KLANG: The King Long Kingo van is another value for money offering from China Auto Manufacturers (M) Sdn Bhd, which is part of the Sendok Group.
The 15-seater 3.0-litre diesel-powered premium van is the latest addition to the group's locally-assembled Chinese van range.
Malaysia-China Friendship Association president Datuk Abdul Majid Ahmad Khan officated the recent launch of the King Long Kingo van at the group's headquarters in Jalan Kapar, Klang.
"It is the most powerful van among its peers. It is aimed at the corporate, travel and tours market," said group chairman Datuk Emran Kadir.
Emran also pointed out that Xiamen King Long United Automotive Industry Co Ltd is a renowned bus and van manufacturer in China.
It has a five-speed manual transmission and is powered by a 3.0-litre 16-valve DOHC common rail diesel turbo intercooler engine that has a maximum power output of 144hp at 3,400rpm and torque of 370Nm at 2,000rpm.
The King Long Kingo comes with projection headlamps with LED lights, front fog lamps and powered windows, electric wing mirrors, tiltable steering wheel, 15-inch alloy wheels, ion air purifier, an LCD screen with DVD player and six speakers, as well as a reverse camera.
For more comfort, the cabin has two rear roof lamps, and its rear air-conditioning comes with nine air-vents.
Safety features include ABS (anti-lock braking system), EBD (electronic brake force distribution), brake assist, anti-glare rear view mirror and rear reverse sensor with distance buzzer.
The on-the-road price (private registration, including insurance) of the van is RM115,229.90.
It is open for pre-order where vehicles will be delivered from April 1, 2015 onwards.
For orders received from January 17 till February 16, 2015, China Auto Manufacturers is giving RM2,000 free fuel voucher and free luxury seats (or rebate of RM3,000).
The King Long Kingo van comes with a three-year or 100,000km warranty (whichever comes first), and free towing services during the warranty period.
China Auto Manufacturers has more than 50 appointed service dealers throughout Malaysia, and provides 24/7 breakdown service support.
Also present at the launch event was Sendok Group managing director Gwee Bok Wee, who said the group's locally-assembled Chinese van range had been well-received by the local market.
"In 2013, we sold about 500 to 600 vans. Last year, sales grew to close to 1,000 units. So, sales growth has been very strong," said Gwee.