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  • 2021 Hyundai Kona 1.6 Turbo and N Line launched in Malaysia – 198 PS, 265 Nm, 7DCT, from RM146,888

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has officially launched the 2021 Hyundai Kona 1.6 Turbo, as well as the Kona N Line with the same turbo engine. The Kona 1.6 Turbo is priced at RM146,888, while the sporty N Line tops the range at RM156,888, on-the-road with sales tax exemption (50% for CBU imports), without insurance.

    The most powerful B-segmemt SUV in Malaysia is powered by Hyundai’s Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi turbocharged engine with 198 PS and 265 Nm of torque at 1,600 to 4,500 rpm. Power goes to the front wheels via a Smartsteam 7DCT seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

    Compared to the previous 1.6T engine, the Smartstream G1.6 gets Continuous Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) and makes 21 PS more. 0-100 km/h is close to hot hatch territory at 7.7 seconds, two tenths quicker than the old Kona Turbo. The Kona facelift was launched here in April with a 2.0 litre MPI engine with 149 PS and 180 Nm at 4,500 rpm, so the Turbo is a big upgrade in the power department.

    The facelifted Kona comes in two distinct faces, with one reserved for the N Line. The regular face is a heavy rework with a slimmer and wider grille taking centre-stage, and the Hyundai logo now sitting on the bodywork above the grille (previously in the middle of the face). The letterbox vent above the grille is no more.

    The SUV-style black plastic body cladding is connected from the bumpers to the wheelarches, and there are silver elements in the front and rear bumpers. This is the look of the 2.0 Active and 1.6 Turbo, but the latter gains a roof rack and two-tone body colour.

    Of the two facelift looks, the Kona N Line’s face is more similar to the original, with the logo in the grille and a vent above the grille, although it’s now split into three. Below, you’ll find an N-style aerodynamic lip with low-lying corner fins plus larger and “more technical” air intake features.

    The N Line does away with the new full-width black cladding, or any cladding for that matter – it’s all body colour here. No skid plate-mimicking trim too – the rear end sports a diffuser and twin pipes on one side. The one big pipe on each side layout is reserved for the full cream 280 PS/392 Nm Kona N.

    Like the 2.0 Active, both the 1.6T and N Line come with 18-inch alloys, but the sportier version gets a dedicated rim design. The new variants can be had in five colours – Surfy Blue, Dive in Jeju, Ignite Flame, Pulse Red and Misty Jungle – all with a black roof (A pillars and wing mirror caps are also in black) for the two-tone look.

    Inside, both variants get a 10.25-inch digital cluster in addition to the 8.0-inch head unit with Bluetooth and wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, electric parking brake, new ambient light tech (illuminates the centre cupholders and footwell) and aluminium rings around the speakers and air vents.

    The N Line cabin features black leather combined with suede, ventilated and heated front seats, red stitching, metal pedals and N logos on the gear lever, steering wheel and seats. Speaking of interior themes, HSDM is offering an alternative to the dark interior for the non-N Line 1.6 Turbo, which can be had with light beige interior trim.

    The new Kona variants come with Hyundai’s Smartsense active safety and driving assistance tech. The pack includes Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist (BCA) with Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), and Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go that keeps the SCC running even when the vehicle comes to a complete stop.

    Other features are Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA), Driver Attention Warning (DAW) with Leading Vehicle Departure Alert (LVDA), Rear Occupant Alert (ROA), Safe Exit Warning (SEW) and High Beam Assist (HBA). All these are also on the 2.0 Active, but SCC, or adaptive cruise control, is exclusive to turbo variants.

    With the two new variants, the CBU Kona range consists of the base 2.0 at RM119,888, the 2.0 Active at RM136,888, the 1.6 Turbo at RM146,888 (RM10k extra) and the N Line at RM156,888 (another RM10k extra). As usual for HSDM, the Kona comes with a five-year or 300,000 km warranty and a three-year or 50,000 km free maintenance package.

    So, what do you think of the new Kona variants? If you’re thinking RM157k is a bit steep for a small SUV, how about seeing it this way – what other 200 hp new car can you find for the money today? More on the 2.0L NA variants here.

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  • Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors extends mid-year service campaign to August 31 – up to 25% discount on parts

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has announced an extension to its mid-year service campaign to August 31, to cater to customers who were previously locked down under the enhanced movement control order (EMCO). The campaign was originally set to end on July 31.

    “Some of our customers have missed out on the campaign privileges due to the lockdown as they could not travel beyond 10 km from where they live, and could not send in their car for service. Therefore, we are extending the campaign period so that more can benefit from it,” said Low Yuan Lung, MD of HSDM.

    To recap, HSDM’s mid-year service campaign offers a discount of 15% on selected parts and 10% on labour charges. Hyundai Loyalty Card holders get even more – 25% discount on selected parts and 15% on labour charges. Parts that are on the discounted list include gaskets, oil filters, air filters and spark plugs, among other things.

    The Hyundai Loyalty Card is automatically given to all new customers, but existing owners can apply for free. Privileges include exclusive monthly promotions, such as a 20% discount on Klima Fresh and BlueChem products. Members can expect more privileges in the future, such as birthday month discounts on after-sales service, discounts on Hyundai merchandise and a higher trade-in value when they purchase a new Hyundai.

  • Hyundai-Sime Darby announces extended warranty programme for older Elantra, Sonata, Tucson, Santa Fe

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has launched an Extended Warranty Programme for selected older models. Those include the Elantra MD, Elantra AD, Sonata LF, Tucson LM, Tucson TL, Santa Fe DM, and Starex.

    The catch is, the vehicles have to be no older than eight years from the date of manufacture, and the total travelled mileage has to be under 300,000 km on the fifth year from the car’s purchased date. HSDM said the extended warranty period will function just like a new car’s warranty programme, but subject to yearly renewal and only covers mileage of no more than 30,000 km a year.

    The cost for this is RM1,280 annually, which covers primary components of the engine, transmission, motoring, modular parts of the vehicle, plus other electrical components. It also includes complimentary repairs and parts replacement that are under warranty.

    Note that the coverage limit per claim is set at RM10,000, though any components that have been claimed beforehand can be claimed once again (total claimable aggregate of RM50,000) should they be proven faulty.

    All vehicles registered under this extension programme must have a good service record with authorised Hyundai service centres. Owners are also required to send their vehicles for a routine service based on HSDM’s recommended service schedule. Needless to say, the warranty will be voided if you service your vehicle at a third party workshop.

    Currently, this programme is only available at all Sime Darby Auto Hyundai branches, but will soon be rolled out to other authorised Hyundai service centres nationwide. You may contact Hyundai at 1300-13-2000 for more info.

  • 2021 Hyundai Kona N Line teased once more by HSDM

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has once again teased the Kona N Line on its Facebook page, indicating that a local launch is not too far away. The company first teased the sporty B-segment crossover last month, during the virtual launch of the facelifted Kona.

    The new range topper will be dressed in a more aggressive suit, featuring a unique front fascia with larger intakes, a silver front splitter, some fins, as well as triple fake inlets above the grille. There’s the customary N badging around the car, and there’s also model-specific side skirts, large integrated rear diffuser, dual exhaust exits, and turbine-style 18-inch wheels.

    Inside, it will get red seat stitching, metal foot pedals, an upright gearknob with red striping and N logos on the steering wheel, gearknob and seats. Black cloth, leather and suede upholstery options are available, although it’s still unclear which one we’ll get.

    What’s also uncertain is the powertrain offering, though we can expect the N Line to get the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi petrol engine that makes 198 PS at 6,000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque that peaks from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is the sole gearbox option, sending drive to the front wheels and would propel it from standstill to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds.

    In terms of pricing, the N Line is likely command a slight premium over the standard models. It should also be more expensive than the previous 1.6 Turbo variant which retailed at RM151,888. Expect the car to come with some additional kit to justify the higher price. Anyone excited for this?

  • Sime Darby Auto Connexion named as 2020/21 Jaguar Land Rover Retailer of the Year for Asia-Pacific region

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia emerged tops in the recent 2020/21 Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Awards for the Asia-Pacific region by bagging the Retailer of the Year title, with Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC) being declared the overall winner this year. In securing the win, SDAC obtained the highest points in two out of three categories.

    Every year, top retailers in the world are recognised by JLR for their performance and customer service. This year’s retailer challenge, which ran from April 1, 2020 to March 30 this year, acknowledged the synergy between namely Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia, Sisma Auto dealerships and Sime Darby Auto Connexion in bagging the regional award. Sisma Auto dealerships were named as the runner-up in the awards.

    “Sime Darby Motors has always been committed to pursuing excellence in providing world-class services to our customers. I’m extremely proud of the team at Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia. Their hard work, dedication and passion have certainly made an impact in the automobile retail business,” said Jeffrey Gan, SDM’s MD of retail and disribution in the country.

    The Jaguar Land Rover Retailer of the Year award measures all aspects of each outlet’s performance, including marketing, sales and customer service, staff training and retailer presentation to ensure that it stands out from other retailers. Each category has nine to 12 different criteria, and the award is considered the most prestigious of its kind in the industry, given its regional standing.

    This is the second time SDAC has been named as winners of the regional award – the company was also named as Retailer of the Year in 2016/17.

  • Sime Darby is ready to introduce more EVs when market conditions are right, says company CFO

    Sime Darby is ready to bring in more electric vehicles (EVs) provided the market conditions support such a move, The Edge reported recently. During a panel discussion at the Malaysian Institute of Accounts’s International Accountants Conference, company CFO Mustamir Mohamad said the rate of EV adoption depends on factors such as government regulations, incentives and the readiness of necessary infrastructure.

    “We are fortunate because our businesses span 18 countries, which gives us the opportunity to see how the EV trend develops in accelerated markets such as (mainland) China, Hong Kong and Singapore and to bring forth some of these learnings to our other markets such as ASEAN,” said Mustamir.

    Sime Darby Motors, which is the company’s automotive subsidiary, currently offers a handful of EVs through the various brands it represents. From MINI, there’s the Cooper SE, while the Porsche Taycan has been on sale here since September last year. Other brands in the company’s portfolio like BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Hyundai and Volvo already have their own EV models, but they aren’t available here yet.

    Mustamir said the company is therefore in a good position to introduce more EVs when the market is more conducive and receptive, including getting more people to be more mindful of the environment and to make the switch to EVs.

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    A greener mindset should be backed by policies to accelerate EV take-up, although it remains to be seen what the government has planned. In a previous report, Malaysia Automotive, Robotics and IoT Institute (MARii) CEO Datuk Madani Sahari said a “handsome level” of tax incentives is being readied to benefit both customers and industry players, adding that users would also enjoy direct incentives such as lower road tax, a green parking scheme, toll rebates as well as infrastructure rebates.

    During the panel discussion, Mustamir also revealed that Sime Darby is preparing to launch the BMW iX in China. The all-electric crossover, along with the i4, have already appeared on the BMW Malaysia website, although there are no details on a launch for now.

    Mustamir stated that there have been a lot of progress with regard to EV rollouts regionally, and Malaysia doing its fair share as well. “Over the next five years for example, there will be a lot of development when it comes to EV and the government needs to help us out in terms of incentives and infrastructure,” he said.

  • Sime Darby Motors and SpareXHub announce 10-day clearance sale of Ford, Hyundai spares, up to 90% off

    Sime Darby Motors (SDM) and its e-commerce partner SpareXHub has announced a 10-day long clearance sale with discounts of up to 90% on selected genuine new old stock (NOS) Ford and Hyundai spare parts. The sale, which runs from June 1 to 10, will be conducted online via SpareXHub’s website.

    According to Alan Scott Gascoyne, SDM’s head of aftersales, Malaysia retail & distribution, buyers will be able to gain access to over 3,000 Hyundai and 4,000 Ford genuine NOS spare parts, ranging from service items such as filters and sensors to body parts such as bumpers and windscreens.

    “The digital platform initiative with SpareXHub helps us meet the needs of online customers and aftermarket players to purchase selected genuine NOS spare parts. It will allow our customers to continue to maintain their vehicles with the manufacturer’s recommended genuine spare parts even after the warranty period has expired. Additionally, customers can continue to enjoy the performance, comfort and safety aspects of their vehicle without compromise due to parts pricing,” said Jeffrey Gan, MD of SDM’s retail and distribution arm.

    For more information on specific product and pricing of these genuine Ford and Hyundai NOS spare parts, visit SpareXHub’s website or the company’s Facebook page.

  • Hyundai Kona N Line teased, coming to Malaysia soon

    During the virtual launch of the facelifted Hyundai Kona last month, Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) teased the sportier N Line version of the B-segment SUV. The company has now re-released the video on its Facebook page and confirmed that the car is coming to Malaysia soon.

    As before, the company has offered up no details of the N Line, but we do know it will sit at the top of the Kona lineup, currently composed of the 2.0 and 2.0 Active variants. For the uninitiated, N Line is to Hyundai what M Sport is to BMW, so it’s more of an appearance package rather than a full-fledged N model (which HSDM has already said isn’t coming to Malaysia).

    Changes over the standard Kona include a new, more aggressive front fascia with larger air intakes, a silver front splitter and bumper corner fins, plus triple fake inlets above the grille. The grille itself features Y-shaped inserts reminiscent of recent N models, while the intakes get a unique honeycomb mesh.

    The N Line also gets sharper side skirts and a revised rear bumper with a large diffuser-like insert, dual visible exhaust pipes, fake corner vents and fins that are said to improve airflow detachment. The body mouldings around the car have been painted in body colour for a cleaner look. Rounding off the exterior changes are the unique turbine-style 18-inch two-tone alloy wheels.

    Inside, the N Line is differentiated from the standard car through red seat stitching, metal pedals, an upright gearknob with red striping and N logos on the steering wheel, gearknob and seats. Black cloth, leather and suede upholstery options are available, although it’s still unclear which one we’ll get.

    No mechanical revisions here, but the N Line should get the range-topping 1.6 litre turbocharged and direct-injected petrol engine to differentiate it from the 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated models. For the facelift, the revised mill, now called the Smartstream G1.6 T-GDi, gets a new Continuous Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) system and a significant boost in power.

    How big a boost? You’re looking at an extra 21 PS, bringing the final figure to a hot hatch-rivalling 198 PS at 6,000 rpm. Peak torque holds steady at 265 Nm, made from 1,800 to 4,500 rpm – which is why the Kona gets to 100 km/h in exactly the same time as before (7.7 seconds) despite the extra power. A seven-speed dual-clutch transmission remains the sole gearbox option for this engine.

    In terms of pricing, the N Line is likely command a slight premium over the standard models, including the previous 1.6 Turbo variant which retailed at RM151,888. Expect the car to come with some additional kit to justify the higher price – a larger infotainment touchscreen and adaptive cruise control, perhaps?

  • Auto Bavaria launches its first-ever Service Fast Lane centre in Penang – dedicated to BMW and MINI models

    Auto Bavaria Penang has launched its first-ever Service Fast Lane centre in Malaysia, which will complement the aftersales services provided by its main facility in the island state. The dedicated maintenance service and repair facility caters to BMW and MINI vehicles, and aims to get customers back on the road as quickly as possible.

    Located along Jalan Sungai Pinang, the Service Fast Lane centre has a built-up area of 30,000 square feet and comes equipped with a premium customer lounge, six service bays and two RATC (reception at the car) bays. The centre specialises in quick service and repairs with emphasis on regular vehicle maintenance, wear and tear repairs, tyre replacement, cosmetic repairs and more.

    “Our Service Fast Lane centre is designed to fit customers’ routine with minimal interruption. Service appointment scheduling is also flexible, allowing customers to bring in their cars at a time most convenient to them. With Service Fast Lane, service and repairs are done in a fraction of the time while customers sip their coffee and relax at our lounge,” said Vi Thim Juan, managing director of Auto Bavaria.

    Customers who send their cars in will first be briefed on the cost of service or repair as well as the duration needed to complete the service. This is to ensure transparency, with itemised cost estimates provided before any work takes place to ensure customers make informed decisions about the maintenance of their vehicles.

    To celebrate the launch of the new centre, customers who send in their BMW or MINI models for service at the Service Fast Lane centre within the month of May, 2021 will be offered a complimentary 72-point check inspection.

    The centre operates six days a week between 8am and 5pm from Monday to Friday, and 8am to 12.30pm on Saturday, with the exception of Sundays and public holidays.

  • Sime Darby Auto Selection introduces new extended warranty programme for its pre-owned vehicles

    Sime Darby Auto Selection (SDAS), in collaboration with Guard My Ride (GMR) and RHB Insurance, has introduced an extended warranty programme for its pre-owned cars. Vehicles with a mileage of under 140,000 km and are less than eight years old are eligible for the programme, which is available to customers who purchase pre-owned vehicles from SDAS.

    The new programme offers comprehensive warranty coverage as well as repair and service for a number of components, which are:

  • Engine system
  • Rear/front axle
  • Electronic system
  • Transmission oil leaks
  • Steering system
  • Turbo system
  • Braking system
  • Air conditioning system
  • Cooling system
  • Ignition system
  • Fuel system
  • Transmission system
  • The extended warranty programme, which is priced between RM2,200 and RM6,900 per year depending on the vehicle age and type, also offers complimentary towing service to nationwide panel workshops for repair and servicing as well as insurance coverage and insurance underwriting.

    The collaboration will see GMR being the service provider for all the extended warranty claims, towing service and repair work, while RHB insurance is the motor insurance and insurance underwriter provider. The programme can be purchased from SDAS Glenmarie; for more info, visit the SDAS website.


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Last Updated 29 Jul 2021