Volkswagen Malaysia – what a year !

Volkswagen Malaysia – what a year !

From launching the all new Volkswagen Tiguan, to opening doors to its new Volkswagen Automotive Academy, collaborating with local artist in the #BeetleInspired campaign, and selling 12 units of the limited edition Beetle on Lazada Malaysia in just 20 minutes, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) has been busy this 2017!

The Volkswagen Passat Highline was awarded the Best Large-Size Car (D-segment) category at the recent Carsifu Editor’s Choice Awards 2017.

“Volkswagen Malaysia is continuously striving to improve our offerings, product line-up through the different variants as well as enhancing our aftersales to improve overall ownership experience. All these efforts are in line with our aim to build and sustain Malaysians confidence in the brand” said Erik Winter, Managing Director of VPCM.

“We are constantly evaluating and improving our Sales and Aftersales Core Processes. We understand that the customers comes first and how else better to value our customers than to offer them a good ownership experience” Winter concluded.

The First of Many to come

Motivated with this belief, Volkswagen organized two landmark events – the first-ever Volkswagen Fest 2017 and the first online collaboration with Lazada Malaysia to sell limited edition Volkswagen Beetles in conjunction with 12.12 online sale.

This proved to be a milestone for Volkswagen as they were the first car maker to do such sales.
This shows that Volkswagen is committed to being an innovative player in the market and industry.

The same confidence was also shown by Malaysians as the final 2017 figures of Volkswagen cars sold stood at 6,536 units, with 94.5% of these figures from CKD models. This is an 8.1% growth compared to 2016.

When asked about the online sales on Lazada which is considered an unconventional method for the car manufacturer, Winter said,

“This was the first time for us and we must say we are very pleased with the response received. The first Beetle was swept up in to 26 seconds and all 12 Beetles were sold out in 20 minutes.”

The first-ever Volkswagen Fest 2017 took place on the 11-13 August at Setia City Convention Centre with thousands of visitors over the three-day event. There were activities for the whole family – which included test drives, sale of pre-registered Volkswagen cars, special deals, a display of both vintage and new Volkswagen cars, food trucks and entertainment for all.

Also unveiled at the event were 16 limited edition 60th Merdeka Beetles which was in conjunction with the 60th year of Malaysia’s independence day.

Artistic expression of VW

Design has always had a place in Volkswagen’s DNA so it was only natural that Volkswagen had an artistic side. In the last quarter of 2017, the brand celebrates the iconic Beetle by collaborating with nine upcoming and local talents to showcase their take and draw inspiration from the Beetle through their respective mediums. A variety of artworks were produced – from graffiti, paintings, calligraphy, doodles, illustrations, pins and various other forms during this campaign.

Outlook for 2018

Volkswagen has always strived to improve its aftersales service, and it is no different for 2018.

Working closely with dealers and partners, Volkswagen is planning for more engagements with car owners through the various Volkswagen clubs.

Views and feedback from the brand enthusiasts will certainly help Volkswagen to improve its users experience continuously as shown in Volkswagen’s ranking in the JD Power Customer Service Index (CSI) study – from 10th in 2016 to 5th in 2017.

2018 is the where the much anticipated and talked about Golf 7.5 will make its Malaysian debut. This is something that Volkswagen enthusiasts has been looking forward to. More style. More technology. More Driver Assistance features. No matter which Golf variant you choose, you get a more rugged, sleeker look than ever before.

The Volkswagen Golf is a model that has been in production for almost 44 years, and is one of the brand’s best-selling model. Little wonder that the upcoming Golf, the GTI and the iconic Golf R is highly anticipated.

Regardless which is the model you end up purchasing, Volkswagen is determined to give you an unforgettable experience.

Now, let’s imagine you are inside the all new sexy Volkswagen Golf. Done? Now let’s wait for it to come to the nearest Volkswagen dealer near you.

What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

What Kind of Volkswagen Matches Your Personality?

A car is a big investment. More than a mode of transportation, a car projects what we want people to think of us.

Some people spend months to look for the right car that fits their personality.

And perhaps you want to discover which Volkswagen would be ideal for your character and personality.

Answer these simple 12 questions and find out which Volkswagen sedan matches your personality!

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

Tiguan receives the German Design Award 2017

The German Design Council has announced the winners of the German Design Award 2017. A Volkswagen brand model is among this year’s winners: the Volkswagen Tiguan has been selected as a winner in the “Transportation” category and honoured with this prestigious and preeminent award.

The German Design Award is the sixth award won this year by the new Tiguan for outstanding automotive design. The Volkswagen design team led by Klaus Bischoff has given the second generation of this popular compact SUV an elegant appearance. The new Tiguan is longer, wider and lower in height compared to its predecessor. These new dimensions have been achieved in no small part through the use of the MQB (Modular Transverse Matrix). The result is a striking SUV profile with distinctive proportions and a very dynamic design. At the front, the radiator grille and LED projection headlights unit (fitted as standard in the Highline equipment option) emphasises the powerfully upright overall impression.

Established in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the most prestigious design competitions in the world and is highly regarded well beyond expert circles. This coveted prize is awarded by the German Design Council. Founded in 1953 by the German Bundestag as a foundation, this international committee is one of the world’s leading centres of excellence for communication and brand management within the design field.

The all-new Tiguan is set to launch early April, for more information on the all-new Tiguan, please visit your nearest Volkswagen authorized dealer or visit www.volkswagen.com.my.

Singapore develops hypercars now?

Singapore develops hypercars now?

DENDRODIUM

DENDRODIUM

As an automotive journalist as well as a hardcore petrolhead, if you mention the country Italy or Germany, my first few mental images would be some of the best cars ever made. Besides skyscrapers, I think cars give a nation much of its identity, a symbol of engineering achievement.
Of course, I am not talking about Vios or Myvi, but supercars and hypercars.

Asian car manufacturers have a good focus on passenger cars, I understand, but like a rom-com movie, it’s passable. I honestly can’t get too excited about them. Recently, we saw the new NSX, which I maintain as one of the most refreshing automotive news. Not because it looks good, or it’s more expensive than a Civic, but because it’s Japanese. It’s Asian. Ferrari made the LaFerrari, which is Italian, and you might ask me, “Which Ferrari is this?”. Well, it’s the hybrid one.

Just look at it. Second NSX, still love at first sight.

Ferrari “The Ferrari” – It’s hybrid!

Yes, emission controls and rising cost of automotive industry has seen many companies shut down or change ownership. But engineers can still adapt. New technologies are developed to push the limits of automotive engineering. This gives me hope, because when all the petrol has run out, and all the Skylines have corroded, I still want to drive fast cars, or at least look at them, and I want to do so without people frowning upon my high petrol consumption.

ENTERS DENDROBIUM

Out of the blue, our neighbor, Singapore is housing a firm which developed a hypercar. I know, Singapore? Hypercars? And guess what, it’s electric, I mean literally it runs on electric. I am talking about the new Dendrobium (named after an orchid.. really?), developed by Vanda Electrics in Singapore. I don’t care that it will be built by Williams in the United Kingdom sometime next year, I like it, but to know a bunch of South-East Asians took the time to design a hypercar, talk about faith restoration. I think even Malaysians can take pride in this.

Everything looks astonishing on paper. 0 – 100, under 3 seconds, top speed? 400km/h. Yes, a whopping 400! That’s Veyron territory, but on electric! There is no much information on the engine for now since it remains as a concept car, but I like the spirit here. Well, a car that looks like that should definitely go that fast right? Which brings me to the exterior design of the car.

Just look at it. It is not shy. It doesn’t try to hide its identity as a hypercar. It’s vulgar, reminds of the Zonda when I first saw it. Everything about it screams speed, although the people at the firm mentioned it’s derived from nature. That’s hurricanes and lightning for you.

Well, I need to be honest about a few aspects. It’s not practical in any way, and the price tag should look like telephone numbers. But I am not all that worried. Practicality is inherited from breaking barriers, like space technology and physics, sports and medicine, as well as Formula One for engineering. It feels wonderful to have serious engineers nearby who don’t have to think about speed bumps and traffic lights before they build a car. Will Proton make a sports car soon? I don’t know, but if they did, that will be another great story we can tell.

-Eshwaren M

Most popular 250cc motorcycles in Malaysia

Most popular 250cc motorcycles in Malaysia

Most Popular

250cc Motorcycles

in Malaysia

February 2017

Yamaha YZF R25

Price

RM 20206.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

14 liter

Horsepower

26.5 kW @ 12,000 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Honda CBR 250

Price

RM 21728.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

13 liter

Horsepower

20.2 KW @ 8,500 RPM

Torque

23.3 Nm @ 7,500 RPM

Kawasaki Ninja 250 FI

Price

RM 22000.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

17 liter

Horsepower

23.5 kW @ 11,000 RPM

Torque

21.0 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL

Price

RM 17349.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

11 liter

Horsepower

20.6 kW @ 9,700 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 8,200 RPM

Kawasaki Z 250

Price

RM 21329.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 8 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

2 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

17 liter

Horsepower

23.5 kW @ 11,000 RPM

Torque

21.0 Nm @ 10,000 RPM

Kawasaki Z 250 SL

Price

RM 15389.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

11 liter

Horsepower

20.6 kW @ 9,700 RPM

Torque

22.6 Nm @ 8,200 RPM

KTM RC 250

Price

RM 18800.00

Engine CC

248.8

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

10 liter

Horsepower

23.1 kW @ 9,000 RPM

Torque

24.0 Nm @ 7,250 RPM

KTM Duke 250

Price

RM 17800.00

Engine CC

248.8

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

10 liter

Horsepower

23.1 kW @ 9,000 RPM

Torque

24.0 Nm @ 7,250 RPM

SYM T2 250i

Price

RM 16800.00

Engine CC

249

Engine Type

4 stroke 4 valve

Cylinder Arrangement

1 cylinder

Fuel Tank Capacity

14 liter

Horsepower

18.6 kW @ 7500 rpm

Torque

23.0 Nm @ 6,000 RPM

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