Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. (DMSB) will feature its light commercial vehicle (LCV) with automatic transmission at the Malaysia Commercial Vehicle Expo (MCVE 2019), reinforcing its position as the distributor of the first automatic LCV in Malaysia. The MCVE will be held at the Malaysia International Exhibition and Convention Centre from 20 – 22 June 2019, and is open to the public.
The Daihatsu Gran Max panel van is the first in its class to feature an automatic transmission, and is designed to cater to a range of use from urban delivery to SMEs to entrepreneurs and government and fleet businesses. The decision to introduce the automatic transmission variant here is mainly to cater to city-based businesses to tackle the slow or heavy traffic. The use of an automatic gearbox especially in a city setting may benefit in terms of fuel consumption as well as reduced stress.
The rear-wheel drive (RWD) configuration also offers drivers better initial acceleration and improved traction since the load is over the rear axle. The Gran Max is able to accommodate up to 2,000 kg of gross weight (with load), and runs on Electric Fuel Injection (EFI) powered by DOHC DVVT 1.5 litre engine. The compact size of the Gran Max, together with the power steering, allows for easier manouevering and parking in tight spots.
The van also comes with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and dual front SRS airbags.
Besides this, DMSB will also be showing off a custom-built Gran Max panel van which will feature a conservation initiative to reduce the vehicle’s CO2 emissions, in an exclusive joint effort with Free Tree Society, an environmental organisation that spreads the environmental stewardship message through public awareness campaigns. As an incentive, expo visitors who visit DMSB’s booth will get to take home free tree seedlings and plants.
Another highlight at the expo will be a custom-built Gran Max pick-up truck to be used as a mobile clinic. This is a collaboration with Columbia Asia Hospital to offer complimentary health screening throughout the three days of the expo. Further, there will be a blood donation drive administrated by the National Blood Centre on the second day of the event from 12 pm – 6 pm at Daihatsu’s booth.
DMSB will also be introducing various tailor-made programs suitable for small businesses as well as larger fleets at the expo.
“The Gran Max is extremely versatile and can allow up to 17 customised body applications. This adaptability makes the Gran Max the perfect vehicle for a wide range of transport and business needs. As an innovation driver, we are confident the Gran Max line-up will cement our reputation as being able to provide the best and first in market, enabling us to continue to be a trusted mobility service provider to our customers,” said Arman Mahadi, Managing Director of Daihatsu (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.