that drivers will need a wide range of skills to emerge victorious.
How to participate
In the Gran Turismo Sport game, select [Sport Mode] and choose the event titled “Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific”.
There are no restrictions on manufacturer agreements. Reception begins 15 minutes before the entry deadline. The top five players from Porsche Asia Pacific (according to their scores) will go on to compete against the top five players from Porsche Japan, Porsche Korea and Porsche Taiwan.
Participants must be 18 years of age or older. See terms and conditions on the official website above for more information.
The finals for the Porsche Gran Turismo Cup Asia Pacific will take place in Mid-December 2021 (exact date to be announced on the official website).
Porsche is presenting its vision of what customer motorsports will look like in the future with the Porsche Mission R. The show car celebrated its world premiere at the ongoing IAA Mobility expo in Munich.
The two newly developed electric motors incorporated in the Porsche Mission R deliver up to 1,088 PS in so-called qualifying mode. The battery capacity of around 80 kWh and the innovative recuperation system make sprint racing possible with no loss of output.
AWD, 0 to 100 in 2.5 seconds
The all-wheel drive car accelerates from zero to 100 km/h in less than 2.5 seconds, with a top speed of over 300 km/h.
On the race track, the electric racer achieves the same lap time performance as the current Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Thanks to newly designed electric motors and battery cells – all equipped with innovative direct oil cooling – the Porsche Mission R concept study produces a constant power output of 680 PS in race mode.
An electric motor with up to 435 PS powers the front axle, while a maximum of 653 PS is delivered to the rear.
15 minutes to charge 80%
Thanks to advanced 900-volt technology and Porsche Turbo Charging, a good 15-minute break from racing is all that is needed to charge the battery from 5 to 80 per cent SoC (state of charge).
Charging can take place with up to 340 kW. The Mission R also features a further development of Porsche Active Aerodynamics (PAA) with Drag Reduction System (DRS) on the nose section and rear wing.
It comprises three louvres in each of the two side air intakes on the nose section as well as an adjustable, two-section rear wing.
In addition to the battery-electric drive concept, the body of the concept car also focuses on CO2 reduction and sustainability: it is largely made of natural fibre reinforced plastic (NFRP), the basic material of which is made from flax fibres obtained from farming.
This ecological material is also used for the front spoiler lip, the diffuser and the side skirts. NFRP is used extensively in the interior of the Mission R, such as the interior door panels, the rear bulkhead and the seat.
The interior design focuses on the driver in all areas. An ergonomically placed display between the controls on the steering wheel shows relevant data during the race.
The monitor above the steering column shows the images from the side mirror cameras and the central rear-view mirror camera.
A touch display to the right of the seat can be used to call up the driver’s biometric data, for instance. Numerous other cameras in the interior can be used to provide exciting sequences for a live stream transmission.
With the Mission R project, Porsche is bringing real and virtual racing closer together than ever before. The monocoque driver’s module in exactly the same form also doubles as an esports simulator.
At 4,326 mm in length, the Porsche Mission R is slightly shorter than the current 718 Cayman series, but it is noticeably wider at 1,990 mm and with an external height of 1,190 mm is also significantly lower.
Sime Darby Berhad today announced that it will partner Porsche AG to assemble sports cars exclusively for the Malaysian market. This also means that the price could see a drop.
Sime Darby’s motor vehicle production and assembly facility will be the first assembly plant of the German sports car manufacturer outside of Europe, with production scheduled to begin in 2022.
Sime Darby Motors
Sime Darby Motors, one of the leading automotive groups in Asia Pacific, has been a partner of choice for Porsche in Malaysia for the last 11 years, representing Porsche as its exclusive distributor and retailer for the sports car brand.
“This partnership with Porsche marks a coming of age of our relationship with the brand. To be entrusted to assemble cars for one of the world’s most admired sports car brands speaks volumes of the highly qualified and competent Malaysian talent we have at Sime Darby and our ability to provide meaningful value to our partners,” Sime Darby Berhad Group Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Jeffri Salim Davidson said.
“The assembly portfolio is a key element in our growth strategy, and we are pleased to extend our relationship with Porsche from retail and distribution to include assembly,” he added.
CKD models will arrive in 2022
“Malaysia and the whole ASEAN is a region of great potential and we look forward to the first locally assembled models reaching our Malaysian customers next year,” said Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.
“As Porsche is moving into a new era of mobility, Malaysia and the ASEAN region are gaining an increasing importance. This step now is part of a long-standing initiative to keep pace with rapidly evolving customer and market demands.”
“Every Porsche assembled by Sime Darby will go through the same rigorous standards and processes as its European counterparts. Quality will be a shared key commitment between Porsche AG and Sime Darby to all our customers, in assembling Porsche vehicles. We will continue our close engagement with Porsche AG to ensure that we meet the Porsche standard every step of the way,” Dato’ Jeffri said.
Sime Darby’s vehicle production and assembly facility is today a partner of choice for some of the world’s largest and most sophisticated automotive brands.
While a highly skilled Malaysian workforce drives Sime Darby’s assembly operations, which delivered 17,141 high-value units in FY2021, Sime Darby also partners with local vendors to provide seamless supply and production support. With this collaboration, Sime Darby has been able to play a role in helping to develop and promote local vendors and to boost the local economy.
This top-of-the-range 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition in Malaysia starts from RM 1,677,409 with SST exemption.
Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur
Its historical exterior and interior design elements have been reinterpreted and combined with the latest technology from Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur.
The Heritage Design Edition is based on the new 992 generation 911 Targa and is equipped with the latest technology for chassis, assistance systems and infotainment.
It is powered by a 450 PS biturbo boxer engine which, in combination with the eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, accelerates the 911 Targa (with Launch Control) from 0-100 km/h in less than 3.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 304 km/h.
In addition to the arrival of the new 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, Porsche Centre Johor Bahru will be the first Classic Partner Centre in Malaysia and is scheduled for launch at the end of this year.
The Cherry Metallic exterior colour exclusive to the 911 series takes up the style of the 50s in a modern interpretation.
Alternatively, two solid colours (Black and Guards Red), a metallic colour (GT Silver Metallic) and a special colour (Crayon) are also available for the special model.
Porsche also offers selected individual colours on request for customers wanting to design the exterior of their car for maximum individuality.
Spears motorsports graphic
One striking design feature is the “Spears” motorsport graphic on the front wings: high-quality white livery elements in the shape of a spear.
There are also motorsport graphics with a historical design on the sides of this special model, conveying a high level of recognition of the 911 Speedster Heritage Design package of 2019. The sporty look can be supplemented by race numbers from 0 to 99 on request.
Gold-coloured lettering at the rear and on the Targa bar, as well as the historic Porsche crest on the wheel hub cover and the bonnet, complete the overall picture.
The 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition has 911 Carrera Exclusive Design wheels in Black high-gloss (or, optionally, in Platinum satin gloss) in the 20 or 21-inch format and black-painted brake calipers with the classic look.
Other design features include the Porsche Heritage badge on the luggage compartment grille and silver sports tailpipes.
Inside, customers can choose two-tone leather upholstery in Black and Atacama Beige. Corduroy, a fabric already used in the Porsche 356, makes a comeback and brings the fashion style of the 50s back to life.
This soft ribbed fabric is used on the centre panels of the seats and in the door panels. The overall look of the interior is rounded off with perforated Alcantara in Atacama Beige on the headlining and the A and B pillars.
The modern instrument cluster with two high-resolution seven-inch displays creates historical bonds in many ways: the analogue rev counter has a classic pointer. When the engine is started, the colour of the hands and digits changes from white to green.
Inspired by Porsche 356
And the equally green scale lines are derived from the Porsche 356. The clock from the standard Sport Chrono package on top of the instrument panel also has green digits.
Heritage Design package
Along with the introduction of the 911 Targa 4S Heritage Design Edition, selected interior elements will be available for all current 911 models.
The Pure Heritage Design package includes:
Two-tone leather upholstery in Black/OLEA club leather in Bordeaux Red and Atacama Beige
Seat centre panels and door panels in corduroy
Instrument cluster in Heritage Design
Heritage Design Sport Chrono clock
Historical Porsche crest embossed on the headrests
“Porsche Exclusive Manufaktur” logo embossed on the cover of the stowage compartment
Seatbelts in Atacama Beige (in combination with the interior Black/Atacama Beige leather)
Approximately a year and a half after the market launch of the 992, the latest Porsche 911 range is welcoming the sporty GTS models to the family.
The GTS models are not only more powerful than the other 911 models, but also more visually distinctive, and come with better driving dynamics.
Powering the GTS range is a six cylinder boxer engine producing 480 PS and 570 Nm, which is 30 PS and 20 Nm more than the current 911 Carrera S and the previous 911 GTS.
Zero to 100 km/h takes just 3.3 seconds in the 911 Carrera 4 GTS Coupé with the eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK): three tenths faster than its predecessor.
Owners get an eight-speed Porsche dual-clutch transmission (PDK) or a seven-speed manual, as well as GTS-specific suspension with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM).
Further complementing the package is the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo.
Driving dynamics is further improved with the Lightweight Design package, which will be available on the GTS for the first time and saves up to 25 kilograms.
Thanks to its standard Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), the dampers respond to dynamic changes at lightning speed. In the Coupé and Cabriolet, PASM is standard, combined with the 10-millimetre-lower sport chassis.
The engineers have also adjusted stopping performance to match the increased performance of the GTS, which makes use of the high-performance braking system from the 911 Turbo.
A multitude of black or darkened exterior details is characteristic of the 911 GTS. On the 911 Targa 4 GTS, this also includes the model-defining hoop and Targa lettering.
Additional elements painted in black silk gloss include the spoiler lip, the centre-lock alloy wheels, the engine cover louvres, and the GTS script on the doors and rear of the car.
The exterior package, in which these and other details are executed in high-gloss black, can be chosen as an option.
All 911 GTS models effectively have the Sport Design package, with distinctive trim for the front, rear and the side sills. The headlight rims and daytime running light surrounds are darkened, and the car is fitted with standard LED headlights with Porsche Dynamic Light System Plus (PDLS Plus). The rear lights are unique to the GTS models.
The 20-inch (front) and 21-inch (rear) black, centre-lock alloy wheels are taken from the 911 Turbo.
Inside, we have carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) full bucket seats, lightweight glass for the side and rear windows, and lightweight battery.
The rear seats are also removed. Other performance enhancements include rear-axle steering as standard in this equipment package and additional aerodynamic finishing touches.
The gear lever of the optional seven-speed manual transmission has also been shortened by 10 mm, which enables fast gear shifts with a flick of the wrist. A GT Sport steering wheel with mode switch also comes as standard.
The central sections of the seats, the steering wheel rim, door handles and armrests, storage compartment lid and gear lever are all trimmed in the microfibre material.
With the GTS interior package, the decorative seams are available in Carmine Red or Crayon as an option.
The seatbelts and embroidered GTS lettering on the headrests, rev counter and Sport Chrono clock come in the same contrasting colours.
The decorative inserts on the dashboard and door trim are matt Carbon with the GTS interior package.
The new generation of the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) features additional functions and significantly simplified operation.
The touch areas in the Media menu have been enlarged and the option of rearranging the tiles on the home screen is new. The improved voice assistant recognises natural speech and can be activated with “Hey Porsche”. iOS and Android users will enjoy full connectivity. With Apple Car Play and now Android Auto, the functions of the corresponding mobile phones can be fully used in the new Porsche 911 GTS models.
Five model variants are now available: • 911 Carrera GTS (RWD, available as Coupé and Cabriolet) • 911 Carrera 4 GTS (AWD, available as Coupé and Cabriolet • 911 Targa 4 GTS (AWD)
Two-time World Rally Champion and Porsche Brand Ambassador Walter Rohrl recently completed numerous test laps in a new high-performance version of the Cayenne Coupe SUV, at the Hockenheimring circuit.
In his assessment of its driving dynamics, he described the lightly camouflaged new Cayenne as a “great leap forward compared to everything that has gone before. He even said that it redefines the meaning of the term SUV.
According to Porsche, a host of enhancements have been incorporated into the chassis and control systems, alongside the Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control active roll stabilisation system which also makes a major contribution to the stable handling of the new Cayenne model with a new, performance-oriented set-up.
“They were off-road vehicles that could be driven like sports cars – a real sensation at the time,” says Röhrl, when looking back at the first Cayenne generation, which had the internal designation ‘E1’.
With the new model, which is currently undergoing final testing and optimisation as part of development to series production maturity, Porsche aims to underline its claim to best-in-class performance once again.
Based on Cayenne Turbo Coupe
The focus for this derivative has been on exceptional on-road performance without neglecting driving comfort and everyday usability. It is based on the current Cayenne Turbo Coupé, but has been designed and developed even more single-mindedly to provide the ultimate in terms of longitudinal and lateral dynamics.
“The PDCC always keeps the body balanced and level even during very spirited cornering,” explains Porsche test driver Lars Kern, who has accompanied development of the high-performance model right from the start. Its handling is also improved by its comprehensively revamped front axle.
“Compared with the Cayenne Turbo Coupé, the front rims are now half an inch wider, and negative camber has been increased by 0.45 degrees in order to provide a larger contact area for the 22-inch sports tyres newly developed especially for this model,” says Kern, who recently invited Walter Röhrl to Hockenheim for the test drives.
Like a compact sports car
While the visual highlights of the new Cayenne were still largely hidden under black camouflage, Röhrl was already able to gain an in-depth impression of the outstanding driving dynamics potential of the new Cayenne model.
Accompanied by the emotive sound of the new titanium exhaust system, which is equipped with centrally positioned tailpipes, the brand ambassador drove lap after lap on the Hockenheimring and was very impressed afterwards: “The car remains incredibly stable even in fast corners, and its turn-in behaviour is extremely precise. More than ever, you have the feeling that you are sitting in a compact sports car rather than in a large SUV.”
After initial testing on the proving grounds of the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach, prototypes of the all-electric Porsche Macan are now heading outside Porsche premises for the first time.
By the time the all-electric Macan is launched onto the market in 2023, it will have covered some three million test kilometres worldwide in varying conditions. The prototypes are able to incorporate the experience gained from countless previous test kilometres – driven in a virtual space.
Instead of real vehicles, the engineers previously used digital prototypes – computational models that replicated the properties, systems and power units of a vehicle to a high degree of accuracy.
There were 20 digital prototypes for the purpose of simulation in a number of development categories, such as aerodynamics, energy management, operation and acoustics.
After the virtual testing phase, the first physical prototypes of the all-electric Macan were built based on the data obtained from the simulations – in some cases elaborately by hand or using special tools. These are then regularly adapted based on the virtual refinement process.
Real world testing
“We started with a flow-around model when the project first started about four years ago,” reports Dr Thomas Wiegand, Director of aerodynamics development. Low aerodynamic drag is fundamental to the all-electric Macan with a view to ensuring a long range.
Even minor flow enhancements can make a huge difference. The engineers are currently using simulations to fine-tune details such as the cooling air ducts. The calculations not only take into account different arrangements of the components, they also reflect real-life temperature differences.
Like the Taycan, the all-electric Macan, with its 800-volt architecture, will offer typical Porsche E-Performance with development goals such as long-distance range, high-performance fast charging and reproducible best-in-class performance figures.
The market launch of the all-electric Macan – the first Porsche to be built on the Premium Platform Electric (PPE) – is planned for 2023, with the brand positioning itself flexibly for the transition to pure electromobility.
“In Europe, demand for electric vehicles continues to rise, but the pace of change varies considerably across the world. That’s why we’re going to launch another conventionally powered successor to the current Macan in the course of 2021,” says Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board, Research and Development, at Porsche AG.
The new combustion-engined Macan models will be offered alongside the all-electric Macan in the future. Until then, however, it still has millions of test kilometres to cover – both in real life and virtually.
The new Porsche Panamera recently celebrated its local Malaysian debut via a digital premiere on Porsche Malaysia’s social media platforms. Priced at RM 1,026,735 with SST exemption, it is the first model in Malaysia to come with the Porsche Connect app.
Featuring the familiar 2.9 litre V6 biturbo engine, the new Panamera generates an output of 330 PS and a maximum torque of 450 Nm, accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.4 seconds.
Top speed is 270 km/h, allowing a combined experience of sitting in an exclusive saloon and a sports car for four. The coasting function of the eight-speed PDK which is activated in normal driving mode and already part of predecessor models, have also been improved, further enhancing driving comfort and efficiency.
For the first time, Porsche Connect will be made available in the new Panamera in Malaysia. With its extensive offering of services, as well as the online connection, Porsche Connect allows the new Panamera to underline its unique position in this vehicle segment.
With a redesigned chassis system and together with the even more precisely adjusted steering and the new generation of tyres, the new Panamera ensures improved lateral dynamics and greater precision, for enhanced driving comfort and cornering stability.
The adaptive shock absorbers, electronic roll stabilisation, steering system and revamped engine and axle mounts have all been optimised, with the objective to make the middle ground between sporty driving and comfort as expansive as possible.
On the exterior, the new Panamera features the previously optional Sport Design front end with striking air intake grilles, larger side air intakes with adapted single-bar front light layout.
The revamped light strip at the rear now runs seamlessly over the luggage compartment lid with an adapted contour. It thus provides a continuous and flowing connection between the two newly designed LED tail light clusters.
Three new 20 and 21-inch wheels have also been added to the wheel range, so that a total of 10 different designs are now available, including the Exclusive Design 21-inch alloy wheels.
Inside, new multifunction steering wheels are now used, with their operating elements cleverly integrated into the design. With their visual cut-outs, they evoke the lightweight steering wheels found in racing cars.
The Panamera also offers an extensive range of innovative light and assistance systems, such as the now standard Lane Keeping Assist with road sign recognition as well as Night Vision Assist, Lane Change Assist, LED matrix headlights including PDLS Plus, Park Assist including Surround View and head-up display.
Following the opening of its flagship Porsche Centre Ara Damansara, Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) launched the new generation 911 Turbo S for the Malaysian market.
This range-topping 911 is powered by a new 3.8 litre boxer engine with two VTG turbochargers, which delivers 650 PS and a maximum torque of 800 Nm. The Turbo-specific eight-speed Porsche Doppelkupplung (PDK) cuts 0.2 seconds from the zero to 100 km/h sprint, compared to its predecessor. Top speed remains unchanged at 330 km/h.
Price of the new 911 Turbo S in Malaysia starts from RM 2,235,463 within the SST exemption period.
Modified track widths, further developed aerodynamics and new mixed-sized tyres contribute to the agility and sportiness of the new 911 Turbo S: the track is now 42 mm wider at the front axle and 10 mm wider at the rear axle.
The dimensions of the 911 Turbo S have also been increased significantly in line with the enhanced driving dynamics, whereby it is 45 milimetres wider above the front axle (1,840 mm) and an increase of 20 milimetres in overall width above the rear axle (1,900 mm).
For the first time, the 911 Turbo S transfers its power to the road with mixed tyres in two different sizes: it has 20-inch tyres with their unique 255/35 dimensions at the front, and 21-inch 315/30 tyres at the rear.
The active cooling flaps, together with the variable front spoiler lip as well as the larger extending and tilting rear wing which delivers 15 per cent more downforce, offers three active aerodynamic components, depending on the speed and driving mode.
In the newly available Eco configuration, the rear wing is retracted over a large speed range so that the vehicle can be driven with minimum drag. Also newly available, the Wet mode is focused on driving stability in wet conditions.
The extended but not yet tilted rear wing combined with the completely retracted front spoiler lip shifts the aerodynamic balance towards the rear axle when the Wet mode is activated. This results in a higher rear-end and driving stability for greater safety on wet road surfaces.
In the event of full braking at high speed, the new airbrake function will be activated automatically. The front spoiler and rear wing are moved to the Performance position for higher drag and increased downforce to reduce the braking distance and improve driving stability during braking.
The leap in performance of this new generation is particularly noticeable in its sprint from zero to 200 km/h: it is one full second quicker than its predecessor, at 8.9 seconds.
Thanks to the enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive, the transfer case can distribute significantly more torque, with up to 500 Nm being transferred to the front wheels.
The new generation of the standard PASM chassis is also even sportier. Faster and more precisely controlled dampers provide significant advantages to the driving dynamics with respect to roll stability, road holding, steering behaviour and cornering speeds.
The new front end with wider air intakes has a characteristic Turbo-look with dual front light modules as well as standard LED matrix headlights with dark inserts. The redesigned, pneumatically extendable front spoiler and the larger rear wing with its muscular sections with integrated air intakes emphasise the sleek body of the 911 Turbo S. The new look of the rear is completed by rectangular tailpipes in high-gloss Black, typical of the Turbo.
The interior has a high-quality and sporty finish. The standard equipment list includes a full leather interior and carbon trim in combination with Light Silver accents. The 18-way adjustable sports seats feature stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo (type 930).
High quality graphic elements and logos in the instrument cluster complete the characteristic Turbo S features. The centre screen of the PCM is now 10.9 inches, and can be operated quickly without distraction thanks to its new layout with significantly reduced number of controls. Other features on board are the GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package with newly integrated Porsche Track Precision app and BOSE Surround Sound system.
Additional new equipment options also underline the much sportier image of the all-wheel drive 911, including the Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM) sports chassis that has been lowered by 10 mm. The sports exhaust system with adjustable flaps also guarantees a distinctive sound, for an overall emotion-filled drive.
Sime Darby Motors clocked another milestone with the official launch of its automotive facility, Sime Darby Motors City in Ara Damansara earlier this week.
Touted as the largest automotive complex in Southeast Asia, Sime Darby Motors City spans across 8.6 acres with an overall built-up area of 1.3 million square feet over eight levels.
Six brands under one roof
The complex houses six flagship centres featuring ten flagship brands represented by Sime Darby Motors in Malaysia, namely BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, MINI, Motorrad, Porsche and Volvo. It also has an indoor facility capable of housing close to 100 vehicles under Sime Darby Motors’ pre-owned car business Sime Darby Auto Selection.
Integrated with the latest technologies to enrich the overall customer experience at every touch point, the facility boasts almost 200 service bays, approximately 700 customer parking and electric vehicle (EV) charging bays and the capacity to display more than 180 vehicles.
Supporting the facility are approximately 60 Auto Bavaria technicians for BMW, MINI and Motorrad and over 110 certified technicians. This includes technicians who hold the highest level of certification by the principal brands, including the Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker Gold Certification which is streamlined for Porsche technicians worldwide. Brands like Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover also have certifications with the highest being trained as Master Technicians.
Fully digital infrastructure
At the heart of the facility’s digital infrastructure is its Vehicle Tracking Management system which utilises a camera-based parking guide and customisable signages to ensure a higher level of guidance, security and convenience for the customer.
It also allows for quicker collection of vehicles upon completion of service. Internally, the facility’s digitalised infrastructure communicates the status of each vehicle in real-time, ensuring greater efficiencies are achieved.
IoT-powered Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras have also been installed, as part of a contactless self-check-in system, which enables customers’ appointment data to be accessed, upon their arrival.
Concurrently, a service advisor will be alerted and automatically assigned to the customer, allowing for a seamless experience. The deployment of these technologies will be rolled out progressively throughout Sime Darby Motors City.
Once in the showroom, customers can opt for a contactless self-check-in which utilises a QR code system. This will allow customers to be placed immediately in the queue without having to wait to be attended to, allowing for a fuss-free service experience. The introduction of this check-in system will be introduced across all brands at Sime Darby Motors City.
To support these enhancements to the after-sales experience, Sime Darby Motors has also digitalised the business for its sales representatives. This includes the introduction of a mobile application, which has enabled sales representatives to be connected anytime and anywhere with real-time data to better serve customers. With the mobile application, they can now populate and print application forms wirelessly, minimising steps in the administrative process and reducing customers’ waiting time.
Sime Darby Motors City also welcomes partners from our mobility collaborations; SOCAR, Malaysia’s leading car-sharing network and myTukar, Malaysia’s fastest growing online used car trading platform. The complex will have designated parking bays for SOCAR vehicles – ideal for customers dropping off their vehicles for service, and will be a showcase centre for myTukar trade-in vehicles, in collaboration with Sime Darby Auto Selection.
The facility is equipped with specialised EV-certified technicians and designated areas for EV charging, storage and repairs as well, which are currently available at Auto Bavaria, Auto Hyundai, Auto Performance and Swedish Auto.
And then we have Sime Darby Auto Performance which houses a high speed EV charging station that is capable of delivering a maximum of 175 kW, able to provide a near-full charge within 36 minutes, which is at least eight times faster than the fastest Alternating Current (AC) charger available at 22 kW.
The complex is a Green Building Index (GBI) certified facility built with sustainability in mind and incorporates technologies to cultivate a paperless organisational culture.
Grand Launch Weekend
To commemorate the launch, Sime Darby Motors City will be organising a “Grand Launch Weekend” with attractive deals across the six flagship stores between 16 and 18 April 2021. Interested customers are advised to make an appointment, in adherence with the government’s COVID-19 standard operating procedures on crowd control and physical distancing.