Malaysia is the third country to locally-assembled the Xpander following Indonesia and Vietnam.
The new Mitsubishi Xpander is produced at Hicom Automotive Manufacturers Sdn Bhd in Pekan, Pahang.
The production line is designed to roll out 6,000 units of Xpander annually. Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia has invested in setting up the all-new body shop, painting jigs and tester line at the plant in Pekan.
The new Xpander undergoes a Pre-Treatment and Electro Deposition by a 360-degree somersault in an ED-coat tank at one of the most advanced paint shops in Asean.
A layer of primer is then painted by a robotic system and then dried heated in an oven bay. The Xpander is then painted again with multiple coats to a fine finish.
Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) certified auditors are stationed at the assembly plant to oversee the same high standards and consistent quality of Mitsubishi Motors production worldwide.
Commenting on the new Xpander, Chief Executive Officer of Mitsubishi Motors Malaysia, Tomoyuki Shinnishi said, “The Xpander is a significant model for MMM and we are confident that it will be a favourite among many Malaysians. The move to localise the Xpander is to meet the demands of our Malaysian customers. We want to offer a more price competitive model with better specifications providing customers more convenience and comfort.”
He added, “We ensure all our customers that each unit of the Xpander undergoes extensive quality control tests, before it is shipped out. Every inch is checked by human-eyes and cutting-edge technology.”
Since its launch in Indonesia, the Xpander including the Xpander Cross, has been well received for its futuristic styling, comfort, and high driving performance. By end September 2020, the total sales volume for the series has reached approximately 270,000 units.
The launch of the new Xpander in Malaysia is expected for Nov 2020.