We’re just one day into 2017, and we have our first Malaysian automotive news announcement. New Nissan and Infiniti models now get a seven-year, unlimited mileage warranty for the new year, replacing the three-year, 100,000 km coverage offered previously.

Announced to coincide with the Tan Chong Group’s 60th anniversary, the two brands now offer the longest warranty period available in Malaysia. Nissan now leapfrogs Toyota and Honda (five-year, unlimited mileage warranty), while in the premium segment, Infiniti boasts class-leading coverage too, overtaking Lexus and BMW (also with five-year, unlimited mileage warranty).

The new seven-year warranty for both brands is fully undertaken by the Tan Chong Group (though technically the first three years is covered under the manufacturer’s warranty), and is transferable to subsequent owners within the coverage period. This differs from Hyundai’s eight-year powertrain (engine and gearbox) warranty offered on the Sonata, which is only applicable for first hand owners.

In closer detail, the first five years of the warranty is identical to a standard manufacturer’s warranty in terms of scope of coverage, while the sixth and seventh year warrants the engine, transmission and selected parts coverage. Basically, this is more of a 5+2 package, with major mechanical parts covered over the last two years.

The new warranty package covers all Nissan and Infiniti models (Year of Make 2017 onwards), with a few exceptions. The Nissan Navara and NV350 Urvan are capped at five years or 150,000 km, or back to the previous three-year, 100,000 km warranty for commercial registrations. The Nissan Leaf, Sylphy and vehicles intended for public transport, taxi, rental car and goods carriers also retain the three-year, 100,000 km warranty plan.

Existing Nissan and Infiniti owners, don’t fret, as an extended warranty programme will be announced and detailed soon. This will only apply to owners of in-warranty vehicles (still within the first three years or 100,000 km, and fully serviced at authorised service centres only). Stay tuned to paultan.org to find out the exact terms and prices (if any).