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Saturday, October 21, 2006

Japanese-style "Train The Trainer" Centre For Local Auto Sector

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 21 (Bernama) -- Japan will help Malaysia set up the proposed Skills Training Centre to help train Malaysian automobile technologists so that they can compete in the world market.

The Japanese-sponsored project is part of a joint initiative to enhance co-operation between the Japanese and Malaysian automotive industries under the Japan-Malaysia Economic Partnership Agreement signed last December. It came into force in July.

Dubbed as the "train the trainers programmme", Japanese automobile experts will arrive in Malaysia later this year to draw out a comprehensive training programme to further develop the local automobile sector, which is more than 20 years old.

"Without training capabilities, it is difficult to learn state-of-the-art technology in the automobile industry," Tsuneo Tanaka, managing director of the Japan External Trade Organisation's (JETRO) Kuala Lumpur office, told Bernama in an interview here.

"The overall knowledge and skill level of technologists working in the Malaysian automobile industry have yet to reach the competitive level in the world market.

"The Malaysian government itself recognised this and had requested the Japanese government to assist in this field," he said.

The primary objective of the Skills Training Centre is to foster world-class technologists while offering introductory to advanced training courses to raise the competency of auto industry workers from the novice to top-class levels at the same time.

To be located at Shah Alam, the training centre, mainly for leaders in the local automotive industry, will also act as a model institute for existing public vocational training schools in Malaysia.

Tanaka said a preliminary study team from Japan which was despatched to Malaysia earlier found that the existing training system was inadequate.

The team members had found that advanced training was crucial for the further progress of the Malaysian automotive sector.

Under the initial proposed five-year programme, the centre will train advanced technologists into master trainers who will then play a key role in training co-workers at their respective companies.

During the first three years of the training project, the curriculum for local trainers will be developed and the actual training will only begin three years later.

"In the following two years, training courses will be progressively launched and the centre will spread the state-of-the-art training know-how to more automotive industry workers later, Tanaka said.


Friday, October 20, 2006

SPY ----> Infiniti G35 - DAMD version (Aston martin Front grille and bumper)

SPY ----> Lancia J

Thursday, October 19, 2006

SPY ----> Audi TT Roadster

SPY ----> Fiat Bravo

What is the main factor for you to buy a Proton Car?

What is the main factor for you to buy a Proton Car?
Low price and no other choice due to budget
Good resale value
Low maintenance cost
Ride & Handling is good
Reliable parts, chasis and engine
Good Styling exterior & Interior
Patriotism (I support Made in Malaysia Products)
Follow others (Follow Majorities should be the best choice)

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Proton car owners in UK a 'very satisfied' lot

PROTON Holdings Bhd has scored big in the UK, being among the top five car manufacturers when it comes to customer satisfaction there.

Proton trailed Honda, Toyota and Skoda, but was ahead of more established carmakers such as Nissan, BMW, Volvo, Hyundai, Kia and Volkswagen.

Documents obtained by Business Times showed that Wegener DM had asked over 70,000 shoppers to rate their level of satisfaction on a range of products and services such as mortgages, mobile phone providers and banks.

A total of 46,627 people responded to the car satisfaction section of the survey.

When contacted, Proton managing director Syed Zainal Abidin Syed Mohamed Tahir said customer satisfaction has always been high in the company's list of priorities.

"Proton has made a promise to resolve quality concerns and to deliver total customer satisfaction.

"While the issue of quality is being sorted out with the more recent Savvy and Satria Neo models setting new benchmarks in quality, validated by market acceptance, we are working very hard to fulfill customers' expectation overall.

"These independent results have given a big boost to this commitment," Syed Zainal said.

Proton UK managing director Brian Collier said the latest result was backed by the recent NFDA Dealer Attitude Survey where Proton dealers also showed their support for the carmaker.

He added that the results were timely with the growing monthly sales recorded this year compared with 2005.

Collier said the company's future looks bullish with a new three-door Satria due to be launched in the UK in early 2007. - By Zuraimi Abdullah

Myvi wins supermini car of the year award

Perusahaan Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd's (Perodua) sixth and most successful model to date, the Myvi, has won the Autocar Asean, Car of the Year Award for 2005/2006 in the supermini category.

In a ceremony at its office on Oct 17, Perodua’s managing director Hafiz Syed Abu Bakar received the award from MTM Publications Sdn Bhd managing director Kate Stearman Smith.

In a statement, Perodua said at a separate ceremony earlier, Perodua Manufacturing Sdn Bhd saw the line-up of its 100,000th unit Myvi produced after only 17 months of introduction.

Hafiz said Perodua’s new model to be launched in May next year was progressing smoothly and he was confident that the public would be similarly supportive of the new car.

Car sales down 19% in Sept

Sales of passenger cars fell 16.1% to 31,178 units in September this year from 37,165 units a year ago due to competitive market conditions, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) said.

Releasing the vehicles sales figures on Oct 17, the MAA also said that the sales volume for this month was expected to be lower than September due to the reduced number of working days as a result of the festive holidays.

Sales of the national car dropped 18.57% to 24,135 units in September this year from 29,640 units in September 2005.

For the non-national segment, the drop was lower by 6.4% to 7,043 units from the 7,525 units sold during the period under review.

MAA that said for the nine months up September 2006, the total industry volume dropped 6.35% to 382,402 units from 408,349 a year ago.

Malaysia Car Sales Down 9.1 Pct In September

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 17 (Bernama) -- The number of motor vehicles sold in September 2006 was 9.1 percent lower or 4,305 units less than in the previous month amid a backdrop of competitive market conditions, the Malaysian Automotive Association (MAA) said.

In a statement here Tuesday, it said while sales volume in October may improve, it was also expected to be lower than in September, due to the short working month brought on by the festive holidays.

It said sales of passenger cars in September decreased to 31,178 units from 37,165 units for the same period last year, and sales of commercial vehicles dropped to 11,706 units from 13,377 units.

In the national brand segment, vehicle sales also declined to 27,920 units from 31,921 units.

It noted that sales of national passenger cars fell to 24,135 units from 29,640 units. However, for national commercial vehicles, sales increased to 3,785 units from 2,281 units.

MAA said in the non-national segment, September sales was down to 14,964 units from 18,621 units.

"Sales of non-national passenger cars was marginally lower at 7,043 units in September from 7,525 units in the corresponding month last year, and that of non-national commercial vehicles dropped to 7,921 units from 11,096 units."

It said for the Jan-Sept period, sales of passenger cars fell to 286,158 units compared with 307,995 units in the same period last year, and sales of commercial vehicles dropped to 96,245 units from 100,354 units.

MAA said total vehicle production in September declined to 39,587 units from 51,971 in the same month last year.

"Production of passenger cars decreased to 28,904 units from 36,918 units for the period, and production of commercial vehicles dropped to 10,683 units from 15,053 units.

"In the national brand segment, production of vehicles declined to 27,638 units from 33,988 units.

"Production of national passenger cars fell to 23,849 units from 30,214 units, while production of national commercial vehicles rose slightly to 3,789 units from 3,774 units," it said. MAA said vehicle production for Jan-Sept period fell to 399,351 units from 424,884 units in the same period last year.


SPY ----> Honda SUV - CR-V mugen version

SPY ----> Hyundai SUV - Veracruz

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Proton dicadang cari rakan kongsi Jerman, Jepun

KUALA LUMPUR 16 Okt. – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad berpendapat cadangan Proton Holdings Berhad (Proton) untuk mengadakan pakatan dengan syarikat kereta dari China dan India tidak akan membawa keuntungan jangka panjang kepada syarikat milik negara itu.

Ini kerana, kata beliau, syarikat automotif di China dan India tidak memiliki teknologi tinggi dalam industri automotif.

Sebaliknya, beliau yang juga Penasihat Proton mencadangkan syarikat kereta nasional itu menumpukan usaha mencari rakan kongsi asing dari Jerman dan Jepun yang terbukti memiliki kepakaran tinggi dalam industri tersebut.

‘‘Saya fikir cadangan pengurusan baru Proton untuk mengadakan kerjasama dengan China dan India dengan hasrat menembusi pasaran kereta kedua-dua negara terbabit tidak akan bertahan dan pergi jauh,’’ katanya dalam wawancara dengan Bloomberg yang disiarkan melalui Astro saluran 12, hari ini.

Dr. Mahathir yang mengakui Proton perlu rakan kongsi asing untuk bersaing berkata, India sebenarnya lebih berminat untuk Proton melabur di negara itu dan mengeluarkan kereta di sana.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Police buying 2,000 Protons for RM80m

The Royal Malaysian Police is acquiring 2,000 Proton cars this year for about RM80 million to beef up its mobile patrol vehicle programme.

The Inspector General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan said on Oct 13 that the police are considering to buy another 300 more cars next year.

Of the 2,000 cars, the police took delivery of 200 on Oct 13 while another 300 more cars would be delivered before Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

"The remainder (1,500) will arrive by December this year. With the new cars, which will be distributed according to priority, we hope to have a bigger police presence and cut response time from 12 minutes to four,” Musa said.

He was speaking to reporters at the handing-over ceremony in Shah Alam on Oct 13. Also present was Proton Holdings Bhd chairman Datuk Mohammed Azlan Hashim.

Of the 2,000 cars this year, the police will receive 1,000 Wajas, 500 Wiras, 400 Iswaras and 100 Perdana V6s. The police are looking to have a fleet of about 3,990 by the end of next year. Currently, the police have about 1,690 Proton cars.

Azlan declined to comment on Proton adviser and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's statement that Proton would collapse unless it had a strong foreign partner.

“The views and comments we’ve often heard. As mentioned during our AGM, many steps are being undertaken to improve Proton but the effects will take time. By next year, as we have also announced, we will launch two new models and this is something to look forward to.

“We will admit that the cars we have perhaps have been around for many years already and people want to see something fresh and new. This is something that has been worked on a fast-tracked basis and we will make the announcement on these two at the appropriate time,” he added.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

SPY ----> Mitsubishi Pajero

SPY ----> Renault SUV - Koleos

EPMB selected by Proton to improve Campro engine

EP Manufacturing Bhd (EPMB), in collaboration with its technology partner Bosch, has been awarded a letter of intent by Proton Holdings Bhd to develop and supply an improved Intake Air-Fuel Module (IAFM) to help boost the performance of Proton’s present range of Campro engines.

In a statement on Oct 9, EPMB said the development of the IAFM started some 12 months ago, involving intensive design and engineering activities between EPMB and Robert Bosch of Germany with their respective engineers spanning Malaysia, Germany, Australia and South Korea.

It said the module would substantially improve the efficiency of air intake into the engine combustion chamber, increase the torque output and smoothen power delivery.

“Prototypes were made, tested engine test benches, and the optimum version was fitted into various Proton models, and tested on actual road condition driving.

“Finally Proton unanimously adopted this solution from EPMB and Robert Bosch,” it said, adding that the IAFM development is now at its advanced tooling stage.

EPMB executive chairman Hamidon Abdullah said: “This IAFM is one of the results of EPMB’s strategic decision several years ago to invest heavily in its R&D and infrastructure in order to acquire steady future growth in technology, knowledge and human resources.”

Meanwhile, EPMB expects a lower turnover this year, if not match last year’s amount of RM330 million, due to the soft local market conditions, while its export has only just begun to gather momentum.

EPMB operates two plants in Selangor, with a workforce of 1,500.

Saturday, October 07, 2006

SPY ----> Ford SUV - Iosis X

What is the main factor for you to buy a Proton Car?
Low price and no other choice due to budget
Good resale value
Low maintenance cost
Ride & Handling is good
Reliable parts, chasis and engine
Good Styling exterior & Interior
Patriotism (I support Made in Malaysia Products)
Follow others (Follow Majorities should be the best choice)