Honda M’sia continues replacing affected Takata airbag inflators

HONDA Malaysia is working closely with the Transport Ministry and the Road Transport Department as it continues to emphasise the urgency to replace affected Takata airbag inflators. The company said it will render full cooperation to the ministry and department.

“Honda Malaysia’s commitment to the safety of its customers remains steadfast and will continue its awareness programme to keep owners and public informed of the Takata airbag replacement activities.

“Customers are encouraged to urgently replace their affected Takata front airbag inflators manufactured by Takata Corporation as it may deploy with excessive internal pressure when activated. The airbag inflator casing might rupture which may result in injury or fatality of the driver and passenger.

“Honda Malaysia would like emphasise that the replacement of the affected Takata airbag inflators is free-of-charge and any cost related to the replacement will be borne by Honda Malaysia. The company has 100% stock availability for the driver and passenger front airbag inflators. Vehicle owners can check their vehicles’ product recall status as per below:

1. Visit Honda website at www.honda.com.my or www.productrecall.honda.com.my
2. Call Honda toll free number at 1-800-88-2020.
3. Visit any Honda authorised dealers.

Replacement capacity

The replacement activity can be done at any of the 92 Honda authorised service dealers nationwide. Customers are highly recommended to fix an appointment with Honda authorised service centres to enable priority for replacement activities and avoid delays or setbacks in replacing the Takata airbag inflators.

Honda Malaysia has also made access to replacement activities easier for affected customers with its “mobile hub” at selected shopping malls, Hubs at Honda roadshows as well as at selected Petronas stations. Replacement activities at the mobile hubs in selected shopping malls and selected Petronas station hubs do not require advance appointment as walk-ins are welcomed at these locations.

Honda Malaysia also has mobile teams from Honda authorised dealers who will be operating in selected areas. The associates in the mobile teams will be in Honda uniforms and have with them an authorisation letter for customers’ convenience in recognising the team. Customers may request to view their Honda Identification Tag or contact the Honda toll-free number 1-800-88-2020 for further confirmation when approached by the mobile team. The door-to-door mobile teams will also make arrangements for replacement activities on-site where necessary for customers who are genuinely unable to go to any nearest dealers or the replacement hubs.

Servicing for parallel imported Honda vehicles

“Honda Malaysia continues to extend the replacement of Takata airbag inflators to parallel imported Honda vehicles, which were not sold by Honda Malaysia. Owners of parallel imported Honda vehicles are advised to contact Honda authorised dealers to check on the status of their vehicles and if affected, to make arrangements to replace their airbag inflator as soon as possible. Cost of parts and labour for the airbag inflator replacement will be borne by Honda Malaysia and is free-of-charge to the owners.

“Honda Malaysia continues to appeal to owners of Honda vehicles affected by the Takata front airbag inflator product recall to get their vehicles repaired at Honda authorised dealers as soon as possible. The company also urges all Honda vehicle owners to register their vehicles at the nearest dealers so that any necessary information sent out can reach the owners adequately.

“As at July 2, Honda Malaysia has completed more than 228,000 units of Takata driver front airbag inflator which translates to 87% completion ratio. The total number of Takata driver and passenger front airbag inflator replacements completed is at more than 465,000 units or 79% completion ratio.

“Honda Malaysia would like to affirm that the current selling line-up of Honda models do not have the same type of Takata airbag inflators as previous models affected in the recall. All current selling Honda models are not affected.”

New Honda HR-V open for booking

HONDA Malaysia announced that it is taking in bookings for the new HR-V from today, at all its 95 authorised dealers nationwide. The company also announced a new RS variant (pix) for the HR-V, the company’s segment-leading compact SUV.

The HR-V was first introduced in 2015 and since then it has received overwhelming interest and response from customers. It retains its No. 1 position for three consecutive years in the compact SUV segment and has sold more than 72,000 units as at June 2018. The HR-V is also Honda Malaysia’s current second best-selling model, contributing 16% of overall sales as at June 2018.

Honda Malaysia managing director and CEO Toichi Ishiyama said: “On behalf of Honda Malaysia, I would like to thank Malaysians for their continuous trust and support towards Honda. We have received overwhelming bookings during the zero-rated GST period of June 2018. Due to the surge in bookings, waiting period for certain Honda models is between three and four months. Rest assured, Honda Malaysia is working hard to deliver the new vehicle to all the owners.”

“We believe that the New HR-V can attract customers who desire for a sportier appearance. The enhancement in terms of exterior, features and also safety has resulted in this model to be a complete package for customers”.

The new HR-V is powered by a 1.8L SOHC i-VTEC engine combined with Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology continuous variable transmission that delivers a balance of performance and fuel efficiency. It maintains the effortless multi-utility cargo space by keeping maximum space utilisation in mind. The large trunk space can be adjusted through versatile rear seat configuration modes known as the Utility Mode, Tall Mode and Long Mode. These modes allow new HR-V users to obtain their desired space for their daily and long distance travel usage.

Standard safety features include six airbags, emergency stop signal, vehicle stability assist and hill start assist. Additionally, there’s a multi-angle rear-view camera for its driver’s convenience.

RS, the sportier HR-V

Exhibited during a Hari Raya open house for the media today was the new variant – the RS, which “exudes a bold and powerful expression made possible by the overall exterior design”. The RS variant appears sportier and attractive with an exciting new exterior featuring, Honda’s signature design, the “Solid Wing Face” concept and sporting a new set of headlights including the newly-designed LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, LED fog lights and rear combination LED guide lights.

Further enhancing its sportiness, the RS variant comes with a new sporty 18-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, sport design front grille, new front and rear bumpers. New detailing such as a dark chrome outer handle, black chrome license garnish, sport black side sill and even mesh fog garnish provides a fresh and vibrant feel to the RS variant. Honda Malaysia has introduced a new colour for the new HR-V – Passion Red Pearl, which is the first in the company’s colour line-up.

As safety is always Honda’s top priority, the HR-V RS is fitted with Honda LaneWatch, a camera system mounted on the passenger side mirror. The passenger side view of the adjacent lanes next to the vehicle including blind spots will be displayed on a display system in the car. This allows a better viewpoint and provides safer driving condition for the driver.

The new HR-V is targeted to be launched in the third quarter of this year, which means anytime from now till end of September. To appreciate Malaysian customers for their continuous support, Honda Malaysia will be rewarding all customers who place a booking for the new HR-V with a Petronas Gift Card worth RM1,000*.

*Customers need to register their new HR-V no later than Oct 31 to be entitled for the Petronas Gift Card. Terms and conditions apply.

Nissan: Exceeding expectations, tax campaigns, road shows, carnivals

EDARAN Tan Chong Motor Sdn Bhd (ETCM) today announced that the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid has exceeded expectations with 4,000 bookings as of June 30, and of that, 1,900 units have been registered in just seven weeks after its official launch.

“The great market acceptance proved that the new Nissan Serena S-Hybrid is the perfect MPV for Malaysian families. Such results motivates us even more, and we have increased our production working very closely with our local parts vendors, ensuring quality products and vehicles are delivered on time to our valued customers.” said ETCM sales and marketing director, Christopher Tan.

‘Joyful Tax Holiday’ campaign, Almera 1.5L VL now with special accessories package

ETCM has introduced the “Joyful Tax Holiday” campaign for this month, with GST set at 0% plus the continuation of Duit Raya Savings (see table at bottom of this article).

Additionally, customers can enjoy the Nissan Almera 1.5L VL variant with a special accessories package worth RM 8,955.66*. This newly-introduced accessories package includes the sporty NISMO Aerokit, seven-inch capacitive touch screen with smartphone connectivity, wi-fi, navigation and reverse camera, driving video recorder, leather seats and Solar Gard tinting.

ETCM also invites the public to test drive the new Serena S-Hybrid, and other innovative Nissan models at the Nissan Test Drive Carnival held at selected Nissan showrooms and roadshows across the nation.

Nationwide Test Drive Carnival dates and venues are:

July 7-8: ETCM Butterworth, ETCM Kuantan, ETCM Petaling Jaya, Johor Jaya, ETCM Kuching, Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.
July 13-14: ETCM Kota Bharu, ETCM Bintulu.
July 14-15: ETCM Ipoh, ETCM Jalan Raja Laut, ETCM Seremban, ETCM Tawau.

Roadshow dates and venues are:

Today-July 8: Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu; Mahkota Parade, Malacca.
July 19-22: Ipoh Parade, Ipoh.
July 26-29: Queensbay Mall, Penang; East Coast Mall, Kuantan.
July 27-29: Setia Alam Convention Centre, Selangor.

Nissan Nurtures Nature – second series coming to East Malaysia

The second series of the Nissan Nurtures Nature campaign will be held tomorrow and this Sunday alongside the Nissan Test Drive Carnival, exclusively at ETCM Kuching and Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.

Nissan Nurtures Nature is a series of fun and engaging eco-friendly activities, aimed to create awareness on minimising the environmental impact by cultivating a more sustainable way of living. This series will see activities that are centred around the 3R environmental philosophy – Reduce, Recycle and Reconnect:

– Reduce: Herbs planting activity; growing your own herbs to bring more green into homes to reduce carbon dioxide and produce more oxygen.
– Recycle: Transform waste into useable items – a showcase of using used tyres that can be creatively made into rustic furnitures.
– Reconnect: Retreat to nature allowing its serenity to refresh, rejuvenate and re-energise the body and mind. A series of “Eco Talks” will be introduced to educate owners and customers on why and how we could play a role in contributing back to the environment.

The Nissan Nurtures Nature dates, times and locations are on July 7-8, 10am-8pm, ETCM Kuching and Imago KK Times Square, Kota Kinabalu.

*Eco Talk session is only on July 7 (tomorrow) from 4pm to 5pm, and pre-registration is required.

Nissan owners who wish to attend the Eco Talk session may contact ETCM’s Customer Relations Department at 03-40478788 or send an email request to crd@tanchonggroup.com . Entries are subject to a first-come, first-served basis.

*Terms apply.