UMW Toyota Motor is in the final stages of preparations to launch the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, its first locally assembled hybrid electric vehicle. The Corolla Cross Hybrid will be assembled in the fairly new ASSB assembly plant in Bukit Raja, Klang. The ASSB team are currently in the midst of pre-production for the Corolla Cross Hybrid.
This new hybrid model is expecting to cost around RM137,000 (without insurance). Being a hybrid, UMWT will provide an 8-year (unlimited mileage) warranty on the battery pack, inverter and Power Management Control Unit, to give buyers better peace of mind. You also have the option to extend this warranty by another 2 years to make it an even 10. This is the first such warranty on offer in Malaysia. Further, the standard 5-year (unlimited mileage) factory warranty on the vehicle applies. As for body colour choices, there are the 4 colours from the non-hybrid model and an exclusive colour for the hybrid i.e. Celestite Grey Metallic.
“Since we opened for bookings for the new Corolla Cross Hybrid, response has been good and we are happy to see that many Malaysians are keen to switch to Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology. Toyota has been producing hybrid electric vehicles since the late 1990s and has constantly improved and advanced the technology so Malaysians will benefit from this long experience,” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
“We are aware that many customers are eager to receive their Corolla Cross Hybrid and we ask for your patience. There are many quality processes which ASSB must complete to ensure that the cars delivered are of the highest standard in every respect. And I would also add that once the car is delivered, the new owners will also be assured of an ownership experience of the highest standard,” Mr. Takeyama added.
On another note, Toyota and Lexus sales have mirrored the Total Industry Volume (TIV) of November 2021, which is lower than the October TIV. Demand for these 2 brands however, remains strong and the difference between the months was only 14 units. Total volume for October was 8,500 vehicles, while November saw 8,486 vehicles sold. November’s total consisted of 6,620 passenger cars and 1,866 commercial vehicles (including pick-ups).
For the 11 months of 2021, UMWT sold a total of 63,105 vehicles (Toyota and Lexus brands combined), 26% higher than the corresponding period in 2020 (total of 50,074 vehicles). The Toyota Vios was the brand’s bestseller, accounting for 33% of total sales. The Hilux also continues to be the best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia, a position it has held since 2005.
“The continued growth of the market is a sign that we are steadily progressing towards recovery. The New Normal means that some things have to be done differently and we have to be conscious of SOPs, and at Toyota, we have adapted our processes accordingly. Customers can visit our showrooms or send their vehicles to authorised service centres with peace of mind that they are protected health-wise,” said UMW Toyota Motor President, Ravindran K.
“During the final month of the year, we will have great deals and with our ‘Now Is The Time’ promotion, there are savings of up to RM5,500 on selected models. Additionally, the government’s exemption of sales tax is ongoing which means additional savings,” he said.
You can check out the models on promotion, or book a Corolla Cross Hybrid, at any authorised Toyota showroom.