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Automotive Research Group (ARG)


Research Focus: Automotive Powertrain

ARG - Realization of Ideas

This pioneering research group was officially established under the Department of Energy & Thermofluids Engineering (previously known as Department of Plant and Automotive Engineering), Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in October 2008. Prior to its formation, the R&D team has been very active in the area of automotive since 2005, with the establishment of our Internal Combustion Engine Laboratory (Makmal Enjin Pembakaran Dalam).   

ARG is working energetically towards its mission to be the leaders in automotive related technologies, with a clear identity of translating the ideation to prototype. Hence, our operating tagline: Realisation of Ideas. Our dynamic niches include small to medium duty powertrains, which encompasses actual experimental and simulation R&D works. These activities also form as the basis to our innovation works towards total commercialisation of our engineering solutions as well consulting the relevant industries.

Reseach Area


Working as a team, we are committed to conduct extensive R&D, consultancy and related commercialisation in the following areas:

  • Combustion control
  • Boosting systems matching & energy recovery
  • Small engine technology
  • Advanced Engine Performance Simulation
  • Alternative and renewable fuels
  • Waste Heat Recovery System (WHRS)
  • Aerodynamics and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)


Centre For Energy and Industrial Environment Studies (CEIES)

Consultancy & Training

ARG with our flagship spin-off company (APT TOUCH SDN BHD) is well equipped to provide consultation and training in:

  • Automotive prime mover performance and durability
  • Exhaust emissions evaluation
  • Optimization on fuel economy
  • Evaluation on alternative fuel, engine retrofit kit and fuel additive
  • Engine performance simulation - GT Suite
  • Aerodynamics analysis


  • Basic Vehicle Operation
  • Translational Technologies for Transport: Current and Future
  • Smart Transportation


Contact Person

Ahmad Jais bin Alimin, PhD
Leader, Automotive Powertrain Research Group 
Department of Energy & Thermofluids Engineering
Faculty of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering 
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia 
86400 Parit Raja, Batu Pahat, 

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