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  • 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.

  • Sime Darby Motors City launched – largest automotive complex in Southeast Asia representing 10 brands

    Sime Darby Motors today officially launched its new automotive hub, Sime Darby Motors City, which is located in the town ship of Ara Damansara. The facility is touted as the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia and spans across 8.6 acres with an overall built-up area of 1.3 million square feet over eight levels.

    Within the sprawling site are ten flagships brands that the company represents, including BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad (Auto Bavaria); Ford, Jaguar and Land Rover (Auto Connexion); Hyundai (Auto Hyundai); Porsche (Auto Performance); Volvo (Swedish Auto); as well as the pre-owned division (Auto Selection).

    These brands are house within six centres that incorporate their latest corporate identities, with enough display area for 180 vehicles, 200 service bays and almost 700 customers parking bays. There’s also an indoor facility capable of housing close to 100 vehicles under the Auto Selection division.

    “As one of the key players in the automotive industry, Sime Darby Motors has always been committed to pursuing excellence as we strive to provide world-class services to our customers. The launch of Sime Darby Motors City is a testament to this steadfast commitment,” said Andrew Basham, managing director of Sime Darby Motors.

    To provide world-class aftersales service, the facility is supported by 60 Auto Bavaria specialists for BMW, MINI and BMW Motorrad, along with over 110 certified technicians, all holding the highest level of certification by the principal brands.

    This includes including the Zertifizierter Porsche Techniker Gold Certification that is streamlined for Porsche technicians worldwide, while other brands like Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar and Land Rover also have certifications with the highest being trained as master technicians.

    To further enhance the ownership experience and improve efficiency, the facility also deploys Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with the main highlight being the vehicle tracking management system that utilises a camera-based parking guide and customisable signages.

    By using automated number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras, a customer’s appointment data can be accessed upon entry at the gate, ensuring a service advisor is always alerted and ready to serve. The seamless experience is backed by a contactless self-check-in system via a QR code system, which is a safer procedure given the current state of the world.

    With these systems not only ensures a higher level of guidance, security and convenience for the customer, but also allows for quicker collection of vehicles upon completion of service. The vehicle tracking is all done in real-time and extends to the service bays as well, ensuring progress can be properly tracked.

    Sime Darby Motors City also worked with Socar, with designated bays for the car-sharing network’s vehicles, making it ideal for customers who want to continue to remain mobile after dropping off their vehicles.

    Sales representatives are also part of this digital ecosystem, making it easier for customers who need to get in touch or to access necessary application forms to minimise waiting time. Should they need to trade in their vehicles for a new one, the company also collaborated with myTukar.

    The facility was also designed to be future-ready when it comes to electric vehicles, with specialised technicians and bays to handle such vehicles. For Porsche in particular, there’s also a DC fast charger capable of delivering a maximum of 175 kW of power, which has been operational since September 2020. In addition, the entire complex is Green Building Index (GBI) certified and incorporates technologies meant to reduce the usage of paper.

    All these initiatives and investments worth RM570 million are not only impressive to the eye, but reflects Sime Darby Motors’ commitment to its existing brand partners as well as other potential brands. “We are excited to continue exploring new automotive business solutions and potential opportunities with our partners. Through Sime Darby Motors City, we are committed to playing an integral role in accelerating the growth of the regional automotive sector while contributing to the Malaysian economy,” Basham said.

    To commemorate the launch of Sime Darby Motors City, a “Grand Launch Weekend” is set to take place across all six flagship centres from April 16-18, 2021. Given the current SOPs in place, interested customers are advised to make an appointment beforehand and adhere to physical distancing.

    “Sime Darby Motors City is truly a one-stop hub for customers shopping for their next vehicle. An enhanced customer experience awaits them with our digitalised, highly certified technicians, luxurious lounges and ample covered parking spaces. Customers who visit us this weekend can also take advantage of the many attractive deals available and capitalise on the government’s vehicle sales tax exemption which will last until June 2021,” said Jeffrey Gan, managing director, retail and distribution for Malaysia, Sime Darby Motors.

    You can find Sime Darby Motors City at No.6, Jalan PJU 1A/7, Ara Damansara, 47301 Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

  • 992 Porsche 911 Turbo S launched in Malaysia: 650 PS, 800 Nm, 0-100 km/h in 2.7 seconds, from RM2.2 million

    Fresh from launching the base rear-wheel drive Taycan earlier in the year, Porsche distributor Sime Darby Auto Performance (SDAP) is now turning to petrol power by introducing the most powerful of 992s. That’s right, the new Porsche 911 Turbo S has just been launched in Malaysia, topping the “standard” (read: non-GT) 992 range.

    For the crème de la crème, you’ll have to fork out the cash, as it starts from RM2,235,463, excluding on-the-road costs but including the 50% rebate of the sales and services tax (SST), valid until June 30. This, of course, doesn’t include any options, so the price will climb if you want to spec your car to your liking. The Turbo S comes with a four-year factory warranty.

    At the heart of this rear-engined sports car is a comprehensively upgraded 3.8 litre flat-six, featuring larger twin variable-geometry turbochargers, electronic wastegates and piezo injectors which are said to have improved the mill’s responsiveness and reduced its emissions.

    The intake system has also been revised, as it now draws some of its air from the characteristic side air intakes (previously used to cool the intercoolers) in addition to the rear grille, improving the engine’s efficiency. To make room for the new induction routing, the intercoolers themselves are now positioned at the back (instead of being on either side of the bumper) and are cooled by the airflow coming through the grille.

    The result of all this reengineering is 650 PS at 6,750 rpm and 800 Nm from 2,500 to 4,000 rpm, increases of 70 PS and 50 Nm respectively. Equipped solely with an eight-speed PDK dual-clutch transmission and the usual all-wheel drive system, the Turbo S will sprint from zero to 100 km/h in just 2.7 seconds (down from 2.9) on its way to a top speed of 330 km/h. The jump in performance is particularly noticeable at higher speeds, with the new car getting to 200 km/h a full second quicker at 8.9 seconds.

    Moving to the 992 body means that the Turbo S is much wider than before – especially at the front, where the body is 45 mm wider (1,840 mm) to clear the 42 mm wider front track. The rear end now measures 1,900 mm across (up by 20 mm) to house the 10 mm wider rear track and the wheels that are now an inch larger at the rear (21 inches in diameter, wrapped in 315/30-section tyres) than at the front (20-inch wheels, 255/35 tyres).

    Aside from being physically wider, the Turbo S also benefits from an upgraded chassis, featuring the latest-generation Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM). The adaptive dampers now respond faster and more precisely, improving road holding, steering behaviour, roll stability and cornering speeds.

    Further aiding the car’s handling is the new PASM sport chassis option, which lowers the ride height by 20 mm. The enhanced Porsche Traction Management (PTM) all-wheel drive system can also now send up to 500 Nm of torque to the front wheels, which is “significantly” higher than before.

    To cement its positioning at the top of the 992 food chain, the Turbo S sports wider front air intakes (now with active shutters) and an extendable front splitter, plus an active rear wing that is larger, delivers 15% more downforce than before and now functions as an airbrake.

    In the new Eco mode, the spoiler remains retracted at higher speeds to reduce drag, while the Wet mode extends the wing (without tilting it) and retracts the front lip to shift the aerodynamic balance rearward, improving stability in the wet. The diffuser houses rectangular quad tailpipes that are specific to the Turbo, although you can now get a sports exhaust system with active valves and larger oval exits.

    Inside, you get a full leather interior, carbon fibre trim and Light Silver accents as standard, along with 18-way power-adjustable sports seats with stitching that pays homage to the first 911 Turbo, the 930. Model-specific graphics and instrument cluster logos complete the look.

    Standard kit includes matrix LED headlights, a 10.9-inch centre touchscreen for the Porsche Communication Management (PCM) infotainment system, a GT sports steering wheel, the Sport Chrono package with the new Porsche Track Precision app and a Bose sound system.

  • Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors introduces i-Care Plus service programme, loyalty card for monthly rewards

    Hyundai-Sime Darby Motors (HSDM) has launched two new after-sales loyalty programmes – i-Care Plus and a loyalty card that offers discounts and freebies to Hyundai customers.

    The i-Care Plus programme is for Hyundai vehicles that are four years old or older. Customers can sign up at any Hyundai service centre for RM20, and they will get six discount vouchers that offer a 10% discount on selected parts, and a 5% discount on labour charges, in addition to two free bottles of engine oil and an oil filter. Available for a limited time, the i-Care Plus programme is valid for 35 months from the date of purchase.

    Meanwhile, the loyalty card is free and comes with the purchase of a Hyundai vehicle. Membership privileges include exclusive monthly promotions, such as a 20% discount on KLIMA Fresh and BlueChem products for this month.

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    Customers 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 you purchase another new Hyundai.

    Existing customers can also get the complimentary loyalty card; just register at a Hyundai service centre and check for promo updates at Hyundai Malaysia’s official website.

    MD of HSDM Low Yuan Lung said the new customer loyalty programmes are testimony to the company’s promise in offering distinctive value to Hyundai car owners in Malaysia, in the spirit of its new ‘Geared for Distinction’ tagline. “We hope to bring more value and benefits to our customers through such specially designed programmes, as we focus on enhancing the customer experience with Hyundai,” he said.


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Last Updated 24 Jun 2021