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Mazda Completes Exclusive Vehicle Assembly Facility in Malaysia

On 16/5/2014, Mazda Motor Corporation announced the completion of a Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility within the grounds of a plant owned by Inokom and located in Kulim, in the Malaysian state of Kedah. Mass production of the Mazda CX-5 for Malaysia and Thailand started at the facility.

Mazda Completes Exclusive Vehicle Assembly Facility in Malaysia

Mazda began local production of the Mazda3 on a consignment basis with Inokom in January 2011. Since March 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been produced at a Mazda-exclusive body shop constructed as one of the measures to reinforce the local production framework. This body shop, and the vehicle assembly facility which began operating today, are the result of an approximately RM100 million investment by Mazda Malaysia, a company that oversees the production and sales of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia. Total annual production capacity of both facilities is approximately 20,000 units, and production of the all-new Mazda3 for Malaysia is scheduled to begin within 2014. The Mazda-exclusive body shop and vehicle assembly facility give Mazda more flexibility with the production plan and allows the company to implement enhanced quality control measures. 

At an opening ceremony held at the new plant today, Mazda’s Executive Officer and General Manager of Hiroshima Plant, Masatoshi Maruyama said, “Mazda regards Malaysia as a key production base in the ASEAN region and we are very pleased to further strengthen our local production framework here with the completion of this Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility. Moving forward, in strong partnerships with Bermaz Motor and Inokom, Mazda will continue bringing out unique and high-quality products, full of the joy of driving. Our sincere hope is that both here in Malaysia, and all over the world, these cars will enrich the lives of our customers, and help to build a special bond between them and the Mazda brand.”

Local Production of Mazda CX-5 for Malaysia to Start in 2013

Mazda Motor Corporation and Bermaz Motor Sdn. Bhd (Bermaz) have established Mazda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. (Mazda Malaysia), a joint venture company in Malaysia. The commemorative signing ceremony of the joint venture agreement took place today in the new headquarters located in Shah Alam, Selangor in Malaysia. In attendance were Mazda’s Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Yuji Nakamine and Bermaz’s CEO, Dato Ben Yeoh.

 

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

 

Mazda Malaysia was established in order to strengthen and expand Mazda’s brand and business opportunities in Malaysia and enable the company to respond quickly to the needs of the market. The new joint venture’s main roles are to oversee local production and distribution of locally-assembled models to Bermaz, sole distributor in Malaysia.

 

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The new Mazda CX-5 will be assembled at the Inokom plant in the Malaysian state of Kedah starting from second quarter of 2013. The CX-5 will be the second Mazda model to be assembled in the country. The first was the Mazda3 CKD, which started in January 2011.

 

At the ceremony, Yuji Nakamine said “Mazda considers Malaysia as one of its most important markets. Based on this strong partnership with Bermaz, in whom we place our complete trust, we will strengthen our business and brand in Malaysia.”

 

Joint venture company outline

Company name:

Mazda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd.

Headquarters:

Shah Alam, Selangor in Malaysia

Established:

September 2012

Representative:

Shinji Sakatani, President

Capital:

2.1 billion Japanese yen (JPY)
(85 million Malaysia Ringgit (RM) under 1 RM = 25 JPY)

Shareholders:

Mazda 70%, Bermaz 30%

Business:

Assembly of Mazda vehicles (consignment production) and its distribution to Bermaz

No. of employee:

30

Models produced:

Mazda3 and CX-5 (annual production target: 3,000 units each)

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Mazda CX-5

Mazda Launches Biggest Showroom, Mazda BT-50 On Display

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

 

Mazda launches it’s largest showroom in South-East Asia to further show its commitment to the Malaysia market. This New multi-million ringgit showroom will in line with Mazda growth in the Malaysian market. The new 3S centre showroom in Glenmarie comprising a massive floor space of 130,000sqf and spread over four floors. It is located exactly beside the existing Mazda sales and service centre in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.

 


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This will be the new home for Mazda Malaysia headquarters. President/CEO of Mazda Motors Corporation, Mr. Takashi Yamanouchi, flew in from Japan to launch this new impressive Mazda showroom.

 

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

Dato’ Ben Yeoh
CEO of Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

Dato’ Robin Tan
Chairman of Berjaya Corporation

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

Mr.Takashi Yamanouchi
President of Mazda Motors

 

Mr. Yamanouchi in his speech said, “It is a proud moment for us at Mazda Motors Corporation today too as we applaud the success of Berjaya Corporation, Bermaz Motor Sdn Bhd and Prima Merdu Sdn Bhd in further strengthening the brand’s presence in Malaysia with the opening of this new showroom.

 

“We at Mazda, prioritize our customers’ needs and wants. At the same time we do what we do best to offer our customers nothing less than the best and what we have here today is our promise to our customers…the best showroom,” added Yamanouchi.

 

Dato’ Robin Tan said, “With this larger showroom, we are now able to display more cars and this will enable the customers the opportunity to get an actual look and feel of the car of their choice. Our aim is to provide convenience for our customers as this showroom also houses a service centre which can simultaneously service up to 30 cars for greater efficiency.”

 

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

 

The All new Mazda BT-50 was also displayed in the showroom, although there’s no pricing indicated yet. The BT-50 will go on sale with the confirm model of 3.2L engine with in-line 5 cylinder, 20 Valve DOHC, turbo charged that produces 200hp and 470Nm of torque. The BT-50 will enable drivers to have pure driving pleasure and tough truck performance.

 

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The interior styling will look similar like the one found in the Mazda 3. The BT-50 coupled with car-like suspension and responsive handling characteristics the Mazda BT-50 makes a truly capable and tough, yet sporty and stylish pickup that is set to enhance the owner’s lifestyle. Check the specification sheet above for more details.

 

New Mazda Showroom in Glenmarie

 

Mazda and Bermaz Motor are in talks with more collaboration and a possible joint venture to offer more Mazda vehicles being locally assemble for Malaysians. This means more Mazda cars are coming with a better price. The Mazda CX-5 CKD will be the next model to be locally assembled in 2013 should they confirm the collaboration.

 

Photo Gallery: Mazda Largest Showroom in South-East Asia

Mazda CX-5 Will Be Locally Assembled (CKD) in Malaysia in 2013

Mazda Motor Corporation in Japan and our local Mazda distributor in Malaysia – Bermaz Motor Sdn. Bhd. (Bermaz) have agreed to begin talks regarding the establishment this year of a joint venture production and sales company in Malaysia. The joint venture is aimed at further enhancing Mazda’s business and brand strength in Malaysia.

 

So far, Mazda began local assembly of the Mazda3 since last year and with the new joint venture project, plans to begin local assembly of the Mazda CX-5 early in 2013. Mazda plans to produce 3,000 CX-5s per year in Malaysia.

 

Mazda CX-5

 

“Mazda’s sales in Malaysia have shown consistent growth since we started doing business with Bermaz in 2008. In the last financial year we achieved record sales results of approximately 6,000 units and one percent of the market share. Local assembly of Mazda3 started in January 2011 and is going well. Malaysia is one of our key strategic markets and we expect further growth there. The talks with Bermaz about the joint-venture production and sales company indicate Mazda’s strong commitment to business in Malaysia. Mazda will continue to focus on emerging markets to strengthen our overall business foundation,” said Takashi Yamanouchi, Mazda’s Representative Director and Chairman of the board, President and CEO.

 

Mazda considers Malaysia one of the key markets in the ASEAN region alongside Thailand and Indonesia. Mazda’s Structural Reform Plan sets a sales target of 150,000 units for entire ASEAN region for the fiscal year ending March 2016.

 

Lastly, do expect some price savings from the new CX-5 CKD units once the production begins roll-out in 2013.

 

Photo Gallery: 2012 Mazda CX-5

 

Mazda CX-5 Compact SUV Reviewed in Malaysia

Mazda CX-5, Mazda’s answer to the SUV segment. Think Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mitsubishi ASX, Kia Sportage or even VW Tiguan. While you wonder how good is the Mazda CX-5, I suggest you to continue reading this review article because the Mazda CX-5 should be in your list of consideration if you are looking for a compact SUV.

 

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First, the Mazda CX-5 is the first production vehicle to showcase Mazda’s new ‘Kodo’ design philosophy. It may not be the best inheritance from the concept car, but it looks quite uniquely designed for a SUV. It comes with bi-xenon projector headlights with auto levelling and sensors for automatically turn on & off. Rain sensors are also included for the wipers to be activated automatically.

 

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The CX-5 looks fairly sized, and the car is not positioned too high like a truck or a large SUV while still maintaining a good visibility level of a SUV. Behind, Mazda has fitted 2 exhaust tailpipes on 1 of each side of the car as part of the design to facilitate the new 4-2-1 exhaust system. Overall, the exterior design of the Mazda CX-5 is crafted quite well balanced following the new design philosophy. The Mazda CX-5 looks pleasant to look in all angles, unlike some vehicles you might like the front but not the rear.

 

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Almost every single thing about this car are applied with new technology, that’s something to shout about. Usually, most of other automakers tend to inherit something from the predecessors or other models in the line. The new interior of the Mazda CX-5 are a step closer to the continental standard. Design is simple yet classy. Almost like a Mercedes with Audi mixed interior but still maintaining the Japanese touch. The material of dashboard is soft and the switches and knobs feels solid when using. To startup the Mazda CX-5, you will push the start button provided along with the keyless entry system, hence no more metal keys. You do get a bunch of buttons on the steering wheels including bluetooth, audio control, auto cruise but there’s no flappy-paddles on this. If you want to play with some gear change, you still can do it on the gear lever but it is not necessary as we have driven it. The 6-speed Skyactiv-Drive automatic gearbox is silky smooth on gear changes.

 

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The blue covered engine lies inside the engine bay is the Mazda’s new flagship technology – a Skyactiv engine. As nicely named it may sound, this engine are designed to save fuel and provide the best power output efficiency. The Malaysia’s version of Mazda CX-5 are powered by the 2.0L Skyactiv engine, that produces 155hp with the compression ratio of 13:1, whereas in countries that provides a high grade of RON in their petrol, the 2.0L Skyactiv-G engine will be tune to 14:1 ratio and will produce 163hp of max output. To give an idea as comparison, the Ferrari 458 are using 12.5:1 compression ratio and the VW 1.4 TSI engine is using 10:1 compression ratio. Technical aside, the Skyactiv-G engine suppose to save fuel up to 15% and will do 6L/100km with the Mazda CX-5. After driving the CX-5, we notice the CX-5 characteristics are slower from 0-2500 rpm but after that the engine gets torquier than you would expect, giving it a very good cruising on the highways. Mazda Malaysia recommend RON 97 unleaded fuel but RON 95 will be the minimum requirement.

 

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