Motosikal dan Enjin Nasional Sdn Bhd (MODENAS) is now the exclusive distributor of Kawasaki motorcycles in Malaysia. Its distribution arm, Edaran Modenas Sdn Bhd (EMOS), will handle the distribution of Kawasaki motorcycles as well as spare parts and accessories.
This transfer of distributorship had a 6-month transition period which ended on 31 March 2022. During this period, the EMOS team had observed, learned, and adapted the business operations of its technical partner, Kawasaki Motors, Ltd. (KMC). This was performed to ensure the transfer of as much of the brand’s history and knowledge as possible. Kawasaki had been a shareholder of MODENAS since its inception in 1995. It holds a 30% stake in MODENAS (the balance is owned by DRB-HICOM Berhad), and as such have a long history together. The first MODENAS model, Kriss, launched in 1996, was based off the Kawasaki Kazer. The Jaguh was also derived from a Kawasaki.
“Owners of the Kawasaki motorcycles can rest assured that, under the new management, the superior levels of products and customer service they are used to will be retained. Our plans include expanding operations, developing, producing and sales of Kawasaki motorcycles for its fans that will surely give our Malaysians thrilling lifestyle. MODENAS will also be introducing the latest models from the Kawasaki line-up and unveiling of its new exclusive Kawasaki showrooms in stages. As such, do wait for our announcement on these exciting moments,” said Roslan Roskan, Chief Executive Officer of MODENAS.
Instead of being just a shareholder, Kawasaki will be actively participating in the operations of MODENAS. The completion of the transition period will also see MODENAS begin assembling selected Kawasaki models as well as importing models with bigger engines to cater to the various market segments.
“Together with our experienced members from KMC, and it is our pleasure to officially welcome Yusaku Kashiwagi the Chief Marketing Officer of MODENAS on board. We are all hands-on-deck in reviving the Kawasaki brand in Malaysia, where it has more than 30 years of history,” added Roslan.
“Over the last decade, the Malaysian life has dramatically changed where, higher demands of not only for daily necessities, but also of products that bring a sense of enjoyment to their daily life. Together with MODENAS we firmly believe the products that will be developed and distributed, will be able to provide our Malaysian customers with an intense and superior riding experience that they have never experienced before. It has always been our greatest mission to meet our customer’s expectations and satisfaction as each of our products represents the essence of the Kawasaki brand stands for. Don’t lose the Kawasaki spirit and let the good times roll,” said Yusaku Kashiwagi, Chief Marketing Officer, MODENAS.
As exclusive distributor, EMOS will distribute Kawasaki motorcycles via its dealers. It will also handle spare parts and accessories in Malaysia. Furthermore, EMOS will be providing customer service that covers all technical and recall related matters. Moving on, all Kawasaki motorcycle sales, spare parts and technical related service enquiries can be referred to the selected authorised KAWASAKI dealers shown in the list below.