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Toyota and Bank Islam Offering Shariah-Compliant Financing, Up to 100% Loan

If we are to look at the financing options offered by Toyota Malaysia at the moment, we have the Toyota EZ Beli Plan, Jom Drive, AITAB, Toyota Drive, Toyota Flexi Plan as well as conventional Hire Purchase and Vehicle Lease financing schemes.

The company, in collaboration with Bank Islam Malaysia Berhad, now offers two more Shariah Compliant Term Financing schemes to customers – “Vehicle Financing-I” and “Vehicle Financing-i GradHitz”.

While Vehicle Financing-i is available for all customers aged up to 60 years old with a minimum income of RM2,800, the Vehicle Financing-i GradHitz scheme is a special package tailored for newly employed graduates aged below 30 years old with a minimum qualification of diploma degree from a recognized institution under Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA) to enjoy up to 100% margin of financing.

Both schemes are based on term financing under the principle of Murabahah to the Purchase Orderer (MPO) a cost plus profit financing contract.

The financing tenure is up to 9 years, with fixed profit rates from 2.35% to 2.55% per annum. Customers will be eligible for Ibra’ (rebate) if full settlement is made before the maturity period of the financing.

Auto Financing Takaful Plan (AFTP), a takaful coverage is also offered to customers. The plan covers the outstanding financing amount in the event of death or permanent disability within the financing period. The AFTP contribution is calculated based on financing amount and age of applicant.

The two Bank Islam financing schemes are applicable for all new Toyota models sold by authorized Toyota dealerships throughout Malaysia (including Labuan and Langkawi duty-free zones).

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2020 Toyota Hilux Launched – 5 Variants, Toyota Safety Sense, RM93k to RM147k

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has officially launched the 2020 Toyota Hilux, Malaysia’s best-selling pick-up truck. Prices are as mentioned below:

  • Hilux Single Cab 2.4 MT 4×4 – RM92,880
  • Hilux 2.4E AT 4×4 – RM108,880
  • Hillux 2.4G MT 4×4 – RM111,880
  • Hilux 2.4V AT 4×4 – RM133,880
  • Hilux 2.8 Rogue AT 4×4 – RM146,880

Besides a refreshed appearance on the inside and outside, there are also improvements in performance as well as upgraded safety systems.

Five variants are available, with the new Hilux Rogue 2.8 Double Cab AT positioned as the flagship of the range.

The other variants are the new Hilux 2.4 V AT Double Cab, Hilux 2.4 E AT Double Cab, Hilux 2.4 G MT Double Cab, and Hilux 2.4 MT Single Cab.

Customers would be able to order their new Hilux in one of seven exterior colour choices: Bronze Mica Metallic (new colour), Crimson Spark Red Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown Metallic, Medium Silver Metallic, Silver Metallic and Super White II. The Hilux Single Cab is available only in a Solid White colour.

The new Hilux takes on a bolder appearance with a redesigned front grille and stronger styling elements.

Inside, a more premium image is evident with the new trim. For the flagship Hilux Rogue, the premium interior ambience is elevated with the use of clear blue door trim illumination.

The 2.8-litre turbodiesel engine of the Hilux Rogue has received technical improvements which raise both power output and torque. Maximum power output is now 204 ps at 3,400 rpm while maximum torque is 500 Nm between 1,600 and 2,800 rpm. In spite of the higher output, fuel consumption has actually been lowered by 4% to an average of 10.9 kms per litre.

 The 2.4-litre engine, which also has a Variable Nozzle Turbocharger (VNT) and an intercooler as well as a common-rail system, has received refinements that improve cooling and fuel economy. Thanks to increased pressure in the common-rail system, fuel efficiency has been improved by 5%.

In addition, this refined and improved engine for the new Hilux allows longer service interval from 5,000 kms/3 months to 10,000kms/6 months which will help to reduce maintenance costs.

 All variants are fitted with 6-speed transmissions; for the Double Cab variants, only Electronically Controlled automatic transmission with Sequential Shift is available, while the Hilux Single Cab is available only with a manual transmission.

Two driving modes can be selected if the driver wants to prioritize fuel economy or have strong acceleration. Both modes can be selected while on the move using a rotary switch.

The power-assisted rack and pinion steering system for the new Hilux (except for the Single Cab variant) now has a Variable Flow Control (VFC) system with reduced demand on the power steering pump, benefitting fuel economy.

For better grip and stability in difficult off-road conditions, there is Auto Limited Slip Differential (Auto LSD) which uses the Traction Control System (TRC) to control braking and engine output when one of the rear wheels start to spin. The Auto LSD is faster compared to the mechanical 4×4 system.

Although it has tough workhorse capabilities, the Hilux is also comfortable for daily motoring. The ride comfort has been noticeably improved through various measures, including optimization of cabin mounts to reduced shaking, roughness and noise transmission into the cabin.

In line with Toyota’s aim of making motoring safer and reducing accidents, Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is provided for the Hilux Rogue. The TSS consists of three systems that assist drivers: Pre-Collision System (PCS), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), with Steering & Brake Assist.

Other driver-assist systems (depending on variant) include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control, Brake Assist and, of course, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution.

Inside the vehicle, there are up to 7 SRS airbags to help reduce injuries during an accident. The Seat Belt Reminder now has sensors on front and rear seatbelts and ISOFIX points are provided at the rear for easy and secure installation of compatible child seats.

Every Hilux variant comes with a customized security system consisting of an engine immobilizer, alarm and cabin intrusion sensor. Additionally, a Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) is installed as standard in the Hilux Rogue and 2.4 V (option for the other variants) and this enables real-time tracking of the vehicle using GPS signals.

Other driver-assist systems (depending on variant) include Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Downhill Assist Control, Hill Start Assist Control, Trailer Sway Control, Vehicle Stability Control and Traction Control, Brake Assist and, of course, ABS with Brakeforce Distribution.

Inside the vehicle, there are up to 7 SRS airbags to help reduce injuries during an accident. The Seat Belt Reminder now has sensors on front and rear seatbelts and ISOFIX points are provided at the rear for easy and secure installation of compatible child seats.

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Pay Less for Servicing with the Toyota ‘Service Savers’ Package

Toyota Service Savers

In an effort to make servicing cheaper and more convenient for customers, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has introduced the Toyota Service Savers (TSS), a maintenance package which can be purchased during a new vehicle purchase. For further convenience, the package can be included in Toyota EZ Beli Plan.

By taking the TSS package, the costs are covered in advance and this means just sending the vehicle in for its scheduled service and not having to pay anything upon collection. This will ensure that the vehicle is serviced on time.

The TSS package can be used at all 85 authorized Toyota service centres in Malaysia over a period of 5 years from the time of purchase. Prices of the TSS package depends on the model ranging from RM3,220 for the Vios (savings of RM469) to RM6,030 for the Hilux (savings of RM922).

The packages follow the servicing requirements for the model at recommended intervals (as listed in the Owner’s Service Manual) and includes the fluids and parts specified for replacement. Only Toyota Genuine Parts or Toyota-approved items and materials are used.

As an added benefit, all TSS customers are entitled to a 10% discount for selected parts and 20% discount on Wheel Alignment & Balancing as well Air-Conditioner servicing packages at all authorized Toyota Service Centres.

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Review: Toyota RAV4 2.5L – Just Because it’s Pricy, Doesn’t Mean it’s Bad

So, the new fifth generation Toyota RAV4 SUV shocked the internet when news broke that it is priced from RM196,436, making it the most expensive model in its segment.

Bad, condescending remarks were flying from left, right, and centre all over social media and the internet, about how only stupid people will buy it, and how UMW Toyota have lost their minds, and this was just the tip of the iceberg.

Well, to be frank, even we were a bit surprised with the price, but not to the point of having to senselessly condemn it before even seeing it in the flesh, let alone driving it – which is always the case with most “car guys” you see on car website social media comment sections.

Look at the CH-R for instance – the same amount noise was made when it was released, and guess what? People still bought it, lots of it! It may not be the best-seller in its segment but there are still thousands of units on the road out there, and the owners are happy and have absolutely no regrets.

So, the moral of the story here is that, you say lah what you want to say; those who can afford it will still quietly go and buy it because it is actually a very decent product.

Coming back to the all-new Toyota RAV4 – we were given the opportunity to sample the range-topping 2.5-litre variant (RM215,665 minus SST) when it was launched, just to get a first-hand experience, and frankly speaking, it was not bad at all.

But before we get into the nitty-gritty, let us answer the magic question first – Why is the RAV4 more expensive than the top-spec versions of the Honda CR-V (RM175,900) and the Mazda CX-5 (RM181,660)?

Simple – While the CR-V and CX-5 are assembled locally, the Toyota RAV4 is fully imported from Japan. So, since the duties, taxes, incentives, and what not are different for both, imported vehicles have always been more expensive than CKD units. That’s all.

“Will the RAV4 ever be assembled locally?”

We did ask the folks at UMWT during the launch, and the answer was, well… “We don’t know yet…” as many factors have to be taken into consideration, and many processes need to take place between the manufacturer and the government before a vehicle can be assembled locally, so let us keep our fingers and toes crossed, hoping that the RAV4 will be assembled here and sold at a more competitive price in the near future, shall we?

Now, the second most important question – What exactly do you get for RM215,665?

Besides the different engine and gearbox (which we will get to shortly), both the 2.0 and 2.5 versions of the RAV4 get the same list of features on the exterior, interior, as well as safety, which includes:

  • LED Headlights & Tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Automatic wipers
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Powered tailgate with Kick sensor (first in class)
  • 580-litres of boot space (biggest in class)
  • Keyless entry
  • Optitron meter panel
  • 7-inch touch screen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual zone air-conditioning
  • Combination leather seats
  • 8-way powered driver’s seat
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Wireless charger for mobile devices
  • 3D Panoramic View Monitor
  • Digital View Monitor
  • Waterproof boot floor board
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Auto High Beam
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • ISOFIX
  • Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • 7 Airbags
  • Vehicle Telematics System

Sharing the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the latest Camry, the RAV4 2.5 we’re looking at here is powered by a new naturally aspirated Dynamic Force engine, which is paired to an 8-speed automatic gearbox that sends power exclusively to the front wheels. Sorry guys, no AWD here.

As far as Toyota models in Malaysia are concerned, this is the first time this powertrain package is being offered here. Please inform your friends who like to take a swipe at Toyota for “always using old engine”.

Offered in 6 colours (Dark Blue Mica, Red Mica, White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Attitude Black), the all-new Toyota RAV4 is offered with a 5 years/ unlimited mileage warranty.

Driving it

While the RAV4’s key rivals like the high-spec Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5 Turbo are turbocharged, the Toyota is naturally aspirated. So, it doesn’t really pounce off the line when you put the accelerator pedal to the floor.

However, the RAV4 is anything but slow. Even though it takes slightly longer than its turbocharged rivals to get up to speed, power delivery is pretty seamless, and before you know it, you’re way past the speed limit. Since it’s naturally aspirated, there is no escaping from the engine noise when you accelerate as well, but it wasn’t THAT loud.

Thanks to the Dynamic Force engine and gearbox that are made from a lot of lightweight material, the TNGA platform, and the fantastically sorted suspension, what we have here is one of, if not the best handling SUV in the segment.

For a vehicle its size, the RAV4 actually feels very light and agile. It also responds to steering input very sharply. Body-roll, weight-transfer, and things along that line that are typical of a top-heavy SUV, are barely noticeable, which makes the RAV4 quite an enjoyable SUV to drive versus models like the CR-V which can behave like a boat around corners.

While the driver is guaranteed a fun time, the occupants are also entitled to an enjoyable experience in the RAV4, thanks to the comfortable leather seats that provide decent support for occupants of all shapes and sizes.

Further adding to the whole experience is a generous list of features which you can check out above, and a spacious cabin which offers generous amount of head and leg space both in front and in the rear.

So, in a nutshell, while the RAV4 is slower than its turbocharged rivals, it is certainly among the best handling models in its class, and also one of the more spacious ones. Design wise, there is nothing much to shout about.

In terms of features, both 2.0L and 2.5L variants get the exact same things besides the engine and gearbox.

So, if power is not on top of your priority list, you can opt for the lower displacement variant and still enjoy all the equipment. Just that it’s the most expensive model in class lah.

Is it worth it? Well, if you have the budget, absolutely. Otherwise, you can always look at its rivals that are more affordable.

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Toyota Supra Gets More Power, Tweaked Chassis – Harga Naik Sikit, RM590k

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd today announced that the 2020 GR Supra has received some upgrades which further extend its capabilities.

Specifically, the 3-litre engine has additional output which will deliver better performance numbers and reward drivers of all skill levels.

Price stands at RM589,987 minus SST, which is about RM20,000 more than before. With SST, the car will be priced at RM611,880.

The upgrades centre around the turbocharged inline-six engine which now delivers 388 PS of power at between 5,800 and 6,500 rpm, a 14% increase. Maximum torque remains at 500 Nm, but peaks through a slightly wider range of 1,800 rpm – 5,000 rpm instead of 1,600 rpm to 4,500 rpm.

The engineers increased the power output not just by tuning but also added a new dual-branch exhaust manifold with 6 ports (instead of two), which improves heat management.

A new piston design also reduces the engine’s compression ratio from 11:1 to 10.2:1.

The improved engine with the torque band raised retains the eagerness to rev with turbine-like smoothness.

With the standard 8-speed ZF automatic transmission, the acceleration time from 0 to 100 km/h is 2/10ths of a second quicker, shortened to 4.1 seconds from 4.3 seconds.

Complementing the extra power are some chassis improvements aimed at increasing roll resistance and enhanced cornering stability.

Taking note of feedback from high-performance drivers in the time that the car has been in the market, the latest GR Supra has received chassis retuning with a new Performance Rod added to increase lateral rigidity.

Apart from the fitment of red-coloured brake calipers with the Supra logo at the front, other technical specifications and features remain the same.

The Deep Blue Metallic exterior finish is no longer available but customers can still choose from seven sporty and striking colours – Prominence Red, Lightning Yellow, White Metallic, Silver Metallic, Ice Grey Metallic, Black Metallic and Matte Storm Grey Metallic.

Standard with the GR Supra are the Adaptive Variable Suspension and Electronically-Controlled Limited-Slip Differential (LSD).

Safety wise, there is a variety of active systems which work together to assist the driver when necessary. Additionally, there are features like the Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, Intelligent Parking Sensor with Emergency Braking Function and Blind Spot Monitor with Rear Cross Traffic Alert.

The standard interior features of the GR Supra include a head-Up Display, memory function for the power seat, and a 12-speaker JBL audio system.

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Special Promo for Toyota Harrier, Hilux, Innova on Shopee, Lazada

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has opened online stores at two of Malaysia’s popular e-commerce platforms – Lazada and Shopee – where car-buyers can find special deals on selected Toyota models.

Currently, there are exclusive deals for the Toyota Innova, Toyota Harrier, and the Toyota Hilux (limited stocks) as well. The deals are available only for online bookings at the Toyota Flagship Stores on both Lazmall and Shopee Mall.

While booking fees at the Toyota Malaysia Flagship Stores can be as low as RM250, payment can be made the same way as purchasing other goods online – via credit card or online banking.

The booking fee starts the purchase process which will be followed up by personal attention from a Sales Advisor at the nearest authorized Toyota dealership to the customer. Chat support is also available at the online stores (Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 5:30pm) for customers who may have queries.

There will be promotions (*for selected 2019 stocks only) at the online stores from time to time with exclusive money-saving offers. For example, there is currently a special promotion available for the Toyota Fortuner SUV (limited stocks) worth RM22, 760 and it comes with 5 years of free scheduled maintenance (terms and conditions apply).

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Toyota Launches New 4S Centre in Muar, All Under One Roof

Consumers today want the convenience of having all their motoring needs accessible in one place, instead of having to go to different outlets for sales and aftersales services.

Understanding this, E.S. Yang Motor Sdn Bhd, a Toyota authorized dealer in Johor, made the move to consolidate its three outlets in Muar into one 4S centre which could offer sales, aftersales services and also Body & Paint services.

E.S. Yang Motor started as an authorized Toyota dealer in 1993 with just a showroom in Muar. Realising that the growing number of Toyota owners in the area would also require aftersales services, the company quickly invested in expanding the business to include a service centre in 1994, becoming a 3S outlet that could offer sales, service and spare parts.

In 2012, the company made a further investment to set up a Body & Paint (B&P) Centre. This facility is important for customers to ensure that when they need repair work after an accident or refinishing the paintwork, Toyota’s highest standards will be applied as the B&P centre must adhere to standards set by Toyota Motor Corporation.

The newly opened outlet has 66 staff dedicated to sales and service. The service centre has 12 bays and can handle up to 33 vehicles daily. As with other Toyota 3S and 4S outlets, there is also a comfortable lounge for customers to wait in, with complimentary amenities such as refreshments, wifi and TV.

“We are always delighted when our dealers recognize the importance of customer care and raising the standard of services. As a long-time authorized Toyota dealer in Muar, Johor, E.S. Yang Motor has contributed to growing the reputation of the Toyota brand and now offers its customers the full range of services at one location for convenience. We commend E.S. Yang Motor on this initiative and wish them all the best in the coming years,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd.

E.S. Yang Motor is located at 333, Jalan Dato Haji Kosai, 84000 Muar, and to contact them, the phone numbers are 06 – 952 8333 for Sales and 06 – 955 6333 for Service.

  • Operating day                  : Monday – Saturday
  • Operating hour                : 08.30am – 17.30pm

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd further assured Malaysians that every effort is made to ensure the safety and protection of customers who visit any Authorised Toyota Sales and Service Outlets. All Authorised Outlets have adopted strict guidelines for their daily operations which are in accordance with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by MITI. The SOP requires such measures as social distancing, sanitization of premises and contactless payments where possible.

“We prioritise the health and safety of all our customers and staff and will continue to take the necessary precaution and preventive measures. said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

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Toyota RAV4 Launched in Malaysia – 2 Variants, From RM196k

After much anticipation, the all-new 5th generation Toyota RAV4 has finally been launched virtually for the Malaysian market.

Offered in two variants, the price of the Toyota RAV4 is as mentioned below:

Toyota RAV4 2.0L – RM196,436
Toyota RAV4 2.5L – RM215,665

Going against models like the Honda CR-V, Mazda CX-5, Volkswagen Tiguan, and Subaru Forester, the all-new RAV4 is powered by Toyota’s latest Dynamic Force engine range, comprising a 2.0-litre M20A-FKS naturally aspirated 4-cylinder DOHC engine making 173 PS and 207 Nm of torque, and the A25A-FKS naturally aspirated 4-cylinder DOHC engine kicking out 207 PS and 243 Nm of torque.

While the 2.0-litre engine is paired to a CVT gearbox, the 2.5-litre variant gets an 8-speed automatic gearbox which is offered for the first time in a Toyota in Malaysia. Both variants are only offered in Front Wheel Drive configuration.

Besides the different engine and gearbox, both the 2.0 and 2.5 versions of the RAV4 get the same list of features on the exterior, interior, as well as safety, which includes:

  • LED Headlights & Tail lamps
  • LED DRLs
  • Automatic wipers
  • 18-inch wheels
  • Powered tailgate with Kick sensor (first in class)
  • 580-litres of boot space (biggest in class)
  • Keyless entry
  • Optitron meter panel
  • 7-inch touch screen infotainment system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Dual zone air-conditioning
  • Combination leather seats
  • 8-way powered driver’s seat
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats
  • Wireless charger for mobile devices
  • 3D Panoramic View Monitor
  • Digital View Monitor
  • Waterproof boot floor board
  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
  • Auto High Beam
  • Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • ISOFIX
  • Toyota Premium Security & Solar Film
  • Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC)
  • 7 Airbags
  • Vehicle Telematics System

Offered in 6 colours (Dark Blue Mica, Red Mica, White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, and Attitude Black), the all-new Toyota RAV4 is offered with a 5 years/ unlimited mileage warranty.

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New Prices for Toyota and Lexus Announced

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles in Malaysia today announced new prices for its vehicles beginning 15 June 2020, following the incentives provided to the Malaysian automotive industry.

“Toyota vehicles are now more affordable than ever. Customers should take this opportunity to upgrade or purchase a new Toyota. All relief from the new tax structure have been factored into the new pricing, considered in the best interest of our customers. Price changes vary between our CKD and CBU model line-up,” said Mr. Ravindran K.,  President of UMWT.

Vehicle prices have been reduced from between 1% to 6%. In addition to the above, Toyota also announced the new price with its latest monthly Sales Promotion and Rebates.

That said, below is the updated price list for Toyota and Lexus models:

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Toyota Announces Special Financing Package for Graduates

UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), in collaboration with Maybank Islamic Berhad, has announced a special financing package which is now available for graduates who wish to purchase a new Toyota Vios, Yaris, or Avanza.

The Murabahah Vehicle Term Financing-i (MVTF-i), in accordance with the Murabahah principles, will provide an additional financing option to the graduates besides the Islamic Hire-Purchase (HP) financing in accordance with Al Ijarah Thumma Al-Bai (AITAB). This financing package is only available in Peninsular Malaysia.

Murabahah financing also follows Islamic financing principles and the combined amount financed can be up to 100% with takaful contribution of Takaful bundling and other costs (legal costs, stamp duty, etc).

The financing is available to graduates (degree-holders) who are aged between 21 and 30 years old and are currently employed. They should be earning at least RM3,000 a month and have been employed for a minimum of 6 months. For those with less than 6 months of employment, their parents can act as guarantors (subject to Terms & Conditions).

Should their income be less than RM3,000 but more than RM2,000, it is still possible to apply for the financing package provided their parents (as guarantors) have a household income of RM5,000 or more.

The Toyota Vios, Yaris and Avanza are among the best-selling in the non-national segment in the Malaysian market. Their compact size, ease of driving, economical performance from its 1.5-litre engine, and low cost of maintenance make it ideal for those who are just starting out in the working world and require personal transport to get around.

They also come with most advanced features such as Blind Sport Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Digital Video Recorders (DVR), etc.

For peace of mind, the Manufacturer’s Warranty is for 5 years – with no limit on mileage travelled. Additionally, if insurance coverage is purchased from UMW Toyota Motor’s Authorised Dealers, owners receive free membership to 24SEVEN Road Assist breakdown and emergency service assistance available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Available for viewing and test-drives at Toyota showrooms nationwide today. For more information, customers can visit any authorised Toyota dealer or the Toyota Malaysia website at Toyota.com.my.

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