Published on March 20th, 2023 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Honda Confirms The Arrival Of The WR-V Crossover
Honda has just shared with us news of the arrival of their WR-V to challenge the growing segment.
At a recent press event, senior Honda Malaysia management shared with us their plans to launch 3 All-New Models and 1 Facelift Model.
With its strategic business direction for 2023, Honda Malaysia has set a sales target of 80,000 units with 12.3% market share.
One of the models that will be on Malaysian roads soon is Honda’s first Small Sport Utility Vehicle (WR-V), which is slated to be launched in the third quarter of 2023.
This compact fun filled lifestyle vehicle was first shown to the world at the Sao Paolo International Motor Show and has already touched customers in Indonesia and Thailand with huge success.
Upon its arrival, Honda Malaysia will become the first Japanese mass market manufacturer to enter the Small SUV segment which is currently dominated by the Proton X50 and the Perodua Ativa. So, Honda Malaysia wants to taking a slice of this segment pie with this WR-V.
With a comprehensive package of vibrant and bold design, advanced technology, practicality, and comfort, the Small SUV is the perfect companion for young professionals and families who enjoy travel and outdoor activities.
Honda Malaysia President & Chief Operating Officer Mr. Sarly Adle Sarkum said, “2023 marks a great milestone for us as Honda celebrates its 75th anniversary. Continuing the Challenging Spirit that is ingrained in us since the Company’s founding, Honda Malaysia strives to accelerate our momentum this year through new model launches and marketing activities.
To further strengthen the core identity and brand presence in the industry, we focus on leveraging three key pillars for our models, which are Advanced Technology, Premium Offerings and Sporty Appeal.
The combination of these three key pillars will make the upcoming Honda models even more unique in the market and elevate their status in their respective segments.
In addition, Honda Malaysia will further strengthen our hybrid technology in the Malaysian market. We were the pioneer in introducing hybrid technology in this country 19 years ago.
The technology has evolved significantly since, starting with Integrated Motor Assist (IMA) to Sport Hybrid i-DCD, and now we have taken a step further with e:HEV technology.”
Mr. Sarly added, “Electrification is the global trend and future of mobility for the automotive industry. As such, Honda is also stepping up its electric vehicle (EV) development efforts progressively.
Honda believes that the hybrid technology is the right approach at this point of time, particularly in Malaysia. We want to ensure Malaysians’ needs are being fulfilled with the most practical and relevant technologies before fully adopting EVs.”
In line with efforts to improve customer experience, Honda Malaysia will introduce 2S (Service and Spare Parts) Pit Stop and promote its after-sales activities to fulfil the rising demand from current and potential customers.
The Company is also enhancing its Honda CONNECT system which includes Safety, Security and Convenience features. Honda Malaysia will introduce Honda CONNECT in other models in addition to the City RS, City Hatchback RS, Civic RS, Civic e:HEV RS and HR-V e:HEV RS to enable more customers to enjoy a variety of functions available on the system.
In addition, the HondaTouch platform will be upgraded to enhance the seamless experience for Honda customers by making it more convenient and accessible.
This is part of Honda Malaysia’s effort to step up Honda customers’ digital journey and encourage more sustainable practices.
Fuelled by the “Challenging Spirit”, Honda Malaysia sold a total of 80,290 units last year, which was a 51% increase from the total sales in 2021.
The total sales represented 11.1% of the Total Industry Volume (TIV) in 2022. The Company also retained its No.1 position in the Non-National Passenger Vehicle Segment for the ninth consecutive year.
Meanwhile, Honda Malaysia will continue to push the boundaries and introduce new technology that enhance mobility to improve people’s lives and build a better society.