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ISSUE #2/2017 (MAY) Ms MAA 2017? This year’s MAA Annual Dinner was yet another happy and fun-filled event. Three sporting guys from different companie...

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ISSUE #2/2017 (MAY)

Ms MAA 2017? This year’s MAA Annual Dinner was yet another happy and fun-filled event. Three sporting guys from different companies allowed themselves to have make-up applied by blind-folded ladies from other companies. Turn to pages 6-7 for more MAA Annual Dinner photos

FIRST THREE MONTHS TIV UP A good beginning for 2017 started with a Q1 TIV increase of 7.3% to 140,839 units compared to the same period last year. Most improved sales were MPV (+75.8% or 9,021 units) and Window Van (+30,7% or 226 units). As expected, sales of commercial vehicles were lower due to the economic uncertainties of the domestic market but there was a silver lining where panel vans saw a 19.2% increase in sales compared to the same period last year. Total Industry Production (TIP) in Malaysia also saw an encouraging growth of 6.5% to 138,015 units compared to Q1 of 2016. Sales of new motor vehicles in the ASEAN region increased by 10% to 818,832 units compared to the same period last year. Other than Thailand and Vietnam which saw a marginal drop in performance, all other ASEAN markets showed healthy increases in sales. n See page 3 for more detailed figures

MAA MANAGEMENT COUNCIL REMAINED UNCHANGED Recently concluded AGM re-elects all Council Members for yet another term


s is the norm of MAA AGMs, the whole annual event went on like clockwork. With the large turn up of Members, the el of the Management Council Members for the new term 2017/8 was a straightforward affair with all the top posts returned unopposed. In the end, all the existing Management Council Members were return to their respective positions for yet another term, showing the full confidence and support of MAA Members. After a press conference at the end of the AGM, participants and members of the media adjourned for a buffet lunch at the hotel’s café. n

YBhg. Datuk Aishah was returned unopposed for yet another term as MAA’s President.

Group photo of the MAA management Council Members and their representatives for the term 2017/8.



Segment YEAR-TO-DATE MARCH 2017 2016 Variance % UNITS Total Industry Production (TIP) 138,015 129,591 8,424 6.5 PV (Passenger Vehicles) 128,283 121,980 6,303 5.2 PC (Passenger Cars) 93,650 91,096 2,554 2.8 WV (Window Vans) 487 1,471 (984) (66.9) MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) 14,276 11,336 2,940 25.9 4x4/SUV (Four Wheel Drive/Sports Utility Vehicles) 19,870 18,077 1,793 9.9 CV (Commercial Vehicles) 9,732 7,611 2,121 27.9 PV (Panel Vans) 316 387 (71) (18.3) PU (Pick Ups) 5,471 3,839 1,632 42.5 Trucks 3,663 3,167 496 15.7 PM (Prime Movers) 171 121 50 41.3 Bus 111 97 14 14.4

SALES Segment YEAR-TO-DATE MARCH 2017 2016 Variance UNITS % 140,839 131,251 9,588 7.3 Total Industry Volume (TIV) PV (Passenger Vehicles) 127,530 117,084 10,446 8.9 PC (Passenger Cars) 92,587 88,597 3,990 4.5 WV (Window Vans) 962 736 226 30.7 MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicles) 20,919 11,898 9,021 75.8 4x4/SUV (Four Wheel Drive/Sports Utility Vehicles) 13,062 15,853 (2,791) (17.6) CV (Commercial Vehicles) 13,309 14,167 (858) (6.1) PV (Panel Vans) 795 667 128 19.2 PU (Pick Ups) 9,477 9,701 (224) (2.3) Trucks 2,725 3,347 (622) (18.6) PM (Prime Movers) 216 273 (57) (20.9) Bus 96 179 (83) (46.4)

PRODUCTION COUNTRY Indonesia Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Thailand Vietnam TOTAL

ASEAN PRODUCTION & SALES STATISTICS FOR JANUARY TO MARCH 2017 YTD MARCH-2017 YTD MAR-16 PASSENGER COMMERCIAL TOTAL TOTAL VARIANCE VEHICLES VEHICLES (%) 258,567 60,674 319,241 285,110 12% 128,283 9,732 138,015 129,591 7% 473 156 629 277 127% 11,740 21,664 33,404 25,209 33% 199,979 285,576 485,555 506,874 (4%) 29,859 17,403 47,262 47,380 (0.2%) 628,901 395,205 1,024,106 994,441 3%

SALES COUNTRY Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Myanmar Philippines Singapore Thailand Vietnam TOTAL

YTD MARCH-2017 YTD MAR-16 PASSENGER COMMERCIAL TOTAL TOTAL VARIANCE VEHICLES VEHICLES (%) 2,692 79 2,771 2,892 (4%) 225,819 57,426 283,245 267,302 6% 127,530 13,309 140,839 131,251 7% 1,008 530 1,538 972 58% 31,951 62,075 94,026 76,473 23% 23,133 3,843 26,976 25,728 5% 91,729 118,761 210,490 181,560 16% 37,063 21,884 58,947 56,239 5% 540,925 277,907 818,832 742,417 10%

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INTRODUCING NEW UMWT LEADERS In a corporate function held on 28th February 2017, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. (UMWT) ushered in its new Chairman and new President. Mr. Akio Takeyama, the Deputy Chairman of UMWT introduced YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman as its new Chairman and Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy as the company’s new President. YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad has more than 30 years of experience in the field of unit trust management, investment management and corporate finance. He has been with the Permodalan Nasional Berhad and was its group President and CEO for many years. Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy has been with UMWT for 26 years and has served in various divisions in the company. “Both YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad and Mr. Ravindran have vast experience

in the industry and I am confident that they will bring to our management team new ideas and new approaches which will benefit the company and take it to greater heights,” said Mr. Akio. On outgoing Chairman YBhg. Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin and his contributions he said: “His vast experience dealing with industries, especially the auto industry while at MITI, was beneficial to our company. With his guidance, we have been able to interact with the government in a more effective way, especially when it concerned policies and other activities which we wished to undertake.” YBhg. Tan Sri Asmat helmed UMW Group and UMWT since 2001 after retiring from MITI. Mr. Akio also spoke about YBhg. Datuk Ismet Suki, who he said was instrumental in introducing enhancement of facilities at Toyota outlets around the



PROTON Holdings Berhad announced the appointment of En. Abdul Rashid Musa as the Chief Executive Officer of PROTON Edar Sdn Bhd (“PESB”), effective 1st February 2017, replacing En. Rohime Shafie who has been assigned to DRB-HICOM as the Head of Automotive in the Automotive Distribution and Manufacturing & Engineering Division reporting to YBhg. Dato’ Abdul Harith Abdullah, Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Distribution and Manufacturing & Engineering, DRBHICOM. En. Rashid has over 27 years’ experience in the automotive field, with involvement in various automotive projects and organisations. Graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Malaya in 1989, En. Rashid was involved not just in areas of manufacturing, research & development and management but also a strong advocate of passenger safety. He has given talks on passenger safety and importance of regulations for safer vehicles in the country. Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Technical Officer of PROTON where he held several portfolios, including being instrumental in the development of the four new models in 2016. He sits on the Board of several PROTON subsidiaries and was previously the head of several companies within the DRB-HICOM Group. n

Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (MBM), launched on 1st March 2017, its new 6-storey headquarters - Wisma Mercedes-Benz and the MBM Training Academy in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor. “We have very exciting times ahead of us as we look forward to continue redefining the benchmark in the premium segment with the best products, the best service and the best customer experience. As you can see, we take very seriously our motto of delivering ‘The Best or Nothing’ in every aspect of our business,” said MBM President and CEO, Dr Claus Weidner.

country in order to move customer service to a higher level. “This exercise was undertaken efficiently and systematically

as YBhg. Datuk Ismet has a good sense of planning and provided good ideas which inspired those involved in the work.” n

Wisma Mercedes-Benz is the first of its kind in Malaysia. It has been accredited as the first green industrial building

in Subang Jaya and was awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certification. An investment of RM 74 million, the facility houses Mercedes-Benz Malaysia, MercedesBenz Services Malaysia, Daimler TSS GmbH and the Mercedes-Benz Malaysia Training Academy. Operations offices utilise 53,000 sq. ft. of the 118,000 sq. ft. facility while the Training Academy occupies 65,000 sq. ft. To mark the launch of the MBM Training Academy, Director of Global Training, Mr. Joerg Himmelmann, handed over a unit of the ultimate in automotive technology and luxury, the Mercedes-Maybach S500, to MBM Vice President, After Sales, Mr. Heinrich Schromm. n


ticipating. The event was first created in 2010 to cultivate global students’ understanding of the problems faced by developing countries such as shortage of clean water and poor hygiene while supporting the students in developing innovative solutions to rectify such problems. Here, they interviewed villagers of Kampung Orang Asli Changkat Bintang before their final presentations. “It is my hope that they take what they learned here and apply this knowledge in solving global issues,” said YBhg. Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings. n

Kia Motors Corporation with the support from Naza Kia Malaysia, sponsored the 7th annual ECO Dynamic Expedition organised by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) National Committee for the Republic of Korea in Kuala Lumpur from 6th to 14th January 2017 with 91 middle and high school students from six different countries par-

HONDA MALAYSIA DOUBLE JOY Honda Malaysia celebrated on 30th March 2017 the production of the 600,000th unit in its local plant in Pegoh, Malacca and its 100,000 sales units achievement for the current financial year (1st April 2016 – 31st March 2017). The 600,000th unit production (a New City) was achieved within 14 years since Honda Malaysia started local assembly. Honda


Mr. Tan Kian Hui (centre) with his first car which happened to be the 250,000th Honda City assembled in Malaysia. He also received on 17th March 2017 RM1,000 worth of service vouchers, a full set of Honda merchandise and Honda Genuine Accessories consisting of Modulo package, Urban package and Utility package worth RM5,300.00. n

Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Katsuto Hayashi said, “The addition of the No.2 Line in 2014 has enabled Honda Malaysia to grow at an accelerated rate. We achieved 300,000 production units in just three years as compared to 11 years taken earlier.” Also present at the occasion were Mr. Seiji Kuraishi, the Executive Vice President, Executive Officer and Representative Director of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (former Honda Malaysia Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer from 2002 to 2005) and Mr. Noriaki Abe, Chief Operating Officer, Regional Operations (Asia & Oceania) of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. and President and CEO of Asian Honda Motor Co., Ltd. n

NEW FEATURES FOR ISUZU ELF The Isuzu ELF truck range will be completely powered by the latest Isuzu commonrail engines. Other new features for 2017 models include tubeless tyres, adjustable halogen headlamps, revised air intake system, stronger front axles, new 6-speed gearbox, a rear fog lamp, roof marker lamp (for 6-wheeler models and above), a new wide convex mirror and an electronically-governed speed limiter. “Our aim to make Malaysia the best place to own and operate an Isuzu vehicle remains priority No.1. This means that through the Kaizen principal, we will constantly improve and innovate, both in our products and in our operations to ensure total customer satisfaction,” said CEO of Isuzu Malaysia Mr. Kenji Matsuoka. n

Full house at MAA’s Annual Dinner2017. team at the foyer promoting the coming event.

More lucky draw prizes for those who attended the evening’s function.

All smiles at the Media table.

Before and after the make-up game!

YBhg. Datuk Aishah started the evening’s event with her traditional speech.


Pre-dinner get-together in the foyer.

Happiest person of the evening – the Grand Prize Winner!


Token of appreciation to YBhg. Datuk Jayasuri by YBhg. Datuk Aishah.

More of Jone Bond entertaining the diners.

UiTM Light Orchestra entertaining the diners.

Top lucky draw prizes and their donors.

n 24th March 2017 evening, the ballroom of Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa was filled with laughter, joy and happiness as people involved in the local motor industry from both the public and private sectors sat down for an evening of sumptuous food and lively entertainment. Making her debut as the emcee for MAA Annual Dinner was Ms Sarah, daughter of Ms Belinda Lim who kept the evening’s events well-coordinated and diners’ attention captured. In her traditional pre-dinner address, YBhg. Datuk Aishah Ahmad, President of the MAA, thanked everyone for their presence and support. She also expressed her thanks to all the various public and private agencies for their support of the MAA in the previous year. She then went on to give a brief of the current and coming local motor industry scenario with the good news of a 6% first two months TIV growth compared to last year. Among the many activities coming

Opening gambit of the evening’s function.

is the “ MAA Drive, Test & Buy Event 2017” to be held on 13th and 14th May. More than 50% of the exhibition space had been taken up by MAA Members. Meanwhile, the MAA had advocated important issues and challenges such as – • The delay in special tax refund applications • New UNECE technical regulations • Proposal to discontinue duty exemption benefits for multi sourcing parts (MSP) • B10 issues • JPJ’s exorbitant new fees structure for purchase of motor vehicle data, and, • Proposal by MOT to introduce mandatory Emergency Call System (or eCall) for new vehicles. After her speech, dinner was served while UiTM Light Orchestra and Jone Bond kept the diners entertained. n

Jone Bond crooning away to the diners’ delight.

The attractive and talented Ms Sarah was the evening’s emcee.



NEWLY LAUNCHED HONDA BR-V Date: 5th January 2017 Prices (OTR): E V

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Official Opening: 11th January 2017 Status: 3S Centre Operated By: MPV Car Service Sdn. Bhd. Investment Cost: RM1.5 Million

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Official Opening: 24th February 2017 Status: Showroom Operated By: Wearnes Quest Sdn. Bhd.

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Official Opening: 3rd March 2017 Status: 3S Centre Operated By: Cycle & Carriage Bintang Bhd.

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Official Opening: 14th March 2017 Status: 3S Centre Operated By: Mofaz Exotic Car Sdn. Bhd.

– RM85,800.00 – RM92,800.00

PEUGEOT Date: 11th January 2017 Prices (OTR): 208 Puretech 2008 SUV Puretech

– RM89,888.00 – RM109,888.00

PORSCHE CAYMAN GT4 CLUBSPORT Date: 11th January 2017 Price:

– P.O.A.

PERODUA AXIA Date: 13th February 2017 Prices (OTR): Std. E (M) Std. G (M) Std. G (A) SE (M) SE (A) ADVANCE (A)

– RM24,900.00 – RM34,900.00 – RM36,900.00 – RM37,900.00 – RM39,900.00 – RM42,900.00

PEUGEOT 208GTI Date: 16th February 2017 Prices (OTR):

– RM143,888.00

HINO 500 SERIES Date: 22nd February 2017 Prices:

– P.O.A.

HONDA CITY Date: 2nd March 2017 Prices (OTR): S E V

– RM78,300.00 – RM84,600.00 – RM92,000.00

LEXUS Date: 3rd March 2017 Prices (OTR w/o Ins.): NX 200t Special Edition IS Sport Sedan

– RM312,000.00 – RM366,000.00

MITSUBISH OUTLANDER Date: 6th March 2017 Prices (OTR w/o Ins.):

– RM171,000.00

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Official Opening: 16th March 2017 Status: 3S Centre Operated By: Sime Darby Auto Performance Sdn. Bhd. Investment Cost: RM15 Million

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Official Opening: 24th March 2017 Status: Showroom Operated By: UMW Toyota Motor Sdn. Bhd. Investment Cost: RM1 Million

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Official Opening: 22nd March 2017 Status: 3S Centre Operated By: EON Automart Sdn. Bhd. Investment Cost: RM 600,000.00

MERCEDES-BENZ A200 URBAN HUNTING ACTIVITY EDITION Date: 10th March 2017 Price (OTR w/o Ins.): – RM205,888.00 KIA GRAND CARNIVAL Date: 23rd March 2017 Prices (OTR): 2.2D KX 2.2D EX

– RM165,888.00 – RM185,888.00

VOLVO S90 & V90 Date: 24th March 2017 Prices (OTR w/o Ins.): S90 T5 S90 T6 R-Design V90 T5 V90 T6 R-Design

– RM388,888.00 – RM453,888.00 – RM393,888.00 – RM458,888.00

BMW 530i M SPORT Date: 29th March 2017 Prices (OTR w/o Ins.):

– RM398,800.00

(Note: Prices are valid for W.Malaysia, private registration and subject to change without notice.)

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Official Opening: 25th March 2017 Status: 4S Centre Operated By: Ban Chu Bee Sdn. Bhd. Investment Cost: RM 22 Million

Meetings/events participated by MAA Jan-17 4-Jan 11-Jan

Meeting with MAI on 1MCARS Meeting with MAI on Multi-Sourcing Parts


10-Feb Meeting with MOT on e-Call 15-Feb DOE briefing on self-regulation and on-line Type Approval application


1-2 Mac 14-Mar 21-Mar 23-Mar 29-Mar 30-Mar

Asean Automotive Federation TC 3-JAMA Meeting, Langkawi MAA quarterly meeting with JPJ Automotive Engineering Division Town hall session with MDTCC on the ‘Motor vehicle maintenance and repair services Act’ Meeting with MOF warranty claim & special refund applications Meeting with SPAD on new vehicle policy for taxis Meeting with MITI on EEV application process

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PROTON – A CENTRE FOR NATIONAL DUAL TRAINING SYSTEM YB Dato’ Sri Richard Riot Anak Jaem, Minister of Human Resources, presented on 26th January 2017 the accreditation certificate to YBhg. Dato’ Ahmad Fuaad Kenali, Chief Executive Officer of PROTON. Also present at the ceremony were YBhg. Dato’ Mohd Sahar Darusman, Deputy Secretary General (Policy & International) of the Ministry, En. Nidzam Kamarulzaman, Director General of JPK, and YBhg. Dato’ Radzaif Mohamed, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of PROTON. The Human Resources Minister had earlier handed out the Malaysian Skills Advanced Diploma (DLKM) to 30 recipients and witnessed the signing of an MoU between PROTON and JPK for this long term development of skilled workers programme. Another 25 individuals were also awarded with Yayasan PROTON scholarships to pursue their Malaysian Skills Certificate (SKM). n


Naza Kia Malaysia handed over a brand new Kia Sorento to Polis Di Raja Malaysia (PDRM) 23rd March 2017 at the Police headquarters in Bukit Aman Kuala Lumpur. En. SM Nasarudin Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Director and Group Chief Executive Officer, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd, presented the Kia Sorento to the Inspector-General of Police, YBhg. Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar. Also present were YBhg. Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Group Executive Chairman and Group Chief Executive Officer, Naza World Group of Companies, En. SM Faliq Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Deputy Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director, Naza TTDI Sdn Bhd and YBhg. Dato’ Samson Anand George, Group Chief Operating Officer, Automotive Group, Naza Corporation Holdings Sdn Bhd. n

[email protected] KOTA BAHRU Bringing the Mercedes-Benz experience closer to customers in the east coast region. (from left)  Thai Consulate General, HE Dr Paitoon Songkaeo, MOFAZ Group Executive Director, Encik Mohamed Ferhan Mohamed Fauzy and Mercedes-Benz Malaysia President and CEO, Dr Claus Weidner, launching the all-new Mercedes-Benz Mofaz Kota Bharu Autohaus on 14th March 2017.

PROTON Holdings Bhd. received the accreditation by the Ministry of Human Resources and Department of Skills Development (JPK) as a one-stop centre for the National Dual Training System (SLDN) programme.

MMM SUPPORTS WILDLIFE CONSERVATION Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia’s CEO, Mr. Tomoyuki Shinnishi handed over a Mitsubishi Triton 4x4 pick-up to SARAWAK FORESTRY Corporation, CEO, Mr. Wong Ting Chung in a ceremony held at Matang Wildlife Centre on 15th March 2017. The effort is part of Mitsubishi Motors CSR programme. A recently born male orangutan was named Triton in conjunction with MMM’s sponsorship.

FORD DONATES VEHICLES AND EQUIPMENT Ford Motor Company, together with its local partner Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), on 29th March 2017, named Montfort Boys Town in Selangor as the latest recipient of its Ford Conservation and Environmental Grants Programme in Malaysia. A Ford Kuga and a Ford Mondeo together with some training equipment were presented by Mr. Bagus Susanto, Managing Director, Asia Pacific Emerging Markets, Ford Motor Company and En. Syed Ahmad Muzri Syed Faiz, Managing Director of SDAC to representatives of Monfort Boys Town.

TEY 2017 LAUNCHED ‘Reduction of Carbon Footprint’ is this year’s Toyota Eco Youth (TEY) theme launched on 2nd March 2017 by YBhg. Dato’ Sri Khairil Awang, Deputy Director General of Education Malaysia in the presence of Mr. Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor, Mr. Ravindran Kurusamy, President of UMW Toyota Motor and students from selected schools in Malaysia. Since its inception in 2001, UMWT had spent more than RM 6 million for the programme. TEY is one of UMWT’s CSR activities and is a community-level project involving multiple stakeholders including the local councils, governmental agencies, community leaders, local residents and private companies.

DRIVING SKILLS FOR LIFE Over 140 Malaysian licensed drivers participated in the Driving Skills for Life (DSFL) programme, organised by Ford and local distributor Sime Darby Auto Connexion (SDAC), as part of their continued efforts to increase road safety awareness in Malaysia. Participants included members of the CitiClub by CitiBank, employees of Sime Darby Berhad, fans of Ford Malaysia’s social media channel, as well as members of the general public who attended the six half-day training sessions workshop held at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) in March 2017.