The year end for 2017 is here. As we usher in the new year of 2018, December's holiday season is a great one for many. Ford Malaysia's website is now chinese and bahasa malaysia friendly and also chatbot enabled, MSIG now offers insurance for drivers of e-hailing services, BMW and Mini owners can now schedule their car service online, Volkswagen's official 3S centre in Seremban is now open, and NZ Wheels upgrades their Johor Bahru Autohaus to be even better.
Ford Malaysia website now with multiple languages
Sime Darby Auto Connexion, sole distributor for Ford in Malaysia has launched a chatbot in beta, as well as provided the Ford Malaysia website with multiple language support that now includes Bahasa Malaysia and Simplified Chinese on top of English. As for the chatbot, it is only available in English and is able to provide a convenient and conversational interface to quick answers and frequently asked questions. Users of the chatbot can ask for the nearest service centre, call number for assistance and the price of a Ford car to receive an easy-to-understand response. Visitors to the site can also get up to date on news, announcements, book a test drive or service appointment and more.
MSIG launches Motor Insurance for E-Hailing Drivers
Drivers of e-hailing services like Grab and Uber previously assumed that their standard comprehensive insurance covers them in the case of an accident during a ride, when it fact it doesn’t. But now MSIG has launched this add-on insurance called E-Hail E-Zee, the first in Malaysia to provide e-hailing drivers with peace of mind. The insurance add-on covers:
- Loss or damage to the vehicle due to accident
- Loss or damage to the vehicle due to fire or theft
- Loss or damage to third-party’s vehicle or property
- Death or injury to third-party involved in an accident
- Legal liability to passengers and legal liability of passengers
- Accidental Death or Permanent Disablement to the driver
Click here to visit MSIG’s E-Hail E-Zee site for more information.
2018 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest Opens
The 2018 Toyota Dream Car Art Contest (2018 DCAC) is now open until 20 February 2018 for participation to all children of age 15 years and below. The world-wide drawing competition has been keenly participated by Malaysian children since 2013. The purpose of this program is to inspire creativity among children on how cars can make the world better, through art form. Drawing by nine of the winners from Malaysia will be sent for the world contest. The finalist of 2018 DCAC World Contest will be invited for an all-expense paid to Japan with a guardian for the award ceremony in August 2018. In Japan, the winners will be given a tour of the Toyota factory apart from the exposure to various aspects of Japanese culture.
The art work must be hand drawn using water paint, colour markers or crayons, and participants are to be creative in dreaming off a futuristic car with a background supporting the idea. For more information and entry forms, visit Toyota Malaysia here.
Volkswagen Seremban now open!
Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia (VPCM) and HICOM Auto has launched the Volkswagen Seremban 3S Centre. This new Volkswagen Seremban is the only authorised 3S Centre showroom in the state that spans over 24,735 square feet and is able to fit eight car displays with a guest lounge for customer convenience. Located at the Oakland Industrial area, the centre also provides “Pick up & Drop Off” service to customers who live within 5 km from the centre. Volkswagen Seremban 3S Centre sales operates everyday including Sundays and Public Holidays. Aftersales services are available from Monday to Friday from 8.30 am to 5.30 pm and 8:30 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays. For more information, visit Volkswagen Malaysia here.
BMW Group Malaysia Introduces BMW and MINI Service Online
BMW Group Malaysia has introduced BMW and MINI Service Online, an after sales care offering which enables customers to schedule service needs for their vehicles directly via the BMW Malaysia and MINI Malaysia website.
The BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience includes:
- BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program.
- MINI 4 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service.
- BMW 2-Year/24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run Flat Tyre offering and services.
- Ultimate Protection Program+ (UPP+) courtesy of BMW Credit Malaysia and underwritten by Allianz General Insurance Company (Malaysia) Bhd.
- BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline.
- BMW WhiteCard, MINI BlackCard and BMW Excellence Club membership program.
- BMW and MINI Service Online.
NZ Wheels upgrades Johor Bahru Autohaus
Mercedes-Benz Malaysia together with NZ Wheels has unveiled the completely refurbished Mercedes-Benz NZ Wheels Johor Bahru Autohaus which also now features an AMG Performance Centre. The 18,692 sq feet centre has sales, technical services and spare parts functions with 12 work bays that can service up to 500 vehicles per month. The new look is compliant with the brand’s new corporate identity. Financial services and official Mercedes-Benz accessories and merchandise are also available at the new Autohaus located at Jalan Masai Lama in Plentong Johor. Visit nzwheels.mercedes-benz.com.my for more information.
Perodua Myvi officially receives 5-star Asean NCAP rating
Miros (Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research) has officially given Perodua a certificate to recognise the new Perodua Myvi with a full 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating. The rating based on the latest protocol applies to all variants which has four airbags, ABS, EBD, VSC, Traction Control, Emergency Stop Signal, Isofix, reverse sensors and seat belt reminders for all seats as standard. As reported by the brand early this month, demand for the new Myvi has reached 20,000 bookings within a month from its open booking day, with Perodua already delivered over 4,500 cars to date.
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