• 5 Cost-Saving Tips To Simplify Fleet Operations

    One of the challenges facing commercial fleet operators is the struggle to deal with cost pressures. The issue of lowering fleet costs stems from, among several factors, the instability of global prices of crude oil. With crude oil prices impacting world currencies, fleet operators are faced with keeping their expenses in check while managing their assets and inventories to ensure that supply meets demand.

     

    5 COST-SAVING TIPS TO SIMPLIFY FLEET OPERATIONS

     

    While it is difficult to predict the recovery rate of the economy, it is possible for fleet managers to plan and create significant savings and greater value to their businesses and fleet operations by following these cost-saving tips:

     

    1. Utilise available vehicles wisely

     

    When it comes to commercial vehicles, transportation and running costs can be high. This is normally due to the high insurance rates, maintenance costs and, the cost of fuel. To compensate for these running costs, fleet managers should properly plan how their vehicles are utilised. One way to do so is by properly planning the intended route of delivery, thus minimising unwanted mileage.

     

    2. Manage movements with a Fleet Telematic System (FTS)

     

    GPS tracking technology makes it easier for operators to monitor and regulate the movement of their fleets. FTS allows the exchange of information between commercial fleet vehicles and its dispatching centre. GPS tracking also enables employees and business assets to be safeguarded. The tracking gadgets that are currently available in the market come with other useful features which stores data and history of vehicle movements. With the assistance of FTS, the vehicle is able to remain on the routes determined by the system and the estimated package delivery time can be managed accurately.

     

    3. Old is not necessarily gold

     

    Some companies often overlook the lifespan of their fleets by reusing old vehicles. Fleet maintenance costs expand with the age of the vehicle. It is important to consider the right range of heavy-duty motor oil for older diesel engines to protect vital engine parts from long haul deliveries, stop and go in heavy traffic or when towing heavy loads. While choosing the right motor oil for fleet of variant ages operating in both high- and ultra-low sulphur environments can be difficult, Caltex Delo® 400 MGX addresses these issues. Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 has the added advantage of a single fleet oil, thereby, reducing the need for multiple diesel engine oils

     

    4. Minimise fleet size

     

    Reducing the size of your fleet lowers the cost required to own and maintain the vehicles. Fleets that have surpassed their lifecycle should be traded in for newer, more reliable ones. The new generation of light-, medium- and heavy-duty trucks generally have longer-lasting engines and are more fuel-efficient as most of them adhere to the Euro 3 emission standard, which makes the engines cleaner than Euro 1 and 2.

     

    5. The right products for total engine protection

     

    Fleet owners are constantly on the lookout for fuel products which will benefit their assets and business in the long run. When selecting the most suitable motor oils, such a decision is always made taking into account how the product is able to optimise the performance of a machine and whether it meets the current emissions specifications.

     

    Lubrication for commercial vehicles is very important as they affect the functions of the engine, gearbox and axles. With the needs of commercial industry players as well as stricter emissions legislations in mind, Chevron developed and recently introduced the latest Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 premium diesel engine oil, specially formulated with the ISOSYN® Technology.

     

    The new Caltex Delo® 400 MGX SAE 15W-40 delivers excellent soot dispersancy and provides greater wear protection and sludge control, as the ISOSYN® Technology combines premium base oils with high performance additives, therefore guarding a vehicle against loss of engine life and reducing fuel consumption.

     

    Furthermore, the latest addition to the Delo® product range was specifically developed to meet current emissions and OEM (original equipment manufacturer) requirements as well as performance specifications of the market. What this also means for fleet operators is that by utilising Delo® with ISOSYN®, their vehicles’ service protection is extended and the durability of the engines are maximised, thus, reducing operating costs.


  • The Epic Split by Van Damme for Volvo Trucks Vs Replica Epic Split

    The Original Epic Split by Van Damme for Volvo Trucks. This video is amazing and stunning! This advert video is so popular and now with 47 millions viewers in YouTube so far.

     

     

    However, I found this hilarious video in YouTube recreated by Jenko performing the same Epic Split, but the concept is just so wrong…

     


  • GM cuts 13% off the retail price of Volt. Next, Nissan Leaf?

    GM cuts 13% off the retail price of Volt. When will Nissan cut the price for Leaf?

    GM cuts 13% off the retail price of Volt. When will Nissan cut the price for Leaf?


  • 2014 Mazda3 Sedan and Hatchback Full Photo Gallery

    The 3rd generation Mazda3 was recently unveiled and the car incorporates the dynamic expressions of KODO design and suite of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY which delivers “jinba ittai” driving and outstanding environmental performance.

     

    2014 Mazda3

     

    Introduced for the first time with all-new Mazda3 is a new car connectivity system that broadens the scope of that driving experience. The system features a new Human Machine Interface that is designed with the highest priority placed on driving safety. A wide range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced active safety technologies aid the driver in recognizing and avoiding hazards.

     

    Check out the photo gallery below and enjoy!


  • Lexus RX 270 X Special Edition Launched in Australia

    On the 11 July 2013, Lexus Australia has launched a special edition RX 270 with a range of innovative features and upgrades. The new ‘X’ Special Edition package adds new styling and luxury enhancements to the RX 270. The RX 270 is an entry variant of the Lexus RX SUVs, which was launched in Australia last year.

     

    Lexus RX270 X Special Edition in Australia

     

    According to Lexus Australia, the upgrades represent over $7,000 in added value while keeping the retail price at $69,400*, the same as for the base grade RX 270. Styling elements include an appearance package with Sports Luxury grade front bumper, 19″ alloy wheels and limited edition ‘X’ exterior badges.

     

    The Lexus RX 270 ‘X’ Special Edition’s features includes:-

    – Heated front seats
    – Smart Key Card
    – Head Up Display (HUD)
    – Clearance and Back Sonar
    – Adaptive Front lighting System (AFS)
    – Illuminated scuff plates
    – Luggage tray for stowing items and protecting cargo area trim
    – Optional: Moonroof

     

    The RX 270 ‘X’ Special Edition is available in five exterior colours: White Pearl, Mercury Grey, Premium Silver, Starlight Black and Garnet Red, and two interior colours: Ivory and Black. The RX 270 X Special Edition will be produced in very limited numbers, with just 300 available for the Australian market.

     

    Lexus Australia chief executive Sean Hanley said the special edition took the already well specified RX 270 to the next level.

     

    “The RX 270 ‘X’ Special Edition provides buyers who are considering an entry variant premium SUV with a comprehensive range of features not typically seen at this price point,” Mr Hanley said.

     

    “In addition, the aggressive front bumper styling, premium paint options and dynamic 19-inch alloy wheels make a bold statement and give the special edition commanding road presence.”

     

    The Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for the RX 270 ‘X’ Special Edition starts from $69,400 (without moonrooof) and $72,400 (with moonroof) in Australia.


  • Shell Ferrari Lego Car Models Limited Edition in Malaysia

    Shell Malaysia introduced Lego models promotion since 8 November 2012. Those 6 car models are limited edition and collectible Ferrari models made from Lego. The 6 exclusive models are Ferrari 458 Italia, 250 GT Berlinetta, 150° Italia, Scuderia Ferrari Truck, FXX and F40. Lego minifigures set is also available to be collected. Anyway, you may already collecting it.

     

    The Lego models are capable of performing a minimum of 300 pulls, propelling a 30g vehicle a minimum of 2 metres. The “micro-propulsion” motor is powerful enough to drive each pocket sized at high speed.

     

     

    Today on 24 Nov 2012, Shell Malaysia held a special event this weekend at the Blue Concourse of Sunway Pyramid Shopping Mall to show off a life-sized Ferrari 150° Italia made from Lego bricks. According to Shell, this massive Lego model took approximately 6 months to design and built by a team of Lego experts.

     

     

    At the same time, Shell launched the additional three Lego models – Scuderia Ferrari Truck, Ferrari F40 and Ferrari FXX. It will be available in all Shell stations in Malaysia from 29 November 2012 onwards.

     

    You can purchase the Lego car model at RM12.90 each by presenting your Bonuslink card. Conversely, if you fill up RM40 worth of Shell V-Power and you can purchase up to 3 Lego car models or the Lego Minifigures set at only RM10.90 each. This promotion is valid while stocks last.


  • Ducati Superbike 1199 Panigale

    Recently, I am appealed by many sport bike especially the new Honda CBR1000RR and follow by the Ducati 1199 Panigale. At least to me, the Ducati 1199 Panigale is basically a Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4 Superleggera for a sport bike.

     

    A quick introduction, the Ducati 1199 Panigale is introduced at the 2011 EICMA. It is named after the small manufacturing town of Borgo Panigale.

     

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

     

    At the time of its release, the Ducati 1199 Panigale was the world’s most powerful production twin-cylinder engine with maximum 195hp @ 10,750 rpm and a max torque of 132Nm @ 9,000 rpm from a liquid cooled 90° 1,198 cc V-twin engine.  This bike is recommended to be running with high-octane fuel (RON97 or above) since the compression ratio is running @ 12.5:1. The engine is mated with 6-speed transmission with wet multi-plate slipper clutch and chain drive.

     

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

     

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

     

    Imagine, 195hp powering the 1x rear wheel. This bike is proven a lot faster than Porsche 911 GT2 RS on a drag race. Watch the video below!

     

     

    The 1199 Panigale only come with a dry weight of 164 kg, the 1199 has the highest power-to-weight and torque-to-weight ratios among production motorcycles.

     

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

     

    The 1199 is also one of the first production sports motorcycles to feature electronically-adjustable suspension. Rebound and compression damping is adjusted electronically while pre-load is still adjusted manually.

     

    If you realised, the 1199’s exhaust system and mufflers are underneath the engine. What other sport bike can be cooler than the Ducati 1199 Panigale, please share with us more here.

     

     

    Ducati 1199 Panigale

     

    Nett Selling Price by Next Bike Sdn Bhd in Malaysia

    PANIGALE 1199 – RM 160,888

    PANIGALE 1199 ABS – RM 168,888

    PANIGALE 1199 S ABS – RM 180,888

    PANIGALE 1199 TRICOLORE  – RM 209,999


  • New 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Unveiling Soon in Malaysia

    Based on the above photo and the marketing slogan – “The Icon Is Back”, it is obvious that Volkswagen Group Malaysia will be unveiling the all-new Volkswagen Beetle in Malaysia soon.

     

    I am unsure whether the new Beetle in Malaysia will receives 1.2 TSI, 1.4 TSI or 2.0 TSI. However, I believe the 1.4 TSI should be in the list.


  • Honda Malaysia Introduces the Jazz S

    Honda Malaysia Sdn Bhd today introduced the Honda Jazz S variant. The practical and stylish Jazz S maintains the essential features of the popular 5-door compact hatchback.

     

    The Jazz S is a Completely Build-Up (CBU) unit from Thailand. With the original concept of “Man Maximum, Machine Minimum”, the Jazz S continues the legacy of maximizing the space available for humans and minimizing the space occupied by mechanical components. This is aimed at creating an ideal compact car that combines spaciousness, utility, fuel efficiency, refinement, comfort and safety all into one attractive package.

     

     

     

    Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno said, “We are pleased to offer the S variant of the Honda Jazz to Malaysians. The Jazz has always been well received in Malaysia and we are delighted to introduce another version of the stylish compact car to Malaysians. We believe the Jazz S will appeal to young professionals who are interested in a compact yet practical vehicle that caters to their fun driving and active lifestyle. It is also targeted at young urban families who demand a spacious interior for their daily lifestyle needs.”

     

    Exterior wise, the Jazz S comes with a 15” alloy wheel and a new dynamic front and rear bumper with 3-tier tail lights. The black mesh grille maintains the stylishness while the fog lights ensure better visibility during misty conditions. The Jazz S is also equipped with front and rear mudguards for additional protection.

     

    The Jazz S is powered by the 1.5L i-VTEC engine, Honda’s signature technology. The 5-speed Auto Transmission combines with the signature i-VTEC engine to offer excellent drivability, performance and fuel efficiency. The Drive-By-Wire (DBW) technology controls the engine with the 5-speed automatic transmission to give smoother shifting and reliable acceleration and linear driving performance at regular speed range.

     

    The Jazz S retains the key features of the Jazz such as the Ultra Seat and a large boot space that emphasizes great practicality and space. The ever-dynamic Ultra Seats, which is now in blue-black, can be folded in one swift action. It can be transformed, flipped and adjusted easily to different modes for different purposes. Additionally, the unique central fuel tank layout, which is located underneath the rear seats, creates a larger legroom for both front and rear seat passengers.

     

    The Jazz S is not only geared to deliver exciting performance, but also capable of keeping its driver and passengers safe while minimising harm to pedestrians outside. The G-force Control Technology (G-CON) helps to disperse crash impact. Its Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) controls unexpected situation and stabilises the vehicle. Additionally, the Dual SRS Airbags, 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) safety belts, Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electrical Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are featured in the Jazz S.

     

    The Jazz S is available in Brilliant White Pearl, Polished Metal Metallic and Crystal Black Pearl. It is now available in all Honda Malaysia showrooms. Honda Malaysia targets to sell 210 units by the end of this year. The practical, stylish and compact Jazz S comes with an affordable on-the-road price tag of RM 99,800.00.


  • ETCM Introduced First 4 Nissan Leaf Ambassadors

    Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) is pleased to introduce the first 4 Nissan LEAF ambassadors –Daniel Yap, Jason Goh, Yoong Huey Yee and Rizman Harith Merican for its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program, the first program in Malaysia which involves a Nissan electric vehicle (EV).

     

    The ambassadors will be the first few to use the EV in their daily lives for up to 6 weeks. They will share their daily experience with friends and the public via different mediums such as video clips, write-ups as well as to provide valuable feedback to ETCM on the performance of LEAF in local conditions.

     

     

    ETCM’s executive director, Dato’ Dr. Ang Bon Beng commented, “We have received tremendous response for the ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ program. Selecting the first 4 ambassadors proved to be a much more difficult task than we initially thought; simply because of the many high quality submissions that we have received!”

     

    The LEAF ambassador application is still open and the previous applicants still stand a chance to be selected. ETCM would like to have as many Malaysians experience the LEAF in real life situations to create a better understanding of the EVs.

     

    “Do not be discouraged if your application was not selected in the first phase.  This program is ongoing and do submit your application fast as you may be the next ambassador!” added Dato’ Dr. Ang.

     

    ETCM is proud to introduce the LEAF in Malaysia in its ‘Journey To Zero Emission’ to support the government’s green direction, and also Nissan’s commitment to be the global leader in zero emission mobility.

     

    ETCM invites all to see, feel and explore the world’s first mass-produced 100% EV, Nissan LEAF at the following venues:-

     

    July 11 to 16 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    July 26 to 29 – Queensbay Mall, Penang

    August 3 to 5 – Mahkota Parade, Malacca

    August 10 to 12 – Sunway Pyramid, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    September 12 to 16 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    October 5 to 7 – Alor Setar Mall, Alor Setar, Kedah

    November 7 to 11 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor

    November 23 to 25 – East Coast Mall, Kuantan, Pahang

    December 26 to January 1 – 1 Utama Shopping Center, Petaling Jaya, Selangor


  • New 2013 Honda Civic 1.8, 2.0, 2.0 Navi and 1.5 Hybrid Price in Malaysia

    Wait no more, here goes the price list for the all-new 2013 Honda Civic 1.8, 2.0, 2.0 Navi and 1.5 Hybrid IMA in Peninsular Malaysia.

     

    The 1.8, 2.0 and 2.0 Navi are Made in Malaysia, while the 1.5 Hybrid IMA is fully imported from Japan.

     


  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz A-Class (A45) AMG Spy Shot

     

    After the world premiere of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class at Geneva Motor Show 2012, the new A-Class is set to be on its way to European dealers in September 2012. To further pitching the market of new Audi A3, BMW 1-series and Volkswagen Golf GTI. It is confirmed that Mercedes-Benz will be introducing the A-Class with AMG variant.

     

    According to speculation, Mercedes-Benz is going to make the A45 AMG with combination of powerful turbo engine, all-wheel drive system, and a more luxury finishing. Likely, this model will be marketed as the cheapest AMG you could get your hands on.

     

    Below are the photo send by virtuel-car based on their visual illustration (modified from photo of the standard new A-Class model) from the spy shot.