Membership has its advantages, as some 100 members of the Kelab Automotif Perodua Malaysia (KAPMA) found out when they had a chance to not only see the new Perodua Kenari before its official launch but also had a chance to drive it.
The KAPMA members were specially invited to attend a sneak preview held at the Batu Tiga Speedway in Shah Alam, Selangor, last Saturday. According to a Perodua source, the feedback from the owners was enthusiastic and positive with many wanting to place their orders.
Earlier, during the preview for the Malaysian media, Perodua MD Datuk Abdul Rahman Omar said that over 300 orders were received in the first week the company started taking orders. He declined to forecast the number of orders by the time the car is launched but said that at least 1,300 units would be ready for delivery.
"Those who want to see the new Kenari will be able to do so on the evening of June 14th at all our showrooms and on the 15th, we expect to start registering the first units," he said. So by this weekend, there should be many proud owners showing off the latest model in Malaysia.
According to Datuk Abdul Rahman, the company expects about 10% to 15% of existing Perodua owners (mainly those with Kancils) switching to the Kenari while the majority are likely to be new customers. Some of these new customers would be first-time car buyers while some would be from other makes.
The Perodua Kenari will be officially launched by the Prime Minister at the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur at about 5 pm this Wednesday, June 14th. During the event, Perodua will present to BAKTI a cheque for the total amount raised from the on-line auction of the first Kenari as well as the sale of three units of the Kenari donated by the carmaker and 'bought' by the Perodua Vendors Club, Perodua Dealers' Group and Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd of Japan.