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  • BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

    BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

    First shown here at the end of 2022, and then teased again late last year, the BYD Seal is now officially on sale in Malaysia, with Sime Darby Beyond Auto launching the electric vehicle earlier today at the TRX Exchange.

    Despite earlier speculation that there would be three variants for Malaysia, the Seal makes its debut here in just two guises, as an extended range Premium and a range-topping Performance. Initially, it was intimated that the local range would follow that seen in Singapore, Thailand and Australia, but the base Dynamic has been omitted.

    Let’s get to what everyone has been keenly waiting for, which is the pricing. The two Seal variants available here at the following recommended retail prices:

    • Seal Premium (Extended Range) – RM179,800; RM180,430 on-the-road without insurance
    • Seal Performance AWD – RM199,800; RM200,430 on-the-road without insurance

    BYD Seal EV launched in Malaysia – two variants, up to 523 hp/670 Nm, 570 km range; from RM179,800

    Designed as a premium segment competitor to the likes of the BMW i4 and the Tesla Model 3, the four-door coupe-styled sedan features a sloping roof-line and short rear deck, with a neat mix of curves and swoops giving it a sleek – if sometimes generic – profile.

    It measures in at 4,800 mm long, 1,875 mm wide and 1,460 mm tall, with a 2,920 mm-long wheelbase, and sits on the automaker’s e-platform 3.0, which also underpins the Atto 3 and Dolphin EVs. Unlike its siblings, however, the Seal uses an 800V electrical architecture platform similar to higher-end EVs such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT.

    Other relevant numbers are a kerb weight of 1,922 kg for the Dynamic, 2,055 kg for the Premium and 2,185 kg for the Performance as well as 400 litres of boot space, with 50 litres available at the front.

    External elements include LED headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED tail lights as well as retractable door handles and a panoramic roof. Both Seal variants ride on 19-inch wheels wrapped with 235/45 profile Continental EcoContact 6 Q rubbers.

    The Premium features a single-motor, rear-wheel drive configuration, with 308 hp (313 PS or 230 kW) and 360 Nm on tap. It comes with a 82.5 kWh LFP Blade battery, which provides the car with up to 570 km of WLTP-rated range (650 km on NEDC).

    The range-topping variant is the Performance, the only all-wheel drive variant. Its dual-motor powertrain combines a 215 hp/310 Nm front motor to a 308 hp/360 Nm rear unit to offer a total output of 523 hp (530 PS or 390 kW) and 670 Nm.

    It has the same 82.5 kWh battery seen on the Premium ER, although the bump in performance means that its effective range is lower, with a quoted 520 km of WLTP-rated travel on a single charge (580 km, NEDC). Maximum speed isn’t quoted, but the single-motor Premium manages the 0-100 km/h sprint in 5.9 seconds, while the dual-motor Performance does it in 3.8 seconds.

    In terms of charging, both the Premium ER and Performance AWD feature 7 kw AC Type 2 charging, and the charging time needed to get the unit from 0-100% state of charge (SoC) takes a somewhat lengthy 15.2 hours. With DC charging at a maximum rate of 150 kW, it takes 37 minutes needed to get the battery from a 10 to 80% SoC.

    Inside, while there is less visual flourish on show compared to the Atto 3, the cabin presentation certainly isn’t coy-looking from a design perspective, although the Thaumas Black interior for the local car offers a more formal take. As per the general specification of the car, the upholstery on both variants is full leather, a step up from the faux leather on the omitted base variant.

    Highlights include a 15.6-inch central touchscreen unit – with the usual switchable landscape/portrait orientation – and a 10.25 digital instrument panel that make up the display screens, as well as a 12-speaker Dynaudio sound system.

    Elsewhere, you’ll find ventilated/heated driver/passenger powered seats, dual-zone air-conditioning, a PM2.5 air filtration system, keyless entry/start, an NFC key card, head-up display, two wireless mobile device chargers and wired Apple CarPlay/wireless Android Auto connectivity, among other things.

    Safety and driver assistance kit includes nine airbags (front, front and rear side, side curtain and far-side driver) as well as a comprehensive ADAS suite that includes adaptive cruise control, AEB, lane departure warning and prevention, lane keeping assist, front/rear cross-traffic alert and brake as well as high beam assist and a high-resolution 360-degree camera, among other things.

    2024 BYD Seal spec sheet (left), price list (right); click to enlarge

    As for exterior colours, four are available for Malaysia, these being Cosmos Black, Aurora White, Atlantis Grey and Arctic Blue, the last exclusive to the Performance. The Seal comes with a six-year/150,000 km vehicle warranty, an eight-year/160,000 km battery warranty and an eight-year/150,000 km drive unit warranty. It was also announced at the launch that the first 800 buyers will enjoy a complimentary wallbox charger (supplied by EV charging subsidiary, KINETA) and free Gentari or ChargEV charging credits worth RM800.

    Customers can also choose from Standard and Plus service packages, the former available priced between RM2,688 to RM8,488 depending on variant and the number of years (three, six or eight). The Plus service package is available in terms of six or eight years, with pricing from RM11,488 to RM17,688 – more items are covered compared to the Standard service package.

    GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Premium

    GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Performance

    GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal Malaysian brochure

    GALLERY: 2024 BYD Seal official launch photos in Malaysia

     
     
  • Auto Bavaria, Sime Darby Rent-A-Car/Hertz Malaysia launch EV rental service, featuring the BMW iX

    Auto Bavaria, Sime Darby Rent-A-Car/Hertz Malaysia launch EV rental service, featuring the BMW iX

    Sime Darby Auto Bavaria has announced a partnership with Sime Darby Rent-A-Car (SDRAC)-Hertz Malaysia to introduce an electric vehicle (EV) rental service.

    In celebration of the collaboration and the upcoming Chinese New Year festivities, the companies have come up with an exclusive rental offer featuring the all-electric BMW iX, offering those keen to explore the premium angle of electrification for a period before deciding on whether to take the plunge into the segment. During the introductory period, the iX will be available at rental prices starting at RM550 per day and RM5,500 per month.

    “Auto Bavaria is fully committed to pioneering the utilisation of EVs in Malaysia. This time around, we are leveraging the opportunity to give Malaysians a chance to try our BMW iX for unmatched style and uniqueness that is aligned with the latest trends in EV technology. Together with Hertz Malaysia, we are creating a robust ecosystem that further supports the growing adoption of EVs,” said Auto Bavaria MD Vi Thim Juan.

    “Our objective is to provide Hertz Malaysia rental customers with a truly modern and luxurious electrified experience. This collaboration not only allows our customers to travel stylishly in the latest BMW iX model but also enables them to explore our other extended rental services, such as chauffeurs, provision of airport transfers, and even personalised arrangements for corporate functions as well as private events,” said SDRAC MD Harun Mohd Joned.

    Customers interested in experiencing the BMW iX can make reservations and find more details at the SDRAC website or visit participating Hertz Malaysia outlets in Klang Valley, Penang and Johor Bahru.

     
     
  • BYD tops Malaysia EV market; 3,728 units sold in 2023

    BYD tops Malaysia EV market; 3,728 units sold in 2023

    Distributor for BYD passenger vehicles in Malaysia, Sime Darby Beyond Auto (SDBA) has emerged to be the best-selling electric vehicle brand in the country, the company has announced.

    According to data from the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA), the brand has sold 3,728 electric vehicles in 2023, marginally surpassing its market rival BMW which sold 3,600 electric vehicles last year.

    “Our achievement of the highest EV vehicle sales in 2023 reflects the strong support and trust by Malaysian consumers in BYD. Our comprehensive network of after sales support nationwide is a key differentiator in our success,” said Sime Darby Motors MD Southeast Asia Jeffrey Gan said in a statement.

    BYD tops Malaysia EV market; 3,728 units sold in 2023

    “With the imminent arrival of the highly anticipated BYD Seal, SDBA remains dedicated in fostering the adoption of EV in Malaysia and is confident that this will further solidify BYD’s position as a leader in the country’s evolving automotive landscape,” Gan added.

    In Malaysia, the brand sells the Dolphin and the Atto 3, which was launched on the Malaysian market in December 2022. Its line-up in Malaysia will be joined by the Seal, which has been previewed locally and is open for pre-booking.

    This comes against the backdrop of battery-electric vehicle sales in Malaysia which reached 10,159 units in 2023, representing a 286% jump over the 2,631 units of BEVs sold in 2022.

     
     
  • Auto Bavaria Balakong – new BMW showroom with latest Retail.NEXT concept; replaces AB Sungai Besi

    Auto Bavaria Balakong – new BMW showroom with latest Retail.NEXT concept; replaces AB Sungai Besi

    In addition to previewing the new G05 BMW X5 facelift and announcing its sales performance for 2023, BMW Group Malaysia also introduced a new showroom operated by Auto Bavaria that is located in Balakong. Formerly known as Auto Bavaria Sungai Besi since its establishment in 1997, the site has been thoroughly revamped and expanded and will soon be the new Auto Bavaria Balakong – operations from the nearby Cheras and Seri Kembangan outlets will shift over.

    When fully opened and operational, Auto Bavaria Balakong will be one of the largest BMW showrooms in Malaysia as well as being the first in the Klang Valley to showcase the latest Retail.NEXT concept. Spanning 240,057 square feet, the showroom features a modern design with a lush façade that includes a courtyard garden and outdoor terrace.

    BMW Geniuses will also be on hand to guide visitors and assist them on their purchasing journey with digital sales tools located strategically throughout the showroom, which will be able to display vehicles from the BMW Group, including those from BMW, MINI and BMW Premium Selection.

    Other highlights include the Grand Klasse Lounge and corresponding handover bays, along with lifestyle-oriented facilities like the BMW Café as well as electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities. For servicing convenience, RATC (Reception at the Counter) bays are also available at Auto Bavaria Balakong.

    “We’re excited to open the doors to one of Malaysia’s largest BMW showrooms for an exclusive preview with the media, marking a significant milestone in our commitment to delivering an exceptional automotive experience to our valued customers. The Retail.NEXT Dealership concepts blends phygital innovation with modern aesthetics and engaging environment,” said Datuk Jeffri Salim Davidson, group CEO of Sime Darby.

    “Every aspect of our new Auto Bavaria Balakong showroom is meticulously crafted to elevate the automotive viewing and purchasing journey, infusing opulence and sustainability at every juncture. We’re dedicated to not only offering premium vehicles but also consistently elevating luxury experience for our customer, providing a comprehensive range of aftersales services, fostering a premium atmosphere that perfectly complements our customers’ ownership experience,” he added.

     
     
  • BYD Seal EV now open for pre-booking in Malaysia – Dynamic, Premium, Performance AWD; RM1,000 fee

    BYD Seal EV now open for pre-booking in Malaysia – Dynamic, Premium, Performance AWD; RM1,000 fee

    After much teasing, the BYD Seal EV is now open for pre-booking in Malaysia. The online booking form prominently mentions that the RM1,000 booking fee factors into the price of the car, unlike Tesla. We’re getting three variants – Dynamic, Premium and Performance – but prices are yet to be announced.

    The Seal electric sedan, or four-door coupe as its BYD Malaysia wants it to be known as, starts off with the Dynamic, which has a single motor driving the rear wheels. With 204 PS (150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque, it gets from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. A 61.4 kWh Blade lithium-iron phospate (LFP) battery offers up to 510 km in the NEDC cycle that our local distributor quotes. In the more realistic WLTP, it’s 460 km.

    Sitting in the middle is the Premium, which also has a single-motor rear-wheel drive configuration, but with a higher output and battery capacity. Here, the electric motor dishes out 313 PS (230 kW) and 360 Nm, which is good for 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds. With a 82.5 kWh LFP battery, the quoted NEDC range is 650 km (570 km WLTP).

    BYD Seal EV now open for pre-booking in Malaysia – Dynamic, Premium, Performance AWD; RM1,000 fee

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    The top Seal is the Performance, the only AWD dual-motor variant. Here, a 215 hp/310 Nm front motor combines with the 308 hp/360 Nm rear unit to offer it a total output of 530 PS (390 kW) and 670 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. It has the same 82.5 kWh battery as the Premium, so some range is sacrificed for the extra performance – 580 km NEDC is quoted (520 km WLTP).

    For charging, the Seal in its base Dynamic form supports AC Type 2 charging at up to 7 kW – with 8.6 hours to get the battery from 0-100% – and DC charging (CCS2) at up to 110 kW. Both the Premium and Performance also feature 7 kW AC charging (15.2 hours), but DC charging is uprated to 150 kW, with 37 minutes needed to get the battery from 10% to 80% state of charge.

    As for colours, buyers of the entry-level Dynamic get to choose between Cosmos Black and Aurora White, with Atlantis Grey reserved for the top two variants. The Performance gets an exclusive hue in Arctic Blue, which makes up four colour options.

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    Once again, three variants of the Seal will be offered – Dynamic, Premium and Performance, the latter with a dual-motor AWD set-up. Battery wise, it’s 61.4 kWh for the Dynamic and 82.5 kWh for the other two. WLTP range is 460 km, 570 km and 520 km, respectively. The booking fee is RM1,000 and that initial sum factors into the price of the car, which is yet to be announced. Word is that the price range will be from around RM180k to RM220k.

    Check out the Seal in our full gallery below. So, this or the Tesla Model 3 Highland? GWM Malaysia has also just teased the Ora 07, which has very interesting styling. Head to the Seal booking page here.

    GALLERY: BYD Seal booking page, specs

    GALLERY: BYD Seal Malaysia preview

     
     
  • BYD Seal EV pre-booking open in Malaysia January 19

    BYD Seal EV pre-booking open in Malaysia January 19

    Following a teaser and a preview last December, the BYD Seal will be open for pre-booking on January 19, which is this Friday, as posted to the BYD Cars Malaysia Instagram page. This is after its first showing in Malaysia at the BYD brand launch in December 2022, and we’ve also had wheel time in an example in China; check out our review here.

    The four-door coupé-styled sedan from BYD is expected to come to the Malaysian market in three variants, which means a line-up similar to those in nearby markets such as Singapore, Thailand and Australia, where there is a Dynamic Standard Range rear-wheel drive with a single 204 PS/310 Nm rear motor, paired with a 61.4 kWh Blade lithium-iron phospate (LFP) battery yielding 460 km of range (WLTP).

    Second of the expected line-up is the Premium Extended Range, which is also of a single motor RWD driveline albeit with 313 PS and 360 Nm, and a larger 82.5 kWh LFP battery that brings up to 570 km of range.

    BYD Seal EV pre-booking open in Malaysia January 19

    Topping the range is the Performance AWD, with all-wheel-drive coming courtesy of a 215 PS/310 Nm front-axle motor joining the 313 PS/360 Nm rear motor for a combined output of 530 PS and 670 Nm. Paired with the same 82.5 kWh LFP battery as on the Premium Extended Range, its greater performance offsets range, which is up to 520 km (WLTP) on the Performance AWD.

    For charging, the Seal in its base form supports up to 7 kW AC charging via a Type 2 connection, which will take 8.6 hours for a full, 0-100% charge, while DC charging via CCS2 connection goes up to 110 kW. The Premium Extended Range and Performance AWD, with their larger batteries, take 15.2 hours to get the full 0-100% charge via 7 kW AC (Type 2 connection), though their DC charging gets uprated to 150 kW, taking just 37 minutes for a 10-80% state of charge.

    For pricing, the definitive figures have yet to be revealed, though sales advisors at the December preview event have indicated that pricing for the Seal will start from RM180k for the base Dynamic, stepping up to around RM200k for the Premium Extended Range, and then the Performance AWD at around RM220k.

    Which would it be for you? The BYD Seal, or the recently launched Tesla Model 3 Highland facelift for similar pricing?

    GALLERY: BYD Seal previewed in Malaysia

     
     
  • BYD Seal official teaser released, EV launching soon

    BYD Seal official teaser released, EV launching soon

    The BYD Seal is launching soon in Malaysia, as promised. This teaser appeared on the BYD Cars Malaysia Facebook page and it reads ‘Faster than your morning coffee – coming soon’. The caption asks ‘Any idea what we’re talking about?’ The answer is of course in the #SealTheSpeed hashtag. Dealers have sent out invites to car viewings from January 19, so that could well be the launch date – stay tuned.

    The EV sedan was previewed at December’s BYD 1st Anniversary: Beyond Dreams Celebration event, exactly a year to the day it was first shown in the country. We were told Q1 2024, which we’re now in.

    While the Seal shares a scalable platform with the Atto 3 and Dolphin, this one has an 800V electrical architecture like posh EVs such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT. Size wise, its 4,800 mm length and 1,875 mm width is just hairs away from the BMW i4‘s 4,783 mm and 1,852 mm. The BYD – a dedicated, ground-up EV – has a longer wheelbase though; at 2,920 mm, the distance between its wheels is 64 mm longer.

    BYD Seal official teaser released, EV launching soon

    Expect three variants. The base version will be the Dynamic Standard Range rear-wheel drive, which features a single electric motor offering 204 PS (150 kW) and 310 Nm of torque, which gets the car to 100 km/h from standstill in 7.5 seconds. A 61.4 kWh Blade lithium-iron phospate (LFP) battery offers up to 460 km of travel (WLTP cycle) on a single charge.

    Sitting in the middle is the Premium Extended Range, which also has a single-motor rear-wheel drive configuration, but with a higher output and battery capacity. Here, the electric motor dishes out 313 PS (230 kW) and 360 Nm, with a higher capacity 82.5 kWh LFP battery providing the car with up to 570 km of range.

    The fast one referenced by the teaser is the Performance AWD with a dual-motor powertrain. Here, a 215 hp/310 Nm front motor combines with the 308 hp/360 Nm rear unit to offer it a total output of 530 PS (390 kW) and 670 Nm, good for 0-100 km/h in 3.8 seconds. It has the same 82.5 kWh battery as the Premium ER, so some range is sacrificed for the extra performance – 520 km WLTP is quoted.

    BYD Seal official teaser released, EV launching soon

    For charging, the Seal in its base Dynamic form supports AC Type 2 charging at up to 7 kW – with 8.6 hours to get the battery from 0-100% – and DC charging (CCS2) at up to 110 kW. Both the Premium ER and Performance AWD also feature 7 kw AC charging (15.2 hours), but DC charging is uprated to 150 kW, with 37 minutes needed to get the battery from a 10 to 80% state of charge.

    Sales advisors at last month’s event suggested that estimated pricing will start from around RM180k for the Dynamic, with the Premium ER expected to be priced at around RM200k. The Performance? Around RM220k. So, what do you think of the BYD Seal’s looks, package and price next to the Tesla Model 3? More in our preview report and first impressions test drive.

    GALLERY: BYD Seal Malaysia preview

    GALLERY: BYD Seal at BIMS 2023

     
     
  • Sime Darby Motors opens pop-up store in 1 Utama – BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, BYD, Hyundai and Ford

    Sime Darby Motors opens pop-up store in 1 Utama – BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, BYD, Hyundai and Ford

    Sime Darby Motors (SDM) has opened its first-ever pop-up store, and it’s located at the ground floor of 1 Utama’s old wing. Situated next to Uniqlo, you won’t miss it. Brands under SDM that are present are BMW, MINI, BMW Motorrad, BYD, Hyundai and Ford. Open to all, the pop-up store will be there for three months, till March 31.

    Auto Bavaria is showcasing its EVs, which include the BMW iX xDrive40, iX xDrive50 Sport, iX1 and the statement-making i7. BMW Motorrad is showing the futuristic CE04 electric scooter, the C400 GT premium midsize scooter and the retrolicious R nineT. Over at MINI, try the fun little MINI Electric out for size.

    Also parked in 1U are the BYD Atto 3 (including the Anniversary Edition), BYD Dolphin, Ford Ranger Raptor, luxury-oriented Ford Ranger Platinum, the Ford Everest SUV, Hyundai Ioniq 5 and Hyundai Ioniq 6, the latter featured in Max RWD and Max AWD form.

    Of course, sales representatives and product experts will be on hand to explain the vehicles and the tech/features within, and there are also exclusive promotions and special offers available only at the pop-up store.

    Once again, the SDM pop-up store is at the 1U’s old wing, next to the ground floor Uniqlo, the spot where Muji used to be. Click on the links above to recap the models. Guys who have to wait, have some window shopping of your own.

    GALLERY: Sime Darby Motors 1 Utama pop-up store

     
     
  • 2023 Jaguar I-Pace EV – with RM12k Stealth Pack

    2023 Jaguar I-Pace EV – with RM12k Stealth Pack

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia announced the availability of the 2023 Jaguar I-Pace electric vehicle with the Stealth Pack at the beginning of this month, and now we are able to bring a gallery of live images featuring the British brand’s EV outfitted with the optional appearance package.

    Starting at the front, the styling package brings a front grille that replaces the traditionally-styled unit with its array of pins, with a singular flat panel that is finished in Atlas Grey, thus more typical of electric vehicles in appearance.

    The appearance kit also brings side mirror covers, rear diffuser housing and door and bumper mouldings in black, along with the Jaguar leaper logo also in black. While the car in official images from the Stealth Pack announcement earlier this month was shown with silver two-tone alloy wheels, the car photographed here wears a set in gloss black.

    The Stealth Pack for the 2023 Jaguar I-Pace is priced from RM12k, and this is an option that can be specified on either of the two variants on sale in Malaysia, the Black LE at RM460,800 and the HSE at RM498,000. Notable upgrades on the higher-specification variant is air suspension, Performance specification heated and cooled 14-way power adjustable front seats in Windsor leather, and a Meridian 3D surround sound system.

    Both variants get the same powertrain specification that is a dual-motor AWD setup that outputs 400 PS and 696 Nm of torque, propelling the I-Pace from 0-100 km/h in 4.8 seconds, and through the standing quarter mile (400 m) sprint in 12.4 seconds.

    This draws energy from a 90 kWh battery that yields a maximum of 470 km on the WLTP cycle; AC charging at up to 11 kW from 0-100% takes 8.6 hours, while DC charging goes up to 100 kW, bringing 125 km of added range in 15 minutes.

    The I-Pace is now also offered with financing packages with interest rates as low as 1.23% per annum. What is your preferred styling for the Jaguar I-Pace – the blacked out trim of this Stealth Pack, or the traditional chrome brightwork on the launch vehicle? Let us know in the comments.

     
     
  • Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia wins Retailer of the Year 2022/2023 award for Asia-Pacific region – fourth title

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia wins Retailer of the Year 2022/2023 award for Asia-Pacific region – fourth title

    Jaguar Land Rover Malaysia (JLRM) has once again won the Retailer of the Year title for the Asia-Pacific region at the Jaguar Land Rover Retailer Awards 2022/2023. This marks the third consecutive year and the fourth time that JLRM has secured this achievement – past wins were in

    The annual awards serve to recognise the top Jaguar Land Rover retailers from across the region, with nominees being assessed against specific performance criteria in distinct categories: marketing, sales, customer service as well as staff training and retailer presentation.

    “In line with Sime Darby Motors’ commitment to excellence, this award is testament to JLRM’s exemplary performance and unwavering focus on providing world-class automotive experiences. This also demonstrates the entire team’s dedication and hard work, consistently going above and beyond in every aspect of the business,” said Jeffrey Gan, managing director of Sime Darby Motors.

    “As we accelerate towards the future of mobility, this award reaffirms our unwavering dedication to our customers and our commitment to maintain our competitive edge in the luxury car segment. We will continue to push boundaries and innovate, ensuring our customers receive only the best in modern luxury,” commented Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, managing director of JLRM.

     
     
  • Sime Darby completes acquisition of 61.18% stake in UMW – Perodua and Toyota added to SD’s portfolio

    Sime Darby completes acquisition of 61.18% stake in UMW – Perodua and Toyota added to SD’s portfolio

    It’s now official. In a filing with Bursa Malaysia dated December 13, 2023, Sime Darby announced it has completed the acquisition of Permodalan Nasional’s (PNB) 61.18% stake in UMW Holdings. The deal was completed through Sime Darby’s indirect wholly-owned subsidiary Sime Darby Enterprise (SDESB), with RM3.574 billion paid for the 61.18% stake.

    “Following the completion of the acquisition, SDESB’s shareholding in UMW has increased from nil to 714,813,100 UMW Shares representing approximately 61.18% equity interest in UMW. Accordingly, UMW has become an indirect subsidiary of Sime Darby,” the Bursa filing read.

    Also mentioned in the filing is Sime Darby has issued a mandatory general offer to acquire all the remaining UMW shares not already owned by Sime Darby Enterprise and SDESB after the acquisition. The remaining 38.82% stake will be acquired for RM2.27 billion, with Sime Darby planning to eventually delist UMW from the Main Market of Bursa Malaysia.

    News of Sime Darby’s acquisition of UMW first surfaced in August this year, with the company saying the move will allow it to scale up and strengthen its presence in the Malaysian automotive sector.

    UMW holds a 51% stake in UMW Toyota Motor as well as a 38% stake in Perodua, and both mass-market brands will join Sime Darby’s vast portfolio that already includes BMW, Ford, Hyundai, Porsche, Rolls-Royce and Jaguar Land Rover to form Malaysia’s largest auto group.

    In a separate Bursa filing, Sime Darby named Mustamir Mohamad as the new president and CEO of UMW Holdings. Mustamir vacates his previous position as Sime Darby’s group CFO to take on the new role and is replaced by Sime Darby’s CFO Muhammad Noor Abd Aziz.

     
     
  • BYD Seal EV set for Malaysian preview at brand’s first anniversary event this weekend – launching soon?

    BYD Seal EV set for Malaysian preview at brand’s first anniversary event this weekend – launching soon?

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    Finally, the BYD Seal is here in Malaysia! Well, it’s not quite yet ready for launch, yet, but the sleek EV will hit showrooms very soon – it will be previewed at the BYD 1st Anniversary: Beyond Dreams Celebration event at Bukit Kiara Indoor Arena this weekend, when this black dress comes off.

    We’ve heard about the Seal for a year now, because BYD is one year old in Malaysia – at the Atto 3’s launch, the Seal and Dolphin were mentioned and displayed, and the latter has already gone on sale.

    A departure from the popular SUV base, the Seal is a four-door coupe type of sedan with a sloping roofline and short rear deck, not unlike the Honda Civic FC and BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe. Conveniently, the latter has an electric version called the i4, which makes good comparison to the Seal.

    BYD Seal EV set for Malaysian preview at brand’s first anniversary event this weekend – launching soon?

    BYD Seal at BIMS 2023

    If you look at this BYD’s dimensions, its 4,800 mm length and 1,875 mm width is just hairs away from the BMW i4‘s 4,783 mm and 1,852 mm. The Seal – a dedicated, ground-up EV – has a longer wheelbase though; at 2,920 mm, the distance between wheels is 64 mm longer.

    The Seal sits on BYD’s e-platform 3.0, which also underpins the Atto 3 and Dolphin. However, the Seal uses an 800V electrical architecture like posh EVs such as the Porsche Taycan and Audi e-tron GT.

    In China, there are four variants of the Seal. The RWD Elite and Premium have a single 201 hp motor driving the rear wheels and powered by a 61.4 kWh in-house Blade battery. Such equipped, the local CLTC range per charge is 550 km and 0-100 km/h acceleration takes 7.5 seconds.

    BYD Seal EV set for Malaysian preview at brand’s first anniversary event this weekend – launching soon?

    A 308 hp motor is mated to a 82.5 kWh battery in the Long Range RWD, boosting range to 700 km. The 250 km gain over the base combo also comes with a better 0-100 km/h time, now at 5.9 seconds. The ultimate Seal is the Long Range AWD Performance.

    As the AWD in the name suggests, there are two motors here for a combined 523 hp and 0-100 km/h time in 3.8 seconds. The sole dual-motor variant’s range is 650 km in the China domestic cycle. In the more realistic WLTP combined, the LR RWD does 570 km while the AWD is good for 520 km.

    The Seal is often described as a Tesla Model 3 rival. The latest Model 3 ‘Highland’ facelift comes in Standard RWD and Long Range AWD variants in Malaysia. The latter, priced from RM218,000, has a WLTP-rated range of 629 km and sprints from 0-100 km/h in 4.4 seconds.

    BYD Seal EV set for Malaysian preview at brand’s first anniversary event this weekend – launching soon?

    But the most important figure for EVs in Malaysia today is the RRP, thanks to a market disruptor called Tesla. The smooth and easy entry into our market by Elon Musk’s car company has seen prices that made other EVs look expensive overnight. The Model 3, for instance, starts from RM189,000 – that’s just a bit more than what BYD charges for the Atto 3, which before this was one of the best value EVs in town.

    BYD has great tech and the Seal looks good, but its latest model’s price will determine if the Seal would be as big a hit as the Atto 3. Check out our gallery of the Seal from BIMS 2023 and tell us what you think.

    GALLERY: BYD Seal EV

     
     
  • Auto Bavaria partners DC Handal to grow EV charging network in KV, Penang – 200 kW at Bamboo Hills, KL

    Auto Bavaria partners DC Handal to grow EV charging network in KV, Penang – 200 kW at Bamboo Hills, KL

    Auto Bavaria (AB), the largest BMW dealership group in Malaysia, has partnered with charge point operator (CPO) DC Handal to expand fast-charging facilities in urban areas. The strategic partnership was made official yesterday by deputy minister of international trade and industry Liew Chin Tong at Bamboo Hills, KL, which hosts DC Handal chargers with AB and BMW i branding.

    AB says that it will work closely with DC Handal to set up fast-charging facilities at 10 sites in key areas across the Klang Valley and Penang, with plans for more sites in the pipeline. The charging site at Bamboo Hills has four Kempower chargers dispensing 200 kW DC juice at RM1.50 per kWh. By the way, despite the branding, DC Handal’s site at this F&B destination is open to all EVs – it’s not exclusive to BMWs.

    The unique thing about DC Handal’s chargers is that you don’t need an app for payment, just tap your credit or debit card to start and stop charging. Of course, you can also use apps such as JomCharge and ChargEV for payment. By the way, DC Handal is unique among CPOs to only have DC chargers in its network – list of locations here.

    “We are pleased to be establishing a partnership with DC Handal through our leading dealer partner Auto Bavaria to further develop the infrastructure for charging of EVs in the country. As the leading provider of premium electric vehicles in the country to date, this collaboration exemplifies our dedication to revolutionising the EV landscape in Malaysia, as well as setting a new standard for accessibility and convenience for EV owners,” said Sashi Ambihaipahan, head of corporate communications and sustainability at BMW Group Malaysia.

    “We believe this initiative will not only benefit our valued customers but also contribute to the collective effort to shape, lead, and future-proof the Malaysian automotive landscape, in line with the goals set out in Budget 2024,” he added.

    Lim Chern Chuen, director of DC Handal said of the partnership: “This collaboration with Auto Bavaria reflects our commitment to provide our customers with not only the best EV charging tech, but a seamless and convenient charging experience through our network. It was opportune that we have OCBC as our payment partner. Their support helps us establish our footprint in record time. With this collaboration, we believe in contributing significantly to a sustainable future of mobility.”

    “Auto Bavaria is elated to embark on this transformative partnership with DC Handal, which we believe to be a pivotal step in our unwavering commitment to delivering an unparalleled ‘Premium Ownership Experience’ to our valued customers,” said Vi Thim Juan, MD of Auto Bavaria.

    “The expansion of fast-charging facilities for EVs underscores our dedication to not only meet but exceed the evolving needs of the Malaysian automotive market. This initiative echoes our commitment to be at the forefront of innovation, ensuring that our customers enjoy the utmost convenience and peace of mind throughout their EV ownership journey,” he added.

    GALLERY: Auto Bavaria x DC Handal charging hub at Bamboo Hills, KL

     
     
  • KINETA signs exclusive distributorship agreement to sell Zhida EV chargers in Malaysia and Singapore

    KINETA signs exclusive distributorship agreement to sell Zhida EV chargers in Malaysia and Singapore

    KINETA, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sime Darby, has announced it has entered into an exclusive distributorship agreement with Shanghai Zhida Technology Development. KINETA was launched in February this year and provides end-to-end charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs).

    With the signing of the agreement, KINETA becomes the sole distributor of Zhida EV chargers in Malaysia and Singapore. KINETA caters to both individuals and enterprises, the latter including OEM EV brands such as BMW, MINI, BYD, Jaguar Land Rover, Hyundai, Porsche and Volvo.

    According to an official release, the company has sold 2,700 EV chargers since its inception and currently commands a leading market share of 35% of charger sales in Malaysia. It adds that it is on track to sell over 3,000 EV chargers by the end of this year.

    Meanwhile, Shanghai-based Zhida was established in 2010 and is currently ranked number one in the private charger segment in China. The company collaborates with 80% of global automotive brands worldwide, and with over 1.63 million EV chargers shipped globally, maintains a significant market share of 28% China and 15% globally. Zhida has subsidiaries in Singapore and Thailand, and has founded a manufacturing facility in Thailand, with European and American factories under planning.

    “We are thrilled to join forces with Zhida. This exclusive distributorship agreement allows KINETA to play a pivotal role in advancing the adoption of EV charging solutions in Malaysia and Singapore, contributing to the realization of sustainable mobility,” said Sunny Lee, managing director of KINETA.

    “Sime Darby is the preferred partner of the best brands in the global automotive and industrial sectors. We hope that through the deep cooperation with KINETA, we will redefine the green lifestyle and mobility for home users in the Asia-Pacific region by providing safe and reliable charging products, hassle-free installation services, highly efficient and energy-saving smart energy solutions,” commented Jimmy Huang, founder and chairman of Shanghai Zhida Technology Development.

     
     
  • Auto Bavaria is the first dealership to offer specialised services for classic BMW and MINI cars in Malaysia

    Auto Bavaria is the first dealership to offer specialised services for classic BMW and MINI cars in Malaysia

    Auto Bavaria has announced it is the first dealership in Malaysia to offer specialised services dedicated to BMW and MINI vehicles which have achieved classic status at its Ara Damansara facility. This will cater to the needs of classic car enthusiasts looking to preserve the legacy of iconic vehicles from both brands, with operations already commencing as of November 26, 2023.

    At the Ara Damansara facility, there are two work bays as well as a dedicated team consisting of a foreman, two skilled technicians and two service advisors to handle classic BMW and MINI vehicles. The services offered inclusive general maintenance, component repair, refurbishment and make good.

    According to the company, to uphold the authenticity and quality of service, parts and accessories will be sourced directly from BMW Germany. In cases where specific parts are phased out, the dealership will explore sourcing alternatives directly from OEM suppliers while maintaining stringent quality standards.

    All services done will be recorded in a dedicated booklet so there is a comprehensive history of maintenance and repairs securely stored in Auto Bavaria’s system. If you’re wondering what BMW and MINI vehicles qualify for classic status, the BMW Group defines a classic car as one that has surpassed 15 years after the last series production date of the model, typically after a model’s seven-year lifecycle.

    Auto Bavaria is the first dealership to offer specialised services for classic BMW and MINI cars in Malaysia

    “Auto Bavaria’s latest service offering for classic BMW and MINI cars in Malaysia is a welcome initiative. Over the years, we have seen passion for the brand and our cars, whether old or new, expand across the country. We believe their latest service will serve this growing market well, strengthened by our confidence in Auto Bavaria’s experts to skillfully preserve these legacy models, ensuring the continued delivery of hallmark ‘Sheer Driving Pleasure’ in Malaysia,” said Hans de Visser, managing director of BMW Group Malaysia.

    “We are thrilled to introduce this exclusive service catering to BMW and MINI classic car owners. Our team is equipped with specialised knowledge and expertise to maintain, repair, and refurbish these iconic vehicles, preserving their heritage and ensuring they continue to exude the same brilliance and performance that defined them in their prime,” commented Vi Thim Juan, managing director of Auto Bavaria.

    Those who are looking for BMW and MINI classic car services can get in touch with Auto Bavaria’s customer car hotline (1300-13-3338) or visit the Ara Damansara branch for further inquiries and to schedule an appointment.

     
     
 
 
 

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