Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia (MMM), has officially rolled out the Mitsubishi XPANDER from its new assembly line in Pekan, Pahang. Malaysia represents the third country to produce the XPANDER, the others being Indonesia and Vietnam.
To do so, MMM, the official distributor of Mitsubishi Motors vehicles in Malaysia, had invested in setting up local assembly at the HICOM Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd facility in Pekan. This includes a new Body Shop, Painting Jigs and Tester Line. MMM is part of the DRB-HICOM automotive group.
The production line is can roll out up to 6,000 units of Mitsubishi XPANDER annually. The new XPANDER will undergo a Pre-Treatment and Electro Deposition process by doing a 360º somersault in an ED-coat tank in one of the most advanced paint shops in ASEAN.
A robotic spray system applies the primer layer which is then dry heated in an oven bay. Subsequently, the XPANDER is painted again with multiple coats for a fine finish. Additionally, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) certified auditors are stationed at the assembly plant to ensure that the same high global standards and consistent quality of Mitsubishi Motors is applied.
“The XPANDER is a significant model for MMM and we are confident that it will be a favourite among many Malaysians. The move to localise the XPANDER is to meet the demands of our Malaysian customers. We want to offer a more price competitive model with better specifications providing customers more convenience and comfort,” commented Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Tomoyuki Shinnishi on the new XPANDER.
“We ensure all our customers that each unit of the XPANDER undergoes extensive quality control tests, before it is shipped out. Every inch is checked by human-eyes and cutting-edge technology,” he added.
Since its launch in Indonesia, the Mitsubishi XPANDER, including the XPANDER CROSS, has been well received for its unique styling, comfort, and driving performance. At the end of September 2020, total sales volume for the series had reached approximately 270,000 units.
The new Mitsubishi XPANDER is slated for an official launch in Malaysia in November 2020. Authorised Mitsubishi Motors dealers are now accepting bookings for the XPANDER.