Many car companies are cautious when it comes to revealing annual sales targets, understandable given the competitive and sometimes uncertain nature of the business. Not so for Proton, and certainly not for its CEO Dr. Li Chunrong who laid down the marker for 2020 -- 132,000 cars to be sold; a projected increase of 30% over 2019's achievement (100,812 units), itself a 55.7% increase over 2018.
Granted that Proton's worst kept secret -- the forthcoming X50 compact crossover (if it is to be named as such) is heavily tipped to be a hot-seller and expected to contribute to the lion share of the increase, existing models such as the X70, Saga and Persona would still need to perform at their best in a market not likely to see growth in 2020.
Dr. Li's forecast may come across as ambitious (his words, not ours), but we reckon that it's a battle cry to all parties related to the Proton organisation to fully capitalise on the rejuvenated product portfolio and renewed dealer network. 再接再厉 #proton... See MoreSee Less
BMW did narrow the gap to Mercedes-Benz, but it wasn’t quite enough in the end as the top three premium carmakers in the world reported slightly improved global sales performance over 2019. Below is the final tally; numbers in brackets are 2018 achievements:
Mercedes-Benz 2,339,562 (2,310,185) BMW 2,168,516 (2,125,026) Audi 1,845,550 (1,812,500)
All three German luxury brands reported growth in China (their main markets) despite the Chinese passenger car TIV having shrunk by over 7% to around 20 million cars in 2019. Astonishingly, 2019 was also the ninth consecutive year where both Mercedes-Benz and BMW Group (including MINI and Rolls Royce sales) had managed to improve on their annual overall sales.
Both Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) and BMW Group Malaysia have yet to announce their respective sales tallies for 2019, but based on November year-to-date results and unconfirmed sources, MBM may have just kept their noses in front, with the difference being in the hundreds, though if MINI sales are taken into account, BMW Malaysia will likely claim a win based on combined brand totals. #MercedesBenz #BMW #Audi ... See MoreSee Less
It's going to be hard to top a prime minister (now former) caught on tape being told by his spouse to man up, but we think this press conference will surpass that in drama and intrigue. Starts 9.00pm Malaysian time. #CarlosGhosn
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Weaker sentiments in the premium segment meant sales took a backseat at Mercedes-Benz Malaysia in 2019, but 2020 could turn out better, according to Michael Jopp, VP of Sales & Marketing at MBM. ... See MoreSee Less
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For a mid-life facelift, there were a lot to unpack at the launch of the updated Mercedes-Benz GLC. Then again, this is the best-selling model in the premium mid-sized SUV class (Mercedes-Benz Malaysia has sold over 6,500 units since the GLC's introduction in 2016), so MBM was always going to do what it takes to stay ahead of the competition.
Styling – No need to reinvent the wheel here, the GLC has aged well, so aside from the customary update of the grille, illumination equipment, bumpers and alloys. there are enough differences to tell the pre- and post-facelift versions apart at a glance.
Engine – there’s a new motor under the bonnet; both the GLC 200 and 300 (including the GLC 300 Coupe) are powered by the M264 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder in two different states of tune – 197hp and 320Nm (for the 200) and 258hp and 370Nm (for the 300 4MATIC).
The GLC 250 no longer exists; the raised output of the facelifted GLC 200 (minus all-wheel drive) means performance is close to the 250, with idle to 100km/h taking just 7.8 seconds, while the GLC 300 is now capable of 0-100km/h in 6.2 seconds (6.3 for the Coupe), which is impressively swift on paper. All models work on a 9-speed automatic.
Technology and safety – Like the mid-life facelift of the C-Class, the GLC also gets a significant bump in tech and safety, the former comprising a fully digital driver’s display and MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Interface) running on the infotainment system, so yes, you can now have a conversation with the vehicle and hope she catches your drift.
The introduction of MBUX in the GLC also brings with it a host of remote access functions (such as remote engine start, real-time vehicle data on the Mercedes me connect app, etc) as there is now a SIM card embedded in the head unit. All locally assembled GLC models come with Blind Spot Assist, Active Parking Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking or Active Brake Assist, with the GLC 300 also getting lane keeping assistance.
Prices start at RM299,888 for the GLC 200, RM350,000 for the GLC 300 (estimated price as MBM is awaiting approval from the government) and RM419,888 for the GLC 300 Coupe. #MercedesBenz #GLC #HungryforAdventure ... See MoreSee Less
The rapid development of personal technology has caught out many auto manufacturers, in one way or another. In the case of BMW, the omission of Android Auto on their iDrive systems has been a curious one, more so when you consider that over 80% of smartphones in the world run on Android, and that its arch-rival Mercedes-Benz offers connectivity for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Customers are always right, ultimately, and BMW finally pivoted.
“Many of our customers have pointed out the importance to them of having Android Auto inside a BMW for using a number of familiar Android smartphone features safely without being distracted from the road, in addition to BMW’s own functions and services,” says Peter Henrich, Senior Vice President Product Management BMW. “We will offer this service to our customers starting in July 2020.”
So by the middle of next year, all BMW models running on Operating System 7.0 or later will feature Android Auto integration, but more than that, it will be wireless, just like Apple CarPlay on BMWs since 2017, the first manufacturer to offer such a convenience. Along with the super slick iDrive interface (still the best in the business), BMW will be making up for lost time, in a big way. #BMW #AndroidAuto... See MoreSee Less