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Volkswagen to maintain current vehicle prices; new models for 2016 promised

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Kon January 15, 2016 20:26

Volkswagen will not be increasing prices of any of its vehicles in the foreseeable future, despite the weakening value of the Malaysian ringgit, Mr Armin Keller, Managing Director of Volkswagen Group Malaysia.

Speaking to the press whilst officiating the new Volkswagen Sri Hartamas 3S Centre operated by FA Wagen, Keller said that although the company’s bottom line is pressure as severely as every other brand’s, it has resolved to absorb the deficit and ride out the storm in hopes of a rebound of the local currency.

The last two years have been tough for Volkswagen both globally and in Malaysia. The Dieselgate scandal has forced lawsuits and recalls upon the company from around the world, whilst in Malaysia, the brand was beset by a prolonged aftersales crisis that saw service centres faced with lengthy backlog of vehicles.

The company remains committed and determined to reverse the tide, however, and it plans to embark on an offensive this year. The new Sri Hartamas 3S Centre is of several more new outlets being opened in a continued expansion drive to boost overall presence and also to ramp up after sales capacity for current owners.

At the outlet’s opening, Keller also promised a renewal of the model range without elaborating on the exact models that will be launched. Based on recent Volkswagen global launches, we expect the line-up of new launches to be led by the all-new Passat B8 and possibly the all-new Tiguan that was previewed at last year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. In fact, pictures of a Passat B8 test vehicle on Malaysian roads were sent to us by a reader as far back as June last year.

Built at a cost of RM 5 million, Volkswagen Sri Hartamas 3S occupies the ground and lower floors of the Signature Suites building in Sri Hartamas, occupying 30,670 sq ft of floor space spread over three levels. Its service centre has 8 work bays and a team of 15 experienced and certified technicians.

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Prefering his cars to come with four disc brakes, independent rear suspension, and manual transmission, Kon prioritizes mechanical sophistication over outward appeal. Admires cars built to exceed the sum of their parts and appreciates vehicles engineered with integrity.

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