Published on June 25th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


UMW Toyota Celebrates 50 Years of Local Assembly

UMW Toyota Motor celebrated their 50th year of local production in Malaysia at its Bukit Raja plant in Klang today. 

The event was graced by His Royal Highness Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah AlHaj Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Alhaj, the Sultan of Selangor and Her Royal Highness Tengku Permaisuri Norashikin, Tengku Permaisuri of Selangor.

At the event, UMW Toyota Chairman Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah bin Che Othman expressed his gratitude to the state government and also thanked all Toyota customers for their support over the last 5 decades.

Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Hamad Kama Piah said, “it goes without saying that we will always support the government policies and direction for the industry,” he added.

To commemorate Toyota’s 50 years of production here, UMW Toyota gifted the Selangor Youth Community a new Yaris. They also bought, restored and displayed a 1968 Toyota Corolla KE10 – the first Toyota model to be locally-assembled in Malaysia.

About the Bukit Raja Plant

The Assembly Service Sdn Bhd Bukit Raja plant was an RM2 billion investment which brings Toyota’s latest highly efficient and automated manufacturing technologies. The plant is less noisy, has a low carbon footprint, and will require fewer foreign workers and more high-skilled Malaysian talent to operate. 

The plant is wholly owned by UMW Toyota Motor and is considered one of the most advanced in Asia.

Assembly Services Sdn Bhd Bukit Raja Plant facts

  • Size: 670,000 square metres
  • Production volume: 50,000 units/year
  • Number of Staff: 1000
  • Start of operation: 2 January 2019
  • Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer to achieve the lowest Volatile Organic Compounds emissions in Asia
  • Solar Energy and Rain Water Recycling Technology
  • Vehicles made at Bukit Raja: New Vios and Yaris.
  • Vehicles made at original Shah Alam plant: Hilus, Fortuner, Innova, Hiace (Panel van)

About the Toyota Corolla KE10

This was the first generation Corolla to ever be produced. It was launched in 1966 in Japan and competed with the Datsun 1000 and Subaru 1000.

The KE10 came with a 1077cc engine, which was slightly larger than its competitors at the time. It was later fitted with a 1166cc engine

The suspension in front was MacPherson struts supported by a transverse leaf spring beneath the engine cross-member, with leaf springsconnected to a solid axle in back.

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