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  • G01 BMW X3 sDrive20i xLine launched in Malaysia – 184 PS and 300 Nm; CKD; priced from RM271k

    Besides introducing the G28 BMW 3 Series LWB, BMW Group Malaysia also expanded the G01 BMW X3 range to include a new base variant called the sDrive20i xLine. The new addition joins the existing xDrive30i Luxury and M Sport duo that were introduced previously to form a three-variant line-up, all of which are locally assembled (CKD).

    The X3 sDrive20i xLine is priced at RM270,934 on-the-road without insurance, making it RM17,561 cheaper than the xDrive30i Luxury. The figure is with the standard two-year warranty, but if you want the extended warranty (five-year/unlimited mileage) and service (five-year/100,000 km) package, it’ll be RM286,674.

    The price factors in the ongoing sales tax relief, which is 100% as this is a CKD model, that is ongoing until June 30, 2021. After this point, the sDrive20i xLine will retail at a base price of RM279,060, or RM294,800 with the extended warranty and service package.

    Under the bonnet, the new variant is powered by a B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that makes 184 PS (181 hp) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 300 Nm of torque from 1,350 to 4,000 rpm. There’s no all-wheel drive system here, with drive instead being sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.

    This setup allows for a zero to 100 km/h time of 8.2 seconds and a top speed of 215 km/h, which is 1.9 seconds and 25 km/h slower than the X3 xDrive30i variants that have 252 PS (249 hp) and 350 Nm on tap. However, the sDrive20i’s claimed fuel consumption of 7.1 litres per 100 km is better than the 7.6 litres per 100 km of its siblings, and it emits 163 grams per km of CO2.

    The entry-level option is identified by its xLine exterior package, which is similar to the Luxury Line look, but forgoes the chrome on the kidney grill, skid plate, front corner intakes, window trim and rocker panels for a Glacier Silver metallic matte finish. Also included is the BMW Individual Exterior Line Aluminium Satinated package (roof rails included).

    Four colours are offered here – Alpine White, Glacier Silver, Black Sapphire and Phytonic Blue – all paired with black Vernasca leather upholstery and stitching. The interior sports black high-gloss trim with Pearl Chrome highlight trim finishers, along with velour floor mats, a Sensatec dashboard and an ambient lighting system with six predefined designs.

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    Other items include a three-zone climate control system, Comfort Access powered tailgate, powered front seats with driver’s side memory function, a 12-speaker sound system, digital assistant and the BMW Live Cockpit Plus system. The last bit is not as fancy as the Live Cockpit Professional setup on the xDrive30i variants and comes with an 8.8-inch touchscreen infotainment display, joined by a traditional set of analogue gauges with an integrated 5.7-inch digital display.

    For driving assistance, the sDrive20i includes both the Parking Assistant and Driving Assistant suite – the latter includes functions such as lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning, cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention.

    Buyers will benefit from other services like BMW Roadside Assistance, BMW Service Online and the BMW Privileges Card that includes the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app. Find full specifications of the X3 sDrive20i xLine at CarBase.my.

     
  • Suzuki to launch next ‘icon’ in second half of 2021, no CKDs, says Naza Eastern – Jimny next for Malaysia

    Suzuki is back in Malaysia! New local distributor Naza Eastern officially unveiled the Suzuki Swift Sport tonight at its new showroom in PJ, within Naza Automall along the Federal Highway. You can read our full launch report of the third-generation SSS here.

    What’s next for the brand and its new local partner in Malaysia? According to Naza Eastern head of company Mohamad Redza, this year will see the company focus on Suzuki’s “icons” as it rebuilds the brand in Malaysia. He won’t explicitly name the icon in question, but looking at Suzuki’s current global range, it has to be the Jimny.

    If so, the fourth-generation Jimny, which is hot in demand over the world and currently sold here by grey importers, will be officially available in Malaysia very soon, with a factory warranty. Mohd Redza says that the iconic model will make its debut in the second half of 2021 and it will be a CBU import.

    Speaking of CBU imports, that’s going to be the way forward for Suzuki in Malaysia. Mohd Redza says that at the volumes that Naza Eastern is looking at, CKD local assembly is not viable. Furthermore, Suzuki has assembly operations in Thailand and Indonesia, and cars can be brought in via the ASEAN free trade area (AFTA).

    Back to the Jimny. Now, we know that the Jimny is made in Japan and more recently, in India by Maruti Suzuki. Our guess is that Naza Eastern will source its Jimnys from the Land of the Rising Sun, as there’s a free trade agreement between Japan and Malaysia that will enable it to save on import duty, compared to importing from India. Jimny, Malaysia, excited?

    GALLERY: Suzuki Jimny at GIIAS 2019

     

  • GALLERY: 2021 Toyota Harrier 2.0 Luxury – RM250k

    Yesterday, UMW Toyota Motor launched the new Toyota Harrier in Malaysia, and now we’re bringing you a full live gallery of the fourth-generation semi-premium SUV. Continuing to be sold through official channels – which it has been since 2018 – it arrives with a number of new features but with a less powerful engine.

    Just one variant is being offered this time around – the 2.0 Luxury, priced at RM249,707 on-the-road without insurance. This figure, which includes the 50% sales and services tax (SST) rebate, is cheaper to the tune of nearly RM7,000 compared to the previous top variant. As usual, this price is valid until June 30, after which it goes up to RM259,000. A five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is included.

    The reason it’s cheaper is that unlike the previous Harrier, which was powered by a turbocharged engine, this new one is only available with a naturally-aspirated mill – in this case, the same M20A-FKS 2.0 litre Dynamic Force four-cylinder found in the base RAV4. It makes 173 PS at 6,600 rpm and 203 Nm of torque from 4,400 to 4,900 rpm, which is some way down the 231 PS and 350 Nm of the outgoing model.

    A Direct Shift CVT sends power to the front wheels, and so equipped, the Harrier will get from zero to 100 km/h in 9.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 km/h. Owners can at least console themselves with the fact that the improvement in efficiency has made up for the shortfall in performance, with fuel consumption rated at 15.3 km per litre. That’s quite a jump over the previous turbo car, which was rated at 13 km per litre.

    Built on the GA-K variant of the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), the new Harrier is slightly larger and lower than before, giving it a sleeker, more coupé-like profile. Highlights include the slim matrix LED headlights and closed-off upper grille, a large lower grille and full-width LED taillights. Also fitted are LED fog lights and the mid-range 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels (19s are offered in Japan).

    Inside, there’s a plush-looking interior with a diamond-shaped centre console inspired by a horse’s saddle, sitting within the wraparound faux leather-trimmed dashboard. There are also a number of novel features, including a dimmable electrochromic panoramic glass roof and a digital rear-view mirror.

    While we won’t get the full 12.3-inch centre touchscreen found in Japan, our car at least receives a proper OEM Toyota infotainment system – something that could not be said about the more expensive GR Yaris. It’s a similar eight-inch system offered in the RAV4 and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A head-up display, a Qi wireless charger, a reverse camera and six speakers are also fitted.

    Other bits of kit include LED fog lights, 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control with Nanoe X air ionisation, power-adjustable front seats (12-way for driver, four-way for passenger) with heating, ventilation and driver’s side memory, a heated steering wheel with power adjustment, reclining rear seats, leather upholstery, a vehicle telematics system, premium solar and security tint, front and rear dash cams and a hands-free powered tailgate.

    Safety-wise, the Harrier comes with the full Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance systems, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert and adaptive high beam. Seven airbags, stability control and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors are part of the standard specification.

    The Harrier continues to utilise MacPherson strut suspension at the front and double wishbones at the rear, but the suspension geometry has been optimised for rigidity and handling balance. The retuned dampers also improve smoothness at lower speeds, while the increased sound insulation makes for a more refined drive.

    Colour options include the Steel Blonde Metallic you see here, Slate Grey Metallic and Dark Blue Metallic. For an extra RM800, you can also have the Harrier in Precious Black and White Pearl Crystal Shine.

     
  • G28 BMW 3 Series LWB previewed in Malaysia – sole 330Li M Sport variant; CKD; from RM301k estimated

    We previously reported that the G28 BMW 3 Series Gran Sedan sold in Thailand is assembled by BMW Group Malaysia at the Inokom plant in Kulim, Kedah, right here in Malaysia. As such, it was always expected that we would be next to get the long-wheelbase version of the current G20 3 Series, and that time has finally come.

    Today, the company introduced the 3 Series long wheelbase (LWB) as part of an early preview, and customers who are interested can register their interest via the BMW Shop Online platform. For now, the CKD model carries an estimated price tag of RM300,800 on-the-road without insurance, and that figure is inclusive of the sales and services tax (SST).

    As such, expect deliveries of the 3 Series LWB to only begin after the middle of the year, which is when the ongoing sales tax relief comes to an end (June 30, 2021). The suggested sum is around RM20,000 more than standard-wheelbase 330i, which has a base price of RM280,680 with SST and a two-year warranty.

    Parked side by side, the G28 and G20 share the same width of 1,827 mm, but the former has an overall length of 4,819 mm. This is 110 mm longer than the G20, with all of it going to the wheelbase that spans 2,961 mm (G20 is 2,851 mm).

    The increased length also requires a reworking of the roof, which results in a slightly increased height of 6 mm to 1,441 mm (G20 is 1,435 mm). If you bring its other sibling into the picture, the 3 Series LWB is still not quite as big as a G30 5 Series (4,936 mm long and 2,975 mm wheelbase).

    Beyond the extended body, everything else about the G28 is similar to the G20, including the shape of the kidney grille, notched headlamps and L-shaped taillights. The interior design is identical too, although the extra wheelbase does mean rear passengers get an additional 42 mm of legroom, while boot space is up by 10 litres to 480 litres.

    For the Malaysian market, we’re getting the 3 Series LWB in a sole 330Li M Sport variant, which is powered by a B48 2.0 litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine that drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.

    The mill makes 258 PS (255 hp) from 5,000 to 6,500 rpm and 400 Nm of torque from 1,550 to 4,400 rpm, which is good for a zero to 100 km/h time of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h – the latter is 0.4 seconds more than the G20 330i. Identical is the rated fuel consumption of 6.4 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 147 grams per km.

    As for equipment, this unit here closely mirrors the 330Li M Sport that is sold in Thailand, with standard items being an M Sport exterior package that includes sportier bumpers, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line package, 18-inch double-spoke style 848 M bi-colour alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof and welcome carpet lights.

    Inside, you’ll find Aluminium Tetragon trim with Pearl Chrome highlight trim finishers, a Sensatec dashboard, an M leather steering wheel, metal pedals, three-zone climate control, an ambient lighting system with 11 themes, powered front seats with driver’s side memory function, and Comfort Access.

    The 330Li also gets the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which consists of a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Connected services are also available via the My BMW app that is set to replace the previous BMW Connected App by July this year.

    On the safety front, there’s the Driving Assistant suite that provides features such as lane departure warning, lane change warning, front collision warning, cross traffic warning and rear collision prevention. Just like the G20 330i, there’s only passive cruise control with braking function and Parking Assistant included.

    In terms of colours, only two are being offered – Mineral White and Carbon Black – both paired with find Mocha Vernasca leather upholstery and black stitching. That’s one short of what’s being offered in Thailand, where Cashmere Silver is also an option.

    The 330Li will come with a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty with free scheduled service. Owners will also benefit from BMW Roadside Assistance, BMW Service Online and the BMW Privileges Card (accompanied by the BMW Group Loyalty+ mobile app).

     
  • paultan.org ACE 2021 – Mazda Anshin pre-owned vehicles as good as new, priced as low as RM68,300!

    So far, we’ve revealed plenty of new car promotions for the paultan.org Auto Car Expo (ACE), happening in just a week’s time on April 17 and 18 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). But the sales-driven car expo for mainstream brands isn’t just for new cars, because you can also shop from a wide range of pre-owned vehicles – including those from Mazda’s Anshin range.

    The Japanese brand is offering cars starting from as low as RM68,300, making them a more affordable alternative to brand new models. What’s more, these vehicles are as good as new – they come from Mazda’s own fleet and are thus maintained by the company. They also have low mileage and come with clean and well-maintained interiors.

    All Anshin cars have undergone an 111-point inspection, have a full Mazda service history and are offered with the remainder of their five-year factory warranty and free servicing. Mazda also assures that the vehicles have never been in a major accident, do not have frame damage and have never been in a flood, giving you complete peace of mind with your purchase.

    Several other brands will be present at ACE, including Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Toyota and Volkswagen. Looking for more premium machinery? You’ll be able to take your pick, with BMW, Lexus and MINI also present at the show.

    Find something you like while visiting ACE? You’ll be able to test drive and purchase your ideal car, whether new or pre-owned. What’s more, you’ll be able to take full advantage of SST exemptions for even greater savings. You’ll also get to check out some interesting MSF Racing cars on display!

    And that’s not all. If you purchase a new car, you’ll be able to enjoy the various deals being offered by paultan.org, on top of the usual manufacturer promos. For a start, the first 200 customers to book a new car will receive a RM2,550 combined voucher.

    This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher. On top of all this, confirmed bookings will enter you into a lucky draw that can win you prizes that include ten mobile phones worth RM2,300 each and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    As we are still amid a global pandemic, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be tested to ensure their body temperature is below 37.4ºC before they are allowed to enter. You will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and enter your details for contact tracing purposes.

    For added safety, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields on top of the usual masks. All major touch points, including the display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. We will provide hand sanitisers at the event, and we also highly encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Additionally, we will impose a strict maximum limit of 1,200 people in the venue space at any one time. We made the decision to go lower than SCCC’s allowed cap of 1,700 people under the current government SOPs (50% of venue capacity) to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Once inside, visitors will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Children aged 12 below and senior citizens aged 60 and above will also not be allowed to enter.

    Click here for more details on ACE 2021. Are you excited for the event? We know we are, and we hope to see you there very soon!

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  • 2021 Suzuki Swift Sport launched in Malaysia – 1.4L turbo, 140 hp, 230 Nm, 6AT-only, no manual, RM140k

    It’s hard to believe that it has been more than five years since Suzuki formally exited the Malaysian market. Well, fans of the brand can now celebrate its return – Suzuki Motor Corporation has appointed Naza as its sole distributor, and the first car to be launched under the stewardship of its subsidiary company Naza Eastern Motors is the third-generation Suzuki Swift Sport. The price? RM139,900. The factory warranty is three years or 100,000 km.

    Only one variant of the SSS is available this time around, and we get the non-electrified version. That can be a good thing, depending on your personal view on electrification. Power comes from a 1.4 litre four-cylinder Boosterjet engine that serves up 140 hp at 5,500 rpm and 230 Nm of torque from 2,500 to 3,500 rpm.

    All that is exclusively sent to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. Unfortunately, the Swift Sport isn’t available with a six-speed manual transmission, but at least it gets shift paddles. No tiptronic function, though, and no, Naza has no plans to introduce the stick shift model in the future as well.

    Key performance figures include a zero to 100 km/h sprint time of eight seconds, a top speed of 205 km/h, and 6.1 litres per 100 km average fuel economy. Its fuel tank capacity is rather small, too, at just 37 litres. By the way, this Boosterjet mill is rated for RON 95 fuel, in case you’re wondering.

    The sporty B-segment hatch rides on Suzuki’s new Heartect platform, which it says improves overall chassis rigidity and high speed stability (front and rear tracks are also 40 mm wider). There’s also a specially-designed trailing arm that minimises deformation during cornering, so you can carry more speed into the bends than before. The minimum turning radius is 5.1 metres.

    Keeping the 970-kg hatch in check is a MacPherson Strut (with coil springs) suspension up front, while the rear is managed by a torsion beam system. It rides on smaller 16-inch dual-tone, twin five-spoke alloys as opposed to the larger 17-inch units, and the factory tyres are 195/50 series Yokohama Advan A13C rubbers.

    For equipment, it gets automatic LED projector headlights (with manual beam levelling), LED daytime running lights, halogen fog lamps, as well as faux carbon-fibre trims on the front grille, lower lip, side skirts and rear bumper.

    There’s also power folding wing mirrors with integrated turn indicators, keyless entry with push-start button, blacked out A-, B- and C-pillars (the rear door handles are integrated into the C-pillar design), a bee sting-type radio antenna, LED combination tail lights, and dual rounded exhaust tips.

    Inside, you’ll find a leather-wrapped, flat-bottomed multi-function steering wheel with red stitching, as well as a nicely designed instrument cluster with a digital multi-info display in the middle. The MID offers a multitude of readouts, including temperature, gear positioning, FC reading, driving range, output meter, G-force meter, turbo gauge meter and oil temperature.

    In the middle is a seven-inch touchscreen display with Suzuki’s four-tile menu layout, and it’s hooked up to a standard six-speaker setup. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionalities are available as well, although the latter isn’t officially declared on the spec sheet. There’s also Bluetooth and voice recognition support, plus a reverse camera.

    Also on is an automatic single-zone climate control, twin cup holders up front, fabric semi-bucket seats with red stitching and Sport lettering, red/black trims on the dash, centre tunnel and door inserts, Swift Sport carpets, and metal foot pedals. Boot space is 265 litres with the seatbacks up, but fold it down (60:40 split) and you’ll get 579 litres of space.

    Unfortunately, the Swift Sport does not come with any advanced driver assist systems. It only gets six airbags, ABS with EBD, ESP, hill hold assist, and dual Isofix child seat anchors for the two outer rear seats. There are four exterior colour options to choose from – Champion Yellow, Speedy Blue Metallic, Pearl Pure White, and Burning Red Metallic. So, what do you think of the new Swift Sport? Yay, or nay?

     
  • ACE 2021: Buy a MINI and enter a lucky draw to win a RM10,888 rebate; vouchers worth RM2,550 from us!

    There’s just one more weekend to go before the inaugural paultan.org Auto Car Expo (ACE) 2021, co-sponsored by Carsome takes place from April 17 to 18 at the Setia Alam Convention Centre. Here at ACE< you'll get to test drive and purchase your ideal car, and there will be a wide range of deals on offer at the event.

    Joining the roster of participating automotive brands this year is MINI, which will be offering great deals towards ownership with attractive interest rates on financing that start from 0%, and customer who confirm a new vehicle booking get to enter a lucky draw for a chance to win a RM10,888 rebate!

    Eligible MINI models get the full sales and service tax exemption, and as standard, all new MINIs from official channels in Malaysia are covered by a four-year, unlimited mileage warranty along with a free scheduled service package for peace of mind.

    When you commit to a new vehicle at ACE 2021, you’ll also receive a host of deals from us at paultan.org, with the first 200 customers to confirm a booking to receive a RM2,550 combined voucher. This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher.

    MINI is one of a selected range of brands in the premium segment alongside BMW and Lexus at ACE 2021, even while the event primarily caters for mainstream brands such as Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Volkswagen.

    New or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered at ACE 2021 with irresistible offers from the brands present at the show. There’s more – you’ll be able to take full advantage of SST exemptions for even greater savings. And, that’s not all. For the motorsports fans, there will also be some interesting MSF Racing cars on display!

    But wait, there’s more – Customers with confirmed vehicle bookings will be entered into a lucky draw for even more prizes, and these include ten mobile phones worth RM2,300 each, and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    With the global pandemic and its effects still very much present, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear their masks at all times, and will need to be screened for their temperature to rear below 37.4ºC in order to be permitted entry into the event. Visitors will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and record details for contact tracing purposes.

    All customer-facing personnel will wear face shields in addition to the now commonly used masks as an additional precaution, while all major touch points such as display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. Hand sanitisers will be provided at the event, and visitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Going beyond the minimum requirements, we will be imposing a strict maximum limit of 1,200 persons in the venue at any one time. We have decided to cap the total permitted headcount below SCCC’s limit of 1,700 persons under current government SOPs, that is 50% of a venue’s capacity, in order to ensure the safety of all in attendance.

    Visitors will be required to adhere to physical distancing guidelines once inside. For the health and safety of all who will be present, children aged 12 and below, as well as senior citizens aged 60 and above will not be allowed to enter.

    Click here to find out more about ACE 2021.

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  • ACE 2021: Toyota joins 12-brand lineup, vouchers now worth RM2,550, including RM100 Shopee cashback!

    If you’re shopping for a new car, then you’ll want to be heading to the inaugural paultan.org Auto Car Expo (ACE) 2021, co-sponsored by Carsome, next weekend. The event, which will be held at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) on April 17 and 18, promises plenty of attractive deals.

    With 12 brands taking part in the event, there will certainly be no shortage of variety or choice. Toyota now joins Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen at the event, and while the show is primarily catered to mainstream brands, BMW, Lexus and MINI will also be present, representing the premium segment. Some interesting MSF Racing cars will also be on display.

    Each of the brands will have its own deals and offers, but that’s not all buyers can look forward to, because we’ve got something lined up as well for early-bird buyers. To sweeten things further, paultan.org is rewarding the first 200 customers to book a new car with a RM2,550 combined voucher.

    This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher.

    Additionally, confirmed books will put you in the running in a lucky draw, where you stand a chance to win attractive prizes, which includes 10 mobile phones worth RM2,300 each and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    As we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be tested to ensure their body temperature is below 37.4ºC before they are allowed to enter. You will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and enter your details for contact tracing purposes.

    For added safety, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields on top of the usual masks. All major touch points, including the display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. We will provide hand sanitisers at the event, and we also highly encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Additionally, we will impose a strict maximum limit of 1,200 people in the venue space at any one time. We made the decision to go lower than SCCC’s allowed cap of 1,700 people under the current government SOPs (50% of venue capacity) to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

    Once inside, visitors will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Do take note of some limitations – in the interest of health and safety, children aged 12 below and senior citizens aged 60 and above will not be allowed to enter.

    Click here for more details on ACE 2021.

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  • Michelin in Motion sustainability strategy – up to 30% of sales from non-tyre business segments targeted

    The Michelin Group has outlined its strategy towards 2030, dubbed Michelin in Motion, along with the outlining of initial targets set for 2023 as a 10-year vision with a three-year implementation plan, said CEO Florent Menegaux.

    The group’s ambitions for 2030 were also outlined, which is based on 12 indicators encompassing environmental, social, societal and financial performance.

    In terms of environmental ambition towards 2030, Michelin has set out to shift towards clean energy as well as reducing its energy consumption. These will go towards a 50% reduction of CO2 emissions compared to the group’s output in 2010 under Scope 1, which is defined as emissions generated by sources owned or controlled by the company, and Scope 2, from the generation of energy that is purchased and consumed by the company.

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    A similar goal has been set for logistics, in which Michelin aims for a 15% reduction in CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2018. Meanwhile, the group also aims for 70% of its suppliers in its supply chain to have ‘ambitious, science-based reduction targets by 2024. Across its various scopes of manufacturing, logistics and supply chain, Michelin is aiming for carbon-neutrality by 2050.

    Michelin has set out to attain ‘full circularity’ of its products, or to reach 100% use of sustainable raw materials in by 2050, and to reach 40% by 2030. As of 2020, the tyres used in MotoGP – for which Michelin is the sole supplier – already feature a 40% composition of renewable materials, said the company.

    Costs resulting from negative externalities such as carbon emissions, along with water and solvent use are being calculated, and the Michelin Group has committed to reducing these by around 10%, from around 330 million euros (RM1.62 billion) to 300 million euros (RM1.48 billion) in 2023, it said.

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    In terms of profit, Michelin aims for an average increase in sales of 5% per year between 2023 and 2030, and the year 2023 was mentioned as a more immediate timeline as this is when market recovery is expected, from the downturn resulting from the pandemic, the CEO said.

    The group aims to derive 20% to 30% of sales from non-tyre business segments such as services and solutions, flexible composites, medical devices, metal 3D-printing as well as hydrogen mobility.

    In services and solutions, the group aims to enlarge its portfolio of fleet solutions through the application of smart objects and from the value of of data collected through these methods.

    Products in the non-tyre sector, such as in the market of flexible composites – conveyors, belts, seals, coated fabrics and the like – is hoped to grow significantly as well, through the group’s strategy of mergers and acquisitions as well as incubating new businesses.

    The medical devices segment also represents a growth opportunity for the group, while the group’s development of unique expertise in support of AddUp, a metal additive manufacturing joint venture between Michelin and Fives which produces tailored solutions for manufacturers in various industries.

    Here, the group aims to reach 100 million euros (RM492 million) in sales and break even by 2023, and plans to exceed 500 million euros (RM2.46 billion) in sales by 2030.

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    In terms of passenger vehicle and motorcycle tyre trends, volume is expressed as a percentage of the 100% baseline from 2019, which is the year before the pandemic. The OE (original equipment) world market for passenger car tyres is expected to see a 0.5% compounding annual growth rate (CAGR) from 2019 to 2023, while the replacement world market is expected to record a 0.7% CAGR over the same period.

    The OE and replacement market for passenger car tyres combined sees the greatest expected growth for the 19-inch diameter sizes and larger. For this size segment, Michelin is targeting a 12% margin for 2023.

    As before, 2019 is measured as the 100% baseline, and the 19-inch and larger segment remained flat through 2020, and this segment is expected to see a CAGR of 14% in 2023. The 18-inch segment is expected to see CAGR of 10%, while the 17-inch and smaller segment is expected to decrease by 10% from 2019 levels in 2023.

    In the two-wheeler tyre segment, the worldwide motorcycle leisure and commuting market is expected to see a 3% CAGR between 2019 and 2023. Also expressed as a baseline of 100 units in 2019, the market shrank 10% last year due to the pandemic, and is expected to rebound to 98% of 2019 levels by the end of this year. This is attributed to an expected 10% increase in the use of bicycles and scooters by 2030, according to Michelin.

     
  • Honda Malaysia announces Madoka Chujo as its new managing director and CEO, replaces Toichi Ishiyama

    Honda Malaysia has named Madoka Chujo as its new managing director and chief executive officer. She replaces Toichi Ishiyama, who was in the role for three and a half years. Chujo officially assumed office in Malaysia on April 1. Prior to this, she was the vice-president at Honda Canada, having strategised the company’s sales and marketing for that market since 2019.

    Chujo started her career in Honda 23 years ago in 1997, and has since held various roles in Japan, China, Spain and Canada. Her area of expertise is sales strategy, honed during her various stints in the countries she has served in, and she is looking forward to putting that experience to good use in continuing to drive Honda Malaysia forward.

    “Malaysia is indeed an important market in the Asia and Oceania region with Honda Malaysia achieving various significant sales milestones and have become one of the leading automotive brands in the country,” she said.

    “I am looking forward and excited for my first assignment as the MD and CEO of Honda Malaysia, and at the same time I am also eager to explore Malaysia, as the country is unique and a melting pot of diverse cultures and people, with enormous potential and of course a fast-paced work environment,” she added.

    During Ishiyama’s tenure, the company introduced a host of models, including the FK8 Honda Civic Type R, fifth-generation City, the latter including a world premiere in the form of the City RS e:HEV. His achievements include steering the company to the milestones of 900,000 sales in 2019 and reaching the one millionth sales unit mark in March this year.

    Under his watch, the company maintained its position as the No. 1 non-national car brand for the sixth consecutive year in 2020, despite the impact from the Covid-19 pandemic. Ishiyama has headed back to Japan to assume a new role in Business Automobile, Business Strategy Division at Honda in Japan.

     
 

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