Locally-assembled Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid nearing launch

By CARSIFU | 7 December 2021

SHAH ALAM: Preparations are being finalised for a milestone event – the launch of the first locally-assembled Toyota hybrid electric vehicle – in the near future.

This is the new Corolla Cross Hybrid which is now undergoing pre-production activities at ASSB, UMW Toyota Motor’s assembly plant in Bukit Raja, Selangor.

UMW Toyota Motor deputy chairman Akio Takeyama said bookings for the new Corolla Cross Hybrid had been good and the company was are happy to see that many Malaysians were keen to switch to Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technology.

“Toyota has been producing hybrid electric vehicles since the late 1990s and has constantly improved and advanced the technology so Malaysians will benefit from this long experience,” said Takeyama.

“We are aware that many customers are eager to receive their Corolla Cross Hybrid and we ask for your patience. There are many quality processes which ASSB must complete to ensure that the cars delivered are of the highest standard in every respect.

“And I would also add that once the car is delivered, the new owners will also be assured of an ownership experience of the highest standard,” Takeyama added.

The new Corolla Cross Hybrid has an estimated price starting from RM137,000 (without insurance) and comes with a 5-year/unlimited mileage factory warranty.

Additionally, for peace of mind, there is a separate 8-year/unlimited mileage warranty covering the hybrid battery pack, inverter and Power Management Control Unit.

Customers can also extend their warranty for a further two years to make it a total of 10 years, the first such warranty in the local industry.

Bookings can be made at any authorised Toyota dealer or UMW Toyota Motor branch showroom nationwide.

The company also announced that its Toyota and Lexus sales mirrored the Total Industry Volume (TIV) of November, which is expected to be less than the October TIV.


However, demand for the two brands remains strong and the difference was only 14 units compared to the total volume for October when the total number sold nationwide was 8,500 units.

The total sales volume for November is 8486 units consisted of 6,620 passenger cars and 1,866 commercial vehicles (including pick-ups).

For the period from January to November 2021, total sales for the Toyota and Lexus brands have reached 63,105 units, 26% higher than the same period in 2020 when a total of 50,074 units had been sold.

Among the passenger car models, the Vios continued to be the best-selling Toyota model, accounting for 33% of sales, while the Hilux continued to be the best-selling pick-up truck in Malaysia, a position it has held since 2005.


UMW Toyota Motor president Ravindran K said the continued market growth was a sign that the economy was steadily progressing towards recovery.

“During the final month of the year, we will have great deals and with our ‘Now Is The Time’ promotion, there are savings of up to RM5,500 on selected models.

“Additionally, the government’s exemption of sales tax is ongoing which means additional savings,” he said.