CALSONIC IMPUL Z BECOMES GT SERIES CHAMPION WITH 2ND PLACE FINISH AT MOTEGI

The final round of the SUPER GT began under clear, crisp autumn skies today at Mobility Resort Motegi, a perfect setting for closing out the season. However, early on in the race, the Nissan cars got off to a rough start. 

Katsumasa Chiyo, in the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z started the race from 4th position and managed to maintain this position despite contact with another car at the 5th corner on the first lap. On lap 9, between turns 3 and 4, a several-car incident caused severe damage to the rear of the #24 Z, forcing it into retirement. 

The #23 Z brushed another car that swerved to avoid the accident and had to pit to repair the damage. Immediately after this, the #3 Z was handed a drive-through penalty due to contact made on the first lap, which resulted in a significant loss of position.

On lap 15 during the dispatch of the safety car (SC), two GT300 class cars collided, resulting in an extended period under caution. One lap after the race finally resumed on lap 21, the #3 Z came in for a pit stop to refuel, change tires and change drivers to Mitsunori Takaboshi. The quickness and timing of the pit stop saw the #3 Z make up a great number of positions. The #12 Z pitted after 23 laps and maintained its position after handing the wheel to Kazuki Hiramine. The #23 Z, which had finished repairs, returned three laps down in 13th place.

As the race entered the second half and all of the top cars had pitted after 37 laps, the #12 Z was in 2nd position, 1 second behind the leader, while the #3 Z was in 5th position, both cars taking advantage of strong pace to close in on their rivals. On lap 51, the #3 Z passed one car at the first corner and moved up to 4th position. He further increased his pace and closed the gap to the car in front. The gaps between the race leader down to 4th position were around 1 second respectively as the race entered the final stages. Ultimately, the #12 Z, which finished on the podium in 2nd place, overtook the #3 Z in the series ranking to become the season champion. The #3 Z, which had to catch up from behind due to a penalty, recovered its position to 4th place and finished at 2nd place in the series rankings.

After 8 rounds of the 2022 season, the new Nissan Z GT500 took three race victories and grabbed the first series championship for the Nissan/NISMO teams in 7 years.

Following the race Kazuki Hiramine commented, “I really want to thank the fans. I’ve finally been able to grab the championship. I would also like to thank everyone on the team, everyone at NISMO, Bridgestone, and all of our sponsors. There were times when it was really tough, but the fans’ support gave me strength and I was able to come this far.” 

Bertrand Baguette added, “Thank you all so much. I am really ecstatic to be the champion. Hiramine drove a great race and led us to victory. I am really happy and still can’t believe it. It is thanks to all the fans, Nissan/NISMO, Director Kazuyoshi Hoshino, the team and my teammate. Thank you all very much.” 

TEAM IMPUL Team Principal, Kazuyoshi Hoshino followed, “Thanks to Calsonic/Marelli, Nissan, Bridgestone, I really appreciate the support of all the people involved. After joining us this year Baguette has driven really well alongside Hiramine. The more we used him, the more we realized that he is a very good driver. I would like to thank all of our sponsors and fans for their support.”

Nissan SUPER GT teams executive director, Motohiro Matsumura followed, “After a season of racing with the new Z, Nissan/NISMO are very happy to have won the series championship for the first time in seven years. In developing the new car, our goal was to create a car that could demonstrate its speed on any track while improving its overall competitiveness, and we were able to achieve these goals. We are very proud of TEAM IMPUL for achieving a great result to win the championship. I am also very happy to be able to show this achievement to our fans and would like to thank all of them again for their support.”

Five NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 cars competed in the GT300 class, and the #56 REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R (Kiyoto Fujinami / Joao Paulo de Oliveira), which started 6th on the grid, overcame an accident to finish 19th and win its second GT300 class championship since 2020. The #10 TANAX GAINER GT-R (Ryuichiro Tomita / Riki Okusa) and #360 RUNUP RIVAUX GT-R (Takayuki Aoki / Teppei Natori) finished in 8th and 10th place, respectively. The #10 GT-R’s Okusa, who competed in all rounds of the series, finished 3rd in the series.

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FROM SUPERCARS TO SUPER-CHARGE
A SUPERCAR LOVER’S CHOICE TO GO ELECTRIC WITH THE NISSAN LEAF

What would make a high-performance vehicle fanatic and engineer, not only change his car preference – but swap his German supercar for an electric vehicle (EV) and become the first new Nissan LEAF owner in Singapore? The answer: a 30-minute test drive, a unique car and a vision.

“I was in love immediately. I could get everything I like in a car and I knew I wanted one. I bought the car in one week,” explains a smiling Christian Sauzedde, managing director of Astuce Technologies, and Singapore’s first owner of the Nissan LEAF.

While the change from driving a supercar to an EV may sound extreme, when you come to know Christian, an energetic French-born Singapore resident of 30 years, you realize cars have become a way of representing him, his passions and his aspirations over the years. This link began early.

He recalls, growing up in Paris in the 1950s, the thrilling first moment of seeing his father move “from a bike to a car” the first encounter with the way a car can help change your life. “My father and I went to see the car and I was so excited. From that point, a car represented freedom for me. You can go anywhere you want, anytime you want.”

Then at 18, when he couldn’t afford to buy a car, Christian did the next best thing: he built a dune buggy cobbling together parts from a Volkswagen, cutting the chassis by hand, and later swapping out its engine with one from Porsche. Over the next decades Christian’s love of mechanics and engines continued with supercars – he has owned seven.

His professional career meanwhile instigated in him the most meaningful aspect of his life – consciousness about the environment. “When I started working at a paper mill in Paris, which was using wastepaper, it showed me that we shouldn’t use the world’s resources so lavishly. We should be careful with what we have,” he says. “My wife and I now own and run a company in Singapore that specializes in pulp and paper recycling. I realized that my professional activities, that save millions of tons of CO2, were not in accordance with my personal driving choices.”

Switching to an electric car was therefore a natural progression. After just one test drive, he bought the Nissan LEAF. “There are so many great things about the Nissan LEAF. The e-Pedal is one of the fantastic things. I just push one pedal and I have full power. The agility. The 150 horsepower 110 KW motor. The easiness to drive. It feels like the car does whatever you want. I don’t even feel that even in a supercar. In a supercar, you fight with the car.”

The unexpected effortlessness he felt while driving and owning an EV adds to the charm. “There’s a new pleasure of driving that you get. With the Nissan LEAF – the impression is it’s the projection of my own movement. It’s very smooth. This car is a statement and is extra fun to drive. Torque is constant at the highest gear and I don’t even miss the engine noise of a supercar!”

Beyond the driving experience, it’s the broader sustainability aspect that truly anchors his decision to go electric and to advocate it to others too.

“Being the very first new Nissan LEAF owner in Singapore is definitely a title to have! But more importantly, this car represents a change we all need to think about and feel responsible for. As the population grows, the planet doesn’t change size. We are taking more of everything. What’s going to be left in the long-term? There’s no reason to waste. Respect everything in life.”

Now six months into his electric vehicle ownership, the ultimate question that remains is: what would he now tell another supercar lover about switching to electric?

“Electric vehicles are not a compromise between performance and comfort. Just try it. Electric motors can go to extremely high speeds. The range is also perfectly convenient, as we just charge the car during our time at the office. Next, the world will be all electric. It’s a matter of time. And one day I hope this car, the Nissan LEAF, and a supercar will race side by side. I know who will win.”

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A SUPERCAR LOVER’S CHOICE TO GO ELECTRIC WITH THE NISSAN LEAF

RAIN HIT THRILLER; TEAM NISMO NISSAN Z 1-2 FINISH

September 19, 2022 – An approaching typhoon made for an exciting round 6 of the SUPER GT this weekend as it brought thick clouds, strong winds and the possibility of rain, which left everyone guessing as to how the race would unfold.

Although it qualified 3rd, the #23 MOTUL AUTECH Z was demoted 4 grids at the start of the race due to accumulated penalty points and it proceeded in 7th at the start of the race. On the other hand, the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z, which started from 11th, moved up one position to 10th on the first lap.

Later, in lap 13, rain began to fall and was so heavy that some parts of the track instantly became drenched. This led the #3 Z and #24 Realize corporation ADVAN Z to pit to change to wet tires on lap 15, while the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z did so on lap 16. The #23 Z put off pitting for longer until lap 19 when a full course yellow (FCY) was called. When all GT500 class cars had finished changing tires, the #23 Z was running in 5th, the #3 Z in 7th, the #24 Z in 9th, and the #12 Z in 12th. While the rain continued to fall, the Michelin tire sporting #23 Z and #3 Z were running at a pace around four seconds faster than their rivals, and on lap 27 the #23 Z took the lead, while on lap 28 the #3 Z moved into second place. The two cars continued maintaining this pace and began to pull away from the rest of the pack as the race entered the latter half.

On lap 44, the #23 Z came in for a pit stop to change drivers and refuel. As a result, the #3 Z took the lead, and the #23 Z returned to the race in 2nd position. The #12 Z, which had moved up to 6th position, pitted on lap 50 to change drivers and switch to dry tires, aiming to catch up in the final laps of the race. On lap 54, the #23 Z running in 2nd place also pitted and changed to dry tires. Then finally, after building up its lead on wet tires, the #3 Z came in for a driver and a tire change on lap 55. With this, the #3 Z, which ultimately required one less pit stop than the #23 Z, returned to the race a formidable 28 seconds ahead of the #23 Z in 2nd place. The #23 Z, not to be outdone though, built up an over 30-second margin over the third-placed car, leaving the Zs in a solid 1-2 position as the race entered the final stages.The #3 Z went on to win the 84-lap race, grabbing its second victory of the season. The #23 Z finished in 2nd, making this the first 1-2 finish of the season for the Zs and back-to-back wins in rounds 5 and 6. The #12 Z showed speed despite being laden with a severe success weight and achieved a commendable 5th-place finish at the end of the tumultuous race. The #24 Z was unable to improve its pace in the wet conditions and finished the race in the 14th. This result put the #3 Z at the top of the series ranking with 54 points.

Following the race, Katsumasa Chiyo stated, “We were saved by Michelin’s wet tires. This result was unexpected, but we have to win when we can as we have a strong desire to take the championship in the first year of competing in the Z.” Mitsunori Takaboshi followed, “I did not expect to have the car passed to me in the lead (laughs), but I was determined not to let my driving ruin the effort that had been made up to that point.”

In the GT300 class, five NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3s competed, and the #11 GAINER TANAX GT-R started from 17th on the grid to take 2nd place, its second podium finish this season despite carrying 60kg of success weight. The #10 TANAX GAINER GT-R finished 3rd, and the #56 REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R finished 4th. With this, the #56, #10, and #11 GT-Rs now hold the top three spots in the rankings.

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LAST-2-FIRST WIN : SUPER GT ROUND 5

The last summer round of the 2022 SUPER GT held at Suzuka Circuit this weekend was a race that kept the fans guessing right up until the checkered flag. The beginning of the race saw Ronnie Quintarelli in the #23 MOTUL AUTECH Z, which on the previous day secured the first pole position for the Nissan Z GT500, maintain the lead while Daiki Sasaki in the #24 Realize corporation ADVAN Z held onto a 6th placed starting position. Katsumasa Chiyo in the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z, started from 9th and climbed up to 7th by the second lap and Bertrand Baguette in the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z began from 15th on the grid before moving up to 14th in the opening stages.

On lap 8, the #3 Z passed the #24 Z to grab 6th while the #12 Z moved up to 13th on lap 7 before overtaking one more rival on lap 16 to move up to 12th. Unfortunately, the #24 Z suffered tire trouble in lap 17, dropping it down to 15th. The #23 Z, which was still leading the race, came in for refuelling and a tire change on lap 18. It returned to the course in 11th position without changing drivers. On lap 20, the #3 Z also pitted and returned to the course in 12th position. The #12 Z, which delayed its first pit stop, went in on lap 34 while running in 2nd position and handed the wheel over to Kazuki Hiramine, who began a fight back up from 13th position. By the time all the GT500 class cars had made their first pit stops, the #23 Z was running in 2nd, the #3 Z in 7th, the #12 Z in 13th, and the #24 Z in 15th.

As the race entered its second half the #23 Z, now in 4th made its second pit stop on lap 42 and saw Tsugio Matsuda jump into the driver’s seat. The #3 Z running in 5th entered the pits on lap 46 where the reins were handed over to Mitsunori Takaboshi. On lap 49, a crash on 130R brought out the safety car and, just before the pit lane was closed, the #12 Z running in 6th position slipped into the pits and was able to return in 8th position and successfully cut its pit stop time loss. When the race resumed on lap 55, #23 was running in 7th, #12 Z in 8th, #3 Z in 10th, and #24 Z in 15th. As several cars were making their second pit stops, the Nissan Z GT500s increased their pace and improved their positions. By lap 60, when all GT500 machines had finished their second pit stop, the #23 Z was running in 2nd, the #12 Z in 3rd, and the #3 Z in 6th.

From here an intense battle between the #23 Z and the #12 Z unfolded and climaxed on lap 65 when the two got so close that the #12 Z was forced off course as they overtook a GT300 car. Unfortunately, the #23 Z was given a drive-through penalty, dropping it from podium contention. As for the #12 Z, now in second place, it was able to close in on the race leader, which began to lose pace in the final stages of the race, and on the 75th lap, the #12 made a pass on the inside going into the hairpin to grab the lead. From there it widened the gap and took the checkered flag to achieve a phenomenal comeback victory from a tail-end start that would also be the Nissan/NISMO camp’s 5th consecutive win at Suzuka.

Following the race, Hiramine stated, “I am surprised and ecstatic right now. I really did not expect to be able to move up from 15th on the grid to finish at the top of the podium. I poured everything I had into the race keeping [team principal] Hoshino’s words in my head, “Don’t you stop fighting until you reach the checkered flag.” Bertrand Baguette continued, “For me, this is my first win with this team, so I feel great. There are three races left so I hope we can maintain this lead”

As for the #3 Z, it closed the gap with the top runners and, when the #23 Z was penalized, it climbed up to 5th place before passing another car on lap 73 and moving into 4th place. The #23 Z, which had dropped to 6th due to a penalty, finished 5th. The #24 Z finished in the points in 10th place.

Five NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 cars competed in the GT300 class, where the #10 TANAX GAINER GT-R (Ryuichiro Tomita / Riki Okusa / Yusuke Shiotsu), started from pole position and finished 2nd, its second podium this season despite carrying 45kg of success weight. In the series rankings, the #56 REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R (Kiyoto Fujinami / Joao Paulo de Oliveira) is maintaining the lead, followed by the #10 GT-R ranked 2nd.

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EDARAN TAN CHONG MOTOR (ETCM) LAUNCHES NEW 2022 NISSAN SERENA S-HYBRID WITH 360° SAFETY SHIELD

•    Facelifted Serena S-HYBRID priced from RM149,888  inclusive Sales Tax

•    Two variants available – Highway Star and Premium Highway Star with 360° Safety Shield for enhanced motoring safety

•    Proven S-HYBRID tech for improved fuel economy in city driving

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6, 2022 – Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), distributor and importer of Nissan vehicles for over 60 years, is pleased to announce the launch of the new Nissan Serena S-HYBRID with enhanced styling and safety features.

“Edaran Tan Chong Motor introduced the first Family MPV in 1997 and since then, 4 generations of the Serena have served and met the needs of multiple generations of Malaysian families, providing wonderful moments together.  More than 45,000 units have been sold nationwide to date, and in 2021, it was the best-selling Non-National Mid-size MPV in the country,” said Daniel Ho, Group Chief Executive Officer, Tan Chong Motor Holdings.

Asako Hoshino, Executive Vice President, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. said, “Malaysia has been an important part of Nissan’s journey in ASEAN since 1957.  Nissan will continue to strive to meet our customers’ expectations by focusing on technological innovation and electrification, which will benefit both customers and society.  The introduction of the new 2022 Nissan Serena S-HYBRID today demonstrates our commitment to Malaysia.”

“When we launched the Nissan Serena S-HYBRID, it was among the first hybrid models to be assembled in Malaysia and it is still the only locally-assembled hybrid MPV. This new generation of Serena has a very extensive list of features that give it a premium image – without the premium price.  Now, to make it even better value for money, it comes with added safety features and fresh styling in line with the latest Nissan design language,” Mr. Daniel said.

Mr. Daniel said that although there is the ongoing global shortage of microprocessors and also logistics issues affecting production, Tan Chong Motor Assemblies (a subsidiary of the Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad) has done its best to minimize waiting periods for all the Nissan models it assembles at the factory in Serendah, Selangor.

 “Thanks to the cooperation of our customers who have booked the new Serena S-HYBRID early, we are able to plan better and schedule production more accurately to minimize waiting time. Since we open for bookings, we have received more than 2,000 orders,” he said, adding that those who have booked a vehicle before June 30, 2022, will be able to enjoy the sales tax exemption.

For the ‘early bird’ customers who made bookings, ETCM will show its appreciation with 5 times alternate free Maintenance Services (inclusive of Parts & Labour) and the warranty period will also be up to 5 years with unlimited mileage (terms and conditions apply).

Depending on the variants, there are up to 4 colour choices and for the Serena Premium Highway Star, there is a 2-tone exterior colour scheme with the roof finished in black.  The body colour choices for this variant are Dark Metal Grey, Brilliant White, Radiant Red and Diamond Black.

For the Serena Highway Star, three exterior body colours are available for customers to choose from: Brilliant White, Tungsten Silver and Diamond Black.

Confidence and Premium-ness

While retaining the elegant presence of its design, the new Serena S-HYBRID has been given cosmetic changes which embody confidence and enhance the aura of premiumness.  These include Redesigned Dual Projector LED Headlamps, and a New V-motion Front Grille with a majestic and sophisticated chrome pattern.  There is also a Redesigned Front Bumper with integrated Fog Lamps and Daytime Running Lights at each corner, while the Rear Bumper has added Gloss Black Finishing for a classy touch. Newly designed rear LED tail lights also identify the latest Serena.

To add to the premium ambience within, soundproofing liners have been added to the rear wheel housing.  This supresses NVH (Noise, Vibration & Harshness) levels to deliver a quieter, more serene experience for all passengers.

All-round Safety and Protection

Safety has always been at the forefront of any Nissan vehicle sold to the public.  Nissan has developed a range of Nissan Intelligent Mobilitytechnologies that can help make motoring safer by assisting the driver.  These technologies make up the 360° Safety Shield to give complete all-round protection.

For the new Serena S-HYBRID, the 360° Safety Shield has enhanced Active Safety with an extensive range of systems that improve the driver’s awareness of the surroundings as well as take action to prevent a collision.  The 5 newsystems added are Intelligent Predictive Forward Collision Warning&Intelligent Forward Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning, and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

While most of the systems will provide alerts to the driver when there is another vehicle nearby and there is a risk of collision, the Intelligent Predictive Forward Collision Warning & Intelligent ForwardEmergency Braking systems go further.  The radar sensor located in the front of the vehicle detects the distances between the two cars ahead, as well as their relative speed.  This allows the system to assess the situation ahead of the Serena and determine whether there is a collision risk.

If the driver does not respond correctly when alerted (by braking or slowing down), the system will automatically apply the brakes (Automatic Emergency Braking).  In this way, a potential collision with a vehicle ahead could be avoided or if not, then the damage could be reduced due to the lowered impact speed.

Also helping the driver’s awareness of the surroundings is the Intelligent Around View Monitor with Intelligent Moving Object Detection.  The monitor shows a simulated image of an overhead view of the vehicle, allowing the driver to see what is on all sides.  The sensors can also detect moving objects and will alert the driver so that he or she will exercise caution.

On long journeys, fatigue can set in and make the driver drowsy.  While the Lane Departure Warning system will alert the driver if the vehicle starts to drift out of its lane dangerously, there is also an Intelligent Driver Alertness system that will watch the driving behaviour.  If it determines that the driver is behaving in a manner that suggests drowsiness, an alert will come on and the driver should take a break.

As with all Nissan models today, airbags are provided for reduction of potential injuries.  Because of the length of the cabin, the Serena has not only front and side airbags for the front occupants but also full-length curtain airbags along the sides.  These will deploy downwards upon a severe side impact, giving added protection to the occupants in the second and third rows.  By covering the window openings, the risk of an occupant being ejected during a violent accident can be reduced.

Hybrid tech for efficiency

Nissan S-HYBRID tech continues to power the MPV and the hybrid drivetrain incorporates an Energy Control (ECO) electric motor which controls the idle-stop system.  It alsoprovides torque assistance on moving off, the period when the engine is under high load.  The assistance reduces this load, thereby improving fuel efficiency.  The S-HYBRID system gives some of the benefits of a hybrid powertrain without the associated high costs.

The petrol engine is a 2.0-litre Twin CVTC (Continuously-variable Valve Timing Control) 4-cylinder unit which has proven its reliability and durability over the years.  It is equipped with a Dual Arm Tensioner which optimises tensile force on the belt to reduce friction, power losses and increases fuel efficiency.  An ECO MODE can also be activated to assist the driver to improve fuel efficiency without losing driving pleasure or comfort.

The hybrid drivetrain is paired with the Nissan XTRONIC CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission) with Adaptive Shift Control to coordinate control between engine and transmission.  The intelligent control system interprets the driver intentions from the acceleration and steering and determines the optimum transmission ratios to deliver class-leading fuel efficiency.

Motorists understandably have concerns about the higher cost of petrol nowadays.  So it will be appreciated that the Serena S-HYBRID, classified as an Energy Efficient Vehicle, has a fuel consumption of 14.2 kms per litre.  This allows it to travel up to 852 kms on a fuel tank of fuel, reducing the need to visit the station frequently.

Thoughtful and Convenient

The new Serena S-HYBRID makes travelling in the MPV so much more convenient and enjoyable for the driver and passengers.  Popular and highly appreciated standard features such as the Dual Back Door and Hands-Free Dual Power Sliding Doors are retained.

The Dual Back Door concept is unique to the Serena and provides convenient and faster access to the ample cargo area.  For large and tall items, the whole of the rear door can be raised but if there are small items like groceries, it is unnecessary to lift the whole door.  The upper half can be opened separately and the items can be easily dropped inside. This is also extremely useful in tight spaces.

While powered dual sliding doors are found on many MPVs these days, the Hands-Free Dual Power Sliding Doors on both sides of the Serena are less common and usually available only on more expensive models.  With the hands-free capability, the doors can be opened by just placing a foot under the side of the vehicle (provided the remote key fob is in the pocket or handbag).  A sensor will detect the foot and automatically power the door open.

This hands-free feature will certainly be appreciated when carrying many bags, and the hands are full.  Rather than having to put them on the ground to press a button or pull the handle, using the foot can open either door.  The remote control can also be used to open the doors from a short distance away.  For safety, movement of the doors will be immediately stopped if there is any resistance as they close.

As almost everyone has at least one portable electronic device nowadays, recharging the battery is a daily requirement.  When in the Serena, there won’t be fighting over the recharging port as up to 7 USB ports are provided around the cabin.

Spacious 7-seater

The spacious interior of the new Serena S-HYBRID is one of its stronger selling points and its versatile seat configurations allows up to 7 persons on board.  Extra comfortable Captain Seats are installed in the second row and these come with individual armrests and extra-long slide adjustment.  The front passengers and those in the second row also enjoy superior comfort in the Zero Gravity Seats that are proven to reduce fatigue due to their neutral posture position inspired by NASA studies.

Quality materials are used for the Serena and with the Premium Highway Star variant, combination Nappa leather that is quilted deliversthe premium look and feel.  Customers can choose either brown or black for this upholstery.

Entertainment on the move is provided by a 6-speaker infotainment system that is managed from a new advanced 9-inch full-colour touchscreen infotainment.  Besides the standard functions, there is also Apple CarPlayTM and Android AutoTM connectivity, enabling favourite apps from compatible smartphones to be transferred onto the display panel.  This means that navigation apps like Google Maps or Waze can be viewed and accessed from the touchscreen and/or voice-activated too.

The Premium Highway Star variant also come with an 11.6-inch LCD panel that folds down from the ceiling.  This allows the rear passengers to enjoy movies or other AV entertainment while on the move.  For parents with restless kids, this will certainly be a useful distraction when the journey is long!

Available in two variants, the pricing of the new Serena S-HYBRID is as follows:

*Price in Peninsular Malaysia.
*All prices are inclusive of sales tax but without Insurance and for Private Individual registration only.
*5-year unlimited mileage warranty.

Available at all showrooms

The new Serena S-HYBRID is available for viewing and test-drives at all Nissan showroom throughout Malaysia.  For customers who are not able to visit Nissan showroom, they may view necessary product information and get doorstep test drive of the newSerena from the comfort of their home through Nissan Online Showroom at https://nissan.com.my/onlineshowroom/

What’s more?  If a purchase decision is made, via Lazada Nissan Flagship store, a low-booking fee payment online is available and our Sales Representative will be in touch to assist in completing the purchase process. For more information, customers can visit the Nissan Malaysia website at www.nissan.com.my or contact the Nissan Customer Care Centre hotline at 1800-88-3838.

Stay Strong, Stay Smart, Stay Safe.

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About Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (TCMH), is the sales and marketing arm of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia. In 1957, Tan Chong Motors was appointed the franchise holder of Nissan/Datsun vehicles in Malaysia and Nissan/Datsun became the best-selling brand in the country in 1970.  TCMH was listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 1974. The group is principally involved in the assembly and distribution of automobiles. To complement TCMH’s auto business, TCMH provides a wide range of services such as vehicle after sales, hire purchase financing, leasing, and insurance.

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EDARAN TAN CHONG MOTOR (ETCM) TO LAUNCH NEW 2022 NISSAN SERENA S-HYBRID WITH PREMIUM STYLING AND MORE SAFETY FEATURES

  • Facelifted Serena S-HYBRID to have estimated price from less than RM150,000
  • Bookings open and accepted with minimum of RM1,000
  • Free 5 times Alternating Maintenance Service (Parts & Labour) and 5 years unlimited mileage warranty

KUALA LUMPUR, 13 June 2022 – Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM), distributor and importer of Nissan vehicles for over 60 years, will soon introduce a new Nissan Serena S-HYBRID with premium styling and safety features. The Serena S-HYBRID was among the first hybrid models to be assembled in Malaysia and is still the only locally-assembled hybrid MPV.

Orders are now accepted at all authorized Nissan showrooms nationwide with first deliveries to take place in July 2022.  Two variants will be available with the following estimated pricing (without insurance):

*Sales Tax Included

ETCM encourages customers to make their booking early (minimum amount of RM1,000) to secure a booking in the system.  It will also help the assembly plant to schedule production more accurately and minimize waiting time as disruptions continue due to semiconductor microprocessor shortages and global shipment delays. Depending on the variants, there are up to four colour choices.

New Nissan Serena S-HYBRID

For the ‘early birds’ making bookings, ETCM has a special offer to save money when they are owners.  Five free Maintenance Services (inclusive of Parts & Labour) will be provided at alternate intervals (10,000 kms, 30,000 kms, 50,000 kms, 70,000 kms and 90,000 kms), and the warranty period will also be up to 5 years with unlimited mileage.  Terms and conditions apply.

Besides the premium styling and new safety technologies that reflect beneficial advanced tech, the new Serena S-HYBRID continues with thoughtful convenience features such as a Dual Back Door, Hands-Free Dual Power hat have been very appreciated by many Serena owners. The spacious interior has a versatile 13 Seating Configuration with Captain Seats on the second row equipped with individual armrests and extra-long slide adjustment.  Front passengers and those in the second row enjoy fatigue-free comfort in the Zero Gravity Seats.  Quality materials such as combination Nappa leather are applied on the seats to offer a superior comfort and premium-ness.

With its 7-passenger capacity, safety tech is even more important to ensure that the best protection is provided.  Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM) consists of a suite of advanced technologies with both Active Safety and Passive Safety systems.

5 smart intelligent technologies have been added to the new Serena S-HYBRID to enhance Active Safety.  The suite now includes Intelligent Predictive Forward Collision Warning, Intelligent Forward Collision Braking, Lane Departure Warning, Blind Spot Warning and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.  Nissan’s renowned Around View Monitor (360 camera) is a standard equipment too.

The new Serena S-HYBRID tech continues to power the MPV using a 2.0-litre Twin CVTC hybrid drivetrain. Its ECO (Energy Control Motor) electric motor provides torque assistance on take-off, reducing demands on the petrol engine, thereby improving fuel efficiency. This gives some of the benefits of a hybrid powertrain without the associated high costs.

More details on the new Serena S-HYBRID will be announced closer to the launch date in early July ’22.  In the meantime, customers who require more information can visit the Nissan Malaysia website at www.nissan.com.my.  They can also contact the Nissan Customer Care Centre hotline at 1800-88-3838, or contact their regular friendly Nissan Sales Advisor too.

Stay Strong, Stay Smart, Stay Safe.

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About Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (TCMH), is the sales and marketing arm of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia. In 1957, Tan Chong Motors was appointed the franchise holder of Nissan/Datsun vehicles in Malaysia and Nissan/Datsun became the best-selling brand in the country in 1970.  TCMH was listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 1974. The group is principally involved in the assembly and distribution of automobiles. To complement TCMH’s auto business, TCMH provides a wide range of services such as vehicle after sales, hire purchase financing, leasing, and insurance.

For media enquiries, please contact: Tiffany Tan                          
T: 03-2788 3157                 
E: tiffany@tanchonggroup.com

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#3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z POWERS TO VICTORY AT SUZUKA

SUZUKA, Japan – Round 3 of the SUPER GT was held at Suzuka Circuit under scorching summer-like conditions which set the stage for a fiery performance from the Nissan Z GT500. A fierce battle for the lead immediately unfolded at the start of the race and the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z driven by Katsumasa Chiyo leapt into 2nd position by the 2nd corner and passed the leader at 130R to take the top spot before the first lap was completed. The #24 Realize corporation ADVAN Z also moved up a position to 9th while the #23 MOTUL AUTECH Z pushed through to 11th by the end of the first lap. Unfortunately, the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL Z had trouble and was forced to retire. The #3 Z pulled away from the rest of the pack at a brisk pace, and by the end of lap 10, was running at the top with a 4.6 second gap. The #24 Z and #23 Z moved up to 8th and 10th positions when other cars pitted then on lap 11, an accident involving a GT300 car brought out the safety car (SC). The race resumed on lap 15, with the three Zs maintaining their positions.

The GT500 class machines began pitting to refuel and change drivers on lap 19 and after all had completed their stops, Mitsunori Takaboshi driving the #3 Z again pulled away from the rest of the field at a solid pace, eventually building up a mammoth lead of more than 16 seconds over the rest of the field. The #24 Z driven by Kohei Hirate was running in 9th, and the #23 Z driven by Tsugio Matsuda was in 10th. On lap 34, when some other cars had to head back to the pits, the #24 Z moved up to 8th and the #23 Z to 9th.

On lap 39, an accident involving a GT500 car and a GT300 car brought out the SC for the second time. The race resumed on lap 44 with 9 laps to go, and the #3 Z’s margin of over 20 seconds had been eliminated, making for a final super sprint to the finish line. Takaboshi accomplished a perfect restart and was able to rebuild a nearly 3 second lead in the following lap, before comfortably passing the checkered flag with room to spare. This achieved the fourth GT500 victory in a row at Suzuka for the Nissan / NISMO teams.

After the restart, the #24 Z increased its pace and passed one car on lap 45 to take 7th, and then began reeling in the next car towards the end of the race, ultimately overtaking it in the last lap to finish in 6th position. The #23 Z was given a drive-through penalty due to contact with a GT300 car in the middle of the race, which unfortunately dropped it back to 12th place.

Following the race #3 driver, Katsumasa Chiyo stated, “I am really happy to be able to repay the team with this result. I really want to thank the team, the people who developed the car, and the tire manufacturer.” Mitsunori Takaboshi added, “After competing in the GT500 class for four years with KONDO Racing I’m glad to finally capitalize on the experience I gained there and grab a win”.

Six NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 cars competed in the GT300 class and the #56 REALIZE NISSAN MECHANIC CHALLENGE GT-R (Kiyoto Fujinami / Joao Paulo de Oliveira) finished on the podium in 3rd place to gain enough points to maintain the series lead. The #34 BUSOU raffinee GT-R (Masataka Yanagida/ Yuji Ide) fought back hard from a 21st qualifying position to finish in 6th.

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SUPER GT ROUND 2 FUJI – A FIRST PODIUM FINISH!

Round 2 of the 2022 SUPER GT Series was held at Fuji Speedway on May 3rd and 4th. This race, which will be held during the annual Golden Week, will be a race for the Nissan / NISMO camp to test the performance of the Nissan Z GT500 that will be competing from this season. Depending on the result of the opening round, # 23 MOTUL AUTECH Z (Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli) weighs 22 kg, # 3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL Z (Katsumasa Chiyo / Mitsunori Takaboshi) weighs 12 kg, and # 12 Calsonic IMPUL Z (Kazuki Hiramine / Bertrand). The baguette) was equipped with an 8kg success weight, and # 24 Realize Corporation ADVAN Z (Taiki Sasaki / Kohei Hirate) challenged a 450km long race without a success weight.

Qualifying

# 24 Z is 2nd in qualifying and # 3 Z is 3rd in qualifying.

On May 3rd, the qualifying day, the weather was sunny and chilly, and the GT500 class qualifying Q1 for 10 minutes started from 3:33 pm under the conditions of 14 degrees Celsius and 21 degrees Celsius. Matsuda is in charge of the attack on # 23 Z, and Chiyo is in charge of the attack on # 3 Z. I warmed the tires slowly and attacked on the 5th lap. # 23 Z marked 1’27.090, # 3 Z marked 1’26.832, and # 23 Z finished the attack. # 3 Z continued to attack on the 6th lap and achieved a time-up of 1’26.701. In # 24 Z, Sasaki set the best time on the 6th lap at 1’26.578, and in # 12 Z, Hiramine set the best time on the 5th lap at 1’26.989 and finished Q1. In the end, # 24 Z was in 4th place, # 3 Z was in 5th place and advanced to Q2, # 12 Z was in 10th place and # 23 Z was in 11th place for the next day’s race.

Qualifying Q2 with the top 8 cars started at 4:11 pm, with # 24 Z’s flat hand in 2nd place at 1: 26.449 and # 3 Z’s Takaboshi in 3rd place at 1: 26.452. However, the result was that the performance improvement of the new Z was confirmed.

Final

# 12 Z comes in 3rd place and Nissan Z takes the podium in a row

It was sunny on May 4th, the final day, and the temperature rose to 20 degrees Celsius. The road surface temperature was 33 degrees Celsius, and the formation lap started at 2:30 pm, and the 100-lap race started. Immediately after the start, a fierce battle for the top was held, and the # 3 Z driven by Chiyo went up to 2nd place, and the # 24 Z went down in position. After the first lap, # 3 Z was 2nd, # 24 Z was 5th, # 12 Z was 8th, and # 23 Z was 10th. On the second lap, # 3 Z allowed the lead to follow and was in 3rd place. On the 5th lap, # 24 Z will drop to 7th and # 12 Z will drop to 9th. On lap 13, Matsuda of # 23 Z passed # 12 Z and moved up to 9th place.

On the 27th lap, # 12 Z was the first to make the first pit stop in the GT500 class, refueling, changing tires and changing the driver from baguette to Hiramine. The Nissan Z team made the first pit stop on lap 35 with # 3 Z and # 24 Z, and on lap 36 with # 23 Z, refueling, changing tires and changing drivers, respectively. # 3 Z changed from Chiyo to Takaboshi, # 24 Z changed from Sasaki to Hirate, # 23 Z changed from Quintarelli to Matsuda, and the race went to the middle stage. On lap 43, when all GT500 class cars finished their first pit stop, the GT300 class car crashed, a full course yellow (FCY) was presented, and then a safety car (SC) was introduced. After six laps of lead, the race was suspended with a red flag to repair the damaged barrier. At the end of the 49th lap when the red flag was interrupted, # 3 Z was 4th, # 23 Z was 8th, # 12 Z was 9th, and # 24 Z was 12th.

After repairing the tire barrier, the race resumed at 4:25 pm, led by SC. After three laps of lead driving, it restarted and a fierce battle for the top was developed. On lap 53, # 3 Z emerged in 2nd place, showing momentum approaching the top. # 12 Z also moved up to 7th position on lap 53 and increased his pace to join the competition. On lap 55, the top car was penalized and # 12 Z was 6th and # 23 Z was 7th. On lap 59, # 3 Z, who caught the top in range, approached behind the top on the main straight and aimed for overtaking. However, a slow-running GT300 class machine suddenly appeared in front of me due to a change in the top track, and Takaboshi of # 3 Z spun and crashed to avoid it. Due to this accident, the race was interrupted by the red flag again, and it took time to repair the guardrail. At the end of lap 59, when the red flag was interrupted, # 12 Z was 5th, # 23 Z was 6th, and # 24 Z was 10th. At 6:10 pm, the race was resumed under the SC lead, but the race ended at 62 laps at 6:20 pm at the specified time with the SC lead. Immediately before the end of the race, a penalty was decided on the top and 2nd place, and # 12 Z moved up to 3rd place, # 23 Z moved up to 4th place, and # 24 Z moved up to 8th place, which was the official result.

Kazuki Hiramine

“First of all, I’m really glad that Takaboshi was safe. This time, we couldn’t say that our car was very well-balanced, but as a result, we were able to get points in 3rd place. I think it was good. It’s a difficult race, and I don’t have much time until the next race, Suzuka, but I’d like to take a good rest and start preparing immediately. I want to work on it. “

Bertrand Baguette

“Needless to say, it was a really tough day. I’m really glad that Takaboshi wasn’t injured. I struggled a little in terms of racing, but the tires warmed up very well and very well. I think I was able to run powerfully. At the restart, Hiramine showed a good run, and in the end I was able to move up the ranking and finish in 3rd place, but I am satisfied with this result. “

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NISSAN’S e-4ORCE TECHNOLOGY DELIVERS BOWL OF RAMEN PERFECTLY

YOKOHAMA, Japan – Nissan released today a video of the Nissan e-4ORCE Ramen Counter project that demonstrates how the company’s latest vehicle control technology can provide a comfortable ride in e-4ORCE-equipped vehicles—and for bowls of noodles. The video shows how a motorized server tray with e-4ORCE tech swiftly delivers ramen and maintains the integrity of noodle presentation by suppressing sloshing and movement, from chef to patron, showcasing how the technology translates to benefits in Nissan vehicles. e-4ORCE control technology is offered on the all-new Nissan Ariya crossover EV.

e-4ORCE is Nissan’s most advanced all-wheel control technology that accurately manages power output and braking performance for smoothness and stability. The system enhances driver confidence by tracing the intended driving line over almost any road surface, including wet and snowy roads, without the need for changes in driving style or input. Engineers fine-tuned e-4ORCE’s precision control technology and twin electric motors to provide unparalleled ride comfort for all vehicle occupants. Vehicle pitch and dive, which can cause motion sickness, are minimized through front and rear motor regenerative braking when the vehicle is decelerating.

The e-4ORCE ramen server tray uses two electric motors operating independently, with special tuning from engineers, to deliver the same swift acceleration and smooth travel on the countertop as the Ariya with e-4ORCE aims for on the road.

e-4ORCE development

Born from the company’s rich history of developing highly respected all-terrain vehicles and sports cars, e-4ORCE is the spiritual offspring of the Nissan GT-R’s ATTESA E-TS torque split system and the Nissan Patrol’s intelligent 4X4 system.

Learn more about e-4ORCE technology on the Ariya, here.

To discover how e-4ORCE can help traverse the moon, click here.

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NISSAN ALMERA TURBO FUEL EFFICIENCY CHARITY DRIVE EXTENDS SUPPORT TO RELIEVE BURDENS OF FLOOD VICTIMS IN THE COMMUNITY

  • Cash donation to three (3) orphanage homes; Pusat Jagaan Baitul Hidayah, Ruman SVP Klang and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Klang Utama Caring Home
  • Loan of five (5) units Nissan Navara 4WD and one (1) unit Serena MPV to NGOs and MITI

KUALA LUMPUR, 07 February 2022 – Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd. (ETCM), the official distributor of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia, has shored up its support and relief efforts towards helping vulnerable communities affected by the recent devastating floods that have upended the lives of tens of thousands of Malaysians whereby it left a trail of destruction to their livelihoods and well-being.

The monies, partly contributed by ETCM’s “Nissan Almera Turbo Fuel Efficiency Charity Drive” campaign’s accumulated amount of RM12,841; would be used for post-flood recovery efforts, including buying of necessities, food,  personal hygiene items as well as cleaning and repairing housing areas damaged by severe flooding.

A total of RM20,000 has been donated to help alleviate the burden of the flood victims. Of the proceeds, RM10,000 will be channelled to Pusat Jagaan Baitul Hidayah while Rumah SVP Klang and Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Klang Utama Caring Home will each receive RM5,000.

Pusat Jagaan Baitul Hidayah in Puchong is a charitable children’s home which houses orphans and children of low-income families.  The home currently houses 65 boys and girls aged between 3 – 16 years old.  

Ruman SVP Klang houses abandoned, underprivileged and children of single parents.  It cares for eleven (11) boys under the age of 12 years old. 

And, Pertubuhan Kebajikan Kanak-Kanak Klang Utama Caring Home houses 43 orphans between the ages of 1.5 – 24 years old currently.

Pusat Jagaan Baitul Hidayah’s caretaker Puan Saadiah expressed her gratitude to ETCM for the relief aid.  “The floods almost submerged our house completely.  It happened so quickly and we could hardly save anything.  Everything was destroyed in a split second.  Children’s safety is always our top priority and I am grateful that the children are all safe.  On behalf of the children, we are so thankful for the heart-warming support given by ETCM during these difficult times, it definitely will ease our daily burdens.” she said.

 “There are so many heartbreaking stories on the struggle that Malaysians are going through. We are deeply saddened to see floodwaters submerge houses and cars and hope our gestures will help to relieve the burden of those affected during this difficult time.” said Mr Daniel Ho, Group CEO of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (TCMH).

ETCM together with Tan Chong Ekspres Auto Servis Sdn. Bhd. (TCEAS) had also deployed the Nissan Flood Relief Assistance programme that offers 20% discount on parts and labour charges, a special upholstery restoration prices and an Easy Payment Plan (EPP) up to 12 months on total bill; to help alleviate financial burden for Nissan owners whose vehicles are affected. As part of our company’s CSR activities, ETCM has also loaned a total of six (6) vehicles to NGOs and MITI.  Out of these, five (5) units of Navara 4WD of which two (2) units each to MITI’s #MITI prihatin program in Ulu Langat and MERCY Malaysia as well as (1) unit to The HOPE Branch (Pertubuhan Harapan Amal Harith Iskander) and, one (1) Serena MPV is also loaned to   MERCY Malaysia.  These units were loaned out to support the flood relief efforts and vaccination programme.

2 units Navara 4WD collected by MITI

1 unit Navara 4WD collected by The HOPE Branch

2 units Navara 4WD & 1 unit Serena MPV collected by MERCY

The HOPE Branch of Pertubuhan Harapan Amal Harith Iskander is a non-profit community organisation focusing on providing humanitarian aid, medical relief, sustainable health development during both crisis and non crisis times – in the view of alleviating human suffering.

With the theme of Supporting People’s Lives, Tan Chong Group will continue to explore other avenues to reach out to those in need.

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About Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad

Edaran Tan Chong Motor Sdn. Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad (TCMH), is the sales and marketing arm of Nissan vehicles in Malaysia. In 1957, Tan Chong Motors was appointed the franchise holder of Nissan/Datsun vehicles in Malaysia and Nissan/Datsun became the best-selling brand in the country in 1970.  TCMH was listed on the Bursa Malaysia Securities Berhad in 1974. The group is principally involved in the assembly and distribution of automobiles. To complement TCMH’s auto business, TCMH provides a wide range of services such as vehicle after sales, hire purchase financing, leasing, and insurance.

For media enquiries, please contact: Tiffany Tan                      
T: 03-2788 3157             
E: tiffany@tanchonggroup.com

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