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Turbo-Diesel Chevrolet Captiva Wins ‘Best Value for Money SUV/Crossover’ in Autoworld Car of the Year 2012 Awards

Kuala Lumpur, 21 January 2013 – The Chevrolet Captiva has long been a favourite amongst Malaysians on the road and now the Captiva VCDI (turbo-diesel variant) has clinched the award for Best Value-For-Money SUV/Crossover at the Autoworld Car of The Year Awards 2012. The turbo-diesel Chevrolet Captiva was recognized for its superior value in factors such as interior space, engine and drivetrain specifications, amenities, safety features, pricing and overall value-for-money.

This latest award follows the Captiva’s previous win for Best SUV/Crossover at the Shell V-Power Autoworld Car Of The Year Awards 2011, earned for its European inspired styling and impressive driving dynamics. The SUV was first introduced to the Malaysian market in 2007 and has since risen as a premium SUV top-seller. A year after its debut, the Chevrolet Captiva was classed as ‘SUV of the Year’ by NST-CBT Car of the Year Awards 2008.  The diesel version also earned top honours in the ‘Compact SUV’ category at the Asian Auto Bosch Fuel Efficiency Awards 2008. NAZA Quest Sdn Bhd (exclusive importer and distributor of Chevrolet in Malaysia) launched a revamped petrol version of the Captiva in August 2011 and the turbo-diesel variants in May 2012.

Datuk Wira SM Faisal Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, Joint Group Executive Chairman of NAZA Group of Companies said, “Over the years and through gradual evolution, the Captiva’s sophisticated appearance, combined with versatility, comfort, safety and superior performance have gained the attention of Malaysians in the market for a stylish and luxurious SUV suitable for any modern family. The sleek, more powerful and technologically advanced Captiva furnished with frugal turbo-diesel power-trains make this model variant a trendy and economically smart buy.”

The engine, a turbocharged 2.0L Diesel VCDI engine that produces a powerful 360Nm from as low as 2,750rpm and 122kW/163PS at 3,800rpm is available in both LT and LTZ variants. This is then transferred to the driving wheels via a 6-speed automatic transmission which features Driver Shift Control (DSC) and ECO mode similar to the one found in the petrol variant Captiva LT.

Both the petrol and turbo-diesel LT variants are equipped with similar 18 inch alloy wheels.   The LTZ is equipped with the largest-in-class 19 inch alloy wheels which further improve safety and driving dynamics in addition of enhancing the sophisticated look of the Captiva.

The LTZ features include the user-friendly perforated leather upholstered interior (for better ventilation); electrically-operated parking brake; 3 dimensional sound staging system, multi-function 4-spoke steering wheel from the petrol powered LT variant, and also an electrochromic rear-view mirror which reduces glare from oncoming traffic.

The turbo-diesel variants offer safety features from the original petrol LT such as the active and passive safety systems with dual front airbags.  These airbags are supplemented by curtain airbags, disc brakes on all four wheels (ventilated at the front) with anti-lock braking system (ABS), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD), traction control, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) including anti-rollover protection (ARP) and self-levelling suspension system (Self-Levelizer).

Premium features such as the ‘Hill Start Assist’ prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards when the brakes are released on a slope.  The ‘Hill Descent Control,’ which helps the Captiva maintain a constant speed when descending steep slopes to maximize traction and control, are standard on all LT and LTZ variants.

The latest Captiva comes with flexi seat with seven seats and additional features such as: an air conditioning system with remote switch, electric parking brake, 6-speed tiptronic A/T with Eco Mode, Electronic Stability Program (ESP) and Traction Control System (TCS) which aid drivers dealing with poor driving conditions. The Hill Descent Control System (HDCS) is ideal for steep slopes whilst Hill Start Assist (HSA) allows the driver time to reach the accelerator pedal after releasing the footbrake. Hydraulic Brake Assist (HBA) is perhaps most helpful for dealing with Malaysian traffic as it detects applied brake force during emergency braking, responding by increasing braking pressure.

The current retail price for the Chevrolet Captiva begins from RM158, 888 for the Gasoline and RM 165,888 for the Diesel variant and is available at all Chevrolet showrooms nationwide.

More exciting information about Chevrolet Malaysia may be obtained at www.chevrolet.com.my and http://www.facebook.com/MYChevrolet. Follow @Chevrolet_MY for the latest updates and offerings of Chevrolet Malaysia.