Published on October 18th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
TOYOTA MOTOR TO GRACE IGEM 2014 WITH LEXUS AND TOYOTA MODELS
UMW Toyota Motor will once again make its presence felt at the 5th International Greentech & Eco Products Exhibition and Conference Malaysia (IGEM 2014). Themed “Creating Green Wealth”, the event, takes place this weekend from 16 to 19 October at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Reprising its participation in previous instalments of IGEM since its inception in 2010, UMW Toyota Motor will showcase green technological breakthroughs in the motoring industry through Lexus and Toyota vehicles on display at the highly anticipated event.
History will be made as UMW Toyota Motor unveils at IGEM 2014 for the first time on Malaysian soil a special display of the Lexus NX 300h. Powered by the iconic Lexus Hybrid Drive – a full hybrid technology that balances powerful performance and environmental efficiency – the Lexus NX 300h will join the ranks of Lexus Malaysia’s existing and highly esteemed range of hybrid models including the CT, ES, IS, GS, LS and RX.
UMW Toyota Motor announced the order taking of the all new Lexus NX starts on 16 October 2014 onwards. Below is the summary of the estimated On-The Road prices (OTR) that are available for the All New Lexus NX variants. Seamlessly blending agility and stability, the Lexus NX represents a highly innovative luxury compact cross over vehicle into the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) market. The NX answers the call of a new generation of consumers who discern sportiness and individuality without compromising on comfort and practicality. The Lexus NX features world firsts for the Lexus marque. Besides the hybrid variant, the 2.0L Turbo variant features an industry-leading turbocharged gasoline engine which is developed in-house by Lexus with a combination of top-level fuel economy and exhilarating performance.
Malaysian residents will be able to place orders for the Lexus NX vehicle at all Lexus centres in Malaysia from 16 October 2014 onwards.
Visitors at IGEM 2014 will also witness first-hand the future fuel efficient FT-Bh concept car. In addition to high environmental performance, the “ecomotion” (eco + emotion) FT-Bh aims to provide an enjoyable driving experience through highly responsive and nimble operability.
This is made possible thanks to reduced mass at just 786 kg, reduced road and air resistance, a highly efficient powertrain, effective thermal energy management and reduced power consumption by half of that of traditional B-segment cars of its kind.
“We are truly glad to be participating yet again in another instalment of IGEM. As can be testified by both the Lexus NX 300h and the Toyota FT-Bh on display, as we showcase Toyota’s commitment to continue developing even better cars to benefit the people and the environment,” said Datuk Ismet Suki, President of UMW Toyota Motor.
Datuk Ismet Suki also commented on consumer speculation that vehicle prices will go down following the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) in April 2015. He stressed that consumers should not adopt a “wait-and-see” approach in buying cars as year-end promotions could be more attractive than a probable zero to minimal price change following the GST implementation.
“Now is the best time to buy a car. The affect GST will have on car prices is relatively uncertain. To say that prices will go down because the 6% GST will replace the existing 10% Sales and Service tax is too simplistic. There are more factors at play, especially in the automotive market. We cannot be too sure until the GST is fully implemented,” he explained.
Members of the public who wish to visit the Lexus and Toyota booths at IGEM 2014 can do so on 19 October from 10.30am to 5.00pm. Lexus and Toyota will be at Hall 4 of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre.