PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs (KPDNHEP) has purchased 55 units of the Perodua Aruz AV, marking the seven-seater sport utility vehicle's (SUV's) entry into the government sector and the model’s first fleet deal.
A delivery ceremony was held today at the ministry’s headquarters in Putrajaya, where KPDNHEP secretary-general Datuk Muez Abdul Aziz symbolically handed a mock key over to KPDNHEP director of enforcement Datuk Haji Iskandar Halim Haji Sulaiman.
“We thank KPDNHEP very much for choosing the Perodua Aruz and in doing so, supporting the Malaysian automotive supply eco-system, as over 90% of the Aruz’s components are locally sourced. The same is true for all our current models,” said Perodua president and CEO Datuk Zainal Abidin Ahmad.
With over 23,000 units already sold out of over 33,000 bookings received to date since its launch in January, the Aruz is Malaysia’s best-value SUV as well as her best-selling SUV so far this year.
“We understand KPDNHEP’s enforcement officers often take long road journeys in the course of duty. The Perodua Aruz is durable, dependable, spacious, practical, easy to drive and due to its many seating configurations, very versatile.
"Not forgetting conveniences such as the built-in toll card reader, integrated dashcam, HDMI, Smart Link, Bluetooth and navigation. With Advanced Safety Assist (ASA) 2.0, six airbags and Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), the Perodua Aruz also has a maximum five-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating.
"It is also an Energy-Efficient Vehicle (EEV) with a best-in-class rated fuel efficiency of 15.6 km/l, contributing to its low running costs. Factor in Malaysia’s largest vehicle service network and we are confident that KPDNHEP will find a faithful, useful and delightful companion in the Perodua Aruz,” added Zainal.
In July, the local carmaker hosted an engagement session with KPDNHEP in a move to curb imitation Perodua-branded products and parts in the market, becoming one of the first carmakers in Malaysia to take such an initiative.