Local and regional contestants vie for a brand-new Subaru XV at Last Palm Standing - Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge

Singapore, 21 October 2019 – Catch the ‘live’ action of this year’s Last Palm Standing - Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge at Ngee Ann City Civic Plaza on 2 November 2019. Besides the competition, there will also be an exciting line-up of family-friendly activities to entertain the crowd. Four hundred contestants from nine Asian markets will compete in one of Asia's largest and toughest urban endurance competitions.

From 1pm on 2 November 2019, contestants will begin the battle by placing their palms on a Subaru Forester 2.0i-S EyeSight. The final contestant standing with his or her palm firmly placed on the car will drive home a brand-new Subaru XV 2.0i-S EyeSight1 worth S$76,800. If the winner is based in Singapore and beats the current record time of 82 hours and 16 minutes, he or she will also receive a Certificate of Entitlement (COE). Contestants who cross the three-hour mark stand to win additional prizes worth up to S$10,000, as well as receive cash incentives for enduring 48 hours.

Ms Debra Soon, Head of Group Corporate Management at Tan Chong International Limited, said: “This annual event has grown from strength to strength and emerged as one of the most highly-anticipated endurance competitions in Asia. Through this deceptively simple but immensely gruelling contest, we hope to inspire more people to push themselves beyond their limits and achieve their biggest goals, as aligned with the philosophy behind the Subaru brand.”

From 2 to 4 November 2019, members of the public can get a taste of the challenge by placing their palms on a Subaru car and posing for pictures. They can also take part in retro arcade games such as Bishi Bashi, Daytona USA and Pac-Man. In addition, there will be nightly screenings of three episodes of the new Mediacorp multilingual drama 128 Circle: episodes 1 – 3 on 2 November at 8.30pm, episodes 4 – 6 on 3 November at 8.30pm, and episodes 7 – 9 on 4 November at 8pm.

Mediacorp celebrities will take part in the special car challenge for charity to raise funds for the President’s Star Charity (PSC) on two days. On Saturday 2 November at 2pm, Ya Hui, He Ying Ying, Jarrell Huang and Joel Choo will do their part by placing their palms on a Subaru car. On Sunday 3 November at 2pm, Mediacorp artistes Sheila Sim, Denise Camilia Tan, Ke Le and Nick Teo will take their places to raise funds. Past winners of the car challenge competition will join the Mediacorp celebrities to help garner more donations. They are: Analiza Mokhtar (2018), Abdul Hamid Jonid (2017), G Jaishanker (2014), Chong Kait Chi (2011), George Lee (2008), Kevin Lee (2007), Sandra Yeow (2007), Alex Koh (2006) and Ian Lee (2004).

The public can donate to the PSC via the methods listed in the Annexe.

Ms Irene Lim, Chief Customer Officer, Mediacorp said: “Each year, we look forward to working with Motor Image on creating an exciting challenge and throwing down the gauntlet to participants to push their mental and physical limits. The Challenge is also a family affair for many, so this year, we have created more fringe activities including a carnival and a charity challenge to engage everyone and encourage them to join in the fun.”

The Mediacorp Subaru Car Challenge has welcomed crowds to Ngee Ann City annually since 2002 and is in its 18th edition.

1 Without COE. Car model may vary across markets.

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Media contacts

Cruz Teng
Senior Manager, Group Communications & Customer Experience,
Tan Chong International Limited
Phone: +65 6703 8388
Email: cruzteng@tanchong.com

Winston Chong
Communications Specialist, Corporate Marketing & Communications,
Tel: +65 6350 3351
Email: winstonchong@mediacorp.com.sg

About Mediacorp
Mediacorp is Singapore’s largest content creator and national media network, operating six TV channels, 11 radio stations and multiple digital platforms including CNA, Singapore's most used news app, and Toggle, its digital video platform. Its mission is to engage, entertain and enrich audiences by harnessing the power of creativity.

Mediacorp pioneered the development of Singapore’s broadcasting industry, with radio broadcast in 1936 and television broadcast in 1963. Today, it reaches 98% of Singaporeans in four languages weekly and has a growing Asian audience base through CNA as well as entertainment content that is distributed across markets in the region.

The Mediacorp Partner Network brings Mediacorp together with industry-leading brands like ESPN, Edipresse Media, 99.co and VICE to deliver rich content for consumers and effective solutions for advertisers.

Mediacorp is the recipient of industry accolades including New York Festivals, World Media Festivals, PromaxBDA (World and Asia) and Asian Academy Creative Awards.

For more information, please visit mediacorp.sg.

About Tan Chong International Limited 
Tan Chong International Limited (TCIL) is listed on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong (HKSE:0693) and is a major motor, property and distribution company with operations in Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.  Since its inception in 1957, the Group has grown its assets substantially through continuous expansion of its existing diversified business portfolio in manufacturing, distribution and retail. Other businesses that TCIL engage in across Asia include automotive, commercial, manufacturing, trading and property investment businesses. For more information, please visit www.tanchong.com.

About Motor Image  
Motor Image is a wholly owned subsidiary of TCIL and exclusive distributor of Subaru vehicles across eight markets in Asia. Established in 1986 and headquartered in Singapore, the company has offices in 10 markets: Singapore, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. The company has identified ASEAN as the key engine for future growth. In July 2011, a partnership was established with Subaru Corporation (formerly known as Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd.) for the production of Subaru vehicles at a CKD assembly plant in Malaysia. On 8 February 2017, Subaru Corporation and TC Manufacturing and Assembly (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (TCMA TH), a wholly owned subsidiary of TCIL, entered into a joint venture – Tan Chong Subaru Automotive (Thailand) Ltd (TCSAT) – for the local assembly of Subaru vehicles in Thailand. The vehicles produced in both Malaysia and Thailand will be distributed by Motor Image through its Subaru network. For more information, please visit www.subaru.asia.

About Subaru Corporation 
Founded in Japan in 1953, Subaru has since grown to become one of the world’s leading carmakers. In 1972, Subaru became the first in the world to market an All-Wheel Drive (AWD) passenger car and pioneered the market in Japan for high-performance station wagons by combining a turbocharged engine with an AWD system. Subaru has improved and refined its AWD system, to create a Symmetrical AWD system that enables optimal driving pleasure and safety. 

Subaru is well-known by motoring organisations worldwide for its engineering, design, functionality, safety and reliability. The Subaru range of vehicles includes the BRZ, Forester, Impreza, Legacy, Levorg, Outback, WRX, WRX STI and XV. Collectively, they have been known to be “driver’s cars” offering superb handling because of the Subaru Four Core Technologies, such as the Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive and Subaru Boxer engine, built into every model. For more information, please visit www.subaru-global.com.

President’s Star Charity donation platforms

The public is encouraged to donate to the beneficiaries under the President’s Challenge via the following platforms:

(1) Telephone (service sponsored by Singtel)

1900-112-8821               For $10 donation

1900-112-8822               For $50 donation

1900-112-8823               For $100 donation

(2) Online (any amount)

(3) PayNow QR code (any amount)
A single QR code that combines multiple e-payment solutions into one. Simply scan the code and key in the donation amount to make a donation.

PresidentStarCharity 2019

Validity period: now – 17 Nov 2019