Naza Eyes Export Of 8,000 Cars In 2009
KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 (Bernama) — Naza Group of Companies expects to export about 8,000 cars next year with the launch of new models and a strong order.
In a statement here Monday, the group said efforts to export its range of vehicles through subsidiary, Naza Corporation Sdn Bhd, had received positive response.
Naza Group executive chairman/chief executive officer, SM Nasarudin Tan Sri SM Nasimuddin, said since early this year, the group has been actively exporting its range of supermini cars like the Naza Forza and the Peugeot 206 to Singapore, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
“To date, back orders for the Naza Forza, which was launched in Thailand on March 26, 2008 during the Thai Motor Show, had already reached 1,100 units.
“The factory in Gurun, Kedah is increasing production to meet the demand for the Thai market,” he said.
SM Nasarudin said the Kia Picanto and Peugeot 206 both had orders amounting to 600 units and 500 units respectively for the Thai market highlighting the fact that those models were still relevant and highly sought-after in the region.
“All those units are expected to reach the Thai market before year-end.
“The strong demand for the supermini cars can be attributed to the global move towards smaller and more economical and fuel-efficient models,” he said.
He said for the Indonesian market, Naza Corp has received firm orders for 600 units of the Kia Pregio van.
SM Nasarudin said at the moment, the export effort was mainly contained within the Asian region, especially to Thailand and Indonesia which were the more prominent vehicle-consuming nations within Association of South-East Asian Nations.
“There are definite plans to expand the groups export activities even further and the African continent has been targeted as one of the potential new markets,” he said.
He said to ensure that the export initiative was sustained, the company has set up a team to support all export markets.
“The team will handle sales and after-sales issues. A special technical hotline will also be set up to offer assistance.
Source : — BERNAMA