Page 145

The journey between the city transportation hub of KL Sentral station and our international airports (KLIA and KLIA2) is usually just one leg of the journey (unless you live within the KL Sentral area), and it can be a hassle sometimes to get home from KL Sentral, or get to KL Sentral from home.

Which is why KLIA Ekspres (the airport train line) has joined forces with Grab Malaysia (the regional ride hailing service) to make travel between the airports and home a little more seamless (and economical).

For those who don’t live in KL Sentral, we would either have someone drop us off or take some form of public transportation there; there is a cost to this. But now, if you purchase a KLIA Ekspres Single Trip + Grab package online at RM55, you can get a free Grab ride (worth RM 10) to or from KL Sentral station. This is the same fare (RM 55) as the normal KLIA Ekspres Single Trip fare at the counter.

When you purchase a single trip package via the KLIA Ekspres website, mobile app or kiosk, you will receive a Grab Promo Code worth RM 10, which you can then use on a GrabCar, GrabTaxi or a GrabShare ride. Travellers who purchase a KLIA Ekspres Return Trip + Grab package will receive two Grab Promo Codes worth RM 10 each.

Noormah Mohd Noor, Chief Executive Officer of Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd (ERL), the operator of KLIA Ekspres said: “At ERL, we recognise that ride-hailing is not only here to stay but will also grow with time – and we embrace this change. We are pleased to launch a new collaboration with Grab that will utilise ride-hailing features as part of the overall KLIA Ekspres service. We believe this will also encourage greater public use of the rail network and improve travel convenience for KLIA Ekspres customers.”

“This collaboration will provide a complete airport-to-home travel solution. Ensuring comfortable, convenient, and affordable transportation is a great way to make the start and end of any journey memorable!” said Noormah.

Sean Goh, Country Head of Grab Malaysia“As Malaysia and Southeast Asia’s preferred ride hailing service, we are always on the lookout for partnerships that will add value to our passengers, business partners and driver-partners. Therefore, this partnership with KLIA Ekspres will definitely improve the overall ride experience for our travellers – both locally and also foreigners, and support our objective of providing convenient and accessible mobility services to all in any way we can,” said Sean Goh, Country Head of GrabMalaysia.

Goh added that with features such as GrabChat (in-app chat system), GrabPay (cashless payment) and GrabRewards (Grab’s loyalty and rewards programme), it is easy to take a Grab ride because passengers, especially tourists from the SEA region, can minimize miscommunication with the driver about the destination, pay for their Grab ride without having the need to carry small change (or any cash at all), and also use or collect GrabRewards points and exchange them for any local promotion.

More information on the KLIA Ekspres + Grab Packages can be found here: www.KLIAekspres.com/grab-promo/

The figures provided by Perodua for the new Myvi are a 4 days old so it’s safe to assume that bookings have exceeded 13,000 and deliveries passed 1,000. As of 28 November 2017, Perodua’s delivery of 1,000 new Myvi made up mostly of the 1.5L variants (about 80%). This is barely 2 weeks after its launch.

Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Dato’ Dr. Zahari Husin“We are now focusing our efforts on delivery of the all new Myvi to our customers as we understand their urgent need for transportation,” Perodua Sales Sdn Bhd Managing Director, Dato’ Dr. Zahari Husin said.

Dato’ Dr. Zahari also said that the company has sufficient inventory to meet current demand. “This response so far from the public is overwhelming and we thank our valued customers for choosing Perodua and especially the all new Perodua Myvi as their car of choice.”

“To our customers, we will continue our pledge to launch and deliver and we welcome you to our sales showrooms to speak to our authorised sales advisors to see as well as to test drive the all new Perodua Myvi for yourselves,” he added.

As a precaution, Dato’ Dr. Zahari also advised potential buyers to only speak to Perodua’s authorised sales advisors to ensure that all information given is accurate. The new Perodua Myvi is priced from RM 44,300 to RM 55,300.

Perodua Myvi 1.5 AV Dashboard, Malaysia 2017 Perodua Myvi 1.5L AV Rear, Malaysia 2017The car’s upper body is designed in-house by Perodua while the platform and powertrain are provided by its technical partner, Daihatsu Motor Co Ltd. All variants of the new Perodua Myvi have full 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.

 

The Perodua Myvi was first introduced in 2005 and over a million units were produced up to 2017 (2 generations and various facelifts), making it the most popular Perodua model in history. In total, Perodua has produced over 3.2 million vehicles since August 1994.

New Maserati Levante set to create soem excitement amongst SUV lovers in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur, 24thNovember 2017 – The addition of the Maserati Levante high performance luxury SUV to the Malaysian market is going to create some excitement in market, or at least amongst the better-heeled part of it, as it offers an attractive alternative to the more established brands.

20171124_112926With engines developed jointly with Ferrari, the Maserati range of vehicles have always presented a more ‘mature’ form of high performance car ownership, with the aforesaid powerplants put into more ‘executive-looking’ yet sporty vehicle bodies. The Levante carries this notion a little further into the realm of the SUV.

20171124_112725

The Maserati Levante S was officially unveiled today at Desa Parkcity by Naza Italia, the official importer and distributor for Maserati in Malaysia.

The Levante S (MY18) made its world premiere at the 2017 Frankfurt Motorshow with a new range strategy and an array of hi-tech features, including Electric Power Steering and the addition of new active functions to the existing driving assistance systems. The Levante S version promises heightened performance and sporting prowess to navigate all-terrain adventures with greater ease. For the Malaysian market, only the petrol-powered version featuring a V6 Twin-turbo engine with Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) is made available.

The engine was designed by Maserati Powertrain, in conjunction with the Ferrari Powertrain development team and is both powerful and eco-friendly, with Auto Start-Stop function.Maserati Levante Engine Bay 20171124_112415

The V6 engine has a specific torque of 194 Nm per litre, making it the best in the luxury SUV class, as is its specific power (144hp/l).The Levante S accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds and has a top speed of 264 km/h. Its 430 hp engine is on par with its competitors in terms of fuel consumption, with 10.9 l/100 km on the NEDC test cycle, and CO2 emissions (253 g/km).

20171124_112558“Maserati has injected extra power and performance into an already impressive luxury SUV. The petrol-powered Levante S has been eagerly awaited and will no doubt be a popular new addition to Malaysia’s luxury automotive market,” said Datuk Wira Hj SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman of Naza World Group of Companies.

Maserati has replaced the Levante’s hydraulic power steering with electric power steering to provide improved handling and driving comfort in the Levante S. This also better supports the driving modes and enables the newly-introduced Advanced Driving Assistance Systems (ADAS)with more active functions, whilst retaining the razor-sharp steering feel symbolic of any Maserati. These functions include Highway Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 430 hp Levante S features a state-of-the-art braking system that deals superbly with the car’s high performance. The front system has adopted Brembo 6-piston aluminium monobloc calipers working on 380 mm drilled discs. Aluminium 42 mm floating calipers with 330 mm x 22 mm ventilated drilled discs are fitted at the rear.

20171124_112627Maserati has achieved unparalleled agility with the Levante S, which boasts the lowest centre of gravity in its class, thanks to the extensive use of lightweight materials and an ideal 50:50 weight distribution. The Levante S’s exclusivity stems from technical features like Air Suspension, electronically controlled Skyhook shock absorbers and the Q4 AWD system, which come as standard equipment. The aluminium double-wishbone(front), and five-link suspension (rear) layout comprises standard Air Springs and electronically-controlled Skyhook shock absorbers. Apart from the obvious benefits, such as the improvement of comfort and active safety, the air suspension contributes to the reduction of fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, thanks to the lowering of the car and the reduced aerodynamic drag at medium to high speeds.

The Levante S adopts the eight-speed automatic ZF gearbox that provides seamless comfort and fast gear shifting, depending on the selected drive mode and presents a choice of four drive modes, “Normal”, I.C.E., “Sport” and “Off-road”. Each one constitutes a distinct character, intelligently altering engine, transmission, suspension and electronics features.

The dashboard and the central console are designed to accommodate the 8.4” Maserati Touch Control Plus (MTC+) display, the driving modes button cluster, the user-friendly, aluminium rotary knob and the air suspension height setup switch.

Styling-wise, the Levante exhibits similar design cues to other models in Maserati’s stable and incorporates the brand’s signature lush aesthetic and spacious interior that allows for five people to be seated comfortably. Its streamlined shape lends to the Levante’s aerodynamic efficiency, which is best in its segment with a Cx coefficient of just 0.31.

The petrol-powered Levante S is being introduced to Malaysia’s luxury SUV segment at the starting price of RM 788,800 (inclusive of local taxes and duties) and includes 3 years Standard Warranty coverage with no mileage restriction plus a *Maserati Premium Service Plus of 3 years/ 60,000 km whichever comes first.

GranLusso trim

The GranLusso trim is essentially an emphasis on luxury. It is externally recognisable by its metallic-finish front skid plates and roof rails, the GranLusso badges on the front wings, the body-colour side skirts, the black-painted brake calipers and the 19” Zefiro alloy wheels.

The interior design features an array of innovative solutions in line with Levante’s SUV character, with an extra focus on luxury in the new GranLusso trim.  The GranLusso cabin combines a choice of Ermenegildo Zegna silk or full premium Italian upholstery with a Radica open-pore wood trim and leather steering wheel.

The extravagant trim also includes standard 12-way power comfort seats, a Harman Kardon Sound System, power-adjustable steering wheel, illuminated door sills, parking sensors, navigation system and new Soft Close Doors.

GranSport trim

Externally, the Levante S GranSport is recognisable by its Piano Black front grille, skid plates and roof rails, GranSport badges on the front wings, body-colour side skirts, blue inserts on all Trident and Saetta logos, red brake calipers and 20” Nereo wheels.

20171124_113210The interior design features an array of innovative solutions and the sportiness of the Levante’s SUV character is further enhanced in the new GranSport trim.  Both the exterior design and interior features reflect the legendary racing heritage of the Maserati brand.

The Sport 12-way power leather seats and power-adjustable Sport steering wheel combine with a carbon trim to create an exciting, sporty interior in the GranSport. It also features a Sport steering wheel with standard gearshift paddles, power-adjustable Inox sport pedals, parking sensors and navigation system.

Specifications at a glance:

  LEVANTE S
Engine Layout Petrol 600 V6, twin-turbo – direct injection (GDI)
Displacement (cc) 2,979
Max. Power (kW / hp @ rpm) 316 / 430 @ 5,750
Peak Torque (Nm @ rpm) 580 @ 5,000
Fuel consumption l/100 km (NEDC) 10.9
CO2 (g/km) 253
0-100 km/h (sec) 5.2
Top speed(km/h) 264
Gearbox 8-speed  ZF automatic AT8 – HP70
Transmission Q4 Intelligent All-Wheel Drive with rear limited slip differential
Suspension Front Double-Wishbone, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers
Suspension Rear Multi-Link, adjustable Air Springs, Skyhook shock absorbers
Length/width/height (mm) 5,003 / 1,968 / 1,679
Wheelbase (mm) 3,004
Tyres (standard) 265/50 ZR19 front295/45 ZR19 rear

Datuk Madani (3rd from left), Dato' Samson Anand George (5th from left), Group COO of Naza Corporation, & representative from Medan Quantum (Demak; 4th from right) with the winners.

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 Honda Civic Type RThe Malaysia Autoshow 2017 ended a little of 2 weeks ago and its organizer, Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI), has announced that the number of visitors to the 4-day show totaled nearly 255,000, exceeding its initial crowd-size target of 250,000. The autoshow was held for the first time at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) and afforded the event large indoor and outdoor areas for a wide range of activities e.g. Karting Slalom, test drives (on-road and off), taxi rides, and the car displays, etc.

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 - Toyota DisplayMalaysia Autoshow 2017, Toyota Off-Road Test Drive, HiluxAutomotive brands which participated in the autoshow include BMW, Citroen, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Perodua, Peugeot, Proton, Renault, Subaru, Toyota, and Volvo. Several new and (possibly) upcoming models were unveiled at the show, like the Honda Civic Type R, Toyota Harrier and C-HR, Renault Megane GT and Kia Stinger, as well as a sneak peek of the new Perodua Myvi (which was launched after the autoshow).

Malaysia Autoshow Slalom Karting Test Drive 2017The Karting Slalom event, organized for the first time, received over 600 registrations for the 3 categories. This event was introduced as an affordable platform to encourage participation in motorsport and to scout and develop new talent. The 8 – 13 year old category was won by Dani Arfan bin Hairul Anuar, aged 9 years 8 months.

Held at the same venue was the Kuala Lumpur International Automotive Symposium (KLIAS) which saw numerous automotive experts share insights on the latest in the automotive industry.

Malaysia Autoshow 2017 Biodiesel B10 Walking Hunt Prizes - Peugeot 208 Puretech and Demak EX 90To reward the visitors to the autoshow, MAI organized a contest for those who bought tickets to the autoshow; the grand prize was a Peugeot 208 PureTech (worth RM 89,888), while the 2nd prize was a Demak EX 90 motorcycle (RM 2,600), and RM 1,000 BHPetrol petrol vouchers for 3rd to 6th places. The Malaysia Autoshow 2017 Biodiesel B10 Walking Hunt contest’s grand prize was won by Syed Ahmad Azroee bin Syed Abdullah of Perak. He drove home the Peugeot 208 PureTech contributed by Nasim Sdn Bhd, the distributor of Peugeot vehicles. Cher Hang Boon took home the Demak motorcycle.

Datuk Madani Sahari CEO Malaysia Automotive InstituteAccording to Datuk Madani Sahari, Chief Executive Officer of MAI, the institute has ambitions to increase the number of visitors in the next 5 years to 3 million. “The success of the Malaysia Autoshow 2017 signifies the commitment of the industry and the participation of the people in the nation’s automotive sector. Next year, we aim to create a more comprehensive showcase for a larger number of visitors to the autoshow,” he said.

Datuk Madani also announced that MAI is planning to hold the Malaysia Autoshow 2018 on 12 – 15 April. “We also hope that the moving of Malaysia Autoshow dates from November to April will allow for a better autoshow experience, since it is scheduled in consideration of motor shows around the globe”, he added.

 

Hino Motors Sales (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (HMSM) recently delivered 15 newly-launched HINO 300 Series trucks to My World Logistics Sdn Bhd, which the company will use to provide delivery services for a renowned home furnishing company.

My World Logistics was incorporated in 2012 and has grown to a staff strength of 150 dedicated employees. As a provider of delivery services for an established furnishing company, it is accountable for managing its customer’s orders, operating the central warehouses, delivering the orders as well as assembling the furniture.

In selecting a brand of trucks for its fleet, My World Logistics chose Hino for the quality of after-sales services provided, as well as the wide nationwide network of 114 Hino dealerships which makes servicing more convenient. The company also believes that Hino products are reliable and efficient, and meets its daily logistics requirements.

Hino Motor Sales Malaysia Mock Key Handover To My World Logistics Sdn Bhd 2017Dato’ Abdul Sallam, Chief Executive Officer of My World Logistics Sdn Bhd, said, “For the record, this is the first time My World Logistics is partnering with Hino, and with Hino’s commitment to My World Logistics, we would certainly further enhance our partnership with Hino in the future.” In agreement, Mr. Sathasivam Pillai, Director of My World Logistics, said “We hope this business relation will bring more opportunities for us to work together with Hino.”

The Hino Total Support program helps customers minimize vehicle downtime, thus helping to save on the customer’s operational cost. It also offers more exclusive warranty satisfaction such as the “Free Parts Program” and “Free Service Program” as well as additional programs like ‘Best-Fit’ program and others which rewards customers as well as truck drivers.

Mr. Sri Prakash Narayanan, Head of Operations of My World Logistics, highlighted the end customer’s satisfaction as the company’s ultimate goal, one that is shared by Hino. “Thank you very much for understanding our commitment to our customer. Let’s focus on our commitment and to always try to achieve maximum customer satisfaction,” he said.

Hino 300 Series Truck, My World Logistics, Malaysia 2017Hino is the first truck brand to comply with the new UNECE safety regulations before it was enforced, and it is moving ahead of with continuous improvement on its products and services for customer’s satisfaction. The newly-launched HINO 300 Series puts safety first, which is one of the elements considered by My World Logistics to ensure successful delivery to customer’s doorstep.

5 of the delivered Hino trucks with a GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) of 7.5 tonnes were ready for the road, allowing My World Logistics to immediately shift more loads compared to its previous GVW 5 tonnes models. This helps the company to reduce the number of daily trips back to the warehouse thus saving on operations cost.

HMSM recently launched its Hino Total Support Customer Centre (HTSCC) new building and facilities, in Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan, as part of its 40th anniversary celebration. New customers like My World Logistics will be provided training at this new facility with modules such as ‘Driver Familiarization
Training’, ‘Safety and Eco-cien Driving Training’ and ‘Safety Driving Training’. The training is free of charge, as one part of Hino’s ‘Total Support’ initiative to benefit Hino customers.

HMSM was established in 1977 and is a subsidiary of Hino Motors Limited, Japan and part of the Toyota group of companies.

Hino Malaysia, My World Logistics, Truck Handover 2017

Ser Ming Hui won the Super Sporting Category Race 1

The Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival’s Day 2 Vios Challenge gave Toyota fans yet another great show of motor racing, with many unexpected results and different people on the podium. The Vios Challenge Championship is wide open with two more race events to go.

All the three categories were closely contested, with battles being fought throughout the running order, with neither quarter being asked for nor given. The fact that the cars’ specifications are closely governed makes the racing that much closer. Watching the races from various vantage spots along the ‘street’ circuit at MAEPS in Serdang, I could see that the competition was real. There were three categories, the Promotional Category, made up of celebrities and Mr Akio Takeyama, Vice President of UMW Toyota Motor, the Sporting Category, made up of first-year racers or first timers, and the Super Sporting Category, made up of drivers who have prior experience in racing. The separation by categories makes each category an  even playing field, which makes for very close racing.

Shawn Lee lost the lead and the race when he spun in Lap 1 of the Promotional Category
Shawn Lee lost the lead and the race when he spun in Lap 1 of the Promotional Category

In the first race, the Super Sporting Category, Race 1, Mark Darwin was the favourite to win from pole position. However, at the start of the race, a mishap sidelined Mark. Going into Turn 1, Mark was keeping a tight line into Turn 1 with Tengku Djan tucked in closely behind – the two made contact when Mark Darwin braked and Djan didn’t. Mark Darwin hit the wall on the right hand side, and bounced off, the force of the impact carrying him across to the left of the track and into the wall at Turn 1 – a chain reaction followed which also forced Akina Teo out of the race.

Tam Wei Han won Sporting Category Race 2
Tam Wei Han won Sporting Category Race 2

 

The yellow flags came out, followed by the red flag signifying the stoppage of the race to allow the tow trucks to tow out the broken cars and for the marshals to clear up the debris, after which the race was re-started with eight cars running out of the original eleven starters.

 

Djan with his bumper adrift
Djan with his bumper adrift

For the re-start, Tengku Djan in Car No 12 was first into Turn 1, but was hit in the rear by Car No 39, driven by William Ho. The hit was very costly to Djan, as it loosened up his rear bumper, and the damage gradually got worse. Djan had to go into the pits to have it removed – from a good six second lead, Djan dropped down to last position, but managed to claw his way back to fifth position at the end of the race.

William Ho then had to face a charging Mitchell Cheah who smelled the opportunity to take the win and muscled his way past William on the next lap. The move broke Ho’s side skirt, forcing him to pit to remove the part.

 

Mitchell Cheah won Super Sports Category Race 2
Mitchell Cheah won Super Sports Category Race 2

Ser Ming Hui took advantage of the melee to inherit the lead which he held to the chequered flag. Mitchell was handed a 15 second penalty for jumping the start thus promoting Syafiq Ali and Boy Wong to second and third respectively.

In the Promotional Class, Shawn Lee had been expected to make a clean sweep of his wins once again in Race 2 but to the surprise of his rivals, made a rare mistake of spinning in the fast Turn 6 on the opening lap. The spin left him pointing the wrong way on the track and he had to let all his rivals pass before he could get moving again.

Shukri Yahya took victory in the Promo Category Race 2
Shukri Yahya took victory in the Promo Category Race 2

This promoted Shukri Yahaya to the lead with Danny Koo in second place. Diana Danielle who had been clocking respectable times managed to secure the third spot, managing to be the first lady to stand on the podium in the Vios Challenge.

Bad luck however struck Janna Nick, Venice Min and Geraldine Gan as they had to retire from their fine run.

 

In the Sporting Category, Brendan Paul Anthony was expected to go for an easy second win but he lost in his drag to the first corner to Brandon Lim and Patrick Tam who both made a quick breakaway. Patrick kept the pressure on Lim and on Lap 4, he made a brave move to dive into Turn 16 and into the lead. The pair pulled clearly away from the rest of the pack, and both were trying to outpace each other all the way through the race.

Brendon Lim being chased by Tam and Brendan Paul
Brendon Lim being chased by Tam and Brendan PaulThe battle began brewing lower down the field with Geraldine Read holding everybody back at the front of a four car convoy with Adzeem Eqwan, Tan Seng Lock and Tan Su Teik , but was eventually overtaken by all three.

Patrick lapped  Read in the dying stages of the race and in her haste to yield to a blue flag, she came into Brandon Lim’s path thus ending his charge for the win.

The biggest excitement was for the final race of the day, the second Super Sporting Class race. Despite a half hour delay due to torrential rain, the crowd remained to watch the race – this was a race not to be missed. The top six from the previous race were now lined up on the grid in reverse order. By token of his fifth position in Race 1, Djan once again found himself on the front row beside the young Mitchell Cheah who finished sixth. As the track remained sodden, the race began in earnest after the convoy followed the Toyota Camry safety car for the initial three laps.

Tengku Djan was gunning hard but the young Mitchell of the Dream Chaser Team had none of it. He was a picture of calm despite Djan’s incessant attempts at passing.

Lap 9 saw Djan tap the Dream Chaser Team’s car, sending Mitchell wide. Despite that, Mitchell managed to recover his Vios and did not lose his first spot. Djan continued to relentlessly pursue Mitchell but as the pair continued to tangle, William Ho slowly crept up on the duo from his lowly 7th position.

The Geraldine Read 4-car convoy
The Geraldine Read 4-car convoy

William Ho found his opening and made a daring dive into the tight Turn 16 on lap 12 but Djan refused to yield. The pair traded paintwork up the hill and in the process, Djan suffered a puncture and had to pull out of the race. William himself suffered a slow puncture but not before he was slapped with a 15 second penalty for his move on Djan. Boy Wong who remained safe throughout the race took a well-deserved 2nd ahead while William managed to limp home into third despite the penalty and puncture.

“It was quite a stressful first few laps with Djan behind me. All I had on my mind was to go in the corner slow and come out faster to stay in front of Djan,” said the delighted Mitchell.

The crowd that turned up at the MAEPS leg of the TGR Racing Festival was truly rewarded with excellent racing and great entertainment from both the racing action as well as the off-track activities. It is an event not to be missed and our southern fans can look forward to the next Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival on 19th and 20th January 2018 in Johor Bahru.

See you at the next Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival – stay tuned!

The first day of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival Vios Challenge Race at MAEPS, which forms part of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival, was as exciting as could be for race fans and the race drivers alike. The weather was unpredictable, with thunderstorms making the makeshift street circuit even more challenging.

A skirmish with the wall cost Tengku Djan a possible pole position for the Super Sporting Class Race 20171125_140734
A skirmish with the wall cost Tengku Djan a possible pole position for the Super Sporting Class Race

During official practices, Turn 1 was the scene of many skirmishes with the racing Vios’, with the concrete barrier coming out tops every time. The parts department of UMW Toyota must have experienced a large anomaly in the demand for fenders, lower arms, rims and other body parts. Turn 1 is the first right hander turn after the start straight, and in addition to being a sharp bend, is also slightly off-camber. During the races itself, pieces of bodywork, especially the bumpers are the common victims of brushes between cars and the concrete safety barriers.

Tengku Djan stays dry despite  water getting into the pit area during today's thunderstorm before the race.
Tengku Djan stays dry despite water getting into the pit area during today’s thunderstorm before the race.

In the prestigious Super Sporting Category, championship leader and Prince of Drift Tengku Djan was expected to have an easy weekend as he had topped the time sheets in all early practice sessions but when it mattered during qualifying, he clipped the inside of Turn 1 in his pursuit of the younger Mark Darwin, destroying the front wheel and putting him out of the rest of the qualifying session.

He however managed a front-row start for the race on Sunday as he had done enough to outgun William Ho to secure his place beside Darwin who comfortably earned pole position on his third lap. “I was quite comfortable. In fact, I think I was too comfortable and tried to just stay calm and keep away from the walls. The team did a great job to give me a car that gave me a lot of confidence straight off so a big thanks to them,” said Mark Darwin who will be representing Malaysia in the up-coming Thailand Super Endurance 600 Minute race in a Toyota Altis.

Drift show with kings of drift - Kawabata _ Fujino
Drift show with kings of drift
Tom Goh couldn't get his sump replaced in time
Tom Goh couldn’t get his sump replaced in time

In the Sporting Category, surprises continued as the Dream Chaser Team celebrated its second pole position with new-comer Brendan Paul Anthony putting his car in pole ahead of Brendon Lim of Tedco Racing in the qualifying session. Replacement driver and Editor of Zerotohundred.com, Tom Goh, was brought in to replace Kenny Lee whose license was recently upgraded, preventing him from participating in the Vios Challenge. Tom rewarded the team with a brilliant third place on the grid but an unfortunate impact during a jump punctured his sump and he was unable to replace it in time for the first race later in the day. Having no placing, Tom Goh has to start at the back of the grid for the next day’s race.

Brendon Paul Anthony leads Brendon Lim into turn 1 in the Sporting Class race
Brendon Paul Anthony leads Brendon Lim into turn 1 in the Sporting Class race

The Sporting Category race saw Dreamchaser’s Brendan Paul Anthony open a gap to his chasers namely Brendon Lim while the rest of the drivers fought for the final podium position. The pack included Patrick Tam, Ken Foo, Kenneth Koh, Frederick Soo and Jackson Tan who battled furiously throughout the most part of the race. Ken made a great run out of the slow Turn 16 to pass Koh but the pair touched into Turn 1, putting Foo into a half spin. The resulting melee allowed Patrick to recover and take the final spot on the podium.

“I am very happy to win despite this being my first outing in the Vios Challenge. I am very happy to win and hope to continue the momentum in Round 2,” said Brendan who recently moved into saloon car racing from go-karting.

Shawn Lee all smiles after winning Race 1 today
Shawn Lee all smiles after winning Race 1 today

In the Promotional Class, beatboxer Shawn Lee who had taken charge in qualifying led the pack away on a damp circuit thanks to his quickest qualifying time despite carrying a 40kg ballast for winning in BatuKawan. Shukri Yahaya was breathing down Shawn’s neck from his second position for the first half of the race, but Shawn managed to widen the gap between him and Shukri to seal his third successive win.

The battles were further down the field where Fattah Amin and Danny Koo had their battle for third position while Geraldine Gan had her mirrors full of Venice Min’s No. 16 car. Diana Danielle enjoyed her battle with UMW Toyota Motor’s Deputy Chairman Akio Takeyama for 5th position but she managed to make a bold move in the back section of the circuit to claim that spot.

“It was a very exciting race and I am impressed with the level of competitiveness of all the drivers today. I am looking forward to more racing action tomorrow,” said Takeyama.

Brendon Lim managed to change his gearbox in time to take second place in the Sporting Category Race.
Brendon Lim managed to change his gearbox in time to take second place in the Sporting Category Race.
Shawn Lee led from start to finish in the Promo Class race.
Shawn Lee led from start to finish in the Promo Class race.
Clement Yeo also hit the notorious Turn 1 wall during practice.
Clement Yeo also hit the notorious Turn 1 wall during practice.

From Left: Anuar with Koh Chin Huat & Ng Boon Yew of Gardenia Bakeries (KL) Sdn Bhd, & Fong Kah Yeow (Tan Chong Industrial Equipment)

Unlike in 2016, Team Malaysia did not win the overall title of ‘Best In Class’ in the 2017 UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge (UDEMC) Global Final held in early November in its headquarters and factory in Japan, but we did walk away with the award for best Pre-Drive Inspection, one of the categories that determine the overall winner, in the Quester heavy-duty truck class. The other class of trucks was the Quon, which is available in mature markets.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge Global Final 2017, Japan, Anuar bin Ahmad, Pre-Drive InspectionWinning the Pre-Drive Inspection category Malaysia in the Quester class was Anuar bin Ahmad, who was the overall winner in the Malaysia round. Anuar has been driving for Gardenia Bakeries (KL) Sdn Bhd for over 20 years and currently drives the company’s UD Quester trucks.

For today’s fleet owners, maintaining efficiency of operations is vital to keeping costs low and staying competitive. Thus, the pre-drive inspection is a crucial factor in making sure the truck is safe and operational in order to avoid unplanned stops due to breakdowns, and reduce fuel consumption. Meticulous pre-drive inspections also help reduce the risk of accident because of parts failure, which also will cause delay and increase costs. Hence, an increase in downtime and an inefficient truck will spell losses for the company.

According to Mr Koh Chin Huat, CEO of Gardenia Bakeries, even though its trucks run every day, the company has a policy of resting its truck drivers after 8 hours of driving (within that time, truck drivers can also make stops to rest). This ensures its drivers are well-rested so that its goods are safely delivered to their destinations.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2017 Global Final Japan, Anuar Bin Ahmad Pre-Drive Inspection CategoryIn the Pre-Drive Inspection event of the UDEMC, the contestant has to complete a thorough inspection of the exterior and interior of the truck, checking everything from the condition of wipers to air-con filter to coolant levels to tire pressure and condition. Contrary to popular belief, professional fleet owners and truck drivers will not send out a truck that isn’t in optimum operating condition as any breakdown or accident will result in an operating loss due to delays or vehicular and/or cargo damage.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2017 Global Final Japan, Driving SkillsThe other categories to the Extra Mile Challenge are ‘Driving Skills’ and ‘Fuel Efficiency’ which involve driving around the UD Trucks’ track. The drivers are challenged to maintain the best fuel consumption possible while maneuvering around the track, following the necessary traffic rules, and carrying a container of water as cargo, within the allocated time. The amount of water spillage is measured after the driver completes the driving, and parking challenges; fuel efficiency is measured by UD Trucks’ Telematics system. This challenge promotes smooth driving and the utilization of UD Trucks’ fuel efficiency monitor systems. Naturally, smooth driving means less damage to fragile goods as well as savings on fuel costs.

As with any business, profit is important so this is the benchmark that UD Trucks uses in this challenge. At the start of the UDEMC, all drivers are given a set ‘revenue’ that will be affected by the effectiveness of the pre-drive inspection, fuel efficiency and safe driving. The driver with the least costs incurred i.e. most revenue (or most profit) left is judged the overall winner.

The UDEMC isn’t just a matter of pitting drivers from different countries against each other but is organized by UD Trucks in the hopes of empowering fleet owners and truck drivers to find and learn ways to improve their operations and competency, from each other as well as from the judges, and instill a sense of professionalism into the trucking line. This is the essence of the company’s “Gemba Spirit” which is the professional, passionate and dependable spirit at the heart of UD Trucks, to serve its customers well.

UD Trucks Extra Mile Challenge 2017 Japan, Filip Van den Heede & Tan Keng Meng (TCIE)FilipVan den Heede, Managing Director Hub Malaysia, UD Trucks, lamented that there’s a global shortage of skilled truck drivers (a sentiment shared by Mr Koh of Gardenia), and the UDEMC is one of the company’s initiatives to tackle this problem by encouraging a higher degree of competency and professionalism in this field to attract the young.

UD Trucks Yoshihiro Murukami, PresidentYoshihiro Murakami, President of UD Trucks, also commented that UDEMC is one of UD Trucks’ commitment to go the extra mile for smart logistics. Smart logistics isn’t only about smart trucks and smart services, but also about smart drivers.

Meanwhile, Kishi Nobuhiko, Senior VP of Brand, Communication and Products, emphasized the importance of the One UD in expanding the UDEMC. “One UD means that we work as an extended family bringing together people with diverse skills and expertise from different organizations, including UD colleagues and partners around the world, with the shared determination to go the extra mile for our customers.”

“Following this ambition, we plan to increase the number of markets where we can hold the local competition stages leading to the global final competition, and to continue expanding the competition and welcoming new participating markets and customers,” he added.

South Africa was crowned the ‘Overall Winner’ title in the Quester class in this year’s UDEMC. Category winners are:

  • Pre-Drive Inspection: Team Malaysia
  • Driving Skill: Team Thailand
  • Fuel Efficiency: Team Indonesia

UD Trucks was formerly Nissan Diesel and has been a wholly-owned subsidiary of Volvo Group (not to be confused with Volvo Cars) since 2007. In Malaysia, Tan Chong Industrial Equipment Sdn Bhd (TCIE) is the sole distributor of UD Trucks.

Gallery:

 

Malaysia is the first market in ASEAN to have the new Porsche 911 GT3. Replacing the previous 3.8L engine is a 4.0L flat-six engine that’s capable of 500 hp and 460 Nm of torque. This allows the 911 GT3 to go from zero to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds (with the 7-speed dual clutch PDK); it’s 3.9 seconds with the 6-spPorsche 911 GT3 Launch, Arnt Bayer, Sime Darby Auto Performance, Malaysia 2017eed manual transmission. Top speed of the car is 318 km/h (320 km/h if you decide on the manual gearbox).

The manual gearbox is 17 kg lighter and features and auto blip function and mechanical rear differential lock; the PDK has an electronically controlled differential lock and shifts faster, so it’s a matter of personal preference.

Developed on the same test track, and manufactured on the same line, as Porsche’s race cars, the 911 GT3 also benefits from Porsche’s motorsport technologies. This road-legal sports car gets a redesigned chassis with rear-axle steering, dynamic engine mounts, adjustable dampers, and lightweight construction for improved driving dynamics. This 2-seater is also 25 mm lower than the 911 Carrera S.

Porsche 911 GT3 Rear Wing Malaysia LaunchThe large carbon rear wing is now 20 mm higher and dominates the rear, setting the car apart from the other 911s. Look past the wing and you’ll notice the large ram air ducts and independent central air outlet on the engine cover, and new diffuser. The front of the car has the current 4-point LED headlights and sports large air intakes, lateral air blades and spoiler lip for improved downforce. Speaking of downforce, the 911 GT3 has 20% more of it yet retains its cd (coefficient of drag) value, which means it is still as aerodynamic but has more cornering stability.

Porsche 911 GT3 Ceramic Composite Brake Disc, Malaysia 2017The 911 GT3 comes with the Clubsport Package that includes roll bar, fire extinguisher, 6-point driver seat belt and preparation for battery disconnect. The brake discs are 380 mm grey cast iron but you can choose the optional ceramic composite set.

The 911 GT3 gets the GT sport steering wheel from the 918 Spyder and 2 Porsche Sports Seat Plus with enhanced side bolsters. You can also opt for the adaptive Sports Seat Plus with 18-way powered adjustment, sports bucket seats with folding backrest, or full bucket seats made of light carbon fiber reinforced plastic in carbon weave finish.

In addition to the Porsche Communication Management system with navigation and real-time traffic are Connect Plus (Apple CarPlay compatible) and the Track Precision app which allows you to display, record and analyze the driving data on your smartphone.

The Porsche 911 GT3 retails from RM 1,700,000 (inclusive of duties but without registration, insurance and road tax). The car shown here is customized according to a customer’s preference.

Gallery:

 

Petronas Dagangan Bhd (PDB) has made available its new Euro 5 standard Dynamic Diesel With Pro-Drive in 58 Petronas service stations nationwide, and plans to expand its availability to 115 stations in the near future.

Petronas Station, Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 With Pro-Drive Launch, Malaysia 2017Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive is a cleaner-burning sulphur-free diesel that delivers a smoother drive and improved fuel economy. The Pro-Drive recipe is a combination of reformulated higher quality base diesel, from Petronas’ refinery, and a customized formulation that’s suited to modern common-rail diesel engines.

The Pro-Drive technology was developed from Petronas’ partnership with IVECO (the Italian industrial vehicles manufacturer) and their foray in the demanding Dakar Rally endurance race via the Petronas De Rooy IVECO team; the team was victorious in the 2016 race.

Dato' Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus, MD & CEO Petronas Dagangan Bhd, Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 With Pro-Drive Launch, Malaysia 2017Dato’ Mohd Ibrahimnuddin Mohd Yunus, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of PDB said “Petronas’ involvement in the Dakar Rally has provided us a platform to study the requirements of the latest high performance common-rail direct-injection diesel-powered vehicles and continuously improve our products to meet even the most extreme driving conditions.”

Based on laboratory tests, Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive removes deposits and protects the injectors thus ensuring optimum engine performance. When compared with other diesel fuels found in the market, Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive is found to have a higher cetane number which means better fuel combustion that results in lower noise, emissions, and a smoother drive.

Petronas Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 With Pro-Drive Launch, Tanker, Malaysia 2017The company also noted that Dynamic Diesel Euro 5 with Pro-Drive has a higher heating value which means it provides more energy per kilogram of fuel; a more complete burn equates to less fuel wastage and that translates to better fuel economy and lower emissions.

More info on the fuel and its availability can be found at: www.mymesra.com.my