The paultan.org Premium Auto Car Expo (PACE) is happening this weekend, March 19-20, at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). Awaiting you are the best deals for new and pre-owned cars, exclusive perks for purchasers, and great prizes up for grabs.

You’ve heard it many times before, but this really is the best time to purchase a car, if that’s already in your plans, because the current sales tax exemption that we’re enjoying – 50% for CBU imports and 100% for CKD locally assembled cars – will end on June 30. Don’t bet on another last minute extension, because there have been many rounds already. Also, buying now will get you a new ride in time for Hari Raya.

Participating brands include Mercedes-Benz (represented by Hap Seng Star), BMW and MINI (represented by Auto Bavaria), Volkswagen, Volvo, Jaguar, Land Rover, Ford and Hyundai. Cool motorcycles from BMW Motorrad and Harley-Davidson will be joining the party, too.

In this post, we’re focusing on Volkswagen and the one and only Golf GTI. It sounds cliched but it’s true – this pioneering hot hatch needs no introduction because, well, if there was no Golf GTI, there would be no hot hatchbacks today. Now in its eight generation, the hot Golf once again matches quality, practicality and performance like no other. Now served with plenty of tech, too.

There’s nothing familiar about the Mk8 Golf’s cockpit. Beside the 10.25-inch digital instrument panel is a 10-inch Discover Media touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The only knob you’ll find is for the wing mirrors; even the “gear knob” is nothing more than a tiny protrusion on the sloping centre console.

GTI-specific kit include leather sport seats (automatic with lumbar and memory for the driver), special GTI red gauges, red trim and GTI logo on the steering wheel (with shift paddles), red piping and stitching on the grey-black seats and honeycomb trim on the dashboard. Outside, you get the trademark red strip on the grille and a honeycomb mesh for the lower grille, twin exhaust pipes and 18-inch Richmond alloys.

Performance wise, the 2.0 TSI engine serves up 245 PS and 370 Nm of torque from 1,600 to 4,300 rpm. That’s an increase of 15 PS/20 Nm from the Mk7.5 GTI, and on par with the Performance Pack version of that car. Paired to a seven-speed DSG (wet) dual-clutch transmission, 0-100 km/h happens in a brisk 6.4 seconds and top speed is 250 km/h.

For the first time, the Golf GTI is CKD locally assembled in Malaysia, which means that the price is an attractive RM212,711. Purchasing at PACE will net you bonus goodies and savings. All new car bookings will come with RM2,500 worth of vouchers from our partners. This includes a RM500 voucher for auto coating and paint protection film (Kuzig Glanz), a RM500 voucher for auto window film and auto coating (V-Kool), a RM500 voucher for air purification solutions (Blueair), a RM500 voucher for child car seats (Recaro Kids) and a RM500 voucher for lifestyle products from Ogawa.

Participating brands will also have in store a fleet of quality pre-owned cars, and buyers will receive RM1,000 worth of vouchers from PACE, consisting of two random RM500 vouchers from either Kuzig Glanz, V-Kool, Blueair or Recaro Kids.

On top of the deals from the brands and the guaranteed vouchers, PACE 2022 buyers will be in the running to win 10 units of smartphones worth RM3,500 each. Even better, there’s a grand prize of a holiday package worth RM25,000 for one lucky customer and his/her partner. Full details here.

SST exemption, great deals from the brands, guaranteed vouchers from PACE, lucky draws – there’s no better time to purchase a car. Just around the corner now – PACE 2022 is happening at SCCC this weekend, March 19-20, see you there!

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