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  • JPJ offers 70% discount for saman, now till June 11

    In conjunction with JPJ’s 75th anniversary, the road transport department is offering a 70% discount for summonses. This offer is for summonses that are compoundable, and is not for cases that have moved to the courts. The offer is from April 13 to June 11, which is a 60-day window.

    The 70% reduction is for all summonses issued under the Road Transport Act 1987 (Act 333), Commercial Vehicles Licensing Board Act 1987 (Act 334) and Land Public Transport Act 2010 (Act 715), including blacklisted cases. Note that for blacklisted cases, the offender will have to present himself at a JPJ office for a “redocumentation” process, before payment can be made.

    The offer is also extended to summonses that are still active and which compound period is still valid, if payment is made within the offer period. The department says that this offer is to reduce the financial burden of the rakyat, which has been affected by the economic issues brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

    JPJ summonses can be paid at the department’s offices and branches, UTC outlets, kiosks and online.

     
  • ACE 2021 – drive home a Lexus UX with immediate delivery and SST rebates, plus RM2,550 in vouchers!

    We’re counting down the days to the paultan.org Auto Car Expo 2021, co-sponsored by Carsome – the sales-driven car expo for mainstream brands is happening this weekend, April 17 and 18 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). While the show is primarily for more affordable carmakers, there will also be a few premium marques on display, with one of those being Lexus.

    If you’re looking for an edgy, yet luxurious Japanese crossover, look no further than to the Lexus UX, with ready units available for immediate delivery. As such, you’ll be able to take advantage of the sales and services tax (SST) rebate, with prices starting from as low as RM236,443.50.

    Lexus joins a great selection of premium brands available at ACE, which also includes BMW and MINI. Looking for something a bit more budget-friendly? The range of mainstream brands are healthy to say the least, with Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Toyota and Volkswagen all present.

    Find something you like while visiting ACE? You’ll be able to test drive and purchase your ideal car, whether new or pre-owned. What’s more, you’ll be able to take full advantage of SST exemptions for even greater savings. You’ll also get to check out some interesting MSF Racing cars on display!

    And that’s not all. In addition to the promotions from participating brands at the event, you’ll also be able to enjoy the various deals being offered by paultan.org. For a start, the first 200 customers to book a new car will receive a RM2,550 combined voucher.

    This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher. On top of all this, confirmed bookings will enter you into a lucky draw that can win you prizes that include ten mobile phones worth RM2,300 each and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    As we are still amid a global pandemic, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be tested to ensure their body temperature is below 37.4ºC before they are allowed to enter. You will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and enter your details for contact tracing purposes.

    For added safety, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields on top of the usual masks. All major touch points, including the display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. We will provide hand sanitisers at the event, and we also highly encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Additionally, we will impose a strict maximum limit of 1,200 people in the venue space at any one time. We made the decision to go lower than SCCC’s allowed cap of 1,700 people under the current government SOPs (50% of venue capacity) to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Once inside, visitors will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Children aged 12 below and senior citizens aged 60 and above will also not be allowed to enter.

    Click here for more details on ACE 2021. Are you excited for the event? We know we are, and we can’t wait to see you there very soon!

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  • CMCO for Selangor, KL, Johor, Penang and Kelantan extended to April 28, and for Sarawak to April 26

    The conditional movement control order (CMCO) has been extended once again for Selangor, Kuala Lumpur, Johor, Penang, Kelantan and Sarawak, as announced by the government today. With the exception of Sarawak, which gets an April 26 end date, the remaining states and federal territory mentioned above will remain under the CMCO until April 28.

    Meanwhile, states and federal territories that are currently under the recovery movement control order (RMCO) will remain as such until April 28. These include Sabah, Perak, Pahang, Terengganu, Melaka, Perlis, Putrajaya, Labuan, Kedah and Negeri Sembilan.

    However, certain areas in selected states will be placed under different movement controls. For Sabah, the areas of Lahad Datu, Tawau and Keningau are placed under the movement control order (MCO). Meanwhile, Kuala Muda in Kedah, and Seremban in Negeri Sembilan are placed under the CMCO.

    As before, all inter-state travel is still prohibited without a permit across the country, except for tourism travel between RMCO localities, although these have to be specifically made through registered travel agencies under the tourism, arts and culture ministry (MOTAC).

     
  • ACE 2021: Buy a Honda BR-V with savings of over RM6,000, plus RM2,550 worth of vouchers from us!

    We’re just a few days away from the start of the inaugural paultan.org Auto Car Expo (ACE) 2021, co-sponsored by Carsome, which is set to take place at the at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC) on April 17 and 18. If you’re looking to test drive and purchase your ideal, ACE is the place to be, with plenty of attractive deals on offer.

    Among the many brands that will be present at the show is Honda, and if you’ve had your eyes set on a seven-seat SUV that is a perfect match for your family and lifestyle, the BR-V is a good fit. The good news here is that there will be a special promotion for the BR-V at ACE, so make your way to SCCC this weekend!

    On top of savings from the ongoing SST exemption, the BR-V is also being offered with an additional rebate of RM3,000 from the brand’s “Sama-Sama Rewards” campaign. Put both together, and you’ll enjoy savings of over RM6,000 with the BR-V, which is very enticing if you’re looking for practicality and value.

    The deals don’t stop there, as paultan.org is also providing the first 200 customers to book a new car with a RM2,550 combined voucher. This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher.

    That’s not all, as confirmed bookings will also entitle you to participate in a lucky draw where you stand a chance to win attractive prizes, including 10 mobile phones worth RM2,300 each and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    There will also be an extensive list of brands joining Honda at ACE, including Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Toyota and Volkswagen. And while the show is primarily catered to mainstream marques, BMW, Lexus and MINI will also be present, representing the premium segment. You’ll also get to check out some interesting MSF Racing cars on display!

    As we are still in the midst of a global pandemic, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times and will be tested to ensure their body temperature is below 37.4ºC before they are allowed to enter. You will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and enter your details for contact tracing purposes.

    For added safety, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields on top of the usual masks. All major touch points, including the display and test drive vehicles, will be sanitised regularly as well. We will provide hand sanitisers at the event, and we also highly encourage visitors to bring their own hand sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    Additionally, we will impose a strict maximum limit of 1,200 people in the venue space at any one time. We made the decision to go lower than SCCC’s allowed cap of 1,700 people under the current government SOPs (50% of venue capacity) to ensure the safety of visitors and staff. Once inside, visitors will be required to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Do take note of some limitations – in the interest of health and safety, children aged 12 below and senior citizens aged 60 and above will not be allowed to enter.

    Click here for more details on ACE 2021.

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  • 2021 MotoGP: Mandalika circuit, Indonesia, inspected

    Recently inspected by MotoGP officials is the Mandalika International Street Circuit in Lombok, Indonesia. Currently undergoing construction, the site was visited by FIM Grand Prix Safety Officer Franco Uncini, Dorna Race Direction Representative Loris Capirossi and Dorna Sports Managing Director Carlos Ezpeleta.

    Initially scheduled to host a round of the 2021 MotoGP pending homologation, discussions with FIM and MotoGP organisers Dorna have pushed that back to the early part of 2022, possibly in March. This is dependant on international travel restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic being lifted beforehand.

    Still on the race calendar is the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WSBK), slated for November 2021. However, should travel restrictions be lifted by then, MotoGP teams could have the opportunity to perform track testing ahead of the 2022 MotoGP season.

    The Mandalika circuit is located in the south of Lombok island on a 133.1 hectare plot in the Mandalika Special Economic Zone and is part of a USD 3 billion (RM12.26 billion) state-backed economic development programme with USD 1 billion (RM4.08 billion) allocated to building the circuit.

    Total track distance is 4.32 km with 19 corners, and Mandalika circuit is a dual-purpose circuit, with the track being open for use as public roads and highways. The circuit is able to cater for 150,000 spectators, split between the 50,000-plus seat grandstand and other areas.

     
  • 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.

     
  • BHPetrol launches Tabung Pahlawan ATM for M’sian armed forces veterans – 204 locations nationwide

    BHPetrol has launched the Tabung Pahlawan ATM, or Malaysian Armed Forces Warriors Fund, together with the veterans affairs department (JHEV) for the channelling of financial aid to veterans of the country’s armed forces as an appreciation for their services.

    As of September 2019, BHPetrol is 70% controlled by Boustead Petroleum and 30% by the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT). At the time, the LTAT has a 59.45% stake in BHPetrol parent company, Boustead Holdings.

    List of participating BHPetrol stations (left). Click to enlarge

    The funds collection campaign began in February 2021, with collection boxes located within the retail stores of 204 BHPetrol stations nationwide, and will carry on until December 2021, according to the veterans affairs department. Proceeds will be channeled through the veterans affairs department to retired veterans in need, according to BHPetrol.

    The next time you’re refuelling at a BHPetrol station, or purchasing other goods from the BHPetromart retail stores, do spare a thought for the retired armed forces personnel of our country, and make a donation for those who are in need.

     
  • 2021 Volvo S90 facelift teased, Malaysian launch soon

    Volvo Car Malaysia (VCM) has officially teased the facelifted S90 on its social media pages, confirming that the refreshed executive sedan will be launched soon. It’s taken quite a while for the car to arrive, having been revealed to the world back in February 2020 – it’s already been on sale in Thailand since December, and in Malaysian-assembled form too.

    Still, better late than never, and while no details have been revealed just yet, the S90 should at least retain its current attractive pricing. The outgoing model retailed at RM319,630 for the T5 Momentum, RM349,670 for the T8 Twin Engine AWD Inscription and RM368,920 for the Inscription Plus.

    Changes to the S90 are fairly minor and include a redesigned lower front bumper with reshaped air intakes and a full-width chrome strip for Inscription models. The facelifted model was also the first Volvo to ditch its visible exhaust tips – a change that has now filtered down to other cars. Lastly, there are three-dimensional full-LED taillights with C-shaped graphics, replacing the previous E-shaped ones.

    Thai-market Volvo S90 Recharge T8 Inscription pictured

    Inside, the revisions are limited to a reshaped Orrefors crystal gearknob for the Inscription trim, an Advanced Air Cleaner with a PM 2.5 particular filter and an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system with a new amplifier, active noise cancellation and a new jazz club setting. For the 2022 model year, the S90 also receives the latest Sensus infotainment system based on the Android Automotive OS, although it remains to be seen if we’ll get the new software or the 2021 spec with the old system.

    Expect the specs of the Inscription Plus model to closely mirror those of the Malaysian-built, Thai-market Inscription. The latter comes with adaptive LED headlights, 19-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, power-adjustable front seats with heating, ventilation, memory and lumbar adjustment, a 12.3-inch instrument display, a nine-inch centre touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a head-up display, rear sunshades, a sunroof, a 360-degree camera and a hands-free powered bootlid.

    The Inscription Plus model is differentiated by the 19-speaker, 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins system and Four-C adaptive dampers with rear air suspension, both of which are fitted to the Thai Inscription. Safety-wise, all models come with the Pilot Assist semi-autonomous driving system with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop and go, lane centring assist, lane keeping assist, blind spot monitoring with steering assist, rear cross traffic alert with auto brake and active high beam.

    The mechanicals on the T8 model – which will receive the new Recharge branding, replacing the previous Twin Engine moniker – will likely remain identical and include of a 2.0 litre turbocharged and supercharged four-cylinder producing 320 PS and 400 Nm of torque. This is paired with a 87 PS/240 Nm rear electric motor to produce a total system output of 407 PS and 640 Nm, plus an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

    While we don’t get the full 420 PS output found in other markets, we do receive a new brake-by-wire battery charging system, plus a larger 11.6 kWh lithium-ion battery. Despite this, the all-electric range of this car is practically unchanged at 49 km. Zero to 100 km/h takes 4.9 seconds, while the top speed is limited to 180 km/h. Fuel consumption is rated at 1.7 litres per 100 km.

    No specs for the T5 model, but expect the car to soldier on with the same 254 PS/350 Nm single-turbo version of the 2.0 litre mill, without the mild hybrid system available in other markets. It’s also paired to an eight-speed auto and gets from zero to 100 km/h in 6.8 seconds, with an official fuel consumption figure of 7.0 litres per 100 km.

    GALLERY: 2021 Volvo S90 facelift official photos

     
  • ACE 2021: Get a new Hyundai with step-up financing from RM958/month, and RM2,550 in vouchers from us!

    The deals keep on coming as we approach the inaugural paultan.org Auto Car Expo (ACE) for mainstream brands, which takes place this weekend from April 17 to 18 at the Setia City Convention Centre (SCCC). Here, a host of great deals will be offered from Hyundai with the purchase of a new car.

    A host of great step-up financing packages are available for all Hyundai models, where instalments start from RM958 a month*. Buyers will also enjoy a higher trade-in value for all types of vehicles towards the purchase of a new Hyundai at ACE 2021, making ownership of your preferred Hyundai even more attainable.

    Buy at ACE, and a new Hyundai on your driveway will also get you greater comfort in your home, with a free Ogawa Smart Vogue Prime massage chair worth RM11,999. Keen on SUVs? The facelifted Hyundai Kona will be showcased at ACE 2021, with a comprehensive redesign inside and out along with new features, which you can check out in detail at the event.

    Hyundai is one of several brands taking part in ACE 2021, joining Ford, Honda, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Proton, Toyota and Volkswagen. While focused on mainstream makes, the premium segment will be represented here as well, courtesy of attendance by BMW, MINI and Lexus at the show. You’ll also get to test drive and purchase your ideal car, new or pre-owned, and you’ll get to take full advantage of SST exemptions for even greater savings.

    When you buy a new vehicle at ACE 2021, you’ll also get a host of deals from us at paultan.org, as the first 200 customers to confirm their vehicle purchase booking will receive a RM2,550 combined voucher.

    This includes a RM650 DK SCHWEIZER voucher for interior leather personalisation and customisation, a RM500 V-Kool tinting voucher, a RM500 Blueair air purifier voucher, a RM300 Dodomat voucher, a RM300 voucher for Recaro child car seats, a RM200 BHPetrol fuel voucher and a RM100 Shopee voucher. For motorsports fans, there will be a selection of interesting MSR Racing cars on display!

    Whether new or pre-owned, we’ve got you covered at ACE 2021 with impressive offers from the brands present at the event. There’s more – Customers with confirmed vehicle bookings will be entered into a lucky draw for even more prizes, and these include 10 mobile phones worth RM2,300 each, and a holiday package for two worth RM10,000!

    With the global pandemic still very much among us, we will be taking every possible measure to keep you safe. Visitors will be required to wear their masks at all times, and will need to be screened for their temperature to rear below 37.4ºC in order to be permitted entry into the event. Visitors will also need to scan a MySejahtera QR code and record details for contact tracing purposes.

    In addition to the now-commonplace masks, all customer-facing personnel will wear face shields, and all major touch points including display and test drive vehicles will be sanitised regularly as well. Hand sanitisers will be provided at the event, and visitors are strongly encouraged to bring their own sanitisers and wash their hands frequently.

    We will also be imposing a strict maximum limit of 1,200 persons in the venue at any one time. We have decided to cap the total permitted headcount below SCCC’s limit of 1,700 persons under current government SOPs, that is 50% of a venue’s capacity, in order to ensure the safety of everyone in attendance.

    Visitors will be required to adhere to physical guidelines once inside the venue. For the health and safety of all who will be present, children aged 12 and below, as well as senior citizens aged 60 and above will not be allowed to enter.

    Find out more about ACE 2021, here.

    *based on 90% hire purchase loan

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  • Noisy exhaust eradication a joint effort, says Wee

    Illegally modified motorcycle exhausts, or the eradication thereof, should be a collective effort by all relevant Malaysian agencies, says Transport Minister Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong. Speaking during the launch of the Diesel Multiple Unit train at Pasir Was, Kelantan, Wee said the import and sale of illegally modified motorcycles and components needed to be addressed, as reported in The Star.

    “Some say loud exhausts should be banned but it may not come under the Transport Ministry’s jurisdiction as it could involve the Customs Department and such,” said Wee, responding to social media posts accusing several ministries of allowing the sale of modified motorcycle parts. “Some people questioned how these exhausts entered the market and accused the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry of not stopping the sale of such prohibited items,” he said.

    Saying that the sale of modified parts for vehicle use does not fall under the jurisdiction of the Transport Ministry, Wee suggested the relevant ministries collaborate on finding a solution. “We don’t want to trouble the people but there are complaints that the loud sound from these exhausts is causing some to lose sleep,” said Wee.

    Wee emphasised the Ministry of Transport is taking an advocacy approach to the issue of noisy motorcycles, with offenders being called up for interviews by JPJ under Article 114 of the Road Transport Act, instead of being issued a summons. Those found guilty of modifying their motorcycle exhaust face a maximum fine of RM2,000 or six months’ jail, with seizure of the non-compliant motorcycle an option under Section 64 of the Road Transport Act 1987.

    The issue of motorcycle exhaust noise came to the fore around mid-February this year, after police and JPJ took what was felt by some in the riding community to be excessive action. Riders were subject to roadblocks and checks, leading to allegations from the public a minority segment of the vehicle population in Malaysia was being unfairly targeted and persecuted.

     
 

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