SALEM (left) and another staff (right) showing the thumbs up with some of the visitors at the Perodua Mukah branch showroom.
SALEM (left) and another staff (right) showing the thumbs up with some of the visitors at the Perodua Mukah branch showroom.

MUKAH: The newly launched Perodua Aruz was an immediate star attraction for the locals at the company’s showroom here
yesterday.

The eager visitors came to the premises, located at Jalan Haji Mohd Fauzi here, as early as 8am to have a glimpse of Perodua’s
new SUV.

According to Perodua Mukah branch sales advisor, Salem Helpi, they had already received the bookings before the official
launching.

“Just for your information, in fact, we already had bookings from two persons way before the launching,” he said.

He pointed that for now only Ivory White was available for display to the public at the Mukah branch and believed the event would attract more visitors for the next few days especially those from the nearby districts.

“The variants are Aruz-1500 X (Auto) and Aruz-1500 AV(Auto). They come in five colours, namely, Ivory White, Glittering Silver, Electric Blue, Granite Grey, and  Amazon Green,” disclosed Salem.

The seven-seater SUV was launched on Tuesday evening by the International Trade and Industry Minister, Datuk Darell Leiking and witnessed by Perodua chairman, Tan Sri Asmat Kamaludin and the Japanese ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Makio Miyagawa.

With 95 per cent of its components locally-sourced, the Aruz is the national carmaker’s fourth Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV), touting a class-leading fuel economy of 15.6 km/l. It is offered with a five-year/150,000 km warranty (whichever comes first).

“The Perodua Aruz is expected to complement our existing product line-up and based on our value proposition, we expect sales of this new model to average 2,500 units monthly or 31,200 units by end-2019,” said Perodua president and chief executive Officer Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.

Up until the launching, the vehicle has already received 2,200 bookings since order-taking began on January 3.

Its standard safety features include VSC, ISOFIX and six airbags, plus an upgraded Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0 suite with pedestrian detection and increased operational speeds on the Advance variant.

The Aruz has also been awarded a five-star Asean NCAP safety rating by the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (Miros).

As an added bonus, from January 9 onwards, all customers who purchase Perodua Total Protect Plus motor insurance will not only enjoy free Perodua Auto Assist benefits but also free unlimited unnamed drivers, flood allowance up to RM1,000 and Personal Accident coverage up to RM10,000.