RM790M SUNGAI CHOH FACILITY: Carmaker to manufacture latest model here
PERUSAHAAN Otomobil Kedua Sdn Bhd (Perodua) said its latest model, which will be unveiled next year, will be the first model to be manufactured at its new plant in Sungai Choh, Rawang.
The RM790 million new plant is adjacent to the carmaker's existing manufacturing facility.
The plant will be operational in the third quarter of next year and is expected to boost production by 100,000 units to 300,000 units per year.
The latest model, which is expected to be the cheapest in the market, will be using a new engine which is more fuel-efficient, compared with the three current models - Viva, MyVi and Alza.
"Cheap or not, it is related to time. We are targeting for it to reach a certain cost so that we can price it at a certain level, and make it affordable," said Perodua president and chief executive officer Datuk Aminar Rashid Salleh at the "Majlis Riang Ria 20 tahun Perodua" here yesterday.
Asked whether the new model will replace the current Viva line-up, Aminar said the company has not decided on the matter.
"Our hope and our plan is that the new model will create a new market. Whether we will continue with the existing Viva is something we will continue to discuss," he said.
Aminar Rashid said Perodua had completed its feasibility study on compact sedans.
"We will continue to produce compact cars and leverage on our strength as a compact car maker," he stressed.