KUALA LUMPUR: The first quarter of 2022 has just ended, before the industry catches its breath on the occasion of the fasting month of Ramadhan.
KEY POINTS TO REMEMBER
Which brand launched the most new models in March?
Mercedes-Benz was the busiest with six launches in March
As always, the month leading up to the fasting month is always the busiest as most manufacturers launch a new product or at least a sales campaign launch before the holiday season arrives.
That being said, March started off very extravagantly with Mercedes-Benz Malaysia launch of not one but two new ultra-luxury Maybach models – the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class and the Mercedes Maybach GLS 600 which are priced at RM 976,230 and RM 1.78 million respectively.
Those million dollar cars aside, Honda Malaysia also introduced the new and updated Honda Odyssey the same day. Featuring a new design and improved safety with features like Honda Sensing among others, the new Honda Odyssey 2022 is priced at RM275,311 on the road without insurance.
The first week of March also saw the Lamborghini brand back in Malaysia with the unveiling of a brand new showroom and service center in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.
On this occasion, the company also launched the Lamborghini Aventador LP780-4 Ultimate with an asking price of RM1.8 million.
The most active manufacturer in March was undoubtedly Mercedes-Benz. A week after the launch of the two Maybach models, the company announced the introduction of the upgrade GLA, GLBand A classall of which now come with new features such as wireless charging, active lane keeping assist and automatic high beams, among others.
Just a week later, the company launched its first electric vehicle in Malaysia in the form of the Mercedes-Benz EQA 250 which is available in one variant priced at RM278,201. Capable of covering up to 430 km per charge, the EQA can be fully charged between 32 minutes and 5 hours depending on the charger.
The EQA wasn’t the only EV to debut in March, as Hyundai welcomed the Ioniq 5 which is a direct rival to the German EV above. Offered between RM199,888 and RM259,888, the Ioniq 5 comes in two variants with a range of between 384km and 430km depending on the variant.
The company also mentioned that it plans to assemble the EQA locally in the near future.
Malaysia’s first locally assembled electric vehicle, the Volvo XC40 Recharge Pure Electric was also unveiled in March. Although pricing has yet to be announced, the company says the car will be ready in all showrooms for customers in April.
Along with the EV variant, the new XC40 was also launched, with some cosmetic improvements and new features.
BMW was also very busy in March with all the new i-charging facilities the company is installing at dealerships nationwide. Apart from the charging stations, the company also announced that the iX3, which is essentially the electric X3, is now open for reservation.
Speaking of local assembly, Porsche started CKD operations for the Cayenne in Kulim, Kedah in March as well, making Malaysia the first country outside of Europe to assemble a Porsche. Pricing for the Cayenne CKD starts at RM550,000.
As for the 4×4 segment, Ford launched a special edition of the Tidy called the XLT Plus Special Edition priced at RM136,888. Featuring some aesthetic and connectivity upgrades, the Ranger XLT Plus Special Edition comes with a five-year or 160,000 km warranty.
Those looking for a seven-seat SUV were greeted by the new Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace which was launched at the PACE Autoshow a few weeks ago. Offered in two variants priced at RM174,746 and RM219,444, the SUV features a polished design, improved safety and enhanced connectivity.
In motorsport, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival is also back for the fifth time. The first round of 2022 ended successfully and many young riders emerged victorious. As exciting as it is, the event is still closed due to the ongoing pandemic.
Last but not least, Mazda has announced the introduction of the upgrade Mazda3, CX-30and CX-3 which now come with improved connectivity, new colors and even new variants. As expected, the new features resulted in a slight price increase.
The world of two-wheelers was also eventful in March, as the month kicked off with Yamaha’s unveiling of the new Yamaha XMAX 250 scooter priced at RM21,998. New for 2022 are some cosmetic improvements and new graphics.
The company also launched the latest version of Malaysia’s favorite Yamaha 135LC FI which comes with a new engine, new design and new features. Two variants are available with prices starting at RM7,798.
A few days after Yamaha launched the new XMAX 250, Boon Siew Honda has announced that the new 2022 Honda RS150R is now on sale in Malaysia at a price of RM8,299 excluding tax. Powered by a new Euro-4 engine, the bike also receives new graphics for 2022.
While Honda and Yamaha only launched upgraded models in March, Suzuki pulled out all the stops and unveiled three all-new 150cc models that are the Suzuki Raider R150, GSX-S150, and the GSX-R150 which are there to give models like the Yamaha Y15ZR a hard time.
March also saw Harley-Davidson Malaysia enter the Malaysian Book of Records after setting a new record for the largest Harley-Davidson gathering in Malaysia with 902 motorcycles.
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