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New PDI Facility for CKD Honda Vehicles

Left to Right : Rohime Shafie - President and COO, Tan Hui Jing - Director, Dato' Syed Mohamad - Chairman, Datuk Seri Haji Mohd Ali - Chief Minister of Melaka, Yoichiro Ueno - MD and CEO, Datuk Abdul Bin Atan - DUN for Gadek, Melaka, Katsunori Ishii - VP

Yesterday, Honda Malaysia Sdn. Bhd. held a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony for its new Pre-Delivery Inspection (PDI) Centre and Vehicle Quality Test Course at Honda’s Pegoh Plant in Alor Gajah, Melaka.

The RM40.12 million 57,000 square metre facility with a parking capacity for 1,522 vehicles is expected to be ready by June 2012.

Speaking at the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Yoichiro Ueno, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Honda Malaysia said, “With this new PDI Centre, we will be able to expedite the delivery process of new cars to all our dealers nationwide. The PDI Centre serves a very important role in ensuring the highest standard of Honda cars are met and delivered to our customers. The new PDI Centre will be able to process 30% more vehicles. This also means that we will be able to offer more job opportunities for fellow Malaysians,” added Mr. Ueno.

Currently, the existing PDI Centre operates on a single shift with 51 Honda associates processing 180 units of vehicles at any one time. Upon completion, 410 vehicles can be completed in two shifts.

This will be Honda Malaysia’s second PDI facility. Honda has an existing PDI center in Bangi to handle its CBU vehicles.

The new 2.148km Vehicle Quality Test Course will be able to fully test new vehicles on various road conditions such as roads that are slippery, pot-holed, hilly, bumpy and cobbled-stone. At the test course, new Honda vehicles will also go through different dynamic testing zones at maximum speed of 140km/h to check on body noise, wind noise, hard brake, car pulling, steering spoke angle, transmission function and reverse function. Two cars can be tested per session.

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