DRB-Hicom today launch it’s first Completely Knock Down CKD locally assembled Volkswagen Cars, which is the New Passat 1.8 TSI. Here are latest news and previous news regarding the launching. we will update latest info of the new passat 1.8 spec and price soon.
NEW VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 1.8 CKD BY DRB-HICOM
The first Completely Knock Down (CKD) Volkswagen being assembled at DRB-Hicom Bhd’s plant here will hit the market this Wednesday, November 23.
Group Managing Director of DRB-Hicom, Datuk Seri Mohd Khamil Jamil, said about 70 units of the Passat 1.8 model will be marketed initially.
He, however, did not disclose the price of the vehicle, adding that they had submitted the price and were now awaiting the government’s approval.
He said this to reporters after officiating the International College of Automotive (ICAM)’s adjunct programme here today.
Also present at the event was Chief Operations Officer of HICOM University College Sdn Bhd (HUCSB), Sharifah Halimah Syed Ahmad.
In August 2010, Volkswagen signed a memorandum of understanding with DRB-Hicom to produce Volkswagen cars at DRB-Hicom’s automotive centre here.
Meanwhile on the adjunct programme, Mohd Khamil said ICAM will he holding the first such programme, involving an automotive college in the country, in January next year.
Under the programme, industry leaders both from the country and overseas will deliver lectures to the students on the present developments and innovations in the industry.
The Volkswagen and DRB-Hicom joint venture, estimated to be worth RM 1 billion, will begin the local assembly of the Passat sedan 1.8-litre variant at DRB-Hicom. Pekan plant in November 2011, according to Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed, the International Trade and Industry Minister, who spoke to the press at the DRB-Hicom Automotive Complex in Pekan, Pahang, on wednesday.
This is the result of a collaboration between DRB-Hicom and Volkswagen sealed in December last year, Mustapa said. There are now 20 personnel from Volkswagens headquarters here to discuss and finalise the production operations expected to take place this November.
The confirmation of the date and sedan variant follows the collaboration and license agreement signed by the two parties in December 2010 and the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in August before that. The engine in question should be the 160-hp 1.8-litre TSI engine, one of ten engines that the all-new Passat will be using worldwide.