Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Renault and TC Euro Cars have locally assembled the Renault Captur crossover - Prices start at RM109,000 and there is an early bird offer too!

Renault  and  TC  Euro  Cars  (TCEC) have begun locally assembling the  Renault  Captur. This funky urban crossover/compact SUV  is  now  EEV-certified  and  more affordable  at RM109,000.  Malaysia  is  the  only  country aside from Renault’s  facility  in  Spain  which assembles the Captur. This is another milestone in the local assembly of Renault cars in Malaysia. 



There is a new  exterior  colour  - two-toned Flame Red body with Diamond Black roof (in the main pic) aside from the three colours offered in CBU form previously. This makes four colours to choose from. There is a new interior fabric colour for the locally assembled Captur - a grey and almost black charcoal colour with three different textures. It isn't as bright as in the imported one, but it should still go down well with those interested in the car.There is also a leather  seat  option which will be made available at extra cost (soon, so you have to ask the showroom if you're interested).

I must say that the locally assembled Captur is well built. Gone is the little gap on the gearshift knob's gear release (the one you need to press when you want to move from Park to Reverse to Neutral to Drive) button, which allowed my finger to get acquainted with the hollow interior of the gearknob. They fixed it actually. 

The materials used are as good. According to TCEC, the Captur is in Semi-knocked Down (SKD) form, in which, the chassis comes as a whole piece from Spain already painted and then parts are fitted to it. Whilst the production line is quite labour intensive, the finished product is actually good. I can't seem to find any complaints about fittings and panel gaps. 

TCEC states that they plan to assemble up to 48 units of the Captur per week. Sufficient to cater local demand. There are no plans to go into export market with the Malaysian assembled Captur as yet but it would be good if they could do so eventually. 

The Captur is assembled at the Tan Chong assembly plant in Segambut which currently assembles Subaru XV, Subaru Forester and the Mitsubishi ASX. The Captur being the newest addition to this facility. I personally had a chance to tour the plant and saw the Captur being put together by our boys and girls. This is good for the industry folks. It also allows us the choice of buying a car cheaper. A very important thing.

Now since the key word is affordability, the locally-assembled Renault Captur will officially be available for sale starting 19 April 2017 and the first 100 customers to place an order will enjoy an early bird rebate of RM11,000 for additional savings.  Additionally,  TCEC  will  be  showcasing  the  locally-assembled  Captur  at  LG,  Oval Concourse, 1 Utama Shopping Centre on19 – 23 April 2017. 

We had tested the imported version earlier. Click here if you're interested to see what we think of the Renault Captur TCe 120 EDC. More details are in the press release below (Assembly pics after that too).










PRESS RELEASE
LOCALLY-ASSEMBLED RENAULT CAPTUR CROSSOVER: NOW AVAILABLE AND MORE AFFORDABLE 

From left: Lawrance Lee, Head of Plant Operations, TCMA; Cindy Lim, Head of Plant Operations, TCMA; Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Senior Sales & Marketing Director, Edaran Tan Chong; Dato’ Rosie Tan, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad; Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad; Kim Taejoon, Vice President, Supply Chain, Renault Asia-Pacific; Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd

Kuala  Lumpur, 18 April  2017–  Renault  and  TC  Euro  Cars  (TCEC)  will  locally  assemble  the Renault Captur  crossover  for  the  domestic  market  to  meet  the  increasing  trend  for  compact vehicles that offer versatility, fuel efficiency and safety for today’s active urban lifestyle. 

In addition to the current specifications and features found in the fully-imported version, the locally-assembled Renault Captur is now certified as an EEV (Energy Efficient Vehicle) and is available at a  new  price  of  RM109,000  (on-the-road  inclusive  of  GST,  without  insurance,  for Peninsular Malaysia and private registration).  

The locally-assembled Captur will be available in a new colour combination – a trendy two-toned Flame Red body with Diamond Black roof. Customers can also opt for interior leather seats at an additional cost. 

“Captur has a great urban appeal with its trendy design, European safety and comfort standards, high  driving  position  and  easy  manoeuvrability.  At  the  new  price  point,  the  Captur  is  a  very attractive option for people on-the-go,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd. 

The locally-assembled Renault Captur will officially be available for sale starting 19 April 2017 and the first 100 customers to place an order will enjoy an early bird rebate of RM11,000 for additional savings.  Additionally,  TCEC  will  be  showcasing  the  locally-assembled  Captur  at  LG,  Oval Concourse, 1 Utama Shopping Centre on19 – 23 April 2017. 

The  Captur is  being  built  at the  Tan  Chong  Motor  Assemblies  (TCMA)  plant in  Segambut,  Kuala Lumpur. It is Renault’s third locally-assembled model in Malaysia.  The TCMA facility has passed stringent  evaluations  and  quality  standards  set  by  Renault,  to  ensure  the  plant  meets  Renault-certified specifications.  

“Malaysia is the only other country besides Renault’s facility in Spain to assemble the Captur and proves a significant step forward in cementing Renault’s continued commitment in Malaysia,” said Kim Taejoon, Vice President, Supply Chain Renault Asia-Pacific Region.

“This  local  assembly  of  the  Captur  reinforces  TCEC’s on-going,  successful  partnership  with Renault. The Captur continues to be a global success and increasingly, it has become the model through which most consumers first come to know Renault here in Malaysia. We are confident that this  new  milestone  will  help  propel  the  competitiveness  of  this  model  here  within  its  segment,”added Kuan. 

From left: Cindy Lim, Head of Plant Operations, TCMA; Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd; Dato’ Tan Heng Chew, President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad; Dato’ Rosie Tan, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Tan Chong Motor Holdings Berhad; Kim Taejoon, Vice President, Supply Chain, Renault Asia-Pacific; Dato’ Dr Ang Bon Beng, Senior Sales & Marketing Director, Edaran Tan Chong; Lawrance Lee, Head of Plant Operations, TCMA


Renault Captur – Compact on the Outside, Spacious and Versatile on the Inside 
The  Captur  is  one  of  Renault’s  most  in-demand  models and has  more  than  760,0001 units produced globally since 2013. The model is the number one seller in its segment in Europe. 

Fashionable yet practical, the Renault Captur stands out from the crowd with its expressive styling and trendy  dual-tone  colour  exterior  that  express  an  assertive  yet  unpretentious  personality.  Its compact footprint and high driving position combined with substantial ground clearance and large 17-inch wheels are ideal for the active and young-at-heart. 

A lot of attention to detail has been paid to the interior of the Renault Captur, which is designed to be both welcoming and occupant friendly. Refinements include attractive zippable seat covers with stylish stitching that are removable for easy washing, a reversible boot floor with carpeting on one side and plastic on the other as well as the sliding and foldable bench seat, which splits 60:40 for increased boot space.  

The Renault Captur is powered by the turbocharged TCe 120 engine that is mated to a  six-speed Efficient  Dual  Clutch  (EDC)  transmission,  which  delivers  more  torque  than  a  1.8L  normally-aspirated engine for powerful acceleration from low revs. At the same time, this spirited crossover also offers exceptional fuel efficiency of up to 5.4L/100km2. 

Standard features and safety equipment include:  
     Auto Headlights and Rain Sensors 
     MediaNav with 7” touchscreen, AUX, USB, Bluetooth, Navigation and Reverse camera 
     Keyless entry and start 
     Eco mode for additional fuel efficiency of up to 10 percent 
     Four  high-efficiency  airbags –  dual  frontal  and  dual  head/thorax  side.  A  specific  algorithm adjusts the way the head-thorax airbags are deployed to match the severity of the impact. For added  safety,  two  additional  sensors  function  to  detect impacts  and  respond  up  to  twice  as quickly. 
     Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction control
     Hill Start Assist 

The  locally-assembled  Renault  Captur  is  now  available  across  all  Renault  showrooms  in  four stylish two-toned colour options. 
The four colour options are: 
     New Flame Red (body) / Diamond Black (roof) 
     Arizona Orange (body) / Diamond Black (roof) 
     Pacific Blue (body) / Ivory (roof) 
     Ivory (body) / Diamond Black (roof)

 Like  all  Renault  mainstream  vehicles,  the  locally-assembled  Captur  comes  with  a  five-year manufacturer’s warranty  with unlimited mileage. This warranty is fully backed by Renault and not undertaken by any other insurance companies, which means terms and conditions as well as parts covered are consistent from the first year of ownership to the end of the warranty period.  

TCEC is holding a public launch of the locally-assembled Renault Captur on 19 - 23 April 2017 at LG,  Oval  Concourse,  1  Utama  Shopping  Centre.  Alternatively,  interested  members  of  the  public can also visit  any Renault showroom nationwide on 22-23 April 2017 to take a closer look at and test drive the Renault Captur.  1 Based on total units produced globally as of since launched in 2013 until December 2016. 2 Based on New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) for combined cycle 






For   more   information   about   Renault   in   Malaysia,   please visit   www.renault.com.my   or www.facebook.com/RenaultMalaysia. ##

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