New Mazda showroom in Jelutong, Penang. “to capture fast growing market”POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 09 August 2018
Land is gold in Penang and even deep-pocketed Bermaz Motor could not convince the landlord to sell the property for its 85th outlet. It had to be rented or nothing.
Welcome anyway to the new 3S Mazda branch in Jelutong, Georgetown, Penang.
Speaking at the opening of its largest branch to date, Bermaz Motor’s CEO, Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said that the new outlet provided easier access to its growing customer base from both sides of Penang – mainland and island.
“The fully-fledged 3S centre can service up to 500 vehicles a month. For added convenience, Penang customers can also opt for the Mazda Mobile Service offering owners car servicing and maintenance at their doorstep at no extra cost,” Yeoh said.
Asked about the upcoming Sales and Service tax for confirmed orders made before the end of the month, Yeoh said.
“Bermaz will absorb the extra costs. This must be done. While there will be extra costs for us, these advance sales will require less marketing and logistics cost.
“The strengthening of the ringgit against the yen also helps us pass the savings to the customers,” he said.
The types of services provided by the mobile unit are scheduled maintenance for vehicles within the 3-year/60,000 km time period, inspection and replacement of battery, wiper blades, brake pads, brake fluids and auto transmission fluids.
The Mazda BT-50 pick-up truck that provides the mobile service is equipped with a tool set, 2.5 tonne aluminium quick-jack, laptop-based Mazda Mobile Diagnostic System and an on-board generator to power up the mobile workshop.
TWO NEW MODELS LAUNCHED
Two Mazda models were launched in conjunction with the showroom opening.
- Mazda’s flagship passenger car, the Mazda 6, is presented with a full refinement of the interior, tweaks to the exterior including new LED lights, front and rear bumpers. The infotainment display is enlarged to an eight-inch screen. The heads-up display is now in full colour (only in 2.2 diesel and the 2.5 petrol). The latest 360 degree view monitor uses four cameras to show the driver the proximity of the four sides of the vehicle. The Driving Attention Alert (DAA) learns the driver’s normal behavior at speeds above 65kmh and warns the driver on detection of abnormal patterns in conjunction with drowsy driving and/or micro sleep. Smart City Brake Support Rear helps to prevent rear-end collision when the driver is reversing. The car is available in two petrol versions (2.0 and 2.5) and a 2.2 diesel. Mazda6 price is pending approval from the relevant authorities.
- Mazda CX-3 is a milder refresh pending a full model change in three years. The adoption of electric parking brake frees up more space in the centre console. Noise, Vibration and Harshness (NVH) has been further dampened with thicker glass screens, headliner and door seals and more sound insulation in the thicker door panels.
The latest i-Activsense dynamic safety features a rear cross-traffic alert. Price is RM121,000 in Semananjung Malaysia and RM123,000 in Sabah and Sarawak.