Paul Tan

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Paul Tan
Born (1984-10-27) 27 October 1984 (age 33)
Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia
Occupation Motoring journalist
Website Paul Tan's Automotive News

Paul Tan is a Malaysian motoring journalist. He is best known for his website, paultan.org or Paul Tan's Automotive News, a popular news portal which covers the Malaysian & ASEAN automotive scenes.[1] Paultan.org is managed by Driven Communications Sdn. Bhd., a company in which Paul Tan assumes the role as a managing director. The website also offers reviews, previews, test drives and covers various other topics that are automotive-related.

Established in 2004, paultan.org enjoyed a quick rise to fame and has since consistently positioned itself among the Top 100 most frequented websites by Malaysian internet users according to Alexa, comScore and Effective Measure.[1][2] His website was the basis for the television programme in 2010 called Driven which ran for four seasons.

Career[edit]

Paul Tan's career in automotive journalism has its roots in his childhood. Paul was not born into a privileged family.[3] While Paul was studying at the Victoria Institution in Kuala Lumpur, his father had contracted cancer.[3][4] Paul was forced into adversity at an early age and had to take several jobs to earn extra money for his family, which included his mother, a housewife, and a brother, who was four years younger.[3] Paul worked as an intern in G-LabWorks Sdn Bhd between November and December 2000, where he exercised his HTML and JavaScript skills.[4] For the first six months of 2001, he worked as a web developer at AMP Radio Networks (currently known as Astro Radio). He led a team of 3 other web developers for the Xfresh Teen Community online portal at www.xfresh.com.[4] Paul also designed a bus wrap which promoted the Xfresh website on Intrakota buses. In 2001, Paul graduated with his Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) certificate in the Science stream.

After graduating, Paul Tan enrolled in an I.T.-related degree in HELP University, Damansara Heights.[4] However, when Paul was 19, his father died, forcing Paul to drop out of college to find a full-time job in an effort to pay the bills and his brother's education.[3] Paul's first attempt at entrepreneurship came in the form of his 2003 employment at Hulk Solutions Sdn. Bhd. as Chief technology officer (CTO). He was responsible for managing Hulk Solution's information system resources, which included the maintenance of a rack server used for applications hosting in the Telekom Malaysia Internet Data Centre (TMIDC) in Cyberjaya.[4] Paul coded on the LAMP platform and his clients included well-known names such as The Star, The Malay Mail, Monsoon Cup and Peugeot.

It was during Paul's tenure at Hulk Solutions that the idea of paultan.org developed. Initially starting out as a personal WordPress-based blog about the Malaysian automotive industry, Paul quickly recognised the potential of the platform when internet traffic to his blog began to grow over the months.[3] By 2006, paultan.org had become a popular news portal in Malaysia, and with the use of Google AdSense, it was generating an income of between RM5,000 to 6,000 per month.[3] The term 'paultan' was also among the most frequently searched in the 'persons category' by Malaysian Google users according to Google's 2007 Malaysia Year-End Zeitgeist.[5]

With the continued rise of paultan.org, came a demand for a Malaysian motoring television show.[3] During Paul's years in secondary school, he had become close friends with Harvinder Singh Sidhu. In 2008, Paul approached Harvinder, who had then just completed his diploma in UCSI University, Cheras, with the proposition of a television show.[3] After careful consideration, both Paul and Harvinder came together and incorporated Driven Media Sdn. Bhd. (now known as Driven Communications Sdn. Bhd.) in October 2008.[4] Initially, Driven Media was exclusively run and staffed by the two friends, but later grew to five or six staff after the unveil of a motoring television programme called Driven.[3] The show was created for two reasons, according to Paul; the first was simply because there were no credible motoring television shows in Malaysia, at that period in time. The second was that the Driven show would lend significant legitimacy to the paultan.org website, which prior to the show, was often overlooked and underestimated by the mainstream media and automobile companies.[3] They viewed paultan.org as a personal blog, and Paul Tan as a blogger. This image perception issue further catalysed the development of the Driven show, which finally materialised in early 2010, after the shooting process was completed in 2009.[3] Driven Media Sdn. Bhd. found a sponsor, developed a dedicated website and booked airtime on 8TV (a national television channel), during Sunday nights, for broadcasting.[6] On 11 April 2010, the first episode from the first season went live, and the final episode concluded on the 4th of July that same year.[7] Driven was later renewed for a second season, spanning between 19 November 2013 and 17 December 2013 respectively.[8]

As of the 2010s, Paul Tan is a well-known entrepreneur in Malaysia and a prominent figure in the mainstream motoring media and automotive industry. Paul is currently the managing director at Driven Communications Sdn. Bhd.[4] He occasionally writes articles on paultan.org, but is no longer the exclusive writer of the website, as the workload is currently being shared among his colleagues Danny Tan, Jonathan Lee, Matthew Hernandez Tong, Mick Chan, Anthony Lim, Gerard Lye, and Hafriz Shah respectively. Paul is also the Director at Driven Technologies Sdn. Bhd.[4] At one point between September 2011 and March 2012, he was also the Technical Lead at Planet Venus Sdn. Bhd., the company behind VenusBuzz.com.

As of the 2010s, Paul has shifted the scope of paultan.org to encompass the entire Southeast Asian or ASEAN region, where the website was formerly focused predominantly on the Malaysian automotive scene.[3] Unlike most Malaysian mainstream motoring media which focus largely on topics relating to Malaysia, the crew of paultan.org actively travel to neighbouring ASEAN countries to cover local developments, motor shows and car reviews among others. Their efforts give paultan.org an edge in the sense that the website serves up original content and news faster than other mainstream motoring media in Malaysia.[3] Paul has also iterated that paultan.org will never compromise on content, independence, objectivity and credibility for additional revenue from advertisers, as the crew values their readers and their comments respectively.[3]

Driven Communications[edit]

Paul Tan is the managing director of Driven Communications Sdn. Bhd., a company which was incorporated in October 2008.[4] Driven Communications is based at Jaya One, in the city of Petaling Jaya, Selangor. The company is responsible and best known for running paultan.org. It also manages oto.my, an auto classifieds site and infokereta.com, a Malay language complement to paultan.org, established in 2012 and 2013 respectively.[4] At one point, Driven Communications ran a website called iCars Singapore, but it has since been shut down. Driven Communications also runs other websites that are not automotive-related. These include TechAttack.my, a tech news site and OHBULAN!, a Malaysian entertainment portal.[4]

In 2008, Driven Communications was exclusively staffed by Paul Tan and his close friend, Harvinder Singh Sidhu.[3] After the inception of the Driven programme, the staff grew to a count of 5 or 6. By October 2012, there were a total of 24 staff, which later grew to 35 in February 2014 respectively.[3][9] Driven Communications generated RM6 million in revenue for 2013, which is a 50% increase over 2012.[9] The company has targeted RM8 million in revenue for 2014. In February 2014, the Malaysian Digital Association (MDA) and comScore named paultan.org the 6th most popular website in Malaysia.[10]

Driven (television programme)[edit]

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

The concept of a Malaysian motoring television programme sparked from Paul Tan and his team in 2008. The concept materialised into Driven, which debuted on 11 April 2010 on 8TV.[6] Driven episodes were also hosted on a dedicated website owned by Driven Communications, www.driven.com.my. The show featured new car reviews, challenges, an 'Insider Review' segment, public service announcements and various other content concerning both Malaysian and international motoring topics.[6] Driven was presented by three hosts, namely Sharizan Borhan, Nurul Alis and Harvinder Singh. It was directed by Jon Yap and produced by Nazrudin Rahman.[6] The programme was sponsored by BHPetrol.

Season 1 of Driven aired for 12 consecutive weeks, between 11 April 2010 and 4 July 2010 respectively.[7]

Total Title Features Original air date
1 Season 1, Episode 1 Ford Mondeo • Alternative fuel
BMW 7 Series (F10) • Part 1 of D.I.Y. car servicing
11 April 2010 (2010-04-11)
2 Season 1, Episode 2 Toyota Prius • Part 2 of D.I.Y. car servicing
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (W212) • Insider Review on concept cars
18 April 2010 (2010-04-18)
3 Season 1, Episode 3 Perodua Alza vs. Proton Exora
Part 3 of D.I.Y. car servicing
25 April 2010 (2010-04-25)
4 Season 1, Episode 4 Kia Forte • Does nitrogen gas in tyres save fuel ?
BMW 3 Series (E90) • Insider Review on modern turbo-diesel engines
2 May 2010 (2010-05-02)
5 Season 1, Episode 5 BMW S1000RRVolkswagen Passat CC
Alfa Romeo 159 • Insider Review on latest fuel-saving technologies
9 May 2010 (2010-05-09)
6 Season 1, Episode 6 Mitsubishi Pajero Sport • MIROS crash testing
Ford Fiesta
16 May 2010 (2010-05-16)
7 Season 1, Episode 7 Klang Valley transportation system challenge
Porsche Panamera S
23 May 2010 (2010-05-23)
8 Season 1, Episode 8 BMW 5 Series (F10) • Axle BHP Racing Team
Volvo XC60 • Insider Review on Formula 1 Lotus Racing Team
30 May 2010 (2010-05-30)
9 Season 1, Episode 9 Volkswagen Scirocco • Pre-owned executive car for RM50,000 challenge
Ford Focus TDCi
6 June 2010 (2010-06-06)
10 Season 1, Episode 10 Mitsubishi LancerHenry Ford showcase
Ford Model A • Insider Review on engine lubricant & maintenance
13 June 2010 (2010-06-13)
11 Season 1, Episode 11 BMW X1Volvo P1800S
Nissan GT-R
20 June 2010 (2010-06-20)
12 Season 1, Episode 12 Proton Persona Elegance • Behind the scenes on Empire Motorsports
Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk6
27 June 2010 (2010-06-27)
13 Season 1, Episode 13 Finale Drift lessons in a Nissan 350Z • Driven Track Day showcase
Ferrari California
4 July 2010 (2010-07-04)

Season 2 (2013)[edit]

Driven was rebooted for Season 2.[8] The show was not aired on national television and was exclusively published on YouTube as a web series instead. Unlike Season 1, Season 2 was presented by the paultan.org crew, including Paul Tan himself. The structure and format of the programme has also changed significantly. Instead of various features and showcases, Season 2 only focused on reviews, in which a set of cars were chosen, and of them, a winner was crowned at the end of each episode. The programme was sponsored by Petronas Primax.

Season 2 of Driven aired for 4 consecutive weeks, between 19 November 2013 and 17 December 2013 respectively.

Total Title Contenders Extras Original air date
14 Season 2, Episode 1[11] Proton Suprima S Toyota Vios Honda Jazz N/A 19 November 2013 (2013-11-19)
15 Season 2, Episode 2[12] Honda CR-V Mazda CX-5 Ford Kuga N/A Subaru Forester 26 November 2013 (2013-11-26)
16 Season 2, Episode 3[13] BMW 125i Volkswagen Golf GTi Mk7 Volvo V40 T5 Mercedes-Benz A 250 N/A 3 December 2013 (2013-12-03)
17 Season 2, Episode 4[14] Ford Focus Kia Cerato Honda Civic N/A Mini One
Peugeot 208 GTi
10 December 2013 (2013-12-10)
18 Season 2, Episode 5[15] Mazda6 Honda Accord Hyundai i40 Tourer Toyota Camry BMW 3 Series
Lexus ES 250
17 December 2013 (2013-12-17)

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

Like Season 2, Season 3 was presented by the paultan.org crew and focused on reviews, in which a set of cars were chosen, and of them, a winner was crowned at the end of each episode. The programme was sponsored by Petronas Primax.

Total Title Contenders Original Air Date Remarks
19 Season 3, Episode 1 Honda City vs Toyota Vios vs Nissan Almera 8 July 2014
20 Season 3, Episode 2 F56 MINI Cooper vs Citroen DS3 vs VW Beetle 15 July 2014
21 Season 3, Episode 3 Honda Accord vs Nissan Teana vs Kia Optima 22 July 2014
22 Season 3, Episode 4 Mercedes A 45 AMG vs VW Golf R vs Subaru WRX STI 5 August 2014
23 Season 3, Episode 5 Mazda 3 vs Toyota Corolla Altis vs Kia Cerato 12 August 2014
24 Season 3, Episode 6 Ford Fiesta Ecoboost vs Honda Jazz Hybrid vs Mitsubishi Attrage 19 August 2014 RM10 Challenge
25 Season 3, Episode 7 Audi A3 Sedan 1.8T quattro vs Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 vs BMW 316i 26 August 2014

Season 4 (2015)[edit]

On 15 September 2015, Paul Tan announced the 4th season of Driven. Like the previous season, it will be presented by Petronas Primax 95 with Advanced Energy Formula.

Total Title Contenders Original Air Date Remarks
26 Season 4, Episode 1 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG vs Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG vs Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG 30 September 2015
27 Season 4, Episode 2 Honda HR-V vs Mazda CX-5 GL and Kia Sportage 2WD 7 October 2015
28 Season 4, Episode 3 Toyota Camry Hybrid vs Ford Mondeo vs Peugeot 508 GT 21 October 2015
29 Season 4, Episode 4 Perodua Axia vs Proton Iriz vs Kia Picanto 28 October 2015
30 Season 4, Episode 5 Nissan Navara vs Ford Ranger vs Mitsubishi Triton 25 November 2015
31 Season 4, Episode 6 F48 BMW X1 vs Mercedes-Benz GLA vs Audi Q3 2 December 2015
32 Season 4, Episode 7 BMW i8 vs Mercedes-AMG GT S vs Jaguar F-Type R 8 December 2015 no winner was decided at the end

Malaysia Car Walk-Arounds Series[16][edit]

Total Car Date Published on YouTube Presenter Remarks
1 Proton Suprima S 18 August 2013 Hafriz Shah The first Car Walk-Around episode in this series. Available on live streaming
2 Volkswagen Polo 1.6 Hatch CKD 27 January 2014 Jonathan James Tan First video to be actually titled "walk-around"
3 Mazda 3 2.0 Skyactiv Sedan 5 February 2014 Hafriz Shah
4 2014 Perodua Alza Facelift 13 March 2014 Jonathan Lee
5 2014 Honda City 1.5 V 24 March 2014 Jonathan James Tan
6 2014 Nissan Sylphy 1.8 18 April 2014 Hafriz Shah
7 Audi A3 Sedan 1.4 TFSI and 1.8 TFSI quattro 15 August 2014 Hafriz Shah and Harvinder
8 2014 Honda Jazz 1.5 V 17 September 2014 Jonathan James Tan
9 Perodua Axia 1.0 Advance 22 September 2014
10 2014 Proton Iriz 1.6 Premium CVT 24 September 2014 Gregory Sze Hafriz Shah started the video and introduced Gregory Sze
11 Porsche Macan 21 October 2014
12 W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class C200 15 December 2014 Jonathan James Tan
13 2015 Perodua Myvi Facelift 21 January 2015
14 2015 Nissan X-Trail 23 January 2015 Gregory Sze
15 2015 Honda HR-V 11 February 2015 Johnathan James Tan
16 2015 Hyundai Sonata 27 March 2015 Gregory Sze
17 Mazda 2 1.5 Hatchback 7 April 2015 Johnathan James Tan
18 Lexus NX 200t F Sport 15 April 2015 Gregory Sze
19 Toyota Camry Hybrid 27 April 2015
20 2015 Mitsubishi Triton VGT 26 May 2015 Jonathan James Tan
21 Audi TT 2.0 TFSI 22 July 2015 Hafriz Shah
22 2016 BMW 7 Series (G11) 4 September 2015 Paul Tan Quick Wall-Around
23 2015 Toyota Avanza Facelift 12 October 2015 Hafriz Shah
24 Brabus G700 6X6 9 December 2015 Harvinder
25 Nissan Navara D23 24 February 2016 Johnathan Lee
26 G11/12 BMW 7 Series 28 February 2016 Jonathan James Tan
27 Subaru Forester Facelift 15 April 2016 Hafriz Shah
28 Toyota Sienta 1.5V 20 May 2016 Filmed at the My Auto Fest 2016 event at MIECC. Quick Wall-Around
29 2016 Proton Perdana 13 June 2016
30 Mercedes–Benz Vito Tourer 116 VTS/E 15 July 2016
31 Perodua Bezza 21 July 2016
32 2016 Honda Civic 1.5 VTEC Turbo 2 August 2016
33 2016 Proton Persona 23 August 2016
34 2016 Proton Saga 28 September 2016
35 Toyota Sienta 1.5 1 October 2016 Harvinder
36 Audi A4 B9 2.0 TFSI 25 October 2016 Hafriz Shah
37 Honda BR-V 15 November 2016 Quick Wall-Around
38 Volkswagen Passat B8 21 November 2016
39 Proton Ertiga 1.4 23 November 2016
40 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid 2 December 2016
41 Jaguar F-Pace 8 December 2016
42 Tesla Model S Facelift 23 December 2016
43 Land Rover Discovery Sport
44 Honda BR-V 26 January 2017
45 W213 Mercedes-Benz E-Class 3 March 2017 Mick Chan
46 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe C238 9 March 2017 Hafriz Shah
47 2017 Kia Optima GT 24 May 2017 Quick Wall-Around
48 2017 Mercedes-Benz GLA facelift 25 May 2017
49 2017 Honda CR-V 4 June 2017 First Look Video
50 2017 Honda Jazz 1.5 and Hybrid facelift 6 June 2017 First Look Video
51 2017 Subaru XV 8 June 2017 Gerard Lye First Look Video
52 2017 Volvo V40 20 June 2017 Hafriz Shah First Look Video
53 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport 21 June 2017 Danny Tan First Look Video
54 Geely Boyue 23 June 2017 Hafriz Shah First Look Video
55 Jaguar XF (X260) 5 July 2017 Harvinder First Look Video

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Paul Tan's Automotive News – About The Website". paultan.org. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Paultan.org Site Info". Alexa. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Asohan Aryaduray (8 October 2012). "Paul Tan: From personal adversity to professional triumph". digitalnewsasia.com. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Paul Tan – LinkedIn". Archived from the original on 15 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Hit list". The Star (Malaysia). 17 January 2008. Retrieved 10 November 2008. 
  6. ^ a b c d "About Driven". driven.com.my. 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Driven Episodes". driven.com.my. 25 October 2010. Archived from the original on 25 October 2010. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Harvinder Sidhu (13 November 2013). "Driven – a new automotive web series coming Nov 19!". paultan.org. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  9. ^ a b (in Malay) Johardy Ibrahim (4 February 2014). "Paul Tan kembangkan empat teras niaga". Utusan Malaysia. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  10. ^ "Malaysia's Favourite Websites Revealed". marketingmagazine.com.my. 12 February 2014. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  11. ^ "Driven Web Series Episode 1: The RM90k shootout – Toyota Vios vs Proton Suprima vs Honda Jazz Hybrid". paultan.org. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Driven Web Series Episode 2: The family SUV battle – Honda CR-V 2.0 vs Mazda CX-5 2.0 vs Ford Kuga 1.6T". paultan.org. 26 November 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Driven Web Series Episode 3: Hot-hatch shootout – VW Golf GTI vs Merc A 250 vs BMW 125i vs Volvo V40". paultan.org. 3 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  14. ^ "Driven Web Series Episode 4: C-segment round-up – Honda Civic 2.0 vs Kia Cerato 2.0 vs Ford Focus 2.0". paultan.org. 10 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  15. ^ "Driven Web Series Episode 5: Company car dilemma – Toyota Camry 2.5 vs Honda Accord 2.4 vs Mazda6 2.5". paultan.org. 17 December 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2014. 
  16. ^ "Walk-Around Videos Archives - Paul Tan's Automotive News". Paul Tan's Automotive News. Retrieved 2017-07-05. 

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